Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Creative Cardmaker: holiday cards...

Are you getting a jump start on your holiday cards yet? I went to the Scrapbook Expo last Friday with my friends Claudia and Laura and picked up the super cute Claus & Co. line by Simple Stories. I couldn't wait to make some fun cards with it.

So today on the Scrapbook Expo blog, I have a tutorial up to show you how to make FIVE holiday cards! CLICK HERE for the tutorial link. I'm also going to be putting these five cards up for sale in a little card set soon. Be looking for these and more on the "shop" tab at the top of my blog.

Supplies: Simple Stories – Claus & Co. 31 Chipboard Stickers, Chipboard Frames, Wood Veneer, Washi Paper Tape, Interactive Elements. Other: Super Star Borders die by Papertrey Ink, Wet Paint Holiday stamps and dies by Papertrey Ink, twine by the Twinery, clear 6 MM sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and gray cardstock from the craft store. 

Thanks for swinging by! The next Papertrey Ink countdown will begin soon, and we have LOTS to show you, so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stylish Sentiments: Holiday revisited...

Each month the Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team revisits an older stamp set to give you extra project ideas in between the fun countdown posts that go on each month...and guess what? Little ol' me was asked to be a part of the senior posts, so you'll be seeing more posts from me here and there! I'm thrilled to be a part of such talent!

Today we are revisiting a stamp set called Stylish Sentiments: Holiday. I can't tell you how much I love the fonts in this set!

I've made two cards and have paired Stylish Sentiments: Holiday with the Peaceful Pinecones stamp set and the Holly Jolly dies.

First, I used True Black cardstock for the base and embossed the Stylish Sentiment saying and Peaceful Pinecones in white. I added a strip of patterned paper at the top from the next Make It Market kit, All Through the House (coming out tonight at 10pm EST)!

Happiness and Joy card:
STAMPS: Stylish Sentiments: Holiday, Peaceful Pinecones
INK: Versamark
PAPER: True Black, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss cardstock; patterned paper from Make It Market: All Through the House kit
DIES: Holly Jolly
OTHER: white embossing powder, sequins, hole punch, twine.

On the next card, I stamped the Stylish Sentiments: Holiday sentiment in the center with Pure Poppy ink, then added a Peaceful Pinecone stamping in the corner. I dipped the pinecones in Classic Kraft ink, then Dark Chocolate before stamping and just love how it created more depth and a shadow effect to the pinecones. (Plus the lighter area of the pinecone allows the sentiment to show through.)

Then I happened to have one of these Embroidered Frames: Dots cut outs lying on my table from a previous project. I love how it framed out the sentiment, but it covered up my pinecone stamping. So I die cut and stamped one more stem to the pine with Peaceful Pinecones dies and placed it over the top of the frame in the corner.

Added the finished piece over a Make It Market paper again, the red stripe from the All Through the House kit. The wooden stars were colored with a red marker and are from the Make It Market mini kit: Holiday Folk. Hope you enjoyed these ideas. This is one of my favorite stamp sets ever! I'm inspired to make more with it!

Cheer Throughout the Year card:
STAMPS: Stylish Sentiments: Holiday, Peaceful Pinecones
INK: Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado
PAPER: white; patterned paper from Make It Market: All Through the House kit
DIES: Peaceful Pinecones, Embroidered Frames: Dots die
OTHER: wooden stars, red marker.

For more Stylish Sentiments: Holiday ideas, visit: Betsy, Dawn, Heather,  and Melissa. Here is the link to the October newsletter.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Make It Market: All Through the House...

"...not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!" The next Make It Market Kit will be released on October 1st and it is entitled "All Through the House".  This is Betsy's much anticipated big holiday kit for the year. 

There are actually two kits, a main kit with the basic dies, stamps and paper. Then a Trimmings Kit will all kinds of fun extras. The kit revolves around a basic matchbox design and dozens of options for customizing and altering them!  Betsy has integrated SO many amazing details into everything here, not only will your projects be gorgeous, but quick and easy to put together too.  From gift card holders to tree ornaments, dimensional gift tags to place card holders, and even just intriguing card accents, you will never run out of options with this kit! You will have fun experimenting and playing with all of the contents once they show up at your door.

All Through the House stamp set                           
All Through the House die collection
All Through the House: Base die collection
All Through the House: Frame die collection
All Through the House: Box Top die collection
All Through the House paper pad

Total Retail Cost: $115

Petite LED Lights, set of 4
Miniature Cardinals, set of 2
Miniature Wooden Mice, set of 3
1" Miniature Sisal Wreaths, set of 3
1-1/2" Miniature Sisal Trees
Miniature Lamposts, 2
Small Silver Knobs,set of 6
Cotton Snow, 0.75 oz.
Wide Eyelets, one whole package
3 yds. 1-1/2" Red Twill Chevron Ribbon
3 yds. Red Shimmer Baker's Twine
1 yd. Parrot Green 1/8” velvet ribbon
1 yd. Red Scalloped Trim
1 yd. Light Blue Velvet Ribbon
1 yd. Red/Silver Pom-pom Trim
1 yd. Silver Tinsel Trim
Total Retail Cost: $49

There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours on Thursday! The "All Through the House" Kit will be available for sale beginning on October 1st at 10pm ET, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

Let's get onto projects! First up is a matchbox gift card holder. 
The matchbox die from the kit was used to create the box base from Aqua Mist cardstock and the frame die was used to trim the top piece. It creates slits in the paper for the ribbon to slide through. There is also a die that creates a sleeve for the box, which the joy top is adhered to.

Insert a gift card and tie the ribbon at the top of the box by the bird, and you've got a nice gift card box in a matter of minutes! The little bird from the Trimmings kit is hot glued onto the top.
Next up is an ornament.

The matchbox die was used once again to cut out the box, then I added a paper from the kit inside the box, ribbon from the kit around the edges and two die cut presents with snow! There is a grommet put into the top of the box to hang the tinsel.
The presents even have little die cut tags. The box is backed with a patterned paper frame.
Last, I have two cards to share.

First, the Merry Little Christmas card. This one was trimmed out with the frame die using the patterned paper in the kit. I slipped a piece of the kit paper in through the frame slits, then backed it with the gray snowflake paper. Added some stamped and die cut pieces, a wreath and a bird and added some glitter to the snowy rooftop. Most of the hard work is done for you here with the pretty papers!

The ribbon at the bottom of the card was in the Trimmings kit and is sticky-backed! That made it super easy to attach it to the card. On the Holiday Cheer card, I did the same thing, cut the paper out with the frame, slid the striped paper through. Added some dimensional die cuts and fine glitter for the snow.
Can't wait to make more projects with this kit!

Be sure to check out Betsy, MelissaHeather, and Amy for more All Through the House projects! And grab your kits on Oct. 1st at 10pm EST at Papertrey Ink!