Hoping for spring . . .

Wow, I just realized that I am really on a Papertrey Ink kick lately huh? I guess it is all the excitement of the anniversary festivities this month. I just got my new release package on Monday and decided to take some time for a much needed stamping therapy session yesterday. I played around with this week's sketch from the CPS blog, which just happens to be sponsored by PTI. I used the Friends 'Til the End and Handwritten Notes stamp sets. My color palette includes the most recent Perfect Match colors, New Leaf and Melon Berry, as well as Kraft, Vintage Vanilla and Dark Chocolate. I also played around with the gorgeous new buttons PTI introduced with their anniversary release - love 'em!!! I am really liking how these came out, so springy! Maybe it will entice Mother Nature to grace us with some warmer weather here in the not-too-distant future . . . *wink*


Dawn's favorites . . .

Today is the last day of PTI challenges before the big release tonight! Today Nichole asked us to create a card using a color combo that Dawn McVey used sometime this week during her previews for her first PTI stamp set, Damask Designs. Since Dawn inspired the new Raspberry Fizz color I thought I would use it, along with Kraft and Dark Chocolate. She created a beautiful card using these colors earlier this week. I decided to use the Beautiful Blooms stamp set in an attempt to recreate the feel of her damask cards. I really like how this turned out - clean and simple! Looking forward to getting my hands on some of the newest PTI releases soon!!!!!

Sketch for a friend . . .

Today Nichole (of PTI fame) challenged us to make a card for our best friend. I was inspired by the colors in the Friends 'Til the End Quick Kit that she introduced today on her blog. Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate and Vintage Cream - so pretty! I also incorporated the Bitty Dot sketch challenge from Saturday since I didn't get a chance to stamp over the weekend. I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous vine and flowers from the With Sympathy stamp set. I kept things simple and subtle with tone-on-tone stamping. The sentiment comes from the Flower Garden stamp set - I thought the script matched so well! Butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch and the rhinestone bling came from the Target $1 Spot. I sure hope my best friend likes my creation!!!

Over the rainbow . . .

Today on Nichole's blog she issued us the very first ever PTI color challenge - how fun!!! I was very excited to get home from work today and start stamping!!! I looked through my stash of PTI stamp sets, finally settling on a long neglected one - Green Thumb. I though the wellie image would be perfect for this challenge! Who wouldn't love a pair of these in each of PTI's luscious colors??? *wink* I stamped the images once in each of the four challenge colors all in a row on Stamper's Select white cs. I added the toe and loop details in True black ink and matted the panel onto the same color cs. Next I added ribbon loops in Ocean Tides saddle stitch, Ripe Avocado topnotch twill, Summer Sunrise grosgrain, and Pure Poppy luxe satin. The image panel was popped up on foam dimensionals before I adhered it to the card base. Finally I added the sentiment in the lower right corner in True Black in as well. Really simple, but I like how well it conveys the rainbow theme. I truly love each and every one of PTI's exclusive colors and had so much fun putting this combo together!!!!!

A brand new Papertrey Ink experience . . .

Isn't this little shopping bag adorable? I created it today for a contest that Papertrey Ink is having in conjunction with their second anniversary this month. Today PTI brainchild Nichole Heady announced some fabulous news on her blog: Papertrey is going to CHA!!! This summer CHA is hosting a first - consumer days!!!!! Seeing that I live only about 45 minutes from the Orlando Convention Center, I for one could not be happier!!! I will be there shopping bag in hand!!!!!! In honor of this exciting announcement I decided to create a miniature shopping bag for Nichole's "It's in the Bag" challenge. For my shopping bag I used the base of one of Lauren Meader's My Timeless Templates - Purso - nality Clutch. I printed my template onto PTI Kraft cs and trimmed. Next I stamped images from my first PTI set, Butterfly Kisses, in Fresh Snow and True Black ink. I assembled my box using red line tape and added some scalloped trip punched from Stamper's Select White cs. Next I used my Crop-a-dile to add some pewter jumbo eyetets and tied some True Black Swiss Dot ribbon through as handles. To make it look a little bit more like a shopping bag I folded the sides in at an angle and added some black tissue paper. I am super excited for this month's PTI release, taking place on the 15th. Don't miss it!!!!!