Thursday, May 26, 2016

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - May

Hello everyone, hope your enjoying beautiful weather this week.  

Today, to escape the first warm day we have had hit over 90 degrees, 
I played along with the Altenew Inspiration challenge.  

                                            Altenew_Inspiration Challenge_May

The sentiment and the background represent the brown in the photo. I used chocolate ink. And the circle represents the circular pattern in the photo.  Of course I added a blended masked colored background with some water splotches to represent the blue and the textured feel of the photo.

I haven't figured out how to actually make the daisy look white, yet still show on a white background.  I thought grey but it just didn't work very well.  So I used the lightest yellow ink I had and stamped off on scratch paper before I stamped each layer.  

I finished with a sentiment from the Altenew anniversary set also stamped in brown.  

While I was trying to find the best location to photograph this card 
I found this little guy out enjoying the sun.   


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Cardstock PTI
dye ink


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hello everyone! 
Today I'm playing along with the PTI blog hop.  I love the fun summery inspiration image.  

Blog hop inspiration
artwork from the Sarah Langtry from Just the Bees Knees 
I didn't use watercolors, but I sure do love this amazing water color artist that did this inspiration photo.   But I did used pastel colors and the new Make It Market Don't Forget To Write Kit to make this card. I made this card for the mail a card on the PTI forum. YOU should stop over and play along! 

If you would like to play along all the details can be found on the PTI Blog, just click here.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hopping!

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Various Inks
PTI Background Die 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Set

I made a card set for this weeks Papertrey Ink Make it Monday and wanted to finish it up by making a holder for the cards.  I received the download for the Make It Market kit and thought I would make a cut file out of the pattern for the box.  I can cut the perfect box every time I need a gift holder for A2 size cards in no time at all.  And the Silhouette cuts so much nicer then I do by hand.  

I think the box could hold up to 6 cards with envelopes nicely.  

This is the close up of the slide that holds the box closed. 

And this is what the finish box looks like.  

I'm giving it to my Mother for Mother's Day along with her gift  that I wrapped and tied them together with a ribbon.  

Thaks for stopping by and hope you enjoy! 

You can see more in the card post HERE.  
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday

I played along with this weeks Make It Monday and made this card set.  
I started by stenciling the backgrounds using stencils.  I then stamped the flowers in the same colors I used in the backgrounds so the colors would all match.  I added a different color flower to each card background.  

I finished by stamping the sentiment adding the sub sentiment in the coordinating color so each card would have all three colors represented.  I love how they turned out.  I then made coordinating envelopes by stamping a flower on both the back and front of the envelope.  

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Paper trey ink Painted Petals Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Inks
Papertrey Ink white card set
0ther- stencil from my stash. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Altenew Video Challenge 6

Hello.  I hope your spring is a little less wet then ours.  I feel like it's been raining for days!  But that is a perfect time to spend in the studio.  So today I tried another video for the Altenew Video Challenge.  I will apologize in advance for the editing software watermark.  I'm trying to figure out the best and easier way to edit videos on a budget.

The video looks longer then what it is.  Even though I edited it down to around 5 minutes, it didn't get rid of the blank video at the end.  (again, a learning experience, bare with me!)

Any suggestions on video editing I would love to hear them.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope video blog again soon!

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Cardstock- Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper- PTI
Twine- stash


Monday, April 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Just a quick post today to play along with this months PTI blog hope


I had so much fun making this card with the Make It Market Mini Kit Butterflies. 

For the background I sponged with fine linen ink, then stamped the Friendship Jar flowers in the same color. 

I was just playing with several different stamps and stencils in the kit for the butterflies. 

I'm trying to learn how to use a white pen, I'm not sure if it's just me or I can't find a really good white pen where the ink flows nicely without looking blotchy, or seeing where the ball hits the paper. 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Altenew Video Challenge #6

Hi everyone!

I'm excited to share my first video with you today.  My video is for the Altenew Video Challenge #6.   I had a crazy time trying to figure out how to video tape it.  I started with my phone that stopped recording, then switched to a camera, which worked buy then I realized you are actually seeing what I'm doing upside down.  There is a bit of a learning curve to videos, but I think it was a positive learning experience. 


                             Click here to see the challenge details on the Altenew blog.

Thanks so much for Altenew for the challenge, it only took me 4 takes with different apps to learn how to edit a video.  Then next one should be easy! 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Altenew Beatiful Day Stamp Set
Altenew Ink- Lava Rock
Ranger Clear Embossing powder
Copic Markers BG10, 23  YG 03, 25
Prima jems
Gold foil tape


Monday, April 18, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Let's Do The Polka

This week I've found several challenges to play along with.  Today's cards are for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. But I've also been trying to figure out how to best make a video of my card making process for the Altenew video challenges.  My first two videos have not been a success.   

For my first card, I decided to add the polka dots myself with a copic marker.  

And my second card I used polka dot paper.  

I was inspired by the colors in Altenew's Warm Gray collection.  
And I guess the colors just said monochromatic to me.  

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Card 1
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamps
Altenew Warm Gray Ink
MFT Scalloped rectangle
Pretty Pink Posh sequins
copic marker

Card 2
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamps 
Altenew Warm Gray Ink
PTI stitched circle die
PTI patterned paper


Simon Says stamp post 2

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April Showers bring May Flowers....

And that can happen anytime soon!  After having our mid April snow I am so ready to move on to April showers and even more happy to move on to May Flowers.  I was looking up what I can actually plant this month so I'm looking forward to getting the garden ready to go, and hopefully get some things planted this weekend.  Yay!  I love getting my hands in the dirt! 

I watched this video by  Kelly Latevola on the Simon Says Stamp blog today. I was first thinking no way am I going to play with bleach.  That just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.  But then I actually  watched the video and there was no bleach involved, just water.  So here is my take on the technique and this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.  

For a first go, I don't think it turned out badly.  The paper did get a little bend from heat embossing, the water technique worked well, I do think I'll go a little darker with the copics for more contrast.  The do tend to blend more as the paper dries.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome week! 

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Flower Stamp- Wplus9
Sentiment- Simon Says Stamp Prayers
Die Cut- Simon Says Stamp Prayers
Zing embossing powder- white
Dristress Ink
Studio Calico sequins
Copic Markers


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Succulent Saturday

Hello Blog Friends, 
Just sharing a fun Succulent Saturday card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

I started by just die cutting and using my Misti to stamp the MFT Succulents. 

Then I pulled out several of my green copic markers and colored until they were all finished.  
I think I used every shade of green I own.  And I love how they turned out.  

Then I used a quick an easy method for my background. 
I used my score tool and scored random lines on each corner. 

I stamped the sentiments I chose, then added the pot and one of the succulents I colored. 
Seriously took less then 5 minutes, already having the stamps cut and colored. 

Here is a close up to see the score lines and coloring a bit better.  

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

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Cardstock- Papertrey Ink.