Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

It's time again for the Papertrey Blog Hop! This month's challenge was a good one for me:
"With the new year comes a clean slate along with many resolutions. This month's blog hop challenge involves you challenging yourself to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that might be collecting a little dust! Go through your stash and see what little used treasure it might hold."
There are a few (really, truly -- only a very few!) PTI sets that I've "collected" and think are amazing but have had a hard time using on a real project. In addition to Nicole's stamp set challenge, I also challenged myself to use this beautiful October Afternoon paper that I've been hoarding and have barely used. (Honestly, I can't call all of the loving gazes I've spent on it as "using" it.)
So on to the card. I managed to use three under-loved sets on this card: Quilter's Sampler, Quilter's Sampler Additions and Boxes, Bags and Tags. I have to admit that I realized after several reject "quilts" and layout ideas exactly why I so rarely pull this set out. I really love the idea of making my own quilts, but I just don't seem to get it quite right. I was hoping that simplicity would be the answer, but I feel like my result was more "plain" than "simple." I do love the style of the sentiments in Quilter's Sampler and included one on the inside of my card. The other under-loved set, Boxes, Bags and Tags, was much easier to use. I should pull it out more often because it really does have some nice little images in it. I love its little flowers and flourishes.
Here are the products I used:

Stamps: Boxes, Bags and Tags (PTI), Quilter's Sampler (PTI), Quilter's Sampler Additions (PTI), Mixed Messages (PTI)

Paper: Kraft (PTI), Thrift Shop papers and embellishements (October Afternoon), Harvest Gold (PTI)

Ink: Aqua Mist (PTI), Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Yellow Ochre

Other: Harvest Gold Button (PTI), Rustic Jute Button Twine (PTI)

Thanks so much for looking!

24 comments:

Leah (*BeeCherryLady*) said...

Hey Amy!
Great soft card..love those wonderful colors!!!

Diane Jaquay said...

Love the soft, pastel colors of your card, and the way you've tied the tag on with the twine and button, nice work!

Jen Carter said...

I really like how you finished the inside of the card as well! Mine are so often poorly neglected! :) I also like the twine on the side of the card!

Renee said...

What beautiful, soft colors...
Great job!

ChristineCreations said...

Sweet colors! Soft pretty and springy!

Pat said...

The pastel colors of your card are a great compliment to the quilt squares. I love it when cards are 'decorated' on the inside, too. Really finishes it off nicely.

Inkyfingers said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! This is a really pretty card and I love how you scored the card to give a quilted effect.
Carol

Kelly S. said...

This card is so soft and soothing...just like a quilty kind of card should be! The colors are dreamy and I love the patterned paper you used with it!

ashjoy said...

Sweet card Amy!

beckynoelle said...

lovely colors and geat job doing the inside too!

Christina said...

So excited to see that we used the same set! I know exactly what you mean about these stamps. I have neglected them for so long because I just never know how to put them together, much like quilting itself. I stare in amazement at other peoples' creations and just never know how to do it myself. I love the simplicity of your design that makes the sentiment the focal point and the blocks a subtle backdrop. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nerina said...

So soft, pretty and serene! I love the way that you've taken the theme of the front inside the card - that sentiment is so perfect!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

A very pretty card! I love the Quilters sets. I like to use French knots when using it. Beautiful soft colors and like the finished inside of this card too.

Camilla said...

Very fine and soft colors.... really sweet card.

Stephanie said...

Lovely soft colors on this one. I also just love that you decorated the inside, as well. I've been trying to do that quite a bit lately, so I totally appreciate that.

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

Great color combination--love the border with the flowers! Also love the inside!

Chris L.

Krista said...

i think you did a great job on the "quilt"!

Amy said...

Beautiful inside and out!

Chris said...

I think I need that set.... Very classy, and feminine card.

Linda said...

Pretty card. You did a great job!

Kristii said...

Very pretty!! Love the colors!!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Very pretty, the soft colours are great!

Lori said...

Lovely card! The soft colors are perfect with the quilt block images.

Ohhh Snap said...

Lovely card! I just got this stamp set and I'm itchin to use it. TFS!