Monday, July 25, 2016

SAF 2016

This weekend I joined for the first time the fifth annual Stamp-a-faire sponsored by the Papertrey Ink design team. The day was filled with tutorials and videos covering the influence of master artists in history from impressionists to Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol - all for free! Finally found the time today to make cards for three of the categories. I may make more if I get off my behind~

Color Blocking with Lexi Daly

Lexi instructed us in color blocking technique - what fun! I stamped a PTI Woodblock Print motif in black ink four times,  turned the stamp over, inked up the back side with VersaMark ink and clear embossed the images. After masking with painter's tape and post-it notes, ink blended the four squares with distress inks using colors found in Indian textiles. Framed in black the panel was mounted a top-folding card stamped with a Hero Arts envelope pattern design. A sentiment from PTI Beautiful Butterflies was stapled over top. If doing this same card again, I would color the motifs a complementary color before clear embossing over them which would have been more interesting.

Watercolor Like a Master with Kay Miller

I think everyone fell in love with Kay and her lovely southern accent! Her video and technique using stamps and water to blur the edges of our designs was outstanding! I'm usually a very controlled stamper and the freedom Kay taught was a bit unnerving! But perseverance prevailed and the beauty of PTI's Meadow Greens made it easier for me. I used distress inks and a water brush to achieve my efforts on a forgiving heavy watercolor paper. Unfortunately you can barely see the ferns stamped in the lower left corner. The panel was die cut with a SSS stitched rectangle. After stamping a sentiment, I cautiously spattered the card with Heidi Swapps' Citron Color Shine.



Last card for today.  Card Recipe - All PTI stamps/dies: Trendy Tree Tops die cut filled in with green and red dots, trunk die cut from woodgrain pattern paper, Make It Market Mini Kit: Sunshine & Rainbows clouds die and grass stamp, Walk by Faith sentiment and a bit of water color in the background. Panel taped directly on kraft top-folding card.  


Get Well Wishes

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

My card today was inspired by Nichole 
Heady's photo shared at capture the moment
for the July Blog Hop Challenge.

                                       This mid-century room had so many wonderful elements
                                       with which to work. I chose to focus on the pillow, making
                                       a stitched square and resting it on a textured blue panel
                                       inspired by the chair and rug.

Card Recipe:  
PTI Stamps: One Big Happy, Painted Petals (sentiment), 
PTI Dies: Noted: Scalloped Square, Tag Sale: Quilted
Hero Arts Shadow Inks: Pool, Soft Canteloupe, Soft Pool, Stone Wash
Paper: Caslon water color, PTI Aqua Mist & Soft Stone
Misc.: Lifestyle Crafts Chain embossing folder, Recollections enamel dot


Friday, July 22, 2016

PTI SAF Friday Night Gallery Reception

                       I selected this card from a set of cards that I made September 2015 
               to send several of my Canadian friends for their October 1 Thanksgiving. 
               I smooshed several orange and red distress inks onto watercolor paper
               and let it dry before die cutting with several PTI leaf dies. It was fun
               assembling the group of cards with various backgrounds and sentiments. 
               This is my entry for Friday Night Gallery


Here is the collection.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Create Along with Us July 2016

Several of the Papertrey Ink design team inspired my card making this week. Maile Belles new Tropics stamp set and especially her cards on release day four inspired today's card.

 First Maile's graphic design card:

Here's my take:

Card Menu:
PTI Stamps: Ruby Rose reprise, Swoosh

Linking this to:  Create Along with Us