Sunday, October 14, 2012

Precious Remembrance Christmas Stamp Set Release

Precious Remembrance has just released their Christmas Stamp Set, just in time to get us ready for holiday crafting! Aside from birthdays and other special occasions throughout the year, the holidays are the only time I'm really able to give my friends and family hand-crafted cards and tags.

I love that this stamp set features a variety of sentiments. In the past, I've had to re-use the same stamp over and over for my holiday cards. I'm so glad that I'll be able to mix things up this year! Furthermore, how adorable is that ornament stamp? I made a holiday card using the ornament stamp to create a background. I added a little "hook"from my Papertrey Ink Holiday Button Bits stamp set to each ornament.

Be sure to check out the Precious Remembrance Blog and shop for more craft ideas!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Inspire Me Friday {Wedding Card}

Happy Friday, everyone! A friend of my family is getting married tomorrow and I thought the Calendar Stamp Set would be the perfect tool to personalize a wedding card. I started off with a dark blue card base and stamped a panel of cream colored cardstock with flowers from the Papertrey Ink (PTI) Pretty Peonies stamp set. 

I then stamped and embossed a small die-cut panel with the "new couple" sentiment, which is from the PTI Beautiful Butterflies stamp set. Underneath this sentiment, I stamped the couple's wedding date. Blue ribbon and a couple of buttons pull this card together!

I also decorated the inside of card with a few flowers and the date stamp again. I hope I've inspired you to look for ways to add personalization to your projects by means of adding a date. The Calendar Stamp Set is perfect for this and I'm so glad I have it to use for future weddings, birthdays and graduations!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: Halloween Greeting Card

Happy Friday, everyone! Since autumn is quickly approaching, I decided to make a Halloween-themed card and put my beloved Calendar Stamp Set to use! I started off by adhering panels of polka-dotted scrap booking paper to my card base and covering the seams with orange rikrak.

I used a Spellbinders Labels 8 die to die cut the kraft panel and used the die from the Papertrey Ink Little Princess set to die-cut the "haunted" castle. I used the PTI Holiday Button Bits stamp set to stamp to stamp the bat wings, which are actually mistletoe leaves! I added a pair of hole-punch eyes and my bat was complete!

I stamped a mini tag with the October 31st date and strung it with some twine and a button as a finishing touch. I hope I've inspired you to embrace our upcoming autumn by creating some seasonal craft projects of your own!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: August Adventures

For this week's project, I did a little layering with die-cut pieces to create a fun, summer-y card using the Calendar Stamp Set from Precious Remembrance. I always end up with so many scraps of paper whenever I do any crafting, and I wanted to challenge myself to put those scraps to use. I started off with an A2 card base which I scored and folded. I embossed a strip of white cardstock using an American Crafts embossing folder from the Whimsy duo. These folders look just like Cuttlebug embossing folders, which is great since the Cuttlebug is the only embossing/die-cutting machine I own!

Banners are so popular right now, and I wanted to incorporate the trend into this project. I added a fish-tail end to the white strip, and layered the yellow banner strip under a few die-cut pieces (I used Papertrey Ink's Double-Ended Banners die). I then used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight dies to die-cut a couple of pieces. I'm so glad I was able to put that polkadotted scrap to use! It's been in my scrap pile for months, and I'm glad I hung onto it.

For my main focal image, I thought that something floral would be perfect for summer. I used Papertrey Ink's Rosie Posie stamp set to stamp the flower, which I then fussy-cut with scissors (but you thought it was a die-cut, right?!). For my sentiment panel, I used the Double-Ended Banners die again, but this time cut off the fish-tail ends. I love that the Calendar Stamp Set includes the word "Adventures" and I've been itching to find a place to use it. I decided that "August Adventures" would be perfect.

I'd like to challenge you all to put some of your scrap pieces to use. I hope you have a great weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: Using Multiple Techniques

Happy Friday, everyone! This week I wanted to challenge myself by using multiple crafting techniques in the same project. For this birthday card, I incorporated coloring, die-cutting, embossing and machine stitching into the design. I began with an A2 card base upon which I stamped an image from the Penny Black Betsy Bluebell stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored her in using assorted Copic markers and paper-pieced Betsy's dress together using a scrap of paper I had from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair 6 x 6 paper pad. I then added some Glossy Accents to the balloons and heart-shaped barrettes.

 Next, I wanted to create a window to lay over the base of the card. I trimmed a piece of pink card stock down to 4 x 5.25 inches and die-cut the window using Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack 3 die using my Cuttlebug. In order to incorporate the paper-piecing into the rest of the design, I adhered a strip of the scrap paper onto the bottom of the panel. I then ran this through my Cuttlebug using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. Lastly, I felt like the window panel needed a border element, so I machine stitched around the edges with teal colored thread. I used foam dots to adhere the pink panel to the white base. Foam dots or foam tape are great for adding dimension to any scrapping project!

