Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pink & Main Planner Card

This week Jessica and I decided to work with the same stamp sets to show you how versatile they can be. We both worked with the new planner stamps: In the Budget and Planning Work. Jessica will show you a great calendar layout and I challenged myself to make a card with them.

For my card I combined the new planner stamps with the stamp set that comes free with a qualifying purchase this month: Caught A Bug. I also used a stamp from an earlier release: Latte Love.  All of the modern icons in the Planning Work stamp set fit perfectly in my Tim Holtz viewfinder die - I was so happy when I discovered that! I combined the modern icons showcasing how we connect in this modern age with the "let's catch up" phrase from Caught A Bug.  Finally I fussy cut a teapot from Latte Love.  This is how they all came together:

To put it all together I sprayed a doily to match the colour scheme and added some blue and silver splatters to my card base. I also added some tiny die cut shapes in the corners to help the circle elements blend better on a square card.

DT Amanda

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pink & Main - A Trio Of Cuties

When I saw the March release stamps from Pink & Main I thought that they are all perfect for colouring in. They are absolutely darling aren't they? I know three little girls who love to colour in so I decided to make colouring-in notebooks for them. I even tried personalising the front covers to look like each of them.

To make the colouring-in notebooks I took apart some plain, unlined notepads I had and stamped the images on the pages. I stamped the images for the cover on white cardstock and coloured them in.  After cutting them out I added them to kraft covers with a matching watercolour pool for them to sit on.  I also added a few drops of perfect pearls just to dress them up a little. Then I bound the pages and covers together with my cinch.

Because they are small in size they are perfect for their Mum to pop in her purse for those moments when they need to be entertained

DT Amanda

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Quick Planning with DIY Stickers

This year there has been an explosion in the planner industry and I will admit that I have caught the planner bug. Just call me #plannernerd. Did you know that Pink & Main has planner stamps? They even have a section dedicated to planner stamps on their website. If you, like me, are into planning I strongly suggest you check it out.

This week I wanted to share with you a tip that I use for my planning: creating planner stickers. They are so simple and quick to make. I stamp up everything I need and have them on hand for when I don't have time to dedicate to decorating my week in my planner. It means I can still be organised and decorate with little effort. The other great thing about using stickers is that you don't get ink bleed-through like you do when you stamp directly in your planner.

Credit Alert: I first saw this idea shown by Jennifer McGuire

All you need is some office label stickers, alcohol ink pens and your favourite planner stamps. First you colour the labels in with your alcohol ink pens:

Easy right? The second step is to stamp away with the stamps that fit your plans and life. I stamped words from Life Tasks in black archival ink on the coloured labels:

One of the things I have started doing in my planner is adding a space for gratitude on every day. Because the word Gratitude or Thanksgiving is too long for my stickers; I got inventive with my Pink & Main stamps. The Lucky Charm stamp set has a phrase Lucky You. I cut the words apart and used the word Lucky on my stickers as my daily gratitude marker. When I want to use the phrase as a whole later I just need to add both words to my stamping block. Here's my Lucky stickers:

Lastly, put those stickers to use in your planners:

As you can see I am using a standard spiral bound planner.  I like to decorate the week using supplies I have on hand. I may add leftovers from other projects, diecuts, stickers or pieces from recent purchases.  I also like to stamp positive sayings each week - in the week above I used the washi tape as my positive focus for that week: smile.  It is very handy that the new March release stamp set called Rose has a fancy script word Rose on it. I have a regular appointment with someone called Rose so I will use this a lot.

The reason I am focusing on planner stamps/stickers this week is because there may be a few 'developments' in the planning area here at Pink & Main.  I'm not at liberty to confirm or deny this rumour (that I'm starting) but let's just say I'm super excited. Just because there may be things 'developing' you still need the basics to start out with so don't forget to check out the other planning sets on the Pink & Main website here.

Life Tasks was my first purchase from Pink & Main and it gets used a lot in my weekly planner. I have added the other planner stamps to my collection but I just focused on Life Tasks for the Pink & Main blog post.  Below are some other stickers I created with Life Icons:

Life Icons is great for reminding me of my goals like Bible reading (books) and Saving ($ signs) as well as weekly tasks like Dog Walking (paw), Shopping (Cart), Photos (camera) and Emails (Envelope). The icons are great too for Meal Planning or Tracking Food Intake if that is something that you do. The coffee cup icons are food cafĂ© dates.

These are the two stamp sets I used for my stickers on the Pink & Main blog this week:

DT Amanda

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pink & Main - Movie Star Birthday Card

My card for this week uses the great Movie Star stamp set. As always there are so many great images and phrases to use. You'll never get bored creating projects with this movie themed stamp set.

For my card I created a background pattern then added a piece of Tim Holtz film reel and applied a stamped sentiment block on top (using foam tape). To finish the card I stamped the ticket stamp several times, coloured them and cut them out. Then I applied the tiny tickets to the film reel strip.

To create the background pattern I stamped the film reel repeatedly with Versamark ink on the white background cardstock then I applied two different colour inks over it with foam applicators. The Versamark resisted the ink and you get a subtle film reel image on the background. Then I stamped the ticket in purple ink in between the film reel pattern. Here's a close-up picture for you to see the background and the individual tickets I applied to the film reel strip as well.

As you can see I inked the edges of my card and elements - it makes such a difference.

Take a look at the Movie Star stamp set I used - super fun!

DT Amanda

Stamps - Pink & Main; Ink - Tim Holtz; Cardstock - Bazzill; Film Strip - Tim Holtz; Markers - Tim Holtz, Stampin' Up!.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pink and Main Wine Labels

This week I played with the Pink & Main stamp set called Cheers and made labels for wine bottles. Once I made one I had to make another. They are so quick to make and look so cool.

There are so many variations you could do with this idea. The stamps cover all kinds of reasons you might like to give someone a wine bottle or spirit bottle.  For the first one I used white cardstock and I stamped it with the images and phrases (plus a strip of washi).  I added orange kindyglitz to the inside of the wine glasses - I love how they look sparkly like champagne.

Here's a close-up so you can see the shine on the wine glasses:

On the second label I used the cocktail glass and I used mint perfect pearls on the frosting on the top of the glass. It is so simple but looks really effective.  This one was made with patterned paper as a background. 

Here's a close-up for you to see the frosting:

The Cheers stamp set I used is shown below:

To make the labels:  I took a piece of cardstock or patterned paper and used my largest hole punch for the hole for the wine bottle top.  You could draw around a glass if you don't have a large enough hole punch.  I then created a fold so that it sat flat against the bottle. #decorateaway  #supereasy

Only one thing left to say - Cheers my friends!

Stamps - Pink & Main; Ink - Ranger, Stampin' Up!; Cardstock - Bazill; Paper - DCWV, Unknown; Markers - Ranger, Stampin' Up!;  Kindyglitz.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pink and Main Birthday Card

After showing you some ways to use multiple stamps on the same project I'm finally going to show you a card. For this week's card I used just one stamp set and a few basic supplies. The stamp set I used is called Misses.

When I had decided I wanted to use the silhouette with the phrase I decided I also wanted to use feathers. The image just reminded me of vintage ladies with feathers in their hats. The feathers I had decided the colour scheme and it was easy to pull the card together from there.  I was tempted to add drops of perfect pearls for her earrings and necklace as I have previously done (in this blog post)  but I decided she was pretty just as she was.

Here's the stamp set I used - Misses.  As you can see there are a lot of phrases and images that you can use on so many different projects (not just for birthdays).

As always, you can purchase the stamps at: Pink & Main

Stamps - Pink and Main; Ink - Ranger; Die - Spellbinders; Paper - Authentique; Cardstock - Bazzill; Gem - Papervine; Other - Feathers and Foam Tape.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pink and Main Planner

This year I have embraced the planner craze - call me #plannernerd!  One of the things I use regularly in my planners (yes, plural) are stamps. Pink and Main have a great planner set called Life Tasks which I have, but I really want them all now that I've become hooked! I also use any stamp set that I think fits my theme or activities. You will be amazed at how you can use something from most stamps sets in your planner.

My creative planner this year is a Heidi Swapp Memory Planner which I use to document my everyday and special occasions. This is my spread for February so far:

I like adding lift ups too for more space for writing. For Valentines day I added a small accordion booklet to document my day with images and sayings from the new release stamp sets:

On the other page of the planner is a page of photo pockets. This month just happened to have six 3x4 photo pockets. I used some of the sayings from the new release sets to add to my photos. On the Smirnof photo I stamped directly on the photo - it's 5 o'clock somewhere!

If you are a self-confessed planner nerd like me, I encourage you to look at your stamps in a new light and use them in your planners. For example: the swirls on either side of the words on the doilies is actually half a moustache from the Mister stamp set - true story!

To purchase Pink and Main stamps you can find them here .

DT Amanda