Sunday, May 24, 2015

Birthday Season

We are rolling right ahead in my little world with a succession of birthday after birthday. One right after another. It has gotten to the point in my family were we throw these huge group parties. All the June birthdays get a party together and then all the July birthdays. The celebrants all get lined up at a long table, each are given a cake, and we sing "Happy Birthday" all at once. We are nothing if not efficient.

So, along with all that comes a whole slew of birthday cards whipped up in a hurry for me. I needed a quick one yesterday and this is what I came up with.

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I cut the Block Party Die en masse out four different colored cardstocks (PTI's Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Tropical Teal, and Simply Chartreuse). I have a ton of extra pieces as a result and will save those for when I need to make another quick card. I mounted a grouping on a slightly larger than A2 piece of white cardstock. Ran that through my Vagabond with the Sentiment Splits: Hortizontal Curve Die. When mounted on a Classic Kraft card base, I had room for a 'happy birthday" from the Sentiment Splits stamp set. All done. Easy piesy. And onto the party. :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Opportunity Comes Knockin'

I needed a masculine birthday card for a good friend this week. Craft Brew to the rescue. Lots of fun on this one.

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I usually have a mental list of things to try with various stamp sets. One of those this time around was to use Sentiment Signs on the Pub Glass Die. The pub glass narrows, so the Sentiment Signs fit better on top than bottom, so selective inking was necessary.  Gave me a chance to use die cut letters from the Phrase Play #4 Die as a focal point toward the bottom. And the "It's Beer:30" from Craft Brew fits nicely underneath at the more narrow part of the glass.

Also on my mental list was to place a glass of beer on the diagonal frame from Travel Plans. Love this stamp. The set is worth it for it alone. All the other great images and sentiments are a nice bonus.

In the mail this goes. Fortunately, my husband already bought the said friend a beer and lunch on his birthday. I'm merely continuing the theme.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beaded Key Fob + 1,2,3 Floor

Had to do it. Just had to see what it would look like. Ever been there?

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I actually had dinner with a friend who I hadn't seen in awhile. Made just a little something for her. The Stitched Key Fob was perfect for a little project.  Took me all of 45 minutes. Such a quick little project. The colors you can add with beads and floss really make it something special.

First time using the Stitched Medallion 2 Die. I'm so surprise with how many different looks you can get with it.:)

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And here's another Craft Brew card for you. We'll call this one "1,2,3 Floor!", because if I would have three pints like this, that's where I would be!

I used the Pattern Vellum Pack to cut the foam from the Pub Glass Die. Just a different twist on the theme. I also said previously that the Clipsters Mini Market Kit was the perfect companion for Craft Brew. Lots of masculine elements. The "Oh Yeah" is going to be used a lot. The "Beer:30" was stamped on a Keep it Simple Frame die cut banner. .




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another Match Up

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I've been meaning to pull out Meadow Greens lately. It's been on my mind with the field behind our house alive with late spring. I thought it would be a lovely companion to the new Flower Favorites stamps and dies. When I saw the PTI preview for April, I just fell in love with the ladybug. So you see her crawling on top of the focal point on this card.

Also used one of the "holes only" nested square dies from Stitched Coasters. Frames the sentiment so nicely. And it is all backed with Chicken Scratch Gingham. Just the right rustic touch.

Hoping spring is wonderful where you are.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Wish Come True

Ever since I designed and released The A-mazing Stamp Set last spring, I have needed a pencil stamp/die to go with it. Wish granted by Lexie last month!

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Just sharing this project using both The A-mazing Stamp Set and Pencil Me In. I have a 7 year old boy who's pretty special. Need to give him some love.:)

Supplies
Stamps: The-Amazing Stamp Set, Pencil Me In
Dies: Keep It Simple Frames, Pencil Me In, Cover Plate Stars
Patterned Paper: Pure Poppy Bitty Dot




Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Non-Beer Card

I didn't get to cover all the beer motifs for Craft Brew during the release. Nor did I get a chance to make a non-beer Craft Brew card. Figured I solve the two problems at once with a new card for you on this lovely Saturday morning.

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Just in case you are scrambling for a few last minute graduation ideas, I went that route this time around. The motif on the Pub Glass says "Raising a Glass to Your Success, Past, Present, and Future". Perfect for graduation. Seeing as most college graduations are over at this point, but most high school graduations are not, I turned the Pub Glass into a frothy strawberry float. Now it is more appropriate for a high school grad.

Patterned straws are super popular right now and you probably have some in your stash. This is from Betsy's Country Fair Kit from last July. I flatted it with an acrylic block and bent it down to look like a bendable straw.

The 2015 is from both the Letterman Stitched Numbers  and Letterman Stitched Number Mats. Always a favorite of mine. And paper from Sparkle & Shine and stars cut from the Cover Plate: Stars  help make this a fun, whimsical card. Cheers!

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Few More Projects for May

I promised yesterday that I had a few more projects to share using the new stitching products I have being released tonight at 10 PM EST at Papertrey Ink. So, without further adieu....

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Here is a new Stitched Key Fob with the Medallion 1 Die. Laura, Dawn, and Heather did a great job yesterday showing you how you don't have to use the two new medallion dies as they are assembled in the examples. Instead, they are delightfully open to a bit of interpretation. I used the "holes only" die from the Medallion 1 and stitched it with various colors of floss. Or I could have used one color. Or I could have added an additional shape between this version and the fully assembled version. Bottom line, no two need to look alike and you can be challenged to come up with new ways to use them whenever you want to make a project. 

I'm not using a D-ring on the two Stitched Key Fobs I'm sharing today. Instead, I'm using 1 inch Key Fob Hardward. Do yourself a favor, DO NOT purchase at a craft store. Too expensive. I paid $7.99 for four of them locally and then found 50 for $14.99 on Etsy. Big difference. I recommend this seller. She might be a little more expensive than some on Etsy, but she is shipping from the US, not Asia. It was worth the few extra bucks.  I had my order in hand and ready to use within two business days. WOWZA! 

You can get a special "key fob hardward" plyer set that helps you close these up. I opted out of that and just placed the fold of my key fob between the opening of the bottom part of the hardware and then used a large acrylic block to help me leverage it down. Really not a big deal. 

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And here's another Stitched Key Fob with key fob hardware. I wanted to show how they work great as "tags" on gifts. I usually like to make something homemade to give along with a store bought gift (usually a book...big into giving books), so this is a great way to package the two together. 

Instead of using a Medallion 1 or 2 die here, I opted to use the Seasonal Stitches: Ladybug. I also combined it with the Floral Cluster 1 Die. This is available in the Quick Stitch Kit: Sewing Staples Kit and will be available tonight individually as well. 

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And for my last share today, a coaster using both the Stitched Coaster Dies and the Stitched Coaster: Square Flare Die. Look how different you can make this look with your floss design. This was the exact same stitching as I did for the rainbow coasters yesterday, just a different color motif. 

A little advice on the coasters, because I've tried to do them before with other stitching dies and learned a thing or two. You want them to be as flat as possible. So the layering of a bunch of felt on top of the surface isn't going to work too well. It will create bulk  that might make your glass/mug/cup unstable. We don't want a spill. So I did something new here when I added in the Sew Simple Alphabet 1. I used the inlaid die technique you usually see with paper by cutting the "M" into the Winter Wisteria felt background and then putting in an Ocean Tides "M" like a puzzle piece. Because this coaster is backed with cork sheeting, I can put a bunch of double sided tape in that area and keep it all together. And now the coaster is monogrammed and the surface flush. YAY!. 

Happy shopping tonight.:) All these new products will be available in a few short hours at 10 PM EST at www.papertreyink.com. Thanks for interest!