Saturday, June 14, 2008

Another PTI Release has come and gone...

I can't believe it is already the 15th of June..seriously, where is this summer going..please slow down...Well, I've been busy chatting in the PTI forum tonight for the big release..the new stamp sets are great and I'm having a really hard time deciding on which to purchase..I wish I could get them all..Now that the GSS entries are in, I can share some of my projects with you.. I didn't have a very creative month so didn't share as many projects as I would have liked to...This first card was created using the new Bitty Baby Blessings set..what an adorable little set Nichole created. I used the new Lavender Moon cardstock along with the Bitty Baby Blessings Patterned paper and Lemon Tart cardstock.(all from Papertrey) I stamped the little elephant with my Noir Black Palette Ink and then colored him in with my pastels. I then used the smallest circle nestie and cut out the top center to create a basket.. I then just placed another circle behind it to create a 3d look to the basket. I stamped the little baby face and cut that out and put inside the basket. She fit perfectly inside.. I then just placed my basket handle on to the elephant trunk and used the sentiment "Special Delivery"...
My second card was created by using the Honey Bee set. What a fun little set to use. I just love the sentiments that go along with this set. I created the base of my card by using white PTI cardstock, the smaller flower patterned paper from Bitty Baby Blessings, along with Lavender Moon cardstock. I stamped the grass design onto a strip of white cardstock and placed a few of the flower designs onto the grass. I then placed a few orange brads inside the flowers for the centers and cut out two small bees.. I placed those onto the paper with dimensionals. I used the sentiment "bee happy". This is a very simple card but I think it would make some one's day if they received it in the mail...
The third card I again used the Honey Bee set. I used Lavender Moon cardstock as my base and used a scalloped circle nestie to cut out a circle onto the paper. I then cut out two smaller scalloped circles to fit "inside" the larger circle. I stamped the flying bee onto Spring Moss cardstock and he just looked like he should be carrying something so I stamped a bouquet of flowers for him to hold. I tied the bouquet with a small ribbon and used the sentiment "thank you". Looking back at the card now I wish I would have added a small eye onto his face to give him more of a personality..I think it would have added to the image. That is one thing that I have noticed when posting my cards.. I'm able to step back and really look at the card and see how I can improve it or change it.. I have been amazed how you miss little details when working on projects but once finished and you really take a look at your work you find things to improve on. I try not to over analyze though because I tend to be a bit picky and end up ruining the card!!
The fourth card was just fun to make..I just kinda went for it without much thought. I love creating background paper for my cards and when I saw the crown and sentiment "Queen Bee" I knew I had to make a card using those images.. So, I took the small honeycomb design and repeated that all over the Lemon Tart cardstock in Lemon Tart Ink...I love using the matching ink onto the isn't so overpowering of the paper and it adds some depth. I then stamped the crown and sentiment onto the paper. I stamped the large Queen Bee onto the same honeycomb background paper and used my circle and scalloped circle nesties to cut out. I had some black velvet ribbon leftover from a project I had done awhile ago and thought it to be fitting for a queen..I like what it adds to the card. My mom will definitely be getting this card!!!
The fifth and final card I created used the Honey Bee set again.. I really like the simple little flowers in this set. They are just the perfect size to create a little garden that I do not have to tend I incorporated each of the sizes, as well as all the purple palette inks that I own. I then stamped a few of the tiny bee images throughout the flowers. I used the sentiment "bee happy". I just love that sentiment b/c I truly believe in being happy!!
Well, as you can see not a whole lot of out-of-box projects this month, which is OK.. I had fun just sitting back and using the stamps in a more traditional way. There's always next month!!!Thanks for looking...

Monday, June 9, 2008

Mojo Monday Week #41

Well, I'm so excited today!! I came across this wonderful blog by Julee Tilman!! She is a stamper/graphic designer/stamp designer and has started her own stamping company Verve Visuals...Well, every Monday she shares a sketch for us stamping gals/guys to try out!! I always feel I need a bit of a creative jump start on Mondays so this is what I've always needed!! I'm really looking forward to creating on Mondays now with the Mojo Sketches!!! Here is sketch #41..
I looked through some of my scrap paper and found this adorable polka dot baby paper that I just love...I'm in love with the color brown with blue or sweet!! If you look back at my past posts many of my creations use these color combos. Anyway, I started with a PTI scored white card and used the polka dot paper as my first layer, then the lighter blue paper for the larger square and PTI white card stock for my smaller square..I distressed the outer edges of the blue paper to give it a "fuzzy" look similar to the little baby sweater..I also distressed the white square with Burnt Umber ink to give it a bit of depth..I stamped the small baby sweater from Stampendous onto the white square..I then re-stamped the image on a separate piece of white paper and colored it in using soft pastels. I really like how the pastels made the sweater look fuzzy and cozy! I then cut it out, leaving behind the hanger..I placed it over the original stamped image with a dimensional..I like how the pastels made the sweater look cozy and fuzzy and I also like how the sweater is over the gives it more of a 3 dimensional look. The sentiment is from PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings set. I used my corner rounder punch to create the scalloped edge and went back through and punched small holes in each scallop. I like how you can see the blue paper through the holes...I finished the card with a light blue/brown polka dot layered ribbon and 3 brown brads. Very simple but I hope that the new mommy I am giving it to enjoys it!! Thanks for looking!!