Monday, April 25, 2016

You Mean the World to Me: Papertrey Ink's April 2016 Bloghop

Hello all and happy Monday!

It has been months, (yes, *gasp* months!!) since I last participated in a PTI bloghop, so it's with great pleasure that I make this post!! Here was the challenge inspiration photo for this month:
What mostly inspired me were the rich colors and the circles which inspired the circular wreath on my card:
I started with a Kraft cardstock card base, which after having die cut with a faux stitching die from Lawn Fawn, I set aside. Then, using an MFT stitching die, I die cut a slightly smaller than A2 size card panel from Rustic White cardstock. On that, using Dark Chocolate ink, I stamped the wreath from the Twig Wreath stamp set from PTI. I used generational stamping but after each impression, I slightly off-set/twisted the stamp so as to avoid an exact impression and for depth. Afterward, I stamped various other foliage also from the same stamp set in Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose and Ripe Avocado ink, each time stamping twice and offsetting the second time, again for depth and interest.
Then, I die cut from Kraft cardstock the Twig wreath and stamped it with dark chocolate ink. I glued that down over the previously stamped wreaths. Then, I added other bit of foliage, at times using dimensional adhesive for depth and dimension and to render the wreath "fuller". I die cut the "Just because" from Berry Sorbet cardstock using the Scripted die set. The companion sentiment (from the same set) was stamped in Dark Chocolate Ink onto a banner die cut using the Quilted Tag Sale die set from Rustic White cardstock. It was all mounted onto my A2 sized card base and finished off with some gold enamel dots (from the Gilded Garden mini kit).

This card is being sent off to my aunt who is very ill. She could use some love and encouragement and well....just as the card says-- because she means the world to me! 

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing a small part of your day with me! :) Happy hopping and until next time...craft on!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Colour Q #337-- Wee Folk Welcome Baby

Final entry for Colour Q #337

A close-Up of the adorable Wee Folk critter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Also entering into the following challenges: 
1. Come and get it: Things with Wings (the butterflies and bird in my card) :Come and Get It

Colour Q #337: Welcome Babyl

 I'm back with another baby card based upon the Colour Q challenge's adorable inspiration:
This time I went with a shaker card, which is filled with sequins and die cut tulips that match this week's color scheme. I used PTI's Wee Folk, combined with the foliage from Songbirds and the "baby" from the wonderful words series. The base is Aqua Mist cardstock, which was cut using Lawn Fawn's Large stitched mats and the heart using Avery Elle's die from Geek Love.

 I used Copics to color the foliage for added interest. And finished it off with some rustic
twine to finish it off.

Colour Q #337--Coos, giggles, oohs and...

I'm back again with another card for this week's Colour Q Challenge, I just always love their color schemes and find them so inspiring and this week is no exception:
The image and colors simply scream "Baby!!" So that's the direction I went with:

 I cut this gorgeous frame, which is a current favorite by Mama Elephant from Sweet Blush cardstock. I then got out my Sweet Cheeks stamp set from PTI and stamped these adorable clips in Hawaiian Shores, Bright Buttercup, Soft Stone and Sweet Blush.
The banner is from Songbirds, and the die cut "baby" is cut using the wonderful words die. I cut it three times from white cardstock (for dimension) and then sponges the bottom with Sweet Blush ink.
 I think the finished product is not too shabby, what do you think?

I've created a few more cards for this challenge, so I won't be gone long!

Until then, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Colour Q #336- Oh Happy Day

Back with a super quick post so I can squeeze this one in before the linkup closes!

And here is my card:

 Here is a closeupWhat makes this card special is that the sentiment "Oh Happy Day" is actually in the interior of the card, and the acetate was used on the window in order to see it. 

Well that's it for now. Have a wonderful rest of your week!
Also linking to the following challenges:
1. Seize the Birthday challenge: It's anything goes for birthdays with a "topping" of flowers.
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-- "Anything Goes" Birthday. 
3. AAA Cards Challenge: Anything Goes! 

Colour Q: 336

Hello and happy Monday to you all!

When I saw this gorgeous inspiration photo and color scheme from Colour Q #336, I knew I had to join in her fun. I'm a sucker for high contrast color schemes and this fit the bill:
 Just lovely isn't it? 

I started with a sheet from PTI's Color Pop Florals kid and sponges (using the included stencil) Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin, PTI Raspberry Fizz and Limeade Ice. Then using the detailed stamps from the kit, I went and stamped them. For the florals surrounding the sentiment, I die cut using coordinating dies, sponges them and stamped the interiors for contrast. I also cut out "Celebrate Today" (also from by the kit) and ombre sponged it in orange. Then, on the small banner from Mama Elephant I stamped "dear friend". I also cut out a stitched oval from black cardstock and created my focal point on it. Then I impressed stitching to the bottom and adhered it to the top portion of a white card base, to which I then also adhered a strip of black and white striped patterned paper for contrast and interest! I literally added Wink of Stella on the florals...and I'm done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Also linking to the following challenges:
1. Seize the Birthday challenge: It's anything goes for birthdays with a "topping" of flowers.
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-- "Anything Goes" Birthday. 

3. AAA Cards Challenge: Anything Goes! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sunday Stamps Challenge-- Rainbows #123

Hello all,

Once I saw this adorable inspiration photo over on the Sunday Stamps challenge blog, I immediately knew what I wanted to create!

Here's my interpretation:
So this was quite time consuming/tedious but I believe that the end result was well worth it! I started by cutting the diagonal stripes coverplate from PTI out of white cardstock. I then flipped it over and adhered an acetate sheet sized A2 to cover the entire panel. Then, using foam tape, I created 9 (yes, count them...9!!!) shaker components. Once that was done, I filled them in with various sequins from PTI/Pretty Pink Posh in rainbow order! Finally, I took one of the remaining negative strips and stamped "sending you" and birthday wishes" and "from all of us" and cut them in three pieces. I also cut from black cardstock the "happy" 3 times for added dimension, as you can see in the close-up photograph below

I adhered all these pieces to the card front, then adhered that to a white A2-sized cardbase....and I'm done!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to the Sunday Stamps challenge blog for more gorgeous inspiration!

Also entering this card into the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Birthdays Simon Says Stamp 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Monday, April 4, 2016

Color Throwdown #386-- Third time's a charm, right?

Okay, once I have my supplies and inks out, it's just as easy to create 3 cards as it is to create one, so here's yet another (final) helping for this week's gorgeous color combination:

I started by die-cutting from black cardstock this beautiful coverplate panel from PTI. Then, I cut from both black and white cardstock the bottom and top layers, respectively, this butterfly from PTI's Enclosed series. On the bottom white portion  I stamped the detail using Hawaiian Shores and Limeade Ice inks. I then layered the black portion with "blessed" on top. Then, I  cut small pieces of white cardstock and stamped the companion sentiments in black and adhered them on top of the butterfly. . Finally, placing glue only in the center portion so I could 'fluff-up' the wings (as you can see in this detail photo) and placed it in the center of the panel. I finished it off with some enamel dots and I'm done! This design would be easy to reproduce in an array of colors...I just might do that!

Thanks again for stopping by and have a lovely rest of your week!

Color Throwdown #386-- A second helping!

I simply loved the color scheme over at the Color Throwdown, so I simply couldn't pass up the chance to create yet another card!

A fairly quick and easy card that could work for both sexes! I first die cut the balloon coverplate from PTI from white cardstock. Then, I die cut various sized balloons from an Avery Elle die set. I sponged Hawaiian Shores ink (PTI) onto the largest and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Citron onto the smaller two balloons. I then put a generous amount of clear Wink of Stella on the balloons for some added shine! You can somewhat see the sparkle in the close-up below.

 then, I stamped and heat embossed the streamers from a Mama Elephant set and colored them in with my Copics. I adhered the balloons to the panel and backed it with a black card front. I then die cut from black cardstock 3 times the "happy" and layered them for extra depth. Then using the stitched banner I stamped the companion sentiment. I finished it off with some baker's twine and I'm done!

Thanks for stopping by and craft on!

Color Throwdown #386

Hello and happy Monday to all!

When I saw this week's colors for the Color Throwdown, I just knew I had to participate:
 Gorgeous, right?!

So here is my interpretation:

I first die cut this gorgeous coverplate from PTI that was released a few months ago from black cardstock. I adhered it to a top-folding white card base. Then, I used my Copics and Spectrum Noirs to color the centers of the butterflies but by using pointillism. Then, I took a blank piece of white cardstock, sponged on some Citron Distress Ink and then die cut the happy using the December Freebie 2015 die "One Big Happy" also from PTI. You can see it a bit more closely here. Then, I took a strip of white cardstock, stamped the companion sentiment and finished it off with scattered sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!

Thanks for joining me today...I hope you'll head on over to the Color Throwdown for more gorgeous inspiration!