Thursday, May 16, 2024

Project Inspiration {Berry Sweet}

Hello and welcome, friends! It's my turn for this month's Project Inspiration from Papertrey Ink! I'm sharing all of the step-by-step photos that are included in the newsletter, but I will add  more details to explain the process even more. One of my fabulous and supportive blog readers asked a question about one of my cards during the March release; I had mentioned that I used inspiration from Pinterest and she wanted to know more about that. I decided to incorporate that answer into this post as well, so Becky, this is for YOU!! Thank you for your sweet support and kind words!

I have saved things on Pinterest that pop up on my feed that 1. remind me of a stamp set I have 2. remind me of a die set I have 3. I like the colors 4. I like the theme etc. Hopefully you get the idea. For today's card I was inspired by a baby shower invite that I had saved. When I saw the truck and the berries it reminded me of the Patriot die collection and the Sweet Celebration Die so it went to the inspiration folder! 
To begin, I die cut all of the pieces for the truck from white cardstock and then colored them with Spun Sugar, Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, and a touch of Festive Berries.
This is the inspiration photo.

I assembled the truck using liquid glue and then cut and colored the leaves, flowers, and berries using the same technique as the truck.

I used the Exquisite Leaf Frame Hot Foil Plate and champagne foil on a panel of Berry Sorbet cardstock and trimmed it down. I used the Nifty Plaid Background Stamp using Fresh Snow ink and then die cut the panel using the middle size in the Love to Layer: Rectangles. I also die cut my favorite in the On the Edge: Scallops Collection from Pale Peony cardstock.

I adhered the scalloped piece to the hot foil panel and added it to an A2 card base using foam squares. I also added the plaid panel using additional foam squares.

I stamped the sentiment, which is one of my favorites and is included in the Feathered Friends Mini 3 stamp set, in black ink and then die cut it using the smallest die in the Love to Layer: Delightful Brackets. I placed the truck and then the sentiment above it using foam squares.

I filled the truck with foliage and berries and one berry blossom. I also tucked bits and pieces underneath the truck and off the side of the sentiment.

I ended up with quite a few pieces left over, so I will most likely put them to good use!

I added glitter to the leaves, berries, and flowers for sparkle and shine! As you can see, the inspiration photo was a great starting off point, but from there, I just had fun doing my own thing! This card was a joy to create! Thanks for fluttering by!


Friday, May 10, 2024

The Greetery {Welcome, Little Sweet Pea}


Hello and welcome! I'm sharing a pair of baby cards for two sweet little bundles of joy! I feel like everyone is having babies lately and they’ve all been girls! I wanted to make two cards tailored specifically for the two most recent babies who I am delivering gifts to, and the Baby Face suite of products is the PERFECT choice!  I’ve paired it with a few of the postal themed products that were released earlier this year; every time I stamp the “handle with care” sentiment or look at the “special delivery” sentiment, I think how fun it would be to make a baby card with them, so here we are!

I actually “copied” myself and used the same layout as a pair of lilac cards I made for release day a few months back. Sometimes is nice to not have to reinvent the wheel and just get straight to creating! I was absolutely giddy when I was making those little sweet peas! To begin, I die cut the pieces for the peas using the Baby Face: Sweet Pea Die. I used finger daubers and Distress Oxide inks to color them and added the faces using the Baby Face Sentiments Stamp Set. I chose to use one of the green inks that I used to color the peas to stamp the faces. I wanted them to be more subtle, but you could definitely stamp them in black for more contrast, depending on the style of your card. I also added some colored pencil details to the stems, blossoms, and to give definition to each of the individual peas.

Since I was copying myself, I knew I would want more coverage on the card front, so I also die cut the smaller blooms and leaves from the BotaniCuts: Hibiscus Die to mimic some larger pea blossoms to fill in the arrangement. I really like how they look with the smaller peas for a more dramatic presence! Sometimes it’s fun to mix and match things that you wouldn’t otherwise think of!

Once that was done, I got to work on the postcard base. I used the Air Mail Border Stencil in the same pink and green from the peas on a white A2 panel and then added the pierced details using the Postcard Details Pierce Plate. I had so much fun gussying up the rest with the Baby Face Sentiments Stamp Set on the pierced lines….so many fun sentiment options!

I used the Postal Modern Stamp/die set for all of the fun “postal” details, including the perfect “handle with care” and “special delivery”! I placed the peas and the additional blossoms and leaves using foam squares for dimension. I added the entire panel to A2 card bases using a tape runner. I usually like to use liquid glue, but it can be tricky with the pierced details…you don’t want it seeping through the tiny holes! Ha ha! I was especially excited to use the postage theme, because I am packaging up the baby gifts in some darling decorative pink/gold polka dot suitcases, rather than a gift bag! I’m so excited to put everything together! My daughter had a decorative suitcase when she was a little girl and it held her Barbie clothes and accessories, so I know these new mamas will be able to put the suitcases to good use in the future! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

You Are My Happy Place

Hello and welcome friends! Happy May Day!!! It's my turn for this week's Papertrey Ink Flash Sale! I've chosen the fabulous Into the Blooms: Geraniums dies as the focal point for my card today! These are some of my favorites that were released last year and the best part? They are SO easy to use and put together! A win in my book!!!

To begin this card, I die cut enough pieces to create this arrangement. I actually just used the guide on the website that shows a suitable arrangement. I inked them up in assorted Distress Oxide inks using finger sponge daubers. I layered them together using foam squares and liquid glue for dimension.

I die cut the Border Bling: Lattice background from Rasperry Fizz cardstock and layered it onto a top-folding A2 card base using strategically placed liquid glue. I die cut the medium oval included in the Love to Layer: Ovals die collection from white cardstock and then layered over the lattice background using foam squares.

I arranged the geraniums using the guide on the website as I mentioned earlier.  The sentiment is stamped in black and is from the Just Sentiments: You're on My Mind and then die cut using the Just Tags dies and then tucked under the flowers.

I added glitter to the flowers and leaves for some additional detail and some sparkle and shine!

I took photos of the card and once I was done editing them, I realized that the card needed something extra, so I added the Border Bling: Skinny Embossed Frame cut from Raspberry Fizz cardstock. There is a picture underneath WITHOUT the frame, so you can compare! Let me know if you like it better with or without. I think the frame "grounds" the card a bit better!

Here it is without the frame! Well....thanks for fluttering by!


Monday, April 29, 2024

Papertrey Ink April Release Countdown Day 4

As promised, here is some inspiration for Father's Day and masculine cards! I'm in love with this new Hats Off to Dad stamp/die set! It's such a fun and easy set to use and it's just perfect for all kinds of occasions! The hat die could be used for feminine cards as well, not just masculine!

This card also features the new Perfect Stripes Stencil collection; I know I will be using these a lot! To begin, I stenciled the background using Spring Rain and Classic Kraft onto Vintage Cream cardstock. I added some Classic Kraft ink around the edges and then set it aside.

I die cut the main pieces of the hat from Kraft and then the front patch from Spring Rain. I added some Dark Chocolate around the perimeter of the hat and Kraft around the Spring Rain patch.

The "professional dad" sentiment is from the Hats Off to Dad stamp set and the sentiments at the bottom are from the new Father's Day Sentiments stamp/die set. I used some Bitty Big: Kraft paper to layer over the stenciled panel. I die cut the largest piece in the Reflections: April die set. I layered the Dark Chocolate strip, which was die cut using the Love to Layer: Decorative Bracket dies over the top and then added the hat. I accented the bottom with additional sentiments.

The Father's Day Sentiments stamp set also includes some options for the inside of your cards.

My second card for today, and the last of the release, uses the new Argyle Stencil collection paired with another sentiment from the Father's Day Sentiments. 

I also snuck in another strip from the Love to Layer: Decorative Brackets die set; I love how the stitched detail looks with the Argyle!

I used the medium and smallest sized die cuts from the Reflections: April die set as a mat for the tree, from the Towering Trees stamp set.

I love all of the sentiments in the Father's Day Sentiments, but I chose this fun one to accent this card.
This concludes my projects for today and for the release! Everything will be available for purchase tomorrow night at 10 PM ET! Thanks for fluttering by!


Sunday, April 28, 2024

Papertrey Ink April Release Countdown Day 3

I'm back today with more cute mushrooms, but this time they are from the new Wild About Mushrooms stamp set AND there's a coordinating Wild About Mushrooms Hot Foil Plate!

I really like this stamp set because there are multiple varieties of mushrooms to pick from and to mix and match!

There are two different sentiments included in the set and they are both for birthday cards!

I used red foil on Pure Poppy cardstock for a tone-on-tone hot foil look!

This sentiment fit perfectly on one of the Just Tags die cuts!

My second card for today uses quite an assortment on products today. I stamped the large Reflections: April scripture verse on an A2 panel of Kraft cardstock using Fresh Snow ink.. I added some Fresh Snow ink around the edges of the panel, too!

I die cut the pieces for the new Sapling Frame stamp/die set and then stamped them using Simply Chartreuse ink. I added some green ink on the bottom and Aqua Mist ink at the top. I then stamped the scripture verse over the top of the the frame. Once that was done, I added the tree, which is from the new Towering Trees stamp set, to the middle of the frame and then glued the little "sapling" branches using liquid glue.

The sentiment at the top is from the Sapling Frame stamp set as well. In the two corners I added die cuts from the new Edgers: Decor die set. I added some blossoms that are die cut using the Sweet Celebration die set to reinforce the sentiment! Join me tomorrow for some Father's Day inspiration! Thanks for fluttering by!


Saturday, April 27, 2024

Papertrey Ink April Release Day 2

I have a big post for you today to show you the fun new products being showcased for Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink April release countdown! Up first is a fun and whimsical card using the new Into the Blooms: Mushrooms dies! I have three cards to share with you using these beautiful new dies!
Some of the other dies might look familiar to you; I created this scene using the previously released Pumpkin House dies! I had so much fun turning these toadstools into little houses and using some of the other fun accent dies!

To begin, I die cut al of the pieces using the Into the Blooms: Mushrooms dies and then colored them using distress oxide inks and finger daubers. I glued them together with liquid glue and foam squares. I added some  details using colored pencils on the larger red toadstool and the two tiny toadstools on the left hand side of the scene.

I used the fence, windows, ladder, star, and moon dies from the Pumpkin House collection to bring the scene to life. I also used flowers from the Into the Blooms: Spring Nest dies to add to the scene and reinforce the theme of the sentiment:I chose to use one from the Garden Blessings stamp set!

 For the background I used the Ornate Swirls Hot Foil Plate on a panel of Caribbean cardstock. I am completely out of good pieces of Aqua Mist cardstock, with the exception of the 2 full sheets I have left in an assortment pack I haven't opened! I am using that only in case of an emergency! ha ha!

I used the Watercolor Wonderful Stencils on a panel of white cardstock and then die cut it using the largest oval included in the Love to Layer: Oval die collection. I layered it over the top of the foiled panel and then created the scene using foam squares and liquid glue. I added it to a top-folding A2 cardbase and then added some glitter for sparkle and shine!

My  next card is CAS and much less whimsical than the first! ha ha! That being said, I love this card for its simplicity and natural charm! This card also features a sentiment from the new Sapling Frame stamp/die set being showcased today.

I only used four of the mushrooms  and colored them all the same for uniformity. I did add some colored pencil detail to these mushrooms as well.

I used the Watercolor Wonderful Stencil collection again for the background of this card; I used Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse on a Rustic White panel of cardstock. I also added a frame that was die cut using the Border Bling: Skinny Embossed Frame and adhered it using liquid glue. 

I used the SU! Color Spritzing tool to add the brown splatter. 

I tucked the greenery here and there until I was satisfied with the arrangement and then layered the mushrooms over the top. 

My third and final card using the Into the Blooms: Mushroom dies was inspired by a scene I saw on Pinterest. I loved the stark black background and a pop of mushrooms!

I absolutely love the Exquisite Leaf Frame Hot Foil Plate and have been using it quite a bit lately. It is the perfect choice to frame a scene, like I have done here.

I used another sentiment from the Garden Blessings stamp set, but this time I heat embossed it in gold to accent the foiling. I die cut it using the Just Tags dies and added it using foam squares.

I layered it onto a top-folding A2 card base using foam squares for dimension. 

My final card for today uses the new Pro Stamper's Box: April collection. This collection includes a ton of stencils; I chose to use a leafy one with Fresh Snow ink and Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte. 

It also includes two large word dies; I used the large Thank You and die cut it from Mirror Gold cardstock and a few times from white so that I could glue them together for a sturdy piece.

I white leaf portions are dies that are included in the kit as well; they are LARGE and there are so many fun varieties!

I can't seem to stop with the flowers from the Sweet Celebration dies; I have a project I will be sharing soon that uses these flowers and these are some of the leftovers along with the colored leaves. 

This concludes my big post for the week! Join me again tomorrow for day 3 of the countdown; there will be more mushrooms (wink)! Thanks for fluttering by!