Tuesday, December 31, 2013

MIM #146 - Angled Backgrounds

Need for a masculine birthday card (never my favourite) sent me the PTI's Make It Monday challenge.

It all looked a bit busy with all the different papers and I was worried the sentiment would get lost, hence the plain white for the circle (PTI's limitless layers) and a very simple stamp from 2011 Birthday Tags set, and the lovely bold "celebrate" in solid cardstock.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

MIM 2013 A la carte - Pillow box

Oh no, that might have been a really bad idea....
Wanting one last go at the challenges I'd missed on PTI's Make it Monday, I decided to use my new pillow box die (another Christmas present - lucky me).
I used the PTIs Postmarks background stamp, and the stamp from the Postmarks set.
Sadly, I now want to spend the rest of the day making up these fabulous little boxes in various colours and designs. Far too addictive a thing to discover 4 hours before my in-laws are due for a visit!

MIM 2013 A la carte - Flocking with dimensional paste

Another entry for the MIM Year end review.
I hadn't got any of the cover plate dies when this challenge first came up, but having just bought the heart one I was delighted to be able to have a go.
I love how well this turned out. The dimensional paste was much easier to use than I expected, and works so well with this cover plate.

MIM 2013 A La carte - Stamping Square Frames

I'm catching up on some of the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenges I missed over the past year.
Last time around I struggled to find the time or the inspiration for this challenge, but I've bought one of the Boutique border stamps since then, and a set of nesting square dies (Christmas present - thank you John) made this a much simpler proposition.
I'm always a sucker for the black/craft combination. The layout was inspired by the Heart squared set - it wasn't quite the right size to use, but that was my starting point.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

MIM 2013 A la carte - White crayon reist

So happy to have a chance to go back to some of the Make it Monday tutorials at PTI that I just didn't have a chance to get to this year.
While I'm waiting for the dimensional paste card to dry (if you haven't tried this one yet then I can highly recommend it - lots of fun), I thought I'd try the #129 - White crayon resist.

Having first borrowed the white crayon from my neighbour with smaller kids, the rest was pretty straightforward. PTI's Ruby reprise stamp set worked great with this technique.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

PTI December Blog Hop - String #2

Sudden inspiration led me to have another go at this month's Blog Hop at PTI.
I like the various layers of die cut and stamped stars (I used PTI bitty background blocks for the patterns).
I love the new "It's a banner day" stamp. So many of my other sentiments fit in the space perfectly so I can tell it's going to get lots of use.

PTI December blog hop - String

Happy Boxing Day.
I had forgotten that it was the PTI Blog Hop until I went online to spend my Christmas present, but took it as an excuse to play with the new hearts cover plate that just arrived.
My husband's first comment was "why are you making Valentine's cards already?", but isn't that always the way for card makers.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Simon says stamp Monday : Challenge - Tissue

I've been too busy to take part in many challenges recently (sounds familiar I'm sure) but when I saw this week's challenge on Simon Says Stamp, I knew I needed to find the time to have a go.

I have wanting to have a go at this technique for ages which is how I had a plain pillar candle ready and waiting.
This Tim Holtz stamp was the perfect fit - sizewise and sentiment-wise! I stamped it with brown staz-on and then coloured the tissue by pulling it through a few different distress stains.
I then attached the tissue to the candle using the heat tool to gently melt the wax until the tissue paper goes a bit shiny.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MIM #143 - Whimsy #2

Modern Whimsy condensed to a gift tag!

There are 3 tags layered together, as well as the middle sized fancy flakes die.
And I really should have let the white ink dry a little longer (as the photo proves) but I needed to get it in the mail to start a transatlantic journey, hopefully in time for Christmas.

Monday, December 2, 2013

MIM #143 - Modern Whimsy

It's pretty fair to say that this weeks Make It Monday was far, far out of my comfort zone.
I was grateful to Danielle for her suggestion to look at her Pinterest board and this did help a lot as I really didn't know where to start.

This isn't actually a card. My nephew has asked for donations towards a new bike for Christmas. I hate giving money - it seems so completely impersonal and without thought but this year I decided not to fight it.
However, making a cheque holder specifically for him at least helped me feel that I'd put some effort into it.
The "FOR" tag will get his name added, but my handwriting has always been a bit rubbish so I thought I'd take the photo before I spoiled it.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

MIM #142

With the guests departed I thought I'd have some very quiet time to myself this afternoon and have a play with this week's Make it Monday.
I recently ordered PTI's embroidered blooms and wanted an excuse to use it, which prompted this design.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink - November Blog Hop

