Monday, April 26, 2010

Congrats to Deb and Janet

I needed to make cards for two of my friends who completed the Country Music Half Marathon Saturday.  They both did great and the weather was so bad that the race ended early.  I'm so proud of them both especially since I started training with them and gave up about half way through.  Here's the cards:

Both cards where simple to make and each was inspired by two designers.  The one with Argyle from Lisa Johnson during PTI's April release, the Sweet 16 card.  The second with Friend's till the End flower from Melissa Bickford who has done a couple of post with these colors and simple images, Butterfly Thanks and Just Because.

Paper: Papertrey Ink - Spring Moss and Aquamist - Premade white cards
Ink: Papertrey Ink - Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise - Colorbox- Chestnut Roan
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Signature Greetings, Friend till the End, and A Little Argyle
Other: Various gems from my stash, Cricut Expression to cut the sentiment cardstock with the Fabulous Finds Cartridge

Thanks for checking out the blog,


Sunday, April 25, 2010

PTI's April blog hop - Monica

After reading PTI's Blog Hop challenge with  focus on tissue paper I immediately knew I wanted to make a ruffle.  And I wanted to incorporate their new Argyle products.

Here are the results:

Note the touch of argyle on the corner of the envelope.

Here's a close up of the card's focal point; isn't it pretty than a 1st Place ribbon at the county fair?  I like the way the saddle-stitch on the ribbon mimics the dash lines in the argyle.  Just a touch of Fresh Snow ink on the impressed argyle really makes it pop!  Below you can see a touch of argyle inside the card.

Hope you are enjoying the Hop!


Supplies:  (All PTI unless otherwise noted)
Paper:  White and Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Fresh Snow, Momento Tuxedo Black, and Colorbox Lime Pastel
Stamps: A Little Argyle and Enjoy the Ride (sentiment)
Other: Argyle Impression Plate, Hawaiian Shores Saddle-stitch ribbon, and Lime Green Tissue paper

PTI April Blog Hop - Jessica

 It's that time of the month again, the PTI Blog Hop and this month the focus is on tissue paper.  Here is my card which uses rows of tissue paper and various bright colors to make the background.  I love the fun colors and that this card makes me smile.

To make the tissue paper airy, I rolled the scallops around the handle of a small paint brush and note that I used the scallop die on the bottom of the card  to sync with the first row of tissue paper.  I also rounded the bottom on the back of the card to align with the front.

Thanks for checking out my card,


Supplies: (All PTI unless otherwise stated)

Paper: White and Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, and Colorbox Lime Pastel
Stamps: Guide Lines Two, Giga Guide Lines (envelop), and Signature Greetings
Other: Fillable Frames 1 die, Large Scallop die, white embossing powder, and Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Compose a Card Challenge #8--Monica's Card

Hi all,
I created a card to play along with Becky's Compose a Card Challenge #8.  I went with her black, white, and green option.  Here it is...

The card uses the following papers:  PTI's truly black and white; PP white with black stripe is from Me and My Big Ideas Padx-10 Black and White Butterfly and the black with white dots is DCWV's La Creme.  The swirls (on the front and on the inside) are from my stash and stamped in PTI's new leaf.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Truly Appreciated (stamped in VersaMark and white embossed).  The flowers were cut with PTI's flower dies that go with their Beautiful Blooms II stamps and adorned with jewels from my stash.  The card is finished off with PTI's mini dot ribbon in new leaf and black buttons.

The card came together easier than I thought and I  really love the color combination--much more than I thought I would.  Hope you enjoy!  Stop by again soon...

Thanks, Monica

Compose a Card Challenge #8

Hi all,

I'm playing along with Becky's latest Compose a Card Challenge.  I really took her comment "So I left the rules LOOSE this time!" to heart and interpreted the card my way.

I took my inspiration from the Brown dress option:

I stamped the card base with a stamp from my stash that was inspired by the brown and white circles but after getting them on the card it made me think of a ring left by a coffee cup and I ran with that idea.  This lead me to the ledger paper and the coffee theme stamp set.  A button was need and a little ribbon to so I added them too.

With the card being in dark brown I added more ledger paper to the inside to provide a place for a note and I thought another coffee ring would finish it off perfectly.

I hope you enjoy the card and thanks for stopping by the blog.


Paper - Papertrey Ink's (PTI) Dark Chocolate and Ripe Avacado - Making Memories' Ledger Paper
Stamp - Gina K's My Cuppa' Joe for the coffee cup and sentiment - for the coffee cup ring it's from my stash and I don't remember the name of the set or the mfg.
Ink - Versamark, SU Old Olive, and PTI's Chamomile
Embellishments - PTI's Brown button and Ripe Avacado ribbon.
Tools - EK Success' Binding Edge Edger punch

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

W Plus Nine Color Cue 2 Challenge

Hi, I'm back with a post for W Plus Nine's Color Cue 2 Challenge.  I love their color picks and it was great fun to use some new stamps.  Here you go...

I used Nestie Friendly stamps from The Waltzing Mouse (affectionately referred to as Waltzing Matilda (WM) in my household)--used both the Vintage Circle Small set and the Faux Fun Circles set.  The focal image and the sentiment (from my stash) were stamped in VersaMark and white embossed.  The card base is stamped in coordinating small flowers from both sets in VersaMark.

See the close up of the focal image and the inside of the card which I embellished with complimentary stamp from Faux Fun Circles in PTI's raspberry fizz ink  I finished the card off with PTI's satin ribbon in ocean's tide and a raspberry fizz button.

Clean, bright, and screams of spring!!  Hope you enjoy.  And thanks for stopping by the blog.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Embellish Color Challenge with Stitching

I haven't participated in an Embellish Challenge in a while but thought I would give this one a go.  The deadline is almost here but if you want to check it out go here.

The concept for this card came to me quickly but it seemed to take longer than it should have to execute.  I'm not sure why that is.

I started with PaperTrey Ink's (PTI) White cardstock and created an A2 card.
I used PTI's Aqua Mist and Nestabilities Labels 11 to created a frame for the main attraction the Dress!
It is from Gina K -Retro Boutique was stamped on the white cardstock as well as on PTI's Itty Bitty Polka Dot paper in Sweet Blush and then cut out.
The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn sew Lovely set and stamped in a light brown.  I masked part of the curly Y and then stitched a new curly ending with embroidery floss (433).
I needed to incorporate some Kraft and my sister suggested a sale tag tied to the dress.  I couldn't come up with anything small enough so I stamped Sale in black on an oval cut with the smallest Nestibilities oval.  The sale sentiment is from the same set as the Dress.

Here are a couple of closer looks at the dress and the stitching.

Thanks for stopping by,  Jessica

Monday, April 5, 2010

Compose a Card Challenge #7

It's lucky #7!  This weekend I decided to play along with Becky's 7th Compose a Card Challenge.  

I didn't want to be as literal as I have been in the past.  And here are the results:
(Sorry for the crooked card)

I added jewels to the eyes of the birds and stack two buttons to add interest:

Paper - PTI's Vintage Cream, Spring Rain - Basic Grey's Urban Praire
Stamps - PTI's Everyday Classics, Background Basics: Retro, and Simply Stationary
Inks: Versamark and Momento's Tuxedo Black, SU: Going Gray (for distressing)
Embellishments: Black Felt Rick Rack, Basic Grey Yellow Button, PTI's Black Button, Black Gems
Tools: PTI's Rick Rack Die

Thanks for checking out my card,  Monica