April 30, 2012

Cock-a-doodle-doo

Renee and the awesome Four of a Kind ladies’ idea of stamping the rooster inside of the wreath from Join Us inspired me to create this note card set. In the end, it seems more like a tribute to Archer Farms (Target’s food product brand). Hmmm, I still have some of those (Archer Farms) insulated coffee cups I used in the past for cocoa sets. It might be cute to make a matching cup cozy and include a coffee packet instead of cocoa. Back to the drawing board!Rooster10Rooster11

Stamps: WMS French Country, Chicken Wire
Ink: Memento; SU! Cherry Cobbler
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler

April 28, 2012

Fifth Wheel

“Four of a Kind” is a group of four very talented ladies who participate in something akin to a monthly card club. This month I was especially inspired by their creations and decided to hop on as a fifth wheel. Here is a link to Renee’s post. She is a WMS Mischief Maker and was the creator of the kits this month. Her post contains a link to the other three members’ posts. All the ladies made such awesome cards.

I went ahead and created a similar kit by stamping all sorts of background papers. I was surprised how quickly six cards came together.

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The sun rays behind the roosters are from PTI’s Up, Up & Away set.

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And, yes, the back of my little label is stamped with PTI’s handmade stationery stamp.  I stamped the flap of the envelopes using the medallion background. I made three red and three black. Renee is correct in stating that this is the easiest background stamp ever created.Rooster9

Stamps: WMS Gingham & Co., French Country, Chicken Wire, Way Out West
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Ink: PTI True Black; SU! Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler
Ribbon: SU! Cherry Cobbler; Unknown black gingham

April 27, 2012

All Star

This set of cards was inspired by Heather Nichols’ (Pine’s) release posts. I really struggled with the sets until the ball images were released. Once they were, everything came together very easily. I appreciate how receptive PTI’s designers are to customer requests.

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Stamps: PTI All About Argyle, All Star, All Star Additions
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow, True Black, Orange Zest (old formula pigment ink), Chai Tea duo
Paper: PTi Classic Kraft, Orange Zest
Other: PTI ribbon & buttons

April 26, 2012

WMS Menagerie

I have cards everywhere! I am trying to consolidate them all onto one computer. I’ve almost figured out what’s been posted and what hasn’t. Here are a few WMS cards that where sitting on a computer I no longer use for posting. All stamps are from WMS except the flourish on the second card is by PTI (WMS hadn’t released their flourish set at the time). I was just having some fun playing around with backgrounds.

Blessed by Your Kindness

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Much Appreciated

April 18, 2012

Oh Baby!

I think PTI’s Bundle of Love is one of the cutest baby sets.Oh Baby 1

Oh Baby 2

This last card is my favorite of the bunch. The idea for a night sky hit me while I was working on the first card and spotted the sentiment from Inside & Out: Baby. I didn’t notice the sentiment was out of focus when I took the picture. The inside of the card contains the rest of the sentiment. And a near perfect substitute for embossing powder? Encore metallic ink.

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Stamps: PTI Bundle of Love, Inside & Out: Baby; Masculine Motifs (stars & moon), Up, Up & Away (clouds)
Paper: SU! Whisper White; PTI
Ink: PTI True Black, Fresh Snow, Enchanted Evening; SU! Blushing Bride; Bliss Blue; Encore Silver
Other: Copics; Stickles; Prismacolor pencil and OMS (for shading around baby & stork)

April 17, 2012

The Last of the Spring Cleaning

Some of my favorite stamps are the retired two-step SU! florals. The sentiment is strategically place to cover up a mistake I made trying to unsuccessfully stamp a third leaf. thanking you

These next two cards are a faux batik technique. I used Ranger’s foam blending tool to apply several shades of ink to paper then I stamped my images ontop with white pigment ink.SU thanks 1Su thanks 2

I applied two coats of Ranger’s Glossy Accents to the butterfly to help make it stand apart from the flowers since the colors are so similar.toy

I believe these cards originate to PTI’s MIM #1.multi thanks

These are the tallest cards I have made over the years. Not that they’re that tall. They fit in a business-sized envelope. The topiary is a retired SU! set. Come to think of it 99.9% of my SU! stamps are retired.topiary

Stamps: Lawn Fawn; PTI; SU!; WMS

April 15, 2012

Even More Spring Cleaning

This card uses WMS Dainty Doilies 2 Small. If you look closely to the doily to the upper left of the sentiment you can see that this stamp has a sweet spot where with a wee bit of the turn of the stamp the images fit together perfectly.
Of course, I was only able to get one to do this. I haven’t cracked the code, so to speak. Because it was the only perfect doily I had to cover it up a bit with the sentiment.
My all-time favorite thing to do is re-stamp an image (best in a lighter color) at a different angle/degree (know nothing about the proper term to be used here)-just turn the stamp a bit. I turned the stamp a bit and lined up the longest “edge fringe” (which would be the middle one) in the space between the semi-circular edges.

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This card reminds me of Laura Ashley bedding for some reason.laura ashleymany blessingsmonkey thanks

Stamps: WMS; Stampendous
Paper: Neenah: SU!; PTI
Ink: Memento: SU!; PTI

April 14, 2012

More Spring Cleaning

I think this first card is made from one of the cutest SU! sets ever. It’s a retired multi-occasion set where all the images are meant to fit in that cute little frame.  I popped the frame up with foam dimensionals.baby

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I think the wings and heart are from SU!. I’m not 100% sure as I bought them off ebay. The other stamps are PTI.
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flyin by to say hi

tu 4 everything

Stamps: SU!; PTI: Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU!; PTI: A Muse: Neenah
Ink: SU!; PTI: Memento

April 13, 2012

Card Packaging: Totes & Bags

ETA 4/13/12: Here is a link to Nichole Heady’s tutorial on how to make the totes. I didn’t fold my paper around the inside of the box. I just used two panels, one for the front and one for the back. Also, I trim my boxes just below the adhesive remaining from the set’s label, which leaves a box approximately 4 1/8-4/1/4” tall. To make the “double-wide,” I taped two boxes together with score tape. HTH! :)

Here are some  totes and bags I’ve made to hold some of the cards I’ve been making. For the totes, I used two PTI boxes taped together. Five cards comfortably fit in each box, so a total of ten per tote. The bags hold 15+ cards.

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Back view
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I have started using a rough time limit when I color with Copics because, for me, it is far too easy to get carried away and spend way more time than necessary coloring an image. Now I figure how much time I want to spend coloring the image and stick to it. It keeps me from re-working  and re-working an image. I do allow for touch-ups. Weird, I’m sure. But I enjoy coloring much more now.tote3

And some close-ups.tote3-2

To color this card I used PTI’s recommended Raspberry Fizz trio. The two darker colors wouldn’t blend into the lightest and I went over my time limit trying to fix the problem. I will have to find a lighter color that blends better. Plus, I found my “speed coloring” technique doesn’t work very well when watching tv (the horror). I didn’t pay attention to what I was coloring so the blending was quite bad. I had to compensate for that as well.

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Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: SU!; Memento; PTI
Paper: PTI Kraft: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

April 11, 2012

A Few More Card Sets

This first set of cards is made with PTI’s Guidelines. Probably my all time favorite set. When I first got the set I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. So I decided to case Nicole Heady and here are the results. These cards are so old I didn’t even own any of the original PTI formula inks yet. Now that’s a long time. I’m in spring cleaning mode and am trying to finish my partially-completed projects. Could be that maybe I’m just sick-n-tired of looking at them.

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With this next set you can see the progression of the cards get busier and busier. I am happy with the first two and should have copied their layouts for the final two. The last two have a bit too much going on. Just my tendency to get carried away.

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Stamps: PTI; SU!; WMS
Ink: SU!
Paper: SU!

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