Monday, 31 August 2015

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire 2015

I have one more project to share for this years Stamp-A-Faire extravaganza which took place on Saturday over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. I've had so much fun participating and I'd still like to complete one more card, but I'm so scared of running out of light for a photo. However, I digress.

I made two cards for the Patterns challenge and here is the second one. I followed Maile Belles' sketch (literally) ...

This is just one of the amazing cards that Maile made - you just have to visit her blog, Simply Stamped, to see the second one ...

As I said, I CASEd every single little detail of her sketch and this is the card I made ...

Super simple, super cool.

It is now 23h00 on Monday, and I've managed to make one more card, this time for Betsy Veldman's Mixing Patterns challenge. I don't use a lot of patterned paper and I don't really own any from PTI, so I was just going to skip this one, but I'm glad I didn't.

This might be my favourite card of SAF. I used some Teresa Collins paper and added some Beautiful Brushstrokes die cuts to accent my sentiment. I love that they match the patterned paper so well! Just proves you can do anything with PTI stamps :)

Stamp-A-Faire 2015 Paper Fashion Extravaganza

What a fabulous weekend I've had! The #1 event on my list (but don't tell my family) was Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire!!! Wow, this was the first year that I participated and I've loved every second of it. I didn't get to start making cards until Sunday afternoon because we were très très busy with baseball. My oldest grandson's (9 years old) baseball team won the regional championship on Saturday afternoon! This means that we're going to the provincial championship over Labour Day weekend and it's in Baie Comeau, Québec. Oh yay. They could not have chosen a duller destination but, hey, it's baseball and I love baseball! So excited for them. But, as I said previously, even more thrilled about SAF.

I'm not going waste any more time with this post because I'd like to do one more project, so here we go, in order of challenges. I've made six cards :) so far.

The first challenge was my favourite one because, surprise surprise, I love white and all-white cards. I could have just played with this one for multiple days :) The one I ended up with is not my favourite of the event, but here it comes ...

This is actually a gift card/money holder and these are the components ...

Please excuse this horrible photo. I took it yesterday before realizing that my camera wasn't set properly. 
(please note that I went to the bother of dry embossing my base with the Floral Flap die during SAF. What on earth was I thinking of?!!) I enclosed a gift card in a very simple folder and "sealed" it with a die cut leaf and stamped on it too. It was then put in the Floral Flap "box" and tied up with ribbon.

I've made two cards for the Patterns challenge and I just realized that I'll only be able to link one from this post, so I'll go with the first one I did. I followed Laurie Willison's very fun layout ...

and made this card ...

This one is going to DD for sure! We're going to be making that 8-hour trek to Baie Comeau this weekend, and it's not going to be me who has Léo in the car with her. And that's final. No way. Not happening.

I decided to do Dawn's challenge, Mixing Colours. I love colour. Maybe not as much as Dawn, but I really love colour a lot and it's the reason that I paper craft. However, I really have problems with blues. I rarely use them, despite having 4 grandsons. because they just don't give me a lot of joy. So I followed Dawn's instructions and combined two colours I hardly ever use (Blueberry Sky and Ocean Tides) with a colour that I love (Simply Chartreuse) and came up with this ...

I don't hate it, but I also don't love it. Using my new Brushed Off stamps and Scripted dies helped :)
I've already publicly confessed about my Prima flower hoarding, and I just realized, after completing Melissa Phillips' Stick Pin challenge, that I may also have a problem with trinket pins. I'm not sure, but I think that 5 full spice jars' worth is plenty to have on hand for emergencies. I haven't used one in forever and really enjoyed making this card ...

Another super duper lovely challenge! I'm putting in my vote right now for a repeat of this year's fashion theme for Stamp-A-Faire 2016. All of the challenges have just been too much fun and I wish I had more time.

I chose Laurie Willison's dress as inspiration (well, I don't think it's actually HER dress but I'm sure she wishes it was; I know I do). Such a showstopper - elegant and ooh la la to the extreme ...

I don't have a direct link to the source for this photo, but you can see it on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. This dress is an Alberta Ferretti design.
and this is the card that Laurie made ...

which I absolutely adore. I pulled out Mini Blooms and a Scripted die and quite like the card I made ...

And that wraps it up for me today! Except I have to post one other card that I made for the Patterns challenge and, if I get moving quickly and don't run into any major problems, I'd also love to do a project for the Make It Work challenge. We'll see. In the meantime, I'm leaving you with my group photo for the Red Carpet challenge ...

Friday, 28 August 2015

Kissing with Die Cuts

This week, for Make it Monday #221, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, Betsy Veldman is showing us a technique that she accidentally came up with during this month's PTI product release week. She's calling it Die Cut Kissing and you simply have to check it out! Look at just one of the beauties that she made ...

She instructed us that it was better to use a solid image stamp for this technique. I was going to use my new Brushed Off set but then I ended up not having very much time to play around, what with the littles being around this week except for today, so I went with the more familiar and used one of the solid images in Beautiful Butterflies.

You can click on the photo to see more details if you wish ...

I kissed my inked stamp against a Parisian Lace Doily die cut which I just happened to have in the pocket with the die. This technique didn't really work fabulously for me. The details of the die cut did not show up well on the stamped images, but, for once, I got a bit lucky. The old spare die cut that I used was actually cut from some cheap line-textured cardstock and THAT happens to show up pretty well on the butterflies. And since I'm short on time this week, I'm going with it :)


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White card
Stamps - PTI Beautiful Butterflies
Inks - PTI Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Parisian Lace Doily
Other - The Twinery twine

Monday, 24 August 2015

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop: August 2015

I've made three cards for this month's Blog Hop, which is taking place over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, and I didn't even find the inspiration photo especially attractive! When I saw the photo on release night my initial reaction was "Whoa. What's that about?!" But then I started looking more closely and letting the photo speak to me, and then I was able to see how exotic it really was. It reminded me of casbahs, and Turkish carpets and outdoor markets filled with pots of herbs and spices and beads and trinkets, and other interesting things to buy. I love travelling and this photo brought back so many memories of exotic places I've visited.

I love the first card that I finished. Honestly, I'm personally thanking Nichole for posting what I thought of as an "iffy" photo, because I never would have come up with this card otherwise :)

Wouldn't this make a beautiful wedding invitation? Or Christmas card? I love mehndi designs and might even have had one or two menhdi tattoos applied during visits to various countries where they are popular (they're temporary henna tattoos).

The background of the next card is the first thing I made for this challenge, but then I had a difficult time incorporating it into a card. It ended up far from exotic and not at all what I expected, but I like it just the same.

I ink blended the background and then used my PTI Mehndi Medallion Impression Plate on the piece. As a final step, I swept some PTI Fresh Snow Ink over the top of the embossed background. It's so beautiful in real life and feels almost like soft Moroccan leather. Mehndi Medallion is my favourite impression plate/folder of all time. I love that one side of it is a partial design, leaving a portion of your card front un-embossed. I wish that PTI would come out with other plates like this; I find it adds so much interest to a card.

The third card is totally not exotic. I needed a quick birthday card and decided to go with the colours in the inspiration photo.

I watercoloured the cupcake using some Zig markers, which I've been playing with, and enjoying, a lot lately.

Have fun hopping along today. I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of eye candy.

Supplies for Joy card

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet and Luxe Gold card
Stamps - PTI Mehndi Medallion mini
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Phrase Play #8; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles; Spellbinders Nested Circles

Supplies for Get Well Wishes card

Paper - PTI Vintage Cream, Summer Sunrise, Stamper's Select White card
Stamps - PTI Brushed Blooms, Keep It Simple: Get Well
Inks - PTI Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
Dies - PTI Brushed Blooms, Embroidered Dots Frames (my newest most favourite basic die; it will be difficult not to use it on every single card I make); MFT Sentiment Strips

Supplies for Celebrate card

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Classic Kraft card; Canson XL Mixed Media 98 lbs. paper; Dear Lizzy patterned paper
Stamps - PTI Enclosed: Cupcake, Doodlie-Do, Still Life: Summer, Make It Market: Tinsel & Tags
Inks - PTI New Leaf, Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Enclosed: Cupcake, Still Life: Summer, Make It Market: Tinsel & Tags
Other - Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers; Glossy Accents

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Citrus with a Twist

This week, over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, Citrus with a Twist is up, and I'm entering a fish card, oh yes I am. There are lots of citrus colours on my card (even pink grapefruit!), plus lemons are a natural with fish. That's my reasoning, and I'm sticking to it!

This card is for the upcoming birthday of one of my grandsons. Kristopher loves to dive and swim and I think he'll appreciate all these fish (which were cut from a Silhouette file from different coloured Bazzill cardstocks). The sentiment translates to "Passing by ..." and the inside reads "to wish you a happy birthday". I wanted to say "Swimming by ..." but it doesn't really work in French :) One of the fishes was fancied up with Wink of Stella and a coat of Glossy Accents.

Masking Sentiments

Ashley is up at the Papertrey Ink blog this week for Make It Monday, showing us how to make our sentiments really pop on cards by masking them. It's a technique that works especially well on one layer cards, and she made a beauty

I made two cards this week, one  floral (insert shocked face) and one masculine (I made myself do it even though it was really hard). And please note the rounded corners on that one (insert another shocked face).

All PTI: Fresh Snow Linen, Spring Moss card; Beautiful Brushstrokes, Cutting Garden, Mini Blooms stamps; Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, Limeade Ice, Spring Moss, Smokey Shadow inks.
All PTI: Rustic White card; Zappy Birthday stamps; Harvest Gold, Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow inks.
I used some Post-It Removable Labeling Tape #695 (it's a huge roll; 2 in x 36 yards!) for my masking, but I got some pretty iffy results, in my opinion.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Papertrey Ink Release Week Fun

I'm playing along this month with Papertrey Ink's new Create Along With Us challenge. We're allowed to enter one project for a chance to win a $25 PTI gift certificate. I'm hoping to keep adding projects to this post throughout the week; that's the plan but we'll see if that Design Team is able to keep on inspiring me :)

I made a card this afternoon that was inspired by the layout of this card from Dawn McVey ...

and the colour palette of these cards from Maile Belles ...

Dawn's layout is so fresh and gorgeous and I love how Maile used such strong colours on Kraft cardstock, combined with black and white. So unique! And this is the card I made ...

I love the colours! The first card I made for the challenge was a CASE of one of Betsy Veldman's incredible cards ...

It's the first Halloween card I've ever made in my life. I don't even particularly like Halloween (except for putting together treat bags), never have, but that Betsy can do things like this to me, hehehe.

I've kept it somber and spooky, with a fun word added to the inside of the card.

Edited on Aug 13 2015 to add another card; not my fault that Design Team is so inspiring! This one is based on an Amy Sheffer layout ...

and a Danielle Flanders colour scheme ...

and here is my card ...

Supplies for Hello

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Kraft, True Black card
Stamps - PTI Autumn Pattern Pieces, Vintage Linens
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Orange Zest, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado
Dies - PTI Vintage Linens, Super Swoosh
Other -  MISTI, could never stamp that gingham pattern before her :)

Supplies for Happy Halloween

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, True Black, Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding card
Ink - PTI Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Autumn Rose, Enchanted Evening
Dies - PTI Scene It: Skyscapes dies, Scene It: Everyday dies
Other - Silhouette Cameo for cutting "boo!"

Supplies for You've Been on my Mind

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White card
Stamps - PTI Nostalgic Notions, Bold Bouquet Anniversary, Snowflake Flurries; WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals
Ink - PTI Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Soft Stone
Dies - Keep It Simple Frames
Other - Ranger Enamel Accents Black

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Mini Notebooks

For this week's Make It Monday, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, Melissa is asking us to make sweet little mini die cut notebooks. Hers were very darling and I was happy to play along ...

I cut a 3"x4" back for my notebooks from some of the patterned papers that were included in the Shakers & Sprinkles Make It Market Kit. Next I cut the toppers out of PTI Kraft card and then die cut the edges of each one with a different border. I die cut the note pages from copy paper, using the Simply Framed die, and then stamped the top page of each book with a sentiment. Some felt flowers and leaves finished things off.

Supplies (everything is from PTI unless otherwise noted)

Paper - Kraft, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold card; Shakers & Sprinkles patterned paper; copy paper
Stamps - Flower Fusion #6
Inks - Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold
Dies - Simply Framed, Nostalgic Notions kit, Pinking Shears Border, Embroidered Dots Frames, Chevron Stripes Border, Ruby Rose, Happiness in Bloom Leaves
Felt - Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold
Miscellaneous - pearls from stash

Monday, 3 August 2015

Summer Bouquet

The theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes and I'm dropping in to share a card that I made for it.

I've been playing around with my Papertrey Ink Vintage Linens stamp set ever since I got it but I hadn't yet made a card, mainly because my mojo seems to be missing this summer :) I've made loads of flowers - vellum, painted, coloured - all sorts. But the very first flowers I made, I just stamped, and for the life of me I can't figure out why I chose to stamp the outline in black (!!!!), but I did. Not very vintagey, but I was determined to use them anyway.

Inks used: Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers; Ranger Archival Jet Black; Fresh Ink Chamomile, Lemonade, Mango; PTI New Leaf
I started with an ink blended background (Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers) and added a die-cut PTI dotted frame and the die cut flowers and leaves. A stamped sentiment and I called it a day.