Monday, March 27, 2017

MIM #279

I'll admit, I was determined to use the new Botanical letters stamp set for this week's Make It Monday challenge, whatever the brief. It's such a fabulous set and I hadn't had a spare moment to get it inky until today. Apart from not being able to work out the placement for the final dots layer, it certainly doesn't disappoint.
The curved sentiment bit is from Keep it Simple - just a note, stamped in soft stone. I drew a circle onto the card to give me fighting chance of lining it up correctly. The letters are stamped with Dark indigo, Prairie grass (my new favourite green for all things leafy), Pale peony and Melon berry inks.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MIM #278

It was only when I read the title of this week's Make it Monday to title the blog page that I realized I hadn't followed the brief! I got the chipboard window part covered, but missed the sentiment part!
Oh well, you might as well see the card anyway, as it came out rather pretty!
Smooshed summer sunrise, harvest gold and berry sorbet inks gave the background, and I used the What the doodle stamp and die set for the image. The sentiment is from the Think big favourites series.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

10th Anniversary - Packaging inspiration

By rights this should have been the first challenge I did. I have so many tags and frames stamps and a good selection of boxes and bags. Instead, this is the one I'm getting in by the skin of my teeth. However, her is my entry for the Packaging challenge.
It snowed here today - not as much as we originally thought but still a lot which might explain all the white. I used bits from all over - the beautiful medallion is from SAF 2014 - Renaissance. I don't use it nearly as much as I should. The sentiment strip is from a set going into the vault this year so you need to get it quick.

10th Anniversary - altered envelope

I'm going back through previous days challenges that I didn't get a chance to work on, until today. This card and envelope are for Lexi Daly's post.
I'm not great at cards for my nieces and nephews. They're always ones I throw together at the last minute. Same with all kid's cards really, which is why I've fallen back on a previous design and made the age number out of a series of smaller stamps, including and A for Amber, the niece who's turning 8 this weekend.
For the envelope I remembered the fancy A stamp from a previous stamp a faire set and used that as the start point. The flowers and grasses are from honey bees, and the rest of the name is made with letters from pencilgrams.

10th anniversay - transformation

The last day of challenges as part of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebrations (although I've still got a few days to go back to). The challenge is to take a card you rejected and make it better.
I've gone back to a card I started making for the first day - Lizzie's stitching challenge.
The first incarnation was black and kraft only. Very elegant but rather dull for a birthday card. Also very messily stamped so I threw it away (d'oh) and started again, this time using tropical teal and alluring amethyst inks.
It was alright, but felt very flat and dull so I left it and moved onto a different idea.
This challenge made me pull it back to my desk and look at it again. I decided some dimension would help it no end, so I got the square nesting dies out again.
Popping a couple of the elements up has made a huge difference. It's still clean but more visually interesting. 

10th Anniversary - build a bird house

Winter storm Stella has given me a snow day to try and finish a few challenges for Papertrey ink's 10th Anniversary celebrations, including this one from Release countdown day 4.
My biggest problem today is finding anywhere with enough light to take a proper photograph! I printed Nichole's template on coloured card and stamped with an IO background stamp to give the wood planking. Around the "door" is stamped a few times with PTIs A wreath for all seasons and white embossing powder. The sentiment below the door is from PTI's bird watching set.

10th Anniversary - photo finish

I do all the right things when we go away or have an important event. I take photos, I collect tickets and menus, brochures and maps, but then I do absolutely nothing with them. I love all of Heather's sets aimed at helping those of us who journal (even if only in our minds) so this challenge was easy to put together. The hard bit will be finishing the other pages!
I didn't buy the travel journal cover page die (the price made me wince just that bit too much - I would have loved the option for the words on their own though), but it's very easy to make your own. There's elements from all sorts of Heather's sets - Simply framed for the tab top (I'd love a die that fit this too but that's probably because I hate fussy cutting); Traveler's journal: adventure, Monthly moments - travel plans, all stamped in Lilac grace and amethyst allure inks.

10th Anniversary - Stitching

Today's snow day will, hopefully, give me a chance to have a go at a few of the challenges from Papertrey Ink's 10th anniversary celebrations. This one is from Day 1.
It seems wrong to have a stitching day challenge without a scrap of stitching, but once I'd stacked all the squares  the stitching seemed like overkill. The inspiration was Maile's nested square design.
The great thing about this was I got two cards for the work of one! I used nesting square dies on a sheet of patterned and a sheet of plain paper and alternated them on a card base. I trimmed it to a 4 1/4 inch square once it was all assembled and used the big basics dies to add a bold sentiment in dark indigo cardstock.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

10th anniversary - favourite florals

The challenge today at Papertrey Ink was to make a card using your favourite floral stamp. I count the 2 sets I used (Life and Larger than life) as 1 set as I never use one without the other. I usually head straight for the larkspur/lavender image, and almost always to emboss over a watercolor background so today I wanted to do something different.

I'll be honest, I don't know what the flower is supposed to be - carnation maybe? but I felt the need for some yellow tones so treated it like a dandelion. I stamped first having coloured the images with Zig clean colour markers and spritzing the stamp with water to produce a slightly hazy image. Then I stamped again with Limeade ice and Bright buttercup inks and this time spritzed the paper. Once I'd dried it all I stamped the stems only, one last time with limeade ice.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

10th anniversary - multiply

I haven't played along with many of the challenges yet, but I'm hoping to get all caught up in the next couple of days. I've started with todays challenge, to use multiple repeat images.
I stamped the image (from PTI graceful greeting) onto the card base, and stamped again (and clear embossed) on a second piece of card. Once I'd punched out the circles from the second piece of card I coloured them with an assortment of copic markers and used glue dots to attach them over the original sentiment.

MIM #277

I had such fun with this week's Make it Monday challenge. I ended up making 4 different sheets as it was quite addictive once I'd got it set up.
I made a couple of cards, and I still have one sheet to use. The biggest problem I had was with buckling, which is still happening despite 5 days under very heavy books.