Saturday, September 15, 2018

It's Release Day!

Good morning, friends! It's release day for the Papertrey Ink September product lineup and I wanted to pop in today to share another project with the Heirloom Ornaments 2 Die Collection.


In my introduction post, I mentioned that these ornaments are perfectly sized to add personalization. Today, I thought I would show you how I used stitched alphabets to transform the onion style ornament into customized tags for the littles in our life.


I fused patterned fabric to our wool and die cut it with the onion-shaped bulb. Then, I used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1, Sew Stylish Alphabet 2, and Small Stitched Alphabet to add the personalization to the ornaments.


I stitched on the details and then stitched up the outer edges of the ornaments. Rather than stuff these, since I knew I intended to use them as tags, I actually inserted tag stock between the layers to give them a sturdy, flat appearance. These can be reused as tree ornaments once the gifts are given. You could also create them out of cardstock or patterned paper if you wanted something a little more disposable.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a wonderful time with tonight's release and I'll see you again soon!

Stitched Ornament Gift Tags

Friday, September 14, 2018

Introducing Penned Elegance: Christmas & Seasonal Borders: Winter

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink September countdown. Today's post is a lengthy one, so I suggest you grab a cuppa get comfy. I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jennifer's new Penned Elegance: Christmas and Betsy's Seasonal Borders: Winter sets. Both are beautiful, sophisticated stamp sets that will make your holiday projects feel truly special. Let's get started!

This first card is all about pastels and metallics! A little non-traditional, but lovely none the less.


I began by heat embossing the Penned Elegance: Christmas sentiment in silver onto a White Shimmer panel. I adhered that to a Sweet Blush card base and set it aside.


Next, I heat embossed several holly sprigs using gold and silver powder. It was a two-step process, but it actually went fairly quickly. I also heat embossed the berry stems in gold, stamped the bow, and then die cut all of those pieces. I used a glue pen to draw in the berries and embellished the stems with crystal glitter.


I die cut a medium Pierced Feature Frames: Oval from White Shimmer stock and sponged it with Classic Kraft ink. The result is a champagne gold effect that I just love! I adhered the frame into place and arranged the holly and berry sprigs, curving them a bit to add texture. Finally, I added the bow to the top with foam tape. The two-tone metallics on this card are truly awesome in real life.

Next up, I have a fairly traditional Christmas card pairing these two sets with Dawn's new Sweet Stitching collection.


I started by stamping the Seasonal Borders strip onto a Rustic White die cut. I heat embossed one of the layers to add a hint of gold to the border.


Then, I sponged a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock with Scarlet Jewel ink and impressed it with the Sweet Stitching plate. I used the diamond detail from the coordinating stamp set to add another hint of gold to this panel. Just little touches, but they all tie together in the end.


Finally, I heat embossed the Penned Elegance sentiment onto a Rustic White card base. I adhered the Pure Poppy panel into place and then covered the raw edge with the botanical border. I rounded the bottom corners to give the final design a touch of softness. I really love the way this one turned out.

On to a gift box! I discovered that the Seasonal Borders: Winter strip is the perfect length to wrap around the Hinged Gift Card Box to create a belly band. Just secure the ends to a label or other die cut and you're good to go!


I began by die cutting and assembling the Hinged Gift Card Box from Bitty Big: Mint Julep patterned paper.


Then, I stamped the Seasonal Borders: Winter strip onto a Fresh Snow Linen die cut. I laid the strip upside down and used a pencil to mark where the edges of the box would fall. I scored along those lines so the folds would be nice and crisp.


The strip isn't quite long enough to adhere to itself when wrapped around the box, so you need a label or other die cut to secure the ends. I die cut a small Pierced Feature Frames: Oval and stamped the Penned Elegance greeting on the center mat. Then, I adhered the strip to the back of the oval. I added a bow to give the label a little dimension.

Now I have a couple of quick and easy tags to share with you. Like I mentioned the other day, tags are some of my very favorite holiday projects so whipping up a few tags was right up my alley.


This first set is a mug shaped tag that I created with my new Merry Mug set. I began by stamping and die cutting the mugs. Then, I scored a piece of cardstock and cut the mugs again, making sure the fold was inside the top edge of the mug die. That created a folded mug shape. I stamped the to:/from: using the Keep It Simple: To & From set in Pure Poppy ink.


Next, I xyroned a piece of white cardstock and die cut it (sticky side up) with the whipped cream die. I removed the adhesive backing and stuck the whipped cream to the back of the stamped mugs (there's a 1/4" adhesive tab built in to the die cut shape to make this simple). I coated the rest of the exposed adhesive with crystal glitter.


Then, I adhered the folded mug to the back of the assembled piece. I tied cherry baker's twine around the handle and now the tags are good to go. I absolutely love these! They're so sparkly!

And lastly today I have a set of Christmas lights tags that I created with my new Corner Adorner: September set.


I began by heat embossing the bigger strand of lights onto white Tag Sale #10 shapes using gold embossing powder. Then, I added the bulbs with Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, and Green Parakeet inks.


I followed up with the to:/from: using the same Keep It Simple set. Then, I tied the tags with apple baker's twine. These came together so fast and they'd be even quicker without the embossing (though I do really like the festive shine it adds).

Thanks for sticking with me through that super long post. I hope you've enjoyed it! I'll be back tomorrow with one last post, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have beautiful projects to share. See you tomorrow!

Happy Holidays Card

Merry Christmas Card

Noel Gift Card Box

Christmas Cocoa Gift Tags

Christmas Lights Gift Tags

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Introducing Dashing Through The Snow, Glorious Globes, Shape Shifters: Oval III, and Say It Simply: Holly Jolly

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink September countdown! We have a few very exciting new products to share with you today. Betsy's Dashing Through The Snow Collection is going to knock your socks off! Dawn's Say It Simply: Holly Jolly is another great sentiment die to make your holiday cards a breeze. Betsy's latest Shape Shifters: Oval III is fabulous. And my Glorious Globes works both with the globe stands or independently for even more design options. Let's take a closer look!

First up, I have a little birthday treat using Betsy's Dashing Through The Snow: Pickup Truck die.


The collection that Betsy has designed is absolutely amazing and works beautifully for both holiday and everyday projects. My nephew has a birthday coming up fairly soon, so I decided to make him a little red truck hauling a bouquet of lollipop "balloons."


I began by die cutting the truck pieces from Pure Poppy, True Black (tires), Harvest Gold (headlights), Luxe Silver (bumpers, front grill, hubcaps, door handles), and white (windows, tires) cardstocks. I assembled the truck, lightly sponging Americana ink at each of the edges and corners as well as around the inner edge of the fenders. I just wanted to add a bit of depth rather than make it look like rust or wear so I kept it nice and light.


Then, I heat embossed the "HB2U" from Initial Sentiments: Birthday onto the tailgate. I also sponged Aqua Mist ink along the bottom edge of each of the windows. Then, I xyroned a piece of clear cardstock and die cut the windows a second time. I layered the clear windows over the sponged white windows to make them look real and then adhered them to the truck.


I added the other details to the truck with a mix of flat and foam adhesives. I used Glossy Accents to give the headlights shiny dimension. Then, I stamped the "special delivery" license plates and die cut them with the mini oval from the die collection. I also die cut a banner from the Wine Bottle Tag #2 and stamped it with the sentiment from the Dashing Through The Snow mini set. I attached that to a decorative toothpick and hot glued it to the truck bed. I gathered several lollipops into a bouquet and rubber banded them before tying a ribbon around them and laying them in the truck bed. I think Charlie will love it!

Next up, I have a card that combines Dawn's Say It Simply: Holly Jolly die, my Glorious Globes, and Betsy's Shape Shifters: Oval III.


I began by stamping the wreath from Glorious Globes onto a Rustic White panel in Prairie Grass, Ripe Avocado, and Olive Twist inks. I followed up with the berries in Pure Poppy. I cut an oval in the center of that panel and set it aside.


I used the Shape Shifters: Oval III plaid inlay die to cut a window in a Classic Kraft card base and adhered the stamped wreath panel to the front. I die cut a medium Pierced Feature Frames: Oval from Pure Poppy and mounted that to the card front with foam tape.


Then, I xyroned a piece of Olive Twist and sponged part of it with Olive Twist ink to give it a gradient effect. I die cut the sentiment a few times, stacked them to make them nice and sturdy, and finally adhered the greeting to the front of the card, centered over the plaid window. The opening gives the sentiment a unique backdrop that doesn't distract from the message.

Last but not least today, I have another card made with this month's Glorious Globes. I paired it with the uppercase Bookprint Alphabet to spell out a seasonal greeting. I went with "JOY", but "NOEL," "HOLLY," "JOLLY," and "HO HO HO" would be other great options.


I began by using the Snowfall Style stencil to add a bit of a snowy background onto a panel of white cardstock. Then, I die cut it with the Noted: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical die to give the edges some interest.


Next, I xyroned some Pure Poppy cardstock and die cut it (sticky side up) with the Bookprint letters. I covered those with red glitter and set them aside. I also stamped and die cut the wreath globe, adding a bit of dimension by sponging Pinefeather ink onto the Ocean Tides foliage.


I laid those out on the panel and stamped the greeting from Glorious Globes in Pinefeather ink. This sentiment is curved, but the beauty of clear stamps is that you can manipulate them to suit your needs. I just straightened this one to fit the space below my letters. I adhered the elements to the snowy panel with a mix of flat and foam adhesives and then adhered it to a white card base. It's a quick and simple card, but the glittered greeting really makes a statement!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with several more projects, so be sure to come back for those. In the meantime, AmyBetsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have beautiful projects to share. See you soon!

Pickup Truck Birthday Treat

Holly Jolly Christmas Card

Joy To The World Card

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Introducing Words To Live By: Joyful, Bold Borders: Yuletide, Corner Adorner, and Pierced Feature Frames: Oval

Good morning, friends! It's Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink September countdown and we have a great line-up in store for you. Today's debuts include Betsy's Words To Live By: Joyful set and my Bold Borders: Yuletide, Corner Adorner, and Pierced Feature Frames: Oval dies. Let's get right into it!

My first card today pairs Betsy's Words To Live By with my newest Bold Borders die. I love all the fancy, seasonal foliage with her gorgeous sentiment!


I began by die cutting the Bold Borders: Yuletide die from watercolor paper. I used inks and a water brush to add color to the foliage and set it aside to dry.


Next, I cut a second Bold Borders shape and a small Pierced Feature Frames: Oval shape. I trimmed out the center of the Bold Borders frame so that just the thin outer edge remained. Then, I used a glue pen and gilding flakes to add a luxe, gold finish to both frames. I cut a medium oval frame from both white and Pinefeather cardstocks. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on the center panel of the white die cut and then matted it with the gilded frame.


After adhering the watercolored Bold Borders frame to a card base, I adhered the Pinefeather frame to the card front with foam tape. Then, I used a double layer of foam tape to adhere the matted sentiment panel inside the Pinefeather frame. Finally, I attached the thin gilded frame to the outside edge of the Bold Borders layer. That gold adds such elegance to the design!

Next up, I have a slightly more playful card to share. This one pairs another Words To Live By greeting with this month's Corner Adorner set.


There are two strings of lights in this set. I chose to work with the smaller string. I began by stamping it in each corner of a white card base using Pinefeather ink. I continued with the bulbs (again, there are two style options) in Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, and Bright Buttercup inks. There two of each bulb in the set, one with a highlight on the left and one on the right. That way you can choose the bulb you need based on where your light source is situated. Handy!


Next, I sponged a bit of Aqua Mist ink in the center of the card front. I xyroned a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock and die cut it with the Words To Live By: Joyful die. I glittered the die cut and adhered it to a vellum banner. A little glitter makes a big impact!


