November 30, 2012

RS #39

Time for another RetroSketches card.  The sketch was based on THIS amazing card by Laurie Wilson.  I just love using kraft, white and red together for Christmas project so today's card features these colours.  Playing with saddle stitch ribbon is so much fun, I find it so easy to create a bow and it doesn't matter if the ribbon keeps flipping over.

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  Kraft
Patterned paper: ornaments (Very Merry Echo Park)
Stamps: Framed Out #9(PTI) Tiny Flakes (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Fresh Snow, True Black
Dies: Framed Out #9, Limitless Layers
other: foam tape, pure poppy saddle stitch ribbon

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Tag 13

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate
Patterned Paper: Pure Poppy Paper Pack
Stamps: Holiday Sayings (Hero Arts)
Ink:  True Black
Dies: Tag Sale #4 (PTI) Tree (Lil' Inkers)
other: twine, gems (Doodlebug)

November 29, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Tag 12

Are you singing yet?

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Love Lives Here Holiday Holly Jolly Sentiments (Lil`Inkers)
Ink:  New Leaf, True Black
Dies: Love Lives Here Holiday
other: jute

DD #30

There is no question that by doing blog challenges it pushes you to dig deep and find something that you didn't even know you had.  I love doing the Dynamic Duos challenges because they push me to stick within the confines of only using two colours but in a creative way.  That could be adding patterned paper, or die cuts, ink or even adding in a sketch from another challenge.

When I looked at the colours for this week's challenge I didn't think I could do it.  These are two colours that are not really in my comfort zone.  As I saw the deadline drawing near I took a look at what has been on my desk this week.  Where I was stuck was thinking I had to use glitter or sparkle of some kind,  but inside my 6 x 6" pad of Echo Park's Very Merry was silver patterned paper.  From there I had Love Lives Here Holiday already out and a Tag Sale #4 die in white that had been tossed aside.  The idea was born and the card came together in a half hour.

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  White, Enchanted Evening
Patterned paper: silver star (Very Merry Echo Park)
Stamps: ove Lives Here Holiday
Ink:  Enchanted Evening, True Black
Dies: Love Lives Here Holiday, Tag Sale /4
other: foam tape, jute

November 28, 2012

MIM #93

This week's MIM video was by Ashley Cannon Newell and it was about splitting your die cuts to give then a totally new and different look.  For my card I decided that the die cut I wanted to split was the Parisian Lace Doily die.  This die is fairly large so I actually removed about a 1/2" from the centre of the die so that my sentiment would fit comfortably in between.

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, White
Patterned paper: Sugar Plum
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments Holidays, Winter Penguin
Ink:  True Black, Simply Chartreuse
Dies: Parisian Lace Doily, Winter Penguin
other: foam tape, Copic marker Y35

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Tag 11

I have two tags to share today, I couldn't decide which one I liked more so I posted both.

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  Vintage Cream
Stamps: Fillable Frames #9, Love Lives Here Holiday
Ink:  Dark Chocolate
Dies: Fillable Frames #9
other: brown twine (The Twinery), jingle bells, button twine


Playing along with this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.
This week's sketch is based on Jean Martin's fabulous card HERE.

I used patterned papers from Echo Park's Very Merry 6 x 6 paper pad which is part of my new mandate to stop hoarding paper.  I need lots and lots of luck with that.  Now if I can just part with the card I would be well on my way to recovery. 

Cardstock:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper:  Very Merry 6 x 6 pad (Echo Park)
Stamps: 2011 Ornaments (Waltzingmouse)
Ink:  Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Dies: Labels 18 (Spellbinders) Half & Half (Papertrey Ink)
other: baker's twine (The Twinery), jingle bell

November 27, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Tag 10

One of the things I love about making tags is that you can make them as simple as you want or as detailed and complex as you want.  Typically you are working with a smaller canvas, one that can accommodate small images.  Today`s tag is made from an older woodblock PSX image.  I die cut my frame from a Spellbinder`s die and popped the image into the centre.

Cardstock:  White, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: wreath (PSX)
Ink:  New Leaf, True Black
Dies: Labels 18 (Spellbinders)
other: foam dots, button twine, jingle bells

CCC #21 - TIME

It's time for another CASology Cue Card.  We hope that you will join us for this week's challenge using Cue Card #21:

It is that time of the year where things are getting a wee bit busy so my card reflects what we should all be doing, relaxing a taking time for a relaxing cup of tea.

Head on over to CASology today to learn what the 'cue card' means to you, how you can play along and see the all the cards created by the Design Team to inspire you.

Don`t forget to visit the blogs of the other members of the Design Team:
Tracey McNeely (that`s me)

and this week's Guest Designer N@ Ali (winner of CCC #19 - THANKS)

I can't wait to see what TIME means to you!

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  Ripe Avocado, Kraft
Stamps: Tea for Two
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, True Black
Dies: Tea Cup
other: foam tape

colourQ #165

Hi and happy Tuesday!  It's time for another colourQ challenge and Arielle definitely did not disappoint with this fabulous, fun and vibrant colour palette.

It is always a thrill on a colour challenge when you know right away that we have patterned paper that fits the colours perfectly.  I am so in love with this fun patterned paper from Doodlebug Winter Wonderland.  No photo does it justice with just the right amount of sparkle.

We hope that you come a play with us this week at the colourQ and while you are there make sure to visit the blogs of the rest of the Design Team to see their fabulous creations.

Cardstock:  White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink) Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up)
Stamps: Holiday Ornaments Fancy Notes (retired Hero Arts) Do Not open (Neat & Tangled)
Ink:  New Leaf (PTI) Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Limitless layers Squares
other: white embossing powder, foam tape

November 25, 2012

Little Tangles #1

By now I am sure you are aware of the fantastic stamps at Neat & Tangled.  I kid you not they stamp beautifully every time.  Now there is a new challenge blog at Neat & Tangled called Little Tangles and today I am here to share my card for their first ever challenge Say Hello!

I have quite a few Neat & Tangled stamp sets, but I seemed to be lacking a 'hello', for just that reason Neat & Tangled has supplied a a couple free digital images to get us started.  I chose the hello image and then just used the word hello, then I went through all my sets and found as many combinations as I could to create a card to tell someone hello and how great I think they are.  In my case I am saying hello to Neat & Tangled and I think their stamps are pretty great.

Cardstock:  White, Limeade (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Kindness Matters, Sweet Home, Little Bear, Elvs at Work (Neat & Tangled)
Ink:  Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky, Hibiscus Burst, Winter Wisteria, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest, New Leaf, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)
Digital Image: hello (Neat & Tangled)

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - November & 25 Days of Christmas Tags - Tag #9

This month's we were challenged with Cover Art Inspiration which was descibed like this:

Have you every been inspired to get paper crafting after browsing the shelves at the book store?  Or excited by the cover of a particular catalog when it arrives in the mail?  Cover art is a wonderful source of inspiration and it can be found all around you.  Your challenge is to select one of my favorite covers above (or a cover of your own) and use it as inspiration to create a really unique project. 
Although I am inspired by cover art of all kinds, I never really put that inspiration to task.  When it got down to the wire I started asking myself what really inspires me.  Look no further than my coffee table that usually has a Pottery Barn catalog on it.  Once the new catalog arrives, the old catalog goes into the magazine basket beside the couch.  So for my projects today I used the December 2011 catalog for inspiration. is my card and tag.

 I decided to miniaturize my card to makes today's Christmas tag.

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock:  Vintage Cream
Stamps: Love Lives here: Holidays, Peace, Love & Joy, Borders and Corners: Hearts, Tag Its #9, 2010 Holiday Tags
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate
Dies: Tag Sale #5
other: foam tape, brown pencil crayon, brown twine (The Twinery)