Thursday, December 8, 2016

Candy Canes and Tea Cups

I absolutely loved Betsy's card below:
You can see more details about it on her blog here.   Betsy is super talented! In fact the whole reason I purchased PTI's What the Doodle: Tea Time stamp set is so I could reproduce this card.  But I needed a Christmas card instead of a Fall card.  So I put my thinking cap on and figured out a way to make a similar design but more holiday oriented.  This is what I came up with:
I think it turned out pretty cute!  I changed the colors using PTI's pure poppy, classic Kraft, and new leaf to ink the background  and the white image behind the tea cups.  The same colors of card stock were cut out with the tea cup dies, stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  To make it even more festive I added some candy canes and holly leaves from PTI's Sweet Holiday Wishes stamp and die set.

Supplies are listed and linked below:

PTI What the Doodle: Tea Time stamp set

PTI What the Doodle: Tea Time Dies

PTI Sweet Holiday Wishes

PTI Sweet Holiday Wishes Dies

PTI Classic Kraft dye ink

PTI New Leaf Dye Ink

PTI Pure Poppy Dye Ink

Clarity Stencil Brushes

Thanks for stopping by! Please come back again! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tip: How to make an open wreath using a vine stamp and it's coordinating die

Do you ever see a card by one of the fabulous Papertrey Ink designers and think I've gotta make a card just like that now!?  But then you realize you don't have all the supplies the designer used?  Well that happened to me recently.  I sat down to make some Christmas cards.  I immediately thought of Betsy's amazing card using the PTI Dress Up Dolls: Elves stamp set.  I couldn't wait to start making this:

Isn't it wonderfully cute!? (You can see more details on Betsy's blog here)  I was soo happy my daughter had the PTI dress up doll basic set because it gave me an excuse to buy the Elf set and thus I could recreate this card.  Or so I thought....I didn't have that rustic wreath stamp set.  So I got to thinking what I could replace the wreath with.  This is my finished card...see what you think?!



Can you guess what I used for my wreath?  I used the vine included with PTI's What the Doodle:  Ornament stamp and die set.  I had to do some snipping though to make it work.  Here let me show you.

First you stamp and die cut or fussy cut several of the vines.  (I wanted a hollow wreath for the elves to pop out of so I cut a circle out of my card front and the size of that determined how many vines I needed)  Next you will snip apart the vine as indicated above.  Then begin layering your cut peices around the circle.  I lay the middle black part of the vine directly along the edge of the circle so half  the vine is on the cardstock and the other half is hanging out of the circle.  As indicated in the photo you will want to flip the top half of the snipped vine so it is facing the wrong way.  You will also want to overlap the vine pieces slightly when you glue them around the circle.


Above is a picture of the completed wreath.  The red showing through is mat on my table.  I decided make another card using just the open wreath since it's so pretty on it's own.


I colored the wreath and bow with Prismacolors an used a sparkle gel pen to color the tiny berries.  The bow and sentiments were all from PTI's Bells and Boughs stamp set.

Supplies are listed and linked below:

PTI Dress Up Dolls: Basics Stamp Set

PTI Dress Up Dolls: Elves Stamp Set

PTI Bells and Boughs Stamp Set


PTI Stylish Sentiments: Holiday

PTI What the Doodle Ornament
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #268: Double-Layer Tags

This week's Make it Monday involves making tags with double layers.  Dawn showcases just how to do this technique in a lovely video.  Check it out on Nicole's blog here.   I have to say I don't usually make tags at all!  We travel for Christmas so I usually rely on gift wrapped packaged with flat peel and stick labels since they are easier to stack and store in the car.  However, I do have one gift basket to give this year so I set about making a tag for that.  I must admit it was quite fun and soo much quicker than a card.

First let me just apologize for the poor photos.  If I get more time I will choose a better backing and take some better photos.  I have much on my agenda this weekend and I wanted to get this in the challenge before it was over.

I had tons of fun making this shaker tag!  I was inspired by a wonderful card Lizzie Jones made...you can see it on her blog here. My son got a fuse tool for Christmas a few years ago and I think I've been having more fun with it than he has!  I'm glad he likes to share!  Anyway, I used the We r Memory Keepers Fuse tool to make the pocket for my shaker goodies.

I used a technique Jennifer McGuire showed in her video here.  Basically she took a circle die and used it as a guide to fuse the edges of the pocket.  I used some scrapbook page protectors I had trimmed off when making pockets for my card stock (at some point I will share some photos of how I made my pocket pages using scrapbook page protectors  at a later date).

I cut two of PTI's Tag sale #4 dies one in color and one in patterned card stock.  For the patterned tag I used the same circle die I used to fuse my shaker pocket to cut a circle window out of the tag.  I glued my shaker pocket behind the cut out area.  I placed the PTI Shaped Sayings:  Christmas die on top of the shaker elements.  I used glittered paper for the berries on the holly.

I didn't adhere the two tags together at all.  I simply used some baker's twine to thread them together.
I stamped To and From included in PTI's Bells and Boughs stamp set on the back of the tag.


This was soo fun..I wish I needed more tags!  Hmm maybe I should make a few as gifts!
Supplies are listed and linked below:

PTI Shaped Sayings: Christmas

PTI Tag Sale #4
 Thanks for stopping by! Please come back again!  Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Papertrey Ink November 2016 Blog Hop

Isn't that photo just gorgeous!  Tons of inspiration to pull from to make a card that is for sure!  Nicole picked a fabulous photo don't you think?!   I focused on the white fluffy tree and colorful ornaments for my card.




