August 31, 2009
August 28, 2009
This card was made for a friend in need a few weeks ago. It's small, only 4x4. But she needed to know that she wasn't alone so I thought this card might cheer her up. Base of Scarlet jewel with Sweet blush and using Friends 'til the end for the flowers and Damask Designs for the sentiment.A few buttons and some blush twill and it's all good.
Thanks for stopping by this afternoon, hope you all have a great weekend!
August 27, 2009
What a horrible song...it popped into my head while I was making this card though, so I had to share it with you. *evil grin* It's like when the soymilk is bad, and you make your husband try it too just to make sure! hee hee share the yuckies, right?
I made this card for a friend who doesn't know the sex of her baby and was trying to avoid the whole pink vs. blue thing. I usually go with a rusty orange and some yellow in these types of instances, but thought maybe I'd give purple a shot this go 'round.
Although the Lavender Moon color looks pinkish, I still think it works, because the Ocean Tides color tempers it. PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings was used for this card. I love this set, it's so versatile and I like being about to paper piece the outlined images.
After paper piecing the bunnies on some PP (maybe from the Fairytale line by DCWV?), I added lavender ears and white tails, then glued them randomly onto a piece of Plum Pudding. When I cut it out I decided to allow one of the bunnies to hang over before matting it with the ocean tides and adhering it to the plum card base. I sewed the buttons on the ocean tides ribbon, and added a white border for interest. End with a sentiment and call it done! I think she'll like it.
Thanks for stopping by today!
August 25, 2009
There is no electricity, just lanterns, and even the showers were solar-powered and from a gravity fed spring. All the building were made by hand by the owners from trees and fallen logs in the area. There was a wood-fired sauna, an amazing vegetarian meal (catered just for us) cooked over a wood burning stove and all the complimentary home-made wine we could drink! (a bit too much it turned out when we tried to walk to our bed later that night!) A fire was ready and burning for us when we got back to our lean-to and it was very peaceful and romantic out in the woods with only the crickets and frogs to serenade us, and the water gently lapping at the sides of the pond.
We were served a wonderful breakfast the next morning and spent some time hiking around the place and discovering some of the amazing art "gifts" and sculptures that have been donated and placed in the woods by many people throughout the past 30 years the place has been in business. This place is not everyone's "cup of tea" but it sure was perfect for us and our anniversary celebration! I'll share a few photos at the end of this post.
Onto today's card. This is the first card I made when I received the PTI anniversary set, Everyday Classics, in March this year. It wasn't made for anyone specifically, but I thought it appropriate for a post about my anniversary!
The next morning we started the fire again, although we were not cold at all. We really did have perfect weather for this excursion. I'm so lucky.
August 22, 2009
My hubster has been planning a "Mystery Trip" for months now for our anniversary weekend (our actual day is tomorrow the 23rd) and he won't tell me a thing about it! I'm terribly excited, but I told him he had to let me know EXACTLY what to pack, because I was not going to pack dress clothes only to find out we were camping and vice versa. Can you imagine?! (that is SO like my husband too *grin*)
Onto today's card...isn't it pretty? OOPS. We're not supposed to like our work, right? Well, I love this card. Possibly due to the fact that orange is my favorite color of all time, but maybe because green and purple rank right up there too!
Uses PTI's Beautiful Blooms and Mixed Messages. It's pretty self-explanatory though, don't you think? Some ink, a few stamps and buttons and ribbon! Ok, vintage cream CS, Ripe avacado hybrid ink and ribbon, orangerie hybrid ink, plum pudding hybrid ink and buttons, cream twine, orange buttons, Ranger archival black ink.
Have a wonderful weekend and I'll tell you all about our mystery trip when I return on Monday!
Thanks for stopping by today,
August 21, 2009
I used my score-pal to emboss diagonal lines across the aqua base, and two of my border punches on the spring moss and white CS. Stamped with the newly reformulated Aqua Mist (LOVE it!) I added the sentiment in Enchanted Evening on top.
I added those tiny leaf clusters behind the button after stamping them in spring moss. The leaves are from the new Scattered Showers additions set!
August 19, 2009
August 18, 2009
I was going for a simple look here, with some kraft CS, a few ribbons and a cupcake topped with lots of fluffy frosting.
I tried to emboss a label shaped nestabilities onto the front to frame the cupcake, but it doesn't show very well in the photo. Can you see it there?
I love cupcakes. I used to make them frequently, but have backed off for the summer, because who wants to bake when it's hot out, right? *grin* Plus, the frosting melts too quickly and slides off the top!
My nephew just got engaged and he and his bride-to-be have asked that I make cupcakes for each guest instead of a wedding cake. I'm so excited! 200 mini cakes? How awesome is that?! The ideas are swirling around my head as to color, flavor, design, fillings, etc. It's like edible art!
This card was inspired by this one here on Taheerah's blog. I liked the look of the cupcake alone with a few lines accross the bottom. Thanks for the inspiration Taheerah!
I stitched the ribbons on, added some matching buttons with twine (LOVE how that stuff matches kraft cardstock perfectly!) and topped the frosting with liquid applique to make it puff up. I also added a touch of glitter to the frosting, but, again, you can't see it in the photo. This card uses all PTI supplies, including Cupcake Collection.
Thanks for stopping by today!
August 17, 2009
Onto today's card. I was really excited to put together all these colors, but was disappointed once I was done. Somehow it seemed better before I assembled it, if you know what I mean. The IDEA seemed better than the actual PRODUCT.
Raspberry Fizz, Chocolate, Whisper White, Lavender Moon, Aqua Mist. It looks too "put together" or something. But I do love the stamp set, Everyday Button Bits! I also used Background Basics:Retro for the chocolate card base. I can't get enough of that set and use it frequently. Don't you like white ink on Chocolate? Scrumptious! I also think the photo is a bit washed out, but because I already sent this card out, I can't re-take it! Love those buttons though...*grin*
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday and thanks for stopping by!
August 15, 2009
I was up late last night for the newest Papertreyink release. Woohooo, what a party on the forum until the wee hours! Some lovely new stuff was released too.
Onto today's card.
I thought I had previously posted this card but apparently forgot. It uses Everyday Button Bits and Background Basics: Retro. I had some scraps lying around my desk and when I saw them together I knew I wanted to use them on a card. They were so pretty! Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, and Spring Moss PP. Paired with Kraft and a bit of chocolate it all came together perfectly, don't you think? I embossed the card base with a CB folder, then rubbed it with fresh snow ink to make the raised dots more prominent. Not having a scalloped punch, I drew and cut my own for the edge, sewed new leaf buttons onto the stamped trees, added sentiment and some ribbon and called it done! Everything is PTI.
I hope you have a wonderful Saturday, thanks for stopping by!
August 13, 2009
Then I think about how wonderful my life really is, and I feel as if I should celebrate! How lucky are most of us, really? Things could always be worse...we have so much to be thankful for.
This card is a result of a few scraps lying on my desk that caught my eye and made me see something beyond the obvious (scraps, that is.)
It came together so quickly that I hardly had time to think any of the process through! How serendipitous is that? (is that even a word?)
I'm keeping it simple today. You guys know how to put a card together anyway! All supplies PTI.
Think happy thoughts. Be grateful. Delight in life.
Thanks for stopping by.
August 12, 2009
I fiddled around for quite some time, not really "feeling it". Finally, after walking away for a spell, I came back and all my pieces just fell into place! I'm actually delighted with my effort here.
Using Tim Holtz mini masks, I covered the vintage cream CS base with some of my favorite flourish masks and sponged on Raspberry Fizz ink. Once removed, I had these pretty cream swirls that really stood out.
After adding a strip of Plum Pudding CS stamped in Vintage Cream ink with Damask Designs, all I had to do was add the Scarlet Jewel ribbon and a flower (stamped and cut out) from Friends 'til the End. Of course then I put on some finishing touches...buttons! Ending with a sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages and a line drawn with a copic marker to match Scarlet Jewel, I called it done!
August 11, 2009
Want to know a secret about this card? I used my copics for the first time on it! Crazy huh?
I know. I've had them for months and months, but have been too scared to use them! So silly of me, as I used to LOVE coloring as a child and even as a teen too. It was just like riding a bicycle! So easy and all my coloring techniques came back to me quickly, no learning curve.
The base of Plum Pudding was stamped with Polka Dot basics in plum pudding ink and the outlined with vintage cream. I used the Everyday Button Bits for the bicycle and sentiment. Matted it with Summer Sunrise and then tied the whole thing with a Hibiscus ribbon. See how I cut out the "Wishes" part of the sentiment? I liked the ribbon where it was but didn't want to cover up the word, so I stamped it again and placed it on top!
Thanks for stopping by today!
It feels good to be blogging again.
August 10, 2009
Up for something fun?
Nichole, over at Casa De Leche is hosting a summer fun exchange. I just signed up and am hoping some of you will too! How fun is this idea? You put a few of your favorite things into a box, mail it to someone, and get a box in return of someone else's favorite things.
I'm already thinking about what is going into the box...
--a copy of my favorite book
--some PTI ribbon, buttons and white CS
--my favorite recipes?
--a CD of some of my fave songs
--what else? (I probably shouldn't put fruit in the box although I love it!)
This is almost like a RAK, only you are sure to get one in return (and it's not so random...).
So click on the logo above and sign up!
I'll be back this evening with another card.