Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Make It Monday: Debossing Stamped Images part 2

So, in my last post, I shared that I was curious whether there would be any visual difference if you debossed before stamping in this Make It Monday technique.
For my second card, I debossed the same cover plate I used for my first project, and then stamped my random star pattern (again using a template cut from a plain piece of paper). Even with a template, I can't line things up very well- Ha!
Aywho, there doesn't seem to be any difference, so perhaps you'll find it easier to deboss your desired images before you stamp.
Here is  my second card:

One more super simple, easy to mail card. Yay, me!

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Soft Stone
Stamps: PTI- Simple Stars, My Hero My Dad
Inks:  PTI- Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropcial Teal, Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI- Cover Plate: Star


Make It Monday: Debossing Stamped Images

Hi there! I'm popping in quickly to post my first project for this week's Make It Monday challenge.
I love texture on my cards, so this was definitely a challenge I wanted to take part in. That said, I'm certainly not the best at lining up stamps and dies, etc.... so while I was making the first card, I was wondering if the end result would look any different if you did the stamping AFTER you did the debossing.
This first card I did was as shown in the video, stamping random star images (using a template cut from a plain  piece of paper), and then debossing the the cover plate over that.

Super simple, and perfect for mailing.
I'll be back in just a bit with my other card.

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White
Stamps: PTI- Simple Stars
Inks: PTI- Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
Dies: PTI- Cover Plate: Star

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Blog Hop Time!

Hey, it's Blog Hop time again!
The challenge is an Aqua Mist and Melon Berry color combo, and I know you have a ton of blogs to visit, so I won't chat, I'll just share my project:

It's a happy color combo, so I wanted a happy card- I just love that little birdy!
Now I'm off to hop- have a great day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Make It Monday- Artsy Watercolor Backgrounds

Hello again, I hope you're enjoying your Wednesday so far.

I'm sharing my card for this week's Make It Monday challenge, the artsy watercolor backgrounds.
While I was watching Betsy's video for this fun technique, I immediately knew I wanted to use the new Life is Beautiful butterflies. I only hoped my PTI order would get to me in time (this was on Monday). Well, fortune smiled on me- I received my order Monday! I tore open the box, fished out the Life is Beautiful stamp set, and got to work.
Good grief, I just can't describe how much I love these beautiful images. I do love me some butterflies.
I think I had the most fun making the little inky splatters, the sheer randomness is quite liberating.

I added some glitter, and tossed a few sequins at it. I really want to more of these in a variety of color combos- just SO fun.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Make It Monday- Cluster Stamped Sentiment

Hi There!
I'm sharing my card for the current Make It Monday challenge, to cluster stamp on and around an embossed sentiment.
This was fun and simple, but if I can give you a little tip- use caution with red inks on your sentiment; the clear embossing doesn't seem to be able to "resist" them as well.
I chose to make a get well card. I actually needed one a couple of days ago, and to my disappointment, I did not have any in my stash.
What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI- Think Big Favorites #6, Happy Hexagons
Inks: PTI- Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy; Versamark
Embossing powder: Ranger- Clear
Sequins: PTI- Shakers & Sprinkles Make It Market kit
 
It's going to be a gorgeous day- go have some fun!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Make It Monday- Paper Scrap Pie Charts

Hi everyone! I hope you are well and have been digging through your paper scrap drawer for this week's Make It Monday challenge.
I kept my design pretty simple, because I really felt my pie chart colors were strong enough to stand on their own. That's my story...

I just started grabbing all sorts of scraps that I would have never paired together on a conventional card, but they seem to enjoy playing together this way.


This is such a cool technique, don't you think?

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White, Summer Sunrise
Patterned paper: PTI, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Bo Bunny, and who knows what else...
Stamps: PTI- Simple Sunflowers, Polka Dot Basics
Inks: Versafine- Onyx Black, Versamark
Dies: PTI- Sweet As Can Be (cone bottom for the pie slices), Heart Prints, Sending You; Spellbinders- Scalloped Rectangles Large

Friday, April 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

Hi there! Not only is it Friday, but it's also blog hop time!
The theme this month is Embroidery Inspiration. Oooh, there's another thing I wish I could do well, but I only know the basic embroidery stitches. Fortunately for us, no stitching is required for this challenge. Here is the photo that was the inspiration for my card:
This is just a small segment of delightful embroidery on THIS spectacular quilt:


My brain immediately went to the Doodlie-do stamp set when I saw this, and I've been so preoccupied with quilts lately. I started buying fabric to build up my "stash", and was inspired by the color combo on a Moda Baby Jane charm pack. (yum). So here is my card:
So now I'm off to view all the other projects and maybe browse the web for a few more scrumptious fabrics... have a super weekend!

What's in it:
Cardstock: PTI- Stamper's Select White
Patterned paper: PTI (from pattern packs)- Soft Stone, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI- Doodlie-do, Polka Dot Basics
Inks: PTI- Soft Stone, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow
Dies: PTI- Doodlie-do, Chevron Stripes border die

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