Papertrey is 8, Lux Metallics, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! This challenge was to use *only Metallics & Neutrals. I knew exactly what my metallic would be! This is the simplest card I have made in the last 12 months and it will be the simplest in the next 12 months. LOL


I started with a white A2 sized card base in portrait and embossed the front of the card with a Darice folder called, Scrolls 1215-49. This gave me a great space in the center to stamp a cross from a $1.00 stamp set with sentiment, He is Risen. Both were stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Gold powder, then heat set with the Milwaukee heat tool the lovely Jennifer McGuire sent me from one of her Favorite Tools segments on her blog.

PTI’s Wonderful Words dies were cut in 4 different browns and layered together for a shadow effect. Peace, from Wonderful Words Holiday and blessed, from Counting My Blessings.

Papertrey’s 8th Bday, Blue Skies, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! I have so enjoyed PTI’s birthday! And playing in all of the challenges. I really should be cleaning house or doing something worthy, but I love these challenges because they stretch me to create something I had no idea to create.

This challenge was to use Blue Ombre, all shades of Blue, ombre background or ombre inking of a bold image. I was so deflated that we didn’t get to create a mini scene on the Petite Places day, that I merged a mini scene with my Ombre sky surrounding it.

PTI Stamps: Spring Hills, I nabbed a house that was already stamped in black ink on red card stock and doodled on it with a maroon Crayola washable marker and diluted that with water and an aqua brush.

For my Shaped card base, I chose SU/Sizzix Framelits – Ovals Collection. The Scalloped oval was cut twice to form my card, the back layer was scored at the top (Landscape mode) for the hinge of the card and adhered to the front panel. The largest smooth oval and the next one down were taped together and run with water color paper to make a frame. The largest oval was also cut in white and embossed with Tim Holtz embossing folder (sunrise) from Playing Games set. I inked the inside of the folder with SU Crushed Curry ink and ran it through the die machine. When it came out, I direct to paper over the high points of the image with Dusty Durango and it wasn’t quite what I expected, so I diluted the orange bits with water and then the yellow bits to and they melded a bit more to my liking.

I cut a landscape from a large oval in green card stock and a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die for my grassy sloop. I direct to paper with SU’s Old Olive over my grassy slope, but it just didn’t make me happy. :0
I admire the cross cut grass on Base Ball fields and lawns, where people take the time to special cut it this way. It’s so pretty for grass! LOL So, I mimicked this with a couple of different green Crayola washable markers. And diluted the whole piece with a wet aqua painter. Eeeeeee! (happy sound)….pretty grass acomplished!

The sweet little trees are from Kristina Werner’s Village SSSD111405. I cut them on green CS and since the bases do not cut across the bottom, I used scissors to make long tree trunks and cut them to the lengths I wanted and adhered them.

Okay, I have to admit, I completely forgot about the whole Ombre Effect!! And had to add that to the perimeter of my card, which pilled up the paper quite a bit, but I rolled on. Well, because it’s jut how I roll! And I even got a bit of water color on the inside of my card, so I really wham-o’d it up with water color sky and some grassy slope too!


Papertrey Ink’s 8th Bday, Honoring Moms, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! How about an ALL Day card? Yep, this took me several hours to make!! That’s what happens to many cards in the making. They just take longer than your idea…hahaha!

This challenge is to Build a Bouquet on a card cover with more than 1 floral stamp. I started with a 9 x 12 inch piece of water color paper. I use Canson from Wal-mart. I scored this piece in half at 6 inches.

