Monday, February 12, 2018

Florals and Saying Good-bye

As Papertrey Ink's anniversary week continues the challenges continue.  The third challenge was to use one of their floral sets to make a card.  I pulled out Bitty Bouquets which I love, but sometimes forget about. 

I know flowers aren't too manly, but I think hubby will like it.  

The fourth challenge was to use a set from the retiring list.  It's time to say good-bye to a number of sets from the PTI collection.  On the list is my favorite stamp set from them...Tremendous Treats: Valentine.  I use this set all year for the little people in my life, but certainly more this time of year.  They like to use it for their friends too.  So instead of a card, I made some of my little people a stitched tag that I could add some festive pencils to.  

These little cuties pair the Tremendous Treats with their Tiny Treats partners...Mommy and baby.  

All supplies are from PTI except ink and thread.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Transform It!

As Papertrey Ink's anniversary continues the second challenge was to transform a card from your past into something new.  I grabbed by box of cards and found this one which is nice enough, but I remember making it.  It was made during a move when I had very limited supplies, as in everything fit into two shoe boxes! 

The red glitter paper and the pink pattern paper were scraps that were thrown into the box because otherwise they would have gone in the trash.  I love the Tremendous Treats: Valentine set, but rarely use the lemon so I wanted to show it a bit more love and see if I could make this concept a little stronger.  Here is where I ended up.

I used the same basic layout but stuck to a simpler color palette.  And brought in stronger "valentine" pattern paper.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, February 9, 2018

PTI Anniversary Sketches

It's that time of year again.  Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 11th anniversary.  They started off the festivities with a sketch challenge.  While I had several ideas swirling around in my head, I only found time to get one card done.  But at least I got one done!  I chose to work with Michelle's sketch because it instantly brought my favorite Valentine set to mind. 

I used this inspiration to make a Valentine card for one of my little people using Tremendous Treats: Valentine.  

All products are from Papertrey except the ink.

Thanks for looking.

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!