The countdown that you all have been waiting for is finally here! Only 5 days until the latest stamp set debut at Papertrey Ink. And I am so excited to kick-off this particular countdown! I have SO many fun things in store for you! Be sure to check in every day from now until the 15th for new projects!
Today's project begins with a little stamped patterned paper. There is just something so satisfying for me about taking an ordinary sheet of cardstock and turning it into a multi-colored masterpiece of pattern with just a little ink and some stamps! I am always doing polka dots, so I thought today I would go for a fun plaid!
I then took the small stitched square from Borders & Corners Square and turned it at an angle. By lining up the top and bottom points of the square, one point touching another point, all the way down the pencil lines, I ended up with a beautiful plaid. Super easy (and somewhat therapeutic too!)
I knew I wanted to add a little more detail, so I used the large triple solid border with rust ink to outline a few of the stitched squares. I love the contrast it created! I then erased all my pencil marks.
I created this paper to be used for a special box I designed, inspired by my friend Mish and her Criss-Cross Cards. It is a super easy box to make, and it requires only one sheet of cardstock. This is what your 8.5x11 sheet will look like after you have completed your scoring and trimming. I have created a template for you to download so you can create your very own Criss-Cross Boxes! Here is a template for my Criss-Cross Box!
The box needed a little something, so I decided to create a band for it. Out came one of our upcoming new releases, a very un-traditional Valentine's Day set! And what could be more unique than heart shaped acorns and the sentiment "Nuts for you", (courtesy of "askagain" of SCS, winner #1 for our Punny Valentine contest! I will be announcing the rest throughout the week. The winners each receive a PT gift certificate!) I love, LOVE, love the font for this particular set. It translates so well into a stamp and has such a nice crispness to it.
Now that I had a box, I needed something to put inside of it. What could be more appropriate than nuts? I found that these clear bags were the perfect fit for this particular box. I used the SU! tab punch as a fun closure for the bag, attaching it in place securely with a staple.
Here are both elements side-by-side. This would be such a cute project for the boys/men in your life for Valentine's Day! It isn't too girly or frilly, making it the perfect match! You could even include chocolate covered nuts for a sweeter approach!
Many of you probably remember the Papertrey Apprentice contest that we held during our last release party. This time we are doing something a bit different.
I'm calling it the Papertrey Puzzler!
Here is how it is going to work. Each day there will be a question asked at the end of my posts. Research on our website and/or my blog to find the appropriate answer. All answers will be numerical. The final question will be asked at our release party on 12/14 at our Splitcoaststampers Forum. Once you have the answer for that night, you will have a total of FIVE answers/numbers. There will be a blog post begun here, the night of the 14th, entitled "Papertrey Puzzler". In the body of the post, I will provide an equation. It will read something like this:
example only (Day 5) - (Day 3) + (Day 2) x (Day 1) - (Day 4)=____
The first person to upload a comment containing the correct answer to the equation WINS the complete collection of our January release stamp sets! They will receive their prize within a day or two of the January 15th release, making them one of the very FIRST people to get them! Here is today's question:
DAY 5: How many dies are there TOTAL in Papertrey's Nestabilities Complete Collection?
Supplies for today's project:
INK- Cognac & Burnt Umber Palette Ink Pads, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink from Ranger
STAMPS- Papertrey Ink
OTHER- gingham ribbon from American Crafts, scalloped scissors from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby), tab punch from SU!, clear bag from clearbags.com