Classic Holiday Inspirations...
September release wrap up and Make It Market: Post & Parcel Holiday Kit peek!

Trimming the Tree...

It's the last day of the Papertrey Ink countdown, which means it's the final day of product reveals for the release on September 15th!  Didn't I tell you at the beginning that there were so many great things coming your way?!  Well, here comes more!  :-)

Today we're showcasing lots of ornaments.  Ornament stamps, ornament dies, felt ornaments, ornaments for cards, ornaments for your tree...!  :-)  You get the idea!  Here's a quick run-down of what we're showcasing today:

Vintage Ornaments II by Dawn - her first version was a smashing success, and I'm sure this gorgeous updated multi-step version will be just as big (or more!) of a hit!  

What the Doodle: Ornament -- designed by me, is a set of ornaments that are going to be super fun to color (or not!), along with some really pretty detail dies as well as solid dies, just like the other sets in the What the Doodle series.  

Ornament Stitching Dies -- designed by Erin, these dies will help you stitch up some amazing 3D felt ornaments!  Erin has really outdone herself with these, they are simply gorgeous!  

All of these new stamps and dies, along with anything else I mention as "new" in today's post will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm Eastern on September 15th from the Papertrey Ink website.  

Let's get right into the projects!  First I'll share my felt ornament.  There are several different styles of Stitched Ornaments being offered.  I used one called Woven, which has slits in the sides so a ribbon or some other trim can be threaded through the tied around the ornament.  The die cuts a section of the ornament -- four cuts will make a complete ornament.  I used Sweet Blush and Ocean Tides felt for the ornament itself, then used Berry Sorbet, Scarlet Jewel, Ocean Tides, and Simply Chartreuse for the leaves and flowers, which were cut with the Floral Cluster die.


I threaded some satin ribbon from my stash through the slits and tied it into a bow.  I made a house using the Tiny Town Basics dies to package it up - the ornaments are a perfect fit for the house - how fun!  The house and windows were done with the Tiny Town Basics set, the little window boxes are from the Sweet Shoppe set and filled with some greenery from the Holiday Folk mini kit.


I used the In the Meadow dies to put some glittered snow drifts on the roof.  I added a Tremendous Tags diecut, which was stamped with a sentiment from the Winter Village set.


Here's a shot of the ornament inside the house so you can see how nicely it fits!


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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink: Stitched Ornament: Woven die, Winter Village stamp set

 Next is a card using Dawn's Vintage Ornaments II set.  I went all out and stamped a whole pile of these gorgeous ornaments in some rich jewel tones.  Along the top edge I layered two pine borders from the Holiday Greens set.  I added some silver embossing to each of the ornaments for a little shine.


For the background, I started with a panel of watercolor paper, then did some watercoloring using reinkers in the same colors I stamped the oraments.  I also stamped some small star clusters using a stamp from the Christmas Cheer set that was released last year (I can't stop using that little star cluster - it's just perfect for quick backgrounds!)  I stamped a sentiment from the Vintage Ornaments II set in the lower right corner to finish it off.  I was going to use some thin strips of metallic silver cardstock.  When I cut them super narrow, they curled up, which I thought actually turned out kind of neat, so I went with it and actually curled them even a little more by twisting the strip.  


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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Vintage Ornaments II stamp set and coordinating die collection, Holiday Greens Borders stamp set and coordinating die collection, Olive Twist ink

 Next, I have several projects using my new What the Doodle: Ornament set. These guys are fun to color, of course, but there are so many other options too if coloring isn't really your thing, just wait and see!  :-) For my first card, I used the coordinating solid dies and colored them with my Copics.  You can go all out and color all of the different little details, or you can choose to go a little simpler. 


I used two of the large ornaments and one of the smaller from the set and layered them over a Cover Plate: Gem Stone diecut, which was cut from Luxe Gold Adhesive paper. This was layered over a white cardstock panel that was sponged with Tropical Teal ink and stamped with some small stars from the What the Doodle: Ornament set.  The sentiment is from the new Ombre Sentiments: Christmas set.  I added two of the branches from the What the Doodle set across the top as well.


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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Ornament stamp set and coordinating die collection, Ombre Sentiments: Christmas stamp set

Up next is a much simpler project - these are so quick and easy!  They'd be great to mass produce and they look like more work than they really are.  I used both the solid and the detailed ornament dies included in the What the Doodle: Ornament die collection to create the pretty focal points on this set of cards.  I started with Luxe Silver Cardstock and diecut the detail layer, then stamped the image with Versamark.  I think it was Maile that showed us this technique quite a while back and it is just SO gorgeous!  You get an amazing shine, which doesn't show up in photos nearly as well as it does in real life.   


For the background, I used a panel of linen cardstock and stamped a sunburst from the new Shine set twice and embossed them with silver powder.  Then I sponged a bit of ink over the sunburst and layered the ornament over the top.  Each detail silver ornament is backed with a bright color cardstock that coordinates with the ink color sponged on the background.  I used a small circle punch to punch a half circle in the top center of each card, then added some twine which is just simply taped to the backside of the linen panel to hold it in place.  The finished panel is attached to the same cardstock color under the ornament.  I finished them by stamping a "happy holidays" sentiment from the new Keep It Simple: Happy Holidays set.


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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Ornament stamp set and coordinating die collection, Shine stamp set, Keep It Simple: Happy Holidays stamp set

My next card uses the open dies again - this time the smaller ornament.  I diecut the detail layer from plain watercolor paper and heat embossed the design with white powder, then watercolored them with my reinkers.  The solid backer layer for the ornaments was cut from the oops watercolor paper from another project that just didn't turn our right.   


Behind the ornaments are a couple of Double Ups: Rectangle layers.  The white layer was cut from watercolor paper.  I stamped a few of the branches from the What the Doodle set and heat embossed them with white, and again watercolored them.  I also diecut a few and layered them over the top.  The aqua layer underneath was cut from Aqua Mist cardstock, sponged with Tropical Teal ink, and spritzed with water.  The sentiment I used here is also from the What the Doodle: Ornament set.  I stamped it in Ripe Avocado ink onto a stitched banner from the Tag Sale: Quilted die set.  Oh, and if you've noticed my little dimensional ornaments in my photos today, they were done with the detail What the Doodle: Ornament dies.  I just diecut three of them, scored them down the center, and adhere them together.  I didn't even stamp on them!  Super quick and easy - I'm going to have to turn them into tags, I think!  


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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Ornament stamp set and coordinating die collection

One more ornament card today!  This one uses the Luxe Silver cardstock again - kind of kicking myself that I don't have any of the gold version on hand right now because that would be so pretty, too!  This time I colored the center of each ornament with a Copic marker before stamping the design in Versamark.  I love how it give a bit of colored shine to the centers!


Each ornament is backed with cardstock that coordinated with its colored center. I also diecut and stamped a few of the branches from the set onto Limeade Ice cardstock and colored them with Copics.  I did a bit of watercoloring in the background using Aqua Mist reinker.  The sentiment is from the new Fancy Pants: Holiday set.  I stamped the sentiment portion in Pure Poppy ink, then heat embossed the flourishes with silver powder to coordinate with the ornaments.  I added a strip of Pure Poppy cardstock along the left side, stamped with the small star from the What the Doodle set.  


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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Ornament stamp set and coordinating dies, Fancy Pants: Holiday stamp set

 Well, that wraps up my projects for today using all of these great new ornament products!  But before I go, we'd better check out what our elf friend is up to.  He thinks your pretty "Elf-tacular" for making it all the way to the end of this post (and he might be celebrating just a bit that he made it to the end of the countdown!).  :-)


If you're up for lots more stunning ornament projects you can hop around to the other DT blogs!

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