Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

Happy Fall Y'all!!

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge
I am super excited about today's challenge because the card I've created, I feel, is a card I've designed totally on my own. For the past eight or nine months I have watched video after video. I've copied one person's card and another person's card. I've tried this technique and that technique. Most of the time I've been less than satisfied with the results. But finally...all of that practice and persistence has paid off!! The card above represents a conglomeration of many techniques I've practiced separately...and yet, tonight, I've chosen some of the best techniques to create my entry for this challenge.  Below are the steps I took to create this card:

Step #1:
On watercolor paper, I blended PTI's Summer Sunrise, Lovely Lady and Melon Berry.  Then I spritzed and dropped water onto the paper. Once the water and ink reacted, I blotted the excess moisture and heat set it.

Step #2:
I then stamped "Mum's the Word" florals onto the watercolor paper.  I started with Summer Sunrise, then I split the second and third stamping with Berry Sorbet and Melon Berry. I went back over the stamping with another touch of Summer Sunrise. I used my Mini Misti for this process. To finish the large blooms, I stamped them with Versamark Ink and coated them with Glitz embossing powder (Recollections). Wow! Am I so happy with the results!! The large blooms really stand out!

Glitz Embossing Powder
In real life, the Glitz Powder makes the blooms sparkle and have that extra-special texture to them.

Step #3:
I stamped smaller blossoms using only two colors and I did not add any embossing powder. I finished it off with the single petal using Burnt Umber. I off-stamped the first impression and used the second generation stamping on the card.

Step #4:
To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in Enchanted Evening and also embossed it with the Glitz embossing powder. Then I added a strip of Navy Bitty Dot patterned paper to the card. The backing of the card is PTI's White Cardstock, 110#.

I'm so glad you had the chance to stop by! I can't wait to see what everyone else has created!!

I almost forgot!! Below is the inspiration for the Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge. You have until 11:30 eastern time to play along! Have fun!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back to School Frenzy

Hello everyone! I've been busy helping my district gear up for the start of another school year. It's been fast and furious, and I can hardly believe the first bell will ring on Monday. While I have tons of school work to do, I'm taking this weekend to get caught up on a few of my card projects.

For Lasting Hearts Card Drive
I'm way behind on my card contribution to Lasting Hearts. My personal goal was to send three cards each month, but vacation and professional development had my attention. For more information about this worthy cause, click the link above.

While I'm at it, I may as well enter a card challenge and learn a new technique, right? I'm going to participate in Color Throwdown #406 this week. The colors are orange, pink, green and white. Earlier this week, I studied Amy Rysavy's process for creating an all-over background using a floral stamp set. Her video also covers mass-producing as well as a few other great techniques for card-making.

Brush Lettering with Fudenosuke pen
In addition to all of my other summer activities, I've taken up brush lettering. I wanted to be able to write my own sentiments inside of cards without having to buy copious amounts of stamp sets! I also do not like my own handwriting, so that was another reason. I'm still in the learning research says it takes about six months of steady practice to develop a style with consistency. I have about four more months of practice.

Below is my card recipe along with Color Throwdown's inspiration graphic. Have a great weekend, and when you are heading out Monday, watch out for school buses and students going to school!

Color Throwdown 406

Card Recipe:
Papers: Canson XL Watercolor paper; PTI white and orange zest cardstock; vellum
Stamps: Cocoa Daisy Limited Edition Stamp-Just Bloom; PTI Text Style: Thinking of You; PTI Graceful Greetings II [flowers and leaves on the inside]
Inks: PTI's Orange Zest; Lovely Lady; Green Parakeet; and Mint Julep
Recollections White Embossing Powder

Monday, July 25, 2016

Stamp-A-Faire 2016 Farewell

Stamp-A-Faire 2016
Good morning everyone! I will be going back to work today after a great vacation, however, I will be dreaming of colors, and stamps, and techniques, and inspiration, and such! The cards above are my creations made this weekend. I wish I could do more tonight, but I will be pulling twelve hours or more...oh well!

Even though the event officially ends Tuesday morning, I will definitely continue with all of the projects and even going back to previous years. The efforts of Nichole and the design team were fantastic, and I learned so much! Thanks again Papertrey Ink!

See you all soon!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Floral Impressionism: SAF 2016

Stamp-a-Faire 2016: Floral Impressionism
Hello everyone! Hope your Sunday has been a good one! Mine certainly has, but as usual, Monday is creeping in on me, so this will likely be my last post for today.

