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I Finally Did It! v.2

For my second card for Papertrey Ink‘s July Blog Hop, I stuck with the same ‘cherries in aqua bowl’ color scheme, but this time omitting scarlet jewel from the palette.

I wanted to try a variation using the same overlapping triangular focal point as my first card, so I stamped a background using numerous birthday message stamps from a couple different sets. To keep from concealing all my time and effort stamping all that (*phew!*), I reduced the size of the triangles (as well as the number by giving scarlet jewel the axe). Had I considered it better before hand, I would have either stamped some kind of scroll-like filler under the ‘birthday’ script or heat embossed the ‘birthday’ sentiment because I’m not completely happy with the gap of space there. The background is almost too overwhelming for the message. But since I didn’t really notice the gap before I adhered all the triangles onto the card front with foam dots, I couldn’t (comfortably and without anxiety) stamp below the birthday after that. But in my mind, I’m thinking it would look better that way. Or at least embossed.

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Big Birthday Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)

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I Finally Did It!

I keep finding myself wanting to participate in so many of the card challenges around the blog sphere, but lacking the time, drive, or available crafting space to get anything done. But no more! (er…at least, not for this challenge). I finally found the – in this case – space to craft a couple cards. *tear* I’m so proud. 😉

This month’s Blog Hop challenge over at Papertrey Ink was to choose one of the given ‘fruits of summer’ color schemes. I opted to use ‘cherries in aqua bowl’:

I’m not usually one for such bold, geometric designs, but I love how striking it is! I had started on it with the decision that I would do something less girly (that’s what I usually seem to end up gravitating towards). By making a new layer for each of the colors, the stacked papers give it quite a bit of depth and dimension as well as a strong focal point. Creating those triangles was the biggest challenge. I don’t have a die that comes anywhere close to the size or shape I wanted (large pennant, here I come), so I had to measure and cut them by hand. I started with the scarlet jewel layer and figured out the size and shape from there since it would be my largest filler on the card front. To save myself some sanity for times of real crisis, I then wound up just tracing all the other colors to the same size/shape and cutting off the top overhang after I glued each one down. The banner really brought it all together after that.

I wanted to bring the some of the colors from the outside to the inside, so I selectively inked one of the longer stamps from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday in the top tier of colors.

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Sayings With Banner (Simon Says Stamp)

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Stamp-A-Faire 2012: DIYer

I’m on the fast track to becoming a regular homemade embellisher! In addition to creating some homemade washi tape that has yet to find a project-home, and creating a doily rosette medallion, Jessica Witty made a tutorial using Clearly Creative Cardstock to make a stamped transparent overlay for a card front. Well, the nano-second I saw that, I was all over it like white on rice. Only with much more enthusiasm.

I had recently gotten a package of this very elusive cardstock when I noticed it had finally come back into stock after a very lengthy delay in which my nails became nubs from tap-tap-tapping them in anxious impatience during the wait. I love the look of clear transparent overlays, and had some transparency sheets (you know, those kind teachers use for the overhead projector in school?), but they just didn’t work so well for stamping…or die cutting…or regular cutting…or, well, any type of crafting endeavor I could wrap my little brain around. So I was uber excited when I finally got my greedy little paws on the diamond mine. But as is my way, I put it “away” in its new home where it would be safe and then never got around to pulling it back out and using it. Ppsh. Yeah, I know.

So what happened next, you ask? Well, another designer had me in mind when she made her DIY homemade embellishment tutorial. It’s so nice to be thought of. 😉

I LOVE how this card turned out!! The colors didn’t come out right at all, mind you. The satin ribbon should be closer to Hawaiian Shores, not Ocean Tides, but you get the idea. I love how bright and sunny and positively FUN it is! It really came together perfectly considering I didn’t have much of a plan in mind when I started out. I wanted to add a little touch of something into the inside of the card since the outside is so happy, so I stamped a sun and some rays around the inside. It’s meant to be written over with your message, so I kept it light and simple.

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Hello Sunshine (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Clearly Creative Cardstock, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink); Bright Prints (Recollections)
Ink: Jet Black (Staz On); Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: Celebrate It Basic-Basic satin ribbon (Michaels); Mini Library Clips (Stampin’ Up)

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Stamp-A-Faire 2012: DIY

There were so many fantastic ideas for the homemade embellishments tutorials challenge that I couldn’t pick just one – it was another ribbon moment, relived. I created some homemade washi tape using the tutorial Danielle Flanders made, but I haven’t yet put them on a card. They are currently in a time out under a heavy stack trying to straighten out their behavior. 😉 More on them later.

I happen to swoon for rosettes. Total foot-popping, heart soaring, swoon. As it happens, Betsy Veldman must have had me in mind because she created a tutorial on making a homemade rosette from a doily die. A doily die?!? Yes, you and I both heard right. A doily die. I’d never used one to make a rosette before either, but as it turns out, it makes it very pretty! And as it so happens, I’d recently gotten my hands on some utterly beautiful doily dies that I suppose I was destined to put to good use today.

The die that I used had pretty wide spaced scalloping around the edge, so the rosette came out pretty fat – too fat for a card to my way of thinking. To remedy that issue, I took a 6×6 pattern paper pad, splayed my palm over it, and crushed that little rosette into submission. The result was a very pretty looking, much flatter and more appropriate for a card rosette. The colors weren’t what I envisioned when I started with that purple paper. I pictured bright and cheerful in my mind. It’s a little more muted this way and less my-comfort-zone, so I kept adding little touches until it looked/felt right.

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Rosie Posie, Modern Wood Mats (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (inside), Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Dot Pattern (K & Company); Pattern Pad (Studio G)
Ink: Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: English Tea Party Doily (Cherry Lynn Designs)
Accents: Ocean Tides, Plum Pudding, Vintage Cream, & White buttons (Papertrey Ink); Botanica ribbon (Michaels); Natural Cotton Twine

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Stamp-A-Faire 2012: Correspondance

Another of the challenges was to create a set of cards for yourself or for a gift. I opted to make a set of thank you cards to give to my mom for helping me recently with a very heart shredding situation. But we won’t get in to that. I need to keep my tear ducts dry and my heart firmly entrenched in my chest.

I wanted to make her a set of cards that was both elegant and universal, so I hit up my all-time favorite, go-to stamp set, Mehndi Medallions. I absolutely, positively, unconditionally adore that set. It has a infinite number of uses. It’s the Ranch Dressing of stamp sets. It goes with everything. 😉

I wanted to give it a subtle amount of dimension, so I added an assortment of rhinestones & pearls to each card and used some small circle punches to cut out a couple of the smaller medallion accents to pop them up with foam dots.

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Mehndi Medallions, Sending A Big Thank You (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Jet Black (Staz On)
Accents: Rhinestones, Faux Pearls (Recollections)
Tools: 1/2″, 3/16″ Circle Punches (Stampin’ Up!)

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Stamp-A-Faire 2012: Craft Conservation

It’s a challenge upon a challenge for me to work with only a limited, set number of supplies. Why did I try to strong-arm this challenge, again? Oh, yeah, I was still preening from my success with the ribbon. The tail feathers blind sighted me. Being an eternal optimist (hi, that’s me), on the bright side, it turned out very nicely. It’s a lot prettier than I was expecting it to be when I was creating it. I think the colors really contributed to that. I wasn’t sure about them at first, but they came together in harmony at the end. Yeah to success!

See the bow? Yeah, that’s more preening. heh.

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Pretty Peonies (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Linen Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Lavender Moon, Autumn Rose, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Winter Wisteria, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Pretty Peonies (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: Spool O’ Ribbon (Offray)

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Stamp-A-Faire 2012: Knots Badge

The Knots Badge included tutorials encompassing ribbon techniques and tips. I was really looking forward to this lesson because I absolutely love me some ribbon! I find ribbon very flirty and girly and fun, so I’m all over that. The problems arise when I can’t stop staring at it long enough to figure out how to incorporate it into my project. I try. Diligently. I just fail. Repeatedly. But no more! Now, armed with these versatile and broad techniques, I can feel confident tackling the application of ribbon onto my cards!

Did I just sound like a cheesy commercial sales pitch? Because it sounded like I just sounded like a cheesy commercial sales pitch.  …

I was so impressed with all the wonderful ideas, that I tried more than one for this challenge. The first one I tackled was Erin Lincoln’s idea to back a negative die cut image with ribbon strips to create a colorful pattern in the die image. She made a beautiful pink ombre hued tiered cake in her card. I immediately thought how cute it would it be to do it using the clouds die.

It may be hard to see in the photos, but I gave the sky a beautiful pearled sheen with some Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mist. When I first started assembling it, I wasn’t diggin’ the plain white and thought it needed just a little something, but not too much of something because I didn’t want to detract from the scene in the sky. I rarely find myself using Glimmer Mist (I only have two shades), but in this case, it gave the sky the absolutely perfect touch!

Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Up, Up, & Away (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink); Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up!)
Paper: Patterned Paper Pad (Studio G)
Ink: Jet Black (Staz On), Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Up, Up, & Away, Clouds, Doubled Ended Banner (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: Dots & Stripes Ribbon (Michaels), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Tools: Arrow Border Edger Punch (EK Success)

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The other technique I really wanted to try was Dawn McVey’s basic bow & basic knot. While this may sound simple, she ties some of the most gorgeous bows I’ve ever seen & getting it just right is a lot more challenging that it may seem. In fact, after giving it a try, I can safely say my hands & fingers are going to need a lot of practice!

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Simply Jane (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream, Chipboard (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Smokey Shadow, Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Simply Jane, Quatrefoil Plate (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: Plum Pudding buttons (Papertrey Ink); Celebrate It Basic-Basic satin ribbon (Michaels); Hematite Glitter Glue (Martha Stewart); Natural Cotton Twine

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Papertrey Ink Presents: Stamp-A-Faire 2012

The amazing gals over at Papertrey Ink worked their collective tails off this month to create an all-emcompassing “stamp camp” for their customers. It made the “all-encompassing” benchmark because it was executed entirely online. People got together in their own locales, of course, but everyone participated collaboratively via the wonderful convenience of the internet. Bless Bob Taylor and his revolutionary-inducing lightbulb moment. Now if only someone can devise a way for me to sleep normally without having to miss the opening ceremonies because West Cost time (hello, moon) doesn’t confer well with East Coast time. They may not even be on speaking terms anymore…

Yes, my long-winded explanation has a point. I’m glad you asked. The point is that although I missed the first few technique challenges due to unconsciousness, I was able to catch myself up – more or less – and get some cards done to submit. I have until Monday, you know. Noon by East Cost standards, which translates to 9 here. Nichole was gracious enough to allow for the incongruence of timezones.

But the beginning challenge – the “make and take” – was due by Saturday night, which I inconveniently missed. Whoops. But fear not, fellow readers (do I even have any of you yet??), showcasing my creative whimseys is what this blog is all about! Now put your right foot in and let’s hokey pokey!

The card Nichole created utilized single layer stamping, but that morning I was the unfortunate victim of a Stamper’s Slip (I dropped my inked stamp). Thankfully, I’m not currently hormonal and I was able to keep my wrathful fury on a very jerky leash, so instead of raining my image with tears or shredding it into tiny pieces, my caffeine-alert mind came up with a solution. Die cut and re-stamp a new image of the flower that my **** inked leaf stamp landed on and pop it up to overlay onto that little mishap. And since I was adding some dimension with the popped flower, I opted to add some pearls for a slightly more romantic look. It all worked out in the end, which is what I love best. 🙂

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Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Happy Hydrangeas (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Linen Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Jet Black (Staz On)
Dies: Happy Hydrangeas (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: Faux Pearls (Recollections)

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