Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christmas Tree Change Up Stitching Guide

Just popping in here to share this visual of how to stitch up the more elaborate of the two Christmas Tree Change Up Stitching Die stitching motifs.

Keep in mind, sequins and beads would work well to as an alternative to the little felt circles included in the die set. Here's an example of that for your reference. And I've also used small brads too. Either will work to give you a different look.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Revealing all of the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection's Secrets!

Today's a big group post at Papertrey Ink. And my new Christmas Tree Change Up Collection (stamps, card dies, box dies, and stitching dies) are being revealed as part of the holiday packaging extravaganza. I've been hinting around at stuff over the last three days or so and now it is time to show you all. YAY!

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection at PTI

For these two boxes, I've taken the Christmas Tree Change Up stamp set and stamped the surfaces of the Christmas Tree Change Up Box. I've placed a four sided star on the Simply Chartreuse tree and a place label on the Pure Poppy tree. Notice all that detail in that label! 

Christmas Tree Change Up Box Die from Papertrey Ink

These are perfect decorations for your holiday table. You can see the slot at the top of the box that allows things like stars and labels to fit in the top. It also allows the sides of the tree to fold up easily. Use them as just accents or as place card holders. 

Zipper die is included in the Christmas Tree Change Up Box Die from Papertrey Ink

Included in the Christmas Tree Change Up Box Dies, is an optional zipper die. You can add these to your tree box  to make them functional as well as decorative. There are stamps in the Christmas Tree Change Up Stamp Set that build two different multi-step sentiments that fit the inside of this zippered area perfectly. Imagine having some mints inside the box for after dinner? Or they perfectly fit Ferraro Rocher candies. YUM!

I've put together a video to show you how the Christmas Tree Change Up Box and Stamp Sets work together. And even how you put that zippered element in. Just hit play to learn more.

Exquiste detail with the Christmas Tree Change Up Box and Stitching Dies

And finally, my favorite:). Of course we needed to make this pyramid box shape into a felt ornament, right? Oh man, I love these things. Isn't it a beaut?

There are Christmas Tree Stitching Dies to work with the Christmas Tree Box Die to add stitching holes onto the felt and allow you to sew them up into delightful felt trees. I'm in love. 

I have a video to explain that process as well. Very simple for all you hand stitching addicts out there. 

Christmas Tree Change Up Box and Stitching Dies can be used to make heirloom felt ornaments, Papertrey Ink

You can make the felt tree ornaments as simple or as complicated as you like. Here, I just used buttons to decorate the sides.

Sequins and Beads on a felt ornament made from Christmas Tree Change Up Box and Stitching Die Collections

Or you can have a slightly more elaborate look with the two detail dies included in the Christmas Tree Change Up Stitching Dies. There is on that put lots of little holes for beading and sequins.  (Doesn't take nearly as long to sew this together as you would think. It goes pretty quick.) The other one cuts holes for the almost Nordic design on the Pure Poppy tree above. 

Coffee Cozy Details add a sweet detail to the bottom of the Christmas Tree Change Up ornaments

For a sweet finishing touch, I found that the Coffee Cozy Detail Dies look really adorable on the bottoms of the trees! Just delights me. 

OK. You know it all now. The Christmas Tree Change Up Collection can be used on cards, table top decor, place settings, treat boxes, and felt ornaments! Whew! That's a lot of versatility to pack into one collection. It's the "jack of all trades" this holiday season, which makes it an amazing value and entirely too much fun when it comes to creating. What will you make? 

Thanks for joining me today. More inspiration can be found on Nichole's blog. And the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection will be available at 10 PM EST at

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Your Holiday Table and Papertrey Ink

Here we are, halfway through the September Papertrey Ink countdown. Going strong with the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection that I have releasing on September 15th at Papertrey Ink. Back today to show you how you can use it to decorate your holiday table.

Christmas Tree Change Up Box and Stamps Place Card Holder

This is seriously a case of something that was meant to be purely functional, turning into something much, much more. I needed to put a slot at the apex of my Christmas Tree Change Up Box to help with the folding up of the sides. And I was looking at it when I was designing things and had a lightbulb moment. I could totally use that slot for something!

Yesterday, you saw how I put a red star atop my tree using that now extremely functional slot. Today, I'm placing the rectangular label there, also included in the Christmas Tree Change Up Box Dies. Suddenly, our little tree made from the Christmas Tree Change Up Box  is now a place holder for your holiday table. I have it stamped with one of three sentiments included in the Christmas Tree Change Up Stamp Set. But you could easily forgo those and write/stamp in a name.

Also of note, yesterday the sides flared out. All four sides of the box were the same because of it. Today, just by folding the flaps a certain way, I create more of a back and front to this place holder. And I used the triangle die from the Christmas Tree Card Dies, placed on front, to give our tree a two tone look.

Set your holiday table with the Christams Tree Change Up Collection and Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit

A place holder would look great on a holiday table along with a stocking created with the Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit to hold utensils. With everything color coordinated, your table will be stunning. Side note: I think I'm all about red gingham this Christmas. So very cheery.

String Frame Dies by Papertrey Ink strung with sequins

Moving on to what is now one of my go-to basics: the String Frame Dies. Here I use the smallest of the three dies included in the set. They fit really well on the Fillable Frame 1. And seeing how the Fillable Frames all seem to be around the same size, I think there is lots of play in this combination.

I used my Building Blocks Dies and Stamps for the sentiments. And I also strung sequins on the string frames! Love it.

Dawn helped me out yesterday when she said just to tape the string on the back of your project. Duh! I was tying them up until now. A little washi takes less time, is easier, and totally works. It made quick work of this card for me.

Florals and sentiment nicely framed off with String Frames Dies by Papertrey Ink

And lastly, the card I had envisioned when I designed the Sting Frame Dies. Using florals does not come naturally to me. The String Frames really helped me out. Here it helped me define an area for Garden Grace to be used.

Sentiment is from A Little Inspiration and that butterfly is from Flower Favorites.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you like what you see. All the new products I'm releasing and more will be available on September 15th at 10 PM EST at

For more inspiration, click on over to Nichole's blog. A happy creative world awaits.


Holiday Place Setting
Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit
Stamps: Christmas Tree Change Up
Dies: Christmas Tree Change Up Box and Card Dies
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Tropical Teal, True Black

Sequin Strung String Frame Card
Stamps: Fillable Frame 1, Building Blocks
Dies: String Frames, Fillable Frames 1, Scribbled Circles, Building Blocks
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet
Ink: Soft Blush, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, True Black, Stamper's Select White
Other: Adhesive Silver Cardstock and sequins

String Frame with Garden Grace
Stamps: A Little Inspiration, Garden Grace, Flower Favorites
Dies: String Frame, Flower Favorites
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse
Cardstock: Blueberry Sky, Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain

Friday, September 11, 2015

Christmas Tree Change Up Day 2

Back again with more sneaks of my new products being released at Papertrey Ink this month. Definitely going to start showing you some possibilities today. What I'll be showing will not exhaust the possibilities for the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection, by any means. I have plenty more later to show you when it comes to this versatile collection of paper crafting products.

Christmas Tree Change Up Co-Worker Gift, Papertrey Ink

First up, I have something I've been referring to as the "Perfect Co-worker Gift". Imagine showing up at your desk and seeing sweet, little vintage style Christmas tree, complete with Hershey Kiss "presents" and a mini felt tree skirt? Talk about something that would make your day.

Here I used the Christmas Tree Change Up Box die to create this four sided Christmas tree. There are even dies to create the four sided star that tops it all off.  I also used the Christmas Tree Change Up Stamps to stamp the surfaces and give it some pizzazz.  Three adhesive red glitter dots help define the front of the tree.

Monogrammed tree skirt doubles as a coaster, Papertrey Ink

Once the chocolate is consumed (and it's just the right amount, a small indulgence but not so much that a person would go off the rails for the day),  you move the tree to see that not only was that a mini tree skirt, but a monogrammed felt coaster as well. The coaster is made out of the second largest Stitched Circle, Cross Stitch Alphabet, and the Stitched Swirls, all in colors that match the Christmas tree box.

Christmas Tree Change Up Box Die on wooden cube

The tree itself stands on its own, thanks to a 3.4" inch wooden block that is hot glued on the bottom. A great little something to decorate the desk for the season. And no guilt when it gets discarded in January. Win-win.

Christmas Tree Change Up Box Die paper ornament

More on the Christmas Tree Change Up Box. The main box is one die that you cut twice. You place one over the other, like an "x". Fold up and glue the sides. Very easy. (No worries if I'm not making myself super clear, there will be videos by the time the countdown is finished. Working on those!) On this gingham ornament, I cut one Christmas Tree Change Up Box Die out of Aqua Mist and another out of Simply Chartreuse. When folded up, the sides alternate color all the way around.

I also used the Christmas Tree Change Up Card Dies on this project. They were used to cut the Chicken Scratch Paper and glued on the sides for some contrast. Hearts and circles are from the Love Lives Here Die collection.

Jingle bells are inside this paper ornament, so they chime in a festive way when this ornament is handled.

String Frames Dies from Papertrey Ink

Next up, a card project for you. The "change up" part of the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection comes from the fact that you can morph this particular set of products into so many different types of  projects. Seriously, it is packed with value thanks to all the versatility. You've got your 3D projects above, but things work just as well on card fronts. Here I used the Christmas Tree Change Up Stamps and Card Dies on a card. The sentiment is from last year's Holiday Double Cuts.

Easily frame your focal point with String Frames Die Collection by Papertrey Ink

Also of note, I'm putting my new String Frames Collection to work for me to help give my card some definition. I used the largest of the three dies on the Simply Chartreuse card front. This one just puts two holes in each corner. With one pass through your die cut machine, you get all 8 perfectly aligned holes on your paper. All that is left to do is sew some thread to stretch between the corners and tie off your thread tight on the back of your project. Over and done with in a minute. Super easy, but with lots of impact.

Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit + Enclosed Star

Next up, I've been fooling around with the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit. Can't put it down. And one my creative guilty pleasures in life is to mix and match products. So there's that motivation. :) I have a pretty smart little 7 year old who has been putting lots of effort into his spelling and math flash cards. Such a good boy. Always has a smile on his face. I wanted to show him some appreciation. I made this door hanger for his bedroom door using the Stitched Garland and Beaded Holiday: Star from the kit. All out of paper.

Stitched Garland Dies modified for paper door hanger

I do have it hanging on a knob that is on a blackboard backdrop (dude...tongue twister). I could move this arrangement outside to take advantage of the natural light for my photo. But seeing as it was so dark and gloomy here yesterday, I couldn't get a decent photo of it on a door knob. But trust me, it works. It's hanging on Hank's door right now.

Because it is made entirely out of paper, I did have to cut the loop as shown. That helps you slip it over the door knob. And the door knob hides the cut, so no biggie.

Enclosed Star and Bead Holiday Star a Nice Match

A sweet find...Enclosed Star Dies nest perfectly on the Beaded Holiday Star. Score! There's some versatility for you. Would look great on a card. Which, I'm sure I'll be trying out sooner rather than later.

So, all paper and no stitching on this particular project, even if it uses two dies from the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit. Love that about it. All about making it work for what you are in the mood for. )

Thanks for joining me. I'll be back tomorrow with more. The Christmas Tree Change Up Collection and the Stringed Frames will be available on September 15th at 10 PM EST at The Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit is available now. If you want to see more of what that can do, here's a link to my introductory blog post.

More inspiration about the September release can be found at Nichole's blog. Always excellent eye candy.


The Perfect Co-Worker Gift
Stamps: Christmas Tree Change Up
Dies: Christmas Tree Change Up Box Dies, Stitch Circles, Cross Stitch Alphabet, Stitch Swirls
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Felt: Pure Poppy
Ink: Aqua Mist and Pure Poppy

Gingham Ornament
Dies: Christmas Tree Change Up Box and Card Dies, Love Lives Here
Patterned Paper: Chicken Scratch
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist

Joy Card
Stamps: Christmas Tree Change Up
Dies: Christmas Tree Change Up Card Dies, Stringed Frames, Holiday Double Cuts
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, Fresh Snow

Super Star Door Hanger
Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit
Stamps: Enclosed Star
Dies: Enclosed Star
Cardstock: Tropical Teal, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf
Ink: New Leaf, Tropical Teal, Orange Zest


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Christmas Tree Change Up Day 1

Welcome back for another month of fun with Papertrey Ink. The September countdown is here and it is all about Christmas. Hard to believe, right? But we want you to have lots of time to craft for the holidays, so we make sure you have the good stuff with ample time to spare. If that means we have to turn on the holiday tunes and movies in the beginning of September to tap into the festive spirit, we are happy to do it. (Actually, it's a few months earlier than that if we've got products coming out! It's sunscreen and Christmas music...this must be what it is like to live in Australia.)

I have a few things releasing on September 15th at Most notably, I've got the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection. Get ready to have your mind blown by the time the 14th gets here. A few products will cover you for a lot of paper-crafting and sewing needs. I could not squeeze any more versatility into this collection if I tried. It's got it all. I promise you that there is a lot of value in these products.

Christmas Tree Change Up Collection at Papertrey Ink

I'm starting off easy. Just a card. I'm a bit of a tease, I know. Just got a bit of a late start on it all. But it will whet your whistle, at least.

This card features the Christmas Tree Change Up stamps, card dies, and just a peek of the box die. There are score lines so it it easy to fold up the edges of the Christmas tree. Gives a lot of dimension to paper projects.

Also using Pom Pom Pals for the sentiment and Seeds of Knowledge on a large Limitless Layers Circle to look like a tree skirt.

OK. That's it for me. Be back tomorrow with another tidbit or two. In the meantime, head over to Nichole's blog to see a bunch of new projects and link over to all of the design team. And Maile's featuring my new String Frames today. These things are SO. MUCH. FUN. Especially for simple stampers. Just the right touch of texture.

All the new September products will be available on September 15th at 10 PM EST at Happy holiday crafting!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Introducing the Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit with Papertrey Ink


Welcome everybody! We're kicking off the holiday crafting season at Papertrey Ink today with the first of the seasonal crafting products being debuted for 2015. I'm honored to be the first to get you in the mood for Christmas with the introduction of my latest Quick Stitch Kit: Beaded Holiday. It's all about taking classic holiday shapes and adding bling and sparkle with beaded motifs. I've done all the hard work, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy yourself while creating stunning items for home decor and gift giving.

Beaded Holiday Kit Contents:

Custom tote bag
Beaded Holiday: Mitten die collection
Beaded Holiday: Stocking die collection
Beaded Holiday: Star die
Beaded Holiday: Motifs die collection
Beaded Holiday: Garland die collection
Bead storage box (ten compartments)
6mm Bugle Beads, Silver
6mm Bugle Beads, White
3mm Seed Beads, Red
3mm Seed Beads, Chartreuse
3mm Seed Beads, Teal
3mm Seed Beads, Silver
8mm Cupped Sequins, Red
8mm Cupped Sequins, Chartreuse
8mm Cupped Sequins, Teal
8mm Cupped Sequins, Silver

The total retail cost of the "Beaded Holiday" Kit is $105. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours while you can! The Beaded Holiday: Garland dies are the ONLY item from this kit that will be available for purchase separately at a later date.later date.  All other items are limited edition to this kit and will never be offered again!  "Beaded Holiday" Kit will be available for sale beginning on September 1st at 10pm EST, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.


Beaded Holiday Trio

As you can see, you get three large stitched designs in the kit: the Beaded Holiday: Stocking Die , Beaded Holiday: Mitten Die, and the Beaded Holiday: Star Dies. In addition to that you receive Beaded Holiday Motif dies: the Beaded Snowflake, Tree, and Argyle Dies. They are sized to work interchangeably with the larger designs. Let's take a closer look at all three of these beauties. 

Stitched Stocking from Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

First up, the Beaded Holiday:  Stocking featuring the Beaded Holiday Tree Motif. All three of the beaded motif dies feature the use of 8mm sequins, 8/0 seed beads, and 6 mm bugle beads. We've included a wonderful custom assortment of beads and sequins (to match the PTI colors) in the kit. It even comes with its own 10 compartment storage box.  You are all ready to craft when you get your kit. And once you use up what is included, you have the sizes and specs you need to replenish your supplies at your local craft store. 

