Introducing Solid Stitches & Swirls, It’s a Banner Day & Polka Dot Parade #11


This month is all about love and we've got a gorgeous line-up of fabulous new products just waiting for you to use to create cards, tags, gifts and more for the loved ones in your life!  Grab a cup of something yummy and settle in for all the inspiration your heart can hold each day of the Countdown this week!


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This new set multiplies the fun and design options with the previously released Stitches & Swirls stamps.  These solid images are created just a bit larger than the original stitched version so that the stitches appear to be on top of the pops of color you can now add.  The new solid bits and pieces can also be used alone for even more options!

The Details:

  • Solid Stitches & Swirls will be available for purchase on December 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Solid Stitches & Swirls contains a total of 29 images.  The largest single swirl measures 1" x 3/4".  The largest leaf & swirl motif measures 3-1/4" x 2-3/4".  The largest single daisy measures 1" in diameter.




It's a Banner Day, created by Erin Lincoln, features a banner that has both soft curves and snappy angles for all manner of projects. The banner insert has an unique crosshatch design that can be stamped in a separate color as the banner or used alone to create a background pattern. Four heartfelt and unique sentiments can be used for love notes or to create a meaningful message to a dear friend or family member. And lastly, the silhouetted flower design makes a quick, soft accent to any project.

The Details:

  • It's a Banner Day will be available for purchase on December 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • It's a Banner Day contains a total of 8 images.  The banner measures approximately 3 1/4" by 1/2". The banner insert measures approximately 2 1/2 by 3/8". The "hardest goodbye" sentiment measures 1 3/4" by 1/4". The silhouetted flower measures 1 1/4" by 1". 
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This collection includes a single die (2 wired shapes).  3-1/2" x 1"




Just wait until you see the new adorableness from Melissa Bickford! Polka Dot Parade #11 is the eleventh 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 #11 will be available for purchase on December 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Polka Dot Parade #11 contains a total of 12 images.  The owl assembled measures approximately 1-1/4” wide by 1-1/2” tall. The branch measures approximately 2-1/4” wide by 1-1/4” tall.  ‘is in the air’ measures approximately 2-1/4” wide by 1/4” tall. ‘LOVE’ measures approximately 1-3/4” wide by 2/5” tall.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This collection includes a single die (5 wired shapes).  2-5/8" x 2-5/8"


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

Love is All You Need Card

For my first project, I used the new Solid Stitches & Swirls set in conjunction with the original set.  I am just LOVING the results!  So easy to do too!  It is best to stamp your stitching first (or in this case emboss) and then add all of the various colored solid images.  Here I used Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise and Hawaiian Shores.


Wonderful Words: Love ended up being a perfect match for the new It's a Banner Day set!  The main word from Wonderful Words: Love was die-cut from white cardstock and stamped with the coordinating image in Hawaiian Shores.  I die-cut the banner from white cardstock and stamped it with the banner frame using Raspberry Fizz.  The companion sentiment from Wonderful Words: Love was aded with True Black.  Two small orange rhinestones finish off either side.


Everything was adhered to an Aqua Mist card base.  I just love how this turned out and I know I'll be making more in the future, perhaps even in different color schemes!

May Your Love Grow Card

My next project shows a more vintage side to Solid Stitches & Swirls


I stamped the sentiment from Inside & Out: Love (more about this set later on in the week) in Dark Chocolate.


The flowers were added by stamping the original Stitches & Swirls set in Classic Kraft.  I then followed up with the solid images in Spring Moss, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush and Harvest Gold.  I love the soft look this takes on when stamped on Vintage Cream cardstock.


I added a small Classic Kraft heart, die-ct with the center of the "o" in Wonderful Words: Love.  I finished everything up by mounting this to a Sweet Blush card base.

Birthday Wishes Card

I made this quick and easy biorthday card with the new It's a Banner Day set.  I absolutely love the coordinating linen textured center portion included in this set.  It really makes the banner pop!


I stamped the banner duo three times here.  Once each in Ripe Avocado and Limeade Ice, Ocean Tides and Aqua Mist and Canyon Clay and Summer Sunrise.  The sentiments were selectively inked from 2012 Birthday Tags.  I stamped the stars over more of the linen texture, cut them out and added them to the bottom banner.


Happy was die cut from the Tipped Tops die collection using Smokey Shadow cardstock and added to the top of the card.  A Classic Kraft card base finishes off the project.

Do Great Things Card

There is a beautiful little solid floral cluster image included in It's a Banner Day, a fun bonus for sure!  I used it to to create this wreath as the focal point of my next card.  I simple inked the entire image with Raspberry Fizz ink, except for a tiny portion of the bottom.  I then inked that with Simply Chartruese and stamped.  I made a second impression before re-inking, slightly off from the original impression.  I repeated this process all the way around until I formed the wreath shape.


This sentiment from Happy Hearts (more about this set later in the week too) was added across the center with True Black ink.

Liquid pearls

I added small dots of silver Liquid Pearls to the center of each flower for texture and a bit more definition of the individual blooms.


I wanted a nice bright border around the white card front to punch things up, so I mounted it to a Raspberry Fizz card base.

Love You TImes a Hundred Card

I could hardly wait to break out the adorable little owl in the new Polka Dot Parade #11, and it definitely did not disapppoint!  I started by stamping the branch included in the set with Charcoal Palette ink directly onto a block of Soft Stone cardstock.  I added flowers and dots with the new Solid Stitches & Swirls set using Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain and Lavender Moon inks.  The sentiments were added in Charcoal Palette as well from the previously released Kid Kudos set.

Owl closeup

I die-cut the various pieces from Polka Dot Parade #11 from white cardstock.  I stamped them with coordianting images using Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain and Lavender Moon.  The little eyelashes were added with Charcoal Palette.


This was mounted to a white card base.  I've always loved the subtle contrast between Soft Stone cardstock and the white, and it worked out perfectly for this project.

You're on My Mind Card

I just had to share another owl project with you today.  This one uses Vintage Cream and Classic Kraft for a completely different look.  I started with a block of Vintage Cream cardstock and stamped this sweet sentiment from It's a Banner Day in Dark Chocolate onto it.

Focal closeup

The branch was die-cut and stamped in Simply Chartreuse.  The owl was die-cut as well and stamped in Orange Zest and Hibiscus Burst.  A bit of orange baker's twine was tied around the block for horizontal balance.


I stamped the Classic Kraft card base with Background Basics: Super Stripes using Vintage Cream ink.  The diagonal stripes help to break up the "squareness" of everything and keep the eye moving.

Folk Art Hello Card

I just had to do one more project with the new Solid Stitches & Swirls set!  I couldn't resist!

Floral closeup

I stamped the stitches with True Black and then added the leaves and flowers in New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores and Summer Sunrise.  I added small accents to the leaves using an image from Birds & Blooms and Pinefeather ink.

Felt label

I used one of the new dies, Stitched Pinked Edge Label (more details later in the week), with Blueberry Sky felt.  I stitched it in place using white crochet thread.  The letters were die cut with the Headline Alphabet dies from New Leaf Pattern Pack gingham paper and adhered with a liquid glue.


I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Are you feeling the love yet?!  We hope we've left you inspired to get busy creating things to say I love you to those special people in your life!  What's particularly inspired 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, December 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 December Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Melissa Phillips will be highlighting Solid Stitches & Swirls.

Cristina Kowalczyk will be showcasing It's a Banner Day.

Ashley Cannon Newell will be featuring Polka Dot Parade #11.

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CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.

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CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.



  • STAMPS: Solid Stitches & Swirls, It's a Banner Day, Wonderful Words: Love (available December 15th) Stitches & Swirls
  • INK: True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: Banner Day dies, Wonderful Words: Love, rhinestones (KaiserCraft), White Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Solid Stitches & Swirls, Inside & Out: Love (available December 15th) Stitches & Swirls
  • INK: Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Melon Berry
  • OTHER: Wonderful Words: Love die (heart)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: It's a Banner Day (available December 15th) 2012 Birthday Tags
  • INK: True Black, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Limeade Ice
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, Smokey Shadow
  • OTHER: Tilted Tops die collection (happy)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: It's a Banner Day, Happy Hearts (available December 15th)
  • INK: Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Raspberry Fizz
  • OTHER: Liquid Pearls (Ranger)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Solid Stitches & Swirls, Polka Dot Parade #11 (available December 15th) Kid Kudos
  • INK: Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain, Lavender Moon, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone
  • OTHER: Polka Dot Parade #11 dies
  • FINISHED SIZE: 3-3/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: It's a Banner Day, Polka Dot Parade #11 (available December 15th) Background Basics: Super Stripes
  • INK: Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Polka Dot Parade #11 dies, Baker's Twine
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Solid Stitches & Swirls  (available December 15th) Stitches & Swirls, Birds & Blooms (small accent leaf)
  • INK: True Black, Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Pinefeather, Summer Sunrise
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, New Leaf Pattern Pack (gingham)
  • OTHER: Stitched Pinked Edge Label dies, Headline Alphabet dies, white crochet thread (DMC), Blueberry Sky Felt
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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