Saturday, September 6, 2014

Happy Birthday... back from a hiatus!

Whoa.... over 3 months since I posted!? Clearly, I'm not making enough time in my schedule for crafting! But I did find my way to my craft table today, and made this card for my mother-in-law's 88th birthday! I think she will like it!

I used PTI's Botanical Blocks, which I purchased months ago but this is the first time it's seen ink! I even broke out the Copics to color the image, and am really happy with how it turned out. The sentiment is from Banner Sentiments. The flower panel is popped up on foam tape, and I added some pearls to snazz it up a bit.

Quick post as we have to leave soon to get the birthday girl and take her out for dinner. Hopefully, it won't be another 3 months before I have something to post! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Congrats 2014 Grad!

Two cards in 3 days? Look at me go! :) It feels so good to be getting back to some crafting lately! I had a graduation party to attend over the weekend for a lovely young lady, and wanted to make her a special card. I used the dies from the PTI Shakers & Sprinkles kit, using some seed beads that were similar to the school colors as well as some of the silver star sequins from the kit to fill the shaker box. I tried to match the school colors, sort of a burgundy and gold, using Scarlet Jewel and Summer Sunrise as my color scheme.

The card is 5x7 to accommodate the inside money-holder pocket, and I didn't like how the focal point panel looked centered on the card from, so adding the letters to the right side was my solution. I think it looks much better and the card feels more balanced! The "2014" and the letters for "GRAD" are both Bookprint Alpha Dies (numbers and letters).

Now to the inside, which was almost as much fun as the outside! I put the sentiment on the "top" inside panel. My plan was just to stamp it on the white base, but due to stamper error ;) that did not work out so well. Needing to cover up the mistake, I did this:

And finally, the money-holder at the bottom. I love the PTI zipper die for this kind of thing - so fun! When I cut the original card base, I cut it 11"x7", and scored at 5" and 10" so I had a 1" edge turned up on the inside. Then I created the zipper panel and adhered it to that edge. Put my monetary gift behind it, and adhere the top edge and about halfway up the side edges (so it holds, but will be easy to get open and retrieve the loot! :).

Here's one more look at an angle that really shows the dimension of the shaker box.

I would definitely do this card design again. I hope the graduate liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop

I. Made. A. Card.

Oh my.... I have so shamefully neglected my stamps and paper and ink for QUITE some time! It was a rough couple of semesters! But I've found some crafting time lately, and so happy to jump back in with a card for the May Blog Hop for PTI! The theme is "aqua and melon". OK, so I took some liberty with that and used Hawaiian Shores and Berry Sorbet... I think they are close enough! :)

I used dies from the newest Make it Market Kit (Sprinkles), but instead of making a shaker box, I just love these dies just for a great focal point/frame! I used the flowers and "SMILE" from Reasons to Smile (the limited edition set from last year's Stamp A Faire), and a butterfly from Beautiful Butterflies. The tag in the corner is from Framed Out #7.

The whole focal point is adhered on foam tape for added dimension.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Be sure to hop around to all the entries in the PTI Blog Hop! Have a great day... and I promise to post again in less than 10 months this time! ;) lol!