Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Have a Great Day

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to share a quick card I made a few months back! I created this card soon after we got the PTI Way to Go Kiddo Stamp set. At first I wasn't very sure if we would get a lot of use about some of the images, but it has turned out to be a very fun and useful set to use to make cards for children. I created this card by stamping the various mushroom images in Versamark on green paper. I then cut the small white central focal point using a paper trimmer. I added the embellished edge using one of our edge punches from Fiskars. I stamped the image with the three smaller mushrooms on this white square and colored it with various green Copic markers. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set on the bottom and added two green gems to add a little something extra to the card. At this point, I placed the green piece on the card and was not completely satisfied with the look of the card. Something was missing. I found some rustic twine that we had lying around the house and added a piece on the bottom. Exactly what was missing! I loved how rustic the twine looked with the images of the mushrooms.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

PTI April Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the PTI blog hop. This month the theme was to make a masculine card, which was especially fun given that last month's release was all about masculine stamp sets. For this challenge, I decided to use the new Boy Basics Frog stamp set that Nichole introduced. I absolutely love this stamp! It is a larger version of a small stamp that is in the Tiny Treats Valentine stamp set. The set came with a matching lily pad and a fly, as well as two cute matching sentiments. I have to say that for this card I was truly inspired by one of the release projects Nichole Heady made with this adorable stamp set!

To create the background for this card, I stamped the new Boy Basics circles on a piece of green cardstock from Michaels. I used Versa Mark Ink and I really love how it came out. I then punched out a large white circle using a Marvy Punch. I die cut the frog and lilly pad on white paper and colored them in with Copic Markers. I stamped one of the matching sentiments from the set on the bottom of the circle. I then attached the lily pad directly to the white circle. I added the frog with a few pop up dots to give the card some dimension. I then added two small googly eyes to the frog. Finally, I stamped the image of the fly on the white circle. Before adhering the circle to the card front, I die cut a double ended banner die, which is also from PTI. I stamped this is green with the Gingham stamp set. I attached this strip to the card front, and then placed the central image on top.

I hope you enjoy!

PTI Blog Hop!


It's that time again!!! PTI is having their April Blog Hop today.

This month's blog hop is dedicated to all the boys and men in our lives! Now's your chance to create Father's Day projects, boy birthday cards and more to build up your stash! Focus on masculine color schemes, fresh pattern combinations, understated embellishments and unique uses of images you may already have in your stash!

This was a great theme for the blog hop, as this past month's release was dedicated to all the men and boys in our lives. Although we got a bunch of new, more masculine stamp sets, the theme this month also pushed us to use our existing stamps in a more masculine way. This is exactly what Robin did with this fabulous card. Instead of coloring her favorite hot air balloons, she chose to paper piece them. I love the way they came out! She also popped the largest one with the thickest pop up dot and the middle one with a slightly thinner adhesive. The smallest balloon was adhered directly to the card. This gave the card an incredible amount of depth and it really looks as if the balloons are simply flying through the sky! I love it!!

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, April 15, 2011

OWH Blog Skip

Good morning! Welcome to the OWH Sticker Blog Skip!

(If you would like to start at the beginning of the skip, please go to the OWH Stars and Stamps Blog.)

Robin and I make a lot of cards for OWH using stickers, so we thought it would fun to showcase a few of them for everyone to see! In general, we prefer to use Paperhouse stickers, as they are amazingly realistic. Although they can be hard to find, they are worth looking for on your next trip to Michaels or A.C. Moore. We love the dog and cat stickers, as well as the butterflies and shells. In the summer, Robin also makes cards with the Paperhouse popsicles!

First is a fun card that Robin made! I love the fun patterned paper behind the dog stickers on this card. Each sticker is placed on a white square of cardstock. This was then placed on a pink piece of paper, which was placed on a darker pink strip. The paper used to back the stickers is embossed with tiny polka dots. Finally, a sentiment from Amuse Stamps finishes the card.

This next card is similar although the materials used are slightly different. The stickers are once again placed on a white square of cardstock. This was then placed on a square of brown cardstock, which was created using the Marvy punches. The same sentiment was used, although instead of backing it on patterned paper, Robin placed a small strip of Washi Tape across the bottom of the card. The tape not only looks great but is also very easy to move or reposition if necessary.

This card was created in a similar manner to the one above. I really like the butterfly stickers, especially for the spring. Once again, a piece of Washi Tape was placed on the bottom of the card.

In the summer, Robin generally makes cards using these popsicle stickers. These paperhouse stickers are so realistic! They really look like those summer treats we all enjoyed as kids. For this card, and the one below, she placed the stickers on a white square of paper and placed this on a colored piece of cardstock. She placed the squares on an angle to create the look of diamonds. Finally, a matching piece of Washi Tape on the bottom finishes off the card.

While I have always loved dogs, we got a cat when I was younger and we absolutely love her. Therefore, when we found cat stickers from Paperhouse, I immediately fell in love with them. The cats are so cute! I picked this card not only because of the stickers but also because of the awesome background paper used to complement the cats. The colors also go really well with the feline theme of the card. Finally, a thinking of you stamp was used to finish the card.

Finally, I though I would post two slightly different cards from those above. While Robin generally uses animal stickers from Paperhouse, we also really love their flowers. The flowers are larger than the above cats and dogs and once again look quite realistic. They have a wide variety of flowers at the craft store, but these are some of our favorites. The frames are punched with the Martha Stewart 'punch around the corner' double loop set. The paper behind the flowers is metallic paper from AC Crafts. I absolutely love this paper!

I hope this post showed everyone a few different ways to use stickers. If you haven't tried Paperhouse stickers before, I would encourage you to check them out the next time you are at your local craft store. You can also order them online at various stores.

Thanks so much for visiting!

The NEXT STOP on the blog skip is Paula at Handmade by Paula

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