Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PTI White on White Blog Hop

My shopping is done, and so is my wrapping.  My niece is hosting Xmas, so I had some free time to play.

I made this for the Paper Trey  PTI December Blog Hop: white on white. 

I did not want to do a familiar snow or wedding themed white card.  So I thought and thought, and this is what I came up with.  I decided not to put on a sentiment, because I did not want to take away from the design.  Plus I didn't make this for any specific upcoming occasion.  This way in the future, I can still put an appropriate sentiment.

I used PTI Mega Gracious Vases die cuts, and the Filigree Border die.  The ribbons, flowers, and pearls are pieces I have in my stash.  You all have "a stash", right?  The flowers are white and off-white.  I liked the bit of contrast they offered.  The paper is from PTI (white and rustic cream), except for the far right side vase.  That is a glittered paper from Reminisce.

I was originally going to have a horizontal card, and scored 2 lines to use as the base-shelf for the vases.  But the vases and flowers were too tall this way, and I didn't like it.  So I was playing around and turned the card base, and I decided I liked the vases on a vertical card. And I really liked the way the 2 scored lines added some more vertical interest.

That's all for now.  Hope you had a great holiday.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 21, 2012

CAS using heat embossing

For this card, I used the colors from The Play Date Cafe and the sketch from Clean and Simple .  I flipped the sketch to take advantage of the position of the microscope.

I also used the challenge from Friday Mash-Up - a clean and simple design using heat embossing. 
I need to make several thank-you cards for my co-workers.  They are a great bunch of people that did a really nice thing for me.  Since I am a science teacher, I thought this would be appropriate.  And it was quick and easy to create, so I will be able to quickly put together several more. 
  • paper - solid: PTI, patterned: My Mind's Eye
  • stamps - image: Gina K; sentiment: Sweet and Sassy
  • other: versamark ink and black embossing powder
Thanks for stopping to look. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snowman Ornament

Woo Hoo - crafting with my son!!
My older son's job has a "hand-made ornament" contest every year for their company Xmas tree.   After some encouragement from his girlfriend, Joe created a Pinterest account and found this ornament:

Now, you should know that Joe's job is in a candle-making facility.  So, he did not want to use the flame-less candle, but one of the candles made at his job. 
Joe shared this picture with me, and asked if I had the supplies to recreate it.  And of course I do (but he knew that).  So one night after work, he came over, and we had a good time (at least I did) creating the ornament you see at top.  It is now hanging on the company tree:
To make the 2 base circles, we used the white cardboard packing from a package of Stampin Up paper, and inked the edges with some blue - the brim of the hat is the Stampin Up Word-window punch, and some ribbon.  The arms we cut off the Stampin Up large snowflake punch.
Joe needed to incorporate his voting ID number, so that is how the sign came into the design. 
I can't wait to see what he wants to do next year!!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Paper Trey Ink Blog Hop and Vellum Die Cuts

I am way behind on making Christmas cards!! Oh well. 
On Nichole's blog I was drawn to the Liars book cover.  I liked the idea of a wind-blown feeling.  That is what I tried to portray with this card and the snow flakes.  You can find more information at Capture the Moment November Blog Hop.
I also tried to use Layered Vellum die cuts from Make It Monday.  I inked some of them, and left others white.  Added a bit of glitter and pearl centers to finish them off.
I used the color palette from Play Date Cafe and this fits the sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday 
And lastly, I think this qualifies for Less is More: Glamour and Glitz . The patterned paper is so glitzy!! 
Stamps: Paper Trey Ink
Paper: cardstock: PTI; patterned: Recollections
Diecuts: PTI and another old small punch
Ink: assorted
other: pearls; white embossing powder.
Thank you for looking!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Old Lace

As some of you may know, my niece recently got married to a very nice man.   This is for their wedding. Her colors were purple and green.  She wore a very lovely dress with lots of lace and pearls.  She was beautiful!! 

I am posting this onto Catered Crop Arsenic and Old Lace Recipe Swap. 

Please also take a look at the creations at 52-Card Pick Up .

paper - cardstock: PTI; patterned paper: Basic Grey
sentiment stamp: PTI
other: score tape and art glitter; lace and pearls: JoAnn's Fabric
ink: Stampin Up

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Make It Monday - Floating Image

Can you see the little bird in the window?
When I saw the technique over at Paper Trey Make It Monday, I knew it was one I wanted to try.  Things have finally settled down a bit (for me) after "Sandy", and I've been off from work all week. So I had the opportunity to create this card today. 

It was fun, relaxing and a bit of normalcy creating this. 
I used this sketch from Jingle Bells . And the color challenge from Dynamic Duos .


I am also putting this into 52 Card Pick Up .

all PTI except for "Nestabilities" circles, and the snowflakes.

That's all from me for now.  I hope everyone affected by Sandy is recovering, both physically and emotionally.  For some, I know, it will be a very long process. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

no card

No card.
All is well here at my house. No power or cable for about 2 1/2 days.  But is back now.  We had no significant damage. 

I really wish I could say the same for so many others.  My thoughts and prayers are going out for family, friends, and strangers.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bridal Shower

Niece #2's bridal shower was today. She loves the expression, "You need to kiss a lot of frogs before finding your prince." She collects frogs also. Her wedding colors are purple and green. So this is for her.
I followed the sketch from Fab Friday - I really liked this sketch -it can be so simple or not, as you'd like.

I also found the colors from Colour Q worked really well for me, and it's not even a Halloween card!
I am also putting this on the 52 Card Pick Up challenge!  I am trying to do one a week - not always sucessful, but trying!
stamps -frogs: Outlines; umbrella and sentiment: PTI
papers - purple and patterned: Basic Grey; white: PTI
other - diecuts: PTI; copics, mini pearls
Hurricane Sandy is supposed to be impacting the east coast of the US tonight through Tuesday.  My job has closed for Monday and Tuesday due to expected flooding and power outages.  I am just hoping it has been over-hyped, and all will be well.
Thanks so much for looking.  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Big - Oh's

My oldest son will be 30 this week, and my brother-in-law is turning 50.  This is for them.

I used the sketch from Addicted to Stamps and More blog.  I wasn't sure if I wanted the numbers to be inside the box, or pop out of the box.  So I made one of each. What do you think?

Product information:
Papers - black and white: Stampin Up; color: Heidi Grace
Number dies: Paper Trey Ink
I inked the edges of the numbers with a bit of red ink.  You can't really tell from the pix, but the numbers have a bit of glitter on them.

This was very fast and easy to do - which I love right now.  I am also submitting this t0 52 card pick up at the Old Back Porch

Hope you are enjoying a great fall weekend.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Old Chap

This is for my husband's and my good friend's 70th birthday.  He has a great big mustach, like the one in the card.  When I saw the Less is More Silver color challenge today, I thought . . .  PERFECT! 
Hubby bought him a card, but I know Vin's wife would love to see a handmade card - after all . . . we became friends through our husbands; but very good friends through our crafting hobbies!

So I was able to pull this together fairly quickly (I am a slow creator).

School (work) has been crazy - So card making has taken a back seat (so has housework, but that is a different story :)  So this card will go into the Old Back Porch 52 Card Pick Up challenge (which I need now!)

I know it is Card-Making weekend, but it also family weekend in my life . . . birthdays and anniversaries galore inside of one week!!  So we had several days of family visits, celebrating and eating some yummy faves. 

stamps: Pink by Desing
Paper: black - PTI; silver - unknown; pattern - Momenta
other: versamark, silver embossing powder, corner rounder

I embossed the mustache, and swiped Versamark around the paper, and embossed that too.  You can't tell, but I distressed the edges of the paper too.

Anyway, thanks for looking!!  I hope you are enjoying a great fall weekend. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Birthday doilies

Yeah!!  A four-day weekend - I got to "play" today.

My Mom's birthday (and a few other special women) is coming up.  This will be for her.  My mom and I share the same birthday!!  I was a very special gift for her - at least so she says.  :) 

I used the Retro Sketch Challenge and colors from The Play Date Cafe challenge .  The peachy and aqua colors are my mom's favorites.  In fact I just picked up a sweater and scarf set for her birthday, with these colors.  How great is that the card will coordinate!! 
I'll also put this into the 52 - Card Pick Up challenge as my card-making time is limited.
  • cardstock: PTI
  • stamps: My Mind's Eye
  • other: scallop die: PTI; button: Stampin Up, lace: JoAnn's; white embossing powder; ink: Stampin Up
Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sending Prayers

The challenge this week at Less is More is to use
Brown & Pink
I used this sketch from the Clean and Simple blog
and I embossed the rectangle area for One Layer Wednesday (OLW) being hosted by Karen at Snippets -
I wanted to create an illusion of a sunset on the border, with the color going from brown to pink. . .  It's ok, of course it looked much better in my mind than it does on paper. 
Here are a few snapshots of how I accomplished the outer area with the embosssing:

This may be my last post for a bit.  School starts tomorrow.  It's been a great summer!
  • stamps & paper: PTI
  • ink: PTI and Stampin Up and Staz-On
  • butterfly: stamped with Staz-On and colored with copic - a bit of glitter on the front
Thanks for looking and your lovely comments.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


I do have a stash of cards - most of them on the feminine side.  So when my nephew-in-law's birthday came up, I did not really have a card for him.  I've had this stamp for quite a while now, and have always wanted a chance to use it.  Here is that chance :)

I used sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from Play Date Cafe .


Patrice over at The Old Back Porch has some great photography going on.  She also has a 52 - Card Pick Up Challenge going on. . .  to make one card a week for 52 weeks.  Now on Tuesday, I am going back to work (I am a teacher).  So my time for card-making will become very limited.  I am not a fast creator.  Ideas need to mull around in my head for a while.  I start and stop my creations - sometimes they come out like the ideas in my head. . . sometimes not.   Anyway the reason I told you all this is, that I think the challenge of one card a week (for the rest of the school year) will be a good one for me :)
On a personal note: (skip if you'd like)
Now it is Labor Day Weekend - a big BBQ weekend.  Hubby got a call to invite us to a Q and bring a side dish.  Me, I am not much of a cook, and I would just go to the local deli and get some type of salad.  My husband really does not cook - except for an awesome breakfast, and to BBQ what I put before him.  Once in a great while, he will get the urge to cook.  And that is happening now, while I write this post.  Here is the photo of his finished creation:
Here is the link for the recipe: Festive Pasta Salad - he said to let you know the tomatoes were his own idea :)
Looks yummy, and tastes good too!
supplies for "Rats" (the card, not the food)
  • paper: cardstock: PTI (green), and unsure about the purple
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
  • stamps: Whipper Snapper
  • ink: Memento and Stampin Up
  • colored with Copic markers

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

for you

My aunt is turning 93 this week.  This is for her birthday.

I used the Less is More challenge  of   3 - 2 - 1 
Here is my recipe:
3 potted plants
2 words
1 glass of wine bow
I followed the sketch from Retro Sketches - I am really loving the sketches here - you can make them as simple or complex as you'd like.
I used the inspiration photo from Just Us Girls for my colors. I love the soothing tones in this picture:
Over at CASology the challenge is create a card with the cue word: RELAX.
Gardening is relaxing for me and for my aunt.
  • stamps - image: Whipper Snapper; sentiment: PTI
  • paper and ribbon: PTI
  • other: color pencils, nestabilities
As always, thanks for looking, and your lovely comments.
And to those of you who have started following my site, thanks so much!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink August 2012 Blog Hop Challenge

Yeah, I have a blog! I can enter blog-hops!  Paper Trey Ink's August Blog Hop is about autumn textiles.

I used rustic cream paper, and embossed with PTI's linen texture plate (it doesn't show up too well in the photo).

Surprisingly, I did not stamp anything.  Hmmmm.

The pattern paper is from Paper Trey.  The blue is "Enchanged Evening".  I used Mega Gracious Vases, and the flowers are cut from fleece using Flower Fusion dies.

I used the sketch from Mojo Monday , just flipped it on its side. 
paper, dies, ribbon, string, embossing plate: all Paper Trey Ink
buttons: unknown
Thanks for looking! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Without a Microscope

I made this card for several challenges:
The first is for One Layer Wednesday - to make a one layer card inspired by your favorite subject.  Well, I am a sixth grade science teacher  . . . (and it is  my favorite subject!). 
My school term starts in one week.  I can't wait to start.  I've already been up to school 3 days to set up my class room.  So exciting!!

I also wanted to incorporate the challenge from Less is More which is "Tearing".  I accomplished this into a one-layer card, by masking torn paper. 

I used the colors from the CR84FN Color challenge which were aqua, kraft, and white. 

I followed the sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday , while I don't have "texture" on the top portion, I am hoping that the "text" background will suffice.

Creative Card Crew's challenge is to use script, or newsprint, or maps. 

  • microscope and paper clips: Gina K Designs
  • sentiment: Sweet and Sassy
  • text background: unknown
  • inks: Stampin Up and PTI chai and chamomile
Thanks for looking.