Saturday, December 12, 2015

PTI MIM #234: Embellishing With Felt

Not really sure I followed Ashley's instructions exactly, but I did use felt on my card for the holly and berries. She demonstrated on this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday video. Had a vision of creating a card wrapped like a package and guess it turned out okay. At least now I have one more Christmas card to add to the many I've made already, and here it is.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, SU Bravo Burgundy and MME Winter Wonderland Paper Pad
Ink: Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: Jolly Holiday (for sentiment)
Dies: Spruce & Sprigs and Sketched Shapes
Other: SU Bravo Burgundy Ribbon, Felt (stash) and Glue Dots

Saturday, December 5, 2015

PTI MIM #233: Splattering

Another week, another Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge here. This week we're honored to have Danielle Flanders share a couple ways of adding ink splatters to cards and tags. She makes it look so easy, but I found I didn't really have control of the splatters using a reinker and "flicking" the paintbrush. It definitely adds to the finished project though so I guess I'll keep practicing. Here's my card, and I'm happy to add another Christmas card to my pile.

I seem to have a problem putting away my new Spruce & Sprigs stamps and dies. They really are so versatile, especially for whipping out Christmas cards. I've got several cards to go to reach my goal so I'm cutting this short. Eager to find time to see what others have "splattered." 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Red Glittered (Joann)
Ink: Autumn Rose, New Leaf, Pinfeather and Memento London Fog
Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs
Dies: Spruce & Sprigs, Sketched Shapes, Wet Paint Holiday and MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: Paintbrush, Blending Tool, SU Forest Foliage Reinker and SU Dimensionals

Sunday, November 29, 2015

PTI MIM #232: Layered Stamping On Kraft

Dawn showed us how to to get bright, fun colors when stamping on Kraft card stock in this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday. I'm sorry I didn't find time earlier in the week to try this technique because I definitely need practice. I left too much white showing, but otherwise I kind of like it.

Starting with a white card base and a layer of Scarlet Jewel, I added my Kraft using SU Dimensionals and Ticket Corner Punch. My images were first stamped in White ink, allowing time for the pigment ink to dry. Then I stamped the leaves in Ripe Avocado, the berry branch in Scarlet Jewel and the pine bough in Raspberry Fizz. The cluster of berries was stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer. The sentiment from Deck The Halls was stamped in Scarlet Jewel ink. My final step was flicking some white watercolor over the Kraft for a light, snowy effect. Yay! I have another Christmas card done. 

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Kraft, Scarlet Jewel and SS White
Ink: White Pigment (JoAnn), Ripe Avocado, Scarlet Jewel, Raspberry Fizz and Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs and Deck The Halls
Dies: None
Other: SU Dimensionals, Ticket Corner Punch, Paintbrush and White Watercolor

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Papertrey November 2015 Blog Hop Challenge

How did we get to the 25th of November already? Anyway, Nichole challenged us to create a project for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop using nontraditional colors for holiday, or non-holiday. This is such a gorgeous image ~ love the colors!

 Blog Hop Inspiration
photo source: Centsational Girl 

To create my card, I started with a Simply Chartreuse card base and a cut from Tipped Tops Dies for my image. I die cut the tree from In The Meadow and used the negative to blend some Simply Chartreuse ink for the tree shape. To decorate the tree, I die cut several circles (2 sizes) for ornaments from Sketched Shapes and stamped them using Delicata Silvery Shimmer. My star was cut from Holly Holiday using Silver Glitter Paper. A silver line was drawn around the edges before adhering it to the card base tied with a piece of silver twine. The Merry Christmas sentiment says it all, die cut from Silver Glitter Paper. 

Hopefully, I'll find time to hop and comment in the next few days. Thanks for visiting. 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Delicata Silvery Shimmer and Memento London Fog
Stamps: Sketched Shapes
Dies: Tipped Tops, Jolly Holiday, Sketched Shapes, In The Meadow and Wet Paint Holiday
Other: Blended Tool, Sponge, Silver Glittered Card Stock (Joann), Silver Twine and Silver Bic Marker

Sunday, November 22, 2015

PTI MIM #231: Motif Building

Yes, it's Sunday night and time for me to attempt another Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. Betsy showed us here how to build larger motifs from smaller images. She makes everything look so easy. First of all, the only stamp set I found in my stash that would help me build a motif was Lovely Layers. Then I had to search my stash to see what smaller images I could use. After all, this is a challenge, right? Well, here's my card.

