Sunday, February 27, 2011

February Papertrey Pages

Our challenge this month was to help celebrate Papertrey's Birthday/Anniversary by making Birthday or Anniversary pages, and use a Papertrey birthday set if you could.

Now, during all of the February festivities there were challenges I would like to have participated in, but couldn't. I decided to try and get some of those inspiring ideas in these pages.
Look familiar? One of the new challenges from Papertrey will happen every Monday- make It Monday's, to be exact. MIM #1 was to use sentiments all lined up- well, just go see it here. I wasn't able to participate in the challenge, but the idea was rumbling around in my brain!

There are sentiments from 9 different sets on the page, lol. I used a 4 x 4 acrylic block, so it fit on a 12 x 12 sheet perfectly.

Here it is not quite done. I filled in with some small sentiments, and had to go in with a black pen and darken up some of the missing letters.

I made 2, of course. Here they are as my pages!!

'Wes is one' is cut with the Cricut Cartridge Base Camp and glittery paper- it sure is fun!!

Remember the glitter challenge? How about glitter icicles? I didn't use Scor-Tape, I bought a Xyron machine and ran punched out icicles through for sticky, and used Martha Stewart snow glitter.
The journaling spot is done with a plastic template thing that you sponge ink over- the bottom portion is blank so the DD can fill in whatever she wants.

The birthday hats are made with the Cricute cartridge Birthday Bash and 2009 Bitty Polka Dots. The penguins are done with Create a Critter. The tiny blue glitter letters are Making Memories.
There is a ton going on in these pages, so if you have questions, just ask, lol!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Papertrey February Blog Hop!

So how is everyone on this rainy, snowy, sleety, ucky day?

But then, a great day to create, lol!!!

This months challenge was to use scallops- and I got my new Papertrey items yesterday (came USPS, thank goodness!) so I had lots of new scallopy looking things to choose from!

Used the medium scallop border die, plus a die from the new Doily Details collection. Cut two doileys apart and put the pieces between the scallops. Then stamped a small image from Simply Stationery in the scallop portion.

See the center image? That's from Simply Stationery, stamped in Spring Rain- isn't it a great fit?? The center doily is layered on some of the new Pacific Vineyard paper, then raised on dimentionals. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages.

Spring Rain Swiss Dots finishes it off!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Make It Mondays- Glitter and Scor-Tape

This week the challenge has to do with glitter and score-tape; you can see the MIM video by Dawn McVey here

Yes, it's baby card day, so the challenge this week was to use glitter on a baby card, lol... not something I like to do, since the cards are going in and out of the envelopes multiple times during the baby's hospital stay, and also sits on a clipboard under lots of chart papers. Not an ideal environment for glitter. But then, a challenge is a challenge, lol!

I chose to use 1/8th inch tape, and just did stripes of pink glitter. Added some ribbons (hey MaryK, there is the sweet pink bears you sent me!!). Various ribbons made more 'stripes'.

The card base is pink shimmer cardstock, it's a beautiful pink color, I don't often reach for it- but it seemed ideal for a glitter card!

That's Mat Stack 2, cut with the die, then stamped in Memento Angel Pink. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages. I sponged on Versamark and added glitter to the edges. Very pretty IRL!

LOL, ok, here's the out-take! I've often wondered how many not so good cards the DT's crank out before they get one that is worthy of publication??

Sooo.... the glitter frame is not a bad thing, but golly, that bear looks downright creepy!!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The medallion

Hope you can see the wonderful color in this card! The background layer is with alcohol inks, but the SU medallion was stamped with all kinds of inks just sitting on the table. Gold around the edges of the PTI Stamper's Select. Sentiment came from Papertrey's Year of Flowers Daffodils. Tons of paper layers make for a visually stimulating but quiet lead up to the medallion.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Papertrey's Make It Monday~

Papertrey has a new method of issuing challenges- but I know you know that!

Last Monday, the challenge was to use a vellum strip. You know, vellum is not so easy to work with; it doesn't absorb ink well, and you can see through it.

My card is made with
Papertrey's Stamper's Select, Blueberry Sky, and the Spring Rain paper from the bitty Stars collection. Each of those is cut with the smaller Edger's #1 die, then sponged with both Chamomile and Chai ink.

Papertrey sells two kinds of
vellum, I used the linen here. It has a visible little square pattern to it. I stamped my sentiment with Stazon ink, and the rest of the forum was correct- it dried fairly quickly and isn't going to smear- I hope!

