Friday, June 25, 2010

Papertrey June Blog Hop

Papertrey's Blog Hop this month is all about color. Here's the assignment:

This month we thought it would be fun to focus on COLOR! We want to see your favorite Papertrey
color schemes put to work. Be sure to post the color scheme near the top of your post in bold letters so
everyone can collect them to use as a future reference! With everyone's different takes on
combinations from the Papertrey spectrum, we will surely build an amazing resource that we can all
utilize and fall in love with some new favorite color schemes!

So my colors are: Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, and Spring Moss

Even though this is a very basic color scheme, I find myself returning to it again and again because I love it so much. I think I am among the many, many fans of Berry Sorbet!

And here's my project:

I'm excited about my project because it's something I made for me! I think I've told myself again and again that I should make something pretty for myself -- like this checkbook cover -- but never seemed to get around to it. This Blog Hop gave me just the excuse to use my favorite colors and make something for ME! I know it'll make me smile every time I write a check.

Products used

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II (PTI), Turning a New Leaf (PTI), Round and Round (PTI), monogram set from JustRite

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet and Tea Dye Duo (all PTI)

Paper: Rustic White, Kraft, Bitty Dots, Dark Chocolate

Other: Dark Chocolate ribbon, Mat Stack I die, Beautiful Blooms die #1

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Blog Hopping!

Edited to add: Just need to add a quick note about the procedure for this project -- it's certainly not complicated! I purchased a cheap-o pocket calender ($0.50 - $1.00) that comes in a clear vinyl sleeve (not pictured because I was afraid the vinyl would create a glare) that was about the same size as my checkbook. I took out the calendar and used its measurements as my guide for the size of my card stock background. I stamped the background paper, scored with my Scor-pal (just one in the center, like I would for a card). Then I decorated the part that would make the front of the cover and slid it into the vinyl cover with the checkbook and register inside.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Art Appreciation

Oh, it feels so good to do a scrapbook page! This one is for the Papertrey Pages June challenge. I'm so happy to play along. Of course, now that I'm posting it, I notice that my stamped patterned paper background turned out to be no more than the matting behind my pictures, but -- honest-to-goodness -- I stamped a whole sheet of 12x12! This is just the way that I was able to make my paper work on the page with these pictures. I hope I'll get the chance to get another one in before then end of June!

Since you can't see very much of it, I should say that the paper was stamped with stars from Star Prints (PTI), great little single shapes from Background Basics Retro (PTI), "Enjoy the Moment" stamp from Mega Mixed Messages (PTI) and a great digger from Gas Hogs (Sassafras Lass). I put the title together using Fresh Alphabet and Simple alphabet (both PTI). And -- do you see it??? -- That title is stamped on a (real) library card that I die-cut with the Filliable Frames 4 die! Sometimes it's really good to be a librarian. {Sigh}

Other PTI Goodies used to make this card:
Bitty Dots paper (Pure Poppy)
Pure Poppy card stock
Ink: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Orange Zest

from Stampin' Up:
Card stock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Pumpkin Pie and Certainly Celery Stamp 'N Write markers
Journal card from The Write Stuff designer series paper

Various Sakura pens
Ribbon I rescued from a gift (Hmmm... do I remember what the gift was???)
Fiskars star punch

Thanks so much for looking!