Thursday, November 10, 2011

Another 6 card set with matching envies

This 6 card set uses some sticker patterned paper that I had. I have had it for at least 2 years just waiting for what? The right moment I guess and that was TODAY! I added an extra strip to the envelopes for some cuteness. I used Papertrey Ink's doily dies, Pure Poppy cardstock, New Leaf and True Black inks, AMuse Cranberry Ink, and Tag-It's stamp sets (various ones for the sentiments and vine circle.) This was a fun set to put together and turned out better than I anticipated. Hope you like them.

Bo Bunny & butterflies

This time I made a 6-card set (I am working on a large custom order right now ~ 25 sets (4 cards each,) 4 sets (6 cards each, as well as about 20 Christmas cards. Thank goodness I finished my Christmas cards already. I used some of my Bo Bunny stash that included chipboard images. I am trying to use up some of my {ahem} HUGE stash of patterned paper. I used various Papertrey Ink stamp sets for the sentiments and PTI cardstock for the bases. Enjoy!

Dare to be Different

It has been months since I posted but I have been quite busy and now I have plenty of things to show you. Just have to finish photographing them. But here are a few projects to whet your whistle.

This one is a four card set with various phrases using a Verve stamp set. I love how versatile the sentiments are! I used Authentique patterned papers and Papertrey Ink cardstock, inks and dies. What do you think? I am not going to chat long about these - just put them out there for you to see.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A gift for baby

A friend of mine at church is having a baby. Their new little bundle is supposed to be a girl and she is due ANY DAY now! Thank goodness because she has got to be miserable in this heat. Here in Germany we do not have AC so on those couple of weeks a year when the weather gets HOT - we are sweltering and just trying to stay cool.

Anyway, on to the gift I made for her. First off the packaging is a PTI box that they send their stamp sets in. I wrapped it with some patterned paper and finished it off with Sweet Blush ribbon and some old organza. I added a tag out of PTI Pastels patterned paper and a white doily {heart my cuttlebug and PTI dies}. And again I added a strip of patterned paper to the tag.

I made a set of 12 Thank You cards for her and packaged them up in one of my PTI boxes. The card base is impressed with the Parisian Doily, then I added a Doily Details die cut (made 4 of each design). In the center of the Doily Detail die cut I added a punched circle stamped with Tag It's vine circle and little flower bouquet. Finally I stamped thank you in the center of it all and stamped 1/2 the vine circle and the little flower bouquet on the envelope so that it all coordinates.

Using the Parisian Doily and Tag Sale Dies again I made a Welcome Baby card. Not sure if I like it or not. May go back and redo it. I used a sentiment from Round and Round stamp set and another Tag Its circle (this time the lacy one) and added some coordinating buttons and another strip of patterned paper to tie the card with the gift packaging. For the final step I added wrinkled ribbon and spritzed with Black Cherry glimmer mist (this is the step I am not sure I like).

That is all for now! Hope you enjoyed it.

Thank You Cards - CASEd

Today, I am posting some thank you cards I made. I based them on Betsy Veldman's card found here - the last sample. I kept pretty close to her card except that I added the little swatch of patterned paper at the bottom of the card. And I chose a bright patterned paper for the top. I also used 2 different sentiment stamps than she did. I made these in a rainbow of colors.

I found it nice and relaxing to just copy her work and change it up a tad.

All supplies used are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Another order and some bookmarks.

The same friend who ordered the Thanksgiving cards also ordered some notepads for a ladies retreat she was going on. This is what I came up with. I tried to create each one different but along the same theme so they will still look unified if laid out on a table together. All supplies used were from papertreyink - from the patterned paper to the actual notepads and the stamps used.

I thought they turned out pretty cute with the addition of the rhinestones and ribbon tying it shut. What do you think?

Another friend asked me to help her make some bookmarks for her MOPS group. We wanted something bright and cheery. So we used some patterned paper I had in my HUGE (hoarded) stash. NOTE TO SELF: use patterned paper don't just love it and look at it. We also used some glimmer mist glitter sprays, felt flowers we made and some wrinkled seam binding that I dyed myself. Turned out fun don't you think?

If you see something you like or would like to place an order just leave me a comment and we can decide on the what and hows.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Thanksgiving Order

Recently a friend asked me to make some Thanksgiving cards for her. I really enjoyed making these cards. I used PTI Wreath for All Seasons for the main image. I stamped it in Terracotta Tile and Summer Sunrise. The sentiment came from Waltzingmouse - Teeny Trees stamp set. I wrapped the image with Terracotta Tile satin ribbon. I used my Woodgrain Impression Plate on the base layer of Terracotta. As a final step I added a die cut made using Banner Borders and then spritzed the cards with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.

I also lined the envelopes using the Autumn Abundance paper pad from Papertreyink.
for the banner borders I used either Dark Chocolate cardstock or Scarlet Jewel.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I finally had time to get some crafting done. Not only done but photographed and on the blog as well. Blogger has been acting up for me and my internet connection here in this little German village is quite slow (can take literally hours for photos to upload). So it has been a little disheartening to even TRY to blog about my crafting time. But here, AT LAST, is proof that I have gotten some things done. I also have some partially done crafts sitting on my table waiting patiently to be finished and photographed. Hopefully, I will be blogging on a regular basis again soon! Enjoy and let me know what you think...

Little gift tags I helped a friend make for her daughter's teachers' gifts.  We used PTI Tag Sale die, Love Lives Here butterfly Die, Double-Ended Banner Die, and Tiny Tags Die & Stamp set.  Other stamps used were WaltzingMouse - Musical Backgrounds, Text background & Frame it stamp sets. 

Not sure why Blogger keeps rotating my photos.  At any rate here is a shot of all three king-sized Hershey bars and their decorative wraps.  Also used Martha Stewart doilies...

I have been making bits and bobs of crafty things so that when the time comes I can throw a card or gift together.  I had made the little tag previously and it took just a moment to throw this card together.  {again frustrated with the rotation but after loading three separate times and all are rotated I stopped trying}

Another one of those little Bits & Bobs - All PTI products used here:  Wonderful Words dies, Love Lives Here Dies, Spiral die and Happy Trails stamp set and one of my many impression plates.

Wonderful Words dies and Additions Stamp set {love how versatile this set is) and another lovely Love Lives Here butterfly as well as another Tag Sale die.

Can you tell I am loving the Wonderful Words dies & Additions stamp set?  Keep it out on my desk (obviously I also keep Love Lives Here dies out as well.)  Websters Pages ribbon and PTI Spiral Die again.

A friend of mine asked me to make her daughter's piano teacher a card.  Here is what I came up with.  I really really like it!  What do you think?  PTI supplies are Botanical Silhouettes and Tiny Tags stamp sets, WM Musical Backgrounds, PTI Sweet Symphony patterned paper, Berry Sorbet and Kraft cardstock, Martha Stewart Doily again, SU! taffeta ribbon, PTI Envelope & tiny tags die.

Wonderful Words and Love Lives Here AGAIN as well as the Canvas IP!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wow - long time no POST

I can't believe it has been over 2 months since I have posted. Way way too long.

Today I was playing with the shaving cream technique. I only have a couple of pigment ink reinkers (which don't work very well for this technique) so I decided to try to use my glimmer mists. Worked beautifully... I just opened up the spray bottles and added some drops to the shaving cream and I spritzed a little onto the shaving cream. I love how this turned out. I am working on a swap so I needed 8 cards. I used PTI's Rustic White as the base for the shaving cream and Melon Berry as my card base. I used the 2010 Anniversary set (Botanical-Silhouettes) from Papertreyink as my stamp set and Dark Chocolate and Melon Berry ink for the flower silouettes.

Here is the finished product.  What do you think?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Unscripted Sketches 98 - another layout

I will be back with details later. Having issues with blogger... sorry for the late posting

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #97 - A Layout this time

Another week, another sketch. I aapologize for not being here last week but due to internet modem issues I didn't have internet for a few days. But I am back now and this time I am sharing a simple layout that I completed using the sketch as a template. I had just received Bo Bunny's Timepiece line of paper, rub-ons, die cuts and stickers and was just itching to break into them. What a perfect excuse! Stay tuned for next week's sketch to see another layout using the same line of products. I had fun with this especially considering that outside of my Project Life album that I started this year I have not scrapbooked in nearly 3 years. Yeah, me! Think I will be doing this more often (again).

Let me know if you decide to play along.

Friday, February 25, 2011

PTI Blog Hop, Unscripted Sketches #95 & Make It Mondays

What a great sketch we have for you this week. Would be great as a scrapbook layout for certain. Now I wanted a little gift bag to slide a card or small gift into so I took a small kraft bag and used that as my canvas. I am also fitting in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop which is to use scallops on your project. And I am also trying a Make-It Monday challenge by adding the scor-tape with glitter.

Most of my supplies are from Papertreyink. The paper with the musical score is Sweet Symphony designed by Dawn McVey a PTI Design Team member. Love it! I added a doily that a PTI forum friend sent me (but with the February release I will now be able to make my own doilies in whatever color I want.) I used my banner borders die to create the scallops and my double ended banner die for the banners. I added scor tape and glitter to give it a little bling as well as Tea Dye Duo ink to grunge up the edges of the cardstock. Going through my stash of hoarded items I found some Crate Paper Pink Plum rubons that matched my colors perfectly. And in my stash I also had some Japanese masking tape in the perfect shade of pink to match my Raspberry Fizz cardstock and the polka dots on the musical paper. Yeah, a great way to close the bag once I insert my little gift!

Hope you enjoyed today's project. Let me know if you decide to play along so I can see what you have done.

Ciao for now!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #94 & a piggy back

Another Unscripted Sketch
this week with a twist (or rather a piggy back). In this challenge we were to use fabric.

So I created this tag with lots of my deco papers. I used October Afternoon's modern homemaker, PTI Pretty Pastels, PTI Library Ledger and a cute little circle that I purchased from Michelle Wooderson's etsy store. (which is where my fabric is - cute pink gingham). I added a bit of Websters Pages ribbon around the tag and tied the tag with PTI Spring Moss dotted ribbon. Can't remember where the alphabet stickers came from.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day & Unscripted Sketches 93

This week our Unscripted Sketches has an intriguing sketch with a twist of me needing a Valentine's project for a swap.

So this is what I came up with.

I used My Mind's Eye "Be Loved" paper line for this project with a teeny touch of October Afternoon Thrift Store. I love it when I can just use my dp. I also used Love Tags by Papertrey Ink for the heart image and the sentiment. They were stamped in Pure Poppy and True Black ink (also by PTI). I used my Limitless Labels die for the little scalloped circle and my 3/4" hole punch to punch out the center. I layered that on a large white cardstock circle where I promptly stamped the heart. A little distressing with Vintage Tea Dye inks and a quick pop up with pop dots and all is well. Add a little Fine Linen bitty dot ribbon under the circle. Oh and the sentiment is on a Spellbinders fancy ribbon tag with the scrolled ends cut off.

Yummy - the dark chocolate sticks that are wrapped up in this cute little package. Too bad they are for my friend and not for me - hee hee.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

MIM #3, Color Challenge & Peeps Valentines

Papertrey Ink issued a color challenge today using a color combo chosen by a member of the design team. I chose Betsy's color combo. I decided I want to make a Valentine card for my dh since Valentine's Day will be here soon. I also wanted to try the MIM - Go-To Sentiment card again. This was fun and I didn't realize how many sentiments I had that related to "LOVE". And while I was searching for "LOVE"ly sentiments I came across several more I could have used in my two previous "Hello, thinking of you" sentiment cards.

And since this Valentine card uses pink and scarlet jewel (a deep red) this also counts for my current Papertrey Peeps challenge.

Make It Mondays - part 2

Here is my second attempt at a Go-To Sentiment card for PTI's Make it Monday challenge. I used the same color combo and most of the same sentiments since I already had them out. This time I used October Afternoon Fly a Kite patterned paper on Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate cardstock. I stamped the sentiments onto Fine Linen Vellum in Dark Chocolate ink and then stamped one sentiment in the Simply Chartreuse ink. I like how this turned out. I cut the butterflies with PTI butterfly dies and then messy sewed them together. I have set my sewing machine out onto my craft table to encourage me to use it more often. I have another card to post today but it fits several challenges so I will put it up separately...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Make It Mondays with PTI

Make It Mondays is a NEW special feature that Erin Lincoln & Nichole Heady have been working on. The Make It Monday challenge series. Every Monday there will be a technique video posted to the PTI YouTube channel by a Papertrey Team Member showcasing a nice balance of basics and new innovations to cater to everyone's skill levels. (The video will also be posted on Nichole's blog every Monday)

There will be a prize involved if you participate in the challenge - normally a free stamp set but this month since it is PTI's anniversary it is a $250 gift certificate. Oh the stamps and supplies I could buy!

Today's concept was the Go-To Sentiment card. This concept utilizes many different sentiments from different sets to make a collage image of you sentiment. I chose to use "Hello, thinking of you, etc" for my card. I am really pleased with how this turned out. I am going to try this again, hopefully tomorrow.

If you are interested in supplies used just ask - too many stamp sets for me to list at the moment. But it sure was fun to go through my sets and see what would work.

The only things that are giving me problems with this card, which I will go back and fix are: my rhinestones are more topaz than chocolate and that bothers the anal OCD matchy matchy side of me and the other is the tiny stamp line I got under one of the hellos - maybe I will put rhinestones there instead.

Anyway, enjoy my first entry into the challenge.

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