Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Scroll Cover Plate Kicks it Old School-Style

Back again with another card using the Scroll Cover Plate for the PTI February Countdown. This time around I've dug through my stash to find some older PTI supplies that look great with these new addition. I love using the old with the new.

Scroll Cover Plate with Photo Finisher Strips from Papertrey Ink

First up, I cut the Scroll Cover Plate twice out of Stamper's Select cardstock. The outher most scrolled frame was separated and adhered on top of the other using foam tape.  Even before I did that, however, I sandwiched a Photo Finisher Strip die in between them and trim off the excess at the edges. It's stamped with a sentiment from Everyday Photo Finishers. Both of these products have been at the top of my favorites list since they were released. The Photo Finisher Strips are a really nice companion to the Scroll Cover Plate, as they both feature extra details on the dies.

And how about the Mat Stack 1 die and fitting in the opening of the Scroll Cover Plate? I stamped a Mat Stack 1 Collection image in Vintage Jadeite on Mint Julep cardstock to bring a little newness to that too.

All in all, this is another easy and fast card with lots of style using the new cover plates. The dies definitely do a lot of heavy lifting for you. It's all good!

Okey-dokey, more countdown days to go. We're counting down to the 15th at 10 pm EST when all these fabulous new items go live in the store. I'm making my wish list too!


Stamps: Mat Stack 1 Collection, Everyday Photo Finisher Strips
Dies: Scroll Cover Plate, Photo Finisher Strips, Mat Stack 1
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain, Mint Julep
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Vintage Jadeite

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

More Pretty Cover Plate Projects

Thank you for all the lovely comments yesterday about my two new cover plates being released in February with Papertrey Ink. This time of year, anything that brings smiles is super welcome in my little neck of the woods. I was smiling for sure yesterday. You brightened my day a bit. And got me excited to share more. I can't stop with these two dies. All the bits and pieces on my craft table are sparking lots of new ideas and interpretations. Loving that.

I've got two new Pretty Cover Plate cards for you today. Both use just pieces from the cover plate instead of the whole, leaving the others to be used on other projects. Sometimes, one or two is all you need.


This card uses the second and inner most frames of the Pretty Cover Plate. I cut the one out of Lovely Lady (YAY for new colors!!!!!) and the inner most panel was cut out of Dawn's new Peonies on Parade Coloring Sheets. (Oh man, these things are great. I'm very much hooked. Great for an easy creative fix when you need one.) Because of the open aperture  of the frame die, I could position it where ever I wanted on the coloring sheet. I turned it this way and that before I cut. It ended up being turned a full 90 degrees on the sheet to get this look. I then colored it with Copics to keep myself busy and happy during the Super Bowl:).

Both of these cuts were positioned on a True Black card front. I stamped an image from the 2015 Birthday Tags on Aqua Mist cardstock and mounted on a vellum cut of Limitless Layers Ovals. Very mailable and stylish card.


Next up, using the Pretty Cover Plate again, I wanted to show how the outer most frame could be used with all your other existing cover plates to give a contrasting frame of color along the edge. In this case, I used Sweet Blush card stock to frame out a Stormy Seas cut of the Peony Cover Plate. Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, and Mint Julep inks are sponged onto a white card base to highlight areas of the peony. Stacked Sentiments helps me out by providing a stylish sentiment in a fade from Soft Stone to Stormy Seas.

Thanks for joining me today. Head back to Nichole's blog to see more inspiration from the products being featured today. And I'll be back tomorrow with more cards.

If you are interested in adding any of these products to your collection, the new February release is available at at 10 PM EST, Feb 15th.


Floral Birthday
Stamps: 2015 Birthday Tags
Dies: Pretty Cover Plate, Limitless Layers 2 1/4" Ovals
Cardstock: True Black, Aqua Mist, Lovely Lady
Canvas Vellum
Peonies On Parade Coloring Sheets

Thanks Peony Card
Stamps: Stacked Sentiments
Dies: Pretty Cover Plate, Stacked Sentiments, Peony Cover Plate
Cardstock: Stormy Seas, Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush
Ink: Mint Julep, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Soft Stone, Stormy Seas

Monday, February 8, 2016

Two New Cover Plates at PTI

I'm hopping in the fray here with the Papertrey Ink Anniversary and February Release activities with two new Cover Plates that I designed recently. Back in January, I released the Charmed Cover Plate to go along with my birthstone stamp set, Charmed. And I fell in love with it. The flames of inspiration burned! LOL! I just had to do something about that. It was keeping me up at night. Now I have two new Cover Plates to show for it.

Matt asked me just the other day if things usually work out as I expect with the product design or does the actual product turn out better. Hands down, better. When you get the product in your hand for the first time and finally start creating with it, it is such a high. And there's just no comparing what you see on a computer screen with what you can actually create with. Needless to say, with the Pretty and Scrolled Cover Plates that I've been working with the last few days, I've been having a blast. And I have a pile of the prettiest cards in front of me. So happy with these.

I don't know, doesn't seem like any flames have been doused. If anything, creative inspiration rages even hotter. Might have to do something about that too.

Like Charmed before them, the Scrolled and Pretty Cover Plates are made up of four nested frames, bursting with detail, that can be used together or separately, to create a variety of looks. These two in particular work well in various combinations. I've been having a good time pulling out stamp sets and revisiting old favorites to give them a new look.

Scrolled Frame from Papertrey Ink

First up, the Scrolled Cover Plate. Lots of beautiful scrolls on the outside frame and a eye-catching sunburst for the frame nested within. Love the color combo here of Aqua Mist and Mint Julep.

Feeling very spring-like, I used both the Etched Eggs Die Cuts and stamp set and the Balloon Strings Dies to put together this Easter card. It's a very easy card that comes together very quickly.

Pretty Cover Plate by Papertrey Ink

Next up, we have the Pretty Cover Plate in shades of Soft Blush and Melon Berry. Dotted scallop detail on the outside frame and an clean, botanically inspired frame nested within. This card shows one of my favorite was to use these Cover Plates, by using frames 1,2, and 4 and utilizing the negative space for frame number 3 (the white of the card shows through on this sample).

Easy stamping here as well with Fresh Floral Wrap Ups and Scripted Sentiments in Smokey Seas.

That's it for me, but I'll be back. Lots of cards to share. More inspiration for today can be found on Nichole's blog.

The new Cover Plates will be available at 10 PM EST at on February 15th.


Easter Card
Stamps: Etched Eggs
Dies: Scrolled Cover Plate, Etched Eggs, Balloon Strings
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Mint Julep, Vintage Jadeite, and Stamper's Select White
Mint Julep and White Patterned Paper Collection
Ink: Stormy Seas

Birthday Girl Card
Stamps: Fresh Floral Cuts, Scripted
Dies: Pretty Cover Plate
Cardstock: Melon Berry, Soft Blush, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse, Stormy Seas

Friday, February 5, 2016

Papertrey Favorites

If you could take the level of excitement about Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary and transfer it to my house with my kids, there would be a sustained, high decibel scream from three little voices. In only the way kids can do. HA!

So....YEAH! Welcome! Time to have some fun as we start the celebrations.

Today we're talking about our favorites. Favorite moments and favorite projects as the team is introduced. You can tell that we are a happy bunch. No changes this year. We're all back for another 12 months of creativity and fun.

I personally, have a lot product planned for the next year. I know I've been doing this for a few years now, but it wasn't until this past fall when we were illustrating for 2016 that I have felt really comfortable with the drawing program. Mama's got some skills, now. Watch out. I can't wait to share.

Looking at what I have planned, a great deal of it is inspired by this little family life I lead here at home. The kids and the things that they are into are my greatest form of inspiration.  My heart is in my work like never before. Looking forward to showing that to you.

As for favorite moments, that Vogue video from SAF is high at the top of the list. But I had a feeling everybody is going to be referencing that. It is definitely hard to top that for the year.

So after searching through the memory banks a little further. I think it is safe to say that I stitched up more than my fair share of felt Christmas ornaments over the last six months.

Typically, you do a lot of projects being on the PTI team and everything that gets created, has a tendency to be lumped together due to sheer volume. Those Christmas ornaments, however, as I was hanging them on the tree (and everyone of them got put to use), stood out so much for me. It was more than just a sense of pride. Perhaps it was a bit of legacy and tradition. Because I knew back in November that I would be hanging those ornaments on my tree for years to come and that my family would associate them with something Mom made. They'll forget that I "designed" them as the years pass. And that's fine. I don't need them to remember that at all.  It's more important to me that something that is going to become part of our holiday tradition is an item(s) that I made with my own hands. With love. For them. It's what is all about for me. So here's to many more autumns spent making felt ornaments for our tree. Eventually, the felt ornaments will be made for the kids when they are grown and out on their own. It all started here. And here's to many more happy years for Papertrey Ink. 

Bookmarks with Bibliophile and Stitched Bookmark

As for favorite projects, I love these bookmarks using the Stitched Bookmark and stamps from Bibliophile. The color combination here is Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, and Classic Kraft.

