Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Home

Hello everyone!  I wanted to share a New Home card I made recently.  I wanted to play around with the Mendhi Medallion Background Basics set from Papertrey Ink.  I love this color combination of Ocean Tides and Melon Berry.  Pair that with Kraft and I am in HEAVEN.  I wanted my card to be simple and clean so this is what I came up with.  Hope you like it.

 Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps:  Congrats All Ways, Love Lives Here, Background Basics: Medallions
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry
Paper:  Kraft, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Love Lives Here Die, Mat Stack #4, Mat Stack #2, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Accessories: Rhinestone

Monday, June 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink June 2012 Blog Hop

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I just wanted to share a card I made for the Papertrey Ink June 2012 blog hop over at Nichole Heady's blog.

This is the inspiration photo that we had to work with.  I love the color combination in the pillows!
Here is my take on the card.  I decided to use the new set from PTI's Stamp-a-faire called Natural Beauties.  It is a beautiful set and I thought the flowers looked exactly like the ones in the large pillow.  I used Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart cardstock.  The ink I used was New Leaf.  I also used  a little border to break up the card front.  The Lemon Tart strip was die cut with the Filigree Border die.  So pretty!  I think that will become one of my favorite dies very quickly. 

I stamped a few additional flowers and hand cut them to pop them off of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

For The Graduate

Hello everyone!  Hope all is well with you today.  We went to a graduation party this past weekend and this was the card we gave the lucky graduate.  It is one of my favorite sizes, 3-1/2 " x 4".  I love making tiny cards.  Hope you like it!

This was for a guy so I wanted it to be on the masculine side.  I used a strip of Designer paper from the 6x6 Paper Pad Note To Self from Echo Park.  Such a nice selection of paper in that pack.

I made a similar card with a feminine flair that I will be sharing soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: PTI: Fine Linen, Kraft; Echo Park Note To Self
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tools:  SU! Spiral Border Die, PTI: By The Numbers Die, Cuttlebug
Accessories: Button Twine

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #71: Bordered Sentiments

Welcome back! Today I have another card for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog.  This was sort of fun to make because I used some old encyclopedia paper from a book I bought at a barn sale.  I die cut it with the Turning A New Leaf die and trimmed the leaves from the stem.  Next, I adhered them to random leaves on the card.  Since this was going to be a masculine card, I skipped any bling but added some interest with the leaves.  Hope you like it!

This is a fun technique once you get the hang of it.  I definitely recommend stamping over a mouse pad or something with a little give.  I originally stamped it over the embossing pad for my Cuttlebug but it didn't seem to work as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: PTI: Turning A New Leaf, Think Big Favorites #13
Ink: PTI: Dark Chocolate, SU! Stampin Write Marker Chocolate Chip, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Paper: PTI: Rustic Cream, Kraft; Vintage Encyclopedia Paper
Tools: Cuttlebug, WR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, PTI: Turning A New Leaf Die

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hello Cupcake!

I had another quick card to show you today.  This one is for the Simon Says Stamp and Show: A Bit of Brown.  The challenge was to make a card with a bit of brown in  the card.  I wanted to make something fun and play with my new Martha Stewart Simple Circle Cutter.  It was pretty easy to use and I loved how large I could make the circle.  I don't have a punch that big and didn't want to drag out my Cricut. Hope you like it!

 Here is a close up of the cupcake.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Clear Rock Candy Stickles to make it look like frosting.  It turned out really cute in person.  The cupcake was die cut and stamped from this set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Sizzix Balloons & Cupcakes Framelits & Stamps, PTI Think Big Favorites #13
Ink:  PTI: Dark Chocolate, Gelly Roll Pen
Paper:  Designer Paper MME Stella Rose from Gertie & Mabel paper collections, PTI: Kraft, SU! DSP Chocolate Chip
Tools: Martha Stewart Simple Circle Cutter, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy, Button from stash, Doodlebug Baker's Twine

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #71: Bordered Sentiments

Well I am back today with a card I made for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge.  I wanted to make a neutral card and I think this fits the bill.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  Hope you like it too!

This was a fun technique that I am sure I will be using again and again!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  PTI: Think Big Favorites #13, Mendhi Medallion Stamp Set
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, SU! Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker
Paper: PTI: Rustic Cream, Kraft cardstock
Tools:  Cuttlebug, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, PTI Edgers #1 die
Embellishments:  SU! Basic Pearls, Recollections Lace on a Roll

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day to My Hubby and all other Dads Out There!

Father's Day is a little bittersweet for me.  I always had such a hard time with it since my dad died when my sister and I were ten years old.  My father was only 39 years old when he died suddenly.  He was a wonderful father to us and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and wish that he were here with us.  It has been 27 years since he passed away and some days it feels like yesterday.  My heart often aches for what could have been.  I would have loved to get to know him as an adult and for him to get to know my husband and his granddaughter.   Mike and my dad would have been great friends, I just know it!  Emma and Ava (my niece) would have been the Apple of his Eye!  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was so caring towards others.  He was a family physician and to this day, we still hear from former patients about how much they loved him.

Since Emma was born, I have to say that I have enjoyed Father's Day a lot more. It has become more bearable for me since I have a great husband to focus on.  There is still that underlying sadness that goes with it but I can see the silver lining now.  Mike is a wonderful father to Emma and it makes me so happy to watch them together.  She is so innocent and has no idea yet of how unfair the world can be sometimes and I pray that she never has to deal with such pain a a young age (or EVER if I can help it).  My intention of this post was not to depress you or take away from your happiness on Father's day but to let you in on a part of my life that has ultimately made me into who I am today.  I don't normally get this personal on this blog, but I thought once in a while couldn't hurt. 

So without further ado...I will show you my card, which I am sure is the reason you stopped by.  I did it again!  I am on FIRE with this Designer Paper thing.  Nobody can stop me now!!  This paper came from a paper pad I purchased last weekend for 50% off at AC Moore.  Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good deal which probably made it less painful to use it since I didn't pay full price for it, hee hee!  I am pretty proud of myself I have to say.  I have owned this paper pad only a week and it already had about four pages ripped from it, GASP!  What, it didn't sit around for a year?! No that is right, one week baby!  I am out of control!!!!
 The card base for this card is not the typical A2 sized card. The card ended up measuring about  3-1/4 by 8-1/2".  It fits perfectly into these new envelopes I bought at Hobby Lobby the other day.  They are Kraft #9 Envelopes from The Paper Studio.  You can see them here.They measure 8.875" x 3.875" to be exact.  I love how they open up from the end, too cute!  I can see lots of possibilities with these, maybe a little scrapbook made out of them with goodies tucked inside!

 The card below is one that I made for my Father-law.  I used the same Designer paper and embellishments except for the tag.  I used the Fillable Frames #9 Die from PTI along with the Block Alphabet Die from PTI.  I love how the tag turned out.  The little hole was reinforced with a piece of Kraft cardstock punched through the circle punch of the Itty Bitty Punch Pack from SU! which I then used a hole punch to punch through the center to make it look like a real tag.

 I just want to wish all of the fathers out there a very Happy Father's Day!  Cherish your little ones and the time you have to spend with them because you are all extremely fortunate to have this incredible opportunity.

God Bless!

Ink:  PTI, True Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Stamps: PTI: Tag-Its #2, Simple Alphabet
Paper: PTI: Kraft cardstock, DCWV: The Guy Stack
Tools: Cuttlebug, PTI: Fillable Frames #9 die, Block Alphabet die; SU! Scallop Edge Border punch, Star Extra-Large, Spiral Border Punch, Ticket Corner Small Punch, Round Tab Extra Large Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Accessories:  Button Twine, Wooden Stars (from stash)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy, Happy Birthday

I don't know about you but I am a paper hoarder!  I can used solid cardstock all day long, till the cows come home but Designer Paper is like gold to me.  I don't know why I have always had this hang up about cutting into a new piece of designer paper.  It is so pretty and I think to myself "I don't want to use it up now, what if I need it for something else?"  But guess what, that line of thinking just leads to the designer paper just sitting in it's original sealed package or it's paper pad!  So I am taking an unofficial paper-crafting vow to dive into my designer paper and start creating!! Yeah for me!  I can always buy more, right?  It's only paper, very pretty paper at that, but only paper!

This card is just what I needed to get my feet wet so to speak.  I used paper from the Happy Days 6x6 paper pad from Simple Stories.  Love this paper pad!  This is evident since I had the pad about a year and am now finally using it, see what I mean?  Anyway, the card is on an A2 card base made with Kraft cardstock from PTI.  I used oodles of supplies to make this a "Happy" card.  Hope you like it!

I even used some scraps and adhered them to the inside to stamp the sentiment.  I love how it turned out.  I like the fact that it is not plain or that I didn't have to used a layer of cardstock matted on the inside for the sentiment.  It adds personality and as a bonus, you are not wasting your materials! 

Please stop back tomorrow, I will be showing you a card I made for my husband for Father's Day.

Thanks for coming by!



Ink: PTI: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI: Heart 2 Heart #2 Mini Stamp set, Big Birthday Wishes
Paper:  PTI: Kraft Cardstock, Simply Chartreuse, Ocean Tides; Simple Stories: Happy Day, a scrap I have no idea where it came from!
Tools:   We R Memory Keeper Corner Chomper, PTI: Wonderful Words Die, Heart 2 Heart #2 Die, Tag Sale #5 Die, Double Ended Banner Die, Stampin' Up!: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Accessories:  SU! Basic Rhinestones, Stampin Dimensionals, Twine, Recollections Lace on a Roll

Monday, June 11, 2012

Congrats To The Grad

Well it is that time of year again.  School is out and there are many graduation parties to attend.  Some years I have none and others I am booked every weekend it seems.  This particular card was made for a high school grad and the school colors were orange and black.  I used the Background Basics: Medallions Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink to make the background paper for yet another pocket card. The sentiment is from Congrats All The Way, another Papertrey Ink fave of mine.  I embossed the sentiment onto the black cardstock to really make it pop.  Hope you like it!

The "2012" was die cut from the By The Numbers Die Collection from Papertrey Ink.  Love those dies! I popped the #1 up on dimensional adhesive and cut a little "#" sign out of black cardstock and adhered it with Tombow glue.  I used Orange Zest and True Black ink from PTI.  The orange baker's twine is from Doodlebug Designs. 

I have a couple more Graduation cards to share with you in the near future so stay tuned for that.  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Get Well Card

Well today is officially the last day of school for my little one and the start of our SUMMER!  Thought I would share a card I made using one of my newest stamp sets from Papertrey Ink.  It is the Background Basics: Medallion Stamp Set.  I bought it because I thought it was so versatile.  Here is the card I came up with.

The sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #6 Mini Stamp Set, I love those Think Big Favorites Sets!!  The ink used was Orange Zest and Ocean Tides.  The sentiment was stamped in Dark Chocolate.  The orange rhinestones are also from PTI.  This card was a simple one layer card using Kraft cardstock.  So simple but sometimes that is just what you need!  I also rounded the upper right corner with the We R Memory Keepers 1/2" Corner Chomper.  I LOVE that thing!

Well I am off to get some things done around here before my little lovely comes home.  I can't wait to hear all about her last day of school!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Baby Girl

Happy Monday!  This is a card I made for one of our MOPS moms.  She had a beautiful little girl and I wanted a special card to give her.  This is what I came up with.  Since I don't really have a lot of baby stamps I used the paper and punched out a little duck to use as an embellishment.  Hope you like it!

The baby themed paper is from The Paper Studio Sweet Pea collection.  I trimmed and punched some strips to coordinate with the little ducky embellishment.  The "Congrats" is from Papertrey Ink's Congrats All The Way stamp set.  I embossed the sentiment with Filigree white embossing powder.  I thought the dimension it added worked out well.  The twine used to make the embellishment a pull toy was from Doodlebug Design Inc. Bright Assortment pack.  I used a white gel pen to make some faux stitching around the card to give it some added interest.  The buttons are also from PTI. 

Hope you all enjoy your week.  School is out this Thursday so our Summer will officially begin.  I am looking forward to spending my days off with my beautiful daughter.  I am certain we will be very busy this summer.  There are so many events around to enjoy.  One of our favorite things to do is go to the summer concerts in the evenings.  It is so relaxing and I LOVE, LOVE,  LOVE music!  I have it playing all day long.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #68: Pocket Cards

Well...better late than never, right?  I have been itching to make this card all week and have not had time until today.  Yesterday was spent switching Emma's closet to all of her summer clothes.  You know when it sounds like a good idea and then you get into it and wish you hadn't started a project.  Well, that was me yesterday. I had her bed completely covered in clothes and wanted to call it quits.  I hung in there and finished but no, that wasn't good enough.  I thought since her closet was all neat and tidy her room should be too.  So I dusted, vacuumed, etc.  Glad that job is OVER!

Anyway, you didn't come here to read about my chores so I will continue onto the card I made for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge.  I loved the video and couldn't wait to start my own card.  This is what I came up with.  Hope you like it!

I used Kraft cardstock and Rustic Cream cardstock from PTI.  The ink used was True Black from PTI along with Tim Holz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Crumb Cake from Stampin' Up!.  The sentiment on the circle was stamped from PTI's Just The Ticket stamp set on a circle die cut from the Limitless Layers 1-3/4" Circle Die Collection.  I used some SU! Crumb Cake ink and stamped the newsprint from the Background Basic: Newsprint set.  The sentiment on the inside was from the Big Birthday Wishes stamp set stamped in True Black ink.  The background was stamped with Spool Labels from Prima.  My favorite part of this whole card was that I was able to use the spools with the Simple Circles Border Die.  It worked like a charm!  The buttons are also from Papertrey Ink.  I used some Button Twine from PTI and some black ribbon from my stash to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by!