Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Colourful Birthday

Sharing a happy birthday card today that is nice and bright, just the way I like it. This one was so much fun to make! I'm playing along with two challenges this week: with Inspired by all the Little Things  because I just couldn't resist the inspiration photo ...


and with Hannelie's "just my style" layout over at CAS(E) this sketch! ...



This is what I was inspired to make from all that gorgeousness ...


I used two WPlus9 sets, Petunia Builder and Whimsy Alpha, for the first time even though I've had both for a while. (Blush.) Loads of ink colours were used, a combination of Altenew and Papertrey. The little "birthday" stamp is from Winnie & Walter's The Big The Bold and The Happy, a set I fall back on often.

Thanks for the visit! Happy to have this one in my stash, ready to go.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Altenew May 2017 Inspiration Challenge

I've been thinking for weeks about the Altenew May 2017 Inspiration Challenge, but not quite getting anywhere with it. I decided to get serious yesterday and came up with something that I'm not thrilled about, but I'm posting anyways. This was the gorgeous photo, courtesy of May Sukyong Park, that we got to work with ...


I played with the colours and came up with this ...



I used the stunning Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew, along with a combination of Altenew and PTI inks. Altenew's Shades of Purple mini cubes are the best purple dye inks anywhere! Love them. The die cut sentiment is from PTI and the woodgrain stencil is from Tim Holtz.

This card is business letter-sized (got the idea from Debby Hughes) and I can't believe how difficult it is to photo this format! Ack! Click on the photo if you'd like to see more details.

Thanks Altenew for an always fun challenge. You got me out of my slump. :)

Friday, 5 May 2017

CAS(E) this sketch! Strawberries

I'm playing with this week's CAS(E) this sketch! challenge because sketch challenges are my favourite. They leave you so much room to play along with, and it's fun coming up with something. This week's sketch is brought to us by Leigh Penner ...


I seem to make most of my cards using this exact same diagonal sketch. I'm trying to break myself of the habit but am happy to "need" to do one this week, LOL ...


It's not even spring here yet (haven't seen a single tulip), never mind time for summer strawberries, but I'm in a fruity kind of mood this week and made several cards with my PTI Still Life: Summer set. Very CAS. Some cute little sentiments from The Stamp Market finished things up.

Another rainy weekend predicted, but hoping they're wrong. I need me some grandson baseball! Thanks for the visit and have a great week!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Colour Wash Backgrounds

Another fun Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge featuring watercolouring. 😉 Laurie Schmidlin is up this week and you just KNOW that she made fabulous cards! She's showing us how to add watercolour wash backgrounds to our projects. I have done this before and it's about the only form of watercolouring that works for me - on occasion.

I used some really cheap watercolour paint that comes in tubes for my background. I squeezed the paint out onto pans and left them to harden for a few hours. It's my preferred paint, aside from reinkers, which aren't really paint. The thing I like most about it is that I can easily add in white to soften the look.


Please note that the splatters that look like brown spots on this card are really gold Colour Shine by Heidi Swapp (we are having clouds and rain all week). See detail below.


And, yes, I made another card with Tulip Time. I also used Still Life: Summer and a masked sentiment from Perfect Pairing. Hubby "strongly dislikes" my cherries that are uncoloured; and in fact thinks I've lost my mind for pairing the tulips with cherries. I'm calling it whimsical. Just to please him, and to see if he was right, I also stamped them in colour, but I preferred the outlines only on this card. The good news (for me) is that I had plenty of fruit left over to make other cards, which you'll be seeing in the near future. 😉 One of them may even have a colour wash background! 😃

Monday, 1 May 2017

CAS(E) this sketch #219

Playing along with this week's challenge, brought to us by Jen Mitchell, over at CAS(E) this sketch!


I turned it to make it horizontal, and came up with this ...


... which will be going out to a friend this week who is starting a round of radiation therapy. She's doing well and has lots of love and support and I know that she's going to be just fine. I think she'll appreciate the brightness of this card.

Stamps: Concord & 9th You are Enough
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger's Archival Magenta Hue; PTI Pure Poppy
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White & Limeade Ice card

Friday, 28 April 2017

Stencilled Watercoloured Backgrounds

I'm playing along with this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at Papertrey Ink, but I'm not enjoying it one bit. I can't lie. I'm not a fan of watercolouring and Betsy is up this week and she's showing us how to add interest to our cards by stencilling in a watercoloured background. Blech! But I did it. And after 447 tries I have one that I'm willing to post ...



I did everything exactly as she told us to. I die cut my PTI Quatrefoil cover plate to use as a stencil, laid it over some Tim Holtz watercolour paper and coloured it in with PTI reinkers (Mint Julep, Spring Moss and Aqua Mist) and a wet paintbrush. When I was finally done with that step, I looked down at it and said "Quite frankly, you're boring". So I promptly put the cover plate back on top to emboss my card front. And ended up with some texture. Yes!

That's the thing I don't enjoy about watercolouring. There's no tooth, no bite, no texture. I like bold paintings done with acrylics and oils and mixed mediums, ones that scream out a message. Please don't take this the wrong way. I see plenty of watercolour artists (and cardmakers) who do fabulous work and I gasp at the beauty and at their talent, and I'm crazy jealous of them. I appreciate all of it. I can not paint or colour in any medium, so I certainly wouldn't say a word against anyone's style or amazing talents. It's just that I prefer bold and a bit over the top when it comes to art. Or graphic. But I love looking at all kinds of beautiful things, even ones that are not my personal style.

Anyway, now that I'm done with my rambling, I finished off my card with a nice PTI Big Hugs word die cut from Aqua Mist, added a stamped sentiment from that same set to a Keep It Simple frame, stuck on a branch from Beautiful Berries: Spring that I had left over from another project, and added some flowers from Tulip Time.

So remember, don't be mad at me. Just be glad that I don't often paint. I only did it for the chance at a $25 gift certificate. 🙃

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Today is the day of Papertrey Ink's April Blog Hop Challenge and this is the inspiration that Nichole Heady shared with us ...

Megan Carter
I've finally decided what style of cards I like making the most - fun, happy ones. And simple, of course. This is what I was inspired to make this afternoon ...


Mostly only die cuts on this one. Not sure I'm thrilled about it, but it will do. I had problems getting motivated to make something for this challenge. I wasted a lot of time thinking about how much I would adore having a stamp exactly like those grey bell shaped flowers in the photo. :) Tried to come up with a hack for Bells & Boughs but it just wasn't working for me. Tulip Time wouldn't cooperate either. Yes, I told you I wasted a lot of energy. :)

Stamps: PTI Inspired: Love and Wonderful Words: Love, Make It Market Color Pop Florals. Dies: PTI Notched Flowers, Happiness in Bloom Leaves, Make It Market Color Pop Florals and a heart from Flipping Out.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Patterned Windows

I'm playing along with Dawn this week, over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge, and she's having us use patterns behind die-cut windows. This is the card I was inspired to make early this week ...


I said to myself that a very pretty sentiment could be called a graphic pattern. :) I just couldn't wait to use my new PTI Beautiful Berries: Spring set, paired with Tulip Time. It's the reason I bought the berries, to add something fresh to each and every flower set I already own. I'm thinking that they look more like lilacs than berries in this case but that's even better because it's even more springy that way! I used PTI's Alpha-Blocks die to cut a window into the front of my card. I'm saying it's a door :) and that it works well as a new home, welcome to the neighbourhood and/or happy spring card.

But then I thought I could try harder to use a real pattern. So I made another card, but I was still in a typography kind of mood :) ...


and made patterned paper with a sentiment from Concord & 9th. I also used more Beautiful Berries: Spring from PTI, as well as some flowers from the Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals. I used a die from Mama Elephant, Columbus Circle, to cut out a window in my card front.

While I had all my supplies out for this second card, I decided to make another thank you card, this time one that could perhaps be used as a holiday thank you note ...



For this one I used my PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate to emboss a pattern behind my window and added some Beautiful Berries: Spring and Holiday Greens to the front of it.

Thanks for the fun challenge PTI and Dawn! It always gets me making something that I probably wouldn't have otherwise and that's a good thing.

P.S. I'm in love with Dark Indigo cardstock and will probably need to use it on every card from now on. :)