Monday, February 28, 2011


Every once and while Robin and I talk about the variety of cards that we send to OWH. We try to make sure that each and every box has a nice variety, from 'Happy Birthday' cards to 'thinking of you' or whatever is appropriate for the upcoming holidays. Yet, given the fact that we use mostly PTI stamps, we find that a lot of our cards are more geared to adults. Its not that these cards can't be sent to children but rather that they are just quite sophisticated. Recently we purchased a PTI stamp set designed for kids in an effort to try to make more cards for children. 

I made this card using the Marvy punches that we have. I stamped the image of cookie monster in blue and added a half of an oval for the mouth and two circles for eyes. The cookie was actually made the same way- a large tan circle was embellished with smaller brown circles to look like chocolate chips. A scalloped circle was used to make it look like the cookie had been partially eaten. Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts Monster set. While I love the more sophisticated cards that we make, I do hope to make more cards for children in the future. Hopefully the new PTI stamp set designed for kids will inspire me to do so!


Friday, February 25, 2011

PTI Blog Hop


Today is the 25th, which means that it is a PTI  BlogHop. The theme this month was to use any card with a scallop. Luckily, I bought my first scallop die from PTI this month, and it arrived just in time for me to make a fun card for the hop. I made this card using a new Floral Fusion stamp set at PTI, which I LOVE! I didn't realize how much use we would get out of this stamp and its small matching die. The sentiment also comes from this set. I know I will continue to use this set to make fun, springy cards in the future. Thanks for stopping by. 

If you would like more information about the PTI blog hop, please visit: Nichole's site. 

Happy Birthday!

Just thought I would post a quick card that I made a few weeks ago! To make this card, I used the new present dies that are part of the Make a Wish set from PTI. I cut out both pieces and stamped them in Momento Ink. I love the color combination- rose bud, bahama blue and grape jelly. I taped the cut bow onto the die cut present and then attached them to the background. The textured back was made using an Argyle impression folder. I never realized that a white background on a white card looks really sophisticated. It is something I learned from Nichole Heady and I really love the look. Finally, a small sentiment from Stampin' Up finished the card. 

Hope you enjoy 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Good morning!

I am on my way to class but I thought I would drop in and show a fun Birthday card that Robin made for Operation Write Home. This card used the Framed Stamp Set from PTI, which I have used on so many cards! I love how professional it is. I used to attempt to draw the lines by hand, but this stamp makes it so clean and simple. Robin then used the star dies from PTI to die cut three different stars. She filled in the gap in the frame with a small 'celebrate'. Finally, she added a fun sentiment from a birthday set from PTI. This has to be one of my favorite birthday sentiments. I really like the script and the size of it in general. I also like the fact that she used red, white, and blue for the stars on this card. Its a great combination!  

Hope you have a great day!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Make It Monday #2 Card

Good afternoon!

Just thought I would post a quick card for the Make it Monday Challenge over at PTI. I haven't had much time recently, but I really wanted to give this challenge a try. We have had vellum in the house for the longest time, but we rarely, if ever, use it. I guess I had some type of phobia of smudging the ink after stamping on it. Yet, the amazingly talented Nichole Heady showed how easy it is to create a sentiment strip with vellum. Therefore, I decided to give it one more try. Miraculously, it worked! I love the look of this card. The die is a new Geo Die that Robin found on the Operation Write Home website. It took a little time to get used to it, but I really love the final product. With the chilly weather today, this card is a nice reminder of the springy temperatures soon to come.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Let it SNOW!

Good morning!

This has to be one of my favorite cards that I made this winter! I don't remember where the idea came from for this card, but I really like how it turned out. I started by stamping the Framed stamp from PTI in black ink on white card stock. I stamped three little snowmen from the Jar Fillers for winter in the middle of the Frame. I took a sentiment from this same set and added it to the opening in the frame. Using basic markers, I colored the snowmen's hat and scarf. I also added some orange for the carrot nose :) I then masked off the frame to add the snowflakes. The snowflakes came from a separate PTI set called Peace Be Still. I stamped them in two different colors of blue around the frame. Finally, I added a colored pearl to the hat on each snowman. I love how the scarf, hat and pom pom all match on each one. They look so cute!

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just thought I would pop in and show you a card that I made for Valentine's day. This card used the Framed set from PTI. I first stamped the frame on a white card base. I then took PTI's Heart Prints stamp set and stamped three small hearts. Recently PTI introduced dies to cut out the hearts that coordinate with this set! I love having the die!! It makes everything look so professional and it makes it easy for us to make multiple cards for OWH at one time. I stamped the three smaller hearts in different colors on the die cut shapes. I then added these with pop up dots to the center of the frame. I stamped the sentiment XOXO from the Heart Prints stamp set, which luckily fit perfectly into the opening in the frame. Finally, I added a small puffy heart sticker that we had left from Valentine's Day cards last year. I really like these little stickers and I hope to be able to get more in the future. 

Hope everyone has a fabulous day today! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Make it Monday: Challenge #1

There is a new challenge every monday at PTI! I think this challenge with the video will be really inspiring each week. This week the challenge was to make a card with multiple sentiments of the same type. I made a few similar cards for this challenge- some with birthday cards and the rest were thank you notes. I really like this technique and I am sure I will use it in the future. Hope you enjoy!

If you want to check out the challenge, visit this link!

Monday, February 7, 2011

PTI Anniversary Day 5

Good Morning!

One of my favorite stamp sets from PTI has got to be Dot Spot. I love the geometric images from this set and I think they look wonderful stamped in different colors. In the past I have always used Dot Spot on a horizontal card, but I decided to try something new this time! I stamped the medium and one of the smaller circles from the set vertically down the card. I also really like this color combination (Raspberry Fizz, plum pudding and Hawaiian Shores) I used the smallest image from the set to add a little bit more to the card. The sentiment comes from Hero Arts. Robin and I use a lot of sentiments like 'thinking of you' or 'Hi There'. These sentiments can really be used for anything, which makes them perfect for OWH. As a final touch, I added some pink rhinestones and purple pearls to the interior of the circles. This really made them pop off the page and I love the final card.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thank You

Looking back over the cards we have made for Operation Write Home, I have to say that Robin and I have become much more sophisticated in our card making. Perhaps this is because PTI offers very CAS and sophisticated products or perhaps our technique has just improved. I think this card is a fabulous example of this. I got the idea for this card from Nichole Heady, the head of PTI.  I absolutely love her style! She is really an inspiration. 

I LOVE the look of the white embossed background on this card. I think its wonderfully subtle and sophisticated. It is something I never would have thought of trying, but Nichole showed how professional it can make a card look. I ran an impression folder (argyle) through the Cuttlebug and then attached it to a white card base. I then used the new gorgeous Mat Stack 1 stamp set. The sentiment is stamped on a die cut double banner, which is also from PTI :) As a final touch, I added a Scarlet Jewel button to each side of the sentiment. I really think is an elegant card. For me, it proves that often in card making, less is more!