witticisms by Jess Witty

November 14, 2012

Knit Bits


November's Papertrey Ink release week continues on with another group post from the design team :)

All of the new products will be available at www.papertreyink.com starting November 15th, but in the meantime... it's sneak peek time...

and today's peeks are of the all new Knit Bits and Purls of Wisdom sets.

And I'm a little over the moon about them because they're just the sets I needed to *finally* bring this to life...

I've wanted to make this card for forever.
I've seen it done as a wedding invitation and have always wanted to put my own spin on it.
Done ;)

The basic idea here is that you tie the button twine in a loose knot and secure the ends on the front and back of the card... that way, as the card is opened, the knot is tied.

It's very simple, so I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking.

I used the little hole reinforcer die from Tag Sale #6 as focal points for the button twine. A tiny hole punch in the center of each one finished it out. 

In the picture above you can see that I've already threaded the twine through to the front of the card, tied the knot in the front, then tied a very loose knot in the center of the card.

Then just thread the twine through to the back side...

The key here is adjusting the length of the twine so that the knot will finish tying when the card is opened almost all the way. 

When you get it to the right length, just tie it off in the back...

It should look something like this on the inside...

And from the top...

The best part is that as the card is opened and the rest of the sentiment is seen, the knot starts tying...

Cool, right?!

Not gonna lie... I kinda love it :)

The Knit Bits cable knit grounds the sentiment from Purls of Wisdom on the front.   I went with more of a nautical color scheme (white, Enchanted Evening, gold, and Kraft) to echo the knotted theme.  It's a classic and felt just right for a somewhat timeless design.

It makes me happy :)

And one more happy project for you...

You guys know how much I love a homemade food gift.
But you know what I *really* love?
A super fast, non-homemade, but still just as thoughtful, food gift.

Because sometimes... I feel the need... the need for speed.
{Bonus points to you if you can name the movie ^^^} 

This packaging is somewhere between a wrap and a tag.
{Would that make it a r-ag? No. A t-rap? Also no. Apparently that trick does not work here ;) }

The Knit Bits cable knit made another appearance here with some white embossing powder.  The Purls of Wisdom sentiment sits right above that cutie pie pinked edge on the Tag Sale #7 die cut.

I went ahead and cut two of those and adhered them back to back with some score tape.  The placement of the tags at the top of the spice box makes it the perfect little handle ;)

These are my favorite mulling spices.  I *love* them with cider for a special treat at the holidays, but I also add some to my vanilla chai tea bags for a special spiced tea without the extra sugar from the cider ;)  {Hint, hint... this would be a quick and sweet little thank you for someone who might appreciate receiving a holiday gift on the healthier side.}

Well, folks... there's even more to see of Knit Bits and Purls of Wisdom with the rest of the team...

Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
Erin Lincoln

So, friends... how is this release hitting you so far?
Any favorites??

I'll be back to wrap up it all up tomorrow!

{Tie the Knot} card
Supplies not available now but available 10/15: 
Stamps - Knit Bits, Purls of Wisdom
Supplies available now:
CS - White, Kraft
Ink - Enchanted Evening, VersaMark
Die - Tag Sale #6
Other - button twine, Filigree Gold embossing powder, Filigree Clear embossing powder

{Warm Thank You} tag
Supplies not available now but available 10/15: 
Stamps - Knit Bits, Purls of Wisdom
Die - Tag Sale #7
Supplies available now:
CS - Kraft
Ink - VersaMark, Dark Chocolate
Other - Filigree white embossing powder, Pure Poppy felt, Pure Poppy ribbon


Kelly S. said...

How do you think this stuff UP?! That tie the knot card is the coolest interactive card that I have ever seen :) LOVE the little topper for the milk (cider!) carton...so awesome, Jess!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Jess, this is so cool! I love seeing your creations as they usually so unique & fun. :)

Julie said...

OK, I'll play...Top Gun! Love that movie!

Your tie the knot card is so cute!! I may have to get that set now!

Mamareebs said...

Not gonna lie ....I love the tie the knot card too! What a cute idea.

Penny said...

The tie the knot card is GENIUS!


Denise E said...

OK, how do you do it? Every month there are sets that I think I don't "need" ;) but then you go and do something genius with them and then I must have them! Today is one of those days. That knot tying card is simply genius. And the tags on the box are another example of genius. So, today, you are the genius! Thanks for the inspiration and for making me spend more money! =o)

Cindy H. said...

Your card is simply amazing! I know a couple that this card would be PERFECT for - now if only they would announce their intentions, lol.

Jean said...


BeverlyBL said...

I too love your knot card. Very clever.

Did you use score tape for your adhesive or something easier to remove without tearing up your tag? Also, where do you get your favorite mulling spices?

Nancy Penir said...

OK, so doing that knot on the next wedding card. Thanks for explaining the how to. Love all your ideas!

Cindy said...

Love your wedding card! So clever!

Susan Gosman said...

How could I "knot" love your wedding card? And the little gift wrap is just charming.

jintyoo7 said...

Fantastic interactive card - well done :)

Cindy Major said...

That card is so darn clever!!! Love it! I wish the play on words would work in French...


Jill Norwood said...

Love both of your projects. The tie the knot card is wonderful!
Top Gun is the movie reference and this was such a fun post!!!!

Mary Lou Kemp said...

My goodness how in the world do you come up with such a clever idea on your tie the knot card. I have never seen anything like it before and I just love it.

Holly Saveur said...

LOVE your card with the knot...SUPER!

Connie and Jack said...

Thanks so much for sharing that knot-tying technique. So clever!
-- Connie C.

TLady said...

SUPER CREATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (CARD) AND your tag for the top of your cider carton is CUTE TOO!!!!!!!! :) CREATIVITY GONE WILD!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Helen L said...

great cards, especially your "knotty" (lol!) card!! what a great idea!! Interactive cards are so fun!! Can I say "pinning"? Thanks for the fun idea!! :-)

Trisha said...

Great job on your projects. Love this new release so much.

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Now that has to be the neatest interactive thing, ever! Gorgeous design.

Leigh Penner said...

Your tie the knot card is the coolest thing ever!
Oh, and the movie reference is Top Gun starring a young Tom Cruise. ;)

see mary stamp said...

Jess, you never cease to amaze. Love the "Tie the Knot" card. So clever. I'm loving all of the fiber crafted products this month. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Brilliant - your knot tying card! :)
Annoying - your word verificaton :(

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Jacquie Southas said...

Your "tie the knot" card is adorable - love all the knit/stitched stamps & dies!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

I'm delighted by your uber-creative tie the knot card!! Wowie! I just "found" your blog thru the PTI release blog-hop and let me tell you, I will be back! Awesome work and gobs of inspiration here! Hugs!