Friday, October 22, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 2: Holiday Wagon

Hi everyone! It's Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink October release and we're getting closer to the release day! Today, I'm sharing the new set Holiday Wagon! It's such a cute wagon and I thought I'd fill it with brown paper packages tied up with string! (Are you singing the song in your head now?)

STAMPS: Holiday Wagon, Scene Everywhere: Winter
PAPER: Rustic White, Candy Cane Prints
DIES: Holiday Wagon, Love to Layer: Notched dies, Border Bling: Dotted Skinny

So much great detail in that wagon! The set comes with lots of other wagon fillers like nutcrackers, gifts, etc. What will you fill yours with?


Check out the Papertrey Ink blog where Into the Blooms Dahlias, Vase Collection 5, and To Die For Sentiments: All Is Bright are all being debuted!  Check back tomorrow because there's lots more from the new release!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 1: Build-A-Santa, Just Sentiments: Santa, Ornate Evergreens, & Feathered Friends 16

Hi everyone! Today starts the Papertrey Ink October release and I'm so excited! I have always loved the fall season with the cooler weather and anticipation of the holiday season. This month at Papertrey Ink is all about that vibe. Today is Day 1 and we're highlighting the Build-A-Santa set, Just Sentiments: Santa, Ornate Evergreens, & Feather Friends 16! 

I've got 2 cards to share today to get us started! The first one features the Ornate Evergreens die set. This set comes with 3 tree dies with different detailed cut patterns. These are so versatile to work with and can easily be "dressed up" with different techniques. I thought the die cuts were lovely as is, so I just cut them with glitter paper and layered them on a panel shaker. 

STAMPS: Just Sentiments: Santa, Winter Swirls
INK: True Black
PAPER: White
DIES: Ornate Evergreens, Love to Layer: Scalloped Circles, Border Bling: Dotted Skinny Frame,
Border Bling: Snow Flake Die

For the shaker panel, I decorated it with some stamping using Winter Swirls from last month and added some die cut snowflakes using the Border Bling: Snow Flake Die. I love all the sparkly and shine of this one! The trees look so amazing cut with glitter paper!


My second card today uses the new Build-A-Santa stamp and die set and the Just Sentiments: Santa set. I am in love with this charming Santa! He is so fun to put together and I thought he would be perfect on a snowy rooftop on a moonlit night!

STAMPS: Build-A-Santa, Just Sentiments: Santa, Rustic Brick Background
INK: True Black, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow, Enchanted Evening
PAPER: White, True Black, Soft Stone, Rustic White
DIES: Build-A-Santa

I used the Rustic Brick Background stamp set to create a quick chimney. I love all the textures going on in this card including the fun pompom on his cap!


There's lots more goodies in the release, so come back tomorrow for the Day 2 of the release!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Friday, October 15, 2021

Waffle Flower October 2021 Release Blog Hop

 

Welcome to Waffle Flower’s October 2021 Release Day! I’m excited to be hopping today with the wonderful folks from Waffle Flower and so many amazing guests! I can't wait to show you all the new goodies that just hit the Waffle Flower website! This month, we've got a fun new line of shaker dies and cards and along with some Waffle Flower favorites! So settle in because I have a ton to share today!


If you've visited my blog before, you may already know that I'm a fan of shaker cards. It's one of types of cards that never get old for me! That's why I've been a busy bee playing with all the new shaker supplies this month. My first card uses the Solar System stamp and die set to create an outer space scene with a sparkly shaker planet! Waffle Flower has two types of shaker covers, slim and puffy, and the Solar System set works with the puffy covers! The puffy covers are great for larger fillers like XL sequins and thicker crystals. 



I backed the planet with a piece of Yupo paper colored with alcohol inks and gold mixative. I used alcohol inks for the smaller planets too. I love the way the alcohol inks blend and streak to create amazing patterns. 


The background is just black cardstock blended white ink, splattered white paint, and a few "stars" penned with a white gel pen. The final touches are the stars and ring made with holographic cardstock. This was soooo much fun to make! 


My second card also uses a puffy shaker cover, but this time it's a heart! Lately, I've been making stamp cards, postage stamp cards that is! I made my version of a Love postage stamp down to the "FOREVER" postage (this stamp is from the Oversized Love stamp set). 


This next card also uses the puffy heart shaker covers, this time in triplicate! The number one reason I love the puffy covers is that the size allows you to get really creative with fillers. this time I dipped into my mini pom pom collection and packed these hearts full!


I used a mix of 5mm and 7mm pom poms for this card. Such a fun way to use pom poms!


My third card uses the last puffy shaker cover, the star covers. This time I added a bit of color by using alcohol inks and gold mixative to the inside of the shaker cover. The ink is translucent so you can still see the gold sequins and fillers inside. The star shaker was a natural match with the new Sunburst Panel die


The next card uses the the slim shaker covers that comes with 3 sizes of circle shaker covers. The two larger shaker covers are the perfect size to create your own shaker snowman. 


Just add a texture background (Wave Texture Background) and a fun candy stripe frame (Nesting Rectangle Frames covered with a bit of Christmas Stripes paper). The scarf and carrot nose are handcut, but the hat is from the Be Him set and the "coal" are enamel dots. 


Last but not least is a double shaker! The focal shaker uses the Solar System set to create a happy little sun! Mr. Sunshine is layered over a background Infinity Shaker (aka a frameless shaker). The sentiment is a new version of the Oversized Word series, this time in a fun print font! The Oversized Hey Hi Hello Print die set includes 3 word dies (hello, hi, and hey) along with shadow dies. These dies work with subsentiments you may already have with the original Oversized Hello set


I used a ton of glitter, sequins, crystals and more with this card, and I loved every minute of it! You may need sunglasses for this one;)


Whew! That was a post and half, wasn't it? I hope that you had fun seeing all the shaker covers and dies in action. 

