Introducing Rustic Wreath, Boutique Borders: Thinking of You & Polka Dot Parade #9

We're back today with more holiday inspiration as well as some gorgeous new basics that you're sure to reach for again and again!  Whether you're crafting for Christmas or not, we've got you covered!  Sit back, relax and enjoy…


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Rustic Wreath, designed by Heather Nichols, features a beautiful and delicate rustic style wreath that is perfect for your holiday projects.  The elegant script and simple rustic font combination is a beautiful compliment to the wreath’s style and will also work with so many other images in your collection.

The Details:

  • Rustic Wreath will be available for purchase on October 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Rustic Wreath contains a total of 10 images.  The wreath image is just under 3 1/2” in diameter. The “may your days be merry & bright” sentiment is just over 1 3/4” wide and just over 5/8” tall. The smallest sprig image is just over 1/2” tall and just under 3/8” wide.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $8.  This die measures 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".



Boutique Borders: Thinking of You is the ninth set from Dawn McVey 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: Thinking of You will be available for purchase on October 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Boutique Borders: Thinking of You contains a total of 4 images.  The frame image measures 2-1/2” x 1-7/8”.  The “Hello…” sentiment measures 2-1/2” x 3/8”.  The “Thinking of You” sentiment measures 2-3/8” x 3/8”.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This die measures 2-1/2" x 1-7/8".




Polka Dot Parade #9 is the ninth set in a monthly series of fun polka dot images, sentiments and coordinating dies. Each set from Melissa Bickford features adorable designs and a fun font combination that you will love mixing and matching. The coordinating die will make stamping a breeze and give you a perfect image every time you use it. A super fun series that will be a welcome addition to any polka dot fanatics stamp collection!

The Details:

  • Polka Dot Parade #9 will be available for purchase on October 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Polka Dot Parade #9 contains a total of 11 images.  The bottom tree tier measures approximately 1-3/4” wide by 3/10” tall. The top tree tier measures approximately 1” wide by 3/5” tall.  ‘FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS’ measures approximately 2” wide by 3/20” tall. ‘Christmas’ measures approximately 1-3/10” wide by 3/10” tall. ‘MERRY’ measures approximately 2-2/5” wide by 2/5” tall.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This die measures 2" x 3-5/8".



Background Basics: Christmas Joy, also designed by Melissa Bickford, is a festive Christmas and winter background set. The text background has many words and sayings associated with celebrating winter and all the things we love about it. Whether you are creating beautiful Christmas cards, gift wrap, pretty packaging or a special winter themed scrapbook page, this set is sure to bring a special touch to all of your winter themed projects!

The Details:

  • Background Basics: Christmas Joy will be available for purchase on October 15th.
  • It will retail for $18.
  • Background Basics: Christmas Joy contains a total of 4 images.  The long background strips measures approximately 5-3/4” long by 1-3/20” tall. The small text blocks measures 1” wide by 1-1/2” tall.






Erin Lincoln's new stitching dies allow you to add her popular stitching holes to ANYTHING!  With several different sizes to choose from, you can add them anywhere in any orientation to your actual project and then also cut coordinating holes in a die-cut to stitch in place.  These dies will provide lots and lots of possibilities!

The Details: 

  • Stitching Lines die collection will be available for purchase on October 15th.
  • It will retail for $10.
  • Stitching Lines die collection contains a total of 11 wired dies.  Longest die measures 5-1/2", shortest die measures 3/4".




This month, we're bringing you a simple large scaled snowflake that can definitely take center stage!  It has built in stitching holes so you can easily add another dimension to your projects using it.  Just imagine the gorgeous felt snowflakes you can create with this fabulous new die!

The Details: 

  • Stitched Snowflake die will be available for purchase on October 15th.
  • It will retail for $6.
  • Stitched Snowflake die measures 2-7/8" x 3-3/8".


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

Beaded Wreath Card
My first project today uses the gorgeous new Rustic Wreath set.  The extra large scale of this wreath makes it easy to create simple cards without having to add anything extra to fill up blank space.  I started by stamping the wreath in Fresh Snow onto Classic Kraft cardstock.

I colored the leaves in with Copic markers.  Then I used a paper piercer to add holes where berries were represented in the image.  Red seed beads were stitched on using red thread.

The sentiment, also from Rustic Wreath,  was added in the center using True Black ink.

The finished card front was adhered to a simple white card base.  I love how this turned out and I am even thinking about making another wreath like this and framing it with our family monogram in the center.  Might make a great gift as well!

Love You Card
On my next project I wanted to show you how you can distort the wreath stamp on your block to take on an oval shape.  Kind of mixes things up a bit and gives you some additional design options.

I heat embossed the wreath image with white filigree embossing powder and then watercolored over it using Simply Chartreuse and Berry Sorbet ink refills.

For the sentiments, I stamped the Script Sentiments "Love You" followed by Boutique Borders: Sympathy "Holding you close in prayer", both in Charcoal Palette.  I die-cut one of the Stitching Lines dies in between the two sentiments and then added white crochet thread as a neutral divider.

The corners of the card front were notched with a 5/8" circle punch.  The white card base has a piece of Soft Stone striped paper on the front to help highlight the simplicity of the wreath.

Merry & Bright Card
You can use one side of the wreath to create a pretty garland like I did here on this card.

I stamped the wreath a few times without re-inking to get this nice generational effect.  I used Liquid Pearls to highlight the dots for the berries.

I used the Stitching Lines die as well as the Coffee Cozy Details star die to punch holes in the card front.  I cut a star from Summer Sunrise felt, lined it up with the proper holes and stitched it in place.  Cream twine was used to "hang" the star using the Stitching Lines holes.

The Vintage Cream strip was the perfect place to add this sentiment in Dark Chocolate, also from Rustic Wreath.

