Introducing Snowflake Medley, Happy Harlequin and Bits & Buttons

Welcome to this month's Papertrey Countdown!  The holiday season is just around the corner and whether you're ready to start your holiday crafting or you're still in all-occasion crafting mode, today's product introductions include a little something for everyone.  With snowflakes, pretty patterns and buttons to share, we hope we'll leave you inspired to make something beautiful today.


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This set will whisk you away into the sparkling beauty of a winter snow flurry. Tiffany Pastor has created these medium sized snowflakes that can be used on cards, scrapbooking pages, home dΓ©cor, or other crafty creations. Combined with the coordinating die set, Snowflake Medley will be the go-to set for all your winter projects. The design in each image can be used to create vintage or modern looks.

The Details:

  • Snowflake Medley will be available for purchase on September 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Snowflake Medley contains a total of 7 images.  The largest snowflake measures 2 1/2inches high by 2 1/2 inches wide.  The smallest snowflake measures ΒΎ inches wide by  ΒΌ inches tall.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $12.  This collection includes a total of 4 dies.  The dies measure 2-5/8" (A), 2-1/8" (B), 2" (C), 3" x 2-1/4" (D).


A follow-up to the popular Happy Hexagons set, this is a fun little collection of patterned harlequin-style diamonds, perfect for creating colorful backgrounds. You will love mixing and matching everything and playing with various color combinations. Coordinates well with the Cover Plate: Harlequin die. You can choose to stamp the patterned hexagons through the openings of a Cover Plate cut-out. You can stamp the patterns on the actual harlequin pieces and then reinsert them into the frame. Or you can use the frame to place all of the harlequin and then remove the frame. You can also impress the die into your cardstock using an embossing mat and use the impressed outlines as your guide for stamping the patterns. There are literally dozens of options!

In case you missed this when Happy Hexagons was first release, this video showcases all you can do with this Cover Plate concept.  Even though the video is for the hexagons, many of the design options can also be applied to the new harlequin option.


I have also created a Harlequin Color Planning Sheet for you to use, similar to the one created for the hexagons.  This chart makes it easy to create random patterns.

CLICK HERE to download Harlequin Color Planner

The Details:

  • Happy Harlequin will be available for purchase on September 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Happy Harlequin contains a total of 17 images.  Each harlequin-style diamond measures 3/4" x 3/4".  "Happy" measures 7/8" x 3/8".  "Holidays" measures 5/8" x 1/4".  "Day" measures 1/4" x 1/4".  The solid dot measures 1/8" in diameter.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $16.  The coordinating cover plate die measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

Next is a little set that can be used in place of buttons for all of our Button Bits stamp sets.  An easy way to get a great look without the dimension and bulk of real buttons.  You can use the patterned circles as is or add "button holes" & "stitches" with the companion stamps included in the set.

PLEASE NOTE: Not every possible size of circular openings incorporated into the Button Bits stamp sets has been accounted for with the new Bits & Buttons stamp set.  Just the three most frequently used sizes.  

The Details:

  • Bits & Buttons will be available for purchase on September 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Bits & Buttons contains a total of 16 images.  The large circles measure 3/4", medium circles 5/8" and the small circles 1/2". 



The Holiday Button Bits die collection coordinates with the previously released Holiday Button Bits stamp set.  These new dies will make it easier than ever to use the fun images in Holiday Button Bits.

The Details: 

  • Holiday Button Bits die collection will be available for purchase on September 15th.
  • It will retail for $10.
  • Holiday Button Bits contains a total of 3 dies (2 single shapes + 4 wired shapes).
  • The dies measure 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" (A), 1-7/8" x 2-1/8" (B), 2-5/8" x 2-3/4" (C)

 Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!

The first project I thought I would start with today is a collection of super simple cards that only cost a few cents each to make and won't take a lot of time.  When mass producing holiday cards it is always important to keep them easy, but of course you want them to look good too!  

Wisteria closeup

I simply layered two of the snowflakes from Snowflake Medley at the center of the cover.  This one I used Spring Rain & Winter Wisteria.  I then stamped the sentiment (from Stylish Sentiments: Holiday) in True Black across the  center.  Two strips of 1/8" Scor-tape sprinkled with Prisma Glitter finish it off.  Everything is mounted to a Winter Wisteria card base.

Aqua closeup
You can adapt the design to several different color combinations, depending on what your preference is.  Here is the same card in Aqua Mist & Ocean Tides…

Green closeup
Spring Moss & Simply Chartreuse…

Red closeup
and Sweet Blush & Pure Poppy.

Peace Love Joy Card
For my next project, I used the Harlequin Color Planning Sheet from above to pair up five colors/patterns using the new Cover Plate: Harlequin die and the coordinating Happy Harlequin stamp set.

Harlequin closeup
I die cut the Cover Plate from Vintage Cream cardstock and used the frame as a guide without adhering it.  I stamped all of the diamonds using the patterns found in Happy Harlequin.  Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Limeade Ice (more about this later in the week!) and Charcoal Palette inks were used.  I think the sheet music patterned diamond might possibly be my favorite!  I then adhered the diamonds using the die-cut frame as my guide.  When I was done, I simply removed the frame.  This technique is detailed in the video I shared above.

The sentiment comes from the new Happiest of Holidays sentiment set from Dawn McVey.  I stamped it in Hawaiian Shores on a piece of Aqua Mist cardstock.  The edge of the sentiment block is highlighted with a bit of Limeade Ice Bitty Dot Ribbon and two pearl head pins.

Everything was adhered to a New Leaf card base.  I just love all the detail & interest that the harlequin background creates!

Snowman Card
Next, I thought I would share a little something using the new Holiday Button Bits dies along with the Bits & Buttons mini stamp set.  I opted to start with the little snowman from Holiday Button Bits, he's always been one of my favorites.

I die-cut the snowman body & snowman head from white cardstock and stamped them with the coordinating image in Noir Black Palette ink.  I stamped the gingham button from the new Bits & Buttons set using Winter Wisteria and added the stitches in True Black.  I colored the upper portion of the snowman in using Copic markers and paper pieced his little hat (using Winter Wisteria Bitty Dot paper).  Having the die cut a separate head makes it so easy to layer rather than do any masking.

Behind the snowman, I added snowflakes from Snowflake Medley using Spring Rain, Winter Wisteria & Blueberry Sky inks.  The sentiment was added to a thin strip of Spring Rain cardstock.

Sending Christmas Joy Card
For my next project I really wanted to step out of the box and use some untraditional holiday colors.  

I stamped the new Mistletoe & Holly image using Simply chartreuse & Limeade Ice inks.  I then added the ornament strings in Charcoal Palette.  The ornaments were done by layering the striped circles over the solid circles found in Bits & Buttons.  I used Autumn Rose/ Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush/ Autumn Rose and Summer Sunrise/ Canyon Clay.  The sentiment (from Stylish Sentiments: Holiday) was added in True Black.

To finish, I added a thin strip of Scarlet Jewel bitty dot paper along the bottom.  Canyon Clay was used for the card base.

I created a little trio of quick holiday cards using the new Cover Plate: Harlequin die that I am excited to share with you!  I cut three sheets of patterned paper (Holiday Flourishes & Swirls) with one pass in my die-cutting machine and mixed & matched the die-cut elements to create all three of these projects.

Dot & stripe closeup
First, I layered the polka dot frame over a piece of the striped paper.

Dot & stripe down
All of the sentiments for this set of cards comes from Think Big Favorites #20.  They are heat embossed in gold onto a strip of Ripe Avocado cardstock.  I used a gold pen to add an accent border at the top and bottom of the strip.

Snowflake closeup
Here the sheet music frame is layered over a piece of the snowflake paper.  

Snowflake down
I love how you can use patterns with larger elements behind these die-cut Cover Plate frames and still allow the larger pattern to remain in focus.

Mix closeup
Here I mixed & matched all of the die-cut diamonds from the three patterns.  Since I used only the frames in the last two projects, there was no need for any additional die-cutting.  I love that!

Mix down
All three of these cards have Scarlet Jewel card bases.

Snowflake Christmas Card
For my last project today I have a soft, earth-tone card that is definitely one of my favorites.  I die-cut several of the Snowflake Medley dies from Fine Linen cardstock, using the leftover negative.  I impressed the paper with the Simple Stripes Impression Plate.  

The snowflakes were stamped through the die-cut opening onto the Classic Kraft card base using Vintage Cream ink.  A small adhesive pearl accents the center of each flake.  A sentiment strip was created from Vintage Cream cardstock and the sentiment stamped in Classic Kraft ink.  A bit of Rustic Jute Button Twine was wrapped around the end as a decorative accent.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  We're getting in the holiday spirit here at Papertrey Ink and we hope to inspire you to get a jump on your holiday projects this year as well!  Wouldn't it be nice to get your projects done and checked off your list early for a change?  Is there a particular product that we introduced today, that you're excited to use for your holiday projects this year?  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!

$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am EST, September 11th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our September Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Betsy Veldman is featuring Snowflake Medley.

Erin Lincoln is featuring Happy Harlequin.

Cristina Kowalczyk is featuring Bits & Buttons and the Holiday Button Bits dies.

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.

CLICK HERE to see more from Tiffany Pastor.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.


  • STAMPS: Happy Harlequin, Happiest of Holidays (available September 15th)
  • INK: Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, New Leaf, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: Cover Plate: Harlequin die, Limeade Ice Bitty Dot ribbon, pear pins (Dritz)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Snowflake Medley, Bits & Buttons (available September 15th) Holiday Button Bits
  • INK: Spring Rain, Winter Wisteria, Blueberry Sky, Noir Black Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky
  • OTHER: Holiday Button Bits die, Copic Markers (B34, B97, R01, YR12, Colorless Blender), 1-1/2" & 1-3/8" circle punches (EK Success)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Bits & Buttons, Mistletoe & Holly (available September 15th) Holiday Button Bits, Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
  • INK: Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, True Black, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel Pattern Pack (bitty dot)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Think Big Favorites #20 (available September 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark
  • PAPER: Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, Holiday Flourishes & Swirls paper pad
  • OTHER: Cover Plate: Harlequin die, gold paint pen (Marvy), Gold Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Snowflake Medley, Santa Stationery (available September 15th)
  • INK: Vintag Cream, Classic Kraft
  • PAPER: Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream
  • OTHER: Snowflake Medley dies, Simple Stripes Impression Plate, pearls, Rustic Jute Button Twine
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Snowflake Medley (available September 15th) Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
  • INK: Pure Poppy/ Sweet Blush, Spring Moss/ Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist/ Ocean Tides, Spring Rain/ Winter Wisteria, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Ocean Tides, Winter Wisteria
  • OTHER: 1/8" Scor-tape, Prisma Glitter
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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