November 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink - November Blog Hop


I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, mine sure was!! Lots of yummy turkey and pumpkin pie!!  Because i traveled out of state to my Mom's i made the project and did the photos before leaving.  This months inspiration is the lovely photo  --->

You could go a lot of different ways with this photo. My 1st thought was the Love Lives Here: Holiday. But as i was looking for it i found Bells & Boughs set. The branch from this set is bigger and my 1st thought was to make a big card.... that soon changed!

As i started i wanted to try the stamped watercolor look. So i started with some watercolor paper and PTI's Spring Moss and Ranger's Peeled Paint. I inked up the big branch with spring moss and spritz it once with pearlized water, then stamped. I did this roughly in a circle then extended it out horizontally.

Next i used the darker Peeled Paint. Also i stamped the branches a few times with out re inking. My intention was to make a card, but when i started added all the embellishments i didn;t want to squash it  to make it fit on a card. So i decided to make a sign. I had picked up a metal sign on clearance at Hobby Lobby who knows how long ago, i knew it would come in handy one day! :)

So before i started stamping on the nice (and expensive) watercolor paper i tried it out on a some inexpensive watercolor paper. This is what i used when i stamped the red circle sentiment, so some of my stamped experiment shows through the circle. I then cut out the circle, free style! :) Then i used a distress tool on the edge. I layered this over twine loops, placing it at the center of my branch 'circle'

I found some really cool rust hearts and stars on wire at Hobby Lobby. It was in the mini tree decoration isle, and if i get back there soon, I'm getting more! I think these can be used for love or even birthday cards!!  For this project i used the hearts. There is lots of wire btw each heart, so i wrapped that wire around a pencil, then flattened it. I did this for each section btw the hearts.

Next i found a branch with red berries and kind of threaded it through the rust hearts & wire. Next i added a little pine cone btw the circle and wire along with a couple of berries and red paper flowers. The flowers were originally light pink. But i used PTI Pure Poppy ink to die the flowers. In the pics they look a lot darker then they really are, a nice dark red (but not too dark!)

I trimmed the water colored paper and inked the edges. To cover the metal sign i used some pattern kraft paper and adhered it to the metal, then added the water color paper. Then i stamped Merry Christmas in red and last i hot glued all the embellishments.

Hope every one has a great Thanksgiving holiday.


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Bells and Boughs
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Spring Moss, Pure Poppy. Ranger Distress: Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap
Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye
Watercolor Paper: Hero Arts
Metal sign & rustic heart wire - Hobby Lobby is were i found them, but i am not at home as i type this up so i don't know who the manufacture is.
Holly Pine cone branch & paper flowers- Micheal's is were i found, and same as sign and wire.


  1. WOW -- this is STUNNING! I'll gladly send you my address -- LOL!!!

  2. I have to second that WOW, this is gorgeous and I love all the dimension you created with this one. Just gorgeous, all those pinecone elements are beautiful.

  3. Goodness, this is awesome! I love all the details, and everything is just working perfectly together!

  4. Oh my - that is so richly gorgeous! I love the vintage feel of it (those rust heart buttons are perfect!). And I love the little loops of twine.

  5. This project is amazing. I love those metal hearts and the free cut and distressed circle looks great!

  6. What a WONDERFUL take on the challenge picture! Love all your beautiful details! PERFECT Christmas card!

  7. Love how this looks. The metal elements add such a rustic look. Stunning wall plaque/sign for the holiday season. It would make a great gift too.

  8. This is a really nice and unique take on the challenge. Lovely card.

  9. Wow! I love this beautiful creative projects!

  10. Wow! I am going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow! The rusty branch of hearts is amazing. You really put it all together beautifully!

  11. breathtaking! i love this...gorgeous card!

  12. Fabulous elements gathered together make one fantastic card. Lovely !

  13. Oh how I love those rusty hearts! Such a fun touch. I have to get some. Beautiful!

  14. Wow, what a gorgeous card! I love your watercolor technique and the rustic 'garland' is amazing! (I found some rustic stars at Hobby Lobby them!)

  15. What a beautitul card, so sweet and down home.

  16. OMG is this a beautiful project! I love all the elements that you used to make this. The rustic hearts are my fav and I will definitely have to look at my local HL.