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Make It Monday: Diamond Wallpaper Stamping Video Tutorial

Happy Monday! Today, I have a video to share with you on Nichole Heady’s blog for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday.  I pulled out a couple of stamp sets and created my own diamond wallpaper designs. You can do the same and I’m sure you have some stamp sets in your stash that you can use to create a similar pattern. In the video, I suggest a few more stamp sets and provide ideas on what images to look for to use to replicate this design. Here are the cards I made.


All information is available in the video.

Helen F.July 28, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Such sweet cards, Ashley! Thank you for this new-to-me technique, definitely will give it a try. Your video is so detailed.
PS: Love hearing your precious baby girl in the background :-)

Susan BeauchaineJuly 29, 2014 - 11:15 am

FABULOUS technique!!! I am going to try and see what I have to work with today!
Did I hear Lauren’s sweet voice in the background? Made me remember those sounds I used to hear in my house ;)
Thanks for sharing

Crate Paper: Felt Bow Headband Tutorial


Looking for a new way to use your Styleboard collection? Today, I have a post up on Crate Paper’s blog about how dies are a great product for versatility. Not only can you use them with paper, but other things, including felt. Since having a baby, I am always searching for new headbands. I got the idea last month to make my own using the bow dies. Here’s how I did it.


You need the following supplies to make the headbands:

100% wool felt (Papertrey Ink)
fold-over elastic (or other elastic material)
hot glue gun
bow dies (Styleboard Crate Paper)
circle die (optional-7th Inning Papertrey Ink)
die cutting machine (Vagabond)


First, I die cut all the felt pieces. Next, I assembled the bows using a hot glue gun. In the alternative, you can use a fabric liquid adhesive too.  Measure and cut the elastic. I cut mine to 13.5″. My baby is five months old and it fits her head, but babies’ heads vary, so measure accordingly. Last, attach the bows to the bands.


Sending a gift? No worries because the Styleboard patterned paper collection will help you whip together a gift box in no time.

I cut two pieces of cardstock to 7.5″ x 8″ and used Crafter’s Companion tool to score the box lid and box base. I covered the box lid with the polka dotted patterned paper.


After assembling the box, I added a pink cardstock strip (raspberry fizz) and embellished with a cardstock bow and added the flair button.


Inside the box, I included the five felt bow headbands.

Here are a few shots of my little one wearing the headbands. Sorry for the over-processed photos below. Lauren’s skin was sensitive to something and had a bit of a reaction, so I cleaned it up as best as I could.


Black and gold.


Pink and gold detail.


Peach and white.


Teal on teal.

So, when you are in need of a headband for yourself or need a gift, even for a new addition, don’t forget your bow dies. Headbands are an easy gift item for baby showers and new moms.

ChelseaJuly 24, 2014 - 11:14 am

Thank you for the charming bow headband idea! But I have to tell you, your gorgeous daughter is the star of this piece. She is precious!!! What a beautiful smile she has. And she photographs like a pro already. What a blessing for you to have this beautiful girl!

Sandy KayJuly 24, 2014 - 11:18 am

Ok, these are so cute, but I could barely look at the bands – all I want to look at is that precious, gorgeous baby!!

Debbie OlsonJuly 24, 2014 - 11:22 am

Oh, my WORD–Ashley, she is just the CUTEST!!! Her headbands are adorable, of course, but it’s that smile that is the real kicker! :-)

Nadia F.July 24, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Ashley! I was on Pinterest trying to figure out how to make bows for Mailyn. These are adorable. I am absolutely in love with Lauren

AmberJuly 24, 2014 - 2:44 pm

That’s a really cute project but my jaw is on the FLOOR because your daughter is the prettiest baby I have ever seen in my LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good job, mom and dad! She looks really happy – there must be a lotta love in your home :)

reginaJuly 24, 2014 - 3:47 pm

oh my oh my oh my she is a doll. I can’t believe how she has grown so fast…i remember seeing a post that you had your baby….she is a carbon copy of the both of you….so beautiful, what a blessing…love your handbands…hugs

Lynne T.July 24, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Oh my gosh, she is so adorable.

Susan BeauchaineJuly 25, 2014 - 11:21 am

Oh, the headbands are cute, too! :)
She really is the most photogenic baby. It helps to have a competent Mamma behind the lens, tho!
Thanks for sharing

Suzie ChatterjiJuly 26, 2014 - 5:49 am

Love the bows…but they pale in comparison to the gorgeous model, modelling them. She’s just adorable and a real beauty! God bless.



ChrisJuly 26, 2014 - 10:37 am

How adorable the model is with those cute head bands. Too cute

Betty SueJuly 27, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Lauren is beautiful! Those little headbands are so cute on her!

Helen F.July 28, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Lauren’s new headbands are adorable. She is so beautiful and the camera really loves your sweet baby girl :-)

Troy LouiseJuly 29, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Oh my gosh! These are so sweet. I believe you have a budding fashion model in your home. She is so adorable! Thanks for sharing.

KrisAugust 1, 2014 - 1:02 pm

That is one seriously cute, adorable, photogenic kid you have there!!!!!!!

Lindsey LAugust 2, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Absolutely adorable! Your baby girl is darling and these headbands are even cuter atop her little head.

PikkuLillaAugust 4, 2014 - 1:09 pm

These are lovely – simple, yet so effective.

And your baby girl is adorable! I love her dress in the last picture :)

Papertrey Ink July Release in Review

Thanks so much for stopping by today see my remaining projects using Papertrey Ink’s July products. They will be available July 15 at 10pm EST. This release is one of my favorites. There are so many great additions.


It’s Christmas in July for my first card! I love that Note Niblets gives you a variety of occasions to create cards and such for. I loved the little cluster of berries, so I created a background using that image. I added the sentiments and embellished using the coordinating dies.



Stamps: Note Niblets
Ink: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Sweet Blush
Dies: Note Niblets


Using Botanical Blocks II paired with Banner Sentiments, I decided to create a one-layer sympathy card. I used gold perfect pearls and a white gel pen to accent the petals.



Stamps: Botanical Blocks II, Banner Sentiments
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria
Ink: True Black, Versamark
Other: gold perfect pearls, white gel pen


This month’s Phrase Play #6 has a lot of options. I love how you can use the die cut words or negative die cuts to create all sorts of great things. I embellished the die cut with a floral spray from Embellished Elegance.



Stamps: Phrase Play #6, Embellished Elegance
Ink: Limeade Ice, True Black, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Hawaiian Shores
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Dies: Phrase Play #6, Embellished Elegance


My last card features Big Ticket Additions and Birthday Classics: August. I added the greeting to the ticket die cut and layered it with another ticket. Of course, I had to use the floral stamp in Birthday Classics: August to create a wallpaper and I love how it reminds me of a polka dotted pattern.



Stamps: Birthday Classics: August, Big Ticket Additions
Ink: True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Dies: Big Ticket
Other: mini clothespin (Pebbles)

Thanks so much for visiting my blog for the past few days. It means A LOT! I’ve been reading your comments in between taking care of Lauren. I’ve had to juggle a lot during this release. We both caught our first “bug” and she has not been sleeping well. So, I am having to re-train her. I am very tired mom these past few days. I’m shocked I made it through this release, so please know your comments helped keep me going.

Now, go check out what everyone else created because I know it’s awesome!

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Victoria HJuly 15, 2014 - 7:13 am

seriously you’ve been ill too….you could never tell. Beautiful cards especially sending you loving prayers.

GraceJuly 15, 2014 - 8:02 am

Beautiful cards.

JillJuly 15, 2014 - 8:15 am

Gorgeous cards! Love them all! Hope you are feeling better!

Cindy H.July 15, 2014 - 8:55 am

Beautiful cards! My very favorite is the sympathy card – it has a serene elegance.

Diana KJuly 15, 2014 - 9:28 am

Sorry you haven’t been feeling well, but you sure managed to make some gorgeous projects for this release! You rock big time. I think that your Holly Jolly Christmas card is my absolute favourite.

Laura NorrisJuly 15, 2014 - 11:11 am

WOW! All these are wonderful projects! I really like the Christmas card – so simple yet so cute! Sorry to hear that you and cute little Lauren are under the weather. Heres to a quick recovery and regular sleep!

Susan BeauchaineJuly 15, 2014 - 11:34 am

FABULOUS cards. I LOVE the Botanical Blocks Sympathy card. Right up my alley, no coloring.
Thanks for sharing

Nancy PenirJuly 15, 2014 - 11:47 am

Good Morning Ashley (hope it’s good!). Lovely projects with the ‘happy Ashley’ touch! There’s always such joy in your cards, colors, layouts, and the most awesome photography! Hope all is better with the little one soon. I pray both of you are quickly back to health!

Pat WhitleyJuly 15, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Well, you may have been under the weather,but it sure did not affect your cards. Beautiful, as usual.

Gentle hugs!

Karen SchroederJuly 15, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Your cards are fantastic! Awesome new release!

NoreenJuly 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

I’m new to your site. Love your work. Love the sympathy card and will try to copy it in some way. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely work.