Thursday, August 11, 2011

Terracotta and Aqua

Great color combo!  I thought I'd do something different and pair up this striking Terracotta with Aqua.  I think it turned out great!  My only complaint, maybe I should have clear embossed the sentiment to help it stand out as it was stamped over the medallion image.

Stamps: Merci and Mehndi Medallion (PTI)
Paper: Aqua Mist, Terracotta Tile (PTI)
Ink: Vintage Cream  (PTI)
Ribbon: Aqua Mist Satin (PTI)
Corner Rounder: Corner Chomp
Other: Tiny Pearls (Michaels)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

cQc#95 and FTL#151

This week's Color Q challenge colors are fabulous!  I had not taken a good look at the new Stampin' Up! In Colors but I must say, I love them!  Since I didn't have any of them on hand, I improvised with what was available.

Oh My Heavens!  Can you believe this embossing powder?!!!  I think I'm in LOVE!  This is the new Recollections embossing powder (by Michaels stores) in Glacier.  On top of that gorgeous blue - perfection!  I can't wait to try it on tons of dark colors.  I was seriously laying in bed this morning thinking I need to try it on Kraft cardstock.  I held myself back and didn't buy any other colors, but they had bright pink, chartreuse green, champagne, baby blue.... I could go on!  I've gotta try them ALL -bwa ha ha! ;)

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (color unknown), Berry Sorbet, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Close to Cocoa
Stamps: Sentiment, Mehndi Medallion (PTI)
Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart) Apron Scallop punch (Fiskars)
Embossing Powder: Glacier (Recollections)
Brown crinkle ribbon (SU!)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Chartreuse Birthday

Here's a B-Day card I made for one of my sisters in law.  I like the black and chartreuse color combo.  I think I'll have to try it again sometime.

Stamps: Boho Blooms (SU), Mat Stack 2, Birthday Girl sentiment (PTI)
Clear Embossing powder
Simply Chartreuse satin ribbon
Tiny adhesive pearls

Saturday, July 9, 2011

FTL 147

I love this paper, even if I haven't had much of a chance to use it.  Here's my take on the sketch:

Card Measures: 5" square
Circles: 1 3/8"

Cardstock: cardbase - Berry Sorbet (PTI), circles - Cameo Coral, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze (all SU!), Harvest Gold (PTI), Scalloped Edge - Fine Linen (PTI)
Patterned paper - American Crafts
Stamps - Flower Fusion #4 (PTI), Sentiment (PTI)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hello Again and Violet Birthday

Sooo..... I know, I know, it's been awhile.  In my defense, I did just buy my first home, start home improvement/beautification projects (hello teal green kitchen! LOVE!!), move, host visiting friends and family, and deal with the onset of summer.

I never stopped crafting.  And I certainly NEVER stopped buying more supplies ;).

Now that my life is back in order, and I'm in between house projects (oh the joy of owning a home! - mostly painting/decorating ideas), I thought it'd be nice to update the old blog-O.  Enjoy!

This card I made a while back and thought it'd be nice to share.  I masked the larger violets when I stamped.  This technique allows for the appearance of smaller violets behind the larger ones.  Super easy, and super effective.

Stamps:  YOTF Violets (PTI), Mat Stack 1 (PTI), Sentiment from Butterfly Dreams (PTI)
Paper: Whisper White (SU!), Elegant Eggplant (SU!)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (SU!), White (SU!)
Embellishments: Rhinestones (Michaels), Prisma Glitter (PTI)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

OTWC #47

I love purple!  It was one of the colors at my wedding.  I was so happy to see a challenge this week with lovely shades of purple included.  Here's my take - super simple.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Favorite Color Combos

During the Papertrey Ink anniversary celebration, Nichole Heady posted the favorite color combos for each PTI design team member.  I thought I'd try some out.  I think this one was Betsy's favorite color combo: Scarlett Jewel, Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold and Rustic Cream.  Here's what I came up with:
 I used the Copic trios for Summer Sun on my center butterfly, and the Copic trios for Hibiscus Burst on my other two butterflies.  The sentiment was stamped in SU! Purely Pomegranate.  I used clear embossing powder on the Mat Stack 1 die cut.  I ran the card front through my Cuttlebug to emboss with the Moroccan Screen embossing folder.  I love this color combo as well.  I'll have to try it out more in the future.  What's your favorite color combo?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

cQc #72

Yeah!  I completed a challenge this week!  I love the sweater Arielle chose for the Color Queen Challenge this week.  I love the color combo for cards as well.  I liked it so much, I made two cards!

This was actually the second card I made, but I like it the most.  I used my new Dot Spot from PTI (Papertrey Ink).  I love the graduated dots that give a 3-D effect.  And these colors in the Dot Spot - perfect!  I also love the Say it with Style stamp set (also by PTI), but I rarely find just the right fit for it.  Fortunately, I was able to use it for both my cards.

I stamped my sentiment in Not Quite Navy on Baja Breeze cardstock.

Next up is the first card I made with this color combo.  Not sure why, but I just didn't like it that much.  I stamped the background with the Diamonds Background stamp in Versamark.  I also used the Monday Video tutorial from PTI a couple weeks ago, mixing and matching sentiments from several different sets.

I used Fine Linen buttons for my bit of Kraft on this card.  Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Madness!

For some reason, this year, I have gotten into Valentine's Day more than I ever have.  Maybe it was all the cute projects/ideas on the How Does She site.  Yeah, that was probably it. Valentine's Day Ideas

I saw these jars with vinyl lettering posted and thought: What an EASY teacher gift!  So I enlisted the help of one of my girlfriends, Windy.  She owns a vinyl lettering business and does the cutest stuff!  Check it out here.  She happily agreed to cut vinyl for me and a bunch of other friends.  I thought: ok, now all I need is to stop by Hobby Lobby and pick up jars.  But.... then I found these little jewels I'd been saving up: Gold Canyon Candle jars that were cleaned an prepped and just waiting to be filled with, something.  I used these free downloaded Valentines by as tags for each jar

Next up, I loved the tin mailbox idea for each of my kids.  Once again, Windy helped me out and cut all my vinyl.  I can't wait to surprise the kids with these little cuties filled with Valentine's Day treats!  I couldn't resist, I HAD to get the pink one for myself.


Finally, I tried the heart shaped Rice Krispie Treats.  I used a spatula and melted milk chocolate for some goodness on top.  Then I sprinkled with some V-Day Wilton's sprinkles.  Once again, I used the free downloaded Valetines.  The treat bags I picked up at Michael's.  At first I was hoping for some heart printed ones, but they must have all been sold out.  It was Feb. 11th, afterall.  But I actually like the pink polka dot better, because I can use them for anything now.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Favorite PTI Project of 2010

I glanced through my prior blog postings and have to say this card is probably my favorite from the last year.  I made it for a friend's October birthday.  I love the layers of Mat Stack, label and the combination of stamping and preprinted embellishments from the Color Couture collection.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PTI January Blog Hop

This month's challenge was to create something using a less used PTI stamp set.  I got the Star Prints set shortly after it was release.  I notice time and again, it's not always the set I reach for while creating.  This month I thought I'd give it a try and make something baby themed for the Blog Hop.  I made a card and a box (with a previously unused template I'd downloaded).  It feels great to use what I have!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Colorful Butterflies

I decided to try out some of my new copics.  I used the Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise colors.  I embossed a 1/4 sheet of Cameo Coral cardstock with the Elegant Lines folder by SU!.  Sentiment is stamped in Ruby Red.  I used a touch of Stickles for the bodies of the butterflies.  I also glued only the centers down so I could pop the wings up off the card.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Snow Ball Pail

I have a goal this school year to make a little something every month to send in to my boys' teachers.  This month I thought I'd try the Snow Balls Nichole Heady posted here.  I followed this recipe from the food network, but I have some suggestions: first, I'd cut down the heavy cream, I also had to add a TON of powdered sugar, and last, I added some coconut to the truffle mix.  Otherwise, you'll end up with a runny mess.  

Now for the fun stuff!  I picked up these medium clear paint cans at Michael's and added a strip of Heidi Grace Snowflake Park flocked paper I had punched with my Apron border punch.

I downloaded the font (Christmas Flakes) from for free.  Once I printed my Snow Balls label I die cut it from the Mat Stack 4 die by PTI.  I ran both my label and the paper strip through my sticker machine to make them easy to apply to the paint cans.

Finally, I added some coordinating Heidi Grace snowflake rub ons.  They were the perfect touch!
I loved the way these turned out!  I hope the teachers liked them too.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Baby Buttons

I love the way Maile Belles has been using the silk ribbon to tie on buttons.  Can you tell?  I also fell in love with the Spring Moss/Avocado color combo.  I used Spring Moss paper and Old Olive ink for this one.  The button is Fine Linen.  I wanted to pull in some of the other background colors, so I used my Prima flowers and added some centers.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

cQc #66

I can hardly believe Christmas is over already.  This Holiday season seemed to fly by this year.  I'm finally getting back into the swing of things with my papercrafting.  I haven't played along with the Color Queen Challenge in some time, but when I saw this color combo, I immediately thought of my Tea for Two stamp set.  Here's what I came up with.

I stamped the Mat Stack 1 with Versamark and clear embossed.  I didn't have any Daffodil Delight, so I used a Harvest Gold button and Harvest Gold Ribbon.  I was inspired by the polka dots from the sample image, so I used my cuttlebug embossing folder for the background.