Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

This is today's second post.  Don't forget to scroll down for a card fit for a princess!!  And now on to Papertrey's January Blog Hop Challenge! 
It's been a while since I've participated in the Hop, and I'm excited to play today and have not one, but two cards to share!  Here's the challenge, straight from Nichole Heady's blog:

With the new year comes a clean slate along with many resolutions.  This month's blog hop challenge involves you challenging yourself to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that might be collecting a little dust!  Go through your stash and see what little used treasure it might hold.

I have a LOT of Papertrey Ink stamps sets, and I was thrilled to get a little nudge toward inking up an oldie but goodie (or two).  For the first card, I totally cased a card by Maile Belles in this awesome publication.  I absolutely fell love with the clean and simple look of the card and am always looking for new ways to use these beautiful Embellishments stamps and dies.  I used a sentiment from Heart Prints that will be perfect for my husband for Valentine's Day. 
This second card is also totally cased - this time from a previous CARDS publication (sorry, but I don't remember which one!), and it came together exactly the way I imagined it would.  That doesn't happen often, so I was thrilled with it.  I adore all the texture - the impression plate, the felt, the rhinestones, the sentiment raised with the dimensionals...my bliss!  I also love that it's a little "bohemian" - kraft, felt, rhinestones, squares and flowers combined with the more formal font of the sentiment.  I'm truly not gushing over my own work, but again, when I'm able to turn something in my brain into a finished product...well I was jumping for joy!
A couple of notes...I used a punch on the felt for the hearts.  It worked great, but I don't think that method would work well with a cheap felt.  Also, I'm working to improve my photography, so constructive criticism is welcome.  I shoot with a Nikon D60, use a photo tent (I have just changed to use daylight bulbs), and have Photoshop editing software.
Thanks so much for hopping on over, and have a great evening!

Supplies:
(All supplies are PTI unless otherwise noted)
Always Card
Stamps: Embellishments, Heart Prints
Paper: White
Ink:  True Black
Accessories: Embellishments die, Vintage Pure Poppy Buttons; SU! Fine Linen string

I Love You Card
Stamps: Fillable Frames #2, Damask Designs
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream; My Minds' Eye (Alphabet Soup Girl - Sweet Song)
Ink: Pure Poppy
Accessories: Pure Poppy Felt, Fillable Frames #2 die, Medium Heart Punch, Brown Rhinestones, Guide Lines Impression Plate;SU! Corner Rounder Punch

34 comments:

  1. Sue these are beautiful! I really love those flourishes!

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  2. Love your contributions to the hop. I love the row of red hearts.

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  3. Love the pop of red on the flourish card. I haven't inked that up either...

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  4. Oh, these are adorable. I have to admit that I never really "got" the Embellishments as a die, but I see it now and it rocks! I also really like the second card - very hippie and cool. :). As for the lighting, they look good to me but my cards, I don't think, are photographed well so don't trust me. :)

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  5. love the sweet little row of felt hearts!

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  6. Oh, this is just adorable! Love those hearts!

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  7. Beautiful cards, love the flourishes!

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  8. Great cards! I love the row of hearts on the second one!

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  9. Both cards are so pretty, but I really love the little heart card. I will be CASEing this one!

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  10. Nice job on both of them. I especially like the second one with all the hearts.

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  11. Great cards! I wonder if you'd share some information about your photo tent. I'm looking for one.

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  12. I think your photos look awesome! I'm trying to improve mine as well. Please post what your setup looks like...pleasy? :)

    Ok, your card with the flourishes. I did not wish to see this as this set has been in and out of my cart so many times I can't count! LOVE LOVE the CAS style for this card!!!

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  13. Great cards, Sue. The line-up of hearts is oh-so-cute!

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  14. both are tons of fun! Thanks for your hard work in the PTI challenge.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  15. That first card has such fantastic impact! WOW!

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  16. These are both fantastic!! Love them!!

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  17. Love both of your card. The row of hearts are so very sweet.
    PS: if you get any good tips on photographing your cards, please pass them on :o)

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  18. both of these cards are very creative and unique! love em!

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  19. How do I love these ........ let me count the ways!!! The heart felt boarder ... the bling on the hearts.....the paper ..... the impression plate the simple I LOVE YOU ...... and the first card .... so beautiful and elegant. Really 2 fantastic and beautiful cards!!!

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  20. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cards! The first is so elegant, and the second is so fun! The felt heart border is so darn cute. I feel some CASING in my future.

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  21. Two great cards Sue! Love the color combinations.

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  22. LOVE the first card Sue, and might just have to copy it because I have such a hard time using that set! And the second card is perfectly ADORABLE! I love the heart border, and the way the sentiment POPS on the Kraft, excellent work as always!

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  23. I saw your card on the PTI blog hop and I only have time for a handful, no way I could get through all 253 cards. But I definitely wanted to comment on your eye catching creation. Both cards are wonderful, I love simple elegant designs.

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  24. The Embellishment Card is very dramatic. The elegant flourish with the red buttons is a really interesting combination.
    The little punched felt hearts on the second one is so cute. I like how you've arranged them in a jaunty fashion with the little gems. Very fun!

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  25. Love these Sue! Embellishments is such a great set and I love what you did with it! So CAS! The second is darling too.

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  26. Great cards, and I REALLY love the felt heart border on the second one!

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  27. LOVE both your cards & I think it's fabulous that your first one will work for a guy!!! Love the little felt heart border too, but don't think I've EVER owned a punch that would stay sharp long enough to punch all those! Seriously, that's why I'm a huge die fan, as I always end up trimming my punched pieces so they look "cut"!!! ;~(

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  28. I always love the look of the Embellishments stamp set, yours is great stamped on the die cut image. Those little red hearts on the second card are very sweet. Great job on the blog hop.

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  29. Beautiful cards! I have yet to ink my embellishments set - but you have inspired me...

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  30. Ahhhh.... LOVE THESE! Embellishments & dies are on my perpetual wish list, lol! Love what you've done with them here, Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Two beautiful cards! I love the felt heart border.

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  32. Great cards! I love the felt hearts and rhinestones on the second!

    Chris L.

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  33. I finally got here, Sue!!! I love your cards! Which totally reminded me that I need to dig out my Embellishments set again. I love that set, but it hasn't seen too much love lately! Beautiful creations!

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  34. Your cards are beautiful! I love valentine cards and these are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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