Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Passion for Papertrey: Recipe Challenge

Hey everyone! I am here with my last post as the Featured Stamper on A Passion for Papertrey's blog.  I have had SO MUCH fun playing along this month!! Thank you so much Kate, Aimes & Caryn for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful blog! 

This week's challenge is a recipe challenge.  We were to use 3 colors of our choice, 2 buttons & 1 ribbon.  The colors I chose were Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush & Spring Moss (and I used Kraft as a neutral...I'm hoping that that was still within the rules!!).

I ordered a few of the fruit stamps for Papertrey's recent release and I am in LOVE!! I haven't had a lot of time to stamp lately, but when I do, I find myself reaching for these sweet little sets! 

I really like being able to cut these cute little fruit images out of felt, fabric or paper!  I kept the focus of this card very CAS.  The words from the Tag It's #1 set (LOVE that font so much!!) fit perfectly in the space of the frame! 

Thank you for stopping by!! Be sure to check out the challenge on "A Passion for Papertrey's Blog"! 

Thanks again to Kate, Aimes and Caryn for allowing me to play along!! It's been so much fun!!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps:  Fruit Fusion: Cherry, Tag It's #1, Framed
Paper: Kraft, Sweet Blush
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy, VersaMagic Tea Leaves
Other: Felt, Sweet Blush Buttons, Fruit Fusion Cherry Die, Spring Moss Ribbon, Twinery Twine, Cane Print Impression Plate, Pop Dots

Friday, May 27, 2011

Home Made Puffies

Have you seen one of the new trends...puffies?  KI Memories came out with a new felt line of embellishments that are "puffed", which I translate "stuffed", lol!  Here is a link to what I am referring to.  See, how cute they are!?

The thing is...if you are a PTI fan, you probably have felt and dies in your stamp arsenal, right? :)  Well, with those tools paired with a sewing machine or a needle and thread you can create your very own, custom-made puffies (for lots less too!).  Want to see an example?

I took the new Fruit Fusion watermelon die and cut the bottom piece with green felt and the top piece with Raspberry Fizz felt.  Then, I sewed the pieces about 3/4 of the way together, left the needle in the felt (but released the foot so I had some give) and took some quilt batting and used the pointed end of a paint brush to carefully poke it into the watermelon.  Once it was completely in and "puffed" up, I continued to sew the watermelon closed.

After I had them sewn together, I added some black rhinestones to mimic watermelon seeds.  So easy!  Just think of how many other dies you could do this with!  Flowers, butterflies, clouds, balloons, etc...  Get the picture? :)  You could even sew a pattern on the watermelon or other fruit!

Here are a few other details on the card:

I used the Cane Impression Plate to give the clouds dimension and texture and then popped it up with pop dots.

After I stamped the polka dotted "clouds" I used a clear Spica Glitter Pen to add some subtle glitter to each dot.  Just a fun little extra.

I hope that this idea inspires you!! I'd LOVE to see your "puffies" if you make some!  You can send me an email or leave me a comment with a link to your post so I can see what you come up with!  I think it could be addicting!! :)  I have another card to share with you using this same idea soon!  Hopefully it will post early next week!

I hope your day is full of blessings!  Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Turning a New Leaf, Fruit Fusion:
Paper: Kraft, Spring Moss, Rustic Cream, White, Spring Rain
Ink: Fresh Snow, True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Champagne VersaMark
Other: Fruit Fusion Watermelon Die, Picket Fence Die, Turning a New Leaf Die, Raspberry Fizz felt, felt from Material Evidence Shop on Etsy (green), Black Rhinestones, Sewing Machine, Pop Dots, Corner Chomper

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 2011 Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Papertrey Ink blog hop!  I have 2 cards to share with you today but first, the challenge.

May is the month when many flowers finally go into full bloom after a long winter's sleep. For the blog hop this month we want to see your favorite take on flowers. 

What a fun challenge!!

Up first is a clean & simple card.

Ahhh...summer flowers! I love them and I couldn't resist looking for fabric in my stash with lots of color in it for this flower!  (I used the small yo-yo maker to make this flower and attached it with a large glue dot.)

I used one of the grass clumps from the new PTI anniversary set and then added Raspberry Fizz rhinestones for little accent flowers.  I am soooo loving this Cane Impression Plate! I wasn't sure if I needed it at first but now I can't quit using it on every card I am making!  The impression is so gorgeous!!  And, of course, that Lemondrop twine from The Twinery adds a great contrast to the Hawaiian Shores paper!

I am also entering this into the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week to use bling!

The 2nd card I have to share with you today is totally different and very bold!


How about a black & white polka dotted fence?  It is cut out of fabric so in real life it has an extra-fun texture!  The flower is also die cut out of fabric...I'm in a fabric mood lately!  (Be watching because I have something extra fun to share with you in the next few days using fabric & felt!!  I can't wait!!)

In order to make the fabric stiff enough to die cut, I used Pellon Craft Fuse Iron-On Backing which adds stability and strength (I got that right off the package, lol!!) to your fabric.  It was simple, simple to do.  I picked up a 1/4 of a yard in the fabric section of Hobby Lobby.  Then, I cut a small square of fabric and backing.  Then, you just iron them together.  That's it!  Very simple!  It makes the fabric stiff enough to die cut (although I went over the die in my machine 3 times to make sure it cut through all of the material.  I probably should have thought to use my metal shim...thanks Kristin!!...If you have a shim, you might give that a try to add a little extra pressure to get a good cut.

Be sure to visit the others in the PTI Blog Hop!  Entries can be added until 10 PM CST on Nichole's blog!

Thank you so much for visiting! I can't wait to check out the rest of the participants!!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Hello Friend Card
Stamps: Botanical Silhouette, Think Big Favorites 3
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, White
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Palette Landscape
Other: Cane Impression Plate, Fabric (HL), Raspberry Fizz Rhinestones, Lemondrop twine from the Twinery, HS Button

Hello There Picket Fence Card
Stamps: Tag Its #1, Flower Fusion 4, Framed
Paper: TAC Kraft
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Palette Landscape
Other: Fabric (HL), RF Button, Lemondrop Twine from The Twinery, RF Ribbon, Cane Impression Plate, Pop Dots, Picket Fence Die, Flower Fusion #4 Die

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Botanical Silhouettes

I received my free & exclusive Papertrey Ink Anniversary set and it is a BEAUTY!! (I have an extra set so if you are interested, let me know!  It is $25 and that includes shipping to you with US & Canada addresses...international shipping can be negotiated.)

I whipped up a super quick & easy card using this new set and wanted to share!

This is SOOOO my kind of set!! No coloring! YEA!!  Two step stamping! YEA!!  Worlds and worlds of possibilities! YEA!!  Can you tell I love it!

I kept this card super simple because the main image doesn't need much!

I added some glitter with a Copic Spica Clear Glitter Pen and I love the subtle shimmer that it gave each flower!  Those rhinestones match the color of the flower stems but they look sort of funky in the photo.

I also needed a couple of graduation cards, both for college graduates. I decided to use this same layout and make non-traditional graduation cards.

LOVE that Cane Print Impression Plate!

I'm sending the first card over to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use bling.

Thanks for visiting! Hope your weekend is a great one!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Botanical Silhouettes, For the Graduate
Paper: Aqua Mist, Royal Velvet, Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream
Ink: True Black, Dark Chocolate, Color Box Wisteria & Warm Red, CTMH Breeze
Other: Twinery Twine, Rhinestones, Pop Dots, Cane Print & Vineyard IP

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Blessings of Wildflowers

**Did you see the new stamp sets I have for sale?  Check out the post below this one or the page tab under my blog header that says "Stamps for Sale".**

I love seeing wildflowers growing in the fields & ditches as we are driving down the road.  They just really bless me.  We even have some variety of wildflowers back by our garage and they are so pretty.  This card that I have to share today uses wildflowers for my inspiration (and yes, again, I used the "With Sympathy" set.  Hope you aren't tired of it yet!)

I have wanted a grass image for a long time and tonight as I was looking through my sets, I had to hit my forehead with a big "DUH" when I realized that the "With Sympathy" set had a great grass image (for the cat tails).  I stamped the grass across the frame at a tall height and then again at a shorter height to give it depth and make it full.  Then I added the flowers (from "With Sympathy" & "Beautiful Blooms II"). 

The butterfly was stamped with gingham but it is hard to see in the photo.

Thanks for coming by today!! I hope you have a beautiful day and a weekend full of blessings!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: With Sympathy, Beautiful Blooms II, Bitty Background Blocks, Beyond Basics BordersPaper: Kraft, White, Stella & Rose Patterned Paper, Bitty Dot Paper
Ink: Fresh Snow, Thatched Straw VersaMagic, Palette Landscape, Wisteria & Tangerine ColorBox Chalk, VersaMark
Other: White Embossing Powder, Yellow Scrappers Floss, Double Ended Banner Die, Love Lives Here Die, Pop Dots, Square Nestie

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Stamps for Sale

(I'm doing some housekeeping and I will be back with a new card tomorrow!  I wanted to get this post done and published!)

I recently had a garage sale and was suppose to put out some new stamps sets for sale.  It was AFTER my garage sale was over that I realized that I forgot to add the new sets for sale!! OOPS!! So, I'm going to list them here.  You can see all of the sets that I have for sale at the Page tab above!

Paper Smooches Perky Plants (clear stamp set)
New In Package...Never Been opened
$14 (this price includes shipping, this stamp set only)

The Angel Company Stamp sets (deeply etched rubber, cling mounted.  Some have been indexed on the back of the cling):
Love & Joy $7 (PENDING)

Savvy Sayings $13 (PENDING)

Be Square $6 (PENDING)

Forget Not $6  (PENDING)


Faith $8

Happy Bug Day $12

Great Greetings $14

Holiday Wishes $8

Sweet Goodies $13

With Sympathy $12

Needed Numbers $8

This Girl $12

This Boy $12  (PENDING)
(This set has been indexed on the back but is uncut, never used)

So Splattered $5

You Words $3

Mini Medley (New & Uncut) $7

Friendly Note $4

Edge Designs $12

And, here are the other sets that I also have for sale (you can see what sets are still currently available by visiting the "Stamps for Sale" page tab at the top of my blog, under the header.

Angel Company Stamps (unmounted deeply-etched blue rubber stamps):
Aged Ornaments $8
 Always Remember $13

 Be of Good $12

Classic Alphabet $10
Only about 1/2 of these letters have been cut out

Decorative Corners $8

 Distressed Typewriter Bet $12

 Everyday Events $15  (PENDING)

 Floral Dingbats $7

 Great Greetings $5

It's the Little Things $4

Just for You $4

Nurture Your Soul $10

Simple Bet $9

Punctuation $6

Misc Handmade Stamps $3

SS Greetings Swirl $4
(not sure what company this was from but my label says "SS")  It is unmounted red rubber.

Dance With Your Spirit $4

Happy Celebration $4

Just Giggle $3

Party Time $4

This is Me $5

Winter Wonderland $7

Fun Time $3
Sample #1

Background Builders $5
Party Notes $7

Be $4

SU! Stamp Sets
These sets have been unmounted onto cling. Wood blocks are not included.

Shapes & Shadows $8  (PENDING)
2-Step Stamping Set

SU! All Occassion Set (Don't know name of it) $6  (PENDING)
I know that the first one is a little blurry and the 2nd one is stamped very quickly!  Sorry about the quality of the photos!

CTMH Stamp Set

Small Pleasures (some staining on a few stamps) $9

Other Misc Stamp Sets

Checkered Background $2

Other Stuff

Sweatshirt Large (men's size) $10 plus shipping
worn a few times, washed maybe twice
This is a true red, shows up much brighter in the photo

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

If you are interested in any of these sets, you can email me by clicking on the "Send Me an Email" button on the left-hand sidebar on my blog or respond with a comment to this post!  Thank you!!  Have a good day!
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