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MFT July Release Replay

It’s time for the MFT July Release Replay! Did the cute Puppy Pals make it into your wish list? If not, perhaps I can share a project that can convince you otherwise! I’m a huge dog lover, so I may have a little teeny bit of bias towards puppy stamps, but these pups are truly adorable!

The scruffy look of these pups make them so cute. The set has 6 different pups, and my card only got to 3 of them! I stamped them with Milk Chocolate hybrid ink and colored them up with copic markers. I then die cut the images with the coordinating dies.

I cut an A2 sized piece of the green striped paper from the Proper Pinstripes Pastels Paper Pack then I worked with the Die-namics Stitched Rounded Square Frames to frame off some areas for the pups to be in. I die cut the frames out of white card stock, and then blended an ombre background with some distress inks in the center pieces.

I adhered the pups onto the card with foam tape. Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto Blue Raspberry card stock, and die cut a banner out by using Blueprints 27. I find myself using Blueprints almost every card whether it is to get some framing or banners or random decorative peices all the time! Love those sets! And with some foam tape, I adhered my sentiment to complete my card.

Thanks for joining me today! For more inspirational works from participating design team members, be sure to check out the MFT Blog.


Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: The Most Wonderful Thing

Welcome back to More July Release Day 2! Today I will be focused in featuring the Quoted: The Most Mini Stamp Set. One of my favorite things about PTI are these little quote sets because they are beautifully designed large sentiments. The style of the font is always so fitting to the quote and I just love how the sentiment provide such a large coverage on the card as well!

I paired the quote a few of the July Release stamp sets, including the Cloche Quarters: Summer Fillers and On the Wagon sets. The Summer Fillers set had this cute sailboat that I thought was perfect to provide a little oceanic scene that I thought sat perfectly with the beach waves from On the Wagon. Living near the ocean, I can definitely envision a retired life sailing to new adventures and simply enjoying life on the waters with your special someone. Wouldn’t that be perfect retirement?To bring the scene together, I added some soft blends of Blueberry Sky, Sweet Blush, and Harvest Gold surrounding my stamped scenery. The sentiment was heat embossed in silver, but the little banner was stamped in Pure Poppy and then with a white embossed sentiment. I fussy cut the banner out.

I adhered the banner piece and the little boat with foam tape for a little depth and interest. A sweet scene to match a sweet sentiment, perfect to send to a special someone!



Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Give Love and Quatrefoil

Hello! Now that the full July Release of Papertrey Ink is available in store right now, it’s time to share some more projects from the release to inspire you with what you’ve bought or help you make some decisions!

My first card today features the Give Love stamp and die set. This set has such adorable birds and flowers! I love adding depth to my solid stamps by adding shading through ombre stamping. I would stamp the lighter color in full first, then dab on a darker color with a sponge dauber onto part of my stamp to add the darker blends. I performed this technique on all the pieces and die cut them out with coordinating dies.

The flowers were stamped in Lovely Lady ink, and then the center details were stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed in white. Then the flowers were die cut with coordinating dies.

I used last month’s Herb Garden Stencils to create a blended background for my card. I really love the intentionally rough edges of this die from the rectangular area. Then I stamped the sentiment right onto the top left corner of my blended background. And finally, I arranged my bird and flowers around it and adhered them down with foam tape.

Next up, this card features the Cover Up: Quatrefoil stamp set. This was a simple card but I absolutely love how it turned out. I first stamped the quatrefoil cover up onto watercolor paper in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in  white. Then I painted an ombre layer of watercolor with red and blue.

Once my first layer was dried, I went back into the pattern and added a more saturated layer of color in random cells. It gave a beautiful stained glass kind of look doesn’t it? I didn’t want to cover much of the beautiful background so I die cut a ‘thank you’ sentiment in white that I added to the center of the card.

Hope you enjoy the projects I featured today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more that I can’t wait to share with you!



Flora & Fauna,Guest Design

Flora & Fauna: Wildflower Seeds

Hey there! I have a special post today featuring a beautiful Flora & Fauna stamp set called Wildflower Seeds. Flora & Fauna is a younger stamp company and has a fun, whimsical style in their illustrations. I’ve always been quite fond of loose illlustrations and was quite excited to have the opportunity to work with their products!

All the images in today’s card comes from the stamp set Wildflower Seeds. The details of the weeds were absolutely beautiful, so I really wanted to heat emboss it and bring out the image through ombre ink blending.

I thought it would be fun to also use the same technique to add some butterflies to the card. I chose to use purple inks to compliment the greens as it stands out boldly. I fussy cut the butterflies out and slightly folded the butterflies in half to get a 3D effect. I added a thin foam tape strip to the center of the butterfly, keeping the wings free.

And finally, I stamped my sentiment in a dark purple in the top center of the card. All done! Hope you enjoy today’s project and I hope to share more in the near future so stay tune!


Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Stemmed Sentiments

The Papertrey Ink July Release Week has started and today I will be sharing with you the new Stemmed Sentiment stamps and dies. This beautiful set has a variety of gorgeous flowers and sentiment for all sorts of occassions. I feature a different flower in each of my cards today!

Let’s start with poppies! I absolutely love watercolored poppies so I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do. I heat embossed the same poppy multiple times to create a field look, leaving a space in between for my sentiment.

I then watercolored the entire piece, with a touch of splatter to finish. I then die cut the sentiment ‘Just because’ to finish the card.

For my next card, I wanted to keep it very clean. I love the new Mix & Mat: Postal Dies and I thought it would be fun to create a postage look for this card. I first die cut the postage frame, then masked off the edges before blending on some Blueberry Sky dye ink.

I then stamped the words ‘Love you’ and Mother’ in opposite corners, just like a postage stamp in True Black. For the image, I stamped them in True Black onto Stamper’s Select White and colored them with copic markers. I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the images, and then die cut with coordinating dies.

I adhered the postage at an angle onto a simple, neutral colored pattern paper, and my flowers in the center of the postage with foam tape.

For my last card, I wanted to create a small bouquet to add the customizable “tie-on” tag that comes with the Stemmed Sentiment Dies. I stamped my images in True Black and colored the images with copic markers. I then added some details and highlights with a white gel pen.

I created a simple watercolor wash for the background. Once I decided how I wanted to arrange my flowers, I adhered them to my background with foam tape.

On black cardstock, I die cut the small tag, then heat embossed the sentiment ‘Take care’ in white. I then used some twine to tie it onto my bouquet, and adhered the tag to my card with foam tape so it wouldn’t fall off when the card is mailed.

These flowers are truly beautiful and there are so many variations you can work with. I especially adore the tie on tag with various sentiments and sayings that fit right on there. I hope you enjoy today’s projects!