Thursday, March 28, 2013

April card kit at Studio Calico...

The Spencer's Card Kit is here!

The first two cards were made with the Spencer's Card Kit, and I had fun with the stamps in the kit. I masked off the light bulb stamp to repeat the sentiment around it. LOVE the wood veneer sayings!

I chose my favorite patterned paper out of the kit to add a little bit of color to the bottom!
This one was super quick - again made with the stamps in the kit. So many things you could do with them.

I used some Papertrey Ink stamping ink colors - True Black, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz and Harvest Gold for the hearts.

The next two cards were made with the card kit add-on, Americano. Loved the colors in this one!

I used a cover plate Circles Die by Papertrey Ink to cut the circles from the light patterned paper in the kit and placed it over the orange paper in the kit for contrast.

This card is made mostly with the Americano kit also, except for the white sticker word, which was from the Scrapbook add-on #2, Daily Grind.

And here are the Daily Grind kit contents.

I loved the canvas flags in this kit and made a card base with the journaling card in the kit.
Aren't these little metal clips adorable too?

I literally have a ton left over and could make cards for weeks with all of these supplies! But alas, we are moving to Colorado in two weeks, so I had to limit my scrappy time this month. Hope you gained a tiny bit of card making inspiration from these. Hugs!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spencer's sneaks...

Just popping in to share a couple of sneak peeks to the SPENCER'S kits at Studio Calico! The first one is made with the card kit only. Check out the fun stamps and wood veneer!

The next two are made mostly with the card kit add-on! Great colors in this kit too!

No matter which kits you get this month, you won't be disappointed. I promise! Full reveal is at midnight tonight - WOOT!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

more metallics...

All last week on the Pink Paislee blog, we were discussing using metallics on your projects! Hope you will stop over and see the fun posts. I made a little gift wrap and glassine bag to hold a card.
The Luxe line by Pink Paislee is so much fun!
Also added a bit of Pink Paislee's new Hope Chest line - the cute butterfly clip and the phrase sticker. I also discovered you can cut up those Luxe chipboard Placemats - see the stars? I scored it with my trimmer first to get a straight line and then finished snipping it apart with my scissors. This way you can use it on more than one project! The Placemats are quite large - about 8x8".
These alphas in gold glitter are really pretty. The glitter doesn't rub off and these letters are repositionable, so you can move them around as much as you want with no problem.

I had a piece of the chipboard left from above, and thought it looked like a little balloon, so I used it on the card below. I have been loving the chalkboard trend lately, so I stamped the Think Big Favorites #2 stamp in Fresh Snow ink by Papertrey Ink and embossed it with white powder, then rubbed some ink over the top to create the chalkboard look.
Swing over to the Pink Paislee blog to read more about these two projects!

Monday, March 18, 2013

luxe - urious...

One of the fun new trends I am enjoying is using metallics, they seem to be popping up everywhere these days. Pink Paislee has a gorgeous new line called Luxe and it's just that...luxurious and very high end looking, especially for cards! The metallic is embossed into the paper, so when using this paper, it really looks like stationary you would buy at the store! I made two quick cards the other day...

On the Happy Day card, I trimmed the dot paper down so that the dots were more on the bottom of the card, leaving the top open with white space for a sentiment. I used Pink Paislee's new Luxe Copper Alphas to spell out "day". I LOVE these and they don't get glitter all over you, the glitter is infused into the letter and doesn't come off. They are easy to reposition as well.

I added a "happy" stamp from Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites  #12 stamp set. With all of the straight lines from the arrows and such, I thought a curvy script stamp would be a nice addition. To adhere the vellum punched stars, I used Helmar's cute Zap Dots.

On the Wow card, again I used the Luxe chipboard arrows and Luxe star rub ons, Copper Alphas and a "congrats" card from Papertrey Ink's Congrats All Ways stamp set. To complete the card, I simply adhered a strip of Luxe chevron paper onto the top with Helmar's Tape Runner.

Check out all that shimmer! The Luxe line was created as an "accessory" to add to other lines, but I think it looks fabulous all by itself too.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Birds and Blooms...

