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