Monday, June 13, 2011

Happy Trails

Happy trails to you....

I think one the questions I'm going to ask Nichole next time we talk on the phone for Papertrey Radio is about how she comes up with product names. Some of them just genuinely make me smile. Tonight's feature of "Happy Trails" is no exception.

Now, typically on group posts, I'll have some big elaborate gift type product for you. Not today. I sort of just let my creativity flow free form (sort of like those trails, come to think of it). I started out wanting to use the pencil and the "you color my word" sentiment. And then I had ideas for another...and another. These leapfrogging style projects (where one inspires another) happen quite frequently for me. And I love just going with it. So, as I post my "challenge" to myself, think about taking two or three stamps out of your collection and making several cards with them. Just to see where your creativity leads you.

First up, this fun doodle style card. The long continuous looking stamp (trails, the word "color", and the pencil) is actually four stamps total. Isn't it fun how you can join them all together? There's a little tricky inking on the sentiment (use this technique), but if you practice once or twice on scratch paper like I did, you can get it all worked out. I think the results are worth it. Now think...the latest anniversary set uses the same script font. I bet you can do something very similar with the sentiments from that set as well.

The card sort of formed into this doodle style notebook page for me. Added some notebook lines from "It's Official", images from "Springtime Doodles", and punched three notebook paper style holes along the left hand side. Fun, huh?

Next up, I took the sentiment "color my world" literally and pulled the globe image from Masculine Motifs. Using Copics, I only partially colored it in, making it seem like the colored pencil is doing the work. Anything you color with Copics, you can do something similar. Lots of possiblities.

I created my own clipboard using half of a Mat Stack 2 die and silver shimmer cardstock. Kraft cardstock cut and stamp with Background Basics: Woodgrain completes the look.

And lastly, I wanted to do something rainbow-ish. The new Damask Designs patterned paper set just happens to have new paper in all the rainbow shades. Easy! Text style stamped over 1.75" circles, with a few matted on vellum dies and others topped with buttons gives me that thrown together, shabby chic look.

Here's my pencil and sentiment. Love colored embossing powder, don't you?

OK. Go forth, challenge yourself, have fun. But not before you check out the posts by the other design team members. Happy Trails is making us all happy.

a href="">Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Lisa Johnson
Melissa Phillips
Michelle Wooderson
Maile Belles
Danielle Flanders


Doodle Card

Stamps: Happy Trails, It's Official, and Spring Time Doodles
Ink: Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, True Black
Stamper's Select White Cardstock

Clipboard Card

Stamps: Happy Trails, Masculine Motifs, School Time, Background Basics: Woodgrain
Paper: Silver Shimmer, Aqua Mist, Kraft, Stamper's Select White
Dies: Mat Stack 2, Happy Trails, Notebook, Love Lives Here
Ink: Pure Poppy, True Black
Other Ink: Memento London Fog, CTMH Desert Sand
Pure Poppy Baker's Twine

Shabby Card

Stamps: Happy Trails, Text Style I, Take Note
Patterned Paper: PTI's Damask Designs, Basic Grey Basics 6x6 pad
Dies: Happy Trails, 1 3/4" Limitless Layers
Buttons: Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Royal Velvet


  1. Great set of cards. I love how you made the little clipboard. Very inventive.

  2. Great to see how your creativity flows. Thanks for sharing! Nicole

    PS - Love, love, love the little clipboard!

  3. Fantastic cards! I am very impressed with the red doodle card ... never would have thought that all that red on white could look so amazing! The clipboard card is such fun. Great use of the mat stack die for the clip, and the woodgrain board was clever. Neat card. The "rainbowish" card is rockin and so nicely showcases the damask paper! Love all the cuts and buttons and just a super card! :)

  4. These are truly lovely! I especially love the last one, the colors are amazing!!! Great cards, Erin!
    Hugs, Wendy

  5. The clipboard? Are you kidding me? Brilliant! I also love the doodles card. Reminds me of a PeeChee folder...:)

  6. Awesome projects, Erin! That clipoard looks REAL! I thought it was a little one that you purchased someplace and then glued on :) Awesome use of the "Color my world" sentiment with the globe and bugs card, what a great way to mix sets!

  7. These are wonderful! I know I'll be using that little clipboard idea--brilliant!

  8. Your vision and creativity are phenomenal! That clipboard is the most astonishing creation. How you can look at a shape and turn it into a totally different piece of art is beyond my imagination. You continue to inspire. Thank you so much!!

  9. A clipboard? How ingenious is that??? Fantabulous!

  10. Love the clipboard! I've been a follower of yours for a very long time and that is something you have always been so good at...making completely different objects from stamps, etc. then what they are intended to be. Thanks for sharing with us! You always get me looking at my stash in new ways.

    Thanks, Helen

  11. I'm always anxiously looking forward to see what you have created! Love this post with so many great ideas to challenge me...and that is the cutest little clipboard ever!

  12. Gorgeous cards, they all make me smile, great way to start the morning! Absolutely LOVE the clip board, how clever of you and the Damask Design paper is beautiful. Great post!

  13. Gosh - that clipboard you made is too, too clever for words! LOVE it!

  14. love, love, love the doodles!

  15. Super clever, Erin, on the little clipboard! Love it!! Actually, I love all these cards...I LOVE Happy Trails! :) Thanks for the cute ideas & inspiration!

  16. You are such a creative person! Love the idea for the clipboard. I would never have seen that in the mat stack die. Great cards!

  17. wow! these cards are amazing! seriously amazing! tfs.

  18. I see what you mean that Springtime Doodles goes well with this set. So true. That card of yours is amazing...really all of them are. Clipboard - get out!

  19. Awesome Erin! Love your ideas...wherever do you get them?

  20. All of your cards are gorgeous! but I especially like the one with the doodling style, very clever!

  21. You rocked it again, Erin! Love all three cards - so creative and out of the box. I'm always inspired when I visit you here.!!

  22. I am just now getting a chance to notice all of the awesomely clever things you did on these cards! That "clipboard" is by far the most clever thing I've seen in a while! I love love love it! (prolly gonna have to steal that one:-)