Monthly Archives: May 2016

Make it Monday

It is Monday so that means a new challenge on the Papertrey Ink Blog.

The challenge is to do a  gradient watercolour background using any medium that would do the trick.  Finding a type of watercolour in my stash is not a challenge as I have several types. but finding a suitable subject for the project was not as easy.  I don’t have any Papertrey Ink cover plates like the one Dawn used in her sample, but I decided that I could accomplish the same thing using multiple  What the Doodle-Feather die cuts.  That was great fun as I am loving all the What the Doodle stamp sets and dies and was happy to try another project with them.

The amount of gradient was relatively small so I decided to let the gradient show in the form of a border as well.  I think it turned out well.  I finished off the card with a glitter pen, Wink of Stella and my other current favourite things, being rainstones.

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In doing this card, I was reminded of why stage actors do dress rehearsals………….unexpected things go wrong when you don’t rehearse in full costume.  On the first card, I decided at the last moment to add the Wink of Stella.  Usually this is no problem but somehow on this card it was.  When I brushed on the Wink of Stella it somehow released moisture on to the intense watercolour and reactivated it.  Did I notice it on the card when I made it……………  Did I notice it  on the card when I photographed it ………………… Did I notice it AFTER I posted the card on my blog……………….oh yeah!  It looks like a portrait photograph where the subject has spinach stuck in her teeth.  Just not good………..

So I fixed it with a little Signo Uniball white pen.  Still, I decided to learn from the dress rehearsal and make another one with the Wink of Stella applied on the feather and DRIED before attaching to the gradient card base.   Too bad the trouble causing sparkle doesn’t show up more in the picture as it is lovely.




Supplies:  Papertrey Ink What the Doodle die set, Papertrey Ink Celebrate die, Zig Real Brush Markers, Sakura Glitter Pen, Wink of Stella,  Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Distress Watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink Rainstones, Scor tape and Simon Says Stamp Card base.


Anything goes with Sandra and Penny Black

Sandra has made a card for the Penny Black May Anything Goes challenge.

Here is her entry:

toadily happy-100 sandra


Penny Black Stamp Set – Toadilly

Pattern Paper – Doodle Bug

Ribbon – Michael’s

Cardstock – Stampin Up

Ribbon – Michael’s

Gem – Doodle Bug

It’s a rainbow from Sandra

This month’s challenge at Paper Smooches is Rainbows.

Here is the inspiration:


And here is Sandra’s entry:

endless Gratitude-100 sANDRA

Paper Smooches

Yup- Sandra is making things

Sandra sent me a card for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge.  I thought I would post it quickly before I run out to work.

too long-100 SaNDRA

Stamp Sets :  Technique Tuesday – Animal House

Technique Tuesday – Believe


Stampin Up Ink Pad

Memento Black Ink Pad

Pattern Paper – BoBunny

Cardstock – Stampin Up

Stampin Up Linen Thread

Copic Markers



Newsflash-Sandra is alive and creating!

Believe it or not Sandra found some time to enter this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I think she fit it in somewhere between work, driving kids to practice, her other work, hockey, feeding and walking pets, raising money to shelter dogs, and helping out a sick friend.

Anyway she is back…………and has a great card to share.

make a wish-100


Stamp Sets;  Newton’s Nook – Winston’s Birthday

Lawn Fawn – Party Animal


Stampin Up Cardstock

SEI Pattern Paper

Memento Ink

Copic Markers

Kylie and Taya

I had a couple of pictures of my granddaughters Kylie and Taya that I thought were just plain lovely and deserved to have a scrapbook page to show them off.

I was also surprised to realize that I had everything I needed in my stash to produce a layout using lavender as the primary colour.  I remembered that  I had picked up some lovely Prima flowers in shades of purple when they went on sale,  because I knew this colour was a favourite of Kylie.  I had recently received the Downton Abbey Scrapbook Kit,  and the lavender papers in it had just the right feel and touch of elegance for the project.

I am happy enough with the results that I think I will be purchasing a shadow box frame, so that I can put it on my wall.


Supplies:  Crafter’s Companion  Downton Abbey Papercrafting Collection.  Prima Flowers and gold doilies,  Papertrey ink What the Doodle Feathers and Butterflies stamps and dies, May Arts heart ribbon, unknown pearl lace, Kaleidoscope embossing powder, Deco Foil gold, copic markers, Zva Creative pearls,  Darice Ostrich feather, Tombow tape runner and many pop up relief glue dots.

Paper Smooches – May Challenge

The theme for this month’s challenge at Paper Smooches is rainbows.

I often find that Paper Smooches images look best on CAS cards with lots of white space.  That is good, as this is one of my favorite styles.  The challenge for me is making something distinct from other cards while remaining CAS.

I need to add to my stash of Paper Smooches stamps for sure as most did not lend themselves to a rainbow theme.  At least at first glance it seemed like this, but I found something that would work and off I went to put something together.

Using a rainbow always makes me happy, but the other thing that made me happy in making this card was the fact that I used my Tim Holtz distress crayons for something other than just testing them out. Yay!


Paper Smooches

Supplies: Paper Smooches First Aid stamp set, Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and Watercolor paper, Gansai Tambi watercolor, Pico shimmer embellisher, Recollections card stock, Hero Arts layering paper card base and Scor tape



Monday Challenge – Simon Says Stamp – Felt

The Monday Challenge this week is to use felt on a project.  I have just bought some wonderful felt both from Simon Says Stamp and from Papertrey Ink.  What a difference quality makes.  The felt I had previously was barely acceptable for my Grade 4 Popsicle stick project and here  I was still trying to use it several decades later.

In fact, I had tried to use this exact die with the cheap see through felt and it had gone all Mission Impossible on me and self destructed.  Not this time though.  Although I am not crazy about the background paper, it was the best of several I tried from plain white and woodgrain, to polka dotted.

I keep re-discovering  some stamp sets that had found their way to the bottom of the stamp pile due to their finicky ways.  With the Misti though, I can now manage finicky stamps and make them work.  Such is true of the sentiment stamp on this card. With the Misti I managed to emboss the ribbon, stamp three different sentiments after bending them to the shape of the ribbon and finally die cut them out.



Make it Monday – Money #249

So the Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink was to use money on a project.  The samples made by Lexi included the art of Origami.  This really intrigued me as one of my now grown up sons (sort of LOL) used to be the Origami King in the house.  There was always Origami frogs hopping and Origami birds flying all over, which usually ended up stuck in my vacuum hose (yes, I used to do this!).

Turns out this challenge was fraught with peril.  First of all, I am Canadian and our money is now made out of plastic which does not fold well at all (by design).  Luckily for me I had some US dollar bills left over from Phoenix (leftover money…….who am I kidding!). Anyway on with the challenge.

I decided to use the design from the Papertrey Ink Love you to Pieces paper pack along with the patterned paper from the Shakers and Sprinkles make the money holder.  That worked quite well.  After that I went on the internet to get a lesson on how to make a heart out of a dollar bill.  Well, several tries later my lone dollar bill had fold lines going every possible way.  In the end, I had to use my only other US bill which was a $20 to make the heart.

Finally the project was complete.  Then I ran into the next problem.  I wanted to fix my photo of the card a bit in my photoshop program.  A pop up window came up reminding me that nasty things can happen when you attempt to copy money and that my application would take no part in it.  So, here is my challenge entry unedited.  I am quite sure that no one would accept a heart shaped bill as legal tender.  At least I would hope not.




It really does work well to use the Papertrey Ink  heart zipper die for a money gift card.  I did not tape the inside down as I desperately need that $50.00 bill for groceries, but if I were ready to give this card I would tape it all down.  No chance of the money falling out and the card recipient gets to unzip the front and discover even more money inside.  I mean who would not want a gift like that.

I did eventually fold a Canadian bill into a heart shape as well, but it took multiple pieces of Micropore tape on the back to hold it together. It will take some delicate peeling to get it all off.  I think I will give it to my Origami frog maker son as payback for my clogged vacuum.

Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Shakers and Sprinkles patterned paper,  Papertrey Ink Love you to pieces zipper die, My Favorite Things Gifting Fun stamp set. Cut & Paste enamel dot arrow and Scor tape




Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I wanted to enter the Altenew Inspiration Challenge for May.

This is the Challenge picture:


After several attempts that just looked so much better in my mind’s eye than on paper I came up with this one.  I was inspired by the mosaic look, the blue and yellow  and finally by the fact the picture was from Australia.


May Inspiration Challenge: From Places Aboard- Australia

Supplies: Altenew Sketchy Cities Abroad, Heartfelt Creations Stained Glass Background stamp, Embossing powder and Cardstock from Recollections, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Hero Arts dye ink, SSS card base, Scor tape