Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thinking of You

I made this card for my husband's Grandmother, who is not feeling very well right now.

Cardstock is all Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream & Night Sky Shimmer).
Ink is Vintage Cream & Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink), Broken China (Ranger Industries), and Outdoor Denim (Close to my Heart).
Stamps are all from Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Text Style, Life, Simple Little Things, Paper Tray).
Ribbon is from My Mind's Eye (Bohemia collection I think).
I used Diamond Stickles (Ranger Industries) on the "YOU" to help it stand out a bit.

Here's a different angle so you can see how shimmery the Night Sky paper is. I love this paper.

A quick note on pigment inks. I used Vintage Cream pigment ink from Papertrey Ink for this card. The pigment inks from Papertrey Ink are the best I've ever used for complete coverage. They have 2 colors in pigment inks: Vintage Cream and Fresh Snow. I never use my other cream or white pigment inks anymore, not even my White Daisy from Close to my Heart (well okay, occasionally I use the white daisy). But Papertrey Ink's pigment inks are the best, easy to work with, thick and opaque.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

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I'm really sorry about this. I wrote these posts on Monday of last week and scheduled them to post. Unfortunately the scheduling didn't seem to work. sigh.

Anyway, these are the posts that should have been for last week.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

PTI June Blog Hop

It's that time of the month!

This month's challenge is:
Summer is FULL of so many wonderful colors, sights & sounds! This month your challenge is to get inspired by the lazy days of summer and reflect your inspiration in a project of your choice! Whether it be the colors in your favorite summer treats, the pattern on your bathing suit & beach towel or even the texture of the sand between your toes, use any or all of these things as a springboard for your design. Please be sure to share an image found online, in a magazine or a photo you have taken yourself that communicates your point of inspiration within the body of your blog post! With everyone's amazing contributions, this ought to be one of the most colorful Blog Hops yet! We look forward to seeing you there!

So here is my inspiration--a picture of the kids in their bright bathing suits playing in the wading pool:

I decided to use this challenge for a scrapbooking page. From the picture I focused on three colors: Hibiscus, Summer Sunrise, and Spring Rain (all from PTI). Then I went searching for some patterned paper to match those colors. I had almost given up hope...

But then I found these papers from Little Yellow Bicycle--Sharon Ann Delightful. Aren't they perfect? The colors so closely matched the PTI colors I was looking for. I used Spring Rain cardstock and hibiscus twill ribbon to mat my photos and the spring rain cardstock create the fish strip. I used stamps from Pond Life and Pond Life sentiments to stamp that strip with Spring Rain ink (I stamped them several times so they would show up better). And I used an EK Success border punch for the scalloped top border. I used stickles on the two fish in the spring rain strip and to outline some of the pattern on the right side page (the left side page already had glitter on the design). The journaling card is from a journal spot swap I participated in, the orange was just right to match the patterned paper. The orange brads are from bazzill I believe.

The sketch for this layout can be found in the CTMH Reflections book. My sincere apologies for the blurriness of the last photo. I don't know what happened.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Scooter Fun

These are some pictures from March. The sketch is from Brenda Arnall's Easy Patterns book. One of those great books that not only shows you the sketch but tells you how to cut the paper. Gotta like that.

This is one of those layouts that has me stumped. I'm exercising extreme restraint with it. No ribbon, no flowers, no bling or stickles. It just doesn't feel finished. But this is one of those times, I think it's better to leave it be.

Remember you can click on a picture to see a larger version.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tea Thank Yous

I realized I never posted my thank you cards for my birthday tea party. They weren't all exactly like this one, but some variation of this.

Cardstock: Rustic Cream from PTI
Stamps: Tea for Two, Damask Design from PTI
Ribbon & Ink: Ocean Tides from PTI
Buttons: my craft stash
Twine: PTI
Nestabilities for embossing

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Monday, June 22, 2009

First Year Title Page

So I have been busy. But the big project has been the PTI blog hop for the 25th, so that will have to wait.

But here is the title page for my DD's first year album. I can't take credit for this layout. It was part of Kelly Goree's class at Creative Escape 2008.

It's Bazzill cardstock, Heidi Swapp transparency I think, and the rest is all Basic Grey.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day

Um, yeah. Father's day snuck up on me. Is there a holiday or birthday that doesn't? Maybe I just need to use a post it on my forehead.

So here are some Father's day cards. Just inching by to say....(inside) Happy Father's Day. First one for my dh, second for my dad, and third is a robot one from the kids that says DAD (inside) you're out of this world. My dd added the stickles to the robot.

Paper, twine and ink from Papertrey Ink (Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Plum Pudding, Hibiscus, Spring Rain), caterpillar, just inching by, DAD, and happy father's day stamps from Papertrey Ink. All stamps on the robot card from Technique Tuesday. Aqua Mist button from Papertrey Ink, "ocean tides" button from craft supply.

And I think there you have it. This month's Papertrey Ink blog hop on the 25th intrigues me, so assuming I have some time this weekend I'll post for that next week, and I think it will be a scrapbook page. I love scrapbook pages and haven't done enough of them recently.

And my apologies. I'm not sure this post made any sense!

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Dance recital gift

I forgot to post this earlier. We opted not to do the traditional flowers thing for a gift for our daughter's first recital. Instead I found this cute fairy charm and turned it into a necklace for her.

The tin is a small hinged tin from Papertrey Ink. The star stamp and sentiment stamp are from Papertrey Ink as well. The trail from the star is from Technique Tuesday. The ink is hibiscus burst from Papertrey Ink. And I used fruit punch stickles for the glitter. She loves the necklace, but I think she loves the box even more. :)

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