Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink February 2015 Blog Hop

I'm in desperate need of spring. So I grabbed the opportunity for today's Papertrey Ink's February 2015 Blog Hop.

I painted the watercolor paper with Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice, Hawaiian Shores and Plum Pudding inks smooshed (separately) on the craft pad and spritzed with water.

Corner Chompers round the corners. Since I don't have the Quatrefoil Die, I substituted a die cut from Cricut Paper Lace cartridge, applied Tombow Multi-Glue and let it dry till it was tacky before applying to the watercolor paper.

The leafy tag with the butterfly and "Enjoy" are all from Tags for Spring stamped with Simply Chartreuse and Ocean Tides. The card base is Harvest Gold.


At the back left are some pieces I wound up not using on my layout about a $12 Meal at the airport. And some containers of vinegar (dye experiment) and a watered down white paint and a spool of white organza ribbon. Julia has been writing about her crop experiences which reminded me to have one at home... by myself lol. I finished two this month. I would have had a party, but that would have made more work : D.

I decided to take pictures of layout ideas to reference when I'm actually putting it all together. This one is about my grandpig on a cat tree with papers I've stamped and embellishments pulled from my experimental leftovers. Yes it'll be rocking some extra large grommets I purchased on clearance about 5 years ago lol.

Because I've been cleaning... not in the ordinary way ... gathering up the unfinished pages and putting all the pieces into a top loading album.  (which is why I needed the reference picture).

This week's snow picture. The pink line is about where the top of the pile was last week. The blue is this week. The dog has built up a little snow bar for herself. The other day she stepped off it and was in snow up to her neck (she's a shepherd mix thankfully or she would have disappeared altogether.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground to see more crafty spaces : D.  Episode 299!  That's a lot of crafty peeking : D.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cover Plate Stencil

My take on Make It Monday #201: Cover Plate Stencil and Embossing Paste. I used the Modern Cross Quilt cover plate. I used Frosted Lace Stickles instead of Embossing Paste after I saw Kara's (of k and r designs) card.  Most of the card is made with Vintage Cream cardstock except for the little squares which are Hibiscus Burst. The stamps are all from Pretty Peonies and the Ink is Ocean Tides. The banner is cut from the large Double Ended Banner die with one end cut off.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

$12 Meal Scrapbooked and the Joy of It : )

Very belatedly, I did a layout challenge using this sketch. I had so much fun making this layout.

The why of it is a $12 meal at the airport. (The reasons for it, what it was, comparisons, etc.).

The how of it.
The base paper is from a scrapbooking kit called "Destination" by Colorbox I think I bought it over 10 years ago. And there is only ONE sheet of it. And I used it all up lol. And I'm only moderately twitchy over it because it is great "Airport" paper. And I have a lot of Airport scrapping to do which is odd, because I hardly ever fly.

The Title was cut using the Seasonal Postage font with my Cricut Explore (I think it might be a font exclusive to the explore, but I'm not certain). After I cut the letters I covered them with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Then I used Wild Honey and Festive Berries Distress Stains. And finally I used Glossy Accents before I adhered them, and then I filled the cut out portion with more Glossy Accents.

The "mat" is Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock that was stamped with a foam silverware set I've had for ever stamped with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Then gone over with Wild Honey and Festive Berries Distress Stain then rubbed vigorously with an unscented baby wipe which gave a swede texture to the mat.  I attached it at the top and bottom to make a pocket for more journaling.

The side of the journal tag (made with Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock) with the Clip Tips die cut (Dark Chocolate cardstock) covered with more Glossy Accents as a substitute for one of the embellishments. The compass rose from Road Trip (stamped with Dark Chocolate ink) and the Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers are the other substitutes. 

I try to remember to always make a journal pocket. In this case a jumbo sized one.  If I had a nickel for every time I thought I had remembered everything I wanted to say about a page only to remember something else after the last element was glued... I have a lot of nickels lol. (In a pinch I have actually added more of the story to the back of the page).

I moved the lines below the mat on the vellum banners. The plane and arrow stamps are from Clip Tips also.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


My dad died a couple of weeks ago. I was able to fly down to see him in January. He gave me a sampling of his stamp supplies. Helping him with his collection when I was a kid is one of the influences on my papercrafting today. He was a stamp (postage) collector for over 70 years. The top layer is glassine which always makes me think of him.. On top is the what I found at the very bottom of my suitcase, a note from the TSA saying they had inspected my bag allllll the way to the bottom layer. Perhaps glassine reflects oddly? It could have been the spindles and wool.

And it's been snowing for a few weeks. Last week I showed you what the end of the drive looked like. This is the backyard with my Shepherd mix bounding in a futile effort to keep out of the snow lol. The pink line is the amount of snow built up on my pots. Spring seems very far away.

To see more crafty spaces around the world, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground : ).

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spring Into Action Challenge

The challenge is to use a stamp set that has not seen any action or enough action. Scrapbooking has been on the back burner far too long, so I decided to use the Make It Market kit: Country Fair to scrap the highlights of a day I went to the fair by myself.

 Using the technique of making a stamp out of sticky backed fun foam that was part of the Ancient Rome segment of Stamp-a-faire 2014, I stamped the 12 x 12 paper using Picked Raspberry Distress Paint. I attached it to a piece of plastic packaging instead of an acrylic block.

Then I added paisley stamps with White Pigment ink. I used the rosette die to make a rosette and to make a border.

The quilt square was turned into a journal pocket (1/8 inch score tape on the sides and bottom). The journal card was made by gluing the Enjoy die cut at the top of a Monthly Moments Mini Journal Card die. I used some hot pink gingham ribbon in the border. The title is cut with the Cricut Base Camp cartridge.

Build a Bouquet Challenge

The Build a Bouquet Challenge is to build a bouquet using flowers from different stamp sets. I stamped flowers from Bold Bouquet, Four of a Kind, Rosie Posie and Make It Market kit: Country Fair fussy cut them and attached them over a sentiment from Boutique Borders: Thanks. A Versamark marker was used to color areas of some of the flowers with gold embossing powder.

Bagged and Tagged Challenge

Papertrey Ink's 8th Anniversary Bagged and Tagged Challenge. The challenge is to make a tag to go with a gift bag. I used the Tasting Tag as a combination Gift Tag and Presentation Tag for a Dachshund pin. The holes to tie the spoon on are perfect for holding the pin.

The dachshund pin is cut out of felt with the die from Come All Ye Faithful and sewed with a two tone handspun embroidery thread. My new favorite  felt pin closure is a safety pin (they just lie better on felt in my opinion). The stamps are from Come All Ye Faithful Additions and  a stamp made by cutting fun foam with the die set."Wag" and "Swag  and the silhouette on the bag are stamped with Pure Poppy ink. The washi tape was a gift, no idea who makes it but it is lovely. I didn't have a "Le" stamp, so I had to wing it with a Sharpie.

Because Simon Says All Creatures Great and Small, I'm including it there also : ).

Friday, February 13, 2015

Heavy Metal Challenge

Papertrey Ink is having a Heavy Metal Challenge to create a project featuring nothing but neutrals and metallics.

The front of the Stamper's Select White cardbase is covered with the gold from the Make It Market kit: Lux Letterpress. White vellum was run through Tim Holtz' Notebook Embossing Folder. I used my Cricut to cut the star charm from the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge out of the gold adhered to Vintage Cream cardstock. "You're Simply the Best" is cut from the Wild Card cartridge. Tombow Multi Glue was applied to the back of the sentiment and allowed to dry before attaching to the vellum so a little extra dimension could be had.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


It's the middle of a 10 day long 8th Anniversary Celebration over at Papertrey Ink. I'm working out an idea for the Spring Into Action Challenge where we use an unused or underused set. So of course it's the best time to conduct experiments lol.

This is a rather intricate secondary stamp cut from sticky back fun foam (put on a piece of plastic packaging) a technique I learned about at Stampe-a-faire 2014.  This is the result with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint rubbed over the fun foam. All the dies on my desk are from Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Country Fair.

And outside it has been snowing. I treated myself to a snowplow contract. Only he's pushed all the snow from the driveway onto the sidewalk. Fortunately it was warm enough to do a John Henry through the pile before it froze. Hoping my flax survives being walked on until the thaw. The bank is  about 5 feet high, It's probably snowed about 3 feet over the last 2 weeks.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground to see more crafty workspaces.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Maile Belles Inspiration Challenge

The 2nd Day Challenge of the Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Celebration is to create a card inspired by Maile Belles. The card I was inspired by can be found here.

The flower and leaves are from the  Rosie Posie set. The scalloped layer is partially from the 1 3/4" Limitless Layers Circle Die Collection. The card base is Hibiscus Burst, everything else is Stamper's Select White. The leaves were put in a water spritzed puddle of Shabby Shutters Distress ink, then stamped in Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The flower petals were stamped with Raspberry Fizz with an edge of Pure Poppy and then gone over with a water brush. The center was stamped with Summer Sunrise with an edge of Orange Zest. The sentiment is from Bold Bouquet.

And because Simon Says All Things Bright and Beautiful, it's there as well : ).

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tiny Gnome in a Tiny Dome

The gnome stamp is from Hanna Stamps and colored with markers. The grass, flower and mushrooms are from Papertrey Ink's Forest Friends. Thin wire is glued to the back so each element can stick into the cork. Each element is fussy-cut after stamped and colored.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vintage Typewriter card

Simon Says challenge this week is "H". I found a Tim Holtz Vintage Typewriter die for $5. The first thing I did was cut a stencil and mask with it out of it's plastic packaging. It's like getting the stencil and mask for free : ).

The second thing I did was cut it again because I didn't write on it with a Sharpie and  it got lost.  This is the first one... see how clear it is? I found it after I cut the second one. It will probably be turned into an embellishment on a scrapbook page.

I used the "outside" piece to trace the outter shape of the typewriter with a fine tip Sharpie. The mask has some cuts that are just slits, so I opened those up with a craft knife and a pair of scissors. Then I traced all the openings using the mask. It reminds me of free hand drawings I did in the 70s.

One very nice bonus about the size is that they all fit into a sandwich bag.  Next I'm going to cut some fun foam so I can make a stamp : ).


I'm finally done with all the Christmas knitting and for now some of the other things have been settled. It felt great to be able to do some papercrafting.

I couldn't find the picture I wanted so I'll be working with this one (Witch's Fingers grapes die cut with a Papertrey Ink strip stitch die and the Tim Holtz Alphanumeric dies).  To the left is a pot of Sticky Embossing Powder (Tim Holtz calls it Powdered Glue) I'm still concocting experiments on that one.

This Thursday is the kick off of Papertrey Ink's 8th Anniversary celebration all the pertinents will be on Nicole's blog. It's always a good ime : ). In preparation I've been organizing. You'll notice that all the inkpads have been labelled. I daubed color on some labels I found at the dollar store and used a 5/8" circle punch.

To see more crafty workspaces, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander : ).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

T Stands for Teacup (Giant) and Typewriter and a little bit of a Tidy Up.

After I spilled a bowl of ramen in my lap I bought a giant teacup for soup and ramen. The handle makes a world of difference : D.  I found Shin ramen at Walmart of all places, It's my favorite, but I only put in 1/4 - 1/3 of the flavor packet because Korean food is SPICEy. The video below is where I learned different things to put in ramen.

Really I was all judgy about the last ingredient. But I had to admit it's the magical component to a filling meal : ).

I found a Tim Holtz Vintage Typewriter die for $5 and used the packaging to make a stencil and a mask. I'm a bit of a typewriter freak, at one point I had 17. I believe I'm down to 7 now.

The Distress Paints and Stains are all readily identifiable thanks to a 5/8" circle punch and some labels I picked up at the dollar store. Just dab, (let dry) punch and adhere. The inkpads are ALL done too : D.

Head over to Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's Altered Book Lover blog for more fun  ).

Make It Monday #200: Layering Cover Plate Die Cuts

This week's Make It Monday is all about layering cover plate die cuts. I used the Modern Cross Quilt cover plate cut once with PTI packing tissue, cut again with Autumn Rose cardstock and both are layered over a gold foil mat. The sentiment is from Quilter's Sampler Sentiments stamped on a strip of organza ribbon.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Reverse Stamping: Like Reverse Painting Only with Stamps

I love reverse glass painting, and thought I would give it a go with stamps. "Reverse" refers to applying the details to the back of the glass first. But with stamping the image is reversed so it would be difficult to do with regular stamping methods. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the patterned paper to the back and applied rub on letters to the front of the glass.

The detail was stamped on with Stazon Jet Black ink. The other colors are stamped with acrylic craft paint (in bottles).

 I brushed the paint on the stamp.

Then to even out the "squishy" texture of the paint on the glass, I brushed it out on the glass.

Because it's a new to me technique, I'm entering it in Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday And because Simon Says Anything Goes : ).