Wednesday, October 18, 2017

More October Papertrey Ink Release: Dash Away All

Good morning, everyone, and welcome back to another day of post-release inspiration with Papertrey Ink! Today we're featuring Dash Away All. Before I jump in, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your enthusiasm for this set and your patience while the die is re-manufactured (they should be ready to ship out later this week). I am hopeful that as soon as this set lands on your doorstep it will become a favorite of yours just as it has become a favorite of mine. Ok! Enough chit-chat. On to the project!

Joyeux Noël Card

I began today's card by creating a vellum mask using the Mix & Mat: Snowflakes set. I sponged Spring Rain and a tiny bit of Dark Indigo (mostly around the edges) ink through that stencil. Then, I used the scalloped border from the same Mix & Mat set to add the detail around the sponging. I trimmed down that panel and set it aside.

Joyeux Noël Card 2

Next, I stamped and die cut the reindeer. I used Fine Linen and Classic Kraft inks on the body and then added the nose in Scarlet Jewel. I also die cut and stamped one of the ornaments from Very Merry to hang from the reindeer's antler. I used silver embroidery thread to connect the two. I like that small metallic element.

Joyeux Noël Card 4

Then, I heat embossed the Keep It Simple: Joyeux Noël sentiment onto a Scarlet Jewel Banner Style shape. The beauty of clear stamps (well, one of them) is their flexibility, so I was able to curve the sentiment to fit on the die cut. I backed it with Bitty Big: Scarlet Jewel gingham for a bit of contrast between the two pieces. I also used the Woodgrain Impression Plate to add texture to a Spring Rain card base.

Joyeux Noël Card 3

Once all of my separate elements were complete it was time to assemble my card. I trimmed the bottom of my snowflake panel to match the Banner Style curve and adhered the two together. Then, I used foam tape to attach them to the card base. I also used foam tape to adhere my reindeer into place. Then, I added a sprinkling of clear sequins (from the Sunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit) around the reindeer on the snowy panel. I feel like this card has just enough sparkle and texture while still being nice and simple.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda all have more to share with you, so make sure to visit them for more inspiration. I'll see you soon, friends!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

More October Papertrey Ink Release: Traveler's Journal: December

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for another day of Papertrey Ink October post-release inspiration! I have a couple of treat boxes to share with you today featuring Heather's new Traveler's Journal: December and Traveler's Journal: December Words stamp sets.

Traveler's Journal Gift Boxes

Heather has cleverly designed these sets to work beautifully for your December mini books, but other projects as well. I'm not much of a mini book maker, but I love the trees and mittens and labels and snowflakes and sweet seasonal sentiments in these sets. I'm sure I'll be pulling them out for my little gift boxes this year!

Christmas Tree Truffle Tote

I started with the Christmas tree Truffle Tote, so let's look at that one first. I began die cutting a box (two pieces) from white cardstock. I stamped my trees on the front using Dark Chocolate for the trunks and Limeade Ice, New Leaf, and Green Parakeet for the bodies. Then, I added the ornaments using Pure Poppy. Next, I stamped the rest of the open space on both die cut pieces with the smallest snowflakes in the set using Spring Rain ink. Then, I assembled the box.

Christmas Tree Truffle Tote 2

Next, I stamped the label onto white cardstock using Pure Poppy ink and added the sentiment from the December Words mini in Dark Chocolate ink. I trimmed that out and used a Crop-A-Dile to add a hole to one end before tying it to the tote handle with baker's twine. My box still needed a bit of sparkle, so I xyroned a strip of cardstock and die cut it (sticky side up) with the Cover Plate: Waves die. I used one of the waves to create a glittered snow bank along the bottom edge of the box. I also used Ruby Slippers Nuvo drops to give my ornaments a bit of sparkle. I almost want to make truffles just so I have an excuse to make more of these boxes!

Next up is the Let It Snow gable box.

Let It Snow Gable Box

When I saw the Dark Indigo Bitty Big paper I knew immediately that I wanted to make a gift box. I love that color (so, so, so much) and the gingham pattern is one that I think works well for the gentlemen in our lives. Between family and friends I have plenty of fellas on my gift list, so now is as good a time as any to get a jump on it, right? I cut my gable box pieces from the paper and assembled the box with Score-Tape. It's my go-to for treat boxes.

Let It Snow Gable Box 2

Then, I stamped the labels in Green Parakeet and Spring Rain inks. I added the sentiment to the open label using Dark Indigo and trimmed out the labels. Then, I stamped the mittens onto white cardstock using New Leaf ink and trimmed them out too. I used a mix of flat and foam adhesives to adhere all of the elements to the front of the gable box. It about killed me not to put glitter on there somewhere (because Christmas!), but in the spirit of masculine crafting I let it go...this time. Ha!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Betsy, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda all have projects to share with you today, so make sure to visit them for more inspiration. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!


Monday, October 16, 2017

More October Release: Sing A Song Of Christmas

Good morning, friends, and welcome for more post-release inspiration from Papertrey Ink! The new products are all available on the website, so you can pick them up right now! This morning I'm sharing a project with Betsy's new set, Sing A Song Of Christmas. This is a wonderful set full of beautifully illustrated instruments and festive song lyrics. There are many music lovers in my life and I can imagine this set being perfect for creating their holiday cards. Let's take a closer look!

'Tis The Season Card

I began by using the individual musical notes to stamp a tone-on-tone background pattern on a Pure Poppy card base. Next, I die cut a focal panel using the Sentiment Splits: Curve Vertical die. I very lightly sponged it with Aqua Mist and then stamped my sentiment in Pure Poppy.

'Tis The Season Card 3

Then, I die cut a second Curve Vertical panel, this time from White Adhesive Sheets with the sticky side up (though still covered by the backing paper). I peeled off the paper and adhered it to the back of my focal panel, leaving just about an 1/8" peeking out from the underside.

'Tis The Season Card 2

Then, I sprinkled Sterling silver glitter on the exposed adhesive. That gave me a sparkly, glittered mat! I adhered that entire piece to the card front with foam adhesive. Next, I stamped and die cut the fiddle using Green Parakeet, New Leaf, and Smokey Shadow inks. I adhered that to the left of the sentiment, overhanging the curved bottom edge just a bit.

'Tis The Season Card 4

I die cut three of the bow shapes and stamped the top one before layering them together and adhering them to the fiddle. I wanted to tie the silver in a bit more, so I used a fine-tip glue pen to add glitter to the center to each of the stamped snowflakes. This card just makes me so happy!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to visit Dawn, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda for more inspiration. Have a great day!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dash Away All - Day 5

Good morning, friends! Welcome to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink October New Release Countdown! I'm here today with one more Dash Away All card to share with you. This one is actually by special request. Kathy Mc asked if I would mind sharing a card using the Wonderland Scenes Stencils with my new set. I had planned on it, but her request was just the push I needed to get these products together. It just so happens they're a fantastic match!

Peace On Earth Card

I began by sponging Aqua Mist ink through the birches stencil and then ran it through my Cuttlebug like an impression plate. Then, I stamped the snow (also in Aqua Mist ink) while the stencil was still in place.

Peace On Earth Card 3

Next, I die cut the In The Meadow dies and textured them with the Woodgrain Impression Plate. I love that thing. I used Multi Matte Medium to add a fairly thick bead of adhesive along the top edge of each piece and embellished with the Faux Snow from the Make It Market: Wonderland Trimmings kit. I adhered those, and a strip of Holiday Plaid Patterned Paper, to the card front with flat and foam adhesives. I also tied on a white crochet thread bow.

Peace On Earth Card 2

Then, I die cut and stamped my reindeer. I used a Classic Kraft and Cocoa Bean color scheme along with a Pure Poppy nose. I also sponged a piece of white cardstock with Pale Peony ink and die cut that with a Keep It Simple Frames die. I stamped that with a sentiment from Dash Away All in Pure Poppy and stitched it to the card front. Then, I adhered the reindeer into place with foam tape and embellished his nose with Nuvo Ruby Slipper drops. I'm loving this card so much. I may need to make a few more of these to send out this Christmas.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Make sure to visit Nichole, Betsy, Heather, Laurie, and Melissa for more peeks at the release.

Then I hope you'll tune in to this month's Release Party Live! broadcast at 9pm ET on Sunday evening. I'm running a half-marathon before the broadcast and I'll still be there, so you don't have any excuses! Just kidding! But seriously, I hope you'll join us. See you soon!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Dash Away All Garland

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink New Release Countdown. I'm back with another Dash Away All project to share - this time a bit of festive home decor (some of you guessed)! I love dressing my home up for Christmas. It's truly one of my very, very favorite things to do and I'm always thinking about new ways to keep things fresh and fun. I thought the reindeer in Dash Away All would make a fantastic garland! Let's take a closer look!

Reindeer Garland

This garland came together remarkably quickly thanks to some assembly line stamping. I began by die cutting all of the reindeer from white cardstock. I stamped each one with the main body of the reindeer in Classic Kraft ink sponged with Cocoa Bean.

