Sunday, July 31, 2011

PTI challenge - a bit late!

A few weeks ago, PTI Make it Monday challenge was dry brushing. I made this beautiful card below, then for the life of me, could not find the download cable for my camera to actually be able to post the photo!

But, here it is, better late than never!

I must confess, I did not have a stipple brush, so I had to get creative - so dug out the old toothbrush from under the kitchen sink (they are great for cleaning tile grout!) and also great for dry brushing!

I inked up my toothbrush by pressing it into my not quite navy inkpad, and dragging it along the apricot appeal card from top to bottom. Really love the effect!

I stamped the image into a die cut mat stack 3 shape, and then coloured with my SU markers (apricot appeal and wild wasabi). I stamped a strip of wild wasabi with the flower image in vintage cream (PTI) ink and the greeting in night of navy ink. Folded it to create a banner and trimmed the ends.

Drew a border around the inside of the matstack shape to give it a bit more deffinition so it did not appear to float on the page too much.

Decided it needed some sparkle, so added some random SU rhinestones near the bottom right of the card.


Very simple, and very striking. Loving the colour combo!


YOF: mini set (PTI)
CS: very vanilla, apricot appeal, not quite navy, wild wasabi (all SU)
ink: basic black (SU) vintage snow craft ink (PTI)
Basic black, apricot appeal and wild wasabi markers (SU)
Rhinestones (SU)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cigarette Mini Album

Yep - you read that right - a cigarette mini album........

The little plastic box the album is in is for those old fashioned cigarette cards - the collectable ones that used to come in cigarette packs.

I came accross some of the plastic card boxes in my travels, and thought "I can do something with these" so grabbed some.

Here is the first project with them........... a mini album.

The album is 2.75" x 1.5" and is an accordion fold style.

I used some of the wonderful springtime vintage DSP in the SU mini catalogue, and took a 12" long strip cut to 2.75" wide and scored it every 1.5" and accordion folded it up. I attached two of these strips together to get the full length of the album.

I then took some basic staples address labels, (the 16 per sheet ones) as they were the perfect width, and trimmed the length down so they were just a hair shy of 2.75" and placed a label on every second panel of the album.

For the photos, I dug out my Polaroid POGO printer and printed off my photos. These photos are printed on photo stickers and are 3"x2" so I had to trim them down a bit to fit.

As they were photo stickers, I just peeled off the back once trimmed and stuck them down. Next was to do the journalling with the soft suede marker from Stampin'Up! and tie a bit of some lush Rose Red seam binding ribbon around the front. I punched out a label with the decorative label punch, attached and wrote the important info onto the label, and voila!

It has now been all packaged up and sent of to my mom back in Canada as a little memory of her time with her two granddaughters this spring. Something to tuck in her purse and look at whenever she is missing Kayleigh or Paige.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Some quick and simple projects

Well, here are two super quick and simple projects I did over the weekend. The first is a little coin holder for when your little one loses her tooth. You can put the coin into the plastic envelope and pop it under their pillow in exchange for the tooth. Much cuter than just a single coin that can easily get lost. Besides, it is "official"! I did colour the crown yellow and the dress pink, but it got really washed out in the photo.

Yes, I know Kayleigh is only 2.5 years old, and I am quite a ways from being able to use this, but still......... had the stamp, had to be made!!

This second quick project was just because I wanted to play with my new big shot. So, I stacked up about 30 little squares of printer paper and one square of some of the gorgeous greenhouse gala DSP and sent it all through the bigshot at once. Can I just say - LOVE THIS MACHINE!!

For the covers, I put some hard plastic report covers through, then punched a hole through it all with my crop-a-dial, and put a large jump ring through to hold it all together in a little note book. Some baja breeze seam binding to finish it off, along with a little thank-you stamped in stazon. Would make for a great little gift for someone, and took about 5 minutes to make.


Toothfairy stamp (SU!)
Basic black ink
Plastic coin collectors wallet

Butterflies BS Die
Big Shot
Baja Breeze ribbon
Greenhouse Gala DSP
Stazon ink
Just Believe set (SU)
Plastic report cover

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PTI Make it Monday 25

Well, I have finally managed to find the cable for my camera, so can post a bunch of my recent projects - yeah!!!

Here is the one I did for the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge #25 - colouring with white ink.

I started with some plum pudding cardstock (PTI) and some wild wasabi (SU) for the leaves. I then sponged on a bunch of white ink, and stamped the large flower and the leaves from the PTI set delightful dahlia in a dark brown ink.

After cutting them out by hand (the dies are still MIA in my craft room) I realized that you could not really tell that I had coloured the cardstock with the white ink.

So, out came my copic markers in plum and a wasabi colour to highlight where the shadows would be. Still not looking like I coloured it with white ink, so I raided my hubbies sketching pencil case for one of those hard paper pointing smudgey tools (you know what I am talking about..... right?!?!) and using that I applied some more white ink to create some white highlights for the tips of the petals.

Was finally happy with it, so added some scrunched up plum satin ribbon, and adhered my leaves and flower. Finally stamped my greeting, and a small sprinkling of glitter to highlight the centre of the flower.

Simple, and I am quite happy with the end result, despite the interesting journey to get to it :)


Delightful Dahlias Set (PTI)
Plum pudding CS and ribbon (PTI)
Wild wasabi CS and ink (SU)
Early espresso ink (SU)
Whisper white CS (SU)
Lilac glitter (unknown)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birthday cards, take four!

Well, here it is, the last birthday card from a recent class I did. This one was for a girl, young or young at heart.

I started with a whisper white base, and added some lovely making memories lilac and light aqua striped paper along the bottom. The focal point is cut in lilac paper using a papertrey ink die, then a strip of white paper with the greeting stamped in a light aqua colour along the bottom. The circular floral image has been stamped in the same light aqua ink onto white paper, then punched and matted onto some light aqua paper that has again been punched and finally matted onto a white punched circle before being adhered to the lilac focal image. I tied the dotted organza ribbon around the card, then adhered the focal bit up on some dimensionals.

As a funny side note here, keep your dimensionals out of the hands of a 2 year old sticker addict - voice of experience here, and half a sheet of dimensionals later........... well........... at least she had fun!


Cardstock from SU:
Whisper white
Lovely lilac
Cool carribean

Patterned paper: making memories

Stamps sets from SU:
Just believe
Party this way

Cool carribean from SU.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Papertrey Ink Day - playing from home!

Well, today is another papertrey ink day where a bunch of us PTI fans get together and swap projects and such. Sadly, I was not able to make it in person, so am playing from home today.

Here is the project I did up for everyone - a super cute 6x6 scrapbook page.

I am really loving the colours used - baja breeze, pear pizzaz, crumb cake and some whisper white. Now, I was planning on putting a picture of Dave in here when I designed it, but for those playing from home, you can easily girlie it up by adding some glitter - perhaps outline some of the stars with a fine line of 2way glue and some dazzling diamonds glitter. Oh, and a note, when assembling this, I designed it to have a bit of a gap between the green and blue layers, but dont worry, this gap is covered by the starry circle border :)


Cardstock from SU:
Crumb Cake
Pear Pizzaz
Baja Breeze
Whisper White

Ink from SU:
Pear Pizzaz
Baja Breeze

Stamps from PTI:
Boy basics: simple circles
Wonderful Words Additions

Dies from PTI:
Simple circles border die
Wonderful Words die

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birthday cards, take three!

Here is the third birthday card from a recent class I did. This one is for all those men in our life. My guy is into photography and stereo gear, but I dont have any of those themed stamps (I see a shopping trip in my near future to fill a hole in my stamps!) so I went to an old faithful that will serve me for my brothers upcoming birthday - beer!

This is a "peek-a-boo window" style card, and once you get them figured out, they are simple to do, and have that bit of a "wow" factor to them.

I started with my blue layer, and randomly stamped the beer mug in early espresso ink, then coloured it in using copics (newest addiction!). I then punched my window into the bottom right corner of my blue layer, and holding it in place, traced around the inside of the punched out window onto my vanilla card base. I then punched the tag shape from my vanilla card base. I then adhered my blue layer to my vanilla base with a square of acetate between the two layers where my punched window is. I stamped my greeting onto this using black staz-on.

I then punched a large early espresso tag, and a small blue tag, and stamped my beer mug onto the blue tag, and coloured it in again with my copics, this time adding lots of shading and white foam with a white gel pen. I positioned it behind my window, and adhered to the inside of the card.

Nice plain looking card, but still eye catching without the use of glitter or ribbon, which I have been informed by hubby is not very "manly" on guy cards. Oh well, good thing I have a daughter and two nieces!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Birthday cards, take two!

Well, next up is this cute cupcake birthday card for a cute little girl - or girl at heart!

I cut the shapes using the Papertrey Ink cupcake card die. I have used a vanilla card base, SU shimmer white paper, and a retired SU pink patterned paper for the wrapper.

A cute greeting from Unity Stamp Co that says "go ahead wish" and a nice simple spotty organza bow to finish it off. Super cute and clean - which cant be said for real cupcakes, well, at least not the way my little one devours them!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Birthday card for a little boy

Well, recently I did a card class with the theme of birthday cards. Here is the card we did for little boys, although given my little girls recent obsession with trains, it will work well for anyone I suspect.

I used the Papertrey Ink set Train Tracks and the matching die. I will also confess, the entire card is very much inspired by Maile Bells card using this set. I struggle with little boy themed things (daughter and 2 nieces - give me a break!) and needed something quick, colourful and simple for the ladies in the class to make, and this fit the ticket!

Quite colourful, which is always a challenge for me. I used SU whisper white, pacific point and crumb cake, and retired past SU in colours of cranberry crisp and morning marigold. I coloured the cut out train using some assorted copic markers after I stamped it in an early espresso ink colour.

Now I just need a cute little nephew to give this card to! Hint hint to my sister or brother!!!