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Ultimate Birthday Inspiration

It seems like you are a pumped up about this month’s Papertrey Ink release. There is so much more to see. Just you wait! Today, the design team is showcasing a plethora of birthday inspired stamps and dies; hence, my blog post title the “Ultimate Birthday Inspiration!” Without further ado, here are a couple of cards I made using some of the new stamps and dies which will be available to purchase at Papertrey Ink on July 15 at 10 PM EST.

First up is a child’s 5th birthday card. As a focal point, I used By the Numbers die to create a negative die cut on a 2.5″ Limitless Layers circle die cut. I layered it on a star patterned circle die cut that I stamped using Bitty Background Blocks II. The great new feature on this focal point is the “th” suffix style die I used. It’s a great addition to By the Numbers die set.

Next, I stamped some stars and fireworks from Red, White & Blue and finished it of with a pair of candles using Wishes Come True stamp set and dies. To create the sentiment, I used Inside & Out: Birthday II “Happy” stamp in upper left section and paired it with a Birthday Trio die.

Cardstock: white, spring rain, pure poppy, summer sunrise, blueberry sky
Ink: pure poppy, blueberry sky, summer sunrise, spring rain
Stamps: Inside & Out: Birthday II, Bitty Background Blocks II, Wishes Come True, Red White & Blue
Dies: Wishes Come True, Suffix Style, Birthday Trio, By the Numbers, Limitless Layers: 2.5″ Circles

Don’t forget to finish off those card interiors! Here is a shot of how I stamped more fireworks and stars with a sentiment from Inside & Out: Birthday II. These products are a must for all those birthday cards that we all make year ’round!

Next, I have another colorful and fun birthday card. Using Rainbow Stripes dies, I created this rainbow focal point of this card. I paired it up with Mat Stack 7 and the border in Scrolling Script. Letting the rainbows take the show, I used kraft cardstock and ink to showcase the birthday greeting from Inside & Out: Birthday II. This card came together very quickly and the possibilities of the stripe dies are endless. You are not limited to rainbow colors but also think about monotone designs and two-tone stripe designs!

Cardstock: white, kraft, pure poppy, harvest gold, summer sunrise, simply chartreuse, blueberry sky
Ink: kraft, true black
Stamps: Inside & Out: Birthday II, Scrolling Script
Dies: Rainbow Stripes, Mat Stack 7

Thanks so much for visiting today! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the design teams’ blogs if you haven’t already!

Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Jessica Witty
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Pat WhitleyJuly 13, 2013 - 7:34 am

Those rainbow stripes are pure genius and I need them!

jan mJuly 13, 2013 - 8:02 am

Love the colors and details of your 5th birthday card!

KristieJuly 13, 2013 - 8:23 am

Love your cards! Great use of the new dies and products!

BeverlyBLJuly 13, 2013 - 8:38 am

Love the colors on both cards. Both are very celebratory. Great job.

janet WilsonJuly 13, 2013 - 9:14 am

Fabulous – love all the sharp graphic designs, and colours, and detailing!

Judy StilesJuly 13, 2013 - 10:10 am

Such a fun release this month! I make a lot of birthday cards, so this is right up my alley! Love your cards, Ashley!

Grace SoJuly 13, 2013 - 10:28 am

These cards are awesome. I love the dies. The colours are. Beautiful

Carrie :)July 13, 2013 - 10:40 am

Great cards, Ashley! Now you’ve made me want to go out and buy the Red, White & Blue stamp set!! LOL!

Connie C.July 13, 2013 - 10:56 am

GREAT cards Ashley. I’m loving the rainbow die!
– Connie C.

Nancy MJuly 13, 2013 - 11:20 am

The first card is so joyous, perfect for celebrating a birthday. And who would have thought that a suffix dies were needed, but they add a great design element.

Becky GreenJuly 13, 2013 - 11:33 am

VERY NICE!!!!!!!! LOOOOOOOOOVE the FESTIVENESS of your FIRST card! :) JUST THE WAY I like to make my Birthday Cards!!!!!:) AND your SECOND card is GREAT with the NEW DIES!!!!!!!! SUCH A NEAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!:)

Susan BeauchianeJuly 13, 2013 - 11:34 am

GORGEOUS cards! LOVE them both! So colorful!!!
Thanks for sharing

Juanita in OHJuly 13, 2013 - 11:34 am

I LOVE your cards because they are festive just like a birthday party. Great ideas and TFS.

Tracey McNeelyJuly 13, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Awesome card Ashley!

Susan GosmanJuly 13, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Love that negative die cut – and the reminder to finish off the inside of our cards.

Holly SaveurJuly 13, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Stricking cards…LOVE it!

JeanneJuly 13, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Oh my, some of my favorite “needs” met by the birthday numbers and suffixes (is that a word?) and yesterday’s polka dots too! Love, love.

laineyJuly 13, 2013 - 2:18 pm

I LOVE that 5th birthday card! What a great color combo and style!

Wanda M.July 13, 2013 - 2:20 pm

You always make the cutest cards and today is no exception. Thank you for sharing your talent.

JoybellsJuly 13, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Wow!!! Both cards are just fabulous!

chantalJuly 14, 2013 - 2:19 am


Pearl MapleJuly 14, 2013 - 3:08 am

sweet cards, the designs are nice and colourful

Introducing Polka Dot Parade #6

Hey there everyone! I’ve been enjoying my summer and went on a quick vacation, but I’m back to start sharing some projects for Papertrey Ink’s July release. Today, I’m introducing Polka Dot Parade #6, designed by Melissa Bickford and full of fun polka dot inspired tree elements. All new products featured in today’s post will be available to purchase at Papertrey Ink on July 15 at 10 PM EST!

For my first card, I created a simple design by stamping a repeated thanks graphic in different ink shades. Using this technique, you can have a thank you card whipped together just in the knick of time!

Cardstock: rustic white
Ink: berry sorbet, aqua mist, simply chartreuse, fine linen, summer sunrise, lavender moon, true black
Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #6

Using the new Polka Dot Parade #6, I stamped a cluster of trees, then added die cut leaves from vintage book print. Next, I stamped the sentiment on a cardstock strip and adhered it to the card front with foam adhesive.

Cardstock: aqua mist, summer sunrise
Ink: true black
Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #6
Dies: Polka Dot Parade #6
Other: vintage book print

Full of life and color, I designed this card with summer in mind. I wanted the tree to bloom so many flowers, so I just stamped away! I added the sentiment and a bit of patterned paper at the bottom half of the card.

Cardstock: rustic white, spring moss
Ink: dark chocolate, hibiscus burst, sweet blush, summer sunrise, winter wisteria, lavender moon, harvest gold
Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #6
Tools: scalloped scissors

Continuing with the seasonal concept, I designed this winter thank you card. To create the wreath, I used the branch wreath from Wreath For All Seasons stamp set as a guide. I stamped leaves in various sizes and colors until it was full. Last, I added a few red flowers. I hand cut the wreath and added the sentiment.

Cardstock: kraft, vintage cream
Ink: ripe avocado, pinefeather, limeade ice, simply chartreuse, pure poppy, spring moss, fine linen
Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #6, Winter Hills, Wreath For All Seasons

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I created using Polka Dot Parade #6! I hope you’ve drummed up a few ideas for this great new stamp set and dies. Not only can you do so much with the leaves, but the “thanks” sentiment is so perfect. I hope you add it to your wish list for Monday night! I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects to share. Take care!

jan mJuly 12, 2013 - 7:52 am

Really like your idea to use the vintage book print on the tree leaves!

Pam YoungJuly 12, 2013 - 8:04 am

I love the tree with the book print leaves and the wreath!!

Leigh PennerJuly 12, 2013 - 8:15 am

Great cards, Ashley! I especially love the one with the text print leaves!

Marcie RhysJuly 12, 2013 - 8:31 am

This is one of my all time favorite posts of yours! The colors and compositions are FABULOUS. The cards are simple and stunning at the same time. You really make that polka-dot Thanks and tree sing. Just the best! Thank you.

Kelli B.July 12, 2013 - 9:11 am

Oh how I love your cards today! The colors are beautiful!

BeverlyBLJuly 12, 2013 - 9:53 am

Your flower tree just makes me happy. Thanks so much.

Cindy OJuly 12, 2013 - 10:00 am

Love how you made the book print leaves, also the wreath! very attractive. Thanks for all the different ideas on how to use this new set!

angela rogalskiJuly 12, 2013 - 10:19 am

Ok so what am I going to buy?? You ladies make everything look so good. I love the wreath for Thanksgiving and the tree with all the flowers well……….wow !!

Gina EJuly 12, 2013 - 10:21 am

I love the book print as leaves on the tree and I also love the spring/summer tree with all the flowers. Such great ideas.

Becky GreenJuly 12, 2013 - 10:30 am

SUPER CREATIONS ASHLEY!!!!! I ESPECIALLY LOVE the tree made with the printed page!!!!!:)

SharonJuly 12, 2013 - 10:39 am

Love the tree with the printed page leaves! And polka dots are always so much fun!

Ann wJuly 12, 2013 - 10:48 am

Love the book print leaves on the tree and the wreath.

RoyleneJuly 12, 2013 - 10:59 am

Your cards are beautiful! Love them.

janet WilsonJuly 12, 2013 - 11:07 am

What fantastic ideas and BRILLIANT hand cutting :)

Lisa HarrisJuly 12, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Ashley, your winter wreath is just stunning! Can’t get over the fact you cut that by hand – doing the centre must have been quite a challenge! Love your fresh take on everything. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathy HJuly 12, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Wonderful cards Ashley! I love the way your summer tree is just overflowing with life!

Susan GosmanJuly 12, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Wow – so much versatility! Thank you for sharing.

Marjorie PenleyJuly 12, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Love the vibrant colors on the Many Thanks card. Wonderful!

PettiJuly 12, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Lovely cards!

GraceJuly 12, 2013 - 2:26 pm

These cards show the versitality of this stamp. I love the card with all the colourful flowers on them

Pat GaskoJuly 12, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Your first Thanks card is so crisp and simple and conveys the thought very nicely. The book print leaves is eye catching and in all fairness the wreath with Winter Thanks is a wonderful card too.

GabbyJuly 13, 2013 - 2:24 am

Glad you are enjoying your summer! Like all your cards using Mel’s new sets! Particularly the newsprint leaves on the trees. :)

Pat WhitleyJuly 13, 2013 - 6:33 am

Gah! That adorable flower tree is, well, adorable. I love pastels and you just struck my fancy. If Melissa hadn’t already enabled that set into my card, that tree would have done it!

Nancy MJuly 13, 2013 - 11:27 am

Great mix of cards, Ashley. The polka dot sets generally scream color to me, but the book print card shows otherwise. I’m also impressed with the winter wreath and the fussy cutting you did. You got a lot out of a $5 set!

MaryamJuly 13, 2013 - 11:46 am

Hi Ashely,

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous, pretty, elegant, simple and lots more words to praise em. I’d love to try making these cards but do you know of a site which has free printable stuff like the ones uve used for your cards? Please if you know any mail me.

Thank you,

Cindy GrohJuly 14, 2013 - 1:52 am

Fun cards. Love the wreath card. It’s a great showcase of how you can use your stamps for themes other then what it was intended for. Great inspiration. Thanks

Studio Calico Valley High Cards

Hey there! Sorry I’ve been a bit silent here on the blog. Today, I’m posting some cards I created using Studio Calico’s July kits (Valley High)!

*Main Card Kit Only*

This fun and cheery friendship card is super simple to throw together. I added the hand cut stamped image over the patterned paper.

This fun card features a flower embellishment made from ribbon and secured with a fabric brad. I added some wood veneer embellishments and the summer sentiment from the main card kit.

Corey card add-on + Valley High card kit

After stamping and hand cutting the feathers, I added the birthday wood veneer sentiment. So much fun!

Corey Card add-on + Valley High card kit

For this card, I hand cut a pattern from patterned paper. Next, I customized the sentiment using some letter stickers!

Jennifer scrapbook add-on + Valley High card kit

Send this quick and easy card to someone you love and fly away together. I created the ikat design from stamps.

Corey card kit add-on + Jennifer scrapbook kit add-on + Valley High card kit

For this card, I simply layered the chalkboard inspired patterned paper over pink cardstock and embellished with three stamped and hand-cut flowers.

Valley High card kit only

This card uses the Card-Add on Kit only! I added some buttons to the border of the patterned papers and then added the stamped bird image to the center.

Corey card kit add-on + Valley High card kit

Leigh PennerJuly 5, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Great cards, Ashley! You totally rocked these kits!

Jenna JauquetJuly 6, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Hi Ashley, I really adore these cards! You can definitely not have to many uses for cards! I was wondering if you will be giving any free tutorials?

Oh, I just wanted to let you know, my birth name is Jennifer, but I have been going by Jenna for years.

Thank you,