Monday, August 31, 2015

PTI SAF 2015 - Red Carpet Challenge

The end has come for this year's Stamp-a-faire event.  I didn't purchase the kit this year and think I did pretty good without it not that I didn't love the stamps I am just watching the budget closer since we are trying to start a family.
Here is my final picture of all of my projects at one time:
I wanted to take this moment also to show off my revamped cube storage system.  My mom bought me all but 2 of the cubes at a garage sale for $25.00 all disassembled with no hardware; I bought the other 2 at Michaels on major sale.  I have loved them since I got them but when we redid our home office last October I wanted to add some pizazz so I bought the shelf liner and updated the fronts.  We went with a White, Gray, Black color scheme with an accent color of a Plumish Purple.  I know my hubby thought I was going to explode purple in the room but he was pleasantly surprised.
Recently I had my mom build me a crate essentially that holds them all together, lifts them up just a bit off the floor so I can utilize the bottom drawer and has a solid top across the top for storing my Cricut and Minc machine.  I put the shelf liner up there too and absolutely love how it turned out.

Soon I will have a frame on the wall over it/behind it with chicken wire in it to clip up cards, photos, etc.  I need some baskets for the larger shelves just to hide the stuff.  Here is a pointer though...see the top right cubby, those are Tim Holtz Distress Tins for the mini-distress ink pads.  I have two paint stir sticks from Home Depot that I attached magnet strips to  so I can slide the tins all the way to the back and have no trouble pulling them out when needed.  The regular stick will hold two tins wonderfully.

PTI SAF 2015 - Runway Challenge


Ok, so I have completely run out of steam.  With working today, and then errands after work, I could only get 1 of the remaining 4 challenges completed.  Oh well, I did better this year than last and I succeeded at posting as I completed a project instead of all at the last minute before going to bed.  I even did better at leaving comments for others instead of just stalking :)
This challenge was to take a runway photo or color scheme and turn it in to a project.  I selected the following colors which is an extremely neutral pallette for me:

My photos are horrible but here is my project, a little to plain too but oh well...

What you cannot tell from the picture is that under the lace ribbon is Spring Moss paper peeking out.  Other supplies are PTI Fine Linen, Vintage Cream and Sweet Blush card stock, Craft Smith Blush Glam paper pack for the pattern paper, Keep It Simple: Anniversary set, Versamark Ink and Gold Ranger embossing powder.
Maybe by next year I will have my photography skills honed a bit more.  I am considering building a photo box since I always find myself trying to take photos after dark or on gloomy days. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PTI SAF 2015 - Unconventional Materials project 2

The next card used my original idea of using the easy liner as a stamp for a unique textured background: 

PTI supplies are:  Orange Zest, Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate cardstocks, Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate Ink, Birthday classics - November stamp set.  I also used my MISTI to line up the sentiment on the pattern background, Lawn Fawn Fall Sequins (leaves), glue dots, tombow adhesive, 3M foam tape and a misc 6x6 pattern paper in green.
Only three more challenges to go...I think I can...I think I can...

PTI SAF 2015 - Unconventional Materials Challenge


I had absolutely zero ideas for this challenge so I looked through everyone projects and then I decided to shop my garage for supplies.
I came back with various things but I decided to focus on the electrical tape, $4.99 per roll at Home Depot, and Duck Easy Liner, $4.74 per roll at Walmart.  I knew I wanted to use the easy liner to stamp with so you can see my sample of that below.
After I took the picture I started focusing on the Easy Liner more than the electrical tape and I thought wow that is cut very cleanly and rectangular.  I had an ah-ha moment and decided to add some color to it by sewing in various bright floss colors and the card below was born.

Check out the texture!!!

My supplies for the first card were:  PTI stamper select white cardstock, Birthday Bash Sentiments.  Duck easy liner in black, We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Floss in Watermelon, Hot Tamale, Traffic Cone, Sunbeam, Leprechaun, Spring Rain, Deep Ocean & Grape Vine, Tombow stamp runner adhesive, 3M foam adhesive, regular scotch tape to tape the thread to the back of the card panel and my Tim Holtz tiny attacher (first time use on that).

PTI SAF 2015 - Mix + Match Challenge

I skipped over the Accessories Challenge because those are a little outside my comfort zone.  I mainly dabble in paper crafting and haven't moved in to mixed media type of crafts.  Now, I must say I am starting to dabble with other styles of projects but for this weekend I am not going to stress myself that much.
So back to this challenge:
Betsy Veldman was teaching how to mix different pattern paper.  I think the biggest thing that needs to be learned is how to utilize "white space" which is not necessarily white in color but neutral and plain so your eye has a place to rest from all of the busy other papers/patterns.
This was the one that broke me yesterday, well along with sharing the home office with the hubby and his noisy computer game.  I had been going at it all day and was just wiped so I hung up my scissors and started fresh this morning.  I must say it came together pretty quickly.  I had to use one of the card patterns from challenge two to get me going but it worked.

PTI supplies are:  Stamper Select White Cardstock, Thank You Kindly stamp set for the sentiment, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest and New Leaf buttons.  Other supplies are: Nestabilities Standard Circle Small - 2nd from largest for polka dot paper, nestabilities Standard Circle Large - 4th larges for the teal paper, Versamark Ink, Wow Bright White embossing powder, MISTI, Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive, 3M foam tape, WeRMemory Keepers Sew Easy Floss in Goldenrod and Simple Stories "DIY" 6x6 pad for the pattern paper.
Thanks for popping by and I would love to see some comments.  Off now to work on some more projects and to visit and comment on fellow participants works.  Happy Sunday! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

PTI SAF 2015 - Threads Challenge


I have fallen behind but I am not going to give up.  Challenge 3 is the threads challenge.  I have never done the Thread Nests before but I have had the silver and gold thread for forever so now is the time to use it.

This card is going to either my dad or my father-in-law but I don't know yet.
The supplies are:  PTI Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening ink, White and Spring Rain cardstock, Cover Plate: Stripes Diagonal Die, and Wonderful Words: Birthday die.  I also used a Simon Says Stamp set called All Boy for the Boy sentiment which was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink and yes, my MISTI.  The thread is Gold Coats & Clark that I purchased at Walmart. 
I hope to get back and do one using twine and one of Danielle's inspirations too but we shall see if I have time tomorrow.  Again, thanks for looking and don't forget participants would love to have some nice comments to read.  I know I am putting a lot of effort in looking and commenting this year.  Have fun everyone! 

PTI SAF 2015 - Patterns Challenge

Challenge #2 is the:

For this challenge we are to use a provided pattern, sometimes called a sketch, to design our card.  After looking at all of the design teams projects and again flipping through my catalog of supplies I chose the following pattern from Laurie Willson and produced the following card.

I used the following PTI products:  Stamper Select White Cardstock, Thank You Kindly stamp set (I don't have the dies so I fussy cut), Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding inks.  
I used a Simon Says Stamps Frame Die to emboss the rectangle instead of using another piece of paper.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink and by using my MISTI I was able to stamp it crisp and clean.  I also utilized the MISTI to double stamp each flag, once with the lighter color, then inked it up with the darker color, used a baby wipe to wipe away some excess then stamped again.  The MISTI is amazing for double stamping...if you don't have it and want better stamping results buy it!!
I am keeping up and so excited. 

PTI SAF 2015 - Bridal Challenge

Over at Papertrey Ink they have an annual event called Stamp-a-faire (SAF) and it is a wonderful themed weekend full of challenges, community, inspiration and do not forget the prizes.  If you would like to play along check it out here.  I was determine to post as I go along this year and I am on track so far.
The first challenge is:
Create your own wedding project utilizing nothing but the color white.  You are allowed to use a neutral ink color (black, gray, brown, etc) for the sentiment.  Below are the pictures of my project.  Boy is it hard to photograph white...who am I kidding...I have a hard time photographing anything.

I looked through my catalog of products that I own and the Botanical Blocks just called to me to stamp on vellum with white embossing powder.  I knew I wanted the rest to stay fairly clean and simple so I used my MS Scoreboard to score three simple lines down the side and then some simple white ribbon to tie on the tag.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink.
All supplies include:  PTI Stamper Select White Cardstock, Botanical Blocks I & II, Versamark, Versafine, Tombow stamp runner adhesive, misc sheer white ribbon, paper cutter, MS scoreboard, hole punch, vellum, Hero Arts tag die and the wonderful MISTI tool.
Thanks for looking and have a great day! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mask-erade, Post 3

More projects from the Online Card Class I just finished, Mask-erade.
Day 1 - Video 3:  Negative and Positive Masking with masking paper:

Supplies:  SSS Masking Paper, Distress Picked Raspberry ink, blending tool, Versamark ink, Ranger Super Fine Silver embossing powder, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, PTI Stamper select white cardstock and 1920's stamp set, Black with white polka dots Recollections Washi Tape, Rhinestones and various basic crafting supplies.
Day 4 - Video 3:  Masking with Watercolor "smooshing":

Supplies:  PTI Enclosed Flower Die, Canson Watercolor paper, Distress Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feather, Freezer Paper, Iron, foam Tape, Sequins, SSS It's Your Birthday, Versafine Black Onyx ink and various crafting supplies. 
The following projects were not completed and not yet referenced.  I will be attempting them in the future along with the additional inspiration that was shared.
  • Day 1, Video 4 - Ink Blending with Acetate Masks
  • Day 2, Video 3 - Custom Stamp Shapes with Masking Paper
  • Day 3, Video 3 - DIY Resist Background with Liquid Masking Fluid
  • Day 5, Video 3 - Masking Patterns with Embossing Powder.  I did attempt this one but goofed up up and ran out of time and energy to do it again.
Again, these classes are wonderful so I strongly suggest giving them a try.  I do like them better when I take them live vs. my own pace because in live I at least attempt the techniques (even though I procrastinate till the last day to post my projects).  I am very excited that I used so many supplies that I absolutely had to have but hadn't yet gotten around to using plus, I have bulked up my birthday card stash which was my intention when I signed up.
Hope you are having a great day!  Leslie 


Mask-erade - Post 2

A continuation of post 1.
Day 1 - Video 2 - Making a Scene:
Supplies:  Canson Watercolor Paper, Ranger water brush, Stampin Up Watercolor Pencils, Black Stazon Ink, Hero Arts CG151 stamp set, PTI Lemon Tart cardstock, SSS masking paper, other basic craft supplies.
Day 2 - Video 2 - Masking Area for Greeting:  
Supplies:  Hero Arts Lotus Blossom Stencil, Canson Watercolor Paper, Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing paste, Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade, Copic Y04 (the distress wasn't dark enough when dried so I colored over it with the copic marker), PTI Swoosh stamp set, Summer Sunrise Ink and Cardstock and other basic craft supplies.
Day 3 - Video 2 - Layered Stamping using Rubber Cement:
I did not complete a project using this technique but I will attempt it in the future.
Day 4 - Video 2 - Masked Sentiments using Freezer Paper:

Supplies:  PTI Noted Hello Die, Signature Greetings and Aqua Mist cardstock, Canson Watercolor paper, Distress Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feather for watercoloring, Reynolds Freezer Paper, Iron, Heat Tool, Versafine Onyx Black and other basic craft supplies. 
Day 5 - Video 2 - Masking White Area with Embossing Powder:
Again, I was unable to do any projects for day 5 but loved the inspiration.
Go visit Online Card Classes and take a class!!  Leslie 

Mask-erade, Post 1

Hi everyone.  I am out of work right now recovering from surgery so I thought I would take advantage of the Online Card Class Mask-erade.  If you have never taken on of their classes click on the link and go check it out; they are great.  Yes, you can get free videos...blah, blah, blah, but these classes are fairly inexpensive and wonderful!
I am in a bit of a rush to post so bear with me.  I am going to do these in order of the video's on the daily lessons.
Day 1, Video 1 - this was strictly instructional so there is no project.
Day 2, Video 1 - Large Mask, Small Stamp:

The supplies for this card are:  Simon Says Stamps Cupcake Party and SSS Masking Paper, Versamark embossing ink and Memento Tuxedo Black, EK Success Powder tool, 3M foam tape, Tombow Stamp Runner, paper cutter, Martha Stewart score board, cuttlebug and the following from Papertrey Ink:  Paper - Enchanted Evening & Stamper Select White, Shaker Shaped Star die, Wise Owl, Planner Banners and Wet Paint stamp sets.
Day 3, Video 1 - Basic Liquid Masking:

The supplies for this card are:  Canson Watercolor paper, Archival Black Ink, Fineline Masking Fluid Pen, Rubbernecker Frog Holding Flower and Hoppy Birthday stamps, Versafine Onyx Black ink for sentiment, Nestabilities Classic Large Oval 3rd Die, PTI Ripe Avocado and Stamper Select White cardstock, Distress Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn inks for watercoloring.  Also, paper cutter, score board, Cuttlebug, Tombow Stamp Runner and 3M Foam adhesive.
 Day 4, Video 1 - Masking with Mists and Freezer Paper:

I didn't use mists and actually used a design from day 5 for this card with the freezer paper from day 4 instead of the embossing.  Supplies:  PTI Feather Finery, Freezer Paper, Iron, Marvy Heat Tool, Tweezers, Canson Watercolor paper, Distress Ink in Salty Ocean and Faded Jean, Versafine Black Onyx for the sentiment and basic craft supplies as listed above.
Day 5, Video 1 - Masking Stamped Images with Embossing Powder:
I lost steam so I didn't do a project for this technique but I will give it a try in the future.  I had no idea how this surgery was going to drain me.
Thanks for looking and encouraging comments about my projects is always greatly appreciated.  Leslie 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Papertrey Ink - 8th Anniversary

It is anniversary time over at Papertrey Ink!  I love their anniversary celebration every year because they always release great products and have tons of wonderful inspiration, not to forget the opportunity for great prizes.  I have been a fan of theirs since probably their fourth year but didn't start buying products until their fifth year and I haven't stopped yet.  Their stamps are of super high quality, and I love the coordinating ink, ribbon, paper, buttons, felt, etc.
They are running 10 days of contests and sneaking peeks at their new products.  Below are my submissions for some of their challenges (I skipped day 4 because I don't have a lot of flower stamps.)
Day 1 - Select a color combo and a sketch:

My supplies are:  Papertrey Ink White, Lemon tart & Aqua Mist Cardstock, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse and Versa Fine Black Onyx Inks, Harvest Gold spray mist made with alcohol and the reinker, Ombre Builders and Birthday Classics:  February and March stamp sets and the Shaker Shapes: Star dies.
Day 2 - Visit Maile Belles blog for inspiration. 
I actually own two of her sets so finding inspiration was easy since I could completely lift it.  My inspiration is:
My supplies are:  Papertrey Ink White Stamper Select Cardstock, Maile's Sketched Shapes Stamp Set and the following Papertrey Ink inks:  Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Plum Pudding & Smokey Shadow.
Day 3 - Make a tag to match a gift bag 
I bought an address book and a box of chocolates for my grandmother for Valentine's Day so I made a really, really quick tag to attach to the bag.
My supplies are:  Papertrey Ink White & Pure Poppy cardstock, Pink with white heart pattern paper from a miscellaneous 6x6 paper pad I have lying around (the cover is gone so I don't know the brand), Heart Prints Stamp Set and dies, Versamark Ink and WOW Opaque Bright white embossing powder.  The tag die is Hero Arts and the gift bag is from the Dollar Tree.  She wasn't feeling well today so I am taking her gift to her tomorrow.
Day 5 - Use a stamp set from your collection that hasn't seen ink. 

I had to have the Cat's Meow set when it was released but I have never used it.  I decided to make a Valentine's card for my hubby from our two fur babies.  I watercolored with distress ink which I have never done before either.  I attempted to paint the cats to match our two.  Gracie on the left and Socks on the right; Gracie is my little brat and Socks is a true daddy's girl.
My supplies:  Papertrey Ink Stamper Select White Cardstock, Ranger Watercolor Paper, Ranger Archival Black Ink, PTI Cats Meow Stamps and Dies (more stamps are stamped inside), Heart Prints for the sentiment stamped in Pure Poppy Ink.  My Distress colors are Black Soot, Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain. 
Day 7 - Use nothing but Metallics and Neutrals. 
I found inspiration again on Malies blog.  There is no easy way to photograph metallic especially since I waited until the sun went down to try and photograph my projects.
My supplies are:  Papertrey Ink Fine Linen and Kraft cardstocks, Quilled Elegance and Keep It Simple: Anniversary stamp sets.  Versamark ink and Ranger Superfine Gold embossing powder.  I also added some My Minds Eye Charmed Gold enamel dots.
Day 8 -  Blue Ombre
The day 1 card at the top is the first time I inked up my Ombre Builders set and this is the second time I have finally used.  When the challenge said ombre I knew I wanted to make myself use that set again.  I thought this bumpy cloud like design would make a neat frame for a sentiment.
My supplies are:  Papertrey Ink Stamper Select White and Spring Rain cardstocks, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening inks and Ombre Builders & Thanks All Ways stamp sets.
Below are just two more random cards that I have not posted on my blog yet so I thought I would do so now:

The Thanks cards were what I made for mine and my husbands Christmas Thank You cards to our families.  I used PTI White and Pure Poppy cardstock, the Thanks All Ways stamp set (masking off the A), Versafine Black Onyx ink and little Santa Hat brads that I purchased years ago from Oriental Trading and had never used.  The bottom picture is a card I made for my hubby for Valentines Day from some inspiration I found on Pinterest.  The cardstocks are PTI White and Pure Poppy.  I bought a bag of google eyes at the Dollar Tree and adhered them with Glossy Accents.  The stamp is from Simon Says Stamps:  Only Have Eyes for You set stamped with Versafine Black Onyx.  The red frame was cut using my new Cricut Explore and the shape is from the Lyrical Letters cartridge.
I hope you enjoyed this packed post.  Now I hope I can get the photos and links to work on the PTI blog.  Please share comments below as it is very much appreciated and Happy 8th Anniversary to Papertrey Ink!!!