Saturday, October 30, 2010

October Papertrey Pages

Wow, these pages photographed very light, they are much more primary then they look!

This month's challenge was to use 3 ribbons and 3 buttons on your pages... I figured I'd do more than that, but guess what?!? Just 3! I used New Leaf and Blueberry Sky paper for the photograph layers, the Title, and the frogs. the shadow of the frogs (from Cricut's Create a Creature) is True black. The buttons are in the title, o's and the exclamation point dot. Ribbons are from New Leaf and Blueberry Sky line as well.

The hanging clothesline is the actual one from the shower cake, I've saved it all of these years! The grandchild is four, do you think it's time I made his album? The cake said 'Little Baby Lotta Laundry! and I had baby clothes hanging all over the room. Back then, though I did not have a great camera, so have no really good pictures of the shower.

In this close up you can see I did not think ahead to give me enough string to wrap around the back of the pages, when I cut it it just pulled towards the poles. I need to think about that, lol, and fix it with glue dots or something.

In addition, I printed off some of the photos and they are really grainy- so i caved and sent some to Snapfish to print. those are on the way but didn't make it in time. so much of the page is put together with removable glue, lol, and couldn't' be photographed standing up!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Goodies

I really do love the images from Tiny Treats: Halloween. Actually, I just love the tiny images of all of the Tiny Treats sets! Fingers crossed for a Tiny Treats Easter or Spring, think of all of the baby cards with chickies and bunnies!!!!
My tins are full of Halloween candies- the tins are from the dollar bin at Joanns. The label fits perfectly on top, and the images are decorated with a sparkly gel pen and little bows.
The vampire test tube Trendy Tubes are filled with Pear flavored Jelly Bellies- a perfect green color! Lisa Johnson did the tubes with Frank, she used M & M's~ either way, they are so cute!!!
You can counjt to 6, right?!? Please note that Grandchild #6 is 9 months old and is not yet eating candy- poor guy! At Easter when he was about 3 months old I was not going to make him a basket and his Momma was horrified... and who ate the chocoalte bunny, I ask? Yeah, I think his momma just wants this tin of chocolate eyeballs, too!

Monday, October 25, 2010

October PTI Blog Hop

Eeek! I almost forgot the Blog Hop format changes again, lol!!

So, gee whiz, two blog or website lessons:
1. Don't talk politics
2. Don't talk religion

Uh oh, I think I am going to break that rule in this post.

One of the things I love about the PTI forum is how happy and accepting it is. Every once in a while something erupts, of course. Religion this time, I think. I am sorry about that. I think this month we were to make a winter season card, and I interpreted it to mean we were to think outside of the Christmas box. Easy for me, hard for some, I guess.

I used Mozel Tov and MT Additions to make this Hanukkah card for a co-worker. Woo Hoo! One card down 149 to go!

I first made the background paper with alcohol inks, using both the direct to ink and the tapped on method. I stamped the menorah in Versafine Onyx black and heat dried. Layered on True Black, the card base is silver shimmer. There's a wee bit of yellow Pearl Pen in the flames. the sentiment is done in silver detail EP. 9 SU brads finish off the right hand edge.

Forgot the inside when IU first put up the post...

Next up is a different kind of 'winter holiday' card. Since we are atheist's, we recognize and celebrate each solstice during the lunar/calendar year. We celebrate Mother Earth and Father Time, so to speak, and the changing of the season is way important for us. Gee, how would we know when to start chopping wood and when we can stop? Ok, no more politic or religion, lol!!

Inside and Out Holiday works great for the thought of the Winter solstice. The center yellow and red alcohol ink represents both the fire on the hearth that must burn from now until the Spring solstice, but also the light at the end of the dark winter months. The magic is, of course, that Spring will come again! The image is edged with a gold pilot pen, layered onto Smokey Shadow CS then put on the card base of Shimmer Gold.

The date was done on my computer, and printed out on Stamper's Select CS Vellum
I had to make the glitter brads with glue and glitter. Not terribly successful; I am hopping the glue will be dry by December 21st!

Thanks for reading to the end on this long Blog Hop evening!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Halloween Lineup

Sometimes it is best to just let the paper carry the card- this is a fine example! When I saw the paper, I saw little eyes peeking out at me from between the lines on the paper. I used little red rhinestones to highlight the eyes. You may need to enlarge the photo to see the creepiness of those eyes!

Martha Stewart's bat fence was punched from text weight black paper; a new to me Quick Kutz Halloween die made the moon and bats. A little bit of PTI's Smokey Shadow edged on the PTI Orange Zest card, and it's done~ a big 'punch' in person for not a lot of work.

The moon is cut from a piece of alcohol inked paper, but then I took 2 colors- Orange Zest and Memento Potter's Clay and sponged on to the inked image. I had to let it sit for an hour before I touched it since the ink needed to dry on top of the alcohol ink. Then some Smokey Shadow across the moon forming sort of a cloud look- again, waiting until the next morning to turn it over to glue it down. It did finally dry, though, so all is good!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I don't know exactly what my style is, but I do know that I don't do vintage, I don't do shabby, and i certainly can't do chic. ha!

So I am not sure what this one is, or where it came from, lol.

Well, the sticker came from Jolee's, that I do know. I made the lace border from a Martha Stewart punch, and stuck some pearls on it. I tried making the double looped bow with PTI satin ribbon, but the loops just want to hang together. I need to figure out how to get or make that scrunched ribbon if I want to go vintage shabby, right?

I don't know about you, but I have been mesmerized by the rescue(s) in Chile- what an example of pride, perseverance courage and skill. My oh my-

Now, back to the live feed via The Lede...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

CASE of Nichole's card today~

ETA: I forgot to say I hand drew that little nest, just a really fine tipped brown marker, and looking at the bigger nest from Birds of a Feather to follow the form.

I realize the photo is hard to see the little blue birds- it might do better if you click on it to enlarge it~

Sometimes I get a little sad when I see wonderful cards with products I don't have, can't have, can't afford, or whatever. I am sure others are in the same boat as me, and probably more often.

Today Nichole showed a perfect (for me!) card (here) but the products to make it aren't available until later next week, and then it's a 2 week wait for them to arrive... and that is if they make it onto my ever growing shopping list!

So I decided to head up to the stamp room and try and create the same 'feeling' card with the supplies I have~ Voila!

I used Through the Trees and Birds of a Feather stamp sets; Fine Linen and Spring Rain paper; plus Turning a New Leaf patterned paper cut with the smallest scallop die. Inks are Spring Rain, Chamomile, plus some Memento Rich Cocoa. I used the Woodgrain Impression plate just for some texture, and a dark brown paper twine instead of Nichole's Linen twine. I also added a bit of Fine Linen twill ribbon, for what reason I do not but it looks ok to me!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

PTI vs. Gina K.

I confess, I just love any pastel baby kinda paper. I am a sucker for matchy matchy, which is one of the reasons I love PTI so much. Then again, I love the Gina K Stamp TV videos- I mean, she can whip out a card in 4 minutes flat, by golly! How I envy that!! Since Gina K. also sells pastels, i thought I owed her a thanks for all that video watching, and bought her Spring pack of papers...and some inks to match.

I borrowed the design-ok, it's a direct copy- from somewhere. Maybe on SCS for the stamp set? I made one with PTI papers (the left) and one with Gina K. (the right). Same embossing folders on the blue strip and the pink backgrounds. Different Copics and Prisma markers for the coloring so each image would match it's papers.
I like the PTI better. Gina K.'s blue is a wee bit green, which is ok. Her pink is deeper, which I can use for baby cards. The yellow, though, is much too bright for my taste; I would not call it a pastel. That's ok, of course, just not for my average every day baby card. I love the Gina K. green, though! A good match for SU's Certainly Celery- but it is much heavier, of course. PTI does not have a green such as this, so it is a great addition to my pastel rainbow on the table!
Hope you enjoyed this comparison!

Friday, October 1, 2010

September Papertrey Pages

This months Papertrey Pages Challenge was to use only paper on your page(s). Lol, as the person who issued the challenge, I wasn't even sure I could stay to the rules. So, I did say that if you were 'forced' by the page, we would all understand if a button or brad ended up there!

My page is a single one this month; it is the first page of one of the grandbaby books- and yes, I am only 4 years late for getting this done, lol- hence the challenges for me!

All of the scrapbooks for my DD #2 have been titled like this: 2004: The Year of the Train (when one of the grands loved Thomas, 2005: the year of the house- when there was a new house for them. Since this really is one of a series of books for them, it drives the title page for this album!!

The paper I used is purchased from a person who sells digital papers, but I did not download them- she did. She sells kits with names and dates that you want, in the colors you want. I have lost the tag that came with these pages, but I can search harder if anyone is desparate to know- let me know, lol!!

I decided I wanted to try and only use paper and words- no paper buttons, or paper ribbon, or any other embellishment- just plain old paper and ink!!

I needed to get everything pretty straight, since the paper is printed with a very straight font. So here's how I did that:

First I anchored the page to my Making Memories magnetic mat, then I took some of Papertrey's Bakers Twine and achored it with magnets down the center line of the page as well as across the point where I wanted the stamped words to be.

Lol, then I stopped and did the math for how many letters I would have, and the spaces, and where the center of the sentiment would fall. I also did some math for where the words would start and stop on the paper, but I had such a hard time with this one I can't show you the scratch paper I worked that out on, lol lol lol!!

Next I laid out Outlines Alphabet along the bakers twine, then picked the letters up with the acrylic block. Obviously, I had to move the bakers twine to work the center letter.

Once I had the letters on the block, I checked for straightness and auditioned different inks, and ultimately used Enchanted Evening- the teensy bit of blue paper under the photo is Enchanted Evening as well. By the way, the light blue paper came with the kit, so I do not know who makes it.

I cut the twine when I actually stamped the words, since I needed to have a visual clue both left and right to line up with.

I didn't like how the letters looked just stamped, so I colored some of the words with a Dark Green Prisma marker- they have a really fine point, so that worked well. I stamped the word year on Enchanted Evening paper and cut it out and glued the letters over the word I had stamped.
2006 and Baby are cut out with a Cricut Calligraphy cartridge, using Enchanted Evening and the light blue paper.

I used a Martha Stewart baby themed punch to add a bit of color to the sides of the photo- punched from Enchanted Evening paper.
I'm happy with how this came out- lots for the eyes to look at, even though there is only one photo. I think a flat page will work well as the first page of the album.
Thanks for stopping by!!