Monday, February 19, 2018

Make it Monday -- Framing

Good evening! Today's Make it Monday challenge on Papertrey is by Laurie Schmidlin and the challenge is framing sentiments. I played with a few frames before I remembered this retired (I think) Spellbinders fancy frame, which I thought was a nice accompaniment for the brushed bird. I chose bright colors to be cheery for a friend facing cancer treatments (or perhaps another friend...haven't quite decided on the recipient) and tried to keep it simple. My last card was way too clunky and heavy.

I am enjoying the Brushed Birds set, but I probably should break out of using the exact same bird each time. It is just so much fun though playing with color schemes!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Walk by Faith," "Brushed Birds;" Dies: MFT stitched rectangle and Spellbinders, PTI Gathered Garden; Cardstock: PTI fine linen in white, white yardstick, random green scrap (Chartreuse maybe?); Inks Papertrey Smokey Shadow, Bright Buttercup, Distress inks Mustard Seed and Marigold; PTI chocolate; Other: sequins, ribbon, PTI Summer Sunrise button

Sunday, February 18, 2018


The last PTI anniversary challenge that I'll be able to submit to is the challenge to use stripes somewhere on your project. I am not happy with this card but have to quit fussing. Any suggestions for improvement are welcome. Not balanced? Colors not right? Ugh, don't you hate it when you fuss and fuss and it still doesn't come out the way you want it?

Anyway, see the stripes on the bottom? There you have the challenge element. That's about the only part of the card that I like. :) And maybe the colors on the bird.

I was TRYing to add texture when I ran the sentiment plate through with an embossing plate. I was TRYing to balance things when I put the musical notes on the upper left and added the last leaf cutout. I was TRYing to add a bit of interest to the diecuts by touching them up a bit with markers. Maybe I was trying too hard?

Thanks for looking and happy stamping!
PTI stamps, Year of Psalms and Brushed Birds, Dies: spellbinders and PTI Gathered Garden; Inks: Distress tumbled glass, twisted citron and mermaid lagoon. PTI fine linen paper, a scrap of aqua and random greens, pink striped paper, glitter on scar tape and sequins. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another PTI anniversary challenge

For this challenge, squeaking it in under the wire, we had to use dies only, no stamps. For this challenge, if anyone is looking to enter, it has to be done before 6:00 a.m. EST tomorrow!

Without further ado, here is my card...which I wish I had more time to fuss with, but there just isn't...

Cardstock: PTI bitty big, retired paper, soft stone, fine linen in white; dies: PTI "hello," gathered garden and Mix & Mat plaid, MFT stitched rectangle, distress inks for sponging and sequins.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A few Papertrey Anniversary challenges

So happy to have a new job, but it leaves less time for creativity. I had a bit of time this weekend to participate in a few Papertrey Anniversary challenges. Eleven years!

The first challenge card I have was supposed to use a set that is retiring. I chose Delightful Dahlia. I have fun with this set. For this card I had a piece of cardstock where I'd been playing with some oxide inks and it just fit the stamp, which I then embossed in white and cut out. Did the same for the leaves, used a few distress inks, stamped and cut.

Stamps: Delightful Dahlia, Simply Scripted; Paper: black, kraft, vellum, watercolor; Inks: Distress oxides, white, sequins, Fiskars edge punch

My second card is for the floral challenge. It uses Pretty Peonies, a previous Papertrey Ink anniversary set, also fun to color. The new anniversary set for this year is also a floral set and I'm looking forward to adding that to my cart next week. I also added a spare brushed bird I had sitting on my craft table, just because. Kind of looks like its floating with no purpose, but i thought it might help balance out that side.

Thanks for looking. Have fun stamping!