Daily Archives: 25/08/2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop August 2013

Right on the heels of the PTI Stamp-a-faire 2013 comes the monthly blog hop and since I had to wait for the challenges to start yesterday, I decided to get the blog hop card done! This month Nicole presented us with an array of colour schemes and sketches to chose from and I must say I like all of them.

I went with the Blueberry Summer Smoothie sketch and colour combo. Since my PTI inks are still in transit, I had to use whatever colours I had that resembled the PTI one. But I think it worked and I really like the combination of colours and the very simple sketch.

The idea might have been for the cards to come together quickly but I spent a good deal of time making sure everything was straight and that I liked the end result. And I must say I am really happy with the way this card came together.

I used Mini Blooms for the flowers and since the coordinating dies are also in transit, I had to cut the flowers by hand. It took some extra time and I look forward to having the dies so I can create without having to hand cut as well. For the circle I used a Nestability die and simple drew along the inside of the die; I like that that created a circle that didn’t have a uniform thickness all the way around.

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PTI Stamp-a-faire: Sweet Sugar Coated Embellishments

Coating die-cuts and other embellishments in glitter is a long time favorite for me so this last of the SAF-challenges was right up my ally. I wanted to make my own version of this gorgeous card so I stamped the Mini Blooms (there they were again) and added glitter to the die-cut word.

I just love the way the word looks with all the glitter on it! I think I’ll have to look into the Christmas versions of word dies from PTI… The word “noel” all covered in glitter would be perfect for Christmas cards.

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PTI Stamp-a-faire: Sprinkle of Salt

The Sprinkle of Salt challenge really challenged me! But it was so much fun even if I wasn’t completely sold on all the projects I made. The 2nd paper I made came out great even if the effect of the salt is almost understated – it is there but it doesn’t jump right out at you. I like how moving the salt around ended up with me having blue splotches on the light green portion of the paper.

When it came to putting a card together I really like the way Dawn McVey had embellished her card and I therefore used it as the inspiration for my own card. Again, I used Mini Blooms (and once more I really missed having the dies), cut some leaves and embellished with white bling.

The finished card really turned out much better than I had anticipated! And as I wrote earlier: this was a really fun and challenging technique that I just might revisit at some point – and maybe try to perfect a little more.

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