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

Papertrey Ink STAMP-A-FAIRE 2015 - Paper Fashion Extravaganza

Good morning all! today is the day of PTI's all day stamping event. This year's theme is all about fashion. If you haven't taken part in the past it is definitely worth checking out. Great challenge, how-to-videos, fun and prizes all day long.

The warm up challenge for the day is a bridal challenge - create a wedding card using only white supplies. Here is my creation:

Stamps - Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Dies - Heart Border, Bloom Builders 3, Doodle-i-doo (PTI)
Paper: Stampers Select White CS, Sheer Basics Vellum (PTI)
Ink - Versa Mark, Silver EP
Other - Rhinestones

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop - Weaving

Hello all. It has been a while. Today is Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. Here is the inspiration photo:

Rather than the colours, what spoke to me in this photo was 'texture'. I wanted to include wool in some way in my project and ended up finding this fabulous tutorial on weaving wall hangings, so decided to try to create a miniature wall hanging for my card.

I do love how this turned out. This was actually my test piece, I ran out of time to create another. It was a lot of fun and I plan to do more of it, but probably on a larger scale. The warp strings (vertical) are supposed to be worked into the back of the piece, but on this scale I found hiding the ends a little challenging so I just trimmed them and then glued the piece to heavy cardstock. You can see that the weaving is starting to loosen a bit, so hiding the fibres is probably a better option.

Here is a shot of the frame and work in progress:

Thanks for looking, hope you are enjoying the blog hop.

Supplies: Rustic White CS (PTI), Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI), Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers), various yarns and fibres

Monday, May 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop - Watercolor Blocks

Good Morning All! It has been a while since I have posted. Today is Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. The challenge - to create a project inspired by the photo below.

Here is what I came up with.

I used one of the stamps from PTI's Ombre Builders stamp set - love this set. I tried to replicate the variation in colour on the wood blocks, I ended up with more of a marble look, but I am happy with the results. I inked up the stamp with a light version of each colour first and then added a darker shade here and there by either direct to stamp pad or with a sponge dauber.

I made a second card with more random placement of squares.

Stamps - Ombre Builders, Boutique Borders Birthday, Thank You Kindly (PTI)
Dies - Small Sketched Stars, Building Blocks (PTI), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, True Black CS, Raspberry Fizz CS (PTI), Silver Foil CS (DCWV)
Ink - various dye inks (CTMH), Versa Mark, Silver EP, Black EP
Other - Rhinestones

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MIM Stamping and Mixing Patterns

Danielle Flanders has a great video at Papertrey Ink this week, giving tips on creating your own patterned paper with stamps and mixing those patterns together in a project. This was a fun challenge that highlighted for me that I rarely use a lot of patterned designer paper in my projects anymore.

Here are the three paper designs I created to make a baby congrats card for a dear friend's first grandchild.


Stamps - Background Basics: Super Stripes, Polka Dot Basics, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Hands of Time (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), Pear, Sky, Buttercup CS (CTMH)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear, Sky, Buttercup (CTMH)
Other - mini rhinestones, corner rounder