My apologies for not commenting yet on other blog posts. Having company sure is fun but changes one's routine. I hope to do better this week. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Summer Sun, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Lovely Layers, Bitty Bouquets and Beautiful Butterflies
Dies: None
Other: None

Monday, November 9, 2015

PTI MIM #230: Cover Plate Watercoloring

I know, I know, I can't believe it either. Today is only Monday, and I watched Ashley's video on Nichole's blog for this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday. It was all about using a cover plate with watercolors. Well, that was pretty easy since I only own the Hexagon one, but what to do with it was the real challenge at hand. Without any further excuses, here's my card.

I taped my Hexagon Cover Plate mask down pretty well with painter's tape and held it in places while I watercolored some of the hexagons in two colors. Then I misted the card with the mask still in place using Perfect Pearls Mist. Die cut Spruce and Sprigs, stamped with Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado inks, and Peace from Wet Paint Holiday three times for dimension. The white card base was covered with a layer of Spring Rain and the watercolored piece was popped up using foam tape. It's definitely not on the same level as Ashley's, but I completed the challenge the best I could with supplies I had. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, and Spring Rain
Ink: Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado
Stamps: Spruce and Sprigs 
Dies: Spruce and Sprigs, Wet Paint Holiday and Hexagon Cover Plate
Other: Paintbrush, Watercolors & paper, Perfect Pearls Mist, Silver Glitter Paper (Joann), SU Reinkers Bliss Blue & Forest Foliage and Foam Tape

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Glossy Berries for Christmas

Couldn't wait to ink up my new Papertrey Ink Spruce and Sprigs stamp set, along with some ink blending. The holly berries really pop once coated with Glossy Accents. Here's my card for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: So Glossy.

I created a mask using a circle die from my Nestabilities, and blended Berry Sorbet ink for the backdrop to my holly leaves and berries, coated with Glossy Accents. Using a paintbrush and my Aqua Mist ink pad, I splattered the white card base to coordinate with the Holiday Plaid card stock edge. My sentiment from Stylish Sentiments: Holiday was curved to somewhat surround the circle. This was adhered using Stampin' Up Dimensionals to raise it up from the card base. 

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, and Holiday Plaid
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist
Stamps: Spruce and Sprigs and Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
Dies: Circle Nestabilities (for masking)
Other: Paintbrush, Glossy Accents and SU Dimensionals

Sunday, November 1, 2015

PTI MIM #228: Pearlized Blending

Can you believe I owned a package of Perfect Pearls but never opened them? To be honest, I hadn't checked to even see how to use them. Thanks, Lizzie, for sharing your talents with us for this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday. Now I know how to add pearlized ink blending to my cards, as you'll see on today's card.

Lizzie's video was so detailed telling us step-by-step what supplies to use and how to achieve results. My card base is Stamper's Select White, which was masked using a die cut from Fabulous Frames so I could work the magic of pearlized ink blending. After stamping Fancy Flourishes using VersaMark ink and clear embossing those flourishes, I blended Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky. Smooshing my sponge into my VersaMark ink pad, I then very thoroughly dapped it over my inked area still leaving my mask in place. Once done with that, I sprinkled that area with Confetti White Perfect Pearls and worked it around with a paint brush. Using a dry paper towel, I then wiped off the excess. That was pretty magical as you can see the shine above. 

I die cut Fabulous Frames again in Soft Stone and Sheer Basics Vellum polka dots. My Simply Chartreuse trees are from Jolly Holiday and stamped using Pinfeather ink. "Joy" from Wet Paint Holiday was cut from glittered paper from Joann Fabric. The frame was popped up using SU dimensional. Eager to see what others have created using this technique. Happy November!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Simply Chartreuse and Sheer Basics Vellum
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Pinefeather and VersaMark
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes and Jolly Holiday
Dies: Jolly Holiday, Fabulous Frames and Wet Paint Holiday
Other: Glittered Card Stock (Joann), Perfect Pearls Confetti White, Sponges, Clear Embossing Powder and SU Dimensionals

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Papertrey October 2015 Blog Hop Challenge

Today is the 25th of October so once again it's time to participate in PTI's Blog Hop Challenge here. The photo below has Christmas written all over it, and who doesn't love the holiday season?

photo source: Heather Bullard

My box of goodies arrived yesterday just in time to break out my new Spruce & Sprigs stamp set and dies. I opted to decorate a window as you'll see in the photo below. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Kraft 
Ink: Pinefeather, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse and Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs and Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
Dies: Spruce & Sprigs, Bountiful Banners and Grand Madison Window (Poppystamps)
Other: Silver holiday trim, Stampendous star stickers, rhinestones, foam tape & Glossy Accents (from my stash)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

PTI MIM #227: Focal Clusters

It was Lexi's turn for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. She showed us one of her favorite stamping layout techniques, which she named "focal clusters." This challenge looked so intriguing that I just had to find time to try it…and it's not even Sunday night. Here's what I came up with and now I have one more Christmas card ready in advance of the big rush.

It's hard to see the silver shimmer and WOS shimmer in this photo, but trust me when I say it's more beautiful up close and personal. Otherwise, my cluster is pretty self explanatory.

I'm stalking my mail carrier while waiting for my PTI box of goodies to arrive today so I can then get started on my Blog Hop card. In the meantime, I'm hoping to find time for commenting on other blog posts since I'm a bit behind.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy and American Crafts Dots and Stripes Paper Pad
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Tropical Teal, Pure Poppy and Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: In The Meadow and Jolly Holiday
Dies: None
Other: Wink of Stella Shimmer (on the sledder)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

PTI Create Along With Us Challenge: October 2015

Well, I'm back from vacation and finally caught up on all the things one must do when back to reality. Besides the usual mail and appointments, I've been busy changing Internet Providers and home phone service. If you've never done it, let me just warn you that it's a lot of work and very time consuming. Think we're back in business though as far as technology goes…at least I hope so. Managed to escape to my stamp room to create along with the Papertrey Ink DT here. In my opinion, I think this was the best release ever ~ more items than I could afford and so much inspiration. It was a tough decision, but I decided to attempt making a card similar to Laurie's.


I'm eager for my order(s) to arrive so I can play with Spruce and Springs and my other new goodies. In the mean time, here's my card using the same layout Laurie used on her card above. Yay for having another Christmas card completed! 

Yes, the horse and sleigh are speckled. I wanted to try something different so first stamped the die cut using Canyon Clay ink and then Dark Chocolate, stamped off once. The sleigh blades, horse hoofs and snowflakes have touches of Wink of Stella Shimmer added for a bit of sparkle. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores and Dark Chocolate
Ink: Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate, VersaMark and White Pigment (Joann)
Stamps: In The Meadow and Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
Dies: In The Meadow
Other: Sponge, White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella Shimmer and SU Dimensionals 

Friday, September 25, 2015

PTI September Blog Hop Challenge

Love the results of Faux Chalk Art when combined with the right colors and sentiment. Betsy Veldman is the queen of this technique and showed how to do this in a video for Make It Monday #98. This month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge on Nichole's blog here is to incorporate fall colors and images surrounding our faux chalkboard as shown in the beautiful photo below.

photo source: Country Living

I'm well ahead of the deadline because we're heading on vacation to visit family over the next couple of weeks. Going to "schedule" this post to see how well that works for me. Anyway, here's my take on the challenge. 

Edited to add: Entered also in AAA Cards #48: Autumn Colors (thanks honeybeelane) here.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White and SU Basic Gray
Ink: Joann's White Pigment, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado
Stamps: Mum's The Word and Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Dies: Mum's The Word and Tag Sale #9
Other: Colorbok Designer Paper Pad Carnival, Sponge, White Embossing Powder and SU Dimensionals 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PTI MIM #224: Two-Toned Stamped Sentiments and SSS Monday Challenge: Use A Stamp and Blog Hop

Danielle showed us her cool technique of creating two-toned sentiments on Nichole's blog. For those of us who don't own the right cover plates, she also shared a way to create the strips without and keep them lined up and even. Even though I'm packing for vacation, I had to take a bit of time to try this. Let me just say, I will use this again and maybe even splurge for a cover plate and Graceful Greetings. Instead, I had to cut my strips and adhere them individually. See my card below.

Can you see that the top and bottom of the sentiment are black with the middle portion being gold? Guess it's because it's taller than Graceful Greetings that Danielle used. I still like it though. 

Additional Entry: Also entering this in Monday's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Using A Stamp and Blog Hop. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Black (Joann's)
Ink: VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black and Delicata Gold Glitz (Joann's)
Stamps: Think Big Favorites #11 and Harvest Berries
Dies: Harvest Berries
Other: Gold Metallic Thread, Black Gems, Black Sharpie and Foam Tape (from my stash)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

ColourQ Challenge #308 and SSS Challenges

Just love the shopping tote and colors shown here on the ColourQ blog for this week's challenge to use this color palette:

Even though I'm not using all SU products, my color choices are very close. Chalk off another Christmas card for me ~ yay! Here's my card.

Edited to Add Challenges: Faux Chalk Art Technique for Monday's SSS Challenge: Love This Technique and Wednesday's SSS Challenge: Die Crazy. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Kraft, Aqua Mist and SU Not Quite Navy
Ink: VersaMark, Simply Chartreuse, SU Not Quite Navy Marker, White Pigment Ink (Joann)
Stamps: In The Meadow, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (stars) and Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
Dies: In The Meadow
Other: Snow Tex, Glossy Accents and SU dimensionals (all from stash)

PTI Create Along with Us: September 2015

There was so much inspiration this month from the DT, but isn't that the truth every month? It was hard to decide which card to choose for creating along with them, but I've always admired Maile's ability to cut any angle and make it work. This post by Maile shows several different designs. Here's mine.

Here's Maile's card I'm referring to:

Even though we can only enter one card for this challenge, I just had to attempt one like Dawn's last card in this post

Edited to Add: Entering my "Celebrate" card above in Wednesday's SSS Challenge: Die Crazy. 

Here's Dawn's card I'm referring to:


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

In The Meadow:
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: In The Meadow
Dies: None
Other: MME Winter Wonderland Paper Pad, Red Sequins, Red Twine and SU dimensionals (all from stash)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Kraft
Ink: Classic Kraft
Stamps: Wet Paint III
Dies: Life Is Beautiful
Other: Twine, Glossy Accents, Watercolors and SU Dimensionals (from stash)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

PTI MIM #223: Camouflaged Pocket Inserts

Guess what? It's Sunday night and I'm entering the challenge demonstrated by Dawn McVey for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. She showed us how to make pocket inserts and camouflage them. She posted this last Monday, but this is my first chance to create since last Sunday. Where does the time go? It sure has been flying by quickly these days.

Here's my card that includes a bit of watercoloring by misting Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky inks on the pocket and blending Hibiscus Ink on the insert. If you look closely, you might just see some WOS Shimmer on the wreath and the flowers.

This photo shows the camouflaged pocket insert. See, it was camouflaged!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Blueberry Sky, New Leaf, Winter WIsteria, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening
Stamps: Background Basics: Super Stripes and MIM Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels
Dies: MIM Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels and Tag Sale #9
Other: Corner Chomper, White Crochet Thread, Blending Tool, Water Mister, Wink of Stella Shimmer and Foam Tape

Sunday, September 6, 2015

CASology Week 162: Write

For the first time ever, I am entering the challenge at CASology, which is to interpret the cue word below any way it inspires me.

Digging through my stamps and dies, I found something that I thought would work. Here's my card. 


Cardstock: SU Going Gray, PTI Soft Stone and Stamper's Select White
Ink: VersaMark, PTI Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise and SU Ruby Red Marker
Stamps: Paper Smooches I Heart Art and PTI Polka Dot Basics II
Dies: PTI Monthly Moments Spiral Notebook
Other: Foam Tape and Glossy Accents

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ColourQ #306

This is my first time participating in a ColourQ challenge, and I just love the color combination. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but that's a good thing. Check this out.

After attending five memorial services last month, my stash of sympathy cards was depleted. Since they can be challenging to create (especially when needed in a hurry), I thought I'd try this color palette to jumpstart my mojo. Here's my card. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist and SU Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Winter Wisteria, VersaFine Onyx Black and VersaMark
Stamps: Keep It Simple: Sympathy, Harvest Berries and Background Basics: Super Stripes
Dies: Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings
Other: Glitter Glue, Glue Dot and SU Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PTI SAF 2015: Pattern, Runway Inspiration and Unconventional Materials Challenges

WOW, I have been one busy gal today but only got six cards made. Didn't want to create too late and not get them posted in time for the challenges for PTI's Stamp-A-Faire so thought I better stop, upload and add them to my blog. For my final card, I chose Laurie's Go-To Pattern #6 and Ashley's Runway Inspiration as shown below.



One more challenge I just had to incorporate some way. Even though I don't have my receipt, I did buy these at Home Depot for less than $5 (image below my card). Can you guess what they are by looking at my card? Just might give this one to my DH for our anniversary in October. After 31 years, he's finally getting hardware on his card. (wink, wink)

Well, if you guessed black Magnetic Vent Covers holding up my banners from Sketched Shapes, you are right. Here's a picture of them. 

(bought at Home Depot for $4.77 + tax)

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Pure Poppy
Ink: Sweet Blush, New Leaf, VersaFine Onyx Black and Melon Berry
Stamps: Sketched Shapes and With All My Heart
Dies: Sketched Shapes and Jolly Holiday
Other: Studio 112 Red Heart Adhesive Gems, SU Dimensionals and Magnetic Vent Covers (Home Depot)

Monday, August 31, 2015

PTI SAF 2015: More Patterns and Runway Inspiration Challenges

Just had to use Dawn McVey's Go-To-Card Pattern #4 for the Patterns Challenge and also her Runway Inspiration for a thank you card as I continue working on more cards for PTI's SAF.



My watercolored background on Stamper's Select White card stock was created using Simply Chartreuse ink smeared on an old CD case spritzed with water. Dawn's card was so beautiful I wanted to create something similar using the color palette above. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado and Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: Mum's The Word
Dies: Mum's The Word and Edgers Die #1
Other: CD case spritzed with water for watercolored background and SU Dimensionals

PTI SAF 2015: Bridal Challenge

The official kick-off for PTI's Stamp-A-Faire was on Saturday, August 29. The Bridal Challenge was to create a wedding card using nothing but white…except for a neutral ink color for the sentiment. Decided to give this one a try, and I kinda like it.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Sheer Basics Vellum and Luxe Gold Adhesive Sheets
Ink: None
Stamps: None
Dies: Limitless Layers 2-1/4" Hearts and Swoosh
Other: Divine Swirls Embossing Folder

PTI SAF 2015: Another Card for Mix + Match and Threads Challenges

My third card was very challenging for me because I struggled with cutting the right angles for my three patterned papers selected based on what Betsy showed us here for the Mix + Match Challenge. Attached twine to a button in a "new-to-me" way as explained and shown in the video here by Danielle.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores and Lilybee Design Head Over Heels
Ink: Blueberry Sky and Hawaiian Shores (for blending)
Stamps: None
Dies: Uncorked Words
Other: Hawaiian Shores Button, Twinery Twine, Glue Dots, SU Dimensionals, SU Ticket Corner Punch and Blending Tool

PTI SAF 2015: Mix + Match and Threads Challenges

Continuing on creating for PTI's Stamp-A-Faire event, my second card combines the Mix + Match and Threads Challenges. Mixing Patterns by Betsy Veldman and Twine Techniques by Danielle Flanders inspired me to break out my new Triangle Trio Die. Betsy showed us how to use at least three different patterned papers considering small, medium and large designs and cutting the paper to coincide with those same sizes. Danielle showed us 10 different ways to use twine on our projects. Here's what I created. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Studio Calico Here & There Collection
Ink: VersaMark and Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Dies: Triangle Trio and Celebrations
Other: Button, Darice Hemp Cord, Vellum Runner, Glue Dots and Clear Embossing Powder

PTI SAF 2015: Patterns and Runway Inspiration Challenges

Because I was gone all weekend for a family wedding out of state, my Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire participation started today and is ending late tonight. Using Nichole's Go-To Pattern #11 here, I created my first card. 


Starting with Spring Rain ink on white card stock, I blended from the top down and finished with Blueberry Sky. Then I stamped my sentiment in Enchanted Evening matching the colored mat which was adhered to a white card base. Trying to get back in the stamping mode, I used the pattern above and went with it. I also used Betsy Veldman's Runway Inspiration here for my color combination. 


So, my card below meets the requirements for the two challenges mentioned above. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Enchanted Evening
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening
Stamps: Reasons To Smile
Dies: Jolly Holiday
Other: Masking Tape, Glue Dots and SU Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

Nichole has challenged us to use the image below as inspiration for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

photo source: Art in Parsi

I was eager to try this because I received my box of new goodies Saturday, including the August release "Brushed Off" stamp set. Here's my interpretation even though I varied the colors somewhat.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate and DCWV Basics Stack
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, Blueberry Sky and VersaMark
Stamps: Brushed Off and Scribbled Sentiments
Dies: Swoosh and Heart Border
Other: SU Dimensionals and Dark Chocolate Satin Sequins (Neat & Tangled)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PTI MIM #221: Masking Sentiments

No one will believe this but I actually made the card on Monday, the day that Ashley shared her tips and techniques for masking sentiments for this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday. We've had company until today so I'm just getting around to posting this. My first attempt was cut off a white card base (salvaged one half) and tossed in the garbage. Without further ado, here's my card.

Anyone else have trouble capturing the true color of Sweet Blush card stock? Maybe it's just because I'm using my iPad and don't have a fancy DSLR camera.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Sweet Blush
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Tropical Teal, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Smokey Shadow, Royal Velvet and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Signature Greetings, Half & Half, Bitty Bouquet and Harvest Berries
Dies: Fabulous Frames (for my sentiment mask)
Other: MS Scoring Board, SU dimensionals and Sharpie (fine tip)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

PTI MIM #219: Texture Kissing

Lizzie was this week's presenter for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge here, and she shared how to add texture to stamped images (hence the name, Texture Kissing).

It's been in the 90s here all week and too hot to be upstairs in my stamping room even with the ceiling fan blowing on me so I waited until the final hours to attempt Lizzie's texturing method. My biggest challenge was the lack of good background stamps and solid stamps that I thought would work. In need of a birthday card for my BIL, I was on the hunt for inspiration. Thanks, Heather, for this idea!


I loved the design but wanted it to be different even though her colors were perfect for a masculine card. Here's what I came up with and will definitely try this layout again. 

My texturing was done using Birthday Style on the Simply Chartreuse balloon, Crackled on the Canyon Clay and Chevron Stripes on the Scarlet Jewel. I should have listened to Lizzie and used lighter inks, but I was determined to use more masculine colors. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel and Kraft
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Canyon Clay and VersaMark
Stamps: Birthday Style, Crackled, Celebrations, Background Basics: Chevron Stripes and Keep It Simple: Birthday
Dies: Birthday Style and Sketched Shapes
Other: SU dimensionals and Sharpie (fine tip)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

PTI MIM #218: Watercolors With Die Cut Stencils

After having a very busy week, I didn't think I'd get a chance to play along with Lexi's challenge here on Nichole's blog to watercolor with die-cut stencils. So, here I am late Sunday night with a finished card and rushing to get this posted so I can go to bed. Without further ado, here it is.

Since I don't have an artistic bone in my body, my watercoloring leaves a lot to be desired…but it's fun to try. I also "need" those labels Lexi used for removable masking. Think a die-cut that isn't quite so intricate would also make it easier. I'll try this again when I have more time. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: White and Raspberry Fizz
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and Zig Clean Color Real Brushes
Stamps: Boutique Borders: Thanks and Background Basics: Super Stripes
Dies: Uncorked Words, Edgers #1 and MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: Watercolor Paper (Michaels), foam tape, SU dimensionals, black rhinestones and a paintbrush