Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Minute Wrapping

Ok, I admit it. I'm spending today doing some last minute wrapping of gifts. How about you?

Well, just in case you are sitting around your computer procrasinating even further than I am, here's a surprisingly quick way to dress up your gift bags (because let's face it, those are HEAVEN for last minute wrapping!). Cut a tag from kraft paper and stamp one of the beautiful trees from Lockhart Stamp Company on it, like this Snowy Tree With Birds.

This is just three colored pencils - green, red and white! Colored pencils on kraft paper are fantastic - if you haven't tried it you absolutely must!

Add some curvy snow drifts and stamp the "Celebrate The Season" sentiment. Ink the edges with a very light blue chalk ink for instant softness and dimension, then simply tie it on your gift bag with a little baker's twine for an on-trend, festive look.

The amazing Lockhart image makes it look like you spent all day prepping your tag - and your recipient will be wow'd! Only you and I will know how quick and easy it really was - and I won't tell if you don't!

OK - now go wrap up those gifts! Be well.  ~ Jenn

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wishing you JOY!

There really isn't anything better than sending just the right card to the right recipient, is there? I love that contented feeling I get when it matches up perfectly. This lovely was sent off to none other than Karen Lockhart herself. Her images bring me such joy through the year that it is only appropriate to send back a little joy, don't you think? This holiday installment of her fantastic windows series is full of detail (you can click on the picture for a larger image). A real joy to color. I used Copics on this one, with Copic Spicas for some sparkly detail in spots.

Lockhart Stamp Company has some brand new images coming soon! I can't wait to see what Karen has up her sleeve for this release.

It is a great time for me to let you know how grateful I am to have you stop by. I know a bunch of you aren't too chatty, but if you would like to say hi, I would LOVE to hear from you. Be well!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 7: Treat Bag Toppers

I can't hardly believe this is the last week of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. I think this week's die, Eileen's Treat Bag Toppers is the perfect die for last minute holiday gift giving! It's perfect for dressing up small bags for special treats. On this example, I used it on a small glassine bag filled with chocolates. It's dressed up with stamps from Papertrey Ink (Distressed Stripes and Tiny Treats: Christmas) as well as some fun baker's twine. I used my japanese screw punch to punch the holes in the matboard and just stamped away. Stamping on matboard is so effortless - matboard takes ink beautifully!

Here's another example of using a treat bag topper on a kraft tin tie bag. This clever die actually cuts three toppers at once - each one a different size for a variety of options. LOVE that! I quickly stamped the kraft bag with snowflakes (PTI's Peace Be Still) For this topper, I adhered some patterned paper with Sparkle Mod Podge for a fun & festive look. And just look at that fun scalloped edge - Eileen is so great about those fun details! The tag that is hanging is part of Eileen's die, as well. I used a few steps on that, stamping and embossing the JOY sentiment, then airbrushing the green background with a Copic marker. Next I used Sparkle Mod Podge again, then painted the edges with white acrylic paint. Add some silvery trim and you have a fantastic treat bag that will wow your recipient.
As always, you can use the widget on the right for navigating through the hop.Thanks for checking out the Triple Play Blog Hop these past several weeks! Please visit for more fun ideas from Brenda Pinnick, Karen Burniston, Eileen Hull and friends. If you have enjoyed seeing all of the inspiring ideas on the blog hop, you can also "like" Triple Play on Facebook:!/pages/Triple-Play/125068950891362.

Be well!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 6: Album, Brackets

Good morning, Sizzix Blog Hoppers (as well as my blog friends!). Welcome to Week 6 of the Triple Play Blog Hop. This morning, all 60 of us are showing what we've done with Brenda Pinnick's Album, Brackets die. I wanted to create something that was a little different that its original use, but wanted to keep it simple, so I ended up with a fun holiday banner.

Since the shapes already have a hole in the corner to bind the album, this was a very simple task! I hung this in my butler's pantry doorway and used Ripe Avocado and Scarlet Jewel (ink, ribbon and paper) from Papertrey Ink. The sentiments are all from Big & Bold Holiday Wishes and the embossing powder is Silver Zing from American Crafts. That fun, festive border is a stamp from Background Basics: Christmas.

This Album Brackets die from Sizzix makes for a quick & simple banner - I did this one in about 30 minutes! You could hang one in every doorway of your house in no time flat!

