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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Paper Smooches Upcoming August Release

Just popping in here to show you a card using dies from the upcoming Paper Smooches Release. Chilly Chums dies and the Bosom Buddies stamp set (where's Tom Hanks in drag?) are used on this card. Isn't that sentiment great? I heart it a lot. And it is illustrated with the little happy seal flipper touching the the grouchy walrus flipper (he reminds me a little of my father-in-law). Fun card to make. Fresh Snow and Heart Dies help me out here too.

New dies and a stamp set available at Paper Smooches on August 1st! YIKES, where has the summer gone? The only saving grace is that we get new craft supplies with the calendar counting down until fall.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Release Projects

Just popping in here to show you the rest of my July 2014 Papertrey Ink projects. All the new products you've seen today and over the course of the last week will be available tonight at 10 PM EST at LOTS and LOTS of fun stuff.

Botanical Blocks II and Banner Sentiments: I did a half and half treatment on these rectangular floral stamps. So very pretty. And how useful at the Banner Sentiments?

Notebook Niblets: Such a handy and pretty set. I rarely ever just use on stamp set on a card, so this is a testament to how versatile and useful this one is for your stash. I think the Deco Cover Plate is my most favorite ever!

Birthday Classics: August and Travel Plans: Loved how the large phrase fits the 2.5" Limitless Layers circles. It allowed me to make this window card. The sentiment is inked with Orange Zest and Pure Poppy. And the frame from Travel Plans is so very useful.

Phrase Play #6 and Monthly Moments: Journal Pocket 2 Die: I split up my die cut phrase for a new orientation and had some hearts from Cover Plate: Hearts spilling out of the Journal Pocket 2 Die.

Big Ticket Additions and Text Block: Thankful: One of the fun parts of the job (there's MANY!) is trying to combine the new products in unexpected ways. I like this team up. The Big Tickets Additions is more of a background element for the Text Block die cut.

And that's it for me today. Thanks for joining us all week and for all the lovely comments. :) I love your enthusiasm. The passion for this wonderful hobby you all have matches up with mine...kindred spirits.

More inspiration from the July Release is just a click away:

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

Thinking of You
Stamps: Botanical Blocks II, Banner Sentiments
Dies: Double Ended Banners, Cover Plate: Modern Cross, Tag Sale #6
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Autumn Rose, Winter Wisteria, Aqua Mist, Royal Velvet
Royal Velvet Simple Stripe, Scarlet Jewel Bitty Dot
Ink: Royal Velvet and Scarlet Jewel

Notebook Niblets
Stamps: Notebook Niblets
Dies: Notebook Niblets, Cover Plate: Deco
Cardstock: Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss

August Sunshine
Stamps: Monthly Moments: Travel Plans, Birthday Classics: August
Dies: Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy
Ink: Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Enchanted Evening

Phrase Play
Stamps: Phrase Play #6, Happy Hearts. No Strings Attached
Dies: Phrase Play #6, Cover Plate: Hearts, Monthly Moments: Journal Pocket 2 die
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice
Patterned Paper: Berry Sorbet Simple Stripe, Soft Stone Polka Dot

Big Ticket Additions
Stamps: Big Ticket Additions, Beautiful Blooms 2, Polka Dot Parade #7
Dies: Big Ticket Basics, Polka Dot Parade #7, Stitched Rectangles, Text Block: Thanks
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky
Ink: Simple Chartreuse, Winter Wisteria

Monday, July 14, 2014

Designer Phone Case Inspirations

Welcome back for another fabulous Group Post Project Day for the Papertrey Ink July 2014 Release. Do I ever have something for you today! We've been keeping the super fun stitching dies to create phone cases for your Apple iPhone 4 and 5 under wraps this entire release. I love surprises. Hope you are tickled with this one.

Tomorrow at 10 PM EST I'm releasing two die sets to add to my line of stitching dies. We've got the Phone Case Die Collection that cuts the case, an optional notch, and an optional strap to close up the top. And to decorate the cases, there is the new Phone Case Detail Die Collection that has some fabulous basic shapes that jazz up your cases and beyond. If you are a stitching die fan, the Details are a must have to your collection:).

As always, there is an assembly tutorial so you can see how the phone cases come together. Just click play.

Like I mentioned in the first paragraph, the Phone Case Stitching Dies were designed to fit the iPhone 4 and 5. The iPhone 4 is approximately 1/2" shorter than the iPhone 5. The width is pretty much the same. If you want a snugger fit for your 4, after die cutting your felt or fabric, I recommend taking your paper trimmer and trimming off the top two holes of your case before sewing up the sides. But if you choose not to, I think it works too. It will just be a bit longer for holding a 4 than a 5.