The image was stamped with
Fresh Snow, then outlined with a Versamark pen, similar to how Nichole outlined with a Copic- I just wanted a softer version. I distressed the edges of each layer a bit, then applied a silk bow in a blue that is close enough. The little star over the wee babe has a teensy bit of glitter on it just for fun~


Friday, February 18, 2011

Why I hate ordering on line, and why I hate UPS (today, anyway)

Anger is generally a worthless emotion, I try not to do it. Unfortunately, sometimes I fall into severe frustration instead, which is nomore helpful than anger.

I was too sick to order Monday night, but felt well enough to sit at the computer Tuesday am to do a PTI release order...yay for tummy for giving me a short break!!!

Can you weep with me?

I know my PTI order won't be here fast, it comes USPS and they won't deliver on the weekend, and won't deliver to the house anyway.

I did, though, want to reorganize this weekend. I ordered 8.5 x 11 ziplock bags to put the cardstock in, instead of leaving it in the flimsier plastic covers. Scheduled for UPS delivery Wednesday.

I ordered 50 calendar cases, I'm behind putting sets in cases, and have more sets on the way! Scheduled for UPS delivery Friday.

Ordered 2 of the cubbies for my copics, and plan a big marker purge this weekend... can't wait! Scheduled for delivery thursday.

So where am I on this Friday evening??

1. Have not even had a PTI shipping notice yet. It might come without one. The mail driver will putthe box in his car, drive to the mailbox, leave me a note that I can come to the PO once he gets back to the PO, except that is after closing hours. It's crazy, I tell you! He won't take the time to come the house.

2. Checked Wednesday delivery. Was an emergency, has gone back to the UPS hub, they will send me a postcard and I can go pick it up (30 minutes away) once I recieve the postcard. Ok, no bags... can't reorganize paper. This just means they didn't want to take the time to drive to the house. If the post card comes on Tuesday, I might be able to get the by Friday.

3. Calendar cases? Found them propped on the mailbox half a mile away... yay!! Guess he didn't want to drive down to the house

4. Cubbies? Says they were delivered to 'customer man', same as the calendar cases says. Must have been left at the mailbox at the same time... ah, no, not there, no cubbies. No lie, I drove down there having already been there, and stared at the mailbox again, lol. Just in case I didn't notice a huge box on top, or in the snow.

5. I wanna know how you guys call your local shipping hub, anyway. I call the 800 number, get a nice lady in Texas (remember, I'm in Maine and I just wanna talk to the dang driver!!) who says, ah gee, sorry, call the shipper and they'll start a claim. I bet I won't have cubbies for a month, unless I want to order 2 more, pay for them, and have them shipped USPS.

Going to go hide my head under the pillows now. Blah and double blah.

Kaleb's Birthday Banner

Kaleb likes to stamp and make scenes. We have some knight and castle stamps for him to create with. He usually uses the back of the SU big paper pad to create his pictures on. I decided to make him a Birthday card using his stamps.
It started as a Birthday Card. It ended up in a frame. The castle, henchmen, and Templar knights are red rubber stamps. The trees and banners with alphabet are all Papertrey. Background is colored with Prisma pencils. Cut a series of curves from cardstock, then sponged on some blue ink for sky over the edge of the paper, making pretty white fluffy clouds. King and Queen, dragon and little frog with a crown are stickers.
He turned ten, he was very impressed.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Papertrey'sJanuary Blog Hop Case

The Papertrey Blog Hops are always inspiring. Actually, incredible might be a better word! I always bookmark multiple cards, then, lol, rarely go back and make them. This past weekend I needed to make 10-20 baby cards, so I needed ideas to CASE.

I breezed through my bookmarks... and found
this ... isn't it an incredible card??

Here's my version-

I used Spring Rain as the card base, so you can see the colors are a little bit off. Martha Stewart provided the patterned paper and the background doily. Well, actually, Kellijo sent me the MS doilies!

I must say, sometimes the Spring Rain ink works well, sometimes not. This time it did. The image from Mat Stack 2 stamps was stamped in Spring Rain then cut out with the matching >Mat Stack 2 die. I stamped the sentiment from Signature Greetings in Versafine Onyx Black. I know, I know, a bit crooked! The 1 3/4 inch Limitless layers Circle collection provided the perfect back layer scalloped circle, cut from Spring Rain cs. I sponged a bit of Spring Rain ink on the doily, just to help it stand out a bit. Lastly, the ribbon is Harvest Gold Twill.

Thanks, Jean for such an inspiring card!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers Roses

Being fast here, and downstairs with nothing written down. YOF Roses, of course; also Pure Poppy paper. A Spellbinder ribbon slider. Old SU organdy ribbon. The sentiment comes from Communique Curves Sentiments. The teensy little raised dots are the fingernail paint I got at a yarn show- great stuff! Basic Grey patterned paper, or it could be Memory Box?

I used three Copics in the red family, then removed some here and there with the blender. Lastly I placed some drops of dew on the petals with crystal glaze-

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Papertrey Baby Tag!

I have always had lots of good muse during the Papertrey Anniversary weeks, lol... wish I could keep it going!

I can count on one hand the times I have downloaded a digital file for cards, and this one had color, and by golly, it worked!! What fun I have had today!

Lol, I sure hope it was ok with Maile to change up the sweet image~ but I had to make a baby card!

This card is essentially the same as the Valentine card (see the previous post below), but this time I used a doily for one of the layers. The doilies came to me from KelliJo (hello!!), the sweetest person you have ever met! She mailed them to me all of the way from Washington State, believe it or not, since I have not been able to find any around here. I am just in love with them!

2 of the tiniest pearls you have ever seen dress up the center of the wind mill fans. No lie, I had only four inches of a silk ribbon that matches Sweet Blush perfectly, but I can't tie something that small. DH to the rescue!!

4 pm here, and I have made 6 cards over the past 24 hours...with a house full of company, no less! I think I will have some coffee and chocolate and see if I can do some more before dark sets in!

Playing with Papertrey!

Lisa Johnson's tag- with Pure Poppy and Hibiscus Burst. Lol, I need 10 Valentines by the 12th, and 10 baby cards this week, so I couldn't splurge and just do a tag- it had to be a card!

The tag is layered on a Pure Poppy circle, then popped up onto a scalloped Nesty circle. That's all layered on a Pure Poppy Spellbinder die cut.

Don't so much believe the colors, here- I just wanted to get a clear closeup of the glitter and the fingernail paint. That's a SU red glitter. I used the Pure Poppy and Hibiscus Burst Copic trios to color. 'Love' is from the original Mixed Messages; it's just a perfect size to fit into the empty space beside the hearts. Finished size is 5 inches square.

But hey! I can't sit here typing, lol, I have to go see what kind of baby card I can make with those tags!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Too Much!

Too much of this...

...and too much of this...

Leads to much silliness...

Conquering Everest...

...and Jeannie hugging bears!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Is it Spring, Yet?

It's almost Valentine's Day. I should be making red shiny heart cards. Instead, I'm dreaming of tulips and flowers and trying to pretend there isn't 5 feet of snow outside the door. I'm needing Spring cards!!

In my bid to use up all premade cards, I opened this pack of 2 cards and envelopes. They are from Colorbok, and were Joanns very first $1.00 items I think. Eons ago!
SEI paper, from half an eon ago. My 2009 goal was to make my images match my paper, and I think I am getting much better at it!
That's a Hero Arts stamp, colored with Copics and Prisma markers. Watercolor crayons for the grass and sky, and 2 Colorbok flowers that match the cards.

Here's the boy version, using a Lockhart stamp. SET ribbon that matches the paper, with a weensy piece of SU 1/4 inch grosgrain tied into the bow.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine #2

Isn't it cute? that's Papertrey's Simple Valentine paper layered on Pure Poppy. I did the white dots with the white Signo pen. The alphabet stamps are from Art Warehouse, then colored in with a glue pen and glitter applied. I hand drew the little box, did red dots with a Copic glitter pen, and added some bling and a glittery heart. The ribbon is a piece of Pure Poppy, of course.

I am just so loving the MS punches, and any brand that goes around the corner! Takes some skill to get the dimensions right, lol, as you can seein the upper left hand corner. The Love You stamp is from an old SU set named Big on Spring. I paper pieced the letters with more Simple Valentine paper, then made a Pure Poppy heart and covered it with glitter. More little red glitter dots tie it all together.
Waiting for the snow, here, 2 more feet expected. Gonna have to do something about the roof one of these days... I mean, get the 4 feet of snow off of it... not sure how you do that without killing yourself as you pull the snow off!