Monday, February 25, 2013

CAS(E) this sketch #16

I've been too busy to think about anything much this past week but was determined to keep on with the CAS(E) challenges as I think they're a great tool to work with and always take me outside my comfort zone - especially this week.
This week's sketch looks like this

I started off wanting to make an Easter card with eggs hanging from the branch but the scale was off (the eggs were far to big) so I had to re-think.
This is what I ended up with.
The pink is Berry Sorbet from Papertrey Ink, as is the branch and sentiment stamp. The green paper was just in my stash - no idea of its provenence.
It's a bit too matchy matchy to the sketch (copy rather than inspiration) but I love the colors and the overall composition.

Friday, February 22, 2013

PTI MIM #104

I can't believe it took me so long to get around to having a go at this MIM as I love the thought of pinwheels on cards.

The paper is all My Minds Eye Hip-horray (boy) which is a set I love.
I used the tag-its #10 for the "happy birthday" and, as ever limitless layers dies.
Hindsight being a wonderful thing (as ever) I'd put the sentiment on a colored card stock as the white looks too stark but I still think it's very pretty.

Monday, February 18, 2013

CAS(E) this sketch challenge #15

I needed an anniversary card so I thought I'd try and combine this with inspiration from this week's CAS(E) this sketch challenge. I'm not a Clean and Simple girl by nature, but love how it looks when it's done right (as in, by someone else!). So I'm working on the basis that the more I try it the better it'll get.
This is the inspiration sketch
As I've said in previous posts, embellishments (brads, buttons, bling) are well outside my comfort zone but I'm making myself use them to find out by trial and error what works and what doesn't. The sparkly "love" came in a pack with some paper I loved but has been sitting in the drawer as I couldn't imagine ever finding a use for it. Strange then that it was the starting point for this card that the rest of the design built off.

I went over all 3 of the papers with Tim Holtz's distress stain in festive berries to bring them all close to the same red. The ripped bottoms gave more texture. With a do-over I'd make the top layer sligthly shorter. I left it longer to allow for the stitching but the balance looks slightly off still.
I embossed the black LOVE to make it stand out more on the red background.
I like the way the "topper" works, but then couldn't work out where the sentiment would look right! I'll just have to write it inside the card.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

PTI Anniversary Challenge - Design Team Favorites #4

This one really is an "inspired by" rather than a copy.

As soon as I looked at Erin's card it made me think of a paper pad I bought some time ago and never got round to using - until now. I think it was the juvenile elements that sparked this train of thought, and with a nephew's 7th birthday coming up I knew I could use this card.
I'd just bought the library card and this seemed the perfect project to try it out. The words are from all over - some from Sentiment signs and (although you can't really see them in the picture as they're very light) Months and "just a note" from Postmarks.

PTI supplies:
Stamps: Library card, Countdown addition, Sentiment signs, Postmarks
Dies: Limitless layers, Rick rack

PTI Anniversary Challenge - Design Team Favorites #3

I'd be lying if I called this card anything more than a direct copy. But in my defense, when the original card is as perfect as this one it's hard to do any thing but try and emulate it.

Sadly, I don't actually like mine as much as I do Christina's - I didn't have a copic in the right shade (and not enough time now to rush out and get one before the deadline). However, I will be get the right shade and make this card again as it is just so cute (and it'll probably look even more like the original next time too!)

PTI supplies:
Stamps: Ribbon tails, Sentiment signs, Sew simple borders
Ink: Spring rain

PTI Anniversary challenge - Design Team Favorites #2

This card was inspired by Maile Belles. I love her simple style but can never seem to replicate it without it feeling "forced. Anyway, the card I started from was this.

I liked the idea of circles and butterflies so my design emerged as this.

I'm not sure I needed the butterfly in with the sentiment but it looked so bare without it. I cut the flower from limitless layers out of the topmost white card stock to let the pink show through and then stuck the circle onto the pink.

PTI supplies:
Stamps: Heart-2-heart #10, Tag-its #10, Little labels (sentiment)
Dies: Heart-2-heart #10, limitless layers

PTI Anniversary Challenge - Design Team favorites

I'm finally getting around to the Day 1 challenge of making a card inspired by a designers favorite.
My inspiration card is by Heather Nichols and is actually a tag
I used the white on craft color scheme as my inspiration and ended up with this card.
I loved the simplicity of the white embossed blossoms. I've been holding off making it as I was waiting for some better white embossing powder to arrive and it made a huge difference to the result.
I edged the clouds with a little antique linen distress ink to give them some definition and like the result.
Very happy with how this all turned out.

PTI supplies used:
Stamps: Out on a Limb; Little labels (for the sentiment)
Die: Clouds

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #14

I thought I'd play along with a different challenge today.
This is the inspiration sketch.

I'm so over Valentines (which is a shame as it hasn't even happened yet) but this year I made cards to sell for the first time and, having made 30 cards, I'd happily not see another heart for a while.
I went for Spring/Summer colors as an escape from the endless white I can see outside.
The card seemed a bit too plain so I played with it a bit more but I'm never very good at the "twiddly" bits like brads and buttons.
I liked that I had the brads to echo the colors of the card stock and the horizontal line does add a nice feel, , but I'm not sure they're right.
But, heigh ho, that's why we do these challenges so we stretch ourselves a bit and, hopefully, get better.

Monday, February 11, 2013

PTI Color Inspirations #6

Having dug out my mailbox I felt fully justified in making one last card today.
Having decided on color inspiration #6 I then found I only had one of the PTI inks required - orange zest. The rest are Memento except the turquoise which is Distress Ink tumbled china (which explains why it isn't as crisp as the others)
I saw the tag idea on PTI's pinterest board and had to try it. It's not as good as Betsy's version (at least, I think it was hers) but it worked out OK.
PTI supplies:
Stamps - Tiny tags, 2011 Birthday tags, Tree with trimmings (for the tiny stars), Think Big favorites #12
Ink - Harvest Gold, Orange zest
Die - Limitless layers

PTI Color Inspriation #1

Having had to raid my patterned paper stash for the previous card I wanted a cleaner card with all stamped images for this one.
I choose color inspiration #1, but just used 3 of the colors and that seemed to create a nice effect.
The text background is a 7 gypsies stamp but I don't remember what the butterfly is from.
I used Aqua mist and Hibiscus burst inks but had to use a pale pink from Memento (previous rant about unavailability of sweet blush doesn't need repeating).
The sentiment is from Little labels.

PTI Color Inspiration #5

Having not had the chance to "play" with all of yesterday's layouts, I thought I'd combine the 2 and use sketch #4 with today's color inspiration #5.
I got a little frustrated with the color suggestions as, every time I've gone to order Melon berry and Sweet blush over the past few months they've always been out of stock but there they were in 3 of the palettes. I'd love to have used then but I can't!!!!

Despite having no Melon Berry, I still liked the combinations in #5, and a token button had to represent the pinker elements in the striped ribbon.
The papers were all scraps so I can't even tell you what they were .
PTI products - Sentiment signs stamp set

Sunday, February 10, 2013

PTI Sketch Challenge - sketch #3

I knew I shouldn't have come upstairs to post the last card. I immediately got coerced into more snow removal, but I finally cleared the steps to the back yard and refilled the bird feeder and felt justified in heading back to some card making.
 I wasn't sure about this sketch when I was looking at the examples, but I love my finished card. I'm even thinking I might make it up in various different color fades.
I can't tell you how often I turn to the "tiny tags" set. I'm not a great flower person (or buttons come to that) so the little tags are my way of adding detail.
The inks are Ripe avocado and Simply chartreuse from PTI and Pear tart from Memento. I love how they look together. The polka dot stripes are made using the ribbon tails set.

PTI Sketch Challenge - Sketch #5

I need to get some cards made today to replace the Valentines cards, so it's the perfect day for the PTI sketch challenge. Having spent so much of yesterday clearing up after Nemo I feel like I'm due some "me" time.
I went with sketch 5 first as I had some cute little cupcake stamps I've been looking forward to trying out (and such a bargain at $1.49 from Marshalls). My only issue is that they don't look quite finished when just stamped so I went over them with a couple of Copic markers and I'm not sure I like the color combination (but that's what I had so it'll have to do)
PTI supplies:
Card stock: Lavender moon
Ink: Lavender moon
Stamp: Think Big Favourites #12

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

PTI anniversary challenge Day 2 - card 2

I got a little carried away today (but I really want that personalised stamp for the back of cards) - or perhaps it was the inspiration of some really great downloads.
This card ended up looking totally unlike my initial idea, but I loved the way the colors worked with the patterned paper (Kaisercraft Fine and Sunny collection).
And to think, if I'd been able to find my Simply Chartreuse card stock I'd have been heading down a completely different path.

PTI products:
Clouds die collection
Limitless layers die
Card stock - Spring rain, Lemon tart
"happy" from tag-its #10

PTI Anniversary Countdown - Day 2

Today's challenge is to create a card using one of the free downloads available on Nichole's blog -

There were a few I thought I might be able to use but this one really caught my eye and as I'd just last week bought the soft stone ink pad I could at least get the right palette.
I printed 2 of the "Happy Birthday" frames and cut the blue "birthday" banner out of the second and stuck it on with foam for a little height.

This was my first attempt at sewing the rick-rack border die - not sure I like it as it's not a centered as I'd like but it'll do.

Stamps (all PTI):
Tiny tags, Banner builder, tag-its #10
Ink (all PTI):
Spring rain, Soft stone
Dies (all PTI):
Rick rack border, Tiny tags