Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PTI Anniversary set - blue/violet flowers

I have been having lots of fun with my Papertrey ink anniversary set.  It is so fun to use with different colors and I love the effects I can get.  This stamp set is not for sale but only available to those who purchased a certain amount of stamps.  While I was thrilled to get this for free, it really opened my eyes to how many PTI stamps I buy.

This weekend I posted a card using the stems and flowers in orange.  Today I am posting the stems and poppy flowers using violet.  I stamped the image in lavender and pear pizzaz.  Then I added the seeds/centers in early espresso.  The mat layer under the white image is also early espresso and then it is matted on acetone and put on some memory box pre-folded cards.  Yes, this was super 'easy peasy' but also quite nice with it's clean and simple design.  For work, my co-worker and I visited two of our authorized distributors to get some information for a web redesign project.  I'll send one of these to each of the women we visited, thanking them for their time with us. 

Well, off to walk the dogs, pack my lunch and get ready for work.  Summer is really here in New England.  The weekend was HOT (over 80 degrees each day) and today looks to be sunny and warm as well.   Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another 'with sympathy'

I had a need for a sympathy card so I decided to follow Dawn's suggestions from PTI 'make it monday' and use a bright floral image with a classic font.

The poppies that are in bloom around my town were my inspiration for the colors on this card. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment if you can!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

MFT Sketch Challenge - What's cooking

So are you cooking up some great summer meals this memorial day weekend?  I am planning on making 'Meringues with Fresh Berries.'  The recipe is from Taste of home magazine and it will be perfect for memorial day with it's red/white and blue.  I love meringues and hope they are as easy to make as they appear.

The reason I ask about your cooking plans is that I thought about what card to make for this weeks MFT challenge and decided that since many of us are cooking, my 'what's cooking card' would be a good fit for this week.  My other choice was the PI ice cream girl, but I'm sure there will be lots of times this summer when she will get inked up.


So this card was made with the Kitchen Kutz patterned paper.  I don't have a die that matches the image in the sketch so at first I thought about using a different die, but then decided to 'hand cut' a shape that would work for the sketch and the Who's that Girl, girl.  To do it I used a circle inside my ruler and penciled in 4 circles in the rectangle. Then with a pencil I drew a shape around to match and then cut it out and erased the pencil marks.

I colored my girl with copics.  I think I need a few more greens.  I have trouble matching my greens to my patterned paper.   Generally the greens I have are very bright and yellowish.  I think I need some that are less yellow and more blue/gray.   I intentionally played with the bowl.  I had a bowl once with speckles on it, so I tried adding some grey speckling to the blue bowl.  The photo doesn't really show it well, but up close you can make it out.  I did some stitching on the blue bands before adhering the whole thing together.  I think she's darling.  I decorated the inside to include the sentiment.  This will be a perfect card for a friend you want to stay in touch with!  Have a great holiday weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Make it Shimmer

When I saw that this weeks challenge was 'make it shimmer' I knew right away I wanted to make a butterfly card.  I have a rubbermaid box that I put die cut/stamped images in for future use.  I don't own this stamp set or this die, but my friend Karen does and a while ago, I stamped and cut a bunch of these butterflies in Razzleberry so I found this one and decided it would be the focal point of my card.  To make it shimmer I mixed up a new batch of shimmer spray.  I took an empty travel bottle, filled it with a little water and some rubbing alcohol and added a few drops of shimmer.  Then you just spray a healthy dose of shimmer onto the card stock.  I sprayed the butterfly, the swiss dot embossed white square and the hello friend sentiment.  The card base and the scallop mat are not shimmered.

Then I added this elegant pearl and diamond row to the bottom.  I picked this up at Michaels and it reminds me of a wedding belt or tiara.  So elegant.  It just pops off the backing and goes on the card in an instant.  So easy.

I am happily off work today and while I'm not doing anything fun per say, it's great to have the day to catch up on phone calls, paperwork, laundry and errands especially with the holiday weekend ahead.  So nice to not have to do these things on Saturday or Sunday.

Want to play along?  Post your shimmer card on your blog and add your link below.   No time to play?  Then just take a moment and  check out what my blogger friends made by clicking on their link below.

