Friday, April 17, 2015

It's Your Birthday, Eat Cake

I'm up on the Taylored Expressions blog today with a super colorful, bright fun birthday card. The TE Double the Fun paper pack is irresistible, and I love the font combinations in the Big Bold Birthday stamp set. Hope you'll join me over there!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello April SFYTT

Have you played along with Reverse Confetti's April Sketch For You To Try? If no, there's still plenty of time! The deadline to link up your creation is April 29 at noon CST.

Here's our sketch for April:

What an awesome and easy-to-use sketch! 

I opted for a no-stamping card that really highlights the beautiful new Hello Confetti Cuts die. The top layer of the stack of hello die-cuts is out of a pink pattern from the Simple Stories I Am 6x6 collection. The next few layers are out of a dark gray card stock.

The rest is just pretty paper, gold stitching, a hint of vellum, and a cute clothespin. Super quick and easy!

Visit the Reverse Confetti blog today for more sketch inspiration from the DT.

PAPER: Simple Stories I Am 6x6 collection, white card stock, 
Papertrey Sheer Basics vellum (diagonal stripe vellum)
OTHER: black and white baker's twine, distressing tool, foam adhesive
clothespin, gold metallic thread, sewing machine

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reverse Confetti Wednesday in the Works: Prism Card

Third (and final) post for today (I know, what's up, right?). 
For the current Curtain Call challenge, click HERE.
For my Papertrey April Release in Review post, click HERE.

Just a heads up that I'm over on the Reverse Confetti blog today sharing a cool prism card using Reverse Confetti's new Geometric Background Confetti Cuts die. Here's a little teaser ... visit the Reverse Confetti blog for more info and photos!

Thanks for visiting!

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Bouquet

Second post today. For my Papertrey Release in Review, please scroll down or click HERE.

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

photo source:

We have a new sponsor, Penny Black, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Bouquet!  A randomly selected participant in the Bouquet challenge will have their choice of a Penny Black gift certificate, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

*I'll be posting my challenge sample next week, when we do our challenge reminder post*

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Bouquet Designers

Papertrey Ink April Release in Review

It's release day at Papertrey Ink! All of the new products the team has been featuring the past week will be available for purchase tonight  at 10 pm EST.

Be sure to visit Nichole's blog today for all the latest news, including links to some Moments Inked team posts and peeks of Erin's next Quick Stitch kit. Super exciting things - always! :D

I'm excited to share with you the rest of my April release projects, so let's get right to it!

First up is Betsy's Graceful Greetings stamp set. This is one of those sets that make it super easy to stamp a beautiful card in no time! Those large script sentiments are so eye-catching. Love!

The border strip along the top is from Maile's new Black and White All Over paper collection. I added a tiny bit of Sheer Basics Vellum and stitched along the edge in gold metallic thread.

Stamps: Graceful Greetings

Dies: Edgers #3

Ink: Tropical Teal, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse

Paper: Tropical Teal and white card stock, Sheer Basics Vellum, Black and White All Over

Other: gold sequins, gold thread, sewing machine, scoring tool

These gorgeous lupines are from Nichole's Flower Favorites. I stamped the in three shades of pink using Laurie's ombre stamping technique that she shared in a recent Make It Monday video

The gold "hello" was diecut with the new Super Swoosh die set out of Luxe Gold card stock. Love the larger size of these!

The background pattern is from the Black and White All Over paper collection, and the "never lose hope" is part of Flower Favorites. Lots of nice sentiments to go with the flowers.

Stamps: Flower Favorites

Dies: Flower Favorites, Tiny Tags, Fillable Frames 11, Super Swoosh

Ink: Simply Chartreuse, True Black, Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy

Paper: white card stock, Black and White All Over paper collection, Luxe Gold card stock, vellum are stock

Other: white linen thread, foam tape

I adore all the teacher products in this release! This is Dawn's Enclosed: Apple stamp set and die. 

I cut a bunch of layers with the frame die, stacked them, and created a shaker. The numbers and alphabet are from the new Shaker Shapes: Pencil die (more with the other parts of that die collection below).

The pencil holder tabs were done with the Write Stuff Holders dies. Two different ones come in the set -- one is sized for standard pencils and the other has slightly larger holes, perfect for crayons.

Stamps: Enclosed: Apple

Dies: Enclosed: Apple, Write Stuff Holders, Shaker Shapes: Pencil, Moments Inked: Edged

Ink: Simply Chartreuse

Paper: Simply Chartreuse, White, and Pure Poppy card stock, Bitty Dot Basic paper collection, Pencil Me In paper collection

Other: acetate, pencil, True Black baker's twine

I ADORE this chunky Shaker Shapes: Pencil die set. Here, I've used just the main layers, but how fun that you can add the top frame layer to make it into a shaker! 

