Friday, November 27, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #19

UR2 Cool

Dawn’s challenge was indeed that—the colors really made me think. The image that kept invading my thoughts was the tee-shirts that were the inspiration so I had to force myself to go in a different direction.

I thought the colors were great together—very modern so I took my cue from that. I used PTI cardstock: the card is made from Dark Chocolate; the three squares are cut from Spring Moss, Lavender Moon, and Aqua Mist; and “Cool” was cut using my Cricut, from Raspberry Fizz. Each square as well as the Raspberry Fizz (before it was cut) have been stamped with VersaMark using PTI’s Background Basics: Retro. The chipboard letter stickers are American Craft Thickers Jewelry Box in dark brown.

Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Embellish Color Challenge with Brads

I had wanted to do something with PTI's Star Prints stamp set and when I saw the new Embellish challenge I felt the two would work great together. I started with a 5.5 inch square card base in white (I used PTI paper throughout) and added the Enchanted Evening layer with the opening cut using Spellbinders circle die. It seemed like a lot of blue so I stamped the star using Versamark to break it up some. The focal point is a stamped star layered over a solid star punched from Pure Poppy. The sentiments are stamped in black on New Leaf and attached with yellow brads.


PTI's November Blog Hop

November Blog Hop

The holidays are going to be here before you know it! No matter how much planning you do, there always seems to be last minute gifts and wrapping to do! This month's Blog Hop Challenge is to create a quick & inexpensive wrap or tag that can be the perfect solution for "grab & go" gifts! We can't wait to see what you create!!!

I thought I would play along with this month's blog hop.

I have had PTI's containers for sometime and I immediately thought of making some gift tags to fit inside. The tags are 2.25 inch square with the corners rounded. I stamped a small red ornament from Vintage Ornaments and then stamped various patterned images and embossed with gold. One sentiments is from the Vintage Ornaments and the Noel sentiment is from the Signature Christmas. A quick, easy, useful gift.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Moxie Fab World's Plum Challenge

I have always liked purple and even had a purple bedroom for a while (that didn’t last too long however). I’m a Leo so I think about the proud lion, king of his world, and am reminded that purple has always been a very majestic, regal color. Thinking along those elegant and formal lines, I wanted to do a sympathy card. Something very serene but not black for a change.

I used PTI’s With Sympathy stamp set and papers extensively for this, from the background embossed on PTI’s Plum Pudding card stock, to the flowers on Vintage Cream, to the sentiment on Lavender Moon. A simply tied black satin ribbon balanced the card and tied into the sentiment stamped in black.

Other supplies: Spellbinders long rectangles and clear embossing powder.


Saturday, October 31, 2009


This is a fairly literal interpretation of the challenge but I must say I am very pleased with the results. I smile whenever I look at the card.

The owl was cut form PTI’s dark chocolate, vintage cream, and melon berry papers. The chest panel was stamped using PTI’s Background Basics Retro with melon berry ink. His pupils are PTI’s dark chocolate buttons.

The owl is mounted with dimensions on PTI’s 2008 Bitty Box Basics in Spring Moss, then on Cosmo Crickett’s Earth Love-Reuse. Corners were rounded using We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Card-Kreator’s A7 Standard card template was used to make the card base in PTI’s dark chocolate. The letters were cut from PTI’s vintage cream card stock which had been stamped with their Basic Basic Text Style in Craft Smarts chocolate brown ink using Cricut Expression’s Plantin Schoolhouse.

I hope he makes you smile too!


Holiday Notes

Inspired by Mish Mash’s note pads, I bought a set of 5”X8” notepads at my local office supply store and had them cut in half.

Using Nicole’s Notepad Pocket Cover Template, I cut the cover from Hobby Lobby Kraft paper and adhered the note pad to the inside of the cover and secured the pocket using Scor-Tape.

I cut two strips of Bazzill’s Christmas Cardstock in Pomegranate and mounted them on the front and back of the cover. Using scraps from last year’s Christmas cards, I adhered panels of the pattern paper (Cosmo Crickett’s Be Good: Ribbons), sandwiching a length of narrow cream ribbon from my stash to be used as a closure.

I stamped a snow flake from SU’s Scandanavian Christmas (I believe this set is retired) using VersaMagic Dew Drop in Ocean Depth and mounted it on a scallop of the pomegranate cut with Spellbinders scalloped circle. The elongated tag and the letters were cut using Cricut Expression’s Plantin Schoolhouse from PTI’s Ocean Tides and Bazzill’s Promegranate, respectively.

I know I’ll enjoy using the lovely pad to make various notations and lists this upcoming holiday season.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge # 18 (2nd Edition)

I chose PTI’s Vintage Ornaments to showcase the colors in Dawn’s latest challenge. I used PTI’s paper in Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, and Raspberry Fizz and their New Leaf grosgrain ribbon along with kraft twine from Hobby Lobby.

The foundation of the card was cut using a #10 standard business envelop card template from Card-Kreator. I embossed the dark chocolate with Cuttlebug’s Snowflake embossing folder and cut it using Spellbinder’s long rectangle. The ornament was made from raspberry fizz and the snow cap was cut from vintage cream then adorned with glitter. The sentiment was from PTI’s Signature Christmas.


Raspberry Suite Color Challenge # 18

Although I used Dawn’s color challenge for my recent entry on PTI’s October Blog Hop, here is my official entry. While fairly traditional in the use of the color, it fits my design esthetics.

The papers used are all from PTI—vintage cream, dark chocolate, raspberry fizz, and new leaf. Inks are PTI’s new leaf, Versamark, and a pink from my stash. The ribbon is my nod to kraft and is Martha Stewart’s seam binding in putty.

The card foundation was cut using Card Kreator’s A7 standard greeting card template. The brown was cut to fit the top of the card and the bottom edge trimmed using Fiskars Uppercrest punch. The flowers and leaves were stamped using PTI’s Friends Til The End and were mounted on a piece of vintage cream. The ribbon tag was cut using a die from Spellbinders.

Hope you enjoy!!!


Embellish the Cure

My sister trained and ran in her first 5K race in this fall’s Race for the Cure. She completed the race with a great time, running under an 11 minute mile. Our generous neighbor brought a donation over—unsolicited!

When Embellish posted this challenge, I knew I wanted to use the ribbon racer as the focal point to create a Thank You card for our neighbor. I used a 5.5” x 12” strip of dark grey from an old SEI collection (Savvy) to create a tri-fold card. The window was cut using Spellbinder’s large rectangle. The ribbon racer was cut from PTI’s raspberry fizz and was sandwiched between two layers of vellum. The sentiment is from PTI’s Damask Designs (with “so much” masked) and was stamped on PTI’s Sweet Blush cut using Spellbinders ribbon tag with the ends trimmed. I stamped the linked circles from PTI’s Faux Ribbon in Versamark to align the clear rhinestones.

I think it will make a great Thank You card for our neighbor while celebrating my sister’s accomplishment. Way to go to them both!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

PTI's October Blog Hop

The challenge was to create anything holiday using at least one PTI product. I chose to combine this with Dawn McVey’s Raspberry Suite #18 color challenge. I used PTI’s paper in Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, and Raspberry Fizz and their New Leaf grosgrain ribbon along with kraft twine from Hobby Lobby.

The foundation of the card was cut using a #10 standard business envelop card template from Card-Kreator. I embossed the dark chocolate with Cuttlebug’s Snowflake embossing folder and cut it using Spellbinder’s long rectangle. The ornament was made from raspberry fizz and the snow cap was cut from vintage cream then adorned with glitter. The sentiment was from PTI’s Signature Christmas.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

One-sie Circled

This entries is for Embellish’s Circle Card Challenge

The card began with a 5 inch scallop cut from PaperTrey Ink's (PTI) Spring Moss and adhered to a white circle card. The one-sie was cut from PTI’s Spring Rain using a free SVG file, adding blue button brads from my stash. Using a white gel pen I added the stitching to both the one-sie and the scallop and wrote “Hello Baby!” on PTI’s Dark Chocolate. I rounded the corners with the Memory Makers Corner Chomper, added a length of PTI’s white satin ribbon and a green flower button from PTI tied off with DMC brown floss.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge # 17

Dawn McVey’s current challenge incorporates red, aqua, kraft, brown, and cream. I used kraft as my card base and added a large piece of PTI’s Pure Poppy paper which I cut to fit approximately 2/3rd of the card. I punched the top of the red with Upper Crest, cut slots about an inch down, and wove in chocolate brown ribbon (from Hobby Lobby). I added a sentiment from my stash in PTI’s Ocean Tide ink on their Vintage Cream cardstock. I used a die-cut butterfly from my stash, added a small pearl for its head and added three pearls along the right edge of the card.


Lots of Dots

Papertrey’s WCMD Challenge #4: Australia

I built my focal point using a flower from PTI’s Beautiful Blooms stamp set. Stamped and embossed in white on PTI’s Plum Pudding paper, I add two rounds of dots using a white gel pen and then cut it out. I also stamped a dotted leaf from Beautiful Blooms on PTI’s New Leaf. Using a stamp from my stash, I stamped the stem in New Leaf ink. From the same stamp set, I used a dotted spiral stamp to create my own background paper (Versamark on PTI’s Spring Moss). Sentiment is from PTI’s Handwritten Notes and the ribbon is PTI’s New Leaf Extra Fine Polka Dot.


Indian Jewels

Papertrey’s WCMD Challenge #3: India

I don’t normally use too many jewels so this was indeed a challenge for me. Using SEI’s Charlemagne papers, I cut the black, white, and turquoise feather-like image using Spellbinders Label 1 and mounted it on PTI’s Pure Black. The pattern paper, also from SEI’s Charlemagne, features copper and turquoise on black and I embellished the feather in jewels in those colors. A ribbon from my stash was a perfect match and its rich tone was a great finishing touch.


Mexican Tiles

Papertrey’s WCMD Challenge #2: Mexico

I leveraged Nicole’s idea of Mexican tiles and used PTI’s Guidelines to create a mosaic. Using PTI’s Vintage Cream as the backdrop, I stamped a 4X4 grid of “tiles” in various colors (inks). I softened the whole thing with Antique Linen Distressed Ink and then physically distressed the edges. I then mounted the mosaic using dimensionals on PTI’s Bitty Box Basics in Purple with an apron-lace punched strip of PTI’s Spring Moss. The card is finished off with a “Gracias” stamp from my stash in purple ink.



Papertrey’s WCMD Challenge #1: Japan

For the Japan challenge, my thoughts immediately went to the idea of a kimono. I designed the kimono on 4X4 grid paper and then cut out a pattern that I used later.
I used PTI’s pure poppy and stamped it using the branch from PTI’s Beyond Basic Borders and a small flower from their With Sympathy stamps. I embossed it with gold. Using the pattern, I cut the kimono. I backed the kimono with a small piece of kraft paper from PTI. PTI’s pure black ribbon served as the kimono’s sash. I mounted the kimono on pattern paper from DCWV’s La Crème. Three red crystals and hand-written Arigato (thank you in Japanese) finish the card.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Welcome to our Blog


My sister Monica and I are creating this blog to share our crafts. Primarily paper crafts right now but the past has included quilts and purses pieced by Monica and painted furniture by me.

Stay tuned as we post cards we create for challenges and other crafts that we may take a notion to try.