Saturday, May 25, 2013

Smile, it's the PTI blog hop!

I have an announcement to make.  I stamped.  Yes, actually stamped.  After a two month break of no mojo, I have finally stamped a card.  It feels great!  I'm not counting the physical act of stamping new images in my inventory book, naturally.  Totally not the same thing.  I did a lot of studio reorganization during that down time, but for some reason, my mojo had deserted me.  Nevertheless, I am here to say, we're back in business, baby!  lol
Today, I'm participating in the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop.  The challenge is to use floral stamps and pick from several luscious color combos provided on Nicole Heady's blog.  Here's the one that caught my eye:
Aren't those colors gorgeous?  They aren't typical flower colors and that's one of the reasons I picked it.  Plus, it gave me a chance to pull out Limeade Ice again.  :)  I used the Funky Florals limited edition set from Papertrey Ink.

It's hard to tell, but before I embossed the Vintage Cream mat, I stamped it with text in Fine Linen ink (stamped off first to make it lighter) and then sponged the edges to soften it up.  Then it was adhered to Limeade Ice and a Pinefeather card base.

The flowers were stamped with New Leaf on the matching cardstock after I cut out the shapes with the Notched Flower dies.  Not sure if you can see it, but I also stamped the flowers with text with New Leaf ink.  The centers are stamped in Pinefeather ink.  I just happened to have some mini brads that closely match Limeade Ice, so I put several in the center of each flower.  It adds texture and makes them really pop!

The leaves were cut using a Turning a New Leaf die and I used my bone folder to add a scored line down the middle of each leaf.  I bent the ends slightly and then adhered them behind the flowers.  Oh, I forgot to mention that each flower was crumpled up.  I'm a big fan of texture!  :)

My sentiment is also from Funky Florals.  I stamped it in Pinefeather Ink on two layers cut with the Jumbo Fishtail Banners dies from My Favorite Things.  So versatile, plus the sentiment fit perfectly!  I love my finished card and it feels so good to be stamping again.  Time to get inky!  :)

Stamps:  Funky Florals, Background Basics: Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Pinefeather
Ink:  Pinefeather, New Leaf, Fine Linen
Misc:  Notched Flowers dies, Turning a New Leaf dies (Papertrey Ink); Jumbo Fishtail Banners STAX (My Favorite Things); Polka Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); WC Brite mini circle brads (Making Memories) 


  1. Love the color combo. They look super together. The simple flowers with the banner sentiment really make for a terrific CAS card.

  2. I love your card, Ann! It's so pretty! Congratulations on getting your mojo back!

  3. I thought this was a tricky scheme to work with, but you've done a wonderful job. It reminds me of all the greenery of Ireland!! Sometimes a little break and some reorganizing can help with creativity. Welcome back!!

  4. Really love this, you have combined the greens so beautifully.

  5. Gorgeous! I love that you chose the darkest green to focus on, it makes for such a striking and unique card.

  6. I'm not typically a big fan of green, but it's a real eye-catcher in your floral set! Lovely card!!

  7. Gorgeous textures!! Beautiful card!!


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