Friday, February 14, 2014

Papertrey Anniversary Day 10

Today's challenge (the last before the anniversary release tomorrow) is all about delivery.  The challenge is to decorate a coordinating envelope -- with the assumption that this will be a hand-delivered card.  When I hand-deliver cards, I like to use Papertrey's glassine bags (which are all out of stock at the moment and I just used my last one!).  They just look so pretty with very little extra effort.  

Here is the card I'm putting inside:

Gosh, I love my new Watercolor Wonder stamp set and that One Liners:  Happy die!  I cut the die several times in Raspberry Fizz paper and adhered them under the shimmery white layer to add some dimension.  As many layers as I added, I'd have to hand deliver this card in any case.  

And here it is all wrapped up in the glassine bag:
Isn't it sweet?!!  Since the card shows through the bag, you just have to add a few coordinating embellishments to make a nice presentation.  Excuse the bad photography/lighting, but those colors really are Berry Sorbet and Raspberry Fizz.

Thanks for looking!

Day One Challenge #6

I'm working my way through the sketches and color recipes from the Day One challenge.  For this card, I chose this color recipe:
And I chose this sketch:

Here is my card:

I'm sure I would never have put Autumn Rose and Canyon Clay together on my own, but I'm happy with the result.  I used Beautiful Blooms II dies, the Christmas Label die, and the Natural Beauties stamp set.  The leaves were already sitting on my desk because I had cut them with my Silhouette just to use up the paper when I was cutting something else.  Love that it worked out this way!  

Thanks for looking!

Day One Challenge #5

I can't believe that I've made all these cards in the past week and hadn't made a Valentine's Day card for my husband.  Well, if I'm going to make one, it might as well meet a Papertrey challenge, huh?  So I chose this color recipe:
And this sketch recipe:
I love any excuse to use the One Liners:  Happy die.  I didn't buy the Year Round Happiness stamp set, so I printed the "Valentine's Day" sentiment and punched it out.  I also used the Heart Border die.  
Thanks for looking!

Day One Challenge #4

For this card I chose this color recipe:

I don't have a good New Leaf ink pad, so I used SU Gumball Green, which matches the New Leaf paper really well.  

And this sketch recipe:

I really struggled with this sketch.  I knew that I wanted to stamp my own paper for the circle in order to get all the colors in.  I think I finally came up with something that really stretched my comfort zone but that I finally decided that I like:

I used several stamp sets to get all these birthday greetings.  I think I can list them all:
Think Big #13 and #4
Cupcake Collection
Quilled Elegance
Signature Greetings I and II
Mega Mixed Messages
Polka Dot Parade #5
So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)

I also used several dies, including my Nestability circles and scalloped circles, Cupcake collection dies and the heart from the Flipping Out die set. 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Day One Challenge #2

I'm really enjoying the color and sketch recipe cards.  Today, I made a couple more cards for the Day 1 challenge using them.  For the first one, I chose this color recipe:
I did accidentally make one change to the colors:  I grabbed Canyon Clay ink instead of Orange Zest when I was stamping my flowers.  I liked how they turned out (and really didn't want to stamp the flowers again!), so I just went with it.    Also, since I don't have Harvest Gold ink, I used SU So Saffron.  

And this sketch recipe:

And here's my card!

I love this Delightful Dahlias Additions set.  I think I'm getting better at lining up the 3 layers correctly, but I still find it stressful and have to think really hard.  They're beautiful flowers, though, so it's worth the effort.  :)  

Thanks for looking!

Day One Challenge #3

For my second Challenge #1 card for today, I chose this color recipe:
Of course, I *thought* I didn't have any New Leaf ink, so I used SU Gumball Green (which matches the New Leaf paper really well).  As I was putting my ink away after making the card, I realized that I actually DO have a cube of New Leaf ink -- but it's the older version that stamps a little on the grey side.  

And this sketch recipe:

And here's the card:  

For the sentiment/ stamped images, I used a combination of Tag Its sets.  I love that they mix and match so well.  

Thanks for looking!

Building Blocks Challenge #2

The first card was so much fun (and today was ANOTHER snow day), so I decided to try another.  This time I rolled:

Colors:  Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise
Neutral:  Vintage Cream
Sketch:  #3
Occasion:  Birthday
Technique:  Watercolor
Embellishment:  Adhesive Pearls
Fiber:  Thread

Thanks for looking!

Papertrey 7th Anniversary Building Blocks Challenge #1

Today's challenge had participant rolling the dice to create cards.  Here were my results that led to this card:
Color 1:  # 6, Dark Chocolate
Color 2:  #2, Orange Zest
Color 3:  #3, Summer Sunrise
Neutral:  #3, Stamper's Select White
Sketch:  #2
Occasion:  #4, Thank You
Technique:  #4, Rock & Roll
Embellishment:  #5, Glitter
Fiber:  #3, Embroidery Floss

I did chose to move the sentiment over to the right instead of centering it as the sketch showed, but other than that I stayed pretty true to the "directions."  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Papertrey 7th Anniversary Day 1 Challenge

 This card was a lot of fun to make.  The day 1 challenge is to create a card using both a sketch recipe and a color recipe provided in Nicole's download.  (I love the fact that the customers get these nice little gifts for Papertrey's birthday!)

I used this sketch recipe:
And I used this color recipe:
The only change I made with the color recipe, is that I used Stampin' Up's Lucky Limeade ink because I don't have Simply Chartreuse ink.  

For stamps, I had lots of fun using Watercolor Wonder.  I have been wanting that set since it was released and finally bought it with my most recent order.  It is just as much fun as I had expected.    The sentiment is from Everyday Happiness.   And I was thrilled to see how well the Pear Pizzazz (SU) seam binding worked with these colors.  These colors just make me happy.  

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Anniversary Day 4, #2

For my second trading card, I decided to make a card that could work with almost any set of pictures.   I tried out the chalkboard technique that Heather had demonstrated on her blog a while back and broke in my new Way to Go, Kiddo stamp set (combined with the Simply You set).    I was glad that this technique calls for a little ink smudging because I simply cannot emboss with white on black (or, in this case, Smokey Shadow) without getting extra smudges of embossing powder where I don't want them.  One day I will conquer the static.  One day.

Thanks for looking!


Papertrey Anniversary Day 4 Challenge

Today's challenge was issued in celebration of the new Monthly Moments product line that Heather is introducing.  The challenge was to create a 3" x 4" trading card that could be adapted for a card or layout.  I had some recent pictures from our "big" snow at the end of January, so I decided to make my first card work with those pictures.  I used Vintage Cream card stock, Scarlet Jewel ink, card stock, and Bitty Dot paper.  I don't have many snowflakes in my collection (but we really don't get that much snow in NC!), so I had to dig through and find snowflakes in the Places Please and Tiny Treats:  Christmas stamp sets.  

And here's the full page:

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Papertrey Anniversary Day 2, card #3

...and here is card #3 for today.  This tag was designed by Melissa Bickford.  This one has a Kraft base, a Hawaiian Shores layer and a Bitty Dots (Enchanted Evening) mat stack die cut.  I cut the sentiment banner from a second printout and popped it up on dimensionals.  Then I added some Papertrey rhinestones to the center of the flowers and a rub-on border to the Hawaiian Shores card stock.  I love the colors she chose for this one!

Thanks for looking.  I think that's all for tonight.  I know I'll make cards with the other tags, though.  I've already started ones with Dawn's tag and Betsy's tag, but they're just not going to be done tonight.  


PTI Anniversary Day 2, card #2

Here is my second card from today's tag download.   This tag was designed by Lizzie Jones.  I punched the tag with a circle punch (I always appreciate tags that are this standard, punch-able size.) and layered it over a Limitless Layers die cut.  The balloons are clear-embossed with the Birthday Style stamp set.  Papers include Bitty Boxes (Berry Sorbet) and Hawaiian Shores.  

Thanks, again, for looking!


Papertrey's 7th anniversary day 2 challenge, card #1

Day 2 of the Papertrey 7th Anniversary Celebration brings the announcement of the 2014 stamp design team.  (Yes, I am aware that I don't have a Day 1 post -- it's coming!)  I love this day because Nicole always shares a free printable page of tags -- one from each designer.  These are more and more lovely each year.  They're great for making simple, adorable cards.  You can find her post with the download here.

My first card for today's challenge uses Heather's tag.  I used one of the sketches from Stamp- a- faire to inspire the layout.  I added some sparkle to the hearts with my clear stardust pen and then added some dimension by covering them with Diamond Glaze.  Papers include Papertrey Kraft, Scarlet Jewel and Hibiscus Burst.k

Thanks for looking!