Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #23

Quick post today. This is my submission to Bonnie's challenge over at the Papertrey Paper Dolls blog. We were supposed to create a card using black and white patterned paper along with some fall colors.

I only have a few pieces of black and white patterned paper and they weren't quite what I was looking for. So, I opted for a piece that was more dark brown and vanilla.

 The Leaf Prints die and stamp set is an awesome combination. Together, they make very realistic looking leaves. Here's a close-up of the leaves. I wanted you to be able to see the leaf veins. The leaves turned out gorgeous. 

Thanks for visiting!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Leaf Prints, Fillable Frames #8
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Ripe Avocado, Dark Brown, Windsor: Farleigh (SEI)
Ink:  Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Ripe Avocado, Rich Cocoa (Memento), Early Espresso (SU)
Embellishments:  Scarlet Jewel button, Terracotta Tile button, Dark Brown button, Ripe Avocado grosgrain ribbon, Summer Sunrise twill ribbon
Tools:  Leaf Prints die, Fillable Frames #8 die

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #22

I'm so glad to be catching up with the Paper Dolls Challenges.  They have some fun challenges every week.  I'm not just saying that because I'm part of the group, either! (Hee hee!)

This week, it's Amy's turn to host. Her challenge is to create a CAS card with lots of white and a pop of color.  Sounds like fun, right!

After all the wonderful Christmas-themed sets that were released at Papertrey Ink this month, I was in the mood to make a Christmas card.

This card was so easy to make. I just stamped my holly sentiment, impressed the button half of the card, added the green border, and then placed all the embellishments. One of the quickest cards I ever made!

Love those Pure Poppy buttons and twine!

Do you notice the score lines I added to the green border? I first saw that done by Nichole Heady and thought it was such a simple idea but really added to a card.  I like the added impression on the bottom, but I should have used a polka dot one to match the holly. Oh, well. Next time.

I have one question for you before you go.  Anyone have a simpler method of tying a bow with twine?  My stubby little fingers nearly started cramping during my attempts to tie the bow and it still didn't turn our well.

Well, thanks for visiting!  Please stop by the Paper Dolls blog and play along with us!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Holiday Button Bits
Paper:  SS White, New Leaf
Ink:  Wild Wasabi (SU), Riding Hood Red (SU)
Embellishments:  Pure Poppy buttons, Pure Poppy twine
Tools:  Scor-Buddy

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #21

C is hosting this challenge for the Paper Dolls.  She wants us to create a card using Fall as our inspiration.

This card was so easy to make thanks to the wonderful products from Papertrey Ink. I die cut Mat Stack 4 from Summer Sunrise and cut it in half. After stamping the leaves on the white panel, I placed a half of the Mat Stack on each end and covered the seam with twill ribbon. I also impressed the card with my Woodgrain Impression Plate.

Here's a picture of the die-cut leaves. I love the way they look like they just fell off the tree.

If you have a chance, stop by the Paper Dolls and play along!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Leaf Prints, Embellishments (sentiment)
Paper:  Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, SS White
Ink:  Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments:  Terracotta Tile twill ribbon
Tools:  Woodgrain IP, Mat Stack 4 die, Leaf Prints die

Friday, September 17, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #20

Quick post today.  Here's my card for Laurie's Paper Dolls Challenge. Her challenge is for us to make a project using a "school time" theme.

With four kids, I can always use a card for a teacher.  This is what I made.

I made the owl with the owl punch from Stampin' Up.  I also tried Dawn McVey's idea of stamping the ruler image from It's Official onto Summer Sunrise ribbon.  If you want to give this a try, use Staz On ink. When I tried dye and pigment inks, they bled.

I impressed the black panel and the yellow scallop rectangle with the Book Print plate. I distressed the black panel with my fingernails. To stamp "I Love School", I only inked the first words on the background stamp.

One of the reasons I bought the Pocket die is to be able to put little notes in it.  In this case, my daughter can write a short note for her teacher on it.

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  School Time, It's Official
Paper:  True Black, Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, SS White, Dark Chocolate (owl), Terracotta Tile (owl's nose)
Ink:  Riding Hood Red (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Staz-On
Embellishments:  Summer Sunrise grosgrain ribbon, googly eyes
Tools:  Book Print IP, Pocket die, scallop circle punch (EK Success), scallop rectangle (Nesties), owl punch (SU)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paper Dolls #18

This week's Paper Dolls Challenge is by Anika and it's a fun one!  Stop by the Paper Dolls blog and play along!

Her challenge was to find inspiration from a food wrapper or container.  I jumped at the chance to get near some candy!  I saw a packet of Skittles at the grocery store and it was calling my name so I brought it home.

