Monday, February 27, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet

Quick and easy watercolor card
Good Monday morning everyone! I hope your week is filled with blessings! Today's post is all about watercolor. Over the next few weeks, I hope to devote a lot of time and attention to watercolor as I've always wanted to learn. In the meantime, as I wait for my inner Picasso to emerge, I plan to practice using WPLUS9's Beautiful Bouquet: Mums! I was inspired by Amy Rysavy's card for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #431.

For my card, I used the following watercolors: Ultramarine Violet, Purple Lake, Sap Green, Cad. Yellow Hue, and Raw Sienna. 

Love playing with watercolor!
I am also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Happy Saturday everyone! I've been up before dawn working on my card for Papertrey's February Blog Hop. I started early so I wouldn't miss the deadline for submission: I'm usually one of the very last to post!! This was a fun challenge, and I truly was stretched to figure out how I could incorporate gold onto a dark background. I do think this style is very classy and elegant and the flowers certainly pop against the darker background.

Below was the challenge photo. There were so many ways to approach this challenge, and I think using grapes and fruits on a card would have been gorgeous...but...I only have florals, so florals it was! Since this is Papertrey's 10th Anniversary, I decided to use Painted Petals which is the anniversary stamp set from 2016.

Feb Blog Hop Inspiration
Inspiration Photo
I can't wait to see how everyone else approached this challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe [all PTI, unless noted]:
Stamps & Dies: Painted Petals, 2016 Anniversary Stamp Set and Graceful Greetings
Inks: Just about every color I own! Smokey Shadow, Bright Buttercup, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Plum Pudding, Lavendar Moon, SSS Deep Purple, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, Pale Peony, Harvest Gold, Delicata Golden Glitz, Versamark
Paper: Smokey Shadow; Recollections Toille patterned paper
Embellishment: Zing! Gold Embossing Powder

Monday, February 20, 2017

PTI Celebrating 10 Years: 2012

Papertrey Past, Present, & Future: 2012
Happy Monday to you! I'm hoping this is the first of many posts this evening as I am waaay behind in the Anniversary Challenge. However, I will admit, I have had fun creating under pressure because there are so many beautiful cards on Nichole's Capture the Moment blog that have helped me with my creativity! 

The card above was inspired by Luanne. Isn't her card lovely?? I used her color scheme to create my card and included Aqua Mist as an accent color.

Embroidered Blooms - Luanne

As always...thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe [all PTI unless noted]:
Paper: Aqua Mist, Soft Stone, Text Style-Green Boutique
Stamps: Embroidered Blooms
Inks: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, and Spring Moss

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PTI Celebrating 10 Years: 2011

PTI Past, Present & Future: 2011
For this post, I'm using the Garden Variety stamp set along with the seed packet from Garden Variety II. I purchased this set, probably in 2012 or 2013, in order to 'save seeds' from the garden. Well, I figured out quickly why buying seeds is much, much easier!!

Below is my inspiration from Melissa Phillips. I sound like a broken record, but I just love her style..I guess it's easy to say that I love Papertrey Ink Style!!

Inspired by Melissa Phillips of Papertrey Ink
Thanks for stopping by!!

Card Recipe [all PTI unless noted]
Paper: Classic Kraft, Pale Peony, vellum
Stamps & Dies: Garden Variety & Garden Variety II with Polka Dot Basics in the background
Inks: Pale Peony, Classic Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Plum Pudding, Stormy S

PTI Celebrating 10 Years: 2010

Papertrey 10 Celebrating 10 Years: 2010
Good morning everyone! I am trying my best to keep up with all of the posts, and the one above is for Papertrey's Past, Present, & Future 2010. I'm behind because yesterday was filled with getting my hair done and kayaking. What a juxtaposition! Oh well...that's my life sometimes!

The card above was inspired by Betsy Veldman's card below. I just love her style! So clean and simple, yet there really is a lot to her designs.

Wreath for All Seasons by Betsy Veldman for Papertrey Ink
I need to keep working today to get caught up! Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe [all PTI unless noted]:
Paper:  Saffron Spice and White cardstocks; Golden Days by Fancy Pants for the background panel.
Stamps & Dies:  Fresh Bouquet, Graceful Greetings, Simply Noted A2 die set for the background and frame.
Inks: Saffron Spice for sentiment; Saffron Spice, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, and Lovely Lady for the watercolored bouquet.
Embellishments: Recollections Snow Embossing Powder

Friday, February 17, 2017

PTI Celebrating 10 Years: 2009

Celebrating 10 Years of Papertrey Ink--2009
Good Friday morning to everyone out there! I'm so glad to be this close to the weekend, aren't you? Slowly, but surely, I'm making my way through the years! My card was inspired by Nichole Heady's card shown below. I love the layering of the stamps and the simple, yet complex design.

Fruitful - Nichole
Nichole Heady's card from 2009
There's still plenty of time to play along!

Card Recipe [PTI unless noted]:
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, scrap polka dot paper
Stamps: Graceful Greetings
Inks: Hawaiian Shores, Ripe Avocado
Embellishments: Stitching-Tombow Brush marker #992; Hemp Cord #20 Metallic Vintage from Hemptique

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PTI Celebrating 10 Years! 2008

Papertrey Past, Present, and Future: 2008
Happy Hump Day everyone! I am having a blast looking through all of the previous releases. So far, I have only seen one item I have purchased from the beginning which is the Mat Stack 3 Die. I know I bought the die much later, but like I said in my previous post, I have benefited seeing different ways to use all of these PTI goodies. The card above is another example. Beautiful Blooms II was probably my very first stamp purchase from PTI. While I have struggled in the past with this set, in all honesty, I hadn't played with it all that much until now, and I truly believe that is the magic...playing with the stamps and thinking outside of the box!

I drew my inspiration from Keeway of KiwiKoncepts. Keeway is the newest member of the PTI design team, and what talent she has! It was so easy to follow her simple, yet striking design.

kiwi koncepts

I am also entering this card in Simon Says Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Tool. I know one other thing that has improved my stamping, and that is the Mini Misti tool. Having the right surface and being able to repeat a stamp impression to get it just right is so easy with the tool. Plus, it makes me happy when my designs turn out well! There is still plenty of time to play along with both challenges!


Below is my card recipe, and as always...thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe [all PTI unless noted]:
Paper: White card stock; scrap pink card stock
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, sentiment from Fresh Bouquet
Inks: Raspberry Fizz, Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet
Embellishments: Recollections Gold/Clear Striped Washi Tape; DMC E5200--sparkly white embroidery floss

Monday, February 13, 2017

PTI: Celebrating 10 Years! 2007

PTI's 10th Anniversary Celebration: Past, Present & Future 2007
Good Monday evening everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. I am celebrating with Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary, and I'm so excited to be participating in the blog hop by digging into past stamps and dies to create something new. The card above represents one of my very first purchases from Papertrey...and perhaps my most frustrating. Being a new card maker and scrapbooker back then I know I never liked anything I put together. There were many reasons: I didn't have time to play; I didn't have the right color cardstock or ink; and I didn't give myself permission to start over. I think the last reason is most profound...not giving myself permission to start over when my card didn't turn out right.

birthday wishes

Well, I've come a long way since then baby! I have tons of scraps, partially-cut cardstock, images I've stamped...and...even thrown away! I know...incredible, right? The card above was inspired by Joyful Creations with Kim. What a beautiful card she made! I love the wood grain, embossed cardstock and the bouquet of flowers peeking through the frame. What a masterful creation!

Close Up: Mat Stack Die 3, Stamps & Harlequin Coverplate Die
I tried to capture the same feel using wood grain patterned paper that I picked up at a locally-owned scrapbook store. I'm sorry, but I do not remember the brand or name. Next I layered some scrap, cotton lace I had in my stash and then stacked a die-cut background using PTI's Harlequin Cover plate Die. Then I cut out the focal point using Mat Stack Die #3 and stamps from the same set. I used Pale Peony for the pattern and sentiment. Finally, I cut a 1.75" circle and sponged more Pale Peony around the edges. Using some of the smaller stamps from Garden Grace, I created my own flower scene. I think this is a pretty okay card, and I think I'll send it to a friend who is feeling under the weather today!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hearts & Dangles

Valentine's Day Card for My Sister
Happy Sunday everyone! Papertrey's Make It Monday #275 is all about the dangles! Amy Sheffer encouraged us to mix it up with stamps and our own free-hand doodling! I took her inspiration to make a Valentine's Day card for my sister. Instead of dangling from the sentiment, I decided to attach my dangles to my free-hand watercolored heart. Below is Amy's inspiration.

Amy's Inspiration: MIM #275
I am also entering Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Cute. There are a lot of cute Valentine's Day cards over there to draw more inspiration from. Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:
Paper: Raspberry Fizz & Canson XL watercolor paper
Watercolors: Cotman Alizarin Crimson Hue and Cad Red Pale Hue
Inks: Raspberry Fizz & True black
Pen: Sharpie No-bleed fine point
Stamps: PTI Flower Fusion & Heart 2 Heart #11 Mini Stamp Set
Die: Avery Elle-Simply Said Happy
Recollections black striped washi tape

Friday, February 10, 2017

I "Heart" You!

Valentine's Day Card for my Hubby!
Greetings everyone and Happy Friday to you! The card above is another Valentine for the 2017 season. I will give this card to my husband, Pat. He always tells me: "I don't send flowers to you; I grow them for you!" And it's true. My yard is filled with tons of flowers that bloom year round. At first I was a little hesitant to add flowers to this card, but then I thought why not? He loves to grow them, why not add a little whimsical flowers to his Valentine's Day card!

I am also entering this card into Color Throwdown Challenge #429. The colors are orange, teal and black. I think the thing I love most about participating in CTD challenges is that they have color combos that make me think outside of the box. It makes me try one thing, step back and reflect, and then try something else. I'll admit that my first try with this color combo, while not bad, didn't thrill me. I'm glad I didn't settle and decided to try again!  Below is the inspiration and the card recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

There's still time to play!
Card Recipe:
Paper: Canson XL Aquarelle watercolor paper; PTI Hawaiian Shores & PTI Love & Marriage sentiment
Stamps: WPLUS9 Doodle Buds: large focal bloom and larger leaves
Ink: Stazon Black
Recollections Washi black diamond washi tape
Watercolors: Cad red and Virdian Hue
I also added my own line drawing, smaller blooms to mimic the larger bloom, leaves, accent dots, etc.
Finally, to intensify the colors on the blooms, I added extra orange and teal using my Tombow brush markers. They are awesome for adding just the right touches! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Purr-Fect Valentine!

Valentine's Day Card for my Great Nieces and Nephews
Happy, happy Tuesday everyone! I'm here today with the first of many Valentine's Day cards. This cutie will go to my sweet Great Nieces & Nephews. I will make three of these to send out this weekend.

I kept my card design simple for the little ones. First I watercolored a heart using a stencil I cut free-hand. Then I used a black Sharpie to outline the heart and make a frame around the heart and background. I used my Tombow Feud sign pen to script the sentiment. To finish it off, I added three cute kitties from WPLUS9 Pick of the Litter. I'm entering this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: The Color of Love and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Young At Heart.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Praying for You

Papertrey-Make It Monday #274
Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone! May your favorite team win! Pat and I have no winners this year since Dallas was defeated in the playoffs, but we love the commercials and the food! This is super quick post as Atlanta has the ball! Okay, so you probably know who I'm cheering for!

For the Make It Monday challenge, we were asked to make a card using patterned paper and die-cut silhouettes. I really don't have supply of shape, figure, or animal stamp and die sets, so I decided to turn to the Harlequin cover-plate die to create a quilt block. The sentiment is stamped on the solid  ombre pink paper using PTI's True Black ink. It is from Graceful Gardens.  I also embossed the card panel with the Harlequin to give the card a truly 'quilted' feel.

Lexi Daly's cute card!
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the game!!