Sunday, 31 May 2015

Joy to the World

I made an "international" Christmas card today. I just started playing around with some things after being inspired by two challenge sites. First, I saw this sweet number up at Muse: ChristmasVisions 4, done by this week's guest designer, Tracey McNeely ...

and then I hopped over to the Merry Monday Christmas blog where the challenge this week is to incorporate newsprint into your design ...

I was influenced by Tracey's gorgeous sky and her use of embossing paste. I might not exactly have used "newsprint" on my card, but I think my map paper might be close enough ...

I first did some ink blending for my night sky (Distress Ink Faded Jeans, PTI Hawaiian Shores and Blueberry Sky). Then I used a PTI Skyscapes die to create a stencil for my stars in that sky, which I made with embossing paste. When the paste was dry, I added a little spot of Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine to each star. Some October Afternoon patterned paper, a mix to two different PTI Sentiments and some PTI City Scene die cuts finished up the card.

I'm also entering this into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog where the theme this week is Anything Goes.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thank You

Thank You cards are being featured this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

I had fun making mine. I used a SSS die (Air Vent) to cut a decorative border and then punched the edge of it with a Fiskars border punch. I haven't used my border punches forever (since the invention of dies really) and now I've made two cards within a week that use a punched border :)

I know, pretty colourful! I'm really liking this Hawaiian number. I used my new Gelatos to make the background for my card.


Paper - Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White,  Raspberry Fizz, True Black card; Canson XL Watercolor paper
Stamps - PTI Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers
Inks - Faber-Castell Red Cherry, Bubble Gum, Lavender, Passion Fruit Gelatos; PTI Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz ink
Dies - SSS Air Vent; PTI Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Wet Paint Cuts
Other - Fiskars border punch; My Mind's Eye enamel dots 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Stencil It!

This week over at the Simons Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog the theme is stencils, one of my favourite things. I love ink blending, misting and embossing with them. Anything, really.

I need to add some sympathy cards to my stash, never a fun thing, and came up with this little number ...

I made a stencil with a Silhouette cut file. I taped it down to my white card with some Post It tape and did some ink blending with my mini blender tool, using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Shabby Shutters. I carefully lifted off my stencil and put it aside. Then I laid another, clean, stencil over my inking and added a coat of Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste, removing the stencil as soon as I was finished applying the paste.

After it had all dried I glued my inked-up stencil back over my design, offsetting it just a smidgen to leave a trace of white lines in the cut. I stamped my sentiment (Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple: Sympathy) with PTI Smokey Shadow ink, trimmed the panel and adhered it with foam tape to my card base.

I love the way it looks a bit like a stained glass window. It was very hard to photo; I may have had to stand on my head to do it!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Papertrey Ink May 2015 Blog Hop

For this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, Nichole Heady provided a totally fab inspiration photo ...

I really liked it because so many different things came to mind. As you'll see, I couldn't quite stop at just one idea. It started with this ...

and then, because I loved seeing all those beautiful inks together, moved along to this ...

and then I decided I wanted one using just die cuts made from my gorgeous PTI cardstock ...

and then I wanted to do something with my new Gelatos (bought after Melissa Phillip's last Make It Monday tutorial - that design team never stops enabling!) ...

 and then I decided that was so much fun, I just had to do another ...

I know, I may have exaggerated just a little bit. But only a tiny bit. It was a fun theme! The things that each card have in common, are rainbow colours and a touch of black glitter paper. Like this ...

And that's it for me - I promise!

Supplies: All cardstock, inks, stamps, dies used are from PTI except for Recollections black glitter paper, Fresh Ink Fresh Lavender ink, Mama Elephant smile word die, Canson XL watercolour paper, Lil Inkers stitched circle die, Gelatos and Glossy Accents.

PTI cardstock and ink colours used were Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy. Plus Smokey Shadow and Stamper's Select White card.

PTI Stamps used were Beautiful Brushstrokes Additions & Sentiments and Beautiful Butterflies. Dies are Party Trio, Wonderful Words: Thank You, Oopsie Daisy, Cover Plate: Harlequin, Keep It Simple Frames, Sparkle & Shine words, Notched Flowers, Turning a New Leaf, Big Hugs.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Imaginesce Bird

When I saw the code word (Birds) for the latest challenge over at the Addicted to CAS blog I immediately thought of one of the first stamps that I ever bought.

It was a little one dollar Imaginesce stamp of a single bird. I wasn't making cards at the time, just scrapbooking. While I now own other bird stamps, it remains one of my favourite images. This is the card I made with him ...

It's quite different from what I usually do, not sure I like it, but he's an old favourite. I notice I've used a few other "old" supplies in making this card. I must be feeling nostalgic today!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White and Smokey Shadow card; Echo Park patterned papers
Stamps - Imaginesce bird; PTI Wet Paint; Kaisercraft Wood Panel
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - PTI Wet Paint
Other - Fiskars border punch; Wink of Stella; Copics

Monday, 18 May 2015

Fussy Cutting

Ashley is up today over at the Papertrey Ink blog for Make It Monday #212, giving us tips on how to fussy cut stamped images. Now in my real life (because making cards for MIM challenges is not hardly my real life), I would never bother to fussy cut. I don't enjoy it, am horrid at it and much prefer to just use the Trace and Cut feature on my Silhouette. But for just this one time, I did it :)

Ashley's inspiration cards were beautiful ...

and of course her fussy cutting was impeccable. Mine not so much. I'm blaming it on having poor eyesight and shaky hands.

I tried to distract from the cutting with a shaker and background embossing, hehehe.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush
Stamps - PTI Think Big Favorites #5, Mini Blooms
Ink - PTI Enchanted Evening, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Limeade Ice
Dies - PTI Mehndi Medallion Impression Plate, Shaker Shapes: Star

Frilly & Fabulous

I'm playing along at the Card Concept challenge blog today. Challenge #35 is Frilly and Fabulous. How could anyone resist the inspiration photo ...


... seriously, buttercream frosting and woodgrain, some of my personal favourites. I really needed to get going on a card for my son's (and DDIL's) seventh wedding anniversary which is next Sunday. We're giving them a gift certificate to one of their favourite restaurants and baby sitting for the night so I decided to make one of my standard "gift card" cards, in a Clean & Layered style.

I own several pocket dies (I have a little weakness for them), but this Taylored Expressions one is my absolute favourite for gift cards ... just love that yummy curve on it.

A close-up for you of the glitter that you can't possibly see.

And yet another bird's eye view of the stunning glitter.

Even though the human eye can't see it (in my photos anyway, ha!), after diecutting and stamping the frame I glittered it up all over using spray adhesive and Tim Holtz distress glitter. A pocket, a gift card cover, some ink smooshing and, voilà, a pretty gift card presentation, all done. And the best part is it probably only cost double the actual gift certificate.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow card; SSS Cotton Candy card; MME Wood Necessities patterned paper
Stamps - PTI Baker's Dozen
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet; Tim Holtz Spun Sugar
Dies - PTI Baker's Dozen, Gift Card Greetings; Taylored Expressions Library Pocket
Other - May Arts String; Tim Holtz Distress Glitter; Copics

Friday, 15 May 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #123

This week's challenge over at the CASE(E) this Sketch blog is pretty simple.

I turned it 180˚ degrees and came up with a super simple one layer card (except that I added a bulky embellishment at the end, oh well).

This marks a milestone in my cardmaking career - I rounded a corner! Don't think I've ever done that before.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Pretty Petals, Big Hugs
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone; Fresh Inks Pink Lemonade, Basil
Other - Pink Paislee brad

Yellow and Grey

The current challenge up at the Fusion Card Challenge blog features only the most beautiful colour combo that exists, in my opinion! It's just so delicious to me that it almost hurts.

I couldn't do it justice. Is anyone else like this? Whenever I really really like something it almost scares me. It's like I have to hold back instead of going all out. Like a hoarding instinct - I don't want to use my most beautiful supplies because then they'll be gone. So instead I hide them in a box. Makes so much sense. But I digress.

I had to make two cards because two is always better. The first one is really simple but sweet, like the dress. It uses both the photo and sketch for inspiration.

I did some partial embossing with a Lifestyle Crafts folder, added that gorgeous sentiment, and then scored some lines to ground it. I matted the panel with some My Mind's Eye Metallic Necessities patterned paper, added a strip of PTI Luxe Silver Cardstock (impossible to photo) and popped a yellow butterfly on top.

The second card is a CASE, pure and simple, of this card that Amy Sheffer posted on her blog this week ...

I had been doodling around with a couple of ideas for my card and the moment I saw Amy's card  I knew her layout was just what I needed to finish it up.

Everything is PTI on this card (except for some Fresh Ink Blue Sage ink) including a few things that I've never used before, like Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock which is so lovely but so hard to photo. Forgive me the CASE, but I just wanted to own a card in this design, LOL.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Runway Inspired Challenge #83

The current challenge over at the Runway Inspired Blog is super scary - lots of black and a big floral pattern ...

I made a card earlier in the week but decided that it wasn't quite brave enough for this challenge, so I deleted my link and am back today with a new card ...

I went for a whimsical, almost "groovy" look and I really like how this card turned out. All of the flowers were embossed onto black cardstock with coloured Zing powders. I added a scallop frame and die cut word to finish things up.

My first card was very safe and stayed as far away from black as possible :) ...

I added a partial translucent embossing paste harlequin pattern to the background of the Doodlie-Do Copic coloured flowers. Some Glossy Accent highlights were also added to the florals. I think it's a pretty card (and I got to use that translucent embossing paste for the first time), but I much prefer the black one for this challenge. Thanks for the inspiration!


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, True Black, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse
Stamps - SSS Watercolor Flowers; PTI Bold Bouquet Anniversary set, Doodlie-Do, Keep It Simple: Get Well
Inks - VersaMark; Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - PTI Shakers & Sprinkles, Harlequin Cover Plate, Doodlie-Do, Double Ended Banners; Mama Elephant "smile"
Other - American Crafts Zing Embossing Powders (Red Glitter, Butter, Rose, Leaf); Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste

Thursday, 7 May 2015

First Christmas Card of 2015!

I've usually made at least one Christmas card by this time, but this happens to be the first of this year. I was attracted by this week's challenge over at Merry Monday, where the challenge is to use embossing on your project, either dry or heat.

I happen to love embossing of all kinds, but most especially the dry kind. I know most people say that one of the things that first fascinated them with stamping was the magic of a heat gun melting embossing powder.  For me, it was embossing folders. I was astounded at the results that I could achieve at home with a little (Cuttlebug) machine. It looked like letterpress and classic wedding invitations and I loved it and still do. This is the card that I made ...

I realize that I'm missing something in my Christmas stash - a larger scale Christmas wreath stamp, one that can handle being the focus of a card. Would love some recommendations!


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
Stamps - PTI Wee Folk (I stamped under my die cut wreath layers with the laurel wreath in this set), Tinsel & Tags Sprigs (Make It Market)
Ink - PTI Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush
Other - Basic Grey embossing folder, PTI patterned paper, sequins

Dies - PTI Rustic Wreath, Tinsel & Tags (Make It Market); Spellbinders Nesting Circles

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Graceful Greetings

This week's Make It Monday, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, Melissa Phillips is demonstrating, in her own lovely way, how to soften stamped images using Gelatos.

We're also "allowed" to use other colouring mediums, which I had to do since I don't own any Gelatos. A girl can't have everything, right? I tried watercolour pencils, pastels, and nothing really worked for me (all the rubbing in the world didn't change anything), so I decided to go with an inked background and then went over my stamped images lightly with a water brush.


Cardstock - PTI Sweet Blush; Canson Watercolour Paper
Stamps - PTI Graceful Greetings, Make It Market Mini: Wee Folk
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse
Dies - PTI Wine Bottle Tag
Patterned Paper - PTI Shakers & Sprinkles

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Write it on your heart

I'm joining a couple of challenges today with one card.

I loved the inspiration photo for this Happy Days theme over at the Fusion Card Challenge blog, so bright and cheerful and much needed right now. We're having a beautiful weekend and it's making me think of balcony planters. I can't wait to choose the annuals for this year, but it's still a bit too early here. Planting is never recommended before May 24th the earliest.

I also loved the sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch! It gave me ideas, which are always welcome.

My card didn't turn out as bright as I had originally wanted it to be, but I do love it. That Most Incredible Stamping Tool EVER Invented has really brought down the frustration levels in my craft studio significantly! Used lots of NBUS things on this card, plus I can't believe that I made a one layer card that I actually like. That never happened before my MISTI. Something always went wrong before my card was finished and I would have to cover up something with something.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - Altenew Painted Flowers; PTI Simply Framed; Simon Says Stamp Watercolor Flowers
Inks - PTI Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Pinefeather; Versafine Onyx Black
Other - Pretty Pink Posh sequins