Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sentiment Treatment

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

Sentiments can be handled a number of different ways....stamped, embossed, written by hand.  These are just a few of the basics treatments.  In today's tip I've put sentiments to the test!  My treatment towards them these days have been pretty rough.  I love a good sentiment strip or two, but I love it even more when I can add a sentiment strip to a simple card in an unexpected way.
I take a good look at the phrases included in a stamp set.  Any with fun flourishs, swashes, shapes, extended ascenders or descenders, multiple lines of text and such get me thinking. These type are perfect for the butcher block!  Or the blade of my paper cutter for that matter, to chop them in two.
Here's a fun round sentiment with a deep descender featured in the capital F of "Feel".  After stamping the floral images over the sentiment, I hacked that baby into two strips and attached the two pieces leaving a slight gap.  It adds just a touch of the unexpected. 
I could have left things alone and kept the stamped panel in one piece, but it just wouldn't have made much of an impact to the design. Both the sentiment and floral images are from the Cuppa Love stamp set.
Large and bold sentiments are great for this technique too!  Usually they are big enough to not be effected by the slicing and are still legible. 
A touch of color using a few Copic markers, inspired by Laura's card.
Here's a second take on the card above.
These large sentiments are very versatile!  This one is from the Big Hugs stamp set.

For more sentiment treatment ideas check out these blog posts... first and second cards here and last card here

So what do you think?!  Might you take a second look at your sentiments?   I sure do hope so!  Well, that's it from me today.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Papertrey Ink January Release Projects

The Papertrey Ink January 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!...
 2015 Birthday Tags by Dawn McVey.
Paired with the previously released Mini Blooms stamp set.
 Phrase Play #12 by Nichole Heady.
Paired with previously released Birthday Style stamp set. 
Happy Notes by Melissa Bickford, Keep It Simple: Belated Birthday by Nichole Heady and Stitched Swirls by Erin Lincoln.

Cable Gram by Dawn McVey.

Well, that about covers it.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams fabulous projects as well...
Thanks for stopping by!


Wishing You A Lovely Birthday Card
Stamps: 2015 Birthday Tags and Mini Blooms
Ink: melon berry, ocean tides and smokey shadow
Cardstock: soft stone and white
Other: Mini Blooms Die Collection

Let's Party Card
Stamps: Phrase Play #12 and Birthday Style
Ink: melon berry, ocean tides, limeade ice and smokey shadow
Cardstock: soft stone and white
Other: Phrase Play #12 die

Belated Birthday Wishes Card
Stamps: Happy Notes, Keep It Simple: Belated Birthday and Stitched Swirls
Ink: melon berry, ocean tides, limeade ice and smokey shadow
Cardstock: soft stone and white
Other: Happy Notes die collection and black rhinestone

Frantastic Day! Card
Stamps: Cable Gram
Ink: limeade ice, ocean tides, soft stone and true black
Cardstock: soft stone and white

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Introducing Baker's Dozen

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

Today's post is all about the the new Baker's Dozen stamp set.  What a sweet set!  It's been such a pleasure to work with this delightful set.  With its many possibilities and adorable images, a stamp set doesn't get any sweeter than this!

So, let me get started...
The Baker's Dozen is a collection of thirteen cupcake images, one for each month of the year plus a versatile extra!
Here's a birthday card featuring the March cupcake.  I paired it with the previously released Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.
I stamped a beautiful butterflies backdrop for the pretty cupcake and frame in a color combo of blueberry sky, sweet blush and harvest gold.  I then attached black glitter tape along the bottom edge and finished the card off with a couple large gems.
This one is for celebrating a birthday, no matter the month.  A fun selection of cupcakes were stamped one on top of the other in a colorful combo of raspberry fizz, plum pudding, hawaiian shores, orange zest and limeade ice. 
The stamped panel was trimmed apart by hand to fit the sentiment (from the soon to be release Layered Banner Banter stamp set) perfectly, revealing the limeade ice card base below.  Here's How: First, create a template by stamping celebrate and trimming a curve by hand that follows the bottom edge of the sentiment. Trace the template edge onto the desired spot, trim and erase. It could't be easier!

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 January 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!


Butterfly Birthday Card
Stamps: Baker's Dozen and Beautiful Butterflies
Ink: blueberry sky, sweet blush, harvest gold and true black
Cardstock: soft stone, white and smokey shadow
Other: Studio Calico gems

Cupcake Celebrate Card
Stamps: Baker's Dozen and Layered Banner Banter
Ink: raspberry fizz, plum pudding, hawaiian shores, orange zest, limeade ice and true black
Cardstock: limeade ice and white
Other: Studio Calico gems

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Introducing Secret Agent & Zappy Birthday

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

Today's group post is all about the new Secret Agent and Zappy Birthday collections! My son, he thinks these are the coolest cards I've ever made! That says a lot about the products featured today.  Totally boy approved.  Hope you enjoy what I have to share with you today too...
First up, Secret Agent.  My focus for this first card are the cool shades.  These are not your typical glasses.  In fact, you can't read the message on this card without them.  I've tucked an arm behind the top layer so they're easily accessible.  Here's How: All I did was leave a space between the dimensional adhesive I've attached to the backside, these sweet shades slide right in from the top.  Another idea would be to cut a slit, wide enough to allow one arm to side on through, at the top edge of your card base. 
This undercover card was stamped in a color combo of spring rain, orange zest and smokey shadow. 

Here's a look at Zappy Birthday in action!  I combined this set with the Tipped Top die collection.  These dies helped me create a sort of a "sneak peek" at a hidden superhero cape underneath the top layer.
A mix of patterns, colors and shapes keeps things exciting.  Colors used... blueberry sky, pure poppy, spring rain and true black.

Well, that concludes my look at the Secret Agent and Zappy Birthday collectionsJust remember... these products will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning January 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!


Confidential Card
Stamps: Secret Agent
Ink: smokey shadow, orange zest and spring rain
Cardstock: spring rain, smokey shadow and white
Other: orange zest transparency and secret agent glasses dies

You're Super! Card
Stamps: Zappy Birthday
Ink: blueberry sky, pure poppy and spring rain
Cardstock: soft stone, blueberry sky and white
Other: Studio Calico black stars

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monthly Moments: January

Hi there! Welcome to day three of the January Papertrey Ink countdown.  I'm joining the design team today in sharing sneak peeks of the new Monthly Moments: January.  This set could be no more perfect for this blustery month.  Although, around my neck of the woods, January has been quite warm.  I still had fun creating a sweet card perfect for warming someone's heart up on any chilly day.  

Let me get right to the project...
I stamped a fun random background (using the bubble from this months set) following this simple pattern/order... 3 in aqua mist, 2 in spring rain and 1 in blueberry sky (since this is darkest color).  Maybe not the most random background, but a bit of orderly chaos makes me happy. 
I then finished the card off with a fitting sentiment and a few metallic embellishments.

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


Baby, It's Cold Outside Card
Stamps: Monthly Moments: January
Ink: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Smokey Shadow
Cardstock: Soft Stone and White
Others: Hero Hues Pewter Metallic Dots

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Text Block: Party Time die and Party Trio dies

Hi there! Welcome to day two of the January Papertrey Ink countdown.  

I'm here today to share a few samples using a couple of this months new products... Text Block: Party Time die and the Party Trio dies. This is a very festive post! Featuring fun ways to use these celebration themed items.  Check it out...
First up the Text Block: Party Time die.  This stunning die has so many possiblites! It would be so pretty layered with colored vellum, made into a shaker element, copic or water coloring underneath the frame and of course, so much more!  Turn it into a tag or feature it on a card!
I chose to go with a simple, but bold look.  Keeping the overall design neutral so that the bright balloons would stand out.  I had to die cut the Text Block: Party Time die from white, limeade ice, aqua mist, melon berry and lavender moon cardstock to achieve this look.
My second card features both Text Block: Party Time die and the Party Trio dies.  I die cut the text block from aqua mist cardstock and rotated it onto its side and trimmed off the excess, keeping the balloons intact. 
Attached a party strip and embellished with a few enamel dots.  This Party Trio die was die cut from smokey shadow cardstock.  
Here I've paired one of the Party Trio dies with another new item from this months release... Hey, Cupcake!.
There is a square stamp image featured in this new stamp set and I used the backside of it for my lavender moon square.  I'm quite pleased with the faded center, where the stamp did not impress all the way.  Looks sort of like I planned it that way when actually, I didn't.  A happy accident.

Well, that concludes today's look at Text Block: Party Time die and the Party Trio dies. Just remember... all that you have seen today will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning January 15th

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Balloon Let's Party Card
Cardstock: soft stone, limeade ice, aqua mist, melon berry and lavender moon
Other: Text Block: Party Time die and enamel dots

Balloon Party Card
Cardstock: soft stone, aqua mist, smokey shadow and white
Other: Text Block: Party Time die and the Party Trio dies and enamel dots

Cupcake Party Card
Stamps: Hey, Cupcake!
Ink: lavender moon, true black and harvest gold
Cardstock: white and smokey shadow
Other: Hey, Cupcake! die collection and gold glitter dots

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Love Lives Here Revisited

First things first... Happy New Year!!!

Thanks for joining me today for the January Papertrey Ink Senior DT Challenge. This time around we are bringing back Love Lives Here
This oldie is definitely a good one!  I loved bring out this beloved set and using it in a new way.
Using the heart circular image, I stamped a sort of ombre randomly placed pattern using these ink colors... pure poppy, melon berry and harvest gold.
I drew attention to the negative hearts with a the addition of die cut white hearts popped up with dimensional adhesive. It's a simple way to take this card up a notch. 

Well, that's it from me today. Hope you enjoy this month feature! Now be sure to visit the other Papertrey Ink senior design team girls for more Love Lives Here goodness...
Thanks for stopping by today!


Happy Valentine's Day Card
Stamps: Love Lives Here and Keep It Simple: Valentine
Ink: Pure Poppy, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold and True Black
Cardstock: White
Other: Love Lives Here Die Collection