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