Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sweet Thanks Tag

Hey there, crafty friends, just wanted to stop in and share my take on the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Donut Delight

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Even though I didn't have my act together enough to post a sample on challenge day (or reminder day yesterday), there was no way I was going to sit out altogether. After all, I have the perfect stamp set -- Reverse Confetti's DONUT YOU KNOW.

I die-cut the donut, the frosting, and some heart sprinkles from DONUT YOU KNOW Confetti Cuts dies. The tag is Reverse Confetti's TAG ME, TOO stamp set. Also making an appearance is the TRIPLE CHEVIES Confetti Cuts.

To play along with Curtain Call's Donut Delight challenge, link up HERE by 8 am CST on February 25. The LEAD of the Donut Delight challenge will be invited as a guest designer in our next challenge.

PAPER: white, textured white, and brown card stock; Echo Park designer paper
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
OTHER: ribbon, floss, twine

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The More That You Read ...

I'm over on the Taylored Expressions blog today getting a head start on Dr. Seuss's birthday and National Read Across America Day, which is coming up on March 2. 

I'd love for you to see how I've incorporated a vintage children's book into my card project.

And I'd love even more for you to win In Other Words - Read! Head over to the Taylored Expressions blog for giveaway details. Good luck!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 16, 2015

If Friends Were Flowers - February SFYTT

There's still plenty of time to play along with Reverse Confetti's February Sketch For You To Try. Deadline is February 27 at noon.

Here's our sketch:

I watercolored some flowers from LOVE BLOOMS, stamped some leaves, and added a sentiment to the focal panel. I die-cut the flowers and leaves using the companion LOVE BLOOMS CONFETTI CUTS dies. The notebook edge was die-cut with OFFICE EDGES CONFETTI CUTS dies.

PAPER: light green, white, and black card stock
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, light green ink
OTHER: clear embossing powder, paper clip, baker's twine, ribbon scrap
doily, watercolors, gold mist, foam tape

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Papertrey Ink February Release In Review

Here we are at the end of Papertrey's big 8th anniversary release and celebration! This has been a wild, crazy fun ride for the new girl!

Be sure to visit Nichole's blog for more release in review, as well as one last very exciting announcement!

All the new anniversary release products will be available in the Papertrey Ink store tonight at 10 pm EST.

I have quite a few projects to share today. Ready?

First up is Maile's Beautiful Butterflies Layers stamps and dies, Smoosh stamps and dies, and Maile's gorgeous Watercolor Wonder paper pack. Oh, and there's some of that gorgeous Sheer Basics vellum. I can't get enough of that!

I love the new Bitty Bouquets stamps and dies, and combined them with the Keep It Simple: Mother stamps and the Keep It Simple Frames dies to make some Mother's Day cards.

This first one features a light watercolored background and tag, along with the super pretty tulips.

I love sending Mother's Day wishes to my mom friends, so this sentiment combo is perfect!

The Stitched Cover Plate is such a great way to add beautiful texture to the background. Here I've used it as a background for one of Dawn's Tucked In: Mother stamps. I love these for card insides *and* outsides! The floral accent is from Betsy's charming Quilted: Spring stamps and dies.

I think Betsy really hit it out the park with the beautiful font combinations in the Easter Alleluias stamp set. I've framed the sentiment with Bitty Bouquets wreath.

I had to give Laura and Betsy's "smooshing" a try on this next card. The soft, watercolor effect seemed perfect for Lizzies Etched Easter Eggs stamps and dies. Wow, are these gorgeous, and with so many possibilities. Here I've stamped the images, gold embossed, colored with Copics, and coated them with a clear Wink of Stella. So much shimmer and shine! 

I have only scratched the surface of the fabulous Blue Skies stamps, an ingenious set design with so many fun possibilities. The Blue Skies Cover Plate and the Blue Skies Rays Cover Plate are super fun, too! 

One last product and idea to feature. I'm really eager to use my Moments Inked planner as a tool to help with memory keeping. I found that the largest of the Basic Pages dies is 4 1/2" x 6", which means if you just trim a half-inch off the coil notebook edge, what's left fits into a 6x4 scrapbook pocket. So, right away, I thought wouldn't it be great to create some type of week in review or weekly highlights journal card, keep it clipped in my planner all week, then at the end the week, trim off the binding and slip it into my album! 

