Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Introducing Tulip Time, Spring Woods, and Splits

The Papertrey ninth anniversary festivities continue today with lots more incredible product introductions. Today on the docket: Tulip Time by Betsy, Spring Woods by Nichole and a new series from Maile called Splits. The first in that series is Splits: Just A Note. In addition, there are some Friendship Jar goodies that fans of that series have been requesting!

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

I couldn't wait to give the beautiful Tulip Time multi-step images a go, especially in shades of yellow. The new Bright Buttercup is a perfect middle tone between Lemon Zest and Summer Sunrise, which are the other two colors I used on the tulips. For the leaves and stems, Ripe Avocado over Spring Moss is always a favorite.

In the background I sponged a touch of Aqua Mist over one of the new Modern Backgrounds stencils. I cannot even tell you how excited I am about these stencils! 

I arranged multiple scalloped frames over the background for a fun look. I can't take credit for that idea, and I can't give credit either, because I really don't know where it came from. Maybe a fellow paper crafter did something similar? I wish I could remember!

Anyway I love the soft, sweet look of the frames and the hint of aqua mist in the background. The whole card feels so fresh and spring-like!

Stamps: Tulip Time

Dies: Tulip Time, Tag Sale #10

Ink: Lemon Zest, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist, VersaMark

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow card stock

Other: Modern Backgrounds Stencils, ink blending foam, sponge daubers, white embossing powder, liquid glue, white linen thread, foam adhesive

Visit Nichole's blog for product details, contest info, announcements, and links to all of the designers who are posting today!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Introducing Peonies on Parade, Paper Clippings & Inspired

It's the 5th day of Papertrey's 9th anniversary release, and five more to go! I'm having so much fun with all of the new products!

Today we are introducing a beautiful new floral set by Dawn McVey called Peonies on Parade. There is a stamp set, coordinating dies, and, like Bold Blossoms last month and What the Doodle: Butterfly yesterday, there will be two paper collections for coloring, one on standard white card stock and one on watercolor paper. We are also introducing two new stamp/die series by Betsy Veldman. The first series is Paper Clippings, which features a beautiful, intricate die-cut reminiscent of intricate paper cutting art. We'll begin that series with Paper Clippings: Happy Day. The second series, also by Betsy Veldman, is called Inspired, and will feature faith-based phrases. We begin that series with Inspired: Savior.

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

My project today features Inspired: Savior, along with florals and vines from Paper Clippings: Happy Day. I don't often work with purples, not because I don't like them, but because they just tend to be hard for me to use. I'm glad I did today!

I created my sentiment with the Inspired: Savior stamps and dies, then used some of the vines and florals from Paper Clippings: Happy Day to embellish. The Happy Day die-cut was done in white, then colored with ink blending foam in shades of purple. The addition flower die-cuts that are popped up on the vines were stamped.

I framed everything with Erin's Cover Plate: Scroll Frame, gently pulling that thin outside edge forward for some dimension. The three crosses are from last year's Easter Alleluias set.

On the inside, I stamped a simple Easter Blessings sentiment from Keep It Simple: Easter, along with some of the stamped floral imagery from Paper Clippings: Happy Day.

And my deed is done with purple for at least another year! Just kidding!!

Stamps: Inspired: Savior; Paper Clippings: Happy Day; Keep It Simple: Easter; Easter Alleluias

Dies: Cover Plate: Scroll Frame; Inspired: Savior; Paper Clippings: Oh Happy Day

Ink: Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding

Paper: Stamper's Select White card stock; Fresh Snow Linen card stock, Soft Stone Stripe patterned paper

Other: ink blending foam, sponge daubers, clear sequins, foam adhesive, liquid glue

Thanks so much for visiting, and for your sweet comments. It's always a blessing to hear from you!

For more inspiration today, product details, announcements, contest info, and links to all the other designers posting today, visit Nichole's blog.

Happy day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Introducing What the Doodle, Keep It Simple, and Frames

Welome to Day Four of Papertrey's Ninth Anniversary celebration! 

Today, we are featuring several new products, including a new series by Betsy Veldman called What the Doodle. Think adult coloring pages for cards! The popular Keep It Simple line continues into this year, with two new sentiments being released this month: Easter and St. Patrick's Day. Along with those products are two beautiful new frame dies, Pretty Frame and Scroll Frame, by Erin Lincoln.

[Updated to add: I forgot to include Be by Heather Nichols, which is surprising because I used it to decorate my Bible verse in my planner last week, and have been anxiously waiting to share! Look for that and some other planner goodies later in the week!]

These, and all of the February release products will be available in the Papertrey Ink store at 10 pm EST on February 15.

I didn't set out to specifically use something from each of those product groups on today's card, but it worked out that, so yay, I get to show you all three! 

What I did set out to create was a birthday card for a friend whose birthday falls on St. Patrick's Day. She loves everything about sharing her birthday with the holiday, so I went all-out with the green. I used only a handful of green Copic markers to color one of the What the Doodle: Butterfly papers, then used Maile's Sentiment Splits: Angle Vertical dies to cut the diagonal panels. Both top and bottom panels are mounted on foam tape for dimension, and the sentiment is stamped, two-toned, in the space between. I accented with a few gold sequins and some True Black baker's twine. The colored panel is the star here!

On the inside, I custom-stamped a St. Patrick's Day birthday sentiment by combining some different Keep It Simple sets (Birthday II, St. Patrick's Day, and Baby), along with the Birthday Cheer set. The "and" image is from Phrases & Praises. Around the sentiment is Erin's Pretty Frame Cover Plate. I cut three of them, white, Pinefeather, and Mint Julep, then inlaid them back together on the Pinefeather card base.

I think the recipient is going to love this, and I can't wait until it's time to mail it!

Stamps: What the Doodle: Butterfly, Keep It Simple: Birthday II, Keep It Simple: St. Patrick's Day, Keep It Simple: Baby, Birthday Cheer, Phrases & Praises

Dies: Sentiment Splits: Angle Vertical, Cover Plate: Pretty Frame

Ink: Pinefeather, Mint Julep, Soft Stone, True Black

Paper: What the Doodle: Butterfly patterned paper; Pinefeather, Mint Julep, and Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: True Black baker's twine, gold sequins, Copic markers

For a list of designers showing projects today, visit Nichole's blog. That's where you'll find the daily announcements and giveaways, too. Thanks so much for visiting!

Reverse Confetti February Hop

Hello there, 'Fetti Friends, it's New Release Hop Day at Reverse Confetti. All of the stamps, Confett Cuts dies, and Quick Card panels you've been seeing these last few days are now available in the Reverse Confetti store

I saved a lot of projects for today, so let's get started!

This card features the Garden Bunch stamps and dies, Swirlies, and Edgers. To get the watercolor look, I stamped each flower with the watercolor layer, and then used a wet paintbrush to further move the ink around. After the flowers were dry, I stamped the detail/line portion of the flower and embossed in white. I love the Swirlies in the metallic gold!

STAMPS: Garden Bunch, A Friend Like You

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Garden Bunch, Swirlies, EdgersLeafy

INK: Papertrey Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Berry Sorbet; VersaMark

PAPER: Neenah solar white card stock, PTI Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse card stock; PTI luxe gold adhesive sheets; Basic Grey Typeset patterned paper

OTHER: ink blending tool, foam adhesive, white embossing powder, paintbrush, white linen thread

These Clear Totes have been sooooo popular. If you find them out of stock, be sure to click on the "Join Waitlist" button. Not only will you get a notification when they're back in stock, but it also helps Jen know how many to re-order. 

I hunted and hunted for Easter candy for this bag. No success, but I did find a lot of eos lip balms in some nice Easter colors, which is just as nice! I used the In the Bag die to make the polka-dot vellum liner (I shortened it a bit just by repositioning the die and partially die-cutting a second time.

I tied some white satin ribbon around the bag and hung a tag made with one of the the adorable Hippity Hoppity bunnies. She is watercolored with Zig markers, and the tag and tag topper dies are part of the In the Bag set. A little bit of green paper shred rounds out the Easter look.

STAMPS: Hippity Hoppity

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Hippity Hoppity, In the Bag

INK: Versafine Onyx Black

PAPER: watercolor paper, PTI Aqua Mist card stock, PTI Sheer Basics Vellum

OTHERClear Totes, Blossom Solid Twine, Zig Clean Color markers, white satin ribbon, clear embossing powder

Next up is quick and sweet Hippity Hoppity bunny card. I can't get enough of these adorable bunnies! The background is made up of two Hoppin' Dots Quick Card Panels.

STAMPS: Hippity Hoppity

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Hippity Hoppity, Stitched Flag Trio, Weather It Together

INK: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

PAPERHoppin' Dots Quick Card Panels; Papertrey Soft Stone and white card stock; Papertrey Harvest Gold Stripe patterned paper

OTHER: Zig Clean Color markers, Copic markers, foam adhesive, clear embossing powder

I couldn't let the Countdown and Hop pass without using the new Bold Line Pretty Panel. I love all the open space and the solid diagonal on this one! I combined stamping and a Fancy Words die-cut to make the sentiment. 

I layered the Pretty Panel over a Thanks Tag die-cut that has a Donut You Know circle cut out of it,  then just tucked in some sprigs for color and interest. At the top is a Hang-Ups die-cut as well. I'm having fun with the see-through tags lately!

STAMPS: A Friend Like You

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Pretty Panels Bold Line, Flower WrapLeafyThanks Tag, Donut You Know, Hang Ups, Fancy Words

INK: PTI Lemon Zest, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Melon Berry

PAPER: Neenah white card stock; PTI Soft Stone

OTHER: ink blending tool

For lots more February release inspiration, visit the Reverse Confetti team and 'Fetti Friend:

Yana Smakula, Fetti Friend
Amy Sheffer (you are here)

Thanks so much for visiting today, and for your enthusiasm during the Countdown!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Introducing Tiny Town Series

Welcome to Day 3 of Papertrey's 9th anniversary celebration. Today we're announcing another new series from Betsy Veldman called Tiny Town. Tiny Town is similar to Petite Places, only larger, which opens up some fantastic new possibilities.

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

The foundation of the new series is the Tiny Town: Basics die set, which is the basic building plus window and door accessories to make it into a house. Additional die sets will include different building fronts and accessories, allowing you to turn the basic building into all sorts of other buildings. We're kicking off the first month with the Tiny Town: Church dies.

So let me tell you about my project for today -- I'm excited about it! Have you heard of prayer boxes?  There are lots of different ways you can use them, and there's even a book about them, but basically, they are boxes, often decorated, where you can store written prayer requests. I thought the church would be super sweet as a prayer box. More specifically, I created today's box with a Bible Study purpose in mind. My idea is that each person in the Bible Study has her own prayer box. During the Bible Study, each person can write down her prayer request/requests and put them in their box. At the end of the study, everyone takes someone else's box home for the week to pray over that person's needs. Bring the boxes back the following week, add additional requests, take out (and celebrate) answered prayers, then exchange again among the members. Wouldn't that be a super sweet way to pray for each other? Of course the church could also be used as a more traditional prayer box, too.

First I die-cut the Tiny Town: Basics building out of white card stock and gave it a church appearance using the arched window and door dies from Tiny Town: Church

I added some grass and flowers using stamps from Garden Variety, and a sweet bunting (or is it a garland?) across the front using an image from Choose Joy. Before assembling, I also scored every half-inch to create siding.

I added a pair of tags (die-cut with Minute To Make: Holiday Tags) stamped with Scripture using a stamp from Phrases & Praises. The tag is personalized using the Type Strips II alphabet and coordinating Type Bits Strip die.

I love that these buildings can be sealed shut if using as decor pieces or the buildings can be made to be opened and closed. Since the prayer boxes will be opened and they will travel, I decided to add the optional carrying handle, which is part of the Tiny Town: Basics set.

I made a bunch of tiny prayer request cards. They're pretty small at only 2" x 1 1/4", but there is some room for writing down requests. I stamped the cards with images from Choose Joy and Garden Variety, stamping off first for extra light stamping that could easily be written over.

Here are a few filled out.

Even though this building construction does open and close, I wanted to minimize the need for that, so I came up with this piggy bank-style input slot.

Just slip the prayer request down in the slot -- no need to open the box at this stage. I used a punch to make the slot.

The person who takes the box home would of course need to open it, and that's easy to do by untying the baker's twine on the handle.

The site I linked to above has some great ideas for ways to use prayer boxes. Some of my favorites:

a prayer box for each family member, everyone fills each others' boxes with affirmations. At the end of the week or month, the family reads them together

a prayer box at each wedding reception table, guests write out a blessing for the newlyweds and put them in inside the church.

fill a box with prayer requests for a certain period of time (month or even year). Keep the box closed until the end of that timeframe, at which point you can open it and see all the requests have been answered.

Dies: Tiny Town: Basics; Tiny Town: Church; Minute to Make: Holiday Tags; Type Bits Strip

Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Sweet Blush, True Black

Paper: white card stock; Soft Stone Stripe patterned paper

Other: True Black baker's twine, Scor-Tape, Scor-Pal, glue dots, Ranger matte multi-medium

For more Tiny Town inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:

Countdown to Confetti - The Lord's Strength

It's the third and final day of Reverse Confetti's February release countdown. Today's featured stamp set is called The Lord's Strength, the third set in the series of faith-based sets that also includes God is Good and Walk By Faith.

 All the new product will be available in the Reverse Confetti store at midnight. 

Be sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting peeks today. Leave comments on each designer's blog for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate. Also, head over to the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for another $15 giveaway.

I started today's card with a vibrant pink and yellow-gold watercolor background. Onto that panel, I added three white Swirlies die-cuts (these are so fun!). Each Swirlie is embellished with a flower cluster made of Garden Bunch stamped and die-cut flowers, watercolored Leafy die-cuts, and extra stems and flowers from Layered Laurels and Flower Wrap.

I stamped the sentiment on dark gray card stock, embossed in white, and cut into strips. I mounted everything to a white panel, allowing the bright colors to really stand out.

STAMPS: The Lord's Strength, Garden Bunch

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Garden Bunch, Swirlies, Flower WrapLeafyLayered Laurels

INK: Papertrey Summer Sunrise and Berry Sorbet, white pigment ink, Verasamark, 

PAPER: watercolor paper, white card stock, PTI Ripe Avocado

OTHER: Zig Clean Color markers, foam adhesive, foam adhesive




Check out the Reverse Confetti blog for inspiration, product details, and links to all the designers who are posting today.

Thanks for visiting!

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