PTI March Blog Hop

This is my first time participating in the PTI Blog Hop!  This month, the challenge is to use sequins on your project.

I made a card for the challenge using Hello Sunshine.  I was inspired by the photo of the stars (upper right 2nd row) covered by all those beautiful sequins.  The dotted sun rays are embossed in Butter Zing embossing powder.  The remaining sun rays are stamped with Summer Sunrise.  Not having a good place for a sentiment, I channeled my inner Jess Witty and embossed the sentiment on a clear overlay in detail white embossing powder.  The PTI clouds die cuts are covered with iredescent white sequins purchased from Ellen Hutsen.

Making this short and sweet so both you and I can hop to the other blogs!



CAS stamping

Hello!  Two posts from me in one day?  Must be the cold weather (aka perfect stampy weather).  This post even has TWO cards, which really is unheard of for me.  LOL!

I'm trying to dabble with a CAS style.  So many stampers that I admire do it so well.  I thought it was time that I gave it a try too.  It definitely is out of my comfort zone, but one can't grow if one is not willing to try new things.

The first card is for PTI's Make it Monday #108 to make Inked Backgrounds.  I used my new  Wonderful Words: Birthday (PTI)  to emboss the word Birthday in detail white embossing powder.  I then created a mask for the two opposing corners and used my ink blending tool to blend Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, and Tumbled Glass distress inks (Tim Holtz) on my panel.  I don't know how well you can see it, but where the yellow and blue meet in a couple of spots it made green (gotta love how those distress inks blend)!  I then added some new sequins that I purchased from Ellen Hutsen and then mounted the panel using dimensional adhesive on a white card stock panel.

I am also taking an online card class.  This class in particular is one that I desperately needed.  It is the Pattern Play class which is teaching me how to use all the pretty patterned paper that I've been hoarding buying over the years.  All I can say is it is money well spent as I have a ton of new ideas and techniques in my stampers arsenal that really are quite simple.  

This is a pretty straight forward case of Laura Bassen.  I had never heard of her before I started this class but will be visiting her on a regular basis from now on.  What a talented lady with a wonderful CAS style.

The card uses the Wonderful Words: Hello die (PTI) cut from eclipse masking tape.  I applied my mask to Soft Stone bitty dot paper (PTI) and then stamped stripes (PTI Background Basics Super Stripes) in Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, and Limeade Ice. I mounted this to a white cardstock panel and added a few sequins purchased from Ellen Hutsen.

Hope it's Spring where you are!


Blue Moon

Hi!  I am coming at you from snowy CO with another card for the TCP Tuesday challenge.  This challenge is a neutral challenge plus we are allowed one patterned paper and one other color.  Oh and lest I forget Alma also is limiting the number of layers to two only (not including the base).

In my mind I was rebelling a little when I first colored this image.  After all, TCP images look super cute with lots of bright colors and patterns.  Lots of fun layers too!  You know what though?  Alma's images ARE super cute with all of the above but they are also cute when you simplify things.

I colored BunBun up with Copics (W1, W3, W5, W7) for this neutral look.  The cloud border die got a workout and is cut from SU Brushed Silver and then layered with SU Basic Grey.  The Blue Moon is the Sunflower Rosette die from Night of Navy.  The patterned paper is from October Afternoon (campfire I think).  The exhaust from BunBun's plane is stamped on vellum.  

Hope you enjoy!  I have a card I made for the Pattern Play class that I'm taking that I'll post a little later.



Leprechaun captured!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  In the Nicholson household, we are always trying to build a bigger and better leprechaun trap.  Look at the cutie we captured!

I made this for the month long TCP Tuesday challenge (and what a challenge it is).  We are to have only one patterned paper ( double sided), can only be TWO layers (not counting the base) and it is a Neutrals challenge (white/cream/craft/black + one color).

This challenge is...
shall we say it....

When I use my TCP stamps...
they look best with lots of bright colors...
and fun layers...
but Alma in her infinite wisdom knows that her cutie pie images can handle a CAS type card.

Well I'm off to go eat a bowl of Lucky Charms and do some productive things for the day (which may include another card or two for this challenge)!

Stamps: A Beary Good Year (retired image from TCP)
Paper:  SS white and New Leaf (PTI), patterned paper from Reminisce, glitter paper from Doodlebug
Other:  Divine Twine and Cloud border die (TCP),
Sunrise Impressions 1 (PTI), bling from stash

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