Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Papertrey Ink October 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink October 2017 Blog Hop Challenge. Even if the inspiration photo that Nichole provided is not especially Christmas-like, I've made holiday cards anyway. I'm determined to do nothing but for the rest of this year. Here is the pic that we're working with ...

Lots to choose from, but definitely a colour story going on. I chose a few PTI stamp sets to work with and ended up with three cards, that don't look all that much like anything in this collage 😃. For me, it's just as easy to make three cards as one once all my supplies are out. Starting with my favourite, this is what I did ...

For this one I was most influenced by the top right corner of the inspiration collage. The PTI sets I chose to work with for the Blog Hop were Winter Village, the All Through The House Make It Market kit and Treetops Glisten (a Maile Belles number which I just bought this year and that I've fallen in love with).

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides for the first time on this one to do the background. I only own two colours (Wild Honey and Broken China), but a few more are on their way to me as we speak 😉. I love these inks! In general, I adore pigment inks and own lots of them and I really didn't think I needed the Oxides. The thing that makes them different from pigments, in my opinion, is that you can easily stamp dye inks over them, i.e., the sentiment I added.

Next, my second favourite card ...

Continuing with the theme of trees and little villages, inspired mostly by the middle row, second from left, in the photo. Yes, I know I'm stretching the limits of what a holiday card is 😲🤓, but I don't care. For this one, I added a super cute sentiment from Very Merry, which I just received this week.

My last card is a one-layer, which will make it much more easy to mail out. But it is definitely my least favourite. I like it, but it lacks oomph ...

My inspiration came from the last two images in the middle row. (I love how there are so many colours incorporated into the Adolfo Serra illustrations.) It's all Treetops Glisten in this one. After I did the stamping I embossed my card front with PTI's woodgrain embossing plate. P.S. I made the snow hills with an image from Winter Village. Do you believe that at first I had freehanded the lines but DH told me that they were shockingly bad?!!! Hmph!

So there you have it and another month gone just like that. Thanks for looking and have fun hopping.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Make It Monday: Build-a-Wreath

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday card challenge where this week Melissa Phillips is encouraging us to make paper crafted wreaths. I love Christmas wreaths the most, and that's what I went with. I came up with a layout that I really liked and, since I was experimenting with colours anyway, I decided to do three versions of the same card ...

All three are window cards and I had fun coming up with sentiments to use in the wreaths' openings. The first one I made is probably my favourite (all supplies are from PTI unless otherwise stated; and you can click on images if you want to make them larger) ...

For all three cards, I used a stamp and die from Holiday Greens to make my wreaths. In this case, I stamped the image on Mint Julep die cuts, blending two ink colours, Simply Chartreuse and New Leaf. I also stamped the image on my card base for a fuller look - love the extra dimension it adds. A bow from Bells & Boughs and a sentiment from Deck The Halls finishes it off.

For the second one I went red but very simple ...

I tried to make a play on that famous little houses' wreath that Martha Stewart made a few years ago. No where near as stunning as hers, duh, but still friendly. The rest of the sentiment is Happy Holidays (from Keep It Simple: Happy Holidays) and is stamped below the window. The main sentiment is from the Make it Market mini kit: Holiday Tag Along. The houses are from another one of Betsy's kits: All Through The House.

The next one is the most embellished, maybe a bit over done? ...

I created the woodgrain background for my Simply Chartreuse card front using a Tim Holtz stencil and some pigment ink (sorry, can't remember which one; I actually did this card front a while ago.) I can't wait for the PTI woodgrain metal stencil to arrive (it's on its way). It'll be so much easier to use. Did I ever mention that I love woodgrain patterns, LOL? The sentiment and holly are from Enclosed: Bell and the bow is from Betsy's first Christmas kit: Tinsel & Tags.

And that's it for me today. I do believe these are my first Christmas cards of the year, so let the games begin! You won't be seeing anything but holiday projects from me until next year. Thanks for the visit and hope you're having a nice weekend.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Faux Epoxy Embellishments

Don't fall off your chairs, but I'm actually blogging a card! I'm participating in this week's Make It Monday challenge, over at the Papertrey Ink blog, where Betsy Veldman is showing us how to feature faux epoxy embellishments on our cards. Fun for everyone! This is the card I made ...

Instead of just using clear embossing powder to make my embellishment, I thought I could save at least one step by choosing UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) but I ended up embossing as many times as Betsy did. Please note that I actually coloured the pumpkin! It felt good to make a card and I'm hoping that my motivation continues.


Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Stamps - PTI Autumn Pumpkins
Ink - PTI Ripe Avocado, Terracotta Tile; Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - PTI Autumn Pumpkins, Limitless Layers Circle 1-3/4". Mix & Mat: Pretty Brackets
Other - Ranger's UTEE; Copics