Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Blog Hop

Hi there, friends! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I just wanted to pop in today to play along with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

The prompt photos that Nichole chose for this month got me so inspired that I figured it might be fun to give it a shot. So here I am!

You're Awesome Card

You all know how much I love building backgrounds, so I started there. I began by sponging a piece of white cardstock with Aqua Mist ink. Then, I pulled Courage & Kindness, Forget-Me-Not, and Turning A New Leaf to create my pattern. I went with an Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo, Stormy Sea, Lovely Lady, and Raspberry Fizz color scheme, also inspired by the photos. I used the Courage & Kindness dies to mask off the center of the largest flower to resemble the blooms in the inspiration photo. I also masked the flower centers for those flowers and the Enchanted Evening ones, but I hand cut those masks so there would be narrower margins between the colors.

You're Awesome Close Up

Once I had finished my background panel, I adhered it to an Aqua Mist card base. Then, I die cut "HI" from a Raspberry Fizz panel using the Headline Alphabet and heat embossed it with a sentiment from Family Ties. I simply added that to the front of the card with foam tape for a little dimension, but left the card alone otherwise. I chose to let the background pattern be the focus rather than any other embellishments I might have added. Thanks for joining me today and happy hopping!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursdays: Favor It Box 9

Good morning and welcome to a new Papertrey Ink feature, Throwback Thursdays! In these blog posts, a rotating crew of us will be featuring oldie-but-goodie products from the Papertrey archives. I'm up today with Dawn McVey and Heather Nichols as we take a fresh look at the Favor It Box 9 Die Collection.

Mini Easter Baskets

Creating cute packaging is one of my favorite things to do for holidays and special events. And with Easter is on its way, I’ve used the Favor It Box 9 to create adorable mini Easter baskets for the kiddos in my life. I can’t wait to deliver these treat boxes filled with seasonal goodies to my niece and nephew next month!

Enjoy Easter Basket

I began by die cutting the basket pieces from Spring Moss and Classic Kraft cardstocks. This die collection includes bases for both a small basket and a larger basket. I decided to make the larger baskets, so I cut two of each of the side panels. I also cut two of the handles, but that's not a requirement. I just chose to adhere them back-to-back to give the handle extra stability and make sure that it felt "finished" on both sides.

Easter Basket Handle Close Up

I used one of the strips from Ombré Borders to add a woven pattern to the sides and handles of my baskets. I used the ink matching each cardstock to do the stamping, giving my baskets a softer monochrome pattern. I also wrapped Rustic Cream Button Twine around their handles to give them a realistic, handmade basket vibe. I tucked one end under the wrapping (secured with a bit of adhesive) and the other end I pulled back underneath with a sewing needle. I hope that makes sense.

Enjoy Easter Basket Back

At that point I began to make each basket unique using differing embellishments. I assembled the Classic Kraft basket using copper brads to secure the basket's sides and handle. Then I added a Loop De Loop II border that I'd sponged with Aqua Mist ink.

Enjoy Tag Close Up

Every treat box needs a little tag, so I cut a tag from Rustic White cardstock using one of the tags included in the Carrot Treat Box die. I sponged it with more Aqua Mist ink and splattered it with a bit of reinker and stamped the sentiment from So Sweet. Then I stamped and die cut the bunny face. I added her to the tag with foam adhesive before embellishing her nose with glitter and her eyes with Glossy Accents. I tied her to the basket with Rustic Cream Button twine before moving on to the other basket.

You Make Life Sweeter Easter Basket

For that one, I stamped the grassy strip from Simply Spring Borders along the bottom edge of the Spring Moss basket using Prairie Grass ink. Then I assembled the basket, using the same copper brads. A handy tip: Cut an extra bottom insert from chipboard and use it as a template for scoring the adhesive tabs. 

You Make Life Sweeter Basket Embellishment

Then, I embellished the exterior of the basket with Copic-colored eggs that I cut and stamped using the Simply Spring Borders collection. 

You Make Life Sweeter Tag Close Up

I cut another tag from Rustic White cardstock using the Carrot Treat Box die. I stamped it with the grass and flowers from Simply Spring Borders and the sentiment from So Sweet. I added a Copic-colored, glittery tailed bunny from Simply Spring Borders and tied it to the basket with Rustic Jute Button Twine. 

Didn't they turn out so totally cute?! I'm giddy. Seriously.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in with Nichole for a special introduction and Dawn and Heather for a closer look at their projects. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!

Enjoy Easter Basket

You Make Life Sweeter Easter Basket