Friday, February 5, 2016

Papertrey Favorites...

This month marks Papertrey Ink's 9th anniversary, and we have some very special blog posts and things planned for you! Hold on to your hats! I'm excited to be on the team for another year. Yay!!!

For today's post, we were to select a favorite project from 2015. I don't know if this one is my very, very favorite (it's hard to pick just one!), but I like the color scheme, and that it was different from the colors I usually choose! So I went with this one:

The colors used are Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, Scarlet Jewel and Summer Sunrise inks.
You can read more about this one HERE. There is actually a second card using this color palette in that post as well.

For today's post, I made another card using this color palette. I did add two more colors than the original card had ... I added Fine Linen ink and Berry Sorbet also. It was hard to beat the card above, as I really liked that one, but I gave it a go...

The Brushed Blooms stamp set and dies were used, and I stamped the big stem in the background with Fine Linen ink first to create a "shadow effect" to give the flower more dimension. Who says leaves have to be green, right? Then I added the stamped die cut flower over the top with dimensional adhesive behind it to pop it up off the card and added a few more tiny flowers in Berry Sorbet and Melon Berry.

Scarlet Jewel ink was used on the little flowers on the die cut and the "Always". I actually really like it and don't know why I don't used it more often!

As I reflect on the past year, I will admit 2015 was really been tough for me, personally. As you might know I've gone through a divorce after 16 years of marriage, and it wasn't a friendly one. (Is there such thing as a friendly divorce? I don't know!) It was sudden and unexpected for me...probably the toughest time of my life, to be honest, but creating has always been my saving grace….my happiness…and I didn’t want to let something that makes me so happy go. The ladies here behind the scenes have been so understanding and supportive during this tough time and over the past five years that I've been on the team! I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, Papertrey Ink is not just a company I design for, it’s like a family to me. I love the people, the products, the excitement each month! And sharing what I have such a passion for! Thank you so much for visiting and being supportive of me. It means the world!

Thanks so much for stopping by today for the Anniversary kick off!  Product reveals and projects start tomorrow!  To see the rest of the DT favorites, be sure to hop around to their blogs...


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Creative Cardmaker: Liquid Gold Gilding...

Happy Tuesday! Today over at Scrapbook Expo's Weekly Scrapper blog, I have a step-by-step tutorial for you on using Liquid Gold Gilding paint on cards with a quick and easy design. These cards literally took me only a few minutes and don't use many supplies at all...one sentiment stamp, paint, paintbrush, an old pencil and a black ink pad. Stop over to read more!

We have a snow day today, so I'm getting started on my Papertrey Ink goodies for this month that will be released on February 15th! Check out these pics of Kati with our neighbors! :) The girls are thrilled to get a day off today! We've gotten over a foot of snow, and it's still coming down. Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pedal Pusher revisited...

Happy Monday! The senior design team for Papertrey Ink is revisiting an older stamp set today called Pedal Pusher to share a few more ideas of what you can do with it! I had SO much fun with it! The layering possibilities are amazing with this set of stamps and dies!

First, I made this card and used the leaves from the stamp set to stamp around the edges of a white piece of cardstock. I added some tiny flowers from the Quilted: Summer stamp set. The bottom striped piece of cardstock was created by stamping with Background Basics: Super Stripes stamps with Raspberry Fizz ink onto Lovely Lady cardstock.

The bicycle die cuts are so much fun, because they have several layers you can stamp, so the bike pieces are in different colors, such as the wheels and basket. I cut a seat separately and trimmed it off the bicycle die, so I could stamp it in aqua and add it over the top of the orange bike.
The vellum butterflies were die cut with the Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies. You can find the vellum HERE. Some of them are folded in half to just show the profile of the butterfly!
Life Is a Beautiful Ride card:
STAMPS: Pedal Pusher, Quilted: Summer
NK: Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Lovely Lady
PAPER: white, Lovely Lady
DIES: Pedal Pusher, Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies
OTHER: enamel hearts.
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Next, I used gray cardstock in the background (just one from my crafty stash) and layered a Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies die cut over the top trimmed in vellum.
The banner was made to set over the top of the empty space on the butterfly cover plate. I like how it grounds the bicycle, so it's not "floating" on the card.

Here you can see the dimension a bit better. I love this cute bicycle die! It has special meaning to me now, as my new guy talked me into buying a road bike and bicycling with him, his favorite past time. THIS is the one I got, and it has aqua on it, my favorite, so I had to stamp this bicycle with aqua!
Just Keep On Pedaling card:
STAMPS: Pedal Pusher, Quilted: Summer
INK: Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, True Black
PAPER: white cardstock and Sheer Basics Vellum by PTI, gray cardstock-craft supply
DIES: Pedal Pusher, Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies
OTHER: clear sequins - Pretty Pink Posh.
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Visit Betsy, Dawn, Melissa and Heather to see more ideas with Pedal Pusher. 
Have a great day!