Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Greetery - Adorable Birds, Blooming Branches, and Nature Inspired Designs

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 3 of the new release countdown for The Greetery! Today's product line up is full of nature inspired goodness that is sure to knock your socks off! I know I say some version of that every day, but I mean it each and every time. Betsy's line up is giving me all the fun, creative feels.

I combined three sets to create today's card. I used the Robin & Wren, Blooming Branches, and Sentiment Suite: Birthday sets for this chipper birthday greeting.


I used all of the steps when I stamped the branches, but they also look lovely with just one or two steps if you want something simpler. I used the first step alone when I was brainstorming my layout and it worked perfectly well (and would make a quicker project if you're in a rush).


I went with bright reds and oranges for my bird. I know wrens aren't red, but I thought the pop of color was a nice contrast to the more neutral tones of the branch. I mean, who wouldn't love a perky little bird wishing them a happy birthday.


The speckles give the impression of beautiful blue sky without overwhelming the card with a ton of extra color. And the woodgrain vellum mat is a subtle nod to the tree branches.


On the inside of the card, I stamped the smaller wren perched on one of the birthday messages from Sentiment Suite: Birthday. Isn't he cute?! I don't typically stamp on the inside of my cards, but I admit, I'm digging this tie-in from the front of the card. Perhaps I'll try to do this more often.

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:

Thank you again for joining me today! Have a great day and don't forget, the new products from The Greetery go on sale Friday morning (10am ET), so you don't have much longer to wait!

It's Your Birthday Card

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Greetery - Send Some Summer Sunshine

Good morning! I want to start out today by thanking everyone for their kindness yesterday. Getting creative in the midst of renovation mess isn't the easiest thing, but your sweet messages gave me joy and confidence. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today, I'm back with more from The Greetery's June release. The sets we're introducing today are so bright and summery and full of goodness that you simply won't be able to resist! I'm going to kick things off with a card featuring the Just Mason Around and Lemon Blossom sets.


I am absolutely smitten with both of these. The jar that Betsy has designed is so realistic and it comes together with just a few simple impressions. The layers give it such dimension! Same goes for the lemons. The shading layer that Betsy has included in the set gives you a perfect shadow every time.


I paired my lemonade jar with a plaid "tablecloth" and one of the charming sentiments from Lemon Blossom. The set includes a handful of super unique and clever greetings that I just love. I really like having a few cards on hand to be able to use for surprising Sean with a sweet note. This one will definitely do the trick!


The watercolored speckles give a little background without making the card too busy. I'm way into speckles these days. Someone yesterday mentioned that they look different from other splatters somehow. I just use stippling brushes (the stiff bristled brushes) in a variety of sizes to get the look I'm after.

My second card pairs the new Oopsie Daisy set with a sentiment from Just Mason Around.


I wanted to make my flowers the classic white variety, so I chose to stamp onto colored cardstock. I heat embossed the detail layer for an added boost of contrast.


Rather than tuck my bouquet into one of the beautiful jars from Just Mason Around (which would be absolutely adorable, by the way), I decided to use the string detail included in the set instead. I grounded my bouquet with a die cut frame and embellished with a handful of clear sequins.


The thing I love about Betsy's sets is that she includes highlight layers that you can choose to use or leave behind depending on the style you're going for on any particular project. I chose to use them on the flowers and stems here in order to incorporate another color, but it's totally optional. These flowers would have looked just as lovely in the simpler style.

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:

Thank you again for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with more to share, so I hope to see you again soon. Have a great day and don't forget, the new products from The Greetery go on sale Friday morning (10am ET), so you don't have much longer to wait!

My Main Squeeze Card

Fresh Picked Card

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