Enjoy the rest of the hop today! The Sizzix Blog has the master list of participants, and the magical widget on my right margin allows you to follow along forward or backward. Have a great day - be well!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Since the holiday party season is in full swing, I thought I would show you the invitation I whipped up for the annual party we host for people from my husband's office. I cranked out 40 of these pretty quickly (in one evening!), so you know they are easy to reproduce!

I started with a cardbase of Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Cut, score and round the corners -easy peasy! I then stamped the frame image and a sentiment from this year's PTI anniversary set (Round & Round) with Versmark ink. Sprinkled on silver embossing powder and went to town with my heat gun. (As always, you can click on the picture for a more detailed look.)

The bell is punched from a text weight silver shimmer paper that I picked up at A Happy Stamper. The punch is from the Martha Stewart line. I tied a small bow from red and white baker's twine for a nice little touch, too. So far, so good - right?

I turned to my computer to start the interior. Find a postcard template and simply fill in your information. You can then print four on one sheet of paper - nice and quick! These are printed on an off-white text weight paper. Once I printed them, I trimmed them and rounded the corners. I added the flourish that you see there with a stamp from Big & Bold Holiday Wishes - the stamping ink and the printer ink matched seamlessly. (Hubby couldn't even tell that it was stamped!) I adhered that text weight sheet and voila! I was done.

I work pretty quickly, but anyone could easily make a bunch of these over a weekend. Simple techniques (like the heat embossing I did on the front) are techniques that always make a BIG impact, so choose just one WOW factor to incorporate into your design, whether it be embossing or die cutting, or something similar. Give it a try - your recipients will be impressed!

Be well. ~ Jenn

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lockhart's Angel With Gift

Hi friends! I just had to show you this Lockhart Angel today! I've been itching to ink her up for sometime now, but haven't carved out the time to do so. See, it ends up that I desperately need a new pair of glasses. I haven't been doing that much detailed coloring lately because of it, but today I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it!

(I saw the eye doctor last week and have my new glasses ordered - just waiting for them to come in. I've had glasses since I was a kid to see distance, but over the last year, I've been looking out the bottom of my glasses a bit more, and low & behold, it has gotten to the point where that's just not good enough. I've got a nice pair of no-line bifocals coming my way really soon, ha ha! Merry Christmas to me!)

OK, so back to this beautiful image! This is the new Angel With Gift, Karen's addition to the Angels this year. Isn't she beautiful? Here's a closer look:

I did a little less blending with my Copics than I would ordinarily do, mainly for just one reason! I stamped the image with Versafine instead of Memento. The Versafine pad tends to bleed a bit more than the Memento, so I tried not to add as much of the alcohol-based Copic as I normally would. (And yes, I'm a little gun shy since finding out just how badly I'm really seeing, HA!)

I know my Tuesday friends from Angela's Happy Stamper will smile at the color combination; I've told them I'm just not feeling the red & green this year, so this combination (PTI's Ocean Tides and Scarlet Jewel) is a nice change of pace, I think!) Speaking of Angela's Happy Stamper, you can find a great selection of Lockhart images there, or at your local stamp store. Karen has a great store locator on her site, too, in case you're traveling over the holidays.

I'd love to see your non-traditional color combinations for your holiday cards, too, so leave me a link in your comment and I'll pop by and visit! Be well.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 5: Gift Card Holder (For You)

Welcome to another installment of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! This week we are taking another turn with Karen Burniston and taking a look at her incredibly useful Gift Card Holder with Phrase For You, 3D Pop-Up. This die is so much fun!

First, I created a 5" x 7" card. I used Shimmer cardstock in Silver and White from Papertrey Ink. For the background, I stamped Fancy Flourishes (also from PTI) and heat embossed them in silver (Zing from American Crafts - love this embossing powder! Seriously - best stuff ever!). Then I used the Ornate Flowers embossing folder from Sizzix on the white shimmer. I heat embossed the edges of this piece with silver EP, too.

The NOEL was cut from this die from Sizzix (and it's in the Sizzix Outlet for a BARGAIN!!!). I used the same flourish stamp for the embossing, too. Add a string of pearls and a few rhinestones for a touch of elegance and you're done with the card front.

Just take a look at this! Don't you just LOVE IT?! Karen Burniston is the Pop-Up Queen! Honestly, I left it unadorned so you can see just how brilliant this is. The details are so well thought out, from the way it adheres on both sides of the interior so nothing falls out of place to the handy-dandy slots for the bottom of the gift card. Brilliant. It goes together easily and you can make a bunch in no time flat (no pun intended!). I send bunches of gift cards to my nieces and nephew, so this die is a must have in my book! Karen supplied this piece of cardstock from Die Cuts With A View, but I can't wait to try it with some fun patterned paper for a different look!

Karen, I'm sitting in Virginia doing the Wayne & Garth "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" bow towards you! ;) Thanks for such a useful, fun die!

Go take a look at all the great stuff everyone else has done with this brilliant die! The Triple Play Widget on my right margin can take you forward, back or right back to the beginning at the Sizzix Blog. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. Be well!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 4: Scoreboards Frame

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Welcome to the 4th week of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. This week all the designers are showcasing my sweet friend, Eileen Hull's, new Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro Die - Frame & Frame Back w/Stand (#656835). This die is a large die designed to work with the Big Shot Pro. There are several pieces to the set, allowing for a huge number of possibilities.

I opted to make a little wall hanging from the frame. I pulled out lots of fun products from Papertrey Ink, including buttons (in Raspberry Fizz and adhered with my hot glue gun) and stamps from Background Basics: Hearts (for the background - an embossed resist) and Simple Valentine. Since this is cut from matboard, it can take a huge variety of techniques easily.

I popped up the interior framed piece with some foam tape for a fun, dimensional look. You can also see the sweet postage edge on these two pieces. Eileen really put some fantastic details on this die! 

I hope the Americans reading this today have a wonderful holiday with their families. Thanks for stopping by! And as with week's past, you can use the widget on the right to continue navigating through the hop. Be well.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Aqua Wreath

This is one of those cards that I so wish I could show you in person! I had a blast creating this one! So I mentioned a little while back that I'm trying to come up with fun color combinations for Christmas this year, and this is one of them! The Lockhart Wreath Of Gifts is one of Karen's newer holiday images, and as usual, there is a ton of fantastic detail in it.

I started by heat embossing the wreath with black ink and clear powder. I knew that I wanted to watercolor the image with Twinkling H2Os, and embossing the image allows little 'walls' to form - it really helps keep your watercolor where you want (great when you're dealing with such a small area such on this!). I also stamped another wreath on aqua paper with silver embossing powder. I cut out three pieces and paper pieced them into the wreath. Finally, I cut the entire wreath and used foam tape to make it pop off the surface a bit. In real life, this card is so beautifully shimmery - I wish I could show you. This Wreath of Gifts image is so beautifully illustrated that I can barely keep my eyes off of it! I just love it! I hope you do, too!

Have an amazing day! Be well.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Etsy Inspired Challenge with Inchie Arts!

Do I have something fun for you today! Inchie Arts is sponsoring the team at Etsy Inspired, and the fun gals there asked the Inchie Arts design team members to play along. I wasn't familiar with this challenge blog, but I can guarantee that I'll be going back! Each week, they spotlight one Etsy shop (this week is Queen of Arts Cakes; she has two shops here and here) . So once I went in and really absorbed all the gorgeous creations she has, I decided to us this as my inspiration:

Can you believe those are cookies? Aren't they gorgeous? There's no way I would ever be able to eat those - they're just too amazing.

So I started out with a Light Gray Twinchie Square for my base. I stamped Papertrey Ink's Year Of Flowers: Sweet Peas on it using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then went to town with my Copics. The fantastic quality of the matboard used on all Inchie Arts products lends itself beautifully to lots of blending, allowing you to be able to achieve some great shadows and highlights. I used a Copic Multiliner in black to draw in the frame, and a Copic to color the edges of the Twinchie. Here's a closer look:

The note card has some great details, too. The note card itself is from the Inchie Arts Inchie Notes Peach/Pink Set. These note cards are perfect when paired with Inchies, Inchie + and Twinchies. I also added some texture to it by running it through my die cut machine with the PTI Picnic Plaid Impression Plate. It's topped off with a smidgen of Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dots Ribbon (also from PTI).

Stop over to the Etsy Inspired blog to participate in the challenge! It's a fun one that you won't want to miss!

