Monday, June 25, 2012

PTI Blog Hop

Welcome to the June 2012 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  This month's inspiration was a fun take on florals, ruffles and pleats.  Here's the inspiration:

And here's my card:   

I was definitely drawn to the large pillow in the inspiration photo so I pulled out a piece of Aqua Mist cardstock and began stamping.  (The green ink is an old "In Color" from Stampin' Up!  The yellow flower centers were stamped on Lemon Tart and punched out with a small circle punch. The pleated trim is actually washi tape from Target. I just manipulated the tape back and forth until I got the pleats the way I wanted them.  Here's a closer look:


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist; Lemon Tart); Stampin' Up (Naturals White);
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (All About You);
Ink: Stampin' Up! (Wild Wasabi);
Tools:  Stampin' Up! (circle punch) Spellbinders Nestabilities (Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large);
Misc.: Target (washi tape); My Mind's Eye (twine).

Friday, June 22, 2012

u r a grt txtr

That's text speak for "You Are a Great Texter"! This layout is all about my son's affinity for texting. I used a picture of him texting on a shore excursion on our cruise to New England to tell the story. (Guess it really didn't surprise me that he spent our tour of the Newport mansions texting his friends.) Here's my layout:
I went through our phone bill for statistics cited in the journaling. It reads: 13,679...That's how many texts you had this month alone. You texted as many as 67 messages in one hour. You texted before school and as late as 2 a.m. on a weekend. Thank goodness we have an unlimited plan!

The inspiration for this layout was the number paper from Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 collection. I added layer upon layer of die cut tags from Pink Paislee's Hometown summer collection. To add a touch of whimsy, I used several fonts for the title.

Cardstock: American Crafts; C'Oredination;
Patterned Paper/Die Cut Tags: Cosmo Cricket (Circa 1934);
Letter Stickers: American Crafts Thickers; October Afternoon (Tiny Types);
Stamps: Studio Calico (alphabet); Papertrey Ink (Library Ledger);
Pen: Stampin' Up!
Tools: Fiskars Border Punch (Scalloped Sentiment): EK Success Border Punch (Postage Stamp).

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Wild Flower Birthday Wishes.

I have yet another card to share. This one is a one-layer card that was easy to mail -- if you don't count the pearls. Here it is:

To create this card, I cut cardstock to a standard size card and scored it at the top. Since I wanted to vary the colors of my flowers, I colored the stamp with markers and huffed on it right before stamping. I stamped the sentiment in black, distressed the edges of the card, rounded the corner, added the jewels and the card was done!

So, I seem to be favoring top-folds lately. Do other cardmakers out there gravitate to scoring cards in the same place or do you mix it up? Let me know in the comments.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Wintage Cream):
Stamp: Hero Arts (Wild Flower); Papertrey Ink (Think Big Favorites #&)
Ink: Stampin' Up markers (Rich Regals); Memento (Tuxedo Black): Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen);
Misc.: EK Success corner punch; ZVA pearl stickers.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Old, New Borrowed and Cool Birthday Card

Lately I feel like a scrapbooker who makes card. Next to December, when I made 80 Christmas cards, May and June is the biggest card-making season for me. Between birthdays, anniversaries, confirmations and graduations, I am in a card-making frenzy! Today, I have a card that fits Kelly Goree's Old, New, Borrowed and Cool challenge. This card uses an old Hero Arts butterfly stamp (one of the first I bought and still a favorite) a new background stamp, a borrowed design from a sketch I found on the Hero Arts blog, and some very cool bling. Here it is:
I started with a standard sized card base and four of my favorite patterns from the 6x6 pad of Basic Grey's Out of Print. I created the background pattern on the striated pink paper using a Hero Arts background stamp, VersaMark ink, white embossing powder and my heat tool. I adhered this piece and a coordinating pattern to the front of my card. Next, I stamped the banner and cut it out. I masked half of the sentiment so that I would have a clean spot to place my butterfly. I stamped the butterfly, cut it out and filled in all of the openings on the wings with Diamond Stickles. After adding the butterfly with foam adhesive, I felt the card needed a little something extra so I added some rhinestones to the banner and rounded the corners. Here's a closer look:
Cardstock (Not shown): Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White);
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Out of Print);
Stamps: Hero Arts (Flower Dot Pattern; Calico Borders);
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Versamark;
Misc: Zing embossing powder (white); Diamond Stickles; Recollections rhinestones; EK Success Corner Rounder.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Airmail Birthday Card

When I saw the JFK luggage tag stamp from Hero Arts for Studio Calico, I knew I had to have it. Not only do I live close enough to JFK airport to make this stamp a part of almost every vacation, but my brother-in-law used to work at JFK. Talk about the perfect stamp for those hard-to-make masculine cards! Here's my card:
Inspired by a sketch on the Hero Arts blog, I adhered a scrap of patterned paper that was loose in my scrap pile to my card base. The circles on that paper always reminded me of the globe in Pan Am's logo so I knew it would coordinate well with the travel theme I had in mind for this card. I added a stamped border to the top and bottom of the patterned paper using the Hero Arts Calico Borders set. I stamped the tag on a separate piece of card stock. After cutting it out, I attached it to a Maya Road chipboard airplane that was in my stash with some twine.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment and added a trail of the cute planes from the Airmail set.
Cardstock: Neenah (Solar White);
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico;
Stamps: Hero Arts for Studio Calico (Airmail; Calico Borders);
Ink: Stampin; UP! (Crumb Cake; Soft Sky); Memento (Tuxedo Black):
Misc.: Maya Road chipboard plane; My Mind's Eye twine