Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rejoicing when weary

Good afternoon! I had another wreath (actually I have about five more) that I made playing with finetec gold palette watercolors. This is the only one I made using silver on white. I do like how this turned out and I am thinking perhaps a more simple layout would highlight it better? But I like the pop of red behind it too...opinions are welcome!

I stamped the wreath in silver ink first, then painted over it and added stickles and pearlescent glue droplets. I cut the dove out of silver glitter paper and then just started layering. The stars come from a very old square die I own made by provocraft. That's about all I can offer on that one.

The sentiment...I know that reading the news lately makes me very weary. The last several months seem filled with disastrous events that leave people homeless, hurting, grieving and the list goes on.... I have events in my own family that burden my heart; I think we all do. That verse in this stamp set really struck me last night when I was assembling this card; I'd never before noticed the juxtaposition within the phrase. The weary world rejoices. How can someone who is weary rejoice? Weary means tired out, worn, exhausted, spent...yet that is the same world that is rejoicing? What can cause that?

Only one thing...deliverance. Imagine all that weariness being swept away, all the problems and situations causing that weariness solved. Jesus can do that. At Christmas, and many of you are making your Christmas cards, we celebrate the fact that the deliverer came to earth. Hope was born in a stable in Bethlehem. That is the effect that hope has on the weary; they can begin to rejoice.
While earthly problems remain, we can find comfort and rest in Him, by reading the Word and studying and following the life of Jesus.  So last night when my heart was heavy I decided to finish up this card. My problems haven't disappeared, the news worldwide continues to be heavy, but I know where to turn to put my burdens down.

Thanks for looking.
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Berry Wreath and Christmas Faith sets; Paper: PTI white and white linen, red gingham and soft stone floral, silver glitter paper; Ink: Archival black, silver; Dies: Tag Sale Quilted die, Christmas Faith die, MFT rectangle and stitched circle dies; Other: red paper ribbon, silver stickles, finetec gold palette watercolors, white glitter

Friday, October 20, 2017

Autumn Wreath...Papertrey Make it Monday 300

Good morning! I have spent quite a bit of time over the last week playing with different color combinations for the Berry Wreath stamp set released by Papertrey Ink. I love fall and pumpkins and was wondering what it might look like using it as part of a card for Autumn.

I've been addicted to using my Finetec gold palette lately too and thought I'd try a no-lines painting job on the wreath stamp. I need a more steady hand and thinner brush but you can hopefully see where I was going with this. Autumn is a blaze of color where we live and I tried to capture that in the wreath and embellishments.

Melissa Phillips made some lovely cards using wreaths in her tutorial for Make it Monday, challenging us to add the extras to really make it pop. Loved her inspiration and always enjoy my PTI products. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Berry Wreath, Autumn Scarecrow; Ink: PTI Honey nut, summer sunrise, simply chartreuse, Ranger distress inks in mustard and pumpkin; Paper: Kraft, off white, black, patterned paper strip; Other: Finetec gold palette of inks, sequins, Spellbinders fall strip, PTI kraft button, twine, summer sunrise ribbon, gold embossing powder

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making day . . . or tag...

This counts, right? I was creating and stamping and I was having fun. Plus, you could mount a tag on a card front, add a sentiment and call it good so if you're REALLY strict in your interpretation of world card making day, just imagine after posting this that I ran off and adhered the tags to a card front.

I have decided distress inks make just the perfect color palettes to complement Autumn. I love walking through the woods and picking up brightly colored leaves and often there is a mixture of colors from a bright pop of red to muted greens. Mix up some distress inks and voila! You've got a leaf! Now I admit that the pumpkins are a bit of a stretch since the real ones I have sitting on my porch are pretty much monotone orange, but I like the mixture of mustard seed, marigold and pumpkin to make the pumpkins more colorful.

The project all started with the black tag since I had one left over after last month's Papertrey customer blog hop. I had started something and then never finished and thought it looked awful and was going to toss the tag when I wondered if I could cover the gold circle on the front with a large enough object to hide most of it. I had stamped one of the circle sentiments from the holiday mini kit onto the tag, but smudged it. Over a week later it was way too late to emboss, the ink had dried. So I put some pumpkins atop the tag and painted around it with finetec gold and a tag was born. Then I decided to make two more tags using kraft and cream to figure out which color scheme I liked best and decided I like all three for different reasons.

Thanks for looking and hope you had time to play with ink and paper on world card making day!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Autumn Scarecrow; Ink: adirondack snow white plus white embossing powder, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress oxide inks in twisted citron and salty ocean (background) pumpkins and leaves in distress ink colors mustard seed, pumpkin, marigold, candied apple for color, outlines in vintage photo; cutting die from Papertrey Ink Make it Market mini kit; Holiday Tag Along; Papertrey button in chartreuse; ribbon in summer sunrise and random bit of orange, twine, finetec gold paint set for circle background and shimmer on leaves

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Autumn Scarecrow, same distress inks
die cut out of kraft instead of black cardstock 
Same as at left, photographed with flash
to show shiny bits

Same as above, different ribbon on each and using cream cardstock for base
And the trio of tags. Which background do you like best? 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sketch Saturday #483 -- free for all!

Good morning! It is time for another Sketch Saturday but because this is the fifth Saturday of the month it is stamper's choice or free for all! Choose whatever sketch you like best and create a card! I did use one of our sponsor's designs from AMB Illustrations and wish I had better skills at coloring metallic objects like the bells. I love this image but need to look up on youtube or something how to color metallics a bit better.

I used sketch 482 and made it my own by using a circle instead of a square and by using the image on a square card.

Thanks for looking and hope you find time to play along!

Stamp: digital from AMB Illustrations, patterned paper PTI, My Favorite Things circle die, prismacolor pencils 

Monday, September 25, 2017

PTI Sept 2017 Customer blog hop

Hello and welcome! Every month Papertrey Ink hosts a blog hop for its customers and usually posts an inspiration photo as a springboard for creativity. I made a few projects and started another but ran out of time/ideas. Thanks for looking and we'll begin.
First, here is the inspiration photo:

Next here is a tag I made where I riffed off of the brown bird, the floral sprays and the black background. I used the new holiday tags mini set Betsy introduced and some older dies and punches I own for the bird (Spellbinders) and the pine sprigs (no idea...Fiskars maybe?) I like this first project the best. You could easily use the die from the PTI set Christmas Faith to replicate the bird, I just don't own it (yet!).
Stamps: New Holiday Tags mini kit, Papertrey Ink; Ink: gold; Paper: PTI black, recollections sparkle red, patterned paper from stash, vellum; Other: Spellbinder dies for bird, Holiday tags kit, snowflake punch, pine branch punch, gold embossing powder, glitter, ribbon, jute twine

Next, I really like the stitched cover plate and I'm always playing with it. I wanted to see what it would look like as the black background, pulling in a lot of the red from the floral spray you see in the inspiration photo. I am very unsure about this card, to me, it is is a classic case of trying to do too much. I think I mixed too many techniques and should have stopped to keep it a bit more simple. Any suggestions on improvements are welcome, please let me know in the comments.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Winter Hills; Ink: black, white and gold; Paper: PTI black, kraft, pure poppy patterned paper; Other: Finetec gold palette watercolor, gold embossing powder, stickles in red and clear, prismacolor pencils, Stitched Cover Plate (PTI)
As you can see one of my latest toys is the gold palette of Finetec watercolors. Yay! What do we do with a new toy? Overuse it! :) I tried three of the different shades in the palette to color in the leaves on the cover plate and I need suggestions for what to put in the center. I actually like this better than the card above with all of the red, but couldn't figure out what else to do in time for the hop. I think perhaps a verse or saying, but I cannot decide what color it should be.

