Saturday, March 27, 2010

CPS 159

I forgot to post my card for the CPS 159 sketch, and I thought I was already out of time, but you can still play along until 8pm CST tonight. For this sketch I decided to finally use my Cosmo Cricket Joyride supplies. I paired the Joyride with Stampin Up's Sahara Sand Cardstock and some colored pearls I found at Michael's. This was a quick and easy "scrappy" card-no stamping involved.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

PTI March Blog Hop

This month's PTI blog hop is all about buttons! I absolutely love all of PTI's button bits sets and their colorful packages of buttons. I chose to use the Blooming Button Bits stamp set for my card . Of course, I had to use my new Hawaiian Shores ribbon and button. It is such a beautiful color. I decided on this color scheme because when I went to pick out buttons, the Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest, and Hawaiian Shores packages were laying side by side and looked so pretty next to each other. It is definitely a color scheme I will use again. I really like the bright, cheerful look of this card and I think it turned out nice and simple. I hope you are having a wonderful evening and enjoy the hop!

PTI-stamps (Blooming Button Bits, Vintage Picnic Sentiments), cardstock (white,kraft) buttons (orange zest, hibiscus burst, hawaiian shores), ribbon (hawaiian shores), ink (hibiscus burst)
Stampin Up-ink (kiwi kiss and white), paper (pumpkin pie)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Poppy Seed Challenge #2

For the second Poppy Seed challenge, participants are asked to use at least one button, something light moss green, and polka dots on their card. Here is the card I created using Wonderfully Whimsical by Papertrey Ink. It is such a fun set to work with. I am really enjoying all the elements of this set and how they all work together to create cute little scenes. It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but I used Versamark Dazzle ink and Polka Dot Basics to stamp on the red layer.(click photo to enlarge)
PTI-stamps (Wonderfully Whimsical, Polka Dot Basics, Blooming Button Bits)
Stampin Up-patterned paper, cardstock, and ink
Basic Grey-button
Amuse-sun stamp
Copic markers
Pebbles Ink Chalk
DMC floss
Shimmerz paint
Versamark Dazzle ink

Hawaiian Shores/ Bermuda Bay comparison

Here is my comparison of the Hawaiian Shores line (by Papertrey Ink) and Bermuda Bay (by Stampin Up). The HS ink doesn't really match the HS paper in my opinion. The ink cube is more blue where as the paper is more green. I have smooshed my HS ink cube as suggested, but it is still too blue. I guess I should say MY ink cube doesn't match very well-I know others on the PTI forum are having better luck. To me, Hawaiian Shores and Bermuda Bay look like the same "color", one is just a few shades darker than the other. So, the bermuda bay ink will match the HS cardstock, but it is just a little darker. The HS ribbon looks fabulous with both the HS cardstock and the Bermuda Bay cardstock. I will continue to smoosh the cube and test it to see if it improves. I do have to say that even though my HS ink cube is not the same color as my cardstock, it is a nice shade of blue which I will still use, just with a different cardstock. I absolutely love PTI and appreciate all their hard work to make their customers happy. I enjoy having so many fun colors to work with from both Papertrey and Stampin Up. Sorry about the dark photos, but it is overcast here today.

ETA: I took the photo above before I labled the flowers. The cardstock and ink on the left is Hawaiian Shores. The cardstock and ink on the right is Bermuda Bay. The ribbon is Hawaiian Shores. In the photo below, HS is on the right and BB is on the left.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

So Happy

I have been playing with my Papertrey butterfly die again and came up with this little card. I paired the butterfly with a flourish from Fancy Flourishes and a sentiment from Scattered Showers. I used Cosmo Cricket patterned paper and added the little red pearls that I found at Michael's.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Precious friends

Wow, it's been awhile. We had Spring Break last week and I just couldn't get into a crafty mood. Today's card uses a combination of Stampin Up and Papertrey Ink products. The cardstock (brown and cream)and stamps are by Papertrey and everything else is by Stampin Up. I really like how the felt flowes work so well with the
Blooming Button Bits stamp set. The felt flowers can be found in Stampin Up's current mini catalog. I can't wait to get felt in all the PTI colors so I can make my own felt flowers! Hope you are enjoying your day!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Butterfly CPS sketch 157

ETA:This card was sitting on my desk and I kept feeling like something was, I went back and added the white layer under the main panel. I definitely like it better this way. It looks more finished to me.

CPS sketch 157 was the inspiration for this card. When I first saw the sketch I knew that I wanted to use Papertrey's new butterfly die in place of the circles. I love this butterfly die!! I cut out 4 butterflies in different colors, layering the pink ones, and added the little silver studs down the middle. I adhered the butterflies to my card using Ranger glossy accents. The grass is a new Martha Stewart punch that I almost didn't purchase. I am so glad that I did. The other fun thing about this card that doesn't show up in the picture is the shimmery background. I used a Versamark Dazzle pad to stamp the background polka dots. It adds just a hint of shimmer. This was a fun card to make and I think I will be using that butterfly die ALOT! All stamps are by Papertrey Ink.

On another note...Did you see Cath Edvalson's blog? I can't believe I won a bronze medal (birthday category) in her Stamping Olympics contest! The card I submitted for the contest can be seen here (the cupcake card)
Also, check out Cath's blog to see the other medalists!

Sassafras Birthday

For today's card, I used two differet lines by Sassafras Lass. The background paper is from their Anthem collection and the framed monster came from their Monstrosity collection (I cut it out from a piece called Framed). I used a Papertrey Ink stamp to add the Happy Birthday sentiment at the bottom of the patterned paper. I then adhered the framed monster to the card with dimensional adhesive. The card is made from a piece of Stampin' Up cardstock. I can't remember the name of it and I can't find it in the newest catalog either. Anyway, I am thinking this little monster just might need a googly eye...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wishing you a birthday...

(2nd post tonight-Papertrey post below)

...that is just your style.

Stamp-Stamping Bella
Patterned paper-October Afternoon
Buttons-Basic Grey


For today's card, I used Papertrey Ink's Wishing you set. I also used the Wedding Day set to add the trim or "grass" under the tulips. The sentiment is from the Garden of Life set. The sentiment is actually one long stamp, so I just inked up the word bloom, stamped it and then cleaned it before inking the other half and stamping it. Sometimes even when you think you have your stamp clean, it is not. That is why I had to draw on that little swirly thing!

Stamps, kraft cardstock, ribbon, ink(blue,pink,black), and ribbon-Papertrey Ink
Kiwi cardstock and ink-Stampin Up
Patterned paper-October Afternoon
Adhesive rhinestones-Amuse

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Poppy Seed Challenge

ETA: I thought it said this contest was open until 10pm, but it actually closed at 10am today so I didn't actually get to enter it in the challenge...Oops!

I made tonight's card for the Poppy Seed challenge over on Lisa's blog.
Lisa gave us 3 "seeds" we were supposed to use on our card.
1. light yellow
2. crystals
3. flower stamp
Looking at my card now, I think I should definitely have made this card larger to better accomodate the large tulip image. I will also admit that I am not sure the yellow on my card would be considered "light". However, the polka dots on the patterned paper are light yellow, so maybe that counts. This was a fun challenge and I love using those little crystals. For the sentiment, I used two different sentiments from one of Papertrey's anniversary sets called Simple Little Things. I drew the comma on with a white gel pen and ,of course, it was a much brighter white that the ink I used to stamp the sentiment. I got out an eraser and went over the comma a couple times and it lightened it up enough to match.

Stamps, ribbon,ink (raspberry fizz and lemon tart)-Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper-October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket
White and green ink,yellow marker (I had to go over the solid parts of the tulip with the marker so it would show up) -Stampin Up
Crystals-Amuse and Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Today I played along with the Spring is in the Air challenge from Nichole's blog
I chose to use Dawn's color comibnation.

The above colors show fresh snow as one of Dawn's picks, but on her blog she said she used rustic cream, so I used vintage cream. I first stamped the tree from Father Knows Best. I colored all the leaves and added liquid pearls to represent little buds on the tree. I got the idea to color the tree this way from Debbie Olsen-she did this same tree in fall colors awhile back. You can see her card here
I stamped two of the floral borders from Petal Power in vintage cream on the aqua mist layer. It doesn't show up very well in the photo. The sentiment is from Heart Prints Sentiments. I also distressed all the edges and inked them with the chamomile cube.

All stamps, cardstock, ribbon, and button are by Papertrey Ink.
Brown ink is by Stampin'Up, and Dimensional Pearls are by Ranger.

Now on to the pictures. I have a Kodak ZD15 and I am still trying to figure out all the settings. When I took this first photo, I forgot my camera was still on the outdoor snow setting. I like that the photo turned out so bright. However, I don't think the image is as crisp in this photo.

For this photo, I had my camera set on the flower setting. I like this setting because it is more crisp, but sometimes the photo turns out quite dark even though I am using a light right above the card. I did use photoshop, but as you can see I can't get it as bright as the first photo. This one turned out fine, but sometimes this setting tends to distort the colors of my card. Any suggestions?

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wedding Cake

Today I have a wedding card to share. This is also a card I submitted for Papertrey's February Guest Star Stamper contest. I used the cake from PTI's Piece of Cake stamp set. I then decided to add some trim so I used one of the tiny border images from Wedding Day. I had to make a reverse mask (I stamped the cake on scrap paper and then used a craft knife to cut out each layer) because the stamp is longer than each of the cake layers. I then added the flower and leaves on top of the cake from Out on a Limb. The sentiment is from Wishing You. All stamp sets, cardstock, and patterned paper are from Papertrey Ink. The ribbon and black epoxy stickers are from Hobby Lobby. I also made this same card in brown, olive green, and pumpkin for a friend's fall wedding.

Monday, March 1, 2010

CPS 156

I made today's card to go along with CPS sketch 156. I had so much fun with this card. I even broke out the sewing machine and adjusted it so I could add the stitching. The supplies I used for this card actually came from three different companies, but they work so well together. I love when that happens! As soon as I saw the chipboard dress forms by Maya Road, I knew I wanted to use them with Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl line. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink (Quilter's Sampler set). The colors on this card are not normally colors I would pick out or put together, but I really like how the card turned out.