I love Monet, and Melissa Phillips gave us a great tutorial in creating a soft, impressionistic look for greeting cards. I have experimented with watercolor and embossing before, but I think her tutorial has helped me achieve the look I've been seeking.

I can also tell you that this has been the best experience I've had in a long time. Following along with Stamp-A-Faire, watching the tutorials, and being inspired by the design team as well as the masters somehow helped the creative juices flow. I don't think I was frustrated once with a technique! Thanks so much Papertrey Ink!

Not only was I inspired, but I did learn a trick. Sometimes the dies are solid and the stamped image is delicate as it is with the sentiment. I remembered a tutorial by Papertrey Ink as well as others to die cut a space for the sentiment. That worked, but the word 'of' is disconnected. To remedy this, I used a solid post-it note to keep the die cut in place so I could stamp the phrase in my Mini-Misti. It worked beautifully and kept everything lined up!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Use a solid post-it note to hold die cuts in place
Recipe--all products PTI unless noted:

White cardstock, Canson watercolor paper
Inks:  Raspberry Fizz, Pale Peony, Mint Julep, Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Melon Berry
Stamps & Dies: Graceful Greetings, Peonies on Parade, Polka Dot Basics
Martha Stewart border die
Recollections white embossing powder

Gilded in Gold Tags: SAF 2016

Stamp-a-Faire 2016 Gilded Gift Tags
Happy Sunday everyone! The picture above represents around two dozen gilded tags and about three hours of crafting! I won't bore you too much with the details...let's just say one mess led to another. The happy news is I think I have this gilded thing down now!

Actually, using Liquid Leaf brought back a lot of memories from my childhood. My mother, sister, and I would decoupage anything that wasn't nailed down, and we always finished the projects with Liquid Leaf. I had as much fun today as I did back then!  Below are photos of my process and supplies.

For the white tags, I used Tsukineko Galaxy Gold and a starry background stamp I had in my stash. I stamped the paper all over, then cut out the tags.

For the pink and chocolate tags, I used Polka Dot Basics stamp set to create a patterned background. For the pink, I used the smaller dots and Pale Peony. For the Chocolate, I used Versa Mark and Zing Gold embossing powder to create the background.

After cutting out all of the tags, I stamped sentiments from Graceful Greetings and Birthday Cheer. I used Bookprint Upper Case for the monograms and scrap paper for the circle backgrounds. Then I gilded away!

The only problem was I made a mess of the backside, and I also realized that it's hard to see a signature on chocolate paper, so I decided to use buff cardstock to cover the backside of the tags. Hence the reason I'm just now finishing up. But the good news is I have plenty tags to share with my daughter-in-law! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016: Starry Night w/Amy Sheffer

Below is my card for the 2nd Challenge: Van Gogh's Starry Night

Interpretation of Van Gogh's Starry Night
Amy led us through a series of steps to create our own night-time card. My fingers haven't been this inky in a long time!  I've included the video below. While the steps are easy, there are a few of them. Instead of using true black re-inker or black acrylic paint, I used my Tombow Dual Brush Pen #N15 to create the silhouette below the expansive sky. Also, I didn't use a nest of thread. Instead I double cut the word "Faith" in black and silver glitter paper. I then used a 'drop-shadow' effect to create the sentiment. I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto white cardstock paper and used a blue staple to adhere it to the card. Finally, I finished the inside using a star stamp I have in my stash using Blueberry Sky.

I really love this technique and this card! Thanks for stopping by!! 

Inspiration 1 

Back In Action!

Inspired by Mark Rothko

Hello everyone! The month of July has been vacation month in our household! While a good portion was spent working [bummer], we made it over to Alabama to do some deep-sea fishing and spend quality time with our youngest son, Matt and his girlfriend, Haley.

I am ending my vacation doing what I love most. It's 100+ degrees outside, the lake is closed, so that means no guilt spending the next couple of days making cards! I will have several posts today responding to challenges posted by Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire 2016. I've never participated before, so I'm really excited about this opportunity. The card is for the first challenge [yes, it started at 8:00, but I had to get my roots touched up!!]: Master Color Recipes.

I used the art-work by Mark Rothko as my watercolored background. I used all of the colors in the challenge except Terracotta Tile because I didn't have it. Instead I mixed Melon Berry and Distress Ink-Fired Brick to create a similar color.  Below is my recipe for the card as well as a shot of the inside.  Hope you can play along!


Card Recipe
Paper/Accents:  Canson XL watercolor paper; PTI's Stamper's Select/White; Recollections washi tape; sequins
Inks: Distress Fired Brick; PTI's Melon Berry, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, True Black
Stamps: Graceful Greetings