Friday, February 28, 2014

MIM #153 - Watercolour backgrounds

Finally getting around to this weeks Make it Monday challenge.
I bought an inexpensive set of children's paints a while ago (probably last time they used them on a MIM challenge!) and, although I usually prefer Distress stains for this type of background, I thought I'd use them again this time and was very happy with the effect.
I got PTIs "Life" stamp set last month, and quickly realised why they had then released a "Larger than Life" set, as the images are very small, but so pretty.
I clear embossed before painting, but found I lost the sentiment so then embossed agin with white over the top of the sentiment only.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Whisker Graphics - Guest Designer - Calendar cards

I am excited to be a guest designer for Whisker Graphics in March, and have a couple of projects to share that highlight their great products.
I make a lot of cards, and when I saw their Simple Joys calendar I was excited by the idea of turning them into personalized cards. When I discovered that the eye of the tag was the perfect size to pinpoint an exact date I knew this was the route to take.
I needed 2 cards for March, and had 2 calenders thanks to the cover sheet, but used 2 different cards from the calendar pack. For both cards I embossed the sentiment onto the tag to make it really pop, and then lined the hole in the tag up with the birthday for the recipient.

I die cut the plane from a second orange tag
 and used orange divine twine to add a sentiment banner to the plane.
 The sky card was attached to a white card base.

The cupcake graphic was added to a white card base, and I cut a frame from pink card to put over. I added an eyelet in the corner and some cotton candy divine twine.

Whisker graphics products used - Simple Joys calendar
                                                    Small coloured tag
                                                    Divine Twine

Whisker Graphic - Guest Designer - Spring Planting gift

I am excited to be a guest designer at Whisker Graphics during March, and have a couple of projects to share that highlight their fabulous products.
I have been collecting useful things for a friend who is a keen gardener but wanted a nice way to present them.
I found this bright green metal flower bucket and knew it would be the perfect starting point.
I wrapped a couple of pink polka dot middy bags around the middle and held them in place with a little ATG. Then I added one of Whisker graphics large green tags and tied it in place with watermelon Divine twine.
Here's a close up of the tag - super easy to make with a few die cut letters and flowers, and the pink and green in the twine look so fresh and spring-like.
Inside the bucket, as well as all the gardening supplies I added a bitty bag full of bulbs, tied closed with Watermelon divine twine and a "flag" to tie it all together made with a little striped bitty bag, some die cuts and a cute chick petite sticky.

Whisker Graphics products - Polka dot middy bitty bags
                                             Striped little bitty bags
                                             Large coloured tag
                                             Watermelon divine twine
                                              Chick petite sticky

Thursday, February 20, 2014

MIM #152 - #3

When I last sat down to have a go at this week's challenge at Papertrey Ink I stamped a number of pieces of paper with various background stamps and white pigment inks and left them to dry.
I'd forgotten about them until I walked past today.
I used the Hero Arts "clouds" background stamp with Spring rain ink. The pattern from the pigment ink is very faint, but it's there is you look closely.
The trail and the sentiment are from PTI Bird watching, and the plane is a SSS die.

SSS Monday - Cameo

I didn't know where to start with this week's Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp as I don't have anything that even vaguely suggests cameos to me.
But then I remembered a Christmas present! Every year a very good friend gives me a very random "craft" gift - something that made her laugh on Amazon usually, and this years craft surprise was this kit. Already relegated to the "take to school for the craft club" basket, I reclaimed it had a think.

So, I made some ivory coloured dough and used the bird mould, and then stuck the resulting image onto a pink disc left to harden and then cut with a circle die on the Big shot (which worked remarkable well.)
I used the cricut cartridge "elegant edges" to cut out 4 layers to make the frame and embossed this with antique gold Frantage.
I attached the bird to the disc with a thick layer of Glossy accents and added a bow made from a scrap of fabric sprayed with Perfect pearl mist in Bubblegum.
The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SSS Wednesday - Get Krafty

I almost didn't get to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp, but when I saw it was using Kraft I knew I had to leave clearing the snow from the driveway (again) just a little longer as there's nothing I love more than Kraft card.
My Grandma's name was Iris, so I have a soft spot for this Stampin' up stamp, especially in the combination of Lulu Lavender and Sweet Plum (Memento)

MIM #152 - Dye and Pigment Inks #2

I liked to results from Heather's tutorial at Papertrey Ink so much that I thought I's make another card using the same technique.
I started by stamping all over the card with a Hero arts Text background and then stamped various sized circles - the larger 2 are the back of the circle stamps from PTI Label basics, and the smallest is from Polka Dot basics. The sentiment is stamped onto Fillable Frames #4.

