March 28, 2013

Personalized Notebooks

I wanted to make a personalized gift. I decided to customize a couple of inexpensive composition books that I’d picked up at Wal-Mart. I pretty much cased myself using the design from this set of cards.



Here the initials have been embossed in silver. I was going for a more subtle, professional look.


I received a comment asking to share a bit about my creative process so I thought I would start with how I create backgrounds. First and foremost, I always start figuring out/building my design on scratch paper. I usually will have several different variations and will then combine the elements I like from the variations into the final design. Because I was case’ing myself, I don’t have any scratch designs for this post but will try to include them in a future post.

First up is a grouping of the stamps I used. This isn’t involved in my process but I wanted to give a visual of what stamps I was using from certain sets.


The cross image from Join Us is easy to line up end to end and side to side to create a grid


I noticed the circular shape that was created in the center of each square and I wondered how I could fill it. I knew I wanted an image that was bold and solid. I decided upon the circular design from Vintage Labels 5. It was a bit too small by itself so I searched through my stamps to see if there was another image that would fill the space/gap between the two.


This next step is almost always part of my process. In determining what stamps I want to use and whether or not they will fit, I will peel the stamp from the carrier sheet and use the carrier sheet image to give me a visual of how the stamp will look with the other images. Here the small circle is a perfect fit.


I found it easiest to stamp the double lined circular image first. It gave me a defined circle in which to center the smaller image.


Then I stamped the solid circular image. I matched up the four points in the circle with the four intersections of the cross images to help with centering the image.


To help with lining up my stamps, I hold the stamp with my right hand/fingers and use my left hand/fingers to guide the image to its exact location. My left hand drives the fine tuning.

And honestly, the less I think about perfect placement the better I do. When I focus on the placement too much I start making mistakes. And the key is not perfection, it’s just getting the image(s) close enough so that the eye will naturally gloss over the minor differences.


I really like this design as it is but, well, I can never leave well enough alone and wanted to incorporate some black into the color images to create depth


Using the carrier sheet process mentioned above, I found that this double-dot-fire image was a perfect fit.


I turned the stamp 90 degree and stamped it again. I did not match it up with the center dot (tried to and didn’t have much success) but instead focused on getting a symmetrical flower image


I think this has been the longest post I have ever written. Hopefully, it was interesting and provided you with some insight into my creative process.

Stamps: WMS Vintage Circles-Small, Join Us, Vintage Labels 5: PTI Headline Alphabet
Ink: PTI True Black, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, Plum Pudding; SU! Bordering Blue, Basic gray, Going Gray, River Rock; VersaMark
Paper: Neenah; PTI True Black
Other: Superior Filigree Detail White embossing powder; Silver embossing powder (PSX-it’s that old), Imaginisce silver and white brad-like thingies

March 25, 2013

A Twofer

Two sets. One post. The two sets were so similar I thought it would be more interesting as one post instead of two. I came up with two designs I liked and went with it.

Summer Sunrise



Raspberry Fizz



Winter Wisteria



Hawaiian Shores



Berry Sorbet



Stamps: PTI Borders & Corners: Rectangle, Flower Garden, Mixed Messages(?), Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate
Ink: PTI: VersaMark
Other: Superior Filigree Detail White embossing powder; Marvy punch

March 20, 2013

Initial This, Please

It’s more cards inspired by PTI’s February blog hop. I wasn’t ready to quit the monograms so I made a few birthday gifts for friends of a friend.

Every time I process my pictures, I say to myself that I really need to adjust my lighting. I never do. Awhile back I changed/added some new fixtures to the track lighting in my craft room and never made sure that my picture-taking area was properly illuminated. Today’s pictures are pretty moody looking.

I used SU! for this set and PTI ink for the rest of them. I really love the swirly, ribbon-like images included in PTI’s Mini Blooms set.



These are no-fold cards. I made 12 of them. It took me so long to get the name lined up that I wanted to make the most of it. Hence, two sets.


Hmmm, looks like a shadow of my head. Sorry, I’m too lazy to use a tripod. Normally, I get the picture in focus, move my head away and take the shot. Think I forgot the critical step this time.


This next set was serendipity. A perfect fit. Couldn’t have planned this.


I’m beginning to question whether I even processed this image. My saving grace, you ask? This isn’t a photography blog. ;P Nonetheless, I thinks it’s time I stepped up to the plate and got things straightened out.


Stamps: PTI Mini Blooms, Super Stripes, Headline Alphabet, Fresh Alphabet, Simple Alphabet
Ink: PTI; SU!
Paper: Neenah

March 18, 2013

A Group of Cards

No card set today. Just a group of cards made using the same stamp set.


The shape for this card was cut with my Cricut.



This looks like it could be a case of Nicole Heady. It definitely appears to be inspired by her. I made it quite awhile ago so the deets are a bit fuzzy.



Camera Tip: The camera’s instruction manual will show how to set a custom white balance, if applicable to camera model. It allows the camera to read “white” under a specific set of lighting conditions and minimalizes photo processing, nearly eliminating color saturation/hue issues.

Supplies: All PTI except for dome stickers (Please email me for specific info)

March 16, 2013

You’re Bloomin’ Right, You Are

ETA: Thanks Anon for the spelling correction.

Why have I made so many card sets, you ask? Well, there was a request from a couple of buyers so I went to town. I guess I stamp more when I have a purpose.

For the backgrounds, I used Fiskars Stamp Press. I also used it for the herringbone background, which is a large stamp and rather unwieldy. I got my stamp press at Michael’s. I believe it was on sale for 40-50% off.





A Pookie Story: I put a bell on my front door so that my dog could ring it when she needed to go outside and do her doggie duty. Turns out she didn’t associate the bell with her doggie duty as much as she did with being outside. She would ring the bell, we would go out, come back in and within a few minutes she would ring the bell again. I don’t think I caught on as quickly as she did.

Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, Square Prints, BB: Herringbone, Sew Simple Borders, Half and Half
Ink: SU! Real Red, Marvelous Magenta, Poppy Parade; PTI New Leaf Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst
Paper: Neenah
Ribbon: PTI Aqua Mist Satin Dots

March 13, 2013

It’s All About Circles

It’s another installment in the card set series. This time I created the set using only “one” stamp set, PTI’s Daily Designs. Well, technically it’s was two because the sentiments were an additional set, but I think you know what I mean. Now I see I’ve used Super Stripes too. :) And Grunge me. ;P

This card is my favorite. Love the colors and the fact two halves of a snowflake make a whole one.




I think this design would work great for a lot of the other cute little images in the set. The design is based on this card by Maile Belle. It must have made an impression because her post is over a year old.



Stamps: PTI Daily Designs, Daily Designs Sentiments, Grunge Me
Paper: Neenah; PTI; SU! Going Gray
Ink: PTI; SU! Going Gray, Rose Red(?)
Other: SU! chalks

March 9, 2013

A Stitch in Time

The cards in this set measure 5x7. A lot bigger than any card  I’ve made in years. The size suited the stamp set so I went with it.






Stamps: PTI BB: Super Stripes, Stitched Sentiments; SU! Canvas(?) background stamp
Ink: PTI; SU! Basic Gray
Paper: Neenah


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