Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sweet Inspiration

Back today with more projects using my birthday themed products for the March 2016 release for Papertrey Ink. Today the team is featuring them along with Lizzie's amazing multi-stamp cake set. I'm excited to see what the girl's have been up to. They are so inspiring!!!

Big Birthday Candle Dies and Frosted Borders by Papertrey Ink

I wanted to create a card with lots of birthday candles. I just cut a bunch at once out of Stamper's Select cardstock. The official birthday number is in color to create the focal point. And I just couldn't resist using a Frosted Border along the right-hand edge.

Stamp Big Birthday Candles Dies in any color scheme

I wanted to go a classic birthday candle route with polka dot primary colors. I used Polka Dot Basics to create the dots on the Big Birthday Candle Dies, but was thinking Confetti Toss would be another good option. Or even any grouping of small stars. It's up to you! 

The Big Birthday Candles set has dies for wicks, but I decided because I had so many to add on this project, that I'd just use twine. Gives a more realistic look. And I think this might be my default look from here on out. 

Reassemble Big Birthday Candle cut cuts upside down and hold together with double sided tape

Big Birthday Candles is a larger size die set. And in order to be more cost efficient, I didn't do backer dies. It would have more than doubled the cost. That's no good. So how am I'm keeping all these layers together? Here's a trick. Assemble them upside down and add some double side tape. You need adhesive anyway, right? Easy as can be. This is also how I have been assembling all my new die cut frames (Pretty, Charmed, and Scrolled).

Sprinkles on Top by Papertrey Ink

Next up, a card for all your colorists. Sprinkles on Top is perfect for those who like to color. I used the Sprinkle on Top stamp set and dies to create two sprinkled borders that I colored with Copics. An easy sentiment using Maile's new Shaped Saying: Birthday die.  

Two shades per color for coloring Sprinkles on Top.

Sharing a tip about coloring that I've come up with to make the process easier and more dimensional. It is a little different than standard Copic blending. Usually you would take two or three close shades and blend them within a single shape. I'm not doing that here. While I am taking two shades of each color, I'm not blending. Instead I'm coloring each sprinkle with one marker to keep things easy, but coloring some of the sprinkles the lighter shade and some the darker. You have some variation and your eye reads it is more of a blend of color. Keeps it simple. 

Sprinkles on Top and Frosted Borders by Papertrey Ink

Lastly today, I have another little coloring project for you. I wanted chocolate frosting. In a bad way. Like seriously...somebody make me a cake already. So after coloring a border of rainbow sprinkles using Sprinkles on Top, I filled in the white areas with a brown marker. Because I was only doing it for a little strip to fit on this tag, it was not a chore at all. I covered the seam with the flower-style Frosted Border die and heat embossed in red an image from Sentiment Signs (a favorite). 

Check out what the girl's have done and learn more about all these new products at Nichole's blog. Thanks for stopping by today! And I hope you are in the mood for making some birthday cards. Aren't these fun products to use? All these new birthday products are available now at Here's a direct link to each one:

Sprinkles on Top Stamp Set
Sprinkles on Top Die Set
Frosted Borders
Big Birthday Candle Dies


10th Birthday Card
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, KIS: Birthday
Dies: Big Birthday Candles, Frosted Borders
Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky, Stamper's Select White
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening

Sprinkled Birthday Card
Stamps: Sprinkles on Top
Dies: Sprinkles on Top, Shaped Sayings: Birthday
Cardstsock: Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White, New Leaf

Chocolate Frosting Tag
Stamps: Sprinkles On Top, Sentiment Signs
Dies: Frosted Border Dies, Tag Sale 2
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Stamper's Select White
Zing! Embossing Powder 


  1. Oh, TOO CUTE! Your projects deserve that chocolate cake as a reward for sure. (You killed it with that candle card. Brilliant!)

  2. Your new designs are real winners Erin! Love all your efforts and I hope you got that cake with the chocolate deserve it.

  3. What a fun set and you have shown its versatility beautifully.

  4. so cheerful and colourful! yay!

  5. Those frosted border dies are calling to the birthday candle number dies. You are so talented-thanks for sharing!

  6. All are so festive. Love your numbers card with the wicks. Clever. Isn't it amazing what you can do with a few sprinkles. So cute.

  7. Fabulous candles and I'm especially loving those frosting borders. They are so delicious!

  8. Wow!! Fabulous design!! I love the fun borders!!

  9. All of your new stamps and dies will be in my shopping cart soon! I can't wait to play with them. I love your little chocolate tag.

  10. Yowza! Where's the can of chocolate frosting?! Love your cards with the all the bright colors and clean lines! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love all your colorful creations!

  12. Great projects. Love how you used the number die and the white background. So fun.