Friday, June 10, 2011

The Twinery + PSA Essentials Blog Hop {Day 5}




Welcome to Day 5 of The Twinery + PSA Essentials Blog Hop! I know that I've been enjoying the amazing projects showcased by both design teams. I hope you've been hopping along all week for inspiration, discounts and great prizes! Today, you should've come from Katrina Hunt's fantastic blog. If not, you can always start at The Twinery's Blog for all the details including the amazing prizes you can win, how to win them, and discounts for The Twinery and PSA Essentials.

PSA Essentials manufactures custom, self-inking stamps (think return address labels.) We have patent-pending Peel & Stick technology which allows you to PEEL away your custom stamp and STICK on a new design. We have thousands of designs - from Holiday, Birthday, Sentiments, and licensed Peanuts, Hello Kitty, U.B.U., Smirk, College & Universities, and Greek Life - making PSA Essentials perfect for crafting! The self-inking stamper (and 22-ink cartridges) give a crisp, clean and consistent impressions every time, the technology allows you to interchange your designs quickly for scrapbooking, cardmaking, creating gift tags, bags, wrap, making favors and decorations.

The Twinery's baker's twine is made from 100% cotton, it's eco-friendly and made in the USA. Whether you're gift wrapping, crafting or tying up baked goods to give to a friend, our baker's twine adds a fresh, yet nostalgic look to any project at hand! Our baker's twine comes in 11 delicious colors and is uniquely twisted against a bright white hue, creating an eye-popping burst of color and a creative embellishment! Our twine has lots of color which lends to a fun, candy-striped look.

Those of you who've been following my blog for a while know that I love to be innovative with my baker's twine and the beautiful, soft texture and outstanding colours of The Twinery's twine makes it easy! I've had several posts using very tiny amounts of baker's twine that still bring a wow factor to the project. Those of you who tend to hoard things you love (me, me, me) will love this idea. ;) As shown in the above video tutorial, I paired up PSA Essentials' Hello Kitty On the Go with The Twinery's baker's twine to create a card and a set of matching notecards using knots of baker's twine as an embellishment equivalent to brads, pearls and rhinestones.

I started by knotting two strands of twine and trimming off the ends as close to the knot as possible. I realized after reviewing the video that this process wasn't actually within the screen shot (oops) but I'm sure you know how I did it! Then I used a liquid adhesive to attach the knots to the cards.

The inking on the front of the card was done using the direct-to-paper technique shown HERE and the frame was debossed with an impression plate. Since the colouring was done on kraft, I used my new watercolour pencils which I'm still getting used to. I love them for their rustic look which nicely matches the inked field that Hello Kitty is galloping through.

And just because it's nearly impossible for me to photograph sets of folded cards, it's quite impossible to get a good shot of a stack of flat cards so I just have a big collage of the details on the cute little notecards! {Simply click on the image below to enlarge it.}

There are a few inaccuracies in my video: (1) I mentioned using a Q-tip but I obviously meant a tweezer. (2) The flat-packaging method I described was not in a video but rather THIS series of photographs. (3) I also forgot to mention the fact that, once dried, the knots don't move at all and are in no danger of falling off. In fact, they are fun to touch, like pussy willows!

I hope you enjoyed your visit and this week's hop! Your last stop is Amber Zimmerman. Have a fabulous weekend!

Sources for TALL CARD: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft cardstock; PSA Essentials Hello Kitty On the Go; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; SU Pink Pirouette, Summer Sun, Old Olive & Tempting Turquoise; Derwent Inktense watersoluble ink pencils; Prima chipboard frame; Papertrey Ink Book Print impression plate; QuicKutz Epic Six; The Twinery baker's twine in Blossom, Caribbean, Honeydew & Lemondrop

Sources for MINI SET: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; PSA Essentials Hello Kitty On the Go; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copics; The Twinery baker's twine in all 11 colours; Ranger Diamond Stickles

66 comments:

Amanda said...

Super cute! Love how you used the twine!! You ladies are all making me want to order some now! :)

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

BabyBokChoy said...

You are SO amazing!!! HOLY KNOTS!! OH MY GOSH, my mind, there it goes, BLOWN!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brenda said...

What a brillinat idea! Those knots add a lot of softness to the cards, just their colours alone! Awesomely clever Emily!

Karin said...

Such a cool idea to make knots into embellies! You amaze me with all your creative ideas for twine!

Karin said...

Ooops, I forgot to say great job on the video!

christian said...

so creative!!!! Glad to find you along the blog hop!

Isha said...

Super cute cards Emily. Love these stamps...my little one id Hello Kitty's fan and all her friends too...lol. Super creative knots of Twine and love the video too.

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesomeness!!!

Annette said...

You know I have been to your website many times and I just love your ideas. You are very creative. I love love love these Hello Kitty Cards you made. Thanks for sharing your AWESOME ideas.

Happy Friday...awesome blog hop.

Tanya said...

Oh my goodness, how fun! A new way to use twine, love it!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

My goodness, these are sooo cute, Emily! Love the knots. :)

Wendy ten Hove said...

How cute!!! And you DO always know how to innovate! That's one of the reasons why I love coming here, but there are many more!!! ;-)
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hugs, Wendy

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

You continually amaze me, amazing job.

papertreats said...

How adorable, Emily! Love the knots!

Monika Wright said...

thanks for sharing your designer tips and tricks! cute, as always!

VanessaB said...

that is a very unique and very creative idea for the twine! AWESOME!

Lindsey said...

