Monday, July 25, 2016

July 2016 PTI Blog Hop

This month the inspiration was a fabulous pic from a blogger I already followed on Instagram- Classy Cutter. It's so fun- I had to sneak a quick card in!
Here's what I came up with:

Pulled out some old sets to create this- background basics diamonds, on my couch & graceful greetings provide the flowers on the pillow. I used a zig pen on the light to match the flower centers since I'd done that with a prisma pencil before I added the light!
A little selective scoring & done!

Happy hopping! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

MFT Camp Create 2: Background Bonanza

I managed to participate in all 5 of the Camp Create 2 from MFT this week! Whew!!
This is my entry for Background Bonanza:

I've used Lawn Fawn images and Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock. I have quite a few Prismas from my landscape design days, but after watching the video, and seeing the magnificent coloring/shading done, I clearly need more!!
The sentiment is from Lil' Inkers. I masked the panel with post it tape to stamp & color, then outlined the area with a micron pen.
What a great week of challenges & inspiration!


MFT Camp Create 2: Magnificent Masking

I've had so much fun watching the videos this week & trying a few new things! Here is my entry for Magnificent Masking:

I used a spellbinder die and several pieces of post it tape to create my mask & I used distress ink to blend over it.
My sweet, retired PI image is zigged on a spellbinder circle. A layer of vellum was also cut with a spellbinder die and these two layers top a vellum flag with a black heat embossed sentiment.
A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins & a thin layer of black cardstock down the right side finish it off!
Hope you get a chance to play in these challenges too! I'm building up my birthday card stash!! :D


MFT Camp Create 2: Inlaid Made Easy

My entry for MFT's Inlaid Made Easy!

I've used a spellbinder die for the scalloped circle & the 'hello' & 'sunshine' are pti. The paper is foiled cardstock that I believe may have been packaging for something? :D
The patterned paper is SU! that I won from Danielle Vincent during the last coffee hop! yay!
A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins (I tried adding stickles to the center- that's new to me!) and I've got an uber cute, mail friendly card!


MFT Camp Create 2: Coloring on Kraft

I'm playing along with MFT again- Coloring on Kraft is the 2nd challenge- here's my take:

I've used a retired PI image- Start Each Day with a Wee! I tried a no-line coloring approach. I think my eyes may be getting old- or maybe I should not try this technique so late at night- the lines literally seemed to disappear before I even got the entire image colored! ha!! Prismacolor pencils were used and a copic outline finished the image. 
I cut the panel with a spellbinder die; two coordinating DCWV papers were used as a base & the focal image is popped up with dimensional adhesive. A little twine finishes it off!
So excited that I can play along this week!


MFT Camp Create 2: Fantastic Foiling


I'm so excited to be able to participate in more of the challenges for MFT's Camp Create 2!
The first challenge is Fantastic Foiling- here's my take:

I used a retired PI image- possibly my favorite one- she's soooo sweet!
I tried a few different things with the foil (yes, I went out and bought some minc foil- but I resisted the minc machine!!)
Liquid adhesive wasn't so great, but using scor-tape worked fairly well. Not nearly the shine you get with a laminator, but still lots of shine! 

I left her uncolored, only adding a tiny bit of pink to her cheeks with chalk. I wanted all of the focus on her super shiny balloon & little heart embellishment. I cut the panel with a rectangle spellbinder die & added a bit of crochet below it. Sheer mint ribbon is wrapped around the DCWV patterned paper panel.
I LOVE the shine foiling adds- maybe the Minc will make it on to my Christmas wish list! :D


Sunday, July 10, 2016

MIM #255: String Art Using Die Cuts

The challenge Amy came up for us at PTI this week was to use string with die cuts. I looked at my dies and when I saw the Spellbinder bicycle I knew what I wanted to do!

I found some silver metallic string so I created my spokes with it. I then stamped grass from Garden Variety & ink blended below. The flowers in the basket are also from that set. The sentiment is from Enjoy the Ride. I also spattered a bit of Pear Tart spray ink by Fireworks- it's got some pretty iridescence.  A few little pearls for the flower center after some zigging of the bicycle (of course I would love a bike this color!). I mounted it on some DCWV patterned paper & added a bit of sheer ribbon.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Altenew June Challenge; MIM #254: Stenciling with Texture Paste; The Heart Desires #1

I've got several shares tonight!
Playing along with the Altenew challenge for the first time- I've put A Beautiful Day to use. 

White embossing on vellum and ink on the back side to achieve the challenge colors. Pretty Pink Posh sequins sewn under the panel and a few across the front. Rather love how this looks!

I've used a Dreamweaver stencil with embossing paste & watercolors to play along with the MIM challenge:

Graceful Greetings is die cut & heat embossed. Love all the texture....

This one I forgot to post! Playing along with Tonya's first challenge! I love the nautical theme, the colors, and even though my tiles aren't the exact shape I was inspired by the tiles too :)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

MIM #253: Reverse Stenciling

Popping in to post a card for this week's challenge: Reverse Stenciling. Betsy always has such fun techniques and I am really glad I gave this one a try!
This stencil is from Dreamweavers- I've used 2 inks on it and then both water & shimmer mist to achieve the slight blur.

Graceful Greetings is stamped with one of the inks used on the stencil (Momento Luxe Lilac Posies- but more magenta than lilac!)- by using my mini Misti I could stamp it several times to achieve a rich color. A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins & some ribbon peeks out the top & bottom to finish it off.
Thanks for stopping by & have a super week!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 2016 PTI Blog Hop

A quick post to play along with this month's hop!

I pulled out an old set, Life- my first PTI purchase actually! I went from memory from the inspiration pic on this one. :)
Looking forward to hopping later tonight!
Happy hopping!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop: But first, Coffee

One more to share for the coffee hop!
I'm using some super cute Lil' Inker Stamps to create this yummy iced coffee! A bit of zigging, some ink spattters & Pretty Pink Posh sequins are all used. 

Embossed card base & a strip of DCWV paper finish it off!
Hooray for Friday! Happy Hopping & thanks to Amy for another awesome coffee hop!
I've no doubt #amymademebuyit will be used much in the days to come!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Thanks a Latte

I've got another project to share for the Coffee Lovers Hop!
I've created a pillow box (PTI die) and added a coffee cup with Reverse Confetti stamps & dies. 

Patterned paper is all old Cosmo Cricket, a little PTI tiny tag is tied on with burlap string and an adhesive flower finishes it off. The perfect way to give a coffee gift card! :D

Thanks to Amy for another amazing hop & to all the people that make it around to comment on each post- you ARE super stars! Thank you so much! I'm barely finding time to create these days!!

MFT: Camp Create- Glitzy Glitter & Wonderful Watercolor

Well here's my entry for the MFT Camp Create!
I used glitter on the wings, wand & zigged this sweet pure innocence image right up. She's adorable & a card size I never make but rather like (4" square).

The MFT site is not loading so only linked to one of the challenges- I think it was the watercolor one? It was the Glitzy Glitter one! :D 
I also need to retake that picture! Maybe tomorrow!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Create Along With Us: June 2016/ Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I used Laurie's pretty card as my Create Along With Us inspiration for this tag! Loved the pattern she created on her base layer with a stencil- I created my own with a warm happiness too die.

I used stamps from Latte Love on the base and also embossed on the velum. I don't have a coffee word die that would fit this tag so tried to capture her look with ink and embossing powder. 

I thought these ink colors were very summery- perfect for the summer coffee lovers hop!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Treat Yo Self

It's time for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog HopAmy has done it again & put together an amazing lineup of sponsors to add to the fun!

I had created some fun coffee themed projects done & photographed before giving them but my computer did an automatic update yesterday and erased my entire hard drive. Boo. 
It's at the computer shop & sounds like with lots of money they will recover my pics. In the meantime  I had a couple not-quality pics on my phone so thought I'd use them to play along! 
This is an old g45 envelope with fab Lil Inkers coffee dies & stamp. The coffee sleeve is die cut from a Starbucks sleeve😉
A little black burlap string finishes it. 
Again- sorry about the pic!!
Hoping to share more but posting without my computer makes me batty!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

MIM #252: Shadowing With Markers

 This week Danielle challenged us to use markers to shadow our die cut words.
Here's what I came up with:

I don't have any copics, but my trusty zigs worked great!
Scatter joy stamps for the flowers & wonderful words: hello for the sentiment & die cut word (I stacked 4 'hello's'). A few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins finish it off (after much discussion about sequin placement with Karen!).

I threw Erin off last week linking before Sunday night, so I'm back to my late night linking! I've been working on end of the year gifts for Hadley's teachers (I'm determined to be done tomorrow- which means I will be finished a week early!)- and I nearly forgot to link at all! :D
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MIM #251: Gradient Watercolor Die Cuts

This week Dawn challenged us to use watercolor gradient die cuts. I loved this technique and have already colored two more panels to use in a similar way!
Here's what I came up with:

I used a spellbinder cover plate for my panel after zigging the background & allowing it to dry. I actually applied the adhesive before I even removed the panel from the die & that seemed to work great!
I used a sentiment from Fillable Frames #8 & heat embossed it in white. I tied on a bit of yellow burlap string to finish it off.
My other panels are different colors- I know one will use the bitty butterfly coverplate!

I had a fun surprise this morning when Karen messaged me to tell me my origami money MIM card made the June PTI newsletter! So fun!! Almost makes up for setting my alarm for 4:40am tomorrow to go to work. Almost!
Have a great day & happy June 1! 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MIM #250: Masked Backgrounds

This week Laurie challenged us to create a masked background. 
Here's what I came up with:

I've used 4 colors for the background blending and then stamped the focal image from Reasons to Smile. I love this technique! I think the crisp lines look great & I'm getting better at wiping my fingers off to avoid an ink oops!

Erin isn't #1 this week (does that throw other people off too?), not to worry- I told her she still had time tonight- and even though I'd already masked my card when I told her this she still finished before I did! :D
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PTI May 2016 Blog Hop

It's the 25th so time for a PTI blog hop!
The challenge this month was this great image:

Here's what I came up with:

I used the bitty butterflies coverplate to lightly trace in pencil the butterflies and then I used the inspiration pic and tried to zig the butterflies in the same colors as the popsicles. I lightly splattered as well, although it doesn't show much. Maybe if you click on the images you'll be able to see it.
Sentiment is from Botanical Silhouettes stamped in smokey shadow- wish I'd moved it down a teensy bit... I mounted the panel on Berry Sorbet cardstock.
Happy to have a birthday card for one of my nieces done- and their birthday is in August! Woohoo!

I've been a busy beaver today but looking forward to hopping tonight!
Thanks for stopping by!