Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Papertrey's Anniversary Party Continues...

Hey there!

I'm back for another Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenge! After a really long, slooooow day at the new job, I was so ready to do something other than stare at a computer! While I was staying home, crafting was a big part of my every day routine and I can feel a difference in my mood without it.  I stayed up late last night to make a Valentine's mailbox for Hayley.  Her class is having a party tomorrow and I had asked her if they were making boxes or if she needed to bring her own- she came home yesterday and said that her teacher told her they could if they wanted to- with her big blue eyes, she looked at me and said "we want to, right Mom?".  Sooo, yeah.  I'm a sucker.  But it was so worth it when she saw it this morning and jumped up and down with excitement and ran up and gave me a huge hug and said "I love it! I love it! I'm keeping this for-EVER!"

Here is the picture of it that I shared on Instagram and my Facebook page earlier today.  It's a Lori Whitlock file that I purchased from the Silhouette online store- hurry, it's on sale!

Tonight, I participated in another challenge over at Nichole's blog.  This time the challenge was to use stripes on a project.

Here is what I came up with:

I was going for simplicity because it's almost 10 pm our time and this girl needs all the beauty rest she can get! Ha.

I started with a Stamper's Select White cardstock base that I stamped in a rainbow color pattern using Background Basics: Retro.  The color pattern I used is: Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, and Royal Velvet.

When that was finished, I die cut a half and half die also from white cardstock and stamped it with the U from Live Love Life in Soft Stone ink, and then the Make My Heart Happy sentiment also from that set in True Black, slightly overlapping the two.

I wanted to incorporate some hearts as well, so I took the heart die from the Bubble Talk Dies and used it to cut two hearts from that same half and half die cut.  I then took some scraps of Pure Poppy and Royal Velvet Cardstock and adhered them to the backside using foam adhesive to give the hearts a little extra color and dimension, and then added the decorated half and half die cut to the card base with some more foam adhesive to finish off the card.

The rainbow of color was so refreshing- bright and happy! We've had a lot of gray, dreary weather around here and today was the first time in several days that the sun was shining.  My mood drastically improved after lunch when I was able to get out and sit in the sun for a few minutes.  These bright happy colors have a similar effect.

Well, I've put off my bed time long enough! I better go catch some Zzzz's so I don't look like a zombie tomorrow!  (Is it Saturday, yet?)

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Royal Velvet, Pure Poppy
Stamps: Background Basics: Retro, Live Life Love
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet, Soft Stone, and True Black
Dies: Half and Half, Bubble Talk

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Papertrey Ink!

Like they always tend to do, this weekend flew right on by!  I missed a day of the anniversary festivities, which makes me a little sad, but it was for a good cause.  My daughter's girl scout troop had their cookie delivery yesterday, so we went to pick up our cases to sell and it ended up taking 3 hours for them to unload the truck.  Yes, three hours.  This was supposed to be a 15 minute errand.  So yeah.  The Mister was so not happy with me that it took so long, but in the end we had a happy little girl and she can now sell her cookies to her heart's content.

I did create a little 3x4 card for yesterday's challenge, but I can share it another time when I use it on a PL page.

For today's challenge, I was so inspired by one of the cards Nichole posted in her blog today, so my card is based off of hers, but with different supplies/colors obviously since hers used new release items.

I started out with an Ocean Tides card base.  This was a color that I held off for quite a while on purchasing.  I wasn't sure how much I would use it and up until today, I hadn't used it at all.  I think I'll be using it quite a bit more now! Love the way it looks with all these other blue shades!

I stamped the flowers from Ruby Rose onto a trimmed piece of Vintage Cream cardstock in Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Aqua Mist, and Ocean Tides.  Then I went in and added some leaves stamped in New Leaf.

I die cut the smallest of the Tipped Tops dies from Aqua Mist cardstock and stamped the birthday sentiment also from Ruby Rose in Enchanted Evening ink. I attached it to my floral panel using foam adhesive for the added dimension.

Here is the picture of me holding my finished card.

Happy Birthday, Papertrey Ink! Thank you for creating such beautiful and versatile products.  I heart you.  My wallet does not. Ha.

Tomorrow is my orientation at the new job.  Workin' all. day. long.  For the first time in 5 months.  Thankful for the job, but hoping that this transition is not as difficult as I'm imagining it will be for me and for the rest of my family -- they've gotten quite accustomed to me being home and able to run errands or bring forgotten items to school.  I will miss being able to pick them up from school and being able to hear about their days when they are still excited to talk about it.  I'll miss being home to have lunch with my hubby every day.  But hopefully I'll enjoy this new job and it'll all work out for the best.  Fingers crossed!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have an amazing start to your week!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Papertrey ink Anniversary Day 2 (Post 4)

You made it! You made it!

My final post for the Day 2 challenge! These were so much fun to work with and definitely got the creative mojo going.

For my last card, I picked Heather's 3x4 card image.  I plan on printing out another of these to use in my Project life album, but for today's purposes, I used it for a card.

