Saturday, April 14, 2018

Introducing the Make It Market Mini Kit Simple Impressions: Celebrations

Good morning and welcome back for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink April countdown! The team is back today introducing a super fun new Make It Market Mini Kit from Betsy Veldman called Simple Impressions: Celebrations. This kit includes everything you need to get a beginner hooked on excited about stamping! I have a couple of projects to share, so let's get to them!

My first card today uses just the kit (and a couple of extra inks because I'm a dweeb and I didn't read the contents carefully enough). You could easily get a very, very similar look with the items in the kit.

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I love that this kit makes quick and easy cards a breeze. The printed card fronts are perfect for placing your focal image and sentiment with no fuss. I chose one of the Pure Poppy papers to create this birthday card.

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I repeatedly stamped the banners down the length of the opening, angling them differently to keep thing interesting. The kit doesn't include the die collection (because how many novice stampers run out and buy a die cut machine immediately), but I actually love how the banners look layered like this. You get extra pops of color where they overlap.

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Then I stamped the "happy" sentiments and "Birthday" atop the banners and embellished with star sequins. I adhered it to a white card base and that's really all there is to it. It's bright and fun, but it came together in minutes and it wasn't challenging (but your recipient doesn't need to know that, am I right?!).

Next up, I created a card using the stamp set and die collection which are available separately from the kit. You heard that right! You can buy this stamp set separately if you're not interested in the papers and sequins and other bits and bobs (though the papers are totally worth it).

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I began by stenciling a plaid pattern onto my Lilac Grace card base, but first I masked off the area where I knew I would be stamping my sentiment using post it paper. Once my stenciling was done, I stamped my greeting and heat embossed the companion sentiment using white powder.

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Next, I die cut a frame using the new Noted: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical die. I adhered that to the card front with dimensional adhesive and set the card base aside.

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Then, I stamped a whole bunch of flowers and leaves. I die cut them and arranged them on the corner of the frame, using both flat and dimensional adhesives to get different levels of depth. I love how soft and pretty this card turned out! Now someone just needs to have a baby so I can give it to them. Ha!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I'm heading down to Cincinnati for our Release Party Live broadcast on Sunday (4/15), so I hope you'll join us for that at 9pm EDT. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie have more to share with you. Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon!

Supplies:
Birthday Banners Card


Bundle Of Joy Card

Friday, April 13, 2018

Introducing Dapper Chap, The Perfect Plaid Stencil Collection, and The Shape Up Series: Tuxedo Die

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink April countdown! Today I have the very great pleasure of introducing my new Dapper Chap stamp set, Perfect Plaid Stencil Collection, and Shape Up Series: Tuxedo Gift Card Holder Die. So much fun, dudely stuff to share! Why don't we just get to it and I'll spare you the yammering.

So Dapper Chap came about because my fella loves his bow tie collection (which weirdly went missing and we can't figure out where on Earth they could be - we've looked everywhere and can only find two of them).

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Anyway...he loves bow ties and for years I've wanted a set that would work really well for him. Most of the tie sets on the stamp market are regular neckties and while those are quite nice, they aren't really a thing around here. So I got to sketching and came up with this selection of patterned bow ties (there's a solid one for those of you who prefer that sort of thing, too) and a very simple second step that adds a perfectly minimal detail. Happy sigh, friends.

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I stamped this background tie pattern with Sean's (missing) tie collection in mind. One of his favorites is a reversible pink tie with polka dots on one side and stripes on the other, so I knew from the outset that pink was going to be a part of the pattern. I stamped the ties onto a Noted: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical card front in offset rows.

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Then, I die cut the smallest stitched rectangle in that same die collection from the new gray cardstock and stamped it with Fresh Snow ink. I die cut a small banner and stamped it with the companion sentiment in Blueberry Sky ink. I also die cut a Simply Chartreuse banner and layered all three pieces on the card front using a mix of flat and foam adhesives. The pattern really does the heavy lifting here and I really love that.

Next up, I have a simple Father's Day card that pairs Dapper Chap with the new Perfect Plaid Stencil Collection. This stencil collection makes plaid backgrounds a snap! You simply sponge, clean your stencil, and then flip it over to sponge the opposite stripes. Mix and match the stencils to create truly customized looks!

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I began by stenciling my plaid pattern onto Classic Kraft cardstock. Then, I stamped and die cut my bow tie using Canyon Clay, Terra Cotta Tile, and Dark Chocolate inks.

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I stamped a second bow tie and my sentiment on a Rustic White panel that I'd die cut with one of the stitched rectangles from the Noted collection. I matted the Rustic White panel with Dark Chocolate cardstock and mounted it to the card front with foam adhesive.

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Then, I curved the loose bow tie a bit and adhered it over the stamped bow tie with dimensional adhesive. I wanted it to look like a real bow tie, and I think I pulled off the layered look that an actual bow tie gets once tied. So fun!

Last up, I have a couple of projects to share using the Shape Up Series: Tuxedo Gift Card Holder Die. Now, don't let the name fool you - this die does so much more than tuxedos (or even gift cards really)!

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I put together a quick assembly video to show you just how easy it is to put one of these bad boys together. It's really not hard, but I will say that your adhesive is important. If you're not using a super strong adhesive (like ScorTape) you're not doing yourself any favors. I'm just being honest.

Here's the tutorial:

See! So easy!

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For this tuxedo I used Soft Stone cardstock and Dark Indigo Bitty Big paper. I chose to leave off the optional buttons, but you could always add them if you wanted an extra detail.

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A gift card tucks into the shirt and the shirt tucks into the vest and the vest tucks into the jacket (with little semi-circular tabs to keep things secure). You could leave the whole package loose or you could adhere it to a card front if you so desired. Either way, it will fit nicely into a standard A2 envelope.

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I've wanted to create a tweed suit since I designed this die, so that's what I had in mind with this project.

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I used the new Bitty Big: Olive Twist patterned paper to create the jacket. I die cut the vest from Classic Kraft cardstock, also cutting the reverse of the buttons. Then, I used the Herringbone Impression Plate to give the vest a bit of texture (positioning the plate over just the front of the die cut) and backed the button area with Dark Chocolate cardstock.

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I cut the shirt from Rustic White cardstock and stamped the Congratulations sentiment inside before adding the collar. Then, I stamped and die cut the solid bow tie from Dapper Chap. I used Prairie Grass, Olive Twist, and Dark Chocolate inks for that and then attached it to the shirt with foam tape.

And just because I know someone will ask, yes, there are two bow tie dies. One comes by itself to coordinate with Dapper Chap. The other is part of the Tuxedo die collection. That one has embossed lines on the inside. They have the same outline, but the embossed line thing is different. Here's a photo so you can see them side by side.

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I will say that the embossing shows up best when you use a metal shim to make sure you're getting enough pressure for the texture to transfer. Just an FYI.

Well, that's all I have for you today, friends. I truly hope you've enjoyed today's post. I love creating product that makes cards for fellas a little bit easier. Make sure to pop over to see what Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie have in store for you today. Have a wonderful Friday! See you soon!

Supplies:
Dashing Gentleman Birthday Card


Dapper Dad Father's Day Card


Tuxedo Gift Card Holder

Tweed Suit Gift Card Holder

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Introducing Butterfly Folk & Botanical Bounty

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink countdown! I'm back today showcasing sets from Betsy Veldman, Jennifer Campbell, and a die from yours truly (my latest Bold Borders). I'm in love with Betsy's Butterfly Folk sets and Jennifer's Botanical Bounty. If you loved Jennifer's contribution to this year's anniversary set (Mixed Bouquet) you're absolutely going to be giddy over her newest set. Well, enough yammering...let's see these sets in action!

Let's kick things off today with Betsy's Butterfly Folk sets. These sets can be used independently or you can layer them to create more detailed designs. I chose to layer the two together today, using Copic coloring and glitter embossing powder to give the large butterfly a bit of interest.

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I started by stamping the biggest butterfly from the set in black ink onto white cardstock. I went back in with Copic markers to add color to the detailed design. I set that aside to let it dry completely (the completely part is key) while I stamped the small florals and flourishes onto a Hawaiian Shores card base using the matching ink.

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Then, I heat embossed the sentiment from Sentiment Staples: Congratulations onto the card base using white powder. Once my butterfly was completely dry, I heat embossed the Butterfly Folk Outline image over top of the stamped and colored butterfly. I used glitter embossing powder to give the design a subtle touch of sparkle.

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Next, I masked the entire butterfly and sponged Hawaiian Shores ink over the surface. I added some matching splatters before removing the mask and then die cut the panel with a Round Off Edgers die. Then, I partially die cut the butterfly's wings, leaving the body in tact, so I could lift the wings.

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I embellished the bottom edge of the butterfly panel with a scalloped Summer Sunrise layer and then attached that panel to the front of the card. I gently lifted the wings and curled them a bit so they would add dimension and texture to the card front. I love the way the outlined image sparkles!

Lastly today, I've paired Jennifer Campbell's Botanical Bounty set with my Bold Borders: Flare die. I love how the soft, watercolored edges of the florals complement the straight, geometrical style of the border die!

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I began by sponging Aqua Mist ink lightly onto a white card base. I layered that with a Bold Borders: Flare die cut so the light blending peeked through the openings in the frame. The sponging creates a very subtle contrast that I absolutely love!

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Next, I stamped and die cut several of the flora from the Botanical Bounty set and played around with the blooms until I settled on my final arrangement, finally affixing them to the card front with a mix of flat and foam adhesives.

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I also die cut the word "happy" (which comes nested inside the Bold Borders die) and layered three of those die cuts together for dimension. The top shape was die cut from White Shimmer paper to give the card a hint of elegance. I also stamped the phrase "Wedding Day" onto the card front using Aqua Mist ink. The Happy die is perfect for starting a wide array of phrases for your cards. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings...the list goes on!

I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! I'll be back tomorrow with more of this month's release. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie for more inspiration today! See you soon!

Supplies:
Butterfly Congratulations Card

Happy Wedding Day Card

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Introducing Fence Line: Spring And Paws & Kisses

Good morning and welcome back for Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink April new release countdown! I'm back today to share a project with Betsy's new Fence Line: Spring set and Heather's Paws & Kisses collection. Let's get to the projects!

Betsy's Fence Line: Spring set has me yearning for warmer temperatures. The weather here still thinks we're in the dead of winter, so the pretty little blooms in this set are keeping me going until my own flowers start popping open. You're going to love how easy Betsy made it to put together cheerful scenes!

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I began this card by die cutting a focal panel using the Cover Plate: Blue Skies Die. Then, I used one of the dies in the Noted: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical die. I stamped the resulting panel with the fence and mailbox post. Then, I added a bit of grass in Green Parakeet ink.

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Next, I stamped and die cut several of the elements in the set. I used the tulips, mailbox, garden boots, and bunny. I also stamped and die cut the sun from Hello, Sunshine to tuck behind the clouds on the focal panel. Then, I heat embossed the sentiment from Corner Adorner: February onto a Pure Poppy banner. Once I had had all of by bits and baubles die cut, I decided to work on my card base.

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First, I sponged a bit of Hawaiian Shores ink toward the bottom of an Aqua Mist card base. Then, I used the new Perfect Plaid stencil collection (more on this soon) to add a plaid pattern to the card base using the scalloped stripes stencil. I went back with the stitched stencil and added white dashes with a gel pen. With my pattern complete, I layered all of the layers and elements using a mix of flat and foam adhesives. I love how bright and cheerful it turned out, don't you?

Next up, I have a sweet puppy love card using Heather's Paws & Kisses and A Bit More: Paws & Kisses stamp sets. These sets are perfect for the animal lovers in your life! Heather has a knack for drawing adorably quirky critters and these dogs are no exception.

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I began this card by sponging Aqua Mist ink onto a white card base to create a bit of atmosphere. I speckled Aqua Mist reinker and clean water to add a little texture to the background. Next, I stamped one of the Corner Adorner: April images to create a "hole" of sorts. The distressed nature of this month's Corner Adorner makes it a perfect fit! I stamped the sentiment from A Bit More: Paws & Kisses along with hearts from both sets.

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Next, I used the Noted: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical Die to create a frame from Bitty Big: Honey Nut patterned paper. I attached it to the card front with dimensional adhesive to add some depth. Next, I stamped and die cut the dachshund from Paws & Kisses, rocking a bit of Dark Chocolate ink onto his front paws to make it look like he'd been digging.

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Then, I die cut three little bones from Rustic Cream cardstock and shaded them with a colored pencil. I used foam adhesive to attach the dog to the scene and then adhered the bones with a mix of flat and foam adhesives. Isn't that little dog just the cutest?! I have a thing for long, squatty dogs, so this fella is right up my alley!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with even more of this month's release. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, KeewayLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie for more inspiration today! See you soon!

Supplies:
Sending You Sunshine Card


I Really Dig You Card

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Introducing Text & Texture: Agate

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the kick off for Papertrey Ink's April 2018 Countdown. Our new releases will all be available on April 15th at 10pm EDT, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, I have a project to share with you today featuring Betsy Veldman's Text & Texture: Agate Collection. This set is so trendy and super fun to use for masculine or tough tweener projects. I imagine I'll be turning to this set for my teenage brother's birthday card here in a couple of months. Enough chit chat! On to the project.

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I began by watercoloring a panel using Tropical Teal reinker. I also sprayed the surface with pearl shimmer spray to give it a subtle luster. Once it had dried, I stamped the agate background onto the panel using Tropical Teal ink. Then, I stamped a second time with VersaMark and heat embossed using glitter embossing powder. I love the way it sparkles!

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Next, I heat embossed my sentiment onto vellum using one layer of white powder and one layer of the same glitter powder. I trimmed it into a banner and then stitched the banner to the agate panel with a coppery gold embroidery thread.

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I adhered the card front to a white card base before embellishing with sequins (these came from a giant bag from a big box store, so I'm afraid I don't have a specific brand or color to share). I really love how much this card front shimmers despite the fact that it's impossible to capture in photos.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with more of the April 2018 release, but in the meantime make sure to check in with Amy, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie for more inspiration today! See you soon!

Supplies:
Hoping Your Birthday Rocks Card

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 2018 Stitching Feature


Good morning and welcome to this month's Stitching Focus! I'm Lizzie Jones, your Stitching Ambassador and I am so excited to be here sharing with you today! I wanted to create something for this month that you could give as a gift for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday. It's not only a handmade keepsake, but it's functional too! Let's take a closer look at this month's featured stitching die!


Gift giving can be so difficult, especially when the person you're trying to indulge has everything they need. So sometimes a gift card really is the best option, but how to make it feel more personal and significant? It's all in the packaging, friends. I decided to put the Coin Purse II die to use this month as not only part of the gift, but also the wrapping for a gift card. It's so handy and it looks so much nicer than a plain envelope, don't you agree?



Amy used Button Stacks die cuts to give her Coin Purse a bit of flowery flair. A petite butterfly cut using the Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies die adds a sense of movement to her design.

Erin personalized her purse with mix and matched letters for a fun, quirky vibe. She used the Sew Stylish I and II Alphabets, the Cross Stitch Alphabet, the Small Stitched Alphabet, Coffee Cozy Details, and the Alpha-blocks die to add the unique typesetting to this purse. It has such a carefree style, don't you think?

I used the Sew Stylish Alphabet I and Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster Die Collection to add a dainty monogram to this mini purse for my niece. I even added a Saddle Stitch Ribbon strap to make it easy for her to toss her itty bitty bag over her shoulder as she heads out to a pre-school power lunch.

Erin used the Seasonal Stitching: Bow Die to make a big impact on her little purse. The bold Pure Poppy felt contrasts nicely against the Aqua Mist and Hibiscus Burst design. I love how the corner patches and the flap match! Such a sweet detail.

Ashley created a drawstring design using the slotted die included in the Coin Purse II collection. She used Heart-2-Heart #7 flowers and Cover Plate: Mighty Bloom leaves to dress up her pretty purse. The contrasting stitching along the top edge of the bag really brings the whole thing together!

Betsy turned the Coin Purse II die into a mini clutch by adding a bit of hardware and a strap. The Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster made the perfect embellishment for her bag. It's so chic!


The Coin Purse II die is one of those wonderful, basic dies that can fulfill several different needs with a little imagination. Today, it's doing double duty as a gift and the presentation for another present hiding inside.


I love that the coin purse dies are the perfect size to hold gift cards, cash, and the like. I even use one as my everyday wallet. But with a little extra effort, these purses can be transformed into something a bit more special and worthy of gifting.


I began this purse by die cutting all of the pieces. I used Aqua Mist for the body and pocket, Vintage Cream for the liner and one of the flowers, Simply Chartreuse for the leaves, Winter Wisteria for the large flower and corner patches, and Lavender Moon for the middle layering flower. I stitched the details onto the leaves and then stitched them to the body of the purse, leaving the ends of the leafy branches loose. As long as you secure your branches with stitching all the way up to the base of your leaves you shouldn't have any problem with them falling off or getting damaged easily.


I chose to use a magnetic clasp rather than the button loop closure that comes in the die collection. I also wanted to add a touch of unexpected detail to the inside of the purse, so I stitched the word "hello" into the liner using the Quick Stitch Sentiments Die Collection. That extra pop of purple inside is such a happy surprise!


The corner patch details are also a favorite of mine! I love that this option is included in the die set. I really think it adds so much! And I love that they tie in to the color of the large flower.


And, like I mentioned before, this purse is the ideal size for gift cards so tucking one inside before handing the purse to mom is a snap! Consider a favorite restaurant or spa and the promise for a ladies' day. Or maybe a gift card toward a beloved crafting company, you know, for example.

These gift card coin purses would also be perfect for birthdays, graduations, and even baby showers (a mini wallet for the new mom to pop into a diaper bag, holding the essentials)! I'm sure you have other occasions in mind. What are they? I hope you'll share your suggestions in the comments and if you make a purse make sure to tag us on social media so we can check out your project. Thank you so much for joining me today!


Supplies:
Hello Coin Purse