Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Haunting -- SFYTT

Reverse Confetti's September Sketch For You To Try is winding down, so if you haven't yet played, be sure to link up by noon CST on Thursday, the 29th. You'll find all the details, including prize info, as well as the link list HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog.

Here's our sketch:

I created a focal panel on a Lacy Scallop Frames Confetti Cuts die-cut using stamps and images from Best Witches and Too Cute To Spook. The images are colored with Copics and popped up using foam tape. 

I added a white embossed sentiment strip and a trio of silver star sequins to finish things up. 

All of the patterned papers are from Reverse Confetti's Fright Night collection.

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Reverse Confetti Aqua and Lime Green

Paper: Fright Night; white and dark gray card stock

Other: white embossing powder, foam tape, Copic markers



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Moments Inked Planner: Trip Planning

Hello, today's post is for all the planner peeps who might be stopping by! I've been working on a big summer 2017 trip for a while now (two years, in fact!). Our destination: Alaska. I'm overwhelmed (in the best possible way) with all the decisions, choices, possible itineraries, and just various considerations in general. To help corral all the information into one place, I decided to create a travel planning booklet for my Moments Inked Planner

I started with a stack of Refill Binder Pages - Lined (I used 8), trimmed off the binder holes, and scored in the middle for a top-fold booklet. (Lexi Daly shared Mini Notebooks To Go earlier this year, so definitely check out her post for additional booklet/notebook ideas if you're interested in making some of these!)

For my booklet binding, I punched two holes and tied the pages together with some jute string.

To cut down bulk, I did not add a separate card stock cover, so my outside page is both the front and back cover. I customized the "cover" with with some travel-themed stamps and dies: 

Ink: Canyon Clay, True Black

Paper: Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Refill Binder Pages - Lined

Other: jute string

Since we don't yet know our exact travel dates or the length of our trip, I created a generic page template that shows three days at a time and that I can fill in as we get things figured out (all in pencil for now though, in case we need to rearrange!). 

The days of the week flags (repositionable, of course) are there so that I can keep in mind whether it's the weekend or not and choose or avoid our destinations and activities accordingly. 

Because of Alaska's size and the distance between destinations, driving times are a big consideration, so I added a quick AM and PM to indicate where we are when we wake up and where we'll overnight, along with the number of miles and the time it will take to get from one place to the next. I also added a checkbox to indicate whether we will need reservations or not. We are hoping to leave much of the trip planned but not booked, so we can have the freedom to go off-plan as desired. On the other hand, we don't want to be caught off-guard without a reservation when we need one.

The Notes space below is where I can write down options for activities each day.

Ink: Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Canyon Clay, Hawaiian Shores

We have some key top-level decisions to make about the trip, so I added a "start here" title to a blank page and listed those questions for easy reference. "Start here" is from Moments Inked: Posted II, and the stitched flag die-cut is from Tag Sale: Quilted.

The next page is where I've listed excursions that we're particularly interested in. I wrote the excursions on repositionable stickers that I die-cut using one of the dies from the Moments Inked: Divided die set. As I'm planning, I'll move these to the actual day pages. If I empty this page, I'll know we're doing everything we set out to do (although I think we're going to have to pare this down a bit!).

Below the excursions is a list of other activities we would also like to fit in if possible. (I think we're going to need the whole summer!)

In the back of the booklet there are lots of additional blank pages for notes and information.

Here's how I've started using the booklet to plan out a sample itinerary. I'm doing it all in pencil right now, since we're not even sure yet which direction we'll head first once we get there.

To secure the booklet into my planner (and still allow it to be removed), I made a little binder strip with a slot for the booklet. For durability, I used a piece of a plastic two-pocket folder from the office supply store. 

Cut a 1" x 7" strip.
Die-cut the binder holes using the full-size Binder Page die
Center the booklet and mark the left and right edge on the binder strip.
Punch a small hole into the binder strip at each mark.
Use a craft knife and ruler to cut a slot between the two punched holes.

Then you just find the midpoint of the booklet and slide it through.

That's it for today! Hope you found something here that you can use in your own planner. I'm thinking these booklets would be perfect for home decor/home improvement projects. Record your room dimensions, window sizes, etc., and then when you get to the hardware store, just grab the booklet and go!

Before I sign off today, a request: if you are an RV traveler (especially if you've RV'd in Alaska) and you're willing to help out a newbie, please email me, message me, leave a comment, etc. We are thinking an RV rental would be a fun way to do Alaska, but I've never even been inside one before, so I have questions. Lots!

We love to see how you're using your planner. Share with us using the #momentsinked hashtag!

Thanks so much for joining me today! Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I'm up on the Reverse Confetti blog with today's Wednesday in the Works.  I'm sharing a pair of projects with stamped sentiment background patterns. Hope you'll join me over there!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Papertrey September Release In Review

It's Release Day at Papertrey Ink! All of the new release products will be available tonight at 10pm ET. 

I'll be sharing the rest of my release projects next week, but in the meantime, here's a little peek at something else I've been playing with: the Post & Parcel Make It Market kit

We always expect big things from Betsy, and anticipate her holiday kit especially. I think this kit is going to exceed your every expectation! More info on Nichole's blog!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trimming the Tree

Welcome to Day 5 of Papertrey Ink's September holiday release countdown. Today we are featuring two beautiful ornament stamp sets, Vintage Ornaments II by Dawn McVey, and What the Doodle: Ornament by Betsy Veldman. In addition, Erin Lincoln has come up with a Stitched Ornament Die collection for making beautiful 3D felt ornaments. I'm excited to share with you what I came up with!

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on September 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

For this first project, I've used Vintage Ornaments II. I've fallen pretty hard for these ornaments! Not only have I enjoyed stamping with them, but I'm now determined to find some of these for my ornament collection! The set is designed with both line art and solid images, so you can color with your favorite coloring medium or "color" with the solid images. I chose the latter for this card. 

I found some gorgeous inspiration pieces while browsing Pinterest. One of my favorites is this one. And this vintage Christmas card is another:

StampsVintage Ornaments II, Holiday Greens

DiesVintage Ornaments II

Ink: Ocean Tides, Limeade Ice, Scarlet Jewel, Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado, True Black

Paper: watercolor paper, Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: silver sequins, white pigment ink

Next is What the Doodle: Ornament. I have so many ideas for this set, and can't wait to spend more time with it! For today, I stamped in black on watercolor paper, heat embossed and watercolored with Papertrey re-inkers. I just love the elegance of these images, and the doodle style gives it a bit of a playfulness as well. 

StampsWhat the Doodle: Ornament, Holiday Swoosh

Ink: Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides; Versafine Onyx Black

Paper: watercolor paper, Ocean Tides and Smokey Shadow card stock

Other: white linen thread, white and clear embossing powder

My last project for today is a stitched ornament. I combined the Stitched Ornaments: Beaded die and the Stitched Ornaments: Classics dies. 

One of the fun things about these is that you can get different looks depending on the number of sides you cut. For example, you could have a flat ornament with just a front and back stitched together. Mine has four sides, two beaded and two classics. I'm hoping to make lots more stitched ornaments, and with all the variations (beaded, embroidered, sequins, woven) and felt colors, I can get nearly endless different looks. 

I used thin white thread to sew on the white pearl beads, so that it wouldn't show much, and white embroidery floss for all the other stitching. 

I finished the top and bottom with some button stacks, a jingle bell, and a hanging loop. This was super fun to stitch together! Best of all, you can get 5-6 ornaments per roll of felt, which works out to only $1.25-$1.35 each!

DiesStitched Ornaments: Beaded; Stitched Ornaments: Classics

Other: Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, and Pure Poppy felt; white, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, and Pure Poppy buttons, jingle bell, silver cord, white embroidery floss, white thread

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Classic Holiday Inspirations

Welcome to Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's September holiday release countdown. Today we are featuring Winter Village, a set filled with vintage holiday scene imagery, Christmas Critters, an adorable take on the Christmas mouse, and Christmas Critters Sentiments.

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on September 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

Nichole asked us to think back to our holiday memories and share both the memories and how those memories can inspire our Christmas projects. One of my favorite Christmas traditions was when my dad would read The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve. I don't recall him reading to us on many other occasions (my mom did a lot, though), which surely made the Christmas Eve readings more special. My dad could be very theatrical and animated (he still is sometimes!), so the part "I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter" was always especially fun!

When I first became a mom, my mother loaned me the old family pop-up The Night Before Christmas under strict orders that I take good care of it and return it. It's a 1967 Random House edition, like the one pictured below.

(source, pictures of the inside 
are posted, too if your'e interested)

 I wouldn't be surprised if my mom has this book listed in her will! (She's very sentimental and a collector of antiques and other old things.)

My The Night Before Christmas memories inspired me to make a Winter Village scene. Inside that charming house, I imagine children hanging their stockings, setting out cookies and milk for Santa, and curling up with dad for a The Night Before Christmas reading.

StampsWinter Village

DiesWinter Village, Cover Plate: Delightful

Ink: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Mint Julep, Winter Wisteria, Pale Peony, Americana, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Cocoa Bean, True Black

Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock

Other: chunky glitter, white paint, silver star sequins, clear Wink of Stellla brush pen

My next card goes with the Night Before Christmas theme, too, thanks to the sentiment, which is from Christmas Critters Sentiments! Are those Christmas Critters mice just so adorable or what?

I went with a super clean and simple design to let those mice really steal the show.

These mice also remind me of walnut shell mice ornaments. My mom made a few of these when I was a kid, and I remember thinking they were the cutest and most clever things ever! She was forever and always making things, never more so than during the Christmas season.

StampsChristmas Critters, Christmas Critter Sentiments

DiesChristmas Critters, Tag Sale #10

Ink: Soft Stone, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Vintage Jadeite, New Leaf, True Black

Paper: Stamper's Select White cards stock, Fresh Snow Linen card stock

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