Wednesday, 25 May 2011

PTI Blog Hop: Violet wishes...


When I saw this month's theme for the PTI blog hop I knew I had to play along:

May is the month when many flowers finally go into full bloom after a long winter's sleep. For the blog
hop this month we want to see your favorite take on flowers. You can stamp backgrounds, create
custom floral embellishments, showcase unique flower center additions (buttons, rhinestones, beads,
etc...), flowers die-cut from different materials (like fabric, felt, vellum, etc...) or anything else you can
dream up! We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing creations!

I used my Year of Flowers: Violets set and got colouring to create this:

I used the gorgeous colours from the CR84FN challenge this week as my starting point:

The flowers and leaves were coloured with copics and cut out - I added some chocolate pearls to the centres of the flowers for a bit of extra dimension. The parisian doily in the background was die-cut from cream card. The sentiment ticket was created using the Just the Ticket set and coordinating die plus a little butterfly from Butterfly Dreams. I added some lace trim and Concord Crush ribbon and button to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Squeaking In...


I played along with the Waltzingmouse birthday challenge for this one:

I used the free tea bag template to create this and some nestie-friendly stamps from Waltzingmouse for the label. Colours are Blushing Bride and Bravo Burgundy - very pretty combo I've just discovered!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Thursday, 19 May 2011

CAS Romance...


Sorry for the absence over the last while - things have been very busy and my mojo has been a-wandering! I managed to play along with this week's Waltzingmouse sketch though, and here's what I came up with...

I thought that the empty space would be a great place for some fancy paper that I end up hoarding cos I don't want to cover it up lol! I stamped the die-cut border with a motif from Waltzingmouse's doily stamps and used a sentiment from one of their sets I got for my birthday.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Saturday, 7 May 2011

1 sketch + 1 colour combo = 2 cards!


I had a chance to play with some more of my new goodies today and when I saw the Waltzingmouse sketch I knew I had to play with my new Doily stamps - oh so pretty! I combined the sketch with the Colour Q challenge this week and ended up making two cards - one where I got carried away with my more-is-more style {grin!} and the other a CAS card (very unusual for me!).

For this one I stamped the background with the detailed doily stamps using Tangerine Tango ink then sponged around the edges with Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango inks. I then embossed the whole panel with the PTI Linen and Canvas impression plate. I sewed some lace trim to this piece (sewing machine still getting the better of me at times... grrr!). The greeting is from a retired SU hostess set and I combined it with two stamps from the Labels 18 collection from Waltzingmouse and die-cut with the coordinating nestie shape. I added some paper flowers that I dyed using Tempting Turqouise ink and topped it off with a heart-shaped button. I couldn't resist added a couple of pearls to the corners as well!

And now for the clean & simple one...

I again used my doily stamps, but this time the more open one - I stamped the image on watercolour paper using Peach Parfait ink then coloured with a Daffodil Delight marker and aqua brush. For the top one I also stamped a smaller doily in the centre (rock and rolled with Peach Parfait and Tangerine Tango ink). The sentiment (from Curly Cute) was stamped on a vellum strip with Versamark and Tempting Turqouise ink then embossed with clear EP. I added some sticky strip to the top and bottom then dipped in glitter. I added a dyed paper flower with a button in the centre to finish. I really wanted to add something to the top right corner but couldn't make anything work so I left it... Hmmm...

So - which one do you prefer?? I love my vintage-style one but I enjoyed making both - good to challenge yourself every now again!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Friday, 6 May 2011

CR84FN Golden Butterfly...

I got some new goodies through the post today so thought I'd crack 'em open and have a play, and combine a couple of challenges along the way. I used the Card Patterns sketch as well as the gorgeous colours from the CR84FN challenge:

I used my new Waltzingmouse Labels 18 stamps for the main panel, and added a gold-embossed butterfly to the centre:

Unfortunately the photo doesn't do it justice as I had to take it at night, and without a light box this is the best I can do! The butterfly was embossed on vellum cardstock. I cut a doily using a PTI die for the top section and created a background panel on So Saffron using A Little Argyle PTI set. The sentiment is from also from PTI. I added some So Saffron ribbon as well as some So Saffron buttons with twine to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Floral Throwdown...

I had a chance yesterday to play along with this week's Colour Throwdown colours - quite a selection I must say! I paired the colours with Chupa's sketch challenge this week which was so pretty (I keep meaning to play along with this one but things keep getting in the way KWIM??). Anyway, I pulled out a retired set to create some big and bold flowers using Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight...

I used some Pear Pizzazz DSP in the background and created the scallop trim with a SU border punch. The sentiment is from PTI - such a great sentiment for so many people! I added some chocolate buttons (not the edible kind!!) to the centre of each flower to finish.

Just a short post today - hubby is cooking Sunday lunch today and I can smell that it's near completion... yum!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x