Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop July 2016

It has been a long while since I've blogged much. Grief truly zapped my creativity for the past year. This weekend was Papertrey Ink Stamp A Faire, and both the "Masters" videos and those made by the PTI design team went far in strengthening my desire to get out of my head and make art again!

This card is a fast one I whipped up for the Blog Hop today. Not fancy, but my take on the challenge image:

I used Cover Plate: Triangles to impress my card base, reflecting the triangles in the photo wall paper. Aqua Mist, Melon Berry and Soft Stone designer papers and a touch of gold are used to reflect some of the colors in the photo.  One Big Happy stamp and die used for the sentiment.

(Sorry for the inside photo - it is too bright to photograph outdoors today, even in the Pacific Northwest! :)

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF 2016 - The Masters: Share your Masterpiece

I made this card a few years ago for my grand daughter's birthday. Used PTI stamps, scallop die, card stock and ink. I was thrilled with how it turned out!  I occasionally think about this card and how proud I was at the time.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge #2

Today's anniversary challenge at Papertrey Ink is dedicated to welcoming Maile Belles back as a stamp designer. She took a year off to take care of her family and new baby, and now is ready to return with a renewed focus! Welcome back Maile!

The challenge was to peruse Maile's blog and choose a card to interpret as my own. I have always admired Maile's sense of color and use of white space. She makes this look so simple, yet her designs are well thought out and stunning! Here is the card I chose to base my project on:
And this is my project:
I used the same older PTI set, Mehndi Medallion, and a newer set that I associate with Maile, Wet Paint (and dies). I used Versamark Ink and Powdered pearls for the main images, then die cut Wet Paint dies, stacking and gluing together several die cuts for strength. I also white heat-embossed two of the cards with additional sentiment from Wet Paint stamp set. All card stock is Papertrey Ink.

While I was at it, I decided to reproduce this card using my new MISTI from My Sweet Petunia, which arrived in the mail yesterday. This is my first project using this wonderful tool. It actually was a breeze to reproduce this card - three was as easy as one! (Sorry - I used turquoise pearls on the top medallion which did not photograph well.)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Challenge Day 1

Yesterday marked the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year in the crafting world. Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 8th year in business. This company completely changed my approach to stamping when I purchased my first acrylic images PTI in 2010. (I had been a pure "Rubber" stamper from the beginning.

For this first challenge, we were offered Color Recipe and Sketch cards on which to base a creation. These are to two I chose:
And this is my project. I used Beautiful Brushstrokes and Keep it Simple: Valentine stamps, as well as PTI card stock and inks. It was difficult to photograph, but the roses actually are over-stamped with a glue pad, with glitter applied to the roses. My 91 y/o MIL taught me to grow the most beautiful roses, and I know she will love this rose-themed card for Valentine's Day.

BTW, if I never purchase another stamp set, Beautiful Brushstrokes will make me happy the remainder of my crafting life! It is such a gorgeous set, designed by Betsy Veldman. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Clean and Simple 4 Challenge Day 1

I love these faux ceramic tiles you can make using Inchies! I've seen this technique done previously, so was happy one of my favorite designers featured this technique in Online Card Class. The dies used for this technique are from Memory Box, inks from Colorbox.