Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sprinkles Birthday

 When this Make it Market Kit from Papertrey Ink (called Shakers & Sprinkles) went on sale - I was in Italy. When we got back from our trip and I saw it - my initial thought was - darn! But it took me about a second to say to myself - hey you were in Italy... ITALY. You are a lucky girl. If I was supposed to have this kit - I woulda had it. And, I got to go to Italy. Nuff said right?
Well there was such an overwhelming demand for this kit - they made more. And long story short - I caved. I mean how can you resist that word "Sprinkles" (not to mention the other dies in this kit. It's a wonderland of dies I tell you. And to a die-cutting fan like myself - it is a little bit of heaven).
Another wonderful thing in this kit (there are so many) is the little confetti stamps. Oh be still my heart. So stinkin cute it should be illegal.
And when I had the chance finally to get to use the kit - to make a birthday card for just the sweetest friend on the PTI board - Little Mabel (yes that be you Sandy!) - I jumped on it. I really wanted to do a shaker card (what the kit is all about to be sure) but my moments were limited and I wanted to get the card to her on time. (The kit does make the shaker a much more doable thing for sure but I really have to sit down and take my time - and that wasn't happening in the last week and a half).  For the sparkly Sprinkles die cut word I used some Doodlebug Sugar Coated cardstock - omg - that stuff is just awesome. So easy to use and fabulous results. No mess just cuteness! I added this side view photo so you could see the word die closer (I actually cut 3 or 4 out of white cardstock to get a little thicker and more stable die cut) and when i was done stamping and assembling I decided to throw on a few clear sequins to add to the sparkle.

okay kids that's all for today! Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thank You Glasses

We took a visit up to Baltimore to visit my husband's Aunt and I wanted to send her a thank you. She's one of my most favorite people in the world. When we visited, we went to lunch at a restaurant right on the water, then took a stroll around. She grew up in the area and knows so much of the history. It was a wonderful afternoon. We stopped back at her place and were getting ready to head back to Virginia when I realized I'd lost my clip-on sunglasses. I truly am lost without them - my eyes and bright sunshine don't get along. We looked a little but had to get on our way. Don't you know she called me the next day to let me know she found them and a few days later they were in my mailbox. She's a sweetheart. So I decided to combine my thank yous and made this card. I cut the glasses using my Silhouette portrait. The flowery printed paper is actually Hazel & Ruby wrapping paper - so pretty. I cut the scallop & banner with dies from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is from the Banner Sentiments stamp set from Papertrey Ink as well.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Birthday Buddies (Part 2)

Sorry I didn't get back here yesterday. Spent the day waiting for the new refrigerator that NEVER came. Oh now that is a story you will not believe. For another day when there is no longer steam coming from my head :-)
So where did I leave off - oh yeah Birthday Buddies. I am happy to report that the birthday corsage seemed to go over well - it was worn proudly and couldn't have made me smile more. Amy - if you're reading this - you're a sweetie (but then we know that don't we!)
Ok so my second birthday buddy - well she's such a dear that she has a slew of friends. One of whom got us all together to make a special birthday book for her. Literally friends from all over the world contributed to this gift. Everyone created pages to be put into book form. Quite a collaboration - but then she is quite a special woman. So my contribution was something like a shaker card that opened.
The first pic is what you would see when you came to my page in the book

Here's a closeup for you to see there's a little tab on the right hand side that says "Lift here". (The tab is a diecut from Quickutz.)

And when you lift up that page this is what you'll see

A little song, that we all know, to accompany the viewing of the main page below. (That main music image stamp is by a company that sadly is no longer in business. I just wrote in the words. I drew the little banner at the top.)

Since this friend is known for her beading I felt compelled to create a shaker card with beads. It was quite a sparkly affair.
And how can someone not enjoy a shaker card, I ask you?
(The stamps on the cover page and the "wishing you a very happy birthday" die here as well as the balloons in the background behind the beads - all from Papertrey Ink)

Ok - that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Birthday Buddies (Part 1)

All the time I was growing up I never knew anyone who celebrated their birthday on the same day as me. But in the last few years I've met a few. Crazy huh? One of them is far away and one is very close by.
The friend that's closeby I will be seeing today - we're having a little gathering at a friend's house. And I'm bringing along a little gift for her. I should note this birthday buddy is a good bit younger than myself LOL but I've made a crazy little gift for her. A blast from my past - ze birthday corsage. When I was in 6th and 7th grades these were all the rage. A big old bow to which you attached candy - the popular candy choice at the time was bubble gum. Or chewing gum. Here and there you'd get some Lifesavers but gum was big. These assemblages were total have-at-it deals. Long streams of ribbon with gum attached. It was kind-of-a big deal at my school - friends would make you these corsages on your birthday. You might be wearing 3 or 4 of these corsages and it was a hoot.
For my birthday buddy,  I decided to skip the gum and go hard-core - chocolate - lots of dark chocolate and a ton of ribbon. And I made a tag to go along with her chocolatey corsage. I used the Shakers & Sprinkles Make It Market Kit from Papertrey Ink. There are a number of amazing dies in this kit - but the word dies are so beautiful. That word "Sprinkles" is one of those dies. I cut it out of glitter paper - pink and sparkly! (I also die cut the word out of white cardstock 3x, glued them together and then sponged on some pink ink to cover the sides of the diecuts then adhered them all to the back of the glitter diecut) The tag is PTI's Tag Sale #6 - one of my favorite tag dies to be sure.  I used some of the confetti-type stamps as well as the word stamps to finish up the tag. Such a great stamp set.
I tried to get a pic of ze corsage. The pic really doesn't do it justice :-) If I'd had more time it woulda been an epic corsage but this, I am sure, will be met with a few laughs. Each piece of candy (Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate) was wrapped in PTI's Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot paper then tied up in curling ribbon (Hallmark).  I just have to attach a large safety pin and make the birthday girl wear this whilst we celebrate! It's all in good fun and I think she'll really be amused.
Tomorrow I'll share the little greeting I sent to my other Birthday Buddy. It's really a collaborative effort. You need to come back and see :-)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday: #178 Easel Card

Today I decided to give this week's Make it Monday challenge a try. I loved that easel idea and it's good to try something different - get those creative juices flowing right? I cut my easel using a few of the Fabulous Frames dies (cut out the "legs" with the largest frame die and then added one of the detail dies). Then I used the Woodgrain Impression dies to give my easel a little more authenticity :-) I also cut a few strips to use at the bottom of the easel to create the ledge. I sponged on some Kraft ink onto the Kraft cardstock to bring out the woodgrain. Now onto the image area. I decided since my kids aren't in school anymore, I'd make a card for a friend who has been ill. I wanted the easel to hold a little work of art (the whole easel thing was making me flashback to one of my studio classes in college anyway). I used some watercolor paper and stamped the image and sentiment from the Autumn Abundance stamp set. I love that set. Such beautiful images. Then I set about watercoloring it using inks from PTI: Scarlet Jewel, Harvest Gold, Fine Linen and Kraft. The green is Old Olive from StampinUp. Anyway I really like how it came out - love those Make it Mondays!

I wish the second photo could've been better but wanted to include it anyway so you can see how this little card looks standing up. So cute.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sending a little sunshine

Hi there.
I mentioned I was away on vacation for a week. When I got home I listened to voice mail and discovered that a family friend was in the hospital. Not exactly the news you're hoping to hear when you first return home. However, a few phone calls later I was happy to find that he's in much better shape and is on the mend. I wanted to send him a little card so he knows I'm thinking of him. (I wish I could visit but it's many states away so I shall have to bombard him with cards :-))
Here's what I made this morning. I went back and forth on whether or not to include the clouds but I decided I liked it better with them. I am a little obsessed with this stamp set from PTI called Hello Sunshine. It's an oldie but a goodie and the sentiments are just so perfect. And the rays of sunshine are just so fun to play around with. I used those stitched rectangles from Lil' Inker Designs again too. The cloud dies are also PTI.
I'm hoping to get a little more stampin/scrappin time in today. While I was away I missed it so. It's good to take a break now & again but I'm so happy to be amongst (is that a word?) my stuff right now. Fingers inky and all. Have a good one!

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm baaaack..... and a thank you

I've been on a little vacation - at the beach house in Delaware. And it was wonderful. Family and beach, good food, games - a truly wonderful time. But I gotta admit I was ready to come home. I missed my house and my kitties.
Speaking of kitties - they don't do beach. But they have the best time with our neighbor - well actually she comes to them LOL. She's the best kid and the best kitty sitter ever. She loves to play with them and I always feel they are in good hands while we're away.
So they (I LOL) made her a card. To say thank you. The kitties (Westley and Willie) also love to stamp so they hauled out my stamps, inks, cardstock. The die cutting is a little tricky but they managed it. Here's what they came up with to thank their favorite friend. No surprise they picked the Cat's Meow stamp set from Papertrey Ink as well as the Keep It Simple: Thank You sentiment set, right?  That's Willie (short for Wilhelmina) on the left and Westley on the right.  They colored the images with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. We all think she'll like her card. Okay. I need to get back to the piles of laundry that have accumulated over the past week. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

 Here's my take on today's Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge.
I used the Giga Guide Lines stamp set and created the first stationery note card. I used Versamark & gold embossing powder on Enchanted Evening cardstock. I love the combo of navy and gold. I added some of the gold border tape (from the Make It Market Luxe Letterpress set) on either side of that stamped navy strip.

