Monday, July 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop: live, laugh, love

I managed to get a card finished for this month's PTI Blog Hop! This month, Nichole provided us with a gorgeous inspiration photo (see below) and basically said "run with it", lol. I took two elements from the photo to inspire my card: (1) I LOVED those colors! The shades of Hawaiian Shores and Orange Zest jumped out at me, as that is one of my favorite PTI color combos, anyway! (2) That window... what a perfect opportunity, since I've been wanting to make a "window" card with the Alpha Blocks die, ever since I got it! 

So, I used some of the Damask Designs patterned paper to pull in the aqua colors, with an Orange Zest card base (die-cut with Edger #1) and accents. I cut the window from Kraft and then used the woodgrain Impression Plate on it, inking with Versamark first to better bring out the texture.


I made the little panel to go behind the window, stamping Gracious Vases images and coloring with Copics. The sentiment is from Fillable Frames #8 and stamped onto a double-ended banner die cut.


Here is the photo:

Thanks for looking!

40 comments:

Kara said...

Just gorgeous Debbie!! Love the window so much!

Cathymac said...

Gorgeous, Debbie...and very creative! Love the vases in the window and the edge on your card!

Marge said...

Sooo creative and a GORGEOUS card!!! LOVE that edger -- need a boatload of new PTI!!!

Susie said...

How very, very beautiful and so clever. Great use of the inspiration.

Francie said...

So pretty! I ordered the Alpha Blocks die on Saturday and love the idea of using it as a window. Oh yeah, I'll be doing that. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kristen :-) said...

Debbie this is just BEAUTIFUL! The colors are STUNNING! great interpretation!

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

So cheerful and pretty! Love your creation!! You did a super fabulous job. I like the vases the best.

Sue Lelli said...

Debbie, LOVE the vases in the window! You colors are so bold and vibrant! FAB edges, too!

Elena said...

WOW! I love this card so much! The woodgrain embossing on the alphablock die is amazing! And those cute little vases! great job.

Steph H said...

Very beautiful Debbie! Love you attention to detail - the window, vases on the sill, beautiful edging!

Stephanie Lee said...

I love your attention to detail - beautiful card

Jingle said...

I love this! So inviting! And the colors are fabulous!

Kay said...

This is just perfect! The windows, the vases, the spot on colors- I love everything about this!

Ann said...

Fabulous! We'll all be putting this die on our next list now! Really creative idea and don't those vases fit perfectly.

Nora said...

Oh my!! I think this is my favorite of the bunch so far!! Stunning work!!

The Paper Gardens said...

The window is awesome! I wanted to do a window one originally but couldn't think of anything good - this looks amazing though! Awesome job.

Magirk said...

Gorgeous! Love your little window setting with the Gracious Vases and the edgers die. Your color distribution is fabulous, and I love all the visual textures and patterns. So, so lovely. ;-)

Lisa said...

This is just beautiful! I too have been wanting to make a window with those alpha blocks cut outs! I love the flowers behind the window too- so pretty!

Melissa said...

Wow, Debbie, this is beautiful! I love the texture on the window and those pretty vases!

merryf said...

oh wow, this is gorgeous!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Sooo pretty! Love the vases in the window there! I also used a window, but I like your idea even better, great card! This vases set is on it's way to me, can't wait till it reaches me! Love your card!
Hugs, Wendy

June K. said...

Oh so lovely, Debbie. I've been meaning to make a window pane card. I don't have the woodgrain IP but I do have the stamp. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

ashjoy said...

Very clever!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Cute! Great decorative edge and love the 'window' on this.

Laura Isham said...

Debbie, this is a piece of art! I love everything about it!

Terri said...

Great job. Love the window!

Karen C. said...

A real beauty, Debbie. What a classic design aand perfect for those lovely vases. Top nitch!!

Laura B. said...

this is absolutely beautiful!! love those vases in the windows, so pretty!!

Joyce said...

I absolutely adore this. If the blog hop was a contest, you would surely win!!! I wish I had time today to play along, but I will have to be happy with just casing you one of these days. Lucky for me, I think I have just about all the important pieces. Really, really great job. I'm so glad you got called out on the forum, because I might have missed this otherwise.

Gwen said...

Beautiful! Love your layout and window scene!

Debra said...

I love every single element of your card. The colors are so vibrant. Love the vases peeking through the window!

Gina said...

Sheer perfection. I don't think it could be any better, Debbie! Absolutely lovely.

Amy said...

So beautiful, and so many details! Of course, I love the window frame -- especially as it reflects the inspiration photo so well. Love the rhinestones, the border, the sentiment strip/banner and how it is cut with the edger die... all that stitching... oh my! So pretty!

Brenda said...

Absolute perfection! I love that that ALpha Blocks die is so perfect for creating a window! And you captured the colours so beautifully in the flowers and cases behind it! Love this card!

Katie {choc0holic} said...

What an amazing card...all of the little details from the versamarked woodgrain impression plate to the fancy edge make it a work of art. I'd have a hard time parting with that!

Tracey McNeely said...

Amazing card, the colours are so vibrant.

The Paper Parade said...

Using the Alpha Blocks die to make a window? Fab idea!!! I really love everything about your card, the colors, the layout, the details...you rocked this challenge :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh I just LOVE this, Debbie! The window is such a GREAT idea! Gorgeous card!

Monika/Buzsy said...

So pretty Debbie. Love window and the pretty vases... the border is lovely. Great vibrant colors!

Amy said...

Ok, seriously. Why did you have to go and use this die? I love LOVE what you did here! Those vases look amazing behind the window "panes"!