Sunday, August 24, 2014

PTI SAF 2014 - The 1960's

Ok, when I saw the kit I was so excited about the dies then I get to this project and can't for the life of me figure out what to make.  I made a card but it didn't turn out exactly as I had imagined.
Challenge #12 - Rad ad looks:
I used the kit dies with PTI Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise and Lemon Tart paper.  I stamped with Simply Chartreuse on the New Leaf and Orange Zest on the Summer Sunrise.  I used vellum for the sentiment and stamped with versamark.  I heat embossed with white and then stamped the sentiment with versamark and heat with Zing Rouge powder.  Melt the second powder very carefully so it doesn't run.  Maybe it needs sequins or something.
Well, I haven't finished my time travel yet and am not sure if I will by Tuesday night or not because of other obligations along with work.  I will post a final post with all of my cards in one picture before this is all over.  Thank you to those who have looked at my projects and even more to those few who have left comments. Have a great rest of your weekend!  Leslie


PTI SAF 2014 - The 1920's

The 1920's kit is so full of ideas I just don't have time right now to glue down all of the rhinestones but I will play later.  I know I will get a ton of use out of that little stamp set and die in the future.
So for Challenge #8 - Sparkle & Shine I didn't use glitter but I used more of my new Ranger Super Fine Silver embossing powder and love it.  I wasn't sure what I would use this card for but then I remembered I have a cousin getting married in March so there is a purpose for this card. 
I used True Black PTI cardstock and stamped the rounded diamond image from the stamp set in Versamark and embossed.  I affixed the three rhinestones to the middle of the flower design on the middle row of diamonds after the card was fully assembled.  I used Fillable Frames #4 for the sentiment and the 'Best Wishes' comes from the 1920's set.  Again I used the silver embossing and the black is Versafine Black Onyx.  I didn't have silver ribbon so I cut a sliver of Stamper Select White cardstock, smushed it in versamark, powdered with the same silver so it all matched and repeated that twice to get a nice smooth strip to transition from the black panel to the white card base.  I popped up the sentiment with foam tape.  Very plain but quite shiny in real life. 
The black panel reminds me of a possible vest design a groom would wear and then, of course, the white resembles the bridal gown...I am quite tickled with how this one turned out.

PTI SAF 2014 - The Regency Era

To be honest this was the era that I was least interested in until I got my kit.  When I saw the stitching die I was excited...I wasn't quite sure how to use it but figured the video would explain the right way to use it (no luck there, see more below).  They did say in the write up of the kit that if there is a dot between the holes that meant you were to sew and X.  Ok, I have done cross stitch as a child so I should be able to figure it out.
I knew I wanted a multi-color rose so I die cut it from Vintage Cream cardstock, took white We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy floss and colored it with my Copics...a couple of inches of this color, a couple of inches of that color and repeat then cut it out following the impression of the die in my paper.  It turned out how I had hoped.  (R20, RV21, RV34, YG03, YG05, YG95)
As for the rest of the card I used the piece of pattern script paper from the kit and then a piece of Autumn Rose cardstock with 'Happy Birthday' from the Quilled Elegance set and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Gold.  I have to say I haven't used silver or gold embossing powder in a few years because what I had was terrible so I finally bought some new powders and am absolutely in love with them.  I highly recommend the Ranger Super Fine in gold and silver...if you are looking.

Ok, about the video, I was expecting something more like what Erin Lincoln does with her stitching dies...she teaches how to use them.  Do not get me wrong Melissa's projects are beautiful but I am just a little bummed.  I feel bad for anyone who has never stitched before they were probably confused.  This event is for folks from beginner to expert and it is about learning techniques.  When I saw that the needlepoint video was only 3.5 minutes I knew there were no instructions.  I even noticed that Melissa X'd at more locations than where the dots were so her 'rose' was fuller and less detailed.  The plus about this die, and I did see someone do this already - depending on your thread color it could be a rose, or if you don't watch the dots you could get an apple or an orange - so it is versatile.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

PTI SAF - The Renaissance

I skipped to Challenge #4 - Wax Seals.  I like the stamps that came in the kit but I wanted to try something else.  I have an old Inkadinkado stamps set in my stash called Framed Alpha that I wanted to use the T for a Thank You card (you can never have too many of those).  

I attempted the wax part five different times using various techniques and ended up going with my second one that I actually pulled back out of my trash pile.  I was heavy handed with my pressure and ended up losing the inside of the wax so I created a wax frame T instead.  I stamped on a scrap piece of the red paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder and affixed the wax to that.  Looking at it now, and my choice of thanks stamp I almost wish I hadn't done the inside of the T.  I masked off the t in thanks from the PTI Thanks All Ways stamp set and gold embossed that as well.
I used a new Simon Says Stamps frame die to cut out that very thin frame from the red and also from a scrap piece of PTI Vintage Cream cardstock.  I gold embossed the frame and glued the three pieces, inlaid together, to a Vintage Cream cardstock base.  I really like the way it turned out.  The other supplies not yet mentioned are below.
  •  DCWV Once Upon A Time Mat Stack (red paper), Versafine ink, Sealing Wax Stick from SAF kit, lighter, heat tool, Tombo stamp runner adhesive and wax paper. 

PTI SAF 2014 - Morning Timer Challenge

To get the mojo going the first project is a Morning Timer Challenge.  You are to select a color combo and a sketch and create a card.  I selected the following:


I loved the stripes in the sketch recipe because I knew I could just use scraps of paper.  My In-Laws anniversary is next week so I used this challenge to create their anniversary card.  I did their anniversary card during SAF last year too.  Here is my first card for 2014 Stamp-A-Faire:
The little pieces of paper in front of the card is all that I threw away from making this card. Yes, I probably could have saved them but I didn't.  The supplies are listed below:

  • PTI Paper in the following colors - Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores & White
  • PTI Heart Prints Stamps & Die
  • PTI Fillable Frames #4 for the sentiment
  • Versamark Ink with Ranger Rainbow Sparkle clear embossing powder
  • Xyron, Tombo stamp runner & foam adhesives
  • Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Cuttlebug & Martha Stewart Scoreboard
I did the card in the 20 minutes but I took time to do some more prep work before I actually started the card like cutting and scoring a bunch of white and vintage cream card bases.  So then I was running late I decided to make Saturday breakfast for the hubs and me.  Now to play catch up.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire - Friday Night Meet & Greet

It starts tonight!  I am very excited to be fully participating in this years Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire - Time Traveler.  I participated last year and had a blast but I didn't purchase the kit (I missed the order date).  So for this year when they released the date of the event during their anniversary event I made sure I put it on my calendar and actually remembered to order the kit.
Friday night is the Meet and Greet where you introduce yourself and show off your preparation.  My name is Leslie and I live in Cocoa, Florida with my hubby and our two feline fur babies (oh yeah and lots of fish and two turtles who just recently laid exciting.)  
I transformed my dining room into my very own mini-Papertrey Ink show room lol. I would have crafted in my normal space but my office chair lost its hydraulics last week and I feel like I am sitting on the floor so the dining room table is where I will be since the table is bar height and I will be able to choose if I want to sit or stand.  Here is the before and I am going to try very hard to keep it clean for the after...ha!

So, I have all of my PTI products - Stamp-A-Faire kit, ink, buttons, reinkers, paper and my full PTI stamp collection ready to travel through time.  I think is time to go to bed so I can be refreshed and ready to roll at the bright early hour of 7 am (earlier than I have to be at work during the week).  Thanks for popping by and I hope you play along.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - post 3

Here is my last post from my most recent Online Card Class.  There were a total of 12 days of inspirational videos and a total of 46 different technique projects.  I started many more projects that I never completed and probably will but not in time for the gallery to close.  This class focused on specific types of stamps - Backgrounds (I have 1 small one), Alphabets (I don't have any), Graphic Stamps, Floral and Floral Builders and Outline/coloring stamps.
My last card comes from Day 1 - Lesson 3 - Faux Watercolor Stamping.  The technique was to smush distress ink on a craft sheet, spritz with water, ink up background stamp and stamp, then cut it up.  The sample was cut into squares I decided to use my new mosaic cover plate die that I received in my PTI Stamp-a-faire kit (very excited...that event is this weekend).

  • Canson Watercolor
  • Recollections Background stamp
  • Distress Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar
  • Mini Mister with water
  • PTI Cover Plate from Ancient Rome Stamp-a-faire kit
  • Cuttlebug die with gratitude for the thanks
  • Bazzill Cotton Candy cardstock
  • Vellum
  • EK Success Butterfly punch
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter pen (on thanks sentiment)
Again, highly recommend these classes but take them live...they are more fun that way.

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Post 2

Check out Online Card Classes here.  They are great; I highly suggest!!  To see my first post click here.
Day 1 - Lesson 1 - Multilayer Emboss Resist.  See my other post for details on the technique. 
Card 2 - supplies:

  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • Versamark Ink
  • Hero Arts clear embossing powder
  • Artist Loft Watercolor
  • PTI Journal Accessories border stamp
  • PTI Wonderful Words Birthday stamp set and die
  • Bazzill Marshmallow and Black Licorice cardstock
  • Tombow Adhesive
  • Versafine Black Onyx
Day 10 - Lesson 2 - DIY Stamped Letter Embellishment - see my first post for details.

Card 2 - supplies:

  • PTI Wonderful Words Hello die
  • PTI Lemon Tart ink and paper
  • Versamark for the background stamping
  • White fun foam
  • Cuttlebug
  • PTI Stamper Select White cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Matte Medium for adhesive
  • Lawn Fawn Mixed Sequins
  • Leaf stamps from the following SSS sets: Thinking of You and Life's a Journey

One more post...

Stretch Your Stamps 2 - post 1

So I signed up for another Online Card Class, this time it was Stretch Your Stamps 2.  I previously won a spot in their Stenciled class at the beginning of the year and it was great.  This one was great too but I didn't play along like I did last time.  I still fully recommend taking the classes!!
I am going to post multiple things in each post so I can load them to the proper gallery.
Day 1 - Lesson 1 - Multilayer Emboss Resist.  This technique was to use a background stamp with embossing and then water color.  Then to take your background piece and cut it up for different cards and different uses. 
Card 1 - supplies:

  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • Versamark Ink
  • Hero Arts clear embossing powder
  • Artist Loft Watercolor
  • Papertrey Ink Journal Accessories (I don't have many background stamps at all so I used border stamps)
  • PTI Wonderful Words Birthday stamp set and die
  • Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock
  • Tombow Adhesive
  • Versafine Black Onyx
Day 8 - Lesson 3 - Create a Border.  This technique was to use a graphic stamp to create a background.
Only card - supplies:

  • Simon Says Stamps - Cupcake Party, largest star
  • PTI Signature Greetings - Girly You Rock
  • Cuttlebug Embossing folder - don't know the name
  • Stampin Up Pink Passion Ink
  • PTI Soft Stone Ink
  • Versafine Black Onyx 
Day 10 - Lesson 2 - DIY Stamped Letter Embellishment.  This technique was to use a floral stamp to create a nice subtle background then stamp a color ink on white and mount the letters (or my case word dies) on fun foam for dimension.

Card 1 - supplies:

  • PTI Wonderful Words Birthday die
  • PTI Summer Sunrise ink and paper
  • Versamark for the background stamping
  • White fun foam
  • Cuttlebug
  • PTI Stamper Select White cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Matte Medium for adhesive
  • Lawn Fawn Mixed Sequins

Day 11 - Lesson 1 - Layered Heat Embossing.  This technique was to create a fun embellishment centerpiece by using one color embossing powder for the background and then stamping a design/sentiment on top and using a different color being very careful to not overheat the top layer so it melts in just right.  I absolutely loved this one and will be doing it again!!

Only card - supplies:

  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large dies - largest two
  • Cuttlebug
  • PTI Wet Paint Sentiment - enjoy
  • Cuttlebug Scrollwork embossing folder
  • PTI White cardstock
  • Versamark
  • Ranger Super Fine Silver embossing powder
  • Zing Aqua embossing powder
  • Embossing powder bag for antistatic
  • Foam adhesive

 Two more posts to come!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

PTI Monthly Moments Trading Card 2

Here is my second trading card for today's challenge located here.
In line with my plan for the year of trying to use items I haven't used yet I pulled out the Everyday Button Bits set (I have only used the balloon strings twice).  I used the flower stems/leaves and the sentiment all things grow with love.  I stamped it in Ripe Avocado and the buttons are Melon Berry.  I think this will be great for a baby/young girl page.
I am getting my scrapbooking moving again so when I was creating these cards I wanted to make things that I will actually use...hmmm concept there.  Have a great night I am turning in! 

PTI Make It Monday #151 and Monthly Moments Trading Card

I am getting a late start on all of the Papertrey Ink challenges for their 7th Anniversary.  I wanted to play along during the week but my work schedule made that impossible.  I have loved everything that I have seen though and can't wait to hopefully work on the sketch and color recipes tomorrow along with whatever else they throw our way.
If you are not familiar with this company check out their wonderful website here and their blog here.
First up is my card for this weeks Make-It-Monday #151:  Drop Shadow Die Cuts.
I used PTI Stamper Select White and Pure Poppy cardstock to die cut the hearts that work with the Heart Prints stamp set.  I stamped the same design on both white hearts with Pure Poppy ink.  The red hearts are stamped with an image from Sketched Shapes also in Pure Poppy ink.  The 'frame' paper is from Die Cuts with a View Formal Affair stack and is mounted on Pure Poppy cardstock.  I have created so many valentine theme cards in the last few weeks that I am actually going to send them out to my family for Valentines Day.
Next up is my project for their Monthly Moments Trading Cards challenge going on today only.  They are preparing to release some amazing products that will work with the pocket scrapbooking style and I can't wait to see more projects with these awesome products.  I am not into the pocket style yet but I can see myself getting there as it looks like a quick solution to getting some albums done.
Not feeling well today I took a quick nap and was dreaming about this one so when I woke up I had to do it and it turned out pretty much how I planned. 
I used White Stamper Select cardstock cut to 3 x 4.  I took the Quilled Elegance set and cut (yes, I am getting more comfortable with cutting my stamps) the stamp in half to give more space between the sections.  I stamped it in Smokey Shadow and used Hibiscus Burst and Limeade Ice to fill in the heart and leaves....well that is what I call them.  I used Soft Stone and Stitched Lines to make the journal lines.  That is the only thing I would have done a little different was line up my dash lines a bit better but it worked.  I took my We R Memory Keepers corner chomper to the edges - I wish it cut cleaner but again, it works.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Stenciled - post 4 and another challenge

This is the end of my Stenciled projects.  I have really enjoyed this class and love all of the new techniques I have learned.  
Day 1 - Technique #4 is to layer/mask the same stencil to create a new look.  Again I made my stencil from my Papertrey Ink Chevron Vertical cover plate.  The colors are Aqua Mist and Sweet Blush.  I inked one color in the stencil then shifted it down to cover the inked portion revealing the white and inked the other color causing the colors to cross.  I then used Simon Says Stamps Lots of Dots stamp set to stamp pink dots in the remaining white space.  Oh I forgot to say that I masked off a section for the sentiment.  That is from SSS Life is a Journey stamp set.
Day 2 - More Inspiration section.  These are blog posts that the instructors have made in the past - this one is from Jennifer McGuire where she used small stamps to fill in the stencil image.  Check out the video here.  I used the Simon Says Stamps Ring Cluster Stencil with their Lots of Dots stamp set.  The colors are Papertrey Ink Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain and my favorite neutral right now, Soft Stone.  She said to be sure you stamp over the edge of the stencil to show the shape of the stencil.  The sentiment is from PTI Mega Mixed Messages and fit perfectly over a few smudges I made.
I am also entering this in CAS(E) this Sketch! #62

Day 3 - Adding to Paste - Jennifer McGuire was an additional inspiration showing how to use embossing powder on top of her embossing paste.  Check out the video here.  I am not thrilled with my colors but the card turned out fine.  I used the Hero Arts Tweed stencil again but only one strip of it with Dreamweavers White embossing paste and covered it with Zing embossing powder in Apricot, Grapefruit and Butter.  The Feather and the sentiment are from Papertrey Ink's new Feather Finery stamp/die set.  I stamped the feather and sentiment in Orange Zest ink (best match to Apricot powder).

I ventured outside of my comfort zone and used a lot of products that I own but have never used before.  I feel that my crafting style has improved so much in the last year that I am proud of what I produce.  My family loves getting their homemade cards and are sometimes disappointed when I don't have time and end up having to purchase a card.  That is why this year I am upping my challenge participation so I can always have cards ready for whatever occasion.

Stenciled - post 3

Only one more post after this one to complete the projects from Stenciled.
Day 1 - Technique #3 is color resist.  I very carefully masked off the edge of the Simon Says Stamps Moroccan stencil so I could use Versamark on both sides of the panel with clear embossing powder so when I inked over it the white cardstock from below would show through.  The instructors said make your panel bigger than you need then cut it down which I did many times through this journey.  The colors are PTI Limeade Ice, Lemon Tart and Distress Ink Broken China.  The sentiment is the Wonderful Words Hello die from PTI in Limeade Ice cut three times for dimension and the Sunshine is from that stamp set.

Day 2 - Technique #3 is tracing inside the stencil not by tracing around and filling in but making up and down lines with color pencil/watercolor pencil to create the shape of the stencil.  I tediously used the new Simon Says Stamps Heart Parade die with some stencil material to make my own (yikes) but it turned out well.  I don't have watercolor pencils so I used basic Crayola.  The sentiment is PTI Heart Prints stamped in Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy.
Day 3 - Technique #2 is to use translucent paste.  I don't have any so I substituted Distress Rock Candy Crackle paint that I have never used.  I love how it turned out.  I use the Simon Says Stamps Stencil Leaves and painted in the paint.  I left it to dry for a few days and then went over it with Distress Ink Peeled Paint.  The flower is a new set from Papertrey Ink called Doodlie Do.  I was noticing that I hadn't made a lot of things with purple so I wanted a purple flower.  I colored it with Copics - V01, V04, V06, Y02, Y17 & Y18.  
I am also entering this in CAS-ual Fridays:  CFC127 Over the Edge

I accidentally posted about the following card in my previous post here and can't add it to the gallery so I am posting it again here so I can add it to Day 4.
 One more post and I will be calling it a night!


Stenciled post 2 and TWO challenges

Last week, January 24-27, I participated in my first ever Online Card Class - Stenciled.  I won it from Simon Says Stamps blog.  I will be taking more of these classes now that I know how they work.  If you are like me and are hesitant to try it jump in and do it.  It was a 4 day class with multiple techniques each day and they even threw in some bonus material from the instructors published blogs.  I have many cards I want to link up to the gallery by the end of the night so I better get started.
Day 1 - Technique #1 is posted here.
Day 1 - Technique #2 is to use spray ink with your stencils.  I used Hero Arts Tweed Pattern stencil with homemade spray mist in Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain (PTI) along with Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Silver.  The I got a little heavy handed with the silver.  The paper is PTI White and Blueberry Sky, the sentiment is from their Embroidered Blooms set. 
Day 2 - Technique #1 is to stamp inside of a stencil.  I used Tim Holtz Splatter stencil and you can vaguely see inside the Hawaiian Shores and Plum Pudding that I stamped some images from Simon Says Stamps Cupcake Party and Giving Thanks sets.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Love This; the sentiment really says 'Sending Big Holiday Wishes' but I cut out the Holiday.  My other ink colors are also PTI, Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz and Limeade Ice.  You can see that the ink didn't want to come off the resist in the pink area and I ended up fuzzing the cardstock a bit so I gave up.
Day 3 - Technique #1 is the basics of embossing pastes.  I used my Cricut to cut my own stencil from some plastic packaging.  I am not sure which cartridge this was from because I use my Gypsy I tend to forget to look.  I used Dreamweavers white embossing paste.  I had no way to hold on to the stencil so I treated it similar to frosting a cake - glop on the paste and never let your craft scraper touch the paper or everything will shift, with a cake you get crumbs. The paper is Papertrey Ink White and Pure Poppy.  I colored in the heart with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.
I am also entering this in Addicted to CAS:  Challenge #31 - Love.  Check out the awesome texture below.

Day 4 - Technique #1 is to make a homemade stencil.  I did that a lot so I don't have a card specifically for this technique.
Day 4 - Technique #2 is to use a stencil to dry emboss and then ink over it while the stencil is still in place.  I was absolutely determined to figure out a pretty way to use my Spellbinders Impressabilities Butterfly stencil that I have had for years now.  I used watercolor paper to help soak up the ink in hopes that it wouldn't seep under the stencil while I was inking.  The colors are PTI Spring Rain, Lemon Tart and Limeade Ice.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Thinking of You stamp set and the Butterfly was punched from an EK Success Punch in Spring Rain paper and then embossed with Versamark and clear embossing powder.
I am also entering this card in CAS-ual Fridays:  CFC127 - Over the Edge.
Bonus Day 3 - Technique #2 is to use two stencils for one image.  On this I lightly inked the very open butterfly (homemade from the Cricut) with PTI Soft Stone, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, Plum Pudding and Lavender Moon.  I then put the Simon Says Stamps Falling Snow stencil over top and heavily inked in the dots.  The sentiment is from PTI Embroidered Blooms set in Versamark and white embossing powder.  I fussy cut out the butterfly and put it on Winter Wisteria cardstock mounted on Royal Velvet.


Stuck On U Sketches: January 24 Die Cut Challenge - Something to Wear

Over at Stuck on U Sketches the current die cut challenge is
Something to Wear...I have the perfect thing for this challenge (edited to add - I don't wear high heels but I wish I could - I broke my left leg a number of years back and haven't been the same in heels since):

A long time ago I made the card below for my sister-in-laws birthday - see original blog post here.  I have been thinking of making this card again many times since then but haven't.  This would make a great bachelorette party, pregnant in heels baby shower or just a girl party invitation don't you think!?!

Before everyone starts to ask yes, I designed this with my Gypsy & the Forever Young cartridge, no I can't share the cut file - not because I am mean I just don't know how...that being said here are a few step-by-step pictures to show how this works in case anyone would like to see how I make a shaped card.

See the shadow behind the top white layer above, that shows that the card base is not a complete shoe...

I am using this as a thank you card for one of my coworkers who is really into shoes and is always so helpful.  I wanted to give her a unique card to say thank you for your time in helping me learn my new job/her old job.  I hope the step by step pictures were helpful and thank you for looking.  Oh yeah - the paper is DCWV The White Ginger Stack - love the blues, greens and gold foil!