The blog hop is loaded with lots of fun, inspiration, and chances to win some of these new release goodies! Next on the hop is the fantastic Laura Bassen (but here's the full list so you don't miss a stop)!

JJ Bolton (you are here!)

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on Monday October 18th, 2021 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower Blog on Friday 10/20/2021.

There are more giveaways to enter on Instagram including 1 winner to receive the entire release! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

From now till Monday October 18th, 2021, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a sample piece of the A2 Infinity Shaker Cover (No code required!).

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S. For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection! 



Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 4: Feathered Friends Mini 15

Hi there! It's Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink September release and I've got one last project for the September release! This one features the next in the Feathered Friends stamp series. Can I just say that this chubby little bird is one of the cutest. I paired him with a Winter Swirls background that I made using emboss resist. 

The sentiment is from Just Sentiments: Snow and is stamped on a die cut from Banner Builders: Basics. I added a frame because I always makes my card feel finished. This frame is from the Border Bling: Skinny Diagonals Frame die set. The final touch are the shiny gems!

And just like that, it's release time! I don't know about you, but I'm so excited for release day tomorrow! 

Mahalo and aloha!

JJ

Monday, September 20, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 3: Farm Fresh, Weathered Wood, & Winter Swirls

Hello everyone! It's Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink September release and I'm so excited about my cards today! Today I'm sharing two fun sets that are so versatile and work with so many other sets with Winter Swirls and Weathered Wood. And the last one is my favorite from the release called Farm Fresh! Let's get started!

So the first set today is called Winter Swirls and I wanted to try something a bit different with it. Obviously, this set will make amazing snowy swirls, but I was thinking of coffee steam swirls! I used the fun mug from Festive Mugs and then added the swirls above. I love, love, love how the die cut swirls look! 



The sentiment is from the Inside Greetings: Snow Stamp set and was stamped on a die cut using the Banner Builders: Basics. The final touches are the sequins and a smattering of stamped snowflakes. 

This next card uses my favorite set from the release, Farm Fresh. I have a few other cards done with this set and I'll share those later this month. This set has a Christmas tree farm theme with a bunch of fun Christmas trees in buckets and a gorgeous sign stamp. 

If you've been to my blog before, you may know how much I like to mix old and new stamps and use them in different ways. So with this stamp set, I used an older die called Paradise this Way to create a fun rustic sign you may see at a tree farm. 

Farm Fresh has a wonderful variety of buckets and fir plants, and it's so much fun to mix and match. For the background, I used the Weathered Wood stamp. To get a more weathered look to it, I stamped it first with brown then stamped over the same image in gray. Then I blended both brown and gray over it. I used the same technique on the sign too. Love how it turned out! 

For the background I used a bold red banner cut with the In Stitches: Banner Die. The sentiment from Scene Everywhere: Winter Stamp is stamped on a die cut from Love to Layer: Scalloped Circle Die. Trimming a circle die cut and offsetting it on your card is a great way to stretch your dies. I can't tell you how much I loved working with Farm Fresh!

I'll see you back tomorrow for the Day 4 of the release! Check out the Papertrey Ink blog for other samples from the amazing Design Team!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 2: Feathered Friends 15, Border Bling: Snowflakes, & Inside Greetings: Snow

Hi guys! Welcome to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink September release! Today I'm starting off with the Feathered Friends 15 dies. This little chubby bird is so cute! I put him over a simple shaker using the new Woodgrain stamp (more to come later!) and Skinny Postage Frames dies.


I love how the bird dies always have beautiful embossed details that look great when blended with ink. The background pine branches are from the Sprigs & Sprays: Holiday and the sentiment is from It's a Sign: Christmas Bough. 

This next card uses Border Bling: Snowflakes die as a rainbow card. This die was just screaming for the rainbow treatment!  

Because there was so much color around the frame, I thought I'd go with a simple white on white shaker that lets the sweet sentiment stand out. I added a vellum inner frame as a small extra detail that didn't make things too busy. The sentiment is from the Inside Greetings: Snow.

I'll see you back tomorrow for the Day 3 of the release!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 1: Sprigs & Sprays: Holiday, Vase Collection 4, Into the Blooms: Poinsettias, & Just Sentiments: Snow

We've got a little bit of a late start, but I'm excited about Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink September release! There are so many fun goodies this month and I've been busily crafting away with all of them! Let's start off today with the new Into the Blooms: Poinsettias set and the Just Sentiments: Snow set! 

The Into the Blooms: Poinsettias dies are a layering set and I used them with vellum. I wanted a wintery look to them, so I edged each flower with some coarse glitter. 


I love how the flowers look sugared! I backed the flowers with a Pierced Feature Frame cut with Dark Indigo cardstock to really make them stand out. 

If my first card was ice, the next card is fire! I used the Sprigs & Sprays: Holiday and Vase Collection 4 to create a fall card with hot pink and orange! I love the combo of Canyon Clay and Raspberry Fizz!

It was fun making a rustic card modern my switching up the colors and backing it with a bold polka dots (Bold Borders: Polka Dots Die). The sentiment is from the Say It Essentials set and fits perfectly on the Love to Layer: Scalloped Circle die cut.

There's lots more goodies in the release, so come back tomorrow for the Day 2 of the release!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