Monday, February 28, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 049 - Technique: Direct to Rubber

Needing a masculine thank-you card, I decided on the Direct to Rubber inking method, one of the techniques for the current JustRite Friday Challenge. Using a Marvy marker, I inked my centered sentiment (created with JustRite's Myriad Pro 50 pt. Font) and the thank you border from JustRite's You're So Sweet stamp set and stamped both on white CS cut from a Spellbinders' circle die.
For a little "fun" I next cut a Spellbinders' Eyelet Circle in red CS and then cut it again with another circle die to remove the outer eyelet edge for a more "masculine" look!!! Then I cut an Inverted Scalloped Circle in green to back my red/white focal layers. A bit of distress inking, a zig zag embossed edge and brown ric-rac finish off my simple "guy" card.
I love "double-cutting" with my dies, as well as combing my JustRite stamp sets to find more ways to make my dies and stamps work together to create the look I'm going for -- more "bang for the buck", a must in today's economy! Thanks for stopping by today!!!
EDITED to add: This card also fits the "All About Boys" prerequisite for My Sheri Crafts challenge so I'm linking it to her weekly challenge also! ;-)
Papers: Basic Grey's Mellow DP; Papertrey Ink's Poppy Red CS; white CS
Stamps: JustRite's You're So Sweet (border) and Myriad Pro 50 pt. Font (center sentiment)
Ink: Marvy LePlume #18 Dark Brown marker; Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Spellbinders dies: Eyelet Circles S4-304 (Die #3); Standard Circles S4-116 (Dies #3 & #4); Inverted Scalloped Circles S4-194 (Die #5)
Embellishments: Martha Steward Embossed Zig Zag punch; brown ric-rac from stash

Friday, February 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink February 2011 Blog Hop: Scallops

Papertrey Ink's blog hop challenge this month was to use scallops -- any type, so I've used several Spellbinders' dies and Bazzill scalloped paper along with Friends 'Til the End PTI DP - making this quick to try to get it posed in time!

Well, something weird happened with Blogger (thanks, Blogger) and my post photo had no thumbnail and when I came back to fix the problem, the collection for InLinkz closed -- Boo-Hoo!!! Oh well, it was a fun card to make even if I missed the Hop for the 2nd month in a row!  Life's been getting in my way too often lately, so I'm going to have to get things better organized and break that pattern pronto!!!  Thanks for popping in for a look anyway!!!  ;-)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Celebrate Card: My Mind'e Eye Style

My Mind's Eye Lush (Blue) DP
This is the first card I've made using the Lush line of designer paper in blue  by My Mind's Eye  -- it's totally "luscious"!  :~)  My 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card uses three of the gorgeous patterned papers from this line, as well as a brad and velvet scalloped ribbon.
Cream CS from my stash is first covered with Blue Diamonds double-sided DP and then topped in the center with velvet Polka Dot DP. Two large Prima Flowers at the top left are embellished with a large My Mind's Eye "Lush" brad and sit atop my Celebrate sentiment.
Across the bottom I cut the reverse side of the Blue Damask DP with the scalloped QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts Journaling Die (#REV-0226-D), tucked it underneath cream lace from my stash, then topped with MME's velvet scalloped ribbon and finished at the right side with another Prima Flower. All DPs and flowers were antiqued with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.
I colored my clear flower-shaped stick pin (Making Memories) with Copic BG11, added beads and stuck it through my ribbon and flower. Finally, a pearl from my stash was threaded with embroidery floss for stamens and attached with a glue dot to complete my card.
Check out Creating Everlasting Memories for great bargains on the following products:  My Mind's Eye; QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts; Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing, as well as many others!!! Hope you're having a wonderful, crafty day today wherever you are!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 048: Sketch

Having just received JustRite's Sympathy Nested Sentiments and Spellbinders' Cross Collection dies, I wanted to use them for this week's Sketch Challenge. I die cut the largest of the 4 crosses from Spellbinders' Dark Blue craft foil (LOVE all the new colors!) and mounted it to rectangles in Vintage Cream and Spring Rain CS and then to a Vintage Cream card with Enchanted Evening layer. All CS is from Papertrey Ink. My sentiment and Victorian Nested Frame are stamped in Memento's Danube Blue ink and my metal corners are the "left-overs" from the inside of the cross. Dainty vintage cream lace from Hobby Lobby runs under my focal image and the sentiment block, which is mounted on foam tape. These cards are difficult to make in a hurry (for me anyway) and necessary to have on hand, so I just love all the thoughtful sympathy sentiments in this JustRite set which make a difficult job easier.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Home is Where the Heart Is: QuicKutz Style

QuicKutz House Die #0213

Just a fun little twist on a Valentine, or a housewarming or welcome home card that was tons of fun to create with this QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts House die. This die plus many more by QK (and FlowerSoft in several colors) are  available at Creating Everlasting Memories at fabulous prices -- check it out!!!
Paper: Bazzill scrap CS and Cream CS from stash
Die: QuicKutz House #0213
Stamps: JustRite's Times New Roman 15-pt. Font; tree, sand, swirl from stash
Embellishments: Making Memories Ribbon; Sage FlowerSoft; heart sticker from stash
Tools: Stampin' Up Word Window punch

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration Day 3: Make-It Moday Challenge

Go-To Sentiment Sympathy Card
I absolutely LOVE Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge announced during their 4th Anniversary Celebration, which is to create a Go-To Sentiment card. Click on the link above to be taken to the post where you can read all about it and view the video!

I love how my sympathy card turned out because I feel it's classy and elegant with subtle colors -- just what I feel these sad occasions warrant.  All the sentiments and feelings I want to express to someone who's lost a loved one are right on the front. What a fabulous concept!!!  I can add another fabulous PTI stamp inside or simply write my own heartfelt words.

Papertrey products:
Paper: Lavender Moon and Plum Pudding CS
Stamps: With Sympathy (Vine/Flower; If the future...; May you find peace...); Round & Round (With Sympathy); Autumn Abundance (Thinking of You) and With Sympathy Addition: Loss of Child (Know that I am here)
Ink: Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding and True Black

Other products:
Spellbinders' Pierceabilities; tassel from stash

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration Day 8: Think BIG Challenge

I've used my biggest stamp and biggest sentiment in what I think to be the "biggest color" (Raspberry Fizz) for Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Day 8 Think BIG Challenge! What a fun challenge this is, showcasing the premier of Think Big Favorites, a very reasonably-priced new monthly mini set that contains two or three mega-sized versions of popular sentiments from previously released sets. Soon PTI will ask their customers (YES -- they DO do that & they LISTEN!) to vote on which sentiments we'd like to have "super-sized" for future mini sets -- I LOVE that!!! Nichole has several other mini sets that are fabulous if you're just getting started with a collection or want to add to what you already have -- tons of fun mixy-matchy shapes and sentiments for BIG creations at a small price!
My card is quite CAS with the largest flower from Friends 'Til the End stamped in Dark Chocolate on Raspberry Fizz CS, cut out by hand, mounted onto a Spellbinders' Classic Border Petite cut from Dark Chocolate Friends 'Til the End DP. I also stamped just the center of my flower again, cut it out, pop dottted it and added a brown gem from my stash to its center. Clear gems from my stash were Copic colored with RV14 to accent my dark chocolate border, as well as the "i" in my sentiment from Giga Guide Lines. That's it, BIG & simple!!!  ;-)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration Day 7: Tag w/Frame Challenge

Nichole's challenge for Day 7 of her Papertrey Ink 4th Anniversary Celebration is to create a tag that incorporates a frame. Because I'm tired of the "traditional Valentine" colors, I decided to go CAS with my little Tag Sale #1 die cut from PTI's Aqua Mist Bitty Box Basics DP. My PTI Vintage Labels double-line frame is stamped in Aqua Mist ink on Vintage Cream CS and cut with Spellbinders' Labels One die. These stamps work so well with the dies. Inside my frame I've stamped the scrolly heart from Sweet Love and accented it with a single gem.
Topping my framed adornment is another small tag, cut with a retired Spellbinders' die, which incorporates my sentiment from Sweet Love (broken into 3 lines from it's original 1). Both it and the embellished tiny swirl atop are stamped in Ocean Tides ink. All my gems were originally clear ones from my stash, colored with Copic BG15 -- one of my FAV things to use my Copics for! Another is one of Nichole's ideas, as seen on my PTI silk ribbon, which was made by running the same Copic marker down the center of the ribbon -- LOVE that look and it's SOOO easy! If you're like me and can't draw a straight line, just "cheat" and use a ruler to guide you. Three different size gems along the left side point the way to my framed adornment.
Finally, all three tags were edged with PTI's Vintage Touch Tea Dye duo. I just LOVE this tag's simplicity and non-traditional colors! Thanks so much for your visit here today; I so appreciate you taking your time to stop by!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration Day 6: Button Challenge

Button Challenge

Nichole's challenge for Day 6 of her Papertrey Ink Anniversary celebration was to "use buttons in a creative and unique way", thus my little button girl was "born"! She proved challenging, but is made with Papertrey Spring Mix vintage buttons for her face, puffy sleeves, bodice and heart button sentiment accent. Smaller buttons from my stash were used for her eyes, arms/hands and legs/shoes. Her hair is made from scraps of Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Fizz felt cut with the Rick Rack Border die. She's mounted on a Mat Stack 1 die in Sweet Blush CS and a Raspberry Fizz card.

My sentiment is from one of my fav sets -- Heartfelt Basics and is stamped on Sweet Blush CS cut with a Spellbinder's ribbon tag threaded with Raspberry Fizz Swiss Dot Satin ribbon.

Hope she brings a smile to my recipient's face!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration Day 5: Color Challenge #3

Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate, Kraft

 It's 11:30 PM here and everyone else is asleep because they all have early days tomorrow, so this will have to be my final entry for Papertrey Ink's Day 5 Color Challenge. I really had fun with this color palette, wondering IF I could work in the Pure Poppy, but I managed to make it work, I think! Thanks for stopping by to see the three entries I managed to get made and posted today/tonight/this morning -- LOL!!!

My fingers will be tightly crossed in hopes of winning this FABULOUS prize (as I could REALLY use it)!!!

My PTI products are:
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy,  Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate  and Kraft CS
Stamps: Scattered Showers (Sentiment) and BG Basics: Petal Power (bottom edge)
Ink: Pure Poppy, VersaMark (plus a bit of Chai for edging)Dies: Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die Collection; Tag Sale 1 Die (flower Center); Rick Rack Border Die

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration Day 5: Color Challenge #2

Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Kraft, Vintage Cream

Another CAS creation for my second card for today's Papertrey Ink Color Challenge for their Anniversary Celebration. This time I chose this fun bicycle stamp and the color palette shown underneath my card.

When my DD saw the card, she said, "I love those colors"! A winner in her eyes!!! Of course, because Nichole and the fabulous PTI Designers are experts at picking the most fabulous shades and pairing them up perfectly -- if you're not familiar with this company, you are truly missing out!!!

My PTI products are:
Paper: Vintage Cream and Spring Rain CS
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits; Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Pure Poppy (plus a bit of Chamomile for my dots & edging)
Embellishments: Pure Poppy Buttons

Additional Products:
Spebllbiners' Standard Circle dies and Ribbon Tags Trio

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration Day 5: Color Challenge

Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, Dk. Chocolate
For Papertrey Ink's Day 5 Anniversary Challenge I chose to use my favorite color palette (listed under photo), as well as the same basic design used on a card I made last year because I love the CAS look. This time I changed the leaf stamp, edge punch and sentiment and added the Dark Chocolate, as I was going for a more masculine approach -- do you think I succeeded? My original card can be found here.
My PTI products are:
Paper: Vintage Cream CS and Green Tea Leaves DP
Stamp: Turning a New Leaf and Everyday Classics
Ink: Ripe Avocado and Dark Chocolate (plus a bit of Chai on my right edge)
Embellishments: Ocean Tides Buttons
Additional Products:
Fiskars Upper Crest Punch and fiber from my stash

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bride and Groom: QuicKutz Style

As I cut and paper pieced this Bride and Groom QuicKutz die set, it reminded me so much of playing paper dolls when I was little -- a fond memory!
For a shower or wedding card, this set would be so sweet for making your card in the bride's chosen colors! I also think these would be the perfect dies for all your wedding scrapbooking and even for shower decorations!!!

I simply used papers, flowers, ribbons and pearls from my stash to dress my bride and groom. I cut my bride's dress in a textured white CS and her veil from vellum. I cut a small slit to slip the veil over her hair and then added pearls to it, as well as to her dress at the neckline and a ribbon sash at her waist. Her bouquet consists of small roses and  ribbon surrounded by a small doily circle cut from a larger doily.

The groom is dressed in his finest tuxedo and white shirt with "ribbon" tie and a boutonniere die cut from the set and Copic colored with R39 and YG95.

For this QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts die set #3-040 and numerous others at unbelievable prices, be sure to check out Creating Everlasting Memories today!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Favorite Papertrey Ink Project from the Past Year

NOTE: This originally posted on August 27, 2010, but is re-posted here today for the UNBELIEVABLY HUGE giveaway being sponsored by Nichole Heady at Papertrey Ink in celebration of her Fourth Anniversary this month. Be sure to go check it out by clicking on the above link. Good Luck!!!

challenge this week: create a 'Missing You' project. I chose "It's Been Too Long" from Everyday Button Bits stamp set, adding a little swirly image from Vintage Labels above and below my sentiment and tiny Kaiser Craft chocolate pearls. Stamps are all from Papertrey Ink.
I just LOVE this paisley print in russet browns, peony pinks and spring greens from Basic Grey's Sultry paper pad. My sentiment frame is die cut with Spellbinders' Ribbon Tags Trio Two. For accent I then embossed the die again and hand cut the outermost edge before lacing my sheer brown ribbon through both. I cut a strip of pale pink paper from the pad, misted it with water and embossed it with Spellbinders' Paisley Impressabilities. My paisley print and  brown papers were then both edge punched with Fiskars' Upper Crest punch.
Have a great day and I sincerely appreciate your taking time to come here!

Happy Birthday, GF

Amidst all the goings-on at my house lately, I managed to hurt my back, so I'm not quite functioning as I'd hoped. Thanks to a dear friend's reminder, I did manage to get a project finished in time to celebrate another GF's birthday yesterday with the two of them! Many months ago I had made the four woven ribbon panels for this basket with the Birthday Girl in mind, as blue is her favorite color. I took the simple route and finished it with glittered handmade paper from my stash, using Spellbinders' Lacey Circles and a silver pearl. I then created a simple square matching card with Lacey Circles, Lacey Squares and a birthday greeting from JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames from the supplies I had out on my work space. Full directions/details for the basket panels, box and woven handle can be found on Becca Feekens' blog here. I also previously made this Easter basket for a little girl. Hope everyone is managing to stay warm and safe wherever you are!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 047: Love is in the Air!

Love is in the Air is the theme for the current JustRite Stampers' Challenge, so with Valentine's quickly approaching, I used a wonderful sentiment stamp from JustRite's Romantic Sentiments Set for my entry! "You Hold the Key to my Heart" is stamped in PTI's Raspberry Fizz ink on Spellbinders' Nested Heart die cut from PTI's Vintage Cream and embossed with Antique Linen. I've always LOVED this DP from Basic Grey's Bittersweet line, so paired it here with PTI's Raspberry Fizz CS and metallic Vellum punched with Martha Stewart's sweet Doily Hearts border punch. My key is cut from Spellbinders' Timeless Heritage set in gold foil and accented with a heart bead and seed beads. Lastly, I added cream lace and sequin trim to finish off this Love card!


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