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Papertrey November release


It's the much anticiapted release of the Spiral Bouquet set from Papertrey Ink! It's such a beautiful, elegant set - I can see this set being perfect for doing cards that you want to go the step further with. Keep the flowers simple or get fancy with the scrolly swirl overlays - so pretty! On this card I opted to use just the flower shadow/base and add a little bling with the rhinestones.

You can also take a more simple approach...


I used my square punches with the small leaf motif and then added the patterned strip I created across the bottom. That has got to be one of my most favorite things about stamping - and especially stamping with a coordinated set - you can create your own custom paper and accents that will work perfectly with your designs. Not only that, but it saves you money on embellishments too... although I couldn't pass up these sweet mini brads at my local craft store - aren't they cute?

If you have stopped by Nichole's blog in the past few days, I know that you have been blown away by her monogram set project designs. I get so excited and am just as full of anticipation to see what her creations are going to be each day of the countdown before a release.

My first project is something simple - and who couldn't use some simple & quick stamping ideas that are perfect for gifts.


I practically live in the scrapbook and stationary aisle at our local Target stores when I go there - both for supplies and of course for inspiration. I picked up both the ribbon trim and the patterned notecards on one of my many visits. I rounded the corners on the cards and added the monogram (Ambassador Monogram Edition and B&C Monogram Edition), ribbon, and mini brads to create this card set.

Here is my favorite project for this release:


I used the plain jane cigar box to make a school memory box for Tacy. The box is sized perfectly for 6x6 scrapbook pages.


I stamped the alphabet (from the Trajan Monogram Edition set) on the twill tape with my Colorbox pigment inks and came up with layouts to add inside the box. Now all I have to do is print pictures I want and I will easily be able to add to Tacy's box as she goes through school. The words were added to the pictures in Photoshop before I printed them out and I used a word processing program to print the words onto the red cardstock for the box cover.

When I was stamping the twill tape (which did take a little time and a bit of cleaning afterwards, especially when I would think I was done, clean the stamps, and realize I needed another piece...) I all of a sudden realized I knew this font... crazy? Maybe... but that's what happens when you have studied fonts in design classes and love everything about them, have too many on your computer, would save money to buy a really good font, spend hours choosing the right font for a project... anyways, you ge the picture. So I know this font and it really hit me when I stamped my alphabet letters in green on the twill tape - check it out... It's the font used by the college I went to! Very cool - and very good choice of font, Nichole :) I see a Bemidji State scrapbook page in my future...

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