Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Papertrey Ink July Release Projects

The Papertrey Ink July countdown is about to come to an end and I'm here to share my final projects with you today. But, before I do, let me remind you that everything you've seen peeks of will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink beginning 10 pm EST tonight.

Now, let me get right to it!...
Monthly Moments: Travel Plans designed by Heather Nichols.
I just love how this hand stamped pattern paper turned out using the tiny travel images and sentiments included in this set.
 Big Ticket Additions designed by Nichole Heady.

Note Niblets designed by Melissa Bickford.
Plus the Text Block: Thankful die designed by Lizzie Jones.
Botanical Blocks II designed by Nichole Heady.
Plus Banner Sentiments designed by Heather Nichols.

All righty, that's all I've got for you today.  Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Teams fabulous projects as well...
Thanks for stopping by!

Maile



Enjoy The Trip Card
Stamps: Monthly Moments: Travel Plans and Get Lost
Ink: True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Ocean Tides and Limeade Ice
Cardstock: White
Others: 1/4" White Silk Ribbon

Hello Card
Stamps: Big Ticket Additions and Garden Grace
Ink: Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry and True Black
Cardstock: White
Others: 1/4" White Silk Ribbon, White Embroidery Floss and True Black Buttons

Grateful for You Card
Stamps: Note Niblets
Ink: New Leaf, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise
Cardstock: White and Smokey Shadow
Others: Text Block: Thankful die

Congratulations To You Card
Stamps: Botanical Blocks II and Banner Sentiments
Ink: Plum Pudding
Cardstock: Lavender Moon and White
Others: Studio Calico Gems

Monday, July 14, 2014

Designer Phone Case Inspirations

Welcome to the final day of the Papertrey Ink July countdown. 

Today's group post is focused on the new Phone Case & Phone Case Details die collections.  That Erin! She is so smart for creating such a trendy solution to protecting those valuable smart phones.  I just can't get over how simple and cool these cases are!  This collection is perfect for creating custom phone cases that will make fabulous gifts or even something for your own personal use.

Here's what I've come up with...
This cute little combo features a girly color combo of limeade ice and raspberry fizz/autumn rose.
At the start of my phone case I knew I wanted my pink stitching to really stand out.  So I chose to work with white felt strips and stitched them into place on top of the limeade ice for a nice complimentary combo.  Then finished this case off with a raspberry fizz button.
I own an Iphone 4s. Since it's a bit shorter in size than the current Iphone I found that the width of the felt rolls were exactly the size I needed to work with.  In the photo above you can see exactly how I die cut the phone case panels from a felt roll.
Next, I put one of the phone case details die to use on paper.  Here's a unique faux-stitched pattern using the same die I used on my felt phone case.
After die cutting I used a Copic marker to connect the dots and create the look of stitched embroidery floss.  So much quicker this way!

Well, that's all I've got for you today. Just remember... everything you've seen peek of today will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning July 15th

Now, be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in store for you today...
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Maile

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wishing You Were Here

Hello and welcome to the fourth day of the Papertrey Ink July countdown! 

Today's group post is all about the Pack Your Bags, Get Lost and These United States stamp sets, plus coordinating dies Not only has today's theme had me crafting with paper, but also crafting up ideas of all kinds of fun summertime travels.  I'm ready to hit the road and so is the assortment of cards I've made. They're perfect for sending a special someone on their way.

Hope you like what I have to share with you today...
Here's a unique birthday card perfect for a birthday girl who loves to travel or one who has grand plans of taking a fanciful trip on her big day.
The bottom suitcase was the feature that initiated this color combo.  It was stamped in harvest gold and then inked with melon berry polka dots using the stamp kissing technique.  The other two suitcases were stamped to match making the perfect traveling girls matching set.  This sentiment is from the new Birthday Classics: August stamp set.
Being a California girl I just had to let my home state shine by.  I began by piecing die cut states together on a portion of this card front.  
The individual united states dies are obviously not sized to fit perfectly together like a puzzle, but you easily get the idea.  I kind of like how the imperfectness gives this card a bit of a quirky and unexpected look.  Finished the card off with a heart over home and a coordinating sentiment.
Using the new Get Lost stamp set I stamped a colorful pattern onto a die cut tag (cut using the new Tag Sale #11 die).
Two card stock strips across the front for the sentiment, a few enamel dots for embellishment and this card is ready to go.

Well, that concludes my look at Pack Your Bags, Get Lost and These United StatesJust remember... these stamp sets and other product I've used today will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning July 15th

Now, be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in store for you today...
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Maile




Wishing You A Wonderful Birthday Card
Stamps: Pack Your Bags & Birthday Classics: August 
Ink: Melon Berry, Harvest Gold and True Black
Cardstock: White
Others: Enamel dots and Pack Your Bags die

Home Is Where The Heart Is Card
Stamps: These United States
Ink: True Black
Cardstock: White, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist & Limeade Ice
Others: These United States Die Collection

The Places You'll Go Card
Stamps: Get Lost
Ink: Soft Stone, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold & Aqua Mist
Cardstock: Kraft & White
Others: 1/4 White Silk Ribbon, Tag Sale #11 die and Enamel Dots

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Monthly Moments: July

Hi there! Welcome to day three of the July Papertrey Ink countdown.  I'm joining the design team today in sharing sneak peeks of the new Monthly Moments: July.  This Monthly Moments collection couldn't be more perfect for such a festive month.  My nephew celebrated his birthday earlier this week and the collection we are showcasing today came in handy when creating a very special card just for him.  

So, let me get right to today's project...
which got it's start by the use of one of this months journal cards. 
I took this journal card up a notch with a stamped sentiment, stars and a focal point arrow (cut by hand).  Then finished the card off with a few enamel dots and attached the panel to an enchanted evening card base.

Well, that concludes today's look at Monthly Moments: July. Just remember... this set will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning July 15th

Now, be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in store for you today...
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Maile

Friday, July 11, 2014

Phrase Play #6

Hi there! Welcome to day two of the July Papertrey Ink countdown.  I'm here today to share a few samples using one of this months new dies and its coordinating stamp set... Phrase Play #6This new stamp set and die has tons and tons of different ways you can mix and match the pieces. The individual letters in the die will pop out, allowing you to create many different color combos. The frame can be kept in place and backed for a shaker box, or just used in a different color.  Too many options to list.  As you can tell below I had a bunch of fun exploring and pairing these pieces together in unique ways.

Keep in mind that these items will be available for purchase beginning July 15th at Papertrey Ink.  Plus, more info and a detail look at these items can be found on Nichole Heady blog today.

So, let me get right to today's projects...
First up, a sunny little number.  A cheery greeting from the sentiment to the backdrop. 
The "you" panel was stamped with a sunrise image from the On The Farm stamp set.  Then finished off with a few harvest gold buttons.
"Sending You Birthday Wishes" is perfectly paired with a few balloons from the Birthday Style stamp set.
Here's a fun color combo of sweet blush (in the pattern paper), harvest gold, summer sunrise and orange zest.  For a fun layered look two of the balloons were placed behind the Phrase Play #6 die cut.  The "you" has been moved from its original formation, as is the "birthday wishes", giving this card a better visual flow. Sort of like it's floating away with the balloons.
Here I've shone a little love for this Phrase Play die by leaving it as is.
I've emphasized the die with a couple angled pattern paper panels behind it that peek on through the detailed cutouts.  Then finished the card off with an enamel heart and dots.  Simple yet pretty.

Well, that concludes today's look at Phrase Play #6. Just remember... this set will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning July 15th

Now, be sure to visit Nichole Heady for the details on today, day 2 of the countdown.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Maile


Sunny Skies Card
Stamps: Phrase Play #6 and On The Farm
Ink: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise & Orange Zest
Cardstock: White & Harvest Gold
Pattern Paper: Studio Calico Fitzgerald kit
Other: Phrase Play #6 Die, Harvest Gold Buttons & Twine

Birthday Wishes Card
Stamps: Phrase Play #6 & Birthday Style
Ink:  Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest & True Black
Cardstock: White
Pattern Paper: Studio Calico Fitzgerald kit
Other: Phrase Play #6 Die & Birthday Style Die Collection

Lots of Love Card
Stamps: Phrase Play #6
Ink: Hero Arts Wet Cement
Cardstock: White
Pattern Paper: Studio Calico Fitzgerald kit
Other: Phrase Play #6 Die, Enamel Dots & Heart Cabochons SC Vienna kit

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

On the Farm Revisited

Thanks for joining me today for the July Papertrey Ink Senior DT Challenge. This time around we are bringing back On the Farm 

Not only is On the Farm a fun set, it's really so versatile too.  Today I'll show you how to use this set in a couple of unexpected ways. Take a look...
First up, I've chosen to work with the scene square included in this set as a layered focal point.  At first glance I pictured two rolling hills under the rays, but after looking at it a little further I thought the polka dot portion would make a nice bit of running water.  So, a little summer sunrise for the sun, aqua mist for water and limeade ice for a rolling hill.
I stamped the image three times, once on the card front and twice on a piece of scrap cardstock, this way I could cut out and piece the layers together to work in a summer sunrise button for an unexpected sun.  A stamped sentiment and a white rooster to finish the off the card because any thing else seemed to be too much.
Ok, onto my fave.  I love this card!  In the end it turned out to be a much simpler version than my original plan and love when that happens.
Here's How: My thoughts behind creating a multi-layered stamped focal point is to start with the larger image in the lightest color first and work to stamp the smallest image last in the darkest color.  Creating a gradual fade yet keeping each image visible.  My colors of choice here... harvest gold, melon berry, spring rain and blueberry sky.
I struggled with deciding whether or not to included the Baker's twine since this one layer card looks just as good with or without it.  It's really up to you.

Well, that's it from me today. Now be sure to visit the other Papertrey Ink senior design team girls for more On the Farm goodness...
Thanks for stopping by today!

Maile



Many Thanks
Stamps: On the Farm
Ink: True Black, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice and Aqua Mist
Cardstock: White
Others: Summer Sunrise Button and On the Farm Die

Herd It's Your Birthday!
Stamps: On the Farm
Ink: Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and True Black
Cardstock: White
Others: Enchanted Evening Baker's Twine

Sunday, June 22, 2014

One-Layer Wonders at an Angle

Thanks for joining me today for this weeks Papertrey Ink Design Team Tip!

One layer cards are easily my favorite kinds of cards to create.  And when you have a versatile and simple design that just works in a number of different ways, you've got yourself a go-to favorite.  This diagonal design that I have to share with you today is exactly that and it's one I turn to time and time again.  It's a simple idea but it's one that will surely get those creative juices flowing.

Check it out...
Stamp a layered background or piece images together (like a puzzle) at either angle to create a perfectly flat and mail friendly card.
Here's How: This simple and versatile design begins with a temporary guide-line, drawn by hand using a straight edge and a pencil.  From here you can stamp above or below the line, use it as a guide for a masking technique, align a sentiment and so on.
My first card uses the guide-line to stamp a double layered background.  
The polka dots first, were stamped just below the guide-line in true black. Here's a Tip: These tiny polka dots are so versatile!  Pair them with almost any image or background, just make sure you pair them with something a bit larger in size for a good contrast.
Over that I layered the ikat pattern, stamped using Irresistibly Ikat in a color combo of tropical teal, aqua mist and blueberry sky.  For an unexpected look I stamped this layer just past the edge of the polka dots.  Here's a Tip: Because of this detail, I felt the card was interesting enough and didn't need any further embellishments.  Oh yeah!
Here the guide-line was used as the edge when piecing these tiny tags (from both Tiny Tags I & II) like a jigsaw puzzle.  Color combo used... plum pudding, summer sunrise, sweet blush and melon berry.  Here's an Idea:  I can envision this same puzzle look being achieved with a floral set, one that includes individual blooms, stems and leaves to arrange randomly. 
After stamping the tags I stamped the repeating sentiment just above the temporary guide-line. Then erased all evidence of it once done.
To give this card its finishing touch I embellished it with a few silver glitter enamel dots.

So what do you think?!  Could this become your next go-to design?  I sure do hope so!  Well, that's it from me today.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Maile



Hey There Card
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics and Irresistibly Ikat
Ink: True Black, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist and Blueberry Sky
Cardstock: White

Celebrate Today Card
Stamps: Tiny Tags, Tiny Tags II and Monthly Moments: Tabbed
Ink: Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush and Melon Berry
Cardstock: White
Others: Basic Grey Silver Candy Buttons
 
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