Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Hello Bouquet

Bit of a tough weekend.  I lost my mojo for a couple of days.  Parenting a tween can be hard sometimes!  This particular PTI anniversary challenge was to take five minutes and grab things to make a card, making sure to use everything in the finished product.  I took the simple route.  I already had Bitty Bouquets out on my desk from my last card so I started with that and just grabbed cardstock, inks, two dies, an embossing folder, and my clear Wink of Stella pen.

I stamped random rose bouquets on a white panel in Lovely Lady and Mint Julep inks.  I wanted a soft, romantic look.  Plus, I really wanted to use my new Papertrey Ink colors!  I also stamped one on a single white Bitty Bouquets diecut.  I ran the rose panel through my BigKick using the Decorative Dots folder by Stampin' Up to give it a fun texture.

I cut the Keep It Simple scalloped frame die from both white and Mint Julep cardstock.  I stamped the hello sentiment from the Bitty Bouquets set in black ink.  Starting with a white card base, I glued the rose panel to a piece of Lovely Lady cardstock and then added the single rose bouquet to the sentiment piece.

It's a simple card, but it has a soft elegance.  As a final step, I brushed some clear Wink of Stella over the roses in the single bouquet.  You know I love my sparkle!  Other cards for this challenge can be found here.

Stamps:  Bitty Bouquets (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Lovely Lady, Mint Julep (Papaertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Lovely Lady, Mint Julep (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Bitty Bouquets die, Keep It Simple Frames die (Papertrey Ink); Decorative Dots embossing folder (Stampin' Up); clear Wink of Stella pen

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Thanks a Bunch

Yesterday's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge was to make a card inspired by a piece of clothing.  I pinned this pretty dress on my Pinterest fashion board ages ago and thought it would be fun to duplicate the blue floral pattern.  Unfortunately, I do not know where it comes from!


I stamped a lot of flowers from Bitty Bouquets by Papertrey Ink on white cardstock using Enchanted Evening ink.  I hand-cut every single one.  Apparently, I am that kind of crazy.  :)

I stamped black stems on a white card base using an image from Remember, trying to vary the heights and placement.  I randomly stamped a small bud image from Bitty Bouquets in the same blue as the flowers.  Then I glued down my flowers to create the floral spray design.  I used a black marker to change the color of the small dot in the flower centers.

As a final step, I added a white sentiment strip just slightly above center with the saying "Thanks a Bunch" from Petite Pots.  I'll admit the card is not quite what I had envisioned, but I still like the sweet simplicity.  If you want to see other cards from this challenge, check them out here.

Stamps:  Bitty Bouquets, Remember, Petite Pots (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Basic Black marker (Stampin' Up)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Hip Hip Hooray

It feels so good to get inky again!  I've been steadily working on labeling the stamped images in my category inventory binders for the past three weeks and I'm still not finished.  Who knew I had so many stamps??  Well actually, I did know.  lol   :D  But it's been interesting to look at each image so closely.  I just didn't think it would take this long.  It will certainly be worth it in the end!

I set that on-going project aside to make a card for the first day of the Papertrey Ink anniversary festivities.  They are celebrating nine years in business this month.  Today was the showcase of the design team with a feature of their favorite card creation from this past year.  We were given a choice of thirteen color combos based on those cards for today's challenge.  Here's the one I selected:

Isn't that a pretty color combination?  I rarely ever use Melon Berry or Lavender Moon, so this combo gave me an opportunity to pull them out.  When flipping through my die inventory book, I saw the Phrase Play #11 die and decided it would be fun to do a little color blocking.  

Maile Belles tends to do CAS-style cards, so I kept my design simple as a tribute to her.  I cut the Phrase Play #11 die from black cardstock and adhered it directly to my white card base.  Then I cut Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, and Lavender Moon cardstock with the same die.  I used small pieces of each color to fill in parts of the Hip Hip Hooray sentiment.  I stamped "it's your birthday" from the Phrase Play #11 stamp set in black ink on the bottom panel.  That's all there is to it!

I love it!  Simple and colorful.  I need to whip up a bunch of these to have on hand for birthdays.  If you want to see other cards made for this challenge, check them out here.  I look forward to the rest of the PTI anniversary announcements and challenges.

Stamps:  Phrase Play #11 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Phrase Play #11 die (Papertrey Ink)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Groovy Love

Here's the final card from the Stampin' Up workshop.  I didn't actually finish it there due to running out of time.  It was getting late anyway and my brain started hitting a wall.  My friend Shannon and I got together at my house the next day to do it.  I enjoy our weekly stamp mornings!

This is a fun design.  It uses patterned paper from the new Love Blossoms stack.  The 1/2-inch strips were pre-cut for me, but I spent a lot of time arranging the various patterns on a piece of white cardstock.  It looks like a vintage quilt, doesn't it?  I adhered the background to a Rose Red layer and a Blushing Bride card base.

I stamped the sentiment from Groovy Love in Garden Green ink while still at the workshop.  I had already glued the sentiment strip together when I decided I would have preferred a narrower strip.  Bummer.  Too late at that point!  I don't have Groovy Love so I couldn't redo it.  I searched through my inventory book to find something simple to fill the space and settled on this three heart image from Twitterpated by Verve Stamps.  I stamped it above the sentiment in Blushing Bride ink.  It adds a lot to the design, I think.  Serendipity!

I stamped the polka dot heart from Groovy Love and punched it out with the Sweetheart punch.  I also punched a heart from one of the Love Blossoms patterns.  I added them to the card, popping up one of the hearts for dimension.

Stamps:  Groovy Love (Stampin' Up); Twitterpated (Verve Stamps)
Ink:  Garden Green, Rose Red, Blushing Bride (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Love Blossoms dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Sweetheart punch (Stampin' Up)  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dear Friend

This card was fast to make.  It uses some pretty patterned paper from Stampin' Up called Timeless Elegance.  I really liked the designs my friend had for us at the Stampin' Up workshop I attended and this one is a lovely combination of patterns.

Another advantage of workshops is that all the pieces are pre-cut for you.  All I had to do was hand-cut the lace paper along the printed pattern and sponge Pool Party ink on the roses with a dauber.  You really can't tell that the color wasn't there originally!  Once the pieces were placed on a Pool Party card base, I added a piece of stitched black satin ribbon and stamped a sentiment from Birthday Blooms in black ink.  It's such an elegant card.

Stamps:  Birthday Blooms (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Basic Black, Pool Party (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Pool Party, Timeless Elegance dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  black stitched satin ribbon (Stampin' Up); sponge dauber

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Heart You

Wisteria Wonder is such a pretty color.  It pairs beautifully with this new floral stamp set.  Here's my fourth card from the Stampin' Up workshop I attended last week.

I stamped flowers and leaves from What I Love using VersaMark ink and then embossed with white powder.  I adhered the panel to a Wisteria Wonder card base after wrapping it with white ribbon.  Not entirely happy with my bow, but sometimes you've just got to let it go.  :)

I stamped the heart and sentiment from Work of Art using Wisteria Wonder ink on white cardstock and then punched them with circle punches in two different sizes.  I also punched two small flowers using the Blossom Bunch punch, adding rhinestone centers.  I arranged the pieces on my card to my liking, popping some up with dimensionals.  The resulting card is very soft and pretty!

Stamps:  What I Love, Work of Art (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' Up); VersaMark
Paper:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  1" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, Blossom Bunch punch (Stampin' Up); rhinestones; white seam binding ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blooming Heart

Oh my goodness, this card is so gorgeous in person!  I love the sparkly glitter paper.  This card did give me a few fits at the workshop.  It's not easy to get the paper out of this intricate die!

I cut a heart shape out of the top white layer using a retired die.  (don't know the name, sorry)  I cut the Bloomin' Hearts die out of another white piece.  This one is actually my second try.  The first attempt tore in several pieces when I tried to get it out of the die, despite using the new die brush.  I love this elegant, intricate design anyway!

I layered the pieces over Blushing Bride glimmer paper and a white card base.  I absolutely love the look of the glitter behind the lace-style heart!  I cut smaller flowers from white cardstock, added pearls to the centers, and then popped them up on the heart.  Such a beautiful card!

Paper:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride glimmer paper (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Bloomin' Hearts dies, retired heart die (Stampin' Up); pearls