Thinking of YOU

Not sure there is anything better than throwing ink around and making a mess turn into something pretty. I started by dry embossing the cover plate onto watercolor paper. 

The next step was putting distress ink on my crafting mat and spray with lots of water. Dry and do again a couple of times to get the color where I wanted it. I stamped my sentiment in brown but decided it needed to be embossed to see it better. I offset the stamp just a touch with gives it a bit of a shadow. 

Thinking of You card
stamps: SSS - Sending Happy Thoughts
ink: Tim Holtz distress inks - Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean, Tumbled glass, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn; Memento - Rich Cocoa; Versamark
paper: PTI - Spring Moss; watercolor paper
other: PTI - Mighty Oak Cover plate; Zing - Chestnut embossing powder

Postcard Stationary - August PTI Blog Hop

I enjoy participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop each month. I love the inspiration photo and the idea of postcard style stationary for the challenge this month. I didn't stray to far from the inspiration piece.

I decided to use embossing powder to create the bold punch of border color. As you can see from my picture there is nothing precise in the method but it looks great. If you want to a see a video of this technique you can watch Jennifer McGuire here.

I hope you can see the shine that the embossing powder adds to the edge. It is so pretty.

Part of the challenge was to make sure we didn't forget the envelope as we made our design. I used the A2 Envelope Liner die to cut the pattern paper for the envelopes. I find this is a great way to use up super busy paper.

The packaging was the final element. A glassine bag tied with ribbon and a tag with stripes across the bottom to echo the cards. 

Thanks for stopping by! ~Rhonda 

Hello and Thank You postcard stationary
stamps: PTI - Wet Paint, Petal Pusher
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White; Basic Grey - Bowties (envelopes)
ink: Versamark
other: PTI - A2 Envelope liner; MFT - Blueprints #1; Zing - Cricket and Powder (that is the name of the color) Embossing powder

Hello tag
stamps: PTI - Wonderful Words: Hello; Reverse Confetti - So Stripey
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White
ink: Versamark
other: PTI - Tremendous Tags; Zing Powder embossing powder; Verve - Spring Fling Collection of ribbon; Hobby Lobby - White cotton perle; glassine bag - stash

Back to School: Day Five

I pulled a bunch of stamp sets out at the beginning of the week thinking they could be possibilities for teacher cards. I thought the Circle Scribbles would be a background element instead I watched this video from Jennifer McGuire and decided to Stretchhhhhh my stamps! I used the backside of the circle scribble to create my large apple. I then used the right side in a darker color to add the texture. I was pretty proud of myself for thinking outside the box.

Following my theme of creating a gift package, I decided to use a cover plate on a lunch sack. I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I also added the "you're so cool" sentiment.

I see more of these in my future. I think it would even be a great craft to do with the little girl I mentor. ~Rhonda 
Apple card
stamps:PTI - Circle Scribbles, Apple Prints; SSS - Ice Cream Dream
ink: PTI - Pure Poppy, Terracotta Tile, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White

Teacher bags
stamps: SSS - Ice Cream Dream; MFT - Gift Card Greetings
ink: Tim Holtz mini distress ink Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive
other; brown lunch sacks

Back to School: Day Four


I loved putting this card and pillow box together. The paper has so many colors to work with. I love the large sentiment from MFT. I think my favorite thing is the way the embellishments came together on top of the spiral notebook page.

When I started working on these teacher projects, I cut lots of dies and did a lot of stamping. It really paid off when putting the projects together. I probably used more than I normally would just because I was trying use all of them.

The pillow box die is wonderful for a quick small gift.~Rhonda

Best Year Ever card 
stamps: PTI - Teach & Inspire, Apple Prints; MFT - Birthday Sentiments
ink: PTI - Dark Chocolate, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist: Tim Holtz - Walnut Distress ink
paper: Fancy Pants - Off to School; MFT - Natural; PTI - Bitty Dot Dark Chocolate
other: PTI - Spiral Notebook, Seeing Stars, Apple Prints, Double Ended Banner, Super Stars border die, pillow box

Back to School: Day Three

I love the pencil stamp in Teach & Inspire. I looped some twine around the pencils several times just for fun. Nothing screams school more than a bunch of No. 2 pencils sharpened and ready for work. I even love the way they smell.

Have a great week! ~Rhonda
A Dream begins card
stamps: PTI - Teach & Inspire
ink: PTI - Summer Sunrise, Terra Cotta Tile; Memento - Tuxedo Black
paper: Cosmo Cricket - the Boyfriend; PTI - Stamper's Select White, Kraft
other: PTI - Vintage Labels, twine

Back to School: Day Two

This apple paper was the inspiration for this duo. Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist ink are a perfect match. As I was going through my stamp sets I "found" Love Potion. The test tubes are great for teacher projects.

As I was finishing the card I thought the bottom needed some additional grounding. The loop de loop II provided the perfect finish.

One of the things I wanted to do with the Teacher cards is make sure I also used the dies that I own for small treats. The tiny take out box is the perfect size for some much needed chocolate. 

Are you working on any teacher projects? I would love to see them. ~Rhonda

For your Dedication card
stamps: PTI - Love Potion, Apple Prints, Teach & Inspire, Thanks All Ways, Simply Framed
ink: PTI - Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Tropical Teal; Memento - Tuxedo Black
paper: Fancy Pants - Off to School; PTI - Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist; MFT - Natural
other: PTI - Tiny Take Out Box, Simply Framed, Apple Prints, Love Potion, Loop de Loop II; Hobby Lobby - twine

Back to School: Day One

It's almost time for schools to start back in session around here. Only one of my guys is still in college but I mentor a little girl. We are going into the 3rd grade this year. I think multiplication is in our future. With that in mind I decided to multiply my efforts by working with a couple of stamps sets and making several teacher cards at once. So ALL week I'm focusing on Teachers.

While reacquainting myself with Teach & Inspire I re-read the Tip and Idea sheet that PTI includes with its stamp sets. One of the dies that coordinates with this set is Fillable Frames #7. I had totally forgot about that die. ~Rhonda

Teacher Thank You card
stamps: PTI - Apple Prints, Teach & Inspire
ink: PTI - Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise
paper: Fancypants - Off to School; PTI - Spring Moss, Stamper's Select White
other: PTI - Fillable Frames #7, Apple Prints

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