Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spring Fling and Day 4 of Boutique Accessories

Group post time with Papertrey Ink! And boy do we have surprises for you. You know by now to expect it, right? Those products that are introduced on the last few days that make you scramble to rearrange your wish list? How's a set of Easter baskets sound this time around? They are super cute!

If you are playing along with the Spring Flip bunny hunt, the above is your official photo. I'm not seeing a bunny. Are you?  This little Easter basket is the larger size Favor It 9 Box that is being introduced this month. Good size, no?  Holds two types of candy and a barrette card.

We were asked to come up with an inspiration photo. This is mine. Something I got off Pinterest ( oh course!) and linked to Etsy. I think it's pretty easy to see the creative leap I took. I replicated the gingham border on the top of the basket and the personalization of the basket. Used the new Headlines alphabet and dies.

On the inside edge of the basket, I adhered paper cut with the Filigree Border die. It gives it a nice feminine touch.

On the side of the name on my basket, I die cut and cut the bunny from the upcoming Polka Dot Parade. (I'm excited to see the rest of this series!) Instead of die cuttting or stamping the tail, I found a funky swirl button in my White and Cream mix. I think it is perfect!

Inside the basket, I have a Peep, a little clear pillow box of Cadbury chocolate eggs, and a set of homemade barrettes cut with the Clever Barrette Cover and being packaged with a shortened Boutique Accessory Die. The little egg embellishments are something I got from Michael's. A gazillion options there for embellishing these barrettes. I even made Eliza a purple one to wear on Super Bowl Sunday with a football button on it. The possibilities are endless.

You'll notice that my Peep wasn't wrapped. I was "staling" it. You want to know if somebody loves you? They stale your Peeps for you before Easter. In my opinion, that's a sign of true love. Ya'll know what I'm talking about. I'm not the only stale Peep lover out there:).

Are you feeling all hippity hoppity now? Let's hop on over to another spring set being released this month--Maile's new Mini Blooms. I used this one a lot ! So sweet, tons of options, crazy dies and layering. It's a good one folks.

I stamped the large cluster of flowers and leaves in the lower right hand corner of my Simply Chartreuse panel. and then I just started die cutting and stamping on colored cardstock to bring it to life. For the leaves, I stamped right over the original image with the darker Ripe Avocado ink. 

I added in a sentiment from the new Wonderful Words #1 and die. The word "hello" is cut out of white cardstock and the "from the heart" is stamped in Ripe Avocado and then clear embossed on vellum. A heart from Tremendous Tags helps to reinforce the concept. Everything is mounted on an Aqua Mist cardstock. 

How about pairing up Mini Blooms and the Boutique Accessory Collection? I stamped a smaller flower cluster on all four corners of the slotted piece of Boutique Accessory card. The set has all the flowers in the clusters available as singles (and is crazy), so I was able to fill in any blank areas to create a frame for my barrette. 

I wanted to create today's barrette with the thought that there are numerous tutorials online for homemade, handcrafted flowers out of countless materials. There are no limits to the little embellishments you can put on the Clever Barrette Covers. I've been sitting on this Ric Rac Flower for awhile. Here's the tutorial. Busted it out and now I need Ric Rac in every color possible! Very easy. The leaf spray is cut using the Turning a New Leaf die in Limeade Ice. 

The actual barrette cover I wanted to take a bit of a backseat to the flower. Notice that I used the same color embroidery floss as the felt. I was going for subtle. The Clever Barrette Covers make a good base for more elaborate flowers and embellishments. And I'm finding that the felt on the back really helps to grip the hair. These barrettes have been staying in Eliza's hair really well.

Up until now, I've been creating barrette pairs. This is a single. You likely wouldn't want to wear two of these at the same time. One makes enough of a statement. With the extra room on the slotted card front, I was able to stamp "Handmade Just For You" over the slits. Totally worked and is a different look. 

For the card base, I stamped Super Stripes and the same sentiment from Boutique Accessories in repetition. Here's the back so you can get a good idea of how the pattern looks. 

And just for fun, here's my Sassy Pants wearing a barrette that I featured the other day. Oh, how I can eat her up. So stinking cute. She's my muse for this whole line. 

Thanks for stopping by. Everybody is in on the group post today, so be sure to bunny hop on over to find those hidden bunnies and previews of Mini Blooms, Polka Dot Parade, and Favor It Box 9. 

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

Papertrey Ink Supplies:

Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #1, Headline Alphabet
Dies: Favor It Box #9, Polka Dot Parade #1, Filigree Border, Clever Barrette Covers, Boutique Accessory Card Die, Headline Alphabet
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist
Patterned Paper: Harvest Gold Simple Stripes, Hawaiian Shores Gingham
Felt: Hawaiian Shores
White and Cream Button Collection
Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores Ink

Mini Blooms Card
Stamps: Mini Blooms, Wonderful Words #1
Dies: Wonderful Words #1, Mini Blooms Collection, Tremendous Tags 
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Winter Wisteria, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Winter Wisteria, Ripe Avocado

Zig Zag Bloom Card
Stamps: Boutique Accessories, Mini Blooms, Super Stripes
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Soft Stone, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst
Dies: Clever Barrette Dies, Boutique Accessory Card, Turning a New Leaf
Felt: Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse


  1. Wonderful works with fantastic design and colors. Amazing.
    I have a question: where can I buy this Boutique Accessory Card Die ?
    Best regards, Synnöve

  2. Oh just love your ricrak flower and you are right to think just one is enough and very pretty. Love the stamped back too - so elegant. As an adult with grown up children and no grandchildren I've been guilty of wearing barettes as brooches through the button hole on a coat or cardigan. I can see myself making some of these in spring colours to cheer myself and everyone else up while we wait for warmer weather.

    Oh, and what on earth are peeps!! I'll have to google it.

  3. WOW! I just LOVE your projects!! :) That bunny tail is, perfect!!

  4. So sweet, Erin! That ric rac rose is AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for sharing the link to the tutorial!

  5. Yes, stale Peeps are the best, so much better than fresh, and I love that they have Peeps for every holiday now, they just aren't for Easter anymore. Love your cards by the way and you definately are SO creative. thank you.

  6. All so inspiring and gorgeous!

  7. So cute! And - stale peek lover over here! :)

  8. Yes! Your little sweet pea is so stinking cute! And so are your baskets and barettes! :-)

  9. Wonderful - love the rick rack flower :)

  10. I love what you are doing with the expanded projects, Erin. The barrettes and packaging are just adorable-not to mention the little model! I can see why she is your muse! Any advice for creating the rick rack flower?

  11. Wow! Love your basket filled with all the cute treats! I'm drooling over today's flower barrette and the one from before looks adorable in your daughter's hair! These would definitely make awesome birthday gifts! :)

  12. Erin, all of these projects are just AMAZING! Love all of the details you included in each one!! But...have to say...little Miss Sassy Pants in her UBER CUTE barrette steals the show!!! haha!

  13. Your basket is TOOT SWEET!...All ready for spring:)

  14. OH MY!!!!!!!!! SOMEBUNNY is going to have a HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!!! :) ADORABLE BASKET!!!!!!!!! FESTIVE & SWEET!!!!!!!!!! :) AND ALL of your other creations look FABULOUS TOO!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  15. Stale peeps are the only way to're right, it's a true sign of love if someone does it for you. All your projects are lovely...Miss Sassy Pants looks lovely in her barrettes.

  16. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I haven't visited your blog for this release till today (teach me to ever skip it again!!) I'm dying over your barrette cover dies!!! LOVE THEM!!! And the boutique Accessory collection too!! Wonderful concept!! I've struggled with barrettes and how to cover them myself. Thanks for figuring it out for me!! :-) And your little darling looks so sweet in those barrettes!!
    And stale Peeps? I didn't know that anyone else loved them!! I always buy them after Easter when they are half price and save them for awhile. :-D
    Fabulous work this release!! Your creations are just stunning!!

  17. Hee Hee Erin you made me laugh with your first sentence!! Love your basket and all the goodies in it!! I am so loving all the wonderful stamps and dies this month!!

  18. Love the stale peeps DH always eats his this way!!

  19. OMG this was the best post ever.... and I have to tell ya, YOU made my day when you said "Staling" your PEEPS! I thought I was the only one! Too funny.