Sunday, May 14, 2017

Make it Monday background for Mother's Day

Good evening! I was intrigued by the Make it Monday challenge at PTI to use a script-word stamp to create a background. I needed a card for my daughter so I pulled out the word "Hugs" from one set and using sweet blush on cream colored cardstock, made my background. I got a chance to use the new die cut for Spring and made it out of berry sorbet, then mounted it on kraft cardstock so the colors would pop. I used prismacolor pencils to color in the flowers and the leaves, even on the colored cardstock it still makes a difference. Then I put a dot of gold stickles in the center of the smallest flowers to give it a bit of twinkle. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamps: Papertrey Big Hugs, Cutaway Tags: Spring stamp set; Paper: PTI cream, berry sorbet, pink, kraft, dotted vellum; Dies: Cutaway Tags: Spring, Mix & Mat Flourishes Die, My Favorite Things pierced rectangle; Ink: Sweet Blush, Snow white, archival black; Other: white embossing powder, prismacolor pencils, gold stickles

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge #6 -- God's Lullabyes

Good morning! It is time for a new challenge at Mustard Seed Faith. This week's challenge is to create a baby card or something based on the theme of lullabye, as we look at the book of Psalms and why that book is like a collection of God's lullabyes to his children. This week's thoughts:

Several weeks ago in church the pastor used an illustration in reference to the psalms that I had never thought about before. He said that just as a mother sings lullabyes to her children at night to help them rest when going to bed, the book of psalms can be likened to God’s lullabyes to His children.

It made me realize how often I turn to the psalms for help with any number of wide-ranging emotions. When I am angry or upset at a certain situation I’ll often turn to Psalm 73. It contains a progressive narrative that moved me from indignation and anger to sorrow, thoughts of humility at the great gift God has given me and thankfulness for the close relationship we can claim with His son, Jesus.

During my years as a single mother when I often felt overwhelmed I clung to verse 1 of Psalm 57 (KJ), “In the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” It made me feel like a little bird, safe under the wings of the One who is always in control, and helped me rest when my mind was whirling late at night with a seemingly impossible list of tasks and responsibilities.

Just the other night when we received some distressing financial news while I prepared dinner I asked my daughter to read to me certain psalms so I could find comfort and focus on the eternal rather than the temporal. I wrote out verse 1 of Psalm 122 (NIV) and pinned it to my refrigerator, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

What psalms or verse of a psalm speaks to your heart in a situation you’re facing right now? Maybe it is illness, or loneliness or sorrow or perhaps joy. The psalms speak to the full range of emotions and help rock us to sleep with the knowledge that whatever it might be, God is in control. And He loves His children.

This week’s challenge is to make a baby card or a project that speaks to the theme of Psalms as lullabyes. We hope you join us and please, leave us your thoughts on how a psalm has worked in your life.   

Now for my card. I received this adorable stamp as a birthday gift from my dear friend, Traci Major. She used the companion stamp for the little boy for her card, you have to visit her blog to see it! 

I used a new piece of designer paper I picked up at a craft fair in Akron a few weeks ago. I colored the image using copic markers and matched it up with a sentiment from a Papertrey Ink set. This is for a special granddaughter of mine who celebrated her first birthday on May 12th; I get to see her next weekend. She is standing and walking and saying words now...last time I saw her she was still like a loaf of bread, all swaddled up and sleeping peacefully. 

Thanks for looking and have a great week, please come play along at the challenge!

Stamps: Lili of the Valley (image), Papertrey Ink (sentiment) Cutaway Tags: Spring Stamp Set; Paper: Authentique patterned paper, Papertrey Ink white linen, Blueberry sky, Neenah solar white, scrap of pink patterned paper; Ink: Archival black, Ranger distress ink Weathered Wood; Other: My Favorite Things stitched circle dies, Fiskars edge punch, sequins, Copic markers, light gold stickles, perfect pearls in silver. 



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Experiments with a New Cover Plate: Stitched

Good afternoon! Hope you are happily stamping or contemplating a new project! I am still enjoying a box of goodies I ordered two months ago and working my way through the contents. I'm experimenting with different looks for the tools and stamps inside so they aren't a single-use-toss-aside-for-the-next-great-thing. Know what I mean? I love shiny newness and all the pretties, but I am trying to maximize my purchases.

