Thursday, May 14, 2015

More Of A Second Helping Of Sunshine & The Text Block: Dad Die

Good morning, everyone, and welcome back for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink new release countdown. I'm sharing a couple of additional cards featuring A Second Helping Of Sunshine and the Text Block: Dad die, so let's get to it!

My first card today pairs my new Text Block die with Betsy's Plaid Builder set.

Best Dad Plaid Card

I began by stamping a plaid pattern onto Fresh Snow Linen cardstock using Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, and Terra Cotta Tile inks. I trimmed that down to 4" x 5 1/4" and adhered it to a Fresh Snow Linen card base.

Best Dad Plaid Close Up

Next, I stamped an Enchanted Evening panel with the pinstripe lines from the Plaid Builder set using VersaMark to give a subtle tone-on-tone appearance. Then, I die cut a Text Block: Dad shape from a piece of Xyroned Simply Chartreuse cardstock and adhered it to the Enchanted Evening panel. That piece needed a little extra pop, so I inlaid the "ever" with Fresh Snow Linen before mounting the focal point to the card front with foam tape. Dad + Plaid = Bromance.

My last card today is a note for a friend featuring A Second Helping Of Sunshine.

Hello, Friend Card

I began by die cutting a circle from a panel of Fresh Snow Linen cardstock. I stamped my sentiment below the circle and textured it with the Chicken Wire Impression Plate. Then, I stamped the little cherry scene onto a Fresh Snow Linen card base. I used Ombre Builders to ground the bowl of cherries, stamping it in Spring Rain a couple of times to add depth. The bowl was then stamped in Ocean Tides and the cherries were Rock 'n Rolled in Autumn Rose and Scarlet Jewel.

Hello, Friend Close Up

Next, I stamped the scalloped border from Be Happy in Autumn Rose along the right edge, adding a narrow strip of Scarlet Jewel to really define the edge. The sentiment/chicken wire panel was then added to the card front with foam tape to finish it off. This card, with the colors and the chicken wire, has a little bit of a country vibe that I think works well with the images from A Second Helping Of Sunshine. I hope you agree!

Well, that's it for me for this release. Make sure to check in with Nichole, AmyAshleyBetsy, Dawn, Heather, Laura, Laurie, Maile, Melissa, Erin, and Lexi to see what they have up their sleeves today. I'll see you again soon!

Recipes:
Plaid Dad Card
Stamps: Plaid Builder (available May 15th) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Fresh Snow Linen, Enchanted Evening, Simply Chartreuse - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, Terra Cotta Tile - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Dad Die (available May 15th) - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Hello There, Friend Card
Stamps: A Second Helping Of Sunshine (available May 15th), Ombre Builders, Be Happy - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Fresh Snow Linen, Scarlet Jewel - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Spring Rain, Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Other: Chicken Wire Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Circle Die - Quickutz; Foam Tape - Scotch

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Bit More Text Block: Dad & A Second Helping Of Sunshine

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back for Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink new release countdown. Today I'm sharing a couple of additional projects featuring the Text Block: Dad die and A Second Helping Of Sunshine, so let's get to it!

The Text Block: Dad die is versatile beyond the papas. With a few minor snips you can add just about any title to this die. Think your sister is the best ever? Your friend? Your dog walker? Simply use stamps, die cut letters, or stickers to switch things up.

Best Teacher Ever Card


Today I'm sharing a teacher card. I began by die cutting the Text Block: Dad from Spring Moss cardstock that I'd Xyroned. Then, I die cut the block from a panel of Classic Kraft and a Rustic White card base. I stamped the Kraft layer with polka dots and the scale from A Second Helping Of Sunshine. Then, I sandwiched a piece of clear cardstock between the card base and Kraft layers to create a window. I trimmed the "DAD" from the Text Block and adhered it in the window space. Next, I die cut three of the Wonderful Words: Teacher shape from Pure Poppy cardstock and layered them together for added dimension. I adhered those over the open space in the Text Block shape.

Best Teacher Ever Close Up


Next, I die cut a circle and a bowl from Rustic White cardstock. I stamped the scale dial and pointer onto the circle using Ripe Avocado and Pure Poppy inks and adhered it to the card front. Next, I die cut the apple filler image from Classic Kraft and stamped it with the coordinating image. I stamped the bowl in Ripe Avocado and adhered it to the apples with foam tape. That whole piece was adhered to the card base with a bit more foam tape and some flat adhesive. The final touch (that you can't really see, unfortunately) was a circle of Xyroned clear cardstock that I adhered over the scale dial to give it a more realistic appearance. It's a subtle detail, but it really adds so much.

Today's final card is a baby card made by pairing A Second Helping Of Sunshine with Polka Dot Parade #4.

Welcome Baby Card

I began by die cutting a wine bottle tag shape from white cardstock. On that, I stamped the grounding oval from Bowl Of Sunshine in Aqua Mist (stamped off once to soften the color). Then, I stamped the scale from A Second Helping of Sunshine in New Leaf. I added the dial and sentiment in Smokey Shadow and the pointer in Aqua Mist.

Welcome Baby Close Up


Next, I die cut the bear from Polka Dot Parade #4 and stamped him in Classic Kraft and Harvest Gold inks. I adhered the wine bottle shape to a Harvest Gold striped card front and added the bear to the top of the scale with foam tape. Finally, I added the bow tie detail with Aqua Mist ribbon to soften the whole card a bit. And the nice thing about this type of ribbon treatment is that there is no knot, so it flattens fairly well for mailing.

Well, that's all for me today, friends! Make sure to come back tomorrow for one more day of new release inspiration. In the meantime, Nichole, Amy,Ashley, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laura, Laurie, Maile, Melissa, Erin, and Lexi for even more inspiration. I'll see you tomorrow morning!

Recipes:
Best Teacher Ever Card
Stamps: A Second Helping Of Sunshine, Bowl Of Sunshine, Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft, Rustic White, Clear - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Dad Die, Wonderful Words: Teacher Die, A Second Helping Of Sunshine Die, Bowl Of Sunshine Die, Rattled Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Welcome, Baby Card
Stamps: A Second Helping Of Sunshine, Bowl Of Sunshine, Polka Dot Parade #4, Whale Wishes - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Harvest Gold Stripe Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Wine Bottle Tag Die, Polka Dot Parade #4 Die, Aqua Mist Saddle Stitch Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More Of A Second Helping Of Sunshine & The Text Block: Dad Die

Good morning, friends! Welcome back for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink countdown! I have a few more projects to share with you featuring A Second Helping Of Sunshine and the Text Block: Dad die. Let's get to it!

Today's first card showcases the pears from A Second Helping Of Sunshine.

Quite A Pear Card

I bean by stamping the pears repeatedly on a white card base using a variety of inks. I used the Rock 'n Roll technique to give the pears a bit of dimension.

Quite A Pear Close Up

Next, I heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of Aqua Mist striped paper and added a Loop De Loop border for a bit of whimsy. I mounted that panel to the card base with foam tape to finish it off.

I have another pear card with an alternate sentiment for those of you that aren't as fond of puns.

Quite A Pair Card

I started this one by die cutting the Scene It: Skyscapes shapes, one from vellum and one from Lemon Tart cardstock. I sponged the vellum with Aqua Mist ink and layered the two together before adhering them to a white card base. I added "rays" of glitter and set the card aside.

Quite A Pair Close Up

Then, I die cut the bowl and pear shapes and stamped them with the coordinating images. I added a Berry Sorbet heart to the bowl and embellished it with glitter. Next, I die cut the banner and stamped the sentiment in Dark Chocolate. I adhered that to the card front with foam tape and layered the bowl of pears in the center of the sunburst.

One last Father's Day card for today. This one featuring the Text Block: Dad die.

Baseball Dad Card

I started by die cutting a handful of 1 3/4" circles from white cardstock. I stamped them with the baseball stitching lines from 7th Inning Stretch and adhered them to a Spring Rain card front. I trimmed off the excess and textured the whole piece with the Linen & Canvas impression plate. Then, I adhered that panel to a white card base and set it aside.

Baseball Dad Close Up

Next, I Xyroned a piece of Enchanted Evening cardstock and die cut it with the Text Block: Dad die. I backed that shape with vellum and adhered it to the card base at an angle. Then, I die cut the baseball bat shape and stamped it with the coordinating image (first inked with Fine Linen and sponged with Classic Kraft for dimension). I mounted the bat to the card front with foam tape and called it good.

Thank you for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with more of this month's release, but in the meantime you'll definitely want to check in with Nichole, Amy, Ashley, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laura, Laurie, MaileMelissa, Erin, and Lexi for even more inspiration. I'll see you again soon!

Recipes:
Quite A Pear Card
Stamps: A Second Helping Of Sunshine, Bowl Of Sunshine - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist Stripe Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay, Terra Cotta Tile, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Spring Rain, Winter Wisteria - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Loop De Loop Border Die - Papertrey Ink; White Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch

Quite A Pair Card
Stamps: A Second Helping Of Sunshine - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet, Sheer Basics Swiss Dot Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado - Papertrey Ink
Other: A Second Helping Of Sunshine Die, Tag Sale #10, Scene It: Skyscapes Die Collection; Love Lives Here Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glue Pen

Baseball Dad Card
Stamps: 7th Inning Stretch - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Other:Text Block: Dad Die, 7th Inning Stretch Die, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Second Helping Of Sunshine - Day 2

Good morning, all! Today is Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink new release countdown and I've got a couple of additional projects featuring A Second Helping Of Sunshine to share with you this morning. Let's get on to the projects!

My first card today is a birthday card that showcases Bowl Of Sunshine and A Second Helping Of Sunshine together.

Birthday Fruit Card

These stamps are fantastic for creating one layer cards with plenty of color! I began by stamping the bowl, scale, colander, and fruit images with a wide variety of Perfect Match ink colors (the full list is below).

Birthday Fruit Close Up

Then, I added the sentiment from Wishes Come True in Dark Chocolate ink. I love that I can use these stamp sets together to create an even wider array of scenes.

Birthdays call for gifts, so I created a small set of notecards to coordinate with my fruity birthday card.

Fruity Friend Set

I began by stamping the woodgrain grounding shape in Fine Linen on each card followed by the sentiments in Dark Chocolate.

Fruity Friend Set 2

Then I die cut several bowls and one colander from white cardstock and stamped each one with a coordinating image.

Fruity Friend Set 3

Next I stamped the fruit images onto the card bases themselves before adding the bowls with foam tape.

Fruity Friend Set With Envelopes

Each card measures 3 1/2" x 4 7/8" and each one has an envelope to match. It's a simple set that would make a lovely little gift.

Well, that's all for me today. Thank you so much for joining me! Make sure to visit Nichole, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laura, Maile, Melissa, Erin, and Lexi for more of this month's new release. See you tomorrow!

Recipes:
Birthday Fruit Card
Stamps: Bowl Of Sunshine, A Second Helping Of Sunshine (available May 15th), Wishes Come True - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: white
Ink: Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado, Orange Zest, Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse - Papertrey Ink

Fruity Stationery Set
Stamps: Bowl Of Sunshine, A Second Helping Of Sunshine (available May 15th), Block Party - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: white
Ink: Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado, Orange Zest, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Spring Rain, Fine Linen - Papertrey Ink
Other: Bowl Of Sunshine Die, A Second Helping Of Sunshine Die (available May 15th) - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Introducing A Second Helping Of Sunshine & The Text Block: Dad

Good morning, friends! Welcome to the first day of the Papertrey Ink May new release countdown! I have the great pleasure of introducing a couple of additions to the Papertrey family over the next few days. This month brings a follow up to last year's Bowl Of Sunshine stamp set called A Second Helping Of Sunshine (available May 15th) as well as the next in the Text Block series, Text Block: Dad (available May 15th). How about we get on to a couple of projects so you can see these new goodies in action!

This first card is a Father's Day card made with the new Text Block: Dad die.

Father's Day Hammer Card

I began by stamping a Rustic White card base with Background Basics: Retro and set it aside. Next, I die cut the Text Block: Dad shape from two pieces of wood veneer paper (one had been "stained" with Dark Chocolate ink). I used an inlay technique to build the Text Block on a piece of Kraft cardstock. The contrast is so cool! And the best part? Now I have a second one (in the opposite colors) to make an additional card. Handy!

Father's Day Hammer Close Up

Next, I added foam tape to the back of the Text Block piece and stuck a few flat-head pins through the foam to look like nails. I stuck that down to the prepared card base and went about making my hammer. I die cut the shape from Rustic White cardstock and stamped the handle with Pure Poppy ink. I went back with VersaMark and silver powder to heat emboss the metal head of the hammer. I used a small piece of foam tape to adhere the hammer into position and called it a day. So great for a Mr. Fix-it, wouldn't you say?

Next up is A Second Helping Of Sunshine!

Bowl Of Cherries Card

I started by stamping a piece of Fresh Snow linen cardstock with Background Basics: Super Gingham in Spring Moss ink. I die cut the gingham piece and some Spring Moss with the You've Been Framed: Diamond die and inlaid the patterned piece into a Pure Poppy You've Been Framed shape. I matted that whole panel with a piece of linen cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to a Kraft card base.

Bowl Of Cherries Close Up

Next, I die cut and stamped the bowl and cherries using Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Dark Chocolate, and Spring Moss inks. The sentiment was stamped in Enchanted Evening on a Sketched Shapes banner. I adhered that to the card front before adding my bowl of cherries with foam tape. A simple baker's twine bow was the perfect finishing touch.

I have one last card to share with you, also made with A Second Helping Of Sunshine.

Weighing On You Card

This one is a simple card, but it gets the message across rather well, no? I began by stamping the scale onto a Soft Stone card base using Tropical Teal ink. I added the shadow (from Bowl Of Sunshine) with Aqua Mist that had been stamped off once. Then I added the sentiment above the scale using Smokey Shadow ink.

Weighing On You Close Up

Next, I die cut a circle using the Rattled die and stamped it with the dial and pointer for the scale. I adhered it into place and covered it with an epoxy embellishment I created using Heather's handy tutorial. The result is so lifelike! Just a fun card with a hint of silliness to let someone know that they're on your mind.

So that's all for me today, folks. I'll be back again tomorrow with more of this month's new releases. In the meantime, Nichole, Betsy, Dawn, Erin, Maile, and Lexi for more inspiration. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Recipes:
Father's Day Hammer Card
Stamps: Handy Hardware, Background Basics: Retro - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Dad Die (available May 15th), Handy Hardware Die - Papertrey Ink; Birch Wood Paper - Creative Imaginations; Foam Tape - Scotch; Silver Embossing Powder - Filigree; Sewing Pins

Bowl Of Cherries Card
Stamps: A Second Helping of Sunshine (available May 15th), Background Basics: Super Gingham - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow Linen, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Other: A Second Heping Of Sunshine Die, Sketched Shapes Die, You've Been Framed: Diamond Die - Papertrey Ink; Blueberry Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Foam Tape - Scotch

Weighing On You Card
Stamps: A Second Helping Of Sunshine (available May 15th), Bowl Of Sunshine - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Tropical Teal, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink
Other: Rattled Die - Papertrey Ink; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Xyron

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Sneak Peek

Good morning, friends! I just wanted to pop in here quickly to share the sneak peek of a set I'll be introducing in just a few days.


This set is a follow up to last year's Bowl Of Sunshine set. It includes additional bowl designs, fruity fillers, and (my personal favorite) a vintage-inspired, multi-step scale! I'll be back soon to share more of this set early next week. See you then!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Color Play

Good morning, friends! It's the first of the month and you know what that means...it's time for another Papertrey Ink Color Play feature! This month we're playing along with this inspiration photo from Peanut Butter & Peppers:


Aren't those cheerful and sunshine-y colors just the greatest? They jumped right out at me the moment I saw the inspiration photo. I couldn’t wait to play with those bright, fruity tones. I thought a perky palette like this one would be fantastic on a "just-because-you're-awesome" kind of card.


I began with the stitched portion. I die cut the Strip Stitch shape from Fresh Snow Linen cardstock and stitched rows of chevrons using thread that coordinated with this month's palette. I adhered that to a Fresh Snow Linen card base using Scor-tape just along the vertical edges.


Next, I used the Sentiment Splits: Angle Horizontal die to cut two more panels from Fresh Snow Linen stock. I stamped my sentiment in Orange Zest onto the larger panel and then trimmed both pieces about 1/8" so you'd be able to see more of the chevron stitches. I used foam tape along the outer edges to adhere those panels to the card front. The angled edges are supported by the thickness of the stitched panel. It's a simple card, but the texture and bright colors give it plenty of interest.

Well, that's all for me today. Thank you so much for joining me for this month's Papertrey Ink Color Play! See you again soon!

Recipe:
Chevron Stitches Card
Stamps: Block Party - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Fresh Snow Linen - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Orange Zest - Papertrey Ink
Other: Strip Stitch Die, Sentiment Splits: Angle Horizontal Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; ScorTape

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Introducing The Quick Stitch: Design-A-Softie Kit

Good morning, friends! Today is the much-anticipated introduction to Erin Lincoln's new Quick Stitch: Design-A-Softie kit from Papertrey Ink.


The second Quick Stitch Kit will be released on May 1st and it is entitled "Design-A-Softie". This is one collection of tools and stamps that you will turn to again and again to make heirloom quality gifts with heart. Everything you need to make customized softies will be right at your fingertips! Besides the basic softie body parts, there are dies for different facial expressions, eyes, ears and even trendy accessories! You will be able to create special one-of-a-kind stuffed animals according to a child's favorites colors, interests and personality! Think of this as your own person build-a-bear, just on a more affordable level! Get your kit tomorrow night so you can get a head start on holiday gifts!

You are totally going to love this kit! The features Erin has included can be mixed and matched to create just about anything you can imagine. I was able to put together some one-of-a-kind handmade gifts that I know will be treasured for years to come. I had so much fun exploring the possibilities and I'm absolutely certain you will, too! Are you ready to see what this kit has to offer?


How cute is all of that?! This kit truly made everything so easy!

Let's meet Sleepy Bunny first, ok? My cousin had a baby recently and I thought a sweet little naptime friend might be the perfect gift. I had (and still have) a heavy-lidded stuffed bunny as a baby. And this bunny comes with a handy secret that's great for the new mom.


Since this softie is headed for the hands of an infant I made sure to keep the construction very simple, no buttons or loose bits. I created her out of Lavender Moon felt with accents in Vintage Cream, Autumn Rose, and Smokey Shadow. The little heart on her chest is actually one of the leaf images from the Sewing Staples kit.


Erin has included quite the array features to allow you to create any expression your heart desires. There is also a fabulous selection of ears that will take you to any corner of the animal kingdom you wish to visit.


Erin has also designed a mini stamp set that gives you the option to create tiny tags and notes for your little handcrafted friends. I whipped up this sweet accessory tag and just attached it with a simple stitch through the ear, much like the tags you find on stuffed critters in retail stores.


There's also a "tushie pocket" included in this kit that is a special level of genius. You can use the pocket for notes to your favorite kiddo or, as I have here, as a perfect place to tuck a gift card. I'm sure the new parents will appreciate the handmade toy, but the gift card is sure to be a big hit, too. I decided my bunny needed a tail, so I stitched on the heart from Seasonal Stitching: Eggs to dress up her bum a bit.


Next up is Pirate Pete (Sean named him and it stuck)! This kit can do so much more than animals! Pete's modeled after our nephew, Charlie. He's much more detailed than Miss Sleepy Bunny, but he's also going to live with a little boy that won't chew on him, so I'm not worried about the buttons and such.


Pete has a removable hat, treasure map, a peg leg, and even a little anchor tattoo (embroidered with a single strand of floss)! His body was created using natural-colored flannel backed with heavy interfacing. I created his striped t-shirt by stamping a piece of iron-on transfer paper with Background Basics: Super Stripes using Pure Poppy ink. I ironed that to a piece of Vintage Cream felt and die cut as normal. The peg leg was created similarly by transferring the Background Basics: Woodgrain pattern onto Kraft felt.


I used the tiny black buttons in the kit on his eyes. The "holes only" facial expressions are perfect for adding details that you want to include, but don't want to give too much dimension. I cut his hairline freehand and left the bottom edge loose to make it look like his hair was just falling into his eyes. His little ears were created by cutting a couple of the smallish circles and tucking them into the edge as I sewed up Pete's outer seam.


His pants were created by cutting two tushie pockets from Blueberry Sky felt and stitching them onto the front and back (though only the one in the back actually functions as a pocket). The belt was made by die cutting two tushie pockets from True Black felt and trimming off the portion below the second row of stitching lines. His belt buckle is actually the necktie "knot" that I die cut from Harvest Gold felt. His boot is just the lower half of his leg cut from True Black felt and then fashioned with a cuff made with the same strip that I used for the belt. ETA: I realized that I forgot to mention Pete's peg leg construction. It was made with the Baby Bootie: Details die using the Mary Jane strap.


As I mentioned, Pete has accessories! His map is the landscape from Summer Camp, the Crackled Mini in Fine Linen and Classic Kraft, and an "x" from Moments Inked: Posted that I stamped onto iron-on transfer and then pressed onto linen fabric.


Pete's hat was made from a Stitched Circle, half a Mat Stack 1 Layerz, and a circle die from the new kit. The star button is also a kit item and I think it makes for the perfect medallion. The feather is because I can't leave well enough alone.


Here's Pete's backside. He's got his treasure map tucked safely in his pocket and he's ready for his next adventure! It looks like he's already made out like quite the bandit!

This kit also has some really fun possibilities for your cards! From the moment I got this kit in my hands, I couldn't get the idea of Groucho Marx glasses out of my head. Turns out, Groucho Marx glasses make a pretty entertaining Father's Day card.


I began by die cutting my mustache and eyebrows from black, faux-fur fabric. Then I created a nose from Kraft felt. I die cut the glasses frames from True Black cardstock twice and the lenses from clear cardstock once. I smooshed one of the frames onto a VersaMark pad and then heat embossed them with clear powder to give a shiny finish. I stitched the three layers of the glasses together with black embroidery thread and then set them aside.


I used the "holes only" dies to create the stitching holes for the mustache and eyebrows in a piece of Fresh Snow Linen cardstock. I stitched the fuzzy bits into place and then added the glasses and nose with flat and foam adhesives. If you make a card like this be aware that the die cutting process totally flattens the faux fur. I suggest stitching your shapes into place before fluffing it back up (just rub lightly with your finger). It will make seeing your stitching holes much easier. I finished off the card with a sentiment from On The Links on a Soft Stone card base.

So there you have it! This kit is truly a blast to play with. I already have two more completely unique softies in the pipeline and I'm sure there are more to follow. Erin's Quick Stitch: Design-A-Softie Kit will be available tomorrow, May 1st at 10pm in the Papertrey Ink store, so be sure to pick up your kit then. In the meantime, check in with Erin, HilaryRebecca, and Tracy for as much inspiration as you can handle! See you again soon!

More Kit Details:

Design-A-Softie Kit Contents:
Custom tote bag
Design-A-Softie mini stamp set + index label
Softie die collection
Softie Ears die collection
Softie Expressions die collection
Softie Glasses & Mustaches die collection
Softie Kerchief die collection
Softie Patches die collection
Softie Collar & tie die collection
Softie Exclusives die collection
Custom button mix (50 buttons total)
(4) Iron-on 8-1/2" x 11" Transfer sheets

The total retail cost of the "Design-A-Softie" Kit is $105. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours while you can! Some individual items will be available for sale at a later date. The "Design-A-Softie" Kit will be available for sale beginning on May 1st at 10pm EST, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

Recipes:
Miss Sleepy Bunny
Felt: Lavender Moon, Vintage Cream, Autumn Rose, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Dies: Softie Die Collection, Softie Ears Die Collection, Softie Expressions Die Collection, Softie Patches Die Collection, Softie Exclusives Die Collection, Seasonal Stitching: Eggs, Sewing Staples Floral Cluster Die Collection - Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Design-A-Softie Mini - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Autumn Rose - Papertrey Ink
Other: Vintage Cream Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; Embroidery Floss - DMC; Stuffing - Polyfil

Pirate Pete
Felt: Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, True Black, Blueberry Sky - Papertrey Ink
Dies: Softie Die Collection, Softie Expressions Die Collection, Softie Kerchief Die Collection, Softie Collar And Tie Die Collection, Softie Exclusives Die Collection, Baby Bootie: Details Die Collection (peg leg), Stitched Circle Die, Mat Stack 1 Layerz Die - Papertrey Ink
Other: Star Button, Small Black Buttons - Papertrey Ink; Embroidery Floss - DMC; Stuffing - Polyfil; Feather; Natural Flannel; Interfacing; Linen

Groucho Father's Day Card
Stamps: On The Links - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Fresh Snow Linen, True Black, Clear - Papertrey Ink
Ink: True Black - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Dies: Softie Die Collection, Softie Expressions Die Collection, Softie Glasses And Mustaches Die Collection - Papertrey Ink
Other: Classic Kraft Felt - Papertrey Ink; Embroidery Floss - DMC; Faux Fur Fabric; Clear Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch

Monday, April 27, 2015

Make It Monday: Using Vellum To Soften Patterns

Good morning, friends! I have the pleasure of presenting another Papertrey Ink Make It Monday video for you this week and this time around I'm playing with vellum!


I love the versatility of vellum and I'm particularly fond of using it to soften background patterns, be they stamped or printed (as in patterned paper). I also wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to attach vellum so that you don't have to worry about visible adhesive. That's a question I've seen floating around the Papertrey Ink forum lately so I thought my tips might be helpful to someone. You can watch the video below for the techniques and supply lists and then head over to Nichole Heady's blog to link up your own project.


I share three different cards in the video with varying vellum coverage. The first one uses all-over coverage to soften a whole card front. I used special vellum tape to secure the vellum on this card.


The second uses a layer of vellum only behind a Text Block to allow the sentiment to pop, but give the pattern the space to shine around the edges. I hid my adhesive under the border of the die cut shape to attach the vellum to this card.


The third uses just a flag of vellum to give the sentiment a place to live while leaving the background pattern largely unobscured. Stitching was the method for attaching my sentiment flag on this card.


I hope you enjoy the video and play along with the challenge this week. It's a fun one! Have a great week and I'll see you all again soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Moments Inked Details



Good morning, Papertrey Ink fans, and welcome to the final April countdown day! Today I have the great pleasure of showcasing some of this month's Moments Inked additions. The Moments Inked line just keeps getting better and better! Each month there's something fresh and fabulous that makes my planner even more practical...and pretty too! I'm so happy to have an easy way to keep my favorite pens close at hand and the new Edged dies are already an essential that I can't seem to put away!


I began by creating a pencil pouch to keep my pen, eraser, and a pencil at the ready. This new die by Erin Lincoln is totally amazing! She has videos on the Papertrey Ink Youtube Channel showing you so many different ways to assemble your pouch. I used the trim die to create a contrasting edge and embellished my little snap covers with tiny flowers from the Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples kit.


I had a tough time finding the Basic Grey magnets locally, so I went a slightly different route, using mini magnetic purse snaps instead. These are the 14mm size (not the standard 18mm size) and they fit perfectly! I followed this video tutorial on YouTube and it truly couldn't have been easier. It was a different brand, but that didn't seem to matter. 


The inside is roomy enough to carry a few choice writing instruments or accessories you might find handy (paper clips, lip balm, hair ties, etc). I used basic white elastic to secure my pencil pouch to my planner. So easy and it looks nice, too!

Another of my favorite Moments Inked accessories coming out this month is the new Moments Inked: Edged die. You may have already noticed that I used it to insert my niece's birthday party invitation in with my party planning lists (HERE in case you missed it). Today I'm using the perforated edge die to create a mini calling card notebook to keep in my planner.


I learned last week that the moment you start tearing up the neighborhood (by putting in a new gas line) all of your new neighbors suddenly want to make your acquaintance. Ha! As a result I've been caught unprepared several times by very nice folks who would like to say hello and gather contact information. I figured, since my planner is often nearby, I could make a tiny notebook that would make handing out names, phone numbers, and email addresses a little easier.


I began by trimming out about 15 little business card-sized (2" x 3 1/2") pieces of Fresh Snow Linen cardstock. I figured that was a good size because it would fit in most wallets easily. I ran each one through my die cut machine with the new Moments Inked: Edged perforated edge die (I used the edge of the die as a guide to make sure they were all the same) and stamped them with assorted images from Seeds of Knowledge (available April 15th), just to give them a little color.


Then I assembled my notepad by adding layers of Scor-tape between each card, taking care to keep the adhesive to the outside edge of the perforated line. I repeated that until I had everything stuck together and then added a chipboard backing under the bottom card.


That chipboard piece then slides into the pocket (I made one just for collecting neighbor info and put it in the back of my planner with the "important contacts." I shortened it by a few holes so the "important contacts" heading would still be visible.) and the cards hang on the outside, unencumbered.


When I need to use a card, I can simply fold along the perforated edge and tear it right off. I can also use these little cards for notes or other little tidbits since they're such an easy thing to recreate and replace when these are used up.


See, it's the perfect place for a blog address (which I get asked about fairly regularly and never have a great place to write it down - now I do!). I'm sure to have fun discovering new ways to use this month's additions to the Moments Inked line! I hope you are too!



I have one last thing to share before I wander off on you today. There's another terrific Quick Stitch kit coming at you on May 1st! Erin has really outdone herself with this newest Quick Stitch kit. These softies are just simply the cutest! There are so many options to customize these little guys; from expressions to accessories and beyond. I can't wait to create a whole herd of adorable stuffed critters!


Make sure to pop over to Nichole's blog for a few more sneak peeks! I'll have additional projects to share with you in just a couple of weeks. See you then!

Recipes:
Felt Pencil Pouch
Dies: Pencil Pouch (available April 15th), Pencil Pouch Trim (available April 15th), Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster Die Collection - Papertrey Ink
Other: Mini Magnetic Purse Snaps - Everything Mary (found at JoAnn's in the teenager purse design aisle); Floss Colors 504, 742, pure white - DMC; White Fold-over Elastic - Dritz

Calling Card Booklet
Stamps: Seeds Of Knowledge (available April 15th) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Fresh Snow Linen, Summer Sunrise Polka Dot - Papertrey Ink; chipboard
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink
Other: Moments Inked: Edged Die (available April 15th), Moments Inked: Pocket Page Die - Papertrey Ink; Scor-tape