Friday, June 28, 2013

Make it Monday, #122-Polka Dot Texture with Copics, No. 3

Here is another attempt at creating texture with Copic markers, using dots instead of shading. Kind of an interesting technique! It certainly does take longer, however... If you want to see the dotted texture a little better, just click on the photo to enlarge it :)

All materials used are from Papertrey Ink, except for the embellishments. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink's June 2013 Blog Hop No. 5

I was pleased with how this card came out, with all of the different colours. I usually stay with one, or two colours, but tried something different.  I used gold embossing powder as accents on the "Happiness in Bloom" flowers as well as on the leaves.

All materials are PTI. Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Ink's June 2013 Blog Hop No.4

This card is a CASe of one the Papertrey's design team, using "Mini Blooms" and gold embossing powder. The tag is from "Happy Days".
All materials are PTI. Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Ink's June 2013 Blog Hop No. 2

For my next card, I went with a more masculine theme, using gold on the diamond shapes, from PTI's "Happy Harlequin" stamp set.
All materials are PTI. Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Ink's June 2013 Blog Hop No.3

Another masculine card, using PTI's "Square Prints" stamps. I like the combination of chartreuse and gold on the dark brown card stock. The background was done with the banner and circle shapes from PTI's "Sketched Shapes".
All materials are PTI. Thanks for looking!

Papertrey Blog Hop June 2013

It's time for Papertrey's June Blog Hop! We are challenged to use a touch of Gold.

For my first card, I continued to use vellum (last week's Make It Monday challenge) for my Year of Flowers: Mums, but this time I embossed with Gold powder. I like how it looks with the yellow and orange inks!
All materials are PTI. Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Make it Monday, #122-Polka Dot Texture with Copics, No. 2

Hmmmm... I tried to do a butterfly, from Papertrey's "Beautiful Butterflies" for this week's polka dotted challenge, but I don't think this stamp lends itself very well to this technique, or perhaps that I need more artistic skills in colouring a butterfly! (Probably the latter.) Wouldn't it be great if PTI came out with new stamps with a design in them for these butterfly dies?!? I'd love that, as the ones that are in the set are solid.
Anyway, here is my effort. The flower is from PTI's  "Cutting Garden", and the sentiment is from one of the "Tag-It's.." series. The tag die is "Boutique Borders". It's nice that so many sentiments fit into these new tags! I used Copics to colour the butterfly, and the colourless blender to make some dots, as well as just a touch of glitter to make the wings sparkle just a little, and some Glossy Accents for the butterfly's body. The paper is all PTI, as well as the stamps.
Thanks for looking!

Make it Monday, #122-Polka Dot Texture with Copics

This week, Heather has challenged us to use our Copics for colouring, and to put some spots on with the Colourless Blending pen. Funnily enough, I just made this card for my great-nephew, for his 2nd birthday, so I already had a card made for this challenge! I love it when that happens :) I must remember to mail it today...
I sponged the background, stamped some reed grass, then used "Boy Basics:Frog Hop" (PTI) for the main images. I used Copics to colour the frog, and the colourless blending pen to put the spots on his body. I added some "waves" with Copics and an opaque white pen.
Thanks for looking!
The inside says, "Have a Hoppy Day!"

Friday, June 21, 2013

Make it Monday, #121 Vellum Flowers, No. 3

I just had to try this again, but with black Versamark Ink, then heat embossed with clear powder over top. I used mauve and purple inks for the flowers and 2 green inks for the leaves.  Since African Violets have an iridescence to them, I went over the petals with a Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. For the background, I used my Linen and Canvas impression plate, which is very difficult to see in this low-res photo.
Thanks for looking!

All materials are PTI, unless otherwise indicated.
Stamps: Year of Flowers:Violets
Inks: Winter Wisteria, Grape Jelly (Memento), Spring Moss, Bamboo (Memento), Versamark (Versafine)
Paper: Vellum, Winter Wisteria, Stampers Select White, blue strip from my stash
Other: Fillagree Border die, Violets dies, Wink of Stella Glitter brush (Zig), Linen and Canvas Impression Plate, Liquid Pearls-Buttercup (Ranger), Green Copics to touch up the leaves.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Make It Monday, #121 Vellum Flowers, No. 2

I had need of a graduation card, so I was glad of an opportunity to make more vellum sweet peas!

Paper, stamps, Striped Impression Plate, Edgers die and Spring Moss ink are PTI. I also used some Copic markers and some Memento inks. Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Make it Monday, #121 Vellum Flowers

Besty Veldman, at Papertrey Ink, has challenged us to make a card with vellum flowers this week. I've been wanting to try this, so here is my very first effort. (I'm sure there will be more cards to come, as this is such a pretty way to do flowers!)
I have a friend retiring at the end of June, so this card will be for her. I used "Year of Flowers:Sweet Peas",  and the sentiment is from "Ribbons and Bows". The tag doesn't quite match the patterned paper, though, much to my disappointment. They are "supposed" to be the same pink... (I may redo it in vellum, and emboss the sentiment before I give it to the recipient.) The white background has been embossed with the "Stripes" impression plate, by PTI, although you can't see it in this photograph.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Make it Monday, #120 Ombre No.2

Here is another effort at the overlapping Ombre technique. I used an old stamp, and a somewhat dated style, so perhaps that's why I'm not as crazy about this one as my last, even though this one was more work. I used 4 shades of ink for the leaves of the tree, and the scalloped background was a piece of brayered paper that I've had for a while, done with Kaleidacolor inks. I swiped the dark chocolate ink on the tree trunk, instead of tapping, to give it some "wood" texture, and used a sunburst for the background, to better fit the sentiment. The bottom left corner looked bare, so I put some Washi Tape on. Still looked bare, so I added some enamel dots--in three, ombré tones, as well. I like the dots, but wish I'd left off the tape... Not sure about this one, at all!

 Materials are PTI, unless otherwise indicated.

Stamps:Through the Woods, Hello Sunshine, Sunburst (unknown. Note to self-don't throw away the packaging!)
Inks: Dandelion, Potter's Clay, Summer Sky (all Memento), Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate
Paper: Spring Moss, Melon Berry
Other: enamel dots (MME), Nestabilities dies, Washi Tape

Monday, June 10, 2013

Make it Monday, #120, Ombre

Nichole has challenged us to make an ombre card, and once I saw all the beautiful cards she produced, as well as the cards already entered, I thought, "How on earth can I make mine just a little different?!"  Then I thought, "black and white"! But then I felt I had to add a punch of colour--red--just to make it a little more interesting, and not so "dark".
Thanks for looking!

Materials are all PTI, unless otherwise indicated.
Inks: Soft Stone, Soft Granite (Hero Arts), Gray Flannel (Memento), Smokey Shadow
Stamps: Wonderful Words: Memories
Paper:white (Staples), Red Poppy, Smokey Shadow
Other: twine and button

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Make it Monday, #119, Flagged Cards

Over at Papertrey Ink, Dawn McVey has challenged us to make a card, using flags. (I knew it was Dawn this week, before I even watched the video. Wanna know how I knew? The card was bright green and blue! Those have to be Dawn's signature colours!) Anyway, I've done a shameless CASE of Dawn, and have produced the following card. I used the coordinating papers from Beautiful Beads (PTI). The stamp is from PTI's Stylish Sentiments:Birthdays, and the following sentiment is on the inside, "May your happiness multiply as each candle is added to your cake!" This really was a challenge for me, as I decided to do a "guy" card, and use flags, which is something I've never done before.
By the way, are you wondering what the die is for the red border? It's what is left in the middle, if you cut out two rows of the hearts border die! See? It doesn't just do hearts or tiny scallop borders :)
Thanks for looking!