Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hexagons 2 Ways ~ CAS-ual Fridays #33

I didn't think I had it in me, but I'm getting in one more blog post and challenge before the end of the year!  Today I played with CAS-ual Fridays "Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String" challenge!  {Are you singing that song in your head?  I am:)}  This challenge is a two-weeker, so there's still time to play along!
I just got a new set from PTI.  The set is called Rosie Posie, but for me it's all about the hexagons.  My first card is a simple one with the hexagons in all their graphic glory.  It's hard to tell in the pic, but the hexagon strip is actually two "arms" that are tied together at the button (kind of like a gate fold).  I finished off with one of my favorite sentiment stamps from W9 Plus.  It's unbelievable how clean and crisp the sentiments stamp!  
Since I already had all my stuff out, I did up one more card.  I used the same stamp sets and same basic supplies, with a totally different look!  
The first time I saw those hexagon stamps, I knew I had to try a rosette! Almost any linear pattern is suited for rosettes.  Love how it turned out so bold and graphic! 
To go along with the tied up with string theme, I did a fold-over, notepad-style treatment at the top.  Easy to do with my MS score board and my small hole puncher.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that everyone has a happy and safe New Year's Eve!  Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Rosie Posie (Papertrey Ink), Very Vintage Greetings (W9 Plus)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Chipboard, Razmataz Berry, Seabreeze (Mark's Finest Papers)
Embellishments: Button, baker's twine (The Twinery)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #76

Today I'm playing with Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #76 with a project I've never done before!  Before we move on to my project, here's the great sketch for this week!
Inspired by the sketch, I decided to do a variation of a photo glass ornament.  

For those of you not familiar with these ornaments, they are made with the empty glass ornaments you can find at any craft store.  Here's the quickie version of how they are put together: Cut a clear piece of plastic (like a transparency) in the shape below (adjust the width to fit the size of your ornament).  Glue your image to the cut transparency.  Carefully roll the transparency and slip it into the top of the ornament (the tab part will stick out the stem and keep it from shifting).  Coax the rolled transparency open with a pair of tweezers.  Add the snow and pop the hanger back on.  

Instead of a photo, I used stamped, colored, and fussy-cut pieces from the WMS Cottage Home set.  The cottage seemed lonely so I added two Christmas trees from a PTI set.  

For coloring, I used traditional greens and reds.  

I couldn't decide which type of snow I liked best, so I used a mix of two types of snow that I found at Michaels.  One type is fluffy and the other type is flaky and iridescent.    

Because the stamped images are glued to a clear transparency, the back side was not looking pretty.  I could have left it blank, but I decided instead to stamp, color, and fussy-cut another set of images.  This time I used a completely different color scheme just for fun! 

To match the WMSC sketch, I added die cut holly leaves and berries on each side of the ornament.  This project is fairly easy, but be warned that the snow will get everywhere.  That stuff is worse than glitter!  I'm off to vacuum myself off and then it's to bed for me.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

{Aloha, jj}

Stamps: A Cottage Home (Waltzingmouse Stamps), Home for the Holidays (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics
Paper: White (Marks Finest Papers), Clear Cardstock, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Embellishments: Frosty Snow and Snowflakes (Buffalo Snow), Glass ornament (Michael's)
Tools: Holly Leaf/Berry die (PTI)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Moxie Fab Challenge ~ Happy Birthday Stitched Rosette

Stopping in again with another rosette card for the Moxie Fab's Championing Award Medallions Challenge
This card is pretty straight forward and what you see is what you get!  The borders are stitched for a little bit of texture and color.  And a colorful shiny button was added for the center.     
The only "trick" to this card is a little hard to see from the pictures.  I wanted to do a rosette stack without it being too high.  As you can see from the side view, the rosette itself does not stand too high off the base.  To achieve this look, I only used a ring for the pink layer (no center).  I also placed the folds of the pink layer within the folds of the green layer.  This gives a flatter rosette without flattening the actual folds.     
I didn't have quite the right sentiment, so this one is printed.  Aside from wrestling with the rosettes and the glue gun, this card was pretty easy to put together.  And it was fun to work on something besides holiday cards:)  Thanks for visiting!

{Aloha, jj}

Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Blue (Marks Finest Papers), Pink, white, chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
Embellishments: Button from stash
Tools: Scoreboard (Martha Stewart), Sewing machine, hot glue gun
Font: Blackjack

Friday, November 25, 2011

Triple Challenge

Thanksgiving was a whirlwind but I snuck in one card!  And with this card, I'm playing with 3 different challenges ~ Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #74, CAS-ual Fridays CFC #29, and Moxie Fab's Championing Award Medallions Challenge

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the rosette.  Even after the trend is old and dead, I'll still be making rosettes.  The rosette on this card was handmade using a strip stamped with a small stamp from WMS's Dainty Doilies 2 set.  The curves of the stamp created a beautiful flower petal effect in the rosette (love it!).   
I did something a little different with my rosette by embedding the large rhinestone brad inside the rosette.  This makes for a rosette that's more open allowing the pattern to be seen better.  I stamped a large doily as a background to the rosette and added more tiny gems around the edge.  

It's a little hard to see, but the black panel is over a sparkly white cardstock base. The sentiment is from WMS's A Christmas Cottage set but I have to admit I snipped off the "you".  The sentiment is embossed in white as well and I highlighted it with a strip of small clear gems.  So pretty!

I used a tons of gems on this one, but I hope the simple color scheme keeps it clean.  Another Christmas card to add to my stack!  Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

{Aloha, jj}

Stamps: Dainty Doilies 2, A Christmas Cottage (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Versamark, Fresh Snow (PTI)
Paper: Sparkle White (Marks Finest Papers), True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Embellishments: Snow fine embossing powder (Ranger), Gems
Tools: Scoreboard (Martha Stewart)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Heavyweight Cardstock Comparison - Pt 2

This is the second installment in my quest to find heavy card stock alternatives (see this post for the first installment).  This time I've added colors from Gmund and Poptone to the mix.  I've also added prices for comparison.  


PTI's are 110 lb weight, smooth finish

Marks Finest Papers are 100 lb weight, smooth finish
Poptone papers are 100 lb weight, smooth finish
Gmund papers are 111 lb weight, smooth finish
All of the papers are virtually indistinguishable in weight and feel

PTI =  18¢ per sheet 
($9 for 50 sheets; free shipping over $60)

Mark’s Finest Papers = 24¢ per sheet 
($5.99 for 25 sheets; free shipping over $100 otherwise $13.95 flat rate priority)

Poptone =  30¢ per sheet 
($15.10 for 50 sheets; $6.99 flat shipping over $15)

Gmund = 42¢ per page 

($20.95 for 50 sheets; $6.99 flat shipping over $15)

I purchased the Poptone and Gmund colors from LCI Paper.  My shipments from MFP and LCI came super FAST!  We're talking within 3 days of ordering!  MFP shipped from Florida and LCI from Massachusetts (I'm in VA).   Both MFP and LCI shipped USPS (flat rate priority).  My PTI orders did not arrive as quickly and came by UPS or USPS (their choice).  

1) Poptone - Razzle Berry
2) PTI - Razzberry Fizz
3) MFP - Razmataz Berry
4) Gmund - Fuschia
Both Poptone and MFP are good alternatives but PTI is (very) slightly darker/deeper.  In use, the difference between Poptone, PTI, and MFP is negligible.  The Gmund pink is more blue in tone (cooler) which is expected for fuschia.  

1) Poptone - Pink Lemonade
2) PTI - Sweet Blush
3) MFP - Markie’s Strawberry Milk
4) Gmund - Rosa
Both Poptone and MFP are close in color and are a pretty soft pink.  I personally prefer them to PTI because PTI reads too peachy/skin color to me.  Gmund is also peachy but is noticeably brighter than PTI.  PTI is a bit on the muted/dusty side.  
1) Poptone - Wild Cherry
2) PTI - Pure Poppy
3) MFP - Red Hots
4) Gmund - Vinum
So happy to have found that Gmund and PTI are practically a perfect match!  I find that MFP is too bright (candyish).  Poptone is a good mid red (a true red) if you need something lighter than Gmund/PTI.  (In my last comparison here, I did find a match for PTI Scarlet Jewel, but it is not shown here)

1) Poptone - Blue Raspberry
2) PTI - Hawaiian Shores
3) MFP - Aqua Light
These 3 aquas are pretty interchangeable.  If they weren’t labeled, I’d be hard pressed to tell them apart.

1) Poptone - Berrylicious
2) PTI - Aqua Mist
3) MFP -  Seabreeze
If you love PTI, there is no equal match to Aqua Mist here.  But if you're just evaluating on color alone, I really like the MFP.  In person, the MFP is not quite as different from PTI.  It's like a more blue version.  As you can see, PTI can read very green/minty green (not a fan of that).  The Poptone is also a lovely color, but not really close to PTI.  A lovely light greenish blue, heavier on the blue (feels like a light robins egg).  

1) Gmund - Royal Blue
2) PTI - Enchanted Evening
3) Gmund - Pelagus
4) PTI - Spring Rain
There are no real matches in this category.  If you are looking for a deep navy, Gmund (Pelagus) is a really pretty color.  I do enjoy the PTI (Enchanted Evening) but find that the dusty, greyish cast doesn’t match some of my navy inks or patterned paper.  It's "special".  The Gmund (Pelagus) is a truer navy blue, albeit pretty dark.  I don't use royal blue much and I don't have the PTI version to compare.

1) MFP - Sunrise Orange
2) Poptone - Orange Fizz
3) PTI - Orange Zest
4) Poptone - Tangy Orange
5) PTI - Terracotta Tile
6) MFP - Orangerie Sunset
MFP (Sunrise Orange) and Poptone (Orange Fizz) are a close match for a light orange.  PTI still wins for a true pumpkin, mid-range orange.  On the darker side, Poptone (Tangy Orange) and MFP (Orangerie Sunset) are very close in color.  For darker orange, I prefer either of these to PTI (Terracotta Tile).   PTI (Terracotta Tile) looks too much like a orangey-red instead of a reddish-orange (meaning, I like it more orange).  

1) Poptone - Banana Split
2) PTI - Lemon Tart 
3) Poptone - Lemon Drop
4) MFP - Outright Lemon
5) PTI - Summer Sunrise
6) Gmund - Melon
On the light side, Poptone (Banana Split) is a cooler, brighter version of yellow more like candy yellow.  PTI (Lemon Tart) is softer and warmer.  Both the Poptone (Lemon Drop) and MFP (Outright Lemon) are good bright true yellows (sun/lemon yellows).  On the darker side, the Gmund is a slightly lighter version of the PTI (Summer Sunrise).  (Note: I don’t have PTI Harvest Gold to compare)

1) PTI - Lavender Moon
2) Poptone - Grapesicle
3) MFP - Grandma’s Lavender Patch
4) PTI - Plum Pudding
5) Poptone - Grape Jelly
6) MFP - Groovin Grape
Of the purples, Poptone (Grapesicle) and MFP (Grandma’s Lavender Patch) are good matches.  They are true lavenders and work well with PTI (Plum Pudding).  I always thought that Lavender Moon was too pinky next to PTI (Plum Pudding).  Poptone (Grape Jelly) and MFP (Groovin Grape) are bright, primary purples.  I don’t use that color much, but if you’re looking for a true purple, there you go.  

1) Gmund - Ebenum
2) PTI - True Black
3) MFP - Licorice Whips
Any of these blacks are fine, but the Gmund is on the slightly cooler side.  MFP is slightly lighter than PTI.

1) PTI - Spring Moss
2) MFP - Limeade
3) PTI - Simply Chartreuse
4) Gmund - Chartreuse
5) Poptone - Sour Apple
I still have to say that PTI (Simply Chartreuse) is my favorite lime, not too green and not too lime.  MFP and Poptone are pretty close bright candy limes (not neon, but brighter).  Gmund is a really pretty chartreuse that is lighter and yellower than PTI (Simply Chartreuse).  This Gmund green would coordinate well with PTI (Ripe Avocado).

1) Poptone - Gumdrop Green
2) PTI - New Leaf
3) MFP - Lily Pad
Poptone and MFP are very close in color.  I prefer either of them to PTI.  PTI (New Leaf)  feels artificial to me and I much prefer the slightly more natural leaf color of the other two.  It's funny that the PTI green is more gumdroppy to me than the Poptone green.  

1) Poptone - Jellybean Green
2) PTI - Ripe Avocado
3) MFP - Deep Olive
Poptone and MFP are very close in color.  PTI is much yellower than the other two olives.  I don’t have a preference and it would depend on the application on what I would choose.

1) Gmund - Chocolate
2) PTI - Dark Chocolate
3) Poptone - Hot Fudge
4) MFP - Dark Chocolate Bar
All but the PTI browns are dark bittersweet chocolate brown.  You can see how they read almost gray.  Still prefer the PTI in this category.

1) PTI - Ocean Tides
2) MFP - Mossy Sage
3) PTI - Smokey Shadow
4) MFP - Evergreen
This is a weird category of blue/green/grays.  MFP (Mossy Sage) is more of a greenish-gray than a grayish-green (meaning it's more gray).  PTI (Ocean Tides) is the brightest, blue-green of the bunch.  MFP (Evergreen) is a very deep blue/green/almost black. 

1) Gmund - Pinus
2) MFP - Chipboard
3) PTI - Fine Linen
Gmund is more of a tan.  MFP is a kraft with flecks (don’t have PTI kraft to compare).  PTI  is more of a khaki color (lighter and less warm than Gmund).

1) MFP - Premium Vanilla Cream (140 lb)
2) MFP - Barely Pink
3) MFP - Fresh Cream
4) Gmund - Lac
5) PTI - Vintage Cream
Gmund and PTI are probably the closest in color, but not a match.  PTI is slightly darker and less yellow.  PTI is more of a greigy color.  MFP - Fresh Cream and MFP - Premium Vanilla cream are more traditional creams.  I include MFP (Barely Pink) in this category because it reads a slightly dark cream.  The pinkish tinge doesn’t come out so much unless put next to a pink/red.  Overall, I probably like PTI the best, but only barely.

Hope this comparison is useful to folks looking for alternatives!  I am hoping to get off my total dependence on PTI cardstock, so you may see further research on this topic.  Thanks for visiting!
{Aloha, jj}