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.