Saturday, 29 March 2014

Facebook Face

I've been badly neglecting my scrapbooking lately and concentrating on cardmaking. I seem to do this often. I'm either on a scrapbooking or cardmaking kick, never the two together. I'm going to try to remedy this and do a little of both.

This is a layout for my youngest grandson, Alex. On command, he "does" his facebook face for us. His cousins think this is hilarious and try to perfectly imitate him. In case you weren't aware, my four grandsons are the cutest ones on earth!

I used some Jillibean Soup and October Afternoon patterned papers; American Crafts, Bazzill and Papertrey Ink cardstocks; American Crafts Thickers; Papertrey Ink star dies; and a Silhouette cut for the media bar.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #157: DIY Cover Plates (Second Post)

I'm back with another card for this week's Make it Monday over at PTI. It's not very much different from my first project, except that I really stepped it up! Heehee, not true, just six extra cuts. I didn't want all my pre-planning effort to go to waste on just one card.

Thanks to PTI, I'm happy to report that I learned something new this week. I am no pro at Adobe Illustrator, but I didn't want to keep measuring my cover plate template out by hand, so I let my husband show me how to do it in Illustrator! Now, if you knew us you would realize that this is a major accomplishment! I absolutely hate letting him show me how to do things on the computer because he's hanging all over me, telling me that he's never seen anyone so slow, yelling sometimes. And this from someone who used to teach at our local Apple store when he first retired, and was liked by all the customers for being so patient! Computers are the ONLY thing that we have ever fought about in all our years together. But anyway, I now know how to make printable custom graphs in Illustrator, something I've wanted to learn for a long time.


Cardstock: PTI Select Stamper's White, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss
Stamps: PTI Lovely Layers, Round Repeats
Ink: PTI Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss
Dies: PTI Lovely Layers, Wonderful Words: Hello

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #157: DIY Cover Plates

Betsy Veldman is up this week with a fabulous video showing how to make DIY cover plates using dies. I just love the way she casually cuts her card front with her dies, no measuring, no fiddling, and it all comes out looking just so! Like that would ever happen for me. I came up with a whole scientific mathematical grid to do my cover plate, which looked like this

and I still didn't get it perfect. And notice how I tore the template taking it off my card front. That meant I had to tape that top left hand corner back on because I was also using this as my guide for stamping. Because I would never risk stamping through my good cardstock cover plate (like Betsy did, of course) - we all know how that would have turned out! I had problems enough as it is. Here is my card and I am proud to say that I managed to do it all in one shot. No revisions! But my nerves are completely shattered.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Melon Berry, Kraft
Stamps: PTI Lovely Layers
Ink: PTI Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, Limeade
Dies: PTI Lovely Layers, It's a Banner Day
Computer generated sentiment (bisous = kisses)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Papertrey Ink March 2014 Blog Hop: High Gloss!

Nichole Heady provided some serious glossy inspiration for this month!

Love all the colours, love all of the gloss! Despite that, I did not find this challenge particularly easy and, as you will soon see, got stuck in a rut of using UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel by Ranger). Once I started, I just couldn't stop and wanted to perfect my UTEE skills. Haha. Not really, just experienced a huge lack of imagination which I'm blaming on the cold/throat infection that I've had for the last three weeks.

I knew that I wanted to use the Button Stacks to make cute glossy embellishments, just like Nichole Heady did during release week. And I've been saving this October Afternoon patterned paper for quite a while and decided today was the day.

I used a Simon Says Stamp folded banner die and the PTI It's a Banner Day die for the sentiment. Cardstock: PTI Spring Moss, Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse and Melon Berry. UTEE tends to darken cardstock quite a bit. For the little buttons I used Glossy Accents instead and you can see how they are truer to colour. But I like the contrast in the stacks.

For my next card, I knew that I wanted to put UTEE on patterned paper and I wanted to use an arrow cover plate after seeing one of Betsy Veldman's cards during the March release (she made her own cover plate using PTI dies while I used a Silhouette cut file).

I used an October Afternoon striped paper and the paper under the section that is popped up has been glossified. It's hard to see this, even in the detail shots, because I lost my light while shooting the photos.

I used a sentiment from PTI Mini Blooms, and the card front was adhered to an Aqua Mist card base. A few enamel dots were scattered for some additional gloss.

The next card is my version of painting with UTEE. Oh yes. So exciting. I started by stamping some Cutting Garden and Circle Scribbles images with Versamark. I then used various American Crafts Zing coloured embossing powders (Rose, Butter, White, Blush and Grapefruit), and a PSX red powder, and used my heat gun to set them. Next, I stamped the images with Versamark again, but this time heat embossed with UTEE, to get some extra gloss happening. Then I stamped some of the leaf images from Cutting Garden with Spring Moss ink (the embossed images resisted the ink). Fun, but not thrilled with the results. I cut a framed rectangle (Lil Inker Stiched Rectangles dies) from my card front and popped it up over my image. A PTI Double-Ended Banner die cut is stamped with my sentiment (again, from Mini Blooms).


For my last card I used Glossy Accents, not UTEE. It's super simple, black and white and urban. The only glossy thing on it is the Tour Eiffel, which was die cut out of my card front, stamped and glossified, and then laid back into the cut. I used PTI Stamper's Select White cardstock; City Scene, City Scene Sentiments and Sketched Shapes stamp sets; Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Smokey Shadow and Fresh Ink Provincial Grey ink pads. This card looks much nicer in real life. Can't believe I'm posting it - it looks total dullsville here!

That's it for me. Now I'm going blog hopping!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #156: 3D Stamp Paint Techniques (Second Posting)

I made a second card for this week's Make It Monday. This time I decided to use some embossing paste that I coloured with acrylic paint.

It's kind of a naughty card. I have two grandsons who will be starting kindergarten ("maternelle" in French) this Fall. When my oldest grandson was in kindergarten, some of the second graders at his school called the little ones in kindergarten "les maternouilles" ("nouilles" is noodles in French). This annoyed him very much but all of us adults (including two teachers - his mother and aunt) thought this was very funny and just told him to ignore it. I can't wait to give this card to his brother and cousin in August and start calling them the maternouilles! I know, I'm a terrible nana. But the only reason the two of them actually want to go to school is to ride the bus. Not to learn anything or get an education. It's all about the school bus. So, actually, they really are kind of maternouillish!

REVISED APRIL 10, 2014: I recently looked at this card again and decided to change it up a bit, adding a chipboard pencil (from October Afternoon) that I had in my stash. Is it more fun now?




Cardstock: PTI Harvest Gold, Spring Rain, Rustic White; miscellaneous Bazzill scraps for the Silhouette cut file school bus
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, Scenic Route (yes, I've been hoarding my old Scenic Route lined paper!)
Dies: PTI Mat Stack #3
Other: Liquitex Light Modeling Paste; Golden acrylic paint; Silhouette America cut files (bus and polka dot stencil)

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #156: 3D Stamp Paint Techniques

Melissa Phillips showed us some interesting ways to add paint to our projects in this week's video. Her card, of course, was gorgeous and she inspired me to give it a try.

I started with a Tim Holtz embossing folder (Brick Wall) and painted it with gesso. I then added my cardstock (a pale grey My Mind's Eye solid patterned paper) and embossed. It was an interesting effect, making the already-weathered brick wall look even more aged. I added some vellum triangles and a Rustic Wreath die cut to the background for interest, and then popped up my Doodlie-Do focal point.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White; My Mind's Eye
Stamps: PTI Doodlie-Do, Live Love Life
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: PTI Doodlie-Do, Rustic Wreath; SSS Kelly Purkey Triangles; MFT Fishtail Flags Stax
Other: Copics

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #155: Create Your Own Confetti with Papertrey Ink Dies

Danielle Flanders did a great video on making your own confetti and created two fabulous projects. I am so CASEing (dot for dot) her birthday card, but for my entry in this week's challenge I changed it up a little bit (though not much). I don't have any PTI cover plates that would make good confetti so, instead, I used the Berry Basket and Banner Borders dies - plus a circle die from Ruby Rose that was the right size. As you can imagine, all of this was very time consuming!


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Rustic White, Vintage Cream, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Spring Moss
Stamps: PTI Global Greetings: French
Ink: Versafine Smokey Grey
Dies: PTI Berry Basket, Banner Borders, Ruby Rose, Birthday Style, Lifestyle Crafts Rectangle dies
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Papertrey Ink Birthday Classics: February stamp set

I've been begging for more birthday stamps and this month I got very lucky. Papertrey released two sets: Birthday Classics: February, a monthly series, and Keep It Simple: Birthday. I really like both of these and they will become staples in my collection (especially Keep It Simple).

I was playing around yesterday and came up with something for Birthday Classics. I have lots of February birthdays in my family so even though it's too late for this year, I'll certainly be using this card in 2015.

I was having so much fun adding more and more Mini Bloom and Ruby Rose die cuts to my card that it kind of turned into an explosion. Love this. And to think that I originally meant for this to be a one layer card for this week's Make It Monday challenge! And by the way, even though I've been whining for a new medium grey colour from Papertrey, I have recently decided that I'm in love with Smokey Shadow. Really.


Cardstock: Papertrey True Black, Smokey Shadow, Vintage Cream, Sweet Blush
Stamps: Papertrey Ruby Reprise, Mini Blooms, Birthday Classics: February
Ink: Papertrey Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Lavender Moon, Hibiscus Burst, Fresh Snow, Aqua Mist; Fresh Inks Pool and Sugar; Versamark
Dies: Papertrey Mini Blooms, Ruby Rose
Other: Stampendous Detail White embossing powder

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #154: Colour and Texture Tips for One Layer Cards (Third Post)

Can you tell I was in the mood for some cardmaking yesterday? This one is very simple. I cut a circle from the front of my card base. This allowed me to use the equivalent of that cut part as a stick-on embellishment! I coated my peppermint with UTEE (for real! the crystals looked all yellow with age, but they worked perfectly) to add extra dimension, but it's still a one-layer card. Card dimensions are 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" (I'll probably use this as a gift tag).

PTI Supplies: Sweet Blush and Stamper's Select White cardstocks, Pure Poppy and Scarlet Jewel inks, Candy Cane Christmas and Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp sets; Limitless Layers Circle 1-3/4" die.

Other Supplies: Ranger UTEE and Lil Inkers Stitched Circles die.

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #154: Colour and Texture Tips for One Layer Cards (Second Post)

The second card that I made for this challenge again uses dry embossing, but I've also added every other technique known to mankind for adding texture! How about some piercing, inlaid die cuts and Glossy Accents? Is that enough? I'm not sure I like this card, but it's different.

 All supplies PTI except for a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder.

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #154: Colour and Texture Tips for One Layer Cards

I was really in the mood for some cardmaking yesterday and came up with a couple for this challenge. I usually always pop up something on a card, so this was different for me and I had to use the old noggin to come up with some ideas. (Note: Erin used a card front adhered to a card base, so this is what I am using as the definition of a one-layer card. I am way too OCD!)

I always think that dry embossing makes such a nice impact so I made two cards using this technique. The first one features the new Keep It Simple: Birthday sentiments stamp set and that's what this card is - very simple! One layer (actually only part of a layer - I think this makes the card look popped up somehow), partial embossing, a sentiment, and a couple of score lines.

PTI Aqua Mist cardstock, Keep it Simple: Birthday stamp, True Black ink; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #153: Watercolored Backgrounds with Heat Embossed Sentiments

I did not enjoy this challenge in the least. You would not believe how many card fronts were thrown out in the process of coming up with this card. 1) I don't really like watercolouring. 2) I could tolerate watercolouring if I had to, but not in combination with an embosssed sentiment! Nothing at all would work for me. But I was so determined that I was not going to be defeated that I just went right on trying until I produced something that I at least was willing to post.

In the end I kind of took the easy way out. I did a watercoloured background using ink and a stamp - inked up my stamp (PTI Background Basic: Herringbone) and then misted it with water. Stamped it this way several times to achieve a messy look. Then I die cut one of the flowers from Doodlie-Do, stamped it and coloured it with Copics. My sentiment is from Mini Blooms, stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Zing Metallic Gold powder. The word "You" was diecut out of some gold glittered cardstock with one of PTI's Wonderful Word dies.

I am quite enjoying Doodlie-Do though. I just got it with my February release order and this is the first thing I've done with it. I didn't even mean to use this piece, I was just practicing, but it was lying on my counter and it kind of went with the background and I was pretty much fed up with this technique so I slapped it on the card! Done.