Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Papertrey Blog Hop

Hello on this final February weekend. I can't believe how quickly the year is going. Although I think it helps that the grey, dreary days have been few and far between. The sun has been shining, the flowers and trees are blooming and the windows are open.  We may actually have a long Spring this year before the humidity hits.

Today is the day for Papertrey Ink's monthly Blog Hop. You can read all about it, see the inspiration photo and check out everyone's interpretation HERE

The inspiration photo is absolutely stunning, but so outside my comfort zone. It's full of dark, rich colors with not a speck of white to be seen. Greys, hot pink, burgundy and gold strike me as colors better suited to late Autumn so my Springtime mood struggled with making this work.

I knew I wanted to use a cover plate to create a tone on tone background with a little pop of color so that's where I started. Cover Plate Circles was used to cut a piece of Smoky Shadow and Raspberry Fizz cardstock. The Smoky Shadow Circle piece was layered onto a Smoky Shadow cardbase and inlaid with 4 circles from the Raspberry Fizz piece.  Whenever I find myself struggling to force an idea to work, I find it's best to go back to the basics and keep it simple. The sentiment from Choose Joy is heat embossed in gold onto Smoky Shadow cardstock and layered onto a Limitless Layers diecut in Limeade Ice. Black gemstones were added as a final touch.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, February 20, 2017

2016 Inspiration

Hello on this final day of Papertrey Ink's look back at the Past, Present and Future of 10 years creativity. I've very much enjoyed playing along with the Challenge each day and using stamp sets that haven't seen ink in forever. I managed to create 18 cards to add to my stash, although three are already in their envelopes ready to be mailed for those early March birthdays.

I have two of the featured sets today, Just Desserts and Painted Petals. Once I decided to use Just Desserts the notecard came together quickly.

The card base is Winter Wisteria cut with the notecard die from Don't Forget To Write. A second layer of the card base was cut with Winter Wisteria gingham patterned paper. The square frame from Don't Forget To Write was cut from Winter Wisteria cardstock and stamped with Royal Velvet. The cake is stamped with Lemon Tart and Winter Wisteria and the sentiment is from Just Dessert Sentiments.

The UPS tracking number for my order from the January sale at Papertrey says it's out for delivery so I'll be looking for that today. My box is a tiny 12 pounds which I thought was a big order until I read on the forum that people placed multiple orders and boxes are weighing over 100 lbs! I've had a tracking number since January 30 so I'm excited to finally get to play with my two new stamp sets, Country Fair and Brushed Blooms.

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2015 Inspiration

Hello everyone, Are you having a great weekend?  It's gorgeous here today so this is going to be quick so I can go outside and enjoy the sunshine.

We've made it to 2015 for Papertrey Ink's celebration, only one year to go and we'll get to that tomorrow. There were so many great stamp sets this year and I have three of the featured sets, Baker's Dozen, Twig Wreath and You've Been Framed Hexagon (hereafter referred to simply as Hex). I've used the first two sets quite a bit so I pulled out Hex and came up with this Birthday card.

The Hex frame is cut from Smokey Shadow and adhered to a piece of Stamper's Select white cardstock. I ALWAYS need male birthday cards so I gathered a few colors I thought would be good for a masculine card:  Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise and Soft Stone. All the stars, dots and squiggles, along with the sentiment, are from Good Times. The panel was trimmed down and popped up with a piece of fun foam.

Then, because I can never have enough Birthday cards and because I like to make multiples when I find something that works, I came up with a few additional color combos and made three more.

The Tropical Teal Hex frame card is stamped with Tropical Teal, Spring Rain, Classic Kraft and Charcoal. The Pure Poppy Hex frame card is stamped with Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Enchanted Evening. And the Enchanted Evening Hex frame card is stamped with Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold and Fine Linen.

And then, because I had all these color combos that I really liked, I added a few stamps from Tiny Treats and made a few more.

This should keep me stocked for a bit 😁

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2014 Inspiration

And here we are at 2014 - caught up (till tomorrow) with the 10 year Anniversary celebration for Papertrey Ink. I even have one of the featured stamp sets for this year, Embellished Elegance. Let's get right to it. 

I began by stamping the sentiment in the center of a piece of Stamper's Select white cardstock so the floral swags could be built around the image. Using a variety of flowers and ink colors I added a bit here and there until I was happy with the look. I so want Spring to hurry up and get here!  Until then, I can make pretty flowers. The focal piece was cut on the top and bottom edges with Noted Scalloped A2 to achieve the sweet scallop edge. A background pattern of Winter Wisteria completed the card. 

Whew!  Thanks for hanging in there today. We two more days of challenges remaining (I think), so go check out the rest of the eye candy and Enjoy!


2013 Inspiration

Yep, me again. Still trying to catch up with the Anniversary festivities at Papertrey Ink. We're up to the year 2013. I didn't stamp much this year and didn't make many purchases so at least this time I'm not surprised I didn't have any of the featured stamp sets. Using one of Nichole's cards as inspiration, this is what I came up with.

The flowers and leaves are stamped in True Black on Stamper's Select white cardstock and adhered to  a Smoky Shadow card base. The sentiment from Scripted is stamped in True Black on Harvest Gold cardstock. That's all there is to this card but I think it's very striking in its simplicity.

One more and we're done for today!

2012 Inspiration

I'm back again. I've been busy today lol. We're moving right along to 2012. And I'm back to not having any of the featured stamp sets. I'm a little surprised at this considering how many set I do have. Not only don't I have any of the sets, I had a difficult time finding a comparable set to adapt one of the examples.

I decided to use Splits Best Wishes to CASE a card by Dawn. I changed very little- why mess with perfection!  The frame is die cut from Stamper's Select white cardstock and the image stamped in Blueberry Sky ink. The sentiment, from Splits Just A Note, is stamped in Pure Poppy. The patterned paper layers were cut with Edgers #1 and adhered to a Blueberry Sky card base. Easy Peasy.

Thanks for hanging in there, only two more card to go today

2011 Inspiration

Hello again. We're continuing on to 2011 for Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration. Finally!!  I have not one, not two but THREE of the featured stamp sets for this year.

Winter Penguin was purchased for the snowflakes and I don't think the penguin has ever been Inked. No time like the present to change that.

I honestly have no idea where this idea came from but I decided to try to make a Christmas tree by stacking the penguins on top of each other. And make them green. It's a fun little card. I added a little snowflake to their bellies and red stockings caps to add to the festive scene. The top penguin has a star on top. A variety of colorful enamel dot ornaments finished the tree. The sentiment, from Keep It Simple, is stamped on the banner from Tag Sale Quilted. New Leaf and Candy Cane Stripe patterned paper were layered behind the image.

Thanks for joining me and my Holiday penguins!

2010 Inspiration

Hello and welcome to the weekend!  I'm playing catch up with Papertrey Ink's 10 year anniversary celebration.

Each day is a look back at what was happening in the world in a specific year.  Right now we're focusing on 2010. Where were you?  What were you up to?  The challenge is to create a project using one of the five featured stamp sets or a project inspired by one of the examples. Once again, I don't have any of the featured sets. However I do have Year of Flowers Daffodil which is in the same series Year of Flowers Sweet Pea.

The large daffodil image was stamped on Stamper's Select white cardstock, colored with Copic markers and die cut with the stitched oval from Noted Scalloped A2. The sentiment, also from the daffodil set was stamped in True Black on Berry Sorbet cardstock and die cut with Keep It Simple Frames. The oval and tag were attached to a piece of Harvest Gold patterned paper. A black enamel dot on the tag a Wink of Stella on the bloom were added for a finishing touch.

Thanks for looking

Monday, February 13, 2017

2009 Inspiration

Hello and Happy Monday.

Today's challenge for Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary celebration is to create a project using one of the featured stamp sets released in 2009 or, if you don't have one of the sets, take inspiration from one of the examples.

Once again I don't have any of the featured sets, although I do have several that were released in 2009:  Journaling Lines, Background Basics: Text Style, Polka Dot Basics 2, Fancy Flourishes and Say It With Style. I recently used Fancy Flourishes for the January Blog Hop. You can see that card HERE. Today's card is inspired by the patterned background and color combo in THIS  card by Dawn McVey.

I started by stamping one of the small images from Quilled Elegance in a row of Raspberry Fizz followed by a row of Pure Poppy. I then used a tiny heart from the same set to fill in the spaces with Simply Chartreuse. The panel was attached to a piece of bitty dot paper also in Simply Chartreuse. The sentiment, from Say It With Style, was stamped in Raspberry Fizz and layered onto a strip of Simply Chartreuse cardstock and adhered to a white cardbase.

Since I had all the supplies out, I made a second card using the same stamp sets and Raspberry Fizz ink and patterned paper. The heart quills were colored with Copic markers in a variety of pinks.

Thanks for spending a little time with me today!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2008 Inspiration

Hello and welcome back. Today's challenge for Papertrey Ink is to use one of the 5 stamp sets featured that were introduced in 2008 or take inspiration from one of the examples. I don't have any of the featured sets so I decided to to use the only baby set I have, Polka Dot Parade #4.

I die cut the Cover Plate: Hexagon frame from Stamper's Select White cardstock and attached it to a Kraft card base. The stamped hexagons were stamped with images from Happy Hexagons in Classic Kraft, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores. The stamped hexagons were randomly spaced toward the bottom and right side of the frame, popping a couple with foam, and the remaining full hexagons filled in with white pieces. The partial edge pieces were left unfilled so the Kraft could show through. The little teddy bear from Polka Dot Parade is stamped in Hawaiian Shores and popped up on an Angled Labels die cut. Welcome, stamped in Hawaiian Shores, is also from Polka Dot Parade.

I'm off to check out everyone's entries and be inspired!

PTI 2007 Inspiration

Hello and welcome!

Today's challenge was to be inspired by one of the featured stamp sets released in 2007. My very first Papertrey stamp set purchase in 2010 was Faux Ribbon which was released in 2007. I used it quite a bit in my early stamping days because I loved that it had tons of sentiments as well as lines to make patterns.  In looking back through the blog, I found a card made for the September 2011 BLOG HOP  where I used the Faux Ribbon set.  Faux Ribbon wasn't one of the featured sets so I drew inspiration from Wanda's nautical card and used the Ahoy stamp set and red, white and blue color combo.

Lots of layers on this one and they're all on a Kraft card base.  I started with Red + White Basics striped paper. The next layer is Enchanted Evening cardstock stamped multiple times in white with the wave stamp from Ahoy. Then there's a small strip of striped vellum and finally a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock that had been stamped with a variety of stars from Star Scribbles in Pure Poppy Ink and heat embossed with a sentiment from Ahoy in white Hero Arts embossing powder. The anchor, also from Ahoy, is cut from fun foam.

Thanks for stopping by-

Saturday, February 11, 2017

PTI Favorite


For the next 10 days Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 10 year Anniversary with a look back at the past.  You can read all about the celebration festivities on Nichole Heady's blog CAPTURE THE MOMENT

Today was the introduction to the 2017 Design Team. I'm excited to see what's ahead for this year with the best in the business.

For today's contest entry, we were asked to look back through our photos and post one of our favorite projects. It's so difficult to choose just one!

I decided to select this card I made last February. You can see the original post by clicking HERE

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!