Friday, June 25, 2010

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge



This month's blog hop is all about color, so our challenge is to create a project using our favorite Papertrey color combination. Now, I didn’t realize that this was a favorite combination of mine until I noticed that I had used it in no less than THREE cards recently. And lucky you, you get to see all three of them.

Let’s start with this one. It uses the set Heart Prints. Very simple and classic. I like it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what Papercrafts magazine was looking for in the last publication call. I still like it.


Next up, another pub rejection. You’ll notice a theme here with 1/4” strips. Everyone who makes layered cards has 1/4” strips laying around. You know you do. Here’s a really cool way to use them. These are some extra butterflies I had left from making this card.


The third card is one I made a little while ago. I don’t think I posted it yet. Signature Greetings again, and Delightful Dahlia. That’s some black Sparkly Fluff in the center of the flower.

fabulous-dahliaHope you enjoyed the cards and can get some inspiration from my color combination. 


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blast From the Past Blog Hop

I’m excited to be participating in Taylored Expressions’ Blast From the Past customer bog hop. I realized that I haven’t given my TE stamps enough love lately, so this was a great opportunity to play with them. Here’s my card, using the set Doctor’s Orders.

I used papers from the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird collection for the background and the paper-pieced bedspread. The colors kinda fit the optional color inspiration that was included with the blog hop rules:


I didn’t want to add another layer behind the focal image since the background was so busy already, but it needed some definition so I just ran a red Copic marker around the edges of the ovals. And of course I had to add a little bling in the form of red rhinestones.

Here are the entries from the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past blog hop! Stay tuned for details on how you can sign up for the customer blog hop next month!

1. Taylor VanBruggen  19. Alison Anderson  37. Libby Hickson 
2. Monika Davis  20. Jessica Willison  38. Rebecca Ednie 
3. Jen Tapler  21. JoAnn Valderama  39. Peggy McCurry 
4. Tracy Clemente  22. Cassie Trask  40. Tonya Woodruff-Everett 
5. Carolina Buchting  23. Margaret de Witt  41. Barbara Anders 
6. Jackie Pedro  24. Karen Motz  42. Jami Sibley 
7. Corinne Reyes Mercado  25. Candace Mitchell  43. Pattie Goldman 
8. Margie Cortina  26. Shelly Cameron  44. Angela Bear 
9. Bonnie Ratzloff  27. Charmaine Ikach  45. Carole Chesser 
10. Tangii Crain  28. Karen Giron  46. Ayana Posadas 
11. Jodi Collins  29. Laurie Schmidlin  47. Lisa Smeaton 
12. Stacey Schafer  30. Tammy Hershberger  48. Colleen Begley  
13. Kerry Johnson  31. Lorie Ames  49. Lori Tecler 
14. Tanis Palmer  32. Ann Kranitz  50. Rosie Hughes 
15. Kelli Hull  33. Carolyn Mustopa  51. Sankari Wegman 
16. Nancy McKinney  34. Melissa Cooper  52. Meri McLaughlin 
17. Lisa Hjulberg  35. Laura Jean Nygaard  53. Melissa Sauls 
18. Stephanie Kraft  36. Patti Gingrich 

(Collection closed)
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

For an Inspiring Graduate

I may have mentioned that I work at a college. I come in contact with all kinds of students on a daily basis, but I have had the privilege of becoming friendly with one who really stands out. Lorinda is no spring chicken; I know she has a grown son. She has battled almost every kind of challenge, health and otherwise, that you can think of, including two bouts with cancer. Yet she has the most positive, infectiously joyous attitude of anyone I have ever met. She’s an inspiration to everyone she meets. She is my biggest cheerleader in my weight loss journey, swearing she sees changes that even I can’t see.

And she is graduating today – magna cum laude.

lorinda-graduationThis card is simple, but it says everything it needs to say, and it sparkles – just like she does.

The cap is from the set For the Graduate, and the sentiment from Signature Greetings, both by Papertrey Ink. The trailing rhinestones are a piece of a Zva Creative flourish from i {heart} papers. There’s another rhinestone in the center of the cap. I cut the panel a little smaller than the card front and scored it 1/4” on all sides with my Scor-it board.

I’m so proud of her huge accomplishment – even prouder that she’s going on for her Master’s degree in the fall. I wish her all the happiness in the world. But I’m really gonna miss her…


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

IHP June DT Challenge: Getting “Krafty”


The challenge this month was to use one of the Kraft patterned papers that Kate has in the store. There are plenty of them, and I decided to use the Life Stories Collection 2 Pack by My Mind’s Eye. Pretty roses, huh?

IHPjuneDTWell, you might have noticed that I don’t use Kraft very often. And oh brother (sister), did I ever struggle with this challenge! I played around with an idea I had for 2 weeks and couldn’t make it work. Finally, I had to just toss it and start over again. I used the FTL#94 from Clean & Simple Stamping for my layout.

The focal piece is actually the back of one of the tags that comes with the collection. I messed up the front. Yeah, this was THAT kind of card. I stamped the rose leaves from the Hero Arts set Leaf Prints on the tag, and also on a scrap piece of Kraft paper, with Ripe Avocado ink. I cut the leaves out of the scrap piece and glued them onto the tag. The rose is from an ooooold package of Martha Stewart stickers that have been sitting in my stash for about a century. It was pink, and I airbrushed it burgundy with one of my Copic markers.

I took a length of red crepe ribbon and sprayed it with a brownish Copic marker to bring it a little closer to the color in the paper. Then I ruffled it behind the circle and sprayed some of the same brownish color around the edge to “dirty it up” a little. I don’t know why. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

The greeting is from the Mint Motif set Very Square Sentiments, available only from i {heart} papers.

And speaking of stamps available exclusively from i {heart} papers (here comes the big news), tomorrow begins sneak peeks of the latest Petal Press set called Summer Garden. The Petal Press is BACK (after a brief hiatus) and this new set is the perfect summer set! It’s sweet and elegant and even coordinates with some elements from Happy Harvest

With the new release comes some new DT faces. They will all have sneak peek samples tomorrow and there will be blog candy up for grabs, so be sure to stop by and comment on all of their blogs for your multiple chances to win, both tomorrow and on release day, June 23.

Please join me in welcoming (or welcoming back) the team. I hope you stop by tomorrow to see their amazing creations!  (Note: Tracy will have projects posted all week long leading up to the release.)

The Petal Press Design Team:
Tracy – designer

Now go check out the rest of the “regular” IHP Design Team and see how much better they met this challenge than I did:

Tracy (yes, she’s a busy girl!)

If you read this far, you deserve a prize. Unfortunately, I don’t have one. But if you read this far, you also know how and where you can try for one.    :-)