Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Introducing Tulip Time

Good morning, all! Welcome back to Day 6 of the Papertrey Ink 9th anniversary countdown! Nichole is introducing some wonderful Spring sets on her blog today and has invited the rest of us to help her celebrate. I'm going to be sharing a card with Betsy's new Tulip Time set this morning. These realistic tulips are going to make you giddy!

Easter Blessings Card

I began by lightly sponging Aqua Mist ink around the edges of a white card base. Next, I stamped the tulip stems with Vintage Jadeite and New Leaf inks. The tulip blooms came next in Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, and Bright Buttercup inks. Look at that detail!

Easter Blessings Tulip Detail

Next, I heat embossed the Keep It Simple: Easter sentiment using gold detail powder.

Easter Blessings Close Up

I adhered a scalloped eyelet frame that I'd die cut from white cardstock using the new Cover Plate: Pretty Frame Die. Lastly, I added a simple white crochet thread bow for a soft finishing touch. Isn't it just so delicate and lovely?

Alrighty, friends. That's all for me today. Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to pop over to Nichole's blog to see what other announcements and challenges she's sharing this morning. She'll also be letting you know who else is joining Heather and Betsy in today's showcase. Thanks again for stopping by! Have a great day!

Stamps: Tulip Time, Keep It Simple: Easter - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: white
Ink: Vintage Jadeite, New Leaf, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Cover Plate: Pretty Frame Die - Papertrey Ink; Gold Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Crochet Thread

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Introducing Paper Clippings

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink 9th anniversary countdown! Remember: All of the new sets being featured this week will be available beginning at 10pm on February 15th. Nichole is sharing several fabulous surprises on her blog today and has invited the rest of us to help make some introductions. I'm going to be sharing two of Betsy's new sets today, Paper Clippings and Inspired: Savior. Let's get to it!

Oh Happy Day Card

I began by creating the watercolor background for my sentiment panel. I did a full color wash and flicked more concentrated color over the surface while it was still wet to give it a mottled appearance. After it was dry, I added more speckles to give it more depth.

Oh Happy Day Interior

While that was drying, I stamped a sentiment from Inspired: Savior inside a white card base using Ripe Avocado ink. I added the vine flourish from Paper Clippings along with a couple of flowers to dress things up a smidge. This is a nice detail that I rarely think to use, but I love the effect when I do.

Oh Happy Day Close Up

I stamped the sentiment in Ripe Avocado after the surface had dried the second time. Because the watercolor paper is textured I got a little "salt and pepper" effect on some of my text, but I actually really like the way that looks, so I went with it. I added the vines around the sentiment and mounted the panel to the front of my white card base.

Oh Happy Day Flower Detail

Next, I die cut a variety of flowers and stamped them with their coordinating images using Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet (I'm on a one-woman mission to make everyone love this color as much as I do), and Harvest Gold. Before adhering the flowers to the sentiment panel, I heat embossed the tiny Lily of the Valley flowers with white powder first. Then I added the die cut flowers with a mix of flat and foam adhesives. I embellished the flower centers with tiny spots of clear glitter as a final touch.

So what do you think? I'm fairly certain Betsy is on a roll this year. Watch out world!

Thank you for joining me today! Make sure to check in with Nichole to see what other announcements and challenges she has up her sleeve today. She'll also have a list of the other designers that are joining Betsy and Danielle in today's showcase. Have a great day and I'll see you again very soon!

Stamps: Paper Clippings, Inspired: Savior - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Watercolor Paper - Ranger; white
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Paper Clippings Die - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts

Monday, February 8, 2016

Introducing What The Doodle

Good morning, friends! It's Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink 9th anniversary countdown and today we're sharing a look at Betsy's new What The Doodle: Butterfly collection. There are coloring sheets, a stamp set, dies...what more could you ask for?

I chose to do a little coloring today. The coordinating coloring sheets are available on either watercolor paper or smooth Stamper's Select white. I went with the Stamper's Select so I could use my Copics.

Special Day Card

I began by coloring the butterflies using a Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, and Smokey Shadow color scheme. When I was done with my coloring, I trimmed a little off both edges of the panel, cutting around the butterfly wings, and stamped the sentiment from the What The Doodle: Butterfly set in True Black ink.

Special Day Close Up

Next, I used one of the flower images from that same set to stamp a random pattern onto an Aqua Mist card front. Then, I mounted my butterfly panel onto the Aqua Mist layer using foam tape. I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add glitter to the butterflies as a finishing touch.

Thank you all so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in on Nichole's blog to see today's announcements (you're not going to want to miss this one). You also want to see who else is joining Dawn and Betsy in today's showcase. I'll see you again soon. Have a great Monday!

Stamps: What The Doodle: Butterfly - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, What The Doodle: Butterfly Coloring Sheets - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: True Black, Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink
Other: Foam Tape - Scotch; Clear Wink Of Stella Pen - Zig; Copic Markers

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Introducing Tiny Town Series

Happy Sunday morning, friends! Welcome to this month's first group post for Papertrey Ink's 9th anniversary countdown. Today we're all sharing projects showcasing Betsy's new Tiny Town die series. This series is sure to please! These charming little buildings are like a super sized version of the Petite Places series. They are the perfect size for treat boxes, tags, cards, home decor...the list goes on and on. Today I've chosen to create a personalized place card that will double as a treat box for my Easter brunch table.

Church Placecard Top View

I began by die cutting the primary shape from white cardstock using the Tiny Town: Basics die. I used the Tiny Town: Church to cut an alternate front for my building and stamped the bottom edge of all of those die cut pieces with a grass border from Simply Spring Borders (more on this set soon).

Church Placecard Close Up

I used the window openings dies to add windows to the sides and front of the church. Next, I adhered clear cardstock to the inside of the building and colored in the openings with Copics (from the back) to make them look like stained glass. I assembled the church and embellished it with window frames cut from Aqua Mist cardstock and a door cut from Stormy Sea.

Church Placecard Side View

I felt like the building could use some extra contrast, so I cut the Tiny Town: Scallop Shingles roof from an additional piece of Stormy Sea. I knew I wanted to make my church a treat box, so I cut the roof in half and attached the pieces to either side of the top of the building, leaving the opening unhindered. Next, I cut a handle from white cardstock and attached it to the top of the box with pewter brads. They're easy enough to remove, so my guests won't have too much trouble getting to the treat inside.

Church Placecard Front

I attached the church box to a Stitched Circles shape (the largest in the set) cut from New Leaf patterned paper. I added a personalized name plate by die cutting and stamping a banner from the Bountiful Banners set. The name was stamped with the Fresh Alphabet in Stormy Sea ink. I attached it to the New Leaf circle with a small, L-shaped hinge so that it would pop up at a slight angle. Isn't that adorable?! I am going to have so much fun with these itty bitty buildings.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in with Nichole, Amy, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, Laurie, and Melissa for more of this fabulous new series. I'll see you again soon!

Stamps: Simply Spring Borders, Bountiful Banners, Fresh Alphabet - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Stormy Sea, Clear Cardstock, New Leaf Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Aqua Mist, Stormy Sea, New Leaf - Papertrey Ink
Other: Tiny Town: Basics Die, Tiny Town: Church Die, Tiny Town: Scallop Shingles Die, Stitched Circles Die, Bountiful Banners Die - Papertrey Ink; Copic Markers; Xyron

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Introducing Dress Up Dolls

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink 9th anniversary countdown! Thank you all so much for your kind words yesterday. I feel truly lucky to be able to have this job and I appreciate every thoughtful word you shared with me. Today Nichole is introducing Betsy Veldman's new Dress Up Dolls series and she invited the rest of us to play along, too (all of the new products being introduced today will be available for sale at 10pm on February 15th). You're going to absolutely fall in love with these adorable little dolls! But if you're not a doll maker, don't worry! These sets are going to be great for cards and tags, maybe even scrapbook pages. Let's get to some projects, shall we?

First off, let's start with a little magnetic doll set. This set is perfectly stored in a metal tin, ready for play.

Magnet Doll Tin Exterior

I began by decorating the outside of the tin with a piece of Hooray patterned paper and a Text Block: Party Time shape. I adhered the patterned paper directly to the front of the tin and then wrapped a piece of Harvest Gold ribbon around it before adhering my layered Text Block into place (I only have adhesive on the top and bottom edges of the Text Block so the ribbon can slide). I left everything flat so there would be a smaller chance of damage when traveling.

Magnet Doll Tin Interior

Inside is where the party really starts though! Betsy has designed both girl and boy figures along with basic clothing staples that you can mix and match to your heart's content. I created a little girl and gave her a whole wardrobe full of fun clothes.

Magnet Doll Accessories Close Up

I stamped and die cut the t-shirts (in that order was easiest for me) from Adhesive Sheets paper and then added patterns to her clothes by using a kissing technique. The Bitty Background Blocks sets were totally perfect for that. Betsy has really thought of everything with this set. There are even tiny tennis shoes!

Magnet Doll Set Close Up

I also die cut and colored two hair styles and the little girl herself. It wouldn't be a party without balloons, so I included two balloons and a balloon string in the set, too. Next, I die cut magnet versions of all of the stamped pieces and applied the adhesive paper bits to the magnet shapes. I lined the "scene" side of the tin with another sheet of Hooray patterned paper and placed all of the doll pieces inside. I can't wait until my niece is older so I can give it to her.

I also wanted to use Betsy's Dress Up Dolls: Easter set to create a tag for my nephew's Easter basket.

Bunny Boy Tag

I started by die cutting a Tag Sale: Quilted shape from Aqua Mist patterned paper. On that, I heat embossed a sentiment and stamped a row of grass. Next, I die cut the bunny suit pieces and boy's face from white cardstock. I colored in a few select areas and added flocking to the suit's tummy to make it fuzzy. I also added a bunny nose with a colored-to-match, self-adhesive pearl.

Bunny Boy Tag Close Up

I adhered those piece to the tag using flat and foam adhesives. He needed a few accessories, so I die cut and colored the carrot and Easter basket and added those to the tag with foam adhesive. A little New Leaf ribbon and a crochet thread bow finished it off nicely.

So there you have it! Thank you so much for joining me today. I'll see you back here again soon with more of this month's countdown. In the meantime, Nichole, Betsy, and Melissa all have some Dress Up Doll inspiration to share with you today. Have a wonderful Saturday!

Party Doll Tin
Stamps: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Bunny Basket, Bitty Background Blocks, Bitty Background Blocks II, Balloon Bash - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Hooray Patterned Paper, Adhesive Sheets, Raspberry Fizz - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Winter Wisteria, Mint Julep, Spring Rain, Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Plum Pudding - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento
Other: Dress Up Dolls: Basics Die, Balloon Strings Die, Balloon Bash Die, Text Block: Party Time Die, Harvest Gold Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Magnet Sheets, Metal Tin; Copic Markers; Xyron

Bunny Boy Tag
Stamps: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Easter, Simply Spring Borders - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: New Leaf - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Dress Up Dolls: Basics Die, Dress Up Dolls: Easter Die, Tag Sale: Quilted Die, New Leaf Saddle Stitch Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Embossing Powder - Filigree; Self-adhesive Pearl - Mark Richards; Cotton Ball White Fun Flock - Stampendous; Copic Markers; Crochet Thread

Friday, February 5, 2016

Papertrey Favorites

Good morning, friends! Welcome to the kickoff for this year's Papertrey Ink anniversary festivities. We're celebrating our ninth birthday over the next week and a half and I hope you'll join us for each and every fun-filled day. Today Nichole is introducing the team and issuing a creative challenge over on her blog, so make sure to check in with her and find out how you can join the celebration!

During the summer of 2011, Nichole, Julie, and Jane took a chance and offered a largely unknown stamper and illustrator a place on their product design team. I jumped at that chance and officially joined the team in February of 2012. Then this year, I was thrilled when those same lovely ladies extended an opportunity to join the Release Team as well. I remember getting that email from Nichole and immediately thinking "Be cool..." while being anything but cool. I may have danced. I may have squealed. I definitely called my husband. I am so grateful every day to Nichole, Julie, and Jane for allowing me to continue working with them and all of the other wonderful people associated with this fantastic company. I can't wait to see what the coming year will bring.

We were asked to choose a favorite card from the past year to use as a color challenge. I almost immediately thought of this one:

Confetti Congrats Card

I had so much fun creating that card and it turned out exactly right. I was so tickled when it was finished! You can see the original post HERE, but I'll make sure to mention all of the supplies at the bottom of this post, too, just in case you don't want to hop all over the place this morning.

The colors I'm playing with today are Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, and Berry Sorbet. I just love these bright and sunshiney colors! So much so that I'm playing with them again today.

You've Been On My Mind Card

I began by die cutting the bowls and cherry filler from the Second Helping Of Sunshine set. I stamped those with the coordinating images from that set and the original Bowl Of Sunshine set. Next, I stamped an Aqua Mist panel with the Background Basics: Splats small dots strip in Fresh Snow ink.

You've Been On My Mind Close Up

I stamped the shadow, Outlined frame, and sentiment onto that piece before mounting it to a white card base along with a strip of Limeade Ice Ombre Stripes paper. I finished up by adding the bowls and cherries to the card front with varying depths of foam tape. I love those cure, simple cards that are perfect for jotting a note to a friend, don't you?

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope to see you back here again very soon with more of the Papertrey Ink anniversary countdown. Make sure to check in with Amy, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Kay, Laurie, Lexi, Maile, Melissa, and (of course) Nichole today! You definitely don't want to miss even one moment of this month's countdown! See you soon!

Confetti Congrats Card
Stamps: Confetti Toss, Wonderful Words: Congrats - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Wonderful Words: Congrats Die - Papertrey Ink; Xyron; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts

You've Been On My Mind Card
Stamps: Bowl Of Sunshine, Second Helping Of Sunshine, Background Basics: Splats, Outlined - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice Ombre Stripes Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, True Black, Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Bowl Of Sunshine Die, Second Helping Of Sunshine Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Color Play

Good morning, friends! It's a new month and you know what that's time for the Papertrey Ink Color Play feature. This month we're playing along with this photo:


Isn't that lovely? I was immediately drawn to this photo in part because it included two of Papertrey's newest colors. It's also such a cheerful backdrop that I couldn't help but smile. I thought those pretty pinks would be ideal for giving Dawn's new Bold Blossoms Watercolor Sheets a try, and who can resist the opportunity to color?

Floral Belated Birthday Card

I began by simply adding color to one of the sheets with watercolor markers. I used several colors, mixing here and there to stay as close to the inspiration photo as possible. Once I was finished painting and the panel was dry, I adhered it to a Mint Julep card base. Next, I used the Basic Bookmark #2 die to cut a sentiment banner from another coloring sheet (Save those goof-ups! You can use the back for things like this).

Floral Belated Birthday Close Up

I stamped that with a sentiment from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday in black ink. Then, I stamped the outline flowers from the Bold Blossoms set onto the sentiment banner using ink colors that coordinated with the surrounding flowers. I then tied on a silk bow and attached the sentiment piece to the card front with foam tape. I love how easy these coloring sheets make simple and quick cards!

Well, that's all for me today. I hope you've enjoyed today's post. I'll see you back here again before too long. The Papertrey Ink anniversary festivities are almost here. Are you ready?

Have a great day!

Stamps: Bold Blossoms, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Mint Julep, Bold Blossoms Watercolor Sheets - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Lovely Lady, Sweet Blush, Stormy Sea - Papertrey Ink; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Other: Basic Bookmark #2 Die, 1/4" Silk Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Zig Clean Color Markers

Monday, January 18, 2016

Moments Inked: Finding Better Balance

Good morning, everyone! It's my turn to share with you how I'm using my Papertrey Ink Moments Inked Planner these days, so I thought I'd talk a little bit about balance and how I'm hoping to find better balance in 2016.

1.10_1.16 Weekly Spread

This past year was a wonderful one for Sean and me, but we completely lost sight of work/life balance. "Everyone does that" you say. "He opened a brand new restaurant last year, what do you expect?!" you ask. "You're self-employed; you can work whenever you want to" you insist. Well, maybe, but after months of working 12 to 18 hours a day, six or seven days a week we found ourselves burned out, tired, and not as connected to one another as is probably healthy. So when this year began, I was bound and determined to reclaim our balance.

The way I figure, the first step to finding balance is actually writing a schedule and sticking to it. I've never written a schedule for myself before; I just start working when I wake up and stop here and there for snacks masquerading as meals. No more! When Sean entered his schedule into our joint Google calendar I decided to write a schedule for myself based on his hours (in large part because when he's home I get distracted and want to spend time with him).

Banners And Envelope

I chose a Papertrey color for each of us (Canyon Clay for him and Aqua Mist for me) and stamped and die cut enough little banners for about six months in each of those colors. He writes his schedule four weeks at a time, so it will be easy to stay out ahead. We're both really committed to sticking to our schedules so we can spend our off time together doing things that we enjoy (and not mindlessly staring at our computers because we're too tired to do anything else).

1.17_1.23 Weekly Spread

I also wanted banners for my blog schedule and deadlines as well as for the various newsletters I handle for Papertrey. I chose to use Simply Chartreuse for all blog work. The deadlines and posts are differentiated by the secondary text stamps. The newsletters are all done in Stormy Sea and I used the small dot to specify which newsletter is which. The monthly news is stamped in Harvest Gold, the Design Team Tips in Winter Wisteria, and the Moments Inked in Hibiscus Burst. The nice thing about the Stormy Sea is that it's light enough that I can write the name of the Design Team member in charge of that week's newsletter (so I can crack the whip when they forget...just kidding, they're all really great).

January Dashboard

The easiest way for me to keep the banners handy is to have them in an envelope inside my planner. But rather than just tuck an envelope in a binder pocket I decided to create a monthly dashboard with a velcro tab attaching a glassine envelope to the back.

Back Of Banner Envelope

I paired the new Binder Page dies with the Monthly Moments: Year Round 1 Die to create my dashboard. I chose patterned papers and cardstock that coordinated with January's color scheme (Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, and Raspberry Fizz). It's perfect for keeping my banner sticker easily available and it's a handy landing spot for my Post-it to do lists (I love the white ones so very much).

Weekly Spread With Dashboard

I also created a simple key for the banners using the smallest Binder Page. I thought a visual reminder might be a good idea, not only for myself, but also if Sean wants to peek inside to know what's happening when.

Banner Key

I simply die cut a Fresh Snow Linen page and embellished it with some Simply Chartreuse patterned paper before sticking on one of each banner with a quick note regarding their purpose. This will be particularly important the first week of each month when I can't remember which newsletter was which color. Because that will happen, people.

So there you have it, a few ways I'm working to find a better balance in 2016. I hope you've enjoyed today's post! Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!

Banner Stickers
Stamps: Moments Inked: Planner Banners, Moments Inked: Blog Banners, Moments Inked: Family Banners - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Adhesive Sheets - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Canyon Clay, Aqua Mist, Stormy Sea, Harvest Gold, Winter Wisteria, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Moments Inked: Planner Banners Die - Papertrey Ink

Dashboard & Post-Its
Stamps: Moments Inked: Posted - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise Polka Dot Paper, Raspberry Fizz, Canyon Clay - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Raspberry Fizz - Papertrey Ink
Other: Binder Page Die, Monthly Moments: Year Round 1 Die, White Post-It Notes - Papertrey Ink; Velcro; Glassine Envelope

Friday, January 15, 2016

Release In Review

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Release Wrap Up day for this month's Papertrey Ink countdown. All of the new products we've been showcasing this week will be available tonight starting at 10pm EST on the Papertrey ink website. I have a couple of additional projects to share with you today, so let's get to it!

Let's start with a gift bag featuring the Enclosed: Butterfly collection.

Blessed Birthday Gift Bag

I began by die cutting two Front & Center #2 shapes (one for the front, one for the back) from Aqua Mist cardstock. I used the solid butterfly die to cut a shape from the center of the front piece. I backed the opening with a piece of Confetti Toss patterned paper before adhering both Front & Center pieces to a white lunch sack. Next, I heat embossed the sentiment bits onto the front of the bag using white embossing powder.

Blessed Birthday Gift Bag Close Up

Then, I xyroned a piece of Fresh Snow Linen cardstock and die cut it with the outline butterfly die. I die cut a solid butterfly from clear cardstock and adhered the two together. I carefully folded at the wings and adhered the butterfly to the bag using foam tape. A couple of pearl head pins were ideal for antennae. Now, isn't that a festive gift bag?

The last project I have to share with you for this countdown features Bitty Butterflies and the Cover Plate: Butterflies Die.

Brave Enough To Fly Card

I began by die cutting a scrap of cardstock with the Cover Plate: Butterflies die to make a template. I I lightly traced that template onto a white card base so I would know the approximate location for each of the butterflies. Then I used the splatter images from Drips & Dribbles to randomly stamp inside and slightly overlapping those lines.

Brave Enough To Fly Close Up

Once I was finished with the splatter stamping, I created a sentiment banner. I die cut a First Place banner from Smokey Shadow cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment from Bitty Butterflies using white detail powder. I then die cut a nice, clean version of the Cover Plate from white cardstock and adhered that and the banner to the card front. Next, I die cut a piece of Linen Vellum using the Cover Plate die. I trimmed out the butterfly and adhered it to the card front, folding its wings upward in the process. I love all that white with the pops of color!

That's all I have for you today, friends, but you can check in with Nichole, Amy, Ashley, BetsyDanielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, Laurie, and Melissa to see more inspiration using this month's new releases. Have a great day and I'll see you all again here soon!

Blessed Birthday Gift Bag
Stamps: Enclosed: Butterfly - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Fresh Snow Linen, Confetti Toss Patterned Paper, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Enclosed: Butterfly Die, Front & Center #2 Die - Papertrey Ink; Pearl Head Pins - Dritz; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron; White Lunch Bag

Brave Enough To Fly Card
Stamps: Drips & Dribbles, Bitty Butterflies - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Linen Vellum, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Cover Plate: Butterfly Die, First Place Die - Papertrey Ink; Vellum Tape - Scotch

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Introducing Coin Purse II

Good morning, Friends! Are you ready for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink January countdown. I know some of you have been curious about what today holds since all of the stamp sets have been introduced, but you should know by now that there's always something hiding up our sleeves. Ha! Well, I promise today has been worth the wait! Today we're introducing Erin Lincoln's newest stitching die, the Coin Purse II.

Of all of the things I create and share on my blog, stitching projects are some of my absolute favorites. This new coin purse die is completely adorable and I'm so excited to show you how I've transformed this sweet coin purse into a delightful mini handbag for my favorite little girl.

Josie's Purse

My niece Josie is at just the right age to start playing with itty bitty accessories and she has a birthday coming in a few months. I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to create an extra special purse that was just her size.

Josie's Purse Front

I die cut the purse parts from Sweet Blush and Vintage Cream felt and the details (the patches and closure) from Melon Berry and Simply Chartreuse felt. The monogram (because who doesn't love a monogram?) was cut from Melon Berry and the flowers and their leaves were cut from Vintage Cream and Simply Chartreuse. A Harvest Gold button and about 18" of Harvest Gold Saddle Stitched ribbon rounded out the initial supplies.

Josie's Purse Back

I knew I wanted to add a shoulder strap, so I used the ribbon slit die from the Sewing Staples: Needle Book Die collection to add two openings on the back of the purse. I stitched the ribbon into place and added the heart any my initials before embellishing the front flap.

Josie's Purse Monogram Close Up

There, I stitched on the flowers, leaves, and monogram. I used yellow french knots to tie in the color of the strap and button. I then added the corner patches and button to the front panel of the purse before stitching together my closure using Erin's figure 8 technique (watch her video for a complete explanation). All that was left to do was sew together the outer edge and my mini handbag was complete. I am totally in love with this die and I can't wait to make a matching coin purse for my sister!

Next up, I have a Go For The Goal shaker card to share with you.

Coach Thank You Shaker Card

I thought the movement of a shaker card would be a nice complement to the soccer theme. I began by die cutting and stamping the jersey and ball. Then, I xyroned a piece of True Black cardstock and die cut it with the Thanks, Coach die, sticky side (still covered) up. I removed the adhesive backing and covered the surface with fine, black glitter.

Coach Thank You Close Up

Next, I die cut the Cover Plate: Stars die from white cardstock and stamped it with the sentiment before backing it with a piece of clear cardstock. I added foam tape to make it a shaker box, which I filled with chunky pink glitter. I adhered the jersey and ball to the card front with flat adhesive and then mounted the coach die cut with foam tape. This same design could be used in almost any color combination depending on your team's colors.

And finally, I have one last Background Basics: Splats card today.

So Sweet Of You Card

I began by stamping a Mint Julep (I love this color) card base with the large dots in Fresh Snow ink. Then, I die cut the flowers and leaves from Bold Blossoms from white cardstock and the flower centers from Smokey Shadow. I stamped the centers with True Black ink and the leaves with Pinefeather.

So Sweet Of You Close Up

You all know I can't resist a prime rock 'n roll opportunity, so I did just that using Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy on the flowers. I stamped an Outlined frame onto the card base and arranged my flowers around it, adhering with flat and foam adhesives. I stamped an extra Outlined frame onto a scrap of white cardstock and trimmed out the center. On that, I stamped the sentiment in True Black before tucking it into the frame beneath the flowers. A little black glitter embellishment was all I needed to finish it off. Don't you love those colors together?!

That's all for me today, friends! Make sure to visit NicholeAmy, AshleyBetsy, Danielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, Laurie, Melissa, and Erin to see how they're using the new Coin Purse II die today. I'll see you back here tomorrow with my Release In Review post. Have a wonderful day!

Josie's Monogrammed Purse
Dies: Coin Purse II Die, Sewing Staples: Needle Book Die Collection, Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster Die Collection, Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 Die - Papertrey Ink
Felt: Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, Simply Chartreuse - Papertrey Ink
Other: Harvest Gold Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Harvest Gold Button - Papertrey Ink; Embroidery Floss - DMC

Soccer Coach Shaker Card
Stamps: Go For The Goal, Thanks, Coach - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: True Black, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: True Black, Hibiscus Burst - Papertrey Ink
Other: Cover Plate: Stars Die, Go For The Goal Die, Thanks, Coach Die - Papertrey Ink; Chunky Tourmaline Glitter, Fine Onyx Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch

So Sweet Of You Card
Stamps: Background Basics: Splats, Bold Blossoms - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Mint Julep, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Pinefeather - Papertrey Ink
Other: Bold Blossoms Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Fine Onyx Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts - Papertrey Ink