Sunday, February 14, 2016

2016 Anniversary Set: Painted Petals


Papertrey Ink is excited to offer this year's gorgeous new anniversary set! Receive the limited edition Painted Petals stamp set with the redemption of 24 Customer Rewards Points before February 15th, 2017 9:59pm EST. This is a limited edition set and will only be available for twelve months. If you have any questions about Customer Rewards and how you can start earning them today, check out the website HERE.


All of the new products will be available February 15, 10 pm EST, in the Papertrey Ink store.

There aren't enough superlatives for this year's anniversary set -- Painted Petals! Gorgeous, breathtaking, beautiful, dreamy ... I could go on and on!


My first two cards are very similar. This one features both stamped and die-cut flowers and stamped-only flowers. 



I did some ink blending in Aqua Mist in the background, added some splatter, and then framed with just the outside piece of the new Cover Plate: Pretty Frame die.


Stamps: Painted Petals

Dies: Painted Petals; Cover Plate: Pretty Frame

Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, True Black, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz

Paper: white card stock

Other: Studio Calico Mister Huey's color mist, Copic multiliner


  

This one features stamped and die-cut flowers over a background that has a watercolor look. To get the water lines and the splotchy look, I sponged on Aqua Mist ink, then dropped on some water using a paintbrush and let the panel air-dry.


I used the inside piece of the Cover Plate: Pretty Frame this time and arranged the flowers on the right. "Sending" was heat embossed in white (before sponging and adding water).



I love how the coneflower turned out on this one. The petals are stamped in Raspberry Fizz and Autumn Rose. The center is stamped in Summer Sunrise first. Then I used a sponge dauber to pounce Scarlet Jewel onto just the lower part of the image. I did this a few times to get the coverage I wanted.


Stamps: Painted Petals

Dies: Painted Petals; Cover Plate: Pretty Frame

Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, True Black, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz

Paper: white card stock, watercolor paper

Other: paintbrush, white embossing powder, foam adhesive


   

Next, I played around with one-layer stamping. I love the look of the leafy border and open space in the center. 



After doing all the stamping, I sponged Spring Moss around the perimeter and Aqua Mist in the center for some added interest.


Stamps: Painted Petals

Ink: Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Lavender Moon, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, True Black

Paper: white card stock

Other: ink blending tool and foam


    

Using all the supplies already out from the card above, and inspired by Heather, I challenged myself to create another quick card. (I even set a timer!)



This time I stamped my leafy border and flowers, then trimmed on the diagonal. I layered the stamped piece over a thin strip of Ripe Avocado card stock, then onto a Fresh Snow linen card base. Last, I stamped the sentiment and added one more Lavender Moon flower trio above the "g." Elapsed time: 8:03!


Stamps: Painted Petals

Ink: Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Lavender Moon, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise

Paper: white card stock, Ripe Avocado card stock

Other: ink blending tool and foam


    
For lots more Painted Petals inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:



Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Moments Inked



Papertrey Ink is coming out with some fabulous additions to the Moments Inked Planner collection:

  • Binder: Listed, a binder version of the Listed die
  • Posted II, a longer version of Posted that allows you to stamp the longer Post-its with just one impression
  • Everyday Symbols, a super classy set of planner icons
  • Perpetual Daily Pages, the much-anticipated revised daily pages, available in binder or spiral format


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

Visit Nichole's blog for additional product info, contest details and prizes!


Let's go through these one-by-one:


Binder: Listed

I used this die right away to make two divider tabs -- one to help me flip right to the current week's spread; and one to mark the currently daily page. 

Since these are just dividers that I don't plan on writing on, I die-cut one from vellum (I think I will probably laminate that at some point) ...



... and one from a plastic two-pocket file folder from the office supply store. 



Obviously, if you use this die on paper, then you can use all of the stamps in the Listed stamp set to stamp lines and list titles. I'm definitely a list-maker (and a binder girl), so I know I'll get lots of use out of this die.



Posted II

Anything to make planning quicker and more efficient is a win in my book, so being able to stamp the lines on the longer Post-It notes with just one impression is very welcome, indeed. 



Posted II has the the header box and lines to cover the longer list, as well as a numbered list and some new header titles. If you prefer the checkboxes or other icons from the original Posted, remember two impressions of those will work, too.




Everyday Symbols

Loving these!! Here's a look at last week's spread in my planner. It's messy and crowded, just like life! I used the doctor appointment, hair appointment, dollar sign, and don't forget icons.



FYI, the flower stamping was done with Heather's new Be stamp set, which is also releasing on the 15th. I just added the doodling around it with a superfine black pen (inspired by Ashley!)



And here's a look at this week. My youngest has been begging to participate in a certain parks and rec activity. Registration opened on the 11th, and I absolutely could not forget to get him signed up! I stamped the icon onto a sticky note tab that I cut using one of the dies in the Moments Inked: Divided die set. Since the tab is sticky only along the top, it was easy to remove after I had completed his registration.

I used the envelope image as a reminder to make sure my youngest didn't forget his Valentines yesterday. The box around it is from the Clipsters Make It Market Mini Kit. I just went ahead and stamped those images directly onto the page. (Anything that might have to move I like to stamp onto the adhesive sheets. Also anything stamped in one of the really dark inks, since they tend to show through to the other side.)




Perpetual Daily Pages (available in binder or spiral format)



The pages will look very familiar, with a few changes. The pages are undated, perpetual pages now, meaning you simply indicate the date by highlighting today's month and date. I love that you can simply circle the month and date or get creative with stamps. I used an arrow image from Clipsters to mark the month, and a flower center from Be to mark the date. (If you have the Family Banners, the little circle in that set is perfect -- mine has disappeared!) I also like to add the day of the week too, as I find that helpful. I've used Monthly Moments: Tabbed to stamp the day of the week.

I also like that with this undated format, if you skip a day or days, those pages aren't wasted.

The "Be Prepared" header has been removed from the top three numbered checkboxes. Now, the open header space can be customized to your needs. I've been thinking of different ways to use this section, and for now, I've decided to use it as a prayer short list. All it takes is a quick scroll through my Facebook feed to be reminded that so many people are struggling. Writing down names and needs in my planner will be a great way to remember to pray for them.




Focus, Gratitude, Nourish, Water Intake, Be Active, and Memorable Moment have stayed the same, or nearly the same. Apparently, survey feedback indicated the Indulge section wasn't particular popular, so it has been redesigned as a generic two-bullet list that you can customize. So, what, are we not pampering ourselves? That's kind of sad! 

I'm going to try using this section to track my vitamins. I'm horrible about remembering to take them. It drives me crazy to have to leave a box unchecked that is supposed to be checked, so hopefully this will help me be more consistent.


I'd have to say the gratitude section was my favorite part of the daily pages last year, so much so that this year I created a separate gratitude section in my planner. (That is going to be the topic of this coming Monday's Moments Inked newsletter, so be on the look-out for that Monday morning.) Since I'm recording daily gratitude elsewhere now, I thought I'd re-purpose that section on the daily page into a habit builder/tracker. What is the saying? It takes 21 days to build a new habit? That sure seems quick! I'm going to try focusing on developing three new habits each month, and will track them in this space. Thirty-six new good habits at the end of the year sounds pretty good! 


I covered the gratitude label with washi tape (quick and easy enough to do every day), then added a stamped "Habits" label (stamped with Pencilgrams) that I die-cut with the new Binder: Listed die. On this page, I stamped the word "February" using Monthly Moments: Year Round Mini stamp set. 



On this page, the word February, from the Monthly Moments: Tabbed stamp set, is stamped onto another Listed label die-cut. "Habits" was stamped with the Pencilgrams alphabet. The label is cut from an adhesive sheet, so I can easily move it to the next day if I don't want to stamp one for each day. 

Another thing I forgot to mention, the top right corner of each page is perforated. When you're finished with that page, turn down or tear off the corner, which allows you to quickly locate the current day. I really like this feature for the spiral version especially. 

Speaking of the spiral version, I'm really liking the idea of a binder planner + spiral daily pages. No more flipping back and forth between the weekly spread and the daily page. I think I might be switching to that!



For more inspiration with the new planner products, visit the Moments Inked team:



Friday, February 12, 2016

New Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals


Today's Papertrey Ink group post features Betsy Veldman's newest Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals. This is such a fun product collection -- it's got stencils, folks -- whoop! Everything is designed in such a way that you can't wait to just play, play, play. Whether you stick with stamps and ink and paper or add in some different mediums and materials, like modeling paste, watercolor, fabric paint and fabric, spritzes and mists, you're sure to have fun exploring all the different possibilities. I have two cards to share today and a big pile of extra panels just waiting to be turned into cards and other projects.

The Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals, along with all of the other February release products, will be available at 10 pm EST February 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.


For my first card, I chose one of the ready-to-stencil patterns in the Color Pop Florals paper collection. The background is black and all of the flowers and leaves are white, just waiting for that pop of color. The three different stencils line up perfectly with the white shapes, making it super easy to inking on color exactly and only where you want it. After I did the sponging, I went back in with the detail images, stamping some in color and embossing others in white.

I love the bold look of the colorful background. It reminds me of fabric. Behind the gold sentiment (die-cut from a Luxe Gold Adhesive sheet), I softened the pattern with a circle of vellum framed with Hibiscus Burst card stock. For contrast I added a simple strip of black and white striped paper, and last I added a stenciled/stamped/die-cut flower accent to the pink frame.


 
Stamps: Color Pop Florals

Dies: Color Pop Forals; Shaker Shapes: Circles; Edgers #1

Ink: Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, VersaMark

Paper: Color Pop Florals, vellum, Black and White All Over paper collection, Luxe Gold Adhesive Sheets, Hibiscus Burst and Limeade Ice card stock

Other: Color Pop Stencils, True Black baker's wine, white embossing powder


 



For my next card, I wanted to try a whole different look, something much softer. I used the Color Pop Florals large flower stencil to ink the large flowers in white and the leaves in turquoise, all on an Aqua Mist panel. Next, I used the small flower trio stencil and spread on some white embossing paste. Last, I added the flower and leaf details using stamps and ink.



The white large flowers are a nice subtle look. They're a little more pronounced in real life than in the photos. The sentiment is die-cut three times and stacked for some extra weight.



In the centers one each small flower, I added some black dots with a fine-tip Sharpie.


 
Stamps: Color Pop Florals

Dies: Color Pop Forals

Ink: Fresh Snow, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Bright Buttercup, 

Paper: Aqua Mist, white, and Limeade Ice card stock

Other: white embossing paste, white linen thread, black fine-tip permanent marker


 
For more Color Pop Florals inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:




Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Products for Spring & Egg Hunt


Today is a Papertrey Ink group post sharing lots of new products for spring. It is also the annual scavenger hunt, and the photo above is the one to look at to see how many egg icons are hidden here. You can click the photo to see it larger. 

More information on the egg hunt is posted on Nichole's blog

We're cruising on through Papertrey's 9th anniversary celebration. Today is Day 7 of 10, and our featured products for today are some super cute Easter and spring goodies. Bunny Basket by Heather Nichols is a darling set filled with iconic Easter/Spring images. Lizzie Jones has designed the most adorable Simply Spring Borders set that has such a storybook charm. Lots of dies today as well, including a Basket cover plate, Easter Grass, and a unique frame-style die from Maile Belles called Shaped Sayings: Easter. 

Let's get started!


I found some tutorials on YouTube for how to make cute mini gift boxes using an envelope punch board. This one, which holds two Cadbury Eggs, was my favorite. With just a few punches and score lines, these boxes could't be any easier to put together! And the Paper Basics + White collections in Bright Buttercup and Lovely Lady work so beautifully for Easter!


I used the Easter Grass die to make a grass fringe for each box. I layered three die-cuts together, off-setting them for a little height variation. Although the die is a little wider than A2 I found if I cut the fringe pieces from an A2 card panel, it wrapped around exactly half of the box. Layer three more together to go around the rest of the box. 

I tucked in some pretty stamped and die-cut easter eggs from Bunny Basket, along with a sentiment, also from Bunny Basket.


I did my closure a little differently. Instead of wrapping the corners, one over the other, envelope-style, I pulled both corners together and pinched them closed with a clothespin that I topped off with the bunny image from Bunny Basket.

I stamped the bunny ear insides in white and gave him some linen thread whiskers for a fun detail.


   Stamps: Bunny Basket

Dies: Bunny Basket, Easter Grass

Ink: Bright Buttercup, Lovely Lady, Tempting Turquoise

Paper: Lovely Lady + White Paper Basics Collection; Bright Buttercup + White Paper Basics collection; Stamper's Select white card stock; Limeade Ice card stock

Other: linen thread, mini clothespin, envelope punch board


 


My next project features Maile's Shaped Sayings: Easter die. I die-cut and stacked a few of these in Hibiscus Burst and white for both dimension and added stability, then layered it over an inlaid Shaker Shapes: Circle die-cut in Lemon Tart and Orange Zest. Floral accents are from Clippings: Happy Day, and the stitched leaves are from Songbirds.




The focal point embellished sentiment circle is layered over a Cover Plate Horizontal Stripes in white and then onto a white card base. In between, for some subtle added interest, is a layer of polka dot Sheer Basics Vellum. The white accents on the sentiment were done with a white gel pen. I love how Kay Miller adds white gel pen accents, so thanks for the inspiration, Kay!


   
Stamps: Clippings: Happy Day

Dies: Shaped Sayings: Easter, Cover Plate: Horizontal Stripes, Clippings: Happy Day, Songbirds

Ink: Bright Buttercup, Lovely Lady, Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz

Paper: white, Limeade Ice, Orange Zest, Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart card stock; Sheer Basics Vellum

Other: white gel pen



For more Easter and Spring inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Introducing Tulip Time, Spring Woods, and Splits


The Papertrey ninth anniversary festivities continue today with lots more incredible product introductions. Today on the docket: Tulip Time by Betsy, Spring Woods by Nichole and a new series from Maile called Splits. The first in that series is Splits: Just A Note. In addition, there are some Friendship Jar goodies that fans of that series have been requesting!

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


I couldn't wait to give the beautiful Tulip Time multi-step images a go, especially in shades of yellow. The new Bright Buttercup is a perfect middle tone between Lemon Zest and Summer Sunrise, which are the other two colors I used on the tulips. For the leaves and stems, Ripe Avocado over Spring Moss is always a favorite.

In the background I sponged a touch of Aqua Mist over one of the new Modern Backgrounds stencils. I cannot even tell you how excited I am about these stencils! 

I arranged multiple scalloped frames over the background for a fun look. I can't take credit for that idea, and I can't give credit either, because I really don't know where it came from. Maybe a fellow paper crafter did something similar? I wish I could remember!

Anyway I love the soft, sweet look of the frames and the hint of aqua mist in the background. The whole card feels so fresh and spring-like!



   
Stamps: Tulip Time

Dies: Tulip Time, Tag Sale #10

Ink: Lemon Zest, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist, VersaMark

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow card stock

Other: Modern Backgrounds Stencils, ink blending foam, sponge daubers, white embossing powder, liquid glue, white linen thread, foam adhesive



Visit Nichole's blog for product details, contest info, announcements, and links to all of the designers who are posting today!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Introducing Peonies on Parade, Paper Clippings & Inspired


It's the 5th day of Papertrey's 9th anniversary release, and five more to go! I'm having so much fun with all of the new products!

Today we are introducing a beautiful new floral set by Dawn McVey called Peonies on Parade. There is a stamp set, coordinating dies, and, like Bold Blossoms last month and What the Doodle: Butterfly yesterday, there will be two paper collections for coloring, one on standard white card stock and one on watercolor paper. We are also introducing two new stamp/die series by Betsy Veldman. The first series is Paper Clippings, which features a beautiful, intricate die-cut reminiscent of intricate paper cutting art. We'll begin that series with Paper Clippings: Happy Day. The second series, also by Betsy Veldman, is called Inspired, and will feature faith-based phrases. We begin that series with Inspired: Savior.

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



My project today features Inspired: Savior, along with florals and vines from Paper Clippings: Happy Day. I don't often work with purples, not because I don't like them, but because they just tend to be hard for me to use. I'm glad I did today!

I created my sentiment with the Inspired: Savior stamps and dies, then used some of the vines and florals from Paper Clippings: Happy Day to embellish. The Happy Day die-cut was done in white, then colored with ink blending foam in shades of purple. The addition flower die-cuts that are popped up on the vines were stamped.

I framed everything with Erin's Cover Plate: Scroll Frame, gently pulling that thin outside edge forward for some dimension. The three crosses are from last year's Easter Alleluias set.


On the inside, I stamped a simple Easter Blessings sentiment from Keep It Simple: Easter, along with some of the stamped floral imagery from Paper Clippings: Happy Day.

And my deed is done with purple for at least another year! Just kidding!!



   
Stamps: Inspired: Savior; Paper Clippings: Happy Day; Keep It Simple: Easter; Easter Alleluias

Dies: Cover Plate: Scroll Frame; Inspired: Savior; Paper Clippings: Oh Happy Day

Ink: Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock; Fresh Snow Linen card stock, Soft Stone Stripe patterned paper

Other: ink blending foam, sponge daubers, clear sequins, foam adhesive, liquid glue



Thanks so much for visiting, and for your sweet comments. It's always a blessing to hear from you!

For more inspiration today, product details, announcements, contest info, and links to all the other designers posting today, visit Nichole's blog.

Happy day!


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