Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #162: Paper Scrap Pie Charts

Melissa Phillips is up this week for Make It Monday over at Nichole Heady's blog for Papertrey Ink here. She's showing us a way to use up some of our paper scraps in our cardmaking. Of course her card was gorgeous, that's just the way she operates.

This is what I made:

We are not having a very nice April - lots of cloud and rain and it's been very trying to get indoor photos lately, but it is what it is and that's my pic.

I'm challenging myself to make cards other than pink ones. I've noticed that for a while now all my cards have been overly feminine. So for this project, I limited myself to blues and only scraps of paper, no paper that had not already been cut into allowed! This was harder than you might think. Yes, I do have scraps but not piles of them because I try to clean out my supplies semi-regularly. Also, to keep my card easy to make, I limited myself to one paper company, October Afternoon, a longtime favourite of mine. That way I didn't have to deal with different white tones with different companies because October Afternoon consistently uses the same cream base.

And in honour of using up scraps, I used a brad from The Girls' Paperie - remember them?


Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Aqua Mist
Patterned Paper: PTI Aqua Mist ; October Afternoon
Stamp: PTI Global Greetings French
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Dies: PTI Hello Sunshine; Spellbinders Rectangles

Monday, 28 April 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Blog Hop (Second Post)

And the fun continues until 11:55 PST tonight over at Paulina's Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop. I've seen so many awesome cards linked up and I've been so inspired.

I wanted to participate for a second time and thought that a wine tag sequin shaker could be cute. And then I remembered that some friends of ours are going on their first cruise a few weeks from now, so this is what I made:

Hope they have an out-of-this world vacation!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Sequin Shaker Blog Hop!!

Can there be anything more fun (or pretty) than sequin shakers? I don't think so!! I've been hearing lots about the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop and couldn't wait to make something for it. Thanks so much to Paulina for hosting this hop.

I'm off to do some hopping now!


Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream
Stamps: PTI Doodlie-Do
Inks: PTI Limeade Ice, Berry Sorbet
Dies: PTI Doodlie-Do & Pretty Peonies
Patterned Paper: Pebbles Yours Truly & October Afternoon

Friday, 25 April 2014

Embroidered Tea Towel

It's time for the April 2014 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! Just go over to Nichole Heady's blog for all of the details, (here)
The theme this month is embroidered inspiration. Nichole has challenged us to make a stamped project using an embroidery pattern as inspiration. My card is not so much based on a pattern as a style: Redwork. I'm calling it my embroidered linen tea towel card!

This is what I used as my inspiration. I have always loved this type of outline embroidery; it's so sweet and simple!

I used PTI Vintage Cream cardstock to mimic the look of linen fabric. I love how I thought of adding a dobby border with my (new!) Polka Dot Basics II stamp set. I stamped my images with pigment ink (Fresh Ink's Red Currant) and then immediately covered the images with clear embossing powder and heat set them in an attempt to make the lines look more like stitching. But it really doesn't give very much of a 3D effect because embossing powder doesn't quite stick to pigment ink like it does to Versamark. I have some red embossing powder which I initially used, and it did give more of a wow factor, except that my powder is about 15 years old and even with an embossing buddy it was impossible to do a neat job - stray powder everywhere! It also smudged after it was heat set and cooled so it was obviously past its expiry date. That little jar is now history!

I made another card, this time just stamping and not embossing the images, and it looks like this:

I prefer the ink colour of this one (Hero Arts' Red Royal) because it looks more like the Turkish red thread, but in real life the embossed card has more depth and I like the simpler layout better. But the longer I look at this one, the more I'm liking it!


Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream (card front) Stamper's Select White (card base) for first card; Rustic Cream on the second card shown
Stamps: PTI Friends 'Til the End, Embellished Elegance, Bold Bouquet Anniversary, Polka Dot Basics II
Other: Clearsnap embossing powder
Inks:  PTI Sweet Blush; Fresh Ink Red Currant; Hero Arts Red Royal

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #160: Heat Embossing Tips for Die Cuts and Two Step Stamps

Erin Lincoln showed us an easy way to emboss or two-step stamp die cuts. I decided to break out my new Embellished Elegance stamp set and this is what I came up with:

With that very embellished "happy", I didn't think the card needed much more, so I just added a few flowers from the stamp set and embossed the background.


Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream
Stamps: PTI Embellished Elegance
Ink: PTI Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado; Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: PTI Embellished Elegance; Simon Says Stamp Chevron

Friday, 11 April 2014

Make It Monday #159 at Papertrey Ink: No-Sew Quilted Cards (Third Post!!!)

Almost embarrassed, but I did have fun playing with the quilted look. In real life I can't sew, at all, so it was kind of satisfying to do this. Also, I threw all thoughts of clean and simple out of the window and just let it go. (And then I woke up this morning to PTI's reveal of the Modern Cross Quilt stamp and cover plate and had my mind blown by the clean simplicity of both Lexi and Maile's projects.)

I started out trying to make a pinwheel pattern using some stitched circle dies that I have. Unfortunately, I couldn't really make a regular size card using them, so instead I've done a small folded gift tag type card, which I happen to like having on hand. Small card, big bow. No sentiment.

Then I decided to do a second pinwheel patterned card, this time A2 sized, again using bows as accents. Bigger card, smaller bows.

Can I just give a big shout out to Silhouette America for making projects like this so much easier. I cut all of the "pie slices" on these two cards using my Cameo and it made the project doable. I could never have done this by hand!

PTI Supplies:

Soft Stone and Sweet Blush cardstocks
Sweet Blush patterned paper

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #159: No-Sew Quilted Cards (Second Post)

Love Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge and decided to do another, more girly, baby card, using up a piece of chipboard from my stash that is I don't know how many years old, nor do I know who it is from. I remember I bought it in hopes of having a granddaughter to scrapbook for one day, but that never happened. I used Dawn's layout exactly, because I really find it makes for a very pretty card.

PTI Supplies:

Sweet Blush Patterned Paper
Stamper's Select White cardstock
Quatrefoil Cover Plate die

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #159: No-Sew Quilted Cards

I'm joining in on this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. Dawn McVey demonstrates how to add a quilted look to your cards using patterned papers (laid out in patchwork style) and embossing folders/cover plates.

I decided to do a baby card and had lots of fun making it. I just might have made one more (or two!!) but I'm having so much trouble with my photos tonight. Is it just me or does Blogger change your photos also? I get my pic looking pretty okay in Photoshop, import it into Blogger and it's completely changed! What's up with that??!!

PTI Supplies:

Rustic White, Aqua Mist, PTI Kraft and Pure Poppy cardstocks
Button Stacks dies
Tiny Tags dies

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #158: Stamping With Watercolor Mediums

I wasn't going to participate this week since watercolouring techniques are my least favourite. My husband paints and I have access to oil paints, pastels, good watercolours, acrylics, etc., but I just don't enjoy using them at all. After I watched Heather's video on Monday, I did a rehearsal/trial run with Léo (who was spending the day with me). We used old (i.e., non-PTI stamps) and he loved it, but me, not so much.

But this afternoon I had some time to kill before we go over to friends for the evening, so I thought I would try again. I have never made a card so quickly in my life, it came together in about five minutes, and I used Léo's paintbox, filthy pans and all!


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: Rosie Posie, Autumn Pattern Pieces, Global Greetings: French
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Prima pearls, cheap watercolours

Thursday, 3 April 2014

One of My Heart Throbs

I'm playing along with Leigh Penner's Pages With Papertrey #32. The challenge is to create a layout using 5 or more different patterned papers.

I am not a person who uses large amounts of patterned paper. I own quite a bit of it because I use to buy it all of the time. But I've learned that I'm very uncomfortable with actually using it. I love to see it on other people's projects, but I have real problems knowing what to do with it. So I've really slowed down on buying, just a few 6x6 paper pads now and then. But I did manage to incorporate SIX different patterns on this page (if you look closely, very closely, you can see that my two journaling spots are different patterns of graph paper).


Cardstock: American Crafts
Patterned Papers: Fancy Pants, Echo Park, Scenic Route, Crate Paper
Dies: PTI Fillable Frames #7, Trendy Tree Tops, Bubble Talk; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
Stamp: Circle Scribbles (the squiggled lines where I wrote my date)
Ink: Hero Arts Wet Cement
Title: Silhouette America cut file

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Bold Bouquet

I just used my new Papertrey Ink Bold Bouquet stamp set for the first time. So easy and so much fun. I've realized just how much I love florals. And colour. On white. And Keep It Simple: Thank You is going to get a real workout at my house - love the fonts!


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Bold Bouquet, Keep It Simple: Thank You
Inks: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Hawiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado; Hero Arts Wet Cement
Dies: PTI Bold Bouquet