Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Today is the day of Papertrey Ink's April Blog Hop Challenge and this is the inspiration that Nichole Heady shared with us ...

Megan Carter
I've finally decided what style of cards I like making the most - fun, happy ones. And simple, of course. This is what I was inspired to make this afternoon ...

Mostly only die cuts on this one. Not sure I'm thrilled about it, but it will do. I had problems getting motivated to make something for this challenge. I wasted a lot of time thinking about how much I would adore having a stamp exactly like those grey bell shaped flowers in the photo. :) Tried to come up with a hack for Bells & Boughs but it just wasn't working for me. Tulip Time wouldn't cooperate either. Yes, I told you I wasted a lot of energy. :)

Stamps: PTI Inspired: Love and Wonderful Words: Love, Make It Market Color Pop Florals. Dies: PTI Notched Flowers, Happiness in Bloom Leaves, Make It Market Color Pop Florals and a heart from Flipping Out.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Patterned Windows

I'm playing along with Dawn this week, over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge, and she's having us use patterns behind die-cut windows. This is the card I was inspired to make early this week ...

I said to myself that a very pretty sentiment could be called a graphic pattern. :) I just couldn't wait to use my new PTI Beautiful Berries: Spring set, paired with Tulip Time. It's the reason I bought the berries, to add something fresh to each and every flower set I already own. I'm thinking that they look more like lilacs than berries in this case but that's even better because it's even more springy that way! I used PTI's Alpha-Blocks die to cut a window into the front of my card. I'm saying it's a door :) and that it works well as a new home, welcome to the neighbourhood and/or happy spring card.

But then I thought I could try harder to use a real pattern. So I made another card, but I was still in a typography kind of mood :) ...

and made patterned paper with a sentiment from Concord & 9th. I also used more Beautiful Berries: Spring from PTI, as well as some flowers from the Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals. I used a die from Mama Elephant, Columbus Circle, to cut out a window in my card front.

While I had all my supplies out for this second card, I decided to make another thank you card, this time one that could perhaps be used as a holiday thank you note ...

For this one I used my PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate to emboss a pattern behind my window and added some Beautiful Berries: Spring and Holiday Greens to the front of it.

Thanks for the fun challenge PTI and Dawn! It always gets me making something that I probably wouldn't have otherwise and that's a good thing.

P.S. I'm in love with Dark Indigo cardstock and will probably need to use it on every card from now on. :)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


I'm playing along with this week's CASE(E) this sketch! #216, and I'm last minute. Again. I found the current sketch to be particularly challenging ...

I try not to look at the designers' takes, or the gallery, until after I've finished making my card. And now that I have, I think I could have done better. But it is what it is, and here's my card ...

Very simple, very white, LOL. Like lots of my cards. :) I started off by embossing my card panel with PTI's Herringbone Impression Plate, which gives a very subtle effect (see close up below) but in real life it still provides some lovely texture.

Then I added some random negative cuts from the SSS Chevron Full Pattern cutting plate to add more interest to my all white background. My greeting consists of a Neat & Tangled word die cut and Memory Box letter die cuts (to form the word "you", cut from some foil cardstock). A little sprig of flowers, mounted with 3D foam tape, finishes things up.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a truly lovely Easter weekend!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Stamping Outside The Box

I'm playing with Lexi Daly who is up, over at the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge, with this week's tutorial. She's giving us a fabulous lesson in design and she's making us all stamp outside of the box. Literally. :) Lexi is the one who always gets me thinking of all the possibilities - her challenges are fun and pretty open, leaving lots of opportunity to make it your own. This is where I went ...

I started by dry embossing a box on my card front with an MFT double-stitched square die. Then I masked off a smaller square in the middle of that box and stamped PTI's Background Basics: Herringbone set, using two different ink colours. I wasn't going for total precision, just a loosely stamped background.

I then added a plant and pot from the PTI 2015 Petite Pots anniversary set and some flowers and a word die cut from the limited edition One Big Happy set to make a little scene.

Thanks for the really fun challenge, PTI and Lexi! I really liked it.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #50 Celebration

I was so excited when my friend, Leigh Penner, asked me to guest on the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge blog this week.

The inspiration is just gorgeous ...

I went totally CAS, my absolutely favourite style, and used a set (Bows For You) from a relatively new company, The Stamp Market ...

I just love that sweet sentiment and thought that it, and the adorable bow, worked perfectly with the Celebration inspiration photo. The sprigs are from Altenew's Peony Bouquet. I stamped the bow with Grapefruit pigment from Fresh Ink, thinking that it went really well with all the pinky peach goodness in the photo.

Head on over to the blog to see how the team was inspired and to play along yourself. I hope you have a great weekend that includes some fun crafty time!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bunny Frame

I'm playing along with two challenges today. First up is Inspired By All The Little Things #49, this sweet little bunny ...

and second is Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday for this week, featuring curved sentiments. Of course I made a bunny card!

I used Don't Forget To Write, Baker's Dozen and Hippity Hoppity from PTI. Oh, and also the Petite Pots anniversary set. I started off by blending some Fresh Ink (in Island) on my Kraft card base and then built up the little scene from there. My pic is not great, because now it's way too sunny in the house(!!!), but I glittered the frame with some Distress Vintage Platinum glitter dust and added some Glossy Accents to his rose coloured glasses. And it was done!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Yellow Bird

I'm playing along with this month's Papertrey Ink customer blog hop, where we're being inspired by these amazing images that Nichole Heady posted ...

Victoria Johnson
 I went totally literal and I liked it. I'm not sorry at all in fact!

I masked off an oval on my card front and ink blended some Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart onto it. I then added flowers and birds (PTI Spring Woods, Don't Forget to Write, Friendly Flowers and Atenew Vintage Roses) and finished off with a little sentiment from The Stamp Market.

And that's it from me. Happy Hopping!

P.S. Somebody stop me! I've recently started following Prima Marketing again and I feel an overwhelming urge to order more/new flowers to add to my already ginormous collection! They do come in handy for project photo taking. :)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

PTI March 2017 Release: Day 5 Transformation

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Day 5 challenge for the March 2017 release, which is all about transformation. We're being asked to create a new project based on improving a card we were not happy with. I have plenty of these to choose from, so this challenge was not a problem for me. :) In fact, I chose one that was in the reject pile from a creative session I had just yesterday. I was trying to make a card for their Day 3 challenge, which is to make a project with your all-time favourite floral set, but I hadn't quite managed to come up with one that I really loved.

Rosie-Posie is my favourite all-time floral set and this is the card I rejected yesterday ...

I'm trying to make more one layer cards this year, but I'm really having a hard time. I just never like the finished projects. So for today's card, I tweaked my design and added in some florals from my very close second favourite set, Tulip Time ...

and that added dimension just makes all the difference, IMHO, and I'm much happier with this one.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 4 Photo Finish

Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations brought us the Traveler's Journal Ambassador, Heather Nichols. This is a very timely new feature for me because I've recently started journaling my life's voyage (ack! too dramatic sounding) again. I'm enjoying it as a creative outlet - I'm  not using very many photos, more words and more trying new techniques, etc.

For today's challenge I decided to make a traditional scrapbook layout, something I haven't done in forever. I just happened to have some photos on my camera from Monday spent with a couple of my grandsons ...

You can click on the photo if you want to try to read some of the journaling. :)
Yup, that's Léo and Émérik, complete with hockey puck pocks. PTI products used include the Make It Market Mini kit: Color Pop Florals, Shakers & Sprinkles stamp set and the Monthly Moments: Journal Pocket #3 die.

And hockey continues ... we'll be leaving tomorrow morning for a long weekend in Québec city (not a chore by any means; one of my favourite places in North America for sure) for yet another hockey tournament. This is Léo's first away-from-home sporting event, and we'll be there cheering him on! But at the same time we'll be missing Émé's league playoffs here at home :(. His team finished the season in first place and he's definitely one of the stars. Lots of choices have to be made when you're a nana. Can you tell I'm proud of them?!!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 3 Altered Envelope

Day 3, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, brought us guest blogger Lexi Daly who has taken on the role of Planner Ambassador for this year. She'll be sharing tips monthly and, even though I don't use a planner, I just know I'll be inspired by her fun style.

The challenge for us on this day was to make a card with a coordinating envelope - and to get it out in the mail, which we all know can be the biggest challenge. :) My daughter's birthday is in April so I made up a card and fancy envelope for her, which I will mail out to her at the right moment. Even though I see her at least once a week, I still think it's fun to send her out some happy mail once in a while.

A very simple card. I love white on white and always will. PTI supplies include Stamper's Select White and Fresh Snow Linen card, Keep It Simple: Birthday and Life is Beautiful (stamps and dies).

The first thing I did to make my envelope special was to use my PTI envelope liner die to cut a shimmery gold one to match the backside of my butterfly.

And then I addressed my envelope on my computer and printed it out with my laser printer so that I could foil her name in a matching rose gold. After that worked out (yay!) I simply stamped some Life is Beautiful butterflies in black on the side and bottom edges of the envie. Super simple, but super special. Now I just have to remember to do it more often. :)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 2 Packaging Inspiration

I'm just loving everything about Papertrey Ink's new format for monthly inspiration and for this year's anniversary celebrations. It's new and modern and definitely gorgeous. Day 2's post brings us guest blogger, Rebecca Luminarias, their new Packaging Ambassador. I happen to adore and love gift packaging with all of my heart. I already know that Rebecca is going to be a major enabler for me, LOL, but I'm really looking forward to her monthly column. The beauty she shares at Thurston Post is trendy and eye candy extraordinaire.

All that said, from reading her fun post, I gather that I wrap gifts much more simply than she does. In fact, I think I'm very much like her Grandma Peg was - plain paper and simple ribbon. But I'm excited to go further ...

Even though I'm not in need of gift packaging at the moment, I wrapped up an empty little box (which works better than great big boxes, wink, wink) in Ikea white ribbed wrapping paper. Love this new-to-me paper, it feels soft like fabric. Then I folded up some pink crêpe paper and added some crushed velvet ribbon trim to make a tutu skirt to wrap around the box. I piled on some skinny tags (using PTI stamp sets Swan'sational and Shakers & Sprinkles; LOVED Rebecca's word tags!) and finished with a Melissa Frances resin ornament that I painted with Plaid gold Liquid Leaf.

This literally took me all of 10 minutes, definitely not more, to make. It's really not all that time consuming to make a gift look extra special. Thanks, Rebecca, for all the gorgeous photos. Can't wait to see some of your special fringed items, hint, hint. :)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary: Day 1 Stitched Coaster Dies

The official celebrating for Papertrey Ink's 10th anniversary has finally arrived. Day 1 is starting off with PTI's new Stitching Ambassador, Lizzie Jones, and she's featuring the Stitched Coaster die. You can read all about it here. There will be contests every day and the fun begins today.

I was inspired by coaster #6, made by Erin Lincoln. Since I don't sew, I selected the stitched note card die from the Don't Forget To Write kit, to give me that lovely look of stitching ...

I used an image from the Year of Flowers Collection, coloured it with Copics, and then stamped a sentiment from the Petite Pots 2015 anniversary set. A little bit of background stencilling with modeling paste finishes it off.

And I'm done for the first day! I definitely won't get to play every day (we're going out of town for a few days), but I'll do what I can. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A Study: Coloured Pencils on Kraft

Playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday where Melissa is up, encouraging us to use our coloured pencils on Kraft card. And yes, I went there. :)

Coloured Pencils on Kraft - Study Number 1

These are, quite simply, all the coloured pencils I own, in one photo together. Thank goodness for the souvenir box from a restaurant in Brussels.

Coloured Pencils on Kraft - Study Number 2

Over the weekend I attempted making some tags and cards for kids. This was one essay, which I found on the top of File 13 yesterday morning. Who knew that it would fit Make It Monday so perfectly! PTI die Pencil Me In; PTI Kraft, Dark Indigo, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Fine Linen card.

Coloured Pencils on Kraft - Study Number 3

For this one, I actually coloured an image, Mehndi Medallion from PTI. I stamped on PTI Classic Kraft card, in both black ink and Versamark, and then embossed with clear powder before colouring with my coloured pencils.

To quote one of my favourite cardmakers,  Joan B, "MOOD WHEN DONE"=meh. LOL.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Colour Purple

Today I'm joining the February customer blog hop that's going on over at Papertrey Ink where Nichole Heady has provided this inspiration photo for us to work with ...

Interesting, no? I recently started toying/playing with journaling and memory keeping again. I've started a new book that's very flexible on format and size. Some of my layouts have photos and some of them don't. They all have lots of journaling. :) This inspiration photo immediately took me in the direction of memory keeping. I have so many associations and feelings about purple (yes, I do!) including some early childhood memories involving a mysterious and lovely lilac purple silk tulle dress that my sisters and I played dress up with. We only found out the truth about the dress after my father died. I won't bore you with the written journaling (2 pages' worth!) that I did after seeing this inspiration photo, but here is the layout that accompanies it ...

Does it remind you of the old "throw on as many embellishments, stickers and flowers as you possibly can" layouts from the past? Because that's the look I was going for. :) Everything is PTI except for some other purple inks that I included. I think I used, or at least tried, every single one I own and it helped me, somewhat, to get over my purple fears. Adding some pretty pinks and oranges helped as well. Stamp sets used were Tulip Time and Fresh Bouquet.

I also made a card ...

using the Brushed Blooms set and lots of Saffron Spice, one of my very favourites of the new colours that PTI released last year.

Group hug ...

and I'm outta here. Have fun hopping - I know I will.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Papertrey Ink The Past, Present & Future

Celebrating with Papertrey Ink on their 10th year anniversary with a few cards. I'm late and I know it, but sometimes life is just like that. I still wanted to share. :) You can read all about the challenges, which are now closed, in the above link.

2007 was definitely the year I had the hardest time with. I don't own any PTI sets from their first year in business and I just couldn't get a card made that I liked. I first went with this one, gathering inspiration from the one made with Green Thumb by customer Kelly S. because I love how she used Gelatos ...

I used Petite Pots, the 2015 anniversary set for mine, but thought it looked too babyish, so instead I tried to CASE the very striking blue and green beauty that Laurie Schmidlin had made for The Present using the Text Boxed set. I used Brushed Backgrounds and Painted Petals for this one ...

But decided I didn't like this one anymore than the first (babyish) one that I had made. Yes, I was having lots of doubts the first three days of cardmaking for the anniversary celebrations, LOL. So I made another one, and stopped with it ...

I used some totally yummy Dark Indigo cardstock for the first time ever and just stamped some of my very favourite PTI leaves (Friendly Flowers and Embellished Elegance) on Vintage Cream card. The sentiment is from Keep It Simple: Get Well.

The next one I made was for the 2008 challenge. Again, I don't own any of the featured stamp sets, but I was inspired by Melissa's lovely for The Present, using the Flower Garden stamp set, and made this ...

I followed her lead and double embossed my outline images of the Vintage Linen flowers. Did a little bit of painting with PTI reinkers and used some oh so pretty dies from the Noted collection. I also got somewhat nostalgic and inked/sponged the edges of my Vintage Cream layers.

This next one was made for the 2009 challenge. Again, I don't own any of the featured sets so instead I used an image from Round Repeats to CASE the lovely B/W card that Laurie Schmidlin created for The Present using Giga Guidelines. I think this was the first time in my life that I ever successfully stamped a full background on the first try. I was shocked! I used some Luxe Gold cardstock to mat the background.

This next one is for the 2010 challenge. Again, I don't own any of the highlighted sets, so instead I chose to be inspired by Betsy's clustered hands card using Love Lives Here. I did use a set from 2010 for this one - the Butterfly from the Signature Series, along with the Butterfly Pop-Ups Mini Market kit from 2016.

We're now heading into the year 2011 and I used my little Winter Penguin set to make my card. I was so influenced by Heather's card for The Present! I never ever thought of using multiple penguins on a card. Really! When I saw hers, I knew I had to ...

I stencilled the background using a stencil from the Post & Parcel kit and then sprayed the entire layer with adhesive and glittered it all over. I declare it to be a perfect winter birthday card for one of my littles! P.S. I had already made this card, but not posted of course, when I saw that another entrant used this exact same layout!!! I was going to make a do-over but decided not to.

Next up is something for 2012. I do own a couple of the highlighted sets and chose to work with Embroidered Blooms ...

I stamped the leaf detail from that set in Aqua Mist and then embossed it with Versamark and white detail embossing powder. A bit of ink blending in the background, a rose from the Sweet Life and a sentiment from Swan'sational finished it up.

For 2013, I picked the Pedal Pushers set and made two identical cards while all my things were out, mostly because I couldn't decide whether to stamp three or two Eiffel towers LOL.

There are definitely some cards I like better than others from this challenge. And I wish my camera was behaving but it absolutely hasn't been lately. :( And, in case you noticed, I'm missing three years 2014, 2015 and 2016. I'm going to try and do one for each of those years and add to this post, just for my own personal satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. In the meantime, thanks for the visit!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

300 Weeks of Inspiration

So happy to be playing along with Kara's 300 Weeks of Inspiration Challenge on her blog. Every week I check her Friday Inspiration File  to see what she has chosen as her favourites for the week and I'm never disappointed. Thanks, Kara, for always giving me incredible goodies to look at!

I chose to be inspired by a master cardmaker, I think we can all agree on that, Debby Hughes (limedoodle). Kara chose this lovely in Week 287 ...

and it totally blew me away! You can find Debby's original post here. It was the colour scape that did me in, and her perfect curvy design. This is what I came up with ...

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110. Stamps/Dies: Altenew Peony Bouquet; PTI Bold Bouquet (an anniversary set), Garden Grace, New Every Morning. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Bright Buttercup, Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile; Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress. Other Dies: Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles.
I hope to sneak in another card for this challenge today, but I'm not sure I'll make the deadline, since I haven't even made up my mind yet what card to case! Way too many to choose from.