Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

Remember back in June when everybody was so eager to have the kids home from school for vacation? We all craved the break in routine, easy aimless days, had bucket lists of fun activities to work through, and wanted to stay up late and get up even later in the morning. (Ironic, since I'm writing this blog post at 6 AM.) If only we could make it until the last day of school, life would be easy.

Come the end of July, however, we are whistling a bit of a different tune. I know you are with me. I think Staples said it best with that now famous and spot-on commercial from a few years back. You know the one with the parents dancing their way through the Staples aisle and gleefully throwing school supplies in the cart, while disgruntled-looking children looked on? I might have recreated that the other day in Wal-Mart in my attempt to both annoy my children and get on the blog.  I even sang the song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" We'll chalk it all up to temporary insanity. Call it the End-of-July Syndrome.

In reality, we have had a TON of fun over the last six weeks. And there is more planned between now and when they go back to school. I don't want to miss a bit of it. Mama's the one leading the charge into every campground, kids' museum, and splash pad within a three hour radius of home. But when the time comes, I'll be more than ready to kiss them good-bye and dance up the street from the bus stop.

My syndrome this year has been been made much more acute because I know a new type of relief is just around the corner. This fall is the first time that I'll have all three kids in school. Sully starts preschool three mornings a week. And I will finally have a little time to myself. I'll spend the bulk of September crashed on the couch and eating bon bons as I recover.

It's a brand new world around the Lincoln house.

Pub Glass Die As Pencil Cup

With Back-To-School on my mind, I needed to let off some creative energy. I'm sending a few cards out to nieces and nephews this year. (Or should they be congratulatory cards for their parents?)  I turned my Pub Glass Die into a pencil cup with a bunch of pencils made from Pencil Me In. SO CUTE. 

Chicken Scratch Stamp Set Plaid

And check out the Chicken Scratch at the bottom. I wanted a scholarly plaid. I stamped Super Gingham at an angle in True Black onto white cardstock. The diagonal lined squares got stamped with Aqua Mist from Chicken Scratch and the white squares in the gingham got a double treatment with Summer Sunrise and Pure Poppy. Love how this turned out. Doesn't look like gingham at all. Chicken Scratch Project #13, btw. I'm going strong. 

OK. Off to dream about September! 

Supplies from Papertrey Ink: 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Background Basics: Diagonals + Dies

Just a little trick I want to show you with Background Basics: Diagonals and the coordinating dies.

Background Basics Diagonal Fix

See how dimensional the Aqua Mist and Ocean Tides background is with the Diagonal Dies used? And so nicely lined up too. 

Background Basic Diagonals and Dies How-To

The dies are the EXACT same dimensions as the diagonals in the stamp set. So use the stamp set to guide their placement. Easy as can be. And fun to do. :)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Campers

Something's happened to this little family over the last 12 months. We have become gypsies, in the best way possible, with the purchase of a pop up camper late last summer.

I get a little teary with happiness when I think of the adventures we have had over the last 12 months. And all the adventures yet to come. It's a lifestyle change for us. An absolute fantastic one. And I know, deep down, when I am an old lady with my kids long grown and gone, that I'll look back at this time in our lives as one of the happiest. They are just at the perfect age for it right now.

Love Notes and Happy Camper

Yeah, so when Betsy added Happy Camper to her Petite Places line up, I was beyond excited. MUST HAVE.

Have you ever sent your hubby a card or two at work? I do it often. And I plan to send him one every time we are prepping for a trip. Because he is as crazy as I am for the adventure. You'll be seeing lots of camper cards from me.

I had fun with this one. Combined it with lots of older sets and dies. The sentiment is from my Love Notes set, that I released back in December. Pretty much sums camping up for us. And I found a great background builder in the Snow Drift Cover Plate. Even added a lake with Ahoy. Perfect.

Off to day dream and plan more camping trips. I take my job as family cruise director very seriously.:)

Stamps: Love Notes, Happy Camper, Star Gazer, Ahoy
Dies: Snow Drift Cover Plate, Happy Camper, Star Gazer

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

One Last Bibliophile Card for You

I've got one last project (for now) using my new Bibliophile stamps and various dies from Papertrey Ink. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments over the last few days both here on this blog and on Nichole's. I think there is quite a few of us stampers/readers out there. I feel in great company. For me, this is a stamp set that really speaks my own heart. I'm so happy it speaks to yours.

  Bibliophile with Simply Jane and Book Club 

This is not the first time we've had a book-themed set from Papertrey Ink. Each has their own unique spin. What is fabulous about them all is that you can find ways to make them work together. I'm just scratching the surface today. Look for more in the future.

Dawn released Book Club last fall. It is a stamp set using various quotes from classic literature to represent various card giving occasions. Works great with Bibliophile. And then we have Simply Jane, featuring all things Jane Austen. I added both sets to this card. I thought it would be fun to have the book with the Jane Austen silhouette on it be to be the one that is "speaking" the quotation using the large speech bubble from the Figure of Speech Frame Die. You could probably do this for several of the quotations from Book Club and have it work well.

All the book spine elements were embossed in gold, to give the look of fancy books. Which gave me a thought to maybe try Perfect Pearls down the line. I bet that would be pretty too. The word "Obsessed" on the Soft Blush spine I felt was super appropriate. It seems that people who love Jane Austen, really LOVE Jane Austen. It is actually just a book title I made up to go along with the Annie Dillard quote in Bibliophile. Describes a lot of us bibliophiles.

Before I close the book on the month  (pun intended), I thought I'd put this out there for you. It's all the book quotations included in Bibliophile. Generally speaking, the quotation stamps and the author stamps are separate. And because I used just about every square millimeter available to me on the $24 set, I had to get creative with placing the stamps on the sheet. That means you get lots of stamps, but things might not be grouped on your physical set in the most logical of manners. I figured you were all OK with as many stamps as possible, right? :) Refer back to this to see who said what. This is also included in the pull out sheet that comes with your stamp set, so if you decided to make Bibliophile part of your collection, you'll have a hard copy too.

OK. Off to start my day. Thanks again and happy stamping. Bibliophile and the dies will be available tomorrow night at 10 PM EST at Papertrey Ink. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Stamps: Bibliophile, Book Club, Simply Jane
Dies: Bibliophile, Figure of Speech Frame
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Soft Blush, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Autumn Rose, Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Autumn Rose Simple Stripe, Lavender Moon Vine

Monday, July 13, 2015

Day 4 of Bibliophile and Book Cover Card Dies

It's a group post day at Papertrey Ink that certainly puts a smile on my face. Looking forward to seeing all the fantastic Bibliophile and Book Cover Card projects today! YAY! All three of my projects today feature the two together. Been saving them for today.

Birthday Card with Bibliophile

First up, a birthday card. There is a really great sentiment from Big Birthday Wishes (a great older set that hasn't aged a bit!) that I thought would work really well with the "once upon a time" die and stamp from Book Cover Card Dies and stamp set. Just took masking off the top line (years ago...) to make it work with the new "Once Upon a Time". Super simple and easy since it was on top. 

I created an ombre stack of books using just one die from the Bibliophile Dies. I added in tone-on-tone details from the Bibliophile stamp set. It's really fun because you "discover" these gems when you look closer. But they aren't jumping out at you to compete with the main birthday sentiment. 

Books Fall Open with Bibliophile

In that same vein, here is some more subtle stamping of book spines. You see a few new quotes here. (Always cracks me up thinking of L.M. Montgomery as a drunk. In her petticoats and corset. I know she wasn't, nor was she prim and proper, but it is still fun to think about. Something tells me L.M. would have been a great gal pal. )

The main sentiment is the die cut "For You" in a gorgeous scripty font from the Book Cover Card Dies. It is what your eyes go to first. All the other details sink in a little later. 

Close Up of Fancy Bookend

I mentioned yesterday that I'd show you a close up of all the detail in the Fancy Book End Dies. They show up great in this photograph. The circle in the center is a separate die that gets adhered to the main part of the book ends. Just another layer of detail.

I also stamped a 'happy birthday" sentiment on the spines of two books. Just a subtle nod to the reason for giving this card. You can slip all sorts of things in on the book spines. Whatever you dream up. 

Another subtle detail. The "books fall open" quotation is by David T.W. McCord. Because of how the books are arranged on this card, I didn't have the room to put both those stamps on the same book. But I could spread them out. :) Bases covered. 

Book Card with Bibliophile

And last, but certainly not least, I've got a card using the new Book Cover Card Dies. Oh my heart. I can die happy now. Are these not great? Nichole was so clever coming up with this idea.

Not a whole lot of Bibliophile on the cover here. A border stamp is used on the spine, that's it. But I used Mat Stack 2, the Mat Stack 2 Collection, and the flair stamp from Seeds of Knowledge on the front. With all the Mat Stacks, Tag-its, Framed Out Dies...etc, the list is long can do this so many ways. Endless options. 

I have a bookmark I made with the Bibliophile Stamps and Dies sticking out the top of the book card. Just a hint of what is inside. 

The tassel was something I bought cheap in a pack at Michael's. If ever there was something I'm willing to pay for, it is pre-made tassels. Totally worth it. 

Book Card Pocket

Inside I've got a die cut sentiment from the Book Cover Card Collection as well as a pocket to hold a gift card. Imagine there is a Barnes and Noble gift card here:). I just didn't have one. The mood would be broken if I used a Starbucks or Red Robin gift card, even if I do have those laying around. The words "birthday girl" are from the Phrase Play #3 stamp

Book Card Bookmark

The other day I used the Stitched Bookmark to create a trio of bookmarks using the book quotations that are included in Bibliophile. This time, I made a smaller version using the book quotations with a die cut from the Bibliophile Die Collection. Just as cute, only smaller. 

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. More inspiration of the bookish variety can be linked through Nichole's blog. And if you interested in doing a little book themed stamping of your own, all these new products will be available on July 15th at 10 PM EST at They sure are fun to create with.


Once Upon a Time
Stamps: Bibliophile, Book Cover Card Details, Big Birthday Wishes
Dies: Bibliophile, Book Cover Card Details
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal
Ink: Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, True Black

For You Card
Stamps: Bibliophile
Dies: Bibliophile, Book Cover Card Dies, Fancy Book Ends
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Soft Stone, Ocean Tides, Terracotta Tile, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose
Ink: Ocean Tides, Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Autumn Rose

Celebrate Today and Always Book Card
Stamps: Bibliophile, Seeds of Knowledge, Mat Stack 2 Collection, Phrase Play #3
Dies: Book Cover Card Collection, Mat Stack 2, Bibliophile
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Day 3 Bibliophile

Another new die set to share with you today. I told you back on Day 1 that I had a few additional surprises for you when it comes to my new Bibliophile set with Papertrey Ink. I showed the Fancy Teacup Die yesterday. Today, we've got the Fancy Book End Dies. I'm all about creating these bookscapes!

Teacher Book Card with Bibliophile Dies

On this card, I used just the Bibliophile Dies and the Fancy Book End Dies on this teacher appreciation card. Those books just make me happy all lined up like that. They are flanked on each side with a Smokey Shadow Book End. The Fancy Book End Dies have a lot of extra details built in to give them lots of character. (Tomorrow I have a great close up of exactly that.) I'm into subtle details like this, so it was a pleasure to branch out and do something new in the design process. 

You've seen previously how tall the books can be. You don't have to use them that way all the time. I have much shorter books this time around by just trimming them down. Just to give you another option. The teacher die cut is from Wonderful Words: Teacher and the sentiment is finished off with a stamp from my Seeds of Knowledge. Die cuts from the Apple Prints Die Collection give this school themed flair. 

Vertical Stack with Fancy Bookends

And here's another card using just one of the two bookends from Fancy Book Ends. These books from the Bibliophile are not trimmed down so you can get a good idea how they look on an A2 card. I used one of the author book quotations here on just the blue book. 

There are several book themed products in the PTI catalog already available and they'll team up well with my new ones. The book print paper is from the Dearest Jane pack. Very handy to have. 

I've been using lots of patterned paper this week. And I'm not normally a big user. The dies from the Bibliophile collection lend themselves nicely to it. A great way to use all those beautiful prints. 

I'll be back tomorrow with more. Thanks for stopping by! 


Teacher Card
Stamps: Seeds of Knowledge
Dies: Bibliophile, Fancy Book Ends, Wonderful Words: Teacher, Apple Prints
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides, Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Ocean Tides Simple Stripe, Aqua Mist Bitty Dot, Harvest Gold Gingham, Soft Stone Simple Stripe

Books Are Magic Card
Stamps: Bibliophile
Dies: Bibliophile, Fancy Book Ends
Cardstock: Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Enchanted Evening, Terracotta Tile, Limeade Ice, Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft
Patterned Paper: Dearest Jane

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Day 2 of Bibliophile + Fancy Teacup Die

Welcome back for some more Bibliophile today for Day 2 of the July Papertrey Ink Countdown. I'm going to be highlighting some of the non-quote sentiments today as well as the Fancy Teacup Die that I have coming out in conjunction with the Bibliophile stamp set.

Sharing a Favorite Book from Bibliophile

Besides bookmarks, you can use the new Bibliophile stamps and dies to create "bookscapes" on your projects. It's really fun to set the scene. Especially when you get to use the new Fancy Teacup Die along with the Bibliophile Dies books. Isn't it fun? All the color and patterned paper possibilities here really make it so easy. 

There are three sentiments that I've included in the Bibliophile stamp set that consist of four separate stamps each. Each line in the sentiment is a different stamp. Which is what makes it so easy to place them spread out along the spines of the books created with the Bibliophile Die Collection. 

All three sentiments have the general theme of what you might want to say if you are gifting a book to somebody. I'm not sure about you, but I give A LOT of books. It's my go-to gift along with a handmade card and a gourmet chocolate bar. Imagine putting a homemade bookmark like the ones I showed yesterday. Such a thoughtful, practical, and enjoyable gift that works for absolutely anybody. You can never go wrong with a book!

A Book for Your Birthday from Bibliophile

Here's another of the book spine sentiments. Perfect for a birthday. And this time the Fancy Teacup is resting on top of the stack. A few special features of the Fancy Teacup Die. You can see some detail lines to help define additional details. Also, the die is a two layer die. You have the top layer with the detail lines and cut outs and the bottom layer that is completely solid. No piecing in the positive pieces if you don't want to. In this example, my second layer is out of Classic Kraft cardstock. 

In the first card I showed, the Fancy Teacup had three colors. The top layer was Pure Poppy, the bottom layer was Hawaiian Shores. I cut a third cut of the top layer out of Summer Sunrise and pieced in the tear drop shapes. Just wanted to illustrate that a third color was an option if you are in the mood for it. 

Thanks for stopping by. All these new products will be available on July 15th at if you are interested in adding them to your collection.


Sharing Book Stack
Stamps: Bibliophile, Fancy Flourishes
Dies: Bibliophile and Fancy Teacup
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Winter Wisteria, Tropical Teal, Summer Sunrise
Various Papertrey Ink Papers from Make It Market Kits, Paper Packs, and Monthly Moments Journaling Cards

Birthday Book Stack
Stamps: Bibliophile
Dies: Bibliophile, Fancy Teacup
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Melon Berry, Havest Gold, Soft Blush, Terracotta Tile, Stamper's Select White