Sunday, September 30, 2018

Introducing the Make It Market Kit: Fairy Tale Christmas

Good morning, friends! The next Make It Market Kit, "Fairy Tale Christmas" will be released tomorrow, October 1st and I am thrilled to get to help introduce it to you today. Betsy's big holiday kit is one of the most highly anticipated releases for our customers each year. Each and every piece has been thoughtfully designed and selected to give you an endless amount of design options as you prepare for the holidays.

As in years past, we will be offering two separate kits, one full of the essential tools (main kit) and one with fun extras (trimmings kit).

The Fairy Tale Christmas Main Kit will be available for sale from October 1st at 10pm ET through December 1st 10pm ET or while supplies last at Papertrey Ink. It will not be available for sale after the December 1st deadline.

While we normally are able to ship orders within 48 hours, the shipping timeline could potentially be extended to as much as 2-3 weeks depending on how high the demand is and how much additional stock we will have to manufacture. We ask that everyone be patient and rest assured that their kit will arrive as quickly as possible.

The Fairy Tale Christmas Trimmings Kit will be available only as supplies last. It will not be restocked once initial supply is sold out.

Fairy Tale Christmas main kit contents
Fairy Tale Christmas Stamp Set retail value $24

Fairy Tale Christmas Die Collection retail value $60

Fairy Tale Christmas Patterned Paper Collection retail value $12
Bubbles - 6 large (2-1/2” x 1/4” deep) & 4 small (1-1/2” x1/4” deep) retail value $
Fairy Tale Christmas Main kit cost: $99

Fairy Tale Christmas Trimmings Kit contents
Magnets (25) retail value $3
6 Small Bubbles (1-1/2” x1/4” deep) retail value $1.50
4 Large Bubbles (2-1/2” x 1/4” deep) retail value $1.50
Fairy Lights (1 strand) retail value $3
Artificial Snow retail value $1
Miniature Mushrooms retail value $3
Sequin Mix retail value $4
1/8" Red Velvet Ribbon (1 yard) retail value $1
1/8" Green Velvet Ribbon (1 yard) retail value $1
1/8" Gold Sparkle Cord (3 yards) retail value $2
1/8" Mauve Sparkle Cord (1 yard) retail value $1
Reusable Storage Box retail value $5
Ring Fasteners retail value $6
Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse retail value $8
Fairy Tale Christmas Trimmings kit cost: $37

Visit the Papertrey Ink blog HERE for more detailed product information and photos!

This kit is full of holiday whimsy from the sweet storybook characters to their woodland friends and all the shaker elements you can handle! There is also a beautiful set of stencils for sale separately that I know you're going to love. How about I show you this gorgeous kit in action?

First up is a card I made with the kit.


I began by stenciling the book cover details onto a piece of the patterned paper using the Fairy Tale Christmas stencils and the gold Nuvo mousse included in the trimmings kit. I knew I wanted to narrow the stenciled area, so I did half of the stenciling, waited until it dried, and then did the second half of the stenciling (omitting the ornament at the center).


Then, I stitched another strip of patterned paper to make the edge look like binding. I embellished two of the corners with Luxe Gold cardstock corners. I die cut the focal panel using the frame die and stamped the sentiment before impressing the cardstock with the snowy stencil from theFairy Tale Christmas stencil collection.


I die cut the pre-printed trees and adhered them to the sentiment panel. Then, I stamped and die cut the children and bunnies and added them too. I attached the focal panel to the front of the card using foam tape before embellishing it with the fake snow from the Trimmings kit. The storybook theme is so unique and charming for Christmas.

Next up, I have a set of shaker tags that I are so incredibly charming. That Betsy's a genius!


These are all constructed the same way, but I used different elements in the kits to make them come to life. I began by die cutting the "body" of the book from white cardstock. Then, I masked off the top edge (where the pages are) and painted the area with Nuvo mousse to make it look like the pages are gilded. I stamped the pages with "To:" and "From:" sentiments from the Fairy Tale Christmas stamp set and set them aside.


Next, I die cut the covers from cardstock and patterned paper (one of each for each tag). I stamped the covers with the holly design before die cutting the scalloped circle openings for the shaker bubbles. I heat embossed each cover with sentiments and design elements from the stamp set before adhering a bubble to the back side.


Then, I die cut scene dies for the Santa and Winter Night tags. Next, I heat embossed the scene details and sentiment on the patterned paper covers and filled the shaker bubbles. Betsy has included so many wonderful fillers in her trimmings kit! I mix and matched them to make each bubble just a little bit different. I adhered the scene die cuts into place and then adhered the cardstock covers and the patterned paper covers together. I adhered the covers to the book bodies to finish them off.


I decided not to add strings or ribbon to these tags. Rather, I'll just adhere them straight to my packages with double stick tape. Sean's whole family loves to read, so these will be absolutely fabulous for them (even beyond Christmas!).

My final project today is an ornament. Betsy has thought of everything to make special keepsakes like this one a snap!


I wanted to make my ornament look and open like a book, but I also wanted it to be a shaker. So I got a little creative with my construction and made it work. I began by die cutting a matchbox from white cardstock. I dry brushed the edges with Nuvo mousse to give the impression of gilded pages.


Before I fully assembled the matchbox, I punched a hole and slipped one of the fasteners through, sealing it into the edge of the box. I used the green velvet ribbon from the Trimmings kit to create a hanger.


I die cut a pre-printed cover and used the inner frame to cut an opening. I stamped the sentiment on vellum using Cotton White Stazon and then textured it with the snowy stencil before adhering it to the back of the cover.


I heat embossed the sentiments from the Fairy Tale Christmas set onto the spine of the set and then adhered the cover to the matchbox.


I cut a panel of patterned paper and adhered it inside the matchbox. Then, I used an anywhere hole punch to punch a hole for the string of fairy lights to fit through. I heat embossed the trees and used foam tape to adhere them to the back of the matchbox. That had the added benefit of securing and hiding the strand of fairy lights.


I die cut the little girl and the animals from the pre-printed papers and adhered them with foam tape to give layers of dimension. I filled the matchbox with faux snow and other fillers. Then, I die cut a second matchbox from clear cardstock to create a cover of sorts. I tucked it into the cardstock matchbox, sliding the edges behind the cardstock elements to secure it.


The book ornament still needed a latch, so I die cut the strap from patterned paper using the strap die. I cut the latch and corners from Luxe Gold cardstock and added those in place. Then, I used the magnets from the Trimmings kit to make the strap secure. I used E6000 to make sure that the magnets were fully fastened. I can't wait to decorate for Christmas so I can get this little lady hanging on a tree!

I hope you've enjoyed this first peek at the Make It Market Kit: Fairy Tale Christmas! I know you're absolutely going to love it! Make sure to check in with Betsy, Dawn, Kay, Kimberly, Laura, Laurie, Melissa, and Stephanie to see even more. You're definitely not going to be disappointed!

Fairy Tale Christmas Card

Shaker Book Tags

White Christmas Ornament

Friday, September 28, 2018

Festive Friday: Ornament Tags

Festive Friday Banner

Good morning and welcome to Festive Friday! I decided to start this weekly feature to not only help myself prepare for the upcoming holiday season, but to inspire you to get ready, too! I sort of kicked this thing off last weekend with this post and I heard from several of you that you'd appreciate having more gift packaging and tags in your lives. So what the heck?! Let's make it a thing.

A little bit of what to expect: these projects will likely be some level of "not fancy." I am a real person making real packaging to use for my real gift giving this holiday season. I'm not being sponsored to do these posts (though I do use affiliate links), I just thought it would be fun. I celebrate Christmas and that's the vast majority of what you will see, but some things will definitely be adaptable to more generic celebrations with color substitutions and such.

Ok, enough fine print.


So this week I made a set of tags using the same basic techniques as the mug tags I created for this post. I used the Brilliant Baubles stamp set and dies to make these shaped tags. I began by stamping and die cutting the ornaments. I used Aqua Mist and Ocean Tides ink for the bulbs and Versamark with silver powder for the toppers.


I stamped one holly leaf directly on each bulb and added a second stamped and die cut one to add dimension. Then, I added a poinsettia on top of that using foam tape. Then, I embellished a handful of spots on the ornaments with Nuvo Silver Moondust drops.


For the insides, I folded my cardstock before die cutting, leaving part of the die over the edge to preserve the fold. I stamped the "To:" and "From:" in Pinefeather ink using the Gift Card Cozy Sentiments stamp set. I adhered the folded element to the back of each die cut ornament and used an anywhere hole punch to pop holes in the ornament toppers to string baker's twine. Cute!

So there you have it! Week one of Festive Friday is in the books. I hope you enjoyed today's post and will join me each week all the way up until Christmas for more inspiration for your holiday crafting and packaging needs. I'll see you again soon. Have a great weekend!

Shaped Ornament Tags

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Mighty Oak Collection

Good morning and welcome to this week's Papertrey Ink Throwback Thursday feature. This week, Laurie, Lexi, and I are showcasing the Mighty Oak Collection.


This time of year I love using a brilliant variety of colors to make foliage the star of the show. The Mighty Oak Collection is the perfect choice for those vivid autumn projects! The stamp set is packed with patterned leaves and the coordinating cover plate makes arranging them an absolute snap. I paired Mighty Oak with a couple of my favorite packaging dies to create a Thanksgiving hostess ensemble that I can't wait to give!


I began with the wine bottle tag. I die cut the Wine Bottle Tag #2 from Rustic White cardstock and stamped it with the tree trunk from Mighty Oak. I die cut the Cover Plate: Might Oak from thin copy paper and placed it over the stamped trunk, using it as a template for stamping my leaves. Then, I heat embossed the Sentiment Staples: Thanksgiving greeting in gold on a Terra Cotta Tile banner (cut using the Wine Bottle Tag #2 die). I added that to the bottle tag with foam tape for a touch of dimension.


The treat box is just as simple, but with the same vibrant colors. I began by die cutting a Petal Box front panel from Rustic White and two full box pieces from Terra Cotta Tile. I stamped the Rustic White panel with the tree trunk and leaves just as I had with the wine bottle tag. Then, I heat embossed the sentiment from Mighty Oak using gold powder. I adhered that panel to the front of one of the box pieces and then assembled it as normal. I finished it off with a twine bow tied around the handle.

Thank you so much for joining me, friends! Make sure to check in with Laurie and Lexi to see what they're doing with the Mighty Oak Collection today. I'll be back tomorrow with a Festive Friday post featuring a set of holiday tags that I hope you'll love. See you soon!

Thanksgiving Hostess Ensemble

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Glittered Window Gift Card Cozies

The most wonderful thing happened today, friends. The weather, which has been hot and sticky and no fun at all, finally turned cool! As I sit writing this, I can smell wood smoke in the air and I'm cuddled up wearing a sweater. I have plans for warm, earthy foods for dinner and all is right with the world. I couldn't have asked for a better beginning to Autumn. It's my favorite.

Another wonderful thing happened today, too. The cooler temperatures seem to have awakened my creativity a bit and I spent a little "just because" time in my studio. That so rarely happens that I felt compelled to share the results of my crafty time.


I wanted to pair the Hinged Gift Card Box: Christmas Windows with the Gift Card Cozy Die because I had a sneaking suspicion that they would work well together. And, oh joy of joys, they did! I backed the windows with Xyroned cardstock and sprinkled the sticky surface with glitter so that the whole area sparkles. Then, I die cut and stamped the strings of lights from Corner Adorner: September and added those with foam tape.


On the flap of each of the little envelopes I stamped sentiments from the Gift Card Cozy Sentiments stamp set. The Santa envelope's greeting is embossed while the Merry envelope's message is simply stamped. These came together quickly and easily and pairing these two dies together makes both of them more versatile. I love that!

As I've mentioned before, I love tags and gift card packaging. I'm going to need to get on it if I want to make sure I have enough for the upcoming season. Would you like to see more posts like these? Little quick ones that show either a set of tags or some other packaging? Let me know! Enjoy the rest of your weekends, friends!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

It's Release Day!

Good morning, friends! It's release day for the Papertrey Ink September product lineup and I wanted to pop in today to share another project with the Heirloom Ornaments 2 Die Collection.


In my introduction post, I mentioned that these ornaments are perfectly sized to add personalization. Today, I thought I would show you how I used stitched alphabets to transform the onion style ornament into customized tags for the littles in our life.


I fused patterned fabric to our wool and die cut it with the onion-shaped bulb. Then, I used the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1, Sew Stylish Alphabet 2, and Small Stitched Alphabet to add the personalization to the ornaments.


I stitched on the details and then stitched up the outer edges of the ornaments. Rather than stuff these, since I knew I intended to use them as tags, I actually inserted tag stock between the layers to give them a sturdy, flat appearance. These can be reused as tree ornaments once the gifts are given. You could also create them out of cardstock or patterned paper if you wanted something a little more disposable.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a wonderful time with tonight's release and I'll see you again soon!

Stitched Ornament Gift Tags

Friday, September 14, 2018

Introducing Penned Elegance: Christmas & Seasonal Borders: Winter

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink September countdown. Today's post is a lengthy one, so I suggest you grab a cuppa get comfy. I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jennifer's new Penned Elegance: Christmas and Betsy's Seasonal Borders: Winter sets. Both are beautiful, sophisticated stamp sets that will make your holiday projects feel truly special. Let's get started!

This first card is all about pastels and metallics! A little non-traditional, but lovely none the less.


I began by heat embossing the Penned Elegance: Christmas sentiment in silver onto a White Shimmer panel. I adhered that to a Sweet Blush card base and set it aside.


Next, I heat embossed several holly sprigs using gold and silver powder. It was a two-step process, but it actually went fairly quickly. I also heat embossed the berry stems in gold, stamped the bow, and then die cut all of those pieces. I used a glue pen to draw in the berries and embellished the stems with crystal glitter.


I die cut a medium Pierced Feature Frames: Oval from White Shimmer stock and sponged it with Classic Kraft ink. The result is a champagne gold effect that I just love! I adhered the frame into place and arranged the holly and berry sprigs, curving them a bit to add texture. Finally, I added the bow to the top with foam tape. The two-tone metallics on this card are truly awesome in real life.

Next up, I have a fairly traditional Christmas card pairing these two sets with Dawn's new Sweet Stitching collection.


I started by stamping the Seasonal Borders strip onto a Rustic White die cut. I heat embossed one of the layers to add a hint of gold to the border.


Then, I sponged a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock with Scarlet Jewel ink and impressed it with the Sweet Stitching plate. I used the diamond detail from the coordinating stamp set to add another hint of gold to this panel. Just little touches, but they all tie together in the end.


Finally, I heat embossed the Penned Elegance sentiment onto a Rustic White card base. I adhered the Pure Poppy panel into place and then covered the raw edge with the botanical border. I rounded the bottom corners to give the final design a touch of softness. I really love the way this one turned out.

On to a gift box! I discovered that the Seasonal Borders: Winter strip is the perfect length to wrap around the Hinged Gift Card Box to create a belly band. Just secure the ends to a label or other die cut and you're good to go!


I began by die cutting and assembling the Hinged Gift Card Box from Bitty Big: Mint Julep patterned paper.


Then, I stamped the Seasonal Borders: Winter strip onto a Fresh Snow Linen die cut. I laid the strip upside down and used a pencil to mark where the edges of the box would fall. I scored along those lines so the folds would be nice and crisp.


The strip isn't quite long enough to adhere to itself when wrapped around the box, so you need a label or other die cut to secure the ends. I die cut a small Pierced Feature Frames: Oval and stamped the Penned Elegance greeting on the center mat. Then, I adhered the strip to the back of the oval. I added a bow to give the label a little dimension.

Now I have a couple of quick and easy tags to share with you. Like I mentioned the other day, tags are some of my very favorite holiday projects so whipping up a few tags was right up my alley.


This first set is a mug shaped tag that I created with my new Merry Mug set. I began by stamping and die cutting the mugs. Then, I scored a piece of cardstock and cut the mugs again, making sure the fold was inside the top edge of the mug die. That created a folded mug shape. I stamped the to:/from: using the Keep It Simple: To & From set in Pure Poppy ink.


Next, I xyroned a piece of white cardstock and die cut it (sticky side up) with the whipped cream die. I removed the adhesive backing and stuck the whipped cream to the back of the stamped mugs (there's a 1/4" adhesive tab built in to the die cut shape to make this simple). I coated the rest of the exposed adhesive with crystal glitter.


Then, I adhered the folded mug to the back of the assembled piece. I tied cherry baker's twine around the handle and now the tags are good to go. I absolutely love these! They're so sparkly!

And lastly today I have a set of Christmas lights tags that I created with my new Corner Adorner: September set.


I began by heat embossing the bigger strand of lights onto white Tag Sale #10 shapes using gold embossing powder. Then, I added the bulbs with Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, and Green Parakeet inks.


I followed up with the to:/from: using the same Keep It Simple set. Then, I tied the tags with apple baker's twine. These came together so fast and they'd be even quicker without the embossing (though I do really like the festive shine it adds).

Thanks for sticking with me through that super long post. I hope you've enjoyed it! I'll be back tomorrow with one last post, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, Michelle, and Stephanie all have beautiful projects to share. See you tomorrow!

Happy Holidays Card

Merry Christmas Card

Noel Gift Card Box

Christmas Cocoa Gift Tags

Christmas Lights Gift Tags