Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Greetings from Seattle

Altenew is hosting a very different blog hop with prizes for commenting as well as creating for any of  the 18 challenges included.

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Here is an ink blended card using Altenew's Sketchy Cities America 2. First I stamped the Seattle Skyline using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The blue sky was blended with an ink blending tool. Using sponge daubers, a silver Bic marker and a Gelly Roll glitter pen, I colored in the landmarks and buildings. The road below the cityscape is a strip of black glitter paper. To finish the card, I inked the sentiment in VersaMark on black card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

You Make My World Go 'Round

Details of Altenew's Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop can be found here. There is so much inspiration, a fun blog hop and great prizes up for grabs. I was definitely inspired to create. Virginia's View Challenge was all about Spray, Mist and Splatter.

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Using my Altenew Sketchy Cities America 2 stamp set, I created an emboss resist card. The card base is white, next layer is PTI Hibiscus Burst, and the top white layer was die cut with MFT's Stitched Rectangles. The Seattle Cityscape was inked with VersaMark and heat embossed in white. I then blended some Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry) before stamping my sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black. I splattered some water drops and added black rhinestones to finish the card.

I'd Climb To The Top of the Space Needle for You

What a fun and different type of blog hop at Altenew! This is Altenew's Ultimate Blog Hop Challenge, which includes 18 different challenges. Thought it would be fun to share a card I made that qualifies for Virginia's View Challenge requiring Spray, Mist & Splatter.

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This Seattle cityscape card started with a white card base that I smooshed with PTI New Leaf, Harvest Gold and Hawaiian Shores inks. Altenew's Sketchy Cities America 2 stamp was inked with the same three colors and misted with water before stamping on white. That panel was fussy cut and adhered to a strip of New Leaf card stock and "popped" up on the white base. The sentiment was stamped in New Leaf on the bottom portion of a Harvest Gold PTI Half & Half die cut. I punched two small holes, laced Twinery Twine around the card, through the holes and tied a bow.

Sending Big Hugs

Altenew's Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop is such a fun hop. Now if I could only figure out how to chart all these challenges so when time permits, I could participate in several of them. I'm on a mission to figure out an easy system. In the mean time, I again pulled out my Altenew stamp set. 

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Here's another card I made using Sketchy Cities America 2, the Seattle Cityscape. Kathy at The Daily Marker is one of the challenge participants. Her challenge is "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge." Her beautiful colored images are definitely works of art. After stamping the Seattle Cityscape in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, I colored in some of the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. PTI's Wet Paint III sentiment was die cut from black card stock and inked in black on a white strip. A black strip of card stock was attached to the inside of the white card base. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

The September Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink means we're only three months from Christmas Day. Time to get your "Kraft" on and think about buying and wrapping gifts. Fortunately, at this point in my life I don't need to do that much any more, but I do like to make my Christmas cards. What a great photo imspiration to jumpstart that mojo!

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Here's my creation based on the image above. Yay, one more Christmas card done!

Because I don't "yet" own a pinecone stamp, I had to get a bit creative so I stamped dark chocolate berries topped off with a shimmery Gelly Roll pen. My black card stock was lightly sponged with white pigment ink, wrapped in twine and adhered to a white card base. Some of the greenery is popped up using SU Dimensionals, as are the berries. The tag was tied to the twine so it's floating freely. To coordinate with the white edges of my die cuts, I stamped just the "laughter" banner of the sentiment using black ink on white. That was adhered to the Kraft tag stamped in black ink. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. Looking forward to seeing all the fabulous creations during this hop!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Black
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate and White Pigment
Stamps: Happiest of Holidays and Spruce & Sprigs
Dies: Tag Sale #9 and Spruce & Sprigs
Other: Twine, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen, Sponge and SU Dimensionals

Thursday, September 22, 2016

PTI MIM #261: Using Florals On A Masculine Project

Whose idea was this anyone? It's not as easy as Betsy made it look, but I had to take the challenge anyway. How can I not when there's a sweet gift certificate at stake? Anyway, you can see her video and challenge details on Nichole's blog here. Here's what I came up with just in time for some Fall masculine birthdays.

Can't wait to see what others came up with so I can CASE some masculine cards. 

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

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Kraft and Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise and Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Painted Petals, Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie II, Spruce & Sprigs and Keep It Simple: Birthday
Dies: Painted Petals, Rosie Posie, Spruce & Sprigs and SU Top Note 
Other: Woodgrain Impression Plate, Sponge Dauber and SU Dimensionals

Sunday, September 18, 2016

PTI Create Along With Us: September 2016

We just returned from a fun vacation in the great state of Tennessee so I am way behind in blogland. In fact, I hurriedly skimmed through the DT's posts to find a card that inspired me so I could participate in this week's Create Along With Us Challenge. Now the hardest part is selecting only one because I want to CASE them all...and when I have more time, I intend to do this. My favorite day of posting was the Christmas Faith post on September 12, even though I ended up making a birthday card. Not that I could ever come close to creating Melissa's style, but she inspired me with this card of hers.

Here's my birthday card with a similar design.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Ocean Tides
Ink: Soft Stone and VersaMark
Stamps: Ombré Sentiments: Birthday and Scene It: Celebration
Dies: Sketched Stars and Tag Sale #9
Other: Holiday Plaid Patterned Paper, White Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, Lawn Fawn twine, and SU Dimensionals

Monday, September 5, 2016

PTI MIM #260: From Black and White To Color

Danielle shared her tips and tricks for stamping a black and white background, cutting off a border or die-cutting the center of the image. What's left of the main image is then colored using something like Copics or Zigs. That colored piece is then popped up and aligned with the strip or placed back in the die-cut opening. You can watch her video here on Nichole's blog. She showed two great examples: one cut vertically on the left and the other an oval die cut from the center. Here's my take for this week's Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Harvest Gold
Ink: Royal Velvet, Harvest Gold and Winter Wisteria
Stamps: What The Doodle: Feathers
Dies: Mat Stack #6
Other: Bold Blossoms Watercolor Sheet, Zig Clean Color Real Brush, Paintbrush (splatters), WOS White Shimmer, Corner Chomper and SU Dimensionals