Monday, October 31, 2016

Floral Thank You Cards

Thank you card for teachers!
Happy Halloween & Monday everyone! I needed to make around a dozen Thank You cards for teachers who will be helping me with professional development in November. Teachers work hard, and the fact that they are willing to prepare a lesson to share with colleagues says a lot for the profession. I wanted to make a card that was beautiful and quick! So I decided to emboss an outline shape of flowers onto water color paper and color away.

I drew inspiration from Susan of Blue Fog Studio for my design. I loved the panels with the stitched border and layers. I wanted to use up my kraft cards and envelopes I purchased many years ago. I never cared for them because the color was too dark for my taste. Layering the water color paper over a contrasting card stock helped a lot.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Hero Arts Night & Day Flowers; PTI Garden Grace [sentiment]
Inks: Versa Mark, Distress Inks: Crushed Olive, Fossilized Amber, and Ripe Persimmon
Embossing Powder: Zing! Gold Glitter
Paper: Canson XL Water color paper; Kraft cards and envelopes; scrap paper
Dies: My Favorite Things Zig Zag Rectangle Dies

I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes, October 26, 2016--

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog 

For your blog

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge
Hello everyone! Today's post is for the October Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge. It took several tries to finally decide to what I wanted to do. All I knew was, I wanted to break out the Botanical Blocks stamp I purchased several months ago.

As you can tell from my banner above, I love to take photos of sunflowers. I think that's what drew me to purchasing this stamp. For the challenge, I wanted to use the greens, oranges, and hints of yellow and brown. I tried to work in some extra leaves, but it didn't look right to me. For the focal point, I smudged Orange Zest, Spring Moss, Saffron Spice, Ripe Avocado, True Black, and Tim Holtz' Distress Ink-Mustard Seed onto a stamp block. I used an aqua brush to paint the sunflower which was stamped with Stazon Jet Black ink.

I mounted the block onto some scrap rust-colored paper. Using white card stock, I blended Mustard Seed, Orange Zest and Spring Moss over Tim Holtz' Burlap stencil. I mounted everything onto another scrap of rust cardstock and then finally onto Simply Chartreuse card stock.

Blog Hop
Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge: Inspiration Photo
In addition to the Blog Hop, I'm also entering this into Little Tangles #73 Color Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Another favorite sunflower photo!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Die-Cut Stencils

Circle Scribbles Die Resist
Happy Sunday evening everyone! Here is my last card for the weekend. I'm participating in two challenges:  Make It Monday #264 and Color Throwdown #415.

I love the cards Melissa Phillips made, but I didn't quite have what I needed to create a Christmas card. So I decided to give my Scribble Circle Die set a go. For additional inspiration, I turned to Color Throwdown's color challenge: cream, red, brown, and blue-green. I substituted my new favorite, Saffron Spice, for the cream. Below is the card recipe. After blending over my cut-outs, I decided to use them on the card. I think from now on, I'll always use blending with this die set. Thanks for stopping by!

MIM #264: Melissa Phillips

Color Throwdown Challenge

Card Recipe:

Paper: PTI-Chocolate cardstock; Canson watercolor paper
Dies: PTI-Circle Scribble Die
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp-You Mean Everything sentiments
Inks: PTI-Hawaiian Shores, Saffron Spice; Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral
Embellishments: Snow embossing powder

Fall Festival #2

Fall Festival Contribution
Happy Sunday to you! The crisp fall weather is finally reaching us in Texas, and I'm certainly glad. The card above is my Christmas card contribution to our church's Fall Festival. I made a set of four Christmas cards for the silent auction, with a total of eight cards donated. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe [all Papertrey Ink products, unless noted]:

Paper:  Soft stone, Holiday scrap paper on hand
Die: Simply Shaker Ornament Die
Stamps: Holiday Greenery and Think Big Favorites #9
Inks: Stormy Sea, Simply Chartreuse 
Accents:  Baker's twine and silver washi tape by Recollections (Michaels)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Festival #1


Hello everyone! Just a quick post to let you know what I've been up to! Next weekend, my church will have their annual Fall Festival and Holiday Market. They have games and such for the kiddos and there is a silent auction. I'm going to donate a couple sets of cards for the silent auction. The proceeds will benefit Kids Against Hunger organization which provides meals for our local residents.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Card Recipe:

Paper:  Kraft and Cream cardstock
Stamps: PTI: Graceful Gardens and Mums the Word sentiment
Dies: PTI: Diagonal Cover plate and MFT Tag Stack Dies
Inks: PTI: Green Parakeet, Saffron Spice, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet
Accent: Ribbon from my stash...I tried to imitate Kay Miller! :-)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Color Throw Down #414 & Little Tangles #73

CTD #414 and Little Tangles Challenge #73
Hello everyone! Today, I'm entering two challenges: Color Throwdown #414 and Little Tangles Challenge #73. These challenges marry well together, and here is why:  CTD #414 asks us to use lime green, aqua, and grey. Little Tangles challenges us to use 'coloring' in any medium we choose. My card is inspired by Jodi Collins at Stamping a Latte.

I used an ink blending tool to smear PTI's Green Parakeet and Tim Holtz' Distress Ink, Green Pistachio. I think the colors marry so well , and they go well together when I stamp the other on top of the first choice. To enter both challenges, I decided to use the tic-tac-toe method of organizing the images. Then I stamped a flower image from "Neat & Tangled" Scandinavian Prints. I used PTI's Stormy Sea to stamp the flowers.

Adding stamped images
The tic-tac-toe method worked well for this! Next I cut SSS's "You" die from black card stock. I originally thought I wanted to use Wink of Stella over the black "you" die-cut. However, it dulled the crisp black color, so I cut another one out and glued it on top. I mounted the panel onto Soft Stone card stock. On the inside I will add a white panel with a message and one of the flowers. I will make three more cards and send them off to Lasting Hearts Card Drive.  Here is a link to one of my other posts giving all of the details.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Create Along With Us October 2016

Create Along with Us--October 2016
Hello everyone! I hope your fall season is cool and crisp. We are somewhat cooler in Texas, but not by much. Today's card is for Create Along With Us at Papertrey Ink.


The release this month had a Holiday theme, so I used Danielle Flander's card as my inspiration. I adore the patterned paper background and the Holiday tag as the focal point.

Danielle Flanders-Homespun with Heart
I had grand plans to combine this project with a video in order to enter Papertrey Ink's Star Search Video Contest. I have never produced a tutorial video, I don't have the lighting to produce one, the set up, on and on. However, you never learn anything unless you try, right? So in my first attempt at producing a video, I give you the details for the products used and a hint at the process. The video lasted longer than the 3.5 minute time limit, and it's just as well. I attempted to film yesterday, but I only had a few hours to accomplish the task. I didn't make the deadline, but I certainly learned a lot!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Products used are all Papertrey Ink, unless noted:

Paper: Berry Sorbet, White, double-sided foam adhesive [amazing!]
Inks: Pale Peony, Spring Moss, Saffron Spice, Berry Sorbet
Stamps: Art with Heart, Polka Dot Basics, Christmas Blessings
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Shaker Ornament
Embellishments:  Various sequins and seed beads, Glimmer Mist, rustic twine
Tools:  Big Shot/Kick, Mini Misti,

Monday, October 10, 2016

Baby Boy Mini--Part 2

Baby Boy Mini-Cover
Hello everyone! I've been busy lately trying to get caught up with many projects at work. In the meantime, when I had a moment, I worked to finish this mini for my latest great-nephew, Levi. He's about a month old now, and I got to meet him Saturday. He's so precious!!

Inside-First Panel
I really had a blast making this mini for several reasons. One--I adored the boards. Two--I decided to keep this super simple. Three--I used a lot of my dies, papers I had on hand, and ephemera. The yellow pocket was made with PTI's seed-packet envelop die. I cut the flap off and tucked a couple of tags inside. The sentiment is from Becky Higgins Project Life card set. I forget the name of it, but I think you can still find it at Michaels.

I tried to balance mats for photos and mats for journaling as much as possible. This helped the process go quickly. The striped mat was cut using PTI's Stitched Rectangles die. I also used Becky Higgins Project Life Dies to cut 3x4 panels. I love this die set...there are so many ways to use the die set.

I have several sticker sets that needed to be used. I'm really bad about saving things like that for 'just the right moment.' However, I'm glad I saved this cute little wagon! It screams little boy.

You know I had to do it!! All-in-all, this was a fun little project. The only drawback is finding the right rings for the album. The rings that came with the kit were not large enough to turn the pages easily. And the rings I finally used were too thick for the holes. In the future, I probably will not use a top-turning mini. And if I use the Recollections set again, I'll likely locate something that has a book style profile and build in my own paper panels. It should make the album turn easily.

Other than that, I think this was a hit with mom and dad! Thanks for stopping by!!