Friday, November 16, 2012

Stitched Sentiments...

Today Maile, Dawn and I have some Stitched Sentiments projects to share with you! You can find all of these new products on the main page at Papertrey Ink!
This card just fell together by itself pretty much - love how it all works together. I used the In Stitches to die cut the embroidery hoop from Sweet Blush cardstock and banner from Rustic Cream cardstock.

I used brown chalk around the edges to give it a cozy, handmade feel, and stamped the Sew Simple Borders across the bottom in Fine Linen ink.  Just love this banner die!
Here you can see the inside of the card. It was originally supposed to be the front, but I messed up with the stamping and the leafy stem didn't stamp all the way in the middle. See where the two hearts are stamped? That's where my mistake was. I filled it in with the hearts and made it the inside of the card instead!
Love is the Thread That Binds Us card:
STAMPS: Stitched Sentiments, Sew Simple Borders
INK: Pure Poppy, True Black, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss
PAPER: Rustic Cream cardstock, Pure Poppy Pattern Pack
DIES: In Stitches
OTHER: corner rounder.


On this card, I stamped two of the leafy stems in Fresh Snow ink and added some berries. I think this would make a super cute and EASY holiday card also by just changing the sentiment to a holiday saying.

The chipboard heart is from the Artisan line by Pink Paislee. It's embossed with a chevron design, so all I did was dip my finger in Pure Poppy ink and swipe it over the heart to bring out the design of the chevron.

You Always Make My Heart Smile card:
STAMPS: Stitched Sentiments
INK: Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, True Black
PAPER: Classic Kraft
DIES: none
OTHER: Artisan chipboard heart by Pink Paislee, pearl by Melissa Frances, corner rounder.


Dawn and Maile have a few projects to show you also!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

release day...

Today is release day at Papertrey Ink, meaning all of the new goodies for the month will be up for sale tonight! I have a few more things to show you today, and then I will share some Stitched Sentiments projects tomorrow, since my stamps arrived a little late this month.

First up is Party Poppers. I used the fun new Favor It Box 8 to create this cute box! It was really easy to make and really packs a punch with its cute design!  I cannot wait to make more of these for a party.

You can watch a video that Erin made here on assembling this sweet box. I used Sweet Blush Patterned paper for the ends, so it's a little bit thinner and easier to fold, I didn't have to score the lines any more than they were scored after running it through the Cuttlebug to make the ends. The die also scores it. You cut one middle and 2 ends, then tape the ends onto the middle piece, fold and assemble. Twine or ribbon tied on the ends keeps them tight. I used the Party Poppers stamps on the little Celebrate tag.
I used a flower from Simply Jane stamp set with Hawaiian Shores on Aqua Mist cardstock for the center of the popper (stamp before assembling!).

Celebrate Party Popper Gift Box:
STAMPS: Party Poppers, Simply Jane
INK: Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, True Black
PAPER: Aqua Mist cardstock, Sweet Blush Pattern Pack
DIES: Favor It Box 8
OTHER: pearls by Melissa Frances, twine by The Twinery.


Here is a birthday tag made with Comfort Food mixed with Sentiment Signs and Button Up, along with a new Tag Sale #7 die. I used the soup bowl stamp to make a bowl of sherbet ice cream, stamping the Button Up stamps on the little circles that come out of the Cover Plate: Circles die.

Party tag:
STAMPS:  Comfort Food, Sentiment Signs, Button Up, Party Poppers
INK: Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz
PAPER: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush cardstock
DIES: Tag Sale #7, Comfort Food, Cover Plate: Circles
OTHER: twine, floss, Queen and Co. tape, 2" circle punch


Meet my last card using Thing Big Favorites #22, Hanging By a Thread, and Sew Simple Borders.

I used Sweet Blush cardstock for my base and kept it quite simple.
Feel Better Soon:
STAMPS: Think Big Favorites #22, Sew Simple Borders, Hanging By a Thread
INK: Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, True Black
PAPER: Sweet Blush, white
DIES: Hanging By a Thread
OTHER: Pure Poppy button, Rustic Twine, dimensional adhesive.


See you tomorrow with my Stitched Sentiments projects. Now please visit the rest of the team to see what they've done with this month's stamp sets and dies...

Ashley Cannon Newell 
Nichole Heady

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Knit Bits...

Welcome to the Papertrey Ink countdown! We are back with another group post by the design team, and today are featuring a new stamp set by Papertrey Ink called Knit Bits. This stamp set (along with the other new ones I am mentioning today) will be available tomorrow night for purchase.

I love this background in the Knit Bits set and stamped it repeatedly in Fine Linen ink on white cardstock. I added the string and heart from Knit Bits, the needle is from the new Stitched Sentiments set, the buttons are from Button Up, and the sentiment is from Purls of Wisdom - all new sets coming out this month. LOVE how they all work together! Oh, and can't forget the stamped stitches - those are from the new Sew Simple Borders.

The stamping ink colors I used here are Raspberry Fizz, Lavender Moon and Sweet Blush, along with several shades of brown - Fine Linen, Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate.

Next up, I used the heart from Knit Bits on this little baby card, along with Button Up (my favorite set of ALL this month!) and Purls of Wisdom. I cut a white card base, then cut a white Cover Plate: Circles die and layered it over the top. I stamped the buttons and cut them out with the coordinating Buttoned Up #1 dies.

Are these buttons not adorable? Oh my heck. I just can't get over how cute they are!!

For ink colors here, I used Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz and Hawaiian Shores inks by Papertrey Ink.

Last, I have a tag and a sewing project to share with you. It's not "knitted", but a neat idea to sew something easy for a quick gift! I'll show you the outside first, then explain what is inside. :)

This is one of the clear card boxes by Papertrey Ink that I've wrapped with a strip of Classic Kraft cardstock and Dark Chocolate ribbon, then I added some seam binding, a tiny tag made with the new Hanging by a Thread stamps and Thread Cards dies, the larger tag was stamped with the new Stitched Sentiments (frame), Purls of Wisdom for the sentiment and Knit Bits heart and string. I can't get over how well they all work together. FUN to mix and match all of these!

Ok, you are probably thinking, yes uhuh, nice... but...what is inside the box? It's a little tissue holder that holds the mini packages of Kleenex - you could keep this in your purse, car or on your desk at work. It measures about 5.5" x 4" and fits just perfectly in this clear card box. You can tuck a card underneath inside the box.
I found the instructions here at to make the fabric tissue holder, and gave it a try with some material I had on hand from Stampin' Up!. It was really easy to sew, and I plan on making more of these for gifts. I didn't serge the edges like she said to do, I just sewed the front pieces to the back with a 3/4" seam allowance (lay wrong sides together) and then turned it inside out after it was sewn all the way around. I did cut my pieces slightly larger than she said to cut them in her instructions. The reason is because the first one I made was too small. I couldn't get the tissues in there very easy without really stuffing them in. The tissues were in a big wad by the time I got them in the holder. I wanted a bit more room to slide them in easier, so I made a second tissue holder about 3/4" bigger all the way around. Now it's much easier to get the tissues in!

I think it would be a nice gift for someone going through a hard time, just to show them you care and are thinking about them. OK that is it for me today - hope you enjoyed the projects. xo. Visit the other girls to see what they 've made with Knit Bits:

Ashley Cannon Newell 
Nichole Heady

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas blessings...

Hello, Papertrey Ink fans. You are probably here looking for the "Stitched Sentiments" group post project. We had a tiny glitch, and I'm sorry to report that my stamp set didn't arrive yet, so my post will be a little delayed. Stay tuned! :)

Meanwhile, I have a couple of other Christmas cards to share with you that I've made recently.
The Card Kitchen asked me to be a guest designer this week over at Jillibean Soup's card club, and I made 8 cards with their kit and have quite a bit left over to make more. My cards will be posted a few each day this week, so keep checking back to their blog see more ideas.

On the first one, I used the Queen and Co. striped tape in the kit (LOVE!) and added it to white cardstock to really make it pop, cut the strips out, then added the strips to the kraft card base that comes in the kit. The only item I added here was the embroidery floss. The white cardstock under the tape really made it stand out.

The teal paper was one of my favorite things in the kit, so on the next card, I cut the woodgrain paper with a star punch and layered some cute products against the teal paper. Reds, pinks and of my favorite color combinations.
Really quick to make! Cut teal paper, punch stars, layer stickers and chipboard and adhere! (Add stitching if desired, but not necessary!) The kit comes with 8 card bases and 8 envelopes. Pretty cool, huh?

How about one more... here the Joy tag was already cut out for me, all I had to do was add some die cuts and stickers over the top.
I will be back with Papertrey Ink countdown posts and all of my release projects here over the next couple of days, so stay tuned...have a lot to show you. In other news, I am getting ready for my parents to arrive in one week to spend Thanksgiving with us, our first one together in 12 years! I am giddy with excitement! We always put our tree up after Thanksgiving too, so they will be here to help us with that tradition also - two holidays in one. I can't wait! Really need a good dose of my family to brighten my spirits. xo,

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Heart-2-Heart #10 and Background Basics: Inspiration

Today is day one of the Papertrey Ink countdown to preview the new stamp releases for November, and I have a few things to show you! All of these new products will be ready for purchase on November 15th. Today I worked with the Heart-2-Heart #10 stamp set and dies (butterflies and sentiments) and the Background Basics: Inspiration stamp set (the block words).

On this card, I used the Heart-2-Heart dies (butterflies) with new Sweet Blush patterned paper. I also stamped the Background Basics: Inspiration in white and then embossed with white embossing powder. I painted over the top of the embossing with Soft Stone ink. To do this, I put a few drops of the Stone Stone ink refill in a paint tray and mixed in a touch of water, then with a large flat brush I painted over the embossed stamping. The deeper of color you paint on, the more the white words will stand out. Sorry my pictures turned out a bit light, but the Soft Stone is a little bit darker than it looks here.

You might also notice the new Soft Stone patterned paper? SO pretty. I thought the top needed a tad bit of a darker color, so I added some black stitches and a strip of Smokey Shadow patterned paper.
The Smokey Shadow felt and the Limeade Ice felt look great together with the pink and gray.

Next up is a flat card (except for the pearl). I stamped the BB: Inspiration in black, then stamped a Heart-2-Heart #10 butterfly in Summer Sunrise ink, with a Pure Poppy heart stamped in the center and Pure Poppy antennae. Since this particular Background Basics:Inspiration stamp said "happy" and "laugh", I decided to use the older "Happy Trails" stamp set with it and add a birthday saying in Pure Poppy ink with a butterfly trail in Sweet Blush ink.

I added a Heart Border die with Pure Poppy patterned paper and Smokey Shadow patterned paper. I like the block saying - reminds me of subway art, which is so popular right now.

One more...and this one didn't photograph that well, but it's really pretty in person! A sympathy card in Lavender Moon, Soft Stone and Winter Wisteria inks and papers. Sympathy cards need really soft, soothing colors, and I LOVE how the new gray (Soft Stone Pattern Pack) looks with the purples.
I used the Background Basics: Inspiration in Lavender Moon ink on Lavender Moon cardstock. The butterflies are die cut and stamped in Winter Wisteria and Lavender Moon. The white banner and circle shapes are cut with the new In Stitches dies! The frame is reminiscent of an embroidery hoop and would be really cute cut out with Classic Kraft paper too! I decided to use white and glitter up the edges a bit.
The banner is die cut with the new In Stitches dies also and folded up, then I stamped a Heart-2-Heart #10 saying across the banner.

I hope these inspired you today! For more sneak peeks, visit Betsy Veldman and Cristina Kowalczyk!