If there are little girls in your life (or perhaps big girls too!), we've got the perfect collection of products to show you today! Not only do we have just the thing to help you create your own darling hair accessories for the little ladies in your life, but we've got the perfect way to package them up as gifts too!
Erin Lincoln approached us during our submission process this past fall with this AMAZING idea that we could hardly wait to bring to life and make available for sale. We just know all of you are going to LOVE this product line from her! Erin designed a truly unique collection of dies that inspired a little $5 stamp set from me to coordinate along with them. This collection of images in the Boutique Accessories stamp set is designed to coordinate with the Boutique Accessory Card die collection that Erin designed, allowing you to customize the cards and make them as beautiful as the actual gift.
- Boutique Accessories stamp set will be available for purchase on February 15th.
- It will retail for $5.
- Boutique Accessories contains a total of 3 images. The two topper images each measure 2-5/8" x 7/8". The "Handmade just for you" sentiment measures 2-1/4" x 3/8".
- A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $18. This collection includes a total of 2 dies. 3" x 4-1/2" (A), 4-1/8" x 3-5/8" (B)
Erin Lincoln also thought up these little gems!!! These amazing dies were designed to be used with felt to cover the little hair clips that are so popular for little girls right now. Create your own custom hair accessories for little ladies with these clever new dies! And don't forget to package them up with the coordinating Boutique Accessories stamp set and dies!
- Clever Barrette Covers die collection will be available for purchase on February 15th.
- It will retail for $8.
- Clever Barrette Covers die collection contains a total of 3 dies. 2-5/8" x 7/8" (A), 2-1/2" x 7/8" (B), 2-5/8" x 1-1/8" (C)
A new way to package bulky cards is here! When you cut two shapes with this large die, you can adhere them together to form a sturdy envelope box that is perfect for mailing bulky A2 cards. Not only is there a little depth to it to accommodate buttons & bows, but it also has room to spare for accents and embellishments that hang over the edge.
- The Bulk Mail Envelope die will be available for purchase on February 15th.
- It will retail for $20.
- The Bulk Mail Envelope die measures 5-1/4" x 7-1/4" (finished envelope size is approximately 4-3/4" x 6-1/8").
Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!
I wanted to start out my post today with the undeniably sweet Boutique Accessories stamp set combined with the Boutique Accessory Card die. And no accessory card can be complete without adorable barrettes to go along with it!
Here you can see how the top layer has tabs that get adhered to the back of the main card, allowing it to bow out slightly and properly display your accessories. I die-cut my main card from Classic Kraft cardstock and the top layer from Spring Moss. The Spring Moss layer was stamped with Year of Flowers Collection in Simply Chartreuse for a a subtle pattern. Another cool feature of this top layer is the pre-established slits for adding your accessory to the card. It just looks so classy and professional!
To create the actual barrettes, I constructed to flowers first. The flowers were die-cut with die C from the Frilly Flowers Die Collection using Melon Berry Felt. Each barrette actually uses two of the die-cut flowers sandwiched together. I stitched the Harvest Gold button to the center of the top flower first then added the interior stitching details around it. Then I added the second flower underneath it and whipstitched them together, which covers up the messy back of the top flower after all the decorative stitching I did.
I used die A from the Lovely Layers Die Collection with Simply Chartreuse felt to create the leaves. I did the same process with these that I used for the flowers when stitching them together.
I stitched the three layers togethers which was SO easy since the holes are already cut and ready to line-up because of Erin's foresight in designing the dies! It's kind of like doing the lacing cards you practiced in Kindergarden! I found it easiest to stitch the biggest half of the bottom layer in place without the barrette inserted. Then insert the barrette and add the smaller half, finishing your stitching all the way around.
I started by making a pocket from the Mega Mat Stack 3 die by cutting off the top portion. This was die-cut from CLassic Kraft cardstock, stamped with Polka Dot Basics II using Fresh Snow ink. I then added a Photo Finish Strip cut from Summer Sunrise striped paper, using pinking shears to trim the ends. I die-cut a Beautiful Butterflies shape from white cardstock and accented it with stamped images from Cutting Garden and Mini Blooms. This was adhered in place just at the center.
A Simply Chartreuse button finishes the center, stitched with embroidery floss. I also die-cut a few leaves using the new Mini Blooms dies. These were cut fromSpring Moss cardstock and stamped with the coordinating images using Simply Chartreuse ink.
The top edge of the pocket was accented with the Medium Scallop Border die and Raspberry Fizz cardstock. I cut a block of Aqua Mist cardstock to fit in the pocket and added the topper image from Boutique Accessories in Hawaiian Shores to finish it off.
Here is a little video that explains all of the details incorporated into this new die as well as some tips & tricks for easy assembly!
The envelope is constructed from Classic Kraft cardstock. You can see here that I accented the envelope with the same Summer Sunrise striped paper as well as a coordinating shipping label. The "Just a little something" topper from Boutique Accessories is practically made for this purpose and looks so sweet!
As you can see, the completed Bulk Mail Envelope has a roomy interior which can accommodate, button, bows, layers and nearly anything else you can dream up! It even has a bit of room to the side of a standard A2 card for a little bit of your design elements to hang off and still be protected. Like I said in the video, if you are going to take this much time to make a special card for somebody, you should definitely take a few extra moments to package it appropriately so it arrives at its final destination in the perfect condition you sent it in!
Now that you have seen a few of my creations, here are some of the amazing Boutique Accessories that the team has created!
CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.
CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.
CLICK HERE to see more from Cristina Kowalczyk.
CLICK HERE to see more from Danielle Flanders.
CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.
CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.
CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.
CLICK HERE to see more from Jessica Witty.
CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.
CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Phillips.
I hope you have enjoyed all these amazing creations that both the team and I have shared with you today! We hope we've left you feeling beyond inspired to get busy crafting yourself! Are you feeling the itch to create? Did any of today's projects jump out at you? We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!
CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.
CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.
In today's post you saw lots of different handmade accessories from the team, many of which use basic Papertrey supplies. Now it's your turn to play around with what you have in your stash and create a unique handmade accessory, for yourself or a gift!
1. Create a homemade accessory of some sort. This could include fabric flower brooches/pins, felt flower adorned headbands, jewelry, hair clips or bows and whatever else you can dream up!
2. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product.
3. Upload a photo of your project to your blog, online gallery or any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
4. Add the direct link to your project on our InLinkz list below.
5. You may create as many projects as you like for the challenge, but each project should have a separate link.
6. And/or you can leave a comment here to be eligible to win. How do you feel about the products introduced today? Do you have a favorite project that you've seen? (Just click the small "comments" link in blue beside the date in the footer of this post. If you are reading this as an email subscription, be sure to click through to the actual blog to leave an eligible comment)
7. You have until 7am EST, Friday, February 15th to add your project link or comment and qualify for the contest.
8. SIX randomly selected winners will be announced on our February Release Winners page no later than noon EST, February 15th.
- STAMPS: Boutique Accessories (available February 15th) Year of Flowers Collection
- INK: Simply Chartreuse, Vintage Cream
- PAPER: Spring Moss, Classic Kraft
- OTHER: Boutique Accessory Card dies, Clever Barrette Covers dies, Frilly Flowers dies (flower, die C), Lovely Layers (leaves, die A), felt (Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream), Harvest Gold Buttons, Melon Berry Twill Ribbon, Cream Button Twine, hair clips (Goody), embroidery floss (DMC)
- FINISHED SIZE: 3" x 4-1/2"
JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING CARD AND BULK MAIL ENVELOPE
- STAMPS: Cutting Garden, Mini Blooms, Boutique Accessories (available February 15th) Polka Dot Basics II
- INK: Fresh Snow, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Terracottas Tile, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise Pattern Pack (stripes)
- PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, Classic Kraft, White Label Paper
- OTHER: Bulk Mail Envelope die, Scor-buddy board, Mega Mat Stack 3 die, Medium Scallop Border die, Beautiful Butterflies die, Photo Finish Strip die, Mini Blooms dies, Simply Chartreuse button, floss (DMC, pinking shears (Fiskars)
- FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (card), 4-3/4" x 6-1/8" (envelope)