Monday, January 30, 2012

A Cherry Hello

I've had the idea for this card rumbling around in my head for a while but it has just now come to fruition. <insert bad pun groan> My sister gave me a bunch of paper doilies for Christmas so I was excited to be able to incorporate one into this card. I also love the pattern paper in conjunction with the cherry image because it reminds me of a picnic table cloth.  They just seem to go together. The yellow circle layer behind the cherries was impressed with a wood grain texture to give it some added interest. And then there is the sweet little "hello" tag tied on with baker's twine.  I just love this card, it makes me happy! I hope it will brighten someone else's day, too. :)

Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Tiny Tags (SU!)
Paper: Barely Banana, Whisper White, Bella Rose dp (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive, Ruby Red (SU!)
Embellishments: paper doily, yellow satin ribbon, buttons, baker's twine
Tools: scallop circle punch, jewelry tag punch (SU!), Cutter Bee circle cutting system, stamp-a-ma-jig, wood grain impression plate (PTI)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baby Sweet Pea

After a long hiatus it is good to be back! I spent quite a lot of time after the holidays going through my stamping space and trying to better organize and label things; I wanted to utilize every inch of my small space.  It was good to get those chores done (even though I would rather have been stamping!) because now I don't feel so cramped or have precarious stacks of paper and tools about to topple over me. :)

After all of that I finally have a card to share.  There is another baby boom happening amongst my friends and acquaintances so I started by making a stack of baby cards to have handy.  This pea pod image is one of my favorite baby stamps, and the great thing about it is that it can be for either a boy or a girl!

The focal image was done by die cutting an oval twice, once in Whisper White and once in Crumb Cake. After stamping the pea pod image on the white oval, I trimmed the Crumb Cake oval down so that only the bottom portion remained, creating a "ground" for the image. I stamped the piece of Crumb Cake oval with an image from Tin Types in Always Artichoke.  The same image was used to stamp the strip behind the scallop oval, but using Crumb Cake ink instead.

The last thing I wanted to share is that the Kiwi Kiss panel got the special treatment with my new PTI Book Print impression plate. Love! Some stitching around the edges finished things off.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Eventful, Noteworthy (SU!), Background Basics: Tin Types (PTI)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss, Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss, Crumb Cake (SU!), Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Embellishments: buttons
Tools: Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine, aqua painter, Book Print Impression Plate (PTI)