February 29, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas--February


Hello again, my friends!  Happy Leap Day!

It's the last day of the month, which means it's time for the 12 Kits of Christmas blog hop!  If this is your first time joining us, you can check out my post for January HERE.

This month's holiday card-making kit was provided by Cathy Weber, and she included some darling polar bears and snow globes along with lots of other festive goodies:


I've made three cards so far, and I planned to make a couple more but I ran out of white cardstock!  Yikes!  I ordered more last week and will just have to stalk the mailman until it arrives.  *grin*

This first card is my favorite.  I stitched two of the patterned papers (from Memory Box) to a white card base and wrapped it with white satin ribbon.  The sweet little polar bear is decked out in an Ocean Tides felt scarf and mounted on a die cut label, along with a sentiment from PTI's In the Meadow.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Ocean Tides, White)
Patterned paper:  Memory Box (Yuletide Collection)
Stamps:  Memory Box (Wesley Bear), Papertrey Ink (In the Meadow)
Tools:  Memory Box (Wesley Bear die), Spellbinders (Labels 18), corner rounder
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), AC Moore (ribbon), thread, DMC floss

For the second card, I used one of the cute snow globes from the kit.  Cathy included a globe embossed with snowflakes, which makes a nice little home for another polar bear, this time dressed in a Copic colored red scarf.  I added some "snowballs" and silver snowflakes, also from the kit.

For the background, I stamped snowflakes from PTI's Peace Be Still and inked the edges with Pool Party ink.  I attached the sentiment banner with some red baker's twine and added a pretty glittered snowflake button.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, White), brown
Stamps:  Memory Box (Wesley Bear), Papertrey Ink (Peace Be Still)
Tools:  Memory Box (Wesley Bear die), My Time Made Easy (Let it Snow Globe), Tim Holtz (snowflake embossing folder), corner rounder
Accessories:  The Twinery (baker's twine), snowballs, button, silver snowflakes

My last card is a CASE of one I did using the January kit.  I stitched strips of patterned paper to the card base, adding a scalloped border at the bottom.  This polar bear's scarf has some subtle polka dots, added with a Copic colorless blender.

The sentiment, from PTI's Signature Christmas, is embossed in white on an Ocean Tides banner and embellished with a few red buttons.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Ocean Tides, White)
Patterned paper:  Memory Box (Yuletide Collection)
Stamps:  Memory Box (Wesley Bear), Papertrey Ink (Signature Christmas)
Tools:  Memory Box (Wesley Bear die), EK Success (border punch)
Accessories:  buttons, DMC floss, thread, white embossing powder

I can't wait to see what the rest of the gals have created with this month's kit!


Suzanne:  The Card Yard
Jeanne: AKeptLife

Thanks for coming by today, and for always leaving me such wonderful comments.  I appreciate you all so much!

Have a great day!

February 28, 2012

ColourQ #126


Good morning, ColourQ fans!  It's time for a new color challenge, and this one was inspired by this whimsical set of dishes:


I admit I wouldn't have chosen this palette on my own, but I'm amazed by the DT samples this week and really enjoyed the challenge of working with these colors.  I hope you'll give the combo a try, too.

Since these colors have a bit of a fall vibe, I reached for PTI's lovely Harvest Berries set.  I die cut and stamped the largest branch with Lucky Limeade and popped it up on foam dots.  Behind it I stamped the smaller silhouette images in Early Espresso and added a strip of stamped text to ground the design.

I die cut a double ended banner from Daffodil Delight cardstock and stamped it with a sentiment from PTI's Postmarks.  A sprinkling of orange gems and I call it done!

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight), Papertrey Ink (White)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Harvest Berries, Background Basics:  Text Style, Postmarks)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Harvest Berries die, Double Ended Banner die)
Accessories:  Me & My Big Ideas (rhinestones)

Thanks for joining me today, friends!  I'll be back tonight at midnight EST with a new 12 Kits of Christmas post, so if you're in the mood for some cute holiday cards, I hope you'll stop by.

