Monday, January 31, 2022

What Do I Do With This?


I'm up on the Papertrey Ink blog today with a card creation for the newest What Do I Do With This? challenge. It's no secret that my first choice with card creations is usually flowers and birds! I'm showing the newest Feathered Friends 19 die set using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and Textured Paste Crackle - both available at PTI. 

Step 1: I used Aquamarine mousse with a Dots stencil to cover the Aqua Mist card base. I then adhered a Border Bling: Skinny Postage frame...positioning it in the lower right corner.

Step 2: Prepping the florals was done by cutting them all from Bristol Smooth Surface paper which tolerates water and other liquid mediums well. 

Step 3: I love to get varied colors by ink "smooshing" with distress inks. For the flowers and leaves, I placed 3 colors on an acrylic block or glass mat, spritzed with water, then dipped watercolor paper into the inks. I dried after each "smoosh" and built up the layers of color until I was satisfied. Not drying between times can result in muddy colors. A final splatter of Permanent White Gouache paint finished up the process.

Step 4: I cut all die parts of the bird from Bristol Smooth Surface paper and covered the main body part with aquamarine mousse. It gives a pearlized look which is a fun detail. The remaining pieces were color blended with dye inks. I added crackle paste to the wings which adds another element of texture.

Step 5: Now comes the fun part of arranging all the elements! I avoid gluing down the tips of the foliage and also added Glossy Accents to the berries to give added dimension.

So... how do you add texture and dimension to your projects? We'd love to have you join in the challenge and post your card on the PTI blog post. Happy stamping!  ~Wanda

STAMPS: Just Sentiments: With Sympathy
INK: Dried Marigold, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Evergreen Branch, Pine Needles distress inks; True Black, Classic Kraft, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Lemon Tart, Weathervane, Hawaiian Shores.
PAPER: Bristol Smooth Surface, White, Aqua Mist.
DIES: Feathered Friends 19, Into the Blooms: Dahlia, Border Bling: Skinny Postage, Stitched circle and rectangle.
OTHER: Dots stencil, Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Aquamarine, Distress Texture Paste Crackle, Glossy Accents.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Layering Stencils

This is the first time I am entering the monthly challenges held on Facebook's Share Handmade Kindness page. Heather features a technique previously recorded on YouTube by Jennifer McGuire then people create something using that technique. January's technique is layering stencils which you can watch HERE. I am also entering the Just Us Girls challenge which has a plaid theme during wild card week.

I started with a plaid stencil from The Stamp Market using Squeezed Lemonade distress ink on Bristol Smooth Surface paper. I then layered the TCW Mini Climbing Vine stencil using Prize Ribbon distress ink. I kept it simple and only layered a sentiment banner over a glitter heart that I die cut from some glitter chipboard.

STAMPS: Just Mason Around (sentiment) by The Greetery.
PAPER: Bristol Smooth Surface; White, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Squeezed Lemonade, Prize Ribbon distress inks by Ranger.
DIES: Pierced Feature Frames, Banner Builders: Basics (Papertrey Ink); Framelits: Hearts (Stampin' Up). 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are warm in your corner of the world! It's now 22 degrees but feels like single digits! Brrrr!  ~Wanda

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Stock Your Stash + Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

Hello! I am playing along with the

current Stock Your Stash challenge at Reverse Confetti where the theme this month is "Love is in the Air". It was perfect to try out my latest items I purchased from their January release: Poppies stamp and die and the Lots of Love die. I'm also using the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and as you can see...I flipped it. I also used the A2 rather than square version.

I started with patterned papers from RC's From Cupid 6x6" pad and used my favorite white card base white from Papertrey Ink. This came together very quickly and I plan to get a second card  made while my supplies are out on the desk.

STAMPS: Poppies (Reverse Confetti). 

PAPER: From Cupid 6x6" pad, Salsa (Reverse Confetti); White, Pale Peony  (PTI).

INK: Salsa (Reverse Confetti), Ballet Slipper, Grassy Knoll, Olive (Pinkfresh Studio).
DIES: Poppies, Lots of Love (Reverse Confetti); Framelits Hearts Collection (Stampin' Up).

I'm trying to stay warm and am enjoying some extra stamping time now that I'm finished with two doctors' appointments this week (PCP yesterday and cardiologist today).  ~Wanda


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

It's Release Day!

The day is finally here when the new products in the January release at Papertrey Ink will become available at 10pm EST! I wanted to make another card using 3 of my favorite items: Into the Blooms: Roses dies + Feathered Friends Mini 19 + Border Bling: Blooming Hearts die frame.

I had a leftover panel of Pinefeather plaid paper so that became my starting point. I have it peeking out beneath the blooming hearts border. I next layered a Love to Layer: Scalloped Circles die cut from Pinefeather paper. I smooshed distress inks onto a large acrylic block, spritzed with water then dragged the floral pieces through it to get a variation in colors. When totally dried, I splattered with water. After that dried, I splattered with Permanant White Gouache. 

I just love the beautiful sentiments in the sympathy sets released this month! So heartfelt! 

STAMPS: Feathered Friends Mini 19, Just Sentiments: With Sympathy (Papertrey Ink).
PAPER: Bitty Big: Pinefeather, Pinefeather, White (PTI); Bristol Smooth Surface.
INK: Pinefeather, Summer Sunrise, Honey Nut, Harvest Gold, Ocean Tides, True Black, Spring Moss, Prairie Grass (Papertrey Ink); Evergreen Bough, Rustic Wilderness, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed distress inks (Ranger).
DIES: Border Bling: Blooming Hearts, Feathered Friends Mini 19, Into the Blooms: Roses, Love to Layer: Scalloped Circles (PTI).

Color Throwdown #677

Happy Wednesday everyone! They say spring is on the way in a little over 50 days, but this weather is not proving it yet - lol! It's time for a new Color Throwdown challenge and the pink, purple and green were perfect to add another birthday card to my stash! I love these balloon stamps/dies from The Greetery and used papers and ink colors from Papertrey Ink.


STAMPS: Balloon Bouquet (The Greetery).
PAPER: Bitty Big: Sweet Blush, White (Papertrey Ink).
INK: Amethyst Allure, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Green Parakeet, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss (PTI).
DIES: Big Balloons (PTI); Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-Namics (My Favorite Things).
OTHER: Moonshine sequins by PTI. 

 We hope you will find time to join us this week! Happy stamping!   ~Wanda


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

PTI January Release Day 4

Hello and welcome back to the last day of reveals for the January release at Papertrey Ink. Have you been inspired by the products so far? Today we are introducing you to Scene Everywhere: Windowsill stamp set and dies.  This one has so many possibilities to get creative!

I wanted my card to be staged for the outside of a house looking into the open window with a pie just fresh out of the oven and a cup of hot coffee! I paired it with one of my favorite vase dies.

The white base layer was dry embossed with a brick pattern then highlighted with some gray ink.

STAMPS: Scene Everywhere: Windowsill, Band-aid Wishes, Vase Collection 1, Growth.
INK: Pure Poppy, Honeynut, Harvest Gold, Pale Peony, Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft, Weathervane, Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, Fine Linen, True Black, Simply Chartreuse, Ocean Tides, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Saffron Spice, Spring Moss, Vintage Jadeite.
PAPER: Bitty Big: Pure Poppy, White.
DIES: Scene Everywhere: Windowsill, Vase Collection 1, Growth.
OTHER: Brick stencil, Prismacolor pencils.



Tomorrow these new products will be available for purchasing at 10pm EST. Get your lists ready so you don't miss out on anything and order early! Happy stamping! ~Wanda 

Monday, January 24, 2022

PTI January Release Day 3

Hi everyone! Welcome back to day three of the January release at Papertrey Ink! Today, we are introducing you to Pattern Party stamp set and dies + Band-aid Wishes stamp set and dies.

These fun circles reminded me of a celebration, so I went with a slimline birthday card.

All of the circles were die cut and adhered to the white background layer. I added some random small florals in Amethyst Allure and used a kraft/white sentiment to match the kraft card base color.

STAMPS: Pattern Party, Perfect Pairs Commodities, Prosperous Perennials.
INK: Amethyst Allure, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sjunrise, Raspberry Fizz.
PAPER: Classic Kraft, White.
DIES: Pattern Party, Perfect Pairs Commodities, Prosperous Perennials.
OTHER: WOW! Opaque Bright White Regular embossing powder, Oval punch, Crimped Slimline dies.

The Band-aid Wishes set was my Featured Post assignment this month and I fell in love with these fun little bandaids! I made two cards plus a gift box that coordinated with one of them.

I wanted the band-aids to pop with color against the black and white Bitty Big papers that are a favorite of mine to use.

I used tone on tone colors of ink/paper then stamped the bandaid outline image in black. I chose this fun sentiment that makes this a non-mushy Valentine or anniversary card!

STAMPS: Band-aid Wishes.
INK: True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Lovely Lady.
PAPER: Bitty Big: True Black, White.
DIES: Band-aid Wishes.
OTHER: Black jute twine, Rain drops, Corner chomper, Snow Drifts die.

I coordinated the scallop top gift box to match the card thinking a small gift for someone who has an illness would be a thoughtful and useful gift (I used tissues, lip balm and throat lozenges to fill it up).

The matching card has a 5" square base and has the quilted tag layer raised up on a foam square to give it more dimension.

That little smile stamp is just the cutest! 

STAMPS: Band-aid Wishes.
INK: Color Box Frost White pigment, Pure Poppy.
PAPER: Bitty Big: Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft, White, Pure Poppy, Soft Stone.
DIES: Scallop Top Gift Bag, Band-aid Wishes, Love to Layer: Scalloped Circles, Tag Sale: Quilted die.
OTHER: Satin Ribbon, Brad, Jute twine, Stitched Square die.



That's all for today! Tomorrow is the last day of reveals so hope you can stop by and see what's new!  ~Wanda

Sunday, January 23, 2022

PTI January Release Day 2

Hello and welcome to day two of reveals for the January release at Papertrey Ink! Today, we are introducing you to Frame Decor stamps and dies + Feathered Friends Mini 19 stamp set and dies + Inside Greetings: With Sympathy stamp set.

To start off the day, I'm showcasing a beautiful new frame with accessories. I began with some Bitty Big: Dark Indigo patterned papers and added a vellum layer behind the frame.

It's hard to see in the photo, but the flames were highlighted with a Clear Star Gellyroll pen by Sakura which adds sparkle.

STAMPS: Frame Decor.
INK: Versamark, New Leaf, Ocean Tides, Fine Linen, Honey Nut, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise.
PAPER: Bitty Big: Dark Indigo, Soft Stone.
DIES: Frame Decor, Stitched Rectangle.
OTHER: Gold embossing powder, Clear Star Sakura GellyRoll pen.

Next is a card featuring the newest bird in the mini series.

My bird colors were totally inspired by the alcohol ink background in
shades of purple with some gold mixative. The trees have added texture by adding crackle texture paste and Nuvo glimmer paste.

The alcohol ink panel was elevated with a layer of adhesive-backed foam.

: Feathered Friends Mini 19, Inside Greetings: With Sympathy, Winter Wonder, Just Sentiments: With Sympathy, Sprigs and Sprays: Holidays.
INK: Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Rustic Wilderness, Wilted Violet, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Villaninous Potion distress inks; Dark Chocolate, True Black, Smokey Shadow, Weathervane, Summer Sunrise.
PAPER: Yupo, White.
DIES: Border Bling: Tin Stitch, Winter Wonder, Feathered Friends Mini 19, Stitched Rectangle, Border Bling: Skinny Postage.
OTHER: Alcohol inks, Distress Texture Paste Crackle, Nuvo Glimmer Paste.



Tune back again tomorrow for some more great new products in this release!     ~Wanda