We've been busy around here...with some very important things like baking Peanut Blossoms, oh yum, searching for blooming Indian Paintbrush, working on the clubhouse, and this weekend, having a sleep over with cousins and waiting for Grandpa and Grandma to come for a visit.
A Little Hello for you using Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye, and American Crafts. So many fun new CHA items finding their way into my stash :).
Each morning I am used to seeing this hungry herd munching just off my back porch. I have always loved my view, but love it even more when the mustangs come for a visit. Sierra used to call them Mustaches when she was tiny. You can't see them, but in this photo there is a set of matching blond colts hiding in the mix as well, with darling stars on their foreheads...we love it here in our wild west.
And, if you're up to it this weekend and next, there's a fun new color challenge at Festive Friday involving a few of my favorite colors. Here is the card I created for the blog. I have to admit that I love using my Christmas and holiday themed stamps all-year round. This card uses Papertrey Ink's Gingerbread Lane, Winter Swirls, and Peaceful Pinecones stamp sets. The Raspberry Truffle scrunched seam binding is from My Craft Spot.
Hello! Did you think I might never make it back here to my beloved, little blog? I unplugged and had some together time with my little one and her grandma and grandpa for a few days. I needed this time as much as she did. We are back and refreshed. We spent time outside enjoying the blossoms on the trees, the tulips and daffodils, the fresh air, mini golfing, go-karting, catching a movie, eating pancakes for lunch, sleeping in, staying up late, and taking a little time off to be together.
A few trinket pins and glittered eggs create a perfect little nest to enjoy.
Now, here's how to put your own felt nests together.
Step 1: Cut 2 strips from Classic Kraft felt using the Rick Rack Border die and one strip of burlap the same width and length.
Step 2: Braid the 2 rick rack border strips and the strip of burlap together in a loose braid.
Step 3: Beginning in the center, adhere the braided strips of felt and burlap to a circular base, which is Classic Kraft felt cut using the Love Lives Here die. Wind and twist the braided strips moving from the inside of the circle, out.
Step 4: Adhere the ends of the braided strips to the underside of the base. Your burlap will have come undone a bit with pieces poking up and out of the weave, but that's just the effect you're looking for in your nest.
Step 5: Cut 4 small triangles from the burlap. They don't need to be nice and even or perfect. The more random, the better.
Step 6: Adhere the 4 burlap triangles around the outside of the nest.
Step 7: Fill your nest with eggs, candy, beads, even buttons. I chose to use small, speckled, plastic eggs purchased HERE. I wanted them to stand out from the nest, so I used my Copic Markers to transform them. I used BG32 Aqua Mint on these particular eggs, but used RV11 Pink, and G12 Sea Green on the eggs shown in the other projects. I coated each egg with a bit of Martha Stewart fine glitter after and adhered them inside the nest.
Step 8: Cut 2 leaves from Simply Chartreuse felt using the Delightful Dahlias die. Add hand stitching if you want to bring in more color and a cozy, homespun feel. Adhere the leaves to the underside of the nest.
That's it...hope you'll give these a try! I'd love to see how your handmade nests turn out.
I love adding texture and touchable elements to the things I create. I love the warmth and life they add. I have created a few things for the Darkroom Door blog using the most beautiful stamps from the Lace Rubber Stamp Set.
I love how detailed the images are and how they have the ability to bring in that texture and dimension I enjoy incorporating.
I used Darkroom Door's Art De Fleur Montage images as the focal points to my tags and distressed both with sandpaper and ink and then layered them onto a scrap of burlap.
This card uses the Lace Rubber stamp set across the front and each image has been embossed with Zing Blush embossing powder which gives added texture and depth. The sentiment, also from the Lace set, was stamped directly onto a Love Letters Photochip and embossed with silver embossing powder.
The layered flower was stamped with the French Script Background Stamp and distressed with ink to age it a bit. Both of these sets compliment each other so beautifully.
Lovely Vanilla Bean scrunched seam binding was used on both the tags and the card and can be found at Craft Spot.
Spring is here! We spent plenty of time outside this weekend, weeding, planting, watering, flying a kite, playing catch, riding bikes, preparing for spring, and smoking ribs...my husband's favorite warm-weather pastime. My favorite memory of the weekend would have to be enjoying the process of my little girl building a clubhouse in the cedar trees and sage brush...it went on for days, isn't near completion, she has her own set of keys for the imaginary front door, and I keep finding things missing that she's hauled off to make her house a home.
I'm just about ready to head outside this morning, but wanted to share a few Easter Treat Bags I made for a special customer and friend. They consists of a glassine bag wrapped with a doily and embellished with a vintage image, pom pom trim, suede flower and leaves, scrunched seam binding, crepe paper garland, Freckled Fawn washi tape, and a stamped, tea-stained tag.
I was asked recently about how I age my buttons, so I thought I'd answer here. I love using authentic, vintage buttons, but when I run out, I've found an alternative. Below I've used cream and white buttons and sprayed them with Tattered Angels Sand Glimmer Mist and Studio Calico Mister Huey Manila color mist. I dabbed them lightly with a paper towel to soak up a bit of the excess spray, but not all, and then just let them dry. This works best on buttons that have detail, indentations, and that aren't completely flat on top. This was so fun and easy. I'm trying this technique on pink and aqua buttons next...can't stop now.
My hens are back to laying eggs on a regular schedule now, another sign that spring is here, happy hens! And, they lay eggs in my favorite colors too.
This week will consist of, preparing taxes, working on more adoption paperwork, completing a couple of mini albums, working on a new card kit for Frost it Pink (think glitter and crocheted hearts!), and a bunch of other not-so-fun things that just have to be done.
Just when you thought you'd gotten rid of me for a while, I'm back. This time here to share the Birds & Blooms stamp set and coordinating dies from Papertrey Ink. Sooooo beautiful and enjoyable to work with.
Birds & Blooms is a limited edition set, meaning that it will only be available for exactly one year (February 15th, 2013 through February 15th, 2014). This set is exclusive for purchase with Rewards Points only, it cannot be purchased with cash. Birds & Blooms can be yours with the redemption of 24 Rewards Points. It will be available for a year, so you have plenty of time to save up your points and earn this set!
I began with white cardstock and the Mega Mat Stack 4 die. I stamped my wreath image using watermark ink and embossed with Zing Leaf and Zing Blush ink. I then stamped the tiny flowers using Melon Berry ink, and the beginning of my sentiment at the top using Smokey Shadow ink. At this point I ran this portion though my die cut machine using the Polka Dot Basics II Impression Plate. I then die cut flowers from Harvest Gold cardstock using the coordinating die and embossed each with white embossing powder and adhered them to the wreath using dimensional adhesive. The die cut nest stamped in Dark Chocolate ink was added next along with die cut eggs stamped using Aqua Mist ink and accented with Stickles Diamond glitter.
The rest of my sentiment was added to a Tremendous Tag die cut from White Cardstock and embellished with a die cut bird stamped in Aqua Mist and heart stamped in Melon Berry. I attached it to the center of a bow tied with scrunched seam binding from My Craft Spot and topped it with a Sweet Blush button to finish it off.
Birds & Blooms can be found on the Papertrey website HERE:
Have questions about Papertrey Ink's reward points system? You can check out the Rewards details page HERE: ...or you can contact Customer Service directly and they will be more than happy to answer your questions.
The other design team members have Birds & Blooms projects to share with you as well:
I have a few more cards to share with you today as we wrap up Papertrey Ink's new release products for March. This first card was created using the new Boutique Borders: Birthday and Rosie Posie Step 2 stamp sets.
I used Fancy Flourishes in the background...always such a wonderful go-to set.
I love the coordinating die that is available with the Boutique Borders: Birthday set and the Rosie Posie Step 2 set makes me feel like a pro and that I really know what I'm doing :). You'll love it once you give it a try...just beautiful and effortless.
The Hello Foxy stamp set is next and may possibly go down in history as my very most favorite stamp set...it's just irresistible and I want to keep playing with it using different combinations...adorable. It also has a coordinating die set available and the sweetest sentiments.
This next card uses the new Polka Dot Parade #2 set...just simple and playful.
A coordinating die set is available as well and I used it here along with cotton scraps from a couple of my little girl's T-shirts that she's outgrown. I love how the cotton curls and ruffles a bit once cut.
The Comfort Foods stamp set has an addition now with more sentiments that play along with the darling images found in the original set.
I also used images from the Birthday Style stamp set here, the gold confetti drifting up from the ice cream bowl. And, last month's Stylish Sentiments: Birthday set was used on the Tiny Tag.
Lastly are the Background Basics: Birthday Fun and the Wonderful Words: Birthday stamp sets.
For my sentiment I stamped the Wonderful Words: Birthday image in Enchanted Evening and then topped it with a die cut from Aqua Mist cardstock using the coordinating die.
I embellished the top with layers of die cut flowers using felt and coordinating paper.
All of the supplies used on my cards can be found below and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Papertrey Ink Supplies Used: Stamps: Boutique Borders: Birthday, Rosie Posie Step 2, Fancy Flourishes Cardstock: Sweet Blush and Rustic Cream Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, and New Leaf Tools: Boutique Borders: Birthday, Tag Sale #2 Accents: Harvest Gold button
Other Supplies Used: Crate Paper and American Crafts paper Crate Paper bow Zing Brown Sugar and white embossing powder
Hello Foxy Card
Papertrey Ink Supplies Used: Stamps: Hello Foxy Ink: Smokey Shadow and Autumn Rose Cardstock: Rustic Cream Tools: Mat Stack and Layerz Mat Stack #4, Hello Foxy, and Get a Handle On It dies Accents: Vintage Cream button
Other Supplies Used: My Mind's Eye paper Freckled Fawn Washi Tape Copic Markers Doodlebug glitter
Sending You a Happy Hello Card
Papertrey Ink Supplies Used: Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #2 Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, and Harvest Gold Cardstock: Lemon Tart and Aqua Mist Tools: Get a Handle On It and Polka Dot Parade #2 Accents: Sweet Blush button, Pure Poppy Baker's Twine
Other Supplies Used: Echo Park paper
Let's Celebrate Card
Papertrey Ink Supplies Used: Stamps: Comfort Food Additions, Birthday Style, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Comfort Food Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Shadow, and Harvest Gold Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Rustic Cream and Linen Vellum Tools: Tag Sale #4, Comfort Food, and Tiny Tags Accents: Sweet Blush buttons
Other Supplies Used: Create Paper and Studio Calico paper Crate Paper embellishment
It's Your Birthday Card
Papertrey Ink Supplies Used: Stamps: Wonderful Words - Birthday Background Basics: Birthday Fun Ink: Berry Sorbet, Enchanted Evening, and Summer Sunrise Cardstock: Rustic Cream and Aqua Mist Tools: Wonderful Words - Birthday, Notched Flowers, Medium Scallop Border, Beautiful Blooms II #3, and Flower Fusion #3 Accents: Berry Sorbet button, Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold, and Vintage Crema felt, Rustic Cream Baker's Twine
Other Supplies Used: American Crafts paper Studio Calico gems
Papertrey Ink has some of the sweetest new products coming out this month. Today we are highlighting the new Get a Handle On It dies, Birthday Style stamp set, and To You From Me stamp set...plenty of fun things to cover you in the areas of gift-wrap and celebrating birthdays and other occasions. I'll start off with my gift package using the new Get a Handle On It dies which can be used in a variety of ways to add decorative handles to a variety of different things, including bags, boxes, pre-packaged food items, etc...
I went a very inexpensive route with my gift wrap today starting with a page torn from an old book and folded in half. Next came a layer of glassine cut the same width as the book page and also folded in half to fit right over the first layer.
Before adhering the glassine layer though, I stamped it with images from Maile's new Birthday Style stamp set. Each was stamped using watermark ink and embossed with white, silver, Zing Blush, and Zing Brown Sugar embossing powders, then embellished with a few adhesive pearls. I then adhered the glassine to the book page only on the sides leaving the top open in order to add some sequins in between the layers. I then stitched the sides up and added my handle cut from Sweet Blush Polka Dot paper using the new Get a Handle On It die.
My card uses the sweetest balloon images and dies, found in Maile's Birthday Style stamp and die sets...I love the tiny details in this set like the bows. I used patterned paper for the balloon and bows and stamped the bows using Classic Kraft ink. The stamped balloon is a combination of Aqua Mist and Spring Moss...turns out kind of minty. I used sentiments from the new Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set and they are also stamped in Aqua Mist and Spring Moss.
One product I am love, love, loving on, is the new Quick Stitch Sentiments die collection. Oh, it's such a fun new product....a bit addicting. You can see it in action here across the bottom of my card.
Hi again and welcome to March's first Papertrey Ink group post. We are showcasing the new Bountiful Banners stamp set and coordinating dies today. We were asked to begin with a bit of inspiration to spur us on.
I have two photos that inspired me while creating my projects for you, both in the same color combination, mint, cream, shabby peachy-pink, and gold. I loved the soft floral inside these shoes, the gold hearts dangling from the bows, and of course, their minty-ness.
I created a tag to coordinate using Linen Vellum and the Tag Sale #3 die, and the same products as used above with the addition of the Heart Border die used across the bottom of the tag. I also used a filigree border image from the Love & Marriage stamp set stamped just above the heart border which I embossed using Zing Blush embossing powder.
I just fastened the tag to a Large Linen Drawstring Bag that I embellished with a bit of vintage trim...makes for a sweet package for someone special.
The other Papertrey Ink designers have special projects highlighting this set as well:
Helloooo! Happy Pre-Spring to you. There weather here is LOVELY and the feel of the sun on my face is heavenly. I'm happy to introduce you to Spring Hills, a new stamp set from Papertrey Ink, designed by Nichole Heady. Simply said, it's just sweet and adorable and will be available for purchase on March 15th at 10PM EST.
My first card uses many images from this set with paper-pieced houses as my focus. I'm a country girl at heart, so the sheep images had me from the start. They are stamped in Ocean Tides, the trees and sentiment in Simply Chartreuse, and the flowers in Autumn Rose.
The images in Spring Hills make me think of warm, rustic, cozy colors, so for this card I went that route and used Copic Markers in coordinating colors to add color to my stamped images and then added a bit of paper-piecing to those darling little sheep.
A little something bright for my last card. I began with white cardstock and cut three tags using the Tremendous Tags die collection. I then stamped my houses centered on each tag to create a little village. I added color with Copic Markers followed by a bit of shine with Martha Stewart fine glitter. I stamped my card base with trees in New Leaf and then added on my tags using dimensional adhesive and tied with Rustic Cream Baker's Twine.
Just popping with a few fun cards tonight. I've been itching to make some St. Patrick's Day projects and decided I had better get to it before the day has come and gone. I used Papertrey Ink's Luck of the Irish stamp set for both along with some vintage images purchased online.
I also used Papertrey Ink's Heart-2-Heart #11 die to create my clovers along with Vintage Cream and Limeade Ice felt.
And, a happy birthday to Emma's Paperie. This weekend you'll find giveaways and a challenge or two posted on the Emma's Paperie blog. You can find out more details there and play along if you'd like.
I created this card for the occasion using lots of Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm....such a sweet little collection of bits and bobs for paper-loving girls like myself.
You can find all of the supplies used on today's card HERE.
On this dreary, rainy, grey day, I have my own sunshine here at home with me. My little one. While she can bring a giant storm cloud with her from time to time, most of the time she brings the sun :). We are stuck inside today, longing for the sun to come out again, but for now we have plenty of moisture to water our new pine trees and grass seed...all part of welcoming spring I suppose.
I just finished making her an indoor tent so she could have a place to retreat and disappear to with her imagination. I'm so thankful she is still very much into pretending and imagining still.
I love finding quotes that uplift me and make my heart happy. Here are a few of my recent favorites. I found them all via Pinterest and couldn't locate where they originated from, so if you know, please share.
Hi there! I'm back with a fun cheery cherry pocket project that I created for Emma's Paperie. Our manufacturer spotlight last month was on the sweet Pebbles Inc. company...so much to love about Pebbles Inc. I'm a sucker for the pattern mixes and colors that each of their collections contain.
This project all started with the fun cherry red heart patterned paper and I had to use it from start to finish mixing in dimensional stickers and other patterns.
Then of course came the red gingham and black chevron and sweet library card pockets...just a playground of products I tell you :).
Supplies and instructions to create your own pocket can be found HERE.
And, before I go...something I'm so excited about. A few months ago I was contacted by Creating Keepsakes magazine and asked to design the cover project for the March/April 2013 issue. My copy arrived on my doorstep just yesterday and I'm still beaming. I love Creating Keepsakes and am so tickled. You can snag your copy HERE!
Good morning! I have just a few minutes to stop in this morning before heading out the door and wanted to share the card I created for Make it Monday with you.
I have a tutorial up on Nichole Heady's blog which walks you through the process of creating this card using a few fun techniques such as two-tone stamping, embossing over stamped images using an impression plate, and a bit of piecing together stamped images to make them dimensional.
And, I have a copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today CardMaps Vol. 3 to give away to one reader today.
CardMaps Vol. 3 is brimming with inspiration, techniques and creative ideas for your next cardmaking adventure. It features over 70 gorgeous cards from some of today’s top designers, more than 40 card sketches from PageMaps, step-by-step instructions for every card, and eight photo technique how-to’s! All this in a high quality, beautifully photographed resource book you’ll keep for years to come!
Just leave me a comment on today's post and on Friday. March 8th I will announce the winner!
Enjoy your day.
Thinking of You card
Papertrey Ink Supplies Used:
Stamps: Cutting Garden and Mini Blooms
Cardstock and Paper: White and Damask Designs
Ink: Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice, and Harvest Gold
Tools: Cutting Garden, Lovely Layers die collections, and Polka Dot Basics II Impression Plate
Hello beautiful March! I love this time of year and am certainly in the mood for spring. While creating my projects for today's Papertrey Ink Sr. Team post, I had warmer weather and some spring blooms on my mind. This winter has seemed a tad longish to me :).
(photo from Pretty Zoo)
My inspiration for my projects using the Friends 'Til the End stamp set comes from the above photo. Gosh, I keep looking at it and love, love, love it. It was just what I needed in order me to know what direction to go with my stamping.
My tag uses the larger flower from the Friends 'Til the End stamp set and the same paper-piecing technique. I used the Tag Sale #2 die and Rustic Cream cardstock. The sentiment is stamped along the edge of the tag in Dark Chocolate ink.
I pulled out my Lovely Layers die collection and vintage trim to cut a second layer for my flower and topped it with a blossom from the Orchid collection. The tag is attached to a small glassine bag dressed up with tissue trim and a bit of burlap. Tags are so much fun to personalize and a perfect way to make a package extra special. The scrunched seam binding used on my tag can be found at Craft Spot.
Thanks so much for visiting today. The other Sr. Team members have some lovelies ready to share with you on their blogs as well.