Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Create Along With Us March 2018

I'm playing along with this month's Create Along With Us, over at the Papertrey Ink team blog. A lot of awesome new products are being released tomorrow and the designers really made beautiful things, like always. I was most influenced by all of the pretty ovals and Penned Elegance alphabet, as well as by a couple of really gorgeous purple projects. This is the card that I made first ...

Products used include PTI's Graceful Greetings and my most favourite ever anniversary set, Bold Bouquet.

Edited to Add: After seeing Laurie's amazing monochromatic card made with the new Stitching Garden stamp set, I had to try and CASE her ...

I "made do" with Simple Sunflower and Doodlie-Do, along with a sentiment from The Stamp Market. As always, thanks for the visit!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Make It Monday Colour Wheel Cards

Playing along with Lexi Daly over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. She's giving tips for making cards using the colour wheel as a guide. I have never, ever, consciously thought about the colour wheel so this was a fun exercise for me. As usual, I ended up with more than one project - I can never make up my mind about anything, LOL ...

I played with saturation and intensity. The first two cards are the same, duh, except for the colours I chose. The last card was needed for a birthday this Sunday for a seven year old boy. I'm sorely lacking in stamps that are kid appropriate. I find that all the sentiments I own are in fonts that are just too curvy/feminine or sophisticated for children. I'd love to find some focal point sized sentiments for birthday cards that would be cool for kids!

As always, thanks for looking. Hope that you're having a great week!


Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Cocoa Bean, Kraft, True Black, Vintage Cream.
Stamps: PTI Fresh Floral Wrap Ups, Birthday Style, Wet Paint III.
Inks: PTI Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile, Bright Buttercup, Harvest Gold, Saffron Spice, New Leaf, Amethyst Allure, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist; Fresh Ink French Lavendar; Hero Arts Red Royal; Ranger Archival Viridian; Memento Tuxedo Black; Altenew Caribbean Sky, Parisian Blue, Sapphire.
Dies: PTI Fresh Floral Wrap Ups, Big Hugs; Neat & Tangled Awesome; SSS Stitched Rectangles.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Mask & Stack

Playing over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge, where Betsy Veldman has us masking and stacking. Masking is most probably, without a doubt, for sure, my least favourite technique. It's never easy and it never ends up being perfect. But I've been trying all week to come up with something and I finally have a very simple one that I don't hate ...

I used just one detail layer from PTI's The Sweet Life rose set and added some leaves from Beautiful Brushstrokes. Some random sentiment stamping (The Stamp Market) finished the card off. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Papertrey Ink February 2018 Blog Hop Challenge

Super cute inspiration for this month's customer blog hop, over at Papertrey Ink.

So many things to love; the colours come to mind first but all the Easter goodies (bunnies and eggs) are a close second. I made two projects and both happened to also be influenced by Laurie Schmidlin's Make It Monday framing technique :) ...

So much fun! Lots of beautiful PTI cardstock used on both of these cards! The only Easter set I own is Papertrey's Hippity Hoppity, but I do love it so. Thanks for looking.

Framing Images & Sentiments

Joining in with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge this week, hosted by Laurie Schmidlin, framing sentiments  and images. That woman really does make the most beautiful cards - she's so inspiring and I love the tips she shared this week. Here's what I made ...

I used lots of Papertrey Ink's luxe cardstock in some super delicious colours as well as one of the Swoosh dies. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 5: Retiring Stamp Sets

Today was the day during the annual anniversary celebrations that Papertrey Ink announced which stamp sets would be retiring in May. There are lots of incredible sets on that list, including some that are my very favourite PTI stamps.

For today's challenge, they've asked us to make a card with stamps from the retirement list. I chose to work with a very simple $5 set, Enclosed: Bell, which happens to be one of my preferred Christmas sentiment sets. I made two super simple and quick projects with it. First a card ...

Yes, that gorgeous sentiment (and others) plus that ideal sprig of holly is on that $5 stamp set! Buy it now, thank me later! I also used a Concord & 9th set, Tree Ring Background, to add a soft setting for my sentiment. I cut my panel with one of the PTI Tipped Top dies and added it to a white card base.

Next a super fast wine tag. I have a thing about loving wine tags in green. Don't know why, but I always think they look good hanging on a bottle of either white or red wine ...

I used some lovely Mint Julep cardstock for this one to add to the vintage/retro vibe of that red "Joy". I grounded the sentiment with a light stamping of PTI's Text Style II.

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 4: Floral Challenge

For the 4th day of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations, we were challenged to make a floral project. Wink, wink, hardest challenge ever.

I was really smitten with all the stunning designer projects that were featured today, showcasing the gorgeous new anniversary stamp set for this year, Mixed Bouquet. I have to say that my card was definitely influenced by this awesome number from Kimberly Crawford. I love her simple clean graphic perfection. (I've been sadly and badly in need of inspiration because I'm currently dealing with my second bout of flu in less than a month.)

Here is what I made, using the PTI anniversary set from 2016, Painted Petals, and a sentiment from Brushed Blooms ...

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 3: Transformation Tuesday

Hey everybody, today the team over at Papertrey Ink  told us about some cool new features that they're introducing for the coming year, including Transformation Tuesday, where the DT takes a previous project that they may not be crazy about and they change it into something fabulous! So simple for them. There is also a new once-a-month feature called Simple to Spectacular.

I have many projects that could use a redo, but in the end this is the one I decided on. I started with this card, that I had made for last year's anniversary celebrations which I never liked enough to use for the contest ...

It looks way less wimpy and tired to me now ...

PTI Stamps: Garden Grace and Life Is Beautiful.
Hope you're all having fun with the anniversary events. Can't wait for product reveals!