Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cute Fruit!

I figure if I've used the same Paper Smooches stamp set on my last three cards (only one of which,  required I use it), then that stamp set is a HUGE winner in my book. Cute Fruit indeed. Super fun.

Here's my geeky little pear. You know how pears have those little freckles? I tried to do that here with a tri-dot stamp that is included in Cute Fruit, but was tickled about how much it ended up looking like manly stubble instead.

I also use the Squared Die and Gift Tags 2 on this project. I didn't realize until I had cut it for the first time that the middle tag has lines to make this frame. What a pleasant surprise!

Next up, I have a Baid Aid Die wearing a nurses cap (Noggin Toppers) and holding a stethoscope (First Aid Kit) for a get well card. I think she's adorable. Perfect for cheering up a kid. You could do the exact same thing with a plain heart die and get the same result.

And lastly, I turned the images in Cute Fruit into some kissing olives. Because olive you. With some masking of the legs/faces, you can make the fruit/olives/veggies look sideways. Sentiment is from Smoocheroos. The toothpicks were masked off using a stamp from the Shadows set.

Thanks for looking. All items are available now to purchase at Paper Smooches. Go get some Cute Fruit of your own.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Release in Review

We've made it to the finish line for the November 2014 Papertrey Ink Release! Thanks for joining in the fun and excitement all week long. Before we wrap it up completely, I'm popping in here to share the rest of my projects with you.

A Cheerful Heart: My use of the envelope and letter from Niblet Notes was entirely inspired by this particular sentiment in A Cheerful Heart. Tone on tone Copic coloring on the envelopes give them some dimension. The postage line stamp from Postmarks was stamped on the edges in Soft Stone Ink.

Fair Isle Motifs and Birthday Classics December: Two tones of embossing powder brings out the wonderful details of the Fair Isle Motifs. Colors are very subtle otherwise, with the use of Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, and Pinefeather. Perfect to reflect for cool undertones that come with the winter season.

Pom Pom Pals and Holiday Thank You: These two sets are a perfect match together! I added just bits and pieces of color against a largely white background. Don't feel like coloring in the whole image from Pom Pom Pals? The perfect solution is to just color a little. By coloring the background space around Rudolph grey, the almost all white reindeer really stands out.

Instead of going with a pom pom, I used my Copics to color the nose. I added the Wink of Stella Pen and then a dome of Glossy Accents to give it that shine that you'd expect from this little guy.

Mat Stack 7 Basics and Floral Flap Dies: These look so good together. All those angles really work to make a dynamic card with little effort.

Happy New Year: It was fun to layer all these elements with Just Smile and Framed Out #3 frames. All stamping, no extra bling. Nice to do that every now and again.

Keep It Simple: Happy New Years: The inside of the Happy New Year Card has the same sentiment stamped repeatedly in the same colors used on the front.

Type Strips: There is a lot to love in the November release, but the Type Strips get my vote for most favorite. So very clever how they work. There are a ton of sentiments in the PTI collection that are multi-step. Use the Type Strips to add some color to one of the steps in those particular sets, like I did in a sentiment from Building Blocks. You can even change it up a bit. This sentiment is supposed to say, "A party without cake is just a meeting". I changed the "cake" to "cupcake" match my theme.

Phrase Play #7: This particular phrase play really begs to be colored and blended with Copics.

And that's a wrap! All these products and more will be available tonight at 10 PM EST at More inspiration from the design team below:

Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell


Sending You a Bit of Encouragement
Stamps: Cheerfu Heart, Niblet Notes, Postmarks
Ink: Soft Stone, True Black
Cardstock: Orange Zest, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Pure 
Dies: Niblet Notes, Love Lives Here

December Birthdays
Stamps: Fair Isle Motifs, Birthday Classics: December
Dies: Mat Stack 7
Cardstock: Pinefeather, Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist
Ink: Soft Stone
Gold and Silver Filigree Embossing Powder
Other: Hero Arts Charcoal Ink

Pom Pom Pals
Stamps: Pom Pom Pals, HOliday Thanks, Rustic Snowflakes
Dies: 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles, Fancy Flakes
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy
Glossy Accents, Copics, Wink of Stella Pen

Mat Stack 7
Stamps: Mat Stack 7 Basics
Dies: Mat Stack 7, Floral Flaps
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Terracoota Tile, Fine Linen, Rustic 
Cream, Classic Kraft
Ink: Terracotta Tile, Simply Charteuse, Dark Chocolate
November Journaling Cards Collection
Dark Chocolate Buttons

Happy New Year
Stamps: Happy New Year, Keep It Simple: Happy New Year, Just 
Smile, Frame Out #3
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Royal Purple, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Royal Purple

Cupcake Card
Stamps: Type Strips, Building Blocks, Floral Fusion #12
Dies: Type Strips, Shape Up: Cupcake, Floral Fusion #12, Frilly Flowers
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, 
New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wisteria
Canvas Vellum

Phrase Play Tag
Stamps: Phrase Play #10
Dies: Phrase Play #10, Basic Bookmark #2
Winter Wisteria Buttons
Smokey Shadow Grosgrain

Friday, November 14, 2014

Introducing Cuppa Love

You are going to love today's offering from the November Papertrey Ink Release. It's been awhile since we had a shaped card as a new item. Absolutely worth the wait for the Cuppa Love Collection. If you adore vintage style kitchenware, I think you'll fall in love with this set too.

My first card uses the Cuppa Love Die Set to create a shaped card in the shape of this pedestal mug. You simply fold an A2 card and run it through your die cut machine with the top cutting edge just beyond the fold of your card. It might take a second run through, but you'll cut both layers in the shape with a fold at the top.

I also cut the bottom 1/3 of the die on the edge of some Canyon Clay cardstock to create a different colored pedestal. Before I adhered it, I stamped it with the Crackled stamp set and drew a line with a coordinating colored Copic to mimic the look of some glazed pottery.

Also keeping in mind how designs look on pottery, I used bold brush strokes of my Copic to add additional color to my floral motif that I stamped on my mug. And instead of Stamper's Select White Cardstock, I used Rustic White for all those imperfect flecks.

How great is that tea bag die? It hangs on a string and brings a cheery message. Can't wait to make more of these!

Next up, I have another card with another folded card element. This time the Cuppa Love mug has been shortened and the fold is on the side. The whole thing is adhered to a Soft Blush A2 card front.

I love this circular floral motif that is included in Cuppa Love. I see it being used plenty on cards, mug shaped and regular A2. Just so pretty and vintage.

When you untuck the corner of the mug from underneath the butterfly, the mug opens to reveal a sentiment. I used the new Keep It Simple: Get Well to top a full sized sentiment from Inside/Out: Well Wishes. A tea bag was created using the Tiny Tags die.

I cut a Life Is Beautiful butterfly die and folded it in half. The bottom wing is adhered to the card. I made sure the body was NOT adhered, so I could use it to hold my mug in place. The corner of the mug can slip underneath and my folded element stays in place.

Hope you love this set as much as I do! So very cute and unique. It's sure to bring cheer to whomever receives a get well card using it.

Cuppa Love and all the other new November products can go in your cart tomorrow night, November 15th at 10 PM EST at

More Cuppa Love inspiration below. Thanks for stopping by:

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell


Orange and Blue Mug
Stamps: Cuppa Love, Crackled
Dies: Cuppa Love
Cardstock: Canyon Clay, Rustic White, Fine Linen
Ink: Terracotta Tile, Enchanted Evening, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Blueberry Sky

Butterfly Mug
Stamps: Cuppa Love, Keep It Simple: Get Well Wishes, Inside/Out: Well Wishes
Dies: Cuppa Love, Button Stackers, Life is Beautiful, Ting Tags, Be Happy
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Soft Blush, Ocean Tides, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet
Berry Sorbet Gingham Patterned Paper, Soft Blush Simple Stripe
Ocean Tides Ink

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Introducing Uncorked

Welcome back to the first Group Post Day of the November Papertrey Ink. We've got an absolutely FABULOUS set for you today in Uncorked. I've been wanting a sassy, but classy wine set with dies. Nichole delivers all my wildest dreams with this one. I will be using this one a lot. A LOT I tell ya!

A bottle of wine is such a good gift for all sorts of occasions. I read somewhere once that the best kind of gifts are those that are consumable. They bring immediate pleasure and enjoyment, serve often as an indulgence we wouldn't often allow ourselves, and don't create a burden by lingering around, demanding attention or a decision. Sounds like wine fits the bill! Bring it on! Especially if we can make it look all fancy with a homemade wrap and card.

Here's my project for the day. I created both a wine tag and a card in the same colors. The card has the wine glasses and the tag has the wine bottles from Uncorked. They have a cohesive element by using the same colors in the same order.

On my card, I used both the previous released Wine Tag (in vellum) and Tag Sale #5  (in white cardstock) to create my focal point. Love the die cut words that are included in the Uncorked Die Collection. Looks exactly like a font you'd find on a champagne bottle. I especially like it cut out of gold foil paper for a little shine.

My wine glasses are cut out of vellum using the Uncorked Die Set. The wine is cut out of cardstock, stamped with a striped pattern, and placed on top of the vellum glasses to hide my adhesive.

I also used my Embroidered Borders on Smokey Shadow Cardstock, backed with the same gold foil I used on the die cut word. I have used this combo of stitching dies back with foil paper frequently. The flash of shine is subtle, yet oh-so luxe. Highly recommend.  This card is a little narrower than an A2 card. I hung the die off the edge as I ran it through my die cut machine to get a bit more space on the top and bottom. 

Here's my matching wine tag. The bottle dies come in two pieces like this, with the idea being you put a sentiment in the open space where the wine label is supposed to be. This one sentiment is great for a girls' night out. Ain't that the truth. Next time we have wine night in the neighborhood, I'll be bringing this tag. :)

What's your favorite bottle of wine? I've got a soft spot for the Chateau St. Michelle Riesling. When I fetched my collected corks for styling this photo, most of them were from this bottle of wine! I remember visiting this winery in Washington State as a child. There are these huge koi ponds in front of the mansion there on the label. Two of them. Maybe three? Made an impression on me. Who'd have thought I'd grow up and love their wine.:)

An addition little idea for you because it is the holiday season and we are all searching for great gift ideas. I've got an idea for those parents with small children, seeing as I fit so nicely in this demographic. I'm using this idea for my three siblings because they are all in the same boat. Give a couple an "at home date night". I'll be buying a bottle of wine (decorated with Uncorked) and two puzzles from Dowdle Folk Art for each sibling and their spouse. This guy is a folk artist and he paints these wonderful travel pieces that get turned into puzzles. There are about 200 to choose from, so I'll be picking cities that hold a special significance to the recipients. As a parent of small kids myself, a quiet, relaxing night with my husband after the kids have gone to bed sounds just up my alley. Sitting doing a puzzle and drinking wine, is very relaxing and often leads to easy conversation. I say that from experience, as it is one of my favorite ways to unwind. I've got quite a collection of Dowdle Puzzles. I just finished Baltimore and getting ready to start Charleston. Love them. Wait until Black Friday, I'm sure they'll run a great special. Or if you are lucky, you can find them at Costco or Sam's Club.

More Uncorked inspiration below. You can add it to your collection in just a few short days. All the Papertrey Ink November products will be available on November 15th at 10 PM EST. Happy shopping!

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell


Wine Cork and Tag
Stamp Set: Uncorked
Dies: Uncorked, Tag Sale #5, Wine Tag, Embroidered Borders\
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow, Simply Charteuse, Raspberry Fizz, Winter Wisteria
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Royal Velvet, Ripe Avocado
Gold Foil

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monthly Moments: November

Hello Everybody! How's the November Papertrey Ink Countdown treating you? It's a nice and quiet one for me. I don't have any product being released this month and I'm enjoying a little downtime. I'm still doing all the DT stuff, of course. Feels like a walk in the park after the last ten months or so I've been fortunate to have with all the product release. Very similar to the way I feel when I look back to the time I only had one kid, now that I'm juggling three of the little monkeys! I didn't know how easy I had it:). LOL!

But I'm chatting on and on. I'm actually posting to share a card using the November Monthly Moments products being released this month.

I adore the rich, saturated tones that fall brings and Heather was definitely inspired by those when creating the color theme. I used two sheets from the November Journal Card Collection. The half sheet cards are nice because the span the width of an A2 card with a 1/4" inch border. 

I created a seal using the a stamp from the Monthly Moments: November Collection, Back Pocket Basics Die Set, and the Four Square Die Set. The November Die got cut out of Scarlet Jewel card stock and sits a top a confetti of numbers. Those numbers? Very likely the coolest alphabet/number sets you are going to be able to get your hands on. They are the new Type Strip and Type Strip Numbers stamps that work in a genius way with the Type Strip die. Nichole's talking all about it on her blog today, if you want to learn more. INGENIOUS!!!

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow and the two days after that with more Papertrey Ink projects for November. 

More inspiration from the team using these products below:

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell


Stamps: Monthly Moments: November, Type Strip Numbers
Dies: Type Strip, November Die, Back Pocket Basics, Four Square
November Journal Card Collection
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, Fine Linen, Autumn Rose, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile
Ink: Scarlett Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Terracotta Tile, Dark Chocolate

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October PS DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches November release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase tonight (October 30th at 9:00pm pacific time...or midnight eastern time) Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.  
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, November 2nd to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, November 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  

To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Today I used both the new Stitched Tag Dies and the Cool Dudes stamp set being released tonight. Cool Dudes is a cute little snowman set. I found that a lot of the sentiments could be applied to other themes as well. Any mention of "cold", "frozen", and "melt"  work with ice cream and popsicle images. I like to seek these little alternatives out. 

These frozen treats are from Sugar Rush and got a Copic treatment to them. I selectively inked the sentiment to have three lines, which I underlined with a pale blue Copic and highlighted with Positive Strokes. A delicious little project, no? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Release in Review

Wrapping it up here for the October Release of PTI. I've got the remainder of my projects to share. Hope you've had as much fun as we have had over the last five days.

Birthday Classics: November and Songbirds: I might have mentioned how much I like Songbirds, right:)? Goes well with this sentiment from Birthday Classics: November. Digging this slightly crazy color scheme of Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Scarlet Jewel, and Melon Berry too. Looks great against Smokey Shadow. And BB: Diagonals in True Black gives some interest the background.

Merry Kiss-mas: When the word kiss refers not only to a smooch on the lips, but a chocolate candy, you expand the pool of people who can receive projects using this stamp set. Who doesn't like a Hershey Kiss. And remember, we have Kiss stamps on the Scent-imentals stamp set. SCORE!

Jolly Holiday, Cross Stitch, and Cross Stitch Alphabet Dies: Melissa's striped holiday set is very on trendy and fun to use. Here the wreath takes the place of the letter "o" in "joy". I used the new Cross Stitched Alphabet dies to form the rest of the words and stamped the "x's" instead of stitch them for a quick project using the Cross Stitch stamp set.

Painted Poinsettia and Holiday Double Cuts:  For even more of a watercolored look, I went over the stamped images with a water brush. Love how this turned out. Holiday Double Cuts are amazing and I agree with the comments out there that we need a whole alphabet like this! Wouldn't that be amazing. Gold embossed accents finish it off, including the word "sweet" from Strawberry Patch.

Festival of Light and KIS: Hanukkah: I made a stylish menorah with both of these sets and a little help from the previously released Menorah Medley. The larger flame for the candles was pulled from Polka Dot Parade #12. 

Freshly Fallen:  I find something very interesting about die cuts in Freshly Fallen when they are layered together like this. They remind me of something, but can't quite put my finger on it. In any case, they are seriously fun to work with. Somethings are best not to question.Gotta go where the creativity takes you sometimes.  LOL! 

Phrase Play #9 and Canned: Isn't that die cut snowflake the best?  Combined these new elements with Big Ticket Basics to form a new sentiment.

More inspiration below. I haven't sneaked any peeks yet, so can't wait to see what the girls have been up to.

Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell

Thanks for joining us this week and being so lovely. Your comments and support go along way to fueling new ideas and making things happen. So thanks! 

All these new products will be available tonight at 10 PM EST at Happy shopping and crafting. 


Birthday Classics: November
Stamps: Birthday Classics: November, Songbirds, BB: Diagonals
Dies: Songbirds, Photo Finisher Strips
Ink: True Black
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel, Stamper's Select White
Gold Gemstones

Merry Kiss-Mas
Stamps: Merry Kiss-Mas, Scent-sational Sentiments
Dies: Merry Kiss-Mas, Scent-sational Scentiments, Pillow Box Die
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy
White + Silver Embossing Powder
Red Foil Paper

Jolly Holiday
Stamps: Jolly Holiday, Cross Stitched, Stitched With Love, Button Boutique
Dies: Jolly Holiday, Cross Stitched Alphabet
Ink: Soft Stone, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, True Black
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White

Painted Poinsettia
Stamps: Painted Poinsettia, Strawberry Patch
Dies: Painted Poinsettia, Holiday Double Cuts
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Melon Berry, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Melon Berry, Classic Kraft, Limeade Ice
Gold Embossing Powder

KIS: Hanukkah
Stamps: Keep It Simple: Hanukkah, Festival of Light, Menorah Medley, Polka Dot Parade #12
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Enchanted Evening
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White
Enchnated Evening Bitty Polka Dot

Freshly Fallen
Stamps: Freshly Fallen
Dies: Freshly Fallen, In the Meadow Slopes
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse

Phrase Play #9
Stamps: Phrase Play #9, Big Ticket Basics, Canned
Dies: Big Ticket Border, Phrase Play #9, Fancy Flakes, Button Stackers
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White, New Leaf
Ink: Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky