Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Make it Monday #264: Die Cut Stencil Shapes

Hello Friends,
It has once again been a long while since I have posted a card for a Make it Monday!  I often make the cards but just do not get them photographed and posted....life has a way of getting in the way of crafting sometimes as it should! LOL!  Anyway today I was home with a migraine resting and after my medicine finally kicked in I watched Melissa's video and this card idea jumped in my head based on the snowflake version she shared.  Thanks for the inspiration Melissa.  I was thrilled that I got to use the "all is calm, all is bright" sentiment from my new "Christmas Faith" set designed by Heather Nichols!  I love this set so much Heather!!!! I cannot wait to play with this stamp set some more and maybe use the doves for the stencils next!  Such a fun technique!  I took these pictures a few minutes ago at 9pm so even with my OTT lights the greens do not look right!  Sorry....it does look better in person! I thought if I waited to photograph it I might not get this card posted at all. :)

Cardstock:  New Leaf, White
Patterned Paper:  Kelly Green Gingham - digital print
Inks:  Vintage Jadeite; Smoky Shadow

Stamps: Winter Hills and Christmas Faith
Dies: Fancy Flakes; Monthly Moments Journal Card and Journal Card 2 dies;
          Gina Marie Designs - Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Dies
Other:  pop dots; tombow glue, pink lace - vintatge; stickles diamond glitter glue, pink copic marker; sponge for inking

Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Paper Sweeties October 2016 New Release Rewind

Did you make it over to the Paper Sweeties website yesterday to check out the FANTASTIC October Release?  Wonderful new goodies for all your crafting needs for sure!!!! Not to mention that we have awesome Holiday Sequins Mixes in the store as well as new patterned paper!  Yay!  So many exciting new things happening at the shop!!!


Today is our October Release Rewind where all of the designers create projects that incorporate the new products that were just released with some of the existing products to show how they all can be used together!  Here is what I have to share with you today:

I decided to shift away from my traditional red and green Christmas color palette and do something in pastels:

This sweet card uses the "Christmas Pudding" stamp and sweet cut from the "Homemade with Love" sets.  I stamped, die cut, and colored the sweet puddings with Copic markers before adding a thin line of Stickles glitter glue to make the frosting sparkle! I also added glossy accents to the holly berries!  I love how shiny they are!

I then placed these sweet puddings in the new Basket Sweet Cut which I cut from a pink polka dot patterned paper.

 I added a gingham "napkin" in mint green to the front of the basket along with a sentiment which is also from the "Homemade with Love" stamp set.   A sweet twine bow adds a nice finishing touch.

That is it for me today! Here are links to the entire Design Team so you can hop along with us:

Thanks for joining us for the October Release! Don't forget about the October Inspiration Challenge!  I hope you will join in the fun for a chance to win a gift certificate and a guest design spot.



Friday, October 14, 2016

Paper Sweeties October 2016 New Release Party

The wonderful October Release is now available at Paper Sweeties

Welcome to our Release Party Blog Hop!

The new stamps and dies are as follows:

Basket Add-on: Baked with Love Sweet Cuts

 And in case you missed the news Paper Sweeties has also released its first patterned paper collection called Merry and Bright!

I just love these colors for the Holidays!

Plus some lovely holiday sequin mixes!!!!

Mistletoe and Winter Mix

 The entire Paper Sweeties team has gorgeous inspiration to share with you today!  Here is what I created:

This sweet red card uses the NEW "Merry Little Christmas" stamp set:
 I stamped this lovely sentiment and a snowflake to top it on a circle die cut using watermark ink and then embossed it with red embossing powder!  I then glued two additional circle die cuts to the back of it for additional dimension before adding it to my prepared card base. I edged the circle and the square panels with some glitter for a little Christmas sparkle!

Then I made a sweet coordinating treat basket with some lovely peppermint candies!  

 I started with a clear cello bag and added the peppermint candies to it.  Then I tied the opening with some red satin cording and added a sweet scalloped tag from the "Home Tweet Home" stamp set with the sentiment "Holiday Treats" which is from the NEW "Baked with Love" stamp set.  
The basket was created with two basket die cuts from the new "Basket Sweet Cuts" and a piece of cardstock 5-1/2 inches long x 2-1/4 inches wide.  Score the long side at 1-1/2 inches from each end.  Score the narrow side at 1/4 inch from each end. Fold all score lines in and then cut small triangles at the 1 1/2 folds to create your basket.  Then you can use glue or score tape to assemble your basket-box.

 I decorated the front of my box with some gingham paper and a sweet peppermint candy made with the peppermint stamp in the NEW "Baked with Love" stamp set.  I wrapped it in cellophane and tied two pieces of embroidery thread around each end to form a candy.  I think these would be sweet at a Christmas dinner table at each place setting.  An after dinner mint is always such a pleasure!

I then went on to create some gift tags using the NEW "Merry Little Christmas" stamps and sweet cuts sets once again.  I also used the tree die from the previously released "Merry and Bright" sweet cuts:

After stamping the "Have a Very Merry Little Christmas" sentiment I added a snowflake from the same stamp set to the top. 
 I stamped the kraft and white tags with red ink and then embossed the red tag with white embossing powder.  I also added a tree trunk and stand die cut from "Merry Little Christmas" to the bottom of each of the trees.   Some glitter, a few jingle bells and a red thread tie and these are ready for gift giving. 

 These sweet rusty jingle bells topping my tree tag are available at Paper Sweeties!  HERE

One last gingerbread basket tag....

On this gingerbread basket tag I used brown cardstock for my gingers!  I used a piece of holly for a hat on Mom and a scarf for a "tie" on Dad.  Each of the "kids" has two red pearl buttons. 

The "Fresh Baked Treats" sentiment is from the "Stand Add-On: Fresh Baked" stamp set which has a smaller font size perfect for the tiny tags in the "Beautiful Little Wishes" Sweet Cuts.  To decorate the tiny tag I added a red bow and a miniature gingerbread man cookie cutter from a bag of buttons in the Holiday Section at Hobby Lobby.  It's the little things that make me smile! :)

Thanks for taking a look at my projects!  I would love to hear what you think of these new Paper Sweeties sets?  Which is your favorite? What are you excited to create for the upcoming holidays? I hope you will share your creations with us on our Paper Sweeties Inspiration Page on Facebook!

Here are lovely links to all of our wonderful Paper Sweeties Sweethearts.  Wait until you see all of their WONDERFUL projects!:
I hope you enjoy hopping around to see everyone's creations!
Hope to see you tomorrow for the Release Rewind!

NOTE: New Release products are linked at the top of this post in the "What's New" section:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Paper Sweeties October 2016 New Release Sneak Peeks

Hello Friends!
  Welcome to the October 2016 Release for
  Today the entire team is going to share their SNEAK PEEKS of the fun new stamps and dies for October!  All of the products we are showcasing will be available for purchase on October 15th in the Paper Sweeties store!  I am in LOVE with this FABULOUS release and I think you will be too!

My first card is perfect for sending hugs to someone who needs a little pick me up!  I used the new "Basket Add-On: Baked with Love" stamps and dies to create a little gingerbread man.  I heat embossed the gingerbread men image which is a set of 5 gingerbread men (or women) depending on how you decorate them.  I used "brown sugar" embossing powder on kraft cardstock.  Then I hand-cut the last gingerbread man on the right side of the diecut to end up with a single gingerbread man .  I added some glitter enamel dots for buttons, a felt scarf, and some pink cheeks to my little man's face to finish him off.  I then created a mug for him to stand up in by using the teacup from the "Eat Cake" Sweet Cuts and trimming the saucer off by hand.  The heart on the "mug" is 3 hearts (glued together for added dimension) from the heart border in the "Sweet Borders" die set.  A coating from my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen adds some sparkle to the heart and to my sweet little gingerbread man.

I created a scalloped window opening with a circle die and added a plaid paper circle to the inside for the gingerbread man and mug to sit on.  The sentiment is from the "But First Coffee" stamp set and is a favorite of mine!

Next I have some tags to share with you.  They use the Basket stamp and die and the "Basket Add-on: Baked with Love" stamps and dies. I LOVE THESE SETS!!!!!!!  So many fun possibilities!

 I stamped and die cut the basket and then added watermark ink and clear embossing powder to give it some shine!  I then glued two additional basket die cuts to the embossed basket for added dimension and stability of my tag.  Next I heat embossed the sweet gingerbread man stamp on kraft cardstock with white embossing powder.  I added some skin pink Copic marker for cheeks and some red gems for buttons along with a red bow tie around one of the gingers necks.

Some black pen dots add a little bit of dimension to their eyes!  The sweet scalloped label on the basket is from the "Home Tweet Home" stamps and sweet cuts.   The sentiment "Baked with Love" is from the new "Basket Add-on: Baked with Love".  The hearts are from the "Tree of Life Add-on Spring" stamps.  

 A snowflake flannel fabric strip was tied into a bow around the basket handle for some softness.  The last detail was a sweet holly sticker from my stash.  I love how this tag turned out and can just imagine it tied to a package of cookies or treats for the upcoming holidays!

Next I use the Basket Die Cut in a completely different way - upside down as a hat for a snowman!

 When my son was 2 years old he had this hat that buttoned under his chin to wear on really cold winter days.  When I was making my first tag (above) I had a leftover die cut sitting upside down on my desk and I thought of that hat....and from there I created this "baby" snowman tag! 
 I started by die-cutting the basket from black card stock and painting it with Deco Art Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in "Ice Crystal".  It dries quite quickly.  I then die cut the basket again out of white card stock to get the insert piece for my snowman's face.  To create the face I used a carrot nose button from my stash, though a piece of orange card stock with some black lines would work just as well.  Two black rhinestones for the eyes. And a line stamp from the "Holly Days" stamp set to create the mouth.  I used a Copic multiliner to add some eyelashes, eyebrows and mouth lines.  A Prima chalk pencil created the cheeks along with some Stickles glitter glue.  I used some scotch tape to hold the white snowman face inside the black basket. I placed the tape on the back side and then added a second basket die cut in white to the back to cover the tape up and make the back of the tag look nice. I decorated the hat with the Holly stamp and Holly Sweet Cut from the "Holly Days" sets.  I colored the holly die cut with Copics and added three red gems for the berries.  The "You Melt My Heart" tiny tag was created with a sentiment from the "Thanks Snow Much" stamp set and the heart tag from the "Beautiful Little Wishes Sweet Cuts". I colored the heart with a red Copic marker. Some ribbon and a bow complete this sweet tag set!  One of the sets of ribbon and bow is made from torn fabric. I just love how these turned out!

Whoo! Thanks if you made it this far!  That is it for my "Sneak Peek" post! Here are all of the links to the Paper Sweeties teamies for today's AMAZING blog hop:

I hope you will join us tomorrow for our Release Party and tons more inspiration!
Enjoy my dears! 

NOTE:  New products are linked in the "What's New" section at the top of this post.  Existing products used are linked here: