Saturday, April 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink April 2015 Blog Hop

I'm sure I'm not the only one doing a double take at the calendar and wondering where the first third of the year has gone. It is time for the monthly Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and this time around we have this gorgeous photo to inspire us.


Blog hop inspiration

There are so many elements to take from this photo and I concentrated on the beautful flowers in the Hobnail milk glass vase first, using the trio of roses from The Sweet Life and Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz inks. Part of the sentiment is stamped and heat embossed on the striped vellum paper before the die cut from Swoosh finishes it off.

A Wink of Stella adds a little glitter to the roses and the birthday die cut.

I know there is always a lot to see on the Blog Hop and I'll be commenting between soccer games and art festivals today.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Muse #114 + CASology Week 143: Ombre + Simon Says CAS + Poppystamps #7

I order a few things last Sunday from two different online stores and checked this morning for an update on delivery. Imagine my happy surprise when one said the package was delivered yesterday. I ran out to the mailbox to discover that, yes indeed, a few new dies had been sitting out overnight. Instead of continuing to clean in preparation for my mother-in-law arriving tomorrow I started experimenting with my new Poppystamps Princess Butterfly die.

After partially die cutting the butterfly so that the center was still adhered to the panel, it was masked off and ombre inked with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.

A PTI Wet Paint sentiment is stamped below the butterfly and then this panel was popped up over another white panel and finally adhered to the card base.

This clean & simple card is being entered in a number of challenges;

Challenge Badge copy

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

This is my first time entering the Poppystamps Challenge and I'm not sure why it took me so long to discover it as I'm a huge fan of their dies.

Back to cleaning and impatiently awaiting my other order, which hasn't even shipped yet :(

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

FMS 182 + CTD 338 + Seize the Birthday

My craft time this weekend was limited to a few minutes here and there between beach clean-ups, soccer and (sadly) a memorial service, but I finally managed to finish this card while Stefan manned the grill for dinner tonight. I picked up both the MFT Smart Phone and MP3 Player dies a little while ago and can't believe they have sat in the NBUS pile for so long.

My plan was to use this card for my daughter's birthday in a couple of weeks but she spied it under construction and has asked if she can use it for a friend.

The sketch from Freshly Made Sketched #182 provided the basis for design of this card (with one a slight alteration) and the color palette comes from Color Throwdown #338.  I am also linking to the current Seize the Birthday where the Toppings is Tall & Skinny. There are definitely some Tall & Skinny elements to this card, but I'm entering it in the Anything Goes category.

Before I go, I just have to implore everyone to please, please wear your seat belts. My dad didn't put the car in gear until everyone was buckled up long before seat belts were regularly used, especially in back seats. I carpool with 15 & 16 year old boys that I have to remind everyday. I know adults that don't wear them regularly and I know a 26 year old young man who lost his life last Saturday night because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Sorry, for the sermon, but it has been a difficult week.

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