Sunday, February 15, 2015

Quick Stitch Kits with Papertrey Ink



Does it feel weird to be coming to my blog for the first time during a PTI monthly countdown on the 15th? It feels a little odd to be writing to you finally at such a late date! Good thing I have a great excuse. :)

You likely are aware that after five years of being on the Papertrey Ink Design Team, that I stepped down from my duties, effective this month. Such an incredibly hard decision for me! I cried more than once. I have had such an enjoyable time being a part of it for all these years. And the thought of not counting myself among their ranks still makes me sad.  I told myself when I started in February of 2010, that I'd do it for two years. HA! I went for five. And during those five years, I went from being a mother of one, to a mother of three.  I also went from being hired to do some of the social media management (remember Papertrey Radio?) to a design team member and then on to a product designer for a company I have always considered to be the BEST in the business. A dream come true.

That dream of product designing is exactly what has brought me to this blog post today. The simple concept of stitching dies, which all started one day when I was on the treadmill trying to figure out how this clumsy and inept hand-sewer could make cute felt barrettes for my little girl, has taken off and become something of a phenomenon. Just like me, you have wanted a way to make cute, professional-looking, and personalized felt crafts without any frustration. Even better, we get to combine all that crafty goodness with our paper crafting passion and beloved tools. What's not to love?


Starting on March 1st, I'll be designing and pulling together a bi-monthly kit of dies, stamps, and other assorted sundries for Papertrey Ink called the Quick Stitch Kits. The above photo is a preview of the first one, the Sewing Staples Kit. Oh, there is some fun to be had in pretty organizational products. Stampable iron-on transfer onto satin ribbon, beading, and coordinating stamping products are just a few of the features. Hope you are excited as I am over it!

Outside of the kits, I'll still be a participant in the monthly product releases too. I think February is my only month off this year. You'll be seeing plenty of me on the monthly releases from here on out. Lots of stamps, dies, paper, and even more stitching dies will be released from Chapter 3 Designs on a monthly basis at Papertrey Ink. I'm super busy. And now that I have time and space to let the creativity carry me off down the rabbit hole, only good things are up ahead.

Thanks for all your support, warm comments, and camaraderie over the last five years. And the biggest hug for loving the stitching dies as much as I do. Your enthusiasm for them over the last two years have made what is coming up ahead possible. And thank goodness for it. I don't know what I would do without new stitching dies. They are my favorite too!

I'm being joined on this new venture by a talented quartet of ladies on the Quick Stitch Design Team. We love having new faces around PTI Land. They'll have every release all stitched up.

Tracy Miller
Hilary Kanwischer
Rebecca Luminarias
Lizzie Jones

See you in two weeks! I've got lots to show you.







27 comments:

  1. Erin, I always love your cards and projects. So glad you are not stepping down from all of it. This looks amazing!

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  2. Congratulations Erin! I've been a big fan of your stitching dies and what can be done with them. Your new quick stitch kits are sure to be a success.

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Call me when you need another team member lol ~ I am a stitching fool. I can always whip out the perfect cute gift and it for sure keeps my hands busy so I do not eat when I am not suppose to :) And car line is a pure joy when I have something to work on. Love the new concept ~ like an ice cold margarita on the beach and perfect weather!!!

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  4. Congrats, Erin! This is really exciting news!

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  5. I actually got it right when I predicted this! Love love LOVE that you will be doing this! I will be one of the throngs of people ordering a kit on the first. What a practical and lovely first kit concept!

    Linda

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  6. Oh Erin this is so exciting for you!! I love your stitch dies and I am so excited to see what you have in the up coming months!!!

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  7. Can't wait to see what you design!

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  8. Congratulations on your new endeavor. Love what you do. Can't wait to see the year unfold.

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  9. What beautiful sewing creations from your wonderful new kit!

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  10. Very excited for you and this direction you are taking!

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  11. Congrats Erin! Love all your stitching dies and cant wait for your first kit to be released!

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  12. Congratulations, Erin! I love all your stitching products. Lately, I have been creating baby booties for my new born niece. I am really looking forward for your first kit.

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  13. Congratulations, Erin! The glimpses of your new kit is so sweet! Wish you the best of luck in this new endeavor.

    Question: Why does the sole of the baby booty have one more hole that the upper?

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  14. Yay, Erin! So excited about your new kits. I'm a non-sewer, too, so your stitching products make me happy.

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  15. Erin, I am very excited about this announcement! I AM a sewer! Is there some way I can post something on my Facebook page to get the word out?

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  16. I am so excited about these felts! When I opened my email this morning my eyes popped and my heart soared! I can't wait till the release! Everything I love to do all in one place , color, style, design, creativity, innovation and plenty if inspiration , even a way to keep it all together in a beautifully organized way. Thank you ladies , so glad I found you one day while trying to find new inspiration myself. I love all of it!

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  17. Oh, Erin, this is so exciting! But I fear it may be bane of my budget. I will be looking forward to your stitching kits (I already have 95% of your stitching dies) and making more goodies for myself and family/friends. I know what my nieces are getting for Easter presents:their own little basic sewing kits.

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  18. I'm so excited to see what you'll be doing with your kits, Erin! Congratulations on the new venture!

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  19. Wow, wow, wow! You are right - hold onto your hat!!! As you already know, I love hand-stitching and I love your stitching dies - and now to have them in kit form??? This first kit looks amazing... love the scissor cozy. And the needle book. And the DMC embroidery organization idea... I just bought a bunch of DMC floss to match PTI colors and was wondering how to organize them... Those hydrangea petals (at least that's what I call them) are an answer to my prayers! I'm so excited... for you and for me!

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  20. Wow! I love the projects and the colors are perfect. I can hardly wait to order the first set and start on gifts for friends. Of course I'll have to make one for me first to make sure my friends will like it, right?

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  21. I've really enjoyed all the stitching products that my friends and I have ordered and it's cool to see you venturing into this in a bigger way. I look forward to seeing everything you produce. Way to go!

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  22. Erin I am so excited for your kits! I so enjoy playing with felt and making fun items for gifts! I made some booties and gifted them and they were such a huge hit! What a blessing that an idea for the barrettes has taken off in such a special way! I wish you all the best as you pursue this new journey! And welcome to the wonderful ladies who will be designing with your fantastic products!
    Hugs!
    Jill

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  23. I can't wait to see you flex your creative muscle this year. Your stitching dies/kits are my favorite part of the anniversary festivities! I made lots of personalized bookmarks for Christmas, and everyone loved them.

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  24. I'm so excited about your new kits. You have brought such amazing creativity as a DT member and then it ramped up when you became a designer. I really should have bought stock in PTI, they get a lot of my money.

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  25. Hi Erin,
    I am so excited for you and can't wait to see what all you have in store for us in the coming months (years!) I really missed seeing your projects the last 2 months!

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  26. I am so excited for this. I plan to make one of these for me, and then 3 more for my daughters. I love your stitching kits. I have made over 30 of the coin purses for gifts. Everyone loves them.

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