Friday, August 15, 2014

August Release Projects

We are wrapping it up today on the PTI blogs for the August Release. I'm absolutely feeling ready for fall after a few weeks of working with all these rich colors and fun fall products. Hope you are as inspired as I am. Just a few more weeks away.

I've shared a lot over the last five days. Got just a few more projects for you.

Birthday Classics: September and Leaf Prints Stitches Dies: There are some very defined lines in the main sentiment this month in Birthday Classics, which allowed for this strip treatment. And loving Nichole's Leaf Print Stitches dies. Makes this card so very special to have that stitched detail.

Happy Spooky Halloween: Fun, fun, fun stuff. :) A very simple card using just one stamp set. I thought the main images from the stamp set looked great stacked on top of each other.

Phrase Play #7: That die cut leaf detail is a crafter's dream. Adore it. I split up the individual elements in the die to create this card. The word "thankful" gets a gradient treatment courtesy of my Copics. The Center Stage Cover Plate was used for the burlap paper chevrons.

Tick Tock: I adore cuckoo clocks, so this was a treat for me. I created this card by bringing in elements from Embellished Elegance and Hands of Time. Very detailed and fun to create.

Autumn Adornments: What a delicious stamp set. The borders can be used for so much. I stamped the dotted one four times, in a square shape. Great background for a trio of cut scalloped rectangles from the Table Service die.

That's it for me. Time to rest! Whew!:) Remember all these awesome new products will be available tonight at 10 PM EST at I hope you consider adding some to your collection.

More inspiration below. Thanks for the fun this week! See you again in September.

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


Birthday Classics: September
Stamps: Birthday Classics: September, Leaf Prints
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, Summer Sunrise, Orange 
Zest, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft
Ink: Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Scarlet Jewel
Dies: Leaf Prints, Leaf Prints Stitches Dies

Happy Spooky Halloween
Stamps: Happy Spooky Hallowen
Dies: Happy Spooky Halloween
Carstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Soft Stone, Orange Zest, True Black
Patterned Paper: Soft Stone Simple Stripe
Glitter Paper

Phrase Play #7
Stamps: Phrase Play #7
Dies: Phrase Play #7, Center Stage Cover Plate
Ink: Scarlet Jewel
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, Stamper's Select White
Burlap Paper
Dark Chocolate Button

Tick Tock
Stamps: Tick Tock, Embellished Elegance, Hands of Time
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Aqua Mist, Soft Blush
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Melon Berry, Classic Kraft
Dies: Tick Tock, Embellished Elegance

Autumn Adornments
Stamps: Autumn Adornments
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Orange Zest
Scarlet Jewel Bitty Dot Patterned Paper
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile
Dies: Table Service
Other: Maya Road embellishment

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Introducing Superstition...

...and Full Moon...and Everyday Cat Sentiments. Lots of fun stuff today from Chapter 3 Design. And I have a lot of cards for the last day of the August Papertrey Ink Release. Are you ready?!?!?

I really enjoyed creating and using Come All Ye Faithful + Additions last year for Christmas. The October Release wasn't even over before I was dreaming up Superstition over folding a few loads of laundry one afternoon. Black cats causing mischief and mayhem on Halloween night seemed like the logical next step. I hope you enjoy their antics as much as I do.

For me, Superstition and Full Moon are natural scene builders. Here we have a black taking a stroll under a full moon on Halloween night. A witch hat was a must.

The two step moon was created with Full Moon, another set I have releasing this month. It goes with so many things! And it coordinates with the 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles, so you can add it to projects so easily. It comes with one sentiment (shown here) which is sized to fit neatly inside.

I applied bright yellow chalk around my moon to give it a "glow". Elements from Little Bitty Bird Additions, Haunted Borders, and Happy Spooky Halloween help to round out my scene.

Here we have another kitty with a Gothic spin on him, thanks to the frame from Simply Jane. This cat (plus die) was designed to look like he was popping out of a pumpkin. The lid is separate and has a three step stamp, for a very realistic look. It can be worn on the cat's head or off to the side like it is here.

This sentiment would be great with a dark chocolate treat to go along with the card.

The Along Came a Spider dies and stamp set fancy up my corners and give it an even more spooky appeal.

Here's a classy Halloween card, with a subtle sentiment. Black cats are considered to be a witch's familiar. Thought that would be a fun nod to Halloween. The frame and bow from Happy Hydrangea are a nice grounding element for the cat. Autumn Adornments with pumpkins on a vine add a nice touch.

What's more fun than one black cat? Three causing trouble and prowling on Halloween, of course. BB: Wrought Iron + Fancy Finials is the perfect touch.

Moving on to Full Moon. This is a two step stamp that I really wanted to include in Superstition, but just could not fit. Guess we just make an additional stamp set:). Here it is stamped in Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise. I think it is a perfect place to put a sentiment. This one is from Trick or Treat.

Full Moon certainly has many applications outside of Halloween. The first step is this 2.5" solid circle with just a few star details on it. I stamped that three times in shades of Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, and Tropical Teal. I trimmed the upcoming Dangling Stars Die (ya'll are so excited by this one...which is fantastic) to fit right underneath a Block Talk die. The Dangling Stars Die was cut out of vellum and only a few of the stars are adhered to the card. The rest hang free. Really fun and unique.

The solid cat silhouettes from Superstition can be used for year around applications when teamed up with Everyday Cat Sentiments, a $5 mini stamp set addition. Instead of stamping this cat in black, I stamped her in Soft Stone and added some detail to her coat with colored pencils. The sentiment is from Everyday Cat Sentiments.

Having liked the outcome of adding detail to the "Nine Lives" card, I wanted to do that some more. All three cats were stamped in ink colors (Classic Kraft, Fine Linen, and Summer Sunrise) and details added with watercolor pencils. I brushed a bit of water on them to soft things up.

Both sentiments are from Everyday Cat Sentiments. The triple purr sentiment was stamped repeatedly and overlapping in Soft Stone, which allowed "Purr more, hiss less" to really stand out when stamped in True Black.

Some of these cats have collars. I wrapped floss around the die in the right spot and added bells/tags out of foil paper and die cut with the Harvest Berry die.

And lastly, I wanted to team up a dog from Come All Ye Faithful with one of the cats from Superstition. This quotation that comes with Everyday Cat Sentiments seemed perfect. The cat certainly seems to have the matching attitude. Her collar was heat embossed in white powder from the necklace in Simply Jane. For the right couple, this makes a hilarious anniversary card.

I hope you enjoy these new products. My two cats Hamweenie and Tagalong are purring in approval. More inspiration below. And remember, all these items and more are being released tomorrow night at 10 PM EST  at if you'd like to add them to your collection.

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


When Witches Go Riding
Stamps: Superstition, Full Moon, Haunted Borders, Happy Spooky Halloween, Little Bitty Bird Additions
Dies: Superstition, Haunted Borders, Happy Spooky Halloween, 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles, Little Bitty Bird
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Lemon Tart, Orange Zest, Soft Stone, Winter Wisteria, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Orange Zest, True Black, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Winter Wisteria, Royal Purple

Embrace Your Dark Side
Stamps: Superstition, Along Came a Spider, Simply Jane
Dies: Superstition, Along Came a Spider, Simply Jane
Cardstock: Canyon Clay, Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft, Canyon Clay
Ink: True Black, Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate

Familiar Card
Stamps: Superstition, Autumn Adornments, Happy Hydrangea
Dies: Superstition, Happy Hydrangea
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Winter Wisteria, Stamper's Select White
Ink: True Black, Orange Zest, Winter Wisteria

Trio of Friends
Stamps: Superstition, BB: Wrought Iron, Fancy Finials, Through the Trees, Leave It Be
Dies: Superstition
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Winter Wisteria, True Black, Orange Zest, Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse

No Tricks Just Treats
Stamps: Full Moon, Happy Spooky Halloween
Dies: Mega Mat Stack 3, 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles, Happy Spooky Halloween
Ink: True Black, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: Halloween Prints

Stamps: Full Moon
Dies: Dangling Stars, Block Talk
Cardstock: Tropical Teal, Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse
Foil Paper

Nine Lives
Stamps: Superstition, No Strings Attached, Heart Squared
Dies: Superstition, Love Lives Here
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Ocean Tides, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Ink: Ocean Tides, Soft Stone
White Embossing Powder

Purr More, Hiss Less
Stamps: Superstition, Everyday Cat Sentiments
Dies: Superstition, Harvest Berries
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White,Pure Poppy
Ink: Soft Stone, True Black, Classic Kraft, Fine Linen, Summer Sunrise
Colored pencils, washi tape, foil paper

Happy Anniversary 
Stamps: Superstition, Everyday Cat Sentiments, Come All Ye Faithful, Come All Ye Faithful Additions, Simply Jane
Dies: Superstition, Come All Ye Faithful, Come All Ye Faithful Sentiments, Stitched Circles
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Tropical Teal, New Leaf, Stamper's Select White
Ink: True Black, Tropical Teal, Blueberry Sky, New Leaf
Pearl Brads, White Embossing Powder

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Introducing Fancy That

It's the first of two Group Post days at Papertrey Ink for the August release. Today we are featuring the medallion set by Nichole called Fancy That. Fancy is an apt descriptor. These images are so beautiful and intricate, not much more is needed to fancy them up any more. They are perfect as is. All you've got to do is stamp.

This card is so very simple in design, but the combination of clear embossing powder on the repeated medallions really pulls it together . I stamped a square medallion (there are six this size...oh the possibilities)  three times across the top of my card and three times across the bottom. This left an approximately a 1/2" space in between for a Classic Kraft strip of cardstock with a Keep It Simple: Thanksgiving sentiment stamped in the center.

For me, this is a very simple card. But it ended up so luxe.  The intricate designs plus the tone on tone embossing powder really makes it shine. Love this look. I can see this design working well for card sets. Colors and sentiments can vary for just about any occasion.

Next up, I thought the medallions in Fancy that begged for some Copic treatment. I colored this one in shades of blue.

Gemstones and a button add additional interest. Living up to its name, this stamp set...very fancy.

Moving on, I thought I'd show a few previews of my August stamp sets. Just a little tease. Here we have Full Moon. This is a great scene builder set because it features a two-step moon that coordinates with the 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles. I stamped the first step in Lemon Tart and the second in Harvest Gold. It's subtle in this color palette, but there behind the witch from Spooky Sweets II. You can see the detail above the broom and between her hat and curls.

Also included in Full Moon are four wispy spooky clouds that look great stamped directly over the moon. On this card, they are stamped in Fine Linen ink.

The sentiment is from Superstition. Spooky.

And here's a super little tease of Superstition, my black cat stamp set. No cats to be found on this card. But there are three candies with coordinating dies included in the set. They look great in a vintage bowl from Bowl of Sunshine and backed up with the Candy Corn Collage die that is also being released this month. Sentiment is from the previously Spooky Sweets II.

To fill my bowl, I die cut the orange with leaves filler from Bowl of Sunshine Dies. I then stamped my candy directly on it. Then I piled on top of that die cut and stamped candy to make it look like it was overflowing. Worked quite well.

More inspiration below. All these products and more will be available in just a few short days. August 15th at 10 EST over at

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


Happy Thanksgiving
Stamps: Fancy That, Keep It Simple: Thanksgiving
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Kraft
Clear Embossing Powder
Dark Chocolate Ink

Blue Card
Stamps: Fancy That
Dies: Holiday One Liners, Phrase Play #6
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky
Ink: Enchanted Evening

Witch Card
Stamps: Full Moon, Superstition, Falling Leaves
Ink: Harvest Gold, Fine Linen, Lemon Tart
Cardstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White
Burlap Paper
Dies: Spooky Sweets II

Trick or Treat
Stamps: Superstition, Spooky Sweets II, Bowl of Sunshine
Dies: Candy Corn Collage, Superstition, Bowl of Sunshine
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Orange Zest
Ink: Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse, True Black, Orange Zest
Black Bitty Dot Paper

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monthly Moments: August

We're at the halfway point of the August Papertrey Ink Release. Today, the whole gang is showcasing cards and projects made with Heather's August Monthly Moments Collection. And I have some additional projects to share using the new Stitched Circle Dies that will also be releasing this month.

First up, my Monthly Moments project. A sentiment from the Monthly Moments: August stamp set coordinated exceptionally well with one of the journal cards from the Monthly Moments: Journal Card Collection. I thought the two of them teamed up would make a lovely card. An arrow cut and stamped from Teepee Time could highlight any day on this list, depending on what is appropriate.

For some dimensional embellishments, I used colorful brads as my bullet points to coordinate with the colors this month. I also die cut a heart from the Heart-2-Heart #3 die, adhered it, and coated it with Glossy Accents. Done. Easy!

Next up, time for some projects using the Stitched Circle Dies. The Stitched Rectangle Dies have been such a staple in my supply arsenal. The Stitched Circles are going to be right up there as well. Here, I cut a large Stitched Circle out of Orange Zest Bitty Dot Pattern Paper. I also cut out of True Black Cardstock the Seasonal Stitches: Pumpkin Face and stitched that into my orange circle using the coordinating "holes only" die. I used green floss to stitch in an easy and quick running stitch around my pumpkin. A loop of Dark Chocolate Satin Ribbon serves as my stem. The bow created with tying off my green floss serves as the pumpkin leaves.

Every card needs a touch of detail. I felt that I accomplished that with the stitching elements, so the rest of the card I kept simple. Just a title die cut from the Treat-or-Treat Trio dies and a cut of the Cover Plate: Horizontal Stripes.

I talked a little yesterday about how I like to make my new products coordinate with existing products in the PTI catalog. It is just such a bonus that I try to do it as often as I possibly can. With the Stitched Circle Dies, one of the circles measures 1.75" and another 2.5"...which just happens to be the same sizes as the Limitless Layers: Circles. (1.75" and 2.5"). YAY! Throw in the fact we have a huge library of 1/75" circle stamps, this new die collection is becoming more and more versatile by the minute.

On this tag, I cut the Stitched Circle Die that coordinates with the 2.5" Circle. I quickly used red floss to add a running stitch around the parameter (very quick...I'm surprised how quick this is for the amount of reward), and tied it in a bow. I stamped a 1.75" circle tag from the 2011 Holiday Tag Collection and then mounted everything on the scalloped border from the 2.5" Limitless Layers Circle Dies.

As for felt applications, the Stitch Circle Dies make great felt yoyos. Just stitch in a running stitch in one direction, pull tight on both ends of the thread to make it scrunch up, and then tie off. Type in "yoyo" in the search box at Pinterest and a world of possibility opens up to you. They are just classic. Here I added them to the Clever Barrette Die.

Exploring the yoyo idea more, I made this Christmas tree ornament using all six sizes from the Stitched Circle Die Collection. I stitched this all together in a stack and added buttons on the top (star) and bottom (tree trunk). Took me 45 minutes at most.

Here's...hopefully...a better view of the ornament. It's a bit tough to photograph. But you get the idea. This would be a great gift this holiday season. This one is definitely going on my tree.

As far as yoyos are concerned, I'll issue a little warning. They are addictive. And they eat up some CRAZY felt. They use a good bit.  If you are going to do a large yoyo project, just keep that in mind and plan accordingly.

The whole team is pitching in today with Monthly Moments inspiration. And Lexi and Lizzie have new product previews as well. Here's the list. Just a click away:

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


Monthly Moments Card
Stamps: Monthly Moments, Teepee Time
Dies: Heart-2-Heart 3, Teepee Time
August Monthly Moments Journal Card Collection
True Black, Hibiscus Burst Cardstock

Pumpkin Card
Dies: Stitched Circles, Seasonl Stitches: Pumpkin Face, Treat-or-Treat Trio, Cover Plate: Horizontal Stripes
Orange Zest Bitty Dot Pattern Paper
Carstock: True Black, Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select White
Dark Chocolate Satin Ribbon

Christmas Tag
Stamps: 2011 Holiday Tags, Christmas Joy 
Dies: Tag Sale 1, Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles, Stitched Circles
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy

Dies: Stitched Circles, Clever Barrette Dies, Hello Friend
Felt: Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream
Harvest Gold Button

Dies: Stitched Circles
Felt: Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse
Buttons: Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate
Baker's Twine

Monday, August 11, 2014

Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink August Release

Yesterday was all about back-to-school projects. Today, I'm jumping in with a Halloween theme! As with a lot of you, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. So...of course...I needed to create some Halloween themed Stitching Dies for Papertrey Ink. And not only that, I have an additional twist on them which I'm going to show you today. :)

I don't want to keep you in suspense, so let me just let the cat out of the bag on that twist. (More cats in bags later this week, if you've seen a preview or two over on Nichole's blog!) Today I'm showing you the Along Came A Spider Collection. It consists of a  spider webs and a spider stitching dies and a coordinating $5 stamp set that you can add to your project so it looks hand sewn...but it is super fast and easy instead because it is stamped.

Here's a close up so you can see exactly what I'm taking about. I used the half web die, the straight hole line, and the spider die to cut the holes and shapes. Then I used the stamp set to connect the dots and make it look like I stitched it up with floss. Only it took seconds, not ten minutes. SIMPLE. Additionally, there is a spider body stamp that I used to add Royal Velvet lines to the spider. The lighter purple shading was added with a Copic marker.

Turning to more of a technique application, I thought I'd heat emboss the Along Came a Spider stamps in gold embossing powder on Lizzie's new Gable Box Die. Fantastic. I die cut the spider out of True Black cardstock and gave it the same treatment. There is a separate spider body die that I used to make the head and thorax Simply Chartreuse.

A close up of all that fun detail. It is definitely a fun new look.

Also, you see a glimpse of Lexi's new stamp set Haunted Borders. Those are seriously fun and will fill a niche in your collection.

Included in the Along Came a Spider Die Collection, is a full sized stitched web which looks great on its own.  By coincidence, it fits nicely in the Tag Sale #4 Die. I plan for a lot of coordination across products (love it so!), but this one got by me and was just a lucky fit. I turned it into a pumpkin by trimming and adding a brown "stem" and leaves from Dawn's Leave It Be. A sentiment from the Along Came a Spider stamp set is stamped on a tag cut with the Tiny Tags dies.

There are a few other spiders in the PTI catalog, like this one from Spooky Sweets II. Fun to team them up with that dotted web. Just more options for you.

How about moving onto a felt project? I've got two pairs of Baby Booties today for you. Or should I say, BOOties:)? How sweet are these? Perfect for an October baby. And with the entire line of Seasonal Stitches, you can make seasonally appropriate booties for all the babies in your life, no matter when they were born.

The Along Came a Spider collection is great on cards. How great is it it that you can also use it like this to make such detailed handsewn projects? I used the half web across the toes here on the bootie and then flanked the heel strap with the quarter web. A most excellent fit. The spider was sewn together and added to the top.

Here's the last of the Seasonal Stitches for fall. Seasonal Stitches: Pumpkin Head (just the name makes me giggle), features a classic jack-o-lantern look. And sized perfectly for the Baby Booties.

Just a side note: I switched over to a size 26 tapestry needle for my felt projects. The needle is tiny, so a threader is a must. Tiny is very advantageous, however, because it is smaller than the diameter of the holes created with the stitching dies. It just darts right through without adding any pressure to the holes. With projects like the baby bootie in particular, this is a big plus. The holes are close to the edge and using this needle is a good tip for avoiding making them bigger. Pick up a pack next time you are at the craft store. :)

Next up, a project that I've been meaning to do for awhile and Halloween is the perfect time to bust out the idea. I made luminaries with the Along Came a Spider Dies, Seasonal Stitches: Pumpkin Face dies, and the Bunny Bag. I trimmed the flap off the Bunny Bag so they are open at the top. Miniature battery operated tea lights fit nicely inside.

The magic really happens when you dim the lights and turn on the tea lights. The holes in the stitching dies are perfect for this. These would look lovely lined up on a mantle this fall. And really couldn't be simpler. This is a very easy project.

I wanted to show you that Along Came a Spider is another die set that is compatible with the Clever Barrette Die. There is a "holes only" die that is in the shape of the spider body. You just cut that into the top barrette cover and stitch in your spider. My little girl can't wait to wear these!

I added eyes to my spider with white brads. They fit nicely into the already existing stitching holes.

I know there is a lot more Halloween to come over the next few days. Hope you are in a spooky mood. All these products and more will be available at on August 15th at 10 PM EST. And more inspiration below using some of the new products from today as well:

Nichole Heady
Lizzie Jones
Lexi Daly
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Ashley Cannon Newell


Trick or Treat
Stamps: Along Came a Spider, Keep It Simple: Halloween
Dies: Along Came A Spider
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet
Ink: True Black, Royal Velvet

Gable Box
Stamps: Along Came a Spider, Haunted Borders
Dies: Along Came A Spider, Gable Box, Haunted Borders
Cardstock: True Black, Simply Chartreuse
Gold Embossing Powder

Pumpkin Tag
Stamps: Along Came a Spider, Spooky Sweets II, Leave It Be
Dies: Along Came a Spider, Spook Sweets II, Leave It Be, Tag Sale #4, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Stamper's Select White
Ink: True Black, Simply Chartreuse
Button Twine

Spider Booties
Dies: Baby Booties, Along Came a Spider
Felt: Smokey Shadow, True Black, Limeade Ice

Pumpkin Booties
Dies: Baby Booties, Seasonal Stitches: Pumpkin Face
Felt: Orange Zest, True Black

Halloween Luminaries
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Pumpkin Face, Along Came a Spider, Bunny Bag
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Orange Zest, Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria
Foil Trim
Tea Lights

Dies: Clever Barrette Covers, Along Came a Spider
Felt: Vintage Cream, Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Smokey Shadow
White Brads

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Day 1 of the August Release

Hello Everybody? Are you ready for a fabulous week? I've got so much to show you. Lots of items coming your way from Chapter 3 Designs at Papertrey Ink. Let's just get going. I'm sure you'd much rather see the new goodies in action as quickly as possible.

I've got a new batch of Seasonal Stitches dies coming your way this week for your fall projects. Today I'll be focusing on the school themed ones and how they coordinate with previously released stitching products such as the Coin Purse, Sew Simple Alphabet 1 & 2, and the Clever Barrette Die.

Here we've got the Seasonal Stitches: Pencils and Seasonal Stitches: Notebook Paper dies at work on the Coin Purse Dies. The pencil is long and skinny and sized just so to fit on the long version of the coin purse. Four different detail dies (lead, wood, eraser holder, and eraser) are separate dies so you can add lots of detail. 

The Seasonal Stitches: Notebook Paper Die Collection is a great way to compliment your school projects. I put a lot of thought into the sizing. It comes with two dies: one fits nicely on the short side of an A2 card and the other on the long side. It is also sized to perfectly fit the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 dies, as you can see her on this Smokey Shadow Coin Purse. Great way to personalize a project.

One of the fantastic things about the Stitching Dies is how well they work on both paper and felt. Twice the value for your money. I've taken the longer of the two Seasonal Stitches: Notebook Paper dies and cut it twice along the long side of an A2 card. You get a good idea of the sizing here. Now, instead of using floss and stitching this all up, I opted for the quick and easy way of "faking it". I simply sharped up my colored pencils and used a straight edge to add the faux stitching detail here. This could not have been faster or more simple.

I choose to use the Bookprint Alphabet Upper and Lower Case dies to add my ABC's in colored cardstock. Apple Prints stamps and dies and the Back To School stamp set helped me finish off my card in style. One of my favorite cards this release.

Next up, we have a card that features the Seasonal Stitches: Apples Die Collection. I wanted to explore ways to add just a little touch of stitching to projects. The projects certainly go together a great deal quicker this way. And secondly, a "little" is all you need to make a truly special card. On this card, I stamped three apples from Apple Prints along the bottom of my card. Instead of stamping a fourth, I die cut and stitched a half apple out of Pure Poppy Felt. They compliment each other nicely.

You are probably well aware of how fond I am of the original stitching die that started this all--the Clever Barrette Covers. I continue to try to find opportunities to "add in" ways to stitching the new Seasonal Stitches Dies onto the barrette. In this case, the vertical line on the inside of the white apple slice has a coordinating hole die so you can accomplish just that. Also of note, the white part and apple seeds are included in the Seasonal Stitches: Apple Die Collection so you can change up your apples as you wish. 

I got a Home Decorators Catalog in the mail this week and was instantly smitten with this colored pencil print. I held myself back a total of three hours before I ordered it for Eliza's room. It is perfect for her hot air balloon and rainbow theme. I was inspired by it, that I created this gift set using the Seasonal Stitches: Pencils Die Collection. 

I personalized this traditional sized coin purse for a little girl I know and hope to give it to her before school starts. I cut partial cuts of the pencils in a rainbow of felt colors. I opted NOT to use to coordinating holes only die to add holes directly to the coin purse. Instead. I lined up my colored pencils on my die cut cutting platform and used the edge of the Coin Purse Die to cut holes along the bottom. Stitching up the coin purse was therefore a cinch, even with the overlap of additional elements. And I  managed to muddle through without the extra stitching holes:).  The "M" is from Sew Stylish Alphabet 1.

The coordinating card is more directly inspired by the colored pencil print. I cut six pencils out of the Seasonal Stitches: Pencil Dies. I used my watercolor pencils and a watercolor brush to add color and detail. Like the Seasonal Stitches: Notebook Paper Die card above, I want this to have a "faux stitched" look, so I ran a darker shade of colored pencil along the holes with the help of a straight edge.

OK. That's a wrap for today. I've got more dies to show you tomorrow. :)

All these new products and more are available at on August 15th at 10 PM EST. I hope you love them as much as I do!

More inspiration below:

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Danielle Flanders
Laurie Willison
Lizzie Jones
Lexi Daly

PTI Supplies

Red Pencil Case
Dies: Coin Purse, Seasonal Stitches: Pencils
Felt: Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow

H Monogrammed Coin Purse
Dies: Coin Purse, Sew Simple Alphabet 1, Seasonal Stitches: Notebook Paper
Felt: Smokey Shadow and Pure Poppy

My Teacher Rocks
Stamps: Apple Prints, Back to School
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Notebook Paper, Apple Prints, Bookprint Upper and Lower
Ink: Pure Poppy
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Blueberry Sky, Stamper's Select White
Colored Pencils
Pure Poppy Vintage Buttons
Baker's Twine

For a Special Teacher Card
Stamps: Desktop Design, Apple Prints: Wonderful Words: Teacher
Ink: New Leaf, Simply Chartrese, Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Apples, Wonderful Words: Teacher, Apple Prints
Felt: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse

Apple Barrette
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Apples, Clever Barrette Cover
Felt: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse

Colored Pencil Coin Purse
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Pencils, Sew Stylish Alphabet 1, Coin Purse
Felt: Limeade Ice, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, Vintage Cream

Colored Pencil Card
Stamps: Phrase Play: #6, BB: Herringbone
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Pencils, Limitless Layers 1.75" Circles, Phrase Play #6
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal
Watercolor Pencils

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Finally Finished

I started this project back in June for the PTI Release of Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and 2. For some reason (perhaps the mad dash to the 15th killed the creativity on it), it got tabled. I had the afternoon yesterday to finish it up. Sure glad I did, because it's going to look pretty spiffy in my office

The thing that pulled it together for me were the Embellished Elegance Dies used as the base of the floral motif. The Smokey Shadow felt leaf swag isn't stitched down any where on its own to the fabric, but rather the Button Stackers (original, mini, and 2) are stitched down through it, keeping it in place.

I'll be using the Sew Stylish Alphabet some more to make up these little sayings. I imagine for Christmas they might make fun wall decor. Or gifts:).

Hope your weekend is going well.

Papertrey Ink Supplies

Dies: Sew Stylish Alphabet 1, Button Stacks (original, mini, and 2), Embellished Elegance
Felt: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise