Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another anniversary card

My best stamping friend Michelle and I go to church together.  Her parents go there too and this weekend they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary!  Michelle sent an email out to church asking people to shower them with cards. 

Here is my little droplet in the shower

I used the wood grain impression plate to give it a good natural looking texture.  The dark brown is the new Early Espresso from SU! (premiering July 2010!)

The focal layer is a combination of Background Basics: Text Style, Turning a New Leaf and (you guessed it) Round & Round (the anniversary set) 

I tied it with some twine to add another natural element

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies - PTI unless noted}Stamps:Background Basics: Text Style, Turning a New Leaf, Round & Round
Ink: Ripe Avocado[PTI], Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip [SU!], Tea Dye distress Ink [Tim Holtz]
Paper:Kraft, Early Espresso, white  [SU!]
Embellies: twine
Tools: Wood Grain impression plate, Big Shot

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April Blog Hop

Ever since I saw this paper rose tutorial from Kim Hughes, I've been wanting to try it.  Since this month's PTI blog hop is using tissue paper, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity.

I took the tissue paper from my latest order and first did some direct to paper coloring using Terracotta Tile, Berry Sorbet, and Melon Berry.

Then I cut roughly 2 inch strips and following Kim's tutorial I scrunched and wrapped and rolled to make a flower

And here it is:
To make the flower stay in the coiled shape, I mounted it to a 1.24" circle that I ran through my 1.5"Xyron sticker maker.   I added some leaves from In Bloom stamped on Spring Moss bitty dot patterned paper.

The focal layer is Melon Berry cut using the Mat Stack 1 die and textured with the Argyle impression plate.

I also stamped the argyle background in dark chocolate and terracotta tile (its hard to see in the photo but it does show up fine IRL)

I added a sentiment from the new anniversary set (LOVE it!)

a little bit of chocolate grosgrain and voila - my card

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of the hop!

{Supplies - all PTI unless noted}
Stamps: A Little Argyle, In Bloom, Round & Round
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Terracotta Tile, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry
Paper: Terracotta Tile, Melon Berry, Bitty Dot patterned
Embellies: Chocolate Grosgrain [SU!]

Friday, April 23, 2010

Little Rin's Birthday Card

My youngest is turning 15 this week.  I remember when I had her because I was home in labor when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred.  Its hard to believe 15 years have passed since then.  She is a little emo, a little girlie, a little bit of everything depending on the day. 

I decided to continue past years pink and black theme but do something a little different this year

I used the new Argyle set from PTI as well as a sentiment from the anniversary set

I also used the argyle impression plate

I did learn that you need to spritz the paper first to get a good impression.  I use rubbing alcohol because it dries faster

I added a little bling too (some of those dots are black rhinestones)

The sentiment is from the anniversary set ... that set is incredible!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies - PTI unless noted}
Stamps: A Little Argyle, Round & Round
Ink: True Black, Raspberry Fizz
Paper: White, Raspberry Fizz, True Black
Embellies: Black rhinestones
Tools: Argyle impression plate, Big Shot

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Recipe Box

When I was home for Easter, my niece was talking about needing to get a recipe box because her recipe collection was growing now that she was out on her own.  I piped up "I can make you one if you want".  We talked colors and styles and I went away to ponder. 

I decided to make my own paper using the emboss resist technique and alcohol inks (I took this with my phone so it looks a little washed out)

Once I got my PTI order, I had my box (I used the egg box) and started to assemble and here it is ...

For the lid I cut a strip of white CS and stamped the border from F0r The Grad, without the "class of".  I stamped RECIPE from Recipe Box Labels in its place.

I also made a set of dividers using the Recipe Box set and the leftovers of the homemade paper.  I also used some Ocean Tides

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies - PTI unless noted}
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Recipe Box, Recipe Box Labels, For the Grad
Ink: Currant, Meadow, Stream, Latte, and Slate alcohol inks [Ranger]  Versamark, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist
Paper:White, Ocean Tides
Other: Clear embossing powder, Egg box
Tools: 1.5 " circle punch, heat gun

Inspired by ..... the PaperCrafts Magazine May/June issue

Alright everyone ... open your May/June issue of Papercrafts to page 46 ... see that lovely mother's day card on the far left ... by Jessica Witty ... gorgeous.  Absolutely gorgeous

Its so simple yet so ... I don't know ... gorgeous :)

I used that as my inspiration for an anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law

I used the new Awash with Flowers (2010-2011 SU! sneak peek) combined with PTI Background Basics: Text Style and a sentiment from Damask Designs.

The color combo is all SU! - Melon Mambo (2010 In Color), River Rock (coming back as a neutral for 2011) and white.  I masked the flower so the text background did not fill in the white space from the 2-step stamping.  I also colored the leaves in with Copics.

