Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Papertrey Blog Hop

Hello, it's Blog Hop day again at Papertrey Ink. You can see the inspiration photos and hop along at CAPTURE THE MOMENT

I used flowers from Bloomers and leaves from Tropics. Because I was stamping on a dark background, I first stamped the images in white. Once the white ink dried, I went back and stamped with color.

I'm off to hop around and see all the wonderful creations everyone designed.

Thanks for stopping by

P.S. - Is it just me or do the small flowers with the long leaves look like they could be carrots?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PTI: Transformation

Wow, have you checked out all the goodies introduced the past 10 days at Papertrey Ink??  So many cute, beautiful, useful, fun, awe-inspiring eye candy I don't know how I'll choose when the new products hit the store tomorrow night.

There's one final challenge for the Anniversary countdown and it's to create a new project improving on one of your projects earlier in the festivities. I knew what I wanted to do the minute I read the challenge-I wanted to rework my Snowflake from the first day. It's not that I don't like the snowflake, it's just that it wasn't what I had in mind when I started.  This is what I started with:

And using inspiration from the new Flower Mandalas dies, this is what it transformed into:

Talk about a transformation LOL!  I still used the Snowflake Stitching die, but instead of felt it's cut from cardstock and layered with a few other dies to create a vibrant Birthday card. The layers from bottom to top are:  Lacey Circles (an old Spellbinders die), Tinsel and Tags, Stitched Snowflake, Fab Flakes, a smaller Lacey Circles, 2 more Fab Flakes layers and a leftover bit from the Cover Plate Circles. The small oval accent pieces are popped out from the Stitched Snowflake.

I die cut each of the pieces from Enchanted Evening, Raspberry Fizz and Limeade Ice cardstock so all the extra pieces allowed me to make several versions. The sentiment is from Stylish Sentiments Birthday. I want to note, even though I used dies I already own, I can not wait for the Flower Mandalas dies to be released. They will be the first thing in my cart tomorrow night.

Have a good one!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

PTI: Favorite Florals

One last post for this weekend.  I imagine there will be challenges for the final two days of the countdown but as that will be on weekdays I don't know that I'll be able to participate.

It's Day 3 of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebration and it's all about Spring. The challenge is to dig out our favorite floral set and create a new project. I don't know that I have one favorite floral set. Don't get me wrong, I have floral sets. I most likely have too many floral sets. But there isn't really one set that I reach for over and over. With all the challenges the past two months, I've used a variety of florals, so as I was flipping through the stamps, I decided to use Twig Wreath. I've always thought of this set as geared more toward Autumn and Winter than Spring but thought I'd give it a try.

I started by blending Limeade Ice and Autumn Rose inks onto a piece of white cardstock. The wreath was cur from Classic Kraft and stamped with Dark Chocolate ink. The flowers, twigs and leaves were stamped with Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Limeade Ice and Dark Chocolate. I played around with the arrangement until I was happy with it and then popped several flowers with pop dots. The sentiment is from Choose Joy and stamped with Dark Chocolate ink. The panel was then trimmed down and adhered to an Autumn Rose cardbase. I think this might be my favorite card made from the Anniversary challenges.

Have a great week!

PTI: Multiply

Hello there. I'm back with another card for Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebration. For the 2nd day of the countdown, the challenge is to incorporate multiples of a single shape, either diecut or stamped image.

I'm always in need of masculine cards and the graphic nature of repetitive shapes make for easy cards that still make an impact.

Ombré Builders has great images for masculine cards. The triangle image was stamped repeatedly with Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening. The sentiment, from Good Times, was die cut 3 times from Smoky Shadow cardstock and stacked together. A strip of Smoky Shadow cardstock was also used to ground the sentiment.

Till next time

Saturday, March 11, 2017

PTI: Photo Finish

And I'm back again. One more project for today then hopefully I can do the last challenge tomorrow and be caught up. Unless there's another posted tomorrow. And I may try the nail polish marbling. So many projects, so little time!

Papertrey Ink has introduced quite a few changes to their blog content lately. In addition to the felt series, the packaging series and the planner series, there is also the travel journal series. It seems like a lot of people started in scrapbooking and transitioned into card making. And with limited time to devote to a hobby, most people tend to gravitate towards one thing and stick with it. Personally, I spend more time card making but still take one day every month or two and catch up with my scrapbooks. I wasn't entirely sure what a Travel Journal would entail but turns out it's not just for traveling.

For the inaugural Travel Journal post for Papertrey Ink, we were challenged to create a project using a photo. Phew!  I was afraid it would be to create a 10 page journal,lol. One photo is totally doable.

I chose to make a photo Shadow Box.  I purchased the shadow box frame at IKEA last summer but ended up using another frame for my original project. So this seemed like a good time to dust it off. I printed a photo of my dog, Riley, and used a few Papertrey supplies. The Delightful frame and Bookprint letters and numbers are diecut from Enchanted Evening cardstock. The cloudy day and glare from the glass made it difficult to photograph, but I think it turned out pretty cute!

Thanks for dropping by

PTI: Altered Envelope

Hello Again!

Do you add anything special to the envelope when you mail a card?  Calligraphy has been around forever, but envelope art appears to be extremely popular these days. For the past year or two, I've added washi tape to seal the envelope flap, but that's the extent of my envelope dressing up.

One of the challenges for Papertrey Ink's March release countdown is to create a card to send to someone that may need a bit of cheering up AND spend time altering the envelope as well. So there are multiple layers to this challenge LOL: Make a card, alter the envelope and then actually get it in the MAIL. Now, I don't mail every card I make but I m pretty good about mailing several each week but I can see where this may be a problem for some 🙃

I had the idea for how I wanted to alter the envelope first so that's where I started. I stamped a Kraft envelope with the flower outline from Vintage Linens repeatedly on the front and only on the flap on the back. Then for the card, the flower, leaves and sentiment are stamped with Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold and Spring Moss. The stamped panel was cut at an angle and layered over Harvest Gold striped paper and a Heart Border diecut in Spring Moss. To finish the envie, I added a label from Don't Forget To Write. And just so I'll be sure to drop this one in the mail, I've already added one of my super cute Soda Fountain hot fudge sundae stamps.

Have a great weekend!

PTI: Packaging Inspiration

Good Morning and welcome to the weekend!

I'm still playing along with Papertrey Ink's March countdown. One of the new monthly features is focused on packaging, which is right up my alley. This past Christmas I gifted a ton of gift cards and each was packaged in a special way. I'm excited to see what's next.

For the Packaging Inspiration challenge, we were to create a package inspired by the photos showcased on the blog. I'm generally not a shabby chic and pastel girl but I took inspiration from layering, ribbon, tags and a touch of sparkle to create my card box.

I still have a few of the Clearly Creative card boxes from Papertrey that I like to dress up and use for small gifts. You can also use the boxes in which the stamps are packaged. I used gingham patterned paper and cardstock to make a band to wrap around the box. The tag is a Mat Stack 5 die cut stamped with flowers from Bloomers and the sentiment is from Calligraphy Classics. And the silver ribbon adds that little bit of sparkle.

Thanks for spenda little time with me today!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PTI Felt Stitching

Hello and welcome-

Papertrey Ink is celebrating 10 years in the biz this month with guest bloggers, new challenges and changes. Lots of changes. I don't mind changing things up, it just takes a little getting used to. I think of myself as pretty versatile and have dipped my toes in quite a few crafty realms over the years. My Mom and Aunt were great influences in this regard. I feel like I always have at least five different projects going at one time lol.

One of the changes is a monthly feature focused on the stitching dies. The first stitching die I purchased was the Stitched Snowflake. I've used it on cards and tags but I don't think I've ever actually stitched with it. My first idea was to try to make a 3D Snowflake but I couldn't get it to work. This die has So. Many. Holes. Well, it's something to think about and maybe I can make it work before Christmas. This is what I made instead:

Now that I look at it, there's really very little stitching!  The stitches in the center are to hold the two layers together so the flakes can have a little bit of movement and not be entirely flat.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, March 5, 2017

MIM: Kraft & Colored Pencil

Hello All,

Nothing like waiting till Sunday afternoon to participate in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday, lol. This week Melissa challenged us to break out our colored pencils. I haven't colored on Kraft very often but it certainly makes a statement. This is what I came up with:

The tulip bouquet and jar are heat embossed in white. I always have a difficult time telling where the flowers end and leaves begin with this type of image. My strategy, which isn't much of a strategy, is to just jump in and hope for the best lol.

While all the supplies were out, I changed up the colors and made a few more for my card stash.

Thanks for stopping by,