Saturday, November 28, 2015

Turkey Tag

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I was lucky enough to spend it at my brother's home with his family.  It's so great to have a sibling close by now.  I made butterflake rolls, my grandmother's recipe and a Thanksgiving tradition, to share with everyone.  They are so good!  I wanted to take a little hostess gift, since my brother and sister-in-law were doing most of the cooking, and I made a tag to accompany it.

The images are from a darling set by Taylored Expressions called If Turkeys Could Talk.  I stamped and colored the turkey with Copic markers on white cardstock and cut it out.  I cut the tag from white cardstock using the Tag Sale: Quilted die by Papertrey Ink, along with the narrow banner from Dark Chocolate cardstock.  The sentiments were stamped in black ink.

The tag was quick to assemble once the turkey was done.  It turned out really cute!  Not to mention, the tag dressed up the bottle of sparkling juice very nicely.  My sister-in-law loved it!  :)

Stamps:  If Turkeys Could Talk (Taylored Expressions)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  E41, E42, E55, E57, E59, R29, Y38, YR24
Misc:  Tag Sale: Quilted die (Papertrey Ink); ribbon

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


It's time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  I've missed the last few, but I managed to get a card made today.  I got stuck partway through, but a little break to watch some Doctor Who got the inspiration flowing again.  The Doctor fixes everything.  lol  My kids and I are enjoying the start of Thanksgiving vacation!

Obviously, the picture inspired my use of an ornament.  We were given the color combo of silver, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal and Simply Chartreuse against pops of crisp white.  Challenging to say the least!  Am I the only one who struggles with color combos?
After drawing some pencil guidelines with a ruler, I stamped the sentiment "Celebrate the reason for the season" repeatedly on a diagonal to create my background on white cardstock.  The sentiment is from Vintage Ornaments by Papertrey Ink and I used Hawaiian Shores ink.  I then randomly stamped tiny snowflakes from Snowflake Sparkle with silver ink.

I cut an ornament from Hawaiian Shores cardstock using the Vintage Ornament dies.  I stamped the tiny nativity images from Petite Places: Nativity on the ornament with black ink.  Then I added glittery dimensional sparkle with Silver Stickles along the top of the ornament and on the bottom tip.  On the little loop, I sponged silver ink.  (note to time do that before the Stickles)

I stamped several pine branches from Tinsel & Tags Sprigs using Simply Chartreuse ink and three berry clusters using Tropical Teal ink.  All were die cut with the matching dies.  I layered them on my card to mimic a swag.  I looped a narrow piece of silver ribbon to hang the ornament.

I cut two Wonderful Words: Holiday dies out of white cardstock, layered them together for dimension, and rubbed them with silver ink.  It adds a nice subtle silver tone to match the snowflakes.  I assembled everything on a Tropical Teal card base.

I really like how this turned out.  Fun non-traditional colors!  Check out other cards for the blog hop here.

Stamps:  Vintage Ornaments, Petite Places: Nativity, Snowflake Sparkle, Tinsel & Tags Sprigs (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Silver (Encore! Ultimate Metallic)
Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Vintage Ornament die, Wonderful Words: Holiday die, Tinsel & Tags: Basics dies (Papertrey Ink); Silver Stickles, silver ribbon

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Silver Snowflake

I have a weakness for snowflakes.  Snowmen too.  I just love wintry images.  I purchased the Festive Flurry set from Stampin' Up last year along with the matching dies, but hadn't used them.  Yesterday, I was in the mood to make a simple card and these large gorgeous snowflakes are perfect for that.

On a white card base, I adhered a strip of scalloped Going Gray cardstock and a strip of Winter Frost dsp.  I embossed the snowflake with silver embossing powder, one of the quickest ways to add lots of impact to a card.  Then I cut it with the matching die and popped it up with a bit of foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment from Holiday Button Bits by Papertrey Ink in Basic Gray ink.

I could easily make a lot of these.  It's a quick design, but still very elegant!

Stamps:  Festive Flurry (Stampin' Up); Holiday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Basic Gray (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Going Gray, Winter Frost dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Festive Flurry die (Stampin' Up); Scallop border punch (Stampin' Up); silver embossing powder

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Poinsettia Joy

This is not my original design.  I wanted to clarify that right off!  I CASE'd a card by Paula Dobson found here.  I loved the simple elegance of her design.  I only made small changes and that was to add glitter (naturally!) and use a different mat color and sentiment.

I stamped the large poinsettia from Joyful Christmas by Stampin' Up over the white strip and the Pinefeather card base at the same time. It left a small gap between the pieces due to the cardstock thickness, but that was easily covered by the black cardstock mat.

I colored the flower with Copic markers and added Golden Rod Stickles to the stamens.  Because.  Glitter.  Sparkle.  Glitter is a necessary element for Christmas.  lol  I was thinking of all the silk poinsettias in the craft stores.  Very few come without glitter.  :)

I used a large Joy sentiment from Merry Wishes by Verve Stamps.  I love the flourish-y font.  Then it was just a simple matter of gluing everything together!  I may make a few more of these to have on hand for Christmas cards because it's perfect for mailing.

Stamps:  Joyful Christmas (Stampin' Up); Merry Wishes (Verve)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Pinefeather, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  0, C1, Y15, G24, G28, BG99, R24, R29, R59
Misc:  Golden Rod Stickles

Monday, October 12, 2015

No Matter the Weather

This card came about as a result of experimenting with water and Distress Inks.  I watched a video on stamping with water over on Jennifer McGuire's blog and wanted to try it out.  I sponged a piece of white cardstock with Blueprint Sketch ink and followed her instructions to add my image.  Well....let's just say that the image I chose did NOT work well with this technique.  Next time I'll use a different stamp.  lol  So, in the interest of saving the messed-up piece, I went in a different direction.

I laid the Raindrops stencil by My Favorite Things over the inked cardstock and spritzed water through it.  I love the resulting fuzzy raindrops!  I cut a circle from white cardstock with a Circle STAX Set 2 die and added some patterned green paper from the Print Poetry paper stack by Stampin' Up.  I cut an additional piece using the Fresh Cut Grass die and glued it just underneath the edge.  What's cool is, you can't really tell until you look closely!  The whole circle piece is glued on the inked cardstock directly over the messed up part so you would never know unless I told you.  Love that!

The darling little girl image is from Sunny Thoughts, one of the Pure Innocence stamps by My Favorite Things.  First time she's been inked!  I did a lot of paper piecing, using patterned paper from the Print Poetry stack and the Brights Collection Patterns Stack, along with a bit of black cardstock for the umbrella handle.  I colored her face, hands, hair, and pants with Copic markers.  Her hands are curved around the handle, which adds some dimension.  It looks cool in person!

I cut one of the tiny flowers from the Print Poetry paper to add to my grass.  For the cloud, I used the Flat-Bottom Clouds die by My Favorite Things and another patterned paper from that same stack.  I love the handwritten ledger look.  Everything was adhered to a white card base.

I selectively stamped the sentiment onto two white strips, using the Building Blocks die by Papertrey Ink, and added it to the bottom of the card.  The remaining portion of the sentiment, which is from Feel the Sun by Verve Stamps, is stamped inside the card.  I added a narrow strip of the yellow polka dot paper to add a bit of sunshiny color.

I love how this card turned out!  Even better, my teenage son said it was really good when he saw it by the computer.  I love spontaneous praise!  :D

Stamps:  Sunny Thoughts - Pure Innocence (My Favorite Things); Feel the Sun (Verve)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Blueprint Sketch (Distress Ink)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Print Poetry dsp paper stack, Brights Collection Patterns dsp stack (Stampin' Up)
Copic:  E00, E30, E55, E57, E59, R20, B91, B95, B97
Misc:  Circles STAX Set 2 die, Flat-Bottom Clouds die, Fresh Cut Grass die (My Favorite Things); Building Blocks die (Papertrey Ink); Raindrops stencil (My Favorite Things); water mister; sponge

Monday, August 31, 2015

Stamp-a-Faire 2015: Red Carpet Challenge

This one isn't really a challenge, per se, but a group photo of the six cards I made during this year's Stamp-a-Faire by Papertrey Ink.  I had hoped to do more, but normal life got in the way.  It's been a busy weekend!  My daughter Emily did two of the challenges with me (t-shirt and bridal), and we enjoyed our time together.

You can click on the links below to see the original posts for each card.  If time had been on my side, I would have gotten a pic of Emily with her two projects as well.

Bridal Challenge

Patterns Challenge (sketch)

Thread Nest Challenge

Twine Techniques Challenge

Stamped & Stitched Challenge

Runway Challenge

Don't forget our t-shirts found on the original post here!   :)

It's been a fun stampy weekend and I'm glad I was able to participate.  I look forward to Stamp-a-Faire every year! 

Stamp-a-Faire 2015: Stamped & Stitched Challenge

I really like this card.  Am I allowed to say that?  lol  I love the color combo and pattern prints I used, not to mention I adore this stamp set, Quilted: Spring.  I still need to get the summer and autumn editions.  This card is for the Stamped & Stitched challenge by Heather Nichols.  Obviously, I used Kraft cardstock in her honor.  :)

I embossed a stitched image from Background Basics: Needlepoint directly on my Kraft card base.  I layered two different patterned papers from the Primrose pad by Bo Bunny.  So pretty!  I stamped the flowers using Close to Cocoa, Rose Romance, and Sweet Blush inkpads.  Having matching dies sure made this easier.  I stamped my sentiment on a white banner and added a stitching line using an image from Button Boutique.  Love the result!

Stamps:  Quilted: Spring, Background Basics: Needlepoint, Button Boutique, Petite Pots (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Rose Romance, Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up); Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Primrose 6x6 pad (Bo Bunny)
Misc:  Quilted: Spring dies, Double-Ended Banner die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder (Filigree)