Sunday, February 28, 2010

Poppy Seed Challenge #1

This looks to be the first of another series of card challenges. This time by Lisa Johnson, another of the super talented designers with Patertrey Ink. The requirements for this one:
1. Crystals
2. Flower Stamp
3. Light yellow

Here's my card.

Stamps: PTI - Wishing You, Flower Garden Sentiments,
Background Basics Tin Type, Mixed Messages
Ink: PTI - Plum Pudding, New Leaf, Fresh Snow
Paper: PTI - Plum Pudding, Lemon Tart, Pretty Pastels
Other: Yellow Gingham by Garden Gate (Joann Stores),
Lace unknown, Martha Stewart tag punch,
Rhinestones by Recollections (Michaels)

This was lots of fun and I was able to complete my first card for Easter. Thank you, Lisa.
And thanks for dropping by.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Compose a Card with Becky Oehlers - #5

I love this challenge! My favorite colors - red with white. It takes me back to our previous home. We had so much stuff, from the red & white enamel table and chairs to the spice jars and canister set. We spent hours scouring antique shops putting together place settings for eight of vintage dishes, glasses and utensils. What fun and what memories!

Oh well, on to the challenge at hand. You can find all the info here.

This is the inspiration photo.

And this is my card. I always wanted something like this. You can see the canister in the uppermost right corner of Becky's photo. I saw that and was on my way. Hope you like it. Thanks Becky for the trip down memory lane and the fun of creating this card.

Cardstock: white, PTI Pure Poppy & Aqua mist
Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, Vintage Picnic, Flower Garden Sentiments
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow
Other: PTI Pure Poppy button, Martha Stewart Baker's Twine and edge punch, EK Success circle punch, Copics, Pebbles Chalks (for table shading), Pop Dots.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

PTI February Blog Hop

This month's Blog Hop is designated as: Design Team Appreciation Day! Nichole wrote "Your challenge is to go through the Design Team gallery or any of the Design Team Members' blogs and find a project that is especially inspirational to you! Then recreate the project with your own spin, making it unique!"

Well this was not easy. First I got distracted by all the beautiful work and forgot what I was looking for. I was amazed while browsing their blogs by how many photos had been removed for publication. What a super talented group! Then when I did decide on a project, it really encompasses five members of the team. Credit for the inspiration must go to Dawn MacVey.

The adorable library card was from Heather Nichols in her mini Valentine book. The mini composition book project was by Lisa Johnson. And of course credit to Michelle Wooderson for her notebooks and stamp set Take Note. Then we have Debbie Olson's project for the Take note reveal. So I really appreciate all of them for this project.

This project has been rolling around in my head since I got the set back in October. This is for our Granddaughter to keep track of books she wants. If she reads one, she can cross it out. I've bought several duplicates recently and maybe this will help. Heather's library cards come four to a sheet. So I tucked the other three in a pocket inside the front cover. She can make me a list so I know what to buy.

The little pen has purple, pink, blue & green stars on it, so I stamped the star outline from Sign Language in Smokey Shadow on the Plum Pudding for the background. It disappeared in the photo (update: it disappeared completely!). Books to Read from Take Note is stamped in Fresh Snow on Raspberry Fizz. Rhinestone stars are by Recollections (Michaels). Ribbon by American Crafts. Scalloped Circle is by Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Hope you enjoyed your stop. Thanks for hopping by.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PTI Peeps Challenge #2

This week's challenge was offered by Aimes: "Therefore my challenge to you is to pick any one of the products by Dorset Cereals and think about using the colours featured on it on a creation of your own" This was really fun and forced me to put some colors together that I might not have done. If you haven't seen the packaging, you might want to check it out.
Here's what I chose:

And here's my card:

I had been waiting for my PTI February release order to have a larger selection of colors. I purchased the 2009 Cardstock Sampler and thought I now had all the colors PTI offers. I don't have Soft Stone and that's what I wanted for my neutral background. I used a color called Pewter from The Papercut (found at a stamp show last year) and added Soft Stone to my cart. The oval was cut and embossed with Spellbinders Nestabilities and stamped with the new Background Basics: Tin Type using Versamark. The scalloped oval is Enchanted Evening and the background is 2008 Bitty Box Basics in Plum Pudding. The sentiment is from Damask Designs. The Offray ribbon and pearls were all originally white and colored with Copic R89 to represent Scarlet Jewel. The violet was stamped with Year of Flowers and colored with the trios for Plum Pudding and Enchanted Evening. Then I went back with a white gel pen and added little lines along the edges of the petals to mimic the little white ruffle on the flower. The whole time I was coloring I thought of my grandmother and her collection of African violets. How she loved them, and how I didn't appreciate them then. But I guess she instilled a love for all flowers that I wouldn't realize until years later.
I cut out the flower and leaves, shaped them and popped them up with Pop Dots. (visions of too many hours spent on paper toile, too many years ago)

I truly enjoyed doing this challenge. I am definitely trying new things. I'm looking forward to seeing how the other Peeps answered this challenge. Thanks Aimes and thanks to everyone else for dropping by.

