Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Use It" Challenges at Papertrey Playhouse/Use It Tuesday and Freshly Made Sketches

I volunteered to fill up a month-long gap between challenges we had over at Papertrey Playhouse. I decided that I wanted to use this opportunity to give my uninked Papertrey Ink stamp sets some love! So...

Weeks 1 & 2: Create a project that uses a stamp from a stamp set that has never seen any ink!

(The beaks and legs don't look green IRL!)

I used two previously unloved stamp sets here: Bundle of Love and Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs. As this is the first multiples card I've had the pleasure of creating, this sentiment has never seen ink either.

I set the scene with a whole lot of paper-piecing! My favorite little feature is the "bow" I stamped on baby girl's head using the tiny hearts from Bundle of Love. It's difficult to tell in the photograph, but there is the teeniest pink rhinestone I've ever worked with at the junction! And check out those cute little rosy cheeks peeking out! I'm gushing like an idiot...  ;)

After laying the focal point on the card base (sometimes I remember not to stick everything together right away!), I decided I didn't like all that white space. Too much white just didn't work with this card! The problem was that I couldn't find a substitute card base color that I cared for. So as a Papertrey fanatic, what did I do? Stamped it, of course! The tab image worked absolutely perfectly around the square focal point! It looks like whimsical lace or something.

I may go back and round the corners... Anyone for? Against? Love feedback!

The interior of the card (not pictured) uses Fillable Frames #5, another stamp set that hadn't been used.

This sketch also works wonderfully for this week's Freshly Made Sketches

Thanks so much for stopping by... I hope you'll make sure your crafting money hasn't been wasted along with me!

Incidentally, if you're not a PTI owner, this challenge is still a terrific idea! Head on over to Use It Tuesday where they have the same challenge on a more general level. I've certainly entered into it!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Lemon Tart
  • Patterned Paper: Bitty Box Basics, Pretty Pastels, Polka Dot Parade
  • Stamps: Bundle of Love, Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs, Bitty Baby Blessings, Up, Up & Away
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMagic Mango Madness and Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid (all Tsukineko), Fresh Snow
  • Copics: E000 & R30 (baby faces), B0000 (not noticeable on the baby wraps), W1 (birds), T1 (shading on baby carrier blankets--will probably darken with T3)
  • Other Tools: sewing machine/thread, grass punch (Fiskars), iRock/rhinestone (Imaginisce)

17 comments:

Sabrina said...

Leave it. I think it is better to have the contrast of the squared corners with the rounded tab pattern as they complement each other. Rounding the corners would take away from the stamped border you created. Now, I JUST LOVE THIS CARD!!! So sweet, great colors, and love the intricate work you did with your paper piecing!

Lynn said...

Dana,No need to round the corners...the tab circles feel like a scallop and are the perfect detail! So, so sweet!

Karen B. said...

I think this card now goes down as my most favorite card of yours! Love the colors, LOVE the idea and execution, and those circles are great!

Sonya said...

I think your card is perfect as it is--stunning in fact! So glad you joined us at Use It Tuesday this week!!

Allison Cope said...

Super cute Dana! Thanks for you comment on my post this morning and to ask your question... Elkford, BC. It's just North of Sparwood. Look up "Kapp's Pizza" if you are ever through the area!

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Linda Callahan said...

This is one of the sweetest baby cards I have ever seen! Absolutely adorable!

kasia c. said...

LOVE it! Don't change a thing! :) such fab details, like that cute little rhinestone.
Sadly I could enter this challenge many times!

Rita said...

Oh my goodness! This is the absolute cutest card. I love the images, the grass, the background! It all works together so well. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

The Mama Monkey said...

I LOVE this! Just as it is! All that paper piecing...you obviously have some serious cuttin' skills, girl!

Thanks for playing with us this week at UIT and for the sweet shout-out! :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

WOW - this is adorable and cut out to perfection!!

Jen said...

Goodness gracious! This is absolutely adorable. Destined to be sent to someone with new twins, I assume? Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Lesley Croghan said...

So cute! Great paper piecing too. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Ann Schach said...

Aw...this is adorable! From the colors to the paper piecing, you have created a perfect baby card! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Tui Nathan said...

Gorgeous .... in every possible way ... the babies are soo super cute, love the storks ... love everything!
Thank you for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Christy Q said...

This is adorable- I love the fresh colors you used and the paper pieced baby girl with the rhinestone bow. Just fabulous!! I agree with everyone else, leave the the square as is, the contrast looks great.

Shirley said...

Too too cute for words and what a keeper for the Baby book too!