Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop

Today, I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

Our challenge was to use this beautiful photo as inspiration:

Isn't it lovely?
I was inspired to use my Floral Sketches stamp set to create my card.

I was inspired by the design on the wall, as well as the floral pillow to make my card.
I started by scoring my white cardstock panel in the same design as the wall.
I stamped my flowers onto coordinating diecuts and then stamped the outline images
in versamark and heat embossed them in gold.

I stamped the sentiment (from the Songbirds) in versamark onto a strip of navy cardstock
and heat embossed it in white.
I tucked in the one side for a nestled effect.

Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stamp-a-faire 2016 -- Part IV

After church today, Sage and I got everything packed for her week at camp.
Then, after lunch, we headed down to my craft area to complete the final three
challenges for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2016.

I wanted to make some cards for Sage today to take along with her to camp.
Every night before she goes to bed, I bless her by saying:
"The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord protect you and smile on you,
the Lord be gracious to you and give you peace."
When she's away at camp, I like to write the blessing in a card
for her to open before she goes to bed, along with some questions
about her day and statements along the lines of me missing her.

We started with cards for Kay's Watercolour Like A Master Challenge:

I decided to use the leaves from my Songbirds stamp set to make my card.

I stamped the leaves in tropical teal, green parakeet, blueberry sky, enchanted evening,
orange zest, summer sunrise, pure poppy and berry sorbet.
I stamped my sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp's Big Scripty Sentiments)
in versafine onyx black.

Sage decided to use my Feathers Finery stamp set,
along with this colour combo:

Isn't it gorgeous?
She was so frustrated with her watercolour, but I thought it turned out amazing
-- especially considering it was her first time using this technique!
She stamped the sentiment from Graceful Greetings.

I was inspired by her using the feathers, so I had to try it, too.
I used this colour combo, but I swapped berry sorbet for the pink
and added simply chartreuse:

My feathers got a little hard to see after the watercoloring, 
so I restamped them over top.
I stamped the sentiment from Walk By Faith.

Next, we tackled Lexi's Colour Blocking Challenge:

I scored my cardstock, created a mask for each rectangle with post-it notes
and blended ink onto each quadrant.
Then, using my Colour Pop Butterflies stencil, I stencilled the large butterfly
in each section and stamped coordinating stamps over top.
I stamped the sentiment and blended ink onto the "happy" diecut
before adhering it to my card.

Sage decided to make a birthday card for her dad.

She really enjoyed learning how to ink blend this weekend, so 
I helped her score her card and showed her how to mask the sections
for ink blending.
She diecut the cows from On the Farm from black cardstock 
and stamped her sentiment (also from On the Farm.)

And lastly, we did Heather's Pointillism Play Challenge:

I don't have a lot of PTI outline stamps, so I chose to make 
a fun Foxy card for Sage.

I have to say, this was probably my least favourite technique for the weekend!
It was just so fussy!
I stamped the tent from Summer Camp and the Foxy fox in versafine onyx black
and heat embossed them in clear.
Then, using some tiny circle stamp stamps, I coloured them in.
The sentiment is from Winter Woods.

Sage had a brilliant idea with hers:

She made a Calico cat so she didn't have to fill him in completely!
She smudged a little near the top, so I suggested she stencil the sun 
over top.
The sentiment is from Wet Paint.

Well, I knew I would have a great time participating in Stamp-a-Faire 2016
and I was totally right!
I thought Sage might make a card or two, but I was thrilled when she
spent so much time stamping with me and ended up making seven cards!

Thanks for looking!

Stamp-a-faire 2016 -- Part III

Well, Sage and I made two cards each yesterday evening
before calling it a night and watching a couple of episodes of Castle.

Sage had started on Danielle's Gilded in Gold Challenge
in the morning, having diecut and stamped her butterflies using Floral Pops Butterflies.

She used a foam brush to paint on the Liquid Gold.
She was very frustrated (I should have had some smaller foam brushes on hand)
and I had to touch things up a little for her. 
Her best friend, with whom she's going to camp tomorrow, is named Faith,
so Sage wanted to make her a card with her name on it. :)

While Sage worked on her card, I tackled a Masterpiece Inspiration Challenge.
My best friend, with whom I went out for lunch yesterday, requested
a masculine birthday card from me, for a rancher.
I chose this piece as my inspiration (as well as Melissa's card):

And used my On The Farm stamps and dies to create my card:

I started by stamping the checker board pattern (from On the Farm) 
onto my white cardstock panel in pure poppy.
Then, I masked it off and blended classic kraft ink onto my panel.
Then, I layered a Tim Holtz stencil over top and added more kraft ink.
For the tag, I diecut a Tag Sale 7 die from white cardstock 
and just the end of it from black cardstock.

I stamped the tag with images from the set and added
a black cow diecut -- since Sage was painting with the Liquid Gold,
I decided to dip his hooves into the gold -- a fun little finishing touch!

Sage also created a card for the Masterpiece Inspiration Challenge.
She decided to make a birthday card for Jonah using this piece:

She was inspired by the colours in the painting and the numbers,
which made her think of ages, which is perfect for a birthday card.

She has really taken to the ink blending technique and repeated it here,
in smokey shadow, orange zest and Altenew Caribbean Sky.
She spritzed it with water and then used a paintbrush to blend the colours.
She diecut the ferris wheel and cars from my MIM County Fair kit
and stamped them in enchanted evening and blueberry sky.
She stamped the sentiment (from KIS: Birthday) in enchanted evening.

And lastly, I decided to create a card for
Lizzie's Mastering Drips & Splatters Challenge.
I used this Master Colour Recipe, but substituted hawaiian shores for the aqua mist:

I pressed each colour onto my acrylic black and used my water brush
to splatter the ink onto my card.

I really love how the ink concentrated on the bottom of my card like that!
(I liked it so much, I chose not to add drips to it, leaving it as is -- I hope that's okay.
Once it was dry, I trimmed it out and adhered it to hawaiian shores cardstock.

I added some thread and the Inspired: Faith diecut from black cardstock
and the sentiment which I heat embossed in white on a strip of black cardstock.

Well, I tidied up my space last night so Sage and I would be
ready to tackle the rest of the challenges when we get home from church.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stamp-a-faire 2016 -- Part II

Well, I came back from lunch with my friend
to find that Sage had gone to the farm with her dad for the afternoon.
So, I had to carry on with the challenges solo. :(

I decided to tackle Danielle's Gilded in Gold Challenge.
First of all, I tried using the Liquid Leaf with a Stencil, but that didn't work.
So I decided to create a large stripe of it on my card.

I stamped my Sketched Florals flower and leaves in berry sorbet
and aqua mist several times using my MISTI and inking my stamp
with an ink blender in between stampings.
I stamped the sentiment (from Songbirds) in versamark
on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed it in white.

I decided to add some Liquid Gold to the flower centre
and was pretty happy when it turned out in the shape of a heart.

For my next card, I had an extra "faith" diecut from my Starry Night card,
so I coated it with Liquid Gold.

I stamped the Sketched Florals stamps and leaves in aqua mist and
mint julep using the same method as my first card.

I stamped the sentiment from Inspired: Faith in versafine onyx black ink
and adhered my gold diecut.

And lastly, I made a card for Melissa's Floral Impressionism Challenge.

Once again, I used the same Sketched Florals stamps and dies
and the same technique that Melissa demonstrated.
I blended some sweet blush onto my background and 
adhered my flowers and leaves.

I diecut the Layered Banner Banter dies from white cardstock
and blended some summer sunrise onto the background diecut.
I stamped the sentiment (from Layered Banner Banter) twice --
the first time in berry sorbet (twice with my MISTI), and 
then a third time, offset slightly, in summer sunrise that was stamped off first.

Well, Sage is home, we've eaten supper and we're going 
to watch the next Stamp-a-faire videos and see how many
cards we can make this evening.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp-a-faire 2016 -- Part I

Well, Sage and I have been busy playing in my craft area this morning
and we've completed two challenges so far.

First of all, we tackled Starry Night with Amy Sheffer,
where we both made cards similar to Amy's.

Here's mine:

I added a bit of Liquid Gold to my wooden stars before adhering 
them to my card.

And here's Sage's card:

She's going to camp this coming week and plans to give this card
to one of her counsellors.
I'm sure she'll love it!

And then, we both chose the same colour combo for the Master Colour Recipes:

Sage chose the combo first and made this card for her second counsellor:

Sage used a similar technique to the Starry Night card.
She blended ink onto her card to create an ombre effect,
then spritzed it with water and added a little more ink to blend the colours together.
It was her first time ink blending and she did such a great job!
Once it was dry, she stamped the image/sentiment from Summer Camp.

I was really inspired by the piece of art beside the colour combo.

I blended the inks onto my watercolour panel and flicked water onto it.
Then, I stamped the sentiment (from Graceful Greetings) several
times in versafine onyx black, using my MISTI to get a clean stamp.
A few rainstones finished it off.

Well, a friend is picking me up shortly to go for lunch 
(a nice surprise!), but I'm hoping to tackle some more challenges 
when I get home.

Thanks for looking!

Two cards for four challenges

I'm hoping to have multiple posts today, as I'm participating
in Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2016 today,
but I'm starting off with two cards that I made for several challenges.

First of all, I created a card using MFT Wednesday Sketch 290:

Here's my card:

I had started scoring a piece of white cardstock for another project, but set it aside. 
I decided to trim it and stamp flowers and leaves on it using MFT Modern Blooms.

I inked up a scrap from the scored piece with Altenew Mango Smoothie
and PTI's Limeade Ice and diecut them using a banner die.
I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Thank You) in versamark
onto a piece of Tropical Teal cardstock and heat embossed it in white.

I also have a card that I was inspired to make by this week's 
Muse Challenge #175, by Jenni Murray:

I decided to use the Colour Throwdown #402 colour combo:

Here's my card:

I applied some ink to my background with my blending tool
and layered a piece of white cardstock overtop from which I 
diecut a MFT circle die.
I stamped my flowers and leaves using MFT Flashy Florasls,
using the same colour of ink for the different stamp steps, 
but changing the intensity (I used my MISTI to stamp several times, if necessary).

I stamped my sentiment (from PTI's Spring Woods) 
in Versafine onyx black ink.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Five for Friday

1. I have to say that I am totally enjoying our summer!
Last weekend, Austin volunteered at the Anime Convention
in Winnipeg, so I took Jonah and Sage in with us and we stayed at my mom's.
We went to the Assiniboine Zoo on Saturday...

They had a Dinosaurs Alive exhibit that Jonah really wanted to see.

They also had "talks" by the zookeepers every half hour or so
that we made a point of trying to attend.
That way, we got to see the animals a little closer and active.
My favourite was the tigers.

Isn't she gorgeous?

We spent five hours exploring the zoo and had a great time!

2. This week, the weather has been great, so we've gone to the 
beach three times (& are returning again today -- I love having a beach so close!)
We've met friends there, which has been fun for everyone.

3.  I've been working on completing my Summer pocket album for 2015.
I was a little "stuck" on it, because I think I felt that I had to personalize
each journaling card.
But this was keeping me from working it.
So, I purchased some Simple Stories and Pink Paislee journaling cards
and used those to put it together.

Here are a few pages:

It feels really good to have this project done!
Now I can start on this Summer's pocket album...

4. Today, I have a card to share for this week's

I decided to use my Sketched Florals stamp sets for the technique.
I was inspired by the following April Inspiration Card colour combo
to make my card:

Here's what I made:

I started by stamping my sentiment from Graceful Greetings on my watercolour panel
in versafine onyx black ink.
Then, I stamped my solid stamps in the colours listed above,
spritzing each one of them with water before stamping it onto the watercolour paper.

Once they were dry, I stamped over them with the coordinating lined image.

5. I'm super excited about this:

 Papertrey Ink's Masters Stamp-a-Faire is starting this evening,
so Sage and I wanted to share one of our favourite 
projects that we made using PTI for the Friday Night Gallery Reception.
Here's mine:

It's the card that I made for the June Papertrey Ink Blog Hop
and since I did some watercoloring on it, it made me feel like an artist. ;)
You can see the details on how I made it here.

And here's Sage's favourite:

We're looking forward to participating in the challenges tomorrow!

Thanks for looking!