Papertrey March Blog Hop!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!! I'm very excited to share a card with you today for the Papertrey March Blog Hop! What can I say--I AM OFFICIALLY HOOKED! I recently ordered a bunch of stamp sets from PTI, and I'm loving everything I've played with so far!
This could get REALLY dangerous for me, LOL! Such fun stuff ;-)

Anyway, this month's challenge is to use embroidery floss in a fun and inventive way on your project. This could include stitching, wrapping it around and tying it like ribbon, braiding, accenting tags, embroidered patterns or anything else you can dream up!

I just got the first stamp set Modern Basics, that Maile Belles designed--she's one of my favorite designers. Just LOVE her clean and simple style! Well, that's what I used for this card, and I really love how it turned out. This was so fun to make--I'm really glad I got this set. I know I'll be playing with it again soon--there are so many things you can do with it!!
If you look closely, I used embroidery floss to stitch around the edges of the middle butterfly. I used a paper piercer to pierce the holes, threaded the needle with the floss, and stitched away. I think it's a neat look. Maybe if I used yellow floss instead, it may have "popped" more against the black ink.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Modern Basics
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic Cream
Ink: SU: Cool Caribbean, So Saffron; StazOn: Black
Other: Buttons-PTI, DMC Floss, Paper Piercer & Needle-Stampin' Up!, Dimensionals

Paper Therapy Challenge #25 - Sketch

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hi there. Today is another Paper Therapy challenge, and it's a sketch! Join us this week if you can!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Background Basics: Diamonds, Mat Stack 2 Collection
Cardstock: Stampin' Up -Very Vanilla, Regal Rose, Going Grey
Ink: SU: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink; Tsukineko: Pumice Stone
Other: PTI Mat Stack 2 Die, Nesties Squares, SU Twill Tape, PTI Button, Divine Twine, Colorbok Rhinestones

Play Date Cafe Color Challenge! - PDCC73

Friday, March 18, 2011

I have a card I'm proud to share with you today for the Play Date Cafe challenge! These colors are AMAZING together! I think Julie Ranae did a fabulous job choosing them, don't you?! What I love about color challenges is that I get to use color combos that I would have NEVER put together myself!

Be sure to check out the design team's projects using these colors...there are some GREAT ideas there! Also, DeNami Design is sponsoring this challenge, and their design team also made some awesome cards for this challenge, so check them out HERE!! A $25 Gift Certificate is the prize for this week. For my card, I used PTI's Delightful Doilies set, a Spellbinders Label Die, some PTI ribbon, and a few fun embellishments. Thanks for taking a look---I love my blog visitors! ;-)

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Doilies, Mat Stack 2 Collection (sentiment)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Whisper White
Ink: SU: Lavendar Lace, Purely Pomegranate. Tsukineko: Pumpkin Spice
Other: Nesties Labels Four, PTI Scarlet Grosgrain Ribbon, Michaels - Purple Ribbon, Creative Impressions - Sheer Flowers

Great news!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hello everyone! I want to share some exciting news with you! I will be on the Cardabilities Design Team starting with the April 15th reveal! I am SO honored to be chosen for this team, and very excited to start making my cards for it too! If you aren't familiar with Cardabilities, check out the challenge blog HERE! The 1st and 15th of every month a new sketch challenge is revealed. The sketches are just GREAT! I hope to see some of you participate in the challenges ;)

Paper Therapy Challenge #24 - Color

Monday, March 14, 2011

-----If you are here for the DeNami Blog Hop,
please scroll down to previous post!-----

Good morning! It's the start of a new week and that means another Paper Therapy Challenge! These colors are really great together, don't you think?! I decided to create a Quilted Card using THIS SCS Tutorial. I wanted to change up the quilt pattern, so I found one HERE and used the one called Blocks and Stars. It took a little time for me to figure out which color cardstock I was going to use in which part of the quilt, and then where the patterned paper pieces would fit in. I think it worked out pretty good though! This was a fun card to make, and it reminded me so much of my Grandma while I was making it because she has made BEAUTIFUL quilts for years and years.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Warmest Regards
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Naturals Ivory
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Ink: Tsukineko - Jumbo Java
Other: SU 1 3/8" Square Punch, Embossing Folder - CB Victoria, DeNami-Button, Twine-May Arts

DeNami Floral Frenzy Blog Hop

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hi there! If you came from Libby's Blog for the DeNami Blog Hop, you are on the right track! If you want to start from the beginning, check out the DeNami Blog for the complete list of hop participants!

I colored the flower images with PrismaColor Pencils (which I dug out from my OLD college art supplies!), and had such a great time! I love the look of it :)
I made two small scallop windows on the front of the card, and stamped the flowers on the inside. The ribbon was pulled through both windows and tied into a pretty bow. That rich purple just gives it that extra pop! I hope I've inspired you today! Get out those DeNami stamps and start stamping and coloring! Thanks for hop hop hoppin' by! :P

Don't forget to leave me a comment and to comment on every blog in the hop to increase your chance of winning a DeNami Design gift certificate!! More details are on the DeNami Blog!! Have fun!!

Cardstock: PTI-White; Stampin' Up - Bashful Blue
Ink: Staz-On Black
Colored Pencils: Prisma Color
Other: Nesties Scallops, Nesties Circles, Ribbon-unknown, Rhinestones-K&Company, Colorbok

Paper Therapy Challenge #23- Monochromatic Card

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hello! This week's Paper Therapy Challenge is to make a Monochromatic project! You can choose any color to work with. I went with browns for this one...I was going for a Chocolate feel. This was such a fun card to make. For the top, to create the look of an ice cream shop awning, I used a solid circle stamp and stamped repeatedly to get the scalloped look. I added Liquid Pearls on the Nesties die-cut, and finished it off with red Stickles for the cherry! Hope you enjoyed seeing my card today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: DeNami - Ice Cream Cone, Heartfelt Greetings Stamp Set; Stampin' Up! - Riveting (circle), Polka Dots & Paisley (dots)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Kraft
Ink: SU Whisper White; Tsukineko - Jumbo Java
Other: Nesties Labels Four and Ovals, Ribbon-SU, Liquid Pearls-Platinum Pearl, Stickles -Xmas Red, Dimensionals

Reject Blog Hop

Saturday, March 5, 2011

You might be confused by the title of this post, but it actually makes me laugh a little bit! Yesterday could have potentially been an extremely exciting day for me, but I didn't get a "Happy Email". What is a "Happy Email" you ask? Well, it's an acceptance email from Paper Crafts Magazine informing you that one of your cards/projects has been chosen to be published in their magazine!! It is one of my goals to be published, and I've submitted 7 cards throughout the past several months, and for this particular Go-to-Sketches Call, I submitted 6. The sketches were just absolutely awesome, and I had such a great time creating for this call! I made a few things I would have NEVER come up with on my own. Well, I sure am not the only one who has cards that were rejected. With 2,760 submissions, and only 288 spots, that leaves A LOT of leftover rejects! So, Amber has been so sweet and kind enough to start a Reject Blog Hop on her blog HERE! I think it's such a GREAT idea! I'm so excited to see what other people created, and see if any are the same sketches that I did! How fun!

As always, I'm grateful to have you spend a couple minutes with me today!
Oh---and yesterday may not have been my Happy Email day, but today is!!
Stay tuned next week for an announcement I can't wait to share with you!! :)

Cardstock: (Very Vanilla) Stampin' Up!; Clear stamp: (Delightful Doilies, sentiment from Mat Stack 2 Collection) Papertrey Ink; Dye Ink (Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron) Stampin' Up!; Accents: (cream button) Papertrey Ink; (natural twine) May Arts; (Doily) Hobby Lobby; Die: (circle) Spellbinders

Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #2

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Friday! Woo hoo! Let the weekend begin! This simple, one layer card is for the Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge #2. All stamps are PTI...I ordered a bunch of stuff that came on Monday and I've been in heaven playing with my new goodies! ;-) Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Background Basics: Diamonds, Simply Stationery, Banner Builder
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Kraft, Mellow Moss
Other: Prima Flower, PTI Button, Twinery Twine

Wedding Card

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy Thursday y'all! I have some cards I made several months ago for some publication calls (that were not chosen), and I'm finally remembering to start sharing them here on my blog! I made this one for a friend's wedding. I really like the layout and the colors! Hope you enjoy it too!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Ever After
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Dark Blue is unknown
Ink: SU Bashful Blue, Versamark
Other: Nesties Circles and Scallops, Ribbon-Michaels, Pearls-Recollections, Sparkle 'n Sprinkle, Embossing Powder, Paper Piercer, SU Round Corner Punch