Thursday, 19 April 2018

PTI Make It Monday: Graffiti Word Art

I'm joining Lexi Daly, over at the Papertrey Ink team blog, for this week's Make it Monday challenge, where she's featuring graffiti word art. First off, I love graffiti. I love street art. I love typography. I love seeing how creative people can be. With all that said, I don't own any proper supplies for this week's challenge, but that didn't stop me, oh no! Here's what I made, all prim and proper and neat and clean ...

I don't own very many word dies and, except for one set which didn't work for this challenge, none of them have matching stamps so I was limited. I opted to go for the chalked look as opposed to the more permanent and potentially annoying (to lots of people, but not to me) spray painted look, LOL. But I did add my "tag" to toughen it up, hahahaha! ...

Some of my most special travel photos feature street art ...

Cinque Terre, Italy

Somewhere in Europe, can't remember for the moment exactly where

Cinque Terre, Italy again

Canary Islands


Definitely some of my favourite travel photos. Lots more where these came from! Thanks for the visit and I apologize for my very tame submission. Hoping that Lexi comes out with a fabulous graffiti sentiment set in the near future.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, True Black; MFT patterned paper.
Stamps - PTI Grand Ampersand (you), Live Love Life (outline heart).
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow; Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry.
Dies - PTI Framed Love; MFT Fishtail Banners.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Color Throwdown Challenge #488

I decided to play along with this week's Color Throwdown Challenge because I just couldn't resist the colour combo - yellow, green, aqua and white. The inspiration photo was just darling too ...

and it didn't take me any time at all to come up with this card, hurray for me ...

Very simple, as usual. I foiled a Heidi Swapp sentiment that I downloaded quite a while ago. It's impossible to show the foiling with the yucky weather we're having right now, but trust me that it's a pretty rose gold. I combined a die cut butterfly from PTI with some beautiful flowers from the WPlus9 Rose Builder set and my card was done.

As always, thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

PTI Make It Monday: Stitched Stems

Playing along this fine Tuesday (not! in the middle of a snow shower), with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. Michelle Leone is up this week (for the first time and she did a fabulous job with her video! I love hearing someone's voice for the first time - hers was not what I would have expected - like I could have ever known or imagined what it would be like that. Ha!) showing us how to add simple stitched stems to our floral cards. Sewing is not my strong suit, just don't really enjoy doing it (maybe because my eyes aren't good enough), but I like stretching my brain once in a while. This is what I made ...

I realize that there isn't much stitching showing, but that's okay. The whole purpose of a challenge is to get us inspired and Michelle's cards certainly did that for me. Go on over to visit the blog and get inspired yourself!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Stamper's Select White; Lawn Fawn patterned paper.
Stamps - PTI One Big Happy, Embellished Elegance, Fresh Floral Wrap Ups.
Inks - PTI Saffron Spice, Dark Indigo; Altenew Galactic Stream.
Dies - PTI One Big Happy, Embellished Elegance, Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical; Spellbinders Petite Ovals; SSS Folded Banners.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Using Outline Images

Stephanie Gold is up at the Papertrey Ink team blog this week for Make It Monday and she's showing us how to do something different with outline stamp images.

Since I only own maybe three stamp sets that contain outline images, it took me about two seconds to decide which set I was using, Still Life: Summer. This is what I made with it ...

It was a fun exercise but not my all time favourite. Whenever I stamp a full pattern like this, it ends up looking like a pair of flannel pyjamas, at least to me it does.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Post & Parcel: Transformation Tuesday

I'm playing along with Melissa Phillips and Transformation Tuesday over at the Papertrey Ink team blog. I have many cards that need transforming and a lot of them happen to be Christmas ones. I guess that's because I'm sometimes (usually) making them at the last minute and my standards get lowered as I go along. :)

I can't believe that not only did I make this card back in 2016 but that I actually sent it to someone! ...

Why on earth was I so stingy!! Why is the mailbox floating in the air?!! No idea, but I transformed it and made it better ...

I kept the red mail box but this time I planted it in the ground, LOL. I really like the Merry Christmas embossing folder (Basic Grey) that I had used so that's still here also, but I changed up a lot to create a more interesting card and I like it so much more now. I think.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Make It Monday: Stenciled Edges

Playing along with this week's Make It Monday, over at the Papertrey Ink team blog, where Lizzie Jones is showing us how to direct attention to a focal point by just stenciling the edges on a card.

I loved this lesson, even though I don't own very many stencils. I always figure that I can cut any kind of a stencil I want or need with my Cameo, but then I'm way too lazy to ever actually do that :). I also find that stencils get worn out very quickly, especially the detailed ones. In my mind it's most cost effective to own a cover plate and cut a new stencil, out of cheap cardstock, each and every time. All that said, I don't own any cover plate that would work well for this technique, but I do own a perfect snowflake stencil that came in my Make it Market: Wonderland Christmas kit, so I used that. Why reinvent the wheel? This one was designed for bringing attention to a focal point! And of course I made some Christmas cards with it, two 4-bar cards and one A2 ...

Vintage Jadeite is my favourite green to use for Christmas - I love its retro vibe. I did my ink blending through the stencil using a combo of two Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio, on all cards. The two 4-bar cards sport some pretty Beautiful Berries: Winter on them while the A2 features an Enclosed: Wreath and a sentiment banner from the first Make It Market Christmas kit, Tinsel & Tags.

This technique is so simple to do but packs a huge impact, especially on coloured cardstock - it looks like velvet flocking on the green!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Papertrey Ink March 2018 Blog Hop Challenge

Happy to be participating in this month's customer blog hop, over at Papertrey Ink. There's a beautiful inspiration photo and I like that it got me using some blues, which I hardly ever do ...

I made three cards. The first one features PTI's Tulip Time set, with a couple Beautiful Berries: Spring and a sentiment from Swan'sational thrown in for good measure ...

One of the things I loved in the inspiration photo was the gorgeous plate hanging on the wall, and I tried to recreate it here, using the Scene It: Basic Backer die and some basic Spellbinder circles. I inked edges with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

Next, another flower card, this time made with Gran's Garden and a Hawaiian Shores woodgrain embossed background. I loved all of the dreamy/creamy colours of the flowers in the photo ...

And then I made a man/boy card!!! It's the thing I'm most excited about. I've just about given up on making cards for any of the men in my life; I never have the right supplies - my stamp images are too flowery and most of my sentiments have lovely feminine curves, not at all right for men. But I came up with something, thanks to a wonderful cardmaker who I've recently started to follow on Instagram, Francesca Ravasi @margherita1921. I absolutely adore everything about her style, the way she uses patterned paper and embellishments. She reminds me of the way I used to make cards when I was scrapbooking and hadn't started stamping yet. I had so much fun making this card ...

Used old scrapbooking papers from October Afternoon for this. I also embossed some PTI Hawaiian Shores cardstock with the PTI woodgrain embossing plate, which I first inked up with some Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I added some sentiments from Petite Pots. It will serve as a birthday card for one of my grandsons. Yay!!!

And that's all she wrote. And it's quite enough. As always, thanks for the visit. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Transformation Tuesday: all is bright

I'm loving one of the new features on the Papertrey Ink team blog, Transformation Tuesday. The designers are tweaking some of the cards they made previously, that maybe they didn't think were perfect, to transform them into little gems.

I'm playing along with a card that I made in January this year for a Melissa Phillip's Make It Monday challenge - adding a heat embossed stencil background to a card. I made this one, but never posted because I just wasn't crazy about it ...

(Good grief my photo is bad!) I had first ink blended a background and then used some Post & Parcel kit stencils to add in the copper embossed tree and some white embossing powder for the snowfall. I liked it, but didn't love it. But I definitely loved that little sentiment from Heather Nichol's Traveler's Journal December Typed Words stamp set, one of my best Christmas purchases last year for sure :).

Today I transformed it. It's virtually identical, just with more oomph added ...

I thought the original heat embossed snowfall was meh, so this time I used some white acrylic paint through my stencil. I also deepened my ink blended background, and added to my sentiment. I'm still not sure I love it, and I might even like the first one better in real life, but there it is. What do you think?

As always, thanks for the visit!