Sunday, 24 April 2016

April 2016 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I really like card challenges because they get me moving. While it might appear that I don't participate in very many of them, I often create cards based on them, I'm just too lazy to photo and post. That's basically who I am - the lazy cardmaker :) But I try to join in on most of Papertrey Ink's challenges because they're usually pretty interesting.

For this month's Blog Hop, over at Nichole Heady's blog, she's making things REALLY interesting (and difficult) this time around. I actually had to do a lot of thinking on this and can't wait to see what everyone else came up with. Her inspiration spotlights the work of artist Chad Hagen ...

I decided to make three cards, which I like to do.

 I'm calling the first one The Obvious ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White; Hobby Lobby's Master's Touch Watercolor Paper. Stamps: PTI Script Swirls: Birthday. Ink: PTI Pure Poppy Canyon Clay, Smokey Shadow. Card size is 4"x6".

Obvious, because I would think that anyone looking at the inspiration, who owns this stamp set, would immediately think of using it. I love this card, especially because I think it could work for a masculine birthday, and also because I got to do the only kind of watercolouring I'm capable of :)

My second card is entitled The Slight Stretch ...

Paper: PTI Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select White; Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Copper. Stamps: PTI Keep It Simple: Encouragement, Script Swirls: Birthday. Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone. Dies: PTI Scene It: Skyscapes, Heart Prints; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles.

I was influenced by the circles, the dotted lines that look like stitching, the overall "constellation drawing" look of the inspiration piece and the colours. I actually rescued some elements that I had tossed into the trash from making my first card. I had ink blended a background and then stamped the Script Swirls over it, but I wasn't crazy about the effect. So instead I die cut the sun and heart from the paper and made a new card. I think this one can be used for encouragement and/or a birthday - a masculine birthday (!) - so win-win.

My third card is named The Self Indulgent ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream (the flowers), Rustic White (the border). Stamps: PTI Tulip Time. Inks: PTI Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Scarlet Jewel, Ocean Tides; Fresh Inks Blue Sage. Dies: PTI Tulip Time, Embroidered Frames: Dots.

which name should be self evident. I managed to make a floral card based on Nichole's (very) mean prompt by just swinging for the colours. Ha! Needed to use Tulip Time; I just couldn't help myself, and they actually kind of have those overlapped circles in them so Ha! again.

And there you have it. Another month done. We're packing our bags and heading back home on Wednesday. We've had a fabulous winter in Florida (and are planning to come back next year) but I can't wait to see family and friends, especially the littles. We're timing our drive so that we can pick them up from school on Friday afternoon and take them out to dinner. I need to hug and kiss them all ever so badly!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Faux Brush Lettering

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge again this week. Amy is hosting and it's a doozy. She's showing us how to have fun with some of our larger, hand-lettered look sentiment stamps. Of course she makes it look so easy and delightful ...

But of course it wasn't. For me. (1) The largest sentiment stamp I own is Graceful Greetings. (2) I'm an older person. (3) I have very bad eyesight.

My stress levels were off the charts. I really should have made a video of myself doing it, just to give everyone a good laugh. There was a whole lot of shaking going on. I stamped said Graceful Greetings sentiment in Blueberry Sky,  masking off the flourish at the bottom of the stamp so I would have less work to do. I used two Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (#034 and #038) to "embellish" the stamping, but I'm not sure it worked :)

By the end it was all I could do just to mount the sentiment panel on a card front. Done. I'll be busy for the rest of the week trying to come up with something for Papertrey's April Blog Hop. Have you seen the inspiration?!!!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

You can never have too many flowers

It has been an epic day and a half for me. I managed to make three (3!!!) cards in one play session and it didn't even take me forever. I managed only because I had some amazing inspiration. I'm playing along this weekend with both Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us: April 2016 challenge (which you can find here, at Nichole Heady's blog, and also at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where the theme this week is April Showers Bring May Flowers. Since I LOVE flowers, and birthday cakes, it wasn't difficult for me to decide that I simply had to participate :)

These are the PTI Design Team projects I chose to be inspired by ...

I made two cards and neither of my projects ended up looking like any of these beauties, but I definitely was influenced by them.

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft. Luxe Gold. Stamps & Dies - PTI Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals, Friendly Flowers; Lil Inkers Stitched Circles Inks - PTI Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Lavender Lady, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate

For this first PTI card, I started out trying to somewhat replicate Amy's faith card (#2), using my Color Pop Florals kit where she used the new Butterflies kit. I wanted to use a colour scheme similar to Danielle's (#1) dreamy choices.

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps & Dies - PTI Just Desserts, Make It Market Kit: Tinsel &Tags, Cover Plate: Pretty Frame.  Ink - PTI Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Vintage Jadeite, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow; Fresh Ink Sugar.

Believe it or not, I was influenced by burger cards for this cake project :) After seeing Amy's double cheese burger (#3),  I wanted to make a double high Just Desserts naked cake (I found out this week that's what this type of cake is called, hehehe). And I wanted to feature my cake in a pretty frame, just like Kay did (#4) with her awesome burger. So much fun!

Next I did a card especially for the Simon Says Monday Challenge, and it actually turned to be more like Amy's faith card than my first one did ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps & Dies - MFT Fall Florals; PTI Phase Play #6; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles and Circles.  Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shaded Lilac; PTI Sweet Blush, Lavender Lady, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Smokey Shadow. Other - Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

It's so very simple, but I do like it. I did a little bit of ink blending with some Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, just to give a hint of extra colour.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Colour Isolation

This week's Make it Monday, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, is being hosted by Ashley Newell-Cannon and it's all about "colour isolation". What, you say, is that? It's about black and white images with a pop of colour. Go on over and watch Ashley's video and you'll see what I mean.

She made a VERY cute card, using Soft Stone for her black/white background ...

I came up with this card ...

Can I just take a moment to tell you how much I love Make It Monday challenges? There are weeks when I think "not for me", but if I invest some time and thought, I'm almost always happy that I tried. I don't think I would ever have come up with this card without Ashley's tutorial.  At first I was all discouraged and thinking I didn't have the right stamps with me in Florida for this technique. I ended up having a very fun card making-session, and came up with four different cards. This is the only one that fits this challenge, but I really like it :)

I am also posting this card to this week's (CASE) this sketch! challenge, which just happens to work perfectly for this card!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps - PTI Make It Market Kit: Beautiful Brushstrokes, Perfect Pairing (masked)
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Ripe Avocado, Green Parakeet; Fresh Inks Pool, Blue Sage (I love using pigment inks for multi-step stamps)
Dies - PTI Market It Market Kit: Beautiful Brushstrokes, Building Blocks

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Adding Interest with Scored Lines

This week, over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge, Laurie Willison is up and she's showing us how to add interest with score lines to some of our more simpler cards. I love Laurie's clean and fresh cardmaking style, and I like to imitate it as much as I can, so this was a good lesson for me. On her video she shows several of her cards with this detail and this is the one she made for this week ...

... light and airy and very appealing. I played around with some of her different suggestions and first came up with a scored background that was kind of diamond or, in my mind, trellis shaped. DH, who was passing by at the time, told me it was very old-ladyish. He tells me this a lot. I tell him I am an old lady, and he responds with a "Not that old!". So I tried again, and came up with this card, which passed his inspection (whoopie doo, as if I care) ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White; Stamps: PTI Just Desserts; Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Sweet Blush, Vintage Jadeite, Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise; Dies: PTI Just Desserts

Now that I'm posting this photo, I really wish that I had lowered all my elements a few smidgens, but in real life it seems to work so I'm not going to worry about it. P.S. This is such a cute stamp set! I decided to make a chocolate mocha buttercream cake 'cause that's my family's favourite.

Of course this frugal old lady couldn't let the first background go, so I looked around my stash and ended up making this card too ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow; Stamps: PTI Painted Petals; Inks: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow; Dies; PTI Painted Petals; Other: Versamark, SSS White Detail embossing powder

What appears to be smudges, on the lower right hand corner of the card, is actually some freehand foiling that I did with Versamark, Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, and Thermoweb Deco Foil in Rose Gold. Almost impossible to photo, but it adds a little something-something to the card.