Sunday, June 30, 2013

SSS challenge - Stripes

This was a bit of a last minute thought as I wanted a very male birthday card, but the end result kind of got away from me.
The challenge is "Stripes", and they're certainly here but the lovely subtle detail of different sized numbers got buried under all the other stuff.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

MIM #122

Heather's technique on PTI's Make it Monday was all about using copic markers to create texture. Her card was really cute and I kicked myself for not having bought that little whale stamp each time I looked at it.


There is an English bird called a thrush, and that's what the speckled effect reminded me of so I dug out this old bird image (might be Martha Stewart but I couldn't swear to it) and had a go. When I first started using a few alcohol ink pens I made the mistake of buying a cheaper version than the copics but it was a such a waste of money as they just don't blend. However, I did use them to make the lovely mottled belly. The "feathers" on the back are tiny lines using distress marker.
I also added a dab of glossy accents for the eye and beak.
(I should also have waited a little longer before I touched the Winter berries stamped in white ink as it was still wet, as the splodges attest)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Touch of gold #4

This card started with the Polka Dot basics set - I wondered what the outline circles would look like embossed - and that rather dictated how the rest of the card came together.


The flower is black card stock painted with twinkling H2Os; the sentiment stamped in versamark and painted with perfect pearls.

Touch of Gold #3

For once I thought I'd make a post to the blog hop challenge that isn't a card!
I've been putting together a "folio" (using Kathy Orta's design) for my in-laws who are about to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary (so there are various "gold" accents)
This is the back page, with pockets and tags ready for her to add her own photos.

I used "memories" from PTI's current "wonderful words" series and embossed it with Taupe Frantage.

Touch of Gold #2

I got quite excited having made the previous notecard and started thinking about all the other designs I could work into the same basic layout, and especially how I could make the images fit with the people I was making the cards for (I'm thinking of Christmas presents for my female relatives).
A really easy fit was the tea-cup from Tea for two additions and my sister, who even as a very little girl insisted that every bedtime story ended with the line "and they all had a nice cup of tea".
I'm fighting the frame from "label basics" a little as some inks are giving a very patchy finish (seeming to bubble on the stamp). Maybe it just needs using and cleaning a few times to get it going?
The polka dots and stripe on the tea cup were added using a glue pen and then embossed with gold embossing powder.

Touch of gold #1

I love to play along at PTI Blog Hop Challenge.
This month the title is "Touch of Gold" and I've used it as a chance to play with an idea Nichole used as part of this month's launch posts. As soon as I saw her note card design I thought of this variation.
I really did only use a touch of gold (by embossing the crown), but I was working on the basis that "less is more" !

Friday, June 21, 2013

Play Date Cafe challenge #187


I'm new to the Play Date Cafe and their brilliant color challenges but I loved playing along last week so I wanted to have another go this week - especially as I loved the 3 colors suggested.
My chartreuse and theirs are rather different (think I should have gone "lime" instead) but I still love the finished look of the card.

I'm certainly be making this card again - and I don't always feel that way about my attempts.
All stamps and inks are PTI.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A blog named Hero - #tag

A last minute crafting opportunity before school's out, and the fact that my brilliant local store (Papercraft clubhouse in Westbrook, CT) got my special ordered stamp in from Hero Arts latest "stamp your story" range lead to this card for the #tag challenge at A Blog Named Hero .
I made a card with a tag yesterday for a different challenge and the feedback from my husband was "too dark" so I wanted this one to feel light and bright, which I think it does. I used the small tag as a mask for the large tag to ink a frame and then sponged on a color wash.
The words are all from PTI Stylish sentiments - Birthday. The background stripes, frame and inks are all Hero Arts (Tide Pool, Pale tomato and Soft Cantaloupe).
As it fits the criteria, I'll probably also enter this for the Hero Arts Stamp your story competition as I used the "brushed Frame" stamp.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Simon says stamp challenge: Kraft


I"m playing along with the Simon Says Stamp challenge. I decided to go way outside my usual style for this challenge and take Kraft as a style directive as well as a paper choice!

I bought a selection of Darcies stamps with a bee theme on a bit of a whim and hadn't used them until now.
The paper is all either kraft or white card stock with some white acylic paint, a whole host of distress inks and a few copics thrown in.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Make It Monday #121: Colored Vellum Flowers

I nearly didn't bother with this as I knew my only "outline of a flower" stamp was really fiddly and didn't come with a die. However, I decided to have a go anyway and I'm really pleased I did as I love how it came out.
The stamp was a single bloom so I stamped a number of images, embossing them one at a time so I could mask over the areas I didn't want to re-stamp. Cutting out was less hassle than I expected as the vellum is more forgiving than card stock.
I inked the flowers with PTI summer sunrise and terracotta tile - I started out lighter but discovered they didn't show up well enough on the yellow card stock. The leaves are inked with PTI Simply chartreuse and  Ripe avocado.
I stamped the flower image onto the cardstock with harvest gold to give a very subtle background and used a sentiment from PTI Mini blooms.
I used very thin strips of foam tape behind the stems and flower centers so they didn't show through.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Play Date Cafe #186 - version 2

I've been wanting to have a go at the chalkboard look for quite some time, and the color splash challenge at
Play Date Cafe gave me the perfect excuse.

Here is my attempt.


The main thing I learnt was that it is oh, so much harder than the "experts" make it look!
I ended up using acrylic paint rather than ink as I couldn't get a dense enough color without the ink splodging.
I'm happy with it as a first attempt (although I hate to tell you how many failed stampings of "happy" ended up in the trash) but it's obviously a technique that needs some practice.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Play date cafe Challenge #186 - Color splash "nectarine"

I was bobbing around the blogs of some very talented people and came across the link to this challenge
The Play Date Cafe
This weeks challenge has just gone up and it was to mix black and white with nectarine and I thought I'd have a go.


I stamped the herringbone background stamp onto white card stock and then used PTI Mat stack 3 die. I then cut a circle using PTI limitless layers.
On the card base I stamped a circle using Hero Arts Fresh peach ink (because peach is almost the same as nectarine, right?) that had been "roughed up" a bit by rubbing a comb back and forth a few times. I then stamped a sentiment from PTI 2011 Birthday tags over the top.
The butterfly is from the new Hero Arts "Favorites" set, stamped in black and colored with a few copics to try and get close to the peachy shade.
The frame and butterfly were stuck on with foam tape.
I am NOT a CAS person but felt this color scheme worked really well with the style. I'm desperate to take it off and add more to the background but I'm making myself leave it alone.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Make It Monday #120: Overlapping Ombre

All of the chevrons on PTI's countdown posts made me want to pull out the chevron stripes background basics.

I picked the stripe with one thick stripe and 2 thin stripes and tried to stamp it so the thin stripes overlapped onto the thick stripe of the previous (lighter) color to give a feeling of the colors gradually transitioning. It is clearer on some colors that other.
The colors throughout are all PTI - Lemon tart, Harvest gold, Summer sunrise, Orange zest and Terracotta tile with Memento Rich cocoa for the sentiments and final stripe.
I stamped the banners from Countdown collection is a selection of the colors and took the "happy" from 2011 Birthday tags with the birthday part masked out. These are stuck on with foam pads.
The bottom sentiment and striped box are from Stylish sentiments - birthday, again stamped in a grogression of the 3 lighter colors.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's a man's man's man's world

Or in this case a boys.
I wanted to make a card for my nephew, who's turning 7, and thought I'd combine it with this challenge from Hero Arts
A Blog named Hero - Challenge #25
I used the Hero Arts background stamp "clouds" (stamped in studio G sky blue ink), and mounted that on a white card base that I'd edged with the same ink.
The frame is cut out on the Cricut using "elegant edges" and again dabbed with the ink pad.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Inks's "stylish sentiments - Birthday" set (stamped in Fiskars Navy blue ink) and the banner is edged with a stitched line from PTI Sew simple borders.

Monday, June 3, 2013

CASE Study challange #143

While I was having a look at another entry for this weeks MIM I saw a link to this challenge and was so taken with the inspiration sketch that I thought I'd have a go at this challenge too.
CASE Study Challenge

I recently bought some Hero Arts inks and the thing I love most about them is the lovely muted colors they given when used on craft colored card stock. There are 3 shades used on this card - Fresh melon, Pale tomato and Soft cantaloupe.
Most of the stamps are from one of the new Hero Arts "Stamp your story" set - Favorites, with the sentiment coming from PTI Stylish Sentiments - birthday.
I tried to take some of the brightness out of the bakers twine by rubbing it in a little Antique paper distressed ink but it could go a little darker still.
I'll also be entering the card into the Hero Arts "Stamp your Story" contest.

Make It Monday #119: Flagged Borders

It's such a miserable day here that I was delighted to see this weeks MIM was such a cheery project and was determined to use some nice bright colors to make up for the grey skies.
The colors I used throughout are PTI Lemon torte and Limeade ice as I loved the way they looked in last months blog hop.


I stamped a couple of different background stamps onto white and lemon torte card stock and then cut them into banners which I stuck onto a 5 1/2" square card base.
I cut the medallion out using the Cricut "elegant edges" cartridge in a size to just accommodate the frame from PTI tag-its #10, which is also where the sentiments are from. I colored the "happy" in with a yellow copic and used foam pads to place the medallion in the center of the banner circle.
For a while I had a ribbon bow in the corner but it seemed to overpower the card - or is it just that I'm not great with embellishments?