Wednesday, August 31, 2011

make it monday #30

another busy week's going by...just made a tiny card for this week's papertrey ink make it monday challenge. this time we're suppose to use colored pencils to shade. so i broke out the trusty prismacolors to shade in that cute little witch's face.  that halloween stamp set is from the paper studio and fillable frame and polka dot circle are both from papertrey ink.  the finished card size is 3in x 4.25in. after i finished it i realized that the bottom frame kind of looks like a big witch's cauldron lol. halloween will be here before we know it! i love fall so maybe i'm getting a little bit ahead of myself...but i can't wait for warm apple cider and pumpkin decorations! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

make it monday #29

welcome to another papertrey ink make it monday post! i busted out those darn cute little strawberries...again! mostly because i only have 3 copic markers...fuschia, pea green and a light i'm a little limited in choices. haha. i'm working on it though. after using copics at stamp-a-faire on a card for one of heather's make-and-takes, i was hooked! but i'll grow my collection slowly because they're an expensive little marker! :) so this is just a tiny little tag that i created using the bookmark die. i just ran it through the cuttlebug with the paper overlapping just enough to make it as long as a little tag, then rounded the edges when it came out.  pretty cute! i also tried my hand at stamp masking for the first time on this little project as well. i simply stamped the strawberries at the sticky end of a post-it note, then trimmed it out, placed it on my white cardstock, then used the ledger stamp from tag-its #6 to stamp over that.  just remove the sticky note and stamp the actual strawberries in the blank area and you're all set! i've seen on nichol magouirk's blog that she has special masking paper that she uses which looks fab because you can save the masks to reuse! have to add that to my scrappy wish list!  it was a little tough for me to get messy with those markers though! haha, it's funny how strange it felt to color outside the lines when usually you try to make it look so perfect and tidy!  anyhow, thanks for stopping by! xxo andie...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

can't believe how quickly august is flying by...sheesh!  it's the 25th which means blog hop time! this month, nichole supplied us with this inspirational photo to use as a jumping off point.

gorgeous, right? i chose to break out my pti friendship jar stamp set, which i purchased at stamp-a-faire. it's the first time i've use it and i love love love it! it's such an adorable little jar.  the strawberries are from pti tiny treats: birthday. i've used those strawberries a lot out of that set! they are too cute! and of course that's a stamp from fancy flourishes up there in the corner.

thanks for stopping by to take a peek...i'm off to work now. ugh. would rather stay at home all day crafting! :) back tomorrow with my make it monday post!

xxo andie...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Make It Monday #28


back again to share a quick card i made for my sister-in-law's birthday...i used the technique shown in papertrey ink's make it monday challenge which is how to add glitter to your card using a die-cut as a template. it's super easy and a fun idea! i wish i had used some finer glitter after the fact, but still like how it turned out.  the glitter is from martha stewart crafts that i found at michael's awhile's a huge container that will probably last me a life-time literally and it was marked from $12.99 to $2.99 on clearance! couldn't pass up a deal like that! :) the die-cut i used is dawn's "signature series: butterfly." it's the first time i've used the it! the sentiment is from the set "enjoy the ride."

i've been busy this week finishing up a couple of cards for a magazine submission (got my fingers crossed) and painting the window in the nursery so that i can start on the tree branch wall painting i'm planning to do! will be here in about 2 months!

thanks for visiting my blog!
xxo andie...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire

i am so lucky and got to attend papertrey ink's 1st ever stamp-a-faire a couple weekends back. let me tell you, i had so much fun! i ended up driving to cincinnati on saturday morning...leaving around 6:15am and finally getting home at about 11:30pm that evening. it was a long day, but oh so worth it!

everything about the day was so well-planned out by nichole and the papertrey team. once we got checked-in and found a table, the day pretty much began! there were 5 make-and-take stations in the morning, then 5 more after lunch. each designer had her own table with a different card. it was a very stress-free just jumped in line for whichever card you wanted, sat down when a seat opened and got started!  i met dawn first, then mish, betsy, heather and lisa. they are all just as sweet and nice in person as they seem on their blogs :) but of course, i totally expected them to be.

they had a "mini store" set up with all of the beautiful cardstock colors, with matching buttons and ribbon.  you were also able to place an order that day, and they had runners going over to the warehouse all day long to collect your stamps and bring them back to you. that was pretty exciting! if you spent $100 or more, you were given a special stamp set. everyone also received an exclusive stamp set called "iconic images" which is absolutely beautiful.

i met some lovely ladies from canada (dee, avril and reagan) and maria from delaware...hi girls! they were so nice to me and took me into their group to hang with them that day. we went to archivers and joanne's during our dinner break, then ate at chick-fil-a. yum! a couple of them had never been there before (can't believe it...i eat there once every couple of weeks for lunch) so it was a fun time. i also met a couple of nice ladies who actually live in louisville (kate and betsy) so that was a happy surprise that i sat down at a table next to kate and started a conversation with her. i am meeting up with betsy and some of her friends at archivers in a couple weeks for a crop night. how fun! i'm looking forward to that :)

i took so many supplies anticipating getting some crafting done, but ended up not working on a single thing besides the make-and-takes. it was just too much fun visiting with new scrappy friends, walking around to see what other more productive ladies were making, and planning your order! i definitely can't wait until next year!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

make it monday #26

hello again!

this week's papertrey ink make it monday challenge on nichole's blog is to create a project using decreasing apertures. that basically means busting out those great die-cuts and layering them in such a way that you go from larger to smaller. it was a fun project! i used the pti mat stack die #5 plus a circular punch and the martha stewart punch all over the page butterfly punch.  that beautiful patterned paper is from basic grey's indian summer mini paper pad. it's been out awhile but i haven't used many of the sheets yet...the colors are just beautiful and gave my card the perfect punch of color! :) plus i love the idea of a glitter window! why didn't i ever think of that?

xxo andie...