Sunday, August 30, 2009

Happily Ever After

Back in July Brian and I had the opportunity to go to Texas for our friends' wedding. We found out about it on Tuesday and on the spur of the moment decided that we would surprise them and just show up uninvited! We got in the car the next day and drove to Pensacola. We left the kids with their grandparents and spent 11 hours the next day driving to Ft. Worth. We had an awesome weekend with our friends and got to attend a beautiful wedding. Of course, I had to make a card so it had to be quick since I didn't have much time. I love the way it turned out though.

I started with Papertrey's Vintage Cream cardstock and added a layer of Ocean Tides, punched at the bottom with the Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment punch. I then ran a piece of Vintage Cream through the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder and used the EK Success Parisian edge punch on the bottom. I tied some Ocean Tides satin ribbon around the bottom and adhered the layers. I then used my circle Nestabilities to cut a circle out of Vintage cream and the scalloped circle out of Ocean Tides. I stamped the decorative circle from Wedding Day on the circle in Ocean Tides ink and the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black from the same set. I added some tiny pearls and mounted the circle with 3D foam squares and that's it!

Stamps: Wedding Day (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko); Ocean Tides (PTI)
Accents: Ribbon (PTI); Pearls (Michaels); 3D Foam Squares (CTMH)
Tools: Scalloped Sentiment punch (Fiskars); Parisian punch (EK Success); Birds and Swirls embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provocraft)

Thanks for looking,

Friday, August 28, 2009

Loonie Stampers Celebrate Dee's Birthday!

This week's Loonie Stampers Challenge is a surprise for Dee's birthday. She didn't know that we all made birthday cards for fun! So, I hope you have a wonderful day today Dee!!!

My card is designed from a TV commercial I've seen a few times. I totally can't remember what the commercial is for, but part of it has a family sitting in front of a purple wall with huge purple and white butterflies all over it. Every time I see it I think, "That would make a great card" so I finally did it. I have to say the wall looked better than my card turned out unfortunately. I guess you never know until you try!

My card base is Close To My Heart's Hydrangea cardstock and I punched out butterlfies using two different Martha Stewart punches. I used Hydrangea, Amethyst, and White Daisy for the butterflies and added some Crystal Stickles to the center of each. I adhered them and embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. It's a pretty simple card but for some reason it took me forever. I guess it's because I just couldn't get it looking the way I wanted to so I finally gave up. Still, I love purple and butteflies so what could be better!

Happy Birthday Dee!!! I hope you were surprised. Check out the other Loonie Girls for their cards this week too:

Dee Jewels Maria Wendy Charlene Regan

And here are the other girls participating:










Stamps: Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Hydrangea, Amethyst, White Daisy (Close To My Heart)
Ink: Versafine (Tsukineko)
Accents: Crystal Stickles (Ranger); White Embossing Powder (CTMH)
Tools: Butterfly Punches (Martha Stewart)

Have a great day,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Papertrey Blog Hop and Loonie Stampers Challenge #54

It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. I combined the blog hop with the Loonie Stampers Challenge for this week. For the blog hop we had to make a card inspired by the aspects of autumn and for the Loonie Stampers Challenge we had to use aluminum foil. So, I combined the two things and made a Halloween card with aluminum foil and it was a lot of fun!

My card started with a Close To My Heart Orange card base. I then carefully cut out a piece of aluminum foil making sure I didn't put too many creases or wrinkles in it (not an easy task). I used my Stampin Up ticket corner punch on the corners and stamped the pumpkin from Papertrey's Halloween Tags in black Stazon ink. I added a strip of orange cardstock and used my Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment punch on the edges, then added a strip of patterned paper from PTI's new Hocus Pocus paper. I used my Nestabilities to cut out a circle in white and scalloped circle in black. I stamped the spider web tag in orange and on a separate piece of paper again in Versamark then embossed it with black embossing powder. I cut the spider web out and glued it on top of the orange tag. I added some orange Offray ribbon and some of my new Kaisercraft rhinestones from PTI and I was finished. I like the way the card turned out. Maybe I'll have to make a few more aluminum foil cards in the future!

Stamps: 2009 Halloween Tags (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Orange (Close To My Heart); White, True Black (PTI)
Ink: Orange (CTMH); Versamark, Black Stazon (Tsukineko)
Accents: Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); 3D Foam Squares (CTMH); Ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Ticket Corner Punch (Stampin Up)

Thanks for looking and have a great day,

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Loonie Stampers Challenge #53

I totally forgot that I participated in this week's Loonie Stampers Challenge and I haven't had the chance to upload my card. Oops! For my card, I used all Papertrey products. I started with a Kraft card base. I then took a piece of Enchanted Evening cardstock and stamped it with Background Basics: Text Style. I added a strip of Kraft cardstock and used my Scor Pal to emboss two lines on it. I tied a bit of twine around the strip, and stamped the sentiment from Star Prints. I stamped two stars from Star Prints in both Enchanted Evening and Scarlet Jewel, and added a rustic wood button to the center threaded with twine. I needed a masculine thank you card for my son to send to his grandparents so this worked out great.

Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style, Star Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Scarlet Jewel, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Accents: Button, Twine (PTI)
Tools: Scor Pal

Thanks for looking,

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, today is my birthday so I had to make myself a card (especially since my hubby didn't buy me one). It's taken me a couple of days to get it done because I haven't been feeling too well and I had to make 45 cupcakes for Connor's class last night. I don't think I'll ever make that many mini cupcakes again because they took forever to frost and since it's so warm here a lot of the icing melted off during the night. The icing was purple but actually changed color and was blue by the end of the day from the heat. Too funny!

I decided to make my card to participate in Dawn's Raspberry Suite Challenge. The colors this week were Raspberry, Cream, Scarlet, and Purple. Now purple is my favorite color so I have no problem using that but adding the scarlet to the mix is something I would never do on my own, but it doesn't look too bad.

I used all Papertrey Ink products on this card with a few small exceptions. I started with a Plum Pudding card base and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and Fancy Flourishes stamp set. I then cut an oval from Vintage Cream using my Nestabilities and a scalloped oval from Raspberry Fizz. I used my paper piercer to pierce the holes for the butterfly's trail and mounted the two with 3D foam tape. The butterfly is from Butterfly Kisses and is stamped on Vintage Cream with Raspberry Fizz ink. I stamped six coordinating circles in Scarlet Jewel, cut them out, then mounted them with pop dots, then added a few pearls to the center. I cut a butterfly outline from Scarlet Jewel and mounted it behind the butterfly. The sentiment was stamped on Raspberry Fizz cardstock with Vintage Cream ink and I trimmed the rectangle with some scalloped scissors. Lastly, I added a Scarlet Jewel butterfly embellished with a few pearls.

Stamps: Butterfly Kisses, Fancy Flourishes, Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Plum Pudding, Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewel, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Scarlet Jewel, Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accents: Clear Embossing Powder, 3D Foam Tape (CTMH); Pearls (Michaels)
Tools: Paper Piercer (Making Memories); Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart); Scalloped Scissors (Fiskars)

Have a great day,

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 98

It's time for another Mojo Monday challenge. It's been a few weeks since I played along and I had time this week, and had to make a birthday card for my mother in law so I killed two birds with one stone.

For my card base I started with Papertrey's Enchanted Evening and white cardstock. I added a square of Bitty Dot Basics patterned paper in Papertrey's Pure Poppy. Using my Nestabilities I cut two squares, a circle, and scalloped circle out of the white and Enchanted Evening. On the white circle I stamped the two largest flowers from Verve's Petals and Stems in Pure Poppy and popped up the centers stamped in Enchanted Evening with 3D foam squares. The stems were stamped in New Leaf. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Papertrey's Birthday Basics. I love acrylic stamps because I was able to bend the stamp around the curve of the circle so it looks like the stamp was made that way. I added a couple of Hero Arts rhinestones and then mounted the circle with 3D foam squares. I added some of Papertrey's Enchanted Evening saddle stitch ribbon and that's it!

Stamps: Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink); Petals and Stems (Verve Stamps)
Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko); Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Accents: Ribbon (PTI); Rhinestones (Hero Arts); 3D Foam Squares (CTMH)
Tools: Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug (Provocraft)

Have a wonderful day,

Monday, August 3, 2009

Delight In Everything

I made this card a couple of weeks ago for Laurel, a friend I've met through my blog. She's very new to stamping so check out her blog. She's doing a lot better than I did when I first started, that's for sure!

All of the products I used on this card are Close To My Heart. I started with a 6" by 6" Cranberry card base and embossed horizontal lines using my Scor-Pal. I sanded them with sandpaper and it turns out pretty well because all CTMH cardstock has a white core. I added a piece of patterned paper from the Let's Get Together paper packet on the left side. The flowers are from the Delight In Everything stamp set and were stamped in Garden Green, Cranberry, and Crystal Blue ink. I sponged the edges with the same color ink to add a little depth. I threaded a few CTMH buttons with DMC floss and added them to the flowers. You can't really see it but there is matching ribbon under the flowers from the Designer Ribbons Garden Green collection. The sentiment is from Made By Me and was stamped on Colonial White cardstock. I layered that on Garden Green cardstock and in each corner cut a small circle of Buttercup cardstock and stuck a Cranberry brad right through the middle. You can't really see it too well from the photo though. I'd have to say that this is one of my favorite CTMH stamp sets and paper packets. They're so bright and cheery and fun to use. Hope you like it.

Stamps: Delight In Everything, Made By Me (Close To My Heart)
Cardstock: Cranberry, Colonial White, Garden Green, Buttercup (CTMH)
Patterned Paper: Let's Get Together (CTMH)
Ink: Crystal Blue, Garden Green, Cranberry (CTMH)
Accents: Buttons, Ribbon. Brads (CTMH); DMC Floss
Tools: Sandpaper (CTMH); Scor-Pal

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #13

Time for another one of Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color Challenges. I love the color combination this week because they look so good together.

For my card I started with a Pure Poppy card base and clear embossed it with Polka Dot Basics. Dawn's been doing it a lot lately so I thought I'd give it a try and I like the way it looks. I couldn't get a good photo of the card so you can't tell the polka dots are embossed. On white cardstock I stamped the flower stems from Women of Life in Spring Moss. The flowers are stamped in Pure Poppy and the centers are Berry Sorbet buttons threaded with DMC floss. I used my Fiskars Scalloped Sentiment punch on one edge, added some Berry Sorbet ribbon and a sentiment from Damask Designs. I hope you like it!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Women of Life, Damask Designs (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark (Tsukineko); Spring Moss, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Accents: Buttons, Ribbon (PTI); DMC Floss, Clear Embossing Powder (CTMH)
Tools: Scalloped Sentiment punch (Fiskars)

Have a wonderful day,