Monday, March 31, 2008

Sweet Cupcakes!

The Monday work day is almost over. Thank goodness. I really hate having 5 days of work in front of me, so to get one out of the way is a start.

This is a card I made last night. I had this in my head for a while, and finally snuck in a few minutes to put it on paper.

The cupcakes are from PTI's It's A Celebration stamp set. The set comes with 4 different cupcake tops! The one with the spots reminds me of a mushroom :) Like the little red and white Super Mario Brothers mushrooms. I know you know what I'm talking about. Anyway..

The cupcake bottom is stamped in Sweet Blush. The tops are stamped in Berry Sorbet and Boudoir Blush (all Palette Ink). The Boudoir Blush is just a teensy bit darker than the Berry Sorbet. I stacked my cupcakes, adding two that were cut out of the new Pink Patterns patterned paper and popped up with foam tape. The 'how sweet' is a portion of the sentiment 'how sweet it is' from the set. I said that just so you too would be singing Marvin Gaye all day. You're welcome :)

This piece was layered on Night of Navy and then onto of a piece of Sweet Blush that I stamped with a teensy star from the stamp set. The card base is PTI Berry Sorbet. I added another strip of Night of Navy which I layered with Sweet Blush and then another piece of the Pink Patterns patterned paper. I added Tutti Frutti and Stardust stickles to the two popped up cupcakes and that was it. The sparkles never show up well in the photographs. I am rushing a little in an effort to finish this before I leave work for the day. I hope that I am making sense.

I really liked these colors together - the Navy was just enough to ground things a little. Keep from getting lost in all that pink! Thanks for stopping by, I hope your Monday went by quickly!

Stamps: It's A Celebration (PTI)
Paper: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, SS White, Pink Patterns PP (PTI), Night of Navy (SU)
Ink: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet (Palette Ink for PTI), Boudoir Blush (Palette Ink)
Accessories: Night of Navy marker, Tutti Frutti & Stardust Stickles

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Come On Get Happy!

First off, I want to thank everyone that stopped by during Papertrey's Blog Hop! I was so grateful for all your wonderful comments; I am really glad that you liked my project. It was great fun - I am looking forward to next month's!

I have been a little lazy about posting. I haven't had much free time this week for stamping. Plus, puppy Luca makes it hard to sit down for extended periods of time! I made this card for Beate's
Weekend Sketch Challenge #41. Have I ever said how much I love the sketch challenges? Having that inspiration is a big help! The colors and images on this card remind me of The Partridge Family! I used to watch it on Nickelodeon at my Gram's house after school - who else remembers it?

The colors came from this paper I got last week at a local scrapbook store. Seriously - after going to this place, I will never buy patterned paper at JoAnn's or Michael's again. The paper is K-Ology Addison Blue, Teal, and Green Floral from K&Company.

And here is my card:

Doesn't it have a great 70's funky feel to it? The colors I used were Night of Navy, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla and just a bit of Groovy Guava. The stamps are all from Spring Solitude, a Level 2 Hostess set. All products are Stampin' Up! (see Sandi, I DO still use SU! stuff ;)

The card base is a 5" x 5" square of Night of Navy. I layered a strip of Old Olive on a distressed piece of Very Vanilla. The flower cluster was stamped repeatedly in Night of Navy on Very Vanilla. I stamped the single solid flower in Old Olive over the largest flowers in the cluster. The smallest is watercolored with Tempting Turquoise. Another stamp in the set, a single flower made up of little dots (hey, I don't know what these are) was stamped in Groovy Guava over the medium sized flower in the cluster. I didn't ink the stem.

The oval part was cut out with my Oval Nestabilities (finally!) I stamped the tree branch in Night of Navy (to keep with my color scheme) and popped up the leaves in Old Olive. The bird (a perfect Partridge if you ask me) was stamped in Tempting Turquoise and then popped up. The sentiment is from Papertrey's
Mixed Messages - I love this set because there are sentiments for any occasion, and they are a great size. The Very Vanilla oval was layered on Tempting Turquoise that I had paper pierced (by hand, no template - I like the funky uneven-ness of it). I sponged all the Very Vanilla pieces with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I think the flower panel looks like old wallpaper or a tablecloth my Nana would have. I highlighted the bird, leaves, and flower centers with a Sakura glaze pen and added the Pearl Dew Drops. That's it! Great sketch, Beate, I am sure to use this one again! Thanks for stopping by, hope to be back with new stuff tomorrow!

Have a great night!

Stamps: Spring Solitude (SU!), Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Groovy Guava (SU!), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Sakura Glaze gel pen, paper piercer, Pearl Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blog Hop!

Welcome to PTI's first Blog Hop! How exciting, and what a great opportunity to share inspiration! Enough of the chit chat, I'm sure you're here to see my project (click on the picture for a larger view).

I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but every once in a while I like to do these scrappy projects. I decided that I would try stamping/journaling on my ribbon. I had this photograph that was taken in the Queen Victoria Park Rose Garden in Niagara Falls, ON where my husband proposed. The color went so well with Berry Sorbet that I sort of built the rest of the project around it. The poem was one that my husband wrote for me when we were first dating, back in eleventh grade. Yes, it is cheesy, but we were very much in love and you know how that goes... everything was sappy. Anyway :)..

The ribbon is the
Topnotch Twill in Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, and Spring Moss. This is my favorite PTI ribbon, and stamping on it is easy. I used the Simple Alphabet stamp set to stamp my poem using Palette Noir ink. I did not use a ribbon stiffener and did not heat set my ink.

To pull the whole project together, I stamped just a strip of an 8" x 10" piece of Sweet Blush with the fancy fern stamp from
Spiral Bouquet. I used Sweet Blush ink and highlighted with Berry Sorbet and a clear Sakura stardust gel pen. I layered a 6" x 6" piece of the Pink Patterns patterned paper (right out of the package!) on a piece of Berry Sorbet. I layered my ribbons on top and adhered with double-sided tape.

The photo is layered on a piece of Berry Sorbet and then on a piece of acetate. I stamped the location and date of the photo onto the acetate using Jet Black StazOn. I added some of the swirlies from the
Boxes, Bags & Tags set to the top corners and around the caption using Palette New Canvas ink. Some other embellishments were added and I put the whole thing right in an 8" x 10" frame from Pottery Barn. It is not a masterpiece, but it is a nice memento of a day I had dreamt of since the eleventh grade!

If you have time, I'd love for you to browse some of my older posts or maybe stop by later. I would love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by and participating in PTI's Blog Hop. I am looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations as well!

Stamps: Simple Alphabet, Spiral Bouquet, Boxes, Bags & Tags (PTI)
Paper: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Pink Patterns patterned paper (PTI)
Ink: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet (PTI), Palette Noir, Palette New Canvas, StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss topnotch twill ribbon (PTI), acetate (Office Depot), green rhinestones (K&Company), Sakura stardust gel pen, Pottery Barn picture frame

Celebrate RAKs!

I made this card last Friday with the new It's A Celebration set from PTI. I was most excited about the little flags in the set and thought I'd use them to make a thank you card for the wonderful RAKs I have received.

I chose my colors from the patterned paper, which is SU! East Coast Prep. I ditched the mustard for red - I love the combination of red, green, and baby blue.

The card base is Wild Wasabi, stamped with the open stars, also from It's A Celebration. I layered the strip of patterned paper on a piece of SS White I had paper pierced. The flags were stamped and cut out of Bashful Blue, Real Red, and Wild Wasabi (I used the coordinating inks for each). I used the
Simple Alphabet to add the thank you to the flags in Palette Ink Noir.

The string for the flags was stamped twice in Whisper White Craft ink on Kraft cardstock. I popped up each flag with foam tape. I added two white brads and mounted that panel on Bashful Blue. As a finishing touch, I went over each flag with my clear Copic Spica marker to give them some sparkle. I know I will be using these flags again - they were a lot of fun! I've got another card cooked up using the cupcakes in the set, so that's what I plan to do the next time I can sit down to stamp.

Come back later on tonight, as I will be sharing the project I created for PTI's first
Blog Hop! Hope to see you then!

Stamps: It's A Celebration, Simple Alphabet (PTI)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Kraft, East Coast Prep PP (SU), SS White (PTI)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White Craft (SU), Palette Ink Noir
Accessories: Paper piercer, white brads, clear Copic Spica marker

Friday, March 21, 2008

Egg Box

My project for last night was to decorate the egg box I plan to give to my mom for Easter. I had found these cute pastel egg candles at JoAnn's, and knew that is what I was going to put inside. The springy patterned paper was from a LSS and was my inspiration for the rest of the box.

I started by painting the outside of both the top and bottom with acrylic paint. I mixed some colors until I got the pink shade that I liked. I was basing the colors on the polka dot patterned paper. These boxes really do take paint very well. At first it was a little streaky, but after a second coat and time to dry, it had a beautiful matte finish. The inside of both the top and bottom was painted with a light shade of green.

I cut the patterned paper to fit across each side and mounted it on a slightly larger piece of Spring Moss. I attached this and then ran the strip of Spring Moss satin ribbon around the box for some added elegance. I used the same theme for the top, but added a strip of SS White that had been scalloped and paper pierced. The inspiration for these pierced scallops came from a card I saw on
Melissa Bickford's great blog. I pulled out my new Maya Road velvet blossoms, added crystal brads to the centers and adhered them using glue dots. I am so proud of myself for using and not hoarding!

The little tag was stamped using the new
Boxes, Bags & Tags set. I stamped the scalloped circle in Whisper White Craft Ink onto Spring Moss and punched it out with my Marvy scalloped circle. Two flowers from the BBT set were stamped on SS White in Pretty in Pink, then Celebrate Spring (from Just Hatched) was stamped in Palette Noir. I punched this out with a 1-inch circle punch. The ribbon is from American Crafts and has the same great shades as the patterned paper. I wanted it to apply more to the season than the particular holiday, and I think its very springy! Here's an inside view.

I have another egg box that I am saving for Mother's Day. Target has these pretty little glass votives in all different colors that would be great for my MIL. I think they would fit inside the box perfectly.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and blessed Easter. Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Boxes, Bags & Tags, Just Hatched (PTI)
Paper: Lollia patterned paper from Margot Elena (dot pattern), Spring Moss, SS White (PTI)
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Pretty in Pink (SU), Palette Noir
Accessories: acrylic paint, Spring Moss satin ribbon (PTI), striped ribbon (American Crafts), velvet blossoms (Maya Road), crystal brads, paper piercer, egg-shaped candles

I feel so loved!

I received two more cards from members of the PTI RAK Group this week. They are gorgeous! The first is from Heather, who is in Germany.

Thank you Heather, I really love the colors that you used. I did not order the Shapes By Design set during the last release, so its great to see some things made with it. Love it!

The second card is from Daisy, who used my favorite
Women of Life set. I love the scallops and paper piercing.

Thank you both so much!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Little Something..

Ok. I have had a few distracted last couple days, but I'm back. I haven't had much stamping time the past couple days, but my new PTI stuff arrived on Tuesday and I am hoping to use some of it tonight.

Today's card is another one that I submitted for the PTI Guest Star Stamper Contest. This card really was much better in my head. It kept evolving, and I'm not quite sure if I'm satisfied with the results.

There are 2 things I love about this card. First is that it is yellow (I love yellow right now) and second is that the polka dot background stamped so beautifully.

The card base is Barely Banana, stamped with PTI's
Polka Dot Basics in SU! Whisper White Craft. I then layered a piece of Aqua Mist and Cameo Coral cardstock and finally a piece of Kraft I had stamped with the large polka dots in Thatched Straw. On a piece of scrap I stamped 4 large polka dots in white on Kraft and then stamped again with the heart and flower images from Borders & Corners Heart and Butterfly Kisses. I punched them out with a 1/2-inch circle punch and layered them on top with some foam tape.

The sentiment 'Just a Little Something' is from Just Hatched and was bent to fit in the curve of the circle. This was not as easy as it sounds with that tiny circle! I ended up doing the words individually with just enough 'curve' in them to look right together. I then layered some various-sized circles in white and Cameo Coral to resemble the little stamped flower. The ribbon was originally white and I colored it with the coral marker to match. The new PTI Berry Sorbet color would be a perfect fit for this card as well!

I hope to have new stuff tomorrow...if not I still have another submission for the Guest Star Stamper Contest that I can share with you. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Borders & Corners Heart, Butterfly Kisses, Just Hatched (PTI)
Paper: Barely Banana, Cameo Coral, Kraft (SU), Aqua Mist, SS White (PTI)
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Cameo Coral (SU), Aqua Mist (PTI), VersaMagic Thatched Straw (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Various-sized circle punches, ribbon

Monday, March 17, 2008

This Day

First off, I am going to apologize for this photograph. As you can probably imagine, it is not easy to photograph a mirror. Imagine that it is not blurry - looking at it directly, it is not.

I made this project for the PTI Guest Star Stamper Contest. Originally I had hoped to find a clear piece of glass, as I intended to make more of a suncatcher/window hanging. It was sort of a last minute brainstorm that I had, so I really didn't have a ton of time to run around looking for what I had in mind or to make it myself. I found this beveled mirror at Michaels for under $3, which I figured was worth some experimentation.

The details are really straighforward. The cross was stamped in Olive StazOn and then heat set. The verse and little swirly were both stamped in Palette Ink New Canvas. Once stamped, I heat set for a few moments. The ribbon was already attached, but I trimmed it up a little. The adhesive pearls were found at a LSS and come in a variety of sizes. The center pearl is actually a greenish color, where the others are a 'regular' pearl color. It may be difficult to see in the photograph. That's it!

I just wanted to stop in for a quick update today before I head home. I am going to try to make some time for new stuff tonight. After Stamp Camp on Saturday I had the chance to tidy up my stamp room a bit, which always makes me feel so much more at ease when stamping. Too much clutter makes me nervous! But, I always end up pulling all kinds of stuff out all over the place anyway. Oh well!

Have a great night!

Stamps: Everyday Blessings (PTI)
Ink: Olive (StazOn), New Canvas (Palette Ink)
Accessories: Beveled mirror (Michaels), adhesive pearls

Sunday, March 16, 2008

WSC39 Easter Trio

I had the chance to participate in another one of Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenges this weekend. Bill is sick, so he stayed home from the store on Saturday. I had some stamping time while he was resting.

I found this cute patterned paper (Easter Chicks from Karen Foster) at a LSS. It had such nice, springy colors. Since there was such a large panel on this sketch, I thought it would be a perfect place to use the paper.

I chose my colors based on the patterned paper, using SU! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, and PTI's Aqua Mist. I stamped the Easter egg and Happy Easter from PTI's Limitless Labels. I added some paper piercing and ribbon. The blue ribbon is PTI's Aqua Mist Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon which is really beautiful and great to work with. I added the flowers, which reminded me of those on the patterned paper. They were cut out with my Cuttlebug and stamped using Beautiful Blooms. That is about it - I think I am going to send these out as RAKs!

I will be back with new stuff tomorrow - I submitted a few things for the PTI March Guest Star Stamper Contest and can share them with you. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Limitless Labels, Beautiful Blooms (PTI)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery (SU!), Aqua Mist and SS White (PTI), Easter Chicks patterned paper (Karen Foster)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery (SU!), Aqua Mist (Palette Ink for PTI)
Accessories: Aqua Mist Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon (PTI), yellow polka dot ribbon, rhinestones, paper piercer

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Come on, Friday!

Boy, I am ready for the weekend. Bill is feeling under the weather and I seem to be catching up. I am trying really hard not to get sick, but it may be inevitable.... there are lots of germs floating around. You would think adults would know to cover their mouths when they cough!

The card I am going to share with you today is one that we are making at Stamp Camp. It uses another Sale-A-Bration set, Merci.

I am on a bit of a yellow kick right now - it is so cheery! The card base is Barely Banana. The patterned paper is River Rock designer double-sided paper (I don't remember if this is retired or not..) layered on a piece of white to give it a little kick. The main image is stamped in Basic Brown and watercolored using the coordinating inks. The hearts are Ruby Red, flowers are Barely Banana, and stems are River Rock. I added some yellow Stickles to the flower for some added sparkle. This is mounted on a slightly larger piece of Ruby Red that I pierced and went over with my white gel pen for some faux stitching. The bee was made the same way as the main image. I cut him out and stuck him on (mainly to cover up the PP copyright). I stamped the sentiment from the set at the bottom in River Rock and then the little hearts in a row. That's it!

The weather is finally starting to get nice here. Today is in the 50s, and it is very sunny. I am positive that if I was out there instead of in the office I would feel much better! Have a great day!

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Stamps: Merci (SU, Sale-A-Bration)
Paper: Barely Banana, Ruby Red, Whisper White, River Rock DSDSP
Ink: Basic Brown, Barely Banana, Ruby Red, River Rock
Accessories: paper piercer, white gel pen, yellow Stickles

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Not Enough Hours in the Day...

First off, I want to apologize to Erin Bigler! I received not only a gorgeous card from her on Monday, but also goodies!

She sent me a Cuttlebug folder and my first *gasp* Copic marker! I am actually hesitant to try it because I am afraid I will fall in love and need all of them! Erin, I love it all. Thank you so much for thinking of me. Did you all see how adorable the ladybug is? It is beaded and very sparkly. I love it. Turns out Erin lives north of Pgh, probably about 40 minutes from me! How exciting!

Yet again, I don't have anything original to show you. I am working on a few things that I can't share right now and have had a busy past couple nights with scuba lessons and Stamp Camp, etc. This morning I was up at 4:30 am to travel for work. That was not fun. But tomorrow is Thursday and the weekend (and the PTI release) will be here soon. Nichole wowed us yet again this morning with more sneak peeks! I am off to finish up a few things and head to bed. Bill is getting sick, so I hope to avoid that. Have a great night!

Monday, March 10, 2008

My First RAK!

On Saturday, I received my first RAK (Random Act of Kindness) in the mail from Holly in Mass. Here it is!

Isn't it wonderful! Thank you, Holly, for the great card and also for the very nice note you wrote. You made my day!

Friday night, I went to see
1964 The Tribute, which is a Beatles tribute band. One of my brother's co-workers was sick and couldn't use her tickets so he called me to see if I wanted to come along. He had bought my parents tickets for Christmas, so all four of us were able to go together. It was incredible. I have only ever seen old Beatles footage from concerts, but it was everything I thought it would be! The singers truly resembled the original Beatles and the music was absolutely dead-on. I was raised on the Beatles, and have loved them all my life. Their music is classic and timeless. Bill and I had quite a few Beatles songs in our wedding playlist. I would recommend the show to anyone, it was really a great time.

I spent Saturday cleaning. My in-laws were coming for dinner on Sunday and I had neglected the cleaning for a while. I did do a little stamping, but it was for my upcoming Stamp Camp, so I don't have anything original to share today.

Today starts
Papertrey Ink's countdown to new stamps! The 15th will bring wonderful new colors of cardstock, ribbon, and ink and new stamps as well! I am looking forward to the Friday night release party. Nichole is posting sneak peeks every day on her blog and has links to some other design team members that are also sharing new stuff! It is a very exciting time.

That's it for me today. It is snowing here again. Hopefully spring is just around the corner. Have a great day!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Sweetest Flower

I am SO excited to share this card with you, I just love it! I enjoy finding a sketch or color combination that I like and building my card from there. It helps me get a start on things. This card was inspired by a similar layout I saw in Paper Crafts magazine and a color combination I saw in a SU! Simply Scrappin' Kit. I really, really love Wild Wasabi. So, here's my card!

Love it! As I said, the colors were taken from the Crew Kids Girl Simply Scrappin' Kit. They are Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, and white.

I started with a standard card base in Wild Wasabi and stamped the large layered flower from PTI's Text Boxed in the same color ink. The Regal Rose scallops were made using my small corner rounder punch. I added a strip of PTI SS White and adhered it to the Pretty Ink Pink main panel.

The image is stamped using Regal Rose on SS White. The flower centers are stamped in PIP and I added a rhinestone in each. This was mounted on a Wild Wasabi panel and the corners pierced. I adhered this piece to the front of the card using foam tape. The sentiment is from Green Thumb and was stamped in Palette Burnt Umber. I stamped the small layered flower from Text Boxed with PIP onto the sentiment to tie everything together. I stamped the large and small flowers together on the inside of the card as well.

I don't know what it is about this card, but I love it. So much so that I made 3 more to send as RAKs! I hope those ladies like it as much as I do. Hopefully I will have some free time this weekend for some stamping. I don't have to be at the store on Saturday, so maybe I will squeeze some time in then. My mom and I are planning on hitting a local bead store on Saturday, but we'll see if the weather will cooperate! I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Text Boxed, Green Thumb (PTI)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose (SU), SS White (PTI)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose (SU), Palette Burnt Umber
Accessories: rhinestones, paper piercer, corner rounder

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wishing You Well

This card came about from my itching to try out the new Polka Dot Basics stamp set from PTI. I was looking through the Making Memories Funky Vintage clear tags (that I found at Target on clearance) and saw how well this fancy round medallion matched the Aqua Mist cardstock. I wasn't quite sure where I was going to go with the card, but I knew that I wanted to use those two elements. I stamped the medium-sized solid polka dots in white ink (JoAnn Craft Essentials) over the middle half of my card. This was so easy with this stamp set - I am looking forward to using it again. I kind of played around with some different ways to lay out the sentiment and the embellishment together and decided to add a strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the sentiment. I stamped Wishing you Well from Faux Ribbon in white. I put a rhinestone in the center of the clear medallion and added a punched out 1-inch white circle to the back. This added a little contrast to the embellishment and also allowed me to attach some foam tape to the back without it being seen. This is another simple card.. simpler than my normal style, but really appealing to me. That's it for now.. tomorrow I am going to share a card I made yesterday that I absolutely love. Have a great night, Bill and I are watching the Pens game.

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Faux Ribbon (PTI)
Paper: Aqua Mist, SS White (PTI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Ink: JoAnn Craft Essentials pigment white
Accessories: Making Memories Funky Vintage clear tags, rhinestone

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Just Because

This is one card I finished this weekend amidst all the running around. My motivation came from a post Nichole made about inspiration and challenged us to use a square punch and the new Everyday Blessings patterned paper. Here's what I came up with:

I really like these long cards. The card base is PTI Aqua Mist. I then layered a strip of Basic Black cardstock and then Stampers' Select White. I used my 1 3/8 square punch and punched out various squares from the different Everyday Blessings patterned paper. I used the Three For You punch to punch the flowers out of Stampers Select White and added black brads to their center. I finished it off with a sentiment from Mixed Messages and a little design from the Everyday Blessings stamp set. That was it! Pretty easy. I've got a meeting this morning, so I'm off to prepare. Have a great day!

Stamps: Mixed Messages, Everyday Blessings (PTI)
Paper: Aqua Mist, SS White, Everyday Blessings PP (PTI), Basic Black (SU)
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Three For You punch, black brads

Monday, March 3, 2008

Crazy Weather

This was Friday:

We got a ton of snow on Friday.. it just kept snowing! This is a picture looking down the street.. the trees were heavy with the snow on their branches.

Juno loves to eat snow. You can see how deep it was!

And this was today..

It was gorgeous out! I think the temperature hit around 70 degrees. All the snow has melted and the air has that nice springy, dirt smell. My daffodils and tulips are starting to come up.

Too bad it will be back down around freezing again later in the week! I didn't stamp too much this weekend, I was working at the store with Bill. I'm glad its over, I really look forward to my weekends. Next weekend, I will take it easy. I took advantage of the nice weather to give the doggies a bath. That ended with all three of us getting soaked! I have some cards to share, but I will wait until tomorrow.

One last thing before I head off to bed.. my good friend Julie finished her second marathon on Saturday! How awesome is that! Congratulations, Julie, you rock :)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Charming - For WSC37

I made this card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #37. I am a regular reader of Beate's blog but have never participated in a challenge before. Her sketches are great resources! I love to collect card sketches.. they come in handy when you're feeling a little short on ideas (seems to be pretty often for me).

The card base is PTI's Spring Moss again (love it). The patterned paper is SU!'s retired Petals & Paisleys, which is mounted on a strip of Wild Wasabi. I loved these colors together. The greens were so vibrant and happy. I finally decided on a stamp from Sidekick Sayings for my focal image. I really went back and forth on this one. I was hoping to incorporate the technique from PTI's Friday Tutorial (featured on Heather Nichols' blog) but it just wasn't working for this one. The image is stamped in Palette Burnt Umber on PTI SS White and the flower is watercolored in with Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate. I added a touch of Twinkling H2O's since they were out on my desk. I sponged a little Spring Moss around the edges, added some paper piercing, and mounted onto a piece of Wild Wasabi. I added the three brads to finish the sketch, and that was it. Simple, clean and easy. I am really in a monochromatic mood recently... enjoying using different shades of the same color. I always feel like these cards need more, but I'm getting better at stopping before I turn them from classy to obnoxious. I always think of my role model Nichole Heady when making cards like these, hers are always so simple yet perfectly perfect.

I will be back later with some more stuff from this weekend, but wanted to get the details of this card up first. Its beautiful, sunny, and going to be 60 degrees here today, so that certainly puts a nice spin on a Monday morning. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Stamps: Sidekick Sayings (SU)
Paper: Spring Moss, Stampers Select White (PTI), Wild Wasabi, Petals & Paisleys (SU)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate (SU), Burnt Umber, Spring Moss (Palette)
Accessories: Twinkling H2Os, brads, paper piercer