Friday, October 24, 2014

Versatile Wine Bottle Tags

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

The gift giving season is upon us.  With that in mind, I thought it would be fitting to share with you one of my favorite ways to dress up a gift for someone special.  The Wine Bottle Tag and Tag Sale #5 dies pair beautifully together and can help you decorate a bottle (whether filled with wine, homemade sauces, flavored syrups, etc.), gift, and card with ease.  Both are very versatile and I've got quite the assortment to share with you.  So, let me get to it!...
The Wine Bottle Tag can beautifully dress up a gift of wine, but that's not all it's good for.  I've used it for other projects too... to decorate table napkins, bottles of teriyaki sauce, waterbottles, as hanging gift card holder, and even as door knob hangers.  My hope for today is that you too will become aware of just how useful this simple die truly is!
One of my favorite ways to decorate the wine bottle tag is to pair it with the Tag Sale #5.  Which I've layered together for my first wine bottle sample.  The wine bottle tag was die cut from pattern paper found in the MakeIt Market Kit: Tinsle and Tags.
The tag sale #5 was die cut from rustic cream cardstock, stamped with trees from the Holiday Cheer stamp set and then die cut again using a Wet Paint Holiday die "JOY".  Then finished off with a bow (also from MakeIt Market Kit: Tinsle and Tags) and a rhinestone.
So, we now know that the wine bottle tag is good at embellishing bottles and such...
But it's also great on cards!  Makes creating clean and simple Christmas cards a cinch!  Simply trim off the top edge and attach.
Again I've paired it with the tag sale #5 die, but this time only the bottom portion was used.  The tag edge was topped with a stamped gift (from the Jolly Holiday stamp set) and a sentiment (from the 'Tis the Season Sentiments stamp set).
I've got one last wine bottle tag to share with you.  This one is my favorite.  
The pattern paper is from the MakeIt Market Kit: Tinsle and Tags.
I wanted to share with you how cute it would be to create a matching wine bottle tag and gift box tag.  Coordinating the two shows off a gift ensemble perfectly.
I just love this poinsettia (from the Painted Poinsettia stamp set) stamped in a color combo of sweet blush, pure poppy, scarlet jewel, limeade ice and ocean tides.
One last look at just a few project possibilities available when combining together the Wine Bottle Tag and Tag Sale #5 dies.

So what do you think?!  Could this become your Christmas wrapping of choice this year?  I sure do hope so!  Well, that's it from me today.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Joy Wine Bottle Tag
Stamps: Holiday Cheer
Ink: Ocean Tides and Limeade Ice
Cardstock: Rustic White
Kit: MakeIt Market Kit: Tinsle and Tags
Others: Red Rhinestone, Wine Bottle Tag, Tag Sale #5 and Wet Paint Holiday dies

'Tis the Season Wine Bottle Tag and Card
Stamps: Jolly Holiday and 'Tis the Season Sentiments
Ink: Limeade Ice, Ocean Tides and True Black
Cardstock: Kraft and Rustic White
Kit: MakeIt Market Kit: Tinsle and Tags
Others: Red Rhinestone, Wine Bottle Tag and Tag Sale #5

Peace on Earth Wine Bottle Tag and Gift Tag
Stamps: Painted Poinsettia and 'Tis the Season Sentiments
Ink: Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Limeade Ice, Ocean Tides and True Black
Cardstock: Rustic White
Kit: MakeIt Market Kit: Tinsle and Tags
Others: Embroidery Floss, Wine Bottle Tag and Tag Sale #5

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Papertrey Ink October Release Projects

The Papertrey Ink October 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!...
Phrase Play #8 designed by Nichole Heady.
The snowflake trails are from Freshly Fallen designed by Lizzie Jones.
Jolly Holiday designed by Melissa Bickford.
I used the reverse side of the tree stamps for the solid shapes.
Painted Poinsettias designed by Nichole Heady.

Birthday Classics: November designed by Dawn McVey.

Festival of Lights and Keep It Simple: Hanukkah designed by Nichole Heady.
Might be a bit hard to see, but the star circle border was stamped repeatedly in soft stone all over the card front.
Another shot of the stamped background.
Merry Kiss-mas designed by Lexi Daly.
A little Rock and Roll Technique applied to the mistletoe. 

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!


Winter Joy & Peace Card
Stamps: Phrase Play #8 and Freshly Fallen
Ink: Smokey Shadow
Cardstock: Soft Stone and Rustic White
Others: Rhinestones and Phrase Play #8 Die

'Tis the Season to be Jolly Card
Stamps: Jolly Holiday
Ink: Ocean Tides, Limeade Ice, Soft Stone and True Black
Cardstock: White

Holiday Joy Card
Stamps: Painted Poinsettia
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado and True Black
Cardstock: Kraft
Pattern Paper: Soft Stone
Others: True Black Buttons

So Thankful For You Card
Stamps: Birthday Classics: November and Autumn Acorns
Ink: Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel and Plum Pudding
Cardstock: Rustic White

Love & Light Card
Stamps: Festival of Lights and Keep It Simple: Hanukkah
Ink: Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain and True Black
Cardstock: White
Others: Rhinestone

A Christmas Kiss Card
Stamps: Merry Kiss-mas
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Scarlet Jewel and True Black
Cardstock: Kraft and Rustic White

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homemade Holiday Gifts & Tags

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

Thanks to today's product feature I have my Christmas gifts and wrappings already planned out for this year.  I'm fairly certain that after viewing today's project selection (brought to you by the design team) you will too!  

I have a lot to share with you today.  So, let me get started...
My first gift ensemble focuses on the Canned stamp set and coordinating dies.  I've never canned anything in my life, but I still absolutely love all Weck canning jars.  I am so excited to share my love for them this year by filling them with homemade mustard and meat rub.  No canning involved, just fill, cap, decorate and refrigerate.  Easy peasy!  Here are the jars I used, size #976.
Mustard recipe found here. I kept the wrapping simple to let the jars and the contents take center stage.  I simply wrapped with smokey shadow ribbon and tied the ends through the hole I punched in the banner style die cut (included in the Jar Bonnet die collection), which was stamped with the coordinating strip stamp in smokey shadow ink.
I used the same technique when decorating the rub jar.  Just used half of the Folded Foodie Tag and stamped it with the coordinating stamp.  The recipe is one my hubby came up with and we use it all-the-time.  Delicious on tri-tip and burgers!  In case your curious, he let me share it...  
1/4 C brown sugar, 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1/2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1/2-1 tsp chipotle chili pepper (depending on how much heat you like).
My second ensemble is a pillow box and ornament tag combo, created using the Cross Stitch Alphabet dies and Cross Stitched stamp set.
Each include a hand stitched monogram.
I'm sure most of you know by now, but the Essential Pillow Box is perfect for gift cards! Here's a nice shot of the stitched monogramming and the bow tied from soft stone grosgrain ribbon.
Here's a shot at how the ornament started out.  I used the label shape die (included in the Jar Bonnet die collection) and die cut three times from scarlet jewel cardstock and once from matching pattern paper.  Using a 1/8" hole punch I punched through all four pieces at the same time.  Scored down the center of each of them.  Stitched one, dated and signed (if you prefer) another and attached the final two together.  Using a strong adhesive (I like these and these!) I attached all three side together, strung floss through the holes to create the loop for hanging and finished it off by threading 1/4" silk ribbon through the holes and tied the ends together on the pattern paper side.
The "Handstitched for You" phrase is included in the Cross Stitched stamp set.  This side is perfect for writing a person message to the receiver, would work best if you could do it before assembling.

My final ensemble uses the Vintage Favor It Box die and coordinating Just a Little Something stamp set.
Inspired by this photo, I chose to create a limeade ice, kraft and scarlet jewel box stack wrapped with smokey shadow ribbon.  Each box fits four chocolate squares perfectly.
Topped the boxes off with a couple holly leaves (die cut using dies from the Seasonal Stitching die collection) and a banner (created using the Just a Little Something stamp set and die) tied on with black Baker's twine.

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 October 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!


Gift Ensemble #1
Stamps: Canned
Ink: Smokey Shadow
Cardstock: Kraft
Others: American Crafts Precision Pen 03, Smokey Shadow Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/4 Hole Punch, Jar Bonnet Die, Folded Foodie Tag Die and Weck canning jars

Gift Ensemble #2
Stamps: Cross Stitched
Ink: True Black
Cardstock: Kraft and Scarlet Jewel
Pattern Paper: Scarlet Jewel
Others: Embroidery Floss, Soft Stone Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/4" White Silk RibbonCross Stitch Alphabet, Essential Pillow BoxJar Bonnet Die, 1/8" Hole Punch, 3/8 Glue Dots and Mini Glue Dots

Gift Ensemble #3
Stamps: Just a Little Something
Cardstock: Limeade IceKraft and Scarlet Jewel
Others: Smokey Shadow Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Baker's Twine, Score-TapeSeasonal Stitching die collection and Just a Little Something die

Monday, October 13, 2014

Introducing Songbirds

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

Today's group post is all about the new set Songbirds What a special set!  I just love how these folk-style bird are paired with songs that are suited to match a number of special occasions.  It's so unique and easy to work with too!

Hope you like what I have to share with you today...
Up first are a couple Christmas projects.  This card pairs the bird with a pretty color combo of scarlet jewel, sweet blush, limeade ice and pinefeather.
To create the perfect perch, I stamped the branch onto a rustic white cardstock block and added a few pinefeather berries.  Then mounted the songbird with a few pieces of dimensional adhesive.
To balance out the heaving image at the top of the card I cut two strips and adhered them to the bottom, along with a stamped sentiment and two matching scarlet jewel buttons.
For the tag, I stamped the bird in scarlet jewel once again.  This time pairing it with pinefeather and rustic white.
The tag was created using a label die (included in a set that you will find out about tomorrow), then topped with a die cut branch and a sentiment (from the new Snow Globe Sentiments).
Another occasion this set is perfect for... a wedding!  I've paired these birds up an a color combo of sweet blush and enchanted evening. 
I stamped the branch twice, to create a perch big enough for two.  A few lines of music were stamped in soft stone and a sentiment in enchanted evening to finish this card off.

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!


Merry Christmas Card
Stamps: Songbirds
Ink: Limeade Ice, Scarlet Jewel, Pinefeather and Sweet Blush
Cardstock: Kraft and Rustic White
Others: Scarlet Jewel Buttons and Songbird Die

Love Joy Peace Tag
Stamps: Songbirds and Snow Globe Sentiments 
Ink: Scarlet Jewel and Pinefeather
Cardstock: Rustic White
Others: Embroidery Floss, Songbird Die and Jar Bonnet Dies

Wedding Wishes Card
Stamps: Songbird
Ink: Soft Stone, Limeade Ice, Enchanted Evening and Sweet Blush
Cardstock: Rustic White

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monthly Moments: October

Hi there! Welcome to day three of the October Papertrey Ink countdown.  I'm joining the design team today in sharing sneak peeks of the new Monthly Moments: October.  Octoberfest, apple picking, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, and harvest festivities... A few of my favorite things to do in the month of October.  I love how the new Monthly Moments caters to it all! 

Let me get right to the project...
Here's a little Halloween inspiration for you today.  I began by stamping a handmade pattern paper, this is the main attraction.  Stamped it in a color combo of smokey shadow, plum pudding and summer sunrise.  Isn't this sentiment just so much fun?!
I then created a focal point using a couple other images included in this months set, stamped in coordinating colors and embellished with matching rhinestones.  I think this layout would work for many other holidays too!

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


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Freshly Fallen

Hi there! Welcome to day two of the October Papertrey Ink countdown.  I'm here today to share a few samples using one of this months new stamp sets... Freshly FallenLizzie has taken the basic snowflake and given it a fresh modern look. The pieces were designed to be layered on top of each other, rotated and mixed and matched in different colors. With dies to use as well, the possibilities are literally endless!

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

So, let me get right to today's projects...
First up is a mail friendly one-layer card, stamped in a frosty color combo of hawaiian shores, winter wisteria and soft stone.
I began by stamping a freshly fallen snowflake trail, in soft stone, across the front of the card.  On top of that I stamped three focal and larger snowflakes in the bolder ink colors.  Finished the card off with a sentiment and couple cardstock strips (which were cut from the same cardstock color as the card base, creating a bit of a barely there look) and rhinestones.
My sentiment selection was the inspiration for this next card, I went for a peaceful and neutral color combo look.  This one too is perfectly flat, making it perfect for mailing out.
These die cut (unstamped) snowflakes look perfectly lacy and delicate, making them perfect for a peaceful holiday card approach.  To top it off, rhinestones make the ideal finishing touch.
Freshly Fallen makes the perfect back drop for this die cut "Joy" (die cut using the the soon to be released Holiday Double Cuts dies).  These falling flakes were stamped in a color combo of aqua mist and ocean tides.
This card, as it currently stands, could be considered too bulky for sending through the post office.  But this could easily be remade into a more mail friendly version by replacing the large rhinestones with a bit of glitter.

Well, that concludes today's look at Freshly Fallen. Just remember... this set will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning October 15th

Now, be sure to visit Nichole Heady for the details on today's featured new product.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Season's Greetings Card
Stamps: Freshly Falling
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Winter Wisteria, Soft Stone and True Black
Cardstock: Rustic White
Others: Clear Rhinestones

A Peaceful Holiday Card
Stamps: Freshly Falling
Ink: Smokey Shadow
Cardstock: Soft Stone and Rustic White
Others: Clear Rhinestones

Joy Card
Stamps: Freshly Falling
Ink: Aqua Mist and Ocean Tides
Cardstock: Kraft, Rustic White and Smokey Shadow
Others: Aqua Rhinestones and Holiday Double Cuts dies