Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Take a Balloon Ride on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail. This month we are featuring the warm summer colors from the Balloon Ride Paper Packet. As with any circular hop, you may have started here or arrived here from Connie's blog Either way, you can hop on around to see everyone's artwork.

While the thematic focal point paper suggests a high-flying balloon adventure, you can see how the remaining papers lend themselves to summer fun and even the beach! The colors are just perfect for any number of layout ideas! You can choose from the neutrals in Cashmere, Colonial White, and Saddle or the standout colors of Creme Brulee, Crystal Blue, Juniper, Sky and Sorbet. There are plenty of choices!

When this paper was first introduced, I designed a workshop that would result in 6 cards, 2 of each design, featuring the simple fan-shaped print and its small print reverse side. I chose Saddle as the neutral to use for stamping, distressing, and to mount the sentiment pieces. I also used the inner and outer portions of the Irresistibles Frames inked with Saddle as an added dimension to the cards. If you love these embellishments as much as I do, stock up now as they are being retired and will not make an appearance in the upcoming new Idea Book!

Once they were completed, all that was needed was just a couple of Durable Triangle Studs embellishments to created the desired look. It is amazing to see how little time it takes to have a convenient collection of cards to use for notes or greetings. Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Amy's blog to see what she has in store for you this month!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Celebrate Jubilee on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail blog hop featuring the fresh colors of the Jubilee paper packet. It is a traditional circular blog hop so while you may be starting here, you may have arrived here from Karen's blog. We look forward to bringing you a selection of fun projects using a variety of the Jubilee papers.

What is your first reaction when you look at the Jubilee papers? Do you think of a country fair, jamboree, or hoedown? That has been the common thread among customers of mine as the paper in the front of the pack is the largest print. It is simple to thing of fun in the country when your eye goes toward the pig, cow, or  chicken!

Even the colors speak to country freshness. Cranberry, Honey, Indian Corn Blue, Kraft, Juniper, Sweet Leaf and Topiary all make appearances in the patterned paper.

When you take a closer look at the featured papers, it's easy to see that the patterns go far beyond country fun. So let's take one of the papers and create a little something!

For this layout, I used the bandanna print paper and its reverse side, a honey-colored print. I brought out the greens in the print simply by adding a couple of torn strips in sweet leaf and topiary to the side of the layout. Focusing on the paisley design featured in the bandanna print, I cut large paisley embellishments from the Artiste Cricut cartridge and embellished them heavily with bling. A couple of circular chipboard pieces from the Jubilee Complements complete the large corner clusters.

On the right-hand layout, pieces of one of the zip strips march down the side proclaiming "You're One in a Melon", "Keep Cool", and "Summer Time Fun". That makes it easy to see how this layout could become the background for your photos of summer parties, beach visits and much more! Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Betsy's blog to see what she has in store for you! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Timberline on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail blog hop on which we are featuring the Timberline paper packet. As usual, the blog circles round and round so you may have arrived here from Tracey's blog. Whether that is the case or if you are starting here, welcome and I hope that you enjoy this month's artwork and ideas!

Being fond of both blues and greens, the Timberline paper packet is one of my favorites from the Spring/Summer Close to My Heart Idea book. Let's take a look at the layout that I created using papers from the collection. The pictures have been put aside so that you can get a closer look at all of the details. It is a simple layout yet features some fun embellishment tricks that make the elements pop! Let's first focus on the title. This is one of my current favorite ways to draw attention to a title and it is so easy to do. It is simply the title word "adventure" cut from two contrasting colors at exactly the same size. The two layers are then simply offset on the page to add depth and interest. The word was cut using an image in the Artbooking Cricut Collection.

My next favorite element is the burlap ribbon that has been woven with pieces of one of the zip strips from the top of the patterned paper! Again, it was simple yet is another fun way to create your own embellishment. I cut the burlap to size and then pulled 5 or 6 strings from the center of the ribbon. This resulted in a section wide enough to weave the zip strip in and out of the burlap. I kept the pattern random rather than counting each little string and the effect is fun and different! Once the zip strip was in place, I cut one end of the burlap into a banner shape and adhered the entire piece to my pages.

The last few embellishments are simply small clusters of Durable Triangle Studs and Brown & Tan Sparkles. Note that they are simply sprinkled around the page yet add just the right amount of sparkle to the layout. There are also a few wooden bits from the Timberline Assortment. The loose weave of the burlap made it simple to add some of the long pin embellishments. Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Connie's blog to see what she has in store for you!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ariana Welcomes Spring to the Paper Trail

It's SPRING! The calendar says it is so and I'm going to believe it! I'm ready for a bit more sunshine and the freshness that only comes with a peaceful spring morning. Let's enjoy every minute of it! I'm also ready to introduce you to Ariana on the Paper Trail this month! If you have arrived here from Patricia's blog, you're on the right trail yet you can simply start from here and hop around.

Ariana is one of our new paper packs and is decidedly spring-like with colors of Ariana Coral, Ariana Green, Outdoor Denim, Crystal Blue, Ariana Grey, and White Daisy. As soon as I saw it, I had in mind a project with which I thought it would work perfectly and I thought I would share it here with you.

This pennant frame is a new product in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book and I just love the look of it! While it would be simple to trace and cut the pennant shape, it is even simpler to cut the shape that can be found on our Artbooking Cartridge and you're ready to roll.

I loved the ease with which I could put this together and I look forward to sharing more of them with you as I experiment with other papers! In addition to the large floral that I used for the main portion of the frame, I also used some of the coordinating papers to cut flowers with, you guessed it, another of our Cricut cartridges. This time I used Art Philosophy. I also added a few leaves and, if you look closely, you can see the strips next to the flowers that include a sliver of pink glitter paper. (I used the medium shade which is a bit peachy.)

The little corners add even more feminine touches to the frame and, yes, that's right, our Cricut cartridges came to the rescue again! They are simply adhered to the inside corners of the frame; I used liquid glass to ensure a permanent hold. Let me know if you have any questions!

It's time to hop along on the trail to Amy's blog to see what she has to offer. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Skylark Has Landed on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail on which we are featuring the cool blues and greens of the new Skylark paper collection. If you have arrived here from Mary's blog, you're on the right track, but of course the hop goes round and round, so if you are just starting here, you're on the right track as well.

Being particularly fond of the colors blue and green, I will admit that I just love Skylark! It features Lagoon, Juniper and Sweet Leaf anchored with Kraft colored cardstock. You can also find bits of Bamboo and Desert Sand in the patterns. Let's see what we can do with it and then we'll look at the individual papers!

Using one of our exclusive hostess stamp sets, I chose the hydrangea and, along with a couple of leaves, positioned it on a kraft colored stem that was cut from one of our Cricut cartridges! It made the perfect base for the entire focal piece. Underneath the floral display, I added mats, also cut from a Cricut cartridge, to ground the piece and add the equivalent of "architectural interest" to my card.

The sentiment is not only double-matted, but also raised with 3-D foam tape for a bit of dimension. Two of the banner bits in the top right-hand corner are cut from the zip strip borders of the patterned papers while the third is cut from our lovely new teal shimmer trim.

Dimension was also given to the flowers and leaves simply by sponging the edges with the same color inks, Lagoon and Sweet Leaf as were used to stamp them.

As promised, let's take a look at the patterned papers included in the Skylark paper packet. In addition to the colors mentioned above, you will also find Skylark Yellow, a kit exclusive color that is a yellow-green. This color is most prominent in the paper in the top left-hand corner in the collection at the right. If you look closely at the largest print, also in the top left-hand corner, you will see that it could easily be a stand alone layout. It has elements included in the print that are positioned just perfectly to make way for a selection of matted photos to complete a page in a jiffy!

Now it's time to hop on over to Diane's blog to see what she has to over this month. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Paper Trail Takes You to Ivy Lane

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail featuring one of our brand spankin' new paper packets, Ivy Lane. That's right...the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book goes live today and there are seven new paper packets to enjoy! You may have started here at The Paper Taylor or you may have come here from Karen's blog. Either way, take a few minutes to browse thru a variety of artwork with Ivy Lane.

As long as I had the opportunity to play with new paper, I thought that it was only appropriate to play with a new stamp set as well. I just had to choose C1577 Mother's Day. Why? After all, Mother's Day is in May and we're only just beginning February. Well, it was all about the quote. Check it out! Raise your hand if you remember the moment when you realized that you were beginning to sound like your own mother! I still chuckle when I think about the day that my own daughter said something, immediately looked dumbfounded, and said, "Oh my gosh! I sound just like you." As you can imagine, that was a moment to remember!

The card was such fun to create! In addition to the Ivy Lane papers, I pulled out the darkest of three shades of pink in our new Pink Glitter Paper to pull out the bits of that color in the patterned paper. The plum colored paper is a kit exclusive color, Ivy Lane Purple, yet I was easily able to coordinate Smokey Plum ink for my stamping. I flanked the clear sparkle with two of the darkest Flamingo Dots and in little time at all, I had this simple card that would make anybody smile!

Want to know what other papers are in the Ivy Lane collection? Let's check it out.
Ivy Lane Paper Packet
While my card has a classic look, there are plenty of papers to use to create any number of styles. In addition to the patterned paper, you will also find cardstock in Bamboo, Hollyhock, Ivy Lane Green, and Ivy Lane Purple. 

It's time to hop on over to Mary's blog to see what she has in store for you! Enjoy! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Paper Trail Celebrates the New Year with Sarita!

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first edition of The Paper Trail for 2014. This is a circular blog hop and you may have come here from Lynne's blog. That's right! You're on the right track and once you have enjoyed what I have to offer, you can check below to find your next stop on the trail.

We have chosen the Sarita paper collection to kick off the new year and it fits the occasion with its color palette that includes Outdoor Denim, Cotton Candy, Gypsy, Lagoon, and Goldrush. If your resolutions include a plan to kick up your artwork, take a look at the ideas that I have to share with you!

First of all, let me say that the message on this card somehow is just perfect for the first day of a new year! Both the saying and the frame image are from the stamp set known as In the Moment.

This first card utilizes layers that include (from the bottom up), the large focal print paper from the packet, a small dark B&T duo, and a bit of lagoon cardstock that has been stamped with a design from the stamp set! It was easy to put together a large, medium and small design that coordinate perfectly to add plenty of interest and texture to the card. All of the layers were built up on a card base of colonial white. The framed message becomes the focal point of the card and it is accessorized with an Irresistibles Hexagon sponged with lagoon ink along with a few stamped diamond shapes in lagoon and gypsy inks and some Aqua Dots!

Are you ready to kick it up a notch? Then let's take a look at the same card created with a
few small twists! Check it out to the right! That's right folks! It's the same card with the same layers, but built onto a lagoon cardstock base, it looks so different! It has the same focal point message and the same fun accessories yet has a bit more sophisticated feel to the finished project.

It is tricks like this that enable you to tweak a card or layout just a bit and have as your result, a new look!  Let's continue though... What if you have to have it all? There are still a few ideas in my bag of tricks that will prepare you to succeed with that resolution to move your artwork up a notch or two!

Sarita is still the star of the show as is the same stamp set yet we're ready to climb another rung of the artwork ladder. We started with another lagoon cardstock base, this time cut with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge! It is such fun to have a collection of shaped cards from which I can choose! (I used the card setting from page 37 if you are eager to try it yourself!)

Next, I cut that same dark small print B&T paper a tad smaller to layer on top of the lagoon cardstock. (This was cut as a card base, so I had 2 B&T layers for cards!) Our large focal print paper appears as a strip down the center of the top-fold card and I added another framed message off to the side.

Now it's time to accessorize! (We all love accessories, right?) I used the same Irresitibles Hexagons, but this time added one each sponged with lagoon and outdoor denim inks. In between the hexagons and raised up with a bit of 3-D foam tape, is a little wooden heart that is from the Sarita assortment. (I'm all about coordinating accesories!) Lastly, I added some of those same fun Aqua Dots and this time added a few little sparkles to the mix!

That's it! You now have all the tools that YOU need to kick up YOUR artwork. Enjoy every moment! Now hop on over to Mary's blog to see what she has to share! 

Happy New Year!