Introducing Building Blocks

Hey there! Welcome back to another group post day for Papertrey Ink’s February release. I’m glad to hear so many of you are enjoying this month’s release as much as the design team is. There are so many great new products! Today, the team is featuring Building Blocks, a new stamp set with coordinating dies. It’s perfect for all sorts of sentiments and to top it off you can create patterns or simplified blocked designs. Here’s what I designed…


I was inspired by this photo. I’m really into nail designs and this one caught my eye. I love the colors and the herringbone pattern – very unique for nails.

Source: Pinterest


Using Building Blocks die cuts, I created a herringbone pattern for the card front. I used various patterned papers and cardstock colors inspired by the photo.


This pattern was fun to create and like a puzzle. I also added a sequin border on the left side.


For the sentiment, I stamped it onto Building Block die cuts and layered it on felt heart die cuts. I used Limitless Layers: Hearts and Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches.


For the card front, I stamped the red polka dot background using Polka Dot Basics.


I added a bit of ribbon and secured it with a button.


On the inside, I continue the lovey-dovey sentiment. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, right?!


For my next card, I used Building Blocks stamp set (and no coordinating die).  To keep with the pattern building technique from the inspirational photo, I stamped a brick-like pattern.


I embellished the card using the new Button Stacks dies. I used felt and patterned papers and assembled them with floss.


I layered leaves die cut from vellum and Turning a New Leaf (also stamped in polka dots). The sentiment is stamped on the diagonal and another great card to gift for Valentine’s Day. The sentiment makes me sing a Bruno Mars’ tune!


I bordered the top and bottom stamped building blocks using the Loop De Loop border die. To finish it off, I added some sequins.



I have the opportunity to provide you with your first “building block” for the card you can create today for Papertrey Ink’s latest challenge.  Each Design Team member has a basic “building block” options for card making to share with you.  The intent is for you to visit each blog and collect all of the building blocks necessary to create a beautiful card.
Each team member, including myself, has six numbered selections for a specific category.  Roll a die or use a random number generator to select which item number you will need to work with from their list.  If you do not have the supplies for the item you end up with, feel free to roll again.  Collect nine item selections total, one from each team member, and get to work creating your masterpiece!
Have fun!
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  • jan metcalf - I love your inspiration card!!!! Great collection of patterns and solids!ReplyCancel

  • adele - Clever way to use those building block die cuts!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Ashley I love your take on the Building Blocks! Such beautiful cards. You’ve got my mind spinningReplyCancel

  • Danielle Flanders - Both gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - WOW!! Stunning cards..LOVE them!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana K - So dreamy and full of goodness! Absolutely love these projects.ReplyCancel

  • Connie MacFarlane - Love the way you used the building blocks to create the herringbone pattern. Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Green - Your cards are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)I see MANY PIECES that I WANT/NEED TO GET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) Your Valentines are TOTALLY WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THEM!!!!!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Grace - Love your cards. The color choices are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Becky P. - Your cards just sold me on this set. Absolutely gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marlena M - Absolutely delicious cards Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S. - Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • DIANA L. - Your cards are beautiful I can not wait to get my hands on the buttons die and now after seeing your post, the building blocks may be another need. Have a great day
    DIANA L.

  • Linda E (uncbballfan) - Ashley, love both your cards, but your first one is absolutely one of my favorites that you’ve ever made. Sometimes I am drawn to a card for reasons I can’t explain – this is one of those times.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - Absolutely gorgeous cards Ashley! Love that unique sequin border! Any tips on how to line the sequins up when attaching? Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Bev - Ashley, both of your cards are just exceptional. I love them! Thanks so much for the Valentine inspiration (and other).ReplyCancel

  • Morag - Ashley your first card is just stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne - Love the color combinations!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Mc - Ashley, these are just stunning cards. Love your design using the blocks, and the sentiments are SO fun!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Ann Ater - Is it okay to say, without hurting yur co-workers, I love love love your cards using the Building Blocks. Fab-u-lousReplyCancel

  • Wanda M. - Love your cards. Love the color combinations.ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Goff - Oh my goodness Ashley! These cards are so pretty, feminine, and just gorgeous!!! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • mandy dee - Will you allow me to distribute this on twitter?ReplyCancel

  • Guest Blogger: Lizzie Jones – Papertrey Ink - […] Ashley created a die cut Building Blocks background for the stitched heart focal point on her beautiful […]ReplyCancel

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