Monday, August 30, 2010

Perfect Presentation New Releases ~

Hi all!  After a nice little summer break, Perfect Presentation is back with a whole slew of goodies!
Tall Gable Box
Mini Cake Stand
Label Frames 2
Banner Flags
A2 Envelope liner
Now, I've linked all these to the SVG files which are cut-able (is that a word??) with the Cricut and SCAL software.  However, most of these files are also available as PDF (printable and cut-able by hand) and GSD (cut-able with the Wishblade or Silhouette).  Here's the link to the Wildflower Patch store where you can find all the templates together at once!
For my project today, I used the Tall Gable box to go along with a birthday card that I've made.
I cut this little baby out of Rustic Cream cardstock and assembled it with Scor-tape.  I measured the largest side panels and cut a Ripe Avocado mat that is stamped with PTI Background Basics: Text Style in the same ink.  The daffodil is paper pieced with the PTI Pretty Pastels dp.  I lightly shaded the leaves and lower flower petals with Copics.  The sentiment label is from Label Frames 2 and the edges are sponged in Vintage Tea Dye Chamomile ink.  The sentiment is from PTI Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas.
The card uses Year of Flowers: Daffodils and is colored with Copics on Rustic Cream.  Pretty simple and straight forward.  Lastly, here's the duo together:
{Now I think I need to go back and add a little more orangey goodness to the pieced daffodil}
In other exciting news, we have some new additions to the Perfect Presentation Design Team!  Julie of The Last Minute Crafter (a very talented crafter and dear friend) and Terri of Life with Terri (another talented friend and close Coloradoan!).  Please bop by their blogs and give them a little welcoming love!  Don't forget to check out what the other ladies have been able to do with the new release too!
Thanks for stopping by today!  I've got a couple more things up my sleeve this week.  We'll just have to see how good I am about posting on the old blog! lol  Have a great day!! :o) lyss
ETA: The pictures of the tall gable box have been replaced.  I went back and recolored the paper pieced daffodil as it was just too plain.  
STAMPS: PTI Year of Flowers: Daffodils & Sweet Peas, PTI Background Basics: Text Style
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Ripe Avocado & Vintage Tea Dye Chamomile
PAPER: PTI Rustic Cream & Ripe Avocado; DP PTI Pretty Pastels
OTHER: Copics {E08, E19, YR12, YR15, YR18, YR65, Y21, Y26, Y28, Y32, Y35, Y38, YG93, YG95, YG97, W3}; polished hemp twine; dimensionals; Perfect Presentation Tall Gable Box SVG & Label Frames 2 SVG

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fourth Friday Challenge with Paper Garden Projects for August ~

Soooo sorry!!  I had this scheduled to post on Friday morning...blogger did not cooperate and I was out on an "Avatar" walk with my boy and forgot to check!!

Its another 4th Friday - time for another fun challenge!!  This month we want to see your Fall and Back-to-School projects.  It can be any type of project: card, scrap page, alerted item, gift pack - we want to see them all. The only rule is that you link up a project newly created for this challenge, although feel free to combine it with other current challenges.  Although we would love to see all the art you care to share, everyone will be entered in the prize drawing only once. One winner will be drawn randomly to win the prize. You have until midnight (EST) on Saturday, September 4th to link up your project. Just click the little froggy face at the bottom of Cathy's post to add your project.
For your prize this month, I thought we could go on one last summer picnic. Maybe a birthday picnic with Penny Black? The prize is this super cute Hedgehog Birthday cling stamp.

Back to school - books, studying, homework, new clothes, seeing friends again, studying {yes, again!}  What better place to study than the library?  I just had to use this funny little stamp from Eat Cake Graphics called Don't Make Me
This little librarian is giving you quite the stern look!  She is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Crest Solar White paper and colored with Copics.  While she was still in the long rectangle die, I sponged the edges with Ranger Antique Linen ink.  I used some flocked designer paper from KaiserCraft to paper piece her skirt and repeated it in the background.  The Devonshire pack has gorgeous autumnal colors in it!  A pretty little bow made with this super sheer organza ribbon, some scallops and a couple of buttons finish off the front!
The inside uses another piece of the Devonshire paper and a die cut tag for the sentiment.  The sentiment comes with the librarian stamps and reads, "Don't make me use UPPERCASE!"  It is stamped in Jumbo Java VersaMagic ink.  The mat is a long scallop rectangle die that I cut to fit by overlapping a couple of scallops.  Not too noticeable and looks much better in my opinion.
Thanks for stopping by on this last little Friday of the month!  Hope you're having a great week and have wonderful plans for the weekend!  :o) lyss
STAMPS: Eat Cake Graphics Don't Make Me...
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Antique Linen; VersaMagic Jumbo Java
PAPER: Neenah Solar Crest White; Prism Cardstock; dp KaiserCraft Devonshire
OTHER: Copics {update when I find the list!}; Sheer organza ribbon;  Spellbinders Long Classic and Scallop Rectangle Nesties; PTI Vintage buttons Terracotta Tile; PTI Rustic cream twine; EK Success border punch

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fall Garden Walk Blog Hop ~

Welcome to the Paper Garden Projects Festive Fall Garden Walk

Take a stroll through the blogs of all the Paper Gardeners and enjoy some friendly inspiration. This month we are focusing on Fall and Back-to-School projects.
While you visit, take note of each designer's name and their special garden walk word in their blog post. Once you finish your garden tour, send an E-mail to with the list of designers and their garden walk word.
Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and words will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don't leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Wednesday, August 25 to send your list.
And the prize? We may be celebrating Fall, but summer is not quite over yet. So how about not one but 2 cute summer Kraftin Kimmie unmounted stamps!
So enjoy the garden tour. Here is the garden tour guide list:
•Alyssa  (that's me!)

Hi everyone!  When I think of fall, I think of sweaters, cider, a book by the fire, jumping in a pile of leaves and back to school.  For my card today, I thought I'd celebrate that back to school vibe.  I used this sweet image from Princess for a Day to make a thank you card.  Normally, she is holding a little frog.  I used a little wipe to un-ink the frog and a multiliner to draw in an apple.  She is colored with Copics.  The apple is cut with the Plantin Cricut cartridge - stem is colored and the leaf is paper pieced.
The inside uses another apple and a simple little *thank you*.  Hope you enjoyed the hop!  If you're just getting started here, bop on over to Cathy's blog to start at the beginning.  Make note of each designer's name and word and email them to Cathy for a chance to win! 
My word is SWEATERS.  Thanks for bopping by!!  :o) alyssa
STAMPS: Eat Cake Graphics Princess for a Day; Verve Stamps Grateful Elegance
INK: Colorbox Chalk Dark Brown; Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Pure Poppy; SU Chocolate Chip & Wild Wasabi
PAPER: PTI Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Rustic Cream & Pure Poppy; SU Wild Wasabi 
OTHER: Copics {E00, E02, E29, E33, E37, E49, E51, E55, E57, E59, R20, W3, W5, W7, YG17, YG67, 0 Colorless Blender}; Spellbinders large & small petite classic ovals; Cricut Plantin cartridge; multiliner; brown satin ribbon

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sunshine ~

I'm ba-ack!  Here's another little card that used the Mojo Monday sketch #152 as a jumping point.  This little sweetie is from the Eat Cake Graphics red rubber set, Princess for a Day.  She is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI SS White cardstock and colored with Copics.  Her dress is paper pieced with the papers used on the card - Memory Box Sprout.  The paper has been in my stash for quite some time, so I would assume it's retired.  She needed to be *grounded*, so to speak, so I added some grass and flowers with Lyra color pencils.  I drew in flowers with a darker purple to coordinate with the Prima flowers on the card.
The inside is finished off with another pretty paper from the Sprout line.  I stamped a little sentiment from a Verve set in Chocolate Chip ink.  It says, "Some people make the world special just by being in it."                              That's it for me today!  Not sure if I'll have anything else to post this week before Saturday!  Big day there! 
First, we have the Paper Garden Projects Garden Walk blog tour celebrating fall.  You'll want to be sure to play along since there's a nice big prize involved!  Then I have a bridal shower on Saturday immediately followed by a baby shower.  On Sunday I have a stamping party to go to.  I'm a bit of a hermit, so by the time the party is over on Sunday, I'm sure I'll want to crawl back into my cave for a bit! LOL  Hope you're having a great week!!  :o) lyss

STAMPS: Eat Cake Graphics Princess for a Day; PaperTrey Ink Fillable Frames #3; Verve Stamps Feel the Sun
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Colorbox Chalk Dark Brown; SU Chocolate Chip
PAPER: PaperTrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss & SS White; Memory Box Sprout dp
OTHER: Copics {B000, BV00, E00, E02, E55, E57, E59, V01, V09, YG93, Y11, Y21, Y26, Y32}; Lyra color pencils; Prima flowers; glue dots; PTI Dark Chocolate grosgrain ribbon; Spellbinders Large & Small Oval Nesties; SU scallop border punch

Monday, August 16, 2010

Drucilla Mojo Challenge ~

Hey all!  I'm back with a little challenge card I whipped up today.  I've had Drucilla colored and cut for over a month...just never seem to find the time to complete everything I have in my head!  Does that happen to you??  She's one of my all time favorite Kimmie's - so ornery!!  Anyway, I found a few challenges I wanted to play with, so I thought today would be the day that I finally finished this little lady.  I used the sketch from Mojo Monday #152, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge #41 {buttons, bling & scallops}, The Pink Elephant #80 {Ribbon & Sparkles} and a new challenge blog that I've found - 7 Kids College Fund Challenge #1 {pink and dots}.
I colored this sassy little thing up with Copics and went to cut her out with an oval nestie...her hair didn't fit in the one I wanted to use!!!  I cut her out anyway and stamped some extra hair to cut out and color later.  I did just that today.  While it was a pain in the petunia, it looks really cute I think.  The background dp is black with white polka dots.  I used the Hibiscus Burst Copic trio {RV10, RV13, RV14} to color in random dots and then added bling by covering other dots with Cotton Candy Stickles.  The little pins she's using to stick into her voodoo doll are dotted with a black glaze pen - adds just a touch of dimension and shine.  I always see people using hat pins in their bows, so I thought I'd give that a try here and have it coordinate with her pins. 
Obviously, this is loosely based on the sketch.  I couldn't cover her head with a big fat bow, so I added a little tag with a sentiment to the top.  That wraps this little lady up!   Thanks for stopping by!  I'm going out of town for the day tomorrow, but I hope to have time to post a cute little card using Eat Cake Graphics Princess for a Day stamps.  Hope you're having a fabulous day!! :o) lyss
STAMPS: Kraftin Kimmie Drucilla & Kimmie's Sassy Sentiments 
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Fresh Snow
PAPER: PaperTrey Ink Aqua Mist, Basic Black dp & SS White; SU Bermuda Bay & Regal Rose 
OTHER: Copics {update later}; Cotton Candy Stickles; stick pins; Sakura Black glaze pen; PTI Hawaiian Shores grosgrain ribbon & vintage button; PTI Hibiscus Burst grosgrain ribbon; black embroidery floss; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder; EK Success scallop border punch; Spellbinders large and small petite oval nestabilities & tag die

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Birthday my love ~

Hey all!  I'm determined to stay ahead of myself this month and get cards, projects, etc. done before I'm scrambling at the last minute.  I'm also trying to jot ideas down as I think of them.  My husband's birthday is next Friday, so about two weeks ago I started thinking about the card I wanted to make him.  I wanted to use black, red, cardboard and possibly a skull and crossbones made from grungeboard.  So I wrote that down on some random piece of paper and stuck it to my computer screen.  Then I was reading something on the PTI forums where someone asked about the dies cutting through leather. 
Bing!  A lightbulb went off that I had some leather scraps I bought at HL.  Just as an FYI, I tried the scraps with Nesties and it was a no-go - even when I ran it through my Bug about 25 times!  I was able to get a good enough impression to snip along the lines though!  However, the Cuttlebug dies long as the cut isn't too detailed.  See this skull & crossbones worked (I had to pop out the nose with the smaller side of the crop-a-dile), but a snowflake die I have doesn't.  I did look at Michael's and they have some thinner leather that would probably work, but it's more expensive - one little sheet for $3 instead of a bag of scraps for $3.50. 
Anyway, with all the elements in place, now I needed a good sketch.  Insert Mojo Monday #150!  Whenever I use a specific companies sketch challenge, I like to use at least one stamp set from them (if I have any!).  I'm drawn to the more frilly, feminine sets of Verve's.  I was able to find a Happy Birthday sentiment from Fancy Florals that would work with this card.  My FF set is the old red rubber set, so I'm not sure if the sentiment size is different.  Julee Tilmann used the same sentiment on her MM150 sample, and it looks bigger.  I don't know...anyway, here's the card!

I made the background papers with a combination of stamps from Bombshell Stamps.  They are listed and linked in the Supplies area down below.  All the edges were sponged and *dirtied* up.  I didn't really want to add a ribbon to this card.  Nothing really seemed as masculine as I needed, so I opted for twine and a metal button with the two button holes representing the two dots on the sketch.  A stretch??  No, not me, never ever!  :o)
Here's a close up so you can see all the fun texture.  Lastly, for the inside I found a little stamp from a fun birthday sentiment set I got from Paper Garden Projects.  It says, "To me, old age is always ten years older than I am".  This works perfect for the hubster and I being that he is 10 years older than me!  I'm getting a giggle every time I read it! lol  This little card also works for the Cute Card Thursday challenge #124 of Whateva!     Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! :o) lyss

STAMPS: Bombshell Stamps Hearts On Fire, Love & Luck, & Speed Shop; Verve Stamps Fancy Florals; Fiskars Make a Wish
INK: VersaMark; Ranger Distress Antique Linen; Versafine Onyx Black; PTI Pure Poppy
PAPER: PTI True Black, Smoky Shadow, SS White, Pure Poppy; cardboard
OTHER: twine; metal button; clear embossing powder; Cuttlebug skull die; leather; medium corner rounder punch; glue pen; crop-a-dile; dimensionals

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thank You for Your Support ~

Here's a simple little one layer card that I made yesterday for a friend that has been listening non-stop to my drivel.  I love the simplicity of this.  It's stamped straight onto kraft cardstock and colored with pencils.  I used just a bit of odorless mineral spirits to blend the colors.  The flowers are colored with white and a light grey for just a hint of shadow.  I measured in a 0.5" on all sides and drew a border with a multiliner.  Very hard for a girl like me to do!  As you can see, it's not perfect!  Even with a ruler and measuring at least 3 spots on all sides, I still don't have a straight line! lol  Oh well!
The inside is finished off with the rest of the 'thank you' sentiment.  It reads, "words cannot express how much your support has meant to me."  I wanted to mimic the front of the card to a point, so I did the same framing and stamped the main floral image in VersaMark.
This little number fits into a few challenges for this week:
Flower Parade Challenge on the CLASSroom

On another note, my friend and fellow Perfect Presentation DT member, Kerri is the new guest designer for All That Scraps!  Bop on over to her blog to give her a big congratulations...and maybe a chance at a little blog candy too ;o)
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!  Thanks so much for stopping by! :o) lyss
STAMPS: PaperTrey Ink Inside and Out: Thank You & Year of Flowers: Lily of the Valley
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
PAPER: PaperTrey Ink Kraft
OTHER: Sakura multiliner; Koh-I-Noor Color Pencils; OMS and blending stubs