Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Blog Hop and MIM-one last card

For my last card for today I used the brush stroke technique Dawn shows us on the MIM Video.

I then stamped in L'Amore Palette ink for the flowers and sentiment and heat embossed them. I love the contrast that the green and red have. I never put them together because I usually think of Christmas
but so not the case here-SPRING is coming!!   That is the challenge over at PTI today-Sweet Spring

So, here is my card. I did some second generation stamping but I don't like it, I think it looks more like a mistake than the effect I was going for, Oh well!!

Have a great day everyone! I hope to browse tomorrow at everyones' entries as I have a dinner to attend tonight with DH.

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop and MIM

Another Make it Monday(love the watercoloring) technique found here. and Blog Hop post. I made a tag for one of the many bags we have for swim meets. I feel much better when they have our name on them somewhere.

I kinda did a cross hatching(watercolor) look on this one. I knew I wanted to use this sentiment that's why I chose to use the black so it would look like gray skies. Of course when I think of Spring, I immediately think of the sun The sun stamp is Hero Arts and the sentiment is from We Go Together.

It's hard to see the sentiment in the picture but It says"YOU MAKE ME HAPPY  when skies are gray"

Thanks for stopping!

PTI February Blog Hop II

I had some spare time today to play a little more with this Sweet Spring Challenge Blog Hop. How I cannot wait for Spring to arrive here in Buffalo!! Anything to get my mind off the frigid temps and snow outside!

I went the Easter route for this cute bookmark to slip in my DD Easter Basket this year. I am always
searching for anything that does not promote tooth decay! She is a great reader so bookmarks are always a good idea.

I used the watercolor technique,(dabbing the brush around the paper) that Dawn showed us here.  Then I heat embossed that adorable bunny(in white)that Heather designed from the Hippity Hoppity set along with the sentiment. I also stamped some of the eggs for the background.

Keep on hoppin!

Papertrey Ink February BLOG HOP

Welcome to the February PTI Blog Hop. Today  the challenge is Sweet Spring.
 I got inspiration from the butterflies in the lower left picture.
Here is my card. I decided to do a little watercolor so I could also put it in the MIM
line up as well.
I used Limitless Layers: Labels, Think Big Fav # 3, Pair-a-Phrase stamp set by CTMH,
Plum pudding, Winter Wisteria, Lavendar Moon PTI inks.
 Adirondack Eggplant ink, Versamark with Zing embossing powder in Rose.
All mounted on Plum Pudding card base.  

Have fun today!!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Make it Monday #153:Watercolored Backgrounds With Heat Embossed Sentiments

Today Dawn shows us how to use watercolors for a background and heat emboss our sentiments.
A fun challenge if I do say so myself, you can find it here!

Whenever I pull out my, I mean, my daughters' watercolors I want to use one of my sympathy stamp sets. They work so well together. I can never have enough sympathy cards either and I love having them ready in the time of need.

Anyway, here we are:

I used all PTI supplies with the exception of Prima flowers, the pearl , twine and ribbon. Oh, and the watercolors of course!!

Have a great day!!

Kale Obsession

I'm not sure what is required to be considered an obsession but I think I am officially obsessed with kale. I have grown to like it over the past couple years from chips to an extra "beef me up" ingredient
in soups to boost my vitamin intake.

Anyway, I got a large bag of kale and some butternut squash a couple days ago and have been eating it ever since. I bought the ingredients to make a recipe I saw on Food TV that The Pioneer Woman made for a "lighten up" lunch.  It was a delicious Kale stir-fry that I loved. Very basic. I have tweaked it every time since the first batch.

I added a bit of chopped up garlic and squirt of lemon to brighten it up a little. Then in another bunch I added the garlic along with some craisins I had. I also added a little extra liquid to this batch so the craisins would plump up(you could use chicken broth like I used or even a little water. Delicious!!

I still have some left waiting to be used, what should I make next?  Any ideas??

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Make It Monday #152: Layering Dye and Pigment Inks III

Another MIM card. I think this will be my last for the evening.
I had fun playing around with different ink colors and leaves and flowers from Solid Stitches and Swirls.

I stamped the white card base with another SU stamp called Parlor Prints, a very delicate and small design.

PTI Supplies: Pinefeather, Scarlet Jewel, Rasp Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Ocean Tides and Hawaiian Shores Inks.   Double ended banner die with a scrap of bitty dot and Rasp fizz CS. The celebrate is from Mat Stack I

Other: Prima flower and MME dot in flower center.

Here is a closer look at the technique in the leaves:

I purposely used the larger flower center for the smaller flowers to get the different colored circle around the center of the flower.

Thanks for stopping by today! Comments and/or questions are welcome!!!  Have a great week!!

Make it Monday #152: Layering Dye and Pigment Inks

Today I was able to play a bit. I wanted to try again with the MIM because I really didn't like the results of my first card.

So I pulled out Borders and Corners-Squares to use the thank you box as a present and flipped it over to get the solid square. I stamped it on white CS that was stamped with a SU animal print stamp using white pigment ink(Snow Cap by Ranger) like Heather showed us.
PTI SUPPLIES: Kraft CS, White CS, Pinefeather,Scarlet Jewel, Classic Kraft, Enchanted Evening,
Ocean Tides and Blueberry Sky Inks.  Holiday Button Bits for the bow.

Here is a closer look:

It came out better with this stamp than my first attemp I think.
I think I will try again!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Make It Monday # 152: Layering Dye and Pigment Inks

Heather shows us how to do this technique in this weeks' MIM.

I needed to make a birthday card for my nephew so I decided to try it out.
Here is a close up. It seems that you could see the pigment ink better
through the darker Enchanted Evening ink than the Pure Poppy.
 Dies: Super Stripes border
  Framed Out 
 Edgers #1. 

Ink: Pure Poppy &
Enchanted Evening dye ink.
 Fresh Snow Pigment Ink

Stamps: Star Prints and Background Basics: Twinkle

Stickles in True Blue.

Thanks for stopping!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenge

Here is my second card with envelope entry:

I found an old download(I think from last years' Annivesary) and used it. All supplies are PTI except 
the embossing folder which I think is Sizzix.   
Have a great day everyone!!

PTI Anniv. Challenge

So, I woke up in the middle of the night to realize I forgot to post my cards with matching envelope!

All Supplies are PTI with the exception of the ribbon and rhinestones. Have a great day!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

PTI Anniversary Challenge: Building Blocks

Here is my second card I made using the same colors that came up by the roll of the die. I decided to try another technique with inlaid die cuts. Well, I liked the card better without the die in so I kept it out.
Meke sense?
  I used Melon Berry CS as a card base and a strip of Spring Rain that I die cut the thank you from. I stamped in Dk Choc, Melon Berry and Spring Rain in a variety of ways with a Flower Fusion Flower. I decided to leave the twine out. Hope you like it!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge: Building Blocks

So, the challenge today over at Papertrey Ink as stated by Nichole is below

We are SUPER excited to present our *Building Blocks* of Design Challenge!!!  Each Design Team member has a basic "building block" options list for card making to share with you on their individual blogs.  The intent is for you to visit each blog and collect all of the building blocks necessary to create a beautiful card. 
Each team member has six numbered selections for a specific *Building Block* category.  Roll a die or use a random number generator to select which item number you will need to work with from their list.  If you do not have the supplies for the item you end up with, feel free to roll again.  Collect nine item selections total, one from each team member, and get to work creating your masterpiece! 

I rolled my die and came up with:  Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Fine Linen and Spring Rain for colors. Then Generation Stamping for a technique and I choose not to use the embellishments. I used the tipped card sketch. Oh yeah, the type of card I rolled was a friend card and I chose not to put "friend" below the hello like I originally planned.

I used Fine linen, Spring Rain and Dark Chocolate CS, Melon Berry and Dark Chocolate ink.  The hello die in white and stamped it in Melon Berry and used a dark chocolate die for a shadow. I also used a hero arts stamp for the background. 
This put me out of my box for sure!!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary: Day 7

I have one more post for tonight. A simple tag for anything but I made it for a mini book. Just a little insert. Here it is:

I tried to capture the glittery stickles with no success. I used the Half & Half die and cut it from the Pure Poppy PP. Punched the edge to look like a notebook page. Stamped a couple Hampton Arts stamps, covered with stickles and that was it. that's all for tonight!!  See ya tomorrow!!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PTI 7th Anniversary Challenge

So, I was able to make a couple more entries for tonight. Another card, for my daughter's teacher on Friday.  I wanted it to have Valentine colors but didn't want to go with hearts so here's what I came up with:

I found this scrap piece of paper that was originally from a Christmas stack I think. Die cut one of the PTI Detail Doilys' out and rotated it. Adhered the negative paper with foamy tape. Punched out another circle from Sweet Blush for the center and stamped it with BB:Super Stripes in Sweet Blush ink. Added the teacher die that was cut from PTI pp. And then added my clear acrylic flower that was inked with some Palette ink and stamped with #1 from WW:Teacher(mini set), and heated to curl. I then added a white circle behind it so the #1 would pop. That does it! 

Bye Bye.

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge: Take Two

This is just a quick post of a bag that I decorated to amp it up just a bit for Valentine's Day on Friday.
I used the Pure Poppy stripe again but I didn't want to adorn it too much because I didn't want it to look too feminine. I will fill this with a nice little treat, for someone really sweet!    Ok- a bit corny I know...   C-ya later!


Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge

At last I can participate again. I had major issues while I was away. I think it was mostly the computer I was using.  I am back at home once again in the freezing cold but I am very happy to be in my own bed with my own pillow. It's amazing how a pillow can cause such havoc on your body!! Then again, maybe that's just me.   Anyway, on to the card. I already sent my Valentines out so they could be stamped by the PO in Loveland Co with a special love poem but I did make another to give on this "Lovely" day for a sweetie of mine.   I included the Pure Poppy striped PP for the challenge.

Here we go:

I die cut the letters in white and then stamped them with BB: Super Stripes. Adhered them on some scraps of paper I had. So nice to have found the small strip of red glitter paper! I punched the one end with a fiskars punch . Die cut the heart in the middle with a THoltz die and adhered a glittery heart. Then adhered it all to a piece of Pure Poppy stripe paper and onto a white card base.

That's all for now.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Birthday Card Challenge

So, here's my birthday card from few supplies. Join us in the challenge over at Papertrey Ink!

I used a Tag Sale die, Ripe Avocado CS, Spring Moss CS, Limitless layers: circles,
Dark Chocolate Ink, Signature Greetings and some scrap paper I had. Have a great day!!

Papertrey Ink's 7th Anniversary Celebration

So my post today is to celebrate PTI and it's 7th Anniversary. The challenge was to make a birthday card. I am still away from 98% of my crafting supplies but I still managed to make a card and here I am with it! Rather than bother everyone watching the Olympics, I just did the best I could taking a selfie with my camera, not the best, but it'll do!
Have fun everyone!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

PTI 7th Anniversary Challenge #1

Another year has gone by and another exciting 10 days over at Papertrey Ink to celebrate their 7th Anniversary  Why not join in on the fun. I already whipped up a card. With limited supplies, it's amazing how quickly they come together. I guess I should limit myself more often. Lol!

I chose the first color card and the card sketch with the doily. Here it is:

I used a wine coaster and some kite string. Amazing what you can find when you have no supplies!!

Other supplies: Signature Greetings, Terracotta Tile CS, Harvest gold and Terracotta tile inks. Misc die I had pre-cut with the one of the PTI doily collections in a harvest gold like color.   That's all for now.   TTFN


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Make it Monday # 151: Drop Shadow Die Cuts

Take two for the MIM challenge this week.

This card is for a dear friend and her sweet cat Sassy that is in a better place today.(Close your eyes Jen.) A CAS design since I am very limited with supplies.  I used Limitles Layers circles and cut the center out of the top one to use like a frame and also a shadow die underneath. A little off center like Betsy showed us(on the video I linked above), although it's hard to tell from this photo.

Now let's get ready for all the Anniversary Festivities!!!! Woo Hoo, hope to be popping in here and there throughout the week!!  Have fun everyone!



Monday, February 3, 2014

Make it Monday # 151: Drop Shadow Die Cuts

Ok, so this week I will be working with the bare essentials.  I really wanted to participate in the MIM because I actually had a couple things I could use for this challenge with me.  We are talking very basic so my creations will not be overly embellished but first a picture of the beach, weather is beautiful today!!!    

                                                               Daytona Beach



And here is my simple card:
I had grabbed a bunch(handful) of pre-cut dies I had, Cardstock and a few stamp sets. About 5 different color ink pads, a little adhesive and that's about all. I will use what I can dig up from my Mom for whatever else I need. Luckily I found mounting squares in her junk drawer that I was able to use for my foam adhesive.   That's all for now. Happy Day!