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Today is release day at Papertrey Ink. That means at 10 pm EST all the new stamps and dies will be available to purchase. Until then, you can hop around the design team blogs to see what else we created.


Boutique Borders: Friend is another great addition to the series. I layered the stamped die cut with Mat Stack 2 die cut and Ad Sense die cut. After adding patterned paper and ribbon, it all came together.  A perfect friendship Valentine’s Day card.


Stamps: Boutique Borders: Friend
Ink: Raspberry Fizz
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Rustic White
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Flea Market)
Dies: Mat Stack 2, Ad Sense
Other: Raspberry Fizz saddle stitch ribbon, Fine Linen button, Jute Twine


Polka Dot Parade #12 really ended with a bang, right?! I love the size of candles and the word WISH can be paired with anything you can dream of with the new Polka Dot Parade Alphabet! For this shaped card, I stamped polka dots, added the candles, stamped the sentiment and added “BIG” using the alphabet stamps. I just love that you can personalize a card using the new alpha stamps by adding the recipients name to the card design.


Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #12, Polka Dot Parade Alphabet, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Limeade Ice, Pinefeather, Orange Zest, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy
Cardstock: Limeade Ice, White
Dies: Mega Mat Stack 5


Four Square is such a great stamp set because it has the basic square shape. If you want to layer it or even to keep it simple, it’s all up to you! I chose to layer it. I used the circle die from First Place to be the sentiment focal point.


Stamps: Four Square
Ink: Enchanted Evening
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, White, Aqua Mist
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Flea Market)
Dies: Ad Sense, First Place


Here’s simple card design using Life’s Music. I love how you can stamp individual notes and have a card designed in a breeze. I paired this set with Words of Comfort – perfect for the person going through something who loves to sing.


Stamps: Life’s Music, Words of Comfort
Ink: True Black, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, Lavender Moon
Cardstock: White
Patterned Paper: Berry Sorbet stripes


For my last card, I used Wonderful Words: Friends and paired it with Background Basics: Diagonals. First, I stamped the background pattern, then I added Background Basics: Diagonals Additions for a pop of color. Last, I stamped the sentiment from Wonderful Words: Friends. For the embellishment, I layered a few felt die cuts together and added a chipboard die cut and a button with twine.


Stamps: Wonderful Words: Friends, Background Basics: Diagonals, Background Basics: Diagonals Additions
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Fine Linen, Aqua Mist
Cardstock: Rustic Cream
Felt: Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz
Dies: Doily Details, Notched Flowers
Other: Crate Paper (Bundled Up) chipboard die cut, Fine Linen button, Jute Twine

Thanks so much for visiting today and throughout this month’s release. I hope you enjoyed the fabulous new line up of Papertrey Ink products. Here are a few links to my teammates’ blogs.

Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders 
Dawn McVey
Debbie Olson
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Maile Belles (not posting this month)
Melissa Phillips
  • Connie MacFarlaneJanuary 15, 2014 - 9:18 am

    You have showcased all of these new sets beautifully Ashley! I especially like the bold and graphic thank you card using Four Square. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Diana KJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Love all of your cards Ashley! I agree that the one featuring Four Squared is simply amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BeauchaineJanuary 15, 2014 - 11:07 am

    BEAUTIFUL cards, Ashley. You had an amazing release post!
    Thanks for sharing

  • StephHJanuary 15, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Ashley, I’ve long been drawn to your design style and attention to detail. (Even before you joined PTI). I always learn something from your posts, like using a Mega Mat Stack as a card shape. Love that birthday card!ReplyCancel

  • Troy LouiseJanuary 15, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Beautiful array of cards. Love your first card – such a great combo of colors & dies. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey McNeelyJanuary 15, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    All lovely cards Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • So nice and colorful!ReplyCancel

  • Laura DavisJanuary 23, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Love, love, love your work. I could look at it for days!

Today, I’m back to share more projects for Papertrey Ink’s January release. Doodlie-Do is such a great hand-drawn inspired stamp set. I’ve paired this set up with a couple of stamping techniques for the cards I’m posting. The new stamp set will be available to purchase on January 15 at 10 PM EST.


For my first card, I used the emboss resist technique. I started by stamping the floral image in watermark ink and heat embossing it white embossing powder. Next, I used a cosmetic sponge to dab some ink into my harvest gold ink pad and “colored” the center of the flower. Then, I used another cosmetic sponge and dabbed hibiscus burst ink on it to apply to the flower petals.


I stamped the sentiment (self explanatory)!


I love how the yellow and the pink blend and a bit of the color is outside of the stamped lines.


Stamps: Doodlie-Do
Ink: True Black, Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Versamark
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, White
Other: White Embossing Powder


For my next card, I used a generation stamping technique. I stamped each flower twice, but inked once to get varying hues of the same color. I also created my own patterned paper using this technique.


I stamped the sentiment in the center. The card measures 4″ x 6″.


Stamps: Doodlie-Do
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, True Black
Cardstock: White, Aqua Mist

Thanks for visiting today! Here are some links to the other design team members’ blogs so you can see what they created for today’s group challenge.

Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Maile Belles (not posting this month)
Melissa Phillips
  • BirgitJanuary 14, 2014 - 8:08 am

    So cute!! Love both of your cards. The softness of the first card is just dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • ValerieJanuary 14, 2014 - 8:49 am

    OK, it is as simple as this: I MUUUUUST have that stamp set!!!!! Lovely cards!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria H.January 14, 2014 - 9:02 am

    So pretty and soft are your cards…just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • SharonJanuary 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Great cards with such pretty colors!ReplyCancel

  • Patt H.January 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    So pretty! Love both of them. The colors are really wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Diana KJanuary 14, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Thanks for showing us how beautiful this stamp set is – simply stamped. Love all of the colouring techniques, but also love it just line stamped. Beautiful cards!ReplyCancel

  • TereJanuary 14, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Oh My!
    The cards are so gorgeous!!!!
    The colors in the second one are just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • NoraJanuary 14, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    What pretty cards!! I love the technique on the first one with the resist. The second card is lovely with all the colors!!ReplyCancel

  • LynneJanuary 14, 2014 - 9:42 pm

    Ashley – Love both of your cards – The new Doodle-Do set is so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • susan h.January 15, 2014 - 12:13 am

    Your cards are lovely and soft looking! Love this stamp set!ReplyCancel

Hey there! Today, the Papertrey Ink design team has prepared a group post featuring Feather Finery, a new stamp set with coordinating dies that will be released January 15 at 10 PM EST. I really love how Nichole designed this set for the feather trend. The two-step stamping option really puts a spin on the images. I’ve created two cards today inspired by an image full of gold. I hope you enjoy!


Feathers via Pinterest


Inspired by the gold in the inspiration photo, I heat embossed two feathers. I coupled them with a polka dotted background, a sentiment, and a bird die cut.


Using heat embossing, you can create countless designs, including color combinations. I think combining more than one embossing powder on a feather would look awesome too!  For this card design, I just love the richness the gold offers.


I also added a bit of twine to break up the dividing lines on the card design.


Stamps: Feather Finery, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: True Black, Versamark, Hibiscus Burst
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, White
Dies: Feather Finery
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, True Black Baker’s Twine

My next card was also inspired by the gold feather inspirational photo, but I simplified it a bit by making it a one-layer design.


Sticking with my heat embossing technique, I heat embossed the feathers on the card front.  For a bit of a twist, I double heat embossed by using the second step detail stamp for the feathers. I love the way the black detail pops off of the gold feathers.


After stamping the sentiment, I added the bird by first stamping it in hibiscus burst ink, then again in true black for a bit of a shadow effect. To carry on the polka dotted pattern (inspired from the first card), I used the circle stamps in Feather Finery and heat embossed a random polka dotted pattern.

Stamps: Feather Finer
Ink: Versamark, True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, True Black
Other: Heat Tool

Thanks so much for visiting today! Check out what the rest of the team created.

Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Maile Belles (not posting this month)
Melissa Phillips
  • Sheila HJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:59 am

    The gold embossing is so striking. Great color combos.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BeauchaineJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:16 am

    BEAUTIFUL cards, Ashley!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Connie MacFarlaneJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Beautiful cards Ashley! Love this great new feather image in gold.ReplyCancel

  • BeverlyBLJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Both cards are so pretty. Very nice job.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 13, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Love what you did with your cards…..beautifulReplyCancel

  • Nancy PenirJanuary 13, 2014 - 11:42 am

    Super bright and colorful Ashley! Love your polka dot theme!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Ashley! YOUR CARDS are FABULOUS!!!!!! I LOOOOOOVE this new FEATHER STAMP & DIE!!!!!!!!! :) SOOOO MUCH DETAIL TOO!!!!!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Penny WessenauerJanuary 13, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    oh my! Stunning these feathers.. your work is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Simply SandyJanuary 13, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Love the cards especially how you put the dots on the feathers!ReplyCancel

  • Grace soJanuary 13, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Loved the cards. They are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Marge PenleyJanuary 13, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    What a unique feather card – Tickled Pink. I do love it.

  • Danielle FlandersJanuary 13, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    I love, love those polka dots with the gold feather on the first one, Ashley! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • NoraJanuary 13, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    What stunning cards. I love the gold inspiration and all the little touches to each card.ReplyCancel

  • Patt H.January 13, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    These cards are all so wonderful. Thanks for all the inspiring ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Janet WilsonJanuary 13, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    Absolutely beautiful :)ReplyCancel