Thursday, December 13, 2018

Introducing XO Skinny Mini, Corner Adorner, Bold Borders, and Glorious Globes

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! I'm back today with a couple of projects showcasing a handful of fun new products coming your way on December 15th. We have Rebecca's XO Skinny Mini stamps and tag dies and my Corner Adorner: December, Bold Borders: Love, and Glorious Globes: December sets to share today. Let's take a closer look!

On today's first project, I have a set of four Valentine treat boxes embellished with Rebecca's sweet tags.


I began by die cutting a set of tags from Fresh Snow Linen cardstock. I stamped each tag with an image (or partial image) from the Corner Adorner set in Lilac Grace ink. Then, I added XO Skinny Mini sentiments in Royal Velvet.


Next, I xyroned a piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock and die cut the hearts using the From The Heart die. I punched holes for threading baker's twine before applying glitter to the face of the hearts.


I die cut the Petal Boxes from Bitty Big: Amethyst Allure paper and assembled them with Scor-tape for a nice, strong hold. Then, I stacked a glittered heart and a tag for each box and tied them to the handles with baker's twine. This would be a quick project to do with older kids who want to give thier friends a treat. Maybe fill the boxes with lip balm or a friendship bracelet or a few truffles. Fun!

Next up, I have a card made with Bold Borders: Love and Glorious Globes: December.


I began by preparing my card front. I covered a white card base with Pure Poppy cardstock and applied a Bold Borders: Love die cut from the same color cardstock. Then, I glittered a few of the leftover hearts and used them to fill in a handful of the spaces in the border. I really love the texture and spots of sparkle these hearts add!


Then, I die cut a center panel using the Nesting Basics: Rectangles and added the pierced detail using the Nesting Basics: Pierced Rectangles die. I stamped a ground using the In The Shadows set in Aqua Mist and set it aside. Next, I die cut and stamped my globe. I found it easiest to line up the overlapping hearts by using the die cut shape as a guide. I lay the globe on the center panel and stamped the sentiment before attaching the globe with foam tape and embellishing the red hearts with glitter.


I adhered that panel to the front of the card with foam tape and set it aside. Then, I xyroned a piece of white cardstock. I sponged part of that strip with Aqua Mist ink and then die cut three of the "Love" words, keeping the ombré one on top. I attached that greeting to the front of the card at a slight angle to give the card a bit of movement.

That's all for me today, friends. Thank you so much for joining along. Make sure to visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Kimberly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see more of this month's release. See you tomorrow!

Valentine Treat Boxes

You Mean The World Card

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Introducing Everyday Elixir Labels, From The Heart, and Sentiment Staples: I Love You

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! Today the team is sharing a peek at my new Everyday Elixir Labels set, Sentiment Staples: I Love You, and Rebecca's From The Heart set. All three are $5 mini sets that will give you a lot of love for such a little investment. Let's see them in action, shall we?

My first card today is a get well card that I created pairing Everyday Elixir Labels with the original Wicked Elixir stamp set that it was designed to complement.


I began by stamping the bottles in a variety of colors. Then, I stamped the "prescription/snake oil" labels onto White Adhesive paper and die cut all of those pieces with the coordinating dies. I stuck the labels onto the bottles and set them aside.


Next, I die cut a circle from a white card front and used a Nesting Basics: Pierced Circles die to add the pierced detail around the opening. Then, I stamped the greeting from Sentiment Staples: Warmest Wishes below the window using black ink. I sponged some Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores inks onto a white card base and stamped a few details before adhering the window panel into place.


Then, I die cut a "shelf" from wood paper using a Skinny Mini Banner die. I adhered it to my card front with dimensional adhesive and then arranged my bottles atop the shelf. Such a cheerful card is sure to brighten an ailing friend's day.

Next I have a card pairing Rebecca's From The Heart stamp set with my Sentiment Staples: I Love You. This is one of those cards that's so sweet and simple and comes together so quickly it almost feels like cheating. But that's the beauty of these sets don't need to make a big production out of things to get a really great card.


To begin, I stamped the hearts from Rebecca's set in Sweet Blush and Pure Poppy inks across a white panel. I started with the Pure Poppy heart and worked outward. That way I was sure to get the perfect placement for my focal point.


I die cut the pierced circle around the red heart and stamped the Sentiment Staples: I Love You greeting in the center. Then, I simply adhered the panel to a Classic Kraft card base. That's really it. No fluff or extra sparkly things. Sometimes the best things come in classic, uncomplicated packages.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Kimberly, LaurieMelissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see more of this month's release. See you tomorrow!

Speedy Recovery Card

The One For Me Card

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Introducing Love In Bloom

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! I'm back today to introduce you to my new Love In Bloom stamp set. This $18 set features a blooming heart image that comes together in four stamped layers. I have to be honest, I'm totally smitten. I've been enjoying experimenting with color palettes and embossing. I hope you love it as much as I do! So let's get on to a few projects so you can see it in action.

My first project today is a wedding ensemble in monochromatic blues. The color is soft and dreamy and I can't get enough.


I began by stamping my heart focal point. I learned that it's easiest to line things up if you choose a layer as a starting point, die cut after that one layer, and then use the die as a guide (it's only really relevant if you're planning to die cut eventually). I stamped the Spring Rain layer first. Then followed up with the Dark Indigo leaves, white embossed details, and finally, the Fresh Snow flowers.


Next, I stamped two of the greetings from the set onto Banner Style die cuts. The stamps are naturally straight, so I followed the curve of the banners when I put the stamps on the block. I die cut the tails of the banner from Sheer Basics patterned vellum and adhered them to the back of the stamped pieces. I layered one onto a heart for the focal point on my card. The other I used to create a coordinating tag. I just punched a hole in one of the flower centers and set it with a white eyelet before tying it with navy twine.


To complete my card, I die cut a pierced circle frame into a panel of Dark Indigo cardstock and splattered that panel with Opaque White pigment. Then, I die cut the bottom edge with a Round Off Edgers die and adhered that panel to a white card base that I had textured with the Sweet Stitching Impression Plate. I just mounted my heart in the center of the circle with foam tape to finish it off. Now I just need someone to get married so I can give this to them!

My second project is a little trio of classroom Valentines. You can whip up a batch of these minis in no time at all, especially if you have a stamp platform at your disposal.


I began by die cutting a few scalloped bases using the Noted: Scalloped Square Die Collection. Then, I stamped my hearts using Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, and Green Parakeet inks.


I followed up by stamping the sentiments with black ink and embellishing several of the flower centers with Nuvo glitter drops. They're simple and sparkly! And they would be fairly easy to do with a little assistant.


I felt like my Valentines needed some cheerful envelopes, so I made my own out of Bitty Big: Pure Poppy paper, but you could always use 4" envelopes instead. Aren't these cute though?!

My last project today is a romantic card for anytime. There's no wrong time to surprise the one you love with a card just because.


I began by stamping my flower using Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, and Spring Moss inks. Then, I gold embossed the sentiment directly onto the center of the heart and set it aside.


Next, I sponged a white panel with a bit of Aqua Mist ink and stitched it to a strip of Bitty Big: Scarlet Jewel paper using gold thread. I adhered that panel to a Sweet Blush card base before attaching a few vellum branches.


I adhered my heart over the branches using foam tape and embellished with a few gold enamel dots. The soft, muted tones of the heart are so graceful and the pops of gold give the whole card a more glamorous feel. I truly love how this set can take on such different styles depending on the colors you choose.

Well, that's all I have to share with you today. I hope you've enjoyed this first peek at Love In Bloom. It will be available on Saturday, December 15th at 10pm along with the rest of the December release. In the meantime, make sure to visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Kimberly, Laurie, LexiMelissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see even more of today's introductions. I'll see you back her tomorrow!

Love In Bloom Wedding Ensemble

Be Mine Classroom Valentines

I Love You Card

Monday, December 10, 2018

Introducing Words To Live By: Happiness and Text & Texture: Bokeh

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! Today we're kicking off five days of fun-filled crafty goodness with Betsy's newest Words To Live By and Text & Texture sets.


This month's Words To Live By is all about happiness and it is packed with greetings that I'm sure you're going to love and use all the time. Her Text & Texture: Bokeh will give your projects and incredible bokeh effect with just a couple of simple impressions. I've yammered on enough. Let's get on to a project!


I began by stamping the bokeh pattern onto a few different colors of cardstock. I set up the stamps in two stamp platforms so it was a snap to do several at once. Next, I used my new Nesting Basics: Circles and Nesting Frames: Circles to cut bits and pieces from each panel. I added them to a card front in a variety of ways, overlapping here and there.


Then, I xyroned a piece of True Black cardstock and die cut a few of the Words To Live By: Happiness greetings. I layered them and embellished the top one with Onyx glitter. I also heat embossed the companion sentiment onto vellum and die cut it with a banner die from my Wine Bottle Tag #2 die. I adhered the banner to the front of the tag, hiding the adhesive under the Words To Live By die cut. This card may be simple, but it's brimming with unique pattern and texture and I couldn't be happier.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to pop in on Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, KimberlyLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see even more of today's introductions. I'll see you again tomorrow with more of this month's release!

Happiness Is Knowing You Card

Friday, December 7, 2018

Festive Friday: Modern Slider Tags

Festive Friday Banner

Good morning, Friends! It's Festive Friday and I'm back with a set of slider tags to get you ready for the holiday season. There are only 18 days before the big day, so it's time to get cracking!


It had been a while since I pulled out my Ribbon Slider Sentiments set, so I decided to give that a whirl today. I love the sentiments in the set and I like that some of them are typeset to be tall and narrow rather than the typical horizontal orientation. It gives them a modern flair that I really like.


So to create today's tags I started out by die cutting six Ribbon Slider tags from white cardstock. I stamped two with the chevron image in Mint Julep and the trunk in Classic Kraft to create funky trees. Then, I stamped the greeting in Pinefeather and embellished the dots in the design with red glitter. Easy and cute to boot!


Next up, I stamped that same chevron at either end of two more of the tags along with a sentiment in Pinefeather. I stamped the sentiment a second time using Pure Poppy ink onto scrap cardstock. I used a 5/8" circle punch to pop out the "special" circles and adhered them to the tags with foam tape. I'm sure there's a die in my collection that would do the same thing, but this punch was handy. Another super easy tag.


Last, I did the "To:/From:" tag. The image on this tag comes in two pieces, a striped one and a solid one. It's a snap to line them up as long as you stamp your darker color first. In this case, I used Pinefeather on the striped image and Mint Julep on the solid.

To finish the tags, I simply tied them with Cherry baker's twine. I like the modern look these tags have when they're tied on with twine, but ribbon is also a wonderful alternative.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have a fantastic, festive weekend, Friends! See you again soon!

Modern Slider Tags