Monday, January 31, 2011

Vintage Christmas-- FTTC 102

It's time for another Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. Challenge 102 is to use hardware on your card. I purchased some metal crafty pieces at Tuesday morning over a year ago but have never used any. This challenge was the perfect opportunity to use one.
I had a horrible time photographing this card and still am not satisfied. I couldn't seem to get the colors true or the little sparkle I added to a few of the trees captured.

 The sentiment is the metal tag.

We had a beautiful weekend with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60's, so yesterday we headed to mountain to hike where the trail still had quite a bit of snow and ice. Speaking of snow and ice, I hope those of you in the 60% of the US expecting another winter storm stay safe and warm.

 Have a great week,

Stamps: Vintage Postcard (Flourishes),Vintage Christmas (Crafty Secrets)
Ink: Memento London Fog (Tsukineko)
Paper: Fresh Linen, Ocean Tides, Scarlet Jewel(PTI)
Other:Die-namics Faux Crochet Border (My Favorite Things)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

Woohoo --the first PTI Blog Hop of 2011! Most of you have come here via Nichole's blog, if not, you can visit Capture the Moment to get all the details of this month's blog hop. I am sure there will be many participants, so I will keep this short.

I had two stamp sets from my November order that got their initial inking for this hop--Signature Series--Dress Form and Fillable Frames #10.

And a peek inside.

Enjoy the hop!

Stamps: Signature Series:Dress Form, Fillable Frames #10 (PTI); Thanksgiving (Crafty Secrets)
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo(Tsukineko), Dark Moss Chalk Ink (Colorbox)
Paper: Vintage Cream, True Black (PTI); Lullaby Lane and Life's Portraits Petite Pad (Webster's Pages)
Other: Signature Dress Form Die,Fillable Frames #10 Die (PTI); Velvet Rickrack, Pearls (colord with a Copic)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Victorian Violets--Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Blog Hop

Congratulations Flourishes on the 100th Timeless Tuesday Challenge!

Welcome to my stop on this celebratory hop; you can read more about this celebration and hop HERE.

The challenge is "All About Favorites! Use your choice  of one or all of your favorite stamps, papers, colors, technique, and embellishments!"

Some of  my favorites that I 've used on this card include
 1. Sweet Violets stamp set by Flourishes---an obvious choice based on my love of violets, the name of my blog, and the many times, including my first FTTC, that I have posted cards using this stamp set.
 2. Deckled Edge Rectangle Nestabilities. I just love the distressed edge.
 3. Antique Linen Distress Ink by Range. More distressing. Are you seeing a theme here?
 4. Patterned paper--I've used 3 patterns from Basic Grey's Curio 6x6 card
 5. Coloring--I loved my coloring books and crayons when I was young; now I love to color stamped images with colored pencisl and or Copics. I used Prismacolor pencils for this card.

 Because I can imagine opening an antique book of botanical prints and seeing these violets,  my inspiration for this  card design was Victorian design--with its incorporation of nature, pattern, and sometimes dark weighty elements.

If this is your first stop by my blog,  thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll return.
Everyone enjoy the hop!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dream a Little Dream

Dreaming of  sunny blue skies, warm days, sweet summer dresses, fragrant flowers, and someone special.

The image is from Crafty Secrets Sweet Kids set--part of my Christmas from my sweet sis. The sentiment is from PTI's Embellishments.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Colors of Love & FTTC 99

 The latest Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge  is to use flowers. But that is not the only challenge Flourishes is hosting. The Colors of  Love challenge  is being held in anticipation of their January release this week with a prize of the newly released stamps. Fingers crossed here!  For this challenge you must use shades of pink,  red, and white. I combined these challenges using Flourishes beautiful rose stamp from  Calendar Set 2.

I colored the image with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and used  the cracked glass method. I rubbed in some Antique Linen ink to age the "glass."  Then I added the image to PTI's Favor It Box 1. Keeping an antique and romantic feel, I added the sentiment to a small scalloped heart spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist, added a pearl and thin satin bow.
 A sweet little favor waiting for some decadent chocolate.

Stamps: Calendar Set 2 (Flourishes), sentiment from Embellishments (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Antique Linen (Ranger)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush (PTI)
Other: Copics; Prismacolor Pencils; Favor It Box 1 Die (PTI); UTEE (Ranger); Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Scalloped Heart Die (Spellbinders); pearl, satin ribbon

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Papertrey Peeps Challenge and a Huge Thank You

I hope  the beginning of  2011 has been positive for you. I love the fresh feeling of a new year--the Christmas decorations are put away and the house feels lighter; there are plans,goals, and possibilities to meet.   I am feeling postive about this first week; we have  had two lovely snows, perfect for cozying inside. And I did work on some of my goals for the new year.  I made it to the fitness center for four classes this week, did some decluttering and organizing,  and even did a little crafting beginning with this card for the first Papertrey Peeps challenge of 2011, hosted by Rhonda who challenged us to make and send a Thank You Card.  You can check out the challenge and fellow Peeps by hitting the links on the right, and please join our challenge.
This card, using some of her favorite bold colors, is for fellow Peep Terri who keeps us organized by scheduling the challenges and hosts for our blogging group. She also keeps the Peeps Blog updated and recognizes our birthdays with gorgeous virtual cakes.
 I have so enjoyed meeting these ladies and being inspired their incredible creativity. I am looking forward to our challenges and visits this year.
So Terri,  a huge Thank You for all you do for the Peeps!

Stamps: Delightful Dahlia, Background Basics: Tin Types, Inside & Out: Thank You (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamagic Turquoise Gem (Tsukineko)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores (PTI)
Other: Delightful Dahlia Dies, Eyelet Lace Border Die, Pure Poppy Felt, Hawaiian Shores Grosgrain Ribbon (PTI); Copics