Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Greetery - Coming Up Roses

Good morning, everyone! Thank you so much for your kind comments yesterday! We're very happy and excited and it's very sweet of all of you to join in our happiness.

Now let's get to something else that makes me very happy...the new release from The Greetery! I have a few more projects to share today featuring this month's Love Letters collection. Let's jump right in!


These first two projects show a couple of ways to use the new Sketchbook Roses stamp set. It's gorgeous as a monochromatic background, as a colorful focal point, or even colored with your favorite medium.


For this first card, I began by first stamping onto Kraft cardstock with Kraft ink. I used the layering stamps to add color to the blooms and leaves before heat embossing over the original Kraft stamping with white powder. The result reminds me of vintage textiles and I love it!


Next, I die cut a vellum layer using the new Postal Frames die. I heat embossed it with part of a sentiment from the Sketchbook Roses and finished with a die cut sentiment, the new Let's Have A Word: Beautiful.


I kept things simple by adhering the vellum layer over the floral card base, hiding the adhesive under the die cut greeting. I'm totally digging all of those pops of crisp white against the earthy Kraft.

On my second project, I used the Sketchbook Roses set to create an elegant monochromatic background.


I actually started this project by using the BotaniCuts Rose to create a pretty felt headband. I cut the pieces and layered them according to the layering guide that Betsy put together. The floral parts, I kept as one layer, but I doubled up the leaves to make them a little more stable. I hot glued everything to an elastic band and layered a basic circle on the back to hide all of the unfinished edges.


To create the card, I die cut the largest Postal Frames shape from a piece of aqua cardstock as well as a piece of thick tag stock (for stability). I stamped the aqua layer with the floral background and attached it to the thicker layer. Then, I added a sentiment from the Written In Ribbons set along with a small companion sentiment from the new Sentiment Suite: Love set. Then, I just wrapped the headband around it a couple of times for gift giving. Easy and cute packaging!

Lastly today, I have another card featuring Written In Ribbons and Sentiment Suite: Love.


Written In Ribbons might be one of my favorite sentiment sets in a long time. The size of the greetings is super generous, making them wonderful focal points. Plus, the optional two-tone effect adds such a lovely, unique detail (you can stamp the sentiments without them if that's your preference on a particular project).


For this card, I created a frame using the Postal Frames and an oval die cut. I stamped the frame with the Windowpane Plaid Background. Next, I sponged a background onto a white card base and adhered the frame in place with foam tape.


Next, I stamped the Written In Ribbons sentiment and heat embossed the Sentiment Suite greeting onto a strip of yellow cardstock. I also stamped a handful of flowers and foliage from the Signed & Sealed With A Kiss set. I tucked the greenery under the frame and then adhered the sentiment in place. A few clear sequins finished things off nicely.

That's all I have to share with you today. I hope you've enjoyed my projects this month!

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $50 gift card to The Greetery's website. Also, make sure to check in on the other ladies to see even more gorgeous projects:

Kay Miller
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Keeway Tsao
Angelica Conrad
Kelly Lunceford
Norine Borys
Caly Person

Enjoy shopping tomorrow and I'll see you again soon! Have a great day!

Hello, Beautiful Card

Just For You Card & Felt Rose Headband

Hello Card

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Greetery - Pretty & Postal

Good morning, Friends, and welcome back! I know it's been a little bit quiet around here lately, but I have a good reason. Did you see our announcement? If not, you can see it here. Spoiler alert: baby (gender unknown), coming in April (or March, because who knows, but hopefully April)! So, it may stay a little quiet for a bit, but I'll try to check in as much as possible.

In the meantime, today is the first day of The Greetery's January release! There are so many beautiful things heading your way, friends. Truly. I have a few projects to share with you today to give you a sneak peek at what's to come. Let's get to it!


You all know how much I love a good tag, right? So I had a blast creating these Valentine's Day tags with the new Postal Frames Die and the Signed & Sealed collection.


I began by die cutting the Postal Frames Shapes and stamping the watermarked backgrounds on each. The Pretty Postmarks script and Windowpane Plaid Background added perfect, subtle texture to the backdrop of each tag. Then, I heat embossed the tags with a sentiment from the Signed & Sealed With A Kiss set.


I used the envelopes and mini framed sentiments from the Signed & Sealed set as the focal point on the tags. I added a bit of sponging to the envelope liners to give them some depth before tucking the mini framed piece into the envelopes (I left them loose so they can be pulled out for a little interactive element).


I used images from the Signed & Sealed With A Kiss and Pretty Postmarks sets to embellish each envelope. Keeping the layout the same on each tag helps streamline the process, while using different images and colors keeps them each unique and special.


There are some kiddos in our lives that are sure to see these pretty little tags tied to a treat come Valentine's Day!

Next up, I've used that same sweet envelope from Signed & Sealed with the gorgeous florals in Signed & Sealed With A Kiss to create a delicate wedding card.


I stamped and die cut the envelope and added the liner by painting directly onto the liner stamp with copper metallic watercolor. I tucked the foliage from the Signed & Sealed With A Kiss into the envelope (the handy, die-cut slit makes this a snap) and secured the stems on the back. I set that aside for a moment.


Then, I used the same watercolor technique on the frame. I love how it adds a soft, organic feel to the image. Once die cut, I stamped the sentiment from the Signed & Sealed With A Kiss set.


Next, I sponged a bit of aqua ink onto a white panel and splattered it with more of the copper watercolor. I am totally smitten with the mix of copper and pink! After it had dried, I attached that panel to a pink card base and tied it with a bit of crochet thread. All that was left to do was attach the envelope and sentiment with foam tape. I love that this card is clean, but still has plenty of texture and details to keep things interesting.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $50 gift card to The Greetery's website. Also, make sure to check in on the other ladies to see even more gorgeous projects:

Kay Miller
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Keeway Tsao
Angelica Conrad
Kelly Lunceford

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here tomorrow with more of this amazing release!

Valentine's Day Tags

Wedding Day Card

Friday, December 13, 2019

Festive Friday - Two Styles!

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Good morning, friends, and welcome to this week's Festive Friday! We're getting down to the wire now, folks! There is only one Festive Friday after this week. So today I have a couple of pairs of tags to share with you today (full disclosure: there were three of each, but a poorly placed baby wipe killed one of each. Boo!) Since there were only two survivors of each of these styles, I decided to share both today.


First up, I have some shaped shaker tags I made with the Hard Candy Christmas set from Ellen Hutson.


These may look complicated, but they're actually pretty simple. I stamped and die cut the front jar and backed it with a clear cardstock die cut before setting it aside. Then, I die cut folded cardstock so that the shape formed a tent. On the inside I stamped my "to:" and "from:" (I forgot to photograph the insides, but I used the same set as on the other tags from today).

On the outside of the tented bit, I stamped the peppermint from Hard Candy Christmas multiple times. I just did some very simple masking to keep them from overlapping. Then, I assembled my shaker using foam tape, chunky crystal glitter, and a few snowflake sequins. I topped the jar with a banner die cut stamped with a greeting from the same set.


The other tags are ridiculously easy, but I love how clean and simple they are. I die cut the tags from white cardstock and then stamped them with the ribbon stripes from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments (a set I designed a couple of years ago). I added the "to:" and "from:" from the same set.

Then, I stamped and die cut the bows and attached them with foam tape. I embellished each bow with a faux nailhead to look like the knot of the bow. It's a small thing, but it adds just enough shine to make it pop. A little crochet thread for tying and these were done.

Well, that's all for today! I hope you've enjoyed this week's Festive Friday post. I'll see you back here again next week for a final installment! Have a great weekend!

And if you've missed it, I have a post over on The Greetery's blog today, so be sure to check that out too!

Candy Jar Shaker Tags

Stamped Ribbon Tags

Friday, December 6, 2019

Festive Friday - Monogram Tags

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Good morning, friends! Welcome to Festive Friday! It's hard to believe, but there are only two more Festive Fridays after this one. Christmas is coming at us fast! Today's tags are a nice, quick option for dressing up your seasonal packages though, so have no fear! Let's get to it!


I love a good monogram and gift tags are the perfect opportunity to use them (assuming you don't have several of the same initial in the family). I chose three from our list. I don't bother with the "to:" and "from:" on monogram tags because the "to:" is taken care of with the recipient's initial and they can usually guess the "from:" based on the handmade tag. But you could always add those bits of info on the back or on a second layer if you felt the need.


For these tags, I die cut the tags from one of Betsy's Make It Market Mini Kits from a while back. Then, I stamped them with the Jumbo Plaid background from The Stamp Market. I used the Skinny Upper Alpha die (also from The Stamp Market) to cut the monograms.


Then, I stamped a variety of foliage from The Stamp Market's Festive Floral set to use to decorate the tags. I die cut a handful of each piece and then assembled a few at a time on the tags. That means I have more pieces on hand to create additional tags. Bonus! I finished these off with simple white crochet thread for a clean, classic look.

By the way, I chose to go for monograms that didn't have a "floating middle" to worry about (like A or D or O), but you could still use those letters easily by adding a second layer to your tags. You could even do the pattern on the back so the letter was patterned rather than solid for a whole new look.

I hope you've enjoyed today's tag trio! I hope to see you back again next week for our second-to-last Festive Friday of the season! Have a wonderful weekend!

Plaid Monogram Tags

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Festive Friday (or, you know, Saturday) - Gift Bow Tags

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Hello, friends! Thank you for your patience with this week's post. Sometimes the schedule just fills faster that we expect, know what I mean? Well, I hope today's project is worth the wait!

Last year these glittered bow tags were some of my favorites that I did the entire series. So I thought it would be fun to recreate something similar with new product from The Greetery. I totally love the Fit To Be Tied die and I just knew it would make lovely statement tags. 

Quick tip: Often I just go for whatever colors appeal to me in the moment, but for these I looked at my wrapping paper collection and chose colors that I thought would coordinate nicely with a couple of the papers I have on hand. It's fun to wing it, but sometimes these things are more useful with a few extra minutes of planning.


I cut the bows (two of the solid parts, one of the detail xyroned on both sides) and set them aside. Then, I die cut the long, scalloped die from the Speed Tagging set. You could use more than one shape to do these tags in order to get a quicker result, but I just cut smaller pieces of white cardstock and die cut only the area I needed for the tags I wanted.


I splattered three of the tags with silver watercolor and stamped the sentiment when the paint was dry (it just took a few minutes since the speckles were so small). On the other three, I added the "to:" and "from:" in ink colors that would coordinate with the bows on the front of the tags. I adhered the tags together. Then, I tied each one with baker's twine and set them aside.


Next, I attached the bow detail pieces to their respective solid counterparts and removed the Xyron backing to expose the adhesive underneath. I sprinkled each bow with a matching glitter and burnished it into the adhesive to make sure there was as little transfer as possible later on. I curved the bows a bit with my fingertips and attached them to the additional solid bows with foam tape. The second bow just gives a bit of depth. I adhered the fully assembled bows to the tags and voila!

I love this style and I'm sure I'll be doing it again in the future! Thank you so much for joining me this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Gift Bow Tags