Friday, January 30, 2009

Color Inspiration

I love all these catalogs that has these beautiful colored house decor items and this particular comforter set in this catalog just called out to me. The colors were just beautiful and I had to do a card for that.

Here is the my card. I did not have the exact shades of those color, but I kind of liked this card. I used PTI polka dot basics and colored them with copics.

Supplies: PTI Polka Dot Basics, PTI Circle Corner and Borders, PTI Shapes by Design, PTI Dark chocolate Ribbon, PTI White and Craft CS, Circle punches.

And the catalog that inspired it,

Flourishes Card for Sara's Sketch - SCA03

Sara's latest sketch SCA03 was to use flourishes. I had these beautiful Gel-a-tins Flourishes that I had not used in a while and this was the perfect card for it. I used SU Eastern Blooms for the rest of the images.

My card in brown is......

Supplies: SU Eastern Blooms, Gel-a-tins create your own flourishes, PTI Dark Chocolate and White CS, Generic Ribbon, 3/4 inch circle punch, word window punch

Mojo Monday Sketch 71

24 hours in a day is not sufficient to do all your work and plus do some good paper crafting. :) I could not do the Mojo Monday Sketch 70, so I thought at least I will give the Sketch 71 a try. Here is the link for the sketch - Mojo Monday Sketch 71

Here is my take on it. It is always hard to do masculine card. I used PTI Father knows best for this sketch.

Supplies: PTI Father Knows Best, PTI Square Borders and Corners, PTI White, Kraft and Father Knows best PP, SU Scallop Square Punch, Generic Ribbon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Our Creative Corner Sketch

I have not done "Our Creative Corner Sketches" for a while now and really liked their latest sketch. It has so many possibilities. I ended up doing two cards for this sketch. Holiday card for my SCS Christmas card challenge and a wedding card for my cousin who got married recently.

Wedding Card

I did this wedding card using PTI Wedding day set and plus their Circle Borders and Corners. Some glitter brad and the sentiment in the word window punch completed the ensemble.

I stamped the swirls that are part of the wedding day set on the latest PTI Black DP using Fresh Snow. I personally loved it and felt that it came out very well.

Supplies: PTI Wedding Day, PTI Circle Borders and Corners, PTI Black DP, Fresh Snow and True Black Ink, 1 3/" Circle Punch, Bling Brads

Holiday Card

This is an awesome sketch for a holiday card. I used PTI 2008 Holiday tag collection. Embossed the snowflake using silver EP and punched it out using 1 3/4" Circle punch. The patterned paper is from Martha Stewart collection. I thought it made a good contrast to the metallic CB embossed base.

Supplies: PTI 2008 Holiday Tag collection, DCVW Metallic Paper Stack, PP from Martha Stewart Holiday Collection, Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing folder, Silver Embossing powder, 1 3/4" Circle Punch.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Around and About Sentiments

Around and About sentiments - January release from PTI is really a versatile set. Lot of possibilities. Wanted to share the two cards that I did with this set. Of course I have already used it on other cards as well including PTI Blog Hop.

Supplies: PTI Around and About Sentiments, PTI Polka Dot Basics, PTI Inks - Plum Pudding, Raspberry Fizz, Circle Punches

Supplies: PTI Around and About Sentiments, PTI Berry Sorbet Ink.

PTI January Blog Hop

My very first blog hop with PTI and it is very exciting. The challenge this time was to make Birthday cards. There are so many choices with my PTI Stamp collection that it was a hard choice. Here is my Birthday card,

I used PTI Birds of feather, polka dot basics (to create the background) and Around & About Sentiments to kind of prop the sentiment. The sentiment itself is from Women of life.

Aqua mist and chocolate CS go together so well and is very pleasing to the eye.

Supplies: PTI Birds of Feather, PTI Polka Dot Basics, PTI Around & About Sentiments, PTI Women of Life, PTI Aqua Mist,Vintage Cream, Chocolate CS, PTI Everyday blessing PP, Circle Punches, SU Word Window Punch, Photo corner Punch.

Friday, January 23, 2009

100 Things

Jen had this interesting post about 100 things and I just had to do it too...(Not to mention her give away). It is about how many things you have done in your life so far from this 100 things. I have bolded the ones that I have done,

100 things....
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (Does in the shower count?)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (who hasn't??)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Hugged a goat
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (would like to someday) (Would articles in several magazines count?)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Had your heart stop
91. Met someone famous (Met Dee Gruenig here in a local scrapbook store - for a paper crafter - I suppose she is a celebrity)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (not recomended)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Could not put it down. Am glad I started it on a Friday night, else would have to call in sick to work when I was not lol)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

PTI Sketch - CMWC11

I am totally fascinated by the sketches and even more fascinated and impressed by people who design or come up with these sketches. Awesome :) I was already doing the Clean and Simple Sketches and now trying out the PTI Sketches. Here is the first PTI Sketch I attempted - CMWC11. No reason for choosing this particular sketch, just that this layout appealed to the Around and About Sentiments that I got recently from PTI and was playing around with it.

CMWC11 Sketch

Birthday Card

Supplies: PTI Around and about sentiments stamp set, PTI Birthday Basics Stamp set, PTI Everyday Blessings PP, PTI Prescored Card base, PTI Ripe Avocado CS, PTI Vintage Cream CS, PTI Berry Sorbet Ink.

