Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wrapping It Up with a Few More May Projects

The last day of the May Papertrey Ink countdown for moi. I'm here with a few more projects using my new May products for you. Just having some fun creating over here in my little office.

Sweet Dreams tags and Pajama Patch Dies by Papertrey Ink, works for both pajamas and ugly sweaters

How about a few Christmas tags for you using Sweet Dreams and Pajama Patch Dies? That little touch of felt just takes them over the top. 

Sweet Dreams and Pajama Patch Dies by Papertrey Ink

Christmas pajamas are a big deal around here. I set them out on December 1st for the kids and personally enjoy that cozy sweetness all season long. Of course, I included a sentiment in Sweet Dreams that would work well with the whole Christmas pajama concept. 

I used the coordinating Sweet Dreams dies to create a white base that I stamped the long sleeve pajama top on. I also stamped the same image onto patterned paper (All Through the House paper pad) and hand trimmed the pajama top minus the cuffs and then glued on the base for a paper pieced look. I stitched in a felt Christmas tree using the Pajama Patch dies. Sweetness. Sentiment is stamped on a Tag Sale #10 die

Sweet Dreams, Pajama Patch Dies, and Come All Ye Faithful Additions by Papertrey Ink

I did the exact same thing on this tag, but used a sentiment from Come All Ye Faithful Additions. Now it isn't a pajama top, but can be used for an ugly sweater theme. Just another way you can stretch your stamps a bit. 

Use Sweet Dreams by Papertrey Ink to put together the best kid gift ever that every parent will appreciate

Today's a big deal here with my littlest nephew's birthday party. It's a doggie themed celebration. I went with it with this gift. 

As a parent of a bunch of little kids, I'm overwhelmed a little bit with the toys. So a gift like this would be SO VERY APPRECIATED. If you are needing a gift idea for a child, I'm telling you with all honesty, this is the way to go.  A new set of jammies and a new bedtime book. And of course a card to match. Really folks...this is the best gift! Works for any kid. And you will be beloved by the parents for not contributing to the toy avalanche. 

Sweet Dreams, Tiny Treats Valentines, Tremendous Treats Valetines, and Stitched Banners by Papertrey Ink

And the thing is, with the Sweet Dreams stamp set and dies, you can make your paper pajamas match the actual pajamas you're giving! Which is just so very fun. I colored the jammies here to match the ones I'm giving, all the way down to the doggie on the top. And how about that sentiment? It's a fun one to tie it all together.

Colorful Words, Marquee Cover Plate, Stitched Shamrock, and Pajama Patch Dies by Papertrey Ink

One last card using Colorful Words. I matched it up with the Stitched Clover. On top of that, I used the heart from the Pajama Patch Dies. And the Marquee Cover Plate adds some interest to the background. A special card that I can't wait to give. 

All these new products will be available tomorrow night at The store is updated at 10 PM EST. I hope you'll be adding some new goodies to your collection. Make sure you send me a link to your creations, I'd love to see what you are creating.

More inspiration on Nichole's blog with the new Make It Market Mini Kit. Yeah...that will be coming home here:). 

Thanks for joining me this month. Be back soon. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

More Sweet Dreams

I have a two more cards using my new Sweet Dreams set from Papertrey Ink that is being released this month. I was so inspired by it, two new sets of little boy pajamas just jumped into my cart yesterday at Target. I can't help myself!

Sweet Dreams and String Frames by Papertrey Ink

For this card, I wanted to show you another sentiment that came with the set (there's several of them...need to make some more cards today!) that could be used for a new baby card. I had envisioned creating a "pajama family" to match up with it when I included it in the set.  I was originally thinking that the bigger pajamas could represent kids and the new baby would be represented with the one-piece zip up. But now that the card is done, there's no reason why the larger pajamas couldn't represent mom and dad. It would totally work!

I hand cut all the pajamas after I stamped them on patterned paper. When creating more of a paper pieced look, I like things to be trimmed closer to the image than what we can do with the dies. No biggie. Actually was incredibly easy because the patterned paper is thinner than the cardstock.  I added just a touch of darker color to the cuffs on the larger pajamas with Copics. Call it "coloring light". The star and heart that are decorating the pajama tops are from Sweet Dreams and have coordinating dies in the die set, which I used here. 

