Thursday, March 8, 2018

Congratulations - Boy Baby Shower

Hi and Happy Thursday! We are so close to Friday, which means a chance to catch my breath... We're heading out of town for the weekend just to relax as a family and I can't wait!  While we're away, I'll be missing a baby shower for a friend of mine at church.  She's having a boy, so I'll be sending this along for her:
This was one of those cards where I had all the pieces made, then tried a bunch of different layouts before deciding on one - I think it turned out ok :)
The stamp is from Stampin' Up's Flying Home set, colored up with my Copics.  The Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Banner Style set.
The burlap/trim are from my stash - no 3D foam dots or sequins on this one, so I'm adding some depth with the thicker ribbons.
I'm happy with the way it all came together - Have a crafty day, friends!

About this Card:
Card Base - Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft
Patterned Paper - DCWV Watercolor 12x12 Stack
Bird Stamp - Stampin' Up Flying Home
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink Banner Style Stamp/die
Copics - E13, E15, E33, E35, BG10, BG13, BG15, YR21, YG63, YG67
Stitched Circle Dies, Ribbon, Trim

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cheering For You!

Hello from PA!  We have a second Nor'easter coming through our area over the next couple of days, which means we will be home bound for a day or two.  I hope some of that time can be spent making cards!  Meanwhile out in Indiana, a sweet friend of mine had bilateral hip replacement surgery yesterday, so she needs a MAJOR pick-me-up after that!  She and I have known each other since we were 11, when we became penpals through a sticker collecting club - it's a neat story.

Moving on, she was a cheerleader in high school and could use some cheering up herself right now, so I made this for her:
Let me tell you what a game-changer the Sizzix Framelits Triple Circle Flip-Its die is!  I've literally had this for over 2 years and never used it... I had these cute little pandas from Clearly Besotted and knew they needed to be showcased... they're a match made in my craft room!
The Die set includes lots of options for building up the 3 circles - I chose the fitted scallop circle with a slightly smaller dotted circle as my mat for each circle.  I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut out my pandas since I don't have the dies, and I colored the little cuties with Copics.

 Of course I popped each panda out with a 3D foam dot!

 This card took me less than an hour from start to finish - these Sizzix dies are a GAME CHANGER!  The only thing I'm not crazy about was not having a great space to write in.  I put a mat on the back, but others may want to hide the writing part.
Wishing her a speedy recovery as we will be spending a week with her family in June and plan on doing lots of fun things together!  Hopefully everyone stays safe if you're in the weather pattern this week - stay warm and be crafty!!

About this Card:
Card Base: Neenah Solar White cardstock
Patterned Paper: Love by Nicole (ACMoore)
Copics: R81, R83, R85

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

With Sympathy

Good Afternoon Friends,

I've finally recovered from all of the challenge cards I made 2 weeks ago :)  I've been plugging along, I just haven't been real good about posting here.

I always seem to be caught off guard when it comes to sympathy cards - I don't like to have them pre-made, because I feel like a note expressing sorrow should have a personal touch of some kind.  I like to made these on an "as needed" occasion.

My friend's grandmother passed away last week, so I pulled together this card for her family:
I had a friend in a Facebook group ask if I would make her some die cuts of the Papertrey Ink Beautiful Berries: Spring set, so I stamped/cut out a few for practice.  This one came out nicely, so I used it as my top accent piece and tied a little twine around the stem.
I used white cardstock for the base and Papertrey Ink patterned paper.  The purple mat is cut from Papertrey Ink's Mix & Mat: Pretty Brackets Die (I LOVE these dies btw...)
I topped the mats with a simple 4" white doily (seriously got these in the baking aisle - Wilton brand) and stamped my sentiment.
And that's it! Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

About This Card:
Base - Neenah Solar White cardstock
Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink
Doily - Wilton Baking Supplies
Ink - Papertrey Ink New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Royal Velvet, Amethyst Allure
Sentiment - BoBunny

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink Color Challenge

Happy Valentine's Day!

While the world is busy turning RED today, I've been busy playing along with Papertrey's latest challenge - it's a color challenge!  We were given 9 different color combinations to choose from, so I chose this palate:
I had most of these ink colors, so I decided to do lots of stamping for my card:
This card was so easy - I loved using my Circle Scribbles Papertrey Ink stamp set to randomly stamp out the background, intentionally leaving some blank space for my sentiment.

You know me - if I'm not popping an element out on 3D foam squares, then I'm adding sequins!  I didn't want them to be too random, so I used like colored sequins on some of the stamped scribbles.
 My sentiment is the Thanks die from Papertrey - Big Basics: Thanks.
And I revisited an old favorite embellishment - STICKLES!  Just a touch on some of the letter tips.

I had a blast playing along with this month's challenges - I think there's at least one more, so come join us for some fun!

About this Card:
Card Base: Papertrey Ink Basic Black
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles
Die: Papertrey Ink Big Basics: Thanks
Ink: Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores & Amethyst Allure

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Wish Big! Papertrey Ink's No-Stamp Challenge

Happy Fat Tuesday!

I haven't had my faschnaut yet today (if you don't know what one is, google it - yum!) but I had a lite lunch in expectation of having one or 2 tonight!!

Day 7 of Papertrey Ink's 11th Anniversary Party has challenged us to make a card using ONLY dies - NO stamps... So here we go:
In my mind, this project was just 'meh' for me... but once I got creating, some awesome things started coming together.  I am grateful that we had to think outside of stamps to bring our projects to life.  I've got lots going on here...
I used the recently-released Confetti Mix & Match die set by Papertrey - These are my new favorite dies for a quick go-to cut to establish depth on a card.  The 3-die-set produced the scalloped mat edge, the embossed crepe-paper-effect border, and the white confetti middle (I detached that die and cut out on a different color for more pop).
I embossed my card base with a pattern that helped pull some of those little confetti bits closer to the outside.

I then added some clear 'confetti' (sequins) to 2 opposite corners for some 3D 'popping'.  I wanted it to add emphasis to the angle of the sentiment, so I chose the 2 corners in that line of sight.
My sentiment is the Big Basics: Wish Big Die, also from Papertrey - I substituted black sequins for the 'i' dots.
The very top of my card didn't pick up the embossing, so I finished it off with a thin strip of black glitter washi tape - I love how it accents the color of the sentiment.

Have I inspired you?  Come play along - there's still time to enter for your chance at some big prizes!

About this Card:
Card Base: Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz
Embossing Folder: Darice
Mat Dies: Papertrey Ink Mix & Mat: Confetti
Sentiment: Papertrey Ink: Big Basics: Wish Big die
Sequins (clear & black), Washi Tape

Monday, February 12, 2018

Papertrey Ink - Retiring Sets Challenge

Hi Again!

I'm back with yest another challenge entry for Papertrey Ink's 11th Anniversary.  Papertrey just announced a TON of sets that they will be retiring in May (hint, hint - go grab them now!), and the challenge this day was to create a project using one of the retiring sets.  I thought I was so sad to see that the 'You're A Gem' set is retiring, BUT IT'S OK... Because I own it - PHEW!!  Here's what I put together using You're A Gem from Papertrey Ink:
I love the look of a card with a black base - everything from there just POPS!  I used the coordinating dies to make complementing diamonds, and found the PERFECT paper to use as a background - it's from DCWV's Razzle Dazzle 12x12 stack.

I added some glossy accents to the diamonds, and put a few sequins on the base for some extra sparkle!

There's still time to play along with a bunch of wonderful people from Papertrey - Come join us!

About this Card:
Card Base: Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock
Patterned Paper: DCWV Razzle Dazzle Stack
Stamps/Dies: Papertrey Ink You're A Gem
Sequins, Glossy Accents

Papertrey Ink - 11th Anniversary Challenges Continue - FLORALS!

Good Morning Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by :)  Today I am continuing to play along with the next challenge on Papertrey Ink's blog in celebration of their 11th Anniversary.  Today's post in my entry for their Floral Challenge - Pull out your favorite floral set and use it.  Here is the card I made over the weekend for this challenge:

I used Papertrey Ink's Stemmed Statements stamp/die set for this card - I chose the Poppy because poppies are one of my favorite flowers.  I fell in love with this set when it was released because I know the flowers would be beautiful when colored with Copics.
I matted the flower on 2 Nestabilities plates and embossed the top one with some simple dots.

The patterned paper is from DCWV's Watercolor Garden 12x12 stack - I love the foil highlights on it!

The stamp set gives you the flexibility of putting your choice of over 20 words on the small tag - I chose Celebrate today because I'm sending this card to a good friend for her birthday.

Thanks again for the visit - If you're looking for inspiration, the Papertrey Ink blog is a great place to start.  Have a great day!

About this Card:
Card Base - Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper - DCWV Watercolor Garden
Nestabilities - Labels 4
Cuttlebug - Embossing Folder Swiss Dots
Stamp/Die Set - Papertrey Ink Stemmed Statements
Copics - 100, Y38, Y35, G14, G16, G19, R35, R37, R39