Friday, March 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop: Embroidery Floss

I've been using PTI products for awhile, but this is my first PTI Blog Hop. I'm so happy to be finally playing along! :) And I can't wait to hop through and see all of your projects!

This month's challenge was to use embroidery floss on our projects (the details are here).

I recently got my new PTI order and this project uses the new stamps I got from the new release. I love the new PTI mini envelope die. It would be great if they also released one for a gift card too (PTI are you listening?) :)

So for the Blog Hop project I thought I'd decorate one of the new mini envelopes. I stamped one of the new mini tags to look almost like a thought bubble coming from the bird. I stamped it on the CS then stamped on a tag diecut and raised it on a pop dot, then added some aqua mist colored floss.

I stamped the back of the envelope with the airmail border stamp from Postmarks.

By the way, I also recently got these new goodies in the mail. It's a Sew Easy kit which is great to use for hand stitching with floss on cards. This kit is used for impressing dotted patterns into your paper to act as a guide for your stitching. It's been a lot of fun to try them out!

I used one of the Sew Easy patterns to stitch an airmail border to the inside mini card that I made so it would coordinate.

Here's a closeup of the mini card. I left just enough room to write out a small personalized message. I attached another piece of CS to hide the back of the stitching.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the hop. I will be hopping along to see everything that you all make. :) Have a sunny day!

All supplies are PTI unless otherwise listed.

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Label Basics, Postmarks, Tag It #1, Tag It #2
Paper: SS white
Ink: Red Magic, Sea Breeze, Mango Madness (Versamagic)
Other: Mini envelope die, Tiny Tags die, aqua floss, red floss

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mini Thank You notes

Thanks so much for all the well wishes over the past few days. We're very excited! I'm due mid-September and yes, we are going to find out if it's a boy or girl. :)

Today I thought I'd share with you a few mini thank you notes I made recently. I sold a few items in my Etsy shop so wanted to include thank you notes with the orders. I was super excited when I found out that I'd sold a couple of bookmarks. It's kind of a fun to sell something that you handmade yourself! :) But it made me realize that I needed to make some more thank you notes to have on hand.

My shop (like my blog) has sunshine in the title so I wanted to make something bright, happy and sunny. I decided to use the PTI Daily Designs set--the images are so versatile and I love the designs. I held off on ordering this set for the longest time and am so glad I finally ordered it! I used the PTI Lunchbox note die which is the perfect die to make mini thank you cards.

I stamped the tag in Versamagic Mango Madness and the sentiment in a dark blue Ocean Depth.

I also stamped a little hidden sentiment under the flap that the recipient won't see until they open it.

It's kind of fun to add little extra details and "surprises" especially when it's a simple card.

On the inside, I added the tree stamp from Daily Designs to accent the little message I'll personalize for each card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a beautiful, sunshine-filled St. Patrick's day! :)

All are PTI unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Daily Designs, Mat Stack 4 Collection (sentiments)
Paper: SS white
Ink: Versamagic Mango Madness, Ocean Depth
Other: Lunchbox note die

Monday, March 14, 2011

Heat Embossing and Dry Embossing on Coasters

When I saw that PTI was selling coasters I was super excited. It seemed like it would be so fun to experiment with different coaster designs. It's also great to use for diecutting, but I wanted to see what I could come up with using them as actual coasters!

I ended up using some impression plates to create some gold embossed coaster designs. 

I stamped Versamark ink onto the impression plate then ran the coaster through my Cuttlebug. Then I heat embossed the dry embossed design with gold embossing powder. It created a vibrant and rustic coaster design. These coasters are still resistant to water, since heated embossing powder is waterproof. It has dimension and color but it's still practical.

My favorite design was the Sunshine impression plate. I love this pattern embossed! There were a few spots that didn't emboss, but I liked the rustic look of it. If you wanted to fix it, you could use a Versamark pen to color in the missing spots and then heat emboss again.

The coaster will slightly warp when you heat emboss it, but you can just place a heavy cup on it and it will smooth right out.

I also inked up the Music impression plate with waterproof brown ink and then ran it through my Cuttlebug. I love the rustic look it provides and the music notes are a fun and unusual theme on a dinner table.

Dry embossing and heat embossing the coasters can be a fun and simple way to dress up the table. You can emboss them in whichever colors will match your decor and change them very cheaply for the different seasons.

What things have you made with PTI coasters? Would love to see it! Thanks for stopping by and have a sunny day!!

Supplies (All Papertrey Ink.)
Impression Plates: Woodgrain, Sunshine, Music Sheet
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: PTI Filigree gold
Other: Coasters

Friday, March 11, 2011

MIM & OLW: Baby Card

This week's One Layer Wednesday challenge is to use an inspiration photo from Pinterest. I decided to make a baby card! If you did not see my post yesterday, I recently found out that I'm expecting my first child. :) Here is the card, "Every Child Begins the World Again".

I think this card speaks to the idea of renewal and the hope that a new baby brings to the world. It also kind of reminds me of the hopeful feeling of spring after a long winter.

I used this photo as inspiration. I just loved the bright colors of the room and the unique design.

I am also entering this into PTI's Make It Monday challenge to use distressed edges in your card. I edged the card with Tea Dye ink and then distressed it with Tim Holtz's paper distresser tool. This is a great tool to make distressing your card much easier! It can also help to ink it before you distress. The wetness of the ink can make it tear a little easier.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a very sunny day today! :)

All supplies are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Inside and Out: Baby, Love Lives Here
Ink: Versafine Graphite Black (Brilliance), Sunflower Yellow (Brilliance), Tea Dye Duo
Paper: Vintage Cream

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Welcome to the World!

I'm so sorry I haven't posted lately. I have several posts coming within the next few days so I will be posting more often. I also need to catch up on commenting on all of your blogs too! I just took a little break for awhile after I found out some good news recently. My husband and I are expecting our first child! I am due in September and am very excited. :) It just so happens that I also have a baby card to share with you today too.

A couple friends of mine recently had a baby boy, so I wanted to make a card for them! They were going with a jungle theme and non-traditional colors, so I wanted to make something a little different for a baby card, but still keep it cute and simple.

I just love the sentiment, "Welcome to the World". :) It's from PTI Night, Night Moon, which is such a cute baby set! The frame is from WMS Frame-It and the animals are from PTI Tiny Treats Birthday.

I decided to wrap their present to coordinate with the card too. I bought them a book about getting babies to sleep that I thought they might find useful. :) I wrapped it in brown kraft wrapping paper and tied it with Fine Linen ribbon. I'm so sorry for the slightly blurry picture. I had already given them the gift by the time I uploaded the pics.

I colored the lion lightly with colored pencils to give him some dimension. The stamp is from Mat Stack 4 stamp set and Bitty Baby Blessings.

They liked it and I was very happy to meet their new son too. He is very sweet! :)

Have a wonderful sunny day!
Related Posts with Thumbnails