Watercolor Balloons

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I love these watercolor balloons.
I rubbed a few ink pads onto a large acrylic block and then spritzed it with water.
As the colors mixed, I stamped into the ink and then onto my paper.
A trick I learned from {Betsy Veldman}is to hold the stamp on the paper a bit longer than normal.  This allows the paper to absorb the water and ink and make a better impression.
This made a huge difference in the end result for me.
Thanks, Betsy!

This is the year that I and many of my friends turn 40!
I'm going to need a few more of these cards :)
Have A Great Day!

Cardstock: WP9 Ballet Slippers, PTI Soft Stone, White
Stamps: PTI Birthday Style, Fabulous Frames
Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice
Dies: PTI Headline Alphabet Numbers, Birthday Style, Fabulous Frames
Other: Faux Eyelets

12 Kits of Holidays {March}

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Welcome to the March edition of the {12 Kits of Holidays}!
This beautiful kit was put together by {Tracey}.  I loved the papers she included so much that it took me a long time to cut into them, especially that floral!

I love this little PTI bunny.  I gave him a little felt tail:)
  The Easter Treats sentiment is from a WMS set called {Spring Baskets}. 
I picked up these great treat bags at Michael's and filled them with chocolate coins.  I know chocolate coins...for Easter??  Where are the jelly beans?  I just thought spring...rainbow...pot of gold...chocolate! 
Makes sense to me:)

I love these custom die cut words that Tracey created using her Cameo.

And, of course I had to make an Easter card for Ryan!
This sentiment is from the same WMS stamp set I mentioned earlier.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Enjoy time with your families whether you celebrate Easter or not:)
Don't forget to check out what everyone else has done with their kit.
I can't wait to see myself!

Kit Supplies All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise mentioned
Patterned Paper: Sunnyside (Pebbles)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Spring Rain, Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: Spring Fling (Paper Smooches)
Clearly Sentimental (My Favorite Things)
Egg Hunt
Tweet Talk
Tiny Bunny (old All night Media)
Original Die Cuts from Tracey's Cameo:
Easter and Easter word shadow, blessings, spring, bunny, chick, flower, eggs
Die Cuts: Tweet Talk
Tremendous Tags
Embossing Folder: Easter Eggs (Darice)
Ribbon: Orange Zest grosgrain, Hibiscus Burst saddle stitch, Hawaiian Shores satin, Pink Rickrack Bazzill
Buttons: Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest
Paper clips

Timeless Tweed {MMB #7}

Friday, March 29, 2013

I love the look of a pretty {tweed jacket}.
Something that {Jackie O} would have worn. 
I used the colors of this week's Monday Mood Board
and a Wplus9 stamp {Fair Isle} to create my own tweed print. 


Have a great day!

Cardstock: WP9 Lake House, PTI Black and Rustic Cream
Stamps: WP9 Fair Isle, Embroidered Bouquet
Ink: PTI AM, HS, SM, SC, SS, MB, Versafine Onyx
Other: PTI Black Ribbon, Making Memories Buckle, PTI Linen Impression Plate

Spring Break {Friday Inspiration File #110}

Friday, March 29, 2013

More beautiful cookies {pinned here}.
Good Morning!
Today is the first day of my Spring Break!
I wish the weather were more spring-like, but I'll happily take the break either way!
My husband also returns home today after a two week business trip, so today is an extra special day.
I have tons of plans for my time off this year.  Usually we take a vacation during this week {Yosemite} {Las Vegas} {Savannah}, but since Ryan was away with an uncertain work schedule we couldn't make any travel plans. Hopefully we will take a {day trip} or two.  I love exploring close to home just as much as distant travel.
I haven't just been pinning cookies, I also sat down last night to pin new projects to the Friday Inspiration File {#110}, beautiful cards from my travels around the Internet.
Tomorrow, my friends from the {12 Kits of Holidays} and I will be sharing projects from the March kit sent to us by {Tracey}.  Usually we post on the last day of the month, but we decided to post a day early since we will likely be busy with Easter/Family fun! I bet you can guess the theme of Tracey's kit;)
See you tomorrow!

ColourQ #182

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Good Morning!
The ColourQ has some new colors for you!
The colors this week are really beautiful.
They gave me the perfect opportunity to CASE Danielle's card design.
She used a new stamp set from PTI that I do not have, but I knew I could recreate the look with stamps I already own.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardstock: PTI Aqua Mist, White
Stamps: PTI Life, Love Lives Here, Congrats All Ways
Ink: PTI Ripe Avocado, Winter Wisteria, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse
Other: PTI Linen Impression Plate, Recollections Large Flower

Stamp Set Roulette {Missing You}

Monday, March 25, 2013

Today's card was created in 7 minutes and 16 seconds.
The little banner was already made, just not stamped.
This little banner is made with the center of the card hanger die cut.  You know, the part we would usually throw away?  I loved the shape and knew I could do something with it.  I love the little banner it creates because it is wider in the middle and tapers on the ends.  I just made a few snips...!
I don't have any sequins, which is the theme of this month's PTI Blog Hop, but I did have these cool little faux eyelets that to me look very much like sequins without the facets.
This card features two of my older stamp sets.
In an effort to revisit these older sets I have, and still love, I challenged myself to a Stamp Set Roulette.  These two sets were chosen randomly and had to be used together.  These sets were much easier to marry than my last two picks.  I am really enjoying having these sets on my desk again!
I love that Leigh decided to accept the challenge too.  You can see her beautiful card here.

Have fun at the hop. 
Can't wait to see what you've made!

Cardstock: PTI Kraft, White
Stamps: PTI Everyday Classics and Birds Of A Feather
Ink: PTI Berry Sorbet and Simply Chartreuse, Versafine Onyx
Dies: SBXC Card Hanger Die {Negative Portion Only}
Other: JoAnn's Faux Eyelets

Glittered Eggs

Sunday, March 24, 2013

While the clothes tumble around in the dryer I have been glittering some eggs.
Yesterday morning I blew the yolks and whites out of about 8 eggs.  I wanted to try to make the smallest holes possible so they didn't show later.  I found that the smallest holes almost made me burst a blood vessel trying to blow the egg!  Don't be afraid to make one of the holes a little bigger than you might want, it won't show later.  I used a large needle to make my holes. 
 Blow the eggs out into a container.  This way you can refrigerate them and make french toast tomorrow morning.
After blowing out the eggs I put them in a bowl of water.  After they fill up slightly with water, shake them around, and then blow the water out.  This way you clean the inside of the eggs.  Set them aside on paper towel to dry. 
 I let mine dry over night.
This morning I coated them in glue with a paint brush and then rolled them around in glitter.  I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue.  The glue forms a seal over the holes and you can't even see them anymore.  Once they are coated in glitter, set them aside to dry.

Martha Stewart Glitter

Saturday With The Boys

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I had a great day yesterday with my nephews.
We went to the park.  We played on the playground, chased geese, and froze!
It was beautiful, but so cold.
Today I'm staying in to work on a few projects {yay!} and get the laundry done {boo!}.
What are your Sunday plans?

Monday Mood Board #6 {Spring Scene}

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just a quick post to share a card I made for this week's Monday Mood Board and also Simon Says Stamp Challenge.
I'm off to visit with my nephews who are visiting from CO :)

Hope you are having a great day!

Cardstock: PTI White
Stamps: WP9 Heartfelt Mix, Birds and Bees, Folk Art Florals, PTI Botanical Silhouettes
Ink: PTI Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet, New Leaf, Versafine Onyx
Dies: PTI Picket Fence
Other: Corner Rounder Punch
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