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!

PTI Make It Monday #150 - Window Screen Card

When I saw the video and inspiration card here I knew immediately that I wanted to make my first ever shaker card - I hope the shaker fits the instructions window screen technique:  Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and the window screen technique.
My paper and ink is all PTI - White, Hawaiian Shores and Limeade Ice.  I used Sketched Shapes to add the tone on tone stripes to the Limeade Ice scalloped circle.  The Hawaiian Shores tone on tone is stamped with a Simon Says Set Only Have Eyes for You.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Bash set.  My scalloped circles are Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Small since I do not own any Limitless Layers from PTI that was the only way I could come up with a window frame.

The beads are from a set of mixed embellishments I bought at Michaels before Christmas 2012, they were the inspiration for the colors because they are blue and lime green - great match to the Hawaiian Shores and Limeade Ice.  I made the card twice because my first attempt, on the left, was overfilled and I didn't like the stamped stripes.  The one on the right is the second attempt and I am happier but would have liked a bit more beads.  Next time I will try to be better.

Thanks for looking have a great week!  I am looking forward to PTI's 7th Anniversary Celebration over at their blog.  I am sure there will be some awesome new releases as they have already begun to sneak us some peeks.  Check it out for yourself here.