Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hard to Walk Away

It's hard to step back and get back to the non-stamping life after a week of crazy release work.  I think we need some sort of detox program. LOL! In any case, if there was one, I'm falling off the wagon on Day 1. I was just so inspired by what Laura did with the maze dies on this card and this card (seriously...BLEW ME AWAY), that I had to try it out for myself.

So, I followed Laura's lead by die cutting the circular maze out multiple times and gluing one on top of the other to create a more three dimensional look. On my card, I glued together three white cardstock mazes and then topped it with a Copic colored ombre maze in shades of pink. I found it best to put the mazes together away from your card base. Then you don't have to worry about glue smears on your nice card surface. Once you do all hat, you adhere the whole thing to your card. It's tricky at first with layers 1 and 2, but by the time you get to layer 4, the thickness has added a bunch of stability and it is a breeze.  But even at its trickiest, it isn't anything that is going to prevent me from doing this again...and again...and again. LOVE this look. Nobody is going to believe that this is homemade, it looks so good.

Here's a close up of the delightful dimension. Laura was so smart for seeing the possibility here. It's really an a-mazing look.:) The little black dots are 3D pearls I got in a large pack at Michael's. They are itty-bitty and just the right size. With the adhesive already on the back, they were a cinch to apply.

I've fielded lots of questions about the glue bottle I used on this week's Make It Monday video. It is a needle tipped squeeze bottle that I fill with Scotch's Quick-Dry Adhesive. If you Google "needle tipped squeeze bottle", "solvent bottle", or "oiler bottle" you should get some hits and multiple options as to a source to obtain your own. It is definitely an essential tool in my office. Don't know what I'd do without it. Certainly wouldn't have been able to put together that 3D maze without its help.

Supplies from PTI
The A-Mazing Stamp Set
Maze Dies

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Release Projects

We've come to the end of the line for the April 2014 Papertrey Ink Release. All that's left to do is post the rest of my projects. Here we go:

Monthly Moments: April and Birthday Classics: I feel like I'm channeling Betsy on this would with all the color.  In my head, every time I hear the phrase "April showers", I mentally complete it with "bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?" I had to go with it.

Modern Cross Quilt and Wet Paint II: A card for a guy. Ombre color that decreases from left to right.

Phrase Play #3 and Simply Framed:  This pretty much sums up how I feel after a horrible winter. About time too! :) Very simple card. The Simply Framed stamps and die are some of my favorite from this release. I used them a lot.

Tee Pee Time and Simply Framed: The arrows beg for fun of their own. Teamed them up with Happy Hearts.

Simply Framed, Letterman Stitched Numbers + Mats and Wet Paint 2: We often reference a kid's age a lot on projects. They are just as excited to hear about their grade in school. That's as big of a deal. I had to find a way to make the word "grader". I combined the word "grade" and selectively inked the "r" in "junior" from School Time Additions.

Botanical Blocks, Initial Thoughts, and Button Stackers III: Gold heat embossed both the flower panels on Melon Berry. The Year of Flowers Collection helped me add delicate Berry Sorbet roses to the background. Clear buttons on top of the Button Stacker III give an even more realistic look.

And that's all she wrote, folks.:) Hope you enjoyed the week. These and all the other new products will be available tonight for purchase at when the clock strikes 10 PM EST. Thanks for all the fun, enthusiasm, and wonderful comments over the last five days. I really, truly appreciate them.

More releae projects are just a click away:

Danielle Flanders


April Showers
Stamps: Monthly Moments: April, Birthday Classics May, Big Birthday Wishes, Antique Alphabet, Just Smile
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse
Dies: Clouds, Stitching Lines Dies

Love You
Stamps: Modern Cross Quilt, Wet Paint 1 and 2
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold
Terracotta Tile Button
Fine Linen and Stamper's Select White Cardstock

Hello Spring
Stamps: Phrase Play #3, JustSmile, Simply Framed
Dies: Simply Framed, Phrase Play #3, Just Smile
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Stamper's Select White, Kraft
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, True Black
White Embossing Powder

Hi There Friend
Stamps: TeePee Time, Mixed Messages, Friends Til the End, Happy Hearts
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Fine Linen, Stampers's Select White
Ink: Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate
Dies: Cover Plate: Hearts, Filigree Border

Hello 1st Grader
Stamps: Simpy Framed, Back to School, School Time Additions, Wet Paint 2,
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Bitty Dot Simply Chartreuse Patterned Paper
Ink: True Black, Fresh Snow, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy
Dies: Simply Framed, Letterman Stitched Numbers, Letterman Stitched Number Mats, Suffix Style Dies, Back to School, Notebook Paper

Botantical Blocks Card
Stamps: Botantical Blocks, Initial Thoughts, Year of Flower Collection
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Melon Berry, Spring Moss
Soft Blush Simple Striped Paper
Dies: Button Stacks, Button Stacks III, Initial Thoughts
Ink: Melon Berry
Clear Buttons
Gold Embossing Powder

Monday, April 14, 2014

Desktop Design

Welcome back to the final day of the Papertrey Ink April Release Countdown. We've got a great set for you today in Desktop Design. I love how it allows you to build a desk scene. Works so nicely with homemade cards. And there is the cutest little typewriter that I'm absolutely CRAZY about.

See, I'm absolutely in love with typewriters in general. I have a few vintage ones and a couple of typewriter prints in my family room. My kids are fascinated with them. They call them the "numbers machine" because in their frame of reference, they really have NO idea of the concept of a typewriter. It's quite amusing.

For my first card, I have this lovely Winter Wisteria beauty. I set up my desk to look like somebody has a little bit of writer's block. A trash bin to the side (made of a trimmed Mega Gracious Vase die) holds some of the rejected missives, some of which have additional messages. Down below is a gold embossed "call me". I find that I have to schedule phone calls in with my friends sometimes so we can work around everybody's schedules. This is a nod to that.

The desk is the perfect spot to frame a larger sentiment, like those from the Think Big Series. This one is from Think Big Favorites #4.

Next up, I wanted to create a simpler card using Desktop Design. The desk works being stamped to the side. I have my typewriter and phone in tones of Aqua Mist and Blueberry Sky. Die cut words from Wonderful Words: Friends and Hello dies convey my sentiment. And BB: Random Stripe creates the rug. Which is so very appropriate, because it was a rug from that inspired the stamp set in the first place:).  (Side note: I have two room sized Flor rugs and love them. Great concept and a huge variety. Will be getting more soon for bathroom and laundry room runners.) 

Moving on to some additional projects using The A-Mazing Stamp Set. Before we wrap it up for the release, I need to mention that both the square and circle mazes in the stamp set coordinate with the Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles and 2.25" Square Die Collections. Which means you can create cards that have an open window like this one....

I used the Journal Card 1 to create this card. The sentiment is an additional one from The A-Mazing Stamp Set that I haven't used yet. I always make and slip a card into my husband's luggage when he travels for business. This sentiment was 100% inspired by that practice.

And here's a new element and sentiment from The A-Mazing Stamp Set as well. There are two arrow elements that can be used to frame a sentiment. The open squares in the arrows match up with the stencil font I used on a few of the words. "I think you are pretty darn a-mazing/amazing" can be used for a bunch of different occasions.

On this card, I stamped the square maze three times on a diagonal to create more of a background for my stars and sentiment elements. I used a cut from the new Cover Plate: Stars to make lining up all those stars a completely breeze. Just placed it on my project and used it as a guide, adhering the stars in the open areas.

And lastly, we have a card using BB: Random Stripes as a border element. This is the Make It Monday project this week. Check out Nichole's blog to see the tutorial video on heat embossing tips for die cuts and two step stamps around 10 PM EST.

More inspiration from the team below. And remember, these new products are available tomorrow. You can add them to your crafting arsenal come 10 PM EST on April 15th at

Danielle Flanders
Lizzy Jones
Melissa Bickford
Lexi Daly


Purple Card
Stamps: Desktop Design, Think Big Favorites $4, Mixed Messages
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria, Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Winter Wisteria
Dies: Desktop Design, Mega Gracious Vases
Bitty Dot Royal Velvet Patterned Paper

Hello Friend Card
Stamps: Desktop Design, BB: Random Stripe
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Aqua Mist
Dies: Desktop Design, Wonderful Words: Hello, Wonderful Words: Friend

Hurry Home Card
Stamps: The A-Mazing Stamp Set
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White
Dies: Holiday Home, 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles, Journaling Card 1
Ink: True Black, Soft Stone

Congrats Maze Card
Stamps: The A-Mazing Stamp Set
Cardstock: Blueberry Sky, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening
Dies: Star Cover Plate, Wonderful Words: Congrats
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky

Ice Cream Truck Thank You
Stamps: Special Delivery, BB: Random Stripes, Bubble Talk, Mixed Messages, Fillable Frames #4, Life's Music
Dies: Special Delivery, Stitching Lines, Bubble Talk
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist\
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Always Move Forward Card

I've got just one card for you today using the upcoming Papertrey Ink Release The A-Mazing Stamp Set. With the weather turning warm, spring finally arriving, and three little kids who would (thankfully) rather be running around outside, yesterday got away from me a bit:). No regrets...which sort of goes with my sentiment today, now that I think about it.

I'm all about the encouragement card. I think because they come unexpectedly when a person needs it the most and therefore has the most impact. And who doesn't need a little encouragement every now and again?:)

I used the new Simply Framed, also being released this month to add some interest to my main panel. If you are a fan of Fabulous Frames, you are going to LOVE this one. I've used it three times so far on my release projects, I dig it so much. My circular maze is stamped slightly off the main panel in Pure Poppy and my maze path stamped in True Black.

A thing to note on the can rotate them any which way you want so the starting point works best for your design. Sweetness. Here I have it starting in the upper right.

Here is another sentiment from The A-Mazing Stamp Set. I'm finding  lots of uses for the Building Block dies. This treatment of stamping a sentiment split up on individual strips is one I like a lot and the Building Block dies make that a cinch. Also loving Tropical Teal ink of Hawaiian Shores cardstock.

Be back tomorrow with more. And I have the Make It Monday video tomorrow using BB: Random Stripes, Special Delivery, and Bubble Talk. Fun!

Additional Inspiration:

Lizzy Jones
Melissa Bickford
Lexi Daly
Ashley Cannon Newell


Stamps: The A-Mazing Stamp Set, Simply Framed
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, True Black, Tropical Teal
Dies: Building Blocks

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Simple Stars

We are pulling a surprise switcheroo on you to day with a Day 3 Group Post for the April 2014 Papertrey Ink release. Always fun to do that. We like to keep you on your toes.

Today we are featuring the new Simple Stars stamp set with coordinating Stars Cover Plate. OMGosh...I had so much fun creating with these two products. These cover plate/stamp set dealios are genius. Easiest cards ever, yet it looks like you slaved over them. Exactly what you want in a product.

We were challenged to make a feminine and masculine card with them. First up, a girlie card for my niece.  I teamed it up with Happy Hearts and the Hearts Cover Plate for this look. Rainbow color groups the vertical line of stars with the heart border along the bottom. The soft rainbow look is made with the following ink colors: Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, and Aqua Mist.

The quote is sheer perfection for a fanciful girl of eleven. It fits her to a t. Smokey Shadow Bitty Dot ribbon hide the seam between the stars and the hearts.

Next up, the masculine card. I'm going to send it along to her brother. This is something I've done in the past, made them each a card using the same basic supplies, but customized to each of them. Really a fun challenge. And they seemed to get a kick out of it. Here I cut the Star Cover Plate out of Ocean Tides cardstock. For the most part, when I took the die cut off my cutting plates, this is the arrangement of open/closed stars that I was left with. I could have just popped them out, but I thought it was random and pleasing, so I went with it.

I pulled in Super Stars and the Seeing Stars dies to help me out with my main focal point. Stars, stars...and more stars.

I did put a few stars back in the cover plate cut so I would have a stamping surface for my star trail. I stamped the dotted trail from Super Stars twice, once in Ocean Tides and again in Tropical Teal. Then I added stamped stars from Simple Stars in a variety of patterns. Lastly, I filled in the spaces with various little stars from Super Stars. I love how interesting, yet subtle this looks.

The quote, from Simple Stars, was heat embossed in white over the whole thing. Lovely.

Shifting gears a bit to BB: Random Stripe. Here I have a background made up of the layer strips. First I stamped the thicker stripe in the lighter color. The second step was stamping the darker color in the thinner strip stripe over top. I love the two tone much depth.

I'd like to say that I planned for the spacing here....the four stamped strips evenly placed on a 4"x5.25" panel, leaving a 1/4" border around for an A2 cardbase. I usually figure that stuff in. Not this time...this was absolutely random:). I'm pleased that it fits so nicely.

Just to give you the colors for reference from left to right:

Plum Pudding and Winter Wisteria
Tropical Teal on Hawaiian Shores
Ripe Avocado on Simply Chartreuse
Enchanted Evening on Blueberry Sky

I went with white flowers, die cut from Beautiful Bloom II #2 dies and topped them with a combination of all the Button Stack dies in coordinating colors, including the new ones being released this week.

And lastly, a card using The A-Mazing Stamp Set and the Maze dies. Here, I just embossed the die onto a white base and added a heart from Love Lives Here collection. The arrow and die are from the new Teepee Time. I heat embossed my sentiment in white on Smokey Shadow cardstock. This is a great love note for your significant other...definitely not too mushy, but absolutely from the heart.

Just a close up of that embossing. Quick and easy folks if you need to whip up something quick.

That's it for me today. I've got a busy day with birthday parties and family photos:). Be back tomorrow with more.

More inspiration from the team below. And remember, these new products are available in a few short days. You can add them to your crafting arsenal come 10 PM EST on April 15th at

Danielle Flanders
Lizzy Jones
Melissa Bickford
Lexi Daly
Ashley Cannon Newell


Hearts and Stars Card
Stamps: Simple Stars, Happy Hearts
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Simple 
Chartreuse, Aqua Mist
Dies: Stars Cover Plate, Heart Cover Plate
Smokey Shadow Bitty Dot Ribbon

Let Your Light Shine Card
Stamps: Simple Stars, Super Stars
Cardstock: Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Tropical Teal, Ocean Tides
Dies: Stars Cover Plate, Seeing Stars

Thank You Card
Stamps: BB: Random Stripe, Keep It Simple: Thank You, Leave it Be
Dies: Leave It Be, Mini Button Stacks, Button Stacks III
Cardstock: Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Smokey Shadow
Ink: Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening

So Happy We Ended Up Here
Stamps: The A-Mazing Stamp Set, TeePee Time
Dies: Maze Dies, Love Lives Here
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Smokey Shadow Simple Stripe

Friday, April 11, 2014

Football Frenzy + Letterman Stitched Dies + Mats

Welcome back to another day in the April 2014 Papertrey Ink Countdown. I'm here today with a bunch of cards featuring Lizzie Jones' new Football Frenzy Set and my Letterman Stitched Number Dies and Letterman Stitched Number Mat Dies. They are a match made in heaven. You will so impress your recipients when you let them work their magic together. 

Are you a football fan? I'm not, but my family is and if you can't beat 'em, join them. Here are my Ravens fans cheering on their team the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl. I've got a jersey too. Not that I know the difference between a football and a hockey puck. But I like hanging around and watching the commercials, purposefully mixing up my sports facts and asking silly questions to antagonize my husband,  and cooking up a batch of shrimp nachos to be consumed at halftime by this hungry crew. 

I thought my first card should be about cheering on the home team in colors of True Black, Royal Velvet, and embossed gold. I used both the Letterman Stitched Number dies (in Royal Velvet) and the Letterman Stitched Number Mats dies (in True Black) out of felt on this card. I heat embossed a sentiment from Football Frenzy below in gold. The sports stripes were trimmed from the Center Stage Cover Plate. SO EASY. My husband was very impressed with this card. And you don't get a better seal of approval for a sports themed birthday card than that. He's a bit jaded at this point and hard to impress when it comes to the paper crafting. :)

Let's talk about those numbers. You can buy the top layer separately from the mat dies, depending on your budget. I personally am completely in love with this look. I've wanted something like this in FOREVER, since my scrapbooking days. Out of felt and stitched, these numbers look exactly like something you'd find one a jersey or letterman's jacket. Very luxe. And think of all the PTI sets they could work with. Any of the sets where you can insert a number into a sentiment would be a winner. Kid Kudos, Big Birthday Wishes, Make a Wish Additions, Birthdays by the Numbers...etc. Lots of possibilities here and numerous applications. 

Next up, I wanted to see if I couldn't take Football Frenzy and a) turn it into a girly sports card and b) switch sports away from football. Mission accomplished! The two step jersey is included in the set and here I stamped it in Summer Sunrise and Hibiscus Burst directly on my white panel. There is a Football Frenzy Additions set that allows you to customize the jersey and I did just that by adding my daughter's name to the front. I turned it into a soccer card by adding a ball from Have a Ball and a bouncy ball path from Birthday Style. A star flourish from Red, White, & Blue adds a nice touch, no?

The sentiment is from Football Frenzy as well. I purposefully masked off the quotation credit (Vince Lombarti) because I didn't want any reference to football on this card. You'd be surprised by how much just a quotation credit can limit you. So just something to think about...sometimes it is better to mask them off to free up your creativity.

Next up, I've got a little something for team sports. If you have kids, you probably have them in some sort of organized sports. Maybe you are team mom? Or the coach's wife? Or heck...maybe you are even the coach? Why not give a little encouragement to the players by writing them little notes? Put them in these pocket envelopes (a new die this month) with their team number on the front and slip something encouraging inside?

Here's a close up. Love the two step helmet from Football Frenzy. The more two step stamps the better is my philosophy. The sentiment is from Football Frenzy too.

Now how is this for a find....the pattern strip stamps from Half & Half fit very nicely across this pocket die. SWEET! That's going to get repeated.

So say you are making these little pocket encouragement notes for an entire team. You don't want to be stitching up all those Lettermans Stitched Number dies. That would take forever. Good thing they look great without them.:) It looks really neat with the open holes showing the background of your project, but the numbers are still matted. Definitely a "how did she do that?" type thing. Again, I used both the Letterman Stitched Numbers and the separate Letterman Stitched Number Mats here to create this look.

Now I want to swerve away from sports completely. This is a card I made that was inspired by a t-shirt I saw on display at Macy's a few months ago. I made a mental note to recreate it when I got my Letterman Stitched Number dies. It had the same style of varsity font numbers, but accented with flowers. Sort of a juxtaposition of the masculine and the feminine.

I used The Sweet Life for my flowers and created my background with Watercolor Wonder and Soft Stone ink.

My Letterman Stitched Numbers are cut out of Smokey Shadow felt and stitched up with a pink floss. I wanted to show you how great they look without the Letterman Stitched Number Mats and with contrasting color floss. The sentiment is from Big Birthday Wishes. All the stamps in this stamp set would work beautifully with the Letterman Stitched Numbers + Mats.

And lastly today, we have a card using The A-Mazing Stamp Set and BB: Random Stipe together. This is a great encouragement/appreciation card for somebody who needs a little pick me up or thank you note.

The square maze was heat embossed in black for shine and divided with a BB: Random Stripe stamped stripe to elongate it. It makes a great background element.

BB: Random Stripe is really coming out to play on this card. Yesterday, you saw a project that alternated the thick and thin stripe strips on a card. The real magic happens when you layer them on top of each other with two different colored inks. I stamped the thick strip stripe in Summer Sunrise ink on Summer Sunrise cardstock and then stamped the thin strip stripe and stamped it with Orange Zest ink. You get this multi-tonal look that has a lot of depth and interest. Tomorrow I have another card that showcases this effect even stay tuned.

That's it for today. I hope you are excited about all these new products. They'll be available to purchase on April 15th at 10 PM EST at More inspiration below for today and we'll be back the next three days with even more.

Nichole Heady
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Lizzy Jones
Melissa Bickford
Lexi Daly 
Maile Belles
Betsy Veldman
Laura Bassen


Champ Birthday Card
Stamps: Football Frenzy
Cardstock: True Black, Royal Velvet, Stamper's Select Whites
Dies: Letterman Stitched Numbers, Letterman Stitched Mats, Center 
Stage Cover Plate
Felt: True Black, Royal Velvet
Gold Filigree Embossing Powder

Soccer Girl
Stamps: Football Frenzy, Football Frenzy Additions, Birthday 
Style, Red, White, & Blue, Have a Ball, Hanging Out
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Hibiscus Burst Simple Stripe Patterned Paper
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Stone
Dies: Stars Cover Plate
Silver Glitter Paper

Encouraging Team Notes
Stamps: Football Frenzy, Half & Half
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky
Dies: Football Frenzy, Letterman Stitched Numbers, Letterman Stitched Mats, Monthly Moments: Journal Pocket 1 Die
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White, Simply Framed 

Stamps: Watercolor Wonder, Sweet Life, Big & Bold Birthday Wishes
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
Ink: Soft Stone, Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, 
Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
Dies: Letterman Stitched Number Dies, Sweet Life
Felt: Smokey Shadow

You AMAZE me
Stamps: THe A-Mazing Stamp Set, BB: Random Stripe, Polka Dot 
Basics, Get to the Point Sentiments
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise, 
Pure Poppy, Tropical Teal
Dies: Get to the Point, Ad Sense, Uppercase Block Alphabet
Ink: True Black, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
Black Embossing Powder

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day 1 of The A-Mazing Stamp Set, Letterman's Jacket Numbers Stitching Dies, and BB: Random Stripe

Hey PTI peeps! The time has come to kick off the April 2014 Papertrey Ink countdown. And boy oh boy, do I have things to show you. That reference to "boys" was not accidental...everything I've got going on this month was created with guys in mind. We've got your masculine paper crafting needs covered.  Let me show you...

First up, we've got the most humble of stamps, The A-Mazing Stamp Set. Not modest a bit, this one. This set features a square and circle maze, along with punny and insightful encouraging sentiments. For my first card, I decided to go for a graduation theme. I first stamped and heat embossed the square maze on Orange Zest cardstock with white embossing powder. Next, I stamped the same maze in Orange Zest on Summer Sunrise cardstock and die cut a circle out out of the middle. It was a great way to spotlight my sentiment. The mortarboard from Tag-Its #4 spins this card in the direction of a graduation theme.

Take a look at the font I used on the word "a-MAZE-ing". This stencil style font nicely reflects the maze theme. Also of note, you can change out the word "a-MAZE-ing" for "amazing" in this and a few other sentiments. Just fun to have the extra option if you want to go more subtle in your theme.

To continue on with the graduation theme, I have a card using the new Letterman Jacket Stitched Number Dies. Just scratching the surface with this lovelies today by using just the dies that cut the holes on a cardfront. I die cut "2014" out of Scarlet Jewel cardstock and backed it with gold foil paper. The photo can not do this card justice with how these holes catch the light and shine. It is really stunning and a total show stopper. So much so, that this card doesn't need much else. I die cut and heat embossed in gold the larger mortarboard from For the Graduate. It looks like the zero is wearing the hat. The Scarlet Jewel panel is also texturized with the Canvas and Linen Impression Plate.

This card is more on the simple side, so if you are searching for a design that would make quick and easy graduation announcements, this might be a jumping off point for you. Just change the colors to reflect your school colors.

Much more to come with these dies. They are a match made in heaven for Lizzie's new football set. And just think how great they'll look on coin purses and coffee cozies. Your man or son have a favorite team or player? Pick the right team colors in felt and you've got a quick gift they'll love to use.

Last up, is a gift bag featuring BB: Random Stripe, which is likely the easiest to use background set ever. The name alone gives you a clue...random. If by chance you make a mistake, which is a bit unlikely, it looks like you planned to do it. Just makes it more random.

Case in point, check out my bag. I alternated the thin and thick line strip stamps that make up this set along the font of this bag. There's a bit more of a gap between lines the 1 and 2 strips of the pattern than there is between 2, 3, and 4. NO BIG DEAL! I had to point it out to you, right? Visually, it works. Easy peasy.

I teamed this background set up with my other background set, BB: Diagonals. They play so nicely together. I like how retro it looks. This gift bag is rather large, but it was a cinch to stamp. Both sets are really easy to work with, otherwise I would have not attempted background stamping a project of this size. The proof's in the puddin'.

I used Come All Ye Faithful and Come All Ye Faithful Additions stamps decorate my tag. This choice reflects the bag's contents. :) The dog is wearing a birthday hat made from trimmed Teepee Time dies and Little Bitty Bird Addition Stamps.

I felt compelled to share what was inside the bag. This is for my brother-in-law and a more perfect saying could not have been found for him. :) I got this at Hallmark a few months ago. NEWSFLASH: This is probably the first and only time on a card maker's blog you'll get directed to go to Hallmark to pick something up if you are interested. HA!

The bag was cut out of Scarlet Jewel and Fine Linen cardstock on my Silhouette using the Happy Holidays kit from Had to kill two birds with on stone on this one...lots to do, might as well cross packaging for a gift off the list.

That's it for me today. LOTS more to come. More inspiration below. If you are interested in any of these products, they'll be available to purchase on April 15th, 2014 at

Nichole Heady
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Lizzy Jones
Melissa Bickford
Melissa Phillips
Lexi Daly 


A-Mazing Gradute Card
Stamps: The A-Mazing Stamp Set, Tag-its #4
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate
Ink: Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate
White Embossing Powder

2014 Graduate Card
Stamps: For the Graduate
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White, Scarlet Jewel
Dies: Letterman Stitched Numbers dies, For the Graduation
Linen/Canvas Impression Plate
Gold Foil Paper

Birthday Gift Bag
Stamps: BB: Random Stripe, BB: Diagonals, Come All Ye Faithful, Come All Ye Faithful Additions, Little Bitty Bird Additions
Dies: Come All Ye Faithful Additions, Teepee Time
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Canyon Clay, Scarlet Jewel, Blueberry Sky, Classic Kraft
Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel, Fine Linen, Stamper's Select White
Blueberry Sky Bitty Dot Pattern Paper
Canyon Clay Topnotch Twill