Saturday, February 28, 2009

Look who got her first Papertrey Ink order!

I'm a bad girl and I went ahead and spent my whole Ohio tax refund on a Papertrey Ink order. I've been wanting to place a Papertrey order for months but I kept putting it off because I could never decide what to get because I wanted soooo many things. They finally released a sampler pack of their FABULOUS card stock and a collection of tiny polka dot patterned paper in all of their signature colors. Plus they released a kit that included a selection of card stock, ribbon, and inks all for $16! So I knew I had to get each of those things to get me started. Then I somehow narrowed down a few stamp sets that I've had my eye on forever and got those too. I also got several ink spots because they are only $2 and they come in the signature PTI colors. I must say all of my Papertrey Ink products are as good as I expected them to be. So here are the things I've been working on with my new Papertrey loves... First I used the brand new Friends till the End set. I just love the gorgeous flower. It's soooo pretty! Plus it has a ton of versatile sentiments in a very cute little font. I LOVE IT! I used some very springy color combos because I can not wait for SPRING! OMG I neeeeeed some sunshine! I also used the brand new Beyond Basic Borders set which I love, but I'm still trying to get good at stamping with it. The border stamp I used wasn't the easiest stamp to work with...just need to practice.The CS colors used on those two cards are PTI Spring Rain, Raspberry Fizz, Lemon Yellow, and Spring Moss. I used Ripe Avacado Ribbon on the 1st card and SU! Old Olive Ribbon on the 2nd one. Next I used the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set to make a baby card for my cousin who is expecting. I've seen this color combo used recently and I've been meaning to try it and I finally got around to it. The colors are Spring Rain, Lemon Yellow, and Bitty Dots Pattern paper in Pure Poppy. I also used my SU! So Saffron Ribbon. I love how fresh and crisp the colors look with each other. And finally, of course I have another altered box to show you. This one had a yummy smelling candle in it and I found it on the cheap at TJ Maxx (I LOVE that store!) It already had the fancy little plastic diamond on the top and was a simple black and white color scheme. I decided to use the PTI Raspberry Fizz and Aqua Mist cardstock with the True Black patterened paper to jazz it up. I also used Raspberry Fizz grograin ribbon. I chose those colors because if and when I ever have a craft room, that would be the color scheme. Can you tell I've put some thought in to my imaginary craft room? I also went ahead and monogramed my initial on the front since afterall it will be going in MY craft room someday :) But for now I'm using it to store my PTI ink spots. So there you have it, my first(of many) PTI post.

Friday, February 27, 2009

I'm way behind on my blogging!

Oops! It's been a while since I've updated this ol' thing. As you'll see from all of the stuff I have to show you, I've been BUSY! First of all, I finally got my Sale-a-bration order from Stampin Up! I got sooo many new stamps and accessories AND my BIG SHOT! Woo Hoo!!! The best part of this particular order was how many of the things I got were FREE! Then I had some projects and swap cards to make for my monthly SU! Demo group meeting. This is a project I made for our monthy challenge. I had to use a Raspberry Tart scallop envelope (from the Big Shot) , a piece of silver hodge podge hardware, a little piece of wide pink pirouette ribbon, and some chip board flowers. I came up with the idea to make an emergency card kit for those times that you realize that you need a card NOW and have no time. The kit includes some versatile any occasion cards and envelopes as well as pens and stamps so that you don't have to run around looking for those things when you have to send a card on the quick! And this is the swap card that I made...Shocker, it's pink! I used the Sweet Stems and Warm Words Stamp sets from SU!, Pretty in Pink CS, Basic Black CS, Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, and Black brads. I think it's cute and simple. There were so many wonderful swap cards this time around and I'm going to have a hard time giving any of them away! Here is one more little project I did. I am constantly saving any cute boxes or packaging that I get and then I jazz them up with my Stampin stuff. This one was a box that contained some NARS makeup that I got a few weeks ago. It was a great plain black box with an acetate window and a magnetic closure...and then I just gave it some more personality...who knows what I will actually do with it or what I will put in it, but at least it's snazzy! OK, I actually have more stuff to post but this will have to do for today....stay tuned :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Friends til the End

Papertrey Ink is one of my FAVORITE stamp companies. I can't even find the words to describe how fantastic all of their stamps, papers, and supplies are. Their stamps have a distinct style that is super classy and timeless and their papers are of the highest quality and most vibrant delicious colors...Another cool thing about Papertrey is that they are located here in Cincinnati...not that it makes a difference because the only way to purchase in online...but I thought it was cool that they are based here. (I may have even gone stalking one day trying to find their building...I didn't have any luck finding it and gave up because I felt like a creepster) ANYWAY...Papertrey is having their 2 year anniversary right now and they've been doing lots of contests, challenges, and sneak peeks of their brand new products on Nichole's (the owner) Blog. Today's challenge was to make a card for a dear friend inspired by their new Friends Til the End stamp set which is releasing on Feb 15th. I thought I would give it a here it is... I'll be sending it to my best friend Beth who lives in Seattle, WA. We went to high school and college together and it's been really hard since her husband whisked her off to the west coast. We don't talk or hang out nearly as much as we used to and I'm sure that she'll appreciate getting a little reminder of how much I miss her and care about her. Now don't go getting ideas that I've lost my Stampin Up! loyalty...I'm placing a $430 order tomorrow! I'm so excited because I will finally be getting my Big Shot and as a bonus I will be getting tons of free stamps and accessories from the Sale-a-bration promotion! Oh boy, it's gonna be like Christmas all over again!