Friday, 27 March 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #206: Stamping and Mixing Patterns

Danielle Flanders is challenging us this week, over at Papertrey Ink, to stamp our own patterned papers and to mix and match them on a project. Trust Danielle go come up with lovely cards that are fresh and modern and oh so trendy ...

... see what I mean? Gorgeous to look at, I could stare at them all day! I'm a grumpy pants about this project. Do you think I brought my Polka Dot Basics Background stamp set to FL with me? Or any stamp set, for that matter, that has a single straight line in it so I might be able to create a striped pattern? Of course not!

After hemming and hawing for days, I finally came up with a combination of stamped papers that could (barely) work together ...

and made this card; I ended up not using the smooshed woodgrain embossed paper :) ...

True confession: I had made the large floral paper for Ashley's doodling challenge a couple of weeks ago and ended up not using it because I wasn't crazy about it. But I found it in my journal this week and decided to trim it, and then I trimmed it just a teeny bit more more, and finally was left with this focal point. Don't know why, but this card reminds me of a tattoo, not that I have any! Kind of like an old time Ed Hardy iPhone skin.

Because I don't have any stripe or dot stamps with me, I had a hard time coming up with a strong repetitive patterned paper, which I felt I needed to ground the Enclosed flower layer. I decided on a single leaf from the Pretty Petals stamp set. It was super easy to stamp and I love the paper that I ended up with. Thanks for the challenge, Danielle!


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White; Canson watercolour paper
Stamps - PTI Enclosed: Flower, Pretty Petals, Pretty Peonies, Embellised Elegance
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Limeade Ice; Fresh Ink Silver Lilac
Other - Sequins

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Papertrey Ink March 2015 Blog Hop

The Blog Hop for this month, over at Papertrey Ink, has a Spring time feel! Look at the lovely inspiration that Nichole gave us ...

... so fresh and pretty; gorgeous yellow and blues. I'm still in Florida and it's getting hotter and hotter and I'm feeling less and less like making cards, but I managed to do one ...

Horrid photo, kind of blasted on the left hand side, that's life. I've seen lots of Bitty Bouquets along the Hop this morning, and that's what I reached for also. I always try to use my new stuff pretty soon after I get it, and aside from playing around with Bitty Bouquets, and stamping lots and lots of them, I hadn't used them on a card yet. I also wanted to stamp that pretty frame from my newly acquired (thanks, Chris!) Stamp-a-faire 1940s set. And you can see I'm still not over woodgrain - here I used a some printed vellum from Webster's Pages.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream
Stamps - PTI Bitty Bouquets, SAF 2014 1940s
Ink - PTI Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse; Fresh Ink Island, Blue Sage
Dies - PTI Bitty Bouquets, Wonderful Words: Thank You; Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Squares
Patterned Paper - Webster's Pages printed vellum; Lawn Fawn Let's Polka

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #203: Doodling with Stamps

Ashley Cannon Newell is hosting this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. She's demonstrating just how she made that mindblowing doodled Enclosed: Flower card during February's release. She's so artistic and trendy and I really love her colour sense.

I really wanted to play along even though I've discovered that I'm not a natural doodler. I am way too uptight! Nothing flowed, it was just very stressful! I tried at least eight different things and nothing was working. I was so determined to do something with the Enclosed Flower because I loved Ashley's cards so much but I FINALLY realized (after so many failed attempts) that I couldn't succesfully doodle on it because it's a large scale stamp set. My handwriting is really quite small and I just wasn't comfortable making all those large, sweeping doodles. I also realized that combining the technique of doodling with watercolouring was way too ambitious for me :). So I dropped the watercolouring and turned to Mini Blooms and I ended up with this ...

... a very conservative and controlled card (because that's the way I like it). Minimal doodling, thank goodness. At least I tried.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow
Stamps - PTI Mini Blooms, Beautiful Brushstrokes
Inks - PTI Raspberry Fizz, Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse
Dies - PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate, Wet Paint Cuts; Spellbinders Nesting Circles