Thursday, September 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop - Cozy Colours

Thought I would take a few moments today to participate in this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink. Nichole has provided a beautiful inspiration photo for this month's hop. I chose to be inspired by the colours in the photo and created a birthday card for my mom.

Maile Belles posted a technique on her blog last month using cutout panels on her card front to reveal the paper underneath. I did the same here revealing a piece of Smokey Shadow CS that has been textured with the Linen texture plate from PTI - it is difficult to see in the photo.

Stamps - The Sweet Life, Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Paper - Neena Solar White CS, Smokey Shakow CS (PTI)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Blush, Hollyhock, Vineyard Berry, Garden Green, Olive (CTMH)
Other - Linen Texture Plate (PTI), rhinestones, 3D foam

Monday, August 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop - Touch of Gold Stationary


Good Morning all. Thought I would take the August Blog Hop challenge at Papertrey Ink today. Love this inspiration photo of stationary by Kate Spade.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge - love embossing with gold - wanted to create more but didn't have the time. I used Maille Belles' great stamp set called 'Live Love Life'. Love the graphics and font in this set. The paper I used has a deeper, richer colour in real life - still haven't found a good spot to photograph my work in my new home.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

PTI - Stamp-a-faire - Renaissance - Wax Seals

My second card for the Renaissance era showcases a wax seal. What fun! Really enjoyed making this card and plan to do more in the future.

Stamps - Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI), Alphabet stamp
Paper - Rustic White CS (PTI), Black CS, patterned paper
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark
Other - gold sealing wax, black twill ribbon

PTI - Stamp-a-faire - Renaissance - Velvet Stamping

Still plugging away here. Nichole Heady has a couple of wonderful videos on the Renaissance Era. This card features velvet stamping. I had a really difficult time photographing this card, with the difficult to see image on the velvet, the silver embossed frame and sentiment and the deep purple of the cardstock. I also could not get a very good image on my velvet with an iron and stamp as shown in the video. I tried on this black velvet and also on some velvet ribbons that I have, thinking they may have been made from a different fiber. I ended up stamping on the velvet with versa mark and embossing with clear embossing powder. I hope it still counts. I used the center of the largest image of the Hands of Time stamp set for my velvet stamping, even thought it is difficult to see, it does look pretty good.

This card is actually a deep purple and the frame and sentiment are silver embossed.

Stamps - Hands of Time, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Std. Circles Lg (Spellbinders)
Paper - purple CS, White CS
Ink - versa mark, silver EP
Other - black pearls, black velvet

PTI - Stamp-a-faire - Ancient Rome - Mosaics

Lizzie's second technique is inspired by Roman mosaics. In her video she shows three different ways to explore this art form. I chose to create a stamp using self adhesive fun foam and emboss resist. I didn't have a mosaic type cover plate so used my hexagon plate. This is a fun technique and I do like how it turned out.

Stamps - Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Hexagon Coverplate (PTI)
Paper - Rustic White CS (PTI), Sunset CS
Ink - Pear, Clover Meadow, Smoothie, Sunset, Moonstruck, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark, Clear Embossing powder
Other - button, hemp

PTI Stamp-a-faire 2014 - Ancient Rome Frescoes

Well, it's 1:30 p.m. and I finally got my projects completed for the first era of our time travel today - only behind by 2 eras - Yikes! Thought I would be able to keep up today, guess that's not going to happen. Check out the videos by Lizzie Jones highlighting a couple of great techniques based on the art of ancient Rome. Great job Lizzie!

The first video focuses on roman frescoes - which were paintings done on plaster. Lizzie uses embossing paste but I used modeling paste since I couldn't find embossing paste in my local stores. Love the texture on this card. Kept it pretty simple since I didn't have any PTI images I could colour and the solid images I have tend to be floral. My perfectionist self wanted to do this card over since my stamped border isn't exactly straight, but I decided if I did that with each card I would still be here when next year's stamp-a-faire rolls around.

Stamps - Square Prints, Think Big Favorites (PTI)
Paper - Rustic White CS (PTI)
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Star Spangled Blue
Other - Modeling Paste (Liquitex), sequins

PTI Stamp-a-faire 2014 - Morning Timer Challenge

Good Morning and welcome to the first challenge in Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire event today. I don't usually do well with timed challenges, but I do try to do them since I tend to spend far to much time making decisions when it comes to paper crafting. Timed challenges are a great way to kick yourself in the butt to get moving. Here is my attempt. Once I had picked my layout and colour scheme from those offered I was able to complete this card in just under 20 minutes - which is a huge accomplishment for me.

I used Sketch #5 and Color Recipe #3

Stamps - Wonderful Words: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Birthday Trio (PTI)
Paper - Rustic White CS (PTI), Black CS
Ink - Grey Wool
Other - Buttons, 3D foam

Friday, August 22, 2014

PTI Stamp-a-faire 2014 - Meet and Greet

Hello everyone! It has been far too long. With the move and spending all of my extra time with my mom and family I have not crafted in over three months (hard to believe). I decided to break the drought by participating in Papertrey Ink's annual event - Stamp-a-faire. I played along last year through some of the challenges but hadn't been prepared in advance to complete them all. I had hoped to purchase the kit this year but missed the deadline, so I spent some time this week trying to put together some stamping supplies for each of tomorrow's events.

The day will be divided into the exploration of art and creativity of different eras. Looking forward to the festivities starting tomorrow at 7 a.m. at Nichole Heady's blog, hope to see you there.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How The Time Flies

Just checking in to let you know that I have been busy the past couple of months prepping and staging my home for sale. The house has sold and a new home purchased in a community six hours away. And now the packing begins. Not sure if I will have an opportunity to craft before we move - if not I will be back some time in June. Happy crafting!

                                                                 Our New Home

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Fun - Building Blocks of Design

Oh what fun! The challenge for today at the continuing celebrations for Papertrey Ink's anniversary is to build your project using the various building blocks listed on each designer's blog. Roll the dice to select your numbered item from each list. Here is what I came up with - would love to play again but am heading out of town shortly so this is it.

Here is the list of building blocks I ended up with:
Ashley - A color - Harvest Gold
Betsy - A color - Orange Zest
Cristina - A color - Aqua Mist
Danielle - A neutral - White
Dawn - A sketch - Sketch #5
Erin - A theme - Birthday
Heather - A technique - Watercolor
Laura - An embellishment - Rhinestones
Melissa - A fiber - Seam binding

I die cut water colour paper with the spiral notebook die. Stamped the image from mini blooms with versa mark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then used a water brush and blue re-inker to water colour around the blooms.

Stamps - Mini Bloom, Boutique Borders: Birthday
Paper - Whisper White CS (SU), Heavenly Blue CS, Creme Brulee CS (CTMH), water color paper
Ink - Versa Mark, White EP, Heavenly Blue, Creme Brulee, Sunset inks (CTMH)
Other - Mini Blooms Dies, Spiral Notebook Die (PTI), A2 Matting Basics A die (Spellbinders), May Arts seam binding (dyed with Sunset reinker), rhinestone brad, rhinestones, water brush