Thursday, February 25, 2016

February 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

This month's Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink has the most beautiful color palette. Our inspiration photo is below. The pinks and greens with some touches of gold are lovely.

On this first card, which is my favorite, I decided to use my into the woods cover plate in a slightly different way.  I cut the cover plate into multiple pieces so I could place it down the long side of my card rather than it's normal orientation.  I ink blended my background and added pink and green paint splatters.  Last I added the pink bird from the PTI Winter Woods Stamp Set to go with the sentiment from the PTI Phrases and Praises Stamp Set.

On the next card I started our with the PTI You've Been Framed: Oval Die.  Then I ink blended my pink background with a Tim Holtz stencil to add the stripes.  I shaded the small flower with Copic Markers.  The green sprigs are just small pieces from the into the woods cover plate.  The small flower is from the PTI In Bloom Stamp Set and the sentiment if from the PTI Fancy That stamp set (I really like that font).
I wasn't through with ink blending or paint splatters which both are included in the background of this next card. I got out my PTI Bold Blooms Stamp set again (I can't seem to put it away) and the PTI Phrases and Praises Stamp Set for this card.  I recently purchased a Misti from My Sweet Petunia and that has really helped in stamping nice clean and clear sentiments.  It was a worthy investment.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Papertrey Ink: Paper Crafting Alphabet Challenge

Today's challenge will be unique in that our card design is determined by an Alphabet of requirements.  I chose to go the easy route and used the first three letters of my first name.  Therefore my requirements are:

D = Add detail with a white pen or paper piercer
O = Incorporate some kind of Ombre effect
L = Lean your sentiment

How did I meet each of these design points? I added detail to my leaves using a white pen.  I used multiple colors blended on my background to satisfy the Ombre requirement and last I gave the lower portion of my card a good slant so that my sentiment placement had a nice lean.  To finish off the card I added a few colored sequins.  It was totally fun to get our my Fab Flakes stamp set and use them as my flowers.  I'll be using this set of stamps year round.

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink: Fab Flakes Stamp Set and Dies
Papertrey Ink: Turning a New Leaf Stamp Set and Dies
Papertrey Ink: One Big Happy Stamp and Die Collection
 SSS Sequins: Crystal Reflections-Cold Hands Warm Heart


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sampler Square Challenge

For day five of the Papertrey Ink anniversary celebration we got to create a sampler square.  This was another opportunity for me to do some fun stuff with a few odds and ends and a bunch of stamp sets.  The background of all squares was stamped with the Ombre Builders stamp set.  Then I got to go to town with flowers.  Here is my sampler.

Papertrey Products Used:
PTI Ombre Builders Stamp Set
PTI One Big Happy Stamp & Die Set
PTI Home & Garden Stamp Set & die
PTI Flower Favorites Stamp Set & dies
PTI Rosie Posie Stamp Set & dies
PTI Bitty Bouquets Stamp Set & dies 
PTI Daydreamer Stamp Set & dies


Dress Up Inspiration

At first I didn't think I would have a good idea for the Papertrey Ink Day 2 Challenge: Dress Up Inspiration, but I started looking though the great cards that others were making and decided this would be fun.  I love what everyone is creating and all the designs that are getting shared. After looking at my stamps it hit me what I could do, a sweater I got for Christmas was so much like the PTI Bold Blossoms stamp set it would be a good fit.  So first here is the sweater I took for inspiration.

Now here is my card.  It is pretty simple just a background of pretty flowers and a sentiment from the PTI Scripted stamp set tucked in the corner.  Although you can's see it in my picture, I did add some black pearl dots on top of the flower centers to give the card front a little depth.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Papertrey Ink: Grab and Craft Challenge & SSS: Ray of Sunshine

The PTI Grab and Craft Challenge was perfect for me because I am notorious for stamping something or die cutting a sentiment and setting it aside because I often try out a new item I purchased without a real project in mind (sound like any of you).  My drafting table that I work at pretty much always has these odds and ends lying around.  The card I made today was totally fun because I had just got through playing with the Petite Places Home & Garden stamp set & dies and I had a few cute but very tiny pieces that would have probably gotten lost in the shuffle.  As it is I had lost the dot to the "i"in my sentiment and had to cut a new one.  Lucky I found a scrap of paper the same color.

When I got through with the card I realized it would also be a good fit for the SSS: Ray of Sunshine Challenge so I shared my card here too. 

Products Used:
Papertrey Ink Petite Places Home & Garden stamp set & dies
Papertrey Ink Hello Sunshine Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Cover Plate: Blue Skies Die
Papertrey Ink: Sunshine Die


Simon Says:Have a Heart

When I saw the SSS Have a Heart Challenge I had to try to create a card with a heart created from many small stamps.  I saw a card along these lines quite a while back but I just can't remember where or I would give credit to the person who inspired this attempt. It certainly was a design that stuck in my mind.  Here is my heart made of many little blooms from the Papertrey Ink Mini Blooms stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink In Meadow Greens Stamp set. I added some very small outline dots using by Zig Markers.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Design Team Favorites - Papertrey Ink Feb 2016

The Feb 2016 inspiration cards from Papertrey Ink were great and I had really like the colors from several but I decided to try a card with Kay Miller's color choices.  Her card really inspired me.

I love the new Bold Blossoms stamp set that Kay used and since I just purchased it I have to give that a try too. By the time I completed by card, I have actually pulled out 5 different stamp sets and used something from each one.  
I stamped by background with the a ray stamp from the PTI "Hello Sunshine" stamp set.  I then Stamped my flowers and leaves using the PTI Bold Blossoms stamp set and added a little more color to them using Copic Markers.  I also put a more detailed center to the flowers by using a stamp from the Bloomers stamp set. I had to stop myself as I was getting carried away.  Last I added by sentiment by pulling a stamp from PTI Bitty Bouquets and PTI Flower Favorites.


Valentine Ombre Stamping

This weeks Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday challenge has us using a Valentine ombre effect on our cards.  I decided to use ink blending to create my ombre look and sectioned my card in the five rows using Post-it-tape so I could blend multiple ink colors.  After I had the base done I stamped a few hearts and a sentiment from the PTI "Happy Hearts" stamp set.  Last I added a few droplets to the card using Ranger Glossy Accents.


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