So the challenge this week was...get this...use scallops! The same thing as the PTI blog hop, but I didn't want to just use the same card, so I made a card that I got inspiration to do from the PTI blog hop. One of the participants had created her own scallops using the PTI Banner Builder set, and it looked so neat that I had to try it :) This, I must say, however, was a very time consuming card! I don't own the matching dies, so I had to cut out each banner, then glue them all on. I am pleased with the effect, though :) All colors of ink and paper, and the ribbon are from SU. The little baby closepins are from a local stamp store, the pearls are from A Muse, and the rhinestone, unsure. The die with the patterned paper is PTI, and the big baby stamp is from Heidi Swapp. I made this card for a friend that I just found out is 4 months pregnant. She is a stamping friend, so I know she'll appreciate the work in the card. Congratulations to her :) (not sharing her name because I'm not sure she's spilled the beans to everyone, yet).
Saturday, February 26, 2011
So I finally got another of the potato chip scarves that I've had done forever, ready to mail to my cousin this weekend. For those of you who haven't seen the others, that pink yarn "flower" is actually a ruffley scarf all rolled up for presentation. I just love that it ends up looking like a huge flower! Anyway, before I sent it, of course I had to make a tag to show that it was handmade :) I used the Top Note die as the base, and used the knitting set that SU offers. The border stickers, scallop, vine, and flower are again from the Sale-a-Bration paper and sticker pack (I'm getting good use out of that thing, huh? The paper is also from that set. The little pearls are from A Muse. The closepin I found at a local stamp store awhile back. Eventually I'm going to learn how to stamp a handmade tag on fabric that I actually sew to the item...one day ;)
Posted by The Paper Parade at 9:51 AM
Friday, February 25, 2011
The Back: A newer handmade stamp that I keep meaning to use...I think its really cute with the barcode. From Maya Road
I bet you can tell that I got my order yesterday! I didn't get everything I wanted because they were sold out of the doilie dies, but at least I got the stamp set, as you see utilized on this card. This is the first time that I've made my own "patterned paper" by stamping the whole background, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. You can probably tell, also, that I got the other Color Couture inserts! Hence where I pulled the colors, and embellishments for this card from :) I also used some Raspberry Fizz felt with one of the PTI border dies (the circles). All supplies on this card are PTI except the ink (SU, I matched the colors as close as I could) the button (again SU) and the gem (Michaels). Hope you enjoy :)
Posted by The Paper Parade at 9:42 PM
Thursday, February 24, 2011
One of the women from the women's volunteer group that I'm a part of has a mother who just had serious surgery, so I wanted to make her a card to let her know that I'm thinking of her during this tough time. I didn't have a circle the right size I wanted in my Nestabilities dies, so I used one of my ribbon cardboard circles from SU to draw it out and cut it :) Then I stamped the background text on the circle using a PTI set. The paper colors are SU from the Sale-a-Bration paper and sticker set in the mini, and so are the boarder stickers and scallop circle sticker, and those on the inside and back. The tree and sentiments are from SU, and so is the ribbon. I think it turned out to be a very nice subtle card.
Posted by The Paper Parade at 7:51 AM
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
One of my SU friends went to Leadership a month or so back and brought me back an awesome Stampin' Up travel coffee mug. It was so sweet of her, because I take coffee to work daily, so this will help me to get my caffeine fix in style! I knew I needed to use this adorable coffee set to go along with the card, and I used the coordinating wheel, too. All items used on this card are from Stampin' Up.
Posted by The Paper Parade at 6:03 AM
Monday, February 21, 2011
I used the music background stamp very lightly in VersaMark:
I'm so happy with how this card turned out! This is for my newest co-worker whose birthday was today (whoops...one day late!). I know she likes crafty things because one of her friends made her this really cute cupcake sign to hang in her office that says "Happy Birthday Month" (she celebrates the whole month long). These colors are from Dawn McVey's Color Coutoure again...thanks so much for making that, Dawn, you have the best color combos that make cards pop! The challenge today was to make a glitter strip (or strips) on your card using Score-Tape. Well, I don't have any score tape, but I used that really sticky red tape that looks like bologna when you peel it off (you know the one I'm talking about ;) and it worked great! I love how it makes the card look so sophisticated, but after using the glitter, I remember why I rarely use it...I have glitter everywhere now! All supplies on this card are from PTI except for the orange rhinestones (Michaels) the metal flower brad (SU), glitter (SU), and ribbon (Michaels dollar bin). I didn't even mean to tie the ribbon like that, but I love how the ends turned out on one side.
Posted by The Paper Parade at 7:20 PM
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Someone very close to me just found out that she's expecting and I'm so excited for her! So of course I had to make a card :) The colors came from the Sale-a-Bration paper and sticker pack that SU has right now. I love how bright and cheery they are and how they'd work for either a girl or boy. All supplies on the card are from SU. The paper and sticker pack is awesome because it all coordinates and the stickers are cute and easy. That's how I got the scalloped border, scallop circle, and flowers. Enjoy!
Posted by The Paper Parade at 8:08 PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here is my handwritten sentiment on the outside:
And the one on the inside:
How can I resist...a challenge where you can win a PTI gift certificate?! I'm in! This challenge required you to make a Valentine's card where you use your own handwriting for the sentiment on the outside AND the inside. I recently got my SU order with a hostess set with this adorable baby onesie and was looking forward to using it, so I decided to create a card for my nephew, Liam, my first chance to be an Aunt...and he's not even born, yet! One day he'll understand that he was already loved before he even made his Earthly debut :) The patterned paper is from K & Company, solid cardstock from SU and PTI. Ribbon, button, punches and onesie stamp from SU and the numbers, spirals and letters are from a foot long stamp set from Hampton Art. If you'd like to play along with this challenge, find the details here, at: Ted's blog
Posted by The Paper Parade at 9:23 PM
Monday, February 14, 2011
Well, we've reached it, the final card in the Countdown to Valentine's Day. I hope you have enjoyed the countdown and that you were able to celebrate today with someone you love. This card is also a Make It Monday challenge from Paper Trey Ink. The challenge was to have a vellum sentiment on your card. I was surprised when I looked through my stash and I only had some printed and red vellum! So I went with the red. This is a Valentine themed thank you card for my mom who sent me an AWESOME Valentine's gift...a PTI gift certificate! Thanks, mom :) The cardstock is SU, the stamps are all PTI. The patterned paper is K & Company, the rosette is SU, the rhinestones and clip I'm not sure the origin...probably on clearance at Michaels ;) I've enjoyed this countdown, and may continue to do it for other upcoming holidays, too, so make sure to check back!
Posted by The Paper Parade at 8:36 PM
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This is another one of the cards that I made at the recent luminart paint class. I thought it turned out really cute and simple. All the Valentine's Day cards have now been sent out and I hope everyone enjoys them :)
Check back tomorrow for the last card in the Countdown to Valentine's Day!
Posted by The Paper Parade at 7:31 PM