Have a wonderful weekend! Be well.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 3: Fuchsia Flower

Welcome to the third week of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! This week the designers are showing you their takes on Brenda Pinnick's Flower, Beauty Bloom, Originals Die #655455. Brenda was kind enough to cut these from various materials and send them to us. My combination is fun & funky! The felt is from National Non-Wovens, and the animal print fabric is from Brenda's Couluer Vie Collection with Henry Glass & Co. This color and pattern were definitely a little different from what I would ordinarily choose, but boy, did I have fun with it!

I layered the pieces and gathered them with a little stitching. Then I used a french knot to grab all the pieces together in the center. To highlight the fun animal print, I edged the pieces with Stardust Stickles. Sizzix dies will cut a variety of materials, like those shown here. It's really a great way to bring versatility to your crafting.

I placed the flower on a piece of Sticky Back Canvas that I die cut from another Sizzix die, the Baroque Movers & Shapers die. The canvas was a little plain on its own, so I stamped it with Papertrey Ink's Background Basics: Retro (LOVE this set! I reach for it all the time!), then placed it on some Raspberry Fizz cardstock that was machine stitched around the edges. The card base was cut from PTI's Vintage Cream.

This Beauty Bloom die is such a gorgeous, layered flower. I think there are so many possibilities with it and will definitely be adding this Beauty to my collection!

Thanks for stopping by here on the Hop. All the projects will be up by noon eastern today and you can use the widget on the right margin to keep hopping, or you can refer back to the Master List on the Sizzix Blog for a complete list of participants. Have a wonderful day and be well! ~ Jenn

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Have you fallen in love with Papertrey Ink's November release yet? I have! As usual, it's tough to pick a favorite, but I thought I would start out by showing you a card I did with the new Banner Builder. I adore this shape - I've been longing for it in a die, and look! There it is!

This card is for the Beav's best friend. I needed to keep it relatively flat since we were mailing it, so there aren't any pieces popped up on this. It features Orange Zest and Blueberry Sky (both the boys' fave color combo). In addition to the Banner Builder stamp set, I also used Fresh AlphabetBirthday Basics and Birthday Bash Sentiments. I strung the banners on Enchanted Evening baker's twine for a textured, fun look. I'm really pleased that it turned out so well.

Make sure to check out the rest of the new releases! I'll be back with more of my takes on them over the next while. In the meantime, have a great day! Be well.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Time for a Lockhart Lovely!

Good morning, blog friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I have a new image from Lockhart Stamp Company to show you today. It is the Angel With Gift, and she is just lovely!

The Lockhart angels were the very first images I noticed when I discovered Karen's stamps.  I remember so clearly, it was a card that Ellen Hutson created for Paper Crafts magazine several years ago. What a difference a bit of time can make, because now I'm not only fortunate to be creating with Lockhart stamps, I'm also fortunate to have both Ellen and Karen as friends. But I digress...the angel images are so beautifully created. Karen must spend so much time creating them because there is so much detail on them. The hair, the details on the dress, it's all just amazing!

I should probably also let you know, sweet blog friends, that I'm just not feeling red & green for Christmas this year. I like red, I like green, but I think I'm feeling a little complacent about the two together for the holidays this year. So consider this fair warning, I'm going a little astray with the colors this holiday season! ;) (The red and kraft paper is from Jillibean Soup.)

This image, and the other great holiday images from Lockhart Stamp Company, are already in your local stamp shop. Hurry to go get it before they're gone!

Have a great day & be well.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2: Present Pop Up

Welcome to Week 2 of the Triple Play Blog Hop. This week we are all showing our takes on Karen Burniston's fantastic Twist Cube. If you're not familiar with Karen's dies, this is a great introduction. She is an engineering marvel, yet makes it foolproof! Take this beauty - look at how it looks 'squashed'.

And this is how it looks popped-up! Isn't that fun? Here are the details on what I used - the gold cardstock is from Die Cuts With A View, and I stamped it with Background Basics: Christmas from Papertrey Ink. (The ribbon, button and baker's twine are from PTI, too.) Karen Burniston has made a great video showing step by step instructions on how to assemble this, too - perfect if you're a visual learner like I am. You can view the video here on Karen's blog .  You'll be amazed at just how easy it is! They look great placed in a card, or (as I plan to do) hanging on the Christmas tree. (Just think - you can send an ornament in an envelope!)

Hop along and enjoy all the amazing creations! You can view the full list of participants on the Sizzix Blog, or use the Triple Play Widget on my right margin. Thanks for stopping by.

Be well. ~ Jenn

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 1: Lil' Red Schoolhouse

Welcome to the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! I'm so honored to be included in my 3rd Sizzix Blog Hop, and this one is the best one yet! 60+ very talented designers are participating (don't worry! You have a week to go through them!); for the next couple of months, we will be each showing you our individual takes on a particular die on Thursday. Three die designers, Eileen Hull, Karen Burniston and Brenda Pinnick have come up with some fantastic dies to showcase.

The first die that we are showcasing is one of Eileen's new Scoreboard dies. It is the new 3D house for the Sizzix Big Shot Pro and it is designed to work with matboard and chipboard, for a sturdier creation (you can use it with paper, too, though!). For my project, I decided to keep it simple and create a fun gift box for a teacher. Making a little red schoolhouse was easy with some red and brown acrylic paint. For the roof detail, I simply drew in shingle lines with a Copic marker.

I then added a flagpole (which is one of those fancy fork-like toothpicks painted white). The flag, an apple for the teacher, was created with Papertrey Ink cardstock and the stamps were from Papertrey's Teacher's Apple.

I used hot glue to adhere one side of the roof piece, but then I left the other side open. I thought it would be fun to let it open and close, so I used some magnetic tape along the inside. I think this would be so cute filled with candy or even a teacher's survival kit of hand sanitizer, a small tissue pack and a little bottle of headache medicine. The possibilities are endless with this fun die!

There are two ways to proceed on the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. The first way is to use the blinkie tool on my right margin; this fantastic widget (developed by the amazing Jen Goode! Thanks Jen!) allows you to go back or forward to the people next to me on the list. The second way to navigate through the blog hop is to go to the Sizzix Blog for a complete list of participants. Take your time & enjoy! The talent that has been assembled is amazing!

Be well.

Sizzix Supply List:
Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro Die - House, 3-D by Eileen Hull

Sizzix Little Sizzles - 12" x 12" Mat Board Pack

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

This yummy goodness is on its way to my mother-in-law, whose birthday is later this week. The cupcake image is one of Lockhart Stamp Company's newest images, the Cupcake with Bow. Isn't it cute? It is tough to tell here, but I put Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the frosting portion - it looks so fantastic in real life, just like a sugar-coated frosting!

The image was stamped on White Inchie+ squares. I used Memento ink, then colored them in with Copics. I outlined each Inchie+ square with a light Copic, too. Once that was done, I added the Stickles I mentioned above, as well as Liquid Pearls on the bow's polka dots. Adding details like this really make your image pop! (And these great matboard squares can really take what you want them to!)

The sentiments are from Lockhart, too. They're classics and should be in everyone's Lockhart collection! It was fun to be able to pair them up like this. I popped up the strips with the sentiments with foam tape so that they would be on a similar level as the Inchie+ squares.

I hope this inspires you to create a fun birthday card! After all, you never know when that next birthday is going to sneak up on you! Be well.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Hi & welcome to my poor, neglected blog! :) Lots of fun happening in the Ellefson household these days - sorry for the absence! I wanted to show you a quick baby gift that I did up recently. Hubby was over in Germany recently, and a colleague that he was meeting with had a baby a bit early (like the day before hubby was leaving!). I like to keep kraft wrapping paper on hand for gift 'emergencies' just like this! Luckily, my husband ran out on his lunch break for the gift and dropped it off with me. Kraft paper to the rescue because you can stamp it to create whatever occasion you need! For this ensemble, I pulled out Star Prints and Inside & Out: Baby and got to work!

The card was completely inspired by this card by Geny Cassady. When I am tight on time, I am not at my creative best and the design process is my largest time-grabber, so the PTI gallery is a great resource. Geny's fun card really jumped out at me! Thanks for the inspiration, Geny! (Tons of PTI goodies on this - just give me a shout if there is something there that you have a question on!)

Here's a closeup of the package detail, too. I used the Seeing Stars Die Collection and the Polka Dot Basics II Impression Plate, along with the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages. The grosgrain ribbon is a roll of wide white that I had on hand - doesn't it look great stamped?

By the time hubby got home for dinner, this fun ensemble was already packed in his suitcase. Only you & I need to know just how quickly it all went together (definitely keep that little gem to yourself because I looked like a rock star!) ;)

Have a wonderful day! Be well.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Autumn Wreath

I pulled out an oldie but a goodie from my Lockhart collection to create this warm autumn tag. The Autumn Wreath has been a favorite of mine for a while now because of the great variety you can achieve in coloring it. I know the first impression of this image is that it can be tough to color, but really, it is pretty easy! The areas are small, so colored pencils make quick work of it, and since they're small, shading is achieved quickly by blending colors together. Here's a closer look:

An important tip when you're working with an image like this - don't forget to color the 'inside'. After you color the fruits and leaves on this wreath, you're left with some space inbetween; don't forget to color this area. I used my Ginger Root pencil (one of my Go-To colors!) here, so it looks faint in the picture, but I can tell you that this is what makes the wreath look finished. It's always a bit of an after-thought for me, but I can tell you that it makes a huge difference!

Off to bake some pumpkin bread for our new neighbors - this tag is going on it when it's wrapped up for a little something special. Nothing says welcome like a beautiful wreath! Have a great day. Be well.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Bookmark

(Sorry if this is coming to you a second time - I hit publish instead of save. )

One of the things that I miss most about living close to family is just popping by to give them things. Lucky for me, though, my seven-year-old niece loves getting mail. I send her cards quite often and she has a special box where she puts them. (My sister told me she hasn't even seen the last one that I sent because my niece put it away so quickly.)

So this fun little bookmark is for her. I thought it would be fun to stick in with her Halloween goodies. It features the new Pumpkin Cupcake from Lockhart Stamp Company. I stamped it in black ink on PTI's Orange Zest cardstock and started coloring. Colored pencils on colored cardstock give a much different look, it's fun to play around with! This stamp is so cute, don't you think? For the highlights in the eyes, I just added a little white pen. I punched out the image with a 1.75" punch and edged it with white ink.

I placed it on a bookmark cut from a PTI die, then added a tassel made from baker's twine. This particular color is from Divine Twine. No affliation with them, but they have beautiful colors and ship quickly. (For a quick tutorial on how to make tassels, check out this page on Martha Stewart.)

This Lockhart Halloween image, as well as the other wonderful ones, are in your local stamp store already. And if your local store doesn't carry them, my friend Ellen Hutson has a great selection in her store.

Off to pop it in the mail! Have a great day and be well!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Peace Be Still

Morning, all! Just a quick post today, as I'm working diligently on the Papertrey Ink October newsletter. 17,000+ of you receive it! I'm always blown away by that - and I'm blown away that tomorrow is October. Time flies...

Heather Nichol's Pinefeather Press stamps (for PTI) have this funny little way of sneaking up on me. Peace Be Still was no exception! I started out and became so quickly enamored that I could hardly stop! So quick details here: Clearly Creative Cardstock base, blue shimmer cardstock given the Background Basics: Diamond Impression Plate treatment with a lil' stitching for good measure. Peace Be Still dies and stamps with Spring Rain ink.

Fun trick I discovered, thanks in part to Jennifer McGuire. Ranger Perfect Pearls dusted over PTI inks (the 2nd generation, pigment hybrid formulation - the one with the spongey base) looks UNBELIEVABLE. Perfect Pearls have always been a love of mine, but they adhere so beautifully to the PTI ink that I can't hardly stand it. The most gorgeous, subtle shimmer ever - and it looks so perfect with the blue shimmer cardstock. Just stamp, dust on the Perfect Pearls before the ink dries and set it aside for a minute or two. Dust off the excess and this is what you're left with. Go - pull out your Perfect Pearls and try it!!

A very glary pic of the interior to show you a couple of quick things - one, the beauty of Inside & Out: Holiday. Such a striking font combination - I will be using this set for years to come, so if you're on my card list, just be forewarned. Also wanted to show you that the flourish from Vintage Labels goes with this in the most absolutely perfect way. Last thing I thought I would point out is how stinkin' cool Smokey Shadow ink is on PTI's Blue Shimmer cardstock. Can you hear my contented sigh from over there?

Ok, back to the newsletter! Have a wonderfully creative day! Be well.

PS - Thanks for the sweet comments yesterday! For those of you who asked, I picked up my mini clothespins at Paper Source, but I think you can find them at Michael's, too, in the wood craft aisle. Hope this helps.