Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

Hooray! I made a card! Feels like it has been forever, but I finally got around to getting something made for this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. There are gorgeous color combinations featured on Nichole Heady’s blog and I chose something bold & bright for the holidays.

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I was in the mood for some sparkle, so I added some silver washi tape to the bottom of this simple card and adhered the stamped panel with foam adhesive.

Here is the color combination I opted for – lots of bright, fun shades for the holidays.

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That is all for me today – enjoy the hop – I’m sure there is lots of inspiration!

 

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Five Minute Friday

Woot, woot – Friday! I’m ready for the weekend. I’m really hoping for a few hours to work on my Project Life. Fingers crossed – doesn’t usually happen, but here’s hoping.

I have another Five Minute Friday project to share today. I don’t know about you, but right now all I have is five minutes here & there. I knew I wanted to play along with the latest Avery Elle challenge – Kraft – but, crafting time was not in excess this week. The key to Five Minute Friday is ready-made elements like chipboard pieces and bold backgrounds – patterned paper, die cut backgrounds, stamped backgrounds, etc.

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This card came together in a snap with a Papertrey Ink cover plate and a lovely chipboard flower from the Maggie Holmes Styleboard collection. The sentiment is from Avery Elle Petals & Stems. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop

Hello friends! I’m so happy it is Friday – what about you? We have booked a babysitter for tomorrow night for the first time in awhile and I’m ready for an evening at the movies and dinner. My little guy is teething – his very last tooth – and he is a handful!

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I’m very happy I had a chance to make this quick card for the Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop. I loved the inspiration photo and was most drawn to the colors and the floral bouquet. I started off with a striped background, but found it too distracting for the bouquet, so opted for some subtle dots. I used this Hero Arts background stamp, which hasn’t been inked in years. I love it actually – so nice to use an old stamp and remember why you bought it in the first place :-)

Ok, that is all for me today – thanks for stopping by & enjoy the hop!

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop – Aqua & Melon

Hey there! This is my 2nd post for the day – if you’re looking for my Sparks post, click here.

When I saw the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop theme I knew I wanted to play along – I love aqua & melon – no twisting my arm to join in! I also love the sketch over at Case this Sketch, so I thought I’d combine the two.

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I punched out circles in various sizes and colored the back of the punched circles with Copics. I stitched through a few of the circles and added enamel dots to finish it off. I mounted the central panel on Melon Berry cardstock. For some reason the picture makes it appear more orange than in real life – it isn’t quite so harsh in person! I have also been experimenting a little with my photography (which needs a lot of improvement!) and I am testing out doing picture flat as well. Which one do you prefer?
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Thanks for stopping by today – hope you have had a nice weekend! 
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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hey friends.

I’m so sorry for the quiet blog this week – life is crazy right now. We have a lot of travel plans, thanks to a break in my husband’s work, so right now when we are home it is a mad rush to do laundry and get chores done around the house. Unfortunately, card making has taken a back seat.

I am trying to sneak in some creating as and when though and wanted to participate in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. The theme this month is Embroidered Inspiration. I was tempted to get out the hand-stitching for this, but opted with some simple stamping to keep it easy. I went with Papertrey Ink’s Stitches & Swirls set for this handmade notebook.

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I stamped the inside pages with other images from the set. I used Avery Elle pigment ink for this – I loved the result. I definitely prefer pigment ink on kraft to get a vibrant look.

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Ok, that is all for me today. I will be back sharing some other projects soon! Thanks for stopping by today – I really appreciate it!
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Hello!

Hey friends. A super quick post tonight – its 9pm and we haven’t even gotten around to dinner here, so going to keep this quick! I made a card for the current Case this Sketch challenge.

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I kept is simple with a stamped background and layering my ink splatter stamps directly on top on the background, along with a few real ink splatters to give it a more cohesive look. I die cut ‘hello’ 4 times to create some dimension without bothering with foam adhesive. Some sequins and voila!

Thanks for visiting & have a great day!

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Yay – I’m actually joining along in the Papertrey Ink blog hop this month – I never manage to get my act together for this, but I had a chance to make something this morning. I love the mood board for this month’s hop.

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I used the Papertrey Ink diagonal cover plate to create a stencil. I sponged ink in the negative space with various sherbet-colored inks. I die cut the sentiment 4 times from grey cardstock & layered them together. I topped the die cut with Wink of Stella a thick layer of Glossy Accents. 
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This card is another one layer creation – guess I’m still on a kick from the class!

Thanks so much for visiting & enjoy the hop. 

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More Faux Watercoloring

Hey friends. Hope you had a great weekend. It was starting to look like spring here in Zurich and we got dumped with rain & snow just in time to enjoy the weekend. Now looking out my window onto a snow storm instead of sunshine – I think the snow is a little more unbearable once you’ve already had a taste of spring!

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So, in the hopes of spring weather returning soon, I have another sherbet-colored faux watercolor card today. Same idea as this card here, just used watercolor paper for the image, which I preferred to regular cardstock.

A side note on this card – I was totally stumped for inspiration in terms of the actual layout – I often use the same sketches/designs over & over. I happened to look up from my craft desk & noticed my calendar – I used the design for March as my inspiration – everything from the layout of the flowers to the font. Amazing how these little things go un-noticed, when in actuality they can be such a big help when you’re stuck.

That is all for me today. I’ll be back tomorrow sharing some cards from the February Simon Says Stamp kit – and a little challenge I set for myself!

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More one layer cards

Hello again!

Happy weekend to all of you. I’m happy its the weekend, but as luck would have it the gorgeous weather has turned dreary & wet – not sure why that always happens in time for the weekend.

Anyway, onto today’s card. This is another one for the latest Online Card Class – 1 layer cards. To see my first Copic one layer card, go here.  I watched Dawn Woleslagle’s video with amazement as she did faux watercoloring with Hero Arts ink & the Copic colorless blender – her results were stunning. Mine, not so much! But, I’m still sharing them here. It was an interesting process & I think the stamp I chose wasn’t great for the technique. Curious to try some larger stamps for this again soon.

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That is all for me today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Paper Smooches Sparks challenge, so be sure to stop by!

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PTI Anniversary Continues…

Hello again! So, I have a super quick post today. At about midnight last night I booked a last minute trip to California to see my family…so, now I have to have myself & my 2 yr old prepared to make a 12 hr journey on Thursday! I can’t wait for this impromptu break, which is really needed, but there is A LOT to do be done before we head off. So, rambling over – onto the card!

I am playing along in another Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge – this time featuring a word as the main focal point of a card. I layered the die cut ‘hello’ 3 times, a la Jennifer McGuire. I was really surprised what a big impact this made!

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Ok, onto the next task – planning a birthday party for my little one at his day care, which now needs to happen tomorrow! Yikes! Thankful for boxed cake mix right now :-)
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