Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Winter Florals

The countdown to Papertrey Ink's October release continues today with a stunning collection of winter floral stamps and dies. I know many paper crafters rank floral images up there among their very favorite stamps to create with. If that describes you, you'll definitely want to make room for today's beauties!

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

We have so much to share today, starting with Spruce and Sprigs by Dawn McVey.

This set was generating much buzz just from the small peek Nichole showed last week. No wonder, just look at those gorgeous images! 

My favorite part of Christmas decorating is arranging all the holiday greenery, tucking little bits of this and that into all of my garlands and wreaths. Spruce & Sprigs is the same kind of fun, with endless options for making holiday and winter arrangements.

Here, I've created an arrangement to top one of Papertrey's Plain Pint Containers. I covered the container in an aqua pattern from the Pretty Pastels paper collection using the Pint Size Wrap dies. The circle for the top of the container was also die-cut using the Pint Size Wrap dies. I sponged on some Aqua Mist ink then spritzed it with water to get a watercolor look.

The greenery is all stamped with Spruce & Sprigs imagery and die-cut with the coordinating Spruce & Sprigs dies. I sponged some Pinefeather ink onto the two evergreen branches to give them more depth. For the rest of the images, I used Copic markers to add shading. 

The sentiment was done with stamps and dies from Christmas Cheer.

Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs, Christmas Cheer

Dies: Spruce & Sprigs, Christmas Cheer, Pint Size Wrap

Ink: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Pinefeather, Encore Metallic Gold

Paper: Pretty Pastels Paper Collection; White and Ocean Tides card stock

Other: Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon. foam adhesive, jingle bells, ivory linen thread, pint container

Next is a wintry creation using Botanical Blocks III by Nichole Heady. The set includes an anemone image and an amaryllis -- both perfect for winter occasions.

First I stamped the anemone image on watercolor paper in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in white. Next, I watercolored the image using Zig watercolor markers. I cut out the floral block using the Botanical Blocks dies, and layered onto a Basic Bookmark 3 die-cut (also from watercolor paper, so the layers would match).

I added a white embossed sentiment, and layered onto a Smokey Shadow + Sheer Basics Vellum background and card base.

Stamps: Botanical Blocks III

Dies: Botanical Blocks, Basic Bookmark 3

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Smokey Shadow card stock, watercolor paper, Sheer Basic Vellum

Other: white embossing powder, Zig Real Brush Clean Color watercolor markers, Smokey Shadow satin ribbon, ivory linen thread, foam adhesive, sewing machine

Last for today is a beautiful new cover plate, the Winter Florals Cover Plate

I die-cut the cover plate from watercolor card stock, then did a loose, messy watercolor using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I layered the Winter Florals layer over another piece of watercolor paper that I lightly splattered using some of the same mixed colors that I used for the cover plate. I also lightly sponged the perimeter of the underneath layer with Aqua Mist ink. 

Those of you who have trouble with ink blending should give it a go on watercolor paper. Oh my, the ink blending is dreamy! I used Strathmore 140-pound cold press Series 500 paper, and had absolutely no issue with splotchiness or lines from the blending foam.

The sentiment is from Dawn McVey's Tucked In: Holiday. I stamped it in black onto a Fillable Frames #11 die-cut (from watercolor paper, too), then did some ink blending in Ocean Tides to help it stand out.

For a finishing touch, I added a length of Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon, tied off and adorned with two tiny silver jingle bells.

Stamps: Tucked In: Holiday

Dies: Winter Floral Cover Plate, Fillable Frames #11

Ink: True Black, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides

Paper: 140-pound cold-press watercolor paper

Other: Gansai Tambi watercolors, brushes, ink blending tool, Scarlet Jewel satin ribbon, ivory linen thread, mini jingle bells

Visit the Papertrey team for lots more Winter Florals inspiration:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Holiday Pin-Ups Kit + Petite Places: Holiday Lane

Papertrey Ink's October release countdown has begun! This month, we continue with holiday crafting gift-giving products, but also focus on extending those products throughout the winter. Today, in particular, we are introducing the newest Make It Market Mini Kit: Holiday Pin-Ups. These kit is similar to the darling Halloween Pin-Ups kit, but of course re-done for the winter holidays. We are also featuring the newest in the Petite Places series: Holiday Lane.

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

I just adore Betsy's Holiday Pin-Ups! They're a grown-up version of the clothespin crafts we used to do as kids.

To make this clothespin snowflake, I clipped eight clothespin snowmen and eight mini clothespins from my stash to a circle die-cut. The snowmen are all die-cut from Holiday Pin-Ups papers. The mini clothespins are covered in Aqua Mist crd stock and topped with a stamped snowflake from a new snowflake set by Heather called Snowflake Sparkle. The center is a vellum circle, a Snowflake Medallion, and a glittered white Christmas Cheer die-cut.

STAMPS: Snowflake Sparkle
DIES: Snowflake Sparkle, Snowflake Medallion, Christmas Cheer, Holiday Pin-Ups
INK: Aqua Mist
PAPER: white and Aqua Mist card stock, vellum card stock, Holiday Pin-Ups papers
OTHER: clothespins, Stickles, clear glitter

Next up is Petite Places: Holiday Lane:

How adorable is Santa's workshop?!? Stamped with different images, it can also be a gingerbread house. So clever!

The snowy banks are done with the Waves Cover Plate, and the background is watercolored. It's a panel I had previously colored, so I can't remember for sure what I used to do the coloring. Probably inks rather than watercolor paints. All of the other images are from the Holiday Lane set. So much detail!

Edited to add:
I forgot to mention that the smoke coming from the chimney is actually one of the little scroll-y cut-outs from last month's Square Petite Ornament. I had set the scrolls aside thinking they might work as cute embellishments for more Bible journaling in my planner. Lo and behold, they're perfect here, too! I always love finding fun little surprises like that!

Along the top I added some candy cane stripes using the new Pure Poppy + White Basics Paper Collection. The little tag was cut with a die from the Holiday Pin-Ups set.

STAMPS: Petite Places: Holiday Lane
DIES: Petite Places: Holiday Lane, Holiday Pin-Ups, Waves Cover Plate
INK: Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow
PAPER: watercolor paper; white and Vintage Jadeite card stock; Pure Poppy + White Basics Paper Collection
OTHER: True Black baker's twine, wood veneer stars, foam adhesive

Visit the Papertrey team for lots more kit inspiration:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Reverse Confetti October Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Reverse Confetti's October Release Blog Hop! All the stamp sets, Confetti Cuts dies, Quick Card Panels, frosted pillow boxes, and solid twine that you've been seeing these last few days are now available in the Reverse Confetti store. 

To celebrate the new release, we are blog hopping today. If you've already started today's hop, then you should have arrived here from Amy Tsuruta's blog. If not, head over to the Reverse Confetti blog to begin! When you're finished here, you'll be heading to Leigh Penner's blog next.

Before I share my projects, I want to encourage you to join us next week, October 13-15, for a special online event -- Happy Fall-idays. The design team will be showcasing all sorts of unique projects and ideas for  the upcoming holidays, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas. Can't wait!

Now, for today's projects (I've saved a couple of favorites just for today):

Have you fallen in love with Kay's Layered Snowflake? I know I have! There are so many layering possibilities built into these dies, as you can on this idea sheet:

I went for a soft look with today's snowflake. Everything is die-cut from white card stock and then lightly sponged in light green and light aqua ink. The white teardrop shapes are all coated with clear Wink of Stella for some subtle shimmer. Other sparkly accents include tiny silver flat-back pearls and a large clear sequin in the middle. 

The sentiment is from the new Winter Word Coordinates stamp set and Winter Words Confetti Cuts dies.

STAMPSWinter Word Coordinates
CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Winter Words, Layered Snowflake
INK: PTI Spring Moss and Aqua Mist
PAPER: white and silver card stock, linen vellum
OTHER: flat-back silver pearls, clear sequin, foam adhesive, sewing machine, clear Wink of Stella

Next is a pair of tags featuring the Winter Words Confetti Cuts, Winter Words stamp set, and Holly Confetti Cuts, all layered on Thanks Tag (back in stock!) die-cuts. I mixed and matched beautiful papers from My Mind's Eye. Super excited Reverse Confetti is now carrying twine. You're seeing the Solid Natural twine here.

STAMPSWinter Word Coordinates
CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Holly, Winter Words, Thanks Tag
INK: Bundled Sage Distress Ink
PAPERwhite and dark gray card stock, My Mind's Eye Cozy Christmas 6x6 collection
OTHER: solid natural twine, foam adhesive, jingle bells


Thanks so much for stopping by today! The next stop on the hop is the fabulous Leigh Penner. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Merry & Bright

Welcome to the third and final day of Reverse Confetti's October release countdown. 
All of the new products shown this week will be available at midnight!

Be sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting today. Leave comments on each designer's blog for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate. Also, head over to the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for another $15 giveaway.

Today's featured products are the Merry & Bright stamp set and coordinating Merry & Bright Confetti Cuts. I love these Christmas lights SOOO much! For today's project, I've used a stamped and die-cut light as a tag for one of the new frosted pillow boxes, and I just love how it looks!

The fun, non-traditional polka dot pattern is one of the new limited edition 'Tis the Season Quick Card Panels. I always think the pink and turquoise take on Christmas is so fun and whimsical!

STAMPSMerry & Bright


INK: turquoise, silver

PAPER: 'Tis the Season Quick Card Panelslinen vellum

OTHER: Caribbean solid twine, frosted pillow boxes, pink ribbon, silver tinsel, jingle bells, green paper shred

 Thanks so much for visiting! Remember to head to the Reverse Confetti blog for more inspiration and links to today's design team posts. 

Join us tomorrow for a blog hop to celebrate the new release!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Countdown to Confetti - Jolly Holiday

Welcome to Day Two of Reverse Confetti's Countdown to the October release. Today we're featuring Jolly Holiday, the second of three new stamp sets we're releasing this month. Coordinating Jolly Holiday Confetti Cuts are also part of this release.

The October release will be available in the Reverse Confetti store at midnight on October 8.

Be sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting peeks today. Leave comments on each designer's blog for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate. Also, head over to the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for another $15 giveaway.

Jolly Holiday is illustrated by Dawn Machell, and like all of her illustrations, these are just too cute for words! I'm especially smitten with this sweet little reindeer! I couldn't resist a red Rudolph nose for today's card! 

That green striped panel with the white circle and red stitching is one of the new limited edition Jolly Holiday Quick Card Panels. I accented the circle with a white Wreath die-cut. The ground is hand-cut into a slope. The clouds are die-cut from the Sun 'n Clouds Confetti Cuts die set.

I trimmed the Quick Card Panel down just a bit and adhered it horizontally to a top-fold vertical card base of dark gray (I've got a major thing for grays lately!). Along the top of the card base, I stamped the little snowflake trio from this set in white ink and accented with teeny tiny 2mm clear rhinestones.

This is a great image and sentiment combo for Christmas gift thank-you cards! 

STAMPS: Jolly Holiday

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Jolly Holiday, Wreath, Documented

INK: Versafine Onyx Black, white pigment ink

PAPER: 'Tis the Season Quick Card Panels; dark gray, light gray, red, and white card stock; watercolor paper

OTHER: sewing machine, white thread, clear embossing powder, Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water brush, foam adhesive

  Thanks so much for visiting today! Remember to head to the Reverse Confetti blog for more inspiration and links to today's design team posts.

See you tomorrow for Day 3!

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