Thursday, 31 October 2013

Papertrey Ink MIM #138: Inlaid Die-Cuts (second post)

Back with a second post for this challenge. And here is my card:

Very traditional, kid-friendly card featuring PTI Winter Penguin. My inlaid snowflakes were made with Winter Penguin dies, and the larger ones were blinged up with Doodlebug Glitter. Cut the snowbank and speech bubble with my Silhouette machine. The sentiment is from PTI Snowflake Flurries and was stamped in Pure Poppy. A felt holly sprig from Holly Jolly finishes things up. My card was made with PTI Spring Rain, Pure Poppy and Stamper's Select White cardstocks.

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #138: Inlaid Die-Cuts

This week's Make It Monday challenge is hosted by Betsy Veldman (love her!) and features inlaid die cuts. You can see all of the details here: Her video was so inspiring and her project, of course, fabulous.

I was inspired to make two cards last night. The first one features my new most favourite stamp set, City Scene! Love, love, love it. Just so much fun to play with. By the way, I'm saying that my city street is in Amsterdam, where all buildings are just a wee bit crooked (lol).


Inks: PTI Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse; Memento Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone (for my road)
Stamps: PTI City Scene, City Scene Christmas Sentiments
Dies: PTI City Scene

I'll be back in a minute with my second card.

Random Posting

I don't usually post anything other than things that I've made for challenges (really only PTI challenges), but thought I would show a little Silhouette number that I made. Birthday cards are my least favourite things to do but they are a necessity. A family birthday is coming up in November and here is the card that I made:

Very simple, featuring a cupcake cut with my Silhouette. PTI Vintage Cream cardstock embossed with the Vertical Chevron cutting plate, and October Afternoon patterned paper and journaling card.

I also made a folded gift tag to go with, also using a Silhouette cut file for it:

Cardstocks used for the cake and cupcake are Bazzill and American Crafts. And that's that.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - October 2013

This month's theme is Tag It!, creating sets of at least five gift tags.

Every year I make my own Christmas gift tags so this challenge was very timely for me. Last year they were shaker tags, about 50 of them (!), whatever was I thinking! I always try to coordinate them to the wrapping paper I've chosen for the year and my wrapping paper is hardly ever traditional. Even though I have four little grandsons, I refuse to use super hero wrapping papers! I figure that I'm old enough to have pretty in my house at Christmas, and they know that the gifts are coming from Nana and Grandpapa, not Santa. Every year I threaten to put up a pink tree, that's how tired I am of Ninja Turtles and Wolverine and Spider Man! Anyway, my wrapping paper of choice is usually solid coloured. And this year's scheme is:

Aqua Mist, Soft Stone/Rustic White and Lavender. Since I was participating in this challenge, I decided to pretty much complete my tags for the year since we are going on vacation for one month before Christmas. So here are my sets of tags:

It's difficult to see, but the PTI  double ended banners have been fancied up with glitter. I just bought PTI's Peaceful Pinecones last month and absolutely love this set! It will be a Christmas classic for me.

This is the simplest set of tags, just a sentiment from PTI Instant Photo: Holidays, stamped in Encore Silver Metallic ink, but it's actually my favourite set. Love that stamp!

My set of pretty snowflake ornaments, featuring Tag Sale #4 and Fancy Flakes, with the Lil Inkers stitched bows (flattened out, because I like how this looks).

The icon series. All PTI except for the gingerbread man and Noël cuts (from my Silhouette).

Little folded gift tags, using a Silhouette cut.

Snowflakes again. Hard to see but there are actually two snowflakes on each tag. Both are cut from vellum, Fancy Flakes and Snowflake Medley (which has also been stamped with its coordinating image in Versamark and embossed with white Zing!.

I decided later in the week to add some wine bottle tags (just in case, nice to have on hand when you're invited out to dinner during the holidays). These were done shaker tag style, using a Lil Inkers Stitched circles die and Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Glitter. The stamped tree and star are from PTI Winter Hills and the sentiment is from PTI Bells and Boughs. (The star and sentiment were stamped in PTI Pure Poppy even though it doesn't look like that in this photo. I had some very challenging lighting situations this week!)

I had lots of fun doing this challenge and one of the best things is that I now have a little stockpile of tags ready to go. Just have to get started on all that Christmas shopping - not one thing bought yet!


All PTI except as noted in descriptions above. In addition, the lavender coloured cardstock is from American Crafts (since it went the best with my wrapping paper).

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Papertrey Ink MIM #133: Creating a Flocked Look with Dimensional Paste

OMG! Let's just say I'm very happy that I use silicon mats for inking and stamping and doing dirty work on in my craft room. Dimensional paste is messy, at least my homemade version is. I loved Danielle Flander's beautiful cards and she really inspired me to try this technique.

I came up with my own version of paste, using equal parts of gesso, gloss medium and acrylic paint with some flour thrown in to thicken things up and so that it would dry more quickly. This worked really well. For my first attempt I used a stencil that I made with my Silhouette machine but I ended up not liking the design and I just couldn't come up with a card idea for it. This afternoon I decided to whip up a new batch of paste and used my PTI Quatrefoil Cover Plate and came up with this card:

I wanted a very exotic look, using in your face colours. I have been lucky enough to travel to India a few times and I love the people, the colours and the assault on all of your senses there. It's a photographer's paradise and a very special place that I love. This card reminds me of all that.

I coloured my embossing paste with some pink acrylic paint and used it on a Raspberry Fizz A2 sized mat. When it was dry, I close trimmed all of the edges and then selectively trimmed out some of the quatrefoils. Then I adhered it to a Berry Sorbet card base, added a strip of Simply Chartreuse cardstock, a Rosie Posie with some leaves and the sentiment. And there you have it.

Thanks Danielle for a fun challenge! This one was extra challenging for me.


Cardstock: PTI White, Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Berry Sorbet
Ink: PTI Ripe Avocado, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest; Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie; Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals
Dies: PTI Quatrefoil Cover Plate Die

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Papertrey September 2013 Blog Hop

The challenge this month for PTI's blog hop is to create a wreath on the front of a card.

I played around with the idea for a while and realized that I don't have much in the way of wreaths in my stash. So I went for clean and simple, using Framed Out #9 (from Papertrey), both the stamps and dies. I embossed the white wreath that I had die cut with white embossing powder and then inked over it with Spring Moss, using my Tim Holtz sponge tool. I like this design and cut out a few more mats and wreaths to do other colour combos for the upcoming holidays. I also think it would make a cute gift tag.


Cardstock:  PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream (for the bow)
Stamps: PTI Framed Out #9, Bells & Boughs
Dies: PTI Framed Out #9, Bells & Boughs; Spellbinders circle die
Ink: PTI Spring Moss, Pure Poppy
Tools: Tim Holtz sponge applicator; Zing embossing powder

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Second Take on Papertrey MIM #132

Back with the second card that I did for Make It Monday. I realize that it too is almost identical to Dawn's card, but that's because I loved hers so much that I wanted to actually own a couple that resembled hers! So there. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. This time I used Papertrey's Chevron border die for my cuts:

I've learned with this card just how hard it is to photograph Smokey Shadow cardstock; it always looks black in natural daylight. But I really like this in real life. I used foam tape on every second die cut to add some dimension to the layers.


Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow
Ink: Versafine Smokey Grey
Stamp: PTI Mini Blooms
Patterned Papers: 7 Gypsies (again! loved their old Lille collection and I'm still hoarding it)
Tools: PTI Chevron Stripes Border Die Collection, 3M foam tape adhesive
Miscellaneous: Webster's Pages resin embellishment

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Papertrey Ink: MIM #132 - Layered Border Die Cuts

Loved this week's MIM video and the beautiful card(s) that Dawn created using layered border die cuts. I just knew that I was going to have to CASE it, and my first card is pretty much exactly hers! Just love the "fluffyness" of it.

I  made another card, using a different die cut,  but I just realized that my photo of it is really bad so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to take another pic and then post.


Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, Rustic White
Stamp: PTI Think Big Favourites #8
Die Cut: EK Success Border Punch
Ink: Versafine Smokey Grey
Glitter: Doodlebug White, 1/8" Scor-Tape
Decorative Brads: My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper: 7 Gypsies

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Please Pick Me

Papertrey Ink is hosting Stamp-a-Faire 2013 on Saturday, August 24. It's an all-day event but I can't participate because it's the first day of our two week vacation and I'm going to be gone, gone, gone. Happy for vacation, not so happy that I'm missing this event.

The only way I can participate is for a member of the Design Team to pick this card that I made a while back for a "remix". I'm saying right now "Pick me please!". This card needs help. There is something off about it but I can't quite figure out what it is. I have a couple of ideas on how I could have done it better (always easier to figure it out after it's done), but I would love some expert help.

Here is the project I'm offering for consideration:

Supplies I used:

Stamps: PTI Mini Blooms and Think Big Favourites #3
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Ink: PTI Sweet Blush, Lavender Moon, Enchanted Evening; Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Other: American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder Leaf
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories Snap

Thanks for considering me.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #128

This week's challenge is to stamp a random background pattern. I really enjoyed doing this one and quickly came up with this card and gift tag set:

I used the following supplies:

Stamps:  PTI Mini Blooms & Birthday Style
Inks: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy
Dies: PTI Fillable Frames #10, Tag Sale #2; Lil Inkers Small Bow
Cardstock: PTI White & Rustic White; Bazzill Pink
Miscellaneous: Maya Road shimmer twine

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Fresh Cut Florals from Wplus9

Quick post of a card that I made yesterday. I'm loving the Fresh Cut Floral stamp set from Wplus9! So cute and so versatile.

Stamped a PTI Kraft cardstock panel with the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Woodgrain Background stamp with Fresh Ink Paper White. Then I impressed it using PTI's Vertical Chevron Cover Plate. Cut two circles with some Spellbinder dies (one from PTI Vintage Cream cardstock; one from PTI Soft Stone pp). The flowers and leaves were diecut from PTI Vintage Cream cardstock and stamped with Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet (all PTI) and Sugar (from Fresh Ink). Banner is from a Simon Says Stamp die, stamped in Versafine Black with one of the sentiments from the Fresh Cut Floral set.

This is one stamp set that I'm going to be using often!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Papertrey Ink July 2013 Blog Hop

This month there is a colour challenge for the PTI blog hop. Lots of super delicious combinations to choose from! I really wanted the chance to do some stamping for it, but unfortunately the last two weeks have been super busy for me. I managed to squeak out one card last night. My inspiration was this combo:

And this is what I came up with:

Of course it didn't start out like this! (Does it ever?) My original idea just wasn't working and somehow I ended up with this. Absolutely everything (except the black sequins) is from Papertrey.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #124

Dressing up your envelopes. That's the challenge this week. First up is my card:

Next is the envelope. I actually had to make an envelope (with the We R Memory Makers envelope punch board) because the little banners on my card exceed an A2 envelope:

And next is card with envelope:


Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream, Vintage Cream
Stamps: PTI Birthday Style, Big Ticket Basics, To You From Me
Ink: PTI Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado; Fresh Ink Strawberry, Island, Provincial Gray
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, Dear Lizzy
Dies: PTI Big Ticket Basics, Birthday Style; MFT Fishtail Stax
Other: Silhouette Cameo (banners); Teresa Collins enamel dots

Monday, 24 June 2013

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

This month's challenge is to add a touch of gold to a paper crafted project.

I am so sick right now with a streptococcuslollapalooza infection, with a very nasty summer cold thrown on top of it just to make things interesting. Thanks, Karina.

So to distract myself from my misery I've made three gold-touched projects. First up is a scrapbooking layout, with some gold sequins scattered about.

A super simple layout with just white cardstock, a bit of October Afternoon patterened paper, gold sequins, PTI double ended banner die, background and title die cut with my Silhouette.

Next up are two cards I had fun making with PTI Lovely Layers stamps and die cuts. I just got this stamp set recently and am finally using (and loving it). I did gold embossing with the leave's detail stamp but, as you can see in this card, the embossing powder I have is not really a shiny gold, it's very dull.

So, for my second card I decided to mix in some glitter embossing powder that I had on hand. The results were not perfect, but the best I could do with what I had on hand. (June 24th is a holiday in Québec and no stores were open so I couldn't go looking for anything better.)

So, for good measure I scattered some gold sequins on these two cards also. Complete sequin free-for-all madness! (I'm lucky I had some of these at home.)

Supplies for these two cards are all from PTI except for:

Thanks a million card: Fancy Pants patterned paper, Fresh Ink Sugar ink
Thanks for everything card: Fresh Ink Island ink, Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles die

Friday, 14 June 2013

Second Post for Papertrey MIM #120: Overlapping Ombre

My second card (I actually made this one first) more obviously uses the ombre technique. I'm really liking it, especially with the sentiment (translation: thanks for brightening up my day). I used Snowflake Flurries for this but I see only sunshine, that's how versatile this stamp set is.

Some of my grandsons are spending the rest of the weekend with us, so it's going to be busy, busy, busy with baseball games and dinner at the restaurant and all kinds of exciting things!


Stamp: PTI Snowflake Flurries
Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White
Ink: PTI Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile
Dies: Spellbinders circle; MFT Fishtail Flags Stax
Computer-generated sentiment

Papertrey MIM #120: Overlapping Ombre

Playing along this week. Actually have two cards but one is not ready for posting yet due to DH computer fiddlings/improvements (don't ask).

I used Snowflake Flurries (for both of my cards actually). Here I used the back of one of the large stamps and just played around with positioning, and added smaller accents and stamped off circles.

Stamps: PTI Snowflake Flurries (images), Mini Blooms (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White and Soft Stone
Inks: PTI Lemon Tart, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold; Memento Angel Pink; Versafine Smoky Gray
Dies: PTI Doubled-Ended Banners

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Papertrey Make It Monday #119: Flagged Borders

Thought I would play along this week and decided to do a scrapbook layout. This is my favourite ever photo of my four grandsons together. We've taken literally hundreds (if not thousands) of photos of each of them, but it's rarer to get them all in one photo at the same time. Every Christmas we make a point of taking group shots and while Christmas last year produced super cute photos, this one remains my favourite. So deserving of a flagged banner!


PTI Framed Out #12 (stamp and dies), Fabulous Frames dies, Heart Prints dies, Seeing Stars dies, Double-Ended Banners dies, Tag Sale #5 dies, Herringbone impression plate, Rustic Cream cardstock

MFT Sentiment Strips & Fishtail Flags Stax dies

Lil Inkers Large Bow die

Patterned Papers: Amy Tangerine, Sassafras Lass, Dear Lizzy, Pebbles, My Mind's Eye

May Arts ribbon

October Afternoon tin pin

Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Silhouette Cameo for my title

Saturday, 25 May 2013

May Blog Hop Going On at PTI

I decided to post a floral card for the May Blog Hop at PTI. I have been wanting to use this cute Silhouette print and cut file (from Echo Park) FOREVER, so I decided to go with cute and old fashioned, though not really vintage. Just a sweet, feel good card.

Maybe not exactly a floral bouquet, but this is what I was feeling so it's what I went with! I also traced my stamped sentiment with my silhouette and cut an outline shape to stamp directly on. Love that.

PTI Supplies: The Sweet Life stamps and dies,  cardstock, Spring Moss & Simply Chartreuse inks, Parisian Lace Doily die.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

April 2013 Papetrey Ink Blog Hop

Theme for this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey is Tilted. So not me. At the last minute I decided to participate and this is what I came up with.

I know, not very exciting. It's a challenge. And as tilted as I am willing to go! Colours are awful. It's PTI Spring Moss but doesn't look it at all due to the fact that I didn't have any daylight to photo my card in. That will teach me not to be so last minute next time!

PTI Spring Moss Cardstock
PTI Wonderful Words: Birthday stamp and die
Crate Paper patterned paper
Versafine Onyx Black ink

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Renovated Office/Studio

So excited to share some pics of our new office/studio space. We've been planning this out for quite a while now and it's finally done. Well, not completely. As you can see, it still NEEDS A PAINT JOB but we just don't have the time to do it right now. I'm thinking gray for the walls.

But all the cabinets and counter-tops are installed and I'm totally loving it. Could not be happier. So much storage space and surface area.

I'm lucky that my husband and I always agree on major decisions. We like the same things in furniture and colour, etc., etc., so that part of this reno was easy. Here are some pics; just keep in mind that they are not exactly beauty shots, seeing that the room badly needs a paint job!

 My side of the room
My husband's side; enough legroom for painting and computer


Things I love about this room: great big window! It's hard to see from the above photos, but we have a floating counter-top running across the window wall (7.5 feet long). My counter/desk is a full ten feet long and so is my husband's. Love that I can stand when I'm working. Also love the totally fab LED under-counter lighting. And the big bookcase. And the HIDDEN computer wires (for the most part). And that we have room to grow (not all the storage space is used yet).

Such a thrill for me!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Papertrey Ink MIM Glitter Trim

Got my February order from PTI this week and found some time to play around with my goodies. Finally got The Sweet Life set, plus I also bought the Cutting Garden from this month's release.

I had fun with Cutting Garden, even though I didn't order the dies. I made a cutting file with my Silhouette Cameo that turned out pretty good. But for this week's MIM challenge (use some glitter trim), I decided to go very simple, stamping directly onto white cardstock.

I liked the way it turned out; it almost looks like a watercolour painting, but I assure you no water was used! I had a hard time figuring out how to add glitter and finally just added a small half banner in black glitter under my sentiment.


Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White, True Black, Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Doubled-Ended Banners, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Card Templates
Ink: PTI Lavender Moon, Simply Chartreuse; Memento Angel Pink; Hero Arts Red Royal
Other: Doodlebug black glitter

Monday, 11 February 2013

PTI Anniversary - Day 7

I've been very, very busy all weekend with the little grandkids. Even though I love them to bits they were quite the miserable duo from missing their maman and papa so much. And then yesterday afternoon we all went to Léo's birthday party for his little friends. So I never got to play in any of the PTI challenges. Today was catch-up day for housecleaning and loads of laundry, but I did manage to get a birthday card done; this time for Alex, who is turning two in March.

The challenge today is to be inspired by some colour combos that Nichole posted.

And this is the one that I chose. I don't have any Scarlet Jewel, though it is on my wishlist, but I think  I came close enough to post an entry anyway. I was inspired. One little note. On most of the cards that I make to use in real life, I am limited to computer-generated sentiments, since most of the people that I make cards for are French-speaking. I love all of PTI's fonts and sentiment stamps, but unfortunately I don't have much use for them. Anyway, here it is:


PP - October Afternoon
Cardstock: PTI
Dies: PTI Fabulous Frames
Other: Silhouette Cameo (for balloons); dimensional adhesive