Make It Monday #272: Masked Heart Wreaths

This week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink involves making a heart wreath by using a heart mask and small stamps.  I just think Melissa is incredibly talented!  She has a knack for knowing exactly what colors and patterns to mix to make absolutely beautiful creations.   It's not surprising she has come up with an impressive video to share with us.  Please check it out on Nicole's blog HERE.

I love Melissa's card soo much that I decided to replicate her design.  I have found a post it note that is sticky on the entire back of the note works very well for masking.  I found mine at the Dollar Tree.  So I used my Sizzix Framelits heart dies to cut a mask.  This technique is wonderful for making use of some of the tiny floral stamps included with many stamp sets.  I used several different ones so I will list exactly which ones at the end of this post.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I removed my mask.  I had a darling little heart opening framed by super cute florals.  Then I started adding the leaves.  I thought oh no...I've ruined it!  I wasn't liking what I was seeing at all!  However, I kept going adding more leaves, dots, and hearts just as Melissa instructed.  The more I added he more I liked my wreath.  Those tiny hollow hearts I stamped in green were the perfect finishing touch!  I have to say I almost didn't add these because hearts are supposed to be pink or red right?  But in this instance the green hearts were perfect to add to the open spaces without taking away from the focal point.

I cut the love die cut out of some handmade paper the kids and I made one Summer.  I used a sentiment from PTI's Colorful Words stamp set.  I originally wasn't going to even buy this stamp set but we ended up doing a split on the forum so others took a few of the sentiments I didn't think I would use.   However, I'm so glad I bought this set as I've used it so much!  I haven't colored the letters yet just stamped it in colored ink or heat embossed it.  I would love to see how it looks foiled!  Anyway, does this happen to you?  You get an item and don't think you're going to love it but once you start using wonder how you lived without it! 

A strip of PTI's chicken scratch gingham paper and some sequins finishes the card.

Supplies are listed and linked below:


PTI Frienship Jar Flowers

PTI Honey Bees Stamp Set

PTI Ruby Reprise (No longer available)


PTI What the Doodle: Tea Time stamp set


Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals

PTI Turning a New Leaf Stamp Set


PTI Inspired: Love die

PTI Colorful Words Stamp Set


PTI Hibiscus Burst Dye Ink

PTILovely Lady Dye Ink

PTI Lavender Moon Dye Ink

PTI Lilac Grace Dye Ink

PTI Sweet Blush Dye Ink

PTI Berry Sorbet Dye Ink

PTI Mint Julep Dye Ink

Heart dies used to cut post it note mask:

Sizzix Framelits: Hearts Die Set

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Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #271: 2016 A La Carte

This week at Papertrey Ink we are looking back at all the various video techniques shared throughout 2016. We are to choose one technique and use that for this week's challenge. There are soo many great ones to choose from in fact it's hard to choose just one. You can see what I mean by checking out Nicole's blog HERE.  I ultimately decided to do the technique I use almost every time I sit down to make a card. Make It Monday #267: Assembly Line Card Making.  Laurie shared some fabulous  tips to use when making multiple cards of the same design.  I very rarely just make one card when I craft.  It really doesn't take that much more time to make several since you already have the supplies out.  The MISTI makes the process even quicker.  It's truly a great way to build up a stash so you don't have to rush and make cards at the last minute.

I needed to make some masculine birthday cards.   I have to admit this is a topic I often struggle with.  Give me a good floral set and I could make cards all day but I'm often at a loss when it comes to making cards for the men in my life.  So I decided to seek out some inspiration.  I found a wonderful card by Lizzie Jones.  You can see it HERE.   I had to change things up a little bit since I didn't have all the supplies Lizzie used but I do like how mine turned out.

