Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Papertrey Ink February 2015 Blog Hop

Time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, happening here! Nichole always has the most gorgeous inspiration photos and this month was no exception ...

So many ideas to take away from this one! In the end I was most influenced by colour and the watercolouring. I made two cards ...

I had to do a smooshing session! I love that word. It's harder than it looks because your colours can become very muddy, very quickly. I'm fairly happy with my results but I want to try much more smooshing!

I kinda like this one. I'm really into combining my Baker's Dozen and Zappy Birthday stamps on cards at the moment. I think everyone I know is going to be getting a Zappy Cupcake card this year! I have very limited supplies with me in Florida so I just did a quick Copic coloured background on this one, in the spirit of the inspiration piece.

I wanted to make so many more cards for the hop (I always like to do four or five or six!), and I had lots of ideas but I ran out of time. The weather here is just too good and too tempting! I don't know if I should post this photo, but I'm going to anyway. I feel I need to for all those suffering in most of North America in those frigid temperatures. These are the conditions that I'm having to deal with ...

Frightening, I know.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Baker's Dozen, Zappy Birthday
Inks: PTI Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow; Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes
Other - Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine; My Mind's Eye enamel dots

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day 8: Blue Ombré Challenge

Day 8 of Papertrey's 8th Anniversary festivities brought us some new Betsy Veldman goodies, which you can read all about here. Because her new set is called Blue Skies, we were asked to create a project that features a blue ombré effect. This is the card that I made.

While I like all colours, blue is not my favourite. I rarely use blue. The simple little card that I ended up with took me pretty much an entire afternoon to make. I smooshed and sponged and rubbed ink into cardstock, trying to imitate Laura Bassen as best I could, and ended up trashing so very many attempts. I had no real idea of what I wanted to make, I was just playing with blue inks. I finally ended up with this piece and I was so proud of myself ...

... for me, the blending was pretty decent. So I thought I might die cut a word out of it, like Laura Bassen did for a Make It Monday last year, but then I got to thinking that it looked somewhat sky-like and I decided I wanted to use my Songbirds stamps and dies. But I realized that my "sky" wasn't large enough and that it was lacking some yellow tone, i.e., Aqua Mist. So I churned out a new, bigger, better sky and it was beautiful and a sight to behold. I die cut the Songbird branch from it (see my card above) and then placed it back into the sky and my little songbird was all stamped and ready to go. But while trimming my artwork for the card front, the sky ripped slightly and then somehow I smudged the white portion with some ink. The background could not be salvaged and I was ready to just give up on the entire blue ombré deal. I just dropped my branch and bird on some white card, and that's when I decided that I actually liked it best against stark white!!! In fact, I really like this sweet card and the fun "thickness" of the branch.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Songbirds
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Lemon Tart, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, New Leaf
Dies - PTI Songbirds

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day 7: Heavy Metal Challenge

So guess what was introduced over at Nichole's blog, here, yesterday morning? Luxe Metallics and I'm going "wow". I see one-stop shopping in my future. And the challenge is to create a new project that uses only metallics and neutrals. Here's mine ...

You had to know that my neutral was going to be white! If I had my Tipped Tops dies with me I would have cut a mat layer out of the woodgrain patterned paper that you can see in the background of the photo. But, alas, they're back home and I'm not Maile. I used the large plain butterfly, die cut from white cardstock, as my grounding element and added two small butterfly layers to it. One was cut from vellum and I outlined it with a glue pen and then dipped it into white glitter. The top butterfly was cut from white cardstock, stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I also used some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine on the card front.

Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vellum
Stamps - PTI Life is Beautiful
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Life is Beautiful
Other - Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder; Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine; Doodlebug White glitter

Monday, 9 February 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day 5: Spring Into Action Challenge

The celebrations continue over at Papertrey Ink  with Day 5 bringing us lots of new goodies plus a new challenge. Today we were asked to use a stamp set that hasn't yet seen ink. I didn't think I had any of those "ones" with me, but I do! I've used the dies from my Big Hugs set, but never the stamps so I made a very simple Valentine's card to send to one of my sweeties back home. I was so inspired by all the vellum loveliness that I've seen in the past few days that I decided to use a scrap of some red printed Webster's Pages vellum that I've had since Christmas. Plus I was really in the mood for some patterned paper; I don't use it very often but sometimes I just need me some.


Cardstock -PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Big Hugs
Inks - Versamark
Dies - PTI Heart Prints
Other - Zing Gold Metallic embossing powder, Webster's Pages Glitter vellum, Fancy Pants patterned paper

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day 4: Build a Bouquet Challenge

Today, over at Papertrey Ink a new set by Betsy Veldman, Bitty Bouquets, was featured - along with several other totally delicious products. Our challenge is to create a project that features a bouquet made with more than one floral stamp. Since floral cards are probably my favourite, this was no problem at all. Loved doing this one!

I started out by stamping lots of different floral die cuts with lots of different coloured inks. Then I did a soft watercolour wash on the background of my card front using Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart reinkers and then played around with the placement of the bouquet. So much fun.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream
Stamps and Dies - PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes Additions & Sentiments, Bold Bouquet Anniversary, Friendly Flowers, Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie Step 2, Ruby Rose and Ruby Reprise
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Chocolate Brown, Melon Berry, Pure Poppy, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart; Fresh Ink Mint Green

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day 3: Bagged & Tagged

Day 3 of the Papertrey celebrations, here, brought us a beautiful new gift tag series designed by Dawn McVey, Enclosed. I really think that the DT outdid themselves with this morning's post. Each and every project was simply delicious.

Today's challenge asked us to pair a handmade tag with a gift bag. Well, here I go again, whining. I think I own almost every single PTI packaging die, but do you think I brought even a single one of them to Florida with me? Of course not! But I did bring two of the Tag Sale dies with me so I was able to come up with a tag ...

Please put on your thinking caps and imagine that the red patterned paper is a gift bag and that there is some black and white baker's twine on the tag, because of course I never thought of bringing even a smidgen of ribbon or twine with me. Thank you for cutting me some slack. I never realized how much equipment stamping requires until now!


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Keep It Simple Valentine
Dies - PTI Tag Sale #10, Heart Prints, Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches
Ink - PTI Smokey Shadow
Patterned Papers - My Mind's Eye; Pebbles
Glitter - Doodlebug

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day 2: Maile Belles Inspiration

I'm thrilled that Maile is back designing stamps for PTI and I already love everything that was shown during Day 2 of Papertrey' 8th Anniversary festivities, here. I love her work both as a designer and a stamper and it wasn't very difficult to find some inspiration on her blog. I love her clean and simple style and the way she sometimes uses line stamps without colouring them in at all, like this ...

 or this ...

Can you tell by now that I pretty much like everything that Maile does!! I chose to use two of my new stamp sets and came up with this ...


I made my own striped paper for the "Party" word die cut by simply streaking some PTI inks across some cardstock with a foam paint brush


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Zappy Birthday, Baker's Dozen
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise
Dies - PTI Zappy Birthday, Baker's Dozen, Party Trio

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day 1: DT Inspiration

In case you didn't know it, Papertrey Ink is celebrating its 8th Anniversary this month. From February 5 to the 15th (when the new release goes live) there are so many festivities happening, with lots of challenges and lots of chances to win goodies!! Gotta love that.

The challenge for Day 1 is to get inspired by the Design Team. I chose this colour combination ...

and this sketch ...

and made this ...

In case you didn't know, I'm "wintering" in Florida this year and I'm having to make do with very limited craft supplies. I only brought a bare minimum of stamps and dies with me and I'm already regretting that I didn't cram everything into the car with us! Every time I turn around I realize that I forgot something essential at home. For this card I would have preferred to die cut my sentiment from gold foil but of course I don't have any here. It is what it is and I'm actually loving getting out into the Florida sunshine as opposed to huddling by the fire back home in Québec. But I do appreciate my nicely equipped studio at home, and the perfect lighting I have for photo taking.


Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI Sweet Life
Inks: PTI Sweet Blush, Fine Linen, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft
Dies: PTI Wet Paint Cuts
Other: Sequins