Thursday, June 21, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Zappy Birthday

Hey there, Papertrey Ink fans, and welcome to this week's Throwback Thursday feature! Today Heather, Laurie, and I are revisiting Lexi's Zappy Birthday set. My husband is a big comic book fan and he has a big birthday coming up. It's been awhile since I last pulled out Zappy Birthday, but it seemed like the perfect set to use to create a special card that would be right up his alley. I paired it with the coordinating Superhero set and the Cover Plate: Comic Strip and I have to say...I'm totally smitten all over again!


I began by die cutting the Cover Plate: Comic Strip shape and traced out the openings so I knew exactly where the cover plate would fall when I glued it down. I sponged Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, and Harvest Gold inks into three of the openings and stamped the dotted background from Superhero in the other two before adhering the die cut into place.


I stamped and die cut the burst image from Zappy Birthday and the "Wow!" using the coordinating Zappy Birthday die collection. I adhered the "Wow!" to the burst with foam tape and the burst to the card front with more foam tape. The next square I stamped with the shield from Superhero and the sentiment from Zappy Birthday.


For the large central rectangle, I simply die cut a "birthday" greeting using the Birthday Trio Die Collection and stamped it using the same dot pattern from Superhero. I placed it where I knew I wanted to adhere it and used a greeting from Zappy Birthday to complete the message. The original sentiment said "It's your day!" so I just masked off the last bit to make it work the way I needed it to.


I stamped and die cut the caped crusader from Superhero for the bottom right corner and used the sentiment and speech bubble from Zappy Birthday to give him a voice. In the final rectangle, I used the lightning bolt from Zappy Birthday to create "broadcasting" vibes for the Zappy Birthday Die tower and the star emblem from Superhero to call the defender-in-chief for his birthday party.

I think my very own super hero will love this card for his birthday! Make sure to check in with Heather and Laurie to see how they've used Zappy Birthday today. Enjoy the rest of your week!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Introducing Cover Up: Grid and Summer Perks!

Good morning, friends! I'm popping in today to help introduce Dawn McVey's new Cover Up: Grid stamp set and announce a fun Summer promotion series from Papertrey Ink. Throughout the Summer Papertrey will have intermittent releases from some of your favorite designers along with a special promotion on select coordinating products.

With today's Cover Up: Grid release you can pick up one of Dawn's other Cover Up stamp sets at a 15% discount (for a limited time)! This is a great opportunity to check out this series!

I have a card today to help welcome the newest in the series, so let's get to it! I paired this grid background with the new Botanical Bounty II and Shape Shifters: Oval II die. Don't you just love straight lines with florals?


I began by stamping the Cover Up: Grid onto white cardstock using Spring Rain ink before die cutting it with the Shape Shifters: Oval. The contrast of the straight lines with the lacy edge of the die cut makes my heart sing, y'all! Next, I stamped the Penned Elegance sentiment using Dark Indigo ink.


I splattered a Classic Kraft card base with Copic Opaque White Pigment and adhered the oval to the center with foam adhesive. Then, stamped and die cut several flowers and leaves from Botanical Bounty II, using sponging to add depth and interest.


I arranged the flowers along the edge of the oval using flat and foam adhesives to give dimension. I'm totally digging the different yellows in this bouquet!

I hope you've enjoyed today's post! Make sure to check out Betsy, Dawn, HeatherLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie's blogs to see what they have up their creative sleeves for you today. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Transformation Tuesday

Good morning, friends, and welcome to this week's Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday. This week I thought it would be fun to take a masculine/rustic project that I created last November and give it a more feminine spin.

Here's my original card (click HERE to see the original post):

Ginkgo Well Wishes Card

I created it to introduce the Direct Messages stamp set and I really liked how the ginkgo branch pointed directly to my greeting, highlighting it nicely. I also really liked the patterned paper stitched to the bottom edge and the stamped background with soft blending around the edges of the card base. I thought these were elements that would translate well to a softer, more feminine design so that's the direction I decided to go.


I wanted a branchy sort of image to highlight my greeting again, but I didn't want to use the same set. I opted for the dogwood branch from Warm Regards instead. I love that the flowers snuggle around the sentiment and add a splash of color. I blended Pale Peony and Berry Sorbet inks on the petals to create depth and give them a realistic appearance. We recently planted a Cherokee dogwood and I can't wait for it to bloom next Spring and show off those lovely pink blossoms!


I also wanted to incorporate that same background treatment on the new card. I used Spring Rain ink around the edges of my white card front to give a soft, dreamy quality and stamped the gingham pattern rather than the birch background from the original. The gingham pairs nicely with the dogwood images and it gives the card a homespun feel that makes me happy.


I chose to use a swiss dot patterned paper to embellish the bottom edge and stitched it on using the same zig-zag stitch as the original. I also used the same sentiment and bow, but this time I used white crochet thread instead of jute twine to give the card a more polished appearance.


All in all, I think this challenge to myself worked out quite well! I know some of us have a hard time with masculine cards. If you do, maybe look at the two cards side by side and see if you can get an idea of how you can "reverse engineer" a more masculine design from a feminine one (even though I did the opposite here). Sometimes just seeing two versions of the same card next to one another makes a world of difference.

Thank you so much for joining me for this week's Transformation Tuesday! I hope you'll head over to the Team Blog to link up your own project for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Introducing Corner Adorner: June

Welcome to today's post, friends! I'm popping in today to introduce you to my newest Corner Adorner set for Papertrey Ink (it's coming your way tomorrow, June 15th, at 10pm). I have three projects to share so show you just how versatile this set can be. Let's get started!


This month's Corner Adorner features a vine-y berry design that I'm really pumped about. The wild black raspberries growing on our property will be ripening in the next few weeks and I'm looking forward to getting out and picking my fill. So on this card, I chose to use the purples that remind me of those berries.


I stamped a Classic Kraft panel with the berries, rotating them to fill the space. I cut the edge with the To The Point Edgers die and layered it with a Rustic White mat. Then, I heat embossed a sentiment from Forest Floor: Summer onto a Royal Velvet card front and adhered the berry panel into place.


Next, I sponged some Winter Wisteria ink onto Rustic White cardstock and die cut it with the "celebrate" sentiment die from Bold Borders: Wave. I also die cut the "celebrate" from Winter Wisteria and then stacked the die cuts, with the white one landing on top. To finish I just adhered the word die to the card front. Nice and simple!

Next up, I have a card pairing Corner Adorner: June with Sentiment Staples: Sending You.


I began by die cutting a white panel with a die from the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die. I stamped a few vines and berries on the outer frame and sponged the inner piece with Aqua Mist ink. The layered stenciling and blending adds so much depth! Next, I stamped the Sentiment Staples: Sending You greeting in Pure Poppy and True Black inks.


Then, I stamped and die cut the large berry corner and the small berry sprig. I think it's easiest to stamp the vines, die cut, and then add the berries and flowers last. It just makes it so much easier to line up.


I adhered the frame and center panel to a Berry Sorbet card base, using foam adhesive under the center panel to give it a little depth. Then, I added the berry bits to the front of the card and embellished the center of each flower with clear glitter for sparkle. It's so bright and summery!

My last card from today gives the berries a softer, gentle look. I used pastels on the berries and flowers and more muted tones on the greenery to mellow things out a little.


I began by lightly stenciling the Quatrefoil pattern using the Stencil Basics: Quatrefoil stencils. Then, I used the pierced oval from Betsy's new Shape Shifters: Oval II to define the center of the panel. I splattered the center of the panel with Copic Opaque White Pigment (side note: warm up the pigment by adding in a tiny bit of Summer Sunrise ink before doing your splattering).


Next, I stitched a piece of polka dotted Bitty Big: Harvest Gold paper to the bottom edge. After adhering that whole panel to a Rustic White card base, I rounded the corners. Then, I stamped and die cut the berry vines and adhered it to the front of the card with a mix of flat and foam adhesives.


Next, I stamped and die cut the flowers and adhered them over the integrated flowers for added depth. The sentiment was stamped on a banner from the First Place die collection and tucked the end under one of the vines. To finish it up, I simply adhered a twine bow over the leaves in the top corner.

Thank you so much for sharing your morning with me! Make sure to pop over and see what Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie have to share with you. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you soon!

Your Special Day Card

A Happy Hello Card

You Make Me Smile Card

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Introducing Botanical Bounty II & With All My Heart

Good morning, friends! Are you enjoying this month's Papertrey Ink countdown? The team is back today to introduce a couple of amazing new stamp sets and dies that I'm positive you're going to adore!

You all know how much I love Botanical Bounty. I mean, ugh, it's so beautiful it almost hurts. Well, good news for all of you that love Botanical Bounty as much as I do...there's a second edition coming your way! That's right! Jennifer Campbell's Botanical Bounty II is releasing this month! Huzzah!


To start today's card, I stamped and die cut a whole buncha flowers and leaves. I went with reds and pinks on the flowers and yellowy greens on the foliage. I love it! It feels so rich to me.


To prepare the background, I die cut the new Bold Borders: Wave from Yupo paper and created a stencil. I sponged Spring Rain onto a white card front through the stencil to transfer the pattern (inspired by handmade Japanese paper) and then adhered that panel to a Spring Rain card base.


Next, I stamped a Banner Style sentiment onto the coordinating die and adhered it to the front of the card with foam adhesive. Then, I just tucked and arranged the flowers around the banner. Good golly that's luscious. I'm going to love this new set as much as the first!

We're also introducing a cool new die and mini stamp set designed by Kimberly Crawford. She handlettered the Love Die and created a set of handy sentiments called With All My Heart to complement it. So cute!


For my card today, I decided to die cut the Love die from masking paper and stamp around it using the Botanical Bounty II images.


The trick when you're doing a design like this is to place your mask and then lightly sponge a base color first. That way your edges are defined just a little bit in the event that your floral stamping has gaps. And it likely will because too much overlap can make things feel a touch overcrowded.


Once I was done with my florals, I simply stamped the companion sentiment in True Black and tied a Rustic Jute bow around that panel. Then, I mounted that panel to a Classic Kraft card base. Easy and colorful!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a few more projects to share. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have projects to share with you. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Grateful For You Card

Love Is All You Need Card