Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friend Blend

I'm back from my New Hampshire vacation, and ready to share a card I made a while ago.  I sent this card recently to a friend to let her know I was thinking about her, as she seemed to be having a bit of a hard time.

I used a technique I learned from a  PTI Make it Monday video on cracked glass using UTEE.  I decided not to crack these little tea cups, but did pop them up with dimensionals and stacked them.  If I were a better photographer, you would see the gloss on the teacups that make them look a little bit like real china.

Supplies Used (All PTI)
Stamps:  Tea for Two Additions
Paper:  Damask Designs patterned paper, white, kraft
Other:  Tea for Two die, Edgers #3 die, Raspberry Fizz saddle stitch ribbon, orange zest button, twine

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Bat Mitzvah Card

This card is for my daughter to give to a friend on the occasion of her becoming a Bat Mitzvah.  I used the color scheme of the invitation in my card.

I like a gate fold for a Bat Mitzvah card because it reminds me of the way the ark opens to reveal the Torah inside.  The person becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah has the honor of reading from the Torah for the first time.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Mazel Tov, Paper Source Mazel Tov
Paper:  PTI Plum Pudding, SU Real Red, Parchment from stash
Other:  PTI Limitless Layers Die, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Gold & Clear embossing powder
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Papertrey August Blog Hop

I am playing along with the Papertrey August blog hop, which challenges us to make a card based on this inspirational photo.  This is the first time I have ever tried to make a card based on an inspirational photo.  What spoke to me in this photo was the jar, the books, the colors and the background print inside the suitcase.  This is the card I came up with:

My friend Cathy Weber had sent me several stamped images of this little jar, which I fell in love with when she used it in a card she sent me.  Cathy also gave me the IO Cover a Card Damask stamp, which I used to make the background on the red mat.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Studio Style, Fillable Frames
Paper:  SU book print, Real Red, PTI Hibiscus Burst, Rustic Cream
Other:  PTI Button Card Die, circle punch, SU Lattice Embossing Folder, Twinery twine, flower from stash

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Encouragement for a Triathlon: Biking

One of my best friends is training for her first triathalon.  She is training with 'Team in Training' and is competing to honor her brother, who recently won his battle with lymphoma.  You can find out more here.  

This is the second in a series of cards I am sending her.  The first card was to encourage her for her 10k run.  This card is to encourage her for the 40k bike ride.  The last card will be to honor her 1.5 k ocean swim.

Here is the card I made for her:

One of the interests she and I share is reading, so I made her a matching bookmark to use during those spare moments when she is not training.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Everyday Button Bits, All Star Team Additions, Polka Dot Basics II
Paper:  PTI:  Orange Zest, Ocean Tides, Road Trip, Fine Linen
Other:  PTI Button Die, Limitless Layers Die, Numbers Impression Plate, Quickuts Scallop Border die, SU Owl Punch, button, ribbon 

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Seed Packet Die

I just received my new Papertrey Seed Packet Die, and I can't seem to stop making little packets.  I was inspired by a gift I received from Monica, and the post where she wrote about her ideas for this die.  Basically, I have been cutting and taping anything I can get my hands on, and it's just been a blast.

Here are some seed packets I cut out of wax paper.  The packet on the left is regular wax paper.  To the right is wax paper embossed with the Sunshine Impression Plate.  You can't really see the impression in the picture or in real life.  The next two are cut from wax paper and then run through the Cuttlebug with a Square Lattice and Houndstooth embossing folders.  The one on the right is some wax paper I had left over from last holiday season, that had snowmen and snowflakes printed on it.


Here is a close up of the wax paper packets that were embossed before assembling.  (Now, I am wondering if it might work even better if I had taped them together before embossing--another project for another day).

Here is a better view of the wax paper with the snowman pattern.  These are so cute.  I'm going to check Target to see what other patterned wax paper they have.  These would be cute for Halloween treats, if I can find Halloween-themed wax paper.

These seed packets are cut out of PTI Linen Vellum, PTI Vellum, and unbleached parchment paper (for baking).  If I were a better photographer, you would see that the Linen Vellum looks pretty much like white cardstock, but the regular vellum and the parchment paper are somewhat translucent, which would be great if you want to show a partial view of the contents.

Here are those same packets shown with something in them, so you can see how translucent each type is.

 These last are cut from (left to right):

-A map of San Diego I got from AAA

-SU newsprint paper

-Patterned paper from Michaels
-PTI white cardstock stamped with Little Bitty Bird

Flip view of the last two.  I stamped the back top portion before assembling.  I used Scor Tape as my adhesive on all of them.

Sorry about the length of this post, but I just had to share my excitement about this die.  If you have any ideas about what I should do with all these packets, please let me know.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011


Yesterday, I told you I had something in store for you today--here it is:   


Here is the program:  The 'hostess' for the month makes four kits and sends them out to each of the four of us.  We work secretly to create a card using at least 4 items from the kit.   No other rules or restrictions.  We are allowed to use anything else we have on hand.  We get to see each others cards today, on each of our blog posts.  We are scheduling our posts to go live at the same time.

I'm so excited to see what everyone did with the incredible kits Cathy sent out last month to get us started. Cathy made a kit using PTI Cupcake Collection, and sent us embossed cardstock in Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, and Simply Chartreuse, plus lots of other die cuts and patterned papers.

Here is my card:

I wish I had thought to take a picture of the kit all spread out, but I didn't. Everything you see on this card was in the kit, with the exception of the little paper button.  The kit had enough in it for me to make another card or two, which I will do at some point. This is a great way to get to play with a stamp set or other supplies that you don't own, don't you think?

The other three members of Four-of-a-Kind are:
Cathy Weber:  Empty Nest Crafter
Renee Lynch:  It's a Patchwork Life

Please stop by their blogs, if you haven't been there already, and see what they have created for our first ever Four-of-a-Kind post.  Don't miss the blog candy being offered on Cathy's blog--become a follower and leave a comment for all four of us to be eligible for this prize.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Cupcake Collection
Paper:  Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, whatever patterned paper is listed on Cathy's blog
Dies:  PTI:  Cupcake Collection, Fillable Frame #10, Mat Stack 4, Edgers #1, Double Ended Banner

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tea for Two

Several months ago, I was feeling a bit guilty about the Tea for Two, Tea for Two Additions, and all the matching dies that had been sitting around unopened in my office for quite some time.  As it turned out, my friend Cathy did not have these sets, and I offered to cut and stamp her some images.  I figured it would be good for me to just get the set out and start to play, without the pressure of having to create a specific card.

I sent the stamped images to Cathy, along with the patterned paper I had used as a color guide.  I wondered what she would do with it.  I ended up inspired to make several cards, and was completely tickled to see that Cathy had taken the exact same 'ingredients' and had come up with something so completely different.

Here is one of the cards I made that day:

Here is what Cathy created:

How fun to see a different take on the same stamp set.  Then, the wheels started to turn, and an idea was hatched:  Four-of-a-Kind.  Come back tomorrow and see what we've cooked up.  Start at Cathy's blog, then come back here and see what I've got for you. 

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