Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink May 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 fabulous?
I just love it!
In fact, I love it so much that I was inspired to make 17 cards using it. ;)

First of all, I was inspired to make some cards for my Sunday School girls.
I can't believe our year together is almost up and
that next year, they'll be moving up to junior high.
I wanted to give them each a card to remind them how awesome they are...
Since I have seven girls in my group, I made seven cards, using my MISTI.

I actually made eight cards, anticipating that I might make a mistake on one of them...
I started by stamping the popsicles from Summer Sweetness on a watercolour
panel, spritzing my stamps with water after inking them up each time.
On the bottom two, I reinked them again with a different colour.
I added the sticks and drops & then stamped the sentiment
(from SSS Big Scripty Sentiments) in Altenew Evening Grey.

For something a little different, I folded a piece of sweet blush cardstock in half
and used that as my card back.

And remember how I said I made eight cards, just in case?
Well, it was a good thing I did, because one of my popsicle details got stamped
all crooked (a side-effect of spritzing with water!), so I diecut three of the
popsicles from the panel using the coordinating dies and made this card:

I watercoloured the background using some harvest gold and bright buttercup
ink pressed onto an acrylic block, mixed with water.
I stamped a piece of aqua mist cardstock with my MFT Sketched Chevron Background stamp.

I stamped the sentiment (from Summer Sweetness)
and added some wooden stars to finish it off.

And then, when you'd think that 8 cards would be enough,
I was brainstorming ideas for the couples who are getting married soon for whom
our church is throwing a Jack & Jill potluck lunch shower
and thought how, since the shower is centered around the meal,
popsicles could be a sweet image to include.
So, I made nine cards like this:

What do you think?
I stamped the harvest gold/berry sorbet popsicles onto their coordinating diecuts
using the same technique as above.
Using my MISTI (how I love this tool!), I stamped the aqua mist/tropical teal popsicle
as well as the sentiments (from Walter & Winnie's The Big, The Bold and Blessings)
on each card front.

Then, leaving my sentiment stamps in place,
I stamped them onto the popsicle diecuts before adhering them to my cards.
Pretty sweet, don't you think? ;)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Essentials by Ellen May Pin-Sights Challenge

Today, I have a card to share for the Essentials by Ellen May Pin-Sights Challenge:

Isn't it pretty!
I love the mix of soft peach and pink colours in the top left hand photo
and I was inspired by the photo of the peonies in the cup at the bottom.

I started by watercoloring my background using a paint brush, some water 
and some harvest gold and bright buttercup ink pressed onto my acrylic block.
To created my "cup", I diecut part of a PTI Mat Stack 5 die, trimmed off the rounded
end and used my scor-pal to impress the line.
I diecut my Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea flowers and stamped them
with the coordinating stamp in versamark and heat embossed them in gold.

I coloured them in using a paint brush, some water 
and some Altnew perfect peach, frosted pink and cotton candy ink 
pressed onto my acrylic block.
I used PTI bright buttercup for the centres.
I stamped my sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Birthday) in versafine onyx black.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fusion {Port O' Call Polaroid}

Today, I have a card to share for Fusion {Port O' Call Polaroid}:

I was inspired by the photo to make a nautical card using PTI's Guiding Light
and Big Sky cover plate..

I started by diecutting the Big Sky cover plate from white cardstock.
I fussy cut some Basic Grey patterned paper for the water
and added the diecut sailboat (I cut along some waves with a craft knife
and tucked it in.)
I blended some ink onto my background and adhered the cover plate panel over top.

I stamped the birds and sentiment to finish it off (also from Guiding Light.)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch 281 & Colour Challenge 45

The local store where I sell my cards suggested I make some Father's Day cards
for them to sell since my Mother's Day cards sold out. :)
So, I thought that the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 281 &
the MFT Colour Challenge 45 would work perfectly:
to make my cards, using MFT's Soda Pop.
I started by impressing my card backs using one of my MFT stax circle dies.
Then, I diecut all of my elements from white cardstock (except for the bottle
labels, which I diecut from vellum) and blended ink onto the bottles, caps and straws.
Then, I mixed some ink with water and flicked it onto my bottles
to give an appearance of bubbles.
I stamped the fruit and star circles onto some circles I punched
and tied some twine around my bottle tops.
I stamped the sentiment (from Soda Pop) onto a strip of teal cardstock
in versamark and heat embossed it in white.
Then, I stamped the "Happy Father's Day" sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Father's Day).
For each card, I used the same colours, but switched up
the order of the bottles and the colours of the mats.

 Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Insprired By All The Little Things #16 & Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge -- Birdhouse -- Take Two

Today, I have a couple of cards to share.