Everything was adhered to a Classic Kraft card base.

Framed Beaded Wreath
I fell in love with the final die-cutting results I got when using felt with the new Rustic Wreath die.  The details are so amazing, you don't even necessarily need the coordinating stamp to make it shine.  I started by wrapping a piece of linen striped fabric around a piece of cardstock to use as the base of my project.

This heart was die-cut using the Coffee Cozy Details die and Aqua Mist felt.  I stitched it in the center of the striped backing using white crochet thread in a blanket stitch.  A small wooden button was added to the center.

I die-cut two Rustic Wreath shapes from Limeade Ice felt, layering them on top of one another, making sure that the leaves were facing in reverse directions.  I then stitched the wreaths in place with tiny stitches, adding beads along the way.

I just adore how this little frame turned out and have the perfect place in mind to hang it in my home.  Considering making a few for gifts as well!

Let It Snow Card
My next project uses the fabulous little tree from the new Polka Dot Parade #9 stamp set.

I die-cut and stamped the various layers of the tree and then assembled them together using foam tape.  I added this pretty little sentiment (from 'Tis the Season Sentiments) beside it using Charcoal Palette ink.  A scattering of snowflakes from In the Meadow added in Soft Stone ink help balance the little scene out.

On the background of the card I impressed the new Stitched Snowflakes die a few times.  I love the subtle detail that this adds.

For something a bit different, I adhered the snowy scene in the lower left corner of the Ocean Tides card front.

Joyeux Noel Card
With this project I wanted to show how beautiful the new Stitched Snowflake die can look with no stitching added.  All the little holes really add a lot of detail and pizzaz to the card.  

The snowflake was die-cut from Pure Poppy cardstock and adhered in place with small bits of foam tape.  A white button tied with crochet thread was added to the center with glue dots.

To help ground the snowflake I added a strip of white cardstock, adding this sentiment from Rustic Wreath to the right side in True Black ink.

The background of the Classic Kraft card base was stamped with the new Background Basics: Christmas Joy set using fresh Snow ink.  All of the festive words incorporated into this text background just really help bring the holiday spirit!

Beaded Snowflake Tag
The new Stitched Snowflake is just stunning when cut from felt.  Here I have made a little keepsake tag or ornament that is made so inexpensively, but looks like an expensive boutique item!

I started by die-cutting the snowflake from both Ocean Tides felt and Ocean Tides cardstock.  I layered the two on top of one another for stability and then stitched them together using the provided holes.  While making each stitch, I also added a small seed bead.

It is such a pretty effect and easy to execute since all of the holes are already placed for you.  A simple button was added to the center of the snowflake.  I adhered the final stitched snowflake to a scalloped circle of felt, cut with the Limitless Layers 2-1/2" Circle die.  I added a bit of silk ribbon for the snowflake to hang from.

Thinking of You Card
For my last project today I used the versatile new Boutique Borders: Thinking of You set.  It all started with the background.  I stamped the ferns from Meadow Greens using a mixture of Winter Wisteria and Spring Rain inks.  I then watercolored over the top of them using a wash of the same ink refills.

The beautiful frame was die-cut from white cardstock and stamped with the coordinating image in Winter Wisteria.  The sentiment, also from the set, was added with Charcoal Palette.  A Spring Rain card base finishes this simple little card off.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  What are you most looking forward to crafting with yourself?  Is there a particular product that really struck a chord with you?  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, October 12th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our October Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Heather Nichols will be featuring Rustic Wreath and Boutique Borders: Thinking of You.

Melissa Phillips will be showcasing Polka Dot Parade #9.

Erin Lincoln will be highlighting the Stitching Lines Dies. 

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.


  • STAMPS: Rustic Wreath (available October 15th)
  • INK: Fresh Snow, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Copic Markers (YG95, YG97), seed beads, thread
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Rustic Wreath (available October 15th) Boutique Borders: Sympathy, Script Sentiments
  • INK: VersaMark, Simply Chartreuse refill, Berry Sorbet refill, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone Pattern Pack (stripes)
  • OTHER: Stitching Lines die, white crochet thread, White Filigree Embossing Powder, 5/8" circle punch (EK Success), watercolor brush
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Rustic Wreath (available October 15th)
  • INK: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
  • PAPER: Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Summer Sunrise felt, cream twine, Liquid Pearls, Stitching Lines, Coffee Cozy Details die (star), Copic Marker (YG95), embrodiery floss (DMC)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • OTHER: Rustic Wreath die, Coffee Cozy Details die (heart), Limeade Ice & Aqua Mist felt, white crochet thread, wooden button, seed beads, frame (Coldwater Creek), striped fabric (Waverly)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5" x 6-1/4"


  • STAMPS: Polka Dot Parade #9, 'Tis the Season Sentiments (available October 15th) In the Meadow
  • INK: Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Soft Stone, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Ocean Tides
  • OTHER: Polka Dot Parade #9 die, Stitched Snowflake die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Rustic WreathBackground Basics: Christmas Joy (available October 15th)
  • INK: Fresh Snow, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy
  • OTHER: Stitched Snowflake die, button, crochet thread
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • PAPER: Ocean Tides
  • OTHER: Stitched Snowflake die, Limitless Layers 2-1/2" Circle die, Ocean Tides & Simply Chartreuse felt, 1/8" Silk Ribbon, button, seed beads, beading thread, Scor-tape
  • FINISHED SIZE: 2-7/8" x 3-3/8"


  • STAMPS: Boutique Borders: Thinking of You (available October 15th) Meadow Greens
  • INK: Winter Wisteria pad & refill, Spring Rain pad & refill, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain
  • OTHER: Boutique Borders: Thinking of You die, watercolor brush
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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