Monday, 25 July 2016

Papertrey Stamp-A-Faire 2016: The Masters

Oh my goodness. I did all nine challenges. I still can't believe it, but I managed. Some I like more than others, but isn't that always the case? It's kind of like with the grandkids (no, I did not just say that). I'll go in order and get this all posted in one post.

(1) Master Colour Recipes

Incredible inspiration, so hard to choose. I'll probably use each of them eventually. This is what I chose ...

Even though the Mark Rothko White Center painting is the one I most would like to own, I loved the colours in The Soul of the Rose, by John William Waterhouse and made this card. I did not come near to doing the inspiration justice and wish that I had more time for a redo. It's my least favourite of the event ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Stormy Sea. Stamps - PTI Painted Petals. Inks - PTI Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Canyon Clay, Vintage Cream; Fresh Ink Grapefruit, Melon. Dies - PTI Painted Petals, Color Pop Florals; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles.
Plus, I couldn't photo it at all ... way too cloudy and rainy around these parts.

(2) Starry Night

Amy's card was unbelievable. A knock-out, stunning, blew me away. She really shared some amazing tips with us for creating our own beautiful night skies :) Here's what I came up with ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select white card; Ranger watercolour paper. Stamps - PTI City Scene, City Scene Sentiments. Inks - PTI Enchanted Evening, Mint Julep, Sweet Blush, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wister, Smokey Shadow; Versafine Onyx Black. Dies - PTI Shakers & Sprinkles MIM Kit, Tag Sale: Quilted. Other - White acrylic paint, glitter, sequins.
It doesn't even look like a night sky. It's darker in real life, but I could not effectively capture my Nightmare on Elm Street look in a photo. Let's just say that it's the seedy side of Paris that I've managed to portray with that weirdo stamping, hahahahaha! After so many tries, I was at a loss, truly. I glittered the centre heart in a last minute attempt to make the card look less depressing.

(3) Gilded in Gold

I made this one last because I knew it would be easy and fun. How could you not enjoy using Liquid Leaf!!! P.S. I loved the smell and might have enjoyed myself a little too much :) I pretty much copied one of the gorgeous inspiration pieces that Danielle provided ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush card. Stamps - Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script. Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow. Dies - PTI Don't Forget To Write MIM Kit, Folded Tag, Minute To Make: Holiday Tags. Other - Plaid Liquid Leaf Classic Gold.
These just might end up being my easy-to-make Christmas tags for this year.

(4) Impressionistic Florals

Gorgeous work by Melissa Phillips. I've been so inspired and just want to make cards and projects 24 hours a day. I also realize I need to buy many more stamp sets. :)  I would never be able to come close to realizing one of Melissa's pieces of art, so I didn't even try. Instead I made this ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Vinage Cream, Sweet Blush card. Stamps - PTI Tulip Time, Songbirds. Inks - PTI Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile, Stormy Sea, Green Parakeet, Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow; Versamark. Dies - PTI Cover Plate: Pretty Frame; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles. Other - Zing white embossing powder.
I should have prefaced this entire post by reminding everyone that I do not enjoy painting. I've tried many times, my DH is a painter, but I just can't do it. (1) I'm not good; (2) it's not my passion. So the theme for SAF may not have been my most favourite of all time, but I still love a good challenge and tried my best. Sometimes I get a little lazy.

(5) Masterpiece Inspirations

The Green Dancer, Edgar Degas. Need I say more. And Heather's interpretation! Such lovely inspiration.

This is the card that I made ...

Paper - PTI Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream card. Stamps - PTI The Sweet Life, Friendly Flowers; MFT Whimsical Woodgrain.  Inks - PTI Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Terracotta Tile, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Blush, Orange Zest, Scarlet Jewel; Fresh Ink Pool; Memento Tuxedo Black. Other - Rose Gold i-Craft Therm-O-Web Deco Foil.

No painting or ink blending! And I managed to sneak in some Minc machine goodness (and some woodgrain)!

(6) Mastering Drips & Splatters

As you will see, I chickened out. I just splattered. Couldn't help it, just not a fan of uncontrolled paint. :)

(7) Pointilissm

Heather shared such a fun video, showing us just how easy this technique was (not) and how it could add interest to our cards. I loved her project, mine not so much. Lots of work and I might have made a little boo-boo along the way, resulting in me thinking that a shaker card (right in the middle of SAF rush hour) was the way to solve my petit problème. I guess it was late and I might have had one glass of red wine too many ...

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White card. Stamps - PTI Friends Til The End. Inks - PTI Winter Wisteria, Amethyst Allure, Autumn Rose, Royal Velvet, Lavender Moon, Bright Buttercup, Simply Chartreuse (a little bit); Altenew Midnight Violet; Versamark. Dies - PTI Scripted; Mama Elephant Columbus Circle. Other - SSS Clear Embossing Powder; sequins.
I am challenging anyone and everyone to guess what PTI stamp set I used. I dare you.

(8) Watercolour Like a Master

Amen. Not going to happen. But I so enjoyed watching Kay in her amazing video. And hearing her voice. :) She's a natural. I respect her so much for her work ethic (you can tell that she never gives less than 100%), her talent and her giving spirit. She's always there to encourage others on. I am a little bit dismayed that I couldn't do better than I did. I made many attempts. But it's okay because we all can't be good at the same things. The world would be a very boring place if we were all identical.

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White; Strathmore Bristol Smooth. Stamps - PTI Cutting Garden, Friendly Flowers. Inks - PTI Spring Moss, Bright Buttercup, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow. Other - Rainstones from PTI (to try and distract from my watercolouring).

I like the colours, hahaha! And I realized, just now, that it would have been good if I had added some white acrylic paint dots to the leaves. Oh well, for next time.

(9) Colour Blocking

I didn't think I would be participating in this challenge. Too difficult. I even made fun of Lexi's technical, mathematical, nerdy video on the PTI Forum. :) But I did it and my DH thinks my card is darling. Not described in those words, but whatever.

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps - PTI Still Life: Summer, Perfect Pairing.  Inks - PTI Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest, Vintage Jadeite, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Fine Linen; Memento Tuxedo Black; Altenew Midnight Violet. Dies - PTI Don't Forget To Write MIM Kit; SSS Folded Banners.
If you had seen me scrambling to cheat on this assignment you would have laughed. I wasted so much time trying to come up with a scheme! I tried to colour with Copics to avoid the ink blending (horrific results), to heat emboss my images so I could avoid masking them, using die cuts!!! And then I came up with the winning (lazy) solution. A circle.

This group photo will be a reminder of just how much fun I had.

Thank you PTI, and thank you to the best Design Team anywhere, for all of the wonderful inspiration and encouragement to create that you provide. And a special thank you to my PTI Forum friends. I can go over there and complain and whine all I want and they just ignore me and pretend I'm not there. It's like going to therapy.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

July 2016 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

It's time for another Blog Hop challenge, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog. The year is just flying by and it will be Christmas before we know it. I need to get cracking! As if.

Our inspiration from Nichole this month is this lovely reading nook ...

Source Classy Clutter
Really pretty colours and so much pattern and texture in one small place, but it all seems to go together perfectly. I made three projects, as I often like to do ...

All three cards feature two PTI stamp/die sets, Nostalgic Notions and Don't Forget To Write, both of which were limited edition Betsy Veldman Make It Market Kits. The inspiration screamed the 1940/50's to me (though updated for today) so of course I immediately thought of Betsy. :) The only other PTI ingredient, besides ink and paper, is the Chevron Vertical Cover Plate, which I used as an embossing plate and which is the closest thing to Ikat that I own.  :)

On this card I couldn't help using my Minc machine again. The first thing that I noticed in the inspiration photo was the wallpaper with the long triangles. So I drew some up in Adobe Illustrator, printed it out and foiled it with some Pewter iCraft Deco Foil from Therm-O-Web.

It then took me just about forever to figure out what to do with it, hahaha, but then I remembered the tufted chair in the photo. P.S. I love this card! Fun, pretty challenge - the best kind.

Other Supplies (not mentioned previously)

Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Aqua Mist card
Ink - PTI Berry Sorbet, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Soft Stone, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow; Fresh Ink Melon, Island, Pool
Dies - MFT Double Stitched Square STAX

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire 2016: Farewell

Yes, I'm linking to the Farewell post, even though I've yet to post even one of my projects for this year's faire, hahaha. I have been working on them, I'm almost finished, and then I need to snap some pics. After I've done my post for tomorrow's Blog Hop. Oh my.

I just want to thank Nichole and everyone over at Papertrey Ink, most especially the amazing Design Team, for hosting this premiere event. I cried, I laughed, I oohed and aahed, and then I cried some more 'cause painting is not my forté. :) A million times thank you.

Until next year, or tomorrow when I'm back here for the Blog Hop and my SAF projects. :)

Friday, 22 July 2016

SAF 2016 Share Your Masterpiece!

Let the fun and games begin! Papertrey Ink's annual summertime stamping event, Stamp-A-Faire, officially starts bright and early tomorrow morning. Tonight there is a Friday Night Gallery Reception over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog featuring a very fun video from the Design Team.

Nichole has invited us to share our favourite project, the one we're most proud of. Mine is not a masterpiece. :) But it's probably the first stamping project that I was actually proud of making and it encouraged me to keep on trying. I was about ready to quit the hobby but then I participated in the PTI October 2013 Blog Hop, where we had to make five holiday tags. I really went to town and got all my Christmas tags for the year made in time for the Blog Hop ...


I had so much fun that I decided I would stick with this stamping thing a little bit longer. I'm so glad I did. :) If you want to see the full original post you can find it here.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Spritzed Stamps

I'm playing along again this week, over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. Melissa Phillips is showing us how to make pretty cards using spritzed stamps. The idea is to ink up your stamp and then spritz it with water before stamping down with it. It gives a sweet watercoloured effect.

Melissa recommends using watercolour paper for this technique so I tried on various brands of paper, but I just had too many problems stamping a sentiment. I gave up and used PTI Stamper's Select White card instead. You definitely get more movement, and the ink blends better on the watercolour paper, but I'm happy enough with my results. Please note that I rounded a corner in honour of Melissa. :)

My card first started off looking like this, but I thought I needed to add some pizazz - now I'm thinking I should have left it like it was!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White; October Afternoon patterned paper
Stamps - PTI Enclosed: Flower,  Embroidered Blooms, Doodlie-Do
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow, Fine Linen, Bright Buttercup, Limeade Ice, New Leaf; Fresh Ink Chamomile
Other - Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen

Friday, 15 July 2016

Altenew July Inspiration Challenge - Weddings!

As soon as I saw the challenge over at the Altenew Blog for this month, I knew I wanted to play. I thought the inspiration colours would be so perfect for a charming country wedding theme. Alas, I have no weddings to go to this summer but that didn't stop me from making a card :)

I chose to use my most very simple Altenew stamp set, Daisy ...

(Sorry for the horrible photos. The weather is not cooperating this summer at all.)

For a $5 set, Daisy packs a big wow factor. I love these stamps and how you can make a single layer card so pretty with it. I'm still obsessed with my Minc machine (and new laser copier). I downloaded a sentiment from Heidi Swapp's site and think it works so well for a casual country wedding. I stamped a simple "Happy Wedding Day" on the inside (oops, forgot to photo). It's so very difficult to capture the fabulous effect that the foiled sentiment makes (Therm-o-Foil Craft Foil in Rose Gold), but trust me it's stunning but not overdone.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Papertrey Ink Create Along With Us July 2016

It's time for another new product release this week over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, and that means we get to be inspired by the fabulous design team and create right alongside them. I'm hoping to get a few more cards done for this challenge and if I manage to make them, I'll just add them to this post. I loved this card from Dawn McVey ...

it reminded me that I hadn't used my Bold Bouquet Anniversary stamps in a little while so I was happy to pull them out. Also, I love the texture she added by embossing her background. This is the card that I made ...

I finally caved and bought a laser printer for my Minc machine. It was quite inexpensive and it's doing a fabulous job and I'm having so much fun playing with my new toy. I downloaded a sentiment from Heidi Swapp's site, foiled it, and used it on my card front. I also downloaded a png of a wood grain overlay from this site, melstampz and it was super easy to print out some wood patterned paper (one of my favourite things in the world) and foil that too. You can see the foiling a little bit better here (you can click if you need to) ...


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White
Stamps & Dies - PTI Bold Bouquet Anniversary
Inks - PTI Lovely Lady, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, Limeade Ice, Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores
Other - Therm-o-Web Rose Gold Deco Foil; sequins

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Stenciling with Texture Paste

I'm back again for another Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. This week Ashley is showing us how to stencil with texture paste and reinkers. I've done this before, but I always first coloured my embossing paste with ink and then applied it to the stencil. Ashley is suggesting that it's actually easier to first stencil with the paste and then apply colour with a paint brush before removing the stencil. And you know what? She's right! I used way less reinker and paste this way. Here's the first card I made ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart. Stamps: PTI Petite Pots 2015 Anniversary set, Deck The Halls. Inks: PTI Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow. Dies: PTI Birthday Style, Deck The Halls. Other: SSS Falling Snow Stencil; sequins

My second card uses a Tim Holtz woodgrain stencil and PTI's Petite Pots 2015 Anniversary set. I'm in a huge rush, in between baseball games, so I'll just post quickly ...

(Something is obviously wrong with my camera and it seems to be blurring everything at the bottom of my frames. Help!)

And here is my last card, not a favourite, but I tried. For this one I cut a flower stencil with my Silhouette Cameo and went from there. I first ink blended my card base and it impressed it with PTI's Mehndi Medallion Impression Plates. Maybe too much texture? Texture overload? I also added a glittered Sparkle word die cut for the sentiment ...

And I'm out the door! Thanks for the fun challenge, PTI!