PTI SAF 2016: Take 2

Whoo Hoo! I managed to get another card in at lunch time. Its so awesome working so close to home.

Actually, I did try colour blocking last night  and it is so not me. I know I should post the results on the off chance someone might like them and I get lucky to be picked to win a gift voucher, but that card was such an eyesore. I can now say that Andy Warhol and I are not the best of art buddies.

The techhnique that ticked my art box was the impressionistic flowers. I adore the soft look, the white outlines etc. Its funny but I used normal card for the flowers that I painted, and watercolour card for the base that I only stamped. But the texture of the base lends it an arty feel. 

The set I used was Pretty Peonies and colours were Raspberry, Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy. I used clear embossing powder instead of white as my first 2 attempts with white just looked messy, not impressionistic. Did anyone else have that issue?


Okay, so this was my lunchtime craft fix… maybe I might have time to squeeze in one more card tonight… Fingers crossed!


PTI July 2016 Blog Hop

I am totally loving the colours and textures of this month’s blog hop. The freshness of aqua, the bright pops of coral foiled by the deep crushed mint all framed in bright white and muted greys.

This is my take on the challege…


I finished the card just before work this morning, on a very dreary rainy day. So the photo is looking a bit washed out but with the hop closure looming (and work!), I don’t have time for a reshoot.

The frame is from the Fabulous Frames set while the florals and sentiments are from the Mini Blooms set. I used Colorbox pigment inks in coral, pink, light green and green for the frame and florals then went over the the flowers and leaves in PTI Pure Poppy and Green Parakeet ink with watercolour brush. I like the softened effect dye ink on pigment ink gives. I bent the Thanks sentiment to fit the frame – it was too long otherwise. I think it turned out very pretty in its arched form.

Anyway, I have to love you but leave you as work is a’calling. Maybe I’ll manage another card tonight for SAF 2016?!

PTI SAF 2016: Take 1

Late last night Australian time, PTI’s 2016 SAF kicked off with a bang. Too bad I was already snuggled deep into my blankets and certainly not willing to crawl out of bed on a cold winters night to make cards. When I woke this morning, it was lovely to view all the awesome videos and already posted makes whilst having a cup of piping hot tea.

I eventually dragged myself out of bed and towards the craft room. Once I was there, it was a little hard to pry me out. I started with the good intention of launching into SAF straight away, but got sidetracked when I realised I had new inks that hadn’t been catalogued into my ink chart. What if I ended up using one of them and it ruined a card???

So it was only after lunch I launched into some serious card making. I managed to make 3 cards today. Alas, it is already Sunday evening so while this post says ‘Take 1’, its possibly going to be the only take.

Without further ado, my cards:

This one is for the water colouring masterclass. I used the 2016 SAF Art with Heart, Just the Jar and Think Big. Colours used were Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, and Raspberry Fizz for the flowers, Green Parakeet for the leaves, Sring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Aqua Mist for the water, and Tsukineko Brilliance in Graphite Black. The card still needed some oomph so I went over bits with clear Wink of Stella (which you can’t see in the photo). 

This is my card for pointillism. Let me say that this is not not not a technique I like. This is my third card, the first two being disasters despite how long it took making those dots. In this third card, since the look is not my thing, I decided to make the points quite minimal and subtle. They are actually hard to see in the photo, but they are quite visible in real life. I used a stamp from Mini Blooms for the dots and the Friendship Jar set for the rest. The colours used are PTI’s Sweet Blush and Momento’s Angel Pink.

And my last card for this post is one for starry night. I didn’t want to break in new blending foams so the background was made from distress inks instead using Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick and Grape Jelly. I used the Out of This World set – I really wish it had some birthday sentiments instead of those vague ones. It would make the coolest boy birthday set as the font is fabulous. Anyway, the rocket etc was coloured in copics.

All in all, I enjoyed my crafty day. It was nice in my batcave away from the world. Do you like solitude when crafting, or are you a group crafter?

PTI MIM 256: Spritzed Stamps

Have you ever made a card and just love it? Well, this is definitely one of them for me. I used the flower clusters from Mini Blooms. I covered the entire stamp with Harvest Gold, then spot coloured Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Green Parakeet and New Leaf. I spritzed it 3 times as I didn’t want it sopping wet, then blew on it to mix the inks while on the stamp. I stamped the same image twice to make a frame – it came out so pretty that I was almost afraid to put on a sentiment and ruin the card. 

I went through heaps of sentiments and eventually settled on the birthday sentiment from Signature Greetings II which I stamped in New Leaf. I had that whole ‘add more stuff or not ‘ moment and decided that simplicity is best. So I mounted the stamped/watercoloured panel on to some Memory Box card and viola a simple yet stunning card which makes me look like I’m a watercoloring champion. 

I chose Harvest Gold for the base as I knew it would mix well with oranges and greens. What other colour combinations do you think will look good?