Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Becky's Challenge

I finally am entering Becky's Compose a Card challenge.  I have printed up all of them and I still want to make a card for each even though the earlier ones are over.  They are straight forward challenges that I like.  Thank you, Becky!

I changed the dimensions of 2 of the mat sizes but it fit my design better. I hope that is allowed and all the parts are there?  I was also knocked off my feet in love with Betsy Veldman's Apron Strings card.  Since Becky's challenge included a darling picture of a red dotted apron, any design dilemma was gone.  I had to try that apron!  I think it turned out cute.  Not in a "Betsy Velman Class" but, Hey!  Who is?  Very fun to make and a very 3 dimensional card.  This is definitely a "Hand Deliver" card.

Hope you enjoy it!
Supplies: All supplies are PapertreyInk unless noted.
Bitty Dots PP, Pure Poppy CS and ink, Aquamist CS, Colorbok metal dots, silk ribbon 1/4" and HL white satin ribbon.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Only one day off...

I had such a short weekend. I signed up to work my Saturday off because with the incentive pay added to the overtime, it was too hard to pass it up.  It will help pay for my last order from PapertreyInk since it was a big one. That only left me with today off.  I'll survive.

I have lots of February birthdays in my family and am starting to run a bit low for cards so I wanted to be sure to make some that would work for males or females.  I then decided that an extra Thank You would be handy, too. Both cards are PTI products except for some PP scraps that I used in the Thank You card. 

 Wishing You a Happy Birthday:  I just love the Turning a New Leaf PP and think it makes for some excellent "neutral" type cards (meaning it can be easily turned into a card for a male or female).  I was very pleased at how well the Terracotta Tile color went with the colors in Turning a New Leaf.  I will certainly pair those colors again.
Thank You card: I had a single smallish piece of this green and blue plaid PP sitting in a bag of scraps and it was just enough to punch some circles and match it with some Aqua Mist and Spring Moss scraps.  The tree and sentiment are from Through the Trees stamp set and the ribbon is the new narrow silk ribbon that PTI carries then colored with my Copic Marker color YG93.  It came out spectacular!  I am so excited that I can color this ribbon to match anything in which I have a Copic to match!  It was quick and easy to do, too!

I'd love to hear what you think...

Close up of the sentiment banner

Copic colored ribbon to match!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You've Come A Long Way, Baby!

Lily turned 6 months old on Jan 31st and I thought I would post a quick photo showing how far she has come.  She's smiling!  She has cheek bones!  (We couldn't tell because her cheeks are so fat that we were unable to see the underlying bone structure.)

Isn't she adorable?  She may be small for 6 months but she is HUGE compared to where she started!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

CPS Challenge

I have decided to join the challenge over at Card Positioning System (CPS).  The sketch is a simple one and I just used it as a jumping off point.  I wanted the primary focus to be the large black bow.  I just love how striking black is against both pink and red so I incorporated all these colors in my card.  I still wanted there to be a heart on it so I made it a dangling tag with the circular sentiment from Simple Valentine from PTI and included a small stamped heart in the center. I also edged the white heart with black PTI Perfect Match ink.  PP is from PTI Pretty Pastels and the red cardstock was from my scrap pile, edged with the EK Success Scalloped Border punch on the red CS and a Martha Stewart edge punch on the PP.  Can NOT  wait until the PTI border dies are released!  Such a clean looking edge they make!

Hope you enjoy:
Don't you just love that big bow?  I do!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Kiss Me!

Worked on 2 cards today.  One is for my hunny, the other is for a very red headed Irish friend that loves all things St. Patrick!  She also loves to get cards from me and I love to oblige.  My hunny likes to get my cards, too, but somehow, it is even more fun when it is a friend that appreciates it.  Why is that? 

The "lips" paper was found at my LSS. I only bought one sheet (12 x 12") because I knew I could get at least 6 cards from it... more if'n I want to.  All cardstock is PTI.  These are both very simple, straight forward cards to make.  No special techniques required.  I made the clover from 4 punches from my Marvey heart punch, attached a brad to hold it together and placed a PTI button over the brad cause I like buttons better!  Both cards were done in well under an hour. 

So, here they are:

I just love the Martha Stewart punch on the St.Patricia day card.  Don't you?
So, what did you do today?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Scrapped!

I haven't made a page in ages.  My rediscovery of my love of paper started with scrapbooking and I have abandoned it for far too long.  I finally sat down, grabbed 3 pictures that I knew I wanted to use on a scrapbook page and just plain ole' made myself do it.  I didn't care if it was brilliant, stunning or a work of art.  I just wanted to MAKE one... and I did. 

Of course, I had to make one of Lily.  She is the only Grandchild I haven't scrapped (that is how long it has been). Background paper is from Stampin' Up, accent papers by K& Company and cardstock by PapertreyInk.  It turned out simple and nice.  Just what I was aiming for.  I even did some journaling, something I seldom do.  It is complete, done and in it's storage case. Ta Daaa!

Eveeryone, say Hello to Lily.  She was born at 1 lb 12 ozs and 5 months gestation.  She was 15 weeks early and it was very touch and go for a long time.  She came home at over 4 months of age (2 weeks past her original due date) and she is one cute, sweet little girl.  She is doing great.  She had to have laser eye surgery at 6 weeks of age and may have some periferal vision loss and nearsightedness.  She may or may not even need glasses or not for a long time.  Her lungs are still finalizing in maturity and she is now off the oxygen except at night since these pictures were taken.  So far, there doesn't seem to be any neurological or mental impairments but the final jury isn't out yet.  We are very confident that all is well.  She had almost no brain swelling or bleeding on her brain after delivery which can be common in these micropreemies.  She is now smiling and cooing and is a really good baby.  Those nurses trained her well!
Oh, yeah, we kinda like her, too.