Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

I thought this month's challenge at Papertrey Ink to share your favorite card from 2011 and then make a new card for 2012 based on some element from your favorite was a great idea!

I love this card that I made for a Make It Monday challenge.

However, my resolution in 2012 is to make my cards more clean & simple, because that is my favorite style.  I'm not sure why sometimes I try to push myself to make a shabby card or one that is distressed...especially when I love the the clean, crisp look of white cardstock! 

So I decided to use the mat stack and try it on a different card for a clean streamlined look.  Instead of getting all inky with a brayer to roll out the woodgrain look, I just used an impression plate with no ink.  I also didn't us any ink for shading or going around the edges like I usually do.  I also used white embossing powder on the words to make it pop. I just love how it turned out!!!

Here you can see how the mat stack is the bottom layer, the sentiment strip is the middle layer, and on top is the boat layer.  I found that tiering the layers up added a lot of interest.  To achieve this, I used two different thicknesses of foam squares.

Here you can see the texture from the impression plate.

Another 2012 card goal is to start stamping a small image on the inside of the card.  Here is the litte boat this time colored with copics.

Thank you for your kindness
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Iconic Images
  • Impression Plate: Papertrey Ink - Woodgrain
  • Dies: Papertrey Ink - Mat Stack 3 and Layerz Mat Stack 3
  • Cardstock: Paperbilities - Kraft; Papertrey Ink - Dark brown, Burgandy, Green
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink- Vintage Cream; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmelade; Colorbox - Chianti
  • Glitter Pen: Sakura
  • Twine: Papertrey Ink
  • Rhinestone: Michael's

Hello Sweet Baby
  • Stamps: Boat - Papertrey Ink, Bitty Baby Blessings; Sentiments - Sweet Baby, Technique Tuesday, Ali Edwards
  • Impression Plate: Linen & Canvas - Papertrey Ink
  • Dies: Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Collection, Mat Stack 3 and Layerz Mat Stack 3
  • Punches: Corner Rounder, Square Punch (to create V on sides of sentiment strip)
  • Stickles
  • Copic Markers 0 Colorless Blender, T1, BG18, and E13
  • Cuttlebug
  • Ink: Colorbox Frost White, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
  • White embossing powder, heat tool
  • Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Home 6"x6" stack
  • Cardstock - Aqua Mist & Ocean Tides, Papertrey Ink 


  1. Totally cute - especially love the detail inside the card xx

  2. Really, really fantastic card, Mindy!
    Love the layers :)

  3. Such a sweet little baby card! I'm a big fan of white space myself:) Love your CAS interpretation of your original!

  4. You know I now have to have both of those stamp sets. This card is so my style too! I am going to pin it as soon as I sign off on this one. Great job, love your idea of stamping a little image on the inside

  5. Wonderful cards! Your baby card is the sweetest with that little plaid sailboat. Your CAS design really is awesome with the Mat Stack die and the sentiment banner! Love the woodgrain with the sweet pitcher of flowers, too!

  6. I love your card. Clean and simple, yet full of creativity! Great cards!

  7. The little boat is so cute! Love the layering - it adds so much.

  8. your baby card is brilliant, i love your paper piecing and the addition of the boat inside the card (nice job with copics too).

  9. Awww, this card is adorable. ;-) I love the color combination, and that sailboat is so sweet. The impression plate texture adds such a nice touch, and I love that you decorated the inside as well. Nice job! ;-)

  10. That woodgrain on your first card looks REAL!!! And I love how everything pops off the white on your sweet baby creation :)

  11. Love both of your cards! Making baby cards is one of my favorite things to do and this one is truly inspiring! Great take on your original card!