Category Archives: Papertrey Ink

Botanical Thank You Card

Hey there friends! Hope this week is going well for you! And if you didn’t win the Powerball, darn. Me neither. Looks like we’ll just have to keep spending our hard earned money on craft supplies instead of fantasy lottery money. Either way, crafts must go on!

Today I wanted to share a simple botanical thank you card I made. I used my favorite impression plate of all time, the woodgrain one from Papertrey Ink. I also used their Meadow Greens stamp set (and coordinating dies) and the “thank you” stamp from their Masculine Motifs stamp set.

Botanical Thank You | Kalyn Kepner


I stamped the bottom half of my leaf image using Limeade Ice ink and then stamped the top half using Aqua Mist. This gave it a beautiful gradient effect that I just love. I then die cut it out using the coordinating die and glued it down. I die cut two leaves from vellum and heat embossed one in white. I knew the card needed just one more thing, so I added some gold floral washi tape from Little B.

Botanical Thank You | Kalyn Kepner


So there you have it! A super simple, but delicate thank you card! I actually made two of these at the same time and it was easy to reproduce. This definitely could be a card you mass-produce for party guests or for Christmas thank you’s!

Have a fantastic day,


Embellished Elegance Birthday

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend and that your ready to take on the week! I’m enjoying my last day off before my second semester starts. I’m very excited to get back into the swing of designing and honing my skills, though.

One thing I’m resolving to do this new year is to try more techniques and experiment with  my supplies a bit more. I’ve been super inspired lately by Wilna Furstenburg and have been binge-watching her YouTube videos. She is so free and whimsical and her projects are just breathtaking. I’m hoping I can pick up some pointers from her and get a little more artsy with my designs.

On today’s card, I used Papertrey Ink stamps and a watercolor stamping technique. I first inked up my stamp, then used a spritz bottle to apply just one spritz of water to the inked stamp. Then I stamped it right onto the project! Easy peasy. I did this a few times for the bigger leaf cluster stamps and then stamped normally over top of them. I love the result and definitely want to try this on future projects.

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I used the Embellished Elegance stamp set from Papertrey Ink on this card (one of my all-time favorites from them) and an assortment of Hero Arts, Tim Holtz and Papertrey Ink inks.

Have you tried this technique? I’d love it if you left a link to a card you’ve made in the comments section! Thank you so much for stopping by!


Key West Layout

Hi friends! Hope your week is off to a good start! Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? I always love watching award shows, especially for the acceptance speeches. I just find them so inspiring. And of course I enjoy looking at (and critiquing) everyone’s fashion choices as well.

But let’s get down to crafty business! Today I’ve got a layout to share with you! It’s not often that I make layouts, but I love doing it and am definitely hoping to get lots more scrapbooking done in 2015. I’m really excited by the new scrapbooking trends I’ve been noticing and incorporating more of it into home decor rather than just in albums. I’m truly excited about where the industry is going!

This layout was featured in the Simple Patterns for Paper Crafters special issue from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. Be sure to click the link above to get a copy (paper or digital still available) if you don’t have it already! The issue featured exact patterns and diagrams so that you could complete each project using minimal paper and embellishments. It was by far one of my favorite issues I’ve worked on.



These gold glitter Thickers are my favorite and I had been saving them (hoarding them) for just the right project. I also used touches of gold embossing on the layout to pick up the gold from the title.

Well that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed seeing a different type of project from me (more to come, pink promise!). And I’d love to know, since it’s been on my mind, what do you see for the future of paper crafting and scrapbooking? What are you most excited to try (technique-wise or a new style of memory keeping)? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to know your opinions!

Have a happy, crafty day!


Festive Christmas Wine Tag

Hi friends! I can’t believe Christmas is almost here! I swear it was summer about a week ago. I have to say I’m much more excited for Christmas this year as I’m not working in retail and I’m on a break from graduate school! It’s pretty much like I’m a kid again. Except that I worry about money because I don’t have any. Sad times. But on the bright side, this post is about wine and wine can turn a frown upside down!

So this is more about a wine tag than wine, but you get the gist. 🙂 I’m sharing a fun tag I made using the Paper Smooches Wine Tag Die. This makes it super easy and you could mass-produce a bunch to give as gifts to friends! And then you don’t have to worry about those awkwardly tall bags that no one knows what to do with after Christmas!


I used My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas paper as well as Papertrey Ink Peaceful Pinecones stamps and dies. I did some rock and roll stamping with the pinecones (first in a medium brown, then in a dark brown) to give them some shadowing and depth. Love the look it achieved! I knew it needed something extra so I added in a gorgeous Zva rhinestone swirl.

And there you have it! Since we’re in the last-minute “danger zone” of gift giving now, wine might just be a great go-to gift. I would certainly accept it. 🙂

Have a fantastic day and thanks so much for stopping by!


Make it Monday #174

Hey there! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! I’m hoping to squeeze in some time for playing with my new Silhouette Cameo! I’ve waited quite a while to get one and am so excited to finally be able to see what all the fuss is about. And boy is it worth the fuss. The possibilities are endless! So cool. Anyhoo, on to the card I want to share today.

I’ve been on a challenge kick lately and wanted to try out the latest Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge. So here’s my version of diamond wallpaper stamping:

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I used the Happy Harlequin Mini Stamp set to create my background and then The Sweet Life for my rose and sentiment.

So there you have it! Another day, another fun challenge. I’d love to know what your favorite challenge blogs are. I find them really inspiring and they get me out of my crafty comfort zone!

Have a fantastic day,