Friday, July 13, 2018

Thanks for thinking of me

Make it Monday #328:
Shadow Backgrounds

When Laurie's MIM challenge was featured on PTI's blog I was excited because stamping background shadow images a lot of fun! I needed a thank you card for a Mexican pottery piece a friend gave me from her Epcot trip. I used Ink It In to design my background. Two panels were die cut from tropical pink pattern paper and white linen using the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die set. I stamped the white panel with the pen outline three times using Soft Stone ink and filled in one pen with tropical colors. The two panels were layered on an orange striped panel covering a side-folded white card. A sentiment from Simple Stems and pink-orange twine completed my thank you note. My next PTI order will include the Ink It In dies which were out of stock during my recent purchase.

P.S. If you click on the photo, you may pick up the shadow pens easier.
I probably should have stamped them twice but in real life it looked
just right. The card was mailed today. 

Linked to: MIM #328

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happy Holidays

Have I ever mentioned that I'm a procrastinator? 
If you judge me by late challenge entries, I would definitely qualify!

But, I'm not going to be late for Christmas cards this
year with this week's card for Make it Monday #327!
Betsy Veldman shared a fun way to create ombre watercolor 
backgrounds and after three attempts I finished my card.

 Card supplies:
PTI: Circle Scribbles die, Spruce & Sprigs, 'Tis the Season Sentiments
SSS Stitched Rectangles, Distress Inks, Strathmore watercolor paper

Monday, July 2, 2018

Yay! It's your birthday

This week it's all about red, white and blue in the USA and red and white in Canada! Happy Birthday to these nations! I seldom use these colors on my cards but in the past week made several July birthday cards and used this trio of colors. This post features two cards and you can scroll down to yesterday's post to see another.

Card Supplies all Papertrey Ink unless noted: 
Stamps: Pen & Ink, Snowflake Flurries;  Great Impression flourishes & stars
Dies: Shape Shifters: Oval 1, Snowflake Flurries

Linked to:  Simon Says: Anything Goes Wednesday challenge

 Card Supplies all Papertrey Ink unless noted: 
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Songbirds, Stitching Garden, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday; 
Stylized Autumn, Vintage Picnic
Dies: Bitty Bouquets, Cover Plate: Comic Strip, Stitching Garden, Vintage Picnic

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Celebrate good times

Long ago in my early paper crafting life, I had an adhesive sheet of white inchie squares in my stash. The idea was to stamp a section of the little squares with one large stamp and evenly set the squares in a grid format to recreate that stamp with spacing on a card. My patience for this tedious labor resulted in a couple cards, I think. 

On the recent Make it Monday #326: Inchie Elements challenge, Lexi Daly shared her process for recreating this look. My version uses 4th of July colors, gold military braid and gender neutral images. I raised the gold embossed arrow square with foam tape and edged the sentiment square with VersaMark ink and gold EP. It's a fun idea and terrific samples can be found on the PTI blog.

Card Supplies:
PTI Framed Out #2 and Sketched Shapes stamps
SSS Stitched Rectangle die
Hero Arts Royal Red mid-tone shadow ink
Dark Indigo Bitty Big paper

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Transformation Tuesday Challenge #11 @ PTI

On Monday I created this card for the PTI June Blog Hop. I was pleased to use ink blending on my bright butterflies. Well, I must confess to keeping most scraps and had the negative ink- blended panel on my desk thinking something might come of it. And voila, the second card using Butterfly Hope was created and I love it!

Card #1

Card #2

It totally changed the look of the butterflies, didn't it? The panel was directly glued to a white card front and the upper corner rounded off. Using VersaMark ink, I stamped an inner wing design from Butterfly Hope, lining up the middle body space with the antenna and embossing with a platinum EP.  I die cut the large Birch Press 'celebrate' twice in white, stacked and glued them to a weathervane gray strip which I fussy cut to mimic the letter shapes. The envelope was lined with a paper from the PTI Envelope Envy kit. It was mailed today for a card-blogging friend's birthday next week.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Hooray! Cheer! Love You! XOXO

Papertrey June Blog Hop
Simon Says: Bright and Cheerful

Visions of summer treats and rainbows! Yay!!
This month's challenge photo is tantalizing but alas, 
I have no popsicle stamps or dies! 
No problem, butterflies to the rescue!

With Distress Oxide inks I blended bright stripes on water color paper and sprinkled water to add interesting spots. Next I repeatedly cut PTI's Butterfly Hope die rotating the die for each butterfly to catch the colors. Butterflies naturally rest on plants in the yard and I wanted mine to find a landing spot on the card. The horizontal slats of a cover plate die created a trellis for the butterflies and areas to also stamp small sentiment phrases. A few sequins mimic the blackberries and blueberries on the tray. 

This card is ready to cheer someone's summer day! 
PTI Supplies:
Butterfly Hope die, Cover Plate: Stripes Horizontal die, 
Infinity Frames Sentiments, Soft Stone card stock
Inks: Distress Oxides-Broken China, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, 
Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick; Momento-Paris Dusk


Saturday, June 23, 2018


Bright and Cheerful

I couldn't resist a challenge like this week's Simon Says: Bright and Cheerful 
especially since I had just sent our two sons sunshiny cards to celebrate
 them on Father's Day!

Card #1
Papertrey: Stamps-What the Doodle: Sun; Dies-Basic Bookmark 2, Scene It: Skyscapes

Card #2
 Hero Arts sentiment; PTI dies- Scene It: Skyscapes & Shape Shifters: Circle 1