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Monday, October 28, 2013

Baby Shower Card

Hi All!

Happy Monday! Today I have a card and tag that I made for a baby shower to share with you.

I used Papertrey Ink's Sweet Baby set as a focal point for the card and tag. I distressed the animals with pink and tan ink and the card base with white ink. I added bits of pink paper to each animal: the mane to the giraffe, the ear to the elephant, and the heart to the lion. The balloon is from PTI's birthday style- hand cut - and covered with glossy accents. 

The tag is made from PTI's mat stack 1 and the tags are from ting tags set. They're mounted on dimensional adhesive so they don't get askew on the bag. Unfortuately, I made and gave this one so I don't have a whole list of supplies.

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Perfect Pearls Celebrate

Hi All!
Today I have a card to share with you that I created using perfect pearls. I used four different colors: gold, copper, silver, and bronze. In person it was so shiny and pretty!

This card was a make and give situation- so I don't have a supply list to share. I do know that I used Papertrey Ink's damask design stamp with versamark and perfect pearls for the focal point. The scallop border is PTI's eyelet lace die and the papers are from my brown scraps folder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Make It Monday #137: Dimensional Leaf Wreath + Tuesday Trigger

Hi All!

Today I played along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #137: Dimensional Leaf Wreath inspiration. You can see the video for the challenge HERE.

At first I thought I didn't have the right supplies to complete this challenge, but then I realized I could use the Rosie Posie leaves in fall colors. I used dimensional adhesive on the tips of the leaves and glued the bases down to the card to give them more of a lift. By creating the contrast in heights for the leaves, the dimension becomes more apparent. 

For the background I glued the hexagons down using the hexagon die template as a guide. I was initially planning on using the grid created from the die cut, but I like the look of the hexagons even better.

Thanks for stopping by!

ETA: I realized that this card would also be perfect for Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger - Enthralled with Fall!!! I love the inspirational pic:
from here

I love the dimension of the leaves in this picture and it goes along with my thought process making this card.
 Paper: white card stock, Prima-Breathe collection
Stamps: PTI- modern wood mats, wreath for all seasons, rosie posie; Hero Arts- sew artsy
Ink: PTI- harvest gold, fine linen, canyon clay, scarlet jewel, ripe avocado; Brilliance- coffee bean
Other: PTI- hexagon die plate, rosie posie leaf die

Birdy Just a Note

Hi All!
Today I have a card that I created with Papertrey Ink's Little Bitty Birds stamp set.

I filled in some of the leaves with a copic marker. Also, I added two strips of paper from my scrap stash.  Unfortunately, I created and sent the card quickly- so I don't have a supply list for this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Make It Monday #136 - The Second

Hi All,
I loved the Make It Monday challenge for Papertrey Ink so much that I had to make a second card with it!

I chose a peacock color scheme that I love! I think that using the PTI textured stamping technique on the larger background stamp creates a feathery look. The modern basics stamp set was the perfect shape for the peacock look. I dusted the whole surface with sheer glitter spray. I think I might cut it down and mount it on a base, but for now I'll leave it. Need to let it sit and stew in my brain for a while first :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- harvest berries, modern basics
Ink: PTI- true black, spring rain, hawaiian shores, aqua mist, ocean tides
Other: Tsukineko- sheer shimmer spray

Make It Monday #136

Hi All!
I'm back today to share with you a card I made for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #136: textured stamping. You can see the how to video HERE. I absolutely love this card! It is so cheerful!

I think that the textured stamping looks similar to ikat and I like that I can add that look to pretty much any solid stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: white card stock; Prima- lady bird
Stamps: PTI- modern basics, birthday style
Ink: PTI- berry sorbet, hawaiian shores, new leaf, hibiscus burst, harvest gold, true black

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hi All!

Today I have a card that I made a while back to share with you. Unfortunately I don't have a complete list of supplies, so I'm not sure which inks I used. I think this was one of the first from when I got the Papertrey Ink set: postmarks.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (mostly):
Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- postmarks, mat stack 3
Other: PTI- mat stack 3 die

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Happy Birthday Card

Hi All!

Here's a masculine card I made for my hubby's 27th birthday:
To make the "happy"s line up perfectly at the corner, I started by stamping the horizontal one first. Then I stamped the vertical ones from bottom to top.

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Paper: white card stock, CosmoCricket- Wanted
Stamps: PTI- background basics woodgrain, birthday basics
Ink: PTI- new leaf; Brilliance- pearlescent ivy, coffee bean
Other: white gel pen

Monday, May 13, 2013

CAS-ual Friday #100

Hello All!

Today I am playing along with CAS-ual Fridays blog challenge #100! For this challenge, they provided the following tic-tac-toe grid and we had to choose one line of it.
I went with polka dots, square card, and birthday.
I used my new Papertrey Ink stamp set: Birthday Style. I love the balloon stamp in it!

For this card, I started by stamping a subtle background stamp in the center. Then I stamped the balloons on white paper and fussy cut them out. Using them for positioning, I stamped the strings and then glued down the balloons. I painted them with diamond glaze and finished with the sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Paper: Authentique- free bird; white scraps
Stamps: PTI- Birthday Style, Modern Wood Mats
Ink: PTI- ripe avocado, fine linen, true black
Other: Judi Kins- diamond glaze

Cards as Gifts- Modern Basics Series (5)

Hello All!

Originally I was going to make just 4 cards for this card series- the one featuring the Papertrey Ink modern basics stamp set. However, I really love that stamp set and now I'm making some more. Here is card #5:
This card features the same color palette as card #4. I like the simpleness of this card.

Thanks for coming by!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- modern basics
Ink: PTI- aqua mist, fine linen; Brilliance- coffee bean
Other: corner rounder

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cards as Gifts- Modern Basics Series (4)

Hello Friends!

Here is the fourth card in my clean and simple card series featuring Papertrey Ink's Modern Basics stamps set.
 I love this one; the dark brown ink has a shimmer to it that I really like :)

Thanks for coming by!

Paper: white card stock 
Stamps: PTI- modern basics, communique sentiments
Ink: PTI- aqua mist, fine linen; Brilliance- coffee bean
Other- corner rounder

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Cards as Gifts - Modern Basics Series (3)

Hi All!

Happy Wednesday! Today I have the third card in my Modern Basics series that I'm working on to give as a gift on Mother's Day.
In this card I wanted to make the sentiment very strong. Since I was stamping on top of other stamping, I double stamped the black sentiment with the help of my stamp-a-ma-jig. I also had to slightly trim one side down because I wasn't quite centered.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- modern basics, think big favorites #2
Ink: PTI- true black, simply chartreuse, berry sorbet
Other: corner rounder

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Moxie Fab Gift Tag Challenge

Hello All!

Today I'm playing along with the fabulous Moxie Fab World: 350 Cards & Gifts Week- The Gift Tag Challenge. I created a birthday tag with a couple of new stamp sets I just got from Papertrey Ink (Background Basics Chevron Strips, Wonderful Words Birthday Style, and Birthday Style).

This started with white paper :) I found that building the background was more challenging than I expected. I started in the middle, making sure that the first stripe was horizontally lined up properly, and then the subsequent stripes were lined up to the first. It's not 100% perfect, but once the focal point was there I didn't notice it so much.

On the candle flames I placed some diamond glaze using a paint brush. With the smaller areas of the flame it was too hard to get the glossiness placed perfectly from the bottle, so using the paint brush helped a TON!

The ribbon is cut long enough that I can easily tie it with a bow on a gift bag.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Paper: white paper at 2.5" x 5.5"; My Minds Eye: Lime Twist- Out of the Blue
Stamps: PTI- wonderful words: birthday, birthday style, background basics: chevron stripes
Ink: PTI- berry sorbet, aqua mist, harvest gold, true black
Other: ribbon scrap; Judi Kins- diamond glaze

Cards for Gifts- Modern Basics Series (2)

Hi All!

Here is card #2 for the clean and simple card set using Modern Basics by Papertrey Ink.

For this card I created "matching" paper for the small red strip by inking up some white paper with the berry sorbet ink that I stamped with. I also heat embossed the green strip, which thankfully didn't warp the paper too much!

Thanks for checkin' it out!

Paper: white card stock at 4.25" x 5.5" plus strips
Stamps: PTI- modern basics, mehndi medallion, flower fusion #3
Ink: PTI- berry sorbet, true black; Versamark
Other: Stampendous embossing powder in emerald

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cards for Gifts- Modern Basics Series

Hi All!

It's been awhile! I've been working on cards a little at a time, BUT I haven't been getting them online! Sorry about that! I'm working on Mother's Day gifts- packs of cards for my mom, my mom-in-law, and potentially for the Grandma's as well.

The first set is featuring Papertrey Ink's Modern Basics stamp set. Making these I've been thinking: clean, simple, and easily mailable.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: white card stock at 5.5" x 4.25"
Stamps: PTI- modern basics, postmarks, mat stack 2
Ink: PTI- hibiscus burst, aqua mist, hawaiian shores, spring rain
Other: corner rounder

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ventures into Crochet

Hi All!
***I'm linking up with Creations by Kara: Look what I made Wednesday!***

I hope you are all enjoying the new year! This year I am trying to accomplish many things. I have had a bucket list of sorts for things I want to be able to do before having children and it appears my husband is doing his best to get them done to speed up the timeline! He's so ready for babies and I'm still apprehensive.... so he's doing his best to get me ready.

