Friday, 25 March 2016

Sewing on Cards

It's the 25th of March already and that means it's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. Nichole has challenged us this month to add some stitching to our cards. She provided unique, breathtaking inspiration from a new-to-me artist, Izziyana Suhaimi. Her work is fascinating and so emotional. I was really really intimidated, for so many reasons, but last night I decided that I had to try or I would really regret it.

The first two cards I made are really similar (one was a practice that I ended up cropping and using) and based on this specific photo ...

I loved that solid satin stitching, the pink and yellow. However, I don't have any embroidery floss (in Florida) and since I never use it I decided not to go out and buy any, to just make do with what I could find. The condo came "equipped" with a Ferragamo shoe box tool kit, that is filled with all kinds of miscellaneous items, including butane lighter fluid (!!!) and an emergency sewing kit. I chose to use some yellow thread from that kit on all of my cards :)

(I didn't realize until after I took this photo that my card set made such a perfect swoosh together!)


I used my very fun PTI Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals to make these first two cards. I sponged ink (PTI Vintage Jade; Tim Holtz Barn Door, Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey) to make the flowers and leaves and then pierced some holes and added minimal stitching. I got braver on the top card and stitched some crosshatch flower centres :)  Both of these cards were finished up with some word die cuts (Scripted from PTI).

For my last card I was influenced by the colours in this specific project ...

Love the soulfulness of that amazing tableau! My card is not soulful, but whatever ...

A very simple, one layer card. I used PTI's Brushed Blooms, Big Hugs and Painted Petals stamp sets. Inks are all from PTI: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Stormy Sea, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise (details on leaves).

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Ombré Stenciled Backgrounds

I'm playing along with this week's Make It Monday, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, which is being hosted by the fabulous Betsy Veldman. This week she's encouraging us to play with ink blended ombré backgrounds and stencils. Do I really need to say anything about the card she made? I think not ...

Really? It's all in a day's work for her. I don't have the new stencils that Papertrey came out with this month but I still wanted to try my hand at the technique. I kinda went over to the dark side and tried a mixed media look :) But still cute. Hahaha.


I did my first realistic bird! And I wasn't even afraid at all! I used Distress Inks for my background ink blending, dropped some water on it, and then spattered some white ink for more texture.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream (I have a real thing about stamping flowers on Vintage Cream; it just looks right to me)
Stamps - PTI Spring Woods (sentiment in from PTI also but it was pre-stamped and I can't remember where it's from)
Inks - PTI Enchanted Evening, Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow; Fresh Ink Blue Sage; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass
Dies - PTI Spring Woods, Cover Plate: Night Sky; SSS Chevron Pattern Full; MFT Fishtail Flags Stax