Saturday, November 26, 2011

Flourished Tree

Here's a fun Christmas card using non-traditional colors.  I used the negative die cut from my In the Meadow tree and layered some patterned paper behind it.  I stamped the flourishes over the stripes to match the Hawaiian Shores cardstock.

I used the sketch from CAS-ual Fridays 29:

I'm also entering this for Our Creative Corner's challenge to make a project with a Christmas Tree on it
and the Friday Mashup 34 to make a Christmas themed card.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


 All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:   Fancy Flourishes, Holiday Words (stampendous)
Paper:   White, Hawaiian Shores, Spring Moss, Everyday Blessings pp
Ink:   Breeze (CTMH), Black (memento)
Other:  Tree die from In the Meadow, New Leaf Twine, Rhinestones

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For Your Inspiration #18

Happy Thursday everyone!  Welcome back to another inspiration challenge from For Your Inspiration.  As always, you have two weeks to play along.  Take a look the photo for this challenge:

Gorgeous!  Makes me miss Arizona and riding our Harley through the mountains to see the red rocks of Sedona.

Here's my card based on the photo.  I went with the sun peeking through the clouds and created this Stampscapes scene.  For once, I didn't use the colors in the photo.  I'm trying to stretch myself with these challenges.

I wasn't sure how this would turn out when I started, but in the end I really liked the result.  The image of the kids running reminds me of my girls rejoicing!

This was created using a variety of Stampscape images on glossy cardstock.  First I brayered some color on the top and bottom of the glossy paper using a Kaleidacolor rainbow pad called Baby Powder.  Here are links to the stamp I used in case you are interested.

Please be sure to check out the rest of the DT projects.  Links are on my sidebar.


Stamps:  Stampscapes (see above)
Paper:   True Black (PTI), Glossy White
Ink:   Kaleidacolor Baby Powder, black (memento)
Other:  brayer

Sunday, November 13, 2011

16th Birthday

This is for my nephew's 16th birthday.  He's the oldest of all the nieces and nephews and I remember when he was born like it was yesterday.  There's something really special about the first child born to one of your siblings.  I still cannot believe that he's turning 16.

I used the Mat Stack 3 die and stamp set along with Make a Wish additions for my images and sentiment.  I trimmed off an edge of the Top Note die cut from Stampin' Up just for something different.  I also thought I'd add a bit of a black scalloped circle behind the Mat Stack for some visual interest.  Hope that isn't too girly for him:)

This card is also for two challenges:  Wee Memories Birthdays and Parties and Card Caravan #6 Birthdays.


All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Mat Stack 3, Make a Wish Additions
Paper:  White, Black (PTI), blue & red unkown
Ink:  Pure Poppy, black, bahama blue (memento)
Other:  Mat Stack 3 & Mat Stack 3 Layerz dies, Top Note (SU!), scallop circle (spellbinders)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Paper Dolls Challenge # Whatever

I'm part of a wonderful blog group called the Papertrey Paper Dolls.  For a while there we were on a roll with our challenges and commenting and then we all got busy with other things.  Renee posted an easy challenge for us last month so that we can jump start our mojos and participate again.  Thanks Renee!

Any other Dolls out there ready to get this group going again?  I cannot believe how I fell behind in our challenges.  So I am making it a point to do better -- even with the busy holidays coming up.  If I keep waiting until I'm not busy, I'll never get any of these done.

Here is my card for Renee's challenge: to CASE Dawn McVey.  I chose to CASE the first card in THIS POST that Dawn made for the August PTI release.

I just love the look of New Leaf ink on Kraft cardstock.  I don't think it shows up well in the photo, but I also stamped over the leaves in white ink for a subtle shadow effect.

The little white tag at the top of the sentiment panel was cut from the top of the bookmark die and edged at the bottom with the Mat Stack 4 die.

Hope you'll play along with this great challenge too!


All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless stated.

Stamps:  Harvest Berries, BG basics Retro
Paper:  Kraft, White
Ink:  New Leaf, Fresh Snow, Haystack (palette), White (Memories)
Other:  Mat Stack 4 die, bookmark die, corner rounder, button, DMC floss, paper piercer

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's time for the next For Your Inspiration Challenge!  As always you have two weeks to play along with us.  This challenge is sponsored by Paper Pretties.  One randomly selected participant will win five (5) free digital stamps from their store.

We also have a new Design Team member to announce today.  The very talented Vicki Dutcher is joining the FYI team.  Have you seen her work?  I'm sure you have.  I love her style.  I also love the fact that she made an awesome tutorial on watermarking your photos using Gimp 2.0.  I found that at the beginning of the year and have pointed others to it ever since.  Thanks again Vicki!  Please stop by and welcome her to our team.

And now for the inspiration photo.  Take a look at this lovely shot.  I want to live there!

This photo had an Asian feel to me.  Maybe it was the clean lines or the fact that the light fixtures reminded me of chopsticks.  In any case, I chose to work with the Fan-tastic digi from the Paper Pretties store.

I definitely wanted to capture the lighting of the photo so I sponged two shades of yellow ink on my white paper after printing out the digi.  I also sponged a bit of orange around the edges.

Did you notice the reflection at the bottom?  Pretty cool huh?  I was formatting the digital image in Word and one of the options I stumbled upon printed a slight reflection under the image.  I just had to go with that and that's how this card was born.  I drew the little floating bridge under the girl and then stamped the tree reflection as well.  I sponged a little bit of blue ink in the water for a better effect.  The girl image is colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the DT to see how they were inspired by the photo.  Their links are on my sidebar.


Stamps:  Fan-tastic digi (Paper Pretties), Tree (Stampscapes), Signature Greetings (PTI)
Paper:  Black, white, Harvest Gold (PTI),
Ink:   Black (memento), Buttercup, Goldrush (CTMH), Dandelion (memento), Brilliance Sky Blue
Other:  sponges, Prismacolor pencils, Copic Marker gray