Saturday, July 30, 2011

Card Patterns #126

Hi dear friends!! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!  Farmer's Market was fabulous and now I'm enjoying a nice break after the craziness of last week!  I have a lot of cleaning I'm hoping to get done and lots of projects that I hope to get finished.  I just can't believe August is almost here!  I'm not ready to think of school starting yet, so I better get busy!!  I did get a chance to finish up a fun little card for this week's Card Patterns Challenge and I hope you get to play along too!!

Here's the challenge:
and here's my take on the challenge:
Isn't the little doggie cute as can be?  The stamp is called Doggie Dilemma With Fence and you can find this stamp at:
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Here's a close-up of the cute little image!!
I used October Afternoon scraps for this card and I stitched all the scraps together using my cute as can be Janome Sew Mini!!!  I just love that little machine!!!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy and Rustic White
Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket
Papertrey Ink Rustic White Button
Hand Dyed Seam Binding:  MemrieMare
Copic Markers (will post picture soon)
Computer Aided Journaling
Lace from my stash
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #4

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Hope you have a delightful weekend!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Oh Dear with Pink Persimmon

Happy Friday dear friends!!  It has been quite a week!  My kids visited from Washington, my sweet hubby hurt his back while on the job, and we are temporarily leaving the empty nest.  In the midst of all the craziness, I was able to work on a couple of cards for my favorite stamp company, Pink Persimmon.  I used their adorable Oh Dear stamp sets and had a ton of fun!!

My first thought when taking these cute little dear out of their packages was that they reminded me of my childhood.  I had a folk art style bed that was painted with little dear and hearts and I just loved that bed!  I googled "folk art" and this is what I came up with for my inspiration:
Inspiration Link:  Threadbear

and with that inspiration, I made this:
I selectively inked the folk art tree stamp and created the little flower motif in the background.  I colored the dear with Copic Markers and stamped the sentiment over the top.  Very easy and very folk art inspired!

Supplies used:
Pink Persimmon Oh Dear Stamps
Papertrey Ink Rustic White Cardstock and button
Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe Papers
Prima Lace
Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Tea Dye
Hand Dyed Seam Binding  MemrieMare
Copic Markers: Light Walnut E57 and Walnut E59

In the second card, I chose to fussy cut the dear out of subtle patterned paper:

Supplies Used:
Pink Persimmon Oh Dear Stamps
Webster's Pages Country Estate Patterned Paper
Papertrey Ink Rustic White Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Picket Fence Die
Prima Lace
Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger: Tea Dye
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Prima Lace
Hand Dyed Seam Binding: MemrieMare
Florals from my stash

I just love these little deer and I want to thank you for allowing me to share them with you!!
Have a wonderful day!!

Life is Good with Glitz Design

Hi again dear friends!!  It's hard to believe that the end of July is nearly upon us.  I hope you've had many opportunities to take family photos during the warm summer days.  I've taken advantage of the moments my family has been together and thought it would be a great idea to make a little gift for my daughters so that they would remember the fun we've had this summer!  
I took an old 7 Gypsies Artists Printers Tray and filled it with photos from the past few weeks along with lots of Glitz Goodies to celebrate that Life is Good!!
This project features Cardstock Stickers from the Laced with Grace, Love Games, and Afternoon Muse Collections.
I also used the cute little Afternoon Muse Peekaboo banners embellished with some sweet little pink roses. So fun!
The papers in this project are all from the Afternoon Muse Collection.  Whatnots from the Laced with Grace and Love Games Collections came in handy too.  
The decorated Glassine Envelope has a sweet little note tucked inside.  A personal message just for my sweet girls!
I can't wait to give my girls their gifts and I hope that I have inspired you to take those summer photos and display them in a fun and creative way!
Wishing you a very Glitzy Day,

Supplies used:
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" papers:  Banner, Block, and Floral
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Peekaboos
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Cardstock Stickers: Titles
Glitz Design "Laced with Grace" Cardstock Stickers: Titles and Journaling
Glitz Design "Laced with Grace" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Love Games" Cardstock Stickers: Titles
Glitz Design "Love Games" Whatnots
Glitz Design Teeny Alpha: Parchment
Other:  Pink Paislee Daily Junque Wood Alpha, Melissa Frances Tea Party Resin, Prima Birdcage and Florals, Recollection Florals, Hand Dyed Seam Binding: MemrieMare, Tim Holtz Ideology Word Keys, Papertrey Ink Buttons and Button Twine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Big Birthday and a Friendly Hello with Glitz Design

Hi there Glitzy friends!!  It's CHA time and I don't know about you, but I have been loving the previews of all the new Glitz Design Lines!!  I can't wait to get my hands on them, that's for sure!  In the meantime, I've made some fun cards using up my Glitz Design scraps.  

In this first card, I used my favorite Glitz Line ever, Afternoon Muse, to create some Big Birthday Wishes:
I matted several pieces of cardstock on top of a kraft cardstock base and fussy cut the horses from Afternoon Muse Carte Postal Paper and the little clown image from the Afternoon Muse Whatnots and created a fun little birthday scene.
Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" papers:  Carte Postal and Banner
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Peekaboos: Banner
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Cardstock Stickers: Titles

Other Supplies:  Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream and Kraft; Prima Rose and Leaves; Hand Dyed Seam Binding: MemrieMare; Papertrey Ink Birthday Bash Sentiments; Little Pink Floral from my stash

The next card is made with a collection of different Glitz Design goodies.  I stamped the back side of the Love Games Floral paper with a small dot stamp and paired it borders made with the back side of the banner papers.  I layered the sweet little girl images from the Laced with Grace Paper Layers on top stickers from Laced with Grace and Afternoon Muse Cardstock Sticker Collections.
Next, I added some lace, flowers, and a button.  What a fun little card to send to a friend!!  Don't you just love the sweet little girls?
Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" papers:  Banner
Glitz Design "Love Games" papers:  Floral
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Cardstock Stickers:  Ticket
Glitz Design "Laced with Grace" Cardstock Stickers:  Floral and Birds
Glitz Design "Laced with Grace" Paper Layers:

Other Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock; Prima Lace; Papertrey Ink Button; Papertrey Ink Stamp: Polka Dot Basics and Tiny Tags; Papertrey Ink Dies: Tiny Tags and Edgers #3; Florals: Prima and Recollections and small little flower from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you a very Glitzy Day!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Card Patterns #124

Happy Saturday dear friends!!  It's going to be an absolutely lovely day here in Montana and I hope it's beautiful where you are too!!

Today's sketch at Card Patterns is fabulous and I hope you'll be able to play along with us!!!

Here's the sketch:

and here's my take on the sketch:
I used some scraps from my Little Red Scrapbook kit and Glitz Design goodies for this card.  I just love using up my scraps for cards and I challenge you to get our your scraps and see what you can put together for this sketch!!  Don't you just love the measuring tape from the LRS kit??  I've been dying to use it and the theme of this card is perfect for it!!

Supplies Used:
Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Cardstock
Basic Grey Out of Print Patterned Papers
Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Patterned Papers
Lawn Fawn Stamps:  Sew Lovely
Papertrey Ink Stamps: Button Boutique (sentiment)
Papertrey Ink Dies:  Signature Series Dress Form, Tiny Tags
Hand Dyed Seam Binding
Copic Marker:  E50 Egg Shell
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Tea Dye
Recollections Floral
Kaiser Craft Jewels
Papertrey Ink Button Twine
DMC Embroidery Floss

1. Cut card base to 7" x 6", score and fold in half so card measures 3 1/2" x 6".
2. Cut a rustic cream panel slightly smaller than the card base.
3. Cut three panels from different patterned papers and adhere to cardstock panel.
4. Machine stitch the seam between the top and middle panel.
5. Cover the seam between the middle panel and bottom panel with measuring tape.
6.  Die cut dress form and stamp thread spools and cut out. Ink all edges.
7.  Embellish with ribbon, embroidery floss, jewels, and button.
8.  Dye Ribbon.  I used an E50 Egg Shell Copic Marker to dye my ribbon, then I sprayed the ribbon with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Mist, then I ran the edge of the ribbon along a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad to give it a nice distressed look.  I crinkled the ribbon and dried it with an embossing heat gun.
8.  Stamp sentiment.  (I selectively inked the stamp and made the sentiment fit in the floral tag from PTI's Tiny Tag set.)

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you join in the fun this week!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Red Scrapbook July Reveal

Happy Friday dear friends!!  I hope this day finds you enjoying beautiful summer days!  I can't believe we are more than half way through our summer break!! It has been an absolutely fabulous summer so far and I have lots to do in the days to come!  Lots of cleaning and organizing is still on my to do list and I am determined to get it done!!

In the meantime, I have my Little Red Scrapbook projects to share with you! 
I ordered the stamp set with this month's kit and I am totally loving them!!  They are used in the focal point of this card:
Aren't they beautiful stamped on the colorful dot paper?  The ribbon club is absolutely fabulous too!!   This card is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and has rounded corners.  I stamped the sentiment with Papertrey Ink's Happy Trails stamps.  Such a nice sentiment!

I used my June vacation photos with this month's kit and I am pretty happy with how they turned out. Don't you just love the die cut paper included in the kit!!  Love the calendar image printed on it and I used it to add the date to my layout.

These pictures feature my sweetie and our kids at a Seattle Mariners game.  The journaling states:  Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres....Lame game...Great Company!  I fussy cut the patterned paper along the bottom of the circles to make some fun scallops and I also fussy cut a flower.  The date is circled with part of a PTI's Happy Trails stamp selectively inked.

The next layout features my sweetie and our best friend Charley.  We took a long walk along the Puget Sound and took a brief photo break.  Isn't this a great photo??
I used several of the kit stickers and also some of the amazing embellishments as well!  What an awesome kit this was!! For the title I used Thickers from the kit and a PTI Wonderful Words die cut.  I also stamped another butterfly onto the dot paper.  I think those butterflies are my new favorites!!

The last layout includes a great photo of my daughter and my sweetie in front of Pike Market.  A bystander got in on the fun and handed Beth the flowers for the photo!! How sweet was that?  The flowers made the photo that much sweeter!!!

I punched the circles out of the patterned paper and created a scalloped border and I stamped the background paper with one of the stamps from the kit.  This layout includes lots of fussy cutting and the sweet bird embellishments included in the kit!

I just loved working with this kit and I hope you were able to get one for yourself!!
Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow with the Card Patterns Sketch of the Week!!
Have a great day,

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Little Red Scrapbook Sneaks!!

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for Little Red Scrapbook Sneaks!!!  This month's kit is absolutely fantastic and it features Basic Grey's colorful Out of Print Line!!  Here's the kit:
Isn't it gorgeous!! I love all the color and all the newsprint!! The embellishments in this kit are wonderful and the stamps are too!  I think this is one of my favorite LRS kits to date!
Here are my sneaks:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my sneaks!
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's Idol Time!!

Good Morning my dear friends!! What an exciting day it is!  The first round of Paper Crafts Magazine Gallery Idol is complete and now it is up to you, the voters!!!

Here's my first round card:

and here's the story:

When I first received the news that I was a finalist in this contest I was so honored and literally jumping up and down for joy!!  Then it hit me, will I be able to step up to the next level?  Do I really belong in this competition?  The butterflies started then.  Breathe, Kristii, Breathe!!  Friday night I started by looking at all my old card files.  Where do I begin and what type of embellishment do I make?  My first thought was flowers.  I love making floral embellishments and there are so many kinds  to make.  The more I thought however, the more I realized that this is a competition in which you need to stand out.  Don't go for the ordinary, go for something extra ordinary!  I went to bed feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure.

I must have dreamed about cards all night and just before the dawn of the day, I was envisioning a circus card made with a train full of  animals.  Melissa Bickford's Sweet Baby Stamps have been on my mind lately and I thought it would be fun to stamp them on foam and make my own foam embellishments.  What a grand idea!!??  Well, my epiphany didn't last for long.  I started making a circus tent shaped card and began to stamp the animals out on the foam. As I was stamping, I found that I just wasn't happy with the outcome and then the worst thing happened.... my poor Big Shot completely wore out and the handle broke off.  I have made thousands of cuts from that poor old machine and I think it got tired from all the abuse.  Now what.  Breathe, Kristii, Breathe!  I tried not to freak out, but I live in Montana.  Finding a machine like that in town would not be easy.  Luckily, however, Michael's had a Big Kick, (not as pretty as my pink Big Shot, but works just the same), and I was able to use a Joann's 40% off coupon.  So it was back to the drawing board...

I came home and Googled Circus Trains just to get some inspiration and this is what I found:

The sweet little party train totally spoke to me!!!  I decided that I was trying too hard and the best thing I could do at this point was to stop and stay true to my creative style!  Shabby Chic or Fun and Playful, which should I choose?  I went back to the card that brought me to this moment in the first place.

Then I remembered all my Little Bitty Bird Cards and Garden Variety Cards and decided Fun and Playful was the right way to go!  I decided to stay with the train and animals, but add a birthday theme to the card.  But, after playing with the circus animals and the foam, I wasn't feeling the love at all.  I decided to fussy cut the stamps from cardstock and patterned papers and I remembered a cute little teddy bear stamp that I had in the PTI Baby Button Bits collection.  I can't even tell you the relief I finally felt at that moment! My card was finally starting to come together.
I wanted to use fun colors since this was a birthday card and I decided that Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe would be perfect!   I stamped the train three times onto different papers, fussy cut, then pieced them together onto the cardstock.  Then I colored the wheels with Copic Markers.  I cut the top of the caboose off and placed a die cut package on top of the rail car.  I outlined the package and bow with a Copic Marker to help them stand out a bit.  I placed the bear behind the train so it looks like it's sitting inside. I embellished the cute little bear with a little bow and heart that added to the bear's cuteness factor and that made me happy!!  For the DIY embellishments, I took an old stick pin from my stash and made a little happy birthday flag for the sentiment using PTI's Just the Ticket stamps. I had to color the top of the stick pin with a Copic Marker so it would match the card.   Boy do I love Copic Markers!!  To top off the embellishments on the card I cut out a little banner and tied it with yellow embroidery floss. I layered the background of the card with patterned papers and an embossed piece of cardstock.  Ahhhh...finished and happy with the results at last!  That was the feeling I was waiting for.
Supplies Used:
PTI Stamps: Train Tracks, Baby Button Bits, Just the Ticket
PTI Cardstock:  Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper:  Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe
PTI Dies:  Make A Wish, Train Tracks
Sizzix Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Pearls
Copic Markers: 100 Black, T1 Toner Gray, T3 Toner Gray,  RV 29 Crimson, YR 12 Loquat
DMC Yellow Embroidery Floss

The next steps were to photograph, edit and submit my card.  I didn't realize how difficult it would be to hit the send button.  I had a ton of questions in my my card good enough, will everyone like it, am I sure this is what I want to send?  Then I went back to that feeling I had when it all came together and I realized, I gave it my all.  I poured my heart and soul into this process and I have no regrets.  Send.  Breathe.  Sigh of Relief!  Now it is all up to you!

Thank you so much for your encouragement and confidence in me!!  I appreciate all of you and I want to thank you for considering my card!!   No matter what happens, I will always remember the excitement of this opportunity!!  I am truly blessed indeed!!!

Sincerely Yours,

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Card Patterns #123

Happy Saturday!! I hope your day is absolutely fabulous and full of creativity!!!  I have put my thinking cap on and I am working on my next Gallery Idol submission!!!  I am a little nervous and I sincerely hope I can step up to the next level! I'm totally giving it all I've got and we'll see what happens!

In the meantime I have a fun little card based on this week's Card Patterns Sketch!  I hope you all join in the fun!  It's a wonderful sketch:
and here's my take on the sketch:
I pulled out some vintage hymnal pages and my Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Creative Scraps images and had some serious fun!!
Aren't these little girls too sweet?  I have been saving them for just the perfect card and this sketch totally inspired me!!!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream
Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon 5 and Dime
Vintage Images:  Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps-Altered Fairies
Lace and Floral: Prima
Button and Button Twine: Papertrey Ink
Dyed Seam Binding:  MemrieMare
Peekaboo Frame:  Glitz Design
Pearl: Martha Stewart
Dies:  Papertrey Ink Double-Ended Banners
Ink: Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
Vintage Hymnal Pages

Thanks for stopping by!! I can't wait to see what you create!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge

Happy Friday dear friends!! I have to say that I am on cloud nine today!!! Whoooo hooooo!!! The news is out and I am a Top 20 Finalist in the Gallery Idol Competition!!!!  I still have to pinch myself to make sure that I'm not dreaming.  What an honor and I do have to say that it doesn't matter what happens from here on out, I am just so amazed and thankful to have made the first cut.   I just hope that I can step up to the next level of the challenge!  I'm going to give my all and we'll see what happens!!

While I contemplate DIY embellishments, I want to post a card I made for the Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge.  I have some new stamps by one of my favorite stamp artists, Melissa Bickford, and I wanted to make a fun little card using them!

Here's the challenge:
Create a card in which stamping is the predominant element.

Here's my take on the challenge:

I used Papertrey Ink's Sweet Baby Stamps by Melissa Bickford.  I just love the sweet little giraffe image!!!  It's perfect for a baby card and I'm even seeing a first birthday card in the future! I wanted to change things up a bit and use a fun color combination!! I stamped the giraffe image in Fresh Snow ink onto Lemon Tart Cardstock and then I inked the edges very heavily since it is very subtle on the yellow cardstock.  The sentiment is from the same set with the addition of "welcome" from Night, Night Moon. I also used Night, Night Moon to stamp the background behind the giraffe. I just love mixing and matching stamp sets and it is so easy to do with PTI stamps!!
I stamped the sentiment with black ink onto the background layer first and again onto a piece of computer paper.  I cut out the stamped image from the computer paper and used it to mask the sentiment while I stamped the background image with Versamark Ink onto the card.  I love the subtle image the Versamark Ink creates!

PTI Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sweet Baby; Night, Night Moon; Background Basics: Hearts
Dies:  Sweet Baby, Heart Prints and Banner Borders
Cardstock:  Rustic Cream, Kraft, Aqua Mist, and Lemon Tart
Button Twine
Other Supplies:
Bazzill Pink Cardstock and Flowers from my stash

I hope you all join in the fun and take part in this challenge!!
Stamping is the best form of relaxation that I know!!!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Make it Monday fun!

Hi there dear friends!  I'm back home from a wonderful mini vacation with my kids in Seattle.   We had the best time with them and it was so hard to leave, but we will see them again in a couple of weeks and I can't wait!!  In the meantime, I decided it would be fun to play along with PTI's Make it Monday Challenge!!
Here's the Challenge:

Make It Monday #22: Multi-Color Stamping with Ink Refills

and here's my take on the Challenge:

I didn't have any craft foam, so I put a few drops of Tim Holtz Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink onto a small piece of felt and used that as my stamp pad.  Such a fun technique!  I also punched the butterfly out of the left overs that I had.

Supplies used:
Stamps:  PTI Happy Trails, Turning a New Leaf, and Daydreamer
Ink:  PTI Simply Chartreuse; Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Ink Refills, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Ink Pad; Memento Rich Cocoa
Cardstock:  PTI Rustic Cream; Bazzill Pink
Lace:  Prima
Floral: Recollections
Hand Dyed Seam Binding: Memriemare

Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope you have a wonderful evening!

Old Friends and Glitz Design

Good morning dear sweet friends!!  It's time for more Glitz Goodness and today I am focusing on cards for those friends and loved ones that I am not able to visit with regularly.  It's important for them to know I love them and that I think about them often.  What better way to show your love, than with a sweet little homemade card! 

In the first card, I used a Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Whatnot and combined it with some Afternoon Muse papers, a doily and some buttons.  What an easy card to make and it's perfect for sharing your thoughts with your special friends and loved ones!  Here's a little tip for you:  Don't be afraid to cut into those large Whatnots and Peek-a-boos.  Make your card products work for your project instead of setting them aside because they are not the right size!
I also added some hand died seam binding and a Prima rose to make the card complete!!
Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" papers:  Banner and Block
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" What nots

Other Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Love Birds Stamps, Parisian Lace Doily Die, Vintage Cream Cardstock and Buttons; Seam Binding from MemrieMare; Prima Floral; Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.

For the next card, I used a Laced with Grace papers, a Paper Layer, and some Afternoon Muse goodies as well.  I thought the little girl in the Paper Layer looked perfect for the Miss You sentiment!  Isn't she just the sweetest?
I absolutely love Glitz Design Peek-a-boo banner s.  Such a perfect embellishment to add charm and character to any project!!
Supplies Used:
Glitz Design "Laced with Grace" papers:  Polka and Plaid
Glitz Design "Laced with Grace" Paper Layers
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Peek -a-Boo
Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse" Journal Stickers

Other Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Banner Border Die, Vintage Cream Cardstock, button and twine;  Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch; Prima Floral; Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Hope you have a Glitzy Day!