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Sunday, September 20, 2015

PTI create along with us

With this month's release the normal Make it Monday is changed to Create along with us.  There were so many wonderful projects it was really hard to choose.
Normally I find something of Dawn McVey's to use for an idea but this month was a little different as a project of Heather Nichols really grabbed my eye so I had to try it out.
Here is the project that I really enjoyed and used for inspiration:

I just loved all of the different elements but what really grabbed me was the tone on tone and that great pop of color in the middle.  Here is mine:


O'Tannenbaum stamps
Classic kraft, new leaf, pure poppy, hibiscus burst, harvest gold, summer sunrise and fresh snow.

I have to also mention that I just love my Misti tool as it really assisted in the stamping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

2015 Stamp-a-Faire at PTI

There is still time to complete the challenges over at PTI but everything needs to be uploaded by Tuesday morning, 7am EST.  So far I have completed 3 of the 6 challenges I want to accomplish.  Without further ado here they are.

Mixing patterns challenge by Betsy Veldman.  She had a great video which gave some great tips and beautiful samples.  Make sure to head over to Nichole's blog and check it out.
Here is what I made:

Sparkle & Shine patterned paper
Tropical teal ink
Think big favorites - happy birthday stamp
Stitched slops die by Simon Says Stamp
Piece on the upper right hand side is from a Becky Higgins, Project life kit

Next up is the Runway Challenge.  I choose the color scheme by Dawn McVey.

Scarlet Jewel cardstock
Ink - Scarlet jewel, Simply chartreuse, Ripe avocado,  Raspberry fizz & Pure poppy
Embroidered borders stamp and die
Boutique borders - Birthday stamp
Fall florals stamp and dies

And finally for the final challenge I choose the Thread nest challenge by Laura Bassen.

Soft Stone patterned paper
Embroidered borders - Birthday stamp
Keep it Simple - Happy stamp
Smokey shadow ink
metallic thread
SEI - Fieldnotes dies - circle and flowers/butterflies

I am hoping to get a few more done before the day is over but I have to stop and make dinner.

I did get one more done.  This is the Make it work challenge.  We are supposed to take a previous card we made but didn't completely love and remake it.  I chose this one from a challenge to use something other than a square or rectangle.  I really didn't like how this turned out at all not even the stamping.

But I turned it into this

Much better don't you think?

Soft stone patterned paper - PTI
Bitty bouquets - flowers - PTI
Think big favorites - sentiment - PTI
Smokey shadow ink - PTI

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

PTI create with us

The Monday challenge over at PTI this last week was to lift or be inspired by one of the design teams projects.  Beat you can't guess who I chose lol.  Yes, Dawn McVey.  I just love her sense of design and style.
Here is the card that I used for inspiration

Aren't those colors yummy and that design so simple yet completely gorgeous?

Here is my take on her card

I absolutely love how this turned out and hope my sister in law does too!

PTI cardstock - New Leaf and Hawaiian Shores
PTI ink - Tropical Teal and New Leaf
Distress ink - Cracked Pistachio
PTI stamps- Leave it Be, Meadows Greens and Sketched Shapes

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Background check class

Hi there everyone.
After cleaning all my windows and mirrors in the house with those amazing E-cloths I thought I deserved a little crafty time.  I am taking another amazing class over at Online Card Classes.  I just love the teachers and there is a little something for everyone.
I have many cards to make this month so thought I would try one of the techniques.  I have to say I liked the technique but hated my coloring so I turned it over to use the other side.  Amazing that is the side I should have been coloring in the first place lol.  Leave it to me to do things backwards.
I think my nephew is going to like this, or at least I hope so.  Here it is

The picture is a little wonky sorry.

Here is a list of my supplies:

Tim Holtz - Crazy bird stamps/dies

ink - Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal
paper - Tropical teal cardstock and white cardstock for card front

Ranger - distress ink - Gathered Twigs

Copics -
Y02, Y04, Y11, YR02, YR04 & YR65

Spica pens - orange and lemon

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink July blog hop

It is that time again another blog hop over at my secret obsession or maybe not so secret lol.  This month the focus was on butterflies and here is the inspiration piece.

I have been neglecting my crafting except for card making lately so decided to make a page for one of my journals.  I had this great idea but when I laid it all out it wasn't exactly as I had imagined.  I looked through my stash and found some pre made butterflies that would work perfectly they just needed some color.  Of course I grabbed my PTI ink as it is my favorite.

Here is my creation

I really like how this turned out and once it is completely dry I will put it away.

Here is a list of my supplies:

Wendy Vichi embossing paste
Tim Holtz stencil
Unity background stamp
Pink Paislee - Artisan chipboard (butterflies)
Heidi Swapp ephemera
Papertrey Ink
Make it Market kit - Garden Gild (happiness stamp)
Papertrey Ink - ink colors
Hawaiian shores, Melon berry, Aqua mist, Berry sorbet, Raspberry fizz & Orange zest

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Simon Says Get in Shape

This idea has been rattling around in my head all day.  Once I got home from work and worked out I knew that I was going to skip my walking routine with my friend in lieu of making this card.  I love how it turned out and I know the friend I am sending it to will love it as well.

Here is a link to the challenge  Simon Says get in shape

Here is my card

I used PTI stamps and ink along with spritzing the background with some distress ink.  You know I can never leave something white.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

PTI challenge

Good morning everyone.  This week over at Papertrey Ink the challenge that took the place of their Make it Monday was to 'Create along with us'.  They asked that we pick a project that one of the design team members created to use as inspiration.
You know that I just love Dawn McVey and all of her creations.  They just speak to me so I chose this one that she created for the July product reveal.

I had a vision of how I wanted to design my card and it didn't turn out exactly as planned.  I am not too sure I really like it but I love this technique that Dawn used.  I just think I need the right stamp set to achieve the look I was hoping for :)

Here is mine

I added some little touches of blue at the top of the card using a distress marker and the distress maker spritzer by Tim Holtz.

Thanks Dawn for the inspiration you always challenge me!

Papertrey Ink
Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie step 2 stamps
Rosie Posie dies
sentiment from Cutting Garden
Ink smokey shadow
Zig clean color makers for the flowers -orange, bright yellow and pink
Distress marker broken china