Thursday, November 25, 2010

PTI November Blog Hop - Holiday Tags

How wonderful that the blog hop should fall on Thanksgiving this year.  I am so thankful for the art of papercrafting and all the wonderful people that make up this community.

This month's challenge was to make Holiday Tags, if you would like to play along check it out here.

I made a couple of different tags.  The first is made of felt and I love the colors.

The second uses pattern paper as an accent.


Cardstock:  PTI - Scarlet Jewel, Fine Linen, White, Pure Poppy.
Pattern Paper:  PTI - Distressed Dots
Stamps: PTI - Stocking prints, Wreath for All Seasons, Star Prints.
Ink: PTI - Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate,and Vintage Cream -  Colorbox - Warm Red
Other:  Spellbinders - Label 10, PTI - Book Plate, Fine Linen Felt, Rustic Twine, Bakers Twine, Pure Poppy Button - Fiskar border punch

Holiday Tags - PTI Blog Hop

What a great blog hop to make Holiday Tags, you get loads of inspiration, you get to make something off the to do list, and you get a chance to win a prize.  If you want to play along check out the blog hop details here.

I chose to do a trio of tags with a theme of background interest.

Here's a close up of each.


Cardstock: PTI - Rustic White, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening, White
Stamps: PTI - Signature Christmas, Wreath for All Seasons, Stocking Prints, and Vintage Ornaments. SEI - Alpine Lace
Inks: PTI - SU - Old Olive, Colorbox - Warm Red, and Versamark
Other: Dies - PTI - Tag1, Tag 2, and Spellbinders Label 4 - Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - D Vine Swirl and Snowflake - PTI - Bakers Twine - Gold and Silver Embossing powder, Misc. jewels and eyelets.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Color Throwdown Challenge #118--Happy Thanksgiving

I whipped up a quick card for the Color Throwdown Challenge (CTD) #118 (due tonight) and got to incorporate some products that I hadn't used yet.  I thought about the colors in SEI's Alpine Frost deck and, although probably intended for more winter than fall, I think they worked wonderfully for this challenge and for the direction I took the card.

The above photo is with the flash and the shimmer paper is very reflective; here it is without the flash.

Following are photos of the wreath, were I double stamped without re-inking, and the banner (paper) ribbon with the sentiment.

I like the CAS look and how quickly it came together.  I hope you enjoy!


Supplies (all PTI unless otherwise noted):
Cardstock:  Fine Linen and Vintage Cream (card base, not visible), Gina K's Pure Luxe--dark brown
Pattern Paper:  SEI's Alpine Frost
Stamps:  Wreath for All Seasons and Take Three: Fall (sentiment)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate and Terracota Tile
Other:  Scarlet Jewel buttons, Cream Rustic Twine, Spellbinders Label 8 and Standard Circle Die Large, and EK Success' 3/4th circle punch

Sunday, November 7, 2010

JUGS Sketch #58 and CQC #57

Here's another post today and another card that combines two challenges:  JUGS sketch challenge and ColourQ Challenge #57; I hope you think it fits both bills:

Can you see the subtle stem (PTI Flourish stamp) which I highlighted with clear heat embossing?  You can also see it in next close-up photo.  I used one of the embellishments that coordinated with the paper and added a layer offelt to repeat the mustard/yellow required as part of the ColourQ challenge (plus a red, a rust, teal, and vanilla).

The sentiment worked well with the focal point and the pearls pick up the flower centers on the pattern paper and the background paper. 

Well, this is my last post for the weekend.  It was a fairly productive one--with three separate posts.  Hopefully you'll see more from me next weekend--or before??!!


Cardstock:  PTI Fine Linen; Pattern Paper and Solid from Cloud Nine Design's Cinnamon Stick
Inks:  PTI Ocean Tides and Chamomile; Ranger Distressed Ink Vintage Photo
Stamps:  Verve Dream Big Stamp; PTI Fancy Flourishes
Other:  PTI's Golden Harvest felt and Beautiful Blooms II Die; Spellbinders Label Die #8, pearls from stash, and flower embellishment from Cloud Nine Designs.

TESC #133 and Play Date Cafe

This weekend I pulled a list of several challenges that were underway and decided to combine color and sketch challenges.  This post showcases a card I made using TESC #133 and Play Date Cafe.

Here is the card I came up with:

I used Tim Holtz French Market Place stamps and paper from various Basic Grey and Pinkpaislee collections.  Here are some of the specifics:

The Eiffel Tower from the Tim Holtz stamp set.

Tim Holtz' Tissue Tape that I picked up at CHA this summer.

See the subtle harlequin stamped using distressed ink and I finally found a use for the old epoxy domes that had yellowed from age--the muted color worked well for what I needed with this color palette.

This style was a little out of my comfort zone.  I love most things that Tim Holtz' does, a little of the grunge look, and the distressed look and it wasn't too hard to pull the pieces together.  I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by,


Paper:  Basic Grey's Scarlet's Letter, Ambrosia, and Oliver and Pinkpaislee's 365 Degree
Stamps:  Tim Holtz' French Market Place
Inks:  Ranger Distressed Inks in Pumice Stone, Dried Marigold, and Vintage Photo
Other:  Tim Holtz Issue Tape and epoxy domes from stash

Saturday, November 6, 2010

WMS Tag Your It Challenge


I saw this Waltzingmouse challenge this morning and wanted to play along since I love both their stamps and the idea of winning a gift card from WMS.  Here's my submission, I hope you like it.

I used WMS Very Vintage Labels 10 that coordinates with Nestibilities Label 10


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Scarlet Jewel and Glimmer Gold
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Very Vintage Labels No. 10 and Papertrey Ink - Signature Christmas and Spooky Sweets.
Other: Versamark Embossing Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, Scarlet Jewel Ink and Satin Ribbon (PTI)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Damask with Pink and Grey

When combining the Moxie Fab World  Challenge Diggin on Damask and WPlus9 Color Cue (9) Challenge,  I wanted to create a damask background, like wallpaper.  I would have flocked it if I had had any but settled for a white embossed look.

Once I had a larger than needed piece of white on pink “wallpaper”, I started pulling white, black and grey papers together.  I picked the pattern paper that you see as the background and was literally auditioning all the others you see incorporated in the card.  I had them stacked, atop one another; slightly askew to be able to see some of each and just loved the combination.  The white with grey stamped script ad the lighter grey with the border punch were left over pieces from other projects the only addition was the stamped sentiment.

The upper right hand corner felt like it needed something so after trying out various pearls and crystals, I settled on these pink pearls.  I think they add a little bit of punch and really help to balance the composition of the card.

I hope you like it.  Any thoughts on what you might have done differently would be greatly appreciated.  I would love some constructive feedback that I can use to improve my cardmaking.

Also check out this card/post from February.  It would have rocked this challenge as well.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment (hopefully).



Cardstock:  PTI—Sweet Blush and Stampers Select White; SU—Going Grey and Basic Grey

Pattern Paper:  Me and My Big Idea Black and White Butterfly

Stamps:  PTI—Damask Designs and Background Basic: Text Style; Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages

Inks:  SU—Going Grey; PTI—Smokey Shadow

Other:  White EP, Fiskar Upper Crest border punch, pearls (from stash), and foam dimensionals

Monday, October 25, 2010

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

Everyone celebrates the new year in their own manner - whether it's party hardy the night before or a football bowl fest the day of.  These cards will help anyone ring in the new year with a smile.

We recently saw a blog entry from Kristina Werner where she had purchased a "cut" card with a wonderful sentiment (see her post here) and from that we took our inspiration.  I sketched the ideas and Jessica built the SCAL file that we cut on our Cricut.  If you are interested in the .scut file we will be glad to share it - just leave a comment on the blog.

Here's a couple of shots of the individual cards.  We totally scraplifted Nichole's use of Scor-tape and glitter.

Thanks for hopping by, Monica and Jessica

HNY:  PTI Scarlett Jewel & Glimmer Gold cardstock,  Fresh Alphabet stamp, Gold Ribbon.  Other - gold embossing powder.

2011:  PTI True Black cardstock, Me & My Big Ideas Black &  White Butterfly pattern paper, Scor-tape, fine silver glitter, and white gel pen.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Two in One: CQC #53 and TESC131

ColourQ #53 Challenge Combined with Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #131

Wow--I finally got smart and combined challenges.  I loved the colors in ColourQ Challenge #53 (here), utilizing orange, green, two shades of blue and white.

I immediately knew the DCWV's Citrus paper would work perfectly for this challenge.  However, I often struggle with the layout.  I turned to Taylored Expressions and used the most current sketch challenge (here) for my inspiration.  Do you know they have an entire catalog of former sketch challenges that is a great resource!

Here's what I created.

I used Taylored Expressions Take Note stamp set and die that I picked up at CHA this summer to make the focal image and used one of the sentiments from Verve Stamps Dream Big.  Here is an up close look at the centerpiece:

I like to finish the envelop with a coordinated liner using PTI's A2 envelop liner die.  What a useful tool!

I really enjoyed combining these two challenges and have pulled papers together to make a set of cards inspired by both!  They will make a great hostess gift or a wonderful addition to my card stash!

Thanks for stopping by the blog---hope you enjoyed what you saw!



Paper:  PTI cardstock in Stampers Select White and DCWV for all the pattern paper
Ink:  PTI's Summer Sunrise and VersaFine in Black Onyx
Tools:  Fiskars Scallop Punch, TE's Take Note Die, and PTI's A2 Envelop Liner Die
Other:  Orange Pearls from Stash and PTI's White Envelop

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Embellish Color Challenge using Background Stamping - Take Three

I wanted to do a second take on this challenge.  I struggled to incorporate the yellow in my first entry so I wanted to try to add more with this response.  I started with a couple of different pieces of yellow paper and pulled out the PTI Take Three Summer stamp set and went to work.  I enjoyed the results; I hope you do too!!

Thanks for checking out my post...Monica

Paper:  PTI-True Black, Stampers White, and Lemon Tart; SU--Basic Grey and Going Grey; PP--DCWV Citrus
Stamps:  PTI's Background Basics: Text Style, Take Three Summer, and Communique Curves (sentiment)
Ink:  SU Going Grey and Versafine Black Onyx
Other:  PTI eyelet die; Spellbinders long rectangle die, and PrimaMarketing black crystals

Embellish Color Challenge using Background Stamping - Wishing You Happiness

The stamped background component of the challenge inspired me to pull out my PTI Guidelines II stamps and coordinating paper.  Here is what I came up with - hope you like it.

After stamping the background in different combination (all black or black and gray), I misted in various shades (left to right):  1 - Tsukineko's Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost, 2 - Perfect Pearls in Pewter, and 3 was left plain.  The background I used on the card was misted with Tsukineko's Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle.  Not sure if you can see it in this photo but it looks pretty yet subtle in person.
 I dressed up the inside of the card and provided a coordinated envelop with liner.

Thanks for checking out my challenge entry.


Cardstock -- Guidelines II, Lemon Tart, True Black (PaperTrey Ink) and Going Gray (StampinUP), Pattern Paper from stash
Stamps -- Guidelines II (PaperTrey Ink) and Say It Big (Craft Lounge)
Ink -- Black Onyx Versafine, VersaMark (Tsukineko) and Going Gray (StampinUP)
Other -- Silver Embosssing Powder, 1" Circle Punch, Corner Chomper, Silver Pearls 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Embellish Color Challenge using Background Stamping

I have totally been on a bookmark/tag kick lately so this was just another opportunity to make a bookmark.  The challenge is to use White, Black, Gray, and Yellow with Background stamping.  If you want to check out the challenge here's a link.

I cut my bookmark using my Cricut and a file I created using SureCutsAlot out of the Going Gray card stock.  I also cut a "tag shoulder" out of the Basic Gray card stock but didn't adhere it until the end.  I stamped the bookmark with my background text in Going Gray ink.  I then set it aside to dry and worked on the sentiment.

 I cut the label with the die, stamped the sentiment and added the two nail heads.  Now I moved back to the bookmarked and stamped the flowers and heat embossed with white.  Now it's time for assembly.  I attached dark "shoulder" and two yellow reinforcement rings to the bookmark.  Found just the right spot for my sentiment and then tied the black ribbon.

Here's the finished product.  Thanks for stopping by the blog and checking out my bookmark.  I hope you play along with the Embellish Challenge.


Cardstock - Going Gray and Basic Gray (Stampin UP - SU), Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink - PTI)
Ink - Going Gray (SU) and Onyx Black (Versafine), Versamark
Stamps - Le London Script (Stampabilities) and Agapanthus Cluster (Stampendous)
Miscellanous - white embossing powder, black ribbon (PTI), Tea for Two Collection Label die (PTI), black nail heads, Cricut Plantin SchoolBook

Saturday, September 25, 2010

PTI September Blog Hop

For PTI's September Blog Hop, we were asked to incorporate a skill or technique that we "scrap-lifted" from one of the many friendly, helpful scrappers out there that love to share their know how.  It was indeed a challenge to limit my homage to just one but I finally narrowed it down.  For this hop, I channeled Mish Mash.  I really admire the way she pulls her supplies together before she starts, limits her materials to something less than her entire inventory, and then PRODUCES.  One of her recent posts (here) was right on point!!  She is so prolific--something to aspire to!!

I started by grabbing my sketch book and very quickly drew the concept for the card.  I pulled out my Basic Grey Ambrosia 6X6 deck, added coordinating PTI solid cardstock, felts, and the dies I wanted to use.  I created this set of cards--what do you think?

I pushed myself to use many different pieces.  It may be a bit of overkill but the more I look at the finished product, the more I like the results.  Here are a few different shots of the individual cards.  Note that I used PTI's envelop liner die and scraps of a 12X12 version of one of the pages from the Ambrosia set (the image is the same but the scale is different).     


 Hope you enjoy the cards and the Blog Hop!  Thanks for hopping by...


Paper--Cardstock:  PTI's Rustic White, Pure Poppy, Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, and Vintage Cream; Paper--Pattern:  Basic Grey's Ambrosia
Inks:  VersaFine Black Onyx, SU's Going Gray
Stamps:  PTI's All Booked Up, It's Official, and sentiments from various PTI stamp sets
Dies:  PTI's Bookplate, Tickets, Beautiful Blooms II, Large Scallop and Envelop Liner
Other:  PTI Felt in Black and Cream, 1 3/4" circle punch, Corner Chomper, Copic Black Multiliner, buttons from my stash, and PTI Vintage Cream envelops.