Sunday, December 6, 2015

MIM #233

A quick card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink

I stamped the twig wreath image a number of times with versamark, rotating it a quarter turn each time, and then used Ranger's super fine black embossing powder.
I masked off a large circle over the top of the wreath so my "random" splatters formed a frame around the image and did 3 sizes of splatter - the finest with the distress marker spritzer, the next by flicking a paintbrush and the largest by shaking the drops off.
The sentiment is from Confetti toss.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PTI November blog hop

I know the inspiration picture for this months blog hop at Papertrey Ink is just crying out to be made into a Christmas card, but I decided to go a different route.
Blog Hop Inspiration
It's lovely isn't it. I wish my mantle looked like this at Christmas. I decided to use the new Confetti toss stamp set to replicate the bauble swag. I stamped the outline shapes and then coloured them with distress markers. This isn't a decision I'd make next time as the glossy accents caused a few of them to puddle, but (glass half full approach) I quite like the irregularity. Definitely not baubles though.
So instead I turned it into a get well card for my Father-in-law with a bit of silver tape (stolen from my husband's supplies in the basement - maybe air duct tape?) stuck on white card and embossed with Darice's diamond plate embossing folder.

Monday, November 23, 2015

PTI MIM #232

An early start on this weeks Make It Monday because, let's face it, there's going to be very little time later in the week.
I used the spruce and sprigs stamp set, and it was perfect for this technique. The "giving" was the largest one I could find - I can't believe none of my "thanks" sets have a give or giving as part of the sentiments. Even this was thanksgiving with the first part masked off.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

MIM #231 - Motif building

I was quite sad that we wouldn't get a "create along" challenge with this month's release at Papertrey Ink, but it turned out OK as Betsy's Make it Monday challenge this week is great.
I started with the largest image from "snowflake sparkle" and worked my way out using Black and pinefeather inks and stamps mostly from the holiday folk set.
While I wait for my tremendous tags die to arrive, I made do with Tiny tags. The only thing from this years stamp-a-faire set I really regret not getting is the tinier tags set - any chance of it ever being released on its own PTI?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

PTI October blog hop.

This is the inspiration picture for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink
Blog hop inspiration
And this is what I did with it
I embossed the die for the tag into the page before stamping the tag image. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

MIM #227 - Focal clusters

I broke open my new Holiday folk set for this week's challenge at Papertrey Ink.
We were asked to make a focal cluster using a number of stamps.
I used Pinefeather and Simply Chartreuse inks, and supplemented the Holiday folk stamps with the star cluster from Christmas cheer and some stripes to ground it all (see, I was paying attention to the last Make it Monday!)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PTI Create along - October

There are so many cards I could make from the inspiration at Papertrey Ink's October release. That's why I love the Create along with us challenge.
Because I had to pick one, I chose this card by Betsy Veldman
I honestly thought this cover plate must have a matching stamp until I read her blog and realised that the images weren't the same.
So with this as the start point, and using the Garden Gild cover plate and an assortment of snowflakes I made this...

Friday, October 9, 2015

TH 12 Tags - October

Not a tag, but something to stand on a small easel, is my entry for this month's 12 tags of 2015.
I'm fighting a bit of a loosing battle with Halloween at the moment. At 15 my son is way too cool for this nonsense, but I still love decorating (only for about a week though - nothing's going up for at least another week)
I really like the 3 d monsters but, realistically, I'm never going to use them. Instead I set about trying to make my own 3 d pumpkin and I'm pretty pleased with the result.
I love the spider. Ir was one of those very cheap plastic rings you can buy. At first I was frustrated that the paint wasn't covering completely but then I decided it looked better mottled.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Runway inspired #93

As I was mooching around some blogs last week I can across the Runway Inspired challenges. There are a hugely talented bunch who take part in these challenges so I decided to push (and expose) myself and have an attempt to play along. So here is my first go at a Runway Inspired challenge.
This is the inspiration picture. The top portion of the skirt, with that red triangle just called "sailboat sail" to me, so that's what I did with my card.

I used a few curved masked cut roughly out of post-it-notes and inked over in tumbled glass, then moved the masks and inked again in broken china. The sailboat is from Paper smooches set which I stamped and pieced with red card stock.

MIM #226

A super simple challenge at Papertrey Ink this week. The only requirement was to use stripes.
Laurie suggested using stripes to border inked areas, and also to ground images to I did both and left the rest of the card super simple. I used PTI Topiary trio - such a nice set that I don't use nearly as much as I should.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SSS Monday - Ombre flowers

The lovely thing about the weeks Ombre challenge at Simon Says sStamp is that there are so many ways to go with ombre.
For this card I stamped the same image a number of times and coloured them with distress inks and a water pen in shades from Squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, fossilized amber, wild honey and a mixture of ripe persimmon and rusty hinge.
I added the Happy from PTIs Tipped tops cut a few times from black card, the birthday from PTI Wet paint and an assortment of sequins in about the same shades to reinforce the colour progression.

Monday, September 28, 2015

SSS Monday - Ombre

It's been so long since I played along with the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp, but we had visitors yesterday so I've cleaned the house from top to bottom ( a rare occurance) so I decided I would be very self indulgent today. Plus the challenge is ombre, which I love.
I stamped Tim Holtz's "botanical sketch" in MFT ink in steel grey and then blended out from the centre, the yellows (lemonade, mustard seed and fossilized amber) going to the left and the greens (crushed olive, twisted citron and mowed lawn) to the right. Then I used a white gel pen to pick out a few flowers.
The die cuts are PTI Larger than life.
I really should have had someone shouting "no, stop now" in my ear before the sequins went on. I think I was just excited that I had some that matched the colours.

Friday, September 25, 2015

PTI September blog hop

I very nearly forgot all about this months blog hop at Papertrey Ink but thankfully I looked at facebook today and that reminded me.
This is the inspiration picture
Pretty isn't it, and a chance to try again at a chalkboard technique that has always been less than successful before.

I'm not very impressed with my red embossing powder (I tried to add glossy red berries to the wreath but they are pretty underwhelming). However, I had more success with the chalkboard look this time by adding the white ink with a big paintbrush (the one that comes free with perfect pearls) rather than using a sponge. I covered the christmas sentiment with glossy accents to give some shine.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

TH 12 Tags - September 2015

This month's tutoral for Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2015 looked so pretty that I really wanted to have a go.
Making the background with the alcohol inks was really fun - although my first few attempts had way too much of the metal mixative (I'm saving them for Christmas cards though as it was silver).
I thought I'd use Library green archival ink to pick out the embossing paste and then used green florist wire to attach the word band (it's really a bit thick so I had a few problems winding it tightly around the fasteners). Bundled sage spray stain on the tag seemed to play along with the green tones.

MIM #224

Two toned stamps was the challenge at this week's Make it Monday.

I stand by the sentiment for now, but ask me again in February and I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune.

Monday, September 14, 2015

PTI Create along Sept 2015 think the Create along with us challenge at Papertrey ink is my favourite challenge. I'm so happy they started it.
This is the card I used for inspiration this month. It was created by Amy Sheffer.  I think it's lovely, especially the watercoloured background, so I decided to head down a similar route. It's certainly made me excited to get my hands on the Wee Folk Christmas set.

For my card I used Lavender moon refill to add a watercoloured area and added a text stamp oin the same colour. This was the first time out of the packet for Twig wreath, but now it's unlikely to leave my desk. The birds are from the original Wee Folk set.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Freshly made sketches #202

It's been a while since I played along at Freshly made sketches but I'm looking for christmas card inspiration and need all the help I can get.
Here's the sketch

And this is the very simple card I made with it

The paper and ink are PTI Pinefeather, the sentiment is from Technique Tuesday "celebrate the season"and the trees are by Stampin' up.

Monday, August 31, 2015

SAF red carpet

The final challenge for this years stamp-a-faire.
Not a bad weekend's work.
I'm looking forward to using the card sketches to make a start of some Christmas cards in the next few weeks, and I'm so pleased I persevered with the bangles and found a process that works for me that I can use with the middle school craft club.
Here's to next years event.

SAF Accessories - Bangle #2

Call me obsessive but I've been ... well, obsessing, about the process for the bangles and I think I've got a solution.
It adds a step but makes it much easier to get a neat result.
I covered the bangle with patterned paper and a coat of gel medium. While it was drying I stamped the sentiment in versamark on tissue paper (ah-ha moment right!) and heat embossing with black detail powder. Then I cut around the sentiment and used more gel medium to paste it to the bangle.
Much better! The sentitment is from PTIs Reasons to smile.

SAF Accessories - popsicle stick bangle

I meant all long to go back to the challenge, having left a few popsicle sticks drying over the weekend, but I didn't realise how hard it would be!
I have high hopes for this craft for the middle school craft club, but we will definitely be sticking paper to them, and not trying to emboss them as I had a truly miserable experience trying to get this to work.
Anyway, here's the finished (!) product.
The sentiment is from the "pretty petals" set.

SAF Make it Work

I'm not sure this card, for the Make it work challenge , lives up to the title, but I've played about with it for so long now that I just don't know how else to try and tweak it.
It started life as a play with colours for Dawn's mix and match challenge. I found when you misted inks on the raised side of a grid block, the grid transferred to the smooshed image. Pretty neat. But then I wasn't sure how to use the result.
I eventually went with the "if all else fails emboss a simple image in black" approach and really liked the panel I was left with. But then what to do with that? Not this obviously - it just has too many disparate elements.
So I peeled off the word (carefully) to save the panel and started again.
To mimic the grid lines I got out the scor pal and scored a very simple 1/2 inch grid all over the base.
The hello is cut from the Wet paint die set and then topped with black enamel accents. The sentiment should be lower (easy to see when you step back), but it's going to have to do.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF Mix and Match #2

I decided to have another go at the mix and match challenge, and in doing so generated a whole heap of colour combinations to use in the "make it work" challenge later.
The good news is I've discovered what my problem is with berry sorbet. I love the ink, especially when mixed here with Harvest gold in all it's tequila sunrisey goodness. But I don't like the card stock - it's just that smidge too garish for me, somehow lacking the blush tones of the ink. I'm obviously in the minority here but at least I know why I've been shying away from it.
This card was also to make me use kraft ink - I use the card stock all the time but barely ever the ink. So here is kraft, harvest gold and melon berry smooshed onto white card and then stamped with ripe avocado and the Reasons to smile stamp set.

SAF Runway Inspired - Dawn

I wasn't sure about this challenge from the description beforehand, but as soon as I saw Dawn's inspiration picture I was sold.
Dawn inspiration
There are so many cards in my head, just from this picture (embroidered blooms might be next) but this is where I went with it this time.
I used the Garden Gild cover plate and my inktense pencils again to colour it in. This is probably my favourite card of SAF so far.

SAF Pins and Needles - Stick pins

I took a break from the SAF challenges overnight, and came back this morning bright eyed and bushy tailed (?!) and ready to be creative with stick pins, as demonstrated by Melissa.
I have bought a few sets of pins over the years, but it's rarely something I reach for. I loved the suggestion of using them to hold the sentiment though so that's the approach I took for my card.
My husband just looked at the photo and said "where's the stick pin?", so I guess I've been rather subtle with them (there are 2 in there if you look carefully).

Saturday, August 29, 2015

SAF Mix and Match

We are so not in Kansas anymore with this challenge. I went screaming outside my safety zone and am glad to say that I survived the experience.
I started off with 3 inks I barely use - Berry sorbet. enchanted evening and new leaf. I found inktense pencils that approximated the same colour and painted some of each onto water colour paper. Once dry I used the corresponding inks to stamp various images from doodlie doo. It's not exactly subtle, but I sort of like how this looks.

SAF Accessories challege - felt necklace

I'll be honest - I got a head start on this challenge. No way I could knock this up in under 2 hours.
I waited and waited for the Lavender moon felt to come back into stock but no luck there so instead I bought some cream felt and dyed it myself.
I cut flowers and leaves out using the Doodlie doo set, and used lavender moon re-inker in water for the paler purple and seedless preserve distress stain for the darker. Once dry I played around with floss and beads to add patterns to the flowers and leaves.
I made a base for the flowers to attach to out of 2 layers of felt, cut into rings and stitched together.
I coloured them with a copic marker to (sort of) match the flowers. Then I added ribbon to each side, leaving it long so I could adjust it once I'd put it all together.
I sewed the flowers and leaves onto the circles. Working at the back meant the stitched didn't show through.
Once all the elements were on, I stood in front of a mirror to try and work out where it should sit, and folded the ribbon to the right length. I had bought special fasteners for ribbons - really easy to use, you just need a pair of pliers.
I've even got a few smaller flowers made up that might find themselves being used in some of the other challenges.

