Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

2010 has truly flown by.  It was just a little over a year ago that I decided to get into stamping and cardmaking after a long love affair with scrapping.  And I can honestly say, I don't miss scrapping one bit.  It was fun to look at the progress I've made as a cardmaker for this post.  So, without further ado, here are my top 10 creations of 2010 in no particular order:

One of a Kind Friend! (PTI)

hip, hip, HOORAY! (PTI)

For You (PTI)

High Flyin' Birthday (PTI)

Scary Siblings (PCS)

Thank You (Technique Tuesday)

Kind Words (Verve)

Celebrate Your Day (PTI)

Happy Birthday (Lawn Fawn)

Birthday by the Sea
I was really hesitant to take the plunge into the blogging world, but I am so glad that I did.  The inspiration and encouragement I've received from my on-line friends has made this adventure so worthwhile.  Thanks for everything!  Wishing you God's richest blessings today and always.  May 2010 leave you with fond memories and may 2011 hold many wonderous possibilities.



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ribbons & bows

Am I the only crazy person who picks a ribbon then tries to design an entire card around it?  Well, that's what I did with this card and it took me forever.  Thankfully, this birthday card was for a very special friend of mine so I didn't mind spending the time to make it perfect.

I really like the In Bloom paper pack and am thinking that I should invest in the matching stamp set to create my own paper.  It would eventually pay for itself right?  I realized after the fact that the bow was way too big to fit into an envelope.  Lucky for me, my sweet friend lives nearby so I tucked the card inside the bag and hand delivered the gift.  

Not much else to say other than thanks for dropping by again.  It means a lot that people take the time to visit and comment.  And a big special thanks to my followers.  Wow ... when did I get up to 14?  I am humbled.  Really.

Have a great one!

Supplies (all PTI unless otherwise noted)
Paper:  In Bloom (print), spring moss, hibiscus burst (I think)
Stamps:  Plain Jane sentiment (Verve), BB: Retro
Ink:  tuxedo black (Memento), VersaMark
Other:  Tag Sale #1 die & Limitless Layers die set, ribbons (unknown)

Monday, December 27, 2010

joyeux noel

Yeah, I know, Christmas is over.  For some families.  Today is our last family get-together for the holidays and it's going to be great.  There's just something really special about having everyone at my parents place for dinner, presents, fun & games.  I love it.  Even more than I love this swirly, girly card that I made for my mom.  Or maybe I just love not having to clean my house before a holiday dinner. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go play good auntie to the worlds' greatest niece and nephews.  Christmas isn't just for kids, but man do they ever make the holiday more special.  I love spending time with them. So, see you all later.

Details:  (that I can remember)
Paper:  sweet blush (PTI), patterned paper (from my scrap bin)
Stamps:  Peace Be Still (PTI)
Ink:  all Memento dew drops
Other:  Limitless Layers dies, Christmas tree die, and spring moss felt (all PTI), pearls (unknown)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

PTI Blog Hop - Holiday Leftovers

December's Challenge: 
It's that time again for our annual holiday leftovers challenge! Use scraps of wrapping paper, parts of holiday cards, recycle gift tags or bits of ribbon on a paper crafting project. We all have plenty of it laying around after all the holiday excitement and this is your chance to incorporate some of those pretty little things into an amazing piece of art!

You know you're addicted to stamping when someone hands you a present and your first though is, "Oooh.  That paper would be gorgeous on a card."  However, when your second thought is, "YES!!  There's at least 6 yards of ribbon." and you start to happy dance in your head, it's time to get help.  Or prepare to hop, PTI style.

I created an assymetrical frame using a print from The Girl's Paperie that I used for Christmas cards.  The green flower was die cut from a linen textured wrapping paper using Beautiful Blooms #1.  I tucked in a few snippets of the gold ribbon from the same gift instead of making real leaves.  The final step was to put it all on a Pure Poppy scallop base.  Or so I thought. 

This card just wasn't doing it for me so I grabbed some rustic cream cardstock, my woodgrain impression plate, and a little tea dye duo.  Et, voila!  C'est fini. 

Now this card works.  Hope you like it.

Supplies (all PTI unless otherwise noted)
Paper:  spring rain, pure poppy, rustic cream, print (the girl's paperie),
Sentiment:  Kind Words (Verve)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento), Tea Dye Duo
Embellishments:  beautiful blooms die, lemon tart button, rustic button twine
Other:  woodgrain impression plate, large scallop & circle Nestabilities

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, Friends

Wishing you God's richest blessings today and always.  May your day be filled with family, friends, love, and laughter as you take time to remember the real reason to celebrate.  Joy to the world, the Lord has come.  Merry Christmas, Friends.

Details - all PTI unless otherwise noted
Paper:  rustic cream, red (Bazzill), print (the Girl's Paperie)
Stamps:  Silent Night, filigree dove (Michaels)
Ink:  tea dye duo, VersaMark
Other:  large circle & scallop Nesties, white EP (Stampendous)

Friday, December 24, 2010

shabby, little Christmas

Well, now that the presents are bought I'm getting serious about making cards for the family.  The only problem is, I have more cards to post than I do sleeps 'til Christmas.  So be prepared for a little Christmas cheer leading up to the new year.  Doilies, snowflakes, and vintage/shabby chic seem to be all the rage still so I tried my hand at combining all three.

In keeping with the busyness of the season, and the fact that I still have all my baking to do, I'll get straight to the details.  Thanks for visiting & happy holidays!

Paper:  spring moss (PTI), blue (SU), white (Neenah)
Stamps:  Big & Bold Holiday Wishes & Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers (PTI)
Ink:  Tea Dye Duo (PTI), VersaMark, blue distress ink
Other:  Top Note die (SU), doily (Michael's), blue & silver EP (AC), Corner Chomper

Thursday, December 23, 2010

winter birthday

When I sit down to stamp in December, it's usually for birthday cards.  There are so many birthdays among my family and close friends that it's ridiculous.  I'm trying to use up my paper scraps (since I have two new PTI paper packs en route as I type), so I started with the gorgeous swirly paper as my inspiration.  I used this colour combo a few weeks ago for a Christmas card and just love this patterned paper.  So wintery, yet so girly.

To add some oomph to the skates (which are so easy to line up on the die cut), I used a C1 to line the boot and BG10 to colour in the blades.  I also added some chunky glitter to the skate blades.  A quick wrap of baker's twine and my card was all set to mail.  On time, to boot.  I'm so proud of me!

Thanks for dropping in. See ya tomorrow.

Paper:  sweet blush (PTI), solar white (Neenah), print (unknown)
Stamps:  On Ice (PTI)
Ink:  tuxedo black (Memento)
Other:  skate die (PTI), labels 3 (nesties), glitter & glitter glue (Martha Stewart), black baker's twine (papertreats)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Celebrate Your Day

It's been a long time since I've updated the old blog and I apologize.  The funny thing is, I've made cards.  I've photographed cards.  But do you think I've edited or uploaded anything?  That's gotta change.  Last month I had a request for a wedding card and this is the finished product:

I loved the way this turned out and the customer was equally thrilled with the result.  I didn't know the style of the wedding she was attending, so I erred on the side of classy & elegant. 

Thanks for dropping by.  And I promise, I won't let the blog-o sit neglected for this long ever again.  I hope.  *wink* 

Have a great one, friends!!

Paper:  Smokey Shadow & True Black (PTI), textured White (Bazzill), damask print (Recollections)
Stamps:  Signature Greetings (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  satin ribbon (unknown), Mat Stack 1 & medium scallop die (PTI), silver embossing powder (AC)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

kiddie's christmas

Today's post is a sneak peak at the card I made for my youngest nephew.  I love how the distressing on the paper looks a little like snowflakes.  Very festive.  And very much a coincidence. 

I still have to start planning their gift tags/tree ornaments.  When they were younger, they use to hang the tags on their tree.  Well, they're now 11, 13, and 15 and they still expect tags that can be used on the tree.  I love it.  I especially love when you see the ornaments and tags you made a few years ago still being used.  Talk about warm & fuzzy feelings. 

Enough gushing and reminiscing for one day.  What are your special family traditions?  I'd love to hear about them instead of the usual comments. 

Have a blessed day, friends!

Paper:  Certainly Celery & Kraft (SU), Christmas Words (Echo Park), yellow (Bazzill), Solar White (Neenah)
Stamps:  Tiny Treats: Christmas (PTI) *love*
Colouring Mediums:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics
Other:  Tag Sale #1 and Limitless Layers (both PTI), grosgrain ribbon (from stash)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Reindeer Games

Happy Thursday!!  When I first saw the peeks of Alli Miles' new set Holiday Sparkle, I thought it wasn't for me.  Until I caught a peek of this sweet little fella.  I think I bought the whole set for this reindeer alone.  LOL  I am loving how all the images in this set are sized perfectly to fit on PTI's Tag Sale 1.  I don't do a lot of gift tags, but think they look fab on cards.  I especially love how this die cuts out the little reinforcement as well.

This little guy could do with a little more colour, but I stamped him in Staz-On which I know should not mix with Copics.  So, here he is, sparkly nosed, googly eyed, and looking like he's in desperate need of some sun.  As the temperature drops and the snow starts to swirl, I think we all could do with a quick sunshine getaway.  Oh well, a girl can dream.

I do apologize for photographing this against a white backdrop.  The border left on the white card base completely disappears.  If I wasn't so lazy, I would reshoot the pic.  But, I know that means re-editing, re-uploading ... let's just chalk this up to lessons learned & I promise not to do this again.  Okay?

Have a great weekend friends & I'll see you all next week!

Paper - solar white (Neenah), true black (PTI), kraft (SU), print (Echo Park or Girl's Paperie)
Stamps - Holiday Sparkle (PTI)
Ink - black (Staz-On), VersaMark
Other - green metallic EP, Tag Sale 1 (PTI), googly eyes, ribbon, & red rhinestone (unknown)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Plates Gift Set

As promised, I've got a sneak peek at one of my Christmas gifties.  My nephew has recently discovered the Wimpy Kid series of books and has been collecting them.  I was absolutely thrilled.  Until I saw how he was putting his name in them.  YIKES!!!  But, have no fear All Booked Up is here.  I wasn't sure how much use I'd get out of this set and the matching dies, but I am now hooked.  Aren't these pretty?

The bookplates were die cut from whole sheet adhesive labels from Avery using the Mat Stack 3.  This is actually the second set I did.  I tried stamping the centre image in a contrasting colour and also in black, but wasn't happy with the look.  On a whim, I tried using the same colour for both the mat and the image and struck gold.  I really like the monochromatic look on each one.  Before wrapping them up, I will write his name in to give them a more polished look. 

The bookmark was made from scraps leftover from my October Blog Hop Hanukkah card.  To make it a little more durable, I used a textured, glossy cardstock which I stuck to a piece of patterned paper before running through my Big Shot.  A simple monogram set in the Limitless Layers die cuts and my set is complete. 

Hope you like it and I hope it inspires all you PTI fanatics who bought All Booked Up to whip up a few sets as well.  And if you do, be sure to share.  We can all use a little inspiration.

Have a great one & be sure to make time to get inky!

Supplies (all PTI unless otherwise noted)
Paper - ripe avocado, white (Neenah), blue (Bazzill), patterned paper (unknown)
Stamps - all booked up, alphabet (Heidi Swapp)
Ink - VersaMark, Memento Dew Drops
Other - Mat Stack 3, Bookmark, and Limitless Layers dies, Ribbon (unknown)

Monday, November 22, 2010

P.S. I Love You

The minute I saw this week's Play Date Cafe colour challenge I thought of PTI's Beautiful Blooms patterned paper stack.  I absolutely love this paper and was thrilled to have a reason to pull it out again.  I got a few new-to-me stamp sets in the mail this week, so I immediately decided to ink up Love Songs.

It's funny how quickly a card can come together when you start with something you love.  Hopefully I can put some more of this to good use.  I've finally started my bookmark and book plate gift sets for Christmas and think this would be perfect.  Be sure to come back soon.  I'll be posting the set I did for my littlest nephew shortly.  Until then, happy stamping!

Supplies (all PTI unless otherwise noted)

Paper - Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, & Beautiful Blooms, Solar White (Neenah)
Stamps - Love Songs & Everyday Button Bits
Ink - Fresh Snow, Black Staz-On
Other - white EP (Stampendous), Labels 3 (Nesties), Ocean Tides buttons, Button Twine

Saturday, November 20, 2010

2S4Y66 -- Havin' a Hoot

I know.  I know.  I'm MIA, neglecting the poor old blog then TWO posts in one day.  Not sure what's going on but I will confess.  I pretended that laundry & vacuuming don't exist and have been hiding in my stamp room all day.  Absolute bliss.

This second post is actually one of three cards a customer (I LOVE saying that) ordered as a result of a fundraiser I did at my sister's office last month.  Since I had to get the cards done today to deliver to her on Monday, I figured I'd draw inspiration from some of my favorite card challenge websites.  This week's 2 Sketches 4 You layout was the jumping off point for my card.  Their Mr. Linky closes tonight which is the real reason I'm posting this today.

This is also one of the first pics taken in my new, homemade light box.  I have Ted over on the PTI forum to thank for his instructions.  It's actually quite fitting since he's also on the DT for the digital stamp I used for my card. 

Paper - Solar White (Neenah), brocade blue & polka dot print (SU - retired)

Stamps - Owl (Dustin Pike), Signature Greetings (PTI)

Colouring Mediums - Fresh Snow (PTI), PrismaColor pencils & Gamsol

Other - Button Twine (PTI), Labels 14 (Nesties), Bird Punch (SU), White EP

Thanks for dropping by.  Toodles!!

Peace on Earth

I really love the prints in PTI's Holiday Vintage Prints and wanted to create a set of cards using the gorgeous avocado stripe. A few weeks ago I showed you the first card in the set here. These are the other two:

The other card in the set used a PTI forum favorite, Turning a New Leaf, to add a little interest behind the sentiment. I love how the curve of the leaves mirrors the scripty font.

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me! And a special thanks to those who follow & comment on my little blog. You all make my day!

Paper - white (Neenah), red (Bazzill), stripe (PTI)
Stamps - dove & Peace (Recollections), Jesus sentiment (Stampabilities)
Ink - tuxedo black, pear tart, Encore gold metallic (Tsukineko)
Other - ribbon, gold tinsel EP (Stampendous)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monkeyin' Around

I thought that I would try my hand at this week's Curtain Call Colour Challenge.  Aren't these colours delicious?  I didn't have all of the newer SU colours, so I improvised a bit.  So, here's my take on the challenge.   Hope you like it.

The details: 
Paper - Chocolate Chip (SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Stamps - Fox & Friends (SU), Sophie's Sentiment (LF), Woodgrain (Hero Arts)
Ink - Apricot Appeal (SU)
Other - Vine trim (PTI), Top Note die (SU), Ribbon (unknown), clear EP

Monday, November 15, 2010

fall farewell

Even though the season won't officially end for a few more weeks, it seems like fall is over.  I really fell in love with SU's Fall Foliage set and am sorry that I didn't put it to more use this year.  This card started out a few weeks ago when I created the collage print.  Problem was, I got some smudges on the bottom when I was embossing the original sentiment.  Not wanting to waste anything in my craft room, I put it aside with the intention of "fixing it up" later.  Well, it's finally later. 

I cut the original print and put an avocado strip at the bottom.  I wrapped it with grosgrain ribbon and accented it with a button bow.  The "thank you" sentiment is from Technique Tuesday's Loving Words set from Ali Edwards.  I {heart} this set.  The font and words are perfect.  The white embossing is a nice contrast to the dark chocolate base.

Hope you make some time today to get inky!  Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

Hope you don't mind me taking a break from the festive but, I couldn't let today go without sending birthday wishes to a dear friend in the Canadian Armed Forces. I admire the support that Americans freely give to their troops and wish that Canadians were a little more openly supportive of our men and women who serve every day and not just on Rememberance Day.

Thanks for dropping by. And if you're a praying sort of person, don't forget to remember the men and women who willingly leave their families to keep us all safe.  Lest we forget all that has been done, and is still being done, to ensure our freedom and liberties. 

Have a great one!!

Paper: green (SU), kraft (PTI), camo print (MM)
Stamps: Happy Birthday (Verve)
Ink: Fresh Snow
Other: wonky squares (Nesties), white EP, twill tape, brads

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

happy birthday

Okay, it's late. I'm tired. And I can't think of a creative title for this post. So, happy birthday it is. Work is gonna get crazy in the next few weeks, so I'm trying to get organized now and schedule some posts so the old blog isn't sorely neglected while work takes over my life.

Do you ever buy a pack of patterned paper because you absolutely love a few of the prints? Then, do you feel obligated to use the prints you don't like? Well, I do. Problem is ... I'm trying to talk myself into liking this print. But it ain't working. I do like how the ruffled twill toned it down a bit.

I realized at the last minute that I really, REALLY should have cracked open my new pack of vintage cream instead of using the glaringly bright SS white. But, I was too lazy to get up and start over. Hence the light blue flourishes in the background. Next time I will either stick to the "less is more" principle. Or try to be less lazy. Or just throw the whole card out with a clear conscious.  LOL

Paper: SS white (PTI), Just Chillin' (Making Memories)
Stamps: All Booked Up, Enjoy the Ride, Embellishments (PTI), gift (Recollections)
Inks: rich cocoa, tangelo, summer sky, denim blue (all Memento)
Other: twill tape, Mat Stack 3 (PTI)

Friday, November 5, 2010

a non-traditional Christmas

Sometimes it's nice to get away from the traditional reds and greens for the holidays and really shake it up. The card base is a turquoise from SU that perfectly matched the lime & teal print I found at my LSS. The Pure Poppy oval was die cut and embossed using one of the newest Nestabilities, Lacey Ovals.  This is another card I made for a fundraiser sale at my sister's office to benefit the United Way.

The two stamps were cheapie bin finds at Michael's. And the sentiment is going in the trash pretty soon. That baby's got a mind of it's own. And it does not like to stay put on a block. Not to mention, it does NOT stamp evenly.  I had to touch up the "y" in happy with a gel pen (bless you signo). 

Thankfully, my PTI Christmas order showed up so I have plenty of holiday sentiments to choose from that stamp like a dream.

Not much else to say so ... see ya later!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thinking of You

After hearing about the Play Date Cafe on Keva's blog, I finally decided to check it out and play along.  This week's challenge was to create a card that was black and white with a splash of burgandy.  This card is actually doing double challenge duty this week.  Over at CASE Study, their card challenge for the week was to use these cards as the inspiration for a creation of your own.    I used lots of Papertrey goodies to create a card to send to my BFF to let her and her hubby know that they are in my thoughts and prayers.  So, here's my creation.

I started with a True Black card base and used a linen textured damask print from Recollections.  To balance out the busy background, I decided to shoot for a simple, classic, and elegant look.  I die cut the mat using the Mat Stack #1 and inked up just the dotted frame from TT: Christmas in Rhubarb Stalk (Memento).  The sentiment was taken from Mailbox Greetings and heat embossed in black.  To add the splash of burgandy, I used grosgrain ribbon under the tag and stuck on a fluffy organza double bow.  A half-back pearl was the finishing touch.

Can't wait to see what challenges the talented ladies over at the Play Date Cafe and CASE Study have in store for next week.  Thanks for sharing part of your day with me.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

scary siblings + OTWC #31


Aren't they so stinkin' cute?!? This is the final Hallowe'en card I made for my niece and nephews. They totally remind me of the boys. When they aren't fighting that is. The youngest loves to tag along with his older brother. And he'll swear up and down that he's not scared of something. But, we all know he is. We just let the little guy keep his game face on. LOL

The paper is from the Toil & Trouble collection by girls' paperie and the digital stamp is from Pink Cat Studios. I can't take credit for this in it's entirety as the road was CASE'd from a sample card on the Pink Cat website. The tension on my sewing machine was a little off (okay, a lot), so please forgive the wonky stitches. I think that this card is gonna be the hardest one to give away.

Happy Hallowe'en, boys and ghouls!!

Paper - midnight flight (tgp), true black & SS white
Stamps - scary siblings (PCS), tt: hallowe'en
Ink - tuxedo black
Other - copics, modern label punch

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

scaredy cat

I can't believe how much fun I'm having with my Copics. This is another fabby digi stamp from Pink Cat Studios. I don't usually get into the Hallowe'en cards but this year I decided to do some for my niece and nephews.

The real inspiration for the card making blitz were these gorgeous prints from Echo Park Paper Co. I went into my LSS for Christmas paper and came out with several 12 x 12's from their Happy Hallowe'en collection. Aren't they fun? And the best part? The reverse side of most prints are usable all year long. So, they are a really good investment. Right? Enabling is good. LOL

Paper: green (SU), spooky dots (echo park)
Stamps: Tiny Treats: Hallowe'en (PTI), cat (PCS)
Ink: desert sand, potter's clay, rich cocoa (Memento)
Other: modern label punch (SU), Copics, brad, sponge dauber, ribbon

Monday, October 25, 2010

PTI October Hop

It's been a while since I've hopped with my PTI forum friends, and I'm glad to be back this month. The challenge for October was to create a card that celebrates an upcoming winter holiday, not including Christmas.

For me, this was a challenge as I have few Christmas stamps and even fewer (okay, no) stamps for any other winter holiday. But, I took the challenge as an opportunity to try out my new Copics on a Pink Cat Studios digital image from their Hanukkah collection.

I've learned a couple of valuable lessons. First of all, I totally understand why people love PTI's Stamper's Select White and why they have SO MANY COPICS. It's really hard to blend, when you don't have the right shades. I also realized that I need to practise. A LOT! LOL Hopefully, my next attempts at Copic-ing will go better. I don't think it could go any worse.

Thanks for taking time to visit my little stop on the hop. And if you like what you see, feel free to follow my blog. I've got a few more Copic-coloured surprises in store that look WAAAAAY better than this.

Cardstock - Stamper's Select (PTI), blue (Bazzill),
Patterned Paper - Winter Wonderful (Best Creation Inc)
Stamps - Star of David bird (PCS)
Other - ribbon, Copics, Labels 14

Friday, October 22, 2010

A PTI Christmas

Just a quickie post of some more Christmas cheer. Even though Hallowe'en is just around the corner, I'm having so much fun using the gorgeous prints from Papertrey Ink's Holiday Vintage Prints paper pad.

I'm trying to wait patiently for my October release goodies to arrive. As much as I love this tree, it would be nice to have a few more Christmas sets to choose from. Although, I am kicking myself for forgetting to add Signature Christmas to my last cart. Oh well. Now I've got a reason to order in November.

Have a great day!!

Details:Paper: solar white (Neenah), pure poppy, lemon tart
Stamps: tree trimming trio (PTI), dove & sentiment (Recollections), teeny tiny wishes (su)
Ink: metallic gold, tuxedo black, bamboo leaves
Tools: tree die, XL ric rac die, label punch (su), 1/2" circle punch (EK)
Other: gold & red embossing powders, buttons, ribbon

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Christmas Pt. 1

Today's card is doing double duty. Since I'm putting together cards for an upcoming fundraiser and spending all of my "free" time making Christmas cards, my time to play along with challenges is seriously limited. But, lucky for me, the set I inked up for this past weekend's card-making blitz, just so happens to be a choice for BethieJ's challenge of the week. The flourish tree in Tree Trimming Trio is absolutely stunning when cut out using the handy-dandy die released last month.

I am absolutely loving the new papers from echo park paper co. at my LSS. This background is from their Merry Christmas collection. Now if only PTI would put out a good music background building set, I'd be on cloud nine.

Thanks for taking the time to swing by for a visit! And drop by any time. I love having company.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Vintage Picnic revisited

The second stamp for Bethie's challenge this week was a personal favorite of mine, Vintage Picnic. This card was done a few months ago for a Paper Crafts mag fall call, but wasn't picked up. Nevertheless, I love the fall colours in it and thought it deserved it's 15 seconds of fame. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Thanks for dropping by. And if you like what you see, feel free to follow me. I've got lots of great Christmas cards to share with you over the next few weeks! Not to mention, I don't always remember to post updates in the PTI forum.

Paper - white (Neenah), rust & dark grey (Bazzill), print (SU)
Stamps - Vintage Picnic (PTI), Forever in Our Hearts (Verve)
Colouring Mediums - all inks (Memento), PrismaColor pencils
Other - circle punch (EK), ribbon & button (from my stash), floss (DMC)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Spooky Thanks

Well, between getting Christmas cards ready for an upcoming fundraiser and life in general, I did find time to break out one of my newest (okay, my only) Hallowe'en set for Bethie's stamp challenge. Thank heavens for long weekends.

Each week over on the Papertrey Forum, we're given a choice of three PTI stamp sets to get the mojo flowing. Since my last PTI order included Hocus Pocus paper, I naturally chose Tiny Treats: Hallowe'en .

I realized after the fact that I forgot to colour Frankenstein, so I added a bit of green for hair and a sickly beige for the skin before Frankie went postal.

The inside and envie got almost as much love and attention as the outside.

I can't wait to see which sets are chosen for next week's challenge. Sketch challenges are great, but having to work from a short list of stamps was awesome. The focus really helped. Thanks for the inspiration & motivation.

Have a spooktacular day friends!!

Stamps: Tiny Treats: Hallowe'en, All Booked Up (PTI)
Paper: true black & Hocus Pocus (PTI), white (Neenah)
Inks: tuxedo black & tangelo (Memento), fresh snow (PTI)
Other: Mat Stack 3, Corner Chomper, ribbon (Offray)