Saturday, December 14, 2019

Ink to Paper December Countdown Day 4

Well friends, it's the 4th and final day of the Ink to Paper December release countdown! Remember, all products will be available for purchase starting at 10 pm EST on the 15th of December! I've got two cards to share with you today; first up is this wedding design using the new "Cake Creations" stamp set! This is one of those perfect sets for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and more! 

I shared a card yesterday that used the new On The Border: From the Heart Frame, but I dry embossed it rather than die cut it. I just love how well it works die cut paired with the Cake Creations stamp set! I cut it from Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock using a metal shim. I shared some Design Team tips last year on how to use intricate dies that you can read HERE

Once I die cut the frame, I cut a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch piece of Linen Cardstock and blended some Simply Chartreuse ink around the edges using a blender brush. I layered the frame over the top using a 2 way glue pen to get all of the narrow edges.  I die cut the cake stand from specialty gold cardstock and once again from white cardstock and glued them together for stability. The cake was die cut three times from Linen cardstock. I adhered 2 together and added the Nuvo drop "frosting" and set it aside to dry. 

The leaves and flowers were stamped using my mini MISTI and then die cut using the Cake Creations die collection. I stamped the "congratulations" sentiment onto one of the banners from the banner die collection. 

At this point, I was ready to get everything assembled. I added the cake stand using foam squares and then added the extra cake die cut to the blended/frame panel. Then I added the Nuvo Drop cake over the top using foam squares. I was able to add the flowers and banner using additional foam squares. The finishing touch is a few sparkling clear sequins in the center of some of the flowers. 

My second and final card for today uses a new set called A Little Wispy. It is a fun set that includes two vases, with the option to make the vase show the stems or closed like I did here. It has a lot of fun branches and stems to make all kinds of different arrangements.

It also includes some fun sentiments that are very versatile which makes this a great all-occasion set!
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Concord & 9th December 2019 Release



I'm so excited to be a Guest Designer for Concord & 9th this month! I'll be sharing projects using all of the new goodies from the December 2019 Release all month long! Join me each Friday for the rest of December to see how I've used the fabulous new products! 


Who loves sugar juju hearts as much as I do? Raise your hand! I used the new Love You to Pieces Dies and the coordinating Love You to Pieces stamp set to create this fun and graphic card! To begin this design, I did some ink blending onto a panel of white cardstock using Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink pads for a Valentine-y ombre effect. I layered that onto a panel of red cardstock measuring 4 by 5 1/4 inches using foam squares.

I die cut the "LOVE" word twice; I intended to stack them up for a sturdy piece, but upon experimenting struck on this idea of lining them up side by side for a more whimsical feel. The sentiment is heat embossed in white onto a piece of red cardstock and then I die cut it using the banner die from the Love You to Pieces dies

The hearts are also die cut and then I added a layer of Crystal Glaze and sprinkling of coarse crystal glitter to create the juju jelly hearts of my dreams! Don't they look good enough to eat? My sister has a February birthday so she always got to take cupcakes to school decorated with hearts and sprinkles and I had a summer birthday so I never got to bring any cupcakes! LOL!

My second card also includes some juju jelly hearts and inkblending, but this time in a circle using the same colors. I forgot to mention earlier that I also spritzed them with a light mist of Shimmer Spray for some added sparkle. I used the large XO images that are included in the Love You to Pieces stamp set and my MISTI to get them nice and saturated. You can see that the ink doesn't stamp the same over the oxide ink so I wanted to get it as dark as possible and the MISTI allowed me to do that. The sentiment is heat embossed the same as in the first card, but I used the "all the hugs" sentiment because it just so darn cute! I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! Join me again next Friday for additional inspiration using even more new products! Thanks for fluttering by!

Ink to Paper December Countdown Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Ink to Paper December countdown! The love theme continues with the new "To Die For Sentiments: Love" paired with Just Sentiments: Valentine and the new "I Heart You" stamp set! 

I went for a CAS look to create two identical cards. To begin, I die cut the "Love You" sentiments out of gold specialty paper and set them aside. I also die cut the red heart and the scalloped border and glued them together using liquid glue.

I stamped the "forever and always" portion of the sentiment onto a panel of Linen Cardstock measuring 4 by 5 1/4 inches using my mini MISTI for precision. I layered the linen panel onto a panel of 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches of Pure Poppy cardstock. Normally I would have just made the card base from the red cardstock, but this was literally my LAST piece of red! Ack! Anyway, it worked out perfectly and I just layered all of that onto white card bases.

Once that was done, I put the heart portion onto the card front using foam squares. I layered the "Love" portion using a 2 way glue pen and then the "you" portion underneath.


I really love the new "Just Sentiments: Valentine" because they work so nicely with all of the new To Die For Sentiments! 

My second project for today also uses the new "To Die For Sentiments: Love" but this time I used the word "heart". I thought it complemented the heat embossed sentiment nicely. 

I dry embossed the new On the Border: From the Heart Frame. The heart portion was the perfect size to fit the heart image from the new All About You set that was showcased on day 1. I added it using foam squares and then added the heat embossed sentiment wrapped around to the back of the embossed panel. 

I added a few burnished gold sequins to complement the embossed sentiment. I hope you've enjoyed day 3 of the countdown! Join me again tomorrow for the 4th and final day! Thanks for fluttering by!


SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Week Day 5

It's the 5th and final day of the SugarPea Designs December Sweet Peek Week! Everything will be available for purchase TODAY! Yay! I'm super excited about today because we're showcasing a fun new set called Heart Prints and its coordinating die; Simple Heart SugarCuts

For today's cards, I used the striped image from the new set; there's something so classic about stripes and florals paired together that just makes me happy! I stamped the hearts three times and then uses the coordinating die cut to cut them out. I added them to a panel of pink cardstock and white that was die cut using the Card Front Element Builder

I used foam squares to attach them for dimension. I stamped the floral images using the previously released Meadow Motifs stamp set. As soon as this set was released, I knew I would be using it A LOT and I was right! One of my favorite, and unexpected, cards where I used the Meadow Motifs was for fall that you can see HERE. I guess what I am trying to say is that I really like it! ha ha! 


I colored the images using copic markers and then added some white details with  a gel pen. I used the Meadow Motifs SugarCuts to die cut them and then added them to accent the striped hearts. 

The sentiment, which is also from the new Heart Prints set, is stamped in black and then added to the center heart using additional foam squares.

A trio of sparkling clear sequins finish off these two designs! Don't forget to stop by the other designers' blogs to see how they've used this versatile new set!
Vera Yates
Don't forget that everything is available for purchase starting today! Thanks for fluttering by!



Thursday, December 12, 2019

Ink to Paper December Countdown Day 2


Hello and welcome to day 2 of the Ink to Paper December release countdown! I've got A LOT to share with you today, so grab a cup of cocoa and get comfy! Many of you are probably busy addressing your Christmas cards while I'm busy making Valentines! LOL! I STILL have to get my Christmas cards sent out! ha ha!

This first card features the latest in the Inside Greetings series: Valentine's Day! It has the sweetest sentiments that are going to be perfect for both the inside and outside of my cards, like I've shown here today!

I'm also showcasing the new Border Bling: Hearts die and of course, I couldn't resist adding a few of yesterday's favorites: On the Border: From the Heart and the flowers from the Cup of Tea die collection.

I added some Pale Peony ink blending around the perimeter of the die cut heart border to give is just a hint of tint! I layered it onto a top folding A2 Pale Peony card base to allow even more color to peek through.

I'm obsessed with the border that I used at the top. I die cut it twice and glued it together with liquid glue. I added the flowers here and there for some fun detail.

The heart border was layered on top of a frame die cut from Pale Peony cardstock using the Pierced Feature Frames: Rectangles. It's the perfect place to anchor the the border and adds that extra bit of depth and interest.

The sentiment is heat embossed in gold onto a strip of vellum and wrapped around the heart panel using tape to secure it. Please note, I did this BEFORE I added it to the card base.


You can really see the shine of the embossing in this photo; I love the elegant look of embossing!

I added a few sequins here and there for some sparkle and shine!

For those of you who have been waiting for a new addition to the "Tag Creations: Delightful Bunch" stamp/die set, the wait is over! The new stamp/die collection is called Tag Creations: Delightful Hearts! I used it to create the next two projects in today's showcase! 

The new die collection includes the base shape which allows you to stamp the three smaller hearts at the top and then there is a separate piece to stamp and die cut the hearts. The stamp set includes some cute new sentiments as wel as the polka dots to add to the larger heart as I did on this card.

The xoxoxox border at the bottom is from the Inside Greetings: Valentine's Day stamp set and I also stamped one of the other greetings on the inside, but didn't photograph that.

I added some additional hearts that were left over from the On The Border: From the Heart die and stamped them with the plaid image from the All About You set that was also showcased yesterday. All of these new products will be available for purchase starting on December 15th at 10 pm EST.

This next project uses the heart tag as an actual tag to dress up this Muslin Bag. I did some custom stamping on the bag as well! I used to stamp on fabric all time, so it was fun to work on this project!


I used the plaid stamp AGAIN (lol) to create a pattern on the bag using True Black and Pure Poppy ink. I also used another one of the Inside Greetings: Valentine's Day sentiments to add even more interest to the bag.

This will be the perfect thing to tuck a gift or treat in for Valentine's Day! This is one of those projects that feels special and personal, but is very simple to put together!

Last, but not least, is a fun card using the latest in the "Simply Sweet" series! I used it along with another new set called "Critter Love". To begin this card, I used yet another card front using the Border Bling: Hearts die. I layered it onto a white card base.


I created the tiny envelope using an old Martha Stewart envelope pattern that I just love. It was the perfect choice for the postal vibe I was going for on this card.

I added it using foam squares to the Mix and Mat: Postal die. I used another one of my leftover hearts to add to the front of the envelope. This was the perfect place to add the paper airplane that is included in the Critter Love stamp set. I added just a hint of blue marker to the image using a Copic marker.
I tucked in a little note to the envelope with the "sending" sentiment and then stamped the "lots of love" portion at the bottom. I also added a few of the die cut hearts from the frame for some extra detail.

A few sequins finish off this fun design!


I hope you've enjoyed today's showcase! Join me again tomorrow for Day 3 of the countdown! Thanks for fluttering by!