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.