Sunday, June 25, 2017

You are my sunshine

MAKE IT MONDAY #288: Pantone Chip Inspired Cards

This week Lexi shared a clean, CAS color idea inspired by Pantone chip cards. 
I've used paint chips on cards before but had not thought of this as a design
element! It was so much fun! I found an already prepared "smile"die cut, and
matched it to card stock. Then chose a small sentiment from a PTI Framed Out 
set and a sun shape from another FO set to complete the card.

PTI Stamps: Framed Out #2 & 3
Dies: SSS smile, PTI Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die

Linking this to: capture the moment MIM


Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Shades of ombre - Wow! 

                                                      I'm nursing a summer cold and had some difficulty
                                                      thinking clearly as I pondered this serene photo for
                                                      the challenge. I took a literal interpretation, stamped 
                                                      a jar in Versamark and clear embossed on water color
                                                      paper. I used a water brush and distress inks to create 
                                                      the ombre bottom in the jar with a faint line of Tumbled
                                                      Glass outlining the entire jar. Gran's Garden flowers 
                                                      and leaves are supported by Meadow Greens stems. The 
                                                      panel was die cut with a SSS stitched rectangle die 
                                                      and adhered to a light gray card. While I like the result
                                                      I'm not inclined to think it's my best effort! Oh, well, off
                                                      to the Arts Festival and then two weeks in Kenya building
                                                      a school and working in a dental clinic with my husband.

Stamps: PTI Gran's Garden, Meadow Greens, Winter Woods (sentiment); Inkadinkado jar
Dies: PTI Gran's Garden, SSS stitched rectangles
Inks: Distress Inks Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough, Old Paper, Pine Needles, Tattered Rose, 
Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick; Momento London Fog
Misc: clear Wink of Stella, foam adhesive

Linked to: capture the moment  June Blog Hop

Saturday, June 24, 2017

thinking of you

Inspired by All the Little Things #62

Fun photo with so many colors. We recently visited Las Vegas  
and I immediately thought of the Bellagio lobby's ceiling of
floral images. I used a new to me PTI set to create my card.

PTI Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies and Butterfly Hope
Dies: PTI Noted: Scalloped Vertical and SSS Stitched Rectangles
Various Hero Arts and Distress Inks

We're leaving for Kenya on Tuesday where my husband will
help in a mission dental clinic and I'll line up adobe bricks
on a new campus construction project. See you in 3 weeks.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

thank you card set

Make It Monday #286:
Coordinating Card Pairs

We've been away for a few days with two of my mom's sisters and their families in Las Vegas where one aunt lives. Her husband has been on hospice recently due to his parkinson's disease but has rallied for now. We talked a lot, ate delicious food and toured the Bellagio's wonderful conservatory of Asian floral displays. We arrived home late last night and woke up to lots of yard work. This evening I managed to gather some energy and join this week's challenge at the last minute. I used the negative and positive portions of a You've Been Framed: Oval die cut from a panel stamped with several of the Palm Prints leaves in various greens. They were glued to kraft cards and here they are!

Card #1

Card #2

PTI Stamps & Dies:
 Keep It Simple: Thank You, Palm Prints, You've Been Framed: Oval

Linked to: Make It Monday

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Birthday wishes

Make It Monday #285: Felt Flowers

The challenge this week featured Lizzie Jones who shared a felt flower tutorial on
her blog Don't Forget to Write. It's full of ideas and many beautiful creations which
she uses on gifts and tags. I no longer use hot glue guns due to past finger burning
incidents. (Grin)  Instead I created a flat flower using a Kay Miller mandala die and
two leaf die-cuts from Gran's Garden, an idea I cased off Dawn McVey's card from
 the April release week. It turned out better than I thought it might because 1) my 
 stash of old patterned paper contained this dotty gem and 2) the PTI lavender moon  
card stock. The mandala base is cut from PTI tiny dot vellum and mounted on foam
tape hidden behind all of the felt die cuts. A dot of lime green Stickles to the flower 
center finished the flower. The sentiment is a favorite from PTI Winter Woods. 
I really love the PTI wool felt. This card will be mailed to a friend next week.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Day to Celebrate

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

This month's yummy inspiration print from irtsya

and now for my interpretation for this month's PTI Blog Hop

I misted my stamps after inking to get a softer, water colored look.

While the supplies were out, I made another card, same design.
Card #2 uses different colors but the same stamp and
die sets with paint chips die cut for the flowers and bow.

PTI Products unless noted otherwise:
Stamps: Beautiful Berries: Spring,  Friendship Jar Flowers, Make It Market: Sunshine & Rainbows (black floral center) Dies: Bells & Boughs, Friendship Jar Fillers, Noted: Scalloped Vertical  Inks: Distress-abandoned coral, picked raspberry, worn lipstick; Hero Arts Chalkboard Black, Soft Violet, Stone Wash; Ranger Cloud Blue  Paper: PTI Soft Stone, Ranger water color


Friday, May 19, 2017

Zappy Birthday

Create Along With Us: May 2017

 Nichole's card

When I saw this card from Nichole Heady on day 5 of the May release, I thought of my  
PTI Triangle Cover Plate. It provided the inspiration for my 7 year-old grandson Luca's 
birthday card. He's a quirky boy, no flowers for him!

PTI dies: Triangle Cover Plate, Zappy Birthday
Stamp: Zappy Birthday; Copic markers

Luca,  May 2017

Linking this to: Create Along With Us 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Three cards - Love you, hello and Celebrate

Three more cards for May events!! A bonus to use previously
 stamped die cuts and a PTI patterned paper set in making them.

PTI Stamps: Tulip Time, Wonderful Words: thank you
PTI Dies: Inspired: Love, Noted: Scalloped A2, Tulip Time

PTI Stamps: Butterfly Hope, Fresh Bouquet
PTI Dies: Fresh Bouquet, Mix & Mat: Flourishes, Tiny Tags

PTI Stamps: Layered Banner Banter, Tulip Time
PTI Dies: Sentiment Splits: Curved Vertical, Tulip Time
PTI pattern paper, Baker's twine, Wink of Stella

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Make It Monday #282: Stenciled Watercolor Backgrounds

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge

Card Menu:
Stencil: Woodblock Prints  Stamps: Gran's Garden, Layered Banner Banter
Dies: Gran's Garden, Sentiment Splits: Curve Vertical   Inks: Distress Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, 
Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass; Hero Arts: Buttercup, Green Hills, Pool;  PTI: Saffron Spice
Paper: Saffron Spice cardstock and Staples White 120 lb. 

Linked to: capture the moment

Betsy used a Woodblock Prints stencil as her guide for a demo card in this week's MIM. 
I used a different stencil from the same set, several Distress Inks and a water brush to 
paint my design on watercolor paper. After it dried, the panel was die cut and mounted
directly to a saffron spice card. It was embellished with several flowers from 
Gran's Garden. I must confess to casing a similar card by Dawn McVey.

But wait, I can't waste the wet ink on top of my stencil!!  I laid a stitched panel 
of white card stock on the wet stencil and got a funky negative image as a result.
Two butterfly die-cuts mounted with foam tape on a stitched gold vellum rectangle
and finished with a simple sentiment made a second card!

Card Menu:
Stencil: PTI Woodblock Prints; PTI Stamps: Bold Bouquet (older anniversary set) & Butterfly Hope
Inks: Distress Salty Ocean, HA Buttercup & Pool; Dies: PTI Butterfly Hope, SSS Stitched Rectangles;
Paper: PTI New Leaf,  Staples White 120 lb & gold vellum from stash

Linked to: SSS: Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Three Spring Cards

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Our inspiration is from the art galleries of  Megan Carter 

Interpretation #1
simple stamping

PTI Stamps: Ruby Rose, Songbirds
Die: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

Interpretation #2
die-cuts and embellishments

PTI Stamps: Brushed Blooms, Ruby Rose, Songbirds, Spring Woods
PTI Dies: Ruby Rose, Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical

Interpretation #3
abstract stamping

PTI Stamps: Butterfly Hope, Circle Scribbles, Spring Woods
Die: SSS Stitched Rectangles
This card is a bit smaller at 4" x 5"

I'm off to see three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival today and tomorrow.
Can't wait to see all of the amazing cards the hop will reveal today!.

Linked to: PTI April Blog Hop

Sunday, April 23, 2017

BE brave, kind, happy, true, bold

Make It Monday: #281
Patterns Behind Die-Cut Windows

Oh, the possibilities in die-cutting a window and showing-off a patterned background.
My inspiration is from Dawn McVey on the recent MIM challenge. I made my window
with a circle die on the dotted paper. To make a flat card for easy mailing, I adhered the
panel directly to a yellow card rather than foam to make a window. Two wreath die-cuts,
 one yellow and the other dark bronze were glued together to frame the circle window.
A pattern of words and dots from the "Be" stamp set were stamped on the yellow card
 front. The inside sentiment is "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful" from Choose Joy.

Stamps: PTI Be, Choose Joy (inside)
Dies: PTI Rustic Wreath, Spellbinders Standard Circles

Linked to: capture the moment

Saturday, April 8, 2017

some bunny loves you

PTI Make It Monday #280
Stamping Outside of the Box

Lexi's video at PTI's Make It Monday challenge inspired today's spring card.

Papertrey Stamps & Dies
Bunny Basket & Mat Stack 3

I stamped the bunny in Hero Arts Soft Lilac on pattern paper and added purple Stickles eyes. The grass is half of a circle, trimmed with Martha Stewart fringe scissors and decorated with green Stickles. I propped up the bunny ears with foam adhesive and placed the "basket" on a couple of scored lines. Thanks, Lexi, for a fun challenge!

Linked at: Make It Monday

Sunday, April 2, 2017

without a little rain

Make It Monday #279: 
Curved Sentiments

If I showed the mounted sentiment in a straight line, you would notice the curve more. 
I made this while watching my OR Ducks play a semi-final at the Big Four which we lost,
 barely, thus the rain.

 Make It Market: Sunshine & Rainbows stamps, die, paper & sequins
Noted: Scalloped A2 die (embossed edge)
Copic markers, Momento Tuxedo Black

Linked to: Make It Monday

Inspired by Ashley's card

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Love always, Love you

Make It Monday #278: Window Chipboard Sentiments
AAA Cards:  CAS Game #86-Diecuts
Simon Says Stamp: Layer It Up Monday Challenge

 Stephanie Gold  made her first MIM video for Papertrey Ink this week showing how to
create a die cut word sentiment which is glued on the inside of a card while showing 
on a decorated, stamped front. After three cards I said, "enough is enough" and took
photos. I used different word sentiments and stamp sets with each card which became
  less intricate than the last. Thanks, Stephanie for the challenge! Here's my humble card.



Stamps: Bold Bouquet, Botanical Blocks, Mat Stack 3
Die: Wonderful Words: Love

Linking this to: Make It Monday ChallengeAAA Cards: CAS Game #86- DiecutsSSS Monday Challenge- Layer It Up (sentiment)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Papertrey March Blog Hop

Happy Birthday

Nichole Heady's inspiration this month was from the art gallery of Victoria Johnson.  What a bounty of colors, patterns and spring floral images we were provided.  My first card is a direct reflection of Victoria's dark navy poster, a fun look and quite a bit busier than my usual style. I had planned to stamp the images in white and again in color but instead made many die cuts and played with the colors and design. PTI stamps and dies were used on my cards.  

    Inspiration #1                                                                                            Card #1                                                                                                  
                                                                                            Botanical Blocks (sentiment), Brushed Blooms
                                                                                            Oopsie Daisy, Stylized Autumn
                                                                                            Brushed Blooms, Oopsie Daisy, Stylized Autumn
                                                                                            Tag Sale: Quilted (banner), Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical

More inspiration from Victoria Johnson

Card #2
       This card reflects a more CAS style with similar color tones, a yellow bird, and a floral cluster.  I made enough die cuts to create four thank you cards too! Note to self: when using dies, create an abundance and play!

                                                                        Stamps & Dies: 
                                                                        Oopsie Daisy, Songbirds, Stylized Autumn
                                                                        Other dies: 
                                                                        Noted: Scalloped A2; also a Marvy daisy punch

Linked to: PTI March Blog Hop

Monday, March 13, 2017

Back home again to PTI's 10th

Time to Celebrate


On January 15 Jim and I drove our Winnebago down the hill to wander for seven weeks in southern Arizona and California. Four weeks visiting Lake Havasu, Yuma, El Centro's Rio Bend RV, Palm Desert, Anza-Borrego Springs State Park, and ending at Mission Bay in San Diego for three weeks. We learned a few things about rv life and places we will return to another year. But, because our rv is only 25' we did not take any card crafting materials with us and I really missed it! Reading crafters' blogs is fun but missing all the challenges was not, and especially Papertrey Inks.

We returned last week. After washing at least 12 loads of laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, opening a pile of mail and entering all the bank info into Quickbooks/reconciling statements, I finally gave myself permission to craft! Yeah! Even a new box from PTI's January sale was waiting to open and enjoy. Now some cards for this momentous 10th anniversary of Papertrey Ink!

10th Anniversary Challenge: Altered Envelope

I do not use a planner other than my iPhone calendar so I was pleased that Lexi included a challenge with a card and adorning its envelope. PTI Noted Scalloped Vertical Die to cut the butterfly paper, the 2016 Celebrate Big stamp & die for the layered sentiment and flag which was mounted on a saffron spice top-folding card. The envelope was stamped with butterflies from Beautiful Butterflies. My card was taken to a surprise 50th birthday for a dear friend this weekend. Linked to: Altered Envelope

10th Anniversary Challenge: Multiply 

March 2017 Release Day 2

My card was a complete case of one from Keeway Tsao  for this challenge.  PTI Brushed Off stamps were stamped in a light gray; the Cover Plate Triangles die provided the triangles painted with a gold Wink of Stella pen; the Swoosh sentiment was stamped in Delicata gold with some black spatters. Linked to: Multiply Challenge

10th Anniversary Challenge: Favorite Florals 

March 2017 Release Day 3

I have at least a dozen PTI floral sets, many of which are a favorite. This new to me Floribunda Frame die was waiting in the box when I arrived home and it had to be used, right? I die cut it from water color paper thinking to use my water pen and distress inks. Instead I used copic markers which need to get more use in my craft room. Mounting it on a gray panel and stamping the PTI Winter Woods sentiment made for an easy-peasy design which I'm going to repeat a few more times!! I really like this die! Linked to: Favorite Florals