Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Card

It snowed on the very first day of spring here in Maryland. I was much disgruntled about it. The winters are so very tough for us mamas with little kids at home. And this one seemed harsher than others in the past. I'm barely hanging onto my sanity. Come this time of year, it all wears so very thin. Good thing there's hope. A few more weeks. I can do anything for a few more weeks.

Out of protest on March 20th, and just to make myself feel better, I made this spring card for my gardening mom. Because the hope just knowing that warm weather, flowers, and sunshine are right around the corner is something that needs to be celebrated!

I had lots of fun here. Ever since I saw the Comic Strip Cover Plate die, I wanted to use those defined spaces to house all sort of stamped elements. So I did that here. I even rearranged them to match my card design more.

I used a sentiment from Spring Hills stamp set. And in doing so, it dawned on me that the combination of these defined rectangles and the various images in the Hills Collection would make some really cute cards. Hope to get a chance to do that here soon.

The rest of the supplies are listed below. Here's hoping spring comes your way soon!


Stamps: Garden Variety, Quilted: Spring, Spring Hills, Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers
Dies: Beautiful Butterflies, Quilted Spring, Comic Strip Cover Plate, Garden Variety
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Classic Kraft, Fine Linen, Spring Moss, Autumn Rose, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Fine Linen, Stamper's Select White

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy April Birthday!

My sweet niece, who is not so little any more, is turning 12 next month. She lives in England as well, so timing the mail to get over there is a bit tricky. With those two things in mind, I came up with this birthday card for her. It's a bit more sophisticated than she has gotten from me in the past. She's 12 after all. And I choose the sentiment on the front to cover the entire month, just in case the mail gets held up. I've always had problems getting them stuff. Which is unfortunate. I'm just hoping she gets this in April.

I just had to get the Stitched Cover Plate die from the February Release. It adds so much subtle texture. In love. Totally and completely.  I also adore the font used in the Monthly Moments: Year Around stamp set, which I used to stamp "April". And we've got the flower cluster from the Quilted: Spring Collection by Betsy. Both the stamps and the dies are used here from that.

I can see myself making a 12 card set to give as a gift, one card for every month. I have no idea what lays ahead with the Quilted Collection, but I'm hoping that I can use the "extras" from each set for the appropriate months. The whole package would look fabulous.

Restocked my envelopes and was thrilled to be able to line one with Winter Wisteria Gingham patterned paper and the Envelope Liner Die.

Don't forget to stamp the backs of your card for a very finished look. The little saying from my Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples exclusive stamp set is going to get lots of use doing just that on many of my cards yet to come. It's still available if you want to add it to your collection right here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Introducing Chicken Scratch + Sewing Staples

Hello Papertrey Ink folks and Happy Spring! Well, almost. But I'm feeling it, aren't you? Like deep in my bones. Bring on the renewal and the sunshine and the warm weather.

Cheery gingham is certainly contributing my  happy mood. You've probably popped over from Nichole's blog. My new product line for March, the Chicken Scratch Collection, is being featured today for the first group post. I've seen a few projects and the DT ladies did an amazing job. They exceed my expectations. Just absolutely beautiful stuff.

You might be looking around for Chicken Scratch projects from me. Unfortunately, nothing has made it to me in time with mail delays and the weather. Which is OK. I've been doing this for over five years and to have it happen just this once, is a pretty good track record. Besides, all the Chicken Scratch goodness is on its way to me, so it won't be long before I get to play. And of course, I'll share when I do.

So, as a result, I've had ample opportunity to do some other things with it. Like build an inspiration board for you. And create some "sketches" on the computer to share, so when you get the Chicken Scratch Collection, you are all ready to play and infused with inspiration.

So..Chicken Scratch. Pretty whimsical name, right? Chicken Scratch is a type of embroidery done on gingham fabric that some say looks like the pattern chicken feet would make in the dirt of the chicken coop. Yep, it doesn't get any more "vintage" than that. :) LOL!  It is also called depression lace, Amish embroidery, or simply, gingham embroidery. All of which speaks of its homespun, county look.

 In Chicken Scratch, the squares of the gingham act like the squares of cross stitch fabric. The corners and lines of the pattern show you where to place your stitches. There are some rather unique stitches to be made, that make up classic "chicken scratch" look. And in using these stitches on a gingham background, you work with the light, dark, and medium tones in the fabric, highlighting each in a different way. When viewed as a whole, the color of the stitches combined with the highlighted pattern of the gingham gives a very unique look and pattern. All of which, I thought would be great for a stamp set.

Here are some inspiration examples. You can view my entire Pinterest Chicken Scratch Board here.

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Super pretty stuff, right? I might have sent my Mom that pin this morning of that summer tank. Told her I'd do the embroidery if she made it for me:). I'd love to have that. 

Now that you've seen some examples, I've taken the images from the stamp sets (I have both the Chicken Scratch and Super Gingham being released), the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, and the Chicken Scratch Paper Pad and made some computer examples for you. You can download the PDF here for easy reference. 

I hope you are as excited as I am to be using this fun, vintage style of embroidery.  As you can see, you can go as easy or as complicated as you like. We've worked in lots of short cuts (Chicken Plate Cover Plate, Gingham Paper) to make it easy to accomplish too.

Now, while I have you here, I have another Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit project for you. I really wanted to turn those Scissor Keepers into carrots for Easter!

I found these marshmallow bunnies on a lollipop stick at Target. They are from Just Born, like those yummy peeps everybody likes this time of year. I thought they'd be perfect for this!

I love how they look like they are popping out of the carrot. These were really easy to stitch up, by not reversing the running stitch. The handle on the orange carrot part, got cut off.. The backside is "green" and has the handle, but after I put these together, you didn't need to use the handle here either. Whatever you decide to do if you are planning on recreating this.

For the grass, I cut green tissue paper with the Tissue Favor Die. Love how nice and fluffy it is.

The Floral Cluster Die from the Sewing Staples kit was used to make these paper flowers. I adore these in paper. Just the right amount of detail when stitched. Sentiment is from Birthday Classics: April and the tag is from Tremendous Tags.

Here's a carrot upright. These things are BIG! Ten inches with the candy. Would make an impressive little something.

OK. That's it from me. Thanks for stopping by. More inspiration for Chicken Scratch below. All the Chicken Scratch stuff will be available March 15th at www.papertreyink.com at 10 PM EST and the Sewing Staples Kit is available right now! Fabulous.

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


Scissor Keeper Carrots
Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit
Stamps: Birthday Classics: April
Dies: Tremendous Tags, Tissue Favor
Patterned Paper: Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise Collections
Cardstock: Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise

Monday, March 9, 2015

Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples...Tonight's the Night!

There's a little bit of excitement in the air! Tonight's the night my first Quick Stitch Kit with Papertrey Ink goes on sale. It will be available to purchase at www.papertreyink.com at 10 PM EST. Here's a few blog posts from the last week that can show you some projects (with videos, PDF downloadable instructions, and links to other blogs featuring the kit)  and tell you more about it if you are stopping by for the first time.

And I've got one more project to share with you using the Scissor Keeper Dies that are included in this kit. This time I made springtime pennants with them for some sweet home decor.

I cut off the handles of the Scissor Keeper Dies and used PTI's grosgrain ribbon to attach them to some 3/8" wooden dowels. I also got the circular caps to top them off. They happen to have a 3/8" hole in the bottom for a perfect fit. I didn't even have to glue them. Both I got at Michael's.

I added all the spring accents from the Seasonal Stitches: Eggs, Shamrock, and Butterfly which I released last year. Each have button accents in coordinating colors. And the egg has a flower accent from the Floral Cluster Dies that are included in the Quick Stitch Kit.

I have a trick to make these have some "body". They stick nicely straight out from the dowel. They take just two layers of felt cuts,  one straight edge and one scalloped edge die from the Scissor Keeper Collection.

Hidden within the two layers is a paper core (also cut with the straight edge cover from the Scissor Keeper Dies), which gives the stiffness and "body" to my flag. I attached the ribbon with adhesive to the paper flag. The adhesive goes the entire length of the ribbon and holds the ribbon to the dowel.

The other end of the ribbon adheres to the front. And then I just sandwich the paper between my two felt cuts and sew it up. Super simple and easy.

The flags are in a mason jar with a "frog style" lid to help hold them in place. I've got one of my favorite Easter candies as filler. Hopefully I won't be eating those Cadbury Mini-Eggs when they are buried underneath that paper grass. A Tremendous Tag cut is stamped with Wreath for All Seasons.

Sitting here on my family room couch typing this up and smiling up at my mantle where this sweet decor piece resides. I'm glad I finished it! It's been a work in progress for a few weeks. Thinking it would also make a very cute gift. And with the variety of Seasonal Stitches Dies, you can do one for every season.

OK, that's it from me. Hope you are as excited as I am to get stitching with the Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples Kit! Just a few more hours. Remember, 10 PM EST at www.papertreyink.com. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

School Picture Keepsake

Just popping in here with a new project I created this afternoon using the Needle Book Stitching Dies. If you are stopping by for the first time, these dies will be available at www.papertreyink.com in my first Quick Stitch Kit on March 9th.

I made sure they would work with one of my all time favorite stitching dies, the Stiched Frame Collection. There's just something about felt and a photo for me. I just think the combo makes the most adorable gifts. My favorite holiday gifts to make and give are felt ornaments like this one.

I sewed on a Seasonal Stitches: Apple felt cut to a Smokey Shadow cover. I only cut the straight rectangle die from the Needle Book Stitching Dies on this project. Love that red against the charcoal grey.

I opted to sew in two lengths of red baker's twine to use as a closure. They are knotted once on each side to keep them from slipping out.

And there's one of my favorite faces! I used the photo opening in the Stitched Frame to cut openings and stitching holes for a photo and a card stock panel. I got to incorporate some stamping into this project. Love the fusion. The paper stitched in gives some rigidity to the project and it stands up on its own like this.

This little beauty is going to Hank. Would make a great keepsake for a grandparent too.

That's it for me tonight:). Hope you are having a good one.

Supplies from Papertrey Ink
Dies: Stitched Needle Book (from the upcoming Quick Stitch: Sewing Staples Kit available 3/9 at www.papertreyink.com), Seasonal Stitches: Apple, Stitched Frame
Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream
Stamps: Jourrnaling Accessories, Type Stripes, Back to School, Mini Scrapbook Series: Journaling Lines
Ink: Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Stone

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 www.papertreyink.com. 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