Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bloomin' Birthday Wishes for Verve Sketch

Happy Tuesday to you!

Quick post as I am making sure I get this up to qualify for this month's Verve challenge.

Here is the very last Verve sketch for the month of May.  I was at our river lot on Friday when the sketch came out, and obviously, I didn't have anything with me to make it there.......so, I mulled it over about a million times to get some ideas.  As soon as I got home on Monday, I unpacked everything, started laundry and then hit the craft room to make this card.  I just love how it turned out.

I tried doing the "wavy" stitching on the sewing machine and to me, I think my straight stitches are better........lol

Here's the link and image for the last Verve sketch in May!  The good news is......I finally ordered some Verve stamps and they are on their way to my doorstep.......Maybe I'll have them to play with for June's week 1 sketch!

Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Butterfly Kisses stamp set
Bloom Builders die (small)
Basic Grey patterned paper - Archive
Vintage Ivory cs
Dark Chocolate ink & button
DMC floss
Janome Sew Mini - Stitch C/Tension 4

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Squigglefly Monday - Triple Digits Challenge

Happy Memorial Day!!!
I hope you are enjoying the day and celebrating with family.

Are you ready for a super, super, super challenge?
I know you are! So, get ready to think in THREES!!!

For this challenge, we are celebrating reaching our triple digit challenge (this is challenge 100!!!!).  So, you need to think in THREES!  Use 3 of something on your creation......3 flowers, 3 brads, etc.  
You get the idea!

For my card I used the cake from Squigglefly's Birthday Set by Michelle Bertuzzi!  This is a wonderful set for a few reasons.........First, it has 13 images for just $4.00.  Second, it contains a VERTICAL sentiment!  If there is one thing I wish designers would create, it's more vertical sentiments.  I've needed them so many times but then end up adjusting my layout to use a horizontal one.

Here's my totally tripled out card.
I was a bit worried with black for a birthday card, but this turned out so classy!!!  I have just the friend in mind for this one!

Did you find all of my triples???
3 candles
3 layer cake
3 layer card
3 colors (black/pink/silver....white does not count and neither do the flames....lol)
3 kinds of bling (silver glitter cs, silver Sakura Pen, Smooch on icing)

I absolutely can not wait to see what you create for our triple digit challenge!  If you need some awesome inspiration, please go to the Squigglefly Blog to see some of the great creations made by the DT!!  Remember, if you use a Squigglefly image, you have a chance to win even more images!!!

On a different note........

Did you ever start with what you thought was a great idea for colors or layout for your card and then totally take a 360 with what you created???

This happened to me when I was making this card.  I took almost 30 minutes to go through patterned paper that I wanted for this image.  I found some really cute paper from the Basic Grey Cupcake pad and layed out in front of me.......Then, as you've probably read before, I use these patterned papers to pick the Copics I'm going to use.  This added on another 10 minutes.......Then I sat down to color. 
Who has ever seen a rainbow cake????  Ughhhhhhhhh!
Obviously, I scrapped that whole idea and started again.  Luckily, I always print 2 to 3 of the images at a time and I had just one more cake left over.  

How I ended up going with pink, silver and black.......I'll never know.  But once I started with that, it took me less than 10 minutes.......*rolls eyes*

Just thought I'd share that bit of frustration because I know we've all been there!

Materials Used:
Squigglefly Digital Images - Birthday Set
PTI - Ad Sense stamp set
PTI - True Black, Silver and Stamper's Select White cs
DCWV patterned paper - The Glitter Stack
Taylored Expression's Key Ingredients ribbon
Smooch - Illuminate
Martha Stewart glitter pen - Curry
Sakura Gelly Roll pens - #520 and #523
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Copic marker - R83

Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful holiday!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Verve's May-Week 4 Challenge!

Can you believe that it is the last day of May???
Sheesh!  Time did fly this month!
This post will fly, too, because it's going to be quick and simple.......lol

This is a little late for the week it was posted but you have until June 2nd to enter with all of the cards for the month.  The main reason it took me so long is because this card truly stumped me.  Those darned little corners were puzzling to me because I do not own a square punch.  I finally came up with a good solution using PTI's Alpha Block die and hand cutting them to work......lol

I have to say that I may NOT be giving this one away.  It was a labor of love......and I just love these colors and SEI's patterned paper!!!  Please click the image to enlarge it to see those pretty little flowers inside the silver cs watering can!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Garden Variety stamp set
SEI patterned paper - Black Orchid
True Black, Silver and Stamper's Select White cs
Alpha Blocks die
Double Ended Banner die
Nesties - Classic & Scalloped large ovals
Memento ink - Dark Chocolate and New Sprout
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Studio G. ink - Dark Aqua

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thank You with PTI's new Anniversary set!!!

It's Friday!!!!  Yay!!!

I can tell that I'm going to be using the new and exclusive Botanical Silhouette stamp set from PTI very often.  This set is just amazing and the possibilities are endless!!!  Love the double stamping and all the options to use with the flowers!

I also have to give a shout out to MFT for their Well Worn dies.  I love being able to stack dies to create an awesome focal point.  I'll definitely be looking for some more of these during their releases!

Aren't those mats from MFT's Well Worn dies just awesome when used like this??  I'm so impressed with how they look stacked against each other!!!  

I was inspired by the CPS #219 Sketch Challenge and the Totally Hues #7 Color Challenge.  I had to find a way to get the Lemon Tart in this card......The ribbon centered on the lace made it fit the bill and gave it a bit of a pop!  

Here are the two challenge images:

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Botanical Silhouettes stamp set
MFT - Well Worn dies
Melon Berry, Spring Moss and Stamper's Select White cs
Pink Patterns patterned paper
Lemon Tart grosgrain ribbon
Taylored Expressions - Pink Lace
Copic Spica Glitter Pen - Clear
Memento ink - Bamboo Leaves
VersaMagic ink - Pixie Dust
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ice Cream, anyone???

It's Friday!  Friday!  Friday!!!

How about some ice cream???
I think I'll hit up McDonald's for a Mocha Frappe on that note!

Stephanie over at the {stamps} of life has done it again.  She came up with the cutest set for this month's club members.  I realize it's the 27th and I've had these for a few weeks.....but, I finally did get to ink them up.

Isn't this just a fun card?

You may be wondering where I got these colors of lavender and yellow.  Here's the story.  On our way home from our field trip with the 5th graders, we stopped at a local ice cream shop.  The flavors of the day were blueberry and birthday cake.  Well the kids just loved birthday cake.  In fact, one of them said it was "heaven in a cone!"  LOL  For some reason, my mind has been focused on that pale yellow and lavender ice cream ever since!!!

I chose the Card Patterns #116 Sketch Challenge to feature my ice cream cone.  
It worked perfectly!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
the {stamps} of life - scream4icecream
2008 Bitty Dots patterned paper
Kraft, Lavender Moon, Lemon Tart & Harvest Gold cs
DCWV patterned paper - Safari Kids
Edgers #3 die
Double Ended Banner die
Nesties - Classic Ovals Large
Dark Chocolate ink
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black

Thanks for stopping by!  
Now go get some ice cream!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

MIM Sympathy Card challenge

It's Thursday all ready!!!!
Time sure flies when you are having fun!
Having 5 days off (the weekend, followed by 3 personal days) followed by 2 work days and then another long weekend (for Memorial Day, here in the states) really does make the weeks go quickly!!!

This card was inspired by so many different challenges, tutorials and blog posts that I hope that I remember to mention all of them so credit is given where it is due!  

This card definitely took some thinking!  Just like Heather Nichols said in her Beyond Basic Emboss Resist tutorial, it definitely helped with the end result.  When I got the PTI newsletter with this tutorial, I think I hung on every word, swearing that I would try it!!!  

Next PTI inspiration was the Make It Monday #16 challenge done by Dawn McVey this week.  Her focus was on simple tips for making sympathy cards.  I learned a lot.......like using "color" is not a bad thing for sympathy cards......in fact, I really love her pink card in the video.  

I used some muted colors, but I think it all came together.

I used the emboss resist with the French writing underneath the ferns.  I love the look of the writing showing through.  I'm not sure that I'm too fond of this color combination, but in person, it really doesn't look that bad.

This sentiment from Impression Obsession's Sympathy Sentiments stamp set is so beautiful.  You can click to enlarge this photograph.

In the Off the Wall Craftiness #53 Color Challenge for this week, Kim mentions that these colors could be tricky......so maybe I have in my mind that it would be difficult to begin with.  I also followed the Sweet Sunday #118 Sketch Challenge for the layout.  I just had to turn the sketch to make it work with this image.

Finally, here is the MIM #16 video if you would like to see Dawn's tips in action:

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Wildflower Garden stamp set
Hero Arts - Old French Writing wooden stamp
Impression Obsession - Sympathy Sentiment stamp set (inside)
Mat Stack #3 Collection stamp set
Round & Round stamp set
Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Ocean Tides and Ripe Avocado cs
Ocean Tides grosgrain ribbon
VersaMark ink
Filigree embossing powder - Clear
Memento ink - Bamboo Leaves
VersaMagic ink - Aegean Blue

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

HB 2 U for my nephew!!

I love having a few days off.......It really gets the mojo rollin'!!!

I loved the Sweet Stop #109 Challenge this week.  It had a twist to make a masculine card and it was just perfect for my nephew who has a birthday coming up in July.  He'll be 15 and I'm so very proud of him and all that he does with his grades and sports. Can you tell that Auntie Teacher is talking???  LOL

Anyway, I really tried my hand at the "grunge" look for him, since I know it's "all the rage" right now for teens..........but, I'm not sure I got it right.  Please give me your honest opinions, because I have lots of time until I have to send this.......lol

Here is his card!

Imagine my surprise when I found out that the "HB 2 U" sentiment from PTI's Birthday Bash Sentiments stamp set fit right inside the frame from PTI's Grunge Me!!!  It's perfect for a teen!  I just chuckled because that was one of the questions on PaperTrey Radio and I thought to myself, "I never find any cool stamps that work together."  LOL

And.......When you open it up, this is the inside sentiment.

As I mentioned earlier, the Sweet Stop sketch was the main inspiration and here is the image for the challenge:

What a fun card to make! 
Let's hope a "15" year old will think it's cool!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Grunge Me stamp set
Birthday Bash Sentiments stamp set
Big Birthday Wishes stamp set (inside)
Making Memories patterned paper - Just Chillin'
Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold, Soft Stone and Stamper's Select White cs
By the Numbers dies (inside)
VersaMagic ink - Thatched Straw
Enchanted Evening ink
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to visit my blog!

Sympathy Card for C&S and Impression Obsession Challenges

Happy Wednesday!!!

I don't know why, but yesterday I spent most of the day making sympathy cards.
I honestly enjoyed the process and am thrilled to have a few on hand.
Sometimes when you need one and need it quickly, you aren't in the best place to produce a nice card, at least for me, anyway.

So, today's card is following 2 challenges which I'll talk about after I show you the pictures, but I have to say once again........if you haven't tried Impression Obsession's Mega Mount and Cover-a-Card stamps, you really need to get just one to try!  I'm in love.....and have a large wishlist just waiting for me over there......lol

I know Dawn McVey said in this week's MIM that you don't have to use dark colors, but I really liked the way this turned out using just the black and white.

The beautiful sentiment from Impression Obsession's Sympathy Sentiments stamp set.  I absolutely adore all of the sentiments in this heartfelt set.

As mentioned earlier in my post, this was made using 2 challenges.  The first is hosted by Impression Obsession and is called "Things Are Not Always Black and White."  This is my very first challenge for them....but, since I'm loving their stamps, I don't doubt that it will be my last.

The 2nd challenge that I used to make this card is the Clean & Simple #141 Sketch Challenge.  I loved using the new PTI Edgers #3 die to create the smaller panel.  It was just perfect for this card.

Well, there you have it!  
A black and white sympathy card that really is just beautiful.

Materials Used:
Impression Obsession - Cover-a-Card: Vines
Impression Obsession - Sympathy Sentiments stamp set
PTI - True Black, Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone and Smoky Shadow
PTI - Edgers #3 die
Straight n' Narrow ribbon - Dancer's Black
Recollections - Floral Embellishment

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lovin' the Purses!!!

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!!!
Day 2 of my personal days and I plan to keep busy today, too!

Just a quick post for the SSD challenge this week!

Lovin' the PTI Alpha Blocks!

This Skipping Stones Design sketch was really tough for me!  I think those little squares threw me off for a bit.......then I remembered my PTI Alpha Blocks and they came to the rescue.  I hope it's okay that I didn't use the ribbon/twine that the sketch has in it because it just didn't look right.

 Materials Used:
SSD - Birthday Purses stamp set
PTI - Kraft & Lavendar Moon cs
PTI - Sugar Plum patterned paper
Studio G. ink - Dark Plum

Monday, May 23, 2011

Personal Days = Craft Room Organization!!!!

Happy, happy Monday to you!!!

I have taken 3 personal days and am dedicating them to cleaning and crafting......but I have to admit that so far I've only been doing the "crafting" part.....lol

Since I got up on my personal day at 4:21.......(Don't ask), 
I thought I would tackle an idea that had been floating around in my head for while now.

It all started when I was perusing blogs and saw Chris Simon's post about making a container for her 6x6 patterned paper.  I was keeping many of my Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients patterned paper in the little cellophane bags that it comes in, but dreading every time I had to get it out because that sticky strip on the cellophane would stick to the paper, etc.  Then putting it all back in was also a pain.  Then you have all your Basic Grey and other pads that you have little pieces falling out everywhere once you tear a sheet out.......so, I needed a better method.  When I saw that Chris simply separates hers from the pad so she uses it......the light-bulb went off in my head.

I knew I could do this, but didn't want to create a box.....I wanted to use an empty DVD box that I had purchased from Target.  It's only made of cardboard and the sides simply snap together.  

And.......Here's what I came up with!!!!

I created a generic pocket using Georgia Pacific cs, plastic separators and some staples.

You can click any of these pictures to enlarge them, but this just shows how I labeled the company and then the name of the pad that is behind the labeled divider.

The pockets took no time at all to make.  I simply scored and folded a piece of card stock in half and then to fit my container I had to cut 1" off the side.  I then centered the plastic divider between the two sides and stapled it together. 

The fold is at the bottom and I simply stapled the sides to hold in the plastic divider card.

This created a pocket for all of my little scraps (as you will see below).  Then I threw on a little Post-It label with the name of the patterned paper and I was done.

This pocket is filled with all of the little scrappies that I can't part with........Yes, I'm a hoarder when it comes to scraps.  But, at least I'm now a NEAT hoarder!!!

Behind the pocket are the whole sheets and larger scraps.

This only took me about 1.5 hours.......so, it wasn't a huge undertaking.  I just feel better having all of this patterned paper right at my fingertips where I can see it.  I also won't have little scraps falling out all over the place when I grab a particular patterned paper pad.  I'm loving it!  
Thanks, Chris for the inspiration!!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Birthday to me...........from DH!!!!

Happy Sunday, everyone!!!

I'm having the most awesome birthday!
We went to Pittsburgh on Friday night and got to eat at the incredible Original Fish Market in the Westin.  
I got to eat sushi and loved every bite!

On Saturday, we went to the MVH 23rd Gala and he and we got all dressed up for the event.  Michael is the graphic designer for the hospital and did all of the place cards, picture holders, invitations, logos, etc. for this event.

The theme this year was Mexican......which if you know me well, you know that this is right up my alley.

We got home Sunday morning and DH had the most beautiful birthday card for me filled with some
 " Stampin' " cash



Nichole Heady provided instructions for how to make this because she has one in her craft room......Well, I sort of left hints that I'd like one for my craft room and DH did an awesome job!

Right now, I have it sitting on the top of my 9 JetMax cubes but eventually DH is going to hang it from one of the rafters so I have more space opened up.  Looks like I need to order more ribbon!  ;-)

I'm so excited about my ribbon holder!
Love ya, Michael!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

ThankYou for the Joy card

Hello fellow bloggers!
Happy Saturday to ya!

Just a super quick post with a quick card for a dear friend because she doesn't realize how much "joy" she has brought me this year.  

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Signature Series: Flower stamp set
Think Big Favorites #2 stamp set
Hawaiian Shores, Kraft and Stamper's Select White cardstock
We R Memory Keepers patterned paper - Tiffanys
Nesties - Large Rectangles and Scalloped Rectangles
Cuddlebug embossing folder
Studio G. ink - Hot Pink
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients ribbon
Recollections - Butterfly embellishment

Friday, May 20, 2011

Beautiful Sympathy card for Verve and Color Cue challenges

Happy, Happy Friday!!!
You know what that means right???
And for me, it's followed by 3 personal days to do some major crafting!

When I ordered my new Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamps, I ordered a set of they sympathy stamps because of the sentiment that I used on this card.  I think it is so heartfelt and beautiful that I'll have to keep from putting it on all of my sympathy cards.

You should click to enlarge this so you can see how beautiful the sentiment is.

Simple inside.

I used Verve's May 2011 Week 2 Sketch and wow did it pack a punch.  Have I mentioned how in love I am with Verve's sketches???  They are so awesome and have a way of making every one of my cards that I make using them look like a professional made it.  So impressive EVERY week!

I followed it up with W Plus 9's Color Cue.  This is another color challenge blog that just is top notch!  Again, they push me to use combinations I would never dream of........but, look at the results.  I mean, who would ever think to put yellow with the smokey blue and pink???

Materials Used:
Impression Obsession - Sympathy Sentiments stamp set
PTI - Mat Stack#3 die
We R Memory Keepers patterned paper - Tiffanys
PTI cardstock - Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, Ocean Tides and Stamper's Select White
Recollections - Butterfly embellishment
PTI ink- Ocean Tides
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Misc. Jute ribbon
6" paper doily

Thanks so much for stopping by.....
Have a fantastic weekend!!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fun Birthday Card for C&S sketch challenge

Happy Wednesday to you!!!

I've got a quick post with a quick card!  
I just love how this one turned out!

As soon as I saw this paper in Basic Grey's Bittersweet paper pad, I was in loveeeeeeeee!!!

I used the sketch from Clean & Simple this week.  I love making these longer cards.....they are a bit different and easy to mail!  You can't beat that!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Big Birthday Wishes stamp set
Turning a New Leaf stamp set and dies
Basic Grey patterned paper - Bittersweet
Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Shadow and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Flower Fusion #2 die
Hibiscus Burst saddlestitch ribbon
Studio G. ink - Olive
Fresh Snow ink
Filigree embossing powder - Clear
Elements Medium Jewel brads

Thanks for taking a peek this evening!

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