I have mentioned before that I enjoy doing challenges. Well today’s Make it Monday was particularly enticing to me as I had never tried stamping on a photo and I had just bought some new inks that should and did dry on a glossy surface. Yay! I was lucky because I have a little program on my computer that will make collages of my pictures. This allowed me to quickly resize my photo, frame it, add text and set down the elements any where I wanted on a 4 X 6 card. This left the room to do the stamping that I wanted to add. I used a sentiment from Joyful Christmas and images from Post and Parcel.
The stamps stick like Gorilla glue on glossy photo paper. I used all the magnets I had from three different stamp positioners and I still couldn’t keep the photo paper from flipping up to the lid with the stamps. I had to put a piece of acetate over the photo to line up the small ornaments as they steadfastly stuck to the glossy paper and would not adhere to the lid at all. This kind of begs the question, “Why do stamps sets come stuck on acetate instead of photo paper?” In fact I am going to try that out in the stamp sets that have tiny images that DO NOT stick to acetate once they have been inked once or twice. Maybe I can keep those tiny images from getting lost……………….yes, it worked ………………some tiny images that I had resorted to storing in a zip lock bag, stuck well to a piece of photo paper. Hmmm!
Anyway, I ended up being very pleased with the photo card.
Now somebody is really trying to tell me something. The Make it Monday challenge has featured the use of a wreath for the last three weeks in a row. I have mentioned two things regarding this. The first is that I do not have any type of wreath stamp or die from Papertrey Ink and the second is that I like a challenge. But three weeks in a row, people…………………now that is a challenge.
Looking through my dies once again, while whispering the mantra, “what can I adapt?”, I came across the heart frame from Shakers and Sprinkles. Check, I will use that and somehow make it look Christmasy. I also didnt have any ribbon from Papertrey but found some holly ribbon from May Arts, that I thought would start to transform the wreath into a Christmas theme. A little bouquet of greenery from Spruce and Sprigs was an easy choice. Finally I found a little sentiment in Post & Parcel that would tie in Christmas with the heart shaped wreath.
The background is a 3D woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin Up that is just remarkable in its depth and detail. Voila! Done!
This week’s challenge at Papertrey Ink is to make a glittery mat for a card. I like it when these challenges remind me to take out a product that I haven’t used for a while. Lizzie used the white adhesive backed sheets from Papertrey Ink to make a glittered mat for her card. I think that I have only used these sheets to make stickers out of small stamps or dies so I wanted to see how they would work as a mat. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make a card with a nice glittered edge. I would probably have dipped all four sides of the mat into the glitter and then attached it to the main image with glue or tape. Lizzie’s method of attaching the image to the mat first and then just glittering the edges worked quite well. I did have a small crises with the image wanting to go on slightly askew, but I managed to get it back off and straightened it up and reattached. While the paper is not heavy weight, it held up quite nicely, especially when I added foam tape to make the mat dimensional. I will definitely use this method in the future.
This week the challenge is to make a wreath. This is exactly the type of challenge that gets my creativity going, because I have no wreaths from Papertrey Ink. Nada….not one. That meant that I had to think outside the box…………er circle in this case. Tearing through every stamp set I had, I spotted a leaf spray from a Bleeding Heart stamp. It had a touch of a curve to it, so I thought I might be able to coax it into a circle shape. It is from the Make it Market Garden Gate kit. It came together very well, until that terrible moment, when I decided to add some dark brown splatters and black flower centers……………nope didn’t like it and had to start over. All is well, though, as the second time around I used a darker rust colour for the second layer of leaves and it turned out better. There really is something to be said for dress rehearsals. You do figure out what works and what doesn’t.
I didn’t start out to make this card. Truth be known I started out to clean toilets, but hey, I am easily distracted. I estimated that I could make a card in under an hour as I had made Z fold cards before. Ha Ha Ha. About an hour into the construction, I decided the background was too plain. I then decided to turn it into a watercolour card. Blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda. Somewhere along the way it kind of turned into a Papertrey Ink meets Heartfelt Creations kind of card. Yes, it is kind of odd, but I like it.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Simple Seashells stamps and dies, Wht the Doodle Waves watercolour sheets, Simon Says Stamp Sailing stamp, Nuvo Crystal drops, Stickles, Zig Real Brush Markers, foam squares, Tombow tape runner.
It seems that I haven’t posted anything for a long time. I have been posting but I traded posting on my blog for posting pictures of my trip to Europe on Facebook.
When I saw that the challenge was to make a slider card, I almost gave up before starting. I have always found slider cards to be quite challenging. Truth of the matter is, I am not much for measuring and slider cards call for careful measurements, if they are to work smoothly.
In the end I decided to go for it. I encountered a fair number of do overs in getting the card made. Everything from stamping on the tag instead of the bottom of the slider, to choosing too light and too heavy of a cardstock which caused issues. Finally, I decided to design a slider card template on my electronic cutter so that I could create slider cards of varying sizes more easily in the future.
In the end, the card turned out well.
Supples: Papertrey Ink Warmest Wishes stamp set, Authentique patterned paper, Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock, Scor tape, Hero Arts Acetate, Copic markers, Tim Holtz Adornments-Pine cones, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz, Casual Friday tag die, unknown silver cord.
This week’s Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink is calling for “make your own wreath”. I recently saw a card where light colours were used to make the base of some flowers and then slightly darker colours were layered on top. creating an ethereal looking card. That was the look I started out to achieve, but I ended up adding Nuvo drops to most of my darker layers as I thought the card was a bit dull. I did like the resulting card nevertheless, so here it is:
Interestingly, what I forgot was that the larger blue Nuvo drops are “glow in the dark”, which is a far cry from the soft ethereal look I was going for. I only remembered this when I took the card into my dark hallway to photograph the card. If you are looking for a product that “glows in the dark”, I can attest to the fact that these Nuvo drops do!
Supplies: Papertrey ink Color Pop Florals stamp set, Papertrey Ink Make it Market Garden Gate stamps and stencil, Nuvo drops, Hero Arts Ombre dye inks, Recollections cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
I received my Papertrey Ink Make it Market, Market Street kit and had decided to make the 3D cart just to see what it looked like. I thought I would review Betsy’s video on how to put the cart together and, like usual “a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” and I ended up making this card for Make it Monday instead.
It came together very quickly and I think looks nice. There is something about using Pantone paint chips that just works. I think it is the repetition of simple colour, simple fonts, and simple images that is so appealing.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps and Dies, Papertrey ink Ombre Buildrs stamp set, Papertrey Ink rainstones, Hero Arts dye Ink, Recollections cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
When I saw this week’s challenge, I thought it looked like a lot of inky fun. I only have a full set of refills for my Distress Inks so I used those. I found out something…………………..a little refill ink on a baby wipe goes a looooooooooooooooooooong way! After what seemed like only two minutes, I had six or seven backgrounds made using the techniques demonstratred by Ashley in the video. Just yesterday, I was combing through a whole large storage case wondering where all these unfinished card fronts came from………………..now I know. As usual, what I ended up with looks nothing like the idea I had in my head when starting this card. The change was a result of the desire to use/showcase several of the backgrounds in just one card. On one hand this was easy as they were all made with the same colours, but difficult on the other hand, as I had made them all with no regard to balance/scale/tone/intensity between them Anyway with some diecutting and rearranging, I think it turned out well.
- Circles were made by bunching up the baby wipe into a tight wad and then turning in a circular motion on the card front.
- Cross hatch was made by dabbing a wad of inked baby wipe through a Papertrey Ink Garden Gate stencil.
- Stripes were created as shown by Ashley.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink G Gate Stencil. Papertrey Ink stamp set Succulents, Dienamics die Vertical Stitched Strips, Tim Holtz Distress Refills, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
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.
Supplies: 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.