Saturday, April 25, 2015

Iconic Bouquet

Time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  This time the challenge was to use navy and shades of pink.  I loved the swiss-dotted vase and luscious floral bouquet in the inspiration picture, and used those elements to create my card.

I used an older PTI set called Iconic Images and stamped the pitcher in Enchanted Evening, hand-cutting around the image.  I stamped the flowers separately in Hibiscus Burst and Simply Chartreuse inks.  After cutting out the flowers, I glued them behind the pitcher.

The swiss-dot pattern comes from one of my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folders called, appropriately, Swiss Dots.  lol  I adhered that panel to an Enchanted Evening card base.  I stamped my sentiment on a strip of Hibiscus Burst cardstock and added the pitcher, raising it up slightly with a bit of cardstock.  Sweet and simple!

Stamps:  Iconic Images (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Enchanted Evening, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  0, C1, C3 (Copic); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Super Duper

Wow, it's been awhile.  My son got home from a two-year church mission at the end of February, and I haven't been in my studio until this week.  I was soaking up every minute with him and his college sister who was home on break.  Now they're both gone back to school and my house feels very empty.  I miss them terribly.  Cooking for just four people feels a bit strange.

The current Retro Sketches challenge caught my eye and it gave me an excuse to pull out my Speech Trio dies from Mama Elephant.  Once I found the fun star patterned paper in my stash, I knew it was perfect to use with this Elzybells stamp set.

The stars are actually silver foil.  I didn't realize the sun had given them a golden cast until I was editing the picture!  Still works either way.  I've had this paper stack for years, so it's probably not available anymore.  I cut the speech bubble from white cardstock, placed it at the top, and adhered the whole piece to a black card base.

I was sad when Elzybells went out of business.  They had such cute images!  My superhero and stars are from the Hero clear stamp set.  I wanted a larger sentiment to fill the bubble, so I used one from the Tiny Heroes stamp set by Mama Elephant.  I filled in the small stars with Silver Stickles for extra sparkle.

I colored the superhero with a variety of Copic markers and am very pleased with how he turned out.  Maybe I'm not as rusty at making cards as I thought.  :)  I put a cardstock shim layer underneath the superhero to raise him up just slightly from the background.  I wanted to keep the card fairly flat for mailing, so no foam tape this time.

The card turned out super duper in every single way!  (couldn't resist, lol)

Stamps:  Hero (Elzybells); Tiny Heroes (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Rockstar stack (DCWV)
Copic:  0, E00, E30, E42, E55, E57, E59, B91, B95, B97, B99, R01, R20, R24, R29, R59, R89
Misc:  Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant); Silver Stickles

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tweet Hugs

Another month, another Papertrey Ink blog hop!  We were given a picture this time and challenged to let it inspire us to create something.  I loved the watercolor quatrefoil pattern and decided to recreate it for my card.  (click on the picture for the original source)

I cut a piece of watercolor paper and embossed it using a folder from the Decorative Tile Set by Cuttlebug.  I tapped a VersaMark pad along the raised quatrefoil lines and embossed it with clear powder.  My hope was that it would resist the watercoloring.  It worked, more or less.  Just not perfectly.

I chose a selection of Distress Ink markers and added color to each little section by first scribbling and then blending it with a waterbrush.  I tried to be fairly random, but also make it look like the colors flowed into each other.  Obviously, the picture inspired my choices.  My pattern turned out more pastel than the original and I had my doubts during the process, but I love the result!

I happened to have a piece of Hibiscus Burst cardstock still on my desk and it matched perfectly, so I adhered my watercolor piece to it for a card base.  There I stalled.  I didn't want to cover up my pretty watercolor quatrefoil pattern!  What to do???

I turned to my word dies seeking a solution and pulled out the Big Hugs dies from my last PTI order.  (I still need to get the stamp set though.  It would have been handy for this card!)  I cut this script-style word from both Vintage Cream and Hibiscus Burst cardstock, layering two pink together for dimension and then off-setting the cream so the pink would look like a shadow layer.

I pulled out my Little Bitty Bird sets and stamped the three smaller words on Hibiscus Burst cardstock.  I cut out each one individually, placing them near the large diecut word.  I stamped the bird on watercolor paper and colored it with the blue markers I had used on my background.  I added dots on the belly and lines on the wings/tail with the darker blue marker.  I also touched up the eye with a Black Soot marker to keep it from getting lost.  I cut out the bird and popped it up to look like it was perching on the word.

This card turned out so cute!  I had no idea where I was going when I started, but I sure had fun in the process.  That's pretty much the point, isn't it?  Embrace the imperfection and allow yourself to play.  You just might like where you end up.  :)  If you want to see more, check out the other cards in the hop at Nichole Heady's blog here.

Stamps:  Little Bitty Bird, Little Bitty Bird Additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); VersaMark
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink); watercolor paper
Distress Markers:  Black Soot, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick
Misc:  Big Hugs die (Papertrey Ink); Decorative Tile Set embossing folder (Cuttlebug); clear embossing powder, waterbrush


Monday, February 23, 2015

You are Faboolous

I'm excited to be part of the first ever Krafty Friends Blog Hop featuring Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps' Krafty Friends!  The blog hop is filled with creations by customers, design team members, and friends of KKS.  I'm a big fan of their Moonlight Whispers line that is designed by Annie Rodrigue and have quite a few of those images.  I chose Horace, a deliciously ghosty character, for my blog hop card.

In keeping with his ghostly ambience, I colored Horace in shades of gray with Copic markers.  I only have a few gray markers, so I used three different gray color families:  neutrals for the body, toners for the vest and hat, and warms for the pocket watch, belt, and hat band.  It was quite fun to stick to such a monochromatic color scheme.   I used a cool gray to lightly shade around the entire image.  (difficult to see in the photo)  Once I finished the coloring, I added clear Wink of Stella over his body for a delightfully spooky shimmer. (also difficult to see)

It was overcast outside when I took pictures of my card, so I tried to get a shot under a lamp so you can see the sparkle.  Click on the closeup picture to see it better.  It's subtle, but it looks really cool in person!  Almost otherworldly.   :)

I used an old Sweet Sunday sketch, #227, for my layout.  I really liked the three diagonal strips.  The patterned papers are from the Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack by Stampin' Up, along with Basic Gray cardstock for mats.  I popped up the main panel, added three neutral Candy Dots in the corner, and mounted everything on a white card base.

I don't make monochromatic cards often, but I love how this one turned out!  The sentiment is from the Ghoulfriends stamp set by Paper Smooches.  Absolutely perfect!  Horace has just the dashing (and ghostly) personality to say it.  I look forward to the right occasion to send out this card.

Feel free to start the hop from the beginning at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog, then hop around and check out all the fabulous designs. Be sure to leave a comment at each stop because there will be prizes and giveaways to some random commenters!

Not only can you comment to win, we'd love to have you JOIN the blog hop by posting your own design.  Just post a new creation featuring a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and link it up to the main blog post.  You'll not only be a part of this fun hop, but you'll be entered to WIN more goodies! You have until February 28th.

Stamps:  Horace (Kraftin' Kimmie); Ghoulfriends (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Basic Gray, Neutrals Collection DSP Patterns Stack (Stampin' Up)
Copic:  0, C1, N0, N2, N4, T1, T4, T6, W1, W3, W5
Misc:  Neutrals Candy Dots (Stampn' Up); clear Wink of Stella pen; foam tape

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Love Will Keep Us Together

I pulled a couple of things out of my scrap drawer to make today's card.  It's getting too full!  I cut the Framed Love piece ages ago.  When I had it hand, I decided to turn it into a shaker card.  I hadn't made one in quite a while and I've seen them all over the blogosphere lately.

I cut three more Framed Love pieces from Pure Poppy cardstock and glued them together, sandwiching some acetate between the top two layers.  I used Sparkling Clear and Metallic Silver sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for my shaker.  I'm wishing now that I had thrown in a bit of glitter too.  Unfortunately, the acetate I used was pretty flimsy and made this much harder than it should have been, not to mention the static cling.  Lessons learned.  I still love it! (pun intended)  I stamped my sentiment from Wonderful Words: Love in black ink, angling it to match the shaker.  I adhered a black strip of rickrack at the bottom of my card to finish it off.

Stamps:  Wonderful Words: Love (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Framed Love die, Rickrack Border die (Papertrey Ink); Sparkling Clear and Metallic Silver sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); acetate

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Heart

I think this may be my first time using a Make-It-Monday technique during the same week it is posted.  Usually I forget about it or the deadline for linking has passed.  I've only used embossing paste one other time and that was for Stamp-a-Faire last August.  I really like the technique though and plan to use it again.  Here is my card for Papertrey Ink's Make-It-Monday #201.

Obviously I didn't use a Cover Plate die.  I chose a heart-shaped confetti die from the Shakers & Sprinkles kit and cut a temporary stencil from cardstock.  I smooshed a Pure Poppy inkpad onto a craft mat and mixed the ink with translucent embossing paste to get this pretty pink color.  Then I placed my stencil on a piece of white cardstock and spread the paste with a palette knife.  When I lifted it up, I got this large heart made of little pink hearts.  My paste seeped underneath in a few spots due to my stencil being a bit warped, but not too badly.  Not all of the hearts came out the same thickness, which created a slight color variation.  I like the look!

I stamped a sentiment from Love Lives Here underneath the heart in black ink.  I added strips of 1/8" Scor-Tape along the sides and covered them with Sugar Cube glitter.  The whole panel was then mounted on a Hibiscus Burst card base.  Sweet and simple!

Stamps:  Love Lives Here (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Shakers & Sprinkles Make It Market Kit die (Papertrey Ink); translucent embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi); Sugar Cube glitter (Martha Stewart); 1/8" Scor-Tape

Thursday, February 12, 2015

PTI 8th Anniversary: Ready, Set, Snow

Another day, another challenge.  Today we needed to do a blue ombre effect.  After trying to sponge an ombre background, I scrapped it and moved in a different direction.  Glad I did!

You'll have to pardon the less-than-ideal picture.  It has been crazy windy here all day and this is the only shot I managed to get outside.  I couldn't get the card to stay up long enough!  It was a bit amusing.  There's a lot of shadow on the picture, so I'll try to get a better shot tomorrow.  I took a pic inside using the kitchen window's light and cropped it for a close-up.  The color is off, but you can see the texture better on the die cut. 

I cut strips of cardstock in Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, and Enchanted Evening using the Building Blocks dies and carefully glued them onto a white card base.  It's definitely a quick, easy way to do ombre!  I stamped snowflakes from Snowflake Serenade onto the pieced blue strip using VersaMark Dazzle Frost ink.  Then I used a white gel pen to add additional tiny, random snowflake dots.

I cut the large word using the Wonderful Words: Snow die and impressed some texture using the Linen & Canvas plate from Papertrey Ink.  I stamped a sentiment from the matching set directly on the card in black ink and then popped up my die cut word below.

I really love the result!  The VersaMark ink makes the snowflakes look ombre too, as if I had used three colors of ink.  Pretty cool!  You can see other cards for the challenge at Nichole Heady's blog here.

Stamps:  Wonderful Words: Snow, Snowflake Serenade (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); VersaMark Dazzle Frost
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Wonderful Words: Snow die (Papertrey Ink); white gel pen