Monday, August 31, 2015

PTI SAF 2015: Accessories & Red Carpet Challenges

Sage & I picked up some popsicles sticks to make bracelets on Saturday.
We boiled/soaked them and formed them and let them dry overnight...
but they still weren't dry on Sunday.

So, this afternoon, we could finally make our bracelets.

Out of the 25 popsicle sticks that we boiled, 12 turned out.
So, we each got to make six bracelets.

I wasn't terribly creative with mine, because I loved Maile's so much.
I pretty much copied her.

I painted my bracelets white and stamped the heart (& heart!) from Choose Joy
and the "bursts" from Bloomers.

Then,  I made another Choose Joy bracelet and I covered 
one of the bracelets with some patterned paper.

And I had to make one with the "beautiful" stamp from Choose joy
along with one using some Crate Paper patterned paper.

Sage was more creative with hers...

She also used the Choose Joy "beautiful" stamp and made one
with a WMS feather stamp.

On this one, she stamped the butterfly from the Masterpiece stamp set.

And she loved the woodgrain on this bracelet and didn't want to paint it,
so she heat embossed the "joyful" in white.

Well, I guess that's it for us for Stamp-a-faire.
I had so much fun stamping most of the weekend -- what a treat!
I made nineteen cards and participated in all of the challenges. :)

Jonah took this photo of us tonight, wearing our bracelets and holding
up our favourite cards that we made this weekend
(Sage only made the two and couldn't decide which one was her favourite!)
I think I might have had another favourite, but I gave it away yesterday morning. ;)

Thanks for looking!

PTI SAF 2015: Patterns, Thread & Runway Inspired Challenges

Happy Monday!

Today, I have four more cards to share that I made last night
for PTI's Stamp-a-faire Challenges.
I made all of them using Heather Nichols' sketch for the Patterns Challenge:

I also added buttons & twine to each one, for the Threads Challenge
and for each one, I used a colour combo from the Runway Inspired Challenge.

For my first card, I used Laurie Willison's colour combo:

I used my Stacked Sentiments stamp set and dies, along with my Brushed Off stamp set
for the border along the side.

The cherries are from Scent-imentals.

I kept a similar design for my next card, but used some Twig Wreath flowers
instead of the cherries.
I also used Lizzie Jones' colour combo:

Here's my card:

Now, as I was stamping the Twig Wreath stamps on my card, I decided
to just stamp them two more times to make two more cards
(this is so easy when using a MISTI!)
I used the same colour combo on my next card, but flipped the sketch:

The sentiment is from Choose Joy.
I layered my card panel over some aqua mist cardstock.

And then I made the exact same card, but used Danielle Flanders' colour combo:

Here's my card:

So fun!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PTI SAF 2015: Patterns, Unconventional Materials, Mix & Match, Threads, Needles, Runway Inspired & Make It Work Challenges

Well, I spent a very enjoyable afternoon in my craft space this afternoon!
I told Sage that I don't want to go and paint tomorrow -- I just want to stay home and keep stamping!
Not sure how well that will go over with my husband though.... ;)

I made a few more cards, for several different challenges.
The first one is for the Unconventional Materials Challenge.
Now, I have to admit that I struggled with going to the hardware store
and buying something for this challenge.
I finally decided on something.... let's see if you can guess what I used. ;)

I made my card using Dawn McVey's sketch for the Patterns Challenge:

Here it is:

Can you guess what I used?
I stencilled the background with this....

LOL! It's a flyswatter!
And I paid a whopping $1.55.

So, I stencilled the background using my Tim Holtz blending tool
and some orange zest, summer sunrise and harvest gold inks.

I added some clouds, a sentiment from Choose Joy and I smooshed some
spring moss ink onto some white cardstock and diecut it with a Pretty Pink Posh border die.

After making this card, I decided to tidy up my space --
it was getting quite messy, funnily enough!
Anyway, I came across the scraps of patterned papers that I used for these cards
and decided to use them for the Make It Work Challenge.

I actually had enough scraps left to make two cards.
For the first one, I used  Nichole Heady's sketch for the Patterns Challenge:

Here's my card:

Once again, I trimmed out my patterned paper flowers by hand and added them to my card.
I added some machine stitching for the Needles Challenge, a button and twine for the
Threads Challenge, I used three different patterned papers for the Mix & Match Challenge
and I used Lexi Daly's colour combo, for the Runway Inspired Challenge:

I stamped the sentiment from Choose Joy.

And, for my next card, I used all of the same products for all of the same challenges,
but the sketch I used was this one, by Nichole Heady:

Here's my card:

For my next two cards, I revisited Melissa Phillips' sketch:

I made two cards that are exactly the same, 
but I used two different Runway Inspired colour schemes.

For the first one, I used Danielle Flanders' colour scheme:

Here's my card:

I stamped with my Twig Wreath stamp set and
added the sentiment from Think Big Favourites #3.

I added the buttons and thread for the Threads Challenge,

And here's the same card, using Melissa Phillips colour scheme:

Here's my card:

And before I go, I also want to share the card that Sage made this afternoon,
using this colour scheme by Danielle Flanders: 

And this pattern by Ashley Cannon Newell:

Here's her card:

Isn't it great?
She stamped the background using Twig Wreath and added
the diecut frame from the Masterpiece MIM.
The sentiment is from Graceful Greetings.
She's also linking this card up to the Mix & Match Challenge 
because she's never used this colour combo before.

And she's linking this card up to Simon Says Stamp's 

Thanks for looking!

PTI SAF 2015: Patterns & Mix & Match Challenges

When we got home from church, I made a couple of cards
using Betsy Veldman's sketch for the Patterns Challenge:

Here's my card:

I was originally going to use this patterned paper for Betsy's sketch,
but I thought it would be fun to use with the Guiding Lights stamp set.

I inked the bottom of the patterned paper with Blueberry Sky ink.
I very rarely use the Blueberry Sky ink, so using it with Spring Rain,
Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy & the peachy/orange on the patterned paper
is a new colour combo for me, which qualifies for the Mix & Match Challenge.

I decided to use the same design, minus the matting,
to make a card for my church's visitation committee.

Off to make some more cards....

Thanks for looking!

PTI SAF 2015: Patterns, Threads, Mix & Match & Needles Challenges

I am having so much fun playing along with PTI's Stamp-a-faire this weekend!
I made three cards last night and a fourth this morning.

I made them all using Betsy Veldman's sketch for the Patterns Challenge:

I love the striped background, which got me digging through my patterned paper stash
(which seems to keep growing despite the fact that I don't seem to use patterned paper
as much anymore on my cards. Strange....),
so these all qualify for the Mix & Match Challenge.

Because the sketch has twine at the top, I added some in in some way or another,
so they all qualify for the Threads Challenge.

And Amy Sheffer encouraged me to pull out my sewing machine.
Despite the fact that it had been giving me grief before I put it away
(this was why I put it away), the rest seems to have done it some good.
So, I added some machine stitching to all of my cards, for the Needles Challenge.

Here are my cards, in the order I made them.

As I was digging through my 6x6 paper pads, I decided that I wanted to use my
Pedal Pusher set for the sketch.
This means that I had to flip the sketch to make it work.

I added a couple of banners that I diecut using PTI's double-ended banner die
and a couple of buttons with twine.

The sentiment is also from PTI's Pedal Pusher set.

Now, when I found this patterned paper, I also found a cool "map" patterned paper
that I thought would also work for the sketch, even though it's not stripes.

On this one, I added the button to the wheel (which conveniently hides the fact that I didn't 
stamp the wheel exactly in the right spot. Bonus!) and ran the twine under the sentiment.

This sentiment is from Choose Joy and I love how it fits with the bike!

My next card is going to a wonderful woman at my church 
who always seems to have time for me.

The patterned paper here is my background (Becky Higgins)
and I also diecut a couple of other patterns using my Twig Wreath dies.
I am loving this stamp set!
I stamped some of the stamps directly onto the patterned paper background
and others onto their coordinating diecuts.

Again the sentiment is from Choose Joy.

And I made my last card this morning, before everyone else got up.
It is the one that resembles the sketch the closest, I think.

Here, the only stamping I did was the sentiment (Choose Joy).
The rest is all patterned paper, which I had fun fussy cutting this morning
with my kraft knife and new WRMK glass cutting mat.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

PTI SAF 2015: Patterns, Threads & Mix & Match Challenges

All right, Sage & I have been stamping in our basement for the past few hours
(well, Sage stamped for some of that time -- the rest of the time, she's been playing 
with her Lego Friends. LOL!)

But, we've created a few cards for a few challenges for PTI's Stamp-a-faire.

The first one is for the Patterns Challenge, the Threads Challenge

I used the first pattern from Ashley to make my card:

Her pattern was a little busy for me, so I simplified a little.

I used my Quilted: Summer stamps and dies, 
along with a Graceful Greetings die/stamp.

I created a "thread nest" behind my diecuts.
I used some new inks (Wplus9's Hayride and Ocean Drive),
so this is a new colour combo for me, so it qualifies for the Mix & Match Challenge.

I actually made a similar card at the same time, but
with a fall colour scheme:

I changed up the sentiment (SSS's Blessed)
and this card will go to  my church's visitation committee.
I liked the "comfort" idea with the quilt.

Next, Sage made a card using Betsy's pattern:

She used some PTI watercolour striped paper as her background:

She diecut the Wet Paint die from melon berry cardstock.
She stamped the butterflies from the Masterpiece stamp set and cut them out by hand.
She also added some twine for the Threads Challenge.

And lastly, I used Melissa's pattern:

I love this pattern and had to use my new Twig Wreath stamp set:

I stamped the border along the side using Brushed Off.
The sentiment is from Choose Joy.
Again, I used some new Wplus9 inks (Gala Red & Hayride)
so this is a new colour combo for me, so it qualifies for the Mix & Match Challenge.

I also added some buttons and twine, so it's for the Threads Challenge, too.

I loved this pattern so much, I duplicated my card, but changed up the sentiment
using one from Bloomers.

Thanks for looking!