Friday, February 27, 2009

Magenta Angel for Spring

This is my composition for the CPS104 challenge.  I hadn't heard of this website before seeing the mention on Nichole Heady's blog. It seems like a sketch challenge site called Card Positioning Systems. 

This week's challenge is being sponsored by Papertrey Ink and I did use Papertrey White cardstock, that stuff is so sturdy. However, I chose this Magenta stamp that I ordered before Christmas. I just liked the sweet expression on her face and the detail. This isn't a Christmas card by any means, but I think it works in pink.  I'm ready for a little color after all of the snow!

How I did it: First I stamped the image in gold craft and embossed because I wanted the framing to stand out. I then stamped the image in Pirouette Pink, for a soft background that would match my background color palette. Then I stamped it again in Vintage Photo ink, cut out the central image of the angel and put together my layers. She is lightly colored with an aquapainter and Stampin Up watercolor wonder crayons, then I applied glitter to her wings. 
The large background panel is stamped in Pirouette Pink on pink with the Belle Toile SU background stamp, then I stamped the image again on vellum with white craft ink and layered them slightly offset so you see both the pink below and the white image. The sentiment also is stamped with Belle Toile in pink on white with the sentiment overstamped in stazon black. I used an Autumn Leave set "On the Edge" for the little gilt border to help balance the card. Thanks for looking. 
Stamps: Magenta "Crafty Individuals" angel, Stampin Up Happy Harmony (sentiment), Belle Toile background
Paper: SU Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Papertrey Ink white, vellum
Ink: Vintage Photo, SU Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Black Stazon, gold craft, white craft
Accessories: dew drops, button, raspberry satin ribbon, paper lace, detail gold EP, prima flowers, gold stickles, corner rounder punch

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop!

My blog is so new, this is the first chance I've had to play in Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. 

This month's theme is Springtime.  While there are so many things in Spring that are exciting like fresh flowers, warmer weather, new leaves and new life all around, I have fond memories of splashing through rain puddles with brand new rain boots! Have you noticed the rain boots are starting to hit the stores? Do you remember the smell of a new raincoat and boots from when you were a kid? And they come in such fun colors nowadays! The goal was to be as noisy and make as large a splash as possible.  

The first card uses softer springtime colors of light pink, light green and blue with kraft cardstock in the background. 

The next two cards are variations on a simple layout that could work really in almost any color combination paired up with matching ribbon!  I used a cuttlebug embossed edge die with a circle pattern to mimic the polka dots on the boots and the background.  The pink card uses PTI's raspberry with white.  For the blue card I chose to contrast spring rain with lemon tart and I added some of the smallest polka dots from Polka Dot basics at the very top. The flowers around the sentiment have a bit of glitter on them, not sure you can see it.  The ribbon isn't an exact match, I'm still using ribbon from my stash, but I think it looks pretty close! And the boots adhere to the cardstock using a white flower-shaped eyelet. 

These are all destined for Cards for a Cause hosted by Taylor (stagccva). This month's cause is the Lydia Project to support women going through cancer. Thanks so much for visiting! I had a lot of fun dreaming up my contributions to my first ever blog hop! 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Green Thumb and Polka Dot Basics
Cardstock: Kraft, PTI white, Spring rain, Raspberry Fizz, SU Pink Pirouette, DP from a $1 bin at Mike's
Ink: Spring Rain, White Kraft, Black Stazon, Lemon Tart, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, white floral eyelets, fun ricrac and ribbon (dug out of the delightful mess that is my ribbon drawer), corner rounder punch, petite scalloped circle nestability

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Harmony in Summer Sun

I made this for the SCS color challenge to use Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie and Kiwi Kiss. I had been saving a sheet of this beautiful paper from My Mind's Eye and the colors seemed to pair up nicely. Stamped the floral image with Summer Sun first, then rolled the edges in Pumpkin. I wiped the stems off and then very carefully inked them up with Kiwi Kiss. Using the petite circle nestability I cut out the image, leaving the die on I sponged summer sun on the edge of the image. Thanks for looking. 
Stamps: SU Happy Harmony, PTI Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, black stazon
Paper: My Mind's Eye DP, Kiwi Kiss, PTI white
Accessories: PTI ribbon, petite scalloped nestabilities

Friday, February 20, 2009

Quilted hearts

The log cabin quilt design is so versatile. I have long wanted to try to make a 'heart' quilt with this stamp and the past few days have played with color combinations. I hope you like them, let me know which of the three you like best. 
I used Copic Ciao markers to color the squares.  I tried the layout both with a scalloped nestability backdrop and without. I fussed for quite a while with the standard card size but for the pattern took up too much space for my taste, so switched to a business envelope sized card. That gave ample space for the design and the sentiment without crowding. 
I have used my SU Beyond the Basics stamp set more times than I can count. And it reminds me so much of a tiny print calico pattern. Thanks for looking. 
Green and pink heart: Copic Ciao markers, PTI Quilter's Sampler set, SU Beyond the Basics, SU Pretty in Pink, Black Stazon, Ribbon, Cuttlebug "Frills" Border emboss, 3/4" square punch
Orange Heart: Copic Ciao markers, PTI Quilter's Sampler Set, PTI Polka Dot Basics, PTI Sweet Blush, Guava ribbon, Basic Grey Scoops brad, 3/4" square punch
Yellow and Pink: Copic Ciao markers, PTI Quilter's Sampler set, SU Beyond the Basics, SU Pretty in Pink, Black Stazon, Ribbon, 3/4" square punch, rectangle scalloped nestability

Monday, February 16, 2009

Baby Quilt

These colors are a bit bright, but they contrast nicely with the white background. I started by really wanting to use Pacific Point for a baby card. One of our youth pastors just welcomed their firstborn, a baby boy, into this world.  Hi Carter!!!
  I used the Fiskars Threading Water punch on the bottom to carry through the theme of the scalloped nestabilities used behind the quilt and the baby carriage. 
  I stamped the sentiment (SU All Year Cheer) first and then lightly taped the long rectangle nestability onto the cardstock to center it. With the wood block mounted stamp this makes it easier to center the image, stamp first and then cut.  I sponged the edges of that piece with Pacific Point to give it better definition against the white. I watercolored the baby carriage with reinkers and cut it out. 
  The quilt has got to be my favorite part of the card though, these little images are so much fun to color! If you're having trouble getting used to your Copic markers, a tiny image like this is a great way to start. I used Papertrey Ink Quilter's Sampler and Copic Ciao marker colors YG03, BG01, B00B05 and B32. Punch them out with a 3/4" square punch and then mount them on a square cut white nestability. I used Classic Squares large, the fourth square out from the middle fits a 3x3 set of these quilt squares nicely, and then the corresponding scalloped rectangle nestability, cut in Baja Blue. The ribbon is from my dear friend Traci in Colorado. 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Quilter's Sampler, Stampin' Up All Year Cheer, Something to Celebrate
Paper: Papertrey Ink white, SU Baja Blue, watercolor from Mike's 
Ink: variety of reinkers
Accessories: Copic Ciao markers, ribbon, Fiskars threading water punch, nestabilities, aquapainter

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tilda Valentine

Welcome to my blog, and my very first post!

Kind of nice to start on Valentine's Day as it is one of my favorite holidays. I like the pinks and reds in the middle of winter. By this time of year we've usually had so much snow we're ready for some color!

I am so fortunate too to have children, a dear husband and friends to love. This card is for a friendship Valentine's swap. 

Tilda is sitting on a 'window' made using SU Bella double-sided designer paper. This is a CASE of a layout created by Pickletree although I cannot hope to approach her creativity or skill level! I used square plain and scalloped nestabilities to make the frame. 

For the window, cute a square of the designer paper and then score and cut it diagonally to make the triangles. Center your frame in the middle of the card using one layer of dimensionals to pop it up a bit and gently pull the corners of the triangle through the frame and then adhere the corners with a brad, button or glue of your choice. 

Tilda is painted using reinkers and an aquapainter, except for her face, I use SU watercolor wonder crayons for that.  The corners feature a cuttlebug vintage die and the tulips each have a tiny pearl and they are 'raining' hearts down onto Tilda.  Primary colors used are Kiwi Kiss, Pirouette Pink and Riding Hood Red. Thank you for looking.