Sunday, February 26, 2012

CPS Sketch Challenge

I was up and at it early this morning so had time to craft before heading of to the days activities.

I used Early Espresso card base and embossed ripe avocado with a Tim Holtz embossing folder I bought a while back (Notebook).  The red layer is Tea Leaves patterned paper from PTI.
I matched the sleeve on the to go cup to the tea leaves layer also paper pieced the lid so it looked more white than the cup.
The sentiment is from Warm Happiness (PTI).  The tea bag is from Morning Cup (SU!) and the to go cup is from Heart 2 Heart (my new favorite set :)

The focal layer was cut using SU!'s new Framelits dies

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lets Get Together

I love coffee stamp sets and the whole coffee shop ambiance.  They are such nice places to relax and enjoy time with friends.  I LOVED the new Heart 2 Heart set - first in a series and it's, you guessed it -  coffee themed.

I also am still working through the PTI anniversary sketches that were published this month.  Here's what I came up with for today

I used the Divine Swirls embossing folder  - it looked like steam swirls to me and I thought it paired well with the little to go cups from Heart 2 Heart #1.

The idea for the cozy came to me whilst browsing Pinterest.  I saw the cutest little crocheted cup sleeves with a button and twine for the closure.  I used my new Raspberry Fizz patterned paper and some dark chocolate buttons with natural button twine to mimic the look.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Happy {late} Anniversary

I'm working my way through the different sketches that were posted for the PTI anniversary celebration  this month.  I couldn't play along with the original post, but they are all so cute I wanted to at least try them out.

And besides my parents anniversary is tomorrow ... yeah I know, Sunday.  The card will not get there in time, but I get bonus points because its hand -made :)

I loved this sweet sketch and decided to go with a pink floral theme.  Nothing screams "Happy Belated Anniversary  from your Overworked Youngest Child" like pink floral .  I used the littlest flower image from Simply Jane and stamped it repeatedly in Raspberry Fizz.  The sentiment is from Round & Round - one of the most versatile anniversary sets I've ever gotten from PTI.
I used my Limitless Layers - oval and Turn a New Leaf dies along with some spring moss vintage buttons to finish it out.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy 18th Birthday

When my sister told the family she was pregnant with her first child she told me she "really wanted a girl".  I sent her a dozen pink roses with a card that said Think Pink.  The roses worked and her first was a beautiful baby girl.  Said baby is going to be 18 in a few weeks.  I'm sending Cait a dozen pink roses too - and this card

I loved what Heather Nichols did in this month's PTI countdown with the butterfly dies so I copied that here.  I stamped the BB:Text Style in versamark stamped the "happy" letters just to have a placement guide and added "birthday" in True Black.  I die cut a CB butterfly die I have and used repositional glue to adhere it to my card base.  I sponged Crumb Cake ink over the die, making sure I got in all the little details.
For the "happy" I stamped on white card stock and scribbled with Copic markers.  I cut out the letters and adhered them to my card base.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Little Thank You

I have a couple of hobbies.  I don't do a lot of things because as my sister has told me when I'm in, I'm all in, so I go all out on whatever hobbies I undertake.  One of my new ones is cooking.  I've never really liked to cook but decided maybe I just didn't know what I was doing, so last November I started taking some basic cooking classes at a local community college.   Now I'm hooked.  

I'm on my 3rd series of classes and am loving it so much that about all I post on Facebook anymore is pictures of food I've made :)

One of the reasons class is so fun is Erica ... she comes every week and cleans up after us.  I gained a greater appreciation for all she does when I made a birthday dinner for some friends.  I spent as much time washing dishes as I did cooking (but the duck and couscous were fabulous).

This week is the last class for the series I am in and I decided its about time I made Erica a thank you card.

I used my new limitless layers - oval dies as well as the small rose from Rosie Posie.  The rose and leaves are from the Rosie Posie set.  The sentiment is from Round and Round, and the background was made from Background Basics: Gingham

Colors are Melon Mambo, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip (sentiment) and Pear Pizzazz.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

OWH Sunday Sketch and a Surprise

If you've already visited the OWH Stars and Stamps site then you know the surprise already ... the samples that you see on their post are mine .... wiggling with excitement here in Iowa.  I was super thrilled when Julie sent out an email to ask if I wanted to be a part of the sample crew.  Its a big role to fill since the samples are always so amazing but I'll do my best to live up to the standards already set.

So now on to the cards ....

 The first card I made is a Miss You card .... using the very first  a la modes set I ever bought,  I love coffee sets  they just symbolize friendship and good times to me.  I used my crimper to corrugate the base layer to look like the sleeve that goes on a to-go cup.  My a la mode girl didn't quite fit in the size allotted for the sketch so I stamped her twice, colored and cut out the cups and layered them on foam tape to get a little dimension,
I colored her in denim and red, because that's what I would wear every day if I could.

My second card (yes there are 2 today) is just a spring time fresh, no sentiment general purpose card.  Same basic color scheme as the one above (Island Indigo and Pool Party), but added some touches of greeens and yellows to brighten it up.

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Miss You A Latte Card
Stamps: Like it A Latte [MFT]
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black [Tsukineko]; Island Indigo [SU!]
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
Tools: crimper

Dandelion Fluff Card
Stamps: Botanical Silhouettes [PTI]
Ink: Island Indigo, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party
Paper: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White

Monday, February 6, 2012

MIM: Doubled sided stamped die cuts

I really liked Erin Lincoln's tutorial on the Make It Monday video.  I have the Leaf Print stamps and dies, but wanted to try some of the other ones I had to see how well they worked with the technique (plus I was copying a lot of Erin's sample card so I thought I ought to do a little something original :).

I found the Happy Trails butterfly was perfectly symmetrical ....

I used a slightly shortened white card base to start with and stamped the BB:Gingham in Lcky Limeade.  I die cut the Limitless Layers Ovals using Lucky Limeade and White.  For the butterfly I die cut it from white then stamped in Wisteria Wonder. on both sides of the cut out.

 I used Take Three: Winter for the sentiment.

Here is a picture of the underside of the butterfly

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

February SFYTT

Second post today ... I got up early and had A LOT of time in the craft room before getting ready for church ...

Here is the second installment of the 2012 Sketch For You To Try ... a monthly sketch challenge hosted by Jen Del Muro 

I flipped the sketch on its side and used my new SU! goodies that I got this week (Framelits dies and Apothecary Art set and the SAB Everyday Enchantments patterned paper.

Colors are Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, and Early Espresso

The buttons are New Leaf vintage buttons from PTI.

OWH Sunday Sketch

I went a little crazy with the last PTI release.  I think I bought more than I have in a year.  Then of course, work got busy so I haven't even gotten to ink up all that goodness.  I had time to play this morning so I made this card using the OWH Sunday Sketch

and just so you don't have to read the whole post, yes, Tara, this will be a stamp camp card :)

I wanted a bright cheery card since its rather dreary here in Iowa, so I used my old standby Raspberry Fizz and Black color  combination.
I used my new Think Big Favorites #12 and Background Basics: Circles to make a cheery birthday card.

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