Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CR84FN Challenge 32 + CPS 224

Beautiful fresh colors with the latest CR84FN Challenge --green, aqua, and yellow!

A classics sketch from CPS    

Do something crafty today,

Stamps: Mat Stack 1, Say It with Style, Simply Stationery, Love Lives Here (PTI)
Ink: Bamboo Leaves Memento (Tsukineko), Viridian Archival (Ranger), Sunflower Pigment (Color Box)
Paper: Thrift Shop Paper Pad (October Afternoon); New Leaf, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Other:  Mat Stack 1 and  Love Lives Here dies, New Leaf  twill ribbon (PTI), lace trim

Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome Home

It has been  a  month since my MIL was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Now after time in the hospital and then in a nursing home to regain some strength, she has returned to her home.
Of course, I had to have a little card waiting to greet her.

After stamping the wreath, flowers, and sentiment from Wreath for All Seasons, I stamped, cut, colored, and attached the little bird house from Bird Watching with dimensional tape. 
Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today marks the summer soltice in the northern hemisphere.
Inspired by the scenes Kristi created here using the PTI's Garden Variet,. I used her card layout with a tag and created my own little summer scene.

I knew I wanted to use this precious tiny banner on the picket fence. Then I thought of the bird house and bird to finish my scene.

Thankfully the picket fence and tag are dies because the banner, bird house, and bird requred hand cutting. I used an acrylic paint and small stiff stenciling brush to paint the fence and kraft impressed matt. I used a scalloped die and blue ink to created the mottled sky, and I colored the bird house and banner with Copics.

What are your plans for this longest day of the year?

Stamps: Bird Watching, Garden Variety (PTI); Mini Banner Greetings(Pink Persimmon); Birdies(Crafty Secrets)
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Peart Tart, Rosebud (Tsukineko); Baby Blue(Stampabilities); Sunflower Pigment (ColorBox)
Paper: Kraft, Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Other: Picket Fence die, Picnic Plaid impression plate, rustic twine (PTI); Swiss dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CR84FN Challenge 31 and CPS 222

I love this color combo for the current CR84FN Challenge. But then I like every color combination for each of the challenges. :)

I used CPS Sketch 222. I tried stamping the focal point in pink and then green, but each was anything but the focal point when placed on the card, so I went with a sepia ink for theUnity/Webster's Pages tea cups stamp. I also stamped Sweet Blush cs with Prima Recital and 7 Gypsies Auvignon stamps. The floral paper is Prima Ladybug.  PTI's Mixed Messages and Postmarks were used for the tiny tag. I LOVE those Tiny Tag dies!  I colored cream seam binding with a Copic Marker, and those sweet blossoms--another love of mine are from Sugar Pink Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Make it Monday #18

Yea! I made some time to make a card for PTI's Make-It-Monday. Betsy Veldman shows us how to add texture with tissue paper.

Because I wanted an aged-look, I first inked the white tissue paper with Antique Linen distress ink. I used Mod Podge to adhere the crumpled tissue paper to the stamped panel. After the tissue covered panel dried, I added another layer of Mod Podge. The small glittered butterfly adds just a little dimension to the card. I think this muted card would be pretty for a sympathy card, but I'm not so sure I like it for a birthday card.

It's another hot and sunny day here, so after some grocery shopping this morning, I'm planning on a little lounging in the pool with the slim possibility of some water aerobics.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Stamps: Life, Think Big Favorites # 2 (PTI)
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Lulu Lavendar, Sweet Plum (Memento); Antique Linen Distress Ink(Ranger)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Fine Linen, Plum Pudding, Lavendar Moon
Other: Butterfly Punch (Fiskars), Glitter (Martha Stewart)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June Papertrey Peeps Challenge

Where did May go? Oh my goodness--my last post was at the end of April! May was such a busy month for me--filled with lots outdoor work, tutoring, and vacation. And then on May 24, my 86-year-old mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital. She was discharged this Thursday and now is in a nursing home receiving some physical therapy, so hopefully she can go home soon. We are lucky that she does live in town, but we know we are facing some new challenges in the future. 
My  limited crafting time has been spent finishing a promised project and organizing some purchases.One morning I did manage to stamp some images that I cut out and colored while sitting at the hospital.
Luckily, I am the host of this month's Papertrey Peeps challenge, which forced me to create a new card, and spurred me to post. Because my challenge is to create a masculine card, I made a card for the most important man in my life--my husband. 

I picked one of the latest trends--award ribbons and I created one, using PTI  and Spellbinders dies.

I hope to catch up on  recent Peeps challenges and blog visits very soon. You peeps are the best in so many ways!

I hope you can join our Peeps challenge this month and link your project on the Papertrey Peeps blog.
And as always thank you so much for taking the time to visit,

Stamps: Say It With Style, Limitless Labels,Background Basics:Distressed Stripes (PTI); Anytime Messages(Hero Arts)
Ink:Versamark, Red Brick VersaMagic (Tsukineko); Ocean Tides (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Terracotta Tile,Vintage Cream (PTI); Restoration Paper Pad (Crate Paper)
Other: Double Ended Banner Die, Limitless Layers-1 3/4 inch Dies(PTI);Scalloped Circle die(Spellbinders); 1 1/2 inch circle punch, corrugated cardboard