Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PTI's MIM Challenge ~ Sweet Boy

Today's card was made for the PTI Make-it-Monday Challenge. The sweet and soft spoken Melissa Phillips challenged us to anchor our card using borders and / or banners dies.
Here's my card:

I started with a Kraft cardstock base and built up my front panel using some printed paper from my stash, overlayed with a piece of vellum. I then added a banner using the Notched Star Banner Die set, where I stamped my sentiment from Sweet Baby. The top edge of the panel was then stitched on my machine using a large zig zag pattern to play off from the background paper.
I used the Heart Border die and a piece of ruler printed paper to anchor my focal point which is the medallion topped with the elephant from Sweet Baby. To that, I finished my card off with a couple of Button Stacks and a punched out heart tied with string.

Lots of layers and patterns going on here.
This is what I call a "Melissa Phillips style" card!
I'm also entering this card into the Simon Says Monday Challenge where it's everything goes.
Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Something New ~ Inspiration Saturday

Good Sunday morning! I know my title says Inspiration Saturday but today is Sunday. I've been wanting to start a new segment on my blog posting a card that I made that was inspired by something I've seen or by some of the incredible talent that's out there leading the stamping market. My day of choice was Saturday, but since I didn't get to post yesterday I thought I would start it today, although keeping my post day for Saturday. Make sense? ;0)
Anyway, today's card was inspired by the fabulous Kristina Werner. You can find her sweet card HERE on her BLOG.

Here's my card:

I used Simon Says Cupcake Party stamp set to create this card. My card is pretty much CASEd except that mine has a large clear acetate window allowing you to peek into the inside of the card. The window card was originally intended to be a shaker card, but my first card was a success leaving me with a second window card to do something different with.
On the inside of the card I stamped streamers from PTI's Birthday Style.

Even though this is a CASEd card, I put my own touch to it. Like any card, you can take the inspiration as far as you'd like according to your own taste. You can follow the recipe exactly, change a few things or simply use an idea as a jumping off point. Keep in mind that you cannot enter any card that is CASEd into any challenges unless it is your own work.

I enjoy Kristina's clean and simple style and her use of white space. The clean lines of this card really allow the sentiment and focal point to be the star of the show.
Thanks Kristina, for always inspiring us with your creative talents and joyful personality!
Be sure to stop back next Saturday for my next Inspiration Saturday. Thanks for visiting!
Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Simon Says Add A Little Texture

This next card was made for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge to "Add A Little Texture".
I stamped some flower images from PTI's Embroidered Blooms onto my card panel and then embossed just 3/4 of the panel using a woodgrain embossing folder to add texture. For further texture, I added a small die cut doily and some PTI Button Stacks.

Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Amazing Birthday

Today's card was made using the color palette from My Creative Time.

Since I've only purchased from them once and one of my sets was a winter one, I found myself at a loss of what to create but I really wanted to enter into their challenge. I just adore their products and look forward to future purchases.
It finally hit me that I could use the little banner from Chocolate Greetings to create my own festive banner using their colors.

I started by stamping some streamers into the background of my front panel. Using the banner from Chocolate Greetings, I cut the length of the banners down, the long ones at 1.5 inches and the smaller ones at 1 inch and adhered them to my card front. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. A few orange candy dots from Queen & Co finishes off my card!

I hope this is good enough to make the cut for their challenge.
Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Thinking of You

Today's card was made using the fabulous color combo from ColorQ Challenge.

Since I don't have SU! colors I had to find the closest I had in PTI colors, which were Winter Wisteria, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel and of course gold.

I started by dripping and spraying some gold distress spray from Heidi Swap onto my card base. The clock face was cut out of gold adhesive paper using PTI's Hands of Time die. I stamped the little hearts in alternating spaces using With All My Heart. The flowers and leaves are from Sweet Life. A few gold and purply sequins finish this off.
All products are from PaperTrey Ink.
I'm also entering this into the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Note Of Thanks

Here's a card I made using the color challenge from Color Throwdown.

I started by cutting two panels using MFT's Blueprints #20 & #1. I ran the white panel through the Grand Calibur using PTI's Aida Cloth texture plate. I also created the button card using PTI's Button Boutique and Button Stacks die's and the leaves from Exploring the 1940's.
The little thread card was made using PTI's Hanging By A Thread and the thread lines were stamped using the lined image from Layered Banner Banter. It fit perfectly! A tiny ribbon bow finishes it off. The sentiment is from PTI"s 2014 SAF "Renaissance Kit".

I'm also adding this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit

Hello Dear Friend

Hello dear friends~ I made this card for all of you who visit my blog and leave such kind comments. It's also for those who like to pop in and leave un-noticed. I still thank you and count you as a dear friend.
I made this card using Laurie Willison's challenge to use a cover plate as a stencil and add embossing paste or in my case, I used Glossy Accents instead.

I started by cutting a Basic Bookmark #3 in Melon Berry cardstock. I used the Hearts Cover Plate and added the Glossy Accents down the center of my bookmark. While that was drying, I cut the daffodil from Year of Flowers and stamped it in fine linen ink and gave water coloring another try. There are so many talented artists out there who can make theirs look so good. I'm not one of them but I do want to learn and I love the water colored look.

Once everything was dry, I added a doily to the back of the bookmark. Another look I've been loving is string under a focal point so I added some under the daffodil. I gave my bookmark a Melissa Phillips "junk bow" (LOVE!) and added some yellow candy dots from Queen & Co. Everything is mounted onto a Kraft cardstock base.
Since this card has lots of texture, I'm also adding it to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge,
the tropical colors make it perfect for the Simon Says Monday Challenge,
and the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
Thanks so much for looking! Blessings~ Birgit