Saturday, December 14, 2013

Love is in the details...

Welcome to the final day of the Papertrey Ink December countdown and the second design team group post day. Today's group post is focused on many of the new love and heart themed dies.  We've paired them up with a variety of other sets to create an assortment of "Love" themed projects and to offer up ideas that can be used year round.  The featured product... 

Tag Sale #9 dies (designed by me!)
Valentine Stitches dies
Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches dies
Stitched Pinked Edge Label dies

As in the title of this blog post, love is in the details... of these new dies! Each one has been carefully and lovingly thought out and it shows when you put them to use.  They are such versatile pieces to be added any stampers collection and you won't want to be left without them.

Here's how I was inspired to use them...
This first gift package ensemble puts the stitched dies to use in a non-stitching form.  Pillow boxes die cut from pure poppy, sweet blush and smokey shadow cardstock. 
For the smokey shadow box I used the arrows from the Valentine Stitches die collection, stamped a heart from the Happy Hearts stamp set and a sentiment from the Wonderful Words: Love stamp set.  Then finished it off with a rhinestone and white baker's twine.
The pure poppy box uses the "X" and "O" also from the Valentine Stitches die collection.  Finished the box off with a touch of rhinestones and pure poppy baker's twine.
This sweet blush box was die cut using one of the dies from the Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches die collection and the small heart from the Coffee Cozy Details Die Collection.  It also features a stamped heart from the Happy Hearts stamp set and a sentiment from the Heart Squared stamp set.  Then finished off with a bit of baker's twine and I'm just now realizing that I forgot to add a rhinestone (oops!).
One final group shot for ya.  :)  Here's How: Begin by die cutting the pillow boxes from cardstock or pattern paper.  Die cut the desired stitched images/dies from the flat die cut box and then assemble last.  Keep in mind, when die cutting with the stitched dies, it is best keep the sealing edge of the box form at the top, this way it can be folded over, sealed on the backside and won't show through the tiny holes. Wishing I would have taken a picture of this, but I forgot. Sorry. 
Up next, a wedding card and tag set.  Here's a Tip: These simple designs are suited to work perfectly with any color combo of your choice.  Try coordinating your color choice with the wedding colors, just take a cue from the invitation.
My inspiration for this set began with the use of the Tag Sale #9 dies.  These tags were designed to layer on top of one another so that a second color of a scalloped edge could peek out from underneath.  You can also use them separately and have two different sizes at your disposal!
In the same fashion as above, I die cut the double row heart (from the Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches die collection) from the top tag. Stamped with an ampersand and phrase from the Grand Ampersand stamp set.  The second tag layer was cut from pure poppy and then the two were tied together with a bit of coordinating baker's twine.  I just love how the colored tag underneath shows through the heart holes in the top tag!
To coordinate, the card features the same die cut heart idea placed over a pure poppy base.
The bottom edge of the white panel was cut using the Small Scallop Border die (yet another coordinating touch), stamped with a heart and sentiment from the The Best is Yet To Be stamp set and embellished with a stamped heart from the Happy Hearts stamp set and rhinestones.  Just a Note: The top white panel was attached using a single strip of adhesive, placed only at the top.  This allows the bottom edge to bow out a bit (as shown in the photo above), giving the card a bit of lift but keeping it fairly flat.
This simple anniversary card features a fun use for the Stitched Pinked Edge Label die collection.
I simply die cut the label, stamped as desired (heart from the Happy Hearts stamp set and sentiment from the The Best is Yet To Be stamp set), threaded baker's twine through a few holes (wrapped around the card too) and tied ends together into a big bow.  Here's a Tip: The twine holds everything into place, but you could use a bit of dimensional adhesive to ensure a more permanent hold. Not sure if it gets any simpler than this!  :)

Well, that's all I've got for you today. Just remember...  everything you've seen peek of today will be available for purchase through Papertrey Ink, beginning December 15th

Now, be sure to see what the rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has in store for you today...
Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. So Heather's cards showed me that Limitless Layers Stitched Hearts is a must have and now you are showing me I need the all the stitched accent dies and Tag Sale #9, Maile! I love, love your wedding card and tag. Wow!

  2. LOVE every single one of these cards/tags! Awesome!

  3. I always love your projects! What adhesive do you use on your pillow boxes? Mine aren't staying put and I don't know what to try next.

  4. Is there no limit to your genius? :)

  5. Beautiful samples - love your pillow box designs! But my favorite is the "love story" card with scallops.

  6. Love your crisp red and white. Just a true delight in these designs. Thanks for the fun

  7. Gorgeous projects today Maile! Love the pillow boxes and your cards are perfect.

  8. Pillow boxes got a nice touch with the punches. The card and tag is a WOW effect, and with that 'swingin'" tag--quite playful.

  9. Maile, you never cease to amaze with your fabulous work!

  10. Terrific projects using these awesome new dies, Maile! TFS :)

  11. Maile using these dies on pillow boxes is just too brilliant--Love all your projects today!

  12. OMG, I love everything you make, what a brilliant creative mind!

  13. SERIOUSLY, these are SUCH INTERESTING DIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) FABULOUS PROJECTS!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS for showing us!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  14. Your cards are always so elegant!

  15. Gorgeous creations and so much inspiration!

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