MFT Creative Olympics Challenges 2 & 4

Well, I found a little time after my sedatives wore off to create another card before the deadline.  I decided on a card that could meet the requirements of both challenges, 2 & 4, of the MFT Creative Olympics.  Hopefully there isn't a penalty for combining tricks.  The themes of each challenge are as follows:

Event 2
Event 4

The time limit for the speed challenge was 20 minutes from start to finish, and the only stipulation on the freestyle challenge was it had to have a winter theme.  I set the timer on my phone and got to work.  Since winter is flu season {and it is definitely flu season around here!} I chose to make a get well card with a snowy winter scene.

As soon as I put on the last dot of "snow" to my card I stopped the timer and took a photo (with my hubby's phone) as proof.  As you can see, it was a pretty close call!

My card started with a white panel that I stamped the dragon image onto and put a die cut mask over him.  I used inking tools to quickly sponge two shades of blue onto the sky before removing the mask.  I colored him with Copic markers, but didn't bother doing any blending because there wasn't enough time for that.

I ran another piece of white cardstock through my die-cutter with a couple of edger dies to create the snowy ground the dragon is sitting on.  After gluing those layers in place and trimming away the excess, I stamped the two sentiments on the panel before gluing the whole thing onto a turquoise colored card base.  

For the finishing touch, I added some falling snow with Stickles.  I sincerely hope that the 20 minute time limit didn't include drying time, or my card will be disqualified.  The Stickles were certainly not dry when I took the first photo.  

Well, that's it for me and the Creative Olympics!  Now I'll cross my fingers until they announce who made it to the podium.  And in the meantime, I think I'll go back to watching the figure skating on TV until it's time for bed.  Go Team USA!!


Inks:  MFT Black Licorice, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass & Broken China

Copic Markers:  BG13, BG18, YR16, RV25

Cardstock:  PTI white & Hawaiian Shores

Dies:  MFT Stitched Basic Edges 2 & Magical Dragons{to cut the mask}

Other:  Stickles Frosted Lace


MFT Creative Olympics Challenge 3

Well, I didn't have enough time to make a card for the 2nd challenge in the MFT Creative Olympics (Freestyle Challenge); so I'm jumping straight to challenge 3:  

The challenge is to choose one technique and one card type to combine on a card.  I went with Emboss Resist and Shaker for my entry.

I stamped a bunch of the images from the Lucky Dog and You Make My Tail Wag stamp sets on a white card base with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I inked up my panel with Distress Inks before die cutting it with the Birthday Centerpieces die.

I used my inked panel for the front of my shaker and filled it with confetti and sequins in coordinating colors to match my inks.  I used a white panel behind the colored panel to help the white embossed images pop a bit more.

I adhered the shaker panel onto a card base made from Lush Lagoon cardstock and stamped the inside with a sentiment and image from the Lucky Dog set.

That's it for my Crafty Biathlon!  If I have time tomorrow, I'll backtrack to the Freestyle Challenge.  {Unfortunately, I'm having dental work done and have to be sedated so I don't freak out.  So crafting might be out of the question tomorrow afternoon.  Or maybe I'll come up with a really entertaining card entry while under the influence of sedatives!  LOL}

{MFT unless otherwise noted}

Stamps:  Lucky Dog, You Make My Tail Wag

Dies:  Birthday Centerpieces

Ink:  Ranger Distress Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, VersaMark

Paper:  Lush Lagoon, Papertrey Ink white cardstock

Other:  Papertrey Ink clear embossing powder, variety of sequins and confetti, craft foam

PTI Stripes Challenge

I'm back today with another Papertrey Ink challenge for their 11th anniversary celebration.  The theme of this challenge is stripes.

I pulled out a pack of Twig Wreath patterned paper and chose one of the diagonal striped patterns for my background layer.  I mounted this on a card base made of Classic Kraft cardstock.

I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them using glue runner and foam tape.  I added a bow of bakers twine for an extra bit of character.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder for some texture and shine.  In retrospect, I wish I had used a darker embossing powder as this color simply doesn't stand out that well on the darker paper.  However, this color does coordinate well with the other colors on my card.

