Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Papertrey Ink: November 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

It's the 25th already and time for another Blog Hop over at Papertrey Ink. Loved the theme for this time around because Christmas is my favourite card making occasion and nothing says Christmas to me like Snow ...

Isn't this gorgeous? I don't really like the cold and snow but it certainly looks beautiful! This photo of Central Park makes me want to spend the holidays in NYC. Nichole Heady has more inspiration over at her blog so make sure you check it out.

My first, and favourite, card just made it itself. It's so simple ...

I cut a stencil with my Silhouette and used embossing paste for the background snow. A couple of Peaceful Pinecone die cuts and it was done. I love all of the sentiments in PTI's O'Tannenbaum stamp set and I find myself stamping them on almost every project. Oh, I used some rainstones for the first time ever - I've been hoarding them.

Next is a card with images from the O'Tannenbaum stamp set ...

Very simple but hard to photograph - the entire image panel was glittered with *contaminated* (yes, I might have dropped some Antique Linen glitter in the jar by mistake at one time or another) Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Glitter after it had been stamped. I've done this before and like the effect, it's almost like glass. But it's very difficult to capture this in a photo, especially with the weather we're having here today, completely cloudy and almost foggy. A closeup shows the glitter a little bit better. In real life this is a very pretty card, if I do say so myself! The background patterned paper is from Betsy Veldman's Tinsel & Tags' kit.

Continuing along, another in the "white series" (can't help it, I love white) ...

So I guess I'm also liking that banner from the Tinsel & Tags kit - this time I turned it around :). I used Smokey Shadow ink, stamped off one time, for the banner image and then heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder. That tree from In the Meadow has been stamped in Fresh Ink's Mint and then glittered with Martha Stewart coarse glitter. In real life it shines like crazy!

Okay, so I was really liking this Snow theme -  the next two projects are very different from the white ones above. You know I had to make a shaker card, right?

This shaker was made with Betsy's Shaker Shapes: Ornament die and a Sparkle word cut. I absolutely love this ornament shaker die and am in the middle of making 24 photo ornaments for our Christmas tree. I do photos of our grandsons for the tree every year and this die is making it so easy (and so cute) this year. This card looks like a red and cream Scandinavian Christmas to me. The patterned paper is an old scrap from Echo Park that I had in my stash.

Last project, promise, a snowflake gift tag. I've decided that my wrapping scheme this year is Kraft, Red and Pink. I found wrapping paper that is very close to Sweet Blush, so I'm one happy girl. I haven't decided on my tags yet, but this design is in the running. I usually make multiples of three to five different designs.

It's impossible to see, but the centre of the snowflakes has been glittered up. And that's it for me! No more playing until all my Christmas projects are completely finished. So many to do!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Impression Line Water Colouring

This week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink, here, was super tricky. Erin showed off this technique beautifully ...

but I just didn't know what to do with it. I didn't think that any of the dies I own would be good for this technique and I'm just not that crazy about water colouring to begin with. I hate to give up so I played around a bit with my PTI Circles Cover Plate. I impressed it into water colour paper and then painted it with an old Twinkling H2O paint pot that I had (Iridescent Red). I liked the effect it gave, but the card front sat around on my counter, unused, for days because I couldn't decide how to finish it. My first thought was a snowflake but every arrangement I tried looked awful. Every once in a while I would revisit the project and finally it all came together. Not easy, but I really love the way it turned out. Thanks so much to Erin for highlighting this technique and for bringing out her H2O's. I had forgotten all about them!

The first photo I took was in the early morning. Love the way the light was coming through the snowflakes.

This detail shot shows how the Iridescent Red Twinkling H2O changes colour depending on how the light strikes the card.

I am also entering my card into the CAS(E) this sketch #101 challenge ...

I'm probably stretching it to call my card CAS, but I think the fact that it's tone on tone in colour helps. In any case, I'm going with it!


Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Vellum, Smokey Shadow; Canson XL Watercolour Paper; DCWV
Glitter Cardstock
Stamps: PTI Wet Paint Holiday
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Wet Paint Holiday Cuts, Snowflake Medley, Fancy Flakes, Damask Snowflakes, Building Blocks
Other: Iridescent Red Twinkling H2O

Monday, 10 November 2014

Tag You're It! Challenge #10

Loved the inspiration from Lynn Put for Challenge #10 over at Tag You're It!

And since I can always use an extra holiday tag, that's what I made ...

Not sure that I'm crazy in love with it (I'm  not!) but I do like the three banners on it (Lynn's design was fab).

Edited to Add: I decided to pop this tag onto a card, et voilà, here it is ...


Cardstock: PTI Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Bells & Boughs, Peaceful Pinecones, O'Tannenbaum
Inks: PTI Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado, Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Tag Sale #10, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax
Other: PTI Patterned Paper, washi tape, Bo Bunny Pearls, white crochet thread

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Winter Hills

One of my all-time favourite winter stamp sets is Papertrey Ink's Winter Hills. I love both the framed scene as well as each individual, stand-alone element. I saw this week's Christmas card challenges at Merry Monday and at Festive Friday and decided that I had to play along. Both challenges featured rustic elements and I knew that Winter Hills would be perfect.

This is the inspiration over at Merry Monday:

And this is the inspiration for Festive Friday:

And here is my card ...

I stamped the framed scene from Winter Hills on PTI Vintage Cream cardstock, using Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and then coloured with Copics. When I was finished, I stamped the little tiny snowflake that is included in the set into the sky several times, using Fresh Snow ink. I then trimmed out my stamped image, masked the edges of it, and sprayed adhesive (Krylon) all over and sprinkled it with Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Which had been "contaminated", just yesterday, with some Antique Linen Distress Glitter. Don't you hate when you pour the excess glitter into the wrong jar??!! This, unfortunately, has happened to me more than once over the years. I managed to scoop most of the Antique Linen out of the Rock Candy jar, but I can see on this glittered image that I do have a few strays, but it actually looks more rustic and homey this way.

I added a stamped die cut banner from Betsy Veldman's Tinsel & Tags kit (Fresh Ink Provincial Grey background with PTI Terracotta Tile sentiment) and some holly from PTI's Note Niblets. The assembled image was foam mounted onto an October Afternoon woodgrain patterned paper card front.

It's so hard to capture the glittered scene in a photo, but in real life it's so magical! It's like looking outside through a cold, frosted window.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

PTI MIM #187: Partial Die Cuts for the Holidays (Second Post)

I'm back with a second project for this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at Papertrey Ink. Melissa Phillips is hosting and her tag is just gorgeous!

I wasn't entirely happy with yesterday's project but there were elements that I liked. Did I ever tell you that I love POW glitter paper from American Craft's? It cuts like butter in my Silhouette, the glitter doesn't flake off because it's like a plastic film and it is the most glittery paper ever. So I used some again on today's card.

Very simple, again. My stars were cut with PTI's Seeing Stars die collection, glued onto a Stamper's Select White card panel and the edges were trimmed. I foam mounted a banner that was stamped in Smokey Shadow with one of the sentiments from PTI's Keep It Simple: Merry Christmas set. The panel was then foam mounted onto a Soft Stone card base.

This card makes a nice set with the tags that I did yesterday ...

Fun challenge, but I really have to get going with my "real" Christmas stuff. The matchy-matchy things to go with my colour scheme this year. These projects have given me just the creative push that I needed!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #187: Partial Die Cuts for the Holidays

Melissa Phillips is up for this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. She made a beautiful Christmas tree gift tag to demonstrate the technique

Isn't that gorgeous? I love her style - "modern" vintage, always using the most beautiful details and colours. I got back from a long vacation last week and my mojo has not made it back home yet. I am struggling to get creative (I have so much to do for the holidays!) and forced myself to participate in this week MIM challenge. I made a two tag set ...

I think these would be cute for some New Year's Eve hostess gifts. Each of them is very simple. I used Papertrey's Cover Plate: Chevron Vertical to die cut some American Crafts POW Glitter Paper (solid silver) and then snipped the chevrons apart. For the wine tag I mounted them on foam tape and then trimmed the sides off. For the gift tag, I just glued the chevrons on the tag and trimmed. The sentiments (from PTI Note Niblets) were stamped using Smokey Shadow ink. For the wine tag I wanted a "hole reinforcer" look so I die cut a second collar, this time using True Black cardstock. I think the wine tag looks very New Year's Eve tuxedo festive and the bells add just the right amount of cheer for ringing in the New Year. It's my easy version of  a shaker tag :).