Introducing Boutique Borders: Friends, Words of Comfort and Life’s Music

Whether creating cards and other projects for happy occasions or tough situations in life, we've got several products to show you today, that should help make the process both enjoyable and beautiful.


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Dawn McVey finishes up her Boutique Borders series with a real beauty!  Boutique Borders: Friends is the twelfth 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: Friends will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Boutique Borders: Friends contains a total of 5 images.  The frame image measures 2-7/8” x 1-1/2”.  The “So glad we’re friends…” sentiment measures 1-11/16” x 9/16”.  The “my dear friend…” sentiment measures 1-3/4” x 3/8”.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This die measures 3" x 1-5/8".

There are times when it's difficult to know just what to say and Lizzie Jones has the perfect solution for you. Words Of Comfort is here to help you convey how much you care in those challenging moments. This set is appropriate for cards dealing with a loss, an illness, or personal hardship. The sentiments in this set can be combined or used on the inside of your card to create the just the right message.

The Details:

  • Words Of Comfort will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Words Of Comfort contains a total of 17 images.  The "I am here for you" sentiment measures approximately 3/8" tall x 1 3/8" wide. The "Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy…" sentiment measures approximately 3/8" tall x 2 5/8" wide. The "and thinking of you at this sad time" sentiment measures approximately 1/8" tall x 3 1/4" wide.



Tiffany Pastor has designed a set takes a crafter’s love for music to a whole new level. These distressed musical notes can be used on cards, scrapbooking pages, home décor, or other craft projects.

The Details:

  • Life's Music will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Life's Music contains a total of 9 images.  The musical background image measures 4 ½ inches wide by 2 inches tall.  The music sentiment measures 2 inches wide by 3/4 inches tall. 


The Details: 

  • Framed Friends die will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $10.
  • Framed Friends die measures 5-1/4" x 3".

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

Sweet Friendship Card

For my first card I decided to pull out Fruit Fusion: Cherries to create some sweet background paper.


Aqua Mist is used as the base.  I started with the stems stamped in Hawaiian Shores, then the cherries in Berry Sorbet.  I used a tiny leaf image from Mini Blooms to use as a shading element for the leaves, stamped in New Leaf.  I also used a flower from Mini Blooms in Fresh Snow as well as the tiny dotted center in Hawaiian Shores.


The elegant Boutique Borders: Friends frame was heat embossed with White Filigree Embossing Powder.  The sentiment was added to a block of New Leaf cardstock and embossed as well.


I tied New Leaf Baker's Twine around the top edge of the card and finished it with a bow.  The bottom edge of the patterned background was trimmed with pinking shears.

Monogram Notecard

Up next, a colorful monogrammed card.  I began by stamping the frame from Boutique Borders in True Black.


I drew two pencil lines to use a guide for stamping the diamonds.  I used several colors to make it bright and cheerful.  Note that the colors used are actually *organized chaos*.  The bottom row is stamped in the same color order as the top row,  just shifted over to begin with a different color.  I added the black stitching images over the diamonds in True Black.


I die-cut the Bookprint Upper monogram from Simply Chartreuse cardstock and adhered it with a few small pieces of foam tape.


A Smokey Shadow card base was used to help bring emphasis to the black frame that was used on the cover.

Sympathy Stitches Card

I almost always seem to start stamping florals from the bottom or side of a card front, and I decided to mix things up with this card and start from the top.


I pulled out Floral Frenzy and stamped the stems first in Royal Velvet.  The flowers were added in Raspberry Fizz followed by the flower centers.  The leaves (from Mum's the Word) were stamped in Ripe Avocado.


This sentiment from Words of Comfort is the perfect way to convey your feelings when someone has suffered a loss.  I die-cut Stitching Lines on the diagonal and used a double strand of crochet thread to add my stitching.


Everything was adhered to a Royal Velvet card base.

Today Tomorrow & Every Day Card

Now for another Words of Comfort card to show someone that you will be there for them always.  The Classic Kraft card base was stamped with Background Basics: Super Stripes and Fresh Snow ink to begin.


Soft Stone was used for the card front.  I started with Turning a New Leaf and added the vines in Ripe Avocado.  The smallest flower from Sending You was added in Scarlet Jewel.  Ocean Tides was used for the flower centers.  


I heat embossed the sentiments on the card cover itself and a strip of Ocean Tides.  I love how the white stands out on the Soft stone cardstock. 

Just a Note Card

This quick and easy notecard could be made in a large variety of different color schemes to suit your recipient.


The stripes were added from Faux Ribbon in Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet and Melon Berry.  The sentiment, from Think Big Favorites #22, was added at the bottom of the stripes with True Black ink.  I also added the slightly distressed music notes from Life's Music.  After the ink dried for a minute or two, I added glossy accents on top of the the notes to add dimension.


I adhered the card front to a Smokay Shadow card base to help add the third element of black for my rule of threes (music notes, sentiment, card base).

Birthday Balloons Card

Sometimes you get in a situation where you have to walk out the door in 15 minutes for a birthday party and you don't have a single card made up in advance in your studio.  You need something quick and easy to whip up.  Keep this card on file for the next time you're in that situation!

Music notes

I stamped the balloons from Birthday Style in New Leaf, Summer Sunrise and Orange Zest.  The ballon strings were added in Charcoal Palette ink.  The music background strip from Life's Music was added on the diagonal underneath the balloons in Soft Stone.   As a finishing touch this Simple Sentiments verse finishes the bottom in True Black.  I opted to use a Limeade Ice card base just to bring in another element of color.  The fun thing about this design?  You can always swap out the colors to coordinate with the party you are attending or even the recipients favorite colors.


I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Was there a certain product or project that jumped out at you?  Did anything leave you feeling particularly inspired?  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, January 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 January Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Dawn McVey will be featuring Boutique Borders: Friends .

Melissa Phillips will be showcasing Words of Comfort.

Cristina Kowalczyk will be highlighting Life's Music.

Heather Nichols will be featuring the new Framed Friends die and Wonderful Words: Friends.

CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Tiffany Pastor, who is giving away a stamp set today!



  • STAMPS: Boutique Borders: Friends (available January 15th) Fruit Fusion: Cherries, Mini Blooms
  • INK: New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Fresh Snow, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, New Leaf
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder, baker's twine, pinking shears
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Boutique Borders: Friends (available January 15th) A Little Argyle
  • INK: True Black, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Spring rain, Terracotta Tile, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse
  • OTHER: Bookprint Upper die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Words of Comfort (available January 15th) Floral Frenzy, Mum's the Word
  • INK: Royal Velvet, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Royal Velvet
  • OTHER: Stitching Lines die, white crochet thread
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"



  • STAMPS: Life's Music (available January 15th) Faux Ribbon, Think Big Favorites #22
  • INK: True Black, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
  • OTHER: Glossy Accents (Ranger)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Life's Music (available January 15th) Birthday Style, Simple Sentiments
  • INK: True Black, Soft Stone, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Limeade Ice
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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