Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Papertrey's Create Along With Us

There were so many beautiful cards showcased by the PTI design team for the June release. I especially liked this card which was created by Betsy Veldman.

I decided to make a card for the PTI challenge, Create Along With Us. 

This is a sympathy card to send to my good friend who just lost her brother-in-law. I realize that it is not really a typical sympathy card, but I wanted it to be an uplifting card. 

The set that Betsy Veldman created "What the Doodle: Sun" is very stunning. Her card which uses the sun as a sunflower is so lovely. I decided to draw a version of her sun and cut it out. Let's just say I will be really glad when my PTI goodies arrive and I can stamp and diecut this design! It was time consuming to sketch, watercolor and fussy cut the sunflower. I then used the PTI Scribbled Circles Die to represent the leaves or greenery behind the flower. These are adhered to the PTI Quilted Tag Die. I loved the Aqua Mist that Betsy watercolored onto her background, so I did that, too. The tag is then mounted on an Ombre Stripes patterned paper. The sentiment is from the Super Succulents stamp set. 

Here is my card. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pineapple Birthday

Keeping with the pineapple summer theme, I made this card for Megan's birthday. I quickly put down color using markers, then sketched using a Uni Pin pen, to form the pineapple linework. I then diecut the saying using PTI Shaped Sayings: Birthday.

Part of her gift was an embroidered dishtowel with a pineapple theme. 

Pineapples Pineapples!

I am loving pineapple art this summer. First off, I made some pineapple coasters and tags to use as party favors for my sister's annual Memorial Day party. The pineapple stamp on the coaster is from Papertrey Ink, a stamp set called First Fruits. The tags were made with Papertrey dies called Folded Tags. The pineapple stamp is SU Balmy Breezes. The inside sentiment, Have a beautiful Summer, is from Papertrey Birthday Classics, June Mini Stamp set. The tiles were stamped with Black Stazon, no sealing required before or after stamping. Little felt feet were attached to the backside of the chiaro tumbled stone tiles.

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Few Cards.....

Here are a couple of recent cards. The Mother's Day card was made for my sister. The wreath background is a printout of a watercolor wreath purchased from Creative MarketThe diecut is from Papertrey Ink.  A few rhinestones were added. Super quick and elegant!

The Cinco de Mayo card was for my nephew. I purchased the graphics from Etsy and printed onto cardstock. The font is Taco Modern Font. I cut the somberero out and ran it through my Big Shot using an embossing folder. 

And here are a few embroideries and gift tags from last month. Mostly PTI for the tags. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Illustrated Faith and Watercolor

I am trying to do some bible journaling in my planner this year. For watercolor artwork, I used the Moments Inked: Edger die to put the spiral edge onto a small piece of watercolor paper. This sketch was taught by Junelle Jacobson in an online watercolor class called The Art of Spring.

Miscellaneous Cards & Projects

This blog is in serious need of a few posts! Here are some cards I have been working on the last couple of months, as well as some other projects. 

I made these cards for January and February birthdays. Stamps, dies, papers and sentiment....PTI Winter Woods. The Snowflake is from a Tim Holtz die/embossing folder. 

Also from PTI Winter Woods, and CASE'd from a card made by Heather Nichols. The sentiment is computer-printed from the Mila Font. I wanted it to look like those tape embosser strips.

These two cards were made using PTI Birthday Cheer Dies and Scene It: Celebration dies. 

I made some embroidered snowmen towels for my granddaughter to give as teacher gifts. Design by Urban Threads. Tags used PTI Wet Paint Holiday.

The mistletoe was a stamp, which I stamped, colored, and scanned, added a sentiment (For your Mistle Toes) and printed out a bunch. Cut them out with PTI Tag Sale #2. Tied them to nail polishes for little gifts. 

More embroidered dishtowels, using a design from Embroidery Online.

A thank you card using PTI Fresh Floral WrapUps. And a sentiment from Neat & Tangled.

A bunch of tags quickly made using the PTI Folded Tags Die. I kind of thought it was unnecessary to have two identical dies...but when push came to shove on the 24th of December, I was glad to be able to cut two at once!

And a quick last minute sewing project..a stretchy knit pjs outfit for an American Girl doll...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

PTI Create Along With Us Challenge

Papertrey Ink has a challenge called Create Along with Us, where you create a project that was inspired by a card that the design team made for the release. There is sure a lot of inspiration this month...but I think my favorite is the fox card that Nichole created from the set Warmest Wishes.  I can't wait to order the set tonite.

I love foxes, and was able to find a YouTube video that contained a free tutorial for sketching and watercoloring a fox, so that is what I did first. Next, I snapped a photo of the art (the iPhone 6 does a great job). Then I pulled the fox photo into Photoshop, resized it and duplicated it twice, giving me 3 foxes which I arranged so that when printed, I could cut 3 cards measuring 8.5 x 3.5, with half an inch of paper left over. 

I then stamped the trees from PTI Spring Hills, using the MISTI to get my alignment right, and masking parts of the fox as needed. The third tree is stamped without re-inking. The sentiment is also PTI, the WinterBerry set. Paper is PTI Rustic Cream. A single rhinestone was affixed. I used a sewing tracing wheel (ala Anna Wight) to do some faux stitching along the edges. 

Here is my card:

Here is what the fox looked like at original size. He was fun to sketch and watercolor, but I would not want to do create him more than once! So it is great to be able to take a photo and print it as many times as I need.