Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mojo Monday #436

Mother's Day Card #2
Hello everyone! If you are wondering why I am posting so much this weekend...well the hubby's away, so the mice is going play! I've enjoyed my crafty time uninterrupted; but he's on his way back, so it's time to get some wrap this crafty session up. The card above is the second Mother's Day card for the 2016 year. I will make five this year: one for my mother, one for my sister, one for my daughter-in-law's mother, and two more for my nieces who are fantastic moms!

In keeping with my New Year's Resolution, I have used scraps of paper and stamp sets that I have had for quite a while. I still haven't mastered Papertrey Ink's Tag-Its #2, but I'm getting a little closer!

Thanks for stopping by...there's still time to play in this week's challenge.

Mojo Monday #436

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Color Throwdown #381

Color Throwdown #381
Hello everyone! This week's Color Throwdown challenge colors are pink, light green, and kraft. As you can see, I barely worked in the green and pink! Lol! I did enjoy attempting to make the kraft background look like Wedgwood. I use Papertrey Ink's Fresh Snow pigment ink over the embossed areas. Then I used Perfect Pearls to make it glimmer. I wasn't satisfied with that effect, so I used a kitchen towel and covered as much as the embossed area as possible with the Fresh Snow.

As usual, the card looks better in person than in the photo! The sentiment is from ART-C: Hello stamp and die set.  Thanks for stopping by!!

CTD #381

Watercolor Bouquet Card

Watercolor Bouquet Card
Hello everyone! I'm back with another watercolor card. I have had a blast lately experimenting with embossed Bold Blossoms and watercolor techniques. I originally painted the panel the other way around, and quite by accident turned it the way it faces now! I love happy accidents. I only wish I actually liked the final product. I think my main issue with the card is I decided to make a small panel.

Also, I love the Stampabilities Woodgrain background stamp I purchased today. The stamp isn't was released in 2009, but I have seen many people use it. I only wish I had realized that I could have gone back and blended more Weathered Wood on top of the stamped image for a great look. Instead, I added the blending after I put the panel on top. Why go into all of this? So I'll do better next time!! Ha!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

PTI: Bold Blossoms, Burnt Sienna Hybrid Ink, Stampers White paper
Various watercolors and cold pressed watercolor paper
Tim Holtz: Weathered Wood Distress Ink
Various scrap papers

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Happy Mother's Day! PTI Blog Hop

Mother's Day Card for my Mother

Hey everyone! Hope today has been spectacular for you! I'm especially excited because today is PTI's Blog Hop, and I have finally produced a card that is 100% watercolor! Not only have I been watching PTI's Make It Monday watercolor techniques over the years, but I have also found Kristina Werner and The Witty Gritty Paper Co. channels on You Tube. Each regularly post videos featuring watercolor techniques.

The watercolor technique on my card above features a 'wet wash' of a pink hue that I created mixing Chinese White and Cadmium Red Pale Hue. I then added a darker mixture of the paints for the Bold Blossoms which was first embossed with white embossing powder. For the greens in the leaves, I used a combination of Sap Green, Hooker's Green and Yellow Ochre. I then stamped the middle of the flowers with PTI's True Black. The final touch was to die cut everything and arrange into a bouquet of flowers.  The sentiment is from Delightful Dahlia, also stamped with PTI's True Black.

Bold Blossoms
Please head over to the blog hop as there are many cards using the pink and green color scheme. Thanks for stopping by, and as always, comments are appreciated!

PTI's Inspiration for the February 2016 Blog Hop

Fulfilling my New Year's Resolution :-)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Happy Birthday! CTD #380 & PTI Make It Monday

HBD to my son--Cory!

Today my oldest turns 30 years old! I won't say, "My how time flies!" We already know that, right? I found some needed inspiration at Color Throwdown #380 & Make It Monday #239.  CTD #380's color scheme is white, gray and red.  I just love those colors.  MIM #239's challenge was to customize patterned paper. The design was inspired by Cornelila (fun stamping). Please hop over to see her card. It's amazing!

Below is the recipe for my card:
  • The "happy" was cut from Cricut's "A Child's Year" out of PTI Pure Poppy cardstock
  • The gray background strip is from PTI's Argyle Sock collection which I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white powder. The repeated stamp is from PTI's Grunge Me
  • Next, I took some images from a Cocoa Daisy paper...the cassette tapes...and fussy cut them. I brushed the circles with Wink of Stella.
  • Finally, the birthday sentiment is from PTI's Embroidered Blooms.  How I have loved, loved using the sentiments from that collection.
Thanks for stopping by!  Comments are appreciated!!

Shhh! He doesn't know it yet, but tomorrow we will have a huge party!

CTD #380
MIM239 - Hello Sunshine Card
Make It Monday #239

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Color Throwdown #380

CTD #380: Red, White and Gray
Hello everyone! I designed this card in a hurry this morning. Yesterday, I promised my co-workers that I would bring a card for a colleague of ours that has helped us tremendously these past few days getting used to using Macs. What I didn't realize was, I didn't have a single Thank You card that was masculine. I had a little time this morning before work, so I watched Amy Rysavy's video for this week's CTD #380 challenge. I am so glad I did!

Masculine Thank You Card
My card looks nothing like her work of art, but it did spark some ideas, and I'm grateful! I used PTI products, unless otherwise noted.  First up is stamper's white, #110 for the card base. Then I cut a background from their masculine patterned paper. Next was the red cardstock which I ran through my Cuttle Bug to create the zig-zag pattern. The folder was from Paper Studio.  I then used Fresh Snow to highlight the raised areas and create a base for the shiny addition of Perfect Pearls. This completed the main portion of the card. I cheated and glued the red to the gray paper before cutting a 3/4 swath so I could create a little interest for the sentiment. With that being completed, presto...a masculine card was born! The arrow was part of a scrapbook paper collection I had in my stash.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and let me know your thoughts!

CTD #380

Sunday, February 14, 2016

PTI: Papercrafting Alphabet

I am pleased to announce that no matter what, this is my final challenge for this weekend! I have participated in several PTI Anniversary Challenges. I would have liked to have entered every single one, but time wasn't on my side.
Watercolor/Ombre Effect
The challenge for today was to take the first three letters of your name and use the PTI Papercrafting Alphabet to fulfill the challenge. I used the first three letters of my last name:  B: use a banner; O: ombre effect; and N: use a new product.

I blended distress inks on watercolor paper and then spritzed the paper with water to lift off the color. I used Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen and Tattered Rose for the colors. The banner is from PTI's Sketched Shapes, and the sentiment is from Boutique Borders: Sympathy stamp set.

Supplies:  PTI & Distress Inks
To play along, use the recipe below and upload your project by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

#saturdaysnailmail: Thanks! Card

Thanks For All You Do

I have been watching numerous videos on watercolor techniques lately. I decided to practice Amy Rasavy's technique at Prairie Paper & Ink for PTI's #saturdaysnailmail challenge.  I love how the distress inks muted after spraying with water. Click the links for details about the technique and PTI's challenge. I will send this Thank You card to PTI's Warehouse staff as they do an outstanding job. My orders are always sent out quickly, complete, and accurate!!

Inspiration:  Prairie Paper & Ink
  • PTI--Fancy Folk Art--flowers and sentiment; Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Lemon Tart and Smoky Shadow
  • Cuttle Bug impression plate
  • Distress Ink:  Mustard Seed, Weathered Wood & Broken China
PTI: #saturdaysnailmail Challenge
The Details:
Mark you calendars/planners for our new hashtag campaign, #saturdaysnailmail. On Saturdays we will share customers photos from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter showing cards you are mailing out to friends and/or family.  This will be ongoing, so don't forget to participate every Saturday! Today we are challenging to take part, but with a little more focus.  Create a thank you card for our amazing warehouse staff and mail it to them today! Share your card below in our InLinkz list, but please share it on social media as well using the new hashtag!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Color Throwdown #379

Shimelle's World Stamp and Die set

This week's challenge is to combine lovely shades of pinks, purple and glittery gold. In keeping with my New Year's Resolution, I decided to make a quick card using supplies I have had for a long time along with some new. I ordered Shimelle's a/k/a "Glitter Girl" World Stamp and Die set last year, but have scarcely used it. I am noticing many cards with handwritten sentiments punched from a die, and I have been dying to follow suit.

I created this card..quickly...using Cocoa Daisy's Allie by Stephanie Wheeler as the background. Then I took a strip of white card stock [a scrap] and smooched it with PTI's Hibiscus and Winter Wisteria along with Ranger's Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I used the heart from Shimelle's stamp set to add a little heart flair and topped it all off with Wink of Stella. I will most likely use this as a note card to brighten someone's day.  Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

CTD #379

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Favorite Scraps Card & PTI/MOJO Monday Challenges

I don't think any doctor would ever diagnose me with obsessive compulsive disorder. But when it comes to keeping scraps of paper for paper projects of any type, I do believe I'd meet the criteria for the diagnosis.  I once worked for a boss who told me, "A paper clip on the floor is money in the bank." Meaning everything costs money:  "Mind the pennies," I believe the saying goes, "and the dollars will follow."

Favorite Scraps Card

Even though I spend money on my hobby, I am keenly aware of all of my efforts to earn the dollars to purchase everything in my scrap-room. That being said, I also love the challenge to use every teeny, tiny scrap of paper...especially those pieces I fell in love with when I first purchased them. The card today features scraps from papers I have loved and have used on numerous projects. Sadly, I cannot remember the names of the papers nor manufacturer...but the main thing is...I know I love the papers!

PTI: Beautiful Blooms stamp set; Turning a New Leaf die;
PTI Inks:  Melon Berry; Simply Chartreuse; Aqua Mist;  Lemon Tart; Spring Rain
Distress Inks:  Antique Linen
Martha Stewart background stamps
Pearls are from Michael's dollar bins :-)

I am linking this card to two challenges listed with links below. Thanks for stopping by!

MOJO Monday 434

Grab and Craft Challenge
 For this challenge, we were asked to set a timer for five minutes and grab what inspires us.  I was probably a little more methodical about it because I knew what I wanted to do for MOJO...but I did 'grab' the papers!!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mojo Monday 433 & Valentine's Day Card

I have been working on a card for Mojo all week long, and wasn't satisfied with anything I created. I finally caught a little bit of inspiration when I realized that my 80-year-old-dad would probably like to give my mother a Valentine's Day Card. He always made sure all of his girls had a Valentine on that special day. Because he no longer drives and is unable to pick out his own card for her, I got busy and below is my entry for this week's challenge.

Daddy's Valentine for Mother
Close-up of the flowers. PTI's Bold Blossoms
Below are photos of other cards I made for my sons, my sister, and mother and daddy. For all of the cards, I used scraps of paper I've been hanging onto for years. It feels good to finally use them for worthwhile projects. I seriously do not know what I was waiting for!

Valentine's Day Cards using scraps!!

PTI:  Bold Blooms stamps, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft, and Melon Berry Inks; Distress Ink Abandoned Coral; Cricut coffee cup and hearts; various scraps in my stash; Thickers "B".

Saturday, February 6, 2016

PTI Anniversary Challenge

PTI Color Challenge
PTI's 9th Anniversary--Grand Giveaway/Challenge

It's Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary, and the festivities are just starting! To celebrate, the design team has selected a favorite card and created a color board to match. Because I have most of the colors on Laurie Willison's inspiration card, and I loved her card, I started there. Seeing that she used a multi-layer stamp set made me feel a little guilty. I have several multi-layer stamp sets, and quite frankly when I got them I put them away. Looking at all of the pieces, I felt intimidated to even play with them. But that's what challenges are for, so I decided to try. 

When I open my stamp binder to search for inspiration, I often use the sentiments from the Embroidered Blooms set. I decided it was time to take the plunge and learn how to use the layered stamp set for my card. When I started this card, the leaves turned out perfectly.  Then I looked at all of the pieces and could not figure out what went where. While the flowers look okay, they just didn't seem right. Then it occurred to be to go back to PTI's website and locate the stamp set and then head over to the inspiration gallery. The main mistake I made was the center of the larger flowers...they are supposed to have five smooth pedals. When I showed the card to my husband, he said it looked totally fine. So, I will sneak this card to my Dad to give to my mother on their anniversary in May.

My first attempt :-)

Now that I have a better handle on how to use this stamp set, I decided to continue practicing with the layout and balance the blooms more. The result is my fourth attempt, below. I finally got the color combination worked out on the larger blooms. I just used the smaller petals and centers for the smaller blooms. Other than the crooked sentiment...a testament that the card is hand-made...I think the final version came out pretty good!

4th and final attempt
Thanks for stopping by--comments are welcomed!

PTI: White card stock, 110lb.; Embroidered Blooms stamp set; grunge background stamp from Cocoa Daisy, I believe; Hibiscus card stock; Inks: Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Smoky Shadow and Distress Ink's Abandoned Coral.
Clean stamps--so sparkly!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thinking of You/Lasting Hearts Drive

This is the last card I will post for the Lasting Hearts Drive [at least for this month]. Over the weekend, I watched a watercolor video by Prairie Paper & Ink, and I couldn't wait to try the technique. Two things were in the way of success...or perhaps three things.  One, I didn't have any watercolor paper.  Two, I didn't have an overall background stamp. And three, me. 

Perhaps the final card isn't all that bad; however, the photo doesn't do the original justice. I dashed home today...after shopping at the grocery capture the last few rays of natural sunlight [around twilight] so I could snap that perfect photo. I've been trying all day [since 6 a.m., and then again around 6:00 p.m.] to get the colors to shoot correctly. I'm sure the yellow vs. the pale corals and pinks didn't want to play. Not only that, I am not that great at embossing. However, I will say this has to be my best attempt embossing, that is.

All in all, it is more about the creative process rather than the perfection of the product. So, I will humbly present my three cards for moms who are grieving the loss of a baby...which truly is something I cannot fathom. And my true prayer is that they will find some sort of comfort knowing that someone out there took a little time out of his/her life to stop and truly pray for healing and restoration. If you have a moment, or if you have a spare card or two, please consider donating to this worthy cause. Thanks for stopping by, and please leave a comment with a link if you are sending cards, too. Thank you!

Bazzil coral and yellow carstock
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  abandoned coral, spun sugar, tattered rose, and mustard seed
Recollections white embossing powder and embossing ink
Art-C "Hello" stamp and die set