Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baby Cards

 I recently bought a baby stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Bundle of Joy - it's so cute and a really nice basic set. I hadn't had a new baby set in years - I needed something new! I thought I'd make a few cards for my stash this afternoon.  The background paper is from the Fine Linen Pattern Pack from PTI.
This set is so easy to stamp with - lining up the different bundle patterns with the main bundle image - easy peasy! Then I just colored in the baby with some Copic markers.
It's been a while since I've made a card with no die cutting involved! I do love my dies :-)
With that said, I did make some gift tags to go along with these cards - using what else? a die LOL  I used the Tag Sale #3 die from Papertrey. It's just the best all around tag. Here's a pic of the tags. I think they're really going to look so cute on a baby gift. I didn't add any ribbon right now. I'll pick the ribbon when I wrap the gifts.
That's all for today - have a good one!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A few more Father's Day cards

I'm back again with a few more Father's Day cards using the World's Greatest stamp set from Papertrey Ink. On the first card I also used the Background Basics: Medallions (I think next to the BB: Gingham, the Medallions is my favorite!) On all three of these cards I used the Half & Half Die Collection (you see two of the three dies here - such an easy way to create a design element on a card. I also kinda think they'd make nice bookmarks yaknow?). Oh yeah - on the first card I cut the striped circle using a circle die and the other cards I die cut those cute little ties (I still have a bunch of ties sitting on my drawing table here just waiting for some ink).
Hope you're having a good one - it's been pretty hot here in the 'burg- our upstairs A/C gave out on Monday.  Not great timing but then again - it never is right? The temps on Monday and Tuesday were over 90. Today the temperature is more like 80 and - the repairman came and we're back in business. 
Alright - enough from me for today! Have a good one ~

Father's Day Cards

A few cards I made using PTI's World's Greatest stamp set. It's really a great set for Father's Day or masculine birthday cards - so many wonderful sentiments that you can mix and match.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A few more Graduation Cards

 I made a few more graduation cards

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Make it Monday #67 Mixing Patterned Papers

So the challenge was to combine 3 or more patterned papers. For me.. this was a challenge. I go for two routinely, but 3 is hard. I used two papers from the Memory Box Minuet 6x6 paper pad and some lovely plaid paper from Chatterbox I've been hoarding. I love that plaid....  I used the Papertrey Ink Enjoy the Ride set I've had for a long time (and it needed a little love :-)) to make a Graduation Card. I die cut the cute little car and stamped the colored portion twice with Spring Moss (I wanted a darker green that's in that Chatterbox paper). Cut the double ended banner die and stamped it in a navy ink. I used some foam mounting tape to pop up the car and the center of the banner.  I've taken about 4 pics of this card and it looks crisp and clear until I upload to blogger - I wish I knew what that was about...grrr. Anyway, that's all for me for today - we're going to look at flowers for the yard so I need to get a move on. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!
Oh I just checked and if you click on the pic of the card you'll see a nice clear image - yay!

Friday, May 25, 2012

PTI Blog hop for May

I wanted to participate in this month's blog hop. The challenge was to pair green with bold black and white patterns. Ok... so no real patterns here LOL. I did play around with some and as I'm running out of time this will have to suffice. Now that isn't to say I don't like what I came up with - I really am happy with it. I wanted to try out using my new Notched Flowers Die Collection. And I haven't used this sentiment - from Flower Fusion #12. But I have used that little flower from the Mat Stack #5 collection and I love it here. Also - it's hard to see but I dry embossed some lines around the sentiment. Ok I have to run. Thanks for looking

Thursday, May 24, 2012

For You (Year of Flowers)

I wish these photos were better but .... I wanted to make a few cards with the Garden Variety II set from Papertrey Ink - along with the Year of Flowers Collection set. May's flower is Lilies of the Valley and we know how much I love the larger version of that stamp. I used the Seed Packet Frame 2 die and stamped it then used the Year of Flowers Titles Mini Stamp set to stamp in the "Lilies of the Valley" at the top. I used some Anna Griffin patterned paper I still have along with some cardstock I embossed with the swiss dot embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I searched around and found a wee label from Making Memories that I could stamp with "for you". Now I know you can see some black ribbon and some polka dotted ribbon but you cannot see some Smash tape (black polka dot) that's there too - but you can see it in the next card. And finally I used some Copic markers to color in the image of the flowers.

Now on to card number two. This also uses some Anna Griffin paper and the same Seed Packet Frame 2 die. This time I took the title and kinda bent the stamp so the title "Morning Glories" follows the line of the seed packet frame. I used the same ribbons and that Smash tape as well as another little tag. The flower image was colored using Prismacolor pencils - for the leaves I used some Copic markers.
I'll wrap up here saying that I have such a hard time tying those pretty bows (and they certainly don't survive an envelope well) - but they're so pretty it can be worth the effort every one in a while LOL
have a good one!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

another Grad card

this one came together very quickly - I embossed the Mat Stack #1 die shape with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder. The image and sentiment are from PTI's For the Graduate stamp set. And I also used the Limitless Layers Circle Die Collection for the center die cut and the black layer underneath it. A simple but elegant graduation card.
Today I worked on some Father's Day cards I'll probably post tomorrow. Have a good one!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Graduation Cards

It's that time of year - Graduations going on everywhere. I made a few cards from a retired StampinUp! set.
I like the red/black combo and they're the colors for one of our local high schools
I even cracked out the Stampamajig for this one - that background text stamp is maybe 2x2.

For the second card I also used Papertrey Ink's By the Numbers dies.

I'll definitely be making a few more graduation cards in the next few weeks - and I'll be trying out a new Papertrey Ink graduation set I just received - it's nice to have a little creative variety right?
okay I'm off to see what I can make! Have a good afternoon ~

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Let's get together for coffee

I had a little bit of time this afternoon so I thought I'd make a couple of quick cards. I used the Heart-2-Heart #1 mini stamp set from Papertrey Ink as well as the coordinating die for the cup, the double ended banner and spiral notebook page dies. I also used two stamps from Purple Onion Designs: the Late 1800's script and Antique Ledger backgrounds. The patterned paper is an old one I had from Foofala. I colored part of the cup with some Copic markers. I used some Antique Linen Distress Ink on the sprial notebook page around the edges and did a little stitching on both cards. I really love the color combination of the kraft, cream and red cardstock (Scarlet Jewel from PTI).  Okay that's all for now!I

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Princess

I've been waiting for several months to make this card LOL and today I finally got my chance. It's Mother's Day - Happy Mother's Day to you all - and so I'm a lady of leisure today. (I hope you are too.)
So as I said I've been waiting to make this card - just other cards to make, things to do, blah blah. But today had to be the day because my sweet-pink-and-princess-anything-that-sparkles-loving-almost-4-year-old niece's birthday is next Sunday and I've got to get her gifts (and card!) in the mail. This is the youngest of all my many nieces and nephews and my sister's child. She is a special kid and deserves a special (pink-of-course) card. I hate to admit it but I bought the stamp set I used - Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats: Birthday primarily because I wanted that adorable little princess image (and in fact I have used the set for other cards already - so it's worked out quite nicely). And when deciding to purchase that set it was this card by Dawn McVey that sent me over the edge. All the little "2"'s - well and that adorable monkey - but the 2's stuck in my head and I thought I'd have to use that for this card - but using 4's ;-) .... which necessitated the purchase of the By the Numbers dies.... LOL. Okay so I used some Copics and Stampin Write markers as well as a Gelly Roll Clear Glitter pen for the little image. Other dies: the Limitless Layers Circles and the Mat Stack 5 and Mat Stack 5 Layerz. Oh yes - and the Swiss Dot Embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I should mention that I sort of edited the sentiment. I bent the Happy Birthday part so it was rounded/arc'd...?... and I just inked up the word Princess (the stamp actually says Princess Wishes).
All for now - enjoy your Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Make it Monday #65 - Shabby Strawberry Card

okay so the challenge was to use patterned paper scraps to create a background. Originally i wasn't going to do this challenge - although I loved the wonderful video and I loved the card that was created for inspiration. I just have been playing with stamps in some stolen moments and had a few cards to make that I just needed to get done. I looked down at my drawing table and I discovered I had all kinds of patterns floating around LOL - now they weren't patterned paper scraps per se. They were pieces of stamped images - mostly background stamps. I thought well HEY... I'm gonna give this a try! And a card was born :-) I used all stamps from Papertrey Ink: Strawberry Patch, Polka Dot Basics, BB: Tintypes, BB: Gingham. The sentiment is a partial stamping of a sentiment from the Celebrations set. I used my circle Nestabilites and accompanying scallop circle, as well as the Papertrey Double-Ended Banner die. I found a button and threw that into the mix. And I did a little stitching on my machine. Oh and the strawberry image is stamped but the background around it is colored with a Copic marker.  I am so glad I gave that a try - I really like all the patterns together! Now off to go out to dinner with my family for Mother's Day (the husband has to go out of town tomorrow afternoon so we're doing our little celebration this evening). Have a good nite!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Strawberry card

A card I made today using a set from Papertrey Ink called Strawberry Patch - I have to say right away this was the most fun and quickest stamping session I've probably ever had. Why? Well it's just the best designed set -  you get both outlines and solid images for 2 step stamping so however you want to stamp with it - you're covered :-) And it's so easy to line up the images - it was a breeze to get wonderful results. Hence - happy stamping :-). I used ink pads and some Copics and actually stamped 4 sets of images in no time.
I am hoping to put together the other 3 cards tomorrow - with a few variations (I've got gingham in mind to pair with these cute strawberries). Have a good one!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Birthday Wishes

Some more birthday cards:
these using Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites #7 sentiment stamp set. I love that big bold "Birthday". The patterned paper is from a discontinuted 6x6 paper pad from Basic Grey Nook & Pantry . The paper matched the PTI Fine Linen cardstock so perfectly. And the stamped design on the bottom of the left card was stamped using PTI's Giga Guidelines. The designs in the BG paper were so similar to the stamps I had to give it a try.
After assembling I thought stitching was in order.

here's a couple of closeups on the cards.

Okay that's all from me for today - have a good one!