Friday, December 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Countdown Day 5



Welcome to the 5th and final day of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! Today the team is sharing some super fun new products on the Papertrey Ink Blog  that you're sure to love! I have a thing for balloon stamps so I was super excited for this fun new set called You make my heart soar! It's perfect for Valentine's day, but I'm sure these balloons will make an appearance for birthday cards as well! You can read all of the details about today's products HERE.
For my card, I really wanted to give the feeling of soaring, so I got creative with my card base. I was able to allow the balloons to actually extend off of the card, all I had to do was make sure that the entire piece didn't measure more than 5 1/2 inches so that it would still be a standard A2 card. The base is actually a 5 inch piece of cardstock scored in half. I only used half of the new Bold Borders: Love die and adhered it using liquid glue.

 I used the new Shape Shifter: Oval 4 for the focal layer and then built my sky over the top. I used Hawaiian Shores ink and blended it onto the oval leaving some white space to give the appearance of an actual sky. I also used the Cloud dies for some added whimsy and detail. The hearts are die cut using the You make my heart soar dies out of Pure Poppy paper and then adhered to the clouds using liquid glue. I also added a coat of crystal glaze over the top for shine. The sentiment and balloon strings are heat embossed in silver, which I did before I added the clouds.


The finishing touch is a trio of sparkling clear sequins. This new set has a lot of fun different options to make custom balloons, which you are sure to love. I knew that my card base and frame would have a lot of details and I didn't want the card to be too busy! However, I will definitely be using these new balloons in the near future!
My final project of the release uses the new Bear Hugs stamp set and the Shape Shifter: Oval 4 die. This bear is just so cute; I know I will be reaching for this set again and again! The die cuts include an option to cut out the arms so that the bear can be hugging/holding some of the accessories included in the stamp set, even a little bear cub! I decided to veer away from a Valentines design and made a get well card with the included sentiments.


The Hugs and Bear Hugs sentiments have dies that coordinate, which I love, so it gives them additional versatility. I really wanted to use the new stacked hearts that were showcased on Day 3 and because I had the "Bear Hugs" die cut, it made my card come together so much easier! Also, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that Betsy included the heart dies as well. Oftentimes the tiny images don't get coordinating dies, but Betsy always thinks of everything! I hope you've enjoyed the last 5 days and all of the amazing new products. I know that it is hard when we are in the heart of Christmas to think about Valentine's Day, but it will sneak up, that's for sure! Thanks for fluttering by and don't forget that the new release goes live at 10 pm EST on the 15th!



Thursday, December 13, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Countdown Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! Today I have 3 projects to share with you using the new Glorious Globes: December and the Bold Borders: Hearts! My first project uses the new Glorious Globes: December! What I have created here are little treat box/pouches for Valentine's Day! I used the newly released Mix Ups Pocket Tags in a creative way to make these little treats!
To begin, I cut 2 1/2 inch strips of 11 inch cardstock and then die cut just the top portion of each of the tags on either end of the cardstock. I only used two of the styles of tags because one of the shapes extended wider than the 2 1/2 inch width of the cardstock.   Once the two ends were die cut, I slid it into my paper trimmer that has a scoring blade and scored it in two places to create the base. I didn't measure this part, I just slid it in until it hit the black portion on my trimmer! Real scientific, huh? LOL! Anyway, what these score lines produced, is the width of the base, so you could decide how wide you want your base and score depending on your needs. Mine are quite thin, so if you want to put something more bulk inside, then make the base wider. I hope this makes sense.


I also made more felt bows like the one I showed on my card yesterday. I used the new Nesting Circles that will be released on the 15th to make the bows. I'm kind of addicted! LOL! My daughter said they remind her of noodles; once she said that all I can think of are Farfalle noodles! 

You can see the width of the boxes in this photo a little bit better. The globes were die cut and embossed using Rose Gold powder.  I used the Pierced Feature Frames: Rectangles as the backdrop for the globes. I used the inside as well as the outside in alternating colors. 


I love all of the globe inspired sentiments that Lizzie included in this month's set! These will definitely be getting a lot of mileage this Valentines season!
 My second project uses both the Glorious Globes: December and the new Bold Borders: Hearts. I wanted a vintage vibe because there is nothing sweeter than a vintage valentine! To begin, I created my accordion medallion using the Pale Peony Bitty Big pattern paper. I added some vintage glass glitter around the edge for some added shine and vintage detailing.

 I adhered the medallion onto a card base that is framed using the Bold Borders: Heart frame. I used the suitcase image from the Glorious Globes: June stamp set as a place to put the trio of globes. I used all of the images on this one card to really showcase the possibilities. 

