Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

I have a card to share today for the Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop Challenge.

Here is the inspiration photo for the hop.  I love the rainbow color palette and cascade of blocks!

I immediately thought of the Swirls cover-up die from Lil Inker Designs, so that's where I decided to start.

First I chose a rainbow of brightly colored, textured card stock from a mat stack that I've had forever.  Then I die cut each color with the Swirls die and collected all the little pieces in a bowl.  I also cut a white one to use as a template for gluing down all the little swirls and stuck it down to my card base with re-positional adhesive.

It took a ridiculously long time to puzzle piece the little swirls into the correct spots on the template so that they would fit correctly.  I used a quickie glue pen to glue each piece to my card base, which is PTI Stamper's Select White card stock, after I had determined where each piece would go.  When I was finished gluing down all the little pieces, I carefully removed the white template.

In person, this card has really great texture and dimension to it, thanks to the textured card stock and all the raised swirls.

Next I cut a banner from PTI vellum using the Lil Inker On The Diagonal die.  I stamped a sentiment from MFT stamps with VersaMark and heat embossed it in black.  I stuck a couple pieces of clear foam tape under the H and the 2 and glued down just the ends using 1/8 inch score tape, in order to make it bow outward and add some more dimension.

The sentiments inside are from the PTI Inside & Out: Birthday stamp set.  Although it took a while to piece this card together, I LOVE how it came out!  I really enjoy the way the paisley shapes seem to drift and flow across the paper.

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day!  Take time to remember our Veteran's today.




I have one more card that I'm going to submit for the Uniko Studio Challenge #21.

A birthday card for my grandmother-in-law.

All the stamps used are from Papertrey Ink except for the sentiment which is from Lil' Inker Designs.

I recently purchased the Misti Stamping Tool and found it MUCH easier to line up these stamps in order to stamp the layers of the wreath.  An excellent investment if you're on the fence about buying one.

Have a great weekend!

Uniko Challenge #21

Here's a quick card to share for the Uniko Studio Challenge #21.  The theme is flowers so I pulled out my Pure Florals Gerbera stamps.

These first two are simply stamped in different colors of ink.

This last one is stamped in VersaMark and then embossed with pink embossing powder.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but it looks great in person!

Before I go, I'd like to say a very Happy Birthday to Bev at Uniko Studios!

Thanks for stopping by!


Fussy Cutting Challenge

I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink Make-it Monday Challenge.  The challenge is fussy cutting.

Here is the card I made:

I made this fun, interactive card for my niece, Kaitlyn.  I had to fussy cut the butterfly because it doesn't have a matching die in the set.  

The sentiment label is mounted on a slider panel.  You pull the little tab to reveal a message inside.

And here is the inside of the card.

This was a really fun card to make!  I adore the Beautiful Butterflies stamp and die set from PTI.  All of the stamps are PTI except for the "PULL HERE" stamp.  That one is from My Thoughts Exactly.

All papers and dies are also PTI with the exception of the sentiment panel on the inside of the card which is from Spellbinders.

I thought the aqua words in the sentiment were sort of swallowed up by the pink label and pink words, so I stamped over them in VersaMark and clear embossed them.

A few little rhinestones for some bling, and done.