Sunday, October 15, 2017

PTI MIM #299: Sentiment Windows

Well, apparently I'm on the same schedule as Sunday Night Football. Here I am again just finishing my card and posting before this week's deadline for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. Sentiment Windows is Dawn's challenge where we allow our sentiment stamped inside the card to also be part of our card design. Yes, I made a bigger deal out of this than I should have, but I do like the end result. And, I used some of my hoarded PTI patterned paper. Thanks, Dawn, for the inspiration!





As you can see below, the berries inside were covered by the acorns adhered to the card front. 




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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Text-Style Fall Prints
Ink: Kraft, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Americana and Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Give Thanks, Spruce & Sprigs and Gran's Garden
Dies: Noted: Scalloped A2, Give Thanks and Spruce & Sprigs
Other: Twine and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen

Sunday, October 8, 2017

PTI MIM #298: Faux Epoxy Embellishments

Now that the temperatures have dropped a bit and leaves are changing color, it's starting to feel more like Fall is just around the corner. This prompted me to make a faux epoxy leaf like Betsy showed here for this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink. Here's the design I created.



(Apologize for the light blue backdrop that is a result of poor lighting and my iPad camera.)




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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Harvest Gold
Ink: Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate and VersaMark
Stamps: Keep It Simple: Thanksgiving and Leaf Prints
Dies: Leaf Prints
Other: Studio Calico Here+There Paper Pad, Clear Embossing Powder, Hemp Cord, Glue Dot, Corner Rounder, Sponge Daubers and Makeup Brush

Friday, September 15, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us: September 2017

It's that time of the month for Papertrey Ink's new release, and since it's September it's time for their Christmas products. They just never disappoint, do they? It's also our chance to create along with the designers by using their gorgeous creations and/or color schemes for inspiration. How does one choose which one to favor? This time I went with the card below by Michelle showcasing Betsy's new Make It Market Kit.




This is what I came up with using products I currently own. No surprise that I'm eager to get my hands on new sets though as I can't resist their cuteness!






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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Soft Stone and Stamper's Select White
Ink: Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate and VersaMark
Stamps: Jolly Holiday, In The Meadow, Signature Christmas and Altenew Snowing
Dies: Jolly Holiday, In The Meadow and Noted: Scalloped A2
Other: White Embossing Powder and SU Dimensionals


Saturday, September 9, 2017

PTI MIM #296: Small Images on Repeat

So, let's start by saying perhaps I should have used the smaller snowflake, but I thought it was really too small for the design I had in mind. My card below is for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday with Lexi. She challenged us to use small stamp images and repeat them. I just had to use my new Holographic Embossing Powder on my snowflakes but didn't photograph well.




I'm eager to try this technique again soon when I get my SAF mess cleaned up in my stamp room and get new products organized in folders, etc. My brain might work beetter then. : ) Had another busy week but hope to get back to blog hopping and commenting soon. 



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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores and Bitty Dots
Ink: Tropical Teal and VersaMark
Stamps: In The Meadow and What The Doodle: Snowflakes
Dies: To The Point Edgers and MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

PTI SAF 2017: 9th Anniversary Tradition: Pottery by Nichole Heady

Curiosity got the best of me, and I just had to try this Cornstarch Dough recipe. Haven't done this type of thing for years…way back when the cinnamon ornaments were so popular. This is the 16th and final SAF 2017 challenge I've completed, and even though this wasn't my best effort I'm sharing them anyway. Will try this again when I have more time and better stamp choices as the sentiments I had are very hard to read. Onward!


Details later. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

PTI SAF 2017: 10th Anniversary Tradition: Tin & Aluminum by Carissa Wiley

Last, but certainly not least, is my post for Carissa Wiley's technique using Nuvo gilding flakes…only I don't own them and couldn't get access to them in time for this event. Nichole said use what supplies we have on hand so chunky silver glitter to the rescue. Here's my creation.



Details later. 

PTI SAF 2017: 10th Anniversary Tradition: Tin & Aluminum by Laurie Schmidlin

WOW, did you see Laurie Schmidlin's beautiful card? I am SO grateful for her talent and that she shares it with us. What an inspiration! Because I didn't have silver foil paper, I used heavy duty aluminum foil. Note to self: Buy foil paper and try this technique again. Here's my design. 



Details later. 

PTI SAF 2017: 6th Anniversary Tradition: Iron by Betsy Veldman

Betsy made this look so interesting I just had to try it. Her video was so detailed and thorough. I had to improvise a bit but managed to find a frame die that had some detail. It's getting late, and my brain is fried so what to put inside took me a while. Anyway, on with my card. 



Details later. 

PTI SAF 2017: 6th Anniversary Tradition: Iron by Yana Smakula

Don't you just love Yana's detailed videos and beautiful creations? I've followed her blog for quite some time, and she never fails to impress me. Her "iron" technique was impressive, and I appreciate her tip for temporarily adhering the die-cut to a strip of paper for easier embossing. 



Details later. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

PTI SAF 2017: 8th Anniversary Tradition: Bronze by Jessica Frost-Ballas

How rich and elegant Jessica's bronze embossing looks on Tropical Teal card stock! Almost used TT myself but decided to try Ocean Tides, and I like it. 



Details later. 






PTI SAF 2017: 7th Anniversary Tradition: Wool by Debbie Olson

Aren't those stitched felt cookies Debbie made so real looking? Made me hungry as I was so busy crafting for SAF that I didn't even take time to eat my snacks. I'm not a sewer but had to pull out the needle, thread and felt for this challenge and Heather's. Here's my felt cookie. 


Details later. 

PTI SAF 2017: 7th Anniversary Tradition: Wool by Heather Nichols

Heather's Fall cards were adorable. Love those autumn colors against the Kraft. Being in a hurry, I didn't have time to dig out my sewing machine. (I'm not a seamstress but inherited it from my deceased MIL who was.) I dug out some felt, a needle and thread and made this card. 



Details later. 



PTI SAF 2017: 8th Anniversary Tradition: Bronze by Kimberly Crawford

Ugh! Does Perfect Pearls get old? I really struggled with this technique because not only did I have it all over me and my desktop, but the results were not anything like yours. This was my third attempt, and I don't have time to try again now. Perhaps I chose the wrong stamp set to use, but I will attempt again in the future. I tried Scor Tape first, and then Year of Psalms: June on Ocean Tides card stock. Decided to cover it up with Pinefeather, and here's my entry. 



Details later. 



PTI SAF 2017: 5th Anniversary Tradition: Wood by Natasha Trupp

Thanks for the great tutorial, Natasha! I've inked up embossing folders before but not an Impression Plate. It certainly does enhance the lines!



Details later. 

PTI SAF 2017: 5th Anniversary Tradition: Wood by Lizzie Jones

Oh, Lizzie, I loved your results and great video. It's a bit tedious but worth the results. Why did my Quick Stick decide to die right in the midst of adding my inlaid wood pieces? Mission accomplished anyway!


Details later. 

PTI SAF 2017: 3rd Anniversary Tradition: Leather by Ashley Cannon

Thanks, Ashley, as the Dark Chocolate background does look like leather IRL. 



Details later. 

PTI SAF 2017: 1st Anniversary Tradition: Paper by Rebecca Luminaries

You don't even want to know how long it took me to make bows out of paper without tearing them. Let's just say, I'm glad I finally managed to finish my card, and I love the results. 



Details later. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

SAF 2017: 2nd Anniversary Tradition: Cotton by Stephanie Gold

It's Stephanie's turn to challenge us for the 2nd Anniversary Tradition of cotton. Looks like I bought more cotton balls just in time to tackle this one. Believe it or not, I forgot all about the glitter…but I did add pearls just for a little bling. Here's Stephanie's creation with the big cone of cotton candy. 


Mine is just a little teeny tiny one, but I thought it was the perfect size for my design. For the cotton candy cone, I used the circle die from Limitless Layers 1.75", cut in half and rolled tightly. For the background, I stamped my own plaid paper. The colors of Lovely Lady and Mint Julep also make me think of ice cream. Woo Hoo!






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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Mint Julep and Lovely Lady
Ink: Lovely Lady and Mint Julep
Stamps: Background Basics, Super Stripes
Dies:  Uncorked Words, Limitless Layers 1.75" Circles, Mix & Mat: Pretty Brackets and MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other:  SU Mauve Mist Reinker, Cotton Balls, SU Pearls and SU Positively Pink Marker (to color the pearls)

PTI MIM #295: Z-Fold Card

With all the challenges for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire, I almost forgot this week's Make It Monday with Ashley. This is the great example she shared with us, along with her awesome video. 



Isn't that just the cutest "teacher" card with all those delicious apples? Mine is a birthday card, and a feminine one at that. 




Besides what you see, I also stamped the same color stream paper banners inside the front panel and added a Spiral Notebook die-cut with Gable Green lines inside the last panel. It's the perfect place to write a personal message to the recipient. 





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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Bitty Dots and Raspberry Fizz
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Green Parakeet, Ripe Avocado, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Humming Along and Birthday Style
Dies: Big Basics Wish Big, Humming Along and MM: Spiral Notebook
Other: Hero Arts Confetti Stencil, Ink Blending Tool and SU Gable Green Marker (for the lines on the notebook page)

Friday, August 25, 2017

SAF 2017: 1st Anniversary Tradition: Paper by Laura Bassen

Our third event for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire 2017 was lead by Laura Bassen using scraps of paper and vellum. Her videos are always so informative and entertaining, and her colorful and geometric creations are dynamite. Here's what she designed to inspire us. 



Since I don't own the Mighty Bloom Cover Plate, I used my Hexagon Cover Plate and a mix of colors. Wish I would have had time to try stitching on vellum like Laura did, but that will be for another time. Here's my colorful birthday card. 





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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Black, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry and Sheer Basics Vellum
Ink: VersaMark
Stamps: Wet Paint III
Dies: Cover Plate: Hexagon, Wet Paint III and Boutique Borders: Sympathy
Other: White Embossing Powder, Spray Adhesive, Frost Shimmer Mist, Foam Tape and SU Ticket Corner Punch

SAF 2017: Take Ten Warm-Up Challenge

Well, it's time for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire 2017 this weekend, and we're starting off with a bang (even though Nichole referred this as a warm up). She provided ten inspiration photos from which we could choose one of the images or color schemes. The toughest part was choosing which one to use because they are all beautiful. It will be a busy three days and then some so I'll quit the chatter and move forward. I chose this image:


inspiration source: griffin bell paper co. via minted

After getting word that a fine young man went off to college and is a bit homesick. Mail always seems to help cheer them up, and a card will have to do for now. I'll follow up with a care package once SAF is over. A gal has got to have her priorities straight, right?





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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Kraft, Stamper's Select White and Pinfeather
Ink: Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel, Bright Buttercup, White Pigment (Joann), Pinefeather, New Leaf and VersaMark
Stamps: Painted Petals, Spruce & Sprigs and Floral Sketches
Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: White Embossing Powder, SU Dimensionals and Sponge for chalkboard effect on sentiment






Sunday, August 20, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us Challenge: August 2017

This month has been just overflowing with so much inspiration gearing up for Stamp-A-Faire and following every post regarding the August Release at Papertrey Ink. Our challenge this week is to choose a project that inspired us and create our own version. It's been a busy week again so I'm posting this just in time to beat the deadline. I chose this card by Lizzie Jones




I would have CASED it exactly but don't have those stamps or dies in my stamping arsenal. How is that even possible? Guess they haven't made it off my wish list yet because it keeps growing and growing and growing. Without further ado, here's my card. 






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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, Ripe Avocado and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Humming Along and Splits: Happy Birthday
Dies: Humming Along and MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: Darice Dots Embossing Folder, Foam Tape, Ink Blending Tool and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen


Sunday, August 13, 2017

PTI MIM #294: Monochrome Color Pop

This week was Stephanie's turn to challenge us for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. Ever heard of monochrome with a pop of color? Monochrome isn't just black and white but various tones of only one color. Looky what I created without using black and white but rather shades of brown. This should work well for masculine cards, and I need three this month so it's a start. 





Thank goodness it finally cooled down here in Western Washington, and the smoke has disappeared after some much-needed rain last night. Praying the people in British Columbia are getting some relief from their ongoing fires. 



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


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Kraft and Green Parakeet
Ink: VersaMark, Kraft and Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Mehndi Medallion and Keep It Simple: Birthday
Dies: Tag Sale: Quilted and MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: Zigs, Foam Tape and Paintbrush

Saturday, July 29, 2017

PTI MIM #292: Color Blocking Three Ways

This week it was Laurie's turn to share a technique challenging us for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. Her examples show three different ways to apply color blocking to our projects. 

Why is it that even though I manage to enter these challenges, I never seem to have the right cards on hand for the occasion? Perhaps it's because I can't keep up with all the sympathy cards needed lately.   Sad but true. Therefore, I made two different cards using color blocking.

Card #1 (using card stock)





Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Soft Stone, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Comic Strip Patterned Paper Collection and Vellum
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black and Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies and Jolly Holiday
Dies: Life Is Beautiful
Other: Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Black and Foam Tape

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Card #2 (using inks on acrylic block & misted)




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Amethyst Allure+White Basics and SU Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Bright Buttercup, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet and VersaMark
Stamps: Inspired: Prayer
Dies: Inspired: Prayer and Cover Plate: Pretty Frame
Other: White Embossing Powder, White Crochet Thread, Foam Tape, Water Mister, Ink Blending Tool, Silver Pen and Sequins

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papertrey July 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

Most everyone who follows Nichole's blog knows that the 25th of every month is Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop Challenge. We always get such interesting images to inspire us, and this month's vignette is no exception. Look at the soft blues, grays and a touch of antique gold in this beauty. 


photo source Once Wed



Let's just say I incorporated some of what I saw and went with it. 
Linda E shared her response on the Forum when the question was posted, Where do you find inspiration? "Someone made a suggestion to me a long time ago to find something that I liked; it could be a card, a photo, fabric, a pillow, whatever. Study your object for a few minutes, then put it away. 

Without looking at your inspiration piece again, go make a card based on your observations. I use this suggestion quite a bit." 

This is what I created without staring at the image on my iPad like I usually do. 





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



Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Limeade Ice and Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: Year of Psalms June and Turning A New Leaf
Dies: Mix & Mat: Pretty Brackets
Other: Ink Blending Brush, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Zig Painty Pen, White SU Chiffon Ribbon and White Foam (Amazon)




Saturday, July 22, 2017

PTI MIM #291: Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments

So, it's time once again for another Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink. This week Ashley showed us how to add dropped shadows on sentiments using the emboss resist technique. I actually created my card earlier in the week but didn't post, hoping I'd find time to try it again. (My white drop shadow turned a little pink from the Scarlet Jewel.) Making another one now isn't going to happen because my stamping room is a disaster. I usually put things away as I work, but just squeezing time to create what I needed was a bit of a struggle. My DH is mowing now so it's a perfect time for me to hide in that room and clean up my messes. I'm sure some of you can relate to this dilemma. Without further ado, here's my card.




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



Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet and Berry Sorbet Bitty Dots
Ink: VersaMark, Scarlet Jewel, Berry Sorbet, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf and Tropical Teal
Stamps: Wonderful Words: Birthday and Humming Along
Dies: Sketched Shapes, Button Stacks and Humming Along
Other: Ink Blending Tool, Clear &  White Embossing Powders, Foam Tape and Twinery Twine

Sunday, July 16, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us Challenge: July 2017

Since it was New Release time at Papertrey Ink, it's time again for another chance to create along with the team. The details can be found on Nichole's blog. The idea is to use any project posted by the designers as inspiration, whether it be colors, design or technique. There are always so many amazing creations it makes it challenging to pick one. I saw lots of rainbows this week and was especially inspired by the card below by Nichole. 


It was a busy week and then we had company from Friday until this morning. After they left, I was in a hurry to create a sympathy card for a cousin and his wife, whose mother just passed. We were invited to a family picnic at their house today. This is what I created by coloring with my Zigs on watercolor paper and then die-cutting Paper Clippings: Thinking of You. A little spray adhesive saves lots of times with detailed die-cuts. The background is Limeade Ice sponged on with an Ink Blending Tool, added three black rhinestones and the sentiment white embossed on a black strip of card stock. 






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



Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Black
Ink: VersaMark and Limeade Ice
Stamps: Painted Petals
Dies: Paper Clippings: Thinking of You
Other: Canson Mixed Media Paper, Zig Clean Color Real Brushes, Ink Blending Tool, Spray Adhesive, Black Rhinestones and White Embossing Powder

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PTI MIM #290: Combining Stenciling and Masking

This past week was Betsy's turn to host Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. She challenged us to create a one-layer effect combining stenciling and masking. Here's my creation that also fills the void of masculine birthday cards. 




I used Tag Sale: Quilted to make my own stencil and ink blended Hawaiian Shores. Splits: Happy Birthday design was stamped in Enchanted Evening and the sentiment in Americana. To keep it one-layer and on the masculine side, I added three white Nuvo Crystal Drops at the top of the tag. It really was a pretty quick and simple card and can see this in many other color combinations. Thanks, Betsy, for the inspiration and challenge!

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Oops, I just realized I failed to mask on my first card to quickly raced off to my stamp room to recreate the above card using the same colors. Only difference is I masked using a Splits: Happy Birthday die-cut when inking my homemade stencil. Then I stamped the design and sentiment. Added three Americana dots using Harvest Berries and covered those with glossy accents. Here's what this one looks like.




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



Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening and Americana
Stamps: Splits: Happy Birthday and Harvest Berries (dots)
Dies: Tag Sale: Quilted (used for my stencil) and Splits: Happy Birthday
Other: Ink Blending Tool and Nuvo Crystal Drops (white)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

PTI MIM #289: Building Wreaths With Small Images

Lizzie is hosting this week's Make It Monday Challenge for Papertrey Ink. For details and to watch her video, check it out here. The idea is to create a wreath using small flowers, leaves and accents. To begin mine, using a pencil I lightly traced a heart die from Limitless Layers: 2-1/4" Hearts. And then the stamping started using multiple stamp sets, ink colors and some ink splatters. This is what I created for the upcoming anniversary of my dear sister and BIL. 




Hope my Canadian friends had a great day yesterday celebrating Canada Day and to those in the good old USA, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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



Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Ocean Tides and DCWV The Basics Stack (Joann's)
Ink: VersaMark, Bright Buttercup, Enchanted Evening, Scarlet Jewel, Amethyst Allure, Winter Wisteria, Ocean Tides and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Garden Grace, Peaceful Garden, Iconic Images, Painted Petals, Graceful Greetings, Bitty Bouquets and Humming Along
Dies: Humming Along
Other: American Craft Glitter Adhesive, Foam Tape, White Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen

Sunday, June 25, 2017

PTI MIM #288: Pantone Chip Inspired Cards

Rushing to beat the deadline for this week's Make It Monday with Lexi for Papertrey Ink. It was too darn hot (mid-high 90s) in Western Washington to even think about creating anything until this evening. That is very rare here so most of us don't have air conditioning so it can be unbearable. Earlier this week my DH had me helping him paint our two decks and main entryway, including umpteen spindles. So glad that's over with for a few more years!

Anyway, the challenge was to be inspired by Pantone ink chips for our design and layout. This will be a technique I'll keep in the back of my mind for future quick and simple cards. Thanks, Lexi, for sharing this with us. Here's my take on the challenge. 





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



Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Bright Buttercup
Ink: Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet, New Leaf and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Some Like It Hot and Signature Greetings
Dies: Some Like It Hot
Other: Foam Tape, MS Scoring Tool and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen