Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Introducing Expressions Of Empathy and Corner Adorner: November

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink November countdown! Today the team is featuring my new Expressions Of Empathy sentiment set and Corner Adorner: November mini.

When someone we love is battling a long-term illness or personal challenge, we need a message that goes a little deeper. Expressions Of Empathy is ideal for those unfortunate situations in which a simple "feel better soon" just won't do. I paired Expressions Of Empathy with my new Home To Roost set to create today's card.


I began by sponging a bit of Harvest Gold ink onto a white card front. I stamped the largest flare from Corner Adorner: November four times to create a round design and then added the Expressions Of Empathy greeting and branches from Floral Fantasy: Christmas. Next, I used a Nesting Frames: Rectangle to add the pierced detail to the layer and adhered the card front to an Aqua Mist card base.


Then, I stamped and die cut the birdhouse from Home To Roost. I paper pieced the body of the birdhouse and stamped the roof and base using the coordinating images. I stamped one bird on a full birdhouse and layered it with the paper pieced version. I stamped and die cut a second bird and adhered those pieces to the front of the card.


On the inside, I die cut a second layer of white cardstock and added the pierced frame using a Nesting Frame die. Then, I stamped the greeting from Expressions Of Empathy and birds from Home To Roost. Bringing a little bit of the outside in ties the whole card together.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to pop in on Betsy, Dawn, Heather, KellyLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie to see even more of this month's release. Have a wonderful day!

You're Not Alone Card

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Introducing Home To Roost, Shape Shifters: Circle 4, and Mix Ups Pocket Tags

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink November countdown. Today the team is showcasing my new Home To Roost stamp set along with Betsy's Shape Shifters: Circle 4 and Dawn's Mix Ups Pocket Tags dies. There's so much goodness to discover, so let's get right to it!

My first card today pairs Betsy's newest Shape Shifters with my Home To Roost set.


I began by sponging Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado inks onto a piece of white cardstock. I splattered with reinker and Copic opaque white pigment for texture and then die cut it with the Bold Borders: Foliage Die. Next, I cut a Shape Shifters: Circle 4 shape from vellum and sponged around the perimeter with Aqua Mist ink onto a white card front. I used the stitched border to cut a decorative circle into that panel before adhering it to an Aqua Mist card base.


I adhered the Bold Borders: Foliage frame to the card front. Then, I die cut a central panel using my Nesting Basics: Rectangles die and added the pierced detail with a Nesting Frames: Rectangle. I embossed the sentiment before adhering that panel in the center of the Bold Borders shape.


Next, I stamped and die cut the birdhouse from Home To Roost. I used Melon Berry and Americana inks on the front of the house and Fine Linen and Classic Kraft on the roof and base. Then, I stamped the smaller companion sentiment onto a Skinny Mini Banner and adhered it to the card with foam tape. I also adhered the birdhouse to the front of the card with foam tape, layering it with a bit of crochet thread. I added two Harvest Gold birds to finish it off. This set includes greetings for new home, baby, and more!

My next project for today is a set of three tags made with Dawn's new Mix Ups Pocket Tags. I love tags that give you options to get several styles from one collection of dies. This set is definitely a keeper!


I wanted to create a few variations, so I made one pocket tag, one basic tag, and one tag with a patterned topper.


For my pocket tag, I cut one tag from Classic Kraft and one from Rustic White. I used a Nesting Frames: Rectangles shape to add the pierced detail to the Kraft tag. Then, I used one of the decorative border dies to cut the top off the Rustic White tag. I stamped a greeting from Christmas Cuts Sentiments along the edge of the pocket and adhered it into place. Then, I embellished the pocket with foliage from Forest Floor: Winter. A little Ripe Avocado saddle stitched ribbon and Rustic Cream Button Twine finished things off nicely.


For the patterned paper topped tag, I cut a Rustic White tag and a Bitty Big: Pure Poppy tag. I stamped sentiments from Christmas Cuts Sentiments onto the Rustic White tag before using the same border die to cut the topper. I adhered the patterned topper to the tag and added a Forest Floor: Winter branch with foam tape. This time I used Spring Moss saddle stitched ribbon and the same Rustic Cream Button Twine to finish it off.


My final tag for today is the basic cut tag. I cut this one from Rustic White and used the Nesting Frames: Rectangle to add the pierced border. I stamped the "To:" and "From:" from Keep It Simple: To & From onto the tag and then added a Forest Floor: Winter frame stamped with a Christmas Cuts Sentiments greeting. A piece of Pure Poppy grosgrain ribbon tied with Rustic Jute Button Twine was the perfect finishing touch.


I love that these tags coordinate, but aren't super matchy-matchy. And this is just one of the tags in the set! There are two other tags and two other border dies! That's, like, dozens of possibilities!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of additional projects, but in the meantime make sure to pop in on BetsyDawnHeatherLaurieMelissa BMelissa PMichelle, and Stephanie. I'll see you in the morning!

Hospitality Thank You Card

Christmas Tag Trio

Monday, November 12, 2018

Introducing Fence Line: Winter, Sentiment Staples: Warmest Wishes, and Skinny Mini Banners

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink November countdown! We're back today with two new stamp sets and a set of dies that you're definitely not going to want to miss. Betsy's Fence Line: Winter set includes a snow man, garland, birds, and an evergreen to dress up her wooden fence. My Sentiment Staples: Warmest Wishes covers all sorts of occasions, from a winter birthday to a wedding. And Dawn's new Skinny Mini Banner Dies are the perfect complement for any sentiment set. Their versatility will truly make them a go-to tool for any cardmaker. Let's take a closer look!

My first card today features Betsy's Fence Line: Winter set. I paired it with a few elements from my Winter Window set and Bold Borders: Flurries (which is back in stock!) to create a snowy scene.


I began by impressing the Bold Borders: Flurries design into a piece of Aqua Mist cardstock using an impression plate sandwich. I adhered that to a white card base and set it aside.


Next, I die cut a focal layer using my new Nesting Basics: Rectangles Die. First, I stamped it with the tree from Fence Line: Winter using Ocean Tides and Pinefeather inks. Then, I layered the fence directly over top of that image using Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Bean inks. The snow drifts came next in Aqua Mist. I stamped the falling snow image and sentiment from Winter Window before adding the pierced detail to the edges of that panel with my new Nesting Frames: Rectangles dies.


Once that panel was adhered to the card front with foam tape, I stamped and die cut the snowman from Fence Line: Winter. I used onyx glitter to accent the coal on his face and used a tiny pom-pom to embellish his hat. I also stamped and die cut the garland from the set. I adhered those to the fence and then attached my snowman. I gave the snow drifts a bit of sparkle with some crystal glitter before calling it done. Doesn't that little snowman look happy out in his element?

My second card today is actually a set of three that I put together super quickly by pairing Jennifer's Floral Fantasy: Christmas with my Sentiment Staples: Warmest Wishes mini set. This would make a great mass production design if you're into that sort of thing.


I began by die cutting the pierced frame into a white card base using my Nesting Frames: Rectangles dies. Then I stamped the large tree image from Floral Fantasy: Christmas in the center of that frame using Soft Stone ink. Next, I used a few select individual images from that set to stamp over the tree and add Pure Poppy and Pinefeather accents.


The top bough and the second from the top didn't have exact duplicates, so I used similarly sized and shaped stamps to cover the Soft Stone images. Then, I stamped and heat embossed my primary sentiment. I stamped several of the companion sentiments onto a piece of cardstock and embossed them all at once.


Then, I die cut them using a Skinny Mini Banner die and added them to the front of my cards with foam tape. If you have a stamp platform (like the Tim Holtz or Misti) doing multiples of this design is really, really easy. And cost effective too since they're just one layer with minimal die cutting!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of additional projects, but in the meantime make sure to pop in on Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie. I'll see you in the morning!

Let It Snow Card

Very Merry Christmas Cards

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Introducing Forest Floor: Winter, Glorious Globes, and Nesting Frames: Rectangles

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink November countdown! Today we're showcasing my Forest Floor: Winter, Glorious Globes: November, and Nesting Frames: Rectangles die collection! I am super excited about all three of these new products and I can't wait to share, so let's get to it!

First up I have a card made with Forest Floor: Winter. One of the most frequent sights around here in the winter are animal tracks in the snow. I love walking to the mailbox and finding evidence of my woodland friends on the way. So I included both deer and rabbit tracks in the set. I used the deer print on my card for today.


I began by clear embossing the deer print along the edge of my card base. I lightly sponged Aqua Mist over the embossing and then splattered super diluted reinker and silver watercolor to add a bit of texture. It's really pretty and subtle in real life, but it was a bear to photograph, so I hope you can see it.


Then, I used one of the Nesting Frames: Rectangles to cut a simple border into my card base. I cut a Nesting Basics: Rectangle from Pure Poppy to fit inside the frame and then used another Nesting Frames shape to add a pierced detail to that layer. I heat embossed the decorative frame from Forest Floor: Winter onto that panel with silver embossing powder before adhering it to the front of my card.


Next, I stamped and die cut several of the botanical elements from Forest Floor: Winter. Fun fact: it took me three days of on and off drawing to get a pinecone I was satisfied with for the set. I also cut an oval to fit into the center of the frame and stamped it with a greeting from the set (the comma is separate so you can use it when needed and omit it when you don't). I adhered the oval in the center of the frame with foam tape and then arranged the foliage around it, curving up a few of the branches to add depth.

My second card today features the Glorious Globes: November set. The theme of this month's set is wintery, snowy goodness and I'm loving it! There's a large snowflake in the set that you can use as a globe (it fits in the largest stand), but I've used it on my card today independent of a stand to create a background.


First, I used one of the Nesting Basics: Rectangles to cut a mask for sponging. One of the beautiful things about the Nesting sets is that they are designed to coordinate, so there's no measuring required when you want to do things like this sponged and framed background. Simply cut, sponge, and go. So easy! I sponged a soft Aqua Mist area and then stamped Aqua Mist snowflakes while my mask was still in place. Once I removed my mask, I cut the pierced frame around the blended space.


Next, I stamped and die cut the frame from Forest Floor: Winter. I added a greeting from that same set and layered it with an additional die cut. That gives a little extra depth without the bulk of fifteen layers of foam tape.


I stamped and die cut the globe stands using Weathervane ink and then added the globes from this month's set (the large) and the March edition (the small). I heat embossed the land masses on the small globe with glittered embossing powder to make them sparkle a bit and then added the globes to the front of the card. A simple crochet thread bow was the perfect finishing touch.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of additional projects, but in the meantime make sure to pop in on Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie. I'll see you in the morning!

Peace, Love, and Joy Card

Peace On Earth Card

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Introducing Enchanted Forest and Nesting Basics: Rectangles

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink November countdown! We have a super release planned for you this month and I am absolutely positive you're going to love these new stamps and dies just as much as I do. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Betsy Veldman's new Enchanted Forest stamp set and my new Nesting Basics: Rectangles die collection. It's a set of rectangles that cut perfectly even layers every time (and they have a coordinating collection you'll hear more about very soon).

Betsy's stamp set makes me so happy. I often say I live in my own personal enchanted forest, complete with critter friends and songbirds. So for my first card today I thought a little furry friend was mandatory. It turns out, the bunny from A Bit More: Bunny Blessings is the perfect fit!


I began by sponging Spring Rain and Dark Indigo inks onto a white card front. I speckled the inked background with clean water and diluted Copic Opaque White Pigment. The mix of the two gives the impression of depth in the snow.


Then, I stamped a stand of Enchanted Forest trees using a Pinefeather, Ocean Tides, and Mint Julep color palette. I love these colors together. They're so dreamy! I used one of the dies from my new Nesting Basics: Rectangles set to cut a rectangle for my sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment from Floral Fantasy: Christmas onto the rectangle. Then,I adhered the card front to a Mint Julep card base, adding the rectangle back in place with foam adhesive. This way the pattern stays seamless, but the dimension gives the greeting a sense of importance.


Next, I created snow banks using the In The Meadow dies. I textured them with the Woodgrain Impression Plate and coated them with glitter for a super glittery element. Then, I stamped the A Bit More: Bunny Blessings bunny using Weathervane ink and hand cut it (there isn't a die for this smaller fella). I adhered him to my card with foam tape so he could perch nicely on the snow bank. Doesn't this scene feel so serene?

My second card today uses Enchanted Forest to create a cheerful Christmas card. I used the Nesting Basics: Rectangles to create a framed window so the sentiment is stamped directly inside the card.


I began by doing the die cutting for my window. I used the a rectangle to cut the opening in the front of the card base. Then, I used the next size up to cut an opening in the Aqua Mist layer I planned to use to cover my card front. I used the next size up because I knew my frame would eventually cover the opening and this way I didn't have to have the die in exactly the same spot as it was when I cut my base (because the openings didn't have to match up perfectly). It's a sneaky way to take the easy way out.

Frame Comparison

Next, I created my frame. I began by sponging Pale Peony ink onto a piece of white cardstock. Then, I stamped the plaid pattern using stamps from Background Basics: Super Stripes and Plaid Builder using Pale Peony and Pure Poppy inks. I used the Nesting Basics: Rectangles to cut the frame. You may be wondering how this frame compares to the Pierced Feature Frames dies, so here's a photo of this one with the medium and small frames.


I stamped the sentiment from Words To Live By: Joyful on the inside of my card and accented with a handful of Enchanted Forest snowflakes. Then, I adhered the Aqua Mist layer to the front of the card and stamped on even more snowflakes. I added my plaid frame, hiding any uneven die cut edges (sneaky, sneaky).


Then, I stamped and die cut the Enchanted Forest trees using Pale Peony, Green Parakeet, and New Leaf inks. I embellished the baubles on the Green Parakeet tree with garnet glitter before attaching the trees with flat and foam adhesives. I used buffalo snow to create a ground for my trees and add a touch of soft dimension to my card.

Finally, I have a masculine birthday card that pairs Enchanted Forest with my new Sentiment Staples: Warmest Wishes set (you'll see more of this set in a few days). Enchanted Forest has so many uses beyond the holiday season.


I began by die cutting a Rustic White mat using the Nesting Basics: Rectangles collection. Then, I stamped a row of trees using Olive Twist, Prairie Grass, and Spring Moss inks. I added snowflakes with Spring Rain and the sentiment from Sentiment Staples: Warmest Wishes in Dark Chocolate.


Next, I used the Perfect Plaid Stencil Collection to create this masculine plaid on a Kraft card base. I die cut it with a pierced frame die (more on this soon) and mounted the stamped layer in the center with foam tape.


I'm not one to necessarily stick to neutrals and natural themes for masculine cards, but sometimes they do the trick perfectly. I can imagine this set will come in handy all year long!

Thank you so much for joining me for today's post! I'll be back tomorrow with another look at this month's lineup, but in the meantime make sure to pop in on Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie. I'll see you in the morning!

Silent Night Card

Joyful Christmas Card

Winter Birthday Card

Friday, November 9, 2018

Festive Friday - Shaped Tree Tags!

Festive Friday Banner

Hello, friends, and welcome back to this week's Festive Friday! We're only six and a half weeks to Christmas. Can you believe it? I've been super busy in the studio this week, but I still made a little time to create a set of shaped tags to share with you today.


I love a good shaped tag and the tree from Very Merry is a wonderful size for making adorable Christmas tree tags. I made three variations using a classic Christmas color palette, a subdued palette, and a bright and funky palette.


For my subdued trees I used Pinefeather, Ocean Tides, and Mint Julep inks to create the trees and Classic Kraft to add the trunks. I embellished with gold embossed tinsel and self adhesive pearls. The star at the top is a Small Sketched Stars shape cut from Luxe Gold Adhesive paper that I layered on white cardstock.


The classic Christmas trees are done up in Green Parakeet, New Leaf, and Pure Poppy inks with another Classic Kraft trunk. This time I heat embossed the tinsel in silver and used three sizes of rhinestones for the ornaments. The star is the Luxe Silver Adhesive paper.


The bright and funky palette is Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, and Aqua Mist with a Tropical Teal trunk. I stamped the garland in Tropical Teal before restamping in Versamark and heat embossing with glitter powder. I used the same rhinestones and silver star as on the classic Christmas trees.


Each tag has a folded base that I stamped with the "To:/From:" from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments. I like that this simple font seems to fit well with each style of tree.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Come on back tomorrow to see the kick off of the November Papertrey Ink countdown! See you then!

Very Merry Tree Tags