Monday, May 25, 2015

PTI Blog Hop...Watercolor & Wood


I just loved the inspiration photo for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink, so many thoughts running through my head...


I started this card on Friday night because the girls were at my sister's house... it's our 14th anniversary today!  So after we went out to a restaurant, we were full and just wanted to come home, lol!  A few minutes later and Jay was asleep on the couch!  Time for my second hot date of the night, with my stamps and ink ;)  So I got out some Distress Inks and started playing around on watercolor paper.

I decided to blend some inks into a rainbow pattern, but thought they were too dark.  So I took the paper to the sink and started splashing water onto it...ouila!  Looked so pretty!  While it was still wet, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the PTI Woodgrain Impression plate...then I was really in love!


I knew I wanted a "cheer up" card for a friend.  So I got out the "Hello Sunshine" sentiments and played around with the dies from Scene It: Skyscapes.   I masked off one of the sentiments and stamped the large  "Sending you a little sunshine" outside with Fresh Snow ink and the "to brighten your day" inside the shaker with black ink.  I left off the last portion off of the original sentiment by masking it, as well.


I settled on a shaker design.  There is gold vellum behind the gingham sun and clear sequins, and mini hearts in Lemon Tart and Melon Berry.  The center pink heart is colored with a Wink of Stella pen.

I will definitely be trying more watercolor effects like this with different Impression Plates, so much fun!

Supplies:  (All PTI unless noted)
Stamps:  Hello Sunshine
Cardstock:  White, Lemon Tart, Melon Berry, Clear, A Muse Studio yellow gingham, Gold Vellum (JoAnn's), Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, Bazzill Candy Hearts 
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, and PTI Fresh Snow, Memento Black
Other:  Woodgrain Impression Plate, Scene It:  Basic Backer, Scene It: Skyscapes, Circle Nestabilities, Clear Sequins, heart confetti die from Shakers and Sprinkles kit, Wink of Stella pen


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ella's Birthday

My daughter Claire had a birthday party for her friend Ella yesterday, and what other stamp set could she choose for the card than "Ella & Friends" from Mama Elephant!  Just like yesterday's post, I had colored this Ella and made a watercolor background tag a few months ago.  It was in my "need to finish" pile, and the birthday was excellent inspiration!


Michael's had adorable denim gift bags on sale, so Ella has a denim hat to match.  She's holding birthday balloons stamped on vellum from PTI's Birthday Style!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pencil Shaker

Started this pencil shaker after I got it last month from Papertrey Ink, and it's been sitting there ever since!  Decided to start on some teacher cards...


The inside is filled with the mini letters cut with the dies included in the set, and some pink sequins. The tag is cut with PTI's Tiny Tags die.


My favorite woodgrain paper from Crate Paper along the edge, My Mind's Eye dotted paper on the inside, and Pink Paislee's "Hello Sunshine" for the background.  The "just for you" is from Whipper Snapper Designs "Sweet Expressions" cling set by Anna Wight.  On the inside it says..."for a special teacher." :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Long Overdue...

I had to participate with Melissa Phillips' Make it Monday this week...she made the most adorable tag pairing Gelatos with stamped images.  I have been missing stamping so much and have a ton to catch up on, including Tracey's beautiful kit at 12 Kits of Occasions this month.  It's my busiest time of year at work, and I have been buried under a mountain of evaluation reports.  The girls have had so many school and after school activities and appointments that there seems to be no free time, even on the weekend.

Since it was Mother's Day weekend, I squeaked out 30 minutes or so to try this technique.  I used the Green Thumb and Turning a New Leaf stamp set, and the new Chicken Scratch Gingham paper in Lavender Moon.


I used the "Tropical" Gelatos and PTI White Linen cardstock.  The inks are mainly Memento dye inks.


I had fun adding some "Melissa" details such as Stickles, rhinestones, twine, and a butterfly cut from Linen cardstock and then 2 layers of vellum.

I have LOVED looking at the samples so far!  See you all soon!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Tag Jeanne's It!

I got to play along and make a sample with the Tag You're It girls this week, and we were to be inspired by this GORGEOUS tag by the one-and-only....Jeanne Jachna!

Here is Jeanne's tag...



It's SO Jeanne...the mix of patterns and vibrant colors, and so many lovely details to take in from the bird clip, to the stamped feather, washi tape, stitched ruffle, and of course, the lovely die cut!

Here is my tag, inspired by all things Jeanne...


I cut some patterned papers by Crate Paper using my PTI Hexagon Coverplate, then laid the hexagon template over a tag.  The denim is washi tape from Michael's and the mini sentiment is from PTI's Tiny Tags stamp set.

The feathers are stamped and cut using Waltzingmouse Stamps "Fine Feathers" set and dies.  The gold feather is stamped on cardstock with Delicata gold ink and then I added black dots with a pen.  The blue feather is stamped on vellum with blue ink and heat embossed.

You can't have a Jeanne card without a flower!  I made this one using the watercolor "smoosh" technique to color the cardstock with Distress inks in Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, and Stormy Sky. ( It's still a bit wet here, hee!)


The flower is actually three different die cuts, but once the paper was wet, I "split" apart some of the cardstock into layers.   I also spritzed the feathers, flower and tag with some Gold Glimmer Mist...


I had SUCH a great time playing along and was so lucky to have Jeanne's tag to look at...her creativity always inspires!  I am sure you will enjoy playing along this week and thanks for stopping by :)!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Retro Ella

I finally got to play along with Retro Sketches!  Loved this banner sketch...


I used it with my sweet new "Ella and Friends" set from Mama Elephant...



Used fun paper from American Crafts and some fabric washi tape for the banner.


Here is a close up of the bunny with his bubble wand.  That bubble is stamped in Lichen ink from A Muse Studio, then edged with Stardust Stickles.  I stamped some bubbles in the background in Lichen ink, too, then added some iridescent sequins for "real" bubbles!


That bunny gets me every time!  I just love this set!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

12 Kits with Marybeth!


This month at 12 Kits of Occasions, it was Marybeth's turn to be the hostess, and this West Coast girl treated us to a delicious "Song of the South" kit!  She had me at the first peek of gingham!

Up first, I decided to tackle Laura Bassen's double partial die cut technique for PTI's Make It Monday. This card took me like 12 tries, and FOREVER to get the final design, hee!  Laura makes it look so easy!  I found it was best if I cut the rectangle first, then placed the "hello" sentiment.  I had tried using the Headline Alphabet to spell "herd" and "moo" and that didn't work out.   Also, my Cuttlebug has very warped plates which is bad for lining things up for this technique.  So I went to my Grand Calibur with flatter, longer plates, and a single word die, and had more success.


The sentiment is from "Friends 'til the End."  Don't look to close, those edges are a little sketchy and somehow the "O" broke loose from the paper while it was in the machine! :)

The patterned papers that Marybeth sent were SO gorgeous and this rooster image was my absolute favorite!


I used PTI's Hexagon cover plate to cut the papers for the background and a sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps "French Country."


Cut the rooster out with the largest label from the Small Labels Nestabilities set, and added silver brads at the corners.

Last is a sweet scene with PTI's new Scene It: Skyscapes dies and a krafty rooster cut with the "On the Farm" dies...


I cut the hills with the Stitched Hills dies from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is also from WMS "French Country."



Underneath the scene is black cardstock embossed with a Cuttlebug Hexagon folder and then brushed over with Fresh Snow ink for a chalkboard effect.

Oh how I love this kit, and have a lot left over to make more cards!  Thanks so much to you, Marybeth, for spoiling us with so many lovely things this month!

Our special guest this month is RENEE, our original Southern Girl, back with some fun cards to share!  Also Jeanne Jachna is offering up an extra kit this month!  Just leave a comment on the 12 Kits blog HERE and a winner will be drawn in mid-April.  Don't forget to visit our Facebook page here and our Pinterest pages for inspiration, now divided by month!