Monday, February 8, 2016

PTI Dress Up Challenge

The second challenge in PTI's anniversary celebration is to create a project inspired by a piece of clothing in your closet or from an online clothing retailer. I chose a dress from Anthropologie as my inspiration and created a thank you card.

I die cut the rose blossoms from The Sweet Life from Sweet Blush cardstock and stamped with Lavender Moon and Autumn Rose inks. The leaves were die cut from Spring Moss cardstock and stamped with Soft Stone and Ripe Avocado inks. I layered the die cuts on an embossed piece of card stock; the embossing was inspired by the tiny stitched tucks on the dress's bodice. I used Rose embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment from Inside Out:Thank You on  a die cut from Tag Sale: Quilted.

Papertrey Anniversary Challenge 1

It's February, so it's time for Papertrey Ink's anniversary festivities!
The first day's challenge was to choose a color recipe offered by the design team. I chose this recipe from Melissa Phillips.

I used Embellished Elegance and Keep It Simple :Valentine as well as hearts from Make It Market :   Shakers and Sprinkles and Love Lives Here. I die cut the "happy" sentiment four times and layered the die cuts for added dimension.

Now I have a card ready to mail to my sweet sister-in-law.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Make It Monday #238 Valentine Ombre Stamping

In this week's Make It Monday video, Melissa Phillips used gelatos to create an ombre Valentine card. I have several coloring mediums including a few gelatos and even though I've had the gelatos for awhile, I have never used them. So Monday afternoon, I die cut some butterflies from Love Lives Here and broke out the gelato. Yes, I said gelato. Using water to dilute and layering color, I was able to create an ombre effect with that one red gelato.

 Six days later those butterflies finally landed on a card. I used Lovely Lady ink for the Fancy Flourish, first stamping it off for a softer color. I die cut the sentiment several times and layered it for dimension. Last,  I added clear Wink of Stella to the sentiment and hearts.

Monday, January 25, 2016

PTI January Blog Hop

One of my goals for 2016 is to participate in more of PTI's monthly blog hops and weekly Make-It Mondays. I was rethinking this goal, however, when January's blog hop inspiration with its modern design and  bold colors presented a challenge for me.

To incorporate the repetition of shapes of the inspiration photo, I turned to PTI's Hexagon Cover Plate die as a starting point.

I cut Smokey Shadow cardstock with the coverplate die and filled in with Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, and Aqua Mist. The diagonal strip is Summer Sunrise cardstock cut with Lil Inkers On the Diagonal die. Then I impressed it with PTI's woodgrain impression plate and applied Terracotta Tile ink with a blending sponge. The sentiment is cut in Smokey Shadow from  the Uncorked Words die set.

This bold graphic design is not my usual style, so my feelings about it are mixed.

Thanks for making this stop on the hop.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

MIM #237 Matchbook Valentine

I'm blowing the dust off the blog to post this little Valentine matchbook for this week's Make-It-Monday. You can watch Lexi's video here.

After cutting watercolor paper for the matchbook, I did some messy splatters with Koi watercolor. I also painted an ombre strip and a more random section on a second piece of watercolor paper. After that dried, I cut a strip to cover the staples at at the bottom of the matchbook, and then using PTI's XOXO dies, I cut the ombre sentiment and the heart. A few iridescent sequins finish this sweet little valentine sized to hold a Ghiradelli chocolate.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF 2015 :Pins and Needle Challenge

The pins and needle challenge: use trinket pins, machine stitching, or stamped stitching on a card.
Those trinket pins are somewhere in the embellishment drawer. And while I love using my sewing machine with my cards,  my sewing machine needs some major tension refinement (It went crazy wonky when I got ready to hem six drapery panels a few months ago. I hemmed them by hand because I was so frustrated trying to adjust the tension.) Sooooo, stamped stitching for this gal for this challenge. I used Sew Simple Borders inked in red.

SAF 2015: Threads Challenge

A challenge to use thread or twine on card-yes, please. Use twine to tie a tag on a card-Okey-dokey!

Papertrey Supplies
Stamps: Autumn Adornments, Limitless Labels, Tiny Tags, Wreath for All Seasons
Ink: Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise
Other: Tiny Tags die, Jute twine, Edgers #1 die, Canvas Impression plate
Paper: Rustic Cream, Kraft