Thursday, October 13, 2016

October Stitching Dies!

A Christmas release at Papertrey Ink can't come to pass without more new stitching dies. I love creating for the holidays with felt and welcome every opportunity to do so. Let me show you what got "cooked up" for you this month.

Felt Button and Sequined Versions of Stitched Ginger Mister by Papertrey Ink

This time around, I have three new stitching dies. There is the Stitched Gingerbread Basic Dies, Stitched Gingerbread Mister, and Stitched Gingerbread Miss. The fun thing about the Stitched Gingerbread Mister and Miss dies is that you have the option built into the die set to add felt button details or bling them up with beads and sequins. In the above photo you get a good look at both versions. 

Sequined option for  Stitched Gingerbread Collection from Papertrey Ink

Here are both the Stitched Gingerbread Mister and Stitched Gingerbread Miss together, side by side, out of felt. They are accented with beads and sequins. I love that shiny and sparkle on a Christmas tree. 

I also want to point out quickly that in this example, the eyes are french knots. Beads, black brads, or itty bitty little black epoxy stickers (I've used Doodlebug Designs in the past) work well here too.

Stitched Gingerbread Mister and Miss out of cardstock, with felt button accents

And here the Stitched Gingerbread Mister and Miss are again, this time out of cardstock (double layered for sturdiness), but this time using the felt button accents included in the sets. Small silver brads are placed for eyes.

Here's a print out of how the sequins/button exchange works as well as the stitching diagrams for your reference.


On the backs of both sets of ornaments, I used the Stitched Gingerbread Basics Die. It has stitching holes just along the perimeter. When making an double-sided ornament, you first add in all the details on the front with the Stitched Gingerbread Miser or Stitched Gingerbread Miss and then stitch it to the Stitched Gingerbread Basics die along the edge. By having a separate die this way, you avoid buying it twice if it was bundled with the two different versions. A way to keep the cost down for you if you are buying both the Stitched Gingerbread Mister and Stitched Gingerbread Miss.

Stitched Gingerbread and Dress Up Dolls: Let's Bake by Papertrey Ink

Of course, you can use just the Stitched Gingerbread Basics alone in dozens of different ways. Let's start out with three. Here, I created simple cardstock tags for gifting baked goods. They are accented with dies and stamps from Betsy's new  Dress Up Dolls: Let's Bake set. Love how the chef hat is sized to work so well.

Stitched Gingerbread, Sprinkles on Top, and Sweet Holiday Wishes by Papertrey Ink

And check these out! Very happy with this little discovery. In using the negative cuts of any stitching die (in this case, Stitched Gingerbread Basics), you eliminate the stitching holes all together for an entirely new look. 

Stitched Gingerbread Basics and Sweet Holiday Treats by Papertrey Ink

Betsy's new Sweet Holiday Treats pairs up nicely with the gingerbread theme. I used the dies and stamps to accent this simple negative die cut created with Stitched Gingerbread Basics.

Use the negative cut of Stitched Gingerbread to to create this non-stitched card with Sprinkles on Top by Papertrey Ink

And here's another version with the same idea, only done just a wee bit differently. This is really how I decorate cookies. Nothing too fancy. HA! Just throw some sprinkles on them like I did here with the dies and stamps from my previously released Sprinkles on Top. Sentiment is from Holiday Pin Ups

Stitched Gingerbread Basic trick for cards

Here's a little shot of how I did that. I merely took a pair of scissors and cut off the holes on a white cut of Stitched Gingerbread Basics. I can totally pull that off because the more uneven and mess it is, the more realistic it looks. LOL! Like I said, this is how cookies get decorated at my house. Perfect! Now, of course, I'm wondering what other dies in my stitching collection can be used to pull this off. Possibilities!

Thanks for joining me today. More inspiration at Nicole's blog. These new stitching dies can join your collection here really soon. Just a few more days. They'll be available on 10/15/16 at at 10 PM EST. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More Bow Dies

Welcome back to another countdown day with Papertrey Ink for October. I'm still playing around with the Layered Gift Bow Die and it's sister product, Simple Bow Die. They certainly make quick projects come together for the holidays and beyond.

Simple Bow Dies by Papertrey Ink

I mentioned yesterday that these two new die sets work year around. Didn't take long for that to be something that was needed around this house when I had to make a card yesterday for my son's friend. I busted out Gifts of the Seasons and Ombre Birthday to create this simple card in shades of Green Parakeet, Orange Zest, and Hawaiian Shores. The Simple Bow Die is positioned to look like it is holding all those gifts together. 

Lots of beautiful detail in Simple Bow Dies by Papertrey Ink

A close up shot shows off all the details. This is another die set that comes in multiple pieces for layering, adding up to a fabulous realistic look. A square tag from Tiny Tags and stamped with the original Tiny Tags stamp set is tucked underneath, as if it was tied in.

Layered Gift Bows by Papertrey Ink

I wanted to bust out some of the little gift box dies that have been previously released and top them off with the Layered Gift Bow. For a fun experiment, I used the Luxe Silver and Luxe Gold adhesive sheets. FANTASTIC look, quite reminiscent of foil shapes and wrap from back in the 50's. 

Layered Gift Bow and Pillow Box Dies by Papertrey Ink

I used the Essential Pillow Box die here in Pure Poppy and before I assembled, I applied Fair Isle Borders in Versamark and dusted with a gold Perfect Pearls to match the shiny gold metallic of the Layered Bow. 

Vintage Favor Box and Layered Gift Bow Dies by Papertrey Ink

And I got to use the new Olive Twist cardstock to create a simple box using the Vintage Favor Box. I just left it plain and added a Layered Bow Die with the Luxe Silver Adhesive Paper. Very classy.

Just a head's up on the luxe adhesive paper. I find that the pressure of the die cutting machine can sort of "wear out" the adhesive a bit. It was still very useable on these applications, but I did find that I had to press it down harder to my project than I normal would have. My true test is always asking myself, "Would I do that again?" The answer here is definitely "yes". A little extra hassle was no big deal, especially for the pay off of the vintage look. Just giving ya'll a head's up. 

That's it for me today. I'll be back tomorrow. More inspiration can be found at Nichole's blog for the first group post day of the month. And remember that this and all the new products for October will be available on October 15, 2016 at 10 PM EST at

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Layered Gift Bows and More Dies to Come

Happy October everybody! Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful season as much as I am. I took a long walk with the kids in the sunshine yesterday after school and the angle of the light and the slight breeze certainly lifted my spirits. Get out there and capture some of that for yourself today if you can. 

We're still working on Christmas and lifting our spirits in other ways here at Papertrey Ink for the October release. I've got some dies to share with you this month. 

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Today I'm working with the Layered Gift Bow. It has all the detail cut lines that I'm especially fond of when designing of late. (Not expecting that to change any time soon, lol.) It looks like the classic bow you put on packages and can be used for the holidays and beyond. Perfect for birthday projects, too. Hope to explore that here soon. I don't know about you, but never have the right color of these bows around when I'm wrapping a gift. Now I can just make my own in any color I require. Score. 

Layered Gift Bow, Snack Wrap Box, and Snack Wrap from Papertry Ink

The die is four separate parts. There are the three pieces of the bow that get stacked on top of each other. I used foam tape to give extra dimension in this case. And there is a 7 inch long strip that "wraps" around or across your project. A fun discovery here is how much the cut line details make it so flexible. It wrapped around these Snack Cup Box  Die so effortlessly.

Layered Gift Bow, Snack Wrap Box, and Snack Wrap from Papertry Ink

Let's talk about this box and its contents a bit. These were released back in April.  The Snack Cup Wrap covers and tops 2 oz. plastic cups that you can find at Target in packs of 50 for a really reasonable price. And the Snack Cup Box Die houses two of them in a neat little package. Perfect for lunchbox treats, loose candy, and little gifts. 
Snack Cup Wraps with Christmas Critters Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink\
Here's the original introduction of these two products on my blog if you want to take a look. And there's even the Paper Puff Die that turns the snack cups into a cupcake. 

Snack Wrap Dies and 2 Oz. Cups perfect for gifting hot cocoa and marshmallows

This time, I realized that the combination of the Snack Cup Wrap and the Snack Cup Box is a great way to gift hot cocoa and marshmallows for the holidays. I filled one with a simple Swiss Miss package and it was just enough room. Get some dried marshmallows to fill the other and you have a fun, inexpensive gift. (All three of my kids have been making sad puppy eyes in the direction of these ever since I made them. Little turkeys.)  I topped both snack cups with the little mug from last month's Christmas Critters

That's it for me today. More tomorrow...and the day after that...and the day after that:). Further inspiration can be found today at Nichole's blog and throughout release week. And this new product with so many others will be released on October 15 at 10 PM EST at Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Felt Holiday Ornaments Galore!

September 2016 Papertrey Ink Stitching Dies

YAY! It's my favorite blog post of the year with Papertrey Ink! I LOVE  (see the underlined, bold, capitalized, and italic text used to convey my enthusiasm?) making and giving felt Christmas ornaments. This the third year that I've been at it and although it is only September, I'm already anticipating adding these new pieces to my tree after Thanksgiving and seeing what they look like with the ones from holidays past. And I'm anticipating which combination and assortment I'll be making and giving. And maybe...just maybe...I'm contemplating a holiday crafting party were making these will be the main event. 

The tradition of it just speaks to me and really makes my holiday. So, yes...just a little bit excited about the new additions I'm introducing today. And I certainly hope you like them too. A lot of thought went into this collection in order to bring you and yours as much joy as it does me. It has been nothing but a pleasure for me to design and create with. 


Just take a look at all this gorgeousness. With every ornament that got dropped in this bowl over the last five days, I'd show Matt. "Look at this!" He liked it. But mostly, I think he's just happy that I spend far less money on Hallmark ornaments when I make my own. LOL! 


Let me talk about the Stitched Ornament Collection first. These are six different dies. And they are so affordable! Just wait until you see the prices. Each individual die you cut four times, embellish, sew up the sides, and then stuff with Poly-Fil before you close it up. You get a 2-3/4" ball like ornament for your tree. 

Using the above photo, let me identify them for you. Starting at 1 o'clock and working my way around and ending in the middle:

 Stitched Ornaments: Sequins dies
Stitched Ornaments: Classics dies (used with Coffee Cozy Detail Dies)
Stitched Ornaments: Woven dies
Stitched Ornaments: Beaded dies
Stitched Ornaments: Topped dies
Stitched Ornaments: Classics dies
Stitched Ornaments: Embroidered dies

If you notice, in that list, I mentioned Stitched Ornaments Classic twice. It has multiple versions. This is the one that makes the plain "ball" that can be embellished with other stitching dies (Coffee Cozy Details, Pajama Patch Dies, Floral Cluster 1) and it also comes with additional dies to create the snowflake diamond on each side. 

And not only are the dies affordable, but like yesterday with the Woven Heart Die Collection, I've sized these to minimize felt waste and maximize ornament yield specifically to the PTI rolls of felt. On the basic ornaments (Embroidered, Beaded, Woven, Classic) you can get six ornaments per roll. That's $1.00 a piece. If you create one that needs additional details (Classics with snowflake center, Topped, Sequins), it's five ornaments per roll. Which works out to be $1.20 a piece. Isnt' that fantastic? 

So...the dies are inexpensive and the supplies per ornament costs are low. These two features together are going to make holiday crafting so easy and fun. 

Load a whole roll of felt in your die cut machine to reduce waste

I want to show you this photo to show you how to get these yields. Instead of cutting my felt down with every cut I make, I'm just threading the roll through my die cut machine. I can really place my cuts right up next to each other this way . With the Woven Heart Die specifically, this is critical. It is going to be really tight to get four Woven Hearts out of a roll (man, you will have nothing left over), but entirely possible if you cut on your intact roll. 

Let's talk specifics. There are six different dies, after all. All the variety together is a really pleasing picture. 


Stitched Ornament: Woven by Papertrey Ink

This is Stitched Ornaments: Woven. It works with the Satin, Swiss Dot, and Grosgrain ribbon that we carry in the store. Just weave the ribbon around and tie in a nice bow. I do want to point out that on the corners the ribbon is underneath the felt. 

I want to mention how quick the simple designs are to stitch up. With Woven, Topped, and Classic, you can breeze right through these. I can make three Woven in an hour. For mass production, that's pretty speedy. 


Here's another quick one. This is one version of Stitched Ornaments: Classics with a star from the Coffee Cozy Detail Dies on top. Again, maybe not even 30 minutes. Quick, quick. 


And this is another version of Stitched Ornament: Classics. The diamond and snowflake dies comes in the collection. This takes a little longer, but not too much more.

Another one of the quickies, is the Stitched Ornament: Topped. You can see it in my first few photos. It has the four Pure Poppy leaves on the top. I neglected to get a solo shot of this die, but you get a really good idea. And I know that Kay has a fantastic example on her blog with this die. 

Stitched Ornament: Sequins by Papertrey Ink

With six different dies, there is a lot of variation. It's nice to have some quick and easy ones and contrast those on your tree or gift giving with one or two of the more embellished versions. They may take a little extra time, but it is SO VERY WORTH IT. This is Stitched Ornament: Sequin. 


This is Stitched Ornament: Beaded. It will really sparkle on the tree with the reflection of the Christmas lights. I do have a note here. I used almost a full vial of glass beads on this, which I got on sale for $1.50, driving  up the cost per ornament. $2.50 really isn't that bad really...unless you make a lot of these. So my advice and what I'll be doing myself, is to buy the big bags of  bulk beads. Especially this time of year, you can find some nice holiday assortments that will go on sale from time to time. I bet you can get the cost per ornament down to around $1.50. Much more doable.  I need to make one of these with different types of beads on it...I bet that would look fantastic. 


And this is Stitched Ornament: Embroidered. It is based on some black work I saw. My plan here is to cut a bunch of these out and leave a tray on my kitchen island, working on them throughout the coming months. I'll assemble when I have a nice pile of finished sides that was created with little moments of time I'd otherwise have lost or got sucked into surfing on my iPad. (I'm so guilty of that!)

I have some visuals for you to help you make your own. 

And I like to have a really big stitching diagram for embroidered items. Less eye strain. Print this full size.  

There are many ways to stitch up Stitched Ornaments: Embroidered. My way is just one. So here's a blank visual of it so you can print and design your own on paper before you put thread to felt.

So there you have the Stitched Ornament Collection. It's pretty nifty. Mix and match for a beautiful assortment. Go heavy on the easy ones, throw in a smaller percentage of the fancy ones, and you'll have a beautiful tree or gift.

Here are some basic instructions on how to assemble these ball shaped ornaments.

OK. Moving on...because that's not all folks! Not by a long shot. There's more. 

Remember the Stitched Car and Truck dies from June? Here's the original blog post that includes the assembly video. I have addition dies to make them festive for the holiday season


The Stitched Car gets a tree on top with the Stitched Car Tree Dies. 

A diagram for you.

Stitched Truck and Stitched Truck Presents Dies by Papertrey Ink

And the Stitched Truck gets a bed full of presents with the Stitched Truck Presents Die. 

Both new additions work by being sewn between the back and front felt layers of the vehicle as indicated by the visuals. Also noting that for my ornaments, there is a cardstock core between the large felt pieces to give these a little rigidity. 

Non-sew and Sewn Options for Woven Heart by Papertrey Ink

One more thing...the Woven Heart Dies. Yesterday I showed you how you can take these new dies and create non-sew felt ornaments for your tree and gift giving in this blog post  With the addition of one little die in the collection, you can turn those woven hearts into stitched puffy hearts. Here's how:

Woven Heart Die Collection No Sew to Sew How-To

These are also super quick to make. I can easily make three of these an hour. And they look fantastic mixed in with all the other ornaments this month. 


Alright. That's it! I hope you are as eager to make holiday ornaments as I am this year. Let me know what you make! Love seeing all this goodness out there.

The girls are featuring all the ornament themed product today. You can click through Nichole's blog post to see all the additional details and click through to more inspiration. 

All these new dies will be available tomorrow night at 10 PM EST at Happy holiday crafting! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Woven Heart Ornaments for the Holidays

Here we are on Day 4 of the September Countdown for Papertrey Ink and I'm just starting to get warmed up. :) To give you a little taste of what is to come, I'm showing you one of my new dies today. Woven Heart Die is a classic craft (also known as a Danish heart)  made easy and fast with a die. And, of course, there might be a few design features and surprise tricks within the die that make it the perfect holiday craft for sewers and non-sewers alike. 

Trio of Woven Hearts by Papertrey Ink, $1.50/ornament

Let me give you a little background on why I designed this die. I wanted a non-sew felt ornament to add to the options at Papertrey Ink. All of you non-sewers can join in the felt ornament fun now, too. And let me tell you, these are so fun and fast to make. I can't stop making them. I've made far more than I needed for this blog post! Just got on a roll. 

