Monday, June 28, 2010

Wplus9 - Punch Buggy!

Punch buggy seems to be the all the rage now from TV commercials to my friend's girls playing in the back seat of the car during long trips.  When I saw the green color I immediately thought of this stamp and couldn't wait to use Lime green on this VW bug inspired stamp.  The card is designed to fit a standard business envelope, #10.  I embossed it with Cuttlebug's Diamond Plate folder.

The cars were stamped with PTI's Hawaiian Shore, PTI-Orange Zest, and Colorbox- Lime.  Then mounted with dimensionals on PTI's Dark Chocolate and matted with Hawaiian Shores paper.

I added bling to the cars with clear crystals for headlights and silver pearls for fender lights.  Kudos goes to Fiskar's Compact Stamp Press which I used to first stamp the car image and then perfectly align the solid stamp which provide the color.  The cars were cut out of PTI's Stampers Select White using the Enjoy the Ride Car die.

The Punch Buggy sentiment is stamped with Just Rite's Times New Roman font and then white heat embossed.

To jazz up the inside, which I was reminded to do by iEmbellish recent posts, I adhered PTI's Orange Zest cardstock and stamped the car image in Versamark and then stamped the sentiment.  The car image and inside sentiment are from PTI's Enjoy the Ride set.

Thanks for stopping by the blog,  Jessica

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thinking of You

We recently had a great aunt come home from an extended hospital stay.  We wanted to send her a card and combined several great ideas to create this "Thinking of You" card.

We found inspiration from PTI's June release blogs featuring the Tea for Two Additions stamp set.  Also, a recent Clean and Simple posting provided color inspiration.

Here is a close up of the felt flower and the interior sentiment.

We also stamped a pair of spoons in Oasis Green on the front of the envelop and then, using PTI's die, cut a Tea Time tag in Kraft, stamped it in the Dark Chocolate, and ran it through the Zyron machine to create a sticker to seal the envelop.  Sorry, we forgot to take photos of those but take our word for it, it was TEA-rrific!!

We hope that our Aunt and YOU enjoy this card.

Monica and Jessica

Supplies:  (all PTI unless noted)

Paper: Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, and Kraft.  Pattern Paper - DCWV Linen Closet
Stamps: Tea for Two and Tea for Two Additions
Inks: Ocean Tides, Versamark, Versamagic - Oasis Green, Colorbox - Chestnut Roan
Other: Beautiful Blooms II die, Cuttlebug Flower die, Ocean Tides button, Vintage Cream felt, Tan felt from Michael's, and Rustic Cream twine.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hopping with PTI

My favorite color scheme is VINTAGE CREAM, PURE POPPY, SUMMER SUNRISE, ORANGE ZEST, AND GREY (or at least one of my favorite combos).  I recently found this wonderful sheet of paper on clearance at a big box store and immediately found it inspiring.  The colors work so well together yet are a very unusual combination.  The paper was Marmalade from the Basic Grey's Ambrosia collection.

I thought the sentiment was perfect for tonight's blog since it was all about your favorites--which I always find INSPIRING!

Here are the supplies (PTI unless otherwise noted):

Paper: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Basic Grey - Ambrosia Marmalade, SU - Basic Grey and Going Grey

Stamps: Handwritten Notes, Fancy Flourish, Waltzing Mouse - Very Vintage Labels No. 10

Ink: Orange Zest and Versamark

Tools: Nestabilities Label 10 and Fiskar's Threading Water punch

Other: Grey ribbon from stash

Hope you enjoy!!


PTI's June Blog Hop

This month's blog hop ask us to use or favorite color scheme.  My current favorite are the colors from the GREEN BOUTIQUE pattern paper - WHITE, HAWAIIAN SHORES, NEW LEAF, AND AQAU MIST.

I wanted to try making a flower embellishment that so many PTI followers have been making.  This was my first try what do you think.

This was my first time using the Moroccan Impression plate.  I really wanted to use the larger scale impressions from the other side of the plate but I didn't want to take the time to figure out how to have a seamless repeat for the background - next time.

I didn't take a picture of the inside but I'm using one of the text blocks from Green Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by,  Jessica

Supplies:  (all PTI unless noted)
Paper: White, Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist, Green Boutique  (I just checked the store and found out the color is New Leaf but I used Ripe Avocado)
Ink: Colorbox Silver
Stamps: Handwritten Notes
Tools: Beautiful Bloom II dies, Nestibilites Label 1, Moroccan Impression Plate
Other: Vintage Cream Felt, Hawaiian Shores Saddle Stitch ribbon, Martha Stewart Brad, Silver pearls from stash.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

W+Nine Color Cue # 5

W+Nine's Color Cue Challenge #5 uses aqua, brown, orange and green.

I love this color combination. I had just ordered some dies and Simply Chartreuse paper, ink and felt from Papertrey Ink (PTI) and knew I wanted to use these in the challenge. I hope you like the results.

I don’t normally use this many layers but I must admit that I am happy with the look. I think repeating the colors really helped to finish the card. I kept auditioning the pattern paper on one color and then another and it just wasn’t right. I finally decided to use the three colors you see here. At first I had them all proportional. The pattern paper was cut at 4.75”, the brown at 5”, the cream at 5.25” and the green at 5.5”; this 1/4th inch difference in each left a 1/8th inch border on all sides. While I loved all the colors together the sizing wasn’t right. I settled on trimming the brown down to 4 7/8” and the cream to 5”.  The result was tighter spacing around the focal point with a more significant outer border acting as a frame; I liked that spacing much better.

I have seen several of the felt flowers made but this is my first attempt.  Not bad for the first time. I like the addition of the brown stitching on the leaves—gives a little character to the felt. What do you think?

The frame was made using two Spellbinders Label 2 dies that were two apart in sizes. I taped them down (tape adhered to the paper outside the frame just in case it tore when it was removed) and cut once. I tried to stamp the text while the paper was still in the dies to leave a small non-stamped border. Unfortunately, I got very little ink transferred. The surface I was stamping on was probably too hard and didn’t give enough and the two metal dies kept the stamp from going down deep enough to reach the paper. I removed the paper from the die and it stamped fine. I used the size of the Label 2 die that was between the two I used for the frame to cut the filler. Using the in between size gave me enough overlap to adhere the two (I used scotch tape of the back) but was small enough that I didn’t have to worry about it being seen around the edges. Next time I might try stamping the frame and the filler paper at the same time to get a contiguous image across the two papers and see if I like the looks of that better.

I also pushed myself and used two different stamps and colors to create the background for the sentiment. I used Ranger Distressed Inks in Antique Linen for the text and Spiced Marmalade for the flowers. The spiced marmalade color was too strong for a background with the initial stamping; what you see here and on the inside of the card is the second and third stamping after the initial inking and stamping off. I like that muted look much better.

Here are the details:
Paper: Solids—PTI’s Hawaiian Shores, Terra Cotta Tile (for the base of the flower), Dark Chocolate, and Vintage Cream; Pattern—from SEI’s Addison
Stamps: PTI’s Background Basics Text Style and Hero Art’s Thoughtful Messages (for the sentiment and the flowers)
Ink: VersaMark, Ranger Distressed Antique Linen and Spiced Marmalade, and ColorBox Chalk Dark Brown
Other: Spellbinders Label 2 and PTI’s flower dies (Beautiful Blooms and Delightful Dahlia), felt (PTI’s Simply Chartreuse and Orange from Michael’s), brown DMC floss, and button from stash.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Second post for the evening...a new record (LOL).  My blog buddy (my sister Jessica) and I combined our efforts this weekend to make a card for our Dad for Father's Day.

Now that Dad's retired, he has developed a passion for wood working so we used PTI's woodgrain impression plate on the gray background and used Momento London Fog to highlight the raised woodgrain.  And, since he had worked with cars his entire career, we used PTI's Enjoy the Ride stamp for the focal point.

Noticed we added glossy accents to the headlights, used a silver paint pen on the bumper, and drew the horizontal lines from the stamped sentiment.

For the interior of the card, we combined various stamps to create the message.

Here are the details:
Paper:  PTI's Stamper Select White and Pure Poppy, and SU's Going Gray or Basic Gray
Ink:  Momento's London Fog, VersaFine Onyx Black, and ColorBox Queue Lipstick Red
Stamps:  PTI's Enjoy the Ride and Father Knows Best, DAD built from JustRite Stamp's Alphabet in Times New Roman, and Craft Lounge Big Thanks
Other:  PTI's Woodgrain Impression Plate, silver paint pen, markers, and Glossy Accents.

We think this card is a perfect fit for our Dad and will show him how much with love him.  Make sure you send your love and hugs to your dad this upcoming Father's Day!!

Thanks for check us out,
Monica and Jessica

PS:  Just got Fiskar's Compact Stamp Press on Jennifer McGuire's recommendation and used it to align the car and sentiment stamps perfectly onto the white paper and was able to stamp just once.  We are LOVING it--aligns wonderfully when using two part stamps.  Watch for a future post highlighting some examples.  Easy Peasy!!

Embellish Color Challenge with Labels

Hello.  It's been awhile since my last post.  I've been working on various cards and have several to load and write up but tonight I want to share my Embellish Challenge entry.

The challenge featured yellow, coral, and brown using labels.  For details go here.

You were to use labels and since the sponsor was Waltzing Mouse stamps, I used their Vintage Labels No. 4 stamp and Spellbinders Labels 4 die.

Here's a close up of the text featured on the stamp:

Here are the details:
Paper:  PTI's Dark Chocolate, Lemon Tart, Melon Berry, and Dotty Biscotti
Ink:  PTI's Melon Berry, Craft Smart Chocolate Brown, and ColorBox Chestnut Roan
Dies:  SU's Sizzix Little Leaves and Spellbinders #4 Label
Stamps:  Waltzing Mouse Vintage Labels #4, PTI's Signature Greetings, and Hero Arts' Dots and Flowers
Buttons: PTI's Lemon Tart, Melon Berry, and Dark Chocolate

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.  Watch for more posts coming soon.