Thursday, November 19, 2015

Taylored Expressions - Season's Greetings

I'm on the Taylored Expressions blog today with a double feature -- same dies, same embossing folder, totally different results. Click HERE to check it out.

Hope you're having a great week! I appreciate your visit!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reverse Confetti - Felt Snowflake Ornament

Join me today on the Reverse Confetti blog for Wednesday in the Works. I'm sharing a quick photo tutorial on how to make this felt snowflake ornament / gift topper.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Papertrey November Release In Review

We've come to the end of another Papertrey Ink release countdown. Such a fun collection of products this month! 

All of the new products will be available tonight at 10 pm EST in the Papertrey Ink store.

I have a few more projects to share with the new products I haven't shared yet this week:

For this snowy scene, I've combined Nichole's Winter Woods, Heather's Fab Flakes, and Dawn's Tucked In: Sympathy.

To give the birch trees a bit more dimension, I shaded one side. There's also some shading at the horizon line to help the snowy banks stand out.

Stamps: Winter Woods, Tucked In: Sympathy, Fab Flakes

Dies: Winter Woods, Fab Flakes 

Ink: Spring Rain, Soft Stone, Harvest Gold, Smokey Shadow

Paper: Stamper's Select white, Fresh Snow Linen card stock, Soft Stone card stock

Other: ink blending foam and tool, foam adhesive

Here we have the gorgeous Sunflower Cover Plate and one of the Scriprture sentiments from Phrases & Prasies.

I die-cut out of watercolor paper left the flower, stem and leaves intact, but removed the negative pieces. I watercolored the flower and leaves, then adhered to a solid card-size panel that I lightly watercolored in a sky blue

Stamps: Phrases & Praises

Dies: Sunflower Cover Plates

Ink: Dark Chocolate

Paper: watercolor paper, kraft card stock

Other: watercolor markers, white ink, twine

Dawn's Enclosed: Present is wonderfully all-occasion. I sponged on the different inks with a blending tool, leaving the sentiment white.

I stacked several layers together to make this a shaker card. Instead of adhering this to a separate tag die-cut, I threaded twine through the bows to make this the tag.

Stamps: Enclosed: Present

Dies: Enclosed: Present

Ink: Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Soft Stone, white pigment

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: glass glitter, metallic silver twine, white linen thread

Here's a clean and simple everyday card featuring Winter Woods and Fab Flakes. They pair up beautifully.

Stamps: Winter Woods, Fab Flakes

Dies: Winter Woods, Fab Flakes

Ink: Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse, True Black, Blueberry Sky

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock; Black & White All Over Paper Collection

Other: paintbrush

Visit the Papertrey team for more November release inspiration:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Celebration Inspiration

Welcome to Day Five of Papertrey Ink's November release countdown. Up today: birthdays and other celebrations. We've got quite a line-up of new birthday-themed stamp sets and dies that you're sure to love!

Today's featured products, along with the rest of the November release, will be available at 10 pm EST November 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

My first card features Scene It: Celebration, Birthday Cheer, and Type Strip Numbers III. I started by die-cutting a handful of the banner in a circle (using a Scene It: Celebration die) and stacking theme together. Next I stamped the banner sentiment, from Scene It: Celebration stamp set in Orange Zest. I used the same die-cut and cut a banner circle from red card stock and a pattern from Maile's new Ombre Stripes paper collection, then pieced them in above and below the banner. I added another layer to the circle stack, the one with the stars. It has been stamped in a combination of Limeade Ice and New Leaf. 

The "celebrate" die-cut is from Birthday Cheer. I've enjoyed Holiday Cheer so much, so I was super excited to see this in the November release.

To personalize the card a bit, I added a "27" using the Type Bits Strip die and the Type Strip Numbers III stamp set.

Stamps: Scene It: Celebration, Type Strip Numbers III, Birthday Style

Dies: Scene It: Celebration, Birthday Cheer, Type Bits Strip, Birthday Style

Ink: Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores

Paper: white, Limeade Ice, New Leaf and Pure Poppy card stock; Hawaiian Shores Dots patterned paper; Ombre Stripes Paper Collection

Other: white crochet thread, ink blending tool

Next up is a fun tag to celebrate a 21st birthday. I started by die-cutting a tag base out of Lizzie's Confetti Toss Paper Collection using the Tag Sale #3 die. In the back is a mini slide frame that I die-cut and stamped using Heather's Mini Slide Frame stamps and dies. These are so adorable and such a fun little accent!

The celebrate die-cut, once again, is from Birthday Cheer. I die-cut it from Limeade Ice and sponged on some New Leaf ink. "Your big day" is stamped in VersaMark on vellum and white embossed. For an embellishment I added a ballon from Birthday Style and a string that I die-cut using the Balloon Strings die set.

Stamps: Birthday Cheer, Mini Slide Frame, Birthday Style

Dies: Birthday Cheer, Mini Slide Frame, Tag Sale #3, Birthday Style, Balloon Strings

Ink: New Leaf, VersaMark, Summer Sunrise

Paper: Confetti Toss Paper Collection; Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, white card stock

Other: True Black baker's twine, enamel dots, foam adhesive

For my last card, I couldn't wait to try some DIY confetti stamping. Lizzie's Confetti Toss set is so fun. The combination of tight and loose confetti groupings, as well as the little individual dots, makes  the stamping part effortless.

The balloons are from Birthday Style, plus Balloon Strings. The sentiment was done with the Birthday Cheer stamps and dies.

Stamps: Birthday Cheer, Birthday Style, Confetti Toss

Dies: Birthday Cheer, Birthday Sytle

Ink: Autumn Rose, Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, VersaaMark

Paper: Autumn Rose, white, and Limeade Ice card stock, Luxe Silver card stock

Other: white embossing powder, silver sequins

It's going to be a colorful and cheery day on the design team blogs! Visit the team to see lots more Celebration Inspiration:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Petite Places Through the Seasons

Welcome to Day Three of Papertrey Ink's November release countdown. 

The November release will be available for purchase at 10 pm EST November 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

Today, you're in for a treat -- Betsy has designed a scenery stamp set for the Petite Places series: Walk in the Park. Cobblestone paths, a darling bridge, trees and shrubs, even street lamps. She has also designed a Petite Places paper collection that includes both scenic background designs as well as sheets of pre-printed trees and shrubs ready for die-cutting.

Today the team is revisiting the entire Petite Places collection and combining previously released favorites with these new scene-building elements. For a fun twist, Nichole has also asked us to create four seasonal variations of our project design. 

I decided to make a set of bookmarks featuring the Petite Places: Church, Walk in the Park, and Scripture sentiments from Betsy's Phrases & Praises, also releasing this month.

The bookmark style is such that the length of ribbon slips between the pages and the bookmark part sits on the front cover.

Here's a look at them one by one:

All four bookmarks begin with the Basic Bookmark 3which I die-cut from the Petite Places Paper Collection. The bridge and street lamps are die-cut and stamped with images and dies from Petite Places: Walk in the Park. The church is die-cut and stamped with dies and images from Petite Places: Church. And the Scripture sentiment is from Phrases & Praises, also coming November 15. To make this specific to Fall, I used fall-colored trees from the Petite Places Paper Collection, and sprinkled on a few tiny leaf die-cuts, which were done with a die in the Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die set.

The winter bookmark begins with the winter scene paper from the Petite Places Paper Collection. I changed to a winter tree and added snowflake accents (using Quilted: Winter stamps/dies).

Spring and Summer are very similar. Both have the same layout and the sun rays background. The main difference is the trees: The Spring bookmark shows two trees just beginning to get their leaves and one tree that is flowering. I used one of the shrubbery stamps to create both of those looks. For an embellishment, I added a die-cut butterfly from the Wee Folk Make-It Market Mini Kit.