The subject for this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink could easily become addictive. How cute are these little paper houses - but they sure are time suckers! I went down to my crafting area about 3 hours ago and have only just finished this very simple attempt.
The card started as plain white colored with Spun sugar distress stain and then stamped with PTI Background basics: Christmas.
The windows are Soft stone cardstock treated with the clear embossing powder/glitter combo from last week's MIM with the window frame drawn in with a copic after embossing.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MIM #141 - 3

Amazing how far a few teaspoons of clear embossing powder and glitter will go! This is the 3rd card and I've barely put a dent in in.
Heather's snowman looked so sweet that I thought I'd have a go using the "made of snow" mini set.
Loved the tip to outline with the pale blue copic (which I happened to have). It really helps him stand out.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MIM #141 - 2

I thought I'd have another go at this weeks Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink, mainly because I have a little pot of glitter/clear embossing powder and I'm not sure what to do with it!

I used clear embossing powder for the trees and then used distress inks over the top to make the background. The houses are treated with the clear embossing powder/glitter combo - although, as ever, you really can't tell it from the photo!
I've realised I have a complete lack of Thanksgiving sentiments. This is from a tag-its set, and they're the only ones I have. Any suggestions?

Monday, November 18, 2013

MIM 141

Just a quick card for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge.

I don't have "heat and stick" embossing powder so I mixed prisma glitter right in with some clear embossing powder and used that directly onto the versamark.
It's hard to see the glitter in my photos, but it's there. This one shows it a little better..

Love this stamp set (PTI Meadow Greens). It practically does all the work for you. There's even a handy little marker on the stamps to let you line up the images (which I very nearly succeeded in doing!)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

MIM #140

I really don't have time to be making cards as I'm doing a craft fair tomorrow but I needed a break from the sewing machine so I thought I'd have a go at this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink.
So here's a very simple, 1 layer card using the small ink cubes to give a gradual colour progression.

Monday, October 28, 2013

PTI MIM #138

I'm still in the mood for tags, despite all the ones I made for the blog hop, so I used this week's Make it Monday as an excuse to make yet another set.

I hoped the inset paper would look a bit like a candy cane. The answer seems to be sort of...
It was only after I'd made the first few that I realised I'd done it back to front for a tag (the ribbon should be at the other end to my mind) so I need to flip and re-make, but that'll have to be another day!

Friday, October 25, 2013

PTI October Blog Hop #7

Couldn't resist one final post for today's blog hop at Papertrey Ink.
I ordered this mini set with tags specifically in mind so I had to use it for today's challenge.
I plan on making the other 2 words up into sets as well (Peace and Love), but that'll have to wait for another day.

PTI October Blog Hop #6

Probably my final entry for this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink, but one of my favourites.
The "snow" was made with dots of glue from a glue pen and white glitter, although I don't seem to have caught any sparkle in the picture.

PTI October Blog Hop #5

Another entry for the PTI October Blog Hop.
The button, in reality, is much closer in colour to the Hibiscus burst ink.

PTI October Blog Hop #4

I'm having way too much fun with the Tag It Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink.
In fact, I feel like I'm going to run out of time before I run out of ideas. it helps that I bought quite a few of last month's new stamps but I used an old favourite for this one.
The challenge inspiration pictures included one with (I think) washi tape at the top, but this has card stock stamped with one of the Bitty backgrounds 2.

PTI October Blog Hop #3

I'm playing along with the Tag It Blog Hop challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I can't believe how much time I spent on these tags!
I recently bought some distress stains to play with, and made up the background using a combination of these. Once it was dry some of the stain had leaked through so I attached a backing sheet before die cutting the tags.

I made the top tabs using one of the Simply stripes background stamps, and used the snowflake from the new confetti garlands set (which are fantastic).

PTI October Blog Hop #2

I'm playing along with the Tag It Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink.
If you had asked me if I had any Red tinsel embossing powder I'd have denied it straight off, so I couldn't have been any more surprised when I discovered it lurking at the back of the drawer!

However, it made a great addition to this set of tags.

PTI October Blog Hop

Love this month's Blog Hop challenge at Papertrey Ink.
It is tag making challenge, which is really useful right now and so much fun.
Last year a friend asked if I would help out at the Middle school Christmas craft club. This year I'm helping run it (isn't it always the way?!).
We are in the enviable position where we are not tasked with making profit (although we try to). Our main aim is to give all the kids somewhere they can shop for gifts for their family, even on a limited budget.
We are packaging up little bags with Hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and candy canes and the kids are going to make these tags to tie the bags closed with. I've done all the prepping and stamping for each layer - they just have to assemble (we learnt a hard lesson last year regarding how beat up a stamp can get when left to the tender mercies of a room full of 4th - 6th graders).

Monday, October 14, 2013

MIM #136

This weeks MIM at Papertrey ink was Textured stamping.
We've had a similar challenge before and, now as then, I used the back side of the stamp to get a large, unpatterned area to work with.

FMS #107

A very quick entry for this week's Freshly made sketches.
This was the sketch

And here's my card

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SSS Monday - Tammy Tutterow

The Monday Challenge at the SSS Blog this week was to be inspired by Tammy Tutterow.
On her blog I saw a Halloween tag with a die cut window frame and thought I'd have a play with that idea.
Each year I send my nephew, who's at college, some candy for Halloween, so this'll go in with that. Although, being a 19 year old boy the note could be scribbled on the back of an old receipt and that would be appreciated just as much!

Monday, October 7, 2013

SSS Wednesday - Going Dotty

I'm having a lovely day catching up with challenges...
The Wednesday Challenge at Simon says Stamp was entitled "We're going dotty".
There didn't end up being a lot of colour in the card but I rather like the muted effect.
There's a few bits of patterned paper (including 1 from Basic Grey), and a couple of dotty stamps on craft paper.

MIM #135

I love when I don't work on Mondays - it gives me a chance to catch up on the weeks challenges and get a head start on Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday.
The fancy title is "layered emboss resist" and Heather's video was about the quickest I've ever seen, but very straightforward.
I keep going back to these tree images from the "Tree with Trimmings" set. Its obviously my go-to set for Christmas this year. The sentiment got a little lost in with the music score, but as the music is also for "Have yourself a Merry little Christmas" I just couldn't resist putting them together.

FM #106

Freshly made sketches is a new challenge for me that I saw as I was checking out some of the other entries for this weeks MIM. The sketch really appealed to me so I thought I'd give it a go.

The card is very, very simple for me, but I do like the effect of the double snowflake.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

SSS Monday - Say it with stamps

The Monday Challenge at Simon says stamp this week is to use sentiment stamps.
I decided to make a Thanksgiving card using some leaves I'd cut out for another project that never got made.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

MIM #134

This weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey ink was called Repeat and lift.
This was a fun challenge and I love the effect it produces.
I used Hibiscus burst and Hawaiian shores inks and love the fresh feel they give the card.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hero Arts - Stamp your story Inspiration

A last minute decision to enter the Stamp your story challenge prompted this card.

I love the brushed frame stamp, especially when "kissed" with the envelope pattern background stamp (I've used it in posts a couple of times before.
I've also used stamps from the brush strokes set, stamped in Pale tomato, soft cantaloupe and fresh peach. I stamped off first to give a more washed out colour.
The faint text is another Hero Arts stamp - Dictionary greetings - in Soft granite.
I was inspired by Kelly Purkey's Stamp your Story Blog Hop post. I love the size and simplicity of these pages for a Project Life journal, but decided to translate the idea into a card.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge #3

Some time ago the MIM challenge involved using diluted reinkers to make a splodged image and then embossing over the top (MIM #109 to be exact - here's the you tube link) and this was the technique I used for the wreath image.
It's a bit unfortunate that the wreath part is my least favourite element on this card. I'll certainly be re-visiting this one next time I have a spare moment.

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge #2

This month's Blog Hop at PTI is all about wreaths.
What could be more Christmassy than a wreath?

I got to play with the fabulous new Fancy Flakes dies to make the background, used Framed out #9 for the "O" and cut the rest of the letters out on the cricut.

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge #1

This month's Blog Hop at Papertrey ink is all about wreaths.
I have had a ziploc bag full of words stuffed at the back of a drawer for a few years now and decided I'd see if I could use them to make a sort of wreath as an anniversary card.
The sentiment is from PTI Simple Sentiments, edged with PTI Sew simple borders.

Friday, September 20, 2013

A blog named Hero - Game, Set, Match

Last year I got so busy with work that I didn't get a chance to make home-made presents for any of my family or friends, which is something I really enjoy doing. So this year I've made an early start on it and have been using some of the challenges as a starting point.
This challenge at A Blog Named Hero was a perfect example.
I made a set of notecards for my best friend who is (hopefully) going to be with us this year.
I was fascinated - and a little horrified - by how hard I found it to make all the cards the same. I even had to bring out the stampamajig, and that's a tool that doesn't get a lot of use in my workspace. Just shows how slap-dash my approach usually is.
There are 10 cards in the set - 2 in each colour from the ombre. Now I just need to make a nice box to put them in and that's another little something ready to tuck away ready for Christmas.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

SSS Monday Challenge

This Monday challenge at Simon Says stamp this week is Anything but plain paper.
I decided to play along and do something very different for me.
I made the bird from scrunched up newspaper held in shape with tape, added wire feet and cardboard tail and beak. It was then covered with tissue paper and lots and lots of modge podge.
The sentiment was stamped on the tissue paper with stazon ink, and then pasted onto the body form.
I need to work on my basic bird shape - the head looks a bit big in the cold light of day, but it's certainly something I've never tried before and isn't that what challenges are supposed to be!

Monday, September 16, 2013

MIM #132

This week's Make It Monday challenge was to use layered border cuts.
I've been meaning to try a layout with stacked words for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
For the embossing I used an embossing marker and wrote over the top of the words I wanted to pick out. It's not as fine a line as I'd like but it's certainly close enough.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MIM #131 - striped embossing #2

I'm oh, so much happier with this attempt at the PTI Make it Monday challenge.
In fact, this stands a big chance of being this years Christmas card - that's how much I like it.
The word is embossed with silver, verdigris and green embossing powders. The trees were stamped with versamark and then shaded with perfect pearls in similar shades and the word mounted above them on foam tape. Simple sentiment from Wonderful words: Holiday and that's it.

MIM #131 - Striped Embossing

We've got a "bonus" summer day today, so I wanted to make a quick and easy card to get in the mail for my Nephew's birthday, however, that's not quite how it worked out.
I decided to emboss a circle (from limitless layers) with the age already cut out and just to repeat 2 colours in stripes. I covered the whole circle with versamark and masked the first line with a post it note, only to discover that the post it would not stick to the versamark. I guess a word or pattern gives enough non-stamped area for the post-it to stick to, but not if you cover the entire shape. Anyway, I did the best I could, and just used a brush after each application of embossing powder to tidy the line up.
I stamped a background with orange zest and Background Basics: Super stripes and then ran the ink block across it in places to make it less precise. I was amazed to find I had a set of brads on the same colours (certainly no planning ahead involved!) so I used all of them to beef up the sentiment banner.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

MIM #130 - Notebook

This idea needs a bit more work, but the basic concept is there.

I got a plain, card covered notebook and wrapped a piece of brown ribbon round the centre, leaving long tails for a bow and then covered the outside entirely with a piece of cream cotton fabric and about 3 thick coats of modge podge. Once it was all completely dry I trimmed the edges of any frayed threads and had a really good go at it with a sanding block.
I used some distress inks (peeled paint, marigold and frayed burlap) to add some colour and then stamped all over with a script background stamp in brown ink and one of the tin types patterns in terracotta tile ink.
I used fillable frames #4 on the same cream cotton with distress inks, cut the initials from orange fabric and Headline alphabet and added a few sunflowers from simply sunflowers.
One of the things I like most about the heat n'bond is that the shapes cut much more cleanly than when just cutting fabric on its own.
When I ironed it all in place the modge podge did go a bit sticky (and shiny) but it didn't seem to goop the iron up.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MIM #130 - place mat

Before I cleared away the debris from my main Make it Monday challenge I thought I'd have another play.
Now I'm hoping the "washable" claim on the heat n'bond is true, as I've used it on something that needs regular washing - a child's placemat. We'll see how it holds up.
The little snowmen are from "made of snow" dies cut out of white cotton batting and their flags are cut using the larger banner builder dies. I used headline alphabet to spell out the name on the flags and also for the wishes part of the sentiment. 
I'm just glad my last PTI order had been almost exclusively Christmassy stamps and dies - for once I had planned ahead - and it made this challenge much easier to complete.

MIM #130

This was so not how I was planning to spend my week, but this weeks Make It Monday featured Heat n'bond with die cuts and, rather than just make something random to complete the challenge, I decided to skip ahead a few months and make the Christmas banner I had been planning to make some time in November.
I've never used heat n'bond, always being a fan of applique to keep fabric shapes in place, but the Erin's demonstration made it look like fraying wouldn't be an issue so I gave it a go.
I used the 3 bigger dies from snowflake medley and treated each one slightly differently. On the largest snowflake I stamped the corresponding image onto the shape and then used a red marker to pick out some of the lines to make these areas really stand out. The middle snowflake was stitched with a "snowflaky" pattern and I added the letters for MERRY CHRISTMAS, cut out with the Headline alphabet dies to the smallest.
The placement is different on each banner to add a bit of interest.
The banners were 2 layers of fabric with a a layer of iron-on interfacing between them to add structure.
The best part was that the only things I had to buy were the heat n'bond and some olive green thread to attach the ribbon header - everything else was in my remnants drawer.
Finding a way of photographing a 10 foot long banner however presented a few challenges - good job I'm an English girl who wouldn't be without a washing line (despite town by-laws).