Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop - Merry Christmas Sparkle

Good Morning! Today is the day of Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. For this month's challenge we had this gorgeous inspiration photo to play with.

 I could have gone in so many different directions and actually started out with a different card in mind but ended up with this design. The photo does not do it justice, I do love how this card turned out.

I first stamped the wreath shape from Rustic Wreath in a dark green - I tried with lighter inks first, but it looks better if you can see the shape of the wreath through the dots. I then evenly spaced the largest dot from Polka Dot basics in a dark teal around the wreath. Next I stamped the light green and light blue with the next smallest dot and using Versa Mark I randomly stamped a smaller dot and heat embossed in silver. Since my light blue ink was stamped last some of the embossing powder stuck to the blue dots but not the green, it is a nice effect. After embossing the sentiment in silver I stamped over the large teal dots with versa mark ink and then rubbed Perfect Pearls over them. Topped it off with a silver foil bow and mat and a scattering of tiny rhinestones.

Stamps - Rustic Wreath, Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), Silver Foil CS
Ink - Lagoon, Topiary, Pear, Sky (CMTH), Versa Mark, silver EP, Perfect Pearls
Dies - Lil Inkers Bow Die
Other - bitty rhinestones

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

MIM #228 - Pearlized Blending

Hello all. It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. This week Lizzie has a great tutorial on using Perfect Pearls over blended ink.

I have two cards to share today. For both I created a mask from vellum as Lizzie suggested and die cut a hole using a Spellbinders circle die. I forgot to heat emboss a design on the red bauble before I started blending my inks, so I just added a sparkly flourish afterwards. The little silver caps on the baubles were cut from a Tiny Tag die cut. The Perfect Pearls really make these ornaments shimmer. I think I well make more of them as they are single layer cards and are fun and quick to do.

Stamps - Meadow Greens, Rustic Wreath, Tremendous Treats Christmas, Keep It Simple: Season's Greetings (PTI)
Dies - Tiny Tags (PTI), Plain Circles Small (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), Silver Foil CS
Ink - Versa Mark, Clear EP, VersaFine Onyx Black, Copic Multiliner, Perfect Pearls - Perfect Pearl, Hollyhock, Tulip, Vineyard Berry, Sky, Dutch Blue, Moonstruck, Topiary, Ponderosa Pine (CTMH)
Other - rhinestones, silver flourish

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop - Christmas Joy

Good Morning all! Today I am participating in Papertrey Ink's October Blog Hop. This month we are challenged to take inspiration from the photo below:

I was inspired of course by the colours red, green and kraft and also by the twine wrapped sprigs of greenery. I had in mind to create a swag of magnolia leaves including some painted silver, however I only had one leaf die that even remotely resembled a magnolia leaf and it was too large to do what I wanted to do. I am happy with the results of my first Christmas card for this season.

I die cut five leaves using the Leaf Silhouettes die, scored them down the middle and inked the edges and center spine with dark green. I glued them down to a narrow strip of brown cardstock and added the jingle bells and twine. I only had natural twine, so I added a few drops of red re-inker to some water in a mister and sprayed the twine. For the jingle bells I took silver bells, painted them with white acrylic paint and sprinkled with prisma glitter. For the background I sponged some white pigment ink onto the edges of the kraft paper and on the left and upper sections of the piece. I spattered some white pigment ink, heat embossed the sentiment and also stamped a few snowflakes.

Stamps - Filled With Joy (PTI), Snow Flurries (CTMH)
Dies - Leaf Silhouettes (PTI)
Paper - Classic Kraft CS, Pinefeather CS, Stampers Select White CS (PTI), DP (CTMH)
Ink - Versa Mark, White EP, White Pigment Ink, Ponderosa Pine, White Acrylic paint, Tulip re-inker
Other - Twine, jingle bells

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hot Glue Embossing Revisited

Good Morning all! I am thrilled to have a video tutorial on Hot Glue Embossing going live today at Split Coast Stampers. You can check it out here.

A couple of years ago I created this card for a challenge. I loved the way the hot glue created dimension and interest. You can check out that post here.

After being asked to be a guest tutorial author for SCS I played around some more with my hot glue gun and came up with a few more ways of creating designs with the glue.

Tip - Try out different ways of working with the glue, using different embossing powders and different combinations of re-inkers on scrap paper.

For the card above I sprinkled gold glitter about 3/4 of the way through heat embossing, unfortunately you can't really see it in this photo (did not have proper lighting for this shot), but it does give a wonderful effect. The art panel on this card was made by the drizzling the glue. When you add the re-inkers the colours tend to stay within the confines of the pattern spaces.

Here are a few more sample panels that have yet to be made into cards.

 Supplies: Watercolour paper, hot glue, embossing powder, re-inkers

Friday, September 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop - Chalkboard Technique

Good Morning! Today I have a card for Papertrey Ink's September Blog Hop which you can find here. The challenge is to use the chalkboard technique and the inspiration photo below.

I am not really happy with my results but I have run out of time to try again. So here it is:

Stamps - The Sweet Life, Movers & Shakers Sentiments, Inside & Out - Well Wishes, Stacked Sentiments, Wonderful Words: Birthday (PTI)
Paper - Fine Linen CS, Terracota Tile CS, True Black CS (PTI)
Ink - Fine Linen (PTI), Sorbet (CTMH), Versa Mark, White EP, White pencil, White Pigment ink
Other - twine, wood stars

Monday, August 31, 2015

Papertrey Ink SAF 2015 - Runway Challenge

Well, it's Monday and this is my final card for this year's Stamp-a-Faire celebration at Papertrey Ink. I didn't complete all of the challenges, but am happy with the six that I did get done. Below is the Runway inspiration photo selected by Ashley.

And here is my card

I do love how this turned out. I also used Maile Belles' sketch from the Patterns challenge.

Stamps - The Sweet Life, Meadow Greens (PTI)
Dies - The Sweet Life (PTI)
Paper - True Black CS, Stampers Select White CS, Sheer Basics Vellum (PTI)
Ink - Versamark, White EP, Clover Meadow, Sweet Leaf, Tulip, Baby Pink, Sorbet inks (CTMH)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Papertrey Ink SAF 2015 - Pins + Needles Challenge

This challenge is all about using stick pins, machine stitching or stamped stitches on your project. Melissa, Amy and Heather offer some great tips in their videos - check them out here.  I chose to use a decorative pin for my project and while I had my patterned papers out, decided to add some of those as well.

I also used Nichole's layout from the pattern challenge.

Stamps - Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Paper - DP - Teresa Collins, Stampers Select White CS (PTI)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - seam binding, stick pin, beads

Papertrey Ink SAF 2015 - Mix & Match Challenge

Betsy Veldman and Dawn McVey offer some great tips on matching patterned papers and colours in this segment of SAF 2015. I chose to work with patterned papers for this challenge. I realized I don't use a lot of patterned paper on my cards so this was a nice change for me.

I used four different papers on this card. I kept the design simple and let the papers do their thing.

Stamps - Thank  You Kindly (PTI)
Paper - Sycamore Street DP (SU), Stampers Select White CS (PTI)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - bakers twine

Papertrey Ink SAF 2015 - Thread Challenge

Well, it is now Sunday and I am still working on yesterday's Stamp-a-Faire challenges at Papertrey Ink. Check out these great video tutorials by Laura and Danielle on using thread and twine. I chose to make a thread nest and have to admit that I basically CASE'd Laura's card here. Love how it turned out, except I need to get me some of that great thread that Laura uses.

Stamps - Boutique Borders: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Chevron Vertical Coverplate (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, Soft Stone CS, True Black CS (PTI)
Ink - Versa Mark, White EP, Pacifica, Sweet Leaf, Juniper (CTMH)
Other - thread, black pearls (Kaiserkraft)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Papertrey Ink SAF 2015 - Pattern Challenge

The fun continues at PTI today. This is my second completed challenge, to utilize one of the designers' go to card patterns. I selected this great design by Dawn McVey.

Here is my card

Stamps - Doodle-i-doo, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Doodle-i-doo (PTI), Labels Ten (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, Sheer Basics Vellum (PTI), Neena Solar White CS
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Clear EP, various Copics
Other - rhinestones