Saturday, July 30, 2011

Papertrey Make It Monday: Coloring with White Ink

I can hardly believe that I created 3 cards today!! I guess it's repressed mojo from during the work week! I was super fortunate to have the opportunity to play today. :D

Normally, I would space out my card posts but I was concerned about challenge entry deadlines. Plus, I was just too eager to share!

Heather Nichols demonstrated how to color using white ink at this week's Papertrey Make It Monday challenge. I immediately thought of Nichole's beautiful dandelions here (first card). I immediately set out to do something similar with the gorgeous dandelions in Botanical Silhouettes (PTI's 4th Anniversary set).


After embossing Labels 17, I left the die in place for stamping (with a bit of masking for the grass). I used Versamark ink and heat embossed the image with clear powder and the sentiment in white powder. I continued to hold the die in place while I used ink blending foam to whiten up around the frame. Lastly, I used a Q-tip to apply some white ink to the dandelions, using the reverse end of the Q-tip to carefully dab away the excess.

*sigh* I love it!

This card bears a remarkable resemblance to the card I did here.

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: True Black
  • Stamps: Botanical Silhouettes
  • Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Labels 17 (Spellbinders)
  • Other Tools: ink blending foam (Inkssentials), clear and white embossing powder (Filigree), Q-tip ;)

CAS-ual Fridays: Long Card (2)

Here is the other idea I woke up with this morning. It wasn't as finely-tuned so some of this was invented as I went along. I'm okay with how it turned out. (Normally, I would try to space out my card posts but I'm wary of some deadlines...)


Again, I used CAS-ual Fridays' long card challenge. It's a somewhat masculine sympathy card, awaiting a particular recipient. I really like how the grommets I applied at the end added to this card.

It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the medallions were inked with orange and then burnt orange around the edges. The blue was stamped afterwards, right over the orange.

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Mehndi Medallion, Label Basics, sentiment - Fillable Frames #2
  • Ink: Tangerine, Potter's Clay (both Tsukineko Memento), Enchanted Evening
  • Dies: Angled Lables
  • Ribbon: Enchanted Evening twill
  • Other Tools: Big Bite/grommet and Corner Chomper (both We R Memory Keepers)

CAS-ual Fridays: Long Card and LilyPad Cards: Sketch

Don't you love waking up in the morning with terrific card ideas popping into your head? It's even better when it's Saturday and you have time to craft!!

I woke up with 2 ideas this morning and this was the first:


Perhaps my subconscious had dredged up this gorgeous inspiration photo from The Shabby Tea Room:


CAS-ual Fridays' long card challenge worked perfectly! It's supposed to be 9 x 4 inches, but I modified it just slightly so it could fit into a standard letter-sized envelope (and hoping it doesn't disqualify me!).

This card also works perfectly in my mind for the sketch challenge over at LilyPad cards. I've been eye-ing this since I first saw it and wouldn't mind making a few more interpretations of it. Love it!

A few notes on how I made this card:
I stamped both sides of the butterfly die cuts and adhered one wing to the card allowing the other wing to pop off. I then sewed (painstakingly) down their centers and added a selectively inked sentiment. I debated using black thread instead of white... May still try it that way! Love how this turned out, though!

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Happy Trails
  • Ink: Ladybug, Tangerine, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly, Tuxedo Black, Rosebud (all Tsukineko Memento)
  • Die: Happy Trails
  • Other Tools: sewing machine/thread, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Playing in Paradise Challenge 26: Tags, Twine and Buttons!


Welcome to this week's Playing in Paradise Challenge over at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog!

This also happens to be my last challenge with them as a Design Team member... Things are much too busy in my life right now to continue into another term. I'm sure I'll play along with future challenges, though, as I've had so much fun with them!

This week, we have a Power of Three challenge from Carla:


I made a sort of interactive or dual-purpose card to go with this:


I got the idea for the dual-cardstock tag from none other than THE "Aimes" Wanford here. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the stamp on the kraft with the stamp on the rustic cream cardstock as demonstrated by Maile Belles here (one of my fav examples of this technique is here).



The tag just tucks into the buttons that I sewed onto the cardstock so that it can be removed and used as a bookmark or something.

There are so many wonderful projects on the web with removable pieces... Dawn McVey has a little rocket that can be removed and played with here and Aimes (again) has this beautiful removable hair clip here.

Be sure to check out the other DT projects!


This week's prize is Stamp, Die Cuts and Sticker Stackers from Imaginisce's Happy Fall line!

How to Play:

1. You have until noon on Thursday, August 4th to link your entries for this challenge at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.
2. Please link directly to your entry photo or your specific blog post featuring your project, not a general link. We reserve the right to remove invalid links. If you're uploading to a public forum, please use the keyword PPC26 so we can find you!
3. Please fill in your name (not the name of your card or the name of the challenge) as the caption/label within the linky tool.

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies}

Monday, July 25, 2011

PTI Stamp-a-faire Challenges

I had intended to participate in at least the first one or two Stamp-a-faire challenges over at Nichole's blog...

The first challenge asked us to use a favorite decorative trim. I only made it partway through.

The second challenge asked us to make something in Smokey Shadow and Raspberry Fizz cardstock... Well, hot dang! Those were the colors I had been using for challenge number one!



I still didn't finish it in time... ;)

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, True Black, Raspberry Fizz
  • Stamps: Think Big Favorites #5, Beautiful Blooms
  • Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), Fresh Snow
  • Die: Beautiful Blooms #3, Circle border, Edgers #3
  • Other Tools: Tin Types impression plate, white embossing powder (Filigree), sewing machine/thread, pink rhinestones

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lily Pad Cards: Themed Challenge

I realized after making this card yesterday that it fits in perfectly with the Lily Pad Cards Themed Challenge: make a new card featuring a patriotic theme with a twist.

My card is definitely patriotic... For a different country than my own! I have family and friends in the States and thought this card would be perfect to express that I am thinking of them.


I was also inspired by the Playing in Paradise challenge here. You can find the details and list of supplies there.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Playing in Paradise Challenge 25: Quilt Inspiration


Hello all and welcome to another Playing in Paradise challenge at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog!

This week we have an inspiration photo to base our papercrafting project on:


Find anything in the photo that inspires you! The colors, the stitching, the shapes...

I went with the square pattern inherent to quilts and a whole lot of stitching!!


Why, you might ask, do I have a card that looks strikingly similar to the American flag when I'm proudly Canadian? I have family and friends who live in the United States, of course! And I miss them all! ;)  I lived in Idaho for 3 years and definitely miss certain things about the US... Reasonable food prices, plenty of variety and a government system I understand! ;)  Alternatively, I could have made this a 4th of July card...

I started by embossing a grid pattern onto dark blue cardstock. I stitched over the lines and stamped the stars. I die-cut the sentiment panel and stamped the sentiment in blue ink. I was tempted to add buttons or something to each side of the sentiment but decided that shipping costs were more important. ;)

Be sure to check out the other DT projects!


This week's prize is a stamp, die cuts and chipboard stickers from Imaginisce's Happy Fall line!

How to Play:

1. You have until noon on Thursday, July 28th to link your entries for this challenge at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.
2. Please link directly to your entry photo or your specific blog post featuring your project, not a general link. We reserve the right to remove invalid links. If you're uploading to a public forum, please use the keyword PPC25 so we can find you!
3. Please fill in your name (not the name of your card or the name of the challenge) as the caption/label within the linky tool.

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy (all Papertrey Ink), card base (Recollections)
  • Stamps: star - Around & About Sentiments, sentiment - Fillable Frames #2, flourish - Mat Stack 2 Collection (all Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Fresh Snow and Enchanted Evening (both Papertrey Ink)
  • Dies: Mat Stack 2, Double-Ended Banner (both Papertrey Ink)
  • Other Tools: Guidelines impression plate (Papertrey Ink), sewing machine/thread

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PTI Make It Monday: Dry Brushing

This week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink encourages to make a project by dry brushing with paint or ink. Since I don't have paint in my arsenal (that I can find), I used ink.


I started out by dry brushing purple ink onto the Animal Print impression plate. I impressed it onto some white cardstock and then dry brushed some more ink around the edges. I def need some DECENT paintbrushes...

Added a double-edged banner and a party-hatted zebra to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Royal Velvet
  • Patterned Paper: random animal print pack
  • Stamps: It's a Jungle Out There
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Grape Jelly (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: It's a Jungle Out There, Double-Ended Banners
  • Other Tools: Animal Print impression plate, yellow rhinestone (dollar store)

Monday, July 18, 2011

For a Gracious Hostess

No challenge this time... I just sat down to craft! A quicky CAS card using inspiration from Maile's Gracious Vases release posts (you can start here).


