Wplus9 Color Cue #6

Ouch. I have been missing for quite some time around here. Nothing big going on except an extended period of mojo loss. It has sort of started to come back though, so hopefully I will be posting some other fun cards really soon!

Today I just have a quick post to share the card I made for the latest Wplus9 Color Cue challenge. This is my first time participating. I stumbled onto Dawn's blog a while back and admired their stamps, but finally took the plunge when they released this adorable set. The challenge was to use these colors:

And here's my card:

I used the Woodgrain Silhouettes stamp set and PTI's Kraft, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate and Berry Sorbet. With some careful masking, I stamped the focal image in brown on the kraft card base, then trimmed the layered cream panel (stamped with PTI's BB: Text Style) to fit over it. Then I stamped the rest of the background with the woodgrain pattern. I colored in the focal point with colored pencils and added a brown satin bow and a strip of glitter. The sentiment is from PTI's Year of Flowers: Violet stamp set.

Thanks for checking out my card. Hope you are all having a great weekend!


Happy happy birthday, USA!

The summer is just flying by and I cannot believe that we are already at 4th of July!

I hope you all here in the US are enjoying a safe and happy day spent with loved ones. My holiday includes a family picnic, some tasty goodies (horseradish deviled eggs, fruit salad and homemade strawberry-watermelon sorbet are my contributions to the meal), and of course, fireworks. Sometime today, say a word of thanks (and a prayer, if you're the praying type) for all the soldiers here at home and far away. I have a couple in my life and although I may not agree with some things military, I am grateful everyday that they do what they do to allow me to live the privileged life that I have. God Bless America!

As a special little treat here, I thought I would share some cards today! I normally don't make cards for the 4th holiday, but I had a few requested by a customer and so off I went. I used mostly one stamp set for all three (this one by Papertrey Ink). I was amazed (and pleasantly surprised!) to find the variety of looks I could achieve using such a limited color scheme, theme and stamps. I am so happy with all three of these cards. What do you think?

The first one was very much inspired by the card in this post from Nichole Heady--I am so into rosettes lately and haven't a clue why. I basically used her same design, just smaller and, with a bit of distressing, made it into a vintage folksy Americana type card.

The second card is a celebration of our great nation, using Cupcake Collection and the sparklers from Let Freedom Ring. It is very hard to see in the photos, but the stars on the cupcake and the sparkler streams are glittered up--soo pretty in real life.

This last one is my favorite of the three. I was inspired by Christine Middlecamp's style in her Embellished Paper Doily series (see all 16 in her final post here). I picked up some of these Martha Stewart doilies a while back and this was the first one I have used. Just rummaged through my stickers to find some red.white.blue stickers and layered away. I sponged the edge of the doily with blue ink. On the rest of the card, I stamped a background by repeating a star image, and made a patterned strip by layering Polka Dot Basics and Text Style, topped with, of course, baker's twine. I *heart* baker's twine.

Notice that in two of these cards, I added in a nice light blue--not a traditional Fourth of July color--to temper the darker colors and add some variety. TIP: Don't be afraid to try something a little different!

Happy 4th of July!!

**supply list to come later**


Father's Day

Finally getting on here to post my dad's day project...just a couple days late. :) I had planned to get this up yesterday, but we ended up spending the evening at a baseball game and didn't have time to finish it.

I make these cookies that my father-in-law loves. They are technically a sugar cookie, but they are made with sour cream which gives them this soft, cake-like consistency that he adores. (interestingly enough, they are one cookie that I really don't like!) I usually make him a box for Christmas and since Father's Day falls just about halfway through the year, I thought another box was in order. I started with the cookies, icing them in a nice dark blue and green, and made the rest of the project based on those colors.

Here is the card. Kept it simple with a leaf image on rustic white cardstock and I used PTI's woodgrain impression plate to give it some texture. I also used the Mat Stack II die and a circle punch to make a simple tag for the sentiment. A simple band of twill tape across the front finished it off.

Then I used one of PTI's large gable boxes to house my cookies. I dressed up the outside with New Leaf cardstock and Enchanted Evening saddle stitch ribbon, as well as a coordinating label using the Mat Stack I die.

And there you have it--a simple gift, fancied up just a bit to make it special.

I am off to maybe (finally) get some new things listed in my Etsy shop and get some housework done. Thanks for stopping by!


Cardstock (Enchanted Evening, Kraft, Rustic White, New Leaf), stamps (Masculine Motifs), ink (enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Tea Dye Duo), impression plate (Woodgrain), dies (Mat Stack I and II), ribbon (New Leaf twill tape, Enchanted Evening Saddle Stitch), large gable box--Papertrey Ink

Other: brads (Basic Grey), 1.75" circle punch (EK Success)


wedding wishes...

The last couple of weeks have been a busy blur, all revolving around... June weddings, of course! On the 12th, my best friend Kristy got married to a wonderful man. They make such a great couple and I couldn't be happier for them. Here they are in glorious wedded bliss:

While they are still enjoying their honeymoon in Greece (so jealous!), I thought I would finally post the card I made them. Being a part of the wedding gives you inside info, and I wanted to make a card that really reflected their special day. I knew they had planned to drive off in a car decorated old-school style--it turned out like this:

So using that and their blue and white color scheme as inspiration, I made this:

I used a bit of glitter and lots of glossy accents on the car to make it shine, quite literally, and three bitty buttons and some twine made great cans. To make the garland, I used a teeny starburst punch (I think came from the Target dollar spot) and punched out tissue paper, which I then sandwiched around the twine with mini glue dots. I am really happy with how it turned out and they loved the special touch I put into it.

Their wedding was really a great day and got us in the mood to celebrate our 2nd anniversary, just two days later on June 14th. We decided to keep it low-key and just enjoy each other. We packed a picnic lunch and spent the day at an out of town beach where the crowds were very low. We never go to the beach and so this was a real occasion for us. And gosh, how time flies!

That's it for today...I will be back very soon with the card I made my father-in-law for father's day.

And as my husband's grandpa says: "Happy Pappy Day"! :)

Cardstock (Stamper's Select White), ink (Spring Rain), stamps (Enjoy the Ride, Background Basics: Hearts), dies (Mat Stack 1), button twine: Papertrey Ink
Cardstock (blue): Bazzill
Other: grosgrain ribbon (Dollar Tree); gems (Hero Arts); Scor-Tape; glitter (Martha Stewart); buttons (Basic Grey); mini punch; corner rounder; Glossy Accents, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger)


mmm...summer delights...

There are very few things I like about summer: I hate the heat and am not particularly fond of the beach. But one of those few is gardening. Admittedly I am not that great at it, mostly because of laziness and lack of adequate watering (I blame it on my aforementioned aversion to the heat)--but oh, fresh herbs and veggies and flowers? I will take those any day and wait all winter to get them back. So for today, I have a little tour around our garden for you!

This year I amped up our planting a bit--

three basil plants instead of one (which got HUGE last year and sent little baby basils sprouting up all over the place), two sweet and one African Blue

6 varieties of tomatoes instead of three, including these four

4 containers of herbs instead of one

and 3 varieties of peppers including these little jalapenos.

I also planted lots more in our small vegetable patch than last year: we did sweet peas, green beans, two types of lettuce, more basil (spicy bush basil) and cucumbers, all of which have done better than expected so far, even if they were in small small amounts. :)

Even our pear tree is going strong with lots of fruit already.

Hope you enjoyed--celebrate by getting out and planting a little summer delight of your very own. :)


Baby Goodies

Back to finally post the baby goodies I mentioned last post. We have some friends who were expecting-due on my birthday, May 19. Their little baby girl was a few days overdue, and then so as not to burden them, we held off on seeing them until this weekend, which means I can now share the gift I made!

I planned to give them a gift card to Target, because everyone with a new baby can use that. But, like I've said before, I always like to give a little something extra, usually homemade, for a special touch. I decided to make stamped onesies.

I used this adorable set from Papertrey Ink. Washed and dried the onesies first, ironed them flat, stamped with PTI's hybrid ink and sewed on some buttons--easy as pie and sweet as it too! :)
I rolled the onesies up and arranged them in a sweets box (I bought a bunch of these at World Market after Christmas and got them on super sale--they are are great for homemade treats, too, of course!)--I altered the box slightly by cutting out the top with my craft knife and fitting it with a sheet of clear cardstock so the onesies can be seen from the outside.

And here is the matching card:

I wanted to keep it clean and simple, and the rainbow colors echo the button colors. The sentiment I chose precisely because their first child's room is decorated with Winnie the Pooh stuff (see what I made him here) and it went with the heart theme! The inside has a pocket on the upper portion for a gift card and more score lines to mimic the front.

Thanks for stopping by--come back soon for those garden pics I promised, and maybe a card or two. :)

1. Onesies
card stock (Stamper's Select White), Stamps (Baby Button Bits, Round & Round, Bitty Baby Blessings), buttons, ink* (Hibiscus Burst, Lavender Moon, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening)--- Papertrey Ink
*all ink must be the old formula, not the new pigment formula, for this to work!*
Other: Onesies (I used Circo from Target), thread, treat box, clear cardstock, black ink, heart punch (EK Success), gems, white ribbon

2. Card
Card stock (Stamper's Select white), Stamps (Inside & Out: Baby, Simple Valentine), Ink (Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Spring Rain)---Papertrey Ink
Other: grosgrain ribbon (Dollar Tree), heart punch (EK Success), pop dots, gems


Holding out...

Even though my husband had the mower out two days ago, our backyard looks like this...

...because I begged J not to mow the back! That's because if you look really closely at this bushy section of weeds under our pear tree, you'll find this:

And I am holding out for these:

Happy Saturday friends!


Birthday goodness

May is a crazy crazy month in my family. I mean, really, crazy.

We have 6 birthdays and one anniversary in the span between May 10 and 19--nine little days!

So between finishing up the semester, graduation on May 8th, Mother's Day on May 9th and then this slew of occasions, I have been busier than expected and haven't posted at all. Yikes!

But today I have some cards to share!

Two of the aforementioned birthdays belong to me and my sweet husband (he is the 17th and I follow on the 19th). So yesterday was my birthday! I spent a quiet day at home, went to the gym and only *helped* fix dinner. God bless J, he does try. :)

But he has apparently been paying attention when I make cards, since I received this beauty (in addition to some yummy gourmet cupcakes):

The ribbon, the trio of buttons, the paper on the inside, the doodling on the front--all touches I use myself. He did quite a bit of stamping, too. I am so proud of him-thank you honey!
Since I am sharing birthday cards, here is the one I made for him:
This little robot and the stars are from a cheap set I got at Michael's but really cute stuff. I just colored it in with colored pencils.
I don't know about you guys, but I find my husband the absolute hardest person to make cards for! He sees all the cards I make and I get his comments about the ones that are *supposed* to be masculine (in my little girlie mind only, I guess, ha!), and so I always think he will be critical. I thought of this idea to put a trio of little thread knots on the ribbon--he liked it and so I might be using it again. ;)

Anyhow, that's it for today. I have some things planned--pictures from my garden and a baby project that I can't share just yet--so check back soon.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

1. My birthday card:
Cardstock (Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss), Ribbon (Orange Zest Saddle Stitch), ink (Ripe Avocado), buttons, stamps
(Birthday Basics, Simple Alphabet, Ambassador Monogram Edition Alphabet)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper (inside)--My Mind's Eye (**I think**)
Other Stamps: (Gemstone Birds)--Inkadinkado;
Other: Ranger Black Archival Ink

2. Jimmy's birthday card:
Cardstock (Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Guide Lines I Grid), Ribbon (Ripe avocado twill), Ink (Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist), Stamps (Birthday Basics)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (The Boyfriend)--Cosmo Cricket
Other Stamps (robot, stars)--Recollections
Other: black thread, Ranger Black Archival Ink, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, number brads (K & Company), white gel pen