It's the 25th of the month which means it's time for the monthly blog hop with Papertrey Ink. The inspiration artwork this month is light and airy in shades of blue, white and a smidge of dark peach. Isn't it gorgeous?
In addition to the inspiration photo, I was inspired by a card designed by Nichole during the recent release using a die cut word repetitively as a background.
The background was created by die cutting hello from Wet Paint Cuts in Aqua Mist. The hello in the bottom right corner was layered theee times for additional dimension. The flowers are from Flower
Favorites and stamped in Melom Berry, Aqua Mist and Classic Kraft. Everything is adheared to an Aqua Mist card base.
This week on Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday video tutorial, Lizzie challenged us to make a wreath from small images. It's rare I play along with these weekly challenges because my crafty time is mostly relegated to weekends and holidays only. And like a nifflers attraction to all things shiny, my attention turns to more recent challenges and projects by the time I'm able to get crafty. (Harry Potter fans will understand the reference to nifflers😁).
After watching the video on Monday, the idea of wreaths kept playing in my mind so there was a pretty good chance I would be participating in this weeks challenge. Instead of using small floral images, I was thinking about making a wreath made of greenery in a square shape. Something like this:
And during my daily (OK, hourly) scrolls through Instagram, there it was. A beautiful holiday wreath by Dana Kirby. Everything about her card is perfection and I will be casing it at a later date. Which brings me to the card below.
Multiple stamp sets were used to find snowflakes that were an appropriate size for the wreath. I used Fab Flakes, Quilted: Winter and Snowflake Sparkle and ink colors Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Lilac Grace, Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet and Dark Indigo. The sentiment from Christmas Cheer is stamped in Royal Velvet. A little strip of Plum Pudding gingham on the side and everything attached to a Royal Velvet card base.
I will definitely be making more wreaths using small stamps in the future. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Hello once again, the 25th is upon us and it's time for the monthly Blog Hop with Papertrey Ink.
The inspiration photo this month is quite different than past photos, and I like it! While it's still floral, it's also very minimalist. I chose to focus on the flow of color and how a small concentration of color fades out.
The flower outline from Especially You is heat embossed in gold. Using Lemon Tart ink and a blending tool, I worked the color from the center of the flower outward leaving the center with a higher concentration of ink than the edges. The sentiment, also from Especially You, was die cut from True Black cardstock. The stamped panel was adhered to a True Black mat and attached to a Lemon Tart card base. Yellow sequins completed the card.
Thanks for taking a little bit of time to join me today!
I'm playing along with the monthly Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink. If I'm being honest, when I first saw the inspiration photo I was kinda ....ugh..... florals......again.
Now, I don't have anything against flowers but sometimes a girl just wants to branch out a bit. So, with that thought in mind, I decided to try using color inspiration from the photo but not flowers. The artwork is very pretty. Soothing. Not bright and in your face. Colors that translate well for sympathy cards. Unfortunately, we all need sympathy cards at one time or another. Looking at the design I see Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Autumn Rose and Blueberry Sky.
For me, sympathy cards are a bit tricky. I certainly don't want anything cutesy but rather something that's more natural. Using the aforementioned colors, I played around with Spruce and Sprigs, Leaf Prints and Turning A New Leaf. Here's what I ended up with:
Yeah, that whole color inspiration without florals idea ..... total failure! I paired the florals from Bloomers with the leaves from Tropics. The ink colors are Melon Berry, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Ocean Tides, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and True Black. I love the stamped panel all on it's own and would have been happy to attach it to a card base and be done but decided to fancy it up a bit.
The sentiment is from Botanical Blocks 2 and stamped on an Ocean Tides die cut from Double Ended Banners. The stamped panel and a layer of True Black cardstock are cut with Edgers #1 and layered on an Ocean Tides cardbase.
I'm off to hop around and see everyone's entry!
Have a great day!
Today I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's monthly Blog Hop. For this month we have a floral design with a bit of a modern color combination of grey, light pink, orange and yellow.
The flowers from Bitty Bouquet were stamped with Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Olive Twist and Green Parakeet. The flowers were then layered on a Tag Sale Quilted Tag stamped with Background Basics Text Style in Charcoal Palate Ink. The sentiment is from Wet Paint 3 and stamped onto a Sweet Blush banner also cut from Tag Sale Quilted. The Sweet Blush cardbase is sponged with Sweet Blush ink and a stencil from Neat and Tangled.
Wow, have you checked out all the goodies introduced the past 10 days at Papertrey Ink?? So many cute, beautiful, useful, fun, awe-inspiring eye candy I don't know how I'll choose when the new products hit the store tomorrow night.
There's one final challenge for the Anniversary countdown and it's to create a new project improving on one of your projects earlier in the festivities. I knew what I wanted to do the minute I read the challenge-I wanted to rework my Snowflake from the first day. It's not that I don't like the snowflake, it's just that it wasn't what I had in mind when I started. This is what I started with:
And using inspiration from the new Flower Mandalas dies, this is what it transformed into:
Talk about a transformation LOL! I still used the Snowflake Stitching die, but instead of felt it's cut from cardstock and layered with a few other dies to create a vibrant Birthday card. The layers from bottom to top are: Lacey Circles (an old Spellbinders die), Tinsel and Tags, Stitched Snowflake, Fab Flakes, a smaller Lacey Circles, 2 more Fab Flakes layers and a leftover bit from the Cover Plate Circles. The small oval accent pieces are popped out from the Stitched Snowflake.
I die cut each of the pieces from Enchanted Evening, Raspberry Fizz and Limeade Ice cardstock so all the extra pieces allowed me to make several versions. The sentiment is from Stylish Sentiments Birthday. I want to note, even though I used dies I already own, I can not wait for the Flower Mandalas dies to be released. They will be the first thing in my cart tomorrow night.
One last post for this weekend. I imagine there will be challenges for the final two days of the countdown but as that will be on weekdays I don't know that I'll be able to participate.
It's Day 3 of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebration and it's all about Spring. The challenge is to dig out our favorite floral set and create a new project. I don't know that I have one favorite floral set. Don't get me wrong, I have floral sets. I most likely have too many floral sets. But there isn't really one set that I reach for over and over. With all the challenges the past two months, I've used a variety of florals, so as I was flipping through the stamps, I decided to use Twig Wreath. I've always thought of this set as geared more toward Autumn and Winter than Spring but thought I'd give it a try.
I started by blending Limeade Ice and Autumn Rose inks onto a piece of white cardstock. The wreath was cur from Classic Kraft and stamped with Dark Chocolate ink. The flowers, twigs and leaves were stamped with Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Limeade Ice and Dark Chocolate. I played around with the arrangement until I was happy with it and then popped several flowers with pop dots. The sentiment is from Choose Joy and stamped with Dark Chocolate ink. The panel was then trimmed down and adhered to an Autumn Rose cardbase. I think this might be my favorite card made from the Anniversary challenges.
Hello there. I'm back with another card for Papertrey Ink's Anniversary celebration. For the 2nd day of the countdown, the challenge is to incorporate multiples of a single shape, either diecut or stamped image.
I'm always in need of masculine cards and the graphic nature of repetitive shapes make for easy cards that still make an impact.
Ombré Builders has great images for masculine cards. The triangle image was stamped repeatedly with Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening. The sentiment, from Good Times, was die cut 3 times from Smoky Shadow cardstock and stacked together. A strip of Smoky Shadow cardstock was also used to ground the sentiment.
And I'm back again. One more project for today then hopefully I can do the last challenge tomorrow and be caught up. Unless there's another posted tomorrow. And I may try the nail polish marbling. So many projects, so little time!