Speaking of rolls, let's talk about the felt rolls at Papertrey Ink. They are 5 inches by 30 inches and cost $6.00 each. Super premium, high quality felt in delicious Papertrey Ink colors. I sized this die with dimensions of the felt in mind. If you look at the above cutting diagram I created and use it to position the Woven Heart Die on a roll of felt in your die cutter, you can minimize your felt waste and maximize your ornament yield. You can get four Woven Heart Ornaments per roll of felt, making them $1.50 each when all is said and done. That's a fabulous price per item when it comes to holiday crafting.

Glue application on Woven Heart ornaments by Papertrey Ink.

These ornaments are very easy to put together. Just fold in half and weave the loops created into a basket pattern. I find using a butter knife helps to insert one felt loop into another when things start getting a little tight. And a little bit of fabric glue is a good idea in two different places. Then you just attach the hanger with brads and you are good to go. 10 minutes tops. Quick and easy. 

Woven Heart Gift Ensemble by Papertrey Ink

I created three Woven Hearts out of Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewel, and Ocean Tides felt. And I packaged them all up in Favor It Box 7 with a little candy. A holiday gift worth giving for $6.00 if you include the price of the candy. 

A little side note. Chicken Scratch has been on my desk as of late and I've been using it a lot. I stamped it and Super Gingham to decorate the Favor It Box 7 on this project. Matches the rustic feel of the ornaments. And counts as #21 (I think...around there...I looked it up the other day and have since forgotten) for my Chicken Scratch Project. For those of you who haven't heard of this, I'm making 100 different projects using my Chicken Scratch Collection. Love how versatile this set can be. 

Woven Heart, Chicken Scratch, Favor It Box 7 by Papertrey Ink

I even used Chicken Scratch to add a decorative detail to the bottom of my tray. 

Woven Heart Die, Love Lives Here, and Holiday Lane by Papertrey Ink

There is also a little 3x3 card using stamps from Love Lives Here Holiday, Love Lives Here, and Petite Places: Holiday Lane. Sweet little combination. Inks match the felt colors in this ensemble.

Hybrid Woven Heart Die tags by Papertrey Ink

Moving on to another project, I wanted to create a hybrid project with the Woven Heart Dies. Weaving two halves of the heart together using just our cardstock is a no-go due to the thickness of PTI cardstock. But if you team up one half made of cardstock with a more flexible material that won't crease, say like Heat-N-Bond treated fabric on felt, get something totally delightful. The fabric/felt side is the one you bend and stretch when you do the weaving, leaving the cardstock half free of creases. 

Woven Heart Tags out of fabric, felt and paper by Papertrey Ink

I picked out four fabrics with a touch of gold from Joann's. I also picked up inexpensive felt sheets here too in matching colors. Save the premium PTI felt for where it counts. Here it would be a shame to waste it, since it doesn't show.  On this project, the Heat N' Bond acts as a stabilizer for it as well. Nobody needs to know the difference. HA!

Just a little heads up, my die didn't cut all the way through on this project in my die cutting machine. Just too thick of a material. And I'm sort of limping along with a broken Cuttlebug and old plates. So, where it didn't cut, I could see impressions and use my scissors to finish the job. Since this is a bonus application and the dies work so well on felt alone, I'm not going to sweat it. And it wasn't something that I felt would prevent me from making this particular project again. I'll be making dozens, I'm sure. Still easy, still simple. 


Bows using the PTI Satin ribbons in various colors were hot glued on after I strung them with gold cording. These would look lovely added to a gift bag as a decoration.  And after the gift is given, they can be added to the holiday tree as an ornament. 

Non-sew and Sewn Options for Woven Heart by Papertrey Ink

So how's that for a taste of holiday felt crafting? I have more to come. So much more. Did I mention that there is a die included in the Woven Hearts Die Collection that adds stitching holes to the top curves, so you can weave, stuff, and sew? No, I didn't? That's because I'm a bit of a tease.  Here's a glimpse of the two versions. Eek! Super fun. More on that tomorrow.

The Woven Heart Die Collection will be available on September 15 at at 10 PM EST. It's a fun one to have! I love it. 

More holiday inspiration can be found at Nichole's blog here. Have fun browsing.