Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Today, I have a card for the Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge.  The inspiration photo had so many rich colors and floral images--this was a fun one!

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I used a card base made from Dark Indigo cardstock and adhered a white circle from the Shaker Shapes Circle die to the middle.  This was stamped with a sentiment from Signature Greetings.  I layered various flowers from Bitty Bouquets and Bloomin' Cute around the sentiment.    

I placed a circle frame from the Shaker Shapes Circle Die cut from Soft Stone cardstock over the top of the white circle.  This was adhered with foam to give it a raised look.  The edge of the circle is lined with more die cuts from Bloomin' Cute.  I tried to stay with the color scheme of the floral photo.

 

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To make things go faster with all the die cutting, I stamped all my images and  put as many dies on one sheet of cardstock as I could.

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I use an extended cutting pad for my Sizzix machine so I have more surface area to run everything through at once.


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Papertrey Ink Make It Monday--Window Chipboard Sentiments

Hi Everyone,

I'm back with a card for the current Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge.  This week, Stephanie Gold showed us how she makes a  window on her card to fit a sentiment die cut.  

I immediately thought of my Bold & Beautiful stamp and die set and decided to make a birthday card.  I thought the bold sentiment would really stand out with this technique.

 

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I covered a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 notecard with some paper from the DCWV Confetti paper pack, then die cut the window opening using the outline sentiment die from Bold & Beautiful.  I embellished the outside of the card with balloons from Birthday Style and some enamel dots from Pinkfresh Studio.

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Then, I stamped the sentiment onto the positive die cut piece and attached it to 2 pieces of colored fun foam that I cut from the same die.  I fit the die cut sentiment into the window to make sure it lined up before I secured it to the inside of the card with some liquid glue.

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This was a fun and different way to use die cuts.  For more, you can go to Papertrey Ink's blog where Stephanie has a video on this technique.

 

Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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Paper Smooches March Release Projects--Big Hugs

Hi Everyone!

I'm back today with more cards from the March Paper Smooches release.  I've been getting a ton of great coloring practice using the cute little animal stamps.  They've been so much fun to work with!

 

For this first card, I used the Huge Hugs stamps and dies as well as a sentiment from Huge Hugs 2.  The background paper is from Crate Paper's Oasis 6x6 paper pad.  

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For this next card, I cut the base down to about 4 1/4" x 4 " and mixed both old and new products.  I used the Huge Hugs and Huge Hugs 2 stamps along with the Power Rays die and Quote Tag die for the talk bubble.  

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To color the rays, I used a large sponge dauber to blend the various oranges from my Miraclekoo orange striped ink pad.  

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  For more inspiration, head over to the Paper Smooches blog.  Their design team has some great examples.  

 

 

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Tag! You're It Challenge-Baby Gift Tag

Hi Everyone!

I have a tag for the current Tag You're It Challenge.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  I used the design of the inspiration tag to create a gift tag for a baby.

Here's the inspiration:

Here's my tag:

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To get that soft cloud pattern, I used the Kite Stencil Puffy Clouds stencil and lightly blended some ink along the cloud shapes to create the subtle outline.  I did this using a sponge dauber and Brilliance Sky Blue pigment ink.  You could use any cloud shaped mask for this.  The key is to blend the blue ink all over the tag lightly after you outline the clouds.  This kind of makes everything look seamless and more "sky-like".

I used a die from Memory Box called Star Flourish for the little monkey to slide down (a long rainbow die cut would be cute too).  To add a little sparkle, I covered it in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with some Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  I added some soft ink blending to the  heart with Rocket Red Brilliance ink.  

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Paper Smooches-March Release Projects-Whale Done!

Hi Everyone!

I'm back today with some more cards for my current Guest Design spot over at Paper Smooches

My first card features the new stamp set and coordinating dies from Huge Hugs along with a sentiment from Huge Hugs 2.  For the water, I masked off a simple stripe and blended some Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink.  I finished it off with some stars from the Stars die set.

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For my next card, I used the Cat Dog Card Dies set to create this cute little leopard.  

