Saturday, January 25, 2014

January PTI blog hop

Edited to add:  I also am entering this into the PTI anniversary challenge to use our large word dies and word stamps to make a card.  I couldn't not use this as an entry, because it is just too cute.  

Here is my last entry for the January PTI blog hop.  The ombre/gradient pillow in the inspiration photos  really spoke to me, and I knew I wanted to make a card if I had time using that effect.   I used some old Going Gray Stampin' UP! paper cause it was the right shade of gray that I wanted to use, raspberry fizz, hibiscus burst, and pretty in pink inks (PTI and SU!), and my unused before today Baby word die.  I also mounted the baby word on a piece of linen texture vellum to help it stand out over the bold background.  Oh, also used the Wonderful Words: Baby stamp set and Polk Dot Basics 2 by PTI.  Some multi pink colored twine finished it off perfectly.  I am pretty pleased with this.  It was a quick card to make and I just love all those pinks.  I am not usually a pink loving girl, but this is pretty.  

PTI Blog Hop Tickled Pink

Here is an original card by me.  Wow!!!  I really like the pink and gold from the inspiration photos, so I knew I wanted to make a card using those colors.  I didn't want to make a Valentine's or Love themed card, so I busted out my new feather stamps along with some gold shimmer paper, gold embossing powder, and some hibiscus burst card stock and ink.  I think this card could be for a recently announced engagement or baby on the way news.  

I used my tipped top dies, which I am still trying to get the hang of using.  I bought them because the idea of them seemed awesome,  I love Maile's angled cards, and I thought I remembered Nicole and the design team using them lots in that release, but alas, not so much.  These are tough for me to use uniquely.  Anyway, enough chit chat.  Hope you like the card. 

PTI January Blog Hop Entry 2

Bright Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe card for PTI's January blog hop, whose theme is "think pink".  I made this card based on one Dawn McVey did awhile back.  

PTI blog hop

Here is my third entry to the PTI blog hop this January.  Once again, I gave my own interpretation on a card Dawn McVey did eons ago.   I know that pink is to take center stage, but I like pink in the background and as an accent better.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sketch challenge card and PTI Blog Hop

Here is my entry for this week's Freshly Made Sketches weekly sketch contest.  I saw the sketch via Brian King's blog and thought my Papertrey Ink Tipped Top dies would be perfect.  I made the angled panel a little small, but I think it still works.  My ribbon is the banner element and the bow is the "star" element all embellished with a pretty tiny tag.

I am also using this card as one entry into PapertreyInk's monthly blog hop.  This month it is all about pink.  I guess I used more neutrals with a pop of pink.  Oh well, I hope to make a few more entries.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MIM #147 Papertrey Ink entry

Trying to play along with the challenges this year more for two reasons:  to make myself think outside of the box and use my stamps, and since I cannot afford to buy any more stamps and supplies like I have been doing, I hope to earn some prize money to treat myself or replenish consumables when needed.   Might as well be transparent and honest.  Of course, it would be honest to say that in all the past 6-7 years I have been buying PTI stamps, following each month's releases, entering in the daily release contests, and even some of the challenges this past year, I have won only 1 time.  That was last year during a blog hop challenge.  I completed all 6 color palette challenges and won with one of those 6 projects.  Woohoo!!!  I was super excited.  So this year I am trying to put my hat in the ring one more way by actually creating some stuff to enter in these kinds of challenges.

So after all that rambling, this week's MIM challenge is to fussy cut elements on a detail stamp to create layers and multiple colors.  While it would have been totally easy to just recreate Becky's project since I have all those supplies, I tried to stretch myself and pick a stamp that could also be layered, popped up and used with multiple colors.  That was really hard to do.  I picked the background stamp from On The Farm and did a bunch of cutting and pasting and popping up with foam dots and I came up with this.  I totally cased a card design by Debbie Olsen, but of course the challenge stuff I did to it makes it unique.  We can do that right?    Hope everyone has a great time participating in the challenge.  Have fun, enter for fun, and just enjoy the creative process.  That is my goal this year.