I secured that banner to a medium oval frame with white brads and layered it with a couple of additional frames. I stamped the rest of the greeting onto the front of the card with Pinefeather ink and secured the frame into place. I love how cheerful this card turned out!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a few more projects using this month's new products. In the meantime,  Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have beautiful projects to share. See you soon!

Joyful Holiday Season Card

Joyful & Bright Card

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Introducing Winter Fox, Text & Texture: Wood Slices, Sending Comfort, And The Hinged Gift Card Box: Christmas Windows Die

Good morning, all! Are you enjoying the Papertrey Ink September countdown? Don't all of these festive holiday projects get you in the mood for carols, cocoa, and wrapping gifts by the light of a Hallmark movie? No? Just me? Cool...

Well, anyway, we're back with another fun round-up of fabulous products for you today. Heather's Winter Fox set is debuting along with Betsy's Text & Texture: Wood Slices, Kimberly's Sending Comfort, and my Hinged Gift Card Box: Christmas Windows die. Whew! That's a lot to fit in to one day, but I promise it'll be worth it. Let's get started!

I'm starting today with a card featuring Winter Fox and the Text & Texture: Wood Slices paired together.


I began by stamping the wood slices background. I used Aqua Mist ink on Aqua Mist cardstock, but the lighter hue is just second generation ink (which means I stamped off before stamping on the actual project. I trimmed that down a little to hide behind a Pierced Feature Frames: Oval die cut and then splattered it with a bit of diluted Copic Opaque White Pigment to make it look snowy.


Next, I stamped and die cut the trees and the fox from Winter Fox. I embellished the bulbs on the trees with Glossy Accents and set them aside to dry. The fox, looking very dapper in Weathervane ink may I add, got a little bit of depth and shading using colored pencils.


Finally, I die cut the Cover Plate: Waves die from white cardstock and white cardstock that had been xyroned. I stamped the greeting from Winter Fox onto the largest piece and then added texture to all of my chosen pieces using the Woodgrain Impression Plate. I layered the snowdrift pieces and then removed the adhesive backing to reveal the sticky surface. I sprinkled those with glitter to make them sparkle. The mix of matte and glittered areas is really cool in real life.

Next up, I have a gift card box to share. I paired Kimberly's Sending Comfort set with my Hinged Gift Card Box and the new Christmas Windows Dies to create a pretty, festive package.


I began by stamping the leaf and berry pattern onto Rustic White cardstock using Prairie Grass, Olive Twist, and Pure Poppy inks. I left most of the outline leaves alone, but on a handful I offset-stamped the solid image to add a bit of interest.


Next, I die cut the Hinged Gift Card Box and used the "So Very Merry" window to cut a sentiment into the lid. I cut a panel of Pure Poppy cardstock to fit inside the lid and stamped it with a Fair Isle Borders design in the coordinating ink color. I stamped the Sentiment Staples: Christmas greeting inside using Fresh Snow ink before adhering it into place.


Then, I simply assembled the box like normal. You can see the instructions for assembling this box HERE in case you missed it the first time. It's incredibly easy and it has nice, finished edges that give it a really professional appearance.

I also wanted to make sure I used the "From Santa" window, so I decided to make some quick and easy tags.


Ok. Hold up. It's important to mention how much I love making tags. Like, I really, really love making tags, especially at Christmas. Gift wrapping at the holidays is almost as much fun for me as actually giving the gifts, so making tags is definitely at the top of my to-do list this time of year.


These tags are super simple and they came together in no time! All I did was xyron some white cardstock and die cut it using the large tag in the the Paper & Package Tag Die set. Then, I cut the tags with the Santa window. I peeled off the adhesive backing and adhered the white tags to Bitty Big patterned papers that I cut with the same tag die. I decided to dress these up a bit by adding little Santa hats (from the Make It Market Mini Kit: Holiday Pin Ups) embellished with glitter. The cherry baker's twine tied in nicely, too.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with even more of the September release. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have beautiful projects to share. See you soon!

Peace On Earth Card

So Very Merry Gift Box

From Santa Tags