Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Papertrey April Blog Hop

From Nichole Heady's post on this blog hop:
We are excited to get back to our inspiration challenges for the blog hop each month.  For the month of April we wanted to focus on fun florals, damasks & polka dots.  Throw in the fun color scheme, and you have a recipe for the perfect project.  Use the inspiration piece as a jumping point for your color scheme, pattern combinations, overall design or whatever else inspires your creativity.

So I took the patterns, colours and feel of the inspiration picture as my jumping off point.

Meet card number one:

I inked up SU's Manhattan Flower embossing folder with some Jenni Bowlin cotton candy ink.  I ran it through letterpress style which gave me a nice inked up impression that I cut out.  I then used the new File folders edgers die from PTI to cut the Hawaiian Shores cardstock and stamped a sentiment from Pretty Peonies.  I used the Hero Arts Studio Calico lattice background stamp as my background with some Jenni Bowlin speckled egg ink to add interest.  I took a piece of pink ribbon I got for free in my last Ellen Hutson order and cut slits to slide it through.  Some foam dots to pop up the flower and that's it.

Meet card number two:
I used the same letterpress technique as I did yesterday and inked up my herringbone embossing folder with some Steel Blue Fresh ink.  I trimmed it down and adhered it to my white card base with some Tombo Mono Multi glue.  This stuff is awesome and works great for textured paper like embossed cs.  I then added the strip of Hawaiian Shores card stock that I stamped with a small Turning a New Leaf stamp in Colorbox Frost White.
I added selectively inked Wonderful Words additions sentiments and a fussy cut Pretty Peonies flower.  Man, do I ever have to practice my fussy cutting! :)  I popped up the sentiment strip as well as the flower with some trusty foam dots.  What would I ever do if I ran out?  Gasp!

Meet card number three:
I had some issues with the edgers dies but decided to just leave it so pretend you don't notice, ok?  I used some Eclipse masking paper from my last Impress order.  Handy stuff!
I stamped the flowers in Jenni Bowlin cotton candy and speckled egg.  Then I used Wonderful Words additions and Pretty Peonies for the sentiments in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I stupidly decided to stamp polka dots in Jenni Bowlin malted milk but hated the look so I swiped some gesso on top to mute it a bit.  Not perfect but too bad!  I went with the imperfection ...

Ok, card number four, here we go:
For this one, I was inspired by the bolts of fabric and decided to cut down strips of card stock and stamp them in different patterns.  So a damask, stripes, flowers, and polka dots.
I edged each of them with their ink to give them a bit more definition and then adhered them with Tombo Mono Multi.  Yup, that stuff works fabulously!  Here I was adhering it down onto textured card stock since I impressed the Damask Designs pattern into the card base.  Hard to see but adds a little je ne sais quoi in person.  Promise!
 A simple sentiment in black and that's it!
Well, happy hopping!  Enjoy all the great eye candy on everyone's blogs.  :)

Love you forever
Paper: Staples 110lb white, PTI Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: PTI Pretty Peonies, Hero Arts Studio Calico lattice background stamp
Ink: Jenni Bowlin speckled egg + cotton candy, Memento tuxedo black
Misc: SU Manhattan Flowers embossing flowers, foam dots, PTI File Folders edgers die

Thank you
Paper: Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Pretty Peonies, Wonderful Words additions (selectively inked), Turning a new leaf
Ink: Fresh Steel Blue, Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Frost White, Jenni Bowlin cotton candy
Misc: Herringbone embossing folder, Tombo Mono Multi glue

You make me so happy
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Pretty Peonies
Ink: Jenni Bowlin speckled egg + cotton candy, Memento tuxedo black
Misc: PTI File Folders edgers die, Eclipse masking paper

Thanks for everything
Paper: Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Damask Designs, BB Circles, Pretty Peonies, Faux Ribbon
Inks: Jenni Bowlin cotton candy, soap powder, speckled egg; Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: PTI Damask Designs impression plate, Tombo Mono Multi glue


Joyce said...

What a great job you did on all your cards. They are just beautiful. (PS--if you turn off your word verification, I'll bet you get more comments!)

cards by cara said...

Thanks for reminding me, Joyce!!

Lisa Elton said...

Very pretty assortment of cards, you've been a busy bee!!

Unknown said...

Love the variety of cards you made! They are all great!

Anonymous said...

Cara, they are all beautiful! LOve all the texture and the bold sentiments :)

Rebecca Deeprose said...

Great idea with the embossed flower! Love the textures too! Great job!

Mayol said...

Wow, Cara, lots of beautiful cards! You've been busy :) i love the different textures that you used.

Tracey McNeely said...

All beautiful cards Cara. Love the embossed flower.

carol (krillsister) said...

Cara, You have been in crafting mode lately. Great cards. Love the last card with the different pattern papers. Definitely reminded me of the stack of beautiful fabrics.

Anne said...

Well done on all your cards. You sure got lots done.

Jill Norwood said...

Lovely cards one and all! Love the embossed rose! So pretty!

Marybeth said...

All the cards you made are beautiful .I as specially love the last one where you stamped the different strips. Nice work Cara!

victoria h said...

wow- lots of lovely cards. You have been busy.

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful cards, Cara!

Sherrie M. said...

love your four cards! I think the last one is my favorite.

pamela said...

You got the edger die!!! By the way, I changed the supplies =P

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Lovely cards. Number 3 is my favorite. Like the soft colors and patterns used to make it.

Kelly Griglione said...

Wow, you really went to town with this challenge ... fantastic! Love all your cards, but I especially like on the last one how you have white in between the patterned strips to break it up.

Suzanne Russell said...

Are you a blog hop junkie, or what?! Great cards, each and every one. :)