Saturday, January 13, 2018

Introducing: Birthday Balloons & Birthday Strings

Welcome to Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's January release countdown. Today's featured products are: Birthday Balloons stamps and dieBirthday StringsBirthday Balloons Stencils, and Never Enough.

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET January 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

I have a few projects so share featuring the Birthday Balloons stamp collection.

Birthday-themed products are always a favorite. So festive and cheerful, and probably the type of card I need most often. The new Birthday Balloons set is perfect for whipping up this quick, clean-and-simple card.

I started by die-cutting three balloons, then stamped two of them with the balloon "filler" images. For the third balloon, the Raspberry Fizz one, I added some subtle sentiment stamping.

I had fun doing my balloon strings in three different ways. The typewriter font "let's party" and "good times," along with the curvy Raspberry Fizz traditional string are part of the Balloon Strings stamp set. "Celebrate" comes from the Birthday Strings set. (The full sentiment is "time to celebrate." I selectively stamped just the word "celebrate," and used a black pen to extend the string.)


STAMPS: Birthday Balloons, Balloon Strings
INK: Tropical Teal, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, True Black, Fresh Snow
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Tropical Teal, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice
DIES: Birthday Balloons
OTHER: True Black baker’s twine

I just love all the colorful balloons on this one! I used one of the Birthday Balloons Stencils to do those, repositioning the stencil to create all the overlapping balloons. I did not do any masking and just let the ink overlap, creating the realistic look of slightly see-through balloons. I also really love the different balloon filler images in the Birthday Balloons stamp set: diagonal stripes, stars, and circles.

I stamped some of the adorable typewriter sentiments on a balloon die-cut and popped it up for some extra focus.

The bottom is filled with Soft Stone strings from the Birthday Balloons set and a crisp True Black Birthday Strings sentiment. Sequins and colorful stamped stars add to the whole festive feel!

STAMPS: Birthday Balloons, Balloon Strings
INK: Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, 
Hawaiian Shores, True Black, Soft Stone
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White
DIES: Round Off Edgers
OTHER: clear sequins, Birthday Balloons stencils

And last up is a card that shows some fun things you can do combining the Birthday Balloons Stencils and Birthday Balloons stamps. On a Tropical Teal card base, I stenciled the balloons, creating depth by shading with Tropical Teal and Fresh Snow.

With the stencil still in place, I added the balloon filler images on some and tiny sentiment stamping on others. This technique of filling a stenciled shape with stamping is one of my favorites! So easy, yet eye-catching! I drew attention to one balloon by die-cutting it, popping it up, and added a stamped string.

Last is a stamped Birthday Balloons sentiment on a white banner for some pop. I went back and added just a few white gel pen accents to brighten the background, too.

STAMPS: Birthday Balloons
INK: Fresh Snow, Tropical Teal, True Black
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White and Tropical Teal
DIES: Birthday Balloons, Tag Sale: Quilted
OTHER: Birthday Balloons stencils

For lots more birthday inspiration, visit the Papertrey Ink blog.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal: Layout Sketches

It's Traveler's Journal day over on the Papertrey Ink blog! This month's feature is all about using sketches for page layouts. 

This month, Heather Nichols has put together a whole selection of sketches specifically designed for Papertrey's traveler's journals. As primarily a vertical A2 cardmaker, I sometimes find square pages and horizontal spreads challenging, so I really appreciate having these sketches as a starting point!

For my first spread, I used this sketch:

I recently did a little photo shoot with my daughter and Westley, the horse she is hoping to lease this year. I knew this photo would be perfect for this particular sketch. Such a simple spread that lets the photo really stand out!

The left-hand journaling was done with a vintage typewriter. The polka-dot patterned paper is from the Soft Stone Bitty Big paper collection.

For the title, I used a wavy banner diecut (from Songbirds) to anchor the Headline Alphabet letter die-cuts. 

The next spread uses this sketch:

The 4-photo layout here was perfect for some of the additional photos. 

On the left, I placed the photos onto a Smokey Shadow layer for contrast, then used a label die-cut from Traveler's Journal: Accessories for some info about Westley. 

I used the right half of the spread for Westley's show name: Always As You Wish. The stamped words were done with Wet Paint, and I cut the word "wish" out of a Big Basics: Wish Big die-cut. 

I'm tickled to death with Westley's name and show name, and couldn't resist a Princess Bride quote on the banner. (Except I got it wrong -- I think it should be "My Westley will always come for me." An easy fix, though!) 

Stamps: Wet Paint

Ink: Smokey Shadow

Paper: Soft Stone, Kraft, and Smokey Shadow card stock; 
Soft Stone Bitty Big patterned paper

Dies: Headline Alphabet, Songbirds, Big Basics: Wish Big, 
Traveler’s Journal: Accessories, Traveler’s Journal: Outer Cover

Other: black enamel dots, jute string, vintage typewriter

For more Traveler's Journal inspiration, be sure to visit today's post on the Papertrey Ink blog.

Thanks for visiting!

Reverse Confetti January Release Hop

Hello and welcome to Reverse Confetti's January release hop. Five stamp sets, six Confetti Cuts die sets, and a super cute new paper pad are now available in the Reverse Confetti store

To celebrate the release and to kick off the new year, the Confetti Crew and friends are blog hopping today. So glad you've joined us!

I have put together a warm floral number using the Something Wonderful stamp set and coordinating Something Wonderful Confetti Cuts. I started by stamping three floral clusters, then added some light aqua sponging around the images as well as a crisp black sentiment. 

Next, I used the die to add some dry embossing around the images. Yana Smakula did this a while back, and I just loved the look! Last touch was to add a few aqua sequins and mount the panel to a Stone card base.

Here's the hop order -- enjoy!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Curtain Call Challenge - Pines

I'm so honored to re-join the Curtain Call Crew for their FINAL Curtain Call challenge. This challenge blog has long been one of my very favorites, so it's especially sad to see it end. A huge thank you so Stacey Schafer for creating this challenge and for all the designers and behind-the scenes organizers for providing so much inspiration month after month!

Please join us for this farewell challenge. All the details are posted HERE on the Curtain Call blog. The deadline to link up is December 25, 8 am CDT.

Here's the inspiration photo:


And here's my take on it:

I was inspired by the pine sprigs, berries, and all the white space. My stamped greens and berries are all from one of my favorite Papertrey Ink sets ever, Holiday Greens

I went with an all-white background, but could resist adding some subtle plaid with an all-white Mix & Mat: Plaid die-cut, also by Papertrey. The sentiment is a mixture of a Jingle All The Way "Christmas" die-cut, plus a stamped "greetings" from the Christmas Cheer stamp set.

There's lots more inspiration on the Curtain Call Challenge Blog from the Curtain Call Crew, guests, and alumni. 

So glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Papertrey Ink December 2017 Release - Quoted: Honeycomb

Welcome to Day 3 of Papertrey Ink's December release countdown. Today's featured products are: Quoted: Honeycomb, Stencil Basics: Hexagon, Year of Psalms: December, and the Round Off Edgers die set.

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET December 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

I have a few projects so share that all feature the Quoted: Honeycomb stamp set.

I had so much fun playing with honeycomb backgrounds on today's cards. There is one hexagon image in the set, and it's amazing what you can do with just that one little image! For this first card, I stamped in Versamark, heat embossed, and splattered with white paint.

Along the bottom, I used two of the Round Off Edgers dies to create the soft curve and matching petite scallop border. Finishing off that bottom edge is a small strip of Soft Stone Bitty Big patterned paper.

For the sentiment, I die-cut a tag using the Tag Sale #2 die, then stamped the stripes and sentiment.

The sentiment tag is pinned to a second tag with a tiny little clothespin embellishment. From this angle, you can also see the shine from the heat embossed background.

Stamps: Quoted: Honeycomb

Soft Stone Bitty Big patterned paper

Dies: Tag Sale #2, Round Off Edgers

Other: clear embossing powder, True Black baker’s twine
clothespin, white craft paint

For my next card, I stamped a honeycomb background in different shades of yellows, golds, and browns, then lightly watercolored over it with re-inkers to mimic the look of dripping honey.

I stamped part of the sentiment onto the honeycomb as well as some bees buzzing around. The big "honeycomb" is stamped on a separate strip and popped up.

Stamps: Quoted: Honeycomb

And then one last card for today. This time stamped smaller honeycomb pieces onto a Classic Kraft background. I mixed up the colors again for variety.

Each part of the sentiment has been stamped and popped up. The smaller strips are Saffron Spice card stock. The word "honeycomb" is stamped with a stamp positioner so that I could easily get the blend of Harvest Gold and Saffron Spice inks.

Stamps: Quoted: Honeycomb

OtherTrue Black baker’s twine, white craft paint

Be sure to visit the new Papertrey Ink blog, where you'll get lots of inspiration for Quoted: Honeycomb as well as all of today's other featured products. I'm so excited about the products in this release!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal: Covers

It's Traveler's Journal day over on the Papertrey Ink blog! In this month's feature, we are looking at different materials you can use for your covers.

The Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover die set is perfectly sized to hold three of the Traveler's Journal: Page Blanks booklets, and the die will cut through many different materials. Previously, I've made outer covers from Papertrey's felt and from canvas. Today I'm sharing how I put together a cover with a fabric exterior and felt interior.

Here's a little how-to:

First, I die-cut some fun foam using the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover die.

Next I picked out a pretty plaid fabric ...

... and cut a rectangle a bit larger than the fun foam diecut.

I wrapped the fabric around the fun foam and adhered (temporarily) with my ATG gun.

Then I machine stitched the perimeter. 

Next, I die-cut a felt outer cover, again using the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover. and glued that to the inside using fabric glue. (You could also machine-stitch all three together at once.)

Using the holes in the red felt diecut as a guide, I punched holes all the way through the plaid fabric. Next, I used large eyelets to reinforce those holes.

I used an eyelet setter and hammer from my stash. Remember those?

The eyelets give the notebook such a nice, finished look don't you think?

Here you can see the spine with all the elastics in place. One piece of elastic holds the notebooks and the other piece works as the notebook closure.

I added a felt snowflake embellishment to the closure elastic. The red and white baker's twine goes down through the button and snowflake, around the elastic, and back up through the snowflake and button, tying off in a bow. This holds the snowflake onto the elastic, but allows it to slide, too. (I hope that makes sense!)

The snowflake was cut using the Snowfall Style I die. I cut one from Vintage Cream felt and one from white card stock, then glued them together to give the felt more stability.

Aside from the plaid being a little crooked on the back (be careful when using plaids and/or stripes!), I'm loving this fabric cover and can't wait to make more in different patterns and colors!

For more Traveler's Journal inspiration, be sure to visit the Papertrey Ink blog. 

Thanks for visiting!