Tuesday, April 27, 2010

the one about a little argyle

Ok so I am really loving the little argyle stamp set. Had some fun using the block images for this one, but tried to keep it simple. I like that it's bright too!! I used some e-line flowers by prima that I just picked up at my LSS along with some 7gypsies tape that I picked up on the same visit. Just keeping it simple today.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

the one about the papertrey ink blog hop

This is my first PTI blog hop and I am so excited to participate and then I saw that the challenge was to use tissue paper!! I have a bunch of tissue paper on hand in case I procrastinate on getting gifts out...which, let's be honest, I am more likely to send my gift a few days late then a few days early...procrastination is my middle name!! So here's what I came up with using some pink tissue paper that you get in your bags from Victoria's Secret...
I used the large Beautiful Blooms #2 Die to die cut the tissue paper and each flower is 18 die cut flowers (crazy, but I wanted it to have bulk). I layered the light pink and dark pink tissue everyother to create the varigated flower poof. Once I had the 18 layers die cut, I folded the flower in half then put a few stitches in the middle near the bottom. I should take pictures of the process next time, but check out this from Elizabeth Kartchner...I just did this with tissue instead of fabric. Then I just smooshed each layer of tissue into eachother starting with the top layer (after stitching and then unfolded). After smooshing them all together, un-smoosh them...is that even a word...un-smoosh!! Fluff them a bit and you're left with the tissue flower. Here's a closer look...
Here's my supply list:
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate and New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: Fillable Frames #3 Frame (Papertrey Ink) and Designer Woodgrain (Hero Arts)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink) and Versamark
Embossing Powder: Antiquities Frosted Crystal (Ranger)
Dies: Ric Rac, Large Beautiful Blooms #2, Fillable Frames #3 (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Dear Lizzy Thickers (American Crafts)

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Friday, April 23, 2010

the one about the one layer card...

I am such a huge fan of Kristina Werner and on her recent MACM post, she challenged her blog readers to make a one layer card...no layers of paper, fancy ribbons, flowers, or buttons. I wasn't sure I could do that...I love my flowers and buttons!! But I challenged myself and went for it...and I ended up making three cards. It was great timing - I needed two anniversary cards (one for my sister and brother-in-law who are celebrating their fifth anniversary TODAY and another for my mom and dad who will be celebrating their 37th anniversary next Wednesday...yeah I am totally late in getting the card to my sister and brother-in-law) and a birthday card for my great Aunt who just turned 93. I figured that since I would need to send these cards out it would be a great time to make the one layer cards. So here's what I came up with...
I used my new "A Little Argyle" stamp set on this one and created a mask with my new mat stack die 1 die. Then I outlined the mask with my trusty white gel pen. The sentiment is from Damask Designs and the flourish under it is from Vintage Labels (all stamp sets from Papertrey Ink). Love how this turned out and I am addicted to the argyle stamp set...it has such versatility!!

Then I made this too. I found this really great foam stamp by Donna Downey for Prima at my LSS that I loved, so I inked it up with some Ranger paint, stamped it on My Mind's Eye grid paper cut to size, and that was that. Stamp the sentiment in the bottom corner and call it a day! So easy and I am liking the simplicity of it!

Last but not least...the birthday card. Broke out my Life stamp set and Signature Greetings for the senitment. Loving the Life set too...I have a sneeky suspicion that I'll be using that and the argyle set a lot!! I am really loving how this one turned out and of the three one layer cards I made, I think this is my favorite.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010


Just a quick post today. I wanted to share the Hydrangea card I made a few days ago. I am loving this stamp! I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and then when I did I just let it sit on display on my shelf for a few days!! LOL! But I finally used it and had fun coloring with my Copics. I am still a novice with these, but I like to play around with them!!
And here is a closer view of my Copic coloring:

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Cardstock: Layering Papers in Daffodill, Hero Arts
Stamps: Hydrangea Wood Stamp, Hero Arts; Background Basics: Tin Types, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Soft Blossom Shadow Ink, Hero Arts; Tuxedo Black, Momento: Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ranger
Ribbon: Sweet Blush Satin, Papertrey Ink
Various Copics 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

CPS #161

Happy Tuesday! I decided to participate in my first ever CPS sketch challenge and I had a lot of fun with it. I decided to challenge myself with a theme for my card as well...to move me out of my comfort zone. So I came up with the idea of 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue' and no I didn't make a wedding themed card...just used this saying for the supplies I would use on this sketch challenge. Here's what I came up with:
And here's a close up of the flowers:

