Friday, February 14, 2014

Introducing Special Delivery

We've made it to the last group post of the February 2014 Papertrey Ink countdown. After a whirlwind week and a half, it's hard to believe we've made it to this point. At PTI, we sure hope you've been enjoying yourself with all the games, activities, inspiration, and new product sneaks. Whatever will we do with ourselves after the 15th?

Today we are featuring (and I'm very excited about this!) the new Special Delivery and Special Delivery Sentiments stamp sets, which I had a little something to do with:). A little back story. Back when I first started on this journey of product design in July of 2011, this little truck shape was the very first thing I drew. It took me all night! I worked on it a little bit more that year, the idea of what the final stamp set would look like crystal clear in my head, but just lacked the skills at that point to see it all the way through. So it got put on the back burner.

Fast forward to August of 2013. We've got the PTI stamp designer deadline fast approaching. (We submit designs for the entire year in the fall to be approved and picked's a crazy deadline.) Matt knows all about this idea of delivery trucks. He starts hounding me to finish it up. I think some other illustrating project wasn't going my way one morning, so I decided to open up the Special Delivery file and started fooling around with it. It came together and got finished so easily after that. And I'm very happy that it did. Love this little truck and all the possibilities. And I hope you do too.

Another fun fact? One of my favorite trucks, the new van, was a very late addition. Just last month, in fact. I threw it in when I was finished up the final files. It and and the corresponding sentiments ended up being some of my favorites from this set. You can see it in action today at Dawn's blog.

Today, I'm featuring a truck you haven't seen...the paddy wagon! So. Much. Fun. And we've got sentiments to match up with it, of course, in the sentiment set. These are very much intended to be tongue-in-cheek and funny. Hope you'll get a chuckle.

One of my ideas when using this set is that you can put different types of trucks together on the same card to tell a story. Things a little crazy in somebody's life? Nothing some ice cream can't fix. That's my personal philosophy anyway.  Put a gift card to Cold Stone inside. (Or as my MIL calls it, Stone Cold...ha!)  Both of these sentiments can be found in the Special Delivery Sentiments set. "Let me help" is super useful. I can imagine using that one a lot, with or without the truck.

The background is made with the new Scribbled Circles set. I stamped it repeatedly in layers of colors. I thought it looked appropriately frantic and a little out of control. Totally cray cray.

Today being Valentine's Day, I thought I'd do a love themed card. I would probably reserve this combination of elements and sentiments for somebody you are in a seriously long term committed relationship with. A husband for example. Otherwise, it might come off a little bit stalker-ish.

In other words, don't give it to some guy you've only been dating for two weeks. :)

This card is totally intended to be funny. Crazy love all the way with a pink paddy wagon.  A paddy wagon that features hand cuffs. Use black flocking on those, and they'll be fuzzy hand cuffs! Snicker.

Commentary aside, we need to talk product. I used the new Cover Plate: Diagonal Stripes cut in Stamper's Select White, but cut out two of the middle stripes to give myself a large panel to play with. On the backing for my cover plate, I die cut the Mover & Shakers: Spinnners die for my paddy wagon to move along.

Valentine Stitches Dies was used to create more interest on the larger panel with the arrow. For a new take on it,  I inserted little brads directly in the holes.

Live Love Life helped me out a lot here by providing the detail in the arrow and stamped to highlight the "crazy for you" sentiment along some of the diagonal stripes.

The van moves along the channel created by the Mover & Shakers: Spinners dies. And when it does, it reveals a new sentiment. Happy Valentine's Day! What husband wouldn't like this one?

I put together a little sheet to show you all the possibilities found in Special Delivery.  I thought I'd share that here so you can see all ten trucks together. A few of these got pulled off and used on the projects I've created all week, so they might look familiar. This set is jam packed with nothing but versatility.

That's it for me today. More Special Delivery inspiration can be found below. I'm so excited to see what everybody has done.

Danielle Flanders

Special Delivery and Special Delivery Sentiments, as well as all the wonderful PTI February release, can be purchased tomorrow night at 10 EST at

And I want to take a moment to say thanks for all the wonderful comments and enthusiasm I've gotten for my new sets this month. I really appreciate all the support. :) So from me to you on this Valentine's Day, smooches and hugs!


Ice Cream Will Help Card
Stamps: Special Delivery, Special Delivery Sentiments, Live Love Life, Scribbled Circles
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Blueberry Sky, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening
Dies: Special Delivery, Building Blocks

Crazy in Love Card
Stamps: Special Delivery, Special Delivery Sentiments, Building Blocks, Live Love Life
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist
Dies: Special Delivery, Valentine's Stitches, Cover Plate: Diagonal Stripes, Cover Plate: Hearts
Hibiscus Simple Stripe Patterned Paper
Ink: True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Soft Stone


  1. Oh my but that is a cute stamp set! I love all of the options you get for stamping on the side of the van! Your cards are just too cute and I love the slider action!

  2. I already put this on Nicole's blog, but this is my favorite set this month! Can't wait to get my hands on it! Great job! And BTW, thanks for the truck ideas - I've gotta print that out!

  3. Wow! This truck is to die for cute and it's a tie for first place on my list!!! Thank you for showing the truck possibilities-I wanted it before you showed those and now I want it even more!

  4. OH ERIN!!!! THIS SET IS ADORABLE!!!! You should FLY in your designing after this one!!!! IT'S FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOOVE the use of the Movers & Shakers Dies with these!! I THINK this will be A CLASSIC with PTI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SOOO STINK'IN CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  5. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your cute truck..a must have stamp set very much fun..great designing Erin!
    And stunning them all!

  6. You are inspired. As I was looking around at the DT's projects, I thought, "These women have hardly ever had this much fun with a stamp set!". You can feel the glee in their creations. Your chart of possibilities is wonderful. It really helps to see how adaptable this little truck is.

    I am in awe of your creativity. I'm so happy you are with Papertrey, where stampers are a bit over the top with enthusiasm. Thank you for bringing so much creativity to our lives.

  7. Such a cute set, Erin! You've done a wonderful job with it - you should feel so proud. And, you know, a card with fuzzy handcuffs could come in handy. ;)

  8. Oh my gosh, I just saw Laura Bassen's post with the school bus... ADORABLE! This whole set is just so cute I can't stand it ;) GREAT JOB!

  9. You are so sweet to put together a sheet of designs for the truck set!!

  10. What great stamp sets! The versatily of that little truck is amazing. Love all of your cards - they're all so clever and cute!

  11. This is absolutely adorable. I've been loving everything about it that was revealed this week. Glad you pursued the designing to the end!

  12. You are so clever! Love the versatility of this set and cannot wait to get it!

  13. What a fun morning it's been! This set is so versatile and stinkin' cute! You did real good, Erin.

  14. Love all 10 trucks - thanks for the fabulous fun ideas! Your pink valentine card is just too cute!

  15. I just have to say--this is so adorable! Love your trucks Erin!

    Chris L.

  16. Oh yeah. I'm gonna have some fun with this truck. Love your design and sentiments, not to mention your sense of humor!

  17. OMG!! Totally FUN!! I hope you'll be creating a set 2 filled with little boy/girl trucks that could also use this die set!!?? I'd LOVE that!! Thanks so much for sharing the sheet with all the different trucks!! Your projects have been SO CUTE all wekk!! ;) hope you have a Fabulous Valentine's Day/ Weekend!! ;)

  18. Too cute sweet of you to stamp all those trucks and share them with us. I think we all want this set now.....great job and so much fun!

  19. Love this set and thanks for sharing the story behind it! I always find it fun to hear the inside scoop! All of these little trucks are just adorable!!! And your sample cards are super!

  20. These are all absolutely darling, Erin. Way to go!

  21. This is such a great stamp set! Love all the cute saying & all the cute cards showing them off. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  22. Wonderful cards and I adore this set, Thank you for showing off all the possibilities!

  23. OMG, fuzzy handcuffs. You crack me up! I love this set, Erin. So fun!!!

  24. Great blog post today - especially love the comments about the love-themed Paddy Wagon card. LOL! This is such a fun set. Congratulations on your design!