Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Transformation Tuesday!

Hello, friends! Welcome to this week's Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday post. In case you've missed it, this is a new feature we're doing to encourage ourselves (and you!) to pull out those cards that didn’t necessarily turn out the way we had envisioned and give them a second try. Some of you may remember the Recipe Remix Challenge from SAF 2013. It’s sort of like that (but with our own projects instead of customer submitted projects). The idea is to show a project transformed into something fresh and new. Here's the card I'm transforming today (and HERE's the original post):

Despite loving my original concept, I was never completely happy with how the card turned out (and my photography also could have used some work, if I'm being honest with myself). I felt like the scene behind the Text Block was too busy and dark and took too much attention away from the celebratory greeting. I made several subtle changes that made a big impact on the new card. Let's take a closer look!


I began by stamping the streamers from Hooray and the confetti dots from Confetti Toss essentially the same way I did on the original card. The differences on this version are 1) I chose not to do the ink blending behind the Text Block and 2) I didn't fussy cut the streamers and weave them around each other. The result is so much lighter, cleaner, and quicker (Hello?! Fussy cutting all those banners? What on earth?)!


I also chose to glitter the confetti dots to make them stand out better and add festive sparkle. I felt like they really got lost in the blending on the original card. Another change (that you can't really see) is the layer of clear cardstock behind the Text Block. That helps stabilize the delicate text on the Text Block and, bonus!, seals in the glitter so it won't come off on my recipient's hands. I just ran the Tropical Teal cardstock through a Xyron before die cutting it and then applied that to the clear cardstock. No sweat!


I didn't want to lose the blending on the new version of the card, so I instead chose to add a very light Aqua Mist layer to the base. I like how it highlights the texture of the impression plate (I used the same By The Numbers plate this time around) and just adds some nice, subtle interest to the card base.

So what do you think? Do you have a preference? I hope you've enjoyed today's post. Don't forget, you can play along with your own project. Link up your Transformation Tuesday project over on our team blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate for the Papertrey Ink store! I have another something coming your way this week, so stay tuned! Have a great day, everyone!

Text Block Birthday Card

Monday, March 19, 2018

Release Party Live Card

Good morning, friends! I had a few requests for photos of the card I made on this month's Papertrey Ink Release Party Live Broadcast, so I thought I'd pop in today to share a couple of close-ups and a quick tutorial for anyone who missed it (though you can rewatch it on the Papertrey Ink Facebook page - it's a public page, so you don't need an account to watch). Ok, let's get to it!


I began by die cutting a Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical card base from white cardstock. I masked off the edges and used Aqua Mist ink to sponge "water" onto the base. Then, I die cut a top layer and die cut a vase from Vogue Vases so the negative remains. Then, I stamped a stem from Simple Stems with Olive Twist ink first on the base and then on the top layer. I used a stamp press to make this process easier.


Next, I stamped the hyacinth from Simple Stems in Pale Peony and the sentiment from Kindness Counts in True Black. I also used an oval from In The Shadows to ground the vase. Then, I adhered clear cardstock to the back of the top layer to make it look like glass. I used foam adhesive to adhere the top layer to the card base. Quick and easy!


This happens to be the one I actually did on air, so there are little issues here and there that I wish were different, but overall the card turned out pretty well. You could always splatter the ink blending with water or reinker to give your water a bit more texture. Or you could make the vase into a shaker with microbeads (I bet the clear ones would look great). Thank you all for your interest about this project! I hope you've enjoyed a closer look. Have a wonderful week, friends!

We Rise Card

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Introducing Glorious Globes and Shape Shifters: Oval 1

Good morning, friends and welcome to the last day of projects for the Papertrey Ink countdown! The new products release tomorrow night at 10pm EDT on the Papertrey Ink website, so you definitely won't want to miss that. Today though, I have the great pleasure of introducing my Glorious Globes: March stamp set and Betsy's Shape Shifters: Oval 1 die with you. Check 'em out!

For starters, I thought I'd do a thank you card. I used my Sentiment Staples: Thank You set on this one, too.

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I began by sponging a bit of Aqua Mist ink onto a Shape Shifters: Oval 1 die cut. I speckled it with water and reinker to add a bit of additional texture and then stamped it with the Sentiment Staples greeting in Tropical Teal.

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Next, I sponged a bit of additional Tropical Teal onto an Aqua Mist card front to give a bit of depth. Then, I die cut the central window from the Shape Shifters set from vellum and used it as a stencil. Instead of rubbing or blending like I normally would with a stencil though, I dabbed or pounced the ink through the openings. Otherwise the sponge would have gotten caught on all of the little pointy edges from the die cut.

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I tied crochet thread around the oval layer before adhering it to the card front. Then, I stamped and die cut the globe. The stand and globe are from the original Basics set, but the "travel lines" are from the March edition. In order to get a metallic finish on the stand I stamped first with Stormy Sea and then again with Versamark. Then, I sprinkled Perfect Pearls pigment powder over the sticky ink. The finished result looks metallic without the hassle of pulling out my heat tool. Yay! I adhered that in place with foam tape.

Next, I have a teacher thank you card that pulls in a sentiment from Heather's Great Teachers set.

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I began by using the large oval from the Noted: Scalloped A1 Die Collection to cut a frame from Rustic White cardstock. Then, I added the dashed frame detail from the Shape Shifters: Oval 1 set. Next, I sponged a piece of Fine Linen cardstock with Classic Kraft ink to give the impression of distance and then stamped it with Background Basics: Woodgrain to make it look like a desk or something. Side note: Background Basics: Woodgrain is retiring this year and I cannot stress enough how much I recommend this set. It's great for snow, water, grass, woodgrain (duh), sand...so many things. Make sure to get it before it's gone! I stamped that panel with the Great Teachers sentiment and set it aside.

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Next, I stamped and die cut the globes from Glorious Globes: March. These are both new to this month's set. The text inside the Africa globe says "you make the world a better place" though that's hard to read here because I used a light ink. It's also tiny...so there's that. But that's what it says, fyi. I also stamped and die cut the stack of books from the original Basics set.

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Then, I smudged a bit of ink on an Ocean Tides card base to make it look like a recently erased chalkboard. I intentionally went with distinct smudges to give that authentic "streaky blackboard" look. Do they even use blackboards in schools anymore? Anyway, I adhered the frame and desk to the card front and then placed the globes and books to use as a guide for stamping the curved sentiment. I heat embossed that in white and then adhered the rest of the elements to the card front with dimensional adhesives.

Last, but certainly not least, I have a graduation card. Or just a striking-out-on-your-own card. Or travel...it could be used for a few occasions, come to think of it.

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I began by watercoloring a "ground" on a watercolor panel using a gray Zig marker. Then, I used the dashed line frame to cut a background pattern into the panel. Once that was totally dry, I added a strip of Bitty Big: Blueberry Sky patterned paper and a baker's twine bow.

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Next, I stamped and die cut my globes. I stamped the "adventure" globe with Berry Sorbet and then added shading with Pure Poppy to give it dimension. I placed the globes on the card front and stamped the sentiment with Pure Poppy ink. Then, I used a mix of flat and foam adhesives to adhere my globe arrangement to the panel. Finally, I used foam tape to adhere the panel to the card base.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! Betsy, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa B, MelissaP, Michelle, Stephanie, and Lexi all have cards to share with you today so make sure to check in with them, too. Have a wonderful day!

Lost Without You Card

World's Greatest Teacher Card

Let The Adventure Begin Card

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Introducing Bold Borders, Sentiment Staples, Stitch In Time, and Kindness Counts

Good morning, everyone! It's Day 4 of the March Papertrey Ink new release countdown and it's a full intro day, friends! The team is showcasing my new Bold Borders: Diagonal Die, the Sentiment Staples: Thank You mini, and Kindness Counts (a sentiment set all about being kind and lifting others) as well as Betsy's Stitch In Time set. So rather than keep babbling, I'm going to share some projects. Sound good? Great!

First up, I have a thank you card I made by pairing the Bold Borders: Diagonal Die with Sentiment Staples: Thank You.


I began by sponging a bit of Aqua Mist ink onto a white card base. Then I die cut a Bold Borders: Diagonal frame from white cardstock and adhered it to the card front.


Next, I stamped and die cut three flower clusters from the Seasonal Borders: Spring set. I also stamped and die cut one of the vases from my Vogue Vases stamp set. I arranged the vase and flowers on the card front and adhered them with a mix of flat and foam adhesives. Then, I embellished the pink flowers' centers with glitter for a touch of sparkle.


Then, I sponged Winter Wisteria ink onto Lilac Grace cardstock. I die cut the sentiment and banner from that cardstock and heat embossed the banner with the Sentiment Staples: Thank You greeting. I adhered those pieces to the card front and called it good. I love the softness of this card!

Next up, I have a card made with Betsy's Stitch In Time set and my Kindness Counts set.


I began by stamping the large frame image on a Classic Kraft card base using Fresh Snow ink. Then, I die cut the center panel from Rustic White cardstock and stamped it with the border image in Fine Linen.


I followed up by stamping the sentiment in the center of that die cut using Smokey Shadow and the heart in Lovely Lady and Autumn Rose. Then, I adhered it to the card front with foam adhesive.


Next, I created a bouquet of flowers using my Simple Stems set. I created a newspaper wrap by sponging Soft Stone and Fine Linen inks onto white copy paper before crumpling it up and stamping it with the Background Basics: Newsprint stamp set. I wrapped that "newspaper" around the flowers and embellished it with a twine bow before adhering it to the card front. I'm really happy with how that little detail turned out.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post! I'll be back tomorrow with more projects featuring this month's new release. In the meantime, Betsy, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa B, MelissaP, Michelle, Stephanie, and Lexi all have cards to share with you today. Have a great day, everyone!
Truly Appreciate Your Kindness Card

Bit Of Our Heart Card

Monday, March 12, 2018

Introducing Corner Adorner, Penned Elegance Alphabet, and Dream, Fly, Soar!

Hello, friends! It's Day 3 of the March Papertrey Ink new release countdown and today we're introducing my Corner Adorner: March set, Jennifer Campbell's Penned Elegance Alphabet, and Rebecca Luminarias's Dream, Fly, Soar! set. I have a couple of projects to share, so let's get to them!

On this first project, I combined my Corner Adorner set with Jennifer's alphabet.


I started by heat embossing the solid Corner Adorner images onto Enchanted Evening cardstock. I followed up by stamping the dotted detail image with Dark Indigo ink. I cut the bottom edge of that panel with the Round Off Edgers and set it aside.


I stamped the "hey" using the Penned Elegance Alphabet onto a Limitless Layers: 2 1/4" Square shape. I followed up with a companion sentiment from Simple Stems in Dark Indigo. I adhered the square on the Dark Indigo panel and then embellished the panel with white trim on the top and bottom edges.


I mounted the Dark Indigo panel onto a card base layered with Bitty Big: Pale Peony patterned paper. Then I stamped and die cut a selection of Gran's Garden flowers and leaves, arranging them around the sentiment with a mix of flat and foam adhesives. I'm head over heels for this color palette and I'm sure I'll be using it again.

Next up, I have a card made with Rebecca's Dream, Fly, Soar! set.


I began by die cutting a cloudy panel using the Cover Plate: Blue Skies Die. I also cut a stencil using the Cover Plate: Blue Skies Rays Die and sponged Lemon Tart ink onto the cloud panel through the openings in the vellum. Then, I used Hello Sunshine to stamp a few additional rays.


Next, I stamped the sentiment from Dream, Fly, Soar! onto the cloud/sun panel using Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening inks. I stamped the kite and tails before adhering the panel to a card base that I'd layered with Bitty Big: Blueberry Sky patterned paper.


I stamped an additional kite on white cardstock and colored in the sections using colored pencils. I trimmed out the kite by hand and adhered it to the card front with foam tape.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post! I'll be back tomorrow with more projects featuring this month's new release. In the meantime, Betsy, Heather, KeewayLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, Stephanie, and Lexi all have cards to share with you today. Have a great day, everyone!

Hey Card

Fly High Card

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Introducing Butterfly Blooms & A Bit More: Butterfly Blooms

Good morning, friends! It's Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink March countdown and today I'm sharing a project made with Heather's new sets, Butterfly Blooms and A Bit More: Butterfly Blooms. The butterflies in these sets are gorgeously detailed and would look beautiful colored or simply embossed like I have. How about a closer look?


I heat embossed the butterflies from both sets using white powder on vellum. I die cut the larger butterfly and hand cut the smaller butterfly before setting them aside to work on the front panel.


I stamped a collage of flowers and leaves (from both sets) in a strip across a white panel. I stamped my sentiment in Smokey Shadow before adhering that panel to an Aqua Mist card base.


I embellished the centers of the open flowers with clear glitter before adding the butterflies with foam tape. The tape is concealed under the embossing of the butterfly bodies, so I don't have to worry about the adhesive being visible.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in with AmyBetsy, Heather, Laurie, Melissa BMelissa P, MichelleStephanie, and Lexi to see more of this month's release!

Happy Mother's Day Card

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Introducing Vogue Vases, Simple Stems, and Ink It In

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Papertrey Ink's March new release countdown! We have so many fun things coming your way this month! Today we're kicking things off with my Simple Stems and Vogue Vases sets and Lexi Daly's Ink It In collection. How about we get started?


My sets are designed to work together or independently (the vases are sure to be useful with the many flower sets we all have on hand already). I've paired them together today, but I'll be sharing more with both of these sets in the next few days.


For this card, I arranged a vase full of Simple Stems flowers onto a Shape Shifters: Oval die cut that I'd sponged with Harvest Gold ink. I die cut a banner and sponged it with Aqua Mist ink before stamping it with a sentiment from Simple Stems on the top piece.


I attached the ends of the top banner to the back piece with flat adhesive and then added a bit of foam tape in the center, giving a touch of dimension. I adhered the banner over the vase and that whole focal panel was mounted to a card base that I'd covered with Bitty Big: Pale Peony paper. I love the warm glow I achieved with the background blending. Ink blending is one of my absolute favorite techniques!

Next up, I have a card to share featuring Lexi's new Ink It In collection. There is one main set and two minis in this collection. All have a hand-drawn elements feel that is so charming.


I created a little notebook using the Ink It In: Notebook mini and stamped it with a sentiment from Ink It In and the little arrows from Ink It In: Quoted.


I embellished the notebook with flowers from last month's Corner Adorner and a silver coil die cut using the Loop De Loop Border Die. The pen, from Ink It In, was stamped in Dark Indigo and Pale Peony inks. I used the Luxe Silver Adhesive sheets to give the clip and nib a little extra metallic flair.


I stitched a panel of vellum over a Bitty Big: Mint Julep card front to soften the pattern before adhering all of my elements into place. I used flat and foam adhesives to make sure there was plenty of dimension.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in on Betsy (who will be showcasing Vogue Vases and Simple Stems), Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, Stephanie, and Lexi to see more inspiration using today's features! I'll see you again tomorrow!

Thanks Card

Thank You Card

Monday, March 5, 2018

March Papertrey Ink Stitching Focus

Good morning, friends, and welcome to this month's Stitching Focus! I'm Lizzie Jones, your Stitching Ambassador. Thank you so much for joining me today! Easter is coming up quickly, so this month I'm sharing a couple of mini treat baskets that I'm going to give to the kiddos in my life. I have both a felt version and a quicker cardstock version to share, but first, let's take a peek at this month's featured product.

I wanted to make Easter treats for my nieces and nephew, so I started looking through my dies to see what I could could use to create a mini basket. After a brief search, I came upon the Stitched Tray: Square and the coordinating Trim Dies. I knew right away that I was on to something!


Kay paired the Stitched Tray: Square Die with the Stitched Folk Flower Die to create her mini tray. Her sunny color choices make her project so bright and cheerful!

Erin used the Stitched Monogram Frame: Square Die to add a pretty border around her Seasonal Stitching: Ladybug. It's such a sweet and pretty way to embellish the bottom of her tray.

Melissa created an adorable sewing notions basket using the Stitched Tray: Square Die. She embellished her corners with buttons and added a stitched heart from the Phone Case Details Die Collection to the bottom of her tray. She even used Saddle Stitched Ribbon to add a handle to her basket. So cute!

I added scalloped trim to my tray using the Small Scallop Border Die. I decorated the bottom of my tray with the Stitched Monogram Frame: Square Die and the Sew Stylish Alphabet. I still love this little tray and use it all the time!

Erin added contrasting trim to her Folk Flower tray using the Stitched Tray: Square Trim Die. The bright Pure Poppy piping is so bold and it finishes the edges beautifully.

Ashley used the Stitched Bat Die to add some playfully spooky flair to her adorable Halloween treat tray. The google eyes she added really put the cute factor over the top!

I love giving our nieces and nephew little gifts at the holidays, so I thought mini Easter baskets would be just the ticket! It turns out the square tray is the perfect base for these itty bitty baskets.

I began with the felt basket. I cut the tray from Lemon Tart felt. I also cut strips of Vintage Cream felt with the Pinking Shears Border Die to create the ric rac trim along the edge. I used White Tag Stock in between the layers of felt to give everything a sturdier, more reinforced feel.

I decorated the inside bottom of the basket with the Seasonal Stitching: Eggs Die using Vintage Cream, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, and Aqua Mist felt.

I used the Stitched Tray: Rectangle Trim to create the basket handle. It's one and a half of the long pieces stitched together for a little extra length. You could probably get a similar length with two of the longer pieces in the Square Trim set.

I covered the seam in the handle with a bow made from Aqua Mist Saddle Stitch Ribbon and a Vintage Cream Button. I simply hot glued the bow to the handle (rather than stitch it on).

I absolutely love this thing! It turned out so cute and it's just the right size for a little treat.

Just for fun, I decided to try a little basket made from cardstock instead of felt. I figured it might come together a bit more quickly, which is sometimes a necessity when time is at a premium (like at the holidays). I die cut the tray from Classic Kraft cardstock and just scored along the bottom holes to create a crease. Then, I stamped the sides with Background Basics: Woodgrain using Fresh Snow ink.

Then, I stamped the bottom of the tray with the sweet little bunny from Bunny Blessings. I stamped the bunny in Fresh Snow first and Winter Wisteria second to make the Winter Wisteria stand out better against the Classic Kraft background.

I stitched up the sides with white crochet thread and tied each side in a bow to add a charming detail to the corners. It's not only cute, but functional too!

The handle is just a strip of cardstock stamped with the same woodgrain pattern. I adhered the handle to the inside of the tray with Scor-Tape to get a secure hold. I'm not worried about the handle coming loose because the basket isn't really large enough to carry something heavy enough to cause a problem.

I'm giddy over these little baskets. I might just have to make them for the bigs I know in addition to the littles! Thank you so much for joining me this month. Enjoy the rest of the countdown!


Felt Egg Basket

Woodgrain Bunny Basket