Reindeer Garland 2

Next, I added the noses in Smokey Shadow. Then came the wreaths around their necks. That small image is actually one of the accents in Betsy's Tag Along stamp set from last month and it fits so perfectly is almost like she read my mind. I stamped those in Olive Twist and then used the nose image a second time to stamp berries in Pure Poppy. Then, I used Ruby Slipper Nuvo glitter drops to embellish each berry.

Reindeer Garland 3

I set those aside to dry (maybe a half hour) before stringing alternating reindeer and white pom-poms onto invisible thread. The holes in the antlers make this super easy and then you don't have to worry about mangling your reindeer as you thread them together. I used a beading needle (long and thin) because I wanted to be able to get though the pom-poms easily and it was perfect. Just a note: Invisible thread is a little finicky, so you're going to want to be careful not to let it get tangled. I would suggest hanging your garland straight down from a hook or nail in the off-season rather than try to bundle it up and pack it into a box. Trust me.

Reindeer Garland 4

I am so tickled with this garland! I did two dozen reindeer because our mantel is so wide, but it would also be super cute to do a shorter one with eight black-nosed reindeer and one red-nosed reindeer. Or use them as spacers between letter pennants (for example: spell out "believe" and alternate each letter with a reindeer). I have so many more ideas for garlands! I'm going to have them hanging from everything!

I hope you've enjoyed today's post! I'll be back tomorrow with another Dash Away All project to share. In the meantime, you'll definitely want to visit NicholeBetsyDawnHeatherMichelle, and Stephanie. See you soon!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

More Dash Away All

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink October New Release Countdown! I'm popping in today to share a little more of Dash Away All, my new set releasing (along with the rest of the new products) on October 15th at 10pm. Wanda is also sharing her projects with this set today, so make sure to pop in and visit her too. Now let's get to the cards!

My first project today is a cheerfully festive card that incorporates the block of reindeer names as a background pattern. I love the way the casual hand-drawn fonts look together!

Sleigh Bells Ring Card

I began by stamping the reindeer names on an Aqua Mist card base using the matching ink. I shifted the placement around so that you'd be able to see different names around the edge of my card front. Next, I cut a panel of white cardstock using the Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection. I stamped it with the falling snow background in Aqua Mist ink and the sentiment in Smokey Shadow.

Sleigh Bells Ring Card 2

I matted that with a piece of White Adhesive Sheet (sticky side up) and sprinkled glitter on the exposed adhesive. Instant glitter mat! I adhered those pieces to a Mix & Mat: Snowflakes panel that I die cut from Bitty Big: Pure Poppy patterned paper. Next, I added a strip of Pure Poppy Saddle Stitch Ribbon to my card front (I wrap it around the inside and then secure the ends on the front under my focal panel) and tied on a crochet thread bow.

Sleigh Bells Ring Card 3

I adhered my snowy focal panel to the card front with foam tape. Then, I die cut and stamped my reindeer. I used Fine Linen sponged with Classic Kraft to get the shading and then added a tiny 2mm red rhinestone for its nose. I added that to the card front with more foam tape to finish things off. So fun!


My second card is a bit more on the elegant side. I tried to keep the design of the images in Dash Away All simple enough that you could go any number of style directions. I kept to a blue, white, and silver color scheme on this one.

Silver Reindeer Card

I began by stamping the falling snow onto a Dark Indigo card front using VersaMark ink. Then, I sprinkled on Perfect Pearl pigment powder. The result is delicate, shimmery snow.

Silver Reindeer Card 3

Next, I die cut the Cover Plate: Mountain Majesty twice. On one, I lightly sponged Spring Rain ink over the solid panel before trimming it out. Then, I stamped the reindeer names in Dark Indigo ink. I left the other die cut pure white and adhered it to the card front. The reindeer names panel came next, popped up on foam tape.

Silver Reindeer Card 2

Next, I die cut and heat embossed the reindeer using silver powder. I did the embossing twice to help smooth out the surface a little. I adhered that to the card front with more foam tape, slightly overlapping the reindeer names. What do you think? Elegant?


Alrighty, friends, that's all for me today. I'll be back tomorrow with a project I am very excited to share. In the meantime, make sure to visit Nichole, Betsy, Heather, and Wanda for more of this month's release peeks. See you soon!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Papertrey Ink Feature: Introducing Quoted: Little Bit More

Good morning, friends! It's Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink October New Release Countdown (just a reminder: all of the new products will be available on the 15th at 10pm) and I'm back today to introduce this month's Quoted set by Nichole Heady. These mini sets have become some of my favorites every month and this one is no exception. Let's take a closer look!

