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