Thursday, August 18, 2016

MFT Camp Create

I've always meant to join in the fun of MFT Stamps Camp Create. So this session I made a point to actually follow through!

The first challenge was Monochromatic Magic. For some reason this was a struggle. Maybe I was feeling the time crunch? I don't know, it just seems like whenever I make a card with no limiting criteria I make monochromatic ones all the time. But as soon as I feel limited, I just struggle, ha, go figure. So here is my first card:

Looking back, I think I would make this much simpler. I have an idea of what I would do instead, but that will have to wait for another time. I used the leaves from the Large Desert Bouquet set. My photo is a bit shadowed, but I used all greens on there (PTI Pinefeather, New Leaf, Vintage Jadeite) I layered the leaves in different colours for my background. The greeting is from Pretty Poppies and is stamped on vellum since I didn't want to bring a 4th green into the mix.

Next up Awesome Ombre! See, here's a card that didn't have to be monochromatic, but it ended up that way. I started by blending a few blues onto some white card stock. I cut out the hello die from that. I decided to add in some more ombre elements. I used some of the flowers from Large Desert Bouquet and did some rock and roll stamping to achieve the blended effect. I didn't like how the hello looked onto of the flowers so I die-cut the panel and added it as an inlay. I popped that panel up since I love the look of white on white. It still seemed a touch too plain so I added a few sequins.

Next up- Remarkable Resist. This was my last card of the night so I can't claim that I was feeling at my most creative. I started by stamping the stars from Count the Stars in versamark onto white cotton paper and then embossing them with white powder. I did a quick wet wash over the stars and then used a rainbow palette of distress ink. I stamped a greeting from count the stars onto a small strip of black cardstock and paired that with a die-cut "Stars" word. I placed my watercoloured panel onto a black card base and then added some stickles to the big word since it seemed like it needed a touch of glitter!

Onto the 4th challenge- Divine Dry Embossing. In the past, I've used stencils as embossing plates, so I thought I would give that a go with this Cascading Scallop stencil. It took a few tries to get the shims thick enough, but once it worked, it was a truly stunning effect!
I jazzed it up with some die cut and stamped Fall Florals as well as some sequins and a greeting from Rainbow of Happiness. I am also totally in love with this colour palette (PTI colours: Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate, Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, and Kraft)

Now for the Bonus Bonfire Challenge- Single Layer Savvy! This was actually my second attempt. I had originally used the same poppies and watercoloured them. However, in my impatience, I stamped my greeting before waiting for my background to dry- it was blurred and unsalvageable. Given that I had about 2 more hours to try and get everything done, I decided that attempt #2 would be stamping only. I inked up the poppies using PTI's Pure Poppy and Scarlet Jewel using a roll technique to get the shading. I did a similar technique with the leaves using PTI's Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado. I added my greeting using Dark Chocolate. I felt like it wasn't sharp enough for a one layer card, so I created masks for the poppies and stamped the word background in a light tea ink over the whole card. In case you were wondering, I used a copic marker to colour the poppy centres. The greeting came from the other poppy set- Delicate Pretty Poppies.

Now for the last, and maybe my favorite for the Stunning Shadow Stamping challenge. I love how easy this technique and it makes for such a sharp card! I stamped several flowers from Large Desert Bouquet in white and then again, slightly offset using PTI's tropical teal. I added the hello die, cut out from black and then added in a few black rhinestones.

And here's everything on my desk amongst the mess I made!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lots of Cards! SAF2016!

This first card is one I made back on July 14. I made a recent PTI order and was itching to use the rainbow stencil. I had a lot of fun with blending and water splattering here.

Now onto the Stamp-a-Faire 2016 challenges!

Card #1- Colour Challenge.
Bright Buttercup, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Vintage Jadeite 
I really liked these colours together. I used Leave It Be and the Keep it Simple Happy Birthday greetings II.

Next up, Starry Night. I'm all about background blending, watercolouring, and splattering lately, so I enjoyed this card (even though it took way to long to make!). I used Memento reinker for the foreground painting which worked surprisingly well! Stamps are from Wet Paint I. I used an assortment of PTI and distress inks for the background. 

3rd challenge- Gilded in Gold. I really love all the gold I have seen on other people's projects but I always struggle making it work. This one started with just winging it and then using some suggestions from my Stamp-a-faire buddy, Fran (she suggested the splatters). I used the Sparkle & Shine dies and stamp set as well as the Random Lines set.

Next up- The Impressionist challenge. Wow did we ever struggle with this one. I think if I owned the stamp set that Melissa used for her sample, it would've been easier. Between Fran and I, we couldn't decide on a stamp set that worked, and we kept not really liking the looks we created. I ended up making this one this morning. I didn't follow the steps exactly, but I did embossing with watercolouring so I'm counting it!. The main greeting was cut of Stormy Sea. The "happy" was clear embossed- amazing how that darkens the colour so much! Stamps on here are Pretty Peonies, Woodgrain Background, and Keep it Simple Wedding.

Now for the Inspiration Challenge. I really simplicity and colours of the Matisse, so I went with that and made a simplistic card using the Brushed Off and Congratulations sets.

Time for more splatters! I was actually prepared for this one, I lay down papertowel and wore gloves and got messy. My string transfer isn't as obvious since I watered down my ink a bit much, but it still works well as one of the layers of the background. The rest was pretty standard ink dropping. For the big drops I used my biggest brush and soaked it with the ink and then wrung it out high above the paper so it would make a big splat. Lots of fun! Stamp is from Wet Paint II. The die is from the Good Times set.

Now for some Pointillism.  I liked Heather's sample, but wanted to try something different. I made die cut the butterfly out of thin printer paper and used the negative as a stencil. I used several dot stamps and started stamping various shades of pink and a few black dots. I really like how it turned out! The dots were mostly from Polka Dot Basics and the sentiment is from Life is Beautiful.

Even though I had already done painting throughout my projects, it was time for more! I went pretty simple here and made a rainbow wash background. I topped that with some dew drops and some embossed popsicles and a greeting from the Summer Sweetness set.

The last challenge was Colour Blocking. I was thinking that I would really struggle with it, but once I found a set that would work, it went very smoothly. I decided to do a long panel of 3 instead of the square panel of 4. I wanted to be a little different! Stamps are from the Flipping Out set.

And finally, here's one of Fran and I with the first cards we completed last night- the Starry Night challenge.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

PTI Anniversary Challenges- Part 2

I'm a little bit last minute, but I got all the rest of the PTI anniversary challenges done!

This first card was a colour challenge. Using a "fortune teller" type paper toy, I got the colours Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, and Ripe Avocado. The challenge also allowed the use of neutrals, so I also used black, white, and vellum on here. Stamps are from Beautiful Blooms II and Big Hugs. 

Next up is the 9 square challenge. I pulled out almost all my background sets for this one (sorry not going to list them all!). I sponged ink onto white squares and then stamped the background image in the same colour ink. It still feels a bit incomplete, but I just didn't know what kind of sentiment or other details I wanted to put on there, so it will stay as this for now!

Here's a close up of some of the background details

Next up is a thank you card for the PTI Warehouse staff. I pulled out an old set- First Fruits. Pineapples seem to be trendy again, so I felt like using that image. I used the background image first to make stamp. To soften it, I placed vellum over top which I adhered with brads. The pineapple was cut out and then I die cut "thanks" from the Wet Paint die collection. Although it's hard to tell, both that and the card base are Dark Chocolate. I added some glossy accents onto the die cut word for some added dimension!

And here it is up close!

Next up is the 5 minutes to gather supplies challenge. This one is a bit tricky, 5 minutes can be a lot of time to grab stuff. I didn't grab too much, I just knew that I wanted to use some Soft Stone cardstock and the Feather Finery set and a die from there, as well as a scripted sentiment from Birds & Blooms. I grabbed a few inks too (Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, Lime Ice and Simply Chartreuse). I got like how it turned out!

Finally, here is the challenge from today. This one was fun, as there was a product or technique listed with every letter of the alphabet. You were to find the corresponding items to your name. For my name, I used the letters N,A,T,S, and H. You didn't need to duplicate any letters that you have more than one of. 

N- Use a new product
A- add a border
T- tie on some twine
S- Stitching
H- Heat Embossing

I pulled out Scribbled Sentiment since that is one of my newest PTI sets and I've only used it once, I heat embossed that in silver. I then added some twine stitching and also tied the button on using twine. The border I added is the scalloped rectangle.

Monday, February 08, 2016

A few PTI cards

It's February, which means it's time to play along with Papertrey Ink's anniversary festivities. I always like the festivities as I find at this time of year my creativity wanes. The challenges and contests are great for sparking some inspiration.

The first card I made was inspired by Danielle's colour choices (Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Classic Kraft)

I decided to warm up with a one layer card. I used the Birds and Blooms sets. I added a tiny bit of dimension by adding some liquid pearls to some of the flower centers.

The next challenge I participated in was the fashion inspired one. I have always loved the pattern of this apron, so I decided it was high time to make a card.

I pulled out the Fruitful stamp set and my best matching PTI colour palette (New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Tropical Teal, Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate)

The card is pretty straightforward- I stamped the background and then added an embossed greeting from Scent-imentals on vellum.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Embossed Flowers

It's been a while since I shared a card here. I got Fall Florals a while back and keep meaning to use the set. I initially started playing around with some die cut flowers, but I just wasn't feeling it. So I decided to take a totally different direction. I stamped the flowers onto watercolour paper using versamark and embossed them with clear powder. Next I really wanted to use my newly acquired distress colours (wilted violet, mermaid lagoon, abandoned coral), so I just started loosely painting over the embossed flowers. I added a greeting from Pretty Poppies. It wasn't feeling quite complete so I found some sequins and added those. 

I dug into my old stash of card stock and used Stampin' Up's Tempting Turquoise and the long retired Orchid Opulence.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sparkly Rainbows and Fancy Flamingos

I decided to make a few more cards for the Superstar Challenge over at the MFT blog.  
For the first one, I featured a sparkly rainbow. I've been wanting to make a glitter rainbow for some time now. This die really makes it easy to do this. I applied some scor-tape to one side of some white cardstock, then ran it through the cuttlebug. When I took it out of the die, each arch was cut, but the whole item was still somewhat fused together. I applied tape to the back to ensure that it would stay together. Then I simply removed each arch at a time and added my glitter one colour at a time! Love the effect!

I completed the card by making a sky scene on some Cool Caribbean cardstock and adding in a few clouds. The sentiment comes from Tickled Pink. I separated the greeting so I could have it say exactly what I wanted instead of the original "Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink".

My next card is a bit of a step outside the usual for me. It actually started the other night. I made a background by starting with the pretty little flower from the Penguins in Paradise set. I stamped it with Versamark onto some glossy white paper. Next I sponged some tropical colours over (colours here are PTI's Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, and Orange Zest).

I was really struggling with what to put with the background. I kept looking to the other images in the Penguins in Paradise stamp set, but when I coloured and cut them out they just didn't have that POP that I wanted. So finally today I thought, why not flamingos! I die cut a pair out and decided to show them in love.

I thought this sentiment from Tickled Pink was a cute punny one to go with the scene.

The hearts were also cut from some glossy paper. I sponged some Raspberry Fizz onto glossy white and then die cut them out and placed them into the scene.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stars and Wishes

When I saw that My Favorite Things was having a Card Design Super Star contest, I knew I had to participate! I'm realizing now that it's a happy coincidence that I used stars!

 I really wanted to feature a rainbow colour scheme on my card. I started by watercolouring a mix of colours onto some cotton paper. Next I die cut the "wish" word and then clear embossed it.

For the background I sponged the same inks onto some white card stock and then stamped the stars in the same inks and in white ink. I didn't want the greeting to get washed out so I applied a vellum overlay. The final touch was a few of the the sketch stars that I applied glitter to.

For my next card, I still had another sponged background with stars that I wanted to use. For that one, I stuck with a white die cut word. I clear embossed it for an extra pop.

MFT Supplies: Stars & Wishes Dies, Count the Stars stamp set, Lucky Stars Dies
Other Supplies: White Cardstock, Cotton Paper, Distress Inks, Pigment White Ink, Archive Black Ink

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