Midnight Quilt Mania

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Flower Gardens - Pt 2

I have flowers on the brain! Today was an awesome day. It was 70 degrees here and my DH took the DD all day and let me work in the garden. It was absolute heaven. My poor muscles don't know what's going on; I worked them hard today! It was nice to get my fingers in the soil and get reacquainted with my garden. There's signs of Spring everywhere and plenty of projects to be done. :)

After I was done outside for the day, I spent the evening in my stamping space. I had some extra stamped images from my preparations for the February PTI Blog Hop and decided to go ahead and make them into cards. No sense letting them go to waste when I am always in need of cards. Instead of making my FIL's b'day card, which I absolutely should have been doing, here's what I did instead!Supplies: Stamps: Beautiful Blooms, Wise Owl, Simple Little Things Background Basics Stars and Retro. Paper: Melon Berry, White, Dark Chocolate, Kraft. Ink: Melon Berry, New Leaf, Chocolate Chip, Antique Linen, Palette Noir. Accessories: Copic markers, Melon Berry satin ribbon, hemp, button.

This first card has a nice warm feeling. I like how the Melon Berry ink is just slightly darker than the cardstock so the background stamped images show up well but then again they don't overpower the main image. This was the first time I've inked up my Background Basics Stars. I love all of the background sets from PTI and I will definitely be experimenting with this one some more. Note to self --punch the notch in the card before you layer the two pieces of cs together. My poor punch could quite cut it and I had to finish cutting it by hand.

The next card is brighter and more "Spring-y". I'm not that adventurous when it comes to color combinations. This was a little outside my usual comfort zone but I was sifting through my scraps of PTI cs and found these and thought they looked pretty together. This is Plum Pudding with New Leaf cardstock and some Melon Berry accents thrown in. One of my favorite things about PTI is how many ways you can use the stamps from each set. I went searching through my sets for a perfect center for my flowers. The flowers are from Beautiful Blooms and the center is from the Paper Tray set. I love it!
Supplies: Stamps: Beautiful Blooms, Wise Owl, Paper Tray, Just Hatched, Retro Backgrounds. Paper: Plum Pudding, New Leaf, White, Bitty Dots dp. Ink: Melon Berry, New Leaf, Chocolate Chip, Palette Noir. Accessories: Melon Berry satin ribbon, button, hemp.

And this is a photo of the inside of the card. There's an interesting thread on the PTI forum right now about whether you stamp inside your cards or not. I always do for Birthday cards, even if it's just "Happy Birthday". For general note cards and Thank You notes, I typically leave those blank so I can write more inside. I don't get that elaborate for the interior but I do think it adds a special touch to have something that coordinates on the inside, even if it's just one of an image stamped in Versa Mark or coordinating ink. This is about as fancy as I get for the inside LOL and in this case I already had these pieces of cardstock lying around from other projects. I'll try to show you more of my interiors in the future. For the first card above in Melon Berry, on the inside I just added a white panel, sponged around the edges with Antique Linen distress ink and stamped one row of the Background Basics stars stamp in Melon Berry along the bottom.

Have a great rest of the weekend!


Karen said...

Its always amazing just how different the same stamps and similar layouts can look so different with different colors used! Love the background stars in the first one! And I am always impressed by a card that is finished off on the inside! :>b

Joan said...

Wow, I love these. The colors rock, especially on this gorgeous day!

BethieJ said...

Your cards are so CUTE! I was thinking when I made mine I should stamp inside after the thread at PTI... hee hee! I didnt! it looks GREAT.. I think I will start! :)
your birthday card below is DARLING!!!
Have a GREAT day!