Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Welcome, Lila Grace!

One of my favourite crafters, Jennifer McGuire, has just welcomed little Lila Grace into the world and I am joining the blog hop to help her family celebrate.  I actually made two cards and couldn't decide which to blog about so I will show you both!!  
My first one continues with the theme of pocket cards that is the PTI Make it Monday this week.  I stamped the hexagon background in vintage cream ink on the card base on both sides and then impressed it with the linen impression plate.  I learned from my last card to impress the card stock before making it into a pocket!
Then I cut out a fillable frame window and fit the hawaiian shores panel inside after adhering the sides with some snail adhesive.  I stamped the frame from one of the Fillable Frames and then the sentiment from the anniversary set Round and Round.  I impressed the inner panel with the canvas side of the impression plate for something a little different.  Then, some corner rounding and voilĂ !
Then I decided that it needed a matching envelope so I decorated an envelope with some Heidi Grace baby stamps:
So, for my second card, I knew I wanted to finally use washi tape on a card.  I made it look like the binding and scored the back card stock panel so it can open.  I used two brads to attach with some snail adhesive between the two layers.
I stamped the Mat Stack frame from Modern Wood Mats and then layered one of the sweet sentiments from the set.  Hard to see but I used the flourishes on the sides in lavender ink.  Some corner rounding and the card was finished.
Jennifer, I wish you and your family every happiness as you enjoy this precious time with your new little cutie pie! <3

Welcome, baby!
Paper: PTI kraft, hawaiian shores
Stamps: PTI Fillable Frames, Round and Round (anniversary set); Market Street hexagon background
Ink: Fresh chocolate, silver lilac, PTI vintage cream
Misc: PTI linen and canvas impression plate, Fillable Frames die, corner rounder

Because of you the world is brighter
Paper: PTI hawaiian shores, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Modern Wood Mats
Ink: Fresh slate, silver lilac (lavender), chocolate
Misc: brads from stash, Tim Holtz tissue tape, corner rounder

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Make it Monday #68 - Pocket cards: Happy Father's Day

This week at Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday it's all about pocket cards. 
For my second card, I busted out a Father's Day sentiment and made a card for my dad for the upcoming holiday.
I stamped a bunch of chevron strips in tuscan olive, navy and slate ink from Fresh.  I thought the colour scheme was suitably masculine. :P
 Then, I stamped the double line with Faux Ribbon for a faux stitched line and adhered the two sides with thin strips of Sookwang tape and got to work on the Enchanted Evening inner panel.
I stamped the grid pattern from Background Basics: Geometrics with tuxedo black ink.  I used an old dryer cloth to ensure that the surface was ready to heat emboss.  I stamped the Father's Day sentiment from one of the Fillable Frames in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Zing Brown Sugar embossing powder.  This is a great match to the fine linen card stock.
I used the linen impression plate to impress the pattern into the card panel and pocket.  Hope Dad likes it! 

Paper: PTI Fine Linen, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: PTI BB: Geometrics and Chevron Strips, Faux Ribbon, Fillable Frames (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Fresh chocolate, navy, tuscan olive, slate; Versamark
Misc: PTI Linen impression plate, Sookwang tape, Zing Brown Sugar embossing powder

Make it Monday #68 - Pocket Cards: Celebrate today and every day

This week at Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday it's all about pocket cards. 
For my first card, I decided to make something springy with some aqua mist and vintage cream cardstock.  I stamped the wrought iron background in the two different patterns on the front and back of the card with vintage cream ink.
Then I layered some Harvest Berries' gingko leaves over top with steel blue ink from Fresh.  I rounded the corners, impressed with the linen impression plate and stamped a faux stitched line with Faux Ribbon.  I adhered the two sides with thin strips of Sookwang tape and started on the inner panel.
I took a small piece of vintage cream cardstock and stamped some smaller gingko leaves with steel blue ink again.  I layered the sentiment from Happy Trails with chocolate ink from Fresh as well, restamping twice for a darker look.  I impressed this panel with the linen impression plate as well and voilĂ , all done!

Paper: PTI Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream
Stamps: PTI BB: Wrought Iron, Faux Ribbon, Harvest Berries, Happy Trails (sentiment)
Ink: PTI Vintage Cream; Fresh chocolate, steel blue
Misc: PTI Linen impression plate, Sookwang tape

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Card Creations - Damask and Brocade Challenge

Here's the challenge issued over at Moxie Fab:
Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates damask or brocade in an innovative way.

Well, I do adore damask and my Papertrey set hasn't seen much use lately so I decided to give it a workout.

I used my Pretty Peonies die to make a mask and stamped the damask all over the card with Vintage Cream from PTI.
Then I stamped the frame in silver lilac ink and the sentiment with steel blue.  A simple one layer card, easy for mailing.

I decided to make another one using the tag sale die:
I cut the tag sale die cut in spring moss card stock and stamped a Think Big sentiment in black before stamping a large damask in Versamark.  A quick clear layer of embossing powder to add a little more definition and the centre was done.
I stamped the background all over in pear ink but it is really hard to see ... The centre one is stamped in tuscan olive. a A green button with some button twine and the card was done!  I popped the die cut up on foam dots for some dimension.
I decided the card deserved a decorated envelope so I stamped the damask background with pear ink right in the centre.

Paper: PTI kraft
Stamps: PTI Damask Designs, Pretty Peonies
Ink: PTI vintage cream; Fresh silver lilac and steel blue
Misc: Eclipse masking paper

Paper: PTI kraft and spring moss
Stamps: PTI Damask Designs, Think Big
Ink: Versamark, Fresh pear and tuscan olive; Memento tuxedo black
Misc: button from stash, button twine, PTI tag sale die,foam dots, clear embossing powder

Folded Cards - Flip Flop / Swing Card

Well, I found this card online and wanted to try making one of my own.  It actually uses a Sizzix die to create it, but I made a hacker's version with a die and a scoring board.
I started with a piece of card stock with the dimensions 5" x 7".  Now you score at 3" and 4".  Then, take whatever die you want to use and find its centre point.  Line up the middle with the 3 inch line and then cut only from the left of 3" and right of 4".  You can do this by adhering the die in place with post it notes and then line up the cut lines with the edge of the cutting plates and running it through your die cutting machine.
I cut a few extra labels 1 die cuts to frame the centre portion.  Then I used a Think Big Sentiment and selectively inked it to have part of it on the front and part on the inside.
I used a amber gem as the dot over the 'i'.

Here's how the front looks flat:

I also made another one and actually cut too much so it is only half of a flip card:
I made a frame using the two sizes of Mat Stack 1 and adhering them to each other.

Unfortunately, while photographing it, I got some soy candle wax on the card and so took it back to my craft space to stamp the peonies in Versamark! 
 Had to cover the oily smeared Scarlet Jewel areas ....
Well, it worked out in the end but needless to say, that abalone place mat will get a good wipe down! :)

What interactive folds have you done on your cards?  I'd love to hear some more ideas ...

Paper: PTI Kraft card stock, Basic Grey Kraft Basics 6x6 pad
Stamps: Think Big 
Ink: Fresh chocolate
Misc: Spellbinders Labels 1 dies, amber rhinestone

Paper: PTI Scarlet Jewel, Basic Grey Olivia 6x6 pad, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Happy Trails sentiment and butterfly, Pretty Peonies
Ink: Fresh red currant, PTI vintage cream, Versamark
Misc: Mat Stack 1 and layerz

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge #12

Thought I would try my hand at the latest Runway Inspired Challenge using this picture as the jumping off point:
The blue and orange are not colours I would usually use together but they look really cool so I thought I would try ...

Here's my first attempt ....
For this card, I used my one of my favourite sets, Pretty Peonies with my new Fresh Inks.  Love how they look on kraft card stock. I went to town with the blue and orange ....
I stamped one outline in black as well as the sentiment and then layered solid peonies over top in the two colours (sky blue and mango).  I went back in with harvest ink over top of the outlined peony.
Simple and easily mailable since it is completely flat ... always good to have some of those ready to mail! :)

Ok, card number two, here we come!
I can't get enough of these hexagons!!  I stamped the strip in provincial gray ink and then layered some Rosie Posie die cuts.  I stamped them in Distress Inks and then used an aqua pen to layer on darker colour.  The great thing about Distress Inks is how they react with water but keep their true colour.  Really fun to play with!
I was impatient and didn't let the Glossy Accents dry so it is not yet perfectly clear, but on the two little flowers, I covered them completely with GA to give them a shiny finish.
For the sentiment, I stapmed it once with mango ink and once with sky blue, continuing with the colour theme of orange and blue.
Great to stretch my card making muscles and try making something a little different!  As you can see in the close up, I layered the die cuts in various heights using one or two foam dots on top of each other.  This adds a little extra visual interest.

edited to add: It turns out that we were only allowed to upload until Friday so I missed the deadline ... oh well! :)

Enjoy the moment
Paper: PTI kraft
Stamps: PTI Pretty Peonies
Ink: Fresh mango, sky blue, harvest; Memento tuxedo black
Misc: WRMK corner chomper

Paper: Staples 110lb
Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, Think Big (sentiment)
Ink: Fresh mango, sky blue, provincial gray; Distress Ink dusty concord, broken china, spiced marmalade, fired brick weathered wood
Misc: PTI Rosie Posie dies, foam dots, aqua pen

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop/Make it Monday #67 - Chevron extravaganza

 This month at Papertrey Ink, this is our inspiration for the blog hop:
For my final card, I decided to take the colour scheme and the patterns and use that as my inspiration.  Since I have the new chevron dies, I don't have to make faux chevron die cuts like I did here in this post:
So I went to town cutting lots of strips of chevrons from a patterned pack of paper that has a subtle glittery green with an overall colour scheme of black and white.  Perfect for this blog hop (and you can see in my posts of other cards that I used these patterned papers a lot for my contributions this month! :P)
I glued them all to a piece of asparagus card stock with some Tombo Mono Multi glue and then cut the overhanging pieces to make all of them flush on the card panel. 
Ah, I just love chevrons!  Thanks, Papertrey, for coming out with those this month!  It is rare for me not to stamp or put a sentiment of some sort on but I kept this one super simple and if I want a sentiment, I will stamp one on the inside when I decide what occasion this will be for!  It is definitely for my brother in law as he likes these shades ...

I will be adding this card to the Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey as well since it does incorporate lots of different patterned papers.  I love stretching myself and branching out to other styles, techniques and colour schemes.

Plus, since it has more of a masculine vibe with the dark green and fine linen, I am also entering it into the CAS Fridays challenge with patterned papers and a masculine theme.

Paper: PTI fine linen, My Mind's Eye Garden Vignettes, Gina K asparagus
Misc: foam dots, PTI chevron dies