Sunday, October 11, 2009

CPS137 Sweet Thank You Card

One of my favorite challenges is from CPS; the team really knows how to sketch! You can get more info here. Since I tend to use the same layout over and over, the sketches challenge the noggin to do something different. It's also a great tool to use, if you're new to paper crafting. The sentiment and the cherry stem are from PTI (Everyday Button Bits and Cupcake Collection.) The dp a Doodlebug design called Cherry Pie Amore and Cherry Pie Plaid. Thanks so much for stopping by and if you're interested in having this card, please leave a comment. Enjoy the rest of your day and we'll visit again soon.

Edit: The winner of the card is Monica! Monica, please send your address. Thank you for the sweet comments left on this posting; each one was sincerely appreciated.


All Occasion Cards

Thinking of You

Thank You!

Happy Birthday, Hot Stuff!


Thinking of You
On Friday evening, sweet hubby and I are flying out west to visit our kids and seems as if we haven't seen them in years...moms of adult children, you understand what I mean, especially if you live miles away from them :-) My daughter and a friend have asked me to take cards; they want to buy some and I want to have a wide variety to show. I've used some of my favorite stamps from MFT and PTI, and have used some of my newest dp from Graphic 45. The polka dot birthday card is for a good friend; she has a lot of sass, so the sentiment reads: HOT STUFF; how funny is that?
Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments to ask.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bitty Baby Blessings from Papertrey Ink

This morning I'm showcasing some stamps from Papertrey Ink; I made baby cards using images from two of the sets, Bitty Baby Blessings and Everyday Blessings. Two of the cards can be used for a baptism or Christening and the other two can be given alone or with a gift.

Pink card: I used a CB ef to make the background paper. Becca Fekken, who has one fabulous blog, showed this beautiful card using the technique. I colored with ef with Raspberry Fizz (PTI)and got a mauve looking piece of paper. I stamped the baby carriage twice, once on Select White cs (PTI), embossed it with the CB ef, cut out the carriage and used pop dots to give it some dimension. Small pearls (Michael's) were added to the oval die cuts (Spellbinders) and to the wheels of the carriage. The sentiment was stamped and a tag was die cut (Spellbinders Tag Trio.) The lace ruffles were adhered with that wonderful tape you can buy at Papertrey Ink called Scor-Tape. This particular tape measures 1/8" and is perfect for using on ribbons or for small lines of glitter you may want to apply. It's transparent, so it's almost impossible to see when it's applied.

Summer Sunrise baby card: The CB ef was used again for this religious baby card. An image from the Everyday Blessings set was used and inked with Summer Sunrise (PTI). Ruffles were added below the cream colored ribbon. Pearls were added, too, for an even softer look. The inside sentiment is from the Bitty Baby Blessings set; this is another example of how you can use parts of various sets to achieve the look or sentiment you desire.

The Little Sailor card uses a smaller image from the Bitty Baby Blessings set. The images were inked, die cut, and adhered with pop dots. The ribbon was a piece attached to a department store bag. The two little white brads, which are perfect for coloring with Copics, were all I had left from my stash, so please forgive me for not using three. The Select White paper was sponged using Ranger distress inks.

Last, but not least, is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" Bundle of Joy card size that is perfect for adding to a baby boy gift. The baby onesie was inked on dp and cut out. It was adhered to the front of the card using pop dots. I made a boo boo on the circle die cut, so punched out small circles from matching dp to cover up :-) Small silver half beads were added to each corner. Misc ribbon was wrapped around the main image and a small tag with a sentiment from Bitty Baby Blessings was attached with white floss. Looking at this picture has me thinking: Why didn't I emboss the cream cs with a CB ef? Will use the idea on the next one...

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting today; I hope that you're inspired and will use one idea for your next project.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Many Thanks 2 Sketches 4 You!

Today while browsing some of my favorite blogs, I saw this sketch challenge on Monica's and thought of how much fun I would have participating in it this week. There are some fabulous prizes to win, if you decide join the other card crafters. You can find more info on the 2 Sketches 4 You blog. On a trip to Gettysburg, in April, I purchased some Imaginisce paper, Twitterpated Lady Bug Ball, and thought how cute it would look on a card; hope you agree :-) Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you will take some inspiration to use on a future project as I did from Monica.

Recipe for the Many Thanks card:
Stamp: Lots of Thoughts (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Paper: Imaginisce; Select White, True Black (Papertry Ink), glossy white
Accessories: Lattice border punch (Martha Stewart); ribbon (Papertrey Ink); dies (Spellbinders); brads (from the Paper Source Store)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Week 25 Flower Challenge from Just Magnolia Blog

There's a challenge over at the Just Magnolia Blog you may want to try; you may just win a $50 voucher! The challenge is to make your own flower(s), so I pulled out a Spellbinders die set and made a Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink) and green flower. The doilie was sent by a sweet friend, Mita, who owns Altheasmix in Sweden, I used a Tilda stamp holding a pie; the season is upon us to begin baking goodies...hmmmm The Dark Chocolate ribbon is from Papertrey Ink and there are MS pearls from Michael's accenting the card. A MS leaf punch was used for the flower. The cs is Select White from Papertrey Ink; and the dp was purchased at Michael's quite a while ago, so can not remember the name, but it is double-sided. A border punch was used under the ribbon. Copic markers and distress inks were used for coloring and sponging the main image; distress inks were sponged around the doilie to tone down the stark white look.
Thanks for stopping in today; hope you take some piece of inspiration and share it with me.

Monday, October 5, 2009

WCMD Challenge #1: Japan

I checked out Papertrey Ink's blog on Saturday and found some WCMD challenges Nichole Heady issued. Since I have some retired Stampin' Up! Asian stamps collecting dust, they were put to good use! The dp was designed by Amy Butler; I don't have color names for the green and blue cs. The flowers were die cut as well as the tag and embossed. A cloth-type flower is found at the bottom of the green and blue petals. All my card bases are from Papertrey Ink, including this one, The sentiments were stamped and sponged lightly on the edges from distress ink pads. Thanks so much for stopping by and hopefully you have found something to inspire you, Gigi

Mojo Monday 107 Have a "Cherry" Good Day!

Just when I think that a sketch challenge isn't a challenge, it turns into a challenge!!! But, I didn't give up and decided to submit this card for the weekly Mojo Monday challenge. If you haven't stopped by before, thanks for taking time to check out the blog; I really appreciate it. If you have stopped before, you'll recognize the adorable cherry stem stamp from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Button Bits. This set is absolutely the best for putting together all kinds of projects, especially cards. Hope your day is going as well as mine; I get to play in the 'studio' until sweet hubby comes home from work...yay!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

SC247 Make a Wish

This is my take on the sketch challenge Splitcoaststampers had last week, SC247. I finally found some Basic Grey Cupcake dp in a LSS, actually too far to visit each week :-( and used it for this cute little birthday card, Make a Wish. The main image is from the Everyday Button Bits. This set is well worth the money because it has so many adorable images and sentiments that are so appropriate for almost every occasion. The paper, Enchanted Evening ribbon, some of the buttons, and stamps are from Papertrey Ink. Thank you for stopping by today! I need to get going on some Happy World Card Making Day! challenges PTI has today; check out Nichole Heady's blog for more info.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sugar and Spice Bitty Baby Blessings

I am having a great time using the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set from Papertrey Ink. This little card uses the onsie and carriage images from the set. I found some retired SU! dp in the stash folder and thought it would work well with the images, including one of the the Polka Dot Basics II images; this set is a must have, if you like dots as much as I do! You'll find some glitter glued to the carriage image and a fancy piece of ribbon that was purchased at Hancock Fabrics. I definitely have to go and buy more of this, if I plan to make more baby cards :-) The rub on came from a package that has been sitting in a box for a couple of years, but matches the dp perfectly. Thanks for taking a peek and hope you take away at least one piece of inspiration. Gigi

Acrylic Paint and Dry Embossing Halloween Card

One of the previous issues of Paper Crafts showed a technique using acrylic paint on cardstock; brush the paint going in one direction and turn the paper to paint in another one. I added another technique to the painted cardstock by embossing it with a CB pumpkin ef and used it as the card base. This technique probably isn't new to many, but I thought of the idea since it is autumn (the pumpkins work out well) and since Halloween isn't too far off, the little Crafty Secrets witch is perfect as the main image for the base. The small pin used for the ribbon actually came from a price tag, so keep your eyes open for these types of embellishments; they work out beautifully. Tip: Before you begin to emboss the cardstock, make sure it is completely dry.

Thanks for stopping by today; hope you got inspired to try acrylic paint on some cardstock!