Saturday, January 14, 2012

Is it possible that my two favorite worlds collided in one stamp set? I'm an avid stamper...but an even more enthusiastic reader. A literary based stamp set on Jane Austen? Seriously. Get out of of town. Sign me up.

Even if you aren't a Jane Austen fan (I'll be honest..."Pride and Prejudice" bored me to tears, but I like a lot of other novels based in the same era and with the same comedy of manners tone), there is lots to love about Papertrey Ink's new Simply Jane. Any lover of vintage, feminine imagery and deliciously wordy quotes will appreciate it. And of course, there are dies. If you liked it before, the dies will push you over the edge. How about a few projects?

Here's a card that features a birthday quote and a dainty cameo. Several of the dies (the cameos and the people silhouettes) can be used as is, no need to stamp. They are very defined and intricate. Which I really like--it was a good call to design them that way.

I started out with the frame, which is stamped in Ripe Avocado. I die cut several of the rosettes and used Betsy's Make It Monday video on custom ink pads to add two colors to it using the new Spring Moss and Autumn Rose reinkers. I placed several of the rosettes around the frame as if it were a wreath. Imagine doing the same with Wreath For All Seasons. A beautiful cameo is off set to allow the sentiment to be framed. I think she looks a little bit like Lady Di, don't you?

I had the Parisian Doily in Sweet Blush and Quatrefoil Cover Plate in Aqua Mist already cut, left over from another project. Love that stumbling upon them helped me complete the card in a way I wouldn't have thought of off the top of my head.

Another card for you. Lots of repetitive use of the scrolly frame from Simply Jane. Dearest Jane paper looks great inside--meant to go together. A bride and groom are the focal point with a quote from Happily Ever After.

I have this crazy tool from long ago called a ribbon iron. I think Imaginesce made it. Kinda silly, but I'm glad I held onto for my curled bow out of Spring Rain Gingham. I wrapped the ribbon around a popsicle stick and then ironed it to make the curls hold. That and a little bit of dimensional adhesive and Scor-Tape really did the trick. Nice finishing touch.

OK. With all this inspiration, I'm off to read in bed for the night. Be back tomorrow for the rest of my January projects. And here are some helpful links so you can go check out the rest of the Simply Jane projects. Happy reading and stamping!

Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Lisa Johnson
Melissa Phillips
Ashley Cannon Newell
Maile Belles
Danielle Flanders

Simply Jane Cameo

Stamps: Simply Jane
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Ripe Avocado, Autumn Rose
Dies: Cover Plate Quatrefoil, Parisian Doilie, Simply Jane Collection
Patterned Paper: Dearest Jane
Ribbon: Autumn Rose Saddle Stitch Ribbon

Bride and Groom

Stamps: Simply Jane, Happily Ever After
Cardstock: Kraft, Spring Rain, Vintage Cream
Dies: Simply Jane, Limitless Layers 2.25" Ovals
Patterned Paper: Dearest Jane
Ink: True Black
Ribbon: Spring Rain Gingham
Kraft Button


  1. Love, love the cards...Pride and Prejudice bored you?...Oh dear! I must be very simple minded then because I did like it a lot! hahaha

  2. I wouldn't know that you were bored based on these. These are absolutely fantastic. Love the use of the quatrefoil die. Your color combos are great today!

  3. So beautiful Erin!
    I love how you added the flowers around the frame...will need to try that.

  4. That ribbon card is my favorite PTI project for January. You rock!

  5. Love your cards! My favorite is the first card. Great inspiration!

  6. Gorgeous! Love the ribbon application on the second card, in fact - that card is just plain stunning :o)

  7. Perfect work! It's the first time I have the pleasure to visit your blog and I'm amazed!
    Thank you for sharing such a lovely work!;)