Hello and welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh October release blog hop! You should have arrived here via the talented Jeanne Jachna – if not, no worries: the complete hop list can be found at the end of this post. I promise it’s worth your time: there are 2 x $25 gift certificates up for grabs for random winners who comment along the hop. Leave your comments by 11:59 PM PDT on 10/18/2015 to be eligible!
I’m super excited because this is my first PPP blog hop and I am in love with the new dies, sequins, and brand new droplets which Paulina has added to her lineup. I’ll be using these new products extensively on my next projects, so keep your eyes peeled! Today, I have three examples for you, starting with the new Storybook 2 die set.
Storybook 2 Die Set
Orignally, this die is intended to give you multiple windows so you can, you guessed it, tell a story (and I’ll be showing that off in the next weeks). But for today, I wanted to experiment with the left overs of the die: the square and rectangle shapes which are being cut out.
My brain sometimes works in mysterious ways, but the left overs screamed “presents” at me and with Christmas around the corner, I turned them into a pile of wrapped gifts. I used my Copics to color them up, and of course added my signatur dots for some additional interest. I had a sudden “Eureka!” moment when I made the bows and I simply put some yarn and silver thread together for a nice accent.
Decorative Tag Die 1 – Tag
For my second project, I created a video for you. It features the gorgeous new Decorative Tag 1 die (and if there’s a “1”, it means there are more to follow and I can’t wait to see them!) which actually consists of three dies. I only used the main outer shape on my project to create a rather hilarious christmas tag:
As you can see the tag features the same awesome stitching we have come to love from Paulina’s dies and it looks just gorgeous! There’s also enough room to eihter place a large sentiment, write a note, or stamp a critter or character, as I did with the Christmas Soldiers by Stamping Bella. Those fella’s make me chuckle every time I see them and I can’t wait to use them again.
A lot of you told me recently how much you enjoyed me using cheaper markers, specifically the Stabilo markers, instead of more expensive Copics and the likes. Listening to your feedback (yes, I read all of it!) I decided to only use Stabilos to color this guy here to show once more that you can use inexpensive markers to get nice shading and vibrant colors. If you are new to Stabilos, check out my introduction to these markers and many examples.
Of course I had to add a few sequins to this tag as well, which was surprisingly quick to put together. Since the Stabilos force you to color rather quickly, I was done in no time and then added another tag from red cardstock to my main tag. This would allow me to add a personal note to the recipient.
Decorative Tag Die 1 – Card
And because I could not help myself, I also created a card with the decorative tag die. I wanted something scary for Halloween, and I actually fell asleep with the idea for this card and quickly created it before work the other day. I die cut the main shape from black card stock, then cut the oval shape from it and drenched the card stock with Versamark ink. I dumped my entire container of WOW! Black Twinkle embossing powder on it and heat set to make it sparkle.
For the inside of the “mirror”, I glued some aluminum foil (the kind you use in the kitchen for cooking) to white card stock and die cut the decorative tag from it again, then glued it to the back of my glittery black frame. Voila, a mirror! And of course I needed something to stare back at you from the mirror, so I found a fun image of a witch, printed it on Copic friendly card stock, and colored it. Then my new Brother Scan N Cut came in handy – I just scanned it in and had the machine cut it along the outside edge. Perfect, didn’t it work fantastically?
To finish up the card, I wrapped some orange ribbon around my front panel (the ribbon is going out of stock at Pretty Pink Posh, so get it while you can!), sprinkled some sequins in matching colors on and then also some of the small, new droplets. I like to add a tiny glob of Glossy Accents with my fine tip applicator and then drop the embellishment on it. I stamped the card base with ink splatters in three Halloween colors, just for additional contrast.
Keep on Hoppin’
I hope these projects inspired you and gave you some idea on how the new dies by Pretty Pink Posh can be used. To continue the hop, move on to the fantastically talented Gayatri Murali, who will blow you away! Don’t forget to comment on each station of the hop to be eligible to win. And if you want to start from the … well, the start, here’s the entire blog hop list:
- Pretty Pink Posh blog
- Yoonsun Hur
- Carissa Wiley
- Liz Sarkisyan
- Nina- Marie Trapani
- Lisa Elton
- Joni Andaya
- Heather Hoffman
- Amy Kolling
- Nichol Magouirk
- Jeanne Jachna
- Julia Altermann <— you are here
- Gayatri Murali
- Nicole Picadura
- Yuki Yoshioka
Thanks for stopping by and have fun along the way!
To spread some cheer, I’m also sending these projects off to the following challenges: the Witch is going to Fusion “Hallow’s Eve” and of course to Addicted to CAS “Sparkle” (though it might not strictly be considered CAS) and Inkspirational “Glow”; all of my projects are going to Addicted to Stamps and More “Anything Goes”; and my tag is going off to Virginia’s View “All Things Colored”.
Product List for the Card
Product List for the Tag
Product list for Tag Card