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