{all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted}

Paper:  Classic Kraft, Twig Wreath patterned paper

Stamps:  Painted Petals, Bold & Beautiful Sentiments

Dies:  Painted Petals

Ink:  Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides,
Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate

Other Brands:  VersaMark ink, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, bakers twine


PTI No Stamps Challenge

My next card is for the Papertrey Ink day 7 challenge in their 11th anniversary celebration, and the challenge is to make a card using NO stamps.  That's definitely not my usual style, but it's good to step outside of one's comfort zone on occasion.

For this card, I reached into my stash of background panels that I've created and have not yet used.  I made this panel some time ago using Distress Crayons.  At the time, I wasn't happy with how it turned out because I wasn't able to master blending the colors.  However, I saved it because I figured I would find a use for it one day and today is that day.

The butterfly panel is diecut from white cardstock using the PTI Butterfly cover plate.  The sentiment is Winnie & Walter's In a Word - Hugs.  I diecut it once from teal glitter cardstock (from Walmart) and three more times from white cardstock so that I could stack the layers for dimension.

I threw in some Moonshine sequins from Simon Says Stamp and.....Done!!

MFT Creative Olympics Challenge 1

I'm playing along today with the My Favorite Things Creative Olympics in honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  I've been watching the figure skating events, and I'm absolutely in awe of the agility and grace those athletes have while competing.  They absolutely amaze me!

Anyway, back to the MFT challenge.

I am entering this card into two separate  challenges; 

The requirements for the Stamping Slalom are to use at least three separate MFT stamp sets on one card.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!  

I started by stamping a white card panel with my images and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Next I inked up the panel with Distress Inks that coordinate with the color challenge; Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry & Weathered Wood.  The clear embossed images stay white after the ink is applied.  Then I diecut some masking paper to cover each of the images I stamped before splatter the panel with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I mounted my stamped and inked panel on a piece of white cardstock and then a black card base.  I love how well the colors POP with the white and black frames around the colored panel!
[To be totally honest, I messed up my first inked panel and had to start over again.  On my first panel, I didn't mask off the images before splattering with ink and the images seemed to get totally lost in the black splatters.  Lesson learned!]

I stamped another white panel for the inside of the card using more inks to coordinate with the color challenge; PTI Picked Raspberry & Lovely Lady and Jenni Bowlin Weather Vane.

Lucky Dog
Tiki Party
Penguins in Paradise
You Make My Tail Wag
You Gnome Me
Lovey Dovey Sentiments
{The coordinating dies were used to cut the masks for the front of the card.}

That's six different stamp sets used on one card.  Challenge met!!
I'm looking forward to seeing what the next Creative Olympics challenge will be!
Go, Olympic Team USA!!


PTI Retirement List Challenge

The latest Papertrey Ink challenge is to create a project using one of the stamp sets on their latest list of retiring stamp sets.  [sniffle, sniffle....I hate seeing their awesome stamps retire forever!]

I own several of the stamp sets on the list, but the one I chose to create with today is the Retro Style: Birthday stamp set and dies.  I copied the layout from one of Betsy Veldman's cards that she made with this same set ages ago.  I'll link to her photo at the end of this post.

Here is my card for the challenge.


PTI Retro Style: Birthday
Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti & Bigger Bang Confetti

PTI Retro Style & Scene It dies

I forgot to write down the exact colors used but they are a mix of PTI & Altenew.

PTI Stampers Select White, Aqua Mist & Raspberry Fizz

And here is Betsy Veldman's card which was my inspiration;

PTI Floral Challenge

Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration is all about floral stamps. 

Here is my entry for the Floral Challenge.

 {I zoomed in here to show the shimmer on the flowers.  I used a Wink of Stella pen to sparkle them.}


PTI Stampers Select White & Winter Wisteria

Ranger Jet Black Archival ink
Altenew Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Volcano Lake & Lagoon

PTI Painted Petals (sentiment)
Altenew Beautiful Day

Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles

PTI Clear Embossing Powder
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Scotch Foam Adhesive

Transformation Tuesday with PTI

I'm participating today in the Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Challenge.

Here is a card I created way back in 2014.  I love this card!  But I also knew I could take the same basic layout and transform it into another amazing card as well.

So I waived my magic wand and......

Ta Da!!

I used PTI patterned paper from the Enchanted Evening pattern pack for the background.  The flowers and leaves were from my stash of stamped and diecut pieces that were leftover from older projects.  The flowers are stamped with PTI Lavender Moon and Autumn Rose inks.  I don't remember what colors were used on the leaves.

The scroll stamp is from PTI Boutique Borders: Thanks, and I decided to cut it into two pieces so that I could stamp one at the top and one at the bottom using VersaMagic Aegean Blue ink.  I also embossed it with clear embossing powder from PTI.  The sentiment is from the PTI Words of Comfort set and is stamped in Altenew Desert Night ink and clear embossed.

Transformation complete!!  :)

PTI Anniversary Sketch Challenge

One of my favorite stamp companies, Papertrey Ink, is celebrating their 11th anniversary this month.  I'm entering this card in their anniversary sketch challenge.

This is the inspiration sketch recipe that inspired my card:

I believe this is the first time I've ever used acetate as my card base.  The sketch recipe says to make the card base narrower than A2 size, which I did with the purple layer; but I chose to use PTI clear cardstock for my actual card base.  It gives the appearance of being narrower than A2, but it actually is not.  I really love the effect it gives to the card!  :)

I used foam adhesive to pop up my flowers for extra dimension, and adhered some of the leaves directly to the white frame panel to create more depth.

I didn't want the sentiment to be "lost" amid the flowers, so I heat embossed it with a purple metallic embossing powder.  The raised embossing adds a little extra texture.

For a finishing touch, I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen just to the darker areas of the flowers.  It did end up causing the ink to lighten a bit since it isn't a waterproof ink, but I love the shimmer and shine it adds to the card.

For the inside of my card I cut another white frame panel to match the front, but did not cut the diagonal stripes from the center.  This gave me the perfect place to stamp the sentiment on the inside.

That's it for today!  Now it's off to bed for me.


Cardstock:  PTI Clear, Royal Velvet, Stamper's Select White
Ink:  Altenew Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Frayed Leaf
Dies:  PTI Morning by Morning, Mix & Mat Flourishes Frame
Stamps:  PTI Morning by Morning, Butterfly Kisses
Embossing Powder:  Zing metallic purple
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
A miscellaneous sentiment flag I've had for ages upon ages


Celebrate with MFT!

Wow!  I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I posted anything here!  All I can say is my life is crazy and time really flies!  I barely find time to craft, let alone type up blog posts and edit photos.  However, I do love sharing the things that I make and if there is a chance to win a prize along the way...well, why not?  Just gotta make the time to do it.

So, My Favorite Things is giving away a $50 gift voucher for their latest challenge called The Birthday Project: Celebrate Good Times.

Now, when I was creating this birthday card, I had totally forgotten the name of the challenge post....I only remembered that we're supposed to use the word Celebrate in our project.  It just so happened that I picked a sentiment that actually says "Celebrate good times".  It wasn't my intention to duplicate the name of the challenge.

The stamps are all from Altenew except for the sentiment which is from My Creative Time.

My flowers were stamped with the following colors from lightest to darkest:
Papertrey Ink - Sweet Blush (stamped 3 times)
Altenew - Sunkissed (stamped twice)
Hero Arts Shadow - Soft Cantaloupe (stamped twice)
Memento - Morocco (stamped twice)

I used my MISTI tool to stamp in the same place each time.  I also noticed that if I stamp all the color layers immediately after one another, the inks seem to fade into each other a bit when they dry which gives the colors a much softer feel.  I wanted a bolder look, so I let each new color dry a while before stamping the next color on top.  

I always start with my darkest color (the outline) first.  It also seemed to soften after stamping the other colors on top of it, so I stamped it again at the very last step to make it nice and bold.

All of the other ink colors used are shades of green from Altenew and that touch of blue is Altenew Sea Glass stamped 3 times.

I used the My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Frames dies to diecut the frame around my sentiment from their Copper Shine cardstock.  I photographed it from several angles because it's so shiny that it's difficult to photograph well with nothing but a desk lamp lighting my project.  (We have a photography light booth in the basement, but I didn't feel like going downstairs to take me pictures.)

The sequins came from 28 Lilac Lane's Spring Butterflies sequin mix.  The mix also has hearts and butterflies in it, but I just pulled out some round sequins for this.  The colors were an excellent compliment to my ink choices for this project.

I have a backlog of photos that I have taken over the past year, and I hope to find the time to post some more of those projects in the near future.

Happy 2018 to anyone reading this!  :)


Release Day 5 with Papertrey Ink

The challenge for day 5 is to take a card that I wasn't very happy with and recreate it.

This is my original card.

Overall, I'm just not that thrilled with this card.  The background seems too plain and the flowers are too monotone.

Here is my recreation.

I think this card turned out so much better!  It has lots of texture, color and dimension.  Much more interesting to look at than the original.

Both cards feature the Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie Step 2 stamp sets.

Release Day 4 with Papertrey Ink

The challenge for day 4 is to download a free bird house template and decorate it.  Such a cute idea!

Here is the birdhouse I created.  I kept it pretty simple because I'm not feeling the best and didn't have the energy to get super fancy.

The flowers and bird are made with Papertrey stamps and dies from Don't Forget To Write and Petite Pots.  The roof was made using a Spellbinder die set and the perch is a piece I cut from a paper straw.

All papers are from Papertrey Ink as well.

My Favorite PTI Floral Set

The challenge for release day 3 is to use your favorite PTI floral stamp set.  I think the one I have used the most over the years is Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie step 2.

Here is a card that uses them both.

Visit Papertrey Ink online and see all their great products!

Celebrating 10 Years with Papertrey Ink!!!

I've been on a long hiatus thanks to the complications of life, but I've been sitting at home the past 3 days fighting a cold and thought I'd sit down to blog a few cards.  

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with contests and prizes, so I'm here today to get in on the fun.

 My card uses the Papertrey Ink Bitty Butterflies stamp set and cover plate die.  I also used ink and paper from PTI and the sentiment comes from another PTI stamp set called Quilled Elegance.

Best wishes to the staff and design team at PTI!  Happy Anniversary!!


PTI Celebrates 9 Years of Awesomeness!

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 9th birthday!  And I'm playing along today with all the great challenges they are running during the celebration.

I combined challenges 1 & 2:

The first challenge is to create a card that's inspired by an outfit in your closet.  The second challenge is to create a card using only the products you can grab in 5 minutes.  [I keep my craft supplies super organized, so it's easy to find exactly what I want whenever I need it.]  I chose a super cute maxi dress as my inspiration piece and created a panel the size of an A2 card front using the Mehndi Medallion and Mega Mehndi Medallion stamp sets.  Since I only wanted to use part of the panel for the card I had in mind, I ended up using the rest of the panel on a second card. 

Papers:  Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Simply Chartreuse, 
Stampers Select White, Stampers Select Vellum
Dies:  Tipped Tops, Button Stacks II, Tag Sale #5, Hero Arts Hello
Inks:  Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Enchanted Evening, 
Tropical Teal, VersaMark
Other:  White Filigree Embossing Powder, Bakers Twine, Kool Tak Clear Foam Tape

Papers:  Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Tropical Teal, Stampers Select White
Dies:  Tipped Tops, Birthday Trio
Inks:  Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Enchanted Evening, 
Tropical Teal
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

I also combined challenges 3, 5 & 6:

Challenge 3 is to create a card that's inspired by one of the inspiration posts that is shared during the release blog hop.  Challenge 5 is a super cute and fun one!  The PTI design team created a Color Pop Fortune Teller to help you randomly choose a color combination to use as a color recipe for a project.  Challenge 6 is to create a thank you card to send to the PTI warehouse staff for all the hard work they do to get our orders shipped out to us.  [Nice idea, don't you think?]

I started my "fortune" with the number 3 and then repeated 3 again because it's my birthday month (March).  The colors I ended up with were Winter Wisteria (my favorite!), Hibiscus Burst and Ripe Avocado.  A perfect combination for flowers!  

Here is the card I chose as inspiration from the blog hop [created by Kay Miller]:

This card is incredibly awesome because of the amazing new products used to create it; the Color Pop Floral stencils from the new Color Pop; Make-it Market Mini Kit!  

These are so super cool!  They are designed to layer perfectly over the top of one another to create an awesome background!  I LOVE this concept and I hope they continue to release similar stencil sets.  Since I don't have anything like this in my stash, I created my own stencil by die-cutting some images from vellum.  

