Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Year of Thinking of You cards - December

Hello friends! I'm almost done my "Year of Thinking of You" cards. Today's edition is for December. Only November to go! Now you'd think with the weather being so wintery outside that I'd have no problem getting ideas for a winter card. But I think for the very same reason I've been only thinking spring time colors, warm weather etc. So I started flipping through my stamp sets to find something that would work for a December card. Since I store my PTI stamps alphabetically, it took a while to come upon the Winter Hills stamp set ;-) I remembered when I bought the set there had been a card that Nichole Heady had made that kinda sealed the deal on my buying Winter Hills (the woman is Enabler Extraordinaire!). I wanted to try and create a card in a similar vein - a scene with a lot of atmosphere. I think I was somewhat successful. I used a lot of inks, blending with my little Tim Holtz blender tool, and a bit of masking and for the house- a copic marker. Yes the sentiment is ever so slightly crooked. Not pleased with that - I had one shot at that after I had inked up that driveway to the house :-) but all in all I am pleased with it.  I went back and forth deciding on a color for a mat for the card. After much deliberation I decided on the red mat. It keeps the card a little brighter and happier in my opinion.
Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate all the lovely comments lately. You have no idea how much.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Year of Thinking of You - September

Well - this edition of my "Year of Thinking of You" cards should probably be August - but I got a little mixed up when I was posting all these cards. No matter - my sister-in-law will send the card she wants to send at the appropriate time right?
We're a big beach family - we've got a family home at the beach in Delaware. This sister-in-law (the one who is sending these cards) is especially fond of the beach and the friend she's sending the cards to has been a visitor to the house on many occasions. I knew my s-i-l would like to include a beach-y card to her friend.
I found the sentiment in the Silhouette design store a few years ago. I actually made t-shirts for us all with that cutfile :-) So I decided to put it to use again this time by making it a print & cut file. I printed it off and distressed the edges a little then mounted it on a piece of cardstock I ran through my cuttlebug with the Woodgrain Impression plate from PTI. I distressed that woodgrain piece after adding some Fresh Snow ink. The stamped the background cardstock with some stamps from StampinUp (long since retired - Stipple Shells) with Versamark. Finally I tied on some Rustic Cream twine. Ooops - almost forgot - I diecut that starfish using an old die from Quickutz. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Year of Thinking of You - October

Hello friends! Another "Year of Thinking of You" cards for my s-i-l. Today's edition is for October. My sister-in-law told me what she loved about my "Year of Cards" gift at Christmas was the cards were all seasonal. So I've been trying to keep to that - and October is a good month for fall-ish looking cards right? I used Papertrey Ink's Leaf Prints, Keep it Simple: Thinking of You and the Keep it Simple Frame die. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Year of Thinking of You - July

Hello friends! Back again with a "Year of Thinking of You" card. I decided some butterflies would make a cheery card for a friend so I used Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Butterflies. The sentiment - PTI's Wet Paint. A quick, easy and colorful card! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Year of Thinking of You - May

Hello friends! I've been working along on my "Year of Thinking of You" cards for my sister-in-law (she's sending cards to a friend who she'd like to give monthly support in the form of cards). Here's one I made for May (I guess it could be for June as well - up to her to make that call.)
I wanted to use the Strawberry Patch stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I diecut and stamped out a bunch of strawberries. Then I cut out the basket using a cut file from Silhouette. It was actually a 3D basket but a little trimming then adding a hand cut band across the top - and I had a basket. I added a little brown chalk to add a little depth. I added the strawberries and I was all set to add it to my card. For the sentiment (PTI Think Big Favorites #22) I cut out the frame using a PTI Keep It Simple Frames (cut one from some regular PTI cardstock and another layer from a PTI coaster for some more dimension). I sewed the background Aqua Mist gingham paper to the cardstock and attached all the elements and then added that last strawberry. I like how it came out and think it will be a cheery note for my sil's friend to receive. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Why, hello there....

and how are you on this fine day? Well, here in the burg it is snowy. We had a few inches and I just came in from shoveling the slushy mess and decided I'd post this little card I made.
When I was watercoloring up a storm the other day for the PTI blog hop I tried one page of smooshing (that funny word again) a background for this little guy - Tucker, the snail from Purple Onion Designs . I just love this little guy. I defy anyone to look at him and not get a little grin on their face. I stamped him separately on a scrap of watercolor paper, colored him in and when he was dry I added a Wink Of Stella then cut him out with scissors and placed him on this card. I added that sentiment (from a PTI  Anniversary set that is no longer available). Then mounted the whole thing on a card. Quick and easy and I think pretty darned cute. Okay. That's all for today friends. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Friends! It's been a couple of days but I was determined I was going to post today for PTI's blog hop challenge. The inspiration photo was so beautiful and I've been mulling what I'd do over in my mind for a while. I know we're only allowed to enter the challenge with one card but I've made two so I'm posting them both.
 I knew I wanted to play around with a watercolor look and one of my PTI cover plates. I finally decided on the hexagon cover plate. I tried my hand at "smooshing" with a range of PTI reinkers on watercolor paper (PTI colors: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, Fine Linen; Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Antique Linen and Faded Jeans). It was a lot of fun and when I was done I had lots of watercolor-like sheets of paper - it looked like Easter all over my drawing table.
Then I ran each one through my Big Shot (the watercolor paper is nice and thick and while the pieces were all cut none of them moved til I pushed them out with my fingers which was very handy!) Then I started arranging them in what i thought was a pleasing mix. You'll note I didn't use the framework from the coverplate die - I just pieced it all together. I know it sounds crazy but it wasn't a lot of work. And the sans-framework was the look I was going for.  I finished off the blue/green card by cutting around the finished piece and mounting it on an Aqua Mist base. (The color isn't showing up as beautiful as it is in real life - I just couldn't get a better photo this morning.) I added the piece of vellum that I stamped in Versamark and embossed with white Filigree Embossing powder (Sentiment from Think Big Favorites #22). I used some pinking shears to cut off the ends of the vellum.
For the pink/green card, I trimmed the watercolor base and mounted it on Sweet Blush cardstock. The sentiment, stamped in Smokey Shadow, is from Bundle of Love.
I'm so happy I got to play this blog hop. It's been a while! Now I'm off to get some chores done so I can look at everyone else's entries this afternoon! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wonderful Neighbors

Hello there - how's the weather where you are? Here it's a little cold. Not near as cold as earlier in the week for which I am quite grateful. It had been quite bitter.
Anyway, I mentioned yesterday that I had snow to shovel. It was around 5 inches - not so bad at all. And before I had the chance to get outside to begin clearing it all away, our neighbor had shoveled our sidewalk. I had to smile. We do this with these neighbors. We shovel each others sidewalks. It's sort of an unspoken thing. One storm we do it for them and the next storm we find ours done. It's fun to do something for someone right? Just a little thing to let them know you appreciate them, you're happy they're your neighbor. A little random act of kindness.
I did go out and shovel that and while I was shoveling I decided I was going to bring something by just to say thank you - just because they wouldn't expect it.  I baked up some cookies today (a new recipe my nephew's wife told me I needed to try) and threw a dozen or so in a little plastic bowl, wrapped with some cellophane and attached this tag I made last night.
I'd found a shovel in the Silhouette store and cut that out. I attached it to a Papertrey Ink tag (Journal Card #6). Then I cut out a few "Thank You"'s using a WPlus9 die (Hand Lettered Thanks).and glued them together.
I just ran next door with my cookies and my neighbor kept saying "You didn't have to do that". And of course I know I didn't but it was fun and made her smile - so mission accomplished..
Hope you're having a good one. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thinking Spring

Good morning friends. Thought I'd throw a little spring into our lives with a little tag I made for a gift not too long ago. (okay I'm stalling going outside and shoveling last night's winter offering... that four letter word: snow. I know June and Amy - you like it! Me - it's not like I hate it. Not at all. But sometimes it's, how shall we say it... hmmm... incovenient? yeah. that's it!)
I used some Papertrey Ink products (quelle suprise!): Tag Sale #1, Tiny Tags, Year of Flowers Collection dies; Tiny Tags, Year of Flowers Collection, Background Basics: Twinkle. For the background I added in those wee dots of white with a white gel pen and I colored in the leaves with Prismacolor Pencils. Now the little flowers could be left white obviously but I wanted them to stand out so I used a Copic marker (that matches the cardstock) to color in the area surrounding the entire diecut (you know that white area).
I don't know about your garden but mine has bulb coming up all over - now covered in snow. But it won't be long now and I cannot wait.
Have a wonderful day! (yes... it's now time to stop stalling and commence with the shoveling).

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More Valentines - I love you more than.....

Hi there friends. I said I'd be back with a few more Valentines. These were for my husband and two kids. "I love you more than...." seemed to be my theme for this year.
First one - for the husband - lover of maps, stars, space etc. I couldn't find a sentiment I wanted so I just wrote it myself. I just stamped the PTI Star Gazer Additions stamp with Versamark, clear embossed it and went to town with four different inks.
He liked it.

Next up - the card for my son. I was here in my craft room, looking for something (and I honestly can't remember what that was now....) and I came upon a box filled with diecuts (the premade kind available way back when...). I saw this pizza die cut that I'd originally purchased to put on a scrapbook page about this very same child. I decided why not just use it already! So I glued all those pieces together, embossed some white cardstock with a stylus- to create a napkin - and put that on a cardbase covered in some PTI Pure Poppy gingham patterned paper.  I just printed out the sentiment on my computer.
Suffice it to say this child loves his pizza - he comes by it honestly - pizza is in our blood.

And finally, a valentine for my daughter. This kid was not originally a coffee fan - but somewhere along the line, in high school as I recall, she decided she liked coffee. And often times we both can be found, oh around 4pm, gathered around our Keurig, brewing ourselves a cup. I have been on a Silhouette kick lately - trying to use it as much as possible - learning still what it can do after 2 years. I saw this print & cut coffee cup in the Silhouette store. Printed & cut same, added a computer generated sentiment (inside it says "and that's a lot"). She laughed when she saw it - saying something to the effect - well that IS  alot. Everyone knows I love my coffee.
But I love these three more (more than the stars in the sky, more than pizza and more than coffee).
Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day. My husband and I had just the nicest time - went to the movies (The Imitation Game - such a good movie!) and out to dinner. This was our 33rd Valentine's Day together. I think it's fair to say it was our best ever. :-)
Thanks for stopping by.