Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop ~ Technique Trio

Good morning, blog buddies and Papertrey fans!!  I was so excited to be able to join the PTI blog hop this month after missing the two summer ones!!  I was off all summer, but away during both hops!!! What timing, eh?  Anyways....let's get to it as I have 3 projects to share again (can never seem to limit myself to one!).  This month is dedicated to those talented card makers who teach us new techniques or how to perfect the ones we sort of know.  I picked 3 PTI designers who have taught me something new this year....first up is Betsy Veldman....and the fabulous felt flower (tutorial HERE)...
These are so fun to make and even better if you use PTI's felt...it really is top notch like they say :)  I cut the leaves from felt as well and stitched a bit on them for some added texture.  Betsy always seems to have a pop of red somewhere...so the buttons are inspired by her as well :)  Second up is Melissa Phillips who taught me how to tie a bow with that luscious seam binding ribbon (tutorial HERE)...if you haven't tried any, you really must...just sayin'....but don't blame me if you have to buy it in every colour...just sayin' again!! 
Now, last, but never, never least...in fact always first in my mind for inspiration is the incomparable Dawn McVey.  Her blog was one of the very first blogs I started to follow 2 years ago and her talent never ceases to amaze me.  Though I had been tying my bows very similar to the way she does them, she taught me how to keep the ribbon on the spool while tying, so as not to waste any of that yummy ribbon!! (tutorial HERE).
Now, this was not easy to pick inspiring and talented card makers...but the catch was something that they've taught us.  I am in awe of all the talent out there.  Thanks for stopping by...I can't wait to see what you've learned along the way :)


what's in them?
{wising you were here}
stamps: pti library card; verve always on my mind
ink: su cool caribbean, versafine onyx
paper; pti kraft, cream, black; october afternoon dp
accessories: pti felt, buttons, medium scallop and blossom dies; stitching, baker's twine, gemstone


{thank you}
stamps: pti inside and out thankyou; su autumn splendor
ink: versafine onyx
paper: pti kraft, cream, My Mind's Eye dp
accessories: stitching, gemstones, seam binding (Etsy) dritz pins, pti button, twine


{so sweet of you}
stamps: pti it's official, signature greetings
ink: su choc chip, pti raspberry fizz; versafine onyx
paper: su really rust; pti berry sorbet, kraft, cream, autumn abundance and bitty box dps
accessories: pti ribbon, buttons, twine, oval nestabilitie, pti notepaper die; fiskars border punch

42 comments:

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Ooh, these are all gorgeous!! I don't think I can actually pick a favourite!!

Kelly in Canada said...

lovely cards.

Dani said...

Such a sweet and lovely cards!! So inspiring!!

Lynn said...

Drooling over here...I am so with you on Dawn's bow tying tutorial...life changing! Love all your cards...stunners as always!

Marisa said...

Lovely array of cards as always, Maureen. Love the felt flower with stitched leaves, the seam binding bow and the totally yummy colours on the last card.

Leah said...

Maureen!
I LOVE all of these...everything is awesome and fun! The colors and designs of these cards are sooooo great! Man do I want to go shopping! LOL!!!!

Leah

Aimes said...

OK, A+ for you, Diva! Not one, not two but THREE awesome cards that totally rock! Thanks for the link for the seam binding bow - I need that for the seam binding a fabulous Diva once sent me *wink*
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Rhonda said...

All 3 are wonderful but the 2nd one is calling my name.

Maureen Reiss said...

Very pretty cards!! Love the journaling tag stamp.

Kristina said...

What amazing ladies to garner some inspiration! I have yet to delve into the seam binding ribbon, but man oh man has it been calling my name lately. Maybe a little trip over to Etsy to sooth the shopping urges is in order?! ;)

LOVE your cards for the blog hop, my friend!! They each are completely you with hints of the inspiration source.

I am determined to start stamping again today. Why is the beginning of the school year always so draining? I get home and I'm just so tired I don't want to do anything. I sit and read, or go to bed ridiculously early. But after four weeks, I am determined to snap out of it and get some normal life back. It's time to start adapting to working life once more. And I think these cards were just the motivation I needed to kick me back into gear. And I seem to remember a new Wacky color challenge from a few days ago.... Hmm... Let's see what I can do with it. :)

Mandy said...

BEAUTIFUL cards, Maureen!! :)

Cathy Weber said...

I think you did such a great job on this challenge. I am also inspired by all three of your chosen designers. I am going to check out Melissa's tutorial on tying that bow with seam binding. Thanks for the link!

Sue Ann said...

I have the seam binding itch so bad and you are making it worse for me!!! I went to the ONLY fabric store on LI yesterday NO seam binding!!! Now I am paying shipping and will get it delivered........ that bow is just AMAZING!!!! All of your projects are amazing.... beautiful work!!!

Kay said...

These are all beautiful! I love the seam binding bows, and I've really got to make some of those flowers from Betsy!

Pearl Maple said...

cute cards, like all those little details you have added to make them special

klarcher said...

Well you've set the bar pretty high, these cards are beautiful

Kelly S. said...

Oh WOW what stunning cards for the hop! Love how you showcased so many styles, and the details and BOWS are so fabulous!

Ravengirl said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love all the patterns, yum! I have to say that I am truly intrigued by the seam binding!

Marge said...

WOW, WOW & WOW -- all 3 are fabulous!

Melissa said...

Three wonderful cards and three great techniques/tips! Thanks for sharing!

peggysue said...

Fabulous collection of cards all three are smashing!

Kristii said...

I totally love them all!!!!! Thanks for sharing your techniques!!!!

Krista said...

Love the Wishing you were Here card! the stitching on the leaves is fabulous!

Melisa Hunter said...

Each of these cards is gorgeous, Maureen! You've taken an element from each of these wonderful designers and incorporated it into your gorgeous style! Love every detail and beautiful colour combo!

Jen Carter said...

All 3 are terrific! I LOVE the first one so much! That felt flower is to die for!

Ginny said...

Just love these cards, but that felt flower is just amazing! Love all your color choices, too!!

Cassie_lu said...

look at all of that layering goodness. My fav is the first card and that yummy flower.

Kara said...

great cards!!

Betty Wright said...

Maureen, these are all fabulous and just beautifully detailed and designed! I really think I NEED felt and the notebook die cut! Lovely cards!

Janelle said...

Beautiful trio of cards, Maureen! Can't believe I missed that bow-tying tutorial by Melissa. I'll have to mark it for future reference. Love all three of your cards -- glad you weren't galavanting around the countryside this month! (And hope your school year is going well!)

Christina said...

Oh my goodness, these are all amazing! I couldn't pick a favorite if I had to! I love the rich colors you used on all of them and the designs are perfect.

Nerina said...

Gracious! I can't believe how much goodness you've incorporated into ONE post! These are *absolutely beautiful* - I love the felt flower and the gorgeous ribbon treatment ... but it would be impossible to pick a fave!

Kalyber said...

Wow 3 beautiful cards and all so different. Love the bright pink flower on the first one.

Laura Isham said...

your layering is spot on perfection. these cards have a lot going on, but not overdone in any way. they are wonderful

Amy said...

Thank you thank you for the link to the seam binding bow tutorial. I need to go check it out now! Your three cards are beautiful! I used Dawn's bow tying tutorial so much, now I feel my bows stand up to Dawn's!!

Sue Lelli said...

Thank you for sharing so many FABULOUS CARDS! IF I had TO PICK a FAV it would be the purple and gray with the seam binding bow tutorial. I purchased seam binding recently but wasn't sure what to do with it so thanks!

Vickie Z said...

Love all trio of cards but, the first one is my fav!! Just the colors and the way you combined them "make me smile"!!

In Love With Scrap said...

your blog is really beautiful.. one of my favorites... Congrats for a beautiful inspiration!.

Victoria said...

I love every one of your cards, and I could definitely see each one of the DT member's inspiration behind each one! Fabulous job. I'm bookmarking your blog!

Babies- Beth said...

Funny, I didn't have to read your paragraphs and I knew exact;y who you were casing, lol! I love all of the DT's work, and your cards are equally beautiful!

Lynn said...

WOW these are absolutely gorgeous cards!!! I love all of your pretty details!

TannyP said...

Holy dinah, Maureen - these are outstanding! You really do go all out for those blog hops =) LOVE 'EM!

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