Thursday, June 30, 2016

I'm On Confetti Camera!

It's Confetti Camera day over on the Reverse Confetti blog! Confetti Camera is the weekly segment that features one of the Confetti Crew designers, along with an exclusive, themed project created just for this feature. 

Our theme this round is Black, White + One Other Color.

I chose black, white, and gold ...

For full project photos and details, join me HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

You're So Cool - SFYTT

Hello and happy Sunday, friends! Today I'm playing along with Reverse Confetti's June Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT) challenge.

If you haven't played along, you can find all the rules and the link-up HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog. You have until noon CST June 29th to play along.

Here's our June sketch:

And here's what I came up with:

I thought the Let's Chill popsicles would be perfect for the three circles on the sketch. The popsicle handles even remind me of the three green tabs! I layered the popsicles over some American Crafts Dear Lizzie Happy Place patterned papers, stamped a sentiment from the Let's Chill stamp set along the bottom, and finished with a liberal sprinkling of sequins in the popsicle colors.

The popsicle die comes in three pieces -- the popsicle body, the handle, and the pair of rectangles that give that traditional popsicle look. Instead of using the rectangles as cut-outs, I die-cut a scrap of transparency, which I used as a stencil to ink in the popsicle markings.

Stamps: Let's Chill

Confetti Cuts Dies: Let's Chill

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; PTI Green Parakeet, Hibiscus Burst, and Bright Buttercup

Paper: Neenah solar white card stock; PTI Green Parakeet, Hibiscus Burst, and Bright Buttercup card stock; wood veneer paper; American Crafts Dear Lizzie Happy Place 6x6 paper pad; PTI Sheer Basics vellum

Other: white linen thread, sequins

For more sketch inspiration, visit Laurie and Audrey.

Thank you so much for visiting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Please join me on the Reverse Confetti blog today for this week's Wednesday in the Works feature, where I'm having fun with some June release goodies and a variety of nautical color combos. See you there!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Papertrey June 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.

Here are a few more projects using the new products ...

I adore the gorgeous sun and clouds in Betsy's What the Doodle: Sun! I used one of the coloring pages here, and colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Inspired: Grace, and the card base was cut with the Noted: Scalloped A1 die.

Stamps: Inspired: Grace 

Dies: Inspired: Grace, Noted: Scalloped A1 

Ink: True Black, Aqua Mist 

Paper: Tropical Teal card stock; What the Doodle: Sun coloring pages 

Other: True Black baker's twine, Copic markers, clear Wink of Stella, white satin sequins

Betsy's Paper Clippings series just gets more and more fun! I love this month's birthday theme! I stamped a Paper Clippings: Birthday die-cut with the Paper Clippings: Birthday stamps for this one. Surprisingly easy to line up! The stitched outer frame layer and the stitched rectangle were done with the Double Ups: Rectangles.

Stamps: Paper Clippings: Birthday 

Dies: Paper Clippings: Birthday; Double Ups: Rectangles 

Ink: Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal 

Paper: Soft Stone Stripe patterned paper; Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: foam tape, white linen thread

The flowers and leaves in Betsy's Graceful Greetings II set are a new favorite, and the sentiments are so pretty, too. I arranged some flowers and a sentiment onto a stitched circle die-cut from the Noted: Scalloped Square die set and then onto a green card base and background.

Stamps: Graceful Greetings II 

Dies: Graceful Greetings II; Noted: Scalloped Square 

Ink: Pale Peony, Blush Blossom, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, New Leaf 

Paper: Green Parakeet, New Leaf and Stamper's Select White card stock; Green Parakeet + White Basics paper collection; linen vellum 

Other: foam adhesive, opaque white paint, white thread

Maile's new addition to the Splits line, Splits: Way To Go, has a really cool, fun, geometric look to it. I stamped the two halves separately and arranged them into triangles, then topped the arrangement with a sentiment stamped onto a stitched circle (from the Noted: Scalloped Square die set)

Stamps: Way To Go

Dies: Noted: Scalloped Square
Ink: Green Parakeet, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Aqua Mist, True Black

Paper: Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White card stock; Green Parakeet + White Basics Paper Collection
Other: wood veneer stars, True Black baker's twine, ink blending tool

And last is one more Woodcut Prints card with a sentiment built from the Big Basics: Thanks die and The Skinny. I love all the options in The Skinny, and the size is so welcome!

Stamps: The Skinny

Dies: Big Basics: Thanks

Ink: Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Green Parakeet Enchanted Evening card stock; Woodblock Prints paper collection; Sheer Basics vellum

Other: white linen thread

For more release inspiration, visit the team:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Forget Me Not Notes

Today is the last day of new product introductions for Papertrey Ink's June release, and we are featuring the following:

1. a beautiful set of forget-me-not flowers with some different sentiments built around the words forget/forgot/forgotten
2. three huge die sets, each with a scalloped card base (A1, A2 and a square enclosure size), and each with several nested rectangles and circles or ovals. Some of the dies in each set have a scalloped edge embossing detail, and all have a built-in stitching detail
3. A companion die set of three nested scalloped edge rectangles, each with the stitching detail (on both sides of the cut line) and a scalloped edge embossing detail

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET tomorrow, June 15, in the Papertrey Ink store.

So for this first card, I started with an A1 scalloped card base that I cut with a die from the Noted: Scalloped A1 set. I sponged and splattered the background before adding an assortment of blue flowers stamped and diecut with the Forget Me Not stamps and dies. The word die-cut is from the Forget Me Not Sentiments die set.

On these flowers, you can see the color variation. I stamped in Spring Rain, then used a sponge dauber to ad Blueberry Sky to the stamp, then stamped again. I repeated the Blueberry Sky sponging until the flowers were as dark as I wanted.

Stamps: Forget Me Not

DiesForget Me Not, Forget Me Not Sentiments, Notes: Scalloped A1

Ink: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock; Green Parakeet + White Basics paper collection

Other: white satin sequins, foam tape adhesive, white paint

Here I've used the Noted: Scalloped Square die set to cut a gift enclosure card base. I topped that with a stitched edge square and circle, also from the Noted: Scalloped Square set. Last are some pink forget-me-nots, and a to/from sentiment from Keep It Simple: To & From.

Forget Me Not has several flower clusters, as well as single flower images in different sizes. Lots of layering possibilities!

StampsForget Me Not, Keep It Simple: To & From

DiesForget Me Not, Noted: Scalloped Square

Ink: Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, True Black

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock; Black & White All Over paper collection

Other: foam adhesive, True Black baker's twine, ink blending tool

 For more Forget Me Not and Noted inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Introducing Woodblock Prints

Welcome to Papertrey Ink's June release countdown. Today is a real treat! We are introducing a product group called Woodblock Prints, designed by Nichole Heady and inspired by Indian woodblock print fabrics. Woodblock Prints includes stamps, patterned paper, and stencils. 

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

These products are so incredibly fun to play with! For this card, I stamped a pattern with one of the Woodblock Prints images, heat embossed in white, and then watercolored with Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, and Enchanted Evening.

The sentiment was cut with the Big Basics: Thanks die and coated with clear Wink of Stella. Behind the word die-cut is a strip that I stamped with two more images in the Woodblock Prints set.

StampsWoodblock Prints

DiesBig Basics: Thanks

Ink: Versamark, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Green Parakeet

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock; white watercolor paper

Other: foam adhesive, clear Wink of Stella brush pen, white embossing powder

For this next card, I started with a die-cut card base, then added blocks of the Woodblock Prints Paper Collection. I added my sentiment on top, along with a sprinkling of sequins. So easy to make!

"Thinking of You" was die-cut with the Big Basics: Thinking of You die, and the rest of the sentiment is from The Skinny, a new stamp set by Dawn McVey. You'll find out more about the die-cut card base tomorrow!

StampsWoodblock Prints, The Skinny

DiesBig Basics: Thinking of You

Ink: Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock; Woodblock Prints Paper Collection

Other: foam adhesive, white satin sequins

My last card features the Woodblock Prints Stencils. There are are four different stencils in the collection. I've used two of them. There is Aqua Mist solid shape stenciling in the background and then Enchanted Evening detail stenciling on top of that. I stamped the little circle medallion image in Green Parakeet to bring in a little more color.

"Thanks" was cut with the Big Basics: Thanks die and sponged with Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, and Enchanted Evening inks. 

Before stenciling, I taped the edges of the panel with washi tape. With the second stencil still in place, I spritzed with some clear shimmer spray. Before removing the washi tape, I sponged a little bit of Green Parakeet around the perimeter. The pretty scalloped panel is another new die that you'll learn  more about tomorrow!

StampsWoodblock Prints

DiesBig Basics: Thanks

Ink: Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Green Parakeet, Tropical Teal

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock, Tropical Teal card stock

Other: Woodblock Prints stencils, liquid glue, white thread, clear shimmer spray, ink blending tool

For more Woodblock Prints inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Need For Speed

Papertrey's June release countdown is underway! This month's collection has so much variety -- cars and trucks, beautiful florals, modern and graphic, plus some new die sets that I am positively squealing over, not to mention the lovey new Pale Peony color! If you haven't been following along with the peeks so far, visit Nichole's blog to get caught up. 

Today is our first group post for June, and we are introducing some adorable transportation-themed products: Need for Speed by Erin Lincoln, Road Signed and Road Signed Numbers by Nichole Heady, and a Stitched Car and Stitched Truck, also by Erin. 

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

The car and truck stitching dies are so adorable and so well thought-out! I used the Stitched Truck die to make an ornament for my husband. We've been exchanging ornaments every Christmas since the beginning of our marriage. I try to make or find ornaments that are personal, and this one will be perfect, since he loves to coach baseball and hauls all of the team equipment in the back of his truck. The baseball isn't part of the set, just something I made from circle dies. I love the idea of putting other stitched elements in the back of the pick-up -- hearts, birthday candles, anything really!

At the top of the truck cab, I stitched in a loop of Smokey Shadow Saddle Stitched ribbon to use as a hanging loop. This loop could work for ornaments, keychains, backpack tags, gift tags, and more!

To make the baseball, I cut a white Stitched Circle, then used a Stitched Circles: Holes die to add the curved lines for the red stitching. Easy to do, just lay the holes-only die on the Stitched Circle die-cut, offsetting to the left and right.

SuppliesStitched Circle dies, Stitched Circles: Holes dies, 
Hawaiian Shores, Smokey Shadow, True Black, and Lemon Zest felt
white, gray, and red embroidery floss
Smokey Shadow Saddle Stitch ribbon

Next up is Need for Speed and the On the Road die. These cars are so cute! I'm especially impressed with how well the car designs work for men and boys of all ages -- not too grown-up for the little ones, but sleek enough for the teens and men. 

I layered a stamped and die-cut Need for Speed car onto an On the Road Soft Stone die-cut. The road lines are cut so that you can back with another color for the stripes, or inlay another color for the stripes. And the stamped tire tracks are such a fun touch!

The overhead perspective on the cars is fun and unique. I wasn't sure if I'd like it combined with scene elements, but I did. The curvy green hill piece was cut with the Sentiment Splits: Horizontal Curve die, the city skyline is from Zappy Birthday, and the background is the Cover Plate: Blue Skies die.

I stamped the Need for Speed sentiment in two parts and popped it up for dimension.

Another look at that car. So fun!

Stamps: Need for Speed

Dies: Need for Speed, On the Road, Sentiment Splits: Horizontal Curve

Ink: Green Parakeet, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow

Paper: white, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Green Parakeet, and Aqua Mist card stock; 
Black and White All Over paper collection

Other: foam adhesive

For more Need for Speed inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Thanks for visiting today!