Thursday, February 25, 2010

Papertrey February Bloghop

It is time for another Papertrey Bloghop. The challenge this month is to go through the Design Team gallery or any of the Design Team Members' blogs and find a project that is especially inspirational! Then recreate the project with your own spin, making it unique.
I my opinion everyone on the PTI design team is a paper genius and they all have inspired me at one time or another. Each one of them is on my blog list and I make it a point to visit their blogs everyday. Having to pick just one member for this challenge was not easy for me but the person that has inspired me the most lately is Betsy Veldman. I remember the day Nicole added her to the team. I had no idea who she was at the time but after seeing what she could do with Papertrey Products I started to find a lot of inspiration from her. I especially liked her use of bright colors because of my love for them too. There have been a lot of projects of hers that I really liked in the past but last week she shared this project and I was immediately inspired by it.
This is my version.

The first thing I fell in love with were the flowers. I was not sure how she made them but after doing some searching on the internet I think I finally figured it out. Since I didn't have a 2" scallop punch I found a SVG scalloped circle file on line then I resized it to 2" and used my Cricut and SCAL to cut 8 of them out of Vellum. When I was done with that I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. When they were dry I folded them 4 times to create the petals then I attached them to another 2" scalloped circle that was cut from White Stampers Select cardstock. I added buttons to the middles instead of gems. The leaves were stamped from the Blooming Buttons Set then cut out and attached to the back of the flowers.
I also used the My Timeless Template Cash or Charge as the holder. I thought this was a brilliant use for that template when I saw it. In Betsy's version she omitted the pocket but I kept it in my mine. After I saw how springy the flowers were that I made I started thinking that the pocket would be perfect to put seeds in and thought this would make a great mothers day gift too. Because of that idea I stamped the inside with one of the new backgrounds from the Background Basics Tin Type Set, then I stamped the new Fillable Frame image with Hibiscus ink cut it out and added it. The sentiment is from the Blooming Button Bits set . On the outside of the holder I stamped the polka dots from the Polka Dot Basics 2 set on Summer Sunrise Cardstock with Versamark Ink then embossed them with white embossing powder. To finish it off I added a piece of Spring Rain Satin Ribbon and tied it in a bow.
That's it. I hope you all like it and I have done Betsy proud. I am super happy with how it came out. Thanks again to Betsy for the inspiration for this project and the rest of the design team for their continued inspiration to me too. I look forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with now. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great night!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Birthday for a Princess

I hope your week has gotten off to a great start. It had been cold and snowy here all weekend. Thankfully the sun is out today and it is starting to warm up now though. I am so ready for spring. I sure hope it gets here soon.
Today I am sharing with you a Princess crown card. It is another idea I have had for awhile now and finally got around to trying it. I also used the middle color combo from Aimes Paperytrey Peeps Challenge #2

I started by finding a crown template online then resized it to approx A2 size. After I was done with that I folded a piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock in half and cut it out. Next I ran the whole thing through my Cuttlebug using the Swirl embossing folder. When I was done with that I cut strips of Hibiscus and Laverder Moon Cardstock, then I stamped flower images from the Petal Power background set on them using the matching ink. After that I matted those pieces on Dark Chocolate cardstock and added some lace using a new SU punch. The sentiment is from the Say It With Style Set that I colored with Hibiscus ink. Finally I painted some Angel Wings Shimmerz on the top part of the crown to make it shine then added 6 clear rhinestones to finish it off.
On the inside I added a piece of Lavender Moon cardstock and drew a border with a brown pen.

That's it for now. I will be back Thursday with my PTI Bloghop project. Until then I hope the rest of your week goes well and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Happy Friday everyone! I am finally starting to feel better thank goodness. It is wonderful to be able to breath through my nose again! I sure hope we are all done with being sick now. I hope that none of you end up getting this bug too because it sure was a nasty one.
Today I am sharing a card I have been wanting to make for awhile. A few months ago I saw this post on Holly Young's blog for how to make a flinging confetti card and have wanted to make one every since. The outside was inspired by a card I saw like it by Julie Warner. It also turns out this card is perfect to help virtually celebrate my fellow Papertrey Peep Carol's birthday which is today too. Happy Birthday Carol! I hope it is a great one! This card would be a great way to help celebrate Purim and Mardi Gras as well.

I started by brayering on the rainbow of color using the Calypso Kaleidacolor pad, Then I stamped the images from the PTI It's a Celebration Set with black Versafine. ink. When I was done with that I cut the piece into 1" strips then attached them to a piece of black cardstock. The dancing women images from Lasting Impressions With Panache were colored with SU markers then cut out and attached. The sentiment is from LIWP as well. A piece of multi colored yarn was added to the ladies hands at the top to finish it off.
This is what the inside looks like after the confetti has been ejected.

Here is a little video showing how the card really works too.

That's all for now. It is suppose to be a cold and snowy weekend here so I hope to get some stamping time in. I will be back soon with more things to share. Until then I hope it is warmer where you are and you have a great weekend! As always thanks stopping by.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Technique Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! Thanks for all the get well wishes in the last post. Thankfully Rich and Emilia are doing better. I am still dealing with it though. I sneezed so much yesterday I pulled the muscles in my back out now. I have not had a good nights sleep in almost a week because of this crud either. If anyone has any suggestions for natural things that might help let me know.
It is time for another Technique Tuesday Video. This month I am going to show you how to make a Gregor which is a Jewish noise maker used to help celebrate Purim. I will also show you how to do the stamping technique called Josephs Coat too. You can find out more about Purim on the EtsyChai blog as well.

Here is the link to the template.

I hope you enjoy the video. If you have any questions let me know. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is a great one!

Friday, February 12, 2010


What a week it has been. It all started last week when I bought some Cricut Cartridges from a bad seller on Ebay. The seller from CO Springs told me they were shipped but never arrived. After writing countless emails to him that went unanswered I finally got a refund on Monday. I was able to find another great seller on Ebay after that who who was able to get the carts I wanted to me in 2 days and she lived in California. I would highly recommend this seller if anyone needs Cricut stuff.
On Sunday Rich got sick. By Tuesday he was feeling so bad he finally went to the doctor and they said he had the flu.I don't think they knew what they were talking about though because he did not have the typical flu symptoms. On Wednesday Emilia got a sore throat and I started getting one yesterday too. What we have seems to be different than what Rich had though because he never had a sore throat. He finally went back to work today after being off almost a week. Emilia and I are still dealing with it. I am hoping what we have won't last as long as his did but Emilia has been pretty miserable.
We also took our fur baby Lily in to get her teeth cleaned yesterday. I have never had any of my dogs teeth cleaned before because I felt it was just another way for vets to make money but she had a few teeth that were so bad we didn't have much choice. She is a young dog and we didn't want her to end up with other health problems because of this. I was really nervous all week about her having it done and kept wondering if I was making the right decision. Thankfully all went well and they told me we caught it just in time. I intend to brush her teeth a couple of times a week now so we don't ever have to do this to her again. She was pretty out of it when we brought her home but is back to her old self now.
Today I finally have something new to share with you. All this month Papertrey Ink has been celebrating their 3rd anniversary by announcing something new everyday. They have also been having lots of challenges and contests too. With everything that has been going around here I have not had the chance to participate in many of the challenges. I have been working on CPS Sketch 153 on an off all week and finally got it done today. I also incorporated Dawn's color's for Day 9's challenge too because as most of you know I love bright colors

I started by stamping the smaller flower and leaves from the PTI Friends till the end set with Versafine ink on hot press watercolor paper then embossed them with clear embossing powder. After that I watercolored the images with Perfect Match inks. When I was done with that I cut them out and attached them with dimensionals. The letters for the word Friend were cut with my Cricut using the Plaintain cartridge then I added liquid glass for dimension. The Summer Sunrise and Raspberry fizz pieces were embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. A dark Chocolate button was added to the center of the flower to finish it.
I also wanted to show you a cool new product I was introduced to that would be a great addition to any card. They are call voice stickers. You can find out more about them here. I shot a little video showing how to use them in your cards.

That's it for now. I plan to work on this months technique video tomorrow and hope to be back Tuesday to share it with you. Until then I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Happy Happy Joy Joy

It's hard to believe a week has past since I last posted. Time seems to have gotten away from me again. Today I am sharing a card I made that qualifies for 3 challenges.
1. The sketch is from last weeks Mojo Monday Challenge #123

2. Colors and Ribbon are from the Current Embellish Magazine Challenge.

3. Lori's Papertrey Peeps Challenge which is to use buttons.

Here is the card I came up with.

I love circle cards so when I saw the Mojo sketch I knew that is what I wanted to start with. The colors I used are PTI Dark Chocolate, PTI Hibiscus Burst and SU Tempting Turquoise. I began by stamping the flowers from the PTI Blooming Button Bits set on Stampers Select White Cardstock using the new Hibiscus Burst Pigment ink After that I cut them out and attached them with dimensional. Next I added the stems using 1/4" Turquoise ribbon. After I was done with that I stamped the leaves from the PTI Beautiful Blooms set with Dark chocolate ink, cut them out then added them. The sentiment is from the Blooming Button Bits Set as well. I didn't have any Tempting Turquoise buttons so I made some using Tempting Turquoise card stock and liquid glass. To finish the card off I embossed the Tempting Turquoise and Hibiscus Burst background pieces with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and added some Faux stitching on the thin brown strip.
That's it for now. I hope to be back soon with more things to share. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great night!