A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

March 25, 2012

PTI March Blog Hop!

I'm seriously so excited, I can hardly type.  For the first time, I'm playing along with the PTI blog hop at Papertrey Ink via Nichole Heady's blog.  The link will take you there if you want to join in the fun! 

The challenge for the March blog hop is an inspiration challenge.  We are to create a project using this photo as inspiration:


Nichole says:  "For the month of March we wanted to focus on sunshine and the upcoming spring season. What better way to do so than with a fresh color scheme of aqua & yellow."

I used Nichole's words "focus on sunshine" and the cute little sun on that striped bag as my inspirations.  And, of course, aqua and yellow.

First off, please try not to laugh at my card.  I know I'm linking with some serious PTI peeps who have been in this PTI community a very long time and who have lots of PTI images to play with.  My deal is that I am just getting into, and the hang of, this whole PTI company and the releases and the challenges and the blog hops.  It's close to my limit of information saturation.  I've bought a few things, okay lots of things, but so far those things are loads of beautiful paper and sentiment stamps, and a few dies.  And I love it all!  I now have a long wish list that includes image stamps, but I wanted to play this month so badly that I went ahead and made up a really simple card using just PTI paper and the Framed and Glory Be sets.  That's it 'cause, right now, that's all I got:


Thanks for letting me play!  And thank you to Leigh Penner for helping me with questions about the hop.

Lastly, I'm so happy to welcome TAM as a new follower!  It is such an honor to have 40 new friends join me on this journey so far!

Please enjoy ~ and thank you for stopping by.   Special thanks to you if you took the time to leave me a comment!  Have a wonderful Sunday, wherever you are!
Paper:  PTI white, aqua mist, and lemon tart
Stamps:  PTI Framed and Glory Be sets
  Sentiment "It's Spring" hand-written
Ink:  PTI black
Cuttlebug circle and scalloped circle dies
Yellow chalk
 

21 comments:

Redanne said...

I don't think you need to worry Darnell - less is more, as they say and your colours are spot on. Love that sentiment, the script is fabulous.

Kara said...

very cute!

Ronnie said...

So happy you decided to hop with us today! Your card is wonderful! I love the lined frame.

Inkyfingers said...

Your sunshine is perfect and I love that sentiment. I'm afraid to say you sound 'hooked' and will forever be wanting more PTI goodness for your stash! Welcome to the hop with your lovely card.

jen said...

this is SUPER cute! Love the big sunshine!!! :D

laughadaisy said...

Well, I think your card is lovely. ;-) I think it captures the 'sunshine' theme very nicely.

I remember wanting to join the PTI blog hops and only having 2 or 3 stamps and dies to work with - those were rough times, LOL! ;-D But a year or so later, I can safely say I have collected waaaaaaay too much stuff. But at least I have options, now, right?? ;-)

Nice job on your card. ;-) Happy Hopping!

Rebecca Deeprose said...

I'm amazed that you were able to hand write the second portion of your sentiment and have it flow together so well (handwriting is not my strong suite)!!! Simple and pretty card!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you, Rebecca! I forgot to put in the post that I started the card by writing "It's Spring," and going from there. It took 23 tries before I got it close enough to look like the same handwriting, then I stamped "Glory Be" above it, and then the frame around, etc. Sort of an upside-down way of stamping! I don't want anyone thinking I just pulled that off w/o some frustration and cussing!

Kelly S. said...

Welcome to your first hop, Darnell, so glad you played along! Your sunshine card is adorable (something tells me that your personality is just as sunny :)!! Love your cute sentiment! It sure is the truth, yay for spring! Can't wait to see what you make next time!!

Kelly S. said...

PS...I just went "in" your stamp playhouse...oh my word...I dare to dream of a mini stamp house! It's so amazing :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Congratulations on your first PTI Blog Hop and what an entrance you made. Beautiful card I definitely see sunshine.

Joyce said...

Congratulations on your first PTI blog hop. I remember my first, almost exactly 1 year ago, and now I feel like a real pro. Your card is perfect for the challenge.

Kristii said...

Very pretty!!! I am so excited that you are joining in the blog hopping fun!!! I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work!

victoria h said...

Welcome, you have made a wonderfully cheerful card. Love your sunshine and great handwriting.

Karen said...

Clean and classy!!! It looks really gorgeous, sometimes I think the clean cards are the most difficult to do!!! Well I find they are!!!

Ardyth said...

This is a perfect spring card and I love how you made the frame on the white panel so that it isn't equal all around, but sets off the sentiment perfectly!

Lisa said...

Ok your card is great...but let me tell you that is one AWESOME little craft cottage you have there girl! WOW I love it ;)Can I come over to play LOL!!

stampwithsandy said...

Darnell, congratulations on your first blog hop! Your project is so fresh and springy!

carol (krillsister) said...

Welcome to the blog Hop. It is so much fun. Your card is great. Love the sunshine! Your sentiment is beautiful. Well done.

Nancy said...

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. Your card is adorable. I love the sentiment! Be warned, PTI products can be habit forming:)

The Paper Parade said...

Awww, I love that sun you created! What a great card to go along with the inspiration photo :)