Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink: September Blog Hop Challenge (and SFYTT)

This months challenge is .. sharing what you've learned from someone else. 

I'm going to start with a quick story of how I got into stamping.  As with most people, I was invited to a Stampin' Up! workshop.  I  had been to one other that was a total bust so I wasn't overly thrilled about this one.  But the hostess was a friend so I went.  The demonstrator, Michelle, was great - we actually got to play with the stamps and make our own cards (we did no Make-n-Takes at that first party).  And Michelle was so nice, I just bought and bought.  3 months later I signed up to be a demonstrator and Michelle and I became really good friends.  That was 7 years ago.

At an SU! regional event in Minneapolis one year, Michelle introduced me to her cousin - a lady named Heather Nichols.  Soon after she told me about this company her cousin was designing for ... Papertrey something :) 

The rest is history. 

Now I have learned so much from the designers at Papertrey and designers I've discovered through their blogs. But this story is about Michelle.  Something I learned from her is to just always have fun and design from your heart.  Not really a technique, but a good life philosophy .... so a technique she taught me back in the beginning was rock-n-roll.  I love how you can get so much color in a single stamping step.  It may not be new but I think people forget about it.  At this time of year especially, with leaves beginning to change colors, its perfect. 

So in honor of Michelle, here is my card:

I used Terracotta Tile and Orange Zest together on the larger leaf and Summer Sunrise and Orange Zest on the smaller ones

This is also this weeks Sketch For You To Try (Thanks Jen for another great sketch!!)

Enjoy the rest of the hop!

{Supplies}
Stamps: Leaf Prints, Friends Til The End, Fancy Flourishes [PTI]
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest[PTI; Early Espresso[SU!] Versamark
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla , Basic Black [SU!]
Tools: Wood grain impression plate, Leaf die D [PTI]; inverted scallop circle nestability [Spellbinders]

27 comments:

  1. Nice card! Love the woodgrain in the background!

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  2. What a lovely card - love your colours and the flourish behind the leaf!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  3. love this! Your leaves are beautiful!

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  4. The woodgrain impression plate is AWESOME!
    I really love this!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. You're right, I ALWAYS forget about this technique. That's a shame, too, because the effect you achieved here is FANTASTIC!!!

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  6. Very pretty! Love the wood grain!

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  7. gorgeous!!! perfect fall leaves!! :)

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  8. Oh great job with that sketch! Perfect fall card with those gorgeous leaves and the flourishes mixed in~!

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  9. Very pretty, love the sketch you used!

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  10. Great card...love your layout!

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  11. the colors on this card make me feel cozy. i like everything about your project

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  12. Love the fall feel here - and the leaves look so good with the flourish image - just beautiful!

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  13. What a fabulous technique and card! Perfect for this time of year!

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  14. I LOVE your story - how ironic!!! - and I LOVE your rock n roll card! FAB!

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  15. Fantastic technique and your stamped images are perfectly done!! I love the woodgrain background!! Awesome!!

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  16. Oh such a funny story, lol...what was Heather doing at a SU Regional?? Your card is lovely- the leaves are so pretty!!

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  17. Awww...how sweet. Thanks for making me need a tissue! Love the card Maureen and thanks for being a great friend. Looking forward to the next years of friendship and stampin'!

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  18. Beautiful card! And thanks for sharing your friend's 'philosophy' - an important lesson for all stampers. :)

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  19. Lovely card, it really gets me in the mood for Autumn!

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