Thursday, August 14, 2014

Text Block: Halloween Die & Gable Box Die - Day 5

Good morning, everyone, and welcome back to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown! I'm back today with two more projects featuring my newest Text Block die and the Gable Box Die. Let's get on to some projects, shall we?

I've received a handful of questions regarding whether or not gift cards would fit into the Gable Box. They absolutely will! You can lay them down, nestle them into crinkle shred or tissue paper, or rig up something a little fancier like I've done today.


I began by die cutting my Gable Box from clear cardstock. I followed the same basic tips I shared here the other day to complete the assembly. Instead of using washi tape to finish my corners I created decorative corner covers using the Small Scalloped Border Die and strips of Scor-tape. I also die cut the cuckoo clock from Dawn's new Tick Tock set twice and stamped it with both Hibiscus Burst and Harvest Gold inks. I trimmed the pinecone weights off of the Harvest Gold clock and adhered those and the shutters to the Hibiscus Burst clock after stamping the clock details in Orange Zest. I adhered that to the front of the Gable Box with foam tape.


Next, I created a platform similar to the one I made the other day, but this time I cut a very narrow slit down the entire length of the base of the platform. This way my gift card can stand up and be seen instead of hidden by extra packing material. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment before tucking the platform into the box. I secured my gift card inside and then sprinkled an assortment of colorful sequins to complete the ensemble. It's such a fun presentation and the sentiment leaves it open to be useful for so many occasions. Great grade on a test? New job? Big birthday? All covered!

My second project pairs shadowed die cuts with the confetti stamping trend (which is one of my personal favorites).


I began by adhering Smokey Shadow and True Black Text Block: Halloween die cuts together. On a white card base, I traced around the die so I'd have an idea of where I needed my stamping. I put down a foundation using the stars and dots cluster in Heather's Happy Spooky Halloween and then went to town stamping varous dots to fill in the rest of the space. I used a color palette of Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow, and Royal Velvet. I erased my pencil line and then I went back through and coated many of the dots with Glossy Accents (interesting note: when I applied Glossy Accents to the Royal Velvet dots it made them so dark that they look nearly black). I finished the card by mounting the Text Block: Halloween shape with foam tape. Simple, but colorful.

That's all for me this time around. I hope you've enjoyed this month's countdown. Make sure to check in with NicholeAshelyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa, and Lexi for even more previews of this month's new release. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!

Recipes:
Time To Celebrate Gift Card Box
Stamps: Tick Tock - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest Polka Dot Patterned Paper, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Gable Box Die, Tick Tock Die Collection, Small Scalloped Border Die - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Scor-tape; sequins

Confetti Trick Or Treat Card
Stamps: Happy Spooky Halloween, Holiday Cheer, Foodie Fun - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, True Black - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow, Royal Velvet - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Halloween Die - Papertrey Ink; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Foam Tape - Scotch

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Text Block: Halloween & The Gable Box Die - Day 4

Hello again, friends, an welcome back for Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown. Thank you so much for all of your kind comments yesterday about the little gifties I made for my niece and nephew. I hope they like them as much as you did! I have a couple of additional projects for you today, so let's get to it.

We'll kick off today with a card featuring the Text Block: Halloween Die.


First, I stamped Fresh Snow polka dots onto a Soft Stone card front and adhered that to a white base. Then, I die cut my Text Block shape from True Black cardstock. I smooshed it into a VersaMark pad and heat set it with clear powder, repeating a couple of times for nice, thick coverage. It actually looks more like a piece of patent leather than cardstock. Then, I adhered a piece of sticker paper to the back (sticky side coming through the holes in the design) and filled in the open spaces with Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, and Terra Cotta Tile cardstocks. I added foam tape to the back and tucked in a length of white crochet thread before adhering the block to the card front.


Next, I trimmed the legs off of a Tremendous Treats: Halloween spider and adhered them to the back of a True Black button. I adhered the spider to the end of the crochet thread, leaving him dangling so he can swing (or be positioned on top of the Text Block shape). I embellished with a couple of googly eyes and called it done. He's cute, isn't he?

My second project for today is another Halloween-y Gable Box.


I began by die cutting two of the Gable Box shapes from Smokey Shadow cardstock. I stamped them all over with the stars cluster from Heather's new Happy Spooky Halloween set. Then, I created my moon from Harvest Gold patterned paper using Nichole's Lazy Stamper Medallion tutorial. I seriously love that tutorial. Anyway, I followed up with some glittered clouds (that I trimmed to make look a little more nighttime wispy than daytime fluffy - at least I hope) and a bat, also from Heather's new set. I embellished him with yet more googly eyes because, apparently, I cannot get enough of the googly eyes these days.

