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Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop

Another post this week, but this time for the Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop! This month's challenge was to use scraps of holiday remnants on a project. You can read all about it here on Nichole's blog.

This year, Eric and I received a most beautiful holiday card. The card was by Vera Wang designs, and featured gold and silver snowflakes and shapes dry embossed onto a very thick cream colored cardstock. I actually found a link to the card, so you can view it here if you want to see what the original looked like.

I thought that the larger images on the face of the card looked like flowers, so I cut them out to use on this card...not feeling guilty about it at all since I do not know the people who sent the card (my husband does). Is that wrong?

I stamped the polka dots in Raspberry Fizz over the patterned paper from 7 Gypsies, and used summer sunrise ribbon to bring out the gold on the flowers. The crystals are from PTI, but I used a Copic marker (one of 2 that I own, that is luckily a raspberry shade) to color them.

We are getting our first big snow storm of the season here in the Boston area, and there is a blizzard warning through tomorrow. This means I should have plenty of time to finish up the calendars that I have been working on for my friends at work.

Thank you everyone in advance for any comments you leave. I hope you had a great Christmas!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Turning a New Leaf ; Paper: Vintage Cream, Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, Decoration patterned paper (7 Gypsies) ; Ink: True Black, Raspberry Fizz; Other: Crystals colored with Copics, Summer Sunrise satin ribbon, cutouts from Vera Wang holiday card 



Merry Christmas & a Challenge!

Merry Christmas, everyone! A quick post tonight for the Curtain Call Color Challenge #61, which was to make a card using the following colors:

I have to admit that I decided to play along in this challenge about one hour before we had to leave for Christmas Eve dinner...so I opted to go totally out of my comfort zone and make a completely clean and simple card (using many different stamp sets, of course)!

I started with a piece of Vintage Cream cardstock and stamped the ornament top from Holiday Button Bits  in Crumb Cake ink. I followed this by inking one line along the dotted lines image from Background Basics: Retro to connect the ornament to the top of the card, so that it looks like it's hanging from something. Next I cut a circle from a piece of Finishing Touch paper from Fancy Pants designs to form the scarlet-colored ornament ball, and topped it off with the small snowflake image from Peace Be Still stamped in Dark Chocolate ink. I added the Jolee's jewels in two different sizes to the stamped image (cuz they are just the absolute SPARKLIEST) and completed the card with the sentiment from Holiday Button Bits and by rounding the corners.

I think I covered all the bases of the challenge! Whaddaya think? I think it's funny that this card still took me close to an hour, but it gets my entry in just under the wire!

I am off to play with my new iPod Touch, courtesy of my hubby! An awesome surprise tonight after a fabulous dinner with my family. Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Background Basics Retro, Peace Be Still; Paper: Finishing Touch (Fancy Pants Designs), Vintage Cream; Ink: Crumb Cake (SU!), Dark Chocolate; Other: corner rounder punch, circle Nesties, Jolee's jewels



Tuesday Trigger: Strictly Stripes

I am back with another card for one of the Moxie Fab World's challenges. This week's Tuesday Trigger is to make a card inspired by this fabulously striped pair of mittens -

Here is the stripey creation that I came up with:

I used a striped background stamp for the background, stamped in white...and then I used some strips of Raspberry Fizz papers to add patterned stripes to the bottom of the card. I also sprayed the card with SU! champagne glimmer paint (mixed with rubbing alcohol) and then sprinkled some crystal glitter closer to the focal point featuring the sentiment:

Here you can see the shimmer and some glitter! The card was finished off with satin ribbon and an adorable flower button. The Moxie Fab Triggers and Challenges are really fun and inspirational, so I hope you play along too!

Thanks for viewing my blog! Christmas hugs to everyone...


Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Background Basics: Retro, Fillable Frames #2, Birthday Bash Sentiments; Paper: kraft, SS white, Raspberry Fizz Mix, Bitty Box & Bitty Dot Basics; Ink: chamomile (for edging), fresh snow, raspberry fizz, aqua mist; Other: FF #2 die, satin ribbon, button (SU!), glimmer paint (SU!), crystal glitter (SU!), twine, corner rounder



WMSC #28

Hi everyone! I plopped my Christmas cards into the mail today and rushed upstairs to catch up on some long overdue birthday cards for some friends. This card is a tiny one, measuring 4 inches square. I made this for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge, which was to make a card like this:

And here is what I came up with....there was lots of inspiration provided on the WMSC blog! This is my first time playing along. I just discovered this stamp company and so far I love everything I see from them!

Making small cards is actually really fun! I ran the Vintage Cream cardstock through the Cuttlebug using the PTI Linen impression plate and inked all around the edges with chamomile ink. The flower was stamped in blue bayou and hand cut, only to be stuck onto the card flap after putting the rhinestone swirls down. And I love those shimmery letters in the center! They are so so cute! The front flap lifts up and then the next layer folds down to reveal the happy birthday messgae inside.

Easy as pie! Speaking of which, the water for my hot cocoa is boiling so I gotta run! Thank you for stopping by! Happy Holidays!!

Supplies: Stamps: Printed Petals (SU!); Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI);Ink: Chamomile (PTI), Blue Bayou (SU!); Other: Rhinestone Strass (Recollections), Shimmer Alpha (Making Memories), linen impression plate (PTI), 1" circle punch



It's lookin' a lot like christmas

Yesterday, we put up the tree and today I woke up at 6am so I could make a good dent in my Christmas cards. Ten hours later I wasn't done, so I don't have anything to show you right now other than this photo of Teddy hanging out by the tree. Hope you're having a great weekend...I am off to a Yankee swap! :)



Baby time!

Last night we heard the great news that some friends are expecting their first baby, so I was excited to make this card tonight. I used Baby Button Bits to go along with the Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #27, which was hosted by Amy who challenged us to use any one of our button stamp sets.

Can't wait to plop this one in the mail!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Baby Button Bits; Paper: Kraft, white, Bitty Dot, Bitty Box, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart; Ink: Crumb Cake (SU!); Other: sheer dot ribbon, button, twine, limitless layers die, corner rounder, heart punch (SU!)



They're not Sheriff's badges

I was playing around with supplies last week, trying to figure out what card I would make for everyone for Christmas this year...when my husband came in and saw me working on this card and asked what I was doing with all the sheriff's badges. I laughed, but then thought I should bail on the idea cuz without the snowflake stamped on them I think he has a point...so I came up with something else and am still working on it.

This card also jives with the theme of the Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #28, which is being hosted by Michelle...she challenged us to make a holiday card with non-traditional colors! Great challenge!

The inspiration for this card came from a card that Dawn McVey did months and months ago with flowers, and since then I have made a few for birthdays in all sorts of colors. It's really easy to do. Her card had twine and ribbon along the bottom, but I thought I would swap that out for paper and glitter (mostly because I am out of twine). I have a holiday party to go to next weekend and thought this would work to put with my grab gift, which will include a calendar using the calendar supplies!

I wanted to let everyone know about a ribbon place I am going to order my ribbon from. Since I make close to 100 Christmas cards and because I was looking for a particular shade of green, I ordered some ribbon samples from Ribbon Bazaar and they arrived in two days. They sell 50 yards of 5/8" double faced satin ribbon for $6.00! And what's nice about the double faced satin is that both sides are shiny, and this means less fussing when making a bow to hide the dull side.  The quality also seems really good, at least for card making.

Hope you're having a fun weekend! I am hoping to post more later tonight or tomorrow... :)

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted} : Stamps: Peace Be Still; Paper: Hawaiian Shores, white, kraft, Dotti Biscotti, Green Boutique; Ink: Hawaiian Shores; Other: Glitter, rhinestone brads (SU!), Hawaiian shores felt