Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Make It Monday # 16

Love these  MIM challenges. I do not have a huge stamp collection, so many of my cards are made using the same stamps.  But sometimes I just get attached to certain stamps, and I really struggle to use new stamps. Maybe there's more to the psychosis than just the paper!
The Papertrey challenge this week is to make a sympathy card.  Thought I'd try a new look, I stamped the bloom in Memento ink, colored it with Copics, then restamped it with versamark and heat embossed  with white embossing powder.

Paper: PTI C/S Stampers Select White, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush
Stamps: PTI In Bloom & Asian Fusion, Hero Arts Grid Pattern
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Other:  Copics, Stampendous White Embossing Powder, Unknown Pop-up Dots

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Make It Monday #15

Finally had a chance to play.  This week's MIM was to make mist spray using a reinker, which was all very new to me.  At least I didn't labor over which color reinker to use, as I only own one, but now that I have done this challenge, I could be tempted into buying a few more.  It was a lot of fun using the spray mist and the results are a little unpredictable, which adds to the fun!

Paper: PTI C/S Vintage Cream, Stampers Select White
Stamps: Hero Arts Large Open and Solid Flowers,PTI Signature Greetings
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Reinker Broken China
Other:Stampendous White EP, ScorPal, Marvy Butterfly Punch

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Birthday Wishes

I have a little birthday card to post.  I have had this patterned  paper for over a year and was just recently able to make the first cut. Comprendez?!!!
Unfortunately I do not know the manufacturer of the paper, but I distinctly remember where it was purchased, and that would be at a wonderful shop called Buffalo Stamps and Stuff. On a trip to New York last March, a friend and I spent 3 hours in this store while a class was being taught.  I do not ever recall spending 3 hours in a shopping mall in my entire life, let alone a single shop!
Hope you enjoy the card.
Cheers, Val


Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy C/S + Unknown PP
Stamps: Just Rite 2" Decorative Borders Set, SU Watercolor Trio sentiment, Verve Filigree 
Other: PTI Ribbon, MS Edge Punch,Spellbinders Circles

Monday, May 16, 2011

Good Luck

I am glad these card challenges are so named.  I have only attempted simple type card layouts. It never fails, I see the sketch and a card that a talented person made, and think "Yes, I have a great idea for that sketch". And when I start to put together what I have envisioned in my mind, I usually come up with something quite unattractive.  Then I change a few things up and think "I really don't think I can do this after all". Eventually my stubborn streak kicks in and I think "there has to be a way I can do this!  And  gradually, almost magically sometimes, a card takes on a shape of its own that is actually quite delightful, at least to me.  A little more insight into the name paper psychosis?
 A card for the Clean & Simple 140.
C/S: PTI Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy
Stamps: Stampin Up Charming, Sincere Salutations, Hero Arts Grid Pattern
Ink: Versamark, Color Box Cranberry
Other: Sheer Creations Ribbon

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Good Morning! 
I made this card yesterday and quickly ran outside to take a picture of it while it wasn't raining (1st day in 20 for no rain!!!), snapped 2 pics, and my trusty old Canon Rebel broke.  Did I take it to the shop?  Why no, I had to enjoy the day in the garden, and it was heavenly.  It never fails to amaze me how good things feel when we apppreciate them more (eg. just being outside in the sun).
 As for the card, I have often used both this layout and the Hero Arts grid stamp, I think it is my all time favorite, and certainly my most used.  I cannot take full credit though as the idea  for the card was partially inspired by this card by Laurie  Schmidlin whom I find very inspiring.  Also I wanted to thank people for leaving comments, it is both exciting and encouraging!  I wouldn't have known that my previous In Bloom card was tweeted on Papertrey except some thoughtful person had conveyed this by comment. After checking  out the tweet, I wanted to thank the person who left the comment, but by then yesterday's twitter glitch had reclaimed it. Anyway, thank you.
Have a wonderful day,
C/S: PTI Aqua Mist,Kraft
Stamps: Hero Arts Grid Pattern, Studio G Polka Dots(on bird)
Ink: Versamark, Color Box Frost White
Other: SU! Bird Punch, Spellbinders Circles, Stampendous White EP, Crafts Ribbon & Gem, Computer Generated font  (for hello)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Friend to Me

I made this for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. I used part of the In Bloom leaves for the flower stem and lengthened it (by selectively stamping only a part of the stem) to make it "fit"  the flower better.  Also the sentiment is created from 2 stamps: "You are a blessing to me" is stamped in 2 parts and the word "friend" is taken from the In Bloom Sentiment  which reads "there is nothing better than a true friend".
I like to have these kinds of cards on hand to give someone a little boost when they are feeling low.  Here in Nova Scotia, we are into Day 19 of rain, and that really affects peoples' moods.  I am very thankful that I like to make cards as it seems such a positive thing to be able to create something if I can't be outside  in the garden.

C/S: PTI Stampers Select white, berry sorbet, spring moss
Stamps:  PTI In Bloom & Signature Greetings, Hero Arts Grid Pattern
Ink: Versamark, Memento tuxedo black
Other: Spellbinders Labels 9, MS Punch, Copics, Stampendous white EP, PTI In Bloom Die

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I had already made a MD card, however when I went to write in it, I thought this is a card I would like to receive (it is very plain), but I think my Mom would like something more flowery. Well, it just happens that I took a copics class a few evenings ago and thought I'd give them a try while watching over my son and his friends last night.  I think I could get used to this coloring thing!  Again, Happy Mother's Day and hope you enjoy the card.

 C/S: PTI Stampers Select white
Stamp: PTI In Bloom
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Computer generated line and font, PTI In Bloom Die and copics

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Variation of FTL 139

Hi there,
Love these CAS cards. Although I am so S-L-O-W at making these sketches.  Will it ever get any quicker?  I'll be sure to let you know if this happens soon!
Happy Mother's Day to all,

Materials: PTI C/S white, aqua mist, kraft
PTI Signature Greetings, Hero Arts Grid Pattern
Ink: Versamark
Other: Fiskars threading water punch, Michaels ribbon, Stampendous white embossing powder