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

Thursday, 7 February 2013

PTI Anniversary - Day 3

Thank goodness I didn't have to make anything for today's PTI anniversary celebrations. I really needed a break; I'm almost stressed! Instead there is a pop quiz on Nichole's blog today - you have to identify nine different limited edition stamps that have been released over the years.

All to say, I did get a chance to work on another idea for Day 1's challenge - a project inspired by one of the Design Team Favourites. My card today was influenced by two of Danielle Flanders' cards; the two in the second row:

I loved the colour combination for the left hand card and her Rosie Posie "usage" for the right hand one. I was also influenced, if truth be told, by Dawn McVey's placement of her Rosie Posies in one of her favourite projects:

And here's the result that I came up with:

All PTI, except I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for the sentiment.
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream
Impression Plate: Herringbone
Dies: Rosie Posie, Half & Half
Stamps: Rosie Posie, sentiment from Signature Series: Butterfly Mini
Ink: Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado

Hope you have a good day!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

PTI Anniversary - Day 2

I managed to do another card today, which is a world record for me. This is for Day 2 of PTI's anniversary challenges - create a new project with one of the free printables that they made available today. I chose Lizzie's candle image. But, of course, my printer is not working properly today (one of the black inks is low, or at least that's what my husband is telling me), so my image came out wrong. The first candle is supposed to be green, but mine came out yellow. I coloured it, badly, with a Copic. It's a very simple card:

PP: Cosmo Cricket
Cardstock: PTI Select White, Aqua Mist
Dies: PTI Limitless Layers, Double-Ended Banners; Spellbinder circles; Lil Inker stitched rectangles; Memory Box alpha and numbers
Computer-generated sentiment
Washi Tape: Tim Holtz music; Bella Blvd chevron

PTI Day 1 Anniversary + MIM

PTI MIM & Anniversary Challenges

This is the first year that I am going to participate in some of the challenges and I'm all happy about that. Unfortunately, this is also the week that I'm really busy babysitting two of my grandsons whose parents actually had the nerve to choose this week for their winter escape to Mexico. They're vacationing with a big gang of friends (they're all turning 40 this year) and managed to come up with a date that was suitable for everyone. Except they never checked in with me! Just kidding. Love the kiddos and I don't have them every single day this week.

Serious prizes being offered by PTI for their sixth anniversary celebrations! I am a VERY slow crafter, but if I want to participate I have to get a move on it. I managed to come up with something for the February 5th challenge to be inspired by one of the Design Team's favorite projects. I chose one created by Ashley Cannon Newell:


It's the one in the first column, second card, "Congrats". I LOVE the colour scheme she used and how she stamped on bookprint paper. So here is my submission:

And because the prizes are SO good and I'm (as previously mentioned) such a SLOW crafter, I'm also entering this card in this week's PTI MIM challenge, a die-cut within a die cut (Mat Stack cut with Trendy Tree Tops). As a special bonus for everyone, Trendy Tree Tops actually has a die cut within it, so I think I should get extra points for that!

Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, Think Big Favourites #3
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies: Trendy Tree Tops, Mat Stack #3
PP: Old book print
Cardstock: PTI Spring Moss, Rustic White, True Black, Winter Wisteria

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Birthday Cards for 2013

Birthday Cards for 2013

Making birthday cards is not my favourite thing in the world. I feel limited to using only birthday icons, i.e., birthday cakes, balloons, party hats, banners, etc. I don't know why, but that's the way my brain works. And since all my grandchildren are boys, little boys at that, I don't get to play with fun, frilly, flowery, pink stuff. No, for me it's all about ninja turtles and things like that, so not all that interesting for me.

This year I'm determined to do more scrapbooking so I decided to try and get all my "mandatory" card making done for the year as early as possible. Thought I would share one today. It's for my oldest grandchild, Émérik, who will be turning seven in February.

The patterned paper is part of my all-time favourite boy collection - Rocket Boy by October Afternoon. It reads "Love you to the moon and back" (computer generated). I know it's hard to see, but I die-cut a window in the panel, lined it with clear cardstock, and backed it with the dark paper, die cut number and tiny stars. I'm hoping that it's kind of like looking out of a rocket ship window. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it!

PP: October Afternoon
Cardstock: PTI
Dies: PTI, Spellbinders, Lil Inkers

Saturday, 2 February 2013

First Blog Post Ever

My first blog post. Never in a million years did I ever think that I would start a blog, and truth be told this will mostly be a place to post photos of crafty projects.

I'm starting with this week's Papertrey Ink MIM challenge, stamped pillow boxes. Cannot believe how hard it was to photo this. The shadows created by that box are weird and very hard to avoid. No matter what I did, the box always looked misshapened.

Cardstock: PTI Kraft and vellum
Stamp: PTI Background Basics: Text Style II
Ink: Encore Silver Metallic
Dies: PTI Christmas Label, Notched Flowers, Pillow Box; Lil Inkers Small Bow
Impression Plate: PTI Mehndi Medallion