Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cas-ual Friday Challenge #44

This week's CAS-ual Friday challenge is to use a pattern, an image and a sentiment.
I heat embossed this gorgeous Cherry Blossom branch in a color similar to the Vintage Cream card base. Then I inked the edges a bit and them impressed it with PTI's Woodgrain Plate.
Stamped a simple sentiment on the bottom. Viola, CAS.

I also made a similar card that is not so Clean and Simple. Added some satin ribbon and a butterfly. (I'm sure y'all probably sick of seeing butterflies on here. Sorry, but I can't help it. I love them!)

 I'll be sending these off to Operation Write Home. The Mother's Day Deadline is March 31st if anyone wants to send some out!

Stamps: Flourishes Cherry Blossoms, PTI Delightful Dahlia
Ink: Versamark, PTI Kraft
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Sweet Blush
Misc: PTI Sweet Blush Satin Ribbon, Woodgrain Impression Plate, AMuse Butterfly Die, Ranger Seafoam Embossing Powder 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Bling Challenge

The Paper Dolls have a challenge up on the blog. Check it out here.
Renee has some blog candy up for grabs! Join in the fun until April 9th!

We were to use something Spring-y with some Bling.
I chose a new dogwood stamp that I just recently bought. I love dogwoods!
I colored the leaves and centers with copic markers and added some stickles in the middle.
I cut out the flowers and popped them up for dimension. I added some bling to the tiny butterfly too!
I'm sending this card off to Janelle to try to lift her spirits and let her know that she is in my prayers.

I'll be back with some more Dogwoods soon. Hope it's warming up where you are!

Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers Dogwood Blossom
Ink: Memento Black, AMuse Papaya, Copics
Paper: PTI Summer Sunrise, White
Misc: Diamond Stickles, pop dots

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Superior Cardstock!

I found some really great cardstock that I wanted to share with you all. I bought a sampler pack at an Etsy store called Lilly Belle's Paperie. It came with 17 different colors and matching envelopes. I've never had matching envelopes before so I am REALLY excited to make some cards sets with these.

Look at all of those delicious colors!!

The first thing I did when I received the order was to compare the color and thickness to Papertrey Ink's cardstock. I was so excited to see, or should I say feel, that Lilly Belle's paper is just as thick and sturdy as PTI's!!! And a lot of the colors I received are so similar to PTI's you can't tell the difference.

So far I found that this paper is a perfect color match for:
Pure Poppy
Raspberry Fizz
Sweet Blush
New Leaf
Hawaiian Shores

You can see them closer below. (And you can always click on the image for a larger picture)
 I put them next to my PTI color samples (that I hang on a binder ring).
 I was SO excited that my beloved Sweet Blush is an exact match to their Ballerina.

And the Hawaiian Shores matches exactly to their Caribbean. The Kraft is an exact color match too. But it's a hair thinner. But I like that because PTI's Kraft is too thick for my liking.
The brown is PTI's Dark Chocolate. I have nothing to compare it to yet. Lilly Belle's paper above the DK Chocolate is their black which is really nice.

I will be ordering more from them very soon!!

And no, I wasn't compensated in any way for this post. I just really needed another cardstock source and I am really happy to have found one!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Big Thank you

One more try with the Playdate Cafe's color challenge.

This week's colors to use are:
Charcoal, Ash, Butter

So this is the other card that I was working on. I think it's way too busy and the sentiment seems off balance but thought I'd share it anyway. I really enjoyed using these 3 colors together. I've seen so much of it lately on design blogs and Pinterest. Maybe I'll use this combo again sometime soon. :) 

Stamps: Stampin Up Fabulous Florets, Hero Arts Antique Flowers and Butterflies, PTI Thank you

Ink: Versafine Black, Amuse Slate, Memento Dandelion
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart, Rustic Cream, Vintage Cream
Misc: Hero Arts sizzix die, PTI Banner die

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Shower Curtain Inspiration

I was searching online for a new shower curtain and stumbled upon this one.

I instantly saw PTI's Botanical Silhouette and Larger than life sets. So I just had to make a card!

I really need to get out more often. Lol!

Stamps: PTI Botanical Silhouettes, Delightful Dahlia and Larger than Life
Ink: Amuse Lime, Memento Black, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade
Paper: PTI Spring Moss, misc black and white cardstock
Misc: PTI Banner die, summer sunrise satin ribbon