Saturday, July 25, 2009

My first PTI Blog Hop

I've followed the Blog Hop for several months, but this is the first time I've been able to participate. My blog is quite new and I'm learning with every post. I created it just so I could be a part of the PTI Hop. I love sharing my projects and hope you enjoy them too.
I was having so much fun preparing for this that I made two cards using Background Basics: Text. It was really difficult choosing one, but here goes:



I had this vision of old love letters. I have samples from my Grandfather from the early 1900's and I wanted to get that faded, muted, sepia toned writing made with an old dip pen. I stamped BB: Text on velum using a combination of Chai and Chamomile. (I know they aren't intended for stamping, but they're great colors. I hope I didn't harm my stamp.) The ink doesn't get absorbed into the velum like regular paper and I got the effect - sort of fuzzy. The edges were distressed with Chamomile. The flourish and flowers are from With Sympathy. Sentiment is computer generated. (not as pretty as PTI) Card base is Kraft, layered with Pure Poppy and Rustic Cream. The string wrapped around the letters is DMC Perle Cotton #8. It's another great fiber to work with. It's twisted so that it doesn't unravel like floss. Not as many colors, though. It's all in what you want your look to be. Try it in your buttons!

Thanks for visiting. Hope you like my contribution. I'll share the other card tomorrow.

38 comments:

Sara Paschal said...

BEAUTIFUL, this is one wonderful card. Great job!

Stampin' Pam said...

Linda this is stunning - welcome to blog hop and yes, you did it all just right! Hope you had fun, too. Be careful - blogging can become very addictive! :-)

Savitri said...

Very very cute!!!

Regan said...

wow.....welcome to your first hop..I love what you did here!

Rosanne said...

very nice!

Tenia Nelson said...

Beautiful!!

Catherine said...

Welcome to the hop! This is a great idea, I'd love to see it closer too!

Kacey Elliott said...

This is very pretty! I love old letters too - you did a great job reproducing that effect. What set is that sentiment from? I love it!

Heidi said...

WOW! This is a beautiful card! I love your letters on it! So clever!!

Dana said...

Great job on the faux letters!! Thanks for sharing your technique!

raduse said...

I love the effect you got. Beautiful with the old "love letters" attached.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful card!

Gwen said...

Beautiful!! love the whole love letter idea!! great job on your first hop!!! have fun!

IamDerby said...

Simply beautiful!

Jamie said...

I love your card! Wonderful job!

Donelda said...

wow Linda what a great idea!! I am so glad that you have decided to play along with the blog hop :-) it is so much fun seeing everyone's creations and really adds to your inspiration ideas!! I am adding your card to my inspiration idea file :-)

Nancy L. said...

love it!

Chris said...

this is fabulous!! i so love the look you were going for! welcome to the BH! >"<

Marge said...

Oh my, this is fabulous!!! Great job! Next time though, you can post BOTH; we'd love to see them! Welcome & do hop again!!! ;-)

Daniela said...

Beautiful! Welcome to the blog world :)

Kim said...

What a great idea Linda! These really do look like very old letters! Welcome to blog hop! (BTW - I think you might have your moderator function on because none of your comments are showing up and I know I left you a comment on your post below as well.)

peggysue said...

That is such a sweet idea, and it does look just like a bundle of old love letters, you executed your idea perfectly.

Marcie S. said...

Great card! The colour combination is great, and I love your blog banner!

Karen said...

Welcome to PTI's hop!! I love that you have shared something new! That soft vintage text came out fabulously. Congratulations on your new blog and welcome to blogland! :>:>

Janelle said...

Love the idea of the old letter. Good job on your first Blog Hop. (I think the PTI Blog Hop has inspired many-a blog -- including mine!)

scrapmin said...

What a neat idea - to duplicate the look of old letters. It turned out beautifully!

Susan aka "Crunchy" said...

This is gorgeous!! I love the look that the text has on the vellum. Such a beautiful card!!

Purple D said...

That's darling! Looks like a letter you want to send someone. Love the idea!

Michelle said...

Oh this is precious -- welcome to the Hop!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful idea! I love your distressed "pages". Great job.

BethieJ said...

Happy 1st Blog Hop! Your card is BEAUTIFUL!

Kay said...

Very, very nice. The vintage "letters" are a beautiful touch.

Lori said...

You did a fabulous job getting a vintage look!

Rose said...

GORGEOUS card !! I'm glad you owon the prize as it looks like you put a lot of work into your card.

Babies- Beth said...

Replicating old love letters was such a great idea! What a perfect first blog hop for you!!

travelingmama said...

This is so beautiful! Love it! Best wishes from Morocco!

Terri E. said...

Loved the vintage look and the fun use of vellum. Super fun and fresh use of text.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Rebecca said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love using the Chai and Chamomile for text backgrounds, too. They give it sucha great look!