Mom Anniversary

My mom and step-dad's anniversary is coming up in almost two weeks. The Everyday Button Bits set from Papertrey Ink has a cute sentiment, "all things grow with love", so I decided to use that with the flower stem stamp in that set for their anniversary card.

The card base is Lemon Tart. I stamped the stems in Memento Cottage Ivy and the sentiment in Summer Sunrise Ink (PTI) and the Cottage Ivy on PTI's white Paper Basics cardstock. That was diecut with a square Nestabilities, and I used the coordinating scalloped square Nestie on PTI's new Enchanted Evening cardstock.
The buttons -- except the pink one -- are from Making Memories' Chloe's Closet line, as is the DP. The pink button is one of PTI's Vintage Buttons in Raspberry Fizz. They're sewed on with DMC floss. The lace was some I found on clearance at Joann a while back. I punched one of the pieces of DP with the Fiskar's Apron Lace border punch.
They are going to get it early because if I don't send it now, it's likely I'll forget to send it! But hopefully they will like it. :-)
Thanks for looking!

First Vintage Picnic cards

Another acquisition from the CHA Craft Supershow is the Vintage Picnic stamp set from Papertrey Ink. Since my anniversary was last week, we received money gifts from my mom and his parents, so I needed some thank you notes. This is also my first real try with my Copic markers. You may not really be able to see very well (my camera sucks), but there is subtle shading on the flowers and leaves.

I also used this opportunity to ink up, for the first time, a set I bought many months ago -- Background Basics: Text Style. I used it, with Opalite Ink in Sterling Frost (also bought a LONG time ago and not used until today), to make the background on the white card blank. Again, I'm not sure if you'll see it because my camera sucks, lol. But hopefully you see the hint of it -- it was supposed to be subtle as well. Today was apparently "use what you bought and haven't ever used" day. :-)
The picnic basket was stamped in Black Memento ink on the plaid from Papertrey Ink's Chocolate Remix patterned paper. I shaded it just a bit with Copic markers. Then I cut it out and pasted it under the colored flowers. I stamped the sentiment in Black Memento as well.
I used my circle and Labels Three Nestabilities to cut and emboss the colored flowers. The purple cardstock is Plum Pudding from PTI, and the white is PTI Paper Basics in white. Purple Kaiser rhinestones adorn each corner of the Labels Three die cut. The ribbon is from American Crafts Brown Basics set. Unfortunately, I ran out, so one card got a bow, the other got a knot. I like the bow much better, but what can you do when you run out of one spool of a five-spool set? I'm not running out to buy another whole set, lol! I just have to write my notes of thanks and send them off, and hopefully I can convey how grateful I am for their gifts and for remembering our anniversary.
Thanks for looking!

Karen's Birthday: Floral Fusion

I'm still playing a bit with my Floral Fusion exclusive Papertrey Ink set I got at the CHA Craft Supershow last weekend. :-) Well, technically, I'm playing with all my PTI acquisitions.

This time I made a birthday card from Floral Fusion for my sister-in-law. Everything's Papertrey except the lace, rhinestones, and maroon strip that is from my scraps: kraft, white and Ripe Avocado cardstock, Raspberry Fizz and Ripe Avocado ink, Kaiser pink rhinestones, Webster's Papers Trim & Lace Spring Whimsy lace.
The maroon and Ripe Avocado strips are punched with EK Success border punches. I rounded the corners with an EK Success corner rounder punch. The sentiment was cut with a Ribbon Tags Trio Spellbinders die.
Thanks for looking! I hope she likes it!

Fifteen Years

It was my 15th wedding anniversary last week, and this is the card I made for my hubby. My how time flies! So I made this for him...

All of the cuts are from the Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge. The paper is a mixture of scraps and Creative Memories. I think it's an Avery card blank. I borrowed the Graphically Speaking cartridge, but there are so many great cuts on this, it might be one I want to invest in eventually. Lots for scrapbooking, but still lots of stuff that could be used on cards or other non-scrappy papercrafts.

Thanks for looking!

OK it's not Monday or Tuesday...CHA Papertrey followup

Yes, I'm a bad blogger. I don't seem to have the time I used to have and I'm not sure why that is.
Anyway, I said I'd post my second make & take from the Papertrey booth at the CHA consumer show from August 1. The stamp set used was the exclusive CHA set, and I didn't get it right, lol. There were so many people waiting their turn for the make & take, that I just figured I could practice more later. So here's the original:

And here's my version.

I did a standard 4.25 x 5.5, and theirs was slightly smaller. And since the Vintage Cream piece was slightly larger for the larger card base, I flipped the stamps around and added a bit of a flourish in the upper right. After I cut the cardstock, I realized I should have made it to open at the bottom to accommodate the wrapped twine, but instead, it was opening at the side. I figured, well, I can punch a hole to string the twine through. But then I cut the green piece too small, so it became notched at one end. And then there was no room for the button. Hey...I was trying to salvage what I could, lol. I also don't have the Polka Dot II set they used on the green piece, but I got my first Cornish Heritage Farms Scrapblock at the consumer show, so I used that instead, and it was a nice, muted effect. I didn't have the colors they used at the make & take, so I used Colorbox Chalk ink. I still think it came out pretty nice.
Since my brother-in-law was kind enough to send me money to spend at the consumer show -- he essentially enabled me to get this exclusive set -- he's getting this card. I made another card this evening with the set as a birthday card for my sister-in-law, so I'll post that sometime soon. I'm not making any more projections of when I post things because apparently, life happens. :-)
Thanks for looking!

What I did yesterday....

This will be long because I'm excited, lol. I went to the CHA Craft Supershow in Orlando!!!! It was so much fun. Exhausting, but fun. I can't imagine the people that went BOTH days. But there were lots of exhibitors and tons of peoples and lots of giveaways. Unfortunately, I didn't win a giveaway, but the two friends I was with did, both from Michaels. One friend won a $10 gift card. The other won a Fiskars gift pack (a paper trimmer, scissors, and a stamp set).
But I still feel like I won because I. GOT. THE. PAPERTREY. INK. EXCLUSIVE. CHA. SET!!! (Sorry...using Stephenie Meyer's method for emphasis, lol.) I also got two of their cute pink shopping bags (I went twice, lol), two of their pens, a ton of "To Do" notepads they were giving away with purchase (item #1: Visit, lol) and they were giving away half-sheets of their Guidelines paper as well. Those are just the freebies. To get the exclusive set, you had to spend $100, which is NOT hard for me to do at Papertrey, especially since I've been holding out the past couple of months.
In addition to the exclusive set, Floral Fusion, I got:
  • Vintage Picnic
  • Vintage Picnic Sentiments
  • Bitty Blessings (a baby set)
  • In Bloom
  • Everday Button Bits (love buttons!)
  • Teacher's Apple
Between all the sentiments across all the sets, I'll should be set for a long time, which is good because I'm officially broke now. The only reason I was able to get so much is because my dear brother-in-law sent money for me to spend. Wasn't that sweet? Now, I have to start practicing with my Copics: In Bloom and Vintage Picnic are both singing for them. :-)
I also got some Papertrey cardstock in White, Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, and Enchanted Evening (a new blue in their line).
I sat for two of their make & takes. This is the first one I did on the second day, which was actually their second of three for the day. There was no way I was waiting for the first one. They were six deep waiting for that one! In the picture above, you may recognize Michelle Wooderson and Heather Nichols on the left. I think the one on the far right is Debbie Olson. They are all Papertrey Design Team members. I saw Nichole Heady and Dawn McVey, but didn't get pictures of them. I hope there wasn't someone else I missed! Oh!!! I also met Ashley Newell of A New Design live and in person. She's so tiny! And sweet. Here is the card I made at this one:
I'll post the one I made using the exclusive set tomorrow or Tuesday.
Soooo tired today!!! :-)

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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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