Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Alpha-blocks...

Well, hello! Thank you for stopping by. We have another Papertrey Ink group blog post to share with you some fun new stamp sets coming out this month. Today we are featuring the new Alpha-blocks set, which I used on the XO in my title work...
I have scrapped these pictures before, but they totally make me smile and are some of my favorites of Kati. Very reflective of her happy and infectious personality! On the XO stamps, I used a "kissing" technique with another new stamp set called Tag-its #3, a small floral stamp.

I'm sure many of you have already tried "kissing your stamps". ha But if you haven't, let me show you how I did it.

First, you will need to cut two little squares with the Alpha-blocks die. Get your Alpha-blocks stamp set ready also.
Ink up the X and the O alpha blocks with any ink color. The darker colors work better for this technique. I used Hawaiian Shores ink.


Next, grab the Tag-Its #3 stamp set and pick the little group of flowers stamp.
You will place this floral stamp right over the X that you inked up and press down. (Please excuse my dirty stamp!)

It will look something like this, which is hard to see, but when you stamp it on white cardstock, you will see it much better.


Now stamp the X onto the little white cardstock pieces that you cut out previously. Here are the finished X and O that have been "kissed"...

It's fun to add a little bit of pattern to these alpha blocks and reminds me of a watercolor painting, very soft. You could do polkadots, stripes, etc.! Here are a couple more photos of my layout:


I also used the new Library Ledger Year Additions on the bottom border (2011). Hop on over to the other gals' blogs to see what they've created with the Alpha-blocks stamps if you'd like!
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{Thoughts of You layout}
  • STAMPS: Alpha-Blocks (xo), Library Ledger Year Additions (2011), Tag-Its #3 (floral and thoughts of you)
  • INK: Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate
  • PAPER: Lavender cardstock, dark brown cardstock, kraft and white cardstock
  • DIES: Alpha-Blocks die, Vineyard Embossing Plate
  • OTHER: ribbon – Hawaiian Shores (teal) and Lemon Tart 3/8” Twill Tape by PTI, chipboard hearts – American Crafts Dear Lizzy, felt – PTI, twine- The Twinery, white floss – DMC, paper clip, flower- Recollections Boutique Fleur by Michael’s.

19 comments:

rebecca said...

How adorable! Both the layout and your daughter. Just precious and a very creative use of alpha blocks. Thanks for sharing.

Noreen said...

Your daughter sparkles! Thanks for sharing your technique.

viva said...

It's beautiful!! Both of course - your scrap and your daughter! :-). Thanks for sharing such a usefull tip!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Gorgeous idea to stamp the flowers onto the alpha blocks before stamping in on paper, that looks awesome!! Love it! Such a happy-looking layout, the pics are lovely! Yhanks for sharing!
Hugs, Wendy

Gabby said...

What a sweet page! :)

Moira said...

Adorable page and thanks for the 'kissing' tutorial!

Kelly S. said...

So cute, Danielle...your project AND your precious daughter!!

Kathy said...

Adorable! I don't know which is more, your cute daughter or the layout! You captured her personality perfectly with this layout.

BeaverlyBL said...

What a cute happy little page. Love the extra that the kissing technique adds. Your daughter's pictures make me smile, as well. Thank you.

Lorus! said...

I have heard of this technique, but have never seen it explained. I love the idea and definitely will try it! Thanks!

Atticelf said...

I love that ghost technique and what a great way to use this set.

Lisa Petrella said...

Such a super sweet layout! LOVE all of the different PTI products you incorporated into your design!!

Jennifer said...

SUPER CUTE and my favorite color combination!! So many awesome little touches!!! (=

Keshet said...

This is so cute, Danielle!

marcy said...

Love this Danielle!

Elizabeth said...

Danielle what a really cute layout, I love what you did with the stamps! Fantastic!
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Andrea Amu said...

How pretty those letter blocks are with the "kissed" flowers! Love the look and love your page! Can see why those pix of your Kati are some of your faves!

Melonie said...

Oh Miss Kati is too cute Danielle!!! Love the colors on this one and of course those adorable pics!!!

PJL said...

This is just darling!! Thanks for the inspiration. Pamela~