Thursday, May 16, 2013

Birthday Time!

Hello, Friends! I hope your week has been a good one. There's been a lot of movin' and shakin' going on around here. My fella and I spent some time on our landscaping this week (so. much. mulch.) and I've been working on a big batch of cards for a local business to send to their employees. We're busy bees, but it's all good stuff. Another upcoming event is my youngest brother's birthday. Henry will be 14 tomorrow. It's hard to believe how quickly that seems to have happened!

So today I'm sharing the card I made to tuck into Henry's birthday gift. It's a pretty simple little ditty, but I hope he'll like it. I started by giving texture to the Terra Cotta Tile layer with the By The Numbers Impression Plate and mounted it to a white base. Next, I stamped the sentiment onto white stock and matted that with a bit of Limeade Ice. Those were then adhered to the Terra Cotta Tile card front. I stamped the balloons in Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, and Terra Cotta Tile and hand cut those out. I adhered crochet thread to the back of each balloon and tied them into a bundle. The balloons were adhered with varying layers of foam tape to give the card a bit of dimension.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again soon.

Stamps: Birthday Style, Sketched Shapes - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Terra Cotta Tile, Limeade Ice - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Terra Cotta Tile, Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink; gray pigment - Studio G
Other: By The Numbers Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Crochet Thread

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

For The Mamas

Mornin', all! I just wanted to pop in with a quick post. I've thrown myself into a studio reorganization project, but I didn't want the blog to go dormant while I label and repackage my entire craft collection. So I thought I'd share a little Mother's Day card I made recently.

I used the gorgeous swaths in Mini Blooms and I frankensteined a sentiment together using Happiness In Bloom and Pretty Peonies. The frame is made with the Mat Stack 1 Layerz and Limitless Layers Oval 2.25" dies. A little woodgrain impression, a good bit of foam tape, and some pearly accents finish this card off nicely. Well, I really should get back to my studio project. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you next time!

Stamps: Mini Blooms, Happiness In Bloom, Pretty Peonies (special edition - discontinued) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White, Classic Kraft, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart - Papertrey Ink
Other: Mini Blooms Die Collection, Mat Stack 1 Layerz Die, Limitless Layers Oval 2.25" Die Collection, Woodgrain Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Scribbles Iridescent 3D Paint - Duncan

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Color Play

Welcome to Papertrey Ink's May Color Play feature! This month I chose an inspiration photo from La Tartine Gourmand. The photo inspired a color palette of Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, and Limeade Ice.

Don't those peaches look scrumptious? I fell in love with this color scheme immediately. These colors got me thinking about flowers right from the start. The cheerful, citrusy tones in the inspiration photo lend themselves perfectly to a springtime bouquet.

I started by die cutting and stamping the two largest flowers from the In Bloom stamp set. Then, I pulled the markers in the Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, and Harvest Gold Copic marker trios. I colored my flowers and set them aside for a moment.

Next, I took a white card base and partially stamped it with the all-text image from Background Basics: Newsprint in Harvest Gold ink. That was then layered with the Quatrefoil Coverplate that had been cut from additional white cardstock. A strip of Melon Berry cardstock that had been stamped with the Mother's Day sentiment was added to the front of the card.

Next, I die cut and stamped my leaves from white cardstock (with Limeade Ice ink) and Limeade Ice cardstock (with white heat embossing). I fussy cut around the green leaves and layered them on the white die cuts. This allowed me to have green stems and keep the overall feeling lighter (the solid green die cuts felt a bit heavy). I layered the blooms and leaves atop the sentiment strip with foam tape. The pearls were colored to coordinate and then added to the flower centers as a final touch.

I hope you've enjoyed this month's project and I hope you'll share your projects using this color scheme over on the Papertrey Ink forum. We'll have a thread ready in the Challenge section that you can use to share photos or links to your projects. Thanks for visiting! Take care!

Stamps: In Bloom, Pond Life, Background Basis: Newsprint - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Limeade Ice - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: In Bloom Die Collection, Quatrefoil Coverplate - Papertrey Ink; Markers - Copic; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Adhesive Pearls - Kaiser Craft; Foam Tape - Scotch