Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One more...

All of us at Gossamer Blue thought it would be fun to show you one more project each made with the October kits, since you may be receiving your kits from October in the mail now! We wanted to give you one more touch of inspiration. I made 4 cards previously that you can see HERE, but I have one more to share with you today made with a mix of the Life Pages kit and the main Oct. scrapbook kit.
The circle floral rub-on is from October's main kit and is from Crate Paper's Notes and Things line. I added it to a piece of vellum from my stash with a little bit of white paint on the vellum, then the other goodies on top. I LOVE rub-ons and also added one to the wood veneer banner.

Just wanted to say that I LOVE Gossamer Blue. This is the first time I've found a scrapbooking kit club that absolutely is my style (feminine, yet modern)! Everything they choose to put in the kits are awesome. If you haven't checked out Gossamer Blue, please do, I promise you won't be disappointed! Now hop on for more inspiration!
Danielle Flanders (you are here)

Release day: October...

Today is the day we get to show you all of the rest of the new stuff coming out at Papertrey Ink this month! I saw some gorgeous sugary candy canes on Pinterest and knew I had to make some, so I went looking for red and white pipe cleaners. I actually found these that were already twisted with the red and white together at Michaels! I was going to twist them myself with red and white pipe cleaners, but I didn't have to. The hard part was already done for me. So I trimmed them at different lengths, bent the tops, then added glossy accents and sprinkled some fine glitter onto them.
Love how they turned out, so I had to use them on some projects! You might have noticed them yesterday on my cocoa and peppermint jars.

Using the new Stitched Tag die, I made some tags to hold gift cards/money with a candy cane added for fun. I punched a hole in the front of the tag to slide the candy cane through, then stitched the front of the tag to the back. You could use real candy canes if you wanted to. I didn't find any right now, since it's October, so these worked perfectly! I added a die cut and stamped Freshly Fallen snowflake to the front which is tied on with tinsel!

The sentiments were stamped with Painted Poinsettias and a jingle bell tied onto the center of the snowflake. These would make great gift card/money holders.

Holiday Joy tags:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Freshly Fallen, Painted Poinsettias
INK: True Black, Hawaiian Shores
PAPER: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist
DIES: Stitched Tag die, Freshly Fallen dies
OTHER: Tinsel - Melissa Frances, jingle bells/pipe cleaners/cream floss - craft supply, fine glitter - Doodlebug.

This card is cut and stamped with the new Painted Poinsettias stamps and dies.
The gold frame was cut out with Phrase Play #8 die, and I just trimmed the joy sentiment out of the frame and left it out. The poinsettias were stamped with Lavender Moon ink, then Pure Poppy ink over the top. The veins were stamped and embossed with gold. The three-step stamps are so neat!

Christmas Cheer card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Painted Poinsettias
INK: True Black, Lavender Moon, Pure Poppy, Versamark
PAPER: gold paper - Luxe Letterpress kit, Vintage Cream, vellum
DIES: Painted Poinsettias dies
OTHER: gold embossing powder, gold sequins.

These are the new Phrase Play #9 stamps and dies. I just pulled parts of the die out and used them on this card instead of using the frame as it comes.
The background was created by stamping a dot from the Polka Dot Basics III stamp set and then they were embossed with silver embossing powder.

Winter Joy & Peace card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Phrase Play #9, Polka Dot Basics III
INK: True Black
PAPER: White Aqua Mist, Scarlet Jewel Pattern Pack
DIES: Phrase Play #9
OTHER: Sequins- Pretty Pink Posh, fine glitter, silver embossing powder.

You may have seen sneaks of this tree in my previous photos from the past couple of days. I made a peppermint candy tree and a tag using the new Jolly Holiday stamps and dies and the Snow Globe Sentiments stamps! I've given these out before to bus drivers and such, and everyone loves them!

You'll need a 9" high white styrofoam tree from the craft store. White is important. If you get a green one, it will show through the candies and won't look as good as the white. You'll also need a pack of straight pins with white heads on them like these. (You can find them at Walmart or a craft store in the sewing section.) The peppermints were $1 per bag at Target, and I used 3 small bags! Starting at the bottom, insert a pin into one end of the peppermint candy wrapper, and poke it into the tree. Go all the way around the bottom, making sure each candy touches or slightly overlaps the next one. Then do the next row up alternating the candies in between the ones below (as shown). This way it really fills in the tree.

The tag was cut with the Tag Sale #4 die, then I cut and stamped the Jolly Holiday pieces and the sentiment is from Snow Globe Sentiments. Again I just used a pin to poke through the tree and hold the tag on.

Peppermint Candy Tree and Be Jolly! Tag:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Jolly Holiday, Snow Globe Sentiments
INK: True Black, New Leaf, Pure Poppy
PAPER: White
DIES: Jolly Holiday, Tag Sale #4
OTHER: chalkboard paint, twine, straight pins, peppermint candies, 9" styrofoam tree.

This one was simple, and I really like how it turned out using the new Merry Kiss-mas stamps and dies. 
The leaves were die cut and embossed in gold. The font is awesome, love it. I added fine glitter around the edges of the card.

Christmas Kiss card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Merry Kiss-mass
INK: Pure Poppy, True Black, Versamark
PAPER: white, Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy Pattern Pack
DIES: Merry Kiss-mass
OTHER: pearl by Melissa Frances.

Here I used Festival of Lights and Keep It Simple: Hanukkah. 
The pretty stars were stamped with Simply Chartreuse ink, the "Love & Light" in Tropical Teal ink, then I used a Copic marker, BG 10 to color around the stars to add some shading. A little bit of fine glitter was added to the stars. (If I had to do it again, I wouldn't use watercolor paper, because the inks bleed a little bit on the watercolor paper! It would work better on regular cardstock. Would you believe I ran out of white and cream cardstock? Eeek!)

Wishing You Love & Light card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Festival of Lights, Keep It Simple: Hanukkah
INK: Simply Chartreuse, True Black, Tropical Teal
PAPER: watercolor paper, Aqua Mist
DIES: none
OTHER: fine glitter.

This card was stamped with Birthday Classics: November. I used Leaf Prints dies and the dipped die cut technique again on these die cuts.

November Birthday card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Birthday Classics: November
INK: Dark Chocolate
PAPER: Classic Kraft, Classic Kraft Pattern Pack, Scarlet Jewel Pattern Pack
DIES: Leaf Prints
OTHER: machine stitching, gold embossing powder.

Visit the the PTI team to see more with these new products! Everything will be available tonight, Oct. 15 at 10pm EST. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homemade Holiday Gifts and Tags...

Today is another group post for Papertrey Ink! We will be showing you some new stamps and dies that will help you make fabulous handmade holiday gifts for those special people in your life, and even gifts that would be great for teachers, neighbors, bus drivers, etc. that you can make inexpensively.

First up is the new Canned stamps, the Jar Bonnet dies and Tasting Tag die.

For one of my jar gift ideas, I wanted to make a cocoa mix!
It looks so cute in the jar with all of the layers. I'm sure you've seen this around, but I had to give it a try.

To make this, you'll need:

  • a quart jar from the craft store
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies.

Starting with the first ingredient, the powdered milk, pour each ingredient on top from the list. This mix will fill a 1-quart jar (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant. 

Top with crushed peppermints. I could have crushed mine a little better, but it sure is a messy job. :)

The inside of the jar was wrapped with fabric, and I used some sugared pipe cleaner candy canes on top. Next, I stamped a tag with the new Tasting Tag die to attach to the cocoa mix. It comes with little holes to tie on the cutest little wooden spoons!! On the back of the tag, write: "Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container." If I had to make it over again, I think I'd use 3/4 cup of each of the 1 cup ingredients instead. I didn't have a lot of room left at the top for the cute crushed peppermints.

Last I used the new Jar Bonnet Die on a smaller jar filled with peppermints. Added a pipe cleaner candy cane covered in fine glitter and a jingle bell. You could add a tag to this jar also with a gift card.

Cocoa Mix and Peppermint Gift Jars:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Canned
INK: Pure Poppy
PAPER: white
DIES: Tasting Tag, Jar Bonnet Dies
OTHER: wooden spoon, twine, washi tape, fabric, pipe cleaners. jingle bells, twine.

Next are the new Cross Stitched stamps and Cross Stitch Alphabet Dies. I thought what better to go with a stitched tag than a stitching kit? 

Some sewing supplies were gathered to add to my jar: 
  • a small scissors, stick pins, safety pins, needles, thread, measuring tape, hem tape, thimble, seam ripper, etc.
All of the supplies were tucked inside the jar, then I used the new Cross Stitched stamps on the tag and the Cross Stitch Alphabet Dies to cut the holes for the letter K, hand stitched with floss. (The circle was cut with Stitched With Love dies.) 
The jar topper was made by taking out the inside of the lid, covering it with fabric and stuffing it with batting. The fabric is hot glued underneath to the inside of the lid, and the jar surround was covered with washi tape.

Cute and easy! Maybe a gift for someone going off to college? Or a crafty friend? I love this tape, it's the same tape I used on the birthday card yesterday. Lots of fun colors in it!

Sewing Kit Jar:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Cross Stitched
INK: Pure Poppy
PAPER: white
DIES: Stitched With Love dies
OTHER: pearl by Melissa Frances, twine, fabric, washi tape, pins, floss and jar kit contents - scissors, measuring tape, pins, safety pins, thread, needles, hem tape.

Last up is a gift box cut with the new Vintage Favor It Box die. I used patterned paper from Fancy Pants' Oh Deer collection and one of their little trees from the line also.

The banner and the opening were cut with Just a Little Something dies, and the banner is stamped with Just a Little Something stamps.

Christmas Candy gift box:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Just a Little Something
INK: Pure Poppy
PAPER: Fancy Pants' Oh Deer
DIES: Just a Little Something dies
OTHER: tree - Fancy Pants' Oh Deer, twine, pearl - Melissa Frances, wooden star - Gossamer Blue's Get Happy.

What do you think? Is there a product you like the best? Visit the the PTI team to see more with these new products! Everything will be available on Oct. 15 at 10pm EST. Thanks for stopping by!