Friday, February 20, 2015

Stamping on Felt

Hello! I wanted to share a technique that is new to me. I've done alot of work with wool and wool felt. I love Papertrey's 100% wool felt, although they only have a limited amount of colors. Sometimes I have to go to other sources to get the colors I want, and sometimes the percentage of wool is not as high as Papertrey's.
I am getting ready to do a demonstration on wool applique at a quilt show in April, and was trying to come up with a design I could make up into kits to have for sale at the show. I was thinking it would be nice to have pre-cut die shapes in the kit, so I started thinking about all the Papertrey dies I have, and which ones would work well with a simple design.
What I came up with was a simple needle case with a Rosey Posey flower on the front. I cut the flower out of two different pink felts I purchased from Village Mercantile (a booth at a quilt show I attend). The die cuts seemed kind of like a blob - no real definition of the flower. So I thought maybe I would try to stamp the Rosey Posey flower on the felt die cut. I wasn't too sure how well the ink would dry - whether it would smear when I was working with it. So I stamped the image and let it dry overnight. When I rubbed my fingers across it in the morning, it seemed to be dry. I hit it a bit with my heat gun just to make sure the ink was set.

 The first flower was stamped with Berry Sorbet onto the slightly darker pink felt. It really had good contrast, so I decided to leave it as is and just attach it to my felt base with whip stitches. The leaves were cut from a green felt, also from Village Mercantile, and stamped with a slightly darker green. This green ink did not have much contrast, and really did not show up much in the finished product.
 The second flower was stamped with Hibiscus Burst and only made a light impression. I decided to use the faint outlines as a guide to stitch the interior of the flower.
Both sets of leaves were blanket stitched. Which flower do you prefer? I kind of like them both! I think I am going to try out some other Papertrey stamps on felt die cuts - I love the added dimension the stamping gives!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Papertrey 2015 Anniversary - Day Eight

Hello! Actually, I am beginning to lose track of what day of Papertrey's Anniversary it it! Seems like every morning I get up and check out Nicole's blog for new product introduction, then head downstairs to make a card for the contest. Today's contest is all about Blue! Betsy Veldman has a new set coming out on the 15th called "Blue Skies". It's all about fluffy clouds, sun rays, and all things Blue! So the challenge today is to create a card with a blue ombre scheme.

I used the "smooshing" technique (a la Laura Bassen), with Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores and Aqua Mist to create my sky on the background of my card. Then I pulled out one of my old favorites - Up Up and Away - and colored a couple of the balloon diecuts with copics. I decided on the Silver Lining sentiment, so I made another die cut of each cloud using Silver Shimmer cardstock. This silver layer was glued underneath the white cloud. I covered the balloons with Wink Of Stella, and then wrapped some silver cord around the bottom to reinforce the silver theme.
I love the way this card turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Papertrey 2015 Anniversary - Day Seven

Hello! Today is all about metallics over on Nicole's blog here! New cardstock - both in silver and gold, as well as adhesive sheets and patterned paper! Wow! Lots to sink in today! Anyway, the challenge today is to create a card using metallics and neutrals - nothing else. I browsed on Pinterest to get some ideas and so much of what I saw was very graphic shapes - stripes, polka dots, and the shape I chose - triangles. So I pulled out my trusty Triangle coverplate, and cut a sheet of black, white and gold cardstock - lots of tiny triangles! Then I used the white as the base, and added in rows of black and gold triangles. Finished up with a Wonderful Words diecut in the gold, and a gold string to balance the sentiment. What fun this week has been!

A couple different angles so you can see all the glorious shine. :) I picked up that cute little easel at Mike's yesterday in their new Make Market section. Does that name sound vaguely familiar?? Lots of great linen, denim, burlap and wood! And it's on sale this week! Each of these easels were 2 in a pack for a little over $1.00! I also loved the little 4" linen canvases in that section. They really reminded me of the little canvas in the Masterpiece kit. They fit perfectly on this little easel.

Made one more card with the left over triangles while I was at it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Papertrey 2015 Anniversary - Day Five

Hello! Well, it's Day Five of the Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary festivities! It's been so much fun so far - lots of goodies introduced and showcased by the DT. My list ever groweth!

Today's challenge by Nicole is to pull out an unused stamp set and USE IT! I pulled out a stamp set I've loved for years, Dot Spot, but never had until recently. I purchased this set from a friend, along with several others, and to this day I have not inked it up! Hard to believe! But now it has been baptized by ink. :)
A la Laura Bassen, I cut the thank you out of the front with WW:Thank You, as well as a few more times with white cardstock, layered them up and fit them back in the card front.

While I'm sharing, I thought I would share a couple cards I was working on last night. I LOVE Doodlie Doo, and can't use it enough. Last night I stamped a couple of the images onto white cardstock and filled in the empty areas with Zentangling. Have you ever tried that? Look it up on Pinterest or google and be prepared to be blown away! It is supposed to be theraputic - like doodling - although I have to get the big guns glasses out to see what I'm doing. Don't look too close - I'm just a novice at Zentangling. Now I need to pull out some other outline images in my stash and give them a try!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Papertrey 2015 Anniversary Contest - Day Four

Hello! Hello! Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 8th anniversary from Feb 5-15 and they have a contest going each day. This blog post is my entry for Day Four  of the anniversary festivities. Today's post is all about Mothers. Because Betsy Veldman designed a set with little bouquet, we were challenged to make a card with a bouquet on the front using more than one stamp set.

Sadly, my mom passed away almost 7 years ago (31 days after my dad passed away), so I really don't make Mother's Day cards anymore. But I appreciate all my mom did for me, and I'd like to include this card in one of the mini albums I'm in the process of making about her.

I decided to try out some watercoloring on this card. I used some wonderful watercolor paper I received from a friend. I used Antique Linen Distress ink to initially stamp the flowers, and then picked up various PTI purples and greens with my waterbrush to loosely paint in the flowers, leaves and stems. When I had finished adding color, I spritzed water over the whole thing and let the colors blend. I like the softness of the finished bouquet!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope your day is blessed!

Supplies: Stamps: Life, Larger than Life, Out on a Limb Sentiments
Cardstock: watercolor
Inks: Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Versafine Onyx Black
Other: 1/8" silk ribbon dyed with copics

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Coin Purse Box

Hello! I wanted to share a cute cute cute little box made with the Papertrey Coin Purse Die and an inside box designed by Betsy Veldman. You can read about her box here and dowload the free inside box shape. This box turned out so cute! Did I already say that??? Anyway - here is mine. It easily fits 4 Ghirardelli chocolates! I was hoping it would fit Hersheys Hugs, but they are just a wee bit too tall.

Hope you can make one too - they are so cute!!!

Edited to add: I really wanted to make a box tall enough to fit Hershey Kisses. I played around with the measurements and finally came up with one that works. Cut box 6" x 7 1/4". Cut corners out, cut slits in side (as per Betsy's diagram), score at 3/4" and 1 3/4" on all sides. Fold inward to make box and secure with Score Tape. Score Coin Purse die 3" in from each side. This gives you a box 1" tall. I also added a 3" tab to keep the box shut. Score it at 1" and 2". I used a little bit of double-sided removable tape on the top to keep it shut. Patterned paper is Graphic 45 Secret Garden for top two, and PTI Bitty Dot for third one.

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Papertrey 2015 Anniversary Contest - Day Three

Hello! Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 8th anniversary from Feb 5-15 and they have a contest going each day. This blog post is my entry for Day Three  of the anniversary festivities.Today was all about tags. Dawn McVey has designed a monthly tag series for 2015 and we were challenged to create a coordinating tag for a gift or gift bag. I happened to have a pretty pink and white chevron gift bag and chose that to work with. I found some cute embellishments to add to the bag - a feathery clip and some pink chevron tape.Since it is getting close to Valentine's Day, I thought I would get a pretty bag all ready in case I need it last minute.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Happy Day, Big Hugs (little heart stamp)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White
Dies: Basic Bookmark #1
Inks: Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst
Other: Washi tape, feather clip, misc. ribbon

Papertrey 2015 Anniversary Contest - Day Two

Hello! Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 8th anniversary from Feb 5-15 and they have a contest going each day. This blog post is my entry for Day Two of the anniversary festivities. For this contest, we were celebrating the return of Maile Belles as a stamp designer. we were challenged to c.a.s.e. one of her cards from her blog. Maile is ultra-talented, and usually has a CAS style for her cards. I chose to c.a.s.e. this card of hers because I love the way the design is split to make room for a sentiment.

I chose to use the City Scene stamp set and a sentiment from Mat Stack One. I had fun lining up the multi-layered images of the buildings using my new Misti! It's by far the best luck I've had so far lining them up!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you get a chance to enjoy the activities over on Nicole's blog.

Papertrey 2015 Anniversary contest - Day One

Hello! Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 8th anniversary from Feb 5-15 and they have a contest going each day. This blog post is my entry for Day One of the anniversary festivities. We were supposed to create a card using one of the provided sketches and one of the provided color schemes. I chose this color scheme:

and this sketch for my card:
This is the card I came up with:
Hop on over to Nicole's blog for more details about the anniversary festivities! So much fun!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Feather Finery
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow
Inks: Blueberry Sky, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Smokey Shadow
Dies: Feather Finery, Wonderful Words

Monday, February 2, 2015

Papertrey Make-It-Monday #200 - Layering Coverplate Die Cuts

Hello! I was able to carve out a bit of time today to make a card for Dawn's Make-it-Monday technique. She showed us how to layer our cover plate die cuts several different ways. I chose to layer the Triangle coverplate with the two layers going opposite directions in order to make a new pattern for my background. I layered a Big Hugs die cut on the top of that. Easy peasy card!

Hope you have time to make one this week! Thanks for stopping by!