If you know me, you know how much I love bike images!
I decided to use PTI's Petal Pusher to create my card.
This card started out with my using the blue woodgrain patterned papers as my full card background.
I stamped the bike on this diecut and stamped the wheels directly onto the patterned paper.
But then, I wasn't thrilled wit it.... so I diecut the bike from the panel using 
my PTI Shaker Shapes: Squares die.
I cut the frame from a piece of the darker blue woodgrain paper. 

I stamped the sentiment onto my white cardstock panel
and matted my card on a piece of the lighter blue patterned paper.
Visit Inspired By All the Little Things to see the rest of the DT's takes on the inspiration photo 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, May 26th to link up your card.
 I also have another card to share that I made using the current

This time, I decided to create one large birdhouse one my card.
I cut out my patterned paper birdhouse by hand.
(It reminded me of the "olden days"  before I owned a diecutting machine and
how I would create tags for scrapbooking by starting with a rectangle,
and making pencil marks on where to trim it to make the shape!)
and adhered it to my card with dimensional adhesive.

The bird is from PTI's Spring Woods stamp set, which I stamped on its coordinating diecut.
I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's KIS: Birthday) onto a Quilted Tag banner diecut.
Remember, there's still time to play along with this
 Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Five for Friday

1. First of all, I wanted to let you know that I passed my test on Saturday 
and am now a third degree black belt in taekwondo!
I thought my test went really well and that I performed everything they asked
me to do to the best of my ability and that I answered the questions they asked me well.

Jonah and Sage didn't test (they got their second degree poom belts last May and will have
to wait two more years to test again.)

I was hoping to board break, but they didn't ask me to do that.
I was also hoping they'd ask me how many knuckle pushups I could do, because 
I wanted to answer: "My age."
And when they would ask what that was, I was going to answer: "26."
And then, I was going to say: "Oh, wait, that's my Wii Fit age. I guess my real age is 43." ;)
I thought it would have been funny, but they didn't ask.
(But, on the bright side, I didn't have to do the knuckle pushups at the test either,
so I guess it was okay.)

2. Jonah had his piano recital on Sunday afternoon.
He played two solo pieces and we got to play our Mission Impossible duet together again.

He's had a great year.
He started with a new teacher in the fall, but it's been a great fit.
She's super encouraging and very talented.
Jonah and I are in awe of her!
And, he said he'd continue with piano lessons in the fall -- yay!

3. Sage had her voice recital on Monday evening, which went very well.
She sang two pieces by herself and one with her friend, Faith.

We are so sad that her teacher won't be offering lessons in the fall,
but we were able to get on with another teacher in our town,
so hopefully she will be a great fit for Sage, too.

4. And Jonah had a busy week this week...
First of all, he played the part of one of the three little pigs in Shrek Jr. 
(his junior high musical) on Tuesday, Wednesday and last night 
(which was the performance we attended. It was excellent!)

So much makeup! But he looked adorable!
He sang with the choir and acted on stage.
He even danced -- it was so fun to watch!
His expressions were priceless and he was always engaged.

And, the Grade 8s at his school also had a Medieval Feast today,
where they dress up in costume and host the parents for lunch.

We rented his costume -- doesn't he look amazing?
 He was chosen to represent his class at the head table,
as well as be the Lord of the Feast, where he emceed everything. 

I think it's so fun that their school does this each year!

5. Lastly, I have two cards that I wanted to share that I made using Reverse Confetti 
products for this week's Paper Players PP295 Challenge:  

When I saw the graphic, I immediately thought of making a card using 
the sweet giraffes from Lift Me Up.
I also needed to make some baby cards to sell, so I decided to rifle
through my patterned paper stash and these are what I came up with...

I used the front and back of an older sheet of My Mind's Eye 
patterned paper for both of my cards.
I stamped the giraffe from Lift Me Up onto its coordinating Lift Me Up Confetti Cuts
and coloured him in using Zig Markers, some water and a paintbrush.
I stamped the sentiment from Bear Hugs onto a piece of cardstock
that I diecut using a Stitched Flag Trio Confetti Cuts and trimmed down.

A trio of buttons and twine finishes it off.

And I made my second card the same way, 
except that I opted to not include the banner.

And I tied on only two buttons instead of three.



Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch #173

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #173 designed by N@ Ali :

I'm not sure why, but when I saw this sketch, the first thing I thought of was a sailboat,
so that's what I went with to create my card.

I impressed my background using my PTI Blue Skies Cover Plate.
I masked off the clouds and applied some aqua mist ink along the top of my panel
using my blending tool.

I diecut a piece of aqua mist cardstock using my PTI Hearts Border Die,
and then used the negative for my water.
I blended some aqua mist ink along the bottom of the cardstock
and heat embossed my sentiment (from PTI's Guiding Light).
I stamped the sailboat (also from PTI's Guiding Light) onto the coordinating diecut
and stamped my seagulls in tropical teal.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, May 26th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!