Tuesday, April 26, 2016

For A Special Teacher - SFYTT

There are a few more days to play along with Reverse Confetti's April Sketch For You To Try. Get those entries linked up HERE by noon CST April 29, and you could win a Reverse Confetti gift certificate! (Challenge details, rules, requirements, etc. are posted HERE.)

Here's our sketch for the month. I love this one!

With teacher appreciation week around the corner, and the end of the school year soon after that, I know I'm going to need a lot of teacher-themed cards and treats. All Apples was perfect for the larger circle sketch element. For the smaller circles, I used some wood veneer stars.

For the top panel, I used notebook patterned paper, trimmed the bottom on the diagonal to match the sketch, then added a spiral-bound border along the top using Office Edges.

STAMPS: All Apples

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: All Apples, Office Edges

INK: PTI Pure Poppy, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Classic Kraft

PAPER: PTI white, kraft, New Leaf, and Smokey Shadow card stock; PTI Pencil Me In patterned paper collection

OTHER: black and white baker's twine, foam tape adhesive, wood veneer stars


Hope you'll play along! Remember, link-up is HERE.
Also, be sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog today for more sketch inspiration. 

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday in the Works - Teacher Thanks

Please join me today on the Reverse Confetti blog for this week's Wednesday in the Works. I'm sharing a quick tip, or really just a reminder, about using the negatives from your die-cuts, something I often trash without thinking! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Papertrey Make It Monday: Faux Brush Lettering

Hey there, friends, I've got a special post for you today! I'm hosting my first-ever Make It Monday video & challenge with Papertrey, called Faux Brush Lettering

Some of you all will know I've been interested in calligraphy and lettering since high school. Off and on, over the years, I've played around with lettering, and even addressed friends' wedding invitations on several occasions. (The price was right -- free! Actually, it was usually my gift to the bride and groom, so it worked out well.) 

Most of my lettering has been with ink and nibs, but in the past year, I've become more interested in brush lettering, both with markers and with an actual watercolor brush. It's not easy, though, and takes lots of practice! 

As I was preparing for Papertrey's April release, specifically Betsy's Paper Clippings: Thank You stamp set, I wondered if I could add some ink shading to my stamped sentiment to make it look like watercolor brush lettering. Today's Faux Brush Lettering Make It Monday video & challenge is the result of that experiment. Hope you'll give it a try!

The Paper Clippings: Thank You sentiment that I used in my example is big and wonderful and dramatic, but there are lots and lots of smaller sentiment stamps in the Papertrey store that would work really well, too. Basically anything with a brush letter style font. Here are few suggestions: anything from the Paper Clippings series, Inspired: Lord and Inspired: Savior, the "hello" in Noted,  Thanks, Coach,  XOXO, many of the big words in Dawn's Enclosed series, any of the Wet Paint stamps, Super Succulents (just use a small brush!), Graceful Greetings, and so many more.

All of the challenge details are posted HERE on Nichole's blog.

And here's the video:

In the video, I mention that you can also try this technique with Copic markers or watercolor markers. The following card, which I posted here on my blog last Thursday, was done with Copic markers:

I've been busy with Papertrey's April release and was out of town for the last few days (on a super fun high school orchestra field trip), but now that I'm back, I can't wait to try this same technique with water-based markers (Zig Clean Color brush markers, Distress markers, Tombow Dual Brush Pens, for example).

Also, in one of those "great minds think alike" coincidences, I saw that Sandy Allnock recently posted a faux watercolor hand lettering tutorial. I highly recommend watching her video as well. I especially like that she's blended multiple colors, instead of just shades of the same color. 

Can't wait to see your take on this challenge!

Here's another look at my Faux Brush Lettering sample:

Papertrey Ink Supplies:

Stamps: Paper Clippings: Thank You, Bloomin' Cute

Dies: Paper Clipping: Thank You, Bloomin' Cute

Ink: Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold

Paper: Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Stamper's Select White card stock

Other Supplies:

clear sequins, foam tape, watercolor paper, watercolor brush

Thanks so much for visiting today! Enjoy your week!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Papertrey April Release in Review

Today we wrap up Papertrey's April release countdown with our monthly Release in Review. 

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm tonight in the Papertrey Ink store.

I'll be sharing most of my remaining projects in a few days, but I do have one thing to share today:

This is Betsy's Paper Clippings: Thank You. I love the intricate die-cuts in the Paper Clippings series, but I've used the stamps on this card, so that I could add shading for a faux brush lettering look. More on that coming soon!

In the background, I've done a light sponging using one of the Modern Backgrounds stencils.

The sentiment strip is embellished with a pair of Branching Out branches and a simple yellow sponged butterfly.

Stamps: Paper Clippings: Thank You 

Dies: Branching Out, Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies 

Ink: Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Amethyst Allure, True Black 

Paper: Mint Julep and Stamper's Select white card stock; vellum card stock; True Black Gingham patterned paper 

Other: Modern Backgrounds stencil, sponge daubers, white linen thread, black button, corner rounder

For more release wrap-ups, visit the Papertrey team:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Hoopla Stitching Collection & More

What a fun post I have for you today! Papertrey Ink is finishing up its April release countdown with The Hoopla Stitching Collection. Erin Lincoln is the mastermind behind this collection (and all of Papertrey's stitching dies), and it is brilliant. She has elevated embroidery hoop art to a whole new level! In addition, Erin has a number of new stitched images this month -- sun, clouds, rainbow, cupcake, and alphabets -- which work with Hoopla and many other stitching projects.

Today's products, along with the rest of the April release, will be available at 10 pm EST on April 15.

I have created a piece of embroidery hoop art using a 6-inch embroidery hoop to make the felt circle background, I used Stitched Circles (Smokey Shadow), Hoopla: Stitched Circle Bases (Simply Chartreuse), and Hoopla: Stitched Scallops dies (Raspberry Fizz). The sentiment was cut with the Tiny Stitched Alphabet dies and stitched. How sweet are those tiny letters?!

To the gray circle, I added a darling Stitched Bicycle (I could stitch these all day -- so cute!)

Because it fit my theme SO perfectly, I added a paper tag die-cut with one of the dies from the Make It Market Mini Kit: Holday Pin-Ups collection and stamped with Petite Places: Happy Camper.

In between the Smokey Shadow circle and the Raspberry Fizz scallops, I added some True Black baker's twine. If you look closely, you can see that I stitched it in place by looping regular thread over the twine. The green polka dot part is some fabric I had on hand. 

Stamps: Petite Places: Happy Camper

DiesStitched Circles, Hoopla: Stitched Circle Bases, Hoopla: Stitched Circle Scallops, Tiny Stitched Alphabet, Stitched Bicycle

Ink: Raspberry Fizz

Paper: white card stock

Other: 6" wood embroidery hoop, Papertrey felt, embroidery floss, Papertrey buttons, True Black baker's twine, fabric

i can't wait to see what the other girls made! To see more, visit the Papertrey team:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Color Pop Butterflies

Welcome to the second group post for Papertrey's April release countdown. Today we are introducing Color Pop Butterflies, the newest Make It Market mini kit by Betsy Veldman. Just like Color Pop Florals from a couple of months ago, this collection includes stamps, dies, a paper pack, and a three-step stencil collection.

The April release will be available at 10 pm EST on April 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

I absolutely love the way all of these products work together! Product design at its best for sure. For this first card, I've used a little bit of everything in the kit. First I used the stencils and sponge daubers to add color to the butterflies and flowers on one of the Color Pop Butterflies paper patterns. Next, I used the stamps to add the details to the sponged areas. "So happy" is die-cut and colored with Copics and "for you" is stamped on a tiny sentiment flag die-cut. The flower trio and pair of leaves that anchor the sentiment flag are pre-printed designs that are included in the paper pack. 

StampsColor Pop Butterflies

Dies: Color Pop Butterflies

Ink: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Scarlet Jewel

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Color Pop Butterflies paper pack

Other: Color Pop Butterflies stencils, sponge daubers, Copic markers, white thread, fun foam

For this next card, I went in a totally different direction, color-wise. I needed a card for a family that is going through a difficult time right now, and thought the butterflies and a sentiment from Betsy's Inspired: Faith would work together as a beautiful message of hope.

The large butterfly is stamped and die-cut, the smaller butterfly and the flowers are sponged through the stencils, then stamped with the details.

I popped up the Soft Stone panel to give that framed circle element some dimension. The Soft Stone panel is stamped with some subtle white lines using one of the stamps in Plaid Builder.

Last, I embellished with a few sequins and some Pinefeather Baker's Twine.

StampsColor Pop Butterflies, Plaid Builder

DiesColor Pop Butterflies, Shaker Shapes: Circle, Branching Out

Ink: Lavender Moon, Autumn Rose, Aqua Mist, Stormy Sea, Fresh Snow

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Stormy Sea, and Pinefeather card stock; vellum card stock

Other: Pinefeather Baker's Twine, sequins, foam tape, sponge daubers

For more Color Pop Butterflies inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fathers, Food Fun, and More

The Papertrey April release countdown continues today with our first group post featuring some darling and innovative food-themed stamps and dies.

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

Lizzie Jones designed this first collection of products. So awesome for masculine projects! We have King of the Grill, which is a super clever take on the burger, as well as a fry box and popcorn bucket  dies, along with stamps and dies for decorating your treat boxes.

Let me show you how I've put them together:

First, the Favor It: Fry Box. I die-cut mine out of Kraft card stock, stamped the Boxed Background Stripes in white, then added a cute tag done with Treat Box Tag Lines stamps and the Treat Box Tag die. For some color and contrast, I added a large Enchanted Evening circle on the inside of the box. That was die-cut with the previously released Pint Size Wrap die.

StampsBoxed Background Stripes, Treat Box Tag Lines

DiesTreat Box Tag, Favor It: Fry Box, Pint Size Wrap

Ink: Fresh Snow, Enchanted Evening, Green Parakeet, Canyon Clay

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, and Enchanted Evening card stock

Other: foam adhesive, cellophane back, jute twine, button

King of the Grill is sooooo flippin' cute! The different layers allow you to build all sorts of burger combinations with various burger ingredients. Soooo, so fun! The top and bottoms of the bun, as well as the olive, as die-cut, the other ingredients are stamped directly onto the card base. Your burger can be as big or small as you like!

Along the top, I stamped some colorful streamers from Birthday Style, and along the left, I added an Enchanted Navy Background Basics: Super Gingham border.

Here's another look at the different burger layers.

StampsKing of the Grill, Birthday StyleBackground Basics: Super Gingham

DiesKing of the Grill

Ink: Enchanted Evening, Green Parakeet, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: jute twine

 Next up is another really cute and clever idea, this one designed by Erin Lincoln:

It starts with little snack cups that you find in the grocery store. Erin has come up with a Snack Cup Wrap die, an easy die to wrap the cup, as well as a darling Paper Puff Topper to turn the snack cups into adorable cupcakes. (Erin has also designed a Snack Cup Box that some of the other designers will be showing today.)

I wrapped each cup, topped with Paper Puff Toppers, then embellished with Limeade Ice bows, Keep It Simple: Just For You tags, and Bitty Butterflies.

The Paper Puff Toppers are cut in two pieces. I used the Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, and Hawaiian Shores pattern packs.

These are so sweet and assemble quickly! The cups are perfect for small treats -- mints, jelly beans, brownie bites, nuts/seeds, and much more.

StampsKeep it Simple: Just for You, Bitty Butterflies

Dies: Snack Cup Wrap, Paper Puff Topper, Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies, Tag Sale: Quilted

Ink: Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, and Hawaiian Shores card stock; Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, and Hawaiian Shores paper packs

Other: Limeade Ice ribbon, white linen thread, snack cups

Thanks for visiting! For more Food Fun, visit the Papertrey team:

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