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!

 photo post-sig4.png


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!

 photo post-sig4.png


Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - Navy and Pink

The theme of this month's PTI blog hop is to use the trendy colors of navy and pink. I pulled out asset I haven't used in a long time - Button Boutique - and paired it with the Aida Impression plate:

The buttons are an assortment of pink things I had that fit perfectly in the sections. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages.

Thanks for hopping by!

 photo post-sig4.png


Easter Bunny time!

Well it's not quite Easter Bunny time but I did spend a little time with my honey-bunny seeing the Easter Bunny this past weekend -

As much as he really did not like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny was pretty cool! Look at that smile - melts my heart!

I also have a card to share today that is going out to a few people for Easter -

I'm really excited about this card - it's the first I made with my new MISTI stamping tool! If you haven't heard of the MISTI yet, check out the video at this site (where you also order the MISTI). What I love about it is the accuracy of stamping you can achieve. I could never stamp a background that precisely before so I'm thrilled with the results! And the best thing? If your image doesn't stamp clearly enough the first time, just reink and stamp again in the exact. same. spot! It is just the niftiest invention ever!!

The stamps and cardstock used her are all from Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by and in case I don't make it back in time, have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

 photo post-sig4.png


My dog and her dang internal clock

My dog has this thing - at 10:00 pm every day, she knows it's her final trip outside time. It doesn't matter if she just went an hour ago, at 10:00 pm she must go again. Now I am not on to spring into action at 10:00 every day just for my dog, so I wait to see what she's going to do. Most days she finds me (not my husband, mind you, it's always me) and she stares. And stares. And stares, stares, stares at me. And in her head I hear her saying "I stare at you. Cuz I need to go out. Why you ignore me? I stare harder now. See me staring? I will stare forever but my bladder can't wait that long. Stare, stare, stare. Why you not get up? You not see Leia stare? It 10:00 pm." and this will continue, possibly with a little "rrrrrrrrr" noise, or a little "mmmmm" sound until finally, FINALLY, I say "OK let's go" to which she runs pell-mell to he door like her kidneys are about to burst. Which I highly doubt would happen. And in the time it took me to write this post, she's done her business and is barking to come back in.

I love my dog. Goodnight.

 photo post-sig4.png