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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Blog Hop final card

Here is my last card for this month's blog hop.  I had lots of fun this week putting my own spin on the color and sketch inspirations.  Hope you had fun too.  I so wanted to incorporate the berries and twigs in the picture.  I thought the wonderful wreath set would work great until I found out that it doesn't fit in the limitless layers circles dies which coordinate with mat stack 3.  So I improvised with a little sketchy help from Dawn McVey and came up with this.  The glitter is reminiscent of snow, and the other little details are from the photo.  I just wish my markers worked better on my clear stamps.  They always ink up blotchy no matter how hard I try to make them even, so the mat stack 3 stamp did not turn out very crisp.   And I did not have any small autumn rose colored ribbon, so I used my marker to color this.  My markers are not PTI colors but SU!  In color from last year.  All in all I like it though, crafty flaws and all.  It is homemade right.   Enjoy the blog hop.  I hope to hop around and leave some comments throughout the day too.  

Papertrey September Blog Hop 3rd card

As you can see, I used the 3rd sketch and first color combo.  I used soft stone in there too as well as some vellum for my banner overlay.  I think this turned out lovely.   So what have you been doing lately to get in the fall spirit?  We have been baking up a storm in our house.  My sons just started a cookie business in August and we have been baking dozens and dozens of cookies.  Plus we just had a fundraiser for Childhood  Cancer Awareness Month where we sold cookies to raise money for better treatments and a cure for pediatric cancers.  I also auctioned off lots of handmade cards and gifts using much of my PTI supplies.  It was a great success!  We raised a little over $600 this year.   I think we might have a lull here for a couple of weeks in the cookie making, but the holidays are coming and that means cookie gifts.  

PTI September Blog Hop project 2

Here is my second card.  I used the second sketch and again, a combo of the colors.

September PTI Blog Hop: sketchy goodness

I loved the new September Blog color schemes and photo inspiration.  What a warm and cozy photo.

I am not ready for sweater and glove weather, but I am loving the crisp cooler fall mornings and lower afternoon temps, delectable smells of pumpkin streusel bread and apple spice bread baking in my oven, and donning my favorite fall outfits.  Alabama temps don't start getting fall like until early October, so I have a few more days to go.  Got a sneak peak yesterday morning with temps in the upper 50's and lower 60's but still got up to 80 in the afternoon.  It just means outfit changes during the day, but that is okay.

Anyway, you didn't come to this post to hear my musings about fall.  We are here for the September PTI blog hop.  I used a combination of colors Nichole put on the inspiration cards.  I don't know if I stuck to any one color combo, but switched things up a little.  I really liked the grays, navy blue, and mauve/rose colors.  I don't have any sweater pattern stamps, so I used patterned papers, impression plates, and a background stamp to achieve the look of the blue sweater print.  I kind of like it.

Here are my cards: I used the following sketch and colors.

Monday, August 25, 2014

SAF 2014: Last Timer Challenge

This card should have turned out better, but I didn't make the circle corner line up properly and I had white space there in the corner.  I thought it was correct, but when I went to cut off the excess of the circle, lo and behold,  there was just a little white space where it didn't cover.  Then I mistakenly tried to fix it with a corner chomper.  That did not work.   Anyway, if you could only know how long it took me to finally decide on what to do in making this card with the sketch and the color scheme I picked out, it was way longer than 20 minutes.  Making the card did not take 20 min. but thinking about how I would make it took a lot longer than that.  All day!!!

It was my last entry into the festivities so I am going to post it anyway.

August Papertrey Ink Blog Hop: pretty pink and gold stationary

Here is my quick entry into this month's PTI blog hop.  I made a pretty piece of monogrammed stationary.  I used Holiday Photo Finishers and the Circles from the set that goes with the circles cover plate.  I used raspberry fizz ink and gold embossing powder.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SAF 2014: Morning timer challenge

I used the ombre blues and purple color scheme and the overlapping circle sketch for this card.  It came together super quickly.  I really liked the sketches Nichole gave us as they were fairly simple and easy for a sketch challenged person to use.  Love that.  

I used Melissa Bickford's button stamp set for my circles.  I thought it was kind of masculine to go with the boy colors.  One of the colors was soft stone and I used that as my card base color so the other colors aren't quite as vibrant as they would have been on white, but I still like it.