Saturday, June 30, 2012

Patriotic Hexagons

A 4th of July card for my parents using my new Hexagon Cover Plate by PTI.  The bottom of the card uses a 3 color hexagon design with one of the colors simply being white.  I originally left the white hexagons plain but thought it needed more punch so I went back and stamped stars from Pennant Parade on them.  The top of the card is Pacific Point run through the Cuttlebug using a dotted EF.  Red grosgrain ribbon is tied over these two panels. I stamped the sentiment in red on white. I took a square piece of Pacific Point and added red to the top half. Then I tied white Baker's twine 3 times around which covered the red/blue seam. Next I paper pierced all around the edge, attached the sentiment using dimensionals and placed a silver rhinestone in each corner. This whole panel is also on dimensionals over the ribbon.  I have 2 more 4th of July cards coming but I can't post them until my daughters see them because they watch my blog.  Happy 4th of July everyone!

Here's a close up of the sentiment panel.

Stamps: July Fourth (SU), Pennant Parade (SU), Happy Hexagons (PTI)
Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red
Accessories: 5/8" red grosgrain ribbon, White Baker's twine, silver stick-on rhinestone, Cover Plate: Hexagons (PTI), dotted embossing folder, dimensionals

Monday, June 25, 2012

Farm Thanks

I needed a thank you card and since I have to send it off in the mail I have 2 posts today.    This card didn't turn out the way I started it and I'm not entirely happy with it. I have the chicken wire impression plate and I wanted to use it but I couldn't find my rubber mats so I feel the background is a bit blah.  Oh well.

It's pretty straight forward.  The rooster is popped up on a dimensional and the Many Thanks panel is also on dimensionals.

Here is the inside of the card.  I used parts of sentiments from two different stamp sets - SU's You're My Type set and PTI's On the Farm set.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies are Stampin'Up unless noted:
Stamps: On the Farm (PTI), You're My Type
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Basic Gray
Accessories: Baker's Twine (non SU), dimensionals
Tools: On the Farm Die (PTI)

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Today is the Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge.  The inspiration photo is below.

I wanted to use the last of my new PTI toys Heart-2-Heart #4 and of course more hexagons.  First I stamped and placed my hexagons on a piece of white card stock using the 3 hexagon design from Nicole. I had to place the template at an angle on the card stock to get the 2 rows to go straight across.  Next I tied some yellow and white Baker's twine above the hexagons.  Then I die cut and stamped the telephone. It is popped up on dimensionals on the white-yellow-green layer which is also popped up dimensionals.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment three times across the bottom.  A pretty clean and simple card but I like the happy colors!

Stamps: PTI Heart-2-Heart #4, PTI Happy Hexagons
Paper: White, SU Daffodil Delight and Always Artichoke
Ink: SU Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and Always Artichoke
Accessories: Baker's Twine, dimensionals
Tools: Heart-2-Heart #4 die, Cover Plate: Hexagon Die

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cinnamon Bottle

This is the first time I have done a non-card post but I thought this idea was really cute.  I think that I got it off Martha Stewart.  I always hate throwing spice bottles away and this is a way to use them.  Just wash them out and put flowers through the holes in the plastic shaker top.  Simple and cute!  OK, back to cards :-)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

PTI On The Farm

Using more of my new PTI toys today - On The Farm.    I started off using the Cover Plate: Hexagon Die in the following Stampin'Up colors: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron and Going Gray.  This was punched out of Sahara Sand and attached to a Sahara Sand card base. I got the color scheme from Design-Seeds.

Next I stamped a background stamp from On The Farm in So Saffron and attached it to a piece of Early Espresso.  I tied a piece of twine around the bottom of this panel, die cut the rooster out of Close to Cocoa and attached with a dimensional.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso and the little chicks are stamped in Close to Cocoa.  This whole panel is popped up dimensionals.  This was a fun card to make!

Stamps: Happy Hexagons, On the Farm (both PTI)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron and Going Gray
Accessories: twine, dimensionals
Tools: Cover Plate Hexagon Die, On the Farm Die

Addendum:  WooHoo!  I was picked on SCS Weekly Favorites this week!

Edited:  My card was chosen as an SCS weekly favorite! - (post #76)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hexagons Day 2

I discovered a cool website called Design Seeds that is nothing but color combinations.  It's great for inspiration. I chose a theme from today called Sunshine Tones and after I made my card I realized that it is pretty close to yesterday's color scheme.  I guess I must like these colors.  Here are the Stampin'Up colors I chose to use:

Bordering Blue
Basic Black
Pool Party
Certainly Celery
Concord Crush

I used the entire sheet and left the border template on the card base.  I made the mistake of stamping some of the hexagons in black and it really stained my stamp. Rats!  Next I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white, tied some Baker's Twine on the left side and stamped another hexagon on the right. This is popped up on dimensionals.  More tomorrow (hopefully) :-)

Stamps: Happy Hexagons (PTI), Warmest Regards (SU)
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Bordering Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Pool Party, Concord Crush (all SU)
Accessories: Baker's Twine, Dimensionals
Tools: Cover Plate Hexagon Die (PTI)

New Papertrey Ink Toys

I received my Papertrey order yesterday afternoon and got right down to playing with the new Happy Hexagons stamp set and the Cover Plate: Hexagon Die.   I decided to case one of Nicole's cards to get me started.

My first issue was what Cuttlebug sandwich to use.  This is my first PTI die and I really did not want to break it. After much fussing I have found the following sandwich works best with Stampin'Up card stock:

A plate
C plate
Whisper White shim
Cover plate: Hexagon Die face up
Card stock to be cut
B plate

I also think that it is helpful to have a fairly new, unwarped B plate.

I hope that is helpful!

All Supplies Stampin'Up except as noted:
Stamps: Happy Hexagons (PTI), Thoughts and Prayers
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Gable Green, Gumball Green, Cool Caribbean
Tools: Cover Plate Hexagon Die (PTI)

I need a couple of masculine cards and wanted to play some more.  I got inspiration from this card and came up with the following.

This time I stamped right onto the card stock through the cut out template but had a bit of trouble because the hexagons had not cut cleanly and I had needed to use scissors.  After stamping the initial hexagons I went back over each one with the outline hexagon stamp.  I sponged around the edge with Tim Holtz Linen Distress ink and spritzed with Early Espresso ink.  This panel is layered on Marina Mist and tied with a piece of twine.  After adhering the hexagon panel with red sticky tape, I paper pierced down the right side of the panel.  I then stamped the sentiment. sponged around the edge of that panel as well and adhered it with dimensionals.  I think it has a rustic, masculine feel to it. Thanks for stopping by!

All Supplies Stampin'Up except as noted:
Stamps: Happy Hexagons (PTI),  All Year Cheer I
Paper: Naturals Ivory,  Marina Mist, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso (pad and marker), Cajun Craze, River Rock, Marina Mist
Accessories: Twine, dimensionals
Tools: Cover Plate Hexagon Die (PTI),  Nestability Rectangle Dies, Paper Piercing mat and tool, Color Spritzer, Red sticky tape

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Open Sea for Father's Day

Here are the cards I made for our dads using The Open Sea stamp set.  They both also are for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge FMS39

For the first card I stamped the ship on a piece of textured white card stock in Not Quite Navy and then added the details in Going Gray to the left. This is matted on Not Quite Navy. I cut a 1-1/2" strip from Not Quite Navy pattern pack (ret) and added a piece of Real Red ribbon over that. I tied a piece of white Baker's twine at the top. The ship is popped up on dimensionals.  Then I die cut the letters for dad and glued them on.  Pretty simple but I like the result.

All Supplies Stampin'Up
Stamps: The Open Sea
Paper: Whisper White (regular and textured), Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Not Quite Navy pattern pack
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Going Gray
Accessories: white Baker's twine, 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon
Tools: circle cutter, dimensionals, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies (ret)

The second card is basically the same except the card base is Very Vanilla. The ship is also stamped on vanilla although it looks kind of white in the picture. The details behind the ship are stamped in Creamy Caramel.  I used a piece of Not Quite Navy striped ribbon with the red grosgrain and tied a piece of linen thread at the top.

Stamps: The Open Sea
Paper: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Real Red
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Linen thread, 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon
Tools: circle cutter, dimensionals, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies (ret)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bright Blossoms Revisited

It's been a while since my last post. Lots of stuff going on at home. I'll try to do better.  Today I needed a couple cards for ladies at church and thought Bright Blossoms would be bright and cheery.

I've had trouble lining up the clear mount stamps so I just bought the Clear-Mount Perfectly Placed Guides to go on the acrylic blocks.  I think it really helped in the placement of the flowers on this card.  The leaves are stamped in the new In-Color Gumball Green.  For the flowers I used Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight and Raspberry Ripple (also a new In-Color).  I Punched a strip from Pretty in Pink Prints DSP using the Martha Stewart Lace Doily border punch. Below that is a narrow strip of the same DSP. At the bottom is a strip punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch.  I tied a piece of green/white Baker's twine around the flower panel and then added a tag punched with the Jewelry Tag punch and stamped with Tiny Tags. This is tied with white Baker's twine. Pretty simple but it makes me happy!

Supplies by Stampin'Up unless noted:
Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Tiny Tags
Paper: Pretty in Pink Prints DSP (ret), Whisper White
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Baker's Twine
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch,  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Jewelry Tag punch, 1/16" punch

p.s. I wanted to note that I really love the new SU foam pads!

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