Seemed like a great idea, but I had some immediate objections (and I know some of you will relate!): what if I mess up, what if I run out of room, I hate my handwriting, etc. So I decided to design the week in review card to utilize several of the tiny little baby pages of the Basic Pages die set (cutest little notebook page ever, by the way!). I die-cut four of them and adhered them to the week in review card. That way, throughout the week, I can make notes as the events take place. If I end up with more than four, I can decide which to use here and which to move to a different journal card. If I mess up, I can just cut a new one And if I really can't stand my writing, I can pretty them up later -- the important thing is the highlights are recorded. And the bonus is I *could* transfer as-is straight to my album.

This didn't turn out quite like I wanted, so I'm cringing, but posting it anyway, in case it gives some of you an idea for your planners! 

"February" is die-cut with the Monthly Moments: Year Round 1 Dies. The words "week" and "highlights" are both from the Moments Inked: Remembered stamp set. I added a chipboard letter from my stash (and PTI's number dies to my shopping cart <grin>). The score line up close to the binding indicates the trim line.

All of the new products from the past ten day will be available for purchase in the Papertrey Ink store tonight at 10 pm. Visit Nichole and the design team blogs for lots more!

Nichole Heady <--announcement!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Introducing Moments Inked Memory Planner System

I’m so, so excited to help Papertrey introduce the new Moments Inked Memory Planner System! Be sure to visit Nichole’s blog for a full product introduction, as well as the introduction of the Moment Inked design team.

After several years of trying to go all digital with my calendars, task lists, notes, reminders, etc., I started using a paper planner again back in the fall. It has been the best thing! I am so much more organized and prepared when I write things down. Digital still has a big place in my system, but I need things I can touch and pages I can turn!

In today's post, I'm going to share my first impressions of the Moments Inked system, some the features I like best, and a look at my planner in action.

It's really small! (And super cute!)
I've been using an Erin Condren planner for the past four months. It measures 7" x 9", compared to the Moments Inked system, which measures 5" x 7".

It's really thick! That's because it has daily pages, not just weekly spreads and month-at-a-glance pages. The daily pages are a feature I was really interested in, but still, I was surprised by how thick is makes the planner (imagine a 600-700-page hardback book), and how big the coil is.

Design/Visual Appeal:
The covers are colorful, cute, and modern. The inside pages are nicely designed, and the printing is surprisingly bright, crisp, saturated. It's REALLY pretty!

The laminated covers are thick and sturdy. The inside pages are all printed on the scrumptious PTI linen paper, which gives the whole planner a high-end, sophisticated feel. The tabs are easy to find and seem like they'll hold up well to daily use. The back cover is a thick book board.

First Impressions Summary:

The Moments Inked planner is beautiful to look at, inside and out. I was worried the size might be too small to fit everything I like to write down. I was also worried it would be too thick to be very portable.

After diving in and test-driving the planner, here's what I found:
  • It was hard to make those first marks, because seriously this planner is so luxurious, it's almost intimidating to write in! However, once you get started, you don't want to stop!
  • I don't usually take my planner with me, so the thickness issue really isn't an issue. It's dimensions are small enough, though, that I can tuck it into most of my handbags in case I do want to take it along.
  • The small size turned out to be a non-issue for the most part. The calendar fits on the weekly spread, and I have the daily pages and inserts to keep track of tasks, lists, and little notes.
  • I love being able to customize inserts using the Moments Inked stamps and dies.


Numbered Weeks:
This might seem like a small thing, numbered weeks are so helpful for week-based pocket scrapbooking.

Daily Pages:
This is my number one feature and (for me) totally makes the planner's thickness worth it. I love the different sections: hydrate, meal planning, gratitude, memorable moment, exercise (even though I haven't used that yet!)

Banner Stamps & Dies: 
I've had my family color coded on Google Calendar for a few years now, and it really works for us. I wanted to continue the color coding in this planner, so I stamped and die-cut a bunch of colorful banners using sticker paper. That way, I can move them around if schedules change, and even re-use them from week to week.

Customizable Inserts:
I made a key insert in case I forget which color goes with which person (or which design team). I used the same color stickers that I made for the weekly spread, stuck them on some white card stock, then laminated it, and last, die-cut it using one of the note pages dies (love these!)

I also made a task/to-do insert. I stamped a floral image (to coordinate with the February planner colors) and laminated it before die-cutting it with one of the page dies. The to-do's go on a Post-It Note, so it's super easy to use over and over again. (You can also write on the laminated page using a wet-erase marker.)

Goal Page:
This is crazy, but of the many pages in the planner, I think this single page is my absolute favorite part. I didn't dwell on my answers, I just wrote down A thing for most of the categories, not necessarily THE thing. (And some I'm still thinking about!)

That's it for now, but there's so much more to this system that I can't wait to share with you!

Remember to visit Nichole's blog for lots more product detail, as well as the Moment Inked Design Team blogs. I think some of the girls even have videos for you!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Introducing Make It Market Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels

Everyone at Papertrey Ink is excited to share the news of Betsy Veldman's new Make It Market Mini Kits!  The first one is being released this weekend, on Sunday, February 15th.  To help celebrate, the entire design team is participating in a little scavenger hunt!  Be sure to visit Nichole's blog for all the details so you can play along!  EIGHT $80 Papertrey Gift Certificates will be awarded to the participants!

I just love what Betsy has put together to debut her new Make It Market Mini Kit series! With a gorgeous stamp set, beautiful papers, a creative die, and sweet, thoughtful embellishments, Lovely Laurels packs quite the punch. Friendly for beginners while also appealing to experienced stampers, there's something for everyone!

My first card is straightforward, easy, and quick -- great for all levels of stamping experience:

I trimmed down one of the pretty papers, overlaid a piece of the new Sheer Basics Vellum, and mounted it onto a card base. I cut a circle window in the vellum as a frame for the printed focal point. 

A simple horizontal strip, sentiment, and button accent finish off the bottom of the card. 

I stamped and popped up a few elements on the laurel branch to add a little more interest.

The vellum stays in place pretty well with just some adhesive behind the area where the sentiment strip is, but for good measure, I used a glue pen to add small dots of glue on the back side of vellum in the top corners. By lightly dotting the glue on the back side of the dotted pattern, I made sure the glue doesn't show from the front. 

The second card is stepped up a little bit:

Once again, I started with one of the beautiful printed sentiment panels and trimmed it down. To the top, I added a border in another pattern, as well as cardstock scallops.

I tied on some of the pink twine and accented with leaves cut from the leaf ribbon.

I finished with a little cluster consisting of a tag (from the Keep It Simple Frames dies shown earlier this week), some stamped and die-cut flowers, a sentiment, and a stamped and die-cut bird. Nothing difficult with this card, but it takes a little more time than the first card.

Last is a card likely to appeal more to an experienced stamper.

On this one, I stamped and die-cut the laurel branches into Fresh Snow Linen card stock, then embellished with sequins and stamped and die-cut floral accents. The "just for you" sentiment is heat embossed and die-cut into a circle. I framed the focal point with a Keep It Simple Frame, added a second sentiment and accented with a die-cut bow. 

In the background are popped up layers, a vellum layer, and a hand-stitched border detail.

I can't say enough about Lovely Laurels. The papers and images truly are lovely -- a breeze and a dream to design with! Be sure to check out the other DT blogs for more:

Card One:
Lovely Laurels kit (stamps, paper, dies, pink twine)
Paper: Sheer Basics Vellum; Fresh Snow Linen and Sweet Blush Cardstock
Ink: Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, and Ocean Tides ink
Other: Simply Chartreuse button, Spellbinders circle die

Card Two:
Lovely Laurels kit (stamps, paper, dies, pink twine, leaf ribbon)
Dies: Keep It Simple Frames, Eyelet Lace
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Fresh Snow Linen, and Aqua Mist Cardstock
Ink: Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, Ripe Avocado, and Aqua Mist ink
Other: Aqua Mist button

Card Three:
Lovely Laurels kit (stamps, paper, dies, sequins)
Dies: Keep It Simple Frames, Spellbinders circle die
Paper: Sheer Basics Vellum; Fresh Snow Linen, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, and Melon Berry cardstock
Other: paper piercer/needle/thread, foam tape, Viva Decor pearl pen