Monday, June 17, 2019

The Greetery - Fresh Summer Flowers

Good morning! I'm popping in today to share a couple of projects featuring some fabulous new products coming your way from The Greetery. The new stamps and dies being introduced this week will be available on Friday morning at 10am on The Greetery's website, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, let's take a peek at these wonderful stamps!

First up, I have a card featuring the Summer Sketches stamp set. This set has a charming, carefree vibe that is truly lovely.


I'm in a bit of a "forced" limited-supply-challenge these days, so I kept this card nice and simple. I cut a mask to sponge grounding rectangle behind my floral sprig. I also stamped a few tone-on-tone images to fill in the background a bit before removing the mask.


The pierced rectangle adds a subtle border that gives a visible boundary without adding any additional color or bulk and keeps the design nice and clean. The sentiment is from the Simple Things set that I'll share more of in just a minute.


The loose, casual style of this floral is so easy to use and forgiving on the alignment! I love that Betsy also includes solid images in a couple of layers along with the outline image. It really gives you the option to use as many or as few as you like, or to color if that's up your alley. So fun and useful!

My second card today features the new Simple Things set. I have been pining for a eucalyptus set for a very long time, so I was thrilled when I saw this one!


I used the curved bough to create a bit of a wreath surrounding the greeting on my card. A mix of blending and speckles give the background on my card a touch of atmosphere that I love. I also used a mix of flat and foam adhesives to give the wreath plenty of dimension and volume.


I stitched my top panel to a kraft card base to give my card a touch of earthy neutral flair. The twine bow helps on that score as well. Plus, it adds a bit of soft texture to soften the design a bit.


Have you been hoping for a beautiful eucalyptus set, too? Are you as excited as I am about this set? I sure hope so!

That's all I have to share with you today, but there is a list of very talented ladies ready to share even more projects with you. Make sure to stop by and see what they have up their sleeves:
        Kay Miller

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with more to share, so stay tuned!

Summer Sketches Card

Simple Things Card

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Greetery - Succulent Gardens No Green Thumb Required

Good morning, friends! Boy, oh, boy do I have a treat for you today. I'm back for Day 3 of The Greetery's debut countdown and today's products are so super fun! On the docket this morning are the new BotaniCuts Succulents Dies, Terrarium Dies, and Sentiment Suite: Thinking Of You stamps. You are going to absolutely fall in love with these Succulent Dies! Succulents are great because they can be any color of the rainbow, so your options are truly boundless. I had a blast putting together a birthday ensemble that I can't wait to give to someone very special. Let's take a closer look!

I love that the Terrarium Dies come in two sizes and I knew I wanted to incorporate both sizes somehow. After a little brainstorming, I decided that the small terrarium was the perfect size for a tag and the large one would make a fabulous shaped card, so that's exactly what I did!


I started with the tag. I cut the segmented terrarium shape from gold cardstock that I had xyroned and set it aside. Then, I die cut two full shapes, one from clear cardstock and the other from white cardstock. I sponged a bit of minty blue ink onto the white piece and speckled it with water for some subtle interest. Once that had dried, I stamped it with the sentiment from Sentiment Suite: Thinking Of You and set that aside. I used the same set to stamp the birthday greeting and then cut that using the new Sentiment Suite Basics Dies. I adhered that and the gold piece to the front of the clear cardstock piece and also set that whole bit aside.


Next, I die cut the small succulent from white cardstock and blended on ink to make it resemble the real thing. A quick Google search will give you so much inspiration! I assembled the succulent and adhered it to the white layer. Then, I added foam tape to the outer edge of the clear piece (hidden under the gold frame) to create a shaker box. I filled it with fine gravel before sealing everything together. Then, I very loosely braided some black twine and threaded it through the top of the terrarium to act as the hang tag.

Next up was the card. I decided that I wanted to create a shaped card that someone could put on display after their birthday had passed. This would be ideal for someone who really loves succulents, whether they actually have houseplants or not. There are people in my life who adore plants, but either don't have the best track record for keeping them alive or can't have them because their pets take it as a personal challenge to eat any living thing in their homes. This way, they get their plants and no harm will come to their furry companions. Win-win!


I began by cutting four sticky-backed, segmented gold pieces and two whole clear pieces with the large Terrarium Die. I snipped off the top ring of two of the gold pieces and then adhered all four to the two clear pieces. I used E6000 to adhere the two panels together. The snipped ring gold pieces are on the inside, making the connection a little thinner and tighter together. I set that aside to dry overnight (just to be safe). You could probably get a similar hold with hot glue and it would be ready to handle faster.


Then, I die cut one large and one small succulent. I blended on ink colors that would complement each other, but not match. Then, I die cut a terrarium panel from Kraft cardstock. I free hand cut a "ground" and xyroned it to make it sticky. Before sprinkling it with gravel, I set foam tape into the adhesive to make it easier to attach my succulents. I attached that whole piece inside the card, adhering it along the bottom edge so you wouldn't see the adhesive through the back of the terrarium.


Next, I stamped the sentiments from the Sentiment Suite: Thinking Of You set onto their coordinating die cuts and attached them to the front of the card with foam tape. Again, with clear cardstock you need to be mindful of how to hide your adhesives. To conceal mine, I simply adhered a second die cut to the inside of the card. Easy! I also used the braided twine to create a hanger for the card. It's not functionally necessary, but I think it adds a nice softness. Plus, it's a nice touch if someone wants to hang their card rather than put it on a shelf or table.

I am thrilled to pieces about how this ensemble turned out! The gravel adds such a wonderful texture and the colorful succulents are so cheerful. I'll definitely be creating with these succulent dies again soon. I can't wait to try more color combinations and techniques (like watercolor!) to make these dies truly sing. Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you've enjoyed this look at the debut release from The Greetery! Make sure to pop by The Greetery's blog for more information and visit the other designers that are creating with these gorgeous new projects today:

Heather Nichols
Dawn McVey
Kelly Lunceford
Kay Miller
Laura Bassen

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Succulent Birthday Ensemble

Monday, April 22, 2019

Introducing The Greetery - Hand In Hand And Heart To Heart

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for today's post! When Betsy told me she was starting her own stamp company I flipped. She is so talented and creative that I just knew she would have gorgeous and innovative designs to share with the world. And wouldn't you know - she absolutely delivers with her debut release! I am thrilled to be able to help introduce Betsy's new Hand In Hand set and Fir & Foliage collections! These new products will be available this Friday, April 26th at 10am ET on The Greetery's website. In the meantime, let's get to my project!

Today happens to be Earth Day, so the Fir & Foliage collection is making a perfectly timed entrance! Not only that, but Betsy's Pathway stencil is incredibly innovative in that there are stencils for the pathway, the cobblestone pattern, and one to cover your path if you want to sponge on a bit of grass or earth or something around it. It makes creating scenery a snap!


I started by sponging mine very lightly with a gray ink and then added the cobblestone layer in the same color (just a little more heavy handed). While the stencil was still in place, I speckled the surface with water to add a mottled appearance to the stones. Then, I used the pathway covering stencil to protect my path while I added the grass and sky. No masking, no fussing...I'm in love!


Next, I stamped the smaller tree from the Fir & Foliage stamp set up near the top of the path. Then, I stenciled the large tree at the other end of the path using the Fir & Foliage stencil. I love this stencil, friends. There is so much detail and it is simply gorgeous! I also stamped and die cut the larger tree from the coordinating stamp set and placed it sort of midway in the scene. Having a variety of sizes available makes it easy to give your scene depth and keeps it from feeling too flat. Betsy truly thought of everything! And again, just look at that detail! You have the option to use as many as three layers for the leaves on the larger tree. You can achieve such different looks depending on how many you use (and in what colors - imagine your autumn options)!


Next up came my coloring. I'm not typically a colorer, but this Hand In Hand set was urging me to bust out my Copics. These images would also be lovely with some paper piecing if you're not one to reach for watercolors or markers. I opted to use the man and woman, but there are several other images in the set that give it fantastic versatility. Children, a puppy companion, even an umbrella! I colored the figures (still rusty, but working on it) to resemble me and my husband and added them to the scene. I doubled up the man die cut to give a slight dimension difference between the two people. I still wanted the hands to stay flush though, so I simply trimmed away the hand on the bottom die cut. Such a small detail, but it makes a big difference!


To finish the card, I stamped a sweet greeting from the set in the bottom corner and mounted the whole panel to a Kraft card base. The sentiments in this set are heartfelt and beautiful. They celebrate togetherness and love in a way that I find truly wonderful. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I imagine this being an anniversary card or even a lovely "just-because-I-love-you" sort of thing. We love people year-round and I am of the firm belief that it's worth telling them, even if it's not a special occasion.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at the debut release from The Greetery! Make sure to pop by The Greetery's blog for more information and visit the other designers that are creating with these gorgeous new projects today:

Heather Nichols
Dawn McVey
Lizzie Jones
Debbie Olson
Wanda Guess
Keeway Tsao

Enjoy your Earth Day! I'll see you again soon!

I'm So Glad You're Mine Card

Thursday, April 4, 2019

New From Heather Nichols and Taylored Expressions

Good morning, friends! I know I've been missing in action for the past several weeks (reno madness...gurl!), but I just couldn't miss the opportunity to pop in and help introduce my good friend Heather's very first stamps with Taylored Expressions. She has a couple of different collections debuting this month and they are both totally wonderful. Her graduation collection is super handy for anyone that has several celebrations to attend in the coming months. Those banners have so many uses for birthdays and other occasions though as well.

But today, I have the pleasure of sharing Heather's Simply Stamped - Feathers collection with you! These feathers are organic and just a little bit rustic which I absolutely love. There are a few different pattern options to dress them up or you could use cool watercolor or blending techniques to give an even more loose and earthy appearance. Ok, I've yammered on plenty. Let's get on to some projects!

My first card incorporates the Feathered Stencil and some splatters behind a trio of brightly colored feathers.


I love the texture the Feathered Stencil gave my Toffee background. The black speckles tie together the card base and sentiment while the white ones bring the stitching and feathers into the fold. The greeting, from Wild & Free (a new sentiment set also coming out today), is stamped in Oreo ink.


I used the large feather from Simply Stamped - Feathers along with all of the pattern overlays for this trio. On the left in Blue Raspberry and Sprinkles is the dotted pattern. In the center with Peapod and Lime Zest is the solid overlay. And the feather on the right, stamped with the chevron stripes, is Guava and Pink Champagne.


I love how natural and funky this card feels. Coincidentally, this would also make a really nice graduation card if mortar boards and tassels aren't your thing.

My next card is a stamped background. I know, you're totally surprised. It's not like stamping a background is one of my favorite things or anything. Ha! But seriously, thanks to the many size and style options, the Simply Stamped - Feathers set is really great for creating a unique and interesting background.


I used both sizes of feathers in Oreo, Blue Raspberry, and white inks. I just randomly stamped the feathers until I was happy with the arrangement. Then, I embossed the Wild & Free sentiment using white powder.


I thought mounting that panel onto a white card base really made the greeting pop. I used just a 1/8" border, but it was plenty of border to make a big impact.


Then, I just added a sprinkling of clear rhinestones in a variety of sizes. I love using two or three sizes of stones together so there is more visual interest than using one consistent size. And these stones are so sparkly!

My last card today, I did a bonus project because I just couldn't stop!, incorporates a little bit of a rainbow. Having a stamp platform makes using multiple colors on the same stamp a breeze, but you could use markers to do the same thing in one impression.


I used Guava, Candy Corn, Pineapple, Peapod, Blue Raspberry, and Lavender Glaze for the rainbow on my chevon stripes. The smaller feather is Earl Grey and Oreo together. I thought keeping the smaller feather neutral really made the larger feather stand out and coordinate with the sentiment a bit.


I used one f the circle images from the feathers set to create a partial background on a Sea Salt card base (stamped in the matching ink). I'm a big believer in partial backgrounds. You don't need to cover the whole card base to make a statement.


I also blended a super soft, subtle layer of Sprinkles ink onto my focal panel before stamping the sentiment and adhering my feathers. It isn't much, but it adds to the atmosphere of the panel. The little twine bow is just a great way to soften up the edges a bit and give a natural feel.

Thank you so much for joining me today as we all celebrate Heather Nichols' product debut with Taylored Expressions! Heather's designs have always caught my eye and I'm absolutely positive I'm not alone.

Have a great weekend, friends! And if you want to follow along with our reno antics, feel free to check out my Instagram Stories. I have a highlight there that's full of video snippets throughout the process. Hopefully I'll be able to get back in my studio soon, but in the meantime there is plenty of fun home progress to share.

Dare To Dream Card
She Believed Card

Wild & Free Card

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Thinking Of You

Good morning, friends! I meant to share today's card last week, but I just ended up getting overwhelmed with other tasks and completely forgot about it. But that just means I have something to share today, and there's nothing wrong with that!

Thinking Of You Card 1

I made today's card with the remnant of the Flora Background that I colored and used on this card last week. That beautiful pattern was simply too lovely to waste, so I thought about how I could incorporate it into a project and came up with this gem. It's super duper simple, but I really love how the colorful strip pops off of the Kraft background.

Thinking Of You Card 2

All I did was stamp that same Flora Background from Simon Says Stamp onto a Kraft card base using white pigment ink. I used a stamp press so I would be able to stamp repeatedly and get the best possible impression. Then, I adhered the colorful strip into place (lining up the pattern on both the base and the strip), attached a banner (embossed with a sentiment), and sprinkled on a few clear sequins. The little bit of sparkle works wonders for drawing your eye toward the sentiment.

Thank you so much for popping back in and checking up on me, friends! We're busy packing our house for demo day so I probably won't have a project to share for a little while, but I'll try and put together a "before" tour of the areas being renovated so you can get an idea of where we're starting. Have a great week!

Thinking Of You Card

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

You're In My Heart Today

Good morning, friends! While looking for stamp sets to color recently, I came upon the Flora Background from Simon Says Stamp.

You're In My Heart Today Card

This background reminds me of stained glass and I thought it would be beautiful with a bit of coloring. So I spent a little time each day last weekend using Copics to give this background a little life.

You're In My Heart Today Card 3

Once the whole square was done, I die cut a panel using a Nesting Basics: Rectangle die and matted it with a piece of black cardstock. Next, I vertically stamped a greeting from Sentiment Staples: Thinking Of You along one side of a Soft Stone card base.

You're In My Heart Today Card 2

I mounted the floral panel to the card front with foam tape and then embellished all of the flower center areas (the round, yellow bits) with Glossy Accents to give a touch of shine to the pattern. The best part? I still have a nice, big strip of the colorful pattern to use on a card that I'll share in the next day or two.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you're having a wonderful week! I'm going to choose flooring for our new basement guest suite/family room today. Wish me luck!

You're In My Heart Today Card

Monday, February 4, 2019

A Happy Hello

Good morning, friends! I decided a few days ago to try and play along with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge this month (yes, I know February is only 28 days). It's been quite a long time since I've really played with my Copics so this first go-round I felt a tiny bit rusty. But how am I ever going to shake it off if I don't practice? So here we go.

A Happy Hello Card_Tall Blooms

I bought this set, Tall Blooms from Reverse Confetti, several months ago and just never took the time to break into it. When I decided to try to play along with the Coloring Challenge, I took a spin through my unused sets to see if I had any that could be colored. This one jumped out at me right away.

A Happy Hello Card2_Tall Blooms

I stamped the flower with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I die cut the flower and set it aside while I assembled the rest of my card. I began by xyroning a piece of Kraft cardstock and die cutting it with the Bold Borders: Arabesque die. I removed the backing and adhered that panel to a Kraft card base. Then, I sponged and splattered a panel of white cardstock with Aqua Mist ink. I die cut that panel with the Nesting Basics: Rectangles and Pierced Rectangles dies and set it aside.

A Happy Hello Card3_Tall Blooms

Then, heat embossed a sentiment from the set onto a strip of vellum using white powder. I wrapped it around the splattered panel and adhered the edges to the back. Tip: when you're trying to fold vellum, warm it with your heat tool to reduce or even prevent cracking. The heat makes it more pliable. I used foam tape to adhere that layer to the card base and then used additional foam tape to attach the flower (I just tucked it under the sentiment).

It felt good to stretch my skills and try something outside my comfort zone. Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll pop in the next time I have a project to share. Have a great week, everybody!

A Happy Hello Card

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Simple To Spectacular: Secret Agent

Hello, friends, and welcome to this month's Papertrey Ink Simple To Spectacular feature. This month, I'm showcasing the Secret Agent stamp set. When Secret Agent debuted I remember thinking it was one of the most innovative and unique stamp sets I had ever seen. At the time, my nephew was a little too young to really get excited about spies, mysteries, and all things cloak and dagger. That has certainly changed! I thought it might be fun to use this challenge to create a non-traditional Valentine for him, along with a couple extras I can have on hand for other kiddos that might also get a kick out of a cute, retro detective.

Let's start with my Simple card, shall we?


I wanted to keep this design really clean and uncluttered to allow that adorable detective to take center stage. I began by die cutting the striped border into my white card base using the center die in the Mix & Mat: Postal die. I stamped the sentiment in Weathervane and the large magnifying glass in Aqua Mist.


Next, I stamped the grounding oval from In The Shadows. I used second generation Weathervane ink (meaning, I stamped off the majority of the ink onto scrap paper before stamping the oval onto my card base) to coordinate with my greeting.


Then, I die cut and stamped the detective. He's broken up into two layers to make it easy to incorporate a couple of colors. I used True Black for his head/hat/legs and Pure Poppy for his jacket. I added him to the card front with foam tape, placing him so that he looks a bit like he's holding the giant magnifying glass.

I went with a similar layout on the Intermediate version, this time tossing a stamped background into the mix. You all know how much I love a stamped background!


I stamped some of the smaller images from the set onto Weathervane cardstock using Weathervane, True Black, Fresh Snow, and Pure Poppy inks. I attached that to a white card base and then set it aside.


Next, I die cut a rectangular layer using one of the Nesting Rectangles dies and used the same border die from Mix & Mat: Postal to add some interest. Again, I stamped the greeting in Weathervane and the magnifying glass in Aqua Mist. I also die cut and stamped the end of the magnifying glass and tucked it next to that layer once I attached it to the card front (otherwise it would have been cut off).


I die cut and stamped the detective using the same colors on this version. This time I used a black Copic to add contrast to the buttons. I adhered him to the card front and then used Glossy Accents to give the buttons some texture and shine.

My Spectacular card has an interactive element that I truly love! I think my nephew will be pumped about it, too.


For this card, I followed the same steps as I outlined for my Intermediate card, but this time I just amped things up a bit. Instead of simply stamping my sentiment, this time I used the secret message screen to conceal my sentiment (this time stamped in Aqua Mist).


I stamped the screen once in Pure Poppy and then rotated and stamped a second time in Berry Sorbet. That small step gives the secret message a bit more depth and texture without making the message more difficult to read.


Speaking of reading the secret message, I used the magnifying glass and a piece of colorful transparency to create a decoder. How cool is that?! Rather than just tuck it into the card, I decided to cut slits along the detective's arm so I could slip the magnifying glass underneath.


I also added a fun file folder tab to the bottom edge of the sentiment layer using Pure Poppy cardstock and the Edgers #5 die (I double cut it to shorten it a tiny bit). I heat embossed it with one of the sentiments from the set and I think it adds a really fun, cloak and dagger element to the card.

So that's all I have for you today. I truly hope you enjoyed it! This is my last Papertrey Ink post and I just want to say again how much I genuinely appreciate all of your encouragement and support over the past several years. I'm not exactly sure what's next, but when I know, you'll know. And I hope you'll join me.

Thank you again, friends.

Simple Secret Agent Card

Intermediate Secret Agent Card

Spectacular Secret Agent Card