February 25, 2010

February Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I have been contemplating doing a Papertrey Ink Blog Hop for months and months (sounds better than years and years), but I have been chicken until now.  Suddenly I am fearless.  I have a brand-spanking new blog, attempting challenges (one challenge rather) and a blog hop.  Watch out world! 

As it is Design Team Appreciation Day, February's blog hop challenge was to use a card or project done by one of the ladies of the Papertrey Ink Design Team to inspire your own.  Honestly, this was a pretty difficult assignment for me simply because:
  1. I had to chose one from a bevy of talented ladies with a tremendous ability to create inspiring cards and projects; and
  2. Once I decided on one design team member I had to chose a card/project (I imagine I could have chosen more than one designer and/or project, but I am still getting my sea legs).
Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink mentioned we could use this post to voice our appreciation and I really should because all of the ladies of Papertrey Ink's Design Team (of course also Nichole Heady and the whole Papertrey Ink family) are magnificent.  Their blogs and projects have brought not only inspiration, but happiness into some days that needed a little creative happiness and beauty.  Even good days were better for their efforts.  So, thank you Betsy Veldman, Dawn McVey, Debbie Olson, Erin Lincoln, Heather Nichols, Kim Hughes, Lisa Johnson, Maile Belles, Melissa Phillips, Michelle Wooderson and Niki Estes (I was going to write their first names only, but I felt I was being too familiar like referring to Martha Stewart as only Martha) for making life sweeter and prettier for sharing your talents with us all!  

Ultimately, I picked a truly darling card by Betsy Veldman (when does she ever disappoint?).  I happened to need a sympathy card for clients who lost their beloved dog this week and thought why not do a card using my With Sympathy and With Sympathy: Loss of Pet sets using Betsy Veldman's card as my inspiration. 

Betsy Veldman's card (didn't I tell you it is darling?):


My card (not anywhere near as darling, but then I am no Betsy Veldman):


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Beloved Pet Card
Supplies (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Squares (from the Borders & Cornes {square} set),  Lines (from the Guide Lines set), Flowers (from the With Sympathy set), Sentiment and Paw Print (from the With Sympathy: Loss of Pet set)
Inks: Spring Rain, Aqua Mist and Raspberry Fizz
Cardstock: Spring Rain; Natural White and Earthstone, Neenah Papers
Punches: Border and Royal Butterfly, Martha Stewart; 1" Square, EK Success
Other: Gems, The Paper Studio

50 comments :

Lea L. said...

Such a sweet and loving sentiment! I love the butterfly and stamped paws. Great job with the challenge!

♥Lea

Joanne said...

I love your card. Very pretty

Ted said...

Love this card.

*LittleMissT* said...

Great card. I love the little paw prints - I have this set but haven't made enough use of that stamp yet!

resmith said...

Beautiful card! Love your colors.

Dana said...

This is so sweet. I think your card is just as darling, if not more so! Nice colors too.

Tricia said...

What a sweet card! I love how you made the elements on her card your own.

colleenk said...

This is so sweet and I love the pawprints!

Tanja said...

This is soooooo cute!!! Love it!

Lori said...

you did a great job!!

Lori said...

Very nice!

Diane Jaquay said...

Your card is very PRETTY!

Liz said...

Great job!

Karen said...

Lovely card; the colors are so soft--perfect for your message.

Carly said...

Simply fabulous take on the challenge!

Rosanne said...

Your card is lovely!

Sue Ann said...

I think your card is beautiful!!!

Kelly S. said...

What a sweet card! Great use of the layout and colors!

Lizzie Jones said...

I'd never thought to use the Guidelines lines independently from the medallions to create a background. Very clever!

Karli said...

love your take--- beautiful card! TFS :)

Marge said...

Love how you did this -- gorgeous!

Sue in Grapevine said...

Lovely card. The recipient will feel very cared-for.

Rhonda said...

What a sweet card!

Julie Masse said...

Your card is just lovely - what a nice job! :)

Dana said...

Lovely card! Love the soft and soothing color combo.

Kay said...

Your card is VERY darling! Love the little paw prints, what a great idea! I'm a huge Betsy fan myself! ♥♥Kay

Suzanne said...

This card is so touching. I love the design. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. ;)

Terri said...

Nice job. I especially like the soft colors you used too.

Laural-Lee said...

Shay, your not Betsy but you have the same eye for colour and layout! I love how you made it your own with those little paws.

Great blog writing with the whole Martha Stewart thing. It made me laugh!

Maria L. said...

i think that our card is lovely as well! Great job with the blog hop challenge. Such a sweet card!

peggysue said...

Great card to CASE and great card you created. I like the color choices too.

Sharron said...

Such a sweet card and so well done!

Geri said...

I keep thinking I need to go to bed and then someone else, like you, sends me a sweet comment that deserves one more hop over to say "HI"! I appreciate the encouragement more than you know! Now how about some for you! Your card is beautiful...and somehow looks really heartfelt...people that love their pets REALLY LOVE their pets and would so appreciate a paper wish like this! Nice job!

jen said...

This hopping has been fun, hasn't it? I think you did a wonderful job with this tribute to Betsy Veldman- and your post was so sweet too! :)

Nadine said...

Ah but it's totally a darling card!! I love your take on it and the colors you chose. Very nice!

I also loved reading thru your post. Fun! :o)

Michelle said...

Your take on Betsy's card is great! It was perfect for the occasion you needed it for. Love your layout.

Linda said...

Lovely. And your background is so interesting. Very creative. All I keep thinking of is "pawprints on your heart". It would be well received by any grieving pet owner.

Janelle said...

Oh, I think your card is beautiful and I'm sure your clients will love being remembered. Great job on your first blog hop!

Karin said...

The paw prints are darling! Love it!

Cammie said...

Such a beautiful and thoughtful card and a wonderful tribute to Betsy.

Dru said...

This is just the sweetest card - love the colors and especially the little paw prints in pastels - really love it!

Cheryl said...

Great color choices!

Kim Wilson said...

Thank you for the comment :) it was my first hop so its a lot to learn ha ha! I am following your blog now, I love your cards! Feel free to add me too if you are interested!!!

Shiloh said...

Very sweet card! It is inspiring me to make some cards like these so I have them when the time comes

Karen H. (kthaman) said...

Very pretty. I love the decorative scallop border and the cool grid background you created.

Lisa said...

Such a sweet card!! Great take on Betsy's card!

Betsy V said...

You can just call me "Betsy" any day! I love your take on this card and that you took something very springy/eastery and turned it into something completely different! Your take is wonderful..thank you for your kind words!

Betsy Veldman

AnitaRex said...

What a lovely card! Hope you had fun on your first blog hop! Love the paws!

Maureen said...

this is a fabulous homage to Betsy...and I see by her comment you are on first name bases with her now!! LOL Love the blue on cream and the lovely details of border punch and butterfly...this is so lovely

Courtney Baker said...

Wow fabulous cards!

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