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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PTI March Blog Hop

Good Morning all. I didn't think I would get the chance to participate in this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink, but I did manage to find some time this morning to put together a card.

The colours and patterns spoke to me in the inspiration photo above.

I used this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! for my card design. 

Stamps - Wet Paint (PTI)
Dies - Wet Paint, Birthday Style (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, Sheer Basics Vellum (PTI), Baja Breeze CS (SU), DP - Teresa Collins
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Other - Silver twine

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doodling With Stamps

The Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink this week is to doodle on your stamping. You can watch Ashley's great video here.  I have come to the conclusion that I am the wrong personality type for this technique - colour outside of the lines and imperfect lines, yikes! After a few false starts I finally came up with a card I felt I could post.

I stamped the images from Pretty Petals in distress inks (I have limited colours) onto water colour paper and then added some more colour using a water brush. I then doodled with a Copic Liner. I am not happy with the sketchy lines that I added around the outside, but I was not starting over again so this is it.

I tried this technique with Polka Dot basics and was actually fairly pleased with with how it was turning out, but ended up going with the flowers instead. Maybe some day I'll go back to the polka dots.

Stamps - Pretty Petals, Mini Blooms (PTI)
Paper - watercolour paper, Stampers Select White (PTI), Sorbet CS (CTMH)
Ink - Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint Distress Inks (Ranger),Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Liner 0.1
Other - Water pen

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Coverplate Stencil Anniversary Wishes

Good Morning! It is freezing here today, so a good day to stay inside and craft. I have a card for the   Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. This week we are asked to use a coverplate die to create a stencil and then to use that stencil and embossing paste on your card - you can see Laurie's video here.

I really didn't have a plan when I started this card. I made a couple attempts with dyed paste that I wasn't happy with then I decided to try adding glitter to my embossing paste (I actually used modelling paste - don't know if there is much difference between the two). I added fine gold glitter first and quickly realized I wouldn't get much sparkle with it, so I added some coarse gold glitter as well and am quite happy with the result. I needed a 50th Anniversary card, so this turned out perfectly. It's hard to see in the picture, but the glitter does sparkle in real life.

Stamps - Wet Paint (PTI)
Coverplate - Vertical Chevron (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), Gold Foil CS (DCWV), Vellum
Ink - VersaMark, Balck EP, modeling paste
Other - fine and coarse gold glitter, gold thread

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary - Blue Skies

The fabulous reveal at Papertrey Ink today is a new series of stamps, dies and coverplates called Blue Skies. The challenge today is to created an blue ombre project.

I heat embossed the sentiment with clear EP on white CS. I then sponged 4 different blues onto the panel going from light to dark. I then added a little bokeh effect with a stencil that I created using circle dies and a punch, a small circle stamp and white pigment ink. Matted with a piece of silver CS and a rhinestone over the ' i '.

Stamps - Polka Dot Basics, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), Silver foil CS (DCWV)
Ink - Versa Mark, Clear EP, White Daisy, Sky, StarSpangled Blue, Pacifica, Outdoor Denim

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary - Heavy Metal

The fun is still going on at Papertrey Ink's 8th Anniversary celebration. If you haven't checked it out already you should. Some great new products and lots of contests and prizes. Today's challenge is to use only metallics and neutrals on your project. I guess I went a little heavy on the metallics today.

I created my own large dot impression plate using a circle die, chipboard coasters and some cardboard for backing (see pic below). Some die cutting in silver and copper foil and a heat embossed sentiment and your done.

 As you can see I drew a grid to help in placing my circles onto my backer. Unfortunately I miscalculated where to draw my lines and I ended up using only the horizontal lines for placement and just eyed up the vertical spacing.

Stamps - Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Dies - Spiral Notebook (PTI), bow (Lil Inkers), Classic Circles (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), silver and copper foil CS (DCWV)
Ink - VersaMark, Black EP

Monday, February 9, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary - Ink It Up

The release at Papertrey Ink today is all about Spring. Today's challenge is to "spring" into action, take charge of your stamp collection and ink up a set that has yet to see ink. I ordered this 'Botanical Blocks' stamp set in August of last year and haven't had the chance to use it yet, so here we go.

I thought Betsy Veldman's Faux Stained Glass challenge from last October would work well with this stamp set. You can watch the video here.

Stamps - Botanical Blocks (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS (PTI), transparency film (3M)
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Staz On Jet Black, Copics
Other - Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), A2 Matting Basics B (Spellbinders), rhinestones

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary - Build a Bouquet

Alright, so I am already 2 challenges behind. This card is for Sunday's challenge to create a bouquet of flowers using multiple stamp sets. This turned out to be a lot of fun. Here is my bouquet, five stamp sets and a lot of masking later -

There is a strip of silver foil cardstock to the left of my floral panel, it isn't really showing up on the photo.

Stamps - Botanical Silhouettes, The Sweet Life, Meadow Greens, Leave It Be, Mini Blooms, Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2 (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White CS, Royal Velvet CS (PTI), silver foil CS
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, various dye inks (CTMH)
Other - mini rhinestones, 3D foam

Friday, February 6, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary - Be Inspired By Maile Belles

Today saw the introduction of some new products created by Maile Belles. Maile took some time off last year and is back in full force designing for Papertrey Ink. The challenge today is to create a project inspired by Maile's work - I love her style. My card is pretty much a CASE of one of these cards and uses two stamp sets created by Maile herself.

Stamps - Mini Blooms, Think Big Favourite #24 (PTI)
Paper - Soft Stone CS, Stampers Select White CS (PTI)
Ink - Pacifica, Sunflower, Cotton Candy, Sky, Pear
Other - 3D foam, rhinestones