Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursdays: Favor It Box 9

Good morning and welcome to a new Papertrey Ink feature, Throwback Thursdays! In these blog posts, a rotating crew of us will be featuring oldie-but-goodie products from the Papertrey archives. I'm up today with Dawn McVey and Heather Nichols as we take a fresh look at the Favor It Box 9 Die Collection.

Mini Easter Baskets

Creating cute packaging is one of my favorite things to do for holidays and special events. And with Easter is on its way, I’ve used the Favor It Box 9 to create adorable mini Easter baskets for the kiddos in my life. I can’t wait to deliver these treat boxes filled with seasonal goodies to my niece and nephew next month!

Enjoy Easter Basket

I began by die cutting the basket pieces from Spring Moss and Classic Kraft cardstocks. This die collection includes bases for both a small basket and a larger basket. I decided to make the larger baskets, so I cut two of each of the side panels. I also cut two of the handles, but that's not a requirement. I just chose to adhere them back-to-back to give the handle extra stability and make sure that it felt "finished" on both sides.

Easter Basket Handle Close Up

I used one of the strips from Ombré Borders to add a woven pattern to the sides and handles of my baskets. I used the ink matching each cardstock to do the stamping, giving my baskets a softer monochrome pattern. I also wrapped Rustic Cream Button Twine around their handles to give them a realistic, handmade basket vibe. I tucked one end under the wrapping (secured with a bit of adhesive) and the other end I pulled back underneath with a sewing needle. I hope that makes sense.

Enjoy Easter Basket Back

At that point I began to make each basket unique using differing embellishments. I assembled the Classic Kraft basket using copper brads to secure the basket's sides and handle. Then I added a Loop De Loop II border that I'd sponged with Aqua Mist ink.

Enjoy Tag Close Up

Every treat box needs a little tag, so I cut a tag from Rustic White cardstock using one of the tags included in the Carrot Treat Box die. I sponged it with more Aqua Mist ink and splattered it with a bit of reinker and stamped the sentiment from So Sweet. Then I stamped and die cut the bunny face. I added her to the tag with foam adhesive before embellishing her nose with glitter and her eyes with Glossy Accents. I tied her to the basket with Rustic Cream Button twine before moving on to the other basket.

You Make Life Sweeter Easter Basket

For that one, I stamped the grassy strip from Simply Spring Borders along the bottom edge of the Spring Moss basket using Prairie Grass ink. Then I assembled the basket, using the same copper brads. A handy tip: Cut an extra bottom insert from chipboard and use it as a template for scoring the adhesive tabs. 

You Make Life Sweeter Basket Embellishment

Then, I embellished the exterior of the basket with Copic-colored eggs that I cut and stamped using the Simply Spring Borders collection. 

You Make Life Sweeter Tag Close Up

I cut another tag from Rustic White cardstock using the Carrot Treat Box die. I stamped it with the grass and flowers from Simply Spring Borders and the sentiment from So Sweet. I added a Copic-colored, glittery tailed bunny from Simply Spring Borders and tied it to the basket with Rustic Jute Button Twine. 

Didn't they turn out so totally cute?! I'm giddy. Seriously.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to check in with Nichole for a special introduction and Dawn and Heather for a closer look at their projects. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!

Enjoy Easter Basket

You Make Life Sweeter Easter Basket

Monday, March 20, 2017

More Papertrey Ink March Release - Butterfly Hope & Make It Market Mini Kit: Bloom & Grow

Good morning! The Papertrey Ink Design Team is sharing the last of our March release projects today and I'm featuring Butterfly Hope by Heather Nichols and Betsy Veldman's new Make It Market Mini Kit: Bloom & Grow!

Let's start today with Butterfly Hope. I used the stamp set and Cover Plate together on this card.

Great Appreciation & Hope Card

I began by sponging Aqua Mist ink onto linen cardstock before stamping a pattern with Background Basics: Splats. Then I die cut the Cover Plate: Butterfly Hope shape from white, Tropical Teal, Harvest Gold, and Pale Peony cardstocks. I trimmed the center out of Tropical Teal die cut and adhered the frame on top of the white die cut.

Great Appreciation & Hope Close Up 1

Then, I sponged the butterfly wings with contrasting inks and inlaid the colorful pieces into white die cut. I adhered the butterfly die cut to the patterned panel. I embossed the sentiment from Butterfly Hope onto vellum die cut with a Half & Half die and stitch it to the butterfly frame on the card front. I then attached the card front to a white card base and embellished the butterfly bodies with glitter.

Great Appreciation & Hope Close Up 2


And last but not least I have a birthday card made with the Make It Market Mini Kit: Bloom & Grow.

Bloomin' Birthday Card

I began by die cutting the bouquet from Fresh Snow Linen cardstock and sponged on leaves and flowers using the stencils included in the kit. Then I added extra details and sentiment by using the Bloom & Grow stamp set. White gel pen dots were the perfect accent on several of the blooms.

Bloomin' Birthday Pot Close Up

Then, I die cut the pot and sponged it with Summer Sunrise ink and stamped Crackled texture using the same ink. I die cut the pot accessories from Orange Zest, sponged with matching ink to add depth, and adhered them to the pot.

Bloomin' Birthday Card Flat

Next, I sponged Spring Rain ink onto Fresh Snow Linen card base and speckled with water. Once it was dry, I die cut with the Noted Vertical card base die.

Bloomin' Birthday Bouquet Close Up

Then I die cut a frame using Noted layering dies from Fresh Snow Linen stock. I stamped the plaid with Background Basics: Super Stripes in Harvest Gold ink. I attached it to the card front with foam tape and then adhered the flower pot in opening. Betsy is so clever, isn't she? I just love how the bouquet can slide in and out of the pot to reveal the message!

That's all for me, friends! Thank you so much for joining me today. Make sure to pop over to Nichole Heady's blog to see what the rest of the ladies have in store for you. I'll see you soon!