witticisms by Jess Witty

January 13, 2012

Mat Stack 5 Collection

Merry Christmas!

You mean not everyone celebrated Christmas just last night with their family like I did??
Yup. Not kidding.
A mere few hours ago.

That's the way we roll :)
Or at least the way we roll after a Christmas trip to see the other side of the family over in snowy Colorado plus a few weeks recovery at home.

{And I mean real recovery.  One of my angelic children got all out sick beyond sick in the car on the way back in the middle of Nowhere, Kansas.  Cleaning car seats and kiddos on the side of a snowy highway with nary a restaurant or gas station restroom to be found is one parenting hurdle I had hoped never to endure.}

Sooooo... happy holidays!
And for your gift, I'm bringing you a Papertrey Ink post full of new January release goodies :)
{All of today's goodies will be available at papertreyink.com at 10pm EST on January 15.}

By the way... if you're visiting from the Clean and Simple Card Class... welcome!  I hope these projects (and the ones to come later this week) fit your craving for CAS :)

Today the design team is focusing on the new Mat Stack 5 Collection set.  Ummm... have to say... it's pretty darned cute.

Don't you think?

I used the new Layerz Mat Stack 5 die for the white panel.  I knew I wanted to combine sentiments from Mat Stack 5 Collection and the new Script Sentiments set so the Layerz die was perfect for the extra space that I needed.  It's the perfect size to work with on an A2 card. 

Love the new Script Sentiments, by the way!  Isn't that "just because" so pretty??  I thought it was perfect with the Mat Stack sentiment, too.

This set comes with a few different types of stamps... two mat size images and lots of building pieces that you can use separately or together to fill in your mat.  Here I've collaged a few of the images together.

Sometimes I feel a little nervous when combining images so I knew to stick to my proverbial design guns and keep it as simple as possible. I only used 3 stamps... the raspberry flower and aqua mist flourishes are actually one stamp.  The new ink pads made it super simple to just ink up each section without masking.

I added the Summer Sunrise flower and flourish in Spring Moss to fill things out. 

One of the other building images made for a perfect corner stamp, so I added a few details to the rest of the card with that. Some aqua mist buttons tie everything together.  I'm so happy with the way it turned out... I love cheery cards :)

 I also wanted to make something featuring one of the large mat images...

I love how well the mat images work for layering!  I stamped this one in Fresh Snow on Smokey Shadow cardstock and used that as a base for the Happy Day label.  The sentiment from Mat Stack 5 Collection nestles in there perfectly.

And that little touch of Filigree Border cut from silver glitter cardstock... love.  Seriously.  Thinkin I could use those little filigreelets on everything.

Also loving all the detail on the new Lace Die cover plate :)  I used it just like an impression plate and sandwiched it with the embossing mats in my Big Shot {Flip one of the tabs up on the base plate up.  From the bottom of the sandwich up that would be the base plate, Big Shot plate, cover plate facing up, cardstock, tan and brown embossing mats - I use the mats from my Cuttlebug, Big Shot plate.}

For an extra shot of color up at the top I just ran a yellow Copic across one side of some silk ribbon to create some half and half ribbon :)  Love the playful touch it adds.  A little extra silver glitter paper at the top adds some shine.

It wasn't intentional, but this card kind of came out with a wedding-y vibe.  Perfect timing as I just got a save the date card in the mail... for two of our former youth group kids. 
Feeling my age over here ;)

Don't forget to check out the other Mat Stack 5 goodness that rest of the design team is bringing you today...
Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Erin Lincoln
Maile Belles
Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Michelle Wooderson
Danielle Flanders

That's all, folks!
Back tomorrow with more new goodies.
And... Merry Christmas :)

{Just Because} card supplies

Supplies available at 10am (EST) on January 15: Mat Stack 5 Collection, Script Sentiments, Layerz Mat Stack 5 die

Supplies available now:
{All the Best} card supplies
Supplies available at 10am (EST) on January 15: Mat Stack 5 Collection, Lace Die cover plate
Supplies available now:


Unknown said...

Oh you poor mama and poor kiddo getting sick. I was that kid all my life on car trips...and if I'm not driving I'm still that way today! But so glad you survived to make these luscious creations for us. Mat Stack 5 is at the very tip top of my PTI must have list!!

Jessica Wekenman said...

Gorgeous cards, Jessica! I especially love your little filigreelets!!! Merry Christmas! I'm sorry you had to deal with the middle of nowhere, side of the road sickness! But, glad you've have some recoup time! :)

Lisa Beeman said...

I had a trip like that when I was flying to Texas with my husband and 1.5 year old daughter (she's now 27!). She got sick all over her pregnant Momma! Yeah, it was an unforgettable trip...see, I still remember it vividly! Haha!

Love your cards, my fave is your "Happy Day" card, love the sparkly touches.

jan metcalf said...

Just love all the pretty colors combos on the cards today, how you build the background florals!!

Unknown said...

First, I love your writing style, you're funny. And I love those cards. So fresh.

Melissa said...

Soooo entirely beautiful Jess! You inspire me to no end!
Merry Christmas!

janice moss said...

The things that create memories, lol. How beautiful these are and how talented YOU are. Love the Mat Stack 5.

Suzanne said...

Oh, Jess, you're just the best! I love it all, especially your color choices. I am going to have a hard time deciding what I can order, that is for sure!

Natalie said...

Beautifully done, love the simple design and the gorgeous choice of colors, so bright and cheery!

Debbie Gaydos said...

"filigreelets".... hehe... I love that! So cute. And that first card, LOVE the color combo and the way the MS 5 elements are combined - gorgeous!

Suzanne Russell said...

Great projects, again Jessica and yes, I am loving your contributions to the Clean and Simple Card Class. I am with you on the filigree die used with glitter...whoa! Instant fanciness!

Kris in Alaska said...

Love them! And I'm partial to CAS cards and am following the class too (just not able to participate).

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Sorry about your sick kids...we had a 10 hr drive with a sick almost 2 yr old...car vomit is horrid!

AM JUSt blown away by your blue/yellow card and might just have to be getting several items this month. Love this release. It was really stunning and I can just see me casing that in several colors and occasions!

Helen L said...

So sorry to hear of your tough times this last Christmas!!! Being a parent can sure be tough sometimes!! Poor you, and poor little kiddo sick on the side of the road in the snow!! I hope you all are feeling better now! hugs!!
and your cards are just delightful!! Love how you built the beautiful design on the "Just because" card: so perfectly put together!! Best wishes to you and your little family for a HEALTHY new year :-)

suzie said...

WOW!! Love all the color in your first card. Thanks for sharing.

Gabby said...

Love how you combined the stamps in a great combo of colors to achieve such a pretty card! Your second card is a nice-looking CAS card, too. :)

jintyoo7 said...

Happy Christmas to you and yours :D

Hope the little one is better now.

Your posting cracks me up you're so funny! However your creations just blow me away - thank you!!

Glenda J said...

Always love your stories! Our tree is still up as it actually didn't arrive at our house till the 26th (long story). Love your beautiful cards! Great work.

Chrystina said...

I love the "wishing you the best" card, the colors are great and the textures on the paper add a lot of dimension to the card!