As soon as I opened up Pond Life from Papertrey Ink I knew I was going to have fun with this set. I immediately made 3 cards in the first 2 days and entered them into their monthly Guest Star Stamper contest.
Last month was my first time entering and my card ended up being an honerable mention on Nichole's blog. I was blown away by the other submissions--there are some extremely talented ladies over on the PTI forum. I tried to step up my game for this month and came up with 2 birthday cards and a Father's Day card. (My favorite is the FD card.)
I used a kraft base and white chalk ink to stamp the backgrounder (Cracked Montana Earth by Cornish Heritage Farms). I used Spring Moss cardstock and ink, Aqua Mist ink and twill tape, Jumbo Java (Versamark) and Coaco (Colobox) inks were used for the sentiments, the duck, and the tops of the cattails. I used a tag from the Tiny Tags Cuttlebug set and attached it with some thin hemp rope. I really like how this card turned out (and I hope my Dad likes it when I give it to him on Father's Day).
The second card is a bright, fun birthday card using Lemon Tart cardstock as a base and some green and blue paper from my stock (Not sure who makes it-it came in a multi-pack with about 50 colors). My color scheme for this actually came from that fabulous striped ribbon I found at Wal-Mart. I stamped the frog in Olive Pastel fluid chalk ink from Colorbox and used the same colors as above for the water and the cattails. The sentiment is from Green Thumb, but it worked perfectly for this card. I stamped it in Spring Green from Impress dye ink using a slider tag from my Cuttlebug set. I think my nephew will love this card for his birthday in a few months.
The third card was fun to make. The colors used were all Aqua Mist and Summer Sunrise from Papertrey. The background paper was from the Everyday Blessings collection. For the fish bowl I used my Giga circle punch from Marvy and cut off the top. I cut out a small piece for the rim, outlining it and the rest of the bowl with a white chalk pen. I used my Cuttlebug to cut the fish and bubbles out and used foam dimensionals to make them stand out. I used Ranger's Glossy Accents on the bubbles and to make the bowl "relfections". I used another CB slider tag for the sentiment.
Thanks for looking. Wish me luck with the GSS contest--I know I'll need it with the stiff competition!