Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #195: 2014 À La Carte

This week over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog we have our choice of any of the 50 techniques that were demonstrated in this year's Make It Monday videos. I decided to choose one that I had missed ...

Make It Monday #185: Faux Stained Glass
with Betsy Veldman

Since 2014 was the year of the shaker card, I decided to make one more in honour of Betsy's incredible Make It Market Kits - a new one of which is being revealed tomorrow; cannot wait!

Despite the fact that I had problems stamping the Doodlie-Do images because my Staz-On ink pad hasn't been used in about five years and it's pretty much all dried out, I really like how this card turned out. Even though I am not even a good Copic colourer, it doesn't much matter when you're colouring on acetate because there aren't a lot of opportunities for shading.
One of the sentiments from Doodlie-Do was stamped repeatedly on the shaker's background layer, just like Betsy did with her card. It adds fantastic dimension in real life. I forgot to take a photo, but the inside of this card is stamped with one of the "feel better soon" sentiments from Keep It Simple: Get Well.


Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Clear Cardstock
Stamps: PTI Doodlie-Do, Keep It Simple: Get Well, Songbirds
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow; Staz-On; Fresh Ink Blue Sage
Dies: PTI Songbirds, Make It Market Shakers & Sprinkles Kit
Other:  Copics, Martha Stewart Fine Glitter

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #192: Tab Closure Tri-fold Card

I had a very unusual day yesterday, to say the least. Thieves are now sending me unwanted Christmas gifts. To make a very long and tedious story short, my credit card was compromised (locally) and the very "brilliant" hacker had one (an LCD monitor) of his many online purchases delivered to my house! Let's just say that UPS has some serious flaws in its policies that allow people to change delivery addresses; and that online merchants need to be more careful about letting customers change recipient names to ones that don't match the confirmed credit card address.

Anyway, it's Betsy Veldman up over at the Papertrey Ink blog for this week's Make it Monday. She demonstrates a fun, and useful, technique and her inspiration was inspiring ...

Isn't it gorgeous? Just like everything that Betsy makes! I decided, after my verrrry interesting day yesterday, to treat myself to some "me" time and join in. I needed a card/money holder for the concierge in our building, so I created a little "packaging" ...

I used a Limitless Layers 1-3/4" inch circle die for my tab which I embellished with some Holly Jolly leaves cut from felt and topped with a red sequin. I dry embossed the lower half of my card with an old Basic Grey embossing folder that I don't think I've ever used before. The star of the show is definitely that Double Cut Holiday word Noël. The base of it was cut from Rustic Cream card and the detailed topper uses some gorgeous red foiled cardstock that a friend sent to me (thanks Linda!). A strip of washi tape on the bottom of the card finishes the front off nicely. And since I'm a firm believer that you can never have too much cute packaging, the inside of this card features a pocket for the cash ...

The pocket was made with PTI's Journal Pocket #2 die (love) and a sweet bow from Betsy's Tinsel & Tags die set adds that little extra touch.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Tag You're It Challenge #12

The current challenge over at Tag You're It is a Christmas one, based on this tag from Tracey McNeely ...

I was influenced by her song lyric, and die cuts, and came up with this ...

This simple (easy-to-make) little tag makes me very happy. It's being reserved for a hostess gift for my DIL ...

She is hosting Christmas Day dinner at her house this year for the first time. Which is a good thing, because I am not the world's best cook :). I'm still having the family over for a special dinner, wouldn't be Christmas without that, but it's going to be on Sunday night, the 21st. Can't believe how fast it's coming and how soon it will be over. I still have tons to do, but the gift shopping is pretty much done.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush
Stamps: PTI Songbirds, Bells & Boughs
Inks: PTI Ripe Avocado, Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Songbirds, Tag Sale #10
Other: May Arts metallic string

Merry & Bright

So much to do, so little time! I know I'm not the only one saying this (over and over) at this time of the year but it's a fact. But I love the hustle and bustle and wouldn't change a thing. I've managed to make and mail out all of my Christmas cards (yay), thanks to making them throughout the year. And I took a little bit of time for myself yesterday to make this card which I'm posting in two challenges.

