Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop

YAY!  It's time for another blog hop with PTI!
My favorite time of month.  This month the blog hop is all about creating a project using one of your favorite learned skills.  I have so many techniques and skills that I have learned since I entered this Oh So Fun world of cardmaking that it is hard to narrow it I didn't.  LOL  Well I did narrow it down to 2 fun card templates and 1 super cool technique.

Oh and by the way, the Halloween themed Papertrey products have taken over this blog post!  I can't help it, I am in LOVE!

Lately I have been fascinated with making non-traditional cards and boxes.
I found some amazing tutorials on the Splitcoast Stampers website
and I'm going to share 2 of them with you today.  As for the super cool technique, I got a tip about a white gel pen recently in the Papertrey News e-mail from Nichole and Jennifer about their favorite products. 

So for a quick summary, here are the 3 skills I am sharing for this month's blog hop with pictures to follow:

1) Criss Cross Card by Beate Johns
2) Gable Boxes by Regina Andari
3) Faux stitching with a white gel pen
(Uni-Ball Signo favorite of Nichole Heady and Jennifer Ellefson)

For the 1st one, a criss cross card, by Beate Johns, I followed the template here at Splitcoast Stampers.

Here is what the insert looks like:

For the 2nd one, I made two gable boxes, by Regina Andare
I followed the template here at Splitcoast Stampers.

And finally for the 3rd technique thanks to Nichole Heady and Jennifer Ellefson for suggesting the Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen.  I have used many many white gel pens and I have never gotten the results that I achieved with this pen.  In a word it is AWESOME!  It is bright and white on dark paper and there is no scratchy missed spots when you are writing like with other gel pens!  I got mine at but you can get them in lots of places.  It was such a popular item that when I went to order it, I found out it was back ordered.  It finally came in the mail and it was worth the wait!
On this card I used the white pen to create the faux stitching around the border of the black card and around the border of the orange Mat Stack 4 die from PTI.

I love this pen and I will be reaching for it over and over again!  I even bought 2 so I wouldn't run out anytime soon since they are hard to come by!

Here are all of the products and supplies used to make my cards and boxes:
(All products PTI unless otherwise listed)

Criss Cross Card: Halloween Prints DP, Mat Stack 2 Die, Tiny Treats Halloween Stamp Set, Embellishments Stamp Set, McGill File Tab Punch, Stampin Up Scallop Border Punch, Ribbon from Michaels.

Gable Boxes:  Halloween Prints DP, Mat Stack 2 & 4 Dies, Tiny Treats Halloween Stamp Set, Rustic Jute Button Twine, Black Buttons, Stampin Up Scallop Border Punch, Ribbon from Michaels.

Faux Stitching Card: Halloween Prints DP, Mat Stack 2 & 4 Dies, Tiny Treats Halloween Stamp Set, Rustic Jute Button Twine, Black Button, Stampin Up Scallop Border Punch, Ribbon and Rhinestones from Michaels, Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen.

Ok that was a LONG blog post but I really had so much fun creating and so much to share!  Happy blog hopping everyone and thank you to PTI, Nichole Heady, Jennifer Ellefson, Beate Johns and Regina Andari for all of the wonderful inspiration!
Have a Super Week Everyone!
{Hugs} Lisa


  1. Love all your cute Halloween goodness.

  2. Great projects for Halloween! I especially love your Gable Box :D

  3. Look at all the goodies! SO fun! I LOVE that lil' stamp set! its darling!!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  4. What great projects! Love the Halloween goodness.

  5. EEK ........ total Halloween eye candy!!! I love love love it ALL!!!!

  6. Love, love, love all the Halloween yumminess!

  7. Wow, you did a lot! I love all this great Halloween spirit. The mat stack with the white stitching with gel pen is great. The Tiny Treats Halloween set was so nice on your project today.

  8. These Halloween projects are fabulous! Love all of the patterns and details, sooo adorable!

  9. Wow! A whole suite of projects, and they're all so cute!

  10. Terrific Halloween inspirations, love them all

  11. Cool I've always like the criss crosscards, you selected great paper for them!

  12. Great job on all of these! What a fun post!

  13. these are so fun!!! great job!

  14. great projects but my fav is the criss-cross card - just wonderful.

  15. What an amazing esemble of amazing projects! Your criss-cross card is soooooo eyecatching and unusual. What a gorgeous job you've done on everything!

  16. all of these projects are so great! i love the faux stitching since i cant sew a button. you have inspired me!

  17. Such cute projects and super festive for Halloween!

  18. Super Halloween projects.....Love your criss cross cards!

  19. Love your Halloween projects. And you are right, that paper is delightful.

  20. How I love Halloween, your cards are so cute for the holiday!!

  21. Great job! I really like these Hallowe'en cards; especially the one with faux stitching.

  22. Such cute Halloween gifts! Lovely!!

  23. These are really cool, really gets me in the mood to make some Halloween goodies of my own!