Friday, February 17, 2017

A Look Back... part 2

I've been playing along with the Papertrey Ink anniversary challenges all week, but didn't have a chance to photograph/blog the projects until today.

For 2008, I decided to use Garden of Life. This remains to be one of my favorite floral sets. I love that it's whimsical and fun!

For the first card, I used the scribbled rose image- how ahead of their time was this image? I think a  few years later, scribbles became a hot item.

Anyway, I stamped the line image only on vellum and embossed it in white. On the reverse I coloured each flower with Copic markers. I put that on a white card base and added a Spring Moss sentiment strip with a cut out flower embellishment. The flower was stamped with Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, and Spring Moss. The greeting was Simply Chartreuse on Spring Moss.

I decided to make a second card featuring 2008 product. This time I also featured two other 2008 sets- Polka Dot Basics and Birthday Basics. This card is pretty straight forward. I stamped my polka dot background on Spring Moss and placed that on a scalloped piece of Harvest Gold. The card base is Dark Chocolate. I added a floral embellishment again. Although this time, I jazzed it up with a button. I don't remember what these ones were called, but PTI used to carry them- they are a wooden button. I have always loved them and typically hoard them, but thought I ought to start using them more!

Onwards to 2009- I was happy to see Fruitful featured! I tend to have a soft spot for food themed stamps. I just find them super cute for whatever reason.

For the first card, I went with a simple layout. I stamped the citrus image three times- once in grapefruit colours, once in lemon, and once in orange. I was still finding the layout too simple, so I pulled out the Diamond impression plate and added that to my Berry Sorbet background. Just a note about the sentiment- if you intend to have a greeting on an impressed piece of paper, stamp it first!!!

 The greeting comes from Cupcake Collection- another one of my favorite 2009 sets.
Colours- Grapefruit consists of Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise, Lemon is Bright Buttercup and Harvest Gold, Orange is Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise.

I used Basic Gray (SU), white, and Berry Sorbet. Each of the fruits was finished off with a touch of Wink of Stella (you can see the shimmer in the close-up)

With all these looking back through the years, I also have been looking through my blogs. I came across one where I had used the cupcake image with a raspberry. I decided since I had Fruitful and Cupcake Collection out, I would revisit that idea, and used a strawberry instead. I also finally used Cocoa Bean. I'm not sure that it will become as used as Dark Chocolate, but I quite like it as a brown/neutral. The stamped pattern on the Green Parakeet card stock is from the Background Basics retro set.

For 2010, I was going to try and use one of the other sets, but Beautiful Blooms II remains to be one of my most used sets. I was inspired by Lizzie's subtle sponging on her card.

I stamped the three sizes of flowers in Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, and Pure Poppy. The centres of each were Summer Sunrise and the leaves were Spring Moss. I played around quite a bit before settling on this layout. I brought out one my MFT scalloped stitched edge dies and also decided to incorporate some Pool Party paper and ribbon (SU!). The yellow panel is Lemon Tart. I have to say, I really love all of the yellows that PTI offers! I think this was my favorite card of the night!


For 2011- the only set featured that I own is the Year of Flowers Collection, and although I've stamped with it, I don't know that I've ever completed a card with it. I still struggled with this set. I tried a few things Wednesday night and it was just NOT happening. So I set it aside and came back to it Thursday.

I saw a layout on that I thought would work with this set and sure enough it did! I think the daffodil image is one of my favorites of the small version. I stamped that on white and coloured it in with Copics and fussy cut it out... even had to pull out the x-acto for part of it. I really like the Scatter seeds of kindess sentiment in this set, so I made sure that my scalloped feature panel could fit that plus the flower. I pulled out another older product- the long scalloped rectangle nestabilities. I don't think I've used these in years, but they are quite nice and still trendy enough (despite not having stitches). I didn't want my background to be too plain, so I added background stamping from Petal Power. There are so many of the background sets from PTI that I love and use a lot!

Colours featured- Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, White

And finally, a card from 2012- I had to use Hello Sunshine. It's one of my favorites. I love all of the ray options included and the various sentiments that can be built with the word sunshine. I'm sure I've made something like this before, but it was approaching the end of my Thursday night, so something quick and simple was needed. I stamped the rays with Bright Buttercup. The circle line image is also stamped on the Bright Buttercup circle centre, but it's a bit hard to see in the photo. I wasn't planning on added sequins, but there was an unfortunate water/ink spot that appeared to the left of the greeting, so I decided, why not add several! The panel was placed on Orange Zest and then on a Hawaiian Shores card base.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A look back- part 1

It's the beginning of the Papertrey Ink 10th year anniversary festivities. Today's challenge was to look back at the sets released in their first year- 2007. I brought out some sets that had not seen ink in some time.
First up: Beautiful Blooms
I went with the colours: Kraft, Vintage Vanilla, Melon Berry, Canyon Clay, and Dark Chocolate

I wanted to try something else with a different floral image from the set. I inked up the flower with Hawaiian Shores and then Tropical Teal to get an ombre floral effect.

The leaves were embossed with clear on Limeade Ice. I pulled out an old sketch from the clean and simple stamping blog, since I started that up in 2008. Thought it'd be fun to revisit.

The next set I brought out was Text Boxed. I made a background with the burst-y image. I decided to bring a more updated set with it- the Shakers and Sprinkles dies and stamps.

 I decided to make one more card with Text Boxed. I remember that one of the reasons that I originally purchased this set was for those stars! I stamped the image on black cardstock with versamark. Then I sprinkled the top part with gold powder, the middle part with platinum, and the bottom with silver to create a metallic ombre look. I die cut a scallop stitched panel out of vellum and stamped a greeting from Superstars. I attached that onto black cardstock with another "retro" supply- gold brads. I really like how this one turned out. The ombre metallic turned out exactly as I hoped and I will definitely be trying this again!

Lastly, I brought out Green Thumb. I made two simple 4.25 square cards. They are pretty straightforward. I love the spring vibe of this set and thought bright colours would be ideal.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink November 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

As soon as I saw this month's inspiration photo for the PTI November Blog Hop, I knew I had to find the time to make a card. I was pushing it to the last minute and got it done last night. The whole inspiration picture makes me want to put together a beautifully staged scene to tuck the card into though!

Anyway, enough babble, onto the card!

I took a bit of a shortcut in the sense that I already had these ornaments from Vintage Ornaments II already mostly stamped and cut out from a previous project. I picked my colours from the photo. I decided to go with Hawaiian Shores for the background, white and gold embossing tree elements on that and then the ornaments are Raspberry Fizz and Lovely Lady, Simply Chartreuse and Limeade Ice, and Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, and Harvest Gold. I also brought in silver for the ornament toppers.

Once I had those all set to go, I stamped by background to make it appear like a small view of a white tree. I used one of the branch images from Holiday Greens. I embossed that in white and brought in a small trio of dots from the Wreath of All Seasons set and embossed that in gold.

I stamped the ornament strings in black and then adhered the ornaments with dimensional tape. The greeting comes from the Christmas Ombre Sentiments set. I really love this set because the sentiments are all a decent length and fit into spots that others normally wouldn't. I thought it was a good fit here.

To make my little scene pop, I mounted that on black and then gold.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Star Search Project- Peace Be With You

Hello! I'm a bit delayed in posting, but I'm super excited to share today's project with you! I designed this one for the Papertrey Ink Star Search contest. The challenge was to make a video featuring at a holiday/winter project. The video needed to feature on-camera face time for at least 50% of the running time and be less than 3.5 minutes. Please be sure to head there to check out the videos and vote! I am honoured to be one of the finalists!

The card features blending and stamp layering.

I started with a piece of White Stamper's Select card stock. I blended Pinefeather, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist to make an icy blue-green type background. Next I took snowflake images from the Peace Be Still set and stamped all over, layering Pinefeather snowflakes over the blended Pinefeather and Teal parts, and then Teal snowflakes over the Teal and Hawaiian Shores parts, and finally Hawaiian Shores snowflakes over the Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist parts.

Next, I stamped snowflakes all over the entire panel using Fresh Snow ink (how appropriate!). As the project dries, the inks fade into the background and soften.

To finish it off, I cut out "peace" from the Wonderful Words holiday die collection. I layered a few pieces to give it more dimension. The rest of the sentiment comes from the Wet Paint Holiday stamp set stamped on a thin strip of Aqua Mist.

One thing I love about this technique is how versatile it is. Change up the colours and images and you really can use this for any occasion! Here is one I made using Papertrey Ink's Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise for the blended background and a leaf image from Harvest Berries.

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