Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Greetery {Nouveau Notes}

Hello and welcome, friends! I'm thrilled to be here today sharing a few projects for the new release from The Greetery called Nouveau Notes! You're going to love this fabulous new collection of products! As always, Betsy will be sharing all of the information about the specifics for each product, so make sure you head to The Greetery Blog for all of the details!  Up first is a set of notecards and a stationery box using the new products! 

This release includes a fabulous new stamp set called Floral Delicacies and 2 beautiful new sentiment sets called Everyday Labels and Handmade Labels. They're the perfect thing to accent this set of 4 A2 sized cards that coordinate with the Stationery Box and envelopes! 

The Stationery Box is designed to fit a set of A2 sized cards. As you know, I'm a fan of dimensional cards, so my box can easily fit the 4 cards and envelopes shown for this project. You could definitely get 6 if they were less dimensional and more like a standard set of cards you'd find in a stationery shop or stationery aisle in the store.

I also accented the box with the new Deco Frames dies. I just love all of the built-in detailing that it adds to the project!

There will be a few new sets of envelopes offered in this release! I used the blush and white ones for this project and used the Handmade Labels to add the sentiment to the flap for added detail and cohesiveness!

Can you see the pretty coordinating pens? Those will be included in this release as well and they are perfect to add with a set of cards!

Let's talk about the new Deco Triangles Hot Foil Plate, shall we? I'm obsessed! I used Rose Gold foil to add the detail to the 4 cards for a professional look! I love how it turned out! I added a lot of glitter to the flowers for added sparkle, but kept each card quite simple, yet cohesive! I used each of the 4 sentiments from the Everyday Labels stamp set.

My second project for today uses the Stationery Box again, but I trimmed it down to fit the fabulous new Deco Notes notecards! There are also square envelopes to fit these sweet little cards to tuck inside the box!

I used the Hot Foil Plate again to accent the flap of the box and then added the gold embossed sentiment from the Handmade Labels stamp set. The Deco Notes die collection includes these fabulous corner details that you will love!

I stamped the flaps of the small envelopes just like I did on the larger ones! I just love adding details like that! It really makes the entire project feel a little bit more professional!

I had done quite a bit of stamping on the first set of cards, so I opted to use the Summer Findings Dies to accent this set of notecards!

Having insect collections seems very reminiscent of the Art Nouveau period, so I thought it would be fun to add them to this collection!

Once you die cut the two sides for the Stationery Box, it's very easy to trim it down to create the correct size for these small cards!

I die cut the corners out of gold metallic paper for a luxe feel! It adds to the gold foiling and embossing so well!

I wanted to show a picture of the inside of the flap because Betsy is offering these tiny magnets to use as closures for the Stationery Box! That being said, there is a really fun half-circle die that is included in the Stationery Box die set that allows you to create an open area in the front so you can easily get the cards in and out! Guess who forgot to use it on this box? Sorry! I did it on the first box and then didn't take a picture of that one! ha ha! Anyway, it is a fun detail and will allow the recipient or "owner" of the box to be able to get the cards out easily.  I had such a great time putting these two card sets together! Everything will be available for purchase tomorrow at 10 am ET! Head to the other designers' blogs to see how they've used these new products!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Summer birthdays are the most fun!

Happy August friends! I thought I'd pop in here to share a summer-y birthday card AND to let you know what's been going on around here! You all probably think that I've dropped off the face of the earth, which I guess I have! ha ha! I had already planned to take the summer off from most of my design work, but I guess I never really said anything here! I have some projects coming up later this month using some new products that I KNOW you'll love! Other than that, I'll be returning to all of my normal work in September, so things will definitely pick up then! In the meantime, I have a card I created yesterday for a new friend's birthday. I know I've mentioned it a time or two, but making summer cards is my favorite and I haven't done as many as I would have liked, so....I decided to whip something special up for here using a mashup of supplies! 

To begin this tropical design, I die cut a panel of Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock using the largest die in the Love to Layer: Notched dies set. Once that was done, I stenciled the background using Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink and the Taylored Expressions Breezy stencil. I blended from the middle outward, leaving a bit of white around the edges. I also gave the bottom portion a light spritz of Salvaged Patina spray stain for a watery look! I wanted a bit of shimmer and shine so I added some shimmer spray over the top.

I set the background panel aside to dry and got to work on the leaves, flowers, and flip-flops! I die cut the leaves and flowers using the Tropical Bouquets Honey Cuts from white cardstock as well as the flip-flops using the Flip Flop Builder Honey Cuts. I bought these last summer because I HAD to have them and I just barely used them! ha ha! I colored all of the leaves, flowers and flip-flops using assorted Distress Oxide inks.

Before I began assembling the card, I stamped the sentiment, which is an old one from Papertrey Ink that has been retired. You could use any of your favorite summer sentiments in its place. Once the sentiment was stamped, I was able to add the flip-flops, leaves, and flowers using liquid glue and foam squares. 

A few dew drops here and there add just the right amount of detail to finish off this design. I layered the notched panel to a Berry Sorbet card base using foam squares. I added some glitter as well, but only after I took the pictures. I was going back on forth on whether I should add it, but it looks really nice! Thanks for fluttering by!