Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birthday Balloons

I recently purchased the new Taylored Expressions Up, Up and Away cutting plate to make quick and easy birthday cards.  It's a fun design that fills a card front and leaves room for a sentiment.  Here's a card I made using it.


Isn't that fun?  I cut the balloon frame out of black cardstock and mounted in on a white card base.  I cut the four balloons out of Urban Prairie patterned paper and glued them in place.  Super quick and easy paper piecing!  Then I stamped my sentiment using my Big Greetings set.  A set of these cards would make a fun gift.  Plus, it's an easy design when you're in a hurry for a birthday card.

Stamps:  Big Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Urban Prairie dp (Basic Grey)
Misc:  Up, Up & Away cutting plate (Taylored Expressions)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Berry Bouquet


Time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  I really love the inspiration picture this time.  The sweater looks so cozy and warm.  I love the sweet berries inside the galvanized metal pot.


We were given a selection of color combos and sketches based on the inspiration picture that we could use if we so chose.  These are the ones I selected.




I deviated only slightly by adding a scalloped frame and some Ripe Avocado leaves.  It really needed that touch of green.  I used a fun dotted image from Winter Cheer for the background, first stamping the solid circles in Soft Stone, and then the outline circles in Smokey Shadow.  I edged the Soft Stone panel in a silver paint pen.  It's easier to see if you click on the picture to enlarge it.

I cut a scallop frame from Smokey Shadow cardstock using a Shakers & Sprinkles die.  Using the same silver paint pen, I added little dots in each scallop.  I placed it off center to frame my sentiment.  The Soft Stone panel was matted with Smokey Shadow cardstock that was distressed along the edge.  It echoes the lovely textures in the inspiration picture.  The whole thing was glued on an Autumn Rose card base.

I cut a pierced-edge flag from Smokey Shadow and embossed my sentiment from Tags For Spring in silver.  Naturally, all the silver accents are a homage to the galvanized bucket.  I cut some Turning a New Leaf sprigs from Ripe Acocado cardstock and placed three Autumn Rose buttons on top.

I really love how my card turned out and I feel it captures the inspiration picture beautifully.  You can see other cards for the blog hop here.

Stamps:  Winter Cheer, Tags For Spring (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Shakers & Sprinkles die, Turning a New Leaf die (Papertrey Ink);  Pierced Fishtail Flag STAX die (My Favorite Things); silver embossing powder, Autumn Rose buttons (Papertrey Ink); silver paint pen; distress tool

Monday, September 15, 2014

Silver Christmas

Waltzingmouse Stamps is having their September Pajama Party and I decided to join in at the last minute.  This card is for their Old Pajamas challenge to use an older Christmas set.  You can see the challenges here.


I envisioned using a blue and silver color combo, so I pulled out some Enchanted Evening cardstock and silver embossing powder.  First, I cut out the ornament shape using an older Spellbinders die and then embossed the ornament.  I then added the sentiment and embossed it as well.  For my card base, I outlined a frame using a silver paint pen and stamped branches from a retired SU set called Peaceful Wishes using shimmery VersaMark ink and the masking technique.  The ornament is popped up to add a bit of dimension.

Stamps:  Ornate Ornaments (Waltzingmouse); Peaceful Wishes (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Frost Dazzle (VersaMark)
Paper:  Enchanted Evening (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  2010 Heirloom Ornament die (Spellbinders); silver embossing powder; silver paint pen; pop-dots

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stamp-a-Faire 2014: 1940's Vintage Patterns - Emily

Emily went in a completely different direction with her vintage pattern challenge card.  She used stamps from Vintage Ornaments Additions and Simply Stationery.  It's a unique pairing!


She experimented with different colors on scratch paper before deciding on these.  The little diamond shape makes a really interesting pattern.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.

Stamps:  Vintage Ornaments Additions, Simply Stationery, 1940's Era (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Autumn Rose, Winter Wisteria (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Standard Circles Large die (Spellbinders)

Stamp-a-Faire 2014: 1940's Vintage Patterns

I followed the challenge tutorial pretty closely for this card.  I just changed the colors to put my own spin on it.  I really loved the original card!


Isn't this such a sweet stamp set?  It didn't take very long to build the pattern.  I love making backgrounds with my stamps.  The banner and flowers were fussy cut and popped up for dimension.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.

Stamps:  1940's Era (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Cappuccino baker's twine (The Twinery); pop-dots

Stamp-a-Faire 2014: 1920's Sparkle - Emily

Emily used more of the pink and purple rhinestones for the Sparkle & Shine challenge.  She paired them with bright Bubblegum glitter by Martha Stewart.


So fun!  You can see other cards for the challenge here.

Stamps:  1920's Era (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  1920's Era die (Papertrey Ink); Bubblegum glitter (Martha Stewart)

Stamp-a-Faire 2014: 1920's Sparkle

Oh, this was fun!  You can't go wrong with glitter and rhinestones.  :)  I have always loved the art deco style of the 1920's.



I just used clear rhinestones this time along with a pretty White Gold glitter by Martha Stewart.  It almost looks like a brooch.  I kept the design simple to keep the focus where it belongs - on the sparkle!

You can see other cards for the challenge here.

Stamps:  1920's Era (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  True Black, Soft Stone, 1920's Era (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  1920's Era die (Papertrey Ink); White Gold glitter (Martha Stewart); rhinestones