March 13, 2012

Border Die Cut Strips..

Hi everyone, it's about time for this month's Papertrey release. As I was sketching out project ideas for this month I noticed that I use a lot of border strips. So the idea took off for me to create some fun border strips using Papertrey border dies. I reached for my jar of dies and went straight to work.
Here's the ones that I used the most, shown below.
I grabbed a selection of patterned papers. Just ones that I liked, including some from Papertrey's Pattern Packs.
I used my paper trimmer to cut strips about 1-2" wide.
I placed several borders dies onto my cutting plate at once, making quick work of die cutting.
I kinda went crazy and ended up with lots and lots of border die cuts. A big, mixy matchy collection of designs.
My big idea was to layer the strips to create quirky embellishment strips. I used thin strips of notebook paper for the base and just started adhering the strips with adhesive. I used Hermafix removable adhesive for this project.
Then I used my sewing machine and orange thread....cuz that's what was in the machine....and stitched over the dies. I went back and forth as many times as I needed to catch all the layers.
I was like Forrest Gump who just kept on running. I just kept on sewing. and sewing. and sewing.....
Some of my favorites use Dawn's new file folder die. I might be using that thing. A lot.
And here's the final mother load of border strips. I think I made about 25 or so. I guess you'll be seeing these lots. I'll have my first batch of projects that ALL have a border strip on them ready on the morning of the 15th. The entire Papertrey Design Team will be showing the rest of their PTI projects for the month. I can't wait for you to see my creations.
And Lisa Truesdell has started a confetti craze. I had to jump on board and try it for myself. And guess what, I liked it?! So you'll find a little confetti thrown into my mix of projects this month too. Perfect timing since so many of my projects were used for actual birthday gifts and cards that I needed this month. I'll be back soon to share.
In other news & shop update:
This Friday my dad is undergoing an extensive, 4 hour surgery. I will be at the hospital with my mom and other family members will be coming to stay. My girls also start Spring Break on Friday + it's Eric's birthday. So I'll be gone for a little while depending on how the surgery goes for my dad. If you're the praying kind, I would be grateful if you said a few words for him.

All orders placed in my shop yet this week will be shipped out by Thursday or early Friday morning. Thanks so much for your patronage. I really appreciate your business and hope that you're enjoying my products. All of the little tidbits in my shop are items that I use myself so I know how fun it is to receive a little care package in the mail. Stay tuned for lots of uses for the products. :)

34 comments:

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Oh, that last picture of all the different strips is just DELICIOUS. I love the way you layer things and mix everything - I wish I had your knack!

Shelly said...

Michelle, sending prayers for your dad, family and doctors. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Shelly

Melinda said...

Great idea! Those strips look so fun and fresh!

Anonymous said...

Your Dad is in my prayers and God's hands. Patty

Julie Boeck said...

I love how you put all those border strips together!

I will definitely keep your father as well as your whole family in my prayers.

Cynde said...

Mish was a fun idea to sew them all and just go for it! Thanks for the great idea. I've done it with just strips or lace even but didn't border them up on dies before. Thanks for the fun idea, and I loved seeing them all put together in the colors you chose.
I will be keeping your Dad and Family in my prayers on Friday morning. Gods Speed for a safe surgery and fast recovery.
Cynde

Eveline said...

The strips look positively happy! I'll look forward to the projects you'll make with them.
Good luck with your dad's operation.
Eveline.

ActualExams said...

Thanks for the mention! We're happy to hear you enjoy our interactive story. :) We think it'll be a fun way to pass the time.

Linda said...

Will keep my fingers crossed for you dad on Friday.
Your strips look so much fun.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Your Dad, you and the rest of your family will be in my prayers.

Thanks for tip and a great way to use up those left overs.

cassie said...

Sending thoughts and prayers out for your dad.

I can't wait to see what you do with the border strips!

Sarah Martina said...

Definitely praying for your poppa.

Fun post. :)

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Love your decorative strips! Looking forward to the final projects they are used on. Prayers definitely being sent to your family and especially for your father for the operation and recovery.

Rosie Lilya said...

Mish LOVE the border strips! Praying for your dad and family, that all goes well and he recovers quickly.

Rosie Lilya said...

Mish LOVE the border strips! Praying for your dad and family, that all goes well and he recovers quickly.

Anonymous said...

Love all the gorgeous borders!! I use a Cuttle Bug, too, & I'm having trouble getting just the right sandwich thickness for these border dies. What's your sandwich recipe?

Diana F. said...

I love all of that happy paper! I cannot wait to see what you do with it.
Also looking forward to recieving my package from your store, I have big plans for it for gifts and cardmaking.
Yes, most definately will say a prayer for your father. Please keep us udated on him.

KAREN said...

Michelle, your dad and your family are in my prayers. I hope all goes well during the surgery and that your dad recovered quickly.

KAREN said...

Michelle, your dad and your family are in my prayers. I hope all goes well during the surgery and that your dad recovered quickly.

ginny said...

Prayers for your dad & your family.

KAREN said...

Michelle, your dad and your family are in my prayers. I hope all goes well during the surgery and that your dad recovered quickly.

KAREN said...

Michelle, your dad and your family are in my prayers. I hope all goes well during the surgery and that your dad recovered quickly.

Andrea said...

My best wishes are going out to your dad and to your entire family. I hope that the surgery goes well and you're able to spend some very special time with the family.

Andrea

Anonymous said...

Do the PT dies work in the Cuttlebug?

They are so beautiful! What a
neat idea!!

Denise E said...

I'll be praying that all goes well with your dad's surgery. Thanks for sharing all your goodies - great idea for having these strips ready for quick cards! Love it. Best wishes to you all. Have a great weekend!

Artistic Hen said...

Wishing you and your family a peaceful day on Friday. Sometimes I think it is harder to wait, than to be the one getting the surgery.

It is so wonderful to have you still working on the Papertrey releases. Your 'quilty' senses are on display in most all you create, giving your work a warm, homey, and fun sensibility. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

Mommy said...

I will pray that your Dad's surgery goes well and his recovery and healing happen quickly.

Love your border strips and all of your PL updates!

Blessings to you and your family at this difficult time!

Jill / Seattle, Wa

Samantha said...

I love those border strips and all the fun possibilities! I'll have to look into getting some soon.

I will say a prayer for your dad and your entire family this Friday. I hope all goes well. HUGS!

Lynn said...

OMG! I love this post! I'm a mix/match kinda girl too so seeing all those patterned strips in all those yummy colors made me smile. Reading this later, but sending up a prayer for a quick recovery for you dad.

Pat said...

Michelle, You and your products give me such joy! I will keep your father and your family in my prayers. Hang in there :)

mamajulie said...

It's Friday morning and I'm praying right now for you and every member of your famuly. Love the border strips as usual. I ahve so many papers that I have hoarded and loved. This would be a good way to get lots of use out of each piece.

patriciad said...

Prayers to your dad. Wishing the best for a speedy recovery.

talha said...

great struggle i appreciate you.

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Hopewell said...

Love the borders! I need a machine--I'm so clumsy I cut things crooked on a paper cutter!

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