Anyone up for Papertrey Goodies?

There's a blog called A Passion for Papertrey. They are in the UK, and they really do have a passion for Papertrey. They're constantly posting great inspiration with Papertrey stamp sets as well as hosting challenges for like-minded people in their area. This time, they're offering up goodies for anyone worldwide! Of course, I had to put my hat in because they're offering up the Papertrey Anniversary Set. I didn't really discover Papertrey until this year, so I had no shot at the anniversary set. It would be so cool to win it. They are also giving away the Hodge Podge paper pad that contains lots of samples of their patterned papers that coordinate with their cardstock.

If you want your own chance, visit A Passion for Papertrey. I believe they'll have the post up until Sunday, August 9. I'm not sure what time that'll make it for those of us in the States, but there's plenty of time to enter! Good luck!

Megan's Wedding and SCAL 2.0

Well, Todd at Craft Edge has done it again. He recently released Sure Cuts A Lot version 2.0 and added a BUNCH of features that really should have been in Design Studio since the beginning. And Design Studio still doesn't have them. From what I've read there are still a few bugs, but Todd reacts very quickly to bugs, so I'm sure the program will be perfect very soon. Todd could give many companies a class on customer service -- he's just very accommodating. He added such great things as REAL grouping, layers, the ability to have more than one mat...those are the biggies, but I know he added more stuff too. The upgrade is $30 for a limited time, or $100 to purchase. If you bought SCAL since June 22, the upgrade is free. Upgrades are only available through Craft Edge, but I believe you can find a better price for the software at Cutters Creek. If you have a Cricut -- any size -- this software is well worth the price to expand what you can cut almost infinitely!

Anyhoo...on to the card. I used SCAL, but not really any of its new fancy features. I just wanted to test it out. My husband's cousin got married last night, so I'm sure the card is late (I mailed it Thursday I think), but hopefully she likes it. I tried to use the amazingly talented Paulo's intricate heart frame, but I think I need a stickier mat. I need to figure that out because many of his designs are so beautifully intricate, and I just have to be able to cut them! I tried to cut it twice. Sigh. The solid heart portion cut fine, so I decided to use the two solids instead of my original idea.
I started with a Bazzill Basics 5 x 7 base in a cream color. I cut a 4.5 x 6.5 rectangle containing the "mr & mrs" from Canson pearlized paper using Cotillion font and SCAL. I cut a small piece of purple paper to put behind the pearl, so the purple would show through. I'm pretty sure purple was one of her colors because her invitation was printed in purple. It was much easier to do that than to cut the letters out and get them placed "just so", but I had to find a font that wouldn't cut complete holes in the letters (because I'm lazy and didn't want to have to glue the centers on) but still be super pretty. Cotillion fit the bill. I used my Scor-Pal to score about 1/4-inch on all four sides to make a sort of frame. Adhesive flat-back pearls from Michaels were adhered to the corners. Using the same purple, I punched a scalloped strip with a Fiskars border punch and adhered tiny flat-back pearls to every other scallop. I adhered a strip of cream trim from my stash, and adhered that to the pearl paper.
For the hearts, I stamped one of the borders from Papertrey's Damask set in Versamark and heat embossed it with Stampendous Detail Gold. Then I adhered the hearts with dimensionals so they'd pop off the page a bit.
I'm glad I used my Cricut again. It hasn't been getting much love lately with my recent stamp obsession. But like I said before, I have to start using what I have, and the Cricut with SCAL affords me so much flexibility, it's silly for it to sit idle.
I'm hoping to try some glass etching this weekend. Maybe Megan and her new hubby will get a late wedding gift (on top of the small token in the card) as well! The glass etching kit is something else I've had for MONTHS and haven't cracked the seal.
As always, thanks for looking!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

This card is for my daddy's birthday. Yes, I'm almost 40 years old and I call my dad Daddy. :-) He'll always be my daddy!

I'm really trying to use things I felt like I HAD to have, but haven't touched yet. I'm sure a lot of you have stuff you've bought but haven't used yet. And I'm not saying you bought it yesterday, I'm saying you bought it a month or two ago, or longer! Lol! Please tell me I'm not alone!

Ok, so the Bo Bunny Press paper is a relatively recent purchase (as was the paper on the previous card) from my LSS. The stamp set (cupcake, sentiment, loopy thing on the bottom, balloons on the purple) are from The Paper Company's Cupcakes acrylic set, which I've had for at least two months and this is the first time I've inked it up. The ribbon, button and twine are from Papertrey Ink. The brads along the bottom were a clearance purchase (gotta love that) from Michaels -- Around the Block Paper Treats Birthday Brads. The card base is Ripe Avocado from Papertrey Ink. The purple paper, believe it or not, was given away as a freebie when I bought some stuff at an LSS YEARS ago. It has some funky design on the other side, but the color was perfect for this, so I'm glad I hung onto it. :-) The edges of everything are also distressed all over with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The tag is a Cuttlebug die, and the top portion of patterned paper was punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

I'm sending it out tomorrow, so I hope he likes it. Of course, he's my dad, so he'll TELL me he likes it, but I hope he REALLY does. ;-)

Thanks for looking!

Happy Birthday Larry!

I haven't been around much lately, have I? I have been been doing crafty stuff, I just haven't been posting much lately. At least I have taken pictures of the cards before they leave my hands! :-)

This one is for my step-father. I saw this cute paper at my LSS and thought it would look cute as a card. It's from Creative Imaginations. I cut following the line of one of the sentiment lines on the paper and adhered it to Papertrey Ink's Pure Poppy cardstock. Before adhering, I made a few scores with my Scor-Pal as well as a few dotted lines with my Scor-Bug and the Scor-Pal. It's the first time I've used the Scor-Bug and it was fun!

I also used Around and About Sentiments from Papertrey Ink for the "happy birthday" round sentiment. The star brad is actually an American Crafts miniMarks rub on graphic on an American Crafts Elements silver brad. The party hat is from the Inkadinkado Birthday Fun set. Little silver brads and orange ribbon are from my stash.

I sent the card very early because I couldn't remember if I had given myself two weeks to do it or one week based on the task I created for myself in Outlook. I was converting to the iPhone at the time (new to me, but not brand new). On my Palm Centro, I used Agendus, which showed me calendar events and to-dos in the same view. I haven't found the same on the iPhone yet, so I was discombobulated. :-) But anyhoo...he got it about a week and a couple days early, but he saved it to open on his birthday. My mom said he liked it a lot. Yay! It's most important that the recipient likes it. :-)

Thanks for looking!

FIL Birthday: Just Rite

My Father-in-Law's birthday is coming up very soon. I'm pretty sure he doesn't follow my blog, so I'm pretty safe in posting this early. :-)

I used Papertrey Ripe Avocado for the card base and rounded the corners with my EK Success corner punches. I used my brand new EK Success Upper Crest border punch for the Ripe Avocado strip on the right. I also used my Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder to emboss the white strip. The patterned paper is from a K & Co Scrap Pad to Go. I stamped the Just Rite border in Dark Chocolate on white cardstock and used my circle Nesties to cut it out. I stamped the Just Rite sentiment with Versmark and used Stampendous Detail White embossing powder to heat emboss it. I used my circle punches (Fiskars and EK Success) to cut out the Ripe Avocado and Dark Chocolate layers of the sentiment. The ribbon is from American Crafts Brown Classics collection. The buttons are from Basic Grey, and the twine tied through the buttons is from Papertrey.

I hope he likes it. He's one of those rare people who actually saves my cards, which makes me feel pretty good. :-) pick a present, lol!

Birthday Card: Papertrey Bird Watching

Here's a birthday card I made for a friend in one of the Yahoo groups of which I am a member.

As is usual lately, there's a lot of Papertrey. :-) I used Papertrey Kraft cardstock for the base, and Summer Sunrise and Vintage Cream for the circles. I got to use my new Labels 3 Nesties for the bottom layer of the focal point, using Nana's Kids polka-dotted cardstock. I stamped one bird from the Bird Watching set in Summer Sunrise ink from Papertrey, and the other is Ripe Avocado from Papertrey. The sentiment is in Dark Chocolate from Papertrey. I used Versamark with one of the stamp set elements to make a pattern for the background. The ribbon is from COD Wholesale, and the rhinestones are Recollections from Michaels.

I'm glad that my friend enjoyed receiving the card. :-)

Father's Day Cards for hubby

OK yes, this is very late, but he did get them on time. I'm just not posting on time. And for that matter, I barely got them done on time, lol! But anyhoo...I was apparently in a heat-embossing mood for these. :-)

The first one is the one I made for my husband from the boys. It's Papertrey cardstock (Summer Sunrise) and Paper Company cardstock (the light blue). I used a Martha Stewart rotary cutter on the DCVW Nana's Kids polka-dotted paper. I used the Papertrey Star Prints stamp set as well as the Inkadinkado set, Jersey Alphabet. I stamped the "orange" stars in Versamark and used Stamp-n Stuff clear embossing powder to heat emboss. I also stamped a star with Versamark on the Summer Sunrise cardstock and heat embossed with Stampendous Detail Silver embossing powder. To punch out the star, I used the Fiskars Extra Large star punch.

The second card is the one I made for my husband from me. Again, I used Papertrey cardstock (Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, and Spring Moss. I also used some of their Everyday Blessings patterned paper. I used the Papertrey Star Prints set again with Versamark and the clear embossing powder, and I punched the stars out with the Fiskars punch. I used Versamark again to stamp the Papertrey Fancy Flourishes set in the background. The ribbon is Ripe Avocado Saddle Stitch ribbon. I also added some magic mesh. The patterned paper was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

Thanks for looking! Better late than never, right?

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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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