Tuesday, July 20, 2010

4-card gift set and holder

Today I've put together a pretty little gift set of 4 cards.  I used a similar design on all four to tie the set together, but created them sort of in two pairs, incorporating some different elements in the focal point images.

I love this large flower stamp from Papertrey Ink's All About You, and it is just perfect for a Creative Charms gradient gem brad center!  I also added the fun fancy polka dot ribbon to give a finished look to the front panel (I really think I need this ribbon in every available color!) and added a little more bling to the sentiment with the gradient gem stickers.  I used Background Basics: Text Style II for the background of the focal point, and the background stamp from the Round & Round anniversary set for the panel.

The other pair of cards features the pretty flower grouping made up of vintage flower brads.  Again I added that adorable ribbon, this time in green, and the gradient gem stickers.  I used PTI Turning a New Leaf for the background panel, and also for the flower stem (by masking off the top and bottom of the stamp).

Finally a pretty little gift set needs some pretty packaging to give it in, don't you think?  So I re-purposed a plastic case that a PTI stamp set came in (perfect for this!) and added some embellishments to coordinate with the card set.  The die and stamp for the "just for you" tag are both from PTI's brand new release!

I love that the cards are visible through the packaging, and I think that pretty little vintage butterfly brad is just the right finishing touch!

I hope you've enjoyed this project and been inspired!  Have a wonderful, crafty and creative day!

Stamps: PTI All About You; Round & Round; Turning a New Leaf; All Booked Up; Text Style II.
Ink: Memento Brown; PTI Fresh Snow, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse; Versamark
Cardstock: PTI White, Kraft, Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse
Misc: Creative Charms gems,  brads,  ribbon; EK Success Border Punch; PTI Mat Stack 3 Die; Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies

Thursday, July 15, 2010

a Papertrey Posse Triple Play!

Well, I've been a bit "awol" from the blog here, as life has really gotten in the way of my creative pursuits lately!  So, in order to make the most of the little crafting time I'm able to muster up, I decided to combine three - yes, three - Papertrey Posse challenges on one card!  I must say, I'm pretty darn proud of myself!  :)

The final Petite Challenge that Jessica posted in June was Fabulous Folds - create a card, layout or altered project using unique folding methods.  I even just recently picked up the Martha Stewart Scoring Board, so I was eager to try it out!  I kept it simple though and just did a simple gatefold card this time.

Our main July challenge presented by Amy is a color challenge, using PTI Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, and Dark Chocolate, or equivalents.  Here is the color scheme:
Finally, Amy's first Petite Challenge for this month is Back to the Beginning - tell us how you discovered PTI, what was your first stamp set, and then dust it off and put it to good use.  Well, I only discovered PTI in early May... and I think I actually stumbled across it purely by chance, when it popped up as a "suggested blog" shortly after I started using Google Reader!  The stamp set I used, from my very first ever PTI order, is Through the Trees.

OK, with all of the preliminaries and explanations out of the way, let's get to the card!

I added some patterned paper to the inside panels as well, to cover up the back of the stitching:

This is not my favorite card ever, but I'm happy with it and so glad that I was able to complete some of the great challenges posted by the Posse girls!  Thanks for the great inspiration, ladies!

And, a brief update note to my last post, albeit long overdue!  I'm so proud to share that my card for Mercy's MTSC80 was chosen by her as one of her five favorite - or a Magnificent Musing!  She does such great sketches, and I hope to get to participate in more of them in the future!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 2, 2010

new PTI and Mercy's sketch challenge!

Lookie lookie lookie! I finished a challenge AND took the photograph AND posted it on my blog before the challenge deadline! LOL! This is Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #80 (MTSC80). I modified the sketch (see below) to create a landscape orientation for the card.

My 9 year old saw me coloring in that new PTI rose image with Copics and said "ooohhh, that looks good Mom... it looks like something on Google images!" LOL! I think that's a compliment, or at least, I'm going to take it as one!  I used a stamp from the new Library Ledger set vertically with Versamark for the stripes on the background panel.  I love how the Creative Charms gems add some fun sparkle to this card!

Here is the sketch:

Stamps: PTI YOF: Rose; Library Ledger; Text Style; Birthday Basics
Ink: Memento Brown; PTI Hibiscus Burst; Versamark
Cardstock: PTI White, Kraft, Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse
Misc: Creative Charms gems & brad; Fiskars Border Punch; PTI Butterfly Die; PTI Spring Rain ribbon; Copics

Check out Creative Charms July Deal of the Month!

Another great Deal of the Month is available over at Creative Charms!  It is full of beachy, summery fun. Bright oranges and greens with touches of blue will make you believe you are at the beach with the sand between your toes. These great embellisments are perfect for time at the pool, running through the sprinklers and of course the beach.

This great deal would normally sell for $23, but for this month only it is $6.99. That is a 70% discount. Go to http://www.creativecharms.com/ to get yours now. Here is what is included:

  • Green & White Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon (18")
  • Green Pure Blossoms (9 pcs)
  • Green Gradient Gem Stickers (76 pcs)
  • Orange Spring Medley (20 pcs)
  • Orange Sunburst Daisy (5 pcs)
  • Orange Groovy Petals (4 pcs)
  • Amber & Green Gem Brads (12 pcs)
  • Summer Medley (21 pcs)
  • Assorted Beach & Summer Brads (19 pcs)
 Don't miss out! :)