Thursday, September 15, 2016

Papertrey Ink Release In Review



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

Are you excited about all of the beautiful new products coming out tonight! When I saw the preview for the new things this month, I was blown away! This has got to be one of the best Christmas releases ever! I love everything this month! 

I have a few more cards to share with you. I usually have quite a bit more than this for my Release in Review post, but this month I must have managed to squeeze most everything into my earlier post. 



That clever Lizzie! She has done it again with such a fun new stamp set called Gifts of The Season. This is such a unique set. It stamps in two parts, so you can have your presents multicolored! I just love that! I went with traditional Christmas colors on this one using Pure Poppy and New Leaf. I used the new Holiday Swoosh set by Maile for the sentiment. I layered it across the bottom present and then just stamped the Christmas below. I added a strip of Pure Poppy striped paper to the bottom.


I added the two little candy canes from Christmas Critters and a few clear sequins.

STAMPS: Gifts of The Season, Holiday Swoosh, Christmas Critters
DIES: Gifts of The Season, Holiday Swoosh, Christmas Critters
INK: Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Pinefeather
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Pure Poppy + White patterned paper
OTHER: sequins

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This card features the new Ombre Sentiments: Christmas set along with Winter Village and Holiday Greens Borders and Keep It Simple: Happy Holidays. I blended a tiny bit of Aqua Mist ink to create a little hill for my horse and sleigh. I glued the trees in the background and then popped up the sleigh with some foam tape. 


Both the Ombre sentiment and the Happy Holidays were stamped in scarlet Jewel. The Happy Holidays sentiment was stamped on the banner from Tag Sale: Quilted. The panel was cut out with the Noted: Scalloped A2 rectangle die.


STAMPS: Keep it Simple: Happy Holidays, Ombre Sentiments: Christmas, Winter village, Holiday Greens Borders, Holiday Greens
DIES: Winter Village, Holiday Greens, Tag Sale: Quilted, Noted: Scalloped A2
INK: Olive Twist, Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores
PAPER: Stampers Select White
OTHER: Sequins


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And my last card features the new Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments by Erin. I love these! They are so fun! I paired them up with Dawn's Holiday Greens for a very festive card indeed! I layered a strip of Pure Poppy striped paper across my card base then just glued all of the greenery, holly and berries down flat. I then added the sentiment with foam tape. A few little red sequins were added to finish it up!



STAMPS: Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments, Holiday Greens
DIES: Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments, Holiday Greens
INK: Pure Poppy, Pinefeather, New Leaf, Cocoa Bean, Olive Twist
PAPER: Stampers Select White
OTHER: Red sequins

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the fun and exciting new things! 
All of the new products will be available at   Papertrey Ink  on tonight, at 10:00 EST!

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

Melissa Phillips


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trimming The Tree





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


Today's post is all about my favorite Christmas activity, decorating the tree! I love Christmas ornaments and make them all year long. I have ever since I was a kid! I had my own Christmas tree in my room when I was young because I had made so many ornaments they wouldn't fit on the tree in the living room! 

So today we are showcasing a beautiful new set called Vintage Ornaments II by Dawn, What The Doodle: Ornament by Betsy and the fabulous new Christmas stitching dies by Erin! So much fun-ness!




My first card uses Dawn's Vintage Ornaments II. There are outline stamps as well as solid images, so if you don't like to color you can still stamp the parts in different colors. I chose to use just the outline images and watercolor them. First off I stamped the pine from Holiday Greens Borders along the top with Pinefeather and New Leaf. I then just wet my brush and went over it lightly to blend the colors and give it a watercolored look. I also splattered some Pinefeather over it when it was dry. I stamped the ornaments in permanent black ink and watercolored them with Peerless watercolors. I cut them out with the matching dies and added them with foam tape. I drew the strings in with a black pen.



I added a few sequins and stamped the sentiment in True Black.

STAMPS: Vintage Ornaments II, Holiday Greens Borders
DIES: Vintage Ornaments II
INK: True Black, Pinefeather, New Leaf
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White
OTHER: Watercolor paper, Peerless watercolors

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My next card features Betsy's new addition to the What The Doodle series. And what a beautiful one this is! I just love that ornament and the swirly little greenery is pretty cute too! I blended some Distress ink onto watercolor paper for my background and splattered with clear water and then some of the same ink watered down. I colored the ornament and greenery with Copic markers, cut them out with the matching dies, and adhered them with foam tape. I stamped that pretty little sentiment at the bottom with True Black ink.





I added a little bow with some gold string to the ornament and a few clear sequins.

STAMPS: What The Doodle; Ornament
DIES: What The Doodle: Ornament
INK: True Black
PAPER: Stamper’s Select white
OTHER: Watercolor paper, Distress ink, Copic markers

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There is a smaller ornament along with the large one in the What The Doodle: Ornament set and I really wanted to use it too. I thought it went perfectly with Maile's new Splits: Merry & Bright! I used some paper from the Christmas Plaid paper pack, and the die from Noted: Scalloped Square, to create the scalloped piece at the top. The stars are from the Star Scribbles set, and I embossed them with gold embossing powder. 






STAMPS: Splits: Merry & Bright, What The Doodle: Ornament, Star Scribbles
DIES: Merry & Bright, What The Doodle: Ornament, Star Scribbles, Noted: Scalloped Square
INK: Tropical Teal, True Black
PAPER: Stampers Select white, Holiday Plaid Paper pack

OTHER: Gold embossing powder, sequins

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And now I have this sweet little ornament I made with Erin's new Stitched Ornaments: Topped Die. I love these things! I saw something similar on Pinterest a while back and tried to replicate it myself and failed miserably, so I was so excited to see the dies for this! Now I can make them and not fail! haha! 


I used two strands of white DMC floss for all of the stitching. I did a blanket stitch around the edges of the ornament, but used just a back or straight stitch for the leaves and hearts.




I first sewed the leaves and hearts onto all of the pieces, then I took a pink and a blue side and stitched those together twice. I then took those two pieces and sewed around the whole thing, stuffing it as I got near the end. 



This was really fun to make and I can't wait to use all the other new Christmas dies! 


DIES: Stitched Ornaments: Topped, Sweet Dreams Pajama Patches
FELT: Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, White

OTHER: DMC Floss

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 Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a few more Christmasy things to share!

All of the new products will be available at   Papertrey Ink  on September 15th, at 10:00 EST!

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

Melissa Phillips

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Classic Holiday Inspirations





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

Today is all about nostalgia and reminiscing of Christmas's past. We have a beautiful new stamp set from Betsy called Winter Village, that looks just like the beautiful winter images you see on the old Vintage Christmas cards. It is so pretty! And we also have an adorable new set from Nichole called Christmas Critters, that brings back such fond memories of being read The Night before Christmas by my parents and grandparents.

I have a couple of old photos to share with you :) 



Wow! That was a long time ago people! :) The one on the left, is my Dad holding me and my two brothers. This was taken on Christmas eve. We were getting all ready for Santa :) 
The picture on the right is my Grandfather holding me, and reading to me and my two brothers The Night Before Christmas. Believe it or not, I still have this very same book and have read it to my Children every Christmas. Well maybe not the last couple, because they're teens now, and for some reason, think it's weird for me to read to them?? Anyway, I love Christmas time. It's my favorite time of year, and I have wonderful memories of Christmas growing up. 





Oh doesn't that make you love wintertime? Beautiful white snow and a cozy fire in the warm house! Looking forward to that while I sit here and make Christmas cards in the 90 degree heat and humidity! haha! A girl can dream can't she? Seriously this is a gorgeous set! There are two little houses and a sweet church, along with little trees, fences, and everything you need to create beautiful winter cards! The sentiments are lovely too! I cut out a mask with just some copy paper and sponged over that to create a white hill for my scene. I stamped the bare trees right on the card, then everything else I stamped, die cut, and adhered with foam tape. 



I have big plans for this set! It's one I will want to spend a week or two with to really get to know! 

STAMPS: Winter Village
DIES: Winter Village
INK: Scarlet Jewel, Olive Twist, Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Spring Rain
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White

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Look at that little mouse! Isn't that the cutest? I just love his little scarf! I decided I needed to make a tag with this cute set. I used the Tag Sale: Quilted die and I also used the frame from the Don't Forget to Write Make it Market kit. It's perfect for Christmas projects, because it's got those nifty stripes like candy canes! :) I stamped the little mouse in Stormy Sea and used Pure Poppy for the reds. I decided to go with the traditional bright red and green for this one. I blended some Aqua Mist onto the background before adhering the frame. 




The mouse and present were adhered with foam tape, the candy canes and holly leaves I glued flat down to the frame. I added some Baker's twine at the top.


STAMPS: Christmas Critters, Christmas Critters Sentiments, Don’t Forget To Write
DIES: Christmas Critters, Don’t Forget To Write, Tag Sale: Quilted
INK: Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Stormy Sea, Aqua Mist, Pale Peony, 
PAPER: Stamper’s Select white
OTHER: Baker’s Twine

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 Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with more Christmas cheer!

All of the new products will be available at   Papertrey Ink  on September 15th, at 10:00 EST!

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




Monday, September 12, 2016

Christmas Faith



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

Today we have some amazingly beautiful new products to share with you! We have a beautiful set called Christmas Faith by Heather, A stunning sentiment set by Dawn called A Thrill of Hope, the latest in the Inspired series by Betsy called Inspired: Jesus, and  Shine, a fun and unique new set from Nichole! We also have a brand new color coming out this month called Olive Twist! I love it! It's a beautiful olive green and it's gorgeous paired with Scarlet Jewel! That's what I used for all of my cards today!






Dawn is absolutely amazing at putting fonts together in a most fabulous way! When I saw this new set, it was love at first sight! I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment in two shades, Olive Twist and Scarlet Jewel. The beautiful border across the top is from the Holiday Greens Border set. The berries and pine at the bottom corner are from the Holiday Greens set. Everything on this card is stamped in only two colors, Olive Twist and Scarlet Jewel. I just love these two colors together! 



For the pine border across the top, I stamped the border once, then without re-inking my stamp, moved it just a little lower and stamped again. I love the way it gives it a more fuller look.  After I finished stamping, I cut my panel out with the Noted: Scalloped A2 rectangle die and mounted that onto a card base with fun foam.

STAMPS: A Thrill Of Hope, Holiday Greens, Holiday Greens Borders
DIES: Holiday Greens Borders, Holiday Greens, Noted: Scalloped A2
INK: Olive Twist, Scarlet Jewel
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White
OTHER: Clear Sequins

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I just love the way this card turned out! I stamped some of the pine from Holiday Greens onto my white background. I stamped some without reinking like I did in the card above to give the lighter shade. The sentiment is layered four times. The top layer I blended some Scarlet Jewel ink onto. I glued this flat over the stamped pine. I added the sentiment stamped onto the banner from Tag Sale #10, then tucked the pinecones and berries under the edge. The pinecones are the only thing that  I used foam tape with. 




I added a few clear sequins to finish it up!

STAMPS: Inspired: Jesus, Holiday Greens
DIES: Inspired: Jesus, Holiday Greens, Tag Sale #10
INK: Olive Twist, Scarlet Jewel, Cocoa Bean, True Black
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White

OTHER: Clear Sequins

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Okay this was a really fun card to make! I love doing these kinds! Betsy did a Make it Monday video a while back using this technique of stamping around like this and I loved it! I made several after seeing her video, and have been wanting to do more since. When I saw this new kit from Heather, I immediately thought how perfect it would be for this technique!  I started by stamping two of the sun rays from the Shine stamp set. I stamped one above and one below. This kept me from having to draw any pencil lines. I was able to use this as my grid for stamping all of the other little details. I did this all by eye too! No MISTI here people! And it was actually really easy, not to mention way too fun! I used the same colors Olive Twist and Scarlet Jewel as my other cards, but added some Simply Chartreuse and Cocoa Bean too. 





I stamped the sentiment onto the banner from Tag Sale #10 and adhered that with foam tape. I added a strip of paper along the bottom from the Americana + white paper collection. 

STAMPS: Shine, Christmas Faith
DIES: Tag Sale #10
INK: Olive Twist, Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate, Saffron Spice, Simply Chartreuse
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, American + White Patterned Paper

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the new products in use today! They will all be available at   Papertrey Ink  on September 15th, at 10:00 EST!

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


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Introducing Dress Up Dolls: Elves & Elf Sentiments




Hello and welcome to the first post for the September  Papertrey Ink  Release! September is the Christmas release and I could not be more excited about all of the beautiful new things! The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on September 15th at 10:00 EST. 


Today I have the honor of introducing the newest addition to Betsy's Dress Up Dolls, Elves! They are so cute in their little holiday outfits! Betsy has also designed a sentiment set to go along with them called Elf Sentiments, that has a cute candy cane frame included as well.  



I thought these little guys would make cute tags, so I created one with a boy elf and one with the girl elf. I used the frame from the Elf Sentiments set to create the main tag body. I glued that to the tag from Tag Sale #10.  I cut a small circle out of red polka dot paper to help the sentiment stand out a bit. Everything was colored with Copic markers and added with foam tape.



I threaded some gingham ribbon through the top and tied a piece of Baker's twine around that.

STAMPS: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Elves, Elf Sentiments
DIES: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Elves, 
INK: True black, New Leaf
PAPER: Stampers Select White, New Leaf, Pure Poppy + White patterned paper, 
OTHER: gingham ribbon, baker’s twine

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And here is my little girl version, created in the same way as the boy one, but I colored her outfit red and added a green polka dot circle background for the sentiment.




STAMPS: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Elves, Elf Sentiments
DIES: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Elves, Tag Sale #10, Noted: Scalloped Square
INK: True black, Pure Poppy
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Pure Poppy, Green Parakeet + White patterned paper
OTHER: gingham ribbon, baker’s twine

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And then I had to have a project that featured these two little cuties together as a pair, so I created a fun card!  The Petite Places patterned paper pack has always been one of my favorites, so that was the first thing to come to mind when I was deciding on a background for these two. They look so festive in the snow! :)


Again, everything was colored with Copic markers, cut out with the matching dies, and adhered with foam tape.

STAMPS: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Elves, Elf Sentiments
DIES: Dress Up Dolls: Basics, Dress Up Dolls: Elves, Tag Sale #10, Noted: Scalloped Square
INK: True black
PAPER:  Stampers Select White,  Petite Places Patterned Paper

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll have more to share with you on the 12th when we begin our group post! 

Kay :)



Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Papertrey Ink Blog



Hello everyone! I'm excited to be playing along with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop this month! I haven't done this in a while and wanted to give it a shot! The inspiration photo is really pretty, but was a challenge for me. It is definitely not my go to colors, and I couldn't figure out how to use it for my design, but I finally decided to go with the colors. I am very pleasantly surprised and pleased with what I did! I actually love this color combination now! 

Oh and my Mom wanted to play along too! She's never done the blog hop before, or any other challenge for that matter, but she was intrigued, and I talked her into making a card. She does beautiful work, but doesn't have a blog, so she's posting it on her Pinterest board, and I'm posting it here on my blog for her too. If you want to take a look at her cards you can find them HERE. If they look kind of familiar to you, it's because she loves to CASE my cards and the PTI design teams too. 

This is the inspiration photo:



And here is what I did with it.


I went with the pinks, grey and a touch of Navy ( or Blueberry Sky). I tried to incorporate a bit of the tan color, but it just didn't work. I blended a little bit of Pale Peony for the background and then just layered all of the stamped, die cut images with foam tape.



STAMPS: Winter Woods, Stylized Autumn, Graceful Greetings, Don't Forget To Write, Forget Me Not
DIES: Winter Woods, Stylized Autumn, Graceful Greetings, Don't Forget To Write, Forget Me Not
INK: Blueberry Sky, True Black, Spring Rain, Pale Peony, Stormy Sea, Soft Stone, Berry Sorbet
PAPER: Stamper's Select White

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And here is what my Mom did!


She CASEd the card I did with the Lucky Break stamp set and die for the release, but changed her colors to match the inspiration photo. I think her colors actually are closer to the inspiration photo than mine. 



She did a good job didn't she? She's awesome!! :)

STAMPS: Lucky Break, Stylized Autumn, Paper Clippings: Thankful For You, Tinsel & Tags
DIES: Lucky Break, Stylized Autumn, Paper Clippings: Thankful For You, Tinsel & Tags
PAPER: Watercolor paper, Natural Card stock
INK: No idea :) She has all of my old ones from years and years of stamping.

Well that's all from us today! Can't wait to hop around and see what everyone else has done! 
Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the blog hop!

Kay :)