Thursday, November 25, 2010

Holiday Tags

This Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop Challenge is to design a holiday tag or two using all of your favorite goodies.  What could be better than to make some Holiday tags while waiting for the turkey to roast on Thanksgiving Day?!  My Stocking Prints stamp set and coordinating dies are some of my favorite goodies and creating tags couldn't be any easier with the Tage Sale #1 die!  The text from the Background Basics: Christmas stamp set was the perfect backsplash for my stockings! 
I ran the colored card stock (ripe avacado, pure poppy, and scarlet jewel) through my Stampin' Up Square lattice textured impressions embossing folder.  I tore off a corner of the white tag and sponged some chai ink around the edges before adhering it to the colored tag.  The text is stamped in Stampin' Up crumb cake ink.  The stockings are adhered with foam dimensionals for some pop.  Ribbon tied with twine completes the pretty little tags.  Thanks for stopping by and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I'm still feeling sketchy so despite the fact that Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 93 is over, I decided to play along anyway because I love the design.  

Card Stock:  PTI plum pudding, lavender moon, and white
Designer Paper:  PTI Guide Lines
Stamp Sets:  SU thank you kindly and priceless
Ink:  SU perfect plum and old olive
Tools:  Nestabilities classic scalloped sqaure small, PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection, corner chomper
Accessories:  button and twine

Monday, November 22, 2010


Here's a card I made to participate in the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 166.  I sponged the edges of the vintage cream card stock with chocolate chip ink and used the bow easy to make the bow.  Instead of an image, I simply ran the card stock through an embossing folder.   I like the simplicity of it.

Card Stock:  PTI vintage cream, dark chocolate, and kraft
Designer Paper:  PTI Green Tea Leaves Collection
Stamp set:  SU Because I Care
Ink: SU choclate chip
Tools:  Nestabilities petite ovals small and petite scalloped ovals small, bow easy, embossing folder
Accessories:  SU chocolate chip grograin ribbon


I am up for a few sketch challenges this week now that 2 out of my 3 craft fairs are a thing of the past.  Here is my entry for Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 94.  I always love the results of a card with a circle or an oval shape, but I rarely use them unless I am participating in a sketch this one!

Card Stock:  PTI kraft and white
Designer Paper:  Stampin Up old olive and rich razzleberry
Stamp sets:  PTI backbround basics: text style, Stampin Up watercolor trio and thank you kindly
Ink:  Stampin Up rich razzleberry, old olive, and crumb cake
Tools:  Nestabilities standard circles large
Accessories:  button and twine

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Refrigerator magnets don't have to be tacky!

Get rid of all those tacky but useful magnets on your fridge and replace them with pretty magnets of your own.  They are quick and easy to make and they were a good seller at the craft fair I did today.  I purchased the adhesive magnetic sheet by ProMAG at AC Moore.  I simply ran it through my big shot with my Papertry Ink dies and then layered it with patterned paper. I used foam adhesive between layers to add dimension and added a button embellishment. 
All supplies by Papertrey Ink other than ProMAG adhesive magnetic sheet

Card Stock:  Orange zest, terracotta tile, plum pudding, sweet blush, melon berry

Patterned Paper:  Autumn Abundance, Polka Dot Parade, Guide Lines

Dies:  Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection, Beautiful Blooms II #3 die collection

Buttons: sweet blush, pure poppy, and white

Monday, November 15, 2010

More Altered Wine Bottles

One of my best sellers at the craft fair I did this past weekend was my wine bottle lablels and tag set.  I sold out within 45 minutes and I was kicking myself that I hadn't made more.  I am making a bunch for the remaining 2 craft shows I am doing.  You can see my previous "Merry Little Cocktail" label and tag set here.   I also made these fun sets!
I used the Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #1 die to make the tags.  See Maile Belle's blog here for a tutorial on how to tie the ribbon on the tags with twine. 

To make the labels, I cut  the card stock to 6" x11" piece and stamped the background.  I added 5 pieces of red sticky tape to the backs so people can just peel and stick the labels onto the bottle of wine of their choice. 

I used a paper clip to attach the tag to the label.  I had the decorated wine bottles on display and they sold like hot cakes! 

For the "Great minds drink alike" set, I stamped the background on the label with Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Blooms II stamp set onto Papertrey Ink's kraft card stock.   I used Stampin' Up perfect plum and old olive ink.  The wine glass stamp is by Serendipity Stamps.  I stamped it twice and used my Stampin' Up perfect plum marker to color in the wine.  I added some glossy accents to the wine glasses.   I punched them out with a 1.5" circle punch.  Using the PTI Tage Sale #1 die, I made the tag out of PTI plum pudding card stock and added a strip of Stampin Up old olive designer paper.   The sentiment is by Inky Antics.   I added some Stampin' Up old olive ribbon to finish it off. 

HA!  This image makes me laugh every time!  "Wine Princess" is by American Art Stamps."  I colored her in with copics and added some Glossy Accents to her wine glass.  This time I used PTI pure poppyand white and Stampin' up so saffron and basic black to make the tag.  I used PTI Polka Dot Basics stamp set to make the label.  I used Stampin Up summer sunink and stamped onto so saffron card stock.  

Next I plan to design a few birthday wine bottle labels and tags.  If you make some of your own, I would love to see them!  Make sure you send me a link so I can check them out!   

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Note of Thanks

It's the night before my craft show and here I am still making a few last cards.   I just love Papertrey Ink's Autumn Abundance patterned paper and I am always looking for ways to use it.  It was my inspiration for this thank you card.

Card Stock:  PTI dark chocolate, orange zest, simply chartreuse, and white
Patterned Paper:  PTI Autumn Abundance
Stamp Set:  Stampin' Up Thank You Kindly
Tools: PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection, PTI eyelet lace border die
Ink:  Stampin' Up choclate chip
Accessories:  button and twine

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Flower for a Friend

I inked up my Delightful Dahlia stamp set by Papertrey Ink for the first time tonight.   I stamped the dahlia onto sweet blush card stock and then colored the image with copics and stamped the leaves on simply chartreuse and shaded them with copics as well.   I adhered one of the leaves and the dahlia with foam dimensionals. I used my bow easy to tie that perfect little bow. 

Card Stock:  Papertret Ink sweet blush, dark chocolate, simply chartresuse, and white
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black and Stampin Up chocolate chip
Stamp sets:  Papertrey Ink Delightful Dahlia and Framed
Tools:  Copic markers, Bow Easy
Accessories: ribbon

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tea Leaves Birthday Card

I'm back at it making these cute saddle stitch ribbon flowers!  See my previous post here for a link to a tutorial on how to make them.  I went for a pretty neutral card with a nice pop of color using my Papertrey Ink card stock, designer paper, and ribbon.  I sponged some tea dye duo around the edges of the craft card stock.

Card Sock:  Papertrey Ink white, craft, fine linen, and simply chartreuse
Designer Paper:  Papertrey Ink Distressed Dots & Green Tea Leaves Collection
Stamp set:  Papertrey Ink Basic Birthday
Ink:  Papertrey Ink tea dye duo, Stampin Up real red
Tools:  Papertrey Ink mat stack 3 die
Accessories: Papertrey Ink pure poppy saddle stitch ribbon

Framed Beautiful Blooms Birthday Card

I have a craft show this weekend and I am trying to have a bunch of cards available to sell on top of the other goodies I have made.  I pulled out my Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection and Framed stamp set to make this card.  I folded the petals up to add dimension.  I used my Bow Easy to make the bow (loving that little tool).  I added a button with baker's twine for an embellishment.

Card Stock:  PTI pure poppy, dark chocolate, and white, SU wild wasabi
Designer Paper:  October Afternoon Fly a Kite
Stamp Set: PTI Framed
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Tools:  PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection
Accessories: 5/8" red satin ribbon, PTI pure poppy button and baker's twine

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mojo Monday 164 Wine Princess

I decided to play along with the MoJo Monday 164 sketch challenge.  I really wanted to use these patterned papers from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop so I looked for an image that I could color to match the papers.  Here's the result!  Now I need to decide to which of my wine sipping friends will I be giving this card!

Card Stock:  Papertrey Ink pure poppy, Stampin Up basic black and very vanilla
Designer Paper:  October Afetrnoon Thrift Shop
Stamp:  American Art STamps Wine princess
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: red satin ribbon, stickles, copic markers

Birthday Card with a Saddle Stitch Ribbon Flower

Well, Papertrey Ink should be thanking Laurie at Soapbox Creations because she will be personally responsible for their sudden spike in saddle stitch ribbon sales!   You can check out Laurie's tutorial on how to make these cute flowers here.  They really are easy to make!  I hand cut some leaves and used a white gel pen to add faux stitching to them to mimic the stitching on the ribbon.  

Card Stock:  Papertrey Ink plum pudding, simply chartreuse, and white
Designer Paper: Papertrey Ink guide lines
Stamp set:  Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics
Ink:  Stampin Up perfect plum
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst saddle stitch ribbon, white gel pen
Tools:  Stampin Up paper piercing tool and mat pack

Sunday, November 7, 2010

SSSC92 Masculine Birthday Card

I needed to make a birthday card for my dad this morning so I used Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #92 for my inspiration though I altered the design a bit.  Wishing I had some skinnier brown ribbon to tie that tie, but 5/8" was all I had.  

Card Stock: Papertrey Ink dark chocolate and white
Designer Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite
Stamp Sets: Papertrey Ink Borders & Corners Circles, Stampin' Up Vintage Labels
Tools:  1.75" circle punch, 1.5" circle punch, Nestabilities classic scalloped sqaures small
Accessories:  ribbon and a brad

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I have been wanting this Papertrey Ink Boards and Beams stamp set for awhile and I finally ordered it.  Last year when I was doing craft fairs, I was asked several times if I had any "new home" cards.  This year I'm prepared!  Here is the first card I've made with my new stamp set.  I used watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color the images.  I cut out the trees and adhered them with foam dimensions. 

Card Stock:  Papertrey Ink perfect plum, distressed dots dsp, and watercolor paper
Ink:  StazOn Black
Stamp Set:  Papertrey Ink Boards and Beams
Tools: Stampin Up watercolor pencils, blender pen, stampin dimensionals

Friday, November 5, 2010

Snowman Soup

When I saw this cute stamp by High Hopes Rubber Stamps called "Snow Yummy," I thought it would be perfect to make "Snowman Soup!"  I got the mugs for $1 each at the dollar store.  Each mug has 3 Hershey kisses, a packet of cocoa, a candy cane stirring stick, and some marshmallows in a clear cello bag.  I colored the image with copics, cut it out and attached it to the top of the cello bags. I printed the Snowman Soup poem from my computer and added it to the Snowman's mug.   I tied the ribbon around the top of the mug to polish it off!  I think they came out so cute! 

Post It Note Stand & Pen sets

These post it note stands make cute gifts for family, friends, teachers, and co-worker's as well!  I get the 4x6 acrylic frames at the Christmas tree shop for .89 cents and I stock up on post it notes when they are on sale.   Just add a 4.25" x 6.25" piece of patterned paper to the frame, attach a post it note pad with adhesive, add some ribbon, and a sentiment like I did from Papertrey Ink's Take Note stamp set or embellish with a flower.  I get the RSVP pens from Staples.  See my tutorial on skinny notepads  here  to see how how I got the designer paper into the barrel of the pen. I just tied a knot with sheer ribbon around the notepads so I could tuck the pens under to keep them in place for the craft fair, but they can just rest across the top of the post it note pad once at home.  I always remind people to just add some double sided tape to a new post it note pad when this one runs out.

Card Stock:  Papertrey Ink orange zest, perfect plum, and terracotta tile
Designer Paper: Papertrey Ink autumn abuncance and poolka dot parade
Stamp Set: Papertrey Ink Take Note
Ribbon: brown satin ribbon Papertrey Ink perfect plum sadle stitch ribbon
Accessories: 4x6" acrylic frame and Pentel RSVP pens

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Skinny Notepad Tutorial

These skinny notepads are inexpensive and easy to make and they make nice gifts.  I get these skinny notepads from Papertrey ink.  They cost $6 for a pack of 10. Each pad has 25 sheets.  Here is what you will need to make these:
- 5 11/16" x 8 1/4" piece of 
  card stock
-  2 5/8" x 8" piece of 
   designer paper
-  1 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of
   designer paper
- Papertrey Ink's  
    Take Note stamp set
- 2" scallop circle punch
- 1 3/4" circle punch
- corner rounder
- dimensional adhesive
- ribbon
- skinny notepad
- Pentel R.S.V.P. pen
- adhesive

Score your 5 11/16" x8 8 1/4" card stock at 2 3/4" and 2 15/16"

Fold on the scored lines and then round the corners of your notepad holder
as well as two corners on your 2 5/8" x 8" piece of designer paper. 
I used my corner chomper.

Add adhesive to the back of your notepad.  I used my ATG gun. 

Adhere the notepad right along the 2nd score line of your notepad holder.

 Adhere the 2 5/8" x 8" piece of designer paper to the outside flap. 
Stamp a sentiment from the Take Note Stamp set and punch it out
with a 1 3/4" circle punch.  Adhere that to a 2" scallop circle. 
Adhere to notepad cover with dimensionals. 

Tie a bow with coordinating ribbon around the notepad holder.

Tightly roll the 1 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of card stock around the ink
and put the ink back into the barrel of the pen.

Tuck the pen under the ribbon to complete!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challege 91

I took a break from the craft fair crafting to participate in Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #91.   I just happened to receive some Papertrey Ink goodies in the mail today and so here's what I did with them!  That pretty Autumn Abundance patterned paper was the inspiration and the rest of the card fell into place.   I also tried out my new Bow Easy to make that perfect little bow.  It really IS that easy!
Card Stock:  Papertrey Ink terracotta tile, vintage cream, kraft, and autumn abundance dsp  Ink: Momemto tuxedo black, Papertrey Ink tea dye duo
Stamp set:  Papertrey Ink vintage picnic
Tools:  Nestabilities Petite ovals small and petite scalloped ovals small, Bow Easy
Copics: YR12, YR15, YR18, YG11, YG13, and YG17
Accessories: Papertrey Ink terracotta tile topnotch twill