April 27, 2010

Purple Haze

Firstly, I wanted to thank everyone who has commented recently due to the Papertrey Ink blog hop.  I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments and visiting your blogs and marvelling at the talent and cleverness!

Last Thursday night (April 22nd) found me needing to make a card for a college friend of mine.  I have been really remiss in sending out cards for ages now, but I have been trying hard to get out cards for birthdays this year.  So far I believe I am pretty much on target (with a few belated cards like this one).  My college friends have been sadly neglected and they really shouldn't be as they are special ladies. 

I had two directions when I began constructing this card: using my Kenner Road stamps again and incorporating purple.  Upon showing this card separately to my mom and sister they both asked if purple was my friend's favorite color and that is not the reason why I chose purple.  I think my college days have a purple haze around them...purple reminds me of my college friends and it just felt right. I searched through my Scarlet Lime kits (and some of my other kits) and came to the conclusion that purple isn't all that popular (having said that just yesterday I received my April kit from Kenner Road and it has a wonderful purple punch).  Still I found that the paper (Deep Black Patch from the Nancy Jane Collection by ADORNit - Carolee's Creations) I used from the April 2009 Scarlet Lime kit to make the Gypsy Bird Card has a touch of purple...I really am digging this paper (perhaps because it has black, white, aqua and limey green...colors that I go to over and over again).  Maybe it is a year old, but I have never been one to live completely in the moment as I always have a foot in the past (and a thought or two in the future).    And like the Gypsy Bird Card I again did the pleat using the strip of the paper I had punched because I dig that too.

Here is the purple card I made with pictures of the front, inside and back (as always please forgive my shameful photography):

And for those interested in seeing a picture of the paper:

I hope you have a joyous day and thanks for calling at the Hall!

Black & Purple Timely Birthday Card
Stamps: Cuckoo Clock, Home Sweet Home Frame, Vintage Seal, Yesterday Today Tomorrow and Embroidery Hoop, Kenner Road;  Wishing You a Happy Birthday (from Everyday Classics set), Papertrey Ink
Inks: Black Soot, Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender, Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger Industries; Jet Black, Archival Ink, Ranger Industries
Cardstock: White, Georgia Pacific; Black, Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Deep Black Patch (from Nancy Jane Collection), Adornit Carolee's Creations
Punches: Loop Border Punch, Martha Stewart Crafts; Modern Label, Stampin' Up!
Other: Transparency; Copic Marker; Black Ribbon, Offray; Foam Dimensional Adhesive

April 26, 2010

Hero Arts Club: Engraved Daisies

I was going to go to sleep early Thursday night before last (April 15th)...honestly I was, but then I began casually flipping through some issues of Somerset Studio I hadn't read yet and it struck me that I needed to make something.  The following evening (Friday, April 16th) I had a Hero Arts Club meeting (a monthly occurance) and Jane, our organizer, leader and teacher (she does it all and is terrific!) sends us off after each meeting with stamped images to create with to bring back for show and tell the following month.  {A little plug now.  If you are in the San Antonio area, are interested in anyway in Hero Arts or stamping this monthly club is wonderful.  You'll want to contact Stamp Antonio for more information.}  I did make something our first month, but March no such luck which made me think I should do something for April's meeting.  As I always need cards I decided to make one (I was contemplating other projects like an Artist Trading Card). 

I began with coloring in the Engraved Daisy image Jane stamped for us with some colored pencils.  I cut it out and then decided I wanted to try using the reverse side as a mask and applied ink using my ink blending tool.  In that way I had the beginnings of two different cards.  The reverse image I made into a bright, more graphic card and the card I created for the flower image I made softer with a bit of a vintage vibe.

Without further ado the cards:

Thanks for calling at the Hall!

Sending Love Your Way Card
Stamps: Engraved Daisy (as mask), Starburst and Sending Love Your Way (from Tree, Birds and Messages set), Hero Arts
Inks: Black Soot, Spicy Marmalade and Worn Lipstick, Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger Industries
Cardstock: Melon Mambo and Black, Stampin' Up!; White, Georgia-Pacific
Other: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers; Stiched Ribbon; Foam Dimensional Adhesives

Birthday Wishes Card
Stamps: Engraved Daisy, Heart Flourish and Friends Definition, Hero Arts; Birthday Wishes (from Giga Guide Lines set), Papertrey Ink
Inks: Pumice Stone (wonderful new color!), Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger Industries
Cardstock: Lemon Tart: Papertrey Ink; Earthstone and Sand, Neenah Papers; Pink
Other: Colored Pencils; Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers; Foam Dimensional Adhesives

April 25, 2010

April's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hello and welcome fellow Papertrey Ink fans!  I am so glad to be participating in this month's blog hop (my second).  April's Blog Hop is all about using tissue paper.  I decided to use it in a similar way as Nichole Heady did with the faux silk technique.   I stamped a background using the Background Basics: Diamonds with Dark Chocolate ink and I stamped some white tissue paper using the Background Basics: Text Style with Spring Rain ink.  I crumpled up the tissue paper and then adhered it to the Dark Chocolate stamped background.  I thought it came out pretty cool.  Using this piece I decided to make a couple of cards--one masculine (honestly I couldn't resist!) and the other feminine.  I also decided to keep with the same colors and most of the same stamps (a good way to challenge myself to use stamp sets more creatively).  I am happy with how I decided to use Dot Spot on the feminine card and mean to do so more in the future.

Enough writing though (I can almost hear the sighs of relief), here are the cards:

For the masculine card I did some subtle paper piercing and watercolored with the Spring Rain ink to create some interest in the center of the large Dot Spot image and also embossed the other side of the center so it popped out a bit.  Lastly I added random brads for a little more dimension:

For the feminine card I stamped the violet over the large Dot Spot image and added a brown edge and center by using the Dark Chocolate ink with some water to paint it on.

I hope you enjoyed the cards!  I can't wait to see all the wonderful projects you all made.  Thanks for calling at the Hall.


Spotty Birthday Card
Inks: Dark Chocolate and Spring Rain, Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate and Spring Rain, Papertrey Ink; White, Georgia-Pacific
Other: White Tissue Paper, Papertrey Ink packaging; Copper Mini Brads; Foam Dimensional Adhesive 

Dotty Violet Card
Inks: Dark Chocolate and Spring Rain, Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Kraft and Dark Chocolate, Papertrey Ink; White, Georgia-Pacific
Border Punch: Scallop Dot, Martha Stewart Crafts
Pearls: Denim, Kaisercraft
Other: White Tissue Paper, Papertrey Ink packaging; Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers; Foam Dimensional Adhesive

April 23, 2010


I recall mentioning using my Cricut and then setting a challenge for myself to use up all the shapes I had cut out to make cards last March (as in March 2009).  I really should do such a challenge again because I enjoyed making the cards quite a bit and felt a thrill of accomplishment (I may have a low threshold). 

Here is another such card this one I used a stamp I love from Stampington & Company designed by Carin Andersson.  I believe at the time I was inspired by Heather Nichols to use kraft and white paint (I didn't have a good white ink at the time).  Of course my cards don't have her rustic elegance, but they didn't turn out too shabbily.

What came from the Cricut were the scallops and the tab thing.  I have no idea what the tab is really (maybe there is someone out there to enlighten me), but I used it as an embellishment. 

Another card I made the same time with the same stamp with slightly different colors:

Notice I used the rest of the Aqua Mist ladies from the first card to add to this one.  I was trying to be very thrifty and clever with my scraps.

The hardest part of blogging about older cards is trying to figure out what supplies I used. It is a bit of a crafting mystery I need to solve and I have to riffle around in the studio to find this stamp, this paint or that ink. Anyone else as mired in crafting puzzles?

Thank you for calling at the Hall!

The Standout Card
Stamp: Trio of Smiles, Stampington & Company
Inks: Amaretto Truffle Chalk Ink, Fresco by Stampa Rosa; Turquoise, Memories
Cardstock: Aqua Mist and Kraft, Papertrey Ink; Terrific Teal, DoubleMates by WorldWin Papers
Embossing Folder: Swiss Dots, Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Craft Acrylic Paint: Warm White, Americana
Gems and Pearl: The Paper Company
Other: Cricut, Provo Craft; Tim Holtz Paper Distresser; Tonic Studios; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; Dimensional Foam Adhesive

The Reverse Standout Card
Stamps: Trio of Smiles, Stampington & Company; Polka Dot heart (from little things set), urban lily;Motif on Long Heart (from Guide Lines set), Papertrey Ink; Border, Impress
Inks: Amaretto Truffle Chalk Ink, Fresco by Stampa Rosa; Turquoise, Memories; Aqua Mist, Papertrey Ink; Purely Pomegranate, Stampin' Up!; Bubblegum Pink, Marvy Matchables
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Papertrey Ink; Purely Pomegranate, Stampin' Up!; White, Georgia-Pacific
Patterned Paper: 5th Avenue (from Tinsel Town collection), Pink Paislee; Vellum
Border Punch: Scallop Dot, Martha Stewart Crafts
Gems: The Paper Company
Other: Cricut, Provo Craft; corner punch;Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, Tonic Studios

April 15, 2010

The 14th of the Month

I love the 14th of the month for three reasons:
Last night also happened to be the live webshow of House of 3 too so I had my fingers in a lot of pies.  After watching the webshow I decided to chat with the ladies over at Kenner Road.  If you are intimidated by chats I can tell you that the monthly chat at Kenner Road (on the 14th of the month at 8 p.m. Pacific) is the place to introduce yourself to chat rooms.  The people are as sweet as a hot chocolate on a cold winter night.  Everyone is happy, helpful and friendly.  Plus kl, the woman behind Kenner Road, is just one of those people who creates joy whether it is in her own art, with her kits or in how she treats her customers.

After I chatted, did a little (too little for my liking, but there is such a concept as a budget--ugly, nasty word!) shopping and pined for a whole lot more, I made another card.  It came out a bit dark and full of grunge because it is yet another masculine card.  I am coming to believe I make more masculine cards than feminine which is odd when I come to think of it...no wonder I am trying to build up my Tim Holtz stamps and products and other stamps and products that work for guys/boys.  Thankfully, Papertrey Ink just addressed males in this month's release although unfortunately I can't buy any of it yet (budget rears its ugly, nasty head again). 

Anyway, there was a typewriter with a typewriter font alphabet block stamp set from Studio Calico I wished to use and I decided to keep with the whole Basic Grey Origins kick I have had all year (Heck, why break with the trend when I had made cards for this cousin's brothers and father with the Origins line already.  Surely he would wonder if his card didn't match--well, if he noticed such a thing).  I may have gone a little overboard with the distressing and the card is a bit busy, oh and the concept I had has to be explained for anyone to get it (Hint: notice which letters I highlighted on the "typwritten page" coming out of the typewriter as it actually spells out something even if the letters aren't in order for the word), but it's the thought that counts, right?

Thanks for calling at the Hall!

Typed Birthday Card
Stamps: Typewriter Duo and Vintage Map, Studio Calico; Happy (from Simply Stated set), Fancy Pants Designs
Inks: Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive, Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger Industries
Cardstock: White, Georgia-Pacific; Earthstone, Neenah Papers
Patterned Papers: all from Origins collection, Basic Grey
Acrylic Craft Paint: Warm White, Americana
Other: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers; Dimensional Foam Adhesives

April 14, 2010

Using the Stockpile

This past week I created two cards I am pretty happy about.  I had a concept in my head for each and I was able to actualize it which isn't always how it works for me (I wish it was the norm!).  I set myself another challenge as well.  I have all these lovely kits I have stockpiled because I am a hoarding nut.  It is embarrassing to admit my problem, but isn't that the first step?  Hello my name is Shay and I am a hoarder of all craft supplies.  I decided enough is enough (plus I am running out of room), so I thought I would break into my Scarlet Lime kits and use those to create my cards. 

After looking through them I decided on a kit with lovely limes and turquoises for the wedding card and then I chose another with bright vibrant colors with a touch of black for my friend's birthday card.  I began on the wedding card on Sunday evening with a great idea to use my vintage boy and girl and the ampersand stamps from Studio Calico (sadly they are all retired now).  I was happily adding patterned paper and rub-ons from my Scarlet Lime kit (horrible hoarding admission time: that was the first time I had used a rub-on although I have bought more than a few over the years) when I decided my card-base was all wrong.  So Monday night I went with a more basic card-base and set the other aside for future use.  I think all turned out well with the card although it may be cleaner than my natural inclination. 

Last night I knew I had to make a card for a friend's birthday which is this upcoming weekend and needed to get in the mail pronto.  I knew I wanted to use some of my Kenner Road stamps for a vintage look (and they are gorgeous!).  I remembered seeing some wonderful projects that Katie Watson created whilst on the Kenner Road design team back in October 2009 and they proved to be an inspiration for the card I made.  The other inspiration for me is one of my favorite, favorite cardmakers of all time: Betsy Veldman

Now I didn't look at either of my inspirations when I was actually making the cards, but I know these were the visual references flashing in my head:

Katie Watson (birdhouse with stamped scallop--genius!)
Betsy Veldman (strip of background behind focal image which I began with and then because an empty card felt well empty I went for more and more!)

Here is the card I created (front and then lastly the inside):

A lucky choice of adding the buttons around the that adorable bird stamp makes it took a bit like a nest to me.  Another lucky choice was "ruffling" up a strip of punched patterned paper which just wasn't working before.  I learned the basic technique in a Basic Grey card class I took locally (you place a strip of adhesive on the backside of a long strip of paper and then pleat--fold--the paper onto itself which remains in place because of the adhesive.  The smaller the pleat, the longer the paper needs to be) and I thought why not try it with the patterned paper I had punched?  It worked out just right--adding interest, flair and some texture and I even like that a bit of the white from the back peeks through.

Thank you for calling at the Hall! I hope you enjoyed today's cards.

Boy & Girl Card
Stamps: Vintage Boy, Vintage Girl and Ampersand, Studio Calico; Banner (from Narrative Elements set), Inque Boutique; Congratulations (from Darcy collection), Anna Griffin
Inks: Walnut Stain, Peeling Paint and Broken China, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger Industries
Cardstock: Sand and Earthstone, Neenah Papers
Patterned Papers: Beach Caribe and Cantando (from Canta Collection), GCD Studios
Embossing Folder: Allegro, Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Other: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers; 1/4" Ribbon, Offray; Dimensional Foam Adhesives; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft

Gypsy Bird Card
Stamps: Collage Bird, Vintage Seal, Today Circle and Button Card Trio, Kenner Road; Background Basics: Diamonds and Background Basics: Text Style, Papertrey Ink; Happy Birthday (from Greetings Peg Stamp Set), Inkadinkado
Inks: Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick, Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger Industries
Cardstock: White, Georgia-Pacific; Recycled 100 Natural White, Neenah Papers
Patterned Paper: Deep Black Patch (from Nancy Jane Collection), Adornit Carolee's Creations
Punch: Loop Border Punch, Martha Stewart
Other: Embroidery Floss, DMC; Buttons, from Scarlet Lime kits; Dimensional Foam Adhesives

April 12, 2010

Marriage a la TV

Does anyone else watch "The Marriage Ref"?  I watch already aired shows on demand and find it both fascinating and funny.  I don't watch all the much reality television with the exception of cooking shows, decorating shows, craft shows (when  I can find them--they have gotten scarce) and marathons of "Project Runway" (I guess I watch more than I thought!).  I suppose I like the absurdity of this show.  Three disparate celebrities (as we all know celebrities are well known for their solid and healthy relationships) discussing and judging quirky issues married couples have (like a wife keeping the prosthetic leg of her deceased husband in the closet she shares with her current husband or a husband stuffing his beloved dog and placing him in a shrine built in their house to his wife's horror) whilst sparks fly between the couples, celebrities and ref.  Good wholesome fun! 

Now onto something completely unrelated!  Here is a birthday card I made for a cousin of mine.  The butterfly by Unity Stamp Company (from one of the kit of the months--great deal) I had left over from ATC's I made that month and was the beginning piece of the card. 

Bright Butterfly Card
Stamps: Butterfly (from KOM-9: Friendship. Love. Miracles set), Unity Stamp Company and Flower (from Botanical Blooms set), Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: White, Georgia-Pacific; Crushed Curry, Stampin' Up!
Ink: Black, Marvy Matchables; Walnut Stain, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger Industries
Sprays/Color Washes; Mango Lemonade, Memory Mists; Terra Cotta, Tim Holtz Color Wash by Ranger Industries
Border Punch: Postage Stamp, EK Success
Paint: Metallic Pearl White, Folk Art by Plaid

Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Ranger Industries; Notch Decorative Scissor, Fiskars; Ribbon; Manilla Tag; Seguin Remnant

April 4, 2010

Blog Makeover A

I will not admit to the exact amount of time I spent fiddling around with my new header and tweeking the design of the blog because upon seeing the changes you will not understand how it took as long as it did.  Then again it took me 2 hours to make a salad for dinner tonight so perhaps that will give a glimpse into my world (to redeem myself a little I did make a carnivore and vegan version of the salad and it was met with approval by both camps).

I do wish to mention where I got all of the gorgeous brushes I used for the header (although truthfully my header is a poor example of the beauty of these designs that Rhonna Farrer designed.  I will probably be continuing to make new headers until I love my header).  I have written of House of 3 before, but I don't think I can heap enough praises upon the ladies of House of 3.  I could happily buy every product at House of 3 and they also have a great live webshow every Wednesday.  Okay, enough pitching.  Go and find out on your own if you like and start playing around with brushes (very addicting).

Have a brilliant night and thanks for calling at the Hall.

April 2, 2010

Christmas in April?

Hello there everyone. An annoying cold has taken up residence at my household for the last week and more. I hope everyone else is in fine health because this cold is obnoxious! This means I have done no creating whatsoever this past week although I did get into my studio last Saturday and did some much, much needed cleaning up. Anyone else make a huge mess in their studio...perhaps to the point it may be condemnable? That is me. I will pull out this and that until I have to make a little patch of workspace on my tables (yes, tables as in two nice sized work surfaces and I still clutter it all up). Anyway, I am trying to reform. No, really I am. This also means buying less. This is harder than keeping my studio clean because I LOVE buying new stamps, papers, buttons, tools, punches, embossing folders, dies and the like. It pretty nearly kills me to limit myself like that. Anyone else have this problem? Well, space limitations and budget don't seem to like my buying compulsions one little bit so there you have it. A positive outcome of less buying is that I will have to rediscover what I already have. I am sure like me many of you have a lot too. It is time I use what I have and become more creative. If anyone has been facing this dilemma, please share what you have done and how it has effected your creating.

Anyway, I thought I would share a Christmas card (the only Christmas card I made in 2009 actually) I made with you. All the elements were leftovers from my Holiday Cookie Books. Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey was the first inspiration for the Cookie Books and inspired the colors and products used. Don’t you love that gingerbread man? That was what sold me on the Holiday Button Bits by Papertrey Ink although there are many adorable images. I wonder if they have a Holiday Button Bits II if they will include a gingerbread house? Wouldn’t that be irresistible?

The details:

Not My Gumdrop Buttons! Card

Stamps: All from Holiday Button Bits, Papertrey Ink
Inks: Dark Chocolate, Papertrey Ink; VersaMark, Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Cardstock: Kraft, Papertrey Ink; Earthstone, Neenah Papers
Patterned Paper: Eskimo Kisses (6x6 size), Basic Grey
Border Punches: Gingerbread Man, Martha Stewart; Petals, EK Sucess
Buttons: Holiday Mix, Papertrey Ink
Twine: Martha Stewart

Thanks for calling at the Hall.  Have a joyous day!


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