Saturday, 25 June 2016

June 2016 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I did not expect to be participating in this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop over at Nichole Heady's blog.  At all! But thanks to a hot shot young surgeon, I was able to make three cards today. Last Sunday night I experienced some huge, weird, never before seen by me, floaters in my left eye. I also had lights flashing in the night and on Monday I hurried over to my eye doctor. I was diagnosed with a tear in my retina. By 11h00 Tuesday, I was having laser and cryotherapy surgery, thanks to my doctor's partner's young son, who is an eye surgeon specializing in the retina. He also found a tear in my right eye so both were repaired at the same time. There was no sign of retina detachment so I should be good to go.

This month's inspiration was very summery, featuring this reef painting ...

by Yellena James. I cannot tell a lie - this was not my all-time favourite inspiration. Not thrilled with my projects, but here they are ...

I'm obsessed with my Heidi Swapp Minc foiler at the moment, so all of today's cards feature foiled elements. I cut myself some slack on this first card and used some pre-printed flowers from the Don't Forget To Write kit. Because I'm so late on posting, I'll come back tomorrow and follow up with a complete supply list. I foiled my PTI Quatre Foil cover plate die cut using Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Screen Ink and foils in Melon Berry (Therm-o-Web) and Mint (Heidi Swapp).

My second card is so not me, but I went with the organic feel/flow of the inspiration piece ...

The splattering was done with Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist, which has a very strange consistency for a mist, but is lots of fun and produces some dramatic results. I made another card front, with a Zig coloured background,  but it's still not dry so I couldn't complete it in time for this challenge. I might add it to this post tomorrow :) I did some ink blending to get my "Shine" sentiment.

Edited to Add: My fourth card panel finally dried (it's the Minc Reactive Spray Mist that takes so long) and I'm posting my finished card. It's absolutely my favourite one of the bunch, such a fun mixed media look ...

I painted a background with my Zigs on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 Series paper and then stamped some random flowers stems (from PTI's Petite Pots Anniversary stamp set) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I finished up with a misting of the Minc Reactive Spray and foiled it with Thermo-o-Web's craft foil in Rose Gold. A die cut sentiment, from PTI's Make It Market Mini Color Pop Florals kit, helped it all come together.

Last, and for me, least, is this one ...

Again, the sentiment is foiled, using a Heidi Swapp art screen. I ink blended the background and then stamped some images (from PTI's Vintage Linens and Petite Pots) with Versamark and embossed with white detail powder. PTI's Pretty Frame cover plate added the finishing touch to the card.

Friday, 17 June 2016


I'm playing along with the current Create Along With Us challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. The PTI Design Team's projects for the June new product release were amazing, which was so very unusual for them :) It was difficult to choose inspiration for this challenge because I loved all of it, but somehow I managed.

I chose this one from Kay Miller for my card, simply because I was blown away by her brave (for me) colour scape ...

I also love it for its bold pattern combos and super pretty design. This is what I came up with ...

Paper: PTI Fresh Snow Linen, Stamper's Select White, True Black. Stamps/Dies: PTI Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Butterflies, Mehndi Medallions, Phrase Play #8, Building Blocks; MFT Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles.  Ink: PTI Vintage Jadeite, Mint Julep, Tropical Teal, Amethyst Allure, Smokey Shadow; Hero Arts: Red Royal

I used the Make It Market Mini Color Pop Butterflies kit - I love these color pop kits! They are outrageously fun and easy to use and I think the results are always spectacular. It looks as though I've painted those butterflies! At least that's what DH thought I had done.

I first ink blended some Vintage Jadeite ink onto a couple of Fresh Snow Linen card panels.  Next I stamped two medallions from Mehndi Medallion (the most exotic stamps I have) on one of the panels and then cut it with a die from the MFT Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax. After placing all of my butterfly and sentiment elements, I adhered the completed card front to the full-size panel that I had ink blended previously, and my card was done. Without Kay's inspiration, I would never have come up with this on my own - and I love it! - so thanks to the DT for always inspiring.

I also made a little notecard using the Don't Forget To Write kit ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening. Stamps/Dies: PTI limited edition Make It Market Kit: Don't Forget to Write, Tag Sale: Quilted. Inks: Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Lovely Lady, Pure Poppy, Fine Linen. Other: Heidi Swapp Minc Art Screen, Minc Reactive Screen Ink; Thermo-O-Web iCraft Deco Foil Pink Melon

If you enlarge the above photo, you can see that I used my Minc machine and a Heidi Swapp art screen to create my foiled sentiment. I was influenced by all of the scalloped goodies that were introduced by Betsy Veldman and by her fabulous projects with them ...

One of Danielle Flanders colour schemes, which was featured in the June 1st PTI Newsletter, also came into play ...

I love the little bouquets in this kit and Betsy has arranged things so that they're so easy to stamp. That woman thinks of everything!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Shadowing With Copic Markers

For this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, Danielle Flanders is showing us how to use our markers to add a shadow effect to die cuts, or other things too, I'm assuming. Her card was beautiful and it's so fun to watch her work. She's calm and meticulous and everything she makes always turns out perfect. Just like all my projects :)

I ended up making two cards. On the first one I chose to shadow a stamped sentiment, using a Copic T1 Toner Gray marker for a very subtle effect ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White; Jillibean patterned paper. Stamps - PTI Painted Petals, Nostalgic Notions; Inks - PTI Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow; Fresh Ink Sugar, Grapefruit. Dies - PTI Painted Petals, Nostalgic Notions, Tipped Tops

For my second card, I shadowed a die cut with a BG000 Pale Aqua marker. Now I usually stack three layers for my word die cuts and a natural shadow is created, but this trick allows you to use a single layer word and get a nice shadow effect ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream, Enchanted Evening; Lawn Fawn patterned paper. Stamps - PTI Baker's Dozen, City Scene Sentiments. Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow; Memento Tuxedo Black. Dies - PTI Baker's Dozen, Party Trio. Other - Copic Markers; Tim Holtz Distress Stickleds Clear Rock Candy dry glitter

Did you notice that I sparkled up my cupcake? Glitter makes me happy. And did you also notice that I used patterned paper on both of my cards today? Yes, indeed, I did. I'm challenging myself to use it more often :)

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Le Petit Prince

Got a quick one to share with you today. I'm always in need of birthday cards, and with four young grandsons I even have to make the occasional masculine one :) I took inspiration from this week's sketch by Hannelie over at the CAS(E) this sketch! blog ...

When I do masculine cards, I often resort to graphic or typographic designs, (1) because I like them, and (2) because they're easy ...

As you can see (or maybe not), I'm not above adding a bit of sparkle to even a "masculine" card. This one might actually work for one of the littles because it will force them to practice their English reading skills. Ha!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream, Enchanted Evening
Stamps - PTI Baker's Dozen, Doodlie-Do, City Scene Sentiments
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Baker's Dozen, Party Trio
Other - Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter; Krylon Spray Adhesive

Monday, 6 June 2016


I couldn't resist playing along this time over at the Addicted to CAS blog since the code word for the challenge is Petals. Kind of a no-brainer really :) 

Here is the card that I made, using Altenew's Watercolor Wonders stamp set ...

This is a one layer card, something highly unusual for me, with just a card front that was mounted with fun foam onto my card base.

Edited to Add: I was chosen one of the top three favourites!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - Altenew Watercolor Wonders; PTI Graceful Greetings
Inks - PTI Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, Simply  Chartreuse; Fresh Ink Melon, Basil. Versafine Onyx Black
Dies - MFT Diagonal Stitched Rectangles Stax

Friday, 3 June 2016

Simon Says: Mask It

When I saw that the Wednesday Challenge, over at the Simon Says Stamp blog, was masking, and that Altenew products were being showcased this week, I knew I had to play along. I've had the Altenew Vintage Roses set since the beginning of the year, but I've never used it except on its matching die cuts. I think this is one of the most gorgeous stamp sets ever made, but it's not easy. At all. Combine that with masking, my least favourite technique, and I can honestly compare it to reading (or writing!!!) War and Peace. I used masks, both fussy cut ones and post-it notes, for my project. I've never had any success with masking fluids, though I've tried several different "recommended" brands.

I decided to challenge myself and try to duplicate one of the flower arrangements on the Altenew packaging for this set. It only took me 4 days to stamp and I was stressed the entire time :)  I made loads of mistakes but decided to post my card anyway, no Photoshop used, so all the boo-boos are here for everyone to see. By the time I finished stamping I only had enough energy left to add a die cut word (from Mama Elephant).

One of the tricky things about stamping directly on a card base is that you don't have a lot of room to change things up. I had originally intended for my A2 card to be vertical, with the stamped flowers in the upper right hand corner, but then I just couldn't seem to finish it up in that orientation. If I had known from the beginning that the card would be horizontal, I would have laid out my flowers a bit differently. But there you have it and truth be told I'm surprised that I did this well :)