I actually made 4 of these but I had to send one out already!    Here is a closer look at the individual card:
I didn't have the streamers Lizzie used so I just stamped streamers from PTI's birthday style.  I stamped the cake from PTI's just desserts with a solid ink but then added some shading to the edges  with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol in order to give the cake a more rounded appearance.  I used a chevron embossing folder on the kraft card base.  I often forget to use these folders but am always pleasantly amazed at how much interest it adds to a card.  I used a stitched border die in place of Lizzie's pinking edge border.   I also didn't have the grounding circle stamp Lizzie used so I tried to make due by drawing a circle with the colored pencils and blending it out with Gamsol. 

I did use Lizzie's tip for leaving the candles in the negative space of the die cut while stamping to help things line up better but I still had difficulty.  My candles definitely aren't perfect but I'm okay with that!  It's the imperfections that give the card character and makes it look "handmade".   I do have a tip for adhering the candles to the top of the cake.  Once again peel in stick comes in handy.  I simply left the candles in the negative space of the die cut applied peel and stick over the top and pressed down.  The candles stick to the peel and stick wrap and can be turned over to apply glue.  Then they can be placed all three at once onto the cake,  I let the candles sit on the cake for a few mintues to allow the glue to set up before removing the peel and stick.

I have one more tip for mass producing cards.  I found these little bowls at the Dollar Tree.  I believe you get 12 for $1.00!  They are great for holding your die cut pieces before assembling your card.  I will have more about these bowls later but here is a photo of how I used them on a card that had many pieces to keep track of.

Supplies are listed and linked below:

PTI Just Desserts Stamp Set

PTI Birthday Style Stamp Set

PTI Ombre Sentiments: Birthday

Momento Nautical Blue Dye Ink

PTI Harvest Gold Dye Ink

PTI Spring Rain Dye Ink

PTI Simply Chartreuse Dye Ink

PTI Cocoa Bean Dye Ink

PTI Fine Linen

Lawn Fawn Stitched Border Dies

Prismacolor Pencils

Inky Antics Gamsol Coloring Kit
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Papertrey Ink Create Along With Us: December 2016

It's time once again for the Create Along With Us Challenge at Papertrey Ink.  The designer's have been super busy creating many wonderful projects during release week.  So the challenge involves picking one of their projects and using the supplies we have on hand to mimic it.

I chose a vibrant, gorgeous floral card by Kay Miller.

You can see more details about this wonderful card on Kay Miller's blog by clicking HERE.   I just love the colors Kay used so I was excited to get creating!  Here is what I came up with:

I chose to use Papertrey Ink's Floral Sketches as my floral focal point.   I brushed on tropical teal ink behind the bouquet just as Kay did.  To make things a little easier I arranged my bouquet where I wanted it on my card then I place Glad's Press and Seal over the bouquet and flipped it over.  The bouquet sticks to the Press and Seal making it easy to figure out where to put the inked  backdrop.  I have attached a photo below to show you better what I have described.   Laurie Willison has a wonderful video that shows Press and Seal in action.  Click HERE to see the video. 

I wanted to add some shading to my solid stamped images.  So I took out my Prismacolor Pencils.  I simply outlined the edge of the flower with a pencil a shade darker than the ink I used.  I then blended out the pencil lines making them softer with Gamsol.  It is amazing what a difference that little bit of pencil makes.  See for yourself in the photo below:

I liked Kim's flower centers too so I mimicked them by drawing in the centers with a white gel pen.

I found this design to be quite versatile so I made 4 cards some with a few other sentiments: 

I didn't think sequins would be appropriate if giving this card to someone who is having a hard time in life. So I drew in little 3 black dot clusters where the sequins are in the other cards.
Supplies listed and linked below:

PTI Floral Sketches Stamp Set

PTI Everyday Classics (2009 Anniversary Edition

PTI Wishes Come True Stamp Set

PTI Keep It Simple: Encouragement

PTI Amethyst Allure Dye Ink

PTI Raspberry Fizz Dye Ink

PTI Bright Buttercup Dye Ink

PTI Simply Chartreuse Dye Ink

PTI Tropical Teal Dye Ink
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