Monday, September 20, 2010

happy birthday!!

Nothing gets the mojo flowing like a deadline. And new goodies. My sweet niece's birthday party was this weekend which encouraged me to ink up some more unloved stamps and to break out my newest Nestabilities.

I am still crazy in love with LawnFawn stamps. And I love how they co-ordinate with some of the newest labels from Nestabilities. The lighting wasn't the greatest and my photo doesn't do the background justice. Nevertheless, I'm thrilled with this in real life.

Thanks for popping in for a visit!!

Stamps - Bannerific, Sophie's Sentiments, & Bake Me a Cake (all LawnFawn)
Paper - Spring Rain & Lavender Moon (PTI), Certainly Celery & So Saffron (SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Ink - Jet Black (Staz-On), Fresh Snow (PTI), all colours (Memento)
Other - Labels 14 (Nesties), Corner Chomper, texturz plate & blender pen(SU), embossing powders, library pocket die (PTI - used inside)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September Parade of Blogs

Our challenge was to ink up a never been used set or to dig out one that we've been neglecting. Admit it ladies, we've ALL got one or two of those in our craft rooms. This card uses a lot of fabulous products from the Papertrey Ink July release that I haven't been motivated to put to good use. So, I'm finally introducing the Just the Ticket set to ink.

Can I tell you that I am crazy about the emboss-resist technique? This time I paired it with one of my PTI favorites, Text Style II to create antique paper. The note paper was die cut & stamped with the lines from the It's Official set and inked to soften the edges. To give the focal image a little oomph, I folded one ticket underneath and pop-dotted it to the sentiment. This makes the Just a Note ticket stand out from the notepaper.

Thanks for stopping by. And if you're inspired to get something new all inky, be sure to visit the challenge page and Mr. Linky your own entry. I'd love to see your handiwork. Catch ya later!!

Stamps: Just the Ticket, Text Style II, It's Official (all PTI)
Ink: VersaMark, Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Summer Sky, Potter's Clay (Memento)
Paper: kraft & light blue (SU), white (Neenah)
Other: clear embossing powder, sponge daubers, spiral notebook & ticket border dies (PTI), satin ribbon (from my stash)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Back to School

Do you ever make cards and have no clue what they're for or who to give them to? Well, this is one of those. After seeing Dawn McVey's July countdown creation here where she made a happy yellow measuring tape, I had to copy that element for myself. It's pretty clear that I had going back to school on the brain when I stamped this a few weeks ago.

I love the chalkboard look, but wanted a classier twist. Instead of using my go-to set of Text Style II, I chose a retired SU background that has the bold, old-world look. As a former French teacher, I thought it was very appropriate. I also love how the swirls mirror the damask peeking out from under the twill.

I intentionally left the license plate blank so I can pick an appropriate sentiment when I'm ready to send the card. Unless I forget. Which has about a 95% chance of happening. But if (when) I do, hopefully the recipient won't notice. And if they do? I hope I never find out! LOL

Have a great one, guys!!

Stamps: Enjoy the Ride, It's Official (PTI), French Script (SU)
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, and Pear Tart (Memento)
Paper: More Mustard (SU), Solar White (Neenah), damask print (MME), Harvest Gold (PTI)
Other: cream twill tape, clear embossing powder, car die (PTI)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Impress-ive Petite Challenge #7

The first petite challenge of the month was all about making impressions. Letterpress seems to be all the rage these days, so I decided to use Spellbinders' Impressabilities and a little Fresh Snow ink to create this fab letterpress-inspired background.

To create the window, I lined the opening with a larger cut out of an acetate transparency. After carefully stamping the sentiment, I heat set the ink. At this point, smudges would've killed me. LOL

The felt flower was cut using the Beautiful Blooms #1 dies. A folded insert was the final touch so my handwritten greeting wouldn't be visible through the window.

Hope you'll drop by the Posse blog and give this petite challenge a whirl for yourself!

Cardstock - pink passion (SU), white (Neenah)
Stamp - Twinkle, Twinkle (Verve)
Ink - fresh snow (PTI), black (Staz-on)
Other - Labels 3 and Diamonds & Stars (spellbinders), flower dies (PTI)

Friday, September 3, 2010

happy thoughts

It's hard to think of smiling when my summer vacation is officially over. I can't complain though: it's been FANTASTIC!! So, instead of moping I'm channelling positive thoughts about the upcoming school year & wishing all my teacher friends an equally fantastic year. Now, excuse me while I go enjoy the last long weekend of the summer!!

Cardstock - plum pudding (PTI), white (Neenah), green (Bazzill)
Patterned Paper - Kioshi collection (BasicGrey)
Stamps - Up, Up, & Away and Polka Dots II (both PTI)
Ink - VersaMark, sweet plum, tuxedo black, & summer sky (Memento)
Other - clear embossing powder (Stampendous), ribbon (unknown)