Monday, June 30, 2014

Make It Market kit: Beautiful Brushstrokes...

Papertrey Ink has another card kit coming soon to you! This one is my FAVORITE so far. It's beyond gorgeous. Betsy has really outdone herself with these stamps, I especially love the fonts. If you follow current stationery trends, you'll see that the fonts are really fun and playful, yet elegant at the same time...almost calligraphy in style. And this kit is spot on with this trend. I love, love, love it, and hope to see more of this look with Papertrey Ink!! I made 6 cards with the kit. (Well, actually 7, but I can't decide if I like the last one or not. Maybe I'll post it later on.) Here we go...

On the first card, I used the watercolor paper in the kit to die cut the large flower and stamped it with Hibiscus Burst ink with the Pure Poppy lines over the top. I used a stamp from the kit in the background. To make the black leaves as a shadow to the other leaves, I placed strips of the washi tape in the kit over a piece of cardstock and then die cut the leaves with the leaf dies. The washi tape leaves are placed under the other leaves as a shadow effect.

The colored twine is in the kit also. It's variegated with oranges and pinks, and there's another one that is blues and purples!

Hello Framed card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Beautiful Brushstrokes
INK: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy,  Limeade Ice, True Black by PTI
Soft Stone by Hero Arts
PAPER: Watercolor paper in kit
Beautiful Brushstrokes
OTHER: Washi tape, twine and rainstones from the kit.

On the next card, I stamped the large Summer Sunrise colored rose directly onto the watercolor paper. Then I took a paintbrush and some water and painted the water over the top to create a smoother look to the flower. Using watercolor paper really allows the ink colors to blend! The leaves were dipped in Spring Moss ink and then the Ripe Avocado ink on the edges, then stamped. And I added a little bit of water over the top of those also to blend them in a bit! Do you love the look? Or is it too messy? What do you think?

To add a tiny bit more color to the flower, I used the watercolors (add-on to the kit) to paint a bit of hot pink over the flower. I added water to blend it and dabbed with my paper towel whenever I had too much paint. The label was also die cut from watercolor paper and painted with a blue paint from the watercolor paint palette. When dry, I stamped the frame and the "thanks".

Thanks watercolor card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Beautiful Brushstrokes
INK: Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, True Black by PTI
Soft Granite by Hero Arts
PAPER: Watercolor paper in kit
Beautiful Brushstrokes
OTHER: rainstones in kit and watercolor paints- add-on kit.

This one has a little bit of a doodly feel with the black highlights on the flowers. As you can see, you can go more bold with these stamps too. I used the washi tape in the corners of this card.

Happy For You card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Beautiful Brushstrokes
INK: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Melon Berry, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, True Black
PAPER: Vintage Cream
Beautiful Brushstrokes
OTHER: Washi tape in kit.

On the card below, I stamped and heat embossed the saying in the center with white embossing powder, then painted over the top with watercolors (pinks and oranges).

When dry, the flowers and leaves where stamped with Papertrey Ink stamping inks, and I used water and a brush to blend it.

Hello floral card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Beautiful Brushstrokes
INK: Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Tropical Teal, True Black
PAPER: Watercolor paper in kit
Beautiful Brushstrokes
OTHER: Rainstones in kit, watercolor paints - add-on kit, embossing powder - craft supply, water.

This is a paper from the Beautiful Brushstrokes paper pad. All I did was stamp "thanks" and add some hemp to the top. The hard work is already done for you with this pretty paper.

With the hemp, I did use a flat iron on it to get the creases out of it and make it a bit more pliable. You can curl the hemp too with the curling iron!

Thanks card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Beautiful Brushstrokes
INK: True Black
PAPER: Beautiful Brushstrokes Patterned Paper
Beautiful Brushstrokes dies
OTHER: rainstones and hemp in kit.

This last one utilizes the patterned paper from the kit (left) and the die cuts and stamps. Thanks for stopping by! Which one is your favorite?

Delight in This Day card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Beautiful Brushstrokes
INK: Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Tropical Teal, True Black by PTI
Soft Stone by Hero Arts
PAPER: watercolor paper in kit, Beautiful Brushstrokes Patterned Paper, white cardstock
Beautiful Brushstrokes
OTHER: Rainstones in kit.

More kit info:

The NEW! Beautiful Brushstrokes Kit designed by Betsy Veldman exclusively for Papertrey Ink is full of specialty items that will instantly give you a boutique feel as soon as you open your box!  Watercoloring is a major trend right now and the new kit offers you SO many ways to experiment with this medium!  Whether you want to go for something quick and just stamp your designs or bring out your artistic side and try some fun watercolor techniques with outline images, this kit has everything you need!  From high quality watercolor papers to adhesive backed canvas, there is so much fun in store for you here!  And I can't neglect to mention the GORGEOUS embellishments Betsy has selected to go along with the "watercolor" theme!

  • Beautiful Brushstrokes stamp set
  • Beautiful Brushstrokes Additions stamp set
  • Beautiful Brushstrokes Sentiments stamp set
  • Beautiful Brushstrokes Additions/Sentiments stamp label
  • Beautiful Brushstrokes die collection
  • Beautiful Brushstrokes linen patterned paper pad (4-1/4" x 5-1/2", 24 sheets)
  • 10- Fabriana Artistico Soft Press Extra White Watercolor Sheets (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")
  • 4- Sticky Back Canvas sheets (6" x 6")
  • Pastel Variegated Twine (6-1/2 yards, 20lb. hemp)
  • Taffy Variegated Twine (6-1/2 yards, 20lb. hemp)
  • 3mm + 5mm Clear Rainstones Mix in test tube w/ cork (approx. 250-300 pieces)
  • Black & White Swiss Dot Washi Tape (12 yards)
The total retail cost of this kit is $90. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available so be sure to get yours tomorrow! The Beautiful Brushstrokes Kit will be available for sale beginning on July 1st at 10pm EST, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Make It Monday: Vellum Overlays.

If you know me, you'll know how much I love the soft look of vellum and layering! So today's Make It Monday video at Papertrey Ink is all about Vellum Overlays. I love cards I see in the stores that have vellum overlays, they look so professional and elegant. I'll show you how to make this card, and a few other samples that I've done recently with different ways to use vellum as an overlay!

You can create a vellum panel like I did here on just a portion of your card, you can do a vellum panel that covers your whole card like these. Or you can use vellum to create an overlaid sentiment like this or overlaid on die cuts like this. So many ways to use it as an overlay! Hope you can play along this week! You can watch the video and enter the contest at Nichole Heady's blog. I've also create a VELLUM Pinterest board if you need more ideas.

AND...I would love to know if there is anything you want to see in a Make It Monday video? Always curious to know what you are looking to learn from me! :) Thanks, sweet friends! So glad you stopped by. Always love to hear from you!

Thanks card:
(All supplies by unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Thank You Kindly, Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2
INK: Melon Berry, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse by PTI
Versamark - craft supply
PAPER: White, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice cardstock
Simply Chartreuse Bitty Dot Pattern Pack
Vellum - Michaels Stores
DIES: Rosie Posie, Delicate Details
OTHER: Twine by The Twinery, white embossing powder - craft supply, washi tape - unknown.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Release day: June...

Tonight at 10 pm EST, all of the new June products will be available at Papertrey Ink! Here are a few new things coming out this month. First is Friendly Flowers. This was my favorite! The fonts are simply gorgeous.

Washi tape is used on the top and bottom to add a little boldness to the soft, pretty flowers. The big swirl is from the Mini Blooms stamp set, along with a couple of the smaller flowers.

Just Because card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Friendly Flowers, Mini Blooms
INK: True Black, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss by PTI, Soft Granite by Hero Arts
PAPER: white cardstock
DIES: Friendly Flowers
OTHER: washi tape.

This is the new Topiary Trio stamp set and dies. Look at the dimension those dies create! 

Just a Note card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Topiary Trio
INK: Dark Chocolate
PAPER: Classic Kraft, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate Pattern Pack
DIES: Topiary Trio, Wrought Iron Impression Plate
OTHER: machine stitching.

When looking for inspiration for Cat's Meow, I came across this card and loved the little flowers and grass at the bottom, so I recreated that look.

Have a Purrfect Day card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Cat's Meow, Mini Blooms
INK: Lavender Moon, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Winter Wisteria
PAPER: Lavender Moon, white, Harvest Gold, vellum
DIES: Cat's Meow, Edger's #2
OTHER: seam binding, white embossing powder.

This is the new Phrase Play #5 die and stamps. I embossed the Phrase Play die, then colored the word in with a gray marker to match the woodgrain stamping that I did on the die. A few die cut flowers are added over the top.

Happy Day card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Background Basics: Woodgrain, Mini Blooms, Phrase Play #5
INK: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, New Leaf by PTI, Soft Granite by Hero Arts
PAPER: Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream
DIES: Phrase Play #5, Mini Blooms
OTHER: pearl by Melissa Frances.

Last is the awesome new die set called Block Talk with Birthday Classics: July stamps. A quick, simple one that's easy to create! I think I'll give this one to my nephew.

Celebrate July card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Birthday Classics: July
INK: Enchanted Evening, Aqua Mist
PAPER: Aqua Mist, white, Pure Poppy
DIES: Block Talk, Cover Plate: Horizontal
OTHER: none.

Visit the rest of the PTI team to see more with these new products! Everything will be available at Papertrey Ink on 6/15 at 10pm EST. Thanks for swinging by!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Introducting Bowl of Sunshine...

Today we are previewing a new stamp set coming out at Papertrey Ink in a few days called Bowl of Sunshine, along with the new Berry Basket II die. I wanted to do something different with the Berry Basket II. Instead of a real "basket" with it, I created a pocket for a set of cards. Do you like to give card sets as gifts? They're wrapped up with a set of envies behind and tucked in a cellophane bag.

First, here is how I made the basket pocket. I die cut just ONE of the basket pieces in Aqua Mist cardstock. Then I scored on the lines and folded in the side tab and folded the bottom piece up. I adhered the 2 sides of the basket to the back. Voila! A pocket!

The cards are slightly smaller than an A2 size to fit in the pocket. I trimmed them to a finished size of 3.5" x 5". Then stamped them (one card with each different fruit) with the Bowl of Sunshine stamps. When the stamping was finished, they are dry embossed using the Herringbone Impression Plate.

One of the bowls was die cut with the Bowl of Sunshine dies, then I used it as a mask to stamp the shading under the bowl with the oval stamp in the set.

When I looked up "berry basket" online, I saw lots of cute baskets with red plaid fabric hanging over the edge, so I achieved a similar look with a piece of Pure Poppy patterned paper by Papertrey Ink, just folded and adhered to the top edge of the basket.
When all of the cards were done, I inserted them into the basket, put the basket inside a cellophane bag, and added 4 envelopes behind the pocket in the bag. Twine and a die cut word finishes off the gift on the outside! The word "enjoy" is cut with the new Wet Paint Cuts dies.

That's it! This is a quick 'n easy gift card set to make when you need a gift in a pinch.

Berry Basket Pocket with Card Set:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Bowl of Sunshine
INK: Pure Poppy, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, True Black
PAPER: white, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy Pattern Pack, Harvest Gold Pattern Pack
DIES: Bowl of Sunshine, Wet Paint Cuts, Berry Basket II
OTHER: Pure Poppy twine, A2 envelopes, cellophane bag.

Visit the rest of the PTI team to see more with these new products! Everything will be available at Papertrey Ink on 6/15 at 10pm EST. Thanks for swinging by!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Introducing Ombre Builders...

I am happy to introduce a new stamp set to you called Ombre Builders! You're gonna LOVE this one! So much you can do with it...whether it's an ombre look you want to create or just use the borders individually, this is one very versatile set to add to your stash! My first one is stamped in the "ombre" style with different colors of ink. Love how they overlap and create another color in between!
Sentiment is from a new stamp set called Thank You Kindly.
Sending Sincere Thanks card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Ombre Builders, Thank You Kindly
INK: Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, True Black inks
PAPER: white, Soft Stone
DIES: none
OTHER: none.

Here I used the triangles just stamped once with a sentiment from Keep It Simple: Wedding and the string is stamped with No Strings Attached, both new sets coming out this month! The string is heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I used the Be Happy dies to cut the little flowers and leaves.
Really simple, yet elegant and trendy for a wedding...
 Happy Wedding Day card:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Ombre Builders, Keep It Simple: Wedding, No Strings Attached
INK: True Black by PTI, Soft Granite by Hero Arts, Versamark
PAPER: Vintage Cream, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow Pattern Pack
DIES: Be Happy dies
OTHER:  felt, pearl.

Visit the rest of the PTI team to see more with Ombre Builders. Everything will be available at Papertrey Ink on 6/15 at 10pm EST. Thanks for swinging by!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Monthly Moments: June...

Papertrey Ink's Monthly Moments team is up today to share with you the FAB new products coming out this month! The June journaling cards are to die for, the colors are so fun. I hope you'll agree! I couldn't help but make another mini album, it just came together so effortlessly with these great things to work with.
The base of the album is made from the new Monthly Moments: June Journal Cards. On the front cover, I used the new Monthly Moments: June stamps and dies ("snapshots", the arrow, "lazy days" are all stamped).

On the first page, I couldn't help sharing this picture I took yesterday on my birthday at sunset. This photo captured so many things I love...being outdoors, sunshine, the sunset, the color red, flowers on my deck, summer. And behind the photo - one of my favorite papers EVER! That stripe!

Next, in my album I wanted to add some of our SUMMER bucket list items. We have a lot of them, so I made 2 pages with the new Journal Card 2 and Journal Card 3 dies!  I might actually add a couple more pages to this for more bucket list items.
Isn't it cute how you can check them off when completing them? (Page 2 of our summer bucket list.)

To dress up the ends of these die cut journal cards, I used the new Monthly Moments: Tabbed stamps and dies ("love this" and "makes me happy" tabs).

Next is a larger page with one of the 4x6" Journal Cards. Another use of the Monthly Moments: Tabbed stamp set to draw your eye to the cute photo of my Kati and her new friend Cassidy. Of course I had to document pool days. We'll be spending lots of days at the pool this summer.
(Tab up close.) Kati met a new friend at the end of the school year. She rode her bus, and we just found out she lives right around the corner and is also going into 4th grade!
Next, I added some photos of our recent trip to Grand Lake, CO last week. See the little striped end on my photo? This was cut with a new die called Journal Card Borders. (There are 4 different borders in this set.)

Under these 3 photos is the journaling that goes with it. I attached two small cards together to make it longer.

My in-laws were here visiting for the last 3 weeks from NY. We have been doing mini outings and took the 4-day trip to Grand Lake together. They just left yesterday. When we came back from the mountains, we took the girls to the Wildlife Museum to see the 3D movie The Arctic at the IMAX and out to lunch for the last day.

Last is just a fun page made with the Monthly Moments: Tabbed stamps. You could journal on the back if you wish.

I've taken over 900 pics this month. I wish I could put them ALL in my album! I'm sure I'll add more as the month goes on, or choose some more from our Grand Lake trip to add. We saw a gorgeous waterfall and went to the Rocky Mountains to see the tops of the mountains. Did you know it's considered tundra up there? Anyway...hope you enjoyed these ideas with the Monthly Moments: June products. You can grab them at on June 15th at 10pm EST. 

Want to see more projects with the Monthly Moments: May items? Visit: Ashley Cannon NewellHeather NicholsMelissa Phillips, and Nichole Heady.

June mini album:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Monthly Moments: June, Monthly Moments: Tabbed
INK: Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Spring Rain by PTI, Soft Granite by Hero Arts
PAPER:  Monthly Moments: June Journal Cards, white and Aqua Mist cardstock
DIES: Monthly Moments: June die, Monthly Moments: Tabbed dies, Journal Card 2 die, Journal Card 3 die
OTHER: Graphite mist by Tattered Angels, brads and buttons - On Trend by Crate Paper, clothespins - Pebbles, pearl - Melissa Frances.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

more Monthly Moments: May...

I have another quick project using the Monthly Moments: May Journal Card Collection and stamps from Papertrey Ink. I wanted to do something unexpected with these products, as usual, ha. I always love to try and think outside the box...I hope that's ok with you all! :)  I loved the patterns in the Journal Cards and wanted to use up some of those patterns, so I created a layout by punching circles out of the Journal Cards. You could use the Journal Card papers to die cut shapes too, if you don't want to always use them as rectangle pieces. By cutting them into shapes, you can utilize these cute patterns on cards as well! Use them however you want - cut them, leave them plain, stitch on them...whatever your heart desires.

Also, I used the stamps in an unusual way, I guess you could say. I love the look of "text" these days, so I used the Monthly Moment stamps ("happy day") on a punched circle to add that text feel to my page. A Circle Scribbles die cut is machine stitched over the top.

To keep the layout cohesive, I used all punched circles the same size for the background, but added different things to each one of them. Keeping the color palette similar throughout ties it all together (which was drawn from the Journal Card paper collection). On the "Take Note" circle, I trimmed the saying from a Journal Card and punched a smaller circle from another Journal Card. A piece of resin and wooden heart finishes it off, and I love the layers!

My older daughter just graduated from 8th grade, and I wanted to document some of my feelings with this page. She's off to high school next year!

Memories Captured scrapbook layout:
(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)
STAMPS: Monthly Moments: May
INK: True Black
PAPER:  Monthly Moments: Journal Card Paper Collection, white and Vintage Cream cardstock, Monthly Moments: June free download (memories captured)
DIES: Circle Scribbles die, Clip Tips
OTHER: burlap by PTI, wood veneer by Elle's Studio, resin frame and pearl by Melissa Frances, floral pin - craft supply, washi tape - unknown, Black Velvet Color Shine by Heidi Swapp.

You can find the Monthly Moments products for May at Papertrey Ink on the front page. Want to see more? Visit:  Ashley Cannon NewellHeather Nichols, and Melissa Phillips.