Saturday, 25 July 2015

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop & Sparkle and Shine

Guess what? The inspiration photo for this month's blog hop, over at Papertrey Ink, is beautiful. Isn't that a huge surprise?!!

Nichole is encouraging us to get out our butterflies and create beautiful pieces of art. I've been busy with summer things all month and haven't had much time to paper craft, but I did manage to make this one yesterday ...

... and it ended up taking me pretty much all day to do. Just couldn't seem to make a decision about anything. I was most influenced by those floral butterflies in the photo and that amazing purply colour. I coloured the background of my die cut butterfly with Copics and then stamped floral images (and embossed in some cases) from various stamp sets.

Stamps: PTI Vintage Linens, Beautiful Brushstrokes, Friendly Flowers, Keep It Simple: Just Because. Inks: PTI Pure Poppy, Plum Pudding; Versamark. Dies: PTI Life is Beautiful, Initial Thoughts; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders. Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, True Black card; Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection. Other: Zing Aqua, Leaf embossing powders; SSS Detail White embossing powder; Copics B91, RV04
I didn't sleep well last night and woke up early this morning and managed to make two more cards. This next one doesn't have any butterflies on it, but it's actually the first thing I thought of when I saw the inspiration photo; I guess because of the crackled tray (?) in the photo, who knows!

Stamps: PTI Doodlie-Do, Perfect Pairings. Ink: Versafine Vintatge Sepia. Dies: PTI Building Blocks, Edgers #3. Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White; Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection
Even though it looks like black in the photo, it was actually stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and I love the effect with the copper metallic border. The metallic I used is from Tim Holtz' Kraft-Core Metallic Collection. I sanded a sheet of the copper coloured paper for all three of my projects today - I ended up with a soft rose gold which I really love.

The last card is more in keeping with the vintagey feel of the inspiration photo ...

Stamps: SSS Watercolor Flowers; Hero Arts Wood Background. Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow. Die: PTI Life is Beautiful. Paper: PTI Vintage Cream; Canson XL Watercolor; Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection; 7gypsies Lille patterned paper. Other: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens Lilac, Mustard, Ochre, Light Gray
I wasn't really loving this one until I photo(ed) it - does that ever happen to you? I used a scrap of patterned paper from 7gypsies (ancient) and also stamped some woodgrain to fill in the design. I used a Hero Arts rubber stamp and just scribbled some Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens over the stamp and then misted it with water before stamping. I then re-stamped directly over it (I was using my MISTI, of course) with PTI Fresh Snow ink.

Phew! I used lots of supplies and had lots of fun (who needs sleep?) but now I have a big clean up to do :(

I'm also linking up the last card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, where the theme for this week is Sparkle and Shine.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Watercolours With Die Cut Stencils

It's Lexi Daly hosting this week's Make It Monday, over at the Papertrey Ink blog. She's demonstrating a technique where you make a stencil with a die and then watercolour over it. Naturally she made some lovely cards, like this one ...

I also chose to use a word, my brand new Noted "hello" die that just arrived yesterday, along with the rest of my July order. I know!!! My order arrived, in Canada The Far North, yesterday!! Fastest delivery ever.

I didn't have any repositionable labels or adhesives of any kind, so it was a challenge. I first tried cutting my die from Post-It Removable Label Tape (love this for masking techniques) which didn't work at all when combined with water. I ended up using my trusty Zig 2-Way glue pen to stick down both my word and heart die cuts. It worked reasonably well, but you have to be diligent about removing any excess glue because it WILL resist your colour (ask me how I know).


Paper - PTI Smokey Shadow card; Canson XL watercolour paper
Stamps - Winne & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy
Dies - PTI Noted; Lifestyle Crafts hearts; Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Other - Zig Clean Colour Real Brush

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Create Along With Us

Papetrey Ink has come up with a new challenge for the week during product releases. You can read all about it here, at Nichole Heady's Blog. I was really missing not having Make It Monday challenges during release weeks, so yay to Betsy Veldman for coming up with this idea.

I chose to CASE/lift/copy this little number from Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite blog 

I loved the boldness of this design and that gorgeous ombre dotted paper. I just received my set of 60 Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens this week, so I made my own patterned paper by roughly painting a background using three pens. After it was dried, I always use my heat gun to speed things up, I stamped a dotted background, using PTI 's Polka Dot Basics II and Fresh Snow ink. FYI, I did not paint on watercolour paper, choosing instead Canson XL Mix Media 98 lb. paper and it worked out fabulously. It's super white and while I initially thought I was just experimenting with my Zigs on it, it ended up being perfect for my final card.

Ink Colours: PTI Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, New Leaf

I love how it turned out and it was so easy to do (with my MISTI of course). I production-line stamped some Sweet Life roses, Friendly Flower leaves and sentiment, and it was finished in a flash!

This was a really fun exercise but I absolutely cannot wait to get my new PTI goodies!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Custom Stamped Borders

This week's challenge, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, is to create your own custom stamped border. Laurie Willison is hosting and this is one of the very cute cards that she created ...

I found it a little bit challenging to come up with something, but I finally did this afternoon. I've been super busy with baseball and soccer and grandsons and I'm just not feeling very creative. But I'm happy with my card, and my MISTI. The Bold Bouquet Anniversary set was just made for the MISTI. I used to find it frustrating to stamp this large bouquet, because it was inevitable that towards the end of all that stamping, something would go wrong, but my favourite tool eliminates most of that stress.

The flower and stamped border are from Bold Bouquet and the sentiment is from Bitty Bouquets.

Inks used are all PTI -  Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz.

Earlier in the week, I stamped a Nostalgic Notions card for Make It Monday, but I felt I wasn't making it much of a challenge for myself, since the scalloped die really is a border :) But I do love that border! And, for the first time ever, I stamped an entire background using Polka Dot Basics II, thanks to MISTI, of course.

After stamping the various blossoms, I embossed them with their dies, attempting to make the card front look a little bit like quilted fabric. Not sure I succeeded, but it was fun to try. If you click on the closeup, you may see it a bit better.

Inks used: PTI Smokey Shadow, Limeade Ice; Versamark; Fresh Ink Sugar; Memento New Sprout; Hero Arts Raspberry Jam; Ranger Archival Magenta Hue. Zing white opaque embossing powder was used for the Bold Bouquet Anniversary sentiment.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Adding Colour to Cover Plates

This week's challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertyrey Ink blog, is to add colour to our cover plates. Laura Bassen is showing us how to do it, and she's succeeded in making me more envious of her colouring skills than ever :) She's so good - just look!

And that's only one of the lovely cards that she made! I know I whine quite a bit, but I always have good reason. I never whine because I have nothing else to do. Today my complaint is that I don't have any of the "good" cover plates for this technique. You know, the ones that set a lovely scene. I, sigh, had to make do. I chose to use my PTI Chanel Handbag cover plate, otherwise known as the Harlequin die.

I chose to do kind of a mixed media look. I coloured two pieces of watercolour paper. For the one I was going to cut the cover plate out of, I went for a softer look, using a Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pen (I only own 2), a gelato and a waterbrush. After that piece was dry I stamped it with PTI Text Style II randomly, using Canyon Clay ink.

For the piece that is behind the cover plate, I coloured with the same Zig and gelato, stamped with the same stamp, and then did some ink blending. I used Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade and Berry Sorbet to create the rich colour.

I finished the card up with die cuts from Songbirds. Pretty easy to do, looks very different from my usual pastels, and I think I like it.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Simon Says We're Going Dotty!

The nerve of them! How did they know; have they been spying on us? Yes, we're being asked to use dots of any kind in our projects this week for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. I willingly complied and came up with this ...

I started by stamping a red bitty bitty dot background not very well, even with my MISTI, because I planned to add some water splotches and some Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé splatters (which all equal more dots in my mind).

The sentiment was stamped on a strip of Studio Calico dotted paper (look closely) and three butterflies, one in gold foil, finished up this project.

Thursday, 2 July 2015


This week's challenge, over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, is to incorporate summer in our projects. I'm starting off with a card, and hope to add a layout later in the week. Unfortunately, our summer, weatherwise, has been, politely put, lacking (whew! that's a lot of commas in one sentence). With all the rain and clouds we've been having, there's not been a lot of drinks on the veranda, al fresco dining or pool time :( Hopefully it gets better from hereon out.

I was anxious to use my new PTI Still Life: Summer stamps and dies and turned out this card ...

Love those luscious fruits and that Super Swoosh "hello". I cut it and the oval (Spellbinders Nesting Petite Ovals) out of Tim Holtz watercolour paper which I painted with some soft pink and yellow ink. A panel of October Afternoon patterned paper adds some citrusy goodness.