Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Into the woods

This weeks MIM challange didn't really do it for me so I decided to branch out and try another challenge too this week. The link is here Simon Says Stamp - Vintage challenge
The challenge was called "Into the Woods" and as soon as I thought of "wood" I thought about my very favorite background stamp - Weathered.

It all ended up being very "girly" and the roses around the window are a little flat but I generally like the layout even if I need to play with the elements a little.
Ink: Ranger distress in Weathered wood and milled lavender; Memento Lulu lavender, Sweet Plum, Bamboo leaves, cottage ivy, tuxedo black
Stamps: PTI sweet life, PTI Birthday basics, SU Weathered
Dies:  Poppystamps Madison window, Spellbinders grommet tags, PTI sweet life

Make It Monday #118: Photo Postcards

Nice idea; poor execution.
I can't help feeling that this looks like one of those generic motivational posters you see hanging in offices.
Also, using a black background meant that every single finger mark shows so I can only imagine what it'll look like once it's been through the postal system.
However, I can see it being a nice additon to scrapbook photos.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 2013 Papertrey Blog Hop - Yellow Bouquet

It would be fair to say that I dialed down the floral quite a bit on this card to get a much cleaner result.

I stamped the houndstooth pattern in PTI Lemon tart and then stamped one of the diamonds from PTI Happy Harlequins mini set in Limeade ice over the top.
The little flower is from (guess what?) Mini blooms and stamped in PTI Summer Sunrise. I worked them to try and make them stand out from the page a little.
The sentiment is from PTI Stylish sentiments - birthday and the whole card is finished off with a bit of twine.

May 2013 Papertrey Blog Hop - Orange Bouquet

Simply sunflowers had long been the only floral stamp set in my collection and is still one of my favorites.
I had originally pictured this card using PTI tea for two additions but the cup was just too small (not ruling out going back to this idea with mini blooms and the smaller tea cup this evening). Instead I used an image from Darcies Cup of Tea set in PTI Orange zest ink. I then hand colored the tea cup pattern with a copic meant to be close in color to PTI Harvest gold.
The sunflowers are stamped in Hero Arts Fresh Peach (PTIs Melon Berry still not being available) with the centers in PTI Terracotta tile. The leaves are stamped with PTI Simply Chartreuse.
The sentiment comes from Tea for Two additions and the strip right at the bottom is from PTI postmarks stamped first in PTI Harvest gold and the Hero Arts Fresh peach.

May 2013 Papertrey Blog Hop - Neutral Bouquet

Having ordered Mini Blooms just for this challenge (not a lot of florals in my stamp collection) I wanted to find a different way to use it so I thought about using a variety of individual blooms to make a patterned paper. The inks are PTI Winter wisteria and Lavender moon, Adirondack Shell pink (as PTI Sweet blush still isn't available) and Tim Holtz Antique linen.

I used PTI Background basics: tin types to stamp with Winter wisteria over Lavender moon card stock to make the other PP. Then I used the 2 other tin types patterns on white card stock for the borders and banner.
The banner sentiment is from PTI Stylish sentiments: Birthday, and is bent a little to make it stand out from the page.
The circle and mat are cut with PTI limitless layers with the frame stamp from PTI Tag-its #7 and the sentiment from PTI Framed out #3

May 2013 Papertrey Blog Hop - Pink Bouquet

Hurrah, a blog hop; not hurrah, all the family are home and it's raining.
As there's no chance I'm going to be able to spend as long playing along today as I would like to I thought I'd start with my favorite color scheme and a rather time consuming approach.
I ordered mini blooms as soon as I saw the blog hop theme, but has to wait for the matching dies to come back into stock. Luckily they arrived a few days ago so I was all set for this.
I cut the "cake" out of plain white card stock and then stuck the bright pink ribbon at the base of each layer. The mini blooms were stamped in PTI Hibiscus burst, Orange zest, Summer sunrise and Ripe avocado and arranged to mimic a floral spray around the cake.
The sentiment is from PTI Simple Sentiments.
It is all mounted on a 5 1/2" square card that I scored at 1/4 inch all the way round the outside to form a frame.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Make It Monday #117: Paper Piecing

This weeks MIM is all about paper piecing. Melissa's very lovely example used a stamped image cut out of various papers. However, with the Blog hop challenge this weekend being all about the florals I decided to steer well away from anything flowery.
I don't think I have many stamps that lend themselves to piecing (although I look forward to seeing what everyone else does with the challenge as I always see so many examples that I'd never thought of using stamps I own) so I decided to make a pieced background instead. I'm hoping this still fits within the parameters of the challenge.
The paper is all from MME Portbello Road collection. I cut 6" by 6" squares of all 4 papers into strips 1" at the top tapering to the corner and then pieced them onto a bit of card stock just slightly smaller than 5.5' by 4.25". Once in place I sewed the zig-zag seams on the sewing machine (and nearly got some of them straight!). I then matted all that onto mushroom colored card stock.
I used the smaller of the PTI cloud dies on some of the papers and used some "wet cement" ink on the edges to make them pop a little.
The "sun" is cut using one of the limitless layers dies. The frame for the sentiment is from PTI Tag-its #7 and the sentiment from PTI framed out #3.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Make It Monday #116: Adding Texture to Stamps #2

I really like this technique but I don't have very many solid stamps to try it out on. I remembered I had a plain big flower in an old set that I thought would look good.

Then I thought about it a bit more and realized that I could just use the back side of the stamp and that would give me a large area without detail which is what I then did for the banner which is one of the stamps from the PTI Ribbon tails set. A quick sentiment from PTI birthday Basics finishes it off.
The background in really fussy I know but I felt that with so few other elements I might get away with it (and I do so love this background stamp).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Make It Monday #116: Adding Texture to Stamps

I had such fun with this week's challenge - especially as it gave me a chance to try out a new technique I saw online (more on that later).
I used the small and large circles from the PTI simply stationery set and tried a variety of the techniques with a comb that Betsy demonstrated (although I'm not sure how well you can see them in the picture). The sentiment is from PTI birthday style stamp set.
And the enamel dots? Well, they're actually split peas painted with various colors of nail polish. It might take a little longer than just buying a packet of enamel dots but it's very satisfying.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Make It Monday #115: Beyond Paper with Impression Plates

I don't want to even think about how much time I've spent trying to make this card - and how much ended up in the trash. I was almost at the point of giving up and walking away but the fact that I actually went out and bought alcohol ink made me determined to get some sort of result to show for the stained fingers.

I used a texture fade impression folder on the piece of plastic that a stamp set came on (I knew it would come in handy if I kept it) and then dabbed on a blue alcohol ink, this time leaving some space between the spoldges. Then I used a bright pink distress paint over the top which shows through just a smidge on the non-painted side. I then left it to dry for hours (but still not quite long enough it seems).
I used the PTI cloud die and just added a tiny bit of pale pink ink to the edges to soften them.
Then I used the PTI Fly Away stamp and die set to add the plane and sentiment and a matching border strip at the bottom to tie it all together. The plane and banner outline are embossed but the sentiment just stamped in black ink (far too many attempts to emboss the letters well enough to read drove me to this compromise). I also colored in the propeller blades with a black copic.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Make It Monday #114: Blown Ink #3

This card is an attempt at the allusive "card my son deems acceptable to use for his friend's birthday". I never buy cards anymore for my use and have in fact managed to get other people to buy ones I have made but this is a niche I've never managed to fill.

I used distress inks for my previous attempts but found them a bit thick so they were a bit sluggish to blow around. I wanted some bright, primary colors which I don't have in re-inkers so I had to think of an alternative. These are food coloring that came in little dropper bottles and they worked brilliantly.
When I'd got the colors down it reminded me of graffiti so that inspired the arrows and chevrons (from PTI To You From Me). The banner is from Countdown additions with words from the same set and "happy harlequins" mini set. The yellow chevrons at the bottom are from "postmarks".
The numbers were cut out using the cricut cartridge "George". It would probably be better with some "spikier" numbers but you use what you have. A bit of black stitching and that's it.
I'm told that if we can't find anything in the shops he likes better then this will do. It may not sound like much but I'm counting this as a victory.