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

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #8

Wow, it's been hard finding time to create now that the kids are out of school. I've also had a hard time locating my mojo lately.

Lee Anne posted last week's Paper Dolls Challenge. It's an awesome color challenge. There's still time to play with us. Check out her challenge here.

I really like the colors that Lee Anne chose for her color challenge. I knew when I first saw the challenge that I wanted to make my own pattern using Guide Lines and Guide Lines paper. After I made it, I wasn't sure what to do with it so I left it alone for a few days. This morning, I realized that I didn't have much time left to link my project so I cracked the whip and made my card. Here's what I finally made. (Sorry for the blurry picture. I was in a hurry.)

I've been wanting to try some of the really cool ribbon techniques that I've seen. I saw this awesome card by Heather and I had to give her ribbon technique a try. It wasn't easy at first, but then I finally got it going and I really love how it turned out. I'm definitely going to try this again.

Here's a close-up of my main image. I colored the clear bling with a brown permanent marker. Can you see the patterned paper I made for the background?

Here's the inside of my card.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I really appreciate your stopping by.
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II, Turning a New Leaf, Guide Lines, Heartfelt Basics
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, SS White, Guide Lines Grid Sheet
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Embellishments: Hawaiian Shores Gingham ribbon, buttons in Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, bling
Tools: Beautiful Blooms dies, corner punch

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mini Baby Cards

I was just playing around with the Baby Button Bits set and decided to make a set of mini cards.

This toy snail image is adorable! I love the curlycue on the top of his head.

Here's one with the cute teddy bear. Although the ribbon looks crooked in the picture, it's actually straight on the card.

And here's one with the versatile flower image. I've seen cards where the middle of the flower has been colored or paper-pieced. It's great for making a background with, too!

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

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Baby Button Bits
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Berry Sorbet, 2008 Bitty Dots Basics
Ink:  Fresh Snow, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  white and berry sorbet buttons, ribbon

Monday, June 7, 2010

If you like flowers...

Have you seen the gorgeous felt flowers that Betsy Veldman made? Check it out on her blog here.  She is so talented! I tried making the felt flowers and they turned out soooo cute!

Before Betsy's post came out, I'd seen several other posts that had these beautiful paper flowers on them. Turns out the flowers were made using a new Sizzix 3-D flower die. I loved them so much I ordered one from Stampingscrapping. It arrived on Friday. Of course, as soon as I saw Betsy's post, I had to give my new die a try using PTI's wonderful felt.

Here's a quick card I put together just to showcase the felt flower.

Isn't the flower gorgeous! I melt every time I look at it. The die makes two different size flowers. This is the smaller flower. It's cut so that you don't need to sew the bottom. I just used a glue dot to secure the bud. The leaves were cut with the Delightful Dahlia leaf die.

Of course, I had to finish the inside.

The swirly image is from Faux Ribbon.  The tiny flower is from Out on a Limb.

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for more cards using this flower die. I still have the large flower to use on a card.

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Giga Guidelines, Faux Ribbon, Out on a Limb
Paper:  Melon Mambo (SU), Kiwi Kiss (SU), Crushed Curry (SU), Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (SU)
Ink:  Melon Mambo (SU), Kiwi Kiss (SU)
Embellishments:  Raspberry Fizz felt, Simply Chartreuse felt
Tools:  cornice border punch (MS), Delightful Dahlia leaf die, 3-D Flower die (Sizzix), Big Shot

Melon Mambo base:  3-3/4 square
Crushed Curry mat:  3-5/8 square
Razzleberry Lemonade DSP:  3-1/2 square
sentiment:  3-3/4 x 1
border:  3-3/4 long

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #7

It's Laurie Beth's turn to host this week's Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge and it's a fun one!  Check it out here.

Laurie Beth's challenge is right up my alley! There are two parts to the challenge:  create your own patterned paper and keep the card clean and simple.  These are two things that I love to do.

I got the inspiration for my card from Debbie Olson's post here.  I really liked the simple layout.

I've been wanting to try Nichole's tip of using the scor-tape with glitter. I'm so glad I did. This is one technique I'll be using often. It looks even more elegant in person. I hate it when glitter rubs off so easily. That's not the case with this technique.

Here's how I finished the inside. Clean and simple.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you take the time to visit our Paperdolls blog and participate in Laurie Beth's awesome challenge.

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Damask Designs, For the Graduate
Paper:  Raspberry Fizz, SS White
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Melon Mambo (SU)
Embellishments:  glitter, 1/4" scor-tape, white brad
Tools:  scalloped scallop edge punch (EK Success)

white base:  3-1/2 x 5
Raspberry Fizz mat:  3-1/4 x 4-3/4
stamped pattern paper:  3-1/8 x 4-5/8
sentiment:  3-1/2 x 1-1/2
borders:  3-1/2 long

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pretty Daffodil

Today's card was made with the Year of Flowers: Daffodils set. The images in this set are gorgeous! I used my Copic markers to color in the main flower image. It was easy to color. I just have to make sure I don't over-do it.

I really like this color combination of Summer Sun and Spring Moss. The colors are very springy.  I stamped the scallop border with BB: Text Style II.

Here's how I finished the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Year of Flowers: Daffodil, Background Basics: Text Style II
Paper:  Summer Sun, Spring Moss, SS White
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Spring Moss Top Notch Twill, button
Tools:  medium scallop border die