March 25, 2009

Blog Hop night!

Well it's that time again. Yes, it's blog hop night with PTI! Last month was my first one and I was so inspired by all the samples, that I decided to participate again.

Here was the challenge: For this month's Blog Hop, we want to see all of your very best backgrounds. They can be created with a set originated for that purpose or a reinvention of images that were not.

I wanted to use a set that wasn't intended for making backgrounds, so I dug out Limitless Labels. Although I've used it frequently for mini chocolate gifts, I wanted to see what I could do if I tried to make my own PP with it!

Here is the sheet of CS that I stamped using raspberry fizz, summer sunrise, and new leaf inks. I added the sentiment in black.
When I cut it up to use on my card, I decided it needed more "umphfff." So I stamped the flower in new leaf ink all over the background to fill in the white parts.
Doesn't that look better? Working with these bright colors is not generally my style, but branching out is always good, right? *grin* All supplies are PTI except for the white ep.
I have a book discussion tonight at the library, but I can't wait to come home and hop around checking out everyone's backgrounds!
Thank you for stopping by this evening...have fun continuing on your blog hop!

March 24, 2009

Scrapbook layouts!

I am not a scrapbooker by any means. In fact, before these five LOs, I have only ever made one layout before (12x12, for a friend, in 2004). So imagine my surprise to be an honorable mention in the March Guest Star Stamper contest at Papertreyink! I am truly honored.

All supplies and stamps are PTI, except some of the buttons.

Thanks for stopping by on this beautiful Tuesday morning!

March 04, 2009

The re-emergence of the A7

A long time ago in a studio craft room very close by...the A7 sized card was very popular. Then stamping was discovered and the A7 became obsolete as the newer, better, smaller A2 sized was instituted.
Just for old-time's sake I thought I'd make a larger card like I used to. I miss the freedom of the larger canvas, and have several stamps that are better suited to big spaces.
This is for my great-niece Elizabeth who will be 9 in a few weeks. She is very artsy and loves to create things with paper and glitter and glue and beads and markers and stickers and...*grin*

All supplies except image stamp, claret ink and brown brad are PTI. The berry/vine stamp is from Stampington.
I like how cheerful and spring-like this card is. I'm happy with how it turned out too! (is that okay to say?) Maybe some more A7 cards are in my future...

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I've inspired YOU to change up your canvas size today.

March 03, 2009

Amazing story

I just have to share this adorable video story. What an imagination this girl has!

Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

Simple Little Things

Happy Tuesday blogworld! Although it was 3 degrees outside this morning, and we still have snow on the ground, I am feeling chipper and hopeful that spring is right around the corner! (Hey, a girl can hope, right?)
The layout of this card is one I use frequently. I call it my "go-to" sketch. I first used it here for a Halloween card in 2007. I know most folks like to start with a sketch, or a color combo, or even a stamp set and go from there, and they'll stick to that. But I use all three (and more) and never begin a card the same way. It depends on my mood. For this one, I stared with a sheet of shiny, glittery dark blue CS. I purchased this stuff from PTI when it first came out, but hadn't even opened the package yet. And from there it just blossomed into a thank you card in red, white and blue! I used only the stamp set Simple Little Things, last year's anniversary set from PTI. Starting with the spring rain CS, I repeatedly stamped the cross/flower type image in a pattern and then enhanced it with white gel pen. The main image was stamped in dark blue ink and then red gel pen used to accent the tiny flowers. The strip of PP came from PTI's Men of Life paper pack.
Can you see the sparkly-ness of the base CS? It's awesome.

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you all a bit of happiness today!

March 02, 2009

Something Special

It's Monday. 'Nuff said, right?

I don't feel like chatting much, but you won't mind, right? Image and sentiment from CHF. All paper, CS and ribbon from PTI. I used a shadow ink cube from Hero Arts to do the pale blue rectangle (DTP inside a nestie), and Dark Chocolate from PTI with Versamark for the image.
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Monday turns out fantastic!