Wednesday, August 29, 2018

'Tis the Season

Make it Monday: 334
Glitter Inlays

Oh, glitter, you are not my friend but with a swiffer cloth 
to clean the messy scene I might attempt this again! Ha ha!
Decided glitter is more a holiday thing for me so on the
last week of August made a Christmas card using Lexi's
instructions on this week's MIM challenge.

Card Supplies:
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Bells & Boughs (sentiment) 
Dies: PTI Mix & Mat: Plaid, PTI Sprigs & Spruce, Sizzix Nested Stars
Misc.: Martha Stewart glitter, Ranger watercolor cardstock, foam tape

Hope your Labor Day weekend is safe and fun! 
Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Layering Patterns Over Images

Make it Monday #333:
Layering Patterns Over Images

Joining on the final day of PTI's MIM challenge with inspiration 
from Dawn McVey's delightful video and set of cards.

My take on Dawn's inspiration:

Card #1

The card uses the new PTI Simply Gourd-eous stamps along with older PTI Autumn Pumpkins leaf sprigs and a sentiment from PTI Stylized Autumn. After each gourd was stamped in non-traditional colors, PTI's Little Argyle was overlaid with a light taupe ink on the SSS stitched rectangle panel. A stamped sentiment looked a bit lost so I white embossed the sentiment over an argyle pattern on a kraft gourd die cut, added a string bow and mounted it with foam tape to the stamped panel.

Card #2

This card uses PTI's Palm Prints in various greens, the Cover Up: Grid stamped in brown, a white embossed Happy Birthday from Botanical Blocks on a dark brown flag with a smaller sentiment from Infinity Frames Sentiments stamped below the panel. The Sentiment Splits: Curve Vertical die cut panel was elevated with fun foam. A couple of scored lines echo the lines of the grid stamping.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Love You

It's release week for the new Papertrey Ink products! PTI sponsors a challenge to recreate an inspiration from the design team with our own stash called Create Along with Us. It's a dilemma to choose a project or designer but here goes.

Kelly Lunceford's darling wreath with the gourds caught my eyes. 

My focus was the wreath frame, three brightly colored elements (gourds), 
a large sentiment and gingham paper card front. 

I used a favorite Cover Plate: Stitched Die, cutting it from watercolor paper and coloring each leaf blade and the vine with a water brush and my inexpensive tin of watercolors. Since my card is for bird man Jim to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary on Sunday, the gourds morphed into a couple of Brushed Birds and a Botanical Bounty bloom stamped with Hero Arts and Brilliance inks. The birds were each backed with another bird cut in blue paper, offset slightly and popped up with foam tape. The bloom and PTI sentiment are glued directly to the cover plate panel. This was centered on an old Soft Stone pattern paper and taped directly to a white card front. The birdies got a bit of Wink O Stella on their heads. I will try this again using PTI Rustic and Twig Wreaths.

My sweetie!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Petite Pattern Play

Wow, it's only Tuesday and I've already made six cards for the MIM challenge on Papertrey's blog. Michelle shared her technique for creating patterns with small stamps to ground a larger focal point. I made a set of three cards stamping the same small flower and tiny dot in a square pattern but in varied colors. A layered die cut bird from the Songbirds set sits on the square and a Butterfly Hope sentiment is stamped below. Each panel was directly glued to a Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical panel cut from coordinating Bitty Big pattern papers and taped to a top folding white card. 
Fun, fun project!!

Card Details:
Stamps: Paper Clippings: Done in Love (flower/dot), Butterfly Hope (sentiment)
Dies: Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical, Songbirds
Paper: Bitty Big Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Lilac Grace

Monday's set was so much fun that I got busy making a second set today. This time a petite pattern of Fancy Flourishes and butterflies in different colors but a different sentiment for each card. Each stitched rectangle panel was layered on a Basic Grey pattern paper before taping to a kraft card. 

Card Details:
Stamps: Butterfly Hope, Fancy Flourishes, Keep It Simple: Praying for You and Sending Hugs, Meadow Greens, Paper Clippings: Done in Love
Dies: Butterfly Hope, Meadow Greens, Shape Shifters: Oval 1 (middle stitching)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hello there

It seems like I've needed a lot of sympathy or encouragement cards lately.
My first card today is for a new friend with a cancer diagnosis.

For this week's Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink's blog, Stephanie Gold shared her technique of creating a mixed background texture. I used a Woodblock Prints stencil to create a row of Distress Oxide pistachio green flourishes before adding a modified Modern Cross die cut. The panel was directly glued to a mint julep A2 side-folding card. Several die cut blooms dusted with wink of stella and a banner were arranged at the upper corner. A Pen & Ink sentiment sending "paper hugs" was stamped inside. 

Papertrey Ink products:
Cover Plate: Modern Cross Quilt, Painted Petals, 
Stemmed Statements (sentiment banner), Stitching Garden, 
Woodblock Prints stencil

Linking this to: Make it Monday #331

Two more encouragement cards were quickly created with card stock and inks in shades of yellow and a PTI Graceful Greeting sentiment stamped in a warm gray. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Best Fishes

It's July 25 and the monthly PTI Blog Hop Challenge! Yay!
Papertrey recently released several ocean and beach theme stamp
 and die sets. Their photo inspiration for July reflects this focus. 

Yesterday's mail brought the new Salt Air: Fauna and SA: Sentiment sets but alas, no dies. I had planned on using small florals to imitate the colors and movement in the photo for my entry but with the mail decided to jump right onto the sea creatures theme. With VersaMark ink, clear and white embossing powder a one layer panel was created on Ranger watercolor paper and trimmed out with a Noted Scalloped: Vertical die. The watery background was colored using a water brush and Salty Ocean distress ink. Picking up on the blue wavy flora in the photo, I die cut a Scallop Stackers: Large navy piece to frame the water color panel, backing it with foam and taping it on a PTI rustic cream A2 side folding card.  

Time to check out the other entries in the Blog Hop
Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Two Cards, One Stencil

MIM #329:
Creating Stencils from Die Cuts

Melissa Phillips created the current PTI MIM challenge by stretching her dies
to make a stencil with them. I made a stencil using the inside of the Shape 
Shifters: Oval 1 die which features several tiny flower and leaf sprigs. I cut a
Sweet Blush Bitty Big Mix & Mat: Flourishes panel on which I sponged ink
 through my stencil. A Berry Sorbet stitched rectangle panel provides a colorful 
setting for the stenciled panel with a Beautiful Berries: Spring branch and
a Tag Sale: Quilted banner with a Butterfly Blooms sentiment.  The berries
were stamped with VersaMark ink and gold embossed for more sparkle.

While the stencil was out I made another card using different colors. This time
the stenciling was on a Shape Shifters: Oval 1 die cut which was mounted 
with fun foam on an old pattern paper from my stash and decorated with more
Beautiful Berries: Spring die cuts and a little wooden birdie. The large PTI
word die sentiment is cut from blue shimmer paper and glued directly on the 
stenciled panel.