Okey doke, that's it for me today. Make sure to check in with  NicholeAshelyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa, and Lexi for even more previews of this month's new release. I'll see you again tomorrow!

Recipes:
Dangling Spider Card
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics III, Tremendous Treats: Halloween - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: True Black, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terra Cotta Tile, Soft Stone, White Adhesive Sheets - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Fresh Snow, True Black - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Halloween Die, Tremendous Treats: Halloween Die Collection, True Black Button - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Clear Embossing Powder - Filigree; googly eyes; crochet thread

Full Moon Card
Stamps: Happy Spooky Halloween - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Harvest Gold Polka Dot Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Royal Velvet - Papertrey Ink
Other: Gable Box Die, Happy Spooky Halloween Die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection, Clouds Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Crystal Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; googly eyes; xyron

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gable Box Die & Text Block: Halloween - Day 3

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back for Day 3 of Papertrey Ink's August countdown! I wanted to start by saying thank you all for your enthusiasm over the Gable Box and Text Block: Halloween Dies. I'm so glad to hear you're looking forward to using them for yourselves. I've been having a blast with them and I have a little more inspiration to share with you today. How about we get on to the projects!

Let's start with the Text Block: Halloween Die. I wanted to make a small candy bag for my nephew to carry around this year. He's still young and they don't do too much Trick Or Treating, so the size of this bag will be perfect.


I started by adhering a piece of True Black striped patterned paper to a white lunch sack. I trimmed the both down with a pair of pinking shears and cut in an opening on the front of the bag. Then, I xyroned a piece of Summer Sunrise cardstock and die cut it using the Text Block: Halloween Die. I stuck the resulting die cut shape to a piece of clear cardstock and then used 1/8" Scor-tape to attach it over the opening bag, creating a window (so he can see his treats as he goes)!


Next, I die cut the monster shape from Tremendous Treats: Halloween from white cardstock and stamped him with the coordinating image using Palette Noir ink. I colored him with colored pencils and colored over his eye with a glue pen. I sprinkled that with clear embossing powder and heat set once the glue had fully dried (the "fully"is important here; if you don't wait it will bubble when you heat it).


My bag needed a handle, so I backed a length of Limeade Ice saddle stitched ribbon with a strip of Limeade Ice cardstock and adhered the ends to the sides of the bag. I used the cardstock to make sure the handle stayed upright so little hands would have an easier time. I also wanted to make sure they'd stay secure, so I stitched True Black buttons all the way through the bag for a little decorative reinforcement. I sure hope Charlie likes it!

I wouldn't be a good Auntie if I didn't make a little something for my niece, too. I don't think Miss Josie Mae has enough hair for these yet, but my sister will surely love them.


I put together the hair barrettes using the Clever Barrette, Beautiful Blooms II #1, Button Up #2, and Heart-2-Heart #7 Dies from Harvest Gold, Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, and Simply Chartreuse felt. I wanted the packaging to really let the barrettes shine, so I cut my Gable Box shapes from clear cardstock. Here are some tips for creating a Gable Box from clear cardstock:

  • Try not to run your die through your machine more than once. If you can get it cut through in one pass you'll be in better shape. The clear cardstock has a tendency to want to shift in the machine on multiple passes.
  • Rescore over the score lines for easier folding. It still won't be the easiest thing to fold, but it will be better.
  • The newer your cutting plates (and less scarred up) the better.
  • Fold before you assemble. You can manipulate the parts more easily when they're separate.
  • You'll probably want to disguise the adhesive in some way. Clear cardstock is...well, clear, so you'll want to figure out some way to hide your adhesive a little bit.


I created my own faux washi tape for the corners using the tutorial Nichole did in a Make It Monday way back when. It worked perfectly! I used one of the small blocks in the Background Basics: Random Stripe set to get the pattern on my tape. I wanted it to be subtle, so I stamped off the Aqua Mist ink before stamping for soft results.


I also wanted a little platform to fit inside the box, both for stamping my sentiment and for giving my clips a little boost. I made my platform (using the diagram you'll find below) from Aqua Mist polka dot patterned paper. I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment with white detail powder. I popped it inside my box, filled with custom crinkle shred (just strips of paper run through a crimper), and nestled my hair clips on top. I finished the packaging with a tiny white crochet thread bow.

Here's the template I used for my platform. I don't know if it will print to scale, but it will at least give you something to follow.


Well, that's all for me today, friends. I'll be back tomorrow with more projects featuring the new Gable Box and Text Block: Halloween Dies. In the meantime, NicholeAshelyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa, and Lexi all have additional inspiration for you to enjoy. I'll see you tomorrow!

Recipes:
Trick Or Treat Bag
Stamps: Tremendous Treats: Halloween - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: True Black Striped Patterned Paper, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Nior - Palette
Other: Text Block: Halloween Die, Tremendous Treats: Halloween Die Collection, Limeade Ice Saddle Stitched Ribbon, True Black Buttons - Papertrey Ink; Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Glue Pen - Zig; Colored Pencils - Prismacolor; Orange Twine - American Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron; Scor-tape; Pinking Shears

Flower Barrette Packaging
Stamps: Boutique Accessories Mini, Background Basics: Random Stripe - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist Polka Dot Patterned Paper, Limeade Ice Patterned Paper, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Gable Box Die, Clever Barrette Dies, Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die, Button Up #2 Die, Heart-2-Heart #7 Die, Melon Berry Buttons, Harvest Gold Felt, Vintage Cream Felt, Aqua Mist Felt, Simply Chartreuse Felt - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Paper Crimper - Fiskars; Scor-tape; Tissue Paper; Embroidery Floss - DMC; Crochet Thread

Monday, August 11, 2014

Introducing The Text Block: Halloween Die & More Fun With The Gable Box Die

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown. I dropped the hint yesterday that today I'd be sharing another new item on this month's line up and here it is, the Text Block: Halloween die! This die is one of my favorites yet, thanks to the cobweb background detail. I'm also sharing a couple of additional Gable Box Die projects. Let's get going!

My projects today are in pairs. I'll start with the little spider combo first.


I began by die cutting the Gable Box shape twice from a piece of striped Orange Zest patterned paper.


I cut a circular window out of one of them and stamped it with the sentiment from Mr. Bones using Smokey Shadow ink. Then, I xyroned a piece of vellum and die cut it with the smallest die in the Spider Web Trio Die Collection. I adhered that to a piece of Clear Cardstock and stuck the whole thing to the back of the window in my Gable Box piece. I assembled the box as normal (with a couple of special notes that I'll share in a minute) and set it aside for a moment.


Next, I die cut two Webster (the spider in Mr. Bones) shapes from white cardstock and stamped them with Smokey Shadow ink. I followed up with a glue pad and then sprinkled on some black flocking to make the spiders fuzzy. I attached one to the web on my Gable Box window and set the other aside. Next, I worked on my coordinating card. I began by stamping a Smokey Shadow card front with polka dots (using the coordinating ink) and adhered it to a white card base. Then, I xyroned both sides of a piece of Smokey Shadow cardstock and die cut it with the Text Block: Halloween Die. I also die cut a piece of striped Orange Zest patterned paper with the same die. I carefully trimmed the words from the patterned paper piece and placed them on the sticky face of the Smokey Shadow die cut along with a piece of foam tape for my spider (it's best to do this before the glitter step - just keep the protective covering in place). I sprinkled the rest of the face with glitter, burnished it to make sure it was nice and firmly adhered, and then brushed off the excess with a paintbrush. I stuck that down to my card front and placed Webster as a final touch. These are super cute and they came together in no time!

My second set today is of the ghosty persuasion.


I knew I wanted to keep a similar layout as the first set, so I began by die cutting the Gable Box from polka dotted Royal Velvet patterned paper.


I die cut a ghosty from one of the shapes and heat embossed the sentiment (also from Mr. Bones) using white detail embossing powder. Next, I cut a piece of vellum to use in the ghost opening. I traced the outline of the ghost onto the vellum so I would know where my smile needed to go and then stamped away (I used Stazon Jet Black that I then embossed with clear powder). I adhered that behind the window and assembled my box. I added little googly eyes to give him some character.


Then I went to work on the card. I die cut three ghosts and finished them the same way I had on the Gable Box ghost (Stazon, heat embossing, googly eyes). Then, I xyroned a piece of polka dotted Royal Velvet paper and die cut it with the Text Block: Halloween die. I used another die cut as a template and adhered all of the negative shapes onto a piece of white cardstock. Once they were all in place I trimmed along the outside edge. I matted that piece with some Limeade Ice cardstock and prepped the back with strips of foam tape. Then, I stamped a piece of True Black cardstock with Background Basics: Super Chevron using VersaMark (which is tough to see because I'm such a wonderful photographer) and adhered it to a white card base. I placed my ghosts about where I wanted them on the card base and then removed the backing from the foam tape on the Text Block piece. I hovered the Text Block panel over the ghosts until I was pleased with placement and then pushed down firmly to adhere both that panel and the ghosts at the same time. It's a two-fer!

I mentioned earlier that there were special notes about the Gable Box assembly today. They're fairly minor, but I thought they might be worth sharing.


Because I chose to make my boxes out of patterned paper rather than cardstock I thought it might be a good idea to reinforce a couple of key spots. This is probably totally unnecessary as they're not giant boxes and will likely not hold enough weight to warrant the extra step, but I did it anyway. I added panels of contrasting cardstock to the bottoms of the boxes and white cardstock to the handles (I adhered them in place with Scor-Tape). The bottoms are fairly self explanatory, but the handles I just cut off of extra die cuts at the first score line and adhered them to the inside of the box. Easy.

Well, that's all for me today! You should definitely check in with Nichole, Ashley, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Laura, Maile, and Lexi as they share more of this month's release. See you again tomorrow!

Recipes:
Webster Card & Gable Box Set
Stamps: Mr. Bones, Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Orange Zest Striped Patterned Paper, Smokey Shadow, Vellum, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Gable Box Die, Text Block: Halloween Die, Mr. Bones Die Collection, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection, Spider Web Trio Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Black Fun Flock - Stampendous; Foam Tape - Scotch; Carerra Marble Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glue Pad - Tsukineko; Xyron

Ghosty Friends Card & Gable Box Set
Stamps: Mr. Bones, Happy Haunting, Background Basics: Super Chevron - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Royal Velvet Swiss Dot Patterned Paper, True Black, Limeade Ice, Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Versamark, Stazon Jet Black - Tsukineko
Other: Gable Box Die, Text Block: Halloween Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Clear Detail Embossing Powder, White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Xyron; Googly Eyes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Introducing The Gable Box Die

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the first day of the Papertrey Ink August countdown! I am very excited to be bringing you a new packaging die this month. The Gable Box Die (available August 15th) creates a 3 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inch box (those are the dimensions of the squarish part at the bottom - there's more space overall) from one sheet of card stock. Just cut it twice and attach on the tabs for an adorable box that you can use for treats and gifts of all sorts. It's always easier for me when I can actually see something new in action, so let's get started!

For my first box, I wanted to go with an autumnal theme. I was thinking about how great it would be to have these little boxes at place settings for Thanksgiving.


I began by stamping two pieces of Kraft cardstock with one of the patterns from Autumn Pattern Pieces using Ocean Tides and Classic Kraft inks. Then, I die cut them with the new Gable Box Die and assembled my box. Next, I die cut the frame shape using the Fillable Frames #4 die and stamped the border using the coordinating set. I followed up with a sentiment from Autumn Acorns. I die cut and stamped a couple of leaves and an acorn from the same set. I attached the frame to the front of my gable box and then added the leaves. I just used adhesive down by their stems so I could curl them to give a bit of dimension. I finished up by adding the acorn with foam tape and embellishing with a tiny bow made with Rustic Cream Button Twine. The whole thing came together in minutes! It would be so easy to decorate a whole table with these lovelies.

And here's and extra photo just so you can see the difference in size between the new Gable Box Die and the previously released Tiny Take Out Box and Essential Pillow Box.


I wanted my second box to be a little more colorful and playful, so I put together a favor for a child's party.


I started by stamping the large outline dot from Polka Dot Basics onto Spring Rain cardstock using Fresh Snow ink. Then, I went back and filled in randomly using one of the solid dots from the same set in New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, and Orange Zest inks. I die cut my box, but before I assembled it I die cut an opening from one of the pieces using the Limitless Layers: 2 3/4" Oval die. Then, I adhered a piece of clear cardstock to the back of the opening to create a window. One of the nice things about this box is that it's big enough to do techniques like this, but not so huge that you have a ton of space to fill. I continued by making a little tag with the Tremendous Tags Die and Do Me A Favor Tags. I tied my tag to my box (around the handle, through the hole in the tag, through the holes of a button, in a bow) after I had filled it with popcorn. An inexpensive treat for kiddos at a party (and not so much that it will ruin their appetites - between 3/4 and 1 cup).

Alrighty, friends! That's all for me today. Make sure to check in with Nichole, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Laurie, and Lexie for more inspiration. I'll see you back here tomorrow with more Gable Box Die projects. You won't want to miss it. And you never know...I may have something up my sleeve that you haven't seen yet... Until next time, have a great day!

Recipes:
Thanksgiving Acorn Box
Stamps: Autumn Pattern Pieces, Fillable Frames #4, Autumn Acorns - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Other: Gable Box Die (available August 15th), Fillable Frames #4 Die, Autumn Acorns Die Collection, Rustic Cream Button Twine - Papertrey; Foam Tape - Scotch; Scor-Tape

Popcorn Party Favor Box
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Do Me A Favor Tags - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Fresh Snow, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest - Papertrey Ink
Other: Gable Box Die (available August 15th), Tremendous Tags Die, Limitless Layers: 2 3/4" Oval Die Collection, Enchanted Evening Button - Papertrey Ink; Green Apple Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Scor-Tape

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Color Play

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Papertrey Ink's August Color Play feature! This month we're playing with this photo from Bakerella's blog:



Aren't these colors delicious?! This bright, cheerful palette spoke to me right away. I absolutely loved how sweet the gumdrops looked all stacked together. Maybe it was my sweet tooth taking over (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I just couldn't help but be inspired.


I began by stamping a piece of white cardstock with the random scallop border from Ombre Builders in all of the colors in this month's palette. Next, I die cut that piece using the Phrase Play #5 die and trimmed out the word "happy" from the frame. I die cut a piece of Limeade Ice to layer behind the stamped frame and fill in the missing word. Then, I glittered the "happy" using a Martha Stewart glitter that is a similar color as Limeade Ice. While that was drying I stamped and heat embossed "day!" onto a Berry Sorbet card front using white detail powder. I followed up with polka dots in VersaMark. Finally, I adhered the Phrase Play die to my card front with some foam tape. It's a simple card, but I love how colorful it is without being overwhelming.

That's all for me. Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope this month's colors motivate you to play along. If so, make sure to link up your project on the Inspiration Archive post over on Nichole's blog so we can all see what you've been up to. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!

Recipe:
Stamps: Phrase Play #5, Ombre Builders, Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Berry Sorbet - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice, Tropical Teal, Berry Sorbet - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Phrase Play #5 Die - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Golden Beryl Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts

Monday, July 14, 2014

These United States & The Text Block: Thankful Die - Day 5

Good morning, everyone, and welcome back to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink July new release countdown! I have two more projects to share with you today featuring the These United States stamp set and Text Block: Thankful die. Shall we get to them?

My first project today pairs For The Graduate with These United States for a simple graduation card.


I began by die cutting a Mat Stack 1 shape and stamping it with the graduation cap frame using New Leaf ink. I then die cut the center out of the frame with a circle die. Next, I stamped the cap frame again, this time with Harvest Gold ink. I trimmed the center of the frame out and adhered it to an Aqua Mist card front that I had textured with the Grid Lines Impression Plate. I then mounted the New Leaf frame atop the Harvest Gold image with foam tape. Then, I die cut a narrow ring of Aqua Mist cardstock and adhered it to my New Leaf frame.


Next, I trimmed a 1/2" strip of vellum and stamped it with my sentiment using True Black ink. I heat set it to make sure it was dry and then folded it into a banner. I trimmed the ends and attached it to my card front with vellum tape. I added tiny circles of Harvest Gold cardstock that I embellished with Glossy Accents to each end of the banner. Finally, I die cut the mortar board and stamped it with True Black ink. I attached that to the card front with two layers of foam tape to make sure it really stood out.

My final card for this countdown is another featuring the new Text Block: Thankful Die.


I began by stamping the flower and leaves from Doodlie-Do onto a white card base using Tuxedo Black ink. Then, I colored everything with a selection of Copic markers (mostly using the Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Aqua Mist trios). Next, I Xyroned a piece of Spring Moss cardstock and die cut it using the die. I adhered that shape to a piece of clear cardstock and repeated the steps with white cardstock for the small dots. Then, I die cut a piece of vellum and stamped it with one of the banners from Sketched Shapes. I adhered that to the card base with vellum tape and followed up with the Text Block panel with foam tape. Nice and easy.

Well, that's all for me for this countdown. Thank you so much for joining me and I hope to see you again soon. In the meantime,  it's group post day so NicholeAshelyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa Phillips, and Melissa Bickford all have projects for you to enjoy. Take care!

Recipes:
Wherever You Go Card
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), For The Graduate - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Vellum, Harvest Gold - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: True Black, New Leaf, Harvest Gold - Papertrey Ink
Other: Mat Stack 1 Die, Trendy Tree Tops Die - Papertrey Ink; Circles Die - Quickutz; Foam Tape, Vellum Tape - Scotch; Glossy Accents - Ranger

Floral Text Block Card
Stamps: Doodlie-Do, Sketched Shapes - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Vellum, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Hawaiian Shores - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento
Other: Text Block: Thankful (available July 15th), Sketched Shapes Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Markers - Copic; Vellum Tape, Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Sunday, July 13, 2014

These United States & State Abbreviations - Day 4

Good morning, everyone, and welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink July countdown! I'm so glad you're joining me again today for a few more peeks at These United States and State Abbreviations. Nichole and the team are also sharing inspiration with this set today as part of the "Wish You Were Here" group post. There's a lot to see, so let's get going!

My first project to share is a little trio of simple embossed cards that really make the state dies the focus.


I began each card by embossing the front panel with impression plates using the impression plate tricks that Erin shared in this Make It Monday video. Then, I stamped the sentiments with gray pigment ink and added the states. For the Hawaii card I Xyroned a small piece of Aqua Mist cardstock and die cut it with the state die. I used the oval negative as a guide to help me place the islands. I embellished them with a sparkly coating of glitter.


For the Idaho card I die cut the state from Simply Chartreuse cardstock and clear heat embossed it with one of the small background blocks from Background Basics: Medallions.


The Nebraska card was similar to the Idaho card. I used the gingham block from Bitty Background Blocks to give the state shape a pattern.


These cards went together super quickly, but they still have a professional finish thanks to the impression plate technique and the nice edge on the die cut states.

My next two project would be the perfect card to give a traveller right before they head off on another adventure.


I began by die cutting and stamping several state shapes before arranging them on a Spring Moss card front. Then, I lightly traced around them and used the outlines as a guide for my arrows. Once finished, I adhered my card front to a white base, erased my pencil lines, and mounted my states with foam tape.


I continued by die cutting the layering banner from the Notched Star Banner Die Collection twice, once from Enchanted Evening and once from white. I trimmed the sides off of the white die cut and stamped it with the sentiment from These United States. Then, I layered the two die cuts and adhered them to the card front.

This next card would be ideal for someone you care about that is very far away.


I began by die cutting a Half & Half shape and stamping it with the sentiment from These United States. I embellished it with the dashed heart line image in Berry Sorbet. The line was just a smidge too short, so I used the dashed arrow line to extend it a little on each side. Next, I die cut the states from my sentiment strip. I stamped polka dots and the hearts in the negative space and embellished the strip with pewter brads.


Next, I cut a Christmas Label Die shape, sliced it in half, and heat embossed it with the rays from Hello Sunshine. I tucked the halves under the sentiment strip before adhering everything to my Classic Kraft card base. This sentiment would be perfect for Operation Write Home cards!

My final card today uses the same layout as the Tolkien quote card. It's a great basic layout to have in your back pocket for those need-a-card-quickly moments.


I began by die cutting a whole slew of states from white cardstock. Then, I went about arranging them in a puzzle formation onto a Soft Stone card base. I adhered them with flat adhesive, save the Ohio shape that I had stamped with the large heart. That one was added with foam tape. Next, I die cut one of the label shapes from Fabulous Frames and heat embossed it with the sentiment from These United States. I adhered it to my card front with foam adhesive. I tied a baker's twine bow around the card and embellished the heart with glitter for some final touches. It's a fairly simple card, but that really helps to drive home the message.

Well, that's all for me today. Thank you so much for joining me and I hope to see you again tomorrow for one more day of projects featuring These United States and the Text Block: Thankful die. In the meantime, NicholeAshelyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa Phillips, and Melissa Bickford all have additional inspiration for you to enjoy. Take care and I'll see you tomorrow!

Recipes:
Embossed Card Trio
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), Bitty Background Blocks, Background Basics: Medallion - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; gray pigment - Studio G
Other: Hawaii Die (available July 15th), Nebraska/Missouri/Kansas Die (available July 15th), Idaho/Montana/Wyoming Die (available July 15th), Woodgrain Impression Plate, Rustic Burlap Impression Plate, Star Spangled Impression Plate, First Place Die Collection, Fillable Frames #7 Die, Fillable Frames #8 Die - Papertrey Ink; Feldspar Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Tolkien Quote Card
Stamps: These United States, State Abbreviations - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Other: Louisiana/Arkansas Die (available July 15th), Connecticut/Massachusetts/Rhode Island Die (available July 15th), Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine Die (available July 15th), Michigan/Wisconsin Die (available July 15th), Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Die (available July 15th), Notched Star Banner Die Collection - Papertrey Ink

Distance Is A Test Card
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), Bitty Background Blocks, Hello Sunshine - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Berry Sorbet - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Smokey Shadow, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: New Mexico/Arizona Die (available July 15th), Georgia/North Carolina/South Carolina Die, Half & Half Die Collection, Christmas Label Die - Papertrey Ink; Pewter Brads - Making Memories; Foam Tape - Scotch; Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree

Home Is Ohio Card
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Nebraska/Missouri/Kansas Die (available July 15th), Idaho/Montana/Wyoming Die (available July 15th), Louisiana/Arkansas Die (available July 15th), Connecticut/Massachusetts/Rhode Island Die (available July 15th), Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine Die (available July 15th), Michigan/Wisconsin Die (available July 15th), New York/New Jersey Die (available July 15th), New Mexico/Arizona Die (available July 15th), Georgia/North Carolina/South Carolina Die (available July 15th), West Virginia/Virginia/Maryland Die (available July 15th), Indiana/Kentucky/Tennessee Die (available July 15th), Oregon/Washington Die (available July 15th), Iowa/Illinois Die (available July 15th), Ohio/Pennsylvania/Delaware Die (available July 15th), Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Die (available July 15th), Fabulous Frames Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Garnet Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Teal Baker's Twine - Divine Twine

Saturday, July 12, 2014

These United States & The Text Block: Thankful Die - Day 3

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink new release July countdown! I'm excited to be sharing even more inspiration featuring These United States and the Text Block: Thankful die with you today. I have a handful of projects on deck, so let's jump right in!

My first card was inspired by a discussion on the Papertrey Ink forum. Lisa mentioned that it would be nice to have a set that you could use for coworkers when they get promoted, retire, etc. and it got me thinking. Here's the result!


I began by covering a white card base with a piece of Spring Rain Striped Patterned Paper. I stamped the watercolor strip to act as a shadow and then set the base aside. Next, I die cut and stamped the desk from Desktop Design using Fine Linen and Classic Kraft inks. I used a kissing technique with Background Basics: Farm & Barn to get the realistic woodgrain texture. I trimmed off the edge and then mounted the desk to the card front with foam tape. Then I stamped the phone using Pure Poppy and Smokey Shadow inks and attached a piece of black embroidery thread to look like the cord. I attached that to the card front along with the sentiments, also in Smokey Shadow, from These United States. There you have it! A going away card for an officemate.

My second card is another one that uses the These United States in a non-stately way.


I began by die cutting a Cover Plate: Hearts panel from white cardstock and heat embossing my These United States sentiment in gold. Then, I placed the sentiment panel on a white card base and traced a handful of hearts. I removed the panel, stamped the hearts with Spring Rain ink, and erased the tracing lines.


Next, I die cut a Small Scalloped Border edge from Enchanted Evening Bitty Dot Paper and attached it to the back of the hearts panel with foam tape. I added more foam tape to attach that panel to the appropriate place on the card base.

This next card pairs These United States with the new Phrase Play die.


I began by die cutting the Phrase Play die from Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, and white cardstocks. Then, I stamped the These United States message onto the sentiment bar and assembled the die (tip: I used a piece of sticker paper to keep everything together and it worked perfectly). Next, I stamped a scrap of Tropical Teal with the star pattern from Bitty Background Blocks II and then die cut the state of New York.


I heat embossed the "NY" and the star over Albany using white detail powder before attaching the state to the Phrase Play shape. Then, I die cut a Cover Plate: Circles panel from white cardstock and attached it to a white card base. I wrapped a piece of Limeade Ice saddle stitched ribbon around the card front and added a crochet thread bow before mounting my focal piece with foam tape.

My last project today features the new Text Block: Thankful die as a window card.


I began by die cutting the die from Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise cardstocks that I had Xyroned. I attached the Berry Sorbet shape to a piece of Clear Cardstock and inlaid the ampersand from the Summer Sunrise shape. I continued by adding a decorative edge with the Pinking Shears Border Die. Next, I stamped a panel of Aqua Mist cardstock with the smallest dot in Polka Dot Basics using Fresh Snow ink. I attached that to a white card base and cut a hole through both layers for the window. I added the Text Block piece to the card front with foam tape over the opening.


Then, I die cut two butterflies from the Love Lives Here Die Collection from vellum. I scored them down the middle and attached them to the card front, one on top of the other. I folded up both sets of wings for a bit of dimension.

Well, that's all I have for you today. Thank you for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a few more projects to share. In the meantime, Nichole, Ashely, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Laura, Laurie, Maile, Melissa Phillips, and Melissa Bickford all have additional inspiration for you to enjoy. I'll see you tomorrow!

Recipes:
Office Move Card
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), Desktop Design, Watercolor Wonder, Background Basics: Farm & Barn - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Rain Stripe Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink
Other: Desktop Design Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Black Embroidery Floss - DMC; Foam Tape - Scotch

In My Heart Card
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), Happy Hearts - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening Bitty Dot Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Spring Rain - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Cover Plate: Hearts Die; Small Scallop Border Die - Papertrey Ink; Gold Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch

Greetings From NY Card
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), State Abbreviations (available July 15th), Bitty Background Blocks II - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal, White Adhesive Sheets - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: New York/New Jersey Die (available July 15th), Phrase Play #6 Die (available July 15th), Cover Plate: Circles Die, Limeade Ice Saddle Stitched Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Crochet Thread

Butterfly Window Card
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Vellum Cardstock, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Thankful Die (available July 15th), Love Lives Here Die Collection, Pinking Shears Border Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Friday, July 11, 2014

These United States & State Abbreviations - Day 2

Welcome back, friends! It's Day 2 of the July Papertrey Ink new release countdown and I'm back with a couple of additional projects featuring These United States, the coordinating die collection, and the coordinating mini, State Abbreviations. Thank you all so much for sharing your excitement over the These United States Collection!

There was one question from yesterday that I wanted to answer in today's post so everyone might see it. The Primitive Country Bug asked "Are they all scaled the same so you can create an actual "map" of the U.S.?" The answer to that is no. If the states were all scaled the same and you wanted to make sure that a smaller state, like Rhode Island, was significant enough to be used by itself on a project you'd end up with states like California being enormous. Likewise, if you scaled California to be a reasonable size for a card you'd end up with a tiny speck of paper for Rhode Island. Make sense? So I decided to scale the states differently so they could all be used independently of one another. I hope that's not too much of a disappointment for any of you. I assure you the scaling decision was very carefully considered.

Alrighty, how about we get on to some projects, eh?

I wanted to showcase the large US die today. It can be used with several of the image stamps in These United States to illustrate things like moves or road trips, but today it's on more of a "missing you" sort of card.


I began by layering a piece of Spring Rain Striped Paper with a piece of Spring Rain cardstock for a little stability. Then I die cut the US shape out of the center. I placed the die cut panel over a white card base and stamped the Pure Poppy heart in the general vicinity of Texas. Next, I adhered the US panel to the card front with foam tape. I continued by die cutting a banner from Enchanted Evening cardstock and heat embossed my sentiment using white detail powder. I stitched on a white button with baker's twine and then adhered that piece to the die cut panel. As a finishing touch, I coated the heart with Glossy Accents for a little shine.


On the back of the card I stamped the "handmade in" sentiment from These United States in Enchanted Evening ink. I followed up with the Texas abbreviation from State Abbreviations. The $5 mini State Abbreviations is perfect for labeling the state dies, locations on the US die shape, or finishing phrases in These United States.

My next project is a home decor piece. I've mentioned before that I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but I still enjoy documenting memories of our special trips and events. These framed pieces are the perfect solution for someone like me.


I began by stamping a 5"x7" piece of Aqua Mist cardstock with the smallest dots in Polka Dot Basics III. Next, I printed a photo from our anniversary trip to Alaska last fall. Then, I die cut an Instant Photo 1 Die shape and stamped it with the calendar image from Big Ticket Basics. I followed up with small accent images denoting the date of the photo and then adhered the frame to the photo with foam tape.


I continued by die cutting the Big Ticket Basics Die shape from Smokey Shadow cardstock and the state of Alaska from Hawaiian Shores cardstock. I heat embossed the decorative image from Big Ticket Additions onto the ticket border with clear powder and the sentiment with white powder (I am of the opinion that Virginia doesn't have the exclusive on lovers, by the way).


I adhered that to the Aqua Mist base and embellished by adding the Alaska shape with foam tape. I finished up by mounting the photo piece atop the ticket border with foam tape. Now we have a nice little framed reminder of our trip to keep on display. Yay!

Thank you all so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll check back tomorrow for more These United States and Text Block: Thankful projects. In the meantime, Nichole, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Maile, and Melissa Bickford all have more inspiration for you. See you soon!

Recipes:
Wish You Were Here Card
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), State Abbreviations (available July 15th) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Rain Striped Paper, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: United States Die (available July 15th), First Place Die Collection, White Vintage Button - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Cherry Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Glossy Accents - Ranger; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree

Alaska Is For Lovers Frame
Stamps: These United States (available July 15th), Big Ticket Additions (available July 15th), Big Ticket Basics, Polka Dot Basics III - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: True Black, Hawaiian Shores - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Alaska Die (available July 15th), Instant Photo 1 Die, Big Ticket Basics Die - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder, Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch