Monday, February 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop

For those of you that are new around here- Welcome!  This is my very first time participating in a Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! I've been a follower for a long time, but I never seem to time it right to play along.  I marked it on my calendar for this month so I wouldn't forget!

I was really excited to make something to go along with the monogram theme.  I am a big fan of monograms.  And chevron.  And the color turquoise.  And lucky for me, so is my 11 year old daughter.  I created a set of note cards for her to send notes to Grandma, her cousins, or her friends at school.

I started out with a standard A2 size piece of white cardstock.  I just did a single layer for this, not a folded card base.
I stamped the chevron stripes from Background Basics Chevron Stripes in Smokey Shadow Ink and then added a piece of turquoise Washi tape.  I picked it up in a pack of 4 from Target a few months ago.
To create the Monogram panel, I used some of the Limitless Layer Oval Dies and die cut the scalloped oval from Smokey Shadow cardstock and the oval from white cardstock.  I stamped the C using Hawaiian Shores Ink using the new Headline Alphabet Set that was just released this month.  The flourishes were from the Mat Stack 5 collection Stamp set and stamped on either side of the "C" in Smokey Shadow ink.
I adhered the ovals together and then attached them to the card base using dimensional adhesive.

And here they are as a group.  I can't wait to give these to my daughter! I know she is going to love the personalization!

This was a very quick and easy project and it was so simple to mass produce to create a little "just because" gift.

Now I'm off to see what everyone else that is participating created! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Watercolor Part II

Welcome back!!

For this card, I went a little messier.  I used the same method for picking up the color as my previous post-- stamping the ink pad directly onto my acrylic block and then using a wet paint brush and dipped it in the ink on my block. But this time, instead of just painting in streaks or splatters, I set the brush onto the paper and then did a twisting motion creating sort of sloppy circles.

 I really liked the way they weren't all uniform in size and shape.  I used Royal Velvet, Hawaiian Shores, and Limeade Ice inks and randomly made the circle "pattern" all over the cardstock.  Once it was dry, I stamped one of the swirls from Fancy Flourishes in Hawaiian Shores ink and die cut a butterfly from Beautiful Butterflies.  The butterfly was stamped in Royal Velvet on Vintage cream cardstock and attached to the card with dimensional adhesive.  I folded the wings up a bit for some added flair.

I found the glitter tape at Michaels on clearance last fall and it's a perfect match for the Winter Wisteria paper.

Next, I used a scrap of white cardstock from another project and did a little watercoloring with Limeade Ice Ink and then stamped the sentiment also from Beautiful Butterflies on top in black ink.  Topped that off with some brads from Making Memories and adhered it all together with dimensional adhesive and scor-tape.

This card and the one from my previous post came together so quickly and I am so happy with the results.  I have a feeling that I'll be using this technique a lot more often!

Thanks for stopping by- make sure to go check out Nichole's blog for more fun watercolor inspiration!


I'm kind of a school supply nerd.  Even when I didn't have kids I'd raid the back to school section for new crayons, markers, colored pencils, and pretty notebooks.  { I may or may not have a notebook hoarding problem}One of my absolute must-haves when back to school is in session is the watercolor paints. I've never applied my love of water colors to my stamping, however.  Nichole Heady (who I write about all the time) has been using watercolor techniques over the past several weeks and I've  been dying to try it out.  Today she posted a challenge to use watercoloring in a project.  I made two.  Again.  Well...actually I made 4 watercolor paintings, but 2 of them became cards.  For now. *wink*

For this card, I was going for a bit of an ombre effect.  I used Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise inks.  I don't have any of the ink refills so I used my acrylic block and just tapped the ink pad directly on the surface of my block several times.  I then used a paint brush dipped in water to pick up the color.  Worked beautifully.  When all was said and done with my painting, I decided it looked like a sunset, so I wanted to use something "sky" related.  This little sun from Scattered Showers addition worked perfectly along with the sentiment from Half & Half.  I die cut the circle from the Limitless Layers 1 3/4 inch circle die set { it reminds me of the sun from Tangled } from Harvest Gold paper and stamped the sun in Summer Sunrise.  I then went over the sun and surrounding paper with some "watercolor" summer sunrise ink and toped it with a lemon tart button with a jewel attached.  The Half and Half dies and stamp were used for the tag along with some of the Melon berry polka dot ribbon. The sentiment is stamped in Raspberry Fizz with the little swirl in Summer Sunrise.  I attached everything to a vintage cream card base and that was it. These colors make me so happy.  Read on to my next post for my other watercolor masterpiece.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Color Challenge

Ever have one of those days that the universe just seems to be conspiring against you?  Yeah...that was my day today.  Monday, Monday...we are sooo not on speaking terms this week.  Our water heater went out, our dog went into heat 2 weeks before her spay appointment, our sunroom door is leaking, I had a super stressful day at work, my needle-phobic 6 year old now needs to have some blood work done to try to find the cause of the hives that won't go away, and my hubster won't be home for Valentine's day for I think the 5th year in a row.  Boo to today.  BUT...I did get a pick-me-up from Nichole's blog today when I saw that she posted a color challenge.  Yay!!  And even better that I've squeezed in some time to actually get to play and be a part of the contest.  Not typical during the work week, but after the horrendous day I had, a little time in the studio was just the therapy I needed.

I chose Color Combination #1.  Truth be told, I want to do something with ALL of them, but it's nearly 11 pm and this girl has to be up at 5 am.  I had hoped to start at the top of the list and work my way down, but since I got a late start, just one for tonight it is.
When I pulled out these colors from my cardstock stacks, I was immediately drawn to the soft blues and yellow and it made me think of babies.  I do have babies on the brain because I REALLY want to have another one, and because I'm 10 weeks away from becoming an Aunt again to my 6th Nephew, AND about 100 of my friends are all expecting so baby cards are in high demand around here!

I used the images from the Sweet Baby Stamp set and dies.  That giraffe just kills me.  So stinkin' adorable.  
I also added Kraft and Vintage cream as my neutrals for the card. 

I felt like it needed a little sparkle, so I added some scor-tape and topped that with some Recollections Fine Glitter in "Snow".  I die cut the "baby" using some bitty dot paper and the block alphabet die set.

Thank you Nichole for salvaging my Monday with a super fun challenge! Goodnight all!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sketch Challenge Post #2

For my second entry to the sketch challenge, I chose Sketch #4:

For this card, I raided my scrap bin and found a card front that I had heat embossed using Damask Designs. The embossing powder was a little smeared, so this one ended up in my scraps. Since my hubby is going to be the recipient of this card, I knew he would probably not even notice the embossing powder oops and decided to just use it up.

The Smokey Shadow cardbase was embossed with Black embossing powder.  I used the new Limeade Ice cardstock to create the focal point on this card.  I die cut a piece of white cardstock using the Half & Half dies and cut a slit in my Limeade Ice panel to slide the white cardstock through. Saving paper and still getting the look I wanted.  I used a bit of Washi Tape from my Smash Book- I just love those polka dots.  I stamped the sentiment from Sending My Love in black ink and then stamped the large heart image from Framed Out #11 in Raspberry Fizz and Limeade Ice.  I used a couple little jewels from Queen and Co to finish it off and adhered the hearts with dimensional adhesive.

Limeade ice and black are amazing together.  So fun and bold.  { Sigh.}

I had so much fun creating these cards for the challenge.  Stop by Nichole's blog to check out the festivities for their anniversary countdown.

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Countdown Contest- Post 1

It's anniversary time for my favorite stamp company- Papertrey Ink; happy 6 years, PTI!  I absolutely love countdown week, but even better during anniversary time because Nichole Heady posts tons of challenges and contests on her blog along with all of the new releases.  Double the fun!

I had to miss several of the challenges that she has already posted over the past week due to my hectic work schedule, but I squeezed in some time to make 2 cards for today's sketch challenge.

For my first card, I chose sketch #1.  I decided to shake it up a little bit and turned the squares so they were diamonds and made my flower accent larger in scale.

I started with a Kraft cardstock base.  I topped that with a piece of vintage cream cardstock that I inked up with Winter Wisteria ink and a sponge.  I die cut the frames from Framed Out #2 and stamped those with Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain, and Limeade ice inks.  I adhered them to the vintage cream base using score tape.  I then created the large flower using the Beautiful Blooms II #1 die set on Winter Wisteria Cardstock.  I inked the edges of the flower to add a little dimension and folded the edges up just slightly. I added a little sparkle with a Queen and company jewel on top of the stacked Spring Moss and Spring Rain buttons. The polka dot washi tape that I found at Target is a perfect match to the Winter Wisteria.
 I then stamped the sentiment from Script Sentiments in Limeade Ice.
This card came together in about 10 minutes.  I {heart} sketches!!

See my next post for my take on sketch #4!