Thursday, December 26, 2013

Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop - String Challenge Take 2

This is my second card for this month's PTI blog hop. I came across a You Tube video by Neen for making twine flowers - you can watch the video here. Neen shows a simple way to create flowers by wrapping string/twine around your hand. I took that same method but used my Bow-Easy instead which allowed me to make flowers of different sizes. As my flowers went down in size I wrapped my string less times - for example the flower on my card was wrapped about 22 times instead of the 42 that Neen used for a larger flower.

For my flower I used some household string that I had lying around. These flowers are fun and easy to make. Below are a few samples of different sized flowers, including some black crochet cotton. You can use a variety of items for your flower centers - buttons, beads - I used a wood shape that I coloured with a gold Krylon pen.

Stamp - Boutique Borders: Love (PTI)
Paper - DP (Echo Park), Classic Ivory CS (Flourishes)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark, Gold EP, Gold Krylon pen, Copic R59 (to colour heart)
Other - Boutique Borders: Love Die (PTI), household string, wood shapes (CTMH), gold skeleton leaves (Graphic Prod), bow-easy, hot glue gun

Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop - String Challenge

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you are all enjoying some quality family time. I was able to find some time last week to create a couple of cards for Papertrey Ink's December Blog Hop, which is to incorporate string into your project.

For my first card I wrapped a number of different colours of baker's twine around a spiral notebook die cut.

Stamps - Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Paper - Neenah Solar White
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - Spiral Notebook Die (PTI), assorted baker's twine (MayArts), sequins, rhinestones

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Make It Monday #144 - Heat Embossing Vellum

Hello everyone, today I have a card that I created for this week's Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink. The lovely Melissa Phillips has created a great video tutorial that you can watch at the link above. I didn't need anymore Christmas cards for this year so I made a birthday card using PTI's stamp set Wonderful Words: Birthday. The heat embossing went fairly smoothly, however some of the detail of the fine chevron pattern on the stamp 'birthday' was lost with the embossing. For the rest of the sentiment I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I layered my vellum piece over some pretty striped paper from Teresa Collins.

Stamps - Wonderful Words: Birthday (PTI)
Paper - Neenah Solar White CS, Everyday Moments DP (Teresa Collins), vellum
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, blue, white & clear embossing powders (CTMH)
Other - Labels 8 (Spellbinders), sequins, vellum adhesive

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Make It Monday #143 - Modern Whimsy Style

I have been looking forward all week for an opportunity to play along with this week's Make It Monday - #143 Challenge. Danielle Flanders, the host for this week's MIM, has a beautiful papercrafting style that has been coined 'Modern Whimsy'. It is a style that I have seen a lot of in scrapbooking. I think it's a little more challenging to achieve the same look on a card, but some people manage to do it beautifully. It is a style that I have a difficult time with because I love things to be straight, so I tend to make more structured cards. I want to be freer in my styling but it is a challenge.  Not sure if I would call my card 'light & airy', but it does have lots of layers and detail and I am happy with how it turned out. I used the sketch STS#9 at Seize the Sketch, just flipped it.

I created a little pouch out of striped vellum that you can see a little better in the closeup below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Paper - Summer Stories, Everyday Moments (Teresa Collins), Neenah Solar White CS, striped white vellum
Ink - Versa Mark, Outdoor Denim EP, Sky Re-inker (CTMH)
Dies - Spiral Notebook, By the Numbers, Birthday Trio, Framed Out #12 (PTI)
Other - wood shapes (CTMH), star sequins, thread, pinking shears