Here's my card and the goodie that inspired it.
This card was so much fun to make! I really love the bold vibrant colors. And, since Halloween is just around the corner, I'm really loving orange lately. I used A LOT of circles in this card, but, hopefully, I was able to balance it.

In case you were wondering, yes, my kids and I ate all the Skittles as soon as I was done taking pictures. They were delicious!  Thanks for visiting my blog!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Dot Spot, Around & About Sentiments
Paper:  Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, SS White
Ink:  Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Riding Hood Red (SU), Daffodil Delight (SU), Orchid Opulence (SU), Leaf (Technique Tuesday)
Embellishments:  Orange Zest button, Orange Zest Bitty Dot satin ribbon
Tools:  Sunshine impression plate, Labels 8 (Nesties), 1-1/4" circle punch (SU), 1-3/8" circle punch (SU)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #17

Lisa V. challenged us to create a project using a card made by one of my all-time favorite designers, Dawn McVey, as inspiration.  You can check out Lisa's challenge here.  Please also stop by Dawn's blog and take a look at all her wonderful creations. 

I decided to CASE Dawn's layout. I love how simple her layouts are. It's so easy to change one or two elements on her card and make something totally new.  This card is for a wonderful teacher at my daughter's elementary school.
The first time I ever saw cork board used on a project that I liked was here on Dawn's blog. It inspired me enough to get some. I ordered mine from Stampin' Up.

I also love the Spiral Notebook die from Papertrey Ink.  I cut it down so that it would fit within my cork board shape.  Then, I used one of the images from MSS: Library Ledger to make it look like a mini binder paper.  The green brad makes it look like it's tacked onto the cork board. I really like how it turned out.
Here's how I finished the inside.  I thought it would be fun to make it look like the Kindergarten writing paper.  I used the apple image to connect the inside to the front.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  School Time, MSS: Library Ledger
Paper:  Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Beautiful Blooms, SS White
Ink:  Riding Hood Red (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  cork board sheet (SU), Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon (SU)
Tools:  Mat Stack 3, Medium Scallop border die, Spiral Notebook Page die

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #16

This card is for Lee Anne's Paper Dolls Challenge.  She challenged us to create a card using a sketch from the Go-To Sketches special issue.

I have a hard time making circular cards so this was a difficult challenge for me.  I cut out the circular card base by using the largest circle Nestie that I had.  Here's my card.
I didn't do such a great job coloring the flowers with my Copics, but I did my best and I'm still learning.  I inked the edges of the card with Fresh Snow to give it a soft look.  Hope you like it!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Year of Flowers:  Larkspurs
Paper:  Berry Sorbet, SS White
Ink:  Berry Sorbet, Fresh Snow, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics
Embellishments:  bling
Tools:  circle Nesties

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #15 and Clean & Simple FTL-102

Can you believe this is my second post for the day! I never do that! Well, I'm determined not to miss another Paper Dolls Challenge.  They are just way too much fun and they provide so much inspiration.

This card is for Bonnie Rose's challenge. She gave us an inspiration picture to use.  Here's the picture of a lovely summer scarf. Isn't it beautiful?

I decided to use a layout from the Clean and Simple blog. If you've never visited their blog before, you should get over there right away. You'll end up adding them to your Favorites like I did!

Here's their sketch for this week.

Here's my card.  I used my new CHA stamp set, Four of a Kind. I'm so glad I was able to find someone who was willing to sell me their extra set. I absolutely love this set!

Here's a close-up of the images. Love the bling on the butterflies!

Well, that's it for today! Thanks for looking!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Four of a Kind, Big & Bold Wishes (sentiment)
Paper:  Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz
Ink:  Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Melon Mambo (SU), Ripe Avocado
Embellishments:  bling
Tools:  1-3/8" circle punch (SU), 1-1/2" scallop circle punch (Marvy), Embosslits Beautiful Wings die (SU)

Paper Dolls Challenge #14

Awww...I'm bummed.  I thought I had more time to link to C's Paper Dolls Challege, but it looks like time ran out.

Oh well, at least I was able to complete the challenge.  C asked us to make a project using 1) a color we don't usually use and, 2) a technique we haven't used in a while.

Since the weather has been so hot and sunny the past couple of months, I've been tending towards the bright bold colors lately.  So, for my project, I decided to use Scarlet Jewel as my focal color since I haven't used that in quite a while.  For my technique, I chose embossing. Yes, I've been using embossing on many of my cards, but, this time, I thought I'd try embossing on ribbon.  Here's my card.

I found one of the new EK Success large edger punches at Michael's. It looks like a larger version of Fiskar's Threading Water punch. I really like how it looks!

I stamped the rose and leaves with Versamark ink and then used white embossing powder. It really brings out the image.  Isn't that rose gorgeous!

Here's a side view of the embossed ribbon. I first attempted to emboss the front of the satin ribbon. I ended up getting some of the powder in the ribbon grain. I turned it over and embossed the back of the ribbon. I actually liked the end result better.  The ribbon gives the card a bit of a vintage feel because it's not flush with the card.

Here's the inside. Just a simple rosebud and matching border.

Thanks for visiting! Although this Paper Dolls Challenge is closed, there's still other challenges on our blog that you can do. Come visit us!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  YOF-Roses, Friends til the End (sentiment)
Paper:  Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, Kraft, Holiday Cheer
Ink:  Versamark
Embellishments: Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon, Old Olive satin ribbon (SU)
Tools:  white embossing powder, large border punch (EK Success), Threading Water border punch (Fiskars)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #13

This is a very quick post. I haven't missed a Paper Dolls Challenge yet and I'm not going to miss this one.  For this challenge, Leish asked us to look in our closet for inspiration.  My clothes aren't very inspiring.  My wardrobe consists mainly of solid-colored items.

However, I've always loved the bright colors and pretty images on my youngest daughter's outfits. So, I raided her closet and chose this dress.

Here's the card I came up with.

Here's a close-up of the crinkled "ribbon" and the Giga Guidelines background.

Whew! Just made the link tool! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Life, Friendship Jars
Paper:  Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, SS White
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz
Embellishments:  Simply Chartreuse button, half pearl
Tools:  Giga Guidelines impression plate, Friendship Jars labe die, Eyelet Lace die, crimper

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #12

Quick post today. This card is for Lisa's Paper Dolls Challenge. Check it out here.  There's still plenty of time to play along.

Lisa inspired us to create a project using an adorable ceramic plate that her daughter made.  Here's the picture.

And, here's the card it inspired.  I was really drawn to the red flower in the middle of the plate as well as the shape.  I also opted to keep the color scheme.

Instead of meticulously cutting out the flower, it was stamped inside a scallop circle. I got the idea from my fellow Doll, Jen.  Click here to see the card she made. It is such a clever idea I just had to use it!  I made this card pretty quickly so I'm not fully satisfied with it. But, it is what it is.

Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  All About You, Fillable Frames #5
Paper:  Aqua Mist, Dotty Biscotti, SS White
Ink:  New Leaf, Riding Hood Red (SU), Crushed Curry (SU)
Embellishments:  Pure Poppy Swiss Dot satin ribbon
Tools:  scallop circle nestie, Fillable Frames #5 die, Sunshine impression plate

Friday, July 16, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #11

I'm slowly getting caught up with the Paper Dolls Challenges. I'm still really busy, but I try to create during any spare moment I can find.

This card is for Anika's challenge. Check it out here and play along!

Anika challenged us to create a non-standard card. This is really out of my comfort zone because almost all my cards are 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. It's the envelope size I have the most of! Hee hee!

When I started this challenge, I knew exactly how I wanted the layout to be. I also knew that I wanted to use Summer Sun. And, since I hadn't inked up my Take Three: Summer yet, I wanted to use that too. So, this is what I ended up with.  The card size is 3-1/2 x 8.

The images were embossed using amethyst powder. In the picture, it doesn't look too bad. But, in real life, it's too much yellow for my taste. Still, somebody might like it. Maybe an L.A. Lakers fan!  Here's the inside.

I wasn't all that happy with my card, so I made another using colors that I am more comfortable with: Ripe Avocado and Dark Chocolate. This picture doesn't do it justice.

Here's the finished inside.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

 Summer Sun Card
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Take Three: Summer, Fancy Flourish, Mega Mixed Messages, Border & Corners: Oval, Inside & Out: Thank You
Paper:  Summer Sun, Plum Pudding, 2008 Bitty Box Basics
Ink:  Plum Pudding, Versamark
Embellishments:  amethyst embossing powder, Plum Pudding grosgrain ribbon, bling
Tools:  scallop oval punch (Marvy), 1-1/4" square punch (SU)

Ripe Avocado Card
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Take Three: Spring, Mega Mixed Messages, Inside & Out: Thank You
Paper:  Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Turning a New Leaf
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (SU), Fresh Snow, Versamark, Copic markers
Embellishments:  skittles
Tool:  scallop square punch (SU), Cuttlebug label die

Base:  8 x 3-1/2
Patterned Paper:  7-1/2 x 3
Mat:  7-3/4 x 3-1/4
Squares:  1-1/4
Strip:  6-1/4 x 1

Monday, July 12, 2010

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #10

I'm just making it under the wire for Amy's Paper Dolls Challenge.  Come visit the Paper Dolls blog and play along with us. There's still time!

Here's Amy's sketch.  I love it because it's very "Dawn-esque".

I usually make cards exactly as the sketch. This time, I thought I'd rotate it to the side.  I recently aquired the Floral Fusion set from last year's CHA and I'm so excited about it. I had to ink it up right away!  I also wanted to try a new ribbon technique I've been thinking about.

I like how the ribbon technique turned out, but I had a hard time figuring out how to finish it and hide the ends.  I decided to just hide the mess behind some buttons.  Notice the In Bloom impression on the Simply Chartreuse? Love that impression plate!

Here's a sideview of the ribbon.

And the finished inside, of course.

Whew! So glad I was able to get my card posted before the link closes. Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Floral Fusion, Mega Mixed Messages
Paper:  Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Pretty Pastels
Ink:  Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Embellishments:  Berry Sorbet satin ribbon, Berry Sorbet button, Simply Chartreuse button, twine
Tools:  large scallop die, In Bloom impression plate, tag punch (Marvy)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Time for the Papertrey June Blog Hop!

I missed the last two blog hops. I'm so glad I'm able to participate this month.

This month's blog challenge is about color combinations.  You can read all about the details of this month's blog challenge on Nichole Heady's blog here.

Now, when I first read the challenge, I thought it was just about using different colors. Actually, it's about using your favorite color combination.  Well, that's not what I was thinking when I made my card. Here are the colors that I used:

Being that the temperatures here in Sacramento are reaching the 90's, I thought it appropriate to create a summer-themed card.  Here's the card I made.

Since the layout is so simple, I added a lot of texture and details to make the card special.  I used a different impression plate for each of the strips.  Here's a close-up.

I added glossy accents to the two drinks to give it some dimension.  For the blue flip-flop, I stamped the flower image and covered it with some flock. 

For the orange margarita, I used glossy accents and sprinkled glitter on it to resemble a salted rim.  Notice the tiny pearls on the red flip-flops?

The images are all from the A Day at the Beach stamp set.  I was inspired to use this set because of Katie's Paper Dolls Challenge to use one of our older PTI sets. It was so much fun to assemble the different images.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of this month's Papertrey Blog Hop! 
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  A Day at the Beach, Take Three: Summer (flowers on blue flip-flops), For the Graduate
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, SS White, True Black
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Orange Zest, Riding Hood Red (SU), Close to Cocoa (SU), Basic Black (SU)
Embellishments:  glossy accents, glitter, flock (Studio G)
Tools:  impression plates-Giga Guidelines 1, Polka Dot Basics II, Tin Types, Argyle, Sunshine

Base:  4-1/4x5-1/2
Strips:  1x4
Image:  4x2
Black Mat:  4-1/8x2-1/8

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #9

Whew! I'm so glad I was able to catch up with the Paper Dolls Challenges. I love being a part of this group. The women are so talented and supportive. I don't have many friends who like to craft like I do so it's great having on-line friends like the ones in our group. Because they're so supportive of me, I really want to return the favor by participating in their challenges and checking out their blogs.

This week's challenge is by Katie. Her challenge is to use one of our older Papertrey Ink stamps to create a project. I love this idea because it's so easy to neglect our older sets, especially when PTI comes out with so many amazing new ones every month. There's still lots of time to play along with us so stop by the Paper Dolls blog and check out Katie's new challenge!

For this challenge, I pulled out my Spiral Bouquet stamp set. Although this set was first introduced in November 2007, I only bought it early this year. I also used Text Style for the bottom of the card. I didn't add a sentiment for the front so that I would be able to use this card for any occasion.

What I really like about this set is being able to layer the flowers. I stamped the solid image in Hibiscus Burst and then stamped the lined portion in Raspberry Fizz.  The tiny flowers is a stamp from Out on a Limb, one of my go-to sets.

Here's how I finished the inside.

I wanted to show you the back. I accidentally mis-folded my card which left a seam on the back. Instead of making a new card, I just covered it up with a scrap of cardstock. It ended up looking pretty cute. Also, I always stamp the back of my cards with one of the Trademark stamps from PTI.

Thanks for taking a look! I'd love to see what you can make for this week's challenge.

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Spiral Bouquet, Text Style, Trademarks, Out on a Limb Rev.
Paper:  Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Ripe Avocado
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Ripe Avocado
Tools:  small scallop die