Monday, May 28, 2012

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #68

Wahoo look at me go! I'm really on a roll with these PTI challenges, huh? :) I'm really into the "zone" of the Papertrey style, though, and I have to say their inks are some of the best I've ever worked with!

So this week's challenge was to create a pocket card. My first thought was, "a pocket to put a gift card in!" Plus, I was inspired by this card that I pinned from Nichole Heady's blog during the February release countdown. So here's what I came up with. (And I know I've shown you other coffee-themed gift card projects in the past. Please forgive me.)

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend A Muse Studio Free Gift!

Hey guys! Happy Saturday! I'm just popping in this afternoon with a quick heads up on a great offer from A Muse Studio.

Any orders placed on my webstore that total $50 or more before tax and shipping will automatically have three spools of free ribbon added to them! This is gorgeous satin ribbon and you'll get one spool each of Cherry, Vanilla, and Bermuda. So please, head on over to my webstore and stock up on all your summer crafting needs! :) This offer is valid until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink May 2012 Blog Hop

What? Two months in a row? Wow - go me! :) This one was fun and kind of challenging... only using three colors including black and white (so, basically, one color: green), using black to begin with - which I pretty much never do, and mixing patterns. Check out the inspiration photo.

I decided to go ahead and use the new Flipping Out stamp set, which I just got in the mail a couple days ago. So that took care of the pattern mixing for me. It was a little bit of a challenge to get the balance of the colors right, but I like how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

a little Pinspiration

Pinterest is the best for trying to beat creative block, don't you think? I recently made 3 cards inspired by various things I found on Pinterest. Check it out...

Pinspiration No. 1
 Card No. 1
(Why not make a winter card in May??)
Pinspiration No. 2

Card No.2 

Pinspiration No. 3

Card No. 3  

Back soon with more :)

Hope you had a great weekend! 


Friday, May 18, 2012

Make It Monday #66

Hello! I'm still here! Ok, ok, ok, so I've taken a few days off and I haven't exactly been making a card every day... but I really do have a bunch made that I need to catch you up on. I'm realizing that the hardest part of this isn't to make a card every day, but rather to photograph and post a card every day. I really can't take pictures after dark. I need to rig up a light box. But no matter what, I'm determined to have made 31 cards by May 31st!

So last Monday's Make It Monday challenged us to make felt flowers from PTI border dies. This one was a fun one! :)

So, thanks for sticking with me friends, even though it's the 17th and I've only posted 9 cards. More to come, more to come!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Make It Monday #65

I'm still going strong with my very small collection of PTI stamps - I hope you're not getting bored, but I'm really feeling food about this because I've spent hundreds of dollars on these sets and I've barely used them at all!

In last week's Make It Monday video, Dawn McVey shared a card project that used strips of paper layered into a background. I love this technique, and I've used it a bunch of times. I didn't have PTI patterned paper, like she used, but I dug through my strap basket and pulled out a bunch of papers that coordinated with the Strawberry Patch stamp set. I decided to use the Wine Bottle Tag die (totally my fave!) to make a cute tag for the bottle of wine I gave my mom for Mother's Day.

I'll be back later on to catch up with all the cards I haven't shown you yet :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I didn't go AWOL!

I'm still here! And I'm still making cards! One every day, I swear. It's just been really rainy around here and I can never get a good picture after dark anyway, so I have yet to photograph them all. I promise I'll be back this weekend with a big post to catch up.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lots of Hearts

 Here's my card for Day 7! :) Using last month's PTI Heart-2-Heart #3 die and some of the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan patterned papers.

I thought about just cutting the hearts out of a panel and popping it up off the front of the card with the patterned papers underneath, but then I decided to just die cut the front of the card. I wanted to do some kind of cute treatment on the inside too... Here's a (less than stellar - sorry) photo...

What do you think? Cute? I'm still struggling with CAS cards, but I have to say I'm really pretty happy with this card.  I'm only a couple days into this challenge, and I'm already using a lot of the stamps I bought ages ago and never used, or only used maybe once. I'm kind of obsessed with Papertrey Ink products lately, so I have a feeling you're going to be seeing a lot of those this month! :)

See you tomorrow!

Encouragement, BFF Style

So, I promise, I really did make this card yesterday. Last night, to be exact. And the lighting in my house is no good and there's just so much white that no matter what I did I couldn't get a decent picture of it. Hence why I'm posting it today.

The image and sentiment are from the A Muse Studio stamp set called Days Like This. I actually bought the set for this sentiment. I thought it was hilarious. But then before I got around to making a card with it, I thought maybe it was a little mean. Not very encouraging. But then I got to thinking about my dear friend Rebecca and how she's never hesitated to tell me all the things that are hard to hear. So, in my opinion, this is that kind of card, and I think it is really, in fact, very encouraging - for the right person, of course. Sometimes, what a good friend needs to hear is "Look, what you gotta do is suck it up and deal with it. And I'll be here to help you do that."

Day 7 will be up soon!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Card a Day for the Month of May

Hello friends!

I have been so absent lately and I hate it. But the truth is I've really been absent from this whole wonderful card making life! And that just makes me blue. So I've set myself a challenge: Make (at least) one card per day for the entire month of May. There are a lot of changes I'm trying to make in my life right now, and mostly I've been failing miserably, but I'm going to do my darndest to keep up with this!

So, since I decided to do this yesterday, obviously I had a little catching up to do. I'll be back later on with my card for today, but to get started, here are my cards for May 1st through 5th.

(P.S. I am in LOVE with this new Strawberry Patch set from PTI!)

Come on back this evening for today's card - plus! - I've got a couple new videos coming up for you! Phew - It's been a busy weekend! :)