I used my DIY-stencil to create a background on a card panel and then used the coordinating stamp set to add the layers on each flower and leaf.

Paper:  Stampers Select White
Stamps:  Happiness in Bloom, Script Sentiments
Dies:  (for stencil) Beautiful Blooms I, Happiness in Bloom
Ink:  Winter Wisteria, Hibiscus Burst, Ripe Avocado, and to add a little extra depth to the flowers I used Plum Pudding and Raspberry Fizz for the inner-most layer.
Other:  Magic Transparent Viva Pearl Pen

Challenge 4:

Challenge 4 is to create a 5.5 x 5.5 square card using 9 white 1.5 inch squares.  Each square has to be altered using a different technique.  I looked back at the Make It Monday challenges to find inspiration for each technique.  I've listed the techniques used on the close-up images.

Papers:  Stampers Select White, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Stampers Select Vellum
Dies:  Delightful Dahlias, Come All Ye Faithful (doxie dog reverse mask)
Stamps:  Rosie Posie, Beautiful Butterflies, Delightful Dahlias, Background Basics Retro, Embroidered Blooms, Fancy Flourishes
Inks:  Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, Hibiscus Burst, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Terracotta Tile, Vintage Jadeite,
Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest, Plum Pudding, VersaMark
Other:  Clear Filigree Embossing Powder, Perfect Pearls, Copic Markers,
Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper

Challenge 7:

Challenge 7 is another really fun one.  They created a paper crafting alphabet to use as a card making recipe!  The idea is to write your name in a vertical column and then fill in the required techniques and/or products that you will need to use for your creation.

I used my last name; Powers.

P- use pink somewhere on your project
O- incorporate an ombre effect
W- add watercoloring
E- incorporate emboss resist technique
R- round some corners
S- incorporate real or faux stitching

I started off by stamping a piece of watercolor card stock with a background stamp and VersaMark ink.  Then I added some clear embossing powder and heat set it.  The background stamp I used has oodles of swirly flourishes in a stitched line pattern.  Then I sponged on some Distress Inks in an ombre pattern, so that I could have a nice solid base color.  Then I used those same inks and smooshed them onto my craft mat.  I sprayed the ink with a little water and dipped my card panel into the ink.  This created that lovely watercolored splotchyness.  

After heat setting my ink, I used a dry paper towel to buff any excess ink off of the embossed background pattern.  Isn't that an awesome background!  It's pink, ombre, watercolored with emboss resist and faux stitching!  Then I used my corner chomper to round the bottom two corners of the panel.  For decoration, I added some vellum butterflies so that the background panel wouldn't get covered up too much.  The butterflies are embossed with white embossing powder and a gorgeous, Silver Pearl embossing powder.

Paper:  Stampers Select White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper,
Stampers Select Vellum, Berry Sorbet
Ink:  Distress Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick & Abandoned Coral, VersaMark
Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Penny Black Dotted Fusion
Dies:  Beautiful Butterflies & Beautiful Butterflies Layers
Other:  White Filigree Embossing Powder, Clear Filigree Embossing Powder,
Wow Silver Pearl Embossing Powder, Ranger Mister Bottle

WOW!  This turned out to be a super long post!  But I wanted to include all of my PTI Challenge projects in one post rather than doing a separate post for each card.  It seemed appropriate since I combined several of the challenges for some of the cards I made.

Judging by the blog hop inspiration posts, this looks like it's going to be an incredibly great release month!  [Not surprising since this is Papertrey Ink we're talking about!  Every release month is awesome!  LOL)  I'm extremely happy to be celebrating their 9th year in business.  They are such an incredible company!  Their products are top notch, they have great customer service, their design team is made up of a bunch of absolutely genius card makers, and I could go on and on...I hope they stay in business for many, many years to come!  I have been a loyal customer since I first discovered them years ago.  [At least 7 years, but I'm not sure exactly when or how I first found out about them.  I'm just glad that I did!  ;)  They have been a huge inspiration to my life as a crafter!]  I can't wait for the final reveal post for this month's release products!

Happy Birthday, Papertrey Ink!

(All products used in this post are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)