Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 1 Sparkle & Shine - repost

Reposted 6/18/17 due to excessive spam activity in the comments. 
I signed up for another Online Card Class; this one is Sparkle & Shine.  I had hoped to get more projects completed and posted before the live gallery closes but work had other plans.  I did get a ton of inspiration and seriously learned why the PearlEx powders I own have never produced a good finished product...they do not have a binder!!
I will experiment with many of the techniques in the coming weeks but for now here are the only cards that I was able to finish.  I made Mother's Day cards for my mom, my mother in law and my grandmother.  I created the flower using a scribbled circle and a flourish:

I used Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles Dies to make the flower and followed Jennifer's in-lay technique using a Lovely Lady scribble circle.  I do not have any adhesive sheets but I do have a Xyron 5" sticker maker that worked great to hold the Doodle Bug Designs Sugar Coating Glitter.  The 'flower stem' is from PTI's Fancy Flourish stamp set.  I used an EK Success punch for the little tag.
Other supplies are:  PTI Stamper Select White card stock, New Leaf pattern paper & ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Sew Easy thread, 3M foam tape, Spectrum Noir glitter pen for the tag, PTI My Mother, My Friend for the Mom sentiment and inside I used PTI Keep It Simple: Mother.
With the popularity of the Beauty and the Beast movie right now I think this resembles the rose.  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday

I have made myself ink up my stamps this weekend because it has been absolutely forever since I have given myself time to do what I enjoy...crafting.  We all know how life gets in the way from time to time so this weekend I decided to dust off my blogger reading feed and check out some challenges.  This is my second challenge for the weekend:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.  This challenge blog is celebrating it's 8th year so the theme is Happy Birthday.
I went out on Pinterest for some inspiration and found this card from I'm in Haven.  I pulled out my SSS Favorite Flowers (June 2014 card kit stamp set) and the SSS It's Your Birthday set (which I think I got for free last year during my birthday month) and created this card:

I used Core'dinations 65lb vellum and randomly stamped the open swirly flowers, leaves and such from the Friendly Flowers set in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Gold Embossing powder.  I used cotton swabs to ink up the backside of the vellum with the following ink:  SSS Hybrid Cubes in:  Fern, Evergreen, Deep Purple & Sunshine.  Hero Arts - Ultra Pink.  My cardstock is Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White.  I use 3M Foam tape to pop up the white panels and added a few My Mind's Eye, Now & Then, Gold Enamel Dots for interest to the center of the flowers.  Thanks for looking and have a great week! 

PTI MIM #280 - Stamping Outside of the Box

Over on the Papertrey Ink blog this week for their Make-It-Monday challenge is Lexi with her Samping Outside of the Box layout technique.  I made the following card:

I used the Stamp-a-Faire 2014, 1960's set for the background 'square' stamped in Lemon Tart ink.  I then used the Paper Clippings: Birthday stamp and die set and stamped in Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Green Parakeet, Limeade Ice and Summer Sunrise (colors from Betsy Veldman release post and PTI gallery).  The sentiment is also from the 1960's set and was stamped in Tropical Teal.

My other supplies are:  Papertrey Ink Stamper Select White cardstock, Cuttlebug, 3M foam tape, Xyron sticker maker and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on the white frosting parts and candle flames.  Thanks for looking and have a great week.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PTI - 10th Anniversary - Past, Present and Future

Over at Papertrey Ink they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary.  I made my first purchase with PTI in May of 2012 and have been hooked ever since.  Their monthly releases, weekly Monday challenges and Stamp-a-faire events are spectacular and they always put the customer first with prizes and the way they package their deliveries is better than any other out there.
This year they are starting the anniversary festivities off with a look at the past, present and future.  So they asked customers to go back to their photos and find our favorite PTI project and post it.  I have a lot of favorites but I narrowed it down to my submittal for their Make It Monday #107 challenge from March of 2013.
For the details go to my blog post here.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

PTI: Stamp-a-faire, Master Color Recipies

I am participating in this year's Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire event.  The theme this year is Masters.  Check it out for yourself and join in the fun.
I chose the following color combo:

I used Ombre Builders and Signature Greetings stamp sets, Stamper Select White cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the sentiment, 3M foam tape, Doodlebug Sprinkles Summer Glitter and the wonderful MISTI to keep everything lined up:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

PTI - Make it Monday #253 - Reverse Stenciling

It has been a long time since I have done a Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge but I am really enjoying crafting right now so I thought I would see what was going on over there this week.  I do not have any PTI stencils so I improvised with the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.  I didn't own a brayer either so I headed over to Michaels after work to add that tool to my collection.  Here is my card:

I liked Betsy's choice of colors so I followed along by using Tropical Teal and New Leaf ink.  The 'One Big Happy' stamp set was used along with the die cut happy in Tropical Teal.  I like the grungy look to the stencil and the inks blended beautifully.  I hope to pass this off as a masculine card so, while I wanted to make it blingy, I opted not to add any glitter or sequins.
So my crafty mojo is back for the time being and I am looking very forward to PTI's Stamp-a-Faire event in a few weeks.  The next skill I need to work on is my photography skills...the picture does not do my card justice.  Have a great day and thanks for popping by. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Papertrey Ink - 9th Anniversary

Over at Papertrey Ink they are celebrating their 9th Anniversary.  I am losing track of how many years I have followed this blog and purchased from this company but anniversary time and Stamp-a-faire are two of my favorite crafting times of the year.
Check out the festivities by starting here
There are multiple days of projects and in true me fashion I am finishing up on the last day so I am going to do just this one post and then link up everything.
First up  Color Recipe Cards challenge.  Use 1 Papertrey product and a recipe card.  I selected the recipe by Lizzie Jones:

The stamp sets are Wet Paint and Brushed Off.  I used the colors shown above and PTI Stamper Select White cardstock.  I used my MISTI (love that thing) and since it is a one layer card I only needed a paper cutter and scoreboard.
Challenge 2:  Create a project inspired by a piece of clothing/outfit.  First a picture of my favorite shirt, then the project:
Stamp set Quilled Elegance, ink Smokey Shadow, Lovely Lady, Versamark Black Onyx, White and Lovely Lady cardstock.  My MISTI again, paper cutter, and Tombow Stamp Runner adhesive.
Challenge 3:  Take 5 minutes to grab some supplies and then use them.  This card didn't turn out great but I did use a stamp set I hadn't used yet:
Supplies:  Enclosed:  Flower Mini, stamper select white, Ink - Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Royal Velvet, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punch, adhesive, DCVW Pebbled Paper in Gray.
Challenge 4:   Create a new card that features nine 1-1/2" squares, each altered in a different way.  Mount them all onto a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" base.
I used the Heart Prints stamp set and dies, White and Pure Poppy cardstock.  When ink was used it is all Pure Poppy.  My techniques starting from the upper left and working my way around are:  Stamped and highlighted with colored pencil and Gamsol, Heat Embossed with Rainbow Ranger clear embossing, Ink Blending, (middle left) Stitched with DMC Red floss, Shaker window filled with MS Heart sequins and Palette ultra fine glitter, Washi tape then die cut, (bottom left) embossing folder Cuttlebug Love Language, Stencil, just stamped.  This is hubby's valentines card for this year.
Challenge 5:  Use the Color Pop Fortune Teller to choose your colors.
I used the One Big Happy Mini Stamp Set that was free in December.  My colors were Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet and Royal Velvet.  I would not normally put those colors together but I liked how it turned out so I will be keeping the fortune teller and using it again.  I stamped the background and then muted it down by putting vellum over top.  I stamped the Birthday with Staz-on since it was on vellum.
Challenge 6:   Create and mail a thank you card to the PTI warehouse staff.  This challenge called for utilizing a hash-tag but I have no idea how that works so here it goes #saturdaysnailmail
I went back to day one and pulled a color combo:  Simply Chartreuse, Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz.  I used my MISTI again, stamper select white cardstock, Corner Rounder and the Thank You Kindly stamp set.
Challenge 7:  Last but not least.  This one was  cool because PTI created a Paper Crafting Alphabet listing where you use the letters of your first or last name to come up with your challenge.  I wasn't liking either my first or last name so I tried my hubby's name and like that much better.  K = use Kraft Cardstock, E = incorporate an emboss resist technique and N = try a new product that you purchased but haven't used yet.
 I used the Friendly Flowers stamp set, Kraft, Fine Linen and Ripe Avocado cardstock.  I stamped the background with versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts clear.  I used Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado ink to blend over and the cleaned up the embossed images with a slightly damp baby wipe.  I heat embossed the sentiment using versamark ink and WOW Bright White Opaque powder.
Thanks for looking and sorry for such a long post.  Congratulations to PTI for reaching their 9th Anniversary and here's to many more years. 

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!