Sunday, September 25, 2016

PapertreyInk September 2016 Blog Hop


Happy Blog Hop Day! 
It's September 25th, and time for PTI's Blog Hop.
Here's our inspiration,


Inspiration everywhere. I chose to go with colors; kraft,
cinnamon, The elements; sprigs and pinecones.
And the rectangular shape.


Just got the Garden Garland die, not sure why it took me so long.
I double cut it and wove it over a striped vellum.
'Bountiful' from Make It Market; Color Pop Autumn
I LOVE the word 'Bountiful'. The word sums up the summer's growing season, and the arrival of fall's time of appreciating plenty.
If I need a birthday card, I can add 'birthday', 
 or blessings, or Thanksgiving, or whatever. The card is ready.
Thankfully, my order came in time, so added the new pinecones and berryish bouquet from Holiday Greens.
Mixed inks; Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Dark Chocolate,
Olive Twist, Americana, Saffron Spice.


Did a few matching tags too.
'Bountiful' is embossed with Stampendous: Pearl Lustre Peridot.

Play along all day! It's so much fun to see how we
each see the inspiration. Looking forward to
enjoying each one!
Happy Hopping!




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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

You are my Happy


Make It Monday with Betsy Veldman and 'Using Florals on
a Masculine Project.'
Betsy's card and video can be seen on Nichole's blog,


Have to say, Betsy's card blew me away, GORGEOUS!
The wood against the florals and wreath. 
Eye poppin' drama with those striking contrasts!

My card uses some of the marbled paper, I created over a 
crafty weekend. I haven't really put a dent in the stack!
If you haven't done this in a while, check out
you tube. There are so many how to videos.
I used the shaving cream technique, but there are several,
water, oil, even cornstarch!


In The Meadow die, gave me the curve. Too feminine?
Tried to follow the swirls of the marbling.
Florals: Bloomers, Meadow Greens, Spruce & Sprigs.
Sentiment: Happiness in Bloom
Marbling created with PTI ReInkers: Saffron Spice, Terracotta Tile, Melon Berry,
Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean.
PTI Cardstocks: Stampers Sellect White, Cocoa Bean, Terracotta Tile,
Saffron Spice, & Classic Kraft.
PTI Inks: Cocoa Bean, Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Classic Kraft.
A bit of copic on the berries. (Thank you Betsy for this tip!)
PTI: Twine


Monday, September 19, 2016

A Day of Marbling


Good Monday to you, (hope it's a good one!).
Playing along with Cas Mix Up's Challenge,
Stamping + Marbling + Your Choice.


I was visiting Marcia Hill's blog,  (Marcia's Stampin' Pad),
and was treated to a craft I hadn't done for ages, marbling. Marcia's blog
is full of great tips if you've never done this.
I followed her lead, and used Gina K's video 
that gives easy to follow directions.


note: Cas's Challenge blog has several sites for more techniques
and directions if you don't want to use shaving cream.

One warning: marbling is addicting! As you can see, just couldn't stop!


The Coverplate Sunflower (PTI) cut through my marbled paper, 
once it was dry.
I emboss stamped 'blessings' in black on vellum,
added PTI's birthday swoosh, 
and added a thin outer frame (PTI's Pretty Frame).

But like I said, just couldn't stop!


The marbling technique I used was to squeeze droplets of ink refill onto a 
paper plate filled with shaving cream.
You cut through the droplets with a knife or stick,
gently swirling the color through the foam.
I was going for a fall color scheme, and used
PTI refill colors: Terracotta Clay, Saffron Spice, Hawaiian Shores & 
Green Parakeet.

Frame is MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangles
Leaves: PTI: Leaf Prints
Sentiment: PTI's Color Pop Autumn.

Last 2 cards used positive and negative die cuts


Simple one layer card using PTI's Best Birthday Die.
Stamped with sentiment from PTI's Fancy Pants Sentiments.


