Monday, December 26, 2011

PTI Blog Hop - Holiday Leftovers Challenge

This challenge couldn't come at any better time than now...  I had nearly finished cutting paper for the hospital card project I've been working on, and had tons of scrap.  Nothing I could even make a card with and would normally throw away.  Lots and Lots AND LOTS of 1 inch strips of paper, that had piled up.  I also had been asked by a coworker if I would make a birthday card for a volunteer at the hospital who works in our gift shop.  She found out that he is turning 91.  WOW, 91 years old...  You don't see that too often anymore, and working as a volunteer.  He's got such spunk and life in him for his age.  He has a great sparkly attitude, so I combined both the challenge and the card request into one.  Here's what I made with my left overs.... a sparkly birthday!!

 I hand glued each strip of paper onto a Stampers Select White 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 base
I weaved the different colors into different directions using different sizes to fit into each space with no white showing.  Kind of like a color blocked quilt. Then I sprayed Elmers Spray Adhesive over entire card and covered with Crystal Diamonds glitter from Joanns.

I then used a Mat Stack diecut in Stampers Select White, and then diecut Fillable Frames Die #4 in Hawaiian Shores, and stamped the coordinating image for Happy Birthday from Fillable Frames #4 stamp set in Hawaiian Shores ink.

I mounted the Fillable Frames diecut onto the Matstack #5 diecut and applied glue all around the FF diecut and covered with Martha Stewart glitter in Limeade. After it dried I mounted the entire piece onto the card using dimensional foam mounts.

I then took some Lime colored ribbon I had laying around and added a Pure Poppy button and tied it off with some jute twine.

Close up of center of the card.

Hope you like it!  Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Well I didn't make the first round cut for Spellbinders so here is the card I made for the contest.

Holly Jolly Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  Been a crazy week with the holidays fast approaching coupled with the fact that I'm having to move! :(  But the good news is that we found a house about a half mile down the road and we were approved!! YAY!  So we are moving in on the 1st of January... What a way to kick off the new year, right??  The only thing I'm not looking forward to is packing right after the holiday is over, grrr!  Anyway.... here's a new card I made last night.  I'm calling it Holly Jolly Christmas. 

The card size is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2"
 It's it just too stinkin' cute?!?!?!?!?!?!

 This is a side view so that you can grab all the detail of the card.
I used my wide glue pen and MS glitter in Sour Apple around the edge of the Quatrefoil diecut in Ripe Avocado to give the card a little bling.  In the open areas of the die cut I stamped a pointsetta from Tag It's #9 in Versamark Ink for some tone on tone contrast on the Scarlet Jewel Cardstock.

I used Matstack #3 die to cut out the center piece in Stamper's Select White. Then inked the edges of it with one of the Tea Dye Duo inks.

I stamped Santa from Holiday Button Bits in Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers. I then added a Button from the Holiday Vintage Mix container I bought recently. I glued that down with Aleen's Craft Glue since I didn't want to add any height behind the button. Then I stamped a second image of Santa out on Stampers Select White and cut out just his head.  I again colored it with Copic Markers, and even gave him a little rosiness to his cheeks! :)

I used a foam dimensional mount behind the head and lined it up with the stamped image already there making sure his beard went up and over the button belly.  I then took my glue pen and went over his long beard and sprinkled MS glitter in Sugar Cube over it to make it pop.  Then took the rolling hill stamp out of Holiday Button bits to give some depth to the background and something for Santa to stand on.  Last but not least with a hefty jolly belly like that, I couldn't resist stamping the "Holly Jolly Christmas" sentiment from the same stamp set underneath to finish it off.  Both stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Well I hope you enjoyed viewing.  I loved making it... Now to explore the Holiday Button Bits set a bit more.... Maybe the Gingerbread man next! :)  

Thanks for coming! :)


Sunday, December 4, 2011

My newly organized design space

I have only a corner of my dining area available for me to put my "stamping stuff" as my husband so eloquently puts it. Sooooo I had to do some reorganizing to make it more storage efficient for me as my collection of "stamping stuff" grows!  Here's some pics!

 An overall view of the right wall of my studio space with all my prized possessions: MY EMBELLISHMENTS!!!

 Always work in progress.  I'm in the middle of stamping out 1900 get well images for a project I'm doing at the hospital I work at.  I feel better knowing I'm the only one touching my stamps, so if something gets ruined.... it's all on me! On the door I mounted another recent purchase from Michaels - a Wall Mount Ribbon Holder - I got it for 50% off and paid $12.50!!  It holds my Non-PTI ribbon right now, but that could change in the future.  On top of the ribbon holder, it doubles as a shelf and all my metal dies that aren't Spellbinders are stored in there.  Since most of them are palm size or smaller they fit in there beautifully! Hanging from the sides I have Salt Dough Ornies that I made myself a while back.  I love country prim decor!

 This area houses my punchies and my brads as well as a place for my supply book and sketch book.  You can see my Sizzix Big Kick next to everything on my desk, illuminated by my new OttLite that I got at Michaels for $17.99

 An overall view of my design corner
In the file drawer to the left of my desk are all my cardstock in drawers by color and alpha order.  Love my PTI cardstock!!  The drawers under my desk hold my bigger PTI stamp sets and my other tools that I just don't want or shouldn't have lingering on my desk for the safety of my children.  It's called out of sight out of mind and everyone gets to be a happy camper - including mommy!!!

 These boxes on top of my foam board ink pad storage are from Dollar General for $1.00 each!
They are the perfect size for PTI's $5 stamp sets and the $1.00 Studio G clear stamps from Michaels.  I have 5 of these so far, and am on a mission to find a few more.  The ink pad storage is made of Foam Board and I covered it with some SU holiday DSP. It holds all my ink pads, ink cubes and reinkers. I don't like polka dots do I?

 The white basket on the shelf above my ink pad holders holds what Copic Markers I do have... Hope to expand that in the near future!  Inside the little mini drawers I keep a piece of my Nana with me.  Her obituary and a dried rose from her casket.  She was a HUGE influence in my life, and I lost her at the age of 32 (my age, not hers, lol!) and I miss her everyday.  It's been 5 years I watched her go, but at least I got to say I love you to her.. I just wish she was able to say it in return before she passed.

 The top shelf is going to have 3 photo boxes in the near future to hold my card creations
The middle shelf are cleaned and decorated spaghetti sauce jars that hold all my PTI ribbons (or will hold them once I get some in, have only sample pieces in there for now). On the bottom shelf are my drawers for Adhesive, Embossing Folders, Buttons, Glitter, my postal scale, my stamp scrubber and my SU marker set. There is a shelf below this one that you can't see that holds my punches and my liquid adhesives, pens and of course my business cards!

An upclose view of my Ribbon Jars - Not bad for recycled storage!!
I used some holiday SU DSP I had lingering that I just couldn't give up. Love the cranberry/cherry and Olive Colors.  I mean look at the color I picked for my walls! LOL!  I then cut out the frames out using the PTI Matstack #5 die and then sponged on olive and cherry cobbler ink and wrote each color category on the frame and adhered them (ended up using double-sided carpet tape to stick them on but because the cardstock is so heavy, it started to lift, so I taped the left and right edges down with invisible scotch tape)

You are looking at my PTI cardstock and ink match cards.  I have them clipped to a metal door that my desk is in front of. (No we don't use the door as it goes out to our carport, and we don't want the kids going in and out of it, so there my desk went, lol!) I have extra spaces on the third card for when PTI releases new colors of cardstock and inks that match. Above it is a wooden dowel for hanging whatever I need to have at my fingertips. Also I have my cardstock sample ring hanging up and in the basket are my larger PTI Dies

Well I hope you enjoyed viewing my little corner world that I can call my own... Now off to go make sure nothing has been touched while I've been posting this... My youngest two (boy 8 and girl 12) love crafts and they love to drool over momma's "stamping stuff"!

Thanks! :)


Vintage Christmas

Yes, the holidays are upon us....21 days until Christmas.. YIKES!  I soooo have to finish my shopping for my family.  "Santa's" gifts have already been bought, and I think the kids will be excited!! Now we have to shop for the boring "Mom, Dad and Auntie" stuff, except that may not be too bad since the kids actually did ask for some new clothes along with everything else on the planet, lol!  I've had lots of goodies come in for myself, and have some more on their way!  Have some new (used) PTI inks coming in from another PTI stamper I bought off the forums, and I purchased some A Muse Studio ink pads from another stamper friend, Monica K, who is a creative consultant for them. I can't wait to get them in!!  I'll have to show you my color charts of inks matching PTI cardstock once I get them all in :)

Anyway, before I ramble on too much more.... MY CARD!  Here is my newest creation.  I've been told it's vintage, and I've been told it's gender neutral and was told by Steve, one of the men who volunteers in my office at the hospital that he'd buy the card if he was getting holiday cards!




PATTERNED PAPER: Papertrey Ink - Holiday Flourishes and Swirls




 BUTTON: Papertrey Ink Holiday Button Mix - Spring Moss

GLITTER: Joann's Fine Glitter Crystal Diamonds

TWINE: Jute Twine - bought at Joann's


SPELLBINDERS: Classic Scalloped Ovals Large

PAPERTREY INK: Quatrefoil Coverplate Die, Block Alphabet Die Collection

INK: Papertrey Ink - Chamomile and Chai Vintage Duo ink set

STAMPS: Studio G Clear Cling Snowflakes (bought at Joanns for $1.00)

You know.... I never used to be a blingy girl, but boy do I love the sparkle the letters let off!!  I hope you enjoy the card!

Thanks for looking! :)


Friday, December 2, 2011

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted - YIKES!

Yes, I know... I'm bad.  I haven't posted in a few weeks. Things have just been crazy around here with the holiday season.  I'm in the middle of trying to get a submission together for Spellbinders Design Team call for 2012...  So I've been working on that, and I apologize in advance that I can't post my submission, but in the event that I don't get selected, you'll all get to see it!


Kathie :)