Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More Papertrey Ink Release: Holiday Tag Along Mini Kit & Quoted

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to another day of Papertrey Ink September release inspiration! I'm back today to showcase Betsy's new Holiday Tag Along Mini Kit and Nichole's latest installation of the Quoted series. Let's get to the projects, shall we?

How about we start with the Holiday Tag Along Mini Kit? Betsy really thought out the details with this kit and it's so much fun to use! I paired it today with my new Wine Bottle Tag #2 Die to create a tag with a pocket for a gift card.

From Our Home To Yours Wine Bottle Tag

I began by die cutting tags from Rustic White and Classic Kraft cardstocks. I trimmed down the Kraft piece to be just a bit taller than a gift card and then die cut it with the tag (along the top) and chevron inserts. The scalloped dip creates a handy finger-hold, making it easy to slide a gift card in and out of the pocket. Next, I stamped the wreath and heat embossed the sentiment from the Tag Along stamp set.

From Our Home To Yours Wine Bottle Tag 2

Then, I sponged New Leaf ink onto a small panel of Rustic White cardstock. I speckled it with clean water and reinker to add texture and then adhered it behind the chevrons. It's not only a pretty background, but it also conceals the gift card so I don't have to worry about a busy pattern peeking out from the pocket.

From Our Home To Yours Wine Bottle Tag 3

I adhered the Kraft piece to the Rustic White tag that I'd already cut using 1/8" ScorTape around the edges. Then, I stamped and die cut a bow (this one is from Brilliant Baubles), added it to the wreath with foam tape, and embellished the berries with Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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Next up, I have a card pairing Nichole's Quoted: Favorite Things set with my Brilliant Baubles and Gift Card Cozy Sentiments sets.

Brown Paper Packages Card

As soon as I saw this greeting, all I could think about was creating a pile of "brown paper packages" just waiting to be opened. To do so, I simply cut a few Fine Linen cardstock rectangles and sponged them with Classic Kraft around the edges. When the ink had dried, I heat embossed them with the thin ribbon from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments. I used the bow from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments on the larger, squarish box and the bow from Brilliant Baubles on the smallest box.

Brown Paper Packages Card 2

I stamped the sentiment from Quoted: Favorite Things onto a Rustic White card base using Ripe Avocado and Pure Poppy inks. I added the small heart and holly leaves (also from the set) below in Pure Poppy and Spring Moss. Then, I adhered the boxes to the card base, using different thicknesses of foam adhesive to add dimension.

Brown Paper Packages Card 3

Next, I stamped and die cut the flower and holly leaves from Brilliant Baubles to embellish the tallest box. All I needed to finish up was add a bit of Florentine Gold glitter to the center of the flower for a touch of sparkle. I'm smitten.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow for one last official release post. In the meantime, make sure to pop in and visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda for more projects with this month's release. See you soon, everyone!

Monday, September 18, 2017

More Papertrey Ink Release: Beautiful Berries

Good morning and welcome back for more inspiration featuring the Papertrey Ink September release! I'm sharing a project today showcasing Betsy's new Beautiful Berries: Winter stamp set.

Peace & Joy Card

This berry design is fun because you can go with the traditional bluish green cedar look or opt for brighter holiday colors and either one would look gorgeous. We happen to have a big, beautiful cedar tree right in our backyard, so I was inspired to go that direction.

Peace & Joy Card 2

I began by stamping the berry branches using Pinefeather and Aqua Mist inks. I let those dry awhile and then I went back with Versamark and heat embossed the detail image first with white powder and again with glitter powder. The end result looks like snow is dusting the berries and I absolutely love it!

Peace & Joy Card 4

Next, I die cut a Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical card base from white cardstock and layered it with a piece of Bitty Big: Pinefeather paper. Then, I cut a decorative panel using the same die collection, also from white, and stamped it with the sentiment from Beautiful Berries: Winter in Pure Poppy ink. I matted that panel with Pure Poppy cardstock and adhered it to the card front with foam tape.

Peace & Joy Card 3

Next, I slightly curved the berry branches in my hands and adhered them to the card front just at the very tops. I stamped and die cut a Gift Card Cozy Sentiments bow and adhered that to the stems with foam tape. A dot of Ruby Slippers Nuvo glitter drops was the perfect finishing touch.

That's all for me today. Thank you so much for joining me! I'll see you again tomorrow with more inspiration. In the meantime, make sure to pop in and visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda for more projects with this month's release. See you soon, everyone!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

More Papertrey Ink Release: Gift Card Cozy Collection & Berry Wreath

Good morning and welcome back to another day of Papertrey Ink September release inspiration! I'm sharing a couple of additional projects with you today featuring my Gift Card Cozy Collection and Heather's Berry Wreath stamp set. Let's get to it!

My first project today is a gift bag with a small, removable folded note tag that slipped into one of the Gift Card Tabs dies.

Josie's Gift Bag

I began by die cutting the Front & Center #2 die four times - twice out of white cardstock, once out of Bitty Big: Pure Poppy Paper, and once out of Green Parakeet cardstock. I cut the patterned paper and Green Parakeet die cuts into two pieces and then die cut the Pinked Gift Card Tabs into the bottom half of the Green Parakeet bag.

Josie's Gift Bag 3

I then adhered all four of the pieces to the white Front & Center shapes in a mix and match arrangement. I adhered those pieces to a white lunch bag and set it aside.

Josie's Gift Bag 2

Next, I xyroned some white cardstock and die cut it with the Simple Gift Bow die. I removed the adhesive backing and applied pieces of tape to select areas that I didn't want to be glittered. Then, I sprinkled the pieces with Crystal glitter to make them super sparkly. I assembled my bow and applied the pieces to the gift bag, covering my seams.

Josie's Gift Bag 4

Next, I made the little note tag. I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3 3/8" x 4 1/4" (about double the size of a standard gift card) and scored it along the center. I stamped it with the ribbons from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments in Pure Poppy and Green Parakeet inks and then added my niece's name in Smokey Shadow using the Fresh Alphabet.

Josie's Gift Bag 5

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Very Merry, again in Smokey Shadow. I folded the tag and rounded the corners before sliding it in under the gift card tabs. You could do something similar to dress up a simple, solid-colored gift bag you buy at the craft store, too.

Josie's Gift Bag 6

Just cut a panel the size of the front of your bag, die cut with the Gift Card Tabs die of your choice, and then stamp and decorate to create something totally customized. I'm sure this is a trick I'll be using this holiday season!

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Next up, I have a set of tags I created with Heather's Berry Wreath set. I've always loved Heather's wreath stamp sets and this one is no exception.

Wreath Gift Tags

I began by heat embossing the wreaths onto white cardstock using clear embossing powder. Then, I sponged over them with Aqua Mist ink and die cut the tags using the Berry Wreath Tag Die.

Wreath Gift Tags 2

Next, I colored the leaves with a colored pencil, adding the color mostly at the base of each leaf. I stamped the sentiment from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments in the center of the wreaths using Smokey Shadow ink.

Wreath Gift Tags 3

I then die cut and stamped the bows from the Gift Card Cozy Sentiments stamp set and adhered one to the top of each wreath. I tied on white crochet thread and then embellished each berry and the center of the bows with Ruby Slippers Nuvo glitter drops. I really like that the result is light and airy.

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That's all for me today. Thank you so much for joining me! Make sure to pop in and visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda for more projects with this month's release. See you soon, everyone!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

More Papertrey Ink Release - Very Merry

Good morning and welcome back for the post-release inspiration series from Papertrey Ink. This month's release landed last night, so it's available on the website right now! I have another Very Merry project to share with you today. Let's get to it!

One of my favorite parts about this tree is the whimsical, casual style. It lends itself beautifully to unconventional color schemes and I wanted to use one such palette on my card today.

Winter Wishes Card

I began by stamping the tree in Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, and Summer Sunrise inks. I added a trunk in Simply Chartreuse and then I heat embossed over the Berry Sorbet layer with clear glitter embossing powder. The sparkle is subtle, but oh so fun!

Winter Wishes Card 2

Next, I cut the Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs frame into a panel of white cardstock. I masked off the frame and sponged Aqua Mist ink in the center of the rectangle. Then I flicked a bit of clean water onto the inked surface to look like soft snow. Then I die cut the Cover Plate: Waves die and arranged the pieces to look like snow drifts. I trimmed them down, stamped my Keep It Simple: Winter Wishes sentiment, and then added texture with the Woodgrain Impression Plate. A adhered those to the snowy panel with foam adhesive.

Winter Wishes Card 3

Then, I matted the snowy panel with a Berry Sorbet cardstock layer and tucked my tree in between two of the drifts. I mounted that whole piece to a card base that I had already covered with Bitty Big Simply Chartreuse patterned paper using foam tape. I sprinkled on a bunch of clear sequins (from the Sunshine & Rainbows kit) to look like ornaments. Isn't it cute?!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to pop in and visit BetsyDawnHeatherLaurie, MelissaMichelleStephanie, and Wanda for more projects with this month's release. See you soon, everyone!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Papertrey Ink September Countdown - Day 5

Good morning, all, and welcome back for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink September new release countdown! I'm back today with a couple of projects showcasing my new stamps and dies coming out this month (just a reminder: all the new products I'm sharing in today's post will be available on the Papertrey Ink website at 10pm Eastern time on September 15th). Let's get to it!

Nichole and Stephanie are featuring the Wine Bottle Tag #2 Die today, so I thought it would be nice to start with a wine bottle tag.

Joy To The World Wine Tag

I began by heat embossing the foliage and ornament hanger from Brilliant Baubles onto a piece of white cardstock. I sponged over the embossing with Spring Rain ink before die cutting the tag shape. Then, I sprinkled clean water and Spring Rain reinker over the tag to add a bit of texture to the sponging.

Joy To The World Wine Tag 3

Next, I embossed the "Joy" sentiment in gold on the tag. Then, I applied a piece of Luxe Gold Adhesive Sheet to a scrap of white cardstock. I die cut that with the narrow banner die and heat embossed it with the remainder of my phrase. I adhered that to the wine tag with flat adhesive.

Joy To The World Wine Tag 2

Then, I stamped and die cut the ornament using Dark Indigo ink. I heat embossed the ornament cap and the teardrop details before adhering it to the tag with foam adhesive. I love the elegant touch the gold gives!

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Next up, I have a card made with images from Brilliant Baubles and a sentiment from Very Merry.

Holiday Cheer Card

I began by die cutting an oval from Rustic White cardstock and stamping it with my sentiment. Then, I stamped a Fair Isle Borders pattern onto a piece of Ripe Avocado cardstock using Olive Twist ink. I die cut that with one of the To The Point Edgers dies and set it aside.

Holiday Cheer Card 2

Next, I stamped the Brilliant Baubles pine boughs and pine cones onto a piece of Classic Kraft cardstock. I textured that with the Linen & Canvas Impression Plate and adhered it to a Rustic White card base. I also stamped and die cut the poinsettias. I achieved that brick red color by stamping once in Americana followed by a second time in Pure Poppy. That subdued the Pure Poppy color just enough to match the rustic vibe of this card perfectly.

Holiday Cheer Card 3

I adhered the Ripe Avocado layer to the card front and then mounted the sentiment oval with foam tape. I added the poinsettias with more foam tape and the berry sprig with flat adhesive. Then I tied on a twine bow and embellished the flower centers with a bit of Brownstone glitter. I can't wait to send this one to someone special this holiday season!

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Thank you all so much for joining me today! Make sure to visit Nichole and Stephanie to see more of the Wine Bottle Tag #2 Die. Betsy, Heather, and Wanda also have projects to share, so you'll definitely want to check in with them too. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Papertrey Ink September Countdown - Day 4

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to the Papertrey Ink September new release countdown (just a reminder: all of the new products will be available on the Papertrey Ink website at 10pm Eastern time on the 15th)! I'm back today sharing a couple of projects with my Gift Card Tabs dies. There are two versions - one with a pinked edge and one with a scalloped edge. They work similar to the Double-Ups dies in that you have a base area that impresses into your cardstock while another part of the die actually cuts. I really like that you can use these on the inside of cards or on the outside of a Front & Center mini gift bag to secure a gift card (or even a note or mini card in the case of a gift bag). The impressed area is meant to highlight the gift card without being too flashy or bold. I also chose to make the tabs the only part that actually cut so you could use these dies inside a card without having to add a second layer of cardstock. And, since the tabs are flat, these dies are great for sending gift cards through the mail! Without further ado, let's get to the details.

Tabbed Gift Card Holders

I have one gift card holder using each of the Gift Card Tabs dies today. I kept them flat cards for simplicity's sake (and because the flat cards are a little easier to photograph), but you could certainly use these dies in a folded card too.

Let's start with the Christmas tree version. I used the scalloped tabs die on this one.

Christmas Tree Gift Card Holder

I began by die cutting the Gift Card Scalloped Tabs die into a panel of Rustic White cardstock. Then, while the die was still in place, I ran it through my die cut machine a second time using an impression plate sandwich. That makes the impression nice and deep and textured. I stamped that layer with the "To:" and "From:" from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments and adhered it to a Classic Kraft panel cut to fit into an A2 envelope.

Christmas Tree Gift Card Holder 2

Next, I stamped and die cut the tree from Very Merry. I used Prairie Grass, Ripe Avocado, and Olive Twist inks to give the tree a more rustic vibe. Then, I heat embossed the tinsel with gold powder and decorated the tree with Americana ornaments. I like that it has a masculine feel while still being cheerful and festive.

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I also have a horizontal version that I created with the pinked tabs die.

Season's Greetings Gift Card Holder

I began by die cutting the Gift Card Pinked Tabs die into a piece of white cardstock. Then, just as with the first one, I used my impression plate sandwich to get a nice, deep impression.

Season's Greetings Gift Card Holder 3

Next, I stamped the foliage from Brilliant Baubles along the top edge of the white panel. I heat embossed the sentiment (from Very Merry) and the ornament hanger using silver powder and then adhered the panel to a Berry Sorbet layer.

Season's Geetings Gift Card Holder 2

Then, I stamped and die cut the ornament using Pale Peony ink. I heat embossed the cap and adhered the ornament to the card with foam tape, being sure to only add the tape to the right side of the ornament so a gift card could slide underneath it. I embellished the ornament with Silver Moondust glitter drops from Nuvo. I love it! It's a little bit girly, but you could make this same design a touch more gender neutral with slightly different colors just as easily.

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Thank you so much for joining me today. I'll be back with even more of this month's release tomorrow, so be sure to check here in the morning. In the meantime, Nichole, Betsy, Heather, and Melissa all have projects to share with you today. Have a wonderful day, everyone! See you soon!

Papertrey Ink September Countdown - Day 3

Good morning, all, and welcome back for Day 3 of this month's Papertrey Ink new release countdown (just a reminder, all of the new products mentioned in today's post will be available on the Papertrey Ink website at 10pm on September 15th). I'm back today with a couple of additional projects showcasing my new stamps and dies. Let's get to it!

I haven't shared anything with Very Merry yet, so let's start there.

Wonder & Joy Card

I love the playful style of this Christmas tree so very much! I began by partially die cutting the tree shape from a panel of white cardstock (I just covered the area I wanted to cut with my cutting sandwich and left the rest of the panel hanging out; then I trimmed a straight line down the edge).

Wonder & Joy Card 3

I stamped the tree in New Leaf, Green Parakeet, and Pinefeather inks. I added the trunk in Dark Chocolate and then heat embossed the garlands with red and silver powders. I masked the trunk and added the grounding oval in Aqua Mist and the star topper in Bright Buttercup. Next, I stamped the sentiment in Pure Poppy next to the tree.

Wonder & Joy Card 2

Next, I stamped a Pure Poppy card base with Background Basics: Super Gingham using the matching ink. Then, I adhered the tree panel to the front of the card with foam tape. I stamped and die cut the little presents from the stamp set and arranged them beneath the tree. As a final touch, I embellished the star with Crystal glitter to add just a bit of sparkle.

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I also have a Gift Card Cozy to share today. I thought this one might be fun for a Secret Santa gift.

Holiday Gift Card Holder

I began by die cutting my cozy from Fresh Snow Linen stock. Then, I stamped the ribbons from Gift Card Cozy Sentiments and masked them with post-it tape. I sponged the rest of the solid panel with Aqua Mist ink before stamping the greeting and removing the masks.

Holiday Gift Card Holder 3

I stamped the inside of the cozy with a diamond pattern before assembling it. I really love adding a pattern to the inside of these gift card holders. It's such a fun detail.

Holiday Gift Card Holder 2

I also stamped the flap with the "Surprise!" sentiment and leaves from Brilliant Baubles. I stamped and die cut one of the flowers and adhered the top half to the flap (similar to the bow from yesterday's post). I also stamped and die cut the bow and adhered it to the front of the cozy with foam tape. Once that was secure, I used a dot of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Neptune Turquoise to look like a knot.

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That's all for me today. I hope you've enjoyed getting another look at my new releases for this month. I'll be back tomorrow with more to share. In the meantime, Nichole, Betsy, Heather, Michelle, and Laurie all have projects to show you, so be sure to check them out. Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!