Saturday, December 26, 2015

December 2015 Blog Hop - Papertrey Ink

It's time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and finally I have some time to play along.  This month's inspiration is the picture below and so festive.

I love the high contrast of black and white and the touch of green and red is beautiful.  I loved the challenge suggestion of using sprigs from the Winter Floral die so out came my scissors.  Here is my card.  The green sprigs and the white flowers are cut from the Winter Floral Die. I added the center to my flowers with a stamp from the Twig Wreath Stamp Set.
Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Winter Floral Die
Papertrey Ink Phrase Play #8 Stamp set and Die
Papertrey Ink  Twig Wreath Stamp Set and Die
Ranger Detail White embossing Powder


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Motif Building

This week's Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday challenge had me looking more closely at all my stamp sets and thinking about shapes in a different way.  I had not tried to build a motif before so I had fun trying to put something together that resembled a motif design.  I ended up using three different stamp sets and kept myself to a Christmas theme.  I added to my stamped design little red pearl drops for the ornaments on the trees.  Here is my card.

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink In the Meadow Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Winter Hills Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 1 Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Christmas Cheer Stamp Set
Viva Perlen-Pen Red


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Papertrey Ink Create Along with Us: September 2015

I really liked all the designer samples that had white or neutral and another predominant darker color.  With that in mind I thought about creating a winter scene and this is what I came up with. 

My slope the deer are standing on is white pigment ink blended on the the paper.  I heat set my slope and embossed the sentiment.  I added a bit of glitter to a few branches in the trees to make them sparkle a little but my photo really doesn't show that addition.

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Cover Plate:  In the Woods
Papertrey Ink Stamp Set & Dies:  In the Meadow
Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft Dye Ink
Stampabilities White Pigment Ink


Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF 2015: Runway Inspiration Challenge

I think this was my favorite challenge today because I loved the inspiration photos.  It was hard to decide which one to choose.  Finally I picked this one.

I actually made this card twice because I got carried away with the flowers and in the end did not like the first result.  So here is a paired down version with just enough flowers to have a pop of color.


SAF 2015: Pins & Needles Challenge

I do enjoy to look of stitching on a card and I like the idea of stamps that mimic this look.  Unfortunately, I don't have any.  Often I just use a white pen and drawn perfect short lines.  Today I got out my 20 year old sewing machine and fiddled with it until I could get a couple of rows of metallic silver thread to sew through cardstock.  My first attempt to sew around a circle was a disaster.  So, here is a simple bit a stitching.


SAF 2015: Mix & Match Challenge

I rarely used multiple pattern papers on a card so Betsy's video was very helpful today.  I think it will be easier for me to get a better result now that I understand the basics.  Here is my card.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

SAF 2015: Patterns Challenge

It was difficult to choose a pattern for this challenge because I liked so many of the designs.  Needless to say I will have wonderful inspiration for future cards.  I chose Ashley's pretty card because I have the dies to make this card but have rarely used them.  This was a good opportunity to get them out again.


SAF 2015:Threads Challenge

This is the first time I have ever put thread nested on a card.  I can't say why I have not tried it because I love the look. After putting this card together I am sure I will use it again. Here is my take on Laura Bassen's wonderful card.


SAF 2015: Bridal Challenge

Well it has started, the Papertrey Ink STAMP-A-FAIRE!  It is going to be a fun day.  To start off I have my all white Bridal card to share. 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

This month's blog hop has such great warm colors for our inspiration.  Here is the photo.  Fall is my favorite season so these colors were right in line for some very special cards.

 I got to use the new brushed off stamp set which is just too fun to work with.  This first card was also inspired by Betsy Veldmen who had an amazing card in her Autumn Style post.

The branching out die was so versatile, in the card above I used both the stamped die cut and the reverse image kissed into the brushed off stamp.  Then I used the stencil image of the branched out die to blend in the leaves in the next card.
I enjoyed the blended leaves enough to try that same technique with my Leaf Print dies on this next card.
Last I did some direct stamping with the Leaf Print Stamp set because I wanted some crisp purple/pink leaves on this card.

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Counting my Blessings stamp set and dies
 Papertrey Ink Brushed Off stamp set
Leaf Prints stamp set and dies
Papertrey Ink Summer Hills stamp set


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Papertrey Ink - Create Along with Us Challenge

As I have watched the release for Papertrey Ink unveil this month there are definitely a few products I would love to have.  In particular I have the twig wreath stamp set on my mind and have already imagined some fun cards with that product.  Therefore, I had to create a card with a wreath for the challenge.  This one I put together using the Mini Blooms stamp set and the sentiment form Autumn Hills.  Without a circle base I decided to trace a light green circle with a pale green colored pencil, it gave me a nice shape to follow. 


Friday, July 31, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make-It-Monday: Texture Kissing

I had a great time trying out my various background stamps with this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink - Texture Kissing.  You can check out the post here.  After a few attempts  with a different stamps I found a combination I really liked.  I used by PTI Bloomers flower with an older background stamp I have had for many many years.  My leaves and sentiment are from the PTI Daydreamer stamp set.

I created a second card that was just a slight variation of this design because I wanted to experiment with the color blue.
For this card I used the same PTI Bloomers stamp but got out my PTI Embellished Elegance stamp set to create the leaves.  The sentiment is  from the PTI Scripted stamp set which is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The frame for both cards is the PTI Shaker Shapes: Circle die.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

This month's blog hop challenge allowed us to explore all our butterfly products.  I wanted to do something similar to the vintage look in the challenge photo.  What a lovely display of butterflies.

I decided to stick with pink and a neutral color, so kraft paper entered my project.
I stamped the background leaves with PTI Kraft ink using the large leaves from the PTI Meadow Greens stamp set, then added Raspberry Fizz and black dots along with dew drops I created with Glossy Accents.  The Butterfly was cut using from white card stock then I blended on PTI Raspberry Fizz ink.  The small leaves I stamped with the same color using the smallest leaf stamp in my PTI Garden Gild Mini Kit.    The sentiment if from the PTI Meadow Greens stamp set.

Products used:
Papertrey Ink Life is Beautiful die collection and stamp set
Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens Stamp Set
Paptertry Ink Garden Guild Mini Kit
Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz ink pad
Papertrey Ink Kraft ink pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink pad
Ranger Glossy Accents


Monday, July 6, 2015

Creating your own custom borders

This week's Make-it-Monday at Papertrey Ink had us making our own custom borders with stamped images.  I decided on using my sketched shapes stamp set and kept the border simple.  I used some greens, blues and a bit of yellow to set the tone.  The dots I added just for fun. I always pull these dots stamps out of the Life is Beautiful stamp set when I get the urge to add dots to a card.  They probably get used as much (or more) than the butterflies in that set.

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Sketched Shapes Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Life is Beautiful Stamp Set


Monday, June 29, 2015

Adding Color to Cover Plates

I fell in love with the Garden Gild Mini Kit and this weeks Make-it-Monday lets me use the gorgeous cover plate from that kit.  I decided to use a foam dauber to add ink color to my cover plate die.  Then to spice up the background, I added some color to the center of my card base so that my sentiment could sit in a colorful spot.

Products used:
Papertrey Ink Garden Gild Mini Kit
Papertrey Ink Graceful Greetings Stamp Set


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bringing the Inside Out - Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday

It has been a long time since I did anything like this with cards, to the Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday this week was a nice reminder.  At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with this challenge so to begin with I followed Danielle's example.  Her card was lovely and it gave me an excuse to use the PTI Garden Gild mini kit which I find hard to put down. 

After this card a ventured  a bit with some other colors and shapes.  Below I took the small butterfly from the Life is Beautiful stamp set and used it to scatter shapes on the front of my card. Then I used a pearl pen to add some texture to the inside.
 The last card was a softer look with really very little stamping.  All these cards were quick and simple.  The scripted dies are sure to become some of my favorites.

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Garden Gild Mini Kit
Papertrey Ink Life is Beautiful Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Bitty Bouquets Stamp Set and dies
Papertrey Ink Scripted Stamp Set and dies


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

This month's blog hop had such a cute inspiration picture.  These shoes are precious.  The stripes and bright pop of color were what caught my attention.  I could not decide if the stripes in this picture were a dark grey or a blue, but either would make a lovely card. 

With this inspiration I made a couple of cards for a friend who has just found out she has cancer.  My heart goes out to her and I want her to know she is daily in my thoughts and prayers. 
The new Keep it Simple: Praying for you sentiments were perfect for the card above.

I added a grey ink pad to my supplies since I am discovering the value of neutral colors.  This one is Memento London Fog.  I used the PTI Stripes Diagonal die cut as a stencil to add the background grey stripes.

Products Used:
PTI Ombre Builders Stamp Set
PTI Brushed Blooms Stamp Set and dies
PTI Keep it Simple:Praying for you Stamp Set 
PTI Stripes Diagonal Die
PTI Big Hugs stamp Set and Dies
PTI Bloomers Stamp Set and Dies
PTI Meadow Greens Stamp Set


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Stamping with Neutrals

This Make-it_Monday challenge had us stamping with neutral colors.  I just love the example card that Dawn McVey provided.  It certainly made me want to purchase a grey stamp pad which is a color I have never owned.  Here is her lovely card.

I had to settle for stamping in PTI Classic Kraft ink for my neutral background.  I used the Enclosed Star stamp set and began stamping at the center top and worked my way across the card in rows.  I want two toned flowers so I stamped my roses first in a bright pink and then used a sponge dauber to add Rasberry Fizz to the edges.  Here is my finished card.
Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Rosie Posie Stamp set and dies
Papertrey Ink Enclosed Star Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Little Labels Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft Dye Ink pad
Papertrey Ink Rasberry Fizz Dye Ink pad
Stampabilities Bright Pink Pigment Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad
Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple Frames
Stampin Up Leaf die


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Cool Condensation Effects

I got introduced to Glossy Accents this week when I decided I had to try the Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday challenge, "Cool Condensation Effects."  I definitely need to keep practicing with this medium, but the effect was great and I believe there are a bunch of possibilities with this product.  I kept my card simple and tried for the "dew on the flower" effect.

Products used:
Papertrey Ink Brushed Blooms Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Wet Paint III Stamp  Set and dies
Stampabilities Lavender, Light Green, Lime Green Pigment Ink
ColorBox Violet Pigment Ink
Ranger Glossy Accents


Monday, May 25, 2015

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

This month's Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge asked us to use a rainbow of cheerful colors and, of course, get creative.  Our inspiration was this photo.

I do love to see rainbow colors in a design, but I don't often find myself actually producing a card with the whole spectrum of hues.  Therefore I purposely did one card with that goal.  Then found myself creating a second card with a limited range of colors.
And here is my second card just for fun.
 Products Used
Papertrey Ink Harlequin Die
Papertrey Ink Little Labels stamp set
Papertrey Ink Background Basics:Super Stripes


Friday, May 1, 2015

Using Vellum to Soften Patterns

I had to find my stash of vellum to participate in this week's Make-it-Monday challenge.  I used to add it to scrapbook pages and loved making flowers with it, but today it covers the majority of my card.  I used the Papertrey Ink Graceful Greetings and Bitty Bouquets stamp sets to add my sentiment and a touch of flowers.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

I loved the color combination in this month's blog hop challenge.  Dark blue, pinks and white with touches of green and yellow are so beautiful together.

I had to put a bunch of flowers on my card with this lovely color combination.

Products used:
Papertrey Ink:  Big Hugs Die and Stamp set
Papertrey Ink: Bitty Bouquets Stamp step
Papertrey Ink: Rasberry Fiz stamp pad
Stampabilities: Lime Green stamp pad


White on White with a Pop of Color

This week's Make-it-Monday had me experimenting with various die cuts.  My final choice for this White on White with a Pop of Color challenge was one of my newest dies.  I used my bitty bouquets die and stamps.  Here is my project.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Ombre Stamping

The Papertrey Ink Ombre Stamping challenge for this week's Make-It-Monday gave me a change to mix some pretty purples together for a Thank you card.  I used a sponge dauber to apply my inks to the small Life is Beautiful butterfly stamp.  I then die cut the butterflies and then added a simple background.  A few rhinestone sparkles finished my card.

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Life is Beautiful Stamp Set and Dies
Papertrey Ink Swoosh Stamp Set
Sampabilities Lavender Pigment Ink
ColorBox Boysenberry Pigment Ink
Stampin'Up Elegant Eggplant Dye Ink


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Double Partial Die Cutting

This week's Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday was something I had never tried.  I loved the idea, but found that my Big Shot doesn't really apply equal cutting pressure any more so I had to make multiple attempts to get the right result.  In the end I followed Laura's lovely example and had success.  You can catch the video here.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Confetti Cluster Stamping

This weeks Make-it-Monday at Papertrey Ink had me looking through all my stamp sets for tiny shapes that I could use for confetti stamping.  In the end I used 5 different stamp steps to create the star on the card below.  I have to admit it was fun!

Stamp Sets Used:
Papertrey Ink Wreath for all Seasons
Papertrey Ink Sketched Shapes
Papertrey Ink Fancy That
Papertrey Ink Confetti Garland Borders
Papertrey Ink O'Tannenbaum

For the Sentiment: Papertrey Ink Wet Paint III


Friday, March 13, 2015

Watercolor Smooshing

This week I got to try another new technique that was shared in the Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday challenge.  Just the sound of the title lets you know how fun this technique is going to be.  Here is a link if you would like to view the video, Watercolor Smooshing.  I tried this out using a few different colors but liked my PTI Raspberry Fizz and Stampin Up Elegant Eggplant combination the best.  I colored by picnic basket of flowers with Copic markers.

Paperytrey Ink Vintage Picnic
Papertrey Ink Wet Paint


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Doodling with Stamps

This week's Papertrey Ink Make-It-Monday took me really far out of my comfort zone but I still had to give it a try. For my card I used PTI Pretty Petals, PTI Happy Hearts and PTI Swoosh.  I used the hearts to create my flower petals and tried to keep my doodling as free as it is possible.  That was a stretch.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Anchoring with Border and Banner Dies

This week's Make-It_Monday has a beautiful card example of Anchoring with Border and Banner Dies.  I really enjoyed Melissa Phillips tutorial which you can watch here.  I couldn't resist giving this a try.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink 2015 February Blog Hop

This inspiration for this month's blog hop was this lovely image.

I love the watercolor look and these beautiful shades of blue, pink and purple.  I decided to try my hand at creating a background for my cards using Gelatos. my background shapes were hand drawn and then blended with a damp stiff artist brush.  I created two cards using different color groupings.

My supplies for the cards:
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Derwent Water Color pencils (to color the yellow/orange butterflies)
Papertrey Ink Butterfly Dreams Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Little Labels Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #10 Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Web Paint III Stamp Set & Die
Papertrey Ink Harelequin Cover Plate


Friday, February 13, 2015

Papertrey Ink Challenge - Blue Ombre

I decided to build my blue ombre effect with the Papertrey Ink Tiny Triangles stamp set.  These fun little triangles are easy to use and align, so it's hard to go wrong.  I topped them off with an impression plate, Sunrise Impressions 1.  The sentiment is from the Little Labels stamp set.


Papertrey Ink Challenge - Nothing but Metallics & Neturals

I decided to go with something clean and simple for this challenge.  The Papertrey Ink "Fancy That" stamp set fit the bill.  I stamped by design and sentiment and used gold embossing powder to give them life.


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