February 25, 2012

February PTI Blog Hop

Happy Saturday!!  How excited was I yesterday, when I got home, and had a new box of goodies waiting for me?  I SWORE I was taking a break from spending -- and then the PTI Anniversary happened!  HA!

The Movers and Shakers dies must be my absolute FAVORITES yet!  This month's blog hop theme was to create an interactive card.  And those of you that know me, will not be surprised to know that I needed a....you guessed it, BIRTHDAY card for my nephew.  (I have a very large family, with about 20 nieces and nephews - we're ALWAYS going to a birthday ;0) )  Anyway, onto the card.

(I apologize for the pictures, it was very late, and very very dark when I finished!)

Here's the front view:
I utilized lots of fun things here - Mat Stack #3 die, Limitless Layers 1.75" circle dies, the sliders Movers and Shakers Dies and stamp set, the alphabet dies, Dot Spot, and Way to go Kiddo (the lines on the Mat Stack #3 die cut)

Here we are, partially open, to reveal the sentiment from Movers and Shakers:
Too adorable.  I love the sentiments in this set, as well as the Simply You set.  Just darling.  I've added some stars from Star Prints on the tab that slides out, as well as the layer I added behind it.

Here's the tab all the way out - to reveal something about the birthday boy:
And there you have it!  My handsome little nephew will be receiving this today - We are so blessed to have a wonderful big family, and I love them all so much.  Can't wait to CELEBRATE! :)

Thanks for dropping by, have a GREAT weekend!
Supplies (All PTI):
Stamps: Movers and Shakers, Dot Spot, Star Prints, Way to Go Kiddo, Big Birthday Wishes
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
Paper: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Select White
Accessories: By the Numbers dies, Movers and Shakers Sliders dies, Mat Stack #3 Die, Limitless Layers 1.75" circles dies

February 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Blog Party - think SPRING!

Good Afternoon!! (Well, here anyway!)  It's the 17th, so that means is time for the Waltzingmouse Blog Party!  Yaaaay!  I haven't gotten to play along in quite some time, but this month's theme got me going.  I can't think of Spring, and not think of cute little First Communicants. :)  This year, my big girl, as well as my Nephew (and Godson) will both make their First Holy Communion.

The nephew was born ON St. Patrick's day, so really, how could I NOT use Claire's Celtic Heritage stamp set for his card?? LOL.  

The cross image is heat embossed with detail gold embossing powder, and lots of little green gems were added to dress it up a bit.  The sentiment (also from Celtic Heritage) was stamped in Green Galore Ink from SU! - though I'm fairly certain it has been retired.  It looks a little washed out in my photo, but is a nice hearty green.  The roped background is stamped with the braid image from Irish Blessings, in Sahara Sand ink, also from SU!

Looking forward to making the rounds -- thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all a marvelous weekend!

Stamps: Celtic Heritage, Irish Blessings (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Green Galore (Retired), Sahara Sand (SU!)
Paper: Select White (PTI)
Accessories: Mega Mat Stack #4 die (PTI) Filigree Gold EP, Amuse and Doodlebug gems

February 15, 2012

Make it Monday # 53

Coasters, huh?

Just by chance, I happened to get some of these in the bag of goodies I received when I was lucky enough to go to Nichole Heady's house last month, so I figured I had no excuse NOT to play along!

I also, just happened to need a Valentine for my Valentine ;).  I used my Mat Stack #4 die on my coaster, and then I spritzed a little water on the coaster.  Then I brayered it with Canyon Clay ink (I didn't have the refill, so I did the best I could!).  Then I broke out some smooch spray (I think it was spun sugar, it's the only one I have) and since the nozzle wouldn't unclog, I had to get unconventional.  I grabbed an extra piece of scrap paper, and I pushed the nozzle stem down on the paper a bunch of times, then I used my brayer to pick up the spritz, and rolled it onto my coaster.  Now it was time to run it through the Cuttlebug with my woodgrain impression plate.  Funny thing, my coaster must have been a little TOO saturated, because it squeezed a lot of ink and water out onto the plates! lol.  BUT -- when I added the dark chocolate ink (direct to paper) it gave it this awesome look, just like a real piece of wood.

I die cut 2 hearts from Canyon Clay CS, and stamped them with the heart image from Love and Marriage, and then used my Vintage Touch tea dye inks around the edges.  I Stamped the block of famous couples down the side of my base from Rustic Cream CS in Canyon Clay ink, and the sentiment in Dark Chocolate ink, completed with 2 small gems.

I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day - mine was simple and quiet...just the way I like it! :)  Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a great week!!

February 1, 2012

Make it Monday #51

Another week, another challenge over on Nichole Heady's blog.  This week's Make it Monday challenge is to add a dimensional sentiment banner to your project.  I needed a card for a dear friend of mine, and she's very Irish, so I thought it might be fun to base it on luck!

I pulled out my Wonderful Words dies, and Wonderful Words Additions stamp set.  Hmmmm.....now what?

Yes! Some polka dots...why polka dots?  I don't know, thought they would just work well, ha ha.  I used my Mat Stack #1 die (thank you Nichole! ha ha) and cut a piece of New Leaf CS.  I stamped the medium sized polka dot pattern from Polka Dot Basics in Versamark, and set aside.

Then I stamped a random background in Fresh Snow ink on a Kraft base with the Dot Spot stamp set.

I die cut my 'lucky' from Kraft CS, and glued it to the Mat Stack #1 die cut, but only in a few spots, and let it come up off of the layer a little in a few spots to add dimension.

Then I added the remainder of the sentiment on a 1/2" strip of white CS.  The backside was stamped with the small polka dot pattern from Polka Dot Basics in New Leaf ink that was stamped off once.
Thanks for dropping by!!

Supplies (All PTI unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Dot Spot, Wonderful Words Additions
Ink: Fresh Snow, True Black, New Leaf
Paper: Kraft, New Leaf, Select White
Accessories: Mat Stack #1 die, Wonderful Words dies, Jolee's shamrock bling sticker