Monday, December 31, 2018

The 12 Kits of Occasions - December 2018

Welcome to The 12 Kits of Occasions! I am your hostess for this December 2018 kit and  have put together a pretty 'Periwinkle Party' kit with a wonderful array of florals, a-dorable little llamas, lovely sentiments and the cutest snuggly squirrel!'ve most likely deduced that this lovely periwinkle-y shade is one of my favorites, which pairs so well with the coral hues-and a bit of gold sparkle!
Surely the lovely projects from the talented 12 Kits Team will inspire a bit of ooh-ing, aaah-ing and CASE-ing. Please be sure to hop around to see ALL of the crafty inspiration! The fabulous kit supplies can be found here.
Thanks so much for joining us today for the 

December 2018 edition of The 12 Kits of Occasions!

P.S. - a sad 'goodbye' to two of our teammates, Michele and Jessica....and a warm welcome to new DT member, Marcia Hill.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Papertrey Ink's Throwback Thursday!

                             THROWBACK THURSDAY - 
                    Shape Up Snowman ACCESSORIES

It's time for the latest 'Throwback Thursday' feature over on the Papertrey Ink Blog, where we are highlighting the amazing Shape Up Snowman Accessories Mini Stamp set and coordinating dies! This set allows you to add a bit of personality to your snowman, patterns and stripes, as well as other accessorizing.
Oh, how I love this cute little snowman....... he can fill up an entire card front or just peek out from hime circular frame! He (or she!) can be dressed up with a variety of colors, patterns, accessories or snowman smiles and is perfect for snowy greetings or winter-y birthdays/celebrations. So...... lets's build the perfect snowman creation!

There's lots of white and bright, with a Pure Poppy circular frame, accessories in Bitty Big: Pure Poppy, a simple, embossed sentiment from Warm & Fuzzy and a bit of texture in the diagonal patterning (created with a little assistance from my Score-Pal).

I've added a bit of interest to my snowman's expression....... a little sparkle to his carrot nose, a hint of ink blending on his rosy cheeks and dimension to his eyes and mouth using Nuvo drops in Ebony Black. Oh.... and then, those cute, fluffy, little pom-poms as the finishing touch!

Many thanks for joining me today. Please take a peek at the Papertrey Ink Blog, and at Betsy and Lizzie's AMAZING creations, for more lovely inspiration!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday!


Good morning, friends, and welcome to Papertrey Ink's Transformation Tuesday! I thought that is would be fun to re-do this CAS card, which was created back in June of 2016 for a CAS(E) this Sketch challenge, and give it a little Valentine's Day makeover!
Here's my original card (click HERE to see the original post):

I loved the crisp red/aqua plaid, but wanted to soften things up by using the pretty Bitty Big: Pale Peony patterned papers. The embossed polka dots, stitched tag and lace-y Delicates die create a bit of texture....... while keeping the design very crisp, clean and simple. And there's still lots and lots of lovely white space!

I've used the Wine Tag #2 die as my 'banner' element.... and the pretty 'From the Heart' die cut, which is backed with the dainty Delicates die. A petite sentiment, from Sentiment Staples: I Love You is stamped in Weathervane. The banner is then adhered with dimensional tape and a petite, soft pink enamel dot is added, as a common element/finishing touch. 

I hope that you'll try using your own cards as inspiration! Follow the basic sketch of the card, use a similar color combination or repeat a card using the same stamped images...... just mix up the colors a little bit. You are your great source of creative inspiration. AND, if you do decide to play along, one randomly selected participant will win a $25 Papertrey Ink gift certificate!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The 12 Kits of Occasions - November 2018

Hello, hello! Welcome to the 12 Kits' November post, coming to you in December! Our hostess Tracy's lovely kit hit our doorstops just a bit behind, due to the postal strike in Canada. But I'm late because I'm behind with every. little. thing. So, please accept my apologies!
Anyway...... Tracy has put together the most delightful 'It's Christmas' kit with a wonderful array of holiday hues, patterns and images! Surely, the lovely projects from the talented 12 Kits team will inspire a bit of ooh-ing and aaah-ing and CASE-ing. Please be sure to hop around and see all of the crafty holiday inspiration. Just in case you're wondering....the fabulous kit supplies can be found here!
Many thanks for joining us!
P.S. - A warm welcome to our GD, Joyce, a 12 Kits alumna!!



Friday, December 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Release - Day Five!

 bear hugs 
+ shape shifters: oval 4 DIEs
+ you make my heart soar

Hello and welcome Day FIVE of Papertrey Ink’s December release! We hope that you are enjoying all of the sneak peeks and projects that have been shown and are feeling truly inspired to create ..... and then share what you love!
It's a Betsy Veldman kinda day and we have more new stamps and dies to share with you - the adorable Bear Hugs, You Make My Heart Soar AND the latest and greatest Shape Shifters die - Shape Shifters: Oval 4!! Aren't all of Betsy's new designs just fabulous??
All of the new stamp sets and products will be available to purchase on December     15th, 10PM ET, at Papertrey Ink.

My first card is a CAS design, highlighting that adorable three-step bear and the beautiful little bouquet. The lovely embossed arrows/oval image is just one portion of the new Shape Shifters: Oval 4 die..... so pretty on it's own or in combination with the outer heart frame and/or the center arrow/chevron shaped die cut.  

I retained a solid center on my card front so that that the bear, with his tiny bouquet, and the wonderful sentiment would be the focus.The flowers are colored with Zig markers and Koh-I-Noor pencils and dotted with a bit of yellow glitter. The 'HUGS' sentiment and bear are both adhered with a bit of dimensional tape, as is the tiny, tied up bouquet.

Project #2 has lots of white and bright and a lovely floating bouquet of pastel balloons in shades of Sweet Blush,Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold and Lilac Grace. The 'Love' die, from Bold Borders: Hearts  is complimented by sentiments/strings in Weathervane ink.

The pretty, tiny-heart details that Betsy has designed add the perfect accent to the balloon centers. I've also added a bit of sparkle with a few soft pink sequins and jewels.

Isn't that 'Love' die just so beautiful? I've stacked three of these delicate dies and ink blended in Sweet Blush....... complimenting the largest balloon and simple layering of this 3.75" x 6" card.

Well, that's is for me today! Many thanks for stopping by and helping to celebrate more of the December countdown! Be sure to check in on Betsy, Dawn, Kelly, Laurie, Lizzie, Melissa P, and Melissa B  over at the Papertrey Ink BLOG to see their fabulous creations using these great new December Papertrey products. 
Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Release - Day Four!

XO Skinny mini collection
+ Corner adorner: december
+ glorious globes: december
+ bold borders: love

There's SO much more Papertrey Ink December inspiration on view today as we present Rebecca Luminarias' amazing XO Skinny Mini stamp and die collection - with vertical sentiments/images AND a coordinating set of four a-dorable tags! Next up is a plethora of Lizzie Jones' designs...... Corner Adorner: December, Glorious Globes: December AND the beautiful Bold Borders: Love. Yes, love is definitely in the air over at Papertrey Ink!

All of the new stamp sets and products will be available to purchase on December 15th, 10PM ET, at Papertrey Ink.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing XO Skinny Mini stamp and die collection, in addition to the newest addition to the Corner Adorner series, Corner Adorner: December. I've created a trio of little Valentine's Day gift envelopes (You Have My Heart Envelope die), incorporating the sentiments from XO Skinny Mini, the beautiful scallop image from Corner Adorner: December and just one of the perfectly petite Skinny Mini tag shapes.

Oh..... these tiny Skinny Mini tags have my heart, as they are perfect for Rebecca's vertical sentiments and images, but they also have oodles of other uses/possibilities AND are a lovely addition to your tag die collection!

I love this Bitty Big/Chicken Scratch/Fresh Snow Linen combination in Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold and Lilac Grace. And the delicate fonts/images from XO Skinny mini are just the cutest! P.S. - See all of the cute little hearts in the background? Those are leftovers from the new Bold Borders: Love die (which cuts like butta!). Wouldn't they make great table/card confetti or the perfect bits for Valentine shaker cards??

Thanks so much for stopping by and helping to celebrate the December countdown! Be sure to hop on over to the Papertrey Ink Blog to check in on Amy, Betsy, Dawn,Kimberly, Kelly,  Laurie, Lexi, Lizzie, Melissa P and Melissa B to see their fabulous creations using some of the latest and greatest new December Papertrey products. You will surely be inspired!!
Have a wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Release - Day Three!

everyday elixir labels 
+ nesting basics: circles + from the heart 
+ sentiment staples: i love you

Yay!! It's Day 3 of Papertrey Ink's December 2018 release and there is much more to share with you! Lizzie Jones is introducing the newest addition to the Wicked Elixir line of stamps/dies in Everyday Elixir Labels, in addition to the wonderful Nesting Basics: Circles (a lovely companion to the Nesting Basics: Pierced Circles!). And.... just in time for all of your Valentine creations, another great design from Rebecca Luminarias - From The Heart, which also includes nesting heart dies. In addition, there's a new design in the Sentiment Staples line up, Sentiment Staples: I Love You!  

All of the new stamp sets and products that I am sharing today will be available to purchase on December 15th, 10PM ET, at Papertrey Ink.

The new Everyday Elixir, by Lizzie Jones, is an addition to the Wicked Elixir stamps/dies and provides new sentiments and images..... allowing you to brew up lots of love/get well projects.

I loved mixing and matching all of the sentiments with the brightly hued bottles, and the Nesting Basics: Pierced Circle provides the perfect textured background. The sentiment from the new Perfect Match, embossed in white and accented with a petite scallop from the Noted: A2 Scalloped Vertical die, creates the perfect little shelf for my collection of love potions!

My second project includes more bold and bright, with b/w stripes from Bitty Big: True Black, a From the Heart die cut, petite XO image from Everyday Elixir and an 'i love you'  sentiment from Perfect Match,

The little bottle, which is placed on one of my favorite Paper and Package Essential tags,  has an embossed sentiment ('Eau de Parfum'), and is highlighted with a silver bottle stopper and an assortment of tiny hearts. 

And........ a polka dot embossed background and a bit of twine finish off this 5" square card!

My last project strips is all back..... with a bit of kraft on kraft, a few accents of red, a few wooden stars and a snippet of red twine.

The Noted: Pinked A2 die creates the perfect frame for the 'Health Tonic' bottle and get well wishes. I used my stylus and Score-Pal to create the diagonal patterning on the Classic Kraft card base.

The 'get well wishes' sentiment, which is mounted on a bit of dimensional tape, is embossed in white and die cut with a Skinny Mini Banners die.

Well, that's is for me today! Many thanks for stopping by and helping to celebrate more of the December countdown! Be sure to check in on Amy, Betsy, Dawn, Kelly, Laurie, Lizzie, Melissa P, Melissa B and Kimberly over at the Papertrey Ink BLOG to see their fabulous creations using these great new December Papertrey products. 
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Papertrey Ink December Release - Day Two!

love in bloom + Perfect match
+ NESTING basics: Pierced circles

Welcome to Papertrey Ink's December 2018 Release - Day 2! There are MANY more amazing new Papertrey goodies to sneak peek, and it's all about LOVE!  Lizzie Jones has designed the lovely Love in Bloom, a four-step layered floral heart with coordinating sentiments/die. And then there's Lexi Daly's oh-so-clever Perfect Match, helping you to create the perfect modern Valentine/love card or tag OR the perfect little LOVE coupon booklet. Lastly, the Nesting Basics: Pierced Circles (which will coordinate wonderfully with the soon-to-be-released Nesting Basics: Circles)...... a must have for your crafting arsenal!
I know that you will be quite excited about all of these new additions to the Papertrey lineup.  So......get ready for lots more inspiration comin' your way!!

All of the new stamp sets and products will be available to purchase on December 15th, 10PM ET, at Papertrey Ink.

My first project, using the new Love In Bloom, is a CAS creation in bright hues (Berry Sorbet/Blueberry Sky/Summer Sunrise/Simply Chartreuse). This 4-step heart is beautiful in SO many colors/combination.... and I've shone just two of my examples (LOTS more lovely heart creations on my messy craft desk!). The outlined florals are fussy cut and bejeweled, and I've added a little interest by popping them up with a bit of dimensional tape.

Love In Bloom includes four sentiments, in a beautiful font, perfect for all of those love-related occasions! I've stamped just one of the Love In Bloom sentiments, in combination with 'on your wedding',  from the Keep It Simple: Wedding. The Pierce Rectangle die creates a subtle frame around this lovely little heart creation!

Next up is Lexi Daly's Perfect Match stamp set/coordinating dies. Here's the perfect, modern take on Valentines Day, or any other day that you're feeling like sending loving thoughts!

I've used lots of bright/bold colors (Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, True Black) to highlight that fabulous Perfect Match sentient and the a-dorable little matches/flame, which are given a bit of texture and sparkle with a subtle touch of glitter.

I've incorporated the Building Block die, in multiple colors, to create the raised panel on my card front. The cool little Perfect Match sentiment is also given a bit of dimension, and pops up and over the top of this petite 3.5" x 4.5" card (while still allowing room to fit into an A1 envelope). 

Well, that's it's for me for today, but so very glad that you stopped by! There's SO much more to see from the Papertrey crew..... so be sure to hop on over to the Papertrey Ink Blog for more inspiration using these fabulous new December products.  Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow!