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 a watercolor paper. After it dried, the panel was die cut and mounted
directly to a saffron spice card. The panel was embellished with several flowers from 
Gran's Garden. But wait, I can't waste the wet ink on top of my stencil!!  I took a piece 
of white card stock, laid it on the wet stencil and got a funky negative image as a result.
Two butterfly die-cuts were mounted with foam tape on top of a gold rectangle and
a simple sentiment add to make 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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Warmest Winter Wishes

Time Out 74 & SSS Wednesday Challenge

Living in Oregon we rarely have snow events in the valley but this winter has been different
for our state.  Eugene had an ice storm in mid-December and Portland activities stopped
today after 12-15 inches of snow arrived last night. Thus today's card of "Winter Wishes".

Linking this to Time Out's Challenge of Winter with an optional twist of white on white
and SSS Wednesday Challenge Winter Birthday.

Created with SSS Stitched Rectangles die & Falling Snow stencil, a Martha Stewart punch, Crystal Stickles, PTI Snowflake Flurries sentiment, Dream Weaver embossing paste, glitter, Silver ink

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Wishing you Sunshine

Happy 2017! 
Last year my goal was to post more of my cards and enter more challenges. 
I did that although not like many of my internet crafting friends.
On a cold, rain-turning-to-snow January 1st, the Inspired by Words 
challenge at Time Out grabbed my attention: 

'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'

Card Menu:
PTI Stamp/Die/Stencil: Make It Market: Sunshine & Rainbows
SSS Stitched Rectangles Die
Basic Gray pattern paper,  Watercolor paper, Distress Inks, Yellow Stickles

Linking my card  Time Out Challenge #73
                             SSS Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes