Hey there! It’s about time for a new Papertrey Ink release party. Today, the team is coming together to complete a group challenge. Nichole asked us to create a variety of projects to showcase Strawberry Patch, Strawberry Patch Sentiments, and the Berry Basket die, all new products that will be available to purchase on April 15. When strawberries are on my mind, I think of food of course, specifically strawberry shortcake (I like mine with biscuits as opposed to cake) and chocolate dipped strawberries. So, I decided to create a berry basket lined with stamped paper for those chocolate dipped strawberries because a strawberry shortcake would not last too long! I also made a somewhat coordinating card.
Check out those strawberries! Yum! Anyway, the basket is made from kraft cardstock first, then covered with Smokey Shadow felt. When die cutting felt, sometimes I have to run it through my machine multiple times. This is usually the case for intricate designs, such as those little squares in the berry die. Now, when die cutting the cardstock, it die cuts in one pass, so you just have to take into account the intricacy in the detail of the die and also the thickness of the material you are using. To finish it off, I hand stitched the corners for an added pop of color.
This photo shows the strawberry stamped large glassine bags that I turned into parchment paper type of wrap. Since the berry basket I made can be reused multiple times, I thought it deserved a proper liner. Here’s how you can make liners from those large glassine bags: Cut one long side of the bag, then cut the bottom of the bag (both times at the scored/folded line) and open it up so that you have a sheet. Stamp one side, trim the edges with pinking die/shears, then line the stamped side face down into the basket so the non-stamped side touches the goodies and does not contaminate the food!
Here is another view of the felt covered berry basket and lined with the stamped large glassine bags, but without the strawberries.
And just in case you wanted to see more of that berry basket, here is an empty view.
For the card, I designed a simple layout with lots of layers. My inspiration to include the yellow came from this toenail design from Pinterest. You never know where that inspiration may come from, but just take it and go with it!
First, I die cut the new Perfect Patches die from cardstock, stamped the pattern, and hand stitched the floss in the die cut holes. Those pre-pierced holes make it super easy to add hand stitching. I stamped the sentiment and layered it on the Happy Day die cut from patterned paper. Next, I die cut the strawberries, stamped them and covered them with some coarse glitter – it just makes them look like they’re sugar coated, right?! After adding them to the layered embellishment, I added the stamped sentiment strip.
I stitched around the border of Lemon Tart cardstock, distressed the edges, then added the ribbon to the center and followed with the embellishment. Just layer it on some black cardstock and the kraft A2 card base and you’re done!
Thanks so much for checking me out today! Sorry if my blog is loading slow. I’m experiencing some technical issues, but am working on a resolution and hopefully will get it all fixed soon.
In the meantime, make sure you visit the rest of the team who participated in today’s group challenge. Below, are a few quick links.Nichole Heady Betsy Veldman Danielle Flanders Dawn McVey Erin Lincoln Heather Nichols Jessica Witty Lisa Johnson Maile Belles Melissa Phillips