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Saturday Showcase | Ghosts & Ghoulies

By | General, Saturday Showcase | One Comment

Happy Saturday! Let’s get ready for Halloween and take a closer look at Ghosts & Ghoulies.

 

 


 

“What’s not to love about this time of year!? October is filled with all of my favorites … Halloween, cooler air, colorful falling leaves and all things pumpkin and apple. I incorporated a few of those favorites on my card for today!”

 

 

“Bare branches, dark clouds, and a not-so-spooky ghost.  These are a few things that speak Halloween to me and pairing the Ghosts & Ghoulies stamp set with other non-Halloween products is a fun way to jumpstart your creativity!”

 

 

 

“Peek-a-BOO!!  These little ghosts and ghoulies are popping out to say hello!  They’re friendly, playful spirits who obviously like to have a good time and play a bit of hide and seek.  Straying from expected Halloween fare today, I’ve paired the Ghosts & Ghoulies collection with bright colors and smiles instead of black, orange, and ominous expressions.  I think ghosts can be happy, too, especially in October!”

 

 

 

“I love making seasonal gifts for family and friends; and in this case, a few of my “ghoul” friends! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) I added a bow on the ghost’s head to make these favors a little more feminine and sweet! Halloween is the holiday with candy in mind, so these spooky & sweet candy shaped boxes with be the perfect treat!”

 

 


Birdie + Sweet Tweets + It’s a Sign: Love & Kindness

By | General, New Product Collections | 112 Comments

Welcome to our third day of introductions for the August 2019 Release! Today’s new stamps and dies in this month’s collections can be used throughout the year. So, let’s get going to and preview the new must-have stamps and dies.

“Pretty branches and petite birds aren’t just for spring…… I’m loving the use of soft jewel tones and creamy browns with the cute Birdie stamps/dies and the lovely coordinated sentiment set, Sweet Treats.”

STAMPS: Birdie
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Bitty Big: Scarlet Jewel
INK: Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Cocoa Bean
DIES: Birdie, Shape Shifters Circle 2, Swirling Clouds
OTHER: misc. twine, Nuvo Crystal Drops-Dark Walnut, dimensional tape

 

STAMPS: Birdie, Sweet Tweets
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Bitty Big: True Black
INK: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, New Leaf
DIES: Birdie, Mix & Mat: Scallops
OTHER: Clear embossing powder, Nuvo Gloss-black, dimensional tape

STAMPS: It’s A Sign: Love & Kindness
INK: Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup, Pale Peony, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, True Black
PAPER: Stampers Select White, Aqua MistDIES: It’s A Sign: Love & Kindness, It’s A Sign: Beautiful

STAMPS: It’s A Sign: Love & Kindness
INK: Fine Linen, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus, Lavender Moon, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
PAPER: Stampers Select White, True Black
DIES: It’s A Sign: Love & Kindness
OTHER: Bitty Big: Smokey Shadow paper

 

Leave a comment today to enter to win a $75 Ink to Paper eGift card!

You have until 7AM ET, August 13, 2019 to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please. One randomly selected winner will be posted on the August 2019 Winners page by 10PM ET on August 15, 2019.

Thankful Thoughts + On the Border: Fall Foliage + Sweet Blessings + Inside Greetings

By | General, New Product Collections | 108 Comments

Welcome to our second day of introductions for the August 2019 Release! There are more fantastic new stamps and dies in this month’s collections that welcome the fall season. Today, we are thankful for fall, sweet blessings, and much more. So, let’s get going to and preview the new must-have stamps and dies.

“The On the Border series of dies has quickly become a go-to when I need a quick, easy, and elegant card.  I just die cut the cover frame, add a sentiment, and it’s done!  This time around, though, I spent the extra time to fill in the negative space with pieces of Honey Nut and Sweet Blush cardstocks, and the effort paid off.  With a helping of Plum Pudding and a big, gorgeous sentiment from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set embossed in the center, this one-layer card is packed with color and detail.”

STAMPS: Thankful Thoughts

INK: WaterMark

PAPER: Honey Nut, Plum Pudding, Sweet Blush, White

DIES: On the Border: Fall Foliage

OTHER: white embossing powder, sequins

 

“While it might sound kind of funny, this card very much reminds me of a blustery autumn day.  Everything flows on it, like the blowing leaves of the Fall Foliage borders and wind gales you can almost see in the ‘Grateful’ sentiment flourishes.  The colors are traditional for a fall card–dark and moody with a soft gray background akin to an overcast sky.  The addition of the clear droplets might be reminiscent of some cool weather rain.  Who would have thought you’d be able to imagine a rainy October afternoon in a greeting card?”

STAMPS: Thankful Thoughts

INK: WaterMark

PAPER: Scarlet Jewel, Melon Berry, Soft Stone, Dark Indigo, Honey Nut

DIES: On the Border: Fall Foliage, Thankful Thoughts, Diagonal Banners

OTHER: white embossing powder, clear droplets

 

“I frequently struggle when writing a ‘quick’ note of thanks, but the Inside Greetings: Gratitude set makes this SO much easier. And…. the lovely To Die For Sentiments: Sweet Blessings are the perfect added touch.”

STAMPS: Inside Greetings: Gratitude, Just Sentiments: To & From
PAPER: Lilac Grace, Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper’s Select White, Bitty Big: Lilac Grace, Bitty Big: Sweet Blush, Bitty Big: Harvest Gold
INK: Weathervane
DIES: To Die For Sentiments: Sweet Blessings, Nesting Basics: Pierced Circles,  Tag Creations: Blooming Indugence
OTHER: We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch, gray/white twine

 

STAMPS:  Inside Greetings: Gratitude
INK:  True Black
PAPER:  Luxe Gold, Stamper’s Select White, True Black, Canyon Clay, Pinefeather, Classic Kraft
DIES:  On the Border: Fall Foliage, To Die For Sentiments: Sweet Blessings, Lovely Leaves, Banner Builder: Basics
OTHER:  button, twine, fabric, sequins

 

Leave a comment today to enter to win a $75 Ink to Paper eGift card!

You have until 7AM ET, August 12, 2019 to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please. One randomly selected winner will be posted on the August 2019 Winners page by 10PM ET on August 15, 2019.

Lovely Leaves + Grateful Heart + Diagonal Banners + Delightful Bunch

By | General, New Product Collections | 108 Comments

Welcome to our first day of introductions for the August 2019 Release! There are so many amazing new stamps and dies in this month’s collections that introduce the fall season. Today, we are falling in love with leaves, gratitude, and more. So, let’s get going to and preview the new must-have stamps and dies.

“Nothing quite says Fall more than colorful Autumn leaves! The new Lovely Leaves stamp set is perfect for creating beautiful cards for the season! “

STAMPS: Lovely Leaves, Just Sentiments: Grateful Heart, Loosely Woven background,
INK: Bright Buttercup, Canyon Clay, Saffron Spice, Honey Nut, Americana, Prairie Grass, Olive Twist, True Black
PAPER: Scarlet Jewel, Saffron Spice, Stamper’s Select White Cardstock
DIES: To Die For Sentiments: thanks, Lovely Leaves, Diagonal Banners
OTHER: Rhinestones

 

“I’m always in awe of the pink and purple tones that some leaves turn during the fall. We usually think of orange and yellow for fall leaves, but I decided to let these pastel tones create something a little more unexpected for this card!”

STAMPS: Lovely Leaves, Rustic Brick background, Just Sentiments: Grateful Heart, Framing Florals
INK: Lilac Grace, Limeade Ice, Autumn Rose, Prairie Grass, True Black, Winter Wisteria
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White Cardstock, Prairie Grass, Lilac Grace
DIES: Lovely Leaves, Diagonal Banners, Framing Florals
OTHER: Rhinestones

 

“I love creating Autumn cards because of the colors; this one is no exception! I love how the teal makes the yellow/orange leaves pop!”

STAMPS: Lovely Leaves, Just Sentiments: Grateful Heart,
INK: Bright Buttercup, Canyon Clay, True Black
PAPER: Tropical Teal, Stamper’s Select White Cardstock, True Black
DIES: Lovely Leaves, To Die For Sentiments: for you, Diagonal Banners, Pierced Feature Frames
OTHER: Black Acrylic paint, sequins, glossy accents

STAMPS:  Tag Creations: Delightful Bunch, Lovely Leaves, Just Sentiments: Grateful Heart
INK:  Fine Linen, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, True Black, Smokey Shadow
PAPER:  Stamper’s Select White, Kraft, Patterned paper
DIES:  Tag Creations: Delightful Bunch
OTHER:  Twine, Heart embellishments, Ribbon, Corner Rounder punch

STAMPS:  Tag Creations: Delightful Bunch
INK:  Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, New Leaf, Prairie Grass, Kraft, Versamark
PAPER:  Stamper’s Select White, Kraft, Green Parakeet, Luxe Silver, True Black
DIES:  Tag Creations: Delightful Bunch
OTHER:  White detail embossing powder, Rustic Button Twine, Tulle, Flower

Leave a comment today to enter to win a $75 Ink to Paper eGift card!

You have until 7AM ET, August 11, 2019 to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please. One randomly selected winner will be posted on the August 2019 Winners page by 10PM ET on August 15, 2019.

Rebecca’s Tips | Geometrix Shaped Gift Tags

By | Design Team Tips, General | One Comment

Join Rebecca Luminarias today as she shares ways to create shaped tags from Geometrix dies.

“I’m always looking for new and different ways to create tags and if a shape die has a good amount of blank space within it, I won’t hesitate to make a tag out of it, even if that’s not its intended use!  The Geometrix dies are perfect examples of this; they have generous space, great lines and curves, and work with every stamp set Ink to Paper offers.  Join me for today’s Design Team Tips and I’ll show you how to take these fundamental shape dies off of the card and get them package-ready.”

Laurie’s Fabulous Favorites | Sparkle, Glitter & Shine

By | General, Laurie's Fabulous Favorites | 2 Comments

Welcome to Laurie’s Fabulous Favorites!   Each Wednesday, you have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Join Laurie Schmidlin this Wednesday as shares a card made of just sparkle, glitter, and shine.  This week, we are challenging you to create a card only using some sparkle, glitter, or shine to join along for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Wednesday, August 14th, after 6am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post.

“It is rare for me to not add some kind of sparkle, glitter, shine, or some combination of all three to  each and every card that I create.  It is my firm belief that these three things make almost everything better!  This week we are challenging you to create a new project featuring your favorite sparkle, glitter, or shine!  From sparkly embellishments and metallic accents to full on glitter, we can’t wait to see your favorite ways to make your projects shine!”



If you are joining along, here are the details for this Laurie’s Fabulous Favorites Challenge:

  • Create a card using some sparkle, glitter, or shine. Your project must use at least one Papertrey Ink or Ink to Paper product.
  • Please enter new projects only.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to our InLinkz list below.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.
  • You will have until 6am ET, Wednesday, August 14th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win.
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Wednesday, August 14th after 6am. The winner will be posted on this blog post. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 Ink to Paper gift certificate to spend however they like!

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!

EDITED TO ADD THE RANDOMLY SELECTED WINNER:

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Laurie’s Transformation Tuesday | Thanks Card

By | General, Transformation Tuesday | One Comment

 

“Transformation Tuesday is usually about remaking a project that didn’t turn out as well as originally planned.  This time, I decided to use one of my favorite cards as inspiration to create.  I adore the bright rainbow colors of the Be Happy card as well as the lovely flowers.  I used both the color combo as well as the You Are My Happy stamp set on my new card.  Stop by my blog to read about the other changes as well as some tips for adding glitter to die cuts!”

Rebecca’s Tips | Packaging Gifts for Teachers

By | General, Paper & Packaging | 2 Comments

Hey everyone!  It’s the beginning of August which means it’s time for a Packaging Ambassador post.  I took last month off to spend a little time with my family, but I’m happy to be back!  Well, school supplies are on sale everywhere so you know that means that the first day back will be here all too soon.  My kiddos go to a year-round school so they started in July and we’ve been back to our weekly routine for about 3 weeks already!

 

I’m always looking for fun ways to package up treats for the kids and their teachers, since everyone works so hard all year.  The Go-To Gift Card Holder: Pencil offers a fun way to deliver the goods!  In my post today, I’ll show you how you can thank a teacher AND encourage your student.

We’ll start with the teachers.  I asked my son and daughter if they knew their teachers’ favorite colors, which is where I started.  Even if the kids are way out of touch and the colors are nowhere near to their favorites, I think they still turned out really pretty!  My son told me pink and mint for his teacher so I used Raspberry Fizz and Sweet Blush with a bit of Luxe Gold to create the pencil and pull-out gift card slider.

 

I used several parts of the It’s A Sign: Beautiful stamp and die collection on these projects today, including the florals and leaves on the teacher gifts.  I stamped the leaves in Mint Julep ink and the flowers in Sweet Blush, with RF centers.  I turned to the Garden Party alphabet in order to personalize the gifts, and I went with the medium flag from Banner Builder: Basics, on which I stamped each letter.  My son’s teacher has a 2-letter last name so that worked out very well!

 

My daughter’s teacher apparently loves purple so Lilac Grace and Royal Velvet made up the pencil this time.  I used the same florals from It’s A Sign: Beautiful, but the leaves are done in Spring Moss and the flowers are Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, and a hint of Winter Wisteria.

 

Nemy’s teacher has a long name, but she allows her 1st graders to call her Miss H, so that fit nicely within our borders.  I didn’t want to do the exact same design, so I changed it up a little and added a glittery gold ‘thanks’ to the outside of the pencil.

 

On the inside I enclosed gift cards to Target, either for classroom supplies or something fun for themselves.  I really wanted to make the gift packaging pretty, but if your student has a male teacher, the pencil is neutral so you can swap out the florals and colors and opt for something more masculine.

 

I’ve got 2 more pencils to share so I’ll list the supplies for the first 2 now (and separately so you have an idea of exactly what I used for each).

Mrs. Ng Supplies:

STAMPSIt’s A Sign: BeautifulGarden Party

INK: Mint Julep, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush

PAPER: Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow, White, Luxe Gold

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilIt’s A Sign: BeautifulBanner Builder: Basics

 

Miss H. Supplies:

STAMPS: It’s A Sign: BeautifulGarden Party

INK: Winter Wisteria, Spring Moss, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush

PAPER: Royal Velvet, Lilac Grace, Smokey Shadow, White, Luxe Gold, Gold Glitter

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilIt’s A Sign: BeautifulBanner Builder: BasicsTo Die For: Cursive Thanks

 

Onto the kids!  I have a 3rd grade boy and a 1st grade girl, and while you can certainly reward their efforts with a gift card if you like, I stuck to pencils for now–at only 3 weeks in, let’s not go too big, too soon!  My son definitely needs all the pencils he can get, as I always see him using the tiniest 2-inch writing instrument!  And while I’ve tried my best to designate a special box of pencils and erasers that are ONLY for homework in our house, they always end up missing no matter what I do.  So if they have cool pencils to use, maybe they’ll take better care of them (but probably not :).

 

My son likes orange so I made his pencil from Orange Zest and Classic Kraft, using Luxe Silver for the cap.  Gus has a tendency to get a little down on himself at times and I wanted to include an encouraging message on his pencil.  After making a frame with the Framing Florals set, I used sentiments from It’s A Sign: Beautiful to create it.  I masked off the center text from the ‘always remember you are…’ message and only stamped the first and last lines around ‘smarter.’  I stamped ‘smarter’ on an Aqua Mist brush stroke from a Watercolor Textures mini set.

 

After assembling the pencil, I slid some orange and blue mechanical pencils into the pocket, using their clips to hold them in place.  It turned out pretty cool this way, and Gus thought it was fun!

Smarter Supplies:

STAMPSIt’s A Sign: BeautifulFraming FloralsWatercolor Textures: Brush Strokes

INK: Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, True Black

PAPER: Orange Zest, Classic Kraft, Smokey Shadow, White, Luxe Silver

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilFraming Florals

OTHER: pencils

 

I chose a pretty palette for Nemy’s that is similar to the yellow Ticonderoga pencils we buy every year with our supplies.  I took some liberties–the silver cap and the pink tip–but otherwise it’s pretty close.  She’s off to a great start this year so I’m cheering her on with ‘way to go’ die cuts and a banner with her name on it.  The garlands and alphabet are all from Garden Party.  I trimmed off one of the end triangles in order to layer it over another bunting.  The bottom one is stamped with images from Garden Party as well, and I added a couple of twine bows to the ends.

 

Her pretty pencils are slid in just like Gus’s were, but I taped them to the enclosed slider to ensure they don’t fall out.

Way To Go Supplies:

STAMPSGarden Party

INK: Bright Buttercup, Melon Berry, Pale Peony, Orange Zest

PAPER: Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, White, Luxe Silver, Gold Glitter

DIESGo-To Gift Card Holder: PencilTo Die For: Cursive For You

OTHER: twine, pencils

 

If you have school age children or grandchildren, this Pencil gift card holder will come in so handy!  You don’t even have to put a gift card in it, if you’d rather not.  Consider enclosing a nice note, a little food treat, or a small pad of paper.  They’d make great favors for classroom or birthday parties, too!  I hope you found some inspiration from today’s post and I’ll meet you back here next month!

Saturday Showcase | Tag Creations: Lemon

By | General, Saturday Showcase | No Comments

Today, we are going to sweeten up your Saturday with some lemons! Let’s take a closer look at Tag Creations: Lemon. Get ready to add creative sugar to lemons with Tag Creations: Lemon.

 


 

 

 


“To me lemons represent all things summer, freshness, and fun!  I love to give lemon flavored gifts as they especially make lovely hostess gifts.  What better way to package a lemon flavored gift than with these fun lemon tags?  I love that there are several different ways to customize these Tag Creations: Lemon tags!”

 

 


 

 

 


“More than any other season, summer makes me think of bright yellow–probably because it’s associated with sunshine, flowers, and, of course, lemons!  I chose to make some especially bright yellow lemons with bright green leaves for my card today, shades that would be certain to evoke happiness and delight to whoever receives this card.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Lemons are such a happy, cheerful  fruit and transition from spring through summer and right on into early fall which is what I was thinking of when making this little chalkboard tag.  A sweet way to send a hug with the new student!”

 

 


 

July Release Day

By | Release Day | 146 Comments

Ink to Paper’s July 2019 release day is here! Over the past few days, we have shared new stamps and dies as well as amazing projects to inspire you to create and share handmade designs. Today is all about shopping, but first we have some announcements.

RELEASE ORDERING

All of the products we have featured over the past few days will be available for purchase tonight at 10pm ET. Want to know all the details about how our releases work? Check out THIS PAGE.

RELEASE WINNERS

Be sure to check in and see if you were one of the release winners by visiting the July 2019 Winners  page!

All winners need to contact Customer Service via email at customerservice@inktopaper.zendesk.com to claim their prize. Your email must include your full name and the email address where you would like your eGift card sent to, the online alias (if applicable) that you used to win the contest, along with the contest or challenge that you won.  You must contact us within 30 days of your win announcement.

 

LOOK BOOK

Remember the days of thumbing through your favorite magazine, all the beautiful pictures and inspiration?  Well, grab your cup of tea or your favorite mug of java and get cozy!

Ink to Paper’s look book is a great way to review a monthly release or refresh your recollection about a project or product. All of our new and beautiful products are in one place making it fast and easy to find just the right thing to make cards for every occasion.  Take your time to peruse everything, or quickly page through to get an overview of what’s new.  Don’t forget to check out many fantastic projects created by our special project design contributors.  With all that inspiration, you’re sure to find something you can’t wait to make.

Don’t forget, you can click project images to visit blog posts. The look book will be updated after the release with links to shop the products as well.

Now that you have had a chance to see everything revealed, how about a chance to win a gift certificate to purchase some of the amazing goodies used to make them?!

Here’s your chance to win a $150 Ink to Paper E-Gift Card for you to spend however you choose!

All you have to do to enter to win is to leave a comment answering the question below:

You have until 9:30pm ET today, July 15th to post a comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our July 2019 Winners  page by 10pm ET on July 15.  Thank you for joining Ink to Paper’s July release day festivities and best of luck with the contest!