Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Papertrey Ink April Release - Text & Texture: Agate and Geode Layers

Today is Day One of Papertrey Ink's April release countdown, and I am thrilled to help introduce two new, super cool agate and geode products. The first is the Text & Texture: Agate stamp set, and the second is the Geode Layers die set.

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

My first project features the Text & Texture: Agate stamp set and some ink blending in shades of blue and green. The background stamp is a generous 5 3/4 square, so not only does it cover the full background, but you also have some choice about which parts to show. Also included are a handful of sentiments, the one shown here plus several phrases built around the word "rock." 

This background was super fun to play with! I decided to ink blend the concentric circles in different shades of blues and greens, starting with a light Aqua Mist and finishing with Dark Indigo. I added some water splatters and ink splatters for texture. Next, I used some metallic watercolor to paint one of the rings a shimmery gold. The effect in real life is so pretty! I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink, heat embossed in gold, and stitched it onto the background with gold thread. 

I wanted a little more gold, so I added some gold glass glitter around the gold painted ring.


Stamps: Text & Texture: Agate

Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Versamark

Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Soft Stone, and vellum card stock

Other: gold and white embossing powder, gold glass glitter, metallic gold watercolor


Next is a look at the Geode Layers die set. For this card, I die-cut the layers from different shades of blue card stock, as well as white and the new gray. I kept my die set together as opposed to snipping the individual rings apart. This allowed me to easily inlay all the rings back into a one-layer geode.

I added a coating of clear glass glitter to mimic the crystal interior of a geode. 

And last is a two-toned sentiment from Text & Texture: Agate that I stamped onto a Tremendous Tags die-cut.


Stamps: Text & Texture: Agate

Ink: Aqua Mist, Dark Indigo

Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Fresh Snow Linen, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo, New Medium Gray, and Soft Stone card stock

Dies: Geode Layers, Tremendous Tags

Other: clear glass glitter, silver embroidery floss

For my last card, I die-cut a full geode (dies still attached, not cut apart), then watercolored the different Geode Layers rings using reindeers in different shades of purple, along with a hint of metallic gold. I also die-cut a whole bunch of extra geodes from white card stock, then proceeded to "reverse layer" the geode so that the outer rings are raised and the center is recessed. This created a cavity of sorts, which I filled with clear glitter and sequins to make a shaker.

I stamped the Text & Texture: Agate sentiment in white Staz-On onto the acetate layer right over the geode interior. Here you can also see the beautiful gold watercolor shimmer on that one ring.

I placed the finished geode shaker onto a Royal Velvet background stamped with the Text & Texture: Agate background.


Stamps: Text & Texture: Agate

Ink: Lavender Moon, Lilac Grace, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Royal Velvet; White Staz-On

Paper: Royal Velvet card stock, watercolor paper

Dies: Geode Layers

Other: clear and gold glass glitter, clear sequins, acetate, Mister Huey Opaque White

That's it for me today. Be sure to head over to the Papertrey Ink blog for a look at the rest of today's featured products and lots more inspiration from the design team!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Papertrey Ink March Release: School Days, Great Teachers & Big Apple

Welcome to Day 2 of Papertrey Ink's March release countdown! Today I'm excited to share with you a collection of school-themed products: School Days stamps and dies, Great Teachers stamps and a die set called Big Apple.

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

For my first project, I decided to make a traveler's journal for my youngest son's 5th grade memories. It's so hard to believe, but after 3 kids and 12 consecutive years, this is our last year of elementary school! 

On the cover, I've die-cut the Big Apple out of Kraft card stock. The Big Apple die set includes the big apple shape, stem, leaves, and a die that cuts slots to hold gift cards. I've trimmed off the bottom of the apple to fit the shorter height of the booklet.

I stamped the notebook lines from School Days onto the apple, then added the pencil and apple, also from School Days

Last, I added some twine to the stem.

On the title page, I used more pencils, another apple, as well as some of the little word stamps from School Days (grade, teacher, school).

Our school does a really great job of making the 5th grade year super special, so I can't wait to fill this book up with photos from the year!


Stamps: School Days
Ink: Pure Poppy, True Black, Harvest Gold, Fine Linen, Soft Stone, Pale Peony, Fresh Snow
Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Kraft, New Leaf, and Cocoa Bean card stock; Green Parakeet Bitty Big patterned paper
Dies: Big Apple, School Days
Other: True Black baker’s twine

For this next card, I wanted to change up the usual apple colors and try an all-pink palette. I love the super feminine look! The apples and pencil are from School Days.

The sentiment is from Great Teachers. I love the font combination in this teacher-themed sentiment set! Here, I've cut the typewriter parts into strips and stapled them onto my card for a fun teacher-ish touch.

The script part of the sentiment is stamped over the notebook line image from School Days. Last, I added School Days stars in True Black, and also customized one of the apples with the number 5.

The whole card is mounted onto a piece of patterned paper from the Mint Julep Bitty Big paper pack, one of three new Bitty Big collections coming out this month. 

Stamps: School Days, Great Teachers
Ink: Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Autumn Rose, Mint Julep, True Black
Paper: Stamper’s Select White card stock, Mint Julep Bitty Big patterned paper
Dies: School Days, Moments Inked: Edged

Other: True Black baker’s twine

My last card combines the big Apple die with another sentiment from Great Teachers for a quick clean-and-simple card.

The apple was cut from Pale Peony card stock and Sheer Basics vellum. The beautiful Great Teachers sentiment is stamped onto the vellum.

I added a Kraft stem and Mint Julep leaves to attach the vellum layer, then topped with some twine.

The background is a combination of white card stock plus True Black and Mint Julep Bitty Big patterns.

Stamps: Great Teachers, School Days
Ink: True Black
Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Kraft and Mint Julep card stock; Mint Julep and True Black Bitty Big patterned paper; Sheer Basics vellum

Dies: Big Apple
Other: True Black baker’s twine

For more inspiration, visit the Papertrey Ink blog.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Reverse Confetti March Release Hop

Hello, hello, it's been a while! I'm excited to be part of Reverse Confetti's March Release Blog Hop today. Welcome! The March release, now available in the Reverse Confetti store, includes four new stamp sets, six Confetti Cuts die sets, and a new 6x6 paper pad. I have to say this is my very favorite Reverse Confetti release ever!

My project today features TALL BLOOMS, a beautiful new floral set. I wanted to try some no-line coloring, so I stamped two of the images in a very light waterproof ink onto Reverse Confetti's CLOUD WHITE card stock, then watercolored the images and background. This was a real test for this old girl's eyes, I tell ya! Lots of squinting to find the lines ;) 

I die-cut the watercolored panel using a PIERCED ROUND TOP LAYER Confetti Cuts, placed it on a triple-stacked LEAF LATTICE COVER PANEL and then onto a Stone card base. Last, I went back and added an outer wavy stitched frame die-cut from the ALL FRAMED UP Confetti Cuts set.

That's it for me. Here's the full hop order -- enjoy!

Amy Sheffer <--- you're here

Thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Papertrey Ink February 2018 Release: Glorious Globes + Shape Shifters

Welcome to Day 8 of Papertrey Ink's 11th Anniversary extended release countdown! There is so much excitement with this anniversary release -- be sure to check the Papertrey Ink blog daily for new contests, challenges, and product introductions.

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

Today I get to share with you a few different new goodies. Lizzie Jones has a super fun and trendy new line called Glorious Globes. We kick off this series this month with both Glorious Globes: Basics and Glorious Globes: February. I can't wait to see how this series develops! These first two sets are fabulous! I'll also be sharing the first die in a new series from Betsy Veldman called Shape Shifters. We're kicking off that series with Shape Shifters: Circle I. More on that later in this post.

My first project features Glorious Globes: Basics. There are three different globe sizes in the set, each with different globe designs, a nice variety of sentiments, including some curved ones that fit around the globes, and even a multi-step book stack image perfect for continuing the travel theme.

I did some ink blending to create the hard edge "shelf" look, then added some light blue stenciled "wallpaper" in the background.

Stamps: Glorious Globes: Basics
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft, Smokey Shadow
Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Enchanted Evening, Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky card stock
Dies: Glorious Globes: Basics
Other: natural twine

Next, I've changed gears totally, this time working around the beautiful floral theme of the Glorious Globes: February add-on set.

I did another ink-blended horizontal line to ground my design, then added a pair of globes nestled in among some flower and leaf die-cuts. I was inspired by photographs of globe centerpiece designs. The hand-lettered "miss you" sentiment is from the new Penned Elegance, also releasing February 15. It was previewed HERE on Day 6 of the countdown.

The multi-step floral globe images are easy to line up and add so much color. Felt flowers and clear sequins add a little extra texture and interest to this layered, but otherwise clean design.

Stamps: Glorious Globes: Basics; Penned Elegance
Ink: True Black, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Lilac Grace, Soft Stone
Paper: Stamper’s Select White card stock
Dies: Glorious Globes: February; Penned Elegance; Fancy Foliage Details; Bitty Button Stacks

For this last card, I turned again to Glorious Globes: Basics, but brought in some pizzazz and color for a more chic, stylish take on the globe theme. Here you can actually see all three globe sizes, too. 

Behind the globe arrangement is that fun chevron circle die-cut, which was done with Shape Shifters: Circle I. As I mentioned above, this is a new series by Betsy. Each die set will consist of three different dies that can be used in combination or alone. The die-cut on this card uses all three dies together: the inner chevron design, the stitched border, and the outer pinked circle. With this series, you can look forward to being able to mix and match elements of this die set with future Shape Shifter Circle dies for even more design options.

Those pretty florals are from a set that will be formally introduced on Wednesday. 

Stamps: Glorious Globes: February; Seasonal Borders: Spring
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, True Black, Soft Stone, New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Saffron Spice, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, , VersaMark
Paper: Stamper’s Select White and True Black card stock
Dies: Glorious Globes: February; Shape Shifters: Circle I; Seasonal Borders: Spring

As I mentioned above, the February anniversary release comes with lots and lots of contests and challenges. Today's challenge is a color challenge. Each designer has a color challenge based off today's cards. Here's mine:

For more color challenge details, additional color recipes, as well as more Glorious Globes and Shape Shifters inspiration, visit the Papertrey Ink blog.

As always, thanks for visiting! 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Introducing: Birthday Balloons & Birthday Strings

Welcome to Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's January release countdown. Today's featured products are: Birthday Balloons stamps and dieBirthday StringsBirthday Balloons Stencils, and Never Enough.

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

I have a few projects so share featuring the Birthday Balloons stamp collection.

Birthday-themed products are always a favorite. So festive and cheerful, and probably the type of card I need most often. The new Birthday Balloons set is perfect for whipping up this quick, clean-and-simple card.

I started by die-cutting three balloons, then stamped two of them with the balloon "filler" images. For the third balloon, the Raspberry Fizz one, I added some subtle sentiment stamping.

I had fun doing my balloon strings in three different ways. The typewriter font "let's party" and "good times," along with the curvy Raspberry Fizz traditional string are part of the Balloon Strings stamp set. "Celebrate" comes from the Birthday Strings set. (The full sentiment is "time to celebrate." I selectively stamped just the word "celebrate," and used a black pen to extend the string.)


STAMPS: Birthday Balloons, Balloon Strings
INK: Tropical Teal, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, True Black, Fresh Snow
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Tropical Teal, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice
DIES: Birthday Balloons
OTHER: True Black baker’s twine

I just love all the colorful balloons on this one! I used one of the Birthday Balloons Stencils to do those, repositioning the stencil to create all the overlapping balloons. I did not do any masking and just let the ink overlap, creating the realistic look of slightly see-through balloons. I also really love the different balloon filler images in the Birthday Balloons stamp set: diagonal stripes, stars, and circles.

I stamped some of the adorable typewriter sentiments on a balloon die-cut and popped it up for some extra focus.

The bottom is filled with Soft Stone strings from the Birthday Balloons set and a crisp True Black Birthday Strings sentiment. Sequins and colorful stamped stars add to the whole festive feel!

STAMPS: Birthday Balloons, Balloon Strings
INK: Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, 
Hawaiian Shores, True Black, Soft Stone
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White
DIES: Round Off Edgers
OTHER: clear sequins, Birthday Balloons stencils

And last up is a card that shows some fun things you can do combining the Birthday Balloons Stencils and Birthday Balloons stamps. On a Tropical Teal card base, I stenciled the balloons, creating depth by shading with Tropical Teal and Fresh Snow.

With the stencil still in place, I added the balloon filler images on some and tiny sentiment stamping on others. This technique of filling a stenciled shape with stamping is one of my favorites! So easy, yet eye-catching! I drew attention to one balloon by die-cutting it, popping it up, and added a stamped string.

Last is a stamped Birthday Balloons sentiment on a white banner for some pop. I went back and added just a few white gel pen accents to brighten the background, too.

STAMPS: Birthday Balloons
INK: Fresh Snow, Tropical Teal, True Black
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White and Tropical Teal
DIES: Birthday Balloons, Tag Sale: Quilted
OTHER: Birthday Balloons stencils

For lots more birthday inspiration, visit the Papertrey Ink blog.

Thanks so much for visiting today!