Monday, July 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop!

Its been awhile since I have participated in the monthly PTI Blog Hops so I thought I would jump right back into it this month.  I couldn't have picked a better month!

This months challenge offered up this photo for inspiration:

I have to admit, its not a color combination I would have EVER put together on my own, but I find that together they are so wonderfully pleasing to the eye!  This is the card I made, using this photo for inspiration:

There were a lot of elements to this photo that really spoke to me - and I tried to translate them to the card.  For starters, the wood detail of the bench seat... I used three Postage die cuts and inked them to make them appear dimensional.  I also mimicked the cushion, by adding a simple green strip across the card.  I matted the cream card stock with the orange - but only on the sides - much like the orange curtains in the photo are framing the window.

I brought the brown of the wooden blinds into the card, by matting everything on a Kraft base.

To recreate the effect of the pillows, I took inspiration from the pattern on the blanket, and stamped the Blooms die cuts and the leaves with the Mehndi Medallion and Background Basics: Newsprint stamps before cutting them out.

I added the sentiment to the top right to balance the flower at the bottom left. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed HOPPING along :-)


STAMPS: Mehndi Medallion, Background Basics: Newsprint, Wreath for All Seasons, Label Basics(Papertrey Ink)
INK: Wild Honey, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye, Brown Sugar(Ranger)
PAPER: Vintage Cream, Kraft (PTI), Paprika, Parakeet (Bazzill)
ADHESIVES: MyStik Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Squares(SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L)
OTHER: Angled Labels, Bloom Builders II, Postage, Sending You Die Cuts(Papertrey Ink) Butterfly Punch (EK Success)
FINISHED SIZE: 4.25" x 5.5"


  1. Kristen, lovely card! I really enjoy how your decorative elements reflect the patterns in the photo, and your background panels the solid colors! So effective!

  2. WOW -- LOVE those panels with postage dies -- truly CREATIVE in every way & great job!!! LOVE this!!!

  3. beautiful!! love the flower, the leaves, the squares, the sweet sentiment!!:)

  4. Oh my goodness, so many beautiful and creative details! Love the postage dies, the stamping on the flower - beautiful beautiful work!

  5. Kristen, LOVE the postage dies! LOVE the patterns on the flower! LOVE the stitching of the sentiment! So many FAB details!

  6. The postage dies are awesome like Sue said! I need to get me some of those! Love the butterflies!

  7. Fantastic card! I love the way you've combined the colors and different elements of the photo. Very clever on the wood bench and your use of the postage stamps to achieve that. LOVE that flower! Beautiful card. ;-)

  8. This is a fabulous card. Very nice job on the flower with the leaves.

  9. LOVE all of the details! It really makes the card special!

  10. Lovely card Kriten, lots of details.

  11. Wow, you took everything in the photo into consideration when making this card! I love that you made the flower look like pillows :) (not to mention that the flower itself is beautiful as well!) and that you added the detail from the window seat. Seriously awesome job :)

  12. So creative to emphasize the window seat! That caught my eye too, but I got distracted by the pillows on top. LOve your card.


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