Masterpiece Color Recipe PTI Stampafaire

Masterpiece Color Recipe Challenge – Woman Adjusting Hat by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold
Stamps: Vintage Linens, Inspired by Grace
Dies: Scalloped card A1

I originally stamped the background to be an A2 card but wasn’t loving it.  I laid the scalloped die over it and I knew it was perfect.



I Will Praise Him

I always enjoy a good Scripture or faith centered stamp sentiment.  Papertrey Ink has been releasing some great ones this year.  I also recently bought this very elegant stamp set from Lil Inkers.  I had been intimidated to use it, although I knew the look I wanted. 

I finally used the florals, paired with the Papertrey Praise Inspired set, and feel like I pulled off an elegant card.  I have a friend who is definitely experiencing a “storm” in life, so I’ve been trying to send some cards occasionally to send a hug by mail.


Lil Inker Designs
Papertrey Ink Inspired – Praise
Misc Cardstock, sequin
Bazzill Black Licorice cardstock
Wow Gold Glitter Embossing
Gina Marie frame dies

Ombre’ Stenciling

Today’s card is playing along with the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #241 challenge.   The challenge is to use ombre stenciling.  I don’t have many stencils, it’s not a technique I really enjoy doing.  So I had to use a very limited stash in a creative way.  I wanted high contrast with my card.  I’m still processing this card, and I may possibly remake another to see if I can improve it.

At any rate, here is todays card:


Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold inks, Vintage linen stamp set
Misc: cardstock, enamel dots
Versafine ink
American Crafts gold glitter tape
Studio Calico: stencil


Today, I created a card that is a little different than my normal.  Papertrey Ink issued a challenge to create a card with nine 1-1/2″ square.  Despite reading the directions to alter each square differently, that just isn’t in my style repertoire, so I had to modify it a bit.  Instead, I stamped a collage (of minimal sorts) and cut it into squares.  I was sure to trim off a bit on the edge of each cut so part of the image would just be missing rather than shifted.


Papertrey Ink – lavender moon ink & paper, plum pudding ink, Graceful Greetings, Morning by Morning, vellum
Misc – cardstock, liquid glue, dimensional foam, embroidery floss

Hello – Grab & Craft Challenge

Today, Papertrey Ink issued a challenge to grab and craft.  We had five minutes to grab supplies and then create a card using all the supplies – no more, no less!  Eek….For some this may be very hard.  I tend to like minimalism, so I was totally okay with it.

In 2 min 31 seconds, I grabbed:

Sweet blush ink
Berry sorbet ink
Lovely lady ink
True black paper
three PTI heart dies
ink blending tool
Scotch glitter tape
a sheet of transparency (to die cut a mask)
black foam
Hello die from wet paint

My card turned out very simple, with which I’m totally okay.


The card went together so quickly, I decided to make a set of five.  In hindsight, while the card was super simple, and I’m okay with that, a little bit of sequins added just a bit of pizzazz to make them better.  After photographing the initial card, I added sequin to them all.


Supplies listed above

As part of their 9th birthday celebration, Papertrey Ink is hosting an assortment of challenges.  Today, I am playing along with the “Fashion” challenge, to create a card inspired by an article of clothing.  I decided to use this shirt that I bought in early summer.  I adore the soft pink contrasted by the black lace.


I tried a couple techniques on this card, as I was curious in doing a comparison.  I’ll show you that below.  I stamped the lace pattern and copied it with my laser printer/copier, then used my Minc and black Thermoweb decofoil.  I’m addicted to foiling.  Sigh.


I used the foil on the laced, but I wanted to know how it compares to heat embossed black.  I bought the black foil initially thinking I could use it to make some business cards for my husband.  Then I got to thinking that it was a frivilous waste.  So I embossed with versafine ink and clear embossing powder on the same project.  The Happy Birthday is from PTI Graceful Greetings.  As you can see (which was really hard to photograph), the foil is much smoother.  Having done both on the same project, I have decided that there is definitely a place for both the black foil and black ink/clear embossing in my stash.


MFT – background lace stamp
PTI – Graceful Greetings stamp, True Black paper, Sweet Blush paper
Scotch – glitter tape
Misc – dimensional tape, clear embossing powder, embroidery floss
Thermoweb Deco Foil

Color Recipe

Papertrey Ink has always been one of my favorite companies.  I adore them because they make me look good!  Ranging from creative gift packaging, to the Design A Softie, the Petitie Places Nativity and lots in between, I’ve yet to be disappointed by something I’ve ordered.

Today, I’m sharing a card I made using a color recipe by Maile Belles, for the PTI challenge.  I’m so excited they’ve been around 9 years, and hope for many more.  Even before I became a full-time stamper, they were the only company I’d use.

I used one of my favorite, albeit underused, stamp sets – the plaid builders.  If I were to do it again, I think I’d switch places with the melon berry and lavender moon as the lavender was totally overpowered.  The lavendar I used to blend on the flower appears to come out of nowhere as it is overpowered in the plaid.  Oh well, live and learn, right?




Papertrey Ink – Vintage Linens stamp, inks
Scotch black glitter tape
Neat & Tangled – sequin

Cooking and Crafting Don’t Mix

I tried to multi-task yesterday.  I don’t typically craft and cook at the same time.  Yesterday, was a long day, and I wanted a little bit of stress relief while I was trying to cook dinner.  Fortunately for my family, the card suffered rather than dinner.

I made this card for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #238 Valentine’s Ombre Challenge.  I have had this die for a while and have struggled using it (as with all word dies).  I finally figured out (I’m a little dense) that working with paper die cuts is a lot easier if you apply one layer to a piece of post-it tape.  Then, using the Xyron X adhesive applicator, I was able to easily layer them.  I think I may just have to do this more often!

While trying to cook dinner, I wasn’t paying attention to my watercolor piece of paper.  I had intended to cut the “love”s with the ombre darkest part at the bottom.  But I forgot amidst flipping burgers on the grill. Sigh….Then I tried to add some enamel dots, glitter stuff and other things and finally decided it was good as it was.

However, I also learned that I really like the Sweet Blush paper!  I had it in my sampler pack for a long time, never using it because I don’t typically like pastels.  I don’t know if my affection for lighter saturations is changing, or if it’s just this paper, but I really like the sweet blush!  My next order will include a pack of it.

I did a spot of sweet blush ink behind the loves, but it isn’t picking up in the photo.  It looks lovely and soft in person.


Papertrey Ink (love die, sweet blush paper, sweet blush ink)
Misc (glitter paper, foam tape, watercolor paper, white cardstock)
American Crafts (glitter tape)
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers