Monday, August 15, 2016

Release In Review

Good morning and welcome back to the Release In Review for the Papertrey Ink August countdown. It's been a super fun release with some wonderful new products and I have several projects to share to wrap things up for this month. Let's get to it!

First up, I have a card using both Betsy's Inspired: Blessed and What The Doodle: Tea Time sets.

Blessed Beyond Measure Card

I used two of the Noted dies to create the frame and then used an embossing sandwich to get the pretty scallops on the inner cut. I created a little table scene with a strip of Classic Kraft stamped with Background Basics: Woodgrain and a triangle of Lovely Laurels paper cut using another Noted die. I sponged a bit of Harvest Gold ink on the card base before stamping the steam (sponged rather than tapped on the ink pad to give it subtlety) and sentiment and adhering the frame.

Blessed Beyond Measure Close Up

The tea cup was stamped and die cut from white cardstock and colored very simply with Copics. I adhered it in the frame's opening with foam tape and embellished the tiny dots in the image with fine glitter.

Next is a Thanksgiving card made with Maile's newest Splits: Giving Thanks set.

Giving Thanks Splits Card

I began by stamping the frame pieces separately and on an angle on a piece of Rustic White cardstock using Cocoa Bean ink. I randomly added in extra leaves and heat embossed those in gold. I also colored in the acorns with a Copic, being careful to avoid the lines so I wouldn't get smudges.

Giving Thanks Splits Close Up

I adhered that front panel to a Simply Chartreuse card base and then heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of Terra Cotta Tile cardstock. The sentiment strip was then mounted to the card front with foam tape. I really love the impact of the gold embossing on this simple design. It makes things just a teensy bit fancy.

On this next card I've paired Dawn's Give Thanks sentiment with her Enclosed: Apple and Lexi's new Alphabet Soup for a teacher appreciation card.

Count My Blessings Card

I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Pencil Me In patterned paper and punched a few "binder holes" before adhering it to a Classic Kraft card base. Next I stamped the Alphabet Soup background onto Berry Sorbet cardstock with Pure Poppy ink and die cut it with the Enclosed: Apple die. I sponged around the edges with additional Pure Poppy ink and embellished with a Classic Kraft stem and Green Parakeet patterned paper leaf.

Count My Blessings Close Up

I mounted that to the card front with foam tape and added a Wonderful Words: Teacher die cut that I'd stamped in Aqua Mist ink with the coordinating stamp set. Perfect for letting your favorite teachers know how much you appreciate their hard work on behalf of your kids.

Next I've used Kay's Spooky Smiles set with the Text Block: Halloween die for a sweet Halloween card.

Trick Or Treat Text Block Card

I began by stamping and die cutting the witch's hat from Kay's set before coloring it with Copic markers. I used a Wink Of Stella glitter pen to embellish the sash and set it aside for a moment. Then, I sponged a piece of Winter Wisteria cardstock with Amethyst Allure and Royal Velvet inks before die cutting with the Text Block: Halloween die.

Trick Or Treat Text Block Close Up

I trimmed out the cobwebs from that die cut and layered the frame and the words onto a second shape, this one cut from vellum. I added a narrow Orange Zest mat and attached the hat with foam tape. That whole piece was adhered to a white card base that I had already stamped with the stars in Script Swirls: Birthday using Limeade Ice ink.

Up next is the second of Kay's sets for this month, Stylized Autumn. Don't you just love Kay's designs?!

Happiest Season Card

I began by stamping the leafy image onto a panel of Spring Moss cardstock using Ocean Tides and Pinefeather inks. I textured that with the Woodgrain Impression Plate and adhered it to a white card base. Next, I die cut the tag shape from white cardstock and sponged on a bit of Ocean Tides ink before stamping the sentiment in Dark Chocolate. I tied on a faux button (cut with the Buttoned Up #2 die) with Rustic Jute Button Twine and mounted the tag to the card front with foam tape.

Happiest Season Close Up

I then stamped the fox onto white cardstock with Canyon Clay ink and added sponged Terra Cotta Tile to deepen the color. I die cut the fox and adhered it into place on the tag using foam tape.

Last but not least, I have a wedding tag created with Maile's Fancy Foliage stamps and dies.

Wedding Wishes Tag 1

I began by sponging a piece of white cardstock with Aqua Mist ink. I die cut that with the Tag Sale #8 die and added texture by embossing with the Cover Plate: Quatrefoil die. I layered that piece with a frame cut using the same tag die and set it aside.

Wedding Wishes Tag 2

Then I heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of vellum and die cut it with the coordinating die set. I adhered it to the tag with foam tape, hiding it behind the berries. I embellished with clear rhinestones and a Fancy Foliage Details shape cut from Silver Foil Adhesive paper that I'd attached to white cardstock. Simple and elegant.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to pop in on Amy, Ashley, BetsyDanielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, Laurie, and Melissa to see the rest of their August countdown projects. Have a great week, everyone!

Recipes:
Blessed Beyond Measure Card
Stamps: What The Doodle: Tea Time, Background Basics: Woodgrain, Inspired: Blessed - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft, Make It Market Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: What The Doodle Tea Time Die, Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Markers - Copic

Giving Thanks Card
Stamps: Splits: Giving Thanks - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White, Simply Chartreuse, Terra Cotta Tile - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Cocoa Bean - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Gold Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Marker - Copic

Count My Blessings Card
Stamps: Alphabet Soup, Give Thanks, Wonderful Words: Teacher, Enclosed: Apple - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Classic Kraft, Pencil Me In Patterned Paper, Green Parakeet + White Patterned Paper, Fresh Snow Linen - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, True Black, New Leaf, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Other: Enclosed: Apple Die, Wonderful Words: Teacher Die - Papertrey Ink; Crop-A-Dile - We R Memory Keepers; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Trick Or Treat Card
Stamps: Spooky Smiles, Script Swirls: Birthday - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria, Orange Zest, Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, Limeade Ice - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento
Other: Text Block: Halloween Die, Spooky Smiles Die - Papertrey Ink; Wink Of Stella Glitter Pen - Zig; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Happiest Season Card
Stamps: Stylized Autumn, Bitty Background Blocks II - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Ocean Tides, Pinefeather, Canyon Clay, Terra Cotta Tile, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Other: Stylized Autumn Die, Tag Sale #2 Die, Buttoned Up #2 Die, Woodgrain Impression Plate, Rustic Jute Button Twine - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron; Plastic Wrap

Wedding Wishes Tag
Stamps: Fancy Foliage - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Silver Foil Adhesive Sheet, Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko

Other: Fancy Foliage Die, Fancy Foliage Details Die, Tag Sale #8 Die, Cover Plate: Quatrefoil Die - Papertrey Ink; White Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Rhinestones - Kaisercraft, Mark Richards; White Crochet Thread; Organdy Ribbon

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Halloween Stitching Fun

Good morning and welcome back for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown! Today is all about Erin Lincoln's newest collection of Halloween stitching dies and you're sure to be delighted.

Beaded Cauldron Embroidery Hoop

I love creating handmade seasonal items to decorate our home, so I couldn't wait to whip up a little Halloween scene when I saw Erin's newest set of dies. I had a blast putting this hoop together! There are definitely more of these spooky scenes in my future. Let's take a closer look!

Beaded Cauldron Embroidery Hoop 3

I began by stitching the largest Stitched Circles die (cut from Winter Wisteria felt) to a printed fabric base. I added a ground with a Hoopla: Stitched Circle Bases shape cut from Simply Chartreuse. Next, I added the Vintage Cream scallops using the Hoopla: Stitched Scallops die. I love the way the contrasting stitching turned out!

Beaded Cauldron Embroidery Hoop 4

Then, I stitched the Harvest Gold moon using the new Stitched Moon & Sketched Stars die. I also added the bats using the Haunted Headstones bats. I wanted them to have dimension, so I just stitched along the center of their bodies and fluffed their wings out a bit.

Beaded Cauldron Embroidery Hoop 5

The cauldron was the last step. I used the new Stitched Beaded Cauldron die to cut the base from True Black, the handle from Smokey Shadow, and the small details from Classic Kraft. The concoction in the cauldron was cut from Summer Sunrise felt and embellished with sequins and beads from a craft store.

Version 2

Erin has mentioned that she designed this die to be used with 8mm sequins, but the ones I used were definitely smaller (maybe 6mm) and it still looks great. There were a few slightly larger gaps between some of the sequins, but I just filled in with a few extra seed beads and I doubt anyone would ever notice.

I can't wait to do another hoop! Maybe two more, so I can hang all three in a group for Halloween. Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed today's project. Make sure to pop in on Nichole, Amy, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, LaurieMelissa, Lexi, Erin, and Maile to see even more from this release. Have a great day!

Recipe:
Beaded Cauldron Halloween Hoop
Dies: Stitched Beaded Cauldron Die, Stitched Moon & Sketched Stars Die, Haunted Headstones Die, Hoopla: Stitched Circle Bases Die, Stitched Circles Die, Hoopla: Stitched Scallops Die - Papertrey Ink
Felt: Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold, True Black, Smokey Shadow, Classic Kraft, Summer Sunrise - Papertrey Ink
Other: Star Fabric; 7" Embroidery Hoop; Sequins; Seed Beads - Darice; Embroidery Floss - DMC

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Halloween Inspirations

Good morning and welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown! Today is all about Halloween and treat packaging. Halloween is one of my favorite times to give special little treats and goodies. And super fun packaging makes presenting these small gifts even more joyful! I have three kid-friendly (ie: not too creepy or scary) packaging projects to share with you, so let's get to it!

We're going to start today with a small treat bag that I created by adapting the Bunny Bag to fit the fall season.


I started by die cutting the bag twice from Green Parakeet + White patterned paper. I used the Pinking Shears Border Die to trim off the bunny face flaps and then assembled like normal. Then, I die cut the fence from True Black cardstock using the Tiny Town: Spooky Yard die. I adhered that to the bag before coating the surface with Onyx glitter.


Next, I stamped and die cut the pumpkin from Autumn Pumpkins with Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, and Green Parakeet inks. I added the carved face from Pumpkin Expressions using True Black and adhered it to the bag with foam tape. Next, I die cut the tiny banner from Tag Sale #10, stamped it with the "trick or treat" sentiment, and tucked it under the pumpkin. I punched two holes in the top of the bag using a Crop-A-Dile and tied it closed with Summer Sunrise Saddle Stitch Ribbon. An Orange Zest button and twine bow finished things off nicely.

Next up is a tag I created by pairing Maile's newest Shaped Sayings Die with Betsy's Dress Up Dolls: Halloween.


I began by stamping and die cutting the little girl from the Dress Up Dolls: Basics set along with the costume and seasonal accessories in Dress Up Dolls: Halloween. I colored the pieces with Copic markers and set them aside. Next, I xyroned some Winter Wisteria cardstock and die cut it with the Shaped Sayings: Halloween Die. I stacked three die cuts and glittered the top one for a super sparkly finish.


Then, I die cut at Tag Sale: Quilted shape from white cardstock and masked off the scalloped edges. I sponged the center with Green Parakeet ink before adhering my little girl into place. Then, I added the Trick Or Treat shape to the tag with foam tape. I finished the tag with a bit of Winter Wisteria Saddle Stitch Ribbon, an Orange Zest Button, and some green baker's twine. The little girl looks just like my niece, so this tag will be the perfect embellishment for her Halloween treat bag this year.

Last up today, I have a treat box I made with the new Tiny Town: Spookville die collection. I kept this box more on the kiddo-friendly side by only using the smiling ghost and not using the cobwebs or bats. You could certainly add them though for a creepier end result.


I began by die cutting the house base from Amethyst Allure cardstock. I sponged Amethyst Allure ink around the edges to give a little depth and then stamped "siding" using one of the stripe strips in Plaid Builder.


I assembled the house, backing the windows with clear cardstock and adding a True Black roof, Royal Velvet and Smokey Shadow porch, and Amethyst Allure chimney.


I further embellished with the True Black windows and front door that had all been coated in glitter. I also added Orange Zest pumpkins to the front porch and a happy, vellum ghost emerging from the chimney. I opted to tie my box closed with baker's twine to make sure that little hands wouldn't have any trouble getting inside.


I added a Tremendous Tag that I'd stamped with the sweet little ghost and sentiment from Kay's new Spooky Smiles set. So cute!

Alrighty, I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! Make sure to check in with Nichole, Amy, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, Laurie, MelissaLexi, and Maile for more peeks at this month's releases. See you soon!

Recipes:
Trick Or Treat Pumpkin Bag
Stamps: Autumn Pumpkins, Pumpkin Expressions - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Green Parakeet + White Patterned Paper, True Black - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Orange Zest, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Autumn Pumpkins Die, Tiny Town: Spooky Yard Die, Tag Sale #10 Die, Summer Sunrise Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Orange Zest Vintage Button - Papertrey Ink; Onyx Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Black Twine - American Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Trick Or Treat Tag
Stamps: Dress Up Dolls: Halloween, Dress Up Dolls: Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Green Parakeet - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento
Other: Shaped Sayings: Halloween, Tag Sale: Quilted, Dress Up Dolls: Basics Die, Dress Up Dolls: Halloween Die, Orange Zest Vintage Button; Winter Wisteria Saddle Stitch Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Purple Sapphire Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Green Apple Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Foam Tape - Scotch; Markers - Copic; Xyron

Haunted House Treat Box
Stamps: Plaid Builder, Spooky Smiles - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Amethyst Allure, True Black, Royal Velvet, Smokey Shadow, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Clear, Linen Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, Smokey Shadow, Winter Wisteria, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Tiny Town: Basics Die, Tiny Town: Spookville Die, Tremendous Tags Die - Papertrey Ink; Lemon Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Onyx Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Xyron

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thanksgiving Inspirations

Good morning and welcome to the Papertrey Ink August countdown! Today is our first group post and we're sharing all things Thanksgiving! Autumn crafting is some of my very favorite! I just love the rich colors and natural motifs. The new stamps and dies we're introducing today have me yearning for crisp air, turning leaves, pumpkin picking, and spiced cider. Oooh...I can't wait!

My first card today features Betsy Veldman's new Color Pop: Autumn Kit. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it was to create the pattern on this card. Her pre-printed background papers make cards like this one an absolute snap!

Color Pop Autumn Paper

Before I show you the card I want to share a quick photo I snapped of the background pattern after I was finished with the stenciling. I started with the Fine Linen full-coverage pattern and filled in the blank spaces with the stencils included in the kit. The "elm" leaves were a combo of Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, and Orange Zest inks. The "buckeye" leaves were Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Ripe Avocado. The berries were Terra Cotta Tile, Pure Poppy, Americana, and Ripe Avocado. The flowers were Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado. It turned out so pretty that I didn't want to completely cover it up!

Choose Joy Card

So instead I created a frame using one of the Stitched Rectangle dies with one of the rectangles from the Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection. I heat embossed a sentiment from Dawn's New Every Morning set onto vellum and adhered that into the frame opening. I tied a bow of Rustic Jute Button Twine through the holes in the Stitched Rectangle and adhered that whole piece into place on the front of my card.

Choose Joy Close Up

Next, I die cut the pre-printed flower stem (I love these patterned papers!) and adhered it to the card front with a bit of foam tape. Then, I embellished the flower centers very simply using Glossy Accents. It adds just a bit of texture without distracting from the sentiment or the background.

The rest of my projects for today go together as an ensemble for your Thanksgiving Hostess.

Autumnal Hostess Ensemble

Any of these items can stand perfectly well on its own, but presented together you have a nice gift that coordinates beautifully without being too matchy matchy. Let's start with the card.

Happy Thanksgiving Pumpkins Card

I began by sponging a bit of Fine Linen Ink onto a Rustic White card base. Then, I stamped the striped pattern using Plaid Builder and an assortment of autumnal ink colors. Then, I stamped the sentiment and the tall pumpkin from Autumn Pumpkins onto a smaller panel of Rustic White cardstock. I stamped and die cut the smaller pumpkin on an extra scrap before adhering it into place on the Rustic White panel with a piece of foam tape.

Happy Thanksgiving Pumpkins Close Up

I added a handful of Classic Kraft dots before mounting that panel to the card front with strips of coaster (it's thinner than foam tape, but gives a similar effect). The card still needed a little something, so I added a bow with a length of natural waxed cord.

Next up is the wine tag.

For You Wine Tag

I wanted to keep the colors similar to those on the card to make sure everything coordinated, so not much changed in that department. I began by sponging the Rustic White tag with a little bit of Spring Moss just to soften the white-ness. Then I stamped the sentiment from Betsy's new Paper Clippings: Thankful for you set with Cocoa Bean ink. I die cut and stamped the shocks of wheat and leaves (also from the Paper Clippings set) and arranged those on the lower half of the tag. Next, I heat embossed the sentiment from Nichole's Keep It Simple: From All Of Us onto an Americana banner (a Sketched Shapes banner that I ran through twice to get the double cut ends) and mounted it to the tag with foam tape. I finished things off by adding a Autumn Pumpkins gourd that I'd stamped and die cut just like the one on the card.

And last but not least is the little treat bag.

