Monday, July 26, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge 76 and Peeps Challenge 7

Once again, I am posting my card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge on the last day. The host for this challenge is Barbara Anders who chose this photo from A Creative Mint as our inspiration .

Oh, how I wish I was talented enough to capture the beauty of those roses with my coloring. I'd like to blame my poor attempt on not having the right color of Copic markers, but in truth the fault lies in the user not the materials.  The photo is has a fresh simplicity to it, so I tried to keep my card design simple.

I chose the summer wreath from Flourishes A Wreath for All Seasons stamp set as the focal point.  I stamped it in Rich Cocoa (Memento) ink.  I used these Copics for the roses: R30,R32, R35 and RV10, RV11, RV13. I used YG91, YG93,YG95, and YG97 for the greens. I also used RV000, RV91, and RV95.  The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages (PTI). The patterned papers are from Webster Pages' Petite Pad Lullaby Lane and Life's Portrait. I chose the striped for the freshness displayed in the photo, and the design of the bottom piece mirrors the design on the scrap of paper attached to the jar in the photo. I added the white ribbon and the buttons to give some to balance the card; otherwise it seemed a little top heavy. The final touch-- a tiny butterfly.

Since the inspiration photo is from A Creative Mint , this also counts for Papertrey Peeps Challenge which for some reason I never completed. Now I am only behind one Peeps Challenge--another goal for the week.  You can check out the Papertrey Peeps Challenges by clicking on the button on the side. 

As always thanks for taking the time to stop by,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

PTI Blog Hop-Using Office Supplies

Welcome to my stop on the hop with the following challenge:
"For this month's blog hop we are focusing on office supplies! We want to see you incorporate all of those fun desk drawer fillers into your paper crafting projects. This can include paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, file folders, staples, binder rings, adhesive labels, post-it notes, index cards or whatever else you can dream up. Reinvent these basic office staples to be hip and trendy additions to your projects! "

My friends and former coworkers are headed back to school in a couple of weeks, so I made a card for the fantastic staff at the high school where I taught for 30 years.

My card layout was inspired by a  birthday card by Nichole Heady seen in this post. The front of my card includes a cork strip serving as the mount for the message and some of the new items from July's release.  Some staples and a paper clip from my school supplies add a touch of the office.

Inside the ticket sentiment is from Autumn Abundance and the stars from Limitless Labels.

Enjoy the hop!

Stamps:Just the Ticket , Mini Scrapbook Series:Library Ledger, Limitless Labels, Take Note, Autumn Abundance(PTI); A+ stamp(Michaels)
Ink: Lady Bug(Memento), Peacock(ColorBox Pigment)
Paper: Kraft, Spring Rain, Bitty Box Basics(PTI)
Other: Spiral Notebook Page die, Just the Ticket border die,rickrack die (PTI); star punch(Fiskars),cork(Quickutz)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Papertrey Peeps Challenge #11

Nichole, one of our Papertrey Peeps challenged us a couple of weeks ago to do something outside of our comfort zone. I decided to try the blackboard technique with Prismacolor pencils. You learn more about this technique on Jennifer Ellefson's blog here and here.

I chose PTI's Year of Flowers:Lily of the Valley.

I stamped the image using Fresh Snow Pigment Ink and heat set it before I began coloring the image. I also added some Fresh Snow to the edges. I sprayed the image with Krylon's Workable Fixatif. This keeps the image from fading and it also makes the colors a little more vibrant.
Here's a second card using this technique.

For the second card, I used my trusty deckled rectangle die and stamped the image while the paper was still in the die. Remember you can wipe the ink off the die. I left a little more of the white showing through the leaves on this one. The image is mounted on a panel of white stamped with Tin Types in black.
Thanks Nichole for this challenge. I now have a new technique that I will be using again.
 The blackboard takes me back to those many years of using a chalkboard when teaching before white boards and smart boards came along. Yes, I am old enough that when I first started teaching students got the privilege of beating the erasers on the sidewalk and we diagrammed sentences on the chalkboard.
Have great weekend!

Stamps: Year of Flowers: Lily of the Valley,  Background Basics:Tin Types, Mega Mixed Messages(PTI)
Ink: Fresh Snow(PTI)
Paper: True Black, New Leaf (PTI)
Other: Button(Paper Studio), ribbon (Hobby Lobby), deckled rectangle Nestabilities, Prismacolor pencils

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Hey peeps and bleeps! It's another triple H day--hot, hazy, humid!  A day to stay cool inside and do some cleaning, some reading, some crafting; well, maybe two of those three :) 
The lastest challenge on the Cards blog is to use pinwheels on your cards. I wish there was a breeze here to move a pinwheel. Anyway....
I chose to make a fun little pinwheel flower.

Fly a Kite papers from October Afternoon are perfect for this fun card.  The stem and leaves or (body and arms-I just had to personalize this little flower) are made with PTI's rickrack die.   Notice how one leaf (arm) points to the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages.
Happy papers, happy pinwheel flower, happy card, happy me.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy day!

Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado(PTI)
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise(PTI); Fly a Kite (October Afternoon)
Other: rickrack die, Aqua Mist Vintage Buttons (PTI), Tags Trio die(Spellbinders)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Felty Flowers, FTTC75

Hi peeps! This card is for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge where host Betty Wright's challenge is to use felt.

A couple of felt flowers to go with this sentiment which I just love.
Gotta get going--I've got a long to-do-list today.
 As always thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Poppy Patch, From the Garden, Vintage Wallpaper(Flourishes); Avignon(7 Gypsies)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz(PTI);Versacraft Cherry Pink;Vintage Sepia(Versafine), Rich Cocoa(Memento), Antique Linen Distress(Ranger)
Paper: kraft, rustic cream (PTI) 
Other: Labels 8 Nestabilities; tag, ribbon, buttons (Hobby Lobby), Raspberry Fizz felt(PTI), flower dies (Cuttlebug)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pecan-Peach Cobbler, Flourishes' What's Cooking Challenge

Flourishes' sneak peeks have begun, and they are indeed "berry sweet"!   Be sure to check them out here.To celebrate the July release, they are sponsoring "The What's Cooking Challenge" with a challenge of sharing a recipe in  a stamped creation with chance to win all three stamps in the Flourishes' July release.
Currently I own Flourishes'  fantastic Cherries and Peaches set and Strawberries set, so I went with a fruity recipe. Peaches are in now here in Tennessee, and I remembered a recipe in the June issue of Southern Living magazine.

For the front of the card with the list of ingredients, I added the peach imaged, stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. I added a scalloped gingham and rickrack border.
I kept the card flat (no fancy embellishments) so that it would fit in my recipe notebook.
For the back of the card with the steps, the image is stamped in Summer Sunrise.

I'll leave you with a photo of this cobbler from the magazine. Trust me, when I make this cobbler, it will not look like this.


Stamps: Cherries and Peaches(Flourishes)
Ink: Summer Sunrise(PTI), Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Summer Sunrise (PTI); gingham (Paper Studio)
Other: Prismacolor pencils, oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities, scalloped border punch(Fiskars) rickrack die (PTI)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tradition with a Twist, FTTC74

Happy Saturday morning everyone! Do you have a busy rush-around weekend or a quiet relaxing weekend planned, or are you like me and don't have any plans just yet?

Maki Jones is the challenge host this week for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge.  Maki is getting us all in gear with a theme challenge. We are celebrating Christmas in July! And to add to the celebration, Flourishes Christmas stamps are currently on sale!
I use several glass pine cone ornaments on my Christmas tree, so I went with this traditional Christmas image but in a non traditional color.

I started with a card base in ripe avocado and stamped the sentiment from in Versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder. To the base I added some Raspberry Fizz stamped with a diamond shape in Versamark. The pinecone was stamped on cream with London Fog ink and colored with these Copics: RV10,RV14,RV19, C1,C5. After I cut out the pinecone, I added Glossy Accents and glitter for dimension and sparkle. I punch the center of the ornament hanger with punch. I used a Martha Stewart branch punch to cut several pieces for the branch. I cut a small piece of one to put through the ornament hanger. I attached the branch and ornament to  a cream deckled rectangle stamped with an elegant script in London Fog ink and aged with Antique Linen ink and then mounted on Smokey Shadow cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day,

Stamps: All that Glitters, Christmas Wreath (Flourishes); A Little Argyle(PTI); Notary(Prima)
Ink:: Versamark; Antique Linen(Ranger); London Fog(Memento)
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow, Vintage Cream(PTI)
Other: Glossy Accents; branch punch, glitter(Martha Stewart), deckled rectangle die(Spellbinders),Clear Filligree Embossing Powder

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cherish Today,FTTC73

Here I am posting my card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge near the deadline. Last Tuesday when the challenge was posted I was happy to see that Cindy Coutt's challenge was fruit inspired. I have had an image from Flourishes Peaches and Cherries colored for a couple of months and hadn't used it, so I knew I had to participate in this challenge.

I colored the image with Copics and mounted it on a Labels 4 die cut that I  embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss dot embossing folder and cut into two pieces. After I colored and cut out the small cherry images, I added some Glossy Accents to the cherries and leaves. Keeping with a summery theme, I used some plaid paper and used a kraft card base.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great stampy week!

Stamps: Peaches and Cherries(Flourishes)
Ink: Black Tuxedo(Memento)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Kraft (PTI), Plaid(from Joanne's)
Other: Copics, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Labels 4 and Labels 1, Glossy Accents

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th

Hi-ya, peeps! Just a quick post with some cards I made this week and got in the mail in the nick of time for friends and family to receive before tomorrow.

Happy 4th of July to everyone in the states!

Everyone, have a fun and safe weekend.


Stamps: Vintage Picnic, Limitless Labels,Vintage Labels(PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento),Pure Poppy(PTI)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Bitty Dot Basics(PTI); Farmer's Market(Shabby Green Door);
gingham (Paper Studio)
Other: Copics;Buttons, Rickrack die(PTI); star punch(EK Success); twine(Martha Stewart)