Saturday, February 25, 2012

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Hi there!  Today is blog hop day for Papertrey Ink.  If you'd like to see what everyone has created, you can check out the links on Nichole's blog.  This month's challenge was to create an interactive card.  This one took me all morning to create, but I think it was worth the effort! 

Here's the front of the card:

As you can see, I alluded to the fun to come inside!  Here's another look with a peek at the inside.

Ok, now for the it up and this is what you see...

Fun right???  To make the pop up part of this card, I made slits in the white cardstock that allowed me to fold it forward...similar to PTI's new die that came out last month.  I wish you could see this card in motion, because the flowers move a little when you open it.  They are mounted on acetate strips of paper which are then mounted on the back of the pink birthday sign.  This allows them to move a little more freely.  Here's a closer look...

Thanks for stopping by!  I'd love to hear your comments!


Paper: PTI's Kraft, White, Sweet Blush, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, Blueberry Sky, Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, and Dark Chocolate (whew!!)
Stamps: PTI's Background Basics: Medallions, Movers and Shakers Sentiments, and Happy Day
Ink: PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Classic Kraft and Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI's Mat Stack 5, Layerz Mat Stack 5, Happy Day, Turning a New Leaf, Block Alphabet Die Collection, Beautiful Blooms II #1 and #3

Friday, February 24, 2012

PTI Make it Monday - Glittered Buttons

Hi friends!  How are you?  It's been a few days since I last posted...sorry about that.  We've just been plugging along around here.  Luckily the weather has been nice lately and the boys have gotten to get outside to play and burn off some of their pent up energy!  I have to tell you about Brady though...he's my middle kiddo.  Bray has had several milestones lately...he has learned to ride his two wheel bike, he has learned to read, and he just today lost his very first tooth!  He's so excited about the tooth fairy coming to visit HIM instead of his big brother!  He also said the funniest thing the other day.  My husband asked him what the Golden Rule was...his response..."Flush and wash!"  How funny is that kid???

Ok, on to some crafty stuff.  This week's Make it Monday challenge on Nichole Heady's blog is to glitter up some buttons and add them to your project.  I have to admit, when I started this card I really had no idea where it was going or where it would end up, but I'm pretty pleased with the final product.  I'm loving the happy colors...time for spring! 

In her MIM video, Ashley Cannon Newell used some silvery Prisma glitter on her buttons (really pretty), but I decided to use some black Martha Stewart glitter I had on hand.  I thought the dark buttons made more of an impact on this card.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Stay tuned for my PTI blog hop post tomorrow!


Paper: PTI's Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Kraft and White
Stamps: PTI's Happy Day and Mat Stack 5 Collection
Ink: PTI's Smokey Shadow and Hawaiian Shores and SU's Glorious Green
Dies: Happy Day, Turning a New Leaf, and Beautiful Blooms II #3
Other: Buttons from stash and black Martha Stewart Glitter

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Interactive Cards #5

Last one!!  This is interactive card #5.  Quite a while ago, I watched a tutorial on youtube explaining how to make a card like this one.  I even wrote down most of the directions.  However, I can't seem to find the original video I watched.  So....I found a similar one by splitcoaststampers.  You can find it here.

I'm pretty satisfied with how this one turned was pretty early in the evening when I made this one.  My Brady-Joe is 6 and the kiddos in his class are all turning 6 this year, so I'm sure I'll need another 6 year old card sometime soon! 

I like this card because like the first one, it stands up when you open it.  Yep...I like this one.

Thanks again for sticking with me through the past ten days of PTI's 5th Anniversary Festivities.  It's been really fun and I have really gotten some of my creative juices flowing! 


Paper: PTI's Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartruese, Lemon Tart, Dark Chocolate and Pure Poppy, and patterned paper from Lime Twist
Stamps: PTI's Happy Day, Background Basics: Chevron, and Half and Half
Ink: PTI's Snow White and Palette's Noir Black
Dies: PTI's Half and Half, Layers Mat Stack 3, By the Numbers, Seeing Stars and Sweet As Can Be

Interactive Cards #4

Here comes interactive card #4!  This one is a waterfall card for a boy.  I demonstrated the technique on how to construct a card like this on this post.  It is so fun to pull down the tab at the bottom and see the little squares flip by!

My only problem with making these waterfall cards is deciding what to put on the little squares.  If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them! 

Thanks for visiting...again!


Paper: PTI's Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, Hawiian Shores, and Orange Zest, and patterned paper from Lime Twist
Stamps: PTI's Half and Half, Tag-its #s 10 and 6, Birthdays By the Numbers, and Star Prints
Ink: PTI's Pure Poppy, Snow White, and Hawaiian Shores, and Palette Noir Black
Other: Rhinestone

Interactive Cards #3

Ok, here's interactive card #3.  The interactive part of this one is probably my favorite of the 5, but I'll get to that in a moment.  The front of the card is really simple, and to be honest...unfinished.  As I said in my last post, I was sort of rushing to get a lot of entries completed for the challenge on Nichole's blog, so I sacrificed some details.  I think I'll probably at least go back and add a ribbon to the tag.

Now for the inside.  I watched this great video on youtube that explained how to make these cute little balloons that waved in the middle of a card, and I thought, "Hmmmm, I think I'll do that with letters."  This is how it turned out!  Pretty cute huh?  Take a look at the video for all the details on how to construct the card.

Thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI's Spring Rain, White, Kraft, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, and Raspberry Fizz, patterned paper from Lime Twist, and clear acetate
Stamps: PTI's Think Big Favorites #2, and Star Prints
Ink: PTI's Hawaiian Shores and Spring Moss
Dies: PTI's Seeing Stars, Tag Sale #5, and Block Alphabet Die Collection

Interactive Cards #2

Ok, so this is my second interactive card for the day.  This one features a technique I demonstrated in this post.

I decided to go with a boyish theme because I'm always needing boy cards with three little guys running around here.  I thought a pop-up birthday cake card would be fun.  I'm not completely satisfied with this one yet...I was really rushing to get a bunch of cards done for Nichole's challenge, and I sacrificed some details in the process.  I may go back and add some "frilly" stuff to jazz it up, but for now this is what it is.

Thanks for looking!


Paper: PTI's Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, White and Lemon Tart and patterned papers from Lime Twists's Fly a Kite
Stamps: PTI's Tag-its #10
Ink: PTI's Enchanted Evening
Dies: PTI's Seeing Stars

Interactive Cards #1

Hi everyone!  I'm so sorry friends, but I was WAY too tired to post the specifics about all 5 cards I put together last night!  So tonight, my goal is to update you on how I created each of these 5 little guys (this post and the next 4).  The reason for this creative explosion was yesterday's contest on Nichole Heady's blog.  We were challenged to come up with interactive cards for a chance to win some amazing prizes which included a $500 PTI gift card! know me and my PTI, I just HAD to participate and get in as many entries as possible!  I can now however, deliver the unforunate news that I was NOT the winner.  **sniff sniff**  I'm coping though!

So this first card was made using a technique I found on a great youtube video.  For all the mechanical instructions I highly suggest taking a peek at the footage. 

I love how this card slides out and can actually stand on its own once it's finished.  Pretty clever! 

Thanks so much for visiting...stay tuned for the next one!


Paper: PTI's Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Berry Sorbet, and Aqua Mist and patterned paper from The Paper Studio
Stamps: PTI's Rosie Posie, Think Big Favorites #12, and Background Basics: Text Style
Ink: PTI's Fresh Snow, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, and Aqua Mist
Dies: PTI's Rosie Posie and a random heart punch I had (to make the "pull" spot at the bottom of the card)
Other:  Glittery "rhinestone"

Monday, February 13, 2012

Butterflies...but no leaves...

Hi 'yall.  Ok, so I kind of goofed on this one.  You may recall on my last post that the challenge on Nichole Heady's blog today is to incorporate both butterflies AND leaves into a card design.  Welllllll....I kinda forgot the leaves on this one.  This was actually the first card I made for this challenge and I just completely forgot about the leaves.  Oh well, hopefully it's cuteness will make up for it! ;)

Here it is:

Pretty cute, hunh? 

Thanks for visiting again!


Paper: PTI's Kraft, White, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, and Simply Chartreuse and Lime Twist Fly a Kite patterned paper
Stamps: PTI's Signature Greetings ( I use much else these days?)
Ink: PTI's Berry Sorbet
Dies: PTI's Butterfly and Signature Series Butterfly

Butterflies and Leaves

Hi friends!  Today on Nichole Heady's blog we are challenged to come up with a card that incorporates both butterflies and leaves.  Here's my creation:

Ok, so I know it may not be the most PC thing to do, but I have to say...I LOVE this card!  I love the colors, the layout, the patterns.  I just really. love. it.

Thanks for visiting!  More to come...


