Monday, December 26, 2016

December Papertrey Blog Hop

Merry day after Christmas-I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I wasn't sure I'd have time to play along with this month's Blog Hop, but once things calmed down I was able to carve out a little crafty time.

The inspiration photo for the hop can be found at Nichole's Blog  HERE.  The photo is a crafty party scene full of cheerful colors.

I was inspired by the background confetti to make a Happy New Year card using Confetti Toss. The confetti is stamped in a combination of Bright Buttercup, Hibiscus Burst and Hawaiian Shores. The sentiment was created with the alphabet stamps from Pencilgrams and the stitched ovals were die cut from Noted: Scalloped A2.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, November 25, 2016

November Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge

Hello and Welcome!

Today is the monthly blog hop with Papertrey Ink. You can read all about the hop, join in and take a peak at all the wonderful projects created from the bright and cheerful inspiration photo HERE.

The inspiration photo is gorgeous as always. The scene of shiny ornaments against the white tree and the little truck provided the inspiration for my Holiday card.

The truck is from Tiny Treats: Valentine and the ornament, bell, tree and present are from Tiny Treats: Christmas. The images in these sets are oldies but goodies I reach for again and again. The edge of the white panel was taped off before stamping to create an invisible frame line. The sentiment was heat embossed with black powder on vellum card stock. The stamped panel is popped up on a piece of foam and attached on top of Raspberry Fizz gingham print patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Assembly Line Cardmaking

Hello and welcome!

I decided it was past time to get started on my Holiday cards as I generally send out somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50.  The plan was to use Fair Isle Motifs from Papertrey Ink for one of the designs and their Make It Monday this week was just the kick I needed to get moving.

There are so many options for creating a pattern with this set and when you consider the color possibilities, the choices are unlimited.

I used the MISTI stamping tool, which makes it so easy to ensure the images are not only straight, but spaced appropriately.

I made 8 cards, 4 of each color combination.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge

Hello and welcome!

It's a beautiful autumn day here in Southern Illinois. The sun is shining, the leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp and football playoffs are happening.

The inspiration photo for this month's blog hop is as inspiring as always. You can check out the photo and get all the details to play along by clicking HERE

Here's what I came up with:

After using mostly die cuts for the most recent challenges, it was good to use multiple stamp sets!  I was first drawn to the sheet music in the photo so I used Background Basics: Sheet Music as the base of the image. First, I stamped two pumpkin outlines from Autumn Pumpkins. The Pumpkins were masked so the sheet music could be added over the top but not cover the Pumpkins. I always forget how easy it is to use a masking technique and wonder why I don't do it more often.  I used the solid image stamps to add color to the Pumpkins.

The sentiment is from Autumn Abundance (one of my favorite stamp sets ever!  Change up the colors and it can be used year round.).  There was a bit too much blank space at the top so I added a partial leaf swag also from Autumn Abundance.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the beautiful blog hop projects.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Make It Monday #263

The technique for this week is to build a background using frames.

I used a frame from the Framed Out series to make a holiday card mixing traditional and non-traditional colors. The sentiment is from Holiday Folk.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Make It Monday #261

Hi and Happy Sunday Afternoon. While I had supplies out for the September PTI blog hop I thought I'd see if I could work on this weeks Make It Monday challenge to use florals on a masculine card.

This is what I came up with. I think the use of flowers for masculine cards really depends on the occasion and the recipient.  I chose to use a floral cover plate but with a darker color scheme. It has a little bit of a safari feel to it with the green and khaki.

Thanks for stopping by!

September Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge

Hello and Welcome !

I had a little time this morning to play along with the monthly blog hop at Papertrey Ink. For all the details go to Capture the Moment

This month's inspiration photo is full of good things:  Pinecones, wrapped packages, tags and twine. I focused on the warm colors and the bit of greenery. To me, it's a very simple card but it speaks to the warmth of the season and the changes that come with Autumn.

I'm off to check out the entries. I hope you have a beautiful day!


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stamp A Faire


Well, it's been awhile. Not for lack of trying. I had grand plans for Papertrey Ink's annual Stamp A Faire event. The snacks were purchased. The stamps and supplies were gathered. The schedule was printed. And the puppy was put on notice to be on his best behavior.

And then life burst in and showed me who's boss. I won't go into details but I think I'm finally back on solid ground and making forward progress.

I was able to complete all but one of the Stamp A Faire challenges.  I wasn't able to link to any of the challenges before they closed but I did post on Instagram. Man, I love Instagram. It's so easy. Easy to post. Easy to 'like' and easy to comment. I've already stopped using Facebook and believe my blog days are nearing the end too. Maybe.

If you want to check out my Insta account, I'm tjeter912.

Here's a few of my favorite projects from Stamp A Faire:

And my card for the July Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Hello and welcome!

Today I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop. The inspiration photo for this months hop is full of color. Click HERE to go to Nicole's blog to see the photo, get the details on how you can join the fun and see the projects.

I started with a card base inked with one of the Modern Background Stencils. Then I pulled several of the brighter colors from the underwater scene and created a floral cluster using the Doodlie Do stamp set and Copic markers.

I'm off to hop around and see what everyone has created and read the details for Stamp A Faire. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Create Along With Us - June

Hi everyone! Just stopping by to share a card made for this month's Create Along With Us for Papertrey Ink.

I have to make this short and sweet. I've been having terrible internet connection issues for the past week. Mediacom has been to the house twice and it's still not working right. Frustrated doesn't even begin to describe what I'm feeling 😁.

So while I have a decent connection, this is the card I made inspired by Laurie Willison. I'm always drawn to her projects and this month was no exception. You can find Laurie's card HERE.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

MIM: Gradient Watercolor

Hello and welcome!

I'm playing along with Make It Monday from Papertrey Ink. This week Dawn challenged us to use watercolor and dies to create a gradient background. You can view her video and check out all the details HERE.

I absolutely loved this technique.

I had an idea to try to make a similar card  except instead of gradient colors use red, white and blue. Instead of watercolors, I busted out some spray mists. I can't even remember the last time I used these, but I thought I'd give it a whirl. I waited till the red and blue dried completely before spraying white in the middle.

In other news, I was browsing the Internet yesterday and made two amazing discoveries. First, the Daily Marker Challenge is starting up again in July.  The challenge is to color a little bit each day for 30 days , even if it's only 5 minutes. Here's the link to the blog The Daily Marker. Click on the Coloring Challenge link to see posts from previous challenges and keep checking the blog for upcoming details.

My second discovery, is the website Online Card Classes. Here's the link to their site. Online Card Classes. Yes, they have independent classes you can purchase but I found a section called Crafty Chat where they've posted interview chat's with some amazing ladies. There are seven chat's currently posted and I've only watched two and a half and I'm loving them. The first chat is with Laura Bassen. I loved Laura's cards when she was on Papertrey's design team. Bit of a warning, these video chat's are LONG. They aren't tutorials though so you can do other things while just listening. I had the episode playing on my iPad while I made the cards above. I don't usually have any music or tv/movie playing in the background while I work so this was a nice change of pace. Here's a link to the first crafty chat with Laura if you want to check it out Crafty Chat with Laura.

That's it for me,  have a great week!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MIM: Masked Backgrounds

This weeks Make It Monday is all about creating a masked background. Click HERE for all the info and a video.

I used washi tape to create a frame around the card front and then used a few more strips of tape to create an area for the sentiment.

Ink blending is still a work in progress for me.  I just do not have the patience or saturated sponges to get a smooth blend line. (Patience grasshopper, patience). So I tried one more card which I kinda like!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Hello......and welcome!

Today I'm sharing two cards I made for Papertrey's May blog hop. Click HERE to read all about the hop and how to join in on the fun!

This months inspiration photo was full of pastel Popsicles that screamed Summertime. Recently I was elbow deep in fresh strawberries straight from the farm so I used the strawberry from Fruit Fusion as the centerpiece of my Summertime fun card.

When I first caught a sneak of the inspiration piece, I had the idea to try sailboats with pastel masts so I thought I'd give that a go as well. The wave background is blended using the new stencils and three shades of blue. The sailboat is from Ahoy.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

PTI: Create Along With Us

Hi and welcome back. I had a little time to make a tag inspired by Heather Nichol's birthday cupcake cards HERE.  I thought I'd try to create my own frosted cupcake.

I used Art Deco to create the frosting, Enclosed: Cupcake for the cupcake base and wrapper. The cupcake is popped up on top of a Quilted tag with a little Fancy Flourishes in the background.

 My Grandmother is celebrating her 95th Birthday on Easter Sunday and her favorite color is purple so this tag is destined for her gift. Hope she likes it!

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, March 6, 2016

MIM: Ombré Backgrounds

I found a little time to play around with ink blending and stencils. When Papertrey Ink released three stencil backgrounds during their last release, I was pretty sure I would love using them on projects.  It's so easy and adds just that right 'something' to the background without adding bulk.

This week, Betsy challenged us to create an ombré background and add a stenciled pattern. I started with Lavender Moon, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening inks. Once the colors were blended together, I laid one of the new stencils over the card front and went over the entire card again to create the background pattern. I can't wait to try out the two others patterns!

Thanks for stopping by-

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for Papertrey's February blog hop!   You can read all about it by clicking Here

Let me begin by stating the inspiration photo this month is absolutely stunning. Yet, I had an unbelievably difficult time creating my card. I had an idea in mind, but when it came together it was kinda blah. It needed something. So I started deconstructing bit by bit till I didn't have anything left.  Then I looked at the photo again. Maybe I was trying to incorporate too much into the design. But I love the fern. And the vase. And the little frog. And...yeah, you see my problem.....  So I started over and ended up with this.

I'm gonna save that little frog idea for another day!
Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, February 21, 2016

MIM: Customizing Pattern Paper

I don't usually participate in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday projects.  The only play time I have is on the weekend and more often than not I just forget about making a project by Saturday. But this week, Make It Monday was delayed till Wednesday! (And I wrote it down in my planner so I wouldn't forget, lol).

This week Lizzie asked us to use our stamps to customize paper than already contains a pattern.  I used one of the patterned papers from Black and White that had tiny polka dots. Then I used one of the smallest rings from Dot Spots to encircle a few of the dots in Pure Poppy, New Leaf and Tropical Teal.

I love this idea for customizing paper!
Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, February 14, 2016

PTI: Create Along With Us February

Okay, so I have one more project for this week. Papertrey Ink revealed their 2016 --Anniversary set today, Painted Petals. I LOVE this set and all the layers that can be used to build the flowers. My card is based on THIS card by Heather Nichols.

I used the frame from Art Deco and the Flower Favorites stamp set. The colors make me happy.  I sure hope Spring gets here soon!

Thanks for looking!

PTI: Alphabet Challenge

Greetings friends,

One final project for the challenges at Papertrey Ink. Today's challenge is to use prompts that correspond to at least the first 3 letters in either your first or last name.

I ended up using the first 4 letters in my first name. My prompts are:
T-tie on some twine
E-incorporate an emboss resist technique
D-add detail with a white pen
R-round some or all corners

See ya next time-

PTI: Thank You

Is everyone having a good weekend?  I'm spending some time catching up on the challenges at Papertrey Ink in celebration of their 9th Anniversary.

This challenge is to create a Thank You card for the warehouse crew at Papertrey Ink. This is a great way to let the staff know how apreciative we are for the hard work that goes into getting our orders picked, wrapped, boxed and shipped each month. Thank You to everyone at Papertrey!  Since I had all the supplies out, I made a second Thank You card as well.

I can never have enough ways to say Thank You!

Have a great day!

PTI: Color Pop

Hi again!  So many challenges this week for Papertrey's 9th Anniversary - and I'm not finished yet. This challenge is to use a 'fortune teller' to determine the color scheme for your project. I don't have my printer hooked up so I wasn't able to print the display sheet, but I utilized the wonderful gals on the forum to figure out my fortune. Using the number 4 and my birthday month of September, my colors are Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy and Orange Zest. My neutral color is Smoky Shadow.

I used City Scene to build a little street scene. I am terrible at lining these buildings up and my street started going a bit uphill as well, lol!  Let's just pretend the street is in San Francisco shall we.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

PTI: Altered Squares Sampler


I have one more card to share for Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary celebration. This challenge is to showcase a variety of techniques all on one card. I wanted the card to have somewhat of a theme to tie all the techniques together. I immediately thought of the Tiny Treats stamp sets and decided to go with Birthday rather than Valentine.

The techniques used are:
2-Dry embossing
3-Paper piecing
4-Watercolor with ink
5-Ink blending
6-Copic coloring
7-Emboss resist
8-Color pencil highlight
9-Negative space coloring

I have to admit, this was easier than I thought it would be. I'm not a very 'technique-y' crafter. Clean and simple is more my style. This was the first time I've even tried most of these, and I think the emboss resist space ship is my favorite of the bunch!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PTI: Grab and Craft

Hello Papertrey fans!

Have you checked out all the new products-and monthly series-that have been introduced so far?  What's your favorite?  I think the paper dolls are super cute. And Tiny Town!  I think this larger size will come in handy in so many ways throughout the year.

Today's challenge is to 'grab and craft'. We had 5 minutes to gather our supplies and then create a project using everything we selected. I needed to make a Valentine card so I focused on red patterned paper, hearts and a Valentine sentiment. Let me just say that 5 minutes is quite a bit of time. Unless your crafty area looks like it exploded. Then 5 minutes is more likes 30 seconds, lol. I had a few bits of felt leftover from a Valentine banner so those made it onto the card as well.

PTI Inspiration

Hi again!

I'm back to share my card for the next challenge celebrating Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary.

This challenge asked us to look in our closets and select an inspirational piece of clothing.

I immediately went to this hot pink shirt I bought several years ago. I actually remember seeing it in the store and thinking this was totally a 'Dawn' color, LOL.

And here's my version. I stamped the flowers from Nostalgic Notions in Dark Chocolate and Sweet Blush and then sponged Raspberry Fizz along the edges in an attempt to retain a bit of the lighter center of the flowers on the shirt. This was my first ever attempt at ink sponging. I definitely like the look, but I see quite a bit of practice in my future!

PTI : Color Combo

Hi everyone!

I've been away from the blog for a while but we've reached one of my favorite times of the year-it's Papertrey Ink Anniversary time!!  This year Papertrey is celebrating 9 years of awesome and they're celebrating with new product introductions, daily challenges, exciting news and tons of inspiration from the fabulous design team.

The first challenge is to select a 'color combo' and create a new project. I decided to use Danielle's color combo of Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise and Classic Kraft. This color combo is certainly outside my comfort zone, but I love the result!