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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

PTI Challenge - Glitter Borders

Hi guys....I'm here with a new card that I used some new techniques on (new to me :). I'm also advocating using new products with old. I had a brick & mortar scrapbook store for many years, and I saw first hand how people (myself included) eat up new product, usually more than they can use. So my way of encouraging using old and new is to mix both together. I loved the technique of using score tape to adhere glitter, so this is the way I adhered the glitter to my card, I was amazed how well this worked. I also used some alcohol inks to make the background on a shiny card surface. I tried using another technique I saw on YouTube making layered ribbon die cuts, however the ribbon didn't cut through all the way with my cuttlebug. If anyone knows of a technique that works for this, I'd love to know. Finished off the card with some Stewart Superior Memory Mists (also an old product I had in my store...this was way before 'Mr. Huey' and the other new 'chic' mists, but they work just as well :). Used a stamp from PTI 'We Go Together' set (I love all the sentiments in this set, I'm sure I'll be using them a lot)!

Here's my card and a link to my video:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Bloghop!

This project made me realize why I am obsessed with PTI, their stamps and dies.....I used a very old stamp for this, which is oval...not even an oval die worked with it (you can see the unevenness, I ended up scalloping the edges, and not so straight:), I used a PTI mat stack 4 die, some twine tied with a button and grosgrain ribbon, oh, and the alpha stamps are Technique Tuesday....sorry, after owning a store...which, at the time TT was the IT thing.....I am NOT lacking in alpha stamps :) The challenge was for a monogram set....I made a card with my initials...Suzanne Bruce Webb....(I will fix the unevenness of the bottom :)
Also, my first try at copic markers....I'm trying all kinds of new things this week!!!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Playing Along Over at 'Festive Friday'

I ran across this blog, 'Festive Friday,' which is encouraging a Christmas card every week. Since I never have my cards done on time, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get a big jump start. I loved this weeks inspiration piece, which was a bit rustic, and I love that feel. My card is pretty simple for me, but I wanted to jump right in. I used a kraft cardstock base, a die cut label, and some stamps that added some stickles too. Wrapped the card with some twine and a button....pretty simple :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Feb. 21-13, Lots of New Projects

I feel good if a few days go by and I am able to get 'a few' crafty projects done. The last few days have been just that, have completed a couple of card, many of which I've used my latest stamps and dies from PTI. The quality and precision that their products continue to amaze me. The first card is one made with the 'Happy Hexagon' stamp set and the die plate. I really couldn't quite figure out exactly how to use these in an artistic way....until I watch Nichole's video that shows you three different ways to use the products. I can't find it again to link it for you, but if you have these PTI sets, it's worth looking for. Next, I really want to make a dent in my stash, and I KNOW I can makes things with my stash, so I am determined :), so I made these cute little gift cards using an old set of Am. Crafts rub-ons and and older set of Basic Grey brads, combined them with a new PTI 'Half and Half' stamp set and some bakers twine. The third card I used my new 'Rosie Posie' stamp and die set, and an old set of Autumn Leaves journaling stamps, the sentiment is from PTI Think BIg Favorites #22." I used a lot of layers of the flowers, stamped in PTI's scarlet red, autumn rose and a light pink Colorbox ink, then popped them up with pop dots. I embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder, and finished it off with some twine.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday, Feb. 16 & Pinwheels!

I have wanted to make pinwheel embellishments for a long time, and finally got around to it from a challenge from PTI. I love how it turned out, and how easy it is to use PTI products on any given project, and how it's opened my little world of crafting! First I stamped my square that I used for the pinwheel with a background mesh stamp, gathered it together with a little mulberry flower and pearl. I slightly curved up the edges of the pinwheel to give a little more dimension. The background paper is cut from a Simple Stories strip, then layered with some cardstock. I used the 'Think Big Favorites #19' stamp set and backed it with a popped scallop. The top is tied with some twine. I think it would be super cute tied to a hostess gift!

My second card, I stamped on a Spellbinders tag, die cut it twice and popped it up after stamping a round sentiment from an older Narratives stamp set (that I still love). Lots of layered papers in the background along with some ribbon.

The finished projects:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day and 'Boutique Accessories'

Hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day. I sure did, besides having my wonderful husband of 32 years, I also got to go with him to give our daughter-in-law his valentine to her (he has always gotten our daughter, Ashley, and now our daughter-in-law chocolates for Valentine's day. This year, he addressed the card to our daughter-in-law to 'Sammy and Baby.' I'm so excited for our new little baby Evelyn to come in May!

I have really just avoided (because of lack of subject matter) baby/child/children/mother related crafty supplies for several years. I'm so excited to have a reason to use all the cute stamps, etc. again that relate to babies and children!

At first I didn't think I'd use Papertrey Ink's new 'Boutique Accessory' line, because I don't make jewelry, or hair accessories....then I visited each of the designer's blogs and saw the cute accessories they made, and a light bulb went off....'Evelyn is going to have hair,' and she is going to need some cute accessories!!! Perfect excuse for more creative time :) I started out making this broach....and I really appreciated Maile Belle's little tutorial on how to put it together, so thank you Maile!

I used the closest thing I had to a handmade stamp from the 'Button Boutique' stamp set by PTI. I added a little but stick pin you could use with the broach or separately on any kind of paper crafting project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Watercolor Stamping Challenge @ PTI

To say the least....for me, this challenge was very much coloring 'outside the lines,'.....I like a clean look, so it was fun for me to play with this technique, and I like how it turned out. I cut chipboard tags with the 'Half and Half' dies...stamped the sentiment from Flower Fusion #6, along with the flower. I fussy cut the stem that was stamped with ripe avocado, and the flower with autumn rose, the center with scarlet jewel. I used a water color pen to get the water color effect, backed the stems with some vintage bookplate and popped up the main flower. I also shadow stamped the main flower in the background. Like I said, a challenge for me, but I like the end product :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Color Challenge!

They are having a color challenge over at Papertrey Ink, and I love that they have a printable version of the color combos for future reference. I chose a warm palette with scarlet jewel, kraft, linen, melon berry and stone. I used the half and half die and stamp and a sentiment from 'Flower Fusion #6, along with Papertrey's kraft and scalet jewel ink. Tied the top with a strip of burlap, shadow stamped the flower to give a background to the tag. Simple design, but I love how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Sunday and A Card Sketch To Go With

Today, over at Papertrey Ink there was a card sketch challenge. I chose this sketch:
I used sentiments and tag detail from the 'Everyday Photo Finishers' stamp set, along with Scarlet Jewel ink, I love this deep shade of red. I die cut some felt flowers and added a bit of hand stitching with floss. I love the look of the double flagged tags. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Papertrey Pinterest Challenge Take 2

I have a second packaging inspiration from Pinterest...this one includes a cute little tag die cut from from Papaertrey Ink's 'Half and Half' dies and stamped from the same stamp set. I've enclosed it with a cute little red kraft bag, added a frame with a handmade spiral flower and heart, and a sentiment from the 'Half and Half' stamp set and zig zag stitch from 'Button Boutique.' topped it off with a cute little clothes pin and twine. The inside tag has a sentiment from and old Basic Gray rub on set. Thanks so much for stopping by!

February 9, Papertrey Ink Pinterest Inspiration Challenge

Rare for me to post every day, let alone two posts in one day! I had a lot of fun looking around on pinterest, looking for my inspiration piece. I knew I found it right away when I saw this decorated brown paper bag, and they she did kraft on kraft. I have to admit, I was also inspired by the moss I collected last fall when we were hiking up in the mountains (they've been sitting in a plastic bag, and really needed to be housed in a prettier container :). I used the happy hexagons to make a border, then for the main sentiment I used a method from a video I watched from Papertrey Ink (I think it was a Betsy Veldman one) on using your mat stacks and double dying them, then using pop dots to get a shadow effect. I used a sentiment from 'Think Big 19.' I had to use a spellbinders die, since I have yet to acquire any PTI ones (they're in my cart :). Here's my project;

More of Papertrey Ink's 'Favorite's Challenge

Today I am sharing another card made for Papertrey Ink's 'Favorite's' Challenge. I loved the Chalkboard card Betsy Veldman made with the 'Stitched Sentiment's' stamp set, here;

I didn't quite make mine a blackboard card, but did use the white embossing over the black and bits of red, using Zing's red glitter embossing powder. I also used the sentiment stamp and die from the 'Everyday Photo Finishers' set. Cut little flag tails out of the banner and added some pearls;
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Paper Trey Ink Free Printout Challenge

Today at Paper Trey Ink, they are not only giving sneak peeks of their new monthly stamps, but there was also a free digital sheet. The challenge today was to to use one of the images from the sheet on a project. I chose this cute little teacup of posies by Michelle Bickford, along with the sentiment, 'You are my cup of tea." I backed the main image by heart cut from mesh, surrounded the heart with the vines from the stamp set 'Stitched Sentiments,' and mounded the sentiment on a die cut from 'Photo Finishers.' Surrounded the sentiment with some old Doodlebug velvet heart brads. These challenges are really forcing me to think outside my box, which I am really enjoying. Here's my card:

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Paper Trey Ink Favorites Challenge

HI there, over at Paper Trey Ink they are having a fun and inspiring challenge, where the designers chose some of their favorite designs over the past year, and we could choose one and use it as inspiration.  I chose these cute little tags by Melissa Phillips:

I have long admired Melissa's work, and am instinctively drawn to her shabby chic projects.  I used my newly purchased half and half dies, and sentiments from Flower Fusion #6, as well as vintage lace, feathers, buttons and a cameo.  I distressed the chipboard tags with white ink and edged with distress ink.  Really fun challenge, I plan on doing some more projects for this one :)

Thanks so much for stopping by...