I treated myself to an order from PTI, Simon Says and Paper Smooches and with it lots of fun new stamps and dies! And I already have a want list growing for my next order...
First I tried the PTI Happiness in Bloom set. I did not get the dies that coordinate (on my want list)! This is a one layer card, with the center masked and sponged with Distress ink (mowed lawn) to give it a layered look. Then stamped the outside of the flower with SU blushing bride, melon mambo over that with the inside of the flower, and the very center with another melon mambo which appears lighter because it has one less layer of stamping. How cool is that?
I masked the flowers to add the leaves in SU gumball green and some smaller blossoms in the pinks. The sentiment is from SSS Tilted Banner Sayings with Staz-on black ink. I love that I can manipulate the stamp to tilt or wave!
The next card is PTI's Fly Away stamp set with coordinating dies. Just love this little plane which I did in SU Real Red and Gumball Green. I used masking to sponge color the center of the card with Distress Broken China and stamped the birds from SU's Up, Up and Away and DSP for the bottom of the masked section.
The plane and banner are stamped on another piece. The banner sentiment was heat embossed with white and added with dimensionals to give some depth. It is being dragged by the plane with baker's twine. I didn't attach the twine to the paper, rather left it on its own! The plane is also attached to the base with dimensionals, so it gives the twine a little "wiggle room!"
Off to do my first volunteer stint at the elementary school. I am reading one of my favorite children's books, a Steve Jenkin's, to a first grade class, extending comprehension ideas and prediction into "about the text" examples. I love the thought of giving back to the profession from my literacy coach position, but mostly I am just looking forward to enjoying the kids!