Sunday, November 25, 2012

Papertrey Blog Hop ...November 2012

Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop.
The November blog hop challenge is to use the following picture of bookcovers as inspiration to make a card....
For my first card, I was inspired by the book titled Great Expectations. I used the same layout and colors and made a birthday card. I used only white cardstock and colored everything with Copic markers. Actually, ALL the cards I made use only white cardstock today! I popped up the letters and gift box with foam tape for a bit of dimension. For the background, I used all my grey markers and mixed them. It almost looks like a chalkboard.
The next card is inspired by the Sweet Cream Sugar Cones bookcover. Again I used all my grey markers for the background and then heat embossed the sentiments with white. For the cones, I inked my stamp first with frayed burlap, stamped off and then scattered straw distress inks.I also inked the edges and popped them up again with foam tape.
The next card is inspired by the Weekend London bookcover. I used several Christmas stamp sets and randomly made a cluster on the bottom portion of my card. I die cut the bell and ribbon from the Bells and Boughs set and the dove from Peace be Still. I added some Stickles glitter to make it sparkle.
The last card was also inspired by the first bookcover. This one, I colored different grey squares with my Copics and then stamped cupcakes with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with white. I used a red marker for the sentiment strip (Movers and Shakers Sentiments) and added some heart gems. I finished it off by rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper.
Well that was fun! I really need to make some more birthday cards. My mom has requested them for part of her Christmas gift this year. I really had fun using my Copic markers on all these cards and I think I will try some backgrounds in other colors. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Papertrey Blog Hop October

Big post today! Big Post! When I saw the inspiration photos for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop, I was so inspired that instead of choosing just one, I wanted to use them all! Lucky for me, I had a rare weekend with nothing planned so I got to make cards all day Saturday! It was so much fun and I am happy to share what I created here! The first card I made was inspired by this photo: I don't have any stocking stamps so I was inspired by the colors to make a little winter scene.
Here is my card: The stamps I used are from the set: In the Meadow. Cardstock: Hawaaian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, White Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaaian Shores, Simpy Chartreuse, New Leaf. I inked the tree first with Simply Chartreuse and then New Leaf just on the edges. Then I masked off the tree and ground and randomly stamped the snowflakes. I added Stickles to the snow and tree for a pretty sparkle look!
Secondly, I was inspired by this color scheme:
Stamps:Mistletoe and Holly, Tiny Treats Christmas Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Rasperry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst Hawaiian Shores and White Other: Cuttlebug Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Twine,Vintage Ornaments Die, Fillable Frames#10, Corner rounder. I put a little bit of everything on this card! LOL I tried to do a shabby chic, layered card, which is not really my style. I like to try new things though and had a couple rejects on my desk to work with (the not perfect embossed paper, the embossed holly that didn't work on another card and some blank tags). I put them all together and got this:
Third Color Scheme:
Stamps:Mistletoe and Holly. Cardstock: Pinefeather, Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream. Other: Corner Chomper, White Embossing Powder. At first I embossed the holly onto the stripes but it didn't look right so I embossed it again on Pinefeather paper and cut it out. I didn't realize the little holly berries were attached on the stamp and have since cut them apart. I left them there on this card there on the bottom but think it looks weird. I have the dies for this set on my wishlist!
Fourth Color Scheme:
Stamps: Wonderfully Whimsical, Tiny Treats Christmas, Tag Its #8. Cardstock: White, Melon Berry. I love that inspiration photo! Such a happy little scene and I wanted to create my own little frosty wonderland with my stamps! I mixed a few stamp sets to create the background and had fun coloring it in with Copic markers. Then I filled any open space and used white embossing powder on the little snow flurries. I added Stickles to the snow, trees, and little heart on the house for a little extra sparkle.
5th Color Scheme:
What? No stamps?! I just realized as I am typing this there are no stamps! Let me check again! Nope! None! Weird! haha I think this is a first! I really liked the inspiration picture and thought it looked super cool but had no idea how to incorporate that look into a card. First, I cut out some letters and just started playing with them and this is what I came up with. Again, not my style, but I had fun trying!
Last Color Scheme:
I LOVE this photo! My mom taught me how to knit when my first child was born. I am not as accomplished as she is, but every once in a while I will get out the needles and relax. I only make baby sweaters and booties and such because I get bored with large projects...but I digress... I ordered the knitting stamp on release day and have been waiting for my order to arrive. I don't know why, in 2012, it should take 10 days to get here? It is not like we live in another country or remote place. (I am just outside of L.A.) Every month, it takes at least 10 days and I never get to use my new stamps for the blog hop! So frustrating but I DO LOVE the stamps!Ok now I must apologize for ranting! LOL Anyway, I am going to hope they come today and will make my card and post as soon as I do. So come back this weekend to see how the last picture inspired me! Have a great day!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Moxie Fab Word Minty Fresh Challenge

First thing I thought of when I saw Minty Fresh challenge was ICECREAM! Mint chocolate chip is my favorite! I think these two make a very cute couple!
I used my Papertrey Ink stamp set called Sweet As Can Be with it's matching dies. I stamped the background and it was too harsh so I inked up the stamp and stamped it on spare paper and then stamped on my card for a softer look. I embossed the white background rectangle with an impression plate to match the look of a cone. I added faces with a Lawn Fawn stamp set. It was a smiling band-aid from On the Mend,but I only inked up the face. The bow is from Love and Breakfast and I wanted the sentiment to say MINT in it so I used Harold's ABC's and Smitty's ABC's. I liked this little couple so I made another...
This one, I used the Papertrey sentiment and added some Stickles to make their bows sparkle a bit. Love these challenges. I like how they push me to try things I never would have thought to do!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop August 2012

This month's Papertrey challenge is to make a card that was inspired by this picture..
I got my order in time to use my new herrigbone stamps and created these...
For the first card, I used several colors of distress inks and stamped the 2 smaller herrigbone stamps randomly for the background onto Rustic Cream cardstock. I took a smaller piece and ran it through my BigShot with the herringbone impression plate. I stamped the tree from the Teach and Inspire set and outlined the edge with a copic marker.
This next card was fun to make. I always have fun playing with embossing powder! It may be silly, but I just love watching it melt and turn shiny! Every time I am amazed! haha. I stamped the large herringbone onto another sheet of Rustic Cream cardstock with clear embossing powder. Then I rubbed some distress ink onto it. You might not be able to tell from the picture, but I used several different shades of brown. One for each stripe. I like how rustic this card turned out. I needed a manly focal point so I used the deer from In the Meadow. (he seems manly to me)
Here is a closeup of Mr.Manly Deer...
I have a busy busy day ahead of me, so I better get off here quick. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tuesday Trigger/ Type Hype

The Tuesday Trigger on the Moxie Fab Blog was this cool typewriter and I thought I would make a little card inspired by it's awesomeness!
I bought these little type key stamps from Michael's last week from their dollar bins. I know dollar stamps are not all that great quality but I thought they were so cute and picked em up anyway! I thought they went well with this snazzy little typewriter stamp from Hero Arts. I just used a marker to write "Missing U" and plan to send this to my daughter who is far away at grad school just to let her know that I am thinking of her...always.. :-) I added some Glossy Accents to the hearts. The typewriter and hearts are popped up with foam tape.
I have a bunch of other cards to make. I am sooo behind. I should just make a bunch of belated cards! I am pretty sure not a whole lotta people visit this blog, but if you did happen upon it, I wish you a happy day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Hooked on Hexagons Challenge

I made this card for the Hooked on Hexagons Challenge over at the Moxie Fab Blog. Today is the deadline for the challenge and I was shocked to see that I HADN'T missed it! (Most cards I make are inspired by challenges but I rarely seem to make them before the deadlines! But that doesn't stop me! ...I LOVE hexagons! This card uses the Papertrey Ink Hexagon Die for the background and also the tag was stamped randomly with their Background Basics: Farm and Barn which has some cool barbed-wirey hexagons. The cupcake is also Papertrey. The SWEET letters were die cut with a Tim Holtz Alterations Inside Out die. (I only used the centers of the letters) I used some cuter than cute paper from CratePaper. So here it is...
Hope you like it! Have a great day!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Stamp-A-Faire Homemade Embellishments

For this challenge, I tried Danielle Flanders technique making custom washi tape from pattern paper. I first tried it by stamping on cardstock. I thought I would make my own paper! I used packing tape and guess what? It didn't work! haha I rubbed too much and the color came off so I tried again. This time I actually followed her directions and ta da it worked! I dont know if you can see, but I stamped roses in Sweet Blush ink all around the sentiment. I ran the top portion of the card through my Big Shot with a texture plate.

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire Tie Dye Technique Challenge

Nichole Heady inspired me to try this tie dye technique with her video that made it look soo easy! And it was easy and I really like how artsy I feel now! haha I do think they turned out pretty cute! All I did was color some random circles with my Copic markers and then use a paintbrush to add alcohol to it! I love the results and will definately try this again! Thanks Nichole! :-)

Stamp A Faire Camp Card Challenge

I loved Betsy Veldman's card set so much! I am going to for sure try to make a set like that soon! Actually, I loved ALL of the card sets! The designers at Papertrey are so talented! I needed to make a set of birthday cards for kids so this is what I came up with...The sentiment is from Movers and Shakers:Sentiments, and the images are from Tremendous Treats:Birthday. I wanted the sentiments on paper that matched the Copic markers that I colored the images, so I just colored a square of white cardstock with marker before cutting it with the Mat Stack die.I heat embossed the sentiment also.
And here they are all together...

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Fair Ribbon Technique Challenge

The videos for all the ribbon techniques were very informative and I really enjoyed watching them. I tried to recreate the flowers made from ribbon that Betsy Veldman showed in her video. The technique called for hopding the ribbon over a flame just lightly enough to slightly melt the edges. I was a little to eager and burnt 3 tries! I should have known as I tend to burn my marshmallows too. I will try this technique again until I master it but for now I went with a simple bow tied on my card!
Uggh sorry for the bad photo! I got a new computer and can't figure out how to edit it!

Monday, June 25, 2012

June PTI Blog Hop 2

I made my first card and had so much fun that I decided to try another! I really like the colors in this inspiration photo!
I pulled out my zig-zag background and stamped it with Lemon Tart and Aqua Mist. First, I cut a tag out of aqua cardstock and stamped the flowers with the green ink. I die cut the tag again out of white and then die cut it again with the little circles along the bottom. I also used a gel pen to add faux stitching around the tag. I die cut the zig zag and stamped the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages and popped it up with foam tape. It was finished when I tied the tag around the sentiment with twine.

 I think it is cute and the recipient can untie the tag and use it on a package or something. Well, I definately must go now and get some work done around the house! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

PTI June Blog Hop

This is the June Blog Hop:

This months inspiration is a fun take on florals, ruffles & pleats. Leaves me envisioning New Leaf ink stamped onto Aqua Mist cardstock with perhaps some pops of Harvest Gold or Lemon Tart die-cuts! Have fun perhaps trying your hand at pleats or ruffles using your favorite ribbons. This photo sparks all kinds of amazing summery ideas! We look forward to seeing your creations!
I haven't created anything for the Blog Hop in a long time! I always hope to get my stamps that I ordered on the 15th but alas they haven't come yet. This month I decided to use sets that I already have on hand! I took inspiration from the textured pillow in the background and scored my Aqua Mist cardstock with my Martha Stewart score board. I die cut the butterfly and stamped it with the aqua ink. Then I stamped over it with a flower from the Pretty Peonies set with New Leaf. The sentiment is also from the Beautiful Butterflies set.
I am looking forward to seeing all the inspiration from all the other blogs too! Have a great day!