Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Illustrated Faith and Watercolor

I am trying to do some bible journaling in my planner this year. For watercolor artwork, I used the Moments Inked: Edger die to put the spiral edge onto a small piece of watercolor paper. This sketch was taught by Junelle Jacobson in an online watercolor class called The Art of Spring.

Miscellaneous Cards & Projects

This blog is in serious need of a few posts! Here are some cards I have been working on the last couple of months, as well as some other projects. 

I made these cards for January and February birthdays. Stamps, dies, papers and sentiment....PTI Winter Woods. The Snowflake is from a Tim Holtz die/embossing folder. 

Also from PTI Winter Woods, and CASE'd from a card made by Heather Nichols. The sentiment is computer-printed from the Mila Font. I wanted it to look like those tape embosser strips.

These two cards were made using PTI Birthday Cheer Dies and Scene It: Celebration dies. 

I made some embroidered snowmen towels for my granddaughter to give as teacher gifts. Design by Urban Threads. Tags used PTI Wet Paint Holiday.

The mistletoe was a stamp, which I stamped, colored, and scanned, added a sentiment (For your Mistle Toes) and printed out a bunch. Cut them out with PTI Tag Sale #2. Tied them to nail polishes for little gifts. 

More embroidered dishtowels, using a design from Embroidery Online.

A thank you card using PTI Fresh Floral WrapUps. And a sentiment from Neat & Tangled.

A bunch of tags quickly made using the PTI Folded Tags Die. I kind of thought it was unnecessary to have two identical dies...but when push came to shove on the 24th of December, I was glad to be able to cut two at once!

And a quick last minute sewing project..a stretchy knit pjs outfit for an American Girl doll...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

PTI Create Along With Us Challenge

Papertrey Ink has a challenge called Create Along with Us, where you create a project that was inspired by a card that the design team made for the release. There is sure a lot of inspiration this month...but I think my favorite is the fox card that Nichole created from the set Warmest Wishes.  I can't wait to order the set tonite.

I love foxes, and was able to find a YouTube video that contained a free tutorial for sketching and watercoloring a fox, so that is what I did first. Next, I snapped a photo of the art (the iPhone 6 does a great job). Then I pulled the fox photo into Photoshop, resized it and duplicated it twice, giving me 3 foxes which I arranged so that when printed, I could cut 3 cards measuring 8.5 x 3.5, with half an inch of paper left over. 

I then stamped the trees from PTI Spring Hills, using the MISTI to get my alignment right, and masking parts of the fox as needed. The third tree is stamped without re-inking. The sentiment is also PTI, the WinterBerry set. Paper is PTI Rustic Cream. A single rhinestone was affixed. I used a sewing tracing wheel (ala Anna Wight) to do some faux stitching along the edges. 

Here is my card:

Here is what the fox looked like at original size. He was fun to sketch and watercolor, but I would not want to do create him more than once! So it is great to be able to take a photo and print it as many times as I need.

A Few Cards....

I have not updated this blog for awhile. I do have a few cards to show.

I have needed a few sympathy cards unfortunately. The first one is a PTI butterfly die, layered over some vellum that has been embossed with the SU Flower Garden embossing folder, and an older SU sentiment.

The second card was also embossed with SU Flower Garden folder, and stamped with, hmm, a set I can't recall, but is SU as well.

These cards are similar. I used the Poppystamps brevilla house dies, and the Papertrey Ink Spring Hills stamp set.Stamp sets are PTI Congrats All Ways, and an old SU set for the "Welcome to the Neighborhood."

I have 3 grandchildren that were born within 2 days of each other..a set of twins (boy/girl) and a girl. So I made them matching birthday cards for their second birthday. The little girl lives here in town, so we hosted a birthday party for her. The cake design is inspired by a drawing by Junelle Jacobsen (I have taken several of her classes and love her loose, airy style.) The font is a computer font. 

And a few birthday cards, for birthdays that occurred over the summer months, as well as a couple of anniversary cards, a "hello" notecard, and a baby shower card.

The Whimsical Face

I purchased a video tutorial by Jane Davenport entitled The Whimsical Face. I love her teaching style; her art is so wonderful, especially the faces. This was my first attempt. I needed a better quality of paper...I was using a cheap journal, and I know that a nice watercolor paper would have made this easier, if not better.

Saturday, April 4, 2015


I saw these soapbox hand soaps at our new HyVee store. Since I had not embroidered any dishtowels for Easter gifts, I thought these might be a nice little gift. What is great about these soaps is that when you buy one, Raincatcher organization will provide one month of clean water to a child in need. The pumps are, of course, more expensive than your average pump soap, but it is for a good cause. And, the pump is 11 oz., so that is bigger than a regular liquid soap pump. And, it is made in the USA. 

And here is one packaged up for a friend. I used Bitty Bouquet stamps by PTI.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Card

These little cards measure 3.25 x 4.25. Very simple to make. The diecuts are made using Papertrey Ink, Scene It: Skyscapes Die Collection; and the little church is cut using the Petite Places church die.