Monday, 25 January 2016

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop January 2016

Hi, everyone, it's January 25th, time for the first Papertrey Ink Blog Hop of the year. Oh my goodness, I love Nichole's inspiration photo for this month, which features the work of collage artist Rex Ray ...


I didn't know of him, but somehow this work seemed familiar ... tell me, did anyone else immediately think of surf boards or is it just me? I was primarily inspired by the colours of this piece. The minute I saw them I knew that I wanted to try to make a Christmas card (for multiple reasons, not the least of which was because I scrambled last year to get cards out in time!). But I also had other things in mind.


I first made a little four-card (I know! I need to make more, and will, but I kinda ran out of time) note set (4-1/4"x3-1/2").






They were so much fun to make! Everything I used is from PTI: Brushed Blooms, Petite Pots (their Anniversary set for 2015 which I absolutely adore - so easy to use and so versatile)l and Fresh Floral Wrap Ups. The little butterfly on the last card is from Beautiful Butterflies, and I fussy cut it!! Me!! Each cards has elements that are stamped directly onto the card front, then some popped-up die cuts, and then one double-popped-up cut. I am so left brained that everything ALWAYS has to be even-steven and pretty symmetrical too. No masking, oviously, was done on these notes, just simple, sweet and easy :) And because masking is just too darn difficult.

And then I made a Christmas card. I knew I was going to use Peaceful Pinecones but I have no idea where the Stickles came from!! Me!! Using Stickles!! On something other than Ruldolph's nose!!


In real life, the background is all glittery and very pretty. I layered an oval mat over my card front and ink blended Hawaiian Shores ink, added the Stickles, let it dry and layered on the pinecone cuts. I finished with a Keep It Simple: Merry Christmas sentiment.

Ink Colours

All PTI: Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate




41 comments:

  1. Wow, again you went to town and each card is a work of art! Love them all and the last one with a bit of glitter is a wonderful Christmas card!Love all the flowers and potted blooms!

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  2. What a feast for the eyes! Love each and every one. Especially, that you went in your own direction, and did 'lovely'. Well done Diana!!!

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  3. Oh my gosh! I love this little set....what a nice selection of stamps you used. And the Christmas card is lovely too. (I also thought of surf boards when I first saw the inspiration photo).

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  4. I just LOVE your pretty set of cards - simple designs but so impressive with pieces popped up for dimension - and your pine cone card os gorgeous with the masked sponged oval! Beautiful inspired work!

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  5. WOW! These are all beautiful, Diana! You totally rocked this color scheme beautifully!

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  6. Haven't you been the busy cardmaker? I love all of them, especially that little fussy cut butterfly! I agree, no masking for me, either!

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  7. L-O-V-E your Christmas card, but for sure it looks like I am going to have to pull out my Petite Pots set more often! Beautiful job, Diana! :)

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  8. Diana, thank you for brightening my day with this gorgeous set of cards!

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  9. I love all your cards!! Awesome use of the colors from the photo!! Also, I totally thought of surfboards too!

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  10. Oh, I love how you made such different cards using the same colour combination! Fabulous take on the inspiration photo!

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  11. I did think of surf boards when I saw the inspiration piece too, lol. All of your cards are so lovely! Very fresh looking with the bright pops of color. I especially love your petite pots cards, I love that set.

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  12. What a fabulous note card set! I love every one of them.

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  13. Wow.... just amazing! I never/ever would've thought of this color combo, but each and every one of you note cards is beautiful ... little pieces of art!

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  14. Haha, definitely saw the surf boards in the inspiration piece :)

    You have done amazing things with this color combination! The note cards are terrific (note to self: pull out Petite Pots), but that Christmas card is the stunner in this post!

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  15. Oh Diana, what a wonderful array of cards!! I totally saw surf boards too, and had a hard time moving beyond that. Petite Pots is one of my favorite, favorite sets and I just love your perfectly stamped pots all in a row!

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  16. Very nice Diana!! These notecards are awesome. Such crisp and clean designs...

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  17. Wow, Diana you were busy. Love all of your adorable cards.

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  18. OH...MY...goodness, Diana! All of your cards are simply beautiful and SO adorably sweet. They sure made me smile.

    I love how you used the pretty colors & that fun anniversary stamp set. You always inspire me.

    Have a lovely week.

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  19. Your card set is so cute! And I love how you grounded everything with your inked up background on your Christmas card. Love your creations!

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  20. I thought of surf boards too! Then I remembered that my surfboard stamps are not from PTI! Love your little notecard set and how wonderful those colors look together.

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  21. Wow! Loving this colour combo in your card set!!! Just super, ALL of them! (Ps. I saw surfboards, too!)

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  22. Right away I thought of Aloha but I sold that set eons ago. Your smaller card set is adorable. Do I really need to jump on Petite Pots??? Your Christmas card is simply divine, Diane. Nice to get an early start.

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  23. Beautiful cards Diana. Love the sweet images you used... the colors look amazing together... your Christmas card is so pretty! Love the sponged oval and the colors on the pinecones.

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  24. Oooooh Diana! I am totally in love with your note card set and SO want to CASE you on that...each one is just perfect with those colors!! And your Christmas card is a beauty too, and I love how you combined the colors and the oval shape from the inspiration photo! Great job on everything!! :0)

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  25. Lovely set of so many nice cards! Wonderful color and images. :)

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  26. These are all fantastic! Great gifts to give and receive!

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  27. I just love all your sweet notecards Diana! My favorite are the two using Petite Pots - I also LOVE this set! So versatile! I use it alot to make thank you tags for things people purchase from my Etsy shop. It is so easy to make a bunch of them using my Misti!

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  28. Oh my!!!! Each and every one of these is just stunning! I never knew how much I loved this color combination until this very minute! All of the flower cards are so pretty and who would have thought that color combo would work so wonderfully for a Christmas card! Awesome work!! And thanks for all of your sweet comments on my blog! Made my day! :)

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  29. Wonderful cards! I especially like your little note cards!

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  30. Oh my, Diana! This set of cards is adorable. LOVE each one for the unique design and beautiful colors!

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  31. WOW - what an awesome set of cards! You did a great job with this challenge!

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  32. Looks like you were really inspired by that photo! What a gorgeous set of cards. Definitely think they are surfboards in the pic!

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  33. Totally saw surfboards lol LOVE your little note card sets, so pretty!

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  34. Wow, Diana! I love your cards. You always do such a great job. I know I'm in for a treat when I visit your blog.

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  35. Wow, you used those inspiration colors perfectly! Love each and everyone of these lovely cards!

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  36. What a gorgeous card set!!! Love the colors!!

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  37. Diana!! First, thanks for your visit today .. you are so kind! BUT OH am I glad I came by - your cards are just outstanding! These colors, and stamp sets are brilliant. I will be back!
    =] Michele

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  38. Your cards caught my eye on the Papertrey blog hop page and I looked through some of your posts. You are very talented and have a fabulous eye for color and layout. I'll be visiting your page again and again!

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All comments are very much appreciated. Thanks so much for your encouragement.