Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Papertrey Ink June Release Countdown Day 4

Hello summer!!  How fitting that I'm sharing this card today celebrating the first day of summer! I'm thrilled to be here for the last day of the June Papertrey Ink release countdown! There was a little mix-up over on the PTI blog yesterday and this cute Feathered Friend made his appearance a little early! ha ha! No worries, though; I'll still share him here and give you all of the details on how I made this tropical card! 

The focal point of today's card is the parrot from the new Feathered Friends mini 24 stamp set and die! I chose to ink him up in the traditional parrot colors for a colorful display! Despite the amount of images included in this set, this bird is delightfully easy to stamp and put together! I began with the red feather portion, then added in this order: feet, beak, green feathers, black eye/mask portion, teal feathers, yellow feathers and then the coordinating details. Easy peasy!

I had so much fun using the Floral Paradise stamp set for my Flash Sale a few weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to ink up a few more leaves and flowers to tuck behind the colorful parrot. I also snuck in a few leaves from the new Feathered Friends 24 dies that were showcased on day 2. 

I stenciled a panel using the Pool Water stencils that were showcased yesterday. I love the unique background it provides for this tropical design. It would also be cool to use as a stone wall or a stone path of some kind as well. In fact, you could create a deck for the pool with the smaller patterned stencil and then the pool water with the larger of the two stencils.
It's hard to see in the photo, but I used the Border Basics: Rectangle Die paired with the Border Bling: Tribal Frames Die. For those of you who don't know, the Border Basics: Rectangle Die is the base for ALL of the different Border Bling (not skinny frames) Frame dies. You simply die cut your cardstock using the basic frame and then drop in your Border Bling die and cut it again. So easy! The sentiments are both from the new Floating By Sentiments stamp set and I love them!

Monday, June 20, 2022

Papertrey Ink June Release Countdown Day 3

It's day 3 of the Papertrey Ink June release countdown and I'm sharing two fun, summery cards with you using some of my FAVORITE new products from this release! The new Floating By stamp/die set is a MUST-HAVE in my opinion! I'm absolutely in love with these cute floaties and the new Pool Water Stencils! The stencils come in a pack of two and I thought they were supposed to be used together, but I don't think they are! ha ha! This first card uses them together, but I've used them by themselves on my next card AND a card for tomorrow!

I wanted to create the illusion of a brick patio with the shaped pool, so I used the previously released Brick Wall Stencil Collection for the background. I stenciled a panel with the Pool Water stencils and then die cut it using the Nesting Basics: Ovals and added it over the top of the brick panel using foam squares.

The sentiments included in the Floating By stamp set are so much fun; the large "Just floating by to say" sentiment and then a few companion sets to finish off the phrase. I chose to use the "hello" portion for a fun summer card. The heat embossed sentiment at the bottom is from the new Floating By Sentiments stamp set. These are so much fun and I've used them a few different ways today and tomorrow.

I normally do all of my die cutting first and then use my MISTI to stamp everything. I would suggest that you stamp the circle floatie first and THEN die cut; it has the steel bars across the die to hold the circle in place and if you die cut first, it makes it hard to get a good inked impression. If you look closely at the pink floatie, you can see it. I also didn't learn my lesson on my second card and struggled with it AGAIN! Learn from my mistake! ha ha! I finished off the card using a few dew drops and the leaves from the Feathered Friends 24 die set.

My second card for today uses ALL of the floaties! ha ha!  Aren't the fruity ones so absolutely adorable? I'm obsessed! The best part about the wedges is that they don't necessarily look ONLY like floaties, so you can use them in all kinds of summery ways!

The background and the sentiment piece are cut using the fun new Lotty Dotty dies! The sentiment is from the Floating By Sentiments and they are so much fun!

I used the Pool Water Stencils for the background and then added it at an angle to the Lotty Dotty background.

Join me tomorrow for one last card before the release! Thanks for fluttering by!


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Papertrey Ink June Release Countdown Day 2

Welcome back for day 2 of the Papertrey Ink June release countdown! I hope I don't give you whiplash; I'm sharing two cards today, but two totally different styles! ha ha! I was debating which one to share first and this elegant floral card won! I had so much fun layering background pieces, decorative corners, and stamped images!

And, as promised, another postage stamp from the new Vintage Postage stamp set! I think I gave you  fair warming yesterday you'd be seeing more of them! 

The sentiment is from the new Inside Greetings: Friendship stamp set. If you're familiar with the Inside Greetings series, you'll notice that the fonts have changed to give you some variety.

I'm especially fond of the little corner scrolls and photo corners that are included in the die set. I'm having a mental block, but I think the name of this new floral set is called Vintage Blooms, but I don't know if that's right! I'll come edit my post when I double-check! ha ha!

Now I'm totally switching gears to something bright and tropical! Whiplash, right? I absolutely adore making summer cards so this was a fun one to put together! This card features the new Feathered Friends 24 die; this cute little toucan! I think he wants some Froot Loops! ha ha!

And....yes....yet another postage stamp! I'm really showing the versatility of this Vintage Postage stamp set I think! ha ha! I love the idea of sending some snail mail from the far reaches of the jungle!

Both of the sentiments on this card are from the new Just Sentiments: Friendship stamp set. I also used the new Penciled Outlines AGAIN! ha ha! I love how it gave this simple background a little bit of visual depth and movement!

I had so much fun putting this bright, cheerful summer card together! I'll be sharing even more summer inspiration tomorrow so make sure to stop back by! Thanks for fluttering by!


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Papertrey Ink June Release Countdown Day 1

Hello and welcome to day 1 one of the Papertrey Ink June release countdown! I have a BIG post today featuring some beautiful new products that you're sure to love! I have three cards to share using the new Graceful Butterflies stamp set and one using the new Vintage Postage stamp set. As you can see from my first card, I used it on MORE than just one card; in fact....you'll be seeing it used in MANY different ways over the next few days! ha ha! I'm a sucker for a postal theme so I love having any excuse to use stamps and postmarks!

The new Graceful Butterflies stamp set features 4 different butterflies, three of which are shown on this card. The 4th butterfly is smaller than the other 4, so I chose not to use it on this card. I die cut a bunch of butterflies and had so much fun stamping them in different in color combinations! I actually didn't have any end-goal in mind, but rather just stamping them and seeing how they turned out!

The sentiment is also from the new Graceful Butterflies stamp set; this particular set has quite a few sentiments, and some have coordinating dies. This one doesn't, so I heat embossed it in gold and tore each end of the strip for an organic look.

I used the postage stamps and the image on the top right corner that are included in the Vintage Postage stamp set. 

I always love a bold, tone-on-tone background so I die cut the background panel using the Cover Plate: Decorative Circles Die from Pinefeather cardstock. I also die cut the oval frame using the Pierced Feature Frames: oval and layered that over the top. All of that is layered onto an A2 sized piece of Pinefeather cardstock.

From there, I had so much fun adding the butterflies and postage stamps here and there to create visual movement.

My second card using the Graceful Butterflies stamp set is bright and fresh! I used the new Script Stencils and the new Penciled Outlines to create the background. The new Script Stencils come in both horizontal and vertical orientations.

This particular sentiment is included in the Graceful Butterflies stamp set and has the coordinating die! I always enjoy when a sentiment has a coordinating die so the design possibilities open up!

I bent the wings of the butterflies upward to create the look of flight and movement. I also tucked in another postage stamp, of course!

I added some glitter to the centers of the butterflies and a few sparkling clear sequins for shine!

My third card using the butterfly is simpler in layout, but I really like the "storebought" feel, go figure! ha ha! It's hard to see in the photos, but I layered the Berry Branches Stencil Collection and the new Script Background stencil for visual depth. I used a very light hand on the berries so that you could see the script.

I love this particular sentiment; this is another one that doesn't have the die, so I stamped it directly onto the background panel.

I used the Into the Blooms: Peonies as a landing place for the pair of butterflies.

I cut the panel to 3 3/4 inches by 5 so that the border would be bigger. A trio of sparkling clear sequins finish off this simple design.

My final card for today features the new Vintage Postage stamp set using more than just the stamps! ha ha! This particular set comes with an assortment of line art images that you can color using any medium of your choice.

I chose to use Copic markers to color the images, trying my best to match the cardstock. I really like the bold sentiments that are included in this set; there are three sentiments like the one shown here, and some fun scripty sentiments like : mailed with love, sent with love!

I had a few extra peonies so they are added to this card above the sentiment. I also used the new Penciled Outlines stamp set for the rings over the sentiment. I've been having loads of fun using this set on quite a few cards for this release! It's one of those basics that you didn't know you needed, but can't seem to put down! 
That finishes things off for today, but please stop by again tomorrow for day 2 of the countdown! Thanks for fluttering by!


Monday, June 6, 2022

Floral Paradise Aloha

Aloha Friends! I'm popping in today to share this fun tropical card that I created for my Papertrey Ink Flash Sale this week! I think I say it every year, but I absolutely LOVE making summer cards! I need to send out of few, so this one will be perfect to pop in the mail to say ALOHA! 

To begin my card, I die cut the bird twice using the Feathered Friends 12 Die. I glued the two main bird pieces together using liquid glue. This bird is very delicate with the long neck, and spindly legs, so this makes it a more sturdy piece; especially if you're going to be doing ink blending, like I did! I used Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, and Pure Poppy for the main bird with a touch of Winter Wisteria at the top of the legs.

I used a black marker to color the tip of the bird's beak and the eyes. I glued these pieces, along with the other beak/eye pieces using liquid glue. I colored the legs using Summer Sunrise and Canyon Clay and glued them onto the base with liquid glue.

I chose the beautiful and unique Floral Paradise Stamp Set to accent my flamingo; I think it's the perfect fit for this darling bird! The background was created by stenciling a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of white cardstock using the Woodblock Prints Stencil Collection. I added the pierced detail around the edges using the Nesting Basics Pierced Rectangles die set.

I die cut a frame using the Border Bling: Skinny Postage Frames dies and then added some Hawaiian Shores ink using a blender brush. I added it to the stenciled panel using foam strips for dimension. Once that was done, I stamped the "ALOHA" sentiment in black. This particular sentiment is from the Just Sentiments: Wish You Were Here stamp set and is perfect for summer cards! I added the bird and the flowers/foliage using foam squares and then gave everything a generous sprinkling of glitter! The entire focal panel is added to a top-folding A2 card base using foam squares! Thanks for fluttering by!


Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Greetery Garden Variety Release Day

Surprise! It's release day, but also the ANNIVERSARY sale at The Greetery!!! The winners will be announced today on The Greetery Blog at 7 am ET, and then all of the new products will be available for purchase beginning at 10 am ET!
You were all so supportive of my "dirty card" yesterday ( ha ha!) that I just HAD to share another, and this time, even the hand shovel is dirty! LOL! Someone commented yesterday that I'd kept my Garden Gear: Tools clean, so this one is dirty in your honor! I also wanted to combine both the gloves and the tools onto one project; they're just too cute not to!

To begin, I die cut the gloves from white cardstock and added the pattern using the Garden Gear: Gloves stencils. I chose a nice, bright, summery color scheme for both the gloves and the hand shovel. The elastic detail and side tabs are colored using Festive Berries Distress Oxide ink and attached using liquid glue. I loved how Betsy added details to the gloves using the Daisy Days stamp set, so I did that also.

The hand shovel was created by die cutting it twice from Soft Stone cardstock ( I wanted a nice and sturdy piece); the handle was die cut from white. I stenciled and stamped the pattern onto the shovel portion, and then colored the handle and attached it with liquid glue.

I had a dandelion left over from yesterday's post, so I added that, but I also had a ball creating more Wildflowers in happy colors to tuck inside the gloves.  

The background is stamped using the new Seed Catalog Background stamp using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink. I added the "dirty" details using brown ink and then added the Mud Pie ArtGlitter. I simply used a 2 way glue pen and then sprinkled the glitter on the end of the shovel, roots of the dandelion, and the fingers of the gloves.
I had so much fun creating this card! I hope you love this release as much as I do! Thanks for fluttering by!


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Greetery Garden Variety Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of full reveals for the Garden Variety collection from The Greetery! Thank you for all of your sweet comments on yesterday's post! A few of you were interested in the details on the notecard box that I shared yesterday so I'll share the easy instructions and measurements at the bottom of this post. As usual, you'll want to visit The Greetery Blog for the official "meet and greet" detailing all of the products featured in today's post. The 3rd anniversary festivities will continue with a new prize being offered to three lucky winners. Leave a comment on my blog and the other designers' blogs to be eligible for a chance to win!

I'm absolutely smitten with the new Garden Gear: Gloves suite of products! I die cut the two gloves, the elastic detail at the wrist, as well as the little "tabs" on either side of the gloves. I used the Garden Gear: Gloves stencils to add the cute pattern. I'm thrilled with how realistic looking they turned out! This card also features the new "Plucked" dies; who knew weed dies could be so stinkin' cute?!

The background was created using the beautiful new Seed Catalog Background stamp. It's a little bit hard to see the gorgeous details on this card, but the last card I'm sharing today really showcases its beauty! I thought the Pretty Pot would be a fun addition; It was so fun "planting" the weeds (they're herbs for this card) and tossing out a few dandelions! ha ha! I gave the gloves the "worn-in" look by adding some brown ink around the edges; I also gave the end of the weeds, the edge of the pot, and the gloves some glitter dirt! You can find the fabulous glitter HERE. It looks SO realistic!

I used Distress Oxide inks for ALL of my stenciling, stamping, and blending. I had such a fun time coloring the pot, the weeds/herbs, and the gloves!

I curled the edges of the focal panel using my fingernail; it's a detail I haven't added in what feels like forever! ha ha! I felt it just worked with my "dirty" card!

My next card features the new BotaniCuts Lavender paired with the fabulous new It's a Wrap: Posy Pocket Die. There is a mini version that I didn't get a chance to use, but it's just like this one only smaller. My bouquet also features some of the previously released Wildflower Mix flowers that I can't seem to get enough of!

It's been a while since I made a shiplap background, so I created one and added it over the top of another panel stamped with the Seed Catalog Background stamp. Once again, it's covered up, but I promise you'll get to see it on my next card! ha ha!

One of the things that is so fabulous about the It's a Wrap: Posy Pocket die is that it includes three pieces to construct the wrap; two pieces for the bow (I opted to tie it with a twine bow). Because the pieces are separate, it allows you to stamp or stencil a pattern onto the pieces and they will all be "shown" when it is assembled. You won't fold anything over that has previously been stamped/stenciled, if that makes sense!

Ta-da! As promised, here is a sample of the beautiful Seed Catalog Background stamp! At times I would fret that the card was too simple, but I truly love that Speckled Egg background! This card features the AMAZING Garden Gear: Tools Die and coordinating stamps/stencils! I mentioned on day 1 that this release is squeal-worthy, and these tools are one of the main reasons! They look SO realistic and I LOVE all of the options to make them so pretty!

I die cut both the trowel/shovel and hand rake using Soft Stone cardstock and then stenciled/stamped them using Distress Oxide ink. The handles and the little hanging pieces on the handles are die cut from white. I used additional ink to make them look realistic!

There are two different patterns to choose from for both the shovel and hand rake.  The shovel uses a combination of both stamps and stencils, while the rake uses stamps only!

I had a few wildflower clusters left over from my previous card so I tucked them behind the tools here and there for some added garden goodness!

In the end, this card turned out to be a little more simple than I usually make, but it also turned out to be one of my favorites! This would make such a fabulous addition to a garden themed notecard set (I mentioned yesterday that I'm obsessed). Everything will be available for purchase TOMORROW at 10 am ET. Thanks for fluttering by!

Kelly Lunceford (you are here)
Card box instructions: you will need two pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. Cut 1 inch off the bottom of one of the sheets to create an 8 1/2 x 10 panel. Score all four sides at 2 inches. Snip a slit on each of the four corners so you can fold it up into a box. The lid is created by cutting the other piece of card stock measuring 7 1/8 x 8 5/8. Score each of those sides at one and a quarter. Cut a slit at each corner to fold up into a box. Hopefully that makes sense. It’s very easy and it holds quite a few cards.