Thursday, 14 December 2017

Papertrey Ink: Create Along With Us December 2017

Haven't played for a while, but I am this time around. Once again, Papertrey Ink is releasing new products on the 15th and they're inviting us to be inspired by the awesome projects that the Design Team have created. You can see all of the beautiful entries here at the new Papertrey Ink blog.

I was inspired by Betsy Veldman's work on Release Day 1, with her beautiful gilded edges and that gorgeous red rose.

I've actually been experimenting a lot this season with Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Sunkissed Copper is my favourite), and I tried stamping my Altenew deer head with glue and gilding it, but it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted. Instead, I chose to use just a regular stamped image (PTI Cocoa Bean ink). I LOVE those Gilding Flakes, but the frugal part of my personality is struggling with all the waste that happens when I use them, LOL.

This project ended up being a true United Nations of card making. Just look at my supply list!

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.
Stamps - PTI The Sweet Life, Rosie Posie, Beautiful Berries: Winter, Spruce & Sprigs; Altenew Festive Silhouettes; WPlus9 Whimsy Alpha; Neat & Tangled Joyful Sentiments.
Inks - PTI Cocoa Bean, Simply Chartreuse, Amethyst Allure, Scarlet Jewel, Ocean Tides, New Leaf, Pure Poppy; Altenew Crimson, Forest Glades; Ranger Magenta Hue; Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick.
Dies - PTI The Sweet Life, Rosie Posie, Beautiful Berries: Winter, Spruce & Sprigs; Altenew Festive Silhouettes; WPlus9 Whimsy Alpha.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

We Love Dawn Blog Hop - Holiday Greens

I'm sticking with it and it's not a chore at all! This week I'm playing every single day with the weeklong We Love Dawn Blog Hop happening at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. This is Day 5 for me and I'm featuring one of my favourite Christmas greenery sets, Holiday Greens. If you're looking for something versatile for your cards,  if you love Christmas and if you love all the greens associated with the holidays, then this is the set for you. Here's what I did ...

Nothing mindblowing, but it makes for a nice holiday card. I used just one of Dawn's images and turned it into a tree. I embossed the detail onto the die cuts with white powder and then sponged various inks over them to create variegated trees. I've combined them with a snowbank cut from a Lawn Fawn die set, a sentiment from Altenew and an embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. And it only took two days to do! Kidding, but not really.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

We Love Dawn Blog Hop - Gran's Garden

I'm back again today for Day 4 of the weeklong We Love Dawn Blog Hop going on over at the Papertrey Ink blog. I've really been enjoying this time to celebrate Dawn, her courage and faith and her incredible talent also. If you visit the Papertrey Ink blog you will see all the details of just why we're doing this now.

Today I chose to work with one of the most charming floral stamp sets ever, Gran's Garden ...

Even though I ordered this set very soon after it was released, this is the first card that I've ever made with it. Yes, you heard right. I usually rush to use new sets, so happy to see them arrive at my house. But once in a while I receive a set that I think is so lovely that I dread to use it. Instead, I feel like hoarding it. As though the magic will disappear once I've actually stamped with it. Raise your hand if you think I'm strange, LOL!

It's easy to use and beautiful. Strong, stunning images. My favourites. I created a soft partial background using another Dawn design, Friendly Flowers. The leaves in that set are the most prettiest ones I own. I'll never get over them.

I'll be back tomorrow, hopefully, with another project honouring Dawn. We had a power outage for part of the day, not because of the weather but because of some work being done by the city, and I'm a bit behind now. I'll try my best.

Monday, 6 November 2017

We Love Dawn Blog Hop - Peaceful Pinecones

I'm back today sharing another card that I made for the We Love You Dawn Blog Hop over at Papertrey Ink. Today I'm using one of my most very favourite holiday stamps of them all - Peaceful Pinecones. I would rate this set as either my #1, #2 or #3 all-time favourite, depending on what time of day you ask me. It's a classic, timeless one that I can't imagine ever getting tired of ...

One of the things that Dawn has taught me to love is stamping on coloured cardstock. Here I did an ombré effect, stamping my bottom pinecone branch onto Sweet Blush and my top branch onto Lovely Lady cardstocks. I love the warmth and vintage vibe that it adds to my card. I stamped a partial background on my card front using a Prima Marketing musical notes stamp and then finished it up with a holiday die cut from PTI that I really like, Holiday Double Cuts.

I just saw a beautiful photo on Instagram of Dawn sitting up in her hospital bed, "enjoying" some broth. This is such a huge step for her and it makes me so happy. I'm praying every day and sending lots of good wishes that she gets to become an outpatient by this weekend, which is a possibility!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

We Love Dawn - Vintage Ornaments II

I'm participating again today in the weeklong We Love Dawn Blog Hop that is going on over at Papertrey Ink. If you click on the link you'll see all the details of just why Dawn McVey is being honoured by her friends and fans this week.

Dawn definitely played a major role in why I got interested in stamping in the first place. I was looking for something creative to do in addition to scrapbooking. I couldn't (and still can't) draw, but I was really drawn to colour. When I would see stamps in the art stores around me, I would never even think of buying them because I thought that they were just meant to be stamped in black ink and that was it. I didn't even know that coloured inks existed. And then I happened upon Papertrey and everything changed! I saw wonderful stamp designs and I got to know designers who made gorgeous, and colourful, cards. It wasn't long before I was hooked. So thanks for that, Dawn. :)

I made a holiday card using some of my favourite Dawn stamps ...

Very simple, again. I stamped some greenery from Holiday Greens on the card front and then decorated them with some Vintage Ornaments II die cuts. A sentiment from that set was stamped in Stormy Sea. I added a little Memory Box border die to the bottom edge of my card to add some perspective.

Whenever I see these ornaments I think of Dawn and the wonderful photos she takes of her Christmas projects using gorgeous glass ornaments from her collection as window dressing. One of the things I love about cardmaking is seeing the beautiful photos that design team members come up with. All the details inspire me to get creative. It's a very interesting hobby.

I'll be back tomorrow with another "Dawn" project. Hope you're having a great weekend - it's raining non-stop here. :(

Saturday, 4 November 2017

We Love Dawn - Vintage Linens

As many of you already know, Dawn McVey, one of PTI's most amazing product (and card) designers, has been seriously ill for many years. Last weekend she underwent surgery to have a small intestine implant and she's doing really well. We're all hoping and praying that this is the answer that she's been waiting for and that her recuperation goes quickly and smoothly. Papertrey, and her many friends in the cardmaking world, are honouring her today with a We Love Dawn blog hop, that will continue for a whole week. Please visit Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog for all of the details on the hop and also on how you can lend your support to Dawn and her family.

I've decided to post a card every day this week featuring at least one of the stamp sets (or dies) that Dawn has designed for PTI. This is not a very difficult thing to do since I love so many of them so much. In fact, most of my cards are already made!

Today, I'm featuring her gorgeous Vintage Linens floral set ...

It's super simple and I think it's a card I could very well send her because it demonstrates how I feel about her being in the hospital. I'm really praying hard for the hospital part to be over quickly so that she can establish a new routine for herself in Washington, including, hopefully, some knitting and cardmaking. I don't think I'll send her this one - I'd rather surprise her!

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Vintage Linens (with dies), Keep It Simple: Missing you
Inks - PTI Raspberry Fizz (how could I not use it!), Scarlet Jewel; Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peacock Feathers
Other - PTI Brushed Off: Rectangles dies (used as a stencil for ink blending) 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Papertrey Ink October 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink October 2017 Blog Hop Challenge. Even if the inspiration photo that Nichole provided is not especially Christmas-like, I've made holiday cards anyway. I'm determined to do nothing but for the rest of this year. Here is the pic that we're working with ...

Lots to choose from, but definitely a colour story going on. I chose a few PTI stamp sets to work with and ended up with three cards, that don't look all that much like anything in this collage 😃. For me, it's just as easy to make three cards as one once all my supplies are out. Starting with my favourite, this is what I did ...

For this one I was most influenced by the top right corner of the inspiration collage. The PTI sets I chose to work with for the Blog Hop were Winter Village, the All Through The House Make It Market kit and Treetops Glisten (a Maile Belles number which I just bought this year and that I've fallen in love with).

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides for the first time on this one to do the background. I only own two colours (Wild Honey and Broken China), but a few more are on their way to me as we speak 😉. I love these inks! In general, I adore pigment inks and own lots of them and I really didn't think I needed the Oxides. The thing that makes them different from pigments, in my opinion, is that you can easily stamp dye inks over them, i.e., the sentiment I added.

Next, my second favourite card ...

Continuing with the theme of trees and little villages, inspired mostly by the middle row, second from left, in the photo. Yes, I know I'm stretching the limits of what a holiday card is 😲🤓, but I don't care. For this one, I added a super cute sentiment from Very Merry, which I just received this week.

My last card is a one-layer, which will make it much more easy to mail out. But it is definitely my least favourite. I like it, but it lacks oomph ...

My inspiration came from the last two images in the middle row. (I love how there are so many colours incorporated into the Adolfo Serra illustrations.) It's all Treetops Glisten in this one. After I did the stamping I embossed my card front with PTI's woodgrain embossing plate. P.S. I made the snow hills with an image from Winter Village. Do you believe that at first I had freehanded the lines but DH told me that they were shockingly bad?!!! Hmph!

So there you have it and another month gone just like that. Thanks for looking and have fun hopping.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Make It Monday: Build-a-Wreath

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday card challenge where this week Melissa Phillips is encouraging us to make paper crafted wreaths. I love Christmas wreaths the most, and that's what I went with. I came up with a layout that I really liked and, since I was experimenting with colours anyway, I decided to do three versions of the same card ...

All three are window cards and I had fun coming up with sentiments to use in the wreaths' openings. The first one I made is probably my favourite (all supplies are from PTI unless otherwise stated; and you can click on images if you want to make them larger) ...

For all three cards, I used a stamp and die from Holiday Greens to make my wreaths. In this case, I stamped the image on Mint Julep die cuts, blending two ink colours, Simply Chartreuse and New Leaf. I also stamped the image on my card base for a fuller look - love the extra dimension it adds. A bow from Bells & Boughs and a sentiment from Deck The Halls finishes it off.

For the second one I went red but very simple ...

I tried to make a play on that famous little houses' wreath that Martha Stewart made a few years ago. No where near as stunning as hers, duh, but still friendly. The rest of the sentiment is Happy Holidays (from Keep It Simple: Happy Holidays) and is stamped below the window. The main sentiment is from the Make it Market mini kit: Holiday Tag Along. The houses are from another one of Betsy's kits: All Through The House.

The next one is the most embellished, maybe a bit over done? ...

I created the woodgrain background for my Simply Chartreuse card front using a Tim Holtz stencil and some pigment ink (sorry, can't remember which one; I actually did this card front a while ago.) I can't wait for the PTI woodgrain metal stencil to arrive (it's on its way). It'll be so much easier to use. Did I ever mention that I love woodgrain patterns, LOL? The sentiment and holly are from Enclosed: Bell and the bow is from Betsy's first Christmas kit: Tinsel & Tags.

And that's it for me today. I do believe these are my first Christmas cards of the year, so let the games begin! You won't be seeing anything but holiday projects from me until next year. Thanks for the visit and hope you're having a nice weekend.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Faux Epoxy Embellishments

Don't fall off your chairs, but I'm actually blogging a card! I'm participating in this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, where Betsy Veldman is showing us how to feature faux epoxy embellishments on our cards. Fun for everyone! This is the card I made ...

Instead of just using clear embossing powder to make my embellishment, I thought I could save at least one step by choosing UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) but I ended up embossing as many times as Betsy did. Please note that I actually coloured the pumpkin! It felt good to make a card and I'm hoping that my motivation continues.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Stamps - PTI Autumn Pumpkins
Ink - PTI Ripe Avocado, Terracotta Tile; Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - PTI Autumn Pumpkins, Limitless Layers Circle 1-3/4". Mix & Mat: Pretty Brackets
Other - Ranger's UTEE; Copics

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Kitchen Renovations

It's been a while since I blogged, and I'm only doing it today because I promised to show some pics of the recent kitchen renovation in our condo. I'm obsessed and in love with my new space! I can't believe the transformation.

Let's start with The Before:

I lived and worked in this kitchen for 12 years. I loved that it had loads of room for storage. And that the appliances were decent. Period. I hated that it was so closed off and hot to work in. No one could ever join me in the kitchen, it was just too narrow. The brown cabinets never worked for me and neither did those square tiles that felt like chalkboard and were impossible to keep clean.

We had spoken to other corner unit owners in our complex and everyone said that the wall couldn't come down because it contained water pipes, but no one knew exactly where they were situated. Most people had simply cut a pass-through window in the wall, over the sink. But we knew that the wall didn't support anything (there are no supporting walls in the condo) and one day we just took a chance and hacked into it from the living room side! We discovered that the pipes were only in the pantry area and so we called designers, got quotes, and this is what we ended up with.

You can click on all photos to make them larger if you want ...

The After:

This is how open the space is now. The column contains all the mechanics and houses the pantry on the kitchen side. No decorating has yet been done.

A view from the living room.
The pantry. It was impossible to photo, but there is also a small pull-out pantry on the side of the fridge, which happens to be the wrong fridge and is being changed next week. :(
Looking toward the studio.
Looking towards the windows.
The island is 10 feet long! I never thought I had enough space for anything like this.
Excuse all the horrible angles and crooked images - I can't for the life of me take photos of big spaces. I don't have a proper lens and it's impossible to get it all in one photo. Plus lighting issues, of course. In general, the kitchen is super light and airy. I've kept some of the photos darker to be able to show a few details. Also, please note that no painting has been done in the space. Ceilings were opened up to reposition lighting and heating and electricity and it's all a big mess. We're busy making plans for the surrounding spaces and won't decide on paint colours until we're finished.

A few little detail shots:

Closer look at quartz countertops. They are white, not yellow, with grey veining.
In use during breakfast this morning. :)
I love the white and grey gleaminess of it all - including my super glossy white tile floors. One of the workers told me that it reminded him of a skating rink! I know most people wouldn't be crazy about them, but it's one of my most favourite things about the new space. I still have plenty of storage and because most of the cabinets are drawers it's super convenient. No regrets. Would live through the mess all over again. :)

P.S. I just noticed that everyone can see that one drawer face is STILL missing. The good news? Haven't had to make final payment yet!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Colourful Birthday

Sharing a happy birthday card today that is nice and bright, just the way I like it. This one was so much fun to make! I'm playing along with two challenges this week: with Inspired by all the Little Things  because I just couldn't resist the inspiration photo ...

and with Hannelie's "just my style" layout over at CAS(E) this sketch! ...

This is what I was inspired to make from all that gorgeousness ...

I used two WPlus9 sets, Petunia Builder and Whimsy Alpha, for the first time even though I've had both for a while. (Blush.) Loads of ink colours were used, a combination of Altenew and Papertrey. The little "birthday" stamp is from Winnie & Walter's The Big The Bold and The Happy, a set I fall back on often.

Thanks for the visit! Happy to have this one in my stash, ready to go.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Altenew May 2017 Inspiration Challenge

I've been thinking for weeks about the Altenew May 2017 Inspiration Challenge, but not quite getting anywhere with it. I decided to get serious yesterday and came up with something that I'm not thrilled about, but I'm posting anyways. This was the gorgeous photo, courtesy of May Sukyong Park, that we got to work with ...

I played with the colours and came up with this ...

I used the stunning Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew, along with a combination of Altenew and PTI inks. Altenew's Shades of Purple mini cubes are the best purple dye inks anywhere! Love them. The die cut sentiment is from PTI and the woodgrain stencil is from Tim Holtz.

This card is business letter-sized (got the idea from Debby Hughes) and I can't believe how difficult it is to photo this format! Ack! Click on the photo if you'd like to see more details.

Thanks Altenew for an always fun challenge. You got me out of my slump. :)

Friday, 5 May 2017

CAS(E) this sketch! Strawberries

I'm playing with this week's CAS(E) this sketch! challenge because sketch challenges are my favourite. They leave you so much room to play along with, and it's fun coming up with something. This week's sketch is brought to us by Leigh Penner ...

I seem to make most of my cards using this exact same diagonal sketch. I'm trying to break myself of the habit but am happy to "need" to do one this week, LOL ...

It's not even spring here yet (haven't seen a single tulip), never mind time for summer strawberries, but I'm in a fruity kind of mood this week and made several cards with my PTI Still Life: Summer set. Very CAS. Some cute little sentiments from The Stamp Market finished things up.

Another rainy weekend predicted, but hoping they're wrong. I need me some grandson baseball! Thanks for the visit and have a great week!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Colour Wash Backgrounds

Another fun Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge featuring watercolouring. 😉 Laurie Schmidlin is up this week and you just KNOW that she made fabulous cards! She's showing us how to add watercolour wash backgrounds to our projects. I have done this before and it's about the only form of watercolouring that works for me - on occasion.

I used some really cheap watercolour paint that comes in tubes for my background. I squeezed the paint out onto pans and left them to harden for a few hours. It's my preferred paint, aside from reinkers, which aren't really paint. The thing I like most about it is that I can easily add in white to soften the look.

Please note that the splatters that look like brown spots on this card are really gold Colour Shine by Heidi Swapp (we are having clouds and rain all week). See detail below.

And, yes, I made another card with Tulip Time. I also used Still Life: Summer and a masked sentiment from Perfect Pairing. Hubby "strongly dislikes" my cherries that are uncoloured; and in fact thinks I've lost my mind for pairing the tulips with cherries. I'm calling it whimsical. Just to please him, and to see if he was right, I also stamped them in colour, but I preferred the outlines only on this card. The good news (for me) is that I had plenty of fruit left over to make other cards, which you'll be seeing in the near future. 😉 One of them may even have a colour wash background! 😃

Monday, 1 May 2017

CAS(E) this sketch #219

Playing along with this week's challenge, brought to us by Jen Mitchell, over at CAS(E) this sketch!

I turned it to make it horizontal, and came up with this ...

... which will be going out to a friend this week who is starting a round of radiation therapy. She's doing well and has lots of love and support and I know that she's going to be just fine. I think she'll appreciate the brightness of this card.

Stamps: Concord & 9th You are Enough
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger's Archival Magenta Hue; PTI Pure Poppy
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White & Limeade Ice card