Thursday, August 16, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Flipping Out

Hello, friends! Did you see that the new Papertrey Ink release is now live? Make sure to head over to the website to pick up the fabulous Autumn products that the team has been showcasing over the past several days! In the meantime, it's Throwback Thursday and today Dawn, Michelle, and I are featuring the Flipping Out stamp set. This is such a whimsical set, full of playful sentiments and snazzy patterned sandals. It's just right for anyone looking for a bit of cheeky fun in the craft room. And it just so happens to pair perfectly with some of our more recent ocean-themed stamps! I paired it today with Betsy's Text & Texture: Ocean stamp set to create a beachy birthday card.


I began by stamping the Text & Texture: Ocean background onto Aqua Mist cardstock using Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal inks. I heat embossed the Flipping Out sentiment onto the panel and then splattered Copic Opaque White Pigment to add sea spray speckles.


Next, I xyoned a piece of Fine Linen cardstock and die cut it with the In The Meadow die, adhesive side up. I removed the protective backing and sprinkled the sticky surface with real decorative sand. It sticks about the same as glitter and it adds so much texture! I trimmed the sand dune down a little bit and adhered it to my ocean panel. Then, I adhered that panel to a Classic Kraft card base and used a Pierced Feature Frame to ground the whole scene.


I stamped my flip flops next. I stamped first in Summer Sunrise and then added a bit of shading using Canyon Clay ink. Then, I die cut the straps from Terra Cotta Tile cardstock and adhered those to the sandals. I layered two die cuts on each to give a bit of depth without too much bulk. Then, I used foam adhesive to adhered the flip flops to the front of the card. These flip flops are so charming and come in a variety of patterns, making them perfect for just about anyone. I definitely should pull this set out more often!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to pop in on Dawn and Michelle to see their projects using Flipping Out. Have a great day, everyone!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Introducing Bold Borders: Foliage And Fence Line: Autumn

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown! I'm back today to share Betsy's new Fence Line: Autumn and my newest Bold Borders die. I love this one to the moon and back, friends (not that I don't love all of them, of course), and I hope you will, too. Let's take a closer look!


I began by sponging Autumn Rose ink onto a Rustic White cardstock panel. I splattered it with clean water and Autumn Rose and Scarlet Jewel reinkers to add texture. Once it was dry, I xyroned it and die cut using my new Bold Borders: Foliage die.


I textured a Classic Kraft panel with the Rustic Burlap Impression Plate and adhered it to a Rustic White card base. Then, I adhered the Bold Borders: Foliage die cut to the front. Next, I stamped a Pierced Feature Frames panel with a sentiment from Forest Floor: Autumn and adhered it to the center of the card front. The thin mat that the Bold Borders adds around the edge of the Pierced Feature Frames panel is such a nice, subtle detail.


Then, I stamped and die cut the images from Fence Line: Autumn and arranged them using a mix of flat and foam adhesives to give dimension. This set has so many wonderful accessories that you can use to embellish your fence or stamp independently. As a finishing touch, I added a Rustic Cream Button Twine Bow for a bit of softness.

That's all for me today. Thank you so much for joining me! Make sure to pop in on Amy, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie to see more of Forest Floor: Autumn, Fence Line: Autumn, and Bold Borders: Foliage today. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!

Gather With A Grateful Heart Card

Monday, August 13, 2018

Introducing Frame It Out: Many Blessings, Simply Gourd-eous, Say It Simply: Giving Thanks, and Sentiment Staples: Thanksgiving

Good morning and welcome back to the Papertrey Ink August countdown! We've arrived at Day 4 and today is all about Thanksgiving. We're introducing Rebecca's new Frame It Out: Many Blessings stamps, Betsy's Simply Gourd-eous (and it really is), Dawn's Say It Simply: Giving Thanks Die, and my Sentiment Staples: Thanksgiving. That's right - two Sentiment Staples sets this month! You can read all the details about today's products HERE. Let's get on to the projects!

I'm going to start with a fairly simple Thanksgiving card. I love the warm palette with gold accents.


I started by stamping the Frame It Out: Many Blessings frame onto Rustic Cream cardstock using Terra Cotta Tile ink. I followed up by stamping the frame from Forest Floor: Autumn in the center with Ocean Tides ink. I just love those colors together.


Next, I used the small outline details in the Frame It Out set to randomly highlight different elements in the frame. I simply stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed the chosen areas with gold detail powder. Once everything had cooled, I adhered that panel to a Kraft card base.


Then, I heat embossed the greeting from Sentiment Staples: Thanksgiving onto a Dark Chocolate banner (I double cut it to get the "V" shape on both ends). The "we're" is a separate stamp so you can swap it out with the "I'm" that's also included in the set to complete the phrase for an individual or a couple or group. I simply adhered the banner to the card front with foam tape to finish it off. It's simple, but I love the graphic nature so very much.

Next up, I've paired Simply Gourd-eous with the Say It Simply: Giving Thanks Die.


I began by sponging a bit of Aqua Mist ink onto a Rustic White card base. I masked off the edges so they would be protected though. Then, I stamped and die cut two of the gourds and stamped another directly on the card front.


Next, I stacked two of the large Pierced Feature Frames that I cut from Kraft cardstock. I like that the two layers gives a bit more texture than one by itself, but it's much more subtle than foam tape or other dimensional adhesive.


After adhering the frame to the card front, I die cut a piece of xyroned Terra Cotta Tile cardstock with the Say It Simply: Giving Thanks die. I adhered that into the center of the frame before adding my extra gourds with foam tape. I just love them, don't you?!

That's all I have to share with you today, friends, but I'll be back tomorrow with more of the August countdown. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, KellyLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have inspiration to share with you today. Have a great day and I'll see you soon!

Happy Thanksgiving Card

Giving Thanks For You Card

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Introducing Words To Live By, Text & Texture: Leaves, Seasonal Borders: Autumn, and Shape Shifters: Circle 3

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown! I have so many of Betsy Veldman's great new products to share with you today. Her Words To Live By: Gratitude, Text & Texture: Leaves, Seasonal Borders: Autumn, and Shape Shifters: Circle 3 will all knock your socks off! So you don't need me to babble on and on...there are projects to see!

First up, I have a thank you card that pairs the gorgeous Text & Texture: Leaves background with the Words To Live By: Gratitude set.


I began by sponging a Rustic White panel with Saffron Spice, Harvest Gold, and Simply Chartreuse inks. I just sponged on areas of color without any specific rhyme or reason. The whole idea was just to add depth and variety behind the stamped leaves. Then, I stamped the Text & Texture: Leaves backgrounds, one in Canyon Clay and the other in Terra Cotta Tile.


I trimmed out that background and matted it with a Ripe Avocado Pierced Feature Frame die cut. Then, I stamped the "with" from Words To Live By: Gratitude in Dark Chocolate ink and wrapped that panel with Rustic Jute Button Twine. I added a faux button (you can read about how I made it on this post) and tied the jute in a simple bow.


I attached that to a Rustic White card base with foam tape and then added another Pierced Feature Frame die cut from Rustic White, this time with coasters underneath to give more subtle dimension. Then, I die cut a few of the Words To Live By greetings from xyroned Dark Chocolate cardstock and stacked them to create a nice, sturdy word. I adhered that to the card with a small piece of foam tape and some Multi Matte Medium. It makes me look forward to when the leaves start to fall around here!

Next up, I have a wine bottle tag pairing Seasonal Borders: Autumn, Shape Shifters: Circle 3, and a sneaky peek at this month's Bold Borders: Foliage. This project is quick and easy and would be perfect for taking to the upcoming Autumn celebrations for your host or hostess.


I began by die cutting a Wine Bottle Tag #2 shape from the new Bitty Big: Ocean Tides patterned paper. I love that our patterned paper is heavy enough that it can handle being a single layer on its own, by the way!


Then, I die cut the two center layers of the Shape Shifters: Circle 3 inside a plain circle die from my collection to create a focal point. I also die cut a plain circle from vellum and adhered that to the back of the Shape Shifters layer with foam tape before adhering both to the wine bottle tag.


Next, I die cut a few of the "for you" greetings from the Bold Borders: Foliage die from xyroned Americana cardstock. I sponged one with the matching ink to give the phrase a bit of depth and then stacked them to create dimension. I continued by stamping and die cutting the Seasonal Borders: Autumn images. I assembled them on the tag and adhered with a mix of flat and foam adhesive before attaching my greeting. I can imagine making several of these to have on hand this year!

Well, friends, that's all for me today, but I'll be back tomorrow with more of this month's release! In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have their beautiful work to share with you today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you soon!

With Gratitude Card

For You Wine Bottle Tag

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Introducing Saying It Simply: Wishing You A Lovely Birthday Die & Scallop Stackers: Small

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink August new release countdown! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Dawn McVey's new Saying It Simply: Wishing You A Lovely Birthday Die and her Scallop Stackers: Small die. Both of these products are absolutely going to be staples in your crafting collection. We can all use tools to make birthday cards quicker and easier! Let's get on to some projects, shall we?

My first card was inspired by a vintage hanky. You all know how much Dawn loves her vintage linens, so I thought it was totally apropos inspiration.


I began by covering a white card base with Bitty Big: Spring Rain patterned paper before setting it aside. I wanted to do a little something different with the Scallop Stackers: Small shape, so I cut off the top and the right edge so I could align it in the top corner of the card. I think this helps with the hanky effect.


I started by stamping the Corner Adorner: May image a couple of times directly onto that shape and then stamped and die cut a separate one to have layered on top. I used a blending sponge to add in darker areas of color both on the flowers and the ribbon. I adhered those bits to the card base with foam adhesive.


Then, I xyroned and die cut three of the Saying It Simply sentiment shapes from Enchanted Evening cardstock. I sponged one of the die cuts with Dark Indigo ink to give it an ombré effect and layered all three to give the greeting depth. This sentiment die is nice and big, so it really commands attention, but it's not so huge that you can't still fit some other pretty elements on your cards. This one is definitely going to become a staple.

Next up, I have a more autumnal project to share. I had a heyday on this background!


I began by stamping the Cover Up: Grid onto a Terra Cotta Tile card base using the matching ink. I set that aside and went to work on that background. I stamped the leaves and acorns from the Forest Floor: Autumn set (you'll see more about this later in the countdown) using a variety of inks. I used blending sponges and a stamp platform to give each leaf plenty of color and dimension.


Once that background was finished, I die cut it using the Noted: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical die. I used the Scallop Stackers: Small to add a scalloped detail to the bottom edge of that panel before adhering it to the card base with foam tape. I really like that trim and think it adds so much to soften the straight lines of the rest of the card.


Then, I die cut a Pierced Feature Frame from Olive Twist cardstock and backed it with vellum. The vellum softens the leafy pattern without completely covering it up. Then, I xyroned a piece of Dark Chocolate cardstock, front and back. I die cut the Saying It Simply greeting and pulled the adhesive backing off of the front. I sprinkled Martha Stewart Brownstone glitter over the entire sticky surface. After burnishing it and using a paint brush to remove any loose bits, I adhered that to the center of the Olive Twist frame. The glitter is so striking on that beautifully designed sentiment die!

And lastly today, I have another sweet, feminine card. This time I used just the outer edge of the Scallop Stackers to create a solid layer without the eyelet detail. I really love that Dawn designed these dies with the flexibility to have that option.


I began by sponging a piece of Fresh Snow Linen cardstock with the Stencil Basics: Diamonds and Aqua Mist ink. I kept it nice and light so it wouldn't be too busy once I had my sentiment in place. Then, I die cut using the Scallop Stackers layer and added the pierced oval detail from Shape Shifters: Oval 2 die to really define my focal area.


Next, I stamped and die cut several flowers and leaves from Botanical Bounty 2, using blending sponges to add depth to each image. I also stamped a couple of the greenery bits onto the Scallop Stackers layer directly. I like the dimension this achieves once all of the florals are assembled together.


Then, I covered a piece of xyroned white cardstock with the Luxe Gold Adhesive paper. I die cut that and two additional white pieces with the Saying It Simply die and layered them together. That mirrored gold finish is so lovely with this die! It almost looks like it has been heat embossed, but the stacked die cuts make it so much more dimensional. I adhered that to the card front and embellished with a handful of clear sequins. The flowers paired with the soft blending and the gold greeting are so feminine and dainty.

That's all I have to share with you today. I hope you've enjoyed this peek at Dawn's new dies. I'm positive you're going to love them as much as I do! I'll be back tomorrow with more projects, but in the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have their beautiful work to share with you today. Have a wonderful Saturday and I'll see you soon!

Bouquet Birthday Card

Autumnal Birthday Card

Watercolor Floral Birthday Card

Friday, August 10, 2018

Introducing Grins & Ghouls, Scared Silly, Corner Adorner, and Sentiment Staples: Halloween

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the kick off for this month's Papertrey Ink countdown! We're starting this month by celebrating Halloween treats. Heather's Grins & Ghouls, Lexi's Scared Silly, and my Corner Adorner and Sentiment Staples: Halloween are all making an appearance today (you can see all of the details for today's introductions HERE). I have a couple of treat boxes to share that would be perfect for a Halloween party or just special treats for the people you love.


Aren't these absolutely adorable? They're sure to bring a great, big smile to someone's face! The chocolate inside is just icing on the cake. Let's start with the little monster box, shall we?


I began by repeatedly stamping the sentiments from Heather's Grins & Ghouls set onto Limeade Ice cardstock using Simply Chartreuse ink. I love the graphic, text background that I got as a result! I die cut that cardstock with the Gable Box Die and assembled it using Scor-Tape to give it a nice secure hold.


Then, I stamped and die cut the Scared Silly monster pieces. I used Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz to be a nice contrast against the bright green of the box. I assembled the monster and embellished with googley eyes to give it a fun interactive element (not to mention a bit of texture). I stamped the greeting on a Keep It Simple Frames banner and attached both to the box. I think I need to whip up a few more of these for the kiddos in my life. They're cute and not too scary which I think is ideal for the younger set.


Next up, this treat box features Heather's Grins & Ghouls with this month's Corner Adorner mini set. I began by die cutting the Favor It Box #3 panels from Royal Velvet cardstock. Then I heat embossed the solid line cobweb with white powder and stamped the dotted layer with Fresh Snow ink. It gives a two-tone look for a bit of depth.


I assembled the box and set it aside for a moment. Next, I stamped and die cut the Grins & Ghouls jack-o'-lantern. I stamped the greeting on the Direct Messages banner, die cutting twice to shorten it a bit. I attached those to the box with foam adhesive and embellished the ribbon loop with Limeade Ice grosgrain and an Orange Zest button tied with baker's twine.


And as a final detail, I thought this box could use a bit of patterned tissue paper. I stamped the A Bit More: Grins & Ghouls pumpkins onto white tissue with Orange Zest ink. Then, I filled in the spaces in the pattern with the stars from Grins & Ghouls in Summer Sunrise ink. It's amazing how much of an impact custom tissue can make to a treat box. And it's so easy!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in with Amy, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie to see more of today's introductions. They're sure to have some wonderful projects to share. I'll see you back here tomorrow for another exciting day of introductions. Have a great day!

Happy Halloween To My Boo Box

Trick Or Treat Box

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sewing Staples For Stitching On The Go

Good morning and welcome to this month’s Papertrey Ink Stitching Focus! I’m so excited to be sharing with you today! I shared a photo on Instagram last week of my travel stitching box and I got so many questions about my needle book and scissor keeper that I thought I would share a new set today. I’ve been wanting to make a second set to keep in my travel box anyway, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity! But first, let’s take a closer look at the dies I’ll be featuring today.

Let’s start with a closer look at the Sewing Staples: Needle Book Die Collection. This die collection includes a straight edge page (or cover), a scalloped edge page (or cover), and a variety of pockets and needle minders that you can use to customize the pages of your book. The pockets are ideal for holding onto a threader, flat thimble, or other small accessories. The needle minders keep a variety of needles at the ready as well as corral your pins so they’re always convenient. I love mine and use it all the time! You can find Erin’s original introduction video HERE for help with assembly and design ideas.
Erin used the scalloped cover to create a set of mini notecards. She decorated them with small blooms and a grid background to make them all-purpose so they’ll come in handy for any occasion. The stitching adds such a whimsical detail and so much texture to these itty-bitty creations!
I used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 Die to add a monogram to my needle book. The Floral Cluster flowers are such a wonderful embellishment!
Rebecca‘s tag booklet is the perfect way to gift a batch of handmade tags to a loved one. She used a hook and loop closure to keep the booklet securely closed and embellished with a layered felt flower to give her cover a little pizzaz.
Erin created a photo keepsake by pairing the Sewing Staples: Needle Book with the Stitched Frame Die Collection. She even embellished the cover with the Seasonal Stitching: Apple and personalized the inside with her son’s name and grade level. This would be such a thoughtful gift for some proud grandparents!
Tracy‘s needle book incorporates so many bright colors of our fabulous wool felt. And the Floral Cluster flowers add such depth and dimension.
Hilary created her mini cards by layering the straight and scalloped edge covers for a sweet peek-a-boo effect. She even used the stitched lines (designed to hold the needle minder in place) to create flower stems for her Floral Cluster flowers. So clever! And the mix of felt and cardstock gives these little cards so much more character than if she had just chosen to go with one or the other.
Next up in this month’s spotlight is the Sewing Staples: Scissor Keeper Die. It is designed to keep your sharp sewing scissors safely secured, but its simple shape is fantastic for so much more (I dare you to say that sentence five times fast). It coordinates with the gorgeous Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster Die, but can also be paired with monograms or other Seasonal Stitching designs for even more options. You can find Erin’s original introduction video HERE for help with assembly and design ideas.
Erin trimmed off the handle of these Scissor Keepers to create sweet, seasonal flags. She adorned the flags with the Seasonal Stitching: ButterfliesEggs, and Clovers to celebrate Spring. A hidden cardstock core keeps her flags flying high on her little dowel rod poles. Clever!
Tracy used just the straight edge die to create her scissor keeper. The Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster looks stunning in cool colors against a Smokey Shadow background. She even added a tiny ribbon tag for a bit of extra flair.
I used the Scissor Keeper to create some food-shaped catnip toys for a couple of very spoiled felines. The Stitched Circles turned out to be perfect for pepperoni pizza and the Pinking Shears Border Die made for some very convincing blueberry pie lattice.
Erin also created this tussie mussie style lollipop holder to tie to a birthday gift bag. She used 2015 Birthday Tags and the Limitless Layers: 2 1/4″ Oval Die Collection to create a sweet focal point on her pocket. A little crochet thread is all that she needed to tie her treat to the bag’s handle.
Erin‘s chicken scratch scissor keepers have a classic meets modern, homespun quality that is absolutely delightful. On the aqua version, she snipped off the handle to make it even quicker and simpler to sew together while the pink version boasts pretty scallops and that wonderful pop of color.
Rebecca turned her scissor keeper into a flower pouch by lining the interior with a bit of wax paper. She used Floral Cluster blooms to add a soft, botanical element while the deep purple stitching adds an elegant contrast.
As I mentioned earlier, I have been wanting to make a second needle book/scissor keeper set so I can have one in my studio and another to take with me when I’m traveling. I wanted the new set to be a little different than the first, so this time I paired the Sewing Staples dies with the Stitched Folk Flower Die to give both pieces a decorative element.
I also wanted to go with a completely different color scheme this time around, so I used Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse as the foundation with pops of Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, and Vintage Cream thrown in for good measure.
Let’s check out all the details of the needle book first. I also want to show you this new needle book next to my old one so you can see how well the felt has held up over the past three and a half years.
Here they are together. You can see that the felt on the older needle book has held up remarkably well. The new one is a little stiffer than the old one, but it will loosen up as I handle it more and more. Like I said, I used the Stitched Folk Flower to decorate the cover this time around. I love that this flower design has both embroidered elements as well as layered pieces.
Inside the needle book, I used a pocket that I can use for a threader or brooch pins or a baggie of beads and sequins. The other page features a needle minder and a flower that I cut with the Floral Cluster Die.
I used the Small Stitched Alphabet to monogram the pocket. The hearts are actually leaves from the Floral Cluster. Isn’t it great when a small die can do double duty like that?
The next two pages feature another needle minder and a pin corral. I can never have enough needles at my disposal. This way I can swap colors without having to thread and rethread my needle.
I used more of the Floral Cluster flowers to dress up these pages and I used Harvest Gold Saddle Stitch Ribbon (stitched into the cover) to tie the book closed.
And of course I needed a new scissor keeper to match! Here are my two scissor keepers together.
I used the same color palette on the scissor keeper as the needle book. I used both the scalloped and straight edged layers together. I love that contrasting scalloped edge!
The Stitched Folk Flower fits perfectly on both the scissor keeper and the needle book. I am so tickled about how these turned out. I can’t wait to start using them!
Thank you so much for joining me for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to create your own needle book and scissor keeper set. Have a great day and I’ll see you again soon!