Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

Hi there,

Today I thought I’d join in my first ever Papertrey Ink blog hop. I have to admit, the timing of the blog hop isn’t ideal – being in Australia makes the start of the hop a late night. However, I loved the inspiration photo and decided I just had to do something! I apologise that the photo is a little blurry but at 10 p.m. at night, there isn’t much natural light. So without further ado, here is my card.

PTI Ombre Builders & Beautiful Butterflies

I used the Ombre Builders set with Tsukineko Momento Inks to build my threads. The inks, from bottom to top, were Love Letter, Lady Bug, Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Dandelion, Peanut Brittle and Dessert Sand. I added a ruffled grey ribbon to add a bit of texture as the table. I die cut and stamped butterflies using the Beautiful Butterflies and Beautiful Butterflies Layers sets to represent the dye bowls. I matched the inks from the threads – Love Letter,  Rose Bud and Angel Pink for the topmost butterfly, Tangelo, Cantaloupe and  Dandelion for the middle one and Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch and Dessert Sand for the last butterfly. I only adhered them down the middle and lifted up the wings to give the card a bit of dimension. Lastly, I stamped the Rainbow sentiment from the Beautiful Butterflies set using Expresso Truffle on white card and cut it in a flag shape. It was popped on to the card using dimensional foam squares. I found the wording quite apt given the ombre look of the card.

I can’t wait to see all the other creative cards on the blog later tonight!

AEI♥U Challenge #27 – Embossing

Early this week, I had a look at the AEI♥U Challenge blog and decided to put into play an idea that I’ve had in my head for awhile and enter it for the Challenge #27. So today, I’m showcasing a card using Avery Elle’s Seal-Abrate clear stamps and dies along with the Just a Note card die.

Sealabrate Card Front 1I used Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock to die cut 2 Just a Note card pieces. I picked out which was going to be the left and right sides of the card, then stamped the sentiment directly on to the upper right front using my ombre ColorBox Paintbox in Pastel and the heat embossed it in Ranger’s Clear Superfine Embossing Powder. I stamped the seal and ball in Tuskineko VersaColor Charcoal ink, heat embossed them in clear powder, coloured them in with Copics then ran them through my Cricut die cutting machine. When I started placing my seal on the card, it looked really bland so I took some Worn Lipstick Distress ink and blended it on top of the Tim Holtz top fade stencil using my mini ink blending tool.

Sealabrate Card Inside 2I decided to make a fun shaker card for the inside.  On the left hand card (base), I blended in some dots using Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress inks on the Tim Holtz Bubble stencil. I then heat embossed them in clear powder. Here is a closer look…

Sealabrate Card Inside Closeup

As you can see, the embossed bubbles give it an extra shimmer. I created the window frame by using a Nestabilities rectangle die, blending the same inks as the bubbles, then sprinkling the frame with water that was mixed with Perfect Pearls to bring together the bubbly look. I mounted clear plastic to the back of the window, propped up the window with foam strips then filled the card with sequins before sealing the card.

The card has turned out much nicer in reality than in my head! This is another way I was thinking of presenting the card. I’d love to hear which you prefer.

Sealabrate Card Front 2     Sealabrate Card Inside 1

If you’ve liked the card, please go visit all the other contestants at the AEI♥U Embossing Challenge!

Embossing Challenge

xoxo, G

Penny Black Trifold Card and Review of Simon Says Stamp 120lb Cardstock

Its the weekend again! When I saw this week’s SSSWC, my brain got a whirling. Penny Black Stamps! Anything goes! Then on Thursday, my order from SSS with 120lb cardstock came and I just knew I had to do something with copics. I love the Penny Black critters series and wanted to make a ‘story’ card so after some deliberation, I chose a simple 3 fold card.

I cut a 120lb 8.5 x 11.5 inch card width-wise to give a  4 x 11.5 inch card. I then used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to score at 3.75 and 7.5 inches. This gives 3 panels – 2 of which are 3.75 inches wide and 1 at 3.5 inches wide. I wanted the 3.5 inch panel to be the front of the card so I folded the scoreline on the right of the 3.5 inch panel using a mountain fold. I then scored the fold between the 2 3.75 inch panels using a valley fold.

I used the Wonderful and Micey Day sets, stamping out my scene in Tsukineko’s Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black. I let the ink dry then coloured the images in with copics. I used E31, E33 and E35 for the hedgehog quills E50 and E53 for underside of the hedgehog, highlighting the hedgehog bellies and cheeks in E02. The mice were coloured in warm greys W03, W02 and W0. The yellow daisies Y00, Y13 and Y15 while the blue, pink and red flowers were in B16, R32 and R24 respectively. All flower centers were in Y38 while leaves and stems were in G014 with G24. The presents were B02 for the wrapper, BV02 for the ribbon and BV08 for the dots and stripes.

The first hedgehog looks a bit brown as I originally coloured it all in E01 and the result was way too pink. I re-coloured it, resulting in my sun-baked hedgehog. Still cute though! I managed to mis-stamp near the middle panel’s hedgehog’s hand so I cut out extra flowers and popped them up on foam to hide my boo boo. After colouring, the card still looked unfinished so I stamped Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio on a plastic sheet, added water with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls and painted on the grass. The perfect pearls looked so nice that I took some and added them to my hedgehogs as well. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment using an old Wordsworth sentiment set, then stuck on some sequins with Ranger Glossy Accents. Since I had the Glossy Accents out, I used them to gloss up a few flowers as well.

To finish off the card, I stenciled on some stripes to the back of the middle panel using Heidi Swapp’s Chevron Stencils and Distress Ink Soot Black so that it would show when the 3.5 inch panel was closed. A really cute finishing touch I thought!

On to my review. The SSS cardstock is quite heavy and held the card shape well. Done let my photos fool you, its a bright white, not ivory. True to description, the copics didn’t bleed through to the other side. The downside was that it doesn’t hold water well, causing the card to bubble. Because I used very little water, to get around  the bubbling, I partially dried out the card so it wouldn’t tear, then used my fingers to squash the bubbles down gently, binding that top layer back down to the rest of the card. I then dried the card the rest of the way and the bubbles were all gone. However, I really doubt this card would be good for serious water colouring. All in all, its awesome for copics and I’ll certainly be keeping some in my stash at all times.

So there you have it, card and review. Till next time, have a great weekend!