The holiday season is right around the corner and the team at Ink to Paper is excited to create and share projects. Fall is the season of gratitude, which leads right into the Christmas season of giving. We wanted to dedicate the month of November to a marathon of creative inspiration using our holiday themed stamps and dies. Crafting during the holiday season is very popular, and our collection of stamps and dies will surely inspire you to create along with us throughout the month.
Get ready to learn some fun facts about the company, designers, and of course amazing new ways to create cards, gift tags, and more!
Learn a little more about how Papertrey Ink got started in an interview with one of the owners, Julie.
Let’s take a closer look at the fall themed product collections we are featuring for today’s CreateAthon! Laurie Schmidlin and Melissa Phillips have shared amazing cards to celebrate autumn.
Thankful Thoughts Stamps + Dies
Lovely Leaves Stamps + Dies
On the Border: Fall Foliage Dies
“With Fall being my favorite season, it’s no wonder that I absolutely adore both the Lovely Leaves and Thankful Thoughts stamp sets! In fact, I think both of these sets can be used year round, just by changing up the colors used! The On The Border: Fall For Foliage die set is such a great set to layer with, especially the border. I kept my colors neutral and layered them in a cluster to leave plenty of white space. I find that this ensures the overall look is not to busy or visually overwhelming. One thing that I find helpful, especially with intricate dies like the one in Thankful Thoughts, is to die cut first and then stamp using a stamp positioner. By using a stamp positioner, it really does help to get the images centered on the die cuts.”
“I find that if I stamp the detailed, outside images from the Lovely Leaves stamp set, that it’s a bit easier to line up the solid leaf images. Also tucking in additional foliage or florals from other sets is a great way to add filler and get more use from several stamp sets, such as I did here with the addition of the Floral Christmas stamp set.”
During Holiday CreateAthon, we are offering a weekly $100 Ink to Paper Gift Certificate!
Participants may enter the challenge once a day. To enter, participants are required to answer the contest challenge question (posted below) in the comments of the daily post. HINT: Answers to questions may be discovered by reading a designer’s blog post from the respective day. A randomly selected winner with the correct answer will gain an entry to be eligible for the weekly prize. Participants can receive an entry each day a Holiday CreateAthon post is published.
This post will be updated with the randomly selected winner who gains an entry for this week’s prize.
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!”
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: 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
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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
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?”
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
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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!”
“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
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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.”
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!
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“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!”
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).
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!
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.
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!
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!”