Friday, November 30, 2012

Play Date Cafe #159 and Make it Monday #93, Take 3



This is my second post today.  For my 12 Kits of Christmas post, please click here or scroll down.

My first card today is for this week's Play Date Cafe #159.  I was very inspired by Veronica's inspiration card here.  I used my new PTI sweater die, and the WPlus9 Fairisle stamp, which always makes me think of warm sweaters.  I added that texture to my 'sweater' with the Aida Impression Plate.




I have one more card for this week's Make it Monday #93:  Splitting Die Cuts.   I finally received my November order, and was able to make the first card I thought of when I saw the video, which uses the Circle Border Die and Sentiment Signs.




Supplies Used (PTI):
Warm Wishes
Stamps:  WPlus9 Fairisle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes
Paper:  White, Scarlet Jewel, Scarlet Jewel Pattern Pack
Ink:  Scarlet Jewel, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Sweater Die, Aida Impression Plate

Birthday
Stamps:  Sentiment Signs, Ad Sense, Tag-it's
Paper:  White, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Versifine Onyx Black
Other:  Circle Border Die, Polka Dot Impression Plate


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The 12 Kits of Christmas: November








I'm here with the latest edition of our 12 Kits of Christmas.  I am having a hard time believing that it is November already.   If you are wondering what you have stumbled into, please click here for more information.  This month's kit was generously provided by Jeanne of A Kept Life.  One thing I always admire about Jeanne is how beautifully layered and detailed her cards are.   I did try to channel Jeanne when putting my cards together, and she certainly sent enough goodies to play with.  I'm not sure how close I got to my goal, as I made 5 cards and my leftovers pile looks almost as large as the original kit.

Just take a look at all the goodies she sent.  One of the most fun parts about this group is getting to play with stamp sets and dies I don't have, and this month was no exception.  I don't think I own a single stamp or die that Jeanne used in this kit.  It was so much fun to explore and play with.



Here are the five cards I made with Jeanne's kit:














Well, that's it for me.  I've kept you long enough.  Now, please head over to see what everyone else has done with Jeanne's kit.  I still have a lot left over, and so I am eager to see what everyone else did, and what I can CASE with my leftover supplies.  A huge thank you to Jeanne, for putting together such a beautiful, and enormous kit.  And, if you have any questions about supplies, just check the list that I'm sure Jeanne will have in her post.

Here is a list of the other members of The 12 Kits of Christmas.  Please stop by their blogs and check out what they have done this month.   

 
 Cathy of Empty Nest Crafter
Suzanne of The Card Yard
Joyce of Cards-by-the-Sea (that's me!)
Kara of KandR Designs
Jessica of The Paper Parade
Jeanne of A Kept Life
Sharron of On Papillon Wings
and special guest:  Kelly Schirmer of Gingham Girl

There is a little blog candy on this hop - one commenter from one of the 12 kits posts will be randomly selected to receive this stamp and die set from Serendipity - so please leave a comment!  Here is what you could win:

 

Wait--don't go yet--there's more:  Serendipity is having a sale--one day only--on 11/30--in honor of our 12 Kits of Christmas posting.  Everything Christmas is 20% off.  Practically everything used in our posts is from Serendipity, so if you like what you see, head on over to Serendipity and snag some for yourself at 20% off.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2 Cards for 3 Challenges








The cue card for this week's CASology #21 is 'TIME'.  All I could think about was--Party Time!  I don't know why.  Nothing says 'party' like balloons, right?

I used this week's Color Throwdown CTD220 colors, which I interpreted as PTI Hawaiian Shores, White, Limeade Ice, and Pure Poppy. 




And, here is my second entry for this week's Make it Monday #93:  Splitting Die Cuts.  Special thanks to Kim for her inspiring card here.



Supplies Used (PTI):
Party Time
Stamps:  Just the Ticket, Everyday Button Bits
Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice and Pure Poppy Pattern Packs, Bitty Dot
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Lil Inkers Balloon dies, Loop de Loop die, Sunshine Impression Plate

Make it Monday
Stamps:  Over Under Easy, Flower Fusion
Paper:  White, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise
Other:  Layerz Mat Stack 4, Kaiserkraft Rhinestone


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Make it Monday #93



This week's Make it Monday #93:  Splitting Die Cuts shows us how to stretch our dies further by splitting up the die cuts.  Such a great idea, and I wonder why I never thought of it before.  I used the Harlequin Cover Plate and a sentiment from Think Big Favorites to make a get well card for a friend.  I added just the narrowest strip of Pure Poppy on either side of the cut pieces of the Harlequin die cut--things looked a little unfinished without that strip.


I've got several more ideas floating around in my head, and hope to try this idea again before the week is done.


Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites, Happy Harlequin
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy
Ink:  Pure Poppy
Other:  Harlequin Cover Plate


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ColourQ #165



I have a card for this week's ColourQ.  I have to admit that at first I did not see these colors working together at all.  But after playing with them, I have completely changed my mind.  That penguin is covered in Paper Glaze, which isn't showing up well in the picture.


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Snowflake Flurries, Paper Smooches Winter Grooves & Swanky Snowdudes
Paper:  PTI White, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist Pattern
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Memento: London Fog, Tuxedo Black
Other:  Lil Inkers Instant Camera Die, MS Glitter, Paper Glaze


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Still Crafting


I have four cards for today.  This first card is for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge--Picture Perfect.   This is the first time I am playing along with a Paper Smooches Picture Perfect challenge.  Here is the photo we had to work with:




Isn't that just such a warm and cozy scene.  I keyed off the colors--yellows and orange, the love message in white, and the rectangular shape of the pillows.  I had to get creative, since my Paper Smooches stash is limited.   I used two rectangular graphic shapes from the Alpha Dots set, and stamped a random pattern in various shades of yellow.  I used white embossing on Summer Sunrise paper for my sentiment, from Pretty Phrases.



My next card is for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge WMSC #125--it's been a while since I played in this challenge.  I used the colors of this week's CR84FN68, which I interpreted as PTI Scarlet Jewel, Memento Grey Flannel, and Vintage Cream. I loved how Jeanne used French Country to make her banners, and decided to do the same thing.  I wish you could feel that beautiful ribbon--Kim sent it to me--and it is soft as silk.







This card, posted by Deb earlier today, really caught my eye.  I loved what she did with her Washi tape, and it made me want to do the same thing with some of my tapes.  There is a certain someone--nameless--who is trying to get me to buy more Washi tape--but I have decided, for now, at least, to try to use what I have.  Crazy talk, I know.


This Washi tape actually comes with random sections of different patterns.  Quite fun, and they have done all the work for me.


By happy accident, I discovered that the chevrons on this Washi tape will all line up when you put the pieces together.  And, that the green is a perfect match to Limeade Ice.


That's it for me today.  Real life is calling my name, and it is hungry!


Supplies Used:
Love
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases, Alphadots
Paper:  PTI White, Summer Sunrise
Ink:  PTI Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Versamark
Other:  White embossing powder

Thanks
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse French Country, Compact Sentiments
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewel
Ink:  Scarlet Jewel, Memento Grey Flannel
Other:  Ribbon from Kim

Washi Tape Cards
Stamps:  PTI Simple Sentiments
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice
Other:  Washi Tape, PTI Double Ended Banner Die, Jelly dots


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Back in My Craft Room


It was great to get back into my craft room, after being away for a week for Thanksgiving.  I spent all day today visiting blogs for the Papertrey Blog Hop, and making some cards for this week's challenges.


My first card is for this week's Lawnscaping Challenge #46.  The challenge was to make a tag.  I made a tag and put it on this Hanukkah card for my daughter.  I already told her that she won't be getting 8 presents this year, since she just had her Bat Mitzvah and  has been inundated with gifts.  She thought that was fine, but asked if she could get a card from me every day.  Sweet.  I know that she will be happy to have this darling owl wish her a happy Hanukah.  Incidentally, there are numerous ways to correctly spell Chanukah, but I used the shortest way for this card, because it needed to fit in the speech bubble.





My next card is for this week's Case Study Challenge #118
Here is the beautiful sample card from Angeline Yong.  I fell in love with the way this sentiment was surrounded by stamped images, and wanted to something very similar.



I used another sentiment from the same Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases set, and surrounded it with images from PTI Sending You in a color scheme of Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Limeade Ice.  I also used my newest favorite go-to impression plate, Picnic Plaid.



My last card is for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #6.  I have to say, I am really enjoying all the sketches from this new challenge blog.




I followed the directions here to make a shaker card using my new PTI Winter Snow Globe set.  I used some American Crafts Microbeads  inside the shaker, and while they look cool, I think I'll be cleaning up microbeads for a long time.  It is worse than glitter, because they roll all over.




Not bad for a day's work.  I think I must be the worlds slowest crafter.

Before I go, here are some pictures of my new paper storage cart from The Container Store.  I am using it to store all my PTI paper scraps as well as a supply of full sheets.  To save space, I do have some colors stored together.  I bought the legal sized cart, thinking that it would give me more space in the drawers below.  I love having so much paper and scraps nicely organized and so conveniently located.



The cart has two drawers underneath, and I'm not sure what I'll keep there.  I have twine and embroidery floss there for now.




Supplies Used (PTI):
Happy Hanukah
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Winter Owl, Critters in the Forest, Smittys ABC's, A Birdie Told Me
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Kraft, Basic Grey Aspen Frost
Ink:  Memento tuxedo Black, Pure Poppy
Other:  Tag Sale Die, White Gel Pen, Copics, Saddle Stitch Ribbon

Peace
Stamps:  Sending You, Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases
Paper:  White
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Limeade Ice
Other:  Picnic Plaid Impression Plate

Let it Snow
Stamps:  Winter Snow Globe
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Basic Grey Aspen Frost
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Snow Globe Die,  American Crafts Microbeads


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PTI November, 2012 Blog Hop





The challenge for this month's Papertrey Blog Hop is to look for inspiration from a book or magazine cover.  I spent Thanksgiving week with my family relaxing in the sunshine at a resort in Arizona, and my Kindle almost never left my side.  I have the sort of Kindle that costs less because an advertisement is always on the screen when the Kindle is turned off.  So, I spent quite a bit of time looking at this:


It reminded me of the houses from Love Lives Here, which I had purchased back in July, but hadn't seen much ink yet.  My friend Cathy was kind enough to send me the dies, and I based my color scheme on some twine that Kim sent me a while back, and I wanted to use on the card.



It's a bit hard to see in this picture, but the red heart on the very end is popped up and covered with Diamond Stickles.

Enjoy the rest of the hop.  I'm pretty excited to see what everyone else has done.


Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Love Lives Here
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, New Leaf
Ink:  Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy, Versamark
Other:  Love Lives Here Dies, Pinking Die, Twine from Kim, Diamond Stickles


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse November 2012 Blog Party



The theme of this month's Waltzingmouse Blog Party is Grattitude, and I have made a Thanksgiving card using a Spellbinders Maple Leaf die and my favorite Plaid Builder set--Pic-nic Patterns.



I am also entering this into this week's CASology #19:  THANKS.


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Pic-nic Patterns, PTI Autumn Acorns
Paper:  PTI Rustic Cream, Vellum
Ink:  Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise
Other:  Spellbinders Maple Leaf, Woodgrain Impression Plate


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