So Thankful Treat Bag

I started this one by die cutting the Get A Handle On It shape from Rustic White cardstock. I sponged on a bit more Spring Moss before stamping the wheat along the handle's curve. Next, I die cut the long banner shape from Ripe Avocado cardstock and stamped it with the Plaid Builder stripes using the matching ink. I adhered it to the handle piece and then layered on a Paper Clippings shape that I'd die cut from Canyon Clay. I adhered that whole piece to a kraft lunch sack that I'd trimmed down with pinking shears. I used a piece of velcro on the back to make it easier for the hostess to open the bag without having to tear the whole thing apart in the process.

Alrighty, I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! Make sure to check in with Nichole, Amy, AshleyBetsy, Danielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, LaurieMelissa, Erin, Lexi, and Maile for more peeks at this month's releases. See you soon!

Recipes:
Choose Joy Card
Stamps: Color Pop: Autumn Mini, New Every Morning - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Canyon Clay, Vellum, Color Pop: Autumn Patterned Papers - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Ripe Avocado, Terra Cotta Tile, Pure Poppy, Americana, Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, Saffron Spice - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Color Pop: Autumn Die, Stitched Rectangles Die Collection, Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection, Rustic Jute Button Twine - Papertrey Ink; White Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Glossy Accents - Ranger

Happy Thanksgiving Card
Stamps: Autumn Pumpkins, Plaid Builder - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Fine Linen, Americana, Ripe Avocado, Cocoa Bean, Canyon Clay, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Other: Autumn Pumpkins Die, Coaster - Papertrey Ink; Waxed Cord - May Arts; Foam Tape - Scotch

For You Wine Tag
Stamps: Paper Clippings: Thankful For You, Autumn Pumpkins, Keep It Simple: From All Of Us - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White, Americana - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Fine Linen, Americana, Ripe Avocado, Cocoa Bean, Canyon Clay, Classic Kraft, Saffron Spice, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Other: Paper Clippings: Thankful For You Details Die, Autumn Pumpkins Die, Sketched Shapes Die - Papertrey Ink; White Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch

So Thankful Treat Bag
Stamps: Paper Clippings: Thankful For You, Plaid Builder - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White, Canyon Clay, Ripe Avocado - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Other: Paper Clippings: Thankful For You Die, Get A Handle On It Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Kraft Paper Lunch Sack; Velcro; Pinking Shears

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lucky Break - Day 2

Good morning and welcome back for Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown! I'm back today with a few more projects featuring my new set, Lucky Break. Nichole and Amy Sheffer are also introducing this set today, too, so make sure to check in with them to see more of it in action. Let's get on to some projects, shall we?

Let's start with a traditional Thanksgiving project. I wanted to show how elegant this set can be, so I set about using a simple cream, brown, and gold color palette.

Gilded Happy Thanksgiving Card

I began by heat embossing the herringbone pattern onto a Vintage Cream card base using gold powder. Next, I die cut the wishbone from a Dark Chocolate panel and heat embossed the sentiment, also with gold powder.

Gilded Happy Thanksgiving Close Up

Then, I carefully taped off the center of the panel and painted just the edges with gold watercolor. It gives such a luxe appearance without adding the bulk of a mat layer. Once my edges were dry I removed the tape and added that panel to the card base with foam tape. Simple and sophisticated.

Next up is a card that's so incredibly easy it's almost embarrassing. But it's a great masculine design and it can be dressed up with sequins, rhinestones, or baker's twine for a more ladylike version.

Best Of Luck Card

I began by stamping the wishbones onto a Classic Kraft card base using Fresh Snow ink. I added the sentiment in True Black and then textured the front of the card with the Linen & Canvas Impression Plate. And then I talked myself in and out of adding embellishments for an hour. Ta da!

Best Of Luck Close Up

But really, you could easily do this same design in other colors or you could whip this baby together on your way out the door to an "oops-I-forgot-about-that-graduation-party" get together. Because who hasn't been there at least once, right?

I have one last project for today. It's a quirky spin on a birthday card and would be perfect for November birthdays.

Watercolor Make A Wish Card

I began by heat embossing the wishbone onto watercolor paper using white embossing powder. Then, I painted around it using Hawaiian Shores ink. Once the initial layer of color was dry, I speckled on additional Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal inks. I also added white flecks using Opaque White Pigment from Copic.

Watercolor Make A Wish Close Up

After all that had dried, I stamped my sentiment in True Black and trimmed the panel down a smidge. I mounted it to a white card base with foam tape and added a handful of Sunshine & Rainbows sequins. I'm going to be very sad when that little baggie is empty. I love those sequins.

There you have it folks! Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll see you back here tomorrow with more of the August release. In the meantime, make sure to pop in on Nichole, AmyBetsy, DanielleDawnHeather, Kay, MelissaErinLexi, and Maile for more peeks at this month's releases. See you soon!

Recipes:
Happy Thanksgiving Card
Stamps: Lucky Break, Background Basics: Herringbone - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Lucky Break Die - Papertrey Ink; Gold Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Gold Watercolor Paint - Gansai Tambi

Best Of Luck Card
Stamps: Lucky Break - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Fresh Snow, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Linen & Canvas Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink

Make A Wish Card
Stamps: Lucky Break - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Watercolor Paper - Ranger; white
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, True Black - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Sunshine & Rainbows Sequins - Papertrey Ink; Opaque White Pigment - Copic; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Embossing Powder - Filigree

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Introducing Lucky Break

Good morning and welcome to the first day of the Papertrey Ink August countdown (as always, the new products we're showcasing over the next several days will be available for purchase on the 15th from the Papertrey Ink website)! I have a unique little mini set called Lucky Break to share with you this month and I hope you get as much of a kick out of it as I do.

We're going to start this countdown with a Thanksgiving card. I absolutely love fall crafting, so this is going to be tons of fun!

Wonderful Thanksgiving Card

I began by stamping the background pattern onto a Classic Kraft card base using Autumn Pattern Prints (in the Vault, but still one of my favorite background sets for this time of year) and the stitched line from Plaid Builder using Canyon Clay and Ripe Avocado inks. Next, I used some fancy selective die cutting magic (not really magic; just position your cutting plate only over the area you want to cut) to trim just one side of the wishbone from a panel of Rustic White cardstock. I stamped the wishbone in the resulting area using Fine Linen ink that I rock 'n rolled in Classic Kraft.

Wonderful Thanksgiving Close Up

I stamped "Thanksgiving" onto the Rustic White panel with Cocoa Bean ink and adhered a narrow mat of the matching cardstock along the wishbone edge. I mounted that panel to the card base with foam tape before adding a Ripe Avocado banner that I'd heat embossed with the rest of the phrase. I just weaved the banner through the open space in the wishbone panel to make it feel a bit more integrated.

Well, that's all for me today. I'll be back here tomorrow with more of Lucky Break so I hope to see you then. In the meantime, Nichole, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kay, Laurie, Lexi, and Maile all have more to share. See you soon!

Recipe:
Wonderful Thanksgiving Card
Stamps: Lucky Break, Autumn Pattern Pieces, Plaid Builder - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Canyon Clay, Ripe Avocado, Cocoa Bean - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Lucky Break Die, Sketched Shapes Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Embossing Powder - Filigree

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stamp-A-Faire 2016: Masterpiece Inspirations



Good afternoon, Papertrey Ink friends! Are you enjoying this year's Stamp-A-Faire festivities? I sure hope so! I love the challenge we're sharing this hour and I hope you enjoy it, too. Nichole challenged the Design Team to find a work of art that we found inspiring and then create a card based on that inspiration piece. Doesn't that sound like fun?! So here's how that all came together for me:


Impressionism has long been a favorite of mine and I knew I wanted to draw upon one of the French masters for this challenge. I found this piece, AnĂ©mones Roses, and simply fell head over heels.

Source

When I look at this painting by Berthe Morisot, I see romanticism, gorgeous, layered brush strokes, and a cool, serene palette that just draws you in. I love how she softens the edges of her subject and uses pops of bright pink to direct your eye. I hope I've done the original piece justice with my interpretation.

Love For A Lifetime Card

I began by creating the background. First, I sponged a bit of Aqua Mist onto a watercolor paper panel. Then...remember the technique I mentioned in yesterday's post featuring Art With Heart? I used that same technique here, but this time I layered a couple of colors. I started with a Ripe Avocado layer (it dried a bit lighter which worked out perfectly) and added a barely-there layer of Enchanted Evening, too. I wanted to recreate that same soft brushwork from the original piece and I feel pretty happy with how it turned out.

Love For A Lifetime Close Up

Once my background had dried, I trimmed it down a smidgen and stamped the stems from Friendship Jar Flowers and a sentiment from Graceful Greetings II. I stamped the flowers from Cutting Garden using Lemon Tart, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, and just a touch of Pure Poppy. I mounted the painted panel to a white card base using foam tape and then added the flowers with a mix of flat and foam adhesives. I finished off the card with a sprinkling of Sunshine & Rainbows sequins (I seriously can't get enough of those things).

Make sure to pop over to Nichole's blog to see all of the challenge details and inspiration and then head over to see Amy, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Heather, Kay, Laurie, Lexi, and Melissa to see their beautiful projects. Enjoy the rest of Stamp-A-Faire and I'll see you around the Forum!

Recipe:
Stamps: Friendship Jar Flowers, Graceful Greetings II, Cutting Garden - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Watercolor Paper - Ranger; white
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening, Lemon Tart, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink
Other: Cutting Garden Die, Sunshine & Rainbows Sequins - Papertrey Ink; Matte White Acrylic Paint - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Paintbrushes

Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF Free Exclusive Set!

Good morning, friends! Tomorrow is Papertrey Ink's annual Stamp-A-Faire event and this morning the Design Team is getting together to share a few projects featuring this year's exclusive SAF stamp set, Art With Heart.

SAF 2016 Exclusive Set Cards

Art with Heart will ONLY be available on Stamp-a-faire day to all customers who make a qualifying $100 purchase. All orders made between 7am ET and 11:30pm ET on Stamp-a-faire Day tomorrow (July 23, 2016) that total $100 (before shipping) will receive the set for FREE! You will still earn Rewards Points on your order too, so it's an amazing offer! Please email Papertrey Ink Customer Service with any further questions. Now that the details are out of the way, let's get to the projects!

SAF 2016 Exclusive Set - Create Card

I love it when a set inspires me to try a new style or technique and this set does just that! I love the painted style of the flowers in this set. I wanted to create a background to complement that style, so I played around with a dry-brushing technique and I love how it turned out! I simply mixed a bit of water, white acrylic paint, and Aqua Mist reinker together and ran a barely-loaded brush over a piece of watercolor paper. I brushed both directions to create an almost linen-like effect. So fun!

SAF 2016 Exclusive Set - Create Close Up

I adhered a piece of Pure Poppy + White polka dot paper and the watercolor panel to an Aqua Mist card base. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set using True Black ink on a stitched panel (cut with one of the Noted: Scalloped Square dies) that I matted with Pure Poppy and adhered to the card front. Next, I stamped the flowers from Art With Heart onto watercolor paper using Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, and Green Parakeet inks. I fussy cut the flowers and added them to the sentiment panel with foam tape before embellishing the flower centers with crystal glitter. 

I went a softer, blended direction on this next card.

SAF 2016 Exclusive Set - True Artist Card

I began by sponging a bit of Aqua Mist ink onto a 4" x 5 1/2" white panel and then stamping the flowers from Art With Heart using Mint Julep, Lovely Lady, Autumn Rose, and Scarlet Jewel inks. I textured that panel with the Linen & Canvas Impression Plate and then adhered it to a Mint Julep card base.

SAF 2016 Exclusive Set - True Artist Close Up

Next, I sponged a scrap of white cardstock with Lovely Lady ink before die cutting with the top layer of the Layered Banner die. I stamped the sentiment from Art With Heart on that piece in Scarlet Jewel ink. The bottom layer I die cut from Autumn Rose and stamped with the lines from Layered Banner Banter using Scarlet Jewel ink. I adhered the two together and added the whole piece to the card front with foam tape. Finally, I embellished with a few sequins from the Sunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in with Nichole, Amy, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, DawnHeather, Kay, Laurie, and Melissa to see even more of this year's SAF Exclusive set! Enjoy Stamp-A-Faire, everyone! I'll see you on the forum!

Recipes:
Create Card
Stamps: Art With Heart - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Pure Poppy + White Bitty Dot Paper - Papertrey Ink; Watercolor Paper - Ranger
Ink: Aqua Mist, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Green Parakeet, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Noted: Scalloped Square Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; White Acrylic Paint, Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch

True Artist Card
Stamps: Art With Heart, Layered Banner Banter - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Mint Julep, Autumn Rose - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Mint Julep, Lovely Lady, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel - Papertrey Ink
Other: Layered Banner Die, Sunshine & Rainbows Sequins, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch