Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Hexagons

I had thought to enter the base of this card to the Stamper's First Aid challenge, since I was having trouble finishing it off.   I had so much fun making the background with Happy Hexagons and the hexagon background die; it was like making a pretty puzzle.  After a bit more effort, I completed it as you see below.

A little leaf die from Turning a New Leaf, Happy Birthday from Beautiful Butterflies and a seam binding rolled rose did the trick!

The inner sentiment is from Flower Fusion #9...

I still have to peruse all the offerings made by the Papertrey Ink design team to the Stamp-a-faire event Saturday, but I never would have participated if it wasn't for my dear friend, Linda, who connected me with PTI in the first place!  I joined Linda on Saturday for a bit of card making and challenge participation; here she is with some of her entries.  Good luck in the challenges, Linda, and thanks for your wonderful hospitality!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stamp-a-faire tie-dye challenge

I tried Nichole Heady's tie-dye technique to make the flowers on these card boxes. I can't say I'm impressed with the result; I don't really think these flowers look tie-dyed; they didn't come out as I had imagined, but they're kind of cute all the same. (As I linked my post to the challenge link just now, I noticed that it's supposed to be a background.  Oh well.)

I used PTI's Front and Center die to cut out the panels (one set in Aqua Mist - embossed with a Texturz plate - and one in Ocean Tides) and various other PTI dies for the flowers.  I sponged the same color inks, plus a little Peach Parfait or Primrose Petals for the centers, and then used an aqua brush to swirl some water onto the sponged colors.  The little buttons are SU!'s Bitty Buttons, stitched onto the flowers with a bit of baker's twine, and the sentiment is from PTI's Pretty Peonies.

The leaves were cut using PTI's Turning a New Leaf die and "peace, love & flowers" is from PTI's Wildflower Garden.  The ribbons are also PTI:  grosgrain Ocean Tides and twill Aqua Mist.

Stamp-A-Faire offered a lot of new ideas, and it was fun to participate in one of the challenges.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Poppy birthday

I love these poppies from PTI's Botanical Silhouettes. This little piece, stamped with Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz on Very Vanilla, has been hanging around my stampin' desk for some time now, and I haven't gotten around to actually creating a card with it. This week's Make It Monday challenge from Papertrey Ink was to stamp on patterned paper, and it inspired me to complete the project. The sentiment also comes from Botanical Silhouettes, and it was stamped with Early Espresso on Calypso Coral DSP.

A couple very thin coral mats, a Very Vanilla card base, and a little ruffled ribbon threaded through a vanilla flower slide and I've got a pretty card in the "finished" pile!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th and Happy Birthday, Auntie Lou!

Happy Fourth of July!

I was inspired to use my new Papertrey Ink's Happy Hexagons stamp set and Hexagon plate die to make a patriotic-looking card to send to my Auntie Lou, who is celebrating her 92nd birthday today.

I love this set!  It's so much fun, like making my own puzzle.  First I cut out the hexagons and frame using Whisper White card stock.  Then I stamped the hexagons with Crumb Cake and two of the new In Colors:  Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple.  I really like these colors together.  Tombo Mono Multi glue made it a breeze to adhere the hexagons into place.  "Celebrating your Birthday" is from PTI's Movers and Shakers Sentiments and the little star comes from SU's Itty Bitty Bits.  The white flag was popped up and little flags of Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon were attached underneath.

The interior sentiment comes from two stamps in the Movers and Shakers Sentiments set, as well.

I liked this card so much I made one to send to my friend, too, using Sahara Sand instead of Crumb Cake and taking a sentiment from PTI's new We Go Together set.  Red, white and true blue!