Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, January 30, 2009
I wanted to use Sunbonnet Sue and Sam, so I also wanted the card to have colors that reflected the era~ ca 1940's. Well, I didn't have Sears green, lol, and I had to use Pure Poppy since it was Valentines, and Lemon Tart wasn't going to be visible enough... well... almost, lol.
The lace is sticky tape from K & Co., the ribbon is Papertrey. The tiny heart is from Heart Prints, but I think the sentiment is from Heart Prints Sentiments.
Sometimes I think maybe I don't remember to give you all of the supplies I used, I hope you will ask if I leave something out!
Well, Sylvie to the rescue, all the way from France!
Her card arrived very shortly after my birthday~ even though the postmark was from France, and even though Sylvie had asked for my address, I was afraid to think it might be a real birthday card until I pulled it out of the envelope. Isn't it perfect!?!
She used Papertrey's Dark Chocolate, and stamped a pattern using Papertrey's Guidelines for the small side piece. A beautiful pink flower sits on a square that has embossed edges, and some Sweet Blush double stitched ribbon runs up the left side. There are the sweetest little rhinestones all over, and Birthday Wishes finishes it off~ What a pleasure it was to get this in the mail!
Then, to top off my week, look what landed in my mailbox today! My jaw dropped when my DH brought it in, especially since I had already gotten the mail- he says it was stuffed in the back of the box, and I missed it earlier. Patti mailed this to me after I admitted to some nerdiness- or OCD- in a comment on her blog. You should go see her little pails here She covered a tin with Papertrey's Raspberry Fizz patterned paper and tied a bow around, but really, look what's inside! Dessert! Yes, siree, I had chocolates for dessert tonight! Thanks so much, Patti! If you click on the picture, you'll be able to see in more detail the lovely Thank You card~ her stamping with guidelines is precision at it's best!
Getting these gifts in the mail reminds me of how much I love to get mail, and packages, and makes me wonder why I don't send things more. I need to remember to do unto others... Ok, I promise!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
PapertreyInk is winding up for a giant release on February 15th, celebrating their second year anniversary. Nichole is releasing hints this week about changes and sets to come. One of those hints spurred a conversation about Claire. Claire had just posted a card where she hand drew and painted a cottage go see, they are just incredible!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Tonight is the Papertrey Blog Hop~ if you are just tuning in, be sure and read the explanation here . Here's the skinny on this month's challenge:
With January being the beginning of the year, it is the perfect time to build up a stash of birthday cards! This month's challenge is to create your very best version of a birthday card. The card can be geared towards a female, male or child; it's your pick! With the collaboration of all our ideas in one central spot, we will have more than enough inspiration to get us through the entire year! We look forward to seeing what you cook up!
I often make Birthday cards, so just play around my blog to see many more!
As a knitter I learned to let busy yarn carry the pattern, and I think the same is true with paper. This black and white pattern from Papertrey's Black & White Basics pack is so busy it hurt my eyes to even put a ribbon on, lol! Hence, just a sentiment with a touch of color, and done! The flower is from Women of Life, and the sentiment inside is from Mixed Messages. If you don't have Mixed Messages, you need to go buy it right now! It has the tiniest of sentiments that fit inside anythng you might want. I hand cut the flower out, then mounted it on a Marvy punched Pure Poppy circle. Sometimes it is the simplest of cards that carry the biggest impact, and I think it is true here!
Hope you are having fun hopping! Come back tomorrow, I have more Valentines to post!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My DD made this sweet baby card, I just had to show you before we send it to the hospital. We both got the Sizzlet button die from Stampin' Up!- she used hers and mine is still in the wrap, lol. Looks like I need to get mine out!
The onsie from By Ones & By Twos is paper pieced from a lighter print of the DP Muirfield, and the layer is a brighter paper from that set. The buttons were punched from Baha Breeze and Kiwi Kiss, the layer under the onside is also Kiwi Kiss. There is natural hemp just strung through the buttons, and they are set up on dimensionals. Cute, Cute Cute!
Now for something completely different~
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Then today I got 2 packages in the mail, one from Papertrey, and one from Flourishes. Double wow! Look for lots of posts in the future with these new toys. Of course, the amazing thing about today was the Inauguration of our 44th President-an historic day, but also so uplifting and hopeful. As if that wasn't enough, I peeked into Nichole Heady's blog to see if the Guest Star Stamper winners had been announced. And oh my goodness, there I was.. a winner! That's never happened to me before!
To help with my block, I have been stalking Michelle Zindorf's blog. Here is a Birthday card I did after I spent like 24 hours on her blog. It's SU's Stardust colored in Prisma markers and layered on a background of alcohol inks. The blues in the inked background are Pinata inks, they are much brighter than Adirondack. The blue paper is an unknown brand, but it is stamped in Encore gold, then torn and folded back.
Now, here is a failed Guest Star Stamper card. It failed because it wasn't done in time, but also because I wasn't liking how it looked. I'm still not sure, lol! I wanted the animals facing each other, but the deer of PTI's Forest Friends faces the same direction as the skunk. Maybe next time I'll make a parade. I stamped the deer, cut it out, turned it over and traced around. A brown marker did the outline, and when I water colored it, it wasn't too bad. I stamped the eye and antlers, it didn't seem to matter that they were 'backwards'. The trees are from Father Knows Best, the corners are a Sizzix die, and I made the little flowers that go up the right edge. Ribbon on the left is green gingham from SU, and the leaf ribbon from Papertrey. The Oh Deer sentiment is cut with a nestie ribbon label, then tied with natural hemp. All of this is mounted on a Ripe Avocado card. I think it is a Belated birthday card, lol, but actually I don't know!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I used the set Guidelines and stamped the background lines in Spring Rain. Next I stamped one of the images in Spring Rain. A second image filled in the open spots with Certainly Celery. It looks great! the card is big, and determined by the number of 'tiles' I wanted to highlight. The elephant from Bitty Baby Blessings was colored in the same Copics Nichole Heady used~ B21 and B95. Hey! My elephant looks just like hers! The sentiment is also from Bitty Baby Blessings, cut out with a Nesty label, then glued to Spring Rain grosgrain ribbon. The little hearts were a perfect match from my stash, I just put a bit of linen thread through them and attached with some glue dots. The elephant is sitting on punched out circles, I used nesties, but the green scalloped circle is the SU punch.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
In case you are wondering, I always buy any stamp SU makes with millions of saying on one block- I cut them all apart and mount them on Jenga blocks. So Many Sayings was originally 3 stamps, but I got 29 sentiments from it!
The images are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, then colored with SU markers Old Olive and Certainly Celery. The layer is Old Olive cs; the buttons are from Joannes. I ran SU's Linen Thread through the button holes, pulled the thread off the edges of the button, put a glue dot on top then cut the threads- the glue dot held the thread down to the button. I put a second glue dot on to help hold the button down to the card.
Snowing here again today, sigh, I was going to go to AC Moore to see what Inkadinkado stamps I could get at 40% off. Guess I will just stay home in my warm and cozy home, with the fire going, and stamp the rest of the day!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The flower and sentiment are both from Serendipity Stamps, the set is called Bleeding Hearts 1114QCL~ http://www.serendipitystamps.com/
Th papers are both from Basic Grey Blue Bonnet from Oh Baby and Preston from Oh Baby Boy. I stamped the images in Versafine Onyx black, then colored the it in with Prisma markers. I did some shading on the leaves, but you'll have to enlarge the picture to see that. I roughed up the edges, then folded over one corner and tied some Linen thread from SU, then fuzzed it out a bit.
It is an A-6 card, but I had to make it bigger to see some of the flowers on the paper. Simple, but very pretty!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Next time I will take a lesson from Michelle Zindorf and emboss the image before after i color it, then I can brayer some color on the background. it actually looks ok the way it is, but some shadowing might make it look a bit more 'placed'. I contemplated doing Liquid Applique on their hats, but since this is going to sit for the next 11 months I thought better of it.
I also trialed a couple of sentiments and ribbons, but sometimes plain is just the best!
Stamp: House Mouse
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Prisma and Copic markers, SU's watercolor crayons
Paper: Papertrey's Stampers Select, Pure Poppy & Ripe Avocado
corners punched with a corner punch!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I don't believe I've ever had a magenta Self-Cling stamp before, but this one stamped out such a nice image! I colored it with Prisma markers, although the little butterfly is colored in SU's Regal Rose marker, since that matched the SU Sweet Treasure paper I used. The yellow is Almost Apricot, and the border punch is Fiskars Threading Water. The sentiment is a wood mounted stamp from The Cats Pajamas.
Simple, but very sweet!
Friday, January 2, 2009
The Penny Black Winter Bough #3508K image was colored with SU's water based markers (Old Olive, Real Red, Certainly Celery, close to Cocoa and another lighter brown), then spritzed with water from a spray bottle and stamped on SU's Shimmer White. This was the first image, but I had a second sheet of paper ready and stamped again without remisting, so got 2 images from one set up.
The Seasons' Greetings sentiment is from Rubber Soul.
The image is matted on Papertrey's Ripe Avocado, then popped up on a piece of imported paper with a red and green pattern- then all was layered on a Ripe Avocado card. Finished size is A-6.
Maybe one of my 'resolutions' should be to do a Christmas card or two per week?
All paper is PTI- Vintage Cream, Summer Sunrise, and Spring Moss. The ribbon is not PTI, but they sell a similar product. The flowers are Primas from so long ago they may qualify as antique. There are Dew Drops in the middle of the flowers~ I don't like Dew Drops so my NY's resolution is to use them almost up, lol! The Dew Drops are glued to the paper flowers with Tombow Mono Adhesive, then the flowers are applied using Glue Dots.
The top layer is a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder that came with a die to cut words that fit the raised part. I think it is pretty cool! The bottom scallop was cut using a blade on my Carl cutter. It makes a small round scallop- works well for shorter lengths.
Grand-daughter Olivia thought the Twins card was too plain, so I had to dress this one up for her, lol!