I started by stamping the pine boughs from PTI's Bells and Boughs in Versamark ink and heat embossed them in white.  I brushed aqua mist over the entire card doing an ombre type of blending with the darker color at the top and getting gradually lighter as you go down.  I cut the ornaments  out of PTI raspberry fizz, tropical teal, and green parakeet cardstock.    I pulled out some very old gold embossing powder to add touches of gold to the ornaments. It is soo old the price tag actually said $3.50!   It didn't melt that smoothly but in this case it made the ornaments look old which worked well for this style of card.   You can see the embossing better in the photo below.
 I suspended the ornaments from gold string.  A greeting from PTI stylized sentiments: holiday also embossed in gold finishes the card.



Supplies are listed and linked below:

PTI What the Doodle Ornament

PTI Bells and Boughs Stamp Set

PTI Stylish Sentiments: Holiday

Clarity Stencil Brushes

PTI Aqua Mist Dye Ink

Metallic Gold Thread
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Papertrey Ink Create Along With us November 2016 Challenge

This week Papertrey Ink released new products.  The design team was busy making projects using these products.  So instead of a technique video we are to use one of the design team's projects as an inspiration for making our own card.

Heather Nicolas did an amazing card that I just knew would be perfect for my son's 13th birthday.  See more details about her card here.
My son's favorite colors are orange and green so I used them as my go to colors.
My son purchased the Boy Basics: Game On stamp set a few years ago with his own money.  However, it has been woefully neglected lately so I was happy to use it on his card.   I stamped and then heat embossed video game images with clear ink.  I brushed over those images with PTI new leaf ink using clarity stencil brushes.  I love how smooth and effortless it is to add color with these brushes.  The candles are from PTI's Wishes Come True stamp set. The sentiment is from PTI's Bold Basics: Birthday die.  I cut it several times ad layered one on top of another for more dimension.  The blue stars are from a confetti pack from the Dollar Tree they replace the dots on the "i"s.  I actually embossed a full A2 size with the video game images and the part I cut off I gave to my son as a bookmarker.

Since my son's birthday is during pumpkin season he always asks for pumpkin pie for this birthday.  My sweet husband always makes hm one.  He made a smiley face in the pie with the candles since there weren't 13 left in the pack.



His sister bought him a whoopie cushion.  He just thought that was the greatest thing!  Here is a photo of him sitting on it.
I can't believe he is 13!  I am about 5'6" and he is almost as tall as me.  How did I get old enough to have a teenager!  Where has my little boy gone?  I found this photo of when he was 5
He may be bigger but one thing sure hasn't changed!  He loved Sponge Bob at 5 years old and still does at 13!

Gotta run!  Thanks for stopping by and please come back again!



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #267 Assembly Line Card Making

This week's technique for the Make it Monday challenge involves assembly line card making.  Laurie has a wonderful video demonstrating how to make duplicate cards easily.  Check it out here. I needed to make several items for our upcoming church craft and bake sale.  So I decided to use Laurie's tips to make some Elf treats using PTI's Dress up Dolls: Elves.


I got the bags from the Dollar Tree.  I filled them with 12 kisses and added the topper printed out on my computer using Georgia Pacific cardstock.    I stapled the bags shut then used my ATG to attach the toppers to my bag.  I found it is easiest to attach the back first then fold the front over and attach last.

I got the cute little poem from My Creative Corner.    The poem reads:
With Little elf eyes watching you,
There's not a lot that Santa misses,
 So to help you be good today,
Here's a bunch of sweet Elf kisses.

 I embossed the bottom of the treat topper with little an X border to reinforce the kiss theme. 

My son turns 13 on Thursday and he is big into "potty humor" so I had to do a boy version for him.

I got the poem from Paper Crafts by Candace.  The poem reads:
I hear you've been naughty,
So listen, here's the scoop.
All you get for Christmas,
is this bag of Elf Poop!

I didn't think an X border was appropriate here so I just did diagonal slashes.

I got the color ideas from Kay Miller.   She made some adorable projects using these elves.  Check them out here.  I used Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.  I am totally amazed at how easily the Gamsol blended away the pencil lines.  It made coloring very enjoyable!  The only thing I found difficult was doing the little stripes on the tights.  I have since bought a smaller blending stump so that should make blending easier for future projects.  I goofed when I was coloring so I have a few other versions to share.  Oh and I stamped the images on the little insert sheet that tells the color names of the cardstocks.  It's a little thinner than the Stamper's Select white I usually use but for this project I didn't want so many layers of thick cardstock so those inserts worked perfectly!




I added some white iridescent Stickles to the pom pom on the hat.


I borrowed a gold gel pen from my daughter to add some sparkle to the buckle, bottom of the girl's dress and buttons.   I apologize for the bad photos...I should have taken them in the daylight but I didn't finish them up until it got dark and would miss the deadline for the challenge if I waited.

I got these dress up dolls for my daughter to play with. She is loving coloring in the images but I have to say I am loving them too!   They have soo many cute outfits!  If these sell well I will do another version for the Spring craft show.  They have a cute little bunny outfit for the dolls to dress up in!   

Supplies are listed and linked below:

PTI Dress Up Dolls: Elves Stamp Set

Prismacolor Pencils

Inky Antics Gamsol Coloring Kit
Thanks for stopping by! Please come back again! I will be sharing a few more treats I made up for my craft show later this week.