Sunday, March 6, 2016

PTI Make it Monday #241: Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds

Based on Betsy's beautiful card and technique, we were challenged to create a project with an ombre stenciled background.


My card is not even close to as beautiful as Betsy's, but it is cute for my first attempt at stenciling and ombre on a card.  The poodle was designed to match my little Valarie, who the birthday girl this card is intended for, puppy-sat for me.

Ink - Serenade Pink Shades, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Momento Black
Stencil - Plaid
Stamps - Stampin' Up Yappy Day, PTI Everyday Button Bits
Buttons - PTI Spring Mix

Sunday, February 21, 2016

PTI Make It Monday #239: Customizing Patterned Paper

Surprisingly enough, this card actually turned out really good.  My ideas always seem to look better in my head than they do on paper.

I started with some old Creative Memories paper and stamped butterflies which were then embossed with clear sparkle powder.

The stamped focal image came out looking watercolorish.  I just colored it in with markers so I'm not sure why it stamped this way, but I like it.

Sorry about the pale photo, it looked fine on the camera.

Paper - Creative Memories, scrap of white cardstock
Stamps - Fancy Pants Designs Bella Brush, PTI Round and Round, PTI Everyday Button Bits
Color - Colorbox Heliotrope ink, assorted markers
Other - clear sparkle embossing powder, ribbon from my stash

Saturday, February 14, 2015

PTI - Heavy Metal Challenge

This challenge was to use only metallic and neutrals.  I really like metallics with bright colors so this was a big challenge.  I had some vellum printed with gold roses that I wanted to use and just went from there.

I think I needed a bit more gold under the focal point and around the rose vellum, but my Mom will love it anyway.

Cardstock - Recollections Cream Shimmer
Rose Vellum - unknown
Stamps - PTI Round and Round, Stampendous
Color - Colorbox gold and gold embossing powder

PTI - Spring Into Action Challenge

This challenge was to use a stamp set that had never seen ink.  Unfortunately I have lots of those.  One of my new goals is to use all my stamps and get rid of the ones I am not crazy about. Now I have one less set to explore.

I adored Vintage Picnic as soon as it debuted, but the image was so small I wasn't sure how to use it.  After looking at some PTI cards, I decided on layering.
The next time I make a card like this I will move the sentiment further down and use either vintage or bright colors, but not both.

Patterned Paper - scraps from my stash
Cardstock - Recollections white
Edging - Martha Stewart punch
Stamps - PTI Vintage Picnic
Color - Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up ink, assorted Copic and other markers
Bakers Twine - Hobby Lobby
little star was punched out of a blue scrap

PTI - Blue Ombre Challenge

Although I love the ombre effect, I am not very good at creating it.  For this challenge, I decided to go with ribbon and buttons.  The '1' is for my great-nephew (now I really feel old!) who will be one in August and is the only boy in the family.

If I could do it over, I think I would have mounted the buttons on a cardstock 'one' so they didn't blend in quite so well.  You also need a heavy cardstock for the base since the front gets very heavy. 
I may try this again in other colors since I have way more ribbon than any one person can use.

Ribbon - American Crafts and other miscellaneous from my stash
Patterned Paper (the dark blue floral) - PTI In Bloom pad
Buttons - PTI Ocean Tides and Aqua Mist, others from my stash

PTI - Handmade Tag with Matching Gift Bag

This gift tag challenge had me at a loss for quite a while.  I suddenly realized that I could make a Christmas tag even in February (I am a bit too literal sometimes :).  After going through my gift bag stash, I chose a red and white snowflake bag and created a tag to match.

It is a bit busy for my taste and if I had more time I would probably redo the striped backing, but it certainly matches the bag.

Bag - Hallmark
  Stripes - Hero Arts Stripes and Dots stamp with a red marker
  Snowflakes - PTI Winter Swirls with Brilliance Moonlight White Ink and Ranger Bridal embossing powder
  Bakers Twine - Hobby Lobby

PTI Color Recipe and Sketch Recipe Challenge

This Challenge was to select one of the provided Color Recipes and one of the provided Sketch recipes to create a card.  I had these little tags that were the backing for some Prima stamps.  They went very well with the colors below . . .


and with this sketch.


I adjusted the sketch a bit and came up with this festive card.

Cardstock - Bazzill Kraft
Ribbons - assorted from my stash
Button - PTI Raspberry Fizz
Tags - Big tag from Prima stamp packaging, little tags from my stash
Stamps - PTI Blooming Button Bits and PTI Everyday Button Bits
Ink - Stampin' Up