Thursday, September 25, 2014

PTI September Blog Hop

This month's PTI Blog Hop is an inspiration photo challenge.  Check out the gorgeousness that Nichole Heady has found to inspire us to get crafty:

So what do you think about that photo!  Isn't it just lovely?  I really like the pattern on the pail, the softness of the knit sweater, the purple berries, and the cool color palette.  What's not to like, right?  So let's get to some projects!

I started with the pail as inspiration.  I pulled out some embossing paste, tinted it grey, and used the PTI Twist cover plate as a stencil.

I added a sentiment from the Beautiful Brushstrokes kit, Sweet Life die cuts, Scribble Circle die cuts, some splatters of ink, and finished with a few drops of Glossy Accents to add some interest.

While I had the embossing paste out, I used another stencil to make an angled ombre(ish) pattern for this card:

I kept the card CAS, adding an ombre-inked die cut sentiment and some color-coordinated homemade enamel dots using Betsy Veldman's clever technique.

And, since I had all the stencils out, I decided to try an inking technique to make a colorful background for this card:

I used another sentiment and more die cuts from the Beautiful Brushstrokes kit.  I also crocheted a stand of grey yarn to use for the bow.  I really like the soft touch the yarn lends to the project.

The pattern of the pail made me think of Betsy Veldman's Luxe Letterpress impression plate.  I started with a lavender moon panel and masked off around the center panel to stamp the floral pattern.  When I was done, I decided it was all too monochromatic (i.e. boring :), so I used the coordinating die to cut the center of the panel out and die cut the letter L from the center.  To finish, I positioned the center piece underneath an ivory impressed panel.

Lastly, I have a card using the interesting technique from this week's Make-It-Monday challenge.  Danielle Flanders showed us a neat way to craft with toilet paper.  Yes, I said toilet paper!  Image that!  If you would like to check out the video, the challenge, or the great projects made with toilet paper, you can find it all right here.

I added some color to my toilet paper medallion using splash inks.  I used Marybeth's idea of adding my medallion behind the card's front panel.  I like the finished look doing so lends to the project.  Thanks for the inspiration, Marybeth!

That's all for me today.  Thanks ever so much for stopping by!  Happy Hopping!