Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Crafty Girl!

One of the many advantages of working so closely with Papertrey Ink is that I'm privy to what the Design Team is up to each month. I tend to challenge myself to complete the same assignments in the same time frame (what can I say? I guess it's a habit left over from when I was on the release team!). This is the card that I created using Dawn McVey's new Studio Style set. What a fun set! I know I'm going to be using "Happy Birthday, Crafty Girl" a LOT - it's the perfect sentiment for all my super talented friends.

For this card, I first decided on my color combination - I chose Kraft, Melon Berry and Spring Moss. For the 'quilted' strip, I used pieces of Green Tea Leaves along with pieces of Melon Berry that I stamped with Background Basics: Tin Types and Spring Moss ink. When I added Spring Moss cardstock die cut with the new Small Scalloped Border die, and some machine stitching, it really gave it a great look. Add a little Spring Moss Topnotch Twill and it really completes the background.

For the focal point, I pulled out my colored pencils and colored a Melon Berry and Spring Moss button mix. This image is kind of small for me to color with Copics, so I was really pleased with the control I was able to achieve with the pencils - just take a look at the shading and color variations. I used a little light blue for the jar so it didn't look too flat, as well as a combo of grey and silver for the lid. It was very fun to color and really didn't take that long at all! I finished it off with the sentiment and some rounded corners, and it's all set to go!

I hope that you have a great weekend! Be well.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Hi blog friends! I wanted to show you a little inspired fun I had today - a fun, casual necklace that I created using Papertrey Ink supplies! Isn't it adorable? I have been having a lot of fun looking at the Scrabble tile necklaces that are on Etsy, so I thought I would take a stab at them, but for my first one, I opted to go with a circle instead of a square. I pulled out Green Tea Leaves patterned paper and cut a circle from the Aqua Mist smaller print. Then I stamped one of the small butterflies from the new set Butterfly Dreams. I used Enchanted Evening ink on Aqua Mist cardstock, then cut it out. I love the way it stands out, yet flows with the background.

I love the way it turned out! I can see making these for all seasons! It's really making me take a look at my small stamps in a new way. I'll keep you up to date with any others that I make. ;)

Have a great day! Be well.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Homespun Knitting

Hi friends! I hope that you had a nice weekend. Ward, Wally, the Beav and I had a great day yesterday walking around the Capitol Hill neighborhood and eating brunch in our favorite little hangout there. The temps were creeping up toward 50 degrees, and after the winter we've had, that felt downright tropical! Of course, we're still dodging snowbanks all over the place (and the subsequent puddles), but the sun felt so nice yesterday that it was hard to even care.

I stumbled across a tote bag the other day that had my favorite knitting needles and a half finished scarf in it. Given that I don't even remember starting the scarf, it's relatively safe to say that it's been a while since I sat down to knit. I really consider knitting to be my 'hobby' at this point in my life, so I need to make some time to dedicate to it. (While it's difficult to call the paper crafting my job -even though it is - I tend to call it my hobby gone wild. Don't get me wrong, I'm the luckiest person I know having a job that thoroughly brings joy to my life. LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY!)

So, in honor of my neglected hobby, I created this sweet card from Lockhart's Basket of Yarn image. I colored the image with Copics, but afterwards I wasn't happy with the basket. To remedy it, I went back over it with a Prismacolor pencil and colored in the parts that looked streaky to me. This is a great tip to keep in mind - there's nothing that says you can't use colored pencils with your markers! And the pencils can really help correct any parts of the markers that are just a bit too far gone.

I did add a little Distress ink on top of the image when I was done - the white cardstock was a little too stark in comparison to the patterned papers (Jenni Bowlin and A Muse gingham). I really love the homespun feel it ended up having.

I hope your Monday goes off without a hitch! Be well.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Are you seeing spots?

Dot Spot is a brand new set at Papertrey Ink - and it's a fun, mod set that keeps drawing you in for another look. I opted to keep it really simple with this card (a one-layer card?! Not something I post on here often, but I love the challenge of them!). Using the PTI ink colors Enchanted Evening, Lemon Tart and New Leaf, I stamped this fun card and it took such a little amount of time, you would be shocked. The sentiment is from Mod Squad, and it stays with the fresh, fun feel of this card. This is a card that I know I'm going to be replicating often because of its wide appeal - it can be for a woman or man, or even those pesky teenagers (ok, maybe they're only pesky sometimes). I did add a little Stickles to the center just to add a touch more visual interest.

Have a great weekend! Be well.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Many thanks!

This little black & white thank you was really quite fun to make! I started out with a 4 Bar sized card base from Stamper's Select cardstock, then I pulled out several new products from Papertrey Ink and went to town with it! For the background, I used the sweet flower strip from Heather Nichol's Egg Hunt. Then for the sentiment, I used her Fillable Frames #1. I don't know if you saw the concept for this during PTI's countdown week, but this is a simply brilliant idea! Each month, a new Fillable Frames set will be introduced for - GET THIS - $5. Each set will have a frame and a few sentiments that not only fit in that frame, but also the frames for every other month. And if it could possibly get any better, PTI would find a way! Yes, there are matching dies for the frames! And they're only $5!! It is such an economical, flexible way to stamp.

Do you see that great black accent under the sentiment? THIS was the really fun part. I took a section of Papertrey's new 100% Wool True Black Felt and die cut it with the new Medium Scallop Border Die. I saw a few questions about the felt when it was introduced, and for what it's worth, this stuff is really nice. (I have other 100% wool felt that I thought was pretty darn good, but after feeling this, I have to rethink it because I really love our new felt!) After die cutting it, I stitched it with a cute flower stitch that I have on my sewing machine, then adhered a strip of True Black Gingham ribbon to it. SO CUTE! The final touch was adding some adorable Vintage buttons on the scallops. Totally fun!

Since I knew I was going to have a lot of details on this card, I opted to stay with the black & white rather than adding in color. I felt like this was a pretty busy card on its own, and that adding colors in would really muddy it up. It's something to keep in mind when you're creating, too!

I hope this gives you some fun ideas for the new Papertrey Ink products! Have a creative day - and be well.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Guess what I'm really behind on? So much so that when I was up in the middle of the night last night, this card layout came to me!

For today's Wee & Whimsical Wednesday, I pulled out a new Twinchie from Inchie Arts and wallpapered it with this cute patterned paper (Frond Collection from Memory Box). This is a GREAT technique with Inchies, Inchie + and Twinchies - so easy and fast! It's a fantastic way to add instant depth to your project, too.

I used Prismacolor pencils in the same colors as my patterned paper to color the fun, new Laundry Basket image from Lockhart Stamp Company. I always laugh when I see the new images because sometimes, like with this stamp, it's like Karen is inside my head! Once my image was colored, I cut it out and placed it on top of the wallpapered Twinchie. I placed the sentiment like this because I wanted the feeling of the never-ending cycle to come through clearly. (hmmm, you're starting to get a strong understanding of my feelings on this task, aren't you?)

Which reminds me - I need to switch the loads...wash, dry, fold, repeat...

Have a great day! Be well.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Well, I guess I've been in a quilt mood lately! Must be all that pesky white stuff lying outside of my window. This beautiful quilt card was a real joy to create.

I started out by pulling out my Quilter's Sampler and Quilter's Sampler Additions. I stamped them on nine Dark Cream Inchie Squares, then colored them in with colored pencils and inked all the edges with Spring Rain ink To create the background, I cut squares of paper from the new patterned paper collection Pretty Pastels (and it is SO pretty!). I adhered them to Spring Rain cardstock using my Glue Glider repositionable adhesive cartridge. Why a repositionable? Good question! I knew that I wanted to stitch this to contribute to the quilted look, but I DESPISE, LOATHE, HATE gunking up my sewing machine with adhesive. (I feel strongly about this, in case you didn't pick up on it...) :) By using just a smidgen of repositionable in the center of the squares, I can avoid stitching over it, while still be able to achieve a nicely-pieced quilted look. The pieces stay in place as I stitch and I don't get adhesive in my sewing machine.

Once the paper quilt was finished, I adhered it to a 5" square Vintage Cream card base, and inked those edges. The final step is to adhere the stamped Inchie Squares. I love the depth this gives it!

Well, it seems like just about everyone is seeing the pesky white stuff this winter. I saw an article the other day where every state but Hawaii has had snow in the last week or so - that's mind-boggling for me! I found it really interesting and made me feel not so snowed in. Now I'm off to get under my fave blanket (from a dear friend) and enjoy another cup of coffee.

Have a great day. Be well.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Warm Comfort

Hi blog friends! I apologize for being a little MIA last week! As you may have heard on the news, my area of the country got punched pretty hard by snow last week, so I feel like any spare time was spent literally digging out. But enough about things I can't control! Moving on...

