Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The 12 Kits of Holidays: July, 2013

I am writing this post to go live at the end of July.  When you read this, I will be with my family on our summer vacation.  This month, our hostess is Christina of Seaglass Papercrafts, and our theme is birthday.  Christina sent the most fun kit, with all sorts of things I don't have and now want (need).  That is part of the fun of this group--getting to play with stamps, papers, and other assorted goodies that I don't have.  The other part, of course, is the incredible friendship, camaraderie and support I receive from the incredible and talented group of women that Renee has assembled  in this group.  

Here is a picture of the awesome kit Christina sent.  The stamps are from WPlus9, Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts, and the paper is from Echo Park.  

I made 5 cards, and ran out of time before I ran out of ideas or supplies.  When I get back from vacation, I'll be visiting everyone's blogs and pinning ideas about how to use my leftover supplies.

That's it for me.  A big thank you shout out to Christina for assembling such a wonderful kit.  Please head over to Christina's blog for a complete supply list.  And, don't forget to visit the other participants in our 12 Kits group:

Joyce (that's me)
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Fusion #14

We are leaving for vacation at 5AM tomorrow, and I really should be packing.  But, what I did instead is play around with my new Delightful Dahlia Additions stamp.  Really?  Yes.  This card was super quick to make, and I used the sketch from this week's Fusion #14 challenge.

The patterned paper is Persnickety by Lily Bee, and the flowers are inked with SU Pretty in Pink, Real Red, and Hibiscus Burst.

OK, I am going to pack now.  Really.  Bye.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

PTI July Blog Hop--the 6th Color Scheme

My parents left this morning, so I was able to make the quick card I had been storing in my mind for the last of the color challenges for this month's PTI Blog Hop.  I used my new Balloon Bash stamps and dies as well as the numbers Impression Plate for this birthday card, which I will also be entering at Seize the Birthday and The Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Please click here or scroll down to see my other blog hop cards.

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PTI July 2013 Blog Hop

It's PTI Blog Hop time.  I love these blog hops.  I always have so much fun making whatever it is we are assigned to make, and then hopping around to see what everyone else has done.  This month, we had so many yummy color schemes to choose from.  I started early, since my parents are visiting, and I knew I would not get much crafting time while they were here.  

My goal was to make something using every color scheme, and to limit my flower cards to two.  As of this writing, I still have one color scheme left to go, but my parents will be leaving, and so I may just be able to pop in towards the end of the day with my 6th card.  

So, I'll just jump right in....

My first card uses my new Rainbow Circles dies, and was cased from this card by Nicole.  I got my order lightning quick this month, so was able to use some new goodies for the blog hop.  These dies are a little tricky to work with, so I was glad I had something to copy for the first time I used them.

Edited to add that I just realized that this card fits with the theme of CAS-ual Fridays this week, so I am entering it into their CFC110 Count Me In Challenge.

Lots from Ruby Rose on this card.

Mega Gracious Vases die and flowers from The Sweet Life on this card.  I was inspired to use a negative die cut for the vase from this stunning card by Amy.

The new Birthday Greetings set with the Rainbow Stripe dies.

Another PTI design team inspired card, this one using Live Love Life by Jess Witty.

That's it for me for now.  Enjoy the rest of the hop.  I will be checking everthing out as soon as my parents leave, and possibly making a card with the 6th color scheme.

Edited to add:  I will be linking up the birthday cards on this post to Seize the Birthday and The Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Muse #27

My parents are still visiting, and while it is wonderful to have them here, I am going a little crazy knowing that all my favorite blogs, stamping companies, and challenges are out in the blogosphere posting interesting things that I don't have time to see.  I think I have a problem.  

Feeling a bit like a high schooler sneaking around behind my parent's back, I managed to sneak into my craft room for a few moments today to make a card for this week's Muse #27.  Now, I had to make a card this week, because the muse is one of my very favorite bloggie friends and besties--Tracey McNeeley.  And, my card was super quick to make because I pretty much duplicated Tracey's card--good design will do that to me.

Tracey's Card

I used Pretty Peonies, a sentiment from PTI Mini Blooms, Hero Arts Fresh Tomato, SU Pear Pizzazz and PTI Winter Wisteria Ink, and some sequins that Kim, Tracey and I split.

Gotta get back to the 'rents.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash #22

My parents are visiting this week, so I only have a moment, but I wanted to post this card I made before they arrived.  I was inspired by the navy stripes on this card by Leigh, and the cozy couch on a stitched rectangle on this card by Tracey to come up with my card for this week's 10 Minute Craft Dash.

The paper is White, Spring Moss and Berry Sorbet by PTI and SU Night of Navy.  Stamps set is On My Couch and Additions.  Total crafting time was 9 minutes 57 seconds.  Gotta run now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Three Birthday Cards

I've got three cards today, and they are all birthday cards, and will be entered into the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday as well as The Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

My first card uses the Defined Watercolors technique from this week's Make it Monday #125.  I used Rosie Posie, water color painted with some distress inks and then stamped just the edges.  I have to say that Erin made it look a little easier than it was.  After my front panel was complete, I realized I forgot to leave room for a sentiment, so I cut a banner out of vellum for my sentiment.

I decided to use this week's Color Throwdown CTD251 colors for my CAS(E) this Sketch CTS#37 card.  I was trying to decide what I could use instead of hexagon, and came up with the Rounded Diamonds dies from Avery Elle.  I went back and forth and couldn't decide whether to go for the small ones or medium ones, and finally decided to just make two cards and ask which one you think is better?

I used a variety of Impression Plates to add some texture and interest to my die cuts, and raised them up with some very small dimensional adhesives.  I repositioned the sentiment a bit from the sketch--it just seemed to fit better where I put it.

What do you think--do you have a preference?

Supplies Used (PTI):
Make it Monday
Stamps:  Rosie Posie, Bountiful Banners
Paper:  Watercolor, Rustic Cream, Summer Sunrise bitty dots, Vellum
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Memento Cantaloupe, Distress Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint
Other:  Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles, Twine, SSS Tilted Banner Die

Stamps:  Irresistibly Ikat
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Limeade Ice, White, SU Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Other:  AE Rounded Diamonds Die, Impression Plates:  Canvas/Linen, Striped, polka Dot, Aidia, Woodgrain

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

CASE Study #150 and Color Your Own Thank You Sets

I have a card for this week's CASE Study #150.  As soon as I saw this card, I knew I wanted to use my new Round Repeats stamp set.  I pulled colors from the sample card and made my own focal point medallion--which was my inspiration.   My design was also inspired by this card by Maile Belles.

My youngest daughter is working with a friend, trying to make things to sell to raise money for our local animal shelter.  I just love that she has such a big heart.  I let her take a bunch of my stash of cards to sell, with all the proceeds going towards her cause.  

Then, I got to thinking about this post I saw a while back about 'Color Me Card Sets'.  Since Sarah's sales table is set up at the art camp she is currently volunteering at, I thought perhaps those parents and kids might be interested in something similar.  So, Sarah helped me pick some fun images from my stamp stash, and 'Color Your Own Thank You' card sets were the result.  

Here are a few representative pictures:

They were all pretty quick and easy to make, and each card is a 1/4 piece of white card stock.  I also stamped the front and back of the envelopes, and there is a place on the back for the 'artist' to sign their name.  We tied them up in groups of 4 or 5, and we will see how it goes.  I made 8 sets for her to sell, and if she needs more, I will set her and her friend to stamping them.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Hip, Hip, Hooray!
Stamps:  Round Repeats, Bigger Blooms
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, SU Tempting Turquoise
Ink:  SU Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Memento Rich Cocoa, Cantaloupe, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Sequins, Bling

Color Your Own Thank You Cards
Stamps:  Paper Smooches: Pretty Phrases, Chubby Chums, Woofers & Tweeters; Lawn Fawn:  Critters in the Forest, Admit One, Critters in the Burbs: PTI:  Truckin it, Fly Away, Frog Hop, Hello Foxy; The Crafts Meow Life is a Carnival
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

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