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PTI Feature: Out of This World

If you’re familiar with my work, then you know how much I love space cards! I was so excited when I saw Papertrey Ink’s new Make It Market Mini Kit called Out of This World. The stencils, the paper, the stamps, the sentiment…there’s not a thing in this kit that I don’t love!! I can’t wait to find some more free time to play with this kit, but for today I’m going to share a pair of cards that I was able to easily whip up with the kit.

First of all, one of my favorite things about these kits in general is the pre-printed images. When you’re short on time and need to make a card last minute, these printed images are a blessing. My absolutely favorite part of the kit are these awesome stencils!! The planet stencil in just genius, seriously. I was able to blend up this really cool planet on this card with some dye inks. It’s wonderful with all the stamp images in this kit, but I know many of you have tons of space themed stamps from other companies too, and can you imagine how many cool backgrounds you could be creating?

All my images in these 2 cards were die cut from the pre printed images and adhered onto these pre printed backgrounds with foam tape. The first two lines of the sentiment were stamped, followed by ‘World’ which was also die cut from the pre printed images. The stamp set also has more images like stars that you can add even more to your cards. I actually heat embossed those stars in the second card in silver to add just a touch of shiny to it.

Not to mention, we all need a little more supplies to make some masculine cards! I’m alway short on those, and can’t wait to make more of these to keep on hand.



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PTI Feature: Ivy & Bloom

Happy Monday ya’ll! Now that all the Papertrey Ink May Release products are available now, it’s time to showcase some more products each day to give you guys some more ideas and maybe help out what you want to keep or add to your shopping cart! Today I will be sharing with you a project using the Ivy & Bloom dies.

This is a gorgeous set, and it comes with these beautiful leaf frame that I really want to try some blending and wet brushing technique on. I first adhered some double sided adhesive sheet to a piece of watercolor paper and die cut the frame out. Then I adhered right onto another piece of watercolor paper.

Next, I blended on Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean distress ink, alternating right onto the panel. Since the leaves are sligtly elevated, it automatically picks up a little more color when you blend. Dye inks work too, but since we’re going to add water to create this watercolor look, the distress inks react a little better and loosens. I brushed water across the leaves to create this “mess.” I finished with splatter.Although the set does come with a sweet birthday wishes sentiment, I wanted to use something with more brushlike font to match the messy watercolor frame, so I used the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from Pen & Ink that was released last month, and heat embossed it in silver. The nice big font filled up the center just like I hoped for. Thanks for joining me today, and hope to see you tomorrow!



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PTI Feature: Especially You

Happy Mother’s Day! Oh boy do I have a big post for you today. I have the honor of featuring the new set Especially You today and words cannot describe how beautiful this stamp set is!

The very first thing I did was stamp this beauty and colored it with copic markers.  It may have taken a little while since the image is so detailed with all the little petals, but it is is well worth it. It was one of those times I finished coloring something and just admired how gorgeous it is after. I die cut the image with the coordinating dies.

I paired the iamge with some soft blends of light brown and rose pink watercolor. With detailed large images like this, I like to pair with a simple background, but just enough to add just a hint of interest.

The set also comes with several options for your sentiment, and this particular one I just loved. I stamped the ‘grateful’ in Prairie Grass dye ink and the secondary sentiment in Autumn Rose dye ink. My images were adhered with foam tape.

If you don’t want to spend so much time coloring up this flower, here’s another option for you! Since the flower is so beautifully detailed, just outlines of it look great too. I created a mask with a post-it and stamped this flower around my card four times.

Then with watercolors, I painted a soft blend of purples, pinks, and yellows. Just ignore the lines! After the colors dry, finish with some splatter, and give it that artistic feel.

I finished off the card with a ‘thank you’ sentiment from the new Keep It Simple: Thank You II. There are so many font varieties in this set, and I picked up this painted look to match my artsy card.

Somehow when I crafting up these cards, my last one always become my favorite! I decided to give this flower a try on vellum, and ended up loving the results. I heat embossed the flower in white onto vellum, and them colored the image with zig clean color brushes. I die cut the flower with coordinating dies.

I then die cut ‘for you’ from the coordinating die set out of gold luxe card stock which I wanted to center right onto the flower to give myself some coverage to hide some glue. I then adhered it against some Enchanted Evening CS which I had trimmed down so that there are white borders at the top and bottom of the card. But before I adhered the blue panel down, I decided to give it some decorative background stamping by using all the stamps in the set to cover up the white space.

Once I finished stamping the background, I then adhered my blue panel over some craft foam for some elevation. I finished the card with some white dots using the Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White. A classy card!

Hope you enjoy today’s cards and were able to see a variety of uses for this stunning stamp set. It has definitely become one of my favorite Papertrey Ink sets! Be sure to drop by all week as we continue showcasing more projects using the May Release products!





Altenew Thank You, You’re So Sweet

Hello there! Today I’m so thrilled to be sharing my first guest post on the Altenew Blog. I have been such a HUGE fan of their products, and always amazed at what next incredible product they come out next. I’ve been very grateful for the opportunities to work with several of their stamps and dies, and now their expansion into markers and stencils too! Watching this company grow has been great, and wish them many, many more years of success. Without further ado, let me share the projects I have in store for you!

For my first card, I featured the Simple Fruits stamp set. I was so excited when I first saw this set released, because I just had to make something with kiwi in it! Kiwi has been my nickname for as long as I could remember.

The one technique I am absolutely addicted to is wet stamping. Since these fruit stamps are nice, solid images, they were a perfect candidate for this technique. I used distress inks and a mini mister to wet stamp all the fruits in the set in various bright colors to create a background onto watercolor paper.

Once I was done with my stamping, I used the same color inks to add some splatter across the entire background. I stamped my main sentiment in the center in black ink, and heat embossed my secondary sentiment onto purple cardstock that I trimmed down to a strip to adhere right below my main sentiment.

For my next card, I am sharing a project using the Adore You stamp set and coordinating dies. I hate fussy cutting, so I can’t live without coordinating dies!

I stamped the larger flowers and some leaves directly onto the watercolor paper. I used my MISTI to stamp a few extra times to since watercolor paper is not smooth and sometimes stamping once is not enough to get a crisp image. I then stamped some smaller flowers and a couple leaves that I plan to layer on top on a separate piece of watercolor paper.

I painted watercolor for all my images, layering complimentary colors to create shading and depth. I then added some dark brown and red splatter to the card.

I die cut the ‘thank you’ sentiment out of black card stock 3x and adhere them together for thickness. Then I glued it to the center of my card to finish.

That’s it for today! Thank you so much for stopping by. I have the full list of supplies used in today’s projects below, and hope today’s projects have inspired you to play with some wet stamping technique and play with some watercolors!



My Favorite Things

MFT May Release Replay

Hi there! It’s time for the My Favorite Things Release Replay! I am so fond of this month’s release and I hope you were too. I never quite have the chance to get to all the products in the release, so I love doing this post as I get to showcase a few more things that I didn’t have time for last week.

MFT has really been coming out with some very fun interactive products, and one of my favorites this release is the flower window that was designed to correspond with our circle shaker pouches. However, the very same frame also makes an adorable frame and I decided to use it to frame this cute beach bunnies.

I die cut my flower out of Cotton Candy CS and the circle frame out of White CS. I die cut the leaves out of Spearmint CS and intentionally left a few of the inlaid pieces in the die cut. On a piece A2 White CS, I blended on some Blu Raspberry dye ink with the Stencil Star Grid, which I thought the pattern matched well with the leaves.

I adhered the flower and its pieces directly onto my blended background. On another White CS, I stamped my beach bunnies in Milk Chocolate hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. I added some details with a white gel pen, and die cut them out of coordinating Die-namics. They were adhered with foam tape.

Lastly is my sentiment, which I heat embossed in silver over White CS. I die cut a stitched fishtail banner from Blueprints 28 and trimmed off any excess length after adhering it to my card with foam tape.

Hope you enjoy today’s project and be sure to check all the beautiful card my talented teammates create as well, linked on the MFT Blog. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!