Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016: Masterpiece Inspirations





Hi! Today's post is for the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire Masterpiece Inspiration! If you are not familiar with Stamp-A-Faire, you can check out all of the details on Nichole's Blog. We have so many fun things going on today! Lots of prizes to be won and challenges to participate in!

Today the team is being challenged to select an art masterpiece and use it as inspiration for a card.  






Georgia O’Keeffe has always been a favorite artist of mine. I love her bold use of color and her lovely floral designs. I chose her Red Poppy painting as my inspiration piece, one because it’s stunning, and it’s always been one of my favorites of hers, and second, because I really wanted to watercolor the poppy in the Botanical Blocks III stamp set. I fell in love with that set the first time I used it, and immediately thought of it for my inspiration piece.

Here is what I did with this beautiful inspiration piece!




I just love to watercolor! I created the background in the exact same way that you will see in my video tonight at 8:00pm ( if you are so inclined to watch it ). I stamped the greenery from the Tropics stamp set onto watercolor paper and then went over them with a wet brush to create a watercolored look. I adhered this to an A2 size card base. The poppy is from the Botanical Blocks II stamp set. I stamped it in waterproof black ink and watercolored it with Zig Clean Color Brushes. I love the zigs, but unfortunately I've found that the colors fade out pretty fast. So I'll need to send this card quick! haha! 




I mounted the poppy onto some Pinefeather Card stock and then mounted that with foam tape onto my card. The congrats is from the Tropics set and I stamped that in Smokey Shadow, layered it three times and glued it down.

STAMPS: Botanical Blocks III, Tropics
DIES: Botanical Blocks III
INK: Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Green Parakeet , New Leaf, Smokey Shadow
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Watercolor paper, Pinefeather card stock
OTHER: Zig Clean Color Brush markers

Don't forget to check out Nichole's blog all day long today to participate in all of the fun activities going on for Stamp-a-faire!! Don't forget my video is tonight at 8:00 pm EST! It's my first! It's not perfect, but hey, I did one, and I'm proud!! :D

Hope you have a fabulous time playing along with Papertrey Ink's 2016 Stamp-a-faire!! Can't wait to see what everyone does!

To see more inspiration from the Design team you can check out Nichole's blog or the links below!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kay :)






Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF Free Exclusive Set!

Hello! Are you excited about all of the Stamp-A Faire activities! I sure am! This is my first year participating as a design team member and I'm so excited! I have my first video ever tomorrow on Nichole's Blog! This has sure been a challenging month for me in many aspects. I've really had to get out of my comfort zone. Actually, I was pulled out of my comfort zone kicking and screaming! haha! But all in all, I'm glad I've done all that I've done. Can't wait to share it all with you!

Today the Papertrey Ink design team is showcasing the new Stamp-a-faire Exclusive stamp set, Art With Heart!  Featuring several art themed sentiments done in an artistic brushstroke along with a multi-layer floral arrangement that has a gorgeous handprinted look. It is so beautiful! I've created two cards with the new set in different colors. I hope you like them!




This stamp set is so easy to use! I did not even have to use the MISTI here. This was all stamped just one time, by hand, and all eyeballed! They are super easy to line up, and if they are not lined up just perfectly they still look amazing! I used Pale Peony for the lighter flowers and  Hibiscus Burst for the darker ones. The centers are Scarlet Jewel. The leaves I stamped with Green Parakeet and the sentiment with Ripe Avocado. I cut the whole stamped panel out with the Noted Scalloped A2 stitched rectangle die, then I added a strip of Pale Peony striped paper across my card base before adhering the panel with foam tape.




The sentiments in this set are beautiful too! So unique and different from what is usually found in stamp sets. Love them!

SUPPLIES
STAMPS: Art With Heart SAF Exclusive set
DIES: Noted Scalloped A2
INK: Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, Green Parakeet, Ripe Avocado 
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Pale Peony stripe

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Here is the one I did with blues. I think they are just as gorgeous in the blues as the pink! I used Hawaiian Mist for both the dark and the lighter flowers. I sponged a little bit of the ink off of my stamp before stamping the lighter flowers. The centers are Tropical Teal and the leaves are Spring Moss. I again cut the panel out with the Noted Scalloped A2 stitched rectangle die and mounted that onto an Aqua Mist card base.






SUPPLIES
STAMPS: Art With Heart SAF Exclusive set
DIES: Noted Scalloped A2
INK: Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Spring Moss
PAPER: Stampers Select White

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Okay I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the fun ways to use this beautiful new set! To find out all of the details about Stamp-a-faire and to learn how you can get this new set click HERE! 

 To see more inspiration from the Design team you can check out Nichole's blog or the links below!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kay :)




Friday, July 15, 2016

Papertrey Ink Release In Review



Hello and welcome to my Release in Review post for the July  Papertrey Ink  Release! It's always my favorite! 

The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on TONIGHT at 10:00 EST. 

So here we go! 



I'm going to start off here with my favorite one! I don't know what it is about this card, but I just love it! I'm not sure if this is my very favorite of Betsy's Paper Clippings, or if it's the colors I used on this one, or what... but I love the way it turned out!

I cut out two of the Paper Clippings: Done with Love out of white card stock and layered them onto a Soft Stone card base. I then stamped and cut out all of the little flowers and leaves with the stamps and the Paper Clippings: Details dies, and added them to the cut out.



Really a simple card to make, but so fun! I would love to make another in some other color combinations!

STAMPS: Paper Clippings: Done In Love
DIES: Paper Clippings: Done In Love, Paper Clippings: Done In Love Details
INK: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, Lavender Moon, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Pale Peony
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Soft Stone

OTHER: Sequins

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Next up is this little cutie in her rain suit! This is the newest addition to Betsy's Dress Up Dolls series. So cute! I thought this paper from the Petite Places paper collection was the perfect background!

She is colored with Copic markers and adhered with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment directly on the background paper. I said a prayer first, because you know how that can go! :D



STAMPS: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Rainy Day
DIES: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Rainy Day
INK: True Black
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Petite Places Paper Collection
OTHER: Sequins

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This card is using Dawn's new Just a Number set along with some greenery from Maile's Tropics and the flowers from Betsy's Paper Clippings: Done with Love. Dawn is a genius when it comes to arranging fonts in the neatest ways! I love this new set! 




The happy part, I stamped with the MISTI using Pale Peony and Raspberry Fizz. I love the ombre effect! I also added a strip of Green Parakeet striped paper along the bottom. 

STAMPS: Just A Number, Tropics, Paper Clippings: Done In Love
DIES: Just A Number, Tropics, Paper Clippings: Done In Love Details
INK: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise, Pale Peony
PAPER: Stampers Select white, Green Parakeet + White paper pack
OTHER: sequins

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On this card I used Dawn's new It's The Thought sentiment set along with the flowers from the Painted Petals Anniversary set. The paper is from The Floral Sketches paper pack. 


I added a few white dots with some acrylic paint and a stylus. 

STAMPS: It’s The Thought, Painted Petals
DIES: It’s The Thought, Painted Petals
INK: Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss
PAPER: Stampers Select white, Floral Sketches paper pack
OTHER: White acrylic paint for the white dots

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This one is using Lizzie's new Background Basics: Galaxy and Number The Stars. These are some fun new products! I stamped the background with Versa Mark and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then watercolored over it with Peerless watercolors. I added the flourish and popped the sentiment flag up with foam tape.



I stamped the sentiment with the MISTI using Amethyst Allure and Royal Velvet. I added a few die cut stars and sequins as well.

STAMPS: Background Basics: Galaxy, Number The Stars, Fancy Flourishes
DIES: Number The Stars, Fancy Flourishes, 
INK: Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet
PAPER: Stampers Select White
OTHER: Watercolor Paper, Peerless watercolors, white embossing powder, sequins

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Another super fun product from Lizzie is the Star Box Die! This was one of those things I looked at and thought... what? But when I cut it out and scored all of the lines, it just went right into the little star box shape all by itself! Easy peasy and oh so cute! I created a little tag for my box with the Just a Number set. I layered two tags on top of one of the tags from Keep It Simple Frames. I tied this onto my box with some silver thread, and then added a little flower and some leaves from Paper Clippings: Done With Love.



STAMPS: Number The Stars, Background Basics: Galaxy, Paper Clippings: Done With Love
DIES: Number The Stars, Paper Clippings Done With Love, Keep It Simple Frames
INK: Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, Summer Sunrise, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet
PAPER: Amethyst Allure + White paper pack, Stampers Select white
OTHER: Silver thread

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I really loved the way the background turned out on my galaxy card, so I made another and thought it would work perfectly for Betsy's Inspired: Prayer set. As I was making this I couldn't help but think it looked kind of like water washing up on the beach. I know, water is not blue and purple with stars in it, but it just reminded me of it, so I got my Simple Seashells by Nichole out and added a couple of those. I like it :)



STAMPS: Inspired: Prayer, Simple Seashells, Background Basics: Galaxy
DIES: Inspired: Prayer, Simple Seashells
INK: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, True Black
PAPER: Stampers Select White, 
OTHER: Watercolor Paper, white embossing powder

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And last, but definitely not least, is a cute little Christmas card I made with Maile's newest Splits:Best Wishes. The minute I saw it, I knew I was going to make a Christmas card with it. The little leaves and berries spoke Christmas to me. It works doesn't it! I added a piece of paper from the Ombre Stripes paper pack for my background, layered the chevron strip from Happy Notes, a snowflake from Snowflake Flurries, and topped it off with a flower from Cup of Cheer!  So festive and fun!



STAMPS: Splits: Best Wishes, Oh Holy Night, Snowflake Flurries. Cup Of Cheer, Happy Notes
DIES: Splits: Best Wishes, Oh Holy Night, Snowflake Flurries, Cup of Cheer, Happy Notes
INK: Pure Poppy, True Black
PAPER: Stampers Select white, Ombre Stripes paper pack
OTHER: Copic markers, sequins

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the projects created with the July release from Papertrey Ink! It's another spectacular one! Thank you all so much for the nice comments you have left for me along the way! I appreciate them so much!

We have so much in store for you this month! I can't wait to share it all! So stay tuned!!

 All of these amazing new products will be available tonight at  Papertrey Ink   at 10:00 EST!

For more amazing inspiration visit the rest of the Papertrey Ink Design team!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wanderlust Inspirations




Hello and welcome to the second group post for the July  Papertrey Ink  Release! The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on July 15th at 10:00 EST. 

Today we're showcasing a new group of products from Heather Nichols called Traveler's Journal. There are several stamp sets and dies in the series, which you can use together to created a small travel journal/album, or even to use on your cards and paper crafts  

I'm real excited to share this project with you! It was so much fun to do! I love to scrapbook, but have done it digitally for many many years, so it was kind of fun to actually print out some photos and do some hands on paper scrapping!





This is the front cover of my album. I decided to create a little album for our last vacation we took along the eastern part of the United States. I cut my album cover out of Classic Kraft card stock. I cut two and glued those together for extra durability  I used the Scene It: Mountain View to create a little backdrop for my title. I also used a strip of the Traveler's Journal paper down the front edge. 




This is my first spread inside. The left photo is me with my two kiddos. The one on the right is my main squeeze, me, and my favorite little girl. I used some of the stamps from the Traveler's Journal stamp set and some dies from Traveler's Journal Outer Cover. I also used paper from the Traveler's Journal paper pack for both of my pages. 



 The tiny flags are from the Moments Inked Planner Banner dies and I stamped them with the words from Traveler's Journal: Typed Words.





The frame around our photo is included in the dies that come with the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover.





This is my second spread in the album. The first page uses the map from Betsy's new What The Doodle: Map stamp set. The second page, I did some hand journaling and framed a picture of my son with one of the frames from Monthly Moments: Mini Slide Frame.




I colored the US map with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die. I used the banner from Tag Sale Quilted to stamp adventure on. I also used paper from the Traveler's Journal paper pack for my background. The black striped piece is a stamp included in the Traveler's Journal Adventure stamp set. I stamped it and just cut it out by hand and glued it down.



I used two more of the striped strips as a border for my journaling, than glued the photo of my son on top. I also added the arrow die and tiny banner with text. 



Here is an over all view of how the album looks from the inside. Heather will have a video on how to put it all together, but I'll let you know it was pretty easy. I was a bit overwhelmed when I saw all the pieces, wondering what in the world I was to do with each thing, but it was super simple once Heather explained things. 




And one last photo of the whole album closed up with the elastic cord. Isn't that cute! I can see doing one of these for Christmas kind of like a Daily December album! So fun!


STAMPS:Traveler’s Journal: Adventure, Traveler’s Journal: Typed Notes, What The Doodle: Map,
DIES: What The Doodle: Map, Traveler’s Journal: Outer Cover, Monthly Moments: Mini Slide Frame, Scene It, Mountain View, Tag Sale: Quilted, Moments Inked: Planner Banner Dies, First Place Die Collection
INK: Blueberry Sky, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Stormy Sea,
PAPER: Classic Kraft, Soft Stone, Cocoa Bean, Ripe Avocado, Spring Rain,Stampers Select white, Traveler’s Journal paper, Traveler’s Journal Pages

OTHER: Traveler’s Journal Elastic Cord Black

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Here is a card I made to show you how you can incorporate these new products into your card making and paper crafts. 

I used the Cover Plate: Blue Skies and Cover Plate: Blue Skies Rays for my background. I used some of the beautiful new flowers and greenery from Some Like it Hot and Tropics, then added the Adventure die and the tiny plane from the new Traveler's Journal dies. The happy sentiment is from the Tropics set, and I layered it three times before gluing it to the flower. 





Now I am off to stop by all of the other designer's blogs to see what they've done with all of this! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a look at more of the amazing new products coming to  Papertrey Ink  on July 15th, at 10:00 EST!

For more amazing inspiration visit the rest of the Papertrey Ink Design team!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summertime Inspirations




Hello and welcome to the second group post for the July  Papertrey Ink  Release! The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on July 15th at 10:00 EST. 

I am head over hills in love with the new products we are showcasing today! I absolutely love tropical and beachy themed stuff! Flamingos have been a favorite of mine since I was very young. 

We're showing off two beautiful new summertime sets today: Some Like It Hot, by Nichole, which has the lovely flamingo and hibiscus in it, and Tropics, by Maile, with the gorgeous palm fronds and tropical leaves. 




My first card was created with stamps and dies from Some Like it Hot. I first watercolored a background on watercolor paper using Peerless watercolors. I ran a strip of paper down the side from the Woodblock Prints paper pack. This paper goes super with these tropical themed sets! I cut off about an inch of the watercolored piece, then mounted it over the patterned paper. I stamped the flamingo, flowers and leaves, cut them out with the matching dies, and added them to my card with foam tape. I added a few sequins for a little tropical sparkle!





I also added a few small white dots with some acrylic paint, and stamped the sentiment from the new Keep It Simple: Missing You sentiments.


STAMPS: Some Like It Hot, Keep It Simple: Missing You
DIES: Some Like it Hot
INK: Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avacodo
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Woodblock Prints paper pack

OTHER: Watercolor paper, sequins

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My next card uses lots of greenery from Maile's new Tropics set, along with the pineapple and a few flowers from Some Like it Hot. I also had to use another piece of paper from the Woodblock Prints paper pack. I cut the patterned paper off at a diagonal before glueing it down to my card base. I stamped all of the greenery and flowers, cut them out, then adhered some down flat with liquid glue, then popped the pineapple and some of the flowers up with foam tape.




I stamped the sentiment from Tropics in True Black ink then layered it three times and glued it down to the pineapple. I added some tiny green dots around the leaves with a green marker and then added a few sequins.

STAMPS: Tropics, Some Like it Hot
DIES: Tropics, Some Like it Hot
INK: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avacodo, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel
PAPER: Stampers Select white, Woodblock Prints paper pack
OTHER: Sequins

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a look at more of the amazing new products coming to  Papertrey Ink  on July 15th, at 10:00 EST!

For more amazing inspiration visit the rest of the Papertrey Ink Design team!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sweet Inspirations



Hello and welcome to the first group post for the July  Papertrey Ink  Release! The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on July 15th at 10:00 EST. 

We have some super sweet stuff to share with you today! Betsy has a new addition to her Tiny Town series that is absolutely adorable, and Erin has a new stamp set out called Colorful Treats with the cutest designs! We are also showcasing the new Cover Plate: Awning, which coordinates perfectly!




First up is my little Sweet Shoppe using Betsy's new Tiny Town: Sweet Shoppe Dies. Isn't that the cutest? I just love it! I had not seen a sample of this when I created mine, so it's a little bit different. Betsy cut hers out with the front door on the side of the house, so that the awning comes down across the front. I didn't realize this until I had already spent hours on my little shoppe, so I decided to leave it as is. I really like it this way, it just doesn't look as much like a candy shoppe :)





So here you can see how the awning comes down across the side of my shoppe instead of the front. That's okay though, you can see how this die can be used in other ways right? I love the way the roof comes with the extra dies to cut out the different colors. So fun!





The little trees are from the Petite Places: Pop Up Trees dies. I cut them out of Vintage Jadeite and I glued them right on the corner of the house, so they looked good from any angle. The leaves at the top of the house with the heart are also those same tree dies. I just clipped the trunks off and called them leaves. 





I used some Pale Peony striped paper to make a little awning of sorts across the front of the shoppe, and I used the same paper to create a cap along the top too. I am not using this as a gift box, just a little decoration, so there was no need to leave the top open.  The hearts and the white flower were die cut with the Paper Clippings: Done With Love Detail dies, and the kraft border along the top of the front was cut out with the Noted Scalloped A1 Dies.



DIES: Tiny Town: Basics, Tiny Town: Sweet Shoppe, Paper Clippings: Done In Love, Petite Places: Pop Up Trees, Noted: Scalloped A1 Dies
PAPER: Aqua Mist, Pale Peony, Stamper’s Select White, Pale Peony + White paper, Classic Kraft

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Next up is this sweet card I created with Erin's new Colorful Treats stamp set and dies. They were so much fun to color! Seriously I enjoyed coloring all of those little sprinkles!  It gave me an excuse to sit down and relax for awhile. 

I blended some Aqua Mist ink along the bottom of my card and stamped the sentiment with True Black. I cut the Cover Plate: Awning out of white card stock and layered that over my blended piece. I cut the little awning pieces out of Aqua Mist and Pale Peony patterned paper, and added those to the die with foam tape. All of the delectable sweets were colored with Copic markers, cut out with the matching dies, and adhered with foam tape. 




STAMPS: Colorful Treats
DIES: Colorful Treats, Cover Plate: Awning
INK: True Black, Aqua Mist
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Aqua Mist, Pale Peony, Pale Peony + White paper
OTHER: Sequins

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a look at more of the amazing new products coming to  Papertrey Ink  on July 15th, at 10:00 EST!

For more amazing inspiration visit the rest of the Papertrey Ink Design team!