Friday, December 8, 2017

Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal: Covers

It's Traveler's Journal day over on the Papertrey Ink blog! In this month's feature, we are looking at different materials you can use for your covers.

The Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover die set is perfectly sized to hold three of the Traveler's Journal: Page Blanks booklets, and the die will cut through many different materials. Previously, I've made outer covers from Papertrey's felt and from canvas. Today I'm sharing how I put together a cover with a fabric exterior and felt interior.

Here's a little how-to:

First, I die-cut some fun foam using the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover die.

Next I picked out a pretty plaid fabric ...

... and cut a rectangle a bit larger than the fun foam diecut.

I wrapped the fabric around the fun foam and adhered (temporarily) with my ATG gun.

Then I machine stitched the perimeter. 

Next, I die-cut a felt outer cover, again using the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover. and glued that to the inside using fabric glue. (You could also machine-stitch all three together at once.)

Using the holes in the red felt diecut as a guide, I punched holes all the way through the plaid fabric. Next, I used large eyelets to reinforce those holes.

I used an eyelet setter and hammer from my stash. Remember those?

The eyelets give the notebook such a nice, finished look don't you think?

Here you can see the spine with all the elastics in place. One piece of elastic holds the notebooks and the other piece works as the notebook closure.

I added a felt snowflake embellishment to the closure elastic. The red and white baker's twine goes down through the button and snowflake, around the elastic, and back up through the snowflake and button, tying off in a bow. This holds the snowflake onto the elastic, but allows it to slide, too. (I hope that makes sense!)

The snowflake was cut using the Snowfall Style I die. I cut one from Vintage Cream felt and one from white card stock, then glued them together to give the felt more stability.

Aside from the plaid being a little crooked on the back (be careful when using plaids and/or stripes!), I'm loving this fabric cover and can't wait to make more in different patterns and colors!

For more Traveler's Journal inspiration, be sure to visit the Papertrey Ink blog. 

Thanks for visiting!

Reverse Confetti December Hop

Hello friends! It's the 8th of the month, and the Reverse Confetti Crew and Friends are blog hopping. I am guest posting on the Reverse Confetti blog and kicking off the hop, so head on over there to join me!

And then for lots more inspiration, here's the hop order:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hi there and happy December! I'm so excited to be part of Taheerah Atchia's Advent Calendar Extravaganza again this year. This event is such a holiday highlight in the cardmaking community!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This 'hop with a twist' was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you'll never know where you're going to be visiting next until you 'open the door'!

And that's not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

My project features my current favorite Reverse Confetti stamp set: Cool Friend. I adore those snowmen!

I created a pretty little scalloped and stitched window for my snowmen pair using one of the dies in the Scalloped Squares Confetti Cuts set. The patterned papers are both from Reverse Confetti's colorful Cheerful & Kind 6x6 Paper Pad.  For accents, I added some silver metallic twine and some Snowflake Trio die-cuts topped with jumbo sequins. In the background, for a touch of added interest, I adhered a white Rounded Stripe Panel Confetti Cuts to the top third of the card.

The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Sentimental Christmas. Isn't that font fabulous?!

Confetti Cuts DiesCool FriendScalloped Squares

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Other: silver embroidery floss, Jillibean Soup sequins

It's not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today's prize is generously supplied by Reverse Confetti so you'll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah's blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don't forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah's blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well as to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don't forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

Thanks for visiting, and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

You're A Cool Friend - November SFYTT

I'm popping in today to share some Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try inspiration. The November sketch challenge is winding down, so be sure to get your entry linked up! All the sketch details are posted HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog.

Here's the November sketch:

I picked out the recently released Cool Friend stamp set for my card. Aren't these snowmen just the absolute cutest?! I'm also loving these two patterned papers together. Both are from the Cheerful & Kind 6x6 Pad.

I accented with a trio of Snowflake Trio snowflakes, each coated with some Clear Wink of Stella shimmer and topped with a black sequin.

Stamps: Cool Friend
Confetti Cuts Dies: Cool Friend, Lacy Scallop Circles, Snowflake Trio
Ink: black
Paper: Premier Polar White, Stone, and RC Aqua card stock; Cheerful & Kind 6x6 Pad
Other: Clear Wink of Stella, black sequins, Copic markers, white gel pen


Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Introducing Winter Woolens & Snowfall Style

Surprise! I have the pleasure of joining Papertrey's November release countdown (and the next few months, too)! I'll be attempting to {partly} fill Dawn McVey's shoes while she continues her organ transplant recovery. If you're not already following Dawn's journey, follow her on Instagram: @dawnsing. She continually amazes me with her faith, strength, and overall positivity!

So, on to Papertrey's release countdown! It's Day Two already, so if you missed yesterday, you can get all caught up HERE

Today's featured products are Snowfall Style (stamps, dies, stencils), designed by Heather Nichols and Winter Woolens (stamps and dies), designed by Lizzie Jones. I have a few projects I'm sharing today!

All of the new products will be available on November 15 at 10pm Eastern Time in the Papertrey Ink store. 

For my first card, I was inspired by the rustic, yet elegant Scandinavian style. I started with a Kraft background, added some white inking around the perimeter and white splatter, then wrapped some linen thread around the background panel a few times. I die-cut two Snowfall Style I snowflakes from silver glitter paper and placed them on the background, trimming off the overhang.

Next comes those darling Winter Woolens. Lizzie designed the set with multiple patterns that you can stamp onto a sweater, hat, and mittens. So fun to play with different pattern and color combos!

Here, I die-cut the sweater from smooth watercolor paper, stamped and white embossed the design, and watercolored with Soft Stone re-inker. I like the variegation in the sweater that I got with the watercoloring (as opposed to just white embossing onto Soft Stone card stock). Once the watercoloring was dry, I stamped the red lines. 

For the hat, I die-cut in Pure Poppy card stock, white embossed the pattern, then added some Pure Poppy shading to one side using a sponge dauber.

Lots of options for sentiments in this set, too. The three larger-font sentiments stand alone or can be mixed with the smaller script sentiments for even more variety. For example, you could make this a birthday card just by changing "from our home to yours" to "on your winter birthday." 

Stamps: Winter Woolens
Ink: Pure Poppy, True Black, Soft Stone, Versamark
Paper: Rustic White, Classic Kraft, and Pure Poppy card stock; 
watercolor paper; silver glitter paper
Dies: Winter Woolens, Snowfall Style I, *banner die coming later this release*
Other: natural linen thread, white acrylic paint, foam tape


Next is a monochromatic take using all those beautiful blues in the Papertrey color family. I started with a Dark Indigo (my favorite!) background panel and gave it a fine splatter using white acrylic paint. Next I die-cut a bunch of the Winter Woolens pieces and went to town stamping all the different colors and patterns.

I adhered the images randomly to cover the background, trimming off the overhang. Here the sentiment has been stamped onto a stitched banner (from the Tag Sale: Quilted die set).

For one last touch, I adhered some tiny acrylic snowflake embellishments in the open areas. 

Stamps: Winter Woolens
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo
Paper: Stamper’s Select White and Dark Indigo card stock
Dies: Winter Woolens, Tag Sale: Quilted
Other: white acrylic paint, acrylic snowflakes


And last up for today, I couldn't resist die-cutting those Winter Woolens from some of Papertrey's wool felt. Aren't they adorable?! I cut the hat and mittens from both Sweet Blush and Smokey Shadow felt, then just trimmed down the bands and layered them for contrast.

Behind the hat, mittens, and sentiment is another pair of the gorgeous Snowfall Style snowflakes. There are two different die sets: Snowfall Style I and Snowfall Style II, and each set comes with a large and a small die. Here I'm using just the small die from Snowfall Style II.

I adhered the snowflakes just in the middle, then pulled the points forward for some dimension. Everything is adhered to a stitched border Soft Stone panel, which has been splattered with white paint. 

Stamps: Winter Woolens
Ink: Sweet Blush, True Black
Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Soft Stone card stock; vellum card stock
Dies: Winter Woolens, Snowfall Style; Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical
Other: Sweet Blush and Smokey Shadow felt, True Black baker’s twine, white acrylic paint

That's it for me today! For lots more Winter Woolens & Snowfall Style inspiration from the Papertrey team, visit the Day 2 Countdown post on the Papertrey Ink blog!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reverse Confetti November Release Hop

It's Release Day at Reverse Confettiand we are blog hopping to celebrate! All of the new products are now available!

My project features several of the new products: Kitchen Love stamp set, Kitchen Love Confetti Cuts, Scalloped Squares Confetti Cuts, Small Diamond Tiles Cover Panel, and the Cheerful & Kind patterned paper pad.

I started with a white base that I splattered in lime green, hot pink and light orange. I die-cut two of the squares in the Scalloped Squares Confetti Cuts die set, stamped a sentiment on one, and then offset the nested pair on the card base, trimming off the overhang. Next, I added the mixing bowl, rolling pin and whisk. The bottom border is made up of two strips of Cheerful & Kind patterned paper and a white card stock strip that I cut from the Small Diamond Tiles Cover Panel.

StampsKitchen Love
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Premier Polar white card stock; Cheerful & Kind patterned paper pad
Other: Copic markers

For lots more new release inspiration, visit the Confetti Crew: