Sunday, August 25, 2013

SAF - Gallon/Quart/Pint challenge

Hi! It's me again with one more challenge that I finished up late last night. See three more posts below for SAF and the blog hop.


Gallon: Smokey Shadow
Quart: Limeade Ice
Pint: Hibiscus Burst
And lots of neutral Soft Stone thrown in there.


Here's a close up of the heart embellishment. I used the Love Lives Here die and die cut it twice - once in Limeade Ice and once in Hibiscus Burst. I "embedded" the pink heart into the green circle. Then I used a circle punch to cut a pink mat for the circle just a little bit bigger. Then I covered it all in Glossy Accents.

And one more shot...

Cardstock: Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice (PTI)
PP: Soft Stone bitty dot (PTI)
Stamps: Think Big Favorites
Other: Love Lives Here die, circle punches

SAF - Salt Technique

Another SAF challenge to share. Please scroll down to see the blog hop and another challenge.

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I tried the salt technique and while it was fun to color with watercolors I don't know if the salt did much. I didn't have sea salt so just used kosher. Maybe that makes a difference? DH bought some coarse sea salt today so maybe I'll give it another try to see if I see more of a resist.

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Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides (PTI)
Stamps: Happiness in Bloom (PTI)
Other: Watercolor Paper, reinkers in Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado, and Ocean Tides

PTI Bake & Take challenge

The "opening ceremonies" for Papertrey's Stamp-A-Faire was a bake and take challenge. We were to select one color combo and one sketch and bake up a card.

Here was the color combo I selected.

And here is the sketch I chose.

I put them together and baked up this holiday card. Quite unconventional colors for the holly and berries, but you know what? I totally love it! So modern with the clean lines and an unexpected twist. And it came together so quickly. This just might be this year's holiday card!
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And a close up of the sentiment, which was embossed, and the holly and berries, which were outlined with my white pen.
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Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Stamps: Everyday Classics (PTI)

PTI August Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the blog hop for Papertrey Ink!

The challenge this month was to create a card based off a color/sketch combo. This is the one I chose. Doesn't that cake look delicious?

And here's my card.
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I made this card for our summer nanny to thank her for watching the kids this summer. I know she's a book reader so when I saw this patterned paper in my MME stack I thought it would be perfect, especially with a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble enclosed!

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A close up of the "ruffles". I embossed them with Background Basics: Text Style.
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And here is the packaging I made to go with it.
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The card (and gift card) are enclosed in a glassine bag. Then I cut two of the "handles" using the Front & Center #1 die. One on the front and one on the back adhered with Scor-Tape. I embossed her name on the front using Headline Alphabet and then a flower using Bloom Builders #3 die. Felt was cut with a button die and then topped with a button and twine.
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Thanks for hopping with me!

Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Kraft, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Spring Rain, Aqua Mist (all PTI)
Dies: Bloom Builders #3, medium scallops, Front & Center #1 (all PTI)
Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style (PTI), sentiment (Paper Smooches)
Other: Hibiscus Burst satin ribbon, PP from MME, embossing powder

Friday, August 23, 2013


It's time for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire celebration. Regrettably, I won't be able to play tomorrow because my son has a soccer tournament out of town. But you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be playing on Sunday!

Here's me and my crafting "kitchen".
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My stamp storage (basket is busting at the seams!) and cardstock.
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Happy crafting!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Modern card set

I was inspired by this set of letterpress stationery that I saw on Pinterest. At first I thought the gray paper was part of the card but then I quickly realized it was the envelope. But, the seed had been planted and I couldn't let it go.
Letterpress Stationery: Five Colourful 'Hello' Postcards

So, I pulled out some cardstock and my Headline Alphabet and created this set of cards using the exact same words as the stationery.

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Here's is a close shot of the "Hello" card. I used Hawaiian Shores cardstock and ink.

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And another one. I offset the white cardstock on top of the color and I LOVE it. It looks fresh and modern. And, even though I don't have a picture of it, I did the exact same thing on the inside of the card - I adhered some white cardstock touching the bottom and right sides rather than centering it.

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And here's a shot of all of them with the words I used - all beginning with "H". You could really use them for any occasion - birthday, thank you, thinking of you. Probably not for a sympathy card though. The Hawaiian Shores (turquoise) card looks so mellow in this photo for some reason.

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It just so happens that I made this gift set for a wedding shower we attended yesterday for my husband's cousin. Here's the little holder I made for it. Also tucked in there is a gift certificate for BBB. They were out of the towels I wanted to get and it would be easier anyway to have them shipped right to her home in Boston rather than transporting them half way across the country from Iowa to Boston.

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And the back:

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I used some larger rivets on the sides of the box so it would be less likely to tear. And some black twill for the handle.

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I may just have to make more of these. I'm just tickled with the clean and modern look of them. So easy to replicate and they're flat for easy mailing (I'm all about the practical!).

Thanks for dropping by!

Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft, White (PTI)
Ink: Tomato Red (Fresh Ink), Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Hibisucs Burst (PTI), Mango (Fresh Ink), Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Stamps: Headline Alpha, Wonderful Words, Enjoy The Ride, 2009 Halloween Tags, Happy Trails (PTI)
Other: cloud die, scallop punch, rivets (We R Memory Keepers), twill, book page

Sunday, August 11, 2013

CFC111 - Take 2


I have another card for the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.

For this card I used button die cuts instead of real buttons. It makes the card a whole lot easier to mail!



I tried to make this card with a bright and "happy" feeling. Not overly masculine or feminine. Really just an all around type of card. Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Pure Poppy, Rustic White (PTI)
PP: Hawaiian Shores polka dots (PTI)
Ink: Fresh Green (Colorbox), Dandelion and Paris Dusk (Memento), Tomato Red (Fresh Ink)
Stamps: Around and About Sentiments (circle around "hello"), Bits & Buttons (PTI), Word Salad (Paper Smooches - for the word "hello")
Other: yellow embroidery floss, button dies (PTI)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

CFC111 & MIM128

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Happy Saturday! DH and I are going out in a bit to meet some friends for drinks at an outdoor restaurant - it's just too nice of a day to be inside. But, before I do, I want to show you this card I made. Years ago I had a sweater made by the company "One Girl Who." When the sweater was finally at the end of its life I cut off the buttons because I could just see them come to life again on a card or scrapbook page (don't be surprised if you see them again! ;) )

Lucky for me, this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays was buttons. I finally found my chance to use one of these "One Girl Who" buttons!

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I also was really inspired by Ashley's MIM video for Papertrey Ink. As soon as I heard her say "try it with stars" I just knew what I wanted to do.

So, I stamped a variety of stars on my card front in four different colors. Some of them got covered with my new Wink of Stella glitter pen. I'm afraid most everything is getting covered with that these days. Totally love it. It satisfies my fun, girly side (glitter!) and my practical side (no mess!). It's a marriage made in heaven. :) I hope you can see it on some of the larger stars below.

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And here's one last shot of the card. I think this will make a perfect encouragement card for my 13-year old daughter. Everyone needs a lift every now and then, right?
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Thanks for letting me share.

Paper: Hibiscus Burst, Rustic White (PTI)
PP: yellow gingham (unknown - probably MME?)
Ink: Limeade Ice, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Tangelo (Memento)
Stamps: Simply You, 2009 Halloween Tags (small group of stars), Around and About Sentiments (large star and small star)
Other: double ended banner die, button, embroidery floss, Wink of Stella glitter pen

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lucky to know you

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Just wanted to drop in and share a card I made a while ago. I don't think I've shared it yet.

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Make it a great day!

Paper: Soft Stone, Orange Zest, Sweet Blush, Simply Chartreuse, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Patterned Paper: MME?
Stamps: Wonderful Words, Beautiful Blooms, Background: Retro, Sending You (PTI)
Other: Beautiful Blooms die, Wonderful Words die, Sending You leaf die and label die (PTI), button, twine

Monday, August 5, 2013

Pages with Papertrey - #5

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Look at that! A scrapbook page. Yea me! :) I've been doing more Project Life scrapbooking lately but when I saw these pictures it inspired me to do a "regular" scrapbook page. It felt good! I used Leigh's Pages With Papertrey sketch #5 to start me off. Here's the sketch:

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The title is cut from Pure Poppy paper using the Modern Alpha dies. The polka dots (to mimic a ladybug) were stamped by an itty bitty dot in the Botanical Silhouettes stamp set. The file tab was also cut from Pure Poppy cardstock using the Edger #5 die. The patterned paper is from MME.

And here's a close-up shot of the journaling.
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Thanks, Leigh for an awesome sketch!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches 97

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Hello again! I'm back this week with a card for Freshly Made Sketches.

Isn't this a great sketch?! So many ways to go with it. I had a couple banners lying on my desk from a previous project and it said Christmas to me - and it's never too early to start on Christmas, right? ;)

Here's a close up of the basket and bike. I don't understand why my embossing powder is acting like that - it's a very sparse covering. Anyone have any ideas? Bad embossing ink? Bad powder? User error? haha

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Oh well, maybe it makes it look a little more "loved", like the paint is wearing off. Can you buy that?

And one more parting shot...
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Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Pedal Pusher (PTI)
Paper: white, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist (PTI)
Patterned Paper: MME
Ink: Versafine Onyx, Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Sahara Sand (Memento)
Other: Pedal Pusher dies, Smooches ink on the ivy beads, Zing red embossing powder