Sunday, December 30, 2012

PTI's Make it Monday #97 - Take 2

As mentioned in my previous post, this week's MIM for PTI is a review of all of the MIM video tutorials from the past year.  We were invited to post a project using one of these techniques.  For this second creation, I used the technique demonstrated by Dawn McVey in MIM #48, "Creating Backgrounds With Border Dies."  While the background that I created does not cover the whole card front, I think I am still demonstrating this technique.  What do you think?

I used this card as part of a hostess gift I took to a friend who had us over for an impromptu dinner.  I really love how it turned out!

Thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI's White, Hawaiian Shores, and Raspberry Fizz, and Archiver's grey cardstock
Stamps: PTI's Signature Greetings and Rosie Posie
Ink: PTI's True Black and Summer Sunrise
Dies: PTI's Chevron Stripes Border Die Collection and Turning a New Leaf Set, and Spellbinders Nestibilities circle die
Other: Rhinestone from my stash

Saturday, December 29, 2012

PTI Make it Monday #97

This week, PTI's Make it Monday was a review of all the MIM videos that have been posted this year.  We were invited to post a project that highlighted one of the demonstrated techniques.  I have chosen to post a card that I made right after watching the original posting of MIM #74, "Stamping on Texture."  I actually made this card planning to participate in that week's challenge, however I never got around to posting it.  Believe it or not, I actually gave this card to my husband tonight for his birthday.  So, here's my creation:

It is very subtle, but I actually used the wood plank stamp from the Background Basics: Farm & Barn set to stamp on the background that I had embossed using an embossing folder from Quick Kutz.  You can see the technique demonstrated a bit better in this view:

By the way, the inside of the card reads, "Your age!  Happy Birthday!"

Thank you so much for visiting!


Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Kraft, and Hawaiian Shores, and patterned paper from Echo Park's Note to Self paper collection
Stamps: PTI's Background Basics: Farm & Barn, and Movers and Shakers Sentiments
Ink: PTI's Hawaiian Shores and True Black
Dies: PTI's Seeing Stars die collection
Embossing folder: Quick Kutz
Other: Button and natural twine from my stash

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PTI December Blog Hop - Take 2

Hi 'yall!  This is my second entry in the PTI December Blog Hop.  After cuting out the "leaf" shapes with the Sending You die for my first card, I had a bunch of little "leaf" shapes left over and thought I would use them to create a second card.

Thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI white
Stamps: PTI Glory Be
Dies: PTI Sending You
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow
Other: Recollections Rhinestones

PTI December Blog Hop

Hi 'yall!  I've been absent for quite a while...again...but I'm back at it now!  I knew I wanted to participate in this month's blog hop with PTI because this was the inspiration photo:


I LOVE white on white!  I really couldn't wait to start creating! So, here's the first card I created:

Thanks so much for popping over! 


Paper: PTI white
Stamps: PTI Glory Be
Dies: PTI Sending You
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow
Other: Recollections Rhinestones

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

PTI Make-it-Monday - Bleach Technique

Hi friends!  Well, I wanted to play along with this Monday's PTI MIM, which involves a pretty cool bleach and ink technique.  I'm not sure that the card I made is what Nichole had in mind when she explained the technique (I think you're actually supposed to stamp on the bleached image), but I really like how this one turned out.  You'll see that this card features stars yet again.  If you flip through my blog, you will see that I'm sort of a star fanatic...funny that I didn't even know this about myself until I started making cards!

Here's my take:

Thanks for visiting!

Paper: PTI's White and Enchanted Evening
Stamps: PTI's Star Prints and Tag It's #10
Ink: PTI's Bluberry Sky, True Black and Snow White
Dies: PTI's Happy Day
Other: Bleach

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PTI July 2012 Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Well, it's a pool day around here, but before we head off, I thought I'd post my entry for the PTI July Blog Hop.  Here's the inspiration photo from Nichole Heady's blog:

To be perfectly honest, I was most inspired by the circles to the right of the picture.  After thinking about those circles for a little while, here's what I came up with:

Thanks so much for visiting!!


Paper: PTI's White, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Mellon Berry, and Berry Sorbet
Stamps: PTI's Mat Stack 5 collection and Star Prints
Ink: PTI's Simply Chartreuse, Fresh Snow, and Dark Chocolate
Other: Circle Punches and Rhinestones from my stash

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stamp-a-Faire Homemade Embellishments

My final Stamp-a-Faire project was for the Homemade Embellishments challenge.  I chose to make a felt bow as demonstrated by Melissa Phillips here.   I'm getting too tired tonight for anymore explaining, so without further ado my final project:

Paper: PTI's Spring Rain and White; acetate cardstock
Stamps: PTI's Movers and Shakers Sentiments and Background Basics Medallions
Ink: PTI's Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf and Raspberry Fizz
Other: PTI's Hawaiian Shores felt and a button from my stash

Stamp-a-Faire Card Set Challenge

Another challenge presented on the PTI Stamp-a-Faire agenda was the Card Set Challenge.  Several video tutorials were presented and you were asked to incorporate one of the techniques presented in a four card set.  To be honest, I really loved the videos presented, (I chose to incorporate the technique presented by Jessica Witty found here), but I just couldn't find a good groove with this challenge.  I'm not thrilled with my results, but here's my effort.  Anywhoo, here it is:

I made two "boy" cards and two "girl" cards.  Here are some close ups:

Paper: PTI's White, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky and Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: PTI's 2012 Birthday Tags
Ink: PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky and Hawaiian Shores
Dies: PTI's Seeing Stars and Limitless Layers Circles - 1.75"

Stamp-a-Faire Tie-Dye Challenge

Another event on the PTI Stamp-a-Faire itinerary was a great Tie-Dye challenge.  Nichole Heady presented three different paper tie-dying technique videos, and the one I chose to replicate can be found here.  I really loved the technique using shaving cream, found here, but I didn't have any shaving cream on hand.  Rest assured that you'll see this technique from me in the future! 

Anyway, here's my take on this challenge:

Paper: PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, and White
Stamps: PTI's Rosie Posie and Movers and Shakers Sentiments
Ink: PTI's Lemon Tart, Raspberry Fizz, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse and True Black
Dies: PTI's Rosie Posie and Heart Border Die
Other: Rhinestones

Stamp-a-Faire Limited Supply Challenge

Another one of the activities on PTI's Stamp-a-Faire agenda was a Limited Supply Challenge.  We were asked to create a project using only the following supplies:

  • STAMPS: Natural Beauties only (or another floral set as a substitute if needed)
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse
  • RIBBON: Hawaiian Shores Bitty Dot
  • BUTTONS: Simply Chartreuse

  • You were also allowed to use any dies and inks you had on hand, so, here's my take:

    Instead of the Natural Beauties floral set (which I don't yet have), I chose the Rosie Posie set.  Simple, I know, but I was trying to get as many cards done last night as possible.  I think it's kind of cute though!

    Paper: PTI's White, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, and Simply Chartruese
    Stamps: PTI's Rosie Posie and 2012 Birthday Tags
    Ink: PTI's Hawaiian Shores and True Black
    Dies: PTI's Rosie Posie and Super Stars Border

    Stamp-a-Faire Ribbon Techniques Challenge

    The second activity on the Stamp-a-Faire agenda was a great ribbon technique challenge.  On Nichole Heady's blog there were three GREAT tutorials by three amazing DT members.  You were asked to incorporate one of the techniques demonstrated in the tutorials into a project of your own.  I chose one of the techniques presented by Melissa Phillips found here.  Here's my project:

    As you can see, the ribbon I used in this project is the leaves next to the flower.  This is such a simple little technique, but so stinkin' cute!  Melissa presented several other ways to use ribbon as leaves which I hope to use in the future.  The inside of this card reads, "a happy birthday, just a little bit late."  Here's a closer look at the ribbon technique used:

    Paper: PTI's White and Simply Chartreuse
    Stamps: PTI's Background Basics Houndstooth, Movers and Shakers Sentiments and Fillable Frames #10
    Ink: PTI's True Black and Versamark
    Dies: PTI's Fillable Frames #10 and Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die Collection
    Other: PTI's Hawaiian Shores Felt, and Simply Chartreuse ribbon; Hobby Lobby Houndstooth felt; button from my stash; White embossing powder

    PTI SAF Make-n-Take

    The first activity for PTI's 2012 Stamp-a-Faire was a quick Make-n-Take project.  Here's my interpretation!

    Paper: PTI's Raspberry Fizz and White, Vellum
    Stamps: PTI's Beautiful Blooms II and Movers and Shakers Sentiments
    Ink: PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest and Simply Chartreuse, and Pallete Noir Black
    Other: Corner Chomper

    Saturday, July 21, 2012


    Ok, so you thought I died...admit it...well, I didn't!!  I've just been wrapped up in life and haven't had time to post lately.  I have made TONS of new cards and hope to get them posted here one by one in the near future.  However, TODAY, I am going to be participating (at least a little bit I hope) in Papertrey Ink's first online stamping event, Stamp-a-Faire Summer Camp.  I was fortunate enough to go to the SAF event in Cincinatti last year, which was absolutely AMAZING!!  I was very sad that PTI wasn't going to hold the same event this year, but I understand the desire to include everyone from around the world through this online event. 

    I am so excited for all of the tutorials and projects today.  I have lots going on, but I hope to be able to take a peek at what's going on throughout the day.  I plan to make a few of the projects tonight when the boys have gone to bed.  Wish me luck!


    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    PTI Make It Monday Challenge - Patterned Paper Background

    (***Disclaimer***I wrote this post last night, but am just getting around to posting it today!)

    Hi 'yall!  Whew...I'm so happy to be sitting here in my craft room chatting with you.  It's been a long day.  I worked today, gave a presentation, came home to the kiddos as my husband walked out the door for work, made and cleaned up dinner, played with the kids, gave the baths and got everyone tucked in bed.  Mommy's ready for a break.  Looking forward to spending some girl time at Archivers this weekend!
    Tonight's project is for the PTI Make-it-Monday challenge on Nichole Heady's blog.  This week's challenge is to use patterned paper scraps to create a background for your card.  This is actually something I've been doing for a while (and even as recently as last week),, here, here, and here.  For tonight's card, I stamped all of the patterned papers instead of using pre-pattered paper.  This is a masculine one because as you all know, I seem to need these A LOT!! 

    Thanks so much for visiting! Come back soon!

    Paper: PTI's Kraft, White, Simply Chartreuse, Enchanted Evening, and Hawaiian Shores
    Stamps: PTI's Background Basics: Medallions, Background Basics: Retro, A Little Argyle, 2012 Birthday Tags, and Star Prints
    Ink: PTI's Fresh Snow, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, and VersaMark
    Dies: PTI's Seeing Stars Die and 1 3/4" Limitless Circles Die
    Other: White embossing powder, and star rhinestone

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Make-it-Monday Color Challenge Take 2

    Hi there!  I'm back with another take on this week's Make-it-Monday Challenge on Nichole Heady's blog.  This time, I decided to use one of my own photos for my color inspiration.  I was in Target the other day when I ran into this collection of gift wrapping.  I instantly fell in love with the color combo.

    I took this photo several weeks ago and have had it in my mind ever since.  Now, I have to admit that when I started my project I had this photo in mind, but I didn't actualy have the picture in front of me.  I chose the colors below strictly from "memory".  I now realize that they were definitely off, and I plan to do another project that will hopefully more closely reflect the colors in my inspiration. 

    So without further ado, here are the colors for THIS project:

    Perfect Match Canyon Clay - Refill (.5 oz) Papertrey Ink Felt - Pure Poppy Perfect Match Berry Sorbet - Refill (.5 oz) Perfect Match Enchanted Evening - Cube

    And drum roll please.....ta da!

    I'm really pleased with how the card came out, and I am really pleased with the color combo even if it doesn't exactly match the inspiration.  It's still a good combo, right?

    The flowers were made with one of the tie stamps from the World's Greatest set and then hand cut.  Super simple and super cute!

    Thanks for visiting!  I'm off to create some more!  I'm so inspired!


    Paper: PTI's White, Canyon Clay, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, and Enchanted Evening
    Stamps: PTI's World's Greatest and Movers and Shakers Sentiments
    Ink: PTI's Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay, Berry Sorbet, and Enchanted Evening
    Dies: Happy Day
    Other: Buttons and rhinestones from my stash

    Monday, April 30, 2012

    Make-It-Monday Color Challenge

    Hi everyone!  I've missed you!  I have actually been really crafty lately, and have about 10 projects to share with you, but guess what???  I live in Louisville, KY and it is the week before the first Saturday in May...anyone know what that means?? (No fair shouting out the answer all you fellow Louisvillians!) It's DERBY WEEK!!  There is so much going on around the city this week, and sadly I'm not participating in any of those events, however I AM getting my house ready for the big day this coming Saturday.  We have a huge party every year (I invited 90 people this year...gasp! Luckily no more than half will actually come) and I have lots to do to spruce up the house.  I just love hosting parties because they force me to turn all of those want-to-do projects into finished projects!

    Aside from all the Derby excitement, we are in full swing (pardon the pun) with baseball season around here.  I would love to tell you that baseball is my sons' favorite sport since that's the case for my husband and I, however their favorite sport is always the one they are currently playing.  With three boys, there are lots of sports being played around here all the time...most of them in my living room!!  John and I really love baseball.  I can remember many an evening while pregnant with our first kiddo, sitting around with John, beating him at cards and listening to a baseball game in the background.  Those were such great times.  I can totally see us all wrinkled and gray watching baseball and sipping lemonade.  It is just such a great All-American game!

    Anyway, I's crafty project was a result of the A-MAZ-ING video by Nichole Heady for this week's edition of her Make-It-Monday series.  This week she spent a whopping 22 minutes demonstrating her creative process.  She created a card from start to finish using the colors from a great image as her inspiration.  In addition to this great video, she also provided us with some awesome color combination suggestions to start us off on our own creation.  The combo I chose was this:

    I love these colors, but I don't know that I would necessarily have put them all together (especially the Berry Sorbet with the other ones), but I'm loving how my project turned out.   What do you think?

    One great point that Nichole reminded me of in her video, was the use of the rule of threes.  This design "rule" suggests that things (colors in this case) should be repeated or used in "threes".  You may notice that I tried very hard to follow this rule when making this card.  I think that I succeeded with most of the colors, except for the Aqua Mist.  I had to cheat with that one a little bit and lined the inside of the card with this color to get it on there a third time...not sure this really counts with the rule of threes, but I just couldn't figure out how to get it on the front of the card one more time and make it make sense.

    Here are some more pics of my project:

    Thanks for visiting with me!  I think that I'll have another entry for this challenge later in the week, promises! 


    Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, and Aqua Mist
    Stamps: PTI's Mat Stack 3, Mat Stack 5, and Background Basics: Medallions
    Ink: PTI's Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate, and VersaMark
    Dies: PTI's Mat Stack 3, Mat Stack 3 Layerz, Super Stars Border, Signature Series Butterfly, Butterfly
    Other: Button from stash, button twine, and flower punch (no idea what brand)

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

    Hi everyone!  I'm in a hurry today because I have an hour before I have to pick up my little guy from school and I have a TON to get done before then!  So, I'll make this short and sweet.  Today's project is for  Papertrey's April Blog Hop Challenge.  We were asked to make a project inspired by this photo:

    Isn't it gorge???  I loved it immediately!  Anyway, here's my card inspired by this gorgeous photo!

    Hope you like it!

    Thanks for visiting!


    Paper:  PTI's White, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, and Hawaiian Shores
    Stamps: PTI's Rosie Posie, Background Basics: Houndstooth, Mat Stack 5 and Beyond Basic Borders
    Ink: PTI's Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse and New Leaf and VersaMark
    Dies: PTI's Rosie Posie
    Other: Corner Chomper, wite embossing powder, colored pencils

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    PTI Make-It-Monday

    Hi there!  Well the kiddos are back in school, and it's funny because mommy is both thrilled and a little sad.  I really enjoyed having the boys home for the week.  We had some really fun times and I feel that I was able to really reconnect with each one individually.  However, it sure is a lot of work to have them all demanding your attention at the same time!  My oldest, Jake is making his First Communion this weekend and we're having a big party on Saturday after the mass.  I have lots to do, so I'm kind of glad everyone is back to school so that I have some time to prepare!  Tomorrow is major cleaning day.  It may sound weird, but I'm really looking forward to it.  After having everyone home, the house is a wreck and I can't wait to get everything back in order.  What the heck am I going to do all summer withe the guys around ALL the time????  Deep day at a time!

    This week's Make-it-Monday challenge on Nichole Heady's blog was to make a series of cards that "Step Up" in terms of layering.  The cards made by Betsy Veldman in this week's video are amazing!  I think I may have to copy that design sometime!!  You should check it out.  Betsy made three cards, but I only had time for two tonight...ok, let's be honest...I only had enough attention span for two cards tonight. 

    The first card is a simple one layer card.  I just love that Lace Bouquet image and adding the color to it really added some dimension. 

    The second card steps up the layering with a few flowers that I cut by hand to place over the ones on the bottom layer.  I also added a little bling to these beauties!  I then used the Happy Day die to frame out my sentiment and added a little extra color with some strips of paper.

    It's really amazing how a little layering can change a card!!  I hope to make another entry for this challenge later in the week...fingers crossed!

    Thanks for visiting!


    INGREDIENTS (Card #1):
    Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist (inside)
    Stamps: PTI's Lace Bouquet and Think Big Favorites #2
    Ink: PTI's Classic Kraft, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, and Dark Chocolate
    Other: Corner Rounder
    INGREDIENTS (Card #2):
    Paper: PTI's Kraft, Vintage Cream, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, and Aqua Mist
    Stamps: PTI's Lace Bouquet and Think Big Favorites #2
    Ink: PTI's Classic Kraft, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, and Dark Chocolate
    Dies: PTI's Happy Day
    Other: Rhinestones