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PTI Feature: Gran’s Garden

Welcome back! I have one more project to share with you featuring the Papertrey Ink April Release stamp set called Gran’s Garden. The beautiful stamp set was designed by Dawn McVey, and the crisp layering of these flowers make this set absolutely darling.

I decided to make a clean and simple card today with some soft watercolored background, an embossed sentiment from the Pen & Ink stamp set, and a small bouquet from Gran’s Garden in the bottom right.

I stamped my flowers in Lovely Lady and Hibiscus Burst dye inks, and the leaves in Ocean Tides dye ink. The center of the flower was stamped in Honey nut dye ink. This may be my favorite color ink combos for flowers! I love the soft look.

The leaves were adhered directly onto the watercolor paper, but the flowers were adhered with foam tape. This gave it a little dimension, but nothing too elaborate.

Hope you have enjoyed the full week of inspiration posts from the Papertrey Ink April Release products. It’s already time for me to start preppin’ all the May Releases coming up so I’ll be busy!



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PTI Feature: Birthdays and Flower Mandalas

Happy hump day! Its Day 4 of more Papertrey Ink Release projects and I got a huge post of 3 projects for you today. Today I will be featuring the Initial Sentiments: Birthday, Ways to Say: Birthday, and Flower Mandalas II Die Collection.

The Initials Sentiments: Birthday is such a great, versatile birthday sentiment set. The various styles of sentiment font provide such many unique option to match your cardmaking needs! I was particularly interested in the ‘HB’ circle brushlike symbol, and used it to create a patterned background of my card. I used Spring Rain cardstock and stamped with Blueberry Sky dye ink.

I wanted to create a simple, but still unique look, so I die cut the scalloped borders the Mix & Mat: Scallops Die to have an elevated panel in the center. I then chose one of the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the set and heat embossed it in white onto New Leaf card stock. I trimmed it down to a thin strip, die cut it with the scallops die to get matching edges to the elevated panel.

I then finished with some wood veneer stars for embellishment. And that finishes my masculine birthday card with the new Initials Sentiments: Birthday stamp set.


Next up is the Ways to Say: Birthday Mini Stamp Set and Die. This little set is a perfect for your happy birthday sentiment needs and the font has a whimsical, bubbly feel. I wanted to pair it with something fun, so I created a rainbow blended background with the Lovely Lace stencil collection. I used only 4 dye inks to create this colorful background: Blueberry Sky, Tropical Teal, Lemon Tart, and Hibiscus Burst.

I stamped the longer sentiment in black directly onto my background, and die cut ‘happy birthday’ out of white cardstock. I kept the little inside pieces within the loops on my die when I adhered it onto my card.

I trimmed down all sides and adhered it over some craft foam onto my base card.


And finally, my last and favorite card of this post featuring the Flower Mandalas II Die. Funny enough, I went through a few versions that I heavily disliked before I reached this final product. Sometimes my favorite cards are the ones I struggled with in the beginning. I started the project building this mandala. The base layer is die cut out of pattern paper from the Lovely Lace Paper Collection, and the second layer is die cut out of vellum paper. All the little pieces were die cut out of black and white cardstock.

After putting together my mandalas, I then started adding little dots with my white gel pen and black marker. I die cut my sentiment with Scripted Die and glued it on top my manadalas.

I wanted a simple background to match this intricate piece, so I painted some gold watercolor brustrokes to match my sentiment, and added some black splatter to match my mandalas. This came out remarkably chiq!


Hope you enjoy my projects today and be sure to come back tomorrow for more!



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Neat & Tangled Sending Hugs

Hi again! Today I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog sharing this cute card using some older products that I still love very much to this day. Whenever I get free reign of what to make, I love digging into my older stash!

The card features the Better Together stamp set and the Geometric Bloom stencil. I started on the background by blending soft shades of pink, purple, and blue with the stencil, leaving the center white. Then, I added a touch of splatter witht he same dye inks.

I stamped the ‘hugs’ with a similar, but darker shade of the blue, and the remaining portion of the sentiment in dark brown ink.

My images were also stamped in the dark brown hybrid ink and colored them up with copic markers. But here’s the special part! I added a lot of stitching detail with a white gel pen. It started with the girl’s dress, but then I thought, let’s make this a real teddy bear and add some stitching to him too. And why not the sentiment also!

The layout of the card is pretty simple, and I adhered my images with foam tape. But for me, it’s always the details that matter, and I truly love how all the stiching details brought the card together! Hope this inspires you to do some white gel pen creativity and look forward to seeing your works!



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PTI Feature: Year of Psalms April & Circled Symbols

Hello there! Today I’m featuring two of Papertrey Ink’s April Release products: the Year of Psalms April and Circled Symbols. Both completely different stamp sets, but nonetheless unique and beautiful in its own way.

Let’s start with this month’s Year of Psalms! The font that makes up these monthly sets are always, always beautiful, and I absolutely love this month’s psalm.

I started by heat embossing my psalm in gold along the left side. With these gorgeously written psalms, I simply need to compliment it, and florals are always a wonderful choice. I thought it was be lovely to make a wreath with the Gran’s Garden stamp set, using just the leaves and small flowers in the set.

After putting down the text, I gently sketched a half circle around it to give myself some guidelines to build my wreath. I stamped the leaves in along my sketched lines with Vintage Jadeite dye ink. Once it’s dry (seconds later), I erased the lines.

Next, I stamped the small flowers in Berry Sorbet dye ink, and embellished them with some white gel ink. There are coordinating dies for the slightly larger flower, but the tiny ones I fussy cut out.

I added just a touch of splatter with the Berry Sorbet dye ink around the wreath, and then adhered all my little flowers around it with foam tape. And that finishes this card.

Next up is the Circled Symbols. This is such a fun set. These circles are little pictogram puzzles that you can put together to deliver your sentiment. As they are circles, they also make fun pattern designs, so I wanted to create a background of these circles in light grey, but only have my message in bright colors!

So I stamped my sentiment in various colors, and fussy cut them out. I used the same colors to add splatter to my background as it looks like sprinkles or confetti! Then, I added my colored circle symbols with foam tape in various spots into the background.

A simple, but fun card perfect to send to anyone! Hope you enjoy today’s two cards, and be sure to come back tomorrow for more PTI inspiration. There are tons more coming!



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PTI Feature: Pen & Ink

Happy Easter Day! I hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend through the Easter holiday, whether it be time out with the family with kids hunting eggs, or spending Easter as a time of reflection and joy. The Papertrey Ink April Release just went live yesterday, and whether you’ve already placed an order, or just building that shopping cart, we have plenty of more inspiration in store for the next few days to help you with your choices!

Today I am featuring the new Pen & Ink stamp set designed by Nichole that has various beautifully handwritten sentiments.  I used one of my favorite sentiments in the set in today’s card to send some paper hugs!

The sentiment is really the star of the card today, but I did pair with another awesome die from this release called the Mix & Match: Scallop die that has that beautiful intricate lace pattern in the center that I die cut out of white cardstock. Then, I die cut the same scallop border, this time without the center lace pattern, on vellum paper. This gave me a spot to heat emboss my sentiment in gold right in the center of things and add just a slight mute to the busy background.

I wanted to pair my gold sentiment with some warm colors, so I blended a combination of Berry Sorbet and Summer Sunrise dye inks on white cardstock in alternating fashion. I added some splatter with the inks.

To put it all together, I used some very slim double sided tape, one strip bethind the sentiment, and two strips next to the top and bottom of the stitched line. The adhesives lines are barely noticeable behind the busy sentiment and along the lines!

You’ll be seeing this sentiment reappear in many of my cards as its so versatile, not to mention so pretty. Hope in enjoy today’s ounce of inspiration and will be coming back for plenty more!