Thursday, November 8, 2018

pockets full of thanks

Can we ever give enough thanks? Can we ever say thank you enough? I certainly do not think so. As we enter this season of thankfulness and gratitude, the time to express our thanks is at hand. No reason not to send someone a handmade card telling them how much they are appreciated! My assignment this week for We R Memory Keepers was exactly what I needed to create. When those stars align, it always makes for beautiful projects because of the love behind their creation.

I have been hoarding or saving or whatever you want to say, this paper from Pebbles for a loooong time. The paper is full of beautiful tags with words of thanks. When I got the new Pocket Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers, I FINALLY had the perfect way to use those tags! By creating pockets on my cards, I had a place to put the tags. The Pocket Punch Board is crazy easy to use, and like all their awesome tools, it comes with a guide to help you create pockets in just about any dimension you could possibly need! 

Visit the We R Memory Keepers blog for more details on these cards and the tools. Plus, you know me and how I love to ramble on and make bad jokes that only I laugh at. Ha! 

Sincerely Yours,
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

a request

Thank you to those who leave a comment on my blog posts! I read them all and they are always appreciated! Especially in this social media age, when blogs seem to be the last place people visit. Know that the time you take to leave a comment means so much!

I do have a request, though. As a former teacher, I love to teach. I love to help. And I really, really love to help people with questions about paper crafting! When you leave a question in my blog comments, I don't always have a way to contact you. Sometimes your profile leads me nowhere, or is only a Google+ profile, or whatever. Could you please leave your email in the comment? It makes me sad when I cannot reach you back. Because I would never want to ignore your question!

Thanks for always being here. <3 p="">
Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Decor - String Art with Eyelets

So I love the look of string art, but me and a hammer and nails really is not a good idea. Seriously, even ask my 12-year-old! Ha! But when I was assigned to make a piece of Halloween decor, I knew I could create the look with eyelets!

I could not be more thrilled at how this turned out! Its SO crazy cute! It was pretty easy to make. All I needed was a pencil, ruler, eyelets, and a Cropodile Big Bite. Be sure and visit the We R Memory Keepers blog for all the instructions and a few tips!

To add to the seasonal look of this framed project, I used Pebbles Spooky Boo collection. I mean, read this sticker! Caution: may contain traces of spiders! Ha! 

Sincerely Yours,
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Sending Joy - available now!

It is time! The October release for Papertrey Ink is now available! For all the release information please visit this page: October Release. To purchase Sending Joy and Sending Joy Dies, please click the images at the bottom of this post. Thank you, one more time for all the love, support, comments, messages, and emails! I could not be more fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people surrounding me! I could never express how much it means to me!

For tonight's cards, I used one of my personal favorite images, this diamond from my set, Bold Basics. It creates one lovely focal point on a card!

After stamping and heat embossing the diamond image from Bold Basics, I began layering my stamped and die cut images from Sending Joy. The elements in this set are perfect for mixing and matching. I am pretty sure there is no way to use this set "wrong!"

The last step was adding the stamped and die cut word joy. Oh, and to finish it off, I added one of the straight-line sentiments from Sending Joy. I masked the image off to make it fit into the design of my card. Using a post-it note, I inked the first two words and stamped them. Making sure my image was clean and dry, I once again masked and added ink, but this time to the second half.

One more card. This intensely dark green cardstock was giving me fits for photography, but the elegance of the rich color with the gold is stunning in real life! 

On the cardstock, I stamped and heat embossed the diamond from Bold Basics and the small pine branch image from Sending Joy. When heat embossing on dark cardstock, be sure and use an embossing magic pouch on your surface to help eliminate stray flecks of powder.
For more depth, I stamped the berries from Sending Joy and then applied gold Perfect Pearls. I will be trying this dual look again soon!

And I couldn't end this release without showcasing the main image of Sending Joy, the word joy. Have fun shopping tonight! I cannot wait to see what you make! Be sure and tag me on social media, or email me your projects! Seeing how your creativity uses images and dies is a thrill that cannot be described! 

Sincerely Yours,
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sending Joy

The thing about Sending Joy is, you can make it work with your favorite color palette or holiday motif. You can even add the images to some of your other favorite holiday stamp sets! Simple, clean, and very versatile! We are inching closer to the time when you can order these images from October 15 at 10 PM Eastern. I will be sure and post a reminder when that times comes around!

I am having fun layering all these images together in different arrangements. The combinations really are endless. One big twist on this card-I stuck the die cut branch and berry image into a watermark ink pad and heat embossed the whole thing, without stamping the image. Its a cool look. I think next time I will repeat the process a few times and really build up the shine and the metallic finish.

And of course, these images work for envelopes! Since the launch of my Envelope Envy kit from Papertrey Ink last November, I have continued to be obsessed with adorning my envelopes. Its so easy to do and makes your happy mail even happier. Not to mention, its fully customized this way!

And, one more project, a simple tag. Tags are essential for gift wrapping in our house, so I know I will be making a bunch of these! Ok friends, next post will be time to shop! See you then!

Sincerely Yours,

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sending Joy - cards and a table runner

More projects with Sending Joy today! The October release from Papertrey Ink continues today. Be sure and visit the blog for a look at all the amazing products coming out this month! So much holiday goodness! And once again, thank you for all the online love! When you work so hard creating a set of images and dies, it feels SO great to have others get excited about them! Huge hugs to you all!

For the last two Christmases I have been obsessed with buffalo check, and the buffalo check pattern in red and black. I changed my tree ribbon to it and bought an adorable wool coat with the same pattern! Its probably the northern Minnesota girl in me and my love of flannel. But the look can be created easily with the gingham border image in Sending Joy. I stamped my image on red cardstock with black ink. I trimmed it out and distressed the edges to give it that rustic feel.

Please note: the border image in this set is an incredibly detailed image. It is also a very long image, as it runs the length of an A2 card. When you stamp the image, you will need to put a good amount of pressure on the center of the image. 

I added several stamped and die cut images from Sending Joy in the corner. To tie in the gold embossed sentiment, I added details to the stamped images with a gold gel pen. Simple touch, easy to do, but it adds quite a bit of visual detail. Plus, sparkle! :D

Wanting to continue using the buffalo check pattern, I punched the stamped image with a small star punch. I knew I could use them to create the look of ornaments. 

After stamping the pine branches along the top of my cardstock, I foam-mounted each of the stars. A black pen allowed me to draw quick strings to "hang" my stars. I finished off the card with some glitter. I stamped an image from Sending You Comfort and used my Quickie glue pen to add glitter. I know, enough with the glitter already. :D

The final project I have to share with you is this table runner! I found this table runner in the Dollar Spot at Target last year and picked up a few. I knew I could stamp on them when the perfect set came along. Today was that day!

Using an ink made for surfaces, I stamped the word joy first. Then I surrounded the word with images from Sending Joy. Again, its simple, but what a beautiful touch to add to your holiday table this season!

I am thoroughly enjoying the visit with my parents, so I apologize for this posting a little late. Shopping and cooking, watching movies, and today some crafting-I could not be happier! Have a wonderful day, friends!

Sincerely Yours,
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Sending Joy - chalkboard card and ornament

Welcome back! I must again start my post with a huge thank you! So many messages and sweet comments left every where about Sending Joy. They are so sweet and thoughtful, my heart is totally touched and full! 

The wreath look from my first day's card was still with me, but I wanted to change it up. The final scene in White Christmas (one of my favorite Christmas movies of all-time) features silver and red. There is something chic and retro about that color palette. So I used it on this card. I stamped the pine branch image with white ink on black card stock.

After stamping the berries, I used a Quickie glue pen to fill in the circles. I poured red glitter (gasp, glitter again) over the top. To tie in the berries, I layered a piece of silver glitter cardstock underneath the black panel. Chic and fun!

Now about those ornaments I talked about earlier this week. These ornaments are so easy, you will be able to make enough to fill your tree this year! These chalkboard black ornaments are kind of flat, not entirely, but they are certainly not a sphere.I picked these up at a big box craft store on clearance at the end of last year. 

Stamping on a rounded surface can be tricky. I attempted to stamp with the image on a block, but the rolling motion was too complicated and didn't leave a good image behind. So I had an polymer stamps are flexible...what if I didn't use the block...?

I inked up the image (with an ink made for surfaces like this) and picked it up with my hand. I placed it down on the ornament and gently pushed it onto the ornament surface. And look! It worked really, really well! 

To add more Christmas to the ornament, I stamped and die cut images from Sending Joy. The coordinating dies have a slight edge around the stamped part, bringing a nice finishing touch. And that star? More about that tomorrow! I do love me some red and black buffalo check!!!

See you again tomorrow. Hopefully I can sneak some good creative time tomorrow. If not, it will be because my parents are here for a visit. It is wonderful to have them here, as they live a long way away. My heart could burst with happiness today!

P.S. Can Stephanie Clapper please email me? You asked me a super question and I cannot find a way to reach you! :D You can click the link on the right side of my blog to email me. Thanks!

Sincerely Yours,
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