Monday, February 15, 2016

Papertrey February Release in Review

[If you're looking for my Moments Inked Newsletter post, 
Year of Gratitude
please scroll down or click HERE.]

Papertrey's big February anniversary release is nearly here. All of the products will be available in the Papertrey Ink store tonight at 10 pm EST!

I have a number of additional projects to share today -- enjoy!

First up is Betsy's What the Doodle: Butterfly. I heat embossed in white, then sponged in yellow, green and turquoise inks. The background was done with one of the new Modern Backgrounds stencils.

Behind the butterfly is a vellum Branching Out die-cut.

Stamps: What the Doodle: Butterfly

Dies: What the Doodle: Butterfly; Branching Out

Ink: Lemon Tart, Limeade Ice, Hawaiian Shores, Ripe Avocado

Paper: watercolor paper, white card stock, vellum card stock

Other: Modern Backgrounds Stencil Collection, white embossing powder, white thread, ink blending tool and foam, foam adhesive, sewing machine


I love Heather's Be stamps and dies! I put a bunch of those motivational words together in a  list and made a bookmark.

And I did the same thing on a card to match. No photo, but on the inside there is one final "Be Yourself." I had my middle school-age daughter and all of her friends in mind when I made this. Such a tough age! The reminder to be yourself and that you already are all of those other things really strikes a chord!

I'm really enjoying the new Modern Backgrounds stencils. Here I've used one to add interest to the background.


Stamps: Be

Ink: Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Blueberry Sky, Vintage Jadeite, Stormy Sea, Enchanted Evening

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock, Vintage Jadeite + White Paper Basics Collection; Bright Buttercup card stock

Other: Enchanted Evening baker's twine, Modern Backgrounds Stencil Collection, sewing machine, foam adhesive


Stamps: Be

Dies: Be; Basic Bookmark #3

Ink: Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Blueberry Sky, Vintage Jadeite, Enchanted Evening

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock

Other: white linen thread


Raise your hand if you love Dawn's Peonies on Parade collection! Here I've used one of the Peonies on Parade watercoloring pages and colored with Zig markers. I added some gold splatter and gold sequins in the background.

The sentiment is from the previously released Super Swoosh die set and Swoosh stamp set. A touch of vellum helps the sentiment stand out.

Stamps: Swoosh

Dies: Swoosh

Ink: True Black

Paper: Peonies on Parade watercolor pages, Rustic White card stock, luxe gold adhesive sheets, vellum card stock

Other: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, gold sequins, True Black baker's twine

This one also uses Peonies on Parade, as well as Betsy's Inspired: Savior stamps and dies. I wanted to try something a little different here. I heat embossed the peonies on Soft Stone Stripe paper and left them uncolored for more of a background effect. I love the look but it seems criminal to minimize those beautify peonies in any way!

Again the sentiment is from Inspired: Savior. It's in three pieces: "our" is on a Keep It Simple Frames tag die-cut, "Savior" is die-cut from Smokey Shadow card stock, and "can move mountains" is stamped in Soft Stone ink onto a Tag Sale: Quilted die-cut.

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

I used the Nichole's Spring Woods stamps and dies, along with Erin's Cover Plate: Pretty Frame to make a sweet thank-you card. I love these branches and the multi-step birds!

The background is lightly sponged and misted.

The sentiment was embossed in white and resisted the sponging around it. I love the subtle look of this.

Stamps: Spring Woods

Dies: Spring Woods, Cover Plate: Pretty Frame

Ink: Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, Mint Julep, Classic Kraft, Fine Linen, Smokey Shadow, VersaMark

Paper: white card stock

Other: ink blending tool and foam, foam adhesive, Rainstones

Next up: Maile's Splits: Just A Note. I heat embossed the image in white onto a watercolor panel I had in my stash - it fit perfectly! I kept it simple with just a strip of black and white stripe paper and a trio of sequins. 

Stamps: Splits: Just A Note

Ink: VersaMark; Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

Paper: watercolor paper; Black and White All Over Paper Collection, Limeade Ice card stock

Other: white and clear embossing powder, True Black baker's twine, black sequins

Last for today is Lizzie's Simply Spring Borders. Oh my goodness, the cuteness and the charm! I love these bunnies to pieces!! I gave them a little scene to play in using the Cover Plate: Blue Skies and Cover Plate: Blue Skies Rays.

Along the bottom, the bunnies were stamped twice - once on the card (really for placement purposes), then again on separate card stock, die-cut, and popped up over the first bunnies. I ever-so-lightly colored the bunnies with a very light gray Copic.

Before stamping the bunnies, I sponged on an Aqua Mist sky, stamped the grass and some tiny pink flowers, and added the line of machine stitching. 

Stamps: Simply Spring Borders

Dies: Simply Spring Borders, Cover Plate: Blue Skies; Cover Plate Blue Skies Rays; Scene It: Skyscapes

Ink: Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, True Black

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, and Lemon Tart card stock

Other: ink blending tool and foam, light gray Copic marker, foam adhesive, sewing machine

That's it for today! For one more round of February release inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Thanks for stopping by!


Cindy H. said...

Love your gorgeous cards! Your beautiful style just makes me want it all!

Holly Saveur said...

WOW stunning cards...all so gorgeous!

Leigh Penner said...

Fabulous cards, Amy! You totally rocked this release!

Betty Wright said...

WOW! A whole lot of pretty is one spot! Fabulous designs, Amy!

jan metcalf said...

Oh my, what an array of card designs! You were so creative with the Be set, back on my list! Love how the stems seem to be reaching out of your pretty frame gratitude card! Your stencil background, I could go on and on. Thank you!

BeverlyBL said...

Beautiful cards. I love both of your BE projects and the Spring Woods sweet card. Great colors. Thanks so much.

JanetB said...

All of your cards are beautiful, the Spring Woods card and the bookmark really stand out.

Kelly said...

gorgeous cards…it certainly looks like you have had fun making cards for this release!

A Cup of Cold Water said...

ABSOLUTELY stunning post!!!
Each card is a piece of art!!!

6th Street Sundries said...

B-e-a-utiful! So many of your projects had me sayin "ooooh" aloud, particularly your card with the birds and the bookmark. So many beautiful samples! Thank you for all of your hard words this week!

Vikki H said...

Your projects today are beautiful, smartly designed and charming, esp. the bunny borders one~

Nancy Thomas said...

Wow Amy, these are all works of art. Beautiful!

D L said...

You are so creative these cards are beautiful.

Diana K said...

"Be" wasn't really on my radar until just now. Thanks for that :) Beautiful designs, Amy, you're a super star!

karenb said...

I am amazed at EVERY one of your projects today! They are all amazing and stunning! Nicely done!!!!! TFS!!!!!

Yvette Williams said...

That was nice to see the collection outline in color samples. Beautifully done.

Yvette Williams said...

That was nice to see the collection outline in color samples. Beautifully done.

Kathy Mc said...

Every single card of yours is a piece of art, Amy. You come up with a real variety of techniques and color combos. Your finishing touches add so much class. Awesome release!

Unknown said...

Wow How do you guys do it ??? I love the butterfly set!!! Your coloring is beautiful!!!

Yoonsun Hur said...

All of you cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I am HUGE fan of yours, Amy!!!!

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

What a way to end this release....GORGEOUS ALL!!!

María Alba

Jill Norwood said...

Amy every single card and tag is so beautiful! I love them all! Thanks for all of the amazing inspiration throughout the entire Anniversary! I am curious what you used to get the tiny gold splatters or spray on that beautiful peonies birthday card? I love the look of the gold!

I Card Everyone said...

Amy I've come by from MFT to say 'how wonderful' and what do I find? MORE wonderful! You have the most fabulous way with color, and your designs are just so delightful ... oh my, those bunnies!!! Thank you for sharing! [do you have a little girl to decorate for? =]
=] Michele

Nancy said...

I'm placing the "BE" set back on my list now that I see what you have done with it, fabulous.
Also on your Just a note card I'd love to know how you achieve that gorgeous watercolor effect, I cannot seem to get mine to look that good.
Thanks for some wonderful inspiration, glad you're on PTI!

Amy Sheffer said...

Thank you for the kind words, Nancy! For the watercolor background, that panel had been sitting around for a little while, so I can't remember for sure, but I believe I smooshed the Distress Ink pads onto an acrylic block and picked up the colors with a brush. I don't think I wet the paper ahead of time, so that the ink would stay just where I painted, and I'm guessing I didn't have much water on the brush, which kept the colors more vibrant. Not sure if that's any help at all!