Papertrey Ink has introduced quite a few changes to their blog content lately. In addition to the felt series, the packaging series and the planner series, there is also the travel journal series. It seems like a lot of people started in scrapbooking and transitioned into card making. And with limited time to devote to a hobby, most people tend to gravitate towards one thing and stick with it. Personally, I spend more time card making but still take one day every month or two and catch up with my scrapbooks. I wasn't entirely sure what a Travel Journal would entail but turns out it's not just for traveling.
For the inaugural Travel Journal post for Papertrey Ink, we were challenged to create a project using a photo. Phew! I was afraid it would be to create a 10 page journal,lol. One photo is totally doable.
I chose to make a photo Shadow Box. I purchased the shadow box frame at IKEA last summer but ended up using another frame for my original project. So this seemed like a good time to dust it off. I printed a photo of my dog, Riley, and used a few Papertrey supplies. The Delightful frame and Bookprint letters and numbers are diecut from Enchanted Evening cardstock. The cloudy day and glare from the glass made it difficult to photograph, but I think it turned out pretty cute!
Do you add anything special to the envelope when you mail a card? Calligraphy has been around forever, but envelope art appears to be extremely popular these days. For the past year or two, I've added washi tape to seal the envelope flap, but that's the extent of my envelope dressing up.
One of the challenges for Papertrey Ink's March release countdown is to create a card to send to someone that may need a bit of cheering up AND spend time altering the envelope as well. So there are multiple layers to this challenge LOL: Make a card, alter the envelope and then actually get it in the MAIL. Now, I don't mail every card I make but I m pretty good about mailing several each week but I can see where this may be a problem for some 🙃
I had the idea for how I wanted to alter the envelope first so that's where I started. I stamped a Kraft envelope with the flower outline from Vintage Linens repeatedly on the front and only on the flap on the back. Then for the card, the flower, leaves and sentiment are stamped with Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold and Spring Moss. The stamped panel was cut at an angle and layered over Harvest Gold striped paper and a Heart Border diecut in Spring Moss. To finish the envie, I added a label from Don't Forget To Write. And just so I'll be sure to drop this one in the mail, I've already added one of my super cute Soda Fountain hot fudge sundae stamps.
I'm still playing along with Papertrey Ink's March countdown. One of the new monthly features is focused on packaging, which is right up my alley. This past Christmas I gifted a ton of gift cards and each was packaged in a special way. I'm excited to see what's next.
For the Packaging Inspiration challenge, we were to create a package inspired by the photos showcased on the blog. I'm generally not a shabby chic and pastel girl but I took inspiration from layering, ribbon, tags and a touch of sparkle to create my card box.
I still have a few of the Clearly Creative card boxes from Papertrey that I like to dress up and use for small gifts. You can also use the boxes in which the stamps are packaged. I used gingham patterned paper and cardstock to make a band to wrap around the box. The tag is a Mat Stack 5 die cut stamped with flowers from Bloomers and the sentiment is from Calligraphy Classics. And the silver ribbon adds that little bit of sparkle.
Thanks for spenda little time with me today!
Papertrey Ink is celebrating 10 years in the biz this month with guest bloggers, new challenges and changes. Lots of changes. I don't mind changing things up, it just takes a little getting used to. I think of myself as pretty versatile and have dipped my toes in quite a few crafty realms over the years. My Mom and Aunt were great influences in this regard. I feel like I always have at least five different projects going at one time lol.
One of the changes is a monthly feature focused on the stitching dies. The first stitching die I purchased was the Stitched Snowflake. I've used it on cards and tags but I don't think I've ever actually stitched with it. My first idea was to try to make a 3D Snowflake but I couldn't get it to work. This die has So. Many. Holes. Well, it's something to think about and maybe I can make it work before Christmas. This is what I made instead:
Now that I look at it, there's really very little stitching! The stitches in the center are to hold the two layers together so the flakes can have a little bit of movement and not be entirely flat.
Nothing like waiting till Sunday afternoon to participate in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday, lol. This week Melissa challenged us to break out our colored pencils. I haven't colored on Kraft very often but it certainly makes a statement. This is what I came up with:
The tulip bouquet and jar are heat embossed in white. I always have a difficult time telling where the flowers end and leaves begin with this type of image. My strategy, which isn't much of a strategy, is to just jump in and hope for the best lol.
While all the supplies were out, I changed up the colors and made a few more for my card stash.
Hello on this final February weekend. I can't believe how quickly the year is going. Although I think it helps that the grey, dreary days have been few and far between. The sun has been shining, the flowers and trees are blooming and the windows are open. We may actually have a long Spring this year before the humidity hits.
Today is the day for Papertrey Ink's monthly Blog Hop. You can read all about it, see the inspiration photo and check out everyone's interpretation HERE
The inspiration photo is absolutely stunning, but so outside my comfort zone. It's full of dark, rich colors with not a speck of white to be seen. Greys, hot pink, burgundy and gold strike me as colors better suited to late Autumn so my Springtime mood struggled with making this work.
I knew I wanted to use a cover plate to create a tone on tone background with a little pop of color so that's where I started. Cover Plate Circles was used to cut a piece of Smoky Shadow and Raspberry Fizz cardstock. The Smoky Shadow Circle piece was layered onto a Smoky Shadow cardbase and inlaid with 4 circles from the Raspberry Fizz piece. Whenever I find myself struggling to force an idea to work, I find it's best to go back to the basics and keep it simple. The sentiment from Choose Joy is heat embossed in gold onto Smoky Shadow cardstock and layered onto a Limitless Layers diecut in Limeade Ice. Black gemstones were added as a final touch.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!
Hello on this final day of Papertrey Ink's look back at the Past, Present and Future of 10 years creativity. I've very much enjoyed playing along with the Challenge each day and using stamp sets that haven't seen ink in forever. I managed to create 18 cards to add to my stash, although three are already in their envelopes ready to be mailed for those early March birthdays.
I have two of the featured sets today, Just Desserts and Painted Petals. Once I decided to use Just Desserts the notecard came together quickly.
The card base is Winter Wisteria cut with the notecard die from Don't Forget To Write. A second layer of the card base was cut with Winter Wisteria gingham patterned paper. The square frame from Don't Forget To Write was cut from Winter Wisteria cardstock and stamped with Royal Velvet. The cake is stamped with Lemon Tart and Winter Wisteria and the sentiment is from Just Dessert Sentiments.
The UPS tracking number for my order from the January sale at Papertrey says it's out for delivery so I'll be looking for that today. My box is a tiny 12 pounds which I thought was a big order until I read on the forum that people placed multiple orders and boxes are weighing over 100 lbs! I've had a tracking number since January 30 so I'm excited to finally get to play with my two new stamp sets, Country Fair and Brushed Blooms.
Hello everyone, Are you having a great weekend? It's gorgeous here today so this is going to be quick so I can go outside and enjoy the sunshine.
We've made it to 2015 for Papertrey Ink's celebration, only one year to go and we'll get to that tomorrow. There were so many great stamp sets this year and I have three of the featured sets, Baker's Dozen, Twig Wreath and You've Been Framed Hexagon (hereafter referred to simply as Hex). I've used the first two sets quite a bit so I pulled out Hex and came up with this Birthday card.
The Hex frame is cut from Smokey Shadow and adhered to a piece of Stamper's Select white cardstock. I ALWAYS need male birthday cards so I gathered a few colors I thought would be good for a masculine card: Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise and Soft Stone. All the stars, dots and squiggles, along with the sentiment, are from Good Times. The panel was trimmed down and popped up with a piece of fun foam.
Then, because I can never have enough Birthday cards and because I like to make multiples when I find something that works, I came up with a few additional color combos and made three more.
The Tropical Teal Hex frame card is stamped with Tropical Teal, Spring Rain, Classic Kraft and Charcoal. The Pure Poppy Hex frame card is stamped with Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Enchanted Evening. And the Enchanted Evening Hex frame card is stamped with Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold and Fine Linen.
And then, because I had all these color combos that I really liked, I added a few stamps from Tiny Treats and made a few more.
And here we are at 2014 - caught up (till tomorrow) with the 10 year Anniversary celebration for Papertrey Ink. I even have one of the featured stamp sets for this year, Embellished Elegance. Let's get right to it.
I began by stamping the sentiment in the center of a piece of Stamper's Select white cardstock so the floral swags could be built around the image. Using a variety of flowers and ink colors I added a bit here and there until I was happy with the look. I so want Spring to hurry up and get here! Until then, I can make pretty flowers. The focal piece was cut on the top and bottom edges with Noted Scalloped A2 to achieve the sweet scallop edge. A background pattern of Winter Wisteria completed the card.
Whew! Thanks for hanging in there today. We two more days of challenges remaining (I think), so go check out the rest of the eye candy and Enjoy!
Yep, me again. Still trying to catch up with the Anniversary festivities at Papertrey Ink. We're up to the year 2013. I didn't stamp much this year and didn't make many purchases so at least this time I'm not surprised I didn't have any of the featured stamp sets. Using one of Nichole's cards as inspiration, this is what I came up with.
The flowers and leaves are stamped in True Black on Stamper's Select white cardstock and adhered to a Smoky Shadow card base. The sentiment from Scripted is stamped in True Black on Harvest Gold cardstock. That's all there is to this card but I think it's very striking in its simplicity.
I'm back again. I've been busy today lol. We're moving right along to 2012. And I'm back to not having any of the featured stamp sets. I'm a little surprised at this considering how many set I do have. Not only don't I have any of the sets, I had a difficult time finding a comparable set to adapt one of the examples.
I decided to use Splits Best Wishes to CASE a card by Dawn. I changed very little- why mess with perfection! The frame is die cut from Stamper's Select white cardstock and the image stamped in Blueberry Sky ink. The sentiment, from Splits Just A Note, is stamped in Pure Poppy. The patterned paper layers were cut with Edgers #1 and adhered to a Blueberry Sky card base. Easy Peasy.
Thanks for hanging in there, only two more card to go today
Hello again. We're continuing on to 2011 for Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration. Finally!! I have not one, not two but THREE of the featured stamp sets for this year.
Winter Penguin was purchased for the snowflakes and I don't think the penguin has ever been Inked. No time like the present to change that.
I honestly have no idea where this idea came from but I decided to try to make a Christmas tree by stacking the penguins on top of each other. And make them green. It's a fun little card. I added a little snowflake to their bellies and red stockings caps to add to the festive scene. The top penguin has a star on top. A variety of colorful enamel dot ornaments finished the tree. The sentiment, from Keep It Simple, is stamped on the banner from Tag Sale Quilted. New Leaf and Candy Cane Stripe patterned paper were layered behind the image.
Thanks for joining me and my Holiday penguins!
Hello and welcome to the weekend! I'm playing catch up with Papertrey Ink's 10 year anniversary celebration.
Each day is a look back at what was happening in the world in a specific year. Right now we're focusing on 2010. Where were you? What were you up to? The challenge is to create a project using one of the five featured stamp sets or a project inspired by one of the examples. Once again, I don't have any of the featured sets. However I do have Year of Flowers Daffodil which is in the same series Year of Flowers Sweet Pea.
The large daffodil image was stamped on Stamper's Select white cardstock, colored with Copic markers and die cut with the stitched oval from Noted Scalloped A2. The sentiment, also from the daffodil set was stamped in True Black on Berry Sorbet cardstock and die cut with Keep It Simple Frames. The oval and tag were attached to a piece of Harvest Gold patterned paper. A black enamel dot on the tag a Wink of Stella on the bloom were added for a finishing touch.
Today's challenge for Papertrey Ink's 10th Anniversary celebration is to create a project using one of the featured stamp sets released in 2009 or, if you don't have one of the sets, take inspiration from one of the examples.
Once again I don't have any of the featured sets, although I do have several that were released in 2009: Journaling Lines, Background Basics: Text Style, Polka Dot Basics 2, Fancy Flourishes and Say It With Style. I recently used Fancy Flourishes for the January Blog Hop. You can see that card HERE. Today's card is inspired by the patterned background and color combo in THIS card by Dawn McVey.
I started by stamping one of the small images from Quilled Elegance in a row of Raspberry Fizz followed by a row of Pure Poppy. I then used a tiny heart from the same set to fill in the spaces with Simply Chartreuse. The panel was attached to a piece of bitty dot paper also in Simply Chartreuse. The sentiment, from Say It With Style, was stamped in Raspberry Fizz and layered onto a strip of Simply Chartreuse cardstock and adhered to a white cardbase.
Since I had all the supplies out, I made a second card using the same stamp sets and Raspberry Fizz ink and patterned paper. The heart quills were colored with Copic markers in a variety of pinks.
Thanks for spending a little time with me today!
Hello and welcome back. Today's challenge for Papertrey Ink is to use one of the 5 stamp sets featured that were introduced in 2008 or take inspiration from one of the examples. I don't have any of the featured sets so I decided to to use the only baby set I have, Polka Dot Parade #4.
I die cut the Cover Plate: Hexagon frame from Stamper's Select White cardstock and attached it to a Kraft card base. The stamped hexagons were stamped with images from Happy Hexagons in Classic Kraft, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores. The stamped hexagons were randomly spaced toward the bottom and right side of the frame, popping a couple with foam, and the remaining full hexagons filled in with white pieces. The partial edge pieces were left unfilled so the Kraft could show through. The little teddy bear from Polka Dot Parade is stamped in Hawaiian Shores and popped up on an Angled Labels die cut. Welcome, stamped in Hawaiian Shores, is also from Polka Dot Parade.
I'm off to check out everyone's entries and be inspired!
Today's challenge was to be inspired by one of the featured stamp sets released in 2007. My very first Papertrey stamp set purchase in 2010 was Faux Ribbon which was released in 2007. I used it quite a bit in my early stamping days because I loved that it had tons of sentiments as well as lines to make patterns. In looking back through the blog, I found a card made for the September 2011 BLOG HOP where I used the Faux Ribbon set. Faux Ribbon wasn't one of the featured sets so I drew inspiration from Wanda's nautical card and used the Ahoy stamp set and red, white and blue color combo.
Lots of layers on this one and they're all on a Kraft card base. I started with Red + White Basics striped paper. The next layer is Enchanted Evening cardstock stamped multiple times in white with the wave stamp from Ahoy. Then there's a small strip of striped vellum and finally a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock that had been stamped with a variety of stars from Star Scribbles in Pure Poppy Ink and heat embossed with a sentiment from Ahoy in white Hero Arts embossing powder. The anchor, also from Ahoy, is cut from fun foam.
Hello and Welcome. Today is the monthly Blog Hop with Papertrey Ink. You can read all about the hop and find the links to all the projects by visiting Nichole's blog HERE
The inspiration photo for this month is gorgeous as always - simple but striking. The cookies are too beautiful to eat, which isn't a bad thing! Here's my take on the photo:
I started by heat embossing the scrolls from Fancy Flourishes in the corners of a piece of black card stock. Next, I die cut the star flower from One Big Happy and the three sizes of individual flowers from Forget Me Not, from a variety of card stock colors. The flowers and leaves were stamped in the coordinating color for a tone on tone look. Hello is die cut from Bloomin' Cute. Finally, I played around with the various pieces until I was happy with the placement. The panel is adhered to a white card base.
There were enough leftover pieces that I made a second card, this time using the Center Style Feminine die cut as the focal point and layering everything on a kraft card base.
That's it for me. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!