Category Archives: PTI Make It Monday

Papertrey’s Make It Monday #294: Monochrome Color Pop

Long time no see!  I have been away from my crafting space for so long!  My spare time has been taken up with kids, work, and getting a house ready to sell.  But I’ve been craving some crafting time and wanted to take a stab at this week’s Papertrey Make It Monday challenge of making a monochrome card with a pop of color.

I pulled out my Winter Woods stamp set to make some winter cards.  Once we swing into holiday cards, I seem to forget all about winter birthdays and I have quite a few to send out every year.  I kept the background soft with white birch trees on soft stone so that the pretty birds would really pop.  The supplies are listed below.  Hope you are enjoying everyone’s pretty cards.  Happy crafting!


  • Cardstock: Soft Stone (Papertrey); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey)
  • Stamps: Winter Woods (Papertrey); Keep It Simple: Birthdays II(Papertrey)
  • Ink:  Fresh Snow (Papertrey); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey); Versamark
  • Dies: Contemp0 Birds (Memory Box)
  • Accessories: Watercolors; White Embossing Powder;

Papertrey’s Make It Monday Challenge #286 Coordinating Pairs

This week’s Papertrey Ink challenge is to create a coordinating pair of cards.  This challenge was a fun one, especially since I typically make several cards when I sit down to craft. Why craft only 1 card when you have all of your supplies out.  I’m going to keep this quick.  Supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!


  • Cardstock:  White 110 lb (Recollections); True Black (Papertrey)
  • Patterned Paper: Still Life: Summer Patterned Paper Collection (Papertrey)
  • Stamps: Make It Market Mini Kit: Still Life Summer (Papertrey)
  • Dies: Thanks and Hello die (My Favorite Things)
  • Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine);
  • Accessories: Black Embroidery Thread (DMC); Sherbet Shimmer Glitter Drops (Nuvo)


Papertrey’s Make It Monday #284: Background stamping with sentiments

Happy Mother’s Day!  Mine has been wonderfully mellow!  I’ve had to time to hang out, clean up my craft room, make some crafty purchases, and squeeze in a card for this week’s Papertrey Make It Monday challenge.  I pulled out Garden Gate since it needs some love and used the stamp set for all of the images on the card.

Looking at it now that I’m done, I wish I would have used a softer colored grey ink since it feels too strong.  Oh well, live and learn.  It makes a nice background but since’s it’s a pretty busy sentiment, it would have been better if it would have disappeared a bit more.  I also pulled out my Spectrum Noir pens to smooth out the Hollyhock coloring.  My stamps need some more seasoning so the ink was a bit splotchy.  Well that’s about it for what I wish I would have done better.  Hope you are enjoying the blog hop!  Abbreviated supply list is below….need to get going on dinner.

Supplies:  Garden Gate stamp set (Papertrey); Raspberry Fizz, Scarlet Jewel, Bright Buttercup, New leaf, Green Parakeet ink (Papertrey); Soft granite ink (Hero Arts); Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens; sequins, twine

Papertrey’s Make It Monday #274: Pattern Play with Die Cut Silhouettes

This week’s challenge for Papertrey’s Make It Monday was to use pattern paper to create die cut silhouettes.  This was a struggle initially.  I don’t use my pattern paper in die cuts….never.  But it was a good learning exercise since I was happy with the results.  Stretching yourself is a good thing, right? The other lesson of the day was that you can never have enough sequins.  I ended up needing 2 orange and pink ones and went through lots of different ones to find the ones that match hibiscus burst and orange zest.  Now I have an excuse to buy more sequins and pattern paper…hmmm.   Supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!



  • Cardstock:  White 110 lb. (Recollections); Smokey Shadow Patterned Paper (Papertrey); Orange Zest Patterned Paper (Papertrey); Hibiscus Burst Patterned Paper (Papertrey); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey)
  • Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps: Blooming Button Bits (Papertrey)
  • Dies: Mega Gracious Vases die (Papertrey); Button Stacks II die (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and Doodlebug)

Papertrey’s Make It Monday #253 – Reverse Stenciling

I was feeling inspired after completing my June Blog Hop card to work on Papertrey’s Make It Monday challenge of reverse stenciling.  I was surprised just how pretty the reverse stenciling comes out when you use two or more inks and allow them to blend together!  Too cool!  I also found that I could get good ink coverage without using a brayer if I covered the stencil surface with Versamark.  It seems to keep the ink from beading up.  After I covered the stencil with ink, I hit it pretty heavy with the mini mister…probably too much but it gave it a nice perfect pearls shimmer.  I liked the results of the reverse stenciling so much that I opted to keep the rest of the card simple with just a sentiment.  I popped the sentiment up with fun foam and coated it with glossy accents.

I decided to go with thanks since that’s the 2nd most needed card in my stash.  I probably would have gone for a masculine birthday card but couldn’t quite make it work with the royal velvet color.  I’ve got men in the family that are allergic to purple.  They don’t know what they’re missing!  Supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!



  • Cardstock: White (Recollections); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Blueberry Sky, and Royal Velvet (Papertrey); Onyx Black (Versafine); Versamark
  • Stamps: Wet Paint (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: Wet Paint dies (Papertrey); Modern Background Stencil Collection (Papertrey); Mini Mister (Ranger); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Fun Foam (Darice); Sticky sheets; Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Papertrey’s Make It Monday #245 Challenge – Color Isolation

Hope you are having a great weekend!  I got to play in my craft room today and finished up several cards.  My first was for this week’s Color Isolation Challenge for Papertrey’s Make It Monday.  It only took 2 tries to get it right.  Thank goodness it’s only paper.  Supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!



  • Cardstock: White (Papertrey); Berry Sorbet (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Light to Dark Peach Ombre pad (Hero Arts); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps: Out on a Limb (Papertrey); Out on a Limb Sentiments (Papertrey)
  • Accessories: wink of stella (Zig); R05Copic

Papertrey’s Make It Monday #244: Score Lines

Hope everyone has had a great week and is ready to start the next one-off.  We’ve been getting house chores done, like doing the taxes.  It’s such a relief to be done with them!  So I finally got some play time in my craft room and decided to make a card for Papertrey’s Make it Monday #244 Score Line Challenge.  Nothing like cutting it close since it closes in 3 hours.  This is my wild and crazy life….cutting it close to a card blog hop challenge deadline.

So opted to use score lines as a background layer for my card.  I decided to use my Martha Stewart scoreboard since it has the score lines nice and close.  The resulting black cardstock looked a bit like pinstripes.  So I decided to use Fashion Sense stamp set to go with glamorous scored background.  Hope you enjoyed the blog hop and are read for tomorrow’s new challenge.  Supplies are listed below.  Happy crafting!




  • Cardstock:  True Black (Papertrey); White (Papertrey)
  • Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey); Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey); Versamark
  • Stamps: Fashion Sense (Papertrey)
  • Accessories:  Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Gold embossing powder (Ranger); Foam tape