Sunday, October 10, 2010

October PTI Countdown: Merry Little Christmas

Hello Everybody! Here to check out some fabulous new Papertrey products for the October release? I'm here to show you the goods, so hold onto your hats.

I'm helping to introduce the Merry Little Christmas set by Becky Oehlers. It's a fun tree building set that includes one BIG tree image as the main stamp, as well as supporting image stamps and sentiments. Keep your eyes peeled, because there's a few other new goodies I'll be using as well.

Now, I figure you've seen your share of the Christmas projects. I've got two to show you. But let's first take a little break from the holiday season and check out a nonholiday card using this set. Check out that tree. It's HUGE. Fills up the span of a A2 card.

The birdies and leaves are part of Merry Little Christmas. When I first test stamped the tree image the idea of hanging a swing immediately leaped to mind. I was on the hunt for a stamp in my collection that could serve that purpose. Found it in the Outlines Alphabet set with the "L". Lines drawn with a black pen create the swing chains. A sentiment from "Friends 'Til the End" completes the project. I have one friend in mind who will be getting this in the mail soon. Miss you so much Lynn.

For my second project, I started out with the sentiment "Hang a Shining Star upon the highest bough". These little birdies look like they've bitten off a little more than they can chew when it comes to decorating the Christmas Tree. I filled in their bellies with white gel pen to stand out against the cardstock. Do you see what I see? A new color! Blueberry Sky is a medium tone blue that I've fallen completely in love with. Also using Heather's new patterned paper collection called Distressed Dots.

And lastly, I wanted to focus on the "little" idea in the "have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" sentiment from this set. It's my favorite Christmas song. Goes all the way back to a Sesame Street special when I was little. All the characters sang it while ice skating. I wanted to find something "little" from my collection I could match it up with. Found the answer in another of Becky's sets--Wonderfully Whimsical. Some Copic coloring brought it all to life. The star image on top of the middle tree is from Merry Little Christmas as well. The scroll image that nestles so nicely into Mat Stack 4 is from the new Holiday Big and Bold Wishes. Sidenote: The new Tiny Treats Christmas images would match up nicely with this sentiment too.

Hope you enjoyed my projects and are all excited about this month's countdown. It's as much fun as it gets for us stampers, aye? Be sure to check out other peeks around the PTI circle:

Betsy is featuring Holiday Big and Bold Wishes and Let It Sparkle.

Alli's no doubt getting all blingy with Let It Sparkle.

Heather's a busy girl this month with three stamp sets and a patterned paper collection.

Dawn read my deepest darkest unknown desires with On Ice. As a former figure skater, this one has already endured itself to me.

And of course, our fearless leader works her magic. How does she do it every month? I have no idea, but I suspect she's an alien from Planet Stampaholic sent here to Earth to brainwash us all into becoming amazing stampers. And I'm OK with that.


Friends Card:

Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Friends 'Til the End, Outlines Alphabet

Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado, and Aqua Mist
Pure Poppy Vintage Buttons
Lipstick Red Copic Marker
Simply Chartreuse Perfect Match Cardstock
Other: Grass border punch by Martha Stewart Crafts

Hang a Shining Star Card

Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Star Prints
Dies: Christmas Tree and Stars
Patterned paper: Distressed Dots
Cardstock: Blueberry Sky  and Simply Chartreuse
White Gel Pen
Blue Rhinestones

Merry Little Christmas

Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Wonderfully Whimsical, Holiday Big and Bold Wishes
2009 Bitty Dot Patterned Paper Collection
Blueberry Pie and Pure Poppy Cardstock
Mat Stack 4 die
Fresh Snow Ink


  1. Gorgeous - GORGEOUS cards! Love the creative twists you've added here - your decorating birdies are soooooo jolly cute!

  2. Oh my goodness, love these cards, Erin! You are going to laugh but I was just humming Merry Little Christmas before checking out all of the PTI blogs! I guess I was in a Christmas mood, lol! So when I saw your post I had to do a double take, lol! Like, did you read my mind or something? It is my fav Xmas song too! Such a happy song, anyhow, I am super super excited about Becky's set!

  3. Wow!!! I couldn't love your first card any more than I do!! Awesome projects indeed!!!

  4. These are all fabulous cards. Can't say decide one I like the best!

  5. I am dying over here, Erin! I LOVE the way you used the Christmas tree one with the birdies and the big star! And the Letter L SWING! And the cute holiday village colored so perfectly. ACK, you stun me every month...and greetings from Planet Stampaholic...:O

  6. Oh. My. Goodness.
    Your first card made me gasp. Then tremble. Then sniffle a little. I did not want this set. Until now. Totally blew me away.

    Thanks for your awesome inspiration, not just this month, but every month.

  7. LOVE all the whimsy, and the, as usual, flawless execution, of these projects!

  8. I love how you always use your stamps to the greatest degree! OH my! Your mind is just SO must be from Planet Stampoholic along with Nichole! LOVE.THESE.CARDS.

  9. WOWZERS, your cards are FANTASTIC! I love the creativity you show, and how you created such wonderful cards! I can't wait to see the rest of the release! Thank you for this exciting sneak peek! :D

  10. WOW!! These cards are amazing and such inspiration! Thanks!

  11. Erin your cards are wonderful!! I am getting more and more ideas as I go through everyone's posts!! I can not wait to get these home to play!

  12. Fabulous cards! Love the tree with the swing very much!

  13. Merry Little Christmas is on the top of my list for release night! Just too cute!

  14. Love your samples Erin, those birds are so gorgeous and will be very versatile.

  15. Okay so again I say...that tree stamp has got to come home to my house so we can PLAY!!! Cute cards, Erin.

  16. Hi Erin, so glad I finally found your blog. I love your past videos. I love the card with the little bird hanging onto the star. It's adorable.