Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello You

Papertrey Ink did watercolour with heat embossed sentiments as the technique for Make It Monday this week. I like how easy this is to do. You can have a very nice homemade card or postcard from a few simple watercolour brushstrokes. Although I really liked the look of the white or clear embossing on the watercolour front, I wanted to see the effect of gold embossing on a pink washed background. I love the look! With PTI's Trendy Tree Tops and Versamark, I used Lindy Stamp Gang' Golden Angel Wings Embossing Powder making this card is so shimmery and pretty.  The watercolour set was a fairly inexpensive one from Michael's.  I used three different shades of pink.  I like trying new things.  Thanks, PTI! 



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Special Guy

I thought I would make a tag for a change.  This one is inspired by The Greeting Farm Farm Fresh Friday Challenge.  I loved the mix of colors and the patchiness of the pieces with shapes placed close together.

Mojo Monday's challenge this week incorporates Tall & Skinny, so I went as close to the sketch as I could.  I had to make my circle a bit smaller so it would fit on the tag.  

After doing some stamping directly on the tag with my distress pads, I decided this would be more masculine and would go with a boy image.  

I used these thicker pieces of paper leftover from a stencil I made yesterday.  Inked them up and bent them to my liking after stapling.

I cut my pinking circle from thin cork sheet.  I also wrapped three different baker's twine around the bottom.  I think this adds to the texture.  

These trims aren't too girlie, are they?

And the lucky guy?  It's for my brother.  Although I did show this to my boyfriend and he said he wanted me to make one like it for a bookmark.  :) One request, not to make as thick!

Another day, another project.



Supplies:  Stamp - TGF My Guy Ian; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Brilliance Graphite Black; Die - PTI Limitless Layers Circle; Other - Baker's Twine, Cork Sheet; Trim.

Xmas All Year - Happy Gingerbread

Another Xmas card! This one feature the lovely gingerbread stamp from the Penny Black stamp set. It is a singular ginger friend, but I used a post-it to mask off the image and stamp two more on opposite sides. A few fun pearl blings later and I am still in love with Xmas just as ever! Got to make a couple more if I want to get five done this month...

 How my gingerbread boy became a triplet:

After stamping your first image, stamp it again on a post-it.  Cut it out and stick it on top.  Now you can stamp on both sides to create a group and have the center image in front.


 Keep your post-it with the stamp to reuse again later!

 To create an inked shape while preserving the outer edge, tape your die with some masking tape before removing it.  The part that isn't showing will remain the original colour while the rest gets inked.  The look is very nice and it saves you from matting!

I just love gingerbread (my fav part of xmas, other than the tree)… Happy Smiles!

Ta Ta For Now (TTFN as it will be from now on),

Stamps:  Penny Black - Mimi's Winter Friends; PTI - Winter Snow Globe
Inks: TH Antique Linen; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  MME 12 Days of Christmas
Other:  Doodlebug Spring Mini Pearls and Assorted Doodle Twine; Copic Markers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome Spring

Early morning cardmaking and post coming your way!  (Well, it's here  So, I woke up this morning and noticed that there was a PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop for February going on.  I guess you only have the day to join and since I didn't see it till this morning (we're ahead in Japan here), I knew I would have to skip it or get crackin!

The theme was sweet spring.  I love spring and all the things that come with it.  What a good chance to bust out my Scrambled Eggs and Sweet Spring stamp sets.  I cut out the Holiday Die and used some pretty Artnic Mint and Memento Lulu Lavendar to colour it.  I coloured in the flowers, nose and ears with my Lindy's Magical Micas in the colours below.  Thanks for the inspiration to stamp this morning.  It was easy because I had fun stuff to work with! 

Have a lovely day! 
(Fingers crossed spring is headed our way...)

Supplies:  Stamps & Dies - PTI Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Spring, Christmas Labels; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Lulu Lavendar, Brilliance Graphite Black, Artnic Mint; LSG - Magical Micas (Tiffany's Blue, Creme Brulee Cream, Honeysuckle Coral, Cotton Candy Pink); Doodlebug Spring Mini Pearls.

Scrappy Buy!

I am following the Simon Says Monday Challenge and this week's challenge is ''Paste'' -  mainly using modeling paste or whatnot to achieve a look. Well, I am no genius when it comes to mixed media. I thought this would be a baby step for me. After watching some DT projects and tutorials, I decided I could do this and went to the store today to pick up some modelling paste. I didn't want to get a huge jar at first and was quite relieved when I found this baby jar. I thought I'd get one of these scrapers in case I needed it. I shall let you know how that goes. 
I also have been thinking about pastels and Easter lately. Couldn't resist picking up some watercolour pencils in fun pastel tones. Makes you was to make an Easter basket, doesn't it? And what a glorious basket that would be. :)
What things are you thinking about trying lately?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Together is the Nicest Place to Bee

Today I am showing a card I made for two challenges - Simon Says Wednesday Challenge and the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge.  Simon's theme was weddings and anniversaries.  The sketch for the Sweet Sunday Sketch incorporates wonky angles.  :)

I went with the theme of yellow for my card.  This lovely card base can be found at MFT - it's Banana Split!  (Love that name!)  I broke on an oldie but goodie from the Unity July 2011 KOTM.  I paper-pieced the two bees from some scrap yellow paper.  The wings and hearts I colored with my copics.  I also added some Ice Stickles to the hearts.  

The sentiment comes from MFT My Favorite Sentiments.  I just used a strip of kraft paper and used my corner punch on it.  Using my multiliner pen I added an 'e' to make it ''Together is the nicest place to bee''.  On the lower half of the card, I used my PTI Happy Hexagons Stamp Set to create the honeycomb look.  


I added a bright yellow gingham bow to the side of the image with another gingham scrap piece of paper layered underneath to which I added dashes on the edges with my pen.  Isn't it ''bee-u-tiful''?

 On the inside, I stamped this sentiment for an anniversary.

Have a scrappy week and don't forget to play along if you can!  :)  

Cheers, Sherri

Paper - MFT Banana Split and Other; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Graphite Black, and PTI Lemon Tart; Stamps - MFT My Favorite Sentiments, MFT CS with Anniversaries, PTI Happy Hexagons, Unity ''Bee Better'' Together; Copics (BG0000, C01, and R14); Ribbon - Daiso; Stickles - Crystal Ice; We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (Stub/Deco).  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Cameo Appearance

Just for your information…my desk is a scrap-disaster!  (But I will promptly clean it up as soon as I finish this post.)  All is not in vain, I have produced something elegant and pretty.  I even put flowers on my card.  (I rarely use flowers anymore, but I do love them.)  Today's card inspiration came while I was looking at my friend's blog (YT:  scrapology) and came across a Simon Says Wednesday challenge.  I didn't even know they had challenges at Simon Says!  And big ones - you can win a $50 gift certificate!  How cool is that?  Anyways, I discovered they also had Monday challenges, in addition  to the Wednesday one, so that is what this one is for.

The theme this week was A Cameo Appearance and was totally open for interpretation.  So I am not thinking outside of the box, but I am using my scrap supplies…because what better excuse to use my PTI Simply Jane die collection and stamp set?  I *simply* love this and it has a lot of different ways you can use it.  The frame die is a beautiful shape and I love adding pearls to the the lady. 

My flowers are from Wild Orchid for a bit of complimentary colour.  

On the outside, I choose not to stamp a message (putting it on the inside instead).  I stamped a simple flower on a Tiny Tag and tied it with some Pink Paislee twine (not my fav because of the thinness, but the colour works).  

 I really liked this sentiment, which I have chosen to include inside my card.  

And one more look from the front:  

I also made this card with the Color Throwdown #280 in mind.  The colour's this week were light blue, vanilla, olive, and navy.  :)  

There's still time to check out the Wednesday challenge and enter to win a $50 gift certificate.  Thanks for the opportunity to get creative and use my stuff!  


PTI dies and other - Simply Jane, Tiny Tags, Layered Ovals, Quatrefoil, Embossing Pad.
Ink - Stampin Up Not Quite Navy and VersaMagic Moonlight White.
Othere - Pink Paislee Twine, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers; Brads and Bling.

Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge #5

My first time entering the Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge, but I just had to join when I saw the lovely Pinspired challenge.   By looking at the photo taken from Pinterest below, anyone can make something however it inspires you.   There are so many good things about this picture.  I had more than enough inspiration to make some cards (yes, plural…totally inspired!)
Source: Pinterest

I wanted to use my Framed Out and Tiny Frames dies from PaperTrey Ink because they would work so well.  I love the colors in the picture, as well as the placement of the photos/frames, and thought it was a great idea for a card.  I wished my walls in my home looked like this!

Here are my cards:

  My last card is unfinished.  I want to put something in the frame…either letters or a flower with a message on a brad for a center, but I'll have to finish it tomorrow.

Thanks for the fun challenge!  

Cheers, Sherri

Supplies:  PTI - Framed Out #1, 2, and 3; Lighten Up; Tiny Frames; Heart-2-Heart #4.  Ink - Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy and Graphite Black, Tim Holtz Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold, and Artnic Mint. Baker's Twine - Doodlebug and Other.  Buttons - October Afternoon, Basic Grey, Other.      

MFT WSC #164 - You Inspire Me

My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club #164 sketch features a simple vertical banner with an elegant label.  This sketch is also recommended for making multiples/ sets.  I saw some really nice cards from the other participants, so be sure to check out the MFT blog post.  

I'm loving the colour mint green right now.  My camera/lighting doesn't do this card justice.  Hope to improve my photo-taking skills this year!  

Using MFT dies from the Well-Worn Greetings, Framed Greetings, and Layered Label Die-namics, I cut out the different dies and layered them.  Don't be afraid to mix the sets.  :)  I needed to do so in order to get a big enough oval for my sentiment.  But I like switching the dies up and seeing how they work together.  Layer the dies on top of each other (so they are nesting in each other) to see how it looks.  

All of the pieces are scraps from an other project I was working on.  I can't throw anything out.  I try to keep in with the paper pad, but sometimes I put pieces in my scrap folders.  All of my pieces were from the AC Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection.  For the finishing touch, I added a couple of mint green enamel dots on either side of the sentiment.  

This card is definitely going to someone special!  :o)

Thanks for checking in and have a scrappy week.
Cheers, Sherri

Supplies:  Paper - AC Dear Lizzy Neapolitan; Dies - MFT Well-Worn Greetings, Framed Greetings, Layered Label, and Fishtail Flag STAX Die-Namics; Stamps - MFT My Favorite Stamps; MME Winter Wonderland Enamel Dots.