Monday, December 26, 2011

December Papertrey Blog Hop - Holiday Leftovers Challenge

Here's what Papertrey has challenged us to do this month:
Since the blog hop will be taking place the day after Christmas, we thought we would hold to our traditional "Holiday Leftovers Challenge".  Of course we aren't referring to food, but all of the wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, tags, canceled postage from holiday cards you have received, photos from holiday cards and anything else you might have laying around after the holiday preparations have ended.  Your challenge is to use some type of leftover materials to create a project.  And if you really want to challenge yourself even further, you can try to create a non-holiday card from your leftovers.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

And here's what I came up with:
 It's hard to see in the photo but the gift wrap is white foil with shiny silver ... so cute!

Paper: Leftover Christmas wrapping, Autumn Rose and white cardstock
Misc: PTI Quatrefoil coverplate, M's foam dimensional alphabet stickers

Monday, December 12, 2011

Some more holiday cards ...

I love the Hero Arts Fabric cling stamp and used it here in Colorbox Frost White Ink.
I love the way it looks on dark cardstock!  So vibrant!!  I layered over PTI's Wonderful Words that I cut out with white cardstock.  Super simple!
Here is another one with polka dots and an anagalypta die cut.  I put a dollop of Liquid Pearls white opal over the 'i'.  Shiny and fun!
And with my newly arrived PTI patterned paper with the holidays, I made an Autumn Rose card with one of the music backgrounds.  Autumn Rose cardstock pulled up a bit at the corners of the poinsettia and a pearl in the centre and voilà, all done!

Paper: Gina K asparagus, Staples white
Stamps: HA Fabric Pattern Cling
Ink: Colorbox Frost White Ink
Misc: PTI Wonderful Words holiday die


Paper: PTI Scarlet Jewel, anaglypta
Stamps: Hero Arts Cling Dots
Ink: Colorbox Frost White Ink
Misc: PTI Wonderful Words holiday die, Liquid Pearls white opal

Autumn Rose poinsettia:
Paper: Autumn Rose, Holiday Flourishes and Swirls

Ink: Chai swiped along edges Colorbox Frost White Ink
Misc: PTI poinsettia die, pearl

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A little dry embossing for the holidays

I saw this technique online and thought it looked so simple but fabulous.  So I embossed only part of the card stock by putting the paper in the embossing folder horizontally into the top portion of the card base and fed it through my faithful Cuttlebug.  Make sure to line it up with the crease of your card at the top. 
I used a dot pattern (to imitate snow) on one and herringbone on the other.  I scored the card stock afterwards just below the embossing (two times) and then stamped some oversized sentiments  I rounded the edges of the card at the bottom.  I didn't take a picture of the final FINAL card but I ended up adding a rhinestone to the dot in 'holidays' to add a little bling and a line of glitter on the 'Tis the Season card.

How are your holiday preparations coming along?

Paper: Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Think Big
Ink: Jenni Bowlin chili powder and chicken feed
Misc: polka dot and herringbone embossing folders, MS Scoring Board, corner rounder punch, (rhinestone and glitter added later)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a {Red and White} Christmas Challenge - Quatrefoil

Here's another challenge for the red and white challenge ... more of a merlot shade (scarlet jewel) but still in the red tones, right?  Tried to keep it less bulky for my international friends as I want to make sure each creation arrives in one piece!

I used my newly acquired quatrefoil cover plate from PTI and cut it out with some anaglypta textured wallpaper. I got it from a free book of papers I got from a paint store.  Score, right?!  I then glued it down with Tombo Mono Multi adhesive onto a Scarlet Jewel card base.  I die cut out an angled labels window and then cut another angled labels in white card stock.  I took the negative and cut a slim border to create a frame for the window and make it stand out a bit more.   I adhered acetate to the inside and then stamped the sentiment in Colorbox Frost White Ink.  I was inspired by this post on a super talented crafter's website.

Paper: PTI Scarlet Jewel, Staples 110lb, anaglypta wallpaper
Stamps: Technique Tuesday sentiment
Ink: Colorbox Frost White Ink
Misc: PTI Quatrefoil cover plate, angled label dies, Tombo Mono Multi, acetate

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a {Red and White} Christmas Challenge!!

I have always loved checking out the Passion for Papertrey posts.  There are not only fun challenges but great ideas for our loved PTI sets!  The ladies are super talented and always give me fabulous inspiration.  This challenge of red and white was right up my alley as I am madly trying to get my holiday cards done.  So here is a simple card I made:
I cut out the damask snowflake with some patterned paper and then stamped the larger Holiday lights sentiment.  I popped it up on foam dots and adhered a piece of silk red ribbon.  Super simple!  Now I kinda wish I had embossed the white layer but oh, well ... maybe next time! :)
** Edited to add: I was lucky enough to get a shout out from Passion for Papertrey and was chosen as one of the three Passionistas - thanks so much! :)

Paper: Staples 110lb white, Noel patterned paper
Stamps: PTI Holiday :Lights
Ink: Jenni Bowlin fountain pen
Misc: PTI Damask Snowflake, red silk ribbon, foam dots

Happy Holidays ... a few tags to share

I made some of these tags with the Holiday Lights from PTI.  Used a oversized sentiment in Jenni Bowlin chili powder red and stamped the lights in a variety of Jenni Bowlin colours.  Her inks seems to work really well for me with clear stamps.
Of course, I had to add some Stickles ...what's new?!!  I added some chai ink from PTI (vintage tea duo) to darken the edges a bit.
How are your holiday cards and writing/sending off going?  I realized that I don't have enough international stamps so have to do a post run tomorrow ...

Paper: Staples mailing tags
Stamps: PTI Holiday Lights, Think Big holiday sentiments
Ink: Jenni Bowlin dye inks
Misc: Stickles

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Papertrey Blog Hop - Pumpkin Shaped card

 Well, it's another month of blog hoppy goodness over at Papertrey Ink!  Here is the inspiration picture:
And my final card is a shaped pumpkin card ... even though the circle might seem more like an orange! :) I used my MS circle cutter and then added a hand cut chocolate brown stem.  A few Delightful Dahlia leaf die cuts (one popped up on foam dots, the other glued on) and stamped in Chicken Feed Jenni Bowlin ink.  

I used Faux Ribbon's dotted line stamp that I curved and stamped in Colorbox Frost White ink to make my orange-like shape more like a pumpkin.  A die cut in chocolate brown of 'happy' from PTI's Wonderful Words in chocolate and some stickers from Basic Grey's Basic Whites alpha stickers and that was it!  I used a tip for perfect placement of sticker letters by sticking them half onto the plastic packaging.  Then, when they are all lined up, press them down onto the cardstock and then carefully peel away the plastic from the bottom.  Voilà!  I added some Glossy Accents to make the white alpha stickers a little more dimensional and shiny. 

Paper: Gina K dark chocolate, sweet mango, green grass
Stamps: PTI's Faux Ribbon
Ink: Colorbox Frost White, Jenni Bowlin chicken feed
Misc: Wonderful Words 'happy' die,  Tombo Mono Multi glue, Glossy Accents, Basic Grey Basics white alphabet stickers, foam dots

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - I'm here for you

 Well, it's another month of blog hoppy goodness over at Papertrey Ink!  Here is the inspiration picture:
And here's another card I made using this as my jumping off point.  I really like the almost upholstered looking fabric in the pic and found some great orangey shades in my Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 pad.  

I layered white mesh (actually drywall tape) that is sticky on the card with some eyelet border lace felt that I cut.  I then used a Mat Stack that I stamped with Versarmark and then embossed with white embossing powder.  Since I love my impression plates, I put the mat stack through my Cuttlebug with the cane print impression plate.  A few foam dots, some corner rounding and I was done!

Paper: Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 pad, Gina K dark chocolate, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Think Big Favorites #4
Misc: Mat Stack 1 die, foam dots, white felt from my stash, drywall tape, Tombo Mono Multi glue, Cane Print impression plate

Papertrey Ink - October Blog Hop - Shaped card

 Well, it's another month of blog hoppy goodness over at Papertrey Ink!  Here is the inspiration picture:
I took the colours as my inspiration rather than making a pumpkin card ... here is my first creation:
I used my Labels 1 dies to make a shaped card with a white card base and then layered it with some Ambrosia Basic Grey patterned paper, a dark chocolate frame and then used Vintage Labels stamp set for the dotted border and a sentiment from Modern Wood Mats.  I stamped both in Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar.  Super simple and easy to mail.

Paper: Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 pad, Gina K dark chocolate, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Vintage Labels, Modern Wood Mats (sentiment)
Misc: Labels 1 die, Tombo Mono Multi glue

Papertrey Blog Hop - Live your bliss

 Well, it's another month of blog hoppy goodness over at Papertrey Ink!  Here is the inspiration picture:
I love the orange and white shades ... I also love my background basics retro design.  I stamped the design repeatedly in Versamark and then heat embossed with Winter Wonderland slightly sparkly embossing powder.  I mounted this on a white card base and then used a foam dot to pop up the photo finishers die cut that I stamped with the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages with green Jenni Bowlin ink.  Love that I have found so many sentiments that fit with these dies! :)

Paper: Gina K sweet mango, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Think Big Favorites #4
Ink: Jenni Bowlin seed packet (green), PTI chai vintage ink, Versamark
Misc: PTI photo finishers die, foam dots, Winter Wonderland embossing powder

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Papertrey Make it Monday - Layered mats and frames - Just a note

I had a really tough time taking a picture of this one but I tried my hardest! :)  This card had a lot of steps so let me get started!
I layered a vintage book page cut in Mat Stack 4 with an angled label die cut.  I then used my Beautiful Blooms die to cut out a flower in the top layer.  I stamped Text Style's background text image on the turquoise die cut and then the angled label outline.  I used a brush pen to make the flower shape more obvious.

On the white layer, I stamped the sentiment from the Signature Series dress form.  Love the combined fonts!  I used a dark chocolate card stock that I impressed with an impression plate.  Foam dots were placed behind the turquoise layer to pop it up from the white layer and then I just put the dark chocolate cardstock onto the white card base.  Done! :)

Paper: Staples 110 lb white, dark chocolate, turquoise, vintage book print
Stamps: PTI Text Style, Angled Labels, Signature Series dress form (sentiment)
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Speckled Egg, Spiced Tin
Misc: PTI Impression Plate, Beautiful Blooms die, Mat Stack 4 die, Angled Label die, brush pen from my stash

Papertrey Make it Monday - layered mats and frames - Noel

I liked this week's technique spotlight on layered mats as frames.  I took my 2.5" Limitless Layers from Papertrey and cut it twice in Ocean Tides and Kraft stock using the sun shape.  I then cut out a circle from the same set so that I was just left with a frame of the Kraft cardstock.
I had previously used the Book Print Impression plate to give the Kraft layer a bit more dimension.  I stamped Speckled Egg (Jenni Bowlin ink) snowflakes from my Mod Squad set on the white card base and on the ocean tides layer.  I then stamped the Think Big Favorites sentiment 'Noel' in Spiced Tin Jenni Bowlin ink and then once it was all dry, I used the Frosted Lace Stickles to add a little bling spread about with my finger.
I popped up the framed kraft layer on foam dots and set it off a bit so you could see the tips of the Ocean Tides layer behind.

Paper: Staples 110lb, PTI Ocean Tides, Kraft
Stamps: Think Big Favorites Holiday Collection, Mod Squad
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Speckled Egg, Spiced Tin
Misc: Book Print Impression Plate, Stickles frosted lace, foam dots, PTI Limitless Layers (2.5")

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Take a moment

Harvest Berries ... what a gorgeous collection of stamps and dies!  Here's a super simple card I made:
I really love those gingko leaves!!  I popped them up on foam dots to add a bit of dimension.  But it's a very clean and simple card.

Cardstock: Staples white 110lb, Gina K green
Stamps: PTI Harvest Berries
Ink: Jenni Bowlin green and black
Misc: PTI Harvest berries die, foam dots

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Because of you

I am loving the modern wood mats set I got from PTI.  Here's a simple card I made with one of the stamps and sentiments from the set: 
Cardstock: Staples white 110lb, Gina K turquoise
Stamps: PTI Modern Wood Mats
Ink: Jenni Bowlin green and black
Misc: PTI Beautiful Blooms dies, Tim Holtz ledger embossing folder, PTI button and jute twine, corner rounder punch

Monday, September 12, 2011

Make it Monday - Stamping with Acrylic Paint

I was so inspired by the fabulous video this week from Papertrey on stamping with paint.  I went through my stash and found some gold paint and grabbed a makeup sponge.  My new set Harvest Berries was perfect for this.  I love the combination of Ocean Tides and gold.  Yum!

 I used the Harvest Berries die for some dark chocolate and gold texture and overlaid a Fillable Frames #4 die cut with some foam dots.  I found the perfect sentiment from Modern Wood Mats and made sure to edge the frame and ocean tides cardstock cover with the gold as well.
I think somehow the colour combination reminds me of Tiffany with the gold and turquoise, although it's usually lighter.  Canada used to have a gorgeous home decor store that was an offshoot of Club Monaco called Caban that always used the turquoise and chocolate brown combo .. love it!
I think this shot might show the amazing shine better.  Hard to capture on camera, especially at 10:30 at night! :)  Ah, well ... you get the idea!
Supplies all PTI unless noted:
Paper: Ocean Tides, Chocolate, white card base
Stamps: Harvest Berries, Modern Wood Mats' sentiment
Ink: gold paint (Plaid)
Misc: Harvest Berries and Fillable Frames #4 dies, foam dots

Saturday, September 10, 2011

May peace fill your soul this day

 I am loving the Peaceful Garden set and accompanying dies from PTI.  Gorgeous!! I made a super simple card using the bamboo image and sentiment.
Hard to see but I stamped the lines image from PTI's background set Retro.  Used my fave Jenni Bowlin inks which stamp so nicely with clear stamps.  I popped the die cut up on foam dots dots to add a little dimension.

Paper:Staples 110lb cream, PTI kraft
Stamps: PTI's Background Basics Retro, Peaceful Garden
Ink: Jenni Bowlin, Versamark
Misc: foam dots, Peaceful Garden bamboo die

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Papertrey Blog Hop - August 2011 - Merry Christmas

So, PTI's blog hop this month is using a photo for inspiration.  Here it is:

I have been trying to make holiday cards ahead of time so that I won't be scrambling at the last minute.  When I saw this month's inspiration image for the blog hop, I thought that the red and kraft combo of colours would make for a good holiday card!

I recently acquired the set Embellishments secondhand with the dies (yay!!) and thought I would use it.  I stamped the background with Jenni Bowlin's chili powder (love how red and deep this colour is) and then stamped the diecut with latte shadow ink overlaid with Mega Mixed Messages' sentiment in Jenni Bowlin's fountain pen.  A little cream coloured jute twine and that's it.
Paper: PTI kraft, Staples 110lb cream
Stamps: PTI Embellishments, Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Jenni Bowlin chili powder and fountain pen, Hero Arts latte shadow ink
Misc: PTI Embellishments die, cream jute twine

Papertrey Blog Hop - August 2011 - miss you

Well, I finally got to try out the fabulous Mehndi Medallions set.  This little $5 set packs quite a bit of punch!  I used the smaller stamps in the background in Versamark and used clear embossing on the smallest medallions.  I had originally stamped the larger ones in latte coloured shadow ink from Hero Arts, but after heat embossing the smaller images, the shadow inked images disappeared so I went over them with Versamark again.  I then used the 2 1/2" Limitless Layers' die and popped the die cut up on foam dots to add dimension.
To add the pop of red, I used the die to cut a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock that I stamped with the largest medallion in Chili Powder ink from Jenni Bowlin and then on top of that the 'miss' from Wonderful Words additions in Fountain Pen ink (also Jenni Bowlin).  The 'you' is die cut with Wonderful Words and adhered with Tombo Mono Multi adhesive.  A little natural jute twine and voilà!

Paper: PTI kraft, pure poppy
Stamps: PTI Mehndi Medallions, Wonderful Words Additions
Ink: Versamark, Jenni Bowlin chili powder and fountain pen
Misc: PTI Wonderful Words, 2 1/2" Limitless Layers, natural jute twine, clear embossing powder,
foam dots, Tombo Mono Multi adhesive