I love this stamp set because the style is so ME!

After reviewing some of Maile's inspiration, I decided that I definitely need to add Glossy Accents to the primary vase!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Gracious Vases
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Rain
  • Copics: RV10, RV11, R(V?)0000
  • Other Tools: black embroidery floss, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Playing in Paradise Challenge 24: Coloring!


Another Playing in Paradise challenge is live over at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog! This one's mine!


I completely thought I was going to do a project based on Copics but ended up trying something that I've been intrigued with for some time... Painting with Glimmer Mist!

I first heard of this through Maile Belles's post here (scroll down a bit). Such a gorgeous project!! I made my project so much simpler by using a negative background stamp... No worries about coloring outside the lines!!

(Since photographing this card, I moved the scalloped rectangle upwards to even out the layout a bit.)

After die-cutting a rectangle and scalloped rectangle, I stamped my negative background image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black powder. I sprayed some Viva Pink Glimmer Mist on my craft mat and used a paint brush to apply it to the flowers. I did the same thing for the stems in green Glimmer Mist. Any imperfections in the embossed background were then covered up using careful application of my Copic Multiliner pen.

I adhered the rectangle to the scalloped rectangle using my Xyron for perfect adhesive coverage. I wanted this to look like one piece rather than two.

Using a stapler, I attached the Glitz tulle to my card front, cut it and tied a knot. I attached a little paper rose and some twine to a button and hid the knot. A small stamped tag and some pins finished off my project.

Be sure to check out the other DT projects!
And introducing...

Welcome, ladies!!

This week's prize is a pkg of supplies from the Imaginisce Happy Camper line!  Two snag em stamps, die cuts, sticker stackers and chipboard stickers (an approx value of $23)!!

How to Play:

1. You have until noon on Thursday, July 21st to link your entries for this challenge at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.
2. Please link directly to your entry photo or your specific blog post featuring your project, not a general link. We reserve the right to remove invalid links. If you're uploading to a public forum, please use the keyword PPC24 so we can find you!
3. Please fill in your name (not the name of your card or the name of the challenge) as the caption/label within the linky tool.

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies}
  • Cardstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White (both Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps: Wild Flowers (Hampton Art), Tiny Tags (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Versamark, Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid (both Tsukineko)
  • Glimmer Mist: Viva Pink, Meadow Green (Tattered Angels)
  • Dies: Rectangles, Scalloped Rectangles (Spellbinders), Tiny Tags (Papertrey Ink)
  • Other Tools: tulle (Glitz), paper rose (Recollections), rustic cream button twine (Papertrey Ink), pins (dollar store), black embossing powder (Stampendous), Copic Multiliner pen

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays: Shaped Cards

I'm just slipping this CAS-ual Friday shaped card in under the wire! ;)

I'm hoping that despite the vintage look that this card is still considered Clean And Simple...


There are so many wonderfully original shaped cards already submitted but I wanted to try out m new stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

After die-cutting the front and back of the card, I embossed only the front. Leaving the die on, I stamped the gingham. Stamping over Spellbinders usually causes imperfect stamping so I made this work by inking the edges and fussy-cut typewriter with vintage colors: Antique Linen and Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

I used the Antique Linen on the lace as well.

I used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to score the back die-cut and adhere it to the front.

Thanks for stopping by!


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Just My Type (Technique Tuesday), Background Basics: Gingham
  • Ink: Smokey Shadow, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Antique Linen & Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Dies: Labels 17 (Spellbinders)
  • Other Tools: lace (dollar store)

New Papertrey Playhouse Challenge

I've whipped up a challenge at the Papertrey Playhouse blog! There's a fab prize in store for a random winner so please hop on by!

If any of you are like me, you have a drawer/box/bag (or two or three!) full of embellishments. I usually pop in once and a while for rhinestones or pearls but the rest go largely ignored.

I remember when I first realized that I preferred to make my own embellishments rather than buy them. I did a massive purge to get rid of soooo many things!

Still, there really are many wonderful embellies that one cannot pass by at the local scrapbooking store. So I definitely kept a few.  ;)

I decided to challenge myself, and anyone else interested, to use up an embellishment that has been sitting around gathering dust.

A cute little bee embellishment survived my purge and was the inspiration for this card. The mantra I used for the project was "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."   ;)


Something Old: The sentiment is from Vintage Picnic Sentiments, a stamp set I purchased on one of my first PTI orders.  :D

Something New: I defined this as something I hadn't used before. Aside from the bee embellishment, the Picnic Plaid impression plate hadn't seen my Cuttlebug yet.

Something Borrowed: My friend, neighbor and PTI buddy, Stefanie, lent me her Friendship Jar Spring Fillers stamp set.

Something Blue: I used PTI's Blueberry Sky cardstock.

Now it's your turn!

The Challenge: Root through your existing, and perhaps decaying, embellishments to find something that inspires you! Link up the specific blog post or gallery image at the Papertrey Playhouse blog challenge post!

The Deadline: Tuesday, July 26th at 11:59pm MDT

The Prize: A random entrant (selected using random.org) will receive Papertrey Ink's 4th Anniversary stamp set, Botanical Silhouettes!
The winner will be announced at the Papertrey Playhouse blog on Wednesday, July 27th.

Thanks for stopping by!!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Blueberry Sky
  • Stamps: Friendship Jar Spring Fillers, Vintage Picnic Sentiments, Background Basics: Gingham
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Fresh Snow
  • Dies: Lacey Ovals and Deckled Ovals (Spellbinders), Edgers #1, Double-Ended Banners
  • Copics: E55, 57, 59, Y21, YR23, YG11, 13, 17, T1, W1, 0
  • Other Tools: Picnic Plaid impression plate, bee embellishment (Recollections)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Playing in Paradise 23: Sketch


Welcome to another Playing in Paradise challenge! This week, Allison has created an original sketch for us to work with.


 Here is how mine turned out:


I think this would make a better home decor piece than a card but I kind of made it up as I went along.

I started with wanting to use my new Stampendous ribbon stamps. I bought them because I thought they'd be perfect for cards that require less bulk for shipping. They're also terrific because I don't have to worry about tying the perfect knot or bow... Already done! And then, of course, there are the endless possibilities of cardstock and ink combinations to match your "ribbon" with your project! I stamped it with Versamagic Night Sky ink on some light blue cardstock.

The panels in the background were created with Spellbinders Large Labels. I left the die in place to do a bit of inking (Night Sky again).

The semi-oval was die-cut using Spellbinders Lacey Ovals. Again, I left the die in place for more inking.

The sentiment is a stamp from Inkadinkado.

The cluster of embellishments started with a bit of twine from Jillibean Soup. I tied it in a bow, cut the loops and frayed all the ends. 

The rolled flowers were created with a My Favorite Things die and my quilling tool. These are my first attempt but I'm certain to get the hang of it. I used Lemon Yellow Liquid Pearls for the centers. I'll probably add a few more dabs around the sentiment for more visual interest/coordination. I finished things off with a couple of tiny paper roses.

Be sure to check out the other DT projects!
This week's prize is a pkg of supplies from the Happy Fall line of Imaginisce!

How to Play:

1. You have until noon on Thursday, July 14th to link your entries for this challenge at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.
2. Please link directly to your entry photo or your specific blog post featuring your project, not a general link. We reserve the right to remove invalid links. If you're uploading to a public forum, please use the keyword PPC23 so we can find you!
3. Please fill in your name (not the name of your card or the name of the challenge) as the caption/label within the linky tool.

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain (both Papertrey Ink)
  • Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps: Ribbon Bow Border (Stampendous), Friends (Inkadinkado)
  • Ink: Versamagic Night Sky (Tsukineko), Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)
  • Dies: Large Labels, Lacey Ovals (both Spellbinders), Rolled Flower (My Favorite Things)
  • Other Tools: ink blending foam (Ranger), paper roses

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays: Kraft

After a much needed, though hardly relaxing, 2 and a 1/2 week vacation, I'm excited to be back making cards!

CAS-ual Fridays has a Kraft challenge that I had time to make a quick, CAS card for:



I die-cut some burlap with the largest Beautiful Blooms #1 die and added an embellishment from May Arts that I recently got.

I have a lot of Thank You cards to make up so be prepared! ;)


{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Kraft
  • Stamps: Botanical Silhouettes
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate
  • Die: Beautiful Blooms #1
  • Other Tools: Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), gingham flower embelly (May Arts), burlap