Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 1

I figured it certainly couldn't hurt for me to participate in the Summer Card Camp Classes.  I have SO much to learn.  This first week's color combo was rather difficult for me, but the end result turned out ok, I guess.  I used PTI's Flutterby Friend and Communique Curves Sentiments for the Happy Birthday stamp.  The base is PTI's Spring Rain Card Stock with Spring Rain ink sponged onto Stamper's Select White Card Stock.

Thanks for looking!

Make It Monday #21: Polaroid 2-Step Masking

I'm happy to be participating again in the PTI Make it Monday Challenge.  I am really enjoying using techniques that are completely new to me.

I used Flutterby Friends with the Mat Stack 4 die.  I used the reverse side of the butterfly stamps to obtain the color. 

I admit that I'm not that crazy about the colors, but I'm participating in the Summer Card Camp Classes and this is the color scheme for the week.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thank You

I needed to make two very special Thank You cards for two very special friends.  I was lucky enough to be the big winner when Denise January from Sassy Stampin' celebrated several things on her blog including being published in CARDS, receiving recognition from Cosmo Cricket for a card, being a Favorite Find at MFT, and revealing a completely redesigned blog.  You can read all about her accolades here.  I received a FABULOUS box of goodies and a gift certificate to PTI!  SO generous! 

I've wanted to step out of my comfort zone a bit and try some new things on my cards.  I figured this was the perfect opportunity to use some of the beautiful Basic Grey patterned paper she gave me and the MFT rosette die that I HAD to have after I received her gorgeous card.  This is what I came up with:

I trimmed down the paper for the rosette so the butterfly would take center stage.  I really like how it turned out.  I've never used so many layers.

My second card went to my very first PTI friend, Cathy Weber from The Empty Nest Crafter.  When I first started with PTI, I joined in my very first exchange on the message board.  I was lucky enough for Cathy to send me a fabulous Halloween Card and a few other goodies.  She has been so sweet ever since and she made me feel welcome in a place that can be a bit overwhelming at times.   I hope she doesn't mind me sharing how special she made me feel when I opened this amazing treasure in the mail, out of the blue.  I just keep staring at the card.  I love it. 

So I knew I need another special thank you card.  Here is what I sent to her:

The smallest butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Make It Monday #19: Rock and Roll Technique

I'm back for another Make It Monday from PTI.

Once I saw Lisa's amazing video, I knew I wanted to use this technique using Giga Guidelines to create my own patterned paper.  Once I started stamping, I realized that the paper would be too bold, so I decided to cover the paper with vellum to soften it a bit.  On the Mat Stacks, I also covered the 1 3/4" punched image with vellum, and stamped the Thank You sentiment directly onto the vellum using selective inking.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed making Father’s Day cards this year.  Having to make masculine cards is something I usually fear, but Denise from Sassy Stampin' graciously gave me a pad of Curio Basic Grey patterned paper.  Once I paired a couple sheets of that paper with the Turning a New Leaf die, they came together quite nicely!  I also used some Real Wood Thin Cherry sheets for die cutting and also as a base. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Make It Monday #18: Tissue Paper Texture: Attempt #2

Ok, so I decided to have another go at this technique.  I took some white tissue paper, and sponged on some Chamomile Ink.  I crumbled the paper, just like Betsy, and glued it onto some Road Trip Paper that I had stitched onto some Ocean Tides cardstock.  I just used Elmer's glue, waited for it to dry, and filed off any excess tissue paper.  I made some melon berry and ocean tides felt flowers using an MFT die.  I affixed that all onto some Melon Berry cardstock and then onto a Fine Linen base.  The stamp is from Think Big #4.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Make It Monday #18: Tissue Paper Texture

I decided to participate in another Make It Monday Challenge at PTI.

As I was looking through my tissue paper collection from The Dollar Tree, I realized I didn't quite have the type of paper to create a "vintage" or "soft" feel for a card.  This is what I had:

So, naturally, the Cupcake Shape Up Series Die seemed like the most appropriate choice.

I was really hoping that the crinkled paper would stay, but once I put it through the cuttlebug, it flattened right out.

I look forward to trying this tissue paper technique again!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Cards

I have some cards to share today that I made for all of my kindergartner's teachers.  She had two main teachers, but a total of 8 "specials" teachers including computer, spanish, math lab, library, physical education, drama, music and art.  I used papers from October Afternoon Schoolhouse.