Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hippity Hop {Happy Spring}

Hello friends! I hope you're all having a fantastic day! Today a few of us Papertrey Ink gals are sharing some new and creative ways to use the Bunny Blessings stamp set! Ashley has put together a video that is sure to put a "Spring" in your step! Ha Ha! You'll want to head over to the Papertrey Ink Blog to check that out as well as see what the other designers have come up with; I promise you won't be disappointed!

I don't know about you, but I just love stretching my supplies to use them in new and different ways. I have a tendency to fall hard for certain stamps and dies and reach for them often, yet I don't want my projects to look the same year after year! Today I have taken, what would normally only be used for a card, and turned it into a 3 dimensional treat basket. I used the same idea on THIS project and I love how it turned out. I gave those away on Valentine's Day to my 5 year old's preschool teachers. I hope they like them! Anyway, I guess what I am trying to say is that you can turn pretty much any large die into a 3D project!

To begin, I die cut 4 of the Coverplate: Basket Die out of Aqua Mist cardstock. I used my guillotine style trimmer to chop off the extra border pieces. I used 2 for each side and glued them together using liquid glue. Once that was done, I got to work on the box portion for the middle. The two basket pieces work as a sandwich for the box. This particular box is constructed in the same way as the box in THIS post, but with different measurements. The sides and bottom are 2 inches and the front and back measure 3 inches. Make sure you leave a little tab to secure it together. It is about 2 inches tall.  I used 1/8 inch ScorTape to run little pieces along the backside of the basket dies here and there so that it would secure nicely to the box. Make sure you don't put any adhesive on the portions that won't be hidden by the box. You can see in this photo the way the basket curves out from the box, you want to make sure you don't put adhesive there. Hopefully that makes sense!

Once the basket portion was complete, I tied it up with some Sweet Blush 5/8 inch Saddle Stitch Ribbon. This is completely optional and it looks just fine without it, but I love adding ribbon to my projects if I can, since I don't put much on cards anymore! The bunny is stamped in Weathervane ink and then die cut using the coordinating Bunny Blessings Die. I did add a small black dot to the bunny's eye using a fine point black marker. I added a white pom pom to the tail using hot glue. I stamped the eggs using my mini MISTI so that I could make a lot at one time. They are added to the bottom of the basket using some foam squares.

The sentiments are added to the top of the basket with some felt flowers that I created using the flowers in the Bunny Blessings die set. I used hot glue to adhere them together and added some small buttons I've had in my stash for years.  I did tuck some Easter grass into the basket, but it ended up looking a little distracting in the photo, so I left it out for aesthetics. In real life, it looks great! These are the perfect size to add some treats, lip gloss, earrings, or any fun Easter treat! I cleared out all of my Valentine's Day projects and delivered EVERYTHING, so now I am ready to start the process again with Easter! LOL! I hope you've enjoyed today's post! If you have any questions, shoot me and email or leave a comment below and I will answer as quickly as I can! Thanks for fluttering by!

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge {I believe in you}

Have you had a chance to play along with this month's Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge? If not, you'll definitely want to join us this month, especially for a chance to win! This month's theme is Encouragement and Congratulations! I decided to make an encouragement card to add to my stash! This particular sentiment, which is from the Mod Floral Stack stamp set, is so versatile in who this card be used for.
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I knew I wanted to use the Cotton and Thistles stamp set and there is a fabulous sentiment in that set that says "know that I care" which I almost used, but in the end felt like the sentiment I used was more encompassing, if that makes sense! LOL! Anyway, to begin, I stamped the jar image using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using silver powder. Once it cooled, I die cut it using the coordinating Cotton and Thistles Confetti Cuts and set it aside. 

I stamped the floral bundle in black and colored it using Copic markers. I added some brown marker splatters using my Color Spritzing tool to the cotton pieces to give it some realism. I also added some Wink of Stella to the blooms for some shine. Vellum can pose some trick issues when it comes time for assembly, but the sentiment placement was a saving grace! LOL! I added some liquid glue to the embossed portion of the jar neck and secured it over the bouquet. That still left the jar flapping in the wind a little bit, so the sentiment really made it possible to add some extra adhesive! I also tied some jute twine around the bottle neck for some extra detail.

I think this soft yellow and purple/grey color combination are really soothing and perfect for an encouragement card. I used the Grid Stitched Tag Confetti Cut on a piece of yellow pattern paper from the Pattern Play 6 by 6 paper pad. I die cut it again using some white cardstock so that I could double stack it for sturdiness. The purple and grey papers are from the Fun Times 6 by 6 paper pad and are adhered to a panel of white cardstock that has been die cut using the Stitched Rays Coverpanel. I did some zig zag machine stitching along the side for some added detail.

The sentiment is stamped in black and added to the card using foam squares. The entire focal piece is layered onto an A2 top folding card base using foam squares as well. I added a trio of sparkling clear sequins for some added shine. Thanks for fluttering by and I hope to see your card in the gallery!

Friday, February 15, 2019

SugarPea Designs February Release Day 5

 Well friends, today is the 5th and final day of the SugarPea Designs Sneak Peek Week! I've had so much fun and I hope you have too! All of the new products will go on sale tonight, so hopefully you have your wish lists ready! Today the team is sharing sneak peeks of a new set called "Keep Forever Tags" and a coordinating set of SugarCuts called Enjoy Tag Set. Before I dive into the details of my project, don't forget to stop by the other designer's blogs to see how they have used these new sets.

For my project today, I made 4 Easter treat packages using the new stamp set, SugarCuts as well as the Bunnies from yesterday and the "treat" sentiment. These were so much fun to  make and so easy!

I cut 4 pieces of pastel cardstock and did some simple scoring to create the packages. I will fill up some small cellophane bags with  Cadbury eggs and put them inside. They should be hitting stores today since Valentine's Day is over! LOL! Once the scoring was done, I used the Egg Window SugarCut to do some dry embossing on the front. I just used an embossing mat instead of the cutting sandwich. I love the look it gave the front of the packages. It would be pretty to cut it out completely if you had a larger package so you could see the pretty candies showing through. I'll probably have to give that a try before Easter rolls around.

I die cut the tag and stamped one of the images from the new set across the bottom to create the striped image. I also die cut four bunnies in the same colors as the packages and hot glued a white tail.

This photo shows how deep the bottom is. These will hold quite a bit of candy or treats! All of the elements that I die cut or stamped were done in each of the 4 colors so that I could mix and match everything. 

I secured everything at the top with a jumbo brad. Now that all of my Valentine's Day projects and cards are out the door, I can start my collection of Easter projects! ha ha! Thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Inspired By...Cacti {Thanks for sticking by me}

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I'm not sharing a Valentine's Day design with you today, but I WILL be a busy little Cupid later today delivering all kinds of Valentine's Day cheer to friends, family, and school faculty! I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with love! Today there is a fabulous new Inspired By Challenge featuring a little love and cacti!

Isn't this a fabulous inspiration photo? I was really inspired by the crinkly sacks that the cacti are in as well as the cacti themselves. I really love the colors of the cacti and the way the light is shining on them. 

To begin my card, I used the Next Level Geometric Embossing Folder to create the pattern and dimension on the Kraft cardstock. This was as close as I could get to the color of the paper bags in the photo. Once that was done, I mixed some black acrylic paint with some water on a clear stamping block and used a thin pointed paintbrush to make spatters across the piece.

I set that aside to dry while I worked on the pot of cacti. I used one of my favorite, but recently neglected, stamp sets from SugarPea Designs called Stuck On You. I love all of the punny sentiments as well as the array of succulents and cacti. I chose to use the one with lots of prickles since those are the ones that are featured in the inspiration photo. I chose a sage green that was as close to the color in the photo. The pot is stamped to appear to look like Terracotta.

Once I had all of the pieces stamped, I used the coordinating Stuck On You SugarCuts to die cut them. The sentiment is stamped in black and is one that is included in the Stuck On You stamp set. I adhered that to the card by using foam squares. I arranged the pot and cacti above the sentiment using foam squares as well. 

The entire piece is adhered to a white A2 card base using ScorTape. The embossed edges need a little something extra to get them to stick. I added a trio of sparkling clear sequins for some shine. I resisted and didn't add any shimmer spray! LOL! I had so much fun creating this simple design! I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week! Thanks for fluttering by!

SugarPea Designs February Release Day 4

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all have a wonderful day! Nothing says "Valentine's Day" quite like an Easter card, but here we are! LOL! I hope you've been enjoying the sneak peeks of all of the fun new goodies! I'm smitten with today's products and you're sure to fall in love as well! I was thinking to myself that this has been the release of difficult to photograph cards! LOL! I don't know if it is the gloomy winter light, or what, but I have really been struggling! This design was a little tricky because I used metallic paper that often causes glare problems! However, before I dive into the details of my card, make sure you "hop" along to the rest of the designer's blogs as well (pun intended)!

To begin this design, I painted a piece of watercolor paper using pink pearl watercolor. I used the same technique that I used on THIS card. I added some blue so that I could get some purple tones as well. Once it was dry, I used the Card Front Element Builders to die cut the scalloped edge. I used the new Egg Window SugarCut to die cut the middle. I saved the  die cut piece and used it to create a second card that you can see further in today's post. The bunny is die cut out of metallic silver specialty paper that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I stacked it a few times using liquid glue onto some white die cuts. I also added a white pom pom to the tail for some whimsy. The Easter die cut was constructed using the same steps.

This is the card that uses the piece that I removed from the watercolored piece used in the card above. I love when you get a 2 for 1 option when die cutting. The sentiment is from the new Easter Wishes stamp set and is heat embossed in silver.

I added a white pom pom to this bunny's tail as well and added a few sparkling clear sequins for shine. I had so much fun working on these two designs! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SugarPea Designs February Release Day 3 {I could just SQUEEZE you!}

 Welcome to Day 3 of the SugarPea Designs February release sweet peeks! Have you enjoyed days 1 and 2? I want to thank you for all of your sweet comments! They truly brighten my day and I love hearing from you! Today the team is showcasing a darling set called Tutti Frutti that is just bursting with possibilities! I've created a card that is "fruit cocktail" inspired in color and feel! You'll want to check out how the rest of the designer's blogs as well to see the creative ways that they have used this set. The sentiment possibilities are endless with this new set!

I have two designs to share with you today so make sure you scroll to the end of the post to see the other card. To begin this card, I did some ink blending using Distress Oxide inks; Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, and Worn Lipstick. After I had it blended, I die cut it using theEyelet CoverPlate. The die cut pattern reminded me of fruit seeds, which pairs perfectly with this design. 

I kept the dies all connected and ran them through my die cut machine a few times so that I could get a lot of fruit. I didn't have an idea in mind when I was creating the fruit, but I knew I wanted to stamp each of the pieces to get a feel for how they look. I had such a fun time stamping them all using my Mini MISTI. 

I die cut the circles using the Zig Zag Stitched Circles SugarCuts and then layered the individual fruit pieces using foam squares. I left one circle blank so that I could stamp the customized sentiment; I think it is perfect for this design. I added a sparkling clear rhinestone or two to each of the pieces of fruit for some sparkle and shine. I also spritzed it with Shimmer Spray after I took the photographs. I learned my lesson with my record card yesterday! LOL! 

My second card is VERY simple, but I added a few special touches here and there. Since I had stamped so much fruit, I had a lot of pieces of each individual fruit available, so I thought it would be fun to make this "perfect pear" card. I used the Card Front Element Builder SugarCuts for the Kraft and Green panel. I did some ink blending using Distress Ink. Once it was blended, I used the heart from the Postage Stamp SugarCuts to create the heart focal piece. I die cut some white hearts and stacked them all together. The sentiment is stamped onto a strip of Kraft cardstock and nestled behind the pair of pears! I added a few sequins as well. Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SugarPea Designs February Release Day 2 {You're a Classic}

Welcome to Day 2 of the SugarPea Designs Spring release! There are so many fun new products that you're sure to fall in love with! Did you like yesterday's sneak peeks? I thought the team did a great job showcasing the new sets, but like I mentioned yesterday, I sure haven't had my fill! I am in LOVE with the new goodies being showcased today, and I hope you do, too!  Before I dive into the details of today's card, here is the list of the other designers and links to their blogs for additional inspiration!

I am head-over-heels in love with this new set called Greatest Hits. It is so much fun and so versatile with all of the fun sentiments and images! I can see myself reaching for this one again and again! It will be perfect for those pesky masculine cards that sometimes give us trouble! I will be sharing a few designs with feminine twists here and there as well, so stay tuned!

To begin my card, I used the new Concentric Circles stencil to sponge some ink onto a turquoise blue panel measuring 4 by 5 1/4 inches. Once that was done, I dry embossed the design from the new Musical Coverplate onto the panel. It gives it just the right amount of detail without overwhelming the design. Some of the other designers have die cut it on some amazing designs, so make sure you check those out.

Once the turquoise panel was sponged and embossed, I set it aside to get to work on the records, then sentiment strip and the record player needles. I wanted a bright and colorful card, so I made all of the circles out of rainbow colors and stamped the sentiments in black. The smaller records don't have sentiments, so I left those blank, which is perfect so that it didn't look too busy.  I used the coordinating Greatest Hits SugarCuts to die cut everything. The needles are die cut out of brushed silver specialty paper for realism. I used silver brads to secure through the holes for some added detail. 

The sentiment is heat embossed in silver and attached over a piece of vellum that is wrapped around the turquoise base using foam squares. I spritzed the entire piece using Shimmer Spray. I really should have waited to do this after I photographed it, especially with the black paper, but I was just too excited! LOL! It looks awesome in real life. I added some white colored pencil to the records to enhance the shine. Debbie Olsen did this recently and it looked incredible, so I want to give her the credit!  She is amazing! I had so much fun on this design! Thanks for fluttering by!