Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Too Cute to Spook

Let me just say . . . this is my 2nd ever Halloween card.  I adored my very first one (see it here).  But, we don't do Halloween.  We never have.   Every year I see all these cute Halloween projects and cards, but I am really never a part of them.  This year I decided to buy PTI's Tiny Treats: Halloween stamp set to make some things to send with the kids to school.  It is my one and only Halloween stamp set.  So, if you see it in my projects a lot, you will know why.  :)

I am playing along with Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #126.  I haven't talked about TE much on my blog.  I have followed Taylor's work for a couple of years and have recently become a Key Ingredients subscriber.  While I was at CHA, I had the opportunity to talk to her and let me tell you - an absolute sweet heart.  I bought my very first 4 SETS of TE rubber stamps and have become a fan in more ways.  Isn't it nice to know you are in good company?  I mean seriously; who better to play along with than a great person and a great company.  And no, I didn't get paid or compensated to say that.  :)  I pay for the privilege.

Here is my take on the challenge.  Thanks for looking.

-All PTI unless noted-
Stamps: Tiny Treats: Halloween, Polka Dot Basics II
Paper: Bitty Dots, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Stampers Select White
Ink: Summer Sunrise, True Black
Other: Copics, Copic Spica, Fiskars Circle Cutter Thing

Friday, August 27, 2010

Praying for You

Several weeks back (or a month or two *wink*) I was on a mission to use up some of my supplies or loose them.  Here is another use it or loose it card.  I know it is only the ribbon, buy hey, I have to use it up.  :)  Thanks for looking today.  Have a great weekend!!!  I hope to be back blogging on Monday.

- All Papertrey Ink unless indicated -
Stamps: Damask Designs, With Sympathy
Paper: Melon Berry, Stampers Select White
Ink: Melon Berry, Dark Chocoloate
Other: Brown Ribbon (Offray), Versa Mark Ink, Filagree White embossing powder, Mat Stack Die 4

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Papertrey Chicks - Sketch Challenge

I am participating in the Papertrey Chicks sketch challenge.  I thought the quick and simple sketch was just what the doctor ordered for this busy time of the year.  Thanks for looking today.

- All Papertrey Ink unless noted -
Stamps: Round and Round, Beautiful Blooms II
Paper: In Bloom Pattern Paper, Stampers Select White
Ink: Enchanted Evening
Other: White Satin Ribbon (Hobby Lobby), Copic Spica

Monday, August 23, 2010

Best Wishes

I have been waiting to play with my new Guidelines Impression plate since I saw its debut.  However, I really didn't see a lot of the design team members using it.  So, I was a touch concerned about it.  It did not disappoint!  I love the simple, and much needed, texture it added to my card.  Also, did you see ocean tides?  This is one of my original favorite colors, but it has gone by the side for me lately.  Oh, how delicious that color still is in my eyes!!  Thanks for looking today!  This is our first full week of school.  Wish us luck!!

- All Papertrey Ink unless indicated -
Stamps: Guidelines, Fillable Frames #7
Paper: Rustic White
Ink: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist
Ribbon: Ocean Tides Satin
Other: Guidelines Impression Plate, Fillable Frames #7 Die

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Teacher - You mean the world to me

Welcome to one of my very first shaped cards.  I made a shaped card about 2 years ago, which was my first.  I don't typically do these, but when the Create blog challenged us to do a star shaped card I pulled out my Gypsy and began creating.  I learned a lot!!  It wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be.  Maybe I will venture into them more often.  Also, I need to finish my teacher cards.  Yes, they are not done, and we started Thursday.  :)  Only 3 more!!!

Stamps: Make the Grade (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: from the Key Ingredients Kit (Taylored Expressions)
Flower: Kaiser Kraft
Other: Dark Chocolate Ink, Pure Poppy Button, Chocolate Bakers Twine (Papertrey Ink)
Die Cuts: All stars cut from George Cartridge on my Cricut

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday

I made a card for Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #125.  I always admire all of Taylor's cards and never took the chance to play along.  This was a fun sketch and I had a blast making this card.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II (Papertrey Ink), Wishful Elegance (Verve)
Paper: Spring Moss, Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Spring Moss, Tea Dye Duo, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Die Cuts: Beautiful Blooms Dies (Papertrey Ink), Circles and scallop square (George and Gypsy Wanderings cut with my Cricut)
Other: Woodgrain Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink), Rustic Twine (Papertrey Ink), Copics
Sketch: TESC #125

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Mr. and Mrs.

Today I have a wedding card to share with you.  For some reason, this is THE hardest type of card to make.  I honestly don't know where the disconnect is for me.  I don't feel like there are any great wedding stamp sets out there.  I have found a few bits and pieces here and there but nothing that knocks my socks off.  Wow, what a downer way to start a post.  Chalk it up to a late night coupled with an early morning of fussy children.  :)

- All Papertrey Ink unless indicated -
Stamps: Big & Bold Wishes
Paper: Stampers Select White, Aqua Mist
Ink: Aqua Mist, True Black
Ribbon: Black Stripe (JoAnn's)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Birthday - Dino Style

I love finding ways to make cards for the younger audience.  I have 8 nephews and 4 nieces.  So, you can bet that I am always needing a birthday card for one of them.  I was totally happy to use my Tiny Treats Valentine for all sorts of applications all year long.  That set gets TONS of mileage with all the kids in my life.

Paper: Pattern Paper (Basic Grey), Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Fillable Frames #1, Tiny Treats: Valentine (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate, Tea Dye Duo (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Copics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

We had a baby shower at our church for a couple that  I really didn't know well.  So, I went pretty neutral when I made this card to go with their gift.  As it turned out, I really love using yellow for baby cards.  I know I have already posted about it, but it is still true.

 And I actually stamped on the inside of a card.  !!!!  I know . . . you are thinking that is crazy.  But, I happen to see this little tip/trick on the fabulous Nicole Heady's blog.  I used Giga Guidelines as a background to the inside sentiment.  I stamped it in Lemon Tart, so it made it harder to photograph.  What do you think?  I was totally thrilled with how classy it turned out.

-All Papertrey Ink unless identified -
Paper: Lemon Tart, True Black
Stamps: Baby Boy Stamps (The Paper Studio), Background Basics: Tin Types, Giga Guidelines, Signature Greetings
Ink: True Black, Lemon Tart
Other: Lemon Tart Ribbon, Copic Markers

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Friends for Life

I thought I would be blogging every day this week.  Well, I am glad to get any posts up.  :)  I am making some invitations - okay about 100 - for a surprise event.  I was commissioned to keep it a surprise; so once the event passes, I will share what has taken me so long.  I don't think anyone would happen by my blog, but you never know.  This is my last "job" for a while as I am taking some time off of custom orders.  Switching gears, today's card is one from earlier in the summer.  I love, love, LOVE this stamp set and would use it on every card if I could get away with it.  Thanks for stoping by!

All Papertrey Ink unless noted.
Paper: Hawaiian Shores
Impression Plate: Picnic Basket
Stamps: Life
Ink: Hawaiian Shores
Dark Blue Ink: Stampabilities
Ribbon: Unknown (seriously, it just showed up one day in one of our cars.  So, if this is yours, thanks for letting me use it.)

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Teacher Cards . . . Again

Officially, 3 teacher cards down . . . and 4 more to go.  YEAH!!!  Thanks for looking at my fast share today.  Have a great weekend!  I will back on Monday with some more cards.  :)

Stamps: School Time
Paper: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Rustic White
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate
Ribbon: Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold
Other: Medium Scallop Border
-All products from Papertrey Ink-

Friday, August 06, 2010

Papertrey Ink CHA Make-n-Takes

I had a blast in Chicago for CHA.  I am forever thankful that my husband agreed to let me go without question.  It was refreshing.  Of course, the major reason I went to the show and the highlight was getting to the Papertrey Ink booth.

Nicole and crew were fantastic!!  She was right at the front of the booth greeting customers with a smile and warm welcome.  Heather and Debbie were running one make-n-take while Dawn and Michelle did the other.  PTI, by far, had the best make-n-takes of anyone else at the show.  Hey free PTI, it doesn't get better than that.  :)  The girls had to be tired from travels and long days, but you would never know from their sweet spirits and happy hearts.  They were gracious to take photos with and for fans.  During the Meet & Greet, Nicole, Heather, Debbie, Dawn, and Michelle took the time to ask questions and really connect.  It was sincere and heartfelt.  Jane was fantastic and gracious as she took the time to speak with us and answer all our silly questions.  I spent a lot of money and time to get to CHA, and they didn't disappoint.  Thanks, PTI.

First, here are the design team's cards that they made with the "Four of a Kind" free CHA set.

These were just as gorgeous as ever.  If you think their cards and projects are cute in pictures on their blogs, they are even BETTER in person, flawless.

This is the make-n-takes from Friday:

These are the make-n-takes from Saturday:

I was so appreciative that they let us impress and die cut on our own.  It was good for first time PTI'ers and those who were hesitant to try them.  Let me just say that the envelope die cut was not even on my radar, but after using it I immediately went in the booth and purchased it.  :)  Great marketing move on PTI's part.  ;)

Thanks for reading my longer than usual post.  I had a great, refreshing, relaxing time in Chicago at a much needed time.

Edited: I said Cheryl but meant Debbie. Ummm . . . can we say long week. I don't even know a Cheryl in the pepercraft world. :)

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Reach for the Sky

I made these for all the graduates this past year.  I loved how simple yet elegant they turned out.  I was able to use them for both boys and girls.  All the recipients loved them.  Thanks for looking today.  I hope you have a great rest of the week.

Stamps: Background Basics: Tin Types, Up Up and Away, Fillable Frames #4 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Kraft, Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow, Tea Dye Duo (Papertrey Ink)
Ribbon: JoAnn's

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Thanks be to God

It looks like I have spent lots of time in my craft room lately.  I have some cards that I have made here and there and never found an opportunity to blog them.  Here is a card made with the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit from June.

Papers: TE Key Ingredients June 2010
Stamps: Victory in Jesus (Verve), Beautiful Blooms II (PTI)
Other: Dark Chocolate and Summer Sunrise Ink (PTI), Brown Ric Rac (Hobby Lobby), Beautiful Blooms Dies, Clear Embossing Powder

Thanks for looking today!  I hope you have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

CHA 2010 - Papertrey Ink Kites

I had an AWESOME time in Chicago attending the CHA Supershow.  By far, the highlight was getting to the Papertrey Ink booth.  I wanted to share all of the kites that hung around their booth.  I am always delighted to see new things made by the fabulous design team.  I was hoping that all the Design Team would share these on their blogs.   So without further ado . . . the Papertrey Ink Design Team Kites from CHA 2010.

I am guessing this is Lisa Johnson's.  ????  Hopefully, I will find out.

Heather posted about this kite on her blog.

I am guessing this is Nicole's.  Just a guess though.  :)

I was talking to Nicole and Dawn guessing whose kites these were.  So, I know that this one is definitely Betsy's.  And no surprise, probably my favorite.

My guess on this kite is Michelle. -- Yes, this is Michelle's.  She posted about it on her blog.

Dawn posted about her kite on her blog.

I am only guessing.  This just screams Niki to me.  -- Updated: Niki posted about her kite on her blog.

I had originally guessed this could be Dawn's.  So, I have no idea now. - This belongs to Maile Belles.  She posted about it on her blog.

My guess is that this belongs to Melissa.

Thank you for looking at some great craftiness.  I wish I could take credit for one of these, but I cannot.  :)  But, I wanted to post them anyway for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Another Teacher Card

I am slowly getting my teacher cards completed for the kids to go back to school.  I made another 5x7 card and am falling head over heels for School Time designed by Niki Estes.  I don't want to put the background stamps down.  This is a must have set if you need anything teacher or school themed.  Hands Down!!

I don't know why the letters background is so washed out.  It was stamped with versa mark and no matter what I tried, my camera would not get a good photo of it.  Maybe I should try during the day to re-shoot it.

Stamps: School Time, Teacher's Apple (PTI)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise (PTI), Versa Mark
Other: Lemon Tart Ribbon (PTI)

Thanks for looking.  I am hoping to get all my photos together and post about CHA 2010.  :)