Introducing World’s Greatest

Hey there! Welcome to Day 1 of Papertrey Ink’s March release festivities. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you a few projects featuring World’s Greatest, a stamp set by Melissa Bickford. Melissa sure has a great eye for stamp design. This set will surely be a necessity for those masculine projects we all need to create from time-to-time. I decided to also showcase how this set can be used as an “everyday” set. I hope you like them!

Husbands need love too, right?! I designed this simple encouragement ensemble. It would be perfect to give a husband after a long day of yard work or even that ever-so-dreadful shopping trip!

I carried the striped design from the necktie to the card and bottle wrap.

I measured an adhesive sheet to fit the bottle, then stamped the design in the center. To “dress up” the bottle, a necktie was die cut, then stamped.

I used Limitless Layers Ovals (a plain die cut) to create a mask so the stripes would simulate the oval curve. Then, I stamped the sentiment in the center. The “world’s greatest” sentiment set is curved perfectly for the Limitless Layers Oval dies. A very easy one-layer card to create in a matter of minutes! Since masculine cards are always a challenge for me, I like to keep the design concept as simple as possible. You can see a peek of one of my husband’s ties in the photo above that I used as inspiration for the design – simple lines.


I really liked the angled lines of the necktie stamps, so I thought about grouping them together to create one image. I think it turned out sort of like a flower. With various color combinations, this technique could be used for lots of designs.

First, I stamped one necktie design into a “T” format making sure all corners meet.

Second, I stamped another necktie image in between the first images. I stamped the top of the necktie on the straight line of the previously stamped necktie images.

Here, I added the last necktie image wherever there was an empty space left. For this step, I placed the necktie stamp slightly above the other necktie images making sure they fit evenly between the other neckties.

I hand cut the stamped image and placed a stamped die cut doily in the center. I layered a stamped sentiment pennant element on top and embellished with some buttons. The card is 4.5″ square.

Some products used will be available March 15, 2012 at Papertrey Ink, including World’s Greatest stamps and die.

Don’t forget to also check out some other blogs who also shared projects for the release today:

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Lizzie Jones
Melissa Bickford

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a wonderful Saturday!!

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  • Trell - I was thinking that the flower was a new die! What a great use for that stamp. Lovely cards Ash.ReplyCancel

  • Kate aka stinkydudette - That is so clever!!! Love your work..ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - Pure genius.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Russell - I am crazy about the “dressed up” beer bottle idea and the clever way you made the sunburst embellishment out of the tie stamp is very impressive! Thanks as always, for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Oh how I LOVE your designs! I love your creativity and turning the “tie” stamp into a fab flower! Always LOVE visiting your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer K - Brilliant way to use the tie stamp to make a flower! It’s always good to get double duty out of our supplies!ReplyCancel

  • AnitaR - Such a clever idea! Who would have thought that design was made from necktie stamps! It’s gorgeous, as well. Beautiful colors.ReplyCancel

  • Amrita - love the image you created with the ties!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Martina - As if I need more stamps! 😉 You’ve sold me on this set, girl! Awesome creativity with the ties! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michele aka Derbylea - Hi Ashley! Your necktie flower is genius! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraB - What an imaginative use of the tie stamp!
    It made me think of a quilt pattern.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Rose - Hi Ashley
    I always like to look at your blog to see what interesting and different ways you will use a stamp set. Your use of the tie here was so inspiring and thanks for the detailed photos. I’m so happy you are part of the design team for PTI!!ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - Like your label and the “tie” flower is so creative and fun! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dee in NH - Fabulous cards! Love the way you used the tie! I’m looking at that with a whole new perspective now!ReplyCancel

  • janet Wilson - Oh my, fabulous projects – how creative using the tie as a flower petal – genius 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kathy H - Oh how clever are you with the tie flower!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lani - By the way, love the change you made to your blog. That tie design is so clever. Sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Larissa Heskett =) - OMG!! I LOVE that tie flower idea!! What a fun way to use it and it looks so neat once you’ve layered it all up!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Carol R - Oh I love your tie wheel! Cute cards and gift ensemble.ReplyCancel

  • Pam - Fabulous idea to create a “tie flower”! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Flanders - These are both so clever!!ReplyCancel

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