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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ink Blending & Stencils

For this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge, I created a card that combined spring colors and floral accents.  I haven't done much ink blending in the past because I felt that I really wasn't very good at it.  However, Betsy provided a great step by step video that helped me quite a bit.  I combined Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Spring Moss ink for my background and used a chevron stencil along with those inks as well.  I used the rectangular frames from the Sprinkles & Shakers kit and some of the preprinted flowers and leaves from the new Color Pop Florals set.  A Hugs die cut and stamped banner finish the card.  I really like how it turned out and am now feeling a bit more confident about my ink blending abilities.



 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

PTI February Blog Hop

Today's post was inspired by the following inspiration photo for Papertrey Ink's February blog hop.

Inspiration

The beautiful mix of soft, pale pink, creamy white, and mossy spring green brought me visions of springtime cards.  The variety of objects in this picture offered so many options for creativity.  Should I use the teacup or the vase?  What about the pears or the butterfly?  It was impossible to choose only one project for this blog hop.  Below are my final selections.


My first card features this year's PTI Anniversary Stamp Set, Painted Petals.  This is the first time I've inked up these stamps and I can say without a doubt that they are already one of my all time favorites.  I love how the layers create such a realistic look.  I also used the new Inspired:  Savior set which is perfect for Easter cards.


My next card features some simple watercoloring along with a trio of stamped die cut flowers from Quilted:  Summer and a verse from Cheerful Heart.  A little bow tied with baker's twine finishes it off nicely.


Third, is a card that combines last month's new Mint Julep cardstock with chevron vellum and the butterfly coverplate from the January release.  The die cut sentiment is from Scripted.


The scripted die cuts are used again on my final card for today.  I decided to go with a pink patterned background surrounded by a stitched frame.  I then added the stamped and die cut teacup and kettle from the Cup of Cheer set.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  I've been so inspired by all of the wonderful projects others have shared on the blog hop.  I hope to share more spring projects with you soon.  Until then, be blessed.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Happiness

Today I am posting a card I made for the Fusion card challenge.  You can follow the link below for all of the details on this challenge.
http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/11/fusion-warm-welcome.html 

I decided to use the sketch as my inspiration this week and created a Christmas card for my little boy. I think the little gingerbread man in the corner is so cute!  I kept my colors traditional with red and green plaid pape, a dark green panel behind, and the lighter green sentiment die.


I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my son's Christmas card.  I need to get back to my craft table and make a few more cards.  Only 37 days til Christmas!!!

Motif Building

For today's post, I'm sharing a card I created for this week's PTI Make It Monday:  Motif Building.  You can get all the details about this challenge here:  http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2015/11/make-it-monday-231-motif-building.html

I was a little nervous about participating in this challenge because I had never really tried anything quite like it before.  I was having a hard time deciding which stamps to use at first.  When I pulled out my Cuppa Love set, I knew that the tulip medallion would be a great focal point, plus it created a nice circle to build around.  The tiny ribbons and curly designs are from Tinsels and Tags and the hearts are also from the Cuppa Love set.  The sentiment is from Star of Wonder.


I used the new Tucked In:  Holiday stamps to add a message inside my card along with a couple of stamped hearts.  I had so much fun with motif building that I definitely want to make more Christmas cards with this technique!


My Supplies:
PTI Cuppa Love stamps
PTI Tinsel & Tags stamps
PTI Star of Wonder stamps
PTI Tucked In:  Holiday
PTI Cardstock in white and New Leaf
PTI Ink in Pure Poppy, New Leaf, and Hawaiian Shores
Red & white baker's twine




Sunday, November 15, 2015

City Crafter Challenge - Dye it! (or die it!)

In an attempt to build up my supply of Christmas cards and improve my card making skills, I am looking at more and more card challenges.  This week's City Crafter Challenge had me sorting through my myriad dies trying to find something inspiring.
City Crafter Challenge Blog

It was a bit of a challenge not to use any stamps at all.  However, I decided to use these dies from last year's PTI Tinsel and Tags kit along with my new quilted tag die and the word "peace." I also added a snowflake from the quilted winter set.  I went with a monocromatic color scheme, but felt it needed a pop of color.  That's when I decided to add the red ribbon and to trim down that patterned paper and add the pure poppy cardstock as a base.  I threaded a couple of jingle bells through some gray and white baker's twine and tied them around the ribbon.  A few rainstones finished my card front.  (Maybe I'll stamp on the inside!)  Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my card.  I hope it leaves you looking forward to the Christmas season!



Merry Monday - Pink, Green, & White

Pink, green, and white were the colors assigned for this week's Merry Monday Challenge.http://merrymondaychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2015/11/merry-monday-179-pink-green-and.html





I choose to create a shaker card using my new PTI Quilted:  Winter die.  The bright Hibicus Burst pink and new Vintage Jadite green cardstock along with the pink and green sequins are so cheerful and festive.  It was such fun creating this card.  It will be perfect for my youngest daughter.  Her favorite color is pink!


As far as shaker cards go, this one wasn't too difficult to assemble.  First, I cut the quilted snowflake from vintage jadite cardstock.  Next, I cut a piece of accetate and a piece of white cardstock the same size (3 x 3 inch).  Then, I carefully placed the accetate behind the snowflake cutout and used scortape to hold it in place.  I added some thin strips of doubled-sided foam to the edges of the snowflake die.  I sprinked in my sequins and then placed the white square on the back to hold it all together.  Finally, I cut my quilted tag from hibicus burst cardstock and placed the shaker on top.  I add some sheer pink ribbon to the tag, cut a banner from the jadite cardstock and stamped my sentiment using hibicus burst ink.  Everything was placed on a plain white card and the sentiment banner was popped up using foam tape.


Thanks for visiting today!  Have a super Sunday!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Coverplate Watercoloring

Today I have taken on the Make It Monday challenge provided by Ashley over at papertrey ink.  She demonstrates how she has used her coverplates to create stencils for watercoloring.  The result is this beautiful fall card.

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I just love that even though she used bright, vivid colors, the card has an overall softeness to it.  It's simply gorgeous.  The beauty of this card inspired me to create one of my own using Ashley's technique.  Below is my winter creation.


I used my PTI waves coverplate and watercolored with spring rain and blueberry sky ink.  The tree and snowman are stamps and dies from All Through the House and the sentiment is from Quilted:  Winter.  This card was fairly simply to make and I am pleased with the way the background looks like a blue-gray winter sky.


There is another card I'd like to share with you today.  I actually made this one last week for the red and gold Merry Monday challenge, but became so busy that I was unable to create a blog post for it.  Since this card didn't make it to the challenge, I decided to add it here today.  I kind of like how the songbirds and "junk" bow with its mix of ribbon and twine give this card a bit of a vintage feel.  If you look closely, you can see the three rows of music stamped in the background on the lower portion of the card.   Thanks for visiting my blog and have a blessed day!