Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink March 2015 Blog Hop

I hope you have stopped by while on the Papertrey Ink March 2015 Blog Hop. If not, head over to Nichole Heady's blog for all the necessary information and see the amazing cards that have been linked up.

Here is the inspiration photo we had to work with this month and I'll admit my head was spinning with ideas and I had a hard time narrowing it down to just one.

Blog inspiration

In the end, a floral wreath that highlighted the gorgeous, fresh aqua & yellow color palette won out.

The wreath from Birds & Blooms is stamped with Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold and Lemon Tart inks before being die cut and adhered to a Hawaiian Shores panel.

The second photo gives you a better look at the woodgrain embossed panel that was engineered from the leftover pieces of a Horizontal Stripe Cover Plate die cut.

A simple Swoosh Thanks die cut from Harvest Gold card stock provides the sentiment.

With Anything Goes as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week, I am also linking this card up over there.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I know there is a lot to see on the Hop, so don't mind if you head off now, but if you have a minute I am going to show off my newest craft tool.  If you know me in real life, you know I am a "late adopter" rather than a "trendsetter", so it may come as a big surprise that one of the newest stamping tools is sitting on my desk.

Yes, I bought a MISTI!

There are tons of tutorials on Youtube or you can see it in action at the creator's website, My Sweet Petunia.

One of my crafting friends, Melody Rupple from A Paper Melody, brought her new MISTI to our retreat a couple of weeks ago. I watched her use it, gave it a try and I fought the urge to buy it immediately. It took me two days once home to give in and I am so glad I did.

On the left is a wreath stamped using my stamp press and on the right is the one made with the MISTI. The biggest selling point for me was the ability to re-ink and stamp the image a second time without worrying about lining everything up. My old eyes can usually line up a large image with a stamp press but there is no way I would have been able to perfectly align this image for a second stamping without the MISTI.

I'm off to see how the photo image inspired everyone else today. Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Muse #109 + Curtain Call: Jelly Bean Challenge & The Challenge #27 + NBUS #4

It is a quiet Saturday night around here after everyone was running around in 20 different directions last night and for most of the day. Three of us are now home catching up on TV and surfing the internet while my husband is still trapped in the infield oval of the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the NASCAR races. Did you know they have RV camping in the middle of the race track?  Every time I talked to him today it was with the noise of cars racing in the background.

The quiet evening meant I had time to finish a couple of cards. I've been wanting to play along with The Challenge from Lesley Croghan for a while and was happy to find I haven't missed the deadline for The Challenge #27.

My translation of the sketch and colors is about as literal as you can get, but this pair of butterfly dies as been sitting on my desk forever, waiting to be used. How handy that Darnell is running a new Never Before Used Schtuff challenge, NBUS #4, starting today. I'm sure everyone reading here is already familiar with the delightful and generous Darnell, but if not please head over and say hi.


I tend to make top fold cards, but had a Smoky Shadow card base cut already. I love that this orientation gave me the opportunity to run my flags on the inside of the card.

This second card is inspired by the jelly bean colors from the Curtain Call: Match 15 Jelly Bean Challenge and the sweet little birdhouse image from Muse #109, which were morphed to create this thank you card.

The clouds and windows are touched up with Wink of Stella for a little shine and glitter.

With Stefan away until tomorrow I expect to get a little more crafting time before I have to put together his belated birthday dinner together. Steak, sushi and a blueberry cheesecake are on his wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #178 + Seize the Birthday

It was my dear husband's birthday yesterday and this is the card I made for him after my daughter snagged the one I'd made using Avery Elle's Surf's Up Volkswagen van image. I'd share a photo, but he always takes his cards to the office and it looks like it is gone already.

Along with a Porche and a Lamborghini, the Volkswagen bus is on his list of dream cars. He likes to horrifiy the kids every time we pass a particularly rundown one by asking if it has a For Sale sign.

The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #178 was the starting point for my design, although I squared out the circle panel and move the banner in front for the sentiment.

The stamps & dies are all from PTI's On the Farm stamp set.

This card is also being linked to Seize the Birthday where there is always an Anything Goes option.

Thanks for stopping by,