Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink April blog hop 2017

Good evening! I had so much fun making these cards! Don't you just love stamping? I was smiling the whole time I was working on these.

In my last post I used the whale from Just Keep Swimming and I tell you, he's a lot of fun to use to create a scene! I used Gathered Garden because some of the stamps in the set reminded me of kelp and seaweed. I also decided to resurrect an older stamping tool, the eyelet, to symbolize the bubbles that might rise to the surface if the whale were down there and following the color scheme of the challenge photo.  I can tell you that if you lose one portion of the eyelet setting tool set and try to improvise, you might bang your finger with a hammer. Just sayin'....

For my second card I completely CASEd Kay Miller's idea with the Gathered Garden set layout, although I used the colors from the challenge photo. Makes a great one-layer card!

I have one other idea, but strangely the family wants dinner so I have to go cook now!

Thanks for looking and happy hopping!



Stamps: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Keep Swimming; Paper: PTI white, buttercup, berry sorbet, sweet blush, soft stone and blueberry patterned papers; Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest; Other: eyelets, white embossing powder, Irridescent Ice embossing powder
Papertrey Ink stamps set Gathered Garden; Paper: PTI white; Inks: PTI black, fine linen, Lovely Lady, Smokey Shadow, Buttercup, Orange Zest



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Whale Watching

I love color palettes and color challenges, yet I often don't know what to do with the colors unless someone organizes my brain for me with a sketch challenge. So this combines a color and a sketch challenge, to keep my muddled brain organized! Isn't the paint in the color challenge pretty? I'd love to be able to paint!

I wanted to use this whale stamp set because I think the whale is so cute and I had a scrap from a watercolor experiment that fit the stamp perfectly. Then I wondered, how to create a good undersea background? I had another scrap of teal paper and I wondered what it would look like using a broad brush and the bleach technique. I haven't tried bleaching in years. It almost achieves what I had in my thoughts, the swirls and eddies of undersea currents!

I think I will send this to my daughter in California in memory of the whale watching trip we took. We did see four whales in a pod, quite exciting! Thanks for looking and have a great day!

I want to thank the hard-working gals at Paper Playful for listing daily challenges, so nice to have them all in one spot!

Challenges: Freshly Made Sketches 284
                    The House that Stamps Built Repeat Impressions Inspiration Palette Challenge - A1917RR


Stamps: Papertrey Ink Keep Swimming, What the Doodle: Waves Mini; Ink: black, PTI Enchanted Evening, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, variety of blues/purples, white; Paper PTI kraft, teal, patterned paper, scrap of blue, vintage cream; Other: stickles glitter glue, Ranger distress markers; Technique -- bleaching

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenges #3...Traveling Mercies

Good morning! The new challenge is posted at Mustard Seed Faith and for the next two weeks our challenge is to make a card, layout or altered art/mixed media piece or bible journaling that have to do with travel. Depict travel somehow in your creation. 

You can find the contributions and thought starters from the design team here along with a devotional about traveling mercies. In the meantime, here is my card for the challenge. Thank you for looking and have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Market Street (camper), Papertrey Ink sentiment from Big Hugs; Paper: Kraft, white, green, assorted patterned papers; Ink: Papertrey Ink Pinefeather, black, Ranger distress ink tumbled glass; Dies: Papertrey Ink heart border, scalloped border (medium), Trendy Trees, Tag Sale: Quilted; My Favorite Things rectangle stitched die; Other: Papertrey Ink button, jute twine

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Easter celebration at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges

Good morning! The new challenge is posted at Mustard Seed Faith and for the next two weeks our challenge is to make an Easter card, layout or altered art/mixed media piece or bible journaling...anything to celebrate Easter.

You can find the creations by the design team and some thoughts about Easter on the blog, here. In the meantime, here is my card for the challenge. Thank you for looking and have a wonderful day!

Papertrey Ink Splits: With Love mini stamp set, Inspired: Savior die and stamp set, pink ribbon, Ranger distress inks for watercoloring, neenah solar white, PTI soft stone, My Favorite Things pierced rectangle die. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

PTI March blog hop

Good morning! Time for the blog hop at Papertrey Ink, where customers are invited to create projects using PTI products, usually based on an inspiration photo. This time one of the photos looked like this


and I took my inspiration from the colors and from the floral images. I didn't stamp a group of flowers, but a single flower. I really liked how the inspiration photo used gray for the leaves in its design, so I made gray leaves, first time ever I believe.

If you notice, this card has no sentiment and when I look at it I see it as sort of 3/4 finished. I had to go out of town and had a million and one things I had to get finished before I traveled and of course this card was the millionth and one, final thing on the list. I was literally fussing with it before leaving for the airport and it just didn't get quite finished. But I like playing along, so I tossed it in my bag to take a photo of it on the road. Actually I was dreaming by some miracle I would find a craft store and buy a sticker or die or something to finish it off...but that didn't happen. So here is my take on the inspiration photo, or the beginning of where my thoughts were going. Thanks for looking and Happy hopping!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink Anniversary set Pretty Peonies; Ink: Ranger Distress inks to watercolor flower and background, Versamark; Paper: watercolor, Neenah solar white, PTI Hawaiian Shores; Other: PTI button, white embossing powder, sequins. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge Blog Launch

Good morning! We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new faith-based challenge blog, Mustard Seed Faith Challenges. A wonderful group of ladies has joined me to spread the good news of the gospel through our creative talents, primarily through papercrafting. You can see a list of the design team members on the side bar. This first Sunday the challenge is to use the color yellow or a golden yellow somewhere in the project, to go along with the image of a mustard seed or mustard plant and flower.

We would like to invite you to play along, and you can find more details about the challenge blog and our goals and purpose if you click the link on my sidebar. Our main purpose is to "make Jesus famous," to steal a line from one of my favorite local churches. Our challenges will run for two weeks, so plenty of time to join in!

I made a watercolor wash background using Ranger distress reinkers, also using them to paint my floral image. I made at least five backgrounds before I had one that I was satisfied with, so just a word of encouragement to keep on experimenting when you're stamping. This was my first time using embossing paste with a stencil too! So cool that when you have that white paste you also can use reinkers to make it any tint you like! Thanks for looking and we hope you can play along.
Stamps: Tim Holtz, Ink: black and a variety of Ranger Distress reinkers; Paper: Neenah solar white, watercolor paper and Papertrey Ink Smoky Shadow; Die: Papertrey Ink (Hello), My Favorite Things stitched rectangles; Other: Embossing paste, Tim Holtz stencil, glossy accents. 




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PTI Tenth Anniversary ... flowers

Hello again! As Papertrey Ink celebrates its tenth anniversary, customers are invited to join in a few stamping challenges. One of them is to use a favorite floral set. I have to admit, this isn't necessarily a favorite, but I'm longing for Spring and for tulips to pop out of the ground...probably because in the past day we've gotten 8-9 inches of snow so far...and still falling! This is an old set, but full of tulips! I was inspired by one of Betsy's cards today to pull out my blue inks. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Wishing You," Illustrated Faith "Bloom." Paper: PTI soft stone, white linen, white cardstock, Aqua. Ink: Amethyst Allure, Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, black. My Favorite Things Square stitched frame dies, silver gel pen, clear gel pen, sequins, Ranger distress markers (to highlight the tulips)