Sunday, January 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop Take 2 - Hearts and a Retro Sketch

Here is my second card for the blog hop at Papertrey Ink today. For this card I used the sketch at Retro Sketches this week.

For this card I created another heart accent using a die cut heart, liquid glass (I think this product is similar to Crystal Effects) and alcohol ink. I created a Bokeh effect panel for the center of my card - for this I randomly sponged pink and grey ink onto my CS and then with the tiny heart stamp from Boutique Borders: Love, I randomly stamped first, second and third generation hearts using a white pigment ink. I then die cut my panel with a square die and die cut two small hearts out of the bottom right corner. The tags were die cut from CS and vellum and topped off with some ribbons and fibers tied together. I really like how this turned out.

Stamps - Boutique Borders: Love (PTI)
Dies - Heart Prints, Tag Sale #5, (PTI), Classic Square (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), Vellum (CTMH), coaster
Ink - Versafine Black Onyx, Clear EP, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Liquid Glass (CTMH), Watermelon ink, Grey Wool ink, White Daisy Pigment ink (CTMH)
Other - ribbons and fibers

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop - Hearts and a LIM Sketch

For some reason I was a day behind today and thought this hop was tomorrow. Thank goodness I had both my posts ready to go.

 The theme for the monthly blog hop at Papertrey Ink is all about love - more specifically hearts. For this card I am also playing along with Less Is More utilizing their sketch this week.

Using my Heart Prints Dies, I cut out several hearts from a coaster. I then generously applied Scotch clear liquid glue over the surface of the die cut and then dropped 2 -3 drops of Ranger's alcohol ink onto the glue and let these dry. I have used this technique before, heating the tinted glue with a heat gun which will give you a darker and more textured finished product. I stamped the scrolled frame onto my card base and then die cut the hearts out of the center of each. I then popped my glue/inked hearts into the negative space. The sentiment was heat embossed onto black CS with white EP and popped up on 3D foam.

Stamps - Boutique Borders: Love, Wet Paint (PTI)
Dies - Heart Prints, Building Blocks (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), Black CS (SU), coaster
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark, White EP, Ranger Alcohol ink, Scotch Clear glue

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Good Morning all. The theme of this week's challenge at Less Is More is 'Friends'. I have a quick card today. I used a stamp that I purchased from Flourishes when it still existed and had never had a chance to use. I started out with a gold colour scheme, but I think I prefer the pink.

The card below was my first attempt using gold.

Stamps - Old Tea Rose (Flourishes)
Paper - Raspberry Fizz CS (PTI), Goldrush CS (CTMH), Whisper White CS (SU), black CS
Ink - Cotton Candy, Goldrush (CTMH), Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - Black pearls (Kaiserkraft), bitty rhinestones (CTMH)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Homemade Foam Stickers

Hope you are all having a great weekend. The Make It Monday challenge this week is all about making your own stickers using fun foam. In her video Laurie uses double sided adhesive foam to create custom stickers from die cut letters - you can see the video here. Rather than a single letter I chose to use this technique with a die cut word.

My fun foam had only one adhesive side. I found working with this product a bit tricky as it can stretch out of shape once the paper backing is removed. I used a few tips from Laura Bassen's video on Camouflaging Die - Cuts - MIM#193 and Laurie's previous MIM tutorial using Stretch and Seal to help place die cut pieces. - MIM#177. My card design was inspired by this week's sketch at CAS(E) the Sketch! - CTS#106 . I used the colour palette from this month's Inspiration Archive Color Play at PTI.

Stamps - Leave It Be, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Birthday Trio, Building Blocks (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, True Black CS (PTI)
Ink - Sweet Leaf, Pear, Lagoon, Juniper, Dutch Blue (CTMH), Versa Mark, White EP
Other - Fun Foam

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One Layer - New Beginnings

Less is More has a One Layer challenge this week with the theme 'New Beginnings'. I chose to create a New Baby card for this challenge and pulled out some of my Spellbinders dies, which I find I don't use all that often.

I cut the card base from watercolour paper using the largest die from Decorative Labels 8. I then embossed the front using a Classic Ovals die. I cut the same oval out of acetate and used that as a mask to stamp my image with black StazOn. I used watercolour pencils and a water brush to colour the image and then using the mask again to sponge some soft blue around the outside. Stamped a sentiment and done.

Stamps - Hello Baby (Flourishes)
Dies - Decorative Labels 8, Classic Ovals (Spellbinders)
Ink - Jet Black StazOn, Watercolour pencils, Heavenly Blue ink
Other - waterbrush

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Colourful Card Corners

Happy New Year everyone! Back to it at last. The Make It Monday challenge this week is to create a card with the focal element in one corner of your card. You can watch Danielle's video tutorial here.

I stayed pretty true to Danielle's design here. I stamped the flowers from my new stamp set 'Pretty Petals' onto my watercolour paper and then stamped some of the open circles from 'Polka Dot Basics' in second generation grey in the remaining open space. I watercoloured in a bit with some blue ink (on my first card I used too much water and some of my pretty flowers started to run), stamped the sentiement and mounted my piece onto some black cardstock and then a watercolour card base.

Stamps - Pretty Petals, Thank You Kindly, Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Paper - watercolour paper, Black CS (SU)
Ink - Tulip, Grey Wool, Sunflower, Sunset, Pear, Heavenly Blue (CTMH), Memento Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Less Is More Challenge #200 - Take Two

I have a second card for the 'Celebrations' challenge at Less Is More this week. I watched a video by Dawn Woleslagle on coloured stamping on kraft - you can watch it here. She stamped her dots in a wreath shape, I decided to try a cascade effect. It has a bit of a Bokeh feel to it. I am also entering this in the challenge at Addicted to CAS which is 'Dots'.

Stamps - Polka Dot Basics, Movers & Shakers Sentiments (PTI)
Paper - Kraft CS, Black CS
Ink - White Pigment Ink, Various blue and green ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - bitty rhinestones, 3D foam

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

200th Challenge at Less Is More!

Congratulations to the fabulous team at Less Is More for posting their 200th challenge this week! I love their Clean and Simple challenge blog and I have been trying to play along with them more consistently the past couple of months. The theme for this week's challenge is 'Celebrations'. I am also entering this card into the challenge at Addicted to CAS which is 'Dots'.

I needed a masculine birthday card, so I went with a clean, black graphic card. I had a difficult time photographing this card, either the black would fade to grey or the green would look white. Ended up with have a lot of glare in the top left corner too.

The dots were stamped with versa mark on black CS and heat embossed with clear EP. The sentiment was heat embossed with black EP on green CS

Stamps - Polka Dot Basics (PTI), Shining Star (CTMH)
Paper - Black CS (SU), Pear CS (CTMH)
Ink - Versa Mark, Clear EP, Black EP
Other - 3D foam

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop - Christmas Joy!

Good Morning everyone. The theme for this month's Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink is 'Snow'. I am also entering this card into this week's Less Is More challenge which is 'Jingle All The Way'.

I don't have a lot of winter themed stamps from PTI so I went with their beautiful snow flake die 'Fancy Flakes' and topped them off with little silver jingle bells.

I layered a plain white card stock snowflake with one cut from vellum. I touched a bit of glue to the tips of the vellum snowflake and sprinkled it with silver glitter and the smallest snowflake was die cut from silver foil cardstock. A bit of silver foil was added to one edge of my designer paper and the sentiment was embossed with silver.

Stamps - Rustic Wreath (PTI)
Dies - Fancy Flakes (PTI)
Paper - Summer Stories DP (Teresa Collins), White CS, Vellum, Silver Foil CS
Other - Silver jingle bells, silver cord, silver glitter

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rainbow Christmas Trees

Good Morning all. The theme at Less is More this week is Trees - have more than one of them on your card. I thought I would take advantage of another opportunity to add to my Christmas card stash.

I was doing some other rainbow stamping earlier this week and seem to be still in that mode. I stamped these cute little trees from a set that I have had for years in a rainbow of colours, stamping off once in between each tree to add some depth. The sentiment is heat embossed and the stamped part of the card is popped up with 3D foam.

Say It With Style (Waltzing Mouse), December Word Puzzle (CTMH)
Paper - White CS, Black CS, Red dot DP (CTMH)
Ink - Various inks, Versa Mark, Black EP
Other - Star sequin, bitty rhinestone, 3D foam