And last, Summer. Here, the trees are in full leaf and the background is the warmer yellow sky. The sparrow embellishment came from the Wee Folk Make-It Market Mini Kit.

I finished off the ends of the bookmarks with a dangling bead. 

STAMPS: Petite Places: Walk in the Park, Phrases & Praises, Quilted: Winter
DIES: Petite Places: Walk in the Park, Petite Places: Church, Make It Market Mini Kt: Wee Folk, Quilted: Winter, Basic Bookmark #3
INK: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, New Leaf, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Stone, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow
PAPER: Stamper's Select white card stock, Petite Places Paper Collection
OTHER: Terracotta Tile, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, and New Leaf saddle stitched, ribbon, PTI vintage buttons (white, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold); white linen thread; D rings; decorative beads

Thanks so much for stopping by! Visit the Papertrey team for more Petite Places Through the Seasons inspiration:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Introducing Winter Woods

This is my second post today. 

For Reverse Confetti's Crazy For Christmas project, scroll down or click HERE.

Papertrey Ink's November release countdown has begun. The senior DT kicked things off Tuesday and yesterday, so if you missed those introductions, head to Nichole's blog to catch up.

Today, the whole team will be showcasing the Winter Woods stamp set and dies, Winter Woods Cover Plate, and Winter Woods paper collection, designed by Nichole Heady, as well as Fab Flakes stamps and dies, designed by Dawn McVey.

I'm really excited about today's products. Winter Woods is one of those sets you look at and just gasp. It's that beautiful! But before I get too far ahead of myself, a reminder ...

Today's featured products, along with the rest of the November release, will be available at 10 pm EST November 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

Surely one of the most welcome parts of winter is looking out across a snowy white landscape and seeing a cardinal or some other colorful winter bird. Assurance that yes, there is life out there, and yes, there is color, too. Inspired by that notion of brightly colored birds against a snowy landscape, I created a bright and colorful grouping for my card and placed it on a solid white background. 

The yellow/orange ombre background strip is done with ink blenders, Summer Sunrise ink and Orange Zest ink. I splattered on Canyon Clay ink and white paint, plus a tiny bit of black spritz. That panel is layered onto some torn Linen Vellum, then adhered to the Fresh Snow Linen card base.

Everything else is stamped die-cuts. The two-step bird images are so gorgeous and quick to stamp! I used a stamp positioner to help make sure the second layer was aligned correctly.

Dawn's Fab Flakes is filled with gorgeous snowflake images. Many of them easily double as flowers, too, for added versatility. I added a few Rainstones here and there. I didn't even know about these until Laura Bassen used them during Stamp-A-Faire in August. Love them!

STAMPS: Winter Woods, Fab Flakes
DIES: Winter woods, Fab Flakes
INK: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Pure Poppy, True Black, Simply Chartreuse, Tropical Teal
PAPER: Fresh Snow linen card stock; Linen Vellum, Stamper's Select white card stock
OTHER: Rainstones, white mist, black Copic and air spritzing tool

The Winter Woods Cover Plate is quite striking. Stamp birch bark details on them or leave them plain like I have here. If my first card was all about bright and colorful, this one is serene and neutral.

For this layered background look, I used three Winter Woods Cover Plate die-cuts. The Smokey Shadow top layer stayed intact. The Soft Stone and Stormy Sea layers were cut apart and offset. The chickadee is stamped in Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow. To get the golden breast color, I inked up the image in Soft Stone, then sponged Harvest Gold ink onto the stamp before stamping. The sentiment, which you'll see more of on Saturday, is heat embossed in white on Linen Vellum.

I sponged some Harvest Gold in the upper right corner for the look of moonlight (or sunlight). You can't see it in this photo, but I sponged on some of the new Stormy Sea ink along the bottom, too.

STAMPS: Winter Woods, Keep It Simple: Birthday II
DIES: Winter woods Cover Plate, Winter Woods
INK: Harvest Gold, Soft Stone, Stormy Sea, Smokey Shadow, Versamark
PAPER: Stamper's Select white card stock, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Stormy Sea card stock
OTHER: white embossing powder

I tried something a little different with this last card. Here, I've used the chickadee image and the birch bark lines to create a fun stamped background pattern. Reminds me of wallpaper or fabric.

The Soft Stone body shows up lighter on-screen than it is in real life, so on the actual card, the body does stand out quite a bit more! I used the birch tree detail image (the lines) for an abstract pop of color.

To keep the focus on the background pattern, I kept the sentiment small and placed it in a corner. The sentiment is from Winter Woods, and is stamped and heat embossed onto a Smokey Shadow Tag Sale #8 die-cut, which I trimmed down to fit the card. 

STAMPS: Winter Woods
DIESTag Sale #8
INK: Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Limeade Ice, Versamark
PAPER: Stamper's Select white card stock, Soft Stone and Smokey Shadowcard stock
OTHER: white embossing powder, Limeade Ice satin ribbon, True Black baker's twine

Thanks so much for stopping by! Visit the Papertrey team for lots more kit inspiration:

Crazy for Christmas - Photo Memory Ornament

Hello and welcome to the third and final day of Reverse Confetti's Crazy for Christmas project showcase. The Day One theme was Ready to Party. On Day Two, we tackled Gift Giving. Today it's Memory Keeping.

Every year, up until last year, I've purchased photo ornaments for my kids. I love how our "memory tree" shows the growth of the kids over the years. Last year, for the first time (that I can remember, anyway), I made my own photo ornaments. I liked them so much that I decided to make my own again this year! But I've added a little twist -- on the inside is a little booklet of sorts, where I can record highlights from the year. 

I've used the Folded Tag for the basic construction. On the outside of the tag I have a metal-rimmed key tag (long-time crafters will remember when they were *the* embellishment! I still love 'em!), which I've used to frame my oldest son's picture. Behind that is a banner strip showing the year, which I stamped with numbers from Alphabetical. And behind that is a small wreath from the Wreaths die set. I used a Hang Ups die-cut to create a loop for a decorative ornament hanger.

On the inside is a little booklet. Here's how I made that:
1. Die-cut two (or more) Folded Tags out of white card stock (the thinner, cheaper stuff works best here)
2. Fold each tag along the perforated line.
3. Lay the smaller rectangle frame piece from the Folded Tags set onto one of your white folded tags. Make sure the perforated fold is just inside one the frame die's long sides ( you don't want to cut that perforated fold).
4. Remove from die and repeat with the additional tag/s. Voila -- booklet pages!
5. Stack the booklet pages and fold them back up to form the booklet.

Originally I was planning to machine-stitch along the perforated fold to keep the pages together and then just glue/tape the front and back to the inside of the ornament/tag. But then I had this idea to use little jump rings as binder rings. I had been wanting to add jingle bells to the bottom anyway, so the jump rings ended up working double-duty. I simply punched three 1/16" holes through all of the layers just above the fold, threaded a jump ring through each one, and added a jingle bell before closing up each jump ring. It worked out perfectly!

I've asked my kids to give me their top 5 most memorable things about 2015 to record in the booklet. I might also have them include their signature so I can have a little piece of their handwriting in there. The ornament still folds and clasps with no trouble, so I think there's plenty of room for a couple/few more pages, too. I'm excited that I'll have more than just their pictures this year!

Stamps: Alphabetical

Confetti Cuts dies: Hang UpsWreathsFolded Tag

Paper: light gray, dark gray, red, and white card stock; green patterned paper

Other: jingle bells, jump rings, wood veneer stars, metal-rimmed tag, decorative ornament hanger



Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the following Confetti Crew members for more Memory Keeping inspiration:

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