Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink Color Challenge

And the challenges just keep on coming! Day 8's challenge was a color challenge. There were about 10 color palettes to choose from and I used this one.

I don't have many PTI inks or much paper so I used Stampin' Up paper that was as close as I could match. I think it's pretty close actually.

I used the "Text Block: Party Time Die" and pieced the balloons back in. I was going to piece white paper into the background but decided to rub on some very fine glitter instead which I really like the look of. I tied a little string of sequins in half with a bit of the holographic thread I used the other day.

Die: PTI Text Block: Party Time Die
Paper: SU

Monday, February 12, 2018

Papertrey Ink Dies Only Challenge

This card is an entry for PTI's Day 7 Anniversary challenge and it was a pretty creative challenge: make a project with dies only- no stamping.

I used the "Cover Plate Mighty Bloom Die" and Shine from "Sparkle and Shine Words Dies." I thought about going with a rainbow of colors but decided to make it more of a schnazzy birthday or encouragement card so I used metallic foil papers for the leaves and word. The silver foil Shine is layered on top of 4 black layers.

Dies: PTI: Cover Plate Mighty Bloom Die and Sparkle and Shine Words Dies  
SU Paper 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Papertrey Ink Floral Challenge

And yet another Papertrey Ink challenge. This one was to use florals, something I'm not usually big on and have never purchased from PTI. I guess it's lucky that there are flowers in some Christmas sets I've gotten. I used the roses from Wonderland and leaves from Color Pop Autumn. I may go back and add the framing bits on the vertical sides also. I cut and layered three "amazing" pieces for height.

Stamps: PTI Wonderland, Color-Pop Autumn

Ink: SU Rose Red, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Garden Green, Old Olive, Lemon Lime, 
Paper: SU Whisper White, Rose Red, Powder Pink
Misc: SU Amazing & stitched oval die, Memory Box die

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Papertrey Ink Retirement Set Challenge

I gave another PTI challenge a try. They posted a rather robust list of sets that will be retiring and a challenge to use one of those sets. I hate to admit it but I've never used my City Scenes stamps or dies including the soon to retire "City Scenes sentiments." I was going to turn this into a Valentine's card but I couldn't figure out a way to make any of the sentiments work so I went for a general "thinking of you" kind of card.

Stamps: PTI City Scenes, City Scene Sentiments Paper: SU Whisper White, Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist Ink: SU Rose Red, Real Red, Powder Pink, Summer Sun, Cherry Cobbler, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Going Grey, Basic Black

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Sketch Challenge

Papertrey Ink is celebrating another anniversary and it's a great opportunity for me to start posting again. The first challenge day, PTI posted a bunch of great projects and sketches made from them. The challenge was to pick one of the sketches and work from it.

This is the sketch I chose:

I used the Out of this World Mini Make-It Market kit and switched from six to four featured items on it. The sketch shows a stitched edge die which I thought I had. Yeah. Not so much, at least not a rectangular one. I decided to go full-on nutty and instead hand stitched the edge with a holographic poly thread that I picked up two years ago for a PTI Stamp-a-Faire challenge. It gives a nice shimmer to the card.

Stamps: Out of This World
Paper: SU Whisper White & Night of Navy
Ink: VersaMark, SU Rose Red, Real Red, Powder Pink, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy
Misc: Sulky thread, Dimensionals, SU White EP

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Introducing Stampin' Up's Stamparatus

Stampin' Up has finally done it. They've developed their own version of the Misti and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed. It has hinged flaps that allow you to keep 4 stamps in play, not just one.

It's being released at the start in a pre-order, staggered launch. It should be in full release in the 2018-19 catalog.

There's a video out there that demos the tool in use. Have a look! If you're interested and have questions, please let me know.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

Time for the Growing in Unity blog hop! If you remember, back in August I was one of Unity's "Growing in Unity" gals. Every other month there's a hop of the latest GIU gals where we share one final project. For mine, I'm using the set that I received for my GIU week- Pick Your Poison. I've been looking at the set for quite a while and finally decided that it was time to get it.

I made this card, based off of Julie Davison's card, from the fun Pick Your Poison set and American Crafts and Stampin' Up materials.

I hope you enjoy this card and encourage you to hop around to the other sites. Make sure you leave a comment here and at all the other stops- you could be one of the winners!

 Your next stop is Jeanette's blog.

If you've started here or gotten off-track, here's the entire hop list:

Brittany Morgan -
Debra Davison -
Michelle Domescek -
Janet O Harman -
Mary Kay Werry -
Jen GD - (You are here!)
Jeanette Cloyd -

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gifts for an office-supply loving girly girl

We have a birthday party to attend to tomorrow. The birthday girl is VERY girly and apparently very into office supplies. I don't ask questions. lol! I made her a small selection of girly office supplies: a set of tapes we bought, covered regular sized and mini post-it pads, a labelled jar of multi-colored paperclips, and a post-it on a mini-clipboard. I also made a small bag to hold some purchased push-pins and extra post-it pads.

Projects from my Halloween class

This month I held a Halloween projects class. There was a test tube holder and two cards, one which everyone made, one that participants were able to pick from a few samples. I was having a bad mojo morning so I went and dug around on Pinterest. Instead of finding one card, I found several I cased for samples.


Julie Davison: (please ignore the glue smears below the web. Those have a black bat to cover them in their future. lol!)

My Homegrown Art (no longer a live site)

This one is based off of a card made by my friend LeAnne Pugliese. I saw hers two years ago and have wanted to recreate it ever since.

Projects from my "Small Gifting for the Holidays" class

Last month I held a small gifting class. Yeah. It was last month. It's now the end of this month. I'm a bit late posting this but at least I'm getting it posted! Sheesh! ;)

There were 6 projects in all.
1. Sour cream container (not pictured)
2. Topped sleeve of 3 Hershey's nuggets
3. Star bag
4. Post-it cover
5. Votive/box
6. Gift card holder (not pictured)

I'm planning to make a bunch more of some of these for an upcoming Holiday Bazaar I'll be participating in.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cards from July's class

I meant to post this the other week but yeah. You know.

I held my first Stampin' Up class last month. It was a birthday card class and while only 2 people came, I think they both had fun and liked the cards we made. They had a choice of pink or blue for the balloon card (one made blue, one made pink as it turned out), they both made the succulents card, and then they had a choice of colors for the final card which was a birthday candle from the Feb. 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.

I'm hoping to have a few people show up for this weekend's class, Small Holiday Gifting. We'll be making 6 projects- a votive holder, gift card envelope, candy wrap, 2 small boxes and one yet to be determined project.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Growing in Unity Girl Week! Day 5!

Well. This is it. Day 5. Already. It's gone quickly but it was a great experience once again.

Today I did something a bit different. Instead of a card, I made 2 lunchbox notes for my son. I keep saying I'll put these in his lunch but I haven't yet consistently. Maybe this is the year.

I stamped the image and sentiment of the I Loaf You card directly onto a trimmed piece of manila folder, colored it with watercolor pencils and a bit of white gesso. (It was a whole lot closer than my white acrylic paint. lol!)

The lightbulb on the shine card was stamped onto white cardstock and I used a gold watercolor pencil to make the illumination marks. I trimmed it, mounted it on the manila card and stamped the sentiment. Both cards were then trimmed with a bit of washi tape.

I hope I've given you a bit of inspiration this week and you've enjoyed spending a bit of time with me. Don't forget to leave your comments- I'll draw a winner on Saturday. Have a great weekend!

Stamps: I Loaf You and Shine, Shine Shine: Unity

Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Ink: Momento
Misc: Derwent & Staedtler watercolor pencils, Washi tape: who knows?!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Growing in Unity Girl Week! Day 4!

Thanks for coming back for my 4th day of Growing in Unity!

Once again, I broke out a snarky stamp from an {after dark} set. She Used to Care is a set that just makes me laugh and I imagine a lot of friends would feel the same.

I hope you drop back by again tomorrow for my last GIU day! Have a great one!

Stamps: She Used to Care: Unity
Paper, Ink, Embossing Paste, Mask: Stampin' Up
Misc: Copics