I started by sketching in my window front shop. I’ve adored multi-paned windows my entire life, which I may have shared here before, including Nanny’s shop called, Frontier Curio Shop in Ozark Acres, Hardy Ar. built in the 50’s. Of course, Nanny’s shop housed souvenirs not flowers. LOL

I pulled the Wheelbarrow & Flowers, Sizzix die 557688? or 557698, the extra sticker they put on this die is not clear. I cut all of the elements in water color paper and used everything except the large flowers. I did use their centers and the waste pieces from the wheels for itty bitty flowers too and stamped on them with PTI images from Iconic images set and Vintage Picnic set. (those round flowers are in the wheel barrow)


Papertrey Ink sets used: Garden Variety (the word Fleur on the wheel barrow sign) & Garden Variety 2 (the flower pots and greenery for them and the wheel barrow), The Sweet Life (small roses in flower pots in the urn and wheel barrow and on the Fleur sign). Vintage Picnic (2 small white daisies in the wheel barrow).
Stampin’UP! sets used: Vivid Vases, Sweet of You.
Wood Mounted stamps used: Stampabilities Watering Can Flowers G1120 & Urn ER1013. Rubber Stampede Greek Vessel A2212D.

Inks: StazOn and Stampin’UP! Old Olive, Dusty Durango, Pacific Point (flower pots and greenery).
Markers: Crayola Washable Markers (everything water colored to fill in stamped images was done with these, scribble on the images and dilute immediately with water. The flowers in the far right of the windows was stamped in Pacific point too with 1st and 2nd generation stamping.

Papertrey Ink’s 8th Bday, Quilted, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! Papertrey is turning 8 this month! I’m jumping ahead to the All things Spring day, because I was so inspired by Danielle’s White, Red and Green card! and I already knew what PTI product I was going to use for this challenge.

Use a stamp set that is brand new or hasn’t gotten enough use! I’ve used all of my PTI stamp sets, but this PTI Hexagon plate was just the ticket for a Quilt inspired project. The little sewing stamp set listed at the end of this post, used on the inside of the card has not seen ink. ;)

This is an A2 sized card base in white, the Hexagon Cover Plate cut in white too and all of the pieces glued back into place on the card base, except the ones for the Flower. They were temporarily glued to some scrap paper and colored with copics. The Red pieces were edged on 2 sides with R59 Cardinal and filled in with R29 Lipstick Red a couple of times to get that dark marker to blend. The center piece was colored with YG25 all over, then edged on 2 sides with G99 Olive and recolored with the lighter green to blend.

The stitch lines were stamped in SU Real Red, with Stitches, by The Paper Studio or Stampabilities? I’ve written both on my tag. :0

I really wanted to add these cute images from Stampabilities, called Sewing, but they just would not work on the outside of the card. They were stamped on white CS and colored with Copics and Bics in grays and reds, then cut out and glued to the inside of the card.


Papertrey 8th Bday, Gift Bag w/matching Tag, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! This challenge requires us to make a gift bag with matching tag. Enclosed: Flower was introduced with this post on their blog and I was quite taken with Laurie Willison’s shaker card.

I was inspired by an Ad with this Lady Bug, I was thinking Ovals, but immediately knew this Favor it Bag #6 from PTI would work perfectly and help me in this challenge. I’m combining these challenges with things I need for the Valentine holiday.

I cut 2 sides of the box in black card stock and 1 side in red and saved the waste piece of black CS from the handle for my Lady Bug Head. Split the red side up the middle with scissors and trimmed in a curve to make 2 wings. I used the first wing to cut the second wing, so they were the same size. The Mega Halloween Treats and Sweets die gave me legs for my little lady, I cut them 3 times for each side and glued the die cuts together for strength. The legs were adhered inside the box before assembly. I also cut 2 extra single legs for antennas in black.

I used the Sizzix Originals Hearts die 38-0157 to cut hearts in cream colored card stock, the 3rd largest heart proved perfect for the face of my Lady. I put the die cut heart into the PTI Favor It Box #6 and run the die to get the sweet heart shape for the top of the Face, that now fits the Head piece perfectly.

Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling die set was used to get the tiny hearts for my Lady Bug’s spots, I used 4 hearts. Plus, 2 small hearts from a Sizzix Embosslit die, Fashionable Hearts, they were bigger than the tiny hearts.

My shaker card/tag was made with 2 nesting Standard Circles from Spellbinders, cut 2 frames in cream CS and adhered together, and 2 in pink fun foam glued these together, cut the larger circle in clear packaging for my window and cut 2 in white CS for the back and card part of the tag. Scored 1 white piece at 3/8″ for the hinge and glued the other to the back of the shaker tag. Used a pink/red mix of micro beads and red sequins.

Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello die was cut 2 times in cream CS and glued together, these were applied over the window of the shaker. Oh, how I wish I had a little stamp that said Little Lady! I also used the small heart from the SU Owl punch in cream CS, 3 times on the face of the shaker tag/card.

I have filled my little gift bag with some foam fabric stamps for my baby, she loves to stamp with Nana. LOL Enjoy!!

Maile Belles Returns, PTI 8th Bday, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! Maile is back this new year. In honor of PTI’s 8th Birthday there are a lot of fun challenges. I’m participating in the “Maile Challenge”, we are encouraged to go to her blog and find inspiration for a card. I chose Autumn Hills Revisited, Oct. 1, 2014. I don’t have this stamp set, but I do have Spring Hills.


I don’t ever want to fully duplicate someone’s card, so I chose a different color scheme using SU’s, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive water based dye inks to ink the “Back” of the stamp, spritz with water and apply to the single layer base card. Oh, this is a beautiful technique that I normally would never do! I took the main image and tried to stamp with Ranger Archival jet black ink and did a “Baaaaa-d” job. LOL Inked up the stamp again, but missed the first image just a smidge. I used a Sharpie fine point permanent marker to fill in the image because I wasn’t about to give up that gorgeous block of color!!

Chose 2 sentiments from Spring Hills and stamped and cut them. To add my own flare, I stamped the sheep above Wishing You happiness! I love those sheep! There was one little drippity droppity of ink on the left, but it’s a hand made card and I’m rolling on. This challenge runs until 7am EST, Feb. 15, 2015. Enjoy!

Papertrey Ink is 8, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! PTI just turned 8 and in honor of such, they have a lot of fun challenges going on. Today, I’m participating in the challenge to pick a Color Scheme and a Sketch and make a card. We get one card entry and the contests are running until 7am EST, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015!! Get crafting!

My first and favorite card: Sketch: Ground 3 similar accents with a strip of card stock or ribbon. Color Scheme: Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avacodo, Raspberry Fizz and Plum Pudding. I don’t have any PTI inks, but have improvised with Copic markers and Crayola washable markers and SU water based dye inks.


Stamps: PTI Garden Variety and Garden Variety 2.
Dies: PTI Hexagon Cover Plate die, Garden V. and Garden V. 2.
Card Stock: Stampin’UP!, Recollections, Canson Water Color paper.
Markers: Copics darker than the stamping colors and Crayola washable markers for the water color on the trellis and sky.
Stamping Inks: SU Certainly Celery, Pixie Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Lilac, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight.

For the Second Card that I made just for fun: Sketch: Stamp a large image, split the design down the right side and add a word die cut. Color Scheme: Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado and Aqua Mist.

Stamps: Stampendous CRS5007 with leaf image.
Dies: PTI Wonderful Words Counting My Blessings.
Inks: SU Blush Blossom, Pixie Pink, Costa Cabana.
Markers: Crayola washable markers in Dark Pink, Light Green and Olive Green, Med. Orange on the Mauve side, Gold Yellow, Light Blue.
Card Stock: Recollections and Canson Water color.

Impression Obsession Haul Jan. 2015

Hey Crafters!! At the end of the 2014 Year, Scrap-Mart had some great sales, that they offered me. I could not resist the Impression Obsession Day at 40% off.

I’ve been looking at the I.O. products there for quite some time, drooling over the watering can. In June or July 2014, I won a $25.00 gift certificate from I.O. and boy, did I have a hard time choosing things to craft with!

I uploaded this video some time ago on YouTube, but forgot to make a post! So, you may have already seen it. I’m having fun using these fabulous products like, Mini Shells set, used on This Card for PTI’s MIM #199.

All of the dies cut great, except for the Swirly Tree, which I was depending on for some of my Valentine crafts. I had so many visions for this die! Lets face it, some dies are just too intricate for the pressure of the die cutting machine to cut all of the detail. I tried cutting it with the magnetic platform, tried adding the metal shim and jammed my Sizzix Big Shot Express multiple times. Went to the Cuttlebug with regular A plate, B plate, Metal Shim and C plate and still could not get a clean through cut. And for some reason, Scrap-Mart is not responding to the 2 telephone calls I have left for them in regards to a return over a 2 week period, but CHA just finished…I’m sure they are swamped. (Edited to add Feb. 10th: I’ve emailed and they are kind enough to send me another stamp at the same discount, I chose the Wide Tree, since I had my heart set on a tree die. ;) And will share that when it arrives.)

Impression Obsession Gift Certificate Products:
Garden Gate Cling Mount Stamp
Water Can die
Birch Trees (with cardinals) die

Scrap-Mart Purchases:
Swirly Tree die
Mini Shells set die
Holly and Berries die
Mixed Drinks set die
Take Out Cup die
Alphabet Plain LC (lower case)

PTI Make It Monday #199

Hey Crafters!! It’s MIM Challenge #199, make a die cut garland. I thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone, pardon the pun. And make a birthday card for my husband, Mike, a California kid who grew up at the Ocean. His birthday is in Feb., but we’ve got lots going. Some of our Favorite vacations have been at various Oceans. And even when we were in W. Hollywood this past Summer and visited the Santa Monica Pier, Mike said, I feel like I’m home.

This is a shaker card that does not open. LOL A) Because I have a limited supply of acrylic scraps. and B) Because I thought it might be simpler. Ha!

The item that qualifies me for the PTI challenge, is the Paper Trey Ink, Picket Fence die and I used it twice on the face of my card. It was cut in water color paper and doodled on with Crayola washable markers, then diluted with a wet aqua painter. The outer boards were lifted up with one layer of Scotch foam adhesive for dimension. I did trim each fence panel down, by cutting 2 boards off each fence piece. I draped some of this twine stuff over my fence and loved that! You know, how you find random rope or fishing nets at the ocean!? And it gave me a great place to tuck some of the star fish and shells.

This was the perfect time to use my new Impression Obsession, Mini Shells die, cut in Pink-Green-Orange-Purple card stocks and doodled on with copics. I chose 2 markers for each color of shell, a dark marker and a light marker in the same color family as the card stock, coloring with the dark marker first and filling in or diluting with the lighter marker. These shells were primarily for my Garland. I used the Martha Stewart hand held 1/16th of an inch circle punch to put holes in the shells. And saved a few for the inside of the card and glued those along the empty space between the fences on the inside. I also cut the Mini Shells in some water color paper too! So, my sand dollars would be more realistic and doodled on them with Crayola markers and diluted that with water, then came back and doodled on them some more with the same marker for dark areas. Then I got to creating some realistic looking shells…oh my! And really got carried away sticking them here, there and everywhere! I LOVE shells! Can you tell? When I was a tiny tot, Nanny had a medium sized box of white shells, at the Frontier Curio Shop. I would spend hours taking them out and pairing them up. Something about scooping them out of the box was so satisfying. It’s my favorite thing to do when I’m near water, find shells…and if the water is clear enough to dive for them, even better…


The gorgeous lighthouse stamp is from SU, called a Light unto My Path. I doodled all over the stamp with Crayola Washable markers, Sprayed the stamp several times with mists of water and stamped onto some thin white card stock from Staples (11″ x 17″) I get the best results with this CS and this method of water color stamping.

My base is cut at 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″, and die cut in the center of the front with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling card die. I glued a piece of thick acetate inside this window. Adhered Scotch foam in a double thickness (this always gets me in trouble and my die cuts get stuck on top of each other), filled the shaker with micro beads in Brown-Gold-Silver and threw in the scrap die cuts from the tiny shells and inside of the Dream word die cut (this was a BIG Mistake). The paper scraps have static electricity and keep sticking to the clear panel, even though I dusted it thoroughly with my powder bag!!! I tried filming this 2 days in a row and it was eternally long, like most of my posts because I have to give all of the details! Enjoy!