Saturday, February 26, 2011

MIM: Glitter Strips

I had some spare time to try my hand at the latest Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. This week's challenge was to use glitter strips. I used Scor-Tape a few ways on the card. First, I stamped the rainbow, cut it out, coloured it with Copics, then stuck that to a sheet of Scor-Tape. I put together my sky scene, then decided to add a glitter border to the white card base (just in case my rainbow didn't count as using a"strip"of Scor-Tape). Besides, what's a little more glitter, right?

  • Stamps: Up & Up and Away (plus sentiments)
  • Ink:Fresh Snow, Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, White
  • Accessories, etc.: Cloud die Vintage Cream felt, Scor-Tape (1/4'' and sheets), glitter

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

MIM: Vellum Sentiment Strip Challenge

I have to say, it's nice to be doing a regular challenge (besides my weekly CAS sketch card)! I am enjoying PTI's Make It Monday challenges (it's always nice to have the possibility of winning something too)

I wanted to do something a little bit different than the typical sentiment strip. It's not much as far as "out of the box" goes, but I decided to fancy up one edge of the strip with a scallop punch. I used to never use Perfect Plum, but I really like it with these other colours.

  • Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Big Birthday Wishes
  • Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Perfect Plum, Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate
  • Paper: White, Vellum, Sweet Blush, Perfect Plum, Scarlet Jewel
  • Accessories, etc.: Scallop edge punch, By the Numbers die

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Combo Challenge

When I heard the news that fellow Clean & Simple Stamping blogger Heather Pulvirenti was starting up a bi-weekly colour challenge, I knew I had to join in the fun! Colour challenges are a great way to get those creative juices flowing. One thing I really like about colour challenges, is I usually have NO idea what I will end up making, I pretty much let the colours dictate my card theme and layout.

So here is the colour lineup for Heather's first Totally Hues challenge. Isn't it delightful?

I had also decided to make another entry for PTI's Make It Monday challenge (use lots of one type of sentiment on a card), so that also came into play for the whole process. Whenever I want to do a colour challenge, the first thing I do (and I'm sure I'm not alone) is grab a sheet or scrap of each colour and see how it all looks together. These colours shouting out "HAPPY!", so I decided I'd make a birthday card. I also have a ton of birthday sentiments, so that worked well for the sentiment part of the challenge. I had a loose piece of paper on my table that had a few sketches on it, so I decided to go with one of those.

Finally, here's the card:
  • Stamps: Cupcake Collections, Big & Bold Wishes, It's a Celebration, Birthday Bash Greetings, Birthday Basics, Faux Ribbon (all by Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Hibiscus Burst, Daffodil Delight
  • Paper: White, Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold
  • Accessories, etc.: Eyelet Border Punch, Corner Rounder, Limitless Layers Die-1-3/4

Saturday, February 12, 2011

More PTI Anniversary Challenges

Here's my entry for today's challenge of "Thinking Big". Whenever I need a big sentiment, I think of these great greetings in Big and Bold Wishes. The main greetings are also in one of my favorite fonts!

I still love how teal and brown go together, so that's what I went with on here. The greeting is actually stamped with Stampin' Up!'s Early Espresso, but it photographed almost black. I hadn't used the button bow technique in a while so I figured I'd do that. That technique is where you loop the ribbon, tie a knot in the center with string to actually cheat making the bow, then add your button on top- I know I found out how to do this from a video, but I cannot remember who posted it, sorry!

  • Stamps: In Bloom, Big & Bold Wishes(Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal (Stampin' Up!)
  • Paper: White, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip
  • Ribbon/String:5/8 inch Satin Ribbon- Teal Michaels, Baker's Twine Dark Chocolate v
  • Button- Dark Chocolate(Papertrey Ink)
  • Punch:Border Punch- Diamond Lace (EK Success)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Colour Challenge

As much as I would have loved to tackle all of the colour challenges presented for today's PTI anniversary challenge, I just didn't have enough time in my day! I did manage to squeeze one quick card in though. I decided to use Nichole's colour combo:

I wanted to follow the challenge exactly, so I didn't even bring in a neutral!

I thought these colours would work nicely for a masculine card. I pulled out Masculine Motifs and got to work. I went with one of my fall to layouts. I added the leaves in dark chocolate to the side panel, it didn't seem finished though, so I stamped over that with a Text Style background.

  • Stamps: Masculine Motifs, Background Basics: Text Style II
  • Ink: Terracotta Tile, Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate
  • Paper: Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile
  • Accessories, etc.: Button, String, Corner rounder

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Go To Sentiments

I decided to try something a little different for the Make It Monday challenge. I always make birthday cards and I have SO many birthday sentiments, but I didn't want to rely on those. I decided, instead, to make a baby card. It was fun going through all my PTI sets to see how many great sentiments there are for baby cards!

I stamped a few practice versions on scrap paper to see what looked best, then once I stamped everything on the Kraft, I decided I needed to add a few embellishments. I went with glitter and stars!

  • Stamps: Mixed Messages, Bitty Baby Blessings, Baby Button Bits, Baby: Inside and Out, Star Prints
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Paper: Kraft, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores
  • Accessories, etc.: Sticky Sheets, Glitter, Glue pen, pop dots, Star punch

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Quick Tag Post #2

As many stampers are aware, Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations are underway. Today's contest is an awesome one- the prize is a chance to develop a stamp set with Nichole Heady. I've always wanted to design stamps, so this prize has me quite excited.

Here's my card featuring Nichole's Tag. I decided to use the colours as the rest of my inspiration once again- Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, and Hawaiian Shores. I thought it'd be fun to mix all sorts of frames here, so I matted the tag on a circle, then put that on Fillable Frames #4. I finished it off by adding everything to a polka dotted stamped scalloped square.

I found that the circle images seemed to work nicely on 4.25 square cards.

Quick Tag Post #1

As many stampers are aware, Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations are underway. Today's contest is an awesome one- the prize is a chance to develop a stamp set with Nichole Heady. I've always wanted to design stamps, so this prize has me quite excited.

I would have loved to use all 9 free tag images today, but time is always one's enemy. I managed to get two done. The first one uses Dawn's patterned image. The second card can be seen on the next post.

I decided to pair it with Limitless Layers- Circles, a Double Ended Banner die, and some Diamonds Impression Plate ( as well as Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, and Summer Sunrise).