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 The spots are actually an overlay from this We R Memory Keepers pad called Clearly Posh.  The pad contains these acetate sheets with different prints on them.

 
 
You could use any type of patterned paper though, or even a background stamp.  Tiger stripes would be cute too!
 
 
To make the base, I lined up the cat ears die to the very top of a folded 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 notecard I cut from kraft cardstock.  You want to make sure you don't go over, or you might cut off part of the ears.
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I then cut a piece of  the acetate leopard spot paper 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" using the same die only with a single layer just to cover the front of the card.
 
To adhere it to the card base, I strategically placed medium sized glue dots behind a few of the spots to hide the adhesive.
 
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The cute little eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers completed the look.  To make the whiskers look more realistic, I used vellum.  Stick It adhesive helped to adhere them easily.
 
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Thanks for joining me today.  You can head over to the Paper Smooches blog for even more inspiration.
 
Have a great day!
 
 
 
 

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Layered Tag using Papertrey Ink Products

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 Hi Everyone!

I'm back with a project using Papertrey Ink supplies inspired by Rebecca Luminarias' beautiful packaging samples.  

Over on the Papertrey Ink blog, Rebecca talks about her new role as Packaging Ambassador for Papertrey Ink and her love for pretty packaging.  Our challenge was to choose elements from Rebecca's inspiration board to create a pretty tag or packaging product.

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Whether it's creating gifts for friends or mailing out an order from my Etsy shop, I think packaging makes all the difference.  It's a little extra step that makes the experience of receiving a gift or product feel even more special.  I like to keep a drawer of all kinds of packaging products I pick up from craft stores that are ready to go when I need to put together an order or a special gift.  It includes:

  • Tissue paper
  • Glassine Bags
  • Small paper sacks with cute patterns on them
  • White and kraft colored gift bags
  • Twine 
  • Ribbon--black gingham is my favorite
  • Washi tape
  • Various card boxes

I also like to keep a lot of tags on hand--either handmade or ones I pick up from the store that I can embellish.  A decorative tag is a nice addition to a gift not only as a finishing touch, but also as another small gift the recipient can reuse.

For my project today, I made a tag inspired by the doilies, scripty sentiments and resin flowers that Rebecca included in her photo. 

The sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Calligraphy Classics, was stamped on a die cut from the larger Limitless Layers Oval set.  The tag itself is cut from Basic Bookmark #3.  I love using this bookmark set for tags because there's plenty of surface area for embellishments.  I have a big bowl of resin flowers that I've collected over time.  Some are from Hobby Lobby, others I think I got from Peachy Cheap.  I was able to part with one for this tag, LOL!  I love my resin flowers!  

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Underneath the sentiment, I layered a couple of doilies from my stash and then wrapped some pink chiffon ribbon I found in my ribbon drawer.

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This is my ribbon drawer.  I try to keep it organized, but it inevitably becomes messy over time as I look for that perfect color.  In the back basket to the left, I keep all kinds of loose ribbon I get from packaging or excess trim.  I think I actually use items from that basket more than anything, so save that packaging!  

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I also keep more ribbon as well as gift bags and wrapping paper on this great organizer I found at Michaels.  I have a little bit of printed wrapping paper, but I've been phasing that out for plain kraft and white.  It's a lot more versatile and there's less clutter from too many paper tubes. 

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Here's another photo of my final project.  Definitely check out Rebecca's post over at the Papertrey Ink Blog for more inspiration and packaging ideas.

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Using Scrapbooking Supplies for Cards--Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams

Hi Everyone!  

Like a lot of  cardmakers, I like to dabble in other types of crafting.  I'm not a huge DIY-er, but I do love scrapbooking and have plenty of supplies to last me quite awhile.  A couple of my favorite scrapbook bloggers are Victoria Marie and Crafty Jen Schow.  Their YouTube videos are so well crafted and I would say they are experts in the art of embellishment layering.  Their techniques have not only come in handy for my scrapbooking, but they've also helped me with the ability to put a card together using scrapbook supplies.  I love using my scrapbook stash for making cards.   The ready-made embellishments and papers add great color and texture when you're in a hurry and maybe don't have time to break out the Misti and your ink pads.  Plus, it's a great way to get more out of your purchases!

For the current Fusion card challenge,  I chose to work with just the sketch this time and I broke out my scrapbooking supplies to do it.  Normally, I'm a CAS cardmaker, but every once in awhile I like to add layers and have some fun with more embellishment.  

 

I immediately thought of my Maggie Holmes collection.  I love the Chasing Dreams product line--the fresh colors and floral accents are perfect for layering.  I used paper from the 6x6 pad as well as a few die cuts from the ephemera pack.  I also was thinking I wanted to layer an embossed strip using my We R Memory Keepers Woven embossing folder to kind of tie everything in.

 

Here's what I came up with:

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I really like how this turned out with the soft blues and peachy pink colors.  Lots of layers and texture!  For the sentiment, I used the Thanks Script die from Mama Elephant.  I like how the font compliments the softness of the floral patterns.  

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 If your interested in more about using scrapbook products on cards, I wrote another post about it a few months ago using supplies from Authentique.  You can find it here.

Thanks for joining me today!  I put links below to a few places you can find the products I used.  If you see 2 pictures of the same thing, that just means I put 2 different online stores where you can find it.

 

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Paper Smooches-March Release Projects

Hi Everyone,

I'm so excited because I recently won the Paper Smooches March Guest Designer Challenge.  Many thanks to Kim over at Paper Smooches for giving me the opportunity to create some fun projects with their current release!  Each week of this month, I'll be featuring cards using their March products on my blog, so stay tuned for more inspiration.

This month's release is all about animals and fun pun sentiments.  

For my first card, I used the new Dinosaur Die paired with the previous Think Fast stamp set.  I couldn't resist adding the little google-y eye.  I  really like that I can pull in some older stamp sets of theirs and everything goes together.

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I used 2 colors of paper from the DCWV Shimmer Paper Stack to put together the dinosaur. I used my handy tools to put all the pieces in place.   

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This next card was made with the new Bunny Card Die.  This is one of three new animal shaped dies that fit the entire front of a card.  You can also create an animal shaped card which I will show in an upcoming post.  

I used felt from My Favorite Things and Papertrey Ink along with some vellum for the whiskers.  Of course I had to add one of those cute sentiments from the Critter Card Puns set.  So adorable!

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The card dies come with A LOT of pieces, so I made sure I kept my Spellbinders Main Attraction close by to wrangle them.  That magnet has been a lifesaver--no more crawling on the floor to find a runaway piece!

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Thanks for joining me today and be sure to visit the Paper Smooches blog for more on the new March release.  

 

 

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Design a Life You Love

Hi Everyone!

I'm playing along with the Less Is More Challenge this week where the color to use is teal.     

For this card, I gathered up my 3  Papertrey Ink colors in shades of aqua and teal along with the We R Memory Keepers Layered Rose Stamp Set to get started.

 

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Here's what I came up with:

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I used a stamp set  from My Favorite Things called Boss Babe for the sentiment.  I love the combo of the script and regular printing.  

If you haven't tried the Less is More challenge yet, it's something to check out.  Each week's theme rotates from a color challenge to a one layer card and so on, but the basic style is clean and simple.

Thanks for joining me today!

 

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Shine Bright

 Hello Everyone!

I recently purchased a few new crafty things including this great background stamp from Hero Arts called Large Swirl Background.  

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I decided to pair it with a Stampers Anonymous set from Tim Holtz that hasn't seen ink yet to make a tag.  I'll be entering it in  the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the Curtain Call Challenge.

 

 The Curtain Call Challenge was to use green on our project.  I thought green and silver would look great together so I heat embossed that beautiful background stamp onto a tag from My Favorite Things Blueprints 9.  The tag was the perfect size for the background.  For the dress, I stamped it onto a piece of cardstock with Versafine Onyx ink and colored it in with my Zig Markers using a little water as a base.  I chose an emerald green so it would really pop against the silver.  

 

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I really like the way this turned out.  That background stamp was a great purchase--I can think of a lot of different ways I can use it for more projects.  

 

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 Thanks for joining me today!

 

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