Sunday, February 27, 2011

First birthday

Sorry for the horrible picture- I made a birthday card for a neighbour boy who was turning one and forgot to take a picture of it until the last minute, hence the shoddy lighting instead of my photobox. But you get the drift, no? :)

There is a LOT of Papertrey Ink goodness on this card...dies galore (4 in total)! I'm in love with those doily dies so much so that I stole my mom's...honest mistake, thought they were mine...hehe. :) Other details- I inked the edges of everything with Chamomile tea dye ink and cut the ends of the birthday 'banner' with fine tip scissors.

Stamps: Just the Ticket, Big Birthday Wishes (PTI)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Chamomile (PTI); Atlantic VersaColor (Tsukineko)
Paper: Blueberry Sky, Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold (PTI); Seaside collection (October Afternoon)
Other: Just the Ticket die, Doily Details die, Tag Sale 3 die, By the Numbers die, ribbon, button, twine (PTI); 1 3/4" circle punch (EK Success)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Healing Touch

Red ribbon...holy red ribbon! I just loooove these gorgeous ribbons from Webster's Pages. They add such elegance and class to a project (something maybe I could use, no?) :) I used one of the January Papertrey Ink releases- Healing Touch sentiments for this classy get well card. I hope all of you are keeping well this winter- it seems like our household has had the sniffles since November, amongst other ailments...can't WAIT for spring to get here (as I look outside to yet another Southwestern Ontario blizzard...*sigh*

Stamps: Healing Touch Sentiments (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Chamomile (PTI)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Vintage Cream (PTI); floral (DaisyD's)
Other: ribbon (Webster's); Flourish (Prima); die cuts (PTI)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


This was a very simple, quick card to put together. I stamped the criss-cross pattern from Background Basics: Argyle in Violet ink and used an already diecut flower from Sassafrass as my focal point. I swiped my Vintage Cream ink around the edges to soften up the card, and of course- the always fun and ready to use Thickers add a dash of sparkle! Easy peasy!

Stamps: Background Basics: Argyle (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Violet (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Flower die cuts, flower centre sticker (Sassafrass); brad (Making Memories); Thickers (American Crafts)

Monday, February 21, 2011

MFTWSC7- A cloudy day

I had lots of fun playing with MFT's weekly sketch this week! A beautiful, simple sketch with SO many possibilities! That heart had me stumped until I read you can substitute with another shape/embellishment of your choice...soooo....I headed to my BUCKET O' STUFF that I haven't inked up/played with yet, found the perfect sentiment and used it with that lovely Sunshine die! I thought that October Afternoon Campfire collection worked well with the 'outdoorsy' theme of my card. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: The Great Outdoors (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Lemon Tart, Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Enchanted Evening, Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink); Campfire collection (October Afternoon)
Other: Sunshine die (My Favorite Things); ribbon (misc.); 1/8" circle punch (SU!); foam dimensionals; glitter (Ranger)

Friday, February 18, 2011

A bicycle built for two...

"Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.
I'm half crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage.
But you'll look sweet,
Upon the seat,
Of a bicycle made for two."

Love to all of you! It's my 8th wedding anniversary today, so I'm bursting with love and happiness. My dear husband just finished cleaning the laundry room for me (it's the little things like that, that I find romantic...haha) and now we're going to get ready for an afternoon adventure together and supper out on the town! :)

Stamps: bike and sentiment (Unity Stamp Co.)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Chamomile, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Vintaeg Cream (Papertrey Ink); Indie Girl collection (Sassafrass)
Other: Doily (Martha Stewart); brads (Basic Grey); 1/2" circle punch (SU!)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Seaside Birthday

The Seaside collection by October Afternoon is one of my fave paper collections of all time. I've been hoarding my papers, not wanting to use them for fear I'll run out. I love the dreamy blues and greens, the nostalgic summer vacation feeling I get from them, that surprise 'pop' of rich red...*sigh* Even better are the Wild Cards. No hard stamping/colouring work involved...just ink the edges and voila!

Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages, Borders & Corners: Circles (PTI)
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy, Chamomile (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Simply Chartreuse (PTI); Seaside collection papers (October Afternoon)
Other: Circle punch (EK Success); buttons, twine (PTI); Scalloped border punch (SU!); Seaside Wild Card (October Afternoon)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fun is GOOD!

This was created for a sketch so long ago that I can no longer remember where it came from!! Likely a Viva la Verve sketch since I've used a Verve stamp here. Isn't this card bright and fun!? Love it!

Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Chamomile (PTI)
Paper: Count Me In collection (Sassafrass)
Other: Scalloped Circle punch (EK Success); Ribbon (misc.); button, twine (PTI); pearls (Kaisercraft); Bow Easy tool

Saturday, February 12, 2011

To My Valentine

I love vintage-y looking Valentine's and so I tried to replicate that in this card. I really wish I knew where that cherub card came from- it was a 12x12 sheet of perforated cards...soooo lovely! The 'flower' came from a piece of Prima ribbon that I cut apart so as to use just individual bloom...added some Stickles to the heart pile and voila!! I was done!

Ink: Chamomile (PTI)
Paper: Aqua Mist (PTI); Love Birds collection papers (Fancy Pants)
Other: pearls (Kaisercraft); Scalloped border punch (SU!); Stickles (Ranger); ribbon flower (Prima); cherub die cut card (misc.)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Color Challenge 2

Yet another entry for the Papertrey Ink color challenge contest. For my second card I used Jessica Witty's beautiful combo of Aqua Mist, Soft Stone, Raspberry Fizz and Summer Sunrise. The set I used I earned at CHA last summer by spending over $100 (let me tell you, it wasn't that hard to grab up $100 worth of AMAZING products!!). I am SO excited to learn that the Papertrey Ink group will be returning this summer as well- see you all there!! I punched out the Summer Sunrise cardstock using a small circle punch and covered them, as well as the other strip along the bottom with Diamond Stickles.

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT day!

Stamps: CHA free set
Ink: Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Chamomile, True Black
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Soft Stone, Summer Sunrise
Other: 1/4" circle punch (SU!); Stickles (Ranger)

Color Challenge!

All these fabulous contests celebrating Papertrey Ink over on Nichole Heady's blog are gibing me SO much inspiration! Today's contest is to choose one or more of the given colour schemes and create a project with it. I chose Lisa Johnson's choice of Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Vintage Cream and Kraft. All products are from Papertrey Ink!

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Healing Touch Sentiments
Ink: Chamomile, Pure Poppy, True Black
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream
Other: Spring Rain ribbon, Pure Poppy button, twine, Book Print Impression Plate

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hearty Tree

Wow- I haven't made a card with a Stamping Bella image in ages...shame on me!! Here's the ever-cute Hearty Tree. It must be retired now because I can not find it on the site at all! I coloured my tree with Copics, and distressed all edges with Chai tea dye ink from Papertrey Ink. That cutesy paper is from the Basic Grey Bittersweet it! And in true Bella fashion, "Mwah to da sistas who love da Bellas!" :)

Stamps: Hearty Tree (Stamping Bella)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Copic markers, Spica glitter marker; Chai tea dye (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Bittersweet collection (Basic Grey)
Other: Doily (Martha Stewart); pebble (American Crafts)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

More Anniversary celebrations from Papertrey Ink

I quickly created this card for the latest contest at Papertrey Ink. They are having such WONDERFUL anniversary celebrations that you can't help but play along!! I used Lisa Johnson's tag that she created for the 4th anniversary free download...and also used a LOT of inspiration from her card as well!! :)

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Signature Greetings
Ink: True Black; Copic markers
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White
Paper: Dotty Biscotti 8x8 patterned paper
Other: 1 3/4" circle punch, scalloped circle punch (EK Success); scalloped border punch (SU!); glitter (Doodlebug Designs)

Cutesy Valentines!

It's my kiddos naptime, which is when I run in to the computer and do a quick blog post! :) Here are two bright and sweet Valentines, both using supplies from Papertrey Ink AND some super duper cute Valentine Snow globe stickers from K & Company...gosh I just loooove these sweet embellishments!! These cards are CUTE (in my humble opinion!). :) Since both used a lot of the same supplies, I'm just going to list one supply list and I'm sure you can figure out what was used're all smart like that! :)

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Simple Valentine
Ink: True Black; Copic marker
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Paper: Simple Valentine 8x8 patterned paper
Other: Hibiscus Burst ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Collection dies; double scalloped border punch, glitter (Martha Stewart); Valentine snow globe stickers (K & Company); stick pin (misc.); Bow Easy; 1 3/4" circle punch (EK Success)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Favourite Papertrey Ink of 2010

Oh WOW! Did I ever have a hard job narrowing down my fave Papertrey Ink projects that I made in 2010! I made a list, checked them all out again, narrowed the list down, furrowed my brow a bit, and finally decided. :) So here goes...
The first is a card I made for the Christmas season. I wanted it to be "flat" for easy mailing purposes. I like it because it is simple, yet sincere and 'Christmasy'. I made around 40 of these to send out to family and friends. The original post is here.
(all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted) Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio, Big and Bold Holiday Wishes
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Chai tea dye
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Pure Poppy
Other: 1/4" circle punch (EK Success); Stickles (Ranger)

This next one I custom made for my mother-in-law who wanted a card to match the wedding invitation she received (I blurred out the details on the invite). I made my own patterned paper and felt that I really came close the original, while at the same time making it elegant and fun! The original post is here.

Stamps: In Bloom, Big & Bold Wishes, Vintage Labels (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Black (Staz On)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink); Shimmery pink, shimmery cream (The Paper Company)
Other: gems (Kaisercraft); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Pearl glimmer mist (Tattered Angels)
Thanks for looking everyone and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Girly, you rock!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE the Circa 1934 collection by Cosmo Cricket! I bought both the crafting kit AND the 6x6 pad so I would have plenty of paper for a long time to come. :) The pretty lady on my card, and the circle sticker under the button are both from the crafting kit, as is the patterned paper. Can't get enough of those doilies either...seriously. They are now a MUST HAVE in my stash. This was a Paper Crafts magazine submission that didn't make it, so I"m happy to be able to show it to you now!

Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Chamomile (PTI)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Paper: Circa 1934 collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Doily (Martha Stewart); 1 3/4" circle punch (EK Success); Scalloped circle die, Pure Poppy button (PTI); ribbon (Ellen Hutson store); Wedding pin (Making Memories); Sticker, Elements card (Cosmo Cricket)