Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Papertrey Ink February 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

The challenge this month is to create a spring themed project, and this is the inspiration.

I so regret that I didn't order the Bunny Bag that was released this month, because these images scream bunnies and Easter to me. Since I don't have any bunny stamps or dies (at all), I decided to do a gift set of simple note cards. I recently bought the PTI Year of Flowers Collection stamp set on the Forum and decided to use them and Copics to make three small cards (3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches). I also followed a Jennifer McGuire video to make a card box for them with my WRMK envelope punch board, along with matching envelopes.

I also used PTI's Seed Packet Frame II die but I don't have the matching stamp set so I made my own "stamp" with Adobe Illustrator.


Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Lavender Moon, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush
Stamps: PTI Year of Flowers Collection, Year of Flowers Titles
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: PTI Seed Packet Frame II, Button Card
Patterned Paper: PTI Lavender Moon Striped; Jillibean Soup green gingham; My Mind's Eye pink polka dot
Other: Copics, WRMK Envelope Punch Board, Adobe Illustrator, May Arts Ribbon

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #152: Layering Dye and Pigment Inks

Heather Nichols is demonstrating a technique which is sometimes called velveteen. You stamp an image with pigment ink, let it dry, and then come back and stamp another image on top with a dye ink. I had never seen this before and really liked the effect so I tried it out.

I decided to die cut some butterflies, stamp in Fresh Snow some words from a 7Gypsies stamp set that I have, and then stamp the Beautiful Butterflies with various PTI inks. One point to remember: you have to let the pigment ink really dry. I was using a heat gun and then pretty much stamping over it right away. Most of the stamped words came up and onto my butterfly stamps. So I tried to be patient and wait for a couple of hours, and that worked much better. In fact, the longer you wait, the more image show-through you get. I had discarded a bunch of test flowers and butterflies last night, thinking that they hadn't worked, and when I looked this morning, the pigment stamping had come through beautifully and was very evident.

Here is my card:

and here are some close-ups of the various images I stamped. The 7Gypsies word stamps are Beautiful, Life is Good, Crazy Love, Adventure and various other things (including a Treble Clef). I had initially planned on using the Sweet Life and tested a Technique Tuesday clock face as a background on one of the roses.

This was a really fun technique and I'm glad to have it in my arsenal. I'm sure that I'll use it again. In fact, I have lots of leftover butterflies, so maybe I'll make another card!


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Butterflies, Grand Ampersand; 7Gypsies Lille
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile
Dies: PTI Double Ended Banners; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles

Friday, 14 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 10

The final day of challenges for Papertrey's birthday and I'm pretty much exhausted. Today we pretty much have free rein - we can create any kind of card that we want but must make a coordinating envelope, based on the premise that the delivery is as important as the message.

I made a very simple card and therefore I did not go overboard on the envelope; just a liner and a heart to seal it closed. I love the sentiment and envision giving it as a wedding gift.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI City Scene, Winter Hills
Ink: PTI Sweet Blush; Versafine Smokey Grey
Patterned Paper: PTI Soft Stone
Dies: PTI City Scene, Envelope Liner, Heart Prints; Lifestyle Crafts Hearts; Lil Inkers Stitched Circles
Other: Doodlebug glitter (for middle building - it's hard to see from these photos)
Embossing Folder (for heart on envelope): Lifestyle Crafts

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 9

And for today's challenge - the building blocks of design! We had to go to the blogs of the nine design team members and collect all of the building blocks necessary to create a beautiful card. Each team member has six numbered selections for a particular block category and I rolled a die to randomly select which item number I would be working with from their lists. This is what I ended up with:

#1: 2 Canyon Clay
#2: 1 Raspberry Fizz
#3: 1 Hibiscus Burst
#4: 1 Vintage Cream
#5: 1 Sketch
#6: 5 Friends card
#7: 2 Watercolouring (oh no!)
#8: 2 Rhinestones
#9: 3 Embroidery floss

Based on my colours and sketch, I thought I had to go pretty modern. Couldn't see these colours working for flowers so I chose instead a bolder, graphic design. Didn't want to use paint for my watercolouring and I don't own a single ink refill. So I dipped a brush directly onto my ink pads and coloured that way, using a drop of water when necessary. I elected to stamp my design on vellum with Versamark and emboss with black detail powder. Then I coloured in. I cannot see any differences  between the Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz inks, using this method, but I'm surprised at how pretty it turned out. I cut a strip of cardstock with one of the stitching line dies and stitched with embroidery floss, in the closest colour to Hibiscus Burst that I had. I didn't really want to embellish this bold design with rhinestones so I decided instetad to incorporate them into my design. Oh, and by the way, I am not at all a mathematician and the hardest part of this whole exercise was figuring out the tipped layer, since I don't own the Tipped Top dies. I had to exercise my brain and at my age it's not used to these math problems any more.

It was lots of fun but I did have two little grandsons underfoot all day (two and four years old) so it really was a challenge. Luckily for me, I came up with the idea, and even managed to get the heat embossing out of the way, before they arrived this morning.

Just realized, after reading a question on the forum, that my card is completely ILLEGAL!!! I wasn't supposed to use any other supplies or techniques than those I had been given with the roll of the die. Pouting. Posting anyway. Even though I am not going to be eligible to win. Never thought that adding black ink and cardstock and embossing (actually, that's quite a few extras; the grandkids must have really distracted me this morning) would not be acceptable. With all that said, here is my card anyway:


Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow, vellum
Stamps: PTI Round Repeats, City Scene Sentiments
Ink: PTI Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Canyon Clay; Versamark
Dies: Stitching Lines
Other: Embroidery floss, rhinestones, black detail embossing powder

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 1 (5th Post)

I completed another card for Papertrey's wishlist challenge. I think I'm going to need a vacation after the 15th. This time I used this colour combination:

and this sketch:

Even though it's not a PTI set, I really love Wplus9's Fresh Cut Florals. I used it on my card, but stamped all the flowers with PTI inks - and here it is:


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream
Ink: PTI Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf; Fresh Ink Provincial Gray
Stamps: PTI Modern Wood Mats, Live Love Life; Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals
Other: PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate, Spellbinders Petite Ovals, Melissa  Frances pearls

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Papertrey 7th Anniversary Day 7 (2nd post)

Phew! I managed to do a new original card for today's challenge - your best project that incorporates stripes in some way. Again, there's no natural light left here, but I'm posting a pic anyway:


Hi, it's me again and it's the next morning. What on earth was I thinking about yesterday, placing my sentiment banner on the diagonal like that? Needless to say, it was changed up very quickly this morning and here is my revised card:


with a few little extra patterned paper circles to cover up any little messes that I might have made :-)!!


Cardstock: PTI Spring Moss, Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream
Stamp: PTI A Big Thank You
Ink: Fresh Ink Provincial Gray
Dies: PTI Notched Flowers, Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners
Other: October Afternoon patterned paper and buttons, Silhouette cut striped background

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 7

I'm doing something that I don't usually do - I'm reposting a card for today's challenge. I originally made this for Friday's seventeen minute challenge. Sorry, but I don't have as much time today and this card works perfectly for today. I am going to try to make something else this afternoon, just because I'm really loving these challenges so much!

The instruction is to create a project that incorporates stripes in some way. And here is my effort:


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Peaceful Pinecones
Dies: PTI Peaceful Pinecones, Double-Ended Banner
Ink: PTI Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Other: Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, stencil cut out with my Silhouette

Monday, 10 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 6

Today's challenge from PTI: do a project using a large word as the focal point. Automatically, this screams CAS to me. So that's what I did. Except that it wasn't actually all that simple to make because it's hard to do something simple. So I didn't finish this project until very late in the afternoon and then, of course, the daylight was all gone and I only have a rotten photo of my card. Oh well.

I know, terrible pic. That's life.

REVISED: I took a new pic on Tuesday morning and it's much better. Happier now.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush
Ink: PTI Simply Chartreuse; Fresh Ink Red Currant
Stamp: PTI Live Love Life
Die: PTI Wonder Words: Hello
Patterned Paper: Maggie Holmes Flea Market for Crate Paper

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 1 Challenge (4th Post)

Getting another entry into the PTI challenge to win my wishlist. This time I am using this colour scape:

And this sketch:

These challenges have made me realize that I am missing and NEED some of the PTI cardstock colours. I am going to have to remedy that as soon as possible! By the way, I've also realized that I'm not crazy about colour challenges. They're too challenging (for me)! But here is my card:


Cardstock: PTI Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, Canyon Clay, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI Bells & Boughs, Birthday Style
Ink: PTI Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Terracotta File; Versafine Black Onyx
Die: PTI Bells & Boughs, Edgers #3
Patterned Papers: October Afternoon
Other: My Mind's Eye enamel dots

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 5 (My Photo)

Oh, and here is a photo of me holding the birthday card that I made for PTI:

Papertrey 7th Anniversary Day 5

The best of all! What a pleasure it is for me to make a birthday card for PTI. I love PTI. I have gotten so much joy from their wonderful products (wish I owned more of them! i.e., all) and from the gorgeous projects that Nichole and the design team create. Just ask my husband how much I love PTI. He is already sick and tired of these anniversary celebrations and from hearing how much fun everything is. But he's happy that it makes me so happy. I love having some form of creativity in my life and he does also. In fact, he's so agreeable to this hobby that he just took a photo of me with my PTI birthday card and is cropping it for me.

This is my card. I will handwrite a note inside to wish the entire warehouse staff Happy Birthday and then send it on its way to Cincinnati. But I don't think I could have chosen a more appropriate sentiment for my card (and, coincidentally I just used it for the first time on a card yesterday), "Because of you my world is brighter". And that's the truth.

I styled it after one of my favourite October Afternoon patterned papers. I just love that stuff but have always found the pattern too large to use on a card, until I figured out this morning how to fake it with some PTI supplies.


Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream, Lemon Tart
Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, Modern Wood Mats
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Sweet Blush; Versafine Onyx Black
Dies: Rosie Posie

Papertrey Ink: 7th Anniversary Day 1 (3rd post)

I made another entry for the Win Your Wishlist challenge over at PTI: I used this sketch:

And this colour scape (kinda):

I think I've created the perfect card for my husband to give to me for our anniversary - right down to the sentiment! I think it would go just perfectly with a blue Tiffany's (or the Canadian equivalent, Birks) box, that has been filled to the brim with diamonds! I do like diamonds and a girl can dream.

And here is my card - I don't think that I've ever used Aqua Mist and Classic Kraft together like this. It's not something I would normally do; if it wasn't for this challenge, I'm sure that I would have used a white card base.


Cardstock: PTI Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select White
Stamp: PTI Modern Wood Mats
Ink: Versafine Smokey Grey
Dies: PTI Star Prints; Lil Inker Starry Sky
Other: Martha Stewart White Gold Glitter, sequins

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 4

The challenge today over at PTI is to create a Monthly Moments Trading card. In the words of Nichole:

"We are pleased to introduce The Monthly Moments Trading Card Challenge!!!  Based on the old ATC trading card days, you are challenged to do something amazing with a 3x4 flat card!  Stamp it, layer it, embellish it any way you wish!Then share your creations here on our InLinkz list!  Your 3x4 trading card can be adapted for a scrapbooking layout or something that could be attached to a card front."

Because I am a scrapbooker, I chose to make a card for a scrapbooking layout. It is most certainly not amazing, but it's an entry for today's challenge!


Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist
Stamps: Grand Ampersand, Sketched Shapes
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Fresh Blue Sage
Dies: Pretty Peonies, Grand Ampersand
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 2 (Second Post)

Getting confusing posting all these projects for Papertrey's anniversary. But so much fun! This is my second submission for the colour/sketch challenge of Day 1. This is the colour scape I used:

 and the sketch:

and I totally CASE'd Cristina Kowalczyk for my card. I loved a card that she made in June 2013 for the introduction of Papertrey's Round Repeats stamp set (but I don't seem to be able to post it here). Here is my card:


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Canyon Clay, True Black
Stamps: PTI Round Repeats, Signature Series: Butterfly
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (heat set!)
Die: PTI Christmas Label
Copics: YG25, BG13

Friday, 7 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 3

Whew! A time challenge - this one stressed me to my limits. I have a little Léo running around here today (a very unexpected visit) but I was still determined to participate. After a lot of yelling and shushing, I managed to successfully complete a card. I am so glad that he's leaving shortly after lunch!

The Challenge: 7 supplies (7 minutes to gather them); 17 minutes or less to make your project. I did it. I really can't believe it because I'm one of the slowest card makers on earth.

Now before you say something, I already know. I'm a cheater, cheater, pants on fire. I used a card front that I had previously embossed with embossing paste! I know! Cheating! Except it was in my supplies; I keep a little basket of card fronts that I've cut or made and ended up not using. In the interest of fairness, I did cut a new card front and emboss it with a Cuttlebug folder within my time limit. Because if I had not had the pre-made panel, that is what I would have done.

This is a photo of the alternate Cuttlebug embossed card front that I made (just to prove that I did it!):

And here are my stopwatch shots. First up, supply gathering (being a well organized person pays off):

And card making stopwatch:

Fun challenge, but I would NOT like to do this every day. Much too stressful, LOL.

My 7 supplies:

(1) PTI Stamper's Select White cardstock
(2) Pre-made card front or, alternately, Cuttlebug embossing folder
(3) PTI Bells and Boughs stamps
(4) PTI Bells and Boughs dies
(5) PTI Double-Ended Banners die
(6) PTI Ripe Avocado ink
(7) PTI Dark Chocolate ink

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Day 2

Day 2 at Papertrey brings us some fun free printouts from the stamp designers.

I chose the one done by Heather Nichols because it printed out really well with my printer and I thought it was so cute. So cute that I basically just used it as the front of my card - but shaped the card like a file folder (thanks to PTI's Edgers #5 dies) and labelled it "Important Info". I made a little vellum library card pocket for the inside, printed out some love notes to my husband and cut them with the Spiral Notebook Page die, stamped a sentiment and that was it!

Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Vellum, Rustic Cream, Sweet Blush
Ink: Pure Poppy
Stamp: Heart Squared
Embellishments: Dear Lizzy flair, washi tape (think it's Doodlebug)

Papertrey Ink: 7th Anniversary Day 1

Papertrey is celebrating its 7th anniversary in grand style! Seriously. It's only just begun and the challenges (and prizes to be won) are the most scrumptious ever. There's lots to keep up with so head over to  Nichole's blog to see it all.

I'm submitting this card for a chance to win my special wish list. I hope to do more cards for this particular challenge later in the week (we have up until the morning of February 15th to participate). For this project I chose this sketch:

And this colour combination:

And here is my card:

Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: City Scene & City Scene Sentiments
Inks: PTI Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, Scarlet Jewel, Hawaiian Shores, Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Dies: Spellbinders Circles

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Papertrey Ink MIM #151: Drop Shadow Die Cuts

Love that Betsy Veldman and all her fun techniques and innovations!

My husband is getting very old. Unfortunately, so am I. I was working on his birthday card on Sunday afternoon, had everything cut out but had not yet chosen a background paper, and put it all aside when the Superbowl started. I woke up Monday morning to Betsy's MIM video and decided it was just the little extra step that my project needed.

Now I don't usually make novelty-type cards (who am I kidding? with so many boys in my life I make them all the time!), but with my husband getting so old and all (next year is a milestone birthday that he doesn't even want to think about - it's a bad one; even worse than you're probably thinking) I decided to make him a fun card. I think he's going to like it because he's a geeky nerd.

And here  is the inside of the card. I made a life-size iPhone with my Silhouette. Hope he doesn't think he's getting a new one for his birthday! And I think that he's geeky enough to notice that I made it the size of my iPhone, not his newer model. We'll see.

The drop shadow die cuts add just the little kick that this card needed. I also used another technique that Betsy demonstrated a while back: paper folding. My stars (PTI Star Prints die cut from American Crafts POW glitter paper) are folded to add a 3D effect. Love this!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #150: Window Screen Cards (Second Post)

Doing a second post for this challenge, except that this time it's actually a gift tag that I need for a baby shower that I'm going to next week.

 My window screen is made with PTI Rustic Cream cardstock and PTI's Berry Box die, turned on the diagonal to resemble a trellis (at least in my mind). All supplies are PTI except for Versafine Onyx Black Ink, some Doodlebug twine and a scrap of Pebbles patterned paper.