witticisms by Jess Witty

February 14, 2011

PTI Post-Release Wrap-Up

Oh. my. goodness. What a month at Papertrey Ink, right? Man... the 4th anniversary... it's been BIG. And yet... I still have so many projects to share. You know what that means to you? Buckle up, folks... it's gonna be a looong post! First of all... how much do you love all of the doily dies and stamps?! So sweet, but at the same time, they can totally go modern, fun and cute, shabby vintage, and on, and on, and on.

For this project, I die-cut a big ol' stack of white tissue paper with the Parisian Lace Doily die. Just like crepe paper, you can cut quite a few sheets at once. Lay the whole stack on the punch out tool to pop out all the little cut-outs at one time... love how fast that goes! Then just peel the layers apart and use them one by one. I wanted to show the delicate nature of the tissue paper, so I layered a few to show of their translucency and then contrasted them with a doily cut from white cardstock. To keep it going in a modern elegant direction I busted out some of my favorite tried and true tools... clear cardstock and silver embossing powder. I heat embossed the Fillable Frames Additions 1 frame and sentiment in silver before I scored and folded the cardstock. Once that part was finished I added the overlay to the card and finished it off with some satin plum pudding ribbon... so pretty. I am so, so happy with how it turned out. I used another one of my tissue paper doilies on this card featuring Bitty Background Blocks... Note to my faithful blog readers... look at all the LAYERS! Shocking. And the sky didn't fall down on me or anything :) I sprayed this little doily with an aqua glimmer mist to give it some color. I always shoot it with the heat gun to quick dry it {because I'm impatient like that.} I actually sprayed it and dried it twice to get a nice depth of color. The square die-cuts (the die is from the Make a Wish Collection) got a shot of the aqua glimmer mist too, then I sponged the heck out of them with Lemon Tart and Chai inks. Then I topped them with some stamped Newsprint images in Chai as well. And I topped all of *that* off with the polka dot block from Bitty Background Blocks embossed in clear ink. Totally digging how that turned out. I layered it all on some rustic cream cardstock stamped with Newsprint again (this time stamped with chamomile ink). And I added a whole pile of buttons for good measure :) A little sentiment from Fillable Frames Additions 1 finished it all off. A little out of my norm, but I actually totally love it. That Newsprint background just makes me happy... it's going to be hard to put that one down. And in keeping with the tissue paper theme... {I mean, I had it out, so I just kept using it :) } I used the Flower Fusion #1 set and both the coordinating die and the Friendly Flower die for this little cutie. They work so well together that I couldn't resist. I cut lots of little Frindly Flower tissue paper flowers at one time and sprayed just the top ones with some glimmer mist. I crumpled the flowers below to give them a nice fluffy look. Because the tissue is so thin, it was super easy to just put a quick stitch of button twine through them to tie them all together. I embossed the little Flower Fusion flower on kraft (I just love the contrast) and topped the flowers off with that. The Flower Fusion #1 set includes a cutie stem and leaf image, but I was totally inspired by some little ribbon flags that Elizabeth Kartchner (Dear Lizzy) made this week, so I just had to try my hand at them. I think they totally work as leaves, too. Some lollipop sticks are standing in for the stems. I snuck a little label image from the Mat Stack 4 Collection in there, too. It makes a perfect little frame for the Flower Fusion sentiment. (I love how those little label images seem to work for everything!) Changing things up a bit now and going in my usual clean and simple direction. {Home sweet home.} I was totally inspired by Erin's first Make it Monday video! I watched it last week while I was crafting and it totally came back to me when I was making this card. Holy smokes are the sentiments in Hello, Friend perfect for a mixed sentiment card or what?! I added a Think Big Favorites sentiment and a Fillable Frames Additions sentiment and I just could not be happier with how they all fit together! And, yes, I know... white embossing on Soft Stone cardstock... it's totally my weakness. As this one was coming along, I knew I wanted to give it a punch of color but to also keep it simple and, even more difficult, keep it as something that could work as card for the men out there. A little strip of Simply Chartreuse was just the ticket. And yes, those are rhinestones on a masculine card. {Risky, but I was feeling brave.} I totally still think it works for a guy, but if you don't want to dare, you could leave them off. (To be totally honest, between my husband, who is surrounded by paper crafty talk all the time and my dad, who is married to my mom and is therefore also surrounded by paper crafty talk all the time, I myself am probably surrounded by some of the more paper crafty knowledgable men out there. So knowledgeable, in fact, that they'd be more likely to comment on my use of the Z pattern of design than a few rhinestones. Sooooo... my perspectives on the common man could be skewed.} Speaking of the boys... I have the sweetest little 6 year old ever. He loves to write notes and he also loves art of any kind, so he is forever bringing me little handmade love notes. {I know, right?! Yes, he's adorable. And a total punk sometimes, too.} So when I saw this month's new Friendship Jar Spring Fillers and the sweet little love notes image, I knew excactly what I needed to make... a little Love Notes tag for our Love Notes jar! I have several {and by "several" I mean many!} large glass jars that I use for everything from decorating to Halloween candy to homemade marshmallows. I started putting one of them to use last fall as a place to tuck all of the little cards and notes that Eli brings me. And now it has a proper little label :)

A clear label with love notes inside, no less. To accomplish this little magic trick without seeing any adhesive just use the Friendship Jar die to cut two jars from clear cardstock. Stamp one of them with the jar outline in permanent ink (I used Staz On Opaque). That jar will go on top. Then color and trim the notes image and adhere it to the second jar. Add a strip of adhesive to the threads of that jar and slip it underneath the first one. Stamp the lid image and adhere it to the top and voila! Pretty neat, right? I think this would make the cutest little gift tag, too! It would be fun to write your own little note and stick it on where the notes image is as well. And finally, a little card featuring the new Tag-Its #1 set... There are so many stamps in that little set! I used the scalloped circle, one of the sentiments, and the little circle heart image on this card. The scalloped circle fits *perfectly* in this Mat Stack 4 Collection frame. Love how that gives you so many options for mixing and matching. I did a quick mask for the sentiment and stamped the two words separately so that they fit in the long label. {Just a little strip of Scotch tape stuck right on the stamp works fine.) The postmark image is from 2010 Love Tags and works as a perfect accent for the heart image. Makes for a sweet little finish. And speaking of finishing, this is what my work table looks like when release week is finished... seriously. Yup. It's like the February release just exploded all over my table. {Fun times, right?} I guess that means that it's time for the PTI post-release pick-up. Any volunteers to come help me out with that? ;) Thanks for visiting, folks!

{Best Wishes} card Stamps - Fillable Frames Additions 1 Ink - VersaMark CS - Smokey Shadow, White, Clear Cardstock Ribbon - Plum Pudding Die - Parisian Lace Doily Other - Silver Filigree embossing powder, tissue paper {Thank You} card Stamps - Bitty Background Blocks, Background Basics: Newsprint, Fillable Frames Additions 1 Ink - Tea Dye Duo, Lemon Tart, VersaMark CS - Rustic Cream Die - Parisian Lace Doily Embellishments - Vintage buttons, button twine Other - tissue paper, clear embossing powder, spray mist {How Are You} card Stamps - Flower Fusion #1, Mat Stack 4 Collection, Background Basics: Text Style Ink - Fresh Snow, New Leaf, VersaMark CS - Kraft Ribbon - New Leaf Dies - Flower Fusion #1, Friendly Flower Embellishments - Vintage buttons, button twine Other - White Filigree embossing powder, tissue paper, spray mists, lollipop sticks {Hello, there} card Stamps - Hello, Friend, Think Big Favorites #1, Fillable Frames Additions 1 Ink - VersaMark CS - Soft Stone, Simply Chartreuse Embellishments - Rhinestones {Love Notes} tag Stamps - Friendship Jar Spring Fillers, Friendship Jar Ink - Enchanted Evening, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow, StazOn Opaque Cotton White CS - Soft Stone, White Die - Friendship Jar, Jar Label Embellishments - Button twine {Hello, there} card Stamps - Tag-Its #1, Mat Stack Collection 4, 2010 Love Tags Ink - VersaMark, Fresh Snow CS - Kraft, Simply Charteuse, Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz Ribbon - Summer Sunrise Emellishments - Rhinestones, embroidery floss Other - White Filigree embossing powder

15 comments:

Kathleen said...

I'd love to stop by and help you clean up your work area. Just beware that you might not be able to find everything once I was done!

Love all of the cards. I just fold a bunch of tissue paper from birthday and valentines day gifts and put it in my craft room - and now I know just what to do with it!

Ruth S said...

Gorgeous cards as ever Jess ;) Thanks for the inspiration! Now I just can't wait to get my order items through!

k a r i s a said...

i see the must needed sonic drink on your work table!! beautiful work! i love the jar card - too clever & the flower lollipops. i have some leftover lollipop sticks from a V-day project so will have to keep that one in mind!!

Chris said...

Tissue paper!? I love it!
I see a coffee filter, too. Did that work, too?

I can't wait for my PTI box. You ladies have just outdone yourselves this month!

Lindsay said...

Amazing projects Jess! I just looove your style!

Joan V said...

Wow, have you ever been busy!! Great projects. Thank you for sharing all the details.

Ivy Cruz said...

Love ur projects, at this point I dont discriminate cards when it comes to gifting them to my boyfriend, this february was the most pink cards I did for him, and on Valentines the card I made him had a raspberry fizz base just cause it matched my outfit!!! and he loves them hes my ultimate judge when it comes to judging my cards so hell get pink and flowers and rhinestones cause our men are use to that because of their crafty girls, hey the love us, then theyll love our girly cards!!! (p.s.excuse my english)

Jessica Wekenman said...

I would definitely love to help with the clean up! I always love what you do with those stamps and ink! I've been a big fan of your work for some time now, and having you around for all the fun PTI stuff, makes *this* Jessica a very happy girl! :)
*hugs*
Jessica

Kathleen said...

I love all your projects, Jessica! Those little ribbon leaves are adorable! Thanks for the link! I also LOVE your tag, too! I MUST pull out that clear cardstock! I just love it, but I never use it! Thanks for all the inspiration for the new products.....coming to my porch soon!!

Denise E said...

Love all of these....great unique ideas! Tissue paper, huh, who'd've thought?! Guess you did! Thanks for the inspiration. Love the clear tag, double layered flowers, ribbon leaves, so ca-ute! Would love to help clean up, as long as we can go to Sonic afterwards! =o) We have no Sonic nearby up here in the great white (well, melty-snow, muddy, yucky, half snow-covered) North! =o) Will be in Texas in April, can you wait that long?! ha! Have a great day.

Stephanie Smith said...

I'll come help you pick up if I get to keep whatever I pick up. Thanks for showing us all the amazing cards.

Mommy said...

Love your cards - especially the love notes tag for your sons love notes jar. I also have a 6 year old boy and I have tons of notes from him tucked in a drawer and laying out around my desk. I love the jar idea to keep them in since I never want to let them go! Thanks for the great idea! And for sharing your creations! :) Jill/Seattle Wa.

paula e. said...

it would be an honor to help you clean up your work area! love your cards and all the inspiration you give. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Ha,ha, it's nice to know that other people make as much mess as I do. Must be something to do with the creative gene!

Dana said...

These are some serious, serious stunners! Thanks for sharing! I'm so excited that you're on the PTI team!
I'm over checking out your cards from the PaperCrafts post, as well... I love your girl garland die!