Sunday, August 14, 2022

Papertrey Ink August Release Countdown Day 1

Did you think I dropped off the face of the earth? ha ha! It sure feels that way, I bet! I'm here, don't worry, but things have sure been hectic around here! My three youngest boys started their football season two weeks ago and my car decided it would be super fun to die! Ugh! Anyway, we've somehow made it through and my car should be fixed by Monday (fingers crossed) I also hosted the ladies church group at my home on Wednesday so I was a busy little bee getting ready for that. whew! Anyway, I'm thrilled to be here today for day one of the August Papertrey Ink release countdown! 

My first card uses the fabulous new Into the Blooms: Sunflower dies and the new Larger Thank Life: Fall die! I absolutely adore both of these products and love how nicely they work together!

I die cut all of the pieces I would need to create 4 sunflowers out of white cardstock. I used an assortment of Distress Oxide inks to bring them to life! I opted to use liquid glue to put them together; I have a tendency of making rather thick cards and I'm trying to get better, without skimping on dimension. The fun thing about these sunflowers is that you can "fluff" the petals up to create realistic looking blooms! I had so much fun fluffing while I was  making them, but do you think I remembered to "fluff" them for the picture? 

I stamped the Wood Plank Background Stamp onto a panel of Aqua Mist cardstock using Vintage Patina Distress Oxide ink. I also used a bit of brown ink to age the edges a bit as well. I stamped the "hello fall" sentiment, which is from the Just Sentiments: Happy Fall mini stamp set, using brown ink onto the wood background.

From there, I arranged the sunflowers and leaves using foam squares and liquid glue. The Larger than Life: Fall word was die cut three times from white cardstock and glued together and then grunged up a bit using brown ink and splatter. I simply glued the top fo the F, A, and the Ls to the flowers using liquid glue. I added some glitter and sequins for some sparkle and shine. The entire focal panel is glued onto a top folding A2 card base!

This is one of those "squeal-worthy" new products that you're sure to fall in love with, just like I have! My kiddos are heading back to school soon and this Go-To Gift Card Holder: Backpack and the coordinating Go-To Gift Card Holder: Backpack Accessories stamp set are just the cutest thing ever!

I chose to use double sided pattern paper for my cute and feminine backpack; it's actually the perfect thing because of the coordinating patterns and scale! I ended up pulling in a few different prints from the same paper pack: Recollections Floral Fantasy purchased at Michaels!

I didn't have a gift card to tuck inside and with my car being in the shop, I couldn't run to the store to get one, so I had to do without. The gift card tucks down inside the main, big flap where the cup, ruler, and notepad are sticking out from. I adhered everything in such a way that the gift card will still be able to slide in easily!

I was planning on giving this to one of my boys' teachers, but my cute friend text me later in the day that I made this to tell me that she just accepted a 6th grade teaching position and is starting on the 22nd! Wow! I thought just how perfect this will be for her and I can give her a gift card to get her classroom set up!
Join me again tomorrow for day 2 of the countdown where things will take a spooky turn! ha ha! Thanks for fluttering by!


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Sending You Sunshine!

I took all of my 4th of July decorations off the porch and the flags out of the flower pots last Saturday; in Utah we celebrate the 24th of July as well, AND in a patriotic fashion, so I usually keep it up all month long! I replaced all of the porch pillow covers with daisy and bee patterns so I was in that frame of mind when I made today's card!
I'm absolutely in LOVE with the new Dotted Hexagon Stencil Collection and knew the smaller size would be the perfect backdrop for the card I had in mind! I stenciled an A2 panel of Lemon Tart cardstock with Honey Nut ink, but cut it to 5 by 3 3/4 inches later. I wanted to make sure the pattern was straight and even, so I kept it at the standard A2 size just for the stenciling; if you have a better eye, then you could totally skip that step!

Once the background was ready, I set it aside to work on the daisy elements and the bees.  I die cut three bees using the Berry Best Mom die and then stamped them using the Berry Best Mom Mini Stamp Set in black and then added Harvest Gold ink for the stripes with some contrast using Honey Nut ink on one side, blending it out by tapping a blender brush over the top. It really adds some depth and dimension to the otherwise flat looking bees. I used an SU! blending marker (I can't remember the official name) and some Aqua Mist ink to color the wings.

I knew the flowers from the You Are My Happy stamp set would be the perfect size and style for what I had in mind, so I die cut each of the 4 sizes twice (and the leaves) using the You Are My Happy Die. I colored them using Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, and Honey Nut ink. I didn't use the stamps for the leaves, but rather colored them with Simply Chartreuse and Olive Twist ink and a blender brush.

I die cut the "daisy" type flowers and leaves using the Into the Blooms Die and then colored them with Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Honey Nut ink. The leaves are colored using the same ink as the small leaves I mentioned earlier. Once all of that was done, it was time to start thinking about a layout. I think I'm stuck in a rut; but I don't mind because it allowed me to use one of the fabulous frames from the Framing Florals Stamp Set ( I used the other one a few weeks ago for THIS card)

I stamped it in Honey Nut ink and then stamped the sentiment on the circle in black ink. I had fun adding flowers, bees, and leaves here and there until I was happy with the arrangement! I layered the focal panel onto a top folding A2 card base using foam squares. I added glitter and sequins to finish off this cheery card! Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. I wanted to thank you ONCE AGAIN for all of your sweet comments! I can't reply from a PC, and I can't reply on my phone; the ONLY way for me to reply is if I charge my OLD phone and reply to comments that way. It is so old and wonky that it takes FOREVER to leave one reply because it wants to shut everything down every few seconds! It's super annoying! Anyway, I'm not sure what to do, but I DO want you to know I read each and every one and they always make me smile! Thank you!


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Friends Are Like Seashells....

Hello friends! I treated myself to a few goodies from the latest Honey Bee Stamps release and couldn't wait to start playing! I decided to use the new Lovely Layers: Seashore dies first paired with the new Seas The Day sentiment stamp set.  I had so much fun coloring these beautiful layered shells!

To begin, I die cut all of the pieces for the three shells and the sea grass. I colored the grass using Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide inks. I actually ended up using two clusters of the grass, but torn into different pieces so I could use them here and there as I liked.

The shells got just a hint of ink and then the rest of the details were enhanced using an assortment of  different colored pencils! I really like the deeply etched lines so you can let the pencil easily fall into the grooves.
I cut a panel of cream cardstock and added some Vintage Patina and Unchartered Mariner Distress Oxide ink in the bottom left corner and then spritzed it with Vintage Patina Distress spray. I adhered the shells onto the panel using foam squares and then tucked the grass bits here and there until I was happy with the arrangement.

I had originally stamped the sentiment directly onto the panel, but it stamped a little uneven, so I decided to use the coordinating Seas The Day Honey Cuts so I could cover it up with a new stamped/die cut sentiment! ha ha!
I also die cut a panel of Kraft cardstock using the Waves Pierced A2 Cover Plate and added it to a top-folding A2 card base. I used a bit of Walnut Distress Oxide ink around the corners for contrast. I layered the focal panel onto the cardbase using foam squares. A bit of glitter and dew drops finish off this fun sea-inspired design! Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. I bought a few more things from this release, so stay tuned for more inspiration!


Friday, July 29, 2022

A Very Wonderful and Happy Birthday

You may have seen this card on the @papertreyink Instagram page the other day, but I wanted to post it here just in case anyone wanted a few details on how I created it! It was one of those crafty sessions where I wasn't headed in any clear direction, but just had fun playing with this and that!

To begin, I die cut a panel of Kraft cardstock using the Cover Plate: Trellis Die (back in stock) and then glued it to an A2 panel of Kraft cardstock for a tone-on-tone look. As you can see, I left the smallest little centers in some of the pieces of the Trellis background. These ones don't come out easily and I don't poke them out because I like how it looks AND it gives me additional places for liquid glue so it is glued securely! ha ha!

I also die cut a Vintage Cream frame using the Border Bling: Skinny Dotted Frame. Once it was cut, I added some Classic Kraft ink around the edges using a blender brush. I, unfortunately, needed to buy a new Classic Kraft ink pad; remember when I was so excited about ink blending with metallic gold ink for THIS card? Well, I used my brown blender brush and when I put the brown blender brush into my Kraft inkpad, it still had metallic ink on it and ruined both the pad AND the brush! So, the lesson to be learned is that you need to keep a brush exclusively for metallic inks! ugh! Oh and learn! 

I used the Border Bling: Skinny Postage Frames for the focal image; I die cut it from Vintage Cream cardstock and then had fun gussying it up! I used the newer Vintage Postage Stamp Set
for the large birthday sentiment (stamped in black) and then the top right portion. The circle outline is from the newer Penciled Outlines stamp set; these elements are all stamped in Weathervane ink.

 I used the versatile Stencil Basics: dots Stencil Collection to add some light polka dots here and there on the focal panel; I love the soft detailing that it adds to the overall design.
As I mentioned earlier, I didn't really have any set ideas on how this was going to turn out, so I rummaged around in my "leftover" pile and found this beautiful bloom that was created using the Into the Blooms II die collection (also back in stock). I love how it looks like a real postage stamp!

I used one of the beautiful new photo corners included in the Vintage Blooms die collection and glued one on each corner using liquid glue. I also die cut a vellum circle using the Love to Layer: Scalloped Circles and glued it behind the focal panel for additional softness! 

For not knowing where I was headed, I really like how this card turned out! I actually made another version while I had everything out, but I used the Inspired: Lord die and the Inspired: Lord Mini Stamp Set for the focal panel and a few more blooms framing the sentiment. I had to get it off to a camp to thank a speaker who would be sharing her story with the youth of our church (their theme this year is Trust in the Lord) so I didn't have time to take pictures (which I'm really bummed about)! Anyway, I think this particular layout works so well for many occasions, so I thought I'd at least type out what I used so your creative juices could start flowing if you wanted! ha ha!
Thanks for fluttering by!


Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Greetery {With Heartfelt Sympathy}

I have a really bad habit of making sympathy cards that cannot be mailed, yet I generally NEED to mail them! Even though I have a nice stash ready to go, I really needed two that could be mailed! It's been a minute since I used the Fleur Impressions stamp set from The Greetery, so I pulled it out and had some fun inking up the beautiful blooms!

I hadn't decided on a particular color scheme, so I just started adding and layering ink until I was happy with the result. These are all SU! ink pads, which I am finding myself reaching for more and more. They have been neglected for YEARS, yet they have the most prominent and accessible location on my desk, thanks to the fabulous carousel I bought back in my demonstrator days! They are still so juicy and nice, so I may as well use them, right? I still have all the coordinating cardstock as well (thank you crafty hoarder self) ha ha!

Anyway, I'm rambling....once I had the first, larger bloom inked, I decided to go for warm oranges, ruby, and blush hues for the blooms, but then switched gears for the Bordering Blue tall cluster of flowers. Since these two colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel, you are pretty much guaranteed success!

Both cards feature the same embossed background; I cut two pieces of Bordering Blue cardstock measuring 5 by 3 3/4 inches and embossed them with the Regency Swirls embossing folder; this was included with my Gemini Jr. when I got if for Christmas a few years ago. Because it is so deeply detailed, it made the cardstock very floppy so I adhered each panel to a white piece of card stock that is cut to the same size.

I went rummaging in my "leftover" pile and found this beautiful, yet wonkily cut, watering can! I thought with some strategic flower placement I could make it appear less wonky! ha ha! The recipient of this card is old and doesn't have the best eyesight, so I felt I'd be safe! Now I just need you all to be forgiving, too! LOL!

I used my favorite sympathy stamp set and tucked it up top! I added a trio of sequins and skipped glitter, like I normally would use on a floral design like this.
I also found this die cut circle in my leftover pile so I figured I'd use it as well. I simply clustered the flowers and leaves together and placed the sentiment over the top.

Both focal panels are added to white cardbases using foam squares. I tried hard not to use too much dimension, so hopefully these can still be mailed after all that! ha ha! Thanks for fluttering by!


Sunday, July 24, 2022

Thank You Berry Much!

I guess I'm on a summer food-themed creative spree! ha ha! I just really enjoy soaking up all of the delights of summer and delicious-looking berries (stamped and real) are at the top of the list! There is something about gingham and berries that go so well together, don't you think?  I've always been so enchanted by the multi-step stamps that have such realistic looking results! I bought the Berry Bliss stamp set and Berry Bliss dies last year and made a few tags using the cherry image, but for today, I chose to use JUST the berry images for something "berry" sweet.

I had quite a few berries already die cut from last year; I kept the dies wired together, but since I only used the cherries, I had a lot of extra pieces. I was pleased with myself that I had them all ready to stamp! I chose a hodge-podge assortment of ink pads to get the desired results I was hoping for.

I'm fairly certain I didn't ink up the last step of the raspberries correctly, but I think they look ok! Once I had all the berries inked and ready to go, I switched gears to the background.
As I mentioned earlier, there's something vintage and wonderful about gingham paired with fruit, don't you think? My favorite gingham background is the Gingham Background Stamp from Concord & 9th; I inked it up in Spring Rain ink!

I grabbed the Shape Shifter Oval 2 die to use as the focal panel for the sentiment and berries. At this point I realized that I have never clipped the wired edges as cleanly as they should and I didn't want those pesky indentations that occur without clean snips. Once I did that, I must have left a tiny shard of metal that went directly into my right thumb (I'm right handed) and it became impossible for me to remove! Can you believe that I tried to use a Misti magnet to coax it out? ha ha! It didn't work! Needless to say, I had to abandon my creative session and get to work removing the metal sliver! Have you ever tried to remove a sliver from the thumb on your dominant hand with old eyes? ha ha!

I was finally able to revisit my project a few days later, but because I'd come so far, I only needed to add the sentiment and a few extra details! I added photo corners to the edges of the gingham panel. I used the beloved Berry Patch Sentiments stamp set to stamp the "thank you berry much". 

I arranged the berries here and there around the bottom of the sentiment and a trio at the top! I added a few die cut leaves to add extra texture, detail, and interest to the design. I added some glitter and sequins for sparkle and shine; the berries look like they're ready to be baked in a pie!
I had a few berries left over so I made a coordinating tag; something quick to accent the card! I'm sure I'll find something berry-themed to give as a gift and the tag will be perfect!

I added the entire gingham focal panel to a top folding A2 Pure Poppy card base using foam squares. I also added a bit of Scarlet Jewel ink around the edges to give it a little bit of depth and contrast. This was such a delightful card to create, despite my annoying injury! I hope you have a fabulous day! Thanks for fluttering by!


Saturday, July 23, 2022

You Are So Cool!

Summer is obviously in full swing and so is the popsicle consumption around here! It has been SO, SO hot the past few weeks, so a cool treat in the afternoon is the perfect thing! I'm summer-card obsessed, so when I saw the new Sweet Summer Dies and Sweet Summer Stencil Pack from Concord & 9th, I just HAD to have them! They arrived during the PTI release countdown, so I didn't have time to play right away, which was torture! I finally pulled them out to create this fun, citrusy card!

I felt that the impact of two pops on one card would be much greater, so I did some ink blending on a standard A2 panel of white cardstock; I chose Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, and Spiced Marmalade. I was able to die cut two popsicles from the one panel, which was awesome! I also die cut two "sticks" and colored them with ink as well.

Once they were die cut, I was able to add the citrus slice pattern using the stencils. I used Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, and a heavier hand with the Spiced Marmalade to achieve the look I was hoping for!
The background is created with the Bubbly Stencil; I bought this to use with underwater/sea cards, but I thought it worked so nicely in the background with the pops!

I opted not to get the sentiments that go with the popsicle dies, but decided to make something custom using alphabet dies and selectively embossing the "You are so" portion of the sentiment. I simply die cut the letters from the leftover blended panel. I also die cut each letter from white cardstock so I could glue them together; it helps since I added the Nuvo Cyrstal Glaze over the top! I also die cut a few leaves and tucked them here and there for aded detail! I also added some dew drops and glitter for sparkle and juicy detailing! Thanks for fluttering by!