Of course, no birthday card feels complete without a sentiment! The "hi" stamp from the Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set was absolutely perfect for this card! The dashed lines look like stitching, and the little heart matches the heart barrettes in Betsy's hair! Furthermore, the sweet font and simple "hi" fit the style of this card beautifully. I stamped the sentiment onto a strip I die-cut using Papertrey Ink's Double-Ended Banners Die. I added a light blue button as a final touch!

 I hope I've inspired you to incorporate multiple tools and techniques into a single project. My workstation does get a little cluttered when working with so many different tools, but after everything's cleaned up and put away, I'm always satisfied with the dynamic project I've created!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: Pretty little gift tags!

For this week's project, I chose do create one of my favorite things: gift tags! The Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set works perfectly with the whimsical pink and white color scheme I chose, and I love how the typography resembles handwriting.
I started off by die-cutting the tag base using Papertrey Ink's Tag Sale #3 die. I've used this die countless times and find it to be the perfect size and shape, plus, the embossed border adds an elegant touch. I added a We R Memory Keepers eyelet (great quality eyelets and very easy to set) to the top of each tag and strung about 6 inches of grosgrain ribbon through.

Now, for the actual scrapping and stamping! I started off looking through my scrap pile and picked out some papers that I had left over from another project. All the paper used is from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair 6 x 6 paper pad. I punched out some circles and did a bit of machine stitching to create the background. At this point, I knew I wanted to stick with reds, pinks and corals for my color scheme, but I had no idea what type of embellishments to add! I spotted some floral embellishments by Sassafras in my craft drawer that I had been holding onto for a while. Please tell me I'm not the only one who "saves" embellishments, and then feels guilty for not using them. Well, I'm really glad I put these to use!

The Positive Thoughts stamp set worked incredibly well with this project. The sentiments are inspiring yet lighthearted, which works well with the muted pink colors and floral embellishments. I used Papertrey Ink's Double Ended Banner Die to create the banner strips that I used for two of the sentiments. The final result is a set of layered, three-dimensional tags which I think these would be great to package a spring or summer birthday gift. Also, they look a bit like Valentines and if I don't find a way to put them to use anytime soon, these tags will be making a reappearance in February!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: Mixing Patterns and Layering Die-Cuts

For today's Inspire Me Friday post, I created a card by mixing patterned paper and layering die-cut shapes. The result is a perfect, all-occasion greeting card for the summertime! I used the Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set for the sentiment as well as for the splatter design in the corner.

I started off with a bright orange panel of paper which I had in my scrap paper pile and chose my paper from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair 6 x 6 inch paper pad. I love these little paper pads because the patterns they include coordinate together so beautifully. When mixing patterns, it can be easy to go overboard with bold prints, so I like to balance prints with "neutrals." In this case, I chose the striped paper which contains the same colors as the floral paper that is along the  bottom of the card. 

I felt like the striped paper seemed a little bare, so I stamped along the top edge with the awesome splatter paint stamp from the Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set. I love the effect and just a little went a long way!

For the sentiment panel, I chose the Smile stamp from Positive Thoughts and stamped it onto a Papertrey Ink's Framed Out #3 die-cut. I added a couple of eyelets in a rosy pink.

For the layered flower die-cuts, I used Papertrey Ink's Rosie Posie stamps and dies. To prop up the flowers, I used foam adhesive, which is one of my favorite scrapping tools. Foam tape or foam dots are an excellent way to add dimension to any project. I stamped the flowers using the same colors from the floral patterned paper and I love how the die-cuts look like they're a three-dimensional extension of the paper itself!

I accented the card with some rik-rak I had and some machine stitching. I adhered the panel onto an A2 white cardstock base.

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Release Day!

Precious Remembrance is releasing the adorable Positive Thoughts stamp set today! I think these sentiments would be perfect for a graduation card or scrapbook. One of my cousins is heading off to college this fall, and I might just save the below card just for him.

The Positive Thoughts stamp set was perfect for the insiprational card above. I started with an A2 card base using Papertrey Ink's cardstock in Soft Stone. All the patterned paper I used is from the Lily Bee Design "Buttercup" 6x6 Tiny Tablet, which includes 12 beautiful designs. The great thing about these little paper pads is that the patterns coordinate with each other so well. I machine stitched the edges of the sentiment panel and added a 2-inch circle punch-out in the corner.

The adorable little flip flops were made using the Papertrey Ink Flipping Out Die Collection. I added come Glossy Accents to the thong part of the flip flop and curled the paper a little against the edge of a pen to make them look like real flip flops. I then adhered the three little points with drops of Elmer's Glue.

Lastly, I used three of the sentiments from the stamp set to create my inspirational message. I embossed the central sentiment in black embossing powder by Zing, and stamped the top and bottom sentiment's in Memento's London Fog ink. I think this makes for a great unisex card, and the flip flops are just perfect for summer!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Meet the Precious Remembrance Design Team!

I have a lot of links to share with you all today! First, here are links to the Precious Remembrance design team members:

Create It Wednesday : Andrea Budjack 
Project Thursday: Clare Prezzia
Inspire Me Friday: Aman (this is me!)
Saturday Creations: Elena Roussakis

And here are some links to the Precious Remembrance blog, gallery, shop and Facebook page:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May Blog Hop Part 4: Bright Floral Birthday Card

When I saw that Papertrey Ink's May Blog Hop Challenge was to use green and black, I leafed through some of my scrapbooking paper and knew I wanted to put this bright paper from My Mind's Eye to use. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby, and as beautiful as these types of bold prints are, they can be a bit intimidating. How do I use them without having them overwhelm my whole project? 

I started off by using the patterned paper as my base, added a green banner and used PTI's Pretty Peonies set to create the sentiment panel. I used PTI's Rosie Posie set to die-cut and stamp the flowers, and added some shading with Crayola colored pencils. I love the colorful end-product, and am grateful for a challenge that really pushed me out of my comfort zone color-wise. And if you're a crafter, you know how seriously some of us can take all matters relating to color!

May Blog Hop Part 3: Modern Holiday Card

I know it's only May, but I don't think it's ever too early to begin on holiday crafts! It's the only time of year when I send out large amounts of cards, and there's always someone I've forgotten or a family member who needs a card at the last minute. I've been woken from peaceful slumber by someone who needed an emergency handmade token, so I'm making strides to make sure I don't fall into that mess this year!

I used PTI's Soft Stone paper as my card base, and used PTI's Double-Ended Banner dies to cut strips from patterned paper from a couple of Crate Paper 6 x 6 pads. I think adding that black strip really gives the color scheme a modern look, and also keeps with the green-and-black blog hop challenge! The die-cut I used for the sentiment panel is from the My Favorite Things Polka Dot Greetings set, and the sentiment itself is from PTI's Stylish Sentiments Holiday Set. I love the overall minimal design elements against the soft gray paper. I think I'll create more of these cards using whatever holiday-themed scraps of paper I have left behind from other projects.

May Blog Hop Part 2: Masculine Birthday Card

I'm not the best when it comes to masculine designs, but I thought I'd try my hand at a boy-ish looking birthday card since I think the challenge color scheme of green and black is pretty masculine. I used a bunch of layered scraps to create this design. The birthday sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #12, and the splatter spray paint is from October Afternoon. My card base is from PTI in the color New Leaf. The top edge is machine stitched since I felt like the design needed a final border element.

May Blog Hop Challenge Part 1: Father's Day Card

Each month Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink issues a crafting challenge. This month it is to combine the colors bright green, black and white. I made a variety of projects which included the color green (which is not a color I use a lot), but I did deviate from the original challenge a little bit.

Here's the original, inspirational photo Nichole posted on her blog:

I wanted to make a masculine, nature-inspired card for Father's Day and grabbed some PTI Vintage Cream and Kraft cardstock. I saw the green patterned paper by Zoe Peam, and knew I wanted to use it right away. I embossed it using a Lifestyle Crafts folder from the Whimsy duo, and added black stitching around the edges. The die-cut and border stamp are from the My Favorite Things Polka Dot Greetings set, and the alphabet stamps are from the Inkadinkado Somerset set. I was tempted to add some ribbons and frills, but kept it pretty clean and simple. At least clean and simple in my book!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Precious Remembrance Stamps

Precious Remembrance is an up-and-coming craft company which offers clear, photopolymer stamps. PR has been gracious enough to invite me to join their design team. I'll be adding "Inspire Me Friday" posts to the PR blog each week, showcasing craft projects made using PR stamps. If you're a fan of stamping, scrapbooking or paper-crafting in general, I encourage you to check out the Precious Remembrance blog here. I'm excited to see the company grow, and I look forward to sharing my designs with you all.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April Blog Hop Part 4: Spring Florals and Pastels

This card would be perfect for a wedding or engagement! I started off with a Rustic Cream cardstock base, which I ran through my Cuttlebug using a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder from the Whimsy duo. I then machine stitched the edges since I felt the embossing looked a little bare without a border element. I die-cut the sentiment panel using the die from the My Favorite Things Polka Dot Greetings set. The "new couple" sentiment is from PTI's Beautiful Butterflies stamp set. I die-cut and stamped the flowers and leaves using PTI's Rosie Posie set onto shimmery paper I had in my scrap pile.