Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MFT Colour Challenge 73


Welcome back! Today I have a colour challenge card for MFT. As soon as I saw these colours, I thought flamingo! I have not used this set nearly enough since getting it, so I figured now was the perfect time!

Sadly, I do not own any of the MFT inks or papers, so I made do with what I had, making sure to feature all sorts of other MFT goodies.

I started with my teal background- just one shade of teal wasn't enough, so I decided to bring in three tones to make an interesting wavy sort of sky. I cut each piece from one of the Stitched Snow Drifts dies and then kind of puzzled them together.

Next, the stars of the show- the flamingos! I die cut those out of a coral card stock and inked up the wings with the coordinating ink for added dimension. I decided to bring in the lighter gray of the challenge by giving them some ground. Once I had that all together, I decided that it needed some clouds, and stitched clouds to go with the rest of the scene were perfect!

I finished it off with a sentiment from Tickled Pink! Definitely love all the flamingo-centric fun sentiments in that set!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Simon says STARS!

I know, I know. Two posts in one day?!?  Yeah. It's been a long time since I've blogged twice in one month nevermind twice in one day!

But I've been meaning to put more of my projects out there. So many don't make it to the internet at all or only to Instagram. My latest goal is to keep up with various challenges in the community. So when I saw that Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge was stars AND the featured company was My Favorite Things I knew I had to find the time to get a card made. 

Here's my card. This one was totally inspired by my stamping friend Fran. She showed me this "happy accident". Basically blend a background, add a stitched border die and then flip it! So you get a lovely frame but the contrast of the colours. Love it. I also used her colour suggestions- Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry. I loved how vibrant this palette is! Originally I was going to try and water stamp with the stars, but that was a fail, so spritzed it with water to cover up the fail spots and stamped with white pigment ink instead. I add a few rhinestones for a finishing touch!

I have to say though with the hand-drawn looking stars, black text, and almost neon colours, it has a bit of a 90s vibe. What can I say, I'm a child of the late 80s-90s!

Stamps:Count the Stars (as I'm typing this, it appears that this set is on sale, being retired, so you may want to snag it and the coordinating dies if you love it!)
Ink: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry, Fresh Snow, Archival Black
Accessories, etc: Stars & Wishes die, Rhinestones, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames

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

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Kraft & Coloured Pencils

In an effort to post more regularly the blog, I've found challenges to be particularly motivating. I saw this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday featuring Pencil Crayons and Kraft Cardstock and the first challenge was to find my pencil crayons... I hadn't unpacked them with the rest of the craft room boxes for some reason.

Next, to find a stamp set that worked with colouring. I know I could highlight a solid image, but I wanted to use some line art. I really like the Daffodil from the Year of Flowers collection, and with spring almost around the corner, it seemed appropriate.

I stamped the larger flower image onto Kraft and got to work colouring. I stamped a second image and coloured the middle part only and cut that out and popped it up with foam tape. I didn't want to do my standard layout, so I changes things up ever so slightly and put it on an angle (if you know me, you know this is so not what I normally do!). But it's good to try different things- I ended up really liking it!

The greeting comes from Out on a Limb Sentiments and I jazzed up the background by stamping one of the polka dot backgrounds in white onto the yellow card base.

Finishing touches included a slight layer of Wink of Stella on the flower, white satin ribbon, kraft baker's twine, and a wooden button.

Supplies: (all by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)

Stamps: Year of Flowers: Daffodil, Polka Dot Basics, Out on a Limb Sentiments
Paper:Harvest Gold, Kraft, New Leaf
Ink: Black, Fresh Snow
Accessories, etc.: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor), Satin Ribbon, Baker's Twine (Michaels), Wooden button, Wink of Stella

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Every month, I intend to play along with the Papertrey Blog Challenge, but rarely find the time. Now that I'm all settled in my new house (i.e NEW craft room!!) I have more space and time though, so I am hoping to start participating monthly.

Because this month's fell on a Saturday, I knew I had no excuse! This month's image is so pretty. I love the regal tones. Once the inspiration piece was posted, I brainstormed the elements and PTI colours that popped out.

Inspiration photo comes from here

Here's what my brainstorm list looked like:
For Colours- Smokey Shadow, Plum Pudding, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Saffron Spice, Terracotta Tile, Gold, and Black.

For Themes- Laurel Leaves, Handwritten Script, Gems, Banner, Grape and Figs

I took that list and pulled out all the colours that I had written down and decided on my palette. Next I sought out stamps that felt like they fit the themes, at least somewhat.

I decided on Meadow Greens and Wet Paint III.

I stamped the leaves using Royal Velvet, Saffron Spice, Autumn Rose, and Scarlet Jewel onto white cardstock. Once that was completed, I slightly inked up the corresponding leaf stamps with gold ink and gently stamped over each image. I just wanted a touch of gold on each of the leaves.

I added a Royal Velvet frame and put the whole panel onto Saffron Spice.

The final touch was the sentiment. I die cut the "sending" image from Smokey Shadow card stock and embossed the "well wishes" greeting onto a vellum strip using gold embossing powder.

Supplies (all by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Meadow Greens, Wet Pain III
Ink: Royal Velvet, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, Saffron Spice, Gold
Paper: White, Royal Velvet, Saffron Spice, Smokey Shadow, Vellum

Thanks for stopping by! Happy blog hopping!

Monday, February 20, 2017

A look back... part 3

Here are my final projects for the last few days of the Papertrey Ink anniversary festivities/challenges.

I surprisingly don't have many stamp sets released from this year. I don't own any of the featured sets, so I went with an inspiration challenge instead. I took the colours from this lovely card by Cristina Kowalczyk and used them with one of the 2013 sets I own- Sketched Shapes. I thought the circle graphic combined with the somewhat masculine colour scheme made a great clean and simple birthday card!

Stamps: Sketched Shapes
Ink: Dark Indigo, Ripe Avocado, Terracotta Tile, Ocean Tides

I have a lot of favorites from this year. I actually only recently purchased Embellished Elegance and haven't used it much. I started by die-cutting out the word happy. I wanted to do some ombre stamping, but I wasn't sure yet where I was going with it. So I stamped a blue version and then a purple version. I liked them both so much that I had to make two cards!

To make the background I placed several of the leaf and floral images on one block and then stamped it in tone on tone all over the main background panel. For the blue one, I made it a wedding card by white embossing the "wedding day" sentiment onto Dark Indigo. For the purple one, I made it an anniversary card by white embossing the "anniversary" sentiment onto Royal Velvet. I have to say, I really like how simple, yet intricate these two turned out. Definitely could see myself making a whole big batch in other colours!

Stamps: Embellished Elegance
Ink: Dark Indigo, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain,  Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Lavender Moon, Fresh Snow
Paper: Dark Indigo, Spring Rain, Royal Velvet, Lavender Moon, White
Accessories: White embossing powder, Embellished Elegance dies


This was another year where I don't have that many sets. The ones I do have are more Christmas-themed. I was going to just make a Christmas card, but once I started I realized that I could make it into a masculine birthday card. I used this card by Laurie Willison as my inspiration. Because of the curved stitched die that I have, I flipped it.

I started this card with the Spring Moss panel. I die cut the edge and then stamped one of the sprig images from Spruce and Sprigs on there. Next I stamped several other sprigs onto white cardstock and starting the task of fussy cutting them out (why didn't I get these coordinating dies???). Once that was all done and I finally settled on an arrangement, I added a little wooden button with some baker's twine. The sentiment is a combination of 2 other 2015 sets- Scribbled Sentiments and Keep It Simple: Birthday II.

Stamps: Spruce and Sprigs, Scribbled Sentiments, Keep It Simple: Birthday II
Paper: White, Cocoa Bean, Spring Moss
Ink: Spring Moss, Spiced Saffron, Ripe Avocado, Terracotta Tile, Vintage Cream, Cocoa Bean
Accessories: stitched edge die (Mama Elephant), wooden button, baker's twine, clear embossing powder


I actually have quite a few 2016 sets, but none of the ones that I own were featured today. So what started out as inspiration challenge from this card by Laurie Willison...turned into inspiration from a 2017 project by Lizzie Jones. I guess that's how inspiration works though, I was going to use the layout from Laurie's card, but I really wanted to use the Tropics set and I remembered loving the colours from Lizzie's Palm Prints card. I added a sentiment from 2015's Good Times set. I got the dies for this set a long time ago and only finally got the coordinating stamps. Sure glad I did though!

For the leaves, I did lots of rocking and rolling with my inks. For this technique, I ink up the lighter colour first, then ink up the edges of the dark colour, but to ensure there's a smooth transition of colours, I gently tap the lighter ink over the whole thing right before stamping it. If you find that some of the darker ink transfers to the ink pad, just stamp the ink pad directly to paper a few times once you're done to get any of the darker ink off.

Stamps: Tropics, Good Times
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Black
Paper: Winter Wisteria, Hawaiian Shores, White, Tropical Teal, Vellum

And finally, here are all the projects from the last 10 days!  18 cards total- not to shabby!

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.