Monday, February 17, 2014

MIM #152 - Pigment and dye ink

After all the Anniversary excitement I didn't think I'd need to make any cards for a while, but Heather's tutorial was too good to pass up - MIM #152
I tried really hard to make this card on craft as I have a pigment ink almost the right colour but I couldn't get the pattern to stand out clearly enough. I also found I needed to use one of the "juicier" ink pads - this is Hero Arts pale tomato.
I stamped the roses from PTI "Sweet life" first, then masked them and stamped the diamonds from PTI A little Argyle. The base stamp is one I picked up from a yardsale, and is swirls of leaves, which worked really well for this technique. The sentiment is from Framed out #1 and just about fits inside this frame.
A little piece of white "Divine Twine" finished the card.

Friday, February 14, 2014

PTI Anniversary - Special Delivery

I am so glad I bought PTI's Bird Watching stamp set before it got sent to the vault as I've used it today and I love it. It's the final challenge day today (I think) at Papertrey Ink, but I've only just got a chance to sit down and have a go so I think my chances of more than 1 entry are slim which is a shame as I enjoyed making my own envelope. I even used matching lining paper and it looks so sweet.

I used Watermelon Divine Twine, which is a really cute combination of pink, green and white thread and matched the colours in my card perfectly. I managed to put an ink splodge on the corner of the envelope so used the birdie sticker to cover it up (having put far to much time into it at that point to scrap it and start again)

PTI Anniversary - Day 1

Suddenly realised that I'd never got round to making a card for the sketch/colour challenge on the very first day of the Anniversary celebrations at Papertrey Ink.
As soon as I saw this stamp set was being dispatched to the vault I knew I had to get it as it'd been on and off my shopping list for months but I certainly wouldn't want to be paying double the price for it.

The top circle was stamped with "A little Argyle" - I obviously need more practice to make the diamonds nice and crisp. I added a little bit of "Divine Twine" in solid green and coloured the bird boxes with assorted Copic markers that came as close as possible to Hawaiian Shores, Aqua mist and New leaf.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

PTI Anniversary - Building Blocks #3

A final play at today's challenge at Papertrey Ink.
My numbers were 663331412 which seemed like a very masculine combination so that's the way I headed.
I was delighted by how well the colours worked together - certainly a combination I'll use again. I inset the diagonals as I wanted to pop the hello up. 

PTI Anniversary - Building blocks #2

Having a lot of fun with today's challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I thought having everything dictated by a dice roll would speed up the card making process - seems I was wrong. This card is the result of the following dice roll - 556213332
I heat embossed doodlie doo with Zing in Brown Sugar, which is practically the same colour as fine linen. I then used a little sponge applicator to add Hawaiian shores and spring rain inks. I love using the Baker's twine as a border.

PTI Anniversary - Building Blocks

Favourite challenge so far today at Papertrey Ink
The card below is the result of the following dice rolls: 532541613
Might have another go once I've cleared the driveway - which might take some time.....

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PTI Anniversary - Stripes #2

This is a very simple card for today's anniversary challenge at Papertrey Ink.
The red striped paper was from my stash, and I added a few lines onto the white card with my scoreboard. I cut the heart out with the Framed out #11 die and added a sentiment from Tag-its #11.
I added the red outline to both hearts with a fine red marker.

PTI Anniversary - Stripes

After a few days with no opportunity to play, I wanted to have a go at today's challenge at Papertrey Ink.
The challenge was to use stripes, and I wanted to use soft colours this time, as usually with stripes I tend to go a bit primary.
The colours are soft stone, smoky shadow, Aqua mist and sweet blush.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

PTI Trading card challenge #3

Talk about inspired! Todays challenge at Papertrey Ink was to create a "trading card" - 3" by 4" - to celebrate their new monthly moments series.
I have been collecting the annual school photo for my son for the longest time, and have never known what to do with them, not being a scrapper. But today's post opened my eyes to the world of pocket  scrapbooking and I can immediately see the perfect way to use those photos.

I'll change the "ticket" card to say the right grade for each picture, and will change the colours depending on his photo. I'll also need something different for the subjects card (I intend to fill it out with the Teachers names) for the lower grades when he only had 1 teacher, but other than that I can keep the same format right the way through and could get a complete record of school photos in less than a day. Amazing.

PTI Trading card challenge - #2

Having done a set for my first attempt at today's challenge at Papertey Ink I thought I'd do a stand alone card next, but I'm already seeing it on a page with a photo and a number of other cards to keep it company. I can feel a new hobby coming on.
The leaves and sentiment are from PTI Meadow greens, stamped in new sprout and aqua mist.

PTI - Trading card challenge #1

I love the look of the new "Monthly moments" series introducing on Papertrey Ink's blog today. Not being a scrapbooker this style of memory keeping appeals much more to me than the traditional kind so I was keen to have a go at the challenge.
My best friend orienteers, and I've just bought her a smash book to keep all her map and paraphernalia that accompanies most of her runs but currently just sits in a filing tray waiting to have something done to it. This set of cards seemed like a nice element to add to the pages, and also to personalise my gift to her. I might even add a few more once the time pressure is off.

The dots are all from PTI Polka dot basics, stamped in Orange zest and Simply chartreuse on Fine Linen cardstock. I used PTI Headline alphabet dies to cut out the words.

Friday, February 7, 2014

PTI 7 in 17 - #3

I'm playing along with the 2nd day at Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations.
I love how this card turned out. It was quick and easy and stuck to the 7 items challenge.
I used
White and Aqua Mist cards stock
Black and Aqua mist ink
Stylish sentiments stamp
Birthday style candle - 2 stamps

PTI 7 in 17 #2

I'm playing along on the 2nd day of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations, where today's challenge is to make a card using only 7 items in a maximum of 17 minutes.
My 7 items were:
white cardstock
By the numbers border die
Bitty background blocks stamp
Happy and birthday sentiments from Embroidered blooms (1 or 2 items - not sure!)
Suffix style die
Red ink, Blue ink

PTI - 7 in 17 #1

It's day to at Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations and today we have to make cards that only use 7 items in only 17 minutes. And I was shocked by how quickly those 17 minutes go by.
I used:
White card stock
Sliver of pink card stock
brown ink
pink copic
doodlie doo stamp
doodlie doo die
Sentiment stamp (from Mini blooms)
I was trying to decide if one stamp set counted as 1 item, or if each stamp from the set counted as separate items. I decided to play it safe, but what do you think?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

PTI Printables #5

A last play with the  printables at Papertrey Ink's anniversary challenge today. And this one really was a challenge. I tried to fussy cut the shape but I'm not that good. Then I tried trimming it into the largest rectangle the boundaries of the other printables would allow but I couldn't think of what to do with it then (although I'm sure when I check back later there'll be lots of great uses).
So, I ended up printing the sheet, scanning it back in and then cropping so I could just get this printable on one sheet all by itself. I'm sure there's an easier way, but I'm sadly lacking in IT skills so that's the way I had to do it.
I think this sentiment from this years "stamp-a-fair" set goes really nicely. I tried to print directly onto Sweet blush paper but my printer was not having it, so instead I used a "canvas" effect background stamp and sweet blush ink to add some colour. On the bottom layer I added the small flourish from "postmarks" to a random swirled pattern.
As soon as I'd stitched I decided I should have added ribbon instead as the LHS is a bit sparse, but stitching isn't something you can undo so it'll have to stay.

PTI printables # 4

It is printables day at Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations.
I'm always a little uncomfortable when my PTI product is just ink or paper, but that's the situation here.
I wanted a large flower stem so I could clear emboss and then use the Hero Arts brush strokes stamp over the top, and I love how the effect came out, although that pink has photographed way brighter than it looked.
I used PTI Hawaiian shores ink to stamp the lines, and then rub all over the top to give a soft background. Then I used the same stamp to add a few pink accents.

PTI printables #3

It's printables day at Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations.

The next printable was Heather's - so it had to be with craft cardstock - right? Well, not quite, as once I'd stamped the chevrons in Hibiscus burst it was all a bit too bright, so I went over the whole thing in Picket fence distress stain, and that softened it down to more sympathetic colours.
I really should have cut the frame a little smaller, as you can just see white space peeking through at the bottom. Next time, maybe.

PTI Printables #2

It is Printables day at PTI's anniversary celebrations.
I still haven't got the limitless layers - ovals, although I use the circles all the time (should have put that as my answer on facebook yesterday!), so I had to cut the ovals freehand, but it came out OK.
I stamped the stripes from Background basics - stripes on Hawaiian shores to mirror those on the tag, and the leaves from embroidered blloms in Aqua mist. The little blue flower is from Ruby reprise. I was all set to stop there but thwn I discovered some enamel dots that were the right shade and they seemed to pull the whole card together.

PTI Printables - #1

One of my favourite challenges for PTI anniversary celebrations is always the Printables, and this year's are as good as always.
Here's my first one (I managed to have a go with 3 different printables last year so that's my target.)
I used PTI "sew simple borders" around the matting cards to replicate the stitching on the "flowers", popped the sentiment and the inside flowers up to give some dimension and added a simple bow with bakers twine.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Whisker Graphics - Valentines wreath

I recently applied to join the design team at Whisker Graphics as I'm a huge fan of their "Divine Twine".
This wreath was part of my application.
The Valentines cards are available as a free printable on Whisker Graphics website - how great is that?
I started with a wire wreath form and built up layers of the cards and hearts cut from red card with the largest heart from PTI Heart Prints die collection.
Very quick and easy to put together.

Monday, February 3, 2014

MIM #151

A fun challenge on Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday this week features "shadowed Die cuts".
As ever, I think I'm going to have to go away and play with this design a bit more. but it's a starting point for sure.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

MIM #150 - Farmhouse

A pad of Crate Paper "Farmhouse" paper finally gave me inspiration for this week's MIM at Papertrey Ink.
This time the card felt as if each layer had a place and a purpose, rather than there because it had to be.
I used PTI Fruit Fusion - Apple for the sentiment and the apple die cuts.