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Papertrey Ink November Release Week Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink November Release! This is going to be a HUGE post featuring several of this month’s products including the new Quoted: Living Longer, Stencil Basics: Quatrefoil, and Tag Sale #11 Die Collection.

First up is the new quoted stamp set. This quote really hits home for me. Sometimes I spend so much of myday working that we forget the importance of living well! I stress, then I eat definitely more than half or settle for fast food and end up too busy to take walks and enjoying life. This is such a great quote to share!

I started by watercoloring a background in blue and turqouise. I heat set to help it dry quickly and then stamped the quote in the left side with Smokey Shadow and Tropical Teal premium dye inks. I used my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to help me get a nice stamped image as sometimes it takes a few times when stamping onto a rough watercolor paper surface.

I die cut all the various watermelon pieces out with the Fruit Salad: Watermelon die. For the juicy part, I blended on Berry Sorbet dye ink, but the I cut the remaining parts out of Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse card stocks. I used a black copic marker to color in the seeds rather than trying to inlay all the tinny pieces. I also used a green copic marker to color in some green stripes to the skin of the watermelon. I arranged all the various watermelon pieces to the right with foam tape and then snipped off pieces hanging off the edge.

Now it’s time for my featured product post this month! Today I will be focusing on the new Stencil Basics: Quatrefoil and Tag Sale #11 Die Collection. Excluding stamps of course, stencils are my next favorite products to work with. I then there’s so much versatility and different looks you can achieve with stencils easily, which is why I love working with them.

My first card is pretty simple and the technique works beautifully with Distress Oxide inks. I first blended Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, and Honey Nut distress oxide inks. I then took my stencil, sprayed it with water, and laid it on top of my blended surface. The more water coverage you get on the stencil, the more distinct your image would turn out. So you’ll see that certain areas of my card wasn’t sprayed with enough water, but regardless, it still comes out beautiful and with unique textures. Let the stencil soak in a bit, and then lift it straight up. Quickly use a paper towel to dab it dry.

I immediately got this beautiful background with the little quatrefoil patterns. I die cut the Noted: Scalloped A2 die out of the blended background and again on regular white card stock. I also die cut the Big Basics: Just For You word die in white, and adhered that to my card. It looks impressive with little effort!

The next one features the other larger quatrefoil pattern stencil in the set. I blended Blueberry Sky, Tropical Teal and Vintage Jadeitte over Stamper’s Select White card stock. I then die cut the quatrefoil tag shape from our new Tag Sale #11 die collection to create a window for a sentiment.

I decided to use the Quoted stamp set from a couple months back called Quoted: True Friends. I stamped it in Smokey Shadow and Tropical Teal dye inks directly onto the white base card.

I aligned my blended background with the quatrefoil window right on top of the sentiment and adhered it with foam tape for a little depth.

I didn’t want to waste the inside quatrefoil tag that I die cut out to create the window, so I easily turned it into a simple gift tag! I die cut the stitched circle from Tag Sale #11 and stamped the ‘a gift for you’ image from the the Holiday Tag Along stamp set. I adhered the center piece with foam tape to the tag.

And finally, the last and my personal favorite project for today are these holiday treat tags! Tag Sale #11 is a beautiful standalone tag die. The quatrefoil shape adds a sense of elegance. I started by die cutting the outer outline of the die four times. Then for two of them,  I die cut the circle out of the center to create the top layer window.

I blended inks on the bottom layer. For one of my tags, I used Tropical Teal, and the other I used Lovely Lady. Any color would come out beautifully for these. I also used the same ink color to add splatter. Then I stamped ‘holiday treats’ from the Tag Along stamp set.

I added foam tape in between the layers and also added a some winter berries for embellishments. Here I have this one tied to a bottle, and how’d I’d likely use them for the holidays when I prepare some homemade treats to share.

Hope you enjoy all the projects in this big post today. There’s still more November release projects to share with you all so come back tomorrow to tune in!



Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink November Release Week Day 2

Hello there! Today we’re featuring the Papertrey Ink November Release Day 2! I have a pair of cards to share featuring the new set Winter Woolens and the Snowfall Style Collection. Both great additions to have for your holiday crafting!

I will start off with Winter Woolens. Who doesn’t love holiday sweaters!? This is such a cute set and I was so amazed by the little details of the stamps as I was working on this. I’m totally in love with those little reindeers! I die cut all these pieces first and then stamped. I used Ocean Mist and Terrcota Tile for ink choices.

I created a simple ombre background by blending on Vintage Jadeite ink from the top edge. Then I used the same ink to add some splatter. I stamped my sentiments in Cocoa Bean and Terra Tile inks. And finally arranged and adhered my sweater pieces with foam tape.

A simple, but festive look! It’s perfect since as of now it’s just my hubby and me, so perfect to send to other families for Christmas.

Next up, I’m featuring the Snowflake Collection. I love working with stencils so I was so excited to see these beautiful snowflake stencils! And that’s exactly what I started with and I blended on Vintage Jadeite, Blueberry Sky and Lovely Lady dye inks over the stencil.

I wanted more snowflakes, so with the same dye inks, I them stamped on some more. This created a nice variation of some blended that looked more blurred and in the distance, and the stamped ones being more crisp and appearing more in the front. Then, with the same inks, I added some splatter.

I die cut some decorative edges on the top and bottom of my snowflake panel and then I also die cut one of the snowflakes right in the center of it. I heat embossed the sentiment from the set is silvewr onto vellum paper. I wrapped it around the stamped panel and taped down the edges. You won’t even see it!

Hope you enjoy today’s projects and look forward to sharing many more with you soon!


Ellen Hutson,Ellen Hutson,Guest Design

EH November Essentials by Ellen Release Blog Hop

Oh how I love the November Essentials Release for Ellen Hutson! I’m so excited to be joining the Ellen Hutson blog hop today to showcase this beautiful leading lady. You should have arrived here from Nichol’s blog. I will be sharing a project with you featuring this month’s set is called Photo Lady!

You may have seen a sneak peek of my card a little while ago on my instagram and now I can finally share the full project! I had so much fun coloring this girl with copic markers. I stamped her in Chocolate Brown hyrbid ink (copic-friendly ink), and after I colored her, I used a white gel pen to add some very little details, and then die cut her out with coordinating dies.

My original thought for the background was to imitate the camera. See the matching stripes similar to the our retro camera? I wanted to also create the lens and put the sentiment on it, but for some reason every time I attempted it, it didn’t come out the way I envisioned it, so eventually I thought it looked best with the circles. I used Pumice Stone and Black Soot distress inks here. Then I used the Black Soot to add some splatter.

I heat embossed my sentiment in white just to the left of her position. And lastly, I adhered her to my card with foam tape to get all the dimensions with her wearing the camera. Isn’t she so cute! I know we all have an inner photographer in us, especially when we’re taking photos of our projects all the time! And with fancy phones nowadays, who isn’t a photographer?

As mentioned earlier, this is a blog hop! So I’ve included the full list of hoppers below. Head on over to Laurel next!



Neat & Tangled

Neat & Tangled November Release Recap

The Neat & Tangled November release products are available NOW in the shop! It has been such an amazing week to be able to share with you all the fun projects we made working with this month’s products. Let’s recap!

Day 1: Wishing You Love


Day 2: Christmas Pageant


Day 3: Joyful and Triumphant


Day 4: Bunny Slopes


For limited quantities, Neat & Tangled is also offering the full November release as a bundle for a discounted price! If you love everything you’ve seen in this release and want to gear up for the holiday crafting, don’t hesistate before they sell out! You’ll find all products from the November release below.

Happy shopping,

Neat & Tangled

Neat & Tangled November Release Week Day 4

We’re on Day 4 of the Neat & Tangled Release Week! And I know many of you have to waiting to see our new mini set Bunny Slope in its full glory after we’ve been enticing you the entire time with tons of sneak peeks!

I love sharing projects with mini sets because it shows how much you can do with a little set! Plus, it’s so adorable and so fun to work with. This bunny is all bundled up in its ski gear onesie and read to hit the slopes, but not the bunny slopes, he’s heading up there to those black diamonds! I’m just kidding, I would say he’s probably on some intermediate slopes in this card, haha.

We also are releasing Stitched Slopes dies that are of course perfect to matching a little skiing bunny. I die cut 3 varying heights of snow out of white card stock. Then I blended on Slaty Ocean from the bottom up to create some depth to these layers.

For the sky, I blended Broken China distress oxide . I splattered it white water and also with some white watercolor. I stamped all my images in Chocolate Brown hybrid ink and colored them up with copic markers. I used a white gel pen for added details on the bunny and I used a white Sharpie paint marker to add some snow details on the little trees.

I wanted to frame my scene here, so I used some purple polka dot pattern paper to match my bunny’s scarf. I die cut a stitched rounded rectangle out of it. Now that I got all the pieces ready, I assembled it all together using Tombow adhesive for anything directly adjacent, and foam tape for depth.

I heat embossed my sentiments on white card stock, and trimmed 2 thin strips. I adhered the sentiments diagonally on opposite angles of the. It looks like a gift box!

Want to win this stamp and die set? Be sure to follow the Neat and Tangled blog and leave a comment there and here, and all the design team member blogs for extra chances to win! Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow for more November release projects!


Supplies (Note: November products will be added to list on Friday, November 10th!)