Sunday, June 12, 2016

Need for Speed Day 3 and New Stitching Dies

Group post day for the June Papertrey Ink Release and it's all about transportation! In addition to my Need for Speed set, On the Road Die, and Nichole's Road Signs stamp sets, I've got dies to make felt cars and trucks to round out the collection! So adorable! Perfect for the little kids in your life.

As you can see, the new Stitched Car and Stitched Truck dies are full of wonderful detail. Great for toys, mobiles, ornaments, and a Hoop-la project.

Funny story. I originally had a Tropical Teal car. It is the one I demo in the how-to video below. Well, Sully had been watching all this felt vehicle assembly with a great deal of interest. Wanted to know when he could have them. Told him more than once that I needed to photograph them first.

Well, I go to photograph them and that Tropical Teal car is gone. I spend two hours tearing this house apart looking for it. I did everything I could think of to get the kid to confess. Nothin'. He's had nothin' to tell me. So, I  had to make the Royal Velvet car this past Sunday afternoon. I wasn't too happy about it, but at least I got to watch a movie while I steamed on the couch.

As for that Tropical Teal car...still hasn't shown up a week later. Maybe Sully took it and forgot where he left it. Or maybe one of the cats took off with it. In any case...these little toys were a big hit here. They might well be at your house too.

Here's a close up of the Stitched Car. A little tip. I think using a gray floss on black floss I find the black floss on black felt makes things tough to see when stitching things up.

Here's a handy reference sheet to guide you in the cutting process for the Stitched Car. 

Next to Hot Wheels, Sully does have another love in his life. We recently got a new truck for all our camping adventures. He loves it! Sully and I took "Big Red" joyriding the other day after preschool pick-up. This kid was having the time of his life! When you are almost four, a ride in a pick up truck to Noodles and Co. with mom is all that and a bag of chips. So of course, I had to make him a Big Red of his very own out of Pure Poppy felt. 

And here's a shot of the Stitched Truck. This one has enough room along the truck bed to personalize with a shorter name or word. I used the Tiny Stitched Alphabet Die to squeeze Sully's name in. You might have room for a sixth letter if you really squeeze them together.

I put together a video to show you how the Stitched Car goes together. The Stitched Truck is the exact same construction, so refer this video for those how-tos as well.

I'm actually coming back today from a little weekend trip. I'm not sure if I'll have internet where I am going (and I actually try to avoid it a bit). This video is set to unlisted and will switched by Nichole to public this morning. Not sure if the embed video link will work here on my blog with that switcheroo. So if it isn't showing up here, check out Nichole's blog for it. And I'll fix everything this afternoon when I have a chance. 

Moving on to some Need for Speed cards. I created a subtle race car with Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, and Scarlet Jewel ink. It's on a track made out of the Rainbow Stripes Die (a fav of mine) in tones of Canyon Clay, Americana, and Scarlet Jewel. The sentiment is from Need from Speed as well. 

And I though with all these masculine cards zooming around today, a pink card for a lady would be a nice change of pace. I mean...I like to drive, don't you? I'm totally killing it with coolness in my mini-van, let me tell ya. (I'll take Big Red any day of the week.) So I created this pink race car zooming across this card with a sentiment from Need for Speed that can be much appreciated by both genders. I also used the stop sign from Nichole's Road Signs to tie it all together. Love it. Who says you have to use traditional color palettes? Go off roading a bit with something not typical.

Here's a quick video I put together with a few stamping tips and tricks for Need for Speed.

That's it for me. I hope you enjoy all this four wheelin' fun. Everything is a big hit at my house with my little boy. And even my rather jaded husband was impressed. That's saying somethin'. 

Check out more inspiration from the whole team over at Nichole's blog. All these new products will be available 6/15/16 at at 10 PM EST.  Can't wait to see it myself.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Need for Speed Day 2

I have another Need for Speed card for you today for the June Papertrey Ink Countdown. It just so happens that Sully Hot Wheel's birthday is in a few weeks. And so, here is his card. 

Not only do we have a Green Parakeet and Tropical Teal race car with a very appropriate sentiment to match up with it, but I'm showing you the new On the Road Die too. This road border die has cut outs to place yellow road lines. The whole thing is sized to be a nice fit for the width of the Need for Speed cars as they race down the road, leaving tire marks in their tracks. :) The tire tracks are one stamp and they are sized to fit the wheel base of the car for easy scene building. So much fun.

I'll be back tomorrow with more. Thanks for stopping by and if you are interested in adding Need for Speed to your collection, it will be available 6/15/16 at 10 PM EST at More inspiration today at Nichole's blog.


Stamps: Need for Speed
Dies: On the Road, Need for Speed
Ink: Green Parakeet, Tropical Teal, True Black, Stormy Seas, and Pure Poppy
Cardstock: Green Parakeet, Stormy Seas, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal, Stamper's Select White

Friday, June 10, 2016

Need for Speed Day1

Hey Papertrey Peeps. It's time for another monthly countdown with PTI! I've got some products releasing this month that were inspired by one special little boy in my life. My almost four-year-old Sullivan is singularly OBSESSED with Hot Wheels.

The use of the word "obsessed" is actually a bit of an understatement in this situation. The kid lives and breathes Hot Wheels. (I have no idea where he gets this obsessive personality's not like I'm that way with my hobbies...wink.) We have been instructed to refer to him as "Sully Hot Wheel" instead of "Sully Lincoln". He was in the pool yesterday splashing around a bit with this most blissed out look on his face and when I asked him what he was thinking about, he said...wait for it...I'm sure you'll be shocked..."Hot Wheels!" And as you can see, he often expresses love in terms of his favorite toy....

So, naturally, Mama had to come up with a stamp set that was inspired by Hot Wheels. Goodness knows, I step on and kick out of the way enough "inspiration" on a daily basis around here. It's almost like I'm being being beaten on the head with the idea. Which isn't a stretch. Sully often finds himself in time out because he's chucked a toy car across the room at something. We've all learned to duck.

The Need for Speed stamp set and dies consists of three multi-step race cars. I'm letting the cat out of the bag all at once here by showing you all three. By designing them from the top, you get to see all the fun details. They are really fun to stamp and in various color combos.

Also included are several car-themed sentiments. The racy font is used on key words and those are separate stamps for different color treatments.

This is also a set of tire tracks in the set with the width matching the wheel base of the cars. I did some selective stamping of it (only stamping up one track instead of two)  here on this card to frame the sentiment.

A different angle here so you can see what I did with embossing powder. All the windows were embossed with clear powder on black ink, the metal pieces (bumpers, hood details) with silver, and the white stripes on the Amethyst Allure car is white embossing powder. The white pops against the Soft Stone die cut and card base. All these little touches give a realistic look to the cars.

That's it for me. More Need for Speed over the next few days. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Need for Speed will be available to purchase on June 15th, 2016 at 10 PM EST at And more release inspiration can be found at Nichole's blog here.


Stamps: Need for Speed
Dies: Need for Speed
Cardstock: Soft Stone
Ink: Pure Poppy, Amethyst Allure, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, True Black

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!