Charmed Cover Plate, Stitched Floral Cluster 1, and Stacked Sentiments by Papertrey Ink

Nichole challenged us to make a new project using the same color scheme for today. Here's a card I made yesterday. All the same colors with the Charmed Cover Plate, Stacked Sentiments, and Floral Cluster 1

Thanks for stopping by today. Looking forward to spending the next ten days with you. And make sure you click back to Nichole's blog to participate in the fun today. 


Stitched Bookmarks
Stamps: Bibliophile
Dies: Stitched Bookmark, Bibliophile
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist
Patterned Paper: Berry Sorbet Simple Stripe, Harvest Gold Bitty Dot and Polka Dot
Topnotch Twill: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, and Classic Kraft

Hello There Card
Stamps: Stacked Sentiments
Dies: Charmed Cover Plate, Floral Cluster 1, Butterfly Cover Plate
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select White
Dotted Printed Vellum
Lemon Tart Gingham Patterned Paper

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Introducing Coin Purse II Dies

Hey ya'll here on Day 5 of the January Papertrey Ink Countdown! Sneaking in here on the last day with a new product release. Surprise! I've got a new stitching die this release with the Coin Purse II Stitching Dies. This one has a lot of variation jammed into one small package. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Here it is....a fold over flap with a button closure and contrasting patches. I used the Floral Cluster I Die to add decorative detail to both the outside and the inside....

Sttiched Ladybug and Floral Cluster 1 on the inside of Copin Purse II Dies by Papertrey Ink

The Seasonal Stitches: Ladybug out of Sweet Blush felt makes a sweet friend when you open up your purse.

Click below to view the tutorial video on how this comes together and how the button closure works.

Here's another Coin Purse II put together for you to give you an additional idea.


I found a completely done Seasonal Stitched: Bow laying around that was extra from a previous project. I hot glued it to the front of my Hibiscus Burst coin purse. I LOVE how nicely these two items go together.


For the back inside lining, I used fabric treated with Heat N' Bond and cut with the die. Works just like the felt. Less bulk too. Love the burst of pattern when you open the coin purse.

A few tips just for quick reference when creating Coin Purse II Die projects:
  1. Only run your felt through your die cut machine with the die one time. If you do it more than once, you risk ripping the holes through the edge when your die jumps/bounces on your cutting plates.
  2. You need to use a button between 3/8" to 1/2" for the button loop that is included. Anything just over 1/2" will be too big.
  3. Use a small safety pin through both layers of felt for your stitch marker in the flap to prevent ripping out the stitching hole with the bulk of the safety pin. To be even more on the safe side, forgo the safety pin and just sew a loop of floss through that hole. It is easy to remove when you want to take it out with a snip of a pair of scissors. 

Valentine's Day felt treat bags using stitching dies from Papertrey Ink

When I was originally designing the Coin Purse II Die, I realized I had a little room within the open die to play with. What else could I do? I ended up designing a single die that allows you weave in Papertrey Ink ribbon (sized just right for this!) and turns our coin purse into more of a drawstring sack/bag. I personally think this last minute idea is the main attraction! Love how this turned out!


Here's a great view of how the ribbon slot die works and the ribbon weaves in on the bag of my Valentine's Day sacks. So pretty. Ribbon is wrapped around the front and tied.


I've personalized the front of my bags with the Small Stitched Alphabet Die with some Valentine's Day sayings. A tag from the Christmas Tree Change Up Card Die Collection hangs off a loop with a safety pin. It is easily removable without having to untie the bow.


And while I was on a roll with it all, might as well make this little packages all ready to go here in a few weeks. I made this card using the Cross Stitched, Happy Hearts, Monthly Moments: February, and Monthly Moments: October stamp sets. It is sized to 3.5"x 5" to fit both the bag and to allow the logo on the fancy chocolate bar to show above.

Click here to see how easy the drawstring bag/sack is to assemble.

As always with me, once I get going, I just can't stop. I have a few variations for you using this die collection. The versatility is amazing.


I used two of the large die (the one that is used to create the back of the coin purse with the fold down flap) and the included ribbon slot die. I folded over the top and woven ribbon through to tie on the side. Two large sized Basic Grey magnets are adhered on the backside of the flaps to keep this closed. It makes a lovely jewelry sack and the magnets will snag and hold your jewelry piece if for some reason it accidentally slips out.

This makes a great gift of a statement necklace for a birthday. Especially when teamed up with a birthstone birthday card created with last month's Charmed and Gem Stone Cover Plate.


A close up of the jewelry bag. This is a piece of cake to put together. So very easy and quick with the bias stitch. If you are thinking of dipping a toe into the stitching die waters, this is an excellent place to start. Great, effortless results!


Next up, I have a little girl's personalized purse! I even have a clever way to put it on a chain.


You can use the ribbon slot die to create a channel for your chain. To add strength and durability, the backside of the ribbon slot area is treated with Heat N' Bond. Fuse-able plastic is only a good thing here.


The chain is something I found at Michael's and is under the Bead Landing brand. Topnotch Twill is woven through.


A loop in the chain is made when you tie the ends together at the top. A bow looks adorable on the shoulder of a little girl.


I used all sorts of stitching die goodies to personalize this purse for my niece. I was totally inspired by Punky Brewster and her mix and match style. You've got Sew Stylish I and II, Cross Stitch Alphabet, Coffee Cozy Details, Small Stitched Alphabet Die, Floral Cluster I Die, and Alpha Blocks. You can certainly simplify with whatever dies you have on hand.

I felt that there was a lot of info to rely with these variations and the very best way to rely that to you was in a chit chatty video. Click play to learn all the ends and outs.

That's it from me. Thanks for stopping by. This new stitching die collection will be available on 1/15/16 at 10 PM EST at More inspiration can be found at Nichole's blog. Looking forward to seeing everybody's designs today.


Ladybug Coin Purse
Dies: Coin Purse II, Seasonal Stitches: Ladybug, Floral Cluster Die 1
Felt: Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream
Ocean Tides Button

Pink Bow Coin Purse
Dies: Coin Purse II, Seasonal Stitches: Bow
Felt: Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist
Heat N' Bond
Cotton Fabric

Drawstring Valentine Day Bag Projects
Dies: Coin Purse II, Small Stitched Alphabet, Heart Cover Plate, Christmas Tree Change Up Card Dies
Felt: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy
Ribbon: Hibiscus Burst Polka Dot, Pure Poppy Grosgrain
Stamps: Cross Stitch, Happy Hearts, Monthly Moments: October, Monthly Moments: February

Jewelry Gift Set
Dies: Coin Purse II, Gemstone Cover Plate, Charmed
Felt: Winter Wisteria
Ribbon: Scarlet Jewel Satin Ribbon
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria, Scarlet Jewel, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Scarlet Jewl
Large Basic Grey Magnets

Julia's Purse
Dies: Coin Purse II Dies, Cross Stitched Alphabet, Sew Stylish 1 and II Alphabet, Small Stitched Alphabet, Alpha Blocks, Floral Cluster 1 Die, Coffee Cozy Details
Felt: Tropical Teal, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Royal Velvet
Topnotch Twill in Royal Purple
Large Basic Grey Magnets

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Card for All Those Coloring Book Gifts

Adult coloring books. I'm giving a few this holiday season. Just a nice way to slow down and relax. And finding that they are the "perfect" gift for the hard to please tween/teen. Sending a few over to England for a niece and nephew. Wondering if the trend is alive and well over there or if it is only stateside.

Pencil Me In by Papertrey Ink for coloring book gifts

This is the card that is hopping the pond here in a few days...along with the coloring books. I really wanted to use Star Scribbles, but that sucker is lost somewhere in the abyss that is my office right now. Sigh. Hoping it turns up.

Would be easy to adapt using different colors and sentiment for coloring book gifts outside the holidays.

Supplies by Papertrey Ink: Pencil Me In, Holiday Wet Paint, Circle Scribbles

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Some Additional Ideas for Charmed

Bonus day for me! I got my Charmed stamp set and want to pop in here on Release Day (new products are available tonight at 10 PM EST at and show you a few different ways to use Charmed.

What you already know is that Charmed is about using birthstones to personalize birthday cards. Betsy is releasing some fantastic gem products that perfectly compliment the theme. (Can you believe we did these two things independently of each other...happen sometimes.) I'm taking the approach today with two cards that adhesive gemstones, studs, jeweled brads, glitter epoxy dots, etc., are staples in the papercrafting world and are the perfect way to embellish Charmed cards. We all have them. TONS of them. So anything you can slap an adhesive gemstone on, can work with Charmed! It's a great way to use everybody's favorite embellishments.

Also, as I'm sure you've seen by now on Nichole's blog, there's more to Charmed than just the birthstone stamps in that vintage font. For each of the 12 birthstones, you have a "for your BIRTHMONTH birthday" stamp to personalize cards for the birthday celebrant.

You also have 12 stamps that each have two qualities that the individual gemstones symbolize. Each birthstone has a meaning. Often multiple meanings. This not being a hard science, nobody really agrees on what each birthstone means. In my research, I really didn't find a lot of consistency. And can I be honest...for this person who was educated in a science field...this drove me complete insane. LOL! I did my best to pick qualities that are ones you'd most likely would want to use on a card and that gave the set overall the most variety.

And lastly, Charmed has two sentiments that you can add to the inside of the card and match up with the quality stamps.

OK. Got that? LOL! Let's get to the projects.

Use the Charmed stamp set and dies with any papercrafting item you can embellish with a gemstone

I've used the stamp for Ruby as the jumping off point for this card. I love how all the DT members had a personal reason to pick the birth month that they did. Often, it was to use their own birthstone. I'm no different. July Baby over here.

I wanted to use gemstones to accent flowers. So I broke out Embellished Elegance to do just that. This being July, the flowers are Blueberry Sky with ruby centers. I also put my sentiment on a die cut stamped with Boutique Borders Friends. The entire Boutique Borders collection is the perfect match to Charmed. The style of the frames is nicely suited to the font in Charmed.

Another inside sentiment option for Charmed by Papertrey Ink

On the inside of this card, I placed the qualities that a ruby represents in one of the inside sentiments. This is also stamped on Boutique Borders Friends. I'm actually saving this card for a friend, so it works well! And even if your recipient doesn't realize the symbolism, it's just a really nice thing to say.

Charmed with rhinestone accented snowflakes from Fab Flakes

For my second card, I jumped from one of the warmest months of the year, to one of the coldest with December. Gemstones accent Fab Flakes in shades of Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Tropical Teal to match December's birthstone. On all the birthstone stamps, there are dots before and after the word. You can use these as guides to place gemstones too. I also used my Copics to add a little shading on the word "turquoise".

The Charmed Frame has so many uses. The open silver rectangle? That's just an extra left over from another card. Save those...they are perfect for highlighting areas on your other cards.

Inside sentiment option for Charmed by Papertrey Ink

And here is the inside of this card with the two qualities a turquoise stone represents with the other inside sentiment in Charmed. I highlighted qualities with Copics in the same manner as I did on the front with the birthstone stamp.

So let's talk about those inside sentiments. I was don't have to use them with the birthstones at all! I've compiled a list below that matches basic sentiments on the front of the card with inside sentiments from Charmed. The basic sentiments are ones we all have in our collection. There's a lot of play in this stamp set! Very exciting and a great value.

Additional Occasions for inside sentiments using Charmed:

Front of Card: Happy Birthday
Inside of Card:  Blessings of Good Fortune & Happiness for today and always.
                          Blessing of Balance & Joy the whole year through.

Front of Card: Happy Graduation
Inside of Card: Wishing you Wisdom & Truth for today and always.
                          Blessings of Good Fortune & Happiness for today and always.

Front of Card: Happy New Year's
Inside of Card: Wishing you [ALL OPTIONS WILL WORK] the whole year through.

Front of Card: Feel Better (chronic illness)
Inside of Card: Wishing you Courage & Health for today and always.
                          Blessings of Energy & Hope for today and always.

Front of Card: Good Luck (trying to reach a goal of some sort)
Inside of Card: Wishing you Balance & Endurance for today and always.

Front of Card: I'll Miss You, So Long for Now, Safe Travels
Inside of Card: Blessings of Felicity & Protection for today and always.

Front of Card: Recovery
Inside of Card: Wishing you Vitality & Health for today and always.

Front of Card: Sympathy
Inside of Card: Blessings of Sincerity & Peace for today and always.

Front of Card: Happy Mother's Day
Inside of Card: Wishing you Balance & Joy the whole year through.

Front of Card: Happy Wedding Day
Inside of Card (stamp all of them!): Wishing you Constancy & Loyalty, Love & Commitment, Friendship & Contentment, Balance & Endurance, Good Fortune & Happiness for today and always.

OK. That's a wrap for me. Thanks for joining me this month. I'm back to holiday crafting and sharing of those projects. The race is on. Happy shopping tonight:). Looking forward to seeing your projects with items from this release.

Click back to Nichole's blog for more inspiration from the December Release.


July Birthday Card
Stamps: Charmed, Embellished Elegance, Boutique Borders Friends
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, True Black
Die Cuts: Charmed, Boutique Borders Friends

December Birthday Card
Stamps: Charmed, Fab Flakes
Dies: Charmed, Charmed Frame, Fab Flakes
Cardstock: Silver Shimmer, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal