Saturday, August 25, 2012

August 2012 Papertrey Blog Hop

This month, Papertrey shared these photos as inspiration for the blog hop:
{PHOTO CREDITS: scarf, flower, button holes, baby hat & shoes, need for tweed, suit}
{PHOTO CREDITS: elephant, wallets, wreath, flowers, socks, jacket}

I took the fibres and textures as inspiration and grabbed some cardstock, stamps and an embossing folder.  I tend to just make a whole bunch of different cards with what I have while my craft area is a disaster :-) so here are my creations:
Thought I would make a card for my little nephew and so I spelled out his name.  I used a herringbone embossing folder and then cut out the letters from my Alpha Blocks dies.  I painstakingly added in the circles for the 'a' and 'e' with teeny tiny foam dots that I cut.
 I stamped a hounstooth background on the dark chocolate cardstock Harvest Berries die cut with some PTI Vintage Cream ink but it was too stark so I wiped some away to make it a bit more subtle.  The kraft embossed panel is mounted on Rustic Cream cardstock.  Love those flecks!
I made an early birthday card for my father - why not, right?  [Vater = father in German, if you're wondering what on earth I stamped!! :) ]  I heat embossed the houndstooth background with some Zing Brown Sugar embossing powder(which, incidentally is a spot on match for Fine Linen cardstock from PTI.) and die cut an angled label, layering it with a smaller chocolate angled label die cut. 
I used one of my Fillable Frames sentiments with some Vintage Cream card stock and used some foam dots to mount the layers over some button jute twine.Hard to see the texture the heat embossing but I promise it's there!

I stamped an envelope and used some scraps to make an (Angled Label) tag to go with his gift when he gets his present in the fall:
 The next card uses lots of houndstooth as well:
 This one is for my friend who is going through a tough time.  I used the houndstooth stamp on the felt flower die cut as well as the background and stamped the sentiment on the ribbon that I found in my stash.
Love the texture of felt die cuts!!  And the felt cuts so cleanly so there is no ripping or frayed edges ....

Ok, next one .. This one is super simple and I think I need to move the dress form up a bit, now that I'm looking at it on camera.  I grabbed these sticky canvas pieces from Michael's when they were on sale a while back and have had some fun doing inky techniques and embossing on them.  This time I went with straight stamping, though.
It stamps beautifully and even though I didn't use the sticky part of it as I wanted to pop it up, it is a great material.  It cuts cleanly, just like felt.
A few foam dots for dimension and some selective inking in different colours and that's it!.

Happy hopping!


Joyce said...

Well, Cara--you really went to town on these challenges. I love all three of your cards. You are reminding me that I should use that dress form more often.

tonyamaries said...

These are all really great cards! Good job!

Tracey McNeely said...

All of your cards are fabulous Cara.

Martha said...

Cara, I love all your cards! You used the dress form die so beautifully!

Leigh Penner said...

I always love how many cards you make for the blog hop, Cara! They're all so wonderful!

Unknown said...

All your cards are wonderful Cara! I didn't know you were German, I recognized the 'vater' sentiment right away. Very classy.

Jacquie Southas said...

beautiful cards - all have great texture & patterns - love the stamped felt flower!

Meredith said...

Sheesh, do you make enough entries, or *what*? ;)

I think the dress form is my favourite - I like how you stamped the background (that I am sure you own twice) on it!! :D