Monday, November 3, 2014

More Freshly Fallen

Hi there, Friends! The other day I promised that I would be back with a couple of additional Freshly Fallen projects and I'm here to deliver! It has taken me a little time to shake off the rust after more than a month of no crafting (!), but I hope you'll agree that the projects are getting better. I also still haven't unearthed my photo tent (which may account for the less-than-stellar photos), so I'm trying something different with today's pictures. Shall we get to it?

My first project is another holiday or winter card. This one has a few more steps than the two I shared the other day, but it was a lot of fun to put together!


I began by texturing a white card base with the Striped Sweater Impression Plate. I set that aside and continued by working on the shaker element. I die cut the largest of the Tipped Tops shapes three times; once each from white, Aqua Mist, and clear cardstocks. Next, I die cut the word "snow" and the three largest snowflakes from the Freshly Fallen Die Collection out of the Aqua Mist piece (making sure to save all the negatives) and heat embossed the "let it" sentiment with white detail powder I wanted to dress it up a little, so I stamped the dotted trails in Fresh Snow ink.

Then, I die cut the entire snowflake collection from white cardstock and heat embossed them with the coordinating images using silver detail powder. I inlaid the three largest ones into the Aqua Mist layer and then adhered the whole piece to the clear cardstock piece. Then, I added foam tape to the back of the clear cardstock to create a shaker box. I filled the shaker area with the three smallest snowflakes, some chunky glitter, and a handful of white and silver sequins. I affixed the white layer to the back of the shaker and adhered the whole thing to the base. I could have just adhered the shaker to the base, but I didn't want the texture to interfere with the seal on the foam tape. Better safe than glittered sorry. It's super fun and I love it!

My second card for today actually uses the snowflakes as flowers and it truly couldn't be easier!


I began with a smaller-than-average card base; this one is a 4Bar size (4 7/8" x 3 1/2"). I stamped the flower stems from Blooming Button Bits (though there are several sets with similar images) using New Leaf ink. Then, I went back and stamped the smallest snowflake from Freshly Fallen on each stem twice in a rainbow of colors (Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, and Winter Wisteria). I wanted to fill the space above the flowers just a little, so I heat embossed the dotted snowflake trail with clear powder and stamped the tiny butterfly from Butterfly Kisses in Summer Sunrise ink. I like that the trail is nice and subtle with the clear embossing. I then went back to each flower and stamped a center (a dot also from Butterfly Kisses) using Lemon Tart ink. I added the sentiment in Smokey Shadow and embellished each flower center with fine glitter. You could whip up a whole batch of these in minutes!

That's all I have to share today, but I'll be back again in a couple of days with a few more projects. See you soon!

Recipes:
Let It Snow Shaker Card
Stamps: Freshly Fallen, Wonderful Words Snow - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Clear - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Freshly Fallen Die Collection, Striped Sweater Impression Plate, Wonderful Words Snow Die - Papertrey Ink; Silver Detail Embossing Powder, White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Marshmallow Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; Foam Tape - Scotch; Chunky Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Silver Sequins

Rainbow Flowers Card
Stamps: Freshly Fallen, Blooming Button Bits, Butterfly Kisses - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: White
Ink: New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria, Lemon Tart, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Stamp Designer Showcase: Freshly Fallen

Good morning again, All! I wanted to pop back in today to share a couple of projects with Freshly Fallen. I didn't have the opportunity to participate in the countdown last month, so I have plenty of ideas to share with you now. Hooray! I'm going to share two quick and simple cards with you today that you could easily create in multiples for the holidays if you're so inclined.

My first card is a very simple number that really lets the shimmer stock do most of the talking.


I began by stamping and heat embossing two snowflakes and a sentiment onto Night Shimmer Stock using silver and iridescent glitter powders. Then, I attached the panel to a white card base (easy writing surface is key) using foam tape. I embellished with a handful of clear rhinestones and called it good. Sandy on the Papertrey Ink forum recently asked which adhesive people liked for adhering rhinestones. I prefer Glossy Accents. In my experience, it dries clear and holds well.

My second card for today is also very simple, but that just goes to show that you don't need to go over-the-top every time to get great results.

I began by stamping my snowflakes onto a Classic Kraft base using Fresh Snow ink. I doubled up each of the snowflakes to make them feel a little more substantial. I followed up with accents in Enchanted Evening ink. Then, I die cut a Photo Finishers strip and stamped it with my sentiment, also in Enchanted Evening.


I mounted that to the card front with foam adhesive and tied a baker's twine bow around the card base just below it. Then, I went back in and embellished select spots on the Enchanted Evening accents with fine glitter. The result is a subtle shimmer that I love!

There you have it, two very simple holiday cards that you could whip up in a jiffy if you're pressed for time or just have a long list of card recipients. Thank you for joining me today! I'll be back again in a couple of days with more projects showcasing Freshly Fallen. Have a wonderful weekend!

If you're looking for this month's Color Play feature just scroll down. It's there. Promise!

Recipes:
Season's Greetings Card
Stamps: Freshly Fallen - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Night Shimmer - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Silver Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Iridescent Glitter Powder, Glossy Accents - Ranger; Rhinestones - Darice

Peaceful Holiday Card
Stamps: Freshly Fallen
Cardstock: Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Fresh Snow, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink
Other: Photo Finish Strips Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glue Pen; Blueberry Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Foam Tape - Scotch

November Color Play

Good morning, Friends, and welcome to November! The first of the month always means a new Papertrey Ink Color Play challenge around these parts and I'm excited to share this month's palette. Ready?


I found this photo thanks to B. Lovely Events. Aren't those tiny pumpkins just fantastic? I know we crafters can be tempted to jump straight ahead to Christmas projects this time of year, but I thought this autumnal palette was too good to pass up. I love the way the blue and oranges balance one another in these charming place settings. Plus, I thought it would be a great, gender-neutral palette to use for a get well card. 'Tis the season to have a few extra of those on hand, after all!


I began by stamping my knit pattern using Background Basics: Striped Sweater with Spring Rain, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, and Terra Cotta Tile inks on Rustic White cardstock. Then, I die cut the mug from Candy Cane Christmas the (also from Rustic White) and stamped it with Dark Chocolate ink. I created a tiny tea bag tag from the smallest die in the Pack Your Bags Die Collection and stamped it with the small heart in These United States. I connected that to the mug using white crochet thread and set it aside.


Next, I die cut the largest panel from the Tipped Tops Die Collection and stamped it with the steam and a sentiment from Comfort Food. I also added a grounding shadow from Sunflower Bouquet. I adhered the Tipped Tops shape to the card base and mounted my mug with a bit of foam tape for dimension.

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

Recipe:
Stamps: Candy Cane Christmas, Background Basics Striped Sweater, Comfort Food, These United States - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Spring Rain, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Terra Cotta Tile - Papertrey Ink
Other: Tipped Tops Die Collection, Candy Cane Christmas Die Collection, Pack Your Bags Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; white crochet thread

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