Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 2013 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I hope your Christmas celebration was as much fun as ours.  Our 4 year old grandson was a hoot as he literally danced and clapped at the sight of all the presents.  You need to know that his mother's birthday is today in order to understand his quote from yesterday: "Momma, after your birthday tomorrow, let's turn back the page and have Christmas again!" So much fun!!!

I was delighted to see that the challenge was all about string since I had gone the route of  Kraft, Burlap, and Twine for my gift wrapping this Christmas.  Here are a couple of samples:

This one is my favorite!  Minimizing the bow and emphasizing the tag was a fun twist.  I'm sorry that I didn't get pictures of the glittered monogram tags : (

Happy hopping and thanks for stopping by!

Kraft Paper: Lowe's (home improvements)
Burlap ribbon:  Hobby Lobby
Twine:  May Arts, PTI Pure Poppy Baker's twine
Manilla tag:  Tim Holtz
Dies:  Memory Box Leaping Deer, PTI Holly Jolly
Detail Gold Embossing Powder:  Stampendous
Striped Washi Tape:  LifeStyle Crafts Shape and Tape
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink- Instant Photo:Holidays, Silent Night, Tree Trimming Trio
Card Stock: PTI Kraft, Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper:  PTI New Leaf Pattern Pack Bitty Dot
Ink:  PTI True Black, Versa Mark

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Passion for Papertrey Challenge: Negative Die Cut

Hi Friends!

Here I am just under the wire AGAIN!  I  have been busy lately with making Clever Barrette Covers, and Boutique Accessory Cards for my retail outlet, but decided I wanted to participate in this challenge with the "new baby" card I made for a friend.

The inside was fun to make also:

After die cutting the three strollers, I used temporary adhesive to place the white 3.75" X 5.0" piece to the patterned paper.  This made a mask to stamp the strollers with VersaMark ink onto the patterned paper.  I removed the white die cut piece and heat embossed the stamped images with white embossing powder.  I then die cut another stroller on the patterned paper for the inside of the card and repeated the heat embossing process.  I added shading to all of the strollers using a couple of Copic Markers.  The babies are stamped with True Black Ink in order to tolerate the touches of Copic marker to color the cheeks.  The sentiment banner is hand cut to 5/8" X 4.25" to cover the original stamping directly to the card front.  (It was stamped in black and looked really bad!)  I tried to cover it with one of my new Bountiful Banner dies, but they were not quite wide enough to cover the booboo.  When it was all said and done, I think my favorite part of the card is the two little faces peeking out of the stroller on the inside of the card!

So that's it for me today.  If you haven't visited A Passion For Papertrey, check it out.  It's a relatively small group of talented designers who share a love for all things Papertrey!

Thanks for stopping by,

Card Stock:  Neenah Solar White
Pattern Paper:  Limeade Ice Pattern Pack Bitty Dot
Dies:  Bitty Baby Blessings
Stamp set:  Bitty Baby Blessings
Ink:  Limeade Ice, VersaMark
Copic Markers:  RO1, T1, YG21  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Passion For Papertrey Challenge-Fontabulous!

Hello again, Papertrey Friends!

I had SO much fun making the card for this challenge!  I pulled out a TON of different stamp sets to play with and in the process ran across the cork letters I had die cut for another project but didn't use.   I think I was smiling as I pressed each stamp to the card stock. I may make a few more of these.

Did you ever see the movie "Crazy People"?  There is a character who only says "hello" or some form of the greeting.  The movie is about a Madison Avenue advertising executive who ends up depressed and in an asylum because he is tired of lying to the world in order to sell products.  While in the facility, he meets all of these crazy people who become his friends and very successful business partners in the advertising business.  Dudley Moore and Daryll Hannah star in this funny 1980's movie, but the crazy people are the real stars.  It is worth the search if you can rent it somewhere.  Just be prepared for the off-color humor so typical of the insanely naive!  Not one to watch with your children....

Thanks for stopping by,

Cardstock:  White, Ocean Tides
Inks:  Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse
Stampsets:  Hear-2-Heart #4, Mini Blooms, Big and Bold Wishes, Hello Friend, Hello Sunshine, Signature Greetings II, Trendy Treetops, Hero Arts-CL483, CL342, CL 184, Studio Calico/Hero Arts- 331073, My Favorite Things-Say What?
Dies:  Block Alphabet Lower Case
Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter

CFC #91-Hi Ho Silver

Hi Friends!  I am bringing up the rear again-just glad I didn't miss the deadline for this week's challenge.  I've done that a LOT lately.

The occasion for this card is a sad one.  My cousin has recently died of cancer and I could not travel to be with the rest of my family for the funeral.  It was important to me to send something of myself.  Something that would speak of the beauty I saw in my cousin and friend.  The very simple design, just a touch of sparkle, and the silver embossed sentiment seemed to be just the right expression to me.  I felt better after making it.

Supplies:  All from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Card Stock:  White
Inks:  Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist
Stamp Sets:  Watercolor Wonder, Hero Arts CL342 (sentiment)
Other:  Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Silver Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, February 25, 2013

February 2013 Blog Hop-Papertrey Ink

Hello Friends!

So glad I get to play along this month-it's been way too long!  I'll keep it short as there are LOTS of amazing projects in this Marvelous Monograms Challenge.

The first project today is a gift set I made for a friend at Christmas.  Meagan is a very trendy thirty-something, so I think this set of personalized notes suits her well.  Each card has a different color for the initials so that she can choose the one that suits her mood.

It's very hard to see the herringbone pattern on the card base, but it really is there and adds just the right amount of texture to the crisp white background.  The rectangular die and the letter dies were run through my Big Shot at the same time.  I cut a scrap of colored card stock to back each rectangle, and adhered the pieces together before mounting onto the card base with dimensional foam adhesive.

I packaged the set with it's envelopes and this card showing through the clear acetate box.  I love the pen and ink blotch/exclamation point!  I need to find a few other ways to use those two stamps.   

So that's it for my first entry.  Yes, I have another post coming up soon.  Hopefully my second idea translates to paper!?!

Thanks for stopping by,

All products are Papertrey Ink unless noted
Card Stock:  White, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky
Stamp Sets:  Think Big Favorites #18, Happy Trails
Impression Plate:  Herringbone
Ink:  True Black
Dies:  Block Alphabet, Lower Case, Spellbinders: Large Rectangles

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love is in the Air-Part II

Hello Friends!

I had another go at the challenge from A Passion for Papertrey since I was not totally pleased with the first card I submitted.  I was trying to convince myself that it was fine, just fine...but I decided the Love of My Life deserved my best efforts, not a card that I kinda thought was ok, maybe.  So here it is:

The part of the other card that was important to me is the sentiment.  So I put it on the inside.  I'm much happier with this.

When the Love and Marriage stamp set (on the card front) came out about a year ago, I did not get to use it as much as I wanted to.  You know how it goes, another release, another shipment and I was distracted beyond return.  Until I received Sending My Love.  My favorite sentiment in this stamp set is the one above and I immediately thought of the block of text with the names of famous couples we all know.  The two stamps seemed made for each other.  How romantic, right?

It's true.  Our love story really is my favorite!

Thanks for taking another look.
Card Stock- White, Kraft
Ink- Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate
Stamps- Love and Marriage, Sending You My Love
Wood Grain Impression Plate
Copic Markers- YG61, YG63

Glad you stopped by,

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Passion for Papertrey-Love is in the Air

Hi Friends!

This may be my all-time shortest post!

My card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire from the Online Card Making class: Clean & Simple 2.  I have never used a pleated front for a card so I gave it a try.  Frankly, it didn't turn out as I had hoped, but I really like the pleated texture and will surely try it again sometime.

The sentiment is especially for my sweet husband.  We get a kick out of our 38 years of marriage and often talk about how special our love story is.  He will love this card.

Card stock:  White, Smokey Shadow
Ink:  True Black
Die:  Fabulous Frames
Stamp Set:  Sending My Love
Patterned Paper:  Making Memories Love Notes
Other:  red metallic dots, Red Star Gelly Roll Pen

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Passion for Papertrey: A Black and White Challenge

Hi Folks!

I've been unusually busy since this challenge began, so I am glad I didn't miss it all together. I LOVE bright colors so this was indeed a challenge for me.  I am happy with the results.

