Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Challenge – Heartfelt Gratitude Card

Hello and welcome!

First, another disclaimer. I’ve done it again and I blame the migraines for both mix-ups. I started out making this for the Transformation Tuesday Challenge, but it ended yesterday. Fortunately, this time I found out BEFORE posting (the last one I had to change after posting) and the Retirement List Set Challenge is still going on and this card fits that one, too. I can’t wait until I can think straight again!!

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 11th Anniversary with a fun series of challenges. Their Transformation Tuesday Challenge challenged us to turn a previous card into something new, perhaps going from simple to spectacular. I had a card on hand that I never sent out because I wasn’t happy with it. I made it back in March of 2015, just before I started blog. It was one of my first attempts at ink smooshing and I didn’t like how it turned out: the unevenness of the color, some blurry embossing and the sentiment was a little crooked.

So I decided to cut out the image and sentiment, add some more color, some contrasting edges a bunch of faux pearls for interest and pop up the sentiment.

Whaddya think?

Here’s the inside:


Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet & Enclsed Heart stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink Enclosed Heart die
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Inks: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink & Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Recollections Ebony Signature Detail Embossing Powder
  • Uniball Vision Micro pen
  • Unknown watercolor paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock – black
  • My minds eye vintage card pack
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

If you want to join the fun, check out this post for more information on the Retirement List Set Challenge and see what prize you might win!

I’m glad you could stop by today and hope you’ll leave a comment as I always enjoy the encouragement!



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Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2014 – Gratitude Card

Good morning! I was able to finish this card yesterday, but was too tuckered out to post it. It’s for Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary – Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2014.


I chose this card by Cristina Kowalczyk card as an inspiration:


I jazzed it up a smidge with a matching frame:


Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz cardstock
  • Core’dinations white and black cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing powder
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner

I’m playing along with the following challenge… click on it for more information on how you can join the fun

I’ll be back soon!



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Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2007 – With Gratitude Card

I’m happy to be back crafting cards again! Phew! This year has gotten off to a slow start. Today I have a card created for Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary celebration – Congrats, PTI!! They have been reviewing each of the past years and the first entry covered their releases from 2007.


I happen to have their sweet Spiral Bouquet stamp set and created this card:


The top of the card ends where the blue cardstock begins…


This is one of those cards that needed more space to lay the card out than the MISTI would allow and I used the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press which made quick work of the stamping and allowed repeat stamping in spots where I didn’t get full coverage.


I tried to get a close-up of the piercing done with a Dritz tracing wheel, but you can hardly see it.  You can’t hardly see the scored lines either, but they do add some extra interest. You can, however, see that fabulously shiny Crimson Copper ink!


I love how those Nuvo drops make such great hearts, too!


Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores cardstock & dye ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Edges 1 dies
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Crimson Copper ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Hampton Art Metallic Copper embossing powder
  • Core’dinations 120# white cardstock
  • MSPCI Style Steals jute
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Copper Penny
  • Aleene’s Super Tacky glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun…

I hope to be back soon with some more PTI cards… stay tuned!



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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Watercolor Like a Master – Thinking of You Card

Hello, again! I’m back with another card from Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016.


This lovely session was titled Watercolor Like a Master. My inks didn’t want to move as much as hers did, but I was able to bring in extra from a palette. Here’s how it turned out:



  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet and We Go Together stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Hibiscus Burst & Ocean Tides
  • Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves & Dandelion
  • DCWV card
  • Sequins: Verve, Neat & Tangled (Tangerine), and Craftin’ Desert Diva’s Pretty Petals
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one if you’d like more details as to how to play along:

I’ll be back later with the final card from the Stamp-a-Faire, and then I’ll leave you alone for the rest of the day. Promise. : )



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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Gilded in Gold – With Gratitude Card

Hello, and welcome back to another fun project from Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016.


It’s been fun taking inspiration from the masters, and learning about some that I wasn’t familiar with… like Gustav Klimt, who is featured in the Gilded in Gold session. There is an interesting video on his work on the post for this session that you can find HERE.

Here is my finished card:


I had fun with the gilding! I took a cereal box and cut out the frame, then just dabbed on the Liquid Leaf. (Warning: FYI, if you have any kind of chemical sensitivity, this stuff is strong… right up there with paint and nail polish remover.)


