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 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?

PTI MIM 252: Gradient Watercolor Die Cuts

Building up on my first watercolour success, I decided to have a go at more watercolouring for this week’s MIM challenge. 

Perfect timing really as I have a card to make for the lovely Sanae who blogs  HERE. Her blog is full of beautiful hand made clothing, watercolours and candid writing. A few days ago, as part of her furoku subscription, I received a beautifully wrapped package with her newest book, a lovely hand made lavender sachet and some postcard prints of some watercoloured animals. I was rivetted by the story of her journey from normal worker bee to ill individual to awesome sewer/writer.


As Sanae seems very much a blues and greys person, I wanted my MIM card to reflect that. I water coloured on a gradient of greys, aquas and blues and splattered on some white perfect pearl. 

While the paper was drying, I stamped the Thanks sentiment from the Wet Paint set in watermark ink on to vellum and heat embossed with silver powder. When the paper dried, I die cut it using the quatrefoil die and stuck the tile bits on to white cardstock. I then matted the whole thing on charcoal cardstock, sandwiching one of the vellum edges between the white and charcoal card. Lastly, I rounded the edges of the sentiment to tie it in with the rounded egdes of the quatrefoil tiles.

All in all, the card turned out way better than expected, the effect quite a bit more grown up than most of the cards I’m used to making. I am in love with this new colour scheme and can see myself playing with it a bit more. Anyway, its a long weekend here in Western Australia so back to more card making!

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge 37

Happy Saturday! The day started drizzly and overcast – a perfect day for lighting a fire and having friends around for brunch. We had spinach, bacon, smoked trout, sunny side ups and hollandaise sauce goodness on Vienna toast, after which we all lazed by the fire chatting.

After a nanna nap (yes, good food and fine conversation needs to be followed up by a nap), I decided to do some crafting. I saw the Share Joy Challenge 37 on Insta yesterday and decided to break out my new Taylored Expressions stamps and give them a whirl. 
I decided to push myself and go with both the sketch and colours – sketch as I don’t usually pair circles with layered squares, and colours as I never use that combination. That being said, I tried to keep it simple – circles and squares and 4 main colours seemed busy enough for me.


I started with the squirrel grumpling, stamping it in Tsukineko Brilliance Black ink and die cutting it out with a circle die.  The card base was made from scored blue cardstock, cut to a 9cm square then layered with yellow in 7.75 cm and brown in 7.5 cm. 

I coloured my grumpling picture with copics – mainly from the E series for the brown grumpling and table, various singles for for the tiny bits and W series for the grey around the bottom to give a bit of depth. It still looked stark so I went over the white space with Zig Wink of Stella before sticking it to the card base. 


I took more of the same yellow card and cut out a banner, stamped on the sentiment and stuck on the green button. Lastly, I popped the banner on the card base using 3d foam. I was pretty skeptical of that colour scheme but I think I managed to make it work.

I adore my crafty grumpling stamps. I don’t know that I’d use them much, but they sure make me smile. Do you have stamps like that – the ones you just have to get despite knowing they’d hardly get used?

PTI MIM #250: Masked Backgrounds

For this challenge, I wanted to do a masked background that was a little different from using masking tape.

I took the Make It Market Guilded Garden plate and cut it using cardstock as a masking sheet. I originally tried normal cardstock but the inks “stuck” to it too much and didn’t blend easily in to the nooks and crannies of all the flower and leaf details on the paper underneath. So I tried again using glossy cardstock and my blending sponge slipped right off and in to the spaces I wanted. 

The inks used were Distress Squeezed Lemon, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. I think it gave the card a nice tropical feel. The card screams Hawaii to me!

Being short an Aloha stamp, I took a sentiment from the same PTI stamp set and used Brilliance Graphite Black. I then mounted it on PTI Sweet Blush cardstock and put some pale pink, clear and green sequins on. I am totally loving the vibrant green of those sequins. A friend getting married in Bali soon… I wonder if the card would suit?


PTI May 2016 Blog Hop

Have you ever had a card that was so awesome in theory but would not translate to real life? I saw the PTI May 2016 Blog Hop challenge and had immediate pictures of ice cream cones and sweet sentiments. But those thoughts never came to fruition as my watercolouring on stamp skills is… non-existant.

So this morning, in some kind of frenzy, as it was 7.50 am, due to work by 8.30, and I decided that I wouldn’t let that whole watercolour thing defeat me. 

I spritzed down some watercolour paper with water, took a wide brush and painted some distress ink all over it. Colours ranged from Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron to Scattered Straw. I dried the background using the iron while I was pressing my work clothes and then stamped the big thank you from one of my think big sentiment sets using Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black.

I used Tuskineko Momento London Fog ink and the Flytterby stamp set for the background images, then put some sequins to mimic the paint spatters of the inspiration  photo. I wish I had more time but it was late and I had to stick down the paper on a card, take a photo and out the door.

So here is my card, not a bad 25 minute effort. Can you tell I work close to home?


Two nights ago I had a lovely introduction to butter chicken via a colleague who graciously made me some from scratch. She’s a cardmaker too and I wanted to make a beautiful card to say thank you. 

I really wasn’t sure about this week’s MIM challenge. In my head, stencilling seemed like such a 1D result. But seeing the gorgeous pieces being produced, I had to give it a shot. 

I took some bright colours of distress ink to blend with the Beautiful Butterflies dies. The mini corner blue/green was Salty Ocean with Peacock Feather, purples were Wilted Violet with Shaded Liliac, the pink/orange was Picked Rapberry with Scattered Straw, the teals was Cracked Pistachio with Shabby Shutters and the blue/yellow was Tumbled Glass with Squeezed Lemonade.

I then partially inked the Thank You from another PTI set using Tsukineko Brillance Ink in Graphite Black and stamped it 3 times… when one thank you for the yumminess is not enough! The name of the PTI set escapes me and after sifting through my stamps twice (yup, I have a lot) and not refinding it, I give up. 

To finish off the card, I popped it all on to Smokey Shadow cardstock to give it a bit more depth. I likey!