Vases in Vogue

Vases in Vogue is a very versatile set from SU. I wanted to share the three cards that I created using this set. Two of them are Thank you cards and one of them is a birthday cards. Somehow I seem to be reaching to this set often to create my Thank you cards.

Birthday Card

Supplies: Generic Prescored Card base, Generic PP, SU Vases in Vogue Stamp set, Copic Marker and generic sentiment stamp.

Thanks You Card 1

Supplies: SU Vases in Vogue Stamp set, SU Tangerine Tango CS, SU Green (Cannot remember which green - must be garden green), PTI white and sweet blush CS, Generic heart embellishment

Thank You Card 2

Supplies: SU Vases in Vogue Stamp set, PTI CS and Ribbon.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

First PTI Swap of 2009

My friend from SCS, Sara is hosting the First PTI swap for 2009. Keeping in mind that Valentines day is just around the corner, I did a Valentine's Day card using PTI Heart Prints set. I did not buy any of PTI Raspberry Fizz patterned paper, so instead I created my own using Raspberry Fizz Ink and Guidelines Stamp set. I was personally very happy as to how the patterned paper turned out. I had always seen Nichole do it so effortlessly.

Without further ado, here is my card. Comments and Suggestions are welcome.

PTI Heart Prints Set, PTI Guide Lines set, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, PTI Raspberry Fizz CS and Ink, PTI Chocolate CS, PTI Burnt Umber Ink, PTI Raspberry Fizz Satin Ribbon

Friday, January 16, 2009

Love You Much Bundle - Loving It

I got the Love you much bundle from Stampin Up..Psst.They also had free shipping during that time. The only time I have seen SU do free shipping since I have been buying from them maybe since 2003. It was really nice. This bundle that came with patterned paper and punch was a great deal.

I have been experimenting with this stuff, but then I saw the FTL2O (Click here to see the Sketch) sketch and this stamp set felt right.

Here is the card,

Along with stickles, I have been trying Martha Stewart Glitter pens and they are way to cool. I like them a lot. The hearts on the side of the card, have been dotted with the glitter pens.

Supplies: SU Love you much bundle, Generic PP, Ribbon, PTI Raspberry Fizz Ink, PTI Vintage cream paper, Martha Stewart Glitter Pens.

I guess I am on a roll here with my blog. So, if I do not post any more tonight, then Good night and have a good weekend. Else.... you might see another post from me.

Signing off for now,
Enthused Blogger,

Clean and Simple Designs

I was searching SCS Gallery for some clean and simple designs and found this blog titled "Clean and Simple Stamping". Awesome blog and suiting my design mojo as of now. So, I have started working on some of their sketches. They are very simple and elegant and have a WOW factor. Here are some cards I have done using their sketches and CASE'ing their sample cards too (although my stamp sets are different). Sorry this might be a long post, but wanted to post all my CAS cards at one shot.

Fall-To-Layout 1

This layout is pretty inspiring and can be used in so many ways, in fact I have a future idea to use this for my Christmas Challenge card as well.

PTI Simple Things Anniversary Set, PTI Summer Sunrise CS, PTI Vintage CS, PTI Kraft CS, PTI Summer Sunrise Satin Ribbon, SU 1-1/4 and 1-3/8 Square Punches.

Fall-To-Layout 15

I know I jumped quite a bit, but this layout just beckoned me. I still intend to do other sketches. I am totally into CAS layouts now a days.

PTI Garden Life Stamp Set, PTI Polka Dot Basics, PTI Plum Pudding CS, PTI Lavender Moon CS, PTI Plum Pudding and Lavender Moon Palette Ink, PTI Lavender Moon Ribbon

Fall-To-Layout 22

SU Bitty Basics Hostess Level 1 Stamp Set, SU Small Oval Punch, SU 1" Punch, SU Haiku PP, Ink - SU Ruby Red, SU Wild Wasabi and SU Purely Pom.

Fall-To-Layout 23

I ended up doing two cards for this layout. Here they are,

PTI 2008 Holiday Tag Collection, Generic PP, Silver Embossing Powder, PTI Vintage Cream Twill Ribbon

SU Bitty Basics Hostess Level 1 Stamp Set, Unknown Sentiment Stamp, PTI Haiku PP, Generic Ribbon.

I hope that you will try these layouts also and have some fun with it.


Monday, January 12, 2009

New Year, New Challenges

Happy New Year. It is time for resolutions. My resolutions this year are to blog more often, use my existing supplies first before buying new and also to eat healthy and lose weight. A tall order....but well...we have to think big.

I wanted to share two Holiday cards that I did for a PTI swap on I do not own any holiday stamps from PTI, so I challenged myself to use non holiday stamps from PTI to create holiday cards. Here are the two results.

Anniversary Set Tree

I used this stamp from the Anniversary Set - Simple things and kind of created a tree effect. Used the snowflakes cuttlebug embossing folder as background. Some stickles and ribbon completed my embellishment. I used the Sentiment from Mailbox greetings.

PTI Simple Things Stamp, PTI Mailbox Greetings Stamp, PTI Cardstock, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, SU Word window punch, Generic White Ribbon, Stickles

Shapes by Design - Ornaments

I used this versatile set to create ornaments for this holiday card. I popped them up with some dimensional and added stickles.

PTI Shapes by Design Stamp, PTI Simple Things, Oval Nestabilities, Generic Ribbon, Stickles

Happy Stamping :)