Thursday, November 12, 2015

Small Stitching Alphabet Fun

We're just rolling along with the November Papertrey Ink Countdown. I shared projects using all the new stitching dies over the last two days. More projects to come! I'm just stitching away right now with more ideas than time. Always the case.

I felt like I needed a bit of a break from Christmas today, so we've got some non-seasonal projects for you. Miss Eliza has been hinting around that she'd really like Mom to make her a card. Just a card? She has no idea who she's dealing with here. I got a little carried away with a whole coordinating ensemble for her. She's been doing really well in school. (When did this little girl get so self motivated? And can she rub some of it off on her older brother?)  Her sweet success was a good enough excuse to go hog wild on a little something for her. 

Matching Wand and Barrettes with Papertrey Ink's Stitching Dies

This was what tickled her into a big smile when she got home yesterday. There's a sparkly wand that matches a pair of barrettes and has a coordinating card. In for a penny, in for a pound. 

Freestyle Sequins and Beads on Felt Wand Using Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit and Small Stitched Alphabet Dies from Papertrey Ink

Check on this beauty! I have long been inspired by this wand that I found via Pinterest. Just a simple star with lots of sequins. Easy enough to do with the Beaded Star from the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit. And with the new Small Stitched Alphabet Dies, I could add my own little touch with the word "wish". 

There are no dies for the sequin placement, I went freestyle.  All you have to do is start. The more random and overlapping the sequins and beads, the better.  As for the dowel, it is hot glued on the inside of the back star and it was easy enough to stitch around it since it is a slim 1/4" in diameter. Ocean Tides Grosgrain Ribbon finishes it off. 

Clever Barrette Covers Stitching Dies and Boutique Accessory Card by Papertrey Ink

At some point yesterday, I thought it would be cute to make some matching barrettes with the Clever Barrette Covers. I also thought I was completely nuts, seeing as I didn't have a lot of time to pull this all together. (I forgot how quick these are to put together and my day stayed on schedule.)  I just couldn't resist the idea that a wand with matching barrettes would be a really nice gift for a little girl. You'd not need much more if you were making a gift yourself. 

The barrettes are out of Ocean Tides and Fine Snow felt and the larger stars are from the Coffee Cozy Details Collection. Little felt stars cut with the Star Cover Plate are held on with the same sequin and bead combo from the wand. They were all packaged up all pretty on the Boutique Accessory Card stamped with Super Stars, Simple Stars, and Boutique Accessories stamp sets. The same ribbon I used on the wand was tied through the top opening. 

Small Stitched Alphabet Dies Personalize the Back of the Boutique Accessory Card

The back has the same stars as on the front and Eliza's name stitched in with the Small Stitched Alphabet Dies available on the 15th. My only regret here was I used crochet thread instead of a full six strand embroidery floss. That would have helped them stand out even more. Learn from me.

Beaded Star from Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit Mats Enclosed Star Perfectly for Paper Projects

As for a card too, why not at this point? Let's give the girl what she wants.Besides,  I was already invested in the whole thing. The Beaded Star Die from the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit is the perfect mat for the Enclosed Star Die. You really get your money's worth out of this kit, let me just tell ya! So many ideas. I used the same sequins and beads from the barrettes and the wand to make a shaker element. And you have the same stamped stars from the Boutique Accessory Card. Just ties everything together. 

The girl was thrilled. She wanted the barrettes in right away and put her card in her special spot in her room. YAY! We had a hit.

Monogramed Stitched Scissor Keeper Using Stitching Dies by Papertrey Ink

Shifting gears a bit, I wanted to show you how well the Small Stitched Alphabet Dies work with the previously released Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and 2. Combine the two and you can have a full, classic monogram for projects. Oh man, this is going to be good. Lots of ideas here. Imagine putting this on a Coffee Cozy or a Coin Purse

Line Your Stitched Scissor Keeper with Pretty Fabric

This Scissor Keeper is a gift for my mom. I thought it would be fun to put some pretty fabric on the inside. Just a little surprise. I love linings like this. 

OK. That's it from me. See you back here tomorrow. More fun on Nichole's blog. The girls are on fire:). 

Wand/Barrettes/Card Ensemble
Stamps: Simply Stars, Boutique Accessory, Enclosed: Star, Super Star
Dies: Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit, Small Stitched Alphabet, Clever Barrette Covers, Boutique Accessory Card, Enclosed Star, Star Cover Plate, Coffee Cozy Details
Paper: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist
Felt: Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Fresh Snow
Ocean Tides Grosgrain Ribbon and Buttons

Scissor Keeper
Dies: Small Stitched Alphabet, Scissor Keeper, Floral Cluster 1, Sew Stylish Alphabet 1 and 2
Felt: Raspberry Fizz, Fresh Snow, Harvest Gold, Simply  Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky


  1. Wow! What a great way to celebrate : D. That little alphabet is awesome. And I love the fabric on the inside of the scissor keeper (so many of these being made for the holidays).

  2. Oh my how lovely the card, barrettes and who would't want that adorable wand, such a sweet Mom you are. I'm sure your little girl really smiled big-time when she received all of these things. I've made the barrettes before, but kinda forgot about them and this time I'll definitely make the matching wand, just a super idea!

  3. I love the set you made for your Eliza. Where did you get the sequins that go so well w/Ocean Tides & Aqua Mist? Also, what number DMC floss did you use?

    1. I think I got the sequins at Michael's. They are in a pack with three different packages cascading on top of each other and there are two different sizes of the circles and then some funky square ones. I think. LOL! Can't remember exactly, but that's my best guess. As for floss, I don't have a pick that I use every time. I just sort of eyeball it in the store...even without the felt/paper to compare. As long as you are close, it looks great. I actually think a little contrast between the floss and felt color works the best. Good luck!

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  4. I love this Erin! The colors and layered sequins are simply beautiful! What a great gift package !

  5. My granddaughters would love this set - absolutely adorable!

  6. Love all your projects but the wand is just over the top.

  7. This is fanfriggingtastic (can I say that on your blog?) I love it, Erin!!!!!!

  8. Hi Erin,

    I don't know if I have told you before, but I have named you the Governess of Stitching, and Golly be Jolly,I was so darn right in doing so!!! I know you can't see me but I am jumping with joy here!!!!!

    María Alba