Thursday, 15 February 2018

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Celebrations Day 7: Just Dies, No Stamps

On Day 7 of the Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Celebrations, we were challenged to make a project using only dies, no stamping allowed. And this is my last minute entry - I'm calling it a wedding gift enclosure card ,,,

I know, horrible photos, and not a very interesting project. Besides struggling with having the flu, I have also been forced out of my house all this week - as this is the week that the painters have chosen to invade my home and repaint my walls (and trim, and ceilings and doors, etc.). I am suffering, people. I'm pretty sure this will be the last PTI challenge that I manage to squeeze in.

I used Papertrey's cute cute cute Tiny Town Church dies for this one. The card base was made with their equally sweet Noted: Scalloped A1 die collection.

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!

Monday, 5 February 2018

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 1: Sketch Challenge

Happy new year, everyone. it's been a while! I am so happy that anniversary celebrations have started (finally) over at the Papetrey Ink blog! This morning they announced the new design team and I'm relieved that most of my favourites will be back (so sad to see Wanda Guess go) and that a couple of amazing people have been added. Looking forward to being inspired each month.

Today's challenge is a sketch one, and I chose to follow Melissa Phillips' design. In fact, I may have followed (copied) too closely, but I really want to participate every day and have told myself that I can't get too bogged down in overcomplicating everything. Same thing with photos - simple they will be!

I meant to make my card long and narrow like Melissa did, but my embossed woodgrain panel looked really wonky as a card base so I popped it onto a white folded card.


Paper - Stamper's Select White; DCWV gold foil
Stamps - Gran's Garden, Big Hugs, Don't Forget To Write
Inks - Olive Twist, Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Dies - Mix & Mat Plaid, Keep It Simple Frames, Gran's Garden, Limitless Layers Heart Stitches, Woodgrain Stencil
Other - Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Papertrey Ink: Create Along With Us December 2017

Haven't played for a while, but I am this time around. Once again, Papertrey Ink is releasing new products on the 15th and they're inviting us to be inspired by the awesome projects that the Design Team have created. You can see all of the beautiful entries here at the new Papertrey Ink blog.

I was inspired by Betsy Veldman's work on Release Day 1, with her beautiful gilded edges and that gorgeous red rose.

I've actually been experimenting a lot this season with Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Sunkissed Copper is my favourite), and I tried stamping my Altenew deer head with glue and gilding it, but it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted. Instead, I chose to use just a regular stamped image (PTI Cocoa Bean ink). I LOVE those Gilding Flakes, but the frugal part of my personality is struggling with all the waste that happens when I use them, LOL.

This project ended up being a true United Nations of card making. Just look at my supply list!

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.
Stamps - PTI The Sweet Life, Rosie Posie, Beautiful Berries: Winter, Spruce & Sprigs; Altenew Festive Silhouettes; WPlus9 Whimsy Alpha; Neat & Tangled Joyful Sentiments.
Inks - PTI Cocoa Bean, Simply Chartreuse, Amethyst Allure, Scarlet Jewel, Ocean Tides, New Leaf, Pure Poppy; Altenew Crimson, Forest Glades; Ranger Magenta Hue; Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick.
Dies - PTI The Sweet Life, Rosie Posie, Beautiful Berries: Winter, Spruce & Sprigs; Altenew Festive Silhouettes; WPlus9 Whimsy Alpha.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

We Love Dawn Blog Hop - Holiday Greens

I'm sticking with it and it's not a chore at all! This week I'm playing every single day with the weeklong We Love Dawn Blog Hop happening at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. This is Day 5 for me and I'm featuring one of my favourite Christmas greenery sets, Holiday Greens. If you're looking for something versatile for your cards,  if you love Christmas and if you love all the greens associated with the holidays, then this is the set for you. Here's what I did ...

Nothing mindblowing, but it makes for a nice holiday card. I used just one of Dawn's images and turned it into a tree. I embossed the detail onto the die cuts with white powder and then sponged various inks over them to create variegated trees. I've combined them with a snowbank cut from a Lawn Fawn die set, a sentiment from Altenew and an embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. And it only took two days to do! Kidding, but not really.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

We Love Dawn Blog Hop - Gran's Garden

I'm back again today for Day 4 of the weeklong We Love Dawn Blog Hop going on over at the Papertrey Ink blog. I've really been enjoying this time to celebrate Dawn, her courage and faith and her incredible talent also. If you visit the Papertrey Ink blog you will see all the details of just why we're doing this now.

Today I chose to work with one of the most charming floral stamp sets ever, Gran's Garden ...

Even though I ordered this set very soon after it was released, this is the first card that I've ever made with it. Yes, you heard right. I usually rush to use new sets, so happy to see them arrive at my house. But once in a while I receive a set that I think is so lovely that I dread to use it. Instead, I feel like hoarding it. As though the magic will disappear once I've actually stamped with it. Raise your hand if you think I'm strange, LOL!

It's easy to use and beautiful. Strong, stunning images. My favourites. I created a soft partial background using another Dawn design, Friendly Flowers. The leaves in that set are the most prettiest ones I own. I'll never get over them.

I'll be back tomorrow, hopefully, with another project honouring Dawn. We had a power outage for part of the day, not because of the weather but because of some work being done by the city, and I'm a bit behind now. I'll try my best.