Thursday, November 8, 2018

Traveler's Journal: Life is what you bake it!

The Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal team has some fun new ideas on how to use your Traveler's Journals. If you're a "foodie", this month is dedicated to you! This month we're focusing on documenting recipes: whether they be our culinary masterpieces, or food we love from restaurants, and more! I'm always trying to find ways to keep my life organized and running smoothly, so my journal is a companion to be used with my menu board. Hopefully I will be able to explain how it will be used! 
Make sure to head to the Papertrey Ink Blog to see the other designer's journals!
Before I dive into the "how" and "what", I want to talk a little bit about the cover and how my journal is constructed since I designed it to be used in a way that will be useful to me. To begin, I die cut all of the pages using the Traveler's Journal Passport cover die. I will be using this simply as a book, so I didn't need a cover AND the page blanks inside. I used Bitty Big: Pale Peony pattern paperBitty Big: Soft Stone pattern paper, and BittyBig: Ocean Tides pattern paper for the different pages. I really like using the Bitty Big papers because they are double sided and they give my journals variety without any extra work! I love mixing the patterns and sizes for an eclectic feel. I think it adds to the vintage vibe I was going for with today's project. 

I'm quite a matchy-matchy kind of gal, but in this case, this doesn't match my kitchen AT ALL, but since it will be put up in a cupboard, I decided to make it girly and fun! I used the Life is what you bake it stamp set for the main images for my cover. I bought this set when it was released and it has been in my "need to use" basket ever since! I did use it on some flyers for a church activity, but I don't think that really counts! LOL! So...I was thrilled to let it take center stage for today's project! 

I die cut all of the pieces before stamping them, which I don't usually do, but this particular set uses a lot of different images to make up the entire mixer, so I wanted to make sure everything was properly aligned on the die cut pieces. 

To enhance the vintage vibe, I used the Stitch in time Borders stamp set to frame the different kitchen elements. I also used the Limitless Layers 2 1/4 inch heart dies to show off the cute sentiment. I definitely think I  need to buy the Confetti Sentiments stamp set that is a companion to this set! They are just too cute! The pages are tied up with Ocean Tides 5/8 inch saddle stitched ribbon into a quick bow! I needed something that would allow me to add extra pages if need be!

Okay, now that I have talked about the cover, I can dive right into the "what"! I do the majority of my shopping online. I meal plan two weeks out and then get everything that I need for those two weeks, minus a few things that would need to be purchased fresh, but even then, I use my freezer for my extra bread and meats, etc. So...because I do it online, I don't actually make a physical list. I use my menu board which you can see in THIS post. It has little cards with the main dish that I will be making on which night. When I get ready to put together my online order, I just use those cards to add the things that I will need!

Well...that's all good in theory, except for sometimes I forget the ground mustard, or that a particular meal uses chicken broth, etc. etc. So...this journal has a list of EVERY SINGLE MEAL that I have a card for on my menu board. Each page has a different main dish and then the different ingredients that I need to make it. So...I will use this as I put together my online order, does that make sense? Depending on what we're having, I will just flip to those pages to make sure I get everything that I need! I also added pictures of the food. I don't have a picture for everything, yet, but as I make it, I will snap pictures so that I can add them to my journal. I was happy to have this picture, because these are the bread sticks my mom made growing up so it is fun to document a little piece of my mom.

Before I continue on with the rest of my project, I wanted to share a quick tag I made using some extra pieces I had when I was done. I love giving home baked treats to friends in the neighborhood when they are on my mind, but often times I don't actually DO it, because I don't have a tag, and KELLY LUNCEFORD CANNOT TAKE A TREAT WITHOUT A TAG. LOL! So...I decided to make a tag to keep on hand so the next time I have the thought, it is ready to go. I will continue making additional tags with any extra pieces from future projects to grow my tag stash. I am planning on just tucking them in the back of my journal so they are ready to go! I think I'll buy a few spools of neutral ribbon to keep in the cupboard as well since my craft space is in the basement, and heaven forbid I run down there and work off the calories of the sweets I just baked and consumed! LOL!

The next page uses the ever-adorable Comfort Food stamp set which I forgot is RETIRED! ack! I'm sorry! I also used some of the bowls which are die cut using the Life is what you bake it die set. I really like how the bowls have a slit so you can tuck the spoon in, or stack them, etc. 

I was able to snap a few pictures of my soup as well. It is a family favorite and the kids actually eat it without complaint so that is a win-win situation! I can't say that about ALL of the meals included in this book! LOL! 

I hope this project makes sense and that it wasn't a whole lot of jibberish! LOL! If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment and I will answer them! Thanks for fluttering by!

Reverse Confetti New Release Blog Hop

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It's release day and the team, along with some EXTRA special guests, are celebrating today with a blog hop chock full of inspiration!! So, get cozy and settle in and hop along to all of the stops to see what everyone has come with!

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My cute Rowan came home from school on Friday and told me that his teacher's dog had died; the family dog that they'd had for 17 years type of situation! I knew right away that I had the PERFECT set and the PERFECT sentiment to put together a little something for him to take to her! Thank you Reverse Confetti!!! I used the new "Furever Friends"  stamp set to create today's project.

I had quite a few leftover squares from the centers of all of the different scalloped bags I made during the last few days so I put them to good use on today's card. I stamped the dog image three times and then colored them each a little differently using Copic markers.  I also added some white gel pen "whisker pores" {LOL!} if that is even a thing! I added some crystal glaze to the bone and a dollop to each nose!

The little Dove treat bag is very simple, just using another dog image, the bone, and ball. I thought that the "always and furever" sentiment was perfect to express our thoughts to her. I love how the square die cut for the center leaves the stitching lines along the outside! 

I also used the hat image from the "Snow Bunnies" stamp set to add to the brown dog for some added detail. The "P.S. I love you" tag is something I have had for YEARS that I got from my local quilt shop! I totally forgot I had them, so it was a happy surprise to find them. I'm using another one on an upcoming project as well, so stay tuned.

I hadn't planned on using this sweet set for today's hop, but I am so thrilled that these little pups got their chance to shine this week as they cheered up a grieving teacher! It's the small things in life that make such a difference. I ran into her in the hall the other day and she expressed her thanks to me. Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Countdown to Confetti Day 3

Well friends, it's the 3rd and final day of the Countdown to Confetti and today the team is showcasing a fabulous new set called "Snowflake Magic" that you're sure to fall in love with. I'm showing a few different ways to use it, but I also shared a sneak peek of it the other day on THESE tags!  Don't forget that there will be a $15 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store for one blog commenter and another prize for a Facebook commenter!  Commenting will close at noon CST on November 7th and the winner will be announced at 5 pm on Nov 7th on the RC blog and FB page! Also, you'll definitely want to head to the other designer's blogs for some extra inspiration!

For my first project, I'm using the new Scalloped bags and tags creator to create these sweet little luminaries. I also used the new Snowballs Coverplate on the Let it Snow luminary to create some additional holes to let the light shine through. Disclaimer: I ran to the Dollar Tree to buy some new battery powered tea lights and they were ALL GONE!  I was so upset but realized that they were probably all wiped out for Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns. So...I had to use one that wasn't as bright. But...I put the bright one in each of the single photos so that you can get an idea of what they look like with a brighter light. I die cut the luminary base out of vellum. For the snowflake luminary, I just die cut the snowball coverplate partially up the luminary since I didn't want the design everywhere.

For this luminary, I used the Christmas Candles stamp set that was part of the last release. I knew it would be perfect for a luminary. I made sure to emboss the "glow" image directly in the middle so that the candle inside could make it shine! The other elements are just stamped on paper and then die cut using the Christmas Candles confetti cuts and added to the front using foam squares. 

I stamped and embossed  the "rejoice" sentiment that is also part of the Christmas candles set onto a strip of red cardstock and added it to the top using some silver cord. These little luminaries would be perfect to take to the office to create some holiday ambiance in your personal work space, or better yet, give them to the entire staff to make the whole office cozy!! 

My next project uses the "Snowflake magic" set again, but I couldn't resist adding the "Snow Bunnies" that were showcased yesterday! They are just so darn cute! I love the way you can mix and match the snowflakes to make them unique!

For this card, I die cut the "Snowballs" coverplate and then did some ink blending using Distress Oxide ink. I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray for some fun sparkle and shine! While that was drying, I stamped and embossed the snowflake pieces on vellum and attached them to the "Let it Snow" portion using glue dots.

I also stamped and colored the bunnies using Copic markers. I always like adding in some extra details using a white gel pen; polka dots here and there. I added some tinsel glitter around the perimeter of the ice rink for some extra detail and shine. I cut a strip of the pink snowflake paper from the Winter Solstice pack and adhered it to the top using foam squares and then added the snowflake.

You can see the shine on the background a little bit better in this photo. It really adds to the "snow" feel and overall theme. This card will be the perfect companion to add to one of the handwarmer gift sets I shared yesterday!

Don't forget to join us again tomorrow for the new release blog hop! There are lots of special guest with us so make sure to stop by! I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Countdown to Confetti Day 2

Welcome back for Day 2 of the Countdown to Confetti! Thanks for all of the love on yesterday's projects; you  made my day! It seems like you are all loving the new products as much as I am! Don't forget that there will be a $15 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store for one blog commenter and another prize for a Facebook commenter!  Commenting will close at noon CST on November 7th and the winner will be announced at 5 pm on Nov 7th on the RC blog and FB page! Also, don't forget to head to the other designer's blogs for some extra inspiration!

As soon as I saw these sweet "Snow bunnies" and the super sweet sentiments, I knew that I just HAD to make some handwarmer gift sets to give out this holiday season! I've made many of these handwarmers in the past; they are one of my go-to gifts to give during the winter months. If you are interested in a tutorial, you can check it out HERE! I do want to note that these are a bit smaller than I usually make because I needed them to fit inside the Scalloped box. They are still a good size and perfect to slip inside your coat pocket or even a mitten. 

I went to the fabric store and picked out some fabric that coordinates nicely with the new Winter Solstice paper pad (surprise, surprise) because I love it so much! I love these sweet "floral" snowflakes. They are perfect for all winter long and not necessarily Christmas-y.

The bunnies are stamped and colored using Copic  markers and then die cut using the coordinating "Snow Bunnies" confetti cuts. The sentiment is stamped above the die cut window and says "Friends keep your heart warm". I just love that! So super cute! 

I also stamped the snow image and added some Nuvo drops here and there! They are closed using some mini clothespins with a bow attached. These were so much fun to make!

Next up, are these super sweet "furever friends". The sentiments included are cute and punny for any dog/cat lover! I love all of the little accessories as well! For this card, I used the "Scallop bag and tag creator" to cut out the two squares. I did some ink blending on a white panel to give these critters an interesting background. I also added some ink splatters as well.

The images are stamped and then colored using Copic markers. I die cut them using the coordinating "Furever Friends" Confetti Cuts and added them to the card using foam squares.

The dog bed is stamped onto a piece of the "Winter Solstice" pattern paper and then die cut for some added pattern. I also added a strip of paper to the side that is stitched using my sewing machine. 

The sentiment is heat embossed in silver for some shine. I also added some Crystal glaze to the dog's bone, bow, and both of the noses. A few sparkling clear sequins finish this design off! I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! Thanks for fluttering by!