Sunday, August 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop - Katrina's card

My daughter Katrina, age 13, decided to play along with the blog hop this month, too. Here's the inspiration that she chose to use:
She chose to use the tea-dyed flower that I brought home from Stamp-a-faire on her card. Grosgrain ribbon made quick work of the diagonal stripes. She's a natural!

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop

This month's blog hop theme is Fast Food. A color scheme plus an inspiration photo equals a fairly quick card. Here's the inspiration:
And here's what I came up with. I love the way the banners from Sketched Shapes blend to make a cool plaid design.
Details: stamps - Sketched Shapes; paper - stampers select white, pure poppy, kraft; ink - Memento Pear Tart, Stampin' Up Ruby Red, Amuse Buttercup, Fresh Ink Ginger, Versafine Onyx Black

Scent-sational Cards - Stamp-a-faire 2013

For this challenge, we created scratch-and-sniff cards by mixing scented powders - in this case, sugar-free cherry Jello - with clear embossing powder. When I brought my embossed cherry back to the table after embossing, the red gingham paper happened to catch my eye, and it was the perfect thing to finish the card. Love it!
Details: stamps - Scent-imentals; paper - stampers select white, true black, patterned paper in Pure Poppy; ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Ruby Red (Stampin' Up), Basil (Fresh Ink) dies - Sketched Shapes, Mat Stack 3, Mat Stack 3 Layerz; other - clear detail embossing powder, sugar free Jello

Custom Accents From the Oven - Stamp-a-faire 2013

For this challenge, we used shrink plastic to create an embellishment for our project. I used my beloved Simple Sunflower set to create this card, including a sweet tiny sunflower tag made by shrinking the larger sunflower.
Details: stamps - Simple Sunflower, Delightful Dahlia Additions; paper - stampers select white, patterned paper in Hawaiian Shores; ink - Lido (Amuse), Basil (Fresh Ink); Dark Chocolate; dies - Simple Sunflower, Fabulous Frames; other - shrink plastic, baker's twine

Gallon Quart Pint - Stamp-a-faire 2013

For this challenge, we used the "gallon quart pint" method of achieving color balance - a lot of the main color, a smaller amount of a second color, and just a bit of a third. I chose to use Mighty Oak, which is well on its way to becoming one of my all-time favorite sets, and limited myself to just one color for the leaves (gallon), a dark chocolate trunk (quart), and a navy sentiment (pint).
Details: stamps - Mighty Oak, Mum's the Word; paper - soft stone, dark chocolate; ink - Lemonaid Ice, Navy (Amuse); dies - Might Oak

Sweet Sugar-Coated Embellishments - Stamp-a-faire 2013

This challenge involved using glitter to embellish our project. I used the giant daisy from Rosie Posie and glittered the center by die cutting a circle from a piece of wide double sided tape and putting that onto my stamped flower to glitter. I stuck the double sided tape onto a piece of waxed paper before die cutting - an improvisation that worked out really well!
Details: stamps - Rosie Posie, Boutique Borders Birthday; paper - stampers select white, patterned paper in Summer Sunrise and Ripe Avocado; ink - Fuchsia (Fresh Ink), Basil (Fresh Ink), Buttercup (Amuse); other - circle die from Sketched Shapes, double-sided tape

Limited Ingredients - Stamp-a-faire 2013

For this challenge, we were given a limited list of supplies that we could use. The list included Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, and Harvest Gold cardstock and ink, as well as a 1" strip of Soft Stone cardstock. I had a lot of difficulty figuring out how I could use all of the colors together, as this particular combination just wasn't my cup of tea. Fortunately, one of my crafty companions reminded me that I didn't have to use them all!
Details: stamps - Sketched Shapes, Think Big Favorites 12; paper - stampers select white, soft stone, aqua mist; ink - Versafine Onyx Black, aqua mist

Sprinkle of salt - Stamp-a-faire 2013

For this challenge, we used salt on our project to interact with the ink. I brushed Enchanted Evening ink onto watercolor paper to create a background. Then I sprinkled it with plenty of salt and mixed in more water. As it dried, the ink created this beautiful stormy night kind of background, so I used an extra die cut tree from Mighty Oak to complete the scene. I love the way this turned out!
Details: stamps - Mighty Oak; paper - watercolor paper, brushed silver, stampers select white, soft stone; ink - Enchanted Evening; dies - Mighty Oak, In the Meadow; other - white detail embossing powder

Mixing Mists to Match - Stamp-a-faire 2013

For this challenge, we created our own spray mists using reinkers and rubbing alcohol. I used three different colors of mist and sprayed them through a stencil. I didn't want to cover up the design, so I embossed the sentiment on vellum and mounted it over the misted piece.
Details: stamps - Grunge (Skipping Stones Designs); paper - stampers select white, vellum, Scarlet Jewel; dies - Half and Half; stencil - Mini Flying Bird Doily (; other - Zing copper embossing powder

Tea Staining Techniques - Stamp-a-faire 2013

This flower was made from some tea-dyed fabric cut with the Lovely Layers dies, a cork die cut, and a big brad. I was going to create a card with it, but my daughter loved the flower and wanted to make something with it, so I passed it on to her!

Stamp A Faire closing ceremony

We stamped and laughed past midnight. It was a very long day, but we were so productive. When we arrived, we thought we'd never catch up with the challenges, much less complete all of them. But we all came very close to finishing everything. Christianne actually got all ten challenges done before we left Joy's house! Here we are with all of our projects; tired, but still having a great time.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rolled Dough Designs challenge

Here is my card for the Rolled Dough Designs challenge at Stamp A Faire:
Details: stamps - Background Basics: Sheet Music, Birthday Bash Sentiments; paper - stampers select white, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain patterned paper; dies- Seeing Stars; other - Creative Paperclay

SAF Bake and Take challenge

Here's my entry for the Bake and Take challenge for Stamp A Faire:
Details: stamps - Lovely Layers, Boutique Borders Birthday; paper - stampers select white, Smokey Shadow, patterned paper in Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist; corner chomper

Stamp A Faire weekend

Here we are arriving at Joy's house for SAF. Christianne, Josiane, and me. Can you tell that we're only here for the day? Looks like we're moving in! Time to go inside and play!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mighty Oak

Hello, is this thing on? I really dropped off the face of the blogging world, didn't I? No promises, but I'll try to post more often. New toys arrived the other day from Papertrey Ink. Here's my first card made with the new Mighty Oak stamp set and coverplate die. These are so much fun. There are 27 different leaf stamps to choose from - almost too much for my poor flighty brain to handle. I managed to contain myself and only used four different leaf colors and four different leaf stamps for this one. I can't wait to make some more cards with this set.
Details (all supplies PTI unless noted): stamps - Mighty Oak, Birthday Bash Sentiments; paper - soft stone, new leaf striped pattern paper, SU soft suede; ink - Versafine Onyx Black, SU Ruby Red, SU Summer Sunrise, SU Wild Wasabi, SU Pumpkin Pie; dies - Mighty Oak, In the Meadow