Birds & Blooms is a limited edition stamp set from Papertrey Ink. Today the team is sharing a few projects made with this beautiful set.

I decided to keep mine pretty simple this time and let the pretty stamps speak for themselves. I stamped the branch in Ripe Avocado ink with little Sweet Blush hearts on the stems. The sentiment was masked off partially (I use washi tape and just tape over the parts I don't want to stamp!), so I could stamp the grateful in red first and then the smaller words in black! Love how the two-toned sentiment looks, and LOVE that font!!

I finished the design off with a pretty resin bloom by Papertrey Ink. And I couldn't resist creating an envelope to go with it, which was made similar to the card, but with a little piece of washi tape on top.

This stamp set will be available for only one year (February 15th, 2013 through February 15th, 2014). It is exclusive for purchase with 24 Rewards Points only, and cannot be purchased with cash. It's available for a year, so you have plenty of time to save up your points and earn this set! Have questions about the Papertrey Ink rewards point system? You can check out the Rewards detail page HERE. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Release day...

Today is the day all of the March goodies go up for sale at Papertrey Ink. Do you want to see what's new this month? This first card features the new Rosie Posie Step 2 stamps. It is an addition to Rosie Posie and adds shading over the flowers, which really looks gorgeous! I used the big leafy swirl from Turning a New Leaf.

A doily folded over the top, some twine and a few punched butterflies adds some dimension! The sentiment is from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday.

Sending Birthday Hugs & Wishes card:
STAMPS: Turning a New Leaf, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
INK: Soft Stone, True Black, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy
PAPER: Stampers Select White
DIES: none
OTHER: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, doily, twine.

Next, I used the new Wonderful Words: Birthday stamp set and dies. I also added the bubbles from the Birthday Style stamp set. I made the stripe patterned paper myself with the older Super Stripes stamp set! I stamped 2 lines of stripes with Super Stripes stamps to emulate a patterned paper from Crate Paper's On Trend collection that I have in my stash!

Happy Birthday Wishes card:
STAMPS: Wonderful Words: Birthday, Birthday Style, Background Basics: Super Stripes
INK: Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, True Black, Soft Stone, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy
PAPER: white and Soft Stone
DIES: Wonderful Words: Birthday
OTHER: none.


The Blooming Spring card uses the floral sprigs and sentiment from the new Spring Hills set with Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie Step 2 (new this month) stamp sets.

The color palette is Soft Stone, Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen and Sweet Blush inks. I will be using this palette again! Loved it.

A Spring Blooming With Blessings card:
STAMPS: Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Spring Hills
INK: True Black, Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, Sweet Blush, Soft Stone
PAPER: Stampers Select White
DIES: Rosie Posie
OTHER: Fresh Snow satin ribbon.


A quick birthday card was made here with Boutique Style: Birthday stamps and dies, Birthday Style stamps and dies and the Background Basics: Birthday stamps. See the patterned paper at the top? That is the one I was trying to emulate when I made my own stamped stripe paper on the above birthday card.
I popped up the frame and candles.

Happy Birthday candles card:
STAMPS:  Boutique Style: Birthday, Birthday Style, Background Basics: Birthday stamps
INK: Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold
PAPER: Aqua Mist and white cardstock, Patterned paper by Crate Paper
DIES: Boutique Style: Birthday (frame), Birthday Style (candles)
OTHER: none.


On the Happy Hello card, I stamped some flowers from the Polka Dot Parade #2 stamp set down the card.

I also added some large leaves in Sweet Blush with the older Turning a New Leaf stamp set.

Sending You a Happy Hello card:
STAMPS: Polka Dot Parade #2, Turning a New Leaf
INK: Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, True Black, Classic Kraft, New Leaf and Spring Moss
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Pebbles (floral)
DIES: Edgers #3 die
OTHER: twine, Vintage Cream twill ribbon, washi tape (red stripe), Boutique flower, Classic Kraft button.


Next up is Hello Foxy. What a cute set! I stamped the fox on Lavender Moon cardstock with white and embossed her and then I stamped her again on Sweet Blush Pattered Paper and cut out parts to add over the top of the plain one. Added a die cut butterfly and heart and stamping from the Modern Wood Mats stamp set.

Hello Foxy card:
STAMPS: Hello Foxy, Modern Wood Mats
INK: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy
PAPER: Classic Kraft, Lavender Moon cardstock, Sweet Blush Pattern Pack, Crate Paper's On Trend (floral)
DIES: Hello Foxy dies
OTHER: none.


Last is Comfort Food Additions. These are sayings that go with the older Comfort Food set. I started with a white card base that I had on hand from AC Moore and stamped the bowls from Comfort Foods in all different colors, the spoons in Soft Stone and punched out the "ice cream scoops" from cardstock and patterned paper. I used the Upper Script Alpha dies to cut out the word "party". Ice Cream sentiment is from Comfort Food Additions.

Ice Cream Party card:
STAMPS: Comfort Food, Comfort Food Additions
INK: Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores
PAPER: white, Pure Poppy Pattern Pack, Soft Stone cardstock
DIES: Upper Script Alpha dies, Hello Foxy (heart)
OTHER: card base from my stash.

Please visit the other team members to see what they've made this month also, and don't forget you can get all of these products at Papertrey Ink tonight at 10 pm EST.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Birthday Style...

Welcome to another group post today for Papertrey Ink! We are introducing a few new things today, the new Get a Handle On It dies, To You From Me stamp set, and the Birthday Style stamp set.

I made a little felt gift bag with Papertrey Ink felt and the Get a Handle On It dies. It was quick and easy, and I can see myself making all kinds of things with handles, these are really cute. Perfect inexpensive gift wrap for party favors, gift cards or small gifts.

Here's how!
First, I cut a strip of Smokey Shadow felt by Papertrey Ink 10" x 5" and trimmed the ends with pinking shears. Then I folded it in half and stitched up the two sides with my sewing machine, leaving the top open.

Next, I cut a handle with the new Get a Handle On It dies and two coordinating papers. (The stripe is the back of the floral.) Put all of that patterned paper in your stash to work for you! :)

I scored and folded the handle and wrapped it around the felt bag. Don't forget to add your gift inside before added the handle on top. (But yes, you can reopen it later, don't worry.)

The strip of paper was pulled through the center and folded over.

I punched a hole through everything (the bag too) with my Crop-a-dile.

Then I chose a pretty brad...
...and added it to the center in the punched hole. The brad will keep it closed, so the items inside won't fall out. You can take the brad out to reopen the bag.

Now that it's secured closed, and I wanted to add a sentiment to the bag. I used Bountiful Banners stamps and dies to create a little Sweet Blush pink banner. The sentiment and leaves are stamped with the new To You From Me stamp set. (Finished felt bag is 5 x 5".)

Then I wanted to make a card to go with it...

I used the new Birthday Style stamp set and dies. If you make the card less than 5 x 5", it will fit inside the bag with the gift!

To coordinate the card with the gift bag, I used another piece of the stripe, along with some patterned papers by Papertrey Ink (Sweet Blush Pattern Pack and Ripe Avocado Pattern Pack) cut with the Birthday Style dies, Sweet Blush ribbon, a Crate Paper brad and a sentiment from Birthday Style.  All layered on Soft Stone cardstock. LOVE Soft Stone lately! Gray is my new favorite neutral. I have a few rooms in my house painted gray now and just love it.

Hope you enjoyed the how-to. I'll be back tomorrow with all of my release projects for the month. These products I've featured today will be available at on March 15th.

Go see what the other girls made too!

(All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.)

With Love gift bag:
STAMPS: To You From Me, Bountiful Banners
INK: Sweet Blush, New Leaf, True Black
PAPER: Pretty Party by Crate Paper
DIES: Get a Handle On It, Bountiful Banners
OTHER: Smokey Shadow felt, Pretty Party brad by Crate Paper.

Birthday Wishes card:
STAMPS: Birthday Style
INK: True Black
PAPER: Soft Stone cardstock, Sweet Blush Pattern Pack, Ripe Avocado Pattern Pack
DIES: Birthday Style dies

OTHER: Sweet Blush ribbon, Pretty Party brad by Crate Paper.