Finally I just chose some of the colors from the inspiration photo to make this last card. The world is in great turmoil now like I haven't seen in my lifetime. My wish is for greater peace. You can't tell in the photo, but the word "peace" is cut out of white glitter paper I bought at Michael's, backed and offset just a bit to bring in the black from the inspiration photo, mounted on kraft brown to represent the bird in the inspiration photo.
Stamps: PTI Stitches & Swirls; Ink: vintage photo; Paper: PTI kraft, black, vellum, pure poppy and simply chartreuse patterned paper, white glitter paper; embellishments from Holiday Tags mini kit, scor-tape and Nuvo gold flakes

Now I can allow myself to look at the other things folks have created and I am sure with all the talent out there, I will be wishing I had more sets in my cart at PTI when I'm through!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Christmas sweater or Halloween? Can't decide...

Hello! The fans of Papertrey Ink can join along and stamp a card inspired by the reveals for this month, to date. My inspiration came from a different source, the sweater that Diana posted in a thread where we were all guessing the theme for the Mini Market kit to be released later this month.

So this combines the sweater, Ursula and the Make it Monday challenge from last week (I'm late, but it was a great layout to copy). Here is the sweater she posted....

And here is my card.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats: Halloween, Paper: Neenah solar white, PTI black, PTI black gingham check, watercolor paper; Ink: Archival black, Ranger distress oxides in Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Iced Spruce: Other: Silver stickles, sequins

I made a background using distress oxide inks, but the problem was, how to add that glittery dimension in the sweater photo? First I tried inking up a background stamp and embossing in silver, but that didn't work. Then I mixed a bit of pearl colored Perfect Pearls with some water and then flicked it on with a paintbrush. That gives me spots of shimmer placed randomly on the cardstock and also activates the oxide effect of the inks.

I stamped the cauldron on the cardstock chips and then stamped another on plain white cardstock to color, then fussy cut and lay on top of the stamped image on the watercolor paper. Then I used silver Stickles to fill in the miniature stars. There also is a star image in the Halloween set I used that is like a blown up version of the mini stars in the cauldron. I stamped that on the watercolor background also and cut it out, then added a few sequins and paper strips to finish out the card. I also tried to balance the elements in the card by adding a very thin strip of the distress oxide colored paper to the bottom, so you have bottom, middle for the cauldrons and upper right with the star.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Walking on Sunshine

Hello! I discovered Nuvo metallic flakes due to a challenge at Papertrey Ink, very cool when used with a strip of Scor-tape. However I had this image in my mind of using it with a TCW sunflower stencil I had purchased. I tried sticky sheets like one video recommended but then you have blank areas that you need to cover with another form of glitter or beads because in my house if a sticky space is left blank for too long it gets covered in pet hair. :) Also, I really wanted the sunflower image on top of the watercolor background I had made with distress inks, because I was looking for a vivid panel of color with the pop of gold and copper for the flower. 

Finally I tried a spray adhesive. The right kind will stay tacky long enough to put on the Nuvo flakes, although for the two tone look that I wanted for the sunflower, you have to very careful when breathing not to get have the flakes flying around too much and getting onto the wrong part of the stenciled image. 

The actual stencil itself is now gorgeous, I ought to post a picture, because the adhesive stuck to it as well and of course then the flakes themselves, so it is very glittery! 

If you're going to try this, make sure that you tape down the stencil so the adhesive goes where you want it to on your card surface. Also, cover over the portion that you don't want to get sticky. Any normal sheet of paper will do. I used Frog tape so it wouldn't lift up the watercolored background. And then flake at will! 

I used a variety of distress inks for the background and learned that candy apple red really creates a vivid background. I obviously need more practice when embossing letters, it looks a bit sloppy. 
I made one card for my daughter's "golden" birthday when she turned 25 on the 25th, which was one of my main motivating factors for trying to master the technique of using the gold flakes on the sunflower, with the distressed ink background. I didn't master it by any means but it looks close to what I wanted. 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink alphabet, birthday sentiment; Paper: PTI white linen, orange zest, watercolor paper; Ink: Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks in pumpkin, peeled paint, mustard seed, marmalade; Other: Nuvo gold and copper flakes, spray adhesive, gold gel pen, PTI button
Thanks for looking.