Sunday, March 1, 2015

Using the Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples Kit on Cards

Thank you so much for all the positive response to my first Quick Stitch Kit. I feel a kinship with all you fellow hand-sewists. We've got such a passion for it, don't we? New stitching dies make me just as happy as they make you. I love them so.

I thought I'd share a few more projects with you today using the new kit. I wanted to focus on using the elements to make cards. The dies are an investment, absolutely. So I want to show you how to get the maximum use out of them. Turns out, they lend themselves quite nicely to paper projects.

First up, this card that demonstrates how well the Needle Book Stitching Dies fit across the A2 card. The scalloped layer just happens to be 5.5" across! I'm trying to remember if I planned it that way, but I can't recall. So we'll just go with it and say I did!

The card base is cut down a little bit from an A2. Probably 5.25" across. I wanted the scalloped panel to hang off the edges a bit. Rest assured, it fits nicely in an envelope for easy mailing.

I've noticed a lot of "card panel" die sets out there in the marketplace lately. If you think about the price points for those, the Needle Book Die Collection is comparable. You just get lots of different extra dies within the rectangle dies to create a Needle Book:).

There is an even number of holes in the two large rectangles of the Needle Book Stitching Dies so you can do a quick running stitch and tie with a bow. Saves some time and is the perfect "extra touch" to your project.

I used the exclusive stamp set and coordinating dies from Sewing Staples to create all my flower clusters in shades of Enchanted Evening and Tropical Teal on Aqua Mist cuts. And we've got Ripe Avocado and Simply Chartreuse on Spring Moss cardstock for the leaves.

The sentiment is from my previously released A Little Inspiration stamp set.

Here's another card that uses the Needle Book Stitching Dies and A Little Inspiration. I cut the "needle keep" die several times in shades of Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, and Berry Sorbet card stock. I also made a point of cutting the "holes only" version of the die into the white card stock panel. This way the empty holes go all the way back to the True Black card base. If I hadn't done that, those holes would be white and not nearly have the visual impact.

I used black floss to cross stitch a few of the strips together. This was to reinforce the "strong" them of the card. Those stitches hold everything together, both literally and figuratively.

We saw yesterday from some of the girls how the Needle Book Stitching Die Collection makes the most darling little mini cards. Today, I'm showing my version. I created four, each featuring a different color against Stamper's Select White Cardstock. We've got Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, and Blueberry Sky.

Again, I used the exclusive Sewing Staples Stamps and Dies to create my flower accents on the top. It's nice to have option of just stamping these elements instead of sewing them. You need something quick every now and again.

Simple sewing around the outside of the cards uses floss in the same colors as the ink.

I also made the happy discovery that the large cross stitch block from the Cross Stitch Mini Stamp Set (previously released) fits really nicely on a folded Needle Book cut. Sew perfect.

On the inside, I have the coordinating card stock colors sewn in. It's a nice surprise to see that burst of color when you open the card. Sentiments from the old favorite Mega Mixed Messages are the perfect fit.

I mentioned yesterday that when you make a lined mini card from the Needle Book Die Collection that both the outside and inside of the cards are completely smooth and don't show any scratched up areas from your cutting plates. Because the holes are symmetrical, you can face the two "bad sides" together on the insides, hiding them from view. Sweet!

And lastly, I had to stitch some paper flowers up from the Floral Cluster for a card front. I did all these individually (I did not cut the corresponding "holes only" dies in the card front).  I had to apply my liquid adhesive to the stitching on the backs to glue them down. The thread ended up acting like pop dots, elevating the flowers and leaves a little bit from the background. Very nice.

The "channel pocket" from the Needle Book Die Collection makes up my flower pot. Just a few cross stitches put in with crochet thread. It doesn't take much to get a sweet look.

Again, I found the Cross Stitch stamp set to be a nice companion here. I stamped the single "x" a few times on my card in Royal Velvet Ink for the perfect accent. It matches up with the Royal Velvet cut from Wonderful Words: Thank You Die.

Whew! That's a lot. Hope you enjoyed and can see how all these sewing elements can easily be adapted to paper projects. I don't think I used a single piece of felt on these cards. So nice to have that versatility.

The Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples Kit will be available for purchase on March 9th at And if you are just popping in today for the first, check out my blog post yesterday to see how these dies are used on fabulous felt projects.


Don't Ever Change Card
Sewing Staples Quick Stitch Kit: Needle Book Dies, Sewing Staples stamp set and Dies
Stamp Set: A Little Inspiration
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, and Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Enchanted Evening Simple Stripe
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado
Turquoise Crochet Thread

Be Strong Card
Sewing Staples Quick Stitch Kit: Needle Book Dies
Stamp Set: A Little Inspiration
Cardstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush
Ink: True Black

Mini Card Set
Sewing Staples Quick Stitch Kit: Needle Book Dies, Sewing Staples stamp set and dies
Stamps: Cross Stitch and Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Blueberry Sky, Raspberry Fizz, Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria, Enchanted Evening, Berry Sorbet

Thank You Card
Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster, Needle Book Dies
Stamps: Cross Stitch
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Royal Velvet, Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Winter Wisteria, Classic Kraft
Ocean Tides and Winter Wisteria Simple Stripe Patterned Paper
Dies: Wonderful Words: Thank You

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Introducing the Sewing Staples: Quick Stitch Kit

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It's a very exciting day for me! After lots of work and crafty fun, it's time to reveal all the contents of my first Quick Stitch Kit with Papertrey Ink. It's called Sewing Staples and has dies to create a scissor keeper, a needle book, floss bobbins, gorgeous and long awaited stitched flowers, as well as a kit exclusive stamp set with a coordinating die.  And a few extra goodies thrown in here and there to make whipping these projects up a breeze.

The inspiration came from the absolute state of disaster all my sewing stuff has been in since I began designing the stitching dies. I could never find my scissors. My floss was a nest of tangles. I have lost more needles to my couch than I care to count. With my little kids, this just was all a no-go. Just not the safest situation. Especially with those runaway needles. So I wanted to create something that would tidy it all up.

I also figured that if I was such a mess, you probably needed some help in the sewing organization arena too. So the idea of sewing staples seemed like a good one for the inaugural Quick Stitch Kit. Let's get all neat and tidy and ready for a year or more worth of Quick Stitch Kits yet to come.

And here's the thing with creativity. You start out with one idea and follow that through. Then you realize that you can leap from the original one to a second and a third. So not only do all these dies make the items listed, but I'll be showing you today, tomorrow, and a few days between now and March 9th how versatile these dies can be outside of organizing your supplies. A very good investment for your crafty stash.

If you've clicked here from Nichole's blog, you know there is a lot of information over there. I'm going to go ahead and put up all the kit contents here so you have a quick reference while reading this post.

Custom Printed Tote Bag
Sewing Staples: Scissor Keeper die collection
Sewing Staples: Needle Book die collection
Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster die collection
Sewing Staples: Stitched Floss Bobbin die collection
Sewing Staples: Flowers die collection
Sewing Staples stamp set + label
(1) Wooden Bobbin Box
(2) Heavy white 8-1/2" x 11" sheets cover board
(2) Iron-on 8-1/2" x 11" Transfer sheets
(1) spool Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon-5 yards
(1) test tube white 8/0 seed beads
(1) pdf download with full instructions and links to online video tutorials
The total retail cost of the "Sewing Staples" Kit is $110. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours while you can! Some individual items will be available for sale at a later date.  The "Sewing Staples" Kit will be available for sale beginning on March 9th, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

Before I get you started with all the project, I want to get you a list of the video tutorials available on YouTube for this Quick Stitch Kit.

Needle Book Video Tutorial
Scissor Keeper Tutorial
Floss Bobbin with Iron On Transfer Tutorial

I've also have written, illustrated PDFs for you. On the first page of each PDF is a QR code that will take you to the corresponding video tutorial. Print out the PDFs and wherever you go with available Wifi and a smart phone/ tablet, you can easily bring up the video to help you out along the way. How great is that!?!?!?!? I've got you covered on content to help you get these projects done. (Man...I love technology! Isn't it amazing we are able to do this type of stuff? And I don't even have to get out of my pajamas to do it.)

Floral Cluster PDF
Needle Book PDF
Scissor Keeper PDF
Floss Bobbins with Iron On Transfer

OK...OK...OK...time to get to the fun stuff. All the projects!

I've created an entire suite of coordinating projects for my first example. These are the first ones I made and the ones I've been using ever since. I put them immediately to work.  You can see a lot in this photo. We've got the bobbin chest with floss bobbins with iron on tags (sized to fit!) that are included in the kit. The kit exclusive stamp set and coordinating dies is used to decorate the inside of the lid. There's the inside of the needle book, and the scissor keeper with the motif from the Floral Cluster Die Set.

Let's talk about those felt bobbins. Basically, you can take your favorite PTI felt, the matching floss you've found at the store, and create these coordinating bobbins that fit in the bobbin chest we've included in the kit. If you run out of floss, just put your empty bobbin in your pocket book and head to the craft store to find the floss again! How great is that?

Six floss bobbins fit inside the bobbin box. I sized the die to fit this box specifically. Obviously, you probably have a lot more floss than this. Consider the bobbin chest your "working box". Fill it up with the colors you are using on your current project. and take it with you.

The bobbin chest comes in plain wood. I've painted mine with Martha Stewart Crafts Pool Paint mixed with the "stain bottle" to make the tint transparent for the wood grain to show through. It's a good match for PTI's Aqua Mist. Have fun decorating this any way you'd like.

Wondering about those iron on transfer tags? I've included iron-on transfer, Fresh Snow Ribbon, and the exclusive stamp set (with mirrored numbers!) in the kit for you. It's super easy and effortless. Check out the video to see exactly how I did it.

See...I told you it was easy:). 

Next up, is the Needle Book with the Floral Cluster. I included a "holes only" die in the Floral Cluster Die Collection  to create this EXACT motif that is sized to fit on both the Scissor Keeper and Needle Book. All the arranging and hole placement is done for you if you choose to use it that way. Or you can go "freestyle" too and create your own design. It's nice to have either option. 

Here's a photo to show you how the Floral Motif also fits on the Scissor Keeper. 

The motif is beautiful and includes lots of beading. We've included a test tube of opaque white beads for you to use to embellish your projects. 

You have a die included in the Needle Book Stitching Collection that creates a line of holes for binding your Needle Book together.

The Needle Book closes with a ribbon tie. This is the same Fresh Snow Ribbon that you used for your Floss Bobbins.

The ribbon is sewn in and secure with the Ribbon Slit die, also included in the Needle Book Die Collection.

You have a pocket for threaders. This pocket is also sized to fit a single floss bobbin! 

There's a channel pocket for keeping your pins and needles secure. And you have a needle keep strip as well. 

I used bits and pieces from the Floral Cluster Die to add "freestyle" floral motifs to these inner pages.

How will you use all the elements? You can certainly change things up to suit your needs. Move pieces here or there. Very customizable.  Let me show you that a little bit with the Needle Book I made in the video tutorial

This is the Needle Book I created in the video. The floral motif from the Floral Cluster Die Collection  is freestyle here on the cover and I added beads to the flower center.

Not much different here, but I wanted to show you that my pocket holds a coin thimble. I got this at Hobby Lobby. Thought it was a great find since it is flat. 

I decided to make a larger opening for my threader in the Channel Pocket here by just not stitching down all the channels. 

I have a lot more ideas for variations that I'll be showing you on the blog between now and March 9th! 

My daughter has been very interested in what goes on in my office lately. (And the kitchen counter, sofa table, end tables, play room couch for that matter. These projects are super portable.) She requested her own scissor keeper! Too cute. This one, in shades of Raspberry Fizz and Hawaiian Shores, is the one I created on the video tutorial. It's semi-laughable that they hold a pair of safety scissors, but she seems quite pleased with it. Personalized scissor keepers would make a great back to school gift for the little kids in your life. 

A close up to show you a beading variation on the flower. I used the beads included in the kit and added them to each of the holes in the shamrock style flower center. Great way to change it up. 

Once Hank got wind that his sister now has a Scissor Keeper, he wanted one as well. I would have never thought he'd be interested! But what's good for the goose and all that. I had a bit of a challenge to come up with a more masculine version that he would be proud to use at school. I think I pulled it off.

I took the Straight Edge Liner side of the Scissor Keeper Dies and cut two Pure Poppy felt cuts and two Tropical Teal felt cuts. When I originally rough cut the felt down before running it through my die cut machine, I purposely trimmed my felt so the handle would only be cut a little bit. I didn't want to waste any felt, as I knew that I wasn't using the handle part on this project.

Once all four pieces were cut on the die cut machine, I had to trim off whatever bit of the handle I did end up die cutting so I would have a neat, straight line at the top of the scissor keeper.

Before I stitched this one together, I cut details into one Tropical Teal felt cut with the Coffee Cozy Detail Dies and the Stitching Lines to come up with this boyish twist.

I wanted to show you how you could take some of the elements in the Sewing Staples Kit and use them outside the basic sewing organizational theme. First up, I have this piece of wall decor in a trendy color combo. I cut lots of leaves and flowers out of shades of Dark Chocolate, Autumn Rose, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, and Classic Kraft. ( In other words, what colors didn't I use?:)

These all got sewn on a piece of Lavender Moon felt. Dark bronze beads from the craft store got sewn in as well. Here's a close up in case you want to do this yourself. It is sized 4x6.

I covered a 4x6 mat board with Ocean Tides Simple Stripe Paper and adhered that on top of the felt. I then adhered the felt and board onto a laser cut wood frame that I painted dark brown.

This piece is going in our master bedroom on a bookshelf, but it would make a lovely gift. Why not make a matching mini card with the kit exclusive coordinating Sewing Staples stamps and dies? And is that making up that mini card with the lovely stitching along the parameter? It's the Needle Book Dies! This works really well because if you use both the straight edge rectangle and the scalloped liner, you can face the two scratched up sides (created by your cutting plate) of the die cuts together. Both the outside and the inside of the card are pristine and perfect.

One last project to leave you with today. I use the Scissor Keeper Dies to create this tussie-mussie style paper pocket to hang off a gift bag handle. It holds pink star shaped lollipops that I got at Target. They also have flower shaped lollis at Michaels. Can you imagine an entire lollipop bouquet on a gift? The kids would go nuts.

To create this cone pocket, I cut two Hibiscus Burst scalloped liners and two straight edge covers out of Aqua Mist Bitty Dot Patterned Paper. For one set, I cut off the handle. Then I just stitched them up. Added embellishments from Get a Handle On It Die Collection, Limitless Layers 2.25" Ovals, and the new 2015 Birthday Tag stamps polish this packaging off in easy style.

To hang off the bag, I looped some crochet threat through the handle of the tussie mussie and tied that to the handle of the bag. Very simple and easily removable.

Lots of "tussie mussie" ideas running around my head. You have not seen the last of these from me! Imagine the stamped and paper pieced die cut bouquets you can make to go inside? Or filled up with candy canes during holidays? Or maybe some wrapped cake pops coming out of it for a birthday gift? Or put on a Christmas tree with a little toy hanging out?  How about an orange and green one as a spring time carrot for Easter? See...too many ideas! My head is spinning.

I have some more ideas to share tomorrow with you. This blog post has just gotten too long! I have three cards I've created with all these elements. Pop by tomorrow to see those.

In the mean time, the Quick Stitch Team has been getting all crafty as well. This is our big reveal! Can't wait to see what they've come up with. I'll be right there with you this morning by clicking on over to take in the eye candy.

Tracy Miller
Hilary Kanwischer
Rebecca Luminarias
Lizzie Jones

I hope you like this kit as much as I do! It will be available to purchase on March 9th at Papertrey Ink! Looking forward to a great year of Quick Stitch Kits with you!:)


Full Ensemble:
Quick Stitch Kit (including Scissor Keeper, Needle Book, Floss Bobbins, Floral Cluster, Sewing Staples Stamp Set, Sewing Staples Stamp Set dies)
Floss: Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Autumn Rose, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst
Ink: True Black, Aqua Mist, Autumn Rose, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Harvest Gold

Raspberry Fizz Needle Book + Hawaiian Shores Scissor Keeper
Quick Stitch Kit Contents: Needle Book Dies, Floral Cluster, Beads, Ribbon
Felt: Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores

Star Scissor Keeper
Quick Stitch Kit: Scissor Keeper Dies
Other Dies: Coffee Cozy Detail Dies, Stitching Lines Collection
Felt: Tropical Teal and Pure Poppy

Framed Floral Piece + Card
Quick Stitch Kit: Floral Cluster Die Collection, Needle Book Collection, Sewing Staples Dies
Patterned Paper: Ocean Tides Simple Stripe, Lavender Moon Polka Dot
Ink: Terracotta Tile, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides
Felt: Dark Chocolate, Autumn Rose, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, and Classic Kraft

Lollipop Holder
Quick Stitch: Scissor Keeper Dies
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst,  Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Aqua Mist Bitty Dot
Stamps: 2015 Birthday Tags
Other Dies: Seeing Stars, 2.25" Limitless Layers Ovals, Get a Handle on It

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Quick Stitch Kits with Papertrey Ink

Does it feel weird to be coming to my blog for the first time during a PTI monthly countdown on the 15th? It feels a little odd to be writing to you finally at such a late date! Good thing I have a great excuse. :)

You likely are aware that after five years of being on the Papertrey Ink Design Team, that I stepped down from my duties, effective this month. Such an incredibly hard decision for me! I cried more than once. I have had such an enjoyable time being a part of it for all these years. And the thought of not counting myself among their ranks still makes me sad.  I told myself when I started in February of 2010, that I'd do it for two years. HA! I went for five. And during those five years, I went from being a mother of one, to a mother of three.  I also went from being hired to do some of the social media management (remember Papertrey Radio?) to a design team member and then on to a product designer for a company I have always considered to be the BEST in the business. A dream come true.

That dream of product designing is exactly what has brought me to this blog post today. The simple concept of stitching dies, which all started one day when I was on the treadmill trying to figure out how this clumsy and inept hand-sewer could make cute felt barrettes for my little girl, has taken off and become something of a phenomenon. Just like me, you have wanted a way to make cute, professional-looking, and personalized felt crafts without any frustration. Even better, we get to combine all that crafty goodness with our paper crafting passion and beloved tools. What's not to love?

Starting on March 1st, I'll be designing and pulling together a bi-monthly kit of dies, stamps, and other assorted sundries for Papertrey Ink called the Quick Stitch Kits. The above photo is a preview of the first one, the Sewing Staples Kit. Oh, there is some fun to be had in pretty organizational products. Stampable iron-on transfer onto satin ribbon, beading, and coordinating stamping products are just a few of the features. Hope you are excited as I am over it!

Outside of the kits, I'll still be a participant in the monthly product releases too. I think February is my only month off this year. You'll be seeing plenty of me on the monthly releases from here on out. Lots of stamps, dies, paper, and even more stitching dies will be released from Chapter 3 Designs on a monthly basis at Papertrey Ink. I'm super busy. And now that I have time and space to let the creativity carry me off down the rabbit hole, only good things are up ahead.

Thanks for all your support, warm comments, and camaraderie over the last five years. And the biggest hug for loving the stitching dies as much as I do. Your enthusiasm for them over the last two years have made what is coming up ahead possible. And thank goodness for it. I don't know what I would do without new stitching dies. They are my favorite too!

I'm being joined on this new venture by a talented quartet of ladies on the Quick Stitch Design Team. We love having new faces around PTI Land. They'll have every release all stitched up.

Tracy Miller
Hilary Kanwischer
Rebecca Luminarias
Lizzie Jones

See you in two weeks! I've got lots to show you.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Release In Review

Things got a little busy last minute around the Lincoln house and I haven't had the time I usually have to do my release projects for Papertrey Ink this month. Nothing ya'll need to worry about, just one of those things. So, I only have one card for you today. I'm hoping that over the course of the next week or two, I can fill in everything else AND do some more projects with Stitched Swirls Stamps and Dies. :)

This card uses both Happy Notes and Banner Banter. The double layer banner die cut is so stunning. It is going to be a real workhorse for you. Just the right place to put a focal point sentiment. 

The extra shades of color in the floral clusters are actual made with generational stamping. Stamp once, don't clean, stamp again for a lighter color...and expanded your ink colors.

As for older products, we've got Congrats All Ways and the Tin Type Impression Plate.

That's it for me. Thanks for stopping by. All new products will be available tonight at 10 PM EST at Happy shopping! 


Stamps: Happy Notes, Banner Banter, Congrats All Ways
Dies: Happy Notes, Banner Banter, Tin Type Impression Plate
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Royal Velvet, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Introducing Baker's Dozen

It's time to celebrate the second Papertrey Ink Group Post Day with thirteen decorated cupcakes in the new Baker's Dozen Collection by Nichole. We've got a cupcake for every month of the year. How fun is that? And the most delightful bannered frame you have ever seen. Shot right up to the top of the list of my favorites.

First up, I've got my birthday month of July represented in this strawberry lemonade cupcake on a gorgeously detailed cake plate. Of course, this could be any variation of strawberry cupcake, just a matter of how you want to color it. I've placed my cupcake with in the Phrase Play #12 frame, underneath the word "party". A old favorite, Strawberry Patch, adds addition thematic elements to the background and provides the word "summertime" for me. Streamers from the Birthday Style Die set help set the summer soiree vibe. Ah...what I wouldn't do for a summer party in July right about now. :)

Next up, I put multiple cupcakes to work on this card. They are the perfect little morsels if you have the coloring itch. Small, fun, and just the right amount of detail to maximize the creative benefit to your mood. Give me 30 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of strings free creativity a day to keep me happy. :)

Now how about that frame? Is it not the cutest thing? All manner of fun images can fit inside in style. I especially appreciate how the banner can be cut out of a separate color and added on top. 

I used vellum to fill my frame. Not necessary, but I think with the patterned paper it adds a little something. 

Really diggin' this collection. And with a cupcake a month, there is great potential to make some really personalized cards. 

I've got another project for you using my new Stitched Swirls Dies. I created this tag and framed my felt star (Coffee Cozy Detail Collection) with the triple loop die. Not unlike the frame above, come to think of it:). I used the banner from Baker's Dozen to add my sentiment. 

A tip when using stitching dies with floss/string on paper: I like to back them with matching cardstock. Helps the holes fade into the background a bit. So on this one in particular, I just cut two Basic Bookmark 1 dies and covered up the back of the one with the other. 

More inspiration below: 


Summertime Party
Stamps: Baker's Dozen, Strawberry Patch, Phrase Play #12
Dies: Baker's Dozen, Cake Plate, Uncorked, Phrase Play #12, Birthday Style
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Spring Rain, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy
Sweet Blush Gingham, Spring Rain Bitty Dot
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy

Sprinkled with Love Trio
Stamps: Baker's Dozen, No Strings Attached
Dies: Baker's Dozen, Small Scallop Border
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain, Dark Chocolate
Ink: True Black, Dark Chocolate
Patterned Paper: Sweet Spots, Sparkle and Shine

Celebrate Stitched Tag
Stamps: Baker's Dozen
Dies: Stitched Swirls, Baker's Dozen, Coffee Cozy Details, Basic Bookmark 1
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Aqua Mist
Felt: Simply Chartreuse
Button and Polka Dot Ribbon in Blueberry Sky

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Introducing Secret Agent & Zappy Birthday

Zonkers! Bam! Zap! Welcome to the first Group Post Day of the Papertrey Ink January 2015 countdown. Geez oh pete's, do we have some super fun stuff for you today with Secret Agent and Zappy Birthday. I've been needing sets like these in my stash. Great for kids, both boys and girls. And masculine cards for the grown ups too.

One of the super neat features of Secret Agent is the "secret message" technique you can create with colored transparencies. Here, I filled my stamped and die cut magnifying glass with red transparency. Both the outer frame and "glass" are different dies that work perfectly together for easy assembly.

I also used the greenish blue transparency below to cover up all my stamps and seals. This has the same tone and texture as the red glass of the magnifying glass. The "top secret" seal helps hide my adhesive here.

I attached my magnifying glass to my project with a red brad. This allows it to pivot on my card....

.... so the recipient (my nephew in this case), can move it to line up with the Soft Stone "shadowed" magnifying glass to red the secret message. The message was stamped in Hawaiian Shores and covered up with the distortion stamp in Pure Poppy.  How crazy cool is that?!?!? ADORE this. And my kids can't stop playing with it.

The fun continues to the inside of the card. I have our Secret Agent man giving up some of his secrets. I love the "this message will self destruct" sentiment. Fabulous illustrating on Nichole's part here. I flipped when I saw this guy for the first time.

Moving on, we have another great set of products by Lexi with the Zappy Birthday Collection. There's a new cover plate that gives your backgrounds a comic book look (so versatile...comic books are just the beginning here) and great paper to go with them.

I created by background with the Comic Book Cover Plate and used all the papers. Next, I created a "seal" like all super heroes have on their outfits, but I used a number for a birthday instead. I added the action bubbles from the Zappy Birthday set and die cut the action words with foil paper to give it that super-duper comic look.

I was really struggling with adding my "happy" and "birthday" to my project. It's pretty busy already, so I didn't want to add another color or strong element, but I didn't want those words to get lost either. A drop shadow seemed like the perfect solution. I die cut the words twice, once in True Black, the other in Pure Poppy and one on top of the other. The tone on tone of the Pure Poppy on the patterned paper keeps things subtle, and the slight shading of True Black helps it stand out just enough. Mission accomplished!

Are you excited as I am about these two sets? FABULOUS stuff. Can't wait to see what everybody else does with them.

Everything will be available on the 15th at 10 PM EST in the store. Just a few more days!

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


Secret Agent Card
Stamps: Secret Agent
Dies: Secret Agent
Red and Green Transparency
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, True Black, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Soft Stone, True Black, Hawaiian Shores, and Pure Poppy

Super Hero 7th Birthday
Stamps: Zappy Birthday
Dies: Zappy Birthday, By the Numbers, By the Numbers Mats, Mat Stack 7 Collection, Comic Strip Cover Plate, Birthday Trio, Suffix-Style Dies, Star Gazer
Patterned Paper: Comic Strip Patterned Paper Pack
Foil Paper

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monthly Moments: January

Just popping in here to share my Papertrey Ink Monthly Moment project with ya'll. Snowmen are so "in" right now. I don't know why...I think it has something to do with some animated movie about a princess and her sister somewhere in Scandinavia or somewhere. Can't seem to put my finger on the title of it. Hmmmmm. It's rattling around in my brain but I just can't seem to pin it down. Sigh. Guess I'm just going to have to let it go and hope it comes to me. *Grin*

I busted out an old friend to come play today on this project. Shape Up: Snowman is holding my favorite stamp from Heather's January collection. I used a full sized card from the journal card pack for a background on my 4x6 card. And I used a die from the Happy Notes die collection to make quick work of cutting out the title from the journal card pack also. Super easy card to pull together.

Be back tomorrow with more. Group projects are always super fun.

More inspiration below:

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

Stamps: Monthly Moments: January, Shape Up Snowman Accessories
Dies: Monthly Moments: December, Happy Notes, Shape Up Snowman
Ink: Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides.