Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stamper’s First-Aid

Hello and welcome!  So happy to have you join me agian on this very special Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire event day!  I truly hope each of you have been enjoying today's festivities!  

Many of you PTI fans out there have already submitted an assortment of creations to the Stamper's First-Aid event.  Here are the details quoted from Nichole's blog...

"Customers should post a link to a project that they have created in the past that they felt needed just a *little* something; a project that needs a diagnosis for one reason or another. Each DT member will select a project to give "first-aid" to and re-make the project, making changes that they feel benefit the project while staying true to your original concept. All of the team members "made-over" projects will be highlighted Saturday night and each of the customer's who had a card selected will win a $25 PTI gift certificate."

The card I have chosen to work with was created by Pamela.  Check out her adorable card above and on her blog here (in fact... check out her entire blog while you're there, you'll get an eye full of amazing inspiration). While viewing everyone's submission, I couldn't help but be drawn to Pamela's card.  I knew instantly what the *little* something was that she felt it needed.
Pamela's card truly needs no changes; but with her card as inspiration, I knew right a way that I could re-make the project and utilized the same features to create a simple card with a strong focal point. 
I began by trimming a 1/4" from the edge of an A2 card base, making the new measurements to be 4" x 5 1/2".  Here's A Tip: I often edit my card bases in this way, I feel it gives the base of a layout a more longer and leaner look.
I then took the same overall pattern and condensed it into a single die cut Mat Stack #4, helping to draw the eye to the focal point.  Here's A Tip: In the photo above I've given you an idea of how I play around with dies and stamps before actually putting them into action.  
Once I was happy with the arrangement, I die cut the Beautiful Butterflies die from the pattern paper.  Then temporarily adhered it into place before I stamped the Trendy Tree Tops sentiment.  Here's A Tip: By keeping my die cutting and stamping with in the Mat Stack, I am creating a strong single focal point that's sure to stand out amongst all the white space.
I then trimmed off the excess and mounted the Mat Stack onto the card base with dimensional adhesive.
Pamela's original card features a wrapping of twine, so I incorporated that same embellishment onto mine as well.  Here's A Tip:  At the crease of a top fold card, pierce holes for perfect placement of your twine.  Thread the twine through and tie.
Now, the finishing touch... I do love the felt heart embellishment, but I opted to switch things up and add a button.

Well, there you have it.  I hope you've enjoyed this "make-over" and that I've given each and every one of you a few useful tidbits of info.  Also, thank you Pamela for such an inspiring original piece and I hope I've made you proud.

Now, head over to Nichole Heady's blog for all the details about this challenge and all the other festivities for today. And be sure to stop by the design team girls' blogs to see their takes on this challenge too!
Have a wonderful Stamp-A-Faire day, so glad you could stop by!


Hello You Card

Limited Supply Challenge

Hello and welcome! So happy to have you join me on this very special day... for Papertrey Ink's very first Stamp-A-Faire event! I truly hope each of you have been enjoying the festivities. If you are new to this, be sure to check out Nichole's blog for all the details and happenings. You won't want to miss out! 

It's time for the Limited Supply Challenge...  Nichole has given us, the design team, a list of supplies that we are work with.  The challenge is to use only those supplies.  Each of us have created a card to share with you today.  Each featuring the gorgeous Natural Beauties stamp set, which is an exclusive Stamp-a-Faire set that you can get for FREE today with a $100 purchase at Papertrey Ink!...
Stamps: Natural Beauties

Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores & Smokey Shadow
Paper: Stamper's Select White & Aqua Mist
Ribbon: Hawaiian Shores Bitty Dot
Buttons: Simply Chartreuse

CUTTING LIST: (In case you're wondering)
Aqua Mist Card Base measures: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Stamper's Select White measures: 5 1/2" x 3 3/4"

To start... I cut a card base from Aqua Mist cardstock and rounded the bottom corner.  Then trimmed the white cardstock panel and rounded the same corner.  Using Aqua Mist ink, I stamped three large flowers in a triangle formation. Using Hawaiian Shores ink, I stamped three small flowers also in a triangle formation.
Stamped this gorgeous sentiment in Smokey Shadow Ink.  Then, to cover the cardstock seam, I wrapped the card base with ribbon and tied into a bow.  Finished the card off with a trio of Simply Chartreuse buttons.

Now, head over to Nichole Heady's blog for all the details about this challenge and all the other festivities for today. And don't forget to stop by the design team girls' blogs to see their takes on this challenge too!

Hope you have a fun filled Stamp-A-Faire day!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Papertrey Ink July Release Projects

The Papertrey Ink July Countdown is about to come to an end and I'm here to share my final projects with you today. But, before I do, let me remind you that everything you've seen peeks of will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink beginning 10 pm EST tonight.

Now, let me get started!...
First up, Little Hot Rod by Melissa Bickford.  I chose to work with the adorable airplane image, stamped it in Orange Zest and Smokey Shadow inks and mounted it over a Fabulous Frames frame (stamped in Aqua Mist).
Then, finished the card off with a stamped sentiment strip and a few die cut clouds.  I just love how tiny these die cut clouds are!!
Next, Floral Foliage also by Melissa Bickford.  Cutting up of the image panels seems to be something I'm stuck on these day.  I just love working with larger images, dicing them up and piecing them back together, which is exactly what I've done for this card.
After stamping a Signature Greeting II sentiment and patching the pieces back together, I finished the card off with a sweet bird and a bit of baker's twine. 
Last, but not least, Heart-2-Heart again by Melissa Bickford.  I began this card by stamping a card base with a few Hello Sunshine sun rays, in a color combo of Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise.  Stamped a sentiment strip and attach it to the base of the card front.
Die cut, stamped in Versamark ink, heat embossed and attached a few clouds.  Then finished the card off with a pop of color, a tiny hand cut stamped heart.

Well, that's all of them!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Teams fabulous projects as well...
Thanks for stopping by!


Flying By To Say Hi! Card

Happy Birthday To You Card

Brighter Skies Card