And since this sketch challenge is sponsored by Hero Arts, I added my sentiment on this inside of the card:

And finally for the 'something' theme, here's what I came up with...
Something Old: Old 7gypsies patterned paper (I think this is from their original line...it's dated 2003 on the back)
Something New: My new Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blooms #3 Dies
Something Borrowed: Why the CPS sketch of course...though I did flip it clockwise 90 degrees and I put the longer rectangle on the top of the square
Something Blue: The Spring Rain Papertrey Ink Cardstock and Stampin Up! Rhinestone Brads

I had fun with this one...used the sketch but made it my own.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Craft Room Projects

I hope everyone had a fantistic Easter yesterday! I spent the day crafting and spending time with my husband. I am thankful to be as blessed in this life as I am.

During the March Papertrey Ink countdown, Nichole Heady made a storage container our of the boxes their stamp sets are packaged in. She used the new Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs set and dies from Heather Nichols. This is what her's looked like (this is her post and she's even got a video showing how she put it together):
The, a few days after that I was checking out some of my favorite blogs and happened upon Michelle Wooderson's blog, where she was featuring her new sketch book that I was lucky enough to pick up from her Etsy shop (here's the link):

I love that little sketch book, and if you were lucky enough to get one too, you know what I mean when I say it's the cutest darn sketch book I've seen in a while! Anyway, I was so inspired by Nichole and Mish that I had to create a few projects of my own, mimicking these designs because I loved them so!! I made my organizer using colors and pattern papers that matched my craft studio (I'll have pictures of that coming soon) and then made two more 'sketch' books that match the one from Mish, but are in different colors. Here's my organizer:
My pockets are for 'doodles,' 'to do list,' and 'shopping list.' I put the sketch book I got from Mish in my doodles spot, since this is where I will put my sketches, color combos, and doodles. Mish's book is a combination of plain, unlined paper and graph paper - perfect for sketches and doodles. I made my books out of plain, unlined paper. My second tab is for my to-do list, and here's the book I made for that:

The final tab in my organizer is for my shopping list. I tend to make a big list of things I need/want from stores and/or websites, so this is the perfect place for me to put a running list of items I either want or need, and just cross them off as I get stuff. LOVE IT! Here's that book:

Thanks for stopping by today.!!

This & That Organizer (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted):
Cardstock: Terracotta Tile, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper:L Autumn Aubundance
Ink: Terracotta Tile Hybrid
Stamps: Mini Scrabook Series: Tabs, Take Note
Ribbon: Terracotta Tile Saddle Stitch
Buttons: Terracotta Tile
Felt: Vintage Cream
Die: Mini Scrabooks Series Tab Die
Other: Scallop Border Punch (Fiskars)

Things To Do sketch book (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted):
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Kraft (Stampin Up!)
Pattern Paper: Autumn Aubundance
Ink: Terracotta Tile, Black (Memories)
Stamps: Take Note
Ribbon: Terracotta Tile Saddle Stitch

This & That sketch book (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted):
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Kraft (Stampin Up!)
Pattern Paper: Paisley and Green Brocade (The Girls' Paperie)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Black (Memories)
Stamps: Take Note
Ribbon: Raspberry Fizz Saddle Stitch

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fool's and an Easter Card

Happy April Fool's day...though it is almost over!! No jokes for me today. Just spent some time with my hubby and did some crafting. It was good to do both today since I was out of town last week. My hubby has a four day weekend off this weekend and I was off today. Anyway, on to the crafting! I wanted to make some Easter cards to send to my family, and I was hoping to have had them out in the mail earlier (since they'll be late now), but I wanted to play with some new Papertrey goodies that were set to arrive today. And arrive they did...so I had some fun playing with my new Year of Flowers: Daffodils set today. I did some paper piecing with the flower portion, stamping and then cutting the flower out of some Bo Bunny dot paper. Then I did come coloring with copics (I am still a newbie with these, but LOVE them). I used some of the new Dear Lizzy paper with the Papertrey Large Scalloped border die, and a simple sentiment from the daffodil set. Wanted it to be more spring like than Easter specific. I love the simplicity of it!

Have a great rest of your April Fool's Day.