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A friend of mine from high school is expecting twins very soon, so I thought I'd make her a set of cards she could use for thank-yous or announcements or whatever. Yes, it means I cut out 20 onesies...This friend has had ultrasound after ultrasound, and she does not want to find out what kind of twins they will be. I am certain the suspense would just kill me, if I were in her shoes (I've had 6, and I've tried to find out with each one). So I made these cards as gender-neutral as possible, and I hope she likes them.

The onesie on the right is popped up on dimensional tape thus:

Paper: SU Sage Shadow, PTI Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Remix patterns
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Stamps: PTI Bitty Baby Blessings
Other: Dimensional tape, PTI Ocean Tides satin ribbon, SU scallop punch

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #2

Another foray into the land of great color combos by Dawn McVey...This time I was inspired by a really cute gift bag (scroll down...).  It has taken me a while to appreciate teal and green together, but the combo has grown on me.  I used the chalkboard technique for this card--such a great way to get vibrant colors onto a dark background.
Here's a closeup of the bow--I've never done one like this on a card before.
And the inspiration bag...
Paper: PTI White, SU Taken With Teal Ink: PTI Fresh Snow Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, Friends 'Til the End Other: PTI white satin ribbon, SU pastels--Taken with Teal, white and Green Galore

Blog Hop "never mind"

I have lost my mojo.
This was my original card for the Blog Hop, and I thought I had read that we needed to use PTI's Guide Lines or Guide Lines 2 as backgrounds.  For days and days I tried to come up with unique backgrounds with some of the stamps in this set that don't see much ink.  For some reason, it just wasn't there.  I finally settled on using SU Ballet Blue, which is one of my all-time favorite colors. I also colored in the centers with a Stardust pen in pink, to tie in with the Raspberry Fizz ribbon and bordered sentiment.  It's okay, but I'm not in love.  

So I went back to look at the challenge for this month and realized I could use any stamps.  Duh.  I quickly bathed my boys before this post went live, postponed it, then completely ignored my children for the next 15 minutes to create another card, which did make it into the Blog Hop.  Although that one wasn't that spectacular either.  Oh well.  My brain is too full.

Paper: SU Ballet Blue, PTI White…

March Blog Hop

This month's Blog Hop challenge is to create a background. I used the scrolly image from Sweet Love in Versamark on Raspberry Fizz paper. I love tone on tone backgrounds--they scare me less...The focal image is heat embossed. Enjoy the Hop!

Paper: PTI White, Raspberry Fizz
Ink: Versamark, SU Pink Passion
Stamps: PTI Sweet Love, B&C Mono Edition
Other: Dimensional tape, organdy ribbon-Michael's, silver filigree embossing powder-Ranger

Dawn's Raspberry Suite Challenge #1

So, many of you are familiar with Dawn McVey, who has the ability to pair colors together like no one else. She has started some color challenges, and I have to admit, I am attempting them with much trepidation...I will make a pledge to go waaaay outside my comfort zone and follow these challenges. Here' goes:
I have to say that I tried and tried and tried. You should see my Reject pile! Really, these colors are great together, as you can see by the photo, but somehow, my brain wasn't wrapping around them on a card. Here is my best and final offer:

Paper: PTI White, Bitty Dot Basics in Raspberry Fizz
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip (ink and marker for flower centers)
Stamps: PTI Birthday Basics
Other: Prima flowers

Thanks to a friend

Okay, so I'm a feast or famine blogger. I'll try to do better about that...Anyway, here's a card I made for my friend, who was so kind to me on my birthday. My very dear husband called her and asked her to babysit my youngest boy so he and I could hang out together that morning (he had taken the day off). I'm sure most of you would've done something glamorous, but we went to Costco. I'm sure we'll retire there--you know, hang out, read some books, check out the samples for snacks, get creeped out by the crabs on ice, stop for lunch--hmm, hot dog or pizza?, go back and test out the furniture, etc. Don't tell me you won't do the same thing. My husband and I have a disagreement about which is the happiest place on earth. I say it's Disneyland, of course, but he says it's the freezer aisle at Costco.

Oh yeah, this is a card blog. Sorry. Back to the card. Still using the Friends 'Til the End set I love so much. I used the Fresh Sno…

March Guest Star Stamper Entries 2

Here are two more entries for this month's contest. It's funny--I'm not a big color-inner or meticulous cutter, but I am quite smitten by this set. I don't mind the time it takes, because the flowers are just beautiful.

I heat embossed the flower on Kraft cardstock, then I colored it in with a SU Pink Passion marker (the embossed lines are quite forgiving). I like how the Kraft paper darkened the ink a little. I also colored the center again with a black marker. I used my Making Memories slot punch to thread the ribbon. I am a bit nerdy with grammar, so I wish I could have a little comma stamp to put after the "you"...

This one is my favorite of the bunch. I love the springy colors together, and I surprised myself with a little Spring Moss polka dots. I am so NOT a green and orange person (flashbacks of my very '70's home growing up), but these seemed to really work. Again, I heat embossed on Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise paper an…

March Guest Star Stamper Entries 1

These are 3 of my entries for PTI's Guest Star Stamper contest for March. This category is Best Use of Friends 'Til the End This is my new favorite set, and I just can't get enough of it. The sentiments are great, and the flowers are just beautiful. For all of these, I heat embossed the images with white powder onto colored paper, then I cut them out. Tedious, but so pretty. I also wanted to incorporate black in the center, so I just filled it in with black marker.

My sister gave me a birthday gift, tied up with this yummy ribbon. I just had to use it--the colors are perfect. I didn't want to compete with it, since the flower is also so big, so I just stamped directly on it with Versafine Onyx ink. It's amazingly crisp.

I am also loving the new Bitty Dot Basics paper.

All of these cards use basically the same supplies:
Paper: PTI White, Bitty Dot Basics, Raspberry Fizz, SU Green Galore (#1)
Ink: Versafine Onyx, Versamark
Stamps: PTI Friends 'Til the End

More Baby

I haven't posted for a while, but that's not to say I haven't been busy...I have actually been working on projects to submit to publications. I've never done that before, so I'm a little intimidated, but what have I got to lose?

Here are a couple of baby cards I've made recently. This first one I paper-pieced the onesie and the little bunny, and I added a little sparkle with a clear stardust pen on all of the lavender dots (click to enlarge). The card is 4 1/4" square.

I spent entirely too much time on this second one, trying to make it perfect. I am happy with the results, though.

You'd never know it from my (lack of) photography skills, but these two pictures are of the same card. The first one shows the colors better, but the second one shows the depth and paper-piecing better. I punched out 3 squares from the Spring Rain cardstock, then stamped the boats and paper-pieced them. The ribbon really is Pure Poppy, I promise. Help me!

Card #1:
Paper: …