Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Create Along With Us: PTI September 2016

I am back again to join in the Create Along With Us challenge over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. It's the first month of new Christmas products and, so far, the reveals and design team projects have been amazing.

I've come up with a new scheme that, hopefully, will make my PTI buying decisions on the 15th of each month easier. Ha! I've decided that on each of the five countdown days I'll choose one favourite designer project and highlight it here on my blog in my Create Along With Us post for that month. I'll also select one project from the wrap up day. My only criteria for choosing a project are that (1) I love it at first glance; and (2) that it be something that I would be willing to recreate or use in a similar manner. The *Plan* is that this will help me make good choices and buy (only) stamps that I both like and will actually use. We'll see how that works out. In the meantime, here is where I am so far this month ...

Day 1Lizzie Jones

Day 2: Melissa Phillips

Day 3: Kay Miller

Day 4: Betsy Veldman

Day 5:  Betsy Veldman

Release in Review Day:  Kay Miller 

In the meantime, since my crafting time is pretty scarce this week as we prepare for a month's holiday (we're leaving on Monday), I decided to hurry up and make a card for the challenge. Just by chance, my card was influenced by two of my favourites (my cards won't always evolve from a featured card) - Lizzie's Day 1 number and Besty's Day 4 card ...

This card came about because of a discussion we were having on the PTI Forum. I was bemoaning the fact that the Paper Dolls Basic Dies appear to be out of stock, just in time for the coming elf costumes. :) :(   One of my friends, Cheryl, suggested that Lizzie's card might work with the characters from last year's Make It Market Mini Kit: Holiday Pin-Ups. I gave it a try and am happy to report that I kinda like my bobbleheaded card. It could work for a child who didn't know anything about PTI. Ha! Obviously, I don't own Lizzie's new stacked gift set so I improvised, choosing the tree from the All Through The House kit. Thank you, Betsy, for giving me that lightbulb moment this morning. Because the characters are a bit stiff looking (ha! they're supposed to be clothespins), I kept things really simple and just masked off a little snow hill and sponged some Salty Ocean Distress Ink into the background, then stamped a sentiment from Bells & Boughs. By the way, have you noticed how much Santa has slimmed down this year? It makes him look way tall.

Thanks PTI for always inspiring and giving us fun things to try!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Winter Hills

I'm playing along with this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge where Danielle is showing us how to "pop your black and white stamped backgrounds with a colorful focal point, that lines up with your original background images."

I love black and white. Period. I'm sure I've said before that I could stamp only in black and white, always, and be a perfectly happy camper. I cannot colour well, as you will soon see. Also the sharpness of this photo makes it look a lot worse than it is in real life (though I'm probably deluding myself because my eyes are so bad). Next time I'm going for a more sketched look ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps - PTI Winter Hills. Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black. Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders. Other - Copics.

This is the quickest card that I ever made in my life! I looked through my stamp image binder on Wednesday night while watching TV and chose the set I wanted to use and then yesterday afternoon my first attempt at a layout worked for me! That very rarely happens, believe me. :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Altenew September Inspiration Challenge

Yup, this is the gorgeousness that we get to play with as inspiration over at the Altenew September Inspiration Challenge this month. I never think vintage when I think of Altenew, ever, but I did when I saw this photo. It's the ticking stripes that did it. I immediately remembered one of my most favourite Christmas scrapbooking papers. Alas, not a snippet of it remains and I can't for the life of me remember who made it. But I got all nostalgic and made up this three card set with some scraps of Echo Park striped paper that I had on hand - it's all gone now :( ...

I'm calling it pretty but simple vintage. :) I love this Altenew Vintage Roses set so much and can't believe how different the feel of the roses can be depending on what colour combinations you use. The ones I used here remind me of old-time greeting cards. 

Monday, 5 September 2016

Splatter! Virginia's View Challenge #23

I had to play along with the challenge over at Virginia's View Challenge #23 for two reasons: (1) I need to let go and be brave more often, and (2) she said the magic word, "Altenew".

I love Altenew florals but, as I've said many times before, they are work-intensive. And here Virginia is not only encouraging us to use their stamps, but then to go risk ruining all that hard work by adding spray mists and splatter. :) Just wow! But I did it ...

I used the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set for the flowers, along with Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy for the sentiment. I used a combination of pigment and dye inks (Fresh Ink Pink Lemonade, Melon, Strawberry; PTI Spring Moss, Saffron Spice, Smokey Shadow). I really like pigment inks for stamping layers when I want true colours and not "new" colours.

After stamping, I bit the bullet and splattered on some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine mist, concentrating it on the bottom half of my card. You'll notice that I got a blob on my sentiment but somehow it doesn't bother me. :)   I finished up by trimming out my panel with one of the MFT Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle dies and called it a day.

Thanks for sponsoring such a fun challenge, Virginia!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

CAS(E) this sketch! #188

I wanted to write a note to one of my sisters and I decided to play along with CAS(E) this sketch! at the same time. It's a Sam Simpson sketch this week and it was just what I needed to help me create a simple, but pretty, little card ...

I love this Altenew Vintage Roses set and just had to use my new PTI Noted: Scalloped A1 Card dies. I've stamped dozens of these roses this morning, 'cause it makes things easier if you get your MISTI set up and do a production line. Warning: you'll probably be seeing more cards with roses on them in the near future. :)