PTI 10th Anniversary Challenge: Packaging Inspiration – Gift Tag

The next Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Challenge was Packaging Inspiration and I made this sweet little gift tag for a special gal:

A new monthly feature of the Papertrey Ink blog will be by Packaging Ambassador, Rebecca Luminarias. She shared a whole lot of inspiration in her post (HERE), and I chose elements from these pics to create my tag:


I loved her use of a doily and a tassel and the peach and gold combo!

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh stamp and die sets
  • Papertrey Ink Orange Zest die ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Embossing powder – a special mix:
    • Recollections Detail embossing powder – ebony
    • Ranger Perfect Pearls – Gold
      • It makes a shiny golden black that shows up well on the gold paper
  • Ranger Inkssentials manila #5 size craft tag
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallic Paper
  • Recollections Craft It paper diecuts
  • Recollections Spring Sherbet Delight Feather Clips
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner and EZ Dots
  • Aleene’s Super Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I’ll be back soon with another post, so do check back!



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Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2016 – Trellis Tulip Hello Card

Well, we’ve made it to the end of this series! Thanks for hanging in there with me! Today is Papertrey Ink’s final anniversary review… Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2016.


It’s been a fun trip down memory lane with them. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for tomorrow!!

Well, they released Tulip Time in 2016, so I get to come up with my own card for a change. Hope you like it:


Ahhh…. you can just feel the warmth of spring! That trellis is made from the Quatrefoil die… if you cut it in half, you can then mix and match the pieces to form all kinds of nifty patterns.

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I glue the edges together first, then snip off the ends and tuck them under the edge if needed. Again, I like using a flower shaping tool on these for dimension.


Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Tulip Time stamps and dies
  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Cover Plate die
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh dies
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Summer Sunrise & Terracotta Tile
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise & Terracotta Tile
  • Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves & Pear Tart
  • Misc. adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Whew! What a frenzy of activity these past few days! I’ll give you a rest for a while and be back next month with an exciting special surprise! I’m about to burst keeping the secret!!



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Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge – Embroidered Paper & Key Fob

Today is the last day of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. It’s been an amazing week of beautiful projects and inspiration with over 600 entries already. Today is also Papertrey Ink’s March Blog Hop Challenge...



The Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge is to use embroidery on paper. These are a couple of the inspiration photos. I have done very little embroidery, so I just used a few basic stitches on my paper spring flowers and matching felt key fob – nothing like amazing work of Izziyana Suhaimi in the inspiration photos above.


I don’t have a die for a to-go coffee cup, so I used a flower pot instead – I bet you wouldn’t’ve known if I hadn’t told ya! I also up-cycled a Panera coffee sleeve and  a Starbucks stirrer to finish it off. So far neither has complained about being used together. (Keep playing nice, you two!) You can’t tell from this pic, but bowing it over the stirrer gives the cup nice added dimension.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink dies: Stitched key fob, Stitched Medallion 1, Swoosh
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh stamp set.
  • Spellbinders Flower Pots die
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz
  • Core’dinations chardstock – white
  • Papertrey Ink felt: Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Raspberry Fizz, Tropical Teal
  • Sensations craft thread
  • Everything Mary Swivel Clasp
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • E6000 glue
  • Panera coffee sleeve & Starbucks stirrer

Here are the hops and challenges I am participating in… just click on the highlighted names below to get more information on each if you’re interested in playing along:


Thanks for hopping by today!



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Winnie & Walter – Image Inspiration with Taheerah

Hello and welcome back friends and visitors! Today I’m finally getting to posting that batch of cards I’ve been working on for Winnie & Walter’s 2nd Anniversary Bash. Congrats to them!! There are 10 challenges, so brace yourselves for a slew of posts, tho I’ll try to combine where I can and I’ll try to keep them brief.

This first card is for Winnie & Walter’s Image Inspiration with Taheerah challenge. Here is the image she provided:


I took the green and black diamond carpet, pink flowers and silver accents from this and came up with this card:


Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter download: The Gossip Column: Geometric Generation Digital Elements (HERE)
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens #243, 761, N15
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh die
  • Tombow mono adhesive
  • Misc card & cardstock

If you want more information on playing along with this Winnie & Walter challenge, you can find it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! See you again real soon.



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Hello – Hero Arts Floral Card

Happy Friday! You say goodbye and I say hello! Hello! HELLO!! Ok, enough of the Beetles song stuck in my head. Here’s the card I have for you today:


Jessica over at AllTheSparkle is celebrating her 2k Instagram followers and has a challenge going using these colors:


I’ve been playing with a watercolor lifting technique that I saw over on Jennifer Mcguire’s blog. (You can get the details here.) First I scribbled my Tombow markers over watercolor paper and blended with water, then clear embossed my Hero Arts background stamp.


Then lift the color with a wet paper towel.


The part under the embossing stays dark and the rest lightens. I thought I’d try to save that lifted ink and tried just laying a damp dryer sheet or a damp paper towel over the image and pressing down, but it really needed rubbing to lift off the ink, so my little idea of getting some extra mileage out of it didn’t work. I suppose if you did enough of the same color, you could saturate the paper towel enough to re-use it in another project. That wasn’t happening today, though. I’ll have another post on this, soon, comparing the technique with other mediums.


Materials used:

  • Hero Arts Antique Brocade and Asian Frames stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh die
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens:195,  243, 673, 676, 685, 703, 723
  • Versamark ink
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Recollections Ebony Detail embossing powder
  • Hampton Arts green embossing powder
  • Core’dinations cream & green cardstock
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock
  • Nicole Spangles flower sequins
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Ranger Inkssentials glossy accents
  • Misc ribbon

I’m playing along with the following challenges if you’d like to check them out:

I hope to be back soon with more cards as they get finished up. Thanks for stopping by!



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Dress Up Inspiration Tag with Color Bursts

Hello again! Thanks for your patience as I struggle to get on an even keel again.

Today’s project was inspired by Papertrey Ink’s Dress Up Inspiration Challenge – To design something based on a piece of clothing from your closet. And by Simon Says Stamp’s Have a Heart Wednesday Challenge

I chose this T-shirt  as my inspiration:


And made this tag:


The background is made from a Kleenex tissue colored with Color Bursts. I found a cool tutorial on this technique HERE, and decided to try it. This was my first time trying Color Bursts.

First you sprinkle a bit of the colors you want to use on a craft mat. These are highly pigmented powders, so just a tiny dab will go a long way!


Then you spritz with water.


Then take a Kleenex tissue, pull apart and lay on the color, smooshing around until all the color is absorbed and the entire tissue colored to your liking. You may want to add more water as needed. Let dry.


I then decoupaged part of one sheet to a wooden tag and stamped my images over it once it was dry.


I love the texture and rich colors it gave the piece! Since my shirt had sequins, I added some pearls and Craftin’ Desert Divas new heart sequins, too.


Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink stamps:
    • SAF2014 Regency
    • SAF2014 Renaissance
    • Spiral Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Die: Swoosh
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Inks: Elderberry & Sweet Plum
  • Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink: Spanish Olive
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment inks: Pearlescent Crimson, Starlight Silver
  • Ken Oliver Color Bursts: Indigo, Merlot, Yellow Ochre
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas fuchsia heart sequins
  • Queen & Co lavender pearls
  • Plaid Royal Coat decoupage finish clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Recollections wood tag
  • Kleenex tissue
  • Misc metallic paper, ribbon and tissue

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

Thanks again for stopping by!



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{CASE}ing Genius – Hello

Yikes! I almost forgot the one year anniversary {CASE}ing Genius challenge over at the You and Your Big Dreams blog! TONS of FABULOUS ideas over there!! Check them out HERE.


I chose to case genius #9, Shelly Kurth, from THIS post.

Here is her card:


And my CASE job:


Yes, I know, my re-sizing the huge picture files for easy uploading pixilates way too much. I hope to work on that soon. Thanks for your patience.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Coverplate Die
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh Die
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Bahama Blue
  • Misc. Cardstock & adhesives

Someone whose blog I admire for their genius is Janis at Her Peaceful Garden (HERE). Not only do I like her cards, but I always get a kick out of her kitty memes! >^.^<

For more information on the  one year anniversary {CASE}ing Genius challenge:

This card also fits Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday #230: Coverplate Watercoloring, which you can find here:

Have a great week!



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