Sunday, February 14, 2016

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Fabulous Wonderful Friend

Well, this was an interesting challenge.  For the last day of the Papertrey Ink anniversary festivities before the big reveal, we were given a Paper Crafting Alphabet and told to use the first three letters of either our first or last name to determine what we needed to do on our card.

H - heat emboss an image or sentiment
E - incorporate an emboss resist technique
I - use an impression plate or do some kind of dry embossing

Notice a theme?  lol  Since the sun has long gone down here and it happens to be snowing (yes, SNOWING), this is the best I could do for a picture before tomorrow's deadline.

I dry embossed a Kraft card base using the Decorative Dots folder by Stampin' Up.  I also used the Linen & Canvas impression plate by Papertrey Ink to add texture to a Dark Chocolate cardstock strip.  It's very difficult to see in the picture.

I embossed the large flower and two leaves from Friends 'Til the End on white cardstock using white embossing powder.  I sponged color on the flower with Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Lovely Lady, and Hibiscus Burst inks.  For the leaves, I used Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado inks.  I hand-cut all of them out with scissors.

I heat embossed the word "friend" with white embossing powder on the Dark Chocolate strip.  I stamped the words "fabulous" and "wonderful" on white cardstock, cut them into blocks, and glued them in place.  Everything was then adhered to the card.  I used foam tape to pop up the sentiment strip.

It's not my favorite, honestly, but it's still a nice card.  I was struggling a bit in the mojo department today.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.  I'm looking forward to the complete reveal tomorrow.  There are so many wonderful new things being released this month!

Stamps:  Friends 'Til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Linen & Canvas impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Decorative Dots embossing folder (Stampin' Up); white embossing powder (Filigree); foam tape

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: My Smiles Begin With You

Apparently, Papertrey Ink is starting a #saturdaysnailmail campaign to encourage the actual sending of handmade cards through the mail each week.  Um....I might be guilty of hoarding mine.  lol  Yesterday, we were challenged to make a thank you card to send to the PTI warehouse employees.  I can only imagine the crazy week they will be having once all the new goodies are released!

I had flowers leftover from my last creation, which gave me a headstart for this card.  I stamped a Spring Rain card base with Polka Dot Basics II using VersaMark ink.  I adore polka dots!  They make such a fun sky background.

I cut my hills from Ripe Avocado cardstock with In the Meadow dies and stamped them with Background Basics: Text Style, also in VersaMark ink.  This time, I brushed all the edges with the inkpad to add some shading.  Love the look!  After adding them to my card base, I "planted" my flowers in the hills.

Since I had a Tag Sale #10 frame leftover too, I used it for my sentiment from Natural Beauties, stamping it in Dark Chocolate ink.  I'd really love to have a larger version of this scalloped die.  It's one of my favorites!  Once I glued it to my card, I trimmed off the overhang.  I thought this sentiment was just perfect for the PTI warehouse employees.  I sure smile every time I see a package from them on my porch!  :)

Inside the card, I stamped two sentiments from Inside & Out: Thank You in Dark Chocolate ink and added another flower for a final burst of cheerful color.  Isn't this sentiment perfect too?  I love it when stamp sets work together.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.  I hope the warehouse folks like my card.  At the very least, it will make them smile!  (pun intended)

Stamps:  Petite Pots, Natural Beauties, Background Basics: Text Style, Polka Dot Basics II, Inside & Out: Thank You (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Petite Pots die, Tag Sale #10 die, In the Meadow dies (Papertrey Ink)

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Birthday Blooms

This card is for the Create Along with Us challenge over at Papertrey Ink during their anniversary celebration.  I loved Amy Sheffer's card she posted using the new Tulip Time stamp set and just had to make one myself.   Using the frames from Tag Sale #10 as a background is a wonderful idea!  By the way, I must have those new tulips.  They are my favorite flower anyway, but the three-step layer design is so pretty.  Love!

I stamped a Kraft card base with Background Basics: Text Style in VersaMark ink to create a soft background.  I love how it looks!  I guess I was channeling a vintage vibe during my crafting session yesterday.  I added several white scalloped frames that I had cut using the Tag Sale #10 die.

After die cutting a few flowers from white cardstock, I stamped some cheerful blooms using Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Dark Chocolate ink using the matching Petite Pots stamps.  For the stems, I inked up first with Spring Moss and then rolled the leaf edges in Ripe Avocado.  I smile every time I look at these flowers!  You'll see them in my next post too.

I adhered two flowers to my card and then added a narrow Dark Chocolate banner that I embossed with a happy birthday sentiment from Father Knows Best.  Isn't it sweet?  I really love this card!  You can see other cards for the challenge here.  Thanks to Amy for the inspiration!

Stamps:  Petite Pots, Father Knows Best, Background Basics: Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Tag Sale #10 die, Petite Pots die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder (Filigree)

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Bowls of Kindness

I'm back with another card for one of the Papertrey Ink anniversary challenges.  Actually, I'm back to post three cards!  Separate posts, though, so be watching for those.  This challenge was interesting.  It's a color challenge, but using a paper fortune teller to get your colors.  I remember making those when I was a kid.  Too fun!  I got an Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, and Pure Poppy color combo.

I decided to do a stack of vintage bowls using the Bowl of Sunshine stamp set by Papertrey Ink.  My mom had a green and white bowl that looked just like these.  Oh, the memories!  I stamped the bowls on their matching die cuts using the three colors and glued them onto a white tag.  I stamped a black oval on the tag to ground them.  In hindsight, I should have used a dark gray for my accent rather than black.  Whatever!  I added black to the top of the tag as well.

On a white card base, I added 1/4" strips of cardstock in Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, and Pure Poppy to match the bowls.  Then I stamped a sentiment from Everyday Classics in black ink directly above the strips.  I do love the dramatic warm colors.  Besides, there's just something about these vintage-style bowls that makes me happy.

You can see other cards for the fortune teller color challenge here.  Better yet, print it off and try it out for yourself!  :)  You can find the Color Pop Fortune Teller as a pdf file at that link.  It's definitely a challenge!

Stamps:  Bowl of Sunshine, Everyday Classics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Bowl of Sunshine die, Tag Sale #3 die (Papertrey Ink)

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)