Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Card Concept #29: Get Well Soon

I was looking for a card challenge to join in today, and I came across the site for The Card Concept.  The challenge is to create a "Get Well Soon" card.  I thought that seemed simple enough, so I decide to accept the challenge.

I immediately knew exactly which dies and stamp set I was going to use for this one!  My PTI Cuppa Love is the perfect set for sending Get Well wishes.  I die cut the cup in white cardstock to create a top fold card and stamped the large stems and leaves in two shades of green.  I stamped the tulips in red and added yellow hearts in the center of each flower.  Finally I die cut the circle tag and stamped the "Feel Better Soon" sentiment in red and tied it to the handle using red and white twine. I just love this cute little pedestal mug that the die creates.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PTI February Blog Hop

It all began with this pretty inspiration card to spark my creativity.  I absolutely love this color combination!

Blog Hop Inspiration

I tried my hand at using my inkpads to watercolor and background and attempted to use Betsy's smooshing technique.  I was pretty happy with the result, so I attached my watercolor paper to a white card base and added the "Hugs" sentiment in white along with a few little pink hearts.

PTI Make It Monday #202

I was so excited when I received my PTI release order Monday!  This week, Melissa Phillips challenged us to create beautifully layered cards using banners and border dies.  I always love Melissa's creations, and this week's cards are no exception.  I am amazed at how she is able to combine patterned papers, vellum, stamps, dies, ribbons, buttons, and other embellishments to come up with such pretty and unique cards and tags.  After viewing the video, I was inspired to ink up my new Bitty Bouquets stamp set.  It has been raining here the past few days, so I thought a cheerful springtime card was in order.

Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge Day 4

Today's challenge is to "build" a bouquet on a card cover.  Wow!  After viewing all of the design team's beautiful projects, I'm really inspired to create some pretty spring flowers.  Betsy has amazed me once again with this new Bitty Bouquet set and I am totally loving the new vellum by Danielle.

I knew I wanted to create a simple, yet pretty spring card with a flower bouquet.  Surprisingly, I don't really have any flower sets and dies.  I dug through my stache' and decided to use my Tinsel and Tags Sprigs stamps and dies to build me bouquet.  I don't often use patterned paper because I usually allow my stamped images to take center stage; however, I knew my bouquet would be small, and when I found this paper with the pretty pink stripes and purple dots, I had to use it.

After building my bouquet, I die cut a fillable frame on which to stamp my sentiment and decided to add the little bow from the Tinsel and Tags Sprigs set as well.  I think I'll write a sweet note and send this one to my aunt who lives far away.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

2015 Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge Day 3

Day 1 and 2 were super great, but day 3 has been amazing!  I must say that the new enclosed flower and folded tag are my favorite new products thus far!  Everything that the design team came up with using these products was fabulous!!!
Create a gift tag and bag to match.  What fun!  I have a particular fondness of bags and tags, so I was thrilled to see this as today's challenge.
Floral Smile Tag

I have a dear friend with a birthday this week, so I knew I needed to create something special for her. 

I used a combination of aqua mist cardstock along with paper from the shakers and sprinkles Make-It Market kit.  I used my tag dies from the Christmas Tinsel and Tags Make-It Market kit to create a focal point for my gift bag.  I used my die from Happy Days and created a shaker with a vellum from and stamped it with "Happy Birthday" from Songbirds.  I used some bright pink ribbon and threaded it through the tag before adhering it to my strip of patterned paper.  Since the shaker was fixed to the front of the bag, I still felt the need for a tag, but not anything too big.  I created a small folded tag to look like an envelope and clipped it on with a tiny clothes pin adorned with sequins.  I think it is so cute!

2015 Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge Day 2


Maile is back with some great new projects and products to inspire us all!  After perusing Maile's blog for a bit, I decided that I just had to combine butterflies and watercolors in honor of her new Beautiful Butterflies Additions and Watercolor Wonder paper collection.
Aren't these simply beautiful!  They make me think of breezy spring days, blooming flowers, buzzing bees, and Easter celebrations!

I cut some watercolor paper just slightly smaller than an A-2 card and watercolored it with two shades of blue.  Then I posted it on black cardstock to create a border.  Die cut butterflies and a sentiment were cut from white cardstock and embossed in black.  Unfortunately, I do not own Beautiful Butterflies.  However, I do have Butterfly Dreams and I think I works just as nicely for this particular card.  For the finishing touch, a few rhinestones add a hint of sparkle.

Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge Day 1

I am so super excited to be celebrating PTI's 8th anniversary!  Learning more about the amazing design team, getting sneak peaks of product releases, seeing inspirational new projects, participating in contest challenges, and chatting with others has been such fun!  And it's only day 2. (I am posting one day behind.)  For day 1, the challenge was to combine a color recipe and a sketch recipe to create a new project.  There are 8 beautiful color recipes and sketches to choose from, so it took a little while for me to make a decision.  These are the ones I finally settled on.



I used Simply Chartruese as my background base and stamped the Lemon Tart cardstock using stamps from Cuppa Love in Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist.  I then cut the stamped cardstock into two separate panels.  My sentiment is from the Shakers and Sprinkles Make-It Market kit (stamp and die).  The word "Scatter" looks at bit brighter blue on my monitor than it does in person.  It was cut from Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartruese.  Enamel dots in chartruese and dark teal were added along with a simple sheer ribbon.