Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's All About the Candy Corn

Hi there, I'm over on the Queen & Co blog today with a pair of cards featuring the Halloween Hoopla Kit. and thought I'd share them here too. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I'm having with this kit!

The toppings are especially cute -- pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, candy corn, spider webs, and more!

It's All About the Candy

I had to start with my favorite: candy corn, and why stop at just one?

It's All About the Candy

I started with two candy corn shakers, and then surrounded those with several more flat candy corn pieces. The candy corn are so easy to assemble thanks to the trio of dies that go with this shaker shape. I created my shaker frames from white, orange, and yellow card stock, then backed each section with papers from the Halloween Hoopla paper pad. Last, I filled each shaker with a mixture of candy corn toppings, beads, and stars. 

I found the perfect sentiment in the Halloween Hoopla stamp set, white embossed it on the black polka dot Halloween Hoopla pattern, and accented with black and white twine.

It's All About the Candy

To add to the fun, I added a scattering of the Orange Iridescent Bubbles and the tiny black stars.

Hello Pumpkin

Next up is a simple and sweet scene card that could work for both Halloween or fall in general. 

Hello Pumpkin

Here I've die-cut a patterned paper pumpkin and filled it with a mixture of orange toppings and just a few of the black stars for a little pop of contrast. The narrow strips of patterned paper manage to add a ton of color while maintaining lots of overall white space.

Hello Pumpkin

The sentiment, once again, is white embossed on the black polka dot pattern. A few more strips of colorful patterned paper and a trio of Purple Iridescent Bubbles (included in the kit) completes the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal: Mini Scrapbook Kits

It's Traveler's Journal day over on the Papertrey Ink blog! This month's feature is all about making mini scrapbooking kits, either as gifts or for yourself. 

I've always found the idea of a December mini-album enticing, but the reality is I've never felt I've had the time to put one together. Today I'm sharing some ideas for how you can prepare supplies ahead of time and simplify December memory keeping.  Papertrey's Traveler's Journal booklets are the ideal size for a December mini-album or journal!

The first thing I did was choose a color combo to use throughout my book. I designed a simple, but colorful album cover using those colors. The letters are all die-cut with Headline Alphabet, the word "memories" is from the Monthly Moments: Year-Round Mini stamp set, and the number "ornaments" are from the Traveler's Journal: Dates stamp set.

You'll need either an elastic band closure or a clip. Otherwise, the booklets don't stay closed on their own. I added a label sticker to a gold binder clip, along with some festive Pure Poppy baker's twine. The label was done with the Traveler's Journal: Typed Notes stamp set, Moments Inked: Planner Banners stamp set, and Moments Inked: Planner Banners die.

On the first page, I set a merry tone with some red polka dot paper and a stamped "Merry & Bright" sentiment from Quick Notes: Holiday Mini.

I added some gradient with a darker shade of green ink, popped the sentiment up with foam adhesive, and added some gold sequins for a little extra pizzazz.

Next I chose a theme for the album. I picked out a dozen prompts and created a spread for each one. I die-cut several photo frames in various colors to have ready for photos, and I've left plenty of room for telling stories, recording traditions, and/or reflecting on the prompt.

The prompts I'm using are: selfie, family, ornament, cookie, holiday card, decor, peace, shopping, listen, lights, and weather. 

The frame is from the Traveler's Journal: Accessories die set, and the titles are all done with the same Headline Alphabet die that I used for the cover.

Next, I stamped and die-cut an assortment of images to use for embellishments. My advice is to not go too crazy with these. Keep it simple! These adorable trees are from the Treetops Glisten stamp set.

Here's an example of how you could add your stamped embellishments.

I also have a stack of snowflakes ready to go. These are from the Snowflake Sparkle set.

And here's another simple page design for the "family" prompt. I adhered the title to the frame with permanent adhesive, but used repositionable adhesive for the actual frame to make it easier to insert those printed photographs. The square frame on this spread is from the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover die set.

I hope by planning ahead and simplifying the process, I'll be able to stick with a December mini-album project this year! If you don't already have a system you use, hopefully you're inspired to try as well!

Ink: True Black, Fresh Snow, Tropical Teal, New Leaf, Soft Stone, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Green Parakeet

PaperTraveler's Journal Page Blanks  Bitty Big: Pure Poppy Paper Collection; Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Green Parakeet, Tropical Teal, Soft Stone, Classic Kraft, and Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: white gel pen, Pure Poppy baker's twine, gold sequins

For more Traveler's Journal inspiration, be sure to visit the Papertrey Ink blog.
Thanks for visiting!

Reverse Confetti October Hop

Hello, friends! It's the 8th of the month, and the Reverse Confetti Crew and friends are hopping. Welcome! So glad you're here! To start at the beginning, visit the Reverse Confetti blog. When you're finished here, you'll hop over to Kathy Schweinfurth (full hop order below).

I have an autumn card to share today that I made using a number of the new products from last month's release. 

I started my card with a wreath and fall florals that I stamped with Fall For You, die-cut with the coordinating Fall For You Confetti Cuts dies, and colored with Copics.

Behind the wreath is a strip of yellow patterned paper from the Every Little Bit paper pad stamped with a sentiment from Autumn Blessings. For the background, I went with a tone-on-tone Leaf Lattice Cover Panel Confetti Cuts die-cut in Dark Roast card stock over a Dark Roast card base. Before adhering the wreath, I added some brightness with some light white splatter.

Stamps: Fall For You, Autumn Blessings
Confetti Cuts Dies: Leaf Lattice Cover Panel, Fall For You
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Premier Polar White and Dark Roast card stock; Every Little Bit 6x6 paper pad
Other: hemp cord, Copic markers, Mister Huey Opaque White


For more Reverse Confetti inspiration, visit the Confetti Crew and friends:

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fa La La Shaker Tag

I absolutely love making unique gift tags, especially for Christmas gift-giving. Today, I'm sharing a shaker tag that I put together using the Fa La La Circle Confetti Cuts die set from Reverse Confetti.

I started by sponging the pinked-and-stitched circle die-cut in light green and pink Distress Oxide inks, spritzing a little water on to get the droplet pattern in the background.

I cut several more framed sentiments, then trimmed the words out, leaving me with just an open circle frame. I stacked those together to create enough depth for some shaker material. Next I adhered the built-up circle frames to the base layer, filled with some clear diamonds, covered with an acetate circle, and topped with a Fa La la Circle.

The final touches were some vellum snowflakes that I die-cut with the Snowflake Trio Confetti Cuts and a small helping of pink and green jumbo sequins.

Confetti Cuts Dies: Fa La La Circle, Snowflake Trio
Ink: Distress Oxide inks
Paper: Premier Polar White card stock, vellum card stock
Other: Charcoal baker's twine, clear Wink of Stella brush pen, Jillibean Soup jumbo sequins, Queen & Co Pastel Diamonds Toppings, ink blending foam, water spritzer


Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Joyful Wishes - September SFYTT

Hey there, just wanted to share a quick card I put together using this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try. There's time left to play along, but just a smidge, so hurry on over to the Reverse Confetti blog for all the details and the link-up. Contest closes at noon CT on the 29th!

Here's the September sketch:

For my take on the sketch, I picked out some of the images from the adorable new Christmas Bear stamp set, stamped them on Reverse Confetti's Cloud White card stock, and did some quick and loose watercoloring using Zig Clean Color brush markers and a water pen. I absolutely LOVE Cloud White for watercoloring. Looks and feels like traditional card stock, but blends like watercolor paper. (For Copic coloring and general stamping, choose the Premier Polar White.)

My sentiment is from Sentimental Christmas, and the stitched- and pinked-edge circle die is from the Fa La La Circle Confetti Cuts set.

I subbed a length of ribbon for the smaller rectangle panel on the sketch and tied on some string and jingle bells for the embellishment trio.

Stamps: Christmas Bear, Sentimental Christmas
Confetti Cuts Dies: Christmas Bear, Fa La La Circle 
Ink: Midnight
Paper: Cloud White, Premier Polar White, and RC Teal card stock; Very Merry 6x6 paper pad
Other: Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water brush, ribbon, linen thread, jingle bells, foam adhesive

Thanks for stopping in today! Hope you're having a great week!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Queen & Co. Shaker Tag Cocktail

I had two projects up on the Queen & Co. blog earlier this week, and thought I'd share them here, too. I'm having so much fun with the Shaped Shaker Tags kit. The kit comes with enough foam shakers for nine shaker tags, and also includes dies to match each tag shape. Foam shapes are available separately (i.e., without the dies) if you need to replenish!

My shaker projects tend to feature just one type of topping, but today, I'm sharing shaker tags that I've loaded up with a mixture of quite a few different toppings. I've left just enough space for the tags to shake; otherwise, they are filled to the brim with goodies!

Happy Bee Day

First up is a happy "bee" day card featuring a mixture of black, white and yellow. I started by stenciling a honeycomb pattern  onto the background, then adhered the shaker foam right to that background. The different toppings are: yellow Bright Pearlies Toppings; black and white Matte Pearlies Toppings; black and yellow Posies Toppings; and black, white, and yellow Sequins Toppings.

Happy Bee Day

I topped the tag with a light gray tag die-cut, a pair of stamped and die-cut bees, and a sentiment. I also used some of the toppings as embellishments around the shaker tag.

Happy Bee Day

Black and white twine from the Twine Assortment finishes off the tag.

Queen & Co.:
  Shaped Shaker TagsBright Pearlies ToppingsMatte Pearlies ToppingsPosies ToppingsSequins Toppings

Reverse Confetti The Buzz stamp set and The Buzz Confetti Cuts die set (Reverse Confetti); Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die set (Simon Says Stamp); Heidi Swapp Honeycomb Stencil, 6 by 6-InchFossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copic markers; Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush Tip Marker

Trick Or Treet Smell My Feet

Next is a tag for a Halloween treat. I love this cocktail of orange, green, purple, black and white!

Trick Or Treet Smell My Feet

Here we have orange, purple and green Pops Toppings, green Pastel Diamonds Toppings; orange, green, and black/white Sequins Toppings, and orange Baby Beads.

Trick Or Treet Smell My Feet

Last, I used some Purple Sparkle String to attach the tag to the treat container.

Queen & Co.:
Shaped Shaker TagsPops ToppingsPastel Diamonds ToppingsSequins ToppingsBaby BeadsPurple Sparkle String

Make It Market Mini Kit: Halloween Pin-Ups, Green Parakeet Card Stock, and True Black Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Treat Tube Topper Confetti Cuts,  Treat Tubes (Reverse Confetti)

Don't be afraid to mix your toppings or to fill your tags to the brim! For more Shaped Shaker Tags inspiration, visit the Queen & Co. blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by!