Over at CAS(E) This Sketch #102, Gayatri Murali provided this week's sketch ...

and I'm also entering into the challenge over at Merry Monday #138, where this week's assignment is to make a Christmas card using gold, silver, white and one other colour of your choice (I chose Enchanted Evening from PTI).

My card ...

A shaker card that should have been very easy to make because I wasn't dealing with a fiddly narrow frame, except that I forgot to put in an acetate window on my first attempt (duh!) and made a total mess when I shook it to see how the sequins and glitter looked all mixed up together :).


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: PTI Grand Ampersand
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Sketched Stars, Small Sketched Stars, Cover Plate: Stripes Diagonal; Lil Inkers Starry Sky, Stitched Rectangles
Other: American Crafts Pow glitter paper; Martha Stewart glitter; sequins

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #191: Glittered Frames

Dawn McVey is hosting this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. She created a very inspiring card with a glitter frame ...


My card has a very subtle glitter frame, but it is there! It's just that it's frosty clear ... you can click on the photos to enlarge them.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI Note Niblets
Inks: PTI Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice
Dies: PTI Damask Snowflakes; Savvy Peppermint
Other: Scor-Tape, Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Papertrey Ink: November 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

It's the 25th already and time for another Blog Hop over at Papertrey Ink. Loved the theme for this time around because Christmas is my favourite card making occasion and nothing says Christmas to me like Snow ...

Isn't this gorgeous? I don't really like the cold and snow but it certainly looks beautiful! This photo of Central Park makes me want to spend the holidays in NYC. Nichole Heady has more inspiration over at her blog so make sure you check it out.

My first, and favourite, card just made it itself. It's so simple ...

I cut a stencil with my Silhouette and used embossing paste for the background snow. A couple of Peaceful Pinecone die cuts and it was done. I love all of the sentiments in PTI's O'Tannenbaum stamp set and I find myself stamping them on almost every project. Oh, I used some rainstones for the first time ever - I've been hoarding them.

Next is a card with images from the O'Tannenbaum stamp set ...

Very simple but hard to photograph - the entire image panel was glittered with *contaminated* (yes, I might have dropped some Antique Linen glitter in the jar by mistake at one time or another) Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Glitter after it had been stamped. I've done this before and like the effect, it's almost like glass. But it's very difficult to capture this in a photo, especially with the weather we're having here today, completely cloudy and almost foggy. A closeup shows the glitter a little bit better. In real life this is a very pretty card, if I do say so myself! The background patterned paper is from Betsy Veldman's Tinsel & Tags' kit.

Continuing along, another in the "white series" (can't help it, I love white) ...

So I guess I'm also liking that banner from the Tinsel & Tags kit - this time I turned it around :). I used Smokey Shadow ink, stamped off one time, for the banner image and then heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder. That tree from In the Meadow has been stamped in Fresh Ink's Mint and then glittered with Martha Stewart coarse glitter. In real life it shines like crazy!

Okay, so I was really liking this Snow theme -  the next two projects are very different from the white ones above. You know I had to make a shaker card, right?

This shaker was made with Betsy's Shaker Shapes: Ornament die and a Sparkle word cut. I absolutely love this ornament shaker die and am in the middle of making 24 photo ornaments for our Christmas tree. I do photos of our grandsons for the tree every year and this die is making it so easy (and so cute) this year. This card looks like a red and cream Scandinavian Christmas to me. The patterned paper is an old scrap from Echo Park that I had in my stash.

Last project, promise, a snowflake gift tag. I've decided that my wrapping scheme this year is Kraft, Red and Pink. I found wrapping paper that is very close to Sweet Blush, so I'm one happy girl. I haven't decided on my tags yet, but this design is in the running. I usually make multiples of three to five different designs.

It's impossible to see, but the centre of the snowflakes has been glittered up. And that's it for me! No more playing until all my Christmas projects are completely finished. So many to do!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Impression Line Water Colouring

This week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink, here, was super tricky. Erin showed off this technique beautifully ...

but I just didn't know what to do with it. I didn't think that any of the dies I own would be good for this technique and I'm just not that crazy about water colouring to begin with. I hate to give up so I played around a bit with my PTI Circles Cover Plate. I impressed it into water colour paper and then painted it with an old Twinkling H2O paint pot that I had (Iridescent Red). I liked the effect it gave, but the card front sat around on my counter, unused, for days because I couldn't decide how to finish it. My first thought was a snowflake but every arrangement I tried looked awful. Every once in a while I would revisit the project and finally it all came together. Not easy, but I really love the way it turned out. Thanks so much to Erin for highlighting this technique and for bringing out her H2O's. I had forgotten all about them!

The first photo I took was in the early morning. Love the way the light was coming through the snowflakes.

This detail shot shows how the Iridescent Red Twinkling H2O changes colour depending on how the light strikes the card.

I am also entering my card into the CAS(E) this sketch #101 challenge ...

I'm probably stretching it to call my card CAS, but I think the fact that it's tone on tone in colour helps. In any case, I'm going with it!


Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Vellum, Smokey Shadow; Canson XL Watercolour Paper; DCWV
Glitter Cardstock
Stamps: PTI Wet Paint Holiday
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Wet Paint Holiday Cuts, Snowflake Medley, Fancy Flakes, Damask Snowflakes, Building Blocks
Other: Iridescent Red Twinkling H2O

Monday, 10 November 2014

Tag You're It! Challenge #10

Loved the inspiration from Lynn Put for Challenge #10 over at Tag You're It!

And since I can always use an extra holiday tag, that's what I made ...

Not sure that I'm crazy in love with it (I'm  not!) but I do like the three banners on it (Lynn's design was fab).

Edited to Add: I decided to pop this tag onto a card, et voilà, here it is ...


Cardstock: PTI Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Bells & Boughs, Peaceful Pinecones, O'Tannenbaum
Inks: PTI Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado, Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI Tag Sale #10, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax
Other: PTI Patterned Paper, washi tape, Bo Bunny Pearls, white crochet thread

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Winter Hills

One of my all-time favourite winter stamp sets is Papertrey Ink's Winter Hills. I love both the framed scene as well as each individual, stand-alone element. I saw this week's Christmas card challenges at Merry Monday and at Festive Friday and decided that I had to play along. Both challenges featured rustic elements and I knew that Winter Hills would be perfect.

This is the inspiration over at Merry Monday:

And this is the inspiration for Festive Friday:

And here is my card ...

I stamped the framed scene from Winter Hills on PTI Vintage Cream cardstock, using Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and then coloured with Copics. When I was finished, I stamped the little tiny snowflake that is included in the set into the sky several times, using Fresh Snow ink. I then trimmed out my stamped image, masked the edges of it, and sprayed adhesive (Krylon) all over and sprinkled it with Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Which had been "contaminated", just yesterday, with some Antique Linen Distress Glitter. Don't you hate when you pour the excess glitter into the wrong jar??!! This, unfortunately, has happened to me more than once over the years. I managed to scoop most of the Antique Linen out of the Rock Candy jar, but I can see on this glittered image that I do have a few strays, but it actually looks more rustic and homey this way.

I added a stamped die cut banner from Betsy Veldman's Tinsel & Tags kit (Fresh Ink Provincial Grey background with PTI Terracotta Tile sentiment) and some holly from PTI's Note Niblets. The assembled image was foam mounted onto an October Afternoon woodgrain patterned paper card front.

It's so hard to capture the glittered scene in a photo, but in real life it's so magical! It's like looking outside through a cold, frosted window.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

PTI MIM #187: Partial Die Cuts for the Holidays (Second Post)

I'm back with a second project for this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at Papertrey Ink. Melissa Phillips is hosting and her tag is just gorgeous!

I wasn't entirely happy with yesterday's project but there were elements that I liked. Did I ever tell you that I love POW glitter paper from American Craft's? It cuts like butter in my Silhouette, the glitter doesn't flake off because it's like a plastic film and it is the most glittery paper ever. So I used some again on today's card.

Very simple, again. My stars were cut with PTI's Seeing Stars die collection, glued onto a Stamper's Select White card panel and the edges were trimmed. I foam mounted a banner that was stamped in Smokey Shadow with one of the sentiments from PTI's Keep It Simple: Merry Christmas set. The panel was then foam mounted onto a Soft Stone card base.

This card makes a nice set with the tags that I did yesterday ...

Fun challenge, but I really have to get going with my "real" Christmas stuff. The matchy-matchy things to go with my colour scheme this year. These projects have given me just the creative push that I needed!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #187: Partial Die Cuts for the Holidays

Melissa Phillips is up for this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. She made a beautiful Christmas tree gift tag to demonstrate the technique

Isn't that gorgeous? I love her style - "modern" vintage, always using the most beautiful details and colours. I got back from a long vacation last week and my mojo has not made it back home yet. I am struggling to get creative (I have so much to do for the holidays!) and forced myself to participate in this week MIM challenge. I made a two tag set ...

I think these would be cute for some New Year's Eve hostess gifts. Each of them is very simple. I used Papertrey's Cover Plate: Chevron Vertical to die cut some American Crafts POW Glitter Paper (solid silver) and then snipped the chevrons apart. For the wine tag I mounted them on foam tape and then trimmed the sides off. For the gift tag, I just glued the chevrons on the tag and trimmed. The sentiments (from PTI Note Niblets) were stamped using Smokey Shadow ink. For the wine tag I wanted a "hole reinforcer" look so I die cut a second collar, this time using True Black cardstock. I think the wine tag looks very New Year's Eve tuxedo festive and the bells add just the right amount of cheer for ringing in the New Year. It's my easy version of  a shaker tag :).

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Papertrey Ink September 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

Can't believe that it's almost the end of September already and that we're leaving for a nice (long) vacation next week (yay!). Nichole Heady has put up an amazing inspiration photo for the Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop ...

It was the colours that really made me look twice - combos that I would not necessarily think of myself but that are so gorgeous together. Just beautiful. I want that pail of berries for my house and I also want a stamp set that replicates them! Nichole mentioned that we might be inspired to make some holiday cards, and that's what I went for - except for one everyday project.

I had never used Enchanted Evening cardstock before and I must say I love it. I stamped the City Scene houses on Sweet Blush die cuts with Smokey Shadow ink. The little trees were stamped with Ripe Avocado onto Spring Moss card.

Just had to make a shaker card! Can you tell that I'm still in love with woodgrain patterns and probably always will be? Just love this sentiment stamp (from Bells & Boughs).

One of the elements that I loved the most in the inspiration photo were those wonderful berries. I tried to capture the feel of them with stamps from Bells & Boughs and Embellished Elegance, doing some masking along the way. The bells were stamped with Soft Stone ink (I'm loving the colour and I'm so glad that it's available again!) and then heat embossed with some glitter powder.

A very simple thank you card, using stamped Beautiful Brushstrokes die cuts against some Studio Calico patterned paper. The sentiment was heat embossed with gold metallic powder.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Enchanted Evening, Kraft
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Bells & Boughs, City Scene & Christmas Sentiments, Embellished Elegance; Wplus9 Fanciful Feathers; Hero Arts Tiny Flakes
Inks: PTI Sweet  Blush, Autumn Rose, Enchanted Evening, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, Fresh Snow; Versamark
Dies: PTI City Scene, Bells & Boughs, Beautiful Brushstrokes, Embellished Elegance, Shakers & Sprinkles; Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners; My Favourite Things Sentiment Strips
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Jillibean Soup
Other: Zing Gold Metallic embossing powder; unknown glitter embossing powder; sequins; Martha Stewart coarse glitter; Stickles

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Peace Feathers

There's some gorgeous inspiration up on the Case Study Challenge Blog, again from this month's muse, Debby Hughes.

I just love what Debby does with whites and vellum and all those pretty details. I was definitely inspired by everything she used - the gold, the white, the kraft, the feathers. Here is my card:

We're enjoying a very dull cloudy day so it was difficult to get a nice photo. The middle feather was masked and the top was embossed with some Zing Gold Metallic embossing powder while the bottom was glittered.  It's a very simple, even plain card, but I love the way each piece fit together exactly like a puzzle.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Kraft
Dies: PTI One Liners Christmas; WPlus9 Fanciful Feathers
Other: Zing Gold Metallic embossing powder; Doodlebug Lily White glitter