Sunday, October 25, 2015

Trio of Tags - PTI October Blog Hop

Today I am presenting a trio of red and green tags inspired by the photo for this month's Papertrey Ink blog hop.  You can read all about the blog hop by clicking on this link. 

Blog hop inspiration

This is such a pretty photo with its shiny red and green ornaments and the green sprigs on the tags.  I decided to create three Christmas tags in traditional red and green colors.

I combined several different PTI products like the new Holiday Plaid paper pack and Quilted Tag die with Deck the Halls, Songbirds, and All Through the House to make these festive tags that will surely add an extra special touch to any holiday gift.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Frame It

Today I have created a card for this week's Merry Monday challenge which must include a frame.
You can click the link here to get more details about this challenge:  http://merrymondaychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2015/10/merry-monday-175-frame-it.html

My PTI order arrived eariler this week and I've been looking forward to using my new quilted winter stamps and dies.  When I saw this week's Merry Monday challenge, I knew this would be the perfect set to use.  The lighting in my picture isn't the best; it was late at night and I had to use artifical light.  It was a bit tricky trying to eliminate the shadows.  Anyway, I used the quilted tag die to cut that pretty plaid background and the quilted winter die to cut my snowflake from adhesive backed cardstock.  I cut a square from pure poppy cardstock, peeled my snowflake from its backing and carefull stuck it onto the red squard.  I then placed the red and white snowflake on top of my plaid tag and added a small button for interest.  The banner at the bottom was cut from the banner die that came with the tag die.  I stamped a sentiment from the PTI Freshly Fallen stamp set in pure poppy and popped it up with foam tape.  I just love that sentiment and it's one of the main reasons I purchased that set.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

MIM - Focal Clusters

Today I am sharing the card I made for this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge.  Lexi Daly demonstrated a stamping technique she calls "Focal Clusters."  You can check out her video by clicking on the link here:  https://youtu.be/_xbm5BVtODE.  After experimenting with a few different ideas, I finally decided to use the window stamp from Betsy Velman's All Through the House Christmas Make It Market Kit.

First, I stamped the window three times in black ink on white cardstock.  Next, I used Post-it notes to cover the space below and on both sides of the center window.  I then stamped the Christmas tree in new leaf ink.  The stars on the tree were stamped in pure poppy and the for the star I used Mementos Galaxy Gold ink.  Then, I stamped the wreaths on the side window with new leaf and stamped the berries using pure poppy.  Finally, I added a sentiment from the Tree Trimming Trio set below the windows and trimmed my cardstock down, centering it on a piece of pure poppy cardstock.

I also decided to make this little gift bag to go along with the card.  I'm not sure what tasty treat it will hold yet.  Perhaps I'll fill it with a few Oreo truffles!

For this bag, I simply folded a small doily in half.  It's being held in place by a small clothes pin.  The red cardinal is hot glued on top.  I die cut the wreath and bow using the Deck the Halls dies and attached them with scor-tape.  The holly gems are stickers (available at Hobby Lobby).  Last, I added a strip of patterned paper and festive holly ribbon.  I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my projects. Have a blessed day!

Friday, October 16, 2015

PTI Create Along with Us - October 2015

I am so excited to share some of my latest PTI inspired Christmas projects with you.  It was nearly impossible to select only one project for this challenge, so I am showing you photos of many of the things I've made recently.  I did finally choose my nativity dome as the item I wanted to link to Create Along with Us, so I guess I will show you that one first.

I just adore Betsy Veldman's Petite Places collection and thought the new nativity set would look appropriate next to a little white church.  I added a couple of tiny bottle brush trees and stamped a sentiment to match the holy family before sprinkling some snow on the ground.  Lastly, I hot glued a string of gold sequins around the base of the dome.

I continued to work with the Petite Places:  Nativity stamps along with Oh Holy Night to create a collection of neutral gift tags for the gifts under our main Christmas tree.  The tree is decorated with white lights and cream and gold decorations all focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.

Now for a Christmas card.  Again, I used the Petite Places:  Nativity stamps with some gold glitter paper for a bit of sparkle.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope you've found this post inspirational.  Happy crafting!

CASology Challenge Week 168

This week's CASology cue card is "You."  Here's a link to the post:  http://casology.blogspot.com/2015/10/week-168-you.html

I decided to take a card that I had been working on for a while and finally finish it.  A little twine, some pink staples, and a sentiment embossed in shiny gold add some fun touches to this card.

My Supplies:
Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Stamps & Die - PTI Life is Beautiful & Friendly Flowers
Patterned Paper - Michael's
Baker's Twine - Hobby Lobby

Trick or Treat Goodies

Today's post is all about Halloween!  Black cats, ghosts, jack-o-laterns, and bats are coming your way with treats, not tricks, full of crafty goodness.  My first project today is a set of three small gable boxes that I decorated for my own children.  I am going to purchase each child's favorite candy and put it inside the box as a special Halloween treat.  I think they are really going to enjoy these.

My Supplies:
Kraft Gable Boxes - Hobby Lobby
Stamps & Dies - Papertrey Ink - Happy Spooky Halloween
Ink -  PTI various colors
Ribbon - Hobby Lobby

My second project today is for this week's Fusion card challenge.  Here's the link to the challenge:

I decided to combine both the inspriation photo and the sketch to create this fun Halloween card.

My Supplies:
Patterned Paper - PTI & Paper Studio
Stamps & Dies - PTI Happy Spooky Halloween (Jack-o-laterns)
Happy Halloween Rubber Stamp - Michael's
Cardstock - PTI 
Mini Clothes Pin - Hobby Lobby

Monday, October 5, 2015

PTI MIM Stripes

Today's PTI Make it Monday challenge is stripes.  I don't really have any background stripe stamps, so I had to get creative on this one.  Ever since I receive my Minute to Make it tag dies, I have been whipping up cute little Christmas tags little crazy.  I remembered that the second stamp set that goes along with these tag dies has a horizontal stripe background.  But, I didn't want to make Christmas tags this time.  I found my Autumn Tag stamps and found a sweet "Happy fall" sentiment that fit on the tags perfectly.  Then I got out my three trees die from my petite places collection and cut several trees in fall colors.  Finally, I tied on some jute twine.  This is the result:

2 Sunday Challenges in One

Today I combined two challenges to create one "Thank You" card for a sweet coworker of mine.  The sketch is inspired by this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch.  And this week's challenge at CAS on Sunday is polka dots.  So, I decided to tackle both challenges with one project.  I used some colors I don't normally use.  PTI scarlett jewel cardstock was used as my base background along with a polka dot print.  The "Thanks" sentiment is from PTI Graceful Greetings and I used ocean tides, scarlett jewel, and pure poppy inks.  This card came together quite quickly and I enjoyed doing something a little different today.

You can find the Sweet Sunday Sketch link here:

The polka dots were this week's challenge at CAS on Sunday.  Click the link below to take a look at some of the wonderful inspiration cards.