Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Heroes Card Drive

Lawnscaping Challenge has organized a Heroes Card Drive and I wanted to do my part for this cause. Please visit Lawnscaping Challenge blog for more details on this card drive. There are some conditions which are mandatory to be adhered to. They will be collecting cards till end of July.

I don't have a lot of cards in my stash since I usually create only as and when required or if I'm participating in some challenges, etc. Most cards are newly created just for this drive.

PTI July Blog Hop Challenge - Happy Birthday

I love the inspiration photo from the Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop. It is just such a sweet picture. Drawing inspiration from the bouquet, here is my take:

Not sure if I layered the flowers a little too low as it doesn't show much of the vase. Anyway, I dry embossed the vase and coated it with glossy accents to give it some shine. The card base was also dry embossed.

Papers - PTI Rustic White, Harvest Gold

Inks - PTI Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps - The Sweet Life, Communique Sentiments Mini, Mega Gracious Vases
Others - PTI The Sweet Life Dies, Quatrefoil CP, Simple Stripes IP, Glossy Accent, Pop Dots

Monday, July 23, 2012

PTI SAF Lights Out - Thinking Of You

I managed to create 3 cards during camp and I was pleased. I'm slow crafter. Nevertheless, I had a great time watching all the tutorials and getting inspired. I was working on this last card which didn't particular fit into any of the challenges. I was inspired by the ribbon techniques shown and also the Stamper's First Aid session.

I had started on this card but didn't like it so I saved whatever possible and ended with this:

My craft table is a mess but I'm too tired to clean up. And before I sign off, A Big Thank You to Papertrey Ink and all the team members for this awesome camp.

Papers - PTI Dark Chocolate, Lemon Tart, Melon Berry
Inks - PTI Melon Berry, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Classic Kraft, SU Chocolate Chip
Stamps - The Sweet Life, BB: Medallions, (Sentiment by HA)
Others - PTI The Sweet Life Dies, Satin Ribbon, Lace Impression Plate, MFT Oval Scallop Doily, Pop Dots

PTI SAF Card Set Challenge

This challenge is to create a card set using either one of the showcased tutorials or designing my own. To date, I've not done any card sets. I saw and loved Jessica Witty's tutorial and decided to use her technique for my cards. The tutorial also features packaging but I have limited supply and decided to recycle a clear box that comes with my stamps.

Here is my take:

I changed a little on the design and I also did a 'kissing technique' using various stamps on 2 of the bigger butterflies. I definitely see myself using this embossing technique again.

Papers - PTI Stampers Select White
Inks - PTI Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Winter Wisteria, Lavender Moon, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Hibiscus Burst
Stamps - Beautiful Butterflies, Tag-Its, Framed Out, Postmarks, Polka Dot Basics, BB: Houndstooth,  Half & Half, HA Lattice Background
Others - PTI Beautiful Butterflies Die, Double Ended Banner Die, Tag-Its Die, Harvest Gold Felt, Harvest Gold Button, Hemp cord, Hot Glue

PTI SAF Limited Supply Challenge - Life Is Sweet

The challenge is to recreate or design your own card using the limited supply list below:
  • STAMPS: Natural Beauties only (or another floral set as a substitute if needed)
  • PAPERS: Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse
  • RIBBON: Hawaiian Shores Bitty Dot
  • BUTTONS: Simply Chartreuse
Here is my card: 

Since I used The Sweet Life to substitute Natural Beauties on my first make-n-take card, I decided to use the same set for this challenge. I hit a few stumbling blocks as I started creating. Realized I only had scrap pieces of Aqua Mist card stock and my Stamper's White card stock were down to 6-7 sheets. I was also glad to find some Simply Chartreuse buttons in my holiday mixed buttons that I bought some time ago which PTI no longer sells.

Supplies Used:

Papers - PTI Stampers Select White, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist
Inks - PTI Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise
Stamps - The Sweet Life
Others - PTI Holiday Mixed Buttons,  Scallop Die, WRMK 1/2" Corner Chomper

SAF Ribbon Techniques Challenge - Birthday Wishes

This challenge involves using ribbon. The PTI design team showed some amazing ways to use ribbons that definitely didn't cross my mind. I don't have much ribbons in my stash so made do with whatever I had on hand. I liked Erin Lincoln's technique and I decided to create my version.

Here is my take:

I am very bad at ribbon tying and Dawn actually showed a tutorial on that and I just had to try tying.

Supplies Used:
Papers - PTI Stampers Select White, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy
Stamps - PTI Think Big Favs
Others - PTI Diamond Impression Plate, Pure Poppy Twill Ribbon, Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon, Pure Poppy Button, HA Mixed Accents, Versamark, AC Embossing Powder White, AC Twine White, Pop Dots

PTI SAF Make-n-Take - Celebrate Today

I was very happy to have received my PTI July purchases on Friday, a day before the Stamp-a-faire. Didn't expect to receive my order this quick this month as it usually takes longer. I don't have the Natural Beauties stamp set yet so I decided to use my new stamp set The Sweet Life. This is my current favorite and will be one of my most used stamp set. Simply LOVE the dimensional look. I'm still trying to get the hang of using this stamp especially the 3rd step stamping.

Anyway, here is my card:

* I didn't realize the submission of this card is earlier than the rest. So I didn't make it in time. Nevertheless, it was still fun to create this card.

Supplies Used:
Papers - PTI Stampers Select White, Sweet Blush
Inks - PTI Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen, Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps - PTI The Sweet Life, Think Big Favs, Harvest Berries
Others - Vellum, WRMK 1/4" Corner Chomper, 1/8" Scor Tape

Friday, July 20, 2012

2012 PTI SAF Meet & Greet

This is my first summer camp with Papertrey Ink. I started crafting only around June 2011 so it's just a year now. Papertrey Ink has become my favorite stamp company with most of my stamp sets from them too.

I'm actually from Singapore currently residing in Idaho, USA. It's been 2 1/2 years since I came to the US and I'll be going back home to Singapore end of this year. Crafting was just coming along in Singapore before I left and scrapbooking was more in trend than card making. I came to US with scrapbooking in mind as I wanted to document my stay here but I started delving into card making first as scrapbooking seemed more intimidating and I really love the idea of personalized cards for my family and friends.

I love the crafting community here and everyone is just so generous with sharing techniques, tips and tricks that I learnt so much just within this 1 year of crafting. I'm happy to be bringing the knowledge that I have and continue when I go back home.

I'm currently using my coffee table as my crafting table, using a portion of the living room for my crafting tools & stuffs:

My PTI Stamp Collection (Thanks to the suggestions from PTI Forum, I can now store more stamps and not worry about space.)
My PTI Paper and Cardstock Collection

Have a great SAF day! And I'll be looking forward to seeing the beautiful creations and getting inspiration from all participants and the design team.