Monday, April 29, 2013

MIM #114 Blown Ink

It's Monday, and that means MIM at Papertrey Ink.
This week Dawn showed us how to blow drops of ink on a page with a straw.
Have to say, did this 4 times before I was satisfied with the results.
I've been thinking fish lately. (We just put in a koi pond!) and
the blowey ink looked a lot like coral.
Maile Belles has a great tutorial on herblog creating lines with versamark and embossing powder.
Love what it does to hi-light edges.
PTI white cardstock and ocean tides sampler, hard to see woodgrain embossed white cardstock,
I found embossing a background as Dawn did,  helps the ink to flow, taking on character and a life of it's own. Kinda free flow formations.
PTI vellum, embossed sentiment from Happiness in Bloom.
Blown ink Fine Linen and Spring Rain.
My fish stamp is Lil Rockfish
I think he looks like he's underwater.
Will try again, really need to control where the ink goes. Not at easy as it looks, but fun!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Tuesday Trigger Pretty Little Petits Fours

So what do you see when you're given this inspiration pix
at Moxie Fab World?
Yummy deliciousness?
Me too!
Of course a sweetheart cake. And a blushing beauty presenting said cake.
Flowers, lace, pink and more pink. Ah, Spring!
Hard to stop when I get to detailing. Someday I hope to master simplicity,
 but for now it's all about the fun things I've gathered.
Madame Gateau is a Character Construction from 2 stamp sets. She's pieced, copic colored, embellished, and fairy dusted (It's actually called fairy dust Glitter from Deco Art!)
Background wallpaper is Authentique which has been sprayed with Mr. Huey's Shine.
Bottom is wood grained paper topped with a pink lacey washi 'wainscoat'.
'Once Upon a Springtime' from a sheet of Graphic 45 cardstock tags.
Silver Misted fabric, flowers, pearls and ribbon from my stash.
Madame Gateau is 5" x 7", and will need extra postage to get to where she's going.
Now doesn't a moist slice of gooey cake sound good right now?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

PTI's April Blog Hop

April Blog Hop at PapertreyInk!
The inspiration photo says it all, 'Tilted'.
Two cards for the hop
No stamps, just dies for this birthday shaker card.
Angling is so much fun!
And second card
Saved a layout I loved by Betsy Veldman, (love all her layouts!).
This is thanks to her.
All PTI, except background paper and vintage lace (from stash)
Won't keep you, get to hoppin' over to Nichole Heady's blog to see
and join the fun!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Moxie Fab's Wonder of Watercolor

Watercoloring is something I love!
Watercoloring with ink has it's challenges. Sort of have to learn some techniques
and go with happy happinstance!
Picked up a couple of fishy stamps while out of town. Inked them with several PTI colors, spritzed with water, and stamped. Ummm, interesting!
Background pretty much done the same way, with a seaweed stamp and some leafy stamping from PTI's, Harvest Berries (looked kinda seaweedy to me!). Scattered areas of ink watercoloring for underwater effect. Added stamping (and spritzing) of a sunshine stamp from Hello Sunshine (PTI) and a sentiment (embossed ombre style), sprayed several times with Mr. Hueys Shine.
Clear dots are a raindrop sticky thing from Joanne's.
Just had to add the real shell over the twine.
The challenge runs until May

MIM #113 Perfect Pearls

Nichole Heady gives our tutorial this week on using Perfect Pearls.
My stamp choice was Hello Foxy, a set I haven't used yet.
Started with a 3x4" Enchanted Evening cardstock, and embossed Foxy with silver.
I used a versamark brush and Mandarin, Mint and Biscotti Perfect Pearls.
Bountiful Banners stamp and die set.
Corner blooms from Fancy Folk Art.
Ranger Pecock Liquid Pearls, and Gunmetal Stickles (for foxy's eyes, nose and butterfly dots).
Striped Washi down the middle.
She possitively glows! Hard to photograph. Time permitting, will try another.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Moxie's TT

The Tuesday Trigger this week is this fab photo

Coffee's my drink of choice so didn't stray far from the trigger.
The cup is from Papertrey's Candy Cane stamp set. I know it's a Christmas set, but love that cup!
Everything else is PTI as well, except the aqua dots, which is Mind's Eye. 
The slit at the top of the cup was the perfect spot for the stirrer.
Just getting this in on time!

Friday, April 19, 2013

MIM #112

Ashley over at PapertreyInk shows us how to die cut alphabet letters and emboss/stamp and or alter them for our project.
Here's mine.
Friendship Jar was my starting pt. The word 'sweet' was my alpha altered word.
Cut from True Black cardstock, embossed with polka dot basics.
PTI mostly, Harvest Gold cardstock card base. Pattern from a 6x6" pack, (sorry, I'm out of town working on my daughter's Mac which is like being on Mars to me!)
Any how, anything you'd like to know, I'll gladly help!
Can you tell it's lemonade? I hope so! When was the last time Anything was a nickel?1?!
I am having a wonderful weekend with my daughter's family, hope your's is same!
Thank you Ashley, love when you do your tutorials!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Simon Says Challenge

Hi everyone,
thanks to Leigh Penner, I'm stretching my wings to join another challenge.
This time it's Simon Says
The Challenge is to create a project reflecting April Showers and /or Flowers.
Recently bought a Hero Arts stamp of this cutie owl. Colored and paper pieced him and popped him up over a PTI barn die cut.
Several layers of stamping (collaging) and paper piecing, then adding a ribbon vine with die cut felt leaves and resin roses.
The day I did the card, it was misting all day, so I decided to give it a light 'mist' of fairy dust.
Did the inside as well.
Such a busy front, thought I would wait to add the sentiment inside when I need a card to send.
The barn top sports a wooden star button.
Here's the link if you'd like to play along!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tuesday Trigger: Magical Magnolias

Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World has the most gorgeous picture of
Magnolias in bloom against a dreamy watercolor sky.
Coincidence, PTI's challenge this week is Embossing Watercolor stamped images.
Ummmmm, 1 post, for 2 challenges? Almost too good to be true!
Spring almost oozes thoughts of watercolors, sheer and translucent washes of blended color.
My inspiration came from something I saw on Pinterest
Liked the layout but wanted my petals on a square card.
Found my 'petals' in the form of a die from PTI's Year of the Flowers: Roses. It's the leaf die.
Die cut about 20 to ink watercolor. So much fun to try to match the colors in Cath's inspiration photo.
Ink dries much lighter than when applied, so I had many to choose from.
Stampers Select white card base, 5 1/2 x 5 1/2".
Soft Stone panel 4 x 5 1/2" (all PTI cardstock).
Limitless Layers Circle die with sentiment from Mini Blooms (PTI).
When I misted the petals, they curled a bit, which I thought looked like a real petal, so I went with it.
When dry, petals were stamped with a large rubber Stampendous 'Dream Text' stamp.
Edges inked with PTI's Avocado and a few enamel dots to frame sentiment.
Card #2 is the one that will be in 2 challenges.
Heather Nichols' tutorial inspired this card.
Center panel is white, white embossed and softly watercolor inked with a mix of Hibiscus Burst and Harvest Gold. the Leaves are Simply Chartruese, but very watered down in the background.
Year of the Flowers: Roses stamp and die sets.
Main rose and buds are Hibiscus Burst and Scarlett Jewel.
It's for my mom, so I sprinkled it with Fairy Dust.
Sentiment: PTI's Boutique Borders Mother.
Enjoying a blissfully quiet week of putting my house back together after 2 weeks of family and Egg Hunts! Just about able to see the inside of my laundry room.
Hope your week is filled with creative joy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

MIM #111

MIM #111 Watercoloring Embossed Images
Heather Nichols shows us how to create our own background papers and embossed images with this week's MIM at Papertrey.
She watercolors with inks and very handy water brush I will definitely pick up on the next trip to Michael's!
I loved her layout and scalloped border, using the heart border die.
My version uses The Strawberry Patch stamps and dies.
Waiting for Pure Poppy Inks to be back in the PTI lineup, but it is possible to achieve a strawberry color using Berry Sorbet and Scarlett Jewel.
Leaves are first stamp embossed with white, then ink painted with Spring Moss and New Leaf.
Strawberry arrangement on a Seed Packet die.
Heather stamped embossed her background paper as well, so had to give that a try.
The Strawberry Patch stamp set has a leaf stamp which I versamarked and then embossed with white.
Painted the paper with watered down mix of Harvest Gold and Berry Sorbet. The leaves are a light coat of Spring Moss. A few accents of twine, tag, tiny strawberry flowers, and a few chartreuse
enamel dots and done. PTI cardstock, background plaid: Secret Garden.
Check out Heaher's video here:

Friday, April 5, 2013

MIM #110

Papertrey's Dawn McVey has a tutorial on Nichole's blog challenging us to
use Collage Elements on our projects.
Posting late due to family in town for the holiday!
Had to do some tags for my daughter's Etsy shop, so decided to 'collage' them.
All Things Tinsel creates custom bridal and bridal party jewelry.
I've mentioned it before, but just had to show another tag set created just for her shop.
(See finished necklace at above shop)
On a Tag Sale die cut (#1 I think?), are several stamped images.
PTI's largest bloom from Cutting Garden in Sweet Blush.
Then, in Aqua Mist is a Thanks stamp from Card Art.
Next, in Winter Wisteria, the dress form from PTI's Signature Series: Dress form, followed by
a BB: Wrought Iron stamped sideways in Classic Kraft. And finally a silver embossed ribbon from PTI's Ribbon & Bows.
My daughter Alisa asked for 2 things on her jewelry tags, a thank you, and her business name.
Her stamped name is on an attached banner die cut from Antique Linen on the back.
That way her customers can reuse their tags.
Check out Dawn's tutorial. She never fails to amaze!