Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vintage Ornaments Revisited

I can hardly believe that December is actually here! Christmas too will be here before we know it. How many of you are ready?! Not I.

Well, for this months Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team Challenge our focus is on the fast approaching holidays by putting Vintage Ornaments and Vintage Ornaments Additions to good use. I have yet to acquire the Additions set, but today I bring to you a fun embossing idea using Vintage Ornaments... Here's a coordinating card and tag in a color combo of Soft Stone, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss and Pure Poppy.First up the card. I started with a die cut Half & Half strip, stamped it with a Vintage Ornament sentiment and attached to the card with dimensional adhesive.Check out these hand made frosted glass ornaments, created from cardstock and clear embossing powder. Here's How: I die cut the ornaments from white cardstock, stamped the icing (in Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist) and then heat embossed the solid ornament image using clear powder.Next up... the tag. I started by trimming, stamping and attaching a sentiment strip to a Soft Stone tag. Then, using the same technique as above, I stamped, embossed and attached the ornament.Next step was to attach the ribbon tab. Here's How: Thread twine through the button, then thread twine ends through the hole at the top of the tag. Flip the tag over, place the ribbon and tie securely into place with the twine ends.Here's a nice shot of the frosted glass look. I finished the tag off with a couple die cut Spring Moss holly leaves, one stamped with Background Basics: Circles and the other with Background Basics: Gingham.

Well, that's it from me today. Now be sure to visit the other Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team girls for more Vintage Ornaments goodness...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Papertrey Ink November 2011 Release Projects

The Papertrey Ink November Countdown is about to come to an end and I'm here to share my final projects with you tonight. Let me get started!...First up, Willow. I stamped a Rustic White cardstock panel with a willow tree and a sentiment and attached to a kraft card base with dimensional adhesive. Impressed a couple Simply Chartreuse cardstock strips and attached them above and below the willow panel.Finished the card off with a button and Baker's twine.Next up, Birthday By the Numbers. Stamped the cupcake in Enchanted Evening, Sweet Blush and Orange Zest. Then stamped one of the Background Basics: Circles strips on either side of the cupcake in Sweet Blush.Stamped a sentiment, from Tag-its #10, and then finished the card off with a touch of glitter sprinkled onto the cupcake top, flame and randomly onto the background dots.How about some Tine Tags II. The stripy tags are from Tiny Tags II and the polka dot tag is from Tiny Tags I. Stamped them in Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy. Stamped the sentiment and then topped each tag with a bit of twine.Here's How: Pierce two hole at the top of each tag. Thread twine through the holes, as above.Thread the twine back through the top hole to create a loop.Then back to the front through the bottom hole. Thread both ends of the twine through the loop. Tighten the loop and repeat these sets through the holes of the remaining tags.Last but not lease, Tag-its #10. I created this card using the same cut out strip technique as used on the Celebrate Today and Every Day card from yesterdayHere's How: I started by stamping the circle tag in Summer Sunrise. Using my straight edge paper cutter, I cut to just outside of the tag image.Then trimmed around the tag by hand using my scissors.Stamped the remaining images, attached the tag panel to a Summer Sunrise card base and finished the card off with a Harvest Gold Button and silk ribbon.

Well, that's all of them!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Teams fabulous projects as well:

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Background Basics: Circles Day Five

It's day 5 of the Papertrey Ink November Countdown and that means everything that you've been getting peeks at during this week will be available for purchase tomorrow, through Papertrey Ink!!! For this final day of the Countdown I've got a couple more projects and a stamp storage solution to share with you.

Let me get started with today's cards first...My first card features a fun cut out idea that I happened to come up with by accident. Once I stamped the dragonfly and sentiment (both from Happy Trails), my original intentions was to trim and cut away the right edge around the dragonfly (just like I had done on the Genuine Friend card I previously posted here).
But, my first cut just wasn't right, so I cut again. At this point I decided to just trim away the excess between the first and second cuts. Once trimmed, I carefully attached to a Melon Berry card base, after stamping a row of Background Basics: Circles dots. I love that this is an easy technique which adds a lot more to a card than just attaching a simple strip of cardstock or pattern paper.
Next up, a colorful creation. I pulled out the small dot background building strip and stamped a rainbow of rows onto a Rustic White card base. Die cut a Quatrefoil Cover Plate from Rustic Cream cardstock and attached to the front of the card base.Then embellished the card with a colorful butterfly. I die cut and stacked a rainbow of die cut butterflies and topped them off with a sentiment from Happy Trails.Nichole had noted on the first day of the countdown...

"PLEASE NOTE: The length of the patterned strips in this set was increased to allow for an extra wide base for easy placement and lining up per customer request. However, because of this change, Not all of the strips will fit in a CD case for storage. An index label and CD case will still be included with the set, but we do suggest finding an alternate storage method for this specific set."

The photo above gives you an idea of the sizes and how I have chosen to store them. I've crammed them into a CD case, but a more suitable option would be to store these stamps in a DVD case, which would provide plenty of room. I hope this info helps!

That's it from me today! But don't forget, tomorrow (November 15th) is the day to get your hands on Background Basics: Circles and all else from this months Countdown, at Papertrey Ink!

Now, be sure to visit Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Dawn McVey, Beth Silaika & Melissa Bickford for even more countdown goodness.

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Stitches & Swirls

Hello my friends! The Design Team and I have another Papertrey Ink group post to share with you today. This time around we bring you... Stitches & Swirls, a new set designed by Nichole that's sure to get a ton of use.

For today, I've created a duo of cards perfect for brightening a special persons day...
For this first card I chose to work with a color combo of Harvest Gold, Sweet Blush & Gray.
Started by stamping a Rustic White cardstock block with swirls in Sweet Blush and Summer Sunrise. Stamped a Think Big Favorites #10 sentiment in Smoky Shadow and then wrapped the panel with white silk ribbon. Then onto a separate Rustic White card base I attached two coordinating cardstock strips in Harvest Gold and Sweet Blush.
I then attached the stamped panel to the card base.
Once done with the first card, I couldn't stop there. This layout is perfect for quickly recreating in an assortment of different color combos. For this second card I chose to work with a color combo of Lavender Moon, Kraft and Dark Chocolate.Stamped the swirls in Lavender Moon and Vintage Touch Chai and the sentiment in Dark Chocolate.

I hope you've enjoyed today's sneak peek... Now, here are the links to the other Design Team members, you will not want to miss their wonderful creations!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Background Basic: Circles Day Four

It's day four of the Papertrey Ink Countdown and my second post of the day. Be sure not to miss my first post. For today's second post I've got some more Background Basics: Circles to share with you! So let me get to it...I'll be showcasing the large dot with you today. This large dot background strips consists of three rows of dots and (just like all the other strips included in this stamp set) features an extra wide base which makes perfect placement and lining up a breeze. For this first card I started by stamping the Harvest Berries sentiment in Raspberry Fizz. Then above and below it I stamped rows of dots in gray ink. Then finished the card off with a few Simply Chartreuse ginko leaf impressions (also from Harvest Berries).Lastly, I paired Background Basics: Circles with Flower Fusion #10 and the new coordinating dies (please note that both sets and the dies will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink beginning November 15th). Started by stamping dots along the right side of the card base, in Simply Chartreuse.Die cut the stem from Simply Chartreuse cardstock and attached with dimensional adhesive. Topped the stem with a boldy colored flower, using Raspberry Fizz & Summer Sunrise. Finished the card off with a Flower Fusion #9 sentiment.

Well, that's all I've got for today. I truly hope that you've enjoyed! I'd love to know what you think, so please share!

Now, be sure to visit Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Dawn McVey, Beth Silaika & Melissa Bickford for even more countdown goodness.

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Door to Door

Welcome to day four of the Papertrey Ink November Countdown. Today is also the first Papertrey Ink Design Team group post day! Our assignment for today is to showcase the new, fun and versatile Door to Door stamp set, which will be available beginning November 15th through Papertrey Ink. Nichole did an amazing job designing this set! I had fun playing with it and I've got a lot to share with you today, so let me get started...Staying true to my style, first up is a super simple number with just the right amount of details to really make it shine. I started with a Soft Stone card base (I seriously can't get enough of this color these days). I then heat embossed the door, steps and sentiment with white embossing powder and outlined the images with a light gray Copic marker, to help it all stand out.One of these days I'd love to have me a gray Kraftsman house with a yellow door. Taking some inspiration from my dream house I colored the door with a yellow Copic marker. And since it's finally starting to feel like fall around here, I gave this door/entrance an autumn feel by adding a few pumpkin groupings. I die cut them from white cardstock, stamped the images in gray and colored in shades of orange and green. Then popped them up with some dimensional adhesive.Next up, a wintry scene. I started with a Soft Stone card base (of course) and heat embossed the double doors and hardware with white embossing powder. Outlined in gray and colored the doors blue. After masking off the doors I stamped the snowflakes (from Winter Penguin, also available November 15th) in Smoky Shadow ink.Topped the doors off with an gray embossed overhang, touched it up with a gray marker and embellished with some glitter to give it a snowy look.Gave the card a snowy base by attaching a strip of white cardstock, layered a die cut and glittered snow drift and finished the card off with a sentiment.

For these next two cards I took a couple of the smaller accent images, included in the Door to Door set, and used them in unexpected ways... Using the tiny banner image, I stamped it end to end and extended it across the card front.This was super simple to do: Simply stamped the first banner onto a Rustic White cardstock strip. Masked it off and stamped again. A Post It Note works perfectly for this step! Just stamp, cut out and place. I repeated these steps until I achieved the desired length and then colored.Attached the banner cardstock strip to the base of my card, topped with some Holiday Flourishes & Swirls pattern paper (available beginning November 15th), wrapped with Fine Linen ribbon, stamped with a sentiment and embellished with rhinestones.Last, but not least, is this fun window card featuring the little spring flower bunch from Door to Door. I found that the previously released set, Home Made, pairs perfectly with Door to Door! I pulled out all the window from the Home Made set, stamped the focal window in Dark Chocolate and then stamped the other windows (in Vintage Touch Chai ink) randomly along the Rustic White card base.Stamped the Home Made curtains in Aqua Mist. The flower bunch was die cut, stamped in Dark Chocolate, colored and attached with dimensional adhesive. Then finished the card of with a Door to Door sentiment.

Well, that's it from me. Be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in store for you today. I know I can't wait to see!...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Background Basics: Circles Day Three

Hi all! Thanks for joining me for day three of the Papertrey Ink November Countdown. I've got a couple more Background Basic: Circles cards to share with you today...Here's a cool little number also featuring Winter Penguin. I started the card by stamping the open circle background strip in a color combo of Smoky Shadow, Spring Moss & Aqua Mist. I carefully staggered and stacked each layer on top of one another to create a unique border. What do you think?Here's a closer look. I then layered the penguin over the border, attached a True Black cardstock strip to the right edge and stamped the sentiment.This next card uses the same background strip stamped in a color combo of Berry Sorbet and Dried Marigold Rangers Distress Ink. Stamped one vertically and two horizontally, being careful to line up the intersecting areas.Finished this single layer card with a sentiment, pen and ink spots (stamped in True Black) from the Happy Trail stamp set.

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you've enjoyed another look into my new goodies for the month of November. Remember Background Basics: Circles will be available for purchase starting November 15th, at Papertrey Ink. I'd love to know what you think so far!!!

Now, for even more sneak peek goodness, be sure to visit Nichole Heady, Lisa Johnson & Danielle Flanders for a peek at Willow, Flower Fusion #10 & Favorites #10. Also, Dawn McVey, Beth Silaika & Melissa Bickford have peeks to share with you of their newest sets for the month.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Background Basics: Circles Day Two

Hello all! It's day 2 of the Papertrey Ink Countdown and from the looks of it, it sounds as if you all are as excited as I am about Background Basics: Circles. Well, I'm back today to share a couple more samples with you....First up, a special card for a special friend. Included in this month release are coordinating Friends 'Til the End dies. Yay! I just had to pull them out and put them to work. I began today's card by impressing the large flower die into a white cardstock block and then stamped the coordinating flower within (in Smoky Shadow). Then stamped the sentiment in True Black.Using a couple Copic Markers I touched up the flower center, then embellished the flower center with a Melon Berry button and a silk ribbon bow. Once done with the flower panel, I trimmed off the edge with my paper cutter (up to the die impressed edges) then trimmed around the flower (with scissors) following the impressed edge. Attached the panel (with dimensional adhesive) to a Soft Stone card base that had been stamped with one of the Background Basic: Circles strips in Smoky Shadow.Next up, I pulled out Autumn Acorns and paired it with Background Basic: Circles using a fun fall color combo of Dark Chocolate, Sweet Blush, Vintage Touch Chai and Wild Honey Ranger Distress Ink. To create, I started by stamping a Rustic White card base with three different background strips. Then trimmed and attached a kraft cardstock strip to the right edge.Die cut and stamped three acorns, attached to the card base at varying heights and embellished with an Harvest Gold button and silk ribbon. Finished the card off with an Autumn Acorns sentiment, perfect for this months holiday that will be here before we know it.

Well, that concludes my second look at Background Basics: Circles. I truly hope that you've enjoyed! I'd love to know what you think, so please share!

Now, be sure to visit Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols for a peek at Birthday By the Numbers, Tag its #10 & Winter Penguin. Also, Dawn McVey, Beth Silaika & Melissa Bickford have peeks to share with you of their newest sets for the month.

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