Saturday, June 25, 2016

PTI June Blog Hop - Peony Hello

Today is the day of Papertrey Inks Monthly Blog Hop challenge. This month Nichole provided us with a pretty inspiration piece of art from Yellena James. What first struck me in this piece was the largest pink transparent element.

Even though this card isn't remotely like anything I started out with I do like how it turned out. I heat embossed the largest flower from Peonies on Parade with white on vellum and lightly painted it with Picked Raspberry and Antique Linen distress inks from Ranger. I die cut the flower and layered it over a second vellum die cut. I inked up the single leaf image from Meadow Greens with Broken China and Peeled Paint distress inks and spritzed with water before stamping on white CS and fussy cut them out. The two frames were die cut from a couple of failed attempts at sponged backgrounds using Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint inks and I added some more lightness with the Branching Out vellum die cut.

Stamps - Peonies on Parade, Meadow Greens, What the Doodle Feather (PTI)
Dies - Peonies on Parade, Branching Out, Keep It Simple Frames (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, white vellum
Ink - Broken China, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Versafine Onyx Black, Versa Mark, White EP, black Copic

Monday, June 20, 2016

Peony Wedding Card

Today I have a card for the June Inspiration Challenge at Altenew. Here is the pretty inspiration photo:
and here is my card:

I recreated the texture and sparkle at the top of the wedding dress using a stencil and modeling paste and then sprinkling some chunky glitter on the paste while it was still wet. I cut the panel, edged the bottom with a piece of silver glitter tape and mounted it on my card base with a piece of fun foam.

I stamped the floral images from Peony Bouquet  with Versa Mark onto cold press watercolour paper, heat embossed with clear EP and then coloured them with Peerless Watercolours. The leaves were stamped and inked on white cardstock, with some Wink of Stella on the smaller leaves. My sentiment, from Persian Motifs, was heat embossed with silver onto a black cardstock diecut. A few mini pearls coloured with a black Copic marker finished the card.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet, Persian Motifs (Altenew)
Dies - Building Blocks (PTI)
Paper - 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolour Paper (Strathmore), Stampers Select White CS, True Black CS (PTI)
Ink - Peerless Watercolours, VersaMark, Clear EP, Silver EP, Garden Green,  Olive Green, Juniper, Ponderosa Pine (CTMH), Wink of Stella, Black Copic, modeling paste
Other - chunky silver glitter, stencil (Recollections), silver glitter tape, mini pearls

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Monochrome Peonies

Today I have a card using my new stamp set from Altenew - Peony Bouquet. I absolutely love this beautiful set and stamping the multi layered blooms.

I used the grey inks from Altenew to create this monochrome card. I didn't have any cardstock to match for the die cut frame so I inked up some white cardstock with the darkest grey and die cut that. Created masks by stamping on copy paper and did some masking to create my floral cluster. Fussy cut the large bloom and popped it up for some dimension, it is also stamped underneath.

I am entering this card:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Monochrome
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Mask It

Thanks for looking.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Dies - Std. Squares Lg., Decorative Labels One (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink - Morning Mist, Evening Grey, Moon Rock, Lava Rock (Altenew), Wink of Stella (Zig)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Peony Thank You

I have another card for Altenew's May inspiration challenge - 'From Places Abroad - Australia', you can check out the details here. For my first card, which you can see here, I basically went with the colours, for this card I tried to get the feel of the mosaic from the inspiration photo as well.

I stamped one of the leaf images from Peony Bouquet with Versamark on watercolour paper and heat embossed with clear EP. I then coloured in the leaves and background with my Peerless watercolours. The shine from the embossing does give it a somewhat mosaic look, although I wasn't able to get a good photo showing that.

I am also entering this card into Simon Says Wednesday challenge - which is anything goes this week.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
Dies - Branching Out, Thankyou (PTI), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), lt. green, dark blue cs - scrap box
Ink - Versamark, Clear EP, Peerless Watercolours
Other - raindrops

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop - Layered Text Over Images

Good morning, it's time for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink. Nichole has provided us with another great inspiration, this month from the artwork of Sarah Langtry.

I made a couple of cards for this challenge, the one below being my favourite. I don't have a lot of large sentiment stamps that go well together for this challenge, so I went with a smaller sentiment for this card.

I created a mask from acetate and stamped the feathers with a combination of stamping off, rock and roll and spritzing the stamps with water before stamping to get a watercolour look. Some of the inky water slipped under the mask in a few spots so I die cut the round frame to cover up. After stamping the sentiment I didn't like the space I had left between the two words so added the grey rhinestones.

The card below is actually the first card I made. Even though I like it, it didn't have the feel I was looking for.

Stamps - Card 1 - What the Doodle - Feather, Thank You Kindly, Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
               Card 2 - The Sweet Life, Birthday Cheer, Filled With Joy, Botanical Silhouettes,
                             Background Basics - Super Stripes (PTI)
Dies - Std. Circles (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, Lemon Tart CS
Ink - Various (CTMH)
Other - Rhinestones

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pretty Peony Blooms

Last week I received my very first Altenew stamp set, Peony Bouquet in the mail - how many ways can I say the word 'love'? This is a fabulous multi-layer set and foresee adding more gorgeous Altenew stamps to my collection.

 I decided to play along with Altenew's monthly inspiration challenge for the month of May - Places Abroad - Australia and also with CAS(E) this Sketch! #173.


For this card I was inspired mainly by the colours in the inspiration photo and of course by the great sketch above. I echoed the circles in the photo by using a home made impression plate on the right panel. I fussy cut two of the three blooms and touched them with some Wink of Stella.

I am hoping to have a second card completed for this challenge later this week.

Stamps - Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
Dies - Wet Paint (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), yellow and blue CS from my scrap bin
Inks - various (CTMH), Wink of Stella
Other - raindrops

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Welcome Baby - Masks and Shading

The challenge at Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday this week is to ink blend through die cut masks. Lizzie has a great video that you can watch here. I created this baby card using a mask that I made with a circle die and acetate.

I blended the ink one circle at a time, moving my mask and taping it down each time. I then laid the mask over each inked circle and stamped my polka dot stamp with white pigment ink.

Stamps - Polka Dot Basics, Keep It Simple - Baby (PTI)
Dies - Std. Circles Lg, A2 Matting Basics A & B (Spellbinders), Double Ended Banners (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), Lagoon DP & Vellum (CTMH)
Ink - White Pigment Ink, Gypsy, Lagoon, Pear, Sky & Moonstruck (CTMH), Versamark, silver EP
Other - Fun foam, acetate, Metal flower & brad

Monday, May 9, 2016

Birthday Balloons - Watercolour and Stencil

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. Today I am playing along with the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamps, which is to use stencils.

I used my new Peerless Watercolours to create the background and using the Bubble stencil from Tim Holtz I added some modeling paste over top. Some of the watercolour had not completely dried so the paste soaked up some of the green colour, I do like how that turned out. The background colours are actually much more vibrant in person. I added a silver foil balloon die cut, embossed the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black and clear EP and added a few silver sequins.

Stamps - Ombre Sentiments (PTI)
Dies - Best Birthday (PTI)
Stencil - Bubble (Tim Holtz)
Paper - Watercolour (Strathmore), Silver Foil CS (DCWV), Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Peerless WC, modeling paste
Other - Sequins

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Watercolour Peony Card Set

The Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink this week is to create a watercolour set of cards. Melissa has a great video tutorial that you can see here illustrating how she created her pretty set. I love the look that Melissa created using a sponging and ink technique to create a watercolour look, but since I just received my Peerless Watercolours last week I had to use them. I am also posting these cards to Simon Says 'Work it Wednesday' for the month of May. Here is the set I created:

I first stamped my images with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto cold pressed watercolour paper. Then using a wet brush I added my Peerless colours to each image. As I am new to this it took a little bit of experimenting. I first started with a wet on wet technique and ended up with a royal mess with far too much bleeding of colours into each other. I think the wet on wet works best if you heat emboss your image. I then spattered some watercolor paint onto each and then water droplets. As you can see I don't have a lot of bleeding of colours, but I rather like it that way as it satisfies my need for precision and colouring 'inside' the lines - I am working on this.

I die cut my watercolour panel using a new die that I just received in the mail as part of a blog hop prize from Simon Says - a great big thank to them!

Stamps - Peonies on Parade, Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Dies - Big Word Pop Die (Memory Box)
Paper - Watercolour paper (Strathmore), Stampers Select White CS (PTI), Black DP (CTMH)
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Peerless Watercolours
Other - Raindrops (PTI)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop - Stacked Circles

Good Morning! Today is the day of Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. This month Nichole has given us a very interesting photo as our jumping off point. The stacked concentric circles and subtle linear elements inspired me to create this card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

A lot of different ideas popped into my head the first time I saw this picture. After a few failed attempts at different designs I finally came up with one that I liked.

I created a set of masks using full sticky backed post-it notes and my Spellbinders Standard Circle dies. Using these masks I sponged the concentric circles in shades of blue, inking only half to create an invisible line down the center. I used a stitched rectangle die to mimic the dashed lines in the photo, added a die cut silver foil and white heat embossed sentiment.

Stamps - Thank You Kindly (PTI)
Dies - Wet Paint (PTI), Standard Circles Sm (Spellbinders), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, True Black CS (PTI), Silver Foil
Ink - Sky, Dutch Blue, Pacifica, Outdoor Denim (CTMH), Versa Mark, White EP