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.