Friday, August 26, 2016

Adding a feminine touch to your autumn cards...

Happy Friday to you all! As I was looking for inspiration for today's design team tips post, I found a scrapbooking page that really inspired me, which isn't out of the ordinary! I can always find little design details on scrapbook layouts that translate well to cards. 

While studying this inspirational layout below, I realized that the reason I was drawn to it was because it had a feminine, light, layered feel to it. I usually tend to lean towards adding a feminine look to my cards and thought it would be fun to show you ways to add this look and feel to any card theme, including the autumnal cards that I've made for today's post! 
First, how do you define feminine?  To me, it's florals, light soft colors, layers, details, cheerful prints and patterns, swirly fonts, texture, gold/shiny accents, ruffles, soft curves, asymmetry.

I was drawn to the circular piece on the layout and loved how it was white on white, loved how the doily was folded over and clipped. I also liked the layers of the flower and sentiment and how it was all tucked together. Instead of the scalloped circle, I immediately thought of a doily. Papertrey Ink has the Parisian Lace Doily die, which is what I used here. There's nothing quite as feminine as a doily, right! You can also find them pre-made in big quantities in the baking section at the craft store. I die cut some of these and gathered some gingham paper. I also gathered my Color Pop Autumn mini kit and used the dies in the kit to trim out some of the leaves and flowers.

What makes a doily feminine? Lots of fine detail and the soft, round shape. I love the color of the wooden clothespin with the pink on the layout, but I wanted something flatter to allow for mailing, so I found some gold paper clips that I thought would work well for a fall card.

The doilies were simply folded over and clipped with the paper clip, then I tucked in a couple of flowers, leaves, a bountiful die cut and sentiment.

Inspired by the white-on-white in the layout, I added a Vintage Cream "Bountiful" die cut over the white doily and stamped a sentiment to go with it in gray with the Color Pop Autumn kit, very soft and subtle. Then to add a bit more color, I wanted to try the gingham in the background.

You can add a doily and a few layered details to a card on any occasion to make it feminine! Change out the backgrounds if you'd like to make them even softer and more dreamy and romantic. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a creative day!

Bountiful cards:
STAMPS: Color Pop Autumn
INK: Stormy Sea
PAPER: Color Pop Autumn, Chicken Scratch Gingham, white and Vintage Cream cardstock
DIES: Color Pop Autumn, Parisian Lace Doily die
OTHER: paper clips, enamel dots.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Creative uses for stamps...

This week at the Scrapbook Expo blog, I have a little post on looking at your stamps in a different way. Can you guess what stamp I used to create these corners that I used to make a frame around the sentiment?

Stop over to the Weekly Scrapper to read more, and leave a link with stamps you've used in unconventional ways...I'd love to see what you're making also!
Thank You card:
STAMPS: Pedal Pusher, Paper Clippings: Thankful For You by PTI
INK: Lovely Lady, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup, True Black by PTI
PAPER: white, Green Parakeet + White Basics
DIES: Die-Namics Four Way Chevron Cover Up by My Favorite Things
OTHER: seam binding, paper clip, sequins.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Release day...

Today is release day, the day when Papertrey Ink releases all of their new products (stamps, dies, papers, mini kits) for the month! You can purchase them tonight at 10pm EST at Papertrey Ink. I have a few more sneak peeks to show you of some of the new products...

First up, I used the new What the Doodle: Tea Time stamp set and dies, and the new Inspired: Blessed stamps and dies.

I used the steam from the tea set as butterfly wings by cutting two of them! They would make a great frame too if you cut several of them and surrounded a sentiment with them. I stamped and embossed them, then ran a gray Copic marker over the top. (W3)

Two different patterned papers were used in the background, then a stamped butterfly in the background and a vellum butterfly over the top from Enclosed: Butterfly. The Blessed die cut was ink blended first on white cardstock, then cut out and placed onto my card.

So Very Blessed card:
STAMPS: What the Doodle: Tea Time, Inspired: Blessed, Background Basics: Super Stripes
INK: Pure Poppy, Lovely Lady
PAPER: Mod Mix, Vintage Linens
DIES: What the Doodle: Tea Time, Enclosed: Butterfly
OTHER: White embossing powder, Copic marker W3

The next two cards made with New Every Morning, which has the most gorgeous sentiments, and Fancy Foliage, two new sets coming out this month. I love the encouraging sentiments!

On the first card, I used the sentiment from New Every Morning and the leaves from Fancy Foliage. 
The butterflies are stamped with Art With Heart and Background Basics: Super Stripes. It's backed with a Bright Buttercup + White Basics paper.

The second card is stamped with the same two sets and then a Filigree Border die cut was added to the sides.

The flowers are Pale Peony and Lovely Lady colors. The light blue background paper is from Mod Mix (an older paper pad).

Card Set:
STAMPS: Art With Heart, New Every Morning, Fancy Foliage, Background Basics: Super Stripes, Background Basics: Super Gingham
INK: Lovely Lady, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Pale Peony, True Black by PTI; Soft Granite by Hero Arts
PAPER: Bright Buttercup + White Basics, white cardstock, Mod Mix
DIES: Enclosed: Butterfly, Filigree Border die
OTHER: seam binding, sequins.

Last is Lucky Break. I love the fonts!
I used the sentiments from Lucky Break stamped in the background with some of the Color Pop: Autumn pre-printed pieces from the patterned paper in the Color Pop mini kit.

To create these gate fold cards, I used the Noted: Scalloped Square die and just folded the two ends in toward each other about 3-1/2 scallops deep to line up with the scallops on the back of the card. The two ends meet just perfectly in the center and overlaps just a teeny tiny bit!

Then I tied some rustic twine through the holes and wrapped it around the card twice, tying it in a bow in the center.

Here's the other one that you can see open. You could do so many fun things inside the card - a gift card, another sentiment, a photo, etc.! These would even be adorable on a place setting for Thanksgiving, don't you think? Oooh. I need to try that...

Gate Fold card set:
STAMPS: Lucky Break
INK: True Black
PAPER: Color Pop: Autumn, white
DIES: Color Pop: Autumn
OTHER: rustic twine.

Well, that wraps up August! Such a fun time of year. I really had fun with the products this month, everything is so gorgeous! You can grab all of the new products we've been previewing this week tonight at 10pm EST at Papertrey Ink! Stop by the other team members' blogs to see more with these sets: