Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Make it Monday and Giveaway Winner Announced

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

We learned how to make a Dimensional Sentiment Banner in this week's MIM #51.  Since I was set to make a Bat Mitzvah card for a party my daughter will be going to this weekend, I used this technique for my card today.  The colors are a bit unusual for this type of card, but I tried to match the invitation.  I created my own background paper by repeatedly stamping the Torah scroll image from the Mazel Tov set in Summer Sunrise ink on Summer Sunrise paper.

Here is a peek at the inside, where I will be putting a gift card.

On another note, the winner of the giveaway for my extra thank you set is Pauline who said:

Oh Joyce, this is wonderful! I love the aqua colours, and the beautiful butterfly shape, just stunning!
And I am only just starting on my PTI collecting lol! So Yes I would love to be included in your fab draw! 

Pauline, please check your mailbox in a couple of days/weeks/months...however long it takes to get from San Diego to the UK.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Mazel Tov, Background Basics Twinkle, Tranquility Trilogy, Paper Source Mazel Tov wood stamp  
Paper:  Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold
Other:  Library Card die, Buttons, twine

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Monday, January 30, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas: January 2012

I was so thrilled and flattered when my friend, Renee, invited me to be part of a new paper crafting group she was starting.  The group is called "The 12 Kits of Christmas", and is kind of a spin-off of our Four-of-A-Kind group.  The idea is that each month, one of the 12 of us send holiday card making kits to everyone in the group.  We post simultaneously at the end of each month.  At the end of the year, not only will we have had lots of crafty fun, but we should have a huge jump start on our Christmas card stash.  

Renee started us off with this load of crafty loot:

I did not come anywhere near using up all the contents of the kit when I made these three cards:

Do you like candy?  Blog candy, that is?  Renee has some goodies she is giving away on her blog.  All you need to do is to visit all 12 of us and leave a comment on each blog by Friday.

Here is a list of the other members of The 12 Kits of Christmas:

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

Can you believe this line up of talent?  I am still pinching myself that I have been included in this group.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Card for a Book Lover

I whipped up this card in no time today, inspired by the sketch at Less is More, the theme of this week's Passion for Papertrey: Inspired by a Book, and my desire to use my new 'Dearest Jane' paper.

Here is the LIM sketch:

I'd like to thank the gals at A Passion for Papertrey for selecting this card of mine as one of their top three Passionistas.  I was so excited to be chosen, and will proudly display their blinkie once I figure out how to do it.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  All Booked Up, Hero Arts Envelope Pattern
Paper:  Dearest Jane, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy
Other:  Bloom Builders die

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Make it Monday and a Giveaway

This is my second attempt this week at making a shaker card, using the process explained in this week's MIM #50.  We won't talk about the poor soccer/owl shaker card that didn't shake....I tried a different adhesive approach this time (Thermoweb Sticky Dots), and had a better result.


It is a little hard to see in this photo, but I created a background paper using a faint stamping of Background Basics Newsprint using Amuse Pebble ink, and then a brighter pattern over that using Butterfly Kisses.  I got this idea this morning from this card by my friend Gayatri.

On to another subject....THE GIVEAWAY.....

I am fortunate to have received an extra 'thank you' set from PTI, and I would like to give it to one of my blogging friends who has not yet received this set yet.  I will ship anywhere, so if you live overseas, don't be shy to let me know that you would like this set.  In your comment, please let me know if you are in need of this stamp set, and I will pick a lucky winner and announce it in the next few days.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses, Background Basics Text Style, Background Basics Newsprint
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores
Other:  Butterfly, Mat Stack #1, Mat Stack #1 Layerz dies

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey January 2012 Blog Hop Challenge

This month's PTI blog hop challenges us to share a favorite project from 2011 and also create something new based on that project.  What a fun challenge.  Since I had already gone through all my projects for the 2011 Retrospective post, this challenge was not as daunting as it might seem at first.  I chose this project from December:

December 2011

I wanted to create a card set using this basic idea, while removing one of the layers to simplify the look.  I need a card set for my 'homework' from my Clean & Simple Card Making Class, and I have been creating several sets to use as teacher gifts.

Here is a (not so great) photo of the entire set.  I will either think of a cute way to package it up, or put it in a clear notecard box before I give it away.    The set has 2 birthday-type greetings, two thank you-type cards, one get-well card and one 'hello' card. 

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Background Basics Vines, Think Big Favorites
Paper:  Stampers Select White
Other Copic markers

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

With Sympathy

It's been a while since I've had the time to play along with CAS-ual Fridays, and I've missed it.  I'm so glad I could play CFC #36 in honor of Penguin Awareness Day, since I am a big fan of penguins.  I see them at Seaworld every chance I get, and even spent the night in the penguin exhibit (along with a whole troop of Girl Scouts) a couple of years back.

For some reason, this particular card popped into my head, and insisted on being made.  I had lots of other ideas, but didn't have time to work them out.  This idea came fully formed, and the card made itself, so this is what I'm going with this week. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI Peaceful Garden
Paper:  PTI White
Other:  Sizzix Embossing Folder, Memory Box Arboscello Tree Die

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentine's Card Drive for Children's Hospitals

I spent most of my Sunday in a marathon crafting session to benefit a very worthy cause.  My goal was to make as many Valentines Day cards as possible to send to Winter Sim's 2012 Valentine's Day Card Drive.  These cards will be delivered to children in the hospital, to brighten up their Valentine's Day.  If you would like to participate, there's still a little time.  Check out Winter's blog here to see the card requirements and deadlines.  There are prizes, too!

In order to create so many cards today, I had to rely on a little 'help' from my friends.  There is no way that I could have thought of that many original card ideas, so almost all of my cards are CASED.  No two are alike, but many are variations on a design.

Here are the cards inspired by this and this card from Laurie of Soabbox Creations:

These cards were inspired by this beautiful framed picture by Gayatri of Handmade by G3:

These cards were inspired by this and this card by Kim of Cupcakes, Cards and Kim:

I fell in love with this card by Tracey from In My Creative Opinion, and knew I had to make some of my own:

Finally, I did come up with a couple of original ideas, and was lucky enough to enlist my daughter's help with the coloring:

Stamps are a variety from PTI, WPlus9 and Verve.  Let me know if you have questions.  There's too much to list.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Clean and Simple One Stamp Three Ways

For Day 9, One Stamp Three Ways, I chose the technique of using white ink to stamp on black cardstock, and then coloring over the white with Prismacolor pencils.  I tried this twice, once using Colorbox Frost White and once using PTI Fresh Snow, and felt like the Fresh Snow gave a clearer result. 

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Hero Arts Slanted Tree, Asian Fusion
Paper:  True Black, Kraft, Pure Poppy
Other:  Prismacolor pencils, Stickles 

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Clean and Simple Plainly White

Officially, it is Day 9 of the Clean & Simple Card Making class, but in my house, it is Day 7: Plainly White cards.  This was a fun one for me.  I have more ideas than time.  Here are three cards that I was able to make this morning.

happy birthday
I had some fun with this card, using my scoreboard to create that diagonal panel on the bottom.  Turns out it was quite helpful in guiding the placement of my little birds.  I am also going to post this for this week's One-Layer Wednesday OLW75 challenge for a masculine birthday card--I think this would be sweet for a little boy, and I was very careful NOT to use any pink at all.

the sky is the limit
It doesn't get much simpler than this.  I cased one of the sample cards from the class--masked, stamped, colored with Prismacolor pencils--done.  I think this will go to one of my nieces who is in the process of selecting a college for next year.

 This final card will be part of a collection of valentine cards I will be sending in support of Winter Sim's valentines card drive to support Children's Hospital.  Click here to find out more--there's still time to get some valentines card to support the cause.

My friend, Monica, from the PTI forum is having a great giveaway on her blog, Simply Sunshine.  Check it out--you could win a gift certificate for some great A-Muse products.

Supplies Used (PTI):
happy birthday
Stamps:  Tiny Treats Birthday, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Paper:  White
Other:  Prismacolor pencils

the sky is the limit
Stamps:  Up, Up and Away
Paper:  White
Other Prismacolor pencils

Stamps:  Tree Tops, WPlus9 Love You More
Paper:  White, True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Other:  Mat Stack & Layerz Mat Stack 3 dies, Tiny Tags die, twine

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Make it Monday--Thanks

I set a goal for myself to try to do all the Make it Monday's this year.  So far, so good.  This week's Make it Monday #49 is about a technique called Ghost Masking.  I had never heard of it before, but it is a pretty cool effect.  

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Label Basics, Daydreamer, Flower Fusion, Background Basics Text
Paper:  White, Plum Pudding
Other:   Angled Labels die, pure poppy ribbon, plum pudding button

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Masculine Birthday

This week's One Layer Wednesday challenge is to make a masculine birthday card.  This is a great challenge, since I often think simpler is best when it comes to masculine cards.  I have so many ideas for this challenge, and was able to knock out my first two cards quickly.  I hope I have time this week to try some more of my ideas.

I used my new PTI Enchanted Evening ink on Soft Stone cardstock, and I was so happy at how those colors work together.  I'm definitely going to use them together again.  I was concerned that the font on the sentiment was possibly not 'manly' enough, so I tried again, with another sentiment--from an old set I got at Michaels.  What do you think?

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Harvest Berries, Communique Curves, unknown for sentiment on 2nd card
Paper:  Soft Stone, Rustic Cream

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Clean and Simple: Simple Embellishments

Day six is all about creating simple embellishments.  On my first card I created a cute little hot air balloon out of three punched circles.  I first saw this technique here on Gayatri's card, and I pinned it because I wanted to try it some day.

Soaring By

Here is a peek at the inside of the card:

I had an idea for a CAS masculine get well card, using just one die cut:

Get Well

Supplies Used (PTI):
Soaring By
Stamps:  Everyday Button Bits, Hero Arts Dictionary Greetings, Paper Smooches Chit Chat
Paper:  White, Bitty Dot
Other:  Nestie circle, Twinery twine

Get Well
Stamps:  Fillable Frames, Communique Curves, Background Basics Woodgrain
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Ripe Avocado, Canyon Clay
Other Memory Box Arboscello Tree die

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