Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Thinking Of You

Good morning, friends! I meant to share today's card last week, but I just ended up getting overwhelmed with other tasks and completely forgot about it. But that just means I have something to share today, and there's nothing wrong with that!

Thinking Of You Card 1

I made today's card with the remnant of the Flora Background that I colored and used on this card last week. That beautiful pattern was simply too lovely to waste, so I thought about how I could incorporate it into a project and came up with this gem. It's super duper simple, but I really love how the colorful strip pops off of the Kraft background.

Thinking Of You Card 2

All I did was stamp that same Flora Background from Simon Says Stamp onto a Kraft card base using white pigment ink. I used a stamp press so I would be able to stamp repeatedly and get the best possible impression. Then, I adhered the colorful strip into place (lining up the pattern on both the base and the strip), attached a banner (embossed with a sentiment), and sprinkled on a few clear sequins. The little bit of sparkle works wonders for drawing your eye toward the sentiment.

Thank you so much for popping back in and checking up on me, friends! We're busy packing our house for demo day so I probably won't have a project to share for a little while, but I'll try and put together a "before" tour of the areas being renovated so you can get an idea of where we're starting. Have a great week!

Thinking Of You Card

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

You're In My Heart Today

Good morning, friends! While looking for stamp sets to color recently, I came upon the Flora Background from Simon Says Stamp.

You're In My Heart Today Card

This background reminds me of stained glass and I thought it would be beautiful with a bit of coloring. So I spent a little time each day last weekend using Copics to give this background a little life.

You're In My Heart Today Card 3

Once the whole square was done, I die cut a panel using a Nesting Basics: Rectangle die and matted it with a piece of black cardstock. Next, I vertically stamped a greeting from Sentiment Staples: Thinking Of You along one side of a Soft Stone card base.

You're In My Heart Today Card 2

I mounted the floral panel to the card front with foam tape and then embellished all of the flower center areas (the round, yellow bits) with Glossy Accents to give a touch of shine to the pattern. The best part? I still have a nice, big strip of the colorful pattern to use on a card that I'll share in the next day or two.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you're having a wonderful week! I'm going to choose flooring for our new basement guest suite/family room today. Wish me luck!

You're In My Heart Today Card

Monday, February 4, 2019

A Happy Hello

Good morning, friends! I decided a few days ago to try and play along with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge this month (yes, I know February is only 28 days). It's been quite a long time since I've really played with my Copics so this first go-round I felt a tiny bit rusty. But how am I ever going to shake it off if I don't practice? So here we go.

A Happy Hello Card_Tall Blooms

I bought this set, Tall Blooms from Reverse Confetti, several months ago and just never took the time to break into it. When I decided to try to play along with the Coloring Challenge, I took a spin through my unused sets to see if I had any that could be colored. This one jumped out at me right away.

A Happy Hello Card2_Tall Blooms

I stamped the flower with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I die cut the flower and set it aside while I assembled the rest of my card. I began by xyroning a piece of Kraft cardstock and die cutting it with the Bold Borders: Arabesque die. I removed the backing and adhered that panel to a Kraft card base. Then, I sponged and splattered a panel of white cardstock with Aqua Mist ink. I die cut that panel with the Nesting Basics: Rectangles and Pierced Rectangles dies and set it aside.

A Happy Hello Card3_Tall Blooms

Then, heat embossed a sentiment from the set onto a strip of vellum using white powder. I wrapped it around the splattered panel and adhered the edges to the back. Tip: when you're trying to fold vellum, warm it with your heat tool to reduce or even prevent cracking. The heat makes it more pliable. I used foam tape to adhere that layer to the card base and then used additional foam tape to attach the flower (I just tucked it under the sentiment).

It felt good to stretch my skills and try something outside my comfort zone. Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll pop in the next time I have a project to share. Have a great week, everybody!

A Happy Hello Card

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Simple To Spectacular: Secret Agent

Hello, friends, and welcome to this month's Papertrey Ink Simple To Spectacular feature. This month, I'm showcasing the Secret Agent stamp set. When Secret Agent debuted I remember thinking it was one of the most innovative and unique stamp sets I had ever seen. At the time, my nephew was a little too young to really get excited about spies, mysteries, and all things cloak and dagger. That has certainly changed! I thought it might be fun to use this challenge to create a non-traditional Valentine for him, along with a couple extras I can have on hand for other kiddos that might also get a kick out of a cute, retro detective.

Let's start with my Simple card, shall we?


I wanted to keep this design really clean and uncluttered to allow that adorable detective to take center stage. I began by die cutting the striped border into my white card base using the center die in the Mix & Mat: Postal die. I stamped the sentiment in Weathervane and the large magnifying glass in Aqua Mist.


Next, I stamped the grounding oval from In The Shadows. I used second generation Weathervane ink (meaning, I stamped off the majority of the ink onto scrap paper before stamping the oval onto my card base) to coordinate with my greeting.


Then, I die cut and stamped the detective. He's broken up into two layers to make it easy to incorporate a couple of colors. I used True Black for his head/hat/legs and Pure Poppy for his jacket. I added him to the card front with foam tape, placing him so that he looks a bit like he's holding the giant magnifying glass.

I went with a similar layout on the Intermediate version, this time tossing a stamped background into the mix. You all know how much I love a stamped background!


I stamped some of the smaller images from the set onto Weathervane cardstock using Weathervane, True Black, Fresh Snow, and Pure Poppy inks. I attached that to a white card base and then set it aside.


Next, I die cut a rectangular layer using one of the Nesting Rectangles dies and used the same border die from Mix & Mat: Postal to add some interest. Again, I stamped the greeting in Weathervane and the magnifying glass in Aqua Mist. I also die cut and stamped the end of the magnifying glass and tucked it next to that layer once I attached it to the card front (otherwise it would have been cut off).


I die cut and stamped the detective using the same colors on this version. This time I used a black Copic to add contrast to the buttons. I adhered him to the card front and then used Glossy Accents to give the buttons some texture and shine.

My Spectacular card has an interactive element that I truly love! I think my nephew will be pumped about it, too.


For this card, I followed the same steps as I outlined for my Intermediate card, but this time I just amped things up a bit. Instead of simply stamping my sentiment, this time I used the secret message screen to conceal my sentiment (this time stamped in Aqua Mist).


I stamped the screen once in Pure Poppy and then rotated and stamped a second time in Berry Sorbet. That small step gives the secret message a bit more depth and texture without making the message more difficult to read.


Speaking of reading the secret message, I used the magnifying glass and a piece of colorful transparency to create a decoder. How cool is that?! Rather than just tuck it into the card, I decided to cut slits along the detective's arm so I could slip the magnifying glass underneath.


I also added a fun file folder tab to the bottom edge of the sentiment layer using Pure Poppy cardstock and the Edgers #5 die (I double cut it to shorten it a tiny bit). I heat embossed it with one of the sentiments from the set and I think it adds a really fun, cloak and dagger element to the card.

So that's all I have for you today. I truly hope you enjoyed it! This is my last Papertrey Ink post and I just want to say again how much I genuinely appreciate all of your encouragement and support over the past several years. I'm not exactly sure what's next, but when I know, you'll know. And I hope you'll join me.

Thank you again, friends.

Simple Secret Agent Card

Intermediate Secret Agent Card

Spectacular Secret Agent Card

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Happy Hearts & The Cover Plate: Hearts

Good morning, friends, and welcome to this week's Papertrey Ink Throwback Thursday. I want to start off by thanking everyone who sent me a message of kindness or support after my announcement last week. I truly appreciate knowing that there are so many wonderful people out there cheering me on in this next chapter. I am filled with so much gratitude.

Anyway, today is about Happy Hearts and the Cover Plate: Hearts die, so let's get started. Cover plates make card making so quick and easy. Throw in a coordinating stamp set and your projects come together in a snap! The Cover Plate: Hearts and Happy Hearts stamp set might strike you as a Valentine's Day specific pairing, but I've used them to create a heartfelt thank you card today. I hope you'll consider this a thank you for each and every one of you.


I began by cutting the cover plate from Classic Kraft cardstock. I trimmed off two rows of hearts to give the panel a sleeker look and traced a handful of the hearts onto a white card base. Next, I stamped over the traced hearts with one of the images from the Happy Hearts stamp set using Tropical Teal ink. Then I adhered the Kraft panel into place.


Next, I sponged a bit of Tropical Teal ink onto Aqua Mist cardstock and die cut it with the "thanks" die from Bold Borders: Diagonal. I die cut a couple of additional thanks shapes and stacked the three together. Then, I die cut a First Place banner from Green Parakeet cardstock (I cut twice to get the double ends) and heat embossed a Happy Hearts sentiment with white powder. I adhered that to the front of the card with foam tape and then attached the "thanks" right above it.

I love that this is clean and simple with a select few details to make it special. It's also a gender neutral color scheme so you could give it to just about anybody.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I have one last Papertrey post next week to wrap up my design work. I'll see you then!