Buttonhole Bouquets!

Margaret CAm I the only one that’s finding these Papertrey Ink challenges hard ?!!

This bouquet challenge stumped me at first because it asked for  ‘a bouquet created with more than one floral stamp set

I don’t have a HUGE amount of floral stamps – the ones I have get pretty heavy use, but not a vast choice when you consider style and size…. So I cheated a bit and used a wee stamp from the Year of Flowers Collection set as the background to my big flower.

And I was SOOOO chuffed with myself when I came up with this card design !!!! So chuffed !! Y’see, I’m not a pretty-pretty floral girl, and I don’t really have the knack of pretty-pretty cards… especially with florals. Hey, I’m okay with it ! So when this idea jumped in, I grabbed it with both hands. I think it would be great if a male family member/close friend was getting married.

Deets are:

Papertrey’s Friends Til the End and Year of Flowers – the Collection


Never used schtuff….

The next challenge on the PTI Anniversary roller-coaster is a challenge to use something PTi that you’ve never used/rarely used. Well….. I only have a couple of sets that I’ve not got round to using and Background Basics Text Style is one such set. I LOVE text stamps and have a few yet have never used this set. I think chiefly because the text stamps are quite narrow and I usually use text as a background and I hate trying to line everything up and…and… and… and I should have used this set ages ago! They line up like a dream and I particularly love the fact you can read the text !!! I’m sure it’ll become a firm favourite….


Anyhow, I used a few bits of PTI schtuff here – Background Basics Text Style, Beautiful Blessings and the butterfly die


…. hear that?

That’s the sound of me passing my comfort zone and leaving it far,far behind….

So it’s PTI’s 8th anniversary and I love PTI ! I reallllly needed to make some cards (having just been doing bits and pieces for the past year, there is NO surplus…!)  so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and enter a couple of the challenges. This is the challenge for the first day – card sketch AND colour scheme. Hmmmmm….. Card sketches don’t frighten me, colour schemes do. Especially when they are pretty bright, like many of the PTi schemes were. But it’s a CHALLENGE, so that’s exactly what I did, challenged myself….Margaret C


Just in case you can’t tell, I used the 3rd colour scheme, and the 7th sketch.

It probably would have worked better if I had the actual inks…. or maybe I still wouldn’t particularly like it. Oh well !!

I do love the fading background pattern, and I do love the white embossed flower. Will be using these again !!

So, deets:

I use PTI’s Friends Til the End  and Guidelines, so that’s me qualified to enter….

This is the Wishlist competition – oh my !! Yup, as long as my arm, so fingers crossed – if I win with this card, then suddeny it will become my most favourite card ever !!!

CASEing Maile Belles

oooh, there’s a hardship….

‘cos I’ve never CASEd Ms. Belles before….

…nope, not me….

(yup, lying through my teeth)

Maile Belles is probably my favourite PTI artist. Every month she produces clean and simple and FRESH. Every month, I look at her stuff and think ‘yup, could do that’ so the challenge in this is to just pick one !!!

I went with the One Layered Wonders at an Angle post she did last year – just not one layered ! And it went together so fast and easy ! I can see more of these in the near future !

Margaret C

i used 3 PTI sets, the flower is Friends Til The End, the background is A Little Argyle and Simple Sentiments finish it off.

Posting as I go….

I’ve decided that, unless I’m entering a particular challenge, I’m posting my cards on this ‘ere blog as I make them. Here’s a couple I made last weekend;

Margaret C

Image: Wetlands by Stampin’Up

Margaret C

Pattern; Papertrey Inks Guidelines

Flower: Peaceful Petals by Papertrey Ink

Sentiment: umm….. ?

Best Fishes…

I was commisioned to make a fisherman’s card for a 60 yr old. I think this hits the targets !!

*Image: fisherman and fishes (behind 60) – Papermania (Man’s World?)

Diecuts: Papertrey Ink By the Number

I hadn’t originally thought about this image, wanting to use another polyer image. However, I have had a storage issue. I keep my stamps on both sides of CD cases, and the top layer of polymer on one stamp has stuck to the top of another stamp and ruined it 😦 So today will be spent putting acetate sheets in all my CD cases. Miffed, but hopefully that’ll sort it.

Have a great day !

Pink Birthday

Margaret CThis is a birthday card for my bestie, Liz. It’s a CASE of this card by Chat ( cool name !!) LOTSA layering !

*Images: Mehndi Medallion Mini Set by Papertrey Ink

*Sentiment: old Hero Arts  – this is one of the first stamps I ever bought !

Fusion Card Challenge #4

First time I’ve ever played with this challenge ! Check it out here !

I chose to use both the sketch and the colours from the picture to create this:

Margaret C

*Butterflies: Papermania

* Sentiment and dies: Papertrey Ink

Gosh, this card is so beyond my colour comfort zone ! I picked out the distress inks I had in the colours of the picture and smooshed them on my craft mat before spritzing with water and dragging my cardstock through it. I LOVE this technique;it looks so arty for something so simple !! After mounting my stamped panel, I thought it looked too stark on the plain white background so I did a second generation stamping using the same stamp and the distress inks – it just lifted the white from the white.

Anyhow, I like ! maybe I should come out of the comfort zone more often…


Birdy Birthday

Margaret C

I love this colour scheme !

I also love the layout, which is a straight CASE from Maille Belles over at Simply Stamped – that girl has talent !

I used Papertrey Ink’s Little Bitty Birds and All Booked Up stamp sets, paired with the Mat Stack 3 die. The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse’s Half Pint Heroes.

Twilight Blessings

No, not that Twilight !! Ok, I admit the books were a guilty treat, but Bella was such a sap, and the whole ‘Renesmee’ thing was icky wierd….. No, proper twilight – the half-light between day and night. The Scots word for it is ‘gloaming’ which is rather lovely and mystical in my opinion.

Margaret Clark

I CASEd this card from Heather Telford – one layer inky-inky, gotta be a Heather CASE ! If I’m honest, I’m not sure I have the balance between dark and white right – I got a bit carried away ! Anyhow, this is for my SIL’s birthday, perhaps she won’t notice…. 🙂

Edited; she loved it and said “oh, yes, that’s another one of yours getting a frame…!”

Images : Fern and dragonfly ? Vine is Papertrey Ink’s Basic Borders

Sentiment: Papertrey Ink’s Beautiful Blessings

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