Saturday, September 25, 2010

Life is Short: Read Fast...

For my next Unscripted Sketches challenge #74 we used this sketch.

I chose to rotate and elongate the sketch. I made a bookmark with my fabulous PTI Ocean tides wool felt. I cut the felt using my PTI Library Card die which cut like buttah by the way. Gorgeous! Using my ticket die and Just the Ticket stamp set I made the little border on the side - oh my, can I say I just love that ticket die? I also used All Booked Up stamp set for the sentiments and focal image. The deco paper is October Afternoon Thrift Store and was cut using PTI Mat Stack dies #1 & #4. Then with my fabulous Crop-a-dile I added the eyelets along the edge. I love how this turned out. I wanted the bookmark to be flat to preserve the integrity of any book it is placed in - but still have layers and cuteness. I topped it off with PTI Dark Chocolate grosgrain and Baker's Twine. The sentiments I chose are: Life is Short - Read Fast and As soon as I finish this chapter - which coincidentally is what I often hear from my boys...

My bookmark also works for the following challenges...

Shabby Tearoom Challenge - week 28 photo inspiration - colors and school - my colors were the brown, aqua and white/cream in the background and books & school go hand-in-hand in my opinion

The Pink Elephant - TPE 84 - use the color aqua, designer paper and embellishment of your choice - I used Ocean Tides as my aqua color, October Afternoon Thrift store papers for my designer paper and ribbon and eyelets for embellishments.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time for a Treat

For this week's Unscripted Sketches challenge #73 we had a sketch plus a piggyback challenge to work with. Our piggyback challenge was to create something monochromatic with accents only of white/black. So I created this cute little treat box. I used Papertrey Ink's Favor It #1 die for the box. I die cut the box out of Ripe Avocado cardstock. The matching mat I die cut using PTI's Mat Stack die and Spring Moss bitty dot designer paper. Then using nesties I cut the black mat and out of yummy PTI wool felt I die cut the flowers (PTI beautiful blooms dies) and hand cut the leaves. Using a ruler and a black fine tipped sharpie I drew the lines and then placed a line of scortape in between the lines and glittered it up.

Forgive my lateness in posting my creation for the challenge. In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, while we were upstairs sleeping, our home was broken in to. They stole my husband's wallet and 2 laptops. One of those laptops was mine and it had all of my photos for this week's challenge on it. To add insult to injury, we were in the process of being packed up for a move and the packers packed my camera battery charger in a box in a crate before they even packed up the rest of my craft room. When I went to turn my camera on for photos the battery was DEAD. However, thanks to a good samaritan at our local electronics store (military PX) I was able to bring my battery in and charge it in the store. So VOILA, now I can take photos and get my post ready... A lot of work and photos were lost with the stolen laptops, prayers for peace of mind are appreciated.

Now get out there and try this challenge for yourself. It is fun to stretch my mind with challenges like this and I hope you enjoy it too. Let me know what you think and if you decide to play along.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Unscripted Sketches # 72

I recently was added to the Unscripted Sketches Design Team. This is my first project - sketch #72. We have Sketch it Saturdays every week - please come and play with us. You can find us HERE.

This also qualifies for 365 Cards Challenge 193 which is about Tools and Techniques. Specifically Technique for adding color ~ I love using patterned paper to add color to my projects and Tools for adding dimension ~ I really love using foam dimensionals for lifting the project up off the base and using distress inks to add another extra bit.

I also participated in my PTI friend Aimes new challenge site - Case Study. Aimes was asked to be on the design team for this awesome challenge site. This week featured Mariana Grigsby and her project ~Case Study Challenge 5. The idea was to look at her project and let it inspire me. So from her beautiful card I took the pearls, the flowers, and the yummy bow.

supplies used:

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon
Ribbons: Papertrey Ink
Crystals: Zva Crystals
Ink: Papertrey Ink vintage tea dye duo

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall into Fall Papertrey Peeps Challenge #15

Recently it was my turn to host the Papertrey Peeps Challenge. I needed to come up with a challenge for us and I decided on FALL! I absolutely LOVE fall! The crispness in the air, the leaves turning color, the crunch of leaves on the ground, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, the promise of cooler weather, hot apple cider, soups and more. So, I asked my fellow peeps to use my picture as a inspiration - whether it was for the colors or for leaves. Anything that inspired them to think about Fall! Here is my contribution to the challenge...

I die cut the leaves and then stamped them with Plum Pudding, Orange Zest, Terra Cotta and Summer Sunrise. Just randomly applying the ink to the stamp to get a varigated color. I added the veins in Chocolate ink and then spritzed and misted with 3 or 4 different Tattered Angels glimmer mists. I stamped Fancy Flourishes in Vintage Cream ink on the Plum Pudding cardstock followed by BG Basics: Textstyle in Versamark. I added the sentiment in True Black to one of my leaves and then adhered them to the Plum panel. Finally I threaded my buttons and added them.

I hope you like it!

Ciao for now!


My card uses primarily PTI products...

Stamps: Leaf Prints, FF# 7, BG Basics: Textstyle, Fancy Flourishes
Dies: Leaf Prints
Cardstock: Plum Pudding, Kraft and Rustic cream
Embellishments: Vintage Buttons
ink: True Black, Terra Cotta, Orange Zest, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream and Versamark

Non-PTI products: Glimmer Mists and DMC Embroidery Thread

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