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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Make it Monday: Small Images on Repeat

This week's challenge is to take a small image and stamp it multiple times.  My diecut/embossing machine cracked apart, so I borrowed one from a friend for a few weeks, but have returned it.  Now I have to make all my cards without dies or embossing, which is kind of nice, actually, as it pushes me to go back to focusing on stamping.   This week's challenge at Papertrey nicely was one I could easily do, though I'm not satisfied with it, so probably will do some tweaking of the card later on.

The images come from the Thrill of Hope stamp set.

I do not know why, but my PC no longer recognizes my camera's chip, so I had to do this with my laptop, and it has distorted the color; the card is actually a light brown, almost kraft, not the off white that you see displayed here.  But, the sun is down too far to try a picture with my phone, and the deadline is 7:00 am tomorrow, so here it is in its warped colors!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Monochrome Color Pop

Another "Make it Monday" challenge at PaperTrey Ink.  This one is titled "Monochrome Color Pop" and requires a monochromatic card with a splash of color. I just purchased PTI's Quilted: Autumn set, and am having so much fun with it, that of course I had to use it for the challenge! For the text I used the Boutique Borders Sympathy set. The leaf is from an ancient Cuttlebug set long retired (and for good reason: the early dies were thick, foam backed metal squares, and a nuisance to work with!)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Color Blocking

I'm participating in Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge. I enjoyed this one very much, and the design came together very quickly for me ... I am normally super slow in this area!  Alas, when I stamped the sentiment, I did not realize that ink had gotten on one of my fingers, and I ended up with a nasty black smudge.  What to do?  I could have trimmed the card down, but I don't like to have overly bulky panels.  So, I added the smallest version of the leaves from this feather set.  I love plain and simple cards, so I would not have wanted the added leaves if not for needing to cover up my mistake!

The original:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Don't worry!

Papertrey Ink has wonderful challenges that come with tutorials, and this week's challenge, "Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments" had a technique that I have used often, but never the particular way demonstrated this week, which I like very much.  This attempt did not turn out  perfectly, but well enough to provide me a card that could be sent to a male, which is always harder to do (for me)! I do wish I had used cream cardstock instead of white, but as often happens, I didn't go quite in the direction I had planned to in making this card. Stamp is from the New Every Morning set.

Summer Roses

The current theme at Impression Obsession is "It's Getting Hot in Here!" calling for warm, summery colors.  I chose the Rose Squares image, embossing with gold and chalking in color. For the background I used the Cover-a-card rose background. I stamped it with white embossing powder, then sponged pink, yellow and peach inks over it.

I really like to have a text for any card I make, but this just seemed complete without any!