Friday, May 30, 2008

I've got nothing.

I think I'm in a rut! :) Nothing to say, nothing to share, but feeling a wee little bit guilty about it. I just wanted to pop in and let you know I'm still around. Be back when the funk passes...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bitty Baby Blessings

The third full set from the Papertrey Ink for May is Bitty Baby Blessings. Oh, this set is just darling - I love the images, so sweet and simple. The design team came up with the best uses for this set, plus Nichole challenged us to each come up with a non-paper use for it, so seeing all the creations was fun.

This is what I chose to do for the non-paper challenge. I found this cute bucket hat in the baby department at Target. Stamping on fabric is so easy with the Papertrey Ink inkpads (and other Palette inks, as well). To adhere the ribbon, I used FabriTac from Beacon (available at most craft stores, I think).

I didn't put this one in the Papertrey gallery, mainly because I wasn't too sure that the colors on the patterned paper were quite right. Did you see here on the PTI website that you can download the patterned papers at home? (What a cool thing to offer!) I used a square Nestablities to frame the duck and colored him in with Copics. (I don't have an exact match for Lavender Moon.) "For baby" fits perfectly in a SU Word Window punch, if you have one - love little discoveries like that!

I am so looking forward to pulling out this set more often and using fun things like flock and Stickles to color in the animals. The small images are part of what make this set special, too - try using them in your label stamp sets! ;)

I hope that you are starting to receive these - I can't wait to see what you create with them. Leave a link to your pieces with your comment - I would love to see them!

Be well.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Honey Bees are all the Buzz!

I've only ever been stung by a bee once, so I thinnk this new Papertrey Ink set is just adorable! Honey Bees was designed by Candice Aguilar has certainly made a fun set this time! Just look at all those possibilities! I think the two-step bee is so clever - and looks great done with Papertrey Lemon Tart and Palette Burnt Umber. (You can view my full supply list here.) The girls on the design team and I were chatting about the honey comb stitching on this card; I will admit to you what I told them - it was a programmed stitch on my machine. ;) So while I would love to amaze you all with my incredible sewing prowess, I really can't!

I hope this card shows you a little of the versatility of this set; while the bees take front and center undoubtedly, you can certainly use this set in ways that let them take a lesser role. Not only did I use new PTI stamps, but also the new Lavender Moon cardstock and ink. I loved the way it paired up with Lemon Tart - so soft and springy! You may also notice some new Spellbinders dies on this, including Long Rectangle Mega-Nestabilities and the ribbon tags.

I hope that you're enjoying your weekend. Be well,

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My favorite day of the month - the 15th!

Good morning! Did you all enjoy the PTI party last night? Have you placed your order this morning? (Lovely little Yahoo-based glitch at midnight last night, wasn't it?) I don't know about you, but I stayed up until page 38 of the party chat, so I haven't had quite enough coffee yet this AM.

I loved working with the new sets this month! Honey Bees, Mailbox Greetings and Bitty Baby Blessings are each such fun sets - and each inspired such fun work from the Design Team.

I thought I would show you Mailbox Greetings today. I immediately was drawn to the "It's Moving Time" sentiment in this set (hmm, can't imagine why!). My two projects used this sentiment (although, I have to say, Alli Miles covered all the bases with the sentiments in this set).

I wanted to come up with a creative way to give people our new address, and thought this little magnet card and matching glassine pocket really fit the bill. Since I plan on doing several of these, I opted to stamp the Simple Alphabet a little askew to lend a whimsical feel to it. I adhered a little piece of magnet tape to the back of the address card, making it perfect for someone's fridge. (And no, we haven't settled on a house in Virginia quite yet - hopefully soon, though!)
The mailboxes are so much fun to color in; I chose to use Prismacolors on this one. (The blending is only the Prismacolor blending pencil, again in the interest of doing several of them.)

This is probably my personal favorite of the pieces I did for this release. Ever since I did my piece on Twinkling H20s at the Pursuit of Craftyness blog, I've rediscovered just how much I love these little jars of shimmery goodness! I so enjoy the skill of watercoloring (not that I'm skilled at it, but I like the challenge, lol) and the shimmer you get with these is the perfect touch. This piece is pretty cool in person, even Wally and the Beav were like "How'd you do this, Mom?". Gotta love that WOW factor!

One other quick tip for stamping on a curve - use your Nestabilities dies as a guide! Since acrylic stamps are flexible, it makes it easy to lay your die on your acrylic block, then form the stamp to the curve. Remove the die and stamp away! Your stamp should stay as you put it.

I hope that you enjoyed this look at Mailbox Greetings! Make sure you check out the Gallery to get even more great ideas!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

So much going on!

Just in case you haven't checked it out, Nichole Heady's blog has all sorts of peeks and links for this month's Papertrey Ink release. I love today's TWO posts - one is the color release with announcement about KRAFT paper(can you hear me clapping?!). The design team was just told about this this morning, so you all are learning about it at the same time we are! Very exciting. The second post is for Favor It Babies, and it is one of PTI's signature team projects. We each chose a sentiment from this $5 mini set (which, of course, coordinates with Boxes, Bags & Tags). The projects are just unbelievable! Once again, I'm just humbled to be a small part of this dynamic, talented team of stamping sensations!

Have I mentioned that this moving stuff is for the birds?! I'm finally at the point where I can admit to the world that I am finding all of this TIRESOME. I keep thinking if only one thing could be taken off my plate...then something else gets put on it. :) Oh well, attitude is everything, right? It will all be sorted out soon, and we'll be one happy family living in Northern Virginia.

Just a couple of more days and the PTI gallery will be in full swing! I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the release as well as sharing new projects with you.

Be well.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

More Mother's Day inspiration

Part of what I think Papertrey Ink's strength is it allows anyone to be a great crafter. The coordinated inks, papers and ribbons make it effortless to bring together a cohesive look. Then, of course, you add in the innovative stamps and *poof* - great card. This card utilizes stamps from Women of Life, and a scalloped circle Nestibility from Spellbinders.

One more week until the 15th of the month, so that means I'm working diligently on Papertrey Ink projects. Would I sound like a broken record if I said that there is GREAT stuff coming this month? :) Yeah, probably! I think that you're all going to be very happy - and I will leave it at that.

OK, off to play happy homemaker. Modern June Cleaver, I tell you. Enjoy your day.

Be well.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

It is almost Mother's Day!

This polka dot beauty is heading off to someone special, so I thought I would quickly show it to you before I mailed it off! Here are the specifics:

Cardstock: (Stamper's Select, Berry Sorbet) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Women of Life, Polka Dot Basics) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Berry Sorbet Palette) Papertrey Ink; (White Pigment) Joanns
Ribbon: (5/8" Swiss Dots Berry Sorbet) Papertrey Ink
Flower: Maya Road
Punch: (ticket corner punch) Stampin' Up
Embossing: (Swiss Dots Cuttlebug) Provocraft

I spent a long weekend in Virginia - oh is it gorgeous there! It is a total explosion of color there, everything is in bloom, including some of my favorites, like dogwoods and wisteria. I even saw tulips, which I was a little surprised by because I thought it wouldn't be cold for long enough down there. We looked at many houses, but we keep coming back to one neighborhood that we found on our first trip, so I guess that means we really like it! ;) I am hopeful that it will work out for us to live there.

Friday night I went to see Crowded House (again!). I must have the best husband in the world, because he took total control of the boys and I went into the throng of people! I took this with my iPhone:

I was probably about 8 people from the stage - but behind two REALLY tall men (see them?!). I had a blast, though, dancing and singing the night away! They played five new songs that I can't wait to hear again. Oh, Neil {sigh!}.

So, what else is going on? I'm happy to say that I won the April Sketch contest at the WorldWin Paper Blog . Here's the entry that I did:

I used lots of WorldWin products on this, as well as Spellbinders dies (Flower Creations #3 and the brand new Long Classic Rectangles). And notice the "Be Well" stamp (from Paper Source)- isn't it perfect!

I hope that you're having a perfect spring day. Be well.