Also, I know many of us have hard cases on our phones already. I have this low profile case on my iPhone 5. And with it on my phone, these felt/fabric sleeves still fit. So you can do both at the same time. And can I just mention that the two die collections combined are cheaper than my hard case? There is some serious value here. Felt cases for everybody I know! HA! Great Christmas and birthday gifts.

At this point, I prefer to have mine in a felt sleeve in addition to my hard case. I started making these phone cases two weeks ago and was a quick convert. I think I went a day without one since and it was odd. I'm so happy with how pretty and practical these are for my day-to-day life.

Let's get to my projects. I have a lot of stuff to show you.

This is the felt phone case I made in the video above. I used the heart die from the Phone Case Detail Die Collection to cut holes in my Terracotta Tile felt case and I beaded it with white beads for a whole new look.

Here's a close up of the beading. I looped my thread through twice on each bead to make it more secure.

Here's the back of my case. I chose to create a closure by utilizing the strap included in the Phone Case Die Collection. This particular strap consists of two pieces of felt fused together with Heat N' Bond. I recommend this for durability. The plastic coating of the Heat N'Bond between the layers prevents wear and tear as well as stretching.

The strap is secured to the back of the phone case by the center rectangle with a criss cross design. A coordinating die that cuts just these holes is included in the Phone Case Die Collection.

My phone case is secured closed with Velcro tabs. I found some specifically made for fabric at Joann's. This is important to note because the other Velcro tabs said (in fine print) on the back they are not intended for fabric. So just make a note of that if you go shopping.

Next up, I created a monogrammed felt and fabric for my sister. I used Heat N' Bond again to stabilize my fabric for cutting and then for fusing onto the felt lining before stitching it up.

The Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and 2 from the June Release are the perfect way to personalize the phone cases. Adore this look. My sister's name is Elizabeth. But we can easily make the "E" for "Erin", if for some reason I can't part with this one. :)  (Just joking...any excuse to make more phone cases is OK for relaxing and fun.)

I'm sure thankful to Dawn for designing the new Tag Sale #11. It makes not only a great luggage tag, but a cut die cut cell phone that matches up perfectly for my phone cases as well.

I created a mini card with the Tag Sale #11 to match my case. Bubble Talk Dies and a masked/selectively inked sentiment from Special Delivery Sentiments serve as my text talk. I stamped out "text me" with the new Wet Paint Alphabet in Soft Stone Ink over Polka Dot Basics stamped in Harvest Gold.

Have I mentioned I have made eight of these sweet little things? This one could be considered "plain jane" because it only uses the Phone Case Dies without any extra embellishment. But the use of material makes it anything but boring. I choose this brown batik fabric for the case body and a brown textured suede for my strap to match my hard case. Both suede and fabric were treated with Heat N'Bond first for stability while die cutting and for fusing the layers together before stitching. New to Heat N'Bond? I did a video tutorial awhile back. You can view it here.

 Next up, another gift ensemble for a friend. Doesn't she have the best initials? I created this phone sleeve out of Simply Chartreuse Felt and decorated it with the harlequin design from the Phone Case Details Collection. There is a single diamond that can be used to overlay over the top of the diamond group dies for contrast.

I used the Phone Case Detail Dies to cut the same harlequin pattern out of cardstock. I stitched them up with thread to match my case perfectly. The sentiment is from the new Keep It Simple: Thinking of You and the initials were created using the Sew Simple Alphabet 1. I felt the Argyle Impression Plate used on half of my card base helped to tie things together.

Notice on this phone sleeve that I opted NOT to use the strap. This works just as well too. I concentrated on all the stitching for the harlequin design. I used this die twice to cover the entire surface of the phone case.

The back of the phone case is also decorated with her monogram using the Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and Blueberry Sky felt.

Next up, I wanted to revisit the heart die from the Phone Case Details Collection. For another new twist on the stitching dies, I opted to die cut my heart out of my case and just leave the holes unstitched. Super basic, but very cool.

The heart die looks GREAT on paper as well. A great opportunity to play around with threading different items through the holes, such as this safety pin. The heart tag is from the Tiny Tags Die. I used Lizzie's fabulous new These United States and State Abbreviations and Maile's Tag Sale #9 to create a some lovely "packaging" for my felt case.  Handmade in MD indeed. And proudly.:)

Another monogrammed case for my other sister. This time I die cut the zig zag from Phone Case Detail Die Collection twice in my Lavender Moon felt case and stitched it up in two different colors of floss. Wait until you see what Heather did with the zig zag. It's FABULOUS.

One last example out of fabric and utilizing the chevron from the Cell Phone Detail Dies Collection. This was originally an oopsie! I cut the holes for the chevron into my phone case on the wrong end. I had intended to have them on the bottom and pointing down. But you know what, I really like how they worked out. Very trendy.

I made a strap for this phone case. This one is closed with a snap. It takes a bit of work to cover up the stitching for the backside of the snap. It is hidden with a flower created from the Bitty Button Collection and Vintage Cream Felt. Doable, workable...but I prefer the Velcro, I think. A hundred times easier.

OK. You still with me? I know it was a big blog post! I hope you are as excited as I am about this new collection of stitching dies. Are you going to create wardrobe for your phone like I did? My husband saw all of mine on my dresser and said, "You are pretty darn proud of yourself, aren't you?" YEP! And if you don't have an iPhone, I'm guessing you know more than a few people who do. These are great gifts that are sure to be appreciated. Although you might want to watch it, once people start using them, they might ask you to make more.

I'm downright giddy to see what all the other girls have come up right along with me on the links 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

Interested in adding these dies to your collection? They will be available on July 15th at 10 PM EST at

Thanks for all your support! I appreciate it. Without your enthusiasm over the last few months for the stitching dies, new products like these wouldn't be possible. Ya'll inspire me to keep creating. And that's a good thing. My gratitude to you for it...if only for  purely crafty selfish reasons. If I didn't sell a single stitching die, I'd be happy...just as long as I could get my hands on them myself. I love these things! Thanks for keeping my wildest crafty dreams alive. Glad there are those of you who feel the same. :)


Beaded Heart Case
Dies: Phone Case and Phone Case Detail Dies
Terracotta Tile Felt

Monogrammed E Fabric Case
Dies: Phone Case Dies, Sew Simple Alphabets 1 and 2
Fabric Velcro Tabs
Fabric (Joann's)

Cell Phone Mini Card
Dies: Tag Sale #11, Bubble Talk, Love Lives Here
Stamps: Wet Paint Alphabet, Polka Dot Basics, Special Delivery Sentiments
Cardstock: Melon Berry, Aqua Mist, Terracotta Tile, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Harvest Gold, Soft Stone, Tropical Teal

Batik Case
Dies: Phone Case 
Fabric Velcro Tabs
Fabric (Joann's) and suede (Hobby Lobby)

HIP Case
Dies: Phone Case Dies, Phone Case Detail Dies, Sew Simple Alphabets 1 and 2
Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Blueberry Sky Felt
Vintage Cream Buttons
Crochet Thread

HIP Card
Stamps: Keep It Simple: Thinking of You
Dies: Phone Case Detail Dies, Sew Simple Alphabets 1, Argyle Impression Plate
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky, Spring Moss

Heart Case
Dies: Phone Case Dies, Phone Case Detail Dies
Pure Poppy Felt

Heart Tag
Dies: Tag Sale #9, Phone Case Detail Dies, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Stamps: These United States, States Abbreviations

J Monogrammed Case
Dies: Phone Case Dies, Phone Case Detail Dies, Sew Simple Alphabets 1 and 2
Lavender Moon and Smokey Shadow Felt

Chevron Fabric Case
Dies: Phone Case Dies, Phone Case Detail Dies, Button Stack 2
Pure Poppy Felt
Harvest Gold Button

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wish You Were Here

It's Group Post Day #1 for the July 2014 Papertrey Ink Release. We're featuring three great travel themed stamp sets that are sure to get you all excited about stamping and creating. These items are going to blow you away. Such great ideas from Dawn, Lizzie, and Nichole. I was so thrilled to be adding them to my collection and I'm sure you'll feel the same way.

First up is Dawn's new Pack Your Bags set. Good this one fun. Three adorable two-step suitcases and a plethora of useful and clever sentiments. I can see myself using this one A LOT.

I was particularly tickled to see three sentiments that have to do with going to Grandma's house. Although our grandmas only live 20 minutes away, there are times when something like this is very appropriate. Matt and I are escaping sometime soon on our first solo trip in over five years, leaving the kids with my mom. I could have wept with gratitude at her feet when she offered.  I'm counting the minutes until we can be Matt and Erin again instead of Mom and Dad. Ya'll know what I mean! So this card is being popped in the mail to her a few days before we leave and the grandkid invasion begins. It just makes me chuckle.

Now, if you have little kids, you know that in addition to pajamas, underwear, and toothbrushes, favorite toys need to be packed up as well. It's all part of it. I found stamps that represent what each kid will be taking over (Little Hot Rod and Polka Dot Parade #4) and included those in my stamped scene.

As for the suitcases, I really wanted to find a way to create them out of patterned paper. I die cut the suitcases out of various papers (Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, and Aqua Mist Patterned Paper Collections) and then added the detail suitcase stamps in Dark Chocolate from Pack Your Bags. Some details were lost when I didn't use the solid suitcase stamps as my base. I found by adding stitching lines from Sew Simple Borders I was able to add in enough details to make them look like realistic suitcases. Yay!

Next up, I have a card using Lizzie's new These United States stamps and die cuts. This one is going to go down in history as one of the most fun stamp sets ever. Such a clever idea. In love with it.

I choose to create an anniversary card for my parents' upcoming anniversary. We moved around a lot, so I decided to highlight all the states we lived in starting from when they got married. I inlaid the state dies so I would have even stamping of the arrow from one state to another.

For the last state of residence, I highlighted it with a vellum cut of the Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches dies. I inlaid it in a Pure Poppy frame I created using them and the original Limitless Layers: Hearts.

I stamped the heart from These United States on each of the states in the area in which we lived. Glossy Accents gives it a touch of shine, which does so much for the card.

Last up, I have a card to put in my husband's suitcase when he leaves on a business trip. I've mentioned before that I always do this...just a little tradition between the two of us. I'll be joining him afterward, so this is in reference to something to look forward to. The sentiments in Nichole's Get Lost stamp set are stylish and bold. I decided to use four of them in a collage, each one very appropriate. The "you and me" is from Love & Marriage and "On an adventure" is from Monthly Moments: July. They are all stamped over the AMAZING (love it so!) postcard border frame from Travel Plans, also available this month.

I highlighted a Florida die cut, framed in the world stamp from Destination. The geotag is from the Monthly Moments: July die collection. A stapled tag from Tabbed was used as an extra embellishment.

So now that you've seen it all, are you more inclined to go in your craft area and stamp or pack your bags and head out on adventure? It's a draw, isn't it? Either way is a winner, so fun is assured. I think I'll be doing a little of both here soon.

You can add all these fabulous products to your collection here in just a few days. They'll be available to purchase on July 15th at 10 PM EST at

How about a little virtual travel in the meantime? We've got inspiration coming at you from a handful of states, just click below:

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


Look Out Grandma
Stamps: Pack Your Bags, Polka Dot Parade #4, Little Hot Rod, World Map, Sew Simple Borders
Dies: Pack Your Bags,Polka Dot Parade #4, Little Hot Rod, World Map
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Classic Kraft, Fine Linen, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist
Patterned Paper: Aqua Mist Gingham, Melon Berry Bitty Dot, Classic Kraft Simple Stripe
Ink: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist

Home is Where the Heart Is
Stamps: These United States
Dies: Various State Dies, Limitless Layers: Hearts, Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches, Stitching Lines
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening
Canvas Vellum
Patterned Paper: Spring Rain Simple Stripe

Are We There Yet Card
Stamps: Get Lost, Travel Plans, Destinations, Tabbed, Love & Marriage
Dies: State Dies: FL, MS, GA, Tabbed, Monthly Moments: July
Ink: Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, True Black, Aqua Mist
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Monthly Moments: July

Hello Papertrey Peeps! I'm popping in here on Day 3 of the countdown to share a project I made using the Monthly Moments: July Collection. Everything is travel themed this month, just in time for documenting all your summer vacation adventures. And I hope you are out there making all sorts of summer memories! We're having a glorious summer here in Lincoln Land crossing all sorts of fun stuff of the summer bucket list. :)

We like to show you how versatile the Monthly Moments products can be and how you can use them outside of memory keeping. Like this card, for example. I've always wanted to send "bon voyage" cards to friends and family heading out on vacation. Sometimes the excitement and anticipation is palpable and you want to celebrate that.

I took two pieces from the Monthly Moments: July Journal Card Paper Collection to use as my foundation. I'm loving that bold slanted line paper. The smaller 3x4 card I used as my focal point. I combined a circular label stamp with the "Enjoy" from the Phrase Play #4 Die  and stamped "summer vacation" from Monthly Moments: July below to complete my sentiment. Travel icons in the stamped in the same colors were pulled from the new Get Lost stamp set. A few staples finishes it all off. All ready to pop in the mail for a soon-to-be vacation friend or family member. Think I can fit in their luggage and go with them?

All these products and MANY more will be available to purchase on July 15th at and we'll be back over the next few days with all the group projects. Surprises in store:).

More inspiration below using the Monthly Moments: July products:

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

Stamps: Monthly Moments: July, Get Lost
Patterned Paper: Monthly Moments July Journal Card Collection
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Simply Chartreuse
Dies: Phrase Play #4
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse

Friday, July 4, 2014

Watermelon Birthday Card

Thought I'd share something I made recently for my sister. Lots of PTI goodies on this one.

Stamps: Birthday Classics: June, Simply Framed, Journaling Accessories, Clip Tips, Make a Wish Additions
Dies: Seasonal Stitches: Summer Fruit, Double Ended Banners, Journal Card 1, Stitching Lines Dies
Felt: Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Shadow, Hibiscus Burst