Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PTI July Blog hop

It's the monthly Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink today.
The inspiration picture is so lovely
My card feeds off the image of the envelope with assorted stamps.

I found postage images in a number of places - PTI Postmarks, a TH set and a HA set - all stamped in Blueberry sky. The sentiments are from Travellers Journal: Adventure. I'm still hoping to one day PTI will release the word dies for this set separately from the journal cover, or maybe Heather could include the word "adventure" in her ways to say series. That would be perfect. 
The card is earmarked for my niece who's heading off to university in September.

Monday, July 24, 2017

MIM #292

A card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey ink.
My colour blocking is ombre rather than complementary, having used worn lipstick, abandoned coral and ripe persimmon distress inks.
The sentiment (Think big favourittes) and leaves (Songbirds) are heat embossed and the vellum flowers were added to soften the black a little.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

MIM #291

Coming late to this week's challenge at Papertrey Ink.
My son is currently on a once-in-a-lifetime school trip to Honduras where they're spending their days doing ecological research on a marine reef.
 The teacher who organised it deserves a medal, but she's getting a card.

I think this techinque would be very difficult without a stamping platform, but with one I was able to get the shadow on a very thin sentiment (Think big favourites #5).
I sponged over the top with tumbled glass, broken china and faded jeans distress inks and then flicked on some water drops to make the watery background.
The "for the adventure" part is a mask and adapt combination of 2 sentiments from the Ahoy set.

Monday, July 10, 2017

PTI Create along July 2017

My favourite time of the month again at Papertrey ink, and the Create along with us  challenge.
It's only the first day of the countdown, and and sure there'll be lots of cards I'm inspired by, but today's was this one by Nichole.
This is what I did with the idea
I used the What the doodle: Sun set for the mask and clouds, and Keep it simple: Encouragement for the sentiments.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

MIM #290

This weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink gave me another excuse to use the stencils from the herb garden set.
I tried to be clever with "double masking", using the birthday sentiment from super swoosh as a mask before then layering a few of the thyme plants from herb garden over the top. Once I'd stamped the sentiment however it was still lost in all the plants so I added the die cut image (having first made a dreadful job of trying to make the stamped sentiment bolder with the aid of a sharpie).

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MIM #289 - Building wreaths

I started off exactly as directed for this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey ink, and then it took a slight detour.
I stamped out the wreath using (mostly) images from PTI Twig wreath set, but then didn't like the position on the page. Rather than starting again, I cut 3/4 inch strips from the image stuck them onto another cardbase.
The sentiment is die cut a number of times, in different colors and slightly offset when stuck together.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

PTI June Blog Hop

Playing along with this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink.

Here's the inspiration picture
Blog hop inspiration

And  here's my card

There's a fair chance that every card I make from this point on will use the stencil from the new Herb garden set. These were what made the set irresistible to me and they certainly don't disappoint.
I sponged pinefeather ink through the stencil, and then added die cuts from the beautiful berries - spring set.
The sentiment is heat embossed using stamps from ways to say - Happy birthday.

Monday, June 12, 2017

PTI Create along June 2017

My inspiration card for this month's Create along with us challenge was an easy decision. As soon as I saw this card by Lexi I knew I wanted to try something similar.

Here's the link to Lexi's original post.

With Father's day this weekend I knew I had to make a card for my Dad, but when I have a little more time I shall try this layout again for a birthday card.
I used stamps from PTI's Summer Camp and Ahoy sets, as well as a few extras from Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool with a little bit of paper piecing to add some contrast, having stuck with a very limited palette.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MIM #285 - Felt flowers

I had lots of fun with this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey ink. Lizzie showed us a variety of ways to make felt flowers. I tried to make the carnation style and didn't have much success, but I'm very taken with the flowers made around a wrapped centre. So much so that I made 2 versions.

The first one is made with Tim Holtz's tattered florals dies with a simple centre made from Smoky shadow felt.
It looks a bit like an anemone to me.

The second (slightly smaller) is made with PTI Lovely layers die and uses the folded wrapped centre that Lizzie demonstrated. This time I used Spring moss felt.
Now I just need to work out what to do with them!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

MIM #283

I've been getting better at using watercolours - buying the proper paper rather than just trying to use cardstock makes all the difference! So I enjoyed this challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I was tidying up my desk drawers this weekend and found "Wishes come true", which I hadn't used for ages so I thought I'd use it for this card.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MIM #282 - Stencilled watercolour backgrounds

Such a pretty technique this week for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge.
I took advantage of the 2 step stencil from the Woodblock prints set, using the watercolour technique for the large, background stencil, and then sponging through the detail stencil with the same colours - lilac grace, pale peony and soft stone.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PTI Blog hop April 2017

A very quick and simple card for this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey ink.
Here is the inspiration picture:

And this is what I did with it:
The repeating sentiment line is from PTI Banner sentiments, stamped in Sweet blush, summer sunrise and harvest gold. The die cut sentiment is one of the new Ways to say series.

Monday, March 27, 2017

MIM #279

I'll admit, I was determined to use the new Botanical letters stamp set for this week's Make It Monday challenge, whatever the brief. It's such a fabulous set and I hadn't had a spare moment to get it inky until today. Apart from not being able to work out the placement for the final dots layer, it certainly doesn't disappoint.
The curved sentiment bit is from Keep it Simple - just a note, stamped in soft stone. I drew a circle onto the card to give me fighting chance of lining it up correctly. The letters are stamped with Dark indigo, Prairie grass (my new favourite green for all things leafy), Pale peony and Melon berry inks.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MIM #278

It was only when I read the title of this week's Make it Monday to title the blog page that I realized I hadn't followed the brief! I got the chipboard window part covered, but missed the sentiment part!
Oh well, you might as well see the card anyway, as it came out rather pretty!
Smooshed summer sunrise, harvest gold and berry sorbet inks gave the background, and I used the What the doodle stamp and die set for the image. The sentiment is from the Think big favourites series.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

10th Anniversary - Packaging inspiration

By rights this should have been the first challenge I did. I have so many tags and frames stamps and a good selection of boxes and bags. Instead, this is the one I'm getting in by the skin of my teeth. However, her is my entry for the Packaging challenge.
It snowed here today - not as much as we originally thought but still a lot which might explain all the white. I used bits from all over - the beautiful medallion is from SAF 2014 - Renaissance. I don't use it nearly as much as I should. The sentiment strip is from a set going into the vault this year so you need to get it quick.

10th Anniversary - altered envelope

I'm going back through previous days challenges that I didn't get a chance to work on, until today. This card and envelope are for Lexi Daly's post.
I'm not great at cards for my nieces and nephews. They're always ones I throw together at the last minute. Same with all kid's cards really, which is why I've fallen back on a previous design and made the age number out of a series of smaller stamps, including and A for Amber, the niece who's turning 8 this weekend.
For the envelope I remembered the fancy A stamp from a previous stamp a faire set and used that as the start point. The flowers and grasses are from honey bees, and the rest of the name is made with letters from pencilgrams.

10th anniversay - transformation

The last day of challenges as part of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations (although I've still got a few days to go back to). The challenge is to take a card you rejected and make it better.
I've gone back to a card I started making for the first day - Lizzie's stitching challenge.
The first incarnation was black and kraft only. Very elegant but rather dull for a birthday card. Also very messily stamped so I threw it away (d'oh) and started again, this time using tropical teal and alluring amethyst inks.
It was alright, but felt very flat and dull so I left it and moved onto a different idea.
This challenge made me pull it back to my desk and look at it again. I decided some dimension would help it no end, so I got the square nesting dies out again.
Popping a couple of the elements up has made a huge difference. It's still clean but more visually interesting. 

10th Anniversary - build a bird house

Winter storm Stella has given me a snow day to try and finish a few challenges for Papertrey ink's 10th Anniversary celebrations, including this one from Release countdown day 4.
My biggest problem today is finding anywhere with enough light to take a proper photograph! I printed Nichole's template on coloured card and stamped with an IO background stamp to give the wood planking. Around the "door" is stamped a few times with PTIs A wreath for all seasons and white embossing powder. The sentiment below the door is from PTI's bird watching set.

10th Anniversary - photo finish

I do all the right things when we go away or have an important event. I take photos, I collect tickets and menus, brochures and maps, but then I do absolutely nothing with them. I love all of Heather's sets aimed at helping those of us who journal (even if only in our minds) so this challenge was easy to put together. The hard bit will be finishing the other pages!
I didn't buy the travel journal cover page die (the price made me wince just that bit too much - I would have loved the option for the words on their own though), but it's very easy to make your own. There's elements from all sorts of Heather's sets - Simply framed for the tab top (I'd love a die that fit this too but that's probably because I hate fussy cutting); Traveler's journal: adventure, Monthly moments - travel plans, all stamped in Lilac grace and amethyst allure inks.

10th Anniversary - Stitching

Today's snow day will, hopefully, give me a chance to have a go at a few of the challenges from Papertrey Ink's 10th anniversary celebrations. This one is from Day 1.
It seems wrong to have a stitching day challenge without a scrap of stitching, but once I'd stacked all the squares  the stitching seemed like overkill. The inspiration was Maile's nested square design.
The great thing about this was I got two cards for the work of one! I used nesting square dies on a sheet of patterned and a sheet of plain paper and alternated them on a card base. I trimmed it to a 4 1/4 inch square once it was all assembled and used the big basics dies to add a bold sentiment in dark indigo cardstock.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

10th anniversary - favourite florals

The challenge today at Papertrey Ink was to make a card using your favourite floral stamp. I count the 2 sets I used (Life and Larger than life) as 1 set as I never use one without the other. I usually head straight for the larkspur/lavender image, and almost always to emboss over a watercolor background so today I wanted to do something different.

I'll be honest, I don't know what the flower is supposed to be - carnation maybe? but I felt the need for some yellow tones so treated it like a dandelion. I stamped first having coloured the images with Zig clean colour markers and spritzing the stamp with water to produce a slightly hazy image. Then I stamped again with Limeade ice and Bright buttercup inks and this time spritzed the paper. Once I'd dried it all I stamped the stems only, one last time with limeade ice.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

10th anniversary - multiply

I haven't played along with many of the challenges yet, but I'm hoping to get all caught up in the next couple of days. I've started with todays challenge, to use multiple repeat images.
I stamped the image (from PTI graceful greeting) onto the card base, and stamped again (and clear embossed) on a second piece of card. Once I'd punched out the circles from the second piece of card I coloured them with an assortment of copic markers and used glue dots to attach them over the original sentiment.

MIM #277

I had such fun with this week's Make it Monday challenge. I ended up making 4 different sheets as it was quite addictive once I'd got it set up.
I made a couple of cards, and I still have one sheet to use. The biggest problem I had was with buckling, which is still happening despite 5 days under very heavy books.

Monday, February 27, 2017

MIM #276

A card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I've used kraft and white ink a few times in the past week so I decided to use black embossing with PTIs rustic wreath stamp, and used my inktense pencils to colour it in.

Monday, February 20, 2017

PTI 2016

Last day of challenges at Papertrey ink today, and this time it's 2016.
My favorite stamp set last year was Woodblock prints so I was determined to use it somewhere in my card today. I finally had a stamp set with me from the designers picks, but I'd already used it yesterday so I didn't want to use it again!
Instead I created my version of the wreath from "To have and to hold" using a combination of stamps from Mini blooms and Wee folk.
The sentiment strip isn't actually attached, as the moment I get home this is going to be switched out for a Happy Anniversary one instead. I just don't have one of those with me.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PTI 2015

Woo hoo. Finally up to date with the daily challenges for Papertrey Ink's anniversary. This card is for 2015.  I continue to draw a blank with stamp sets I have with me and sets chosen by the designers, despite owning a good number of them. However, this is my take on Laurie's card using the Brushed blooms set.
I used painted petals for my florals and, after building up a few images, fussy cut the right side edge and layered over a background with a stenciled chevron. The birthday sentiment (which isn't quite so hide and seek in real life) is from Super swoosh.

PTI 2014

I'm miles away from my crafting desk at the moment, limited to the stamp sets I brought with me on vacation, but this card, for the 2014 challenge was an easy adaptation from Heather Nichols card for Embellished elegance.
I used the greenery swag from Wee folk, and supplemented it with a little flower from Ruby reprise and some dots from Splits - thank you. I stamped all the images in vintage cream first, and then stamped over with Aqua mist and Simply Chartreuse.
I'd brought a few die cut words with me - this is from Super swoosh.

PTI 2013

I'm away for a few days so I had to guess what stamp sets I might need to bring with me. I've failed dismally to predict which ones I needed from the designers favorites though so all of the remaining cards will be of the "inspired by" variety. I've been having a lovely time though, sitting in the Vermont mountains while everyone else skis.
This card is for 2013. I own LOTS of PTI stamp sets, but not one of those featured. However, I worked from the launch point that the Ruby Rose sentiment is very similar to this one from We go Together. I paired it with Splits and I'm very happy with how they go together.

PTI 2012

Sentiment signs is a great stamp set. I'm blown away by the treatment Keeway gave it and wanted to just make that card myself (I will certainly have a go at it when it's not for a challenge). However, this card, for the 2012 challenge uses it as a background stamp.
The balloons are from Birthday style and sentiment from Birthday basics.

PTI 2010

I love the Wreath for all seasons set. It's one of my oldest and best used so it was a easy one for me to pick for the 2010 challenge.
I'd just bought some papered paper that had different colored dots on a craft background. If the craft color had matched PTIs craft card stock I would have just used it. However, it didn't so I made my own! With the dots and the wreath flowers I stamped firth in fresh snow, and then stamped again with the dye ink - berry sorbet for the wreath; Hawaiian shores, beautiful buttercup and berry sorbet for the dots.

PTI 2007

This card, for the 2007 challenge, is inspired by Nichole's card using the Green Thumb set, paired with Dawn's colouring technique on Spiral bouquet.  The only stamp sets I have for 2007 are the 2 monogram sets so I had to improvise. This uses the Baby button bits set instead.
I paired the pods with leaves from Doddlie do and a sentiment from Mini blooms. Once I'd stamped the pods I went back and added details with a black pen, together with some tendrils. Then I used new leaf ink and a paint brush to add some color.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

PTI 2011

I going out of order now as I try to work out how many projects I'm actually going to have a chance to make. This one is using Garden Variety from 2011.
I made the background using archival inks and rubbing alcohol, rolled on with a brayer (from this post by Wendy Vecchi).
The watering can is stamping with a heart and then covered with glossy accents.
The background paper is from PTI Road Trip paper pad.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PTI 2009

I'm loving the blast from the past each new day on the PTI anniversary celebrations brings, but we're so busy I'm not getting time to play along with many. I'm relieved we have until 21st so I stand a chance of catching up this weekend.
Today I had a go at 2009. I picked up Fruitful at a yard sale a few years ago and haven't used it for much other than labelling foods (raspberry vodka!), so I wanted to use it to make a card.

Monday, February 13, 2017

PTI 2008

I love that PTI are spreading their anniversary celebrations over 2 months (even if that wasn't the original plan), and I'm having a blast looking at the stamps from each year. The card is for 2008, and I have to admit it fought me all the way. So much so that I went to bed having made 2 cards I didn't really like with a bin full of mis-starts. So I got up this morning and went at it with a fresh set of eyes and made a card I love.
I've had "Out on a limb" for quite a few years now. It's one of the first sets I bought when I first discovered PTI. This card also uses "Birthday basics", hands down one of the best birthday sentiment sets you'll ever buy.
Here's one of the cards I wasn't quite so happy with. I decided to see if I could bend the branch from "Out on a limb" a bit to form a wreath. It sort of worked. The flowers are from Honey bees (another great set, although I use the florals and grasses more than the bees). I had to sponge the background as I picked up ink on my fingers at some point and made some very unattractive splodges on the card.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

MIM #275

Stamped dangles - I've never seen them before, but Amy recommended looking at Joanne Fink's work, which I did, to get idea where to go with this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.

I'm aware the sentiment strip isn't quite right! Case of needs must when I had a stamping oopsie!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MIM #274

I love patterned paper (I bought 9 packs in the anniversary sale) but I'm really miserly with using it. This weeks challenge at papertrey ink gave me cold sweats - cut into 3 or 4 different sheets?!?!
Still, having got them at such a fabulous price I manned up and made this, using PTI sweet speech dies and papers from Argyle socks and Green boutique paper pads.
I have no idea what brand the wooden accents are - my local papercrafting shop (the very excellent Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT) has a yard sale each year and these were in a mixed bag. They give the card a nice bit of interest.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PTI January blog hop

Fun fact. White glitter won't melt, no matter how long you hit it with the heat gun. Once I'd worked out that I wasn't using embossing powder this card, for the January blog hop at Papertrey Ink,  came together pretty quickly.
This is the inspiration picture , all glossy and bold.
Blog Hop Inspiration
I wanted to use the paper clippings series to give a big hit of white embossing, and this set worked just great.
I added some extra lines of blue onto the black and white patterned paper  to tie the colours together.

MIM #273 - spinner cards

A card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I die cut a few different sized hearts (from the hearts die set, heart framed out die and heart from the tremendous tags set) and stuck card of different colours in the space. Next time I would probably use thinner, patterned paper as the card is distorting the top layer when I sandwiched the card fronts together.
The central hole is cut with the framed out die, and the spinner element is the largest of the heart set, so it nearly fits but leaves enough clearance to be able to spin. The sentiment on the heart is from fillable frames #10.