Step-mother Birthday -- (Almost) All Papertrey

I am loving Papertrey Ink. :-) Everything on this card is Papertrey, except the black ink. The stamp set is Wishing You... It's really nice because the oval images work perfectly with the Nestabilities oval set. I started off following a Taylored Expressions sketch, but ended up changing it a bit for what I wanted. Sketches are always nice to start from.

The inside uses Papertrey's Birthday Basics plus another element from the Wishing You... set.

Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, True Black cardstock; Papertrey Sweet Blush Bitty Dot Basics; Papertrey Raspberry Fizz hybrid ink; Memento black ink; Papertrey Raspberry Fizz ribbon; EK Success border punch; Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder; oval Nestabilities; Papertrey Wishing You... and Birthday Basics stamp sets.

Coloring a Birthday Card

I saw these cupcake stamps at Michaels today -- one of the Studio G $1 sets -- so I got them. For a buck, how can you go wrong? :-) Once I got them home....hmm....what to do with them? My half-brother's birthday is coming up. He'll be 20 this year. I have some cards made, but wasn't sure I wanted to send any of them to him. I feel better knowing that this one was made FOR HIM. So...I have some really, really old (we're talking 20+ years old?) Prisma markers. Yes, they're still good! Anyway, I knew there was a reason I never pitched them and now I know why. Apparently I enjoy coloring. I feel a Copic habit coming on, lol!

Oh! I also actually used my Cricut again today! The black panel was designed in Inkscape and cut with SCAL. It's been so long since I've cut anything on my Cricut. I should use it more, but I just have so many other tools and techniques that I can use, too! I also got to use my new Argyle Cuttlebug embossing folder. So, I hope he likes it! Thanks for looking!

Edit: I forgot to include the inside of the card. I don't normally do anything on the insides of cards, but I recently purchased Papertrey Ink's Birthday Basics set. As a result, I'm trying to pay more attention the insides:

Supplies: Papertrey Kraft for card base; yellow patterned paper from Sam's paper pack; True Black Papertrey cardstock; Bazzill Apple Crush (light green) cardstock; Studio G stamps; Inkadinkado Birthday Fun ("Happy Bday"); Prismacolor markers; Memento Black ink; Colorbox Chalk ink; Argyle Cuttlebug embossing folder; Basic Basic (green with white stitching) and Offray Spool O'Ribbon ribbon; circle punches.

Papertrey Thank You: Guidelines and Damask

This is another Thank You card using Papertrey stamps. They just released Guidelines Two on Saturday night, and I only got Guidelines within the past month. So before I committed to Guidelines Two (which looks really cool and will probably be mine eventually), I figured I should play with Guidelines. And it's a good thing, because I'm not so sure I'm good with it, lol! I think I just need practice. This one turned out alright, but I'm going to see if I can salvage the other one I tried. I should lay off the caffeine first. Ha!

So anyway, this will be another Thank You card for my family. I used Guidelines and a sentiment from Damask Designs for this one. I also got to use one of the brand-spanking-new border punches from Fiskars. While my mom was in town last weekend, we went to Joann, and she was kind enough to buy me some goodies. This was one of them! I was so excited to see the new ones there. So I'm pretty sure my mom will be getting one of these, since she helped create it in a way. :-)

Supplies: lavender cardstock base, The Paper Company; black cardstock, Bazzill; grey strip (stamped on), Making Memories Scrapbook Basics black & white mat set; black Memento dye ink; lavender Colorbox chalk ink; lavender satin edge organza ribbon from COD Wholesale (they often have GREAT sales on this stuff); Fiskars scallop border punch; Scor-Pal (for the grid above)

Papertrey Thank You

I received my Papertrey order from February's release a couple of weeks ago, but didn't have time to play until this weekend. And since my birthday was at the end of last month, what better thing to make than a Thank You card, to thank my family for their thoughtful gifts?

I would also like to take this moment to say that Papertrey cardstock is really heavy. And I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing, lol! I've been so used to working with the paper from Michaels that is sold in packs, which is fairly lightweight. After feeling the weight of this paper from my February order, I ordered the pack of all of their 2008 colors during the March release party on Saturday night, and other than layering here or there, I may never go back to the other stuff, lol! I have some Bazzill, too, and it has a nice weight, but I'd been to my LSS and touched Bazzill...I knew it was thick. I was very happy that the PTI paper has a nice weight as well. I'm digging their ink, too. The cardstock on this card was part of the Friends Till The End kit, which included ink, and it's very nice I must say!

