Saturday, January 25, 2014

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

Oh my, I love pink and so this month's PTI January 2014 Blog Hop was a must on my things-to-do.  Just look at this inspiration collage:

Besides combining various shades of pink, this month's challenge allowed us the option to use neutrals (such as white, cream, gray, black or kraft). Here's my take for "Pretty in Pink." 

Since I'm not very good at photography, this doesn't show the detail of my hearts very well. I started with white card stock and watercolored three shades of pink before heat embossing the swirls using SU Melon Mambo embossing powder. My sentiment stamped on SU Regal Rose was also heat embossed using white embossing powder and sponged edges using white ink. My SU Red Rose card base has rounded corners and sponged edges also in white ink. The patterned paper from my stash was wrapped three times with white crochet thread tied in a bow before adhering to card base using foam mounting tape. The heart on the left is also "popped" up. I kind of like the results and hope to have more time to play with this challenge before it ends.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, SU Rose Red and SU Regal Rose
Ink: SU Pretty in Pink, SU Regal Rose and SU Rose Red
Stamps: Boutique Borders: Valentine and SU Polka Dot Punches
Dies: Fabulous Frames
Other: Patterned Paper (stash), SU Heart Punch, SU Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder (Joann's), white crochet thread (Joann's), foam mounting tape and Corner Rounder

Friday, January 24, 2014

PTI MIM #149: Glitter Embellishments

Heather and her glitter really inspired me to make a card for PTI's Make It Monday even though I hate the clean up afterwards. Sheepishly, I must admit I do love the rich impact glitter provides. Thanks, Heather, for sharing your tip of running die cuts through a Xyron twice so adhesive is on both sides. That worked pretty slick.

Since I don't yet have the die for Boutique Borders: Valentine, I stamped the border on Vintage Cream card stock using VersaMark and SU Cherry Cobbler ink before clear embossing it. My sentiment was also done this way using VersaMark and Kraft ink. My clear embossing powder must be too old because I didn't get the results I expected. Using a Vintage Cream card base, I added a layer of Kraft, SU Bravo Burgundy before adhering my focal image. To finish it off, I pressed pink glitter on my heart border the width of the card base for my glitter embellishment. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Kraft and SU Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Kraft, VersaMark and SU Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Boutique Borders: Valentine
Dies: Heart Border
Other: Xyron adhesive, clear embossing powder (Joann's) & pink glitter (Joann's) 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

PTI MIM #148: Generation Stamping with Line Images & Multiple Colors

Dawn McVey shows us generational stamping with a twist for this week's Make It Monday Challenge. My biggest challenge was finding line image stamps that would work for this technique. I chose Fancy Flourishes and use three different shades of purple. Here's what it looks like:

Adhered to a white card base are left-over frames from Tipped Tops Dies in Winter Wisteria and Elegant Eggplant overlapping them. I thought the Fancy Flourish filled the corner nicely. Finished it off with a sentiment from Half & Half, three sequins and splatters of ink (which you can see better if you enlarge the photo).

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Winter Wisteria and SU Elegant Eggplant
Ink: WInter Wisteria, SU Lavender Lace and SU Elegant Eggplant
Stamps: Half & Half and Fancy Flourishes
Dies: Tipped Tops
Other: Sequins (Joann's) and SU Lavender Lace marker with misting tool (can't remember name)

Friday, January 10, 2014

PTI MIM #147: Multi-layer Images from A Single Stamp

Betsy Veldman shared her magic in this video of how to make tags or focal images by stamping multiple layers in different ink colors all from a single stamp. It might have taken me all day with several interruptions to create my take on her technique, but after all it's only Friday. Good thing I started early for this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. My weekend is going to be a busy one so let's get started.

Besides 2012 Birthday Tags, the only other stamp set I came across that would work for this challenge is For The Graduate and Mat Stack #1. Since I already know a special young man who will be graduating in June, I worked this around his school colors.

It's hard to see here but first I die-cut the Mat Stack #1 and then stamped the image from For The Graduate in SU Brilliant Blue ink. My second image stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink was punched with a 1-3/4" circle punch. I stamped the cap and stars again in black and fussy cut them. The black cap and tassel, raised up using SU dimensionals, were finished off with Glossy Accents, and the three stars were heat embossed using silver embossing powder. Here's the finished card:

The Mat Stack #1 die cut was adhered with SU dimensionals over the brilliant blue Half and Half die cut. My white card base is topped off with black and another white layer that was impressed using the Linen/Canvas Plate. Once again using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the sentiment from Boutique Borders: Congrats. Studio Calico wooden veneer stars turned to silver using a Zig Painty pen, which I placed on the Half and Half die cut. Unfortunately, my photos don't do it justice, but I'm pleased with the results so I guess that's all that really matters. Thanks for looking!

Edited to Add: Also entering this in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which is BLUES.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: White, Black and SU Brilliant Blue
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Brilliant Blue and VersaMark
Stamps: For The Graduate and Boutique Borders: Congrats
Dies: Mat Stack #1 and Half & Half
Other: SU Silver Embossing Powder, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars, Zig Painty Silver Metallic Pen, Glue Dots, Tombo Mono-Multi Glue, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate, Glossy Accents and SU Dimensionals, SU 1-3/4" Circle Punch

Sunday, January 5, 2014

PTI MIM #146: Angled Backgrounds

Guess what day it is? Of course, it's Sunday evening and Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday deadline is rapidly approaching for another chance to win a $25 PTI gift certificate. Wouldn't that be sweet as my wishlist keeps growing and growing…just like everyone else's. Ashley showed us how to use up scraps of patterned paper or cardstcok to create angled backgrounds. To add a little extra bling, I added glitter to the borders of the die-cut. Since I am in need of sympathy cards, this is what I created.

I'm also entering this in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is SOMETHING NEW. The Boutique Borders: Sympathy stamp set and die are brand new to me. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: White & SU Tempting Turquoise DSP 
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise
Stamps: Boutique Borders: Sympathy
Dies: Boutique Borders: Sympathy
Other: SU white ribbon & Bahama Blue sequins (Neat & Tangled), Quickie Glue pen & SU dazzling diamonds glitter