Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make It Monday- Heat Embossing on Die Cuts

Hello out there; I hope you are having a great Wednesday!
I have a card made for the current Make It Monday challenge from Papertrey Ink, heat embossing on die cuts and/ or two step stamps.
I really enjoyed Erin's tips for embossing the die cuts without burning your fingers; I'm just embarrassed I hadn't thought of it before, especially considering I've had scorched fingertips on numerous occasions.
I was in a "pink" mood, so here she is:
Let me pass on a little tip- If you stitch the double layered circles, and then lift the edges of the top circles toward the center (for a bit of dimension)- BE GENTLE. I'm afraid I must have been too rough with my circles, so a couple of them are crinkled.
Here's a better look at the embossing:

I also paper pieced my little embossed cupcake, which gave me multiple opportunities to try out this new (to me) technique for embossing my die cuts. I will definitely do them this way going forward.
One more photo:
A little cupcake love. I love that cupcake image, how 'bout you?

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White, Sweet blush, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz
Patterned paper: PTI- (from pattern packs)- Sweet Blush, Classic Kraft, Limeade Ice
Stamps: PTI- Baby Button Bits, Tag-its #3
Inks: PTI- Sweet blush, Raspberry Fizz; Versamark
Embossing powder: Filagree- White
Dies: PTI- Cover Plate: Circles, Baby Button Bits, Victorian Lace border
Buttons: PTI- Raspberry Fizz vintage buttons

Friday, April 11, 2014

Make It Monday Diamonds

Hi there, me again! I've got my final card for this week's Make It Monday challenge.
This is one of those rare occasions that I run out of time before running out of ideas, rare, very rare indeed.
I won't be around this weekend, so this is it for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed making mini paper quilts, and hope I haven't bored you too much.
This one has no particular named pattern, I just wanted to use those diamonds again, and using the cut cover plate allows them to be lined up so perfectly.
I'm thinking about making some of these for Christmas cards...
One thing I learned with this card- make sure your little quilt pieces are firmly adhered to your card before doing your embossing. Otherwise they might squirm around a bit, like some of my corner pieces did. Boo-hiss!

This ended up being a fairly productive week for me card-wise {happy sigh}, not so much for the rest of my house, seems it doesn't clean itself. {unhappy sigh}
Worst of all is my studio. It literally looks like a patterned paper factory exploded in here. So I guess I will say goodbye for a couple of days. Thanks for hanging out with me this week.

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye- Home
Stamps: PTI- Happy Harlequin
Inks: PTI- Hibiscus Burst; Versafine- Onyx Black
Dies: PTI- Cover Plate: Harlequin, Cover Plate: Quatrefoil, Tag Sale 7
Baker's twine- PTI- Pure Poppy baker's twine

Father's Day No-Sew Quilting

I have another card for this week's Make It Monday challenge, the no-sew quilting.
Using the diamonds from the Harlequin cover plate again, I wanted to try a Bethlehem Star pattern.
I also wanted to try an Americana look with this one, so here it is:
 Instead of the normal A2 size, I made this one a 5 inch square, so I could get a bit more star on here.
This is a fascinating pattern, you could just keep going and going....
I used the same cover plate to do the "quilting" on this one, I just wanted to see what it looked like:
So to point out the obvious, I made this one into a Father's Day card; I do believe I'll give this one to my dad this year.
I'll have one more a little later on, before I call it a day.

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Classic Kraft
Patterned paper: PTI- (all from pattern packs) Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: PTI- My Hero, My Dad
Ink: Versafine- Onyx Black
Dies: PTI- Cover Plate: Harlequin

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wedding Day No-Sew Quilting

It's Thursday, already? Where has the week gone?
I have another card for this week's Make It Monday challenge; this time my variation of the classic Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern:
So yeah, this one was a bit "fiddly", but if you have the time and patience, I think it's a fairly cool end result. Still, nothing like a real double wedding ring quilt, but...
The obligatory close-up:
I'm still really enjoying this challenge, but I have to admit, I had more than a few failures yesterday. I guess not all of those spectacular quilt patterns translate well to paper.... can't win 'em all.   : )
What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White
Patterned paper: PTI (all from the pattern packs)- Lemon Tart, Sweet Blush, Lavender Moon, Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist, and Winter Wisteria
Stamps: PTI- Year of Flowers: Roses
Ink: PTI- Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI- Tag Sale 10; Spellbinders- Classic Circle
Impression plates: PTI- Sheet Music, Wrought Iron

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tumbling Blocks (a no-sew quilted card)

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!
Who else is having a blast with this week's Make It Monday challenge?
I know, so many quilt patterns, so little time.
The card I am sharing today was inspired by THIS quilt. I stumbled across this site while searching for quilt patterns I wanted to turn into cards. When I saw this quilt, I literally said "WOAH" out loud, and I knew I had to try to recreate that beauty in paper. I don't believe I did the actual quilt justice, but I gave it a shot:
This is a Tumbling Blocks pattern, and perhaps I am just easily entertained, but I find it fascinating that simple diamonds can be turned into blocks like this.
A closer look at the quilting:
If I were to make another one of these cards, I probably wouldn't use the Sunshine Impression Plate for the quilting. It's kind of hard on the eyes if you look at it a while.
I'll have another card in a bit- did I mention I am REALLY enjoying this challenge?

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White, Scarlet Jewel, True Black
Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas; PTI- True Black pattern pack
Stamps: PTI- Women of Life
Ink: Versafine- Onyx Black
Dies: PTI- Bloom Builders  #3, Cover Plate: Harlequin; Spellbinders- Nested Lacey Pennants
Impression plate: PTI- Sunshine
Other: black grograin trim (from stash); sequins (from Hobby Lobby)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Make It Monday- No Sew Quilted Cards

Hi again!
I'm sharing a card for this week's Make It Monday challenge: the no-sew quilted card.
When I saw this challenge, and watched the video, my itty bitty brain just wouldn't stop spinning.
I absolutely adore the artistry of quilts, the amazing colors and patterns, well, I won't bore you, but I really love quilts. Some day I WILL gather the courage to make one.
I've been inspired to create a card based on a quilt once before. I made THIS card, inspired by THIS quilt, if you'd like to have a look.
Okay, enough chatty, here's my card:
I chose to use one of the many variations of the Flying Geese pattern. I've got to say, any of the Cover Plate dies with geometric shapes make wonderful quilt pieces.
Here's a closer view of the "quilting":

That's it for now; I've got another idea in the works, but it's going to take me a while to put together, so I need to get started.

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White
Patterned paper- K & Company, Bo Bunny (from my scrap drawer)
Stamps: PTI- Doodlie-do
Ink: Versafine- Onyx black
Dies: PTI- Sending You (leaves), Tag Sale 8, Cover Plate: Triangles, Lace Impressions
Twine: PTI- Rustic Cream button twine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Make It Monday- Stamping with Watercolor Mediums

Hi there! I finally got to make my card for this week's Make It Monday challenge.

Heather used Gelatos in her video, but I had one teensy problem with that. I didn't have any. I've been curious about them, but resisted the purchase somehow. I wanted to participate in this challenge, so hooray for Amazon Prime. My Gelatos arrived today, and I've already put them to use:
I used the two green shades that came in the 12 pack, to color those gorgeous fern frond looking images in the Meadow Greens set. Ooh, those Gelatos, they glide so smoothly!
Anyway, I wasn't happy with the color of my border die, so I flipped it over, and watercolored it, too.
What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Vintage Cream
Patterned paper: K & Company (don't remember which line)
Stamps: PTI- Meadow Greens, Harvest Berries
Ink: PTI- Dark Chocolate
Dies: PTI- Leafy Vine border die
Watercolors: Faber-Castell
Twine: PTI- Rustic Cream button twine
Button: small wooden button from my stash

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Make It Monday- DIY Cover Plate

Okay, so this week's Make It Monday challenge is one of those, "why haven't I done this before?" kind of things.
I thought I'd have fun with this one, and make a little whimsical something:

I liked the way the light hit this photo overall, but it didn't show off the gold stars as well as this one:
I think those little critter images are just adorable, don't you agree?
Also, I only purchased the Sunshine Impression Plate last month. One of those items I was on the fence about, but now I wish I had purchased this sooner.
Um, yes, did I mention I used the Skater Dude die to fashion my cover plate? After bit of masking, some coloring, and a trip through the Cuttlebug, we have whimsy.
What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Gold (from the Make It Market kit)
Stamps: PTI- Tremendous Treats: Birthday
Ink: Versafine- Onyx Black
Dies: PTI- Skater Dude, Tag Sale #10 (banner), Seeing Stars
Impression plate: PTI- Sunshine
Markers: Copic
Other: 3/16" handheld star punch

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PTI March Blog Hop- High Gloss

For my third and final card for this month's Blog Hop, I wanted to use a stamp set that hadn't seen any love yet. Yeah, I've got several of those- I had to make a Pinterest board for them, to remind me to use them.
I also couldn't wait to use the new Wet Paint set- I'm just in love with that font.
So here is my fairly simple card. I embossed three images from the Tranquility Trilogy set, in white, and the "enjoy" sentiment from Wet Paint is stamped in Raspberry Fizz, and then overstamped and embossed with clear embossing powder. No matter what I tried, I couldn't seem to get the glossy sentiment to show up in a photo. Maybe I need a photography class or something...
That is it for me- NOW I can go see what everyone else created.

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz
Patterned paper: PTI- Aqua Mist stripes
Stamps: PTI- Tranquility Trilogy, Wet Paint
Inks: PTI- Raspberry Fizz, True Black; Versamark
Embossing powder: Ranger- Clear; Filagree- White
Dots: DIY

PTI March Blog Hop

I'm back with my second card for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.
Again, the challenge is High Gloss, to use clear embossing, Glossy Accents, acetate, you get it. Use something super shiny on your project.
I had so much fun using the Gatsby Glamour frame on my last card, I wanted to see what one would look like used in a non- Deco Art way.
Here is my semi-shabby offering:

In keeping with the glossy theme, I used clear embossing powder on the Gatsby Glamour frame, Glossy Accents on the Bitty Button Stacks, and UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) on the sentiment.
I have one more that I'll be posting shortly.
What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye- Market
Stamps: PTI- Gatsby Glamour
Inks: Versamark
Dies: PTI- Heart border, Gatsby Glamour, Embellished Elegance, Bitty Button Stacks, Tag Sale #10 (banner)
Embossing powder: Ranger- Clear
Ribbon: PTI- Aqua Mist grograin
Other: Glossy Accents, UTEE