Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I'm up on the Reverse Confetti blog with today's Wednesday in the Works.  I'm sharing a pair of projects with stamped sentiment background patterns. Hope you'll join me over there!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Papertrey September Release In Review

It's Release Day at Papertrey Ink! All of the new release products will be available tonight at 10pm ET. 

I'll be sharing the rest of my release projects next week, but in the meantime, here's a little peek at something else I've been playing with: the Post & Parcel Make It Market kit

We always expect big things from Betsy, and anticipate her holiday kit especially. I think this kit is going to exceed your every expectation! More info on Nichole's blog!

Back to the September release -- for more inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trimming the Tree

Welcome to Day 5 of Papertrey Ink's September holiday release countdown. Today we are featuring two beautiful ornament stamp sets, Vintage Ornaments II by Dawn McVey, and What the Doodle: Ornament by Betsy Veldman. In addition, Erin Lincoln has come up with a Stitched Ornament Die collection for making beautiful 3D felt ornaments. I'm excited to share with you what I came up with!

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

For this first project, I've used Vintage Ornaments II. I've fallen pretty hard for these ornaments! Not only have I enjoyed stamping with them, but I'm now determined to find some of these for my ornament collection! The set is designed with both line art and solid images, so you can color with your favorite coloring medium or "color" with the solid images. I chose the latter for this card. 

I found some gorgeous inspiration pieces while browsing Pinterest. One of my favorites is this one. And this vintage Christmas card is another:

StampsVintage Ornaments II, Holiday Greens

DiesVintage Ornaments II

Ink: Ocean Tides, Limeade Ice, Scarlet Jewel, Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado, True Black

Paper: watercolor paper, Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: silver sequins, white pigment ink

Next is What the Doodle: Ornament. I have so many ideas for this set, and can't wait to spend more time with it! For today, I stamped in black on watercolor paper, heat embossed and watercolored with Papertrey re-inkers. I just love the elegance of these images, and the doodle style gives it a bit of a playfulness as well. 

StampsWhat the Doodle: Ornament, Holiday Swoosh

Ink: Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides; Versafine Onyx Black

Paper: watercolor paper, Ocean Tides and Smokey Shadow card stock

Other: white linen thread, white and clear embossing powder

My last project for today is a stitched ornament. I combined the Stitched Ornaments: Beaded die and the Stitched Ornaments: Classics dies. 

One of the fun things about these is that you can get different looks depending on the number of sides you cut. For example, you could have a flat ornament with just a front and back stitched together. Mine has four sides, two beaded and two classics. I'm hoping to make lots more stitched ornaments, and with all the variations (beaded, embroidered, sequins, woven) and felt colors, I can get nearly endless different looks. 

I used thin white thread to sew on the white pearl beads, so that it wouldn't show much, and white embroidery floss for all the other stitching. 

I finished the top and bottom with some button stacks, a jingle bell, and a hanging loop. This was super fun to stitch together! Best of all, you can get 5-6 ornaments per roll of felt, which works out to only $1.25-$1.35 each!

DiesStitched Ornaments: Beaded; Stitched Ornaments: Classics

Other: Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, and Pure Poppy felt; white, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, and Pure Poppy buttons, jingle bell, silver cord, white embroidery floss, white thread

Thanks so much for stopping by! For more September release inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Classic Holiday Inspirations

Welcome to Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's September holiday release countdown. Today we are featuring Winter Village, a set filled with vintage holiday scene imagery, Christmas Critters, an adorable take on the Christmas mouse, and Christmas Critters Sentiments.

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

Nichole asked us to think back to our holiday memories and share both the memories and how those memories can inspire our Christmas projects. One of my favorite Christmas traditions was when my dad would read The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve. I don't recall him reading to us on many other occasions (my mom did a lot, though), which surely made the Christmas Eve readings more special. My dad could be very theatrical and animated (he still is sometimes!), so the part "I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter" was always especially fun!

When I first became a mom, my mother loaned me the old family pop-up The Night Before Christmas under strict orders that I take good care of it and return it. It's a 1967 Random House edition, like the one pictured below.

(source, pictures of the inside 
are posted, too if your'e interested)

 I wouldn't be surprised if my mom has this book listed in her will! (She's very sentimental and a collector of antiques and other old things.)

My The Night Before Christmas memories inspired me to make a Winter Village scene. Inside that charming house, I imagine children hanging their stockings, setting out cookies and milk for Santa, and curling up with dad for a The Night Before Christmas reading.

StampsWinter Village

DiesWinter Village, Cover Plate: Delightful

Ink: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Mint Julep, Winter Wisteria, Pale Peony, Americana, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Cocoa Bean, True Black

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock

Other: chunky glitter, white paint, silver star sequins, clear Wink of Stellla brush pen

My next card goes with the Night Before Christmas theme, too, thanks to the sentiment, which is from Christmas Critters Sentiments! Are those Christmas Critters mice just so adorable or what?

I went with a super clean and simple design to let those mice really steal the show.

These mice also remind me of walnut shell mice ornaments. My mom made a few of these when I was a kid, and I remember thinking they were the cutest and most clever things ever! She was forever and always making things, never more so than during the Christmas season.

StampsChristmas Critters, Christmas Critter Sentiments

DiesChristmas Critters, Tag Sale #10

Ink: Soft Stone, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Vintage Jadeite, New Leaf, True Black

Paper: Stamper's Select White cards stock, Fresh Snow Linen card stock

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Christmas Faith

Welcome to Day 3 of Papertrey Ink's September holiday release countdown, and our first big group post for this release. So glad you're here! Today we are featuring Christmas Faith by Heather Nichols, Shine by Nichole Heady, Inspired: Jesus by Betsy Veldman, and A Thrill of Hope by Dawn McVey.

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

If you prefer your Christmas images and sentiments to be faith-based, you're going to love today's products! First up is Christmas Faith. The pair of doves have a beautiful simplicity, the various greens are so easy to combine, and the simple but elegant sentiments are meaningful and heartwarming.

These images have a folk feel to me. The bright red birds, symmetrical layout, and felt heart all helped to support a more folk art look.

StampsChristmas Faith

Ink: Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, Pinefeather, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, True Black

Paper: Fresh Snow Linen card stock, Stamper's Select White card stock, Rustic White card stock

Other: white felt, white embroidery floss, foam adhesive

It doesn't get more faith-based than a Jesus die-cut and stable! Inspired: Jesus is the newest in the Inspired line, and an instant favorite. The stable is from last year's Petite Places: Nativity stamps and dies. 

The greens are from Christmas Faith, and I love the Shine image in the background!

StampsInspired: Jesus, Shine

DiesInspired: JesusNoted: Scalloped A1 

Ink: Spring Moss, Pinfeather, Olive Twist, Harvest Gold, Classic Kraft

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, Spring Moss, and Olive Twist card stock

Other: white linen thread

Last for today is A Thrill of Hope. This large sentiment set is filled with meaningful sentiments and beautiful font combinations. This sentiment is a favorite! I white embossed it onto an Ocean Tides Tag Sale #1 die-cut, then layered some richly colored Holiday Greens die-cuts on, around, and behind the tag. The background has some very subtle ink blending and splattering, along with some gold sequins.

Stamps: A Thrill of Hope, Holiday Greens

DiesHoliday Greens, Tag Sale #1

Ink: VersaMark, Cocoa Bean, Pinefeather, Ripe Avocado, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist

Paper: Stamper's Select White and Ocean Tides card stock

Other: white embossing powder, ink blending tool, white acrylic paint, gold sequins

For more new product inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Introducing Fancy Pants Holiday

Welcome to Day 2 of Papertrey's September release countdown. I'll be sharing some projects that I made with Fancy Pants: Holiday designed by Erin Lincoln. If you remember Fancy Pants, this new set is this same idea, only holiday sentiments. I love the playful font and the sense of movement you get from all those swirls and scrolls!

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

For this first card, I used a Fancy Pants Holiday sentiment as a shopping bag label for an In the Bag brown paper shopping bag. 

The Fancy Pants: Holiday sentiments look especially nice done in a chalkboard look. I found the frame image to be very easy to line up on die-cut, and then the sentiment just nestles in there perfectly. There are guides printed on the index sheet, so you'll quickly know which frame goes with which sentiment, too.

The shopping bag is filled with holiday greens that I stamped and die-cut with Dawn McVey's new Holiday Greens and Holiday Greens Borders stamps and dies. The sweet tag was also done with Holiday Greens Borders. That little vintage touch just makes me smile.

Stamps: Fancy Pants: Holiday; Holiday Greens; Holiday Greens Borders, Snowflake Sparkle

Dies: Fancy Pants: Holiday, Holiday Greens, Tiny Tags, In the Bag

Ink: Fresh Snow, Ocean Tides, Pinefeather, Ripe Avocado, Soft Stone

Paper: White, Classic Craft, Smokey Shadow, and Ocean Tides card stock; Holiday Plaid patterned paper collection

Other: just twine, Ocean Tides felt, foam tape

The Fancy Pants: Holiday sentiments and frames are separate stamps, making it easy to use just the sentiments. For this gift tag assortment, I've simply stamped the sentiment onto Tremendous Tags die-cuts.

The gift box stack is Lizzie Jones's new Gifts of the Season, a clever multi-step set that allows you to quickly stamp this whole stack in just two impressions. The bows are all separate images and die-cutsso add those extra pops of color. Visit Betsy and Lizzie for more Gifts of the Season ideas.

I had so much fun trying out different color combos.

Stamps: Fancy Pants: Holiday; Gifts of the Season

Dies: Gifts of the Season, Tremendous Tags

Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Simply Chartreuse, Pinefeather, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Tropical Teal

Paper: white card stock

Other: True Black baker's twine, silver sequins

Last is a quick and easy gift wrap idea. I love the look of stamped wrapping paper, especially black and white on kraft paper. I've started with a large polka dot printed gift sack, but this would easily work on kraft paper rolls for larger gifts.

 I added some red sequins for a pop of color, then tied the bag closed with some white satin ribbon.

StampsFancy Pants: Holiday

Ink: Fresh Snow, True Black

Other: paper sack, red sequins, white satin ribbon

For more August release product introductions, visit the Papertrey team:

Heather Nichols

Visit BetsyMaileErinLizzie, and Dawn for more ideas with their new products too!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Grateful Thankful Blessed

I'm really loving the new Grateful Thankful Blessed Confetti Cuts die from Reverse Confetti. The large size makes it perfect for a dramatic and meaningful focal point! 

The dark gray panel was die-cut along the top with an Edge Essentials Confetti Cuts die and along the bottom with an Edgers Confetti Cuts die. And the leaves are all from Blooms 'N Buds, die-cut with the coordinating Blooms 'N Buds Confetti Cuts dies.

I like the grays and different shades of green here. Very soothing!

StampsBlooms 'N Buds

Confetti Cuts Dies: Grateful Thankful BlessedBlooms 'N Buds

Ink: Memento Luxe Pistachio, Memento Luxe: Olive Grove, Hero Arts Forever Green

Paper: Papertrey Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, and White

Other: clear glitter, Craft Bond Spray Adhesive, natural linen thread


 Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!