Have a great day!

February 25, 2012

Card Patterns sketch #154


Hello, friends!  It's been a little quiet around here, as we still have visitors and my kids are home for winter break.  I love having them home, but I'm looking forward to getting back to a normal routine next week!

Happily, I did find some time this week to play with a new sketch at Card Patterns, which I think you're going to love.


This week we are sponsored again by My Favorite Things.  They have a wonderful collection of clear stamps and exclusive dies, and they were kind enough to provide the Design Team with some goodies to use on our cards.  I chose the Polka Dot Greetings stamp set, which also comes with a coordinating die.

To make a unique scalloped border, I stamped just the ends of one of the polka dot frames along the bottom of the white cardstock panel using Calypso Coral ink.  I added a stitched strip of Pool Party cardstock and some Pool Party ruffled ribbon.

The flower was made using PTI's Beautiful Blooms dies and an Aqua Mist button.  I added a cute, scripty sentiment from Polka Dot Greetings in Island Indigo ink.

The whole panel is mounted on an Island Indigo card base, and I tucked some small strips of polka dot aqua paper from PTI's Library Ledger at the ends.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party), Papertrey Ink (White)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (Library Ledger)
Stamps:  My Favorite Things (Polka Dot Greetings)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Calypso Coral, Island Indigo)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Beautiful Blooms dies), corner rounder
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! (Pool Party ruffled ribbon), Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist button), thread, DMC floss

I love how this turned out, especially this fun color combo.  I hope you'll find some time to play along with the sketch this week, too!

Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

February 23, 2012

CASE Study #79 & CR84FN48


Hey friends!  So glad you stopped by today.  I just love Thursdays, don't you?  It's almost the weekend AND I get to share a new CASE Study challenge with you!  Sadly, this is the last week for our February Muse, Karola Witczak, but hasn't she been incredibly inspiring?  

Here is Karola's beautiful creation for this week:
By Karola Witczak
I also used the colors of the current CR84FN challenge:



For my card, I chose to CASE the central framed image, the double ended banner, and the embossed border around the perimeter.  


A Wisteria Wonder card base was stamped with some branches from Verve's New Mercies using Versamark Dazzle.  A white cardstock panel was then stamped with leaves using Lucky Limeade.  A frame from Waltzingmouse's Vintage Labels 3 was added in Basic Gray around a die cut window.  

The edge of the white panel is embossed with a Framed Tulips border.  I popped the whole panel up on foam dots, then added a banner stamped with a sentiment from WPlus9's Very Vintage Greetings.

The butterfly was a gift from my sweet friend Jean.  I sponged it with Wisteria ink to match the card.


Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Wisteria Wonder), Papertrey Ink (White)
Stamps:  Verve (New Mercies), WPlus9 Design Studio (Very Vintage Greetings), Waltzingmouse (Vintage Labels 3)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray), Tsukineko (Versamark Dazzle)
Tools:  Stampin' Up! (Framed Tulips embossing folder), Spellbinders (Labels 3), Papertrey Ink (Double Ended Banner die)
Accessories:  Michaels (silver pearls), butterfly

I hope you'll take the opportunity to CASE our fabulous Muse, Karola Witczak, one more time!

Thanks for your visit today!

February 21, 2012

ColourQ #125


Hello there, ColourQ fans!  Ready for a new color challenge?  Feast your eyes on this week's quilt-inspired palette:


As I was flipping through my stamp sets, WPlus9's Guiding Light caught my eye and seemed perfect for a masculine card using these colors.

I made a 4 1/4 inch square white card base and debossed it with PTI's Book Print impression plate.  I then die cut a window in a square of Baja Breeze cardstock and popped it up with foam tape.

The rocks, bird, and cattails were stamped and cut out by hand before tucking them into the window to make a little scene.  I added a Terracotta Tile button and starfish to the bottom corner and another button tied with floss around the top of the card.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Baja Breeze), Papertrey Ink (White)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Guiding Light)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze), Clearsnap (Terracotta)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 1), Papertrey Ink (Book Print impression plate), corner rounder
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), DMC floss

No sentiment on this one--I'm thinking it will be great to pop in my hubby's bag one of these days "just because".

Check out the rest of the fabulous DT samples this week, then add your creation to the gallery to be in the running for Colour Queen!

Thanks for visiting, friends!  Have a wonderful day!

February 18, 2012

Card Patterns sketch #153


Happy weekend, friends!  We have a busy day planned, so I'll get right to my card and this week's sketch at Card Patterns:


There are lots of ways you could interpret this sketch, as you can see from the DT samples.  My first thought was of quilt blocks, so I made a sweet little baby girl card with "quilted" patterned blocks.

Each square of Vintage Cream cardstock is stamped with a pattern in Pretty in Pink and stitched to the card base.  The bottom half of the card base is debossed with polka dots, and I added a Victorian Lace die cut border.  Love that tone-on-tone look.

I wrapped cream floss around the card and attached a pink button and tiny tag stamped with the word "Baby".  Finally, I added two large drops of Glossy Accents directly to the card base in the top right corner to complement the glossy pink button.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Pretty in Pink), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (A Little Argyle, Dot Spot, Background Basics:  Retro, Background Basics:  Houndstooth, Tiny Tags)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Victorian Lace border die, Tiny Tags die, Polka Dot impression plate), corner rounder
Accessories:  Ranger (Glossy Accents), DMC floss, button, thread

Stop by the Card Patterns blog to be inspired by the Design Team and link up your creation!  We love seeing your designs every week!

Thanks for your visit today!  Have a great weekend.

February 16, 2012

CASE Study #78


Hi there, friends!  I have a quick post to share the latest CASE Study challenge featuring our February Muse, Karola Witczak.  Check out this beauty:

By Karola Witczak

I've been super busy this week, so I wanted to keep my design clean and simple (surprised?).  I focused on the dimensional flowers, the flag below the sentiment, and the alphabet letters on the pattered paper.

I started with a white cardstock panel and debossed the top and bottom with PTI's Book Print impression plate, leaving a clean strip across the middle that frames a die cut Delightful Dahlia.  I used PTI's Bitty Dots patterned paper to save myself time coloring, but I curled up the edges of the leaves and smaller flower to add dimension.

I stamped a sentiment from Faux Ribbon onto a double ended banner and tucked it behind the flower, then scored a line above and below it for emphasis.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  White
Patterned paper:  2008 Bitty Dots
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Tools:  Delightful Dahlia dies, Double Ended Banner die, Book Print impression plate, corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers), scoring board (Martha Stewart Crafts)


My parents are arriving later today to spend a few days with us, so it will continue to be a little quiet around here for the next week.  In the meantime, I hope you'll visit the rest of the CASE Study gals to be inspired and consider joining us for this week's challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

February 14, 2012

ColourQ #124, CAS-ual Fridays 39, & WMSC 84


Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you're able to spend some time with the ones you love most today!

I've got a new ColourQ palette to share with you, and it was perfect for making a couple of cards for my kids.


I loved the challenge of using vanilla and white together, as I don't usually think of it but love the way it looks on other people's cards.

On my daughter's card, I stamped the frame and bunny image from PTI's Tiny Treats:  Valentine onto a spiral notebook die cut.  I wrapped the panel with cream ribbon, stitched a pink button in place, and popped the panel up on foam dots.

The white card base has a panel of Pool Party cardstock stitched with a strip of patterned paper from PTI's Library Ledger pack, which has those sweet cream dots to match the ribbon.

Two more pink buttons add the final touch.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Pool Party), Papertrey Ink (White)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (Library Ledger)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Tiny Treats:  Valentine)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Real Red), Inkadinkadoo (Black), Copic marker
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (spiral notebook die, Linen & Canvas impression plate)
Accessories:  Michaels (ribbon), buttons, DMC floss, thread

My daughter's card was inspired by the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge this week, but since a Waltzingmouse Stamps image is required for the challenge, I made my son's card with the same sketch and the Half Pint Heroes set.  I also used paper piecing, so this qualifies for the current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.


I just adore how this polka dot car turned out!  I paper pieced the entire car body with PTI's Distressed Dots paper, then pieced the bumpers with Pure Poppy cardstock.  I added a "road" using journaling lines from PTI's Scrapbook Series:  Library Ledger.  The hearts are from Tag-its #4 and the sentiment is from Half Pint Heroes.



Isn't this little guy so cute?  My son loves this stamp set!

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Pool Party), Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, White)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (Library Ledger, Distressed Dots)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Half Pint Heroes), Papertrey Ink (Tag its #4, Scrapbook Series:  Library Ledger)
Ink:  Inkadinkadoo (Black), Stampin' Up! (Pretty in Pink), Copic markers
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (spiral notebook die)
Accessories:  The Twinery (Maraschino baker's twine), thread

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll check out the rest of the samples at the ColourQ blog and share your creation with us this week.

Have a great day!

February 11, 2012

Card Patterns sketch #152


Hello, friends!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  If you have plans to get inky, I hope you'll play along with the new sketch at Card Patterns!


This week we're being sponsored by another fantastic stamp company, Sparkle Creations!  The DT was provided with a few of their cute images to use on our cards, and my card features Football Josh.

This image had me wishing I had some skills with the Copics so I could really bring it to life.  But it was fun to color!  The rest of the DT has done an amazing job with their images, so be sure to check out their creations, too.

I used papers from Echo Park's A Boy's Life, but I colored the teal piece to match my image (it was originally more of a navy blue).

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, White)
Patterned paper:  Echo Park (A Boy's Life)
Stamps:  Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps (Football Josh)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Chocolate Chip), Inkadinkadoo (Black), Copic markers
Tools:  Spellbinders (oval, scalloped oval dies), Papertrey Ink (double ended banner die), corner rounder
Accessories:  Michaels (ribbon)
Other:  Prismacolor Premier pencils

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm off to my daughter's basketball game today, then I need to get some cleaning done before my parents come to visit later in the week.  Oh, and the kids' Valentines aren't done yet!

Have a great day!

February 9, 2012

CASE Study #77


Happy Thursday, folks!  We're one day closer to the weekend, which is always cause to celebrate.  Another good reason?  It's time for a new CASE Study challenge!  Check out this week's inspiration by February Muse Karola Witczak:

By Karola Witczak

Isn't it gorgeous?!  For my take on the design, I pulled the colors red, teal, and chartreuse, the botanicals, and the tall shape of the card.

I combined three stamp sets from WPlus9--A Pocketful, the florals from Hope Seed Co., and the butterflies from Flora & Fauna I.  I wanted to incorporate a repeated shape like Karola did with the circles on the top half of her card, so I stamped a large pocket at the top and die cut a second pocket to place at the bottom.

I stamped, colored, and cut out the flowers and butterflies before adhering them with foam tape.  The edges of the white cardstock panel are stitched to resemble the stitching on the pockets, and I added a strip of SU's Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon as a nod to Karola's lime colored rolled flower.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Island Indigo), Papertrey Ink (White)
Patterned paper:  Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dot Basics)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (A Pocketful, Hope Seed Co., Flora & Fauna I)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Island Indigo), Inkadinkadoo (Black), Copic markers
Tools:  WPlus9 Design Studio (pocket die), Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! (ruffled ribbon), thread

Hop over to the CASE Study blog to see the rest of the DT's takes on Karola's beautiful card this week! I hope you'll play along, too.

Thanks for your visit!  Have a great day!

February 7, 2012

ColourQ #123



Good morning, friends!  It's time again for a new ColourQ challenge!  Check out these positively "sweet" hues:


If you're still working on Valentine's projects, these colors would be perfect.  But they're also great for a birthday or any other celebration, which is why I've used them on a "Happy for you" card.

I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've succumbed to the banner trend!  First I cut strips of Poppy Parade, Regal Rose, and Peach Parfait using PTI's double ended banner die, then heat embossed the letters in white using the Fresh Alphabet set.

I stamped the largest image from Dot Spot in Peach Parfait, then stamped part of a sentiment from Think Big Favorites #4 on a banner and popped it up on foam dots.  The banner was temporarily adhered to the card base and stitched in place.


 Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Poppy Parade, Regal Rose, Peach Parfait), Papertrey Ink (White)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Dot Spot, Fresh Alphabet, Think Big Favorites #4)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Peach Parfait), Clearsnap (Scarlet), Tsukineko (Versamark)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Double Ended Banner die)
Accessories:  Filigree (white embossing powder), Me & My Big Ideas (rhinestones), thread

Just a fun little card to have on hand in case I need to congratulate someone!

I hope you'll check out the rest of the Design Team samples and link up your creation at the ColourQ blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!

February 4, 2012

Card Patterns sketch #151


Hello friends!  So glad it's the weekend, even though I have to go to work for a bit today.  What do you have planned?

I hope you'll make some time this week to create something with the new sketch at Card Patterns!



This week we're sponsored again by DRS Designs, which makes beautiful rubber stamps.  They generously sent a package of stamps to the Design Team to work with, and this week I chose to use Hearts and Scrolls and the One Line Valentine Greeting.

On a white cardstock panel, I stamped the Hearts and Scrolls image several times, first with Real Red, then with Pretty in Pink, using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line everything up.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black.

I rounded the bottom corners and added a stitched border around the edges.  Along the top, I embossed the edge with SU's Framed Tulips folder.

For the finishing touch, I added some Pure Poppy satin ribbon tied in a bow and a Tiny Tag stamped with the word "love".

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (True Black, White)
Stamps:  DRS Designs (Hearts and Scrolls, One Line Valentine Greeting), Papertrey Ink (Tiny Tags)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Real Red, Pretty in Pink), Inkadinkadoo (Black)
Tools:  Stampin' Up! (Framed Tulips embossing folder), Papertrey Ink (Tiny Tags die), corner rounder
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (ribbon), thread

How will you use the sketch this week?  I can't wait to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend.

February 2, 2012

CASE Study #76


Hello friends!  So glad you stopped by--you're in for a real treat today.  We're introducing a new Muse for the month of February at CASE Study, and let me just say that this designer's creations are jaw-droppingly gorgeous!  Welcome to Karola Witczak!

If you have not been to Karola's blog yet, make sure you grab a beverage and settle in for a spell before clicking over.  Her style is beautifully detailed, romantic and incredibly inspiring.

This week's inspiration from Karola is a stunning, nature-inspired Valentine:

By Karola Witczak
I took just a few of the elements that I was most drawn to and incorporated them into my own clean and simple style:  the colors aqua, spring green, and cream; the butterflies; and the square panels.

I decided to revisit a sketch from a Paper Crafts special issue, Card Idea for Paper Crafters.  I first used a pencil to lightly sketch a grid on the left side of a piece of Spring Moss cardstock, then punched 1 3/8 inch squares.  After stamping a sentiment from Annabelle Stamps' Garden Silhouettes, I gave this panel a little texture with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.

In the bottom right corner of the grid, I layered two die cut butterflies with an Aqua Mist button.  Then I popped the panel up with foam tape on an Aqua Mist card base.  Behind the "windows", I put a square of fabulous woodgrain cardstock from A Muse Studio that my friend Suzanne gave me a while back.  (Thanks, Suzanne!)  A couple more aqua buttons finish it off.


Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream)
Patterned cardstock:  A Muse Studio (Woodgrain)
Stamp:  Annabelle Stamps (Garden Silhouettes)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (butterfly dies, Linen & Canvas impression plate), EK Success (square punch), corner rounder
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), DMC floss

I'm really looking forward to seeing your take on our new Muse's creation!  Don't forget to stop by and see the rest of the samples from the Design Team (and they are incredible this week, as always!) and give Karola a warm welcome.

Thanks for visiting!
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