SAF Threads challenge

So much inspiration in Danielle's video for this challenge, and I had to have a go at the "crocheted" flowers (I'll go back to watch Laura's video when I'm not trying to keep within a time limit - I find her stunning simple style takes more time than my "throw it together as you go along" approach)
I even managed to incorporate 2 of her techniques into the card. It certainly won't fit through the mail but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

SAF Patterns Challenge - pattern 1

Who doesn't love a sketch challenge - most of the hard work is done for you. So this next challenge at PTIs Stamp-a-faire is right up my street.
I started at pattern number 1 because, who knows, I might even go back and try some of the others.

I decided to break into my "shakers and sprinkles" papers as its a special occasion (why do I hoard paper likes it's gold dust?).
I'm really happy with how the frame panel worked out. I used boutique borders-sympathy to partially die cut top and bottom then stamped, and used a black pen to extend the lines to the width of the panel. I used a copic to add a bit of colour to the frame detail.
I used PTIs Flower favorites set, matching the colours to those in the paper, ans added a sentiment from Keep it Simple- birthday.
A few sequins (also from shakers and sprinkles) finished it off.

SAF Bridal challenge

First challenge of the day for this years SAF at Papertrey ink. Can't wait for a crafty me day.
Here's my all white card.
I scored 3 lines top and bottom of the base card and embossed a panel of it with small dots.
The doily that makes the next layer is also embossed.
I tried to do a clever bit of embossing around the sentiment (PTIs Keep it Simple). I turned the disc over and put it on a foam base, then used a pencil to draw in a flourish, pressing as hard as I dared to force the pattern to the other side. It sort of worked if you look closely.
The only disappointing thing is that my Ranger white enamel accents is decidedly cream. Does it change colour as it ages or has it never been true white and I've never noticed before?

Friday, August 28, 2015

SAF Friday night fashion show

I decided, when I saw this challenge many weeks ago, to use a proper t-shirt, one that I stand a chance of wearing, rather than the cheap ones in the craft stores.
The problem with this approach is I was really nervous of making a mistake, especially as I was using permanent, archival ink. So I decided to do the sleeves first to see if it worked.
Here's my lovely long sleeved white t-shirt.
I put cardboard inside the sleeves to give a firm base and then stamped the leaves from PTIs Pretty petals set, and a little dotty accent from Out on a limb.
and then I froze. I had been planning to add a central motif, but I was really worried about splodges ruining the t-shirt so I completely chickened out and left it at the sleeves. They look really pretty though.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PTI August Blog Hop

Weeks and weeks since my last post - holidays, weddings and preparing for both have kept me far too busy to craft. But now I'm back so I thought I'd start warming up for PTIs craft-a-faire with a play at this months Blog Hop.
Here's the inspiration picture
August Blog Hop Inspiration
and this is where I went with it
I'll be honest - the twine was an afterthought and I liked it better before I added it, but it's there to disguise a splodge! I'm hoping to have another go at the weaving twine idea at the weekend - hopefully with better results.
The little motif is from wee things, and was stamped in scarlet jewel, melon berry, harvest gold and brown inks. This bit I love.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PTI Create along - July 2015

I love this idea - there is so much inspiration on the PTI blog during release countdowns that so much of it is forgotten, or I immediately obsess on what I can make with the new sets, rather than what I already have (not sure how this works as a sales tactic ladies!)
Anyway, this card is for the first Create along with us Challenge at Papertrey Ink.

Maile Belles made this card using one of the patterned papers from the Vintage linens set, and I loved the white on red combination.
Now I'd love recommendations for a good, white detail embossing powder as the one I used certainly isn't great, but you can see what I was going for. The roses are from PTI "the sweet life" and the sentiment is from PTI "flower favourites"