Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #174: Diamond Wallpaper Stamping (2nd Post)

I managed to come up with another stamped diamond background for this week's MIM challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog. Ashley showed us how easy it was to do this (ha!) and here is one of the sweet cards that she made with this technique ...

I used a stamp from PTI's Autumn Pattern Pieces set to create my background and got somewhat brave and used different colours for my diamond stamping (oooh!). I also challenged myself to use a new stamp set that I've been meaning to try - Oopsie Daisy. This flower set is so versatile and fun - I love it - and I actually like how this card turned out. I used another brand new stamp (to me), Dawn's Boutique Borders: Birthday, so way to go me.


Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream, Vintage Cream, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet
Stamps: Autumn Pattern Pieces, Oopsie Daisy, Boutique Borders: Birthday, Keep it Simple: Birthday
Inks: PTI Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Smokey Shadow; Fresh Ink Celery
Dies: PTI Oopsie Daisy, Boutique Borders: Birthday
Other: Enamel dots

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #174: Diamond Wallpaper Stamping

Ashley Cannon Newell is up over at Nichole Heady's blog, showing us all how to stamp wallpaper background designs. She made up two stunning cards, my particular favourite being this one ...

Did you notice just how perfect her stamping is? Straight, solid, evenly proportioned - so very easy to do. If you are Ashley. Unfortunately, I am not. I made a total of 346 backgrounds, not one of them perfect in any way!! Such is life. Here is my masculine birthday card. We have lots of family birthdays in May so I thought I would get a head start for next year.

Since my background was so busy, I kept this very simple, just stamping a square with my birthday sentiment. The pattern I stamped reminds me of fabric for a tie, so therefore masculine enough for me.


Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream, Vintage Cream, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: PTI Autumn Pattern Pieces, Round Repeats, Birthday Classics: May
Inks: PTI Enchanted Evening; Fresh Ink Mango; Versafine Onyx Black

Friday, 25 July 2014

Papertrey Ink July 2014 Blog Hop (Second Post)

There is some seriously gorgeous inspiration over at Nichole Heady's blog for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

Love everything about this. So not simple. Clean, yes, but nice and full and pretty with beautiful colours going on. That sweet gingham envelope/purse inspired me to make this card ...

The pocket on the card front contains a gift card and it's going to someone who has been extra nice to me in the last few weeks.

I used PTI's Gift Card Greetings die to make a little cover for the gift card, so it would look cuter in the pocket. I used Stamper's Select White cardstock and then cut another front cover using some October Afternoon gingham patterned paper to dress it up a bit.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Embellished Elegance, Friendly Flowers
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose
Dies: PTI Gift Card Greetings, Stitching Lines; Taylored Expressions Library Pocket
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (gingham); Glitz (doily background)
Other: May Arts white twill ribbon; Jenny Bowlin button

Papertrey Ink July 2014 Blog Hop

The inspiration photo for this month's Blog Hop over at Nichole Heady's blog is so beautiful! I love everything about it, the red with cream, the gingham, buttons, and, most especially, that painted wood background.

For my first card I tried to duplicate the wood.

I impressed some minty Bazzill cardstock with the PTI  woodgrain impression plate, first inking the plate up with some Fresh Snow ink. Then I kinda scratched the cardstock, here and there, with a toothpick dipped in Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. This card really keeps to the style of the mood board. I tried to channel my inner Melissa Phillips!


Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream, Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White; Bazzill mint
Stamps: PTI Bold Bouquet Anniversary, Phrase Play #6
Inks: PTI Dark Chocolate, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse; French Ink Mint; Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Dies: PTI Parisian Lace Doily, Bold Bouquet Anniversary; Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #173: No Outline Watercolor

I am not known for my watercolouring skill. Let's leave it at that. Heather made a gorgeous card for this week's MIM over at Nichole Heady's blog, and it looked so effortless in the video.

I tried several times, and then some more again, and finally came up with this. I'm posting it; I don't care that it's not very nice; it's a challenge and it certainly was one. I can't believe the gorgeous cards that I've just looked at in the gallery. Each one is amazing and so full of personality. And then there is this ...

Unlike Heather who wanted her watercolouring to be the focal point of her card, I chose to mat my miniature painting on patterned paper. I think the water got away from me. But I did have fun and that's what counts for me.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White; Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Stamps: PTI Year of the Flower Collection, Doodlie-Do
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf; Fresh Ink Provincial Gray
Dies: PTI Button Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #64: Bottega Veneta

This is my first time playing over at the Runway Inspired Challenge - I just couldn't resist the totally fabulous dress for ric#64 ...

I was so inspired by the soft floral print with the punch of the black lace on the bodice. After playing around a bit, this is what I ended up with ...

I chose quite a strong black and white patterned paper for the layer cut with PTI's Tipped Top die. I decided that it needed a layer of vellum on top to soften it a bit. My flowers are all from PTI Friendly Flowers,  and the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy. I created a Silhouette cut file for the "happy" part. I also heat embossed the large flower with Zing Blush embossing powder.

Other Supplies:

Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow; Fresh Ink Celery, Grapefruit, Blue Sage, Silver Lilac, French Lavender
Other: Prima pearls

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Pages with Papertrey: Using Journal Cards

Leigh Penner posted a scrapbooking challenge for July over at her blog, to the full, and I thought I would play along. I used a 4x6 journal card from the Fancy Pants Be.Loved brag book and cut it in half. I also used part of another journaling card as a decorative square in my grid.

I used some PTI Soft Stone cardstock for my journaling and for some of the die cuts (PTI Wonderful Words and Grand Ampersand). I finished my title with a Silhouette cut. I love printing out photo grids at home and leaving some squares blank for journaling or embellishments. It makes scrapbooking so easy! Sometimes I even do my journaling straight on the photo block before printing it out.

My littlest grandson is a very cheeky one. I am his least favourite grandparent. This day I was so encouraged when I asked him if he loved me and he answered "yes". Until he added, seconds later, "sometimes".

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #172: Rainbow Medallions

This week, over at Nichole Heady's blog, Dawn has us stamping rainbow medallions and her card was very inspiring ...

It took a while to come up with something that worked (I definitely need more stamps and supplies to keep up with these PTI challenges - are you listening DH?; believe me he will not agree), but I settled on the smallest arrow stamp in Live Love Life (I use this set all the time) and made this medallionesque card ...

I like how it turned out - somehow it reminds me of a comic book page - black and white with saturated colours.

Did you notice that I used staples to adhere the sequins to the heart frame?

I've been wanting to do this forever. I saw it somewhere quite a while back and I've finally made a project that suits this technique. Is it edgy? I love it and it's much easier than Glossy Accents, except it's a look that doesn't go with every card.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Stamps: PTI Live Love Life
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Raspberry Rizz
Other: Spellbinders circle dies, Lifestyle Crafts hearts dies, sequins, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #171: Pop Up Die Cuts (Third Post)

It is a dull, rainy afternoon so I decided to make one more card for this week's challenge over at Papertrey Ink. I just could not resist using Life is Beautiful, like Betsy did, especially since I just received my dies and stamps this week. I pretty much copied her note for note.

Love the font in that sentiment almost as much as I like the butterfly!


Cardstock: PTI Rustic White, Limeade Ice, Plum Pudding
Stamps: PTI Life is Beautiful, Ruby Reprise, Mini Blooms
Ink: PTI Royal Velvet, Lavender Moon; Fresh Ink Sugar, Pink Lemonade, Basil
Other: Fancy Pants brad

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Happy Happy Birthday

So I'm loving two challenges this week: Make it Monday #171 over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog and the first tag challenge over at Tag ... You're it!.

At PTI Betsy Veldman is showing us how to do partical cuts with our dies, and this is the stunning project that she designed:

And Virginia Lu is guest designing at Tag You're It and has provided this inspiration:

I made a wine tag and it fits both of these challenges ...

I used watercolour paper to cut my wine tag (PTI) and also cut a second one from scrap paper. I cut the happy word (from PTI 's Pretty Peonies set)  from the scrap paper tag and then used it as a stencil over my good tag to paint my letters. I used Fresh Inks pigment inkpads to colour with. I smooshed the pads on acetate and then picked up the ink with a water brush. After it had dried, I kept the scrap tag on my good tag and used it as a template to position my word die, which I embossed onto my tag. Then I removed the template and positioned the word die into the debossed lines, carefully lined up my Big Shot cutting plates and did the partial cut! Just that simple! Not. This was quite a bit of work but I really like how it turned out so it's all good.

P.S. In case you're wondering, I couldn't resist using this wine bottle as my photo prop. It's an Australian wine called 19 Crimes and I thought it was funny to put a happy happy tag over that smiling convict's face. I don't know if the wine is good - haven't tried it yet!

P.P.S. Had a glass or two of this wine for dinner and, I must say, not bad. Love me some Aussie wine!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #171: Pop Up Die Cuts

The one and only Besty Veldman is demonstrating partial die-cutting to pop up parts of a die cut shape over at Papertrey's blog. The card she made using this technique is just stunning!

It looked so easy, watching Betsy do it, but actually doing it took a bit of planning. I had made up my mind that I wanted to use my new Friendly Flowers stamp set and tried partial cutting the flowers but in the end I was most happy with this result ...

I love the font in this stamp set, and that sentiment is just so perfect. It was a fun technique and I will certainly try it again.

PTI Supplies:

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: Friendly Flowers
Dies: Friendly Flowers

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Life is Beautiful is in the house!

Thanks to my very sweet friend, Suze, I have some gorgeous Life is Beautiful butterfly die cuts in the house! She was good enough to send me some because the dies were out of stock at Papertrey Ink for quite the while, or so it seemed to me. She also included some Delicate Detail cuts, and I'm not thanking her for that because they weren't even on my radar and now I'll probably have to order the dies.

Here is my first card made with Life is Beautiful. It's hard to see from this photo, but I added glitter to the bottom layer of the butterfly. It looks amazing in real life! I also used Ballerina Beauty on this project, because I just could not resist. I'm in love with her. She looks exactly like the little drawings I used to make, but better, and I couldn't be happier. So much fun to colour!


Cardstock: PTI Aqua Mist, Vellum, Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Ballerina Beauty
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics
Dies: PTI Life is Beautiful, Ballerina Beauty, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frames 4
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Glitter, My Minds Eye brad, Studio Calico Atlantic patterned paper