Release in Review

Hello, hello! Today is the final release in review post for Papertrey Ink. I have just a few more projects to share with you. My first card features the new Birthday Classics: October stamp set.PTI~Birthday Classics: OctoberI clear embossed the sentiment and blended in some ink in what I felt was an appropriate October ombre combo. I also used one of the new star dies from the Shaper Shakes: Star die collection to create a pattern for my popped up front panel. I layered it over a piece of Summer Sunrise cardstock, and then added a few of my favorite sparkling clear sequins.
PTI~Birthday Classics: OctoberMy next card features the new Santa’s Sleigh stamp set. I paired it with the new Keep It Simple: Season’s Greetings set.
PTI~Santa's SleighI adore this cute deer image. I couldn’t resist a rainbow scarf, I mean, come on! Can you see the teeny tiny dots of glossy accents on the berries? Never miss an opportunity to gloss anything, ever.
PTI~Santa's SleighAnd lastly, my final card features the new O’Tannenbaum set paired with the new Wet Paint Holiday set & dies. I also added a strip of that new Make it Market paper on the side. Love those colors for the holidays.
PTI~O'TannenbaumI added some Opal liquid pearls on the tree, and when dry, I colored over them with Copics. This is my version of what I like to call, “enamel dots for the cheapskate”. There’s never been a Wet Paint product that I don’t absolutely love. So happy that we now have a holiday set.
PTI~O'TannenbaumCheck out what the rest of the team created with the rest of the new release. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley

Introducing Book Club

Hi there! I’m joining Papertrey Ink again for another group post featuring the new Book Club stamp set.PTI~Book ClubI combined one of the beautiful quotes from the new Book Club stamp set with the floral images from the Embellished Elegance stamp set.
PTI~Book ClubEmbellished Elegance is one of my all time favorites. I just love the classy refined look of the vines and how you can layer the blooms.
PTI~Book ClubI created a coordinating bookmark using one of the new Basic Bookmark dies. Isn’t this a cute little gift ensemble for the book lover?
PTI~BookmarkAnd next, I used one of the Basic Bookmark dies to create a holiday tag.
PTI~Bookmark tagThe new Season’s Greetings stamp set was used here as well as some new Make it Market pattern paper. I created a window for the sentiment with the Tag Sale #8 die. I also pulled out Bell’s & Boughs for the cute red bow, which I colored with Copics. I love that the bookmark dies can be dual purpose for both tags & bookmarks.
PTI~Bookmark tagAnd lastly, a monogrammed bookmark featuring the new Stitched Bookmark dies.
PTI~BookmarkI created a window in the Soft Stone striped paper using the Fillable Frames #7 die and added a stitched monogram using the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 dies. I used the Bitty Button stacks dies for the added flowers.
PTI~BookmarkMy daughter caught wind of this bookmark. Word got out. Now everyone wants a custom bookmark. I then realized what a fun gift this would be for the holidays. Make sure and check out what the rest of the team created with these fantastic Book themed products. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley

Introducing Sparkle & Shine, NEW! Shaker Shapes dies

Hi there! Today I’m back for the second group post with Papertrey Ink featuring the new Sparkle & Shine products as well as the new Shaker Shapes die collections.PTI~Sparkle & ShineMy first card uses the Shaker Shapes: Snow Globe dies. I used the Cover Plate: Snow Drifts to create my scene within the snow globe, and my mini ink blender to blend in the blue sky. The sentiment is from the new Sparkle & Shine Holiday Additions stamp set, and the vellum snow flakes were die cut from dies included in the Snow Globe collection. Did you notice the gorgeous pattern paper? It’s also part of this fun Sparkle & Shine collection.
PTI~Sparkle & ShineMy next card features the Shaker Shapes: Stars dies.
PTI~Sparkle & ShineI wanted to give you a little peek at what my shaker card looks like before it’s assembled. One layer of foam tape with give you just enough shake, but if you wanna go all out, then use two layers of foam tape, and you will have the shakiest shaker in all of shaker land, ha ha. Those sequins need some room to dance.
PTI~Sparkle & ShineI don’t really consider myself to have a heavy hand in the glitter department, but this sparkly word die, just makes my heart skip a beat. I ran the die cut word through my xyron machine and then dipped it in some glitter. Glitter paper would have been a lot less work. Why I don’t have any is beside me. I used more of the yummy pattern paper here as well and some random sequins from my stash.
PTI~Sparkle & ShineBe sure and check out what the rest of the team has created with these amazing new Sparke & Shaker products.
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monthly Moments: September

Hello there! I’m back again with Papertrey Ink for our first group post featuring this month’s Monthly Moments collection. Every month, I eagerly anticipate what each Monthly Moments collection will look like. This month did not disappoint. I love the fall inspired stamp set, and the journal cards were also a big hit with the fun back to school look.
PTI~Monthly Moments: SeptemberThe Monthly Moments: September stamp set has four tiny little leaf images that I used along with some rock n’ roll inking to create a falling leaves background.
PTI~Monthly Moments: SeptemberFall is my favorite season. I feel like I appreciate the  turning leaves more and more each year, and wish that the colors would last a little bit longer.
PTI~Monthly Moments: SeptemberI used the same rock n’ roll technique for this card, and then die cut the September word die right into the card front. The stamped sentiment came from the Stylish Sentiments: Birthday set.
PTI~Monthly Moments: SeptemberMake sure and see what the rest of the team created with this fun new Fall inspired collection.
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Thanks so much for stopping by!

stamps: monthly moments: september, stylish sentiments: birthday
ink: scarlet jewel, pure poppy, terracotta tile, orange zest, summer sunrise, harvest gold, simply chartreuse, ripe avocado, true black
dies: september word die

PTI~Phrase Play #8

Hi there! Today I’m joining Papertrey Ink as we highlight some of the new September release. I’m featuring the new Phrase Play #8 stamp set with coordinating die.PTI~Phrase Play #8For my first card, I created a background using the Ombre Builders stamp set, and then I layered up the “joy” die cut to give it some thickness. This card could be a really fun congrats card for any situation, don’t you think?
PTI~Phrase Play #8I really wanted to show how this die can be used in many different ways and for many different occasions.
PTI~Phrase Play #8For this next card, I went all Christmas-sy. Instead of using the positive, I used the negative part of the die cut. I tilted the die cut, cropping off the edges and added a sentiment from the new Keep It Simple: Christmas stamp set.
PTI~Phrase Play #8And for my last card I trimmed the “joy” right out of the Phrase Play #8 die and used it as a stand alone word die cut. I layered three together for thickness and framed it inside an oval adding a few flowers from the Friendly Flowers stamp set.
PTI~Phrase Play #8Funny story behind this card. I needed a dot for the “j”. I just didn’t feel that the star was a good fit for my sentiment and theme, so I went searching for a dot the right size. Easier said than done, but then low and behold I found the perfect little dot amongst my Seasonal Stitching: Ladybug dies. One of the dots on the ladybug was the perfect size to dot my “j”. Ok, that wasn’t really a funny story, but you would’ve laughed if you saw me when I discovered this. Let’s just say I had a moment:)
PTI~Phrase Play #8Make sure and check out Nichole’s blog to see more of the September release. You’re gonna love it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Copic Markers for Card Makers Class Giveaway

Hi there! Just popping in today to promote the newest class from Online Card Classes….Copic Markers for Card Makers! Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed by Copics? I have felt that way many, many times. This class covers it all with 35+ videos from amazing teachers such as Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire and one of my all-time favorites…Sandy Allnock. She is truly a gifted artist as well as an amazing teacher.Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 9.17.38 PMHere’s a fun introduction video about the class.

It is such an honor to be a guest designer for this class, and I am thrilled to giveaway one free spot! Leave me a comment for your chance to win.

SSS~Super Duo & Getting to Know Me Hop

MamaElephant-01-600x141Hi there! Today I have a couple of fun things to share with you. First I wanted to talk about the awesome collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Mama Elephant for STAMPtember®. They’ve come up with the cutest little Super Duo stamp set with coordinating dies. Here’s a card I created with this irresistible set.
SSS~Super DuoCan you handle the cuteness? I love it to pieces. You can check out the Simon Says Stamp blog to read more about this Limited Edition set. It’s only available for the month of STAMPtember®.
SSS~Super DuoGetting to Know Me Hop
Last week, the lovely Laura Sterckx tagged me in her post for the Getting to Know Me hop. So, today is my turn to answer the questions and pass on the love:)

What creative projects are you currently working on?
Here is what my table looks like today. I have a stack of STAMPtember® goodies. I have the Simon Says Stamp October card kit to work with, and on the far right is the September release for Papertrey Ink. So much goodness and a lot of work ahead of me, but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

IMG_2207What inspires your designs?
Usually, the products themselves inspire me…it’s true. I take out the stamp set. I stare at it, and it eventually talks to me. That’s how insane I am, lol. I seem to get the best and most creative ideas by just looking at the set, walking away and letting the ideas come. If I’m really stumped, I go where everyone else goes…Pinterest.

What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
I don’t have a method to my madness. Harnessing creativity is like holding sand in your hands. Wow, that made me sound so smart. Each card is different. Some are super quick & easy. Some are hard, frustrating, discouraging and hopefully worth it in the end.

If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
Clean, white, color? That doesn’t even make sense.

What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
I could NEVER, EVER, EVER  make a card without my Teflon bone folder, my stamp cleaner & my Mini Score Board.

Ok, so now for the good part. I get to tag two paper crafters who inspire me.
First up is Debby Hughes, but I like to call her Miss Debby Doodle and she’s ok with that:) She can do no wrong, this gal. Did I mention that I’ve met her. She is much taller than you would expect, not that that matters, but it’s true. She has a heart of gold, impeccable craftsmanship and I just wish my brain could think like hers. One thing that comes to mind when I think of her work is “mood”. Her cards and her photography have a unique, airy and pleasing mood that I think everyone desires. She was also tagged for this hop by Jennifer McGuire, which is no surprise, so I told Debby that she was in fact a bonafide inspirer to the masses. Did I mention that I just love her?
debby hughes Here are just a few of my favorite cards by Debby:
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The second crafter that I’d like to tag is one of my all-time favorites, ever…Pamela Ho. I know this might sound dramatic, but I am dramatic. I usually get nervous when I look at her blog. She’s that good. Her precision, creativity and attention to detail just slays me time after time. I’ve been lucky enough to receive a few cards from her over the years, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that my entire family is in complete amazement of her handwriting. It is so tiny, so perfect and just incredible. Both Pamela & Debby make me strive to improve without saying a word. I respect them, the way they handle themselves with class and with such professionalism. I feel so lucky to have friends that I admire so very much.

pamela3Here are just a few of my favorite cards by Pamela:
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So in honor of this fun hop & these two super talented ladies who inspire me so very much, how about a giveaway?1_301697_ZMLeave me a comment for your chance to win this beautiful Butterfly Freinds stamp set. Thanks so much for stopping by!