Thursday, February 26, 2015

FMS #175


Here is a card for this weeks sketch challenge at Freshly made sketches.
I'm not great at bows - I made a couple to add to the ribbon at the top but they never look as neat as they should so I ended up leaving it off completely.
Having stayed very neutral with the colours I wanted to make sure it was interesting visually. I started off using the dies for PTI's Mum's the word set to emboss the card front and then stamping the images inside the embossed lines.
I stamped a polka dot border at the top and added the congratulations sentment from PTI's new Swoosh die set.
I finally added a few dots with Rangers black enamel accents.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Blog hop - PTI

This months blog hop at Papertrey Ink seemed to pass completely under my radar until I noticed the announcement a few hours ago.
I tried playing around with water colours and clear embossing powder at first by I always make my paper too wet so the colours bleed under the embossing. So I switched to inset die cuts instead and was much happier with the result.
The background is made by sponging a variety of PTI inks and a few distress inks and then spraying the whole think with Mr Hueys opaque white mist.
I love the new "swoosh" set, and was pleased to have an excuse to play with it.

Monday, February 23, 2015

MIM #202 - border and banner dies

I had all sorts of different elements and borders cut out for this challenge at Papertrey Ink but it just looked so cluttered that I ended up ditching most of them.
I think my main problem was how wide the ticket border die is, but I was so delighted to make the sentiment from "Get lost" fit in the space that I couldn't bear to not use it.
I never think to use sequins but Melissa reminded me that I still have my (untouched) tubes from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit and these stars seemed to fit the sentiment.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

PTI Anniversary - Enclosed

I'm so close now. Just this one the sketch challenge from the first day and I'll have played along with every day from the Papertrey Ink Anniversary celebrations. I much prefer this year's approach to preious years trying to do each challenge on the day. I'd have missed the first week for sure.
I love plain kraft bags. I stamped this one up with Terracotta tile and black inks using the splodges from Birthday style and Background basics - postmarks, having first masked off a circle in the centre where I created a medallion using stamps from Simply stationery (it's on the list headed for the vault - get it before it goes).
Then I made the tag from kraft card with the same background stamping and added the "flower" made using the stamps and dies of Lovely layers.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

PTI Anniversary - Luxe metallics

I've learnt from SAF that when it gets this hard to get a card out it's time to walk away and do something else (like housework I've been ignoring!) Still, as this is my 5th card today to get me part of the way to caught up with the challenges for this years Anniversary celebrations at Papertrey Ink, I suppose I haven't had too bad a run at it.
I used smoky shadow card and the Dangled stars die to create the base. Is it possible for embossing powder to go "off"? This silver one, which I've had a while really didn't want to melt evenly which got a little frustrating. The sentiment is from Star prints, stamped in versamark and then dusted with Perfect pearls.
A few vellum clouds helped soften the card (and hide the awful embossing!)

PTI Anniversary - Maile Belles

An homage to Maile Belles was the challenge for this day at the Papertrey Ink Anniversary celebrations. I love what Maile does, but I'm afraid I've done little more than swipe her ideas rather than adapting them to my own!
I tried to be clever with the mini blooms set and, after inking the whole stamp with Aqua mist ink I then went back in with the corner of some different ink pads to give some variety of colours. Sadly they all look a bit sludgy but the thought was there.
I popped a few die cut flowers and leaves on top for dimension and added aqua rhinestones.
And, of course, I had to try tipping the top layer at an angle.

PTI Anniversary - Honoring Moms

Some time ago on a Make it Monday, Erin demonstrated how to used die cuts to mask and build up layers, which is the approach I decided to take for this card for the "build a bouquet" challenge in Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations.
I still love the Simply Sunflowers stamp set. It's a $5 marvel and my go to floral set. I used Canyon clay ink for the flowers and Simply chartreuse for the leaves. Truth be told I had intended to leave the surrounding card white, but I picked up a little green ink on the side of my hand and, well, as a stamper you can guess the rest.
The flower centres are die cut and popped up on glue dots, but everything else is one layer.

PTI Anniversary - All things spring

I'm embarrassed to tell you the number of stamps sets that have yet to be inked in my (ever growing) PTI collection. My husband would perhaps suggest that meant I had enough but, honestly, he just doesn't understand the difference between want and need.
So this challenge as part of the PTI Anniversary celebrations was the perfect chance to use not just one but two sets that I bought in the same month but hadn't got around to using.
The little phone is from desktop design, stamped in melon berry and smoky shadow ink, while the sentiment below is from Topiary trio.
The frame (cut using the simply framed die) is stamped using the plaid banner from the Canned set   (I so need the gingham background basics set - see, more stamp sets I still need)

PTI Anniversary - Blue ombre

I've been laid up for a few days so today is the first chance I've had to play along with the anniversary celebrations at Papertrey Ink. However, I'm hoping to get a few challenges under my belt today, of which this, to incorporate a blue ombre effect into a card, is the first.
I used Enchanted evening, blueberry sky and spring rain inks on watercolour card to build up the ombre effect. Then I used last weeks Make it Monday technique to layer an enchanted evening layer of the cover plate behind a white layer to give an illusion of shadow.
A sentiment from framed out, the medium circle scribble die cut and a little white crochet thread pulled it all together.

Monday, February 2, 2015

MIM #200

This week's Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink is a great one.
This cover plate is the first die I've had from Papertrey Ink that didn't cut completely cleanly on the first pass - probably because it is so intricate. However, a metal shim and some patience with the Quick stik were all it took to get this beautiful die tamed.
I love how the two layers work together. I shall be playing with some other colour combinations as well. I was planning on using the "happy" die from Wet paints at the bottom, but, much to my surprise, I don't seem to own the Wet paint dies. How did that happen? I can only assume they were out of stock when I went to order them. I shall be putting that right as soon as possible! Wonderful words - Hello made a good substitute in the meantime, and the sentiment is from "Wishes come true".