Monday, July 31, 2017

Make It Monday: Color Slider Cards

Hello, friends! I just wanted to pop in and mention that I'm hosting this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday over on Nichole Heady's blog. I'm challenging you to create Color Slider Cards (sometimes called Magic Slider Cards). Here's my project:

MIM Thinking Of You Card 3

I used the new Stemmed Statements stamp set along with Keep It Simple: Thinking Of You and Movers & Shakers Sentiments on this card. I kept the card really clean and simple to allow the bright colors on the flower to take center stage once the tab had been pulled up.

MIM Thinking Of You Card

I just love the colorful surprise hiding under that pull tab! Just make sure your StazOn pad is nice and inky before you start. Trust me on this. Ha!

MIM Thinking Of You Card 2

I really had a lot of fun putting this one together! I hope you'll play along by linking up your project over on Nichole's blog. Have a great week everyone and I'll see you again soon!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Design Team Tips: Storing Blending Sponges

Good morning, all! It's my turn to share a tip with you and I’m going to do something a little different with this week’s Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips. Rather than share a cardmaking technique, I’m going to share an organizational solution that I hope you’ll find useful.

I think most of you have come to notice that I love ink blending - I seem to be blending on nearly every card these days! And thanks in part to all of Papertrey’s beautiful ink colors, my blending sponges were starting to get a little unruly. So I set out to find a solution that would be cost effective, easy to establish, and effortless to keep organized. So here's the result of my search.

Blending Sponges Storage 1

On my workbench there sits a small wire basket. I bought it at Target ages ago and it's proven its worth over the years.

Blending Sponges Storage 2

The basket holds a few blending tools, an extra pack of sponges, and one of Papertrey's kraft binders (now, of course the binders went out of stock between my planning of this post and this moment, but hopefully they will be back soon - any other mini 3-ring binder should work just as well).

Blending Sponges Storage 4

Now, here's where the magic happens. I have five 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" pages tucked into mini page protectors inside the binder. On each page I've printed twelve circles and their corresponding color names. The colors are arranged in rainbow order and there's still a bit of space at the back under the blues and purples. I put the neutrals on their own page. This is an idea I got from Gina on the Papertrey Ink forum. I simply made a few adjustments to make it fit my needs even better.

Blending Sponges Storage 3

Each circle has a velcro tab in the center. I just used the pokey parts of each pair of hook and loop sets since the blending sponges are already equipped with the soft part.

Blending Sponges Storage 10

These are the velcro dots I bought to do this project. They can be expensive, so I picked these up online. There are 250 sets of dots (500 pieces total) in the package I bought and they're sure to last me a very long time. You could make this organizational system even more cost effective by splitting a package with a friend or two.

Blending Sponges Storage 5

When I designed the pages I included a gray "x" in the center of each circle. That was an easy way to know where to place my velcro circles. I pulled the colors from the Papertrey Ink website and laid out the pages so that each sponge would have an ample amount of space.

Blending Sponges Storage 6

I decided to use page protectors (rather than cardstock sheets that I hole punched myself or laminated pages) for a few reasons. In the first place, I happen to use these page protectors for my stamp set organization, so I already had them handy. Also, if a new color is introduced I can adjust the printed pages without having to replace the velcro on the page protectors (since the spacing will always be the same and the blending sponges are movable).

Blending Sponges Storage 8

And thirdly, the page protectors help protect (duh) the back of each page against ink transfer from the sponges behind it. You can see here that the greens would have left residue on the yellows page, but the page protector keeps the back of that sheet clean.

Blending Sponges Storage 7

I did the same thing in the front of the binder, just using an empty page protector rather than a filled one. If you had several binders you could use this for a title page, but I haven't bothered to put anything inside. This is real life, people.

Blending Sponges Storage 9

One binder holds five sheets (filled with sponges) comfortably. I've spread it out a bit here so it would stand up for the photo, but it closes perfectly for normal use. Also, it's a good idea not to accidentally spike your binder at the floor and bend a corner. Just throwing that out there. Don't be like me.

Blending Sponges Storage 11

So there you have it - my perfect ink blending solution. I use this binder almost every time I sit down to stamp. It has saved me so much time! I used to keep my sponges in small baggies thrown into that small wire basket, but whenever I wanted a particular color I'd end up searching through all of the sponges to find it. No more, friends, no more.

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my blending sponges binder. Here's a list of the supplies I used and a downloadable PDF of the pages in case you'd like to create a binder of your own!

Ink Blending Sponges Pages

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Instant Photo Pull Out Die Collection

Good morning and welcome back for this week's Papertrey Ink Throwback Thursday feature. Today, WandaBetsy, and I are sharing projects showcasing the Instant Photo Pull Out Die Collection. Now I'll be honest, I don’t use many photos in my crafting. But I am always trying to come up with new, adorable ways to invite people over for a party or a meal. The Instant Photo Pull Out Die makes a perfect pocket invitation! Isn't that lucky?!

Birthday Party Pocket Invitation

To start with I die cut the sleeve part of the die collection from Tropical Teal cardstock. I stamped it with the streamers from Hooray using the matching ink and then embossed the Fruit Salad sentiment using white powder.

Birthday Party Pocket Invitation 3

Next, I lined the inside back panel (the part you see when the insert is removed) with Bright Buttercup patterned paper. I just love that bright pop of yellow! Then I just assembled the pocket using nice, strong adhesive (I prefer Scor-tape, but anything similar would do).

Birthday Party Pocket Invitation 4

Next, I created an invitation on my computer and printed it onto white cardstock. I made sure to leave enough space at the bottom to stamp an image and then die cut it using the insert die. I followed basically the same steps that Erin shared on her Computer Generated Sentiments On Die Cuts Make It Monday tutorial from a few years ago. It's an oldie, but a goodie.

Birthday Party Pocket Invitation 5

Then, I lightly penciled the window onto my insert so I knew exactly where I wanted to stamp. Then I stamped the shadow from In The Shadows and the cake from Invitation Basics inside that opening. Once the ink was dry (just a few minutes), I erased the pencil.

Birthday Party Pocket Invitation 2

I wanted to dress up the pull tab a little, so I added an eyelet and tied on a bit of Baker's Twine. Here's a little secret...that eyelet was originally white. I actually purged most of my unused supplies when we moved a few years ago, so these were the only ones I had left. I ended up coloring it with an R29 Copic and it worked perfectly (aside from a few colorful finger tips)!

Well, that's it for me today. Make sure to visit Betsy and Wanda to see what other ingenious ideas they have up their sleeves. Have a great day, everyone, and I'll see you again very soon!