Sunday, February 10, 2013

Introducing My Mother, My Friend and Day 1 of Boutique Accessories Collection

Hello Papertrey Fans! It's officially  Day 1 of the Countdown for February. We've already had five days of fun with announcements and new product reveals. Now it's time get down to what you are really waiting for--the previews of February stamp sets. And maybe some handy little dies from me. Can't wait for you to see. Let's get going. 

I'm first featuring Melissa Bickmore's "My Mother, My Friend" stamp set and dies today. It's a nifty and pretty set to have around for the mothers and friends in your life. It's got you covered for Mother's Day and beyond this year. Great new dies too. 

My first card plays a lot with the frames and labels. There are two open aperture dies, one fitting inside the other, for this lovely frame. Both coordinate to stamps in the set. The smaller frame in particular has various labels that can be swapped in and out--here are two examples with "My Dear Friend" and "Mother". I stamped the large label in Raspberry Fizz on Wild Hibiscus cardstock. I topped them with patterned paper or cardstock in various colors. The bloom and vine are both dies and stamps from the set. I particularily like the sentiment in gray at the bottom--a nice thing to tell somebody near to you. 

My second card plays with the frames again, but in a slightly different way. The smaller frame is cut from the card front and the sentiment label placed on the inside of the card. I used both frame dies (remember, open aperture  to create this open frame with Spring Rain Gingham on the front of the card. Blooms and vines create a lovely scene below. 

And lastly, fun with the long vine die and stamp. It's just the slightest bit wavy  which helps to make it look rather organic and free form in nature. I used several cut in Aqua Mist and stamped in Hawaiian Shores to frame the word "Mother" ( dies maybe?) and a line of descriptive words that describe motherly types that is included in the stamp set. Used the new-to-us ZING! embossing powder in Mustard to make a nice match to Summer Sunrise. Rather spot on. I like how it pops against the Smokey Shadow background. 

Next up, I'm happy to finally share with you the "Boutique Accessory Card" and "Clever Barrette Cover" dies that I have coming out this month! Nichole's created a sweet $5 stamp set called "Boutique Accessories" to use along with them. For those of you with girls in your life, you might want to pay particular attention. This is an easy, thoughtful, and creative way to make them something special. 

I, myself, have a little girl and this idea was completely inspired by her. I'm always making her little hair accessories to match her outfits. I wanted an easy way to make decorated, covered snap barrettes. A die was the perfect solution. As you can see, the Clever Barrette Cover consists of three dies. Holes are included for stitching. No forcing a needle through felt (ever had that problem?) or have uneven stitching on your finished project. The guess work is done for you. Just die cut out of felt and thread a needle. You stitch the front and the back together with your choice of embroidery floss and slip a snap barrette (these are rather universal, you can find them at the grocery store, the dollar store, big box stores, or the pharmacy) through the slit in the back. Decorate the top at will. With PTI's collection of flower dies and buttons, you have limitless options when it comes to "decorating" the little girl in your life. 

There is an option middle cut that can be stitched between the front and back felt layers for a pinked border around the edge. Super cute in contrasting felt and gives you even more options. My blue set of barrettes use it today, the pink barrettes do not. 

Here's a photo of the front and back of an assembled barrette with a plain snap barrette in the middle. Once you stitch up the clever barrette cover together, it is very easy to slip the barrette in the back and take them back out again if you so wish. 

I'll be showing you lots more barrettes over the next few days. And we're going beyond felt a little bit. I'm downright giddy to have this die in my collection. Seriously, my motives for creating this are entirely selfish. I certainly hope you like it, but I'm just thrilled I have it for myself! So stinkin' cute. 

Now, of course, you need a sweet way to package up these little beauties to make them extra special. That's where the "Boutique Accessory Card" comes into play. This die comes in two pieces. There is the main card (shown here in Raspberry Fizz) and the shorter curved die with slits and holes (Limeade Ice Gingham in the above example). It is actually wider than the card so when you attach two scored flaps to the back of the card cut, it bows out to accommodate the bulk of the barrettes. Just slip your barrettes through the slits and give as a gift. 

Nichole designed a fun little set to go along with this die. You can see there on top it says "Just a Little Something". It's a $5 set that has three labels to be used for giving gifts on this card. Helps it look even more "boutique-y". 

