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!

Monday, August 18, 2014

This and that

I have been a busy bee over the last week or so. Although I'm not quite finished with these projects, I thought I'd throw out a preview or two.
Doesn't look like the usual fare, huh?
Have a good one!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Year of Cards: March

I'm sneaking in these "Year of Cards" cards when I've got a moment or two. Today I decided to do March (I was in a springy-color mood!). I used Birthday Classics: March and Year of Flowers Collection stamps. The stamps, dies and patterned paper is all from Papertrey Ink.
It's a simple card and I'm pleased with it. It really has to be simple when you're making 8 of them, right?
Hope you're having a good one- thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Watercolor Thinking of You

I made another card with the images I watercolored the other day. This one is a "thinking of you" - I always need these. I send cards to my dear aunts as well as one or two close family friends - the ones that don't get out too much. They appreciate them so and I love to send them.
The image is from the Botanical Blocks II set. The sentiment is from the Banner Sentiments set and I also used the Double Ended Banner die. All from Papertrey Ink. When I finished I added some Wink of Stella - just adds a little bit of sparkle, yaknow?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tag You're It Challenge #3

Hi there!
I've been working on watercoloring images. I've been a watercoloring fool. And it has been delightfully relaxing. (Something I don't think I've ever said in the same sentence: watercoloring and relaxing LOL!) Who knows why - but this time I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And then- with said colored images - I thought what shall I make with these? In my web travels this morning I happened upon the Tag You're It Challenge blog which led me to the CAS(E) this Sketch blog. I decided I'd give it a go. I had the Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #11 die on my desk for at least a week- thinking about what I'd do with that and well.... here you go. I started off by looking at Amy Sheffer's tag (hi Amy!... long time no see girl. We need to get together with June k?) And I think I diverged a bit. But no matter. I used PTI's Botanical Blocks II and the thank you die is from WPlus9. I also used the PTI Herringbone Impression Plate. (The cardstock is all PTI - Sweet Blush, Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow).
Okay now I think I need to go make something with the rest of those watercolored images. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Year of Cards - August

Hi there! Back today to show you the August card for my Year of Card sets (gifts I'm giving to family at Christmas.) I made July a few weeks ago. And since I've got a birthday comin up I need a card for, I decided to go ahead and make August now. I played around with this one a lot. I'm trying to make these simple - as I'm making 8 sets of cards - but I really like the sentiment stamped in three colors (I know - I need my head examined - masking 8 of these will take a little bit of time LOL! not to mention stamping out that sunrise in the background)
I used the Birthday Classics: August and Hello Sunshine stamp sets from Papertrey Ink. The patterned paper is also from PTI. I used  a Nestabilities die for the circle. And then I stitched across that patterned paper with my sewing machine. I really need to get my sewing machine out more often. I used to stitch on paper a lot - I've been doing it for probably the last 17 years or so. But lately - not so much. Anywho... I've got to get on with the stamping! I just figured I'd post this now as I haven't in almost a week. I've been working on my London scrapbook :-) and really enjoying it. Okay kids, that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Christmas in July

It's the last day of July and I was feeling like it would be fun to make a Christmas card. Maybe it's the cool temps we've been having. Or maybe it's this cute stamp set and die: Phrase Play #6 from Papertrey Ink. There are sentiments stamps in the set covering a wide range of occasions - two of them being for the holiday season.
I played around with the set as is and then decided it might be interesting to fill that center area with another stamp- an image or a sentiment of some kind. I looked through my stamp sets and came up with Winter Hills. It took a little masking and adding a line here and there but I like the way it turned out. The sentiment is also from Winter Hills.  I used some reinker to color in the sky and highlight the snow. The house was colored with Prismacolor pencils. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background. Those 3 snowflakes were cut using a Quickutz die I've had for years. I used some Versamark and Holographic embossing powder on them - I think you can see a little bit of the sparkle. And I finished off with some baker's twine.
That's all for me today. Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome to the world baby girl

You're right - the card says "Welcome to the world little angel" but it tis pink and it tis for the newest baby girl in our family. We're two for two this year - two little girls and I couldn't be more excited. This family is jammed packed with boys - and they are precious as can be - so every once in a while, when God sends us a cute little pink bundle - well it's fun (I mean who doesn't like to buy girly baby clothes?)
This child is a grand niece. My husband's nephew's baby. This is their second - first one was a boy (of course LOL!) and, if she is anything like that sweet little boy - well her parents are blessed.
Okay - details. The die is from Papertrey Ink. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on that background (my favorite-est ever - swiss dot). It's a shaker card filled with some clear iridescent sequins (I got from Joann's a million years ago i think). They've got just the right sparkle you know?
Okay on with today's show. The weather here in the burg is absolutely gorgeous - it seems more like end-of-September or early-October rather than the end of July. It's actually cool - unheard of in these here parts and I am lovin every second. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sending You Big Hugs

On Friday I'd hoped to join the PTI blog hop but it just didn't happen. I spent the day with my bff, June (hey June!). When I got home I thought I'd give it a try and started stamping all over some cardstock with a stamp from Ruby Reprise. And well, as often happens around here something else needed tending to so I had to put it aside. I fooled around with it a little yesterday - and this morning finally got a minute to finish the card. I used the Phrase Play #6 die and stamps. At the bottom I tied on some ribbon I had and adhered a button but decided I wanted to do something else.  I took out a small round punch, stamped it with a heart and then used my Glossy Accents on top - kinda like a little button cover. The picture doesn't look as cute as it is in real life :-)
Okay - hope you all are having a lovely Sunday! I just took a break from working on my scrapbook of London. Having lots of fun with all my PTI Monthly Moments stuff. Have a good one!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Morning Glory Hello

Got a quick one one for today
I bought the Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers Collection a long time ago but really hadn't used them a whole lot. They recently introduced dies for the set and I couldn't wait to pull out that stamp set. I love a number of the flowers in the set but I think the morning glories are one of my favorites. For this card I used some Papertrey patterned paper, the Monthly Moments: Instant Photo 2 die and some Rustic Creme twine. I colored the image with Copics. The "hello" sentiment is from a new set: Big Ticket Additions. I had to do a little masking (to remove the ticket portion of the stamp) but it only took a few minutes. Despite the floral image I think the card has a bit of a masculine feel (as this card is going to a male member of the family). Ok - gotta run. Hope you have a wonderful day!