Monday, May 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink May 2015 Blog Hop

Nichole Heady posted a great inspiration photo for the May 2015 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and challenged us to create a card using a rainbow of colors and/or scatter of shapes.

Blog Hop Inspiration

I pulled out my Text Block: Party Time die and cut it a few times from white and black cardstock. The pieces around the balloons and sentiment were discarded and the white balloons were inked with a rainbow of colors before being set back into the die cut.

A white die cut is layered under the black to add more dimension to the card.

I love the way the rainbow colored balloons contrast with the crisp black outline and white card base.

This card is also being linked to Seize the Birthday, where the current challenge is Anything Goes.

I'm really excited to see the rainbow cards linked up to the Blog Hop today!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Muse #117

Did you see the lovely, masculine anniversary card Michele Ferguson made for her husband this week and shared with us as the challenge for Muse #117? Well, it's a funny coincidence, but Stefan and I also celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on May 13th.

May is a crazy month for us with our daughter's birthday, Mother's Day, prom and/or a musical theater production week all coming together to overshadow our anniversary. We usually try to call each other around noon and say something like "hey, do you remember what you were doing 20 years ago at this time?". Michele's post on Monday did remind me I needed to get a card made.

I selectively stamped and embossed a MFT Vertical Greetings sentiment before die cutting the Tim Holtz's Globe die from the Smoky Shadow panel. The globe is also cut in green and set back into the panel and all the little dark gray pieces slipped into place.

The PTI Wet Paint "you" die is cut several times from Smoky Shadow cardstock and layered with a gold shimmer piece on top. A "merry" die is trimmed to give me the "my" I needed to finish the sentiment and adhered onto the panel.

Here is Michele's card. I hope you can see how I was inspired by the dark gray base, grid pattern and mix of word die and stamps for the sentiment.

I still can't believe we made it past that first road trip to Prince George when Stefan went in to pay for gas and asked if I wanted anything. I said bring me a treat and he came back with a pepperoni stick. We both learned the value of clear communication that night and Stefan has not brought me a pepperoni stick as a treat since.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Fusion: French Twist + Seize the Birthday + Simon Says Get Sentimental

This is another card I worked on over the weekend. When I first saw the photo inspiration for the Fusion: French Twist, I was determined to use a silver bow that has been sitting on my desk for a few months but the design just would not come together until I put that element aside.

Instead I pulled out a few older, neglected supplies. The WPlus9 Lacey Layer image is stamped on Soft Stone paper with Delicata Silver ink before it is die cut and the MFT sentiment is added. This sentiment circle is popped up over the embossed panel. A strip of scrap paper is adhered behind the yellow and white pieces to create a single panel that was dry embossed.

It was fun to make a square card, using both the photo and sketch for inspiration.

Along with the Fusion: French Twist challenge, this card is being linked to Seize the Birthday in the Anything Goes category and to the Wednesday Blog Challenge at Simon Says Stamp where they will look at Anything Sentimental this week.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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