In The Clouds

Thursday, July 2, 2015

 Orange and blue is one of my favorite color combinations especially for boys, but also in nature.  Orange flowers against a bright blue sky just do something for me.  They are colors that seem like they shouldn't work together, but they do so beautifully.
I used a really sweet set from Avery Elle to stamp my images, called Fly By.  I also used number stamps from this set to stamp a background on the blue cardstock. 
 I can't seem to stop layering panels of color on my cards.  I used the Love Mom Layers die to cut panels from blue, orange, and dark grey.  The top layer was also cut with a border die from Pretty Pink Posh to add to the cloud look.
 Thanks for stopping by again today!  What is your favorite combination of colors that shouldn't work, but really do?


Cardstock: WP9 Lake House, PTI Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow, Recollections White
Stamps: AE Fly By
Ink: Memento Black
Dies: WP9 Love Mom Layers, AE Fly By, PPP Stitched Border II
Other: Copic Markers

Turned Upside Down

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Every year my aunt hosts our family gathering.  We drive in from different directions and meet in the middle.  My aunt and uncle live on a mountain in western PA.  They are not very close to stores or restaurants and we like it that way.  We look out over the valley, play wild games of Uno, we craft, we eat, we tell stories.......We have a lot of fun.  With that many people in one house things can get a little messy, but my aunt never complains.
I made this card for her to say, Thanks!  The outside represents all of us there and the inside represents the peace and order she will get back once we leave.  I know she'd prefer to have us there though.  She also has a cat so I know she'll love that.
I used an adorable set designed by Joni called, Smart Kitty.  I doubled up the die cuts to add dimension.  I used to love those stacked stickers from way back.  This is my version of those.
I positioned everything to look as if it was tumbling off the stack of books and on the inside I quickly fixed everything and piled it all back up.

Thanks for coming by!
I'm looking forward to getting together. 
Do you have annual family reunions?

Cardstock: WP9 Ballet Slippers, Coal Mine, White, PTI Vellum
Stamps: WP9 Smart Kitty, Happy Mail
Ink: Memento Black, Versafine Onyx, Versamark
Dies: WP9 Sunshine Layers, Smart Kitty, PTI Fabulous Frames
Other: Copic Markers, White and Clear Embossing Powder

Faux Sashiko Stitching

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hello there..
Mid morning is really my most productive time of day.  I'm not really a morning person or a night owl, but between 10 and 2pm is when I have the most energy and feel the most creative.  Normally I am at work during those hours so I really appreciate summer vacation for that reason. 
Today I have a background that I created to resemble Sashiko Stitching.  It's a beautiful Japanese art form born out of necessity to repair textiles and clothing. I love using textile techniques on my cards.  A few years ago I used Shibori as my inspiration.  Everything can be used as inspiration for paper crafting and card making!
 I started by creating about 10 circle masks.  Then, using the circle stamp from WP9 Greetings and Salutations, I stamped my scallops.  I used a white gel pen to add my 'stitching'.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
What about you? When are your most creative/productive hours? Are you able to craft at those times?


Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, WP9 Black, Recollections White
Stamps: WP9 Dockside, Greetings and Salutations
Ink: PTI Enchanted Evening, Memento Black
Dies: WP9 Dockside, Greetings and Salutations, PTI Double Ended Banner
Other: PTI White Cotton Thread, White Gel Pen

Colored Cover Plates

Monday, June 29, 2015

 More diagonal stripes.....  I just love how they look as a backdrop.  This card was inspired by Laura's Make It Monday: Adding Color To Cover Plates.  For my card I used a cover plate from WP9 called Birds and Branches.  I die cut it from white paper and colored it with Copic Markers.  I decided to trim off the border around it and adhere it to a piece of cardstock that had been stenciled and then die cut with SSS Stitched Rectangle Dies.
I added some stamped details using a sentiment and images from PTI Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.  One of my all time favorites!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Cardstock: PTI White, Black
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Butterflies
Ink: Versafine Onyx, TH Peacock Feathers
Dies: WP9 Birds and Branches Cover Plate
Other: Copics, HS Stencil

Saturday Stamp Set Roulette

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Good Afternoon
We started the day with a quick trip to the farmer's market this morning.  The organic eggs are so beautiful.  Speckled blue, green, and brown.  I hate to crack them :)
By the time we got home it started to rain.  Perfect crafting weather in my opinion.  I wasn't sure what to make so I decided it was time to play Stamp Set Roulette again! I chose these two sets from PTI, Trendy Tree Tops and Sweet Baby.  I shared my first two cards on Instagram.  They were cute, but didn't feel like me.  I refined the design, simplified it, and chose slightly softer colors.  Ahhh, this is what I was going for!
 I made a blue version as well.  These would be perfect thank yous from a new mother.  I think I'll make more of the blue for my husband's coworker. 

Thanks so much for coming by. 
Enjoy your weekend!

Cardstock: PTI Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, Recollections White
Stamps: PTI Trendy Tree Tops, Sweet Baby
Ink: PTI Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse
Dies: SSS Stitched Rectangles
Other: Brown Ribbon

Just A Note {Using Leftovers}

Friday, June 26, 2015

Everything on this card was a 'leftover', bits and pieces from other projects.   
I suspended the die cut word, left over from a project a few days ago, across an open circle.  I layered the same word die cut in black behind the word and on the inside of the circle.  I stamped a  sentiment and this card was done in minutes!
Thanks for coming by.
It's Friday! New projects have been added to the Friday Inspiration File {Week #224}

Cardstock: WP9 Black, Recollections White
Stamps: WP9 Botanical Bunch, Doodle Buds, PTI Delightful Dahlia
Ink: Memento Black, Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Flower Doodles, Love Mom Layers, SSS Stitched Rectangles
Other: Copic Markers

A Good Friend {PTI Blog Hop}

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My For Sale page has been updated with new sets and dies!
Good Morning!
Today's card was created with the PTI Blog Hop inspiration photo in mind.  I pulled inspiration from the colors {orange, white, and blue} and the design {stripes and flowers}.  
I started by stamping the medium sized flower and then masking it off.  Then I stamped the large flower and masked it off.  Next, I stamped the smallest flower and again masked it off.  Finally, I did the same for all of the leaves.  Leaving the masks in place, I positioned a stencil over my card front.  I applied some distress ink through the stencil.  This is why I prefer using copy paper to create my masks, the stripes go right up to the flowers and leaves without leaving white space.  After I removed the stencil and all of the masks I did all of the black stamping.  The sentiment, additional floral images, and flower centers really stand out.
I look forward to seeing what you have created. 
Enjoy the hop!

Cardstock: Recollections White, WP9 Black
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Blooms II, Over Under Easy
Ink: PTI Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse, TH Broken China, Versafine Onyx
Dies: SSS Stitched Rectangles
Other: Copy Paper {to create masks}, HS Striped Stencil
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