Eek! I'm overdosing on Hello Kitty cuteness! These are amazing, Em! I like your twine embellies, they're like colourful French knots (from my embroidery days in another life :P). Your watercolouring looks fab on the kraft, and your Copic colouring is awesome as always. Sweetness for sure!

Becky Dunham said...

i am not sure my comment got saved so sending it again!

I love this project Amanda! You are so clever :) Your niece (and your sister) is going to love this! Thanks for the fabulous vidoe tutorial!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

Ohmygosh ... those notecards are absolutely ADORABLE! And you did a great tutorial!! Thanks for some really fab ideas!

Kary said...

Hi Emily, AMAZING!! FABULOUS!! AWESOME!! Gosh I'm out of descriptive words...Love, Love what you did with the twines. So clever! The Hello Kittys are so cute too. Have a wonderful weekend! {hugs}

Splendid Things said...

Those knots are so, so adorable! Jeanette at thealldays@msn(dot)com

Clare G said...

Wow, I love this embellishment with the twine! It is an adorable card set. Thanks for the packaging tip and for sharing this great idea.

love4rocksdesigns said...

Amazing. Love your work.

Hopping to my last stop.

walchowDesign said...

Wowzie! You rock, Emily! Those embellishements are SUPERB - very creative! TFS!

Cyndi S said...

Love your cards. What a creative way to use your twine, love it.
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mommyabbytommy said...

I LOVE new ideas. That idea is so cute and fun and easy!! Thanks.

Jodi_E said...

COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ujjwal said...

Awesome!! Another of your awesome-est idea!! love it! I love this video too..your voice is louder and clear in this one :)

Basiljen said...

Such a creative way to use your twine, and to use up scraps, too! Love your cards, and thanks for the video. Happy Friday!

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, Emily, these projects are amazing!! I love how you used the products from both PSA and The Twinery. Your twine knots look like such fun, and I can't resist a good set of cards. :)

Isabel Z said...

Stunning creations! You are so creative.

Jenny said...

Love this idea Emily,I bet they are very tactile and appealing on a card. Bakers twine is such fun, I used it to make lollipops on one of my cards here

http://craftinginthecountry.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-challenge-ribbon-reel.html

Jenny x

Cheryl said...

How cute and creative! I love this idea!




--Cheryl--

Meg said...

Ooooh, such cute cards! I like the little frame filled with the twine knots on the first card, but I LOVE the knots used on the circle accents on the mini card set!! Fabulous job with those new PSA stamps!

littlen said...

what a good idea. thanks for the video. will have to give this a try.

Ronnie said...

What a fun and original way to use bakers twine!! TYFS

Kimberly said...

What a awesome idea....super cool. TFS!
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kimbob27 at hotmail dot com

readysetlove said...

Very cute, thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

eeek! super cute!!!! I love your initiative!

Jay Gee said...

Great idea Emily and a fun alternative to bling :) Such a cute set and a super video too.

byAnnette said...

Love the knots around Hello Kitty.
They really add something special!

Stephanie K said...

Adorable!!! Love the knotted twine!! Thanks for sharing the technique!

scrappingwithstephanie at gmail dot com
scrappingwithstephanie.blogspot.com

Lisa R. said...

Great video. thanks for sharing a great idea, TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

Roberta said...

Love the unique use of the twine! TFS

btenn said...

Love the adorable cards and video! It's always inspiring to watch how you work your magic!

Evelene S said...
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Evelene S said...

Super cute card and I love how you made knots with the twine for an embellishment.
esterling9 at aol dot com

The Miller Five said...

AWESOME! Those knots are to die for cute! I am going to try some on a birthday card this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

dahlhousedesigns said...

Totally awesome! Love the knot idea. And your card and little projects are too awesome!

lisa a.

Kathy Mc said...

How clever to make embellishment knots out of The Twinery's twine. Your Hello Kitty colored images are adorable. Great cards and video tutorial. Fun stop along this blog hop!

Katrina said...

EKKKKK, adorable!!!! hugs, Katrina

Michelle (mla1111) said...

What a great technique...thanks for showing the video :) I love your adorable cards!!

Carol said...

Fabulous projects! I love your style!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

WOW Emily!! You always impress me with new and inspiring things!! Love the fun twine knots!!! Awesome cards!!! (=

kasia c. said...

Oh Emily, these are just awesome! I love those little knots. You really do have the most AMAZING ideas for your use of twine! :)

Hope all is well with you.
{hugs}

lynn said...

emily, the little knots are just so clever, and such an awesome way to showcase the twine! love the whole project and the great video! enjoy your weekend!

Janna Werner said...

Gorgeous inspiration, Emily! TFS :D Have a nice weekend! Janna

Denise said...

Love your knotty cards! It adds a great texture! Very fun idea!
DeniseB

Jen Carter said...

What a fun idea!! I love your little rose knots! Fun idea and it has a great look to it!

Hillcrest Acres said...

I love the video tutorial on the knot cards. Super cute idea.

Lorraine said...

Oh those knots are just adorable! I love the look they give to your cards! Also love the coloring of those sweet hello kitty images!

Suzette said...

Cute cute knot ideas and video. Thanks for sharing! Twinery and PSA Essentials are awesome for doing this giveaway!

Renee said...

Thank you for sharing your great projects! Great job!!

I also follow The Twinery and PSA blogs. Thanks so much for the chance to win these goodies!

Julie Hoffman said...

OMGOSH those little twine "yarn" balls are ADORABLE! Love the HELLO Kitty image and your sponged grass.

Alice Wertz said...

thanks so much for the video, Emily! love how you used those cute little roses! =)

Kelly Booth said...

Emily you are sooooooo Creative!! How Cute is this?? Love it!!