Couldn't let the negative portion go to waste! 
Added glitter paper to the balloons, and zing embossed Happy Birthday, with Mustard.
A bit of glitter on the rims of balloons and letters of my sentiment.

Play along with Cas Mix Up here:

A Day of Marbling


Good Monday to you, (hope it's a good one!).
Playing along with Cas Mix Up's Challenge,
Stamping + Marbling + Your Choice.


I was visiting Marcia Hill, from Marcia's Stampin' Pad,
and was treated to a craft I hadn't done for ages, marbling. Marcia's blog
is full of great tips if you've never done this.
I followed her lead, and used Gina K's video 
that gives easy to follow directions.


note: Cas's Challenge blog has several sites for more techniques
and directions if you don't want to use shaving cream.

One warning: marbling is addicting! As you can see, just couldn't stop!


The Coverplate Sunflower (PTI) cut through my marbled paper, 
once it was dry.
I emboss stamped 'blessings' in black on vellum,
added PTI's birthday swoosh, 
and added a thin outer frame (PTI's Pretty Frame).

But like I said, just couldn't stop!


The marbling technique I used was to squeeze droplets of ink refill onto a 
paper plate filled with shaving cream.
You cut through the droplets with a knife or stick,
gently swirling the color through the foam.
I was going for a fall color scheme, and used
PTI refill colors: Terracotta Clay, Saffron Spice, Hawaiian Shores & 
Green Parakeet.

Frame is MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangles
Leaves: PTI: Leaf Prints
Sentiment: PTI's Color Pop Autumn.

Last 2 cards used positive and negative die cuts


Simple one layer card using PTI's Best Birthday Die.
Stamped with sentiment from PTI's Fancy Pants Sentiments.


Couldn't let the negative portion go to waste! 
Added glitter paper to the balloons, and zing embossed Happy Birthday, with Mustard.
A bit of glitter on the rims of balloons and letters of my sentiment.

Play along with Cas Mix Up here:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

So Thankful


Good Saturday Morning!
Thought I'd share some cards I made using my new Paper Clippings die
from PapertreyInk.
I fell in love with the sweet bold sentiment that says it all!

Yesterday was my day to play in the craft room.
Don't you love days where all the time is yours?

Did a bunch of colorful backgrounds with Ken Oliver's Color Bursts.


Have you tried them?
Powdery form coming out, and with a spritz of water, the color explodes!
(Better have a box handy, to contain the explosion!)
I used watercolor card stock, let it dry thoroughly, then die cut
my image.


You really never know what you're going to get as far as color placement,
but you do have a bit of leeway when placing your die to cut. 
And that's the fun!


This explosion of color had to have a black bg!
You might notice, each of the die cuts is backed with a
contrasting color. You don't have to double up, but I like the effect 
and stability doubling the cut gives.


This blue with green I left intact and just added my die cut in white.

So many left over, for more projects!


All cardstocks (with the exception of the watercolor card stock) PTI.
PTI: Autumn Abundance & Twig Wreath Pattern Paper.
Cardstocks: PTI Kraft, Stormy Sea & Terracotta Clay.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Hope it's crafty!

Entering middle card with The Card Concept's Rainbow Connection.
Going with Classy Elegant.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hugs


Hi, and welcome to a new challenge at Tag You're It!

Our muse is the uber talented Taheera!

Lovely, isn't it?


My tag features Bokeh Burst Round from the Ton.

All stamped, with crazy fun stars from my stash.
Come play along!
Would love to see how Taheerah inspires you!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Altenew's Ultimate Challenge Blog hop


Hello! And welcome to the Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop
with Altenew!
The purpose of this hop is to raise awareness of all the challenge blogs
out there. Isn't that great? Love the idea of knowing what's available.

Tag You're It has been invited to join the hop, 
and I'm so excited to bring you some inspiration
from the TYI team!


My tag uses Altenew's: Coffee Love.

Our featured artist, Melissa Bickford, gave us the most beautiful double tag
for our recent challenge. I used it for my muse.


Such a lovely double tag! Plenty of inspiration there.


Here's my recipe for my double tag:
Tag: PTI's Tag Sale #5.
Background tag has all over embossed coffee beans from the set:
Altenew's Coffee Love
Coffee pot embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum.
Sentiment is also embossed, coffee in Zing: Chestnut, and the rest, 
Stampendous: Ivory
A few little stars and sequins, 
and some chocolate brown satin ribbon tied with 
embroidery thread, and my tag is ready to attach to a coffee gift!

There is incredible talent out there, so great to know and be able to join in!
Enjoy the hop!

                   

Monday, September 12, 2016

Autumn Blessings


Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us, and this beauty by 
Amy Sheffer


As usual, a release full of amazing projects,
by the most talented designers.
Amy's lovely card with the stitched heart, and bright red against 
white really spoke to me.


My card features Kay Miller's wonderful Stylized Autumn leaves and flowers,
so easy to make a card with her rich stamps and dies!
Didn't stray far from Amy's perfection. 
Balance, & contrast of color.
With an Autumn theme. 
Leaf Prints and Leaf Prints Stitches dies
Cover Plate: Pretty Frame

Friday, September 9, 2016

Merry


Found out recently that Marcia Hill, from Marcia's Stampin' Pad,
is one of the new designers at Merry Monday's Christmas Challenge.
So happy for Marcia, love all her inspiration!
Getting in under the wire, but just had to play along with 
Deanne's challenge photo:


Black, Gold & White! Holiday Glam!
I focused on the framed deer.


Not a single stamp used in this card, all die cuts!
Deer head  & laurel from Ellen Hudson: Laurel Wreath Set.
The frame is a combination of Gold Foil & Shimmer card stock from PTI,
cut from PTI's Cover Plate: Pretty Frame.
Merry is a die cut from Poppy Stamps 'Merry Christmas', (just used the merry)
Laurel is double cut, top is black glitter card stock.
Deer head is cut from Recollections gold glitter. (Michaels)




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Birthday cones


Make It Monday, this week, features Danielle, showing us
a bright happy technique of taking our stamped images from
black and white to color.


First stamped all over design and sentiment using Colorful Treats.
Then cutout center with Basic Bookmark #1.
Masking each cone, so that my streamers (Hooray) were behind the cones,
and with the help of my misti, 
then reverse masking so the streamers could be switched to color,
and be stamped in the same place. 
Make sense?
Colored the inside portion of the tag with copics,
popped up the tag, and added a few colorful sequins on the inside,
black on the outside.
Love this technique! Such striking results.
See Dani's video here on Nichole's blog:

Monday, September 5, 2016

5 Coinpurses


Had a busy labor day, working on coin purses for my 5 granddaughters.
They will have a little surprise inside, and be a back to school gift.
(Still thinking of something for the 6 boys!)

PapertreyInk Coin Purse die, and a new die set for me, 
Stitched Folk Flower.
Also added a few blooms from: Sewing Staples: Floral Clusters. 
On a few of them, wool felt scraps, I had tucked away.


1st one I did, with the whole large die of Folk Flowers.
Didn't like the placement, (a bit high).


Moving the whole die down, and putting a bandaid on the bottom,
so as not to cut holes where I didn't want them,
I ran the top (Pinefeather) through my die cutter.


Much better!
A few seed beads dress it up a bit.


Decorated the inside corner with a red bloom.


It was so easy doing them from now on! 


Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile, & Aqua Mist.


This one in plum & white wool felt (my stash), & Scarlett Jewel.


Inside


Love the Sweet Blush felt with the plaid.


Inside with a single bloom.


And a look at the open purses, with a bit of detailing in each corner.

Honestly, when you find a design you like, it's hard to stop! 
And setting up an assembly line, you move rather quickly.

Hope you've enjoyed a peek at my 'labor day'.
And hope yours was just as crafty!

Since the dies I used (PTI's Sewing Staples: Floral Clusters) was a 
NBUS, also entering this post in Darnell's Challenge'
where it's 'anything goes'.