Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sliding in at the last minute!!!!

I had such a long week this week! It was one of those weeks that seemed to last forever. I work at a preschool and if I left it at that then you probably wouldn't need any more explanation. Did I mention that I live in Colorado and that the weather here is crazy??? For example, we had hot sunny days and then frigid snowy ones back to back... twice this week. And let me further say that kids are like little barometers. You ask anyone who works with them for a living and they will tell you! Their little emotions go all over the place along with the weather. Seriously!
But sadly, my long week doesn't stop there. I ended up getting the flu this weekend (when the weather was beautiful) and had my feverish self in bed almost the whole time. That can really mess with you as days and nights get all messed up; I must've taken 5 naps yesterday alone and each time woke up wondering if it was morning again. Oh, don't worry. The time change sorted all that out for me! ;)
Anyway, I really wanted to try Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge. It was a one layer card that is easy to mail. I like the idea of that, truly I do. I just like adding lots of dimension to my cards. Lots of layers. So this was no easy task for me.

If you want to see the challenge then click here.

Here is my take on the challenge:

This is my one layer wonder. Ha! I don't really feel like this is my strength but I gave it a try... With no ribbons.... And no buttons.... And no die cuts....  

As always, I enjoy looking at everyone else's cards. Mine looks like it was done by a preschooler. Maybe I'll have them help me next time I'm at work.

Thanks for stopping in.

PS I used papertrey's flutterby friends stamp set and used water colors to fill in the images.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fun with watercolors

I had so much fun with my first attempt at this weeks' MIM #153 that I decided to give it another go.
Here is my other card. I will be putting this in my shop.

I had so much fun with this that I made a couple more cards. I just loved the possibilities of swirling around a bunch of colors and seeing what happens. I'm hooked! 


I wanted to make a new card that I can send as an encouragement to a friend of mine. Her sister in law has been in and out of the hospital recently for some intestinal issues she has been having. I have met her only once and she is a young healthy looking mid-lifer. But I can see the toll this is taking on my sweet friend and how much she is concerned. So I thought that I could make this card for the Papertrey Ink challenge and then give it to my friend so she can fill it out and mail it to her sister in law. I think if she was able to put down her feelings in a card and send it out it would help her feel better... And hopefully her sister in law would feel better, too.

One thing I love about PTI is their pulse on all the trends that are currently spreading on places like Pinterest. This weeks' MAKE IT MONDAY is all about watercolor.

Here is my take on the challenge. I used PTI Think Big Favorites and embossed it in white powder. I also used PTI Melon Berry cardstock to coordinate with the watercolors that I blended together. The yellow polka dot paper is from Dear Lizzy (I think).

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy Anniversary PTI! Day 1 Challenge

It has been so long since I have posted on here so please forgive me! A great way to get started again, though, is with PTI's fun challenges for their 7th anniversary. I have loved PTI now for at least 6 years. They have such versatile stamps with fun and trendy styles. Lots of the newer ones come with great dies that match to make it a cinch to make pop up embellishments.

I joined their day 1 challenge. Love it! Here are the sketches and colors that I picked:

Betsy Veldman's colors:


I have missed playing with my Button Boutique stamps so that is what I wanted to go with and built up my card from there.

Here is my finished card. I used Button boutique stamps and BB: text style2 as well as some butterfly dies from the Love Lives Here and Pretty Peonies. The inks are PTI as well: hibiscus burst, Hawaiian shores, aqua mist, smoky shadow, and spring leaf (I think it goes well to compliment the new leaf colors in the paper). Some of my favorite things about this card include the mini wooden spool, the sequence and scrunch ribbon.

Thanks for taking a look!