I hope you've all been having a great time with the Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary celebration! I'm just amazed at all of the awesome prizes they are giving away! It's so fun to see what everyone's been doing with the challenges. I hope you've had a chance to play along! Today is the 10th, which means the actual countdown is beginning. There is also a sketch challenge on Nichole's blog today. She is providing 5 sketches for you to play along with for a chance to win another amazing prize package which you can read about on Nichole's blog today.
So, since today is the start of the actual countdown, let's get on to some new products, shall we? Today I get to help introduce two new sets. The first is called Frilly Flowers and was designed by Tiffany Pastor. It's a jumbo-sized floral set that's done up in Tiffany's classic grunge style. There are so many different layering possibilites, especially when you add in the coordinating die collection. I had so much fun playing with this set and I know I'll reach for it often.
The second set I'm featuring tonight is the next installment of the Think Big Favorites collection. I love these sets and am so glad they are continuing with it this year! I reach for the sentiments in these sets all. the. time. Love them. This month's set features 3 birthday sentiments from the original 2010 Birthday Tags set.
So how about some projects? First up is a bright and cheery thank you card. I played around with layering some Frilly Flower diecuts over some of the stamped images for lots of dimension. I added in some Pure Poppy felt and also a rolled ribbon rose created from Pure Poppy grosgrain ribbon. I also pulled out my Cover Plate: Quatrefoil die to experiment with a technique that's been floating around my head for awhile!
I used the Mat Stack 4 and Mat Stack 4 Layerz dies to create a framed cut-out on the Quatrefoil die. It's really pretty simple and I'll show you in a few step-by-step photos.
I started by diecuting the Quatrefoil die out of some bright yellow patterned paper. I then placed my Mat Stack 4 die over the center and ran it through my machine again.
Then using the same paper, I diecut a Mat Stack 4 Layerz. (you could use different paper for a contrasting frame which would also be cool!) I then took that Layerz diecut and ran it through my machine again, this time with the regular Mat Stack 4 die placed directly in the center.
This creates a very narrow frame. You could also try combining it with the Mega Mat Stack die for a thicker border, but that might not leave you much of the Quatrefoil die showing...I might have to play around with that and see what happens!
I then adhered that frame over my Quatrefoil diecut from which I had cut the Mat Stack out of the center of in the first photo. I would have a photo of this step, but this was the point in my day when my little helper arrived and announced she was going to stamp...and all projects in progress had to be quickly rescued before they were rendered useless...and in that process I forgot to take a photo. Sorry. :-) But you get the idea, right?
Ok, next card. :-) This one is based on one of the sketches that Nichole is using for the sketch challenge on her blog today.
For the flowers on this card, I experimented with diecutting and stamping on wood paper. So fun! Wood was definitely one of the trends I noticed with the new CHA releases this month. Creative Imaginations manufactures a thin wood "paper" that can be easily diecut. There are two thicknesses - I used the THIN in birch. You can find these papers in HERE, HERE, or HERE. It is very thin (good for your diecut machine!) so I also cut the flowers from a lightweight chipboard and adhered the two together.
I also took a brown Copic marker and ran it along the edges of the flowers to give that sort of "burned" look that purchased wood embellishments can have. I love this look and feel and will need to do that again! The Happy Birthday sentiment along the bottoms is from the new Think Big Favorites #13.
My next card is also based on one of Nichole's sketches for today's challenge....this fun one!
For this next card, I used just the dies cut from patterned paper to create the focal flower. I'll show you a fun little technique in a bit using the largest die from the collection to create the looped center similar to the Loopsy Daisy die. This big fluffy flower is made from just two diecuts! Kinda cool, huh?
I added some Frilly Flower stamped images behind my dimensional flower and a little BB: Chevron love along the bottom edge too. Can you tell from today's post that I'm digging the chevron trend?
Ok, so step-by-steps on the flower. I started with these two diecuts from the Frilly Flower die collection, and also a 1" punched circle.
I started by adhering that yellow circle to the center of the largest die.
Then I took a scissors and snipped between each of the longer petals, right up to the edge of the center circle.
I then put a dab of glue in the center and folded those longer petals up and into the center, securing them with the glue.
I went all the way around the flower until all of the long petals were looped up and then topped it off with a button.
I then took that second diecut flower and adhered it to the backside so the petals showed through the gaps where I trimmed away the long petals. I bent the petals up a bit for added dimension. Fun and easy! The finished flower is nice and big too...about 2 3/4" in diameter.
And lastly tonight, a bright and colorful birthday card using all three of the Think Big Favorites #13 sentiments to create a colorful background. The small Happy Birthday sentiment is from the original Birthday Tags set, from which these sentiments were super-sized. I love that if you have both sets you can have a completely coordinated look.
The pretty Aqua Mist and Raspberry Fizz papers are from the new single color patterned paper packs that are beginning to be released this month. This will be a continuing collection with these being the first two colors released. I love this idea and can't wait to have more of them. What I really love is that they don't have white or cream in the pattern, so they can easily be paired with anything! (the yellow chevron is from a My Mind's Eye pad).
That's all from me today...thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll have a chance to play along with today's sketch challenge. You can also check out more new product peeks on the DT members that are posting today...Heather, Lisa, Maile, Melissa, Tiffany, Lizzie and Jessica
Finished size = 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Supplies not linked but available on February 15th from Papertrey Ink: Frilly Flowers stamp set and die collection.