Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thanks Sweet Friend

This is one of a handful of cards I had up on Jillibean Soup's blog, Bean Talk, in December. 

Before I get into the details on this card, though, have you seen the sneak peeks of all the new goodies that are coming out from Jillibean Soup? Two new paper collections (and all the goodies that go with them - stickers, wood veneers, die-cuts, etc.), some especially darling Shape Shaker products, additions to the Mix the Media line, and even a planner line. 

Follow along on the Bean Talk blog.

Back to today's card, I actually made this one back in October at a stamping retreat. I think I averaged one card a day on the retreat - yikes! But even one card a day is more than I usually get done when I try to stamp outside of my studio. Plus, I'll take the laughter, new friendships, 11 pm donuts, storytelling, and late-night chitchat over finished cards any day!

The stitching lines on the stone card stock background panel were from a die-cut, but I don't remember the manufacturer -- maybe Avery Elle? The vertical strips are from Jillibean Soup's gorgeous Hardy Hodgepodge paper collection. The colors in Hardy Hodgepodge are so ME! The focal point is a combination of Hardy Hodgepodge die-cuts, stickers, and some mini alpha stickers, also by Jillibean Soup. Look for these products at your favorite scrapbook/stamping retailer, or shop directly at the Jillibean Soup retail store.

Fellow cardmakers, be sure to look for Jillibean Soup's card features, usually Monday or Tuesday of each week on the Bean Talk blog. Lots of inspiration there! (Layouts, mixed media projects, and planners have their days in the spotlight, too!)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Papertrey January Release in Review

It's release day at Papertrey Ink. The January release will be available at 10 pm ET in the Papertrey Ink store.

Today the team is sharing a few remaining projects using the fantastic January product designs. Here are mine:

My first card combines Inspired: God, designed by Betsy Veldman, with Gathered Garden, designed by Nichole Heady. I chose to work with a dark, dramatic color combo, mixing in blues, greens, grays, and browns.

I stamped the images, then used a paintbrush and a little water to move the color around. The word die-cut is triple-stacked for some extra dimension. I framed the composition with a Cover Plate: Delightful die-cut.

Stamps: Inspired: God; Gathered Garden 

Dies: Inspired: God; Cover Plate: Delightful; Moments Inked: Planner Banners

Ink: Dark Indigo, Stormy Sea, Soft Stone, Spring Rain, Fine Linen, Honey Nut, Pinefeather 

Paper: watercolor paper, Stormy Sea card stock 

Other: Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed-Proof White, paintbrush

Next, I'm getting a head start on Mother's Day with Dawn McVey's Family Ties and Nichole Heady's Floribunda Frame die.

Again, I triple-stacked the word die-cut for dimension. The rest of the sentiment is stamped in Stormy Sea. I die-cut one extra tiny flower to use as an accent on the "M."

My flowers were watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The leaves were painted with New Leaf and Green Parakeet re-inkers.

I used Vintage Cream Linen card stock for the card base, which is a nice change from the usual brighter white.

Stamps: Family Ties 

Dies: Family Ties: For the Girls; Floribunda Frame; Noted: Scalloped A2 

Ink: Stormy Sea, Green Parakeet, New Leaf 

Paper: watercolor paper, Vintage Cream linen card stock, Lilac Grace card stock 

Other: Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, paintbrush

Last is another fun rainbow card. This one combines Maile Belles' Splits: Hello There with Nichole's Grand Botanicals die collection.

Each of the flowers is in two layers The base is watercolored, and the detailed layer is the card stock of the same color. 

I stamped some of the Splits: Hello There patterns into some of the flowers, and accented others with a white gel pen. Each flower has been topped with a button in the same color. The big January sale starts tonight, and a selection of buttons will be reduced to just $1 a bag! Sale details are posted HERE. In the background I used two of the accent images in Splits: Hello There to add a little interest to the Smokey Shadow background.

Stamps: Splits: Hello There

Dies: Grand Botanicals

Ink: Versamark, Fresh Snow

Paper: watercolor paper, Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, and Pure Poppy card stock

Other: buttons, True Black baker's twine, white embossing powder, fun foam, white gel pen, white linen thread, paintbrush

That's it for me today! Be sure to visit the rest of the team for lots more inspiration:

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Designs to Die For

Welcome to Day 5 of Papertrey Ink's January release countdown! Today the team has two die collections to share with you: Cornered and Grand Botanicals

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on January 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

I chose to work with Cornered for today. The die set includes two of these corner triangles, each with a different sentiment. The dropped out text is such a great look, and the corner design is so unique and intriguing!

I decided to give the birthday sentiment a rainbow treatment simply by adhering colorful banners behind each row of text. The banner die I used is from the Tag Sale: Quilted. To adjust the length of the banners, I just snipped in the middle and strategically adhered so that the seams wouldn't show. Along the long side of the triangle, I also added jumbo sequins in rainbow colors to match the banners. The card could easily be finished at that point, but I thought it would be fun to add lengths of twine/floss behind the banners to extend those colors into the negative space.

Such a fun die and so many possibilities!

Dies: Cornered

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, and Smokey Shadow

Other: jumbo sequins, foam tape, twine and embroidery floss

Visit Nichole's blog for links to all the designers who are posting today. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Latin Inspiration

Welcome to Papertrey Ink's January release countdown! Today's featured sets are Palm Prints, designed by Lizzie Jones, and Latin Motifs, designed by Nichole Heady.

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on January 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

I've combined both sets for today's card. The bright (for me) colors are inspired by the vibrance and warmth of Latin art. For the focal point, I put together two of the Palm Prints leaves with a sentiment from Latin Motifs. For contrast and to highlight the sentiment, I added some Raspberry Fizz ribbon behind. (From the 15th through the 31st, spools of ribbon are 50 cents only!! You'll find those and lots of other unbelievable prices during our pre-anniversary sale. More info HERE.)

My background was built from various smaller images in the Latin Motifs set. I especially love the dotted circle element (meant for the inside of a sun image in the set).

Stamps: Latin Motifs, Palm Prints

Dies: Palm Prints

Ink: Mint Julep, New Leaf, Pinefeather, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock, Aqua Mist Stripe patterned paper

Other: Raspberry Fizz stitched ribbon, Raspberry Fizz baker's twine

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I'm on Confetti Camera

It's Confetti Camera day over on the Reverse Confetti blogConfetti Camera is the weekly segment that features one of the Confetti Crew designers, along with an exclusive, themed project created just for this feature. 

Our theme this round is to CASE a design by another Confetti Crew member. Fun!

I made both a winter version and a Valentine version. For full project photos and details, join me HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Reverse Confetti January Release Blog Hop

Reverse Confetti's January release is now available, and the Confetti Crew is celebrating with a new release blog hop. So glad you're here!

I have two projects to share today, beginning with the adorable Foodie Fun stamp set. 

I used my Misti to get the gradient effect on the Foodie Fun beet and beet leaves. The white panel was die-cut with the new Tall Stripe Panel Confetti Cuts.

At the top, I used a mini paperclip to secure an word die-cut, which I cut with a XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts die. The patterned papers are all from Reverse Confetti's True Love 6x6 collection.

Stamps: Foodie Fun

Confetti Cuts Dies: Foodie Fun, XOXO Hearts, Tall Stripe Panel

Ink: Lime Green, Avocado, Flamingo, Rose, Salsa, Royal Purple

Paper: Avocado and Cloud White card stock; True Love 6x6 patterned paper collection; patterned vellum

And next is one of the adorable Goodie Box mini packages. These are so cute and assemble very quickly. I used the Goodie Box Additions Confetti Cuts to make the window opening in the front.

I clipped together the two longer flaps and added a tag, also from Goodie Box Additions. The stenciled "love" on the tag was done by using a Love You More Tag Layer Confetti Cuts die-cut as a stencil.

Along the bottom, I wrapped two of the heart border die-cuts from the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts set, and tied on some Charcoal striped twine.

Dies: Goodie Box, Goodie Box Additions, 
XOXO Hearts, Love You More Tag Layer

Ink: Rose

Paper: Piggy Bank, Cloud White

Other: acetate, Charcoal striped twine

For lots more new release inspiration, visit the Reverse Confetti Crew:

Thanks so much for visiting!