Paper: PTI's Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, and Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: PTI's Mehndi Medallion and Mat Stack 5 Collection
Ink: Versamark and Palette Noir Black
Dies: PTI's Layers Mat Stack 4, Turning a New Leaf, Butterfly

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Heart Day #4

Hi 'yall!  This will be my last post for tonight.  Time for me to hit the hay!  This card features the new Heart Border Die by PTI.

I decided to use a little patterned paper for some pizazz tonight.  Shakin' it up 'ya know!!  Can you tell I'm getting tired? :)

Thanks for visiting again today!  Stay tuned for what's to come tomorrow!


Paper: PTI's Sweet Blush and Smoky Shadow and Stella & Rose Hazel Papers
Stamps: PTI's Signature Greetings
Ink: Versamark
Dies: PTI's Quatrefoil and Heart Border Die
Other: White Embossing Powder

Heart Day #3

Hi again!  I wanted to post some stuff earlier, but we decided to watch "Marley & Me" tonight...can you say saaaaadddd???  Seriously...blubbering!  Anyway, I finally got around to making this card for the challenge today. 

It's a heart made from hearts!  Hearts generally aren't my thing, but I think this one's ok.

Thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI's Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz and Aqua Mist
Stamps: PTI's Think Big Favorites #11
Ink: Versamark
Dies: PTI's Heart Border Die
Other: White Embossing Powder

Heart Day #2

Hi again!  Here's my second card with hearts for today. 

This one is super simple, and to be honest, not my fav.  Oh well, sometimes you just don't hit the mark you know!

Anyway, thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI's Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, White and Smoky Shadow
Stamps: PTI's Background Basics: Retro
Ink: PTI's Pure Poppy and Versamark
Dies: PTI's Block Alphabet Die Collection and  Spellbinder's Circles and Scalloped Circles
Cricut: Heart from Plantin Schoolbook
Other: White Embossing Powder, Rhinestone

Heart Day!

Hi yall!  Today's challenge on Nichole Heady's blog is to post projects with hearts on them.  A few weekends ago I got to spend a whole afternoon/night at Archivers with my good friend Betsy, and I made a few V-day cards.  I haven't gotten a chance to post a couple of them yet, but you will see them today as they have hearts on them! 

Here's the first:

This one features a new tool I purchased at Archivers called the Sew Ribbon tool.  It allows you to punch slits into your paper to feed ribbon through.  There are different tools with different patterns.  This one, scallop, makes the ribbon look like semi-circles going across the card. 

Here's another look:

Thanks for visiting...more to come!


Paper: PTI's Kraft, White and Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI's Think Big Favorites #11 and Background Basics: Houndstooth
Ink: PTI's Pure Poppy and Versamark
Dies: PTI's Half and Half
Other: Red ribbon, white embossing powder, and Sew Ribbon Scallop

PTI Sketch #1

Hi again!  This just might have to be my last card of the's after midnight and I'm fading fast!  I have to say though...I have had the MOST fun tonight!  I have thoroughly enjoyed creating off of the great sketches provided by the PTI team.  This card was inspired by this sketch:

Here's my take:

I love the colors on this one and I'm so glad that I got to use my newest impression plate!  I hadn't had an opportunity to use it before.  Love it!

Thanks for visiting!


INGREDIENTS:Paper: PTI's White, Dark Chocolate, and Aqua Mist
Stamps: PTI's Rosie Posie and Think Big Favorites #12
Ink: PTI's Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss and Dark Chocolate
Dies: PTI's Rosie Posie, Tag Sale #5, and Layerz Mat Stack #1
Other: PTI's Giga Guidelines 1 Impression Plate

Friday, February 10, 2012

PTI Sketch #5

Hi again!  So, I'm totally loving this whole sketch thing!  It really takes a lot of guesswork out of putting a card together, and it allows you to focus on other things like color and which stamps/die cuts to use instead of having to think about EVERYTHING all at one time!  So, here's the inspiration sketch I worked from this time:

And here's my take:

I was originally going to go with a yellow and grey color story, but it just didn't feel right once I got started with it, so I switched to blue and I really love it!  This may be one of my favorite cards yet!

Thanks for visiting again...I'm still going strong, so hopefully I'll get one or two more out tonight!


Paper: PTI's White, Spring Rain, Soft Stone, and Smoky Shadow
Stamps: PTI's Rosie Posie, Mat Stack 5 Collection, and Signature Greetings (told you it was my fav!)
Ink: PTI's Berry Sorbet, Studio G grey (found in the dollar bin at Michaels), and Palette's Noir Black
Dies: PTI's Rosie Posie, and Mat Stack 5
Other: Buttons from my stash

PTI Sketch #4

Hi friends!  TGIF!!  I'm so glad that tomorrow is Saturday and I get to sleep in!  Which will be a good thing because I plan to be up pretty late tonight participating in the challenge over on Nichole Heady's blog.  Day 6 of PTI's 5th Anniversary celebration presents us with a challenge to make a card based on one of five sketches.  I'm hoping to participate in all 5, but we'll see how far I get! 

My first card is based on sketch #4:

Here's my take:

I'm loving this color combo!  I decided to try something outside of my normal color box and it feels really good! 

Thanks for visiting, and stay tuned for more...


Paper: PTI's Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Kraft, White, and Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: PTI's Rosie Posie and Signature Greetings (my fav!)
Ink: PTI's Aqua Mist and Classic Kraft
Dies: PTI's Quatrefoil
Other: Buttons

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pinterest Inspiration #3

Hi again friends!  This is my last Pinterest inspiration project for today.  Here's the photo I started with:

pink butterfly

and here's what I came up with:

The words Baby Girl were printed from my computer.  I think this will be perfect for the boutique. 

Thanks for visiting...again!


Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream and Sweet Blush
Stamps: PTI's Background Basics: Retro
Ink: Palette's Noir Black
Dies: PTI's Butterfly

Pinterest Inspiration #2

Hello again friends!  Here's my second Pinterest inspiration card.  I started with this photo from Pinterest:

Valentine Banner

and I came up with this...

I used an oval shape and traced around it on the cardstock to make the "strings".  I think it's pretty cute!

Thanks for visiting again!


Paper: PTI's White, Raspberry Fizz, and Hibisus Burst
Stamps: Background Basics: Houndstooth, Holiday Photo Finishers, Think Big Favorites #11, and Signature Greetings
Ink: PTI's Raspberry Fizz and Pure Poppy
Dies: PTI's Happy Day
Other: Rhinestones

Pinterest Inspiration #1

Hi friends!  Today's challenge on Nichole Heady's blog is to find a picture on Pinterest and use that as inspiration for a new project.  I have completed several, but I'll be posting them individually. 

For my first project, this was my inspiration photo:

love the fabric

I loved the colors of the fabric here.  They make me think of some wall paper that was in my grandmother's house.  Here's the card I made from this great photo:

This card was so fun to make!  I love stamping my own backgrounds and seeing them come to life right before me! 

Before I leave you, I must ask for some prayers.  My husband has been looking for a new job for such a long time (he has never been unemployed, but the company he works for is awful to their employees).  Anyway, we think he has a pretty solid lead on a new one.  If you have any extra prayers left at the end of the day, I'd really appreciate it if you could send one up for us!

Thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI's Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Vintage Cream, and White
Stamps: PTI's Beatiful Blooms, Happy Day, and Holiday Photo Finishers
Ink: PTI's Enchanged Evening, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, and Classic Kraft
Dies: PTI's Half & Half and Happy Day
Other: Pearls

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

PTI Color Challenge

Hi friends! was an exciting day over on Nichole Heady's blog today!  Lots of fun announcements about what's to come this year including new PTI gear and patterned papers!  Tons of fun!! 

Today's challenge was a color challenge.  Each of the DT members gave an example of their fav color combo and we were challenge to create a card inspired by our favorite of the examples.  I chose Danielle Flanders.  Here's her fav color combo:


Here's what I came up with:

As has been my M.O. lately, I wanted to go clean and simple.  I used all four of Danielle's favorite colors and I love how they pop off of the card! 

I hope I did justice to Danielle's inspiration!  Thanks Danielle!

And thank YOU for visiting!


Paper: PTI White, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, and Summer Sunrise
Stamps: PTI Signature Greetings
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy
Dies: PTI Turning a New Leaf and Bloom Builders #3
Other: Rhinestones

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

PTI Make it Monday

Hi everyone!  It's late, so I'm going to make this short.  Today's project was made for PTI's Make it Monday which challenged us to use "Double Sided Stamped Die Cuts" on our projects.  I decided to use two cuts made with one of the Half & Half dies.  After stamping both sides of the cuts, I sort of "folded" them over to form a butterfly shape.  I hope this qualifies for the challenge! 

Thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI's Kraft, White, Aqua Mist, and Berry Sorbet
Stamps: PTI's Background Basics: Text Style, Holiday Photo Finishers, Dot Spot, and Happy Day
Ink: PTI's Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate, and Hawaiian Shores
Dies: PTI's Half and Half
Other: Brown pearls