Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #210: Using Vellum to Soften Patterns

It's Lizzie Jones who is hosting this week's Make It Monday over at the Papertrey Ink blog. She's showing us all how to use vellum to soften a bold pattern. She has all kinds of tricks and tips up her sleeve and the cards she made were awesome ...

Since it's DH's birthday next week (May 5), and I hadn't even thought about his card, I challenged myself to use vellum on a card for him. Now normally, and I don't know why, I think of vellum as dainty and flimsy and pretty, but I was determined to make a card, with vellum, that could be used for a male birthday. I'm not sure that I'll really give him this, since his birthday is a VERY VERY significant and LARGE numbered one and I think I should make him something funny, but it's a card I could use.

Since he was/is a graphic designer, I went very graphic. I stamped a partial background using Autumn Pattern Pieces, adhered a vellum panel and then layered a Shaker Shapes: Star over the top. I figure that even men can enjoy shakers; but I fear that it might be too much excitement for DH at his advanced age :). He's really not looking forward to his birthday and I don't blame him. He's older than I am but I don't even want to mention to anyone how old he's going to be in case it reflects badly on me, LOL. Poor him, he'll be glad when the celebrations are over.


Cardstock -  PTI Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Vellum
Stamps -  PTI Autumn Pattern Pieces, Baker's Dozen (two of the sentiments), Doodlie-Do (third sentiment)
Inks -  PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Shaker Shapes: Star; various other little dies for the pieces of confetti 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Papertrey Ink April 2015 Blog Hop

This month's Blog Hop, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, is a colour challenge - pairing navy with shades of pink - and the inspiration photo is, like always, gorgeous ...

One thing that I realized pretty quickly is that I don't have very much in the way of navy coloured supplies, just Enchanted Evening cardstock and ink and that's about it. I still managed to make two cards ...


I finally got to play with those awesome layering stamps (and dies) for Beautiful Butterflies, and I really love them so. I foam mounted the white panel over some patterned paper that I managed to find in my stash (it was just a snippet and I have no idea where it's from).

The second card uses the Brushed Blooms set. I created my own navy patterned background paper by selectively inking up PTI's Background Basics: Herringbone stamp with Enchanted Evening ink ...

And there you have it, all done and another month gone. We're back home from Florida and I saw a few snowflakes today. Family and friends had assured us that it was safe to come back but they were wrong. It's freezing!


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White, Enchanted Evening, Luxe Gold Adhesive
Stamps - PTI Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Brushed Blooms, Background Basics: Herringbone; WPlus9 Fanciful Feathers
Inks - PTI Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry Sweet Blush, Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Pinefeather, Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Brushed Blooms; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
Other - denim patterned paper (unknown); Pretty Pink Posh sequins; other sequins

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Prima Ballerina

This week's Make It Monday, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, is being hosted by Lexi Daly. I love her clean but always fun style! And the technique she is highlighting was made just for me - white on white die cuts with a pop of colour. Her cards are totally fabulous ...

and very inspiring and I essentially just followed one of her layouts and I really like how my card turned out, except I can't get that song out of my head now and I don't have any little girls in my life to send it to ...

That prima ballerina is just so cute and I love how she pops against the others in the corps de ballet. Everything on this card is PTI except for the Copics and Wink of Stella that I used. Stamps are Ballerina Beauty (with dies) and Bold Bouquet (for the sentiment).

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #208: Ombré Stamping

It's Laurie Willison over at the Papertrey Ink blog, showing us how to ink up our stamps (with makeup sponges) and create ombré images. She used Life is Beautiful and made an awesome card ...

I ended up using the toe separators from my last pedicure as the sponges for my different colour inks. I just cut them up and they worked perfectly and rinsed out easily. It was still a challenge for me to ink up my stamp and risk contaminating my ink pads but I did it in the interest of trying a new technique. I had such a hard time coming up with any ideas and after a long time settled on this ...

I'm calling it my Miami Vice card :). I ended up using a little watercoloured flower and leaf that were leftover from a previous card that I had made (love when that happens!). I cut my "hugs" die from some leftover cardstock that I had previously smooshed (haven't actually used that smooshing yet). I also brushed some inks behind my little scene in the ombré frame, just to add some colour.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White; Canson XL 140 watercolour paper
Stamps - PTI Heart Squared, Big Hugs
Dies - PTI Heart Squared, Big Hugs, 2014 SAF 1940's
Inks - PTI Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Hawaiian Shores
Other - Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #14

I think this is the first time that I've submitted to Virginia's View Challenge, but it's certainly not the first time that I've admired her work and all the extra special entries her challenges get. This one was completely irresistable, adding layers and dimension to our projects. Her inspiration board just sings out to me ...

I was really in the mood for some colour and this is what I came up ...

I die cut the flowers and leaves out of watercolour paper and then painted them with inks and water.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Other Paper - Canson watercolour paper; DCWV Vellum; Teresa Collins Nine & Co. polka dotted and PTI Shakers & Sprinkles striped patterned papers
Stamps - PTI Pretty Peonies
Inks - PTI Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, Ripe Avocado, Pinefeather, Smokey Shadow; Fresh Ink Grapefruit
Dies - PTI Pretty Peonies, SAF 2014 1940's; MFT Fishtail Flags Stax; Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Card Templates
Other - Sequins

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #207: Double Partial Die Cutting

Laura Bassen is hosting this week's Make It Monday over at Papertrey Ink, showing us the art of double partial die cutting. Her card is amazing!

I don't think that I've ever participated in a Laura challenge before. Truth be told, I find her talent very intimidating. She's so bold and clever and outgoing, everything that I'm not, and her cards and inventions are just too good. I'm sure I just have to say the words smooshing and ink blending (duh) and you immediately know what I mean.

But this week I didn't have any excuses - I actually brought both a pencil and an X-Acto knife (in lieu of a paper cutter) to FL with me!! I made this cute little note card and even did some triple (or maybe it was quadruple since I used four dies!) partial die cutting (you know somebody had to try after Laura's casual remark). But don't get all impressed or anything because I used a set of Spellbinders's nesting dies and did all the circles in one shot.

Thanks, Laura, for a great challenge and for all the videos you've made showing us how to smoosh and blend ink. It's good to try new things.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist
Stamps - PTI Oopsie Daisy
Ink - PTI Smokey Shadow, Ocean Tides, Spring Rain, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Lemon Tart
Dies - PTI Oopsie Daily; Spellbinder Nesting Circles and Nesting Scalloped Circles
Other - Foam tape, enamel dots