Friday, July 25, 2014

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Sooooo much to love in this month's inspiration photo

which means so many stamps... and...

 so many die cuts...and...

so many layers...and...

hopefully, a little bit of happiness

to brighten your day

Stamps: Tag-Its #5, Think Big Favorites #12, Bitty Blocks Background, Bitty Bocks Background II, Garden Variety, Button Boutique (PTI), Gingham (CHF)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Bitty Dot Basics (PTI)
Dies: Button Card, Bitty Button Stacks, Buttoned Up #2, Turning a New Leaf (PTI)
Other: Aqua Mist felt, Simply Chartreuse felt (PTI); embroidery thread; Copics; Distress Markers(Ranger); Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette files ID #44888,  ID #39793,  ID #32817   

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Make-It-Monday #173--Take It Two

Since my first attempt at Heather's no- outline-water coloring tutorial still had faint visible lines, I tried again.
For my second attempt I stamped the image in Fine Linen ink and while my painting technique is still quite amateurish, I was successful with the no- outline aspect of this technique so I'll give myself a light pat on the back. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Vintage Picnic, Vintage Picnic Sentiments, Love Lives Here
Ink: Fine Linen, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Kraft (PTI);Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Paper: Watercolor (Strathmore), Kraft (PTI)

Make It Monday #173 --No Outline Watercolor

In this week's Make-It-Monday video, Heather Nichols instructs us in the technique of no line water coloring. I love water colors, but I have done very little and have much to learn and need much practice. Anyway I decided to give Heather's technique a try.

 For this card I stamped PTI's Year of Flowers- Lily of the Valley with Memento London Fog ink which I think must be darker that PTI's Soft Stone ink since the stamped lines were still visible after painting the image with Sweet Blush, Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, and Ocean Tide inks.
By the way,  I also learned that lily-of-the-valley can be white or pink. I am definitely going to search for some pink ones ; I would love to see those delicate pale pink blooms welcoming spring.

A huge thank you to Heather for sharing this technique which I really enjoyed trying.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Red, White, and Blue

Hi ya, peeps! I'm here today with an oh-so-summery card! When I first saw this gorgeous digital stamp by Power Poppy Stamps, I thought of decorating for a summer picnic. I think I was in Independence Day decorating mode, so I thought blue gingham tablecloth with perky red geraniums, thus the background for this card.
I changed the jpeg file to a png file in Photoshop Elements; then I used the Silhouette to plan my card design and cut the background, tag, and floral image. I pulled out the Prismacolor pencils for coloring and attached the colored image with dimensional tape.
And my Independence Day picnic---well, we changed our plans at the last minute and dined at a local brewery downtown before walking to the city's outdoor symphony concert and fireworks.

I'm linking this to the Let Freedom Ring Challenge on the Power Poppy Blog 

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Geraniums (Power Poppy)
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Blueberry Sky (PTI)
Ink: Blueberry Sky (PTI)
Other: Prismacolor pencils, Silhouette Cameo

Friday, June 6, 2014

Spring at Biltmore

We spent a glorious spring day Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina in April.
This photo is just a snippet of the gorgeous tulips blooming in the formal gardens that day.

I used papers from Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Patterns CD and a digital stamp from Crafty Secrets Garden Style along with Katie Pertiet's Done with Doilies Layered Template #4.

I'm linking this to Crafty Secrets June Linky Party,

Have wonderful day,

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MIM# 162-Paper Srap Pie Charts

On this weeks's MIM video,  Melissa Phillips instructs us to use paper scraps to form a pie chart to use on our cards.

 As a professed paper hoarder, I had plenty of scraps from which to choose.  Remember Basic Grey Lemonade? Yep, I still have paper from this collection.  It was fun to use these scraps along with Papertrey stamps and dies.

 Thanks, Melissa for another way to use those paper scraps.

Stamps: Rosie Posie, Think-Big-Favorites #12
Ink:Autumn Rose, Spring Moss (PTI)
Paper: Spring Moss, Vintage Cream (PTI); Lemonade (Basic Grey)
Other:Beautiful Blooms II #1 die, Rosie Posie die, Hello Sunshine die, Raspberry Fizz button (PTI)

Friday, April 25, 2014

April PTI Blog Hop

It's been a l-o-n-g time since I participated in PTI's blog hop, but this month's challenge, my mojo, my time, the moon, and the stars must have been perfectly aligned so that I got my crafty on and finished a project in time for the hop.

Here's the challenge as stated on Nichole's blog:"This month we challenge you to look at embroidered patterns in a whole new light!  Look through your clothes, Pinterest, home decor catalogs or even the inspiration I have provided above and find an embroidered pattern that speaks to you.  Using the colors and design of the embroidery, build your own stamped version using your favorite floral stamps or other images.  No stitching required!"

  I chose this beautiful ribbon-embroidered floral monogrammed pillow as my inspiration.

Using PTI's Turning a New Leaf and Embellished Elegance,  I stamped a set of 3 1/2 x 5 note cards for my sister Suzie.

In order keep the shape of the S somewhat uniform on each card, I  cut a stencil using the Silhouette Cameo. I used the stencil to trace the letter in pencil. Then I stamped the leaves and followed with the flowers. I like that each card's floral design is a bit different, adding to the handcrafted nature of the card set.

And finally, a card for me!

Thanks so much for including my blog as one of  your stops along the hop.

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Embellished Elegance (PTI)
Ink: Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Winter Wisteria, Harvest Gold, Lavender Moon (PTI)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)