The little one piece was cut out of Soft Stone Simple Stripe paper and I used Copics on it as well. Because it was such a light color, the bright blue, lime green, and orange were able to work.

The sentiment is from Sweet Dreams and stamped on a cut and image from Bountiful Banners. And I just love how the perfect finishing touch was put on the card with String Frames. So fast and easy. 

Sweet Dreams and Pajama Patch Die by Papertrey Ink

Next up, I wanted to use the pajama top from Sweet Dreams like a t-shirt. Works great. Also using the Pajama Patch Dies to help me spell out my sentiment. The Pajama Patch Dies (a heart, star, and Christmas tree are just mini versions of the Coffee Cozy Detail Dies) and can be used to add a fuzzy and realistic touch to the pajama tops. Super fun. And at only $4, they are a steal that can be used on lots of other projects, both of the paper and felt variety. 

That's it from me. Looking forward to a lot more creating and sharing for the last day of the countdown. All these products and more will be available at at 10 PM EST on May 15th. Not much longer to wait! 

More inspiration for a fabulous group post can be found today at Nichole's blog

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's a Pajama Party!

I'm back on the third day of the Papertrey Ink Release this month with a few cards using my new Sweet Dreams set. It's all about the kid pajamas. I have three littles running around and one of my absolute favorite things is all the cute pajamas they get to wear. I'm a sucker for them, which is why we have WAY too many. Nothing beats the Carter's four piece sets. (On sale for 40% plus a 25% off your total purchase coupon...not that I know anything about that.)  It will be a sad, sad, sad day when nobody wears them anymore. Thank goodness you can get them up to size 12 online. I still have a few more years left of all this goodness.

I can even get those boys to wear matching pajamas still. I have to restrain myself from showering them with hugs and kisses when this happens. Stinkin' adorable. Even when one is beating on the other with a stick while on a camping trip. Brothers!

Let me tell you, the kids love pajamas, too. They love whatever new pairs they have. When I was illustrating this set back in the beginning of October, I was printing out proof sheets to make sure it was "colorable". Just one proof sheet mind you. As I sat at the kitchen counter with my Copics, just minding my own business on a Sunday morning, I was mobbed by children who wanted to see what I was doing. And then they wanted coloring sheets of their own. I printed a dozen and all three sat and colored pajamas happily for a hour. That told me something loud and clear. Kids love this stamp set. It speaks to them and represents something sweet and wonderful about their daily life.

Papertrey Ink Sweet Dreams Stamps and Dies

Two cards for you today, a shortie and a long pajama set for a boy and a girl. These are mostly flat panel cards with the exception of the slippers and the softie (yes...two softies are in the kit...imagine making a card to go with a softie!), which are up on foam tape for just a touch of dimension. I've made sure I've hidden these cards over the last few days so they'll be a surprise on the kids' pillows tonight. 

Papertrey Ink Sweet Dreams stamps and dies and Tiny Treats: Halloween

Jammies usually have a theme. And in creating this set, I wanted to make sure there were as many creative options as possible. So the shirts are sized to fit all the Tiny Treat icon stamps. Imagine the fun you can have with that! With a little selective inking, you can even add the corresponding phrase like I did here. Just like real jammies.  Any kid would love this. 

A quick note on the slippers. They come plain. But I was able to add the small star stamp that's included in the set to make them match the shortie bottoms. Sweet. 

More tomorrow. I'm going to have an enjoyable day up ahead of coloring away. Can't wait to share. Sweet Dreams and all the other new May Papertrey Ink products will be available on May 15th at 10 PM EST at More inspiration linked through Nichole's blog today. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

More Colorful Words

Back again today for Day 2 of the May Countdown with Papertrey Ink. And I just happen to have a few more cards using my new Colorful Words to share with you. LOVE this stamp set. When you start thinking about follow ups at this stage of the game, you know it's a good one.

First up, the sentiment from Colorful Words that can be used for birthdays and any other big event. The word "celebrate" is a really great size that can easily be used as a focal point. I've colored it in an orange gradient with my Copics. Below, is the stamp that can complete the phrase is a beautiful scripty font. You can see how you could use the words "celebrate" with or without completely the phrase for maximum versatility. 

I also had an opportunity here to put last month's Stitched Banner to use on a card. This little die set (a steal at $6!) is perfect for cards. Makes the banners look so realistic and helps you add just the right amount of texture to a card. I'll be using this one a lot. Also putting my Scroll Cover Plate to work here too. The curves add a lot of pizzazz. 

Colorful Words and Heart-2-Heart 6 by Papertrey Ink

On this card, I wanted to do a little something different by repeating the main word a few times on a card. In this case, it's the word "rainbow". (BTW...there are the perfect amount of letters in this word to color it in a rainbow color scheme! Can't wait to do that.). I added the two stamps on the top and bottom to complete the phrase. I can see myself needing to use this a lot for the people in my life who cheer up those bad days.  Heart-2-Heart #6 dies and stamps add a little image to my card.

Betsy's got a lot of rainbow themed stuff this month. My rainbow would work nicely with all of her stamps and dies too. Just an additional option for you.

And speaking of that Betsy, she's featuring my Sweet Dreams today. (I've already got two cards done on my table for tomorrow's blog post using those sweet pajamas, can't wait to share.) And Heather's got some more Colorful Word projects. Can't wait to see what those girls have been up to. Even more inspiration can be linked through Nichole's blog

Colorful Words and all the rest of the May goodies will be available to purchase on May 15th at 10 PM EST at

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Introducing Colorful Words for Papertrey Ink

It's Day 1 of the May Countdown for Papertrey Ink. Comes around sooner and sooner every month. I'm just loving all the creating and I hope you are enjoying all the new product.

I've got a few new stamp sets for you this time around. First to share over the next few days is a sentiment set called Colorful Words. It features words in an open-style font that can be colored with your favorite coloring medium (or left open) and corresponding script stamps to complete the sentiment. Just lovely.  I've fallen in love with it and it will not be leaving my work table any time soon.

And it's very versatile. Last week was a big one with both Mother's Day and teacher appreciation and I was short on time.  I was able to make cards for both occasions using Colorful Words, having not intended the stamp set be used for them specifically. For the first time out of the box, this set became a favorite.

Colorful Words and What the Doodle Apple Coloring Sheets by Papertrey Ink

I've found that Colorful Words is the perfect match up to all these lovely coloring sheets PTI has made in the last few months. I used What the Doodle: Apple Coloring Sheets here.  I thoroughly enjoyed coloring these two cards with my Copics, while hanging out with the family during the nightly read-a-loud of Harry Potter. So low stress. This mama needs more low stress in her life.

For this card here, I created the sentiment entirely from stamps in Colorful Words. The open and script fonts are separate stamps for added flexibility. My color scheme on the apples matches the coloring on the word "thanks" for a well rounded look.

Colorful Words by Papertrey Ink works really well with coloring sheets

For my second teacher appreciation card, I changed up the sentiment a little bit. I first stamped "thanks" from Colorful Words and then added "teacher' from What the Doodle: Apple. Think of how you could change this up with the stamp sets you have in your collection. Thanks All Ways is an excellent example. Now combine that thought with all the coloring-style image stamps you have and mind blown! 

Colorful Words and Keep It Simple Mother's Day by Papertrey Ink

For Mother's Day, I stamped and colored the word "wishes" from Colorful Words onto the Get a Handle On It banner. I completed the phrase with selectively inking a stamp from Keep It Simple Mother. Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Flowers, and Flower Favorites made quick work of creating my focal point image. 

More tomorrow. Colorful Words and the remainder of the May Papertrey Ink Release (some awesome goodies!) will be available on May 15th at 10 PM EST for purchase in the store. More inspiration from today's previews can be found at Nichole's blog.


Apple Cards
Stamp Sets: Colorful Words, What the Doodle Apple
Coloring Sheets: What the Doodle Apple

Flower Bouquet Mother's Day Card
Stamps: Colorful Words, Keep It Simple Mother, Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Flowers, Flower Favorites
Dies: Get a Handle On It, Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Shaker Die
Ink: Green Parakeet, Bright Butter Cup, Harvest Gold, True Black
Cardstock: Lemon Tart

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Introducing Hoopla!

Back again for Day 5 of the April Papertrey Ink Release. Time to show you my new stitching dies for the month. The idea this month (and hopefully in the future too!), is to bring you fun and adorable ways to make embroidery hoop art. We're calling it the Hoopla line. Hope you find it as fun and versatile as we all do.

A quick run down of all the new dies:

Hoopla: Stitched Circle Bases dies
Hoopla: Stitched Scallops dies
Hoopla: Stitched Banner dies
Stitched Cupcake dies
Stitched Smile Cloud dies
Stitched Rainbow dies
Stitched Sunshine dies
Tiny Stitched Alphabet Blocks dies
Tiny Stitched Alphabet dies
Stitched Circle Holes dies

Let me show you what I'm talking about.


There is a bit of a spring weather theme this month with a Stitched Rainbow, Stitched Smile Cloud, and a Stitched Sun. I made this ensemble that includes two hoops and a rainbow nightlight for my daughter. It will go on a little table together in her room.


To focus first on the hoops, the smaller 3" hoop features the Stitched Sun, a small cloud from Stitched Rainbow that was stuffed with Poly-Fil and hot glued on, and a heart from Stitched Smile Cloud on an Ocean Tides felt backing. Because the width of our felt is 5", it is ideal for 3" hoops.

The "Smile" hoop shows off the Stitched Smile Cloud dies. All the elements are separate from the word "smile", to the heart raindrops, to the cloud, and even the "holes only" for the rain. This is a 4" hoop that uses fabric as the base layer that's been treated with Heat N' Bond. I was able to use the "holes only dies" on the fabric directly thanks to the stabilizer. The big cloud is stitched into the fabric. I puffed with up with Poly-Fil before completely closing it up.


The backs of all the hoops are finished for a clean, tidy look using cardstock. You even have an opportunity to add a sentiment here! FUN! This one is from Blue Skies. This little 3" hoop with these dies and sentiment is something I'm going to make a bunch of to give as gifts for when I need to hand out a little pick me up. I already need two more ASAP.

Here's a quick video to show you how to finish off your hoops in a similar manner.


And how about that nightlight?!?!?! I've had this idea for a long time and really the main reason I wanted a stitched felt rainbow. The Stitched Rainbow die was used two different ways. First, obviously, is the rainbow. Secondly, the little clouds can be cut separately, so I cut several of those and stuffed them with Poly-fil. The little hearts are from the Stitched Smile Cloud. And I also have a star from the Coffee Cozy Details Collection.


These felt pieces are strung on silver floss and attached to the inside of the glass with washi tape. They hang like a little mobile in a jar. This image isn't real pretty, but I thought you'd want the visual how-to. Also, the lid isn't very tight on the jar, because I found that these little hanging pieces tend to get wrapped up around each other as you screw on the lid. To cover up the gap created, I tied some Berry Sorbet Dotted Satin Ribbon adding both form and function.


I have a set of mini-lights twisted up on the bottom with a length of white tulle. To make the lights actually light up and the switch easily accessible took a little ingenuity and two trips to Lowes.

I knew I could get drill bits that would cut a hole in glass. Just didn't know where in Lowes to find them. Couldn't find a sales person to help me, so I asked a fellow customer who looked like he knew what to do as I was standing in the tool aisle looking at a wall of drill bits. The first thing he said to me was, "Honey, you aren't even looking at the drill bits."

Snort. How was I to know? If there is one place I don't belong, it's Lowes.

He couldn't find them, bless his heart for trying. So I took my husband back on the weekend and he found them for me. And he was a trooper by drilling a hole in this glass jar from Hobby Lobby for me on his only day off. He practiced on a few empty beer bottles first. :) He said it was "surprisingly easy." I just threaded the lights through the hole when he was done.


And just in case you want to do this yourself and don't want to be completely clueless in Lowes like I was (I've already fallen on that sword, no need for you to do it too), here'e the photo of the drill bits and mini lights (Hobby Lobby). You can find the bits in the tile and specialty tool section of Lowes and they were about $10 for the pack. My husband was more than happy to let me buy them for him with my business credit card. The least I could do for him.

Moving on to a few neat tricks with the new dies. Specifically the Hoopla: Circle Bases, Hoopla: Stitched Scallops, and the the Stitched Circle Holes Dies. These dies specifically coordinate with the Stitched Circles that were released two summers ago. You can find those here.


The largest Stitched Circle coordinates with the Hoopla: Stitched Scallops. You cut the quarter circle border  four times and it wraps around the stitched circle. You have the option of adding individual scallops in different colors as well.

The Hoopla: Stitched Circle Bases are four dies that coordinate with all but the smallest Stitched Circle. They allow you to add a bottom base to your circle for an alternative color and base line.


There are two new stitched alphabets with the Tiny Stitched Alphabet and Tiny Stitched Alphabet Blocks. These are based on a "nine-hole" square in which all the letters can be formed. Can't go any smaller then these!  Here they spell out "It's the little things that take up the most room in our heart" on a six inch embroidery hoop. Muslin is used as the base layer.

You probably noticed that I stitched a flair into the Hoopla: Stitched Scallop. Just another option for you  in addition to stitching the edge.


Here's a hint for the Stitched Tiny Alphabet Dies and Stitched Tiny Alphabet Block Dies. Use a fine tip Sharpie to mark the stitching guides on the backs. Helps you keep track of the letters too. Could be a bit confusing otherwise. Easy fix, especially if you do it before you cut them apart.


One last project for you featuring even more dies. We have the Stitched Circle Holes Dies. These are "holes only" dies that coordinate with the Stitched Circles. I know a lot of you have been asking for these! They also coordinate with the Hoopla: Stitched Bases.

On this project in particular, I had some fuchsia colored quilting fabric.  I treated it with Heat N' Bond and cut the Hoopla: Stitched Circle Hole die (the largest) into it. The fabric was wider than my cutting mat, so I folded the extra over to make it fit. Sort of burrito-like with the die in the middle. Worked great. I also cut the Stitched Banner "holes only" dies into the fabric as well. (The Stitched Banner dies would look adorable on cards! I'll do that soon to show you.)

The largest Hoopla: Stitched Circle Base is cut out of Hawaiian Shores felt and sewn into the fabric on the 6" hoop along with rest of the circle outline created with the Hoopla: Stitched Circle Holes.

The Stitched Cupcake was used here. There is an optional detail to add seed beads as sprinkles. I had to try that. It was a game of "bead chicken" yesterday as I sewed these in. I had EXACTLY enough. Whew!

There is a separate die on the Stitched Cupcake for the frosting. It doubles as a nice cloud. Just FYI.

I'm hoping to make a few birthday-themed hoops that will get busted out on birthdays. Easy, homespun decorations.

Thanks for joining me today. All the new stitching dies will be available on April 15th at 10 PM EST at And here's even more Hoopla inspiration on Nicole's blog.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Humble 2 Ounce Snack Cup

Back today for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink April Countdown. I've got some more dies for you today. Of course, I do...right? HA!!

Paper Puff Die and Snack Cup Wrap by Papertrey Ink

I mentioned back in February that a lot of my products this year are very much inspired by my little life here at home taking care of my three little monkeys. Today's an excellent example. I go through quite a few bags of  2 ounce snack cups. You know what I'm talking about, right? Usually, you see them with "dressing on the side" at restaurants. I get them at Target for $3.12/50. A mere six cents a cup! With little snap-on lids they are the ideal size for candy and small sweet treats. I find them to be the perfect size for the kids. And myself for that matter. Portion control, baby.

Snack cups to fit Snack Cut Wrap Die by Papertrey Ink

Here's what a bag looks like. Like I said, I get these at Target. But they are on Amazon too. The price is higher. Around $8.00. But that includes shipping. Not completely unreasonable, considering.

I use them a lot in school lunches. Like I said, candy usually goes in them. You can really stretch bag of gummi bears this way. One day as I was filling some up, I was wishing I could decorate them a little bit. Maybe seasonally. And like that, an idea was born.

It doesn't take much when you work for PTI.

Snack Cup Wrap by Papertrey Ink

So I bring you the Snack Cup Wrap. Not unlike on Pint Sized Wrap from this time last year. (Another favorite!) It's a die that is perfectly sized to decorate these 2 ounce cups in patterned paper or card stock. Can you just imagine these as party favors?

In keeping with my original inspiration, I have decorated a bunch in seasonal themes for school lunches. I'll have them ready when I need them. The Monthly Moments pads worked well here.

Just a word. I sized this die with the Diamond brand cups. Which I find to be readily available. I'm not sure 2 ounce snack cups are a standard size across manufacturers. So if you want to go to Sam's or Costco and buy yourself 2500 of them, I'm not completely positive they would work. I suspect they do. How much can they vary, really? 2 ounces is 2 ounces. But I haven't tried anything other than the Diamond brand personally.

My advice on this topic. If you want to try another brand, go to a restaurant. Maybe something that isn't a chain. And just ask for an empty one. Then see if it works. I'm guessing they will. And chances are if it does, the owners bought the big old box from a warehouse store. You'll be good to go.

Snack Cup Wrap Die fits all of the 1 3/4" tags by Papertrey Ink

And the lids? Well...they fit all the 1.75" Limitless Layer circle stamps. SQUEAL!!!! The die for the lid is included in the Snack Cup Wrap Die.You can have some fun here folks!  A windfall of choices.


And that's just the jumping off point. Not done by a long stretch with these little beauties yet. Package them up with the new Snack Cup Box Die. This holds two snack cups together with lots of decorating possibilities. Betsy's new Tiny Town fronts work really well on the front. I'm using the school house here.

Snack Cup Box holds two snack cups with Snack Cup Wraps

The sides are open to show off the lovely colored wraps.

Teacher Tickets on top of Snack Cup Box by Papertrey Ink

A view from the top. I used Teacher Tickets (headed to The Vault in a few days) and the Ticket Die to decorate things here.

Just a Little Something stamp set fits the Snack Cup Box Die

I mentioned the other day about a happy accident. Here it is...the Just a Little Something stamp set + dies that was originally designed to go with the Vintage Favor Box (my original blog post here), also works on the new Snack Cup Box. I wish I could say I planned this out, but I didn't. It's perfect. Nice to have this option.


OK...still not done. I've got one more die that goes with the Snack Cup Wrap. How about we turn it into a cupcake with the new Paper Puff Die? Look at that swirl of "frosting".  I want to make dozens of these!

Super easy to do too. Here's a video about how the Snack Cup Die and Paper Puff Die work together. You'll be making cupcakes too in no time.

Snack Cup Wrap Die by Papertrey Ink + snack cups hold candy in style.

This is a really good idea for a party favor or even a little birthday gift. You can really fancy up a simple box of candy by separating the colors into different cupcakes and matching them to your wrappers or "frosting". Look how fancy these Mike N' Ikes look. Kids would love this little gift.

Snack Cup Wrap, Paper Puff Die, and Sprinkles on Top by Papertrey Ink

I had to try decorating a Paper Puff cupcake with last month's Sprinkles on Top. Here I stamped one of the borders on each of the rays of the Paper Puff Die and colored with Copics. When closed up, looks like we really have sprinkles on top.


Good enough to eat with even a button cherry on top.

Marquee Cover Plate and Sprinkles on Top stamp set by Papertrey Ink

Imagine giving a little candy treat with a matching card. Here I stamped Sprinkles On Top on Shape Up Series: Cupcake and colored in the same Copic colors. Sentiment and "sprinkles" dies from Make It Market Shakers and Sprinkles.  I also used my new Marquee Cover Plate for the outer frame on this card. Just an extra special touch.


One last idea for you because we like to give you options. Using the Paper Puff die a little differently here. Once assembled, I pressed down on the top with my hand, flattening it into more of a flower. Leaf Silhouette Dies help with the transformation.

Fancy Pants Sentiments and Paper Puff Die

The sentiment on this bag is from Fancy Pants Sentiments stamps and dies. I tried something new here. I first stamped in color (Raspberry Fizz and Orange Zest). Then I slightly moved my stamps and restamped in True Black for a colored shadow look. Maybe an additional step here would be applying water to the color for an easy watercolor look.

OK. That's a lot to take in! I hope you enjoyed these ideas. Sure to make party favors and school lunches and who knows what else more fun. Thanks for joining me today. All these new products are more will be available at on 4/15/16. Check out the group post for today to see how the girls used these new products and several more from Lizzie to wrap up all sorts of food gifts. It's going to be fun!