Thursday, 25 February 2016

February 2016 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Yup, it's that time again. The 25th of each month means there's a customer blog hop going on over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. This month's inspiration was a bit of a challenge for me. My immediate thoughts were Zen and how all the objects in the photo (except for the pears) were so very matte, almost chalky really. Because of that, you'll notice that I used a lot of pigment inks on my projects. I looked closer and also saw lovely layers of paper and fabrics. In the end, like always, the biggest inspiration factor was the colours. And I kinda wanted to play with all the new Papertrey goodies that arrived here on Monday too. I came up with a trio of cards ...

First up, a little Papertrey anniversary set goodness ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse; Stamps: PTI Painted Petals, Vintage Linens, Keep It Simple: Get Well; Inks: PTI Pinefeather, Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate; Fresh Inks Provincial Gray, Sugar, Grapefruit; Dies: PTI Painted Petals, Vintage Linens; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles; Other: Tim Holtz Woodgrain stencil

Here I was influenced by that grey/green herringbone tea towel in the photo and wanted to make some background paper similar to it. Since I don't have my Herringbone background stamp with me here in Florida, I decided to use a Tim Holtz Woodgrain stencil instead. I started with a Spring Moss panel and stenciled with a round ink blender tool, using a Fresh Inks Provincial Gray ink pad. I love how it turned out and made a few panels while I had my supplies out, in several different colours.

For the next card, I used some more of my new PTI stamp sets. I really wanted to mimic all the layers in the photo but, unfortunately, I'm having major issues with the (cheap) paper cutter that I'm using here in Florida.  I couldn't get any good clean cuts (don't look too closely at any of my cards, thank you very much) so I gave up on my idea of random, fun layers and used some basic dies that I have with me instead ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream, Simply Chartreuse; Stamps: PTI Tulip Time, Spring Woods, Petite Pots; Ink: PTI Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Simply Charteuse, Dark Chocolate; Fresh Ink: Sugar, Grapefruit; Dies: PTI Tulip Time, Spring Woods, Mehndi Medallion Impression Plate; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles; MFT Diagonal Stitched Rectangles

I've already fallen deeply in love with Tulip Time, just like I knew I would. The big surprise is how much I love these branches from Spring Woods! They look like Japanese cherry blossoms to me!  I will probably have to use them on every single card from now on :) I haven't quite worked up to a friendship with any of the birds yet (I have major bird issues after seeing Hitchcock's film as a child), but the sentiments and branches alone are worth the cost of the stamp set. However, I do have "plans" to be brave and use the birds eventually. I'll probably start with the robin because he's so cute and cheerful.

And one more, just for fun. Only the colours played a factor in this one ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse, Sweet Blush; Stamps: PTI Hippity Hoppity; Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow; Memento Tuxedo Black; Dies: PTI Hippity Hoppity; MFT Sentiment Strips; Other: Copics

Just a quick and cute one to finish things off. I love this little bunny!

Friday, 19 February 2016

Customizing Patterned Paper

This week's Make It Monday, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, is being hosted by Lizzie Jones and she's showing us ways to cutomize our patterned papers. It's a really fun topic! Particularly for me because I don't use (or hoard) a lot of patterned papers. I just have problems with using it. It never seems to look right to me. But Lizzie's video talks about stamping on it, adding glitter or Glossy Accents - all kinds of things. And she made a smashing card ...

I started off doing something completely different than what I ended up with (isn't that always the way?). I thought I would just do some stamping on some patterned paper but then I kind of messed it up and I got the idea of stamping and then die cutting my paper. Here's what I made ...


and I really kind of like the way it turned out so whimsical. Very happy looking.

P.S. In case anyone has been noticing, I haven't been attaching all of my card fronts to card bases lately. It's just easier for me to store them this way until I'm ready to send them out. :) 


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White & Lovely Lady card, MIM Kit: Shakers & Sprinkles patterned paper
Stamps - PTI Friendly Flowers
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Dies - PTI Noted

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happiest Time of the Year - Day 10

Boo hoo, we're at the last day of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations. Today the amazingly gorgeous Painted Petals anniversary set was revealed and you can check it all out over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog.

Our challenge for today is called the Paper Crafting Alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet has a crafting task assigned to it and we're choosing based on the letters of our names. I decided to go all hog and attempt to use the letters in both my first and last names (insert shocked face).

D= add detail with a white pen or paper piercer
I= impression plate or some kind of dry embossing
A= add a borader
N= use a new product you've never used before
A= see above

K= use Kraft card
R= round at least one corner
E= use the emboss/resist technique
U= underline your sentiment
T= use twine
Z= zero ink
E= see above
R= see above

Wow, just wow. I did it ...

Not my favourite card, but I challenged myself and had fun. NBUS was the sentiment and it also fit my "underline your sentiment" task; dry embossing was with my Spellbinder petite oval dies (the scalloped frame I counted as a border as well). For the emboss/resist technique I used a Versamark glue pad (which is NOT ink) and embossed in white, painting in some pink with a Zig marker for the resist.

I've had so much fun over the last 10 days! Thank you PTI for always being a leader, for inspiring, for giving me beautiful things to look at. I really appreciate you. :)


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush card
Stamps - Graceful Greetings
Dies - PTI Nostalgic Notions, Songbirds; Spellbinders Petite Ovals
Other - The Twinery twine; Versamark; SSS Detail White embossing powder; Uniball Signo white gel pen; Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker #026 Light Pink; sequins

Happiest Time of the Year - Day 9

The festivities are almost over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog but we're still having fun this weekend. Make sure you check it out! Today's challenge was a pleasure to do :) Nichole asked us to make a thank you card and send it to PTI's warehouse staff. This was not a chore. I am more than happy to thank those who work so hard each month to make so many people so very happy. This will be going out to them first thing tomorrow morning ...

This was truly fun to make. Different for me, because I don't use cover plates very often. I cut a stencil of the Sunflower cover plate adhered it to my card panel and blended ink into the negative spaces with my Tim Holtz ink blending tool. Then I cut three new, white, cover plates and adhered them together with glue. I did some ink blending on the outline images and then carefully cut away the border of the frame. I took this cut piece and placed it over the stenciled panel. A sentiment, and the card was done. Except for some Wink of Stella which was addd to the centre of the sunflower and which almost ruined this card!!!! Me and The Wink do the get along with each other and that's all I'm saying.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Perfect Pairing
Inks - Canyon Clay, Ripe Avocado, Limeade Ice, Tropical Teal, Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Harvest Gold
Dies - PTI Cover Plate: Sunflower, Initial Thoughts
Other - Wink of Stella clear

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Happiest Time of the Year - Day 8

And the fun is still going on over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog! You really don't want to miss out on all the announcements and excitement of these anniversary celebrations, so make sure you pay her a visit.

For Day 8 we had a hilarious (for me anyway) colour challenge. There was a pdf file to download and print out; it was for a Color Pop Fortune Teller. You know, those little chinese cookie looking things you played with as a child. I don't have a printer in Florida, so I asked someone (Gina) on the PTI forum to do the flipping for me and she came out with this colour combo: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy and Orange Zest. Fun! Nichole mentioned that we could flip a second time if we wanted to use an additional three colours on our project, so I made my own flipper and flipped this combo: Aqua Mist Royal Velvet and Berry Sorbet and decided to use all the colours on my card. I chose Ripe Avocado as my neutral, because in my world it's a brownish yellow, a very all-purpose colour that I happen to love. :)

I started by pulling out my much-loved Rosie Posie Stamp set because she'll be going on vacation very shortly (just as soon as Tulip Time arrives) so I wanted to spend some quality time with her. I watercoloured a background for my floral arrangement, using a PTI Aqua Mist reinker and a flat angled paintbrush. So easy! So far, not being an artist in any sense of the word, I'm enjoying colouring with inks the most - PTI dye inks and Tim Holtz distress inks. You can get fair results with no stress involved. :)


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist card; Hobby Lobby Master's Touch Watercolor
Stamps - PTI Rosie Posie; Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy
Inks - PTI Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Royal Velvet, Berry Sorbet, Ripe Avocado
Dies - PTI Rosie Posie, Branching Out

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Happiest Time of the Year - Day Five

And the celebrations are still going on over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog with lots of prizes to be won! Day Five's assignment was a tricky one. We were challenged to create a card that features nine l-1/2" squares, each altered in a different way. All the squares were to be mounted onto a 5-1/2 x 5-1/2" square card base. I read it as we were to feature nine different techniques on our cards.

At first I thought this was the most funnest challenge I had ever participated in, but by noon (I got an early start in the morning) my joy was wearing off. It was hard! Embossing, debossing, stamping, watercolouring, ink blending (I tried things I didn't end up using) - it was hard work! The technique that had me whining and @%**@ the most was masking a sentiment. So simple, cover the part of the stamp that I didn't want with washi tape, ink up the stamp, remove the washi tape, stamp! Except, and you know it's coming, I FORGOT TO REMOVE THE WASHI TAPE AT LEAST FOUR TIMES IN A ROW AND I KID YOU NOT!!!!

Anywho, here is my sampler square card ...

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Snowman Birthday

I wanted to participate in this month's Create Along With Us challenge over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog: 1) because I've been so inspired by all the amazing products that are being released this month and by the projects that the design team have created; and 2) because I really needed to make a birthday card for my Léo's February birthday.

My main inspiration was the new Tiny Town series (!!!!!) being introduced this year. I am powerless to resist it. Enough said.
I went with the windows and made a card with a snowman and snowflakes. I have never, ever, in my life used these images for anything other than Christmas cards. But I read on Kay Miller's blog, one day, that she loved creating little winter scenes for birthdays, etc., and did them as long as she could get away with. And then someone on the PTI Forum said that she loved using snowflakes for birthdays cards and I was converted. And this is what Léo is getting: 

I'm hoping that he likes it and doesn't resent that he's getting a snowy card from someone who's spending the winter in Florida. He'll probably call me up to complain, LOL.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Clear Cardstock
Stamps - PTI Birthday Style, Songbirds, Tremendous Treats: Christmas
Inks - PTI Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores; Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - PTI Alpha Blocks, Birthday Style, Songbirds, Tremendous Treats: Christmas
Other - Signo White Gel Pen, Copics

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Happiest Time of the Year - Day Three

And the anniversary fun continues over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. Today, a new series for the year, Tiny Town, was introduced and I think I'm in big trouble! Nichole is once again challenging us to make a card. Today's theme is "Grab & Craft". We have five minutes to gather all the supplies that we want/need to make a card. But whatever we grab, we have to use!

Since I am such a well organized person, this was not too difficult for me :) I knew I wanted to use a new-to-me set, Pedal Pusher, and that I needed a Valentine's Day card for DH. So I also grabbed my envelope of spare heart die cuts, a pre-embossed card front that I wanted to use before it got all worn out and tired looking, and some ink and cardstock. It's a good thing that she didn't say we only had five minutes to MAKE the card because then I would have been disqualified :)

I think DH will like this one, especially with that sweet little puppy in the basket ...

I'm having so much trouble taking photos of my cards here in Florida. I still haven't found that magic spot in the condo and my pics are either blasted and lacking details, like this embossing, or my whites are anything but white. Hmmmm. So annoying. But I digress. Hurry over to Nichole's blog and start participating! There are so many fabulous prizes to be won every day!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst; DCWV Foiled Vellum Stack
Stamps - PTI Pedal Pusher
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Lovely Lady, Vintage Jadeite; Fresh Ink Grapefruit
Dies - PTI Pedal Pusher, Make It Market: Shakers & Sprinkles kit, Cover Plate: Stripes Diagonal, Heart Prints; MFT Fishtail Flags Stax
Other - glitter

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Happiest Time of the Year - Day Two

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm back again today for more Papertrey 9th Anniversary fun. Head on over to Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog for all the details. This morning she revealed the first product in this month's release - the cutest ever dress up doll collection from Betsy Veldman! For today's challenge she's asking us to create a project inspired by a piece of clothing/outfit from our closet or online clothing retailer.

This was kind of a no-brainer for me. Back in November, soon after arriving in Florida for the winter, I posted in the PTI Forum about a dress that I had bought because it reminded me of Papertrey Ink (it's also, no word of lie, the first thing that DH said to me when I arrived home with it!!). So that's what I used for my inspiration:

Very simple, inexpensive (downright cheap!) but I love it because the floral is at the bottom (front and back of the dress), away from my face. And it's black. My card is also super simple:

See? A real no-brainer. I first stamped my white flower die cuts in black ink and then repeated with Versamark so that I could clear emboss them. Next I watercoloured them with inks and a wet paintbrush. Easy peasy. A quick colour washed background on some watercolour paper (using my favourite of all inks, anywhere, PTI Smokey Shadow) and a sentiment added and my card was done.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, True Black; Artist's Loft watercolour paper
Stamps - PTI Vintage Linens, One Big Happy
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate; Versamark; Tim Holtz Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink; Memento Black Tuxedo
Dies - PTI One Big Happy; MFT Fishtail Flags Stax

Friday, 5 February 2016

Happiest Time of the Year - Day One

Today is finally here. I'm so excited that the anniversary celebrations are finally starting over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog! It seems like I've been waiting for months. It's Day One and Nichole announced the design team for the coming year and featured project favourites from each of them and our challenge is to make a project inspired by the colour scheme of one of them. I chose Heather Nichols' set of colours:

and made a Valentine card, since I still need two more for this year. Take that as a hint!  I'll be trying to fit one more Valentine card and three birthday cards into the anniversary challenges this year, just because I need them!

You will not be able to see this since I couldn't take a photo that showed it (what with the miserable weather we're having in Florida this winter and all), but I used my new Minc machine to add a foiled sentiment (Hugs) to my card! I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Big Hugs stamp set) with Versamark onto my panel. Then I sprinkled it with copy machine toner powder, following the steps that Taheerah Atchia, an inspired cardmaker, shows here: Foiling a stamped image. I was so impressed with this technique that she invented ! When I saw the video I had to run straight out and buy a Minc! I could never see the need for a foiling machine if I couldn't use it with my stamps and her genius idea gave me a way to do that. I'm not saying that this machine is perfect. It has a learning curve, but the more I try the better results I get. Just pouting that I can't photo my bright and shiny red foiling :) Oh, and Heidi Swapp is coming out with new mediums for the Minc this spring (mist, paint and something else that I can't remember for the moment).


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Kraft and Pure Poppy card; PTI Pure Poppy Striped patterned paper
Stamps - PTI Big Hugs, Keep it Simple: Valentine, Fresh Floral Wrap Ups
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate ; Versamark
Other - copier toner powder, Minc machine, Therm O Web Deco Foil red