Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Dad's Day

Okay, so it's not Father's Day quite yet.  I happened to have this set out and it worked for the sketch, so I made a card for my father-in-law.  One more and I'll be all set!  I used the SFYTT sketch for my card, and unlike the card itself which is early, I'm barely squeaking in for the challenge.  What can I say?  It's been a busy month and I kept putting it off.  Here it is finally!

link to sketch post
I used some patterned paper from the Bohemia collection by My Mind's Eye that I've had for a while, and I just did some simple stamping using my Dad's Day set.  (purchased at last year's used stamp sale)  It went together quite fast.

Stamps:  Dad's Day (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Bohemia: Backyard "My Journey" Brocade/Brown (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Designer Label punch (Stampin' Up); pop-dots

Friday, May 25, 2012

Black & White with a Splash of Chartreuse

I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink blog hop again this month.  I love the inspiration picture with its striking black, white, and chartreuse color scheme.  You absolutely must click the link to see the original blog post where this picture originated.  The outdoor dining area and tablescape is exquisite!  Seriously dreamy.  Did I mention that I love the colors?   :)

{photo credit}

Obviously, my card is directly inspired by the photo.  No one could possibly mistake it.  I layered white, black, and chartreuse mats just like the stack of plates in the photo.  I used my Background Basics: Geometric stamp set to create the patterned background.  (note to self:  must add the gingham set to my wish list)  I cut a beaded chartreuse circle using my Spellbinders dies and added a circle of black underneath to fill the little triangles.  It echoes that diamond print plate just a bit and helps the layer pop.  Then I simply stamped some chartreuse grass on the white circle using Honey Bees and stamped my sentiment in black over top.

I love the clean, contemporary result!  I envisioned this as a graduation card originally, but it would work for any important milestone.  I'm immensely proud of this card.  It turned out exactly the way I hoped.  My oldest son graduates from high school in two weeks and the quote captures my feelings right now.

"This moment contains all moments."  C.S. Lewis

All moments.  Eighteen years of individual moments.  Accumulated moment by moment to create this life-changing moment.  How could I possibly say it better?

Stamps:  Background Basics: Geometric; Honey Bees; Remember (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, True Black, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc:  Beaded Circles die, Standard Circles dies (Spellbinders)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

There She Goes Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop in the 3rd annual Mother of All Blog Hops sponsored by There She Goes.   Over the next two days, customers and members of the design team will be featuring some of their favorite There She Goes stamp sets.   You also have a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  To find out how, please go to the There She Goes’ blog and read the simple instructions.

I was given the privilege of featuring the Home Sweet Home stamp set.  Good thing too, because that set and its matching additions are the only There She Goes stamps I have so far.  lol  Most of the images on my card come from the main set, but the brick pattern is part of the Holiday Additions set.  If you get one, you simply must have the others!

I kept my card pretty simple.  I colored and cut out the fireplace, logs, clock, and flower vase, and then put them on a dark brown card base.  I like how it pops.  The sentiment banner is curved slightly to add a little dimension to the card.  (Please pardon the indoor, poorly-lit photo.  Let's just say it's been a day and leave it at that!)

If you want to see another card using this set, just scroll down to the post before this one.

Stamps:  Home Sweet Home, HSH Holiday Additions (There She Goes)
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, White, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copic:  0, T1, T4, T6, E000, E30, E42, Y11, Y13, Y15, YR15, YR18, E55, E57, E59, YG23, YG25, YG91, YG93
Misc:  Double-Ended Banner die (Papertrey Ink)

So there you have it!  Click on the InLinkz below and follow it to the next blog in the hop.  Have fun!