Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More Clear Notecards

I made a couple of other clear notecards.

I used Friends Til the End for this one.

I love the look of Text Styles. It's so subtle, but adds a hint of sophistication.

Here's the back. Very simple.

Here's a different view. I wanted you to see how the clear card looks against something other than a black backdrop.

I made this card using YOF: Mums.

Pretty much the same layout as the card above.

And....the back.

Another view.

I hope these inspire you to make your own clear notecards.

Clear Note Cards

Like most crafters, I try to recycle anything and everything I can. I used to keep all the clear acetate sheets that my PTI stamps came on. Eventually, it just got too much and I had to toss them into my recycle bin. I recently started saving them again and accumulated quite a stash. I was about to toss a bunch in the recycle bin again, but became inspired by a card a saw in a Paper Crafts Magazine.  The card was by Jessica Witty.

I decided to turn those acetate sheets into notecards. Just simple cards for a quick note.  

Here's one of the notecards I made.   I used Cotton White Staz-On to stamp the In Bloom flower.

Here's a close-up so you can see the In Bloom impression. 

Here's the back. I know it looks like the bottom is smudged and messy, but it's just reflections. It's hard to get a good picture.

I'm so glad to have found a use for these acetate sheets. I love re-using!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Clean and Simple's FTL #132

I've been a long time fan of the Clean and Simple blog. They have some really great sketches. I love going there to gain some inspiration, but I've never actually played along. Today, I decided to give it a try.

Click here to see this week's sketch and samples.

I haven't used my Scattered Showers set in a while so I gave it some love today.

I love how easy it was to make something with the Clean and Simple sketch. I'm definitely going to try that again.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Make It Monday #6

I missed last week's Make It Monday challenge due to the flu. This week, I was determined not to miss it again. 

Here's my card. I used Out on a Limb, one of my go-to stamp sets.

I really like the technique Erin demonstrated with the impression plate. This is something I'm going to do again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Papertrey Paper Dolls Blog Hop

Hi, everyone! Welcome to our very first

I'm so excited about this event because it gives everyone (including myself) a chance to get to know the 2011 Papertrey Paper Doll members a little better. You also have a chance to win some amazing prizes! 

Here's a little bit about myself. I'm Michelle (abzzymom on the PTI forum). I live in Northern California with my husband and four girls (ages 13, 10, 7, and 4).  I'm a stay-at-home-mom who just celebrated the 19th anniversary of her 25th birthday last month. :-)

I first heard about Papertrey Ink in July 2009 when I discovered Dawn's blog and fell in love with her Scattered Showers stamp set. I've been a fan ever since. I love the simple timeless images of their stamp sets and their amazing line of dies and products.

My favorite PTI color is Raspberry Fizz. I always find myself pairing Raspberry Fizz with Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, and/or Kraft. The new Royal Velvet is also quickly becoming a favorite. My style is usually clean and simple. I'm working on adding more layers to my projects. 

I created my blog in April 2009 and have been a Papertrey Paper Doll since we first started the group in April 2010. I feel very lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of women. 

The Blog Hop challenge is to make a project using items that begin with the letters "P", "T", and "I".

Here's my creation. My card was inspired by my all-time favorite PTI Design Team member, Dawn.

For "P", I used Pacific Vineyard patterned paper.  The "T" is represented by the Topnotch Twill ribbon. 

For "I", I used the In Bloom impression plate...

 and Inside and Out:  Thank You stamp set.

Hop on over to the Papertrey Paper Dolls blog, join our challenge and add your link for a chance to win. Don't forget to leave a comment at all the Paper Dolls blogs.  Here's a list of the Dolls:

Lee Anne (Lee Anne)
Laurie W. (Laurie Beth)  
Deena (honugurl16)
Leish (leish)
Amy (kolling143)  
Suzanne (*suzanne*)
Katie (choc0holic)
Laurie (In My Craft Room)
Cecilia "C" (camvds)
Michelle (abzzymom)
Sara (hiinaz)
Tanna (tfiskers)
Renee (Renee L.)
Kristin (jcmom04)
Christy (christea)

If you're following the list in order, you should head on over to Sara's blog. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have fun and good luck!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #33-His and Hers Baby Cards

This week is Leish's turn to host a Paper Dolls challenge and it's a fun one!  Create two baby-themed cards using the same layout, but make one for a boy and the other for a girl. I love this challenge because I don't have enough baby cards on hand.

Here are my cards.

When I think "baby" cards, I think of buttons, bows and scallops. So, that's what I put into my cards.  For my baby girl card, I used Sweet Blush and Lavendar Moon cardstock. I threw in some Harvest Moon embellishments for contrast.

The duck from Night, Night Moon is so cute. 

For my baby boy card, I used Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky with some Spring Moss thrown in for some contrast.

Here's a close-up.

Our challenges on the Paper Dolls blog are always open for several months so you have lots of time to play along. Go on over to check out Leish's challenge.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back on March 9 for a chance to win some amazing prizes.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Make It Monday #4 - Playing with Fun Foam

This week's Make It Monday challenge is to use fun foam on your project.

I had quite a hard time with this one. I think I was trying too hard to find some "out of the box" way to use fun foam. I wasn't sure fun foam and I were friends.

The embellishments I made with fun foam just didn't turn out the way I liked. In the end, I decided to make a tag out of it.

I cut out a tag using Tag Sale #3 and made a couple of interesting discoveries. First, the dots that outline the tag show up very well on fun foam. Second, those dots show up on both sides of the tag! Amazing!

Here's the front of my tag. I kept it simple and also used a piece of vellum that was leftover from a previous MIM challenge. 

Here's the back. Those dots showed up automatically. 

I think I'll be using fun foam to make more tags. They won't get crumpled up and they're less likely to tear. I guess fun foam and I are friends after all.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Last of My Flower Series

This is the last card in my series of flower cards.

This card uses Delightful Dahlia and Terracotta Tile.

This card has crystals for the flower centers.

Here's the inside.

Well, that's the last one. I plan on putting these in a nicely decorated clear box (along with this card) and giving it to one of the teachers as a gift.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia, Big Bold Wishes
Paper:  Terracotta Tile, Melon Berry
Ink:  Terracotta
Embellishments:  crystal, Terracotta Tile satin ribbon

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Here's the next card in my series.

This one uses Year of Flowers: Violet and Plum Pudding cardstock.

I used some tiny purple crystals for the centers.

Here's how I finished the inside.

Thanks for stopping by! I have one last card in this series to show you. Come back tomorrow!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  YOF: Violets
Paper:  Plum Pudding, Lavendar Moon
Ink:  Plum Pudding
Embellishments:  Plum Pudding grosgrain ribbon, crystals

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Flower Cards

I've had so much fun using my flower stamps, I ended up making several cards.

This one uses In Bloom and Scarlet Jewel cardstock.

I used a pearl to finish the bow.

I finished the inside with the same stamp set.

Come back tomorrow for another card!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  In Bloom
Paper:  Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush
Ink:  Scarlet Jewel
Embellishments:  Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon, pearl button