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.)


One Stamp 5 Ways

The final challenge of the Holiday Style class is to use one stamp or stamp set in 5 different ways.  Since I've been either sick or working the past several days, I haven't had time to create 5 cards yet.  However, I did manage to get the first one done and I plan to add the rest as soon as I can get them finished.

The stamp set I am using as my main focus is Deck The Halls from Papertrey Ink.

I'll be back later with the details on this card, as well as the other 4 I plan to make.  :)


Sparkly Lights

I'm back for day 7 of the Holiday Style card class from Online Card Classes.

Day 7 focuses on Shimmer & Shine, so I pulled out some glitter embossing powder that I've had FOREVER to use on this card.

 I have to tell you, this northern lights technique is a lot harder to accomplish than I thought it would be.  I wasn't entirely happy with how mine came out either, but once I added the glitter embossing powder, I liked it a bit better.  Mostly, I didn't like how the colored parts look so straight and uniform across the background.  Anyway, the sky was done using Distress inks and sponge applicators for the colored portions.  Then, I was having trouble adding the black areas of the sky, so I ended up water coloring it using black Distress ink and water with a large paint brush.

Once I gave up on perfection, I set the panel aside to dry and worked on die cutting and coloring the other elements of my card.  The yeti and trees are from Lawn Fawn.  The camp fire is from Purple Onion Designs.  And I used an Avery Elle die to cut the snowy hills.  Everything was colored with Copic Markers, and some elements were popped up with foam tape.

The other thing I'm not totally thrilled with is how the glitter in this embossing powder completely hides the colored background if you turn it at an angle.  This is a holographic glitter so it appears to change colors as you turn it in the light.  So I guess it still has a bit of a northern lights feel about it no matter how you look at it, but I like the direct, head on view the best.

Overall, I still think it's a super adorable card, and it DEFINITELY has shimmer and shine!  But I think I'll need to practice my "northern lights" some more before I'll be happy with myself.

However, it's all about that little Yeti anyway, and he's the cutest little Yeti ever!  :)  Don't you think?


Warm Whimsical Wishes

Day 5 of the Holiday Style class is centered on Cute & Whimsical cards.

I don't pull out my Lawn Fawn stamps often enough, and they definitely say "cute" and "whimsical".  So I pulled out my Making Frosty Friends stamp set for this card.

To start with, I stamped out my scene on scratch paper with the images overlapping to get a feel for what order I would need to stamp everything.  Then I used my "rough draft" as a guide for lining up my stamps on my Misti and stamping them out in order.  As I stamped each image, I would cover it with a mask before stamping the overlapping images.

After all the images were stamped out, I used Distress inks and ink blending tools to sponge the blue sky background.  Next, I used the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp and Texture Paste to add the snow to the background.  Once the "snow" was dry, I peeled off my masks and colored my images with Copic markers.  I forgot to use a good blending paper, so I didn't do any blending.  I did use the colorless blender to soften the tummies of the birds and add dots to the ear muffs.

Here you can see the snow texture better and some of the coloring detail as well.  I gave the top hat a blended look simply by leaving part of it lighter gray and coloring over the rest with a darker gray.  It's not actually blended, but gives the impression that it is.

My hubby asked me to make a card for a friend of his who is going through a rough patch right now.  It's just a little thinking of you, but I wanted him to know that our FAMILY is thinking of him.  So the characters I used are representational of our family.  My husband, myself, our son, and our two dogs.  Each is colored with the favorite colors of the person, and the scarves on the birds match the collars on our dogs.  I don't know whether Ken will pick up on all of that, but it's there nonetheless. 

Warm wishes to all of you too!  It's certainly been cold here the past few days.  Wherever you are, think warm thoughts.  :) 

Oh!  I almost forgot!  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamp set.  Bye!

Just The Classics

I'm back with another card inspired by the Holiday Style class from Online Card Classes.  

The theme for day 3 is Classic & Elegant.  I don't know about elegant, but I think that sleds are definitely classic!  Don't you?

This first one will be my Daddy-O's birthday card next month.  All the products I used are from Papertrey Ink except for the Stickles on the sled.

I popped up the sled with foam tape for some dimension and the evergreen sprigs were popped up slightly with two layers of glue dots.

I love the sentiment combo on the inside of the card!  :)  Happy brrrrrrr-thday!  LOL

This second one will be for my boss's birthday, which is the same week as my Dad's.  All products on this card are from Papertrey Ink.

I popped up all the little pine sprigs with foam dots and adhered the button on with glue dots.

I used the same sentiments inside as before and added another pine sprig.

I think all the green and red add to the "classic" feel of these cards as well.  What do you think?