Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stamp-affaire - Red Carpet Finale

What a day!  We had so much fun racing through all the challneges and we are now experts on uploading and cajoling our Ipads and internet connections to get photos on our blogs and get them linked up with the PTI blog.  And you could just hear the brains humming with ideas and darting about looking for different colors, shapes, sentiments, tools  and techniques.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stamp-affair #7 Runway Inspiration

This time we took inspiration from various runway shots of deigner outfits and gowns along with a list of colors,  This was proably the most painstaking card of the day as many of the pieces are inlaid die cuts. Teensy tiny die cuts.  I'm ready to crash and finish tomorrow!

Pins, Needles and Stitches

Three different tchniques here.  Melissa Phillip's stick pin and one of her darling tiny tags which is dangling from the sentiment.  And Heather Nichol's sweet stamp set: Stamped and Stitched.
It's 8:30 already, which is why I combined all three into one card.  I think I'm going to go change into my comfy jammies!

Stamp-affaire #7 Unconventional Materials


We had a budget of $10 to spend at a hardware store for things to use on one of the greeting cards for the day.  I found this Duck Tape and was sure my pal Barb would use it because she loves all the Mackenzie Childs stuff.  Lo and behold, Barb went in another direction and I thought this would look so cool with one of the sentiments from Lunchbox Love.  Speaking of lunchbox, it's time for some food we picked up from the Deli during our afternoon break.  

Stamp-affaire #6 Mixing Colors

NOW it looks better!!

5PM.  We've been at it now for 10 hours.  Now it's time for a break.  We are supposed to make  card combining a color we love with colors we rarely use.  I hardly ever use "Winter Wisteria",  "Plum Pudding" or "Royal Velvet".  I rescued it with some Zig Clean Color Pens.  When I finished it, I thought it looked dreadful.  However, a splendid California Chardonnay and some crackers with 
Saga Blue Cheese is making this look a lot better!

Stamp-affaire #5 - Mixing Patterns

This challenge was to use a mix of patterned papers that we got in our SFA supply kit.  I thought I knew exactly which ones were my favorites and suddenly found myself going in another completely different direction!   I fussy cut a section from the large rose print to accent the wreath.  And the sentiment from "Choose Joy" fit perfectly into the oval inside my little wreath.

Stamp-affaire #4 Bakers Twine

Challenge #4 is to use Bakers Twine on a card.  The creative process is humming, Barb and I are experiencing long minutes of dead silence as the brains are working, punctuated by 
hystercial laughter as we scramble to find things, paste things, cut things and get it all posted!

Stamp-affaire #3 Patterns

Challenge # 3 started at 9AM.  this time it was to use a pattern to create your card.  I chose #11 because you could use watercolor techniques to create the bold stripe, contrasting that with a horizontal sentiment.  It was just too much fun to color the leaves instead of leaving them as white accents.  Added a  touch of detail with a black Multiliner pen.  

Stamp-Affaire #2 White Wedding Challenge

We were up by the time the first challenge came up this morning at 6:45:  Make an all-white wedding card, using texture and neutral color for the sentiment.  Total scramble through the dies I brought and cut a bunch before I chose the ones that might work.  I gave the heart and the birds extra dimension by layering them.  Not too much bling.  Just one pearl seemed to do it.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stamp-affaire #1 Friday evening

It's the Eve of PTI's Stamp Affaire!

First challenge was to make a card with the new "Fashion Sense" stamp set.  I was aiming for contrast between the formal, guilded lines of a French Renaissance mirror in a showroom versus a fanciful 
Silk gown.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Birthday Cupcakes

My grand daughter's birthday is coming up and I wanted to make something special.  This card opens up to form a cute little "box". The cupcakes fit in perfectly.  A lot a little pieces to put together, but it turned out perfectly! Had to show this one off!

Patterned paper: My Favorite Things
Cupcakes: PTI Bakers Dozen stamps & dies
Watercolors:  Zig Clean Color Pens
Box Template: