Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dad's Birthday Card

My mom's birthday is tomorrow. I already sent her a card but didn't have time to make a blog post about it. It was one I had in my stash anyway, because this week has been crazy busy and I just didn't have time to make one. But this morning I made this for my dad, whose birthday is Monday. Stamps are Gina K, stamped in Timber Brown Stazon on watercolor paper and colored with an Aquapainter and SU pads. I stamped the pumpkins first, masked them, stamped the scarecrow, masked HIM, then stamped the cornstalks on either side. I actually did one yesterday but colored the cornstalks green. Well, that makes no sense because by the time the pumpkins are ripe the cornstalks are kind of a goldy brown. So I re-did it that way. Card base is PTI's Orange Zest, sent to me by my dear friend whom I've never met IRL Banu. The orange and green buttons came from her too--thanks Banu! Card base is stamped with SU retired Canvas BG in Really Rust. DP and wood button are PTI, twill tape is SU (stamped with the sunflower image in this set), sentiment is from PTI's Birthday Basics. I love fall, it is definitely my favorite time of year. What's your favorite season?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Merry and Enchanted

Here is a card made with PTI's Merry and Bright. I just love blue and silver for Christmas! Christmas is also a time when I tend to do a lot of embossing--I guess because embossing just seems so festive and special. Here I stamped one of the trees from Merry and Bright Additions in Enchanted Evening. I embossed the star (from the original M & B) in silver. On the Enchanted Evening cardstock layer I embossed the scroll (or tree stand, depending on your point of view) in silver. Card base and layer is SU's brushed silver. Brads are SU, and cord is SU ret.
Hope you enjoyed looking!

Friday, October 9, 2009

FTL 13 Christmas Cards

Hi, I have been having the MOST fun with FTL 13! Here are some Christmas cards I made using this super easy sketch. The first 2 card bases are Close to Cocoa. I used Gingerbread House, a VERY old set from SU which I love and will never part with! I embossed the gingerbread men and candies in white and the greeting (from SU's Loads of Love--current) with red. I used blender pens and Stampin' Pastels to color the red hearts and candy stripes. Ribbon is from last year's holiday mini catalog, it's called alpine. Don't know if you can tell from the pic, but the button is heart-shaped and is from my stash, tied on with PTI's jute. The one with the candies was actually the second one I made, and I think I like it better--makes me think of "visions of sugarplums"!

The next card is basically the same.

This last card is done on Riding Hood Red. Set used is Loads of Love. Trees are embossed with green, greeting is stamped in Palette Burnt Umber. I made two of these just alike.

These cards will be for people around here. Family and friends far away are getting photo cards.

Have you started your holiday cards yet?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mojo Monday 107 Button Bits

I finally got to play with my Button Bits set from PTI. I used the Mojo Monday sketch for this week, #107. Card base is Summer Surise by PTI, focal image is stamped on GKD layering weight. The rest is SU: Pacific Point, and Good Morning Sunshine DP. I layered one of SU's large round clear buttons over some of the DP, stamped the wing in Summer Sunrise and cut out. Small bird is one of SU's corduroy buttons in Pac. Pt. The eyes are a 1/16th punch hole stuck on with a drop of Crystal Effects on top. Butterflies are from PTI's Butterfly Kisses, stamped on DP in Kiwi Kiss ink and cut out, antennae added with marker. Ribbon is SU retired. Used Nesties and the SU tag corner punch as well. I love making this card--it is so cheerful! Hope you all have a great day, and work in some stamping time!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Farm Fever Get Well Soon

This is a card I made for our pastor who injured his back. I have a dirty little secret--I love puns! Oh, I can hear you all groaning, but it's amazing how many stamp sets are out there that use puns. Our pastor, judging from his sermons, is also fond of puns, so I thought he might like this. The set is Farm Fever, SU retired, and Farm Backgrounds from Pink Cat Studios. Card base is Gina K Luxury Base Weight in Pumpkin Spice. I also used GKD layering weight white for the focal image. Pinked circle was made with Nesties and Pacific Point CS (SU ret.) Corn stalk was watercolored and cut out. I used SU cotton twill, PTI wooden button and jute for the embellishment. OH! I almost forgot, I flocked the sheep (hmm, there may be some pun opportunities there!)--it actually shows up pretty well in the pic for once, go figure.

I hope you enjoyed this card, have a great day!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

CAS With Sympathy

The mother of a friend of mine from church passed away unexpectedly last Fri. so I wanted to send a card to her family. Since I wanted to get it in the mail yesterday, I wanted a quick but lovely card and CAS came through for me! This actually uses a sketch from a while ago, FTL 13, you can see it HERE. I used Pocket Silhouettes and Warmest Regards (ret.) both from SU. Ink is Certainly Celery (SU) and ribbon is Sweet Blush Satin from PTI. Card base is Gina K Luxury Base Weight White. I almost think you could send a blank piece of this to a person, and they would still feel special because this CS is so amazing.

I have to say, I LOVE this sketch, and have lots of ideas to use it for Christmas cards. If you've never checked out CAS, you really should--they have some great sketches, and their DT always makes very lovely cards.

Monday, October 5, 2009

WCMD PTI Challenge--Mexico

My inspiration for this card came from the brightly colored floral images you find in Mexican folk art. I don't have any Spanish phrase stamps, so I had to go with English! CS is Summer Sunrise and Raspberry Fizz, DP is RF Mix. all by PTI, colored with SU markers (Summer Sun and Only Orange). Stamps are all SU, as are felt flowers and rhinestone brads. Sent is RF and Stazon Black. Enjoy!

PTI WCMD Challenge--Japan

The challenge was to make a card using Japanese art as an inspiration. I immediately thought of Out on a Limb, probably my favorite PTI set. I found my inspiration HERE. I used glossy CS and sponged my scene with Old Olive, Blue Bayou, Basic Gray and Soft Sky inks, using a torn paper mask. I hand drew some trees and smudged some Whisper White Craft ink in front of the mountain. Then I stamped the branch in Palette Burnt Umber, the flowers in Craft white (embossed with white), leaves in Old Olive, and berries in Tangerine Tango. Stamped the sentiment in the corner in Palette Burnt Umber. Card Base is Blue Bayou, finished off with some gold cord. I'm pleased with how it turned out. Hope everyone had a great WCMD on Sat!