From the Heart Stamp of the Month

This month, I'm playing along with the Stamp of the Month challenge at From the Heart. I love the digital stamps from this site and the challenge is so easy - just use the Stamp of the Month and create whatever you want! Then, when you play along, you get the next month's Stamp of the Month image free so you can play again...and again...and so on!

This month's digital stamp is called Ice Cream Lineup and it's a perfect image for summer!
Here's my 5x5 card:

I wanted to use a lot of colors to make my card summery and I colored the ice cream to match my favorite flavors: caramel, strawberry and mint chocolate chip! Yummy! And isn't that sentiment perfect? We all need a treat once in awhile!

Thanks for stopping by and go have yourself a dish of ice cream!

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Papertrey Ink Monthly Blog Hop

This month's inspiration photos from Papertrey Ink are so pretty I just had to play along! Here's just one of the sample pieces posted for inspiration:

It's a combination of art and embroidery created by Izziyana Suhaimi - stunning! We were challenged to use embroidery somehow in our card this month. I just got my most recent PTI order and had a new border die that I thought I would play with and while I experimented and know what I would do differently next time, the look is still pretty cool. Here's my card:

I used one of the new Frosted Borders dies and punched the small pieces in the lower half of the die completely out so I had "holes" for stitching. Then I used 4 colors of floss threaded through to create a little color on my Soft Stone border. The Sentiment Signs stamp was added to white cardstock with Spring Rain Ink and I swiped over the word 'celebrate' with a pale pink Copic marker. I mounted the white to an Enchanted Evening piece of cardstock and mounted the whole thing on a Soft Stone card base, allowing the border to hang off the bottom edge.

Not bad for an experiment! The holes formed by the border are a little larger than I anticipated so if I repeat this, I would use a thicker thread or fiber to stitch so not so much space would be seen. Play and learn!

Enjoy hopping and Hoppy Easter!!

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I haven't had a lot of time to stamp lately as I've been helping my son with his new online business, Nerd Nation, and working on some other crafty ventures that hopefully I can share soon. Quick plug - if you know anyone into comics, Star Wars, anime, gaming and all other geeky topics, please share the link to Nerd Nation with them. We would love some new visitors!!

Anyhow, I know you're here for the Papertrey Ink blog hop so let's get to it!

Our inspiration photo this month is:

And the first thing my eye went to was the pear, and the pale pink flower. Here is the card I created based on the photo:

I used Sweet Blush and Spring Moss cardstocks to make the three panels on my kraft card base. I stamped the pears from A Second Helping of Sunshine in Spring Moss and added some highlights with Copic markers. The bowls were stamped in Autumn Rose and Classic Kraft, then they were cut out and inked around the edges for definition. I added some tiny flowers along the bottom of the bowls in Sweet Blush with Copic colored centers. To finish it off, I wanted a slightly rustic feel so I added some crocheted cream lace and a few wraps of tan twine.

Thanks for stopping by and for more hopping, head over to Nichole's blog here.

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Chalkboard card - PTI blog hop

This month, Papertrey Ink's blog hop is inspired by this image:

So I wanted to incorporate the chalkboard look and the frame in some way and this is what I came up with:

I decided the chalkboard look isn't something I'm very good at but maybe worth a try now and again.

I started with black cardstock and embossed the scale from A Second Helping of Sunshine stamp set and the words "bundle of joy" from Mega Mixed Messages. The primary school paper lines came from Desktop Designs and the swirly corners from Half and Half to create a wreath-type effect. These were stamped with white ink and not embossed. I used a pale blue colored pencil on the swirls and matted the piece on Spring Rain cardstock to match. I added the height and weight with stamps from another company and, as you can see, lining these up was not a success for me. That's what happens when you are working with wood mounted stamps!  The name was also created with stamps from elsewhere and added to Spring Rain cardstock mounted to a black card base.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I know, I know...I haven't blogged in ages! Things have been a little crazy in my life. I recently left my job and I am catching up on a lot of things I have shoved to the back burner, so to speak. And I'm looking for a new job, as well. Creatively, I have been busy but not so much with cards. I've been trying to increase my product selections at my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeMaryment?ref=hdr_shop_menu) so I've been trying new things and posting over there, rather than here.

But today, I took a little time to play along with the Papertrey Ink monthly blog hop cause you know how I love PTI!

Our inspiration was this photo:

And this is the card I created:

I used the Chevron Vertical Die to create the gray overlay which I adhered to the white card base. I used the Scrolling Script stamps (now in the vault) to stamp my sentiment and then hand cut and rolled a peachy/orange flower as an embellishment, which I added with a glue dot.

Simple but effective, no?

If you'd like to recreate the flower, it's super easy to do. Hand cut a circle from a piece of cardstock. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle - wavy edges work great! Starting at the outside edge, cut a spiral in the circle. Again, we're not going for perfection. Then start rolling from the outer edge of the spiral and continue rolling until you reach the center, keeping the roll nice and tight. Now let the roll relax a little and glue it in place using a couple glue dots on the bottom. That's it! Add to a card or package for a fun embellishment. You can see more of my hand rolled flowers in shadow boxes on my Etsy store (link above).

Thanks for stopping by!

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