Monday, February 19, 2018




Happy Monday!  I have two cards to share today.  For the first card I am playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge:  Framing Sentiments and Images.   Fusion Card Challenge:  Spring Wreath.  I hope it is obvious I used the inspiration photo on the right.  



I started with some Papertrey Ink True black card stock for the base as well as the background layers.  The top black frame panel was die cut with the Mix and Mat: Scallop die.  I chose not to do the inner portion and used a score pal and created the vertical embossing on the inside. 


Next, I die cut and stamped the Twig Wreath die and the Twig Wreath stamp set wreath portion for some layered framing.  I used cocoa bean card stock and stamped the wreath using chocolate chip ink.  For the floral images I die cut Bloomin' Cute dies with stampers select white card stock and stamped with the floral images from the Bloomin' Cute stamp set.  


For the sentiment, I used one from the Twig Wreath stamp set.  I used the stitched sentiment strip from Tag Sale: Quilted die.  I used some copic opaque white to create some splatters on my card for added interest.  I finished with a few clear sequins.


For my second card, I am playing along with Inspired by All the Little Things and Case This Sketch. 





I started with a soft stone card base and some soft stone bitty big pattern paper with horizontal stripes to mimic the distress wood in the background.  Next, I stamped a background vertical panel for the background using a retired Anniversary set from a couple of years ago.  I saw this set used many times in recent weeks and thought I would revisit it, too.  I used flowers and soft color tones found in the inspiration piece.


Once my background was stamped, I die cut it using the Wine Bottle Tag #2 die. I love all of the components of this die and have never used it for wine yet. Once I had this panel, I used the PTI Limitless Layered Circles dies to create the other element on the card.  I used some sweet blush bitty big to frame the inner circle.  I added a layered gold "Hello" die from Bloomin' Cute die sentiment die collection. 


 I felt that the card still needed a little something.  I decided to add the Circle Scribbles die in vellum to tuck under the sides to create some added texture and detailing.  I finished my card with some clear sequins.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Betty


Sunday, February 11, 2018


Happy Sunday!  I spent some time in my craft room today creating a couple of cards for Papertrey Inks Celebrating 11 Years Challenges! 




This card is for Day 4:  Floral Challenge!
I decided to use  Warm Regards stamp set.  I started with some watercolor paper.  I stamped and white embossed the outline images of the dogwood flowers.


Next, I stamped the stem and leaves using PTI cocoa bean and olive twist inks. Using a water brush I lightly shaded the inside of the petals with soft stone ink.  For the floral center I just lightly tapped the stamp holding it in my hand using some spring moss ink. For shading I added just a very light touch of the cocoa ink using a water brush.


I used the water brush to lightly brush around the edges of the leaves and the branches to create a watercolor effect with the stamps.  I grounded the image with some Ranger Tumbled Glass distress ink for the background.  



I added some tiny black splashes all over the panel.  I added a sentiment using PTI Scripted stamp set in Versafine Onyx black ink.  I also used  Wine Bottle Tag #2 die (the smallest flag strip) to stamp and white emboss the rest of the sentiment. I added a panel of true black card stock to the  watercolor panel to help stabilize it as water can cause some warping.  I also love the tiny border of true black.  I used olive twist cardstock for the card base.  I finished my card with a few clear sequins.

  


The next card is for Day 5:  To create a card using stamps from the Retirement List.  For this one I chose to use Cutting Garden stamp set and Cutting Garden die collection.  I die cut the flowers and the leaves using watercolor paper.  I inked the flowers with scarlet jewel ink and misted them with water, then stamped them again in pure poppy with no water.  I love the rich blend of reds this gives.  The leaves were pretty much done the same way.  I used some prairie grass and kraft inks here.
  

For the background I chose to distress watercolor stencil.  I used one of the Stencil Basics: Diamond Stencils using kraft ink. I flicked on some black splatters.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set.  I added some loose threading and a few clear sequins to finish my card.

I am playing along with The Paper Players and TGIF Challenges with my second card.  




As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty



Friday, February 9, 2018




It's Friday!  I am enjoying playing along with this week's Papertrey Inks Celebrating 11 years challenges.  





This card is for Day 3: Transformation Tuesday Challenge.  The purpose of today's challenge is to redo or transform a card that you did not particularly love the first time around.  I chose to use this card of mine. 


I am not saying I hate it.  I just wanted to redo it.  It was for an inspiration challenge.  I wanted to do the watercolor background resist in hues of pinks.  Instead of the sparkly blue leaf focal point, I wanted some pink on pink florals.

Here is my card transformation.



I started with some water color paper.  I stamped the Cover Up: Quatrefoil background stamp  in versamark and white embossed.  Next, I used ranger inks to create a gradient effect with hues of pinks.  


Next, I die cut and stamped Gran's Gardens stamp set and Gran's Garden dies.  I used PTI inks in hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz, and scarlett jewel for the flowers and buds.  I used Prairie Grass ink for the leaves.  



I die cut a sentiment strip using Wine Bottle Tag #2 die.  I stamped the sentiment from Birthday Strings Mini stamp set  using black ink.  I used some foam tape to pop up the panel and attach it to a  PTI Stamper's Select white card stock card base.  I finished the card with a few clear sequins.  

I am playing along with CAS(E)ThisSketch Challenge.  



As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty
Wednesday, February 7, 2018



Happy Wednesday!  I had a chance to get crafty last night so I could play along with Papertrey Inks 11th Anniversary Celebration.  Day 1 is a sketch challenge.



I love sketch challenges.  It was hard to choose which sketch I wanted to do.  February is a busy month for us with lots of birthdays and Valentine's Day.  I needed a manly Birthday card for my father-in-law.  I decided to use Keeway's sketch because it  was a horizontal card.  I thought this was a great sketch for me since I rarely do horizontal cards.  



I chose to make a side folding because I wanted to use PTI Noted: Scallop A2 Vertical die.  I used PTI enchanted evening card stock for the base and stamped Cover Up: Quatrefoil background stamp using PTI enchanted ink.   I layered a Stamper's Select white card stock die cut with one of the half and half die collection shapes with the same quatrefoil background stamp for some contrast.



For the focal image I die cut and stamped the Grand Finale Anniversary stamp set and Grand Finale dies using more of the Enchanted Evening ink.  I love this image stamped in blue.  I stamped the "happy" sentiment from Birthday Cheer stamp set and added the coordinating Birthday Cheer die cut in  gold foil card stock.  I did add a few clear sequins and loose threading for added detail.  

I am also playing along with Seize the Birthday! 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Happy Sunday!  Popping in with a card to share.  I am playing along with a few blog challenges today.  I am playing along with this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge: Using different types of paper.  When I thought different types of papers, my mind, for some reason, automatically went to recycling.  I started with my card base using PTI Stamper's Select white card stock


  Next, I cut a piece of Bath and Body Works paper bag from Christmas(note the letters at the bottom almost spell Bath).  I thought the buffalo plaid background mimics the inspiration photos brick background.  Plus, I was playing off of the green moss and black bike colors.  I kept the top edge detailing that came with the bag. I thought it offered a more rustic look like the outdoor scene.  Next, I die cut and stamped PTI With All My Heart stamp set using PTI Limitless Layers: Hearts die collection using PTI pure poppy ink.  For the black and white layered frame, I again used the Limitless Layers: Hearts and the black and white tissue paper that comes with a Sephora Bag.  I did glue it to a stamper's select white die cut limitless layers: heart die so it looked more crisp white.  When I started assembling the card, I felt like it needed something more on the background to follow along with the sketch.   


I used PTI Star Scribble stamp set and white embossed the images. Since this gift bag paper has a bit of a sheen, it was difficult to get a perfect impression, but I really liked the distressed look for this card.  I die cut a sentiment strip and added a white on white row of hearts using PTI heart border die.  I did cut out one in red.  I stamped the sentiment and added the beads using PTI True Black baker's twine.  I finished my card with a few clear sequins.  I think this looks perfect to give to my hubby for Valentine.  Outdoorsy and masculine. 

I am also playing along with Inspired by All the Little Things 




As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

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