Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Text Block: Party Time - Day 5

Good morning, Friends! Welcome back for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink January Countdown. I'm back today with one final project featuring the Text Block: Party Time Die and I can't wait to share!

I wanted to incorporate vellum to give the balloons a transparent look, so I went with a window card for today.


I began by die cutting a Text Block: Party Time shape and traced the balloon outlines onto the back of a piece of vellum lightly with a pencil. Then, I colored in those spaces with Copic markers on the front side of the vellum. The result is a little bit streaky and spotty, almost like transparent watercolor. I went back and erased my pencil lines and used a colorless blender to clean up any areas that went outside the lines. The mistakes remove easily from the vellum, making this step super no-fuss. I adhered the Text Block: Party Time shape to the vellum and set them aside.


Next I stamped a piece of Melon Berry cardstock with Background Basics: Diagonals using watermark ink. I die cut a window in the center of that piece as well as the front of a white card base. I adhered the vellum piece to the underside of the Melon Berry piece and then mounted the whole thing to the card base with foam tape. I finished it off by using Scor Tape to create a glittered frame over the seams in the front panel. Easy!

That's all for me for this countdown. Thank you so much for joining me these past few days! Make sure to check in with NicholeAshleyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa PhillipsLexi, and Melissa Bickford for more of this month's release. There's still so much great stuff to see! Take care and I'll see you again soon!

Recipe:
Stamps: Background Basics Diagonals - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Melon Berry, Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Party Time Die (available January 15th) - Paperrtey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Markers - Copic; Scor Tape; Fine Sugar Cube Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Text Block: Party Time Die - Day 4

Good morning, All! Welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink January Countdown. I have another project to share with you featuring the new Text Block: Party Time Die. Let's get to it!

The other day I made a card for a tween girl, but today I wanted to try my hand at a card for a tween boy.


I began by building a focal point by die cutting the Text Block: Party Time shape from Enchanted Evening and Summer Sunrise cardstocks as well as Striped Spring Rain Patterned Paper. I stamped stars onto the balloons of the Summer Sunrise layer with Orange Zest ink and then used Heather Nichols' DIY Epoxy Embellishments technique to make them super dimensional and glossy. That technique is awesome, but it does take a significant amount of time to dry, so this isn't a whip-it-together-on-your-way-out-the-door-to-the-birthday-party sort of card.


Once everything was nice and dry I assembled my focal point onto a scrap of white cardstock. That just serves as a nice, sturdy base. I mounted that to a white card base using foam adhesive and then added a few narrow stripes of cardstock to give the focal point a bit of additional visual weight. Plus, it's just a fun detail.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Check back tomorrow for one more project featuring this great new die. In the meantime, make sure to visit NicholeAshleyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa PhillipsLexi, and Melissa Bickford for more of this month's release. See you tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Bitty Background Blocks II - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Orange Zest, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Summer Sunrise, Striped Spring Rain Patterned Paper, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Orange Zest - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Party Time Die (available January 15th) - Papertrey Ink; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Xyron

Monday, January 12, 2015

Text Block: Party Time - Day 3

Good morning, All! Welcome back to Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink January Countdown. I'm excited to be back today with another project featuring my new Text Block: Party Time die!

I wanted to share a project showing the die dressing up an invitation.


I began by stamping a piece of white cardstock with the gift strip from Background Basics: Birthday Fun in Simply Chartreuse ink. I also stamped the gifts on scrap white cardstock in Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, and Aqua Mist. I trimmed out a few of the gifts from the scrap stock and affixed them over the presents on the invitation. Next, I stamped the invitation text and lines onto the invitation's face using Smokey Shadow and Berry Sorbet inks.


Next, I die cut three white Text Block shapes and one striped Aqua Mist patterned paper shape. I adhered them together and placed them on the invitation front so I could see where to stamp the "April 4th" sentiment in Simply Chartreuse and Summer Sunrise inks. Once that was stamped, I adhered the Party Time shape to the invitation. It's a fun and brightly colored invitation that's perfect for my niece's upcoming 1st birthday!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with another project featuring the Text Block: Party Time die. In the meantime, make sure to visit Nichole, Ashley, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Laura, Laurie, Maile, Melissa Phillips, Lexi, and Melissa Bickford for more of this month's release. See you tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Fresh Alphabet, By Invitation, Monthly Moments: Tabbed, Background Basics: Birthday Fun - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Party Time Die (available January 15th) - Papertrey Ink

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Text Block: Party Time - Day 2

Good morning and welcome back to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink January Countdown! I'm so happy to hear that you're all excited about the Text Block: Party Time die. It's already become one of my favorites in the series! Nichole and Maile are featuring this die on their blogs today and I'm absolutely certain you don't want to miss that!

Today I thought I would try my hand at a birthday card for a tween girl. It has the added fun of being a shaker card with seven shaker elements!


I began by adhering a piece of striped Soft Stone patterned paper to a piece of white cardstock and impressed it with the Text Block Party Time Die. I did this to give myself a bit of a template to work from while building my shaker box. Then, I die cut the Text Block from swiss dot Winter Wisteria, Limeade Ice, and Aqua Mist patterned papers as well as a piece of fun foam (with adhesive on both sides thanks to my Xyron) and a piece of white cardstock. I knew I wanted to cut out the overlap details (to give more space for the shakers) so I trimmed those details from the foam and white cardstock shapes as well as the word sections from the foam layer. I filled in the spaces on the Soft Stone layer with the appropriate sections of patterned paper. In the areas where there would have been overlap or word details I just filled in with the patterned paper bits to make the balloons whole.


Once the patterned paper was adhered I stuck down the foam layer, giving myself little cubbies for the glitter. I shook in little piles and then removed the adhesive backing of the foam layer which allowed me to easily stick on my acetate window. I adhered the white shape in place to complete the shaker box. Next I stamped a piece of Winter Wisteria cardstock with Polka Dot Basics III. I randomly overstamped some of the polka dots with the ring detail and heat embossed them with holographic embossing powder for an extra bit of sparkle. I adhered that piece to a white card base and then added my shaker box to the card front with flat adhesive. Then, I die cut the small banner shape from Tag Sale #10 from Aqua Mist cardstock. I heat embossed my sentiment with white detail powder and mounted it to the shaker box with foam adhesive. The finished thing is so sparkly and pretty!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back again tomorrow with another project featuring the new Text Block: Party Time die. In the meantime, make sure to check in with Nichole, Ashley, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Maile, Lexi, and Melissa Bickford for more of this month's release. See you tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Phrase Play #11, Polka Dot Basics III - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria, Limeade Ice, Soft Stone Patterned Papers, Winter Wisteria, Clear - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Winter Wisteria - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Text Block: Party Time Die (available January 15th), Tag Sale #10 - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Fun Foam; Xyron; Fine Aquamarine Crystal, Golden Beryl, Purple Sapphire Glitters - Martha Stewart Crafts; Holographic Embossing Powder - Ranger

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Introducing The Text Block: Party Time Die

Good morning, Friends, and welcome to the first day of the Papertrey Ink January Countdown! This month I have the great pleasure of getting to introduce you to a brand new Text Block die. This fun new die is all about party time! It also features a bundle of balloons that you can color block, use to highlight a particular day, or paper piece. The possibilities are endless!

Today I've used the new Text Block: Party Time die to create a colorful birthday card with tons of playful pattern!


I began by die cutting my die shape out of white cardstock. I adhered that to an Aqua Mist layer and then die cut and stamped the individual balloons. I used images from Bitty Background Blocks and Bitty Background Blocks II to give each balloon (or balloon section) a unique pattern.


Once my focal point was assembled, I impressed a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock with the Center Stage Cover Plate and adhered it to a white card base. I wrapped baker's twine around the base a couple of times and tied it in a bow. I mounted the Text Block shape to the card front with foam tape and called it a day. I just love how cheerful the multicolored balloons make this card!

Thank you for stopping by today! I'll see you again tomorrow with another project featuring the Text Block: Party Time Die. In the meantime, make sure to check in with Nichole, Betsy, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Melissa Phillips, Lexi, and Melissa Bickford for even more projects featuring this month's release. Have a wonderful day!

Recipe:
Stamps: Bitty Background Blocks, Bitty Background Blocks II - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky, Plum Pudding, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Tropical Teal - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky, Plum Pudding, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Tropical Teal - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Party Time Die (available January 15th), Center Stage Cover Plate - Papertrey Ink; Lemon Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Monday, January 5, 2015

Grandma's Brooch

Good morning, all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Today I wanted to share a gift I made to give Sean's Grandma for this past Christmas. I love how easy my Papertrey dies and felt made this project!


I used the Doodlie-Do die collection to cut two Simply Chartreuse floral clusters and the Vintage Cream flowers. The Harvest Gold flower was cut with the Lovely Layers die collection.


I embroidered the flowers and leaf veins onto one of the flower clusters, adding in Melon Berry buttons and glass seed beads. Then I stitched both flower clusters (down the stems) to one of the Aqua Mist Stitched Circles. I blanket stitched (my first time! Don't look too closely!) around the leaves. That provides stability and hides the not-so-pretty back of the leaves and flowers.


I finished off the brooch by punching holes in a second Stitched Circle that I stuck the pin through. I used a few stitches to keep the pin securely fastened into place and added a tiny bit of polyfill (about the size of 1/2 a cotton ball) before stitching the two Aqua Mist pieces together.

Grandma seemed to really like it when she opened it and I hope she'll love wearing it in the Spring. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful week and I'll see you again soon!

Recipe:
Felt: Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold - Papertrey Ink
Dies: Doodlie-Do Die Collection, Lovely Layers Die Collection, Stitched Circles Die - Papertrey Ink
Other: Melon Berry Buttons - Papertrey Ink; Embroidery Floss - DMC; Brass Bar Pin; Polyfill; Glass Seed Beads

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Color Play

Good morning, Friends! Can you believe that it's the beginning of a brand new year? I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store. Anyway, the beginning of a new month means another Papertrey Ink Color Play feature has arrived and I'm here with a fresh color scheme for you to use in your post-holiday crafting. Let's get to it!


When I saw this photo, I fell in love with both the color palette and the texture of the knit gloves. I wanted to try and incorporate that texture in my project this month along with the inspired color scheme as a little extra challenge for myself.


I began by stamping a piece of white cardstock using one of the linear images from Ombre Builders with the ink colors in the inspired palette. I stamped on an angle in one direction and then stamped over everything a second time in the other direction to achieve a crosshatching pattern. I love how this sort of blends in the colors a bit so there are areas where pops of color are more vibrant or visible. It really adds to the visual texture of the pattern. I trimmed three strips of cardstock from the larger patterned piece and adhered them to a Soft Stone card base. I added a Wet Paint die cut and a sentiment banner that I'd heat embossed using white detail powder. It's always nice to have a few extra thank you notes around this time of year and I'm sure this one will get used in no time!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed this month's Color Play project and I'm looking forward to seeing how you use this month's colors for yourself. Have a wonderful New Year's Day and I'll see you again soon!

Recipe:
Stamps: Ombre Builders, Thanks All Ways - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Simply Chartreuse - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores, Blueberry Sky - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Wet Paint Cuts Die Collection, Tag Sale #10 Die - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch

Monday, December 22, 2014

Last-minute Gift Card Packaging

Hello, friends! I just wanted to pop in today to share some gift card packaging I put together for an early family Christmas gathering we attended this past weekend. I'm not the biggest fan of giving gift cards (I like to give gifts that people really get to open), but I know that sometimes they truly are the most appreciated presents (I know I appreciate them). In an effort to dress them up a little I try and put together special packaging with the recipients in mind. So the other evening I whipped up these gable boxes for my fella's cousins.


For Megan's box, I started with Aqua Mist cardstock that I stamped with tiny snowflakes and die cut using the gable box die. Then, I die cut the Christmas tree from one of the pieces, creating a window. I adhered clear cardstock to the back of that panel to close up the opening and assembled my box as normal. I stamped a sentiment flag and embellished the tree with a handful of tiny, red rhinestones and one larger, silver pearl. I tied on the small die cut tag, stamped with an image from To You From Me, using a bit of Baker's Twine. The window allows the green crinkle shred to show through and give a little color to the tree. Cute and easy!


Kirt's box is just as cute, but with a slightly more masculine feel. I began by stamping stripes onto Pure Poppy cardstock with the matching ink. I die cut the box and assembled as normal. Then, I stamped the tag image from the Tinsel & Tags kit using Ocean Tides and Pure Poppy inks. I used a fine point black pen to change the color of the snowman's features and then added black glitter with a very fine glue pen. I wrapped Pinefeather ribbon around the box and mounted the tag over the ends with foam tape. I used another small die-cut tag, this time stamped with Pinefeather ink and tied on with crochet thread.

It really is easy to make those simple gifts feel a little more special with just a few extra minutes of time. I hope this helps inspire those of you with a few more gifties to finish before the big day. If I don't see you again before the holiday, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday filled with joy and love!

Recipes:
Christmas Tree Gable Box
Stamps: Snowflake Flurries, To You From Me, Winter Snow Globe - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Gable Box Die, Coffee Cozy Details Die Collection, Sketched Shapes Die Collection, Tremendous Tags Die - Papertrey Ink; Green Apple Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Self-adhesive rhinestones and pearl - Mark Richards

Snowman Gable Box
Stamps: Background Basics Super Stripes, Tinsel & Tags (Limited Edition), To You From Me - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy, Pinefeather - Papertrey Ink
Other: Gable Box Die, Tremendous Tags Die, Pinefeather Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Circle Die - Quickutz; Fine Onyx Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Glue Pen; White Crochet Thread

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Papertrey Ink Countdown - Day 5

Good morning, All, and welcome back to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown. I have a few more projects to share with you featuring Block Party, Drips & Dribbles, and the Text Block: Love die. Let's get right to it!

My first project features Drips & Dribbles. I put away my fair share of Harney & Sons and I'm sure under the right circumstances I'd shed a tear over an up-ended mug.


I began by die cutting the mini tag and mug shapes from Rustic White cardstock and the Loop De Loop border from Sweet Blush. Next, I stamped the mug with its coordinating image using Autumn Rose and Scarlet Jewel inks. I used a bit of a rock 'n roll technique for a bit of depth. Then, I stamped the tiny tag with the small heart from These United States and tied on a bit of twine. I slipped the twine through the slot in the mug and adhered the tag into place with a tiny bit of foam tape. Next, I stamped a panel of Rustic White with the splotches and rings from Drips & Dribbles using Fine Linen ink (at times stamping off once for a softer image). I attached the Sweet Blush border into place along the top edge of the stamped panel and adhered it onto a Kraft card base. Then I stamped my sentiment and added the mug with foam adhesive.

My second card is a wedding card made with the Text Block: Love die.


I began by impressing the die into White Shimmer cardstock and trimmed it out along the outer edge of the impression. I matted it with a piece of True Black and set it aside. Then I stamped the Background Basics: Art Deco pattern in Fresh Snow ink onto a Soft Stone card base. I heat embossed the pattern with clear powder for results that are very subtle and almost pearly. I tied a white ribbon around the card base and mounted my impressed Text Block panel to the card front with foam tape. It's a very simple card, but the shimmery and shiny finishes make it feel sleek and sophisticated.

My final card today is a playful, non-traditional Valentine-y number I put together using Block Party.


I began by stamping a heart pattern with the blocks onto a 3" square of white cardstock using Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, and Limeade Ice inks. I added the sentiment through the middle of the heart using Smokey Shadow ink. Then, I used a fine point glue pen to draw narrow lines along the top and bottom of the sentiment. I embellished those lines with fine glitter and set the panel aside to dry completely.


Next, I stamped the varied scallops trip from Ombre Builders onto Aqua Mist front using Fresh Snow ink. I adhered the card front to a white base and mounted my focal panel with foam tape. It's a fairly straightforward design, but it's versatile enough to work for any kiddo with a simple swap of colors.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and all of the projects I've shared over the past several days! Make sure to check in with NicholeAshleyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa PhillipsLexi, and Melissa Bickford for more inspiration from this month's release. Take care and I'll see you again soon!

Recipes:
Spilled Tea Card
Stamps: Drips & Dribbles, Candy Cane Christmas, These United States - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White, Classic Kraft, Sweet Blush - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Autumn Rose, Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Other: Candy Cane Christmas Die Collection, Loop De Loop Border Die, Rustic Cream Twine, Pack Your Bags Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch

Splendid Adventure Card
Stamps: Background Basics: Art Deco - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, True Black, Shimmer White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Love Die - Papertrey Ink; Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Ribbon - May Arts

Pretty Cool Kid Card
Stamps: Block Party, Ombre Builders - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Limeade Ice, Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Foam Tape - Scotch; Fine Sugar Cube Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glue Pen

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December Papertrey Ink Countdown - Day 4

Greetings, everyone! Welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink countdown. I have three more projects to share with you today featuring my new products releasing this month, Block Party, Drips & Dribbles, and the Text Block: Love die. Let's get to it!

My first card today showcases the new Text Block: Love die. I asked a male friend once what I should keep in mind when designing cards for fellas. He gave me a colorful answer that basically boiled down to the famous Joe Friday line... "Just the facts, Ma'am." This card is intended to follow that basic guideline. No fuss. No frills. Just a simple guy card that would be perfect for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, or any old "just because" day.


I began by stamping the pinstripe pattern onto a piece of white cardstock using Spring Rain ink. I ran that through the Xyron, die cut it, and trimmed out the parts of the die that I didn't want to use this time around. I then stamped a few choice words from Grand Ampersand onto vellum using Enchanted Evening and Limeade Ice inks. I heat set them with clear embossing powder before adhering the Text Block shape to the vellum. I die cut the block from a piece of Limeade Ice so I would have a perfect opening to drop the pinstripe Text Block into place. I then cut a window into a white card base and mounted the front panel to the base using foam tape. Easy.

My second card today is a silly little number featuring Block Party.


I began by stamping a random block pattern onto a white card base using Fine Linen ink, leaving a space for the square to be added later. Then, I stamped my sentiment using Smokey Shadow ink. Next, I stamped and die cut the square block onto white cardstock using Hawaiian Shores ink. I added that to the base using foam tape. That sentiment gives me a giggle every time I see it!

My last card today uses Drips & Dribbles as colorful paint splatters. I imagine this card being perfect for someone graduating from a creative education program or celebrating a milestone.


I began by creating my focal point. I die cut the Monthly Moments: Spiral Notebook Die from Soft Stone cardstock and heat embossed it with the paint brushes and jar from the Friendship Jar series. Next, I colored and glittered the paint on each brush.


Then, I stamped the "this moment" sentiment from Wet Paint and die cut the "celebrate" from the Wet Paint III die collection. I added those to the image panel and mounted it to a white card base that I had stamped with the splatters from Drips & Dribbles. It's bright, colorful, and full of movement.

Ok, friends. That's all for me today. Make sure to check in with NicholeAshleyBetsyDanielleDawnErinHeatherLauraLaurieMaileMelissa PhillipsLexi, and Melissa Bickford for more inspiration from this month's release. Take care and I'll see you again soon!

Recipes:
Always & Forever Card
Stamps: Grand Ampersand, Background Basics Super Stripes - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Limeade Ice - Papertrey Ink
Other: Text Block: Love Die - Papertrey Ink; Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

It's Hip To Be Square Card
Stamps: Block Party - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: white
Ink: Fine Linen, Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores - Papertrey Ink
Other: Block Party Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch

Celebrate This Moment Card
Stamps: Drips & Dribbles, Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Fillers, Wet Paint - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Winter Wisteria, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Wet Paint III Die Collection, Monthly Moments: Spiral Notebook Die - Papertrey Ink; White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch; Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Colored Pencils - Prismacolor; Glue Pen; Xyron