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. 

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. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

More Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments


This was a fun project for yesterday afternoon using the new Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments from Papertrey Ink. I started with Shaker Shapes: Snow Globe as my base. I stamped the sentiment and it's matching swirl in the globe. And then I just felt it needed a little bit more. So I started adding more swirls, from the edges of the other large stamps, just making it fit and work wherever I could squeeze it in.  Where I had openings, I added stars from Background Basics: Galaxy. Now it looks like the entire night sky is swirling around the sentiment. Hmmmm....I like! 

Also had the fun of using Petite Places: Holiday Lane stamps and dies in my globe. I got it after the holidays last year, so it was my first time inking it up. Oh, it's going to be fun. Fab Flakes in Fresh Snow ink jazz up the background. Always love the look of the white ink against the Classic Kraft background.

That's for popping in. More tomorrow. Can't wait to show you. 

Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments will be available on September 15th, 2016 at The new release goes live at 10 PM EST. Thank you for your interest. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments

It's Christmas in September here with Papertrey Ink. So many wonderful products being released by the entire design staff. I hope it gets you in the mood to create for the holidays. It's getting me feeling all festive. 

Over the next two months, I have a lot to share and show you. Been a very busy girl. It's been really fun to see how some if it all comes together these last few days. Makes me downright giddy.

Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments and Christmas Tree Change Up Collection by Papertrey Ink

We're starting off this month with my Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments and Dies being released this month. They are all swirly and fancy and go well with some of the other products being showcased. I'm pulling out the Christmas Tree Change Up Collection that I introduced last year and teaming these two product lines together.

Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments and Christmas Tree Change Up Stamps by Papertrey Ink

First up, a card that uses the large tree image from the Christmas Tree Change Up stamp set to create a background. I used my MISTI to help me achieve the shading on the trees and all these sentiments. The trees are stamped with a combination of Pure Poppy and Scarlet Jewel. The stars from the Christmas Tree Change Up Card Dies are scattered on the background. And I used the new Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments and Dies to create my focal point. 

Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments, Christmas Tree Change Up Box Die, Christmas Tree Change Up Stamps by Papertrey Ink

I'm loving the combination of Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments with the Christmas Tree Change Up Box. Meant to be! Really, the perfect companion. Here I stamped the boxes with the stamps from Christmas Tree Change Up Box and assembled them. I kept two of the four surfaces flat, to accommodate the large swirly nature of Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments. All six of the sentiments included in this set would look wonderful on the face of these gift boxes. Lots of options. 

Wondering more about last year's Christmas Tree Change Up Collection? It's one of my favorites. So very versatile and it can be used from everything from cards, treat boxes, home decor, and even stitched felt or paper ornaments. Check below for the links to last year's blog posts to see how it all works:

I'm going to be getting some more creative time with with Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments today. Can't wait to see what else works really well with it. Amy has three projects to share today using this stamp set, too. Bop on over to her blog for more inspiration. And Nichole is formally introducing it today on her blog as well. 

 Looking forward to a whole day of crafting this Sunday. Stop by tomorrow to see more. And remember, Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments and dies will be available in the store on 10 PM EST on September 15th if you are interested in adding it to your collection. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Shopping, Baking, Scrapping, and Crafting

The pool closed and all three kids are now in school. Which means this summer chick suddenly got completely into the fall mood over the weekend. And while I'm still waiting for my September box of new product for the first of two holiday releases with PTI to come, I figured I just relish in this autumnal feeling that is overtaking me. Let me share....


A little shopping yesterday at Target. None of which I went in the store intending to buy. But isn't that always how it goes with Target? I had my first Starbucks PSL in hand while doing it, too. As for the Candy Corn Oreos...I do not recommend. Although the kids are crazy for them. (The Smores and the Blueberry Cobbler, however, are divine.)

On the baking front, I have a new little thing that I do on Sundays. My goal is to make a new cookie/bar recipe for the kids' lunches for the week. They are all very much down with this plan. The way into the heart of any eight year old boy is freshly baked cookies, I find. This last week was Apple Cider Caramel Cookies. And there are only three left. That's all I'm saying. (BTW...I finally bought myself some silpats and I can't believe I ever baked without them. They are heavenly. Haven't burnt a cookie since.)


I've been digging into the archives for all my old fall photos and getting them scrapbooked. Because I'm feeling warm and cozy and more than a little nostalgic for little kids who seem to be growing up way too fast. These apple picking photos are a few years old.  Sniff, sniff. 

I discovered the Project Life app in late winter last year. And let me tell ya...I'm a happy scrapper again. I was so uninterested for about eight years. Didn't do a thing. Been having so much fun with it. It's low pressure for me. In other words, no flashes of original creativity with it, as that is a bit of a limited resource that I save for other things. Just something I do on my iPad while eating breakfast or late at night while relaxing in bed.

Chicken Scratch Stamp Set and Cover Plate, Autumn Pumpkins, and Fall Foliage by Papertrey Ink

And my box of fall Papertrey Ink goodies came in the mail. I think that really started this whole fall immersion thing I'm grooving on. I teamed up Autumn Pumpkins and Fall Foliage with their matching dies. Match made in heaven. And I dug out my Chicken Scratch Cover Plate and Chicken Scratch stamp set. I'm somewhere in the mid-20s for my 100 Card Chicken Scratch challenge. Need to look it up. Love the string frame  I created for my focal point. Will be doing that again.

OK. This all might end today if that holiday package comes. Brief, but fun. Cross your fingers for me that my box shows up. I've got some work to do. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

One of My Favorites...The Pint Size Wrap

I absolutely adore the Pint Size Wrap to cover the pint containers we carry in the store. Use these all the time. I never tire of decorating them. This one in particular was for my mom. She got her braces off last week! And that is a cause for celebration. Stuffed inside this package was four packs of Orbitz gum. She could not wait to be able to chew it. Really a bit of a role reversal, with myself being the more experienced person in the situation. I had about ten years of orthodontics when I was a kid. I remember what it was like the day it all got taken off.

Scene It Celebration and Pint Sized Wrap by Papertrey Ink

Inside the globe, I have the Scene It Celebration Dies stamped with the Scene It Celebration stamps. I have a bunch of silver circle sprinkles that I will not use up with baking, so in those went for the shaker element. And seriously...they are cheaper than the equivalent if I was to buy something like this in a craft store. How is that?

Pint Size Wrap and Big Basics Congratulations Die by Papertrey Ink

On the side of the pint container, I did something a little different. I cut a few Big Basics: Congratulations out of the White Adhesive Sheets. It was a little tricky, but I managed to do it. I thought it was worth it in order to edge to edge adhesive on the die cut to hold it along the curve of the container. A Seeing Stars die out of Hibiscus Burst adds a focal point. 

And that's all for my little share today.:) Hope you liked. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Card Share

I'm a busy little bee. I have a lot of creative work that I've photographed and stockpiled. Been making an effort to send things out to folks. Thought it was high time I starting sharing here too.

Marquee Cover Plate and Paper Clipping What is Done in Love by Papertrey Ink

My mom sewed a few school dresses for Eliza and I wanted to send a little thank you. This Paper Clipping: Done with Love die was absolutely perfect for that. I just colored parts with my Copics. It is framed with the outer most cut from the Marquee Cover Plate. A butterfly from Color Pop Butterfly and a sentiment from Thank You Kindly finished it off. Easy, elegant card.