Sunday, January 14, 2018

Embossed background with stencils

This week's Make it Monday on the Papertrey Ink blog was interesting.  The challenge was to use a stencil to make a heat embossed background.  It's a great idea and seemed so easy to do I had to give it a try.  I went with the lattice stencil from their Limited Edition Garden Gate Kit.  I whipped out four different backgrounds and then went to work to finish them off. 

Here we have a subtle background with the great focal point from Doodlie-Do. 

Here we have a stronger background, also paired with flowers from Doodlie-Do.

For the last two cards I went in a completely different direction.

I love this adorable car.  I wish I had written down where it came from back in the day. 

Hope you like the cards and thanks for stopping by,

A toast...

This week's the challenge at Merry Monday was rather intriguing.  Use a glass on your holiday card.  The two have never come together for me before, so it was a challenge I wanted to try.  Here is my sweet little layer which is something I nearly never do.

I made a stencil with good old fashioned printer paper to ink the background.  Then add the drink and sentiment.  The cherry has a little touch of sparkle from radiant pearls (does anyone else remember those?).  

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, October 8, 2017

World Card Making Day (or Weekend)

Yesterday was officially World Card Making Day.  I was completely unaware of this, though I did have plans to play in the nearly completely unpacked and organized art room, until My Favorite Things Challenge 1 hit my inbox.  Their first challenge was to include a rainbow in some form or fashion and while the interpretation was open I went really straight forward.  My rainbow:

This rainbow die and the clouds were the very first dies I ever bought from MFT.  I remember searching for a rainbow die like this for what seemed like forever for a rainbow themed birthday invitation.  

The second challenge from MFT was to make a card using only die cuts.  Honestly, I'm not sure I have ever done this, but I do have a Blueprint set or two in my tool box so it was super easy.  Many thanks to MFT for having this particular freebie with $60 at some point.  

MFT's third challenge of the day was to use a number.  I still don't have a lot of their stamps so I felt pretty limited in my choices with this one, but as I had already colored the jolly fellow it made sense to use him.

The final challenge was to get a card in the mail.  This was the kick in the butt I needed to finally make this card that that had been floating in my head.  I dear friend of mine is a big animal vet who has just moved to a new location much closer to farm land than where she had been.  She loves cows and we have a gift waiting to be mailed because we needed the card.  So here is the card that will finally get this on its way.

The inside of this "z" card has a sheep and some trees too.  My oldest got super excited when I opened the card to show it off so it must be a winner.  

And since I was on a roll, I also finished up a card for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday this week.  

My butterflies are my fake epoxy embellishments as you may be able to tell from the shine.  

Thanks for looking!  I hope you found time to play this weekend too. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PTI Anniversary - Take 2

As PTI postponed their big anniversary release and festivities until this month, there was another round of fun challenges!  Unfortunately I only found time to play along with some of the challenges, but some is better than none.

I am going to work backward the first thing to share is the project that needed help.  I made this card awhile back, but it always just felt to simple.

I went back and changed the color scheme.  White seemed to bland.  And it felt like it needed just a little something.  

I like these colors better and the little extra shine with  just a little more interest added with the stripes.

Next is the packaging inspiration challenge.  I made a tag and while I would have liked to take it further I just didn't have the time this week.  

I love the Tulip Time set and am ready for spring and sunshine!  Our tulips aren't blooming yet, but this little project made it feel like spring for a moment.  

The next card was inspired by the stitching blog post.  I didn't have the right colors of felt, however, I loved the black and red with Aqua Mist so much I wanted to put that into a card.  I love how this one came out!

The last challenge I was able to squeeze in was actually getting a card in the mail!  The catch was it had to have an altered envelope.  My envelope is very basic as I'm not sure how cooperative the local postal people would be.  I've gotten in "trouble" for not putting my first name on the return address before so this may be more than they can handle.  Luckily, the husband is taking it to them.  This card was fun to make as I didn't focus on an event or occasion.  Sometimes I think I get overly wrapped up in things that pop up to remember to take time to just create.  

This little gem went into the mail to a friend who needs to be reminded work is only part of who she is.  

I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PTI Anniversary

PTI is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a trip down memory lane.  It was a fun trip even if I didn't have much of what was highlighted.  There was much inspiration to be had and maybe a set or two to add to my was interesting to see how my style (and what I am drawn to) has changed over the years.

From 2007 I was inspired by Lizzie's Stars to make:

I drew inspiration from Amy Rysary's use of color, especially the brown flowers from 2008.

I was pleased to see that I had two of the highlighted sets in 2009.  I chose to work with Damask Designs to make a monogrammed card.

I found inspiration in Michelle's kraft on kraft card for 2010 and broke out one of my old favorite sets, Sign Language.

2011 was the year of Tremendous Treats: Valentine!  One of my all time favorite sets.  It never gets old!!  It's so easy to work with.  

And since it was out and they were sitting there, I make this too.

Ashley inspired me to make some simple, yet adorable, heart tags from 2012.  I have the bags all ready to be filled for an upcoming trip.  

Maile's layers inspired me for 2013.

I found inspiration in Dawn's card from 2014.  My card doesn't seem to look anything like hers, but I guess that's how inspiration works sometimes.

Dawn did it again in 2015.  I really liked her Birthday Tags and thought I could use the idea for a Christmas card.

One of my favorite, though under used sets was highlighted for 2016 - Tulip Time!  It is beautifully done and I am so happy I was pushed to pull it out and work with it.

I really enjoyed being pushed back into my art room with the call to find inspiration.  I hope you have enjoyed looking.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tags and more tags

In response to Papertrey's Assembly Line challenge I made two sets of Christmas tags.  I made the first set

I overlaid a kraft tag onto a white tag having cut the snowman shape from the kraft tag.  Added a little color to him and a little snow to the tag and they were done.  Super easy, super cute!  But then I had the snowman diecuts sitting there so they needed to be used and I can never have too many tags at the holidays.  And so I made these

I used sparkly watercolors to paint the snowmen white which is so pretty on the kraft paper!  And then added a little color for the holidays.  I then popped those on aqua mist tags that I stippled the same white watercolors on for "snow."  A little metallic twine and done.

I hope you are feeling a little more festive now!  I know I am.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Sending Love

I am so happy to report that I only need three more holiday cards for the year!  Hopefully I can knock those out in the next week or so and move on to other holiday projects...namely tags.  But for today I am sharing a card for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This week's challenge was to dig through their sketch archive and find a sketch to use.  I found several that I liked, but the one I settled on was from January of this year.

With that I broke out my brand new Post and Parcel Kit to make this card.

I stamped the sentiment in red on white cardstock and then covered the whole thing with crystal glitter for snow.  Instead of a circle around the image I added random hearts to tie in with the sentiment, "Sending love from our house to yours."  Super cute for someone we love far away.

Thanks for stopping by and please let me know what you think.