Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Cutting Edge Challenge #8

I've decided to try and stretch myself and play in some new-to-me card making challenges. I was attracted to this one at The Cutting Edge Challenge #8, mainly because I love everything about dies (duh!). I love the dimension, texture and interest that they add to a card or scrapbook layout. When I saw that Kay Miller was the inspiration for this challenge, I knew I was playing! Love her work, always.

I tried to capture her fun and happy style with my card.


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Lemon Tart, Canyon Clay, Hawaiian Shores, Melon Berry
Dies: PTI Wonderful Words (hello), Embellished Elegance, Notched Flowers, Beautiful Blooms II #1; Spellbinders Blossoms & Leafs
Other: PTI patterned paper (green stripe); Dear Lizzy patterned paper; (blue ledger background); Prima crystals; Glossy Accents

Monday, 25 August 2014

Papertrey Ink August 2014 Blog Hop

Nichole Heady posted a lovely  inspiration photo for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop .

I don't have any extra time today, or this week in fact, because I'm babysitting every single day! School started for the teachers in our family last week, but the students only go back on Thursday. That means that nana has to step in and help take care of some of the littles. Two of my grandsons are starting kindergarten this week, eeeek, and for the first four days they only have school in the mornings, so they need to be picked up at lunch and cuddled and listened to (I'll probably get an earful from at least one of them) all afternoon. I'm looking forward to sharing the excitement of their first days of school, but I'm also dreading the possible over-excitement of it all. You have to know my Léo and Kristopher to know what I mean!

All of this to say, here is my blank notecard ...

Super simple. And not really my style. I really drew a blank for this challenge! I stamped two of the feathers and then debossed them with their matching dies. The third feather was stamped, die cut and popped up with dimensional adhesive.

And just like in the inspiration photo, I made a gold embossed polka dotted envelope liner. I used a one-inch circle punch to cut out some thin scrap paper that I had covered with Scor-Tape. I then peeled the liner off the circles and coated them with Zing embossing powder and applied my heat gun. Very simple to do. Then I just glued my circles to my envelope liner.

This one is for you, Pat!


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes Additions and Sentiments
Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow; Versamark
Dies: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, A2 Envelope Liner
Other: Copic RV04; Zing gold embossing powder; thin white paper

Friday, 22 August 2014

Beautiful Brushstrokes: Two Cards

Oh how I love everything about this stamp set! The beautiful sentiments with that little frame, the flowers, the millions of colour possibilities.  I am so happy that I finally caved, and also that I was lucky enough to find someone who had purchased the kit and was willing to sell some parts of it to me! Thank you so much, Ann :)!

I am entering my first card in this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #177 challenge, Using Cover Plate Negatives, hosted by Laurie Willison.

I used a Simon Says Stamp cover plate, Chevron Pattern Full, and just used bits and pieces of the negative cuts, popping some of them up with dimensional adhesive.

For my second card, I'm playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge for the very first time. I loved the inspiration photo!

Gorgeous flowers in gorgeous colours. I thought it was perfect for my first ever Beautiful Brushstrokes card ...

Supplies for Delight in this day

Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Beautiful Brushstrokes Sentiments
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Hibiscus Burst, Royal Velvet, Ripe Avocado, Limeade Ice; Fresh Ink Grapefruit
Dies: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Life is Beautiful; Simon Says Stamp Chevron Pattern Full

Supplies for So happy for you

Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Lemon Tart
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Beautiful Brushstrokes Sentiments
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Sunmnmer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile, Hibiscus Burst, Royal Velvet, Ripe Avocado, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse; Fresh Ink Grapefruit
Dies: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Woodgrain Impression Plate
Other: Sequins

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #177: Using Cover Plate Negatives

This week Laurie Willison is up over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Blog, showing us how to use those negatives leftover from cover plate cuts. Her card was CAS perfection!

I chose to work with my PTI Harlequin cover plate. Before cutting out the die, I took a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped it with my PTI Herringbone background stamp and then embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (distressed stripes). Since I don't have any Press 'N Seal, I just temporarily adhered the cover plate on my card front and used it as a guide to stick the negative pieces back in. I used both the stamped and unstamped sides of those leftover pieces, for some added interest.

I wish that I had just made this card with my usual white cardstock. Just not feeling this one at all.


Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream
Stamps: PTI Friendly Flowers, Background Basics: Herringbone
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Dark Chocolate, Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise
Dies: PTI Cover Plate: Harlequin, Friendly Flowers, Fillable Frames #7

Painted Flowers from Altenew

I was looking for an excuse to use my Altenew Painted Flowers set, which I've had for a couple of weeks. I've had lots of fun playing around with them but hadn't actually made a card yet. When I saw this week's challenge at Case This Sketch, I decided to just go with it.


I love this stamp set so much! It's a bit complicated but you can't really go wrong. I especially love it when stamped with pigment inks.

A super simple card, just with lots of colour!


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: Altenew Painted Flowers; Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy
Inks: Fresh Ink Mango, Coral, French Lavender, Navy, Mint; PTI Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse
Other: Webster's Pages button

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #176: Backgrounds with Embossing Paste

It's Laura Bassen, for the first time ever, up at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, for this week's Make It Monday. I loved her video and her technique of making backgrounds with stencils and embossing paste. I've done this many times before but this time around I went all out and got even messier than usual! I did just like Laura - I slapped down blobs of paste on my craft mat, smooshed in ink and made a mess and it was so much more fun than using plastic cups and doing it in the kitchen next to the sink. It was so liberating! Her cards were beauties, of course ...

I went very simple - I made a stencil (out of cheap cardstock) using PTI's Cover Plate: Circle die. I then trimmed a piece of Stamper's Select White cardstock to the size I wanted for my card and used post it notes to hold down the stencil and mask off the parts of it that I didn't want to use. It really is a lot of fun to layer on the paste and the different colours (I only used two for this card). I also chose to use a serrated plastic knife for my palette, adding in even more texture.

When all was finished, I happened to love my used stencil. It looked gorgeous with just the middle part "coloured" in with embossing paste. I started to make another card with it and decided to trim just a little bit off the edges. And then I trimmed just a little bit more and then the next thing I knew I was left with only a tiny snippet and couldn't come up with a card for it at all! I was so mad at myself, but there you have it!

Oh, and I know this is a bit far-fetched, but my inspiration for this card came from Sunday's gorgeous Supermoon. Wasn't it spectacular?!! We took a couple of pics but I wish I would have thought of taking a selfie with it!


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Stamps: PTI Wet Paint
Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet
Dies: PTI Cover Plate: Circles die, Tipped Tops, Building Blocks
Other: Liquitex Light Modeling Paste

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #175: Creative Card Borders Second Post)

This is my second post for this week's Make it Monday challenge over at Nichole Heady's PTI blog. Danielle Flanders is showing us how to make fun borders on our cards using non-border dies. Our inspiration is this ...

I know, scrumptious!!!!! I thought I would do a second Christmas card, this time using the PTI Christmas Tree die, and now I actually have a series going on because it looks a lot like my first card. I know that many of you don't enjoy seeing Christmas cards in August, but all the other good dies were already used in the gallery. This seems to be a popular challenge!

See, I've used the same patterned paper inside as on my snowflake card. It's by October Afternoon and it's one of my all-time favourite Christmas papers. Here's a closer look at it ...

It was especially fitting for my Snowflake Medley card, or at least I think so.

The "shadowed" tree on my card front, as well as the wreath, have been glittered up to make it look as though they are covered with snow.


After making these two cards, I have decided that my Christmas colour scheme for this year will be cream, pink, red and kraft. Now I just have to find an acceptable solid colour wrapping paper in pink. No easy task.

Thanks for looking at my blog. Make sure you head on over to see all of the amazing cards that have been made for this challenge.


I have revised this card, but I feel that it doesn't really fit in the challenge very well anymore. Yes, technically I did die-cut the edge of my card, but I have now added added another tree on top, for a total of three trees!! I felt that my card was missing something, maybe the rule of three was bothering me. Anyway, here is a pic of what it looks like now ...

I removed the sequins (with some difficulty - Glossy Accents really sticks!) and glittered up my first pink tree, using Doodlebug fine white glitter. I like the contrast between the two kinds of glitter that I used. I then layered a plain pink tree on top, positioning it a little more toward the bottom of my card. I like this card a whole lot better now.


Cardstock: PTI Rustic Cream, Sweet Blush, Kraft
Stamps: PTI Bells & Boughs, Framed Out #9, Note Niblets
Inks: PTI Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Ripe Avocado; Fresh Ink Grapefruit
Dies: PTI Bells & Boughs, Christmas Tree, Framed Out #9, Note Niblets, Woodgrain Impression Plate
Other: October Afternoon Patterned Paper; Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter; May Arts cording; sequins; Ranger Glossy Accents

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #175: Creative Card Borders Using Non-Border Dies

This week's Make It Monday challenge is lots of fun and you can find it over here, at Nichole Heady's blog. I was stunned by Danielle Flander's card and just want to eat it up that's how delicious it is.

It is almost too gorgeous - all I really want to do is copy her card line for line but I don't own PTI's Apple Prints stamps and dies (yet, but, as someone over at the Forum said, they are now resting comfortably in my cart). So I copied her style, her layout, and pretty much everything else but I used my Snowflake Medley set instead. You knew that someone had to do snowflakes, right?


Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Rustic White
Stamps: PTI Snowflake Medley, Instant Photo: Holidays
Inks: PTI Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow; Fresh Ink Island, Blue Sage
Dies: PTI Snowflake Medley
Other: October Afternoon patterned paper; washi tape; chipboard peppermint from stash; Wink of Stella (impossible to photo but used on snowflakes and highlighted word in sentiment)