Monday, March 30, 2009

With Sympathy II

My second version (first here) of CPS Sketch 104 again using With Sympathy, but a different flower and sentiment. The unique flower, butterfly and sentiment are all part of this extremely versatile PTI With Sympathy set, fast becoming a favorite of mine! As my clever friend Gwen so accurately pointed out this particular sentiment works well for "encouragement" too. We can always use a little of that in our lives! If you get a chance try out this sketch, it's a great one!!!
Papers: PTI's Vintage Cream & Berry CS from stash
Stamps: PTI's With Sympathy
Inks: PTI's Berry Sorbet & Ripe Avocado
Emellishments: Robin's Nest Island Blossom & Grapes & Leaves Dew Drops; Pink Stickles

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

PTI March Blog Hop Background Card

This month's challenge was to create a background. Even though I'm crazy busy spring house cleaning, this was sooooo much fun! I actually attempted a couple different backgrounds, but ended up liking this very simple background card best after using my favorite background (so far) and the individual circle & "flower" design from Background Basics: Retro. I stamped the background 3 times across my card and added the small circle stamp on top of every other circle-less flower design in Noir ink.
Next I removed the gem from a felt chipboard accent flower from my stash, stamped the single "flower" in white Staz-On ink and reattached the gem. Lastly, I added the design once more in front of my sentiment in white Staz-on from Friends 'Til the End, added a gem in the center. Short & sweet!!!
Paper: PTI's White CS & black scrap
Stamps: BB: Retro & With Sympathy
Ink: PTI's Palette Noir & White Staz-On
Embellishments: Amanda Blu Chipboard Flowers & gem from stash

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge I by Dawn McVey

Dawn's FIRST Color Challenge ever runs through noon tomorrow CDT, so go here to read all about it and use Mr. Linky to link your creation! This color combo was loads of fun to work with; I really enjoyed the challenge! Here's my deets:
Paper: PTI's Raspberry Fizz & Shimmer CS; Brown, Orange, Yellow CS from Joann's
Stamp: PTI's Basic Backgrounds: Retro & With Sympathy; Cloud 9(Fiskars) Happy Birthday set
Ink: PTI's Dark Chocolate (stamp & Nestie edging)
Embellishments: Flower & Gems: Michaels

Tools: MS Floral Lace Punch; Spellbinders' Wizard & Square Nestie

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Welcome, Baby Boy!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Wow, I didn't even make 1 St. Pat's Day card this year -- my Irish relatives would be aghast, I'm sure -- LOL!!!
I seem to be in a clean & simple mode lately, for whatever reason. This little Baby Boy card I made just for fun because I found this sweet little Inkadinkado set @ Joann's on Saturday in their clearance aisle for 97 cents! How could I resist?! I seem to amass cards that I don't need to send, so I'm thinking I'll package a bunch up and send to our daughter & her roommate to have on hand when the need arises.
Not much to explain here, just thought the little elephant would look good on an oval, used my Nesties & curved the greeting above him (thanks to Gwen's recent card that reminded me I could!). I used Creative Memories oval set to cut the sentiment out, edged both in the same ink, embossed a larger Nestie Oval behind him & added a ribbon below.
Paper: PTI's White & blue scrap (SU?)
Stamps: Inkadinkado's Baby Boy
Ink: Colorbox Sky Blue
Accessories: Nestie Ovals; Creative Memories Ovals; American Crafts Ribbon

Sunday, March 15, 2009

PTI's With Sympathy: Loss of Pet

Another fairly simple card for my 2nd try @ Guest Star Stamper on PTI's forum. This one-layer sympathy for the loss of a furry friend card is one I just wanted to make because I thought that little paw would look so cute flocked. In the creative process it occurred to me to do the same flocking on my flowers. I decided to keep the tone muted, clean and simple. Let me know if you like it!
I actually had to remake this card, once I learned the "secret" to using Palette's Stamp & Stick Gluepad with flocking -- "ink" your stamp with the gluepad & pour on your flocking BEFORE heating! Yep, that's the key to make your flocking stick and it will not hurt or change the flock at all! I heated both from underneath & from the top. I even went back and added a bit more flock to my paw & reheated a second time. Try it; you'll love it!!!
Paper: PTI's Kraft Cardstock
Stamps: PTI's With Sympaty: Loss of Pet
Ink: PTI's Dark Chocolate; Colorbox Pigment: Eggshell White; Palette's Stamp & Stick Gluepad
Embellishment: Doodlebug Designs: Flock; MS's Embossed ZigZag Punch

Saturday, March 14, 2009

PTI Friends 'Til the End & BB: Retro Card

A simple card for my first attempt @ Guest Star Stamper on PTI's Forum features Friends 'Til the End and Background Basics: Retro stamps. I decided to use this particular background stamp and my Michaels' Black, White & Pop ribbon that mimic each other! I knew my Friends "Til the End flower would "pop" stamped in Palette Noir ink on Raspberry Fizz. I restamped the flower center, added black glitter in the middle, followed by 3 shades of pink glitter, pop-dotted it over my ribbon and added a single pink gem over the "i" in Friend to finish it off!
Paper: PTI's Raspberry Fizz & Stampers' Select White Cardstocks
Stamps: Friends 'Til the End & Background Basics: Retro
Ink: PTI's Palette Noir & Raspberry Fizz
Embellishments: Michaels' Black, White & Pop ribbon; gem & glitters from stash

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Free-Standing Pop-Up Get Well Card III

We needed another quick male get well card for my husband's brother who is in the hospital, so I made my old standby, since it got rave reviews the last time I sent it to a hospital patient! It was a hit because it takes up so little space & stands up well on its own!!! All I have to add to this one is a quick note on the bottom rectangle, sign our names & pop it in the mail today. My previous two similar cards are here & here! My fun get well card for a female can be found here. Always good to have one or two on hand, though I rarely do - LOL!!! At least I've got this quick/easy one to go to for either a male or female, as well as a child if you used bright, fun papers - the possibilities are endless!!!

Please pardon my poor photo this morning, but with our overcast skies, this is the best I could do - the blue papers are actually all the same & the top "B well" is the true shade!

Paper: Making Memories Cosmopolitan Collection cardstocks
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: PTI's Palette Dark Chocolate
Embellishment: American Crafts Ribbon
Tool: Spellbinders Wizard & Circle Nestie


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