Monday, February 7, 2011

PMS VIP Hop!!

I'm so excited to share today's post with you all!  A couple weeks ago, my sweet friend, Tangii, asked me to be her guest for the Paper Makeup Stamps (PMS) VIP blog hop today!  Woot woot!!  I'm certain that I don't qualify as a VIP to anyone out there, but it humbles me that Tangii thinks enough of me to ask me to join along in the fun!  Thank you, Tangii!  OF COURSE I jumped on board.  Not only do I adore Tangii, but I also adore Katie, the Energizer-bunny-owner of PMS!  That girl just keeps going, and going, and going...I don't know where she gets her energy!  Here's a little snippet about the blog hop from our PMS gals:

Paper Makeup Stamps is turning 2 years old! And to celebrate the occasion, they are having a super fun VIP blog hop with the theme "the things we love". The entire design team invited special crafters to play along in this hop. To see everyone involved, please go back to the Paper Makeup Stamps company blog for a master list as well as to enter your self to win a super fabulous prize!


Okay, even though the hop's theme is "the things we love", that doesn't mean we have to use hearts and Valentine stuff, just something we love.  I LOVE the water...especially the Great Lakes.  I grew up on Lake Huron and loved going to the beach in the summer, swimming out to the third sandbar that was well over our heads, and trying to sink down and touch the bottom.  We also spent time on the lake in the winter...which I actually dreaded because it meant FROZEN toes!  My dad loved to ice fish, and occasionally he would drag us along :]  LOL  I loved spending time with him, BUT, I hated sitting still and freezing my butt off!  Wait, this is about what I love...shoot, I'm going in the wrong direction.  Seriously, I DO love the water.  I love watching the sailboats coast by with seagulls soaring overhead.  I also love lighthouses.  They're all different, all special and unique in their own right...and if you've been to Michigan, you know we have a slew of lighthouses along the coastline.  Last but not least, I love a challenge...and I am challenged when it comes to making masculine cards! 

So, when I looked through all of the amazing goodies PMS has to offer, I chose to work with this amazing, Sailing By digital stamp set.  It has a ton of sentiments and not one, but two different sailboats, a lighthouse and the fill and outline of an anchor!  PERFECT masculine set...and versatile.  SOLD!  Check it out:
For my card, I paper pieced Sara's awesome Custom Construction Materials brick paper on my lighthouse.  I then colored the white areas and shaded with Copics.  I also paper pieced the sails on my boat...using my new MTME Romance paper (scaling both sheets to 3.5"x5").  My "land" is also some of my MTME paper, from the symbolic Seawater set. 
I cut my sentiment (scaled to 1.5" wide) using my friend, Laura's, Lil Inker Sentiment Flag die.  I LOVE this die for my sentiments...I swear I could use it on almost every card :]  I tied some random knots in my May Arts Jute Twine, adhered with hot glue and adhered my panel to my scalloped layer.  Overall a pretty simple card.  Most of my time making it was overthinking what I wanted to do with each element :]  I used last week's Mojo Sketch (MOJO176) for my layout (it was PERFECT):
Okay, that's all I have for you today, BUT, be sure to swing by every blog along the hop and leave some love!  One random commentor will receive a PMS PRIZE PACK!!

Hopefully you arrived at my blog by way of Tangii's...but if not, start at the beginning to make sure you are eligible for the prize pack!  If you're looking for the next blog along the hop, you're looking to swing by Lauren's site :] 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a fantastic week!!

24 comments:

Nancy said...

Love the card, and I too, love the lakes!! I grew up near and spent my summers on Lake Erie!! Gorgeous card!

Dawn Mercedes said...

wow..great textures...great paper piecing! Love the set you used. So glad you were here to celebrate the PMS birthday!

Rita said...

beautiful card... thanks for the blog hop!

Jenny said...

This is adorable!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

oh my...I LOVE this!! That rope with the knots is WAY COOL..and the paper pieced sail...and your little flag sentiment....oh, everything on this card is amazing!! I'm so happy Tangii invited you...putting you in my reader right now! :)

Judy said...

This is fabulous! Your jute twine really sets it off.

Angie Blom said...

Awesome card. love the jute.. it really look wonderful with these images. Fabulous.

sharman said...

GREAT card. I love it. Love how you did the card. Perfect masculine card also. Great job..

Lisa M. said...

this is AMAZING! Wow! You really took that set and rocked it! Love the knotted rope and paper pieced lighthouse!

Ms. Jen said...

You nailed the MOJO sketch! How clever!

Tiffany Heilman said...

I am seriously in love with this card! I love the knots - so nautical.

Carisa said...

i absolutely LOVE your card! it's fantastic with the knotted rope!

Anita Hovey said...

OMG fabulous paper piecing! Thanks so much for joining us today!

Jenn said...

Adorable card! Love the sail boat!

Jenn
www.jaxbeanstalks.blogspot.com

Stephanie Zito said...

Oh my word!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous card! Love the texture! So glad you could join us for the hop!

Cheryl Valadez said...

Wow! What a fabulous card! I LOVE the knotted trim and the way you've combined the images. I usually don't get into nautical imagery, but you have totally made me a believer! Hugz, Cheryl

Cheryl said...

So beautiful! Like a cool summer breeze

Carma said...

I love the brick paper and the depth you've given it with the shading. This whole card has a fantastic 3-D quality. I just love it!!

cabio's craft corner said...

Delightful layout design and these images looks wonderful together. Thanks for sharing :o)
Hugs,
Cabio

Tangii said...

Oh my heck! Oh my stars!! This is just fabulous!!!! I love the papers you chose for the light house! I love the rope element! I LOVE your story! and I love lighthouses and sailing too :) Thanks so much for being my guest... you are a wonderful friend and your art work always inspires me!!! Cheers girl!

Katie Cotton said...

this is A - DOR - A - BLE! Seriously! And i love how you created the lighthouse!!!! Such a clever girl! :D Thank you SOOOOO much for being a part of this hop! It means the world to me!

FibreJunky said...

How cute!! I love lighthouses, so I'm right there with you!! Love it!

dpkennedy said...

This is just beautiful! I agree...lighthouses, coastline, and salt air are lovely!

Lisa Kind said...

So cute! Love the knotted twine...very clever! I totally forgot about this set! I haven't used it in forever! That lighthouse is so cool!

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