Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stencils and Spring

Happy Easter!  A light and springy card for this week's Color Throwdown colors which I LOVE...coral, leaf green, yellow, and white.  I also used last week's sketch from CAS(e) this Sketch for ideas when making this card...



Here is my card, using Petite Pots from Papertrey Ink...


I used a Hero Arts stencil in the background with some Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste, as it reminded me of the bowl in the background of the inspiration photo!


The sentiment is stamped on vellum using Milo's Alphabet from Lawn Fawn.  Added the "YOU" with PTI's Headline Alphabet dies.


So inspired by all of the spring flowers popping up around our house and the sunshine we had this weekend!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Flowers for fun!

I haven't had a chance to use Betsy Veldman's new "Bloom & Grow" Make it Market Mini Kit from Papertrey Ink's Anniversary release!  It's such a sweet floral set.  I loved the DT samples on kraft paper, so tried it out with the stencils and stamps in the set and some Distress Inks.



The flower pot is cut from patterned paper.  Like Nichole Heady has shown recently, I added some details with a white pen, and some Glossy Accents, too.  Stamped a sentiment from the set on vellum, and used a lovely plaid embossing folder from Cuttlebug for the background.  No challenges today, just some spring fun!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Easter Challenge

At the Fusion Card Challenge, it's all about Easter and I was really inspired by this gorgeous photo!



I used A Good Egg by Claire Brennan to start my card...


I placed the egg over some white cardstock embossed with PTI's Woodgrain Impression plate, and some lovely Chicken Scratch gingham paper, too!


I have started quite a collection of mini stamped flowers with coordinating dies!  I can't seem to get enough of them!  This card has flowers and leaves from PTI's Bloom & Grow and Petite Pots, WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals, and Simon Says Stamps' Artsy Flower Parts.

Loving the spring sunshine today here in upstate NY :)!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Fancy a Cuppa Sketch

A triple challenge card tonight, for Color Throwdown, the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, and a sketch by Kim for Freshly Made Sketches!




Here is my card using the sweet Love You A Latte set from Lawn Fawn, Plaid Builder from PTI, and a sentiment by Claire Brennan...


Love these cheery colors for spring!  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Berries Sketch

A sweet and simple sketch by Linda this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I couldn't wait to use some of my new PTI anniversary release products, and chose Beautiful Berries for this sketch...


Here is my card:


I stamped the berries in AMuse Studio Sky, Latte, and Wheat inks, then added the details and sentiment with Fresh Ink in Navy.  The sentiment is from PTI's County Fair Make it Market kit.



I created a mask and stamped the old Stampin Up "Aida Cloth" background for the center.


The whole card was run through my Cuttlebug with PTI's Woodgrain impression plate, and I added some Glossy Accents on some of the berries.  It's so much fun to experiment with different colored berries with this set!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lucky Colors



This week we had some St. Patrick's Day colors at the Color Throwdown, green, black, and gold.  I was so inspired by Lisa Henke's sample HERE, I love it!  So perfect!

I used my "Blooms 'N Buds" stamp set from Reverse Confetti, and similar sentiments from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Friends" set.




I did some masking to change the sentiments in the set, and I die cut the clover looking flower, stamped it in black, and embossed the details in gold.  It's popped over the negative space in the tag, and there's some dry embossed dots on the white paper underneath.  Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day :)!

Preppy Flowers Sketch

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, Rita Wright created a fun, layered sketch!


I used these sweet new Artsy Flower Parts from Simon Says Stamp to make a "preppy" flower card...


My card looked a little flat, so I popped up a second stamped flower over some in my garden (thanks, Kara, although I can't seem to remember which card I saw you do this on!).  The background is stamped with an old Cornish Heritage Farms backgrounder called "Open Plaid."


The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set called "You're So Lovely," and the two banners are stamped with PTI's "Background Basics: Retro" and "Polka Dot Basics."  A cheery card since spring arrives tomorrow (...I'll believe that when I see it, seeing as how we got 26 inches of snow in the Rochester area last week)!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Anniversary Birdhouse




Another challenge for Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary Challenges.  We were to make a birdhouse!  Nichole provided an adorable template HERE if you needed one like me :)!


I copied my template right on to some gingham patterned paper.  I used a sentiment from Flower Fusion #11.


Cut two different pieces using the PTI fence die, and bent the bottom and glued it under the birdhouse.  The flower garden is made with posies from Petite Pots.

 I cut a piece of kraft paper using the Hexagon Cover Plate and filled in some of the pieces with yellow patterned paper and a floral piece stamped with Happy Hexagons.  I forget how much fun it is to make little 3-D projects sometimes!

PTI Anniversary Transformation Challenge

Papertrey Ink is having it's 10 year anniversary celebration and it's a snow day here in NY!  Got the chance to play along with today's "transformation challenge."  To take a card that you previously made, use the tips that have been listed on Nichole's blog this week, and make a new one!

Here is my first version of the card. 

 I hate this card, LOL!  The layout is terrible, unbalanced, and the sentiment pairing sprouted from an embossing mistake. Just...not a good look!  I only posted it because it was for the November blog hop and I had spent so long trying to fix it!


I used this tip from Nichole's blog...

Here is my new card:


Okay, this is better, but something is still not to my liking!  I think I should've cut the branch down a bit more, and the colors together are still not my fave, which surprises me because the inspiration piece was so awesome!  

Off to see if I can get another card done for the challenges!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop




This month for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, we were to use this beautiful photo as an inspiration piece.


I thought that these colors would look lovely for tulips, so out Tulip Time came again!


I was inspired by the colors, bits of sparkle and gold/bronze metallics, and the script font and curves of the banners.  Also, I noticed the square slate in the picture, and used an old background stamp that I had stamped in Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke onto the grey paper.


It was difficult not using a white background for the tulips, but I did it!  Such a fun challenge that pushed me out of my comfort zone with this color scheme.  Never thought about it for a spring card, but it's so pretty!

First Ever SFYTT!

I am participating in my first ever Sketch For You to Try with Reverse Confetti!  I have had a week off from school and we have mainly relaxed at home.  That means time for me to stamp AND time for me to blog hop and find things that I need!  When I saw that Blooms 'N Buds was back in stock, had to have it!

So I used this week's sketch, although I turned it, then kind of reversed it (no pun intended :)) so that I could have a sunshine in the background...



I stamped the flowers in front of a fence die cut, then blended a sun with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink in the background.


The sentiment is created by using the negative pieces from the Happy Pretty Panels die, and "birthday" from a PTI set.  I don't think you've seen the last of these cheerful flowers this weekend, they are so much fun to stamp!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Flower Masked Sentiment


I was inspired by card HERE by Emily Midgett which was made during Make it Monday #221 when Ashley Newell masked off sentiments.  


This sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #2.  I stamped it on a post it note, cut around it, then placed it on top of this stamped sentiment.  I then stamped the flower tops and mini leaves from Bitty Bouquets around the covered sentiment.  Added some flowers from one of Betsy's Make it Market kits and some sequins to finish the look.  Still love the Chicken Scratch gingham paper...especially in Aqua Mist!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Papertrey Anniversary Tulips


Finally getting the chance to play along with Papertrey Ink's 10 year anniversary celebration.  I am working backwards, and starting at 2016!  I haven't used Tulip Time in so long and was very inspired by all of the tulip creations!



I stamped the tulips with my MISTI and then added a white embossed sentiment from the set.


Only a little bit of twine and glossy accents as "dew drops" for embellishing.  I was inspired by Ashley's, Melissa's, AND Wanda's cards and used some elements from each :)!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Latte Birthday Wishes

My daughter had a party for two friends this weekend who combined their birthdays into one big celebration at LaserTron!  Claire has always loved the "Love You a Latte" and "Milo's Alphabet" stamp setsfrom Lawn Fawn, and I was dying to try out more names with my Concord and 9th "Sophisticated Script" uppercase and lowercase sets.



I decided to do "quick" cards with only a little embellishing since they are for 12-year old girls... so, you know what that means.  They took me FOREVER!  I have such a hard time keeping cards literally "clean" when going clean and simple!  Always a smudge here, an unstamped letter there! But somehow we got to LaserTron on time :)!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Love You a Latte Sketch

This week I am playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch following Michele Ferguson's beautiful sketch.   So versatile and fun!


I used two sets from Lawn Fawn, "Love You a Latte" and "Milo's Alphabet."


I die cut some of the cute cups and little heart and bean images, then paper-pieced the cups with some old My Mind's Eye patterned papers.  Sponged some pink Distress inks mainly on the center of the paper then splattered some watered-down pink and blue acryllic paints.  Lastly some teeny Stickles dots all around to add some Valentine sparkle :)!


Nordic Mitten Valentine

I combined two challenges this week, the lovely sketch by Karren Johnson for Freshly Made Sketches with the colors from Color Throwdown!



I chose to use my Nordic Winter & Sewing Box Christmas sets by Claire Brennan. Nordic Winter is now available at Gina K Designs.


I cut a panel with a small rectangular Nestabilities die, and then stamped a pattern from Nordic Winter underneath in pink, latte, and apple red (Amuse Studio inks).  I stamped a different image on the mitten from Sewing Box Hugs using the same order of colors.  The little hearts are also from Nordic Winter.


I wanted a mix of fonts for the sentiment, so used the lowercase Sophisticated Script set from Concord & 9th to create "warm," and then two words from Sewing Box Christmas in dark brown to finish it off.  I just love these colors together!