Friday, February 25, 2011

PTI Blog Hop: Scallops ~

Hi all!  Just bopping in today with a card I made for Papertrey Ink's February blog hop combined with the current Make It Mondays challenge.

Here's a little about the blog hop:  This month we decided to dedicate the Blog Hop to scallops! We want to see your best use of scallops, of any sort, on a project! This can include scalloped borders, offset-scallops, stamped scallops, scalloped mats, scalloped frames, layered scallops, scalloped tags or anything else you can dream up! You can use dies, patterned scissors or even circle punches in a row to achieve your special look. We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing creations!
The current Make It Mondays challenge is to use Scor Tape to glitterfy your project.  This is actually one of my favorite techniques for applying glitter!  It just makes your project so fun and sparkly without the mess of glue!

I dreamt of this card for many hours last night...see what I get for looking at my reader right before going to sleep!  In my dream, I got to craft with Nichole Heady!!  She came over to my table as I was working and decided that she needed to add a glittery strip to her card after seeing mine...LOL  One can dream!  ;o)

Nothing new and different with scallops here.  I just used a border punch and added a blue glittery stripe to mimic the strip in the terracotta vase.  I rounded the top corners to somewhat go with the Mat Stack 3 die cut.  The edges of the card and the die cut are distressed with Antique Linen ink.  I completely CASEd a card from a fellow PTI'er, again because I saw it right before heading up to dreamland.  You can see her adorable card here.  Thanks Annie and PTI for the continual inspiration!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :o) lyss 
Crazy 4 Challenges #75: Die Cuts

STAMPS: PTI Autumn Abundance & YOF: Lily of the Valley
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER: PTI Kraft, Rustic Cream & Distressed Dots 
OTHER: Copics {B18, B28, E08, E19, E57, E59, YR12, YR65, Y15, Y35, YG93, YG95, YG97}; Sakura clear glaze pen; dimensionals; Doodlebug blue glitter; 1/4" Scor Tape; PTI Terracotta Tile button & Rustic cream button twine; PTI Mat Stack 3 die; EK Success scallop border punch

Friday, February 18, 2011

Carmen ~

Hi all!  I'm bopping in today with the card I made for my husband for Valentine's Day...actually for Lover's Day.  Hubby doesn't like traditional holidays, so we always celebrate the day before and call it Lover's Day.  I chose this sexy image from Kenny K called Carmen Electrafying because hubby has a pic of me kind of like it. 
She's printed on PTI white - this is all I use for coloring with Copics.  I really want to try the Copic X press It paper and see if I like it but I'm too cheap to buy it right now.  Has anyone tried the two?  Which do you like better?  Anyway, hubby is kind of a no frills type of guy so I made her the focus of the card.  The upper left corner was a bit bare, so I added a fun die cut from Cuttlebug.  Since it's so hard to glue down, I ran the paper through the Xyron sticker machine before die cutting the embellishment.  I have to remember to do this!  So much easier!!!  Her shades have some clear glaze pen for a little extra shine and dimension.  All the *metal* parts of her outfit (as skimpy as it is!) have silver Spica pen added and are super shimmery.  The dots on her bandana have black Spica.  
The inside is stamped with a Happy V Day sentiment that I then modified with a turned out a bit messier than I like, but that's how these things go!  It was so very plain, I had to add a row of red hearts and some more of the corner embellishments.  I'll list challenges and supplies.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  ~ lyss
Copic Creations #44: Warm colors  (the red is hot, hot, hot!) 
Copic Oz: Love
Craft Your Days Away #13: Inspiration photo (red & white)
Cute Card Thursday #152: Shiny Happy (something shiny - her shades and *metal* pieces)

STAMPS: Kenny K Carmen Electrafying digi stamp; SU All Year Cheer III & hearts wheel
INK: HP printer ink; Versafine Onyx Black
PAPER: PTI Pure Poppy, SS White & True Black
OTHER: Copics {0 Blender, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, E000, EOO, E11, E13, E33, E43, E44, R20, R27, R29, R39, R59, YG63, YG67, Y11, Y21, Y26}; Copic Atyou Spica pens black & silver; Sakura clear glaze pen; Cuttlebug corner die; dimensionals  

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Birthday Lylah ~

Hello!  I'm bopping in tonight with a card I made for the current Mojo Monday sketch.  I'm getting a jump on tomorrow's iCopic color challenge of Pink, White & Brown because I want to get this card in before the deadline.  :o) 
This is Lylah from the Lil Lolita line of stamps by Tickled Pink Stamps - I just adore this line!  The challenge at Tickled Pink Stamps is Birthday Wishes, so I used my new set from a great blogging buddy for the sentiment.  It is from Verve's Circular Sayings.  I love the font!  It's so fun...I find myself reaching for this set all the time now!
The DP is from an old Basic Grey line, Blush.  It has a lot of hearts in it - like the little triangle of paper.  Each of the little diamonds on there is actually 4 hearts backed up together.  I'm entering this in a few challenges that call for hearts this week.  That's all I've got today!  I want to get this in before the deadline closes ;o)
Hope you're having a super day!  :o) lyss

Basic Grey #37: All Heart
Make it Colourful #6: Shadow & Depth
Paper Sundaes #56: Recipe (lace, distressing & pink)
Tickled Pink Stamps #6: Birthday Wishes

STAMPS: Lil Lolita Lylah; Verve Circular Sayings
INK: Memento Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black; Ranger distress Antique Linen
PAPER: PTI Dark Chocolate, SS White & Sweet Blush; Basic Grey Blush
OTHER: Copics {B21, B24, C1, C3, E000, E00, E04, E25, E27, E29, E37, E57, E59, RV10, RV11, RV13, R20}; PTI Vintage button Sweet Blush; Lace ???; white embroidery floss; Recollections brown pearls; Spellbinders Classic Circle & Classic Long Rectangle Nestibilities dies; dimensionals

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sweet Angel ~

Hi friends!  I'm here today with a card that's been rolling around in my brain for a few weeks now.  It all started with a challenge to color a monochromatic card.  Well, I missed that challenge by a couple weeks, but I'm happy to say that I tackled a technique that I've been wanting to try for quite a while now, so Yay me! lol
This is the nice little angel from the Greeting Farm's Naughty or Nice set.  She's colored in black and white monochromatic tones using all my cool gray Copics and just a little black in her hair. 
She's sitting  on a beautiful lacey circle cut with the new Perfect Presentation svg file, Lacey Circles.  The bow is tied in three loops with the Bow Easy - I don't love the little tool, but it's a good $5 purchase. I couldn't have made that bow without it!  The *button* is actually paper.  I punched a heart out, punched out the button holes and covered it with Glossy Accents.  Once it was dry, I tied a little bow with black embroidery floss and added it on top of the red bow with a glue dot.
The inside is finished off with a bit of the embossed and sanded paper, a beautiful scripty font sentiment and a few red hearts to pull the red inside.  Thanks again for stopping by and for all your sweet comments about my *jobs*!  lol  I hope you all have a fantabulous weekend!  :o) lyss
7 Kids College Fund #14: I {heart} you!
Club Anya Saturday Sketch Challenge #54
Copic Oz: Love
Craft Your Days Away #13: photo inspiration
Crazy 4 Challenges #73: Valentine's
Let's Ink it Up #9: Valentine's
The Pink Elephant #93: Valentine's
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Have a Heart!
Tuesday Throwdown #35: Buttons

STAMPS: The Greeting Farm Naughty or Nice; SU sentiment and hearts ???
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Pure Poppy
PAPER: PTI True Black, SS White & B/W dp; textured white core black paper ???
OTHER: Copics {Blender, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, 110 Spcl Blk}; Copic Spica silver & black multiliner; Perfect Presentation Lacey Circles; SU heart punch; hole punch; bow easy; black embroidery floss; Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder; red double sided satin ribbon (hobby lobby); Glossy Accents; Spellbinders classic circle nesties; nail file; glittery dots; glue dots; dimensionals

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hey There Friend ~

Hi everyone!  Just a really, really quick post to show a card I was finally able to complete today for some more of PTI's 4th Anniversary festivities!  I did double duty with this card - color combo from Melissa Phillips and the new Make it Mondays challenges.  This combo is Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss & Ripe Avocado = yummy!  Hope you like!  Have a super duper day!  :o) lyss
P.S. - The buttons on this also qualify it for the Tuesday Throwdown challenge #35 
Supplies ~
Stamps: PTI Four of a Kind, Friends til the End, Fillable Frames #11 & Communique Sentiments
Ink: PTI Spring Moss, Sweet Blush & Hibiscus Burst; Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: PTI Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado & Vintage Cream
Other: PTI Vintage buttons Sweet Blush; yellow embroidery floss; glue dots; dimensional foam tape; Filigree clear embossing powder

Some Exciting News & Love You Ebony ~

Hi all!  I'm super excited today to tell you that I've made two new design teams!  First off, I made the Christmas Stampin All Year Long challenge blog team {CSAYL}.  Our challenges will begin on Friday, March 4th.  I'm stoked to get to work with this amazing team and to get a jump on my Xmas cards.  I invite you to play along with us, not only for tons of fun, but to get a start on your cards too!

Secondly, I applied for the Deb's Creations design team back in either November or December...I didn't even remember that I had {I found out some unsettling news in the beginning of Dec, so it's been a blur since}.  Deb was out of internet due to the flooding in Australia, so she was unable to communicate with people, view applications, etc.  Well, long story short, she asked if I was still interested.  YES!!!  Have you seen the Emerald Faerie collection?? stinkin' cute!  So I decided to play with one of my new stamps, Ebony.  She is darling hugging tight to this mushroom.
After coloring her in with Copics, I prepared a little scene for her on the Perfect Presentation Tall Gable box.  It all began with this pack of textured paper I bought at a craft fair this past summer.  It's embossed with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder and then sanded with a nail file {I don't have a nifty sanding block, I just use the cheapy nail files you can get at the dollar store}.  I think it kind of looks like it's a blustery day and she's holding tight to not get blown away!  lol  The grass is made with a grass border punch and then sponged with Spring Moss and Memento Pear Tart inks. 

Now, I'm going to point you over to the Deb's Creations forum.  I think you have to register as a member, but it's free and very similar to the Paper Craft Planet site, so it's easy to navigate.  Deb has created a challenge for February and March and gives you Ebony to try for free!  The prize is some awesome Copics too!  Here's the link to the challenge.  I hope you'll play along!  Hope you're all having a great week!  :o) lyss

Copic Oz: Love
Crazy 4 Challenges #73: Valentine's (love)
The Pink Elephant #93: Valentine's (love)

STAMPS: Emerald Faeries Ebony; SU retired hearts set ??? name
INK: HP printer ink; Versafine Onyx Black; Memento Pear Tart; PTI Spring Moss
PAPER: PTI Rustic Cream, Spring Moss & SS White; teal textured white core ???; SU Almost Amethyst
OTHER: Copics {BG10, BG15, BG23, BG49, BV02, BV13, BV17, C5, C7, C9, E000, E00, E11, E41, E43, E44, R02, R05, R14, R17, R20, R24, R27}; Copic Spica Lavendar, Silver & Turquoise; Sakura white gel pen; Perfect Presentation Tall Gable svg; PTI Rustic Cream twine; Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder; nail file; Prima flower; Spellbinders tag die; MS grass & triple butterfly punches; Stardust Stickles; dimensionals; TomBow adhesive

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fave PTI Project from 2010 ~

Morning!  It's cold here in Colorado again...we warmed up to about the mid-40's and are expecting snow again this afternoon.  Perfect for staying indoors and stamping {wink!}

So it's anniversary time again for Papertrey Ink which means lots of prizes, fun and challenges till the previews of the new sets begin.  The challenge for today on Nichole's blog is to pick out our favorite PTI based project from 2010.  Wow...I am a PTI addict, so I had a lot to choose from.  I couldn't pick my absolute favorite, so here are two of my all time favorites.  I'm such a cheater!

I would have to say that my favorite images from any stamp company are floral/nature based.  PTI is no exception!  These use Delightful Dahlia and Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas.  Both projects went to my mom - that way I know someone really enjoys them, and I can look at them again whenever I want!  lol
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you all have a fantabulous weekend!  :o) lyss

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

X marks the spot ~

Hi all!  Went a little challenge crazy for this's been a while since I played with any of my Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, so I had to play along with this weeks challenge to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.  Here's a little side story first.  My mom has this amazing service that composts her trash.  Every single piece of trash that can't be recycled is composted for new golf courses, parks, etc.  Well, diapers and such can't be composted but all those cereal boxes and Kleenexes and leftovers from the fridge don't go to the dump anymore!  It's awesome!  Makes me feel like I don't have to save every quarter inch of paper when I'm crafting.  Lol  So anyway, this paper flower was made from some pattern paper scraps that were headed to the composting circular file.  Then I saw this challenge to R,R & R and found an extra button that came with a shirt and called it good on the challenge!  Also, the challenge at JUGS this week is 3D flower embellishments - check!
Little miss Genevieve is stamped on Vintage Cream cardstock to follow along with the Make it Colourful challenge #4 to color on anything but white.  The only problem I ran into is that the whites of her eyes are no longer I colored them with a white gel pen and added her pupil back in with a black glaze pen.  I also gave her some eyelashes with a multiliner cuz I just think these girls need eyelashes - makes them so much cuter!   Her clothing is in the cooler range of colors, so I'm also using this for the Copic Creations challenge #43 - We're cool!
Hope you're having a warm week!!  It was all of -5 here yesterday...I think we're getting up to 0 today!  The low last night was somewhere around glad we didn't awaken to burst pipes!  Thanks for stopping by!  :o) lyss
Additional Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges #72: Vintage
Cute Card Thursday #149: Sketch  (very loosely based...have to flip and mirror and all that goodness that comes with a starting point!) lol
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes + Flowers

STAMPS: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Genevieve & Pirate Sayings 
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Antique Linen; Versafine Onyx Black
PAPER: PTI True Black & Vintage Cream; October Afternoon Thrift Shop 8x8 pack
OTHER: Copics {110 Special Black, BG10, BG23, C1, C3, E000, E00, E11, E33, E41, E43, E44, R20, Y11, Y21, Y26, W5, W7}; Filigree clear embossing powder; EK Success border punch; Spellbinders petite ovals, classic squares & dahlia nesties; button from shirt; Kaisercraft black pearls; beading thread