Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge 2017

Can you believe it's already the 25th of April, which means we're almost one-third of the way through 2017? It's time once again for another Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink using the image below. You can read all the details here

April Inspiration

print designed by the talented Megan Carter

Rather than use flowers like I usually do, I opted to layer Life Is Beautiful butterfly dies colored using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and SU Going Gray
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade and Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: Big Birthday Wishes and Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals
Dies: Life Is Beautiful, Wonderful Words: Birthday and Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical
Other: Ink Blending Tool, Zigs, WOS Shimmer, Waterbrush and Rhinestones

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Butterfly

Just finishing in time for the approaching deadline of Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Splash It On. Anyway one can incorporate water into a project qualifies for this challenge. I did some brown and white watercolored splatters on my yellow card base. I think this one qualifies for a masculine birthday card, which can be a bit more difficult than the usual floral creations. The brown rectangle, popped up using foam tape, is woodgrain embossed with an oval cut out of the center. A vellum butterfly adorns the corner of the frame, to which I added four yellow Nuvo drops to hide my foam tape. Here's my card.

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate and Vellum
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Sketched Shapes
Dies: Woodgrain Impression Plate and Oval Nestabilities
Other: Paintbrush, Watercolors, Foam Tape and Nuvo Crystal Drops

PTI MIM #291: Patterns Behind Die-Cut Windows

This week it's Dawn McVey with Make It Monday for Papertrey Ink. She shared with us how she adds patterns behind die-cut windows so I just had to give it a try. If you want more details on how to play along, head over to Nichole's blog. You can view Dawn's gorgeous card on either website. Since I don't yet own Gran's Garden, here's what I came up with for a thank-you card. My SU Basic Gray card base is a bit smaller than the usual size so the Garden Grace floral spray could hang over the edges and still fit in an A2 envelope. 

Since I heat embossed the popped up Garden Grace die-cut, I should have watercolored them or used my Zigs rather than stamping over the embossing powder. I'll try that next time. Using Green Parakeet, I ink blended the "thanks" die-cut which is four layers thick. Added three sequins to finish it off with a little bit of bling. And there you have it for today.

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst and SU Basic Gray
Ink: Green Parakeet, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz and VersaMark
Stamps: Garden Grace
Dies: Garden Grace, Cover Plate: Pretty Frame and Wet Paint Cuts
Other: Garden Gate Stencil, White Pigment Ink (Joann's), Sponge, Ink Blending Tool, White Embossing Powder, SU Dimensionals and Sequins (stash)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us Challenge: April 2017

It's been a busy Holy Week plus we celebrated a BIG milestone birthday in my honor. Where does the time go? Seems like it was just Christmas and now it's Easter Sunday already. The ham is in the oven and smelling delicious. 

Create Along With Us at Papertrey Ink means we select a project that inspired us and create our own. With so much lovely inspiration from all the designers, it's challenging just to choose one. Being short on time, I picked what I thought would go fairly quickly and loved the colors Nichole used. Without further ado, here's what I created.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Soft Stone and Stamper's Select White
Ink: Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow and Soft Stone
Stamps: Give Thanks and Painted Petals
Dies: None
Other: Black Fine Tip Sharpie

I chose the wrong sentiment on this second card with the itty bitty dots over the i's. Those tiny pieces cut from each color were challenging to adhere to each other even with my handy dandy, pick-up tool. My inspiration came from Keeway here.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores and Green Parakeet
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores and Green Parakeet
Stamps: None
Dies: Scripted
Other: Garden Gate Stencils, Ink Blending Tool, Spray Adhesive, WOS and Paintbrush (for splatters)

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. Happy Easter!

Friday, April 7, 2017

PTI MIM #280: Stamping Outside of the Box

Today has been a windy one here in Western Washington. Great excuse to make my way to my stamping room at least so I could enter this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. Check out the details and video here by Lexi. She shares several great examples on her blog so let's get right to it before we lose our power. My "box" was made using Modern Background Stencils and Enchanted Evening ink. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening and SU Old Olive
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Bright Buttercup, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Enchanted Evening and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Swan'sational and Some Like It Hot
Dies: Swan'sational, Some Like It Hot and Graceful Greetings
Other: Modern Background Stencils, SU Going Gray Marker and SU Dimensionals

Sunday, April 2, 2017

PTI MIM #279: Curved Sentiments

Well, my company is gone and so I hit my stamping room. This week's Make It Monday Challenge for Papertrey Ink is spearheaded by Ashley. She shared a video showing how she curves a straight sentiment to fit around a stamped image or on a die-cut.  Her wedding card is just delightful and so colorful. I came up with a Thinking of You card shown below, which I often need at the ready. 

My Mat Stack #3 die-cut is backed with white foam to pop it up, and on the top portion I used an Ink Blending Tool with Blueberry Sky ink. The center bouquet is popped up using SU Dimensionals and the other two adhered directly to the Mat Stack die-cut. The stems are tucked behind the "almost" Scarlet Jewel Glitter Paper from Joann's. To add to the Kraft layer adhered to the Stamper's Select White card base, I splattered watered-down white acrylic paint. That's all for now, and I'm looking forward to seeing what others have created for this challenge. Thanks for the reminder, Ashley, as I often forget to curve my sentiments. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Kraft and Glitter Paper (Joann's)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise, Autumn Rose, Melon Berry, Amethyst Allure and Blueberry Sky
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets and Keep It Simple: Thinking of You
Dies: Bitty Bouquets and Mat Stack #3
Other: White Foam, SU Dimensionals, White Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush and Ink Blending Tool

Saturday, March 25, 2017

PTI MIM #278: Window Chipboard Sentiments

Stephanie is sharing her very first Papertrey Make It Monday Video for this week's challenge. The first challenge I saw was what word die to use that would allow the card to open and close properly without tearing the paper. My choice of "happy" from Pretty Peonies wasn't the best decision but I went with it anyway. I really like my card but the little pieces won't withstand opening and closing too many times. Without further ado, here's my card. I'll show it open as well as the inside. If you look closely or enlarge the photo, you can see I also added some splatters. Thanks, Heather, for the reminder!

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Black, New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst and SU Going Gray
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, VersaFine Onyx Black and VersaMark
Stamps: Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals and Painted Petals
Dies: Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals, Fancy Foliage Details, Pretty Peonies and Nestabilities Classic Ovals: Large
Other: White Embossing Powder and Foam Tape