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2.28.2010

Poppy Seed Challenge



Thanks to everyone for their sweet comments on my previous post. That blog hop was really fun!

Today I made a card for Lisa Johnson's Poppy Seed Challenge. Before I tell you about the challenge, I have to tell you about whom I made the card for. One of my dearest friends has done me proud--she called the other day with the big news that she got a job, and she is head-over-heels thrilled about it (as am I). So Meg, this one's for you! If ever there was a time to use the "Girly, You rock" sentiment from the PTI Signature Greetings stamp set, this is it.

The challenge required that we use three "seeds" in our project: crystals, a flower stamp, and light yellow:





I used Raspberry Fizz ink to stamp the flower from the Peaceful Poinsettia set on light yellow paper, and added the rhinestones (from A Muse) to the center after cutting it out. The sentiment was stamped with Aqua Mist, and the swirl is the tail from the bumble bee in the Baby Button Bits set, stamped in light yellow (SU!).
The background was stamped with Versa Mark using the image from the Poinsettia collection, and the punch marks were made using the paper piercing tool from SU!.



Here you can see how I attached the flower with foam tape--I think this stuff is great.



And here is a closeup of the piercing and the flower itself. This flower is really easy to cut because the tips of the flower pretty much form a triangle.

So I think I fulfilled all the challenge requirements--this was a fun challenge and I can't wait for the next one!

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2.24.2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop: DT Appreciation


Today's post is for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. This month's theme was Design Team Appreciation. We were instructed to choose one project from a DT member's blog or gallery and recreate it, adding our own personal touch.

I love Lisa Johnson's work, so I chose a card that she posted on her blog recently:



I wanted to try this card with buttons following a baby theme, so I came up with this:

All supplies are from PTI except for the rhinestones, which are from A Muse. The colors here are lemon tart, spring moss, and spring rain. The images are stamps from the Baby Button Bits set. By the way, the base of this card is 5.5" square, so it's a big one!

Thanks, Lisa, for all the inspiration!

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2.22.2010

Shake, rattle and roll, baby!


I have been playing with my Baby Button Bits set from PTI, which is probably my favorite store right now.

Yes, it beats out the supermarket. Not hard to believe, since it shocks me how anyone could take THAT long to pick out their yogurt.

But it also beats out any store in the mall. And QVC. I am not afraid to admit that I love QVC.

So here is what I made this week. It's inspired by the cards by Geny Cassady in the idea gallery, except I made my card with shades of lemon tart and spring moss cardstock, along their select white paper.

I'll tell ya, ever since I discovered glue dots, attaching buttons has become too easy. I highly recommend them.

I used the Polka Dot Basics set for the backgrounds, and SU! glitter, along with some grosgrain ribbon from Michael's. I love it. Just so cute.


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2.16.2010

Compose a Card with Becky


Tonight I made a card for Becky's challenge, which is discussed in detail on her blog (here).

I followed the directions pretty closely, but I used several different stamps sets from Papertrey Ink to complete the project.


The stamped image to the left of the ribbon is from the set called Text Boxed. But I noticed that the images from Peaceful Poinsettia are very similar, so I used those on the right side of the ribbon. The sentiment is from Fall Elegance.



I think that my favorite part of the card is how I glued some light olive green Jolee rhinestones in the center of some of the flowers, as well as how I tied the ribbon. I have seen that type of bow in a few places, but this was my first time trying it out. Lastly, the rounding of the top right corner draws attention to the sentiment. Viola!

I really enjoyed playing along in Becky's challenge today. I hope you will play along too.


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2.12.2010

CPS Sketch 153


Tonight I made a card for the CPS Sketch 153, which is being sponsored by PTI this week. The challenge was to make a card in the spirit of the sketch posted above. Here is my creation:


I used PTI's Vintage Cream cardstock as the base, and used Spring Moss cardstock and Pretty Pastels paper for the leaves, which were cut using a die from SU!. The shimmery paper on top is Stardream Metallics paper, and this can be purchased from Paper Source. I ran this through the Cuttlebug with the dots folder.

The leaves and paper roses, which can be purchased in batches of 100 on Ebay, were all assembled using crafting glue, as was the cream bow.




I hope you enjoyed this trip to my blog! Have a great night!

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2.08.2010

Paint by number sketch challenge

Tonight I made a card for Nichole's paint by number sketch challenge.  Our color palettes were assigned according to the first letter in our username, but we were allowed to substitute colors if we didn't have anything to  match. It's the honest-to-goodness truth that I own no gray paper or ink whatsoever, so smokey shadow was not a remote possibility for me; I used dark chocolate paper and ink instead. I don't own any of PTI's scarlett jewel paper or ink, but I think that the cardstock I did choose appears to be a close match. All of the other colors (kraft, sweet blush, and vintage cream) are in play here~

 

I cranked the kraft cardstock through the C-bug to make the dotted impressions in the paper. The sentiment is from PTI's set Giga Guide Lines. The vintage cream paper strip was covered with ultra sticky double sided tape and dipped in micro beads from SU!...the twine is the cream button twine from PTI and it is all tied together with a button straight from the white & cream button mix (also from PTI). I love how the speckles in the button match the rest of my card perfectly! A random find in my lot of buttons that it a not-so-random match with my card! I am really happy with how this card turned out, and I think I am going to give it to my dad for his birthday -- real men wear pink, right?

Here are some more shots of the card...



Have a great night, everyone!

2.06.2010

Card from yesterday, take two

I woke up this morning and decided that I didn't like the card that I posted yesterday. So I unmounted the die cut portion of the card to salvage the kraft base and came up with this--glitter always makes things better!


The image is from Memory Box. I used three different markers and colored in the hearts and then coated them with glitter. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo! Have a great night!

2.05.2010

Happy Birthday, PTI




Here's a fast and fun entry for tonight's PTI challenge, which was using the emboss resist technique. All supplies are from PTI with the exception of the pink rhinestone, which I believe is from A Muse.

Paper: kraft, white, hibiscus burst
Ink: Versa mark, hibiscus burst, fresh snow
Stamps: Giga Guide Lines, Background Basics: Diamonds, Vintage Labels
Other: clear embossing power, Nestabilities (Labels One), corner rounder

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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2.03.2010

An amazing opportunity


And now for something a little different from paper crafting....

Applications for the 2010 Lung Cancer Advocacy Summit are now being accepted. The National Lung Cancer Partnership is the only lung cancer non-profit organization founded by clinicians and researchers, and its goal is to fundraise for lung cancer research and increase public awareness of the disease.

I attended this program last year and it was nothing short of amazing. If you want to learn the tools you need to promote lung cancer awareness, I strongly encourage you to visit their website to learn more!


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