My first two projects today are pretty heavily inspired by How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (I couldn't help myself). This first one is influenced by the moment when the Grinch's grinchy heart grows three sizes.

Quoted Little Bit More Card

I began by sponging the heart burst pattern onto Green Parakeet cardstock using Green Parakeet and New Leaf inks.

Quoted Little Bit More Card 3

I let that dry for awhile before heat embossing the sentiment with white powder. Then, I heat embossed a second time, this time with Nuvo Shimmering Pearl (a glitter powder).

Quoted Little Bit More Card 4

The second layer smooths out the embossing a bit and the glitter powder gives the lettering an extra special touch.

Quoted Little Bit More Card 2

I adhered the Green Parakeet panel to a white card base. Next, I stamped and cut out the hat from the Make It Market Mini Kit: Holiday Hugs stamp set. I adhered the hat to the card front with foam adhesive and added a pom-pom to the end of the hat for a bit of added texture. I'm in love with this!


Next up, I wanted to create a card with the Grinch's dog, Max, as the star of the show.

Quoted Max Card

I began by die cutting a white panel with the largest of the Double Ups: Rectangles. I stamped the greeting using Green Parakeet ink sponged with New Leaf ink. I added the row of dots using Pure Poppy ink.

Quoted Max Card 3

Next, I heat embossed the irregular shadow from In The Shadows using Shimmering Pearl powder to create a snowbank.

Quoted Max Card 3

I stamped and die cut one of the puppies from Come All Ye Faithful and added the antlers from the coordinating Additions set. I added a nailhead nose and then attached him to the white panel using foam adhesive.

Quoted Max Card 4

I stamped the tree strip from Fair Isle borders onto Pure Poppy cardstock and adhered that to a white card base. Then, I attached the focal panel in place using foam tape. I had so much fun playing around with the Grinch theme!


My final card for today is very different. I wanted to go in a much softer direction.

Quoted Pink Plaid Card

I began by die cutting a Wine Bottle Tag #2 shape from white cardstock. I stamped it with the sentiment in Ocean Tides and Pinefeather inks. Then, I added the dotted lines and small Christmas tree in Pale Peony ink.

Quoted Pink Plaid Card 2

Next, I stamped a plaid pattern onto a panel of Fresh Snow Linen cardstock. I started by sponging the background lightly with Pale Peony and then I added stripes in Pale Peony, Ocean Tides, and Pinefeather. When I was finished, I adhered it to a Pinefeather card base.

Quoted Pink Plaid Card 3

Then, I Xyroned some vellum and die cut three Silver White Winters snowflakes with the (still covered) sticky side up. I removed the adhesive backing and sprinkled the snowflakes with Crystal glitter before adhering two to the card base. I mounted the sentiment panel to the card front with foam tape and then added the third snowflake. Definitely different from the first two, but still just as festive.


Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with more Dash Away All projects, but in the meantime, be sure to pop in on Nichole, Betsy, Dawn, and Heather to see a few more peeks today. See you soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Introducing Dash Away All

Good morning and welcome to the Papertrey Ink October Release Countdown! I'm just popping in quickly to share a project made with my new Dash Away All stamp set (just a reminder: all of the new products will be available on October 15th at 10pm). This set features a leaping reindeer, falling snow, and so much more! I've wanted a set like this for a long time and I'm so excited to be finally bringing it to all of you. Let's take a peek, shall we?

Magical Holiday Card

I knew these reindeer would look great paired with a scene on the ground below, so I searched through my collection and found Betsy's Winter Village set. It's a perfect match!

Magical Holiday Card 4

I began by stamping the snow onto a Classic Kraft panel using Fresh Snow ink. Then, I stamped the scene with the house and trees. Bleeding the scene off the edge grounds the images and clues you in that you're supposed to be focused on the top section of the card. Stamping the house and trees above the edge makes them float and doesn't give you a reference for your viewpoint.

Magical Holiday Card 3

Next, I stamped the reindeer in Dark Chocolate. The three deer in a row like this gives you the impression that you're just seeing part of Santa's team. Your imagination sort of fills in the rest of the story.

Magical Holiday Card 2

Finally, I stamped and die cut the sentiment from the set using the narrower banner in the Wine Bottle Tag #2 Die. I added it to the card with foam tape and trimmed off the overhang. I kept this card fairly rustic, without embossing or glitter or anything shiny. You'll see plenty of that later in the week.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I'll be back tomorrow with more projects to share. In the meantime, make sure to pop in on Nichole, Betsy, and Heather to see more of this month's release. See you soon!