Friday, July 9, 2010

Pink & Gray Love

I thought I'd try another CAS card. I'm not sure where I found this layout. I had it scribbled on a post it note and it sat on my desk for a very long time. I'm guessing it's from the CAS Blog, probably the Fall to Layout Sketch #85. This is another swap card I made for the SCS PTI swap that I'm in. I made 8 of these. They came together quickly but tying bows still gives me such a fit!!Apparently I am bow tying impaired.

Stamps: PTI Delightful Dahlia & Signature Greetings
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Memento
Paper: PTI White, Bazzill Grey
Misc: EK Success Scallop Punch, Pink satin ribbon, MS Butterfly Punch

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Soaring By

I'm stunned! I won an honorable mention on The Playdate Cafe's blog for my Argyle card. Wow! I'm the one who feels honored. So how appropriate that today's card is in the clouds. Exactly how I'm feeling. :)

I'm in a PTI swap over on SCS hosted by my good friend Amy. We were to make a square card. I chose to try making one of those "scene-like" type of cards that have been popping up all over the place. They are by far my favorite, followed closely by the Clean and Simple designs. Weird combo, huh? Yep, that's me.

I had a ton of fun creating this card. It was sooooo nice to have some alone time in my craft room after a week of entertaining the In-Laws. So much so that I made 6 of these cards plus another one for me to keep for myself. :) Crafting is so therapeutic for me. I really need to make more time to craft. Hope you get some crafting time in soon!

Stamps: PTI Everyday button Bits, Text Background
Ink: Memento Black & Rose Bud, Colorbox Sky Blue
Paper: SU Bashful Blue, PTI Green Leaf & Hibiscus Burst
Misc: PTI Lemon Tart, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores & Hibiscus Burst Buttons, pop dots, felt, felt glue, sewing, copics

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cherry Blossom Tree & Elegant Chick

I had a vision of making a Cherry Blossom Tree. But I didn't have the right stamps and ink. Or so I thought! (I'm in the process of getting rid of all of my PTI inks and supplementing with other manufacturers so my ink selection is limited right now.) I used the tree from SU's Branch Out set and the flowers are from PTI's Floral Fusion. I inked a group of 3 blossoms and stamped off on some scrap paper so I could get just the right color of pink. I added some darker flowers to add some depth. Then I used a Copic Marker for the center of the flowers. That's one of the great things about the Memento ink, you can use Copic markers right on top of them!! I tried making the tree look like it was losing some blossoms in the wind. Not sure if I accomplished it, but I tried. I made 6 of them for a swap held by my good friend Jen. It's a clean and simple design but it was A LOT of stamping. Sure was fun though and that's what matters! :)

Stamps: SU Branch Out, PTI Floral Fusion
Ink: Memento Rose Red, Palette Burnt Umber
Paper: Gina K Luxury White Cardstock, PTI Hibiscus Burst
Misc: PTI Hibiscus Burst Button, misc ribbon, twine, pop dots, copic marker

The next card is for the same swap. My wonderful and generous friend Banu sent me her extra PTI Anniversary set, Round and Round. (Does anyone else sing that eighties song in your head when you read the name of this set? heehee! Who sings that anyway?) This was the first time I was able to use it. It's such a nice set. I especially love the big flourish with the circle in the center. So many things you can do with it!!

I didn't use ANY pink on this card!! I know Chris will be proud of me. It was tough, let me tell you. I think for me, pink is what Kraft is for most people. It's my neutral. :) But it's nice creating out of my box. Once in a while.

Stamps: PTI Round and Round, Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dots 2
Ink: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Versamagic Olive
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Select White, SU Old Olive
Misc: PTI Lemon Tart buttons, flat back pearls, nestabilities, pop dots, EK Success Scallop Punch

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Busy Bug

I made this card for my best friend. I hope to visit her next month. I haven't seen her in years and years. We've both been very busy living in different states and raising our kids. I promised her that I'd drive all the way up to see her if I had to. Even if it means 14 hours in a car with 2 kids with no DVD player. Oh the horror! But she is definitely worth it.

I thought this card was too busy with the patterned paper and then I paper pieced the car. I played around and even used a copic colored car instead but it just didn't look right. So I'm not thrilled with this but I'm hoping my friend will be.

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: Memento black
Paper: October Afternoon, PTI Hawaiian Shores & Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz Dots Patterned Paper
Misc: PTI Raspberry Fizz Satin Ribbon, PTI Lemon Tart button, PTI Cream Twine, pop dots, acetate for windshield

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Play Date Challenge {with no kids involved!!}

This is my first time trying the Play Date Cafe Challenge. Actually I just happened to stumble upon the blog today. I loved the combo so I just had to play!

I loosely based my sketch on the Fall to Layout Sketch #96. Well, it started out CAS with just the argyle. Then I made a mistake so I thought I should cover it up with some ribbon. But the ribbon was too high up so I added the butterfly to try to balance it out. Then it still didn't look right so I added some more ribbon to give it a gift box effect. It's funny how the end result can sometimes be something that you did not have in mind at all. Gotta love those mistakes. ;)

Usually ofter playdates I am exhausted and need some alone time. Preferably in my craft room. But this play date was kid free and just what I needed after a long weekend. Happy Monday!

Stamps: PTI A Little Argyle, Butterfly Dreams, Signature Greetings
Ink: Memento Angel Pink, Lady Bug
Paper: Gina K Luxury White Cardstock, PTI Pure Poppy
Misc: PTI Butterfly Die, stickles, white satin ribbon, pop dots

Here to give you a Lift

Hello my poor little deserted blog. I've missed you!! I had some free time the other day so I created this card just for fun.  I also had some time to create another 15 cards. However, 12 of them are swap cards that need to mailed out. Stop by tomorrow to see some more! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Bits, Text Background
Ink: Memento Rose Bud & Tangelo, Versamagic Turquoise Gem, PTI Hawaiian Shores, SU Garden Green, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, New Leaf
Misc: PTI Buttons, Vintage Cream Felt & Vintage Cream Twill, Shearing scissors, Felt Glue