Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Introducing 7th Inning Stretch & Handy Hardware

Hello, Friends, and welcome to the first day of Papertrey Ink's April countdown! Today I have the pleasure of introducing two new sets that I designed with the misters in mind (but I hope to show that they're versatile to work for the ladies, too). Let's get to it, shall we?

I'm going to start with a sporty set I put together for the baseball fan in your life. 7th Inning Stretch is a $15 set that will be available on the 15th of this month. The set includes several iconic baseball images along with a handful of sentiments to match.

My father-in-law once told my husband that there is nowhere in the world that he would rather be than a ballpark. I created this card with him in mind.

I started by stamping the stitched pattern onto a piece of Enchanted Evening cardstock and then die cut that with the Tag Sale #4 die. Next, I die cut the Framed Out #11 from the center of the tag, leaving the negative. The baseball stitches image is designed to coordinate with a 1.75" circle die, but it just so happens that it perfectly fits into the Framed Out shape as well. The stitches are stamped into white cardstock using Pure Poppy ink. That piece is adhered to the tag using foam tape.

I created the pattern on my Soft Stone base by stamping the baseball bat repeatedly using Spring Rain ink. The sentiment was stamped in Pure Poppy before the tag was adhered to the base and embellished with Pure Poppy saddle-stitched ribbon and a Spring Rain button.

This next card pairs 7th Inning Stretch with Thanks All Ways to create a simple and customizable thank you card.

You could easily substitute your team's colors to personalize the card for your favorite coach.

I began by stamping the baseball cap in Enchanted Evening ink onto Kraft cardstock and cut that out by hand. Next, I stamped my sentiment and masked off two rows of hexagons using the Cover Plate: Hexagons die to create a decorative strip reminiscent of home plate.

I die cut my mask using post-it notes and stamped my border with the striped hexagon image from Happy Hexagons. I finished my card by mounting my cap with a bit of foam tape.

The next set I would like to introduce is Handy Hardware. This set also retails for $15 and will be available beginning on April 15th. Handy Hardware celebrates tools and includes sentiments for everything from an apology to Father's Day and beyond.

My first card using Handy Hardware is inspired by my dad. You see, my dad is a carpenter and a very Do-It-Yourself type of fella. For as long as I can remember he, tools, and plaid have been completely intertwined.

So I went about creating a Father's Day card that would befit my papa. I started by stamping my plaid pattern using Enchanted Evening, Fresh Snow, and Pinefeather inks onto Kraft cardstock (I promise that shades of blue and brown are not all you'll see here this week - that's just how it happened to fall today). I also added a little texture with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.

Next, I created a coordinating pattern by stamping the decorative bolts strip in Pinefeather ink onto Pinefeather cardstock. I adhered those two pieces to a Rustic White base and wrapped the entire card with a length of rustic jute twine.

Over the twine, I mounted a square of Rustic White stock that I had stamped with the Father's Day sentiment and a frame from Framed Out #6. A die cut wrench was added to embellish the focal point.

My fourth and final card today is a birthday card. I wanted to do something a little different on this one, so I die cut a pinked edge on a piece of 1/32" thick birch veneer and then stamped and embossed my sentiment with clear detail embossing powder.

Next, I stained the wood with a sponge and some Dark Chocolate ink, so the sentiment really pops. I adhered that to a Rustic White card base that had been stamped with a stitched background using Ripe Avocado ink. A piece of Dark Chocolate twill adds nice texture and does a great job of hiding the impression made by the pinking shears die.

Then, I die cut the saw twice. On one of the cuts I stamped using VersaMark and embossed with silver powder. On the other cut I stamped with Classic Kraft ink. I trimmed closely around the handle of the saw and adhered it over top of the silver image (by die cutting twice I was able to keep the hole in the center of the handle). The saw was then mounted to the card with foam tape. It's a little hard to tell from the photos, but the ink-stained wood gives the whole sentiment panel a really cool appearance.

That's all for me today. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for more fun with my new sets for April. See you then!

Baseball Love Card (A2 size):
Stamps: 7th Inning Stretch (available April 15th), Background Basics Retro - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Spring Rain, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink
Other: Tag Sale #4 Die, Framed Out #11 Die, Pure Poppy Saddle-stitched Ribbon, Spring Rain button - Papertrey Ink; foam tape - Scotch; white cotton twine

Thanks, Coach Card (A2 size):
Stamps: 7th Inning Stretch (available April 15th), Happy Hexagons, Thanks All Ways - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Cover Plate: Hexagons Die - Papertrey Ink; foam tape - Scotch; white detail embossing powder - Filigree

Plaid Wrench Card (A2 size):
Stamps: Handy Hardware (available April 15th), Background Basics: Super Stripes; Framed Out #6 - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White, Classic Kraft, Pinefeather - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Classic Kraft, Pinefeather, Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Handy Hardware Die Collection (available April 15th), Rustic Jute Twine, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; foam tape - Scotch

Wooden Saw Card (4Bar size):
Stamps: Handy Hardware (available April 15th), Background Basics: Retro - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Handy Hardware Die Collection (available April 15th), Pinking Shears Border Die, Dark Chocolate Twill - Papertrey Ink; clear detail embossing powder - Filigree; silver embossing powder; foam tape - Scotch


Kelly S. said...

Awesome sets and samples, Lizzie! I LOVE your plaid background and that is the best baseball cap image!

Jennifer K said...

These look great, Lizzie! The Handy Hardware set will come in handy (ha, ha) for my guys!

Lizzie T said...

So excited for your sets this month!!!! The baseball set fits my style - my dad will love the cards I'll make for him with this! And the tools are awesome!!! Great job - can't wait to get my hands on both!!!!

LEG Studios said...

Great job, Lizzie! I think you've got a couple of real winning sets here!

Rhonda said...

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!! These are going to be fabulous. Love the coach thank you card.

Cindy O said...

Love these cards! really great images and die cut shapes.

artful-notions said...

Oh Lizzie, been waiting for a tool set, and you did't disappoint!

Donelle U said...

will there be dies for these sets? I love love love the baseball set! I am a baseball mom :D

Holly Saveur said...

Great cards!!!

TLady said...

HELLO from a former Ohioan! :) LOVE your cards!!!!!!! LOVE images just for our guys!!!!!!!! :) Can't wait to see MORE!!!!!! :)

jintyoo7 said...

Very cool :)

Cindy H. said...

Great cards, Lizzie! I'm really lovin' these two sets.

Linda Nicholson said...

Both of these sets look fabulous! With a handy man husband and two young boys, I appreciate the uses that I can see for these.


Gina said...

Liking these sets, Lizzie! Love the Bryant Gumbel quote, especially.

nancy jane said...

Having to be honest, I don't have enough uses for these sets to justify buying them, but I wish that I did. Lizzie, you did an incredible job with the design of both sets. You can tell that a lot of love for a very special papa went into both. And the cards are great, too!

Susan Gosman said...

Terrific and much needed. Thanks for remembering the guys.

Amanda said...

I love your baseball card! That is my dad to a T. Can't wait to get my hands on that set!

Jill Norwood said...

Incredible sets and cards! I love the birch veneer you used on the last card! My son loves baseball so I am excited for this set! Both are beautifully designed and your post is FULL of inspiration!!!!!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

These are so fun. I have a baseball fan & a do it all tool man in my home so these are perfect. Thanks for your darling samples. Love the plaid!

Elizabeth S. said...

Terrific cards! I love the tool set. I have been wanting a set like this for a long time since my husband does woodworking.

Randi said...

Michael C. and William should be honored:-)

Linda Grady said...

Oh My! Another must-have stamp sets. Make awesome masculine cards; even cards for those "tom boys". Great stamp sets.

Pat Kinkaid said...

These are fabulous! I always need more things for creating masculine cards, looks these are just perfect!

Ruza Rebel said...

These are pretty cool! Perfect for creating those hard-to-make masculine card! Yours turned out awesome! TFS!

Gabby said...

Nice, masculine sets/cards! LOVE the cap. :)

Tracey C. said...

ALL of these are absolutely awesome - really really love the last one with the veneer -- and the coach one, too -- BRAVO Lizzie! Can't wait to have these here with me :)

Steph Hilt said...

Great designs Lizzie! I love the focus on masculine cards this release; your plaid design, and your "saw" card using the wood veneer are just awesome! I bought a sheet of the veneer last year for a project and will be happy to have a stamp set that is made for "working with wood". I have one request: we need a REALISTIC stamp set dedicated to fishermen! This sport is another great American pasttime, kinda like baseball, but doesn't get much attention. I have no golfers but MANY avid outdoorsmen in my life, as do many others. Please keep us in mind <*))))><

Kathy Mc said...

Super job again, Lizzie! I just know both of these sets will be a BIG hit with stampers. You've really done an awesome job of showcasing your new sets.

Vera said...

This is cool!