Monday, July 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink July 2011 Blog Hop: Inspirational Photo Challenge

Hooray -- it's time for Papertrey Ink's July Blog Hop! Needing a masculine birthday card, I felt these inspiration colors would be perfect! Taking inspiration from the blinds on the window, I die cut Mat Stack 1 from balsa wood. With Dark Chocolate ink, I simply picked the ink up on a stiff-bristled brush and "dry brushed" it onto my die to better simulate the blinds. I then die cut Spellbinders Labels Eleven from Orange Zest CS, embossed lines with a Cuttlebug folder (based on the slats in the blinds and the stripes on one pillow).
All papers, stamps, inks and Mat Stack Die are PTI!
I'm so excited to see what everyone else created!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mojo Monday Sketch #200

For this week's  Sketch #200 at Mojo Monday
I decided to do a Christmas card featuring a snowflake!

My paper is by Bella Press (and is OLD!) and my snowflake is a combo of 2 Spellbinders' snowflake sets and my sentiment is stamped on a Spellbinders' Classic Scalloped Square Small.

My stamp is from The Craft Lounge (not sure if they're any longer in business) and my ink is Memento's Danube Blue! The fun elasticized sheer ribbon is from Hobby Lobby's wedding aisle.

Gotta rush to meet the deadline!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 6

EDITED TO ADD: Oops, I was a bit too late to get this one posted at PTI -- had a blast anyway!!!  ;-)

For the last challenge from Papertrey Ink tonight for me, I chose to do a very simple Christmas Card, using Wreath for all Seasons, stamped in Ripe Avocado Ink on PTI's gorgeous Gold CS and using a Merry Christmas sentiment from the same stamp set.

The challenge here was to use a "notch" of some type (your choice) to secure your ribbon/trim of choice in place. There are truly so many options for this fun embellishment "holder", but I simply used a 1/4" punch to securely hold my 1/4" red satin ribbon in this instance.

I had sooo much fun today/tonight playing in all the challenges issued but one -- wish I had just a bit more time to also do that challenge, but I'm a  "slow" stamper as a rule, so feel pretty good that I got this many finished.

Thanks for your visits!!!!

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 9

I've always loved this curly little enclosure for the sentiments from Everyday Classics, but it also totally makes me think of a shelf, so I've used it here, along with a hand-drawn line for my "shelf" sitting atop the shelf "brackets"! (This is for this challenge.)

A pitcher of zinnias stamped with Autumn Abundance (one of my favs) sits atop my shelf, colored with Copics (Y17, Y21, YG95, YR07) and backed by PTI's Orange Zest CS, all corners rounded with my 1/4" corner rounder.  I left this one simple (probably because my brain is tired after 7 cards in one day)!!!  LOL!!!  Hmmm, think Nichole said 10, so I've got very little time to do any more -- better go check!

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 8

For Challenge 8 today, I wanted to create a soft, subtle card, with just a pop of glitter to spice it up. Need to send this to a friend who's having a rough time -- always nice to know you're in someone's thoughts!
I took my cue from the colors Nichole used and then added Turquoise and Diamond glitter glue to the Friends Til the End flower center and to my fun edge created with Background Basics: Tin Types. I just love doing a card with this fun edge technique and must remember to do so more often -- it can add sooo much!!!
Finishing it all off, I took a length of PTI's 1/4" silk ribbon, added it to a snack-size baggie, rubbed my BG15 Aqua Copic along the inside of the bag, spritzed it with Copic Colorless Blender and sealed it. I then smushed it around until my ribbon was the perfect shade, dried it for a minute under the ceiling fan (because the Copic solution is alcohol-based, drying time is very fast!), wrapped it around my card and tied my bow.
Six challenges down, four to go -- doubt I'll finish them all in less than two hours, but it's been sooo FUN!!!

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 7

For Nichole's 7th challenge of the day we were to try to combine 2 or 3 images from different sets together. I don't have a lot of the fabby newer sets (sadly), but I love finding ways to combine those I do have.

Here I've used the large leafy image from Four of a Kind with the flower from Botanical Silhouettes, as well as my sentiment and the grass on the right side. The sweet little birdie is from Everyday Classics -- YIKES, I seem to be a "bird" roll today! All papers, stamps, inks are Papertrey Ink.

Off to see what challenge I can try next -- I just love doing these and only wish we had the chance more often, as it's really fun to get on a crafting roll (and even more so when there's a fabulous prize to be won)!!! Thanks for stopping in!

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 5

My faux border for this challenge was created using a solid flower stamp from Papertrey Ink's Four of a Kind stamp set, placed along my left edge in Raspberry Fizz ink. I then stamped the vine in Ripe Avocado ink from Turning a New Leaf, added the floral burst image and my sentiment from Botanical Silhouettes. 

The addition of leaf ribbon along the edge and a little bird from Colorbok's Flea Market line finished off this challenge card -- wish I thought I'd be able to complete all today's great challenges, but I don't think it will be possible, sadly! ;~(  Sooo much fun to try though!!!

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 1

My decorative element strip for this challenge (here) is made using Guide Lines and for the very first time (though I purchased it looong ago) I've used Guide Lines Grid Sheets for my CS -- who woulda thought?!  LOL!!!

I also chose to do a strip of a fav patterned paper from PTI, Dotty Biscotti punched with Fiskars Upper Crest punch.

PTI's Round & Round stamps are what I chose for my focal image as well as for my birthday greeting which I stamped on a Spellbinders' banner die.

All papers, stamps, ink are by PTI and the ribbon is something unknown that's been in my stash forever (right alongside that grid paper). Now that I've used it, it's likely to become a fav.

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 3

For this fun challenge today (here) I wanted to use one of my fav stamps from Everyday Button Bits. The challenge is to punch a window from your card cover and tie ribbon or twine from the window to the side of your card. As it turned out, the only PTI buttons large enough in my stash for my bicycle were pale yellow, but I really LOVE the soft color palette I ended up with!!!

Paper: PTI's Kraft and Fine Linen CS; Dotty Biscotti DP
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Accessories: PTI's Mat Stack 1 Die and Spring Mix Vintage Button Collection; Martha Stewart Ribbon; Copic Marker E31

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire Challenge 2

Since Dawn McVey's card and signature color are featured for this challenge, I've used her Scattered Showers' stamp set for my simple card. I chose the sentiment to let everyone at Stamp-a-faire in Cincinnati today know how happy I am that you were able to share in the fun we at home know you're having! We're also happy to be able to share in that fun via Twitter and Nichole's blog!!!  This is the first challenge (of many I hope) to enter a card for today, so had to make it one for all of you out there like me who LOVE PTI!

Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow, White CS; Bitty Dot Basics DP
Stamps: Scattered Showers
Ink:  Charcoal; Raspberry Fizz
Accessories: Tag Sale #1 Die, Rickrack Border; Copic Marker C-5; heart gem from stash

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mojo Monday Sketch #199: Flea Market Style

Time for another Mojo Monday Sketch  and I've again used Colorbok's Flea Market DP. I'm obviously drawn to these papers, so I just went with it! I played off the doily/rose paper, using it for my main element, die cut with a Spellbinders' Nestabilities Classic Circle and backed by a purchased white doily. Next I stamped my JustRite Just a Note sentiment directly onto a smaller doily and lightly edged it with Aqua Mist ink. A strip of Flea Market glittered paper tops my Floral Doily Accent along the bottom and is topped off by a handmade flower made with Winter White Hug Snug seam binding. I used the flower loom my hubby helped me make following Becca Feeken's tutorial here. Thanks so much, Becca, for sharing your unbelievable talent. To complete my flower I cut the center from another doily, edged it again with aqua ink and added a glittery pink brad.
I can't wait to visit some of the other fabulous entries at Mojo Monday's blog!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mojo Monday Sketch #198: Flea Market Style

Using a combination of Colorbok's Flea Market DPs and Spellbinders' dies I created my entry for Mojo Monday's Sketch #198. I paired the gorgeous Flea Market 12" rose "varnished" CS with the Flea Market  dictionary paper from their 8" x 8" paper pad and zig-zag stitched the edges. My hand-cut bird is perched atop a Spellbinders' Floral Doily Motif and my pink scalloped vertical border is cut with Banner Basics Two. The birthday sentiment is from JustRite's 'Just a Note' stamp set.
I really enjoyed working with this fabulous sketch and you still have until Sunday evening to post your entry!

Paper: Colorbok's Flea Market (12" x 12" and 8" x 8" Paper Pads)
Stamps: JustRite's Just a Note stamp set
Ink: Papertrey Ink's Dark Chocolate and Ranger's Antique Linen Distress Ink
Dies: Spellbinders' Foral Doily Motifs, Banner Basics Two and Standard Circles Large

Monday, July 4, 2011

Masculine Birthday: Flea Market

Edited to Add: Re-posted edited final photo of card -- just wasn't happy and realized it needed a bit more distressing -- better now!

Using Colorbok's Flea Market DP line, I created this card for one of two male friends' birthdays on my list. I kept this one fairly CAS by utilizing the numerical paper, complimentary striped paper and brown/aqua solids. Spellbinders' Banner Basics Two border accents the top striped layer and my Papertrey Ink sentiment is stamped on a Ribbon Banner tucked under the red bird's tail feathers, which I pre-cut with my craft knife.

That's it -- short and sweet and perfect for popping in the mail!

Paper: Colorbok's Flea Market 12" and 8" Paper Pads
Stamps: Papertrey Ink's Everyday Classics
Ink: Papertrey Ink's Dark Chocolate; Antique Linen Distress
Tools: Spellbinders' Ribbon Banner; Banner Basics Two dies


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