Thursday, February 10, 2011

PTI Go To Sentiment Card

As part of PTI's 4th Anniversary, their Make It Monday challenge was to create your "go to" sentiment using the same theme message or sentiment stamp--in various fonts--from your stamp collection.  Here is what I made:

It is an easy layout and you can easily change out the colors to reflect your favorites.  I used two neutrals (Fine Linen and Rustic White) and one bright or focal color (Raspberry Fizz).  I used the largest Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies that I had (standard circle large and small).  You could use Martha Stewart's circle cutter for larger circles if the sentiments you are using are larger.

Numerous stamps sets were used to gather the "hello" sentiments:  Big and Bold Wishes, Everyday Classics, Everyday Button Bits, Comminque Sentiments, Beyond Basic Borders, Beautiful Blooms, Friends 'Til the End, and Handwritten Notes.  The dashed line from A Little Argyle was stamped in dark chocolate to create a background.

I tried to balance the raspberry fizz with stamping and layering and with the felt flower.

I hope you enjoy and have played along to find your own "go-to" sentiment layout.

Thanks for stopping by...Monica

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PTI Anniversary Color Challenge

Day 5 of the Papertrey's anniversary celebration is a color challenge.  I chose Ocean Tides-Ripe Avocado-Vintage Cream-Dark Chocolate.

 I've been wanting to make a shaped card so I pick Nestibilities Label 8, cut two pieces of Ocean Tide cardstock.  I used the Tin Type Impression Plate on the front piece.

I seem to keep using the Spiral Notebook Page die too.

I think it could use something else but I couldn't decide what that would be so I didn't add anything.  Any suggestion on what I should add, buttons, ribbons, ???

Thanks for stopping by the blog,


Stamps: PTI - On My Couch
Cardstock: PTI-Ocean Tide, Vintage Cream, Bitty Dots in Ripe Avocado
Ink:  PTI - Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Tea Dye Duo
Dies: Nestibilities - Label Eight, PTI - Spiral Notebook Page, On My Couch

Sunday, February 6, 2011

PTI - Anniversary Tags: Happy Birthday

This is my second post for the Designer Tags Contest.  On this card I used Nichole's Happy Birthday Tag.

I struggled at first because I wanted to put the tag on a Blueberry Sky Mat Stack 4.  After playing for a while I moved in a different direction and use a background stamp and simple circle mats for the tag.

Thanks for checking out my card.


Supplies are all PTI unless noted:
Cardstock - White, Ocean Tide, Blueberry Sky
Stamp - Hero Arts: Music Background
Ink - Ocean Tide
Other - Nichole's Tag, Blueberry Sky Ribbon, circle punch and die

PTI Anniversary Tags--Using Dawn McVey

I'm playing along with PTI's Anniversary Day 2 challenge to use one of the designers digital "tags".  I'm using Dawn McVey's--I love the colors she employed.

When we printed the images, the Hawaiian Shore ring around the outside of the tag appears more blue than I liked.  So, once I punched it out, I cut it smaller using a 1 5/8th" circle die from Nestabilities and then layered it on a 1 3/4th circle punched from HS cardstock.  If you look carefully at the photo below, you might be able to detect it.

To give a bit of separation between the white ribbon tag and the white skirt cut using the Banner Borders die, I inked the edges of the ribbon tag with HS ink. 

I hope you enjoy the challenge and all the wonderful tags the designers have shared, free!!!!

Thanks for stopping by...


Supplies (All PTI unless otherwise noted):
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores, and Bitty Dots Basics in Summer Sunrise
Stamps:  Birthday Basics and Polka Dot Basics II
Other:  Ink-Hawaiian Shores; White Twill ribbon; Dies-1.75" Limitless Labels, Banner Borders, and Nestabilities Ribbon Tag and 1 5/8th" circle; and 1.75" circle punch.

PTI - Anniversary Tags

Today I'm playing along with PTI's Anniversary Tag contest.  You can get all the details at Nichole's blog.

My card uses Heather Nichol's tag Thinking of you.  The colors are springy since I'm tired of the cold and snow.

All the supplies are PTI's unless noted:

Cardstock: White, Cream, Hibiscus Burst
Pattern Paper: Pretty Pastels
Stamps: It's Offical
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, Tea Dye Duo
Other: Raspberry Fizz Ribbon, Spiral Notebook Page Die, Punches - Circle and Scallop

Saturday, February 5, 2011

PTI Anniversary--Favorites

PTI 4th Anniversary--Favorites Contest

I've pulled an entry that I did for Becky Oehlers' Compose a card challenge from March.  It features the then-new PTI Violets stamp.  I thought I would love coloring these flowers but I'm not so good at that.  However, I do love how the stamp design (with narrow lines, dotted lines, and thicker lines) gives the flowers dimension without having to do anything else.  Hope you enjoy the card and the PTI Anniversary fun!

Original Post:

Here is my latest installment of Becky's Compose a Card Challenge.

I followed the template closely using PTI Enchanted Evening cardstock and some Stone from my stash of paper. The ribbon is Enchanted Evening satin, the sentiment is from PTI's Mega Giga stamp set - I love the size of the sentiments in that set, the flowers are the new Violets from PTI. The white embossing is found in the sentiment. I added pearls to the center of the flower and distressed the stone cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by the blog,

PTI Favorite Contest - Thinking of You card

Hi folks,
I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Contest and re-posting a favorite project of mine using their products.  The original post is from June.  I use we in the comments since my sister and I share this blog and of course have the same Aunt.


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.


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.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PTI January Blog Hop Challenge - Round & Round

Time for another PTI blog hop.  This time the challenge is to use a never before or seldom used stamp set.  I selected the Anniversary set Round & Round, maybe used once.  If the card looks familiar that's because the layout is from one of Maile's cards in the original release of Mat Stack 3 that inspired me.

The card is an A2 using Simply Chartruese cardstock.  I then adhered paper from Cosmo Crickets Early Bird collection after cutting the Mat Stack 3 die out of the front.  I punched two circles, a 2" from Dark Chocolate cardstock and a 1.75" from Ocean Tides.  I stamped the image from Round & Round in VersaMark Dazzle on the Ocean Tides and added gems.  The punches were layered and adhered to the card.  This card was being sent to one of my friends for her birthday so I kept it as flat as possible for mailing.  The sentiment was stamped on the card in Dark Chocolate and is from Communique Sentiments also first time used.

I have been trying to add a little something to the inside of all my cards.  In this case I stamped the border from Round & Round and the flower from Beautiful Blooms II in the VersaMark Dazzle.  I added a little pattern paper to the center of the flower and stamped the sentiment from Heartfelt Basics in Dark Chocolate.

I couldn't ignore the envelope so I used more of the Cosmo Cricket pattern paper to line the envelope using the Envelope Liner die.

I hope you enjoy the hop!


Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge - Tags for Spring

This months blog hop challenge is "to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that
might be collecting a little dust". 
I chose Tags for Spring (never used) and Background Basics: Retro (seldom used).

I can't seem to get enough of this color combo!  I started with an A2 Hawaiian Shores card and stamped the background using PTI's White Ink.  I used Mat Stack 3 die to cut a window out of the pattern paper from Green Boutique (I used it upside down--my tribute to Maile Belles).  I mounted the pattern paper using dimensionals to the front of the card.

The focal image is from Tags for Spring and stamped in Hawaiian Shores on White cardstock.  The focal is mounted to a piece of New Leaf cut with the Limitless Layers 1 die. Those are then mounted to the card.  The sentiment is also from Tags for Spring and stamped in Versafine Black Onyx (my favorite).  I finished the card off with a piece of New Leaf ribbon.

Thanks for checking out my card and I hope you enjoy the blog hop!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Just Us Girls Challenge - Envy of the Envies - Birthday Card

A quick post to make the JUG's latest challenge.  This was a birthday card for my sister using Gina K's Retro Boutique and Basic Grey paper.

 The purses are paper pieced and let me tell you Stamp-a-ma-jig is your best friend when working on pieces like this.  The Olivia paper was wonderful since it had such a small scale pattern paper with tons of color and pattern on one sheet.  I did some coloring and added pearls to make each purse fun.

 I couldn't resist using the large stamp on the front of the envelope and it just fit!

The envelope liner was a little more challenging since the card and envelope weren't a standard size.  However I watched Gina's video and modified.

Thanks for checking out the card and I hope you played along with the challenge.


Stamps - Gina K: Retro Boutique
Cardstock - Basic Grey: Olivia and Urban Prairie
Ink - Versafine: Black Onyx (my favorite)
Other - Stamp-a-ma-jig and pearls

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Just Us Girls Challenge - Envy of the Envies

We have so ignored this lovely little blog.  I noticed that we haven't posted since November.  We have been creative since then by making Christmas cards and a wonderful Card-A-Month calender for my Mom as a Christmas gift.  Well that is a post for another day, today I'm posting for the "Just Us Girls" Challenge Envelop Envy.

 Here's my card.  It's using My Cuppa' Joe stamp set.

I stamped a bag of coffee beans on the front to incorporate the theme.

I often make envelops out of one sided pattern paper, which is what I did here.  This pattern reminds me of the coffee beans which goes with the theme of the card.

My sister Monica has a submission too, look for it tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Paper:: Cardstock and Pattern Paper - Autumn Leaves Manhattan collection
Stamps:: My Cuppa' Joe
Ink:: Versafine Sepia
Other::  Nestabilities - Oval and Scallop Oval