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Do you ever sit down to create, come up with something you’re not happy with, but then you show it to a bunch of people and they ooh and aah all over it?  When that happens, I always think to myself, “Hmmm, your opinion is now very questionable, ‘cos I think this is awful…”  Then I remind myself that everyone’s tastes are different and I may well have stumbled upon a style, that although not ‘right up my alley’, appeals to someone, somewhere at least..  So with that in mind I present my next ‘set’ of cards..

My inspiration for the above was from Gretchen Clark’s blog and this card here.  You will notice that my cards look nothing like the original (ha!!) which was NOT what I was going for lol..  My first mistake was to make the BP coloured instead of neutral like Gretchen did.  Anyway, no use crying over spilled milk, so I’ll tell you what I DID do, instead of what I didn’t!.

I cut the banners using the Banners Border Die and used Divine Twine to ‘hang’ the banners.  I stamped Background Basics : Newsprint onto the coloured CS, and then because I thought it ‘needed something’ (beg mistake) I added a stamped image from Harvest Berries in a coordinating colour of Distress Ink.  I added a couple of Vintage Buttons threaded with twine.  The sentiment is computer generated onto CS and then due cut using Mat Stack #4 Die.

Let me know what you think – Hit or Miss?

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Wedding Peonies

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

Hello again.

I have another card to show you today.  I know I am not very innovative with my cards, but it is a miracle that I manage to make anything, so bear with me on my little journey!

When I first saw this card by the very talented Elena from her blog Just Me, I was pretty sure I could make something similar with the supplies that I had on hand..

I did OK managing to find a light coloured ink to stamp the peonies in.  I used Ranger Distress Inks to achieve this, Antique Linen and Tea I think.  Normally I would have ruined an arrangement like this, and I think I would feel that it all came out looking a bit too busy, but I managed to hold off on this one and the colour combinations worked well together, and so I was pleased with the results.  I added a little flower from Mat Stack 5 Stamp Collection in blue and thankfully didn’t overdo it (bad habit I have).  I then cut a mat using Mat Stack 1, and stamped the oval frame from the Pretty Peonies stamp and the sentiment from the Happy Days stamp set along with the little flourish underneath.  I inked the edges of the whole card with Chamomile Tea Duo and then mounted it on my card base.

Voila!  A card that I am happy with..  You may laugh, but even though I post them on the old blog, I am hardly ever happy with anything I create!!  Oh well, I have to try right?

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Coloured Harvest Berries

Posted: April 29, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

Hello there

Welcome back to my blog is you have been here before (thank you!).

I saw a lovely set of cards the other day and pinned it for inspiration when it was time for me to play..

Of course, as is usual, I didn’t have all of the elements of the original card, so had to improvise a little..

I actually made the pink7red one first, and decided that the piece of patterned paper at the bottom was too big, so on the remaining three I made the PP smaller.  I don’t have the quatrafoil plate from PTI and so I used PTI’s Background Basics: Retro Stamp Set instead which has a quatrafoil image in it.  I tried not to pick PP that was too busy, so that you would be able to see the stamped image over the top, and was happy with the results..  I used the Small Scallop Border Die for the plain card on top of the PP.  The Mat Stack 4 die was used to cut out my sentiment, after I had printed it on the computer onto coloured card stock.  I stamped the Harvest Berried image using Distress Inks from Ranger, which on this particular (non branded local paper shop) cardstock inks well and gives a good impression.  I finished them all off with a Vintage Button threaded with some Divine Twine.

Here is a shot of them altogether.  Not as stylish as the original, but I was happy with them even so..  I hope you liked them..

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Harvest Berries CAS

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

Hello there

I have a CAS simple card for you today.  One layer which is VERY unusual for me.  I never feel like I get the balance right with CAS cards, always feeling like ‘something is missing’, so I pile on the buttons and the paper and the ribbon, and sometimes it can overwhelm the card KWIM?

Well, this card was (I would like to say ‘inspired’, but it’s not, its me attempting to copy it…) my inspiration point, originally done by the Uber-talented Maile Belles, when this Ginko Leaves set, called Harvest Berries by Papertrey Ink was first released..  I loved it straight away and just had to have it!

I used some Crystal Glaze to make the berries appear as if they were real, or succulent as I like to think of them.  I was very pleased with the results of this CAS attempt.

I gave it to my mum for her birthday, and unfortunately now know that she LOVES all the ‘floof’ that I normally put on my cards, and so wasn’t all that impressed with this CAS version lol!!  My DD said the same thing, she prefers all the pomp and pageantry that I normally go with!!  Ah well, they will catch up with the trend soon enough!  Gotta love the honesty of family members hey?

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Here is the photo that we are using this month to spark our inspiration..

I love the Anniversary set from Papertrey Ink called Pretty Peonies, it’s just soooo pretty, so as soon as I saw the inspiration photo I knew I wanted to create something using some of the colours.  On looking back I probably should have gone for something with pink in it, but honestly when I first saw the picture, this was what came to mind, and as these things are supposed to spark our inspiration, I thought I should go with my first instinct.

I used some of the original inks from Papertrey Ink for the peonies which I don’t believe are available anymore, and then went over them in Enchanted Evening ink for the outlines.  I then used Summer Sky by Memento as a substitute for Spring Rain as I don’t have any just yet for the outline only peonies.  I then stamped a leaf from Leaf Prints in New Sprout by Memento.
I stamped a frame using Fillable Frames #11 using Chartreuse (old ink, not to be confused with Simply Chartreuse, new ink colour), and then added the sentiment from Happy Day Stamp set, and a small flourish from the same set.  Sometimes those small flourishes are so small I originally don’t see them, but they can make all the difference when finishing off a sentiment I feel, so I am glad they include them in the sets!  I added some ribbon from my stash, and a Simply Chartreuse button threaded with twine to finish off the card.  I hope you like it and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created!

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Embossed and Distressed

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

Hello there

I have another ‘set’ of cards to show you today..

I first saw these cards on Pinterest and pinned them to my board in the hope of being able to case them.  I finally pulled out my embossing powders and went to work.

The original cards used Stamping Up! supplies, but I used Papertrey Ink’s Larger than Life stamp set, it’s one of my personal favourites.  I embossed using PTI’s white embossing powder, and then used Distress Inks over the top.  The sentiments are also Papertrey Ink from the Think Big Favourites collection (#3 & #6).  IMO these are just the right size sentiments for me, otherwise I feel my sentiment tends to get lost on the layout.

Here they all are together, I think they make a nice set.  My DD who is not normally a CAS one layer type girl, said that she liked these a lot, so I managed to do something right lol!!

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Sending you…

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

Hello there

I have a card for you today that was inspired by this card, made by the wonderful Betsy Veldman.  Betsy is my crafting idol, I should make her her own Pinterest board I love her creations that much.  The original card was for the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire Make and Take challenge.

My card used the stamp set Sending You by Papertrey Ink.  I wanted this set as soon as I saw this card, and have seen it so many times, I am so glad I caved and got it.  I made the mistake however, of stamping my design onto pink cardstock, when Betsy’s original was on a lighter background.  Next time I will use Rustic White cardstock from PTI.  However it wasn’t a complete disaster.  My leaves were stamped over the Mendhi Medallion image which I love.

The stamping was a little light in places, but to be honest, I liked the look it gave me, otherwise normally I would have tried to stamp over it, failed, and then thrown the whole thing in the bin.  So maybe I’m growing and realising that not everything has to be ‘perfect’ to be acceptable.  I also made the mistake of forgetting that there was a matching stamp for the matted layer, and so I freehand placed the sending you sentiment.  It wasn’t until I was putting it away that I saw the stamps and had a ‘duh’ moment when I realised that I could have used the stamp to place the sentiment perfectly.  But hey-ho, I know now, and will hopefully remember next time!

Apart from that, I was pretty pleased with how this came out.  Usually I have no luck replicating a card that I like, so to me this was a complete success!

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