Thursday, October 25, 2012

PTI Blog Hop

This month's challenge was to try a nontraditional color scheme for a card or tag. Nichole put together six different color schemes and I picked this one:

The pinks and turquoises are so happy together! :)

I created a couple cards using this scheme. Here's the first one.

I adhered strips of cardstock to my card base - Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, and Aqua Mist. Then, I die cut a banner out of white cardstock and stamped "be merry." on it. I got the stamp a long time ago and not sure who the manufacturer is but I thought the modern sans serif font was a good match for the minimalist look of the card.

Here's another card I did following this same scheme and layout - just moved around the cardstock strips and changed the sentiment.

And here they are together.

Do you prefer one over the other? I think I like the first one best. Maybe because of the font of the sentiment, or maybe it's because of the order of the cardstock strips. Can't quite pin it down.

Also, I should note that the layout of this card was completely inspired by a piece of stationery I saw on Pinterest. Isn't it a great layout?!

Enjoy the rest of your hopping.

Cardstock: White, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist (all Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores (PTI)
Stamps: unknown mfr for the sentiment stamps, I think the star is from All Star (PTI)
Other: banner die (PTI)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Birthday wishes for Dad

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I tried a few things on this card - stamping a pattern (argyle) over other images (the tags), and stamping a bunch of smaller images to form a pattern. I kept the colors "manly" and "fallish" since it's for my dad's birthday, which is in the fall. :)


Cardstock: Fine Linen, Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Stamps: Tiny Tags, A Little Argyle, For The Graduate (PTI)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Missed challenge

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I made this card for a challenge several months ago but didn't get it posted in time before the challenge ended. But I like it and want to share it with you all, so I'm posting it now. I love how it's one layer. I love how it's "unisex". I love how it's "universal." This could go to anybody - friend of my young son, co-worker of my husband, female teacher, acquaintance, good friend. It just seems to fit the bill for all those situations, at least in my eyes.

The box was drawn by hand, the arrow stamped and then the sentiment stamped. Then the white layer was adhered to a black cardbase. Sooo super fast to pull together. Could make a great gift set for somebody!

Cardstock: white and black (both from Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Get To The Point (PTI)
Ink: black (?), Pure Poppy (PTI)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happily Ever After

We're headed to a wedding today and this is the card I'll be giving to the bride and groom (with a little cash-ola in it.)

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I had this idea in my head to use white and cream together. Not common but yet, I think it works. I kept things quite simple here. It's a square white card base with a Vintage Cream layer. The two rings are an obvious symbol of a marriage and I have had these in my stash I think they're from the old Scrapworks company. Anyone else remember them? It was a scrapbooking company from many moons ago. It's nice to use some of this stuff. The ribbon is wrapped around the card and stitched in place. The rings are glued. I tried to get them to interlock with the ribbon but whatever I was doing, it wasn't working. So, glue it is. LOL.

Here's a closer shot.
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Enjoy your weekend!

Cardstock: white, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Stamps: Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Other: ribbon and rings from my stash

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sentiment stems

I've let too much time slip since my last post. Sorry about that. With the start of school, soccer (for both kids), volleyball, football, increased workload for me at work, well, blogging kind of took a back seat. I have lots of cards that I haven't shown yet and several more that I have yet to take pictures of. Such a process! Anyway, on to the card...

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I used a variety of sentiments as the stems of the flowers - kind of a fun look!

Do you want to see my first attempt at this concept? It's not pretty but I worked through the trouble spots and came up with a good one so it's all okay, right? There's always some stinkers along the way.

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Ick! The patterned paper was too tall on this card, the flowers were a little too different, and everything was a little too squished. For my "final" card, I used fewer distracting elements (patterned paper, variety of blooms) so the focus would stay more on the flower stem sentiments.

Even though that was a stinker of a card and I'm not proud to post it I like to see these sorts of things on others' blogs. It's a good reminder that everyone creates projects that are destined for the circular file, and also it helps me learn the design rules - why one thing worked better than another choice.

Thanks for dropping by.

Cardstock: Vintage Cream (PTI)
PP: Dotty Biscotti (PTI)
Ink: Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Basil (Fresh Ink)
Stamps: Cupcake Collection, Four Of A Kind, Big & Bold Wishes, Birthday Basics, Just The Ticket (all PTI)
Other: jar label die (PTI), corner rounder