Monday, August 31, 2015

Introducing the Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit with Papertrey Ink


Welcome everybody! We're kicking off the holiday crafting season at Papertrey Ink today with the first of the seasonal crafting products being debuted for 2015. I'm honored to be the first to get you in the mood for Christmas with the introduction of my latest Quick Stitch Kit: Beaded Holiday. It's all about taking classic holiday shapes and adding bling and sparkle with beaded motifs. I've done all the hard work, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy yourself while creating stunning items for home decor and gift giving.

Beaded Holiday Kit Contents:

Custom tote bag
Beaded Holiday: Mitten die collection
Beaded Holiday: Stocking die collection
Beaded Holiday: Star die
Beaded Holiday: Motifs die collection
Beaded Holiday: Garland die collection
Bead storage box (ten compartments)
6mm Bugle Beads, Silver
6mm Bugle Beads, White
3mm Seed Beads, Red
3mm Seed Beads, Chartreuse
3mm Seed Beads, Teal
3mm Seed Beads, Silver
8mm Cupped Sequins, Red
8mm Cupped Sequins, Chartreuse
8mm Cupped Sequins, Teal
8mm Cupped Sequins, Silver

The total retail cost of the "Beaded Holiday" Kit is $105. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours while you can! The Beaded Holiday: Garland dies are the ONLY item from this kit that will be available for purchase separately at a later date.later date.  All other items are limited edition to this kit and will never be offered again!  "Beaded Holiday" Kit will be available for sale beginning on September 1st at 10pm EST, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.


Beaded Holiday Trio

As you can see, you get three large stitched designs in the kit: the Beaded Holiday: Stocking Die , Beaded Holiday: Mitten Die, and the Beaded Holiday: Star Dies. In addition to that you receive Beaded Holiday Motif dies: the Beaded Snowflake, Tree, and Argyle Dies. They are sized to work interchangeably with the larger designs. Let's take a closer look at all three of these beauties. 

Stitched Stocking from Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

First up, the Beaded Holiday:  Stocking featuring the Beaded Holiday Tree Motif. All three of the beaded motif dies feature the use of 8mm sequins, 8/0 seed beads, and 6 mm bugle beads. We've included a wonderful custom assortment of beads and sequins (to match the PTI colors) in the kit. It even comes with its own 10 compartment storage box.  You are all ready to craft when you get your kit. And once you use up what is included, you have the sizes and specs you need to replenish your supplies at your local craft store. 

Stitched Stocking Heel and Toe Cuffs

The Beaded Holiday: Stocking comes with a contrasting cuff. You also have the option of adding in a contrasting toe and heel, as I did here. Or you can totally leave those off. All the dies are included and I'll be providing PDF's and a tutorial video (below) so you can follow along with all the tricks. I promise, however, that these are really easy to put together.  

Stitched Stocking with Loop for Hanging off Tree

Both the Beaded Holiday:: Stocking and Beaded Holiday: Mitten have a loop die for sewing in and hanging your stocking or mitten ornament on the tree. Or, alternatively, you can just loop a piece of twine or ribbon through to work the same way. It's all up to you. You know I'm all about options. 

Stitched Mitten with Contrasting Cuff

Next up, the Beaded Holiday: Mitten. You have the option of sewing in a contrasting cuff. Or you can leave it off. All the dies you need for that are included in the kit. 

Argyle Motif from Quick Stitch Beaded Holiday Kit

The Beaded Holiday:Argyle Motif is a stunner. I do believe it is my favorite. Embroidery floss can add another punch of color. I use all six strands to really make the floss diamonds really stand out. 

I've made a Beaded Holiday: Stocking and Beaded Holiday:Mitten video tutorial. These are very similar in construction, so I've combined the how-to together. Also included in the video are a few beading tips. 

I mentioned in the video that there is a felt interfacing that I like to use on my stitching projects. It is called Pellon Craft and Home Decor Interfacing, Ultra Firm Sew In. It is stuff that is used for hat brims and the like. I got it off the bolt at Joann's, for around $5.00 a yard on sale.  In particular, this stuff is great for giving some rigidity to a single layer felt design or on the backside of a pocketed stocking or mitten. It cuts great in the die cut machines without pre-treament. Even all those stitching holes!

Pellon Ultra Firm Sew In Interfacing

For your reference, here is a photo of the bolt. Excuse the cell phone picture. I had kids dancing around me, had to be quick. Figured it was best to get you the information, no matter the photo quality.

Beaded Holiday Star Snowflake Motif on Stitched Star

Lastly, we have the Beaded Holiday: Star with the Beaded Holiday: Snowflake Motif Die. This ornament is stuffed with Poly-Fil for plushness. 

Snowflake Motif from Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday in Progress

A note on the Beaded Holiday Motif Dies. Talk about a beautiful way to add some shine to your project. You use the same type of stitching holes as any of the other stitching dies. The holes are just spaced differently to accommodate the sizes of the beads and sequins for a perfectly spaced design. The how-to details on these are best presented in the PDF that will be included in your purchase. In the meantime, here's an illustration of all three together. 

Now, how about taking this ideas and expanding on them?

Beaded Holiday Gift Ensemble

All three of these larger stitched designs would make darling ornaments. Present all three together in a coordinated color theme with matching packaging, like I did here. (I call this my Frozen colorway set! You could see them on Elsa's and Anna's tree, right?)  This would be a perfect friend, family, or teacher gift. 

Beaded Tree Motif on Paper with Stitched Border

I even added the Beaded Holiday Tree Motif to my paper packaging (Front and Center 1 Die, not included). Takes about ten minutes and is so pretty. Would look fabulous on a tag too. 

Stitched Mitten as Table Setting

These basic shapes are more than just ornaments. You can do so many other things with them. Here, I've left the top of the Beaded Holiday: Mitten open to hold a napkin and silverware set for the holiday table. Add a loop and this can be taken home by your guest and then used as an ornament. Double duty for the holiday table and a party favor. 

Sneak Peek of Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit

Tie these beauties onto packaging too. If you make a pocketed Beaded Holiday: Mitten or Beaded Holiday: Stocking, a gift card fits right inside. 

Pocketed Stitched Stocking and Stitched Mitten from the Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

How about stringing these felt shapes onto a garland for some festive home decor? Would you believe we have a Beaded Holiday: Garland Die included in the kit? Oh yeah, we've got you covered! 

Stitched Stocking and Stitched Mitten on the Stitched Garland Dies

The Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies consists of five separate dies. You've got the long loops for the ends of your garland, like you see here. I always find hanging garlands to be tricky. I think the looped ends are going to help me out in a big way. Problem solved.

Stitched Garland from Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

You can make your garland as long and as simple as you want it by adding on segments. Custom size it to fit your particular space. 

Looped Garland Made with Stitched Garland from the Quick Stitch Kit Beaded Holiday

The Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies also comes with three different lengths of "garland connectors'. Again, just customizing the size to your needs.  These are the felt pieces that string between your Beaded Holiday Mitten, Beaded Holiday: Stocking, and/or Beaded: Holiday Star.  

We are finding out as a team just how handy these little babies are. I do believe most of our "extra" ideas have to do with using them in alternative ways. As you can see, I made a felt loop chain garland with mine with the largest length of garland connectors. You can get seven rings per the width of the Papertrey Ink felt. Imagine creating garland for birthdays in any of the PTI felt colors! This die is going to take you beyond the holidays for sure. 

Positioning of the Stitched Garland on the Back of the Stitched Mitten

And lastly, included with the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies is a "holes only" die so you can stitch your garland connectors between your large shapes, joining them together. 

I've created a video tutorial on how the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies work with the Beaded Holiday: Stocking, Mitten, and Star. There are tree different ways to use the garland connectors for garland. Just depends on your preference. Click play to learn more. 

Stitched Stocking and Stitched Mitten on the Stitched Garland Dies

A few other things of interest with this particular garland I've created. I choose not to use any Beaded Motif Dies. Just for a different look. Also, I used fabric treated with Heat N' Bond and ironed on to cuff, heel, and toe cuts of the Pellon Crafts + Home Decor Interfacing Ultra Firm Sew In. Whenever I use fabric, I also back it with the same cut in felt, so the rest of the project doesn't show through the fabric. 

A long time ago, I created a Make It Monday Video about using Heat N' Bond with fabric for die cutting. If you need the refresher, here's the link

Also, this stocking was left open at the top to make a pocket. It can hold fun stuff while strung as a garland. I'm thinking some sort of advent or countdown garland might be fun. The stockings and mittens can easily hold a piece of candy or a tag with a holiday activity listed on it.  Especially when teamed up with the Sew Stylish Number Dies, available separately. 

Jingle Bell Door Hanger with Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit

One last project before I wrap it up for the day. Take the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies and make a vertical hanging decor piece. I sewed up three Beaded Holiday:  Stars with a blanket stitch on the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies. Jingle bells are sewn between the stars. A little hot glue was used to keep the points of the stars along the garland connectors and the jingle bells from flopping around, but none of that shows. No problem then, right? Whatever it takes! 

Also of note here, I used all three Beaded Holiday Motif Dies on the Beaded Holiday: Stars to show you how they are interchangeable on the larger shapes. 

Stitched Garland Connects Stitched Stars from the Quick Stick Kit Beaded Holiday

The back of this project show you more of the construction. I used the "holes only" die from Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies and cut that into the back of my Beaded Holiday: Stars. I was then able to sew in the garland connectors from the Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies, creating a long line. The smallest length was used to connect the stars. I used the loop at the top so it could hang off a hook or knob and the medium length at the bottom so I could cut a little flag edge with my scissors. 

Stitched Garland Fits on Door Knob

The looped end from the Beaded Holiday: Garland Die  is big enough to go around a door knob for a door hanger. With jingle bells sewn in, it jingles every time somebody opens or closes the door. 


And that's a wrap folks. Hank approves of his mother's craftiness. Or maybe just that he knows when I finish this blog post, I'll be taking him to the pool. :) I think the latter is more likely. 

The ladies have more inspiration for you. Click below to see what the team's been up to with the Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit.  And absolutely all the official info is available this morning at Nichole Heady's blog.

All my projects today feature the use of the Beaded Holiday Quick Stitch Kit available on September 1st, 2015 at at 10 PM EST. The Beaded Holiday: Garland Dies will be available later as an individual purchase in the store (in a few months), but the rest of the kit is exclusive. If we sell out in 24 hours, a preorder will become available. That means you preorder at that time and it takes 4-6 weeks for the kits to be manufactured, assembled, and sent out to you.  If you are interested, grab one while you can. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

Thanks so much for your interest and happy holiday crafting!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stamp-A-Faire 2015: Accessory Challenge

Is everybody having a wonderful day with the Papertrey Ink crew? Stamp-A-Faire 2015 is here and in full swing! Fantastic!

I'm up to bat with the Accessory Challenge this year. As soon as I knew we had a Project Runway theme, I knew I had a perfect venue for a little idea I had in a felt necklace base created with stitching dies. And it is something you can totally wear and get loads of compliments on. I'm so excited about it.

So today, I'm challenging you to use the Tri-Flower Necklace Base and Petal Stitch Dies that were included in your Stamp-A-Faire Kit to make a statement necklace. With your creativity and imagination, you can make a one-of-a-kind creation that you will love to wear.

For my video today, I'll be demonstrating how to make this particular necklace.

Stamp-a-Faire Necklace

First up, I have a tutorial showing you how to use and put together the Tri-Flower Necklace Base included in your kit.

Long after Stamp-A-Faire is over you can use this very versatile die to create all manner of statement necklace pieces. The sky is the limit as far as what you can add to the base. And it is so very simple to put together. Click play to see the details. 

Once your Tri Flower Necklace Base is sewn up, it is time to embellish. For Stamp-A-Faire today, we also included the Petal Stitch Dies in the kit to do just that. They look like this:

The idea behind these is that you can take whatever existing flower dies in your craft collection, cut them out of felt, and then add many variations of stitching and beading to your project. An assortment of felt, seed beads, and silver necklace chain was included in your kit as well to help you on your way. You've got everything you need to make yourself an one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry today.  Click "play" to see the Petal Stitch Dies in action. 

Here's a close up of the statement piece I made in the video. I love the use of the Freshly Fallen dies on the Beautiful Blooms 1 and Friendly Flower Die Collections.

Also for your reference as you are planning out your design, I've put together a few graphics to spark your imagination. 

In this graphic, I've taken each of the individual dies in the Petal Stitch Die Collection and gave you some options as to how to add your stitching and beads. 

Also for easy reference, I've put together this illustration. It shows you the two different ways you can add beading to the stitching holes included in the Petal Stitch Die Collection.

It is my hope that you take these two sets of dies and go on to use them on more necklaces and stitching projects. They are very versatile and make the most of what you already have in your stash. To help you along the way, there is an additional die included in the Tri-Flower Necklace Base. You've probably noticed and wondered what it is for and how to use it. I've got a illustration for you on that one as well. Mystery solved.

I've been having fun with these dies outside of Stamp-A-Faire. Just to give you an example, I made this pair of beaded barrettes using the Clever Barrette Dies for my niece's birthday last month.

Barrettes with Petal Stich Dies

How fabulous are these? I can see pre-tweeners enjoying the bling and sparkle added by the beads.

Barrettes witth Petal Stitch Dies Detail

You can go beyond seed beads with the Petal Stitch Dies. On these I've thrown in some bugle beads as well. Adds even more variation. Those bugle beads might have been stolen from the Quick Stitch Kit: Beaded Holiday that I'll be debuting on Monday morning. Pop back here then to see more about that. It's all about sparkle and shine.

OK. Thank you so much for joining me and participating in the day's festivities. It's a happy day in PTI Land. I'll be around the rest of the day, checking both comments on my blog and on the forum if you have any questions. DYING to see your creations using these dies! 

Remember to enter the contest on Nichole's blog for this challenge! Here's the link. 


Flower Necklace
Stamp-A-Faire 2015 Kit (Tri-Flower Necklace, Petal Stitches, 18" Chain,  Felt and Seed Bead Collections)
Additional Dies: Friendly Flowers, Freshly Fallen, Beautiful Blooms 1
Blingy Buttons: Hobby Lobby
DMC Floss
Hot Glue Gun

Stamp-A-Faire 2015 Kit (Petal Stitches)
Additional Dies: Ad Sense, Beautiful Blooms 1, Clever Barrette Covers, Boutique Accessory Card
Tropical Teal Cardstock
Autumn Chicken Scratch Gingham Paper Pad

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A New Stitch Kit is Coming Your Way!

Santa's elves have been busy crafting away. I've got a new Quick Stitch Kit coming your way in a few weeks called Beaded Holiday. It's all about the warmth of felt and the shine of sequins. Perfect for the holidays.

Sneak Peek of Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit

My Great-Grandma Pauline used to stitch gorgeous sequin and bead designs onto felt stockings for all her grandchildren. My mom took up the tradition a few years ago and now there are seven new felt and beaded stockings hanging on her mantle during the holiday season. It was only natural that with my first ever holiday stitch kit, to be inspired by this creative family tradition. It's a honor to take something that has been passed down over so many generations and share it with you. Between you and me however, thank goodness we've got modern technology on our side to make these heirlooms a cinch to pull together!  I hope you'll join me this holiday season by carrying on the traditional and making some beaded felt holiday goodies of your own.

So join the Quick Stitch Team and myself back here on the last day of August for all the details. And on September 1st, you can bring this holiday craftiness home with you when the kit goes on sale at Papertrey Ink

Friday, August 14, 2015

For the Love of Fall

I am a summer girl through and through. As far as I am concerned, there is only around five months of the year worth getting excited about...and those are when it is warm enough to wear flip flops and shorts and hit the pool. Ironic, since I grew up in a ski town and it once snowed on my birthday  (July 4th).

But I will admit, the first few months of fall aren't too bad. Occasionally there is still a warm enough day where I can take the kids up to the lake to play in the water as late as mid-October. I like sitting in a lawn chair with my feet in the sand and being blown away by the reflection of the blaze colored leaves on the flat surface of the water. The moment is so very brief that you are able to really treasure it while in the middle of the experience.

I Love Fall Card

I got a little carried away yesterday when thinking about fall. Mostly because the only alternative is to cry when I think about the pool closing in three weeks. :( Focus on the positive. I've seen a lot of pins lately on Pinterest that list "fall" things that make people happy. I decided to do that on this card.

I Love Fall Card Close Up

The big love is from Love Notes and I inked up the solid step in Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, and Scarlet Jewel. I then took stamps from both the Monthly Moments: September and October sets to create the word collage around it. Springs, leaves, and flowers are from Twig Wreath.

Of course, we've got some Chicken Scratch going on with the True Black sheet from the Autumn Chicken Scratch Pattern Paper on the bottom. It is sponged with Simply Chartreuse and Aqua Mist inks. And to count at Chicken Scratch Project # 17 (whoo whoo!) with a few stamps from the Chicken Scratch stamp set making up a border in the word collage.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments over the last few days. Ya'll are great! And I'll see you back here tomorrow with a little somethin' something':).

All products on the card, if not already available, will be for sale tomorrow night at at 10 PM EST if you are interested in crafting with them yourself.

Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Love Notes, Twig Wreath, Monthly Moments: September and October
Dies: Twig Wreath
Patterned Paper: Autumn Chicken Scratch

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chicken Scratch and Quilted:Fall

I'm pairing up the Autumn Chicken Scratch paper today with Dark Chocolate Bitty Dot paper, Quilted Fall, and Scribbled Sentiments. 

Autumn Chicken Scratch and Quilted Fall

This card was made super easy with the use of the Triangle Trio Die released last month. I'm loving all these cover plates lately that make quick work of building your card base in interesting ways.

I'm also a big fan of the multi-stamp clusters Betsy puts in her Quilted series. Perfection. So much color. 

Ah, seems I don't have a lot to say this morning. We'll just let the card speak for itself, 'kay? Coffee hasn't kicked in yet. LOL!

See you tomorrow. The Autumn Chicken Scratch Paper pad will be available on the 15th at 10 PM EST at

Stamps: Quilted: Fall, Scribbled Sentiments
Dies: Triangle Trio, Doilie 2, Quilted: Fall
Cardstock: Classic Kraft and Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Autumn Chicken Scratch and Dark Chocolate Bitty Dot
Ink: Terracotta Tile, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Along Came A Spider + Autumn Chicken Scratch

So here's a card for you that combines two products in a way I never even thought possible. It was only after it was said and done that I realized how much they were meant to go together.

Along Came A Spider and Autumn Chicken Scratch

Because if you think about it, it looks like the spider stitched in the Chicken Scratch! So cute! I'm tickled with the accidental cleverness of it. Believe me, I didn't set out planning on this one at all.

I used the Royal Velvet colored paper from Autumn Chicken Scratch and cut it out with the Embroidered Frame: Hex Die. Another spot on pairing with Chicken Scratch. Going to be doing that again and again. I cut and glued it on an angle on my card front. A little stamping from the Chicken Scratch stamp set was accented with buttons and black glossy dots from Doodlebug Design. They have green flecks in them...very Halloween-y. I then pulled out my Along Came a Spider Dies and stamp set that I released last fall. The Along Came a Spider Dies are stitching dies and can be used with felt and sewn up, but here I used them on paper. And instead of stitching, I used the coordinating stamp set to give it a faux stitched look. Same look, fraction of the time. And Balloon Strings Dies (a new go-to for me!) were used to have my spider and Tiny Tag hanging from the top.

If you are a fan of the country aesthetic, this is certainly the Halloween card for you. All that stitchy-goodness with a spooky theme.

Thanks for stopping by today. The Autumn Chicken Scratch Paper pad is going to be available at Papertrey Ink on release night, just a few more days away on August 15th.  Scare up some spooky country fun of your own!

Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Along Came a Spider, Fall Friendship Jar Filler
Dies: Along Came a Spider, Tiny Tags, Embroidered Frame: Hex Die, Balloon Strings
Patterned Paper: Autumn Chicken Scratch
Orange Zest Buttons

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pumpkins and Chicken Scratch

I'm back with another card featuring the August Papertrey Ink Release for Day 2 of the countdown. I've got the Autumn Chicken Scratch Paper Pack releasing on the 15th. Sweet gingham in rich, fall tones...what's not to love?

Autumn Chicken Scratch Paper

This card features Autumn Chicken Scratch Paper in Orange Zest and pumpkins for Lizzie's Pumpkin Patch stamp set. They have a very homespun, primitive look to them. A quality that works well with Chicken Scratch.

The card would have looked fine without the addition of Chicken Scratch stamp set on the background. But I certainly love the touch those black "stitches" give to the card. Just takes it up a level. Helps lead your eyes to the pumpkins too. (Chicken Scratch Project #15 for me.)

That's it from me. Check Nichole's blog for more inspiration. And Autumn Chicken Scratch Paper will release on August 15th at 10 PM EST at

Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Pumpkin Patch, Superstition, Tiny Tags II
Dies: Pumpkin Patch, Tiny Tags
Patterned Paper: Autumn Chicken Scratch
Cardstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
Ink: True Black, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest