Friday, 28 April 2017

Stencilled Watercoloured Backgrounds

I'm playing along with this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at Papertrey Ink, but I'm not enjoying it one bit. I can't lie. I'm not a fan of watercolouring and Betsy is up this week and she's showing us how to add interest to our cards by stencilling in a watercoloured background. Blech! But I did it. And after 447 tries I have one that I'm willing to post ...

I did everything exactly as she told us to. I die cut my PTI Quatrefoil cover plate to use as a stencil, laid it over some Tim Holtz watercolour paper and coloured it in with PTI reinkers (Mint Julep, Spring Moss and Aqua Mist) and a wet paintbrush. When I was finally done with that step, I looked down at it and said "Quite frankly, you're boring". So I promptly put the cover plate back on top to emboss my card front. And ended up with some texture. Yes!

That's the thing I don't enjoy about watercolouring. There's no tooth, no bite, no texture. I like bold paintings done with acrylics and oils and mixed mediums, ones that scream out a message. Please don't take this the wrong way. I see plenty of watercolour artists (and cardmakers) who do fabulous work and I gasp at the beauty and at their talent, and I'm crazy jealous of them. I appreciate all of it. I can not paint or colour in any medium, so I certainly wouldn't say a word against anyone's style or amazing talents. It's just that I prefer bold and a bit over the top when it comes to art. Or graphic. But I love looking at all kinds of beautiful things, even ones that are not my personal style.

Anyway, now that I'm done with my rambling, I finished off my card with a nice PTI Big Hugs word die cut from Aqua Mist, added a stamped sentiment from that same set to a Keep It Simple frame, stuck on a branch from Beautiful Berries: Spring that I had left over from another project, and added some flowers from Tulip Time.

So remember, don't be mad at me. Just be glad that I don't often paint. I only did it for the chance at a $25 gift certificate. 🙃

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!