I made two of these. Not sure who will get what, yet. I've always been good about writing thank you notes, so even if I make too many, they'll eventually get used. I have another one to show in a couple of days. I don't make many square cards because just about all of mine get mailed, and they're usually heavier/thicker due to embellishments. I don't want to get hit with the weight surcharge AND a square surcharge. I made sure this one would fit in a regular A2 sized envelope, so it'll just be the weight surcharge.

Supplies: grey Bazzill card blank; Raspberry Fizz cardstock, Papertrey Ink; black cardstock, Bazzill; white cardstock, The Paper Company; green patterened paper, Me & My Big Ideas; green Colorbox chalk ink; Raspberry Fizz hybrid ink, Papertrey; black twill ribbon, Michaels; silver ribbon (through button), Michaels; button from my stash; EK Success corner rounder.

Red & Green birthday

Here's another card I did a while back but didn't post. This one was inspired by the Cuttlebug embossing folder in the grey strip (Floral Fantasy) and the stamp in the center of the flower. I received both of them by way of's closing sale. It's hard to see because it was stamped in red and clear-embossed. I thought I had every color of ribbon in the world, but when I went looking for this green, I couldn't find one wide enough. So I *had* to go to Michaels to get some green ribbon. (Or at least that was the excuse, lol!)

I think this will be my step-mother's birthday card in April. I hope she likes it! I received my Birthday Basics set from Papertrey a couple of weeks ago, so I think one of those nice sentiments will go inside.

Supplies: Black and white polka dot paper and grey strip, Making Memories Scrapbook Basics black & white mat set; red strip, The Paper Company; flower border stamp, Papertrey Ink Around & About Sentiments; flower center Hot of the Press Expressions; green flower, Prima; red flower, unknown; green ribbon, Michaels; border punch, Martha Stewart; Floral Fantasy Cuttlebug embossing folder; adhesive rhinestones, Michaels.

Wow I'm behind

I've been slacking, especially when it comes to keeping up with my blog. I haven't made many cards, but I have made a few; I just haven't posted them. First, the delay was dragging the camera and portable lightbox out and taking pictures. Then it was work keeping me extremely busy. So, since I have the day off, I figured I'd post a couple cards.

First card has already been mailed to the recipient, my brother-in-law. It was part of two challenges. First was Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply #75 challenge to stamp black only. Your embellishments could be another color, but the stamped image had to be only black. The second challenge was from my Cricutlovers Yahoo Group. Every Tuesday, one of the moderators starts a top 10 list. Around the same time as Sharon's challenge, the top 10 list was ten things you have in your stash that you haven't used. Yes, only ten, lol! A LONG time ago, I bought these little glass square embellishments at an LSS that has since gone out of business. I thought they would be cute on cards, but I never actually used them. So the challenge was to try to use at least one of the items you named in your top 10 list.

Supplies: Olive (card base and mats) and white cardstock from The Paper Company; black and grey striped paper from Making Memories Scrapbook Basics Black & White mat stack; Inkadinkado Seasons dragonfly stamp;Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages ; Colorbox chalk black ink; buttons and brads from my stash; white BasicBasic twill ribbon, green Offray Nice & Narrow ribbon; black & white Celebrate It ribbon.

The second card I have to share with you today is another birthday card. I made this one because I had just received my second order from Papertrey Ink and I was excited to try them out! The blue flowers are hard to see in this picture, but have a little bit better contrast in real life.

Supplies: Papertrey Ink Out On A Limb Revised; Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages (sentiment); Prima blue flower; clear skittle; brown satin ribbon from my stash; Martha Stewart border punch; Colorbox chalk ink; generic card blank; DCVW dark brown cardstock; Bazzill light blue cardstock.

Thanks for looking! I'll try to post a couple more this weekend. Now I have the pictures, but I want to spend my time making some more cards!

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I'm a 40-something (WAIT...40-something? When did THAT happen?), married mother of two boys. I work full-time outside the home, but spend the little "me" time I have crafting. Oh, and collecting supplies, lol.

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I post this stuff just to share what I've done, but all content included on my blog is copyright Heather Kosinski, unless the images themselves belong to others. You may copy my ideas to make and sell at craft fairs or to give away, but please give me credit if it was my idea, and please don't submit my ideas for publication, classes, or design contests.


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