Monday, May 25, 2009

Blog Hoppin'

I am excited to participate in PTI's Blog Hop for the first time. I am so inspired by the cards I have seen posted on so many blogs and in PTI's gallery. I want to thank you now for your inspiration and your enabling. As we all know, seeing what many talented crafters create with these stamps motivates us to add another stamp set or two or three to our wish lists or shopping carts.


Nichole chose a color I love --a soft yellow. In fact years ago when the school system was painting classrooms, I chose a soft yellow for my room; the painter didn't even laugh when I asked him to match the paint to a yellow Kleenex. I was sad five years ago when they repainted and the county insisted on painting it a different color. My family room is also painted a shade similar to Lemon Tart, a sunny, happy color.

So, thinking yellow as a spring and summer color, I chose to use the recently released set Bird Watching for the two cards I made because summer means watching the hummingbirds and gold finches at the feeders outside the kitchen window and watching the birds bathe at the waterfall. The first card -Welcome Home uses the bird house image from the set.





I colored the houses with Prisma Pencils, trying to match PTi colors--Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, and Lemon Tart. The bird theme was continued with the embossing. The sentiment "Welcome Home" is computer generated. A welcome home card is so nice for someone who has been away on business, on vacation, or in the hospital.


For the second card, I used Background Basics Text Style as well as Bird Watching.





The twine on the card refers to the rough texture of a bird's nest. (I photographed the card beside an empty bird's nest I found last summer when I was trimming the vines on the arbor. I keep it on the shelf on my potting table.) The button colors repeat the flowers in the printed paper.



I hope these cards brighten your evening. Thanks for stopping by, and any comments are most appreciated.

Cammie

Supplies:

Welcome Home: Stamps-Bird Watching (PTI)

Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI)

Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet (PTI)


Other: Prismacolor Pencils, Cuttlebug embossing folder, button (Paper Studio), ribbon-twill lemon tart (PTI)

Flying By: Stamps-Bird Watching, Background Basics Text Style (PTI)
Ink: Spring Rain (PTI)
Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist (PTI)
Other: Printed Paper-Floral Frenzy (Making Memories), buttons (Paper Studio and PTI), hemp twine, oval Nestabilities

42 comments:

  1. Hey! welcome to blog hop! fantastic cards for you first time! your colors go so well together!

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  2. Very pretty cards...I want to see them closer! :-)

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  3. These are both pretty- my favorite is the second one, it is so soft and beautiful!

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  4. Both your cards are just awesome!!!

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  5. Great pictures - love the embossing you did on the first card - stunning!

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  6. Oh yay, happy outside pics of the cards, they look so sweet. And I like it when someone gives their reasoning for choosing different card elements, makes so much sense about the twine and the birds nests. TFS!

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  7. I love both of your fabulous creations!! Beautiful colours and I love the use of the Cuttlebug! I hear you about being inspired to buy! I am already kicking myself that I didn't buy the Star Prints set.....oh my.....

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  8. Great job on both of your cards.

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  9. Both cards are very pretty but I love the first one! Nice job!

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  10. THe coloring on the birdhouses is great, and I love love the embossed background!

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  11. Welcome to blog hop and super job with your cards. I love how you took them outside to photograph them. Love those bird houses.

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  12. I thought I had commented on your cards already but I don't see it, so...I love your cards! You did a good job coloring the bird houses and I really want the text style stamps!

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  13. So pretty. Loved the bird houses and your embossed background.

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  14. Love the bird houses on the embossed background... I need to try that! So so pretty

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  15. Love the cards! Great job on the coloring and the fun embossing!

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  16. Glad you decided to join in. Nice job on both of them. My favorite is the first card with the birdhouses though. I especailly like the cuttlebug embossing folder you used for the background. Great staging on your photographs too.

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  17. Gorgeous cards, and the embossing on the first one couldn't be any more perfect!

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  18. Oops, forgot to mention- hello from a fellow Tennessean!

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  19. Cammie your cards a fantastic!

    I especially like the bird house one with the dry embossing!

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  20. Both cards are great! Very pretty!

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  21. Very soft and sweet. Love the embossing...it goes perfectly with the stamp set! ::>

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  22. Both cards are beautiful- the colours are so soft and pretty...I love them!

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  23. Both of your cards are terrific!!!

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  24. Both your cards are so PRETTY!!! Great job! and Happy 1st blog hop!
    Have a GREAT night!

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  25. Both of your cards are awesome! I so need that bird watching set.

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  26. Both so pretty, congrats on your first hop! It's mine as well, lol. Those birdhouses are adorable!

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  27. Two very beautiful cards Cammie! Love the way you show cased them!

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  28. Wonderful cards! I love the one with the birdhouses!!

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  29. Both cards are so much fun. I love the dry embossing detail.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  30. YOur cards are bursting with spring! The textured background is a great touch!

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  31. love them both. how awesome that the cuttlebug embossing folder goes so well witht that stamp set.

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  32. YES! oooo, I'm loving this set. really nice execution on both of them.

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  33. Your cards are beautiful! You've inspired me to get out my embossing folders!

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  34. These are beautiful Cammie! And I LOVE your photography too! lovely!!! Sorry the county made you change the color of your room - I think yellow is a happy energizing coloer...you think they would WANT that in school ;)

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  35. They are both wonderful, but the embossing with the birdhouses is particularly great!

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  36. These are both so sweet but my favorite is the first one with the birdhouses. The embossed background is a perfect addition!

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