Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beautiful Beads

Surprise!!! There's three group posts this month for Papertrey Ink. This morning we're creating with the Beautiful Bead die and paper collections that were included in the Stamp-A-Faire kits back in July, but are now available for all customers.

You probably know all the deets. The die cuts thin wedges that can be rolled to make paper beads (pretty sturdy come to find out) for jewelry making. The patterned paper that is being released with this die is of a lighter weight than the normal patterned paper, so it's easier to roll. Fun colors and patterns are designed by Heather Nichols.

Instead of making a bracelet with my paper beads, I had an idea of making a snowflake ornament. Couldn't shake it, had to do it. This is what I came up with. Uses the new Snowflake Medley stamp set and dies as well.

I went ahead and got a photo together of how this snowflake ornament looks on the inside. Basically you stick eight corsage pins (available at your local big box craft stores) into the foam of a thick, circular pop dot. The pot dot is sticky on both sides, allowing you to place the stamped snowflake die cut on the front and back, effectively hiding all the construction. How easy is that? Painless really.

Next up, a card using the paper and the dies. Sunburst/rays are super trendy and popular. This is an easy way to get some thin wedges. Not to mention extra uses out of that die. I felt like the combination of orange and pink in the patterned paper pack really helped me to step outside of my color comfort zone and do something fresh and new.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back at 7 AM EST (that's just an hour away for you early birds) with the rest of my release posts.

Check out more Beautiful Bead Projects here:

Maile Belles
Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Dawn McVey
Melissa Phillips
Heather Nichols
Betsy Veldman
Cristina Kowalcyzk
Danielle Flanders
Ashley Cannon Newell


You Are Amazing Card
Die: Beautiful Beads and Beautiful Blooms #2
Patterned Paper: Beautiful Beads Pink + Orange Collection, Beautiful Beads Green + Blue Collection, Dark Chocolate Patterned Paper Pack
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Melon Berry
Stamps: Simply You
Scarlett Jewel Button

Patterned Paper: Pure Poppy and New Leaf Patterned Paper Collections
Stamp: Snowflake Medley
Dies: Beautiful Beads and Snowflake Medley
Ink: Pure Poppy
Other: Corsage Pins and round pop dots


  1. Erin, your snowflake ornament is GENIUS! I am going to make some of these for gifts! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. We can always rely on you to come up with something brilliantly outside the box Erin! I'm just so excited by your snowflake idea. Can't wait to try one myself.

  3. I love the beaded snowflake ornament!

  4. LOVE this idea using the beads for an ornament! could you be so kind as to share what size the pop dot is? thanks!

  5. All your projects are so much fun - would love to know how long the corsage pins are? I'm finding them in both 3" and 1 1/2 inch lengths. Thank you!!!

  6. I honestly would never have thought of an ornament. Apparently, that's why your a PTI DT member. And the card is just so clever. Goodness!

  7. A totally creative idea with the ornament!

  8. Completely brilliant! Love this idea and what a great way to use the paper beads. My Dies should arrive on Tuesday and I can hardly wait! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing.

  9. Erin - I love that beaded snowflake. Was going to get the bead die and papers anyway, but now I'm really excited to make the snowflake! Thanks so much for the inspiration. This would make a super cute Christmas card with the snowflake hanging off of a stamped or die cut branch - for someone you wanted to give a little something to more than just a card. Love it.

  10. love this! I purchased the bead die ... yea!