Sunday, February 7, 2016

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary - Day 2 - Dress Up Inspiration

Day two of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations introduced a new line of products of dress up dolls, what fun! The challenge is to create a card using an item of clothing from your closet or an item found on line as your inspiration. I went through my closet, which is filled mostly with solid coloured items, and came up with this t-shirt that screamed ink smooshing to me. This was a fun challenge and fit well with my current lack of supplies.

Here is the inspiration piece:

I smooshed my inks one colour at a time in the general area that I wanted to stamp my images and then stamped the flowers and leaves over top. Added a sentiment and done!

Stamps - Doodlie-do, Keep It Simple: Thinking of You (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI)
Die - Stitched Rectangle (Lil Inkers)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear, Sky, Gypsy, Cotton Candy (CTMH)
Other - mister, acetate sheet

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary - Day 1 Team Favourites Colour Challenge

Well, it is that time of year when Papertrey Ink celebrates it's birthday. A time of new product release, fun challenges and lots of great prizes. The challenge for Day 1 was a colour challenge - you can check it out here.

These challenges are doubly so for me since we are currently doing basement renovations and my entire craft room is packed up, with many things inaccessible, yikes!!!! I have no embellishments and no access to my embossing tools, as well, where I usually take my photos is packed with furniture - so here goes.

I chose Lizzie's colour palette and came up with this card:

I was inspired by this gorgeous card created by Laura Bassen. I die cut balloons from cardstock in the colours of the pallette, sponged some ink on the left side and bottom of each to give them some shadow and added a highlight to each with a white gel pen. After adhering them to the die cut white cardstock and stamping the sentiment, I drew lines for the strings using a glitter gel pen. Popped it onto a card base with fun foam and done.

Stamps - Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Birthday Style (PTI), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Paper - Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Stampers Select White cardstock (PTI)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, White, Glitter Jelly Roll pens (Sakura), various inks for shading

Friday, January 8, 2016

Papertrey Ink MIM#236 - A La Carte - Watercolour Smooshing

Happy New Year everyone! It has been a while - other obligations have taken precedence but it sure feels good to be back. I needed a new baby card and since this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink offered a plethora of techniques I thought I would play along. The challenge this week is to select one of the many wonderful techniques highlighted throughout 2015's Make It Monday challenges. I chose Betsy Veldman's Watercolour Smooshing, MIM #204.

This was a fun and easy card to complete. I varied Betsy's technique slightly based on the way Laura Bassen creates paper smooshing - you can check that out here. Using a piece of acetate I placed my ink on watercolour paper one colour at a time and allowed each colour to dry before adding the next, it is a little more deliberate than the way Betsy explains it in her video but it is basicly the same idea. I love how this simple one layer card turned out.

Stamps - Mini Blooms, Tiny Tags (PTI)
Dies - Tiny Tags (PTI), Bow (Lil Inkers)
Paper - Watercolour Paper 140lb (Strathmore), Pear CS (CTMH)
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Clear EP, Sky, Pear (CTMH)
Other - bitty rhinestones, Coats metallic thread

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