This bucket list includes:
 - learning how to use my new DSLR camera
 - learn how to sew decently enough to make children's clothing that people won't know I made them
 - learn how to crochet
 - develop an exercise routine

So, for Christmas my hubby got me a new camera and yarn.

I dug through my bag of miscellaneous "sewing" supplies that my great aunt left me many years ago and found a collection of crochet hooks and a book I added to it "I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting!" by leisure arts.

Next, of course, came Pinterest!! I've found many different cites that offer tutorials and free patterns- check out my new board here

My first project was a dishcloth that I gave away before taking a picture- following very easy to understand instructions from that book.

I used my variegated Christmas yarn to make this... what should have been a coaster. However, I didn't (don't) really understand the whole "gauge" process and this turned out a better size for a pot holder or maybe even a dishcloth.

But- the big point is, I felt really accomplished finishing it!

Then I made this scarf from the pattern I found at The Aesthetic Nest:

And learned that some yarns are easier to use than others... This one looks nice, feels nice, but is really, really hard to see the individual loops!

And then I made this headband from the pattern at Creativeyarn:

My next project is going to be a beanie... one for me and one for hubby :) But I need him to come with me and choose some yarn for his... so not going to start this week!

Thanks for stopping by! And if you have any tips for a new crochet-er, please let me know!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Years Goals

Hi All!

This year I am making goals.

Goals that I seriously intend to keep.

Goals that I think are actually do-able!

2012 was a year of LOTS of change! From getting married to owning our own house and all that comes with that! Much of what I wanted to accomplish in 2012 was put off to "later" since I was feeling so awful from working nights. 

This year I am making a pretty pretty list with nice check boxes to mark the completion of my goals :)

Here are some of them:

    Find a home church of use
    Work out more regularly
    Cook more dinners
    Finish the office remodel
    Create a binder for all our important info
    Create a filing system (get rid of the unsorted box system)
    Learn how to use my new DSLR camera
    Learn how to crochet
    Post to my blog more regularly
    Spend more time developing our Miche business
You'll notice that most of these are fairly vague... perhaps easier to accomplish? Hopefully!!!

I hope you are all setting easy to reach yet valuable goals too- and good luck with it!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

December Wrap Up

Hi All!
I hope you enjoyed a great and safe new years! With all of the busy-ness of this month I didn't get most of my creations posted, so here is a wrap up of what I could easily post.
 My husbands great aunt and uncle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary so I made this card to coordinate with the gift bag I had for them. The two smaller flowers and the center of the larger one are popped up, but you can't see it in this pic.
 My parents made their last house payment, so I made a congrats card for that :)
 My hubby playing legos with my nephew. My nephew is almost 3 1/2 and keeps breaking the lego creations so that "Uncle Justin will come play" with him.

 My parents celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary the day after Christmas. I made this card to go along with the white on white challenge for the Papertrey Ink blog hop, but didn't get it up on time. I added some spritzes of "shimmer" to the background base and used perfect pearls for the sentiments and the shimmer on the layers.
My last Christmas tag: three layers of "snow" on the bottom with glittered edges. In the end I was wishing I had finer glitter on the tree, so it's on the list for next years supplies.
My cuddle buddy Butters. He's growing like a weed and all bony, so not so fun to cuddle with, but he loves to be on our laps. Probably a bad habit that we'll need to break since he's almost a big as our lab already!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grey/Pink Anniversary Card
Paper: white card stock at 5.5 x 4.25
Stamps: PTI- rosey posey, damask designs
Ink: Colorbox- antique pewter; PTI- hibiscus burst, simply chartreuse, true black
Other: PTI- rosey posey dies

House Congrats Card
Paper: PTI summer sunrise at 5.5 x 4.25, white card stock
Stamps: PTI- door to door, Take Three: summer
Ink: PTI- true black, harvest gold, canyon clay, new leaf, fine linen

Wishing You a Happy Anniversary
Paper: white card stock at 5.5 x 4.25 plus scraps
Stamps: PTI- damask design, mat stack 1 and 2
Ink: Colorbox- frost white, baby blue; Brilliance- moonlight white
Other: PTI- mat stack 2 and 3 dies; Tsukineko sheer shimmer spray; Ranger perfect pearls; doily, pearls

Christmas Tag
Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI-love lives here: holiday, Christmas blessings; Hero Arts- merriest wishes
Ink: PTI-new leaf, hibiscus burst, hawaiian shores, true black; VersaMagic- ocean depth
Other: Tim Holtz Stickles frosted lace