Monday, June 29, 2015

MIM #216: Adding Color to Cover Plates



For today's Make It Monday challenge, Laura demonstrates how to increase the mileage of your cover plates by adding color to your cover plate dies.  There are several methods for adding color, and Laura shows us two different ones using Copics and a watercolor brush.  Unfortunately, I do not own any Copic markers; therefore, I decided to using ink and my blending tool to color my Waves cover plate die cut.  I thought it would look pretty over a smooshed watercolored background.  I was really happy with the result of the background and die together and I wanted to keep the other elements of the card fairly simple.  I used the new Ahoy dies and cut the boat, rope, anchor, and birds from white card stock.  The sentiment was stamped three times:  first in Hawaiian Shores, then in Ocean Tides, and finally in Smokey Shadow.  This was one of those mistakes that just sort of worked out.  The first time I stamped, the sentiment just didn't show up that well.  The second time, I didn't have it lined up that well.  Third time was a charm. Fianlly, I added some rainstones to mimic bubbles in the water.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Paper Players: CAS Challenge #250 - Summer Treats

Find the challenge here - http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2015/06/pp250-cas-challenge-from-claire.html

I was so happy to find a card challenge that involved summer treats!  I just received a new stamp and die kit featuring summertime fruits and could hardly wait to break it out and use it!  By the way, the kit I used is the Papertrey Ink Make-It Market Mini Kit called Still Life:  Summer by Betsy Velman. All of the elements in this kit are fabulous!

My Supplies:
PTI Make-It Market Still Life:  Summer Mini Kit (stamps, dies, patterned paper)
PTI Cardstock (White & Melon Berry)
Black Embossing Powder
White Doily
Black & White Ribbon (Paper Studio) 

Make It Monday #215 - Bringing the Inside Out

The challenge for this week's MIM is to bring the focus of the inside out.  I recently received my products from the June PTI release and was anxious to use a few of them for this challenge.  I really wanted to use Stacked Statements , so I combined with Friendly Flowers and a June color recipe.

My Supplies:
PTI Cardstock (White and Raspberry Fizz)
PTI Ink (Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Scarlett Jewel, New Leaf, Limeade Ice)
PTI Stamps and Dies (Stacked Statements, Friendly Flowers, Tinsel & Tags)
Baker's Twine
Enamel Dots

June PTI Blog Hop

When Nichole first presented the inspiration photo for this month's Blog Hop, I couldn't help but grin.  I have this exact picture posted on my "Cute Baby Stuff" Pinterest board.  Aren't these precious?  I just adore all things baby, especially shoes as sweet and pretty as this tiny pair.

Blog hop inspiration

It wasn't difficult to find inspiration from these little beauties.  I used a combination of Smokey Shadow, Orange Zest, Melon Berry, Fine Linen, and Ripe Avocado cardstock along with some striped vellum to create my materpiece.

This was such a fun card to make!  I loved combining several dies to come up with a card that was truly inspired by the photo.  

My Supplies:
PTI Cardstock (colors listed above)
PTI Striped Vellum
PTI dies (Oval Sprinkles & Shakers, Garden Gild, Scripted)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Color Throwdown #346

Today, I discovered the "Color Throwdown" challenge.  I thought this looked like a fun color combo, so I decided to play along.  You can find the link to the challenge below.

Here is my crafty card creation.  I used kraft as my card base and background and then used hot pink, green, and gray in the other card elements.

The tag is cut from smokey shadow and the stripes are new leaf and raspberry fizz (all from PTI).  Inks used are Mementos London fog and gray flannel and PTI spring moss and raspberry fizz (I don't have new leaf ink or else I would have used that.)  The tag die is from PTI as well as the Petite Pots Anniversary stamp set and dies.  The sheer ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.  Altogether, I think this turned out to be a fun challenge and I'm really happy with how all of the colors worked.  Thanks for stopping by.  Comments are greatly appreciated.

Summer Nautical for Mojo Monday and The Pink Elephant

Today I decided to combine two challenges:  Mojo Monday and The Pink Elephant.  I really liked the sketch for Mojo Monday and The Pink Elephant inspiration photo provided the creative direction I need to get this card moving.  I had these patterned papers tucked away for quite some time and was waiting for just the right project to use them.  This was it!  The combination of the navy and white anchor print witht the bright pink worked great.  White space was easily added with a journal card die which helped balance the pink and navy.  I don't have many seaside or ocean-themed stamps, but my daughter had this ship and tiny anchor which worked.  I also had this small banner flags die and added the navy and pink cardstock behind the cutout to jazz it up a bit.  I'm so happy with how this out.  So, I just realized that my photo is too large to link up to the Mojo Monday challenge (Like .06 too big!  Bummer!)  I have just not been having very good luck with blogging today.  Pictures won't rotate and they are too big!  Ughhh!  And my 4 year old won't quit asking me how to spell words while I'm trying to type.

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Retro Sketches #167

I was searching for a card challenge to play along with when I found this week's retro sketch.  I loved this one with all of its banners, the flower, and the bow.  I knew I wanted to create something with a summertime feel and since I had just received my PTI Quilted:  Summer set, I felt compelled to use it for this challenge.


This is my summertime card using the sketch as inspiration.  I reminds me of sitting in a big white rocking chair and sipping on a glass of pink lemonade. 

My Supplies:  Paper Studio cardstock in pink and white
                       PTI ink in Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, and Melon Berry
                       PTI Quilted:  Summer stamp set
                       PTI Keep it Simple frames die
                       Enamel dot from Michael's
                       Yellow ribbon from Hobby Lobby

MIM #214 - Stamping with Neutrals

This week's Make It Monday challenge is all about stamping with neutrals, so I decided to dive right in a go with it.  I recently purchased the cute polka dot parade baby set and thought a cuddly tan teddy bear would fit the bill.  This card came together very quickly.  I stamped a gingham border on the left side of my card and then stamped three bears using the same color, adding a bit of chocolate brown for their tummies.  A simple frame stamped with a sweet sentiment and embellished with two neutral buttons filled the blank space.  I rounded the corners for a softer feel and then tied on some tan and white baker's twine to finish it off nicely.

(I still have not figured out how to rotate my photos when downloading them from my phone.)  Oh well.

My Supplies:  PTI Cardstock in Fine Linen and Classic Kraft
                       PTI ink in Fine Linen
                       Mementos ink in Rich Cocoa
                       PTI buttons
                       PTI Polka dot Parade stamps
                       PTI Background Basics:  Super Gingham