Have a great weekend. Leave a comment if you swing by.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

You make me smile

I know, I just posted a little while ago and here I am again with another post.  Highly unusual.  I just felt like I was cheating on the PTI blog hop if I posted the card I made Monday night for the Make it Monday challenge.  Yes, that sympathy card totally fit the bill for the blog hop, but I felt I should make a SPECIAL flower card for the hop.  I wanted something really summery and cheery so I chose to use the flowers from the Mason Jar spring fillers and make a row of sunflowers.  I decided to add buttons to the centers and then chose to add the 'You Make Me Smile' sentiment.  It's a tad busy and if I were to play with a bit I would probably do something more simplistic with the sentiment, but here is what I came up with.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment.  Now I'm off to see the American Idol finale and check out all the great PTI cards on the blog hop.

Check out Nicole's link to see all the master creations.


Floral Sympathy Card

This card is doing double duty for Papertrey ink.

First, it is for PTI's Make It Monday's challenge to make a simple/classy sympathy card.  I chose this sweet peas stamp for this because of Dawn's recommendation in the video to not use anything whimsical or cute, but instead to stay with classic, elegant images and fonts.  Almost all my other PTI stamps are for celebrations or whimsical.  But this floral image is appropriate for many occassions. 

This time I decided to color the flower up (with copics) in the blue/violet color range.  I stamped the violet card stock with french script and cut the floral image (and it's under mat) using a very versatile nestability and added a die cut banner stamped with a PTI stamp and an SU sympathy sentiment.  As a final touch, I added the pearl butterfly in the upper left corner.

Second, this card is for the Paper Trey Ink Blog Hop.  Today's blog hop theme is flowers so this matches the bill perfectly. 

Stamp set used:  Papertrey ink sweet peas.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Graduation photos

As promised, here are a few of the best graduation photos from this weekend. 

 Ready to walk with the class of 2011!

Receiving her diploma from College President Carlberg.

 She did it!  She looks a little like Mary Tyler Moore...

Congratulation hugs from Uncle Scott
The Monroe's


Isn't she darling in that pink sweater?  We had a such a nice day celebrating her graduation.  Thanks for stopping by and looking at our photos!  More cards later in the week.

IO challenge Black and White

This week's Impression Obsession challenge was to create a black and white card.  I had this stamped image of the beach scene so I decided to work with this.  It's called officially 'A Day at the Beach' and it's item # H1743 on the IO website.   I only added a very pale shade of light brown to the beach and all the rest is black and white.  It's clean and simple but actually works quite well.  Can you see the stitching in the sand on the lower left side?  I'm sure you noticed the black pearls on the lower right.  It top mat layer is raised up to give some texture and the black and white polka dot paper adds a little something as well.  Inside it will say 'relax it's your day.'  This will make a good birthday card for someone with a summer birthday.

Do you want to play along with this challenge?  Give it a try.  If you post your card and link it in by Wednesday you will be eligible to win $25.00 in free stamps.  All the details of the challenge/contest are listed below:


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

The next round of IO challenges are listed below:


Sunday, May 22, 2011

MFT Sketch Challenge

My daughter Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gordon College yesterday with a degree in English and Literature.   We had a wonderful day.  It had rained for 5 days straight, but yesterday was warm and sunny.  I actually got a sunburn on my shoulders.  We did not expect it to be so sunny.  The forecast was 30% chance of rain.  We brought umbrellas and my father in law used the umbrella as a sun shield.

I had made Sarah a graduation card a little while ago (see earlier posts) but had gotten a darling graduation stamp from MFT this past week.  I knew I would use the MFT stamp for other graduation cards and I also am using it to make a box of thank you cards for Sarah to use for all those graduation gifts.

So while the boys were golfing yesterday afternoon/evening I played with this stamp set and the MFT sketch for the week.  I tried two color schemes.  I am surprised at how different the card looks with the two colors.  Both are nice.  I am looking forward to taking the copic class next month.  I was playing with the greys for shading and the hair color with shading and would like to know more about how to get a better effect.  To me, my haircolor looks very flat compared with other cards I see done.  I hope Lori will cover this in her class.   Which card/color do you like best?  I'll be making 3 more of these later today.  I may use these same colors or I may mix it up and introduce some new colors.  Let's see how adventurous I get.

Are you wanting to see some pictures of the graduation?  I don't have any to share yet!  We got Sarah a nice Canon SLR camera so the photos we took were on her new Rebel.  She is still up at school till tomorrow so I'll have to wait for her to come home to get those photo's on my computer to show.  Stop in later this week to see them. 

Here is the sketch I worked with:

If you make a card using this sketch, you can win free MFT products.  Give it a try.  I am still hopeful that I'll be a winner one of these times.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

French Exchange Student - Hello Card

We finalized our paperwork and approval for our french exchange student to come to our home in August.  I wanted to send Matthieu a note with some information about our family and e-mail/facebook info.  So of course I couldn't just sent a note, I had to send a note and a card!

Since we will go camping in NH for a weekend during his visit, I went with a forest theme for the card.  The image is an A*Muse stamp colored with copics.  The bark paper is also A*Muse and the green argyle is retired SU paper.  I added a wide twill and a brad on the bark tag with another smaller/thinner twill ribbon tied in a knot.

Have any of you had an exchange student?  We are optimistic it will be a fun adventure. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bloggers Challenge Inspiration

Are any of you American Idol fans?  Were you surprised to see the show on Thursday and find out who was going to be in the finale?  I know I was.  I thought for sure the country fans were going to split between Scotty and Lauren and make Haley a shoe in for the finale, but I guess us country fans RULE.   Both Scotty and Lauren will be in next weeks finale.  Should be exciting.

Today's post is for this weeks bloggers challenge.  Our challenge was to make a card based on the below inspiration photo.

I knew right away I would do a beachy scene. Love the beige, black, blue and white color scheme.  Very soothing.  I pulled out these denami stamps - the sea shells and the sand and inked them up and threw them in a 'shake it' card format.  The last time I did a shake it card with a beach theme I used real sand.  The problem with that is the window gets all dirty and you can't see inside.  So this time I used sand colored tiny beads. Much easier and more sparkle.  My picture isn't great (a week of rain doesn't help) but inside the shake it circle are some sand colored shells and sand.  On the lower right I added some beach grass and a seagull.   I stitched up the sides, matted it on black and added a kraft ribbon and an aqua mist button, then put it on the card with dimensionals.  

As the name implies, when you shake the card, the beads go around inside the plastic circle.  Kind of fun
I hope you all have a great start to your weekend.  Want to join the blog hop? Make a card using the inspiration, post it and then add it in below to the link.  Super easy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Make it Monday - Sweet Peas

Today's post is for papertrey inks Make It Monday challenge.

Jennifer has done a great video on how to use your re-inkers to make a spray mist.  In addition to this technique, the video shows some other great information about embossing.  I found it very useful.

For my card, I chose to use this old SU ink Cameo Coral and made a coral glimmer mist.   I stamped my tag with versamark using sweet peas stamp set.  I embossed it with clear embossing power and then sprayed my mist.  I added drops of re-inker in the centers of the flower to get this watercolor effect.

It doesn't show well on my photo, but I also sprayed my card base and then put it through my cuttlebug with the library embossing sheet.  The embossing works really well when the card stock is damp.  I put my tag on a pti green mat and added a ribbon and layer of pearls.

I didn't have a ranger mister but I did have a walmart travel spray container so this worked just fine for my re-inker mist.  I always use what I have and generally get good results. Although if I plan to do this with other colors I would probably pick up a few of the ranger mist containers.  They are probably pretty reasonably priced.

The video link is below.  I highly recommend you watch it.  Go ahead and make a card using this technique.  Post it with mr. linky and enter the drawing to win a papertrey ink stamp set.


Monday, May 16, 2011

MFT Sketch Challenge

We have a rainy Monday here in New England today.  We had a rainy Sunday and they say we will have rain for the next 10 days.    It should be very green and lush by Memorial Day.     I'll just have to be sure to bring my umbrella each day.

Today's post is for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I'm really happy with the way my stitching turned out on this one.  I am doing stitching on most of my cards this month, just to get some practice in.  I think the practice is helping me get better.  I'm not as nervous feeding the card through the machine and I have a steadier hand.  Isn't this teacher lady just adorable?  I inked her up, cut her out and colored her in with my copics.  The base of the card is SU poppy and the ribbon is the coordinating twill.  She is glued on top of a die cut from Alphabet soup using the Ad sense die from Paper trey ink.  The banner was done with MFT's banner die and glued to a twine rope.  I stitched the A*Muse paper onto the poppy paper and then added some Ad Sense circle dies to the banner.  I used my alphabet stamps to make the A and cut it out to glue it on.  I adore this.   Very bright and cheerful for an elementary school teacher.

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment if you can.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy Happy Birthday - Make it Monday Challenge

Today's post is my latest attempt at the papertrey ink 'Make it Monday' challenge.  The challenge was to only ink up part of the image to make a slightly modified image with your stamp.  I do this often enough, especially with my sentiments to make the 'just right' combination of words for the occasion.

Today's card is a sweet 16 card for my niece Helen.

I like the technique Erin showed on her video of having the inside of the card as special (or more special) than the front so I copied this idea and the idea of the sentiment wrapping around from the front to the back.

I partially inked up the sentiment happy birthday to get two happy's on the front of the card and just the birthday on other side of the banner.

I used my papertrey ink set Enjoy the ride and the matching die.  I die cut the car out of some pti patterned paper, then inked up the car outline with black.  I did a second image in black on white and cut out the windshield and the license plate.  Then I stamped the sweet 16 on the license.  I added two rhinestones to the headlights.  I then traced the die on some old olive card stock and cut out a mat layer to go behind the car.  I glued that to a cut up mat stack die cut.  I sponged a little orange ink along the edges of the mat stack and added a white scallop edge.  I stitched the patterned paper to some orange card stock and did my sentiment trick on the white banner.  Then I glued it and folded the banner across the front to the inside.  I added an orange layer of rick rack to white layered on orange with some patterned paper to the side.  I now just have to get a gift card for Helen and put this in the mail for her.  I can't believe my niece is going to be driving.  Yikes!

Check out the you tube video of Erin's card on the PTI make it monday post by going to the web url listed below.  It's well done and offers some nice suggestions.  Enjoy and have a great day.


Saturday, May 14, 2011


Well last night was the WCS prom and I got to go to the pre-prom party and take pictures.  There were six couples there and they all looked so very nice.  I was so happy that it was a beautiful, warm night. 
Want to see the pictures?  Isn't Jessa stunning in that persimmons dress?  She looks awesome in that bright warm color.  They look adorable together.  So happy and so fun-loving.  It was fun that all the girls were wearing different bright colored dresses. They looked very elegant all together in the group picture.   I can't wait to hear the funny stories and see the pictures from the event.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bloggers Challenge - Sketch Challenge and card for finals week

Wow, blogger was down for a few days.  I had no idea how much I would miss it!  But now we are back in business. Yeah!

Today's post is for a sketch challenge.  I was loving those aqua colors from earlier this week so decided to keep that color scheme going for today's card.

I had just bought this new stamp set from papertrey ink.  It's called 'all booked up.'  I love it.  The papers are from memory box (yes, those are the pre-folded cards and yes, they are so fun and easy to use.)  I added some kraft, a bit of patterned paper for the mat circle layer, a tea dyed twill and aqua mist satin ribbon.  I finished it off with an aqua mist button and some chocolate bakers twine as a bow.

Aren't these images just darling?  I made a card for Sarah's last finals week.  Every semester I send her some new pajamas, candy, food and a card to encourage her for her finals week.  Since she is an English major and spends time preparing for finals by reading, I thought this image of the girl reading with the butterflies was perfect.  I can't believe that this is the last finals package I will send her.  She is a senior this year (graduation is May 21st) and the years just flew by.  I got her some cute grey and ivory pj's from target.  And of course chocolate and trail mix.

So, do you want to play along?  Come on, I know you do.  If you can, make a card using this sketch below.  Post it on your blog and then link it to the blog hop.  I would love to see some of your creations.  Don't have the time or energy to make one?  Then look at what my blogger challenges did and leave them so loving comments.

Well, off the finish my work day.  Tonight is Eric's prom so I need to get home early to get some good photo's before they head off.  Stop back on Saturday to see another card and prom pictures.