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 voilĂ , 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