Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Ombré Garden Grace

I'm playing along with Dawn McVey's Make it Monday challenge for this week, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog. We're learning how to make an impact on our projects with ombré cluster stamping. I really wanted to use my new-to-me PTI Garden Grace stamps and dies (hugs to Cara), so I did some mega cluster stamping, hahaha.

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream. Stamps/Dies - PTI Garden Grace. Inks - PTI Fine Linen, Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice, Ripe Avocado; Memento Tuxedo Black.

Hope I win the gift certificate this week. :) Christmas is coming and nana needs new stamps.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Cover Plate Tags

Joining along for this week's Make It Monday, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog. Laurie Willison is showing us how to use cover plates to stretch our supplies and create fun tags.

Since tags are so quick to make, I didn't stop at just one. First up some simple little pumpkin tags, thanks to my sweet Papertrey Forum friend, Sandy. She heard me bemoaning the fact that I didn't own any pumpkins stamps and surprised me yesterday by sending me a little package filled with these darling die cuts. I love them and will be hoarding them. :)

Paper - PTI Classic Kraft. Stamps/Dies - PTI Scent-imentals, Cover Plate: Diagonal Stripes, Folded Tag.

Next a couple of cute Halloween tags for the kiddos when the time comes ...

Paper - PTI Orange Zest, Pure Black, Amethyst Allure. Stamps - PTI Keep It Simple: Halloween. Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow; Versamark. Dies - PTI Make It Market Mini Kit: Halloween Pin-Ups (along with printed paper), Tag Sale #10, Cover Plate: Night Sky. Other - SSS Detail White embossing powder.

And lastly, a wine bottle tag for a dinner hostess ...

Paper - PTI Classic Kraft. Dies - PTI Wine Bottle Tag, Cover Plate: Diagonal Stripes, Wonderful Words Die Collection, Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Autumn (with patterned papers).

My favourite way to use Cover Plates is tone-on-tone. I love the texture they can add to a project - it's like embossing on steroids!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Papertrey Ink: August 2016 Blog Hop

For this month's Blog Hop, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, Nichole Heady is providing, as is her habit every month, some very yummy and delicious looking inspiration ...

photograph from VSCO
I just love the creaminess of the colours in this photo and they were definitely the element that inspired me the most. I decided to make up some Christmas cards and tags using this untraditional colour palette ...

A group photo and now for some individual shots. I made two versions of the first card, one horizontal, one vertical ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White. Stamps - PTI O'Tannenbaum. Ink - PTI Fine Linen, Soft Stone, Sweet Blush; Fresh Ink Navy. Dies - PTI Building Blocks.
Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White. Stamps - PTI Petite Pots (2015 Anniversary set), O'Tannenbaum; MFT Whimsical Woodgrain Background. Inks - PTI Sweet Blush, Fine Linen, Canyon Clay, Soft Stone, Berry Sorbet; Fresh Ink Navy; Versamark. Dies - PTI Petite Pots (2015 Anniversary set), Cover Plate: Winter Woods, Building Blocks. Other - Crystal Stickles; SSS Detail White embossing powder.
Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White. Stamps - PTI Painted Poinsettia, O'Tannenbaum, Don't Forget To Write kit. Inks - PTI Soft Stone, Sweet Blush; Fresh Ink Navy. Dies - PTI Painted Poinsettia, Don't Forget To Write kit, Building Blocks, Tag Sale: Quilted.
Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White, Vintage Cream. Stamps - PTI Enclosed: Wreath, Don't Forget To Write Kit. Inks - PTI Sweet Blush, Soft Stone. Dies - PTI Enclosed: Wreath, Don't Forget To Write kit, Tag Sale: Quilted. Other - Ranger's White Enamel Accents.

And that's pretty much it for me. Happy hopping everyone!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Create Along With Us: August 2016

I'm playing along with this month's Create Along With Us, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. There were so many Design Team projects that inspired me - it was almost impossible to choose. But somehow I managed.

  1.  Betsy Veldman.
  2.  See above. These were the two projects that I was most inspired by and that  I created cards for.
  3.  Kay Miller. This was my most favourite card of the entire release, but I  didn't have time to CASE it. :(  As soon as my teacup arrives, I will remedy  that situation.
You know how many cardmakers (myself included) often say that you can't have too many florals? I think I might have too many. Why else did I see that first card from Betsy and immediately think of making a floral Halloween card?!!

Paper - PTI Orange Zest, Rustic White; Artist's Loft Watercolor Paper. Stamps - PTI Color Pop: Florals kit, Keep It Simple: Halloween. Ink - PTI Amethyst Allure, Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Smokey Shadow; Altenew Midnight Violet; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet. Dies - PTI Color Pop: Florals kit, Don't Forget to Write kit, Quilted Tag.

The fact that I don't have many autumn stamps might also have played a factor. We usually go away on vacation in the fall (smaller crowds, cheaper!) so I don't do a lot of Halloween crafting.

My second card is an eco-green Christmas/seasonal card ....

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft. Stamps - PTI Spruce & Sprigs, Enclosed: Bell. Ink - PTI Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft. Dies - PTI Spruce & Sprigs, Tinsel & Tags kit, Scene It: Basic Baker; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles. Other - Plaid Liquid Leaf Classic Gold paint.

I love stamping on coloured cardstock, in this case Classic Kraft. It adds some variety to my life. The Tinsel & Tags bow (pick up from one of Kay's other projects this month) on this card was painted with Liquid Leaf and it's yummy in real life, not as flashy as foiled cardstock so it goes along with my "green" theme better. :)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

(CASE) this sketch! #185

Love this sketch from Leigh Penner for the week and just had to play along over at (CASE) this sketch! Enough said. I finally used my Altenew Peony Bouquet set. I've owned the stamps for a little while but only got the dies last week because they've been out of stock everywhere for the longest time. Since I am so bad at masking, I really did need the dies. :) Like all Altenew sets, quite difficult but so worth it. I actually prefer the smaller (gorgeous/unique) images in this set to the large peony flower.

I couldn't decide whether to leave it like this or to add a bird from a set I no longer own, but happened to have a stamped die cut of in my stash (Papertrey Ink Winter Woods) ...

I think both cards sort of look like botanical illustrations, but the bird adds more of that look, and I kind of like the red tones he adds to the card. But it is less CAS with him. Is it only papercrafters who are so indecisive (at least I am)?!!

I did the sentiment on my computer (kisses & hugs in French; I always say hugs & kisses in English, but the opposite in French) and Minc'd it with Therm O Web Deco Foil in a gorgeous colour, Emerald Watercolor, so beautiful in person, with lots of subtlety, not brash in any way ...

That's it for me. Thanks for the fun challenge! Edited to add that I was the ...


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps/Dies - Altenew Peony Bouquet, PTI Winter Woods
Ink - Altenew Lavender Fields; PTI Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Canyon Clay, Amethyst Allure, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, New Leaf

Friday, 12 August 2016

Grounding Images with Sentiments

I'm playing along again this week over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge. Lexi Daly is showing us how useful sentiments can be to ground our stamped images. I just love all these design principles that are reinforced to us each week. Some are basics, but sometimes they're easy to forget.

I ordered a set of Claritystamp Stencil Brushes and they arrived yesterday. I didn't think I would have a chance to do any playing until Sunday afternoon, but my plans changed for today and I decided to make a MIM card using my brushes to create an inkblended background. I'm not quite sure how I feel about these brushes yet; I definitely have to get used to them. My first attempt was not very successful: I got a harsh blob and some of the brush's bristles sneaked under my masking tape. My second attempt, this card, was much better, but I found that I still had to use some effort to get a decent blend. I'll keep on practicing. P.S., the brushes are huge!


I used the roadway die (with attached trees) from City Scene to stamp my sentiment on. A very simple and quick card. Nothing fancy.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI City Scene, Friends Til The End
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Autumn Rose, New Leaf; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar (for inkblended background)
Dies - PTI City Scene; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
Other - Claritystamp Stencil Brushes

Monday, 8 August 2016

Sweet as Cherry Pie

I'm playing along this week with Sam Simpson's fun sketch (#184) over at (CASE) this sketch! I try not to look at the gallery before I submit an entry, but I just saw now that there are a few that are very similar to mine. Great minds think alike, apparently!

Super simple one layer card, just fun. I really really need to start buying stamp sets that aren't florals more often. And I'm learning to like rounded corners somewhat - especially when they're placed on a non-rounded card base - ha!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Still Life: Summer; Just Desserts
Inks - PTI Cark Chocolate, Pure Poppy,  Limeade Ice, New Leaf; Hero Arts Red Royal; Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - Glossy Accents

Flowers for New Home

Floral cards are good for almost every occasion, at least I think so. Maybe that's because I like making cards with flowers on them more than any other kind, ha!
Today I'm playing over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, where the theme this week is Fabulous Florals. And here's the card I made ...

Not my most favourite card, but it will do for a new neighbour who just moved into the condo above us. Our concierge had warned us to expect some noise on moving day, but even though I strained my ears to hear some signs of furniture arriving, I got heard nothing! It was the strangest thing. :)


Paper - PTI
Stamps - MFT Fall Florals; PTI Keep It Simple New Home
Inks - Fresh Ink French Lavendar, Silver Lilac, Navy, Celery
Other - sequins

Thursday, 4 August 2016


Nichole Heady, over at her Papertrey Ink blog, is giving us the chance to remix some of our SAF projects. Goodness knows I could work on mine for a few more weeks, but instead I decided to do only one redo and then one completely new project.

I'll start with my new card. I had such a hard time choosing which Masterpiece Inspiration I wanted to try. I went with the painting I would most like to own (ha!) which was the Dégas of The Green Dancer, one of my all time favourites. But after I saw all the submissions for this challenge, I knew I needed to do an interpretation of this John LaFarge masterpiece ...

I'd never seen it before but that blue sky overwhelmed me and  I came up with a card that I absolutely love ...

I know this sounds weird but that vivid blue (Tim Holtz Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire) background reminds me of my mom's laundry bluing, back in the day. :) (PTI Mini Market Kit Color Pop Florals, Branching Out, Scripted)

I really really wasn't happy with my original Master Colour Recipe project which was based on this gorgeous John William Waterhouse painting ...

Here is my original ...

and here is my redo ...

The good thing about this redo is it gave me a chance to add a couple of the other challenges into the mix. I did a bit of watercolouring à la Kay, and also some of Melissa's floral impressionism technique was snuck in. (PTI Quilted Tag, Beautiful Brushstrokes Make It Market Kit and I'm having a complete mental block on where the "Enjoy" sentiment came from - Bitty Bouquets, thank you Nancy.)

Monday, 1 August 2016

Friendly Bird

I'm playing along today with CAS(E) this sketch #183 where Chrissy Larson designed a fun little sketch for this week ...

It's a quick and easy card from me this time, just to get my week started after a very busy Grandson Baseball weekend. I don't think I've ever followed a sketch so closely in my life. I just felt like stamping with my much neglected Spring Woods set from Papertrey Ink :)

Edited to add: I was a CAS(E) this sketch favourite. Thanks so much!


Paper - Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Stamps - PTI Spring Woods
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Fossilized Amber, Blueprint Sketch; PTI Bright Buttercup, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Spring Woods; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles