Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Make It Monday: Frames

This week at the Papertrey Ink blog, Laurie Schmidlin challenged us to frame our images and sentiments.  She even showed ways to combine open dies to cut a unique frame!  I took a frame die and combined it with a stitched rectangle die to make a little shaker tag...


I used flowers from Petite Pots and a sentiment from Bloom and Grow.  Added some iridescent sequins to catch some of the colors in the flowers. Plus a little gingham is always the right touch on a spring tag!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

PTI Anniversary Challenge: Stripes

The last challenge for PTI's 11th Anniversary celebration.  This time, the challenge was to use stripes!  I paired it with this week's Fusion Card Challenge, using the sketch and the photo for inspiration.

I created a card using the Horizontal Stripes Cover Plate die...


I used sentiments and flowers from Bitty Bouquets to make my little floral spray.  The "thanks" is stamped on a Double-Ended Banner die cut.


I ran the stripes piece through my Cuttlebug with PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate to mirror the wood on the door.


The "friend" from Bitty Bouquet is stamped on vellum and heat embossed in white.  Some layered bouquets dotted with Liquid Pearls, adhesive pearls, and a twine bow to finish it off!

It was such fun to participate in all of the anniversary challenges.  Ordered some new spring things from PTI's release, and hope to use them over February break from school!




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Color Throwdown Guest!

I am so lucky to get to be the Guest Designer at the Color Throwdown Challenge!  
Such springy pastels for this week...lilac, green, grey, and white!


I made some lilacs of my own using the set "Artsy Flower Parts" by Simon Says Stamp!


Stamped the lilacs and some of the other flowers in grey, with a bit of greenery.  The scene is backed with Soft Stone cardstock stamped with a light grey gingham pattern.



Added PTI's Picket Fence embossed with a woodgrain impression plate, then a "thanks" die cut.  A few lilac buds dotted with Stickles, and some clear gems, to finish off a fun thank you note for spring!

Thanks so much to the girls at Color Throwdown for having me as a guest this week!  LOVE that blog, always such fun inspiration:)!

Friday, February 9, 2018

PTI Retiring Sets Challenge

Back with another Papertrey Ink's 11th Anniversary Challenge, this time to use sets that are retiring this year.  I chose two favorites, Everyday Button Bits and Polka Dot Basics.





Stamped the polka dot background in pink then layered some linen washi tape over the top. Clear embossed the green leaves, added some button cherries, and then a sentiment from Wonderful Words: Hello!  Don't let these two sets retire without adding them to your collection :)!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

PTI Anniversary Floral Challenge

Another PTI Anniversary Challenge card, this time for today's floral challenge!  I used an oldie but goodie, the flowers from "Baby Button Bits," a fave of mine!


Stamped the image in a pattern, then colored the leaves with Copics.  Added the die cut sentiment "Happy" from Ways to Say: Birthday die, and then heat embossed a sentiment from "Vintage Picnic" on vellum.


Added some sequins and a little butterfly, then filled all of the circles with punched or die cut circles of patterned paper.  Glittered up the "Happy" for a sparkly finish!

PTI Anniversary Sketch Challenge

This week, Papertrey Ink  is hosting their 11th anniversary celebration with lots of challenges and prizes.  I am playing along with the Sketch Challenge today.  I used Heather Nichols' card and sketch for some bird inspiration :)!


Here is my card...


I used MORE "Brushed Birds," (love that set so much!), this time inked up in some parakeet colors, with a sentiment from "Scripted Sentiments."


My background is created with a strip of patterned paper, then a "confetti" background with flowers and dots from "Green Thumb" and more dots from "Polka Dot Basics."  Some clear sequins and glitter, too!

So excited for this week of PTI announcements...thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Think Spring

I got in another set of challenges for the week!  This time the simple, lovely sketch by Cecile at Freshly Made Sketches, paired with the vibrant colors at the Color Throwdown!


 I disagree with that Punxsutawney Phil down there in Pennsylvania! Spring feels like it's right around the corner with these colors, so I made a "Think Spring" card using PTI's Sweet Brushed Birds (again!) and a sentiment from Cutaway Tags: Spring...


I stamped the birds in yellow and hot pink, then made a colorful rainbow wreath with an old favorite, PTI's "Wreath for All Seasons."  I stamped the branch in green, then added berries in pink, yellow, and blue, with some added yellow berry bursts along the corners of the window.

For a bit of texture, I used the Vineyard Cover Plate over the top, and cut a Memory Box branch die in white for the birds to perch on.  The birds are shimmered with a Wink of Stella pen, and the berries are dotted with a Sakura Glaze pen.

Have a Sunny Superbowl Sunday (say that five times fast).  I'm going to lend my support to the Eagles JUST THIS ONCE since the Bills aren't in it :)!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Favorite Mermaid

I am playing along with two challenges this week, Simon Says Stamp's "Anything Goes" themed challenge for the week, and my first time at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!


My favorite mermaid, aka my great niece Reegan, is having a birthday party this weekend, and I used the adorable Spellbinders "Build a Mermaid" Die D-Lites die (available HERE at Simon Says Stamp) to make a sea scene. 

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, I chose the center horizontal panel...die cut, sequins, and my free space...stamping!


I made a window card full of sequins, bubbles, and some silvery stars.  The window is cut with PTI's "Brushed Rectangles" die and underneath, I watercolored the ocean using the frame as a stencil.  The seahorses and anchor are from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Ocean Bound" set and the "For You" sentiment from the "Gift Card It" set.


The bubbles were stamped with various circles from PTI's "Polka Dot Basics" and "Good Times," and also a bit of "sand" at the bottom, stamped with PTI's "Sand Swatches" mini set.


Colored and glittered up her hair (and sweet face) with Copics, then added her tail cut with Hawaiian Shores cardstock, covered in Stickles.  I love this adorable die set, so much fun!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop


This month at Papertrey Ink, there was this beautiful and fun photo to be inspired by for the monthly blog hop!



Since Betsy's amazing new set "Brushed Birds" had just arrived, I could not wait to use it, and decided to incorporate those adorable birds into my hop card!  Of course I was inspired by that amazing pink confetti cake!


I stamped the birds in pinks with a bit of yellow, and used a sentiment from Ways to Say: Birthday.


I stamped a musical background and added some musical notes in pink, because I am sure those birds are singing the birthday song!  They are perched on a vellum string cut with the "Balloon Strings" die.

Made confetti by gluing the cut outs from the Mix and Mat: Berry Boughs Die "snowy" piece. Some are coated in Stickles.  A few sequins for sparkle, and also some confetti stamped with the "Good Times" and "Polka Dot Basics" sets.


Those birds!  I want to use them on everything!  
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bluebirds Sketch

Playing along with this week's lovely color combination at Color Throwdown and an adorable sketch by Kim Singdahlsen at Freshly Made Sketches!



I was so excited to get my new "Brushed Birds" set from Papertrey Ink this week!  It was perfect for both of these challenges, and I loved the color combination of light blue, white, and kraft with them!


Used PTI's Woodgrain Impression Plate and a heart die from the Shakers and Sprinkles Kit to cut the heart.  Added a branch cut with a Memory Box die, and a sentiment on vellum from PTI's "Love Lives Here."  It says "Home is where the heart is."  :)


The snowflake panel is made using a technique of Jennifer McGuire's called "Reverse Die Impressions" shown HERE.  It is SO easy after watching the video and the results are beautiful and impressive.  Love this video!   I used PTI's "Silver White Winters" snowflake dies for my card.


I think you will be seeing a lot of these birds, they are so cute and fun to stamp!  I was waiting all week for the set to arrive, just like a kid at Christmas :)!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Create Along...

I decided to participate in "Create Along With Us" with Papertrey Ink after seeing Laurie Schmidlin's inspiring balloon card for the new release seen HERE.

Laurie Schmidlin - Birthday Balloons

Um, there's a reason that Laurie is Laurie, lol!  She makes it look so easy!  I struggled with this card for too long, and finally had to just call it a birthday card and move on :).  Something went a little wrong with the placement of the balloons and the sentiment (and the size of the card), but here it is...


I blended again with Gelatos and dry paper towel at the top, then stamped and die cut balloons from the Birthday Style set, and strings from Shaker Shapes: Balloons die and the Balloon Strings dies. On my first 3 attempts, I used a Mix and Mat die to frame the center, but then forgot to add it on this one, eek!

Sentiments are from "Ways to Say It: Birthday" and "Think Big Favorites #1." The sentiment seemed to be floating away with the balloons, so I stamped the confetti image "Good Times" from along the bottom to ground it, then embossed it with Diamond embossing powder.

My girls always need birthday cards, so I am sure they will pick this one sooner or later ;)!

Reverse Confetti's January SFYTT

Another versatile and fun Sketch for You to Try at Reverse Confetti for this month!


Seeing that circle, I just had to use the wreath from the "Falling For You" set again!


This time I paired the wreath with a sentiment from Whole Lotta Happy which has sentiments for every occasion!  A friend at work just had a baby girl on December 24th, and I thought this would be perfect.

Stamped the wreath in Memento Bamboo Leaves, then colored with Copics.  Added die cut pieces stamped in black, also colored with Copics.  The sentiment is stamped on vellum with Versamark, then heat embossed in white.


For the horizontal center panel of the sketch, I chose a different aqua dot pattern and placed a rectangle behind the "new baby" portion of the sentiment to highlight it a bit.  Love these sets SO much!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

PTI's Make It Monday: Stencil Embossed Backgrounds


This week's Make It Monday for Papertrey Ink is by Melissa Phillips.  She challenged us to create a heat embossed background using a stencil!  SO fun!

 I needed a little color in my life, so I paired a Woodgrain Stencil background with Dawn McVey's Gran's Garden stamp set!


I clear embossed the stencil with Versamark ink on white paper.  Then used one of Melissa's other MIM techniques, I got out Gelatos, and smudged a background on PTI's Linen Cardstock using a dry paper towel.  I also embossed that piece with PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate. Love how the colors blend so softly!

Added some details on the stamped and die cut flowers with some Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents.  A few small clear sequins to help catch the shine on the background :).


The sentiment is from Beautiful Berries: Spring.  Celebrating some color and a bit of warmth in the midst of negative temperatures and 10-12 inches of the white stuff that fell pretty quickly overnight on Friday!  My poor girls are going stir crazy on this 3-day weekend, but I sure have been getting a lot of stamping time.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fusion 4th Anniversary Challenge

The Fusion Challenge Blog is celebrating their 4th Anniversary!  They have a lovely challenge photo and sketch for the occasion:


I chose to use the sketch and the inspiration photo, with the sweet Concord & 9th stamp set "Let's Chat"...


I stamped a woodgrain background with a Stampin' Up "Barnwood" background and also embossed PTI's White Linen cardstock with the Woodgrain Impression Plate.


I stamped the cup, the cocoa inside (and cut it out), and heat embossed the marshmallows with white powder, then cut all of the pieces out, layering them with dimensionals.  Made a little "saucer" using a circle Nestabilities die, and added some white embossed leaves from the set for decoration.   The sentiment is on vellum and comes from the Waltzingmouse Stamps' Sewing Box set.

Love the Fusion Challenge, and I'll raise my cocoa mug to the DT for four more years of fun :)!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time Out Challenge: Thankful

This week at the Time Out Challenge blog, the word is "thankful"!  What a great way to start the New Year, and a perfect theme for a Valentine's Day card, too!



Here is my thankful Valentine...


I stamped "Thankful" with Lawn Fawn's "Milo Alphabet" then used a "for you" sentiment from a Waltzingmouse Stamps set.  I used the teeny heart in the Milo's Alphabet with it, too.


I cut a window and a frame using Simon Says Stamps "Stitched Rectangle" dies, and splattered the black cardstock with different shades of acrylic paint mixed with water. Added some mini banners using My Mind's Eye "Love Me" paper cut with a die from Mama Elephant, mini hearts cut with PTI's Love Lives Here dies, and beautiful flowers from Reverse Confetti's "Garden Bunch."

Thankful for everyone that leaves such sweet comments every time they stop by!  :)