Thursday, September 30, 2010

Peace Be Still

Morning, all! Just a quick post today, as I'm working diligently on the Papertrey Ink October newsletter. 17,000+ of you receive it! I'm always blown away by that - and I'm blown away that tomorrow is October. Time flies...

Heather Nichol's Pinefeather Press stamps (for PTI) have this funny little way of sneaking up on me. Peace Be Still was no exception! I started out and became so quickly enamored that I could hardly stop! So quick details here: Clearly Creative Cardstock base, blue shimmer cardstock given the Background Basics: Diamond Impression Plate treatment with a lil' stitching for good measure. Peace Be Still dies and stamps with Spring Rain ink.

Fun trick I discovered, thanks in part to Jennifer McGuire. Ranger Perfect Pearls dusted over PTI inks (the 2nd generation, pigment hybrid formulation - the one with the spongey base) looks UNBELIEVABLE. Perfect Pearls have always been a love of mine, but they adhere so beautifully to the PTI ink that I can't hardly stand it. The most gorgeous, subtle shimmer ever - and it looks so perfect with the blue shimmer cardstock. Just stamp, dust on the Perfect Pearls before the ink dries and set it aside for a minute or two. Dust off the excess and this is what you're left with. Go - pull out your Perfect Pearls and try it!!

A very glary pic of the interior to show you a couple of quick things - one, the beauty of Inside & Out: Holiday. Such a striking font combination - I will be using this set for years to come, so if you're on my card list, just be forewarned. Also wanted to show you that the flourish from Vintage Labels goes with this in the most absolutely perfect way. Last thing I thought I would point out is how stinkin' cool Smokey Shadow ink is on PTI's Blue Shimmer cardstock. Can you hear my contented sigh from over there?

Ok, back to the newsletter! Have a wonderfully creative day! Be well.

PS - Thanks for the sweet comments yesterday! For those of you who asked, I picked up my mini clothespins at Paper Source, but I think you can find them at Michael's, too, in the wood craft aisle. Hope this helps.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The stockings were hung....

Good morning, blog friends. I haven't properly thanked you for stopping by in quite some time. I was reading over the stats yesterday, and so many of you come from so far away. I am so grateful that you share a little part of your day with me - it's really humbling! Thank you.

OK, onto the crafty fun! I had so much fun creating this sweet holiday card. It's the first card I made when I received my box; in fact, I spent a little time with Erin Lincoln (total sweetie with SO much creativity!!!) crafting earlier this month, and this was the card that I spent the most time talking about.

It's probably very easy to figure out, but I'll break it down a little just in case. I started out by creating the stockings from the new Stocking Prints die, then inked them up with the coordinating stamp set. (One of my favorites - I used this on my holiday cards last year.) The die completely makes this set come alive!

I used the new set Framed for the background on this. This is one set that will stay on your desktop - it's that useful! No more worrying about achieving this look perfectly with a pen and ruler. (I must drink too much coffee for this technique, because I would always mess up more than I got right! No more worrying about jittery hand for me!) The sentiment is from this set, too, but there are a TON of your existing sentiments that will fit beautifully as well.

The finishing touches were Pure Poppy Baker's Twine and mini clothespins. I had to hang those stockings with care, right? :) These would make adorable cards to give to neighbors (the clothespins make them not-too-friendly for mailing in bulk, but you could always skip those!).

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for fun holiday cards. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by. Be well.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

I thought I would show you a fun technique today that is an oldie but a goodie - the glitter window. This technique is so easy to do with Papertrey Ink dies. You simply start by cutting and scoring a card base, then die cutting the front with the die of your choice (in this case, I used the new Christmas tree die).

Once you have the front cut out, you are going to need something clear and sticky on one side. Packing tape can be a great choice, but here you would see a seam. There are other products on the market that you can use. But the easiest choice is probably taking a piece of Papertrey's Clearly Creative Cardstock and running it through a Xyron machine. Make sure you put the sticky side up, so that you can simply sprinkle glitter on it. Once you have it covered, sprinkle off your excess and use your bone folder or better yet, your fingers (I know, several of you just cringed!) to really mat down the glitter onto the sticky surface.

So you can see that I have a matching die cut image on the inside. Isn't it pretty to look through the glitter window and see that image? It's from Tree Trimming Trio and is a classic image. The tree die cut coordinates with the Flourish Tree perfectly.

I added a little Scarlet Jewel ribbon, then the sentiment on the front is from Alli Miles' new set, Holiday Spirit Sentiments. I was pleased to find out that it fit in the Jar Label die cut perfectly! (Many sentiments do - it's a great tip!)

To finish the ensemble, I used my Envelope Liner die and created a simple gift tag. The tag was done with the new Tag Sale 1 die (I have used this NON-STOP since I got it!!!! It's a wonderful size!!!) and the stamp from All Booked Up. The to/from is from the 2009 Holiday Tag Collection and the sentiment is once again from Alli's new set. Everything is a perfect fit on that great lil' tag! You could whip out a ton of those for everyone on your gift list in no time flat.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas for your holiday crafting. Have a great day! Be well.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I think it's fall...

Welcome to the work week, was your weekend? We had a great one - chock full o' fun activities with great friends. Just one of those weekends that you really don't want to end, you know?

I did manage to squeeze in a little stamping & coloring. Given that I woke up Sunday before the sun came up wondering how exactly I was quite so sunburned from Saturday, I opted to color a beautiful autumn Lockhart image. (I feel like the lil' engine that could - "I think it's fall, I think it's fall")

There is SO much detail in this fall window that I really didn't trust myself with Copics, so this is all done with my Prismacolor pencils. They're my medium of choice in a situation where I need total control. They make this window come alive with color, coming close to doing justice to Karen Lockhart's fantastic illustrations.

Are you looking forward to fall? It was a scorcher on Saturday (mid 90s! Hence the sunburn...) so I think I'm really ready. ;) I hope you have a wonderful day! Be well.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Year of Flowers: Morning Glories

Popping in to show you what I created with the latest installment in the Year Of Flowers Series from Papertrey Ink. This is Year of Flowers: Morning Glories and I think it is just beautiful! Nichole did such a wonderful job illustrating this. This card went out as a birthday greeting to a friend of mine. I hope it brightened her day!

I colored this with the Copic Trios suggested by PTI for the colors coordinating with Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon and New Leaf. The background was created by stamping the focal image with Plum Pudding ink onto Plum Pudding cardstock. I like the tone-on-tone look that adds a cohesive feel to the card without detracting from the focal image.

We have a fun, busy weekend here! It's been unseasonably warm here this week. (I thought it was done! I hoped it was done! Just wait - come February I'll be lamenting about the cold again...I should really just move to somewhere with moderate temps year round!) Heading to a Nats game tomorrow with some friends then Sunday plans for football - should be a fun, sports-filled weekend! Hopefully I will squeeze in a little time for stamping, too. Whatever you're up to, I hope it is a ton of fun! Be well.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Back to school

I don't know what it's like in your house, but in mine, the annual Back to School leads to an inevitable increase in the amount of laundry. Honestly, it's a phenomenon that I cannot explain, because my boys don't wear uniforms, or dress particularly nice for school. They just wear what they wear! So why the dramatic increase in laundry?

I was chatting on the phone with an old friend about this very thing (you know that friend, the one that you chat with for hours about nothing at all). I thought it would be fun to send her a card celebrating the everyday, so I pulled out my fun Lockhart Laundry Basket and color it up. Notice that there are no pastels in that laundry basket - just all bold boy colors here! And yes, mismatched socks (these are the bane of my domestic existence!). We have TONS of them here - they multiply like rabbits or something.

The sentiment "wash, dry, fold, repeat" repeats and repeats and repeats...kind of like the laundry around here...

Off to switch a load from the washer to the dryer - have an amazing day! Be well.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Morning, stampy friends! I hope your week is going well. Last week, the talented design team at Impression Obsession, including my sweet friend Laura Fulcher, took a swing at using products from Inchie Arts. They all did amazing work with my favorite lil' squares!

So, I'm a little late in playing along, but I did manage to get the challenge finished. I thought I would show you the little notecard set that I did using stamps from Impression Obsession. I started by stamping Inchie Notes from the Fall Collection with the Cover A Card Gingham and Versamark ink. (Totally a stamping short cut! No need to go looking for matching ink - Versamark to the rescue!)

I then stamped 3 Wheat Twinchies with Cover A Card Greenery and Versafine Sepia. If you have one of Impression Obsession's Mega Mounts, you can actually stamp all the Twinchies at one time - yep, another shortcut! ;) I edged each Twinchie with Versamark ink for a soft look.

The sentiment is from this stamp. I masked it to get just the word I wanted. Copper Stickles and brown buttons with twine were my finishing touches.

This was a fun challenge - and a great product pairing. You can hop over to the I-O Blog to get more great ideas. Be well!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

I just realized that I had forgotten to show you this card that I did with Take Three: Fall! I can't believe it! :) I kept the design on this very simple, but there are a few things on here worth mentioning. The Kraft panel was treated with a little something special from the Guide Lines Grid Impression plate. The focal piece is die cut with the Spiral Notebook Page & Library Pocket dies. All of the patterned paper was pulled from the Autumn Abundance pack (love these patterns!). To achieve the look that I did with the pumpkin, I started with Terracotta Tile paper and stamped it with Vintage Cream ink. I really like the way it turned out.

I've been creating like crazy lately, so I'm planning on posting each day this week - and maybe next week, too! (OK, maybe that is a little too ambitious!) I have lots of fun things to show you from the latest Papertrey Ink release starting later this week, so stay tuned! Be well.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm honored to have been asked to be the Fab Friend at My Favorite Things today! I first met Kim last summer when she was in town for the GASC in Chantilly. I have always enjoyed the great images from MFT. You can click over to the My Favorite Things Blog to see my contribution to this fun program. Thanks, Kim, for asking me to participate!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fall is on its way!

I saw my second red tree this weekend (I don't really get too excited about the first - could be a fluke!), so I have a feeling we are at the end of these dreadful HOT days that we've seen so many of this summer. And that is just fine by me!

To celebrate, I thought I would color up this beautiful Harvest Candle image from Lockhart Stamp Company. I used Copic markers on this, and added Glossy Accents on the hurricane for a more realistic glass feel.

So happy to be coloring fall images! They are so warm and inviting, and Lockhart's are definitely some of my favorites! Be on the lookout for more later this week. In the meantime, have a wonderful week. Be well!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wee & Whimsical...Thursday?

Yes, I am off a day again! Darn Monday holidays always throw me for a loop! :) Thanks for bearing with my loopiness.

Inchie Arts is sponsoring the current color challenge at Embellish Magazine, so I thought it would be fun to play along. The color combo is such a fun one, and I knew I definitely wanted to create a Lockhart Halloween card to go with it. This witch's legs image fits perfectly on a Twinchie (don't you just love that!), so I started by stamping it with Memento Tuxedo Black, then coloring it with Copics. I used a lot of Copic Colorless Blender on the background of the image - see how it is just a faint green? I just outlined the background space, then used my blender to pull the color in towards the center. After the coloring was finished, I added Stickles to accent a few places. It turned out so cute! The artist-quality matboard takes whatever you can dish out - and does so with blinking an eye! ;)

The "Haunt Couture" sentiment (one of Karen's new ones) was perfect here, too. I embossed it with Leaf Zing embossing powder (from American Crafts); the background of the card was done with this, as well. It really pops on the purple, don't you think? Black mats on all the layers really helped the pop-factor, too.

Such a fun color challenge! Thanks, Ashley at Embellish Magazine and Lisa at Inchie Arts for coming up with such a fun challenge.

Be well!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gobble Gobble

I hope all my American friends had a nice long weekend, and all my other friends are well into having a productive week. I just wanted to pop in quickly to show you a fun card with Gobble Gobble. I used both the stamp set and the coordinating die on this, as well as the Mat Stack 3 die. This is a really fun set to brighten up someone's Thanksgiving.

It's the first day of school here, so I'm keeping it short and sweet today. Wally is already out the door for his first day of HIGH SCHOOL (yikes!) and the Beav just shut off the shower, so that is my cue to say Be Well!

Friday, September 3, 2010


Good Friday Morning to you! Whoo hoo - long weekend waiting ahead, friends! :)

I have a couple of sweet goodies to show you today! Both are created with Papertrey Ink's August release set Embellishments. I was looking for something different to do with these, and while surfing for inspiration, I came across THIS beautiful pillow from Pottery Barn. I knew it was a great leaping off point to create a sun-kissed, slightly faded look like this:

I had made this a couple of weeks ago, then went to lunch with my friend Eileen. While there, I received one of her newer ScoreBoards dies, the Box with Scalloped Flap. I just *love* these! I promptly cut a piece of off-white matboard and stamped a matching piece! The front piece was die cut from the coordinating PTI Embellishments die; to achieve the look, I stamped Vintage Cream ink and immediately applied clear embossing powder. (The paper is Terracotta Tile.) When heat embossed, it gave this sweet, milky look that went so well with the rest of the project.

I hope this inspires you to create something fun this weekend. Have a wonderful Labor Day and I will chat with you next week!