Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stamp-A-Faire Era Kits

Good morning, friends! I'm just popping in here with a quick post about the 2014 Stamp-A-Faire kits. 

As originally promised, the popular Stamp-a-faire 2014 Era Kits are available for individual sale tonight at 10pm EST, exclusively at Papertrey Ink. These kits will only be available until December 31st, 2014 (11:30pm EST), so be sure to snag yours before they are gone at the end of the year! You can visit Nichole's blog for further details and pricing on the era kits from the other designers!


I can't wait until my studio is back in order and I can dig out the kit to try a few more projects with these techniques!


I just love that tile border! The Romans did such incredible things with tile. It pairs beautifully with the Faux Frescoes technique. 


Even bright colors and modern imagery work beautifully with the mosaic techniques I shared in my Mock Mosaics video. 

I hope you'll give the videos another watch and pick up one of these kits for yourself. They'll be available on the Papertrey Ink website tonight so you can pick up your own copy and start creating Roman masterpieces of your own.

Take care and I'll see you again soon! Hopefully with some snowflake filled projects! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Sneak Peek

Good afternoon, friends! I just wanted to pop in with a quick sneak peek of the set I have coming out this month over at Papertrey Ink.


This little snowflake set has so many possibilities. I can't wait to share them with you! Unfortunately though, I have to keep my ideas to myself for a couple of reasons. Reason #1: my box took the scenic route on the way to the new house. Reason #2: there's a crew of three guys painting the entire interior (say that ten times fast) of our house right now and my studio is a hotbed of drywall dust, a giant sprayer thing, and buckets upon buckets of my pal Sherwin's "Snowbound." Needless to say, I can't really work in there at present. Until my box finds its way home and my studio is back in order the Design Team Ladies are going to do a fabulous job showcasing this new set. Thank you for understanding and I'll be back bringing you paper crafted goodness again in no time. See you soon!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Color Play

Good morning, Papertrey Ink friends! Welcome to this month's Color Play feature! This month we're playing along with this photo of an apple picking party styled by Jessica of Oh So Printable via the Hostess With The Mostess Blog:


Isn't that an adorable idea? As cute as it is, I thought the colors in this month’s inspiration photo would be perfect for making a card for my husband. We recently moved and I wanted to give him something special to let him know how important he is to our home.


I stamped the house from Gingerbread Lane using Ocean Tides and Classic Kraft inks. I added the little heart from the same set in Pure Poppy and embellished it with Christmas Red Stickles. I created the background with the clouds from Up, Up, & Away by rolling their edges in Ocean Tides ink and stamping them off a couple of times to get a softened look. Then I stamped the sentiment from Tick Tock in Smokey Shadow. I die cut the In The Meadow shapes from New Leaf patterned papers and nestled my little house between the hills (the top hill was added with foam tape). A little baker's twine finished the whole thing off nicely. I'll have to sneak this into his lunch back in the next couple of days to give him a little extra love.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll see you all again soon!

Recipe:
Stamps: Gingerbread Lane, Tick Tock, Up, Up, & Away - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, New Leaf Patterned Papers - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink; Versamark - Tsukineko
Other: Gingerbread Lane Dies, In The Meadow Dies - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Christmas Red Stickles - Ranger; Cherry Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Clear Embossing Powder - Filigree

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Text Block: Christmas - Day 5

Good morning, everyone, and welcome back for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink new release countdown! I have one last project to share today featuring the Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th). There are few things that scream "Christmas" to me more than evergreens and snow, so today I put together a shaker card incorporating those elements. Let's get to it!


I began by stamping the snow background onto Aqua Mist cardstock. I followed up with the tree from O Tannenbaum. The snowbanks were die cut, inked along the top edge, and textured (to look like drifts) before being embellished with glitter and adhered to the card base. I created the shaker with clear cardstock, a Spring Moss die cut, and narrow foam tape strips. I filled it with the same chunky glitter I used for the snowbanks. I added a small, red rhinestone to the star topper on the tree as a final touch.

That's all for me for this countdown. Thank you so much for joining me this week. And thank you for your understanding regarding my brevity this month. Again, if you have any questions about this (or any other) post, just ask in the comments and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Don't forget to check in with the other ladies today and tomorrow for even more inspiration using this month's new releases. NicholeAshleyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaile, and Melissa are all sharing their beautiful projects with you. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!

Recipe:
Stamps: O Tannenbaum (available September 15th), Snowfall - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Clear - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Fresh Snow, Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Christmas (available September 15th), In The Meadow Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Coarse Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Red Rhinestone - Mark Richards

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Text Block: Christmas - Day 4

Hello again, friends, and welcome back for Day 4 of this months Papertrey Ink new release countdown! I have another project highlighting the new Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th) and I'd love to share it with you!

I focused on just the New Year part of the die yesterday, so I thought today I'd give the Christmas part a little attention.


I started by stamping a row of trees in Limeade Ice ink. I wanted more trees than were on the original stamp, so I did a little masking to extend the line a bit. I went back in and filled in the baubles with Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, and Summer Sunrise inks. Then, I glittered the baubles and coated them with Glossy Accents. This both gives them dimension and keeps the glitter contained.


While that dried, I die cut the Text Block: Christmas shape from Hibiscus Burst stock and trimmed out the sections I didn't want to use. Then I decorated a white card base with some patterned paper and a scalloped strip. I tied a crochet thread bow around the base and then mounted my tree and sentiment panel with foam tape.

Thank you for popping in today! I'll see you again tomorrow with another peek. In the meantime, NicholeAshleyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaile, and Melissa are all sharing projects with you today. See you again tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Holiday Cheer - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice Bitty Dot - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Limeade Ice, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th), Be Happy Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Sugar Cube Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Glue Pen; White Crochet Thread; Xyron

Friday, September 12, 2014

Text Block: Christmas - Day 3

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink new release countdown! I have another project to share featuring the Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th), so let's get to it.

I wanted to showcase the New Year portion of the die today, so I trimmed out the Christmas part after die cutting (which I did 3 times and layered together).


I die cut "Happy" from a piece of Night Sky shimmer stock. I used a post it note to keep the letters from shifting. I stamped and heat embossed flower centers from Funky Florals (a special edition set, but you could get the same results with a similar image) using silver and gold embossing powders.


Then I impressed a White Shimmer card base with the Center Stage Cover Plate and mounted the firework panel and the "New Year" frame in the center. The shimmer stock totally makes this card.

Alrighty, well, that's all for me today. I'll be back tomorrow with another project featuring the Text Block: Christmas Die. In the meantime, Nichole, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Laura, Laurie, Maile, and Melissa are all sharing projects with you today. See you again tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Funky Florals (special edition) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Night Sky Shimmer, White Shimmer - Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th), Center Stage Cover Plate, Headline Alphabet Die - Papertrey Ink; Silver, Gold Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Text Block: Christmas - Day 2

Hello, friends, and welcome back for Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink new release countdown! I'm so glad you're joining me again today for another look at the Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th). It's great to hear so much enthusiasm for this die! Thank you all for your kind notes, both about the die and the move. How about we get on to today's project, eh?


I began by layering a Pure Poppy die cut onto a sticky piece of white cardstock and embellished the negative space using a custom blend of Crystal, Garnet, and Verdalite glitters.


Then, I die cut an ornament and stamped it with Limeade Ice ink. I followed up with heat embossed white powder. While the powder was hot I smooshed the ornament into a pile of the excess glitter. The glitter attached beautifully to the hot, sticky powder.


I stamped a white card base with pine branches and die cut and stamped a Get A Handle On It strip with polka dots. I attached the polka dotty strip to the card base and mounted the glittered sentiment panel on top. I gave the ornament a wire hook and silk bow before mounting it to the card front with more foam tape.

Thank you for checking in with me today! I'll be back tomorrow with another project featuring the Text Block: Christmas die. In the meantime, Nichole, Betsy, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Laura, and Maile all have peeks to share. I'll see you again soon!

Recipe:
Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Vintage Ornament, Bitty Background Blocks - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, New Leaf - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Limeade Ice, New Leaf - Papertrey Ink; Versamark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th), Vintage Ornament Die Collection, Get A Handle On It Die Collection, 1/4" Silk Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Detail Powder - Filigree; Crystal, Garnet, Verdalite Fine Glitters - Martha Stewart Crafts; Xyron; Wire

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Introducing The Text Block: Christmas Die

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the first day of the Papertrey Ink September new release countdown! I am very excited to be sharing projects with you featuring the Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th). This die is all about celebrating the holidays! Let's get to a project shall we?

Side note: If you follow me on Twitter (in the sidebar----->) you may know this already, but we're right in the middle of moving and my hair is on fire. As a result my posts are going to be a little more succinct this month. If you have any questions just leave them in the comments and I'll do my very best to get back to you.



I impressed a Text Block: Christmas die onto Pure Poppy cardstock using the impression plate sandwich. I colored over the words with a glue pen and embellished with glitter (it looks patchy in the photo, but not in real life). The result are a bit like tinsel, which I love. I trimmed around the inside of the frame and matted it using a bit of gold cardstock I happened to have on hand.


Next, I stamped a Vintage Cream card base with holly and berries. I added Glossy Accents to the berries for a bit of shine. When that dried, I added the Text Block shape with foam tape. Easy, but sparkly and perfect for the holiday season. Try and forget that it was 82ยบ here when I made it.

Thanks for joining me today, everyone! Nichole and Dawn are featuring the Text Block: Christmas Die today and Betsy, Erin, Heather, and Melissa also have projects to share. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Mistletoe & Holly - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; Gold Leaf - Curious Metallics
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Christmas Die (available September 15th) - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Smokey Quartz Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Glue Pen

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Color Play

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the September edition of Papertrey Ink's monthly Color Play feature! This month we're taking our inspiration from this photo:

Little Doolally
I loved the primary colors in that cozy, little baby blanket. And since this is the time of year when kids are returning to the classroom I thought it might be fun to pair the primary colors with primary school and make a card for the teacher. Shall we?


I began by stamping the large polka dots onto a Blueberry Sky card front with the coordinating ink. I adhered that to a white card base and set it aside. Next, I die cut the Monthly Moments Spiral Notebook Die from white cardstock and stamped it with the dotted lines from Journal Accessories in Soft Stone ink. I followed up with the solid double line in Pure Poppy and the "you're the best" sentiment in Blueberry Sky. Then, I die cut a Sketched Star (the middle size) from Harvest Gold cardstock. I used a fine point glue pen to draw on a star and coated it with glitter. I just wanted a narrow line of glitter to reinforce the whole "sketched" idea. Next, I die cut the apple and stamped it with the coordinating images from Back to School using Pure Poppy and Spring Moss inks.


Then I xyroned some white and Pure Poppy cardstocks. I stamped the Pure Poppy strip with the smallest dots in Polka Dot Basics II using Pure Poppy ink and then I die cut the sticky backed cardstocks with the Wonderful Words Teacher die. I adhered the three shapes together with the Pure Poppy on top. I chose to use two colors of cardstock just to keep the word from feeling too dense. The white in there keeps it lighter. Once all of those pieces were ready to go it was time to assemble! I mounted the spiral notebook shape with foam tape, the star was added with a glue pen, the apple was added with foam tape, and the "teacher" just stuck on with the xyron adhesive. It actually came together really fast.

Well, that's all for me today, friends! See you again soon!

Recipe:
Stamps: Journal Accessories, Polka Dot Basics II & III, Back To School, Over Under Easy - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky, Soft Stone, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Other: Sketched Stars Die Collection, Monthly Moments Spiral Notebook Die, Back To School Die Collection, Wonderful Words Teacher Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Crystal Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glue Pen; Xyron

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stamp-a-faire 2014: Ancient Rome


Good morning, Papertrey Ink Fans, and welcome to Stamp-a-faire 2014! I am so excited to be sharing in the festivities this year! This year's theme is "Time Traveler" and we're crafting through the ages all day with fun tutorials and challenges to keep you inspired. I have the honor of kicking off today's era presentations with a focus on Ancient Rome (you can get the whole Stamp-a-faire experience over on Nichole's Blog)!

Primavera di Stabiae Fresco
The Ancient Roman Era is known for its detailed visual art works. The Romans particularly admired fine painting, intricate mosaics, and grand sculpture. These mediums were greatly valued and often included in public spaces as well as the homes of wealthy citizens. Cameo glass works were also popular around this time. They were largely affordable and enjoyed by a majority of the population. Highly developed silver work and jewelry, on the other hand, was a privilege of the rich.

Roman Coliseum
In addition to purely visual works, the era is also distinguished by its functional artwork. Architecture, currency, metal casting, and pottery were all adorned with carvings and reliefs. They depicted a wide variety of subjects, from military heroes to gladiators and pastoral scenes.

Roman Calyx
The Romans appreciated these works as much for their aesthetic value as for their role in historical preservation. Everything from walls to oil lamps and coins portrayed the valors of the day, many in the act of battle.

Mosaic Of Carpophorous Fighting A Leopard
The Ancient Romans were also directly influenced by the artwork and architecture of Ancient Greece. Mythological figures were a favored subject. Gods and goddesses frequented the works of Roman artists for hundreds of years. Botanical motifs, like the acanthus and laurel leaves, were also borrowed and modified to reflect Roman tastes. They, along with patterns such as the “Egg and Dart” and structures like winding triumphal columns and arches, helped give Roman architecture its signature form.

Fresco From The Villa of Agrippa Postumus
Now that you have a little background about the era, let’s get on to a couple of fun challenges that incorporate elements of the frescoes and mosaics that are so characteristic of the era!

Faux Frescoes: Colorful painted frescoes were greatly admired in Ancient Rome. They portrayed everything from urban scenes to landscapes and people. Follow along with the video to see how embossing paste transforms basic cardstock into a plaster canvas. You can get wonderful results with outline stamps and your favorite coloring medium or keep it simple with solid stamps. And you’ll just love the texture of your finished pieces!

Here are some still shots of my projects. Check out the video to see the step-by-step instructions.



Here are a few things I wish I had mentioned in my videos (but either forgot or thought of later - I'm still learning, folks. Thanks for your patience!):
  • Your embossing paste will take anywhere from half an hour to two hours to dry (depending on how thick you get with the paste). It's a good idea to coat your cardstock with embossing paste and then move on to another challenge or element of your card while it dries.
  • You can use any coloring medium for this technique. I used watercolors, but markers (make sure your embossing paste is marker nib friendly), colored pencils, reinkers, and more will work perfectly, too!
  • The stamping will stay wet for awhile (especially if you use dye inks). You can heat set it to help, but be prepared to let your project sit undisturbed for awhile just in case.

Mock Mosaics: Romans favored mosaics for embellishing the walls and floors throughout their architecture. These beautifully tiled pieces often depicted mythological and historical scenes, but were just as regularly geometric patterns that varied in complexity. You can achieve tiled designs in your projects using one of today’s easy techniques!

Here are my projects from the tutorial. Check out the video to see exactly how everything came together!




And here are the tips I wish I had mentioned in this video:
  • (First Technique) If you don't have the Mosaic Tile Die or cover plates you can still play along! Just cut up a piece of self-adhesive foam into random shapes and stick them to a clear block.
  • Don't have a clear block to spare? How about an old wooden block from an unmounted stamp? Or an extra die cutting plate?
  • The spacing of the Mosaic Tile Die works best with larger/bolder images, but you can use smaller or more delicate images by placing the tiles closer together.
  • You can also arrange the tiles however you want to get different looks with your mosaic pattern.
  • You can use colored ink create a graphic background instead of stamping with embossing ink over a pre-stamped scene.
  • (Second Technique) You can use a cover plate instead of the Mosaic Tile Die to create similar results.
  • (Second and Third Techniques) The Xyron does make this technique easier, but it isn't completely necessary. You can also use strips of double sided tape (I would suggest Scor-Tape), but you want to get nearly complete coverage so keep that in mind when you're adding your adhesive.
  • (Third Technique) Your stencil will work with spray mists, sponged ink, embossing/texture paste or even chalk!
  • You can add more or fewer layers of acetate depending on how much dimension you want your embossing paste to have.

I could seriously do another series of techniques with the Mosaic Tile Die, so don't be surprised if you see it again here in the near future. Don't forget, if you missed the kit earlier in the summer they will be on sale for a limited time in October so you'll get a second chance! 

Make sure to head over to Nichole's blog to see all of today's challenges and share your projects. Thank you so much for joining me today! Enjoy Stamp-a-faire and I'll see you around the forum!

Recipes:
Sunflower Fresco Card
Stamps: Botanical Blocks, SAF: Ancient Rome Mini - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink; Noir Black - Palette
Other: Embossing Paste - Wendy Vecchi; Foam Tape - Scotch; Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors

My Hero Card
Stamps: Military Hero, SAF: Ancient Rome Mini - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft, Marble Patterned Paper (SAF: Ancient Rome Kit) - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pinefeather, Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft (reinker) - Papertrey Ink
Other: Tag Sale #8 Die, First Place Die Collection, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Embossing Paste - Wendy Vecchi; Foam Tape - Scotch

Butterfly Mosaic Card
Stamps: Life Is Beautiful, Modern Wood Mats - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Aqua Mist Polka Dot Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Limeade Ice, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Mosaic Tile Die (SAF: Ancient Rome Kit), Small Scalloped Border Die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Marshmallow Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; Foam Tape - Scotch; Self-adhesive foam

Floral Mosaic Card
Stamps: Cutting Garden, SAF: Ancient Rome Mini - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Mosaic Tile Die, Sketched Shapes Die Collection, Rustic Jute Button Twine - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron Machine

Stenciled Mosaic Card
Stamps: SAF: Ancient Rome Mini - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Acanthus Patterned Paper (SAF: Ancient Rome Kit), Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Mosaic Tile Die, Mat Stack 2 Layerz Die, Aqua Mist Button, Soft Stone Saddle Stitched Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Embossing Paste - Wendy Vecchi; Foam Tape - Scotch; Crochet Thread; Xyron Machine