Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2015: Masterpiece Inspirations

Papertrey's Stamp-A-Faire 2016 is nearing the half-way point. How's everyone doing? 

Our 2 pm challenge, Masterpiece Inspirations, features the whole team. We were each challenged to choose a favorite master artist, then use one of his or her masterpieces as inspiration. There's a huge range of styles represented, so I hope you'll have as much fun with this challenge as we did!

I chose Henri Matisse and specifically a work, La Gerbe, from his late period. In his later years, when Matisse became confined to bed or a wheelchair, he was unable to continue with his traditional painting and sculpting. That's when he began creating paper collages out of cut paper, or what he called "drawing with scissors." The cut-outs have an incredible emotional energy to them, and have become some of his most celebrated works. Matisse's story resonates so much with me because of its lessons on hope and persistence and never giving up. When faced with physical disability, he found new ways to express himself. I like to think of creativity as a force that can't be quashed, maybe redirected, but never extinguished.

For my card, I began by painting swatches of paper in the bright colors of La Gerbe. Then I die-cut them with the branch die from Songbirds, and arranged the branches along the bottom, slightly radiating outward.

The sentiment was done with So Striking (stamps and dies).

Stamps: So Striking

Ink: True Black, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Ocean Tides, Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Limeade Ice, Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy

Paper: white card stock

Other: watercolor brush, ink blending tool, foam adhesive, liquid glue

For more Masterpiece Inspirations, visit the team:

Stamp-A-Faire - Starry Night

Today's Stamp-A-Faire event at Papertrey is well underway! We'd love to have you join us today -- for any or all of it.

Our theme is The Masters. So far, today's challenges have included Master Color Recipes, Starry Night, and Gilded in Gold. Follow along with the full day's challenges over at Nichole's blog, which is where you'll also link up your projects. 

Each link list will be open until 7am ET Tuesday, July 26th, so you will have ample time to participate and photograph your projects. 

I have the honor of hosting a Starry Night challenge inspired by Vincent van Gogh. You'll find the challenge HERE on Nichole's blog, but I'll also share here:

Vincent van Gogh wrote about the technical challenge of depicting a night sky: "It often seems to me that the night is even more richly colored than the day, colored with the most intense violets, blues and greens.... It's clear to me to paint a starry sky it's not nearly enough to put white spots on blue-black." In this tutorial, we'll apply a range of colors to create a rich and variegated night sky background. We'll begin with ink blending, follow with watercoloring, and finish with acrylic paint. I'll also show you how to create tree silhouettes along a horizon line for an easy way to complete a night scene."

I hope you'll play along! Remember, the link-up is HERE on Nichole's blog!

Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF Free Exclusive Set!

Papertrey's annual online stamping event, Stamp-A-Faire, is almost here! The official welcome and kick-off takes place tonight at 7 pm on Nichole's blog. Tomorrow, we have a full day of challenges prepared around our theme, The Masters. I hope you're ready to stamp with us!

Today, the Papertrey team is sharing projects made with this year's SAF exclusive set, a beautiful floral and sentiment set called Art With Heart

Art with Heart will ONLY be available on Stamp-a-faire day to all customers who make a qualifying $100 purchase. All orders made between 7am ET and 11:30pm ET on Stamp-a-faire Day tomorrow (July 23, 2016) that total $100 (before shipping) will receive the set for FREE! You will still earn Rewards Points on your order too, so it's an amazing offer! Please email Papertrey Ink Customer Service with any further questions.

 The bouquet in Art With Heart is one of the easiest layering stamp sets I've ever worked with, and the loose, watercolor look of the flowers is absolutely dreamy! I'm especially inspired by the art-themed sentiments, which are sure to appeal to those of us who create our art with stamps and ink.

The floral bouquet is stamped primarily with Pale Peony and Pure Poppy. The flower centers and slight shading on the red flowers was done with Autumn Rose. The greens are done with Simply Chartreuse and shaded with Ripe Avocado.

I did some Aqua Mist ink blending in the corner and added some Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, and white splatter before highlighting the focal point with a pair of stacked white frames from Pretty Frame.

Stamps: Art With Heart

Dies: Pretty Frame

Ink: Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, True Black, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: True Black baker's twine, ink blending tool and foam, opaque white mist

Next, I wanted to enhance the watercolor look of the flowers with some actual watercoloring. I stamped the flowers in Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky onto watercolor paper, using a small brush and water to move the color around. When everything was dry, I stamped the leaves in Ripe Avocado and painted over them with water as well.

Last I watercolored around the bouquet with Aqua Mist and stamped the sentiment.

I die-cut the watercolor panel with one of the dies in the Noted: Scalloped A2 collection for that pretty stitched and dry embossed edge detail, then layered onto striped vellum and adhered to an Enchanted Evening card base.

Stamps: Art With Heart

Dies: Pretty Frame

Ink: Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, True Black, Aqua Mist

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: True Black baker's twine, ink blending tool and foam, opaque white mist

For more Art With Heart inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Papertrey July Release In Review

Papertrey's July release day has arrived! 

All of the new products the team has been showing the last few weeks will be available at 10 pm ET in the Papertrey Ink store.

Here are a few more projects using the new products ...

It's the Thought, designed by Dawn McVey, has the best sentiments! I especially like word die-cuts that go with "I think you're ..." -- wonderful, amazing, brilliant. I layered the sentiment over a pink pineapple (from Some Like It Hot) and placed it on a Stitched Tag.

The Stitched Tag pocket holds a gift card perfectly. Another idea is one of those little drink packets that you dump in the water bottles. Something tropical would be really cute with the pineapple. That would make a cute teacher treat!

Stamps: It’s The Thought, Some Like It Hot

Dies: It’s the Thought, Some Like It Hot, Stitched Tag

Ink: Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist

Paper: white card stock

Other: white linen thread, True Black baker’s twine

Here's my take on Betsy Veldman's adorable Dress Up Dolls: Rainy Day.

The images are heat embossed in white and watercolored.

The polka dot background paper is from the Sunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit.

Stamps: Dress Up Dolls: Rainy Day

Dies: Dress UP Dolls: Rainy Day

Ink: Versamark

Paper: watercolor paper, Sunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit paper, linen vellum

Other: Raspberry Fizz baker’s twine, white embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolors, Rainstones, foam adhesive

So many possibilities for the Background Basics: Galaxy set that Lizzie Jones designed. For today's card, I watercolored over white embossed starbursts in pastel rainbow colors.

Number the Stars, by Lizzie Jones, is a fantastic sentiment set! This quote is especially meaningful.

Stamps: Number the Stars, Background Basics: Galaxy

Dies: Number the Stars, Noted: Scalloped A2

Ink: Versamark; True Black, Pale Peony, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores, and Winter Wisteria

Paper: watercolor paper, white card stock

Other: white embossing powder, silver star sequins, white thread, clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen, watercolor brush

Lizzie also designed the Star Gift Box die. I immediately thought of using a star box as a magic wand. Wouldn't these make adorable party favors for a little girl's birthday party?

The sentiment is another one in the Number the Stars set.

Stamps: Number the Stars

Dies: Star Gift Box,  Number the Stars Label

Ink: Pale Peony

Paper: Harvest Gold Bitty Dot paper; White card stock

Other: silver cord, white linen thread, curling ribbon, white pompom, lollipop stick 

Done In Love is the newest in Betsy Veldman's Paper Clippings series. Love the offset heart!

To make this, I first die-cut the paper clippings out of a blue and green striped pattern from the Sunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit. I used the actual blue-green die-cut on another project and the negative here. 

I stacked a few white die-cuts and inlaid them inside the heart opening. The gray panel behind the heart is one of the patterns in Dawn McVey's Floral Sketches paper collection.

