Thursday, May 24, 2012

may blog hop + mim 67: key to my heart

It's been awhile since I played along at PTI, but I love the inspiration photo for the May blog hop (black & white patterns with chartreuse) & the Make-it-Monday (combining patterns from several different packs).  I needed to make something EXTRA special for my hubs who surprised me Mother's Day with black diamond earrings (one birthstone each for the twins who turned one in April). 
I couldn't resist folkart lovebirds.  Or trip-hop funky & washi tape.  Yes, I added in a little more color.  It was fun - the design & execution flowed quickly this time!

Tricky bits:
 1. The colored green dots on the left panel really tone things down;
2. I masked a horizontal sentiment to go vertical;
3. The heat embossed key has brown baker's twine colored black;
4. I added white dots to the bird pattern to tie things together (hard to see).

My one regret... I'm out of foam tape or I would have 'popped' the panels :(

I can't wait to see your creation for the hop!
stamps - PTI Lock & Key, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers (heart)
ink - PTI true black, hibiscus; Versamark
paper - PTI true black, stamper's select white, Black & White Basics, Bitty Star Basics; Basic Grey Urban Prairie corn stack, meadow,
dies - PTI Lock & Key
accents - PTI chocolate button twine;  washi tape, Copic #YG93 (Grayish Yellow)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

paper dolls #48 - wild things

I'm hosting Paper Dolls Challenge #48: Find-a-File and my hunt for forgotten files led me to the adorable Finger Puppets template for Tiny Treats: Birthday.  I needed something special for my six year old who's put up with a year of my attention diverted to nursing twins.  So, for my darling daughter:
These wool felt wild things were fun to hand-stitch while the boys romped about.

For the card, 1" rainbow strips align so the same animal doesn't have to touch.  I know.  The monkey's foot had to get masked off to fit.  Sorry, buddy. :)
The die-cuts are paired like on the puppets: lion (HG & MB), hippo (H & HS) & monkey (SC & PP/RV).  I debated about the little strip of white on the bottom - cut it or leave it?  In the end it stayed because it looks like hippo's teeth (but I hit it with Bitty Dots II in melon berry).

That tiny loopsy stamp on TT: Birthday makes the perfect stitches!
And, the puppets:
I'd have used pink baker's twine if I had it, but instead it's DIY with PTI button twine & a hot pink Sharpie.  The whiskers are actually much stiffer which I like better.
Beady eyes, chunky teeth!
FYI, hibicus felt is REALLY bright pink (much brighter than the cardstock).  
 Royal velvet was too dark for the card, but perfect for making the pink stitches Pop!

Do you have an download, template or digi paper you've been meaning to try?  If so, take the challenge at the Paper Dolls blog - you have until June 9th!

Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - PTI Tiny Treats: Birthday, Borders & Corners: Circle, Polka Dots Basics II
ink - PTI smokey shadow, melon berry; Versamagic eggplant
paper - PTI hibiscus, melon berry, harvest gold, simply chartreuse, hawaiian shores, plum pudding, stamper's select white 
dies - PTI Mat Stack 5, By the Numbers, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circle, Large Ric-rac
accents - PTI vintage buttons in hawaiian shores, hibiscus, royal velvet; PTI button twine;  PTI felt in hibiscus, melon berry, harvest gold, simply chartreuse, hawaiian shores, royal velvet, white; pink DMC floss; black beads

Saturday, May 5, 2012

blog hop - may blossom

Welcome!  This birthday blog hop is dedicated to my fellow Paper Doll & hometown girl, Joyce. 

Happy Birthday, May Blossom!

The papers are Graphic 45, Once Upon a Springtime (again!).  A little paper piecing, a little coloring & a little glitter...

Thanks for visiting!  If you're along for the hop, stop by Sharron's blog next:

  christy (that's me)

stamps - PTI Fancy Flourishes
ink - PTI new leaf; Distress Ink antique Linen
paper - PTI rustic cream; Graphic 45 'Once Upon a Springtime': enchanted forest, tiny treasures, primrose cottage
accents - Copic R01 (pinkish vanilla),Crystal ultrafine glitter