A big birthday!

A fun, quick card today that is a real departure from my usual style. It is a simple sketch, based on the current sketch for the Sketch Sunday challenge over at Tiffany’s blog, I heart art, but the papers, colors and motifs are much more vintage than my usual style. The recipient has definitely influenced the ‘look’ – I think she will appreciate the vintage motifs.

I was inspired by Dawn McVey‘s card on page 78 of Paper Crafts Card Creations – so this card is also going into the ‘Source of Inspiration’ challenge over at Wee Memories. 

The color scheme of browns, blacks and creams also works perfectly for the ‘Coffee & Cream’ challenge at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Thrift Shop (October Afternoon)
Stamps: letters (Woodware), graph background stamp (Hero Arts)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Antique Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), tiny attacher (Ranger), sewing machine, die cut notebook page (Papertrey Ink), Cricut Expression – Opposites Attract

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A great new challenge…

Morning blog friends!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend so far.

A quick post this morning to share a card for a new fab challenge happening in blog land over at the lovely Heather’s blog, Witty Title Here. Heather uses amazing color combinations in her cards and has started a challenge, Totally Hues Challenge, encouraging all of us to do the same!

Here is what I came up with:

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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Papertrey Ink Anniversary Month

Its a big month over at Papertrey Ink. They are celebrating their 4th year – its hard to believe that they’ve only been around 4 years. It seems every issue of every magazine has at least 1 Papertrey Ink product on every page. I have only recently started card making and have already built up quite the stash – every set is gorgeous!

Over at Nichole’s blog they are doing a BIG giveaway (huge, actually!) and in order to play along we’ve all been asked to select our favorite projects from the last year. This is a tough one as every thing I do probably has a PTI product, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few cards.

I posted this one recently for the January Blog Hop – I like that I did something a bit different on this card with the ribbon vase.

I also like this simple card I made a few months ago:
Lastly, I was happy with this set using Asian Fusion – one of my first PTI stamp sets and still one of my faves!
I can’t wait to see what PTI has in store for the year ahead!
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A cheerful Monday card..

Monday already?!? It comes so much quicker than Friday, right? A quick post tonight – had to squeeze this into for my last entry for the color challenges over at Moxie Fab World.

This card is for the Jewel Tones Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World. The sketch is based on the Sketchy Sunday sketch over at Tiffany’s blog, Iheartart - one of my absolute fave places to visit!

I’ve included both of these pics as I’m just getting used to doing a little photo editing and I honestly can’t decided which is better – the first is compeletely natural light & no changes to the image. The 2nd is using the ‘auto-fix’ feature on Picasa – then a little manipulation to the ‘temperature’. Not sure how any of that works! So, any good photographers out there – which image is better??

As I used a bow for a CAS card, I’m also submitting it for the Pals Paper Arts current ‘bow’ challenge. The cheerful yellow was inspired by the sunflower image over at Just Add Ink. Lastly, its going in for the Anything Goes challenge over at The Paper Players.ο»Ώ
Here are all the inspiration pics:

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My green thumb…

Well, not exactly….
This card was for the ‘Grandmother’s Garden’ category in the last Paper Crafts Call and unfortunately didn’t make the cut, but I thought I would share it here.
It uses one of my favorite new stamps, Flower Bird Garden, from the 2011 Hero Arts Release. I used the embossed resist technique – this is my absolute fave! The background of the image is stamped with the Hero Arts Friend Definition, but it is hard to see in the picture. 
As the card uses embossing, I’m entering it into the Wet Embossing challenge over at There She Goes Clear Stamps. It is also a monochromatic color palette, and therefore being entered into the current Just Add Ink challenge and uses ribbon, so submitting it over at Wee Memories current ribbon challenge as well!
Thanks for visiting!

Card details:
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Flower Bird Garden, Friend Definition, Designer Woodgrain (Hero Arts), sentiment from Through the Trees (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark watermark ink, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade & Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: label (Cricut Expression), die (Papertrey Ink), button (Papertrey Ink), twine, lace (The Ribbon Girl), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), foam adhesive
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