Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Release in Review

Wrapping it up here for the October Release of PTI. I've got the remainder of my projects to share. Hope you've had as much fun as we have had over the last five days.

Birthday Classics: November and Songbirds: I might have mentioned how much I like Songbirds, right:)? Goes well with this sentiment from Birthday Classics: November. Digging this slightly crazy color scheme of Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Scarlet Jewel, and Melon Berry too. Looks great against Smokey Shadow. And BB: Diagonals in True Black gives some interest the background.

Merry Kiss-mas: When the word kiss refers not only to a smooch on the lips, but a chocolate candy, you expand the pool of people who can receive projects using this stamp set. Who doesn't like a Hershey Kiss. And remember, we have Kiss stamps on the Scent-imentals stamp set. SCORE!

Jolly Holiday, Cross Stitch, and Cross Stitch Alphabet Dies: Melissa's striped holiday set is very on trendy and fun to use. Here the wreath takes the place of the letter "o" in "joy". I used the new Cross Stitched Alphabet dies to form the rest of the words and stamped the "x's" instead of stitch them for a quick project using the Cross Stitch stamp set.

Painted Poinsettia and Holiday Double Cuts:  For even more of a watercolored look, I went over the stamped images with a water brush. Love how this turned out. Holiday Double Cuts are amazing and I agree with the comments out there that we need a whole alphabet like this! Wouldn't that be amazing. Gold embossed accents finish it off, including the word "sweet" from Strawberry Patch.

Festival of Light and KIS: Hanukkah: I made a stylish menorah with both of these sets and a little help from the previously released Menorah Medley. The larger flame for the candles was pulled from Polka Dot Parade #12. 

Freshly Fallen:  I find something very interesting about die cuts in Freshly Fallen when they are layered together like this. They remind me of something, but can't quite put my finger on it. In any case, they are seriously fun to work with. Somethings are best not to question.Gotta go where the creativity takes you sometimes.  LOL! 

Phrase Play #9 and Canned: Isn't that die cut snowflake the best?  Combined these new elements with Big Ticket Basics to form a new sentiment.

More inspiration below. I haven't sneaked any peeks yet, so can't wait to see what the girls have been up to.

Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell

Thanks for joining us this week and being so lovely. Your comments and support go along way to fueling new ideas and making things happen. So thanks! 

All these new products will be available tonight at 10 PM EST at Happy shopping and crafting. 


Birthday Classics: November
Stamps: Birthday Classics: November, Songbirds, BB: Diagonals
Dies: Songbirds, Photo Finisher Strips
Ink: True Black
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel, Stamper's Select White
Gold Gemstones

Merry Kiss-Mas
Stamps: Merry Kiss-Mas, Scent-sational Sentiments
Dies: Merry Kiss-Mas, Scent-sational Scentiments, Pillow Box Die
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy
White + Silver Embossing Powder
Red Foil Paper

Jolly Holiday
Stamps: Jolly Holiday, Cross Stitched, Stitched With Love, Button Boutique
Dies: Jolly Holiday, Cross Stitched Alphabet
Ink: Soft Stone, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, True Black
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White

Painted Poinsettia
Stamps: Painted Poinsettia, Strawberry Patch
Dies: Painted Poinsettia, Holiday Double Cuts
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Melon Berry, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Melon Berry, Classic Kraft, Limeade Ice
Gold Embossing Powder

KIS: Hanukkah
Stamps: Keep It Simple: Hanukkah, Festival of Light, Menorah Medley, Polka Dot Parade #12
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Enchanted Evening
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White
Enchnated Evening Bitty Polka Dot

Freshly Fallen
Stamps: Freshly Fallen
Dies: Freshly Fallen, In the Meadow Slopes
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse

Phrase Play #9
Stamps: Phrase Play #9, Big Ticket Basics, Canned
Dies: Big Ticket Border, Phrase Play #9, Fancy Flakes, Button Stackers
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White, New Leaf
Ink: Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homemade Holiday Gifts & Tags

It's the last Group Post Day for the October Papertrey Ink Releaes. And boy oh boy, do I have stuff to show you! I've got several new products coming out this month and we're featuring a bunch today. Not only that, Nichole has an awesome new line of items intended to pretty up your Ball Jar gifts. It's a gift giving extravaganza! Let's get going.

First up, is a pint jar full of deliciously creamy peppermint cream cheese mints. This is my first time making a recipe like this and I found it to be easy and fun. The final product? So very yummy. My kids adore these. I put them all in a pint sized Ball jar, all prettied up with all these fabulous new products.

I found that I could make a paper jar seal (the real metal one is under neath) for the pint jar using the Limitless Layers 2.5" Circle Dies. It has be die cut with the new Cross Stitched Alphabet and handsewn with floss. Such a homespun look! I monogrammed it with our family initial, because let's be honest, it is my kids who are going to be gobbling these lovelies up. A felt candy cane from Seasonal Stitches: Candy Cane hangs off the jar lid as well. I doubled up the Vintage Cream Felt for some thickness and opted to add my color with red floss. Down below you'll see how I used the stripe layers to add color to this candy cane in another way.

I die cut the Folded Foodie die and embossed it in white with the coordinating stamp from Canned. The "Homemade" is from Canned as well. The word "candy" is from an older set called "Just For You" and I found it to be the perfect compliment to this set. Lots of options. A heart from the Love Lives Here Collection adds a little touch of love to the tag.

I had a neat discovery while working with this project...the Jar Bonnet Dies can be used to cut two layers of tissue paper that will fit nicely and easily under the jar collar. This way you can get that ruffled look and still have fun decorating the jar top.:) And seriously...I just love being able to work with red glitter polka dot tissue paper. Who wouldn't? (I found it at Hobby Lobby if you want to get it yourself.)

I'm seeing lots of jarred gifts being given this holiday season, how about you?:)

Moving on, we've got the new Vintage Favor Box and Just a Little Something Stamp Set + Dies to feature. I've been referencing it all week and have used the stamp set on a few cards on Day 2 of the countdown. Now it is time to see it all in action. The stamp and dies are designed to work together to make a windowed treat box that is fully decorated.

The Vintage Favor Box has the option of becoming completely sealed up when assembled with an optional zipper die to create a way in. Here, I placed the zipper on the back of my box.

Curious how this all works? I've made a how-to video for you. Just click play to learn the details. And several more Vintage Favor Box/Just a Little Something combinations below.

With Halloween on the horizon, I wanted to make a spooky fun Vintage Favor Box to celebrate the holiday and inspire you if you get this in the mail before the big day. I opted NOT to put in a window, but instead used other stamps in the Just a Little Something stamp set to decorate the front of the box a different way. The ghost is from Polka Dot Parade #8.

I pulled one of my long time favorites from my collection, Spooky Sweets II, and used a sentiment to decorate the sides of the box. The sentiment across the banner is from Spooky Sweets also.

Next, I wanted to show you a card/box combination for gift giving. I used the Just a Little Something stamp set to decorate both the box and the card.

As you can see, this stamp set is very versatile and works well beyond the companion Vintage Favor Box. Look how well that seal works from Just a Little Something on the Limitless Layers 1.75" Circle Dies. I love to make things coordinate with as many products as possible. Other items here include Note Niblets, Stitched Rectangle Dies, and Women of Life.

Here's the Vintage Favor Box with all the same elements from the card. The only change I made here was I used a sentiment from It's a Banner Day. All four sentiments included in that set fit this banner nicely.

Not only does Just a Little Something decorate the front of the Vintage Favor Box, but the sides as well with a matching curly frame rectangle stamp. Also included in Just a Little Something are four mini sentiments that can be stamped on the sides within the frame. If you look at the above card, you have a really good look at the rectangle stamp and the little sentiment that says "because I love you". A nice touch.

One last offering for the Vintage Favor Box. Here I opted to cut the top flaps and leave it open at the top. The front is decorated with apples from Back to School and a dotted "x" from Stitched With Love.

I've got to tell you about these homemade caramels. My eyes are rolling back in my head out of bliss when I think of how they taste. They are Apple Cider Caramels and I got the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. AMAZING. Lots of depth and complex flavor. I will be making these every year. Just a note, I halved the salt in the recipe and I felt the end result turned out fine. More than fine.As in, I-don't-want-to-do-anything-else-but-chew-on-these-caramels-all-day-long-FINE. So there you go...don't need that extra sodium.

Moving on, we've got the new Stitched Tag Collection and new Seasonal Stitches for winter.The Stitched Tag is perfect to hold a gift card and would look great hanging on a tree or trimming a present. Make them once, reuse them a lot. They are a gift all by themselves. Your recipient can reuse them next year too:).

