Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sloooooooooooooowing Down

Getting to that point folks where all I want to do is put my feet up and relax with the pregnancy. I've commandeered Matt's favorite recliner and am coming to you live from the far corner of the family room with the help of my laptop. I might just stay here if nobody helps me up. You all will just have to bear with me if I am absent for a week or so from the blog. Just got to take care of myself and this baby:).

Still trying to get a few things done here and there. Remember I mentioned I wanted to use Pond Life for Hank's birthday thank yous? Got those done. I couldn't get the idea out of my head of putting that adorable frog in a jelly jar, just like I did when I was a kid. Cut the jar shaped card (jar_0336) on my Silhouette. You can turn any shape into a card using the copy/paste, mirror, and weld features.

Not entirely satisfied with how they turned out. Kinda muddy looking. Need more color. I'll probably build the idea of a jar card in the future. I do that a lot, do you? Have one idea morph into another until you have something really cool.

Also, I promised last week that I'd do a little tutorial about how to make this two-tone flower (in Enchanted Evening and Hawaiian Shores) using PTI's Beautiful Blooms II and the dies.

First you die cut two flowers per size and stamp them in different colors.

Next, you take one and cut apart the petals. You only need three of the six.

Layer and adhere the petals on the whole flowers.

Stack and build until you are done.

Supplies for Jar Cards:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Pond Life, Honey Bees, Mega Mixed Messages
Perfect Match Ink: New Leaf, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, True Black
Transparency: Magic Scraps (remember them?!?!)
PTI Rustic twine


  1. No apologies needed! You deserve to sit and relax before the baby comes. I think your thank you cards are adorable and not muddy looking at all. Thanks for sharing how you made the two-tone flower too. That is a very pretty card!

  2. Those Pond Life jar cards are so adorable!

  3. Take care of yourself.

  4. Sit, Relax, Put your feet up, Have Little Hank and Matt bring you whatever you need!!! Yah, I know, good luck with that one.

    I hope all is going well........can't can't can't wait to HEAR of the new arrival. By the sounds of it, it might be soon??????

    Still no hints as to PINK or BLUE??? Pink is my choice for you this time arround!!!!

    Your cards are adorable, as usuall.

    Take care of yourself and the new little one...and of course, Hank too!!! Enjoy your last few moments as a family of 3, soon it will be a family of 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope Hank is up for it!!!

    Best Wishes to all of you.

    Please Please Please make Matt give us all an update.

  5. Love the jar cards, Erin, and the flower card. Those two-tone flowers are awesome! Love the shape of the petals. Take care-and get some rest. :)

  6. love this. first time here....how do i subscribe by email please?

  7. Ahh, those pregnancy days are far, far behind me, though I still remember them well. It's nice to be able to put your feet up and relax! Erin your thank you cards are adorable and I see no reason to add more color, but since you are quite a fan of color I'm sure they will look even more stellar when you're through!! And your tutorial for the flower cards is wonderful. Thank you!

  8. Ooh stunning card/colours!! I've just ordered this set, can't wait to play now!! :o)

  9. You always inspire me Erin. These cards are fantastic even if you don't think they are. Glad you are able to relax. Take it easy.

  10. Erin, I am so happy to have found you again on the world wide web!!
    I used to follow you on CK and then youtube and then you disappeared! I can't believe little Hank is 2 already and you're expecting again. Such wonderful news. Bless you all on the upcoming arrival of you new little sweetheart!

  11. I did something similar to your thank you cards, but I used vellum over a light grey paper. I needed to ink on the vellum or the bottom layer of cardstock. It depends on the style you are going for.