Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September PTI Blog Hop - Wreaths

Papertrey Ink's September Blog Hop is all about wreaths. And, since I'm trying to get some Christmas cards done, this was a perfect chance! I used the die from "Birds and Blooms" as a base for the wreath, and then cut out some extra branches, which I cut apart and glued on. I also die cut one of the birds and some red flowers from the same set.  Then I die cut quite a few holly leaves from dark green cardstock, and decorated the wreath with some red rhinestones. The sentiment is from "Think Big Favourites #20, stamped in Dark Chocolate ink, and the star background stamp is from Waltzingmouse Stamps, stamped in Fine Linen ink. The bow is from "Bells and Boughs".

All materials are PTI, unless otherwise stated.
Thanks so much for looking--have a great day!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

September AEI♥U Challenge

Avery Elle's challenge for this month is to create a project based on this photo. 
The challenge can be found here.
And here is what I've come up with. 
The background has been sponged with Distress Ink: Evergreen Bough, then spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist, because the inspiration photo has some faint spots in it, too. The flower shape and colours are inspired by the cable cars, and the arrow is inspired by the line holding the cars up, and it also helps to ground the sentiment. The flower "stem" is the pole. Hope you like my interpretation of the photo!

Thanks so much for looking! Any comments are always appreciated.

Stamps: Oh Happy Day, Texture Tiles, Handwritten Notes
Dies: Rounded Diamonds
Cardstock: PTI (yellow) Staples (white) Michaels (Black)
Ink: Versafine Red and Black, Evergreen Bough (Distress)
Other: pearl from stash, red Copic to colour in arrow

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Make it Monday, #132 - Layered Border Die Cuts

This week's Make it Monday is all about using several border die cuts to create a card. I've used PTI's Filigree Border to make my first Christmas card this year. The die cuts are overlapped on each other (and therefore layered, as per the challenge) then covered with a strip of glitter. The sentiment is from "Happiest of Holidays", also PTI.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 13, 2013

PTI Make it Monday, #131-Striped Embossing

I just KNOW I'm going to have to explain this card, since it is a bit unusual. I will be giving it to my pastor and his wife next week, at a surprise party, as they are celebrating 20 years here in this church, 40 years married, and they will both turn 60 within the next month. So you can see it's a big year for them!
The silver and white embossing powders really give it some shine, in real life, as do the "Moonshine" sequins. The sentiment is also embossed, with clear powder over Versafine Black ink. I tried my best to show the shine in these photos, without losing the detail of the striped embossing powders. The first photo better shows the shine, the second one shows the striped powders.

Stamps: Headline Alphabet (PTI), Ribbons and Bows (PTI), background text stamp (Heartfelt Creations)
Card stock: PTI 
Embossing Powders: clear, silver and white embossing powders 
Other: Half and Half die (PTI), sequins, silver ribbon from my stash

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge-#1

Waltzingmouse Stamps have a lot of fans, one of them being this website, Waltzingmouse Fanatics. Since I recently "acquired" some WMS stamp sets, I was pleased to be able to enter this challenge, their first one!
We were to use this sketch for inspiration.

And here is my take on this sketch.
I used WMS "Woodgrain" for the texture on the "seas", and the ship and sentiment are from the recently released "Ocean Bound". I added some clouds and twine to finish it off. 
Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Make It Monday, #131 Striped Embossing

Betsy Veldman, from Papertrey Ink, has challenged us to create a project with striped embossing. I needed to make a retirement card for a male friend of mine, so I thought embossed leaves would make a good masculine card. I used the leaves from "Meadow Greens", and the sentiment is from "Bigger Blooms" (both PTI). I used 3 metallic embossing powders: Gold, Copper and Merlot, to simulate fall colours. (Even though it still feels like summer here, today!) Because I photographed this card in the sun, it's hard to see that I've used rustic cream cardstock--a little too overexposed, unfortunately.

And here is a close up of the metallic leaves. The metallic powders really glow!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!
ETA: I am also entering this in the Moxie Fab World- All That Glitters is Gold challenge, 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Make it Monday, #130 - Using Heat 'N Bond

This week, Erin showed us how to use Heat 'N Bond to bond fabric, then die cut shapes out of the fabric. My Heat 'N Bond only had stickiness on one side, so I bonded some scrap fabrics to it, which made it a little stiffer and easier to use. I then used Beautiful Blooms dies to cut out 3 flowers, and adhered them using glue dots. A button and some twine finished it off. 

All materials are PTI, unless otherwise indicated. Thanks for looking, and for commenting :)
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Rustic White
Stamps: Mat Stack 6, Mini Blooms
Inks: Brilliance (Memento), Versafine Onyx Black, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz
Other: Burlap impression plate, Mat Stack 6 dies, Beautiful Blooms dies, button and twine, fabric from stash