Monthly Archives: April 2017

Papertrey Ink Bloghop

I feel like I cheated in making this card for the bloghop because the base I used is from Color Pop Florals ready to stamp patterned paper.  I decided that was alright because the challenge is using the colour palette and not so much the design.

Here is my card:

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Make it Monday #282 Papertrey Ink

Where does the time go?  My last post was also for Make it Monday, so a week has simply disappeared on me.

It is tax time in Canada, so I have been busy gathering documents for the various returns I do.  I did manage to attend a great Scrapbook Crop and a wonderful Baby shower for my daughter in law, and got back into playing Mahjong, so it was a week well spent.

Today’s challenge was to make a watercolour background.  I knew I had some Papertrey Ink stencils that hadn’t had enough love from me yet, so I dug them out.   I stole Nicole’s tip of using an old Silhouette sticky mat to hold down my stencil and bristol cardstock.  It worked very well to limit colour running under the stencil, so I am sure it has become part of my way of doing things.  In fact, it worked so well at containing the colour where it belonged that I ended up adding a cover of vellum to tone down the vibrancy of the background.

It had been a while since I used the Morning Glory stamp and dies as well, so it took a few minutes to line everything up.  In the end I was quite pleased with the resulting card.

IMG_8569Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Garden Gate stencil, Papertrei Ink Morning by Morning stamp set and die, Impression Obsession love die, Reverse Confetti All Framed up die, Paper and More Woodgrain cardstock,  Ellen Hutson Vellum, Simon Says Stamp card base, Nuvo Crystal drops, Prills, Zig Real Brush Markers, Prismacolor pencils, Hero Arts inks, Craftaboard and Scor tape.

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday # 281

I have not been submitting a project to Make it Monday challenges for a while.  I did not take any Papertrey Ink stuff with me to Phoenix due to large supply/very small car concerns.  When I thought of something I could make with the one new set I bought, I submitted it, but it didn’t fit every MIM theme.  It was fun to get back home and look through my stash again for something for this challenge.

Here is what I came up with:

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Supplies: Papertrey Ink Scroll die, Papertrey Ink Tulip Time stamp set and dies, Papertrey Ink Celebrate die, Papertrey Ink Holiday  Plaid patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp cardstock and card base, CTMH enamel hearts, Imagine Crafts Shimmer spray, and Scor tape.

Sandra’s Card

When Sandra came down to visit me in Phoenix, she made two cards for me to put on the blog.  I put one on the blog, but sent my laptop home in a car with a trunk that was bigger than a breadbox, before I got the second one published.  I have a ToDo list that is about 30 items long right now, so I thought this was a good time to do a quick post with the other card.

Here it is:

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Supplies:  Doodlebug Cream & Sugar patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea stamp set, Cor’dinations cardstock,

Tombstone Arizona March 2017

Another wonderful season of enjoying retirement part-time in Phoenix, is wrapping up.  I am starting to pack up and begin my annual “How am I going to fit all this stuff in my little car” routine.  Yikes, I was doing so well until I booked that “I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it” cruise of the British Isles for this summer.  It didn’t help that my favorite store that carries wonderful cruisewear has decided to go exclusively “online” and close all its’ stores.  Now I have more cruise wear than the airline will allow me to take and some of it will have to be stuffed in the glove compartment, just to get it home.

One of the many great things I was able to do while in Phoenix, was to go with Sandra on a ROAD TRIP to Tombstone Arizona.  That was a bucket list thing for me, as my whole family were fans of the classic western when I was growing up.  Somehow I had it in my head that the OK Corral was this huge place, with wagons to hide behind and windows to fall out of.  Nope, all the participants stood facing each other with only a few feet between them.  In spite of the close proximity, Wyatt Earp was not shot.  Only the bad guys got killed (that day anyway).  Anyway, the whole town is a hoot, and Sandra and I thoroughly enjoyed going back in time.

We took in a reenactment of the Shootout at the OK Corral.  I don’t know where they got the actors but they were exceptional at least in their physical appearance.  The Earp brothers looked exactly like the historical pictures and the actor who played Doc Holiday was pencil thin.  Doc Holiday was often described as emaciated (enjoyed taking self prescribed drugs too much, I hear).

I took a lot of pictures of the shootout and it was hard to choose a few for a layout, but here is what I chose:

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