Monday, April 20, 2015

Guest post for Bella Blvd...

Good morning and happy Monday! Before I am off to Taylor's high school today to help pack all of the band and choir uniforms for their upcoming Disney trip this week, I wanted to share a few projects I made for a guest post over at Bella Blvd!

Stop over to see full supply lists and read more about these, but on this first card, I created a background with Papertrey Ink's Cover Plate: Stitched die and die cut some of the papers with Circle Scribbles dies and Doodlie-Do dies for the leaves. Don't you love the font in the "hello"? That is from Bella Blvd's Color Chaos line, which I really liked and used a lot of for today's projects!

Simple and clean, yet very layered and colorful!

Next, another Color Chaos paper that I just added a few details over the top- chipboard, a few hearts in patterned paper and vellum and a seam binding ribbon. Seriously easy!

On the next card, I absolutely loved the paper from Color Chaos that had the color splashes all over it! I cut out a Cover Plate: Hearts die to add over the top. I love how the color is bursting through, yet it still has clean look with some white space to allow the eye to rest.
Some of the Color Chaos stickers and chipboard finish it off!

Here I added some chipboard sentiments from Bella Blvd's Ciao Chipboard collection, then cut a Big Hugs die to add over the top.
Adds a little bit of fun dimension.

My last card was inspired by all of the sticker borders and chipboard borders in the Bella Blvd collections. I created a background with them here as my base.

The saying was cut from one of the papers with a Mat Stack 5 die.

Last a layout with all of the pretty papers. It's been awhile since I've made a layout.

Trimming out these Life Is Beautiful butterflies from the lovely papers gave me a starting point to work with some great pattern and color! I decided to watercolor the background in sort of a rainbow effect with pinks, oranges and yellows. Then I added the butterflies in coordinating colors across the top to anchor the photo and journaling, which is about my relationship with my 15 year old right now...getting a little bumpy as any teen/mom relationship, but I know things will come full circle again one day, and I have to allow her to fly right now! It's so hard to let them go though, isn't it? I always write notes to my girls about my current feelings. I hope one day, these will have great meaning to them. Until then, it's a creative outlet for me... and a therapeutic one at that!

Hope you will stop over to check out Bella Blvd's collections, they are colorful and lots of fun to work with! Thank you to Bella Blvd for having me as a guest this month!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Release day...

I have a few more cards to share with you using some new products coming out tonight, April 15th at 10pm EST at Papertrey Ink. First up, is the new Graceful Greetings stamp set!

On these, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, then poured different colors of embossing powder on and heat embossed them to melt the powder. Then I stamped the flowers from Graceful Greetings. 
The papers are from last month's Chicken Scratch Gingham paper pad. These little cards make me so happy! I love all of the colors.

Graceful Greetings card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Graceful Greetings
INK: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Sweet Blush
PAPER: white cardstock, Chicken Scratch Gingham
DIES: none
OTHER: Zing! embossing powders, twine

Next is Petite Places: School stamps and dies and Keep It Simple: Teacher stamps.
The background is from the Black & White All Over paper pad (dot). The scallop is cut with the Scene It: Doily Tag Base.

Thank You, Teacher card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Petite Places: School, Keep It Simple: Teacher
INK: Pure Poppy, True Black, Tropical Teal
PAPER: Chicken Scratch Gingham
DIES: Petite Places: School, Scene It: Doily Tag Base, Shaker Shapes: Pencil (loop)
OTHER: Copic Markers, button from Wee Folk mini kit, ribbon-craft supply.

Next is Enclosed: Apple and Tucked In: Thank You.
Again I used the Black & White All Over paper pad and added some stamping to the background with Quilted: Spring stamp set. I had stamped this background previously and didn't end up using it, so I found it and pulled it out. I think it works nicely with the reds and greens of the apple! When you are feeling uninspired, try stamping a few backgrounds. Then maybe later on you'll be inspired to use them for something!
Thanks card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Enclosed: Apple, Tucked In: Thank You, Quilted: Spring
INK: New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Pinefeather
PAPER: Pure Poppy Pattern Pack, Sweet Blush and Spring Moss cardstock, Black & White All Over Paper Pad
DIES: Enclosed: Apple
OTHER: sequins, twine.

Last is Flower Favorites stamps and dies and Lunchbox Love stamps.

Again a Black & White All Over paper is used in the background (frame), then I watercolored a piece to adhere in the center. 

Cheer Up Buttercup card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Flower Favorites, Lunchbox Love
INK: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow Pattern Pack
PAPER: Black & White All Over
DIES: Flower Favorites
OTHER: sequins, watercolors.

All of the new things you see here will be available on April 15th at 10pm EST. Thanks for stopping by and please visit the other gals to see what they've made with the same products: 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Introducing NEW! Make It Market kit: Wee Folk...

Welcome back to another group post for Papertrey Ink. Today we are previewing the new mini Make It Market Kit called Wee Folk by Betsy Veldman! This mini kit comes with pre-printed patterned papers, dies, a stamp set and few extras.

On the first two cards, I simply cut out the pre-printed animals with the dies in the kit and popped them up on pre-printed papers. Added a strip of pattern at the top and twine from the kit.
The pins were from my stash. I poked them through the twine, then cut off the sharp tip with wire cutters.

These two cards were super quick and easy! Betsy's done all the hard work already by creating these adorable papers and icons. I just wanted to add a tiny bit of dimension by popping up the deer.

Little One card set:
STAMPS: Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk 
INK: none
PAPER: Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk
DIES: Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk 
OTHER: twine - Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk, pins - My Mind's Eye, pearls - Melissa Frances.

Last, a card that required a little more effect, but totally worth it in my opinion! I love how it turned out. I cut out a Mat Stack 5 piece from Classic Kraft cardstock, then used the stamps and dies to create a little scene on the front.

The background was made with the Bookprint Alphabet Die. I left the die letters wired in tact on the metal die sheet (didn't cut them apart yet), so I was able to place the whole alphabet die over two layers of cardstock and run it through my Cuttlebug, which created an embossed look, instead of die cutting the alphas out. It almost looks like a little book plate for a book, doesn't it? I think it would make a cute notebook cover also! On the inside I stamped "sweet baby" from the kit stamps.

Welcome Sweet Baby card:
STAMPS: Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk
INK: Versamark for embossing, Dark Chocolate
PAPER: Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk
DIES: Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk
OTHER: embossing powder, pearl - Melissa Frances.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these ideas. The Wee Folk mini kit will be available at Papertrey Ink on April 15th at 10pm EST. Now head on over to the other DT blogs to see what they've made also!