Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sketch Saturday with Crafty Sentiments

Hello and welcome to a new sketch challenge from Sketch Saturday! This is challenge #477 and the sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments! I chose Mia who is all cozy in her fall jacket, boots and tights because Fall is my favorite season and I'm looking forward to its beginning!

I chose the blue section of paper behind the image to highlight the beautiful shade of blue in the sky when September and October come. The plaid strip I imagine to line her jacket, and the red strip of course is to link back to the color I chose for the jacket itself.

Thanks for looking! I had fun with this image and hope you find some time to get crafty and have a little fun this week as well.

Stamps: Crafty Sentiments digital "Mia" ; Paper Neenah solar white, blue panel, scrap of patterned paper, Bazill red, scraps of green and teal; Dies: Gathered Garden from Papertrey Ink, MFT stitched rectangle, punch from Stampin' UP; Other: PTI button, twine, Prismacolor pencils and gamsol, twine, button

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sketch Saturday #475 ... New Designer

Good morning and thanks for stopping by! I am so pleased to announce that I am a new team member at Sketch Saturday, which has a fabulous team of international designers. I always enjoy a good sketch as a way to get the creative juices going. This first one was a lot of fun to put together.

The sponsor for this particular sketch is MMedel Illustrations on etsy. I selected this cute kitten from the Kitten Bundles who seems to have a bit of a self-satisfied look on her face. That's what prompted me to use the die for the wee birds (Memory Box) as the embellishments, and the sentiment (from a Papertrey Ink set). There might or might not have been five birds when I started this card. :) Ask the kitty.

Thanks so much for looking and have a great day. Hope you can play along!

Stamps: Digital from MMedel Illustrations, Sentiment from Papertrey Ink; Ink: Soft stone, raspberry PTI; Dies by Spellbinder and Memory Box (resting birds); Paper: PTI soft stone, black, blush and white; Coloring medium Copics, white gel pen

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Challenge #10 Mustard Seed Faith

Good morning and welcome to another challenge from Mustard Seed Faith. Diane Noble has written our devotional for this challenge and her writing is always inspiring and biblically centered. Please go there to read her thoughts on the virtue of planning and what the bible has to say about that.

Her challenge was to create anything to do with summer so I chose a beachy theme and did a layout of swimsuits. I made a background using some of the new distress oxide inks from Ranger and chose yellow and blue which also, when spritzed with water, created a green shade as well. When I was little we had a backyard pool and the main colors I associated with it were the blue of the sky and water, the green grass we would run on to get to the pool and the bright yellow sun in the sky.

I know it took a lot of planning on my parents' part to put up that pool. It was an above ground pool and my dad would have to level the ground first, then put up the pool and each year check for and patch any leaks in the liner. He would have to fill it with water and use chlorine to keep the water clean, skim out bugs and leaves. He put in a lot of planning and a lot of work so we could enjoy our summers.

There are a lot of things we have to plan way in advance to try to ensure life will run smoothly. And there are times those plans fly out the window because God pulls us in a different direction. I recall a summer exactly five years ago, almost to the day, when our plans took a radical turn. My husband was hospitalized and had three stents put in his heart. The summer changed, eventually our residence changed, relationships changed and his habits changed. My husband had always been very focused on trying to discern God's will for his life but after that event it became an even higher priority. He spent a lot of time in prayer before but even more now. Because as Diane says in her devotional, our ultimate goal in all of our planning should be to try to give God the glory. That is our hope with our blog. We would love it if you would stop by and participate in our challenge. Wishing you a blessed week.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink. Ink: Ranger distress oxide inks, archival black; Paper: Neenah solar white, PTI white linen, watercolor; Other: patterned paper scraps, copic markers, glitter, MFT pierced rectangle dies, glossy accents. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Papertrey Customer blog hop June 2017

One last post for the day to squeak in before the blog hop ends. I admit I was short on inspiration this time. I tried to create a gradient with blue-green inks for the background, the shaker card uses clear acetate of course, as a nod to the glass jars in the photo. I like the other shaker card I made this week a bit better but some days are better than others!

Here is the inspiration photo:

And here is my card:

Stamps: What the Doodle, Waves Mini; Cardstock: Neenah solar white, teal, watercolor; INk: Ranger distress inks, variethy of blues, PTI fresh snow; acetate, beads, sequins, white embossing powder, buttons and stickles. 

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Choose Joy ... New Challenge at Mustard Seed Faith

Good morning! It is time for a new challenge at Mustard Seed Faith and this week's hostess is Nancy, who has selected the theme of Choose Joy for her devotional. The point of her thoughts is that we have a choice, we can take action to choose joy.

That is true, isn't it? We may not be able to control our circumstances, but we can control our response to them. And the response is always or can be guided by the fact that our joy is found in our position as a child of God. There is joy in our salvation, joy in the fact that Jesus Christ paid it all on the cross for our sins. I don't always outwardly express joy, but it is always buried deep in my heart and I can lean on that when circumstances wouldn't warrant happiness. But joy is separate from happiness, because while happiness is circumstantial and fleeting, joy transcends circumstance.

It can for me however, be a challenge to remember that I can choose joy and that I have that assurance of salvation which brings joy. I am thankful for Nancy's devotional as a reminder that I need to make joy my choice.

For our challenge this week we can create anything that brings us joy. I just find great joy in creating or papercrafting so making anything usually provokes happiness or joy. I thought I would go with bright colors, playful images and sequins in a shaker card, to send to someone to bring a bit of joy into their life.

Thanks for looking and please visit our blog so you can play along in our current challenge.
Sstamps: Poppy stamps narwhal set; Ink: PTI snow white, soft stone; Paper: Orange Zest, blue scrap, teal, watercolor; Dies: My Favorite Things square stitched frame, PTI double ended banner; Other: sequins, glitter, prismacolor pencils, acetate, white embossing powder

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Peonies for Pantone

Too many ideas, too little time! There are so many ways you could go with this. I decided to dress it up just a bit more than my last card and make another Pantone chip card for Make it Monday using a peony!!!

Thanks for looking and have a great time stamping! 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Pretty Peonies, Scripted; Paper: PTI soft stone, white, raspberry, watercolor, scrap of patterned paper; Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow; Tim Holtz Ranger distress inks of Spun Sugar, Forest Moss, Peeling Paint, Worn Lipstick; Other: white embossing powder, sequins, Spellbinders square die

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pantones Under the Sea

Always enjoy a good challenge and I found the one at Papertrey Ink intriguing for Make it Monday. I hadn't heard of the Pantone chip inspiration. You're supposed to take a single color chip and match the stamp color or decorative accents to that chip. I am fond of the color blue and fond of this whale stamp so I paired them up. I watercolored some cardstock and deliberately chose a spotty part for the whale because the whales I've been privileged to see on rare occasions have plenty of mottled color. Needed a few sequins, in my mind, for the sun reflecting off the water.

Thanks for looking. In case you come directly to this post and not the home page, I made another pantone chip inspired card using the peonies anniversary set with a pink chip,!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Keep Swimming, Dies: PTI Keep Swimming; Paper: Neenah solar white, scrap of blue, watercolor; Inks: Ranger distress Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, archival black; Other: sequins, wink of stella

I did find a few other challenges where this will fit, new blogs to me and some intriguing challenges and fine design team examples.

This would qualify for the following:

Deep Ocean Challenge #157: Die Cuts, Chipboards and/or Punches ... the whale is diecut
Crafty Critter Crazies...Just use a whale
Monochrome Magic ...Anything goes as long as it is monochrome
CAS on Friday ... Animals

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Colourful Creations

Good day! I found a design team call based on a color challenge and I immediately tuned into the challenge itself and THEN went and looked at the design team they already have...looks like it  is for scrapbook pages. I make cards...hmmmm....
But seems like a fun team and they are open to applicants until June 20th. Here are the colors for their design team call at Colourful Creations:

The deadline has arrived and I haven't heard anything. So here are the cards I had submitted based on the color scheme. On different devices the last color on the right alternately looks either pink or red, so I used a bright pink on one card and red on the next. I did have fun coloring the owl in non traditional colors.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Paper: Neenah Solar white, PTI soft stone, blue, gold, scraps of patterned paper; Die: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Hello, My Favorite Things stitched rectangle

Stamps: Lil Inker Designs, patterned paper, Kraft, Tim Holtz Ranger distress inks, ribbon

Back to card creating! Have a great day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Challenge at Mustard Seed Faith...worry much?

Good evening!

I have had a busy week and I am a day late in posting my card for the current challenge at Mustard Seed Faith. Design team member Tracy Fehr has written a beautiful devotional for this challenge, all about worry and how to hand our worries over to the Lord, based on Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’, or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear’?  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I have often joked with my husband that is worrying were an Olympic sport, I'd be a gold medalist, time and time and time again. I seem to spend quite a bit of my life training for this event. The sad thing is, it isn't a joke and it isn't God's desire for us to spend our days worrying. 
The worry is from the one who roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Worry devours our thoughts, our time, can impact our health and consume our days. When I get to the end of my life if someone created a pie chart or graph of how I spent my time, do I really want to see worry leading the pack? 

This devotional was a great reminder that I need to ask God for help to get my worry under control and really take Matthew 6:25-34 to heart. 

The challenge this week is to use a bird, butterfly or peaceful nature scene to illustrate the verse. This is my creation for this week. Thanks for looking and we hope you pop onto the blog at Mustard Seed Faith to read Tracey's devotional here

For my card I did an emboss resist stamping black floral and garden images from an old Inkadinkado set. I wanted to add a bit of dimension so I diecut some extra foliage from the Gathered Garden die set from Papertrey Ink and added them to the panel. I really didn't have a sentiment that fit in that corner so I added the diecut tags and I will write a message inside to this card's intended recipient. Have a great day! 
Stamps: Inkadinkado; Ink: Memento black, variety of distress inks; Paper: watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink rustic white, silver; Dies: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Tiny Tags, My Favorite Things pierced rectangles; Other: clear embossing powder, sequins, silver cord, blue ribbon

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sunflower notecards

Good afternoon! Had to come up with a package for a yarn swap and we add little extras to fill out the package, like candy or tea. I know the person receiving this likes sunflowers, so I pulled out some stamps from Papertrey Ink and made a set of small notecards. Watercolored using Tim Holtz distress ink markers and backed them up with a bit of gingham paper. Thanks for looking, had fun making these.
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Autumn Abundance; Ink: archival black; Paper: linen white, spring rain gingham, strathmore watercolor; Dies: PTI notecard die; Other: sequins, Tim Holtz distress ink markers

Monday, May 29, 2017

Lesia Zgharda challenge design team call

Through a post on facebook I found a company new to me, Lesia Zgharda stamps and the company is having a design team call, open to stampers from all countries. I thought I'd give it a try! I think their images are pretty cute, the feather wreath, the fox, the mushrooms...the wee little jars with trees inside that remind me of snow globes... I also think it would be so educational and fun to work with an international team.

So to apply you are supposed to choose five projects to showcase your work. I chose some watercolor with distress markers, some paper piecing and one piece with prismacolor pencil work. Wish me luck.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge #7... Chesed Love

Good morning!

It is time already for another challenge at Mustard Seed Faith! We have a new devotional posted about Chesed love, or the faithful, steadfast love of God as demonstrated in the book of Hosea. This will be my last devotional for a little while, some of the other design team members are going to step in as hostess and we even have a guest planned for September!

Our challenge this time is to create a card celebrating relationships, so friendship, anniversary or wedding, all will do. We have a great lineup of cards from the design team which you can find here.

I had so much fun watercoloring that I decided to do a little more with the Gathered Garden set from Papertrey Ink. I am a marker junkie but the first set of markers that really has clicked with me is my set of Ranger distress markers. It is different for everyone, I know, and I would like to experiment a bit more with Zigs, but for right now, I'm getting a lot of mileage out of the distress markers.

For the layout I found inspiration in the Mojo Monday challenge #498. Instead of patterned paper I turned to a pretty embossing strip by Cuttlebug that seemed a nice accompaniment to the watercolored flowers, and delicate enough so it wouldn't detract from the main image. I also used ribbon instead of washi tape for the decorate element on the side of the image in the lower right...I do not actually own any washi tape at all and I think the ribbon might work. I had so much fun mixing and matching the markers on the stamps and it was so simple...color, spritz and stamp.

I am enjoying a neat sentiment stamp set that was a birthday gift from a dear friend and it fits with our theme of friendship and relationships for this week!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Scripted (sentiment); Paper: PTI soft stone, blueberry, Strathmore watercolor; Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow; Dies: My Favorite Things stitched circles; Other: Ranger distress ink watercolor markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, ribbon

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink Customer Blog Hop May 2017

Good afternoon! Had to do some traveling which takes me away from my ink and stamps. I am happy to be back and had a fun time playing along with the challenge photo for the Papertrey Ink customer blog hop. I had more ideas than time to create. My vision never seems to equate to ability, but with practice hopefully I'll get closer each time.

I was inspired by the floral clusters and the watercolor look. Instead of doing an outline and a watercolor wash I thought I'd give  my distress markers a try at coloring on the stamp, spritzing and then pressing direct to paper. I saw a demonstration video by Julie Ebersole and although I own different markers, they watercolor too and I thought I'd try it. Like I said, more practice..

The first one I watercolored on cream colored cardstock and odd thing is it looks white in the photo. It isn't. The second I watercolored on watercolor paper.

Thanks for looking and happy hopping.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Stitches and Swirls, Scripted (this set was a gift from a lovely friend!); Ink: Ranger Distress Antique linen, gold; Paper: Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, teal blue; Dies: Papertrey Ink bookmark die, quilted die; Other: copper embossing powder, Ranger distress ink watercolor markers, ribbon, glitter gel pen, sequins. 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Cutaway Tags Spring Stamp set; Ink: gold; Dies: Papertrey Ink Mix & Mat Flourishes die, My Favorite Things pierced rectangles; Paper: white linen, yellow check (PTI), melon berry, watercolor, sweet blush; Other: sequins, gold embossing powder

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 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