Monday, 20 February 2017

Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here new home card

Helle everyone,

I hope you had a good weekend and are refreshed and ready for another week on the merry go land of life. I'm continuing with the celebrations over at Papertrey Ink and we've reached 


so I pulled out a set that I loved when it came out in 2010 called Love Lives Here, and used my favourite pink, aqua and lilac colour combo.

1) Die cut a stitched rectangle and stamp 2 of the houses near the top in green and lilac ink.

2)  Stamp the love lives here sentiment in green ink and then snip the happy from the new home sentiment from Keep it Simple: Home stamp set with a little scissor surgery, and stamp over two lines in pink and lilac ink.

3) Emboss the panel with the PTI Canvas and Linin Impression Plate to give some texture.

4) Die cut a house from pink card and stamp one of the houses in white ink. Die cut 3 more houses from scrap card and stack them beneath the pink one to give some dimension, and stick it in the centre of the 2 stamped houses.

5) Now promise not to laugh at the next bit, but it is about as shabby chic as I can get, in homage to Melissa Phillips who designed the set and is the shabby chic Queen lol! I took a rectangle of white card to use as a mat and tore the edges with a tearing ruler before lightly inking the edges with pink ink. Well I think it is a bit shabby!

6) Finish off by adding 3 little hearts and adhering the panel to the base card, raising it on fun foam.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Papertrey Ink Out of this World new baby card

Hello everyone, 

I'm really enjoying the festivities over at Papertrey Ink, and haven't had my mojo in such good tune for ages. I've reached 2011, when the Boy Basics sets were released. I've made this fun card with the Out of this World set for a young friend who is pregnant and has just been told she is expecting a boy.

1) Paint a planet background with watercolours and speckle some water over it. When it is dry, die cut it with a stitched circle die.

2) Stamp and die cut the rocket and colour it in. Stamp, colour and fussy cut the fire trail.

3) Die cut a stitched rectangle and stamp the 321 sentiment towards the bottom of the panel, and stamp the rest of the sentiment from Hooray in red beneath it.

4) Layer everything up and add a few little stars to finish it off.

I'd like to play along with

Friday, 17 February 2017

Papertrey Ink Birds of a Feather baby card

Hello everyone,

I'm all out off kilter with the years, but I have a card here for the Papertrey Ink celebrations for 2008. I got the Birds of a Feather stamp in 2008 when I first discovered Papertrey Ink. I really didn't use the set enough, so I pulled it out and came up with this new baby card.


1) Cut the PTI Tag Sale: Quilted die with Aqua Mist Striped paper and emboss it with a Crafter's Companion Patchwork Quilt embossing folder.

2) Take a sanding block and sand the paper back to highlight the quilt effect.

3) Stamp the nest, eggs and just hatched stamps from Birds of a Feather onto a small square of white card and ink the edges with aqua mist ink.

4) Cut a stitched square and mat the nest image onto it before raising it onto the quilt tag with foam tape.

5) Place the tag on the base card after stamping the sentiment from Hanging Out, and finish off with a bow made from Aqua Mist twill ribbon.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Papertrey Ink Quilled Elegance birthday card

Hello and welcome. I hope you had a good Valentine's Day and that someone surprised you with a little love token. I was lucky enough to get some flowers and a lovely card from my DH, -  at least I think I know it was from him, because the tradition is for it to be signed 'from your Valentine'. Is that just a British custom I wonder?  How are your cards signed? 

Anyway, it is over for another year but we have another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More to brighten your day and this time we have a Clean and Simple challenge for you.

This is my card

 1) Cut a piece of white card and stamp the long stamp from the Papertrey Ink Quilled Elegance stamp set with Versamark ink and heat emboss it with white detail powder. I've had this stamp set since it came out in 2012 and it doesn't get enough use!

2) Watercolour the flowers ( I used aqua mist and mint julep ink that I squished on a block, and then picked up with a damp paintbrush).

3)When it is dry, die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and then emboss it with the PTI Canvas Impression Plate, to add some texture.

4) Die cut some aqua card with the PTI Fillable Frames #10 die, and stamp and emboss in white with the matching frame stamp.

5) Stamp and emboss the greeting from PTI Signature Greetings 2 in the centre of the frame and and then layer everything onto the base card.

6) Add a few pearls to finish it off. I've taken to colouring my white pearls with alcohol pens so they match the colour scheme of my card, and I find it works really well. It saves space and money so that's a win in my book!

Why not visit the ATSM Blog to see some great inspiration from the Team and play along with us this time.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Papertrey Ink Life stamp set thank you card

Hello everyone,

I'm trying to keep up with the Papertrey Ink celebrations and one of my favourite stamp sets from 2009 was Lisa Johnson's 'Life' stamp set.


One of the reasons I like it is that the silhouette images do not require colouring so you can concentrate on making a nice background.

For this one I used Brusho powder and stamped the images over it.

The sentiment came from Heart 2 Heart #3.

I'd like to play along with

Right Click to Save!

Uniko Studio Challenge - anything goes

Short and sweet today, and thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Papertrey Ink Text Boxed birthday card

Hello everyone, and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I am enjoying a rare Sunday at home without any visitors, so I am tucked in my craft room playing, and I have to confess that I am still in my PJs and it is lunchtime. Isn't it great to slob around? Anyway, I had time to catch up with things over at Papertrey Ink, and they have started the celebrations for their 10th Anniversary. 

They have been looking back at some of their earlier stamp sets and asked if anyone who had them would like to play along. I have the Text Boxed set so whipped up this card so I could join in.

I stamped the flower stamp with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder, before sponging with raspberry fizz and hibiscus burst ink.

The sentiment is from Hooray.

Short and sweet today because I need to jump in the shower.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Crafty Individuals and Clearly Besotted Holly Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the February Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers. All our Christmas Challenges this year are Anything Goes but you also have the option to use our twist, and this time that is Holly!

You have a month to play along with us and one lucky winner will receive a $15 discount to the Happy Little Stamper Store.

I came up with this card

1) Put Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade distress ink onto a mat and spritz with water to get them moving, before smooshing some white card through, lifting it, and then leaving it to dry. Once dry, go in with a damp brush and some yellow and green DI to paint the holly leaves, and use a red ink on the berries.

2) Once it is dry, stamp with black Versafine ink and emboss with clear powder using the Holly Script stamp from Crafty Individuals.

3) Fussy cut the image and mat it onto black and then white card.

4) Die cut some red card with a stitched rectangle die, then stamp and white emboss the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments. Draw dashed lines around the panel with a white gel pen.

5) Die Cut and stamp some holly sprigs from the Clearly Besotted Little Pudding set, shape them and colour the berries with a red pen.

6) Assemble the card and finish off by coating the holly leaves with  a couple of coats of Spectrum Noir Clear sparkle pen, and add glossy accents to all the berries.

I'm embarrassed to say how many years I've had this stamp in my stash without using it, but I do remember that I bought it on my first visit to a Craft Show so that must be 8 or 9 years ago! It feels really good to use it.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x


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