Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Make it Monday #290: Stencils and masks

Can it really be #290 for PTI's Make it Monday's? Wow. Time flies... This week "that Betsy" does it again, with a wonderful idea for one-layer cards. I don't have the stencil she used, so I made one out of the oval in the A2 dies set. I used Humming Along stamp set for the first time, and enjoyed seeing the hummingbird and flowers come to life. (It did take me two tries to get all the bits and pieces lined up properly...sort of...but I didn't have the time to try it a third time.)
So without further ado, here is my effort.
Thanks for looking, and/or leaving encouraging comments!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 2017 Blog Hop

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It's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop, and there is a wonderful inspiration photo!
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Don't you just love those vases and flowers! I would've loved to have painted this whole picture with watercolours, but I just know it wouldn't have been very pretty. I think glass is actually quite difficult to paint. Instead, I used "Just the Jar" stamps and dies, heat embossing the image onto vellum, then used some Copics to colour them in. My PTI ranunculus stamps were too large for this composition, so I substituted flowers from Gathered Garden. I added the glass highlights with a combination of glossy accents and white gel pen. The background is Soft Stone paper. I look forward to seeing what everyone else has done for this challenge!
And here's another look at it in daylight, instead of florescent lighting.


Thanks so much for looking, and I always appreciate your comments.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Create Along With Us-June 2017



I was inspired by Michelle Leone's card, seen here:
I loved the colours she used, but I had one of these Mix and Match diecuts already cut out in Lavendar Moon paper, and since it is Sunday night, and down to the wire, I thought I'd better use it!

So here is what I came up with. I used a few of the Beautiful Berries:Spring diecuts in various shades of PTI inks on top of the Mix and Match diecut. (But I still like the neutrals and greens of Michelle's card better...)
Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 5, 2017

MIM #287: Baby Wipe Inking

Ashley was revisiting the Baby Wipe Inking today, so I decided to give it a try. It was surprisingly easy! My first card is a remake of last week's card, since I dropped it on my black ink pad as I was stamping the inside!  I hate it when that happens... Fortunately,  it was after I had taken a photo of it and posted it for the challenge. Here is last week's card, before the mess!
I took it all apart, and cut it down smaller, which removed the ink splat at the top, and rematted it. I then layered it on the baby wipe background, and "Presto Magic!" a  new card. I like it a lot better, so I guess it was a happy accident. The leaves are a WPlus9 stamp (Peonies).
Inks: Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Pale Peony and Green Parakeet
Stamps: Gathered Garden,  KIS: Birthday

However, since this may not be acceptable for the challenge, and because I wanted to try some different colours, I did another one, using balloons as the focal point, but because I didn't want to cover up all the background, I used vellum and acetate for the balloons. I'm pretty "meh" over this one, but I do like the patterns achieved with the baby wipe method!

Inks: Spring Rain, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss (Balloons sponged with Bright Buttercup, Teal)
Stamps: Sentiment Splits, Harvest Berries (for the dots)
Dies: Shaker Shapes:Balloon

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

MIM #286: Coordinating Card Pairs

Stephanie has challenged us to create a pair of cards, which coordinate (ie. use similar colours and the same stamp set). Since I haven't used Gathered Garden yet, I chose this set. For the first card, I chose to use just the stamps, and stamped a simple arrangement of flowers, and used Keep It Simple:Birthday to put a sentiment underneath it. It looked too plain to layer it onto a white card base, so I matted it with a piece of coordinating card stock.  I used a Gel pen to add a few details onto the flowers, and a touch of Stickles for the centers of the flowers.

My second card is a shameless Case of Nichole Heady's card, from when this set was released. My photography leaves a lot to be desired, but the sentiment is from an old "Fillable Frames" set.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Papertrey May 2017 Blog Hop

It's time for the monthly Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink, and our inspiration photo is below.

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 I loved the soft, watercoloured feel to the photo, as well as the colours. I used Friendship Bouquet, stamps and dies, along with a host of Distress Inks, traditional watercolours, as well as a Copic to add some detail to the flowers. A sprinkling of Nuovo Drops were the finishing touch. 






And here is what I came up with:


For a twist, I stamped the leaves first on the paper, as well as a few flowers, then painted on the coral buds with watercolour paints. 

Then I diecut the same leaves and "smooshed" then into 3 colours of Distress Inks before adhering it loosely to the card front. I like the dimension it gave. Diecut flowers were added, with some tucked behind a few of the branches.

Thanks for looking, and much appreciation for taking the time to leave your comments! Happy hopping!




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Make it Monday #282- Stenciled Watercolour Background

Betsy is having us use our stencils this week, to create watercoloured backgrounds. I don't have many PTI stencils, and I didn't "really" do a background, but here is my creation. I used a Tim Holtz stencil and my new Distress Oxide ink (Lipstick) and other Distress inks, to fill in the flowers and stems. I added a spritzed butterfly from "Beautiful Butterflies" and some twine to balance things off. The sentiment is from the new "Keep it Simple: Friendship". A few drops of Glossy Accents finished this card off. This will be going to my good friend, for her upcoming birthday.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PTI April 2017 Blog hop

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It's time for the monthly blog hop. The inspiration photo  left me stumped, as these colours are definitely NOT me. However, I accepted the challenge...
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I chose to focus on the yellows, oranges and pinks for my flowers, and add some gray leaves. Delightful Dahlias has not seen the light of day for quite awhile, so I decided to use them. I heat embossed the outline images in gold powder, and used my Daniel Smith Watercolours to colour the flowers in. The background panel is Soft Stone and the card base is Stamper's Select White. I added the banner in Blush cardstock with a vellum overlay, and embossed a sentiment from Keep It Simple:Birthdays, in white.

Happy Hopping, and thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Make it Monday #281: Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows

Dawn used a pretty stencil behind a die cut window in this week's Make it Monday, and challenged us to do the same. I'm always in need of masculine cards, so I used Guiding Lights stamps and dies, as well as a PTI stencil to make a pattern behind the lighthouse. Here's what I came up with:


Thanks for looking, and for your kind comments! They make my day.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Create Along With Us-April 2017

I liked Lizzie's design, seen here:

And this is what I came up with:


I used some flourishes, since I don't have a hexagonal stamp. I used the same colours as Lizzie, but I like how hers turned out better than mine. I may add some yellow stickles in the centers of the flowers, just to coordinate the yellow throughout the card.