Here's another set for you to enjoy in Aqua Mist and Vintage Cream Felt. These barrettes use the optional middle piece that gives the barrettes a pinked border. And instead of flower and leaf dies, I pulled some of the large buttons from my collection in Ocean Tides and Winter Wisteria and stacked them. They are stitched together and then hot glued onto the assembled barrette. The bowed part of the "Boutique Accessory Card" was cut out of Aqua Mist and stamped in BB: Houndstooth using Winter Wisteria ink. The main part of the card is in Winter Wisteria. I stamped a label from "Boutique Accessories" with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

And just to show you what's holding the barrettes in place, I took a photo of one off the card. There are double slits to slip the barrette through. Snap (flex) it closed and it stays in place on its own. 

I plan on showing you a few other lovely little baubles the "Boutique Accessory Card" can hold this week. Got a few videos planned as well to show you how the barrettes work and how to assemble the packaging in a "deluxe" fashion. Hope you are as excited as I am about this little venture. 

All new products are available on February 15th at I'll be back tomorrow morning with more. 

Be sure to cruise around and see what other sneak peaks of the February Release you can find. Today the following blogs will have some goodies: 

Maile Belles
Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Betsy Veldman
Melissa Bickford


Stamps: My Mother, My Friend
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Simply 
Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
Dies: My Mother, My Friend Collection, Heart-2-Heart #9, Headline Alphabet
Summer Sunrise Vintage Button
Rustic Button Twine
Zing! Embossing Powder in Mustard

My Dear Friend
Stamps: My Mother, My Friend, Butterfly Dreams, Super Stripes
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse
Patterned Paper: Spring Rain Gingham
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse

Believing in Me
Stamps: My Mother, My Friend
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, Spring  Rain, Simply Chartreuse
Patterned Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise Simple Stripe
Dies: My Mother, My Friend Collection, Butterfly Dreams, Block Alphabet
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Blueberry Sky, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse

Rasberry Fizz Barrettes
Stamps: Boutique Accessories
Dies: Boutique Accessory ard Die, Clever Barrette Covers, Heart-2-Heart #9, Floral Fusion #9, Beautiful Blooms 1
White and Cream Vintage Button Collection
Felt: Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist

Blue Barrettes
Stamps: Boutique Accessories, BB: Houdstooth
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria
Ink: Winter Wisteria
Dies: Clever Barrette Covers, Boutique Accessory Card Die
Felt: Vintage Cream and Aqua Mist
Buttons: Ocean Tides, Winter Wisteria
White Embossing Powder


  1. I want, I want, I want! I've been making hair clips for ages and never could work out a way to stop the button card I was using to present them bending so much and making them look a bit untidy. Trust PTI to come up with the answer! And a die for the felt cover too..... I'm in heaven!!

  2. Oh and I forgot to say Erin how sweet and pretty your projects are (too excited!). I can't wait to see what else you come up with this week.

  3. Oh my!! I love those little dies to make felt covers. I have a 3 y/o grand-daughter and she NEEDS pretty handmade hair clips. Thank you. You are amazing!!

  4. These are adorable, Erin! Such a creative idea and they look so easy to put together!

  5. Those hair clips are so cute. Great dies.

  6. You have me really excited on the possibilities oh what fun

  7. Great idea, I too have made a few hair clips and this will make it so much easier, thank you so much and so reasonable too!

  8. Love this! Can't wait to get this ! Your clips are adorable!

  9. Ok I am so in love with this...I don't even have a girl or any neices (all boys) but I want to get these dies and start making barret clips like crazy!!! This is so fantastic :)

  10. I have a granddaughter who has a full head of hair and is a doll. I think she will have some new hair clips coming soon.

    Such a great idea.

  11. You smarty-pants! Papertrey's felt is SOOOOO luxurious, and goes so well with their dies. I bet there is a large audience that loves felt and has yet to find Papertrey. This brilliant idea is sure to have them coming in droves. I sometimes use felt only for my Papertrey challenges or MIM items, and I can sound a bit like a felt-shill on the post (but that is preaching to the choir).

    Perhaps you are planning some dies to make pins; perhaps like a running rabbit for Easter; small pumpkin with kitten head for Halloween. (If you want to see some fabulous pins, you can go to Her pins make me swoon.)

  12. I need to find some little girls to make these for! They are amazing!

  13. How ingenious Erin! I have four young granddaughters, so these dies will be perfect for me to make them special little gifts. Now if I could just get my grandson to fix his hair...Lol!

  14. Erin!!! These are amazing!! I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on them!

  15. Oh, Erin! I am more excited about these than anything else this release! I love that Nichole designed some stamps to go with this brilliant set of dies! I just love it all!!

  16. Awesome! Can't wait! Does the stamp set also coordinate with the Button Card die?

  17. Holy cow Erin, you rock! These are truly amazing. Fabulous idea. Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve this week :)

  18. Shut up! These are genious. Cannot wait.

  19. Erin, I am so excited. I have two granddaughters and 2 of my friends also have 3 granddaughters each. I can't wait to get my hands on the dies and set. Thank you so much for this amazing idea.

  20. These are so adorable! I have few granddaughters and these will be perfect to make for them. I have been wanting to for a while now and these give me the push I needed.

  21. I think the hair clip dies are fantastic. Do you think PTI will offer felt in larger quantities than the small roll now available? It's such great felt but I go through the roll way too fast as it is, now with the hair clips...oh my!

  22. You are a genius, Erin! LOVE these so much!! I have been wanting to make hair clips for the granddaughters and these are PERFECT! With all the awesome introductions this month, I think this is my favorite!!

  23. Erin these are spectacular! I just bought my first pack of barrettes the other day to try making some gifts for the little ones in my life. Now I will have all the tools I need to do so! You are a genius! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  24. So very cute, Erin ~ such a clever idea!

  25. I had no idea this was what the sneak peek was showcasing. How adorable!! Leave it to PTI to come up with something I did not know I NEEDED. Just gorgeous, Erin.

  26. These dies will fly off the shelf for sure. These are amazing. I mean where else do they even have the holes punched out for you to sew into. I love it. Can't wait to see what else will be coming this year from you. Thank you for sharing your creative genious with us.

  27. Oh Erin these are so awesome!! I have no little girls in my life but I thinking some of the big girls may really like them! ! Such talented ladies at PTI!!

  28. You ROCK. As a hair accessory hoarding mother of 2 girls, I think we can see where this is going..... ;)

  29. One word... AWESOME!!!

  30. The Clever Barrette Covers are just ADORABLE!!

  31. No little girls in my life right now, but my daughter-in-law has a number of friends with little girls and loves handcrafting goodies for them. This new collection is right up her alley. Stinkin' cute for sure!!!

  32. Erin, I have been with PTI since day One and I get so excited every month, but I think your post today has sent me over the edge. Just yesterday I gave my neice a hugh bag of ribbon that she can use for their twin 1 year old girls to make headbands. Today, you come out with this!! OMG, I'm so in heaven. Our other neice has a 5 yr old "princess" so these dies are going to get a workout!!! I can't wait for this order to arrive and our next family get together!!

  33. OMG. Oh. My. Gosh. Ohmygosh. I love the barette covers!! Holy cow. I love them!!!!

  34. So cute! you have a winner with this. Love the stitching holes already pierced!

  35. So clever Erin! I love the idea of making matching hair clips and you just made it easy (as well as providing dies for the packaging!). I am so glad papertrey have you on board designing as well as providing inspiration :)

  36. You Rock!!!! This is such a great idea. LOVE IT. I have a 15 month old that has to have a bunch of these hair clips made by ME!!!! (I even have some clips just waiting for the die to come. :) Thanks.

  37. Oh my word!! I am totally squealing right now!!! I LOVE those barrette cover dies and the boutique accessories cards/stamps!!! I have a new niece with LOTS of hair, and I'm thinkin' she NEEDS some adorable handmade barrettes!!! What an AWESOME concept you've come up with here!!!! LOVE IT!

  38. Totally brilliant idea- your samples are superb :)

  39. OMG, I don't even have girls, but I'll be buying the hair clip set to make things for my nieces and my son's friends. LOVE!

  40. Such a genius idea! Love these! I wish my kids had finer hair as these never would stay in, but I might have to buy the dies to make as gifts anyway. Super cute! I pinned your first card (seriously fun) and your barrettes. ;)

  41. I have a 6 year old girl in my life with gorgeous but crazy hair - she definitely needs some pretty barrettes that will stay in her hair. if it's pink and has flowers or buttons I'm sure they will be must haves. what a great idea and your samples are just adorable - of course.

  42. You are a stinking GENIUS! I've pinned tons of barretts like this, made some, and even made some packaging similar to your design, but your dies are going to make everything SOOOO much easier. These will be a for sure in my cart.