Monday, June 27, 2022

The Greetery Sweet and Sunny Collection Day 1

Hello and welcome to day 1 of the Sweet and Sunny Collection from The Greetery!  I hope you're all as excited as I am! I'm a huge bee/honey fan, so this release is RIGHT up my alley! I had so much fun pulling bits and pieces from previous releases to bring my cards to life! Of course you'll want to head to The Greetery Blog for all of the official introductions to the day 1 products! Leave a comment here and on each designers' blogs for a chance to win one of TWO $50 gift cards. Now that we're done with business....let's get onto the cards! I must warn you that I went a little bit crazy with this release and have A LOT to show you today! ha ha!

Up first is the fabulous new Honey Jar stamp/die set! I can't help thinking of honey without lemons and lavender. About 5 years ago, I put together a Lavender and Honey luncheon for the secretaries at my boys' school and had so much fun decorating and creating favors! Now I want to put on another one with all of these cute new products! The Honey Jar stamp set is just as cute as can "bee"; it is styled just like the mason jar, watering can, etc. It also comes with two different bees, the ruffled jar cover, and a honey dipper. I added some extra "honey" detailing by adding some Marmalade Nuvo drops to the honey dipper! Such a fun detail! I do want to note: the bee on this card is NOT the bee that is included in the Honey Jar set; this is from the new Honey Bees die! You're going to fall in love with these bees; this is the smallest of the three sizes included in the die collection. 
The fabulous sentiment is from the new Buzz-Worthy sentiments and I've used them on almost EVERY card for this release; they're just that fun! The honeycomb pattern in the corners is also from the new Buzz-worthy sentiments as well; so easy to add instant "bee" detailing! I added them to the corners of a panel that is die cut using the Deco Frames Die. I also added some lemons from the Lemon Blossom Stamp Set and a few Lavender sprigs from the recently released BotaniCuts Lavender Die. I just love how nicely they accent the honey jar!
The Buzz-Worthy stamp set has dies to cut out the large bold portion of the sentiment and then quite an assortment of companion stamp sets. For the honey jar topper, I die cut it from white cardstock and then added the gingham pattern using the Flappable Stencils. I then added the "ruffled' detail by using the stamp and the same ink as the stenciling. I layered the entire focal panel onto a top folding A2 card base using foam squares!
My next card features the beautiful new Honeysuckle Stems stamp/die set! I'm especially fond of this particular stamp set because I happen to have this exact flower creeping up the East end of my porch! It attracts Hummingbirds and I've enjoyed sitting on the porch watching them in fascination as they quickly flit from bloom to bloom! This particular stamp set features three different clusters of flowers for you to arrange as you please! I chose to use all three for this card!

The bees on this card are the two that are included in the Honey Jar stamp set, so you can see scale-wise what they look like! They look so cute with these honeysuckle stems! I chose the longest sentiment included in the Buzz-Worthy stamp set to highlight these beautiful flowers; even though it's not an actual honey card, it does use the honeysuckle, so I thought I could get away with it! ha ha!

Once again I used the honeycomb images from the Buzz-worthy stamp set to accent the corners. I added some black paint splatter for visual movement and added detail. I clustered the flowers on a panel that was cut using the Deco Notecard Die using foam squares for dimension. I added some glitter to the flowers and stems for some sparkle.
This might be my favorite for today! This one features the medium sized bee included in the Honey Bees Die. I saved the largest bee to share on a card tomorrow, so stay tuned! I'm sure you'll see plenty of that largest bee from some of the other designers. As you can see, this card also features the beautiful new Honeycomb Corners die. I love how easy it is to create these beautiful hexagon cut outs! I decided to sponge some blue ink on the card base so you could see it shining through the openings.

I framed the sentiment with daisies created using the BotaniCuts Sunflower Die; don't they transition into daisies so nicely? I tucked in some extra flowers that were created using the BotaniCuts Wildflower Mix dies and a leftover sprig of Lavender from my first card. I used these same yellow flowers on a card that I will be sharing tomorrow, but with the cutest addition to the flower centers that I'm just giddy about!

Now, the sentiment was probably created to say "always Bee Kind", but I just love how the "always" nestles inside the arc of the "Bee Kind" so perfectly!

I added yet another honey dipper from the new Honey Jar stamp set coated with some Marmalade Nuvo fun!
My next card was 100% inspired by the Sweet and Sunny Collection graphic for this release! I couldn't help but create a card featuring the Honey Jar and the Honeysuckle Stems. I had a few lemons left over so I added those as well!

This honey pot is a little messy and got a bit of honey dripping out! ha ha! I couldn't resist adding in some Marmalade Nuvo drops on the jar and the stamped honeycomb in the corners.

I love this "What's the buzz?" sentiment and I thought it worked so nicely with this card!
My final card for today is a slightly different version of my "Bee Kind" card, but I was on a roll and just couldn't stop! 

I recently purchased a wax seal kit that features the beehive you can see on the left side. I've been having so much fun using it on a few different projects, but I'm positively giddy to use it as I close up envelopes to send these cards! 

This card features the "Bee" sentiment included in the Buzz-worthy sentiments stamp set with the companion "you-tiful" sentiment.

This one features both the small and medium bees from the Bee Die Collection.

If you've come this far, I applaud you! ha ha! Make sure to join me again tomorrow for day 2 of full reveals for the Sweet and Sunny Collection. Head to the other designers' blogs to see how they've used these AMAZING new products!
Laurie Willison

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'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!