Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Almost every month the 25th sneaks up on me. Yesterday, I was browsing my usual card blog list and realized that it was the 24th! It wasn't too late to play along with this month's PTI blog hop challenge.

The inspiration piece is quite soft and beautiful.

Photo source: Once Wed

I was inspired by all that softness. I was thinking vellum, rich luxurious white paper, watercoloured leaves and a metallic touch.

I think I achieved what I wanted, but it does not photograph easily. I took a few different shots so you could get a better idea.

First of all- the interior (since that's actually what I started with): I brought out some of my cotton paper because I just love it for watercolouring. I inked up two of the leaf images from Turning a New Leaf with distress inks. I knew these would not stamp crisply, but I didn't want them too. Next I used the same inks and made a little palette and got to work painting. I used Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles for the greens and Brushed Corduroy for the brown. Once that was done I took just a touch of silver reinker and watered it down to add little sparkly touches to each leaf, which you can see better on the next photo.

I waffled a bit about just placing my embossed greeting directly on the watercoloured panel, but I decided against it. Instead, I adhered the panel into a vellum card base and embossed the word from  the Pen & Ink set using Platinum embossing powder. The final touch was some white organdy ribbon and some silver cord.

Thanks for stopping by, can't wait to see what everyone else made!

Stamps: Pen & Ink, Turning a New Leaf
Paper: Cotton, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy, Silver
Accessories, etc. Platinum EP, Organdy ribbon, silver cord

Monday, July 24, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 342

Now that I've returned to the Clean and Simple Stamping card sketches, I've been reminded about just how much fun card sketches are.

I didn't even realize that My Favorite Things stamps had a challenge blog, but now that I do, expect to see semi-regular participating from me. Challenges are such a great way to jump into a card, especially if you're not sure where to start.

Here's the challenge sketch:

And here's my take. I knew I wanted to make a little bit of patterned paper, but I have a lot of line art from MFT. So I decided to pull out Winter Warmth for a bit of "Christmas in July" fun. I was feeling earthy tones and went with Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Olive Twist, and Americana (from PTI).

I used the coordinating Winter Warmth dies, as well as one of the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies to match the interesting angled panel at the top.

One more detail shot- I just love the perfect white frame these dies leave with the images!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for another Papertrey Ink blog hop!

I completely lost track of the date and didn't make anything ahead of time, so I madly rushed to put something together this evening.

Check out the challenge here

Here is the inspiration piece by Megan Carter:

Don't you just love the grey, yellow, peach and orange tones!! And I am always a fan of bold floral images.

Because I felt a bit of pressure from the deadline, I pulled out an old favorite- Beautiful Blooms II. the colours I pulled from the inspiration piece were: Smokey Shadow, Stormy Sea, Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, and Soft Stone.

After I stamped it all, I realized that Stormy Sea is really not the right grey- something with more pink in it would've matched the inspiration piece better, but it's still a neat colour combination and one I probably would've not come up with otherwise. I used Soft Stone as my light neutral here, just to change it up from the standard white.

I did a lot of fussy cutting with this one. I know there are matching dies for the larger flowers from the Beautiful Blooms II set, but for whatever reason, I am more satisfied with their look when I cut them out. The other stamps used here are Cutaway Tags: Spring and Turning a New Leaf.

Here's a close up shot of the dimension. I used regular pop dots for the grey and pink flowers, since it's extra dimensional. The yellow and orange flowers were popped up with foam mounting tape, which is a little bit less dimensional.

Supplies (all by Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Turning a New Leaf, Cutaway Tags: Spring
Paper: Soft Stone, Stormy Sea, Pale Peony
Ink: Stormy Sea, Smokey Shadow, Bright Buttercup, Pale Peony, Orange Zest
Accessories, etc.; pop dots, foam tape

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A few mother's day cards

I was in the mood to make a large batch of cards. I love this stencil by Bo Bunny and love the ease of blending with Distress Oxides, so it seems like a perfect mix!

I did two versions of butterfly backgrounds- the first version is Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.

I used the Grandma and Mom dies from the For the Girls set and paired that with a sentiment from Simply You

The background for the next version is Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick

I really love how these turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for another Papertrey Ink blog hop challenge. This month's inspiration comes from Victoria Johnson Design. I loved the bold floral images and colour palettes.

Originally, I had planned to make a pattern similar to the one on the right. I didn't end up having as much free time as expected, so I went in a different direction. 

I brought out Spring Woods and got to work. This is a set that I've barely used, so it was nice to put ink to it.
 I wanted a softer, blender background, so I started with that. I blended distress oxide inks. Next, I die cut a few of the branches and stamped them with Sweet Blush for the flowers, Mint Julep for the leaves, and Dark Chocolate for the branches. I liked the yellow and blue for the bird, so I used Harvest Gold (stamped twice) and Enchanted Evening. I need to build my stash of mother's day cards, so I added a greeting from Fillable Frames #4 (love this one!).

I still want to make some patterns similar to the image on the right, but need to assess my floral stamp stash first. 

Ink: Sweet Blush, Mint Julep, Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, Enchanted Evening, Versafine Black Onyx, Distress Oxide- Broken China, Faded Jeans
Paper: Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, White
Accessories, etc.: Blending Tool, Spring Woods Dies

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Transformation Challenge

Today's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge was a fun one- "Create a new project based on improving a card you were not happy with."

Here is the card from my stash that I was less than thrilled with.I think it one I had done for one of my clean and simple sketches. It's not awful, it's just not terribly exciting. 

So for my first re-do, I decided to keep with the purple theme, but I switched up the main purple to Amethyst Allure. I decided to keep the sentiment, lose the ombre inking, and keep the polka dots. I changed the layout completely. 

Again, it's not awful, but I don't love it, and it still seemed boring. Even the curved stitched edges couldn't make this exciting. Originally I had a third popsicle on here, but the more popsicles, the more it began to look like a weird treed purple landscape!

So next, I decided to just do what came naturally.

And today that meant, lose the all purple theme, go back to my standard layout, and get a rainbow palette. I also used the little cute droplet stamp to help make it seem more "melty" I have to say even though this one really looks nothing like the original, I am much happier with it!

Inks: Amethyst Allure, Cocoa Bean, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Green Parakeet, Limeade Ice, Fresh Snow
Paper: White, Amethyst Allure, Bitty Dots patterned paper, Lavender Moon

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A few birthdays

I made a few birthday cards for some of the Papertrey Ink anniversary challenges.

The first one was to use at least 3 of a repeated shape. At first I wasn't sure what I should use, but then I remember the Cover Plates. I hadn't used the hexagon one in some time, so I thought that'd be a fun one to use with this challenge. I die cut strips from Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Tropical Teal and mounted those on foam dots. I added a simple greeting from Keep it Simple: Happy Birthday 3 and that was it. 

Stamps: Keep It Simple: Happy Birthday III
Ink: True Black
Paper: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, White, Smokey Shadow
Accessories, etc.: Coverplate: Hexagon, foam dots

Today's challenge was to use a favorite floral set. It's hard to pick just one, but I tend to use the Beautiful Blooms II a lot. So I figured I'd use it some more! I was inspired to use Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow and Soft Stone.

I like cards like this, where it's really just some simple stamping in a pleasing colour palette. I finished it off with a greeting from Winter Woods and also added some white Nuvo drops to the flower centres. The main panel is Soft Stone, instead of white, just to change things up. To ensure that I got bold images, I used the MISTI and stamped each flower twice. That wasn't necessary for the Smokey Shadow leaves, as that ink is quite dark already.

Stamps Beautiful Blooms II, Winter Woods
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow
Paper: Smokey Shadown, Berry Sorbet, Soft Stone
Accessories, etc.: white Nuvo drops