Here we've got the Seasonal Stitches: Holly decorating the Stitched Tag. You have two options for the berry. It can be a flat circular berry (depending on your project this might be a perfect option for you), or you can use the pinwheel berry to make this 3D berry by stitching and gathering the petals.

Stitched Holiday Words were used to add "Joy" to this tag. Love how that looks.

Here's another Stitched Tag for you using the Seasonal Stitches: Candy Cane dies. I used the layered option (the jar above, I chose to add the stripes with floss) on this project. Nice to have different ways of using it depending on the project.

One last tag. This one uses my new Cross Stitched Alphabet Dies and the coordinating stamp set, Cross Stitched. There is a large pattern block included in the stamp set. I spaced it in such a way that you can do this. First I die cut my letter. Then I stamped my large pattern, making sure to line up the "x's" with the holes created with my die. And lastly, I stitched the letter with floss. So you have this ink/floss combo. Pretty neat, huh?

Also included in Cross Stitch is single, double, triple, and quadruple stitches so you can easily stitch your Cross Stitch Alphabet Dies with ink instead of floss for a super quick project that still has that homespun look.

One last project for you using the Seasonal Stitches: Holly and Cross Stitched Alphabet Dies. I love hoop art and thought I'd take a stab at it for a holiday decoration. This is a 10" embroidery hoop. I bet you are wondering how I got the holes-only dies of the Cross Stitched Alphabet to work here. I've got a tip for you...

....I made myself a pattern using the Cross Stitched Alphabet Dies and vellum. They make Vanishing Ink Pens that fade away either with time, water, or an iron so you can mark your fabric through the holes created with stitching dies onto larger projects. This way, you are not limited by the size of your cutting plates. How fabulous is that?

A word to the wise, I marked my pattern twice. Once through the holes in the pattern I created and then again to darken the holes when I removed the pattern. This really helped to make my pattern stand out.

I just found these pens on Amazon and will be ordering them right away. The black pen will work really well on patterned fabric. The ink disappears when hit by the iron. Awesome. My crafting world just expanded a bit!

Here's a close up of those letters. With stitching dies in general, the holes and stitching is all very precise thanks to the pre-cut holes. I find that you lose a little bit of that in the transfer of the pattern...and that's a GOOD THING. Charming, I would say, to have that look. It's very close to perfect, but with a rustic touch. :)

So that's A LOT to think about. :) Hope you enjoyed all the projects. Even more linked up below when you go on a bit of a blog hop with the PTI girls. All these products and more will be available tomorrow night at 10 PM EST at

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell
Lexi Daly
Melissa Bickford


Mint Jar
Stamps: Canned, Just For You
Dies: Jar Bonnet, Folded Foodie Die, Seasonal Stitches: Candy Cane, Cross Stitched Alphabet, Love Lives Here, Limitless Layers 2.5" Circle
Ink: Pure Poppy
Vintage Cream Felt
Soft Blush Cardstock

Granola Mix Box
Stamps: Just A Little Something
Dies: Vintage Favor Box, Just A Little Something Dies
Ocean Tides and Stamper's Select White Cardstock
Simply Chartreuse and Pinefeather Ink

Halloween Box
Stamps: Just a Little Something, Polka Dot Parade #8, Spooky Sweets II
Dies: Vintage Favor Box, Just a Little Something, Polka Dot Parade #8
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Stamper's Select Whie, Orange Zest
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest

Daughter Gift Ensemble
Stamps: Just a Little Something, Women of Life, Note Niblets, It's A Banner Day
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Vintage Favor Box, Limitless Layers 1.75" Circle, Note Niblets, Just a Little Something
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Melon Berry, Classic Kraft
Ink: Classic Kraft, Melon Berry Dark Chocolate

Apple Caramel Box
Stamps: Back to School, Stitched With Love
Dies: Vintage Favor Box, Back to School
Ink: New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft

Felt Tags
Dies: Stitched Tag, Seasonal Stitches: Holly, Seasonal Stitches: Candy Cane, Stitched Holiday Words
Felt: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Vintage Cream
Ribbon: Aqua Mist Satin, Hibiscus Burst Grosgrain

H Monogrammed Tag
Stamps: Cross Stitched
Dies: Cross Stitched Alphabet, Tag Sale #5
Ink: New Leaf
Red Floss

Holly Jolly Hoop
Dies: Cross Stitched Alphaet, Seasonal Stitches: Holly
Felt: Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse

Monday, October 13, 2014

Introducing Songbirds

We are at the first group post of October for the Papertrey Ink release and boy, are you in for a treat. Nichole designed the new Songbirds stamp set and dies. And they are amazing. I'm completely enchanted. So much detail and sophistication in design. And then you combine that with versatility and effortless projects....well, it will be a long time before this one gets taken off my desk. I adore it.

My first card focuses mainly on the Songbird Die Collection. Both the leaf spray and the bird are cut out of colored cardstock using the dies. See all the detail? I love it. This card came together so quick because of it too.

The sentiment is stamped from Songbirds on a Fine Linen gingham strip from Canned. You'll see more of that tomorrow. As for the open frame on my project, I used the negative cut from the pocket of the Stitched Tag Collection. Isn't it fabulous with that curve? You'll see more from Stitched Tag tomorrow too, but I thought I'd show the fun "extra" use today.

Next up, I have a holiday card for you featuring the Songbirds stamps. The leaf sprays were stamped in opposing corners in New Leaf and then stamped again slightly askew from the first stamping without cleaning my stamp. This creates a bit of a shadow. A classic generational inking technique.

I stamped the large square curly frame from Just a Little Something to frame off my sentiment and songbirds in Pure Poppy. The music and lyric stamp from Songbirds was stamped on the coordinating die cut (love that there is a die cut for this!) and serves as a perch for my birdies. The itty bitty sentiment is from Snow Globe Sentiments and fits the space between the curls in that frame perfectly.

Next up, I have a tag created using Songbirds. I have an inspiration piece in my 1960's folder back for Stamp-A-Faire 2014 that has birds stacked on top of each other in a vertical arrangement like this. Very easy to do and looks great in an ombre color scheme. The sentiment is from Songbirds also and the tag is Basic Bookmark 2

Lastly, I have a sneak to share using my new Cross Stitched Alphabet Dies being released this month as well. These beauties are large and look fabulous as monograms on all sorts of projects. I thought I'd take an old trick back from my scrapbooking days by making a mixed font title for my card. This allowed me to put a whole word on my card front AND use the Cross Stitched Alphabet Dies. Because they are so large, words over 5 letters won't fit on a card. But if you mix them up with other stamps and dies, you get this awesome eclectic look that gives you more flexibility. Looks great, doesn't it?:)

Thanks for stopping by. I'll see you tomorrow with LOTS and LOTS of goodies.:) More inspiration below. And remember, all these products and more will be available at 10 PM EST at

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell
Lexi Daly
Melissa Bickford


Thank You Card
Stamps: Songbird, Canned
Die Cuts: Songbird, Stitched Tag
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Orange Zest, Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Classic Kraft
Ink: Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate

Merry Christmas Card
Stamps: Songbird, Just a Little Something, Snow Globe Sentiments
Die Cuts: Songbird
Cardstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White
Ink: New Leaf, True Black, Pure Poppy

Bookmark Tag
Stamps: Songbird
Dies: Basic Bookmark 1
Ink: Tropical Teal, Ocean Tides, Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon
Smokey Shadow Grosgrain Ribbon
Button: Lavender Moon

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Stitched With Love, Alphablocks
Dies: Bookprint Uppers, Modern Uppers, Cross Stitched Alphabet, Sew Stylish Alphabet 1, Fillable Frame #9, Birthday Trio
Ink; True Black
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, True Black, Stamper's Select White
Felt: Limeade Ice

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monthly Moments: October and Seasonal Stitches: Snowman

Full speed ahead on the October Release of Papertrey Ink!We are at the half way point. Whew! Ready for some more projects?

Today I've got a card featuring the October Monthly Moments products. Great colors are used in the journaling pad. Very Halloween. I cut up a bunch of the patterns with my Cover Plate: Circles and then added the spooky patterns to the openings of a full sized cut of the cover plate in Stamper's Select White.

The pumpkin is made up of the "trick or treat" circle stamp in the October Monthly Moments set. I added in a pumpkin stem and leaf from Polka Dot Parade #8. This was all stamped on a 1.75" Limitless Layers Circle. The "x" circle border is from an oldie but goodie...Daily Designs. Lots of useful frames there on that set. All in all, a fun and bright Halloween card. Nice to have a little change up from all the winter holiday stuff. :)

Nichole introduced all the new Seasonal Stitches Dies yesterday. I'll be putting them all to use here on the blog over the next few days. I read a few comments about wanting to see the Seasonal Stitches:Snowman in action. Happy to do that! Here I made two pencil toppers out of the Seasonal Stitches Snowman by stitching two full sized snowman cuts together and  leaving an opening in the bottom (4 holes worth) to put a pencil in. Make the hole a little wider and you've got a finger puppet for sweet little hands to play with.

The arms are optional on the snowman. I made one with and one without here, so you can see. They are sized to be stitched in the back of the snowman on the second holes down from the scarf. You first stitch the hands/arms just for detail. When you go to sew the perimeter of the snowman, you stitch them in at the same time.

I used brads for the eyes on these two. French knots would work really well too.

Next up, a small tote bag for giving little holiday goodies.I went with a completely different look for my snowman here to show you how customizable it can be.

For the arms, I stitched them down toward the body so it looks like they are touching the stitched heart from the Seasonal Stitches: Eggs collection. The scarf got a striped appearance with the help of a few extra stitches with my needle after I was done sewing it to the snowman. And I used seed beads for the eyes.

Want to know how I made this little bag?  It is two cuts of the Stitched Rectangle Dies and two trimmed Stitched Ornament Hanger cuts. There is a six hole-only die included in the Stitched Ornament Hanger die. I used that to put holes in my straps and "bag". They lined up and were easy to sew together.

With multiple sizes in the Stitched Rectangle Dies, you can create several sizes of this project if you wish, depending on your needs. And if you are needing a last minute Halloween gift, make a few out of Orange Zest Felt and either the Along Came A Spider Dies or Seasonal Stitches: Pumpkin Face Dies. Perfect and adorable.

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed. All these products and more will be available in a few short days at You can buy them at 10 PM EST on October 15th.

More inspiration below:

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell
Lexi Daly
Melissa Bickford


Trick of Treat Card
Stamps: Monthly Moments: October, Polka Dot Parade #8, Daily Designs
Dies: 1.75" Limitless Layers Circles, Polka Dot Parade #8, Dangling Stars, Circle Cover Plate
Cardstock: Royal Velvet, Stamper's Select White, Royal Velvet
Patterned Paper: October Journaling Cards
Ink: Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, True Black

Snowman Pencil Toppers
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Snowman
Felt: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Autumn Rose, Lavender Moon, Melon Berry, Smokey Shadow

Snowman Mini Tote Bag
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Snowman, Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Ornament Hanger, Seasonal Stitches: Egg
Felt: Winter Wisteria, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow, Lavender Moon, Melon Berry
Lavender Moon Button

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Day 2 of the October Release

Welcome back to more fun for the October Papertrey Ink Release.I was feeling very inky yesterday, so I put the needle and thread aside for a bit and made up some cards to show you today instead. No worries, I'll get back to the stitching here soon.

If you follow the sneak peeks, you'll know that I have two stamp sets coming out this month. Just a Little Something was originally designed to decorate a new Favor It Box that I have coming out. I'll leave those darling details for another day. (So very cute!)  I like to draw out the fun a bit.

Like a great deal of the PTI catalog, the value comes in the versatility of the products. So I'll show you two cards I made using the Just a Little Something stamp set and the coordinating dies today. Turns out, it is a very useful stamp set to have around.

Here is a card using the multi-step seal and banner from Just A Little Something. Everything was designed to fit seamlessly together so you can use the stamps on a single layer of paper like I did here on this cut of Tag Sale #8. I pulled the sentiment from Simply You. Love how the scrolly "you" layers over the seal.

I tilted the Diagonal Stripes Cover Plate on my card front at the same angle as my banner on the tag. A strip of Hawaiian Shores cardstock helps to draw your eye along to the card to the sentiment focal point.

On this next card, I busted out the Just A Little Something Die Collection to go along with the stamp set. The banner has two different dies, so you can raise up the long top portion above the edges with dimensional adhesive. The striped half circles have a single die as well. I used half of that here and left the top half open to tuck in floral elements from The Best Is Yet To Be. I used the circle frame stamp (like I used in the above card) to stamp around the opening. And this time, I added the large curly corner frame to finish everything off. All in all, very handy individual elements that can be used as a nice pairing on a card with your other stamp sets.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll have more tomorrow...and the day after...and the day after that. Lots to show you! Lots for me to play with.

More inspiration below:

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Laura Bassen
Maile Belles
Dawn McVey
Melissa Bickford
Lexi Daly


You Are Amazing Card
Stamps: Just A Little Something, Simply You
Dies: Diagonal Cover Plate, Love Lives Here, Tag Sale #8
Cardstock: Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Hawaiian Shores, True Black

Congratulations Card
Stamps: Just A Little Something, The Best Is Yet To Be
Dies: Just A Little Something, The Best Is Yet To Be
Cardstock: Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Papertrey Ink Release Day 1

Here we are, kicking it all up again for the October Papertrey Ink Release. We've got five days of fun and inspiration ahead of you. Hope ya'll are ready:).

I've got several new items this month with Chapter 3 Designs. Today I'm going to be featuring one of four new Seasonal Stitches: Winter dies. All four have a holiday theme. My first one,  Seasonal Stitches: Bows, can be used year around. It looks absolutely fantastic on a few stitching dies previously released.

Seasonal Stitches: Bows is a natural match up with Clever Barrette Covers. I made sure that there was a die that cut just the holes for the rectangle of the bow, so the felt bow could be sewn directly into the Clever Barrette Cover. Perfect for decorating a pair of piggie tails.

All four of the Seasonal Stitches: Winter dies are very layered and detailed and look fantastic stitched up. These bows in particular are made up of four different layers. But you can just as easily leave off the bow tails and use it with just the loops. There are separate dies for each option. Would also look absolutely fantastic made out of fabric.

I think this is quite possibly the cutest Coffee Cozy I've ever made. Simple sophistication with a jaunty bow. Again, I used the stitches only die for the bow "knot" to stitch it to my coffee cozy, so I could sew it on at an angle. Looks of dimension with the loops and the tails pulled up and away from the coffee cozy backing.

I was wishing for a coffee cozy the other day while on a camping trip. My Copco mug looked just like my husband's and I kept drinking his. This cozy is going in the camping bag. Next time out, it will be a "glamping" trip. :) All because of jaunting bowed coffee cozy. I might have to walk to the bath house to wash my face because our new pop up doesn't have a restroom, but I have a cute coffee cozy, so all is right in the world. :)

Both the team and I have a lot more coming your way over the next few days. I'm off to work on it all. Hope you are as excited as we are.

Nichole Heady
Melissa Phillips
Ashley Cannon-Newell
Dawn McVey
Betsy Veldman
Lizzie Jones
Melissa Bickford
Lexi Daly

Seasonal Stitches: Bows and all the new October PTI goodies will be available on October 15th at 10 PM EST at


Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Bows, Clever Barrette Covers
Felt: Limeade Ice, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, and Vintage Cream

Coffee Cozy
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Bows, Coffee Cozy
Felt: Tropical Teal, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Some Paper Smooches Projects

Time to put up some new Paper Smooches Stamps projects that I've done over the last couple weeks.:)

As I was making this card using the Big Balloon Dies and the Halloween Icon Dies, I was telling myself that this scene was straight out of my nightmares. Sure, it looks all friendly with those festive patterned balloons. But then you throw in the spiders dangling from the strings and I'm running for the hills in sheer terror. All of which tells you that these elements working together make a good Halloween card.

This is the new Cityscapes 1 die working with the buildings from Super 2 Dies. The world has been a very horrible place over the last few months and I made this on a day that I had read some particularly bad news on It made me feel a little better to express myself when making this east meets west ornament for the front of the card.

How absolutely fun are the Curly Cloud Dies? Everything but the bird and the solid clouds are inlaid into the medium turquoise panel. I love any excuse to use the Rainbow Die.

This card uses the Holy Holiday stamp set for that fabulous sentiment. Lots of usage of the Stitched Dies too. They really got a work out.

I adore this little project. It is so itty bitty. Hard to tell the scale in the photo, but I was surprised how small it turned out to be. It uses both the Just for You Dies and stamp set. Got delivered to my sweet niece in England just a few days ago:). Cutting file is from the Silhouette Store and can be found here.

All these new items are available to purchase at the Paper Smooches Store. Pop on over if anything catches your interest.:)