Friday, January 13, 2012

Mat Stack 5 Collection

Hey Everybody! Welcome back for the first night of the group posts for the January 2012 Papertrey Ink Release. I know a lot of you have been waiting for the Mat Stack 5 stamp set to arrive. It does not disappoint. I find it to be a little different from the Mat Stack 1-4 Collections because of the finagling that needed to be done in order to provide you with variety. The Mat Stack 5 die is a big'in, so the stamp set is comprised of lots of smaller elements that can be used to decorate the die cut, as well as two full sized frames. I created projects featuring each. Let's check them out.
Both projects together. Lovely. And EASY to make.

 I used the new Front & Center #2 Die for my full sized frame project. I've seen lots of variation using this die during the countdown. Dawn made it into a card here and Nichole used the scalloped topper brilliantly here. I'm presenting another option for you, in order to get the most creative bang for your buck. I cut off two inches from the bottom of the panel to make a shorter gift bag. I wasn't anticipating it to look like a purse, but it sure does. Perfect to hold a PTI felt handmade brooch or necklace, don't you think?

The full sized frame I used has an oval opening instead of a circle, which is a first. It works well with the new Limitless Layers Oval die set. I used it here with a delicate and frilly stamp from Homemade Hodgepodge in Smokey Shadow.

Another feature of the new Front & Center die that I like is the flat bottom on the handle (the previous Front & Center 1 die had an oval opening). The flat bottom makes it really easy to add ribbon vertically to the bag front. Fillable Frames #7 die, Tag-its #12, and the new Block Uppercase letters make a little tag, that is attached with a clothes pin.

Onto my bits and pieces card, I had a lot of fun with this one. Adding stamps and colors came together effortlessly. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages and I used the new Mega Mat Stack 5 and Mega Mat Stack 5 Layerz to create my focal point frame. This one is definitely a repeater for me. Why always reinvent the wheel, kwim? I'm glad I put down the Pure Poppy ink (yep, a rut I know I fall into) and explored some of these new ink colors.

Off to put the finishing touches on my Simply Jane project. See you back here tomorrow. In the meantime inbetween time, check out more Mat Stack 5 Collection projects at the PTI blogs.

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

 Stamps: Mat Stack 5 Collection, Stitches and Swirls, Homemade Hodgepodge, Tag-its 12
 Dies: Front & Center 2, Love Lives Here Collection, Mat Stack 5, Fillable Frame #7, Limitless Layers Ovals Collection
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Melon Berry, and Stamper's Select White
 Ink: Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow, and Melon Berry
 Ribbon: Melon Berry Grosgrain

Fabulous Card

Stamps: Mat Stack 5 Collection, Rosie Posie, Mega Mixed Messages, Polka Dot Basics I
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise
Dies: Mega Mat Stack 5, Mat Stack 5 Layerz


  1. LOVE the card using the Front and Center die!! I really didn't see it lookin like a purse, but hey, you're right, it kinda does!! And so where's that brooch you were talkin about? Love your cards, Erin!

  2. Amazing projects, Erin!!! I just love that little purse/bag with the Stitches and Swirls in the background and the beautiful MS#5 focal! And your color combo on your card is just perfection and eyecatching!

  3. These are gorgeous Erin! You are always so creative with how you layer and combine stamps. Beautiful!

  4. How fun! My favorite is the Absolutely Fabulous...what fun colors and style.

  5. I'm blown away for the third time now seeing the new Front and Center die! Crazy about stamping it with Swirls and Stitches-gorgeous! Holy Moly, is that gonna be fun to play with! Beautiful job on both projects, love the black frame on the card. I'm looking forward to finding out about Simply Jane, too!

  6. Love them both! I wish I had an eye for colors the way you do!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

  7. What a fun project your created with the purse idea. Love the colors!

  8. Beautiful, great projects. Thank you for pointing out the difference in the handle cut out, I hadn't noticed :)