It was SO EASY and I got a little on my hands which made me immediately want to play, so I gilded my nail. If this stuff wasn’t carcinogenic, I’d consider it for party nails. : )


Of course, I immediately removed it – while humming ‘Goldfinger.’ Lol!.

Tip: If you don’t have gold cardstock, you can easily make your own… either gilding with liquid leaf, or dragging a gold ink pad across the edges of white cardstock.


I used Delicata ink, which has an amazing shine. It provides an interesting contrast to the classic gold of the gilding.


Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire 2014: Renaissace stamp & die set
  • Plaid Liquid Leaf – classic gold
  • Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink
  • Recollections cardstock – white and black
  • Misc. adhesives and cereal box.

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on them you want more information:

I’ll be back shortly with the next session’s card. See you soon!



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With Gratitude Card

Well, hello again my dear, patient peeps! This is probably my last post for today as I’m about tuckered out. Thanks for bearing with me and my backlog of posts. : )

I’m finishing off the day with a card inspired by the color recipe on Papertrey Ink’s Design Team Favorite Inspiration Card by Ashley:



Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst & Summer Sunrise
  • Simon Says Stamp hybrid ink: Goldenlocks (the closest I could get to chartreuse
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores cardstock
  • Core’dinations stone cardstock
  • Misc. sequins and adhesives

It’s been fun celebrating Papertrey Ink’s 9th anniversary and seeing all their fun new products this week! You still have until tomorrow to join the fun if you wish. You can find the details for this challenge here:

Now it’s time for me to take a little nap! : ) Until next time (Which I hope will be soon!)…



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Dress Up Inspiration Tag with Color Bursts

Hello again! Thanks for your patience as I struggle to get on an even keel again.

Today’s project was inspired by Papertrey Ink’s Dress Up Inspiration Challenge – To design something based on a piece of clothing from your closet. And by Simon Says Stamp’s Have a Heart Wednesday Challenge

I chose this T-shirt  as my inspiration:


And made this tag:


The background is made from a Kleenex tissue colored with Color Bursts. I found a cool tutorial on this technique HERE, and decided to try it. This was my first time trying Color Bursts.

First you sprinkle a bit of the colors you want to use on a craft mat. These are highly pigmented powders, so just a tiny dab will go a long way!


Then you spritz with water.


Then take a Kleenex tissue, pull apart and lay on the color, smooshing around until all the color is absorbed and the entire tissue colored to your liking. You may want to add more water as needed. Let dry.


I then decoupaged part of one sheet to a wooden tag and stamped my images over it once it was dry.


I love the texture and rich colors it gave the piece! Since my shirt had sequins, I added some pearls and Craftin’ Desert Divas new heart sequins, too.


Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink stamps:
    • SAF2014 Regency
    • SAF2014 Renaissance
    • Spiral Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Die: Swoosh
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Inks: Elderberry & Sweet Plum
  • Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink: Spanish Olive
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment inks: Pearlescent Crimson, Starlight Silver
  • Ken Oliver Color Bursts: Indigo, Merlot, Yellow Ochre
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas fuchsia heart sequins
  • Queen & Co lavender pearls
  • Plaid Royal Coat decoupage finish clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Recollections wood tag
  • Kleenex tissue
  • Misc metallic paper, ribbon and tissue

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

Thanks again for stopping by!



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Just Sittin’ Here Thinkin’ of You! Watercolor Card

Today I have a quick CAS (that’s Clean And Simple for those who don’t know) watercolor card to share with you:


Papertrey Ink is releasing their new product and has a Create Along With Us release week challenge to create your own version of something their designers have presented. I chose base my card on Nichole Heady’s card, which you can find HERE and is pictured below:


She water colored around the stamped image and then used a white gel pen to add in the stars, so I tried doing the same. I didn’t have any PTI tree stamps, so I used a leaf that does a pretty good job of imitating a tree. : )

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink stamp sets: Love You to Pieces Fox; Spiral Bouquet (leaf/tree), On My Couch Additions (sentiment)
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Papertrey Ink Canyon Clay dye ink
  • Stampin’ Up Garden Green dye ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors #64
  • Copic Markers: B21 & C1
  • Craft Smith card
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhexive
    • I also used Tombow’s Mono Sand Eraser to get rid of a tiny drop of watercolor that fell on the white background. What a terrific tool!

I’m playing along with the following challenges. Click on the links if you’d like to learn more:


Thanks for stopping by!



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