Thursday, June 14, 2018

Introducing Corner Adorner: June

Welcome to today's post, friends! I'm popping in today to introduce you to my newest Corner Adorner set for Papertrey Ink (it's coming your way tomorrow, June 15th, at 10pm). I have three projects to share so show you just how versatile this set can be. Let's get started!


This month's Corner Adorner features a vine-y berry design that I'm really pumped about. The wild black raspberries growing on our property will be ripening in the next few weeks and I'm looking forward to getting out and picking my fill. So on this card, I chose to use the purples that remind me of those berries.


I stamped a Classic Kraft panel with the berries, rotating them to fill the space. I cut the edge with the To The Point Edgers die and layered it with a Rustic White mat. Then, I heat embossed a sentiment from Forest Floor: Summer onto a Royal Velvet card front and adhered the berry panel into place.


Next, I sponged some Winter Wisteria ink onto Rustic White cardstock and die cut it with the "celebrate" sentiment die from Bold Borders: Wave. I also die cut the "celebrate" from Winter Wisteria and then stacked the die cuts, with the white one landing on top. To finish I just adhered the word die to the card front. Nice and simple!

Next up, I have a card pairing Corner Adorner: June with Sentiment Staples: Sending You.


I began by die cutting a white panel with a die from the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die. I stamped a few vines and berries on the outer frame and sponged the inner piece with Aqua Mist ink. The layered stenciling and blending adds so much depth! Next, I stamped the Sentiment Staples: Sending You greeting in Pure Poppy and True Black inks.


Then, I stamped and die cut the large berry corner and the small berry sprig. I think it's easiest to stamp the vines, die cut, and then add the berries and flowers last. It just makes it so much easier to line up.


I adhered the frame and center panel to a Berry Sorbet card base, using foam adhesive under the center panel to give it a little depth. Then, I added the berry bits to the front of the card and embellished the center of each flower with clear glitter for sparkle. It's so bright and summery!

My last card from today gives the berries a softer, gentle look. I used pastels on the berries and flowers and more muted tones on the greenery to mellow things out a little.


I began by lightly stenciling the Quatrefoil pattern using the Stencil Basics: Quatrefoil stencils. Then, I used the pierced oval from Betsy's new Shape Shifters: Oval II to define the center of the panel. I splattered the center of the panel with Copic Opaque White Pigment (side note: warm up the pigment by adding in a tiny bit of Summer Sunrise ink before doing your splattering).


Next, I stitched a piece of polka dotted Bitty Big: Harvest Gold paper to the bottom edge. After adhering that whole panel to a Rustic White card base, I rounded the corners. Then, I stamped and die cut the berry vines and adhered it to the front of the card with a mix of flat and foam adhesives.


Next, I stamped and die cut the flowers and adhered them over the integrated flowers for added depth. The sentiment was stamped on a banner from the First Place die collection and tucked the end under one of the vines. To finish it up, I simply adhered a twine bow over the leaves in the top corner.

Thank you so much for sharing your morning with me! Make sure to pop over and see what Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie have to share with you. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you soon!

Your Special Day Card

A Happy Hello Card

You Make Me Smile Card

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Introducing Botanical Bounty II & With All My Heart

Good morning, friends! Are you enjoying this month's Papertrey Ink countdown? The team is back today to introduce a couple of amazing new stamp sets and dies that I'm positive you're going to adore!

You all know how much I love Botanical Bounty. I mean, ugh, it's so beautiful it almost hurts. Well, good news for all of you that love Botanical Bounty as much as I do...there's a second edition coming your way! That's right! Jennifer Campbell's Botanical Bounty II is releasing this month! Huzzah!


To start today's card, I stamped and die cut a whole buncha flowers and leaves. I went with reds and pinks on the flowers and yellowy greens on the foliage. I love it! It feels so rich to me.


To prepare the background, I die cut the new Bold Borders: Wave from Yupo paper and created a stencil. I sponged Spring Rain onto a white card front through the stencil to transfer the pattern (inspired by handmade Japanese paper) and then adhered that panel to a Spring Rain card base.


Next, I stamped a Banner Style sentiment onto the coordinating die and adhered it to the front of the card with foam adhesive. Then, I just tucked and arranged the flowers around the banner. Good golly that's luscious. I'm going to love this new set as much as the first!

We're also introducing a cool new die and mini stamp set designed by Kimberly Crawford. She handlettered the Love Die and created a set of handy sentiments called With All My Heart to complement it. So cute!


For my card today, I decided to die cut the Love die from masking paper and stamp around it using the Botanical Bounty II images.


The trick when you're doing a design like this is to place your mask and then lightly sponge a base color first. That way your edges are defined just a little bit in the event that your floral stamping has gaps. And it likely will because too much overlap can make things feel a touch overcrowded.


Once I was done with my florals, I simply stamped the companion sentiment in True Black and tied a Rustic Jute bow around that panel. Then, I mounted that panel to a Classic Kraft card base. Easy and colorful!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a few more projects to share. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have projects to share with you. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Grateful For You Card

Love Is All You Need Card

Monday, June 11, 2018

Introducing Text & Texture: Ocean, Reef Builder Dies, And Shape Shifters: Oval II

Good morning, friends! The Papertrey Ink team is back at it again, this time with Betsy's new Text & Texture: Ocean stamp set, Reef Builder Dies, and Shape Shifters: Oval II die. These new additions perfectly complement the Salt Air collection that we debuted yesterday. If you're a big fan of sea life, this is your month!

I've created two cards to share with you today. First up, I wanted to show you how you can use these new products to breathe new life into older sets you might already have on hand. For example, I used the Text & Texture: Ocean set to create a background for one of the lighthouses from the Guiding Lights set.


I began by sponging a very light coat of Spring Rain ink onto a piece of white cardstock. Then I stamped the waves in Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening inks. I die cut those with a Noted: Simply Stitched panel and then matted it with another piece of white cardstock.


Next, I stamped and die cut my lighthouse and adhered it to the wave panel using foam tape. Then, I heat embossed the sentiment from Sentiment Staples: Sending You onto an Enchanted Evening strip that I trimmed at an angle. I stamped the companion sentiment onto the feature panel before adhering that strip into place with foam tape.


Then, I simply adhered the feature panel to a Soft Stone card base. I wanted to keep this design really simple and gender neutral so you could send it to anyone. It's nice to have a handful of versatile notes on hand for those unexpected occasions.

Next up, I've paired the Reef Builder dies with Shape Shifters: Oval to create another more masculine or gender neutral thank you card.


I began by sponging a deep water ombre using Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, and Dark Indigo onto a piece of Rustic White cardstock. I splattered it with clean water, Pearl Glimmer Mist, and Copic Opaque White Pigment to incorporate as much texture as possible.


I adhered that to a Classic Kraft card base and set it aside. Next, I die cut the patterned center Shape Shifters: Oval II window from a Rustic White card front. I stamped that panel with Corner Adorner: April using Fine Linen and Classic Kraft inks to look like sand before adhering that to the card base with foam tape.


Then, I die cut my coral and ocean plants. I sponged each piece to give them a bit of dimension before adhering them to the card front with flat and foam adhesives. I heat embossed another Sentiment Staples: Sending You greeting onto a kraft banner and adhered it to the card front, hiding the end underneath the kelp. Like I mentioned before, I did my best to keep this card fairly masculine. Gents like the ocean too, friends.

That's all I have to share for today. I'll be back in a couple of days with more of this month's release. In the meantime, Amy, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, KellyLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have projects to share with you. Have a great day and I'll see you soon!

Hope & Comfort Card

Sincerest Gratitude Card

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Introducing Salt Air: Flora, Fauna, and Sentiments

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink June Countdown! For the next five days we'll be sharing projects showcasing this month's release. Today, we're introducing a collection from Betsy Veldman that is sure to thrill all of you ocean-lovers out there. The Salt Air series includes the Flora set, Fauna set, and a mini packed with fabulous sentiments. Let's take a closer look with a project!

I thought it would be fun to create a vivid scene for a baby card. So often we use pastels for babies, but why not exercise some of those brighter colors? Especially if you know an expectant couple that enjoys the ocean.


I began by sponging a watery background onto white cardstock using Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal inks. I splattered the inked surface with clean water and Copic Opaque White Pigment to add some visual texture.


Then, I created a sandy ocean floor by applying real decorative sand to Fine Linen and Classic Kraft die cuts In The Meadow die cuts. I adhered them to the front of my card with dimensional adhesives to add depth. Next, I  stamped and die cut several coral pieces from Salt Air: Flora and tucked them between the sandy bits.


I wanted my sentiment to stand out, but I didn't want to obscure the background any more than was necessary. I chose to heat emboss the Salt Air: Sentiments greeting on a vellum banner which worked perfectly. I also stamped and die cut both of the sea turtles from Salt Air: Fauna. I adhered them to the card front with foam adhesive, using the small turtle to hide the adhesive for the vellum banner. A couple of googlie eyes give them a slightly comical, baby-friendly appearance.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. That's all I have to share for now, but I'll be back tomorrow with more of this month's Papertrey Ink release. Until then, Amy, Betsy, Dawn, HeatherLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have projects to share with you. Have a great day and I'll see you soon!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Celebrating The Fourth Of July With Stitching Dies

Good morning and welcome to this month’s Stitching Focus! I’m Lizzie Jones, your Stitching Ambassador and I am so excited to be here sharing with you today! I wanted to think outside the box for this month’s Stitching Feature to come up with a piece of patriotic home decor that you could create and hang for your upcoming Fourth Of July festivities. I think it’s easy to forget how many fantastic alphabets we have at our disposal that can really help us customize our stitched projects. How about a refresher?

We have several alphabets available to fit nearly any need. The Sew Stylish Alphabets are a nice, large option great for monograms and home decor. The Small Stitched Alphabet is perfect for spelling out words and adding names to coin purses, coffee cozies, and bookmarks. The Cross Stitch Alphabet makes for a striking monogram, with its unique style and bold size. And the Tiny Stitched Alphabets give you the flexibility to customize any message you want to add to a project. Let’s take a peek at these different alphabets in action!
Erin used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and the Small Stitched Alphabet together to personalize her Scissor Keeper. The two sizes pair perfectly and the Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster bloom makes a very cute embellishment.
The Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 is also perfect for creating bold wall art for your studio. Erin sewed her saying into a large hoop with two sprays of Embellished Elegance and Button Stacks flowers for a piece that’s sure to brighten even the dreariest office.
Adding a monogram is a lovely way to customize a gift and the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 is the ideal size for making that happen. Mymonogrammed Needle Book is something I still use on a very regular basis and that bright, Pure Poppy “L” never fails to make me smile.
A more unique way to personalize an item is to mix and match several alphabets together to give your project quirky flair. Erin used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 2Small Stitched AlphabetCross Stitched Alphabet, and Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 to give this little Coin Purse IIbig personality!
Laura used the Cross Stitch Alphabet to emblazon her Stitched Tag with a bold letter “A.” The Bitty Button Stacks die cuts are such a charming way to dress up a monogram!
Melissa create a festive handmade banner with the Cross Stitched Alphabet and the Tag Sale #5 and Basic Bookmark 1 dies. She dressed up her tag pennants with Seasonal Stitching: Holly leaves and delicate trims. the result is soft and sweet and full of texture.
Erin created this joyful birthday wand by using the Small Stitched Alphabet to spell out the word “wish” on a star from her Quick Stitch: Beaded Holiday kit. The beaded sequins add such sparkle and texture!
Kids love seeing their names on gifts, so I used the Small Stitched Alphabet to personalize this Stitched Bookmark for my nephew, Charlie. The letters were a perfect fit!
Nichole used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 2 to complement the Seasonal Stitching: Ladybug and Button Stacks blooms. Using the “holes only” style dies gives your projects an embroidered look and keeps the bulk at a minimum.
I wanted a unique message for my decorative Hoopla hoop, so I used the Tiny Stitched Alphabet to add my message on the Hoopla: Stitched Banner Dies. I finished off the sentiment with the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and a vintage button “bouncing ball.”
Amy also used the Hoopla collection on her home decor piece. She used the same Tiny Stitched Alphabet to add her sentiment to her hoop. The message is perfect with the Stitched Bicycle die!
Laurie chose the Tiny Stitched Alphabet Blocks dies for her hoop. She very cleverly created dimensional flowers using the Hoopla: Stitched Scallops Die and leaf dies. This would make such a cute gift for a friend in their favorite colors.
It’s amazing how versatile our stitched alphabets can be. There’s a size and style for every project! I thought it might be fun to mix and match a few different fonts and create a bit of decor for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. I’ve used Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and Sew Stylish Alphabet 2 along with the Small Stitched Alphabet and Tiny Stitched Alphabet to put together a totally customized message.
I was inspired by this door hanger that I made for Christmas a couple of years ago. I just made it a little bit longer to make room for the Stitched Primitive Star shape.
Instead of free handing the bottom edge this time, I was able to use the To The Point Edgers. I used the Stitching Lines to die cut sewing lines around the edges.
I used the Small Stitching Alphabet and Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and 2 to create the message. The “holes only” design of the Sew Stylish Alphabet 2 made it a snap to attach the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 letters evenly.
The Sew Stylish Numbers came in handy on this design too. The Tiny Stitched Alphabet was just the right size to add the “th.” I used a single thread of silver along with the white to make the edges sparkle. I added the same single thread to the red on the star and the blue on the 4.
I dressed up the bottom of the door hanger with a navy blue button and a jingle bell (because a little jingle never hurt anybody). The baker’s twine brings that pop of red back in again.
I used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 2 to stitch my initials onto the back. I like adding touches like this so my recipient can always remember where they got the gift. I also added an extra layer of felt between the front and back before stitching up the edges. It gives the door hanger a little extra heft and stability. You could probably use cardstock or inexpensive eco felt (the stuff from a big-box store) if you don’t want to use your beautiful Papertrey felt somewhere where it won’t be actually seen. Now our front door is all ready for next month!
Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope this post has inspired you create something beautiful for your home. Have a wonderful, crafty week and I’ll see you again soon!