Introducing Stitched With Love, Background Basics: Needlepoint, Polka Dot Parade #10

By November 10, 2013All Countdown Posts

Welcome to the Papertrey November Countdown!  Today's post contains a bit of variety….a little something for everyone including some special treats for those of you that love all things needlepoint!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy….


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Embroidery is a popular hobby for many and this set designed by Melissa Bickford is going to let you carry that over to your paper crafting projects. Stitched With Love features many different focal images that feature a homespun feel. Included are a needle and thread, a spool of thread, an embroidery hoop, a variety of images to fill inside the hoop plus a few sentiments that will be ‘Sew’ perfect for any project you create. Dies have also been created to coordinate with the images, making it even more versatile to create with.

The Details:

  • Stitched With Love will be available for purchase on November 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Stitched With Love contains a total of 26 images.  The large heart fabric circle measures 2-2/5”. The ‘Just for you’ circle measures approximately 1-3/5”. The spool measures approximately 1” wide x 1-1/4” tall. The needle and thread measures approximately 1-3/10 wide x 1-4/5” tall. ‘Sew glad we’re friends’ measures approximately 1-3/4” wide by 3/4” tall. ‘Stitched with love’ measures approximately 1-3/4” wide x 2/5” tall.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $8.  This collection includes a total of 2 dies (5 nested wired dies + 2 nested wired dies).  2-3/4" (A), 1" x 1-1/4" (B)


Adding the look of beautiful needlepoint patterns to your paper crafted projects is easier than ever with Background Basics: Needlepoint by none other than Dawn McVey!  With it’s classic styling and gorgeous details, you can create the look of lovely hand-stitched needlepoint in a snap!  Background Basics: Needlepoint is a lovely new stamp set that is timeless and classic — you’re sure to find yourself reaching for this one for years to come.


The Details:

  • Background Basics: Needlepoint will be available for purchase on November 15th.
  • It will retail for $18.
  • Background Basics: Needlepoint contains a total of 4 images.  The larger circle strip measures 5-1/2" x 1 1/4". The smaller circle strip measures 5-3/4" x 1-3/16". The two small scale rectangles measure 1-1/2" x 1" each. 



Melissa Bickford tempts us again with the latest addition to her Polka Dot Parade collection.  Polka Dot Parade #10 is the tenth set in a monthly series of fun polka dot images, sentiments and coordinating dies. Each set 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 #10 will be available for purchase on November 15th.
  • It will retail for $4.
  • Polka Dot Parade #10 contains a total of 9 images.  The house measures approximately 1” wide by 1” tall. The roof measures approximately 1-1/4” wide by 3/4” tall.  ‘WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS’ measures approximately 2” wide by 3/10” tall. ‘Welcome’ measures approximately 1” wide by 3/4” tall. ‘HOME’ measures approximately 1-9/10” wide by 2/5” tall.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $3.  This collection includes a total of one die (3 wired shapes).  2" x 1-7/8"






The new Strip Stitch die cuts a perfect 5-1/2" border with pre-cut stitching holes.  You can stitch stripes, chevrons or any pattern you choose.  You can even do words or monograms!  This is also beneficial because it allows you to do all sorts of stitching without having to cover up the back of the stitches on the inside of your card, since this die creates a second layer!

The Details: 

  • Strip Stitch die will be available for purchase on November 15th.
  • It will retail for $7.
  • Strip Stitch die measures 5-1/2" x 1-3/4".




We're happy to bring you the Latte Love die this month, to coordinate with the previously released Latte Love stamp set.  Bust out your stamp set, pair it with this fun new die and the design possibilities are virtually endless!

The Details: 

  • Latte Love die will be available for purchase on November 15th.
  • It will retail for $4.
  • Latte Love die measures 1-3/8" x 3".

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

Sew Glad We're Friends Card
I kept my first project pretty simple so I could showcase all the wonderful flower buttons included in Stitched With Love.  I die-cut several buttons from white cardstock and stamped them with their coordinating images using Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile and Raspberry Fizz inks.

I die-cut the new Strip Stitch die from white cardstock (LOVE this thing, so many possibilities!)  and stitched the buttons randomly using white crochet thread.  I cut and knotted the thread behind each button so the excess didn't show behind the holes.

The sentiment was added to the white card base with True Black ink.

And the completed Strip Stitch panel was adhered to the left of the sentiment with Scor-tape just at the bottom and top.

Bird Thank You Card
Next up is a project that showcases the sweet little embroidery hoop in the set.  The hoop in Stitched With Love is a petite little 1-3/4" compared to the 2-1/2" version found in the previously released Stitched Sentiments set.  This allows extra space for the second die-cut layer that makes it look like there is excess Aida cnvas around the edge of the hoop.

Stitching pattern
I started with the Background Basics: Needlepoint set and stamped it onto Pure Poppy cardstock, heat embossing it with White Filigree Embossing Powder.  I love how this makes it almost look like real stitching!

For the hoop, I stamped it in Dark Chocolate.  Then added companion images from the set in Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse and Aqua Mist.  The sentiment (from Bountiful Banners) was added in True Black.  Notice that the back die-cut was impressed with the Aida impression plate.  Two pearl pins finish it off.

Everything was adhered to a Classic Kraft card base.

Thanks Sew Much Card
This project is very clean and simple, but the addition of the stitching really makes it pop.  One of the things I love about the Strip Stitch die is that you can trim it to whatever size you need, you don't have to leave it at it's full size.

I started by stamping the needle and thread image from Stitched with Love directly onto my Vintage Cream card base with Soft Stone ink.  I then added the sentiment directly over that with Charcoal Palette ink.

I trimmed down one end of a Strip Stitch die-cut and stitched it in a chevron pattern using a variety of colors of embroidery floss.  The ends were left loose and knoted at the bottom for extra texture.

I love how easy it was to complete this stitching AND that I didn't have any stitching to cover up inside my card!

Pink Thank You Card
I just had to break out the second pattern in Background Basics: Needlepoint and here is a peek at my results!  Note the little Limeade Ice border.  This was created by cutting a long horizonal strip from a Strip Stitch die cut.  I then just whip stitched ench side with white crochet thread.  Just a quick and easy litte accent!

I stamped the background onto Hibiscus Burst cardstock using Berry Sorbet ink.  I love all the detail it adds!

I used the sweet little embroidery hoop again, this time adding it with Orange Zest ink.  The other companion images were added with Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst and Limeade Ice inks.  The sentiment (from Teach & Inspire) was added with Charcoal Palette.

Home Card
The buildable house image in the new Polka Dot Parade #10 is so easy to use, the cards nearly make themselves!  I wanted to stamp on something other than white or cream to ix things up a bit, so I pulled out Fine Linen.  I stamped the house in Ocean Tides, Hibiscus Burst and Simply Charteuse.  I added trees from the City Scene set using Classic Kraft and New Leaf.

Stitching detail

I added a bit of stitching to the lower corner to help carry through the Hibiscus Burst color.
For the sentiment, I stamped "Home" with the Stitched Alphabet set in Classic Kraft.  The companion sentiment, from Polka Dot Parade #10, was added underneath using Dark Chocolate ink.  To keep things a bit more modern looking, you will notice I selected Soft Stone striped paper for the background.  

More Than Coffee Card
For my last project today I was anxious to pull out Latte Love and use it with the new coordinating die being released this month.  I cut out Classic Kraft cardstock with it and heat embossed the coordinating image in White Filigree Embossing Powder.  

Note the new alphabet dies used to spell out "coffee".  More to come about those later int he week!  Let's just say they are one of my new favorite things!


I added a few other stamped touches from Latte Love, such as the sentiment and heart and the certified coffee logo in the center of the "O".  Strips of Aqua Mist cardstock help to ground everything on the Melon Berry card base.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  And hopefully you're feeling inspired to do a little creating yourself!  What, in particular, caught your eye 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, November 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 November Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Betsy Veldman will be highlighting Stitched With Love and Background Basics: Needlepoint.

Cristina Kowalczyk will be featuring the Strip Stitch Die.

Melissa Phillips will be showcasing Polka Dot Parade #10.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.


  • STAMPS: Stitched With Love (available November 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Raspberry Fizz
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Stitched With Love dies, Strip Stitch die, white crochet thread
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Stitched With Love, Background Basics: Needlepoint (available November 15th) Bountiful Banners
  • INK: True Black, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Stitched With Love dies, Aida impression plate, White Filigree Embossing Powder, pearl pins (Dritz)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Stitched With Love (available November 15th)
  • INK: Soft Stone, Charocal Palette
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream
  • OTHER: Strip Stitch die, embroidery floss (DMC)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4 x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Stitched With Love, Background Basics: Needlepoint (available November 15th) Teach & Inspire
  • INK: Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Bust, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Limeade Ice
  • OTHER: Stitched With Love dies, Strip Stitch die, whie crochet thread
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 4-1/4"


  • STAMPS: Polka Dot Parade #10 (available November 15th) City Scene, Stitched Alphabet
  • INK: Ocean Tides, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate
  • PAPER: Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, Soft Stone Pattern Pack (stripes)
  • OTHER: embroidery floss (DMC)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 3-3/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Latte Love
  • INK: Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Latte Love die, Bookprint Upper dies, White Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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