Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Papertrey Ink December Countdown - Day 4

Good morning and welcome back for Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink's December countdown! I'm back today with a couple of really cute products from Betsy, Lexi, and Erin. Betsy is bringing you the latest in her Huggable series with the Huggable Bear and Monkey add ons. Lexi has her Fun Lovin' stamps and Matchbook Medley Dies. And Erin has her Arrows Dies and Paper Sack Closure Dies. All of today's introductions are fabulous for making treat packaging and Valentine's Day goodies for your favorite people.

I'm going to start today with a treat bag I made by pairing Betsy's Huggable Bear with Erin's Paper Sack Closure dies.

Lizzie Jones - Bear Hugs Treat Bag

I used a small kraft treat bag from Target rather than a full size lunch bag. I began by stamping the snowfall from Dash Away All on the bag using Fresh Snow ink. Then, I used the Paper Sack Closure die to cut the slots for threading my ribbon. I also stamped the sentiment from the Huggable: Bear mini with Pure Poppy ink.

Bear Hugs Treat Bag 2

Next, I die cut the full Huggable shape and bear head from white cardstock. I sponged the tummy area of the Huggable shape with Aqua Mist ink. Then, I xyroned another scrap of white cardstock and die cut that with the bear belly die shape. I removed the adhesive backing and covered the sticky surface with white flocking to make the belly fuzzy before adhering it to the Huggable shape.

Bear Hugs Treat Bag 3

Then, I sponged a bit of Lovely Lady onto the bear's cheeks and stamped the eyes. I die cut the muzzle and stamped it with the nose and mouth image. I adhered the bear's head to the Huggable body with foam tape and then added the googley eyes and inner ears (cut from Pink Posey Bitty Big paper). I cut the scarf from white copy paper and Auqa Mist felt, adhering the two together (I like that the paper kept the scarf from getting too stiff). I added foot pads to the bear's paws and attached the arms to the body. I then trimmed the body down to fit on the bag and adhered the bear into place with Scor tape. It sounds like a lot of steps, but things really went quickly and it turned out so cute!


Next up, I have a sweet Valentine's treat for someone special.

Lizzie Jones - Ice Cream Matchbook

I began by die cutting the Matchbox Medley shape from Classic Kraft Bitty Big paper. I stapled the end into place and then set about decorating the front.

Ice Cream Matchbook 2

I sponged the edges of a piece of white cardstock with Aqua Mist ink. I die cut that with the rectangle in the die set and then sponged over it again, this time with the Stencil Basics: Dots in place. I stamped the ice cream cone in the center of that panel with Classic Kraft ink and then topped it with a Pale Peony and Berry Sorbet scoop.

Ice Cream Matchbook 3

I added a handful of Berry Sorbet hearts around the ice cream cone and the sentiment on a scalloped strip cut with another die from the Matchbook Medley Die set. On the inside, I used a piece of decorative washi tape to secure a gift card to a favorite scoop shop. I also used another die cut rectangle stamped with the "To:" from Fun Lovin' to add my secret Valentine's name when the time is right. Nice and simple!


Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a fantastic day and I'll see you all back here tomorrow with even more inspiration from the Papertrey Ink December Release. In the meantime, Amy, Betsy, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda to see how they've used these great new products. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Papertrey Ink Countdown - Day 3

Good morning and welcome back for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink new release countdown! I'm back today featuring Nichole's Quoted: Honeycomb stamp set and Dawn's Stencil Basics: Hexagons. Let's get to it!

Honey Comb Card 3

I began by card today by sponging Honey Nut ink onto a panel of Fine Linen cardstock. Then, I went back in with the small hexagon in the Quoted set and stamped Honey Nut onto a random selection of hexes in the background.

Lizzie Jones - Honey Comb Card

Next, I laid out a trio of hexagon dies onto a Rustic White panel. The largest and smallest shapes are from the Sincerely Yours: Modern + Marbled Kit and the medium shape is from the Two Toned die set. I cut those shapes from the panel and then sponged and splattered on a bit of Aqua Mist ink. Then, I laid the hexagon panel over top of the honeycomb panel and stamped the sentiment though the openings.

Honey Comb Card 2

I removed the frame and backed the smallest hexagon with clear cardstock. I used foam tape and champagne colored microbeads to create a shaker box. After I had adhered the top frame to the card front, I finished off the card with a bow tied with Rustic Jute Button Twine and a few hand cut bees.


That's all for me today. I apologize for not having more with Everyday Affection and Perfect Fit, but I'm currently a little under the weather and not really up to spending much time in my studio. I'll try to have more with those sets in the coming days. In the meantime, make sure to check out today's introductory post over on the brand new Papertrey Ink blog and then check in on Amy, Betsy, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda to see how they've used these great new products. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Papertrey Ink December Countdown - Day 2

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 2 of this month's Papertrey Ink new release countdown! I'm back today sharing Heather's super cute You Have My Heart stamp set and my Perfect Fit stamp set. Let's get to it!

I'm going to start today with a set of mini Valentines I made using Heather's stamps as well as her new You Have My Heart Envelope.

Mini Valentines 3

This little collection of small, heart-shaped notes turned out to be so darn cute! I can't wait to hand them out to the kiddos in my life.

Lizzie Jones - Mini Valentines

I used Bitty Big paper in Pure Poppy and Pink Posey (a stand-alone color releasing this month) along with cardstock in Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, and Pale Peony to create the envelopes. Each flap is adhered with a contrasting color to give the envelopes a bit of pizzaz.

Mini Valentines 2

Then, I made little labels for the front of the envelopes using the stitched-edge circle from Dawn's Tag Sale #12. I cut the circles from white label paper and stamped them with the lines and heart from You Have My Heart and the "To:" from Keep It Simple: To & From. So quick and easy!

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The notes I cut from white cardstock using the You Have My Heart die. The largest heart shape is the perfect size to tuck into the itty bitty envelopes.

Mini Valentines 4

I stamped the hearts with the scalloped heart frame and sentiment found in the stamp set. Then the back of each heart is available for a brief, handwritten message. I'm seriously loving these!


Next up, I have a tag that I'll tie to a bag for my grown up Valentine.

Lizzie Jones - You Complete Me Tag

I began by die cutting the large heart image from Pale Peony cardstock and stamping it with the heart puzzle in Perfect Fit. Then, I die cut a second heart, reserving the loose puzzle piece. I stamped that piece with a coordinating image in Vintage Jadeite ink.

You Complete Me Tag 2

Then, I die cut a Tag Sale: Quilted shape from white cardstock. I masked off the scalloped edges and sponged the center of the tag lightly with Aqua Mist ink. I went back over that sponging with a second layer of blending, this time through one of Dawn's new Stencil Basics: Hexagons.

You Complete Me Tag 3

Next, I die cut the Tag Sale Quilted banner and stamped it with a sentiment from Heather's Ways To Say: I Love You set in Tropical Teal. I trimmed off one end of the banner and hid the end under the  puzzle piece in the heart. I attached all of the pieces to the tag with foam tape and then used Berry Sorbet ribbon and a Tropical Teal button to finish it off.


And last but not least today, I have a card made with that same Perfect Fit stamp set. This one is super simple and could easily be used for a fella. You could even leave off the glitter if you wanted to, but where's the fun in that?

Lizzie Jones - Perfect Fit Card

I began by tracing lightly around a banner die onto white cardstock. Then I stamped my puzzle pieces and sentiment and ran the panel (with the die in place) through the impression plate sandwich in my Cuttlebug. That gave me the texture, but it didn't cut through.

Perfect Fit Card 2

I stamped the hearts in Aqua Mist before matting that layer with a piece of Green Parakeet patterned paper (this isn't in the store anymore, but if you took advantage of the big paper sale at the beginning of the year you may be lucky enough to have some on hand - if not, this pattern could be stamped easily).

Perfect Fit Card 3

I mounted that whole panel to a Tropical Teal card front with foam adhesive and then embellished the hearts with the aforementioned glitter. Again, you could leave it off, but I don't know anyone who doesn't appreciate a little sparkle once in awhile (even dudes). I'm a big believer in handmade cards being largely gender neutral.


Ok, friends, there you have it. That's all for me today, but make sure to check out today's introductory post over on the brand new Papertrey Ink blog and then check in on Amy, Betsy, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda to see how they've used these great new products. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Papertrey Ink December Countdown - Day 1

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Papertrey Ink's December new release countdown! I'm so excited to be joining you today with a few projects featuring Dawn's Farmer's Market Florals and Huge Sentiments sets along with my Everyday Affection set and Betsy's Mix & Mat: Hearts Die. Whew! That's a lot of goodness packed in to one day! Let's get to it.

My first card pairs Dawn's beautiful flowers with one of my sentiments.

Lizzie Jones - Together Card

I began by stamping and die cutting the flowers from Farmer's Market Florals. I love how artistic these flowers look with such little effort. Simply stamp, die cut, and go!

Together Card 2

Next, I sponged a stripe of Aqua Mist ink onto a white card base. I covered the front of the card with a Cover Plate: Twist shape and then layered on a cardstock strip that I'd stamped with the Everyday Affection sentiment in Smokey Shadow. The effect is a soft haze that subtly defines the edges of the sentiment strip.

Together Card 3

Then, I assembled my flower arrangement, using a mix of flat and foam adhesives to add dimension. I also added a few white sequins for an added bit of texture.


Next up, I've used the Farmer's Market Florals with an unconventional color scheme. These flowers look so great in either realistic or fantastical color palettes.

Lizzie Jones - Hugs To You Card

I began by die cutting a panel of Bitty Big: Soft Stone patterned paper using a die from the Double Ups Rectangles Die Collection. Then, I used one of the Window Works Dies to cut a circle from the center. I matted that with Deep Indigo cardstock and set it aside.

Hugs To You Card 2

Next, I stamped and die cut the Farmer's Market Florals using varying shades of blue. The flowers remind me of Delft pottery in these colors. Then, I die cut the Huge Sentiments Hugs shape from Melon Berry cardstock and sponged along the bottom edge for depth. I'm a sucker for coral and dark blue together.

Hugs To You Card 3

I stacked that die cut with two others to give some sturdiness and positioned the word in the window of the Soft Stone panel. Before adhering it into place, I stamped a companion phrase from Huge Sentiments in Deep Indigo beneath it. Then, I arranged the flowers and attached those and the "Hugs" to the card front. I really love that pop of coral.


And lastly, I have a card pairing Everyday Affection with Betsy's newest Mix & Mat die.

Love You More Card 2

I began by die cutting the hearts window and arrows frame from white cardstock. Then, I backed that panel with a piece of white label paper. I applied three different shades of glitter (Garnet, Tourmaline, and Kunzite) to the sticky surface, creating an ombre effect. Then, I adhered the whole piece to a Classic Kraft card base.

Lizzie Jones - Love You More Card

Next, I die cut the largest panel in the Mix & Mat set from Deep Indigo cardstock. I trimmed out a rectangle in the center, creating a frame. Then, I stamped the Everyday Affection sentiment onto Clear Cardstock using Stazon Opaque Cotton White ink (note: you have to use a stamp cleaner when you're finished with this ink. It will not wipe off with a baby wipe or wet towel).

Love You More Card 3

I adhered the strip to the back of the frame and then added foam adhesive around the rest of the edge. I tied a baker's twine bow around the card base and then attached the Deep Indigo frame into place. The sentiment is tricky to see in photos, but it looks so cool and floaty in person!


Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check out today's introductory post over on the brand new Papertrey Ink blog and then check in on Amy, Betsy, Heather, Keeway, Laurie, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, and Wanda to see how they've used these great new products. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December 2017 Stitching Focus: Stitched Gingerbread House Die

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to this month's Stitching Feature for Papertrey Ink! I'm Lizzie Jones and I'm your Stitching Ambassador. Thank you so much for joining me this month. I'm going to do things a tiny bit differently this time around. Usually I showcase the many fabulous ways you can use one of our older stitching dies, but since we recently release the wonderful Stitched Gingerbread House Die I thought it might be fun to show you an easy way to make a keepsake that's both functional and just plain fun. Let's get to it!

So I totally fell in love with all of the charming details included in this die. You can add windows with shutters and piping, a scalloped roof line, a chimney, and so much more! It's like confectionery architecture! I also love that this die is such a substantial size. That not only allows you to make an ornament or gift topper that will stand out, but you can also use this die as a gift card holder too! Yeah, yeah...I'm sure you're all really surprised that I turned another die into a gift card holder. But I'm always on the hunt for unique ways to present a gift card.

I'll be honest, the wrapping is my second favorite part of gift giving (it's barely edged out by the actual act of giving for the top spot). Gift cards don't typically move the needle for me when it comes to gift giving, but I know how much they're appreciated so I don't bother fighting it. I just have to make my own fun in the form of cute packaging! This fits that bill perfectly.

I used Dark Chocolate felt as my base because it reminds me of a good friend's gingerbread cookies that are super dark and rich. Having a reasoning for a color choice that's based on a real life relationship makes little gifts like this even more special. I used Pure Poppy to give my little house a door and Vintage Cream to add windows and a roof. The little leafy bits were cut from Simply Chartreuse and Pure Poppy as well.

A note about thread counts. Usually I opt for two or three threads when I'm stitching, but on today's project I used the full six threads to do the piping around the windows and on the door. The reason being, it's supposed to resemble the piping on an actual gingerbread house. Going with fewer threads would have looked a little too thin for me, but it's absolutely a personal choice. I used a single thread on the scallops of the house roof since I knew I wanted to embellish the stitches with clear glass beads. The eye of the beading needle I use is too small to accommodate more threads. Since it's just a detail and not the outer seam, I'm not terribly concerned about longterm stability. The same goes for the red glass beads holding on the green sequins on the roof.

Now here's the trick to making this gingerbread house pull double duty. Simply cut an additional base gingerbread house shape and cut it straight across under the scalloped roof line. Then, just stitch as you normally would with the half-house tucked onto the the back. It creates a pocket that is perfectly sized for inserting a gift card for your recipient's favorite restaurant or store. Easy! I chose to dress up my pocket with a few additional details. I used the Stitched Pinked Edge Label Die Collection and the Stitched Years Die to create the label. Alternatively, you could include someone's name or initials on the label to make it even more personal.

I repeated the beading, sequins, and round window on the back of the house to make sure there was some continuity of the design. You could certainly simplify the back of your ornament, but I like that extra bit of fancy sparkle from the beads and sequins. I stuffed the ornament with poly-fil before closing it all the way up (I used three threads on the outer edge stitching). I didn't stuff it too, too much because I wanted the back to stay relatively flat for the gift card pocket. If you weren't worried about that you could certainly stuff it so that it's a little rounder overall. I used white crochet thread for the hanger and topped the house with a Pure Poppy button. It reminds me of a big gumdrop plopped right there on top.

Well, that's all for me today! I truly hope you enjoyed today's stitching project as well as the fancy new blog. I'll see you again soon!