Saturday, April 25, 2015

PTI's April 2015 Bloghop

Hello all,

I hope you're having a lovely weekend! I'm back today with a card for this month's PTI bloghop. Here is the gorgeous inspiration:
Blog hop inspiration The colors are simply stunning and the textures and bold stripes inspiring! Here is my interpretation:

 I started off with a white card base upon which I mounted an Enchanted Evening panel cut with the Center Stage coverplate from PTI. It's so bold and striking and absolutely reminiscent of the chair sashes from the inspiration photo. I then stamped the beautiful Garden Grace foliage with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with a combination of Copics, Spectrum Noirs and even my old Pantone Letraset professional alcohol markers, which sadly are no longer available. I popped them up with dimension adhesive. Then I cut out a scalloped Tremendous Tag and stamped the sentiment, also from Garden Grace in both Enchanted Evening and Hibiscus Burst inks. This was then attached to the white seam binding ribbon with a clip from the County Fair Make It Market kit.
 I also elected to make a matching envelope, which I thought adds a little extra 'je ne sais quoi!". I actually later went back and added pink enamel dots, alas by the time I remembered that I would need to rephotograph the card, it was already on it's way to the recipient!
That's all for today. Be sure to check out the other blogs as there is so much beautiful inspiration to be found! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely rest of your weekend!


Monday, April 20, 2015

ColourQ 287: Sprinkled With Love

And I'm back again... I have thoroughly searched through the ColourQ blog to see if there is a submission limit but have not been able to find anything. Hopefully there isn't, as I plan on entering a few more cards! Once again, the inspiration photo:

This card was created exactly as the last but simply with different patterned paper and sentiment:

The last was upright and here is a close up of the shaker element:
Don't mind my fingers that are reflected in the window! ;)
I simply love what contrast that a pop of color yields when paired with black and white...I'm sure you can tell as I have created a slew of cards with this color scheme!

Also submitting to these challenges:

Supplies Used:
Paper: Paper and More 120# white cardstock, PTI True Black, Heidi Swapp Memory Planner 
Ink/Embossing Powders: Versamark Ink, Recollections Turquoise Glitter Embossing Powder, Ranger Gold Sprinkle Embossing Powder
Stamps: PTI's Baker's Dozen
Dies: Baker's Dozen

ColourQ #287: Celebrate Shaker Card

Hello and happy Monday,

I'm back with another submission to the Colour Q #287 Challenge. Once again, here is the inspiration photo:
This time around , I opted to go with a splash of turquoise. I started with my Lawn Fawn Large Stitched mats and die cut it from white cardstock and the smaller piece from Heidi Swapp's Memory Planner patterned paper pack. Then, I cut out the little window from that mat using the die from PTI's Baker's Dozen I did the same with white cardstock and swapped out the floral frame with the white and inlaid it. . I also cut out the cupcake and stamped it in black with Memento's Tuxedo Black. I then used Copics and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color the butterfly, wrapper and tiny dots on the cupcake. I created the shaker and poured in various confetti and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and PTI's Make It Market Kit Shakers and Sprinkles. I cut out the banner from black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in gold, to bring out the gold heart confetti within the shaker. Popped the cupcake up with dimensional adhesive and then mounted it all onto a top folding standard A2 size card and I'm done! This is what the card looks like laying down

And here it is upright.  This picture is a closeup of the shaker element.Well that's all for now but I am likely going to be back soon with another card for the challenge!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Colour Q #287

Hello, all!

Hope you had a nice weekend. This post is for my submission to this week's Colour Q Challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:

I've always loved the contrast of black, white and a pop of color. In fact, my wedding colors were black, white and red, which was also what inspired my card:

I started by cutting out the coverplate from True Black cardstock. Then, cut out of Pure Poppy cardstock the "birthday" with the Swoosh die collection. I FINALLY received these dies, after waiting since February 15th...and boy were they worth the wait!!! Then I die cut the floral arrangement from the Spring of Betsy Veldman's first installation of the Quilted Collection. I then die cut the banner that is from Tag Sale #10 and stamped "wishes" from the Swoosh stamp set. A few black and red enamel dots and I'm done!
Here's a close up of the focal point:

And that's all for me today. Thanks for stopping by and as always, craft on! :)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Colour #286: With Love

Hello all and happy Monday!

I'm back today with a card for theColour Q Challenge Here is the lovely inspiration:And the following is my interpretation of the inspiration and color scheme:

My card is rather straightforward. I do not own Stampin' Up colors so I substituted with Hero Arts' Butter Bar, Dark Quartz, Tide Pool and PTI's Classic Kraft. I began with a Classic Kraft, top folding card base and then matted it with PTI's diagonal coverplate cut from Harvest Gold Cardstock. Then I stamped various flowers and foliage using the beautiful Make It Market exclusive stamp set, Beautiful Brushstrokes. I arranged them all on top of the matted coverplate. For the sentiment, I actually swiped Tide Pool ink straight to paper, so it would match perfectly, and then cut it out with the amazing PTI Swoosh die. Finished it off with a some enamel dots and I'm done!Here is a close up of the focal point.

Well that's all for today...have a fantastic week! :)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Card Concept 32

Hello all and happy weekend!

I'm back today with a card for The Card Concept Challenge #32. It was a color challenge this time with this lovely inspiration:
So fresh and reminiscent of Spring, which is rather appropriate! My card is actually a shameless case of this card by Ashley Canon-Newell. I finally ordered the Circle Scribbles dies from PTI and her lovely card was actually one of the reasons!
 I did switch things up a bit in terms of the background and sentiment (using Wet Paint I rather than Wet Paint II) and of course the color scheme. I started with a white card panel and stamped the Wet Paint I words "love" "enjoy" and "happy" in Hero Arts Fresh Peach and Tide Pool and Lawn Fawn's Fresh Cut Grass. I then die cut in all three sizes the circles scribbles from Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet and New Leaf PTI cardstock. I also die cut various pieces from Embellished Elegance and stamped them in the color scheme. I arranged them all on the panel, stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black and added some coral enamel dots. The panel was then mounted onto a Hawaiian Shores card base and done! I'm having a bit of a hard time figuring out whether the card qualifies as Clean and Layered or Freestyle Collage...or perhaps a bit of a mix? Either way, such fun creating this card and I absolutely loved the fresh inspiration!

And here is a close up of the "cluster"

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
1. Virginia's View Challenge- Layers & Dimension and
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog- Spring

That's all for now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and as always...Craft on!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MIM: Ombre Stamping

Another week, another Make It Monday. This week, Laurie shows us how to stamp our images in ombre style--rather pretty, if I do say so myself! Here is my take:
I started with a Hawaiian Shores card bases, layered it with Lawn Fawn's patterned paper, Bitty Dot Vellum Paper from PTI, a white scallopped stitched border in white using Pretty Pink Posh's die and some lace. Then, I die cue the flowers, sprigs and leaves from Cutting Garden and Inked them up with Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal for the aqua flowers and Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz for the pink ones. For the leaves, I used Lawn Fawn's Fresh Cut Grass and Memento's New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy. The sentiment stamped in Tuxedo Black (also Memento) is from Lawn Fawn and is oh so lovely, in my opinion! Finished the card off with small butterfly's from the Make It Market Mini Kit Clipsters, Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some white seam binding ribbon. And there you go!

Hope you're having a great week and happy Spring to all!

Also entering into the following challenges:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

MIM-- Double, Partial Die-Cutting

Always supremely late to enter and therefore brief, but just stopping by to squeeze in my entry to this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge, where Laura Bassen teaches us how to partial die cut not one die but...yep you guessed it, two! I learned quite a bit from this week's challenge-- 1) I truly enjoy the technique, despite it being a bit intimidating and daunting and 2) I need to purchase a better/new craft knife! So without further ado, here is my card:
And a close up of the focal point:

Hope you had a lovely Passover Seder and Easter Sunday! Happy holidays to all my Jewish and Christian friends, family and bloggers! :)