Friday, March 22, 2013

Ikat Birthday

Hello, Friends! Today I finished a huge project that had absorbed me for the past couple of weeks. The moment it was delivered I felt lighter. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my open afternoon...I wanted to stamp. So I dug around in my newer sets and pulled out a winner designed by Maile Belles (Irresistibly Ikat from Papertrey Ink).

I've been seeing ikat everywhere and while I probably wouldn't wear anything with this design (mostly because I don't think I could pull it off; I'm more of the solids type) it was a lot of fun to build a pattern with her beautifully illustrated stamps.

I started by stamping my pattern and added a scalloped border and sentiment tab before mounting it to an Aqua Mist card base. You can't really tell in the photo, but the yellow portions of the pattern are all embellished with ultra fine glitter. That's been one of my favorite things to do with patterns lately - add glitter for just a little bit of sparkle (it's flat and more easily mailed than things like pearls and rhinestones).

Thank you for  stopping by today and I hope you have a lovely weekend. Take care and I'll see you again soon!

Stamps: Irresistibly Ikat - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, Ocean Tides - Papertrey Ink
Other: Small Scalloped Border Die - Papertrey Ink; corner rounder; foam tape - Scotch; Crystal ultra fine glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts

Monday, March 11, 2013

Folk Art Birthday

Good morning, Friends! I have a full day planned, but I wanted to pop in quickly and share a card with you today. Last Friday was my mama-in-law's birthday. Let me tell you folks, I truly hit the mama-in-law jackpot. She's incredibly supportive and encouraging and lovely; I feel so very lucky to know her. So I wanted to make her a pretty little birthday card to top her gift.

I started by die cutting and stamping the large floral medallion from Fancy Folk Art. The flowers were die cut and stamped with a Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, and Scarlet Jewel combo before being added to the medallion shape. The sentiment was heat embossed onto Autumn Rose cardstock and textured with the Aida impression plate (but you can't really tell because my photography skills are awesome). The banner was added using Scarlet Jewel ink and a bit of spare white stock and a little Sweet Blush scalloped border snuck under the bottom edge. Everything was adhered to a Spring Moss card front and the Scarlet Jewel parts of the flowers (the dots mostly) were embellished with dimensional glaze for a bit of texture.

That's all for me today. Thank you for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!

Stamps: Fancy Folk Art - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Fancy Folk Art Die Collection, Small Scalloped Border Die - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Glossy Accents - Ranger

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Little Man's Birthday Card

Hello again, Friends! First off, thank you all for your very kind words about the Papertrey Ink Newsletter redesign. I've received such wonderful feedback and encouragement since the launch on Friday. I can't tell you how excited I am that you're enjoying it so much!

I also wanted to share a card today that I made for my nephew's 2nd birthday. It was late last month, but Aunt Lizzie's a bit of a bum, so he's just getting it now. Luckily, he's the forgiving sort. Ha!

Anyway, I started by taking a piece of striped Spring Rain paper and laminated it with a piece of white cardstock. I knew I was going to be die cutting it and popping it up with foam tape, so the cardstock was added to give it a little stability. I die cut my clouds and added that strip to a textured white card base. Next, I die cut and colored my little airplane with Copic markers. I pierced a little flight trial (having the patterned piece already popped up made this even easier) and traced over it with a glitter pen. I smudged the glitter around so it's not super concentrated. I added the sentiment banner and embellished the heart on the plane with a smidgen of clear glaze. He may not have a clue, but I hope my sister likes it.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here again soon.

Stamps: Tremendous Treats Valentine, Birthday Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Harvest Gold, Spring Rain Stripes Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Blueberry Sky - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Memento
Other: Clouds Die Collection, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate, Tremendous Treats Valentine Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Markers - Copic; Glitter Pen - Sakura; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Foam Tape - Scotch

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Color Play

Hello again, Friends! I'm so glad you're joining me today for Papertrey Ink's brand new newsletter feature, Color Play. Each month we'll be sharing a color scheme inspired by a particular photo as well as a project created with said collection of colors. This month's color combo was drawn from this photo (I added the swatches):

The colors I'm using today are Terra Cotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Soft Stone, and Ripe Avocado. I wanted to use a color palette that had the potential to feel bright and sunny. I don't know about where you are, but here in Ohio it can feel a smidgen dreary in the wintertime. This is a combo designed to let a little light shine in!

I started by stamping my pattern using the large floral cluster from Fancy Folk Art. I filled in the outline using the companion images in the set and adhered that piece to a Soft Stone base that had been textured with the Aida Impression Plate.

Next, I die cut a Mat Stack 5 die and trimmed off one of the long ends to create the shape for my sentiment. I stamped the "thanks" and heat embossed using white detail powder. That was adhered on top of the patterned panel and the entire base was wrapped with saddle stitched ribbon. A threaded button tied off the loose ribbon ends and pinking shears gave them a decorative edge.

I hope you're enjoying the newly redesigned newsletter and this month's Color Play feature! Take care and I'll see you again soon.

Stamps: Fancy Folk Art, Stitched Blooms - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Ripe Avocado - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Terra Cotta Tile - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Aida Impression Plate, Mat Stack 5 Die, Terra Cotta Tile Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Ripe Avocado Button - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Perle Cotton - DMC