Monday, April 7, 2014

Make It Monday #159

Hey there!!

I was awarded an impromptu day off from work today after an eye appointment with the H monster.  She had to have her eyes dilated, so that meant no school for her and no work for me.  She's been "watching" Frozen- not sure how much of it she can actually really see because of her eyes, but it's entertaining her, so I was able to take a few minutes at my craft table and play along with this week's Make It Monday actually on a Monday. That never happens! Ha.

This week's challenge is No-Sew Quilted cards.  My card is inspired by a scrapbook layout that I pinned on pinterest earlier today while we were waiting to be seen at the doctor's office. I am happy that I didn't have to wait too long to use it! The layout is one by JCChris and you can see it on my Papercrafting Pinterest board HERE.

Here is my card for this week's challenge:

 I started out with a kraft cardstock base.  Because I don't have a lot of PTI patterned paper, I made my own using the Background Basics: Chevron and Polka Dot Basics II and then punched out 1 inch circles. I also used a sheet of Brilliant Blue cardstock that I've had laying around forever from my Stampin' Up days, and piece of the lemon tart bitty dot PTI patterned paper.

Once I had everything laid out the way I wanted it, I glued it all down and added some quarter inch strips of kraft cardstock.  I trimmed it all off and then ran it through my big shot with the Happy Hexagon Coverplate for my "quilting".

For my sentiment, I stamped Happy in New Leaf from the Wet Paint stamp set onto a piece of trimmed white cardstock.  I then heat embossed birthday from the same set in Gold filgree embossing powder onto a scrap strip of the Brilliant Blue cardstock and then trimmed both with my pinking shears before adhering them to the card.

I LOVE the Wet Paint set. So excited that another one is coming out this month! I am loving all of the sneak peeks for April.

Thanks for coming by today! See you soon!

Supplies: All PTI unless otherwise specified
Cardstock: Kraft, Stampers Select White, and Brilliant Blue (SU!)
Ink: New Leaf, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: Background Basics: Chevron, Polka Dot Basics II, Wet Paint
Dies: Cover Plate: Hexagons
Other: Bitty Dot patterned paper back, gold filigree embossing powder, versamark ink, pinking shears

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Make it Monday #158

Cannot believe it's been such a long time since I have been able to blog.  The new job and adjusting to a new routine has gotten the better of me.  I apologize to those of you that have been checking in that it's been so quiet around here. I definitely feel so much better when I'm able to do something creative and now that things are settling down with life around here, I'm hoping to get back into the swing of sharing things creatively.

Here is my super last minute entry for this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog.  This week's technique was using watercolor mediums for stamping.  I used to have some really fancy watercolors back from when I was a SU rep, but somewhere in all of our moves, they went MIA.  So...I used what we had on hand. Just plain ole run of the mill watercolor paints and just used the brush to paint the color onto the stamp. I tried a few different things and I wasn't getting the look I wanted, so I finally went with die-cutting the shapes first and then stamping with the watercolor and I liked that look better. So here is my card for this week.

I was able to use some new goodies from last month's release that I hadn't had a chance to play with yet and combined them with an old set. Love that about PTI- so versatile and easy to mix and match old with new.  I used the older Simple Sunflower set and paired it with Wet Paint, some leaves from Ruby Rose and the new Deco cover plate.

I started out by die-cutting and stamping the sunflower. I painted the stamp with yellow and a little orange watercolor and stamped it onto the die cut. Next, I stamped the center of the sunflower using brown watercolor paint.  After not loving the results I was getting for using solely watercoloring on a card front, I decided to dig through my handy bag of miscellaneous die cuts and leftovers from other projects and pulled out the leaves from Ruby Rose and the banner die cut from the double ended banner dies from dark chocolate bitty dot paper. I also had the leftover pieces from the Deco cover plate die so I incorporated those as well.

I adhered the outer frame from the cover plate onto my raspberry fizz card base.  Then I took the center piece and adhered it to the middle of the card.  I added my banner die, then the watercolored flower and the leaves using dimensional adhesive.  I finished the card off using a couple sentiments from Wet Paint in Dark Chocolate ink.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!!

Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate Bitty Dot patterned paper
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Simple Sunflower, Ruby Rose, Wet Paint
Dies: Simple Sunflower, Ruby Rose, Cover plate: Deco die, double ended banners
Other: Dimensional Adhesive, watercolor paints

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Papertrey's Anniversary Party Continues...

Hey there!

I'm back for another Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenge! After a really long, slooooow day at the new job, I was so ready to do something other than stare at a computer! While I was staying home, crafting was a big part of my every day routine and I can feel a difference in my mood without it.  I stayed up late last night to make a Valentine's mailbox for Hayley.  Her class is having a party tomorrow and I had asked her if they were making boxes or if she needed to bring her own- she came home yesterday and said that her teacher told her they could if they wanted to- with her big blue eyes, she looked at me and said "we want to, right Mom?".  Sooo, yeah.  I'm a sucker.  But it was so worth it when she saw it this morning and jumped up and down with excitement and ran up and gave me a huge hug and said "I love it! I love it! I'm keeping this for-EVER!"

Here is the picture of it that I shared on Instagram and my Facebook page earlier today.  It's a Lori Whitlock file that I purchased from the Silhouette online store- hurry, it's on sale!

Tonight, I participated in another challenge over at Nichole's blog.  This time the challenge was to use stripes on a project.

Here is what I came up with:

I was going for simplicity because it's almost 10 pm our time and this girl needs all the beauty rest she can get! Ha.

I started with a Stamper's Select White cardstock base that I stamped in a rainbow color pattern using Background Basics: Retro.  The color pattern I used is: Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, and Royal Velvet.

When that was finished, I die cut a half and half die also from white cardstock and stamped it with the U from Live Love Life in Soft Stone ink, and then the Make My Heart Happy sentiment also from that set in True Black, slightly overlapping the two.

I wanted to incorporate some hearts as well, so I took the heart die from the Bubble Talk Dies and used it to cut two hearts from that same half and half die cut.  I then took some scraps of Pure Poppy and Royal Velvet Cardstock and adhered them to the backside using foam adhesive to give the hearts a little extra color and dimension, and then added the decorated half and half die cut to the card base with some more foam adhesive to finish off the card.

The rainbow of color was so refreshing- bright and happy! We've had a lot of gray, dreary weather around here and today was the first time in several days that the sun was shining.  My mood drastically improved after lunch when I was able to get out and sit in the sun for a few minutes.  These bright happy colors have a similar effect.

Well, I've put off my bed time long enough! I better go catch some Zzzz's so I don't look like a zombie tomorrow!  (Is it Saturday, yet?)

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Royal Velvet, Pure Poppy
Stamps: Background Basics: Retro, Live Life Love
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet, Soft Stone, and True Black
Dies: Half and Half, Bubble Talk

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Papertrey Ink!

Like they always tend to do, this weekend flew right on by!  I missed a day of the anniversary festivities, which makes me a little sad, but it was for a good cause.  My daughter's girl scout troop had their cookie delivery yesterday, so we went to pick up our cases to sell and it ended up taking 3 hours for them to unload the truck.  Yes, three hours.  This was supposed to be a 15 minute errand.  So yeah.  The Mister was so not happy with me that it took so long, but in the end we had a happy little girl and she can now sell her cookies to her heart's content.

I did create a little 3x4 card for yesterday's challenge, but I can share it another time when I use it on a PL page.

For today's challenge, I was so inspired by one of the cards Nichole posted in her blog today, so my card is based off of hers, but with different supplies/colors obviously since hers used new release items.

I started out with an Ocean Tides card base.  This was a color that I held off for quite a while on purchasing.  I wasn't sure how much I would use it and up until today, I hadn't used it at all.  I think I'll be using it quite a bit more now! Love the way it looks with all these other blue shades!

I stamped the flowers from Ruby Rose onto a trimmed piece of Vintage Cream cardstock in Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Aqua Mist, and Ocean Tides.  Then I went in and added some leaves stamped in New Leaf.

I die cut the smallest of the Tipped Tops dies from Aqua Mist cardstock and stamped the birthday sentiment also from Ruby Rose in Enchanted Evening ink. I attached it to my floral panel using foam adhesive for the added dimension.

Here is the picture of me holding my finished card.

Happy Birthday, Papertrey Ink! Thank you for creating such beautiful and versatile products.  I heart you.  My wallet does not. Ha.

Tomorrow is my orientation at the new job.  Workin' all. day. long.  For the first time in 5 months.  Thankful for the job, but hoping that this transition is not as difficult as I'm imagining it will be for me and for the rest of my family -- they've gotten quite accustomed to me being home and able to run errands or bring forgotten items to school.  I will miss being able to pick them up from school and being able to hear about their days when they are still excited to talk about it.  I'll miss being home to have lunch with my hubby every day.  But hopefully I'll enjoy this new job and it'll all work out for the best.  Fingers crossed!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have an amazing start to your week!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Papertrey ink Anniversary Day 2 (Post 4)

You made it! You made it!

My final post for the Day 2 challenge! These were so much fun to work with and definitely got the creative mojo going.

For my last card, I picked Heather's 3x4 card image.  I plan on printing out another of these to use in my Project life album, but for today's purposes, I used it for a card.

This card was so simple.  I wanted the image Heather designed to take center stage, of course, so I used one of the sketches from the sketch recipes.  I first embossed some polka dots from Polka Dot Basics II (yes, I used that set a whole bunch today- it's one of my favorites).  I used white embossing powder because I wanted it to be subtle. Just a touch of something for the background.  I added a mat of raspberry fizz cardstock under the image and adhered it to the front of my card.  I then folded a doily over the top and wrapped some baker's twine that I tied in a bow.

My last little touch was a few little pearls.

This card took about 5 minutes.  So easy.

Cardstock: Select Stampers White, Raspberry Fizz
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Versamark
Other: Doily, White Filigree Embossing Powder, Pink baker's twine, pearls by Queen & Co.

Okay- that's it from me today! As if that wasn't enough, right?! :-) I'll be back soon with some more anniversary festivities, I'm sure!! Have a great rest of your evening, and if you're playing along with these challenges, I hope you have as much fun with them as I am so far!


PTI Anniversary Day 2 (Post 3)

Post Number 3 of the post overload of the day! I really wish InLinkz would allow link ups to the same post if it's a different photo, but no matter- I'm getting them all in one way or another!  If you've made it through to this post today- thanks for sticking it out with me! :-)

For this card, I chose to use Betsy's freebie image.

Can we just take a second to appreciate the colors that Betsy used?  Aqua Mist and Pure Poppy = magic.  Just love it.

I started out with a Pure Poppy base for this one, and layered on some aqua mist and stampers select white. I used the Mini Blooms stamp set and stamped the flowers individually in Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, and Harvest Gold.

I added a piece of grosgrain ribbon from my stash- not sure where I got this one, I've had it forever.  I layered the image onto a Mat Stack 6 and popped it up on the card using some foam adhesive.

This card and the next one came together super fast.  The designers did such an awesome job with these freebies- they really speak for themselves without having to add a lot of other embellishments.

Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Select Stampers White
Stamps: Mini Blooms
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold
Dies: Mat Stack 6
Other: Polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Digital image by Betsy Veldman

Alrighty y'all, one more post to go!

PTI Anniversary Day 2 (Post 2)

Ok, after that short delay, I am back to share my next card for today's challenge.

This one is using the Digi image by Lizzie Jones

For this card, I started out with an Aqua Mist base, followed by some berry sorbet, and a piece of stampers select white that I stamped using Polka Dot Basics II in Aqua Mist ink.  

I added the small strip of berry sorbet that I stamped with the scribble-y swirly image from Little Bitty Bird in berry sorbet ink to mimic the look of the swirls on the digital image.

I used a leftover die cut from Fabulous Frames, a Doily Details die cut, and a Limitless Layers Circles die cut to house the digital image.

This was a fun color combo- two of my PTI favorites- Aqua Mist and Berry Sorbet.  When I first started working on it, I pulled out Melon Berry, but my printer tends to print a little dark and it turned out more like Berry Sorbet.

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Select Stampers White
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II, Little Bitty Bird
Ink: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet
Dies: Fabulous Frames, Doily Details, Limitless Layers Circles
Other: Digital image by Lizzie Jones

2 more posts to go and I'm done for the day! Make sure to check those out too! :-)