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.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

How to pretend it isn't snowing



Despite the light snow falling outside my window, and the damp and the cold, I managed to think happy thoughts and came up with this card for the latest CAS(E) this sketch challenge, where Michele Ferguson is tempting us to play with one of her fun, and I immediately thought sunny, sketches.

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110. Stamps/Dies: Neat and Tangled Floral Heart. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold; Tim Holtz Distress Wild Honey. Other: Copics, Prismacolors
Is it bright enough for you, LOL? I really love yellow, but I rarely use it on cards and I have no idea why. I did some ink blending on my background, splattered with some water and added some sequins. Then called it a day. Thanks for looking; I'll be hopping around now that I've finished my entry.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Missing Files

This week, over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge, Lexi Daly is showing us how to mix up patterned papers by creating cards featuring patterned die cut silhouettes.

Her style is pretty uniquely her own and I love everything she does. I tried to channel my inner Lexi for this as patterned paper is not my strong suit. I very rarely include patterned papers on my cards. Even when I was scrapbooking, I just used snippets here and there - the rest was all photos, journaling and plenty of white space. I hurt my brain trying to think up a card. This is what I came up with ...

Paper: PTI Classic Kraft and Pure Poppy card, various PTI patterned papers; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. card. Stamps: PTI Keep It Simple: Missing You. Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black. Dies: PTI Bubble Talk, Edgers #5.


Very simple, so it would be over quickly and I could move on. Hahaha. Hope you all have a wonderful week!