Friday, 26 June 2015

Gold & Red

This week, over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog, it's Anything Goes! I can never get enough flowers, sorry, plus I'm missing get well cards in my stash so that's what I made ...

I added some gold confetti to my white card panel by sponging Delicata Gold ink through the Simons Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, and I love how it turned out. I also stamped my leaves (from PTI's Embellished Elegance) with Delicata Gold. I die cut and stamped lots of flowers (PTI Friendly Flowers and Ruby Rose) and then just arranged all the die cuts into a bouquet. Simple and my favourite kind of card to make = a win-win for me :)

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Bringing the inside out

For this week's Make It Monday, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, Danielle Flanders is showing us how to add lots of interest to our cards by putting pretty embellishments on the insides of them - and then letting them shine on the outside. Like this ...

Isn't that gorgeous? And cheerful? And so inspiring? And maybe just a bit terrifying? You will notice that I felt obliged to reinforce my cut card front :) This is the card that I made ...


Card - PTI Stamper's Select White, Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Vellum; DCWV Foiled Gold
Stamps - PTI Lovely Layers, Live Love Life, Wet Paint III
Inks - PTI Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow, Aqua Mist; Versamark
Dies - PTI Lovely Layers; Mama Elephant Smile
Other - Zing White Opaque Embossing Powder

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

June 2015 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

It's time again for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! There is some very darling inspiration up over at Nichole Heady's blog ...

Isn't that the sweetest photo? I don't know why, these things are never explainable, but somehow I just could not get inspired by it. I know! Shocking n'est ce pas? It wasn't until late yesterday afternoon that I managed to come up with a card that I didn't hate ...

All PTI: Rustic Cream, Fresh Snow Linen, Ripe Avocado, Orange Zest card; Simply Framed, Friendly Flowers, Baker's Dozen stamps; Smokey Shadow, Ripe Avocado, Fresh Snow, Terracotta Tile ink; Tipped Top, Friendly Flowers, Baker's Dozen dies. Other: American Crafts Pow Glitter Paper; StazOn Jet Black ink; Sequins

I did come up with another card earlier in the week that I'm posting here, but I'm not really posting it, if you know what I mean. I just confessed on the PTI Forum a couple of weeks ago that I'm a recovering Prima Flower addict. For years and years I bought every flower they came out with, but I never used any of them. Just hoarded them in this huge box that's survived every purge I've done :)

For this card not only did I use one of my flowers, but I also repurposed the packaging it came in ...

Literally the only thing I did to make this card was cut a PTI Diagonal Stripes cover plate out of Smokey Shadow card and stick it on a Rustic Cream card base. In my defense, I did try to recreate that clear card sentiment layer on my own but couldn't get anything to work, despite trying multiple times. First by heat embossing on clear card ...

You can see how well this was working for me - the clear card was buckling terribly with the heat and I couldn't manage to keep stray powder from sticking everywhere - this was with Zing powder; it was way way worse with detail white powder.

Next I tried stamping with Cotton White Opaque StazOn on the clear card and it was a little better, but it's still a card that I would never actually give to anyone.

The good news is that I didn't use my MISTI with the StazOn ink. The bad news is that I might have to buy a new Keep It Simple: Thank You stamp set because that stuff stains!!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Red & White Christmas

I'm playing along with two challenges this afternoon - the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog, where the theme this week is Red and White ...

... (isn't that beautiful? I'd love to decorate like this one year!) and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, where the theme is Don't cut, just paste!

The Design Teams and the gallery at both these blogs are just bursting with inspiration, so be sure to head on over for a looksie. This is the card that I came up with ...

I used a Silhouette cut for a stencil and Liquitex Light Modeling Paste to emboss those little buildings onto a piece of red cardstock. After it was dry, I added some Wink of Stella and Stickles to the buildings, very hard to photo, especially on this rainy afternoon. I've never had any luck applying glitter to the top of wet embossing paste. It just falls off! But I do love using a serrated knife as my palette knife with embossing paste, just for that extra bit of texture.

P.S. Ooops! Looks like I was too late for the #163 Merry Monday Challenge; the link-up had already closed. That will teach me for waiting until the last minute!

Don't cut, just paste

For this week's challenge, over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, we're using paste to add texture to our projects. I love embossing paste, but was very short on ideas this week. I came up with this gender-neutral (doesn't that sound exciting?!!) birthday card ...

I coloured some Liquitex Light Modeling Paste with some reinkers (Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers and Fresh Ink Mango) and used a stencil that I cut with a Lil Inker die (Starry Sky) to add some stars to my card panel. Then I used some dies (PTI Birthday Style) to cut some party streamers out of my panel. I added some die cut balloons and a stamped sentiment, and then layered my panel over a Simply Chartreuse (PTI) cardbase.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Current Favourites

This week's theme, over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, is to use your favourite technique and/or product. My very favourite technique of the moment is watercolouring and my favourite product is, and always will be, flowers. This is the card that I made ...

I used a Tim Holtz Spun Sugar ink refill to watercolour my background and then added a touch of another product that I love, Ranger Enamel Accents, in white. Those little dots are just so easy to make with the fabulously fine tip on the bottle. I added some die cut and stamped flowers, along with a stamped sentiment, from PTI and called my card done.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Watercolouring Squared

I loved the sketch so much that's up this week over at the CAS(E) this Sketch! blog that I had to make a second card. Here is the sketch ...

And here is my card ...

It's quite similar to my first one, but I think it's different enough to count as a new design. I again started off with four watercoloured squares, this time painted on to Tim Holtz Distress watercolour paper. I used a Tumbled Glass Distress Stain, a Shabby Shutters Distress Ink refiller and two PTI reinkers (Summer Sunrise and New Leaf) for the squares. After my panel had dried, I die cut a PTI Scene It: Skyscape shape out of it, which I adhered to my card base. I then foam mounted the negative cut panel to my card.

Oh yes I did. I added all those little foam adhesive strips to the rays and adhered the panel BEFORE STAMPING MY SENTIMENT. A senior moment, for sure. I had to cheat and die cut a second partial panel to stamp my curved sentiment (from PTI's Life is Beautiful) on. A piece of flair finished things up nicely.

CAS(E) this Sketch #127

I'm playing over at the CAS(E) this Sketch blog this week, and this is the sketch that's up for inspiration ...

Since I'm REALLY in a watercolouring kind of mood, I quickly came up with two cards. Both of them have similarities - here is the first one:

I lay down some quick colour, in a four-square formation, using one Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers) and three PTI reinkers (Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise and New Leaf), on some Canson XL 140 lb. watercolour paper.

Then I added a sentiment (PTI Wet Paint III) and some die cut embellishments (used Maggie Holmes Confetti dies with various PTI card colours). Next I mounted my card front to a Summer Sunrise card base. Confession time: I noticed that Betsy Veldman did several cards for PTI's June release where she had a white, stamped, card front attached to a coloured card base and I loved the look and had to recreate it. I just couldn't stop myself :)

I'll be back with my second card in a bit.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

That's what friends are for

Playing along with this week's theme over at the Simons Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog, Friends or Superhero. My card is a little bit more ornate than usual, but I'm kinda liking it just because it is different :)

I don't make many square cards either, but variety is a good thing. All supplies from Papertrey Ink.

Friday, 12 June 2015

For the Love of Plants

I'm playing over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog today, where the theme this week is For the Love of Plants. How could anyone resist that? Flowers are definitely my most favourite stamps to play with so it was quite easy to come up with something ...


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow card; DCWV gold foiled card
Stamps - Altenew Painted Flowers; PTI Enclosed: Flower
Inks - PTI Hawaiian Shores, Ripe Avocado, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Smokey Shadow; Memento New Sprout
Dies - Mama Elephant smile; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Other - sequins, dimensional adhesive, MISTI

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Black & White

When I saw this week's Make It Monday assignment (#214: Stamping With Neutrals) over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, I immediately thought of my favourite neutral of the moment, PTI's Smokey Shadow ink. I virtually use it on every single card I make. It has replaced Versafine Onyx Black as my favourite "black" (you can see on my card that it's not really black, much more brown in it) ink. Dawn McVey is hosting this week and she gave us some fabulous tips! Here is the card that I made ...

I did some watercolouring with Smokey Shadow and Soft Stone inks. This is one instance where I actually preferred the creamier colour of my Canson XL watercolour card over the Tim Holtz Distress card. I like how it turned out, though I wish my ink had been easier to blend. I can't wait to get my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens to try something like this.

I'm also linking this up to Virginia's View Challenge #15, where the theme for this month is Ombré/Monochromatic.


Paper - PTI Soft Stone card; Canson XL watercolour card
Stamps - PTI Beautiful Brushstrokes, Swoosh
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone; Versafine Onyx Black

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Pretty Pink Posh: Watercolor Blog Hop

This weekend, Paulina of Pretty Pink Posh, is hosting a Watercolor Blog Hop! Hurry on over if you want to see a gallery full of gorgeous inspiration - the entries are totally fabulous! So much fun and of course I couldn't resist.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks and watercolour paper; Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals; Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy stamps; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle die; Pretty Pink Posh sequins 
For this card I decided to play with some Distress Inks to create a pretty watercoloured background. I like how it turned out and how easy it was to do. I'm loving the Ranger watercolour paper - it's so white with just the perfect texture to it. And I love how "sturdy" it is and how it holds up to lots of water so well. I had actually painted the other side of this panel earlier in the week, didn't like the results, decided to experiment for today's challenge using the other side, and it ended up being a keeper :)

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Make It Masculine

The theme for this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog is Make It Masculine. Naturally, making masculine cards is not my favourite thing to do. I like everything flowery and girlish; doesn't everyone? But I really don't believe that colours are feminine or masculine - they're just colours and I have nothing against using a bit of pink on a masculine card.

This birthday card, however, does not have any pink in it. It's graphic, clean and typographic in nature. It's a standard that I rely on often for masculine cards. It just works for me :)

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Condensation Effects

This week's Make It Monday Challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, is being hosted by Betsy Veldman, Rock Star, and she's sharing tips on how to produce a condensation effect on a card and her card is so perfect, so sweet ...

I don't own any glass or vase stamping supplies, so I decided to do condensation on flowers, using my all-time favourite set, Rosie Posie. I'm thinking that I'll have to replace my set one day, that's how used and stained my stamps are. I went for a "flowers after a spring shower" kind of effect, more than "morning dew" ...

I used a light wash of colour for my background and left the rest of the card super simple. It looks a lot like a card I made during PTI's Anniversary celebrations this year, here, but not quite as nice (I love that bouquet card that I had made!). And thank you, Misti. I think I love you.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Keep It Simple: Birthday
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Pinefeather
Dies - PTI Rosie Posie
Other - Diamond Glaze


There is some great inspiration up over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog this week, where the theme is Royal. Now I don't know about you, but the first things that come into my mind when I hear "royal" is 1) the British royal family, 2) purple, 3) gold. And that's where I went ...

This is actually the second card that I made. Here is the first ...

I thought the first one was so sad, but funny. Just one lonely balloon :). I didn't even have any sequins on it at first.

I'm thinking of deliberately forgetting a couple of birthdays just so that I can send out these cards.


Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Birthday Style, Baker's Dozen, City Scene Sentiments
Inks - Fresh Ink French Lavender, Silver Lilac; PTI Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow