Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bunny Frame

I'm playing along with two challenges today. First up is Inspired By All The Little Things #49, this sweet little bunny ...

and second is Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday for this week, featuring curved sentiments. Of course I made a bunny card!

I used Don't Forget To Write, Baker's Dozen and Hippity Hoppity from PTI. Oh, and also the Petite Pots anniversary set. I started off by blending some Fresh Ink (in Island) on my Kraft card base and then built up the little scene from there. My pic is not great, because now it's way too sunny in the house(!!!), but I glittered the frame with some Distress Vintage Platinum glitter dust and added some Glossy Accents to his rose coloured glasses. And it was done!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Yellow Bird

I'm playing along with this month's Papertrey Ink customer blog hop, where we're being inspired by these amazing images that Nichole Heady posted ...

Victoria Johnson
 I went totally literal and I liked it. I'm not sorry at all in fact!

I masked off an oval on my card front and ink blended some Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart onto it. I then added flowers and birds (PTI Spring Woods, Don't Forget to Write, Friendly Flowers and Atenew Vintage Roses) and finished off with a little sentiment from The Stamp Market.

And that's it from me. Happy Hopping!

P.S. Somebody stop me! I've recently started following Prima Marketing again and I feel an overwhelming urge to order more/new flowers to add to my already ginormous collection! They do come in handy for project photo taking. :)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

PTI March 2017 Release: Day 5 Transformation

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Day 5 challenge for the March 2017 release, which is all about transformation. We're being asked to create a new project based on improving a card we were not happy with. I have plenty of these to choose from, so this challenge was not a problem for me. :) In fact, I chose one that was in the reject pile from a creative session I had just yesterday. I was trying to make a card for their Day 3 challenge, which is to make a project with your all-time favourite floral set, but I hadn't quite managed to come up with one that I really loved.

Rosie-Posie is my favourite all-time floral set and this is the card I rejected yesterday ...

I'm trying to make more one layer cards this year, but I'm really having a hard time. I just never like the finished projects. So for today's card, I tweaked my design and added in some florals from my very close second favourite set, Tulip Time ...

and that added dimension just makes all the difference, IMHO, and I'm much happier with this one.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 4 Photo Finish

Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations brought us the Traveler's Journal Ambassador, Heather Nichols. This is a very timely new feature for me because I've recently started journaling my life's voyage (ack! too dramatic sounding) again. I'm enjoying it as a creative outlet - I'm  not using very many photos, more words and more trying new techniques, etc.

For today's challenge I decided to make a traditional scrapbook layout, something I haven't done in forever. I just happened to have some photos on my camera from Monday spent with a couple of my grandsons ...

You can click on the photo if you want to try to read some of the journaling. :)
Yup, that's Léo and Émérik, complete with hockey puck pocks. PTI products used include the Make It Market Mini kit: Color Pop Florals, Shakers & Sprinkles stamp set and the Monthly Moments: Journal Pocket #3 die.

And hockey continues ... we'll be leaving tomorrow morning for a long weekend in Québec city (not a chore by any means; one of my favourite places in North America for sure) for yet another hockey tournament. This is Léo's first away-from-home sporting event, and we'll be there cheering him on! But at the same time we'll be missing Émé's league playoffs here at home :(. His team finished the season in first place and he's definitely one of the stars. Lots of choices have to be made when you're a nana. Can you tell I'm proud of them?!!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 3 Altered Envelope

Day 3, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, brought us guest blogger Lexi Daly who has taken on the role of Planner Ambassador for this year. She'll be sharing tips monthly and, even though I don't use a planner, I just know I'll be inspired by her fun style.

The challenge for us on this day was to make a card with a coordinating envelope - and to get it out in the mail, which we all know can be the biggest challenge. :) My daughter's birthday is in April so I made up a card and fancy envelope for her, which I will mail out to her at the right moment. Even though I see her at least once a week, I still think it's fun to send her out some happy mail once in a while.

A very simple card. I love white on white and always will. PTI supplies include Stamper's Select White and Fresh Snow Linen card, Keep It Simple: Birthday and Life is Beautiful (stamps and dies).

The first thing I did to make my envelope special was to use my PTI envelope liner die to cut a shimmery gold one to match the backside of my butterfly.

And then I addressed my envelope on my computer and printed it out with my laser printer so that I could foil her name in a matching rose gold. After that worked out (yay!) I simply stamped some Life is Beautiful butterflies in black on the side and bottom edges of the envie. Super simple, but super special. Now I just have to remember to do it more often. :)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 2 Packaging Inspiration

I'm just loving everything about Papertrey Ink's new format for monthly inspiration and for this year's anniversary celebrations. It's new and modern and definitely gorgeous. Day 2's post brings us guest blogger, Rebecca Luminarias, their new Packaging Ambassador. I happen to adore and love gift packaging with all of my heart. I already know that Rebecca is going to be a major enabler for me, LOL, but I'm really looking forward to her monthly column. The beauty she shares at Thurston Post is trendy and eye candy extraordinaire.

All that said, from reading her fun post, I gather that I wrap gifts much more simply than she does. In fact, I think I'm very much like her Grandma Peg was - plain paper and simple ribbon. But I'm excited to go further ...

Even though I'm not in need of gift packaging at the moment, I wrapped up an empty little box (which works better than great big boxes, wink, wink) in Ikea white ribbed wrapping paper. Love this new-to-me paper, it feels soft like fabric. Then I folded up some pink crêpe paper and added some crushed velvet ribbon trim to make a tutu skirt to wrap around the box. I piled on some skinny tags (using PTI stamp sets Swan'sational and Shakers & Sprinkles; LOVED Rebecca's word tags!) and finished with a Melissa Frances resin ornament that I painted with Plaid gold Liquid Leaf.

This literally took me all of 10 minutes, definitely not more, to make. It's really not all that time consuming to make a gift look extra special. Thanks, Rebecca, for all the gorgeous photos. Can't wait to see some of your special fringed items, hint, hint. :)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 1 Stitched Coaster Dies

The official celebrating for Papertrey Ink's 10th anniversary has finally arrived. Day 1 is starting off with PTI's new Stitching Ambassador, Lizzie Jones, and she's featuring the Stitched Coaster die. You can read all about it here. There will be contests every day and the fun begins today.

I was inspired by coaster #6, made by Erin Lincoln. Since I don't sew, I selected the stitched note card die from the Don't Forget To Write kit, to give me that lovely look of stitching ...

I used an image from the Year of Flowers Collection, coloured it with Copics, and then stamped a sentiment from the Petite Pots 2015 anniversary set. A little bit of background stencilling with modeling paste finishes it off.

And I'm done for the first day! I definitely won't get to play every day (we're going out of town for a few days), but I'll do what I can.