August 2017 Release: Day 3

Halloween is in the air, with all of today's product introductions!!  Whether you create Halloween cards and treats for little ones or maybe all your grown-up friends, we've got some new items we think might be just the ticket for making this year's crafting even more spooktacularly special!


Halloween Hugs Kit


Send some adorable Halloween hugs to loved ones and little ones this season!  Combine the cute halloween characters in this set with the Tag Sale: Huggable die to create fun, giftable treats and projects.  This set contains all of the elements needed to transform the Tag Sale: Huggable die into an adorable cat, frankenstein, or vampire.  Then wrap their arms around gift cards, candy, mason jars filled with goodies, and more – or use them to create fun interactive tags and cards!

Coordinates with the originally released Tag Sale: Huggable Die Collection.


Available for purchase August 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



Wicked Elixir

Celebrate the ghoulish side of Halloween with Wicked Elixir. This set includes all of the essentials for a mischievous alchemist’s spooky pantry. Brew up terrible tinctures with Eye Of Newt, Vampire Blood, and Spider Venom…if you dare. This set is perfect for creating cards and treat packaging to give your loved ones the willies this All Hallows’ Eve!


Available for purchase August 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



These dies can be used in a variety of ways. Cut them out of white cardstock and back them with a colorful watercolored or sponged background. Emboss them into your card front. Cut them out of a card front, then inset a second set of cuts in an alternative color. Fill the openings with Glossy Accents. Cut your own stencils and use with modeling paste. Have fun playing an experimenting!



Available for purchase August 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.




Available for purchase August 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.




Available for purchase August 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



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

Hi There Card

My first card is a pretty simple design really, with a color scheme that could be adapted for many different recipients and occasions.


I die-cut the Radiate: Dots from white cardstock. Adding white cardstock behind it, I marked the circle openings carefully with a pencil and colored them in with Copic Markers. I adhered the colored white panel behind the die-cut cover.


I filled each of the opening with Glossy Accents. There is something exciting and therapeutic about placing all those perfect little drops!




  • STAMPS: Infinity Frames Sentiments
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • DIES: Radiate: Dots die
  • OTHER: Copic Markers, Glossy Accents


This is Your Year Card

You can also create your own stencils from the new Radiate dies, like I did here with the Dashes. I opted to use mine with metallic paste.


I love all the texture this adds! After it was done drying, I added the small sentiment strip and sequins.




  • STAMPS: Infinity Frames Sentiments
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White
  • DIES: Radiate: Dashes die
  • OTHER: Metallic Gold Paste, Gold Sequins


Halloween Elixirs Card

All of the various sizes and shapes of bottled included in Lizzie's new Wicked Elixir collection were just begging to be "rainbow-ized", so that's what I did!


I stamped all of the bottles in a row, then went back in and added their corks and labels in ink that was a shade darker.


The black sentiment needed a little balance, so I added this little spider with a black pen.




  • STAMPS: Wicked Elixir, Autumn Scarecrow (available August 15th)
  • INK: Terra-cotta Tile, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Enchanted Evening, Aqua Mist, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
  • OTHER: Black Pen



Isn't this guy just the sweetest? Really, all the characters from Halloween Hugs are! But I especially like Frankie!


I opted to cut the pieces from white cardstock and color them with Copies for a more shaded effect. His facial features were stamped in black ink. I took the time to add white dots to the eyes using a white gel pen.


Frankie is hugging the new Mix & Mat: Pinked Edge, and when he opens his arms, it reveals a message. You could easily stick a cane bar in here as well if you wish.




  • STAMPS: Halloween Hugs Kit
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • DIES: Halloween Hugs Kit, Mix & Mat: Pinked Edge
  • OTHER: Copic Markers, White Gel Pen


Betsy Veldman is joining me today, featuring Halloween Hugs Kit 


Having a way to package up pencils AND candy bars in such an adorable way is definitely a way to get to the head of the class! Since al of the various pieces can be cut right from the patterned paper sheets, this is easy enough that kids can help too!


  • STAMPS: Halloween Hugs kit
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Halloween Hugs patterned papers, True Black, Amethyst Allure, Green Parakeet
  • DIES: Tag Sale: Huggable, Halloween Hugs kit, Write Stuff Holders
  • OTHER: pencils, mini candy bars, glue dots


These clever book marks are sure to be a big hit with any young crowd. The die-cut "Hugs" word is such a stylish little touch, but it really makes the project.


  • STAMPS: Halloween Hugs kit
  • INK: Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet, True Black, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Versamark
  • PAPER: Smokey Shadow, Stamper’s Select White, True Black, Green Parakeet, Orange Zest, Amethyst Allure
  • DIES: Tag Sale: Huggable, Halloween Hugs kit
  • OTHER: Zing embossing powders (orange, green), magnetic sheets, small disc magnets


Betsy really showcases that these sweet little characters can "hug" nearly anything, from chips to soda and everything in between! Pairing these up with some of our bold new basic patterned papers is just the thing for the upcoming holiday!


  • STAMPS: Halloween Hugs kit
  • PAPER: Halloween Hugs patterned papers, True Black, basic printed patterned papers
  • DIES: Tag Sale: Huggable, Halloween Hugs kit
  • OTHER: baker’s twine



Wanda Guess is joining me today, featuring Wicked Elixir + Radiate Die Collection

I love the addition of the red hearts to the openings in the suns. It is such a nice pop of color! The addition of the scattered rhinestones on the hearts and around the outside of the suns helps to add a lot of visual balance too.


  • STAMPS: Hey Stacks
  • INK: Versamark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, True Black, Bright Buttercup, Pure Poppy
  • DIES: Radiate: Dashes, Heart Prints, 
  • OTHER: gems, white embossing powder


Wanda has lots of layers going on here and I love how they all add balance to the hanging tag which is slightly off center. The splattered blood is a fun play on the label for the bottle, without being too over the top.


  • STAMPS: Wicked Elixir, Halloween Hugs
  • INK: Pure Poppy, Soft Stone, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Canyon Clay, Bitty Big: True Black, Bitty Big: Canyon Clay
  • DIES: Wicked Elixir, Bite Size Tags
  • OTHER: black button, twine


This card has more of an earthy feel to it, with a lot of antiquing and inking, making the bottles and labels take on more of a vintage styling. The small addition of the stamped star cluster helps to connect the bottom and top portions of the card so they aren't left disconnected.


  • STAMPS: Wicked Elixir, Autumn Scarecrow, Halloween Hugs
  • INK: True Black, Simply Chartreuse, Canyon Clay, Lavender Moon, Fine Linen, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger)
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft, Bitty Big: True Black, Bitty Big: Orange Zest
  • DIES: Wicked Elixir, Autumn Scarecrow
  • OTHER: Stencil Basics: Dots, twine, enamel dots, Copic marker YR27


I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Are you as excited about the Halloween Hugs mini kit as we are?  Or maybe Wicked Elixir is more your style?  Is your mind already whirring with ideas for how to use the Radiate die collection in different ways?  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!


Leave a comment today and you're automatically entered to win a $75 Papertrey Ink gift certificate!

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 ET the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!




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