I created this card for a friend who had surgery a little while ago. She's a very talented and knowledgable stamper, so I wanted to make a card that would make her really look twice. I pulled out my Quilt Block 2 from Lockhart Stamp Company and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I deliberately wanted to give it a time-worn, washed look and this was the perfect way to do so. When I paired it up with some patterned paper (Anna Griffin), the sentiment (Papertrey) and some machine stitching, it made for a lovely, comforting card.

Have a fantastic day! Be well,

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Click Simple Sneak Peek

This is something that I never expected could be made from paper - a Shaker box! Leave it to Nichole Heady to come up with such a sturdy, clever box! This beautiful Click Simple template will be available exclusively through Papertrey Ink on February 15th for only $5. It goes together in such a well-constructed manner, too. Imagine the possibilities for wrapping special gifts - bracelets & necklaces, get well gifts, even a special pair of socks (I like socks, what can I say?!). This template will be one that you will definitely want to add to your collection!

Be well!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Good morning from snowy Washington DC!

Morning, blog friends. So it's Friday morning, and I'm sitting at my desk with my favorite mug filled with my favorite coffee and I'm bracing myself...there's a storm coming. And this is no wimpy little Southern-style snow storm, it's a big whopper. We're preparing for another two feet of snow over the next 24-36 hours. (You may remember this post from December where I wrote about the 2 feet of snow we got. Well, this past Saturday, we got 5 inches; then Wednesday, we got another 4 inches. And today...I admit it. This snow has me defeated.)

So I guess it's best to stay inside and craft!

Have you all buckled your seatbelt for Miss Nichole's Wild Ride? I hope you've been following along with all the fun for Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration. There are SO MANY AMAZING THINGS planned that it makes me truly giddy with excitement! If you haven't yet, check out all the fun at Nichole's blog.

I thought I would share this card with you today. My brother-in-law's birthday was earlier this week, and this is the card that I sent him. I'm not fond of sending lumpy embellishments through the mail, so this is a flat one. It starts out with a sailboat from Men Of Life and a great Happy Birthday sentiment from Say It With Style. The color combination is Kraft, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado - a great look for a classic masculine card. Add in a little Dark Chocolate ink and it gives it that pop that makes it complete!

This card is 9" x 4" - a really fun size for a little spice in your card making. They're nice because they fit in a standard business size envelope.

OK - off to partake in the Papertrey 3rd anniversary celebration. See you there!

Be well (stay warm!)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Sorry for the tardiness - computer woes! I thought I would show you a cute little Valentine's gift that I created using Papertrey Ink's Tiny Treats: Valentines (I just adore this set, too cute and punny for anyone to resist!) and Simple Valentine.

I started out with this adorable frame - I found a 3 pack of these for (hold on to your hats!) $2.50 at Target recently! I scooped up as many white ones as I could find, but there are also black and silver. (They're in the Dollar Spot, in case you'd like to check.) I then cut a piece of scrap matboard to fit in side of the frame. I stamped Simple Valentine on that (using Fresh Snow ink). For the focal point, my image from Tiny Treats: Valentine was stamped on Stamper's Select White and matted with Sweet Blush. Can you say caaaa - uuuuute?!

You know, I think I may just have to do a series of these to place around the house! I hope this gives you some fun ideas for these adorable Valentines' sets!

Be well,

Monday, February 1, 2010

A new window!

I was just thrilled when I found out that this Lockhart Tulip Window was coming out. I have always been drawn to tulips and I know I've mentioned before how I like the challenge of coloring terracotta pots, so combine them with a new window stamp and WOW! I'm all smiles!

I used Copic markers to color this image, in part because I really wanted it to pop. I'm planning on going back and coloring this image another time with colored pencils, too! I think it will be a fun exercise to see how they end up.

Here's a look at it with a little more detail. Does it have you longing for Spring? It does me - especially since we got another 5" of the fluffy white stuff over the weekend. (And yes, I'm wondering if I really did move South or not last year! Enough already with the darn FOUR LETTER WORD, hee hee.)

I do find coloring images like this are so therapeutic! I know I'm not alone in this sentiment, either - there's just something so relaxing about it. I hope that you can make a little time this week to color something SPRING-y. (You can even check your local store for this Lockhart beauty!)

Be well.