Thursday, March 3, 2016

PTI ~ Make-it Monday and Other Fun Challenges

Good morning paper crafting friends~ I'm here trying to play catch up on some challenges I've been wanting to join so I hope you'll bare with me...
I'll start off with the challenge from PTI where Betsy shows us how to do ombre stenciled backgrounds. What a fun technique and oh, so colorful!

On this card I used Tim Holtz distress inks in Mustard Seed, Orange Marmalade and Abandoned Coral (my favorite color combination!). The polka dot stencil is from Heidi Swapp because I somehow missed adding the PTI stencils to my order when I placed it. The pretty flowers and sentiment is from PTI's Painted Petals. I heat embossed the sentiment in black and added some Glossy Accents to the center and dots on the two flowers.

I couldn't decide which color direction I wanted to go in with the blended background so I made a second card using Peacock Feather, Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio.

I tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to blending. I try so hard to be light handed and I guess my arms are just made of lead. I can never seem to get soft colors. I'll keep trying though! On this card I used Twig Wreath and the sweet new Spring Birds from PTI. I'm in love with these birds and can't wait to play with them more!
You can find all the details about this challenge on Nichole's blog.

In the essence of trying to save time and multiple posts in one day, I have another card to share for the CASology challenge where this week's cue card is "SPIN".

On this card, I started by cutting a couple of stitched rectangles in graduated sizes and did some ink blending on the smallest one to give a foundation for my little Ellie from WPlus9's Unforgettable set. He's colored with copics and holding a little pinwheel from PTI's Quilted Summer set. The sentiment is from PTI's "BE". A bit of bakers twine is tied around the panel for texture. I stamped some black polka dots onto the second stitched rectangle and stacked them up for a CAS card. Since I used an elephant on this card, I'll also be adding it to the City Crafter Challenge ~ Elephant In The Room.

I'll also be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS
Word Art Wednesday
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday
Seize the Birthday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

32 comments:

  1. That birthday card is fabulous, just love the color! (Shading is not always easy for me either. I tend to be too light.)

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  2. LOVE them all Birgit! I don't think you're too heavy handed at all on the backgrounds of the first 2 cards...they're bright, bold, and beautiful!! And your little elephant is just adorable holding that pinwheel...too, too cute!! Great job on all of them!! :0)

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  3. Your elephant card is so appealing! Wish I could pin it!

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  4. It doesn't look like you are heavy handed. I love the colors on the birthday card and like Heidi's polka dots as well. Nice job.

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  5. Oh, these are beautiful! Fabulous job with the technique!

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  6. Birgit, these all are FABULOUS!! I love your ombre cared for MIM...so pretty and I still need to play with those flowers myself! I too forgot to add the stencils to my order. Oh, and the sweet bird...yes another one I need to get inky!! Have a terrific day!!

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  7. Birgit, such lovely cards. I really love the first one and the other two are adorable. And I along with you and Colleen forgot the stencil.

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  8. I like your "heavy handed" color blending - it's wonderful!

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  9. Ohhh, all three cards are simply fabulous,Birgit! I think your heavy handed blending looks wonderful for the background technique~they're cheerful,bright and crisp. The sweet elephant card is too darn adorable too!

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  10. Your cards are lovely and your take on our theme is super-cute. An adorable elephant and it works so well with the PTI stamps. Thanks so much for joining us this week at CCCB!

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  11. Love your hot and cool backgrounds, but the elephant steals the show! So pretty!!

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  12. I know what this means!!??!! woo hoo your PTI order arrived! And girl! you created some stunning cards!! I love your Heidi Swapp polka dots. I bought some yesterday but I like yours better! LOL I will have to google it.

    If I could I would hug your Elephant too giggles. I can barely believe it! I don't have a single Elephant in my room! LOL one challenge I might have to miss.

    Have a great night!

    Patti

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  13. I LOVE your backgrounds!! And I know what you mean about feeling like you're heavy-handed with the blending, as I have the same feeling. But I love the bright colours! It's so spring-like and cheerful ;)

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  14. Oh what a treat to get to see 3 cards on your post! Love the two ombre stenciled backgrounds with the different color schemes. Both just gorgeous!

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  15. Beautiful cards! I love your cute elephant card for our spin challenge!
    Thanks for joining us at Casology!

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  16. Oh my. I came by because I saw your adorable elephant at CASology--he is so cute with his pinwheel, and then you treated me to some beautifully blended colorful PTI cards. Yay--I always love it when I get more than I expected at a blog. I can see that perhaps the cold weather is keeping you creative inside this winter? Thanks so much for including CASology in your crafting this week.

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  17. Beautiful cards Birgit! The first one is a stunner. Love the bright colors.

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  18. Gorgeous cards!! Love them! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

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  19. Lovely cards! The background on your first is my favorite...beautiful!

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  20. These cards are all fantastic but the first one stole the show for me! Love the background you created and those great flowers! I sure appreciate you joining us over at Seize the Birthday for Anything Goes!

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  21. Love all your cards, but I agree with Nancy, love the colorful background and flowers on the first one. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

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  22. Hello Birgit. Three cards and all three of them are awesome. For reals, how very very pretty.

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  23. Love your cards! Your ink blending is so pretty especially on the 1st and 3rd cards. Such a sweet elephant too! I can hardly wait to get home and try some of these same PTI sets out.

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  24. Oh my gosh, it's Christmas on Birgit's blog! Both ombre cards are gorgeous! Colors on both are fabulous blends! Really love that both backgrounds make your sentiments and subjects shine! And shine is what your sweet Ellie does on the 3rd card! Beautiful bg there too, btw!

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  25. Beautiful blending on both cards, Birgit. Keep asking myself if I "need" some distress inks but haven't splurged yet. Your elephant holding the pinwheel is adorable!

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  26. Oooh wow! Eye popping, jaw droppingly gorgeous cards! Had to stop by for a closer look from nbus! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. Oooh wow! Eye popping, jaw droppingly gorgeous cards! Had to stop by for a closer look from nbus! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. All 3 cards are wonderful in my book Birgit...your colour blending is lovely and I really like your choice of colours.

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  29. All three cards are just terrific, Birgit! I think both your ombre stenciled cards are gorgeous and your little Ellie holding the pinwheel is perfection for the spin challenge!! Your execution is flawless! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6!! Hugs, Darnell

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  30. Hey Birgit!! All of your cards are super cute. I love the elephant with the pinwheel. Super cute! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at CASology.

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