I'd been admiring the Cover Plate: Stitched and I have been playing with it although I am by no means done, I thought I'd share some initial projects. I was inspired by the watercolor wash challenge last week on Make it Monday and wondered what the wash would look like applied to the frame around an image. I also wanted to make it more of a true frame, so I cut out the center with scissors to show a panel underneath. The colors can be a bit strong sometimes and wash out what it in the center, but here are two. For the first one, I had an experimental piece left over from a card I made for the last customer blog hop at PTI and I didn't want to waste it. It fit perfectly in the cut out space in this card:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Keep Swimming; Paper: watercolor, gray, assortment of PTI colors (linen, smokey shadow, etc for die cuts); Ink: Ranger distress inks for watercolor wash, PTI for images; Dies: Cover Plate: Stitched, Gathered Garden, button, sequins, embossing powder, pink marker. 
Next, I fit in a blossom and sentiment from a set by Illustrated Faith. This fits the current sketch challenge at Mustard Seed Faith.
Stamps: Illustrated Faith; Paper: watercolor paper, Neenah solar white, PTI aqua mist; Ink: black, Ranger Distress vintage photo; Dies: Cover Plate: Stitched, Papertrey Ink; Other: Ranger distress markers, wink of stella, gingham ribbon, sequins
Then I thought what if I just colored in the leaves and vine that comprise the stitched portion of the design element in the plate? First I came up with this one, which my husband and daughter really like, although to my critical eye, I can tell I need more practice embossing fine-line images. Driving me crazy, but I did it three times and finally used the best one. I also trimmed the outside of the cover plate because I wanted a few more layers to show. This also fits the challenge at Mustard Seed Faith this week:
Stamps: Layers of Color (bible verse), Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden; Ink: Raspberry Fizz, copper; Paper: Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, pink scrap, green scrap; Other: Ranger distress markers, Gathered Garden dies (PTI), watermelon stickles, copper embossing powder

Then I just started playing with possible combinations using my distress markers. I started making notes for myself for various color combinations to keep as a (sloppy) reference guide for the future:
Then I made these...the scenes from the "Hills" series at Papertrey just about fit that space in the middle (Winter Hills, Autumn Hills, etc.) I made two; one for winter and one for fall. In this case I didn't cut out the middle, although you could without losing much of the image, I just layered it on top. 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Winter Hills; Ink: Smokey Shadow; Paper: Papertrey white linen, watercolor paper; Dies: Papertrey Ink Cover Plate: Stitched; Other: Ranger distress markers, Tsukineko platinum ... something or other (bought it from Stampin' UP years ago), sequins, Wink of Stella

Frustrating thing, I know I own Autumn Hills, but I think it is at another location (our old house, in a box in the attic) so I will have to figure out a different image for the center. I just like the fall colors; it is my favorite season:  


 And lastly, I did use a wink of stella on the leaves and the hills in the winter card that don't show up on the larger photo, but here it is. Bought the pen a while ago and used it for the first time on this card series and when they say "wink" they really mean it, very subtle and understated.


Thanks for looking at my "experiments." Next I want to cut out the plate in colors, but I have a lot more difficulty with color play with cardstock, so that might take a while. Happy stamping!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Watercolor Garden Monday PTI challenge

Hello! This past Make it Monday (#283) challenge at PTI is watercolor wash, which I love using to create a background. I thought this time instead of making a full panel I would emboss resist and then wash over it. I am happy with how it turned out, although I'm sort of iffy about my layout. I think this could work with any sentiment, thank you or birthday or sympathy. I am still having fun experimenting with Gathered Garden and can see many more projects in the future, it is so versatile.

I made my wash with Ranger Distress inks Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters and Antique Linen.

I found a May's Elemental Inspiration challenge on a site called Daring Cardmakers with the 'bingo card arrangement' where you choose three elements from the nine images to make your card. Joanne is the design team member who selected the challenge and mentioned she is found with knitting needles in her hands when she isn't stamping...me too!!! I just taught myself the cast on for toe-up socks, but I think the gusset and heel might be a challenge...anyway, I digress. For my card I chose the blue-green color as one element, the silver chain with leaves as another element and the circles. Kept it CAS with just a white background, and I feel it might quality for the CASology blog "Flow" challenge, with the blue colors and the flow of the floral images hugging the circle.

Thanks for looking and have a great night!

Stamps: Gathered Garden (Papertrey Ink), Ways to Say Thank you (mini set); Ink: Ranger distress antique linen, shabby shutters, weathered wood, faded jeans, silver; Paper: Papertrey Ink white linen, white; Dies: My Favorite Things rectangle and circle stitched dies; Other: Silver embossing powder, white embossing powder gray chiffon ribbon



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenges...God as Creator

Good morning! It is time for a new challenge at Mustard Seed Faith. This week's theme is God as Creator. There is a sketch challenge and a song by Big Daddy Weave is the springboard for a short devotional. Please come read the thoughts of different design team members on their blogs and play along with us. Wishing you a blessed Sunday and a good week!

Even though I developed the sketch I sort of botched it. I used a circle instead of an oval sort of shape and I moved the sentiment because I splotched my front panel of cardstock. So you see anyone can play along because even the design team members aren't perfect by any means! Thanks for looking.

Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs 'Hootie Patootie', Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, yellow patterned paper, dark grey; PTI woodgrain embossing plate, prismacolor pencils, circle die from My Favorite Things, waterfall stickles, Ranger Distress Ink Weathered Wood, Tsukineko black

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)

PTI Tenth Anniversary ... patterns

Hello! Been a while since I've had a chance to stamp! Papertrey is celebrating its tenth anniversary and has a few challenges for its customers. One of them involves using elemental shapes to create a pattern or row on your card. I mainly have circles and squares. I tried arranging the butterflies in rows first, but it just looked like a science project gone wrong, something in the dusty corner of the natural history museum. Thanks for looking! Happy stamping! (Also for some reason my camera doesn't like the upper right corner blue squares...they are not as far off from the other colors as it seems.)

Stamps: Papertrey "Wishing You," (sentiment) and cannot remember company for grasses on the side. Ink: white and black. Cardstock: aqua mist, two other blue scraps, soft stone, Neenah solar white.  Other: embossing powder, glitter, 3/4 cirle punch. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February PTI blog hop

Good morning! Thank you for stopping by. My, the time goes by quickly! Already time for another monthly Papertrey Ink customer blog hop. I always enjoy the blog hop challenge posted by Papertrey Ink and had fun with this month's cards. I did find the inspiration photo a true challenge. I generally find myself using white or cream as a base and ignoring my colors, so it stretched my creativity, but once I got started I had more and more ideas pop up. Only had time to make two; we had to go out of town.
Here is the inspiration photo:

Here is the first card I made. I was keyed into the pink jewelry boxes that made a curve alongside the photo, the bling, the rich purple tones in some of the fruit and the embossing. So I chose the feather to represent the curve of the pink boxes, some sequins to represent the bling and used gold embossing to highlight the feather and emphasize the sentiment. The purple or mulberry tones in the photo were difficult to duplicate but I found a sheet of glittery paper at Michael's that looks like a lot closer match in real life than it does in the photo below. I really like how the sentiment from the Praise set matches the feather.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Feathered Finery, Walk by Faith. Ink: Raspberry Fizz, black and gold. Paper: Smoky Shadow, another gray, PTI patterned paper in...Blueberry maybe? purple and smoky shadow patterned paper. Other: gold emobssing powder, ricrac ribbon, sequins. 

For my second card I tried to introduce some of the other colors in the photo, the yellow and red tones inside the cut fig, for example. There is that curious shade of yellow on the plate too, which has green tones, and the fancy filigreed embossed image at the top. So for this card I used Ranger distress inks to make a watercolor background that peeps through the die cut image of the flowers. I embossed the side to represent the filigree at the top of the photo, stamped the sentiment in gold and my bling is pink (the sequins) to represent the jewelry boxes. The plate is represented by the bird in chartreuse, perched atop one of the flower's leaves. Thanks for looking and happy hopping.


Papertrey Ink stamp set Walk by Faith, Memory Box dies, embossing folder, gold embossing powder, pink sequins

Monday, February 20, 2017

Planted 2011

Good afternoon! I don't think I'm going to make it through all the challenges, but here is one more. This is for the year 2011 and I love the soft images in this set. I have grand visions of having a lovely garden but never enough time to devote to it, so stamped gardens sort of replace the ideal of the real thing. Those spots at the top of the card that look like measles? They're not. They're stamped images of the flowers as a background, in spun sugar Ranger distress ink, so they're really, really light. But they're there.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Garden Variety. Paper: Neenah Solar white, PTI Soft Stone. Ink: PTI Smoky Shadow, Raspberry Fizz,  Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf; Ranger Spun Sugar. Dies: PTI Tiny Tags, My Favorite Things Square Frame; Other: sequins, twine

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FMS275 and 2010

Good morning! I had fun coloring as this stamp set just lends itself to bold colors! I have realized that I'm a marker junkie with no talent. I see others color fabulous images with their markers and for me its generally a fail. Let's see, I've purchased copics, spectrum and distress markers...and I go back to my pencils. Its a sign...I need more pencils. Anyway, after I finished putting this card together I noticed there is a double impression up by one of the leaves, but I'm going to go ahead and send it anyway to its recipient. I've learned I'm more of a perfectionist about my work as the creator than the people who receive the finished objects. Do you find that's true of your work? Are you more critical than outsiders? Anyway, this fits the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches 275 and I'm submitting it for the 2010 PTI anniversary. I don't own the five sets they're featuring, but I think you could substitute Beautiful Blooms II if you had it, to recreate this card. Thanks for looking. Time for a walk now, the weather is absolutely gorgeous!  (Also, I have to admit, I had to stamp the flower's center twice to get a color combination that satisfied me...I initially tried to make the spots darker and it looked like the flower had a chocolate chip cookie for its center...not the look I wanted!)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Doodlie Do, Paper: Kraft, blue scrap and PTI patterned paper, also Doodle Design Kraft in color paper (love that paper pad!) velvet ribbon, Ranger distress ink, my trusty prismacolor pencils and MFT rectangle Stax die. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Giga Guidelines

Good morning! Had a chance to get inky last night and this post uses a Papertrey Ink set from 2009, Giga Guidelines. I was trying to make a gradient and this card did not wind up at all the way I had envisioned when I started out. I was not going to make a square card at all and I was going to use a different complementary image...oh well. The best laid plans. When I trimmed the panel with the Giga Guidelines and smaller guidelines image I trimmed it way too much so it had to be a square card. I did a close up so you could see the lighter stamped image, it doesn't show up too well otherwise.
Stamps: Giga Guidelines, Guide Lines, Autumn Abundance, Trendy Treetops (sentiment); Inks: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Smoky Shadow, black, Ranger Spun Sugar; Paper: Chartreuse, Avocado, Raspberry Fizz, Neenah solar white; Other: prismacolor pencils, sequins. 



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Birds in Bloom

Hello! I am slowly working my way (very slowly) through the anniversary challenges at Papertrey Ink. In 2008, they introduced a set called Out on a Limb, which I don't own, but I do have an anniversary set from a later year, Birds & Blooms, which has a limb with foliage. Not as interactive for the limb as the 2008 set, but I made it work. I had an unused watercolor square that I made with Ranger distress inks. I used Ranger distress markers to ink up the stamp since the leaves are attached to the branch. More than a few of the projects use ribbon and I found a scrap of aqua colored velvet ribbon that finished off the card at the top. I mounted the card on rustic cream cardstock to symbolize the nest the bird is resting in (is she resting if she's standing on her feet? probably not).
Thanks for looking.
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Birds & Blooms, Walk by Faith; Ink: Ranger distress inks and black; Paper: PTI and scraps, watercolor; Dies: Tag Sale: Quilted,  Basic Bookmark 2 (PTI); sequins, ribbon

Monday, February 13, 2017

Anniversary flowers

Welcome! I had fun making this card to go along with the 10th anniversary celebrations at Papertrey Ink. I DO own one of the sets from 2007 but I don't have it with me so I had to substitute. This is loosely based off of one of the sample cards shown from their 2007 release. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Petite Pots; Ink: chocolate, raspberry fizz, lemon, summer sunrise, spring rain, Ranger distress greens, Limeade Ice. Paper: Vintage cream, kraft, chartreuse, patterned paper from one of the kits, sequins, butterfly unch, glitter, SU punch, twine

Friday, February 10, 2017

Birthday cupcake

Hello again! I had to make a birthday card for a boy, age 12, and I realized I have lots of flowers and cute little animals...but very little that would be appropriate for a boy that age! So I made a cupcake...cupcakes are rather universal right? My daughter was skeptical. I don't think I sold her on it!! Thanks for looking.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Baker's Dozen...random birthday stamp I found on my work table but I'm pretty sure its PTI. My Favorite Things stitched square dies, some sort of equally random embossing strip and scraps of patterned paper. Prismacolor pencils in brite violet and lavendar, warm grey 30%, lemon yellow. Glitter, sequins. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pink Peony...or blue?

I thought I'd play with the prismacolor pencils a bit again and colored in a peony image from Papertrey Ink in a few different color schemes, purple, blue and pink. In the end I chose the pink image because it seemed to pop on the card, but I'm partial to the purple/blue one as well and will probably make another card using it so it doesn't go to waste.

Thanks for looking. Happy stamping!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink Pretty Peonies, Don't Forget to Write (MIM kit); Paper: Papertrey Ink white linen, white, patterned paper, Soft Stone (used on the die, although it looks white); Ink: Papertrey Raspberry, black, Ranger Shabby Shutters; Coloring Medium Prismacolor Pencils with gamsol; Other: Note die from Don't Forget to Write, sequins, Fiskars corner punch/embosser

Monday, January 30, 2017

CAS Flurry of Hearts

Welcome! I was in the mood to color this evening and have never had a chance to break out this stamp set from MFT, Warmest Wishes. Love what I've seen others do with the image, especially some of the creative shaker cards! But I wanted to practice coloring the girl first, so I opted for CAS. This fits the CAS on Sunday challenge #100 to use hearts and the Color Inspiration Monday link up 10, just stipulates you must color your own image.

I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the image spread about with a bit of gamsol. A touch of glitter, a bit of embossing at the top and that's it! Thanks for looking and have fun stamping!
Stamps: My Favorite Things -- Warmest Wishes. Ink: black adirondack. Other: embossing folder, prismacolor pencils, glitter, blanks from heart border punch, red, pink and Neenah white paper. Pencils: Greyed Lavendar, Process Red, Salmon Pink, Rose, Goldenrod, Deco Pink, Chocolate, Warm Grey 30% and 10%, Silver, Spanish Orange, LIght Violet, Sienna Brown, Violet, Brite Violet, Parma Violet, Indigo Blue, Mulberry, Hot Pink

Saturday, January 28, 2017

CAS(E) Sketch challenge 206

Found a sketch challenge blog that looks a lot of fun. This was made for the sketch in the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge 206. Not quite a CAS card perhaps, with the paper piecing and all, but I had fun. I haven't "cracked" open this stamp set yet (too punny) but I thought it fit the movement in the sketch. The egg rolls downhill and cracks open so the bird can...call a friend of course!

Paper pieced the bird, fussy cut the egg in the nest and used patterned paper for the hills. Had a piece of paper I'd watercolored earlier in the week that sort of looked like morning sky. Perhaps its a bad idea to take photos at night, the color just doesn't look right.

 Thanks for looking.
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Twelve Days, Twelve Days Companion Greetings; Ink: Ranger distress inks, Papertrey Chocolate, Ranger black; Paper: Kraft, watercolor, rustic white, random patterned paper; Other: Prismacolor pencils Ranger distress markers


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Make it Monday with a Spin

Many thanks to Lizzie for that great tutorial on a spinner card. I used her technique for my card for the blog hop but also made this card based off of a pretty photo I found on instagram. I was inspired by the colors, by the ice and by the scattered floral petals. It isn't related to a challenge of any kind, I just liked it! Thanks for looking.

Stamps: PTI What the Doodle; Paper: white, swiss dotted vellum and PTI white linen; Ink: black, Raspberry fizz, smokey shadow; Other: prismacolor pencils, thread, sequins. Prismacolor pencils used: Deco Pink, Rose, Hot Pink, Mulberry, Sienna Brown, Yellow Chartreuse, Chartreuse, Straw Yellow, Canary, Lemon, Yellow Bice, Limepeel, Apple, Spanish Orange, Yellowed Orange, Orange. 



Showing close up of the spinning element on the thread.

Also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for Anything Goes, and Crafting by Design "Pretty, Pink and Girlie."

PTI Blog Hop January 2017

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! I want to make sure I have a Valentine's card made for my husband and the colors and challenge at PTI helped inspire the design while I used the technique Lizzie demonstrated for the Make it Monday challenge.

My husband often makes things for me as gifts and he likes to work with wood, so I used the woodgrain impression plate with the heart in the center as symbolic of the way folks used to carve their initials and a heart in a tree to record their love for each other.

The heart is the middle size from the heart die set at PTI and is small enough to spin within a simple shadowbox card. I took a photo from the top down to show the inside.  My circles are a bit messy; some of my dies still live in another state so I had to cut them by hand, but I'm slowly being reunited with my crafty things. Thanks for looking and have a great hop! I have work to finish but look forward to hopping later tonight to see all of the inspired creations out there from so many talented stampers.



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Get Well Sketch

My husband's uncle has been unwell so it is time for a bit of happy mail. Thought I'd keep it simple and found a nice, simple sketch to follow, Freshly Made Sketches #271. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Make it Market Kit, Don't Forget to Write and Walk by Faith; Dies: from Don't Forget to Write; Ink: black, (PTI) Hibiscus, Raspberry, Spring Rain, Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, Summer Sun, Tropical Teal (Ranger) Peeled Paint, Fired Brick; Paper: Kraft, PTI chartreuse paper pack, random pink scrap, white; Other: two sided sticky tape, Recollections fine glitter

Friday, January 20, 2017

Make it Monday Sympathy

I get so sad when I have to make sympathy cards. I want it to be pretty but appropriate and I'm never sure of myself. I almost didn't add the sequins to the one card but it looked so blank it needed something. Placing them below the heart, they reminded me of teardrops. I left the centers of the hearts empty on purpose because there is a mom of my acquaintance whose heart is empty this week, one of these is going to her. Hug your family and loved ones close and tell them you love them every day.

These also made me realize I need some deeper, richer toned inks to work with on occasion so I'll be remedying that soon. My daughter likes the card with the purples and blues but I work with those colors so much I felt I needed to use a different palette, so I matched the colors in the patterned paper and added a die cut element to one.

Thanks for looking and thanks to Melissa for a nice challenge for Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #272, Masked Heart Wreaths.


Purple and blue card--Stamps (PTI): Keep It Simple: Sympathy Mini Set, Birds & Blooms Anniversary Set; Dies (PTI): Heart Prints Die Collection; Paper: PTI linen (white), black and soft stone patterned paper pack, random silver; Inks: (PTI) Spring Rain, Stormy Sea, Winter Wisteria, Amethyst Allure, Smokey Shadow, Dark Chocolate (Ranger) Weathered Wood, Other: butterfly punch.

Patterned Paper card--Stamps (PTI): Keep It Simple: Sympathy Mini Set, Birds & Blooms Anniversary Set, Borders and Corners Square set; Dies (PTI): Heart Prints Die Collection; Make It Market Nostalgic Notions; Paper: PTI linen (white), black, random patterned paper; Inks: (PTI) Smokey Shadow, Dark Chocolate, (Ranger Distress) Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, archival Jet Black; Other: butterfly punch, sequins

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blues in Winter

I've been messing about with my blog layout and as a result it IS a mess right now, but I'll figure it out eventually. I'd like to change the email associated with the account and having no success. Any ideas? :)
Anyway, I've had fun with ink and paper again lately and have a few things to post. I seem to gravitate towards blue, white and silver this time of year. I think with my next set of cards I need to mix it up! Also been playing with square layouts lately.

Without further chatter, here's my latest:

Top uses Papertrey Ink Baker's Dozen stamp set, Ranger distress inks and prismacolor pencils.
Bottom uses an old Elzybells stamp, still one of my winter favorites, distress markers, Ranger distress inked sponged on the ourside, and a Spellbinders diecut medallion.  I did a bit of paper piercing too.

These fit the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, "Chill Out" and
Die Cuttin' Divas #300 Photo Challenge for silver and blue with a die cut.

Hope to spend a bit more time this week figuring out the new things in blogger.
Thanks for looking.