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies - SU! unless noted}
Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Background Basics: Text Style, Damask Designs [PTI]
Ink: River Rock, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Melon Mambo, White
Embellies: Melon Mambo dotted grosgrain
Color: YG91, YG93 [Copic]

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Inspired by .... springtime blooms

and this weeks Sketch For You To Try from Jen Del Muro

Here's the sketch:

And here are the blossoms ....

So here it is.....

I used creamy caramel as the card base and stamped with my SU! wood grain background on the long vertical layer to give it a natural feel. 

The focal image is Turning a New Leaf stamped in scarlet jewel.

The small flowers are punched from the SU! Trio Flower punch.  I colored them with Copics and curled the edges

The sentiment is from Fillable Frames #2

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wood grain background {SU!}, Fillable Frames #2, Turning a New Leaf {PTI}
Paper: Soft Suede , Creamy Caramel, White {SU!}, Scarlet Jewel {PTI}
Ink: Soft Suede {SU!}, Fresh Snow, Scarlet Jewel {PTI}
Colors: R89, R83, R20 {Copic Sketch}

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lifes Moments

I'm in birthday card mode again .... my uncle is celebrating his 90th, my mom will be celebrating 77 in a few weeks plus assorted nieces, nephews and friends.

Here is a non-traditional birthday card I made using some new product from Stampin' Up!

This card is using the new Elements of Style stamp set, available May 1st.  I love the large flower/vine  stamp.  And I guess I'm getting over my bird aversion.  I water colored the flowers and leaves with my aqua painter and added a little color wash shadow as well

Although you can't see it very well I also stamped the large focal image with the Linen background stamp to give it a fabric look and distressed the edges with Antique Linen distressing ink from Tim Holtz.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all SU! unless noted):
Stamps: Elements of Style (available 5/1), Linen Background
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Naturals White
Tools: aqua painter

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pedalling Past

Hi everyone.  I made this birthday card for my biking buddy, James (of the Jimmy Fins racing team and BRR fame)

I used the new Pedalling Past set from SU! (available in the Summer mini coming May 1st).  It has a couple of great vintage bikes as well as the scalloped border detail stamp.  To get a really good impression on the impression plate, I spritzed the paper with rubbing alcohol first.  I've used water before too, but the paper takes longer to dry.  With the alcohol, it dries much faster

One other new product that is coming out is Smooch Spritz ... glittery fine mist you can spray onto your projects.  I actually sprayed it onto a old piece of chip board and used a paint brush to add some sparkle to the white part of the bike

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies [all SU! unless noted]
Stamps: Pedalling Past, Petite Pansies
Ink:Chocolate Chip, Tuxedo Black [Momento]
Paper:Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Naturals White
Tools: Sketch R24, R29, T4, T6, C1 [Copic], Polka Dot Basic impression plate [PTI]
Embellies:Real Red grosgrain

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Australian Memory Box

My oldest daughter is going on a People To People Trip to Australia.  I am on the Bon Voyage party committee.  While it ends up mostly one last chance to impart instruction on the group, the committee decided to make a little gift for all the students and teachers going.

I found a great  stamp set from Crystal Productions that was aboriginal art

So here they all are just waiting for a party!

Template: Cutesy Cover - free download My Time Made Easy
Paper & Ink: Dusty Durango, Summer Sunshine, Ruby Red [SU!]
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics [PTI], Aboriginal Art [Crystal], Fillable Frames #1 [PTI]
Other: Fillable Frames #1 die [PTI]

Monday, April 5, 2010

Mod Retirement Card

A friend of mine retired last week.  He's worked at my company 30+ years and I've known him for 20 of those years.  We worked together for a decade then as reorgs happened we ended up in different groups.  Right at the end we were in the same building so ran into each other every few weeks and got to catch up.

It was amazing to see the kids (and grand kids) come to the cake party they had at work ... I first met them when the kids were in middle and high school and now here they were with kids of their own!

Here is the card I made for the occasion:

I used Bermuda Bay paper, ink and ribbon, with some Always Artichoke for the stems

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (SU! unless noted)
Stamps: [PTI] Mod Squad, Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Always Artichoke
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, White
Embellies: Bermuda Bay dotted grosgrain

Thursday, April 1, 2010

90th Birthday Wishes

My uncle will be celebrating his 90th birthday next month and all my cousins are going to shower him with cards  Here is one of the ones I will send ...

I sponged the right layer with Distress Ink in Antique Linen and also used some Currant Alcohol ink. I then stamped and embossed the flourish from Baroque Motif.  THEN I sponged more ink on top ... this time Slate, Meadow and Currant alcohol inks.  I ran a straight stitch around the ends and mounted it on the larger front layer that was already stamped and distressed.

I will send more than just this card, but this will be the fanciest.  I'm sure I'll make some simple single layer cards  ... unless I get all crazy and find some free time.

Thanks for stopping by.