Monday, August 30, 2010

Thank You NICHOLE Blog Hop

This posting is intended as a THANK YOU to Nichole Heady and the other powers-that-be of my favorite place to spend my money... Papertrey Ink. You can find their wonderful products HERE. The thing I love about PTI besides the fabulous products is the AMAZING talent you find. Nichole and her wonderful design team have given me so many ideas that I can't possibly recreate them all in this lifetime (but man would I love to try - lol). The design team posts regularly on their blogs and all the information is out there free for me to find and use as inspiration. And finally the customer service is hands down the best I have ever come across. I like them so much that I probably spend 99% of my crafting dollars there (and a lot of my dh's money - jk). Check out Nicole's blog if you would like some inspiration. Along the left hand side of her blog are the members of the design team and links to their blogs.

I made some tags using mostly PTI products. (supply list at the end) Here they are...

SUPPLIES USED: Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted

Stamp Sets: Big & Bold Wishes, Butterfly Dreams, Background Basics: Textstyle, All About You and Fillable Frames

INK: Fresh Snow, Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Tea Dye Duo, Dark Chocolate & Hawaiian Shores

Dies & Impression Plates: Moroccan IP, Butterfly, Mat Stacks #1, 2 & 3, Fillable Frames 1 & 2, Library Card and Beautiful Blooms dies - non PTI Cuttlebug butterfly (clear acrylic butterfly)

Cardstock: Kraft

Embellishments: Vintage Buttons, Grosgrain ribbon, Baker's twine and felt

non PTI embellies: pearls and DMC embroidery thread and Blue Bird deco paper

Friday, August 27, 2010

Papertrey Peeps #14

My Papertrey peeps had another challenge up and you can find it HERE.

We were to use Red, Yellow, Cream and a bit of white. I just received my August Papertrey Ink release order and so I played with those items today in my studio. I used the new Leaf Prints stamp set with matching dies as well as the new Embellishments stamp set.The leaves were cut out of Harvest Gold (such a yummy yellow) and Pure Poppy. I also used the woodgrain impression plate that had been inked with Vintage Tea Dye Duo. I also used my new Mat Stack #4 die - LOVE IT!!

The sentiment is from the new Embellishments set - the font combo on this is so great! I added some bakers twine in chocolate and white with one of my rustic wood buttons to sneak some white in there and finally I added a pearl flourish from Say It With Pearls. For a final bit of bling I edged my mat stack die cut with a bit of Martha Stewart glue and then sprinkled on the glitter! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Papertrey August Blog Hop challenge

paperbag book

Open without pocket note

with pocket notes

close up of pocket note
profile pic

Our challenge was to create something with paperbags. I made this little booklet for my entry. I cut bits and pieces of several random yet coordinating colored patterned paper and assembled them into little cards - each car holding 3 different patterned papers. I cut many Mat Stack #3 die note cards to insert into the pockets. Thought this would be a great place for a note or journaling if used as a photo album. I added ribbon to the outside to tie the booklet closed. And on the front of the booklet I put 2 stamped and die cut BB flowers with leaves. I think it turned out super cute and will make a fun gift for someone. I even have a coordinating birthday card. What do you think?

Supplies: all Papertrey Ink except for mini paper bags

Patterned Paper: Library Ledger, Green Tea Leaves, Polka Dot Parade, Turning a New Leaf, Friends 'til the End and Dotty Biscotti

INK: Aqua Mist, Vintage Tea Dye Duo

Accessories: Vintage buttons, Aqua Mist grosgrain, chocolate baker's twine, Beautiful Blooms dies, Mat Stack #3 die and scor tape

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #11

This was a fun challenge for me. Instead of a circle though I went with one of my Spellbinders labels. I also used WM Blessed by You and Labels 5 stamp sets. You can't really tell in the picture but the PTI Dark Chocolate cardstock was misted with Tattered Angels pearl glimmer mist. I added PTI Terra Cotta vintage buttons tied with chocolate baker's twine. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bright Beautiful Blooms hello...

This card took me 4-eva! to finish (about 2 hours) but I so love how it turned out. I really like how bright and cheery it is. It started out as a project for Papercrafts August gallery challenge which was to use buttons, brads and ribbons. Basics we all turn to. I didn't use any brads for this project but pulled out almost all of my go-to items. All but brads and glitter. I used felt, ribbon, dies, patterned paper, twine and vintage inks. Fun fun! I just realized this probably works for my Papertrey Peeps #13 challenge. We were to use Mary Engelbreit as our inspiration.

For the leaf vine I stamped a PTI Turning a New Leaf image onto the Simply Chartreuse felt and then cut it out closely. I glued it onto the patterned paper using Zip Dry glue (face down so you wouldn't see the inked section though it looked pretty good - very lightly colored). The felt was very easy to manipulate and didn't need to stay in the same shape as the stamped image. I sewed the buttons onto the felt flowers and ribbon label at the same time.

Hope you enjoy this project!

Supplies: all PTI unless noted

Cardstock: Vintage cream
Patterned Paper: Green Leaves, Library Ledger and Raspberry Fizz
Dies: Beautiful Blooms and Spellbinders fancy labels
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores & Vintage Tea Dye Duo
Felt: Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse and Cream
Ribbon: Vintage Cream Satin
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Turning a New Leaf and Mega Mixed Messages
extras: Dark Chocolate Baker's twine and tag (office section at Wallyworld)

Design Team Call - here's the deets

Let's Ink it Up has a Design Team Call out. Click the link for details. We needed to post 3 of what we consider our best work.

Here are mine:

This was difficult to chose. I wanted to give a good representation of what I do but also show different styles. This is an exciting opportunity for someone and I would love to be able to be on a design team. It is also a great opportunity to stretch myself and grow at my craft.

WOW - So excited

I designed this CAS card for 365cards daily challenge AND
365cards picked me as one of the top 3 for the day 150 sketch. I get to be a guest designer at the end of August! So cool.

And on Unscripted Sketches I was chosen one of the top three as well.

Now maybe a couple of my cards could be picked up for publication. Wouldn't that make a great birthday present?

PS. My birthday is next week ... as is my 20th anniversary! Wow time flies.

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