Friday, November 25, 2016

PTI November blog hop

Here's a card for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink.
This was the inspiration picture
and here's what I did with it

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

MIM #265 - layered dry brushing

I love this week's Make it Monday technique at Papertrey Ink. It's one I've not tried before and I'm completely obsessed with the results.
There's nothing subtle about the colours I used - smoky shadow and scarlet jewel - but somehow the result is still gentle and muted. I know I'm going to be using this technique a whole lot. I used gesso as my base, because that's what I had.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PTI October Blog hop

A very quick card for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink.
Here's the inspiration photo:
Blog Hop
Very pretty and Autumny. As ever, the false starts took much more time than the final card, but I like how this finally worked out.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PTI October release

Here's a card for this month's Create along with us challenge at Papertrey ink.
It's based on this tag by Kay Miller

I have all sorts of proper watercolour pens and paints, but this background was made using a cheap crayola set - go figure!
The trees are a partial diecut of the background basics - evergreens set and the sentiment is from Think Big favourites #20.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

MIM #263

A card for this weeks' Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I used images from Summer Hills and Winter Hills to make a scene, masked the houses and added a watercolour wash with Ranger's Evergreen bough.
The frames are cut with the Keep it Simple frames die, and the sentiment and heart logo are from PTI holiday homes stamp set.
The paper at the top is from the Rustic snowflakes paper pad I got in a paper grab bag. I loved the first one so much I ordered another - forgetting of course that I would get the same paper all over again! So I have lots of holiday papers to play with this year. Oh well, I'll remember to pick a different number next time.

Monday, September 12, 2016

SSSM - At the movies

It may seem at first glance that this card bears no relationship to this week's challenge, but it was where my mind went straight away.
Does it need explaining? The clues are all in there, from the splat of Mr Huey's in opaque white to the slash of bright red. And then there's the sentiment. The fact that the images are so incongruous to the character was supposed to be a joke!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

SSSM - Stamp It

It won't come as any surprise, when you look at the cards for this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Monday, to hear that I'd just watched Tim Holtz's facebook video for the new Stamper's Anonymous release when I made them.
I had one card in my head, but it evolved into 3 different ones as I went along. I also used a lot of stencils for a stamping challenge, but the stamps are in there too.
I learned a couple of things with this card a) don't stencil with stickles but b) glitter mixed into translucent embossing paste works great. The background is actually the result of inking up a stencil for the next card (but why waste it), overstamped with IO cover-a-card "screen".
This card was the one I started out making - the birch tree are a Memory Box stencil, inked and spritzed and then layed onto white card. I then used the stencil properly to sponge on some distress inks and also to stamp with Hero Arts Old  French writing and IO "screen". The Peace sentiment is a die from PTI, covered in icicle stickles.
This 3rd one is actually my favourite. The background started out as a birch tree stencil that got lost under layers of sponging. It all got a bit dark so I smeared some white pigment ink around the edges. There's also a tiny SU snowflake and dot stamp scattered randomly around. The snowflake was stamped once on the card and coloured in with a gold sharpie. I then stamped it on acetate, cut it out, and heated it to give a bit of dimension.
Before I stuck the star on I used a SSS stencil and Wendy Vecchi embossing paste to add snow, and embossed the sentiment with Ranger super fine black.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MIM #260

Colouring in stamped images is the challenge at Papertrey Ink this week.
I so wanted to use one of my "what the doodle" stamps - they're perfect for this challenge - but I need an anniversary card in a hurry so I had to rethink and decided to go very simple, with a few different hearts and some very simple colouring.
I've used 3 different mini stamp sets - most of the hearts are from Framed out #11, the Love is from Peace, love and joy (I wanted to be able to colour in the cut outs on the word) and the mini sentiment is from Wonderful words - love. The brush stroke heart is from a hero arts set.
I watercoloured the heart with chilli red inktense pencil, used a zig clean colour marker for the grey, and a red copic for the details in the word.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SSS Monday - It's a stitch up

I seem to be just out of synch with my SSS challenges - 2 weeks ago I sewed a little pouch for the Contain yourself challenge. This week it's sewing and I've made a fishy card which would have been perfect for the Go fish challenge. Anyway, this card is for this weeks SSS Monday challenge.
I made a sandy background on watercolour with Inkense pencils and distress markers. The seahorse is made following the steps of a this 12 tags tutorial, while the seagrass is simply wiggly bits of card, sponged with bundled sage, stitched down the centres then a little light olive watercolour marker added over the stitching.
A bit of sponging through MFT on the diagonal stencil, some dots from Nuvo neptune and a sentiment from PTI Ombre sentiments finished the main panel, which was then stitched onto a paper from MME Lost and found.

Monday, August 29, 2016

PTI MIM #259 - Ombre clusters

Love the inspiration for this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink. Dawn asked us to use clusters of stamping in graduating colours and different sized images.
I went simple, sort of.  Instead of using stamps I cut 4 different sized circles from various die sets (PTI limitless layers, a set of stacked circle, a circle punch, you get the idea) out of craft foam and stuck these to acrylic blocks to use as my stamps.
I stamped the largest circle with PTI pinefeather, the next with Distress Pine needles, then PTI Ocean tides and finally the smallest with PTI aqua mist.
Sticking with the ombre idea I used PTI ombre sentiments, stamped in Pinefeather or embossed in white on pinefeather card, to build up the sentiment.
I added a few little enamel accents using Nuvo crystal effects in Neptune. These are new to me and I just love them, although I desperately need a tutorial on placement of enamel dots or similar embellishments as I spent a good half hour adding, taking them away again, moving them all around trying to decide where to place them. Ridiculous!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PTI August Blog hop

It's blog hop day at Papertrey Ink. The inspiration photo is gorgeous, but that actually made it a very hard inspiration to live up to!
August Blog Hop
I couldn't decide if the dark colour was blue or grey - it depended what screen I was looking at it on, but Nichole's blurb said "pop of navy" so I went with blue.
I had a bit of a false start with this first card - I wanted to get a watercolour feel so stamped the flowers and leaves with archival ink and then watercoloured over the top with inktense pencils to soften the images but the colours just weren't working and the card then got too busy (when cards are going wrong I never quite know how to stop!)

So I stepped back, and decided to go very simple instead. I used a die cut of the words to make a light embossed image on the card base and then watercoloured (again with inktense pencils) over the top, following the general shape of the letters. When this was dry I stuck the die cut over the top, having first sponged the bottom part in Pale peony ink.
I like this one much better. now if only I can work out why my camera keeps taking photos with a hazy finish I'll be all set.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SSS Monday - Go fish

My son is about to start his junior year of High school, and everyone keeps warning us that this one is a real doozy, so I thought I'd make a supply of "hold in there" type cards for when those moments arrive.
This card, for the Go fish challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Monday, is the first of those.
I used a this tutorial from Splitcoast stampers for the background, using acetate, tissue paper and re-inkers, and Avery Elle's Swim team stamp set.
I had the silver anchor charm which, as I'm not going to have to post the card, I thought I'd use rather than a die cut.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

PTI Create along with us August 2016

Cat emergency so all my cards for next week's onslaught of family birthdays/anniversaries/A level result congratulations are going to be so late, but at least I made a start with a card for my sister's 1st wedding anniversary, to enter into the Creat along with us challenge at Papertrey ink
This was my inspiration card, from Heather Nicholls
The only change in technique was that I embossed the heart before watercolouring and then ironed off the embossing powder before stamping the sentiment (small details, I know)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SSS Monday - Try to contain yourself

I've had no time at all for crafting for what seems like months now, so this week I'm making sure I get a chance to indulge myself a little. I have a whole heap of birthday cards to get done, but I saw this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Monday and decided I'd dust off the sewing machine instead.
I've just had small ones staying, and had bought a few packs of pens and pencils for them to use, including a box of 48 gel pens that came without any storage once the box was ripped open. So I made a pencil case to keep them in. There are loads of tutorials online for a zippered pouch - I used this one.

I started with a blank piece of lightweight canvas, an assortment of archival inks, some Martha Stewart letter stencils and some Tim Holtz layering stencils to decorate the front of the pouch.
Once I'd put in the zip I cut some floral accents from a light cotton fabric, backed with heat'n'bond, and stamped with images from PTI Doodlie doo and more archival inks. These were then ironed into place (although, they didn't hold as well as I'd hoped, so once the pouch was finished I had to go back with some gel medium and stick some of them again)
And this was my finished pouch. Just the right size for the pens.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MIM #257

August is birthday month in my family, and it's been too busy here to even start on cards until today, so this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink is a perfect place to make a start on the 6 cards I need by the end of this week.
This card was all coming together nicely until I got to the sentiment strip, which I misjudged lengthwise, and also managed to assemble slightly crooked! Pretty sure my Dad won't notice though!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

SAF Remix

I was out of the country for all of this year's SAF (my brother's wedding so I really can't complain about having to miss taking part in SAF), but there are lots of techniques I'm looking forward to trying. As we've had family staying ever since we got back from our trip crafting time has not been an easy thing to find but I had to have a go at the night sky techniques demonstrated by Amy Sheffer, and it's lovely to have this challenge to post the results.
The "adventure" sentiment (from the new Traveler's Journal: Adventure kit) is heat embossed with Ranger's super fine silver powder. I used a few silver star sequins from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit.

Monday, June 27, 2016

MIM #254

Something new (to me anyway) at this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey ink. Ashley showed us how to water colour directly onto texture paste, with the stencil still in place, and the result was really pretty.
I used the Tim Holtz Blossom stencil, and then added simply chartreuse, lovely lady and hibiscus burst inks pretty randomly (although I did make sure to get all the stems green). The result reminds me of sweet peas.
I didn't actually want to add a sentiment as I thought the flowers looked so pretty, so I kept it very open. I cut the biggest circle from Limitless layers die set and then cut the solid circle out of the middle giving me a very light frame which I sponged with the 2 pink inks. The "wishes" strip is being used to hold the whole sentiment bit to the card front with foam tape, while the Birthday (from Swoosh die set) is attached to the frame with a couple of dots of glue.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PTI June Blog Hop

Nichole has picked a really lovely inspiration picture for this months blog hop at Papertrey Ink.

June blog hop
All those lovely shapes and colours gave so many different ways to go.
I started off several different times,  trying to find a way of creating layers while still keeping to a single layer card and eventually opted to use emboss resist.
I used so many different stamp sets for this card  - my desk was chaos by the time I'd finished. I used images from Doodlie doo, Out on a limb and Embroidered blooms with clear embossing; sponged mint julep, aqua mist, hibiscus burst, autumn rose and scarlet jewel around the images and then ironed off the embossing powder.
Then I stamped a few more images over the top, using tropical teal and scarlet jewel, gave the whole card a few squirts of Mr. Huey's in opaque white to add some speckles and clouds and finally used the distress marker spritzer and a dark brown pen.
The sentiment in the split is from the Life set, and the die cut life is Wet paint II

Monday, June 20, 2016

MIM #253

Not one, but 2 cards for this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink.
The technique is very simple, and very effective.
My new woodblock stencils are due later this week, but in the meantime I used Hero Arts Rain dance stencil instead for both these cards.
I made this one first, using a combination of green parakeet, Hibiscus burst and Berry sorbet inks. I tried to use Lovely lady, but it had completely dried out - already! Not sure if this is a fluke or an issue with this colour. I'd love to know if anyone else has the same problem. Anyway, once I'd put this together, I decided the sentiment didn't pop quite how I wanted it to, so I had another go.
This time I covered the whole stencil with Green parakeet, then went back and dabbed some off with a paper towel in a few spots and then sponged pure poppy over the top (yes really, pure poppy - because I didn't remove all the green it turned the red this rusty colour). I used the same sponge to edge a mat to get the same colour.
The sentiment is a die cut from the super swoosh set, together with part of a sentiment from Mini blooms. I added a few blobs of Ranger's enamel just because I moved it this morning when I was looking for something else and couldn't remember the last time I'd used it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PTI Create along - June

So many great things happening at Papertrey Ink this release, and a chance to play along with my favourite challenge again - Create along with us
I stole from this card by Kay Miller

This is so lovely - the woodblock prints set is the one I'm most excited about, so I rummaged through my stamps to see if I had anything that could get close to this effect.

I used a selection of distress inks and the Happy die from PTI tipped tops. The stamp I used isn't nearly so pretty and lacks the detail - just shows I really need this new set!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PTI May blog hop

It's time for the monthly blog hop at Papertrey Ink.
The inspiration picture is lovely, just calling for some soft watercoloring.
 Sadly, my watercoloring skills need some work and my original idea just wasn't working out so I changed tack. I painted thick stripes using my inktense pencils and once they were dry used the hearts cover plate to cut out a whole load of little hearts.
I embossed a piece of card with the cover plate so I knew where to position the hearts and made a column of each color.
To add some detail I then stitched a line through the centre of each column (I scored the line first so I could get the stitching straight) and mounted a sentiment over the empty space.

And then I made a bonus card with the negatives.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MIM #248 - Blending through diecut masks

Up and Away is one of those stamp sets that I nearly bought a few years ago, and then forgot all about until last week when I was sent a PTI gift card for my birthday and, for once, instead of picking stuff from the current release I went back through the older sets and refound this one.
This weeks' MIM challenge was blending through diecut masks. I used the 2 cloud dies and blended Pumice stone distress and PTI melon berry inks followed by a ghost of white pigment ink to mute it a little.
The sentiments are from PTI Up and Away and Paper clippings - Congratulations, stamped in Stormy sea ink.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MIM #247

This weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink is something I so want to be better at - watercoloring. I've collecting all sorts of "essentials" for this style - clean color markers, gansai tambi, water brushes, and I always seem to have more success with a plain old paintbrush, a pot of water, and a few ink pads.
I was thrown a bit by the "watercolor set" in the challenge brief so I made a set of different but similar birthday cards. They're much more girly that my usual cards - must be Melissa's influence.
I don't have any of PTIs ready printed watercolor paper so I stamped the outline flowers from Vintage Linens on watercolor paper with MFT steel grey ink. (this set had been in and out of my basket for months until I finally decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did). I then "painted" them with PTI Plum pudding, Autumn rose and Lavender moon inks.
I can't tie ribbon bows - I try and try but the loops and ends never go the way I want them!
I love the new Shaped sayings series - can't wait to see whats coming next. I cut this out of smoky shadow card and used spray adhesive to mount it (first time using this technique, and the sentiment fell straight off the card 5 minutes later so I'm not sure I'll be using it again)
These are the 3 cards I made, all using the same colours but different flower layouts and switching the sentiment for the last one.

I tried a few different color combinations
This one is Terracotta tile, canyon clay, orange zest and harvest gold together.

Monday, April 4, 2016

MIM #245 - Colour isolation

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

I started with the largest heart die from PTI Shakers and Sprinkles set, used a bit of tape to hold it to a piece of watercolour paper and tore around the die to get a heart with very rough edges.
I masked a strip of the heart and gave it a wash of watercolour. Once dry, I stamped with Hero Arts Tiny Ink spot background.
I stamped the sentiment from PTI Keep it Simple - Anniversary twice, once on the heart and once of the base card and lined the two up when I stuck the heart onto the base.

Friday, March 25, 2016

PTI March Blog Hop

The inspiration picture at this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey ink really appealed to me.
Blog hop inspiration 5
I can sew a bit, so the idea of combining cards and embroidery sounded like a great plan. I didn't realise how much harder it would be to try and achieve a satin stitch on card. After an epic fail, I decided to find a way to cheat!
I made a background using slate alcohol ink with lots of blending solution. When it was within a whisker of being dry I stamped some of the flowers from PTI "Larger than Life" in smoky shadow ink. Because it was still a tiny bit wet, the ink blurred just a little. I then left the card to dry completely and stamped a few more flowers that stayed crisp.
I'd originally intended to sew straight onto the card, but when that didn't work I covered a piece of card in scor tape and lay piece after piece of embroidery floss onto it, as close together as possible.
Once I'd covered a big enough area, I die cut the butterfly from PTI Flower favourites, running it back and forth a couple of times to make sure I cut all the threads.
Before I mounted then to the card I stitched a couple of antenna, and wrapped some black embroidery floss around the centre of the butterfly. They're held in place with scor tape.
The sentiment is the new PTI Ombre sentiments. I nearly didn't get it but I'm so pleased I did. In fact, I'm hopeful this is just the first of a series of similar stamps for different occasions.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PTI anniversary - Sampler square challenge

The anniversary countdown continues at Papertrey Ink. I've missed a few days of challenges (I'm still hoping to go back to them), but today's was too good to miss. Nine 1.5 inch squares, each with a different technique.
The techniques, in rows from top left, were:
white emboss resist; stamped with spritzed ink to give splodgy base then stamped again with image;  stamped and coloured with copics; stencil with texture paste then stamped; paper piecing; masked and sponged; acetate with alcohol inks over stamped image, originally pigment ink overstamped with dye ink until I realised I hadn't included a sentiment (duh) and then became heat embossing; off-set diecut with contrast colour inset.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

PTI Anniversary Day 1

So excited to take part in the PTI anniversary celebration challenges again. This is when I get more cards made than at any other time of year.

A simple colour challenge to start off. I chose this one.


I used PTI meadow greens, stamping the flowers first and then masking to add the ferns, stamped first in stormy sea and then shadowed in aqua mist. The splatters are stormy sea and tropical teal.
I also blended a little bit of aqua mist into the centre of each flower for a bit of depth.
The sentiment is from Super swoosh, which, together with its smaller predecessor, were probably my favourite items from last year's releases.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PTI MIM #238

The challenge at Papertrey Ink this week was to use ombre effects on a valentines card.
I actually needed 2 anniversary cards so I used the effect but not the valentines. I hope that's still allowed!
I made the blue first, and decided to vary the base card for the second. For some reason the washi tape I'd used to mask the ombre area stuck far too well on the second one and ripped the card, which is why I ended up having to mount the panel.
The stamps were PTI Life and larger than life, and the wet paint die and stamp set.
The inks were all from the distress ink range.