Thursday, May 24, 2012

May Blog Hop Part 4: Bright Floral Birthday Card

When I saw that Papertrey Ink's May Blog Hop Challenge was to use green and black, I leafed through some of my scrapbooking paper and knew I wanted to put this bright paper from My Mind's Eye to use. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby, and as beautiful as these types of bold prints are, they can be a bit intimidating. How do I use them without having them overwhelm my whole project? 

I started off by using the patterned paper as my base, added a green banner and used PTI's Pretty Peonies set to create the sentiment panel. I used PTI's Rosie Posie set to die-cut and stamp the flowers, and added some shading with Crayola colored pencils. I love the colorful end-product, and am grateful for a challenge that really pushed me out of my comfort zone color-wise. And if you're a crafter, you know how seriously some of us can take all matters relating to color!

May Blog Hop Part 3: Modern Holiday Card

I know it's only May, but I don't think it's ever too early to begin on holiday crafts! It's the only time of year when I send out large amounts of cards, and there's always someone I've forgotten or a family member who needs a card at the last minute. I've been woken from peaceful slumber by someone who needed an emergency handmade token, so I'm making strides to make sure I don't fall into that mess this year!

I used PTI's Soft Stone paper as my card base, and used PTI's Double-Ended Banner dies to cut strips from patterned paper from a couple of Crate Paper 6 x 6 pads. I think adding that black strip really gives the color scheme a modern look, and also keeps with the green-and-black blog hop challenge! The die-cut I used for the sentiment panel is from the My Favorite Things Polka Dot Greetings set, and the sentiment itself is from PTI's Stylish Sentiments Holiday Set. I love the overall minimal design elements against the soft gray paper. I think I'll create more of these cards using whatever holiday-themed scraps of paper I have left behind from other projects.

May Blog Hop Part 2: Masculine Birthday Card

I'm not the best when it comes to masculine designs, but I thought I'd try my hand at a boy-ish looking birthday card since I think the challenge color scheme of green and black is pretty masculine. I used a bunch of layered scraps to create this design. The birthday sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #12, and the splatter spray paint is from October Afternoon. My card base is from PTI in the color New Leaf. The top edge is machine stitched since I felt like the design needed a final border element.

May Blog Hop Challenge Part 1: Father's Day Card

Each month Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink issues a crafting challenge. This month it is to combine the colors bright green, black and white. I made a variety of projects which included the color green (which is not a color I use a lot), but I did deviate from the original challenge a little bit.

Here's the original, inspirational photo Nichole posted on her blog:

I wanted to make a masculine, nature-inspired card for Father's Day and grabbed some PTI Vintage Cream and Kraft cardstock. I saw the green patterned paper by Zoe Peam, and knew I wanted to use it right away. I embossed it using a Lifestyle Crafts folder from the Whimsy duo, and added black stitching around the edges. The die-cut and border stamp are from the My Favorite Things Polka Dot Greetings set, and the alphabet stamps are from the Inkadinkado Somerset set. I was tempted to add some ribbons and frills, but kept it pretty clean and simple. At least clean and simple in my book!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Precious Remembrance Stamps

Precious Remembrance is an up-and-coming craft company which offers clear, photopolymer stamps. PR has been gracious enough to invite me to join their design team. I'll be adding "Inspire Me Friday" posts to the PR blog each week, showcasing craft projects made using PR stamps. If you're a fan of stamping, scrapbooking or paper-crafting in general, I encourage you to check out the Precious Remembrance blog here. I'm excited to see the company grow, and I look forward to sharing my designs with you all.