Saturday, February 17, 2018

Last Few PTI Annivesary Projects and MFT Olympics

Hi everyone!

I've got several cards to share today!

I'll start with my Papertrey Ink challenge projects. First, the colour challenge card.  I chose Betsy's palette: Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist and Green Parakeet.

I started with making a few watercolour backgrounds using the Smooshing technique. I loaded up a large block with all 5 inks, spritzed with water and stamped. I added a few splatters and decided that the colours would look fun with as planets. I die cut a few from Out of This World and decorated them further with the coordinating planet images.

For the background, this was also one of my previous smooshing techniques. Because of the type of paper I used, it was less subtle. In order to make it more interest, I added more splatters and then I used one of the stencils from the kit and the corresponding inks.

Next up, the Stripes challenge. I brought out a PTI oldie-Faux Ribbon and started making a stamped background. I pulled out Superstar and decided to cluster a few stars and added some Spring Moss ribbon and a sentiment from Ways to Say It: Birthday

Now, onto the MFT Olympics!

Event One: Stamping Slalom 

The goal was to use at least 3 MFT stamp sets. I used a dragon from Magical Dragons, a heart balloon from Adorable Elephants, and the sentiment from Bitty Bears. I also brought in a 4th MFT image product- the ray stencil. The card is pretty basic. I stamped and arranged the dragon with the balloon and then coloured it in with Stampin' Up markers. I blended coordinating ink on the Lemon Tart background to add the ray pattern.

 Event Two: Freestyle Cardmaking

For this challenge, the card could be in any style, but had to feature a winter theme. I brought out Polar Bear Pals, Beast Friends, and Paradise Penguins for the stamps. I coloured these with Stampin' Up markers again. For the background I used the Stitched Snowdrifts and the Cloud stencil.

Event Three: Crafty Biathlon

For this challenge,you had to choose a card type and a technique. I chose the card type of Shaker and the technique of Emboss Resist. I embossed two flowers from Desert Blooms in white embossing powder. I blended several distress inks over that. Next I die-cut the word Smile out of the background. That's where I made my shaker card! To finish it off, I added a white embossed greeting and some black nuvo drops to the background.


Event Four: Speed Cardmaking

This card is the one I made for my sketch challenge over at Clean & Simple Stamping. It was a nice quick card made with the retired MFT set Pretty Poppies.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A few challenge cards

I found time for a few challenges for the Papertrey Ink festivities this week.

My first card is for the sketch challenge. I was inspired to use Heather's sketch. I don't have the bird from the original card, so I decided to use one from Spring Woods instead. Since I used a robin, I went with a bit of Aqua Mist since it's a bit of a robin's egg type blue. The sentiment is from the Ways to Say: Congratulations

My second card is for the Transformation challenge. This is a card I made using Distress Oxide inks and the Cutaway Tags: Spring several months ago. I don't mind it, but it is a bit flat. 

I decided to transform it by adding some of the coordinating stamps and embossing them in white. I also cut out a few more layers of the tag and layered them on top of my original tag. I like the added dimension it gave the card.

My third card is for the floral challenge. I love Gran's Garden, but don't have the dies, so I decided to do a one layer scene with the flowers.I finished it off with the Ways to Say: Thank You die and a few black Nuvo drops.

My fourth card is for the use a retiring stamp set challenge. I also made this one to work with my sketch this week at Clean and Simple Stamping.

I used mostly Lilac Grace and the Beautiful Butterflies set.

My final card is for the Use Dies Only (no stamps allowed!) challenge. This card looks much better in person. I used the dies from the XOXO set and a few hearts from a retired set (sorry I don't have the name- it was designed by Maile Belles and featured speech bubbles). I cut out the hearts from Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy. I also used the stitched rectangle from the Noted: Scalloped Vertical die for my main image panel. I die-cut several layers of the "Be Mine Valentine".  Before die-cutting the final layer, I blended the a few inks. Once cut out, I embossed them with clear.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop Challenge

Hello all!

It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

I keep meaning to participate in the blog hops each month, but apparently the week of the 25th tends to be a busy one for me. I managed to squeeze in some time Tuesday night for this challenge. Isn't it a fun one!

Once again, I started the challenge by brainstorming colours, ideas, and images that spoke to me from the inspiration piece:
For images: Ice Cream (obviously, lol), Party Hats. Candy Confetti
For colours: Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, Gold, Silver,
For ideas: birthday card seemed like the obvious choice as well.

I was kind of all over the place when I started crafting for this challenge. At first, I was going to use the ice cream cone from Love Songs, but I really wanted to use something that wasn't retired. And as I was looking through my stash, I realized that the Colorful Treats set was the perfect set for this inspiration piece!

So I started off with the ice cream cone, stamping it and colouring it with Copics. And I liked it, but I just couldn't decide how I wanted to use it on the project with the other colours I had picked out. So I started over! I stamped the ice cream cone once more onto watercolour paper, heat embossed it with white and used the PTI colours I had picked out to paint it. I loved the look a bit more than the Copics version. But I still had the same problem- what was the rest of the card going to look like.

I started to play around with smooshing- I used Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush and then when dry, I gold embossed the dots from Good Times over top. Once again, even though I liked how it looked, I just couldn't make it work with the ice cream cone. 

So.... back to looking through the stash. Finally I came up with something that worked!

I used the Noted: Scalloped Vertical A2 set to finish off the card. I used the larger stitched rectangle piece to cut out some Berry Sorbet. I used the card base scalloped piece on white. Next I stamped two of the greetings from the Colorful Treats set onto the Berry Sorbet and heat embossed those in white. I adhered the Berry Sorbet panel to the card base, and then, last minute, I decided, I needed to add some tone on tone stamping. So since I had already glued it down- I placed several post it notes on the white base to protect it from the ink and stamped a few ice cream cones in Berry Sorbet.

Finally, I was ready to add the coloured cone, which I did using foam tape. The very last step was adding a few sequins.

So yeah... I was kind of all over the place with the process, but that's just the way it is sometimes. If you stuck with me and read all that, thanks!

If you're here just for the pics too, that's okay! Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to seeing others take on the challenge!

Supplies (affiliate links used, whenever possible):
Ink: Versamark, Berry Sorbet
Paper: White, Berry Sorbet, Watercolour
Accessories, etc.: Noted: Scalloped Vertical A2 dies, white embossing powder, sequins (note: you could use the Colorful Treats dies to cut out the ice cream cone, I don't have the dies, so I fussy cut it)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018



I'm back again this week for another CASology challenge. This week's cue is Glimmer.

When I went into the craftroom tonight, I wasn't necessarily setting out to make a card for this challenge just yet, but it just kind of came together. It started like this...

I asked my husband for a "reasonable" challenge. I said reasonable because some of his challenges are a bit out of the box. Anyway, he decided to take it easy-ish on me and said, text your friend- Ask her what colour her shirt is and ask her what the first colour she sees is. So I did. My friend was wearing a white shirt and gave me gold with red pop as the colour. When she sent me her OOTD she had a gold feather necklace on and a red belt. So suddenly, I was thinking Fanciful Feathers!

And how perfect would they be in red, with just a bit of gold ink on the edges! So that's what I did!

I die cut a stitched rectangle. I used the MISTI to stamp the feathers in Pure Poppy first, and then I added Gold pigment ink over top to add that gentle gold glimmer. I stamped the greeting in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold. The final step was using foam tape to pop up the image layer.

I was going to leave a link to Fanciful Feathers, by WPlus9, but apparently I've been living under a rock and it's not available anymore! Even though I own the set, I'm a little sad. It's a classic.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Time for another CASology challenge card. I tried to keep things a bit more traditionally CAS this time! I used a lot of white space and a mostly monochromatic colour combination.

I cut out three layers of the "hugs" die from white cardstock and lightly sponged the top layer with a bit of Mermaid Lagoon distress ink. I made my own patterned paper using images from Embellished Elegance on Dark Indigo. I thought the leafy images in this set paired nicely with the little botanical type design of the letters. I finished off the card with stamping and cutting out the little "sending" banner and adding a few sequins.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

CASology #281: Encouragement

Good evening!

I've got a sunny sort of encouragement card to share today. I saw that this week's CASology cue was encourage, which I thought was a nice theme to start blogging with in 2018.

This colours of the card may not seem like your traditional "white space", but the background itself is uncluttered. I also think that the simpler stitched images help achieve a graphic, clean look.

I cut out the scalloped stitched layer and blended the background. Next, I placed the stencil, and blended another layer of the same colours. I die cut the sun and a few clouds, as well as the word "sunshine" and then pieced it all together.

Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Orange Marmalade, Candied Apple, Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron (Distress Inks), Summer Sunrise (PTI), Black
Stamps:Sending Sunshine (WPlus9 Design)
Dies: Sunshine Layers (WPlus9 Design), Sunny Skies (MFT)
Stencil: Radiating Rays

Monday, November 20, 2017

A few challenge cards...

Well, it's been over a month since I posted (to be fair I was away for 2 of those weeks and then sick for another week)...

Anyway, nothing like some challenges to get the creative juices flowing, right?

I had a lot of fun with these two!
First up- the sketch challenge! I really enjoyed this one, as it is such a clean and simple sketch, which I am obviously a fan of!

I have to say, once I had my elements all together, it was a bit of a struggle to not flip the sketch. I really have such a comfort with white space in the bottom third, but nevertheless I stuck to the sketch! I started with this festive yeti and a hat from Beast Friends. I coloured the images with Copics and then cut them out (don't have the dies yet!). I grabbed a sentiment from Bitty Bears. I'm seriously loving the simple sentiments in that set (as if the adorable little bears weren't enough of a reason to pick up that set!)

To finish it all off, I die cut a few circles, the base circle using Smokey Shadow and the scalloped circle from Pure Poppy. The sentiment was stamped on a banner die-cut. Finally, everything got placed on a nice Kraft card base with the bottom corners rounded.

Here's a close-up of my colouring. I didn't do anything super extravagant for shading, but I did add little dots of white gel pen to each bulb. To make them really twinkle I also added a bit of shimmer using a Sakura gelly pen.

Next up, the colour challenge! Now when I saw these colours, they really shouted Halloween to me. However, this challenge was posted Nov 9- Halloween is over- so I really liked the challenge of making a non-Halloween card.

 I have to say, this card turned out even better than I had hoped! I used the bold letter Smile die. I cut it three times out of the white cardstock, making sure there was space between them to add in some greetings from the corresponding stamp set.

I set that aside and got to work on my background. I grabbed 4 Distress Oxides that were a good match for MFT's colours (Wild Honey, Spice Marmalade, Wilted Violet and Black Soot). I don't think I can really say it enough times, but the Distress Oxides blend soooooooo well. Seriously, I don't think I could get the same smoothness of blending with this kind of colour combination with other inks, at least not as quickly and easily.

I attached the smile layer to the blended background and thought I was done... Well wouldn't you know it, I got a yellow smudge on the white layer (GASP!). I refused to give up. I stamped a few flowers using the smallest flower from Large Desert Blooms. I fussy cut those out and covered the smudged area (and two other spots to help achieve a visual triangle). And you know what, the flower totally made the card feel finished. So yay for smudges, I guess??.

Here's a close up (that purple flower is the one that's hiding the smudge, lol)

Thanks for popping by!