June 12, 2011

Happy Trails

Hey guys. I had an email asking which stamp set contains some of the paint splatter images that are on my projects today. To clarify, some of the paint splatters are actual stamps contained in the Happy Trails stamp set. Other splatters were made by me using my Studio Calico Mister Huey's mist sprays. (many of the mists are sold out at this time). If you scroll through my post again, look for the orange type and I'll show you which are stamps and which are sprays. To achieve the splattered look with the sprays instead of an overall mist, simply unscrew the top of the bottle and use the nozzle hose to drip drops of ink....or flick the end of the nozzle hose to get a more splattered look. I use a large piece of cardboard to catch any overspray. You could also use an empty box. To see other projects where I've used the mist sprays click here & here on the strawberry card & here. Hope that helps and feel free to ask me anymore questions in the comment section. :)

Welcome to the second Group Post for the Papertrey Design Team + Nichole. Today we'll be showcasing a new set designed by Nichole called Happy Trails. Each main image can be paired up with a swirly trail stamp to create a whimsical focal point image. And the sentiments + font combinations in this set are fabulous...some of all time favorites. I'll also be using Nichole's new flower building set called Daydreamer. Another favorite of mine from Nichole with more great sentiments.

For my projects today I wanted to create a look of vintage wallpaper. I created my own using a piece of Rustic White cardstock, various PTI inks and the two stamp sets mentioned above. Zoom in for a look...I love how it turned out.

On my homemade patterned paper, all the splatters are from stamp images contained in the Happy Trails stamp set.
Next up I die cut and stamped images which coordinates with Happy Trails.
I then selected lots of patterned papers from Papertrey + other sources (many are Sassafras).
I die cut lots of strips using various Papertrey dies, including rick rack, scalloped borders, the ticket die, the eyelet lace border, the simple circles border and more.
For my first project I set out to create a notebook. One of my favorite things to make. I selected about 10 die cut strips and laid them out, layering them so that the patterned edge still showed.
I then cut these strips to the width of my notebook cover and attached them with a tiny bit of adhesive. I then stitched about the notebook front to secure all the layers. I ended up with a somewhat ruffly, mixy matchy look. Note: Many of you ask for the measurements of my notebook covers. I don't measure. I always mark with my fingernail where I want to cut and then trim with my paper trimmer.
To further embellish my notebook I just knew I had to use Nichole's nicely illustrated pencil with a squiggly line stamped in gray. You all surely know my love of all things office supply-ee, right? I adhered the pencil to my notebook with pop dots. I then used a scrap of my hand stamped patterned paper to punch out a circle. Then stamped it with a sentiment from Day Dreamer. A few Vintage Buttons tied with Rustic Cream Twine finish off the notebook front. Love.

At the top of my notepad, I used spray mists to splatter droplets of ink onto the base of the notepad.
Here you can see all the stitched on die cut pieces. Isn't it just fun looking?
Here's the open notebook. I used two Vintage Cream Notepads for this one notebook. I suggested that Nichole design these notebooks when she created the Take Note stamp set with me. Such a fun grouping of products with endless possibilities for notebooks.
Here's a card I created with more die cut strips. I especially love the simple circles die with the tied on buttons. A favorite accent of mine lately + I love the vintage wallpaper look I created. A few splatters of yellow mist ink adds a little color to the Rustic White background. If you'll notice, all of my projects today have a common theme of the stapled on hearts.

I've been using a lot of Rustic White for card bases lately. The ink splatters in yellow were created with spray mist. The orange splatters on the simple circles die cut piece are stamped from images in Happy Trails.
Here's a closeup of that fun simple circles border and the raised butterfly die which has been embellished with a tied Vintage Button.
Using more scraps I created a bookmark using the bookmark die. I tied it off with yarn I found at the thrift shop.

The yellow splatters on the bookmark are made with spray ink splatters. The green splatter on the rick rack border die cut are from a stamp.
And here's my finished ensemble complete with gift tag and sack. I love the soft colors and tiny little details scattered about.
I tucked all my goodies into a large glassine bag and used Washi tape to adhere my gift tag.

The yellow ink splatters on the tag are also from my spray ink misters.
A great little gift set for someone special. Hope you enjoy! And be sure to check out Nichole's + the rest of the Design Team blogs here for more Happy Trails inspiration.


23 comments:

Sarah Martina said...

Love your card, Mish! That paint splatter is just perfect. :)

Mommy said...

Beautiful set! Love the paper you made and the dragonfly in Nic's new set is goreous as are all the images! Love how your notebook turned out too!

Helen L said...

I love each of your project today! They are so pretty and so fun: the background paper you made looks especially fun to make!

Anne said...

Ah just lovely.

Gabby said...

Love tht layered notebook! The card and bookmark are lovely. I like the tag, too! Wonderful projects! I love the "shabby" that adding paint creates! :)

Wendy ten Hove said...

Wauw! Love all the colors and images there, it's really dreamy! I like that!!
Hugs, Wendy

Eveline said...

Looking good!
Eveline.

Sonya said...

What gorgeous projects!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW! I love your gift set. Love all the mixy matchy elements!

Lisa said...

Wow...love everything about all of it!. Fell in love with the notepad then scrolled down to the card and you knocked my socks off again !!!

Lynn said...

love that notebook cover! you have inspired me to get out my border dies and have some mixy-matchy fun!

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

The notebooks is so pretty! All those layers made me giddy! Amazing work!

Felicitas Klink said...

michelle, WOW!!! gooorgeous projects and those border stripes are stunning :D xo Felicitas from Germany

Cele Schaffer said...

As usual Mish your creations are so gorgeous! Love the mist spray on the white-ties it all together. Amazing!!Can not wait to see this art quilt you make, I know it will blow our minds!

Rosie Lilya said...

Mish I always love what you create, but today, you have out-done yourself! This set is amazing. The paper you created with the various sets is awesome. Thanks for sharing

justsomestuffimade said...

Perfect projects - I love the mix-y match-yness. Every one's a winner!
Rx

Kathy V. said...

I just KNEW you'd do something fun with that pencil and trail! What a darling set. I've so loved the little pencil from Take Note, this one and the fountain pen look like they'll be equally fun. By the way, your background paper and soft colors--love, love, love them.

Janie said...

that notebook is adorable!

Kathy said...

Amazing! Gorgeous! I want them all. Can I just put my order in and you make them for me?!! I can't believe you made that background paper...beautiful!

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

I absolutely LOVE these projects Mish, all perfect! Thank you for the inspiration!

Christine M. said...

Look at all them border dies from pti!! They look amazing..I so need to buy more dies from them - thanks for enabling my scrapbook shopping habits today! Love, love the project..you're projects are always clever and pretty to look upon. :)

Becky said...

This set is adorable! I especially love the layered notebook, and I recently bought the Vintage Cream Notepads from Papertrey Ink. I think I may have to make a few of those!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

too gorgeous. LOVE the layers, madly.

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