Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PTI October blog hop

The inspiration pictures for this month's Blog hop were very unusual, with such strong elements. I'm looking forward to seeing where people went with this start point.
I went with the colours that seemed to feature in so many of the pictures - scarlet jewel, honey nut and dark indigo, used the reinkers to paint a shape and then stamped the tree from summer hills over the top. This card is a lot closer to the inspiration pictures than I usually go, but I was enchanted by the blobs turned into trees idea.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SSS Monday - not a card #3

I'm having a lovely day, using the "not a card" theme of this week's Simon says stamp Monday challenge as an excuse to catch up with some crafting projects.
This one comes courtesy of a Tammy Tutterow tutorial found here.
I bought a few of the new French style yogurts that come in a glass jar, and saved the jars with this project in mind. A variety of green alcohol inks gave the base colour, and the die cut words and sentiments are all from Papertrey Ink. A couple of the TH ice skate charms finished them off.
Here's a close up of the crackle as it's hard to see from the previous pictures. The technique works really well, although I think I'd skip the rock candy glitter next time as it just made the glaze a little cloudy.
And a final shot of it lit up

SSS Monday - Not a card #2

I'm using this week's Simon says stamp Monday challenge as an excuse to get to all those little crafty projects that I've been storing up on pinterest to have a go at.
This uses the TH on the edge Townscape die, and the bottom of an oatmeal drum that I've been saving for this project for at least a year now!
I was thinking about Murano, which is why the bottom is blue, as if the houses border the lagoon. To get a watery feel I smeared on some texture paste and let that dry before sponging on some distress inks. The houses were painted with gesso, and then coloured with distress markers.
This is how it looks when it's all lit up.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SSS Monday - Not a card

It is so long since I've had time to play along with a SSS challenge, but I finally got to a project I've been meaning to have a go at ever since my best friend gave me her Mother-in-law's button box, and I came into possession of more shirt buttons than I could ever hope. So this project is for SSS Monday - Not a card challenge.
I started with a very cheap art canvas, and covered it with pages from the botany section of an encyclopedia I picked up (for free!) from our library when they were getting rid of it. I then sponged a selection of distress inks over the top (tumbled glass, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, shaded lilac).
I used the ground espresso distress crayon and a stencil from The crafter's workshop to give a basic tree shape, and then added finer branches using ground espresso ink and the branch from PTI "out on a limb".
And then came the buttons. So many buttons! They're attached with a hot glue gun.
Once that was done I used a TH stencil to just add a few flourishes and added a quote from the book that always makes me cry.

Monday, October 9, 2017

MIM #299 - Sentiment windows

This was such an easy card to put together after last weeks hot embossing powder incident. It's for this weeks Make it Monday challenge, and I thought this years anniversary set would give a perfect (if little) window for the sentiment.
Spruce and sprigs supplied the additional foliage. I've got the Season's greetings stamp set in my cart at the moment so this one is really just a place holder.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MIM #298 - Faux epoxy elements

Only one very small burn resulted from this weeks Make it Monday challenge when one of the letters flipped onto my finger while I was trying to set it onto the balloon. It was really hot!
I used headline alphabet and numbers dies and the balloon die from Birthday style. If you look closely there's also a repeating "happy birthday" sentiment in the background, under the sponged ink.

Monday, September 25, 2017

PTI September Blog hop

Why do the blog hops always catch me unawares? I see the picture at the end of each release cycle and then it goes completely out of my mind until I happen across something on facebook on the actual day. Anyway, as it happened today I had immediate need of a masculine get well soon card so that is what I did with this months inspiration picture.

Isn't it pretty? Love the chalkboard background, and it works especially well as the card is for a retired principal.
My cat was obsessed with "helping". He's the reason for the patchy embossing (a tail works well to remove unset embossing powder apparently) and he also had a quick lick of card base before I spotted him - maybe he was helping to blend?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SAF - Leather #1

This challenge was the only one for which I had to buy supplies. Liquid glycerine proved quite elusive in my area shops (and I really didn't have time to be chasing around for it today) so I ended up with it in suppository form! My husband looked at me like I'd gone insane.
I made the "leather" hours ago, but have been wondering how to use it. If you didn't try this one yet it ends up with a really unusual texture, and mine was a little difficult to glue - liquid glue is definitely the way to go rather than ATG.
That'll be my last challenge. Betsy's almost broke me - I tried the joint compound suggestion and boy did it not work. As soon as I rubbed the ink in all the compound snapped and fell off the card front.
There are lots of other's I'd still like to try, but not tonight.
Thank you to everyone at Papertrey ink for a great celebration - again.

SAF - Linen #2

There are so many more challenges I'd love to play along with at this years' Stamp-a-faire, but time will always beat me. However, this challenge was too good to miss.
I think my fabric is more canvas than linen, but the tight weave gave a nice surface to stamp on.
I ironed the canvas really well before I got started, and did a number of trial stamps as I hadn't actually got around to using this stamp set until now.
The frame is from the Shakers and sprinkles set. The image is so lovely and delicate that I decided to go completely monocrome for all the other features, using classic kraft cardstock for everything.

SAF - Bronze #2

The colour scheme for this next challenge  is what kept me going on. I'm about done with "creativity" for one session but this one looked too pretty to miss.
While I was rummaging earlier I found this splits set - not one I use enough as it is so pretty and looks great with very little effort - so this one stayed out with this project in mind.
I embossed and die cut the image, then used versamark and a snowscene stencil to add first bronze and then verdigris embossing powders for the mat. The embossed stripe was really simply - a thick line drawn with a versamark pen and a ruler.

SAF - Bronze #1

I own a couple of sets of perfect pearls, but never seem to think about using them. So it was great to have this challenge  to make me get them out again.
I used the orangy pearls a couple of ways. I dabbed the perfect medium through a stencil and then brushed on the dry powder for the first part. Then I put a colour wash over a piece of peach card stock using the same orange pearls in a little water.
As ever with perfect pearls it's really hard to show their shimmery loveliness in a photo but you'll just have to trust me that it's there.

SAF - Pottery #1

My proper air dry clay (bought several years ago for a previous Stamp-a-faire and never used again) was completely dried out, so I improvised with some model magic I had from a children's project over the summer.

I rollled it out, stamped the sunflower image from Botanical blocks and left it to dry. Then I used a pair of scissors to trim to shape and watercolors to paint the image.
It's mounted to the card base with glossy accents to try to keep it attached.

SAF - Pottery #2

I've been laughing so hard I could barely get my picture for this challenge taken, let alone posted!
Nichole linked to a technique for making white dough, which I was anxious to try as I've had unsuccessful tries at this technique before but the dough always cracks. This time out, sadly, the larger ones cracked again, but I do have some smaller, 1 1/2 inch tags that seem to be staying intact.
I stamped the sentiment from birthday style onto the disc, and a range of little images onto the tissue paper. I used hairspray to fix it, which wasn't entirely successful, but only the dark blue ran a little.
Then came the fun. For some reason one of my cats decided these things were brilliant. It must be something to do with the smell. I actually had to shut him out of the room to be able to get the photo. And as soon as he came back in this is what happened....

SAF - Tin and aluminum #1

I love this technique. So effective, but achievable. No tin sheets here, or even thick aluminum foil so I improvised, and it still worked out OK. I can't really recommend my method, but it'll do in a pinch.
I folded a sheet of regular foil into 4, scraping a thin layer of tacky glue between each layer and then stuck all of this onto a piece of card with another thin layer of glue. Then I put this sandwich into an embossing folder and put it through the big shot. Glue, naturally, squirted everywhere, but once I'd wiped down the plates, the folder and the foil layer I was left with something I could work with.
I had bronze embossing powder, and paired that with Frantage aged gold embossing enamel. I struggled for a while about how to use the resulting marvel. It seemed a shame to just use a little bit, but it was also a bit too full on to easily add a sentiment, which is why I added the black space (I stuck it on with glossy accents as it didn't feel like anything else would be up to the challenge). PTIs Ombre sentiments is embossed with liquid platinum.

SAF - Tin and Aluminum #2

With guests staying for the weekend and then back-to-school madness, I'm only today getting to look at the marvel that is this years' Stamp-a-faire at Papertrey ink. With one day left there's no hope of getting to all the challenges so I'm working backwards, starting with this one from Carissa Wiley.
I tried to use Frantage mica fragments for this technique and I think they're probably a little too thick as getting a smooth edge was not easy. They're also totally the wrong colour, but that's what I had.
It seemed fitting to use a die from one of the previous Stamp-a-faire kits for my first card (was it really 2014?)

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.