Saturday, August 26, 2017

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire 2017!

Hello, everyone! I hope you've been enjoying this year's Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire festivities! The theme of this year's event is "Traditional Anniversary Gifts" and I'm presenting Year 5 (wood).

Inlaid Wood Cards

There were a couple of reasons I chose to take on the fifth anniversary tradition. For one thing, wood is such a versatile material. It exudes the warmth of nature and its texture absolutely cannot be beat.

Sunflower Birthday Card

I grew up with a carpenter father and learned early on to appreciate the wide variety of styles you can achieve with wood.

Sunflower Birthday Card 2

Not only that, I joined Papertrey Ink as a stamp designer on their fifth anniversary, so that occasion holds special meaning for me personally.

Not Alone Card

In today's tutorial, I’m going to teach you a wood inlay technique that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do.

Not Alone Card 2

This technique uses real wood paper or veneer, so you get all the benefits of the gorgeous woodgrain on your projects. If you don’t have those materials on hand, don’t worry! You can use two different shades of neutral cardstock stamped or stenciled with woodgrain for a similar effect.

Not Alone Card 3

Head over to Nichole's blog to see the video and catch the whole tutorial. I've linked my supplies below just in case you had any questions. Just an fyi, the wood paper I initially bought is no longer available, so I've linked something very similar that I believe will work just as well. Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you enjoy the rest of this wonderful event!

Sunflower Birthday Card

Not Alone Card

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Papertrey Ink Throwback Thursday: Round Repeats

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another Papertrey Ink Throwback Thursday feature. Today Heather, Wanda, and I are taking Round Repeats out for a spin. You know how much I love building a pattern, so pulling out Round Repeats was a blast! These elements are perfect for medallions, but they’re also fabulous for other patterns as well. I wanted to create an op-art inspired background, so I went with an overlapping stripe. Here's a closer look!

Celebrate Your Birthday Card

I began by sponging Aqua Mist ink onto a Fresh Snow Linen panel. I love the soft color I can get by doing that. Then, I stamped the first set of stripes, also in Aqua Mist ink. Next came the Green Parakeet stripes, offset from the Aqua Mist ones just a bit.

Celebrate Your Birthday Card 2

Once that panel was finished, I adhered it to a Green Parakeet card base. Then, I trimmed a second piece of Fresh Snow Linen to be the sentiment panel. I cut it at an angle and then used the Good Times die to cut in just a bit. Next I stamped my sentiment and then I used the same word die to cut a Tropical Teal "celebrate." I inset that die cut along the top edge of my sentiment panel in the area that I cut away earlier.

Celebrate Your Birthday Card 3

I used foam tape to adhere the two parts together and then used additional foam tape to pop up and stabilize the sentiment panel. I finished up my card with a handful of sequins for a little sparkle.

I hope you've enjoyed today's card! If you haven't pulled out Round Repeats in awhile now is a great time to do so. Some of the medallions even look like snowflakes - they'd be perfect for getting a jump on those holiday cards. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and make sure to check in with Heather and Wanda to see how they've used this set today. I'll see you for Stamp-A-Faire this weekend! Ta-ta!