Stamps: Paper Clippings: Done In Love

Dies: Paper Clippings: Done In Love; Paper Clippings: Done In Love Details

Ink: Pure Poppy, Green Parakeet, New Leaf

Other: black enamel dots, corner rounder, True Black baker’s twine, foam tape

I've used Splits: Best Wishes for the stamp borders and Inspired: Prayers for the sentiment.

For the word die-cut, I first stamped the striped banner image rom Background Basics: Galaxy, then die-cut the word out of it. 

Stamps: Splits: Best Wishes; Inspired: Prayer; Background Basics: Galaxy 

Dies: Splits: Best Wishes; Inspired: Prayer

Ink: Versamark; Green Parakeet, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides

Paper: White and Aqua Mist card stock; Black and White All Over Paper Collection

Other: clear embossing powder, sewing machine, foam tape

For more July release inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wanderlust Inspirations

Welcome to the last day of Papertrey's July release countdown. Release day is tomorrow! Are you excited?!

Today we have some travel themed products to showcase. Heather Nichols has been sharing some of her amazing Traveler's Journal collection on her blog this week. Today, the rest of us get to join in the fun! Going right along with the travel theme is Betsy's What the Doodle: Map. Serious cuteness right there! 

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

I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to notebooks and journals, so I'm really excited about the Traveler's Journal products that Heather Nichols has designed. I'm going to show you lots of photos of what I made, but for detailed product info and assembly how-to, you'll definitely want to check out Heather's and Nichole's blogs.

For my traveler's journal, I made my cover out of canvas. I die-cut two of the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover, then fused them together with Heat 'N Bond. I also stitched the perimeter, but that was purely an aesthetic choice -- the Heat 'N Bond worked like a charm! (Some kind of fray check is a good idea for fabric covers.)

I embellished the front cover with a USA map die-cut from What the Doodle: Map, along with a word die-cut and airplane image from Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover. The arrow is from another die set in the collection: Traveler's Journal: Envelope. (You'll see more of that below.) I glued the paper elements onto the fabric with some Fabri-Tac. I've been handling my cover a fair amount, and so far, no problems with anything coming off.

Inside the cover are three separate Traveler's Journals. The journals are made using the Traveler's Journal Pages, which are unassembled journal blanks. They come flat, so you can decorate first, then assemble or assemble first and then decorate.

I'm using each journal to document a different family trip.

The first is a NYC trip from a few years ago. I'll have a complete supply list below, but all the stamping was done with images from the Traveler's Journal: Adventure set. The patterned papers are from the Traveler's Journal Paper Collection.

I made a tab using a Tremendous Tag and the Type Strips II alphabet stamps.

The photo frame die is included in the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover, and the ticket is stamped with Traveler's Journal: Adventure.

Although the square pages are perfect for Instagram photos, you can also put your 4x6 photos straight into the journal. 

Another 4x6 adhered straight into the album with no cropping. This time I added a little Mini Slide Frame, too. The typewriter-style words are from Traveler's Journal: Typed Notes.

On the inside of the back cover I adhered a Traveler's Notebook: Envelope for memorabilia.

I can't wait to finish documenting this trip. I've forgotten how much I enjoy scrapbooking! This format and size is something I can really get behind, too, whether it's for trips or for the everyday moments.

Stamps: Traveler's Notebook: Adventure, Traveler's Notebook: Typed Notes, Petite Places: Sweet Shoppe and Petite Places: Main Street, Monthly Moments: Mini Slide Frame, Type Strips II

Dies: Traveler's Notebook: Outer Cover, Traveler's Notebook: Envelope, What the Doodle: Map, Minute To Make: Holiday Tags, Bookprint Alphabet, Tremendous Tags, Type Strip, Petite Places: Sweet Shoppe, Petite Places: Main Street, Petite Places: Pop Up Trees, Wet Paint Cuts II,  Mini Slide Frame

Ink: Versamark; Americana, Enchanted Evening, True Black, Spring Moss, Harvest Gold, Spring Rain

Paper: Traveler's Journal Pages, Traveler's Journal Paper Collection; White, Green Parakeet, Americana, Enchanted Evening, Classic Kraft, Rustic White card stock

Other: Traveler's Journal Elastic Cord, natural linen thread, white linen thread, eyelets, canvas, Fabri-Tac, Heat 'n Bond, sewing machine

I have two quick and simple projects to share using What the Doodle: Map. This one couldn't be any easier! Stamp the doodle map, diecut, wrap with thread and hang a tag, then add a heat embossed sentiment. Finished in well under 10 minutes!