I am also participating in the current Online Card Class:  Clean and Simple 2.  If you haven't checked out these excellent classes, I highly recommend that you do.  I have been inspired and consistently impressed with the designs, video tutorials, and guests.  My card was inspired by Julie Ebersole, one of the designers for Clean and Simple 2.   This link takes you to her blog, but not the actual inspiration card.  You have to be signed up for the class to have access.

So here's my one layer, all black and white, clean and simple card!

I stamped Stitches and Swirls with VersaMark ink onto True Black card stock, and embossed with Filigree White Powder.  "Love You" is from Scripted Sentiments, also heat embossed.  I went in with a white pencil to add a little shading and texture.  

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Passion for Papertrey Challenge-Thank You

Hello to all friends of Papertrey Ink around the world!

I am delighted to have the opportunity to join you in a frolic through our Papertrey Ink goodies together and be inspired by each other. I have long been an admirer of Aimes and look forward to getting to know Caryn and Kate through challenges to come this year.

If you are new like me and would like to learn more about this site, CLICK HERE.

 I have two submissions for this challenge so here they are.

This one was also submitted for the Make It Monday #99 Repeats and Rainbows challenge from Nichole Heady.

I have added a wonky view of this card so that you can better appreciate the background.  I can only say that my photography skills are improving...   

 This has become my new favorite impression plate.  I love the simple texture of the vertical stripes.  The reverse side gives the impression of "board and batten", I always think of wainscoting when I use it.  Strangely, when I attempted to confirm the name of the impression plate via the Papertrey Ink web site, I could not find it among the other impression plates.  But it really is there...somewhere.  Let's call it "Stripes".

Card #1-
Card stock:  Winter Wisteria, White
Inks:  Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wisteria
Stamp Sets:  Heart Prints, Embroidered Blooms
Other:  Martha Stewart Brad, Versamark Ink, Filigree White Embossing Powder

Card #2-
Card Stock:  Ocean Tide, Vintage Cream
Inks:  Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush
Stamp Set:  Embroidered Blooms
Dies:  Turning A New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms #3
Impression Plate: ???

Once again, I appreciate the opportunity to join a new community of fellow paper crafters.  Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing all of your projects!

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Make It Monday #99 Repeats and Rainbows -Part II

Since I was unable to submit each of my projects for this challenge from my original post, I am repeating card #2 here.

Supplies:  All Papertrey unless noted
Card Stock:  Hibiscus Burst, White, Raspberry Fizz
Inks:  Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wisteria
Stamp Sets:  With All My Heart, BB: Super Stripes
Ribbon:  Hibiscus Burst
Other:  Hearts Delight Dies (Memory Box), Rectangles and Scalloped Rectangles Dies(Spellbinders),
            Doodlebug Twine, Glossy Accents, Corner Chomper, Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by, (again!)

Make it Monday #99 Repeats and Rainbows

Hello Friends,  I have returned!

It was a very busy Holiday season which I enjoyed very much.  Time with our family, in-laws, and the incredibly rare white Christmas, made for a very memorable time.  The punctuation mark came Christmas night when the power went out and trees started falling under the weight of ice plus 8" of snow.  We were among the fortunate with a power outage lasting only about 22 hours.  Others in our area were out for days. But that was last year....

Now, I am looking forward to a new year of fresh ideas and many new card projects.  Here are a couple I made for the current Make it Monday challenge,  "Repeats and Rainbows".  You can find all of the details on Nichole's blog.

This one will also be submitted to A Passion For Papertrey "Thank You".

I chose rainbow color scheme #4 for both cards:  Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, and Winter Wisteria.   

Happy New Year, Y'all!

Thanks for stopping by,

Card stock:  Winter Wisteria, White
Inks:  listed above
Stamp sets:  Heart Prints, Embroidered Blooms
Other:  Martha Stewart brad, Corner Chomper

All my Heart:
Card stock:  Hibiscus Burst, White, Raspberry Fizz
Inks:  listed above
Stamp sets:  Background Basics: Super Stripes, With All My Heart
Ribbon:  Hibiscus Burst
Other:  Hearts Delight, (Memory Box Dies), Rectangles, Scalloped Rectangles, (Spellbinders), Doodlebug Twine, Glossy Accents, Corner Chomper, dimensional foam adhesive