Friday, February 19, 2010

For Carol

Happy Birthday Peep! It's your day. May you be walking on air!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Compose a Card with Becky Oehlers #4

I really have enjoyed these challenges from Becky. She provides the recipe - color, dimensions, embellishments - and you just put it together using the stamps you want.

Here's my interpretation.

For the background I stamped an image from Damask Designs in True Black. For the negative design I stamped an image from Vintage Labels in Fresh Snow on black cardstock. I removed the shank from a PTI Ripe Avocado button and layered it on a PTI pearly white button. I layered the sentiment and popped it up to balance the weight of the buttons and added three small pearls from Michaels. Thanks Becky!

Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

PTI Floral Embellishment Challenge

I am so in love with Pretty Pastels Patterned Papers by PTI. I've used them on several recent cards and have been playing around with the scraps. I made a 2" square pinwheel and thought it would work well for today's challenge. Then I reread it -

"Design a floral embellishment
, then create a card using one and and an acetate sheet of them to share."

It wasn't a flower. So I found some small flowers and used them as centers. I think it worked.

The background paper is Bitty Box Basics in Aqua Mist, Baby Button Bits stamp, buttons by PTI, button brads by Making Memories, tiny bows were tied using the Bow-Easy, pinwheel handle is a toothpick.

Monday, February 8, 2010

PTI Paint by Number Challenge

This was really difficult for me. I just couldn't get Terra Cotta Tile and Raspberry Fiz together. I know, I know, I've heard it so many times. I know all colors go together, look at a garden. But there's just something about pink and orange that just scream at me. I even considered changing my screen name. But I figured I'd play by the rules. Well, now you know I'll do just about anything to qualify for PTI loot.

They're in there. Just not touching. I stamped my #3 paper with Background Basics: Retro and colored the dots with Copics matching Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest and Terra Cotta Tile. The flower center is colored with Orange Zest. The Sentiment is from Damask Designs. This is the first time I really wished I had Mod Squad!

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Papetrey Peeps & CPS

I wanted to do something for Nichole's challenge today for Papertrey's 3rd Anniversary celebration. But I had allotted this time to do the Papertrey Peeps challenge. So I combined the two.

I used Baby Button Bits "Bundle of Joy" stamped with Summer Sunrise and a button from my huge button box. I love the way this stamp spotlights one special button. I cut the image and embossed it with Spellbinders Large Labels. And my special gift for a special baby is always a quilt, so I used the new Pretty Pastels patterned paper collection from PTI to mimic a simple one. I'm not sure if you can see the stitching (click on the photo for better detail), but each patch is stitched as fabric would be onto white cardstock. Everything is mounted on a Lemon Tart card base.
Hope you liked it. And thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 5, 2010

PTI Emboss Resist Challenge

Nichole Heady of PTI has issued yet another challenge in this 3rd year Anniversary Celebration. She posted her first (of which we hope there are many) video demonstrating the emboss resist technique. We were then to use a form of it to create a project. This is something I have never tried and was eager to make a card. I think this is the first time in over a year that I actually had all the supplies I needed. I had just ordered the clear Filigree embossing powder during the last release. Here it is.

Not bad for a first attempt. I see some things I'd like to change and will definitely practice and make more. The birch trees were stamped with Smokey Shadow ink. I used spring rain and enchanted evening ink to create what I hope looks like light shining "Through the Trees". The sentiment is from "With Sympathy". Hope you like it. And thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

PTI Birthday Bash Challenge part deux

This is post number two for the Birthday Bash Challenge at PTI. Here I used the script graphic from Tiffany Pastor and Heather Nichol's cupcake.

The patterned paper is PTI 2008 Bitty Box Basics. This time I chalked the edges and background of the script. Think it matched well. The ribbon and button are from my stash. This challenge was tons of fun. I really wish I could have made more. I'm hoping these graphics may be a sign of things to come. Thanks for stopping by.

PTI Birthday Bash Challenge

In between cleaning my mother's rooms, I managed to put together not one, but two cards using the embellishments from the PTI design team. The first one features the Happy Birthday from Lisa Johnson.

I printed the sentiment on vellum and colored with Copics. I didn't realize the first image on the page didn't have the bow, so I colored and cut out the bow from the third image. (also, the two bows are different) I scored a frame aroung the image using the Scor-Pal. I mounted this over a white card base on which I had stamped the carnation and greens from Life. It shows through much better than the photo shows.
I'll be back later to share the other one. Thanks for stopping by.