Join Michelle Leone today and learn how to easily add stitched stems to floral themed projects.


  • STAMPS: Simple Stems, Butterfly Blooms
  • INK: Hibiscus Burst
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Green Parakeet
  • DIES: Simple Stems, Tag Sale: Quilted, Cover Plate: Nesting
  • OTHER: Versafine Onyx Black, Stitched Square die, misc. gingham ribbon, Loops & Threads craft cord, Stickles (Raspberry Tart), Sizzix polka dot EF

If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

  • A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up on Monday mornings at 9am ET.
  • Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and include adding stitched stems to your project.
  • Please enter NEW projects only.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to our InLinkz list below.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.
  • You will have until 6am ET, Monday, April 16th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win.
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday, April 16th, after 6am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!


Congratulations, Helen F.! Please send an email to customer service and provide them with your full name and the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to. Thanks so much to everyone for playing along!

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Join the discussion 24 Comments

  • 1

    Michelle, I loved your first ever Make it Monday video….awesome job and what a darling Mother’s Day Card! I love the bit of stitching and the dies you used, some of my favorites and the gingham bow with embossed polka dots just perfect! Congratulations!!!!!!

  • 2
    Nancy Penir says:

    What a wonderful way to start the week! Congrats, Michelle, on your first and perfectly charming PTI video! Loved it from start to finish. Can’t wait to play along!

  • 3
    see mary stamp says:

    Even thought I’m a quilter, I find the thought of stitching on my cards a bit intimidating. Love this idea of just punching a few holes and stitching through them to make a simple stem. Love the different layers of dimension (popping the center flower, layering the center square on a background square, the embossing on the card base. Just lovely!

  • 4
    MaryAnn says:

    Pretty card

  • 5
    Donna Phelan says:

    Great video, congratulations! Pretty, pretty cards, such a fun technique!

  • 6
    Becky Green says:

    BEAUTIFUL JOB, Michelle! I love how easy your card came together & just HOW SWEET it is! SUPER JOB on your video!!! 😉

  • 7
    Sandy Dayhoff says:

    Love this extra touch! Great video, and gorgeous cards! Could you possibly post the photos on your blog of all the cards you made? Thank you!

  • 8
    DIANA L. says:

    Gorgeous, great video.

  • 9
    renee milner says:

    Enjoyed your video for this sweet card!

  • 10
    Pat Gasko says:

    So Cute! Love the colors you used too. Great Video.

  • 11
    Silke Ledlow says:

    Michelle, your card is fabulous! I really loved the idea and so glad I gave it a try too!

  • 12

    Great job on your first video, Michelle! Love your sweet Mother’s Day card! Yes, I need to make more Mother’s Day cards so I’ll definitely be in on your challenge. 😉

  • 13
    Greta H says:

    What darling cards you made! I just got a stitching die with the idea of getting back to some cross stitching & starting with just doing some stems is what I need! Great challenge!

  • 14
    Kathy Mc says:

    Congrats on your first video, Michelle! It was very well done. Love what you did for this beautiful Morher’s Day card. Thanks for the tip on using that guide to help stitch straight lines for your stems. Now I need some green cord or DMC floss. Fun challenge!

  • 15
    Kpenn1700 says:

    Great video. Can you tell us who made the piercing guide you have. I know you said you have had it awhile. It looks like a nifty tool.

  • 16
    Lindsey says:

    Michelle, you did such a great job on your video, and I love this idea! Such a fun detail! Your samples were fantastic, and I look forward to trying this out.

  • 17
    Helen F. says:

    Love your “first” MIM video, Michelle, great job! The stitch stems and your flower images are so cute on this sweet card.

  • 18
    Barbara M says:

    Great video! What fun project…I will definitely have to do this one! It is really nice to see all you DT members doing the MIM…thanks for your efforts!

  • 19
    Birgit Norton says:

    Fabulous projects Michelle and congratulations on your first MIM video! Beautiful projects all around!!

  • 20
    Sandy W. says:

    What a pretty card using Simple Stitched Stems! A great way to start the kick off this month!

  • 21

    so cute technique!!! I love the details

  • 22
    Nancy W says:

    Very good video! Lovely card

  • 23
    Cindy Tendall says:

    Loved your video, Michelle, and how cute your Mother’s Day card turned out. What really intrigued me was the “stitched square base” as you called it that you used as your template to pierce the cardstock for stitching the flower stems. What is this really called, and where can I find one? This is the perfect size to keep with my other tools for card making. I’ve already made a call to my local scrapbooking store, and they have no clue what this is or how to get it. I would greatly appreciate your input. Thank you!

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