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March Release Wrap Up...

Introducing Stitched Trays & More...

Are you ready for the final big group post for the Papertrey Ink Ink March reveals?

Today the team is creating projects using all of the new Stitching dies coming your way this month!  Erin's been a busy girl!

All of these new stitching dies will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm EST on March 15th from the Papertrey Ink website.  

For my project today, I used the new Stitched Tray: Rectangle die, along with the new Stitched Monogram Frame: Rectangle.  These new stitched trays are SO cute and functional.  So many neat gift-giving ideas for them!

I like to knit dishcloths (I know, that sounds boring..haha!), but they're a quick and easy project I can take with me to work on while I'm waiting for kids, at swim meets, etc.  I like to give them away for small gifts. They're fun to have in the kitchen, and useful too.  I discovered that Erin's new Rectangle Tray is the perfect size to hold one of the dishcloths.  Wrap it up with a bottle of lotion and a cute tag, and it makes for a super cute gift.  Perfect for birthdays, teacher appreciation, hostess gifts, and more.  


When the recipient unwraps the gift, they're treated to a little surprise in the bottom...that gorgeous stitched frame that Erin designed!  This is the Rectangle Monogram Frame, which is designed to fit the Sew Stylish alphabet stitching dies, but I decided to use it a bit differently and stitch a pretty floral cluster inside the frame.  I used the individual leaves and flowers from the Floral Cluster stitching dies for this.


Erin included a rather ingenious way to add buttons to connect the corners of the tray, but I decided to just stitch them together with criss-cross stitching using all 6 strands of embroidery floss to make it nice and sturdy.  


I made my tray a bit more rigid by adding some Tag Stock between the two layers of felt.  I trimmed two rectangles to fit inside the base of the tray for double thickness and rigidity, and single layers for each of the sides.  I cut the Tag Stock for the base layers by just measuring the base and cutting with my paper trimmer, but for the sides I diecut the tray and then just cut the sides apart, trimming off the holes so I could slip them between the two layers while stitching.  It might work to leave the holes and actually stitch them in there too, didn't think about that until just now.  :-)  


The tag was made by diecutting some watercolor paper using one of the Minute to Make Holiday Tag dies.  I added some watercoloring with my Zig pens, then stamped a sentiment from the new Ombre Sentiments: Birthday set with Raspberry Fizz ink.  I added a cluster of flowers from my new Bloomin' Cute set.


Here it is again, all wrapped up and ready to go.  I think I'll save it for my Grandma's birthday in a few months, she loves knit dishcloths.  Oh, and in case you want to make some too, I used this Ballband Dishcloth pattern - it's one of my favorites because it's really cute, and the pattern is super easy to memorize.  Plus, the two different colors kind of help you keep track of where you're at so you don't really have to count stitches - great for knitting while there are other things going on around you!



Supplies not linked, but available from Papertrey Ink on March 15, 2016:  Stitched Tray: Rectangle dies, Stitched Monogram Frame: Rectangle, Bloomin' Cute stamp set and coordinating dies, Ombre Sentiments: Birthday stamp set, Green Parakeet ink

I'm excited to see what the other girls whipped up with these fun new stitching dies, aren't you?  You can hop around with me to check them all out...

Danielle Flanders
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell 
Lizzie Jones
Kay Miller