Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PTI's MIM: Build-A-Wreath

For this week's 300th (!) Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink, Melissa Phillips had a fabulous technique called "Build-a-Wreath!"  Definitely one of my favorite MIM's of all time!

I was so inspired that I made 2 cards using the Rustic Wreath die...

First one for Christmas,

I used the Bitty Background Squares stamp set for my background, then a vellum wreath cut with the Rustic Wreath die, which I  inked with Versamark, then heat embossed with white powder.

I added stamped elements from Beautiful Berries: Winter, and the Holiday Folk mini Make it Market kit, and a sentiment from Winter Village.  Some iridescent sequins and red Liquid pearls, too!

Next up a card for fall with the same gingham Bitty Background Blocks for the background, 

This time I stamped the wreath cut with the Rustic Wreath die with another pattern from Bitty Background Blocks in chocolate brown.  Added a sentiment from Think Big Favorites #2.

Some mini images from Beautiful Berries: Spring and Bitty Bouquets.  Some Liquid Pearls in white and champagne, as well as some Glossy Accents and twine for this wreath.

This was such a creative, relaxing technique!  It was so much fun combing through stamp sets for all of those little images to add to my wreaths.  I even have more cut to try this technique some more.  Thank you, Melissa, for always sharing your inspiring designs with us!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Red Truck Sketch

A fun "photo" sketch from Rita at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

I used the pick up truck from PTI's new Make It Market Holiday kit "Wonderland" and a polaroid die from Mama Elephant for my card...

The background is made with a backgrounder image from Cornish Heritage Farms, a snowy embossing folder from Sizzix, and the Scene It mountain and tree dies from PTI.

A little sentiment from Verve Stamps and some wooden stars and Crystal Snow glitter.  The "road" is made with an old Close to My Heart stitched set.  Snow much fun :)!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Krafty Scarecrow

Ooo I love these Color Throwdown colors for fall!  Soft, sweet, and oh so fun!  

I have not used my adorable Autumn Scarecrow from PTI enough, and thought she would be perfect with this week's challenge colors...

I used the brand new Wonderland Scenes Stencil Collection from PTI for the background, blended with Memento's Toffee Crunch ink.

I glittered up the trees with my glue pen and more Stampendous Crystal Snow glitter.  The pumpkins are stamped onto the background, then paper-pieced with patterns stamped with Stampin' Up, Cornish Heritage Farms, and Impression Obsession backgrounds.

I say that my scarecrow is a girl because who else would wear a white barn coat on the job? :)  I stamped an old Stampin' Up plaid background with Versamark onto white paper, then heat embossed with detail white powder.  That coat makes me happy :)!   

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Thinking of You

A card for a friend that I am thinking of...soft blues and violets on this beautiful wreath by Reverse Confetti.  This set if called "Falling for You" but it can be used for any occasion!

Cut more flowers with the coordinating dies, and used PTI's Woodgrain Impression Plate for the background.  I die cut the wreath into the background piece that "fit" it back in, so I could pop it up over the sentiment.

Can't get enough of my Stampendous "Crystal Snow" glitter lately!  A peek of gingham stamped with a background stamp on linen paper, more Copic coloring and a sentiment from PTI's Vintage Picnic. This wreath set is so versatile!

Owen's 11

My great-nephew Owen turned 11 on Tuesday and we celebrated his birthday yesterday.  I've always made cards for him, and this sweet sensitive guy may be my biggest fan!  

He always brings the card over to his mom (my niece) and says "Mom, will you save this for me?" in a quiet voice.  He says he wants to have a bulletin board when he's "older" and put all of my cards on it :).  It's so funny because his uncle (my nephew) who is 3 months younger than me has bulletin boards in his garage, saving treasures such as all of his ski badges, pictures of every car he's ever owned, etc.

Owen is a fan of paint ball, nerf guns...so I used every ink splat set I had to create this card...

Ink splat sets include PTI's "Watercolor Wonder," WPlus9 Studio's "Ink Splats," and Concord & 9th's "Oh Hello" set for Simon Says Stamps Stamp-tember celebration.  The numbers down the side are cut with PTI's "Headline Numbers" die set.

Used Impress Fresh Inks and A Muse Studio inks for my colors.  Added some glossy accents to the "11."  Love how it looks next to the double L's in "hello" :). So much fun to get inky this Columbus Day weekend!

Sunday, September 24, 2017


School has been ridiculously busy, but I finally got a chance to create with my new Reverse Confetti stamps and die set...Falling for You!  I am a sucker for any wreath, and loved that I could take out my Copic markers with this one...

I colored the leaves with 3 shades of green, then using a glue pen, added some Stampendous Crystal Snow to parts of each leaf.  I used red Liquid Pearls for the berries.  Also used Reverse Confetti's "Bitty Banners" set for the sentiment.  PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate and some gingham paper as finishing touches.  I am SO excited for all of the holiday stamp sets coming out!  The best time of year to create!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hello Fall Sketch

I flipped, twisted, and went full of patterns for this week's Freshly Made Sketches sketch by Karren!

I used the adorable new Autumn Scarecrow to welcome fall...

I turned the sketch 180 degrees then flipped it, so my elements would be on the right side. I paper-pieced with denim paper and various other patterns! If you look closely, you can see that I used the old Stampin' Up Linen Background, and some stitched stamps from Close to My Heart behind the scarecrow, instead of using a paper panel.

School starts on Tuesday for us, un-yippee!  So sad to see summer come to an end, but looking forward to fall events like football games, changing leaves, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks :)!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Stamp-A-Faire: Felt Cookies

Project #3 is for Debbie Olson's "Stitched Felt Cookies" for Anniversary Year #7 Traditional Gift of "Wool."

I "may" have skipped the stitched part, due to my poor sewing skills, and went straight for the glue!

I used circles and scalloped circles to make a chocolate chip, Oreo, and sugar cookie.  I used dies from the "Shakers and Sprinkles" Make it Market kit to make my sprinkles!  The cookies are layered and adhered with felt glue.  These cookies will be perfect for my great niece Reegan to have a tea party with her American Girl doll!

I enclosed them in a glassine bag, and made a shaker tag with images, sprinkles, and other dies from the "Shakers and Sprinkles" kit!  I thought Debbie's sweet cookies were perfection!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Stamp-a-Faire: Faux Leather Embossing

On to Challenge for Anniversary Year #3 featuring Nichole with the technique faux leather embossing!

I chose to use Cutaway Tags: Spring as it reminded me of a fancy Western belt buckle :)!

I had some beautiful tan tissue paper that I saved from my one Anthropolgie purchase and used that for my overlays.  I sponged over the top with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I wanted a long narrow sentiment so I found "Blessings" from First Fruits (which sounded Southern and a little like "Bless Your Heart" to me)!  Embossed it on some denim patterned paper, and cut some more flowers from Cutaway Tags: Spring in Rustic White and Scarlet Jewel.  Added a little twine and of course, some "turquoise" to the mix!  This technique was so much fun to learn!

Friday, August 25, 2017

PTI's Stamp-A-Faire Warm Up Challenge!

Papertrey Ink is hosting Stamp-A-Faire and the challenges are all about celebrating their 10th Anniversary, using traditional wedding anniversary gifts as the theme.

For the Take 10 Warm-up Challenge, we were given 10 minutes to plan a card based on one of the 10 inspiration photos, 10 minutes to gather supplies, and 10 minutes to create the card.  I kind of create and gather supplies as I go, so I lumped that into 20 minutes :)!

I chose this photo of sweet craft items by Nana Company!

I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get out some of my old favorites, Everyday Button Bits and Button Boutique!

I used elements from each of the sample items, but most closely followed the one on the top left with the button card.  I loved the berries on the bottom left, so used cherries from Everyday Button Bits.  The little flowers are stamped using images from the "County Fair" Make It Market Kit.

Clear embossed the cherry stem and leaves, and added a little layered butterfly cut from PTI's Linen Vellum.  Can't wait to see what challenges come next!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Color Throwdown Guest Star Stamper!

I am absolutely THRILLED to be the Guest Star Stamper at the Color Throwdown this week!  Lucky me, I got the sweetest photo to be inspired by, with some fresh summer colors!

Green, kraft, and white, yippee!

I combed my stamps for a sweet puppy image, and found the perfect one in Papertrey Ink's "Pedal Pusher" set.

             An extra bonus that this puppy is having some summer fun, just like in the photo!

I added detail by stamping each piece of the bike in a color ink.  I then used my MISTI and added Versamark over the top so I could clear emboss.  This puppy needed a shiny new bike for his adventure!

Thanks so much to the Color Throwdown team for inviting me!  I am always inspired by their color combinations and gorgeous projects!  Happy August 1st!  Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer!  :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Santa Slider

This week at Papertrey Ink, Lizzie Jones had a real challenge for us...to make a color slider card.  I have seen these magical wonders before, but had never tried one until watching Lizzie's awesome video tutorial here.  It was still a bit tricky (even though Lizzie made it look SO EASY! :), but I am glad I persevered!

Lizzie reminded us that these are great cards for kids...and that got me thinking about the most magical guy of all...Santa!

Here is one of my favorite Santa images of all time from PTI's "Believe" set.  The black and white patterned paper has verses from the "Twelve Days of Christmas" on it, and I thought it would make the sudden color pop even more surprising.

I made the slider tab with the Pocket Card die, and just partially cut it with my Cuttlebug so that I would have the fun tab at the top. I covered the hole with a circle and star.   I thought adding those glossy "Macy's" stars and the sentiment "Believe" would be perfect for a card that inspires wonder :). 

It was fun to color with my Copics, I haven't done that in awhile!  Thanks so much to Lizzie for the challenge, it was fun celebrating Christmas in July :)!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tutti Frutti Color Blocking

This week at Papertrey Ink, Laurie Schmidlin inspired us to use color blocking on a card for Make it Monday.  She showed us three awesome techniques, and I chose to use color blocking with watercolors.

Here is my card using images and dies cuts  from Still Life: Summer...

I started by clear embossing a plaid background on watercolor paper.  The plaid is created with Betsy's Plaid Builder set.  I then used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry to created a wash with the emboss resist technique.

Added some die cut fruits, the "enjoy" die cut from the set, and a sentiment from Ways to Say: Birthday.

Some Glossy Accents here and there, and a leftover blossom from a past stamping day. What a fun technique!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fruit Stand Throwdown

This week at the Color Throwdown Challenge, the colors were so summery!  Aqua, yellow, red, and green!  It made me think of all of the fun, fruity cards I have been seeing, and farmstands all around!

I used PTI's Still Life Summer and Green Thumb for my fruits...

 The leaves are from a Waltzingmouse set and the mini "chalkboard" (Polaroid die!) is cut with a die set from Mama Elephant.

The card base is made with my beloved A Muse Studio gingham paper, love that aqua gingham!  A few Glossy Accents, PTI's Woodgrain impression plate, and some white opal Liquid Pearls to finish it off :)!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Her color is lilac...

I had a friend ask me to make me a wedding card and a gift certificate for a bed & breakfast.  I always get so nervous when I have to make something specific!  She told me to make anything, but I was still anxious.  So I asked what the wedding colors were, and she just said "Lilac...I think!"

WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals ALWAYS works and is loved by recipients and stampers alike!  So here is what I came up with...

I embossed a piece of PTI's Linen cardstock with the Woodgrain impression plate, then cut a stitched circle with SSS dies.  I stamped and die cut flowers from Fresh Cut Florals and one teeny one from (the yellow) from More Fresh Cuts.  I layered them over a circle that I sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, and splattered with some aqua and black acryllic paint mixed with water.

I used PTI's envelope die and a scalloped die and sentiments from Gift Card It from Waltzingmouse Stamps to make a coordinating certificate set. It took me forever because I was worried about smudges and mistakes, but luckily my friend loved it all!