Tuesday, February 10, 2015

PaperTrey Ink 8th Anniversary Inspiration Challenge

Okay, I originally posted this on Sunday, never checked and figured out somehow I never saved it. Ugg!! I hate when that happens. So I will start all over again and hope that this will publish.

PaperTrey Ink is turning eight. I am in awe of the talent of the designers and the owner, Nichole Heady. I have a hefty order a couple times a year when I can get away with it. Their stamp and die designs are always so fresh and each designer is so different that I always have a hard time weeding down my wish list. The minute I get an old design I love, they release new sets. How can a girl keep up? For their anniversary, Nichole is sponsoring all sorts of challenges for the festivities and for this challenge, the prize is your ENTIRE wish list, up to a $300 value. How cool would that be?

The drawings will be on February 15th, my birthday. What a great birthday present this would be if I won!!

This challenge was to use colors  and a sketch to make a card. I chose the inspiration cards below for my card.

To begin with, I cut white card stock into a 5 1/2" by 3 3/4" piece. I then used PTI's "Building Blocks" stamp set and stamped some blocks using Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist and Fine Linen ink.

Originally I wanted the blocks to be straight however no matter how hard I tried, I would mess them up. I finally decided that I would tilt the blocks in a random way so that I wouldn't have to worry about them lining up perfectly.

I then stamped a piece of Sweet Blush card stock with Sweet Blush ink using the "Ombre Builders" stamp set. I adhered it to a Fine Linen card base and then adhered the white card face over it.

Next I then stamped and die cut a circle from PTI's "Tag Its #11" set. I adhered this over a kraft colored, pinked die cut circle and then glued it over the stamped blocks.

I die cut the banner out of Sweet Blush card stock, stamped it with Melon Berry ink and the sentiment with Enchanted Eventing. I adhered it over the circle with foam adhesive.

My last step was to adhere pink, aqua and a melon sequin to the front of the card.

I really like how this came out. I was not sure about the colors at first. I like sketches but color challenges are more difficult for me. I think that it might have been less difficult if I had used flowers but I wanted to make a Valentine so it was a little more challenging.

I want to thank you for stopping by today. Have a great day!!



Becca Cruger said...

This is so sweet. And I say, screw the straight lines. That's really why I'm a "distressing" card designer - because I can just add more things to cover my "mistakes". :D

Taunya Butler said...

Nora, my dear friend, this is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly done!! It is just gorgeous to the extreme!!! Love seeing your creations and I think you can be ultra proud of this one since it just made me gasp with pure delight at its' beauty!!! You are a marvel and I am going to be crossing my fingers for you - BIG-TIME!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

~amy~ said...

How pretty Nora!

Anita in France said...

So wonderfully spring like and delicious, Nora ... the soft colours are fabulous and I love the scattering of sequins! Wishing you a Happy Birthday for Sunday! Anita :)

Miriam Prantner said...

This is really pretty! Love your take on the challenge!

Deepti said...

This looks so cool and trendy :)

maria f. said...

Love what you did with Building Blocks. I just used that set for the first time for a challenge! Thanks for inspiring me to use it more.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is beautiful!

Inkyfingers said...

Wow, this is so fresh and pretty Nora and I just love the banner that finishes it off. Let's hope we'll both be lucky in the draw but I'm still playing catch up!
Have a wonderful Valentine's weekend.
Carol x

Stamping Smiles Designs said...

Wow!! Love what you did here. So pretty. A fabulous take on the challenge, Nora. Beautifully designed!