Sunday, September 25, 2011

Papertrey's Blog Hop Sept. 2011

This month's blog hop is all about being inspired about this photo...
I love the colors! For my first two cards, I used a square Spellbinders die to cut squares in lots of pretty colors and then put them together to make these...

I raised the vintage cream squares up with foam adhesive tape. The sentiment is from Through the Trees stamp set and the frame is from my new Christmas Labels set.

The first thing that I thought of when I saw the inspiration photo was Chevron stripes!

I used my distress inks to make the center panel and placed it on top of a Pure Poppy rectangle. I placed that on white cardstock and stamped the sentiment 4 times. (it is from the Birthday Basics set). I placed that panel atop a Hawaiian Shores card base and rounded the top corner. The star was die cut and then I used a hole punch to add the little circles. Foam tape raises it up from a another die cut star. It was finished with the addition of a few gemstones.

I can't wait to see how everybody else has been inspired and am already wondering what next month's blog hop will be?!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fanatical About Botanical #3

For my 3rd entry in the Moxie Fab's Blog challenge ( ), I was inspired by this awesome pair of shoes from Le Scrap de Caio that Cath posted as an example of the Botanical Style.... 

I love them! I don't think I could walk in them but I still love them! haha.
For my card, I wanted pretty pinks and greens on a pale blue background. I tried a couple techniques that I have not yet attempted.
First, I colored with markers directly onto my Hero Arts Large Fabric Design background stamp. Then I inked the same stamp with embossing ink and stamped right over the image and embossed it with clear powder. Then I covered it with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and wiped it off.
I stamped a butterfly from the Antique Engravings set and colored it with Copic markers cut it out and placed it on a die cut circle that I sewed around the edges with embroidery floss and added a button. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I am going to try this inking technique again soon cause it was fun!

Fanatical About Botanical Challenge Again

This is my second entry in the Moxie Fab Blog's Fanatical About Botanical challenge.
For this card I stamped a pretty little Prima stamp onto white cardstock and colored it in with Copics. For the flowers, I used R22,R30 and R32. For the leaves; YG91 YG93 and a bit of Y17. Then I filled in the background with warm grey #2. I added Liquid Pearls in Petal Pink for a little shine. I added a scalloped strip of Spring Moss cardstock and some white that was embossed with a woodgrain plate. Popped up with foam tape on a piece of woodgrain d.p. from Crate Paper. I embossed the Hero Arts sentiment with white embossing powder and placed it on a Kraft cardstock base.
I really like how this turned out and already know who I am going to send it off to. I hope she likes it!
I think I will make one more for this challenge so I better get to work... 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fanatical about Botanical

Cath at the Moxie Fab Blog is hosting a fun challenge and I had a little time to create this card:
The challenge is to create a card in the Botanical style. I had fun making this!

First, I cut out the tag using a Papertrey Tag Sale 3 die.
 Using Scattered Straw ink, I stamped the foliage and then the birds with Memento Black ink. Both stamps are from the Prima "Songbird" clear stamp set.
I had planned on putting just a monogram initial on it next, but got so upset because the stamps I had just would not get a good image. I now know that the quality of a stamp is SO important and even if it looks awesome in the package, it doesn't mean you should buy it!! I threw the whole set away and actually feel good about it!
Anyway, to get back to the card, I stamped 2 Hero Arts (great quality every time!) circles (one inside the other)  using Papertrey's Pure Poppy Ink. I added the sentiment below it from Papertrey's Mega Mixed Messages set. I finished the tag off with a thin strip of pure poppy cardstock cut with dec. scissors and some red and white baker's twine. I added foam dimensional tape to the back.
 I ran a piece of Fine Linen cardstock through my BigShot in a Cuttlebug embossing folder with some Fresh Snow ink on it and placed it on a standard size white card. I stitched with black thread around the edge. Wow that's a long story! haha I really had so much fun making this and had so many other ideas for this challenge that I think I will try to do another before the deadline tomorrow! See ya then! 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Papertrey Stamp-A-Faire challenge #2

The second challenge was a color challenge. Pink and Smokey Shadow. I embossed one rose with white and the other with pink glitter embossing powder. Well, I have 2 more minutes to post this so...thanks for stopping by! Sorry to be so short! I will update what supplies I used next week.

Papertrey Stamp a Faire

Papretrey Ink is hosting a bunch of challenges today for those of us not lucky enough to attend there Stamp-A-Faire event in Ohio. Since I am 3000 miles away I thought I would participate from here. The first challenge was to create a card with borders made from a stamped element.
Wow! That just took me 30minutes to upload!! I had high hopes of posting in 5 of the challenges but I will be lucky to get 2 up here! I will come back later and update the details.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Week 3 Card Class

I had a little time this morning to squeeze in making a card for this week's card camp challenge. I love these colors because they remind me of chocolate! I used Kristina's sketch which made this a quick and easy card! Thanks Kristina!

I used Papertrey's Warm Happiness and Warm Happiness 2 stamp sets. Pure Poppy, Kraft, Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate card stock. I used white embossing powder for the sentiment. I don't think you can tell by the picture, but I rubbed on some Antique Linen distress ink over the whole card. It really warmed it up.
I can't believe this card class is almost over. Only 1 more week to go! It has been great fun waking up every morning and seeing all this great inspiration!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Card Camp

I am a big fan of Jennifer McGuire and check out her blog almost every morning.  When she announced that she was teaching a Summer Card Camp, I was really excited. This challenge has been perfect for providing some much needed inspiration (I haven't posted any new cards since February!)

These colors are so bright and fun, perfect for a cute birthday card.  Hope you like it!
Looking forward to more challenges! Have a great day :-)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Papertrey Anniversary #4 card

 To celebrate Papertrey's 4th anniversary they are having contests with amazing prizes! One of the ways to win is by making a card with the color scheme that one of their designers picked out. My card uses Lisa Johnson's color choice (Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Kraft and Vintage Cream)
I used Tiny Treats and the woodgrain texture plate.It is very late here so no natural light.
OK, now I can go to sleep and dream of winning!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Papertrey #4

WooHoooooo! Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 4th birthday and are giving away the most awesome prize package imaginable! 

I found Papertrey 2 years ago while they were celebrating their second birthday and have been a faithful fan ever since! (I think I might actually be addicted ;-)  

Each month as they come out with new products, I find myself glued to my computer searching all the designer's blogs for more inspiration and then ordering way too much but still wishing that I ordered more!
Sound like an addiction huh?! (but a good addiction!)

Papertrey Ink, ...If loving you is wrong...i don't wanna be right! haha

Anyway, Nichole asked what our favorite project that we made this year is and I thought about it and came up with....

I made this card for my mom for her birthday which is 2 days after Christmas. I never posted it on my blog because I copied it pretty completely from Betsy Veldman. When I saw Betsy's card I immediately thought of my mom who loved ice skating so much! I love all of Betsy's cards and this was so perfect that I just had to buy On Ice and the die that made it so easy!

Of the cards that I made myself, I liked this one the best....

I made this card for my daughter's 21st birthday. She is away at college so I sent her 21 gifts of 21 things& 21 cards for her 21st birthday. This one is special to me because I used Tiny Treats to represent each of us. Notice mom is the wise owl! Dylan's nickname is Dino, Bailey loves cats and the rabbits in our yard drive dad crazy! Wrinkles is our good old dog that we all love.

And then lastly, this was my favorite card to make because it was just so much fun. I used only white cardstock and used ink and Copic markers and lots of my Papertrey stamps to make this...

I am so glad we didn't have to pick our favorite Stamp set because I have LOTs of favorites. My FAVORITE is usually only my favorite until I see my new FAVORITE the next month! Keep up the amazing work Papertrey and I hope you have Many Many Many more successful years!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Moxie Fab Color Challenge- Neutrals

This challenge was to use neutral colors. Here are the ones that were chosen for us to use..

I love these colors. They seem  so peaceful to me.
 For my card, I used a new (to me) stamp set from Claudine Hellmuth that I bought from 2Peas. I colored it with Copic markers and purposefully attached it to the card a little wonky. :-) The clouds are cut with  Papertrey Ink dies and the sentiment is from their set called Flutterby Friend.

I finished the card by rounding off the corners with a Corner Chomper. I really like these colors and think I will use them again soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Moxie Fab Color Challenge - Metallics

The Moxie Fab Blog has some great color challenges going on and yesterday, I decided to play a little and get some cards made. Here I am today uploading them instead of doing laundry! Shame on me. haha

Anyway, for the Metallic challenge these were the colors we got to play with...

Gold, White and Pinkini! I love the name Pinkini! Here is my card...

I used Papertrey dies for the flowers and the wood grain impression plate on the background. I cut the Bazzil Pinkini frame with a Spellbinders Nestibillities die and stamped the sentiment with gold ink from My Minds Eye. I added the ribbon (free with a purchase made at American Eagle's store Aerie! :))
A couple pearls and rounded corners finish it off.

I love the way it sparkles! Thanks for stopping by!

Moxie Fab Color Challenge - Jewel Tones

Here are the colors for the Jewel Tone Color Challenge...

And here is my card....

This card was so much fun to make! It has a purple base. I used a scalloped edge paper trimmer on Sugar Cookie white paper and stamped the housewife (October Afternoon). I stamped her again on a couple sticky notes and cut her out. Covering her on the card, I then stamped the background with a bunch of little kitchen stamps. I paper pieced her dress and stamped and cut out the apron too. I added a scalloped collar and underskirt. I Added the frame and whisk with foam tape.
I am going to send this to my daughter (who is away at college) with a big batch of homemade cookies!

Moxie Fab Color Challenge- Bright and Bold

The challenge at the Moxie Fab Blog( ) is to create with these colors:

Here is the card I made...

I used Bazzil cardstock :Beetle Black Lily White Pink Fairy and Tangelo Blast 
I cut strips of the orange and pink and sewed them onto white. I cut 4 white frames with a Sizzix die and stuck them together (for the look of chipboard) and backed it with black. I stamped the Lawn Fawn telephone and embossed it with white. I stamped the hello in black and added the flower and button. I also doodled the squiggles with black gel pen for the look of the cord.  These are probably not colors that I would normally choose to work with, but I really like how it turned out.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey Jan2011 Blog Hop

This month's blog hop is all about using your stamps that have been neglected and just taking up space for too long. I looked through my stamps and was disappointed to see there were actually several that I haven't used yet! And that doesn't even consider the new ones that I got in the mail yesterday! So I quickly decided...who needs to do laundry and clean the house when these stamps need my attention today! Not me!!!
Laundry will be the neglected one today! Yay!

I got Tiny Treats Valentines several months ago but haven't used it other than to stamp it in my organizing book. SO..I made this....
I used Sweet Blush cardstock along with some Happy Spots patterned paper. I colored the owl with Copics. I stamped the circle frame with Sweet Blush ink onto White and then cut the circle with a scallop scissors. Then I used a piercing tool to add the holes around the circle.

I also purchased the Trademarks stamp set many months ago and am pretty sure it hasn't been used either!Here is the card I just made...
I stamped several labels each 3 times in chocolate ink onto a piece of dotted paper from the Library Ledger paper pack.I did a bit of masking. Then I sewed around the edge.  I used the die from the tea set to cut the center label and a circle punch for the top one. I popped up the center label with some foam tape and was done!

 I can't wait to see what everybody else has been up to but am going to have to wait just a bit longer because I have an eye appointment in about half an hour! But when I get back I will definitely be hopping to everyone else's blogs! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hero Arts Facebook Challenge

Hello! I haven't had much time recently for making cards but when I saw on Facebook that Hero Arts was having a challenge for 1/11/11, I thought I'd give it a shot. The challenge is to create a one layer card. The winner gets one of the new 2011 Classic Fabric Design Stamps! It is gorgeous! Anyway, here is my card..
I stamped the bunny, grass, heart and sentiment first, then covered them with masks and stamped the clouds over it. I have seen the new catalog and there are so many cool new stamps! Thanks Hero Arts for motivating me to get stamping again! It was fun!