Yesterday was such a busy day. We had an early appointment, dropped Jordan's sleepover friend back home and then we headed to the big city for shopping with my parents. Our plans were just to hit the scrapbook store and Sam's for July 4th food.....little did I know that we'd stop at Kohl's and buy school clothes for the girls! Great deals though if you have a Kohl's near you...lots of 40-50% off items that are summery but still great for back to school clothes. My family is exhausted though with all the hustle and bustle of the summer. It's time for some R & R around here!
I did find a little time to stamp tonight though. I colored some Papertrey images while watching the girls swim yesterday. I do that quite often....color images while waiting for the girls at practice, swimming, etc.....then finish my project later.
I've been wanting to use my new Beams and Borders stamp set from Papertrey Ink SO badly. When Nichole first gave a sneak peek of this set, I got very excited! You see, my college degree is in Interior Design. And although I didn't have a stellar career in designing fancy interiors, I loved drawing floorplans, preparing sample boards, choosing color palettes and doing architectural renderings. I really think that I should have majored in Graphic Design now that I look at it. But oh well, back to my card. The big house image that Nichole designed for the Boards and Beams set is actually pretty close to what rendered elevations of a house would look like. She did a VERY good job! So I was tickled pink...or maybe yellow for this project.....to see the entire set. With my combined background and love of all things *homey*, this set just called my name! I will use it tons for house warming, hostess gifts and I know that my realtor friends will love cards like this to give to clients. Awesome set! Below is my finished card, I love how it all came together.
And what's not to love when you have such great stamps to work with. Nichole and the other PTI stamp designers put so much thought into each set. The combinations of stamps that can be used together are endless. I love how you can piece together a scene so easily with all of the separate images that come in each set. Look how I was able to separately stamp, color and cut out the fence and the tree. I popped them up with pop dots to give a 3-D effect. For the tree, I stamped and colored it twice then cut out a smaller portion of the leaves for added pop.
And look how many stamp images come in one set. Talk about a DEAL! There's just oodles and oodles of stamps there. Plus each set has a bunch of sentiments too. I loooove the sentiments. Each stamp set comes with a CD case and labels.....very detailed, that Nichole is!
And with each stamp set, the details just get better and better. The hard part is done for you....the drawing of the images! All you have to do is stamp and move on to the project details. I colored my house with Copic markers and was able to get some great shadows placed under the eaves and overhangs of the house.
And then there's the PTI accessories. Nichole has such a good eye for choosing colors for all of the wonderful papers, inks and ribbons.....they all match.......I'm in heaven! Have you noticed which style of ribbon is my favorite? It's the polka dot ribbon, love it!
Isn't it great that there are SOOO many great stamp comanies out there to create with? I'm excited to share each and every one of my creations with you. Stamping is such a fun craft and I've met sooooo many wonderful friends too. I hope you all are having a blast with your stamps...get them out and use them......send a card out to a friend.....have FUN!