Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It Takes A Big Heart

I'm on the Reverse Confetti blog today with this week's Wednesday in the Works feature. Hope you'll join me there for a creative stitching idea using Edge Essentials Confetti Cuts. For now, here's a little peek!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pop The Bubbly

Do you know Reverse Confetti has a newsletter? Sign up today for release news, contest announcements, product availability updates, and my favorite, Inspiration Station, a newsletter-exclusive weekly feature brought to you by the Reverse Confetti crew. The newsletter goes out on Fridays. If you're not already signed up, you can do so right on the Reverse Confetti home page. The peek you see above was inspired by a dish towel! Watch for your newsletter tomorrow for more photos and my creative process!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's Your Big Day

Reverse Confetti's May release is filled with such fun papercrafting goodies! I'm especially enjoying the Falling Confetti Confetti Cuts die -- so many possibilities!

Here, I made a white rectangular cake base. The back layer is sponged in pink ink. The front layer is cut with the Falling Confetti die, allowing the ombre pink sponging to show through. Along the bottom, I added some frosting with the Double Edge Wonky Scallop Border Confetti Cuts die. The candles are from Candles 'n Confetti, and the sentiment is from Celebrations.

At the top I added some streamers that I die-cut with the Linked Garland Confetti Cuts dies.

Ink: Papertrey Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Green Parakeet, True Black

Paper: PTI white, Green Parakeet, Hibiscus Burst card stock; linen vellum; black diagonal stripe patterned paper (source unknown)

Other: black and white baker's twine, silver star sequins


Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Papertrey May Release in Review, Part 2

I have a few more Papertrey May release projects to share, beginning with this super cute pajama set by Erin Lincoln called Sweet Dreams

I just adore these sweet pajama images!

The random stamping and loose watercoloring were inspired by this darling card that Kristina Werner posted recently.

Stamps: Sweet Dreams

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Stone re-inker

Paper: watercolor paper; Lemon Tart, white, and Green Parakeet card stock

Other: Enchanted Evening baker's twine, Gansai Tambi watercolors


Here I've combined Walk by Faith, designed by Heather Nichols and Paper Clippings: Thinking of You, designed by Betsy Veldman.

I heat embossed the Paper Clippings: Thinking of You wreath in white, then sponged on some Aqua Mist ink and splattered Ocean Tides and white ink. The sentiment, from Walk by Faith  is stamped in Stormy Sea. The flower accents are from Paper Clippings: Thinking of You.

Along the bottom I added a bit of torn Sheer Basics vellum and some white linen thread. The Ocean Tides stripe patterned paper is from the Twig Wreath paper collection.

Ink: Versamark; Stormy Sea, Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, Soft Stone, Berry Sorbet, Green Parakeet, and New Leaf

Paper: white card stock; Twig Wreath patterned paper collection; Sheer Basics vellum

Other: white linen thread, white embossing powder, white Mister Huey spritz


And last is a fun 4th of July card. The sentiment is from Keep It Simple: Bless the USA. and is stamped onto a Pure Poppy Tag Sale: Quilted banner die-cut. Behind that is a Star Scribbles stamped die-cut.

The background panel is a Stitched Rectangles die-cut. I stitched a red, white and blue border and topped it with the star print from the Sheer Basics vellum collection.

Ink: Blueberry Sky, Versamark

Paper: white, Pure Poppy, and Enchanted Evening card stock; Sheer Basics vellum

Other: white embossing powder, foam adhesive, embroidery floss

Thank you for all the sweet comments during the release countdown, and thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Papertrey May Release in Review

It's release day at Papertrey! 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.

I have a couple more projects to share ...

I've combined a few products on this first card. The sentiment is from Betsy's Inspired: Praise. The leafy frame and flowers are both Garden Garland die-cuts that I watercolored. The background watercolor panel was done with one of the stencils from Betsy's  Make It Market Mini Kit: Sunshine & Rainbows.

For the background, I inked the back of the stencil with Harvest Gold and then stamped with the stencil. Next I used a brush and added water and some extra Summer Sunrise ink. I love the different look you get using the stencil this way!

Stamps: Inspired: Praise 

Dies: Inspired: Praise; Garden Garland 

Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Stormy Sea 

Paper: watercolor paper, Green Parakeet card stock 

Other: Gansai Tambi watercolors, Sunshine & Rainbows Make It Market Mini Kit stencils, black enamel dots


Next up is Maile's Splits: Thank You. I think this Splits is my favorite one yet! I stamped in black ink onto a Splits: Thank You die-cut, then colored with Copics.

The die-cut is popped up over some pleated Raspberry Fizz ribbon, then adhered to a panel of Black and White All Over paper collection that has been topped with Sheer Basics vellum.

Stamps: Splits: Thank You 

Dies: Splits: Thank You 

Ink: True Black 

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock; Black & White All Over patterned paper collection; Sheer Basics vellum 

Other: Raspberry Fizz ribbon, Copic markers

Thanks so much for visiting! For more May release inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

NEW! Make It Market Mini Kit: Sunshine & Rainbows

Papertrey's May release countdown continues today with a colorful Make It Market Mini Kit called Sunshine & Rainbows, designed by Betsy Veldman. Just like with her color pop collections, this kit comes with stamps, dies, papers and stencils.

I love crafting with sunshine and rainbows! The warmth and the color are just irresistible!

Sunshine & Rainbows, along with the rest of the May release, will be available at 10 pm ET on May 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

For my first card, I went for a soft and sweet look. I used the sun stencil for the background, then just added the word die-cut, stamping, and a few sequins (included in the kit, by the way). 

For added interest, I used the stencil as a guide to paper pierce around the heart, so that I could add the hand stitching. I also really, really lightly inked two of the corners with Aqua Mist ink.

Stamps: Sunshine & Rainbows

Dies: Sunshine & Rainbows

Ink: Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Pure Poppy, True Black, Aqua Mist

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Fresh Snow Linen

Other: sequins, Sunshine & Rainbows stencils, ink blending tool, paper piercer/needle/thread, clear glitter

Next is a fun, more artsy-looking rainbow card. For this one, I used one of the stencils to ink the rainbow. As I inked, I masked off the other colors, so that I could splash with water and then spritz with re-inker.

Once again, I added some hand-stitching, this time around the clouds. The sentiment is a combination of stamping and a word die-cut. For the word die-cut, I stacked a few white die-cuts together before adding the ombre turquoise die-cut to the stack. 

(By the way, at first, I die-cut the word "rainbow" straight out of the watercolored rainbow panel, then placed *that* die-cut on the top of the stack. It's a fun look, kind of a camouflaged dimension, but the more I looked at it, the more I felt like it didn't really work on this card. So I peeled that layer off and added the turquoise word instead. The teaser photo at the top of this post and the photo on Nichole's blog both show the sentiment the old way, so I wanted to mention why they are different.)

Last, I added a swing die-cut that I heat embossed in white, some stamped rain drops, and some clear sequins.

StampsSunshine & Rainbows

DiesSunshine & Rainbows

Ink: Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores, and True Black

Paper: watercolor paper, Fresh Snow Linen, vellum card stock

Other: sequins, Sunshine & Rainbows stencils, ink blending tool, paper piercer/needle/thread

I had so much fun working with these products! For lots more Sunshine & Rainbows inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Summer Inspirations

Papertrey's May release countdown continues today with a fantastic collection of summer-themed products. Heather has designed a most adorable whale set, Betsy is adding summer/pool/beach accessories to her Dress Up Dolls collection, and Nichole brings us a stylish seashell set.  I've got lots to share today!

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

Heather's darling whale, which is the centerpiece of her Keep Swimming stamp set, was perfect for my small celebration ensemble. I'm thinking baby shower or birthday party. The card could be used as an invitation and the treat sack could be a party favor. Or either could stand alone! I kept them pretty generic.

For the card, I stamped an Enchanted Evening card base with white doodle waves from Betsy's What the Doodle: Waves set. I love the pattern this adds along the edges!

On the main white panel, I sponged the waves and splashes using a stencil from the new Sun & Surf Stencil Collection. With the stencil still in place, I spritzed on some clear shimmer spray. It came out a little more splotchy than I wanted, but I worked with it anyway. The wavy lines are from Keep Swimming, as is the water spout.

The sentiment is from Erin Lincoln's Colorful Words stamp set. I stamped the word "celebrate" in black ink, then filled in the coloring areas with a dark blue Copic marker. The white dots were done with a white gel pen. I'm really liking this set! Great sentiments in a nice large size, and those open areas are fun to fill with color!

For the treat sack, I stamped a Tag Sale #2  die-cut with the same wave image that I used on the card above (from What the Doodle: Wave), then wrapped the tag over the sack, and topped with a whale and a sentiment strip (from Keep Swimming).

By the way, the little EOS whale in the first photo was a silly notion that came to me as I waited for my daughter to put on some lip balm before bed the other night. She probably thought I was a little nuts when I said, "hey, that could totally be a whale!" 

Stamps: Keep Swimming, What the Doodle: Waves, Colorful Words

Dies: Keep SwimmingTag Sale #2

Ink: Aqua Mist, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, True Black, Fresh Snow

Paper: Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White

Other: Sun & Surf Stencil Collection, white linen thread, Blueberry Sky baker's twine, Psst Shimmer Spritz, gray striped paper sack

Each month, I fall in love all over again with Betsy's Dress Up Dolls and their darling, DARLING accessories. This month we have Dress Up Dolls: Summer Fun, with super fun things like bathing suits, a snorkel mask, watermelon, a beach ball, sunglasses, and so much more.

This little fellow is supposed to be my youngest son, Gabriel. His birthday was in late April, but he's waiting to have his birthday party until after the temperatures warm and the pools open. These will be cute invitations, even if they are more beach than pool! "Make a Splash at Gabe's Birthday Bash"!

When he saw this, his comment was "I don't have any hair!" I suppose I should go back and re-color the hair for more contrast. I was joking with my daughter (who also likes to color with Copics) that we should give him a sunburn, too (he's never had much of a real sunburn, despite his super fair skin)!

The background was die-cut with the Cover Plate: Waves die. The bottom two sections are lightly inked in Classic Kraft, then stamped in Kraft with sand using the new Sand Swatch stamp set. The middle strips are inked in Tropical Teal, splashed with water and spritzed with white mist. The top strip is inked in Blueberry Sky.

Stamps: Dress Up Dolls: Basics; Dress Up Dolls: Summer Fun

Dies: Dress Up Dolls: Basics; Dress Up Dolls: Summer FunCover Plate: Waves, Fillable Frames #11

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine; PTI Classic Kraft, Tropical Teal, Blueberry Sky

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock; vellum card stock

Other: Copic markers, liquid glue, foam tape, white embossing powder

And now to switch gears from all that cuteness! I made this for my dad for Father's Day. I think his favorite place in the world is the beach, so the whole nautical theme is perfect for him!

The sentiment was die-cut with last month's Shaped Sayings: Father's Day, then framed with a stitched circle from Shaker Shapes: Circle. To help with the nautical theme, I wrapped the circle frame with jute twine. The shells are from Nichole's Simple Seashells. These shells are really pretty! Each of the four shells can be completed with just three impressions. I can't wait to play around with all sorts of shell colors!

The background is watercolored Classic Kraft ink. The right edge is accented with jute string and a torn vellum edge.

Stamps: Simple Seashells

Ink: Ocean Tides, Enchanted Evening, Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Fresh Snow

Paper: Enchanted Evening, Ocean Tides, Stamper's Select White card stock; Sheer Basics vellum; watercolor paper

Other: jute string, foam tape, watercolor brush

For more Summer Inspirations, visit the Papertrey team:

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