Saturday, March 31, 2012

PDCC #125

This week at the Play Date Cafe, Challenge #125 is to use black, white and a splash of brown. Awhile back, I got the Clear and Simple Stamps Taglines: Critters set, and this was the first chance I had to ink it up. It is SO, SO adorable. The fun Chevron background is from Paper Smooches Geo-Graphic set (a favorite of mine!) I first cut the cardstock panel and then made a mask by punching a 1.75" circle from a post-it note. I placed that on the panel and stamped my chevron pattern over top. When I removed the mask, there is a spot for my owl :) So sorry that my picture isn't the best... it's rainy and dark so I had to take pics in a different place with artificial light and it didn't turn out so great...

It's a rainy Saturday here, so that means a lazy afternoon in my craft room! :)

Stamps: Clear and Simple Stamps Taglines: Critters, Paper Smooches Geo-Graphic
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, True Black
Other: Copic Markers, Popdots

Friday, March 30, 2012

Celebrate Paper Smooches Style!

Happy Friday everyone! I have a card to share today that I made for my mom's boyfriend for his birthday. I just LOVE the little Professor from Paper Smooches Smarty Pants set. I like dressing him up. Today, he is holding balloons for PTI's Tremendous Treats Birthday, wearing a party hat from Lawn Fawn's Hats Off To You, and giving a present from Paper Smooches Santa Paws set. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler :)

That's all for now!! I have a sick kiddo home today (just in time for spring break! :( ) and I have to get cleaning so that I can enjoy the week off with all of my boys (even DH!) Yeah!! :) Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Paper Smooches Smarty Pants, Santa Paws, Sentiment Sampler; Lawn Fawn Hats Off To You; PTI Tremendous Treats Birthday
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Simple Chartreuse Pattern Paper Pack
Other: Copic Markers, PTI New Leaf Satin Ribbon, Google Eyes

Thursday, March 29, 2012

E-I-E-I-O - {The Alley Way Stamps}

Hey there! So, if you are follower of my blog, I am sure by now it's pretty easy to tell that I am a huge fan of fun, whimsical stamps! I made an order with The Alley Way Stamps as soon as I saw their release last month. I knew I had to have their new farm sets - EIEIO and Get MOOvin. My nephew will be celebrating his first birthday in May (OMG where did the time go!?!) and we got him the Fisher-Price Little People Farm. Of course, there needs to be a matching card, right? I knew right away which stamps I was using. I had SO much fun making this card for him!! In addition to The Alley Way stamps mentioned above, I also used Lawn Fawn's Critters on the Farm (for the fence) and PTI Love Lives Here (for the grass sprouts).

Check out The Alley Way blog... they are in the middle of new release peeks! Super cute stuff over there! That's all for now... tons to do before the kiddos are off for spring break next week... the clock is tickin'!! :)

Stamps: The Alley Way EIEIO, Get Moovin, Lawn Fawn Critters on the Farm, PTI Love Lives Here
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI New Leaf
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White
Other: Copic Markers, Popdots

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #30 - Inspired By...

Hello all! WOO! Two cards in one day! The current Lawnscaping Challenge - #30 - is all about gathering inspiration from a fellow crafter. I came across this beautiful photo on Pinterest from this post on the Nana Company Blog. I was immediately inspired to pull out my new Lawn Fawn Sets, You've Got Mail, Gnome Place Like Home and Flying By. Isn't it adorable!?! I love the homespun feel!

Here is my card, inspired by the above photo:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be back tomorrow with another card! :) Hope you will visit again!!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn You've Got Mail, Gnome Sweet Home, Flying By
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, New Leaf
Paper: PTI Kraft, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist Pattern Paper Pack
Dies: PTI Pinking Shears die, Love Lives Here (House)
Other: PTI Pure Poppy Satin Ribbon, Copic Markers

Retro Sketches Challenge #4

I am always up for a new challenge, and I recently discover a new challenge blog called Retro Sketches. Each week, a new inspiration sketch is posted and I was really drawn to this one!

This is Retro Sketches Challenge #4:

For this card, I inked up PTI Tremendous Treats Birthday again! There are quite a few adorable jungle animals in this set! I inked up the tree from Merry Little Christmas and stamped the branches randomly off the edges of the cicle diecut. The sentiment is from Little Bitty Bird and that yummy patterned paper is the new Simply Chartreuse Paper Pack.

The theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog is Anything Goes. I will be linking up there as well! :)

That's it for today... Be back again tomorrow! :)

Supplies (all PTI unless noted):
Stamps: Trememdous Treats Birthday, Little Bitty Bird, Merry Little Christmas
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado
Paper: Rustic Cream, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Simply Chartruese Pattern Paper Pack
Dies: Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles
Other: Copic Markers, Popdots

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Love Admire Respect You - CQC # 130 & CFC #45

Hey there! Back with another card today using the new set from Paper Smooches called Pretty Momma, available April 1st! When it is available, you will be able to find it here on the PS What's New Page.

With Mother's Day coming up, this set is a perfect addition to my stamp collection. I have been trying to get ahead of the game, so I made this card for my mom. Inspired by the CAS-ual Friday Challenge this week, I used black and white and pastel-ish shades. The rose, butterfly and sentiment are all from the Pretty Momma Stamp Set.

With all of its spring colors, this card also fits the new ColourQ Challenge - #130.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Pretty Momma
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, True Black
Other: PTI True Black Gingham ribbon, Copic Markers, Sakura Stardust Pen

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop

Time again for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! This month, Nichole chose a beautiful inspiration photo, perfect for spring!!

Sometimes it is fun to change up your canvas size... This card is 4.25" x 4.25" square. I used strips of Harvest Gold and Lemon Tart cardstock to make the striped background. The frame is the new Framed Out #2 die, and the flowers are from the Sweet Spring stamp set.

Off to the pool today with the kiddos, then a spaghetti dinner at Mom's! YUM! :) Happy Sunday! :)

Supplies (all PTI unless noted):
Stamps: Sweet Spring
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, PTI Tea Dye Duo
Paper: Kraft, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Rustic Cream
Other: Framed Out #2 die, Aqua Mist Satin Ribbon

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Especially for Janelle

I wanted to share a card that I made especially for a very sweet stamping friend of mine, Janelle. If you do not know Janelle, you can read her story on her blog, Show and Tell. I "met" her on the PTI message boards and it wasn't long before I knew what a wonderful lady she is! :)

Janelle, my thoughts and prayers are with you each and every day. I am truly awed by your courage. Huge hugs and healing wishes my friend! <3

For Janelle's card, I used a fabulous set by Paper Smooches called Hope. You may notice the small grey ribbon intertwined with the sentiment. Grey is the color for Brain Cancer Awareness. I also used a new release from Paper Smooches, Pretty Momma, available April 1st.

And here is a closeup of that beautiful flower... Janelle, I would bring you bunches and bunches if I could!!

Please take a moment to hop along to all of the other blogs participating (you can find a full list of participants on Laurie's blog here ) and stop by Janelle's blog to leave her some love!! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Hope & Pretty Momma (Available 4.1)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Scarlet Jewel, Palette Charcoal
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, Distressed Dots PP
Dies: PTI Limitless Layers Ovals
Other: PTI Autumn Rose Satin Ribbon, Copic Markers, Popdots

Friday, March 23, 2012

CAS-ual Friday Challenge #45 - Happy Bird-day!

I have been having a blast with my Little Bitty Birds. I also finally inked up a new set from Paper Smooches called Whirligigs. So fun! For this card, I chose to take the CAS-ual Friday Challenge #45 - The Bold & The Beautiful. The callenge calls for using black and pastel colors together. I must admit, when I use black it is usually with primary or bright colors so this was fun for me. I love the softness of the pale pink and aqua with the boldness of the black.

Hope you all have a great weekend!! :)

Stamps: PTI Little Bitty Bird & Additions, PTI Tiny Treats Birthday, Paper Smooches Whirligigs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Aqua Mist Pattern Paper Pack
Other: Copic Markers, Paper Smooches Licorice Twine

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Little Bitty Bird Love

I seriously don't think I have EVER been so excited about a stamp set. Ever. One of my very favorite PTI stamp sets, Little Bitty Bird, now has an additions set, Little Bitty Bird Additions. I knew I would love it, I just didn't think I would love it this much. Prepare to see alot of it around here. :)

For this card, I used the Babe Block stamp from Paper Smooches and inked that in Aqua mist ink. Then I stamped the fence and colored in the posts with a Q-tip and PTI's Tea Dye Duo inks. The birdbath is filled with glossy accents to look like water. I had a blast making this card. :)

Stamps: PTI Little Bitty Bird, Little Bitty Bird Additions, Love Lives Here (grass) Paper Smooches Babe Block
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White
Dies: Little Bitty Bird, Clouds
Other: Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Pop-dots, White gel pen

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge [3.22 - 4.4]

Time again for another Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge! The inspiration photo for this challenge has an Easter theme. I love the bright, fun colors!

For this card, I used my new Geo-Graphic stamp set (LOVE!!) as well as the bunny from A Little Lovin' and a sentiment and egg from Spring Fling. The twine is Emerald Twine, also from Paper Smooches.

It may be hard to see from that picture, but this is actually a window card :) Here is a better view:

Can't wait to see how this photo inspires you!! Play along for a chance to win some great stamps!! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Geo-Graphic, A Little Lovin, Spring Fling
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, New Leaf
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: PTI Limitless Layers 2.5" circle dies, Copic Markers, Paper Smooches Emerald Twine, Pop-dots

Monday, March 19, 2012

PTI Make It Monday #58 - Graduated Backgrounds

This week's PTI Make it Monday - #58 showcases a technique that I have used before and I love the results. I chose to do a monochromatic background for this Easter card using Copic Markers in RV10, RV13 and RV14. These colors are among my most used Copics. I reach for them all the time. I used PTI's Scrambled Eggs and Little Bitty Bird stamp sets and the sentiment is from the Sweet Spring stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies (all PTI unless noted):
Stamps: Little Bitty Bird, Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Spring
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Duo, Simply Chartreuse
Paper: SS White, Kraft, Simply Chartruese
Dies: Scrambled Eggs, Pinking Shears
Other: Copic Markers, Twinery Honeydew Twine

Thursday, March 15, 2012

An Irish Owl - Colour Q #128

So while purusing the grocery store yesterday, I wandered about the floral department and came across adorable little potted Shamrock plants. I always look for little inexpensive ways to let my boys' teachers know that I appreciate them and all that they do for my children. I grabbed 2 up and when I got home, I decided they needed a little dressing up for St. Patrick's Day. I pulled out my new stamps from The Craft's Meow - Owl See You in Spring. ADORABLE! I diecut two PTI Tag Sale #5 tags for each floral pick and sandwiched a wooden BBQ skewer in between. Man, that Scor-tape doesn't mess around. I stuck then together, and they weren't even, but it was STUCK and I was afraid to ruin them (since it was after midnight and I was running out of time!) Oh well, proof that they were handmade, huh? :)

The boys took them to school day since we are going away for the weekend and they won't see their teachers before the holiday. They were so excited this morning. They love giving presents and much as I do :)

I am also entering this into this week's ColourQ Challenge - #128 - All about GREEN! :)

Stamps: The Craft's Meow Owl See You in Spring
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Spring Moss
Other: PTI Tag Sale #5 die, PTI Pinefeather Swiss Dot Ribbon, Paper Smooches Emerald Twine, Copic Markers, Wooden BBQ Skewers, Popdots

Monday, March 12, 2012

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #57 - Colored Kissing

A new Make It Monday was posted this morning and I could not wait to try it! Heather showed how to do Colored Kissing using background stamps and solid images. I can see that I will be doing this technique ALOT.

For this card, I used Beautiful Butterflies, Dot Spot and BB: Tin Types.

Stamps: PTI Beautiful Butterflies, Dot Spot, BB: Tin Types
Ink: PTI Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI White
Other: PTI Summer Sunrise Satin Ribbon

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pink and Orange Honeycomb!

Hello Friends!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday! I got a boat load of new stamps from Paper Smooches last week, and have been having a blast with them. Their new background sets are so much fun! I am not gonna lie... I was a little cross-eyes after coloring in all of these hexagons, but I love how it turned out. Pretty simple, and yet, it really makes a statement. The hexagons are from a new set called Geo-Graphic, and the sentiment is from Word Salad.

Stamps: Paper Smooches Geo-Graphic, Word Salad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, True Black
Other: PTI Double Ended Banner Die, Copic Markers, Paper Smooches Licorice Twine

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Colour Q Challenge - #127 - sMOOches!

I love Colour Q challenges... This week, #127 is so pretty! I just got an order from The Alley Way stamps. This month, they released 10 new sets, and I knew as soon as I saw them that two of them had to come live with me. I got ei-ei-o and Get MOOvin. They are companion sets. For this card, I used the cow from Get MOOvin, the hay/grass from ei-ei-o and a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chubby Chums Stamp set. His adorable little cow body is hiding behind the fence, but it's there! His head is popped up on popdots to make it look like he is peeking over the fence. The fence die is from Papertrey Ink.

Hope you all have a great day! Thanks for paying me a visit :)

Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps ei-ei-o and Get MOOvin, Paper Smooches Chubby Chums
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Kraft, Lawn Fawn Brightside PP
Dies: PTI Picket Fence die, Pinking Shears Die
Other: Paper Smooches Licorice Twine, Popdots, Copic Markers

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - [3.8 - 3.21]

It's time again for a new Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge!! This challenge will run from today, March 8th through March 21st. The inspiration photo is below:

I am not gonna lie... this was a TOUGH challenge for me. If you have visited my blog before, it's pretty obvious that I am a COLOR lover. Totally outside my comfort zone with this one. I used the newly released Reflections set along with a sentiment from the Good Gab set.

Can't wait to see how this photo inspired you! You could win some awesome new stamps! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Reflections, Good Gab
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Versamark
Paper: PTI Kraft, Stamers Select White
Other: Copic Markers, Filigree White Embossing Powder, PTI Rustic Jute Twine

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #29

Whoot! I just got a new order of Lawn Fawn stamps in time for the new Lawnscaping Challenge - #29. It is a sketch challenge, and I always fail those. LOL! I realized AFTER I was done that the sentiment is in the wrong place. Oops. I got to ink up my new Gnome Sweet Gnome set and I used the sentiment from the new Flying By set. Aren't those patterned papers yummy!?!? That is the new Brightside petite paper pad by Lawn Fawn.

Happy Wednesday!! :)

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Gnome Sweet Gnome, Flying By
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Simply Chartreuse
Paper: PTI Kraft, Simply Chartruese, Lawn Fawn Brightside Petite Paper Pad
Other: PTI Pinking Shears die, Twinery Honeydew Twine, Copic Makers, Popdots, Corner Rounder