Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Halloween Stitching Dies

It's the last group post day at Papertrey Ink for the August release. My new stitching dies are being featured. Cannot wait to see what the girls do with them. Always a treat and very inspiring. I might get stitch-y some more in the next few days. I would love to give tons of sweet felt Halloween gifts to everyone I know.

New Stitching Dies for August 2016 by Papertrey Ink

Today, I wanted to create a tabletop display featuring the dies in lots of different small projects. Create a whole display yourself or choose one or two projects as inspiration. I think this grouping would look really sweet on a console table. 

Stitched Witch Boot plant stakes by Papertrey Ink

Let's focus on the Stitched Witch Boots, the only new stitching dies you haven't seen yet. How adorable are these? I'm just thrilled to be able to create with them. Lots of layers, lots of colors. Witch boots are one of my favorite Halloween themes. They can be used so many different ways. Here I have them sticking out of a small plant as plant stakes, at a jaunty angle. Would make a great grown up gift for Halloween. Calorie free. 

Halloween pencils as plant stakes.

The "legs" are super easy. Just themed pencils, which are readily available this time of year. I just hot glued them on the backs of the boots and stuck them in my flower pot. 

Stitched Circle Hole Dies and Stitched Witch Hat by Papertrey Ink

Next up, some Hoopla projects. These are perfect for gift giving at Halloween. Just a little thoughtful something that can be used year after year. On this little display, I used a three inch hoop. Before I put the felt directly in it, I used the Stitched Circle Holes Dies to cut the holes for just the circle as well as the "holes-only" die for the Stitched Witch Hat. You could make a whole series of seven like these for a whole display. Nine if you used the previously released Along Came a Spider and Stitched Pumpkin Face. It would be adorable. 

Stitched Beaded Cauldron, Stitched Bat, and Stitched Candy Corn by Papertrey Ink

Next up, a large Hoopla option for you that could not be any easier. I used the Stitched Beaded Cauldron, Stitched Candy Corn, and Stitched Bat and sewed them onto paper tags using the Made-In-Minute Dies and Tag Sale # 10. They are just hot glued onto the fabric backing of the hoop.

No sew Hoopla pocket.

To create a simple pocket that you can slip your tags into on a hoop project,  fold over some fabric before you add the hoop. It gives a finished edge for very little effort. 

Stitched Moon and Stars on Pint Sized Wrap Dies by Papertrey Ink

And lastly, a "snow globe" like project to leave out. Instead of using the Plain Pint Containers covered with the Pint Sized Wrap as a disposable food container, I choose to add a little stitching with the Stitched Moon and Stars dies to make it more of a decor piece.  I had so much fun creating the Petite Places Spook Manor Topper. These things are so adorable, they are meant to be displayed. 

Petite Places: Spook Manor, Pint Sized Wrap Dies, and Stitched Moon and Stars

In order to make some of the filler on the Petite Places globe match the felt on the container, I cut leaves out of Summer Sunrise and Orange Zest felt from Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin. The perfect size! So cute. And helps tie it all together. 

I hope you've enjoyed all the cozy felt Halloween projects. The dies are really affordable due to their small size. The small size also translates to quick and easy projects and lots of mixing and matching with all sorts of other dies and mediums. Quite fun to work with. 

The girls have done wonders with them. Amy's penny rug? Laurie's adorable banner? And all the rest. My head is spinning. AMAZING. Got to make myself one of those! You can link to all the projects on Nichole's blog

All the new dies will be available on August 15th at 10 PM EST at Thanks for keeping me company this week. And you know you'll see me back next month when we start with all the Christmas projects. I've been a very busy girl. :) 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Halloween Accessories

Still stitching away here with my seven new Halloween stitching dies from Papertrey Ink. Revisiting a few old favorites today to create items for both big and little girls, so you can see how these new dies work with items you might already have in your stash.

Accessories made with Stitching Dies from Papertrey Ink

I busted out the Boutique Accessory Card and Clever Barrette Covers (the dies that started it all!) to create this trio of accessories to gift out for the holiday. I love that after all this time, these older products still can be created with and updated with the latest of the stitching dies. I always keep longevity and compatibility in mind when creating.

 The Boutique Accessory Card is stamped with Tiny Treats: Halloween, both the appropriate image and sentiment in a tone-on-tone look. And  I spy a new die there, all blinged out with sequins.

Beaded Cauldron broach and Boutique Accessory Card by Papertrey Ink

Check out this Stitched Beaded Cauldron broach that I'm gifting to my kids' teachers this fall! This die is designed to be used with 8 mm sequins and 8/O seed beads, which are my standard with any type of beading dies. (Originally used them on Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit.) The sequins are the "bubbling poison" in the cauldron. How fun is that? Nothing to be afraid of, the beading is fun and easy to do. 

I added a spider embellishment that I picked up at Joann's. It was found in the button department and has a flat back. Perfect. I've seen little bat, skull, and bone buttons, too. You don't need any of these items to make the Stitched Beaded Cauldron look adorable, but it sure is fun to embellish..

A couple notes on creating the broach. You'll want to hide all the messy stitching on the back of your project. Or at least, I did. I thought about it for a few days and came up with this solution.

Back of broach tip.

You want to create a layer that doesn't have stitching holes. Tricky, I bet you're thinking. 
 Not so much. Just layer two pieces of cardstock and cut the large base die in your die cutting machine.

Back of broach tip.

You end up with two pieces, like this. The bottom most layer of cardstock will cut the shape, but the holes won't pop out. 

Back of broach tip.

Glue this piece on the back of your project and hide all that messiness.

Back of Stitched Cauldron Broach

Then all you have to do is hot glue a pin back on to the back. All ready to go. Going to look so cute on a cardigan this fall. I'm going to make one for myself. 

Stitched Bat, Clever Barrette Dies, and Boutique Accessory Card by Papertrey Ink

Next up, a few items for the little girls. The Stitched Bat has two layers. You can choose to add a "body" to the "wing span" for an additional detail. The "body" die also has a "holes-only" version, so you can sew these adorable bats to the Clever Barrette Cover. My Eliza already has her eye on these. 

Stitched Candy Corn and Along Came a Spider Dies by Papertrey Ink

Next up, I have a Halloween headband. I stitched up. three Stitched Candy Corn and one Along Came a Spider (previously released) to embellish a black satin headband. Instead of adding the stitched felt layer to the body of the spider, I used Royal Velvet Buttons.

Headband with Halloween Stitching Dies by Papertrey Ink

Another view of this adorableness. Eliza loves this one too. It looks great on her little blond head. 

Layering of Stitched Candy Corn

A visual for you so you can see how I assembled these pieces before hot gluing them to the headband. The top and bottom layers are felt, but sandwiched between them are two layers of cardstock. Gives it a nice sturdiness and heft.

That's it for me.My hubby has been out of town all week, so I'll be taking a little break for tomorrow. But watch out for Day 5, I'm saving some fun stuff for the last day. All these products can be found on August 15th at 10 PM EST at More inspiration can be found today at Nichole's blog. Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Halloween Coffee Cozies

Back again for the August 2016 Papertrey Ink with an old favorite embellished in new ways. Felt coffee cozies with spooky Halloween designs are a perfect way to give a "grown up" treat on October 31st. Especially for those who turn into monsters without their daily dose of caffeine. Not that I personally know anybody like that. LOL!

Halloween Coffee Cozy Die Embellished with 2016 Halloween Stitching Dies by Papertrey Ink

I could make new coffee cozies all day long. They are the perfect sized project and so open ended with how you want to embellish them. Several of the new Halloween stitching dies work very well on the Stitched Coffee Cozy, as you can see. 

