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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday

Hello Everyone,

This is my card for this week's Make It Monday on the Papertrey Ink site. I wanted my white background to be stenciled very faint so that the sentiment could be stamped in that space. I used the Don't Forget to Write floral to embellish the card. There are so many different color combinations with this set. I used a pale aqua and some light peach. Since they are complementary colors, they really look terrific together.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Don't Forget to Write Another Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever ruined the square and round die cuts that are part of the Don't Forget to Write kit? I have--many times! So I finally decided to find a way to make stamping on them more accurate. Ever since I've been doing this, I have had such great results. No more wasted time and paper.

So the first thing to do is ensure that you are using a straight piece of cardstock, because you might need to reposition it back in the corner.  Die cut the two elements that you need. If you will be placing words on these dies, make sure you cut the dies straight North South East West so that your words will be straight.

 
Place your stamps on end points of the die cuts and ensure they are lined up perfectly.
 
 
 
 
Ink up your stamps and then close the door and stamp. In this case, I chose two different colors of ink.
 
 
This should be your result--your stamp is perfectly aligned. Now take the die cut out and rotate it to the next point on the die cut.
 
 
 
Ink up your stamps and stamp again on the next two points. Everything should line up perfectly.
 
 
Continue rotating your die cuts until all four points have been stamped. You will notice in this example, all my points are perfectly stamped. I ended up doing about 10 sets of these and they all turned out perfect. Yay for Perfect Stamping!
 
I can't believe how simple this is and that I no longer have to fiddle around with these stamps to get a perfect finished product.
 
One more tip you may find helpful:  I really don't like the embossing marks on the two bouquet dies. At first I thought they were helpful, but then I noticed that the embossing lines serve to point out if your stamping is the slightest bit off.  Not Good!! So I have two remedies. The first is to put masking tape on the dies. This helps a bit. The other way is to use linen cardstock. For some reason, the embossing lines do not show up on the linen, and I love the look of it.
 
Please let me know if these tips are helpful to you.
 
Enjoy!
 
 


GetWellwithEnvelope

Hi Everyone,

Here is my card and envelope for the PTI challenge to make an envelope that matches the card you are sending.  In this case, I used the Don't Forget to Write stamps and dies.  I used Berry Sorbet for the main flowers and the patterned papers on the card. I'm really starting to like that color.



Enjoy!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tutorial for Don't Forget to Write

Hi Everyone,

Here is a very quick tutorial for lining up the stamps in the Don't Forget to Write kit. I hope it helps some people who are having trouble with lining things up. I know it can be very frustrating to be unable to get one perfect flower cluster. This method may make things much easier, not only for this particular set, but for other sets as well.

Place a negative die space in your MISTI. It's important to use a straight piece of paper so you can line up your corners again if the paper moves.

 
Place a "professional die cut" in the die space. Then take your first stamp and line it up with the die cut as shown.
 
 
 
 
Close the door and pick up the stamp, then place your blank die cut into the space. Now stamp the leaves using any color green.
 
 
 
Once again, place the professional die cut into the die space. Place the flowers onto the die cut in the proper place, ensuring that you line them up perfectly.
 
Now close the door, pick up the stamp, and replace the professional die cut and then stamp with your favorite flower color.
 
Now place the professional die cut into the space and line up the middle of the flowers. Once again, close the door, replace the professional die cut with your own die cut, and stamp.
 
Your own die cut should look like this:
 
Continue replacing your own die cut with the professional one, and continue lining your stamps up, then switch to your own and stamp.
 
When you are finished, you should have a perfectly stamped bouquet. I usually stamp the two little buds at the end with just an acrylic block since they are not too hard to line up.
 
Please let me know in the comments or on the PTI Forum if you tried this method and your experience with it. It seems time consuming, but ultimately, you can do many die cuts at a time with great success. 
 


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Another MFT Superstar Entry

Hi Everyone,

So this card is really spectacular in person. Of course, the photo doesn't do it justice. Anyway, I'm submitting this card to the MFT Superstar contest. Whether it wins or not, I have enjoyed making it.

MFT Superstar Contest

Hi Everyone,

I have two cards ready for the MFT Stamps Superstar Contest. The first one is a girl raking leaves, which is a happy scene.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Girl Jumping in Leaves

Hi Everyone,

Here is a card that I cased from Stephanie at MFT Stamps. Love the idea of a girl jumping in the leaves--it just screams "fall".


Enjoy!