Saturday, 26 December 2015

Papertrey Ink December 2015 Blog Hop

I cannot believe I'm posting this, but seemingly I have no pride left. I have been having such a hard time making cards here in Forida; I've completely lost any creative mojo that I ever owned and I'm thinking at this point that it's never coming back. Nevertheless, after trying several times over the last few days and coming up with absolutely nothing, I've decided to post this card anyway. It's for the December 2015 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. Nichole provided some awesome inspiration, but I just couldn't get into it ...


Oh my goodness, I was losing sleep over the ugly card that I posted. Couldn't stand it, tried my best to save it by picking it apart and coming up with this. Still absolutely NOT a favourite of mine, but at least I can live with it.



Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Pure Black, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse card
Stamps - PTI Fab Flakes, Spruce & Sprigs
Inks - PTI Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse; Versamark
Dies - PTI Fab Flakes, Spruce & Sprigs, Wet Paint
Other - clear sequins; SSS White Detail Embossing Powder

Now that that is over, I also wanted to share my Christmas card for 2015. I ended up only making one design, where I usually do five or six, but I'm okay with that. I got them in the mail, on time, and I'm happy about that.

The inside sentiment/message read "Peace on earth good will to men", which I thought was kind of appropriate given current world affairs.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was so blessed, filled with family and lots of laughter and joy. We created memories that I'll never forget :)

Saturday, 5 December 2015

I didn't want to do it

It's been quite the while since I last posted, but I've been busy. We moved to Florida for the winter and I got all caught up in my new life :) I'm loving it here, except the weather has been very very dreary for the last two weeks and there's no big improvement in sight. Pouting. I'm hoping that by the time family arrives for Christmas on the 17th we'll have some sunshine and beach weather for the littles. All I can do is hope.

I did manage to finish making my Christmas cards for this year, only one design though, but I haven't finished addressing the envelopes because, of course, I forgot the labels that I had printed out at home. That's so typical of me, sigh. Once they're mailed, I'll post the card design I chose.

I also managed to make a card for this week's Make It Monday, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, which is being hosted by Danielle Flanders. Ack! She's showing us how to add paint splatters to our projects. Just look at the gorgeous tags that she made!


After I had put my card together, I really didn't want to do it, oh no, not me. I liked my card just fine the way it was and wasn't anxious to potentially ruin it with splatters! But I did it and I actually like it so much better with the added detail. I practiced a bit on scratch paper and decided I was going bold, using the tap-tap method that Danielle demonstrated :)


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White card; American Craft red foil
Stamps - PTI Painted Poinsettias
Dies - PTI Painted Poinsettias, Christmas Cheer
Ink - PTI Vintage Jadeite, Hawaiian Shores, Pinefeather, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Red & Green Christmas

Can't believe that the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge is today - already! The year has just flown by. I know I say it almost every month, but Nichole has provided us with one of the bestest prompts ever for this month's hop ...

Seriously! Isn't that gorgeous? I had already chosen my colour scheme for Christmas this year (because that's how I roll) and it's mint and red, so this was just up my alley. I plan on making gift tags just like these ones as soon as my October PTI order arrives with Spruce & Sprigs in it! In the meantime, I made a card ...

... and it happens to be shaker. Since I don't have Vintage Jadeite yet, I ink blended a background using a combination of Spring Moss and Hawaiian Shores; it's what I imagine Jadeite might look like :)

I had a really difficult time deciding whether or not to add that Santa and his sleigh die cut, so I'm counting on you to decide for me. Here's the card without Santa ...


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, True Black; Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection
Stamps - PTI In The Meadow, All Through The House (Make it Market kit), Bells & Boughs
Ink - PTI Smokey Shadow, New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Pinefeather (which I'm loving so so much, much to my surprise)
Dies - PTI Shaker Shapes: Ornaments, All Through the House (Make It Market kit), Holly Jolly, Bells & Boughs, Building Blocks
Shaker Filler - Snow from PTI Tinsel & Tags (Make it Market kit); Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Songbird Cluster

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge again this week. Lexi Daly is showing off her fabulous style and she's having us make cards with focal clusters. I know I don't have to say this, because it's obvious, but her cards were awesome. Here's just one of them ...

I love these challenges because they usually teach a great design principle and they force me to really think about my layout. I like that. It's good to learn something new. Here's what I came up with ...

It's a little bit unusual for a Christmas card, but I really like how it turned out. I ended up using a die cut Songbird even though I managed to stamp a perfectly good bird directly on my card base (with MISTI, of course). I just didn't like the colour combo that I used. By the by, this is the first time I've stamped a larger solid image with my PTI Tropical Teal ink pad and I can't believe how well it stamps! Perfect coverage.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Songbirds, Tremendous Treats, Bells & Boughs
Ink - PTI Smokey Shadow, Tropical Teal, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice
Dies - PTI Sonbirds
Other - Miscellaneous black rhinestone

Monday, 12 October 2015

Walking in a winter wonderland

I've made a card today that, by chance, fits into three different challenges: CAS(E) this Sketch #144Here is this week's sketch by N@ Ali  ..

 and Merry Monday #175 (the moose is loose!) ...

and I'm also entering this month's Create Along With Us challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, where I was inspired by all the amazing Christmas goodies being released this month, especially Betsy Veldman's sweet Holiday Pin Ups kit with its cute character images.

I had so much fun making this card! Besides the watercoloured background, I used my Zigs to colour my images and then added some Ruby Slipper Stickles for their noses.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White card; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card
Stamps - PTI Tremendous Treats: Christmas, In the Meadow
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow; Versafine Onyx Black
Dies - PTI Tremendous Treats: Christmas, Snowflake Medley, Winter Penguin; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Other - Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers; Ranger Ruby Slippers Stickles

Edited to Add: I was a CAS(E) this sketch favorite!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Christmas Birthday

I happen to be one of those who have a birthday around Christmas, mine is December 26, and I love getting seasonal birthday cards but I know that not everyone does. I made a card today that is kind of half and half. I stamped some stripes because I wanted to participate in this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, which is to create a project with stamped stripes. It's Laurie Willison who is showing us how to do it with flair, and this is the beautiful card that she makes in the video ...

... and here is mine ...


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, New Leaf card
Stamps - PTI The Sweet Life, Baker's Dozen, Tinsel & Tags (Make It Market kit); SSS Diagonal Stripes Background
Inks - PTI New Leaf, Pinefeather, Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Terracotta Tile, Scarlet Jewel; Fresh Ink Pink Lemonade, Mint
Dies - PTI The Sweet Life, Tinsel & Tags (Make It Market kit), Embroidered Dot Frames, Branching Out

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Dracula Goodies

I'm continuing along on my little Halloween kick. I only own one Halloween stamp set, which I recently acquired, and had never made a single Halloween card before this year, but now I can't stop!

I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch #143, a fun sketch designed by Chrissy Larson ...

I decided to reverse the sketch, being the left-brained person that I am, and still had (significant) problems coming up with a design. Eventually this happened ...

I had first made this card ...

but decided that I wanted to make one with a popped up orange Dracula. I actually like both of them. Can't decide between them at all.

EDITED OCT 10 2015: I'm thrilled too have been chosen as winner for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Halloween Basket

I'm joining Ashley Cannon-Newell, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, for this week's Make It Monday challenge - die cut shaped boxes. She made the cutest little candy corn treat box ...

and also an adorable barn treat box (make sure you go over to Papertrey Ink to see that one too). I didn't think I had any dies suitable for this, but then I saw the gallery filling up with all kinds of sweet boxes, so I decided to just try harder. And this is what I came up with ...

I decided to make boxes that would be large enough to hold two mini pumpkin muffins each. For my littles. For Halloween. I used my Night Sky Cover Plate for the container, cutting it out of Pure Black card and just trimming off the frame. I lined the starry sky with some Orange Zest card, put the little treat box together and then added some Halloween Pin Ups from Betsy's mini kit to make it even cuter. It's so much fun! And I love how easy it is to make the box a size that you need. That Ashley is such a clever one :)

All supplies are from Papertrey Ink.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


I'm playing along with this week's sketch, by Leigh Penner, over at the CASE(E) this Sketch blog ...

I'm feeling in an autumn kind of mood today, it's drizzling outside and, while still warm at 24℃, it'll be dropping down to a high of only 12℃ starting tomorrow and for the rest of the week. I made a super C&S card, though one that has lots of colour for me ...

I don't have any autumn leaf stamps or dies at all! I know a girl can't have everything, but I do plan on remedying this situation as soon as possible :) I used leaves from PTI's Vintage Linens, stamping them with Versamark onto black card die cuts and then embossing with some coloured powders. I ink blended my background, die cut my sentiment from it, and then pieced it back onto my card front.


Paper - PTI True Black and Stamper's Select White card
Stamps - PTI Vintage Linens
Inks - Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint & Black Soot Distress Inks; Versamark
Dies - PTI Wonderful Words, Vintage Linens
Other - American Crafts Red Glitter, Butter & Blush embossing powders

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Sentiment in the Spotlight

This week's challenge, over at the Merry Monday Christmas card challenge blog, is to create a project where the sentiment is in the spotlight, like this ...

And, over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, the theme is Die Crazy, which is never a problem for me :)

I combined the two challenges to make this fairly quick card (except the drying time for the Glossy Accents) and it's my kind of project, very clean and simple ...

I used the smooshing technique for my woodgrain embossed panel, smooshing first of course and then dry embossing. I watercoloured my holly leaf die cuts with some Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers and, for all you Stella fans out there, added some clear Wink to them :)


Paper - PTI Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White & Pure Poppy card; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Echo Park patterned paper
Stamps - PTI Wet Paint
Ink - PTI Berry Sorbet (for the smooshing), Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Sparkle & Shine, Woodgrain Embossing Plate, Layered Postmarks: Holiday
Other - My Mind's Eye brad; Wink of Stella clear brush marker; Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers; Ranger Glossy Accents

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

September 2015 Papertrey Ink: Create Along With Us

There was so much inspiration from the Papertrey Ink design team this month, that it's really quite overwhelming. I'm playing along with September's Create Along With Us challenge with this card ...

When I saw this card from Betsy Veldman, I just knew I had to try and recreate a wreath using non-wreath stamps. I made this card that very day but didn't have enough light to photo it until today (we're back to summer after a few cool, rainy days). I first masked off a circle on my card front and did some ink blending with Spring Moss and Hawaiian Shores. I love the minty green that I ended up with! I then stamped around the circle alternating two stamps - one fromTremendous Treats: Christmas and the other from Peace Be Still - using Ripe Avocado ink. A die cut word (from Sparkle & Shine) was fancied up with some Crimson glitter from American Crafts. I finished up the card with a sentiment, stamped in Smokey Shadow, from Peaceful Pinecones.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Camouflaged Pocket Inserts

This week's Make It Monday challenge, hosted by Dawn McVey, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, is really kind of fun. Once I got started, I had a hard time stopping and I ended up making three cards.

Dawn made two gorgeous cards; here's just one of them ...

This is the last card card that I made, and my favourite. I did a little bit of rocking and rolling on the apples ...

Here's a pic of the tag out of its pocket ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream card; PTI Pure Poppy Polka Dot patterned paper; Stamps: PTI Apple Prints;  Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet; Dies: PTI Apple Prints, Scripted, Library Pocket, Tag Sale #10
I made a second card using leftover bits and pieces from this year's Stamp-A-Faire ...

I dipped half of my heart into white glitter because Heather Nichols was talking about doing this on the PTI Forum this week and I'm a big copycat :) Here is the full tag ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White & Fresh Snow Linen card; Stamps: PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Embellished Elegance, Live Love Life; Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow; Delicata Gold; Dies: PTI Embellished Elegance, Tag Sale #6, Monthly Moments Journal Pocket #3; Lifestyle Crafts Hearts; Other: Doodlebug glitter; Dreamweaver Metallic Gold embossing paste; Tim Holtz Woodgrain layering Stencil
I also ended up making a Halloween card ...

(the bottom looks very wonky, but I swear it isn't in real life) and here's the full tag ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Limeade Ice, Orange Zest, Royal Velvet, True Black card; PTI Simply Chartreuse Stripe patterned paper; Stamps: PTI Make It Market Mini Halloween Pin-Ups (and dies); Inks: PTI Royal Velvet; Versamark; Dies: PTI Tag Sale #6, Monthly Moments Journal Pocket #3, Birthday Style, Night Sky Cover Plate; Other: Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine; SSS Detail White embossing powder

Monday, 31 August 2015

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire 2015

I have one more project to share for this years Stamp-A-Faire extravaganza which took place on Saturday over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. I've had so much fun participating and I'd still like to complete one more card, but I'm so scared of running out of light for a photo. However, I digress.

I made two cards for the Patterns challenge and here is the second one. I followed Maile Belles' sketch (literally) ...

This is just one of the amazing cards that Maile made - you just have to visit her blog, Simply Stamped, to see the second one ...

As I said, I CASEd every single little detail of her sketch and this is the card I made ...

Super simple, super cool.

It is now 23h00 on Monday, and I've managed to make one more card, this time for Betsy Veldman's Mixing Patterns challenge. I don't use a lot of patterned paper and I don't really own any from PTI, so I was just going to skip this one, but I'm glad I didn't.

This might be my favourite card of SAF. I used some Teresa Collins paper and added some Beautiful Brushstrokes die cuts to accent my sentiment. I love that they match the patterned paper so well! Just proves you can do anything with PTI stamps :)

Stamp-A-Faire 2015 Paper Fashion Extravaganza

What a fabulous weekend I've had! The #1 event on my list (but don't tell my family) was Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire!!! Wow, this was the first year that I participated and I've loved every second of it. I didn't get to start making cards until Sunday afternoon because we were très très busy with baseball. My oldest grandson's (9 years old) baseball team won the regional championship on Saturday afternoon! This means that we're going to the provincial championship over Labour Day weekend and it's in Baie Comeau, Québec. Oh yay. They could not have chosen a duller destination but, hey, it's baseball and I love baseball! So excited for them. But, as I said previously, even more thrilled about SAF.

I'm not going waste any more time with this post because I'd like to do one more project, so here we go, in order of challenges. I've made six cards :) so far.

The first challenge was my favourite one because, surprise surprise, I love white and all-white cards. I could have just played with this one for multiple days :) The one I ended up with is not my favourite of the event, but here it comes ...

This is actually a gift card/money holder and these are the components ...

Please excuse this horrible photo. I took it yesterday before realizing that my camera wasn't set properly. 
(please note that I went to the bother of dry embossing my base with the Floral Flap die during SAF. What on earth was I thinking of?!!) I enclosed a gift card in a very simple folder and "sealed" it with a die cut leaf and stamped on it too. It was then put in the Floral Flap "box" and tied up with ribbon.

I've made two cards for the Patterns challenge and I just realized that I'll only be able to link one from this post, so I'll go with the first one I did. I followed Laurie Willison's very fun layout ...

and made this card ...

This one is going to DD for sure! We're going to be making that 8-hour trek to Baie Comeau this weekend, and it's not going to be me who has Léo in the car with her. And that's final. No way. Not happening.

I decided to do Dawn's challenge, Mixing Colours. I love colour. Maybe not as much as Dawn, but I really love colour a lot and it's the reason that I paper craft. However, I really have problems with blues. I rarely use them, despite having 4 grandsons. because they just don't give me a lot of joy. So I followed Dawn's instructions and combined two colours I hardly ever use (Blueberry Sky and Ocean Tides) with a colour that I love (Simply Chartreuse) and came up with this ...

I don't hate it, but I also don't love it. Using my new Brushed Off stamps and Scripted dies helped :)
I've already publicly confessed about my Prima flower hoarding, and I just realized, after completing Melissa Phillips' Stick Pin challenge, that I may also have a problem with trinket pins. I'm not sure, but I think that 5 full spice jars' worth is plenty to have on hand for emergencies. I haven't used one in forever and really enjoyed making this card ...

Another super duper lovely challenge! I'm putting in my vote right now for a repeat of this year's fashion theme for Stamp-A-Faire 2016. All of the challenges have just been too much fun and I wish I had more time.

I chose Laurie Willison's dress as inspiration (well, I don't think it's actually HER dress but I'm sure she wishes it was; I know I do). Such a showstopper - elegant and ooh la la to the extreme ...

I don't have a direct link to the source for this photo, but you can see it on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. This dress is an Alberta Ferretti design.
and this is the card that Laurie made ...

which I absolutely adore. I pulled out Mini Blooms and a Scripted die and quite like the card I made ...

And that wraps it up for me today! Except I have to post one other card that I made for the Patterns challenge and, if I get moving quickly and don't run into any major problems, I'd also love to do a project for the Make It Work challenge. We'll see. In the meantime, I'm leaving you with my group photo for the Red Carpet challenge ...