Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sketch Saturday #489

Welcome to the weekend! Today there is a new challenge at Sketch Saturday and this week's sponsor is Paper Nest Dolls. We invite you to play along for your chance to win a few digital files of your own. The rest of the design team has done a fabulous job using this week's sketch! Here is my contribution.

This post is a bit short since I am traveling out of town right now. Thanks for looking and happy stamping!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Paper: PTI linen, vintage cream, patterned papers, vellum; Ink: Tim Holtz Ranger distress ink in vintage photo; Other: Copic markers, gold stickles, My Favorite Things stitched circle die, sequins

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #246

Saw a card on Instagram for this week's CAS(E) this sketch and had an idea using another set Dawn McVey designed way back in 2009. Happy, cheerful sentiments like the designer herself. Fall colors are still in full glory in our area although I expect that to change this weekend.

While the sentiment was designed by Dawn, I did pair it up with a few other products to complete the card. The owl is from Lil' Inker Designs, which might not quite fit the sketch but I wanted it to help complete the card. The embossed leaves from from a PTI set called Autumn Scarecrow. I used Distress Ink colors of Mustard, Pumpkin and Candied Apple with the "smoosh" technique for the watercolor background and the woodgrain embossing plate for the main body of the card.

Thanks for looking and wishing you all the best Dawn as you recover!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Blog hop for Dawn...A Joyful Heart

Welcome to Saturday and a special, rather impromptu blog hop to celebrate the designs and the heart of Dawn McVey. She has struggled for ages with health issues and just recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for a special operation that we pray will fix the problem once and for all. You can read more about it here.

We thought it might help provide some cheer and show our support to use some of her lovely stamp designs on cards for a special blog hop, just for her.

I have selected Holiday Greens and A Cheerful Heart, two stamp sets she designed, along with a die I think she created, the Basic Bookmark 2 die. I also used the leaf silhouettes die because it is rather new to me and I was having fun playing with different colors and papers. I also twined silver and gold threads to play along with the Make it Monday challenge, I thought they looked rather nice twisted along the spine of the leaf die. I pulled a stamp set from the "vault," Silent Night, for the sentiment and a wee star to accent my first card.

So if you can find time to play along, please do! And Dawn, we love you!!! Praying for your recovery!

Stamp Set: Holiday Greens, Silent Night (Papertrey Ink); Paper: Kraft, vintage white, gold, red, Pure Poppy patterned paper; Inks: PTI Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Americana, Stormy Seas, Chartreuse; Other: glitter, gold thread, ribbon, gold embossing powder, woodgrain embossing plate (PTI), leaf silhouette die
Stamp sets: (PTI) A Cheerful Heart, Background Basics Botanicals; Paper: Aqua Mist; vintage white, white, silver, sparkle white; Inks: Ranger Distress spun sugar, Grape; PTI Lilac; Dies: Leaf silhouette, Bookmark Basic 2; Other: glitter, woodgrain die, leaf silhouette die, purple and silver ribbon, silver twine



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sketch Saturday #487

Good morning and welcome to week 487 of the Sketch Saturday challenges!

This week features a square card with patterned paper or square shapes in the four corners and a circle at the center. It is high time I got started on some Christmas cards. I thought I'd use red and white, classic Christmas colors, for my creation.

I did cut out squares and have washi tape separating the layers but the washi is a birch pattern and the layers themselves are off white so it is much more visible in person. I did make the red circle a bit large since I wanted to mimic the look of an ornament.

I diecut the word "merry" from glitter paper and then used paper ribbon to make a bow. Now that isn't a proper bow but a cheat, since it is paper. It is all glued together and the button is popped on with a glue dot. You cannot tie a paper bow. :)

Thanks for looking and hope you can play along.

Stamps: none. Dies: Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words: Holiday die collection, notecard die; My Favorite Things stitched circles; Paper: white, PTI pure poppy patterned paper, rustic white, glitter paper; twine, jingle bells, birch paper ribbon, woodgrain impression plate, red striped paper ribbon, pure poppy button

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PTI Customer Blog Hop October 2017

Good evening! Thanks for stopping by. Papertrey sponsors a customer blog hop once a month based on an inspiration photo. The photo is below and I was drawn to the colors and the watercolor look of the various pieces. I added some orange to lend a bit of contrast to the yellow in my watercolor background because my yellows and honey toned yellow stock is a bit sparse. I did struggle with this challenge a bit, nothing immediately came to mind. I don't look at anyone else's creations before working on mine because I don't want the outside influence, so it will be fun to go have a look finally!

I added the thin strip of red patterned paper because of all the reds in the inspiration but also a touch of birch paper ribbon and the die cuts from Gathered Garden, since so many of the inspiration photos featured nature or trees.

Thanks for looking and happy hopping!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink Year of Psalms February; Paper: PTI rustic white, watercolor paper, teal, navy and honey nut; Ink: Distress inks and honey nut; sequins, birch paper ribbon, pure poppy patterned paper

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