Saturday, May 25, 2013

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Blog Friends!
I know, SURPRISE!!!! Two posts in one day!!! WOW!!!!! BUT, if you read my first post from today, you would know I have a "new" company of stamps that I'm in love with! And that it's
 Paper Trey Ink!
 Here is the challenge for today:
Using the colors PTI gives...This is the color palette I chose from the selection given & you are to  use FLOWERS!
You can find more information about this Challenge here:
Aren't these colors just GORGEOUS???? Makes me think of SPRING!  Well, guess what? I also have a Wedding Card to make & thought this challenge would serve me well in getting me going! So, here I am!!!!! I also forgot I got a FLORAL stamp from PTI!!!! DAH!!!!!! So, I pulled it out! It's called Lace Bouquet! What a GORGEOUS STAMP!!!! It makes me think of Edwardian or Elizabethan Embroidery! AND these colors of green are usually used with this type of embroidery!

 Here's my card:
This is a close-up of the floral design & what I did with it---
I used Versa Fine Olympia Green to stamp the image, & SU- Barely Banana & River Rock markers. The River Rock is what I used to go around the images & it gives a little shadow. I also used Tim Holtz- Antique Linen to tone down the white card base and Making Memories Antique Ribbon.
This is the Main Image for my card! Isn't this just SOOO SWEET! This image is from the Love & Marriage set. OH MY! This set is FILLED with images to use! And more than one main image! It is THE IMAGE that sold me on this set!
Well, I think this card came out "old & vintagey" which I LOVE!!!!!! I STILL have time to play before I send off my Wedding card  & gift but, what do you think???? Let me know, I'd LOVE to hear!
Hope to see you over at PTI!

Life Is....

Hi Blog Friends!
As you will see I have been QUITE BUSY here!  I have been working on a gift for a friends' daughter & I FINALLY have it ready for mailing! Hubby will take it to the Post Office tomorrow! (Written on the 22nd.)  I have a friend who is going to be a Grandmother in June! Her FIRST GRANDCHILD! And it's going to be A BOY! When you think of having a boy, what do you think, "Life is?"  (I'll give you my answer in a little bit! Just think on that...!)  
Here are some pictures of what's inside my package!

It's a Hand Knit Baby Sweater Set, size birth -9 months! It's my "standard" baby gift! I LOVE to make these! (Not knowing anyone who was having a baby for awhile, I've MISSED making these!)  It's an OLD PATTERN from an Intermediate Knitting Class I took in my teens from Sears! (THAT probably dates me!)  Here are a few more pictures of each of the pieces. First, the little hat.

 The Little mittens & I added a crochet chain so they won't be lost.

The Little booties.

This pattern is pretty easy in that it's basically Stockinette & Garter stitch throughout.
I  added a SPECIAL TAG to the collar- SU-Hand Knit set. (" Hand Knit for you. This item is a one-of-a-kind creation for your enjoyment.") I just used Cotton Ribbon & stamped it with Stazon & used Fray Check on the edges.

I HAD TO create some Care Labels...Sweater image is SU-  Hand Knit set, PTI- Dies-Thread Cards & other stamps-Hanging by a thread.

Here's the other side of these tags- "Hand Knit by" is by SU- Hand Knit set, NOTICE the little Laundry Care Label? I just LOOOOOOOVE this! I've wanted a set like this FOR AGES!!!! PTI- Handle with Care set. (I've been "observing PTI Designer blogs for SOME TIME now & this is the FIRST TIME I've had some! In my observations, I've DISCOVERED they are EXTREMELY VERSATILE, & FUNCTIONAL for everyday type uses! I've always been one who likes "Functionality" in the things I make! And I'm SO HAPPY to have this little Laundry Care set! I've ALWAYS thought it would be nice to add a "care label" rather than a piece of the yarn label! ) One of the little Thread Cards holds extra yarn for mending if needed too.

I've added some SPECIAL LITTLE GOODIES just for the baby too! I made these for BOTH of our kids before they were born & placed them in the Hospital bassinet! When they were little, they carried them all around the house, slept with them, chewed on them, & cried on them! They're just the right size for little-ones hands! I made a special little Laundry Care Tag for them too, SU-Chocolate Bunny!

They're made out of white sport socks! I got the pattern out of a magazine, (Sorry, can't remember which one.) when I was a kid & tucked it away for keeping... (If you'd like the PATTERN & a TUTORIAL on these leave me a comment asking for them & I'll post it!) Oh yeah, our kids STILL HAVE THEIR little Bunnies, tucked away now, a little worn, but they've been LOVED!

Now, for the Tag on the outside of the Gift Bag I've made:
I LOOOOOVE Peter Rabbit! (Crafter's Companion), he seems PERFECT to go with my Sock Bunnies, AND the little Garden Gate? Flourishes- Garden Gate set. I used SU- Watercolor Crayons. And you've probably noticed the sheer bag that you can see the little boy bunny peeking out of... I made that out of Sheer Material! (Seriously, it is material to make "Sheers" for windows! IF you want instructions for this too, let me know in the comments!)

 I tied off the top with a large blue ribbon.

This is a NEW DIE from PTI! It's called the "Zipper Die Boarder!" (They have smaller ones too for card making, Mover & Shakers Zipper Dies. This is one of the things that helped to sell me on PTI!) The little arrow says "Pull here," from the Movers & Shakers Sentiments set. You pull that back & underneath is stripped designer paper that gives the answer to "Life is..."  Have you thought of the answer yet? What would you say Life is with a little boy in your life?  "Life is....Full of Adventures!" I thought that REALLY FIT because  being a mom of a "little boy," I know little boys just BRING ADVENTURE to your life! LOTS of fun & wonderful things happen & SOMETIMES MISCHIEF! (Here's an example of  "mischief," that I think might make you chuckle! Way back when our boy was little, I sold Pampered Chef &  Daddy would watched the kids as I would do the home parties. I came home one night carrying in my crates of Kitchen Tools & almost slipped when I walked in the door. I found out, our little boy had gotten into the Pam & sprayed the kitchen down! Another time, he had taken the Sugar Shaker & covered the dog in Cinnamon! The house smelled good but, the  poor dog was sneezing! Our son LOVED the kitchen tools & he enjoyed his own type of  "cooking," I guess! I look back on those days & giggle!)
 And Peter Rabbit is only at the gate of the garden in this picture!

For the back of the tag I added this little sentiment- SU-Curvy Verses, along with To & From:

Next, Peter is in the garden.... & into mischief! "Welcome Baby"-SU Short & Sweet, Modern Punch. The Picket Fence is a PTI die. I LOVE how the dies are decent priced & I believe "MADE IN THE U.S.A!" Nichole even gives SUPER IDEAS on how to store them!

I popped most everything up on dimensionals to give that added 3-D look!

UH-OH!!! Peter got caught! "Let the Adventures begin!"  Notice, he only has one shoe on now!

I popped him up on demensionals too!

Lastly, I HAD TO tuck a card & letter in for the NEW GRANDMA! It's quite simple, made with SU-Movers & Shapers dies. (I got it SUPER CHEAP awhile back when it was discontinued!) It says, "Congratulations" on the outside & "Grandma" on the inside! (I DISCOVERED I don't have ANY STAMPS with Grandma/Grandpa etc.! (Something I'll have to look for!)

Well, that's it for me for now! HOPE you like this post & I'd LOVE to hear what you think! Also, don't forget to ask if you'd like the pattern & tutorial on the Baby Sock Bunny Toys & Sheer Bag! Let me know!

"Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

Remembering those "adventurous" days of chasing my little boy around, they grow up too quickly!

Additional supplies used:
(Things not mentioned above)

Baby Tag-
* SU paper & DCWV
* SU Labels Collection
* SU- Festive Paper- Piercing Pack
* SU- Adorning Accents Edgelits die
* Edgelits Embossing Folder
*Tim Holtz- Tea Die
* SU- Flower Punches
* Dimensionals & Glue Dots
* Becca Bow Maker
SU- Punch- Decorative Label

Inside Card-
* Flourishes- "Congratulations"- Sentimental Favorites set
SU- " On the birth of your new baby"- Congrats set

Grandmother Card- (Front)
* Flourishes- "Congratulations"-Sentimental Favorites set
SU- Punch- Full Heart
SU- Scallop Edge Boarder

**** Things with a star are things used on most of the other pieces!****


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hats Off To You!

Hello Blog Friends!
It's time for "Timeless Tuesdays" over at Flourishes! And I just HAD TO join in! 
Our daughter is GRADUATING from High School so, it was time to make her a special congratulatory card & make some announcements to go off in the mail too! Seeing that we home school, you can find places to do the announcements but, I like to do my own!
 The challenge? BLACK ACCENTS!
How easy is that?  If you want to join in, check here for all the details:
The deadline is Monday, 6 p.m.
Here is my Graduation Announcement for our daughter, OF COURSE made with a Flourishes Stamp Set, Hats Off To You!
(I've covered up areas that are personal.)
The "main image" is all the information! I typed it out on the computer, choosing the font I wanted & the size. Then I added my "accents!" The accent is the Flourish Silhouette of a Graduate! I'm not sure if you can see the embossing I did on either side of the card. Just a couple of stripes.  And beside the card is my matching envelope! I love this little mortar board!
This is the inside! If you look closely, you can see slits---this will hold our daughters photo!  
Next, I needed to make our daughter a card of Congratulations from us! I made our son one of these when he graduated from High School & he loved it! Take a look:
It looks like a little book! Notice the Black Accents? The binding, the "bookmark ribbon," & the scalloped circle behind the cover image.
Inside: Black Accents on the cover of the mini-card inside. Gold ink for the sentiment, also in this set.
Notice the little card, with the picture of a "college" building & another sentiment?  (From the same set.) This card will act as a "Gift Card!" Here is the other side:
I wrote out what I wanted it to say & used Jolee's Stickers. A close-up of  the little pocket that holds the card:
Another sentiment with this set! And another "accent in black"- a mortar board image!
The inside of the mini- card that fits right inside this little "book." I LOVE this saying by Corrie Ten Boom, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God---!" HOW TRUE IT IS!!!! (Printed from the computer.) More black accent- the matting around the sentiment!
Another look at the outside.
A close- up of the front. I used pointillism to make the image pop! ( The white mortar board & diploma would have faded into the background... White is reserved for females!) Another mortar board & diploma from the same set! ( AND this set has MORE IMAGES!)
I popped the image up on dimensionals. 
The binding! I embossed it with a Cuddle-bug Embossing folder- Argyle & rubbed gold ink over it, which makes the Argyle pattern pop.

I made my own template for this but, for help with making your own check out Betsy Veldman's blog here:

Additional supplies used:
Tim Holtz Tea Stain Ink
2 Brads
Memento Ink
Krylon Gold Pen
Spellbinders Scallop Classic Circle
SU- Apothecary Accents Die

Let me know what you think?  Especially if, you want to make someone SMILE!
HOPE to see you over at Flourishes!

P.S. Just a little update: Thank you for your prayers in our time of "refining!" Things still aren't resolved but, we KNOW things are being done to resolve our situation! Please continue in prayer for us? Your prayers are VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!