 I added some chunky glitter to the big heart in the center of the white globe. I also added some to a few of the purple hearts in the middle. 
My final card also has a vintage flair, but more from the 30/40s era. I did some ink blending on a panel of Bristol paper and then added some ink splatters over the top. The heart frame is die cut out of Hawaiian Shores cardstock and glued over the top of the blended panel. 

I couldn't resist using another heart from the Love in Bloom set that was showcased on Tuesday. I also added another felt bow because I told you I was addicted! LOL! 

The "Love" die cut is the word die that is included in the Bold Borders: Heart collection. I die cut it 4 times and then stacked them up using liquid glue. I added some Wink of Stella for shine and then a layer of crystal glaze for a professional finish.

The final detail is the addition of some rhinestone gems to the outer edge of the frame. It gives it that fun sparkle that I love to give my cards! Well, this finishes off today's projects! As always, if you have ANY questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and I will answer your questions promptly! Thanks for fluttering by!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Countdown Day 3


Hello and Welcome to Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink December Countdown! I've got one card to share with you today using the new Everyday Elixer Labels. You can see what the rest of the team has come up with using this same set on the Papertrey Ink Blog.  If you're interested in pricing and details of today's products, you can check that out HERE. The Everyday Elixir Labels is a companion set for the previously released Wicked Elixer stamp set. I don't own this set or the coordinating dies, so I got creative with the new Nesting Basics: Pierced circles and the Nesting Basics: Circles dies that will be released on the 15th. 

To begin this design, I created the background. I used the same technique for this frame that I used on THESE cards. It is so easy, yet it yields incredible results! The Bold Borders: Prism die is die cut using Raspberry Fizz cardstock. I glued two of them together and heat embossed the entire frame using a sparkle embossing powder. Once that was done, I layered it onto a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch piece of Hibiscus Burst cardstock. I wanted something feminine and fitting for the season of love!

Once the frame was done, I got to work constructing my "bottle". I die cut one of the larger circles, as well as the pierced portion out of Linen Vellum cardstock. I wanted a hint of translucency, but the stability that this heavier weight vellum provides. I stamped the "love potion" label onto yet another size circle. I can tell that these circles will be some of my go-to dies! I stamped the heart that is also included in the Everyday Elixer Labels directly over the "love potion" sentiment. I sponged the edges lightly using some distress ink to give it the appearance of age.

The bottle lid is created in the same way, only this time I doubled up the pierced portion for additional detail. The bow for the neck of the bottle was created by die cutting some Sweet Blush felt out of yet ANOTHER circle {I told you I put these to good use} and secured it into a bow using some silver cord. This was inspired by the hair bows I made last month that you can see in THIS post, you just have to scroll down a bit. I added a few sparkling clear sequins for some shine. I also spritzed the card using Shimmer Spray for additional shine! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Countdown Day 2


Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink December release countdown! There are some super fun stamp sets and dies being released, so let's get started! The details  of each of the stamp sets will help you get a feel for everything that is being showcased today! The first set that I am showing projects for today is called Love in Bloom! It is such a fun and whimsical set that you are sure to fall in love with! I love the multiple step stamping that allows you to create many different looks depending on your color combinations. I chose something very similar to my Traveler's Journal December project because I'm still in holiday mode! LOL! I switched out the Vintage Jadeite for Mint Julep and added in the Berry Sorbet for a soft, unconventional, yet Valentine-y palette! What do you think?

Valentine's Day is THE day for sweet little packages filled with sweet things to eat as well as all kinds of cards, so I decided to create an ensemble worthy of the day! I used many of my favorite things to create this set! The Essential Pillow Box die is the perfect size to tuck candies and gift cards inside to give to all of your Valentines! I die cut it out of Mint Julep cardstock and then stamped the "Be Mine, Valentine" sentiment, which is included in the set, repeatedly using the coordinating Mint Julep ink, repeatedly across the die. I am in LOVE with the font that Lizzie used for all of the included sentiments.

I did the same pattern stamping for the card across a piece of Mint Julep cardstock that had been die cut using two of the newly released Pierced Rectangle Dies. I just love the quick and easy detail it adds to my projects! I was able to lay this entire panel over the top of a piece of Mint Julep cardstock that has been die cut using the Scallop Stackers: Large die, which is back in stock! yay! I used a lot of foam squares on this design. Each layer is stacked on top of each other using foam squares for optimal dimension! I used the outer edge of the Scallop Stackers using Sweet Blush cardstock so that it would peek through the loops of the scallops. 

I used my MISTI to do all of the stamping of the floral hearts. I die cut them out of white cardstock and then got to work stamping. It was easy to stamp a bunch of these using the MISTI. I have additional hearts for me to create additional boxes. I plan on using each of the sentiments included in the set! 

The sentiments are heat embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder which is the perfect choice with all of the beautiful shades of pink and coral! I added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the centers of some of the flowers on the card. For the pillow box, I created little felt flower clusters using Sweet Blush Felt that I glued in three places on the heart image. I can't find the dies that I used in the shop, but there are lots of similar options HERE. I simply folded them in half and secured them with hot glue, and then folded them in half again and added more glue. Once that was dry, I added them to the three flowers on the heart using more hot glue. I tied it up using some red baker's twine for a pop of color!

The next set that the team is showcasing today is called "Perfect Match"! It is such a fun set that will work so well to create all of those "punny" gifts that are so popular for Valentine's Day, but with a "hot" theme! As I read each of the included sentiments, I knew that the "there's a spark between us" sentiment would be perfect to package up some sparklers! {I would not hand these out to unsupervised children or to a classroom} 

I used the Limitless Layers: 2 1/4 inch heart dies to stamp and emboss the sentiments. This gave me an easy way to hide the tape that I used to secure the sparklers. I simply added the hearts using a double thickness of foam squares.
I love all of the matches, sentiments, and accessory images that are included in this set! I can tell I will reach for this one again and again during the season of love! Thanks for fluttering by! 
P.S. remember that all new products will go on sale on Dec. 15th at 10 pm EST!


Tuesday Ideas {Sending Hugs}

Welcome! I'm over on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today sharing this quick and easy Valentine's Day idea {or even thinking of you}! I've been having so much fun creating my own custom backgrounds using the smaller images in the stamp sets, so that is what I did today! I stamped one of the smaller heart images from the Love Coupon stamp set using Versamark ink onto a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of pink cardstock. I poured Wow! puff white embossing powder over the top and heat set it for a fun, textured look.

I adhered a Pink Doily over the top using some Scor Tape for security. Once that was done, I stamped the "sending hugs" sentiment in black in a random, yet thoughtful way. This particular sentiment is from the Everyday stamp set.

I created a custom tag using the sentiments from the Love Coupon stamp set. The cluster of pink hearts at the end are from the Everyday stamp set as well. They pair so perfectly with the heart image that I used for the background. I added a silver eyelet and a bow of black baker's twine for some added texture and detail.

I finished the design off with a trio of sparking clear sequins for some shine! I hope that you'll try creating your own custom backgrounds using the smaller images included in your stamp sets! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Release Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink December release! Today the team is showcasing some really fabulous new products that I'm sure you will love as much as I do! For my first project I am sharing the new Penned Elegance II as well as the new Delicates Dies. My mind is whirring with all kinds of ideas on how to use these, but be sure to head to the Papertrey Ink Blog to see how the other designers used these wonderful new products!

As you know, I am a big embosser; I love to emboss sentiments, backgrounds, and more! It is only fitting that I chose to emboss these beautiful dies using a Gold embossing powder to create some fabulous accents for today's design.  I really wanted these beauties to be the star of the show, so I decided to only add minimal details to really let them shine! I used the newly released Nesting Basics Rectangles Dies as well as the Nesting Basics Pierced Rectangles. This gave my design just enough added detail without detracting from the boldness of the Delicates Dies. 

The sentiment is heat embossed in the same  Gold powder onto a strip of vellum. The sentiment strip is adhered to the back of the main panel using clear tape. I love how you can still see the dies behind the translucent sentiment. These sentiments also have coordinating dies, but I opted not to use them for this particular design, although I love them so much! To emboss the "flowers", I just simply pressed the Versamark ink pad over the top and sprinkled the embossing powder over half and heat set it and then repeated the process for the other half. I added a rhinestone gem to the center of each bloom for some additional shine and detail. I also added a trio of sparkling clear sequins using liquid glue.


My second card for today uses the new Text and Texture: Bokeh. I am so happy to have images like this to set the stage for Birthday cards, New Year Cards, Anniversaries and more! I'm still in Christmas mode, which I can't seem to veer away from, so I chose to use it in a Wintery, frosty way! Bokeh photography is so popular during the Christmas season so I thought it would be fitting!

 The team is also showcasing the new Words to Live By: Happiness. I love all of the sentiments that are included in this set. Since I was going for a Winter-y design, I decide to make a card that could work well as a Christmas Thank You card. 
 The word "Happiness" is die cut using the new "Words to Live By: Happiness die out of silver glitter cardstock. I heat embossed the "You bring" and "to those around you" portions of the sentiment in silver onto a strip of vellum. I didnt' want to cover up any of the beautiful Bokeh background! I added the "happiness" die cut using liquid glue!

 The frosty branches and pinecones are heat embossed in WOW puff embossing powder to achieve the snowy feel I was going for. I used the Sending Joy stamp set for all of these images. 

 I also added some Martha Stewart Crafts Tinsel glitter to the pine boughs as well as around the perimeter! I love how it looks like the edges are frosting up! It really enhances the "twinkles" on the background. I also added some sparkling gems to the pinecones for some additional detail and shine.


 The background is dry embossed using the Wood Grain Impression Plate. It gives just a hint of additional rustic and woodsy charm that I was hoping to create on today's design! I hope you've enjoyed the sneak peeks of Day 1! Thanks for fluttering by!



Saturday, December 8, 2018

Traveler's Journal: Vintage Santa Christmas address book and cover

***If you're looking for my Reverse Confetti Blog Hop post, please scroll down***
Welcome to this month's Traveler's Journal post! This month the team has busy been working on creating some fun covers for our journals and/or some clips and embellishments! I just couldn't resist working on an entire Santa themed project that is perfect for the season! For my project, I have created a Traveler's Journal Address Book that is specifically made for me to use to get all of my Christmas cards addressed. As a card maker, I'm sending out cards on a regular basis and always searching for addresses. Unfortunately, I only need some of them at Christmas time. This will be a place for me to have them all together. I love that with the Traveler's Journal: Passport Page Blanks I can add more pages if I need to. I also created a fabric cover and a few clips for my book, which I show further down.

 Isn't this fabric the cutest? I found it at my local fabric/quilt shop when I was buying fabric for handwarmers. I didn't have a clue what I would be making with it, but I knew it needed to come home with me! LOL! I'm so glad it got used on this project, because it turned out so well and it is so useful! The fabric is called "Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda. It is so yummy! I'm running out of time to get other projects made with it! Eek! I measured it so that it is the exact dimensions as the Traveler's Journal: Passport Cover. I contemplated adding some grommets on the spine to thread it like a regular journal, but decided that it wouldn't be necessary since my address book is the only thing going inside.
I sewed on a large Sweet Blush Vintage Button and some elastic cord to secure the cover. I love all of the variations in buttons that you get in each bag. This particular button had silver reinforcements around the holes which gives it some extra detail that I love!

I went to the Post Office so that I could get some stamps. The local Post Office has a display of current stamps that are magnetic so that you can see them when you get up to the register. I spotted these Vintage Santa stamps and was beyond thrilled! Aren't they PERFECT for this project? Not to mention my love affair with these particular Santa images! These bring back so many fond memories of my childhood Christmases! Anyway, I asked the clerk if he still had the vintage Santa stamps and he said, "No...we don't have anything like that." (as I'm staring at the magnet that shows that they clearly DID or DO have them). I replied that I wanted these stamps and picked up the magnetic board. He said,"That is SANTA!" I said," I know...vintage Santa". LOL! I said," Ya know...old-fashioned? " He chuckled and said that they did! Whew! I clearly can't use befuddling words like "vintage" these days! LOL!

I added a pocket on the inside of the cover that is the perfect size to hold a book of stamps. Now I want to go back and buy every last Santa stamp so that I will never run out! LOL!

The address book is created using the same measurements as the page blanks cover. I just made my own using Vintage Jadeite cardstock. Look at me, using confusing words like that again! LOL! I decorated the cover using images from one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE sets; Santa Stationery

I also added a strip of felt that has been die cut using the rickrack border die. Rickrack also brings back fond holiday memories. My mom made us felt stockings with rickrack trim and I always LOVED them! The address book is tied up with red baker's twine.


I wanted to make a few clips so that I could use them with my book. Oftentimes I will rip off a return address when a card comes if I don't have that particular address. This way I can clip them inside until I can get them transferred, or just keep them with the sender's handwriting for nostalgia. 
Many of you know how much I love shrink plastic. I wanted to use the large Santa image from the Santa Stationery set, so I stamped it in red ink onto the shrink plastic. I die cut them using a circle die cut and then used my heat gun to shrink them. I made two so that it would be double sided. The bow clip that you can see at the top of the book is created using Pure Poppy Saddlestitch ribbon

The paper ones are made using some other images from the Santa Stationery set.  I used the Postage Die to die cut the Santa stamp image. All of these are hot glued onto paper clips that are slightly larger than normal. I did use a glue dot for the shrinky dink because you can see the hot glue through the two layers. I had to make two, so I know! LOL!