Friday, May 18, 2018

PTI: Create Along With Us

Each month as part of PTI's new release of products, they have a challenge to make a card inspired by a card created by one of the design team members. I chose this card by Dawn McVey.  (I had issues trying to post the card here, sorry!)

I had wanted the thanks die by itself, but it did not "fit" with the hexagon frame segment.  Filling in a few spots gave it the visual help that it needed.  Now I just need to reposition the outermost flower and I will be satisfied! 

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Today's PTI challenge should not have been complicated, but somehow it was.  First, I am trying really hard to use up elements I have saved from project extras, and had a couple of die cuts I knew exactly how I would use to complete the card.  Of course, I could not find them.  Ah, well.

The challenge was to mask a text image, and stamp around it.  I've done lots of masking in the past, and generally it has been masking images for overlap purposes, so I have deliberately undercut images for the mask, so there would be no white spaces.  I realized too late that masking to make an image pop means one should leave some white space for the image to truly stand out.  So, as I have done in the past when I have not been satisfied with the result, I just temporarily glued the panel to a card, and will restamp the text onto a panel and place over the current text.  :-) It was my first time using the floral stamp set from Quilted: Spring, and I really like it.  There are die cuts for the different elements of the image as well.  The scripture comes from the "A Cheerful Heart" set.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


I enjoyed this week's challenge, although I'd have liked to have had time to try again. I am trying to be disciplined and use something in my stash every time I make a card ... I have tons and tons of cut stamped and/or die cut items that just collect.  I'm sure most stampers reading this post will relate!  I have a ton of PTI's paisleys all stamped and cut as I went kind of crazy with them awhile ago, so while I focused on white, I only had silver/gold/copper embossed paisleys already made, so I used a silver embossed one where I would have done white had a made one for the challenge. The scripture comes from the Cheerful Heart set.

Saturday, April 28, 2018


The "look" of this idea for PTI's "Make it Monday" challenge is not a favorite, though I see a lot of designs that combine black and white outline designs with dashes of color.  I make wallpaper-covered journals, and even wallpaper has this motif. But, I really enjoy challenges!  I was definitely not happy with my results, and in fact, as I do upon occasion when I dislike a final product, I use temporary bond adhesive so that I can take it apart and try something different!  I altered this from the original slightly, when I felt the text did not "pop" the way I wanted to: I made a second die cut, attached it, then mounted the colored die cut on top.  This helped somewhat, but I still was not satisfied.  So, I took one of the markers I had used and did a little outline to help the 3D effect.  I then temporarily attached to a card so that I could have something for the challenge, and later I think I'll either re-highlight it in a darker pink or perhaps even black.  The paisley stamps I used also come with dies, so I probably will stamp the medium and small paisleys onto coordinating colored cardstocks, then die cut them to attach at the blank corners ... that is, if the highlighting turns out!  :-)

Here's the panel before I raised and highlighted it:

And here's the temporarily finished card:

Saturday, April 21, 2018

PTI Challenge: Grafitti

I haven't posted anything in forever, though I have continued to make cards and journals.  Blogging just hasn't happened.  Papertrey Ink hosts a weekly challenge, "Make it Monday," and this week's challenge was Graffiti Word Art. I didn't quite manage it perfectly, but enjoyed the challenge. I do have to wonder, though, if the paint splatter is quite in keeping with the message of "Be still"! The scripture set is from the "Inspired:God" set of stamps and coordinating die.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Nativity Scene

I was completely astounded when my husband purchased a Cricut for me for my birthday this fall.  The expensive of the machine had made it something I did not even consider every owning! Almost immediately after seeing it, I knew I had to make this Nativity!  It was quite the project!  Trying to find enough browns/beiges, getting used to the working of the machine (what blades/mats/settings, etc to use for different qualities and thicknesses of cardstock), and just organizing the project made it a very time consuming project!  I was grateful for help I received from Sue Finucane on the  Gingerwood stamping board ... sometimes live human help is so much better than a product's website!

 Close Up

Friday, September 15, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us: September 2017

Every month Papertrey Ink has a new release of stamps and dies, and they make it lots of fun, and give away a bunch of gift certificates.  They also hold a "Create Along with Us" challenge for us to make something inspired by one of the design team's offerings of the new stamps and dies. I was inspired by the tags they are offering, and used a quilt die as the primary focus.  In the PTI samples, the label portion was in the middle, and that was my original plan as well.  However, it just did not look right.  So, I ended up punching it and tying it at the top. This particular quilt die is no longer manufactured by PTI, but they have several others.  I have so much fun with them!

My apologies for the poor picture quality.  I am still trying to figure things out with my camera chip not working on my PC.