Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Greetery Winter Wanderer Release Countdown Day 1

Hello and welcome, friends! I hope you're having a wonderful day!  Today is day 1 of the Winter Wanderer collection from The Greetery! I've got two projects to share with you today, and of course the other designers will be sharing on their blogs as well. I'll provide the links at the bottom of this post. You can stop by The Greetery Blog for a complete and comprehensive look at the products being released today! Also, there will be a winner of a $50 gift certificate picked from the comments on the designers' blogs, so don't forget to leave a comment!
Up first is a Christmas card using the new Catching Snowflakes stamp set/die set AND the fabulous new Hoop and Fringe dies. I will be using these dies again on my second project as well. There are quite a few different sentiments for Winter/For You, and one for Christmas, which I chose to use for today's card. I love the "Dreaming of a White Christmas" sentiment and heat embossed it with White Superfine Embossing Powder onto a red circle. This left just enough space to add the snowflake dream catcher in the middle!

For the dream catcher, I die cut the larger of the two hoops three times from Kraft cardstock to create a nice, sturdy piece. I also die cut the actual dream catcher part once out of Rustic White cardstock. I wrapped the ends around one of the hoops and secured it with liquid glue. From there, I was able to glue the other hoops underneath using additional glue. I was able to add it into the red circle using liquid glue. 

I also added another snowflake to the center of the dream catcher and a few others here and there that are die cut using the Frosty Corners dies. I also used the Botancuts Pinebough Dies to create the branches in both corners. I added some chunky glitter to the branches to keep up with the "white Christmas" vibe!

The flowers are from the new Hoop Wreath stamp set, which I'll be showing for my second project. Once I had all of the design elements ready, I got to work putting it together. I cut a panel of Kraft cardstock and used the Knit Wits Stencils and some texture paste to create the background. I added a border that was die cut using the Crimped Frame dies and added it over the top of the stenciled panel using foam squares for dimension. 

From there, I added the dream catcher piece, the pine boughs, and the flowers. A few sparkling clear sequins finish off this snowy design!

My second card for today uses the new Hoop Wreath stamp/die set paired with the Hoop and Fringe dies. These are so much fun and are so easy to use to create these fabulous, trendy hoops! I can't wait to try some using gold cardstock!

I'm warning you now, I went a little bit crazy with the Ship Lap Builder Dies with this release! ha ha! I watched Betsy's fabulous Make and Tell Tuesday Tutorial and had so much fun creating these fun rustic toned backgrounds!

I used both the larger and the smaller of the hoops included in the Hoop and Fringe die collection, once from Kraft and one that was sponged with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink. I added a white center to the smaller hoop and added the die cut "hello" sentiment to the center.

The flowers and foliage were all stamped using assorted Distress Oxide Ink Pads and added to the hoops using foam squares to achieve a lot of dimension.

White paint splatter, glitter and a few sparkling clear sequins finish off this rustic, Boho design! Also, I mentioned the pretty new pens in my tag post the other day, but they will be released in packs of 3 and will be in the shop on Friday with the rest of the release! They are just as pretty as can be! Don't forget to stop by the other designers' blogs:

Join me again tomorrow for day 2 of full reveals and thanks for fluttering by!


Monday, November 23, 2020

Papertrey Ink/Ink to Paper Flash Sale {Get Well}

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you're having a wonderful start to your week! I've got some "Get Well" tea pockets to share with you today using a variety of cardstock and inks that you can get this week at a discount as well as the stamps and dies! The sale will run from today at 12 noon until Wednesday at 4 PM.

Stamps: Cup of Love

Cardstock: Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria, Lilac Grace, Spring Moss, Lovely Lady, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart

INK:Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria, Lilac Grace, Spring Moss, Lovely Lady, Harvest Gold

The Cup of Love stamp/die set is so fun because you can use it as a tag, a gift enclosure, on a card. Today I've used it to create a little pocket to hold a packet of Lemon Ginger Tea with a get well sentiment. I die cut the main cup image from Plum Pudding cardstock and then glued it together on the handle portion and the very bottom of the cup. This allows you to be able to tuck a tea packet down inside with ease.

I added ink blending around each of the images using the coordinating ink to give it a nice shadow look. The "thinking of you" portion is die cut from Winter Wisteria cardstock and then I stamped the "Thinking of You" sentiment in black ink. This is attached to the cup base using foam squares for dimension. I also stamped the "Get Well" sentiment in black onto the cute tag, which is die cut from Lilac Grace cardstock. I threaded some white crochet thread through the tag and tucked it into the cup. I forgot to attach it to the inside before I glued the main cup together, so if you want it to be more secure, tape it on the inside BEFORE you glue the cup together.

The lemons were so much fun to make and so easy. I die cut the lemon part in Harvest Gold and then die cut a simple circle from Lemon Tart cardstock using a circle punch. I glued the two together and then added some Crystal Glaze into each of the lemon sections and then sprinkled glitter. I set them aside to dry while I got to work on the flowers.

I die cut some flowers from white cardstock and a few from Lovely Lady cardstock. I added ink blending around the centers and the white flowers for a more subtle, delicate look. I attached everything using foam squares and then added some white paint splatter and sequins. I tucked a small metallic spoon into the pocket for some added charm. I bought these at Dollar Tree a few years ago and I use them quite a bit for gift giving. I tie them onto the jars of Lemon Curd I make at Christmastime, too, which is such a fun little detail.  As much as I love Christmas projects, these were a fun distraction from that! Thanks for fluttering by!


Friday, November 20, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio November 2020 Essentials Die Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio November 2020 Essentials Die Release Blog Hop! There's so much to love about this new Essentials release for both A2 and Slimline cards alike! I'm showcasing two Slimline cards today, but you'll definitely want to hop along to the other designers' blogs {linked at the bottom of today's post} to see all of the fabulous inspiration they have for you as well! As always, Pinkfresh Studio will be giving the ENTIRE new release to one lucky winner on their Facebook page, IG account, AND You Tube channel so make sure you leave a comment there for a chance to win!
Leave a comment here for a chance to win a $25 dollar gift certificate to the Pinkfresh Studio shop. All winners will be announced on November 30th, 2020 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE

I used a combination of the new products paired with some of my favorite stamps and dies to bring these two cards to life. I chose to create two identical cards using different colorways and heat embossed sentiments. It's always so fun to see how color plays such a vital role in the emotion of a card!

My first card uses an apricot/blue color combination as the contrasting colors play off of each other to enhance their vibrancy!  To begin both cards, I die cut the large Slim Diagonal Stitched Plaid Die from white cardstock (actually, I ONLY used white cardstock for both cards) and then added some Peach Fuzz and Apricot ink around the edges, using the darker shade around the outside edge. I also die cut the beautiful Slim Stitched Scallop Rectangles, which I am IN LOVE with, and added the darker Apricot ink around the outside edge. This is layered up onto the Slim Diagonal Stitched Plaid panel using foam squares for dimension.

Next, I die cut the GORGEOUS Fancy Oval Frame and added the Apricot ink to it as well, using a heavier hand to really get the color saturated. This is added to the center of the panel using foam squares. I intentionally left the cut out portions intact so that I could add the foam squares and have them hidden.

I die cut the "HUGS" word using the AMAZING Heather Uppercase Die Set and left them plain white to really let them pop against the Flowers

The sentiments, which are also from the Modern Layered Floral Stamp Set, are heat embossed in gold onto a strip of vellum and then wrapped around the entire focal panel and secured in the back using adhesive.

Both cards got a few Essentials: Jewels and some sequins for some sparkle and shine! Don't forget to head to the other designers' blogs to see what fabulous inspiration they have to share! Thanks for fluttering by!


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25 Days of Christmas Tags with The Greetery

I'm thrilled to be back again today for another 25 Days of Christmas Tags post with The Greetery as today's featured company! I've got two main tags to share with you today and then a handful of quick tags using the latest Speed Tagging printed papers at the bottom of this post.

These two tags use a mash-up of some of my favorite products, old and new, that I'll be sharing with you today. To begin these two tags, I did all of the foliage/berry/flower die cutting and stamping. I die cut two of the holly and two of the pineberry using the Budding Beauties die collection and then stamped them with the Budding Beauties Winter stamp set. All of the stamping is done using Distress Oxide Ink Pads with the exception of the black and Versamark to do the embossing.

I also die cut the Mimosa Musings medium and small branches with the coordinating Mimosa Musings die collection. Once those were all stamped and die cut, I set the foliage aside and got to work on the tag "bases".  This was done by using the Shiplap Builder die and die cutting the pieces from Soft Stone cardstock and then added some Weathered Wood Distress Oxide ink around the edges.

I layered 5 of the panels onto a piece of Soft Stone cardstock and then added some texture paste over the top using the Frosty Flakes Stencil. In the end, I covered up more of this detail than I was anticipating, but it still gives a fun effect!

I die cut a few of the new Speed Tagging tags and stamped sentiments from the Hug in a Mug stamp set onto each of the two tags. I also heat embossed the "from our home to yours" sentiment that is from the Sentiment Suite: Christmas stamp set and die cut using the Sentiment Suite Basics dies

I added some Black Baker's Twine to the top of each of the Speed Tagging tags, but decided I wanted some added detail so I added the loopy bow from the Fit to Be Tied Die to the top of each of the two tags.

These tags will be perfect to tie onto the packages of sweets and treats I like to give out at Christmastime! 

Here are my "quick tags" using some of the new Speed Tagging papers! They are just gorgeous this year! I think you're really going to love them! There's also a collection of pretty pens ( I used a few in my photos) I'm not sure when they'll be in the shop, but it could be today! Thanks for fluttering by!


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio {All Hearts Come Home for Christmas}

 Hello and welcome!  I'm excited to share the latest Christmas design I've created for Pinkfresh Studio.  As usual, I used some of my older favorites paired with some new holiday stamps/dies that were recently released! To begin this design, I die cut both the Folk Dance die and the Essentials: Pretty Frames die from Scarlet cardstock and layered them onto a panel of 4 by 5 1/4 inch white cardstock using foam squares for dimension. This panel is added to a top folding Olive card base using ScorTape.

I die cut the Layered Wreath out of Olive and glitter cardstock and layered them together with mini foam squares. I added this to the center of the card and then wrapped the heat embossed sentiment, which is from the Our Home to Yours stamp set, toward the bottom of the wreath. I didn't want to cover up the beautiful die cut elements on the background.

I also die cut all of the Layered Snowflakes out of both white and glittery cardstock and offset them with foam squares. I added these to the wreath in a triangle to keep things visually balanced.

I added some of the beautiful chocolate colored Essentials: Jewels to the center of each of the snowflakes. They look gorgeous with the Scarlet cardstock!

This was such a fun card to make using some of my favorite dies. The only stamping that I did was to heat emboss the sentiment, which is rare for me! ha ha! The Folk Dance Die is the perfect backdrop for this pretty accented wreath  that it just doesn't need much else! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Sending Good Cheer and Best Wishes for a New Year!

I'm still busy as a bee creating all kinds of holiday/Christmas projects! How about you? Have you started your holiday crafting yet? I'm sharing a card and a couple of tags using the Wendy Vecchi Warm Wishes Stamp/Die/Stencil set. If you saw THIS project, you might have remembered me saying that I did the die cutting and stenciling in an awkward order...I remedied that for this project! ha ha!

Some of the images are "stenciled only" and some are stamped, stenciled, AND embossed! I'll explain how I created all of the images and what inks I used as well! To begin, I stamped the line art images, such as the bow, the holly, and the poinsettia. I actually stamped them first in Watering Can Archival ink, making sure to keep the images in my MISTI for the embossing step. THEN I did the stenciling, and put the sheet back into the MISTI to stamp again using Versamark ink to do the gold embossing. Hopefully that makes sense. I just didn't want to do the stenciling on top of the embossing, so I did that step later.

The bow is stenciled using the Bluebird Blendable ink pad ( I also did one in red for one of the tags) . The arced greenery is all stenciled in Fern Green Blendable Ink as well as the holly (used on the tags). The pine images are stamped directly with Fern Green Archival Ink and they don't have any stenciling.

The outline of the pinecones are stamped in Acorn Archival Ink and then stenciled using Potting Soil Blendable ink. I absolutely love this particular color combination for the pinecones and feel that it gives them a very realistic look!

The two sentiments, which are included in the Warm Wishes stamp set, are heat embossed using Super Fine White Detail Embossing Powder. This is my go-to embossing powder especially for sentiments because it is so fine! It really allows you to keep the integrity of the image without making it chunky or altered in any way!

The holly berry images are stencils only with coordinating dies. I added some Carnation Red Liquid Pearls to each of the berries in varying sizes and placement for a more realistic look. I added some Tinsel glitter to the stamped/stenciled images for some snowy detail.

The focal panel was created by blending some Bluebird Blendable Ink around a piece of Spring Rain cardstock and then I added some white paint splatter over the top.

The entire panel is added to a top folding A2 card base using foam squares for dimension. I cut the focal panel a little bit smaller than I normally do so that it would have a larger red border around it. A few sparkling clear sequins finish off this design!

I had a lot of images left over that were just begging to be used, so I decided to create a few tags using the same colors and supplies to create two cohesive tags.

This tag features the poinsettia image as well as the holly that I didn't use on my card.

The tags use another one of the fun sentiments included in the stamp set. I love the typewriter look that these sentiments have.

You can see the red bow on the tag on the right. I really do love how nice the blue bow looks, if I'm picking favorites!

As I mentioned earlier, I used Tinsel glitter, but in all honesty, I thought I was grabbing my crystal glitter, but I really like how this looks in the end!

I'm getting ready to pull all of my Christmas projects out of storage that I've been working on all year. I plan on putting a long table up and sorting everything by category so when I'm getting ready to do my wrapping/assembling, everything will be visible and at arm's length! Thanks for fluttering by!