A special welcome to everyone visiting for the Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop!
Our thick blanket of snow has finally melted and throughout the week heavy rains watered my perennial and herb gardens.. Although the garden is sleeping, the gardener is still growing! I’ve spent so many happy hours in my little Paper Garden studio downstairs during February…. growing as a cardmaker.
Papertrey Ink, one of my favorite stamp companies, is celebrating their 11th Anniversary this month. There were several interesting cardmaking Challenges. Playing along was the perfect way to step out of my comfort zone, try new techniques, and learn new skills. Part of the fun was bravely linking photos of my cards to the Papertrey Ink blog and sharing them with the stamp designers and lots of other cardmakers. Now it’s time to share a few peeks here, too!
Several members of the Papertrey Ink Design Team participated in the Release Party Live on February 15th. What a treat to gather together as a papercrafting community in celebration! It was fascinating to watch as these talented designers, who inspire me to create, shared stories of their own creative processes. My self-confidence as a cardmaker grew as I listened. They talked about how the hardest part of the creative process is often getting started. They talked about spending several hours to create a special card. They talked about making several versions of a card before their final design was ready. From now on, I will carry their words in my heart while I am busy creating in my little studio. I feel so grateful to be a part of the Papertrey Ink community of papercrafters, soaking up inspiration as I learn and grow!
I have already reserved the weekend of August 25th-26th on my calendar for the 2018 Papertrey Ink ‘Stamp-A-Faire.’ It will be another virtual gathering of creative cardmakers across the globe. This year’s theme will be a Garden Party. 🙂 An entire weekend filled with Challenges will most definitely keep me growing! I have such warm memories of participating in ‘Stamp-A-Faire’ in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
For today’s Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop, we were challenged to create a card inspired by this photo:
Last night, I worked downstairs in my little studio to create this card capturing the cheery Springtime feel inspired by the photo (above)….
Papertrey Ink supplies:
Stamps: Forest Floor: Spring, Keep It Simple: Friendship
Ink: Sweet Blush, Lilac Grace, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
Paper: Harvest Gold cardstock, Smokey Shadow cardstock, Bitty Big: Harvest Gold, Stamper’s Select White cardstock
Dies: Forest Floor: Spring, Shape Shifters: Circle 1, To the Point Edgers 2
Other: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
February has been a very busy, creative month filled with the seeds of inspiration, wonderful supplies, interesting Challenges from Papertrey Ink, and lots of happy mail for family and friends. I’m still growing… and enjoying every moment! 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping to visit today!
Paper hugs, from the heart!