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A Baby Challenge

So one of my very best friends is ready to pop, I am even flying across the country after the baby is born so that I can meet the new one. She wont tell me if it is a girl or boy, which is driving me crazy, it means I will have to do some last minute shopping. I was trying to decide what kind of card to make her, I wouldn’t be able to do that last minute, I am way too neurotic.

So when I came across this weeks Dynamic Duo challenge, I felt inspired. Now that I had a color palette, I also wanted to find a layout challenge that I could participate in. As you can tell by my blog name, I really want to start trying new styles and being more creative. I have seen Retro Sketches before, and have wanted to try one of theirs but just couldn’t find the right one. I took a look at the post for this week, and the image actually made me concerned. My mind went blank, but then I kept reading the post and the inspiration cards really gave me the kick start I needed.

You will have to forgive the lighting, I am going to have to find a better way to take pictures, but here is my card,

I got to use one of the new dies from Papertrey Ink and two of the new stamps sets too.

I hand drew the swaddled baby, because I had seen that image and wanted to use it, but alas had no stamp that worked. And I used the background basics to add some fun to the clouds. I added the Ribbon and twine and threw on a few buttons. I can’t help myself with the buttons, I just love them. Some people are addicted to bling, I am hooked on buttons. Hope you like it.

Thanks for reading,

Jillian

Supplies:
Paper: PTI Aqua Mist Cardstock, PTI Summer Sunrise Cardstock, Kraft Carstock

Stamps: PTI Faux Ribbon, PTI Background Basics: Text Style II

Dies: PTI Clouds (Big and Small)

Extra’s: PTI Aqua Mist Buttons, PTI Summer Sunrise Ribbon, Jute Twine

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My first Color Combo Card

So in the interest of starting to be more original in my cards, I am embarking on my first color Challenge. (and although I am Canadian and color should be spelled colour, I will stick to the USA spelling to maintain consistency) I am taking part in 365 Cards color combo challenge.

I am in love with the green in this, and I just got a pack of Canyon Clay from Papertrey Ink, that I was itching to test out. So this is what I came up with…

I haven’t picked up the new flower die from PTI, but just loved the look of the flowers, so recreated it with scissors. Worked out pretty well. I am diggin the sentiment and how the stamped leaves go behind the words. I think that if I make this one again, I want to spread out the die cut leaves, have it cover more of the card. I will have to play with it.

For some reason my lighting makes the Simply Chartreuse buttons look yellow. But I promise they are a perfect match to the leaves. I finished them off with some twine.

Thanks for reading!

Jillian

Supplies:
Paper: PTI Spring Rain Cardstock, PTI Canyon Clay Cardstock, PTI Pure Poppy Cardstock, PTI Simply Chartreuse Cardstock, PTI Linen Vellum Cardstock,

Stamps: PTI Pretty Peonies sentiment, PTI Turning a New Leaf

Dies: PTI Turning a New Leaf Die (Big)

Extra’s: PTI Simply Chartreuse Buttons, PTI Button Twine

Masculine Cards Can Be Tricky

I have always struggled to make cards for guys. I am a ribbon and bling kinda girl, and that doesn’t always fit for the men in your life. I find that when I do make them they are so plain and boring. So I have been working with colors and layering, trying to add some wow, through details. This is my first attempt, I think it turned out pretty good. Of course my dad loved it, but he would love anything I made him, macaroni art included.

My Inspiration is from a Christmas card that the talented Marina Grigsby made, found here.

I had to adjust the layout, I prefer landscapes (ie I always mess up cutting portrait bases). I also loved the idea of cutting out part of your image and leaving it floating.

I used two different sets from Stampin’ up. I am also diggin this Simply Chartreuse from PTI. I tried to rough up the edges, but didn’t fully commit. I think next time I would go a bit further and make sure it looks intentional.

As I am sure you will learn, I am addicted to making matching envelopes. I think it just adds that extra touch. Definitely will make a variation of this again.

Thanks for reading,

Jillian

Supplies: Kraft Cardstock, PTI Simply Chartreuse Cardstock, PTI Dark Chocolate Cardstock, Sentiment – SU For All You Do, Image – SU Forest Friends, PTI Simply Chartreuse Vintage buttons.

Simple Circles

A little while back a friend at work asked if I could make her a card. She new I loved to make them and offered to buy one from me. Of course I said no, I need excuses to make cards. I asked what kind of card she would like, what was her friend like. She said that she was girly, but that I should just make whatever I wanted. I coerced a color scheme from her and Below is what resulted.

The colors were purple and teal. I have to apologize for not being able to find my inspiration photo. It is in my Google feed reader somewhere, but for the life of me I cannot locate it. I will update if I do. Sorry for the photo quality, I gave it away before I could look at the pictures.

I loved all the layers in this card.

Thankfully she was thrilled with the card. And actually ended paying with a craft off her own. One of these guys…

Mines name is Bruno. Hope today you get to create something Beautiful today!

Supplies: White Cardstock, Purple Cardstock, PTI Hawaiian Shores Cardstock, PTI Aqua Mist Cardstock, PTI Fillable Frames #8 Mini Stamp Set, PTI Vintage Button Collection, SU For All you do butterfly stamp.

Pretty Peonies Anniversary Set

I finally got around to making my second order of PTI (Papertrey Ink – See my links for the site). I kinda went crazy, but I was going to be in the states and that meant NO Shipping costs. Lets just say I took advantage of it.

I got 9 new stamp sets and a ton of new dies and some paper and ribbon and buttons, okay I think that is all. My plan is to go through each set and make at least 1 card in the next month or two.

Today I am posting from my favorite set. Pretty Peonies vol.6 no.19. This special anniversary set has a ton of images I can’t wait to use, but I started simple. I am not super creative but I will try to to diverge more as I go along, for now, I just recreated the beautiful card that Nicole Heady created during the release of the set. I used Daydreamer vol.5 no.64 for the circles.

Her Card is Here.

This is my recreation.

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Close up with the layers.

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Supplies used: Vintage Cream Cardstock, Simply Chartreuse Cardstock, Hawaiian Shores Cardstock, Aqua Mist Ink, Simply Chartreuse Ink, Basic Black Ink, Black rhinestone.