Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Patriotism on Parade

I recently bought my first set from Flourishes. They have some amazing images and a truly talented design team. I just fell in love with this set, Patriotism on Parade. I love the image of the kids having a parade--there is a solid image and an outline image to color if you like. CS colors are Pure Poppy by PTI, white by Gina K. and Brilliant Blue by SU. I used my Stampin' Pastels to color the flag. Sent. is stamped in Palette Noir. The first card is all Flourishes, on the second card I used a sent. from Our Daily Bread Designs. Ribbon is from Michaels, star brads are from HL I think, and star punches are SU.

Here I used the pinking circle die from Nestabililties to layer. I have lots of ideas for combining this set with some of my other patriotic sets--it's just finding the time to do it.

It's unlikely I will get another chance to post for a week or so--going to be pretty busy! So I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Let me give you some background!

So, I've been guest hosting the 2009 PTI Swap Round 3 over on SCS. Tomorrow I start swapping out the cards. A new category we thought we'd try is backgrounds! The idea was to create an A2 sized background piece of CS using PTI stamps. The creations everyone has sent in are FABULOUS and can be seen HERE.

Anyway, here is my BG. I used Berry Sorbet and New Leaf ink on Guideline I grid CS. Can I just say I LOVE this stuff--it makes stamping BG's soooo much easier. The water lily image is from Pond Life and the leaf image is from Simple Little Things, PTI's first anniversary set.

This is my full card for the swap. I used the first PTI set I ever bought, the one that started the craze! (For me anyway!) It's called Text Boxed and you can see what made me fall in love with the PTI style HERE. This card also uses Honey Bees, a set designed by Candice Aguilar. All products are PTI except scallop edge punch by SU. I also used the long scalloped rectangle die by Nestabilities. Here's a tip: The images from Text Boxed will layer perfectly on the 2nd smallest die if you trim right up to the edge of the image and then trim 1/8 inch off the bottom. Stamped in Summer Sunrise on Lemon Tart CS, layered on Dark Chocolate. Details and sentiment are stamped in Palette Burnt Umber, aka Dark Chocolate. I used the Guidelines II grid CS and I love the way my BG paper turned out!

I was experimenting with BG's to see which one I wanted to do for my swap. I came up with this one. Have you ever watched a nature show about bees? They come back to the hive and do a dance for the other bees to show what direction and how far away some flowers are. That's what this card reminds me of! Not thrilled with the layout here, but oh, well.

So, I hope you enjoyed these cards! Have a BEE-utiful day!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A song in my bra...I mean, heart!

Well, time for the PTI blog hop! This month the challenge was to use a color combo inspired by a sight or sound of summer. We were to include a picture of the thing that inspired us. But in my case, I was inspired by a song--

Get it? LOL! It was an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini that she wore for the first time today! I have been wanting to try this bra and panty template for a while now and the PTI bitty dot paper inspired me! Supplies are Blush Blossom and Whisper White CS by SU, Lemon Tart Bitty Dot DP and Summer Sunrise Satin Ribbon by PTI. Rhinestone circle ribbon slide is from Hobby Lobby, heart is from Around and About Sentiments, stamped in Berry Sorbet, sun-kissed areas were sponged with Blush Blossom ink. Lace edging is the SU eyelet punch.

Hope you all have enjoyed these cards--can't wait to see what the other hoppers have created!