Saturday, January 25, 2014

PTI January Blog Hop - Jake's Entry

I have something extra special for you today!  I should begin by explaining that lately my eldest son Jake has taken a serious interest in mom's paper crafting hobby.  I cannot tell you how special it is for me to be able to share something with him that I enjoy so much!  After teaching him some of the card making basics and showing him how to use some tools he has just taken off!  He has made several cards so far, but the one I want to share right now is the one he made for this month's PTI blog hop.

Didn't he do a great job?  I told him that the challenge was to include the color pink and then I let him use his own imagination.  He saw the strips I used for my first blog hop entry and he wanted to use some on his card.  He chose the Smokey Shadow card base and adhered the strips himself.  He then said he wanted to cut a heart of out the middle, so I showed him my PTI heart dies.  He arranged them on the card himself and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I then made a few suggestions for papers he could use to back the cut outs and he chose the Raspberry Fizz polkadot paper.  I just love this kid!  Pink has always been one of his favorite colors!

I told him I was going to enter his card in the hop and he was super excited.  I just know he would appreciate any comments you wish to leave him!  Thanks for your support and thanks for visiting!


Paper: PTI's Smokey Shadow, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz Polka Dot
Dies: PTI's Heart Prints Die Collection

PTI January Blog Hop Take 2

For my second entry in the PTI Blog Hop Challenge this month I decided to enter my Valentine cards for this year.  They're pretty simple, but just my style!  I plan to send them out to family members near and far.

Thanks for visiting!  Happy hopping!


Paper: PTI's Raspberry Fizz and White; patterned paper from lilybeedesign's Destination collection
Stamps: PTI's Boutique Borders: Congrats, Think Big Favorites #11, and Trendy Tree Tops
Ink: PTI's Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Fizz
Dies: PTI's Boutique Borders: Congrats

PTI January Blog Hop

Hi y'all!  Can you believe I'm back again?  I have been feeling sooo inspired lately and have been itching not only to create, but to share with all of you too!  I wanted to participate in this month's PTI Blog Hop, and the challenge is to create something using pink.  When I decided to participate I had already made my Valentine cards for the year (to come in another post), so I wanted to make something else.

Ever since pouring the PTI Design Team projects for the January release, I kept finding myself thinking about this card by Ashley Cannon Newell:
I just LOVE the patterned paper in the background!  Soooo, I thought I would try to re-create it using some pink!  Here's what I came up with:

How'd I do?  (Man you can really tell I need a new camera and some lighting!)  What I love about this technique is that it looks like a lot more work than it really was!  I simply cut uniform strips of Hibiscus Burst paper, covered a card base with ATG adhesive and arranged the strips in the herringbone pattern from left to right.  Once it was finished, I decided it needed a little something more to help define the individual strips, so I rubbed the whole front with some Vintage Cream ink then some Fresh Snow ink. 

To finish things off, I added some layered accents (see die cuts listed below). 

Thanks so much for visiting!  I can't wait to see everyone's creations this month!


Paper: PTI White, Hibiscus Burst, and Royal Velvet
Stamps: PTI's Funky Florals and Birthday Style
Ink: PTI's Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Royal Velvet and True Black
Dies: PTI's Funky Florals, New Leaf, and Framed Out #2
Other: Rhinestones from my stash

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Multi-Layer Images From a Single Stamp

Ummm...' I haven't posted in, like...FOREVER!  That's not to say that I haven't been crafting, I just haven't found the time for blogging.  Good thing I'm not a professional blogger...I'd be broke for sure!  So, this is my attempt at resuming blogging!  Wish me luck!

This week I wanted to start by participating in PTI's Make-It-Monday whose topic is creating multi-layer images from a single stamp.  Here's Betsy Veldman's example:

Can you believe that all of these medallions are made from a single stamp each?  I'm excited to make some tags with these same stamps, but I didn't want to do that for my MIM entry since I felt I would just be copying Betsy.  So...I went hunting for another stamp that might work for this technique.  I have been dying to use my Irresistibly Ikat set and thought I would try it out here.  Here's what I came up with:
I just love this large focal image and I wanted to try a color combo that may be a little unexpected.  Here I've used Royal Velvet, Orange Zest and Hawaiian Shores.  The color combo is fantastic in person! 
Another thing I have started doing lately is making at least two cards each time I start creating.  My card stash has been thinning lately and I wanted to bulk it up a little. :)  So, here's my second card:

 Same but different...right? 

Well, thanks for stopping by and checking my creations out.  I've missed you!


Paper: PTI's White
Stamps: PTI's Irresitably Ikat
Ink: PTI's Royal Velvet, Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores and True Black
Other: Orange enamel embellishments by My Mind's Eye, and aqua faceted embellishments by Recollections