Monday, February 12, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Colour Challenge

Another challenge where most of the work is done for you, which was great on a busy day like today.
I chose Heather's combination - classic kraft, honey nut, scarlet jewel, prairie grass and olive twist, and just the flower favourites stamp set.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Dies, no stamps

PTI's cover plates are among my favourite crafting goodies, so it made sense to start with one of these for today's challenge.
I really wanted to use "in the woods" or "garden gild" as they are both absolutely beautiful but I couldn't make any of my sentiment dies fit the space properly.
When that didn't work I decided to go simple and grabbed the Hearts cover plate and cut it out using a few strips of watercoloured paper.
I dry emboss the coverplate onto the card base first to make it easier to position the hearts.
Then I used a frame die to emboss the edge to add a bit of interest, and added the wonderful words - love cut from more watercoloured paper.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Retirement list Set challenge

I always dread the retirement list coming out as there's always lots of sets I always meant to get on it so then I go through the awful decision of new sets/old sets when I'm allocating my budget. Thankfully I own a lot of the sets on this years' list already, including this one that I picked for the challenge.
I think some of the $5 sets Papertrey Ink does are just too good to miss - including the fabulous "Hello Foxy" set I used here. I paired it with Garden variety, and the stencil from Make it Market - Herb garden (in aqua mist ink).
He's too cute to miss - snap him up before he's gone.

Friday, February 9, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Floral challenge

It seems only right that having claimed that Life/Larger than life were my all time favourite sets that I should use them for this, the Floral challenge on day 4 of Papertrey Inks anniversary celebrations.
I used distress markers in shabby shutters and faded lilac on the stamps, then spritzed with water before stamping. Then I went back and used a Zig marker on a few spots on the stamp, spritzed and stamped again (what did we do before the misti?)
The sentiment was stamped twice to give a shadow effect, and I sponged some shaded lilac and unicorn pigment ink around the top and added a fine spray of black to the image.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PTI Anniversary 2018 - Transformation challenge

I have a bunch of cards that sit in a tub on my desk. Cards that I don't like quite enough to use but aren't so awful that I feel justified in just throwing them away. So this was the obvious place to look for a card for this challenge, from day 3 of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebrations.
This was the start point


I love a nice water colour background, and the candle flames came out really well, but the sentiment got a bit lost, so here's the rework.
Same layout, but flipped to landscape. This time instead of die cutting the candles I masked them on the card base and sponged inks over the top. The sponged background isn't as impactful as the watercolous, but the candles feel a bit more understated this time, helping the sentiment stand out.. By cutting the panel a little smaller the mat also works better. This card might even get used!

PTI anniversary 2018 - Sketch challenge

I always like a challenge where all the heavy lifting is already done for you. It's day 1 at Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations and this is the sketch challenge.









This is the sketch, and here's the simple card I made following it almost to the letter

The inks are Amethyst allure and tropical teal; the letter are cut and stamped using Headline alphabet and the sentiment is from Keep it Simple - anniversary.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

PTI - MIM #311

This week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink is completely outside of my comfort zone. Stephanie makes her card look very pretty and effortless. Mine, on the other hand feels clunky. This is why I never caught the scrapbooking bug!
Several years ago I did a post for Whisker Graphics  (their twine is brilliant) and was sent a selection of bits and pieces from their range, including an old calendar. The cupcake is from one of the calendar pages, and the red polka dot layer is a white kraft favour bag (I liked how the dots looked like the cherry on the cupcake).
Underneath the cupcake tag is a page torn out of an adult colouring book, and the black and white border is a flattened straw. 
The sentiment is from Graceful Greetings, and there is an iddy biddy sentiment on one of the pink lines from Just a little Something.