While I was at it I made an envelope with my Envelope Punch Board (so fun!) and then made an envelope liner for it. This time I just used Versamark to stamp the images on the liner. When that was complete I took a gold leafing pen and ran it around the edge of the cardstock. That gold leaf made the liner look pretty snazzy :-)

While I was at it, I decided to make some clips for my stationery. I used the Clip Bits die to cut up some gold sticker paper (again from the Make it Market Luxe Letterpress set). I also cut the same clips from of PTI's coaster board. Then applied those gold stickers to the top of the coaster board. I took the smaller round & rectangle coaster board die cut bits and stamped them with an oldie-but-goodie stamp from Hampton Arts. It's called The Little Classic Rubber Stamp (has a wooden handle). It's a tiny little stamp - about 3/4". I stamped it using Versamark, clear embossed it then covered it with Enchanted Evening ink. I think they're pretty :-)

I was on a roll so I thought why not keep going?
I took out my Smooth Alphabet Dies and cut my monogram from the same gold sticker paper. I adhered those letters to a piece of cardstock that I'd run through my Herringbone impression plate. Then used some more of that gold tape on the top and bottom of the cardstock strip as well as at the bottom of the notecard
Wait. There's more!
Next card I used the medallion die from the Luxe Letterpress set to cut more of the gold sticker paper. I cut a piece of the blue cardstock, adhered the letter P (Smooth Alphabet again in gold sticker paper) and my notecard was almost finished. I used the gold leafing pen around the edge to complete the card.

Here's a full shot of the notecard with the monogram and gold leafed edge. Very simple but elegant.

I had a few pieces of cardstock stamped with the Giga Guide Lines image so I made that into another notecard. This time there's a letter T (Smooth Alphabet die cut with gold sticker paper again). More gold leafing pen around the edge.

Here's one last shot of everything. Oh I forgot to mention the front of the envelope. You can see it there in the pic - on the left there is a blue stamped image with a gold center. And at the bottom of the photo there is a square stamped image (below the clips)- that's a sticker to seal the envelope.

I don't know about you but I had a ball with this challenge. I can't wait to see what everyone else made.
Thanks for coming by to look. Have a good one!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ants and French Fries

Just a quick little card.
I got these Clear & Simple Stamps a while back and they've been whispering to me to play with them. It was the sentiment that really sent me over the edge to buy the sentiment set and the images are just so cute.
If an ant could be cute.
I'm not really a fan of ants.
At all.
But I am a fan of french fries.
I stamped them on cardstock and die cut that with those stitched rectangle dies from Lil' Inker Designs.
And the gingham...
Gingham makes me think of picnics.
Picnics make me think of ants.
It's all very logical, oui?
Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Year of Cards: April

Been working hard on my Year of Cards gifts I'm giving to family for Christmas. This time I've got April's edition to share. I used two stamp sets from Papertrey Ink: Birthday Classics: April and Monthly Moments: April.
I wanted to use some brighter colors this go around. And I wanted to try something other than just stamping the sentiment in black or even a color (or masking that sentiment - which wouldn't be easy given the design of this sentiment). I do love clear embossing and Versamark. They are probably what I use the most in my stamping. So I pulled out my Versamark pad, clear embossing powder as well as some cosmetic sponges. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock with Versamark and clear embossed it. Then, using the cosmetic sponges, I colored the sentiment with the same inks I used on the background panel. (Yes, the emboss- resist technique.) I also forgot to mention- I used the Stitched Rectangles dies from Lil' Inker Designs on that background panel. I've admired cards using these dies for so long. And while I love to sew on cards, it's not always convenient. My sewing machine is not here in my little craft room. And sometimes the sewing machine is not cooperative :-). Using the dies here was quick and easy (well quick and easy x8). Thanks for the enabling Marybeth.
I will note again I am trying to make these cards simple. I'm making eight 12 month sets so I need to keep them simple or I'll never get them completed, right? Yet, I still find myself making backgrounds, using layers. We'll see what the next month's card brings - but I've completed 4 months so far so I'm happy! Thanks for coming by. Have a good one!