Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lucky Colors

This week we had some St. Patrick's Day colors at the Color Throwdown, green, black, and gold.  I was so inspired by Lisa Henke's sample HERE, I love it!  So perfect!

I used my "Blooms 'N Buds" stamp set from Reverse Confetti, and similar sentiments from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Friends" set.

I did some masking to change the sentiments in the set, and I die cut the clover looking flower, stamped it in black, and embossed the details in gold.  It's popped over the negative space in the tag, and there's some dry embossed dots on the white paper underneath.  Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day :)!

Preppy Flowers Sketch

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, Rita Wright created a fun, layered sketch!

I used these sweet new Artsy Flower Parts from Simon Says Stamp to make a "preppy" flower card...

My card looked a little flat, so I popped up a second stamped flower over some in my garden (thanks, Kara, although I can't seem to remember which card I saw you do this on!).  The background is stamped with an old Cornish Heritage Farms backgrounder called "Open Plaid."

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set called "You're So Lovely," and the two banners are stamped with PTI's "Background Basics: Retro" and "Polka Dot Basics."  A cheery card since spring arrives tomorrow (...I'll believe that when I see it, seeing as how we got 26 inches of snow in the Rochester area last week)!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Anniversary Birdhouse

Another challenge for Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary Challenges.  We were to make a birdhouse!  Nichole provided an adorable template HERE if you needed one like me :)!

I copied my template right on to some gingham patterned paper.  I used a sentiment from Flower Fusion #11.

Cut two different pieces using the PTI fence die, and bent the bottom and glued it under the birdhouse.  The flower garden is made with posies from Petite Pots.

 I cut a piece of kraft paper using the Hexagon Cover Plate and filled in some of the pieces with yellow patterned paper and a floral piece stamped with Happy Hexagons.  I forget how much fun it is to make little 3-D projects sometimes!

PTI Anniversary Transformation Challenge

Papertrey Ink is having it's 10 year anniversary celebration and it's a snow day here in NY!  Got the chance to play along with today's "transformation challenge."  To take a card that you previously made, use the tips that have been listed on Nichole's blog this week, and make a new one!

Here is my first version of the card. 

 I hate this card, LOL!  The layout is terrible, unbalanced, and the sentiment pairing sprouted from an embossing mistake. Just...not a good look!  I only posted it because it was for the November blog hop and I had spent so long trying to fix it!

I used this tip from Nichole's blog...

Here is my new card:

Okay, this is better, but something is still not to my liking!  I think I should've cut the branch down a bit more, and the colors together are still not my fave, which surprises me because the inspiration piece was so awesome!  

Off to see if I can get another card done for the challenges!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

This month for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, we were to use this beautiful photo as an inspiration piece.

I thought that these colors would look lovely for tulips, so out Tulip Time came again!

I was inspired by the colors, bits of sparkle and gold/bronze metallics, and the script font and curves of the banners.  Also, I noticed the square slate in the picture, and used an old background stamp that I had stamped in Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke onto the grey paper.

It was difficult not using a white background for the tulips, but I did it!  Such a fun challenge that pushed me out of my comfort zone with this color scheme.  Never thought about it for a spring card, but it's so pretty!

First Ever SFYTT!

I am participating in my first ever Sketch For You to Try with Reverse Confetti!  I have had a week off from school and we have mainly relaxed at home.  That means time for me to stamp AND time for me to blog hop and find things that I need!  When I saw that Blooms 'N Buds was back in stock, had to have it!

So I used this week's sketch, although I turned it, then kind of reversed it (no pun intended :)) so that I could have a sunshine in the background...

I stamped the flowers in front of a fence die cut, then blended a sun with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink in the background.

The sentiment is created by using the negative pieces from the Happy Pretty Panels die, and "birthday" from a PTI set.  I don't think you've seen the last of these cheerful flowers this weekend, they are so much fun to stamp!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Flower Masked Sentiment

I was inspired by card HERE by Emily Midgett which was made during Make it Monday #221 when Ashley Newell masked off sentiments.  

This sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #2.  I stamped it on a post it note, cut around it, then placed it on top of this stamped sentiment.  I then stamped the flower tops and mini leaves from Bitty Bouquets around the covered sentiment.  Added some flowers from one of Betsy's Make it Market kits and some sequins to finish the look.  Still love the Chicken Scratch gingham paper...especially in Aqua Mist!