Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Hubs!!

I made this card for my hubs for our wedding anniversary. It's 3 years today and it's been the best so far. He's a very good hubby. :)

I used a sentiment from the Verve Beautiful You set. It makes me cry but it feels true to me... :)

I started out using an old Taylored Expressions layout, but it didn't quite work so I kind of flipped and modified and moved things around until it kind of worked.

Card Details
Stamps: Verve Beautiful You
Paper: Memory Box, Martha Stewart
Ink: Brilliance
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, Pearl stickers from Michaels, flower punches from... Punch a Bunch (I think)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Whimsy Mini Comp Book for Ky

So my sister wanted a modified mini comp book too. Since I am so magnanimous, I offered her the chance to select the design paper she wanted me to use from my latest Basic Grey Porcelain paper stack - but she didn't like any of them. So it was off to the stamp store to pick out a special design paper just for her. What a princess...

Heh. Who am I kidding? I just wanted to buy the BG Eskimo Kisses pack and she provided the perfect excuse to get it!! :)

Anyhoo, this modification is a lot simpler than the one that I did for Jamie's mini comp book. My sister really liked the little deer and she likes simple designs, so I decided to leave as much of the pretty design paper as visible as possible. This also made it much easier to finish in one night as I didn't have to sit there and try to think of a fancy image/design to put on top.
Again, I left a ribbon loop on the spine to stick a pen in. My sister is picky about her pens so I figure just let her attach one that she likes. And I also don't have a pen for her.

Stamps: PTI Vintage Labels & Fresh Alphabet
Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Stardream Chiara, random kraft cardstock
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, Joann's ribbon

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More PTI Grooviness

I'm on a background-making kick! I can't help it! PTI makes such perfectly suited stamps for background making! Oh, but the one on the fuschia cardstock is a stamp from Savvy that I love but haven't used enough. The PTI stuff is on the linen cardstock. They are from the Simply Stationery set (that I just got - EEEEEEEE!!!). I love the color combo - I'm way big on pink and green!

Jamie and I agree - PTI and Verve stamps seem to go so well together! I've been doing a lot of PTI background with Verve sentiments and love the combo!!

I stamped the Savvy Outline Tile background directly on the cardstock (something I never do) because it seemed awfully bare without it. It turned out *relatively* okay, but I definitely need to practice more.

Card Details
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Vintage Labels and Simply Stationery, Verve Beautiful You, Savvy Outline Tile
Paper: Memory Box Peony notecard, Nekoosa Linen cardstock, random kraft cardstock
Ink: VersaFine Raspberry, VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: EK Success border punch, Nestabilities Labels 1, random ribbon

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A {Pretty} Subtle Background

I absolutely loooooove the way this card turned out. It's so simple, but I think it's so pretty! I don't know why the stamp image turned out the way it did; must be something about the ink, but it did this faded look thing where it started out solid and gradually faded as it made its way down the image. Whatever the magic, I love it! Looks so vintage-y!

PTI does tons of amazing backgrounds using their stamp images, and I wanted to do the same. So I chose this image from the uber-groovy Vintage Labels set and very carefully aligned the image all over the paper. Originally, I had a bigger Nesties Labels 1 size cut out, layered and stamped with sentiment, but I thought it covered too much of the background and I really wanted to showcase the background. So I used the smallest Labels 1 size and just did a simply with no layering and oula! Worked out perfectly!

Card Details
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Vintage Labels, Verve Circular Sayins
Paper: Memory Box Moss and Mocha cardstock, Nekoosa Linen cardstock
Ink: VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, random green ribbon

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Return to Simplicity

I've been into making cards with loads of layers and embellies due to influence from uber-fabu DT members. However, in looking at genius creator Nichole Heady's blogs, I've noticed that she makes simple cards that are still fabulous. So I thought I'd try my hand at making simple cards again and I love the way it turned out. And it's purely coincidence that the white stamp background shape somewhat matches the design on the green DP. Super groovy! And don't you just love how the PTI Vintage Labels set coordinates fabulously with Nestabilities Labels 1?? Nichole Heady is a total genius!

Card Details
Stamps: PTI Vintage Labels, Verve Beautiful You
Paper: Memory Box Bayou scored notecard, Memory Box Sweet Bay dp, random kraft cardstock
Ink: Brilliance Moonlight White, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, VersaMagic Tea Leaves
Accessories: Joann's ribbon, Nestabilities Labels 1

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Modified Mini Comp Book

I saw this modified mini comp book on the Poppy Paperie blog awhile ago and was inspired ever since to do it! It took me awhile to get my act together but I finally did it and made one for my pal Jam. She likes pink and brown, so I used some dp that had those colors. Then...I got stuck. I couldn't think of an image to decorate the book with b/c the pattern on the dp is not subtle. It stumped me for about a week and then I decided to use the hot air balloon from the TGF Fly Away set. A little name customization courtesy of a groovy PTI alphie set and I was set. Wahoo! I likes. She did too. The only lame thing was that the pen I was going to attach to the notebook didn't hang snugly against the spine of the notebook. The clip was curved, so when I tried to hang it from the ribbon, it dangled loosely (lame). Luckily, Jamie has plenty pens and didn't need me to provide one. But it's still kind of lame to not provide one. Anyhoo, here's the comp book!

Stamps: PTI Fresh Alphabet, TGF Fly Away
Paper: DCWV, Stardream Chiara
Accessories: Joann's ribbon, Spica glitter pens, EK Success scallop border punch, Nesties petite scallop ovals large