Stitched Stocking Heel and Toe Cuffs

The Beaded Holiday: Stocking comes with a contrasting cuff. You also have the option of adding in a contrasting toe and heel, as I did here. Or you can totally leave those off. All the dies are included and I'll be providing PDF's and a tutorial video (below) so you can follow along with all the tricks. I promise, however, that these are really easy to put together.  

Stitched Stocking with Loop for Hanging off Tree

Both the Beaded Holiday:: Stocking and Beaded Holiday: Mitten have a loop die for sewing in and hanging your stocking or mitten ornament on the tree. Or, alternatively, you can just loop a piece of twine or ribbon through to work the same way. It's all up to you. You know I'm all about options. 

Stitched Mitten with Contrasting Cuff

Next up, the Beaded Holiday: Mitten. You have the option of sewing in a contrasting cuff. Or you can leave it off. All the dies you need for that are included in the kit. 

Argyle Motif from Quick Stitch Beaded Holiday Kit

The Beaded Holiday:Argyle Motif is a stunner. I do believe it is my favorite. Embroidery floss can add another punch of color. I use all six strands to really make the floss diamonds really stand out. 

I've made a Beaded Holiday: Stocking and Beaded Holiday:Mitten video tutorial. These are very similar in construction, so I've combined the how-to together. Also included in the video are a few beading tips. 

I mentioned in the video that there is a felt interfacing that I like to use on my stitching projects. It is called Pellon Craft and Home Decor Interfacing, Ultra Firm Sew In. It is stuff that is used for hat brims and the like. I got it off the bolt at Joann's, for around $5.00 a yard on sale.  In particular, this stuff is great for giving some rigidity to a single layer felt design or on the backside of a pocketed stocking or mitten. It cuts great in the die cut machines without pre-treament. Even all those stitching holes!

Pellon Ultra Firm Sew In Interfacing

For your reference, here is a photo of the bolt. Excuse the cell phone picture. I had kids dancing around me, had to be quick. Figured it was best to get you the information, no matter the photo quality.

Beaded Holiday Star Snowflake Motif on Stitched Star

Lastly, we have the Beaded Holiday: Star with the Beaded Holiday: Snowflake Motif Die. This ornament is stuffed with Poly-Fil for plushness. 

Snowflake Motif from Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday in Progress

A note on the Beaded Holiday Motif Dies. Talk about a beautiful way to add some shine to your project. You use the same type of stitching holes as any of the other stitching dies. The holes are just spaced differently to accommodate the sizes of the beads and sequins for a perfectly spaced design. The how-to details on these are best presented in the PDF that will be included in your purchase. In the meantime, here's an illustration of all three together. 

Now, how about taking this ideas and expanding on them?

Beaded Holiday Gift Ensemble

All three of these larger stitched designs would make darling ornaments. Present all three together in a coordinated color theme with matching packaging, like I did here. (I call this my Frozen colorway set! You could see them on Elsa's and Anna's tree, right?)  This would be a perfect friend, family, or teacher gift. 

Beaded Tree Motif on Paper with Stitched Border

I even added the Beaded Holiday Tree Motif to my paper packaging (Front and Center 1 Die, not included). Takes about ten minutes and is so pretty. Would look fabulous on a tag too. 

Stitched Mitten as Table Setting

These basic shapes are more than just ornaments. You can do so many other things with them. Here, I've left the top of the Beaded Holiday: Mitten open to hold a napkin and silverware set for the holiday table. Add a loop and this can be taken home by your guest and then used as an ornament. Double duty for the holiday table and a party favor. 

Sneak Peek of Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit

Tie these beauties onto packaging too. If you make a pocketed Beaded Holiday: Mitten or Beaded Holiday: Stocking, a gift card fits right inside. 

Pocketed Stitched Stocking and Stitched Mitten from the Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

How about stringing these felt shapes onto a garland for some festive home decor? Would you believe we have a Beaded Holiday: Garland Die included in the kit? Oh yeah, we've got you covered! 

Stitched Stocking and Stitched Mitten on the Stitched Garland Dies

The Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies consists of five separate dies. You've got the long loops for the ends of your garland, like you see here. I always find hanging garlands to be tricky. I think the looped ends are going to help me out in a big way. Problem solved.

Stitched Garland from Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

You can make your garland as long and as simple as you want it by adding on segments. Custom size it to fit your particular space. 

Looped Garland Made with Stitched Garland from the Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

The Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies also comes with three different lengths of "garland connectors'. Again, just customizing the size to your needs.  These are the felt pieces that string between your Beaded Holiday Mitten, Beaded Holiday: Stocking, and/or Beaded: Holiday Star.  

We are finding out as a team just how handy these little babies are. I do believe most of our "extra" ideas have to do with using them in alternative ways. As you can see, I made a felt loop chain garland with mine with the largest length of garland connectors. You can get seven rings per the width of the Papertrey Ink felt. Imagine creating garland for birthdays in any of the PTI felt colors! This die is going to take you beyond the holidays for sure. 

Positioning of the Stitched Garland on the Back of the Stitched Mitten

And lastly, included with the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies is a "holes only" die so you can stitch your garland connectors between your large shapes, joining them together. 

I've created a video tutorial on how the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies work with the Beaded Holiday: Stocking, Mitten, and Star. There are tree different ways to use the garland connectors for garland. Just depends on your preference. Click play to learn more. 

Stitched Stocking and Stitched Mitten on the Stitched Garland Dies

A few other things of interest with this particular garland I've created. I choose not to use any Beaded Motif Dies. Just for a different look. Also, I used fabric treated with Heat N' Bond and ironed on to cuff, heel, and toe cuts of the Pellon Crafts + Home Decor Interfacing Ultra Firm Sew In. Whenever I use fabric, I also back it with the same cut in felt, so the rest of the project doesn't show through the fabric. 

A long time ago, I created a Make It Monday Video about using Heat N' Bond with fabric for die cutting. If you need the refresher, here's the link

Also, this stocking was left open at the top to make a pocket. It can hold fun stuff while strung as a garland. I'm thinking some sort of advent or countdown garland might be fun. The stockings and mittens can easily hold a piece of candy or a tag with a holiday activity listed on it.  Especially when teamed up with the Sew Stylish Number Dies, available separately. 

Jingle Bell Door Hanger with Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit

One last project before I wrap it up for the day. Take the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies and make a vertical hanging decor piece. I sewed up three Beaded Holiday:  Stars with a blanket stitch on the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies. Jingle bells are sewn between the stars. A little hot glue was used to keep the points of the stars along the garland connectors and the jingle bells from flopping around, but none of that shows. No problem then, right? Whatever it takes! 

Also of note here, I used all three Beaded Holiday Motif Dies on the Beaded Holiday: Stars to show you how they are interchangeable on the larger shapes. 

Stitched Garland Connects Stitched Stars from the Quick Stick Kit Beaded Holiday

The back of this project show you more of the construction. I used the "holes only" die from Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies and cut that into the back of my Beaded Holiday: Stars. I was then able to sew in the garland connectors from the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies, creating a long line. The smallest length was used to connect the stars. I used the loop at the top so it could hang off a hook or knob and the medium length at the bottom so I could cut a little flag edge with my scissors. 

Stitched Garland Fits on Door Knob

The looped end from the Beaded Holiday: Garland Die  is big enough to go around a door knob for a door hanger. With jingle bells sewn in, it jingles every time somebody opens or closes the door. 


And that's a wrap folks. Hank approves of his mother's craftiness. Or maybe just that he knows when I finish this blog post, I'll be taking him to the pool. :) I think the latter is more likely. 

The ladies have more inspiration for you. Click below to see what the team's been up to with the Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit.  And absolutely all the official info is available this morning at Nichole Heady's blog.

All my projects today feature the use of the Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit available on September 1st, 2015 at at 10 PM EST. The Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies will be available later as an individual purchase in the store (in a few months), but the rest of the kit is exclusive. If we sell out in 24 hours, a preorder will become available. That means you preorder at that time and it takes 4-6 weeks for the kits to be manufactured, assembled, and sent out to you.  If you are interested, grab one while you can. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

Thanks so much for your interest and happy holiday crafting!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stamp-A-Faire 2015: Accessory Challenge

Is everybody having a wonderful day with the Papertrey Ink crew? Stamp-A-Faire 2015 is here and in full swing! Fantastic!

I'm up to bat with the Accessory Challenge this year. As soon as I knew we had a Project Runway theme, I knew I had a perfect venue for a little idea I had in a felt necklace base created with stitching dies. And it is something you can totally wear and get loads of compliments on. I'm so excited about it.

So today, I'm challenging you to use the Tri-Flower Necklace Base and Petal Stitch Dies that were included in your Stamp-A-Faire Kit to make a statement necklace. With your creativity and imagination, you can make a one-of-a-kind creation that you will love to wear.

For my video today, I'll be demonstrating how to make this particular necklace.

Stamp-a-Faire Necklace

First up, I have a tutorial showing you how to use and put together the Tri-Flower Necklace Base included in your kit.

Long after Stamp-A-Faire is over you can use this very versatile die to create all manner of statement necklace pieces. The sky is the limit as far as what you can add to the base. And it is so very simple to put together. Click play to see the details. 

Once your Tri Flower Necklace Base is sewn up, it is time to embellish. For Stamp-A-Faire today, we also included the Petal Stitch Dies in the kit to do just that. They look like this:

The idea behind these is that you can take whatever existing flower dies in your craft collection, cut them out of felt, and then add many variations of stitching and beading to your project. An assortment of felt, seed beads, and silver necklace chain was included in your kit as well to help you on your way. You've got everything you need to make yourself an one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry today.  Click "play" to see the Petal Stitch Dies in action. 

Here's a close up of the statement piece I made in the video. I love the use of the Freshly Fallen dies on the Beautiful Blooms 1 and Friendly Flower Die Collections.

Also for your reference as you are planning out your design, I've put together a few graphics to spark your imagination. 

In this graphic, I've taken each of the individual dies in the Petal Stitch Die Collection and gave you some options as to how to add your stitching and beads. 

Also for easy reference, I've put together this illustration. It shows you the two different ways you can add beading to the stitching holes included in the Petal Stitch Die Collection.

It is my hope that you take these two sets of dies and go on to use them on more necklaces and stitching projects. They are very versatile and make the most of what you already have in your stash. To help you along the way, there is an additional die included in the Tri-Flower Necklace Base. You've probably noticed and wondered what it is for and how to use it. I've got a illustration for you on that one as well. Mystery solved.

I've been having fun with these dies outside of Stamp-A-Faire. Just to give you an example, I made this pair of beaded barrettes using the Clever Barrette Dies for my niece's birthday last month.

Barrettes with Petal Stich Dies

How fabulous are these? I can see pre-tweeners enjoying the bling and sparkle added by the beads.

Barrettes witth Petal Stitch Dies Detail

You can go beyond seed beads with the Petal Stitch Dies. On these I've thrown in some bugle beads as well. Adds even more variation. Those bugle beads might have been stolen from the Quick Stitch Kit: Beaded Holiday that I'll be debuting on Monday morning. Pop back here then to see more about that. It's all about sparkle and shine.

OK. Thank you so much for joining me and participating in the day's festivities. It's a happy day in PTI Land. I'll be around the rest of the day, checking both comments on my blog and on the forum if you have any questions. DYING to see your creations using these dies! 

Remember to enter the contest on Nichole's blog for this challenge! Here's the link. 


Flower Necklace
Stamp-A-Faire 2015 Kit (Tri-Flower Necklace, Petal Stitches, 18" Chain,  Felt and Seed Bead Collections)
Additional Dies: Friendly Flowers, Freshly Fallen, Beautiful Blooms 1
Blingy Buttons: Hobby Lobby
DMC Floss
Hot Glue Gun

Stamp-A-Faire 2015 Kit (Petal Stitches)
Additional Dies: Ad Sense, Beautiful Blooms 1, Clever Barrette Covers, Boutique Accessory Card
Tropical Teal Cardstock
Autumn Chicken Scratch Gingham Paper Pad