Saturday, February 25, 2012

Blog Hop: Pop-Up Birthday Card







I've always wanted to try my hand at a pop-up card, but I always felt uninspired. Yesterday it occurred to me to use my PTI Little Princess stamp set and I got to work on this card right away! I started off by stamping hearts and stars on the front panel, and then using my PTI Diamonds Impression plate to emboss it. I sewed some ruffle trim along the edge and finished off the top with a coordinating star button and some baker's twine.

For the inside, I die-cut a castle from the Little Princess set and adhered it to the card with a Mat Stack 3 die-cut label as a backing panel. I also added some stars to the background. It kind of reminds me of Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland!

Mother's Day Cards with Quilled Flowers




I made a couple of quilled flower cards for Mother's Day in shades of pastel colors. I use Inkadinkado's Somerset Alphabet Stamps for the lettering. I find that stamping individual letters allows for more accuracy with placement than it is to stick them all onto an acrylic block at once. The above card is pink-themed, while the one below is blue-themed. I used Memento Dye ink and love the way it absorbs into the pearl-finish paper!




Tuesday, February 14, 2012

PTI Day 10: Interactive Greeting Card






For today's Papertrey Ink challenge, I created a "sliding" greeting card. The butterfly slides left and right across the focal panel. I used the Mat Stack #3 Die, Think Big Favorites #4 and the Background Basics Diamonds Impression Plate.

The striped aqua paper is from Studio Calico and the butterfly embellishment is from K&Company. I used Tim Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo around the edges. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

MIM 53: Gift Tags with Coaster Chipboard (part 3)




I used Papertrey Ink's coaster chipboard to die-cut the shapes I used in the above gift tags. I used the Spiral Notebook Page and Tag Sale #3 dies for the bases, and used the Sweet as Can Be Stamp Set and coordinating die for the ice cream cones. For the first tag above, I used a brayer to add a wash of cranberry colored ink to the coaster. For the other tag, I used the Buttoned Up #1 dies to create coaster buttons. I hope you like them!

MIM 53: Handmade Card with Coaster Chipboard (part 2)




I used Papertrey Ink's coaster chipboard to die-cut the shapes I used in the above card. They add a lot of dimension and are so versatile! I used the Spiral Notebook Page Die and Sweet as Can Be Stamp Set and die. I added some ribbon, machine stitching and buttons by Basic Grey to complete the design!

MIM 53: Birthday Card w/ Coaster Chipboard (part 1)






I used Papertrey Ink's coaster chipboard to die-cut the shapes I used in the above card. The thick coasters help add dimension, and are much sturdier than standard cardstock. I love these coasters and purchase them in bulk! I used the PTI Sweet as can be stamp set and die, as well as the Skater Dude Die, to create the above design. I added some chunky glitter, machine stitching and pink pom-pom ribbon to complete the shabby chic-inspired design!

PTI Day 9: Butterflies and Leaves Thank You Card






Today's Papertrey Ink craft challenge is to create a card incorporating butterflies and leaves. Read about it here!

For the above card, I started off by rounding the corners and stamping some leaves in shades of green ink down the side. I then added the thank you sentiment from PTI's Think Big Favorites #4. I ran my paper panel through my Cuttlebug using the PTI Background Basics Diamonds Impression Plate. After machine stitching the edges, I adhered a couple of butterfly embellishments from KC&Company. I hope you like it!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

PTI Day 7: Thank You Card with Hearts (part 2)




Papertrey Ink is having a series of craft challenges in honor of their 5th anniversary, and I've been playing along. With Valentine's Day around the corner, today's challenge is to create a project that incorporates hearts into its design, using at least one PTI item. Read more about it here.

For the above card, I used the PTI Think Big #4 stamp set for the sentiment and the PTI Background Basics Diamond Impression Plate to emboss the paper. I stamped pink hearts in shades of pink ink before I embossed, and machine stitched a row of heart punches across the top. I used a corner punch to round the  bottom corners, and finished the card off with some red and white baker's twine.

Thanks for stopping by!


PTI Day 7: Greeting Card with Hearts (part 1)




Papertrey Ink is having a series of craft challenges in honor of their 5th anniversary, and I've been playing along. With Valentine's Day around the corner, today's challenge is to create a project that incorporates hearts into its design, using at least one PTI item. Read more about it here.

For the above card, I decided to go for a simpler color scheme than what I'm used to. My cards are typically pretty busy and I wanted to create a cleaner design. I used the PTI Think Big #4 stamp set for the sentiment and the PTI Background Basics Diamond Impression Plate to emboss the paper. I stamped some pink hearts down the left side and machine stitched a column of heart punches over the stamped images. I used a corner punch to round the corner, and finished the card off with some red and white baker's twine. I hope you like it!

Friday, February 10, 2012

PTI Day 6: Handmade Greeting Card (Sketch #4)






In honor of their fifth anniversary, Paptertrey Ink has released some sketches to inspire us cardmakers. I chose sketch #4 as my layout for this red heart card, which would be perfect for Valentine's Day, which is just around the corner. See the sketches below! For more information about Papertrey ink, here's a link to Nichole Heady's blog.

I used PTI's Double Ended Banner Die from the Banner Builder and Ribbon Tails Set and just snipped off the ends and added red buttons. The "Thinking of You" sentiment is from the Flower Fusion #7 stamp set. I used Cherry & Kraft Hearts paper from Canvas Corps for the background, and felt heart embellishments which I purchased from Michael's. I finished the design off with some machine stitching around the edges.

PTI Day 6 challenge info here.







PTI Day 6: Pastel Birthday Card (Sketch #2)




In honor of their fifth anniversary, Paptertrey Ink has released some sketches to inspire us cardmakers. I chose sketch #2 as my layout for this shabby chic inspired greeting card. See the sketches below! For more information about Papertrey ink, here's a link to Nichole Heady's blog.

I used PTI's Double Ended Banner Die from the Banner Builder and Ribbon Tails Set, PTI's Signature Series Dress Form Die and a simple "happy birthday" sentiment from the Little Princess stamp set. The background paper is from Melissa Frances and the striped paper is from a Cosmo Cricket paper pad. I made the layered flower using Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies (Big Scalloped Circles). The paper I used for the flower is from a KC&Company mat pad. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Die and Vintage Photo around the edges and added a machine stitched detail on the top of my focal panel. I hope you like it!

PTI Day 6 challenge info here.



Thursday, February 9, 2012

PTI #5: Pinterest Inspired Card in Pink and Purple







I recently started using Pinterest and have been adding pins frantically. Fortunately, the newness is wearing off and I'm actually taking the time to click on backlinks and read descriptions. Coincidentally, Papertrey Ink is having a craft challenge in which we create projects inspired by images we found on Pinterest.

I wanted to create a pink and purple card after being inspired by some of the floral arrangements I had pinned on Pinterest. One of my favorite pins is shown above. I created the above card using PTI's Mat Stack 3 die, Skater Dude die and Little Princess stamp set. The pink patterned paper is from Crate Paper, and the seam binding ribbon is from Etsy. The fabric flowers are from a little bunch of faux flowers from Michael's. I added a pink glitter brad to each (from We R Memory Keepers) and attached them with a glue dot. I machine stitched the edge of the card to finish the design!