Sunday, February 25, 2018

MIM #312

A card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey ink.
We were challenged to frame a sentiment, and I went straight for the think big favorites series as they're great for a big, bold sentiment (I'd hoped we might see this series revisted this year after the questionnaire we completed but no signs of it so far).
I cut out a simple frame and fastened it into place temporarily while I stamped some smaller images (from tag its #10 and Warmest wishes sets) in tropical teal and simply chartreuse inks, then popped the frame up with dimensional tape.

PTI Blog Hop - February 2018

Hard to ignore the Eastery vibes for this month's inspiration picture for the Papertrey ink blog hop. Hard, but not impossible!

I took the little blue cans with what might be sprays of gypsophila  as my inspiration, and used the Queen Anne's lace from Meadow greens to stamp a pattern on what I would have sworn was Spring rain card stock until I tried to match it up with patterned paper for the bottom strip and discovered it wasn't.
The actual card is very light and pastel, but not nearly as pastel as the photo makes it look - I swear it hasn't stopped raining here for about 48 hours so I'm reduced to trying to take photographs under electric lights, with limited success.

Monday, February 12, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Colour Challenge

Another challenge where most of the work is done for you, which was great on a busy day like today.
I chose Heather's combination - classic kraft, honey nut, scarlet jewel, prairie grass and olive twist, and just the flower favourites stamp set.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Dies, no stamps

PTI's cover plates are among my favourite crafting goodies, so it made sense to start with one of these for today's challenge.
I really wanted to use "in the woods" or "garden gild" as they are both absolutely beautiful but I couldn't make any of my sentiment dies fit the space properly.
When that didn't work I decided to go simple and grabbed the Hearts cover plate and cut it out using a few strips of watercoloured paper.
I dry emboss the coverplate onto the card base first to make it easier to position the hearts.
Then I used a frame die to emboss the edge to add a bit of interest, and added the wonderful words - love cut from more watercoloured paper.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Retirement list Set challenge

I always dread the retirement list coming out as there's always lots of sets I always meant to get on it so then I go through the awful decision of new sets/old sets when I'm allocating my budget. Thankfully I own a lot of the sets on this years' list already, including this one that I picked for the challenge.
I think some of the $5 sets Papertrey Ink does are just too good to miss - including the fabulous "Hello Foxy" set I used here. I paired it with Garden variety, and the stencil from Make it Market - Herb garden (in aqua mist ink).
He's too cute to miss - snap him up before he's gone.

Friday, February 9, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Floral challenge

It seems only right that having claimed that Life/Larger than life were my all time favourite sets that I should use them for this, the Floral challenge on day 4 of Papertrey Inks anniversary celebrations.
I used distress markers in shabby shutters and faded lilac on the stamps, then spritzed with water before stamping. Then I went back and used a Zig marker on a few spots on the stamp, spritzed and stamped again (what did we do before the misti?)
The sentiment was stamped twice to give a shadow effect, and I sponged some shaded lilac and unicorn pigment ink around the top and added a fine spray of black to the image.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Transformation challenge

I have a bunch of cards that sit in a tub on my desk. Cards that I don't like quite enough to use but aren't so awful that I feel justified in just throwing them away. So this was the obvious place to look for a card for this challenge, from day 3 of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations.
This was the start point

I love a nice water colour background, and the candle flames came out really well, but the sentiment got a bit lost, so here's the rework.
Same layout, but flipped to landscape. This time instead of die cutting the candles I masked them on the card base and sponged inks over the top. The sponged background isn't as impactful as the watercolous, but the candles feel a bit more understated this time, helping the sentiment stand out.. By cutting the panel a little smaller the mat also works better. This card might even get used!