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 here...so 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!
Amanda




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PTI Anniversary

PTI is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a trip down memory lane.  It was a fun trip even if I didn't have much of what was highlighted.  There was much inspiration to be had and maybe a set or two to add to my cart...it was interesting to see how my style (and what I am drawn to) has changed over the years.

From 2007 I was inspired by Lizzie's Stars to make:


I drew inspiration from Amy Rysary's use of color, especially the brown flowers from 2008.


I was pleased to see that I had two of the highlighted sets in 2009.  I chose to work with Damask Designs to make a monogrammed card.


I found inspiration in Michelle's kraft on kraft card for 2010 and broke out one of my old favorite sets, Sign Language.


2011 was the year of Tremendous Treats: Valentine!  One of my all time favorite sets.  It never gets old!!  It's so easy to work with.  


And since it was out and they were sitting there, I make this too.


Ashley inspired me to make some simple, yet adorable, heart tags from 2012.  I have the bags all ready to be filled for an upcoming trip.  



Maile's layers inspired me for 2013.


I found inspiration in Dawn's card from 2014.  My card doesn't seem to look anything like hers, but I guess that's how inspiration works sometimes.



Dawn did it again in 2015.  I really liked her Birthday Tags and thought I could use the idea for a Christmas card.


One of my favorite, though under used sets was highlighted for 2016 - Tulip Time!  It is beautifully done and I am so happy I was pushed to pull it out and work with it.



I really enjoyed being pushed back into my art room with the call to find inspiration.  I hope you have enjoyed looking.
Amanda




Monday, November 14, 2016

Tags and more tags

In response to Papertrey's Assembly Line challenge I made two sets of Christmas tags.  I made the first set


I overlaid a kraft tag onto a white tag having cut the snowman shape from the kraft tag.  Added a little color to him and a little snow to the tag and they were done.  Super easy, super cute!  But then I had the snowman diecuts sitting there so they needed to be used and I can never have too many tags at the holidays.  And so I made these


I used sparkly watercolors to paint the snowmen white which is so pretty on the kraft paper!  And then added a little color for the holidays.  I then popped those on aqua mist tags that I stippled the same white watercolors on for "snow."  A little metallic twine and done.

I hope you are feeling a little more festive now!  I know I am.
Amanda


Friday, November 4, 2016

Sending Love

I am so happy to report that I only need three more holiday cards for the year!  Hopefully I can knock those out in the next week or so and move on to other holiday projects...namely tags.  But for today I am sharing a card for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This week's challenge was to dig through their sketch archive and find a sketch to use.  I found several that I liked, but the one I settled on was from January of this year.


With that I broke out my brand new Post and Parcel Kit to make this card.


I stamped the sentiment in red on white cardstock and then covered the whole thing with crystal glitter for snow.  Instead of a circle around the image I added random hearts to tie in with the sentiment, "Sending love from our house to yours."  Super cute for someone we love far away.

Thanks for stopping by and please let me know what you think.
Amanda



Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Holidays

Today I have a card to share with you inspired by the sketch at MFT and the technique challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown (embossing).


A lot of old stamps represented here...as in before I got married and had kids old.  The snowflakes are embossed with white embossing powder and the sentiment is embossed with red embossing powder.  A little silver to add a hint of shine and we're all ready for the holiday.

Thanks for looking!  I hope you like it.
Amanda

Friday, October 21, 2016

Christmas Critters

My crafty space has been a bit empty of late.  I was greatly inspired when I saw the Christmas Critters theme at 52 {Christmas Card Throwdown} and then when I saw the latest sketch at MFT I knew the two were meant to be.  I love it when an idea comes together so perfectly!  Here is my little bit of cuteness for the day.


I love this cute little guy!

Thanks for looking!
Amanda

Thursday, August 18, 2016

MFT Camp Create

I have been busy over the last week working hard on to earn all the badges at My Favorite Things Camp Create.  Honestly, I don't have much from this company, though I do have a long wish list and currently waiting for a massive restock so I can fix that!  I found them and then life got busy and never made back - shame on me!  However, I am so glad I found them again in time for the third round of Camp Create (I would have loved to get there in time for the first two, but let's celebrate what we can instead of focusing on what we missed.) because this is a wonderful program to get me moving without a lot of pressure.  So here I can proudly post my participation badge.

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Jumping right in, the first badge campers could earn is called Monochromatic Magic.  This is not something I do often and am not particularly good at, but I did it anyway.  


I hunted for the rules, but was never able to find them.  Out of respect for the company I did try to use at least one of their products on each card.  Here I used the Fishtail dies.  This sweet little birthday card can go in the stash to be used for pretty much anyone in a pinch.  And with this card I earned this badge...

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Day two of camp brought another fun challenge with the opportunity to earn the Awesome Ombre Badge.  I love Ombre.  It's such a fun way to add color and/or interest.  Here I did a rainbow effect.  


To be honest the glitter clouds were an accident, but I loved the effect it gave by having clouds there without covering anymore of the color.  I love happy accidents!  This beauty earned me the following badge.

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The third badge campers could earn was Remarkable Resist.  I love this technique even if I often forget about it for huge chunks of time.  For this one I  made a set of four note cards for a boy in my life.  Perfectly simple.


I used his initials and then ink blended over them with four different sets of distress colors to give four different versions of the same card.  Here is a close up of one of them.


The stars along the top added to the sparkle you can't see in the blue paper.  This little set earned me this badge.


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Campers were challenged to try Divine Dry Embossing to earn another badge on day four.  This one was new to me.  I had seen the technique before, but had never taken the time to try it.  What a wonderful time to change that!  And I must say, I see the appeal.  There are many things you could do with this and I am excited to try my hand at it again in the future.  Here is what I made.


I love how this technique gives the clouds some depth without making the card bulky.  The MFT rainbow die is how I found this company.  It is still a favorite around here, helping me earn this badge.

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The last badge campers could earn was the Stunning Shadow Stamping Badge.  This one worried my a little.  It wasn't something I was drawn to or would normally attempt, but I am not about to let a challenge stop me from being a good camper so here you are...


This festive gem earned me my last badge.

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But wait, you can't have a summer camp without a campfire!  Well, you can, but it isn't nearly as much fun.  So before we were sent home there was a farewell campfire with its very own challenge...Single Layer Savvy.  I stuck with the Christmas theme from the last card and created a super soft angelic piece of art.


These cuties helped me earn this badge.

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Camp Create was so much fun!  I hope I can participate in even more rounds next year!  I hope you enjoyed my creations.  

Amanda