Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Color Throwdown Challenge #490

I was featured stamper for the challenge #448 over at The Color Throwdown, yikes, and so this week I get to be featured stamper for #490. The inspiration photo was ever so lovely, with the colours being interpreted as pink, lavender, sage green and light gray ...

I played around with a few different ideas, but ended up being happiest with this card ...

Did you notice that I used the little negative squares that my die cut out on the inside of my card, as the bases for my flower elements? I thought it looked neater that way, and I definitely like neat and clean, pretty much to the point of obsession! P.S. It also made it easier to line up everything so that it showed through the windows correctly.

Thanks for having me at The Color Throwndown as a featured stamper; I really appreciate the shoutout. And, as always, thanks for the visit!


Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Recollections Gray.
Stamps & Dies - WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals; Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy; PTI Alpha Blocks die.
Inks - Altenew Pinkalicious, Pink Diamond, Soft Lilac, Frayed Leaf; Fresh Ink Silver Lilac, French Lavender; PTI Lilac Grace, Hibiscus Burst; Versamark.
Other - Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Color Throwdown Challenge #488

I decided to play along with this week's Color Throwdown Challenge because I just couldn't resist the colour combo - yellow, green, aqua and white. The inspiration photo was just darling too ...

and it didn't take me any time at all to come up with this card, hurray for me ...

Very simple, as usual. I foiled a Heidi Swapp sentiment that I downloaded quite a while ago. It's impossible to show the foiling with the yucky weather we're having right now, but trust me that it's a pretty rose gold. I combined a die cut butterfly from PTI with some beautiful flowers from the WPlus9 Rose Builder set and my card was done.

As always, thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

PTI Make It Monday: Stitched Stems

Playing along this fine Tuesday (not! in the middle of a snow shower), with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. Michelle Leone is up this week (for the first time and she did a fabulous job with her video! I love hearing someone's voice for the first time - hers was not what I would have expected - like I could have ever known or imagined what it would be like that. Ha!) showing us how to add simple stitched stems to our floral cards. Sewing is not my strong suit, just don't really enjoy doing it (maybe because my eyes aren't good enough), but I like stretching my brain once in a while. This is what I made ...

I realize that there isn't much stitching showing, but that's okay. The whole purpose of a challenge is to get us inspired and Michelle's cards certainly did that for me. Go on over to visit the blog and get inspired yourself!


Paper - PTI Stamper's Stamper's Select White; Lawn Fawn patterned paper.
Stamps - PTI One Big Happy, Embellished Elegance, Fresh Floral Wrap Ups.
Inks - PTI Saffron Spice, Dark Indigo; Altenew Galactic Stream.
Dies - PTI One Big Happy, Embellished Elegance, Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical; Spellbinders Petite Ovals; SSS Folded Banners.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Using Outline Images

Stephanie Gold is up at the Papertrey Ink team blog this week for Make It Monday and she's showing us how to do something different with outline stamp images.

Since I only own maybe three stamp sets that contain outline images, it took me about two seconds to decide which set I was using, Still Life: Summer. This is what I made with it ...

It was a fun exercise but not my all time favourite. Whenever I stamp a full pattern like this, it ends up looking like a pair of flannel pyjamas, at least to me it does.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Papertrey Ink March 2018 Blog Hop Challenge

Happy to be participating in this month's customer blog hop, over at Papertrey Ink. There's a beautiful inspiration photo and I like that it got me using some blues, which I hardly ever do ...

I made three cards. The first one features PTI's Tulip Time set, with a couple Beautiful Berries: Spring and a sentiment from Swan'sational thrown in for good measure ...

One of the things I loved in the inspiration photo was the gorgeous plate hanging on the wall, and I tried to recreate it here, using the Scene It: Basic Backer die and some basic Spellbinder circles. I inked edges with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

Next, another flower card, this time made with Gran's Garden and a Hawaiian Shores woodgrain embossed background. I loved all of the dreamy/creamy colours of the flowers in the photo ...

And then I made a man/boy card!!! It's the thing I'm most excited about. I've just about given up on making cards for any of the men in my life; I never have the right supplies - my stamp images are too flowery and most of my sentiments have lovely feminine curves, not at all right for men. But I came up with something, thanks to a wonderful cardmaker who I've recently started to follow on Instagram, Francesca Ravasi @margherita1921. I absolutely adore everything about her style, the way she uses patterned paper and embellishments. She reminds me of the way I used to make cards when I was scrapbooking and hadn't started stamping yet. I had so much fun making this card ...

Used old scrapbooking papers from October Afternoon for this. I also embossed some PTI Hawaiian Shores cardstock with the PTI woodgrain embossing plate, which I first inked up with some Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I added some sentiments from Petite Pots. It will serve as a birthday card for one of my grandsons. Yay!!!

And that's all she wrote. And it's quite enough. As always, thanks for the visit. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Create Along With Us March 2018

I'm playing along with this month's Create Along With Us, over at the Papertrey Ink team blog. A lot of awesome new products are being released tomorrow and the designers really made beautiful things, like always. I was most influenced by all of the pretty ovals and Penned Elegance alphabet, as well as by a couple of really gorgeous purple projects. This is the card that I made first ...

Products used include PTI's Graceful Greetings and my most favourite ever anniversary set, Bold Bouquet.

Edited to Add: After seeing Laurie's amazing monochromatic card made with the new Stitching Garden stamp set, I had to try and CASE her ...

I "made do" with Simple Sunflower and Doodlie-Do, along with a sentiment from The Stamp Market. As always, thanks for the visit!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Make It Monday Colour Wheel Cards

Playing along with Lexi Daly over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. She's giving tips for making cards using the colour wheel as a guide. I have never, ever, consciously thought about the colour wheel so this was a fun exercise for me. As usual, I ended up with more than one project - I can never make up my mind about anything, LOL ...

I played with saturation and intensity. The first two cards are the same, duh, except for the colours I chose. The last card was needed for a birthday this Sunday for a seven year old boy. I'm sorely lacking in stamps that are kid appropriate. I find that all the sentiments I own are in fonts that are just too curvy/feminine or sophisticated for children. I'd love to find some focal point sized sentiments for birthday cards that would be cool for kids!

As always, thanks for looking. Hope that you're having a great week!


Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Cocoa Bean, Kraft, True Black, Vintage Cream.
Stamps: PTI Fresh Floral Wrap Ups, Birthday Style, Wet Paint III.
Inks: PTI Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile, Bright Buttercup, Harvest Gold, Saffron Spice, New Leaf, Amethyst Allure, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist; Fresh Ink French Lavendar; Hero Arts Red Royal; Ranger Archival Viridian; Memento Tuxedo Black; Altenew Caribbean Sky, Parisian Blue, Sapphire.
Dies: PTI Fresh Floral Wrap Ups, Big Hugs; Neat & Tangled Awesome; SSS Stitched Rectangles.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Mask & Stack

Playing over at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge, where Betsy Veldman has us masking and stacking. Masking is most probably, without a doubt, for sure, my least favourite technique. It's never easy and it never ends up being perfect. But I've been trying all week to come up with something and I finally have a very simple one that I don't hate ...

I used just one detail layer from PTI's The Sweet Life rose set and added some leaves from Beautiful Brushstrokes. Some random sentiment stamping (The Stamp Market) finished the card off. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Papertrey Ink February 2018 Blog Hop Challenge

Super cute inspiration for this month's customer blog hop, over at Papertrey Ink.

So many things to love; the colours come to mind first but all the Easter goodies (bunnies and eggs) are a close second. I made two projects and both happened to also be influenced by Laurie Schmidlin's Make It Monday framing technique :) ...

So much fun! Lots of beautiful PTI cardstock used on both of these cards! The only Easter set I own is Papertrey's Hippity Hoppity, but I do love it so. Thanks for looking.

Framing Images & Sentiments

Joining in with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge this week, hosted by Laurie Schmidlin, framing sentiments  and images. That woman really does make the most beautiful cards - she's so inspiring and I love the tips she shared this week. Here's what I made ...

I used lots of Papertrey Ink's luxe cardstock in some super delicious colours as well as one of the Swoosh dies. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 5: Retiring Stamp Sets

Today was the day during the annual anniversary celebrations that Papertrey Ink announced which stamp sets would be retiring in May. There are lots of incredible sets on that list, including some that are my very favourite PTI stamps.

For today's challenge, they've asked us to make a card with stamps from the retirement list. I chose to work with a very simple $5 set, Enclosed: Bell, which happens to be one of my preferred Christmas sentiment sets. I made two super simple and quick projects with it. First a card ...

Yes, that gorgeous sentiment (and others) plus that ideal sprig of holly is on that $5 stamp set! Buy it now, thank me later! I also used a Concord & 9th set, Tree Ring Background, to add a soft setting for my sentiment. I cut my panel with one of the PTI Tipped Top dies and added it to a white card base.

Next a super fast wine tag. I have a thing about loving wine tags in green. Don't know why, but I always think they look good hanging on a bottle of either white or red wine ...

I used some lovely Mint Julep cardstock for this one to add to the vintage/retro vibe of that red "Joy". I grounded the sentiment with a light stamping of PTI's Text Style II.

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 4: Floral Challenge

For the 4th day of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations, we were challenged to make a floral project. Wink, wink, hardest challenge ever.

I was really smitten with all the stunning designer projects that were featured today, showcasing the gorgeous new anniversary stamp set for this year, Mixed Bouquet. I have to say that my card was definitely influenced by this awesome number from Kimberly Crawford. I love her simple clean graphic perfection. (I've been sadly and badly in need of inspiration because I'm currently dealing with my second bout of flu in less than a month.)

Here is what I made, using the PTI anniversary set from 2016, Painted Petals, and a sentiment from Brushed Blooms ...

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 3: Transformation Tuesday

Hey everybody, today the team over at Papertrey Ink  told us about some cool new features that they're introducing for the coming year, including Transformation Tuesday, where the DT takes a previous project that they may not be crazy about and they change it into something fabulous! So simple for them. There is also a new once-a-month feature called Simple to Spectacular.

I have many projects that could use a redo, but in the end this is the one I decided on. I started with this card, that I had made for last year's anniversary celebrations which I never liked enough to use for the contest ...

It looks way less wimpy and tired to me now ...

PTI Stamps: Garden Grace and Life Is Beautiful.
Hope you're all having fun with the anniversary events. Can't wait for product reveals!

Monday, 5 February 2018

PTI 11th Anniversary Day 1: Sketch Challenge

Happy new year, everyone. it's been a while! I am so happy that anniversary celebrations have started (finally) over at the Papetrey Ink blog! This morning they announced the new design team and I'm relieved that most of my favourites will be back (so sad to see Wanda Guess go) and that a couple of amazing people have been added. Looking forward to being inspired each month.

Today's challenge is a sketch one, and I chose to follow Melissa Phillips' design. In fact, I may have followed (copied) too closely, but I really want to participate every day and have told myself that I can't get too bogged down in overcomplicating everything. Same thing with photos - simple they will be!

I meant to make my card long and narrow like Melissa did, but my embossed woodgrain panel looked really wonky as a card base so I popped it onto a white folded card.


Paper - Stamper's Select White; DCWV gold foil
Stamps - Gran's Garden, Big Hugs, Don't Forget To Write
Inks - Olive Twist, Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Dies - Mix & Mat Plaid, Keep It Simple Frames, Gran's Garden, Limitless Layers Heart Stitches, Woodgrain Stencil
Other - Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder