Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink February 2017 Blog Hop

Today is Papertrey Ink's February 2017 Blog Hop. The laurel and sentiment are from the Make It Market: Lovely Laurels mini kit heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also sprinkled embossing powder across the background and on the edges. And two edges of the card base are inked with Raspberry Fizz.

 I started with Vintage Cream cardstock as the card base and blended Saffron Spice ink across it (spritzed with water). I wound up covering most of it with the focal image, but I love the effect.

What is barely visible (just enough to break the starkness of the solid cardstock) is the bow from Lovely Laurels stamped randomly with Fine Linen.

And because Simon Says Anything Goes, it's there as well : D.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Experimental Stitching

I got to pull out my purse project container while my car was being serviced. I had this bit of perforated paper that I had spritzed with dylusions ink.

The thread is a ply of unknown naturally colored gray wool (probably romney) plied against a ply of white corriedale (from a Ewe named Eugenia).

And I have to say as I've gotten older, it's become much more difficult to thread a needle. I've spent as long as 20 minutes on a bad day. But this beauty is thread in 3 seconds at most. It's called a Spiral Eye Side Threading Needle and can be found at (no affliation or anything, just thrilled to bits).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Cleaning up after a mist of Dylusion Spray went awry. The snowflake die cuts are for a card waiting to be finished, embossing buddy and gold embossing powder waiting to be put away. Packing tape ready for the next batch of packing tape transfers. And the ring of blending foams are about to be transferred to laminated sheets in a note book or two.

For more crafty peeks head over to Julia's Stamping Ground : ).

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Celebrating Papertrey Ink: 2009

Papertrey Ink is celebrating 2009. I used two sets released that year Wishing You and Vintage Picnic. I stamped the foliage with Prairie Grass and the flowers with Pure Poppy (and washed over them with an aqua brush). The picnic basket and the tea towel are die cut and stamped (and painted) with Pure Poppy. The food is stamped with Fine Linen and then colored with Scattered Straw, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Spun Sugar and Candied Apple Distress Markers. The background is made with a large flat aqua brush picking up Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

Simon Says use your favorite tool, so I did (BigKick) : ). Simon also Says Fantastic Florals, so I did that too

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Papretrey Ink: Celebrating 2008

This card features Bitty Baby Blessings released in 2008. The onesie was stamped in Spun Sugar Distress Ink, then colored with Spun Sugar Distress Marker applied directly and with a water brush. The "Ahoy Little Sailor" and the sail boat are stamped with Black Onyx Versa Fine and the sailboat is colored in with Wild Honey and Ground Espresso Distress Markers.

The background is heat embossed with the Compass Rose from Out to Sea and then brushed with washes of Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral. Wild Honey Distress Marker was also applied with the Distress Marker Spritzer.

Simon Says Use Your Favorite Tool, so I did : D.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I remembered it was Wednesday when I was photographing this card (the glamor shot is in the post before this one lol). There has been some crafty goingson, especially because it's Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary, so contests about : D.

And I did manage to clear the bit to the right of me, but as you can see it needs clearing again. A bag of tiny embossing powders and my bin of sequins (the buttons have been moved into their own sort of bins... 3 of them in fact.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks : D.

Papertrey Ink: Celebrating 2007

Papertrey Ink is celebrating it's 10th anniversary starting with the 2007 release. Both berry sizes from Green Thumb are stamped with Versamark. The tops are heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold and the berries with Sprinkle N Sparkle White Opaque Embossing Powders. Then I painted a little Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twig Distress Ink and applied Golden Rod and Champagne Stickles with a few sequins for good measure. : )

While I wasn't papercrafting at all in 2007, I bought some of the sets later. This is one of my favorites using the Paper Tray stamp set (the first set Papertrey Ink released).

Miss Ewe is made with My Punny Valentine and some stickles for the crown.

And the Thanks Ewes with moving legs. Sadly mini wobbles had not been manufactured yet for the sheep heads. But I might make another : D.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Garden Gate Birthday Card

A gate fold birthday card, featuring a gate on the front made almost entirely from elements in Papertrey Ink's Make It Market kit: Garden Gate. The only bit of stamping in the entire card is the paper before the gate was cut. Stamped with Fine Linen and blended with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The front of the gate fold before the lattice and gate were attached is stenciled with leafy Garden Gate stencil and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The sign and flowers are cut from printed sheets included in the kit.

The stenciled non-embellished side of the gate fold.

The inside shows the printed card base with the mailbox and removeable letter (which contains a birthday message) from the Make It Market kit: Post & Parcel with more floral embellishments from Garden Gate.

Simon Says Use Your Favorite Tool (BigKick),  so I did : ).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


My desk, to the left photos for a layout I've been puzzling over for about 2 years, in the middle my DIY stamping tool made from a DVD case. The instructional video I watched is here : D. Under that is my fine line markers... mostly browns and blacks in slightly varying widths lol. Then my small Tim Holtz stencils (on a ring).

All because I'm trying to clear this space ... where electronic cutters go... The trick of it is not to just bounce things between the two spaces lol. This might take a while : D. On the very very plus side, I uncovered a die set before it was known to be missing from its proper spot, so panic averted!

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Not much going on except a little label attaching. This is an older Papertrey Ink stamp set that I used to store in CD cases, except now I store them in Avery Elle envelopes, so I keep the on their original sheet and cut the labels to suit (the newer sets come with the label in the same order as the stamps on the sheets so just peel and stick).

Since my eyesight isn't what it used to be, I find that inking up the stamps on the sheet and then pressing a bit of scrap on it makes it easy to tell which little stamp is which : D.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks of this 400th edition of sharing the creative spaces : D.