Monday, February 21, 2011

Sharing in Your Sorrow

Today I am sharing a sympathy card that I made at the request of my friend. I decided to make it with teal and pink and make it elegant and simple. I like simple for sympathy cards. And for some reason, sympathy cards always seem to contain some type of plant life, trees, flowers, etc.

I used my SU! markers to color my stamp and then stamped it on whisper white card stock, this was matted on taken with teal and then placed on a craft card base. For the sentiment, I stamped on whisper white and punched it with my label punch. Then I punched a second label punch in taken with teal and cut out the middle section so i could use the edges of the stamp to shadow the main label punch. A tiny pink flower button, to mimic the flowers in the main stamped image is held in place with a glue dot. Finally I used this sheer pink ribbon from Michael's (I know that I have shown you this ribbon many times before- I love using it!)

I have had a great holiday weekend so far. I have been escaping to my craft room frequently and have been pretty busy. I hope to share some of my projects with you this week. Keep posted!

Have a great day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Pretty Valentine!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner...have you thought of yours yet?
I actually do not know who I will give this card to...yet. I love the image from SU! and I wanted to use it in a soft way, so i stamped it first and then used colored pencils to color it in. The paper colors look brighter in the photo, but are actually more muted. All of the paper is also SU! I chose to use the yellow and purple combo. I love these two colors together especially when they are soft and not vibrant.
I used a pair of deco scissors to cut the purple paper out around the yellow floral image. Also used one of my SU punches to get my purple strip that runs towards the bottom of the card. (i suppose I should know the names of all my tools, but I don't! lol)

I then used a really cute red button as an accent.
Well, thanks for stopping by...and don't forget your valentine!
This card is a snow tubing invite I made for a friend. I smudged out the personal details.

I used my computer and my Stampin' Up! Digital Studio to make the words and snowflakes for the background. Then I punched cut the paper to fit on a 5x7 card.

The girls favorite color I thought was purple so I paper punched the sledding girl with purple colors. I used a variety of my SU! punches. I used the window punch to make the slider. I followed this tutorial After I had finished making all the little sledders, she changed her mind to orange being her favorite color, so I mounted the white paper onto orange for stability. I found that this actually helped the girl roll a little easier.
The little girl on her sled rolls up and down the side of the card! Super fun to make and super fun to play with!

It was alot of fun to make the invites and she totally loved them. I even managed to find orange envelopes for them!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thank you Fairy Much!

This adorable card was made for a friend to send a thank you to a lucky little girl. The image is from Pink Cat Studio. The sentiment inside says "thank you fairy much". My paper for this card is all Stampin' Up! Probably alot of retired paper because I am a paper hoarder! I have LOTS of paper but it is all so beautiful! My friends think I am crazy because I get excited for buttons and ribbon, but as fellow cardmakers/crafters/artists/etc. I know you understand me!
The image is colored with SU markers. The beautiful ribbon is from Michael's, I don't even know which brand, but I know I love to use it on is so soft and pretty. And the buttons are randoms from Walmart. I love to shop around for supplies. Of course I love Stampin' Up! (or else I wouldn't be a demo). I love the cardstock and how every color coordinates between ribbon, paper, buttons, designer paper etc. I also love to shop for supplies anywhere I can find a good deal. I spend the bulk of my money on SU!s great stamps and accessories, but if I can find a bargain, I will! LOL
Well I hope you enjoyed this beautiful is one of many I have made recently...I am on a crafting roll. I plan to try and post daily or every other day, so I hope you check back frequently and if you see something you like or have a suggestion or idea, please post a comment. I look forward to your feedback!
Have a Happy Day!
~melanie :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I love Papertrey Ink!

I have been following Dawn McVey's blog for quite some time now. I really love her stuff. I kept thinking I need to try some of those Papertrey Ink stamps, and I have "window shopped" on their site many times. Finally last month I decided I actually needed to order! I used my Christmas cash and ordered a couple of stamp sets, some coordinating dies, ribbon, buttons and a package of paper. How exciting, and quite a good deal for my cash! I couldn't wait to get busy with it.
These 2 cards are my first two projects with my PTI stamps and paper. I made 2 birthday cards for some girls at work.

This first card uses a set from last July called Just the Ticket. I love the coordinating ticket die cut. It is really neat to be able to design your own tickets. For the above card I chose to do a Happy Birthday ticket and I used lemon tart and lavender moon paper. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up! I used my More Mustard SU marker to color my stamps and stamped the sentiment , border and stars onto my ticket. Then I used some Lavender Moon Satin Ribbon and a button from the Spring Mix Collection.

The second card is a bright cheery card. I used Berry Sorbet paper for a card base and used a versa ink pad to stamp the squiggly image from the Little Bitty Bird Set. I stamped the tree onto white cardstock and I used Lemon tart paper again to use the bird dies to cut these cute little guys which I then stamped with my little birdie image. I again used the spring mix buttons and some Lemon Tart Saddle Stitch Ribbon.

So these are my favorite cards from my PTI cards because these are my first cards! But I love the products and I know there will be many more!

Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed them and I really hope my friends from work enjoyed receiving them!
~melanie :)