Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wishing You Butterfly Mornings

I've been taking a little break in my studio since the marathon anniversary celebration, but I'm back today to share a card for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop.  Here's the challenge:

I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring to arrive!   It has been a super cold winter here and I am counting down the days until the seasons change!  Warm sun, green grass, colorful spring blooms and everything else that comes along with it!  Your challenge this month is to create a spring themed project!  Whether you use a fresh spring color palette or use spring imagery, pull out all the stops to help elude the winter blues!

When I saw this, the first thing that popped into my head was a wonderful sentiment from the Egg Hunt stamp set.  My neighbor has a butterfly bush that is right outside my kitchen window and I love to see the gorgeous Monarch butterflies fluttering around while I'm cooking or washing dishes.  Last year, there were so many of them!   It was a visual treat!

I stamped a white panel with a small grass stamp from Forest Friends and then added sweet little forget-me-nots using two flower images from the same set.  I used a Copic marker to add yellow centers to the flowers.  I stamped my sentiment above the flowers.  I colored the diecut butterflies using Copic markers and then coated them with glitter.  I used a black pen to add dotted trails for the butterflies' flight pattern.  Sweet and simple!  Now I'm longing for a taste of spring.   :)

Stamps:  Butterfly Dreams, Egg Hunt, Forest Friends (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Leaf Green, Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic:  Y11, Y13, Y15, R83, R85, RV34
Misc:  Butterfly die (Papertrey Ink); Sugar Cube glitter (Martha Stewart); black pen (Faber-Castell)

Friday, February 14, 2014

PTI 7th Anniversary Day 10: Thinking of You

Today's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge was all about the presentation, specifically to make a card along with a matching envelope.  I thought of many elaborate ideas, but in the end decided to stick with simple.  Simple is good.  Due to the beautiful eight inches of snow we received this week, today was yet another snow day off from school.  My little studio is open to the house and sometimes it's hard to concentrate with everyone home, including my husband.  He decided to work from home like yesterday.  I've enjoyed the chaos.   :)

I used a sketch from the first day of challenges for my card.  I stamped a flower from Beautiful Blooms II repeatedly on white cardstock using Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Scarlet Jewel, and Raspberry Fizz inks.  The flower centers are stamped in Harvest Gold ink.

I rounded the corners and then wrapped two of the corners in solid Caribbean baker's twine, tying a bow on the lower side.  I stamped my sentiment on a Double-Ended Banners diecut, cutting off the flag ends, and off-setting it with a piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock.  The panel was then attached to a Hawaiian Shores card base.  Simple, but quite eye-catching.

I stamped the same pattern on a lightweight piece of white paper and then used it to line a white envelope.  It makes a happy splash of color when opened.  I also stamped four flowers on the front of the envelope along the left side.

It's a fun card to send to anyone when you want them to know they are in your thoughts.  Who wouldn't smile when they find this in their mailbox?  :)

Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II, Beyond Basic Borders (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest, Scarlet Jewel, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc:  Double-Ended Banners die (Papertrey Ink); solid Caribbean baker's twine (The Twinery)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

PTI 7th Anniversary Day 9: Building Blocks of Design

Oh my word, this was a frustrating challenge.  I felt like banging my head against the desk a few times.  To be honest, this was not my first roll.  I tried and tried to get the other one (or two) to work.  Really I did.  I about decided to forget this challenge altogether and just give up.  Instead, I rolled one more time.  Thank goodness it was one I could do!

Stamping is supposed to be fun, right?  I had a lot more fun playing in the snow with my kids.  :D  We got several inches yesterday and it snowed most of today as well.  Pretty awesome!  For the first time in years, we were able to make a full-size snowman!  It looks like a winter wonderland out there, and we're enjoying it thoroughly.  It doesn't happen often in North Carolina!

This challenge involved rolling a die for nine different building blocks - three color selections, a neutral color, an occasion, a technique, an embellishment, a fiber, and a sketch.  Six possibilities for each one.  Here's what I rolled:

1.  Hawaiian Shores
2.  Spring Rain
3.  New Leaf
4.  Vintage Cream
5.  Friends
6.  Watercoloring
7.  Rhinestones
8.  Ribbon

I cut an oval from cream-toned watercolor paper.  The flower image is made of three separate parts, and for each one, I inked the stamp and spritzed it with water.  It gives a watercolor look without pulling out a paintbrush and still retains some of the detail.  New Leaf for the leaves and stems, Spring Rain for the flowers, and Hawaiian Shores for the flower centers.  Then I stamped my sentiment on top of the flowers.

I textured the Spring Rain panel with the Linen & Canvas impression plate, adhering it to a Vintage Cream card base.  Once my flower oval was in place, I added three rhinestones above it and ribbon below it.  The card turned out very sweet.  You'll just have to pardon the indoor lighting yet again.  It's dark outside and snow is covering my usual spot anyway.  :)

(editing to add a better photo)

Stamps:  Reasons to Smile, Spiral Bouquet (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink); watercolor paper
Ink:  Spring Rain, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc:  Standard Ovals Large die (Spellbinders); Linen & Canvas impression plate (Papertrey Ink); rhinestones (Stampin' Up); ribbon 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PTI 7th Anniversary Day 7: Sixteen and Fabulous

We're hunkering down here in North Carolina and getting ready for some expected snowfall tomorrow.  My kids are pretty excited!  Supposedly it will be the most snow we've had in many years.  School is already cancelled.  I'm most excited about sleeping in.   :)

Today's challenge for the Papertrey Ink anniversary festivities was to use stripes.  I'm still on a purple kick so I pulled out my Rainbow Stripes dies and created this birthday card.

Pardon the indoor lighting.  There's not much natural light after 10pm!  Maybe I can get a better pic tomorrow before the snow starts falling.  This card is a slight CASE of one Nichole Heady posted on her blog when these dies were released last year.

I cut the rainbow stripes out of Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, and True Black cardstock.  I pieced them together on the card leaving some white space between.  I cut the numbers from Winter Wisteria and stamped a happy birthday sentiment repeatedly in the matching ink.  Then I layered them on white mats and adhered them to the card with pop-dots.  As a last step, I stamped my sentiment underneath, masking off the exclamation point so it would fit snug against the curve.  Super cute!

Stamps:  Big Birthday Wishes, Around & About (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Winter Wisteria (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc:  Rainbow Stripes dies, By the Numbers dies, By the Numbers Mats dies (Papertrey Ink); pop-dots

Welcome Little One with a Flourish

Here's the last baby card that was commissioned by a friend.  I used many similar elements as yesterday's So Very Blessed card.  I really loved the combination and wanted to use it again.  It makes a sweet and elegant baby card.

Pardon the indoor lighting.  I tried to fix it in Photoshop Elements as best I knew how.  I embossed the Winter Wisteria panel with a Decorative Tile folder and mounted it with black on a white card base.  I stamped the "welcome little one" sentiment on a Framed Greetings die cut and colored the letters with Copic markers.  The "O" is substituted with a luscious glittered purple button.  I cut a black circle and added tiny white dots with a gel pen, gluing it behind the sentiment.  Then I added two small flourishes to dress it up.  Love the result!

Stamps:  Baby Button Bits, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Winter Wisteria, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic:  BV02, BV17, BV31
Misc:  Fancy Flourishes die (Papertrey Ink); Framed Greetings die (My Favorite Things); Standard Circles Small die (Spellbinders); Decorative Tile Set embossing folder (Cuttlebug); white gel pen (Inkssentials; Winter Wisteria button (Papertrey Ink); Sugar Cube glitter (Martha Stewart)

Precious Elliott

I have another baby card to show today.  This one is a custom request for a baby girl named Elliott.  I am enjoying making these cards!

I used Pretty in Pink cardstock again, this time embossing it with the Baby folder by Cuttlebug.  I matted it on black and white like yesterday's card.  I cut the name letters from the striped paper in the Love pack by Stampin' Up and then stamped the word "precious" above them.  Underneath the name panel, I used a scalloped piece of black cardstock.

I pulled out an old retired stamp set called Baby Firsts for my dancing baby accent.  :)  I paper-pieced the zippered outfit with a polka dot print from the Love patterned pack.  I colored the face and hands with Copic markers.  On the zipper, I used a silver gel pen to make it look metallic.

This design would look darling in yellow.  I need some more basic patterned paper in other colors.  (especially polka dots - love those!)

Stamps:  Baby Firsts (Stampin' Up); To the Moon (Verve)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Pretty in Pink, Love dp (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic:  E000, E00, E30, E57, R20
Misc:  Baby embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Block Alphabet dies (Papertrey Ink); Blueprints 3 die (My Favorite Things); silver glitter gel pen (American Crafts)

Monday, February 10, 2014

PTI 7th Anniversary Day 6: So Very Blessed

I'm back for today's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge.  I really enjoyed this one.  I love large word dies, so I pulled out the Counting My Blessings set for this one.  Here's the details:

So today we have shown you all kinds of fun ways to add *words* to your cards using the new Phrase Play stamp set.  Now it's your turn to give it a whirl for yourself!  Grab your favorite word die, alphabet dies or alphabet stamps and make a project that has a *word* for the focal point.  Have fun experimenting with the potioning of your word, whether it be at an angle, along the edge of your card, etc...  We can hardly wait to see what you make!

Winter Wisteria is such a lovely color.  I embossed it with a quatrefoil pattern from the Decorative Tile set by Cuttlebug.  Layering it on white and black really makes it pop.

I cut the word "blessed" in both Winter Wisteria and True Black, gluing them together off-set to create a shadow effect.  I stamped "so very" over top and added a small flower from the Little Lady set.  Underneath the word panel, I placed two pretty black flourishes for extra flair.  I was absolutely thrilled when I managed to stamp them centered on the first try!  :)

You can see other cards for the word challenge here.  Everyone is so creative.  Plus, the new Circle Scribbles set looks like so much fun!

Stamps:  Counting My Blessings, Fancy Flourishes, Little Lady (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Winter Wisteria, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc:  Counting My Blessings die, Fancy Flourishes dies (Papertrey Ink); Decorative Tile embossing folder (Cuttlebug)