This card was so simple.  I wanted the image Heather designed to take center stage, of course, so I used one of the sketches from the sketch recipes.  I first embossed some polka dots from Polka Dot Basics II (yes, I used that set a whole bunch today- it's one of my favorites).  I used white embossing powder because I wanted it to be subtle. Just a touch of something for the background.  I added a mat of raspberry fizz cardstock under the image and adhered it to the front of my card.  I then folded a doily over the top and wrapped some baker's twine that I tied in a bow.

My last little touch was a few little pearls.

This card took about 5 minutes.  So easy.

Cardstock: Select Stampers White, Raspberry Fizz
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Versamark
Other: Doily, White Filigree Embossing Powder, Pink baker's twine, pearls by Queen & Co.

Okay- that's it from me today! As if that wasn't enough, right?! :-) I'll be back soon with some more anniversary festivities, I'm sure!! Have a great rest of your evening, and if you're playing along with these challenges, I hope you have as much fun with them as I am so far!


PTI Anniversary Day 2 (Post 3)

Post Number 3 of the post overload of the day! I really wish InLinkz would allow link ups to the same post if it's a different photo, but no matter- I'm getting them all in one way or another!  If you've made it through to this post today- thanks for sticking it out with me! :-)

For this card, I chose to use Betsy's freebie image.

Can we just take a second to appreciate the colors that Betsy used?  Aqua Mist and Pure Poppy = magic.  Just love it.

I started out with a Pure Poppy base for this one, and layered on some aqua mist and stampers select white. I used the Mini Blooms stamp set and stamped the flowers individually in Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, and Harvest Gold.

I added a piece of grosgrain ribbon from my stash- not sure where I got this one, I've had it forever.  I layered the image onto a Mat Stack 6 and popped it up on the card using some foam adhesive.

This card and the next one came together super fast.  The designers did such an awesome job with these freebies- they really speak for themselves without having to add a lot of other embellishments.

Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Select Stampers White
Stamps: Mini Blooms
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold
Dies: Mat Stack 6
Other: Polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Digital image by Betsy Veldman

Alrighty y'all, one more post to go!

PTI Anniversary Day 2 (Post 2)

Ok, after that short delay, I am back to share my next card for today's challenge.

This one is using the Digi image by Lizzie Jones

For this card, I started out with an Aqua Mist base, followed by some berry sorbet, and a piece of stampers select white that I stamped using Polka Dot Basics II in Aqua Mist ink.  

I added the small strip of berry sorbet that I stamped with the scribble-y swirly image from Little Bitty Bird in berry sorbet ink to mimic the look of the swirls on the digital image.

I used a leftover die cut from Fabulous Frames, a Doily Details die cut, and a Limitless Layers Circles die cut to house the digital image.

This was a fun color combo- two of my PTI favorites- Aqua Mist and Berry Sorbet.  When I first started working on it, I pulled out Melon Berry, but my printer tends to print a little dark and it turned out more like Berry Sorbet.

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Select Stampers White
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II, Little Bitty Bird
Ink: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet
Dies: Fabulous Frames, Doily Details, Limitless Layers Circles
Other: Digital image by Lizzie Jones

2 more posts to go and I'm done for the day! Make sure to check those out too! :-)


Papertrey Ink Anniversary Day 2 Contest

Ok friends, prepare for post overload! I have to separate these out into individual posts so I can link up all 4 cards I did for this challenge!

I have had a very crafty afternoon! :-) I love days like this.  Especially when it's so so cold outside!

Now on to the projects!

This first card uses the Digi image designed by Dawn McVey.

I started out by printing out the images on white cardstock and I cut the image out using my limitless layers ovals dies.  I also die cut the scalloped oval from that die collection as well from Aqua Mist.  I had a white die cut from Mat Stack 6 and an aqua mist double ended banner in my unused die cuts stash, so I pulled those out as well.

To create the background, I used the It's A Banner Day set and stamped the floral image in Raspberry Fizz and Sweet Blush.  I went back in with the little dot that's included in the set and added some random dots of Aqua Mist.  I placed that stamped background onto a mat of Scarlet Jewel and then adhered it to the card base.

I layered up the die cuts and adhered them to the card front to finish it off.

In the next post, I'll be sharing the card I made with Lizzie's digital image.

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist, Stampers Select White
Stamps: It's A Banner Day
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush
Dies: Limitless Layers: Ovals, Double Ended Banners, Mat Stack 6
Other: Digital Image designed by Dawn McVey

I'll be back to post the next card in a few minutes- it's time for my little one to be picked up from school!


Make it Monday #151 + PTI 7th Anniversary Day 1 Challenge

Is there a "bah-humbug-ish" expression for Winter time?  Ick.  I am in serious need of some warmth and vitamin D, STAT.  Woke up to -9 degree temps and snow falling.  While I love the look of a pretty snow fall, we had to do work/school this morning.  No delays or anything.  When I was out and about for my meetings on Tuesday, everyone was commenting about how this is not a typical winter here, that they've hardly ever gotten snow, and so on. However, this is our 5th snow fall since we moved here and they are calling for record breaking low temps tomorrow.  So yeah, go away winter.  We have had enough of you.  I know that my midwestern friends and family are laughing at me for this.  They have had massive snow storms and have been snowed in for days and all of that, so me complaining about a few inches when I spent a majority of my life in Chicago and then Indianapolis is pretty funny. But in my defense, I've spent the past 7 years in Charleston, where it's hot and humid for most of the year.  So this is like temperature shock.

To pull myself out of the winter blahs, I made some cards with some bright, un-wintery color palettes!  First up, this week's Make It Monday Challenge (#151).

This week's challenge was to use drop shadows with die cuts.  I have had this Mighty Oak stamp set and die since they were released, but shockingly this was my first time to use them.  I started out with a base of Raspberry Fizz this time, and I die cut the Mighty Oak die using first Kraft and Dark Chocolate cardstock and then again with Limeaide Ice and New Leaf.  Instead of using the tree die from the stamp set, I stamped my kraft tree with one of the Background Basics: Woodgrain images.  I also stamped the Raspberry Fizz card base with a Background Basics: Woodgrain stamp. I stamped the leaves in Limeaide Ice ink and then set about layering up my die cuts and arranging them on the card.  I used the die cut negative as a template to place the leaves.

To finish off this card, I die cut the Stitched Pinked Edge label die from Hibiscus Burst and Select Stampers White and stamped it with a sentiment from Signature Series: Cupcake in Dark Chocolate ink.

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, New Leaf, Limeaide Ice, Hibiscus Burst, Select Stampers White
Stamps:  Mighty Oak, Signature Series: Cupcake, Background Basics: Woodgrain
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Limeaide Ice, New Leaf
Dies: Mighty Oak, Stitched Pinked Edge Label

Next up, I created a card for the Anniversary Day 1 challenge using the recipe cards, so I am also linking this post up there.

I chose the color recipe of New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, and Pure Poppy.

And this sketch recipe:

For this card, I started with a white card base that I ran through my big shot and embossed the Cover Plate: Hexagons to create some interest on my background.  I used the Boutique Borders Birthday frame stamped in New Leaf Ink on Aqua Mist cardstock and then cut it in half to form the border accents as suggested on 

the recipe.  
I used The Sweet Life stamp set to create my flowers, stamped first in Hibiscus Burst and then the next step in Pure Poppy.  The leaves were stamped in Hawaiian shores ink and then the next step was stamped with New Leaf.  My sentiment is from Signature Greetings II.

Using sketches and color combos that are already planned out definitely makes the card-making process go much faster! This card came together in only a few minutes.  

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock:  Select Stampers White, Aqua Mist
Stamps: The Sweet Life, Boutique Borders: Birthday, Signature Greetings II
Ink: New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy
Dies: Boutique Borders: Birthday, The Sweet Life, Cover Plate: Hexagon
I am looking forward to the rest of the challenges that will be announced for PTI's anniversary countdown! Should be lots of activity here on the blog as I play along!

Have a great day, friends! Stay warm!!!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy February!

Hey Friends! Welcome back and Happy February!

Sorry I wasn't able to get around to a post yesterday, I was too busy playing a human pin cushion.

I had several appointments yesterday for the new job that I have been talking about for the last couple of weeks. They told me I would have to go through a "health screening" before orientation.  That is what happened yesterday.  The "health screening" included a physical, vision test, urine test, blood draw (5 tubes!), 2 shots, a physical fitness abilities test, and a mountain of paperwork.  It was an intense day to say the least! They are extremely thorough, that's for sure! I still have one more shot to go on Friday and then orientation on Monday.  I've never had to go through such rigorous testing for a job before, so it was an experience!

I am feeling a little yucky today- one of my shots was the flu shot, and while I know it's not the live virus, etc, I still  been queasy and have had a headache and chills since about an hour after I received it.  It'll pass, but I'm sticking close to home today anyway.  Not that I'm too sad about that because it's Anniversary time over at Papertrey and they have the best anniversary party around! I will be back to share an entry to the contest that went live today.  For now, though, I have my take on this month's color play challenge.  It can be found in the Papertrey Forums.

Here is the challenge:

I love this one! Such happy colors.  I started out with a Raspberry Fizz card base that I stamped with Polka Dot Basics II in Raspberry Fizz ink.

Next up, I layered a Cover Plate Hearts die cut from Aqua Mist with some Vintage Cream and Sweet Blush cardstock.  I also ran the aqua mist piece through with the woodgrain impression plate for some added interest.  I cut another Cover Plate hearts from Vintage cream and stamped some of the images from Happy Hearts on the hearts in Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, and Raspberry Fizz and then placed them randomly in the spaces. A few are attached with foam adhesive.

For my sentiment, I cut a double ended banner from Vintage Cream and stamped it with a sentiment from Happy Hearts in Hibiscus Burst Ink.

Love love love how this turned out.  I stamped a couple other pieces that I was playing around with that I'll end up using on something else, so I'm sure this is a color combo I will be using again in the near future.

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream, Sweet Blush
Stamps: Happy Hearts, Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold
Dies: Cover Plate: Hearts, Double Ended Banners
Other: Woodgrain Impression Plate

I am headed back over to my craft table to work on a card for the anniversary challenge! Have a great rest of your day!!