The silver band below the eraser was die-cut out of Luxe Silver card stock. That stuff is so thick and luxurious! The little #5 clip is from the Number Clips die set. These are so cute, and perfect for subtle little extra number details. I'll be giving this card to my daughter's 5th grade teacher, for example.

The sentiment, from Keep It Simple: Teacher is stamped onto one of the patterns from the Pencil Me In paper collection. The left edge of the sentiment strip is die-cut with the Moments Inked: Edged dies, both the spiral binding edge and the perforated line.

Stamps: Keep it Simple: Teacher
Dies: Shaker Shapes: Pencil Dies, Number Clips, Moments Inked: Edged
Ink: True Black
Paper: Tropical Teal, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Smokey Shadow and white card stock; Luxe Silver card stock, Pencil Me In paper collection
OtherTrue Black baker's twine, scoring tool

The Petite Places series just gets better and better! Petite Places: School comes with so many fun extras, like the swing set, slide, picket fence, and flagpole. Seriously darling! Like the other buildings in the series, you can assemble the miniature 3D building or just use the building front like I've done here.

I've used another number clip, this time to help build a collage sentiment ("hello, number one teacher, thank you"). The hashtag is from the Pencilgrams set.

On the inside, I stamped another little schoolhouse (oh dear, I just realized I forgot the darling little bell!), added the window and door frame die-cut pieces, and then stamped a sentiment from Tucked In: Thank You.

Stamps: Petite Places: School, Keep It Simple: Teacher

Dies: Petite Places: School, Noted, Number Clips, Tag Sale #5, Small Sketched Stars, Moments Inked: Edged

Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise

Paper: Tropical Teal, Summer Sunrise Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Spring Moss card stock; Pencil Me In paper collection

Other: True Black baker's twine, wood veneer stars

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Introducing Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk

Today is the third of Papertrey Ink's April Release group posts, and we're introducing another of Betsy's fabulous Make It Market Mini Kits. This one is called Wee Folk, and is just as sweet as can be!

Before I get to my projects, just a quick reminder that all of the April release products will be available in the Papertrey Ink store tomorrow, April 15, at 10 pm EST.

Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk comes with a folk art-style stamp set, companion dies, beautiful papers (boy papers and girl papers), and some darling embellishments. 

My first card is super simple and quick to assemble. The papers are so gorgeous and stand alone beautifully with little embellishing. I trimmed down the main panel, adhered it to a slightly larger panel of polka dot Sheer Basics vellum, then mounted it to another of the Wee Folk patterns. I wrapped some twine on the diagonal, package-style, and tied off with a wood button from the kit, before mounting to a white card base.

Just like the Clipsters Make It Market mini kit from the March release, this kit has a printed sheet specifically for die-cutting. Just center the die inside the printed outline and your image will cut perfectly. I die-cut a deer and popped it up as a second layer over the first deer. I also added a few other pre-printed die-cuts to the garland along the bottom. Super quick and easy!

This next card is a little more involved. Flagrant layering going on here, folks ;) I started with a new Scene It: Doily Tag Base diecut in Aqua Mist. On top of that is a Scene It: Basic Backer layer in white. And on top of that is a Summer Sunrise sun layer and two white clouds, done with the Scene It: Skycapes dies. The green hill was cut with a Scene It: Everyday die.

The deer is from the pre-printed die-cut sheet in the Wee Folk kit. The tulips, garland, flowers, and butterfly were all stamped and diecut. The sentiment is stamped in two parts - "welcome" in Ocean Tides on a Double-Ended Banner diecut, and "little" one in Versamark on vellum, then heat embossed in white.

I wove a strip of Chicken Scratch Gingham paper in aqua mist through the slits in the Scene It: Doily Tag Base, and then layered the whole shebang onto the lovely heart pattern from the Wee Folk kit.

For more Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk inspiration, please visit the design team:


Make It Market: Mini Kit, Sheer Basics Vellum, foam tape

STAMPS: Make It Market: Wee Folk

DIES: Make It Market: Wee Folk, Scene It: Doily Tag Base, 

PAPER: Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss card stock
Make It Market: Wee Folk and Chicken Scratch Gingham patterned papers

INK: Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Ocean Tides, VersaMark

OTHER: white linen thread, White and Cream Mix Vintage Buttons, white embossing powder

Monday, April 13, 2015

Introducing Seeds of Knowledge

Welcome to Day Four of Papertrey Ink's April release countdown. All of the new product will be available Wednesday, April 15, at 10 pm EST in the Papertrey Ink store.

Today, we are introducing a few more teacher-friendly products, Seeds of Knowledge stamp set and dies, and Pencil Blooms dies. Teacher treats are some of my favorite projects to make. I've helped with, or been in charge of, the teacher appreciation committees at my kids' schools ever since my now-8th grader was in kindergarten, and so I'm always on the lookout for cute ideas. Easy to mass-produce and extremely economical are musts too!

Today's gift idea meets all of those criteria. I've used the Pencil Blooms dies to turn an ordinary pencil into a flower stem, and Seeds of Knowledge stamps to add a sentiment. This couldn't be any easier to create. I diecut three flower layers out of Papertrey's felt using the Pencil Blooms dies, slipped them over the eraser end of the pencil, and used a little touch of hot glue to hold them in place. The leafy sprig is part of a larger diecut from the Songbirds die set. It was cut from card stock and adhered with hot glue as well. 

I stamped the word "teacher," from Seeds of Knowledge, onto a Double-Ended Banner die-cut, then wrapped it around the pencil and secured with adhesive. Next, I stamped the "thank you for helping me grow" sentiment, also from Seeds of Knowledge, to a Tiny Tags die-cut, and tied it on with some linen thread. (I stamped the words individually, so that I could ink in multiple colors and so that I could rearrange the sentiment to fit the tag.)

I was searching my stash for a clay pot to use as a base, and came across these extra tiny ones. At first I thought they'd be too small for the tall pencil, but after trying it out, I thought the tiny size with the tall pencil stem looked delightfully whimsical. The pencil is held in place by the drain hole in the bottom of the pot, as well as a little hot glue.

The coordinating card shows off more of the Seeds of Knowledge set. I stamped a cascade of flowers onto a Fresh snow linen panel, then split the panel Maile-style.

The sentiment is stamped onto a Fillable Frames #11 die-cut and adorned with a button and hemp cord. To add a little color to the sentiment, I stamped the highlighted words in coordinating colors, trimmed them out, and adhered them with foam dots. 

In the flower pot above, the pencil isn't really intended to be used - it's all just decorative. But this next ensemble shows a bouquet where the pencils can actually be used, too.

The pencil tops are done exactly the same as in the first project -- with the three flower layers die-cut using the Pencil Blooms dies and the leaves cut with the Songbirds die.

The "vase" is just a pint mason jar wrapped with some floral mesh and hemp twine and adorned with more Pencil Blooms felt die-cuts and a sprig from Songbirds

The pencils are loose inside the jar -- easy to access and easy to return, and you'll always know where these pencils are supposed to go.

The coordinating card picks up on the same color scheme. I had fun stamping a background pattern using stamps from Seeds of Knowledge

The vertical image/sentiment panel was fun to stamp, too. Some of the individual components are stamped a second time and popped up with dimensional adhesive. Along the bottom, I added a curvy Melon Berry tab accent using just a partial piece of a Mat Stack 4 die-cut.

That's it for me today! Be sure to visit the other design team girls for lots more Seeds of Knowledge and Pencil Blooms inspiration.

Clay Pot Teacher Treat Supplies:
STAMPSSeeds of Knowledge
INK: Simply Chartreuse, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile, Ocean Tides
PAPER: Fresh Snow Linen and Simply Chartreuse card stock
OTHER: Aqua Mist felt, Terracotta Tile felt, Limeade Ice felt, 
1 1/2" clay pot, standard No. 2 pencil, kraft shred, hemp cord, white linen thread, hot glue

Every Child Card Supplies:
STAMPSSeeds of Knowledge
INK: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado
PAPER: Fresh Snow Linen and Ripe Avocado card stock
OTHER: Ocean Tides button, hemp cord, dimensional adhesive

Mason Jar Pencil Bouquet Supplies:
DIESPencil Blooms, Songbirds
PAPER: Simply Chartreuse card stock
OTHER: Aqua Mist felt, Terracotta Tile felt, Limeade Ice felt, Ocean Tides felt,
mason jar, floral mesh ribbon, hemp cord, Terracotta Tile button, Limeade Ice and Aqua Mist felt

Watering Can Card Supplies:
STAMPSSeeds of Knowledge
DIES: Mat Stack 4
INK: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado
PAPER: Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry, and white card stock
OTHER: enamel dots, dimensional adhesive, corner rounder, Rustic Jute Button Twine

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