Monday, August 13, 2018

Papertrey Ink August Release Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink August Release! I'm sure your wish lists are getting quite large with everything that has been featured the last few days!  I am beyond smitten with all of the new products that I am sharing with you today! They will be available for purchase beginning on August 15th! Don't forget to head to the Papertrey Ink Blog for all of the details of the release as well as see how the other designers have used today's products! I've jam packed a lot of new goodies into this first design because they are all just so lovely! The highlight of this card is the sentiment which is from the new Sentiment Staples: Thanksgiving.

It's no surprise how much I love a gold embossed sentiment, and today I'm showcasing it by using the "Happy Thanksgiving" portion on Kraft and then the rest of the sentiment is embossed onto vellum. I really like how it turned out....and the pumpkins and gourds...can we talk about those? I absolutely, 100 % could not resist adding them to this card. They are from the Simply Gourd-eous set that is also being featured today and I am IN LOVE!  I probably had more fun than I should actually admit stamping these colorful beauties. I've used them on my last card at the bottom of the post because I just couldn't stop myself. I sat down one day and just stamped and stamped and stamped! I used a few different color combinations which I will most likely share on some different designs, but the traditional ones are highlighted today.

The new Shape Shifter die is the perfect backdrop to highlight the sentiment. I die cut it three times and then glued the outer portion together. I left the inner pieces free because I wanted to bend and shape them organically to create some visual movement. I used dye inks and an aqua painter to watercolor the leaves, acorns, and berries.  I also used the newest Scallop Stackers: Small for some extra detail!

 I also couldn't resist adding some country charm with the Chicken Scratch Gingham paper
For my next card, I'm using a new stamp and die set called Frame It Out: Many Blessings.I decided to switch things up and opt for a non-autumn design for this one. It comes with a lovely wedding sentiment so I decided to create a wedding card. Once again, I used vellum and embossing on the sentiment because I just love the softness that it adds and I also didn't want to cut into the beautiful die cut frame.

 I used the new Scallop Stackers: Small again for this design, but this time I just used the outer portion without the cut outs. I love how you can mix and match each piece for a unique look depending your needs.

 The flowers from the Stitching Garden stamp set and I love them in this color combination.
 I used a lot of foam squares to raise up the green layer so that you could really see the intricate detailing of the die.

For my next card, I used the frame image from the Frame it Out: Many Blessings set. There are so many fun possibilities with these new stamps and dies. I used my MISTI to get the different green hues. This is a very simple design, but by adding in the different ink colors on the frame and gourds, it still gives the card a lot of visual interest.
I stamped the frame onto a piece of white cardstock that has been die cut using the Noted Simply Stitched A2 Vertical Die cuts. I used this on my previous card as well. I just love the detail it gives to the edges.

These are more of the gourds and pumpkins that I stamped using the new Simply Gourd-eous stamp set. I layered them at the bottom of the frame. I also tied a bow of twine and let it trail out.It reminded me of sprawling pumpkin vines!

This beautiful sentiment is also from the Frame It Out: Many Blessing set. I absolutely love the font!

This particular card would be fabulous to mass produce for the autumn holidays to send to your loved ones! I hope you have enjoyed today's post! Remember, everything will be available on August 15th at 10 PM EST! Thanks for fluttering by!

Reverse Confetti-Happy Birthday, Jen!

It's a fun day around here! It's the amazing Jen del Muro's birthday and the Confetti Crew has put together a fun SURPRISE Blog Hop for her! Happy Birthday, my friend!!! I hope you have a wonderful day! You are an inspiration to so many and have touched our lives for good!

Before I dive into the details about my card, don't forget to hop along to the rest of the crew's blogs for some added surprise birthday designs!

Amy Kolling

Melissa Phillips

Amy Sheffer

Tricia Barber 

Kelly Lunceford

Lisa Henke

Amy Rohl

Heather Hoffman

Amy Tsuruta

Kathy Schweinfurth

Audrey Tokach

Jeanne Jachna

Olga Moss

I wanted to think of a fun/clever way to incorporate this particular sentiment from the Birthday Wishes Stamp Set. I really like how the word "big" is accentuated! So....why not make a BIG candle???? I was hoping that my big idea would translate onto paper and I think it did! The sunrays from the My Sunshine Confetti Cuts created the perfect "flame" for the candle!

I added a big, gold gem to the middle of the candle for some extra detail and sparkle! A large strip of pattern paper from the Cue the Confetti 6 by 6 paper pad was the perfect candle! I just love all of the bright, fun prints in this pad!

The Stitched Rays Coverpanel is the perfect backdrop for this big candle! It looks like the flame is radiating from the candle! The sentiment is heat embossed in gold onto a strip of black cardstock. I cut the white piece slightly smaller so that I could mount it onto a Iced Aqua A2 card base using foam squares. I also spritzed the entire thing with shimmer spray before I added the sentiment strip. Happy Birthday, Jen! Make a BIG wish! Hugs, Kelly! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Traveler's Journal: Notes and Details

***If you're here for the Reverse Confetti Blog Hop, please scroll down****
Welcome friends, to this month's Traveler's Journal post! I had a ball putting this together and I hope you'll join me as I explain all of the fun detail in today's project! There's a lot to see and explain, so will just dive right in! To begin, I am using the new Traveler's Journal: Passport Cover Die! This is the new one that was released last month. You can see my project with it from July HERE. It is the perfect size for today's project as well. What I have created is a journal filled with samples of cardstock, ink, felt, and more!I am so happy with how it turned out and I know that it will come in so handy as I plan and execute my projects!

The outer cover is decorated with die cuts that are included in the Passport Cover Die. They are all so much fun and they will get used a ton in the upcoming months, so watch out! LOL!I also created this super fun pom pom jumbo paper clip using some teal yarn. I love having coordinating clips for all of my journals. They are essential for clipping and securing bits and bobs!

 This first section holds all of the Papertrey Ink ink colors. As you can see, I don't actually have the full collection, but they are all in my cart ready to be purchased! LOL! The tiny flower that I stamped the ink swatches in is from the VERY FIRST PTI stamp set called "Paper Tray". I haven't pulled it out in YEARS, but thought it would be fun to include and give a nod to the past! I wanted to show you how I folded the charts so they fit in the journal, but are easily pulled out to see the entire piece. The ink section is folded, and the felt section is unfolded so you can compare. I also don't have the entire collection of felt. The places that are blank are the colors I don't own and the black Xs are stamped on the colors that they don't carry, if that makes sense. I wouldn't want to confuse myself and think I needed some Lovely Lady felt only to realize that they don't carry it. These little charts are something that I made in a word document and if anyone is interested in a copy, I would be happy to email it to you. The little hearts that I used to die cut the felt are the centers of one of the die cuts that come with the Passport Cover. I used the outer portion of the felt pieces as embellishments throughout the project.
I used a small circle punch to punch out all of the cardstock colors and secured them with glue. I DO have a complete cardstock collection! LOL! I used the Fresh Alphabet to stamp out all of the words in rainbow colors. This particular set is being discontinued, so if you want it, you can get it at a discount! Wahoo! It is one of my favorites! I also used many of the tiny words from the Traveler's Journal: Currently stamps set which is also being discontinued! I just love how they added just the right feeling for today's project!

 I have a board on Pinterest called "Color Me Happy" that I have to put all kinds of color combinations that I LOVE or want to try. I decided to bring them to life in this particular section of my journal. I didn't actually photograph that part because it is the backside of the "color me happy" page! LOL! Anyway, I just used a larger circle punch and punched out the cardstock that I felt represented the color combinations the best and then glued them together in a line. I will continue to do this as I pin them on Pinterest, and add them to my journal.
You can see the felt pieces that I was talking about earlier. They look so cute as embellishments for my Traveler's Journal: Passport Page Blanks cover. I also used more of the included dies! I just love how this bright and colorful journal turned out! It was a lot of work, but watching it come alive makes it all worth it! It will be such a fun resource for me to use as I create! Thanks for fluttering by!

Reverse Confetti Blog Hop

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Hi Friends! Today is the monthly Reverse Confetti Blog Hop! Today the team is showcasing lots of fun and inspiring cards using the amazing pattern paper that Reverse Confetti has to offer! I was immediately drawn to these two patterns from the Pattern Play 6 by 6 pad. I love the hexagons on the lighter piece and it pairs so nicely with the geometric yellow print! The hexagons immediately made me think of bees, so I decided that The Buzz would be the perfect images for today's card! Don't forget to stop by the rest of the team's blogs to see what they have been up to!

Reverse Confetti blog

Amy Kolling

Ali Farmer

Melissa Phillips

Amy Sheffer

Tricia Barber 

Kelly Lunceford

Lisa Henke

Amy Rohl

Laurie Schmidlin

Heather Hoffman

Amy Tsuruta

Kathy Schweinfurth

Audrey Tokach

Deanne Kuntz

Jeanne Jachna

Olga Moss

Eloise Blue

I colored the bees using alcohol markers and then die cut them using the coordinating The Buzz Confetti Cuts. I had the squares, which are from the Stitched Squares confetti cuts, left over from some previous cards and the bees look so cute adhered to them. I love the stitching lines because they match the bees wings!

I added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the top of the black stripes for some shine. I also stamped the "bee trail" image onto the third square. The layout for this card was basically created from random scraps I have been saving from previous cards. I thought I'd tuck the circle that is embossed using the Polka Panel Confetti Cuts. I was pleased at how nice it looked. I was planning on using four squares, but the circle made a perfect place for me to add a heat embossed sentiment strip.
I added some machine zig zag stitching below the focal panel for some added detail and interest.

As you can see, I used quite a few foam squares to really make all of the layers pop! I mail my cards in clear envelopes and use the butterfly stamp from the post office so all of the layers don't really matter! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday Ideas {I love School!}

Hi friends! I'm over on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today sharing this set of Back-to-School cards! It feels like I was JUST creating my teacher thank you cards! Time flies, I tell you! That being said, I have had such a fun time putting together baskets filled with all kinds of classroom supplies like Kleenex, sanitizing wipes, soap, glue sticks, pencils, etc. for my boys' new teachers. It is something that I enjoy doing and I generally bring them to Back-to-School night. I also included chocolate, gum, caramels, and lifesavers for the teachers for their survival! LOL! These two cards will be the perfect finishing touch! I used the adorable Little Things stamp set as well as the School Days stamp set-. You can see a few other projects that I've made with this set HEREHERE, and HERE.

I stamped the school bus image using Palette Noir ink and then colored them using alcohol markers. I also added some Wink of Stella to the windows and headlights for shimmer. I topcoat of Crystal Glaze gives them some realistic shine! I stamped the "I love school" sentiment onto a black rectangle using white pigment ink for a chalkboard feel.

The "A+" sentiment is heat embossed in gold and then punched out using a circle punch and attached to the card using foam squares. I stamped the polka dot strip using red ink and then added some machine stitching! I just love the extra detail that it gives! I hope you have been inspired to get your own school cards created for those special people we call teachers! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, August 3, 2018

I'm here for you {rain or shine}

I'm playing along with two challenges today; CAS[E} this sketch! #283 as well as the current CASology #309. I took a gamble combining the two because I {may} have added too many layers for the CASology challenge, but I had fun and that's what counts! LOL! I kept my photos CAS as was a struggle to not add some props, but I resisted!

This is the first time I have participated in either one of these challenges, but when you have the amazing Stitched Rays Coverplate you kinda have to! Ha ha! 

I combined it with the sentiment and clouds from the Sealiously stamp set and coordinating Sealiously Confetti Cuts. The square framing the sentiment is from the Stitched Squares Confetti Cuts. I just love the extra detail that the stitching adds to the card!

I just love how the clouds look embossed in white onto vellum! The only tricky part is adhering them! LOL! How I wish there were invisible foam squares! I matted everything onto a rectangle of yellow polka dot paper that is from the newly released Cue the Confetti 6 by 6 paper pad. It adds just the right amount of fun and whimsy but keeps it CAS. Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I hope you know how much you inspire me!

 Yesterday was "Mail it Monday" and I sent out quite a stack. I've been trying hard to send out the cards that I make on a more regular basis. That being said....after a few new stamp releases my stash can get quite large again! I like to check Facebook regularly for upcoming birthdays to help get those sent out as well. However, there were a few cards that I WANTED to send out, but my selection wasn't quite right. I fell head over heels in love with the new Words to Live By: Inspire and coordinating Words to Live By: Inspire die because of the uniqueness of the sentiments. 

 I've been dying to get both of these sets inky so it was the perfect excuse! I can feel Summer slipping through my fingers like sand, so I thought I'd better use this set before it's over! I made two {almost} identical cards for two deserving recipients.
To begin this design, I used the Noted: Simply Stitched A2 vertical die cuts using Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock. I blended some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto the top using an ink blending tool. I also mixed some of the ink up with water and tapped it onto the panel as well for some added interest. probably could have guessed, but I also spritzed it with some Sparkle Shimmer Spray.
 While those were drying, I got to work stamping and die cutting all of the images from the Fence Line: Summer stamp set. I used my MISTI so that I could easily stamp two of each image since I was making two cards. Once they were all stamped, I die cut them using the Fence Line: Summer die cuts and set them aside.

 I stamped the sand image and then lined the fence up for placement and then got to work stamping the grey portion of the sentiment using my MISTI. I die cut 4 of the Words to Live By: Inspire die cut. I glued two together for each card and then glued it onto the panel. I used white Nuvo drops for the dots for the i's because they are SO small! LOL! I wasn't feeling that patient today! Ha Ha!
 After that was done it was easy to get the rest of the pieces in place. I also stamped some extra tufts of grass, seagulls, and starfish here and there. I want to step inside this little scene and be whisked away for a beach day!
I ended up by double layering the focal panel onto another die cut piece. I also used the larger stitched die for the card front as well so that it would have a double stitched edge! I had so much fun putting these two cards together and will get these popped in the mail as well! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Just {fur} you!

 I'm sharing a simple card using the adorable Kit 'N Caboodle stamp set! I needed a quick card for a cat lover and this was the PERFECT choice!  I also paired it with the new Pierced Feature Frame die cuts. I just love the extra detail that these can give the simplest of designs!
To begin, I used the coordinating Kit 'N Caboodle Die cuts to die cut three of the cat piece. I then used a small bit of adhesive tape to secure the die cut shape onto a rectangle scrap to place into my MISTI.  I wanted everything aligned properly and I also wanted to get good saturation on the image. For this particular image, it is best to die cut first so that you can align the whiskers properly. If you stamp it and then die cut it, you run the risk of the whiskers not lining up. I hope that makes sense. I layered the stamped piece onto another blank die cut for stability. I made a mistake on the 3rd one so that one ended up in the garbage.

I die cut the frame twice, once out of pink paper and once out of white. I wanted the extra detail inside the frame as well. I stamped the "Just fur You" sentiment in black as well as the cute coordinating hearts. I took a gamble by adding the little paw prints onto the frame as well. I almost covered them up with an additional frame, but I think the recipient will appreciate those little paws.

I wanted a little extra detail to jazz up the simple design so I used a tiny jingle bell and hot glued it to the cat's neck. I layered everything up onto the fabulous Scallop Stackers: Large Die for some added detail. Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Color Throwdown #503 {Birthday Greetings}

Hello friends! I've been dying to use this week's colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge!! I snuck some time to make this floral birthday card using some of my favorite Reverse Confetti products! I thought everything worked so well with this week's colors!
Image may contain: text make things even better, Reverse Confetti is having a sale until the 31st! You definitely won't want to miss out if you have things on your wish list!

Aren't this week's colors so fun and versatile? I just love how fresh the inspiration picture looks, too!

If you haven't noticed, I'm kindof obsessed with this Geo Panel Confetti Cut. I've used it on quite a few cards lately! I die cut it twice and then glued it together using liquid glue. The flower clusters are from the new Elegant Florals stamp set. I stamped the leaves twice and then the red flower clusters and then used the coordinating Elegant Florals Confetti Cuts

 The background pattern paper is from the Pattern Play 6 by 6 paper pad and is becoming one of my favorites!
I'm currently obsessed with this cake from the Candles 'N Confetti stamp set as well as the coordinating Candles N' Confetti confetti cuts. I've used it a few times on a project that I will be sharing later next month. I've had this set for a while but I've never taken the time to get results I like until now. In the past I've tried coloring in the outline images with Copic markers, but I've decided that I like it MUCH better with just using outline on cardstock. 

In this case, I just used silver embossing with the cake stand and then grey ink on the actual cake. The flowers are die cut out of white and then stamped using coordinating ink. I wanted to add a lot of blooms to the cake, but they were competing with the large floral clusters so I resisted and only added one! LOL! I die cut the green leaf trim using green cardstock.

The sentiment is heat embossed in silver and is from the Tall Blooms stamp set, which is another one of my favorites! I heat embossed it onto a strip of vellum and then wrapped it around the pattern paper and secured it with scotch tape. The entire front panel is adhered to a grey A2 card base. I had a lot of fun creating this birthday card! Thanks for fluttering by!