Monday, February 20, 2017

2016 PTI Re-visited

Painted Petals was one of my PTI favorites from 2016!  

2016 was also the year of the MISTI, a card-making tool that makes stamping
an image on paper or a die cut so much more accurate.  It certainly was a help in 
making this card -- I also added some Copic brushstrokes and used a .005 Micron pen 
to add a bit more detail.

PTI - re-visiting 2014

I think the butterflies from "Life Is Beautiful"  are the prettiest 
of all the stamps and dies about butterflies I've ever seen. It  certainly was 
one of my favorites from 2014!

This is a very simple card - I made the background with heat embossing and 
gave it to a friend who was in fear that she would have to undergo 
radiation therapy a 2nd time.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Revisiting 2012 with PTI

Another Anniversary challenge from PTI - And getting to the time when I really began 
to get into making my own greeting cards!  

I've used "Sentiment Signs" many times over the past 5 years.  
I was also inspired by the primitive paint concept that Keeway Tsao 
used on her example and it was fun to use my Zig watercolor pens to create a 
confetti look.  Can't help but feel energized when I take a look at the finished card!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PTI Anniversary - 2011

While I don't own any of the sets that were revisited today, I was inspired by the
"Year of Flowers".  I picked the more recent "Flower Favorites" to make my card.
I LOVE, love, love the color yellow and there never seems to be enough  chances to use it, 
especially with the new Bright Buttercup ink that came out this year. --And the daisies 
were a perfect reason to use this new ink with a touch of Summer Sunrise ink.
The rest just fell together.  A touch of Copic pens here and there.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PTI Anniversary - 2010

I was so excited when I saw the challenge today because I actually owned 
a stamp set that was featured!  I think that these sweet peas were one
of the very first PTI sets I acquired and I made a birthday card for my daughter Katie 
with it.  This is another card. in the style of Melissa Phillips. 
 Her sentiment from "Choose Joy" fits perfectly

Monday, February 13, 2017

PTI 2009 Revisited

2009 Revisited -  

I confess I wasn't introduced to the world of card-making 
until 2 or 3 years after 2009.  My inspiration for this anniversary challenge
 came from Amber's card, "Fruitful".
I used a more recent set of fruity stamps and dies called "Still Life: Summer" 
and the lattice work from the Garden Gate kit.  This was fun to make and
lots of yummy colors!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2008 Revisited on PTI

Continuing the fun of scrambling to put together another card for PTI's 10th anniversary challenge!
My inspiration today is a Melissa Phillips creation.  

My best friend and card-making pal and I have a saying:  "It's a Melissa card!"  For me, this means that I pushed myself beyond a single layer to multiple layers, extra embellishments, and sweetness.  For me, a Melissa card is an extra special card!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2007 Inspiration

Today's challenge was to create a card inspired by some of the stamps released in 2007.
My inspiration came from a Dawn McVey creation based on Spiral Bouquet.  I really liked her
layout and used some images from Embellished Elegance.

Friday, February 10, 2017

My Most Favorite Card PTI 10th Anniversary

PTI is celebrating their 10th anniversary and today's challenge is for us to post a favorite card.

I have a lot of favorites that decorate my studio shelf but I think one of my favorites of all is one I made for a Stamp Affaire challenge a year or two ago  I LOVE lots and lots of color, but this is an all-white card, made with three different PTI die sets.  The idea for the design came together in a flash and it stays a favorite because it's so different from my usual love of colors.  I've made many copies of it since,  It's perfect for a wedding day or anniversary.