Saturday, May 6, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things Guest Designer

Leigh Penner of To the Full asked me to be a guest designer on the Inspired by All the Little Things blog.  This is a first for me and such an honor!  The inspiration photo for challenge #55 is so gorgeous with its cluster of spring florals on a distressed aqua chair.  I knew it would make a lovely Mother's Day card.

I had the Cutaway Tags: Spring stamp set and die sitting on my desk from a recent Papertrey Ink order waiting to be put away.  One glance told me it would be perfect for this challenge!

I already had this card base in my scrap drawer.  It's a piece of Soft Sky cardstock that was embossed with the Swirls folder by Tim Holtz and glued to a white card base.  The white doily came as a thank you freebie from a Verve Stamps order several months ago.  When I realized that the Cutaway Tags: Spring die fit within the doily, I had to use it too!  :)

I cut the Cutaway Tags: Spring die from white and kraft cardstock.  On the white one, I stamped the matching flowers and leaves using a variety of ink colors.  Obviously, my choices were determined by the inspiration photo.  I cut off all the flowers on the kraft one so it would frame all the stamped flowers.  It is such a cool look!  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed with white powder.

After finishing all the pieces, I decided that my flowers needed some extra oomph, so I sprayed the white piece with Perfect Pearls mist.  Oh my gosh, it looks so cool in real life!  Hopefully you can see the shimmer in the close-up photo.  It softened the colors and added a pearly sheen.  I really love it!

Isn't that gorgeous?!  I also added another layer of white underneath to give the whole piece more dimension and lift it off of the doily background.  (cut with the same die)  I love the texture of the doily showing through the flowers.

Thanks to Leigh and the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge blog for featuring me!  Now I'm finished with both Mother's Day cards for this year.  This one is definitely my favorite. You can see the other one at my blog post here.

Stamps:  Cutaway Tags: Spring (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Primrose Petals, Barely Banana, Peekaboo Peach, Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Soft Sky (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Cutaway Tags: Spring die (Papertrey Ink); Swirls embossing folder (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Perfect Pearls mist (Ranger)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge: Chevron Wishes

Boy, this was a tough one.  I haven't created much lately because I've been updating my inventory and category books with two years of stamp purchases.  It is taking forever!  I wanted to make a card for the April Papertrey Ink blog hop, but it sure didn't come easy.  The inspiration colors were a real challenge.  It's not a combination I would ever choose myself.  In the end, I kept it really simple.

print designed by the talented Megan Carter

I stamped a chevron stripe in four different colors across a piece of Fresh Snow linen cardstock and adhered it to a Smokey Shadow 4x4" card base.  Using Pale Peony ink, I stamped the circular sentiment from County Fair on linen cardstock and then cut it out with the matching die.  I stamped "wishes" on it using Smokey Shadow ink.  I popped it up on the card with foam tape.

We are having so much rain here in North Carolina!  Days like these make me wish I had a light box for photos.  Anyway, despite initial frustration with this challenge, I like my card.  Sometimes simple is best!  Check out other cards here.

Stamps:  County Fair, Background Basics: Chevron Stripes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Pale Peony, Bright Buttercup, Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Fresh Snow Linen, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  County Fair die (Papertrey Ink)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge: Flower Pattern Inspiration

Time for the March Papertrey Ink blog hop!  We were given a lovely inspiration photo of floral prints designed by Victoria Johnson.  I created my card background in that style using the Garden of Life, Mini Blooms, and Christmas Poinsettia stamp sets by Papertrey Ink.

print designed by the talented Victoria Johnson

It's interesting how different colors look printed versus my computer screen.  The gray looked like lavender, for example, so I used Winter Wisteria.  Shrug.  I am NOT re-doing it!  lol

I used lots of different flowers and colors to mimic the pattern.  I also hand-cut every single one.  I'm a glutton for punishment apparently.  :)  Actually, it's very therapeutic.  I had a podcast playing and the time passed quickly.  I love the zen of creating.

I glued all the flowers to a Dark Indigo card base and trimmed off the edges.  I didn't want to cover up my pretty background, so I stamped my sentiment from Happy Hydrangeas on vellum cut with a Keep It Simple Frames die.  I used Dark Indigo ink to match the card.  If I had a Misti, I would have stamped it again to make it darker.  It's a bit lighter than I hoped.  Still, I really like how this card turned out!

Check out other cards for the blog hop here.

Stamps:  Garden of Life, Mini Blooms, Christmas Poinsettia, Happy Hydrangeas (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo, Ocean Tides, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Winter Wisteria (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Dark Indigo, vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Keep It Simple Frames dies (Papertrey Ink)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary Stitching Challenge: Rainbow Hello

I made a card for the first day of the Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary celebration.  Lizzie Jones will be doing a Stitching Focus feature every month on Nichole Heady's blog and this first one showcased the Stitched Coasters dies which I do not own.  The challenge was to make a project inspired by the showcased coasters.  #1 and #5 caught my eye and I got the idea to use A Little Argyle to copy some of the elements.

I liked the rainbow colors of coaster #5 and the crossed circles of coaster #1, so I cut circles using the Scent-imentals dies from Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, and Amethyst Allure cardstock.  I stamped a row of X's from A Little Argyle in a row on Smokey Shadow cardstock and embossed them with white powder.  I also did the same thing directly on the circles.  Then I glued the circles in place, matching the lines.  It's a fun look!

In the process of looking for a die to fit the sentiment I chose from Scattered Showers Additions, I stumbled across the Beaded Holiday: Garland dies from the Quick Stitch: Beaded Holiday kit that was released a while back.  I used the longest strip die and layered some Bright Buttercup cardstock under the holes for an extra pop of color.  After stamping the sentiment in Smokey Shadow ink, I added a Pure Poppy heart from the Scent-imentals dies.  I trimmed off one end of the strip after gluing it to the Smokey Shadow panel.  How perfect is that?  It fit right in with the stitching theme.  Sweet serendipity!

I cut the large Wonderful Words: Hello die from Orange Zest Bitty Dot patterned paper and twice from white cardstock.  I layered them all together, off-setting the dotted piece to get a white shadow effect.  I glued it in place over the sentiment strip and then mounted the whole thing to an Orange Zest card base.

I had no idea where this card was going when I started, but I really love the finished design!  Look for more stitched inspiration here.

Stamps:  A Little Argyle, Scattered Showers Additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Amethyst Allure, Orange Zest Bitty Dot (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Scent-imentals dies, Wonderful Words: Hello die, Beaded Holiday: Garland die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder (Filigree)

PTI Past, Present and Future 2015: Bitty Hello

It feels weird to post this out of order, but as I still haven't made a 2014 card, I wanted to go ahead and get this card posted.  I don't have any of the featured 2015 sets, so I chose to use Bitty Bouquets which was released that year.  My card is mainly a CASE of a design by Betsy Veldman found here.  The past six weeks have been hard.  Heart-wrenching hard.  Lately, I have felt depleted.  My mojo was struggling, to say the least.  I needed to create something.  This sweet design was perfect for me.

I used two bouquets from the stamp set.  After cutting them from white cardstock with the matching dies, I stamped my flowers using Ripe Avocado, Hibiscus Burst, and Blueberry Sky ink.  I cut a vase using the Mega Gracious Vases dies and stamped it with the matching image in Stormy Sea ink.  I rolled the edge of the stamp in Smokey Shadow ink before doing so.  It looks so cool!  I glued the flowers in the vase.

I stitched a piece of dotted Sheer Basics vellum on a Spring Rain card base using my sewing machine.  I haven't done that in ages!  I cut a scalloped Keep It Simple Frames die from white cardstock and stamped a sentiment from Bitty Bouquets in black ink.  After gluing it in place on the card, I added my floral vase using foam tape for dimension.

Two more cards to go to finish the Past, Present and Future challenges!  I hope to get them done soon.  You can see other cards made for the 2015 Papertrey Ink showcase here.  

Stamps:  Bitty Bouquets, Mega Gracious Vases (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Hibiscus Burst, Blueberry Sky, Ripe Avocado, Stormy Sea, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Sheer Basics Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Misc: Bitty Bouquets dies, Mega Gracious Vases dies, Keep It Simple Frames dies (Papertrey Ink); sewing machine; white thread; foam tape

Sunday, February 26, 2017

PTI Past, Present and Future 2013: Ruby Rose Trio

The Papertrey Ink celebration focused on each of their past ten years of business may be officially over, but I want to finish it out.  I was able to do six cards during the event, which left four years undone.  I'm back today to post my cards for 2013.  Yes, cards.  I made three!  I own three of the featured sets and chose to use Ruby Rose for my projects.

This first one is a CASE of a card made by Nichole Heady back when Ruby Rose was first released.  It was one of the examples shown for the 2013 look back post and it caught my eye immediately.  So simple, yet very striking.  I love black and white cards.  The red ribbon really pops!

Stamps:  Ruby Rose (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  red ribbon
I wanted to see what this design looked like in reverse, so that experimentation led to this next card.  It turned out to be too much red, so I kept the sentiment black and added Black Diamond Stickles to the flower centers.  Not my favorite, but I'm sure a recipient would appreciate it, nonetheless.  If I were to redo it, I would stamp the small dots in black ink and use a black card base instead. 

Stamps:  Ruby Rose (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Black Diamond Stickles; black ribbon

The last card is my favorite of the bunch.  I started it days ago (last Monday, I think) and have been messing with it off and on since then.  It took me a while to get a clear vision for this card!  I channeled Dawn McVey and chose colors that I wouldn't normally put together.  She designed the set, so it seemed appropriate.  :)  The embossed polka dot Kraft background was in my scrap stash. 

I stamped the different flowers using Amethyst Allure, Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, and Dark Chocolate inks.  Then I cut them out with their matching dies.  After matting the Kraft background with Hawaiian Shores cardstock, I arranged the flowers across the diagonal and bent the edges to add some dimension.

I glued the whole piece to a white card base that I stamped with my sentiment in black ink.  Ruby Rose by Papertrey Ink is such a fun stamp set.  I'm glad to have three more thank you cards in my stash!  You can see more cards using this set, as well as other sets from 2013, at this link here.

Stamps:  Ruby Rose, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Amethyst Allure, Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Kraft, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Ruby Rose dies (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder (Filigree)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Framed Love

Time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  Here's my card inspired by the photo.  Obviously, I was drawn to the dark gray, copper embossing, and bright pink.

I cut a piece of Smokey Shadow cardstock, embossed one of the borders from Background Basics: Retro using Not So Tarnished Copper powder, and glued it to a Hibiscus Burst card base.  I cut the Framed Love die from Hibiscus Burst cardstock twice, layering them for dimension.  For extra sparkle, I used a glue pen to add Sugar Cube glitter to the word portion.

Using the Beautiful Blooms II #3 dies by Papertrey Ink, I cut flowers from both Hibiscus Burst and Smokey Shadow cardstock.  I stamped each one with polka dots using Bitty Background Blocks and white pigment ink.  I created flowers by layering the two colors together and putting a rhinestone brad in the center.  I chose to use a coppery metal brad to echo the embossing.

I added the flowers to my card in opposite corners of the love frame.  It's quite whimsical with graphic elements.  I really like the combination!  Check out other cards for the blog hop here.

Stamps:  Background Basics: Retro, Bitty Background Blocks (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Sweet Tooth (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Framed Love die, Beautiful Blooms II #3 dies (Papertrey Ink); Not So Tarnished Copper embossing powder (Powder Keg); Metallics Medium Jewel Brads (American Crafts); Sugar Cube glitter (Martha Stewart)