Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Birthdays

It seems like there are so many March birthdays- my daughter, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, and two aunts are all born in March. This card in particular I made for “Granny”, my husband’s grandmother. She turned 75 this year, and her health has taken a bit of a turn, so I went with a soft, yet cheery color palette.

I just love the sentiments in Papertrey Ink’s Signature Greetings set. The combination of the classic and strong all cap font against the fun, curvy font is so fresh and it lends itself perfectly to any style of papercrafting.

The daffodil images is from the Stampin’ Up! mini occasions catalog. I colored it with the Lavender Moon copic trio and outlined with T1. The set is called Abundant Hope, and it really is a beautiful set. This is the first set that I purchased in the clear mount option. I love that SU! is now offering unmounted stamps, as I have gotten so spoiled by photopolymer stamps that I can hardly stand wood mounted anymore. I do wish that SU! would offer photopolymer stamps as well, but this is a nice middle ground. And the storage is great!

Supply List- (all supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Lavender Moon, Spring Moss
Stamps: Abundant Hope (SU!), Signature Greetings
Patterned Paper- Pretty Pastels
Other: Vintage Cream ribbon, Lavender Moon button, Copic Markers, Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Madness

I love spring! I love the flowers blooming, the grass coming back to life, birds chirping in the morning. It is truly refreshing. However, it also makes me open the windows and let the breeze in, which makes me go on a cleaning frenzy. And I do mean frenzy- hair flying, dust bunnies meeting their maker... it's an ugly sight for sure. But I need that sense of starting over. If Mother Nature does it, I should too.

So today's card is, of course, flowers. With a sweet sentiment that reminds us to slow down and enjoy life.

The flowers are first stamped in Fresh Snow ink, and then chalked before drying. I like the technique, but so far it’s not as controlled as I like. I’ve heard a tip to use a swiffer duster refill to clean up the image but haven’t tried it just yet.

Supply List:
(All supplies are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)
Cardstock- Stamper’s Select White, Spring Rain, Black (Bazzill Basics)
Patterned Paper- Bitty Dot Basics- Spring Rain
Ink- Fresh Snow
Other- Rhinestones (My Mind’s Eye), Scallop edge punch (Stampin’ Up), Chalk (Inkadinkado)