Sunday, April 27, 2008

Simple Little Things...

Many of you are now receiving (or have received) your PTI Anniversary Set! That is of course if you are like me and invested a small fortune in PTI stamps *grins*(Nichole can we buy shares yet???) I don't own all of the PTI stamps yet but of course I bought enough (and more) to earn a free set *lol*

I had a few readers request that I make some cards using the anniversary set and I am delighted that I can do that today. Since I missed a card yesterday I have two to share with you.


paper: Stampers Select White Cardstock by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI,
Black Palette, Sweet Blush by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI
stamps: Simple Little Things by PTI (Free Anniversary Set Yr 1), Background Circle from Shapes by Design (Urban Design) by PTI


paper: Stampers Select White Cardstock by PTI, Berry Sorbet by PTI, Kraft by SU!
Black Palette, Whisper White by SU!, Berry Sorbet by PTI, Sweet Blush by PTI
stamps: Simple Little Things by PTI (Free Anniversary Set Yr 1)
accessories: dimensionals,, ribbon by PTI
scor-pal, 1 3/8 circle punch by EK Success, scallop punch by EK Success

Some Recent Questions

(Q) Where did you find your magnetic snaps? (referring to THIS post)

(A) They are Basic Grey snaps and I purchased them at my LSS. I know you can also buy them online (do a google search).

(Q) I do have a question, which you may have answered already, how do you start a stamp design and know it will work on a card? Do you draw as if you have a stamp and try to create a card, from a drawing? OK maybe this is a silly

(A) I design stamps from the things that surround me. When I have sketched them or created them in my software programs I usually print them out on paper and place them on a card base. This is also the time I check to see that they match with punches, Nestabilities and other tools. Sometimes I will create a full "sketch" on the computer and print it out. I am totally a hands on person so the computer screen doesn't always give me the best idea. --BTW, I thought this was a great question.

(Q) My question, is how do you design a stamp exactly? I mean, specifically do you have to have a special software program, or do you sketch it out and hand it over to someone else to interpret? Thanks! Jackie

(A) I design stamps from my sketches or ideas in my head--that is the most challenging part. Then I either draw them using my Wacom Tablet or I recreate them using the shapes and pen tool. I use both Illustrator CS3 and Photoshop CS3 to do all of my finished work. From start to finish I am responsible for all parts (from labels, box banners, stamps and bases to the tip sheet you find on the PTI site). It takes a lot of work from step A to step Z *lol* but Nichole is a tremendous support and an awesome cheerleader too.
As for my work with CHF, it is a little different. I still create in the Adobe programs I listed above but I also work closely with Lisa Strahl who checks the images closely and may alter it slightly. Once we are finished the stamp images go to Liz and Richard who put it all in rubber!

Don't forget to enter the blog candy draw (below) for your chance to win Wedding Day. I will be drawing by random generator and announcing the lucky recipient tomorrow morning. Good Luck!


Christina Fischer said...

LOVE your cards, Alli! That set looks fantastic -- unfortunately, I didn't earn it! :(

I'm always blown away by your talent -- you design beautiful projects and amazing stamps! :)

Dawn Easton said...

Your cards are fabulous Alli! I love the design of them!! Thanks for answering my question and others. I wondered how you knew they'd fit punches ;)
Thanks for sharing your designs and ideas with us! Have a fab Sunday!

Lisa & Penny said...

I love your blog and your design work. Your blog is a must-see everyday. Thanks for the inspiration :-) We left you a blogger award on ours.

Niki Estes said...

What great cards, Alli! I love that top one!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these 2 fab cards!
Sandy Kay