Thursday, February 13, 2014

Introducing Building Blocks

Three days left to go folks of the February 2014 Papertrey Ink Release. I say three because the anniversary set gets featured and revealed on the 15th:). I know ya'll are excited about that.

Still plugging away over here in DT Land. It is not a hardship. Always very much enjoyable to stamp with such wonderful products and watch shows on Netflix.

Today we are featuring Building Blocks, a set by Nichole. I've barely even scratched the surface with this one. I see so many possibilities. Going to have to play with it a lot more. Such great sentiments included in this set.

We were asked to find an inspiration photo on Pinterest. I have this lovely one from Purl Bee. Original source right here. It inspired me to get out my new Cover Plate: Stripes Horizontal and cut it out of Soft Stone cardstock. And I knew I wanted to put color in the open stripes. So I ended up with this:

The Building Block patterned rectangles are the same width of the stripes in the cover plate. Sweet! I cut the cover plate out again in white and stamped the resulting white stripes with the longer of the polka dot rectangle stamp in an array of colors. Then I just popped them back in the Soft Stone cut and mounted on a card base.

Those Sketched Star dies are fabulous. They are cut out of a bluish grey glitter paper and backed in Smokey Shadow cardstock.

How about this sentiment? Great, isn't it? I opted to stamp it directly on my Soft Stone cut of the cover plate, one line per stripe.

I also took two vellum cuts of the Medium Scallop Border and adhered on top of my card at the edges of my polka dot rectangle stamp. A little washi tape helps define it a bit more.

Next up, I put the Building Block dies to work. Man, these things are great. I have another card this release that uses them as well without the stamp set. Look for that on Saturday morning. As a design element, they work great.

This card is a result of just playing around. I wanted to see if I could make a plaid with the rectangles included in Building Blocks. I didn't make any effort to line things up nicely, but rather a bit more random. I ended up loving the result and using that as my jumping point. We've got the diagonal rectangle stamped first in Summer Sunrise vertically and then again in Melon Berry horizontally.

I originally stamped the sentiment directly on the stripes, but felt it got to lost in the design. Dies to the rescue! They allowed me to stamp the sentiment on plain cardstock and then add back into my design.

Also adding their loveliness to my project are the new Button Stacker dies. In love. Especially when a layer of vellum is involved. These things are going to be work horses in my collection. Leaves from Be Happy finish out my design.

And now, for the daily contest. I have the opportunity to provide you with your sixth "building block" for the card you can create today for Papertrey Ink's latest challenge.  Each Design Team member has a basic "building block" options for card making to share with you.  The intent is for you to visit each blog and collect all of the building blocks necessary to create a beautiful card. 

Each team member, including myself, has six numbered selections for a specific category.  Roll a die or use a random number generator to select which item number you will need to work with from their list.  If you do not have the supplies for the item you end up with, feel free to roll again.  Collect nine item selections total, one from each team member, and get to work creating your masterpiece!

There you have it. I'm over and out for today. I'll be back tomorrow with the last group post. Hmmmm....I wonder what two stamp sets we'll be featuring? It's going to be good. Still five more trucks to be revealed. Got any idea what they'll be?

All these products featured today and many more will be available to purchase here soon. 10 PM EST at on February 15th to be exact. Tell your hubby that he's got an easy out for Valentine's Day if he just gives you carte blanche come Saturday night. He'll likely jump at the chance.

More inspiration below can be found today:

Danielle Flanders


Rainbow Card
Stamps: Building Blocks
Dies: Sketched Stars, Cover Plate: Stripes Horizontal, Medium Scallop Border
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Blueberry Skies

Artsy Fartsy Card
Stamps: Building Blocks, Sew Simple Borders, Be Happy
Dies: Building Blocks, Button Stackers
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, Soft Blush, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, Soft Stone


  1. Love the "plaid" look of your summer sunrise card! These blocks are cool! :)

  2. TOTALLY FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVE the FUN WAY you've used these dies/ stamps!!!! :) SOOOO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVE the plaid too!!!!!!!!:)

  3. Looks like you were having so much fun. Love the building block set

  4. Fantastic movement in your cards Erin!

  5. I love these fun bright colors!! Have a great day
    DIANA L.

  6. Such fun cards. Love the random card.

  7. Artsy Fartsy card, Erin ~ you are TOO funny! Like the way your sentiments and sequins lead your eyes down the card. Great job as always.