The sentiment is from the new Keep It Simple: Missing You.

Stamps: What the Doodle: Map; Keep It Simple Missing You

Dies: What the Doodle: Map, Tiny Tags

Ink: Classic Kraft, Versamark

Paper: Enchanted Evening, Classic Craft, Pure Poppy

Other: white linen thread, white embossing powder

This quick project was inspired by moms and dads who will be sending kids off to college in the fall. The glassine bag is the perfect size for a gift card or some cash and a darling way to let someone know you're thinking of them and missing them.

The adorable little geotags are from the Traveler's Notebook: Envelope die set and the paper inside is from the What the Doodle: Map paper collection.

Stamps: What the Doodle: Map

Dies: What the Doodle: Map, Traveler's Notebook: Envelope

Ink: Versamark

Paper: What the Doodle: Map paper collection; Classic Kraft and Green Parakeet card stock

Other: glassine bag, white linen thread

For more Wanderlust Inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summertime Inspirations

Get ready for some sizzle! We're turning up the heat for today's Papertrey Ink July Release Countdown! Iconic tropical images get a gorgeous hand-painted look thanks to Nichole's Some Like It Hot stamps and dies. Tropical foliage and brush lettered sentiments mixed with tribal-inspired geometrics? Maile's got it covered with Tropics and Tropics Sentiments. I had so much fun creating with these lush tropical images!

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

My first project features Nichole's Some Like It Hot stamps and dies, as well as Maile's new Cover Plate: Scallops die (which I LOVE).

The images are all designed with a multi-step approach for easy stamp layering. The hibiscus make such a dramatic floral cluster! And the flamingo looks so regal standing watch!

For a sentiment, I found a stacked Sunshine die-cut in my spare parts box, and knew it would be perfect. It's been floating around with other leftovers for a while now, and as a result, the dot for the "i" is long gone. A yellow enamel dot fills in nicely! "You are my" comes from the Hello Sunshine stamp set. The pair of clouds is from the Sunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit

The background panel is watercolor paper that I ink-blended, splashed, and splattered before adding a white Cover Plate: Scallops die-cut on top.

StampsSome Like It HotHello Sunshine

DiesSome Like It Hot, Cover Plate: Scallops, SunshineSunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit

Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Fresh Snow, True Black

Paper: white card stock; watercolor paper

Other: ink blending tool and foam, Mister Huey's white opaque mist


Next up is a look at Maile's Tropics. I always enjoy crafting with greens and foliage of any type, but I don't think I have anything else with such a uniquely tropical look. These images are an especially welcome addition to my collection. 

The brush stroke sentiments, each with companion dies available, are so gorgeous. And there are so many sentiments included it honestly feels like two sets in one!

I used one of the tribal-inspired geometrics in the background. It is heat embossed in white, then I  watercolored over it. The new color, Cocoa Bean, is a beautifully rich backdrop for these intense colors, too. I accented with a sprinkling of flowers from Some Like It Hot, along with a pair of wood veneer hearts.

StampsTropics, Some Like It Hot

DiesTropics, Tropics Sentiments, Some Like It Hot, Songbirds

Ink: Limeade Ice, Green Parakeet, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Ocean Tides, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, True Black, Cocoa Bean

Paper: watercolor paper; white, Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz card stock

Other: watercolors, wood veneer hearts, binder clip

For more Summertime inspiration, visit the Papertrey team: