Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Club

And we've arrived at the last day of the September 2014 Papertrey Ink Countdown. Whew! It's been a lot of fun. Thanks for all the great comments and enthusiasm over the last few days. I feel so lucky to be a part of this and to be able to share in all that with you. :)

Today, we are featuring Dawn's amazing new Book Club stamp set and three gorgeously designed bookmark dies. And, I have two new stitching dies of my own with the Stitched Bookmark and  the coordinating Embroidered Borders. There is a lot to love if you are an avid reader.

Dawn's new Book Club set is quite clever in that it uses book quotations to represent the common card giving occasions.  This quotation from "Alice in Wonderland" is perfect for a congratulations card. 

Seeing as it is from "Alice in Wonderland", I thought it was more than appropriate to team it up with the tittering teacups from Latte Love. I colored the die cut and stamped version with Copics, popping it up on my card front with dimensional adhesive. I also stamped it repeatedly on my white panel in Soft Stone Ink. 

A scattering of Wonderful Words: Congrats is glued on the bottom all topsy turvy, just like the book. 

And here's my matching tag using the Bookmark 1 Die. Isn't it gorgeous with the "v" details on the bottom. Speaking as both a product designer and paper crafter, we are certainly in the "golden age" of the paper crafting die. Every month, there seems to be something pushing the boundaries of creativity established from the last month. Dawn certainly did that here with all the gorgeous details she added to her three bookmark dies this month.

On this project, I used the same Bookmark #1 die to create a bookmark. The quotation is from Book Club and could be used for accomplishment/graduation cards. I feel it is also appropriate to acknowledge the the new worlds and ideas that are available to you when you open the covers of a book.

Bookmarks need to be as dimension-less as possible. The inlaid die technique is the perfect way to add interest and color, without the bulk. I did that here with the leave dies from Leave It Be. They are cut from Summer Sunrise Card Stock and stamped in Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate ink. I die cut the same dies out of a cut of the Bookmark 1 die. All you do then is fit things together like a puzzle.

This bookmark is double sided, It has to be in order for you to glue in the inlays. Use this to your advantage and glue the two scratched up sides of your die cut (created by your cutting plate) together, leaving the outsides nice and smooth. It looks great on both the front and back now.

Also this month, I have a Stitched Bookmark Die for you. This is very similar to the Stitched Frame Die that we introduced a few days ago in that you can cut out a window in the middle and back it with a contrasting piece of paper, felt, or whatever you can dream up.

Also being released this month, is the Embroidered Border dies. This is a set of four dies that cut hole patterns to fit the Stitched Bookmark insert. On Day 3, I used the same dies to embellish a Coin Purse and Phone Case.

There are lots of possibilities as to what you can stitch inside the window of the Stitched Bookmark. I had some 1.5" inch ribbon I had saved from a gift somebody gave me. I just cut the length down to size and stitched it in. No die cutting necessary.

I will say that with the 1.5" ribbon, that it just barely makes the span between the stitched sides. I was just catching the merest edge of the ribbon. Maybe placing my needle and thread 1/16"  away from the edge. Obviously, it can be done. But just be aware.

You can probably use 2" ribbon, but might have to trim the sides so they don't over hang the edges of the bookmark. Again, not a big deal but rather a problem to be solved.

In any case, the ribbon option shown herre opens up a whole world of options for you. Imagine all the novelty ribbon out there. You could make your kids or grandkids bookmarks with ribbon printed with their favorite cartoon or book characters for example. I saw some darling Dr. Seuss ribbon this week. Just a matter of what you can track down. And we all know, the hunt is half the fun:).

Here's a bookmark that has some stamping on it. Instead of cutting a felt insert, I cut one out of paper. Before I sewed it in with pre-cut stitch holes, I stamped it with Alpha-blocks and a sentiment from All Booked Up. Love the fusion of paper and felt on this project. Very sturdy and the paper is protected from wear and tear by being inset into felt.

And lastly, here is another book mark created using the Stitched Bookmark Die and the Embroidered Borders. I cut this particular Embroidered Border twice, making sure I lined up the holes on the one edge.  This one cuts open holes so the felt or paper from the back can show through. Sort of like the holes in Seasonal Stitches: Ladybug.

I wanted to show you what I discovered working with the Stitched Bookmark Die. You actually have two sizes of bookmarks in the die collection. You see the original size with the "read" bookmark" and there is the smaller version with the Ocean Tides bookmark. The Ocean Tides bookmark is actually two of the inserts cut and stitched together. SWEET! I love it whenever there is added value in a product like this.

There you have it. A lot for you to dream about. I'm already planning more bookmarks. I want to put some photos in that open window.  This week I'll get around to that.

Thanks for stopping by. Just a short wait now. All these products and more will be available tomorrow night at 10 PM EST at  More bookish inspiration below.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Maile Belles
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillips
Danielle Flanders
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Ashley Cannon Newell
Lizzie Jones


Alice Card and Bookmark
Stamps: Book Club, Latte Love, Bowl of Sunshine
Dies: Bookmark #1, Latte Love, Wonderful Words: Congrats
Ink: Soft Stone, True Black
Aqua Mist and Stamper's Select White Cardstock

David Copperfield Bookmark
Stamps: Book Club and Leave It Be
Dies: Book Club, Leave It Be, and Bookmark #1
Cardstock: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise
Ink: Dark Chocolate and Orange Zest
Dark Chocolate Twill

Embroidered Bookmark
Dies: Stitched Bookmark, Embroidered Borders
Felt: Smokey Shadow and Autumn Rose

Read Bookmark
Stamps: Alpha-Blocks, All Booked Up
Dies: Stitched Bookmark
Ink: Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
Smokey Shadow Felt

Ribbon Bookmark
Dies: Stitched Bookmark
Felt: Hawaiian Shores

Small Ocean Tides Bookmark
Dies: Stitched Bookmark, Embroidered Borders
Felt: Ocean Tides, Lavender Moon
Ribbon: Lavender Moon Grosgrain
Ocean Tides Button


  1. Love your creative mind, Erin! Bravo on a bookmark well done! :)

  2. Love all the bookmarks. Thank you for all the ideas

  3. I love all the ideas for the bookmarks. Wonderful!

  4. Love your bookmarks and love the book you staged them with!

  5. I really like the block book mark - the color combination and the sentiment! Great gift for the males in our lives!

  6. Haha - so clever - love your stack of bright teacups - perfect :)

    Beautiful bookmarks - great little gifts!

  7. The inlaid card is very cute. All the bookmarks are nice. Thanks for pointing out the large or small sizes of bookmarks possible. My mind is so full of beautiful samples from all the links today that I didn't realize I could use the smaller piece as a separate bookmark rather than just an addition to the larger one

  8. I really enjoyed all the fruits of your creativity today! The book lover in me is really looking forward to the complete reveal tomorrow...

  9. Love these bookmarks! You are a creative genius Erin!!

  10. Wow, so much inspiration-The R-E-A-D bookmark was cool (I've added the block alpha to my list) and I love the inlaid die bookmark, that was fantastic-TFI!

  11. I do love the felt and paper fusion bookmark too.