Saturday, July 25, 2009

Papertrey Blog Hop - Fun With Text!

Well to say summer has been busy is an understatement! My class is finally coming to an end, so I am hoping that after this week I will have more time to devote to me - does that ever really happen? (You moms out there know what I mean!) It's funny though, even when you think you couldn't handle another thing on your plate, you add more and somehow it all gets done, but then when you take something away and you still feel like you are sooooo busy! Ahhh, go figure!

Since it has been some time, I needed something to get me started again, so why not participate in the PTI Blog Hop this month? I haven't done one in quite some time, even though I usually try to at least lurk :)

I had a lot of fun with this one and had sketched out five ideas, but of course not enough time to do all of them. So these are the two I finished...

This card measures 4 1/4 square. It was my very first attempt at using Copics, and as you can see I obviously need some practice. I have had them for about two weeks, but I am honestly a little intimidated by them :) Other than the coloring, it's a pretty simple card. I used a sentiment from Everyday Button Bits. I cut a square using the largest of the square Nestabilities, and used the frame from that to create the border. I added some cinnamon Stickles to the center to add some dazzle. The flower and leaves were then popped up on dimensionals, and it was complete. Aside from my Copic attempt, it was put together in a jif!

This one was even easier! The card measures 5 x 5. I used my Labels One Nestabilities to create the focal piece, and the Happy Birthday sentiment from Birthday Basics. I added an embossed border it using a larger Lables One die and a stylus to get just the right size. Add some MM flowers, buttons and a little splash of ribbon and done!

I hope you enjoy the Blog Hop - I for one can not wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge!

Have a great night hopping! I will be hopping and writing a paper at the same time - how successful do you think I will be with that paper??? *wink*

What I Used:
Smile Flower Card
Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Basics and Friends 'til The End
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and New Leaf
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Miscellaneous: Copics, Cinnamon Stickles, Dimensionals, Large Square Nestabilities, Cuttlebug

Happy Birthday Text
Stamps: PTI Birthday Basics
Paper: PTI SS White and Raspberry Fizz
Ink: Pallette Noir
Miscellaneous: Labels One Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Stylus, flowers are Prima and MM, black embroidery floss, glue dots, buttons and ribbon from my stash

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Father's Day Full of Stars...

I seriously never thought I would be so crazy busy this summer. Having our house up for sale, going to school, keeping kids entertained for the summer, and volunteering, not to mention taking on more than I can handle in the cardmaking "business," is seriously making me re-think how much I can truly handle. I haven't seen my bed before 1 am for about two weeks now. Enough complaining!

But before the holiday weekend hits I wanted to post some of the Father's Day cards I made for my dad and my Fathers-in law (I have two and consider myself lucky!). I also made a card for my brother, but I will post that one next time; it doesn't exactly go with the theme here :P

For all of these cards I used the Papertrey set Star Prints . I really like this set for masculine cards, but I almost didn't buy it. I kept going back and looking at it because I really liked the font used in the set and the variety of stars. Now I am so happy I purchased it! I made a scrap page with it too, but I am saving that for another post too since I am thinking of submitting that one.

So, onto the cards... I have the hardest time doing masculine, so I figured staying clean and simple was the way to go.

This was for my dad...

I really liked the green with the Smokey Shadow, it's actually a dark gray, or light black depending on if you are a half-full or half-empty kind of gal! The main panel is popped up on dimensionals while the green is glued directly to the Smokey Shadow. The sentiment is embossed with detail white. All the supplies used on this card are Papertrey with the exception of the white ink.

These two were for my Fathers-in-law.

The Cowboy... The Retired Navy Official...
Appropriate colors right? :) The squares are popped up on dimensionals for that added depth. Although sometimes it can be a challenge to line the squares up with dimensionals between them, I really like the shadowy effect it creates. Again the sentiments are embossed.

Well that's about it for me. It is now after 11, and I still have to finish a paper by tomorrow and finish some invitations. I am soooooo tired!

I hope you have a very Happy 4th of July! Enjoy spending time with your families and friends, but most of all enjoy the freedom you have to do so and remember those who fight for that freedom every day.

Stay safe!

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