Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey Tuesday

I thought I'd show you a card that I've fallen in love with...it uses PTI's Love Lives Here. From the moment I saw this stamp set, I knew that it would be a set that I would keep close to my heart. I've mentioned it before, but my mom is an folk-painting artist (although lately she's been creating some stunning watercolor botanicals), and growing up, I remember that she was very drawn to Shaker pieces. The heart-in-hand image is very Shaker-oriented, so it reminds me of my mom.

There are lots of fun goodies that went into creating this piece; the background is stamped with Background Basics: Sheet Music. I used a piece of patterned paper from the Library Ledger collection, along with some pieces of Aqua Mist cardstock die cut with the Banner Builders die. The focal image is placed on a background cut from Mat Stack 4. The matching dies for Love Lives Here completely make this set! I love the little heart that gets cut out; here I cut an extra piece of Aqua Mist for the center (and you can't tell here, but I covered it with Rock Candy Distress Stickles; it added the perfect understated touch). My final touch was a bow tied from Fine Linen Satin Ribbon.

I'm not sure if I can bring myself to part with this lil' pretty! (That's terribly selfish, but completely true!) I hope you find it inspiring. Have a wonderful day & be well.

Monday, January 24, 2011

English Tea

Good morning, blog friends! Please forgive the lack of postings this past month or so - I have a good reason. I've just returned from a two week jaunt to Thailand! Ward, Wally, the Beav and I went to share in a friend's joy - he got married to the most amazing woman. I'll try to share some stories and pics soon, but in the meantime, I have a fun Lockhart card to share with you.

This Tea Pot image was a no-brainer choice for me today, as I'm very cold and very much in need of caffeine! I started this card with some papers from Kaisercraft, called English Rose. (I don't usually start with the paper, instead I prefer to color the image first, then choose papers that coordinate.) My coloring choice on this was Copic markers, and I pretty much stuck with a mono-chromatic look to emphasize the coordination with the papers. A little machine stitching finished off the simple look with style. Here's a closer look at this great image:

One of the best things about Lockhart stamps are their versatility. I love how this card can be used for a variety of occasions! (I think this one will be going to a friend whose birthday is at the end of the week.)

Thanks for sticking with me during my little haitus. I have a personal goal to get back into regular posting, so don't be surprised to hear from me a bit more regularly! Have an amazing day & be well.