Introducing Basket of Blessings, BB: Morocco, Mum’s the Word & Boutique Borders: Sympathy

Today's post is all about beautiful florals, gorgeous patterns and classic items that you'll want to use again and again!  And the best part is that many of today's new products can be adapted to fit a variety of styles…..truly a little something for everyone!  You're sure to be inspired by these amazing new products!


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The original intent of this set was a beautiful option for creating Thanksgiving themed projects, but it is definitely versatile enough to be used for many other occasions as well!  The detailed folk themed basket of flowers can be used as an outlined image and colored with your favorite coloring medium, or there are solid stamps included for multi-step stamping options.  The sentiments give you lots of variety as well. You can use one of the larger script words by themselves or pair them up with some of the lengthier companion sentiments.  The companion sentiments could also work well for the inside of a card.

The Details:

  • Basket of Blessings will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Basket of Blessings contains a total of 30 images.  The entire flower basket image measures 3-1/4" x 2".  "Thanksgiving" measures 2-7/8" x 1-1/8".  "Thank you" measures 2-3/4" x 1-1/8".  "Blessings measures 2" x 7/8".  "Grateful" measures 2-1/8" x 1".  "Today, let us be thankful for the food…" measures 2-1/2" x 1/2".  "For the beautiful ways you bless my life." measures 1-3/8" x 3/8".  "Give thanks for unknown blessings…" measures 2-1/4" x 3/8".  "Let us be grateful to people…" measures 2" x 3/4".  "Let us give thanks for each new morning…" measures 2-5/8" x 7/8".

This two-part background building set allows you to combine layers of color and pattern for stunning results. You will love having the ability to use the pattern strips individually if desired. The single medallions feature the same version of the patterns, allowing you to quickly add-on or touch up where necessary.

The Details:

  • Background Basics: Morocco will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $18.
  • Background Basics: Morocco contains a total of 5 images.  The large open medallion strip measures 6" x 2-1/8".  The smaller medallion strip measures 5-5/8" x 7/8".  The large individual medallion measures 7/8".

Dawn McVey is the queen of all things floral and this new set really embraces her love for all things botanical.  Add the perfect autumn touches to your paper creations with an essential fall flower — the mum!  Mum’s the Word has a gorgeous collection of images that will allow you to build your own floral scenes featuring detailed mums as well as a collection of versatile sentiments appropriate for a variety of popular occasions, which will surely have you reaching for this set all year long! 

The Details:

  • Mum’s the Word will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Mum’s the Word contains a total of 17 images.  The largest mum image measures 2" x 1-3/4".  The smallest mum image measures 1-1/8" x 7/8".  The “Thank You” sentiment measures 2" x 1/2". 
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $8.  This collection includes a total of 2 dies (3 wired shapes + 6 wired shapes).  They measure 3-3/4" x 2-1/2" (A), 1-3/4" x 1-7/8" (B).


Dawn McVey has done an incredible job on her new addition to the Boutique Borders collection this month.  This stunning sympathy set is the seventh set in a monthly series of gorgeous frame images and classic sentiments with beautiful font combinations as well as coordinating dies.  Each month features a new frame image as well as a new sentiment theme.  Use the frames with the Boutique Borders sentiments or use them with any number of sentiments and images from your own stamp collection!  The Boutique Borders series is so versatile you’ll want to collect them all….you’re sure to find yourself reaching for these again and again!

The Details:

  • Boutique Borders: Sympathy will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Boutique Borders: Sympathy contains a total of 5 images.  The frame image measures 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”.  The “With Sympathy” sentiment measures 2-3/8” x 7/16”.  The “I’m here for you” sentiment measures 2-3/8” x 3/16”.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This die measures 2-7/8" x 1-5/8".


Lizzie Jones has designed a great new basic that you simply won't be able to put down — the Rustic Burlap Impression Plate!  A much bolder texture when compared to the popular Linen & Canvas, this will be the perfect touch to your fall themes projects!

The Details: 

  • Rustic Burlap Impression Plate will be available for purchase on August 15th.
  • It will retail for $16.
  • Rustic Burlap Impression Plate measures 5-3/4" x 4-1/2".

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

Grateful For You Card
For my first project today I wanted to do a bit of watercoloring with the detailed basket image from Basket of Blessings.  I heat embossed it onto white cardstock using White Filigree Embossing Powder.

I then used ink refills and water with a small watercolor brush to add color to the image.  An important thing to note when doing this is to be sure to go outside of the lines a bit so the whit embossing provides more contrast.

For the sentiment, I stamped the large "Grateful" and "for you" in Soft Stone underneath the basket.  I then added the second companion sentiment under that using Charcoal Palette ink.  This is one of my favorite quotes and I was so happy to be able to include it in this set!

I pierced some holes along the center of the card using a ruler and paper piercer and stitched them with white crochet thread.  I left the ends intact and knotted each of them to prevent the stitching from pulling out.

Folk Thanksgiving Card
(please click the image above for a larger view)

This project shows you what kind of magic you can make with Copic markers and the basket image.

I used various Copics (see supply list for colors) to color the image in after stamping it with Noir Palette ink.  I added a bit of T1 around the edge of the image to help add depth.

I stamped the gorgeous script "Thanksgiving" in True Black ink, overlapping the basket image slightly.  I then cut a strip of Classic Kraft cardstock and added the loops of the two "g" letters in Thanksgiving to the top of it.  The companion sentiment was heat embossed with White Filigree Embossing Powder.

The Classic Kraft strip was adhered so that the g's lined up with the image underneath.

Folk Thank You Card
My next card has a bit of a softer look to it and shows how the basket looks when "colored in" with the included solid stamps.

I stamped the main basket image in Dark Chocolate.  I then followed up and added the solid stamps using Simply Chartreuse, Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Summer Sunrise and Classic Kraft inks.  The finished block was impressed with the Rustic Burlap impression plate.  I just LOVE this new impression plate.  IT is like a more pronounced version of the Linen & Canvas impression plate, and makes a much bolder statement especially when used on top of images like this.

The "Thank You" sentiment was added along the side of the card using Dark Chocolate ink, followed by the smaller companion sentiment.

Three small stitches with embroidery floss he,p to add balance to the vertical sentiment.

The entire Classic Kraft card front was swiped with Vintage Cream ink to help add softness.

Counting Our Blessings Card
For this project I used a fun bleaching technique to get another look from the basket.

I heat embossed the basket image onto Canyon Clay using Clear Filigree Embossing Powder.  I then used a paint brush to add a bit of bleach to each part of the image.  After it was dry, I die-cut it with the largest Mat Stack 6 Collection die.

Burlap loop
I added a strip of burlap underneath the focal point, looping it at the top and notching it at the bottom.  A small Harvest Gold button tied with twine embellishes the top.

On the bottom half of the card I stamped the sentiments in Canyon Clay and Dark Chocolate.  I then added this icon from Autumn Pattern Pieces repeatedly over the sentiments using VersaMark ink.

The edge of the Fine Linen layer was edged with the Tea Dye Duo.  Everything was adhered to a Classic Kraft card base.

Medallion Sympathy Card
This is a super simple card in design and I just love the way it turned out!

I stamped a block of Vintage Cream cardstock with Background Basics: Morocco using Melon Berry and Aqua Mist inks.  I then die-cut the Boutique Borders: Sympathy frame from the patterned block and replaced it with a plain version die-cut from Vintage Cream cardstock.  I stamped the frame in Aqua Mist and the sentiment in Charcoal Palette.

After adhering all of that to a Vintage Cream card base using foam tape, I tied 1/8" silk ribbon around it and finished it with a bow.

You could recreate this card with alternate color schemes and any of the Boutique Borders stamp sets and dies.

Make a Wish Card
It had been a bit since I had pulled out my Perfect Pearls and I really wanted to experiment using them with the new Background Basics: Morocco set.

I stamped the background onto Smokey Shadow cardstock using Fresh Snow ink.    I then brushed on Forever Violet Perfect Pearls using a soft brush, cleaning the excess off using a Swiffer dusting cloth.  It really made for a gorgeous look.

I die-cut a strip of Soft Stone cardstock with a Sketch Shapes die and added the sentiment from Mum's the Word in True Black.


The mums were die-cut from Winter Wisteria and stamped in the same color.  The leaves were cut from Simply Chartreuse and stamped in Ripe Avocado.  I layered the die-cut flowers using foam tape and finished their centers with black rhinestones.

I decided to use Autumn Rose as a bit of an unexpected color for the card base.

Praying for You Card
This card is as easy as it gets.  I wanted to try something that involved stamping the mums and leaves all in the same color and this is what I came up with.

I masked the center of the white cardstock and stamped Background Basics: Text Style using Simply Chartreuse ink.  I then removed the mask and added the mums using Ripe Avocado ink.  The finishing touch was the sentiment from Boutique Borders: Sympathy added in True Black.

I added a few small dots of black ink to the centers of the flowers using a pen to help carry over the black used in the sentiment.  Everything was adhered to a Simply Chartreuse card base.

Happy Fall Card
For my last project today, I wanted to do a bit of watercoloring with Mum's the Word.

I stamped the flowers in Terracotta Tile and Summer Sunrise, the leaves in Simply Chartreuse.  I then used the coordinating ink refills and water to add some swipes of color over each of the images.

After the flowers had dried completely, I added this sentiment in True Black.

The focal point was adhered to a Canyon Clay card base.  I used a black pen and ruler to add a frame around the flowers to help ground them.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  And hopefully you're feeling inspired to get crafting yourself!!  What's topping the charts for you today?  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, August 13th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our August Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Ashley Cannon Newell will be showcasing Basket of Blessings and Background Basics: Morocco.

Dawn McVey will be featuring Mum's the Word and Boutique Borders: Sympathy.

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  • STAMPS: Basket of Blessings (available August 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark, Soft Stone, Charcoal Palette, ink refills (Simply Chartreuse, Smokey Shadow & Aqua Mist)
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder, paper piercer, white crochet thread (DMC), watercolor brush
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Basket of Blessings (available August 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Noir Palette, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Terracotta Tile, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder, Copic Markers (R89, YR12, YR24, YG95, YG97, E08, E55, E99, T1)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 6" x 4-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Basket of Blessings (available August 15th)
  • INK: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Rustic Burlap impression plate, embroidery floss (DMC), paper piercer
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Basket of Blessings, Autumn Pattern Pieces (available August 15th)
  • INK: VersaMArk, Dark Chocolate, Canyon Clay, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Canyon Clay
  • OTHER: Mat Stack 6 Collection die,Harvest Gold Button, Rustic Jute Twine, Burlap, bleach, small paintbrush
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 6"


  • STAMPS: Background Basics: Morocco, Boutique Borders: Sympathy (available August 15th)
  • INK: Melon Berry, Aqua Mist, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream
  • OTHER: Boutique Borders: Sympathy die, Rustic Burlap impression plate, Cream 1/8" Silk Ribbon
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Background Basics: Morocco, Mum's the Word (available August 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Fresh Snow, Winter Wisteria, Ripe Avocado
  • PAPER: Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse, Autumn Rose
  • OTHER: Mum's the Word dies, Perfect Pearls (forever violet), Sketched Shapes die, black rhinestones (KaiserCraft)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Mum's the Word, Boutique Borders: Sympathy (available August 15th) Background Basics: Text Style
  • INK: True Black, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Mum's the Word (available August 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, ink refills (Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse)
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Canyon Clay
  • OTHER: black pen (American Crafts), ruler, watercolor brush
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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