Monday, October 31, 2011

Calandar Basics Revisited

Hello and welcome! Today is an exciting day for me. I've become part of the Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team and today I'm officially participating in my first Senior DT Challenge! For November's challenge, Nichole has asked us to focus on Calendar Basics stamp set and the calendar products. I've been anxiously waiting to share my projects with you. So, let's get started!...I knew right away what I wanted to create... tiny pocket calendars. Here's a shot of the calendar and a coordinating card.I'll start things off with the card... this design started with a kraft cardstock base, which I stamped with flowers from the Year of Flowers Collection and the coordinating flower months from Calendar Basics. All inked using Smoky Shadow ink. I then created a focal point using a die cut and trimmed Wine Bottle Tag. Stamped with a sentiment from Calendar Basics and violets from Year of Flowers Collection. Wrapped with Sweet Blush ribbon, embellished with a Sweet Blush button and attached to the card base.
Next up, the pocket calendar. These tiny treasures are simple to create, make great gifts and fit perfectly into a Christmas stocking. The kraft card stock base features the same botanical theme which was stamped like the card above. As far as how to assemble these tiny treasures, I'll share a little how-to below.Here's a shot of the backside, which features a bit more of that botanical theme and a stamped handmade detail (stamped using Calendar Basics). Here's How: I started with a Lunchbox Note die cut from Kraft cardstock, a Tag Sale 5 die cut from Rustic White cardstock, a button, 1/8" White Silk ribbon and Rustic Jute Button Twine.Score the tag and stitch into place with a button and ribbon. Tie a length of twine behind the button. This length of twine will be used to wrap around the pocket calendar and button to hold the calendar closed.Inside are the Mini Calendar pages, stamped with the coordinating months (in Smoky Shadow) and flowers (in Sweet Blush). The calendar pages were then carefully stapled into place inside.

Well, that's it from me today. Now be sure to visit the other Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team girls for more calendar goodness...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Papertrey Ink - October 2011 Release Projects Part 2

Hello all! I'm back today to share my final projects for the October Papertrey Ink release. So, here I go...
First up, Think Big Favorites #9 and Tag-its #9 paired with the Wine Bottle Tag Die.I started by die cutting the Wine Bottle Tag from cardstock, trimmed off the top and then stamped with a sentiment and ornaments. Attached to a kraft card base with dimensional adhesive, wrapped with Fine Linen ribbon and embellished with tiny rhinestones.Next up, Christmas Poinsettia! Again I paired this set with the Wine Bottle Tag die. Die cut the large poinsettia from the trimmed tag, stamped the sentiment and attached to Soft Stone card base. Then stamped the large poinsettia within the opening.Wrapped with ribbon and embellished with a few more die cut and stamped poinsettia layers. Finished it off with a touch of glitter to the center of the poinsettias.Now, here is Star of Wonder. I started by die cutting a doily from cardstock, within the center I stamped the silhouette circle in Versamark ink and then rubbed some Perfect Pearls pigment powder (in Perfect Gold) over the image.Die cut a scalloped circle frame using a couple dies from the Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle Collection and attached over the center image. Finished it off with a sentiment tag, just under the doily, created using the Tag Sale 5 die. And finally, Tremendous Treats. I borrowed this layout from one of my cards published in the latest Paper Crafts magazines. I die cut a window from the front of a kraft panel, I stamped a few of these adorable images and placed them behind each opening. Wrapped with ribbon and embellished with a True Black button.

Well, that's all of them. All supplies used are listed in the Papertrey Ink gallery. Thanks for stopping by and have a great one!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Papertrey Ink - October 2011 Release Project Part 1

The Papertrey Ink October release has come to an end, and I'm here to share the rest of my release projects with you, a few today and the rest later. So, let me get started!...First up, a little gift card ensemble using one of the new stamp set by Heather Nichols... Winterberry. I die cut a Gift Card Greetings from kraft cardstock. Then die cut a Tag Sale 5 from white cardstock, stamped with the branch to resemble mistletoe and attached to the holder. Embellished with a bow from Bells & Boughs. Stamped the branch and sentiment onto the inside flap. Finished it off with "To" and "From" from Tag-it's #9.Next up, an adorable snowman tag, created using the Shape-Up Series: Snowman Die Collection and Shape Up Snowman Accessories stamp set by Nichole Heady.Die cut a frosty hat from pattern paper and Harvest Gold Felt. To turn this snowman onto a tag, I simply punched a hole at the top, strung with Baker's twine and then attached the hat.Die cut and trimmed a couple In The Meadow snow drifts, attached to the base and then embellished with a bit of Stickles glitter glue. Finished it off with a "To" and "From".Next, Nativity Silhouettes by Tiffany Pastor. I stamped a row of silhouettes, in Vintage Touch Chia and Dark Chocolate ink, along the base of a Rustic Cream card front.Then embossed the rays with clear embossing powder for added emphasis.Now, for some Flower Fusion #9 by Melissa Bickford. Stamped the flower in Berry Sorbet and Spring Moss onto a Rustic White card base. Created a frame for the flower by first die cutting a Mega Mat Stack 3 from pattern paper and then die cut the center out using the Sending You die. Topped it all off with a Photo Finish Strip and buttons.And finally for today, Faith & Hope by Beth Silaika. Stamped the ribbon and sentiment onto the center of a white card base.
Die cut a Tag Sale 5 from the center of a cardstock block, stamped with the branch image in Versamark ink and then brushed over with Perfect Pearls pigment powder for a bit of added shimmer. Just a note, this technique would also look great embossed with clear embossing powder.

That's all from me today. All supplies used are listed in the Papertrey Ink gallery. Thanks for stopping by and have a great one!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wine Bottle Tag Die Day 5

Yay! Today is the final day of the Papertrey Ink October Countdown! Which means tomorrow is release day (or technically tonight at midnight!). So, everything you've been seeing peeks of will be available at Papertrey Ink.

I do have one final peek for you today, using the Wine Bottle Tag die...Just a couple simple projects for today, showing you just how perfectly the Wine Bottle Tag fits over a bottle of water. These decorated bottles of water are perfect for parties or events of all sorts... baby showers, wedding showers, boy or girl birthdays, themed parties, Halloween or harvest parties, fundraisers and so on. For my first water bottle sample of the day I've chosen to work with a boy birthday party theme. To save time when creating a large number of these cuties, I've chosen to keep the design super simple. Simply started by die cutting the frog and lily pad from Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse cardstock. Stamped the outlined images in True Black, layered polka dots over the frog and then attached both to a die cut white Wine Bottle Tag.I alternated the two green colors on my tags to keep things interesting. Finished it off with a stamped bug and sentiment.While the Faith & Hope stamp set was still out on my workspace, I quickly whipped up an idea perfect for October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. If any of you are aware of or are hosting a fundraising event for this month, here's a quick and presentable idea.Simply started by die cutting a Wine Bottle Tag from white cardstock, stamped the pink ribbon, a gray sentiment and then wrapped with Fresh Snow ribbon. Super simple and easy to mass produce.

Well that's all I've got for today, but I do hope that you have enjoyed all that I have shared with you this week, during the Papertrey Ink Countdown. So what's the plan?! What are you most excited about picking up this month? What are your favorites from the entire October release? I'd love to know!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Papertrey Ink gals have been up to. Be sure to visit Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Dawn McVey, Tiffany Pastor, Beth Silaika& Melissa Bickford for more countdown goodness.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Frog Tags:

Courage Tag:

2011 Holiday Tags

It's the final day of the Papertrey Ink October Countdown, which also means that today is the second Design Team Group Post day too. Our assignment this time around is to create a tag and card, using a combination of the 2011 Holiday Tags stamp set with the Wonderful Word: Holiday stamp set and dies.

Here's what I came up with...Using the same images and dies, I was able to create a coordinating card and wine tag set.It all started with this layout. The joy tag circle (from 2011 Holiday Tags) stamped in Aqua Mist onto a white cardstock base. Then I added "& Love" and "Be With You" (from Wonderful Words: Holiday stamp set) stamped in True Black. Die cut an attached "Peace" to finish off the phrase and then embellished with a ribbon bow.Utilizing the same design I created a tag, using the Tag Sale 5 die which I attached to a die cut Soft Stone Wine Bottle Tag.Finished the tag off with a die cut bow (from Bells & Boughs), a Harvest Gold button and some white twine.Before I finish, I wanted to share with you how this same design can easily be adapted into a regular gift tag as well. Just attach a length of twine or ribbon through the top of the tag before adhering the die cut Bells & Boughs bow.

Now, I know you what to see more! So, be sure to stop by and see what the rest of the team has come up with for you today...

Thanks for stopping by!


Peace, Joy & Love Tag & Card:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wine Bottle Tag & Tag Sale 5 Dies Day 4

Hello all! I've got some more die goodness for you this day. Today is day four of the Papertrey Ink October Countdown and that means there's one more day until the release (October 15th) when both the Wine Bottle Tag and Tag Sale 5 dies can be purchased!

Also, just wanted to let you know that this is my second post for today. So be sure to scroll down, for the next post, so you don't miss a thing.

Here's what I've got for you today...For today's first project, I've created a gift card holder using the Wine Bottle Tag die. It looks stunning hung from a bottle or...even from a gift bag. Just tie this embellished gift card holder onto the handle, with a length of pretty ribbon, to dress up any simple gift bag or box.

Here's how...Started by die cutting two Wine Bottle Tags from Soft Stone cardstock. Trimmed the top off of one and then stamped with a few Pure Poppy poinsettias (from Bells & Boughs) and a couple flourishes in Smoky Shadow (from Holiday Photo Finishers). Attached a strip of Scor-Tape to the other tag, this will adhere the two tags together and help hold the gift card in place.With the gift card now in place, I then took a die cut Photo Finish Strip and attached it to the front.Wrapped the strip ends around to the backside and adhered, using more Scor-Tape. This step securely holds the gift card into place.Then finished it all off with a few black rhinestones.Lastly, are a couple folded gift tags, created using the Tag Sale 5 die.

Here's how...I cut and folded a small card from Soft Stone cardstock, temporarily attached it to the Tag Sale 5 die and then ran both through my die cutting machine.This is the little blank canvas that comes out, all ready to be dressed up.I punched a 1/8' hole in the top corner and strung with Baker's twine. Embellished one with two Aqua Mist bells and a pretty Pure Poppy bow.The other with a Pure Poppy poinsettia and an Aqua Mist bow (all from Bells and Boughs).

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you've enjoyed another look into my new goodies for the month of October. Remember the Wine Bottle Tag and Tag Sale 5 Dies will be available for purchase starting October 15th, at Papertrey Ink. I'd love to know what you think so far!!!

Now, be sure to visit Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Dawn McVey, Tiffany Pastor, Beth Silaika& Melissa Bickford for more countdown goodness.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Joy To You Gift Card Holder:

Mini Tag Duo:

In the Meadow...

Today is day 4 of the Papertrey Ink October Countdown and also the first design team group post day. Today the design team will be sharing with you... In the Meadow. This gorgeous set is full of traditional and timeless images, there also happens to be an assortment of coordinating dies that I'm sure your going to love.

Here's what I've come up with...A little wintry scene that's got me longing for some snow.Today's card started with a card base of Rustic White cardstock. I stamped the card base with this fabulous tree in Simply Chartreuse and a sentiment in Dark Chocolate. Die cut and trimmed to fit two Rustic Cream snowdrifts. Die cut another snowdrift from Aqua Mist, picked a good placement into the corner of the card front, traced the corner with a pencil and trimmed.I then embellished the snow drift tops with a touch of glitter. Just traced the edge with a glue pen and dipped the wet glue into a pile of crystal glitter. Once dry I attached them to the card base at different heights.Using the glue pen again, I topped the branches of the tree with more crystal glitter. Then finished the card off with a couple die cut deer. I love how the Aqua Mist edge gives this card the look of a frosty riverbed, perfect for a deer to take a sip of.

Well, that's it from me today. Be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in store for you today. I know I can't wait to see!...

Thanks for stopping by!


Good Tidings: