Tuesday, August 27, 2013


This is the aftermath of Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2013. I haven't been back in my craftroom since yesterday. I've been catching up on things like showering and sleeping lol. The cutting board is what I use for heat embossing and shrinky dinks (holding it down with a paper piercer while I heat it with a heat gun). The styrofoam was standing in for my missing poking pad. I finished all 10 projects, some of my results were "ehhh" but I was pleased to have done them all.

My favorite challenge was the Scent-sational challenge (complete with the instructions). Make your own scratch and sniff pieces (I used cherry kool-aid on the cardstock buttons, but the possibilities are amazing, coffee, chocolate, ginger, basically any powdery smelly thing that doesn't have sugar and clear embossing powder.

This is my favorite card from the bunch (the rolled dough challenge). The challenge was to make a die-cut embellishment from paperclay. The matching dies and stamps were from Papertrey Ink's Simply Jane (even the background stamp and inside sentiment).

I did well at the fair this year, my embroidered nametag got a blue ribbon in the non-wearable handspun category.

My seahorse card got 3rd place.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

The aftermath of Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013.

After the (stamp-a-)faire. So many ideas, so much to clean up. It'll probably take a few weeks because I'll get distracted and make something in a tiny corner.

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Whipping Up Scent-sational Cards

Scent-sational embossing powders!!!!This has tickled my fancy to no end!!! Ohhh the possibilities!! For my card I used Cherry Kool-Aid and UTEE, because all my regular clear embossing powder was where I couldn't find it.

Stamp sets: Button Boutique, Everyday Button Bits
Die: Button Boutique
Inks: Memento Ladybug, Mowed Grass Distress Inks
cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Summer Sunrise

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Gallon:Quart:Pint

Gallon:Quart:Pint Challenge
cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, scrap of Graphic 45 paper
Stamp sets and matching dies: Little Labels, Friendship Jar
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Scattered Straw Distress Ink

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Mixing Mists to Match

For the Mixing Mists to Match challenge, I mixed Vintage Photo Distress Ink re-inker with rubbing alcohol and spritzed it through a paper doily onto a Classic Kraft mat. Then stamped the sentiment with Movers &  Shakers Sentiments. The card base is Deep Chocolate Brown.

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Sprinkle of Salt

A Sprinkle of Salt challenge.
Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress Ink spritzed with water and painted on salt applied to the top. 

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Rolled Dough Designs

The Rolled Dough Designs challenge was definitely the most challenging for me in a time management vs. learn the process sort of way. The idea of a cameo card using Simply Jane setcame to me in a flash, so balance was achieved overall : ).

The cardstock is all Vintage Cream. The card base background is stamped with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. The frame is painted first with Scattered Straw Distress Ink spritzed with water and then Wild Honey Distress Ink spritzed with water and then stamped with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. The middle is painted with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then moshed on the ink pad after it dried.

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Tea Staining Techniques

The tea staining challenge had so many wonderful options, but I went with what I had on hand. The tea-dyed cheesecloth is left over from a pirate banner I made a few years ago. It's attached to the back of the Enchanted Evening mat with double-sided sticky tape and dry-brushed with gold paint. The card base is my favorite PTI color, Ocean Tides. The Star Prints sentiment is stamped with Paris Dusk Memento Dye Ink. The star is painted with gold Acrylic Paint.

Stamp-a-faire 2013: Limited Ingredients Challenge

Limited Ingredients Challenge. I used Melonberry cardstock, 1" strip Soft Stone cardstock, Stamper's Select White cardstock, Aqua Mist cardstock. Embellishments stamp set, Black ink for the sentiment and Memento London Fog ink for the Embellishment.

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Sweet Sugar Coated Embellishments

Sugar Coated Embellishments challenge. Fine Linen cardstock, Melon Berry Leaves paper, Fine Linen Topnotch Twill Tape with chunky clear glitter added to it with 1/4 inch score tape. Botanical Silhouettes stamp set, Black Zing Embossing Powder, Corner Chompers (1/2 inch).

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2013: Custom Accents from the Oven

Custom Accents from the Oven: Shrinky Dink, Little Labels (die and stamp), Everyday Button Bits, Papertrey Ink Buttons, Aqua Mist cardstock, Twine

I used my crafty cutting board and a heat gun to shrink the accent. It's important to use a piercer to hold it down whilst using the heat gun : ).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 2013 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Today's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop is based on Fast Food colors. I chose Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate and True Black and it's sketch. The card base is Fine Linen, the stripes are Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate and the accent is Classic Kraft with a True Black Border. The string is drawn on with a 0.3 fine line black marker.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire 2013: Bake & Take

For my Bake & Take I used the Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores, Spring Rain, New Leaf and Limeade Ice color palette with the tag and pocket sketch.

8/25/13 update:

After I posted the first card, I realized the due date was August 26th @ noon EST, so I deconstructed the card, stamped the patterns on the background of the card base and on the bookmark with Color Box Fresh Green Pigment Ink. The sentiment and images come from Papertrey Ink Funky Florals. The sentiment and border are embossed with Zing Cricket Embossing Powder on Hawaiian Shores. The cardbase is Spring Rain, the bookmark is Enchanted Evening cut with the PTI bookmark die and green embroidery thread is used at the top.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Since I wasn't photographing a lot lately, Dilly decided it would be good for napping (she's in her settling-in mode). The to the left is my "How you going to keep them down on the farm (after they've seen Paris)" card.

But I actually did have a flurry of activity last week as I got ready for the fair. No word yet on what made it in. I didn't get the novelty yarn done, but I'm thinking I'll be ready for next year wayyyyy early because I'm almost finished lol. The Disney ticket is an embellishment I decided not to use on my memory page entry. It's the endcap font from the Mickey Font cricut cartridge.

I LOVE endcap fonts. The Mickey end cap font has the option of ticket, license plate or dog bone ends, just don't put a space in it if you are using a Gypsy, CCR or the E2 (the spaces just won't cut then you have to cut them separately... ).

If you are wondering what all this WOYWW, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground where you can see other crafty workdesks from all over the world. Better yet, snap a pic and join in the fun : ).