Going from top to bottom, you've got the Stitched Witch Hat, which you peeked yesterday. I pulled a bit of another new die into embellish it. The three sizes of a sketched star are included in the Stitched Moon and Star Dies. They are individual dies, so they can be moved around in all sorts of ways. Really a must have, not only for felt projects but would look darling on a paper project. Hope to get one of those done this week too. 

I used the Stitched Candy Corn on the middle coffee cozy. The Tiny Stitched Alphabet was used to spell out "boo" and they were the perfect size for the middle of the candy corn. What else do you think you might want to spell out this way?

And on the bottom, a glimpse of a new die, Stitched Bat. I got a real kick of using the Tiny Stitched Alphabet to add the words "dark brew" to this coffee cozy. Could not have been more perfect.

That's it for me today. I'm busy stitching away at more new stuff. Looking forward to showing you more.

All these new dies will be available at on August 19th, 2016 at 10 PM EST. And the Stitched Coffee Cozy is available now right here. It's a fun one. Also works great with paper without any stitching involved!

More inspiration can be found at Nichole's blog here. See you tomorrow. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Halloween Stitching Dies for 2016!

Hey everybody! Hope you are enjoying your summer. Hard to believe we are now thinking about fall holidays and are only a month away from Christmas releases. Crazy time in PTI land. I'm not exactly mentally ready for heading into fall, being a summer baby myself. But it is sure fun to try getting in the right state of mind with new fall products with the August 2016 PTI release.

New Halloween Stitching Dies for the September 2016 Papertrey Ink Release

I've got seven (7!!!!) new stitching dies for Halloween this year. No big projects, but rather motif dies that you can add to other things already in your stash. They were a lot of fun to come up with and now are even more fun to create with. Just the right size to add a cute little felt something to a card or project without requiring a lot of time. Hope you like them as much as I do.


First up, we've got Stitched Little Ghost die on a Stitched Coin Purse II bag cut out of Royal Velvet felt. How stinkin' cute is this little guy? I'm so tickled with him. He's holding a little jack-o-lantern treat sack. There are options to leave that off as well, so you have two looks for Little Ghost. But I'm thinking he's going to be holding it a lot. The detail is just over the top. 

Here's a tutorial on how the Stitched Coin Purse II goes together. Works up really quick, especially if you do a simple running stitch like I did on this example. I picked up the 3/4" metallic trim ribbon from Joann's. I felt I needed a little spooky shine to finish it off. 

Stitched Witch Hat, Superstition Stamp Set, Cat's Meow Stamp Set, Awning Cover Plate by Papertrey Ink

Like I said previously, there are several stitching dies this month that are on the smaller side. Perfect for adding little felt touches to cards without needing to spend a lot of time. I found that the Stitched Witch Hat looks really cute perched on top of the cat from A Cat's Meow. Adorable. And I cut and sewed just the treat sack from Stitched Little Ghost to go beside kitty. For the handle, I left enough floss to make a loop. Easy.

Also at work here is the Awning Cover Plate from last month. With the additional detail dies, it is easy to create a multi-colored awning. And I used a sentiment and candies from Superstition, my previously released stamp set about cats and Halloween. 

Stitched Witch Hat works nicely with Cat's Meow Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink

I just wanted to mention what I did here with the Stitched Witch Hat. I cut a base layer out of True Black cardstock. I sewed my felt onto that. This way, I could manipulate and move the hat more like a pre-made embellishment on my project. It keeps its form due to the cardstock base. I'll be doing this a lot in the future. Sew up a bunch of little detail felt pieces when you have time and add them to your projects as you make them. 

Stitched Candy Corn Die, Stitched Coasters, and Trick or Treat Trio dies by Papertrey Ink

Who else is as excited by little felt candy corns as I am? Such a sweet petite size at 1-3/4" by 1". One of these added to a simple card like this is all you need to make an eye-catching project. Trick-or-Treat Trio Dies and Stitched Coaster Dies was all I needed in addition. So adorable. 

Lots more to come, I've been a busy crafter:). Hope you'll be delighted with these new dies like I am. If you are interested in adding them to your collection, they'll be available on August 15th at 10 PM EST at There's plenty of time to get your spooky crafting on. 

Of course, more inspiration everyday this week can be found on Nichole's blog. Lots of great fall crafting goodies are coming your way! 


Little Ghost Purse
Dies: Stitched Coin Purse II, Stitched Little Ghost
Felt: Royal Velvet, Orange Zest, Fresh Snow, True Black

Witchy Cat Card
Stamps: Superstitution, Cat's Meow
Dies: Stitched Witch Hat, Stitched Little Ghost, Awning Cover Plate, Cat's Meow, Superstition
Cardstock: Royal Velvet, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White
Stormy Sea Patterned Paper Pack
Ink: True Black, Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest
Felt: Orange Zest, True Black

Candy Corn Card
Dies: Stitched Candy Corn, Stitched Coasters, Trick or Treat Trio
Felt: Fresh Snow, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Colorful Treats, Another Helping

Still crafting away here with the July Papertrey Ink Countdown. Got another card using my new Colorful Treats stamps/dies and the Awning Cover Plate today.  This time, I'm using the layered cake image, which is something that hasn't been used before.

Colorful Treats, Awning Cover Plate, and Fancy Pants Sentiments Coloring Sheets by Papertrey Ink

This piece of cake on a plate has six layers, one to color with every shade of the rainbow if you so choose. Or not. Up to you. Here I made it a chocolate cake with blue icing to match the colors on the sentiment. The sentiment is a coloring sheet from the Fancy Pants Sentiments Coloring Sheets. Big and bold in a way that we can't do in stamps for a lower price point, but can certainly do on paper. Which is a fun option. I framed it all off with the new Awning Cover Plate, turned on it's side and using the detailed scallop dies that are included as an extra. Very pretty. 

Colorful Treats, Awning Cover Plate, and Fancy Pants Sentiments Coloring Sheets by Papertrey Ink

I mentioned yesterday that each sweets image has a corresponding solid stamp that highlights an area with clear embossing powder on the detailed image. For the cake, the plate can be shiny with clear embossing powder if you so choose. I like how a few little specks of embossing powder got on the cake layers, looking like crumbs. Can't make that happen if I tried. 

That's it from me today. Hope you are enjoying the countdown. All these treats and more can be found at at 10 PM EST on July15th. Just a few more days away.

More inspiration can be found today at Nichole's blog

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Colorful Treats
Dies: Awning Cover Plate, Colorful Treats
Paper: Fancy Pants Sentiments Coloring Sheets
Stamper's Select White Cardstock

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

More Colorful Treats

Hey Everybody. Back again for another day of Colorful Treats inspiration for the July Papertrey Ink Countdown. I have a coordinating cover plate as well called Awning, that invokes a colorful shop window on a card front. They look fantastic together. Let me show you.

Colorful Treats and Awning Cover Plate by Papertrey Ink

I'm using both the new Awning Cover Plate and Colorful Treats stamps and dies on this card. There is a lot of open room on the Awning Cover Plate, so in that space I included two additional dies (plain and detailed) that just cut the inside of the elongated scallops. That way you can easily swap out the color without having to cut a whole piece of A2 cardstock. (Hey, if you've got the space, use it, right?) In this case I cut a black and white polka from the oldie but goodie, Black and Whtie Basics Patterned Paper. 

Glossy Detail to Colorful Treats by Papertrey Ink

Another really neat feature of this collection is the detail stamps I've included for each of the five treats. They are solid stamps that allow you to add Versamark to specific areas of the sweets images. That way, you can heat emboss in clear powder and have a realistic shine. For the cupcake, you have a solid stamp to add embossing powder to just the cherry on top, which I did here in this example. 

When I was designing this set, I very much had a rainbow theme on my mind. Very much inspired by all the rainbow desserts I saw on Pinterest. Each of the five treats can be colored in a rainbow scheme. Which is fun to do. That looks like a delicious cupcake to me! 

Also, I used the Stitched Circles: Holes Dies to create the dotted circle on my project. Definitely a fun die set to have that goes beyond the felt projects I create. 

Sentiments from Colorful Treats by Papertrey Ink

Here's a peek at two sentiments from this set. The cupcake one in particular can be used with not only with the cupcake in Colorful Treats, but with any of the cupcake stamps you have in your collection. Just tickles my funny bone. Although I do love a good muffin from time to time. Ain't nothin' wrong with a muffin. 

Colorful Treats and Awning Cover Plate by Papertrey Ink

One more project for you today using Colorful Treats and the Awning Cover Plate. I mentioned that each detailed image has a coordinating solid stamp to add embossing powder to specific parts of the image. On the lollipop, the solid stamp covers the entire portion of the lollipop (not the stick). So instead of using my Copics to color the lollipop, I used that solid stamp instead. I inked it up with gradients of ink and then stamped it. I overlaid the detail image on top. And then, I took a white gel pen and added the thin strips in white. Just an alternative to the big coloring treatment. 

Another fun thing to do is to cut off the paper sticks and add realistic sticks. I have some thin popsicle sticks that I used here. Topped them with bows from one of my all time favorite sets, Bells & Boughs. Man, that thing is a classic. 

The sentiment is from Colorful Treats and the elongated scallops on the bottom are from the Awning Cover Plate. Lots of neat ways to use it.

Thanks for joining me and popping in to see what I've been up to. The girls are featuring this stamp set today, so link through Nichole's blog to see some great inspiration. Colorful Treats stamps and dies and the Awning Cover Plate will be available on July 15th at 10 PM EST at  if you would like to try it out for yourself. It's a fun one! 


Cupcake Card
Stamps: Colorful Treats
Dies: Colorful Treats, Awning Cover Plate, Double Ended Banner, Stitched Circles: Holes
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Ink: True Black
Patterned Paper: Black and White Basics

Lollipop Card
Stamps: Colorful Treats, Boughs and Bells
Dies: Awning Cover Plate, Colorful Treats, Boughs and Bells
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Winter Wisteria, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, True Black
Cardstock: Stormy Seas, Stamper's Select White

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Day 1 of Colorful Treats

Hello and Happy July! Time for another countdown with Papertrey Ink and I have a few little things to share. I've got a new stamp set called Colorful Treats to show you. It's a collection of five detailed dessert images with matching sentiments. Super fun. Who doesn't like treats?

I'm showing you the sprinkled waffle cone filled with soft serve today. Anybody else craving ice cream? I colored it in pastel shades. A lot of the new colors we have the shop work really well with an ice cream theme. Here I used Pale Peony and Mint Julep. The ice cream cone is framed with one of my favorite products, the Scrolled Cover Plate. It is mostly cut out of Mint Julep cardstock and mounted on a Mint Julep card base. I was cleaning off my desk the other day and found the inner burst frame in Stamper's Select White in the mess. Decided to add it to this card, right on top of the frame. Perfect!

The sentiment is really a personal motto. Anytime, anywhere. Let's stop for ice cream. Oh man, especially this time of year. It's stamped on this amazing frame from Betsy's Paper Clipping Birthday Detail Die set.

I never lived anywhere near my grandparents. But I often got ice cream money in the mail from them. .I think I need to put a five in this card and send to my niece in Baltimore just to keep the tradition alive.

That's it from me. I'll be back tomorrow with another card using Colorful Treats. More projects and inspiration on Nichole's blog. And Colorful Treats stamps and dies will be available at July 15th at 10 PM EST at if you want to add it to your collection. It's a fun one!