Sunday, July 25, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired Redux!

"Redux" is in honor of Kireet, and because, as he said, it sounds badass to say "redux."

I loved that Anthropologie picture so much, I made a second card using it as my inspiration.

I actually made this card before the other one, but I thought the other one turned out better so wanted to post it first so the full effect of the Anthropologie ad's awesome-ness could be felt.

This card uses an old Sweet Sunday sketch. I used PaperTreyInk's Polka Dot Basics I again since the black and white polka dot dress was a huge focal point of the ad. It's hard to see, but I stamped PaperTreyInk's Background Basics: Diamond in VersaMark ink on the blue panel. You also can't see but I used glossy accents on some of the black polka dots. White felt flowers were die cut using PaperTreyInk Flower Dies #3, again accented with little black button brads.

Then I decorated the inside to somewhat mimic the exterior:

Card Details
Stamps: PaperTreyInk Polka Dot Basics I, Background Basics: Diamond, Impress (sentiment)
Paper: PaperTreyInk True Black and Hawaiian Shores
Ink: VersaMark, Brilliance Graphite Black, PaperTreyInk Fresh Snow
Accessories: PaperTreyInk ric-rac die and Flower Dies #3, Nestabilities Labels 8, Impress white felt, Making Memories button brads, corner punch of some sort, Glossy Accents

Friday, July 23, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired!!

A few weeks ago, I got an Anthropologie catalog in the mail. As I flipped through it, I came across this lovely picture:

I saw it and thought, "Wow! This would make an awesome looking card!" So using it as my inspiration piece, I set about piecing the card together.

Unfortunately, I don't have a dark teal color that matches the picture, so I had to make do with my PTI Hawaiian Shores. It still looks nice to me, but I really want dark teal paper. It's such an awesome color! But I digress.

This is the card I ended up with:

I used PTI's Polka Dot Basics I to mimic the pattern of the black & white polka dot dress. I didn't have any black felt (but it's on its way from Jamie and my latest PTI order - eeeeee!!!) so just made white felt flower's using PTI's Flower Dies #3. I cut PTI's True Black cardstock with my MFT Jumbo Scallop border die that my FABULOUS FRIEND JAMIE gave to me. I am LOVIN' IT!! Then I decided the black scallops looked too plain and decided to stamp on a text background stamp from PTI's Background Basics: Hearts set...then thought the scallops blended too much together and decided to sponge the edges with white ink - gives each scallop layer more definition, dontcha think? I dig it!!

The white felt flowers have little black button brads, and I used Michael's satin ribbon. The sentiment is from PTI's Communique Curves.

Then I decorated the interior:

I masked the left-side of the card and stamped the same text background that I used on the scallops, and then also sponged the edges. I cut a simple white panel from Nestabilities Labels 8 and pau-wow, all done!

As a side note, isn't PTI's Fresh Snow ink like the awesomest white ink EVER??? I have Brilliance Moonlight White and it does not stamp this nicely. I dig it!!

Anyhoo, this card was me channeling my inner Dawn McVey. Whatcha think? Did I do her any justice?? She probably would've made one of her smushed flowers instead of the felt ones I had OR made like a 5-layered felt flower, but then I wouldn't be able to fit the card in an envelope so 1-layer felt flower works for me!

Card Details
Stamps: PaperTreyInk Communique Curves, Background Basics: Hearts, Polka Dot Basics I
Paper: PaperTreyInk True Black and Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, PaperTreyInk Fresh Snow
Accessories: My Favorite Things Dienamics Jumbo Scallop border die, Nestabilities Labels 8, Michael's satin ribbon, PaperTreyInk Flower Dies #3, Making Memories black button brads, Impress white felt

Monday, July 12, 2010

A First!!

So this is super exciting (for me)! This is the very first time that I have used all the stamps in a single stamp set!! Usually, I use maybe only a few of the major images but all the little accessory stamps never see the topside of an inkpad!! Granted, C.C. Designs Flower Power is only a set of 3 stamps, but still - I used all 3 images!! Eeeeeee!!! I am so easily amused... :)

Anyways, this card is for ATS Wednesday Stamp Challenge, which happened to be a sketch challenge. I used my favorite DP of the moment, October Afternoon Fly a Kite. I sponged the edges of 2 of the DPs along with the Monkey panel with VersaMagic Gingerbread ink. I broke out my new PTI Flower dies to make a fabby little felt embellie. I debated on whether to use blue felt instead of pink felt for the top flower but I thought, why not try breaking out of my normal pattern of matching all the embellie colors, and put an emphasis on 2 different colors in the card? Try something new and mix it up, ya know?

Then I decorated the interior a bit with a simple panel cut from Nestabilities Labels 8 dies. The sentiment is from PaperTreyInk's, and the little flower is the accessory stamp in the Flower Power set.

Card Details
Stamps: C.C. Designs Flower Power, PaperTreyInk Communique Curves sentiments
Paper: PaperTreyInk cardstock, October Afternoon Fly A Kite
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, VersaFine Black
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 8, Michael's satin ribbon, Impress felt, Basic Grey button, Karen Foster's scrapper's floss

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Peace Offering

As I predicted, my last post in which I stated that I was withholding my monkey card from my sister even though it was originally meant for her birthday was met with swift retaliation:

I'm going to keep everything I got you in China.
- From the Sister Who Should Be Receiving This Card

Okay, okay, you win. BUT, if I gave you the monkey card now, you would know that you were only getting it because of your threat. So, to show you how much I truly appreciate you and how I hope you had a wonderful birthday, I made you this brand new card especially for you! What an awesome sister I am, right?? Right?? hehe...

Anyhoo, this card is using last week's Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #80. I broke out my new Cosmo Cricket DeLovely paper pack, which is totally pretty and bright and sunshiney and awesome. I'm on a Hawaiian Shores paper kick, so I matched bright & cheery DP to it. The hot air balloons are from PTI's Everyday Button Bits set and the sentiment is Verve. I wish that I had like Rasberry Fizz or Hibiscus Burst buttons but alas, I don't, so I had to use 2 Hawaiian Shores button and 1 Lemon Tart button. Sad...RF and HB buttons are going on my next PTI order!!

Card Details
Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Bits, Verve Circular Sayings
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely
Ink: VersaFine Black
Accessories: Nestabilities Circles, PTI buttons, EK Success scallop border punch, random ribbon, Copics