Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

With snow and ice here in east Tennessee, our local schools have been closed for eight days running, and my UPS order has been returned to the terminal for four days. Luckily, my PTI package was shipped USPS, and although the mailman has missed a few days, he did make here Monday with my PTI goodies.

Despite the cold and gray days, while making this card, I could imagine warm days, blue skies, and floating butterflies.

All the challenges, excitement, and inspiration of  PTI's recent anniversary celebration have helped rekindle my joy in spending time with stamps, ink, and paper. So I am glad to be able to participate in PTI's blog hop with this inspiration.

I began by cutting a 4x5 1/4 panel with a butterfly with my Silhouette Cameo. Then I tamped my palette of inks-- Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, and Royal Velvet on an acrylic block and painted a piece of Bristol paper. After it dried, I attached it under the white panel and attached both to a card base of Hawaiian Shores.

The butterfly still seemed somewhat drab, so I added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen.
The sentiment from Birthday Basics is stamped in Hawaiian Shores on a banner die cut. I also ran a Copic marker along the edge of the banner. I attached it and the butterfly's body with dimensional tape.

Thanks for making my blog one of your stops on the hop and thanks to everyone who participates and provides such wonderful inspiration.

Stamps: Birthday Basics (PTI)
Ink: Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Royal Velvet (PTI)
Paper: Hawaiian Shores (PTI), white (Recollections), Bristol (Strathmore)
Other: Double Ended Banners die (PTI), Silhouette file #59805, 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

PTI Anniversary Challenge

The challenge--create a project using blue ombre
The project -- a desire for blue skies, a tranquil sea, sand, and flip flops
My reality-- a prediction of snow and temperatures below zero

This is one of those cards that is not difficult to make, but it took me three days from start to finish. I had a few minutes here and there to work on it.  And this afternoon just a short time to post and on then I'm on to the next item on my to-do- list before a having a lovely evening with my valentine.

Stamps:Wreath for All Seasons, Mega Mixed Messages, Bitty Background Block  (PTI)
Ink: Blueberry Sky (PTI), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Kraft, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist (PTI): watercolor paper
Other: Flipping Out dies, In the Meadows dies (PTI); Koi watercolors; Wink of Stella glitter pen; gems

Thursday, February 12, 2015

PTI Anniversary-Heavy Metal Challenge

Here I am back with another card for PTI's anniversary challenges. This challenge is to create a project using nothing but metallics and neutrals.

Just a  couple of months ago, I finally purchased the rustic wreath die after its being on my wish list for a long time. And today I used it for just the second time. I attached shimmery wreath to a panel of wood grain impressed vellum which was stitched only along the top with gold thread. And since it is so close to Valentine's Day, it seemed natural to add the love die cut. A few shimmery polka dots along the bottom were easy to stamp with MISTI.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Ink: Archival Brilliance Galaxy Gold (Tsukineko)
Paper: Vellum, Gold Shimmer (The Paper Studio); white (Recollections)
Other: Rustic Wreath die, Wonderful Words: Love die, Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI); gold thread

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

PTI Anniversary Challenge: Tagged and Bagged

The third challenge during PTI's anniversary celebration is to create a tag. I started by cutting a 3/12 x4 tag and rounding the corners. I stamped it in Memento Summer Sky ink with an old  gingham background stamp. Then the fun continued with PTI's Stamp-a-faire 1940s stamp set and Everyday Button Bits. I used these inks: Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, and Harvest Gold. Fussy cutting was required for the scalloped focal point, the banner, and the cherry stem.
Then tragedy struck! I realized I didn't have two identical red buttons. I spent far too much time going through those red buttons looking for two I thought I could use,but I just couldn't put on two buttons that didn't match. So paper buttons to the rescue with Button Up #1 dies and Bitty Background Blocks I. A little baker's twine is the final touch.

This little tag makes me happy-these photos- not so much.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, February 9, 2015

PTI Anniversary-Day 4:Build a Bouquet Challenge

Here's to a breath of spring on a gray winter day.

 To meet the challenge of building a bouquet with more than one stamp set, I used Garden Variety, Garden Variety II, and Embellished Elegance.

Have a sweet day,

Paper: Recollections Heavyweight cardstock
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Winter Wisteria, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado(PTI); Memento London Fog, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Other: Stitched Mat Rectangle die (Lil' Inker Designs), Baker's Twine: Enchanted Evening(PTI)

Friday, February 6, 2015

PTI Anniversary--Day 2-Maile Belles Inspiration

Day two of PTI's  anniversary celebration focuses on designer Maile Belles. And the challenge today is is to create a project based on one of Maile's projects. I chose these small folded cards using the spiral notebook die.

For my cards I used Fruit Fusion : Apple and Heart-to-Heart #6 stamps and dies.

I also used Hello Sunshine for the inside sentiment.

I am going to leave these as surprises for my husband who is busy doing some home remodeling projects.

PTI Anniversary--Design Team Inspiration

This week Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration begins! The first challenge is to create a card using one color combination and one sketch offered on Nichole's blog.
I chose this color combination

and this sketch

For my card I used Delightful Dahlia stamp set Wonderful Words Die Collection.

Happy Anniversary PTI!