Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink SAF '16: A Sweet Farewell

What a wonderful Stamp-A-Faire it was!
Thank you PTI!
You're the best!

Stamp-A-Faire 2016 Drips & Splatters with Lizzie Jones

Lizzie Jones' video was so much fun to watch, I was sure I would
love creating my very own 'Jackson Pollock' masterpiece.
Then the unthinkable happened...
My purple paint spilled everywhere!
With no time to begin again, it was 'lemonade' time.
You know, when life gives you lemons...

I managed to save a portion, just enough to qualify for the challenge.
Not my finest!

This week I promise to get around to oohing and awing all
the beauties at Stamp-A-Faire. And there are many!!!

SAF '16: Gilded in Gold With Danielle Flanders

A simple notecard for Danielle's challenge, to Gild in Gold.

Make It Market Don't Forget to Write

SAF 2016 Watercolor Like a Master

Watercolor Like a Master with Kay Miller!
Kay shares some of her best on her first PTI video,
showing wonderful watercolor techniques with our ink pads.
Her gorgeous card and video can be seen here:

I used the PTI set, Happy Hydrangeas, looking for the colors in one of
 Kay's sample watercolors.
'Thanks' from Graceful Greetings.
Gotta run, 2 more projects!

PTI July '16 Blog Hop. Wonderful!

It's Blog Hop time at Papertrey Ink, and our inspiration is this photo:

The colors, shapes, & sparse, clean layout were what
inspired me to do this card.

Friendship Flowers, Coverplate: Halequin, It's the Thought.
PTI: Inks and Cardstock

Join in the blog hop fun, here, on Nichole's blog:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

SAF 2016: Color Blocking with Lexi Daly

More fun with Stamp-a-Faire, this card inspired by Lexi Daly,
who debuted a fantastic how-to video, showing us 
Color Blocking in the Andy Warhol style.
Lexi, your instructions were perfect! Move the panel, not the stamp
was brilliant, and so helpful!

A reminder that Andy Warhol chose an iconic image, and
repeated it, block print style, helped me choose Betsy's What the Doodle: Apple.
Remember, we have until Tues. morning to add our 'masterpieces'.

Stamp-A-Faire 2016 Pointillism Play with Heather Nichols

It's still Stamp-A-Faire in my house, so thankful I have 
more time!
Heather Nichols shows us some 'Pointillism Play' with our stamps.

This beautiful stamp set was last year's Stamp-a-Faire exclusive.
The tiny little stamps and sentiment are also included in the set.
Background Basics: Galaxy creates her runway.
Clear Wink of Stella adds a bit of bling.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stamp-A-Faire 2016 Floral Impressionism w/Melissa Phillips

Stamp-A-Faire continues with Impressionism!

Melissa Phillips creates the most beautiful cards.
Her techniques, her layers, layout and sweet cleverness
never fail to amaze.
She shows us a technique called Floral Impressionism.

Bold Blossoms, Friendship Jar Flowers, BB: Text Style, Friendship Jar

Stamp-a-Faire 2016 Watercolor with Danielle

With beautiful inspirations from the team, we are invited to choose one of the
PTI designers' master's art piece,
and make of our own.
Dani's watercolor inspiration and card,

inspired me to do my own watercolor card.

Beautiful Brushstrokes & Beautiful Brushstrokes Sentiments

Stamp-A-Faire 2016 Master Color Recipe

Morning came early at Papertrey's annual Stamp-A-Faire.
All set for the fun and festivities, we were greeted with
a video featuring the bold art of Sargam Griffin,
and the challenge to create from one of the many master's color ways.

Renoir is a favorite of mine, 
we were able to visit a museum in the Dallas-Fort Worth area
with several pieces of the amazing Renoir on exhibit.
His paintings were larger than life (literally!), and there's no camera
or photo on earth that could simulate his colors!

Woman Arranging Her Hat is not one of his larger works, 
only 10 1/2 x 9", it represents his later period, in which
he painted in lighter brighter colors.

Couldn't wait to ink up the new sets, Some Like It Hot & Tropics.

PTI: Mood Mix Designer Paper.

Stamp-A-Faire 2016

2nd Challenge for Stamp-A-Faire, features Amy Sheffer,
and a starry night technique.
Her muse was Van Gogh, and she show us how to create
a colorful night sky with our inks.
One of the photos showed a snowy mountain, with a watery reflection.
Had to try that one!

It took awhile, letting drying each step and allowing color to show through, but I love
the look and can't wait to try this again.
On to challenge 3!
PTI: Prayer die, Inspired: Prayer Stamp Set


Friday, July 22, 2016

Share Your Masterpiece

Stamp-a-faire 2016, Yeah!
It's the night before and we're asked to choose a project
we're most proud of.
Hard because I think I've participated in most of the MIMs, 
Blog Hops, and Stamp-a-faires PTI has hosted!
To say I'm a fan is like wading out in the ocean. There is no end!
Love their product, love the designers, just plain LOVE IT ALL!

Think this around 4 or 5 years old, but I like how it turned out.
I adore layering... and layering, and enjoy the 'more is more', but this 
rather clean card made with Garden Grace just seemed enough.

Looking forward to playing all day tomorrow.
Cleaned my day slate, and have plenty in the fridge to snack on.
Bring on the Faire!

Tag You're It

Hi there TYI fans! 
Time for a new challenge, and just look what our muse brought us!

Didn't stray far from the talented Amy Tsuruta's tag/card.

Soft pretty pink and blue, like Amy's and a fun new tag from 
Reverse Confetti. (Topped Off Tag)
Rose Garden stamps and dies also from Reverse Confetti.
Sentiment: PTI 2015 Birthday tags.
Background created from PTI's Woodblock Prints Stencil.
PTI: Don't Forget to Write (Make It Market) card and stitched layer.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Praying for You

Definitely one of the hardest cards to make is a
sympathy card, especially for a friend that recently lost
a son.
I am so thankful for the words and images to convey comfort
to my friend.
ColourQ has a challenge this week with these colors

Top 3, rather dark and somber, yes, but with gold and white,
it lifts the spirit, and brings hope.

Melissa Phillips, here, (stamp spritzing...) reminded me of the gracefully drawn feathers of PTI's Feather Finery. Together with the sentiments 
from Graceful Greetings 2,
and Walk by Faith, I hope my friend is reminded that we are always
near to the source of comfort and healing.
The imagery of God's massive wings sheltering His own is one
I love!
Like I said, this was a hard one!

Monday, July 18, 2016


Altenew has a themed challenge for July, Weddings
and this color filled inspiration photo

Altenew's florals are so striking, and embossed in gold, as in Yana's 
gorgeous card, even more spectacular!
Just perfect for a wedding card!
The problem is, picking one set over another.

Hadn't used their Lotus stamps and dies yet, so 
they became my focus for a 'watery' card.
Sponge inked and water splattered bg, in
Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn (Ranger Distress inks).

PTI's Circle Scribbles cut from gold mirror card stock,
sort of resembles water ripples. 
Zig watercolor pens: Light Carmine, Pink & Wine red for the lotus blossoms.
Light Green & May Green for the lotus leaves.
A few sequins on my water, and card panel onto a 
gold and kraft stripe cardstock.

One of the things I asked my husband for, was a Koi pond,
25 years ago when we moved to the country.
These beautiful blooms open with the sun, and close at night.
Wish I could have included a koi or 2, but they were shy when I 
took the photo. 

Play along with Altenew's July challenge here:

Sending Thanks

Melissa Phillips shares her tips on this week's MIM video today, 
featuring 'Spritzed Stamps'.
I love doing this technique. You get a watercolor effect with
very little effort. And it's just plain fun!

Melissa's beautiful examples can be seen here:

She has a way of making pastels leap of a card!
When I decided on Painted Petals, I went with a bolder combination
of Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy; inking, spritzing and wiping, 
just as Melissa did. 
The center is Summer Sunrise, then Avocado and Tropical Teal.
Masked off the flower, then same technique 
with Background Basics: Medallions.
Had fun combining the colors on my stamp.
First with Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise, then
Aqua Mist and Ripe Avocado.
Added a few leaves, spritzing and stamping.
When all was dry, embossed the sentiment in Zing Metallic Pewter.
The 'note of thanks' is also embossed with a teal powder that came in a set
with no markings. Picked it up at Michaels a while ago.
Quick note: I used watercolor paper, as Melissa suggested, love
the effect you get with the spritzed ink.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Create Along With Us, this month, has so many beauties, it's been
the hardest to pick one to case.
Couldn't take my eyes off Betsy's beauty, featuring the new tropical
stamps and dies, along with some of the dies from last month's release.

Oh my, just look at what she called, 'Hawaiian Shirt background'. 
My 'shirt' needs more practice, but with the steps she laid out 
so perfectly, I'll definitely do again!

Tropical color combos, and Leave It Be stamp and die set, sort of look like 
sea fans....
Woodblock Prints stencils reverse stenciled.
Simple Seashells and Graceful Greetings stamps and dies.
Scalloped A2 Die Collection

Monday, July 11, 2016


Playing along with Just Us Girls, 
where it's 'trend' week.

Sponging is definitely a trend sweeping the paper craft world.
I see it everywhere done by the savviest designers.

I used PTI's Make It Market County Fair, and it's bandana die to sponge on 
3 shades of PTI blue ink.
The dies in this fun summery set, include the sentiment 'Enjoy', the cherries, and the flowers.
The muslin ribbon was also from the set.
Cardstock: PTI

Play along through Thursday