Thanks for all your well wishes for my first television appearance.  It went well.  I will be sure to do another post about that subject soon!

Here is today’s little sneak peek of one of the NEW stamp sets to be release on October 15th from Papertrey Ink!  This project was inspired by the Eat Cake digital kit available through the Paper Crafts Magazine website.  I love the cake theme because it can be used for a variety of occasions, such as birthday, wedding or anniversary.

101107_cake First, here is the three-tiered cake.  Notice the scalloped edge to each layer.  (Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE scallops?!?!?)

101107_adding_flowersOne of the super clever design elements for this cake is this floral image (if I do say so myself!) .  It allows you to easily add floral embellishments to all three tiers perfectly, every time!

101107_adding_flowers_2Remember when doing this type of technique that it is best to start with your lightest color (the cake) and then work to your darkest color (the flowers).

101107_adding_blingIf you look real close at the floral accents, you will notice that they all have open centers.  I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a flower image I want to add something FUN to the middle!  These particular flowers are begging for it!  Whether you add mini rhinestones (as I did here), Stickles, brads, pearls, beads, liquid applique or anything else you dream up, the added detail will be just the perfect finishing touch!

101107_how_it_isThe sentiments in this set are VERY innovative and I just LOVE them!  Almost all of them come in two pieces.  Here is an example of one.  You might see this part of the image and think that this sentiment makes no sense.  The truth is that it is only part of the overall result.

101107_sweetThe "How" and "it is" are perfectly spaced to allow room for "sweet" to be inserted.  You may be wondering why this is so significant.  I have found that when designing a card, there have been many times when I needed to be able to integrate two key ink colors into my sentiment to achieve visual balance.  I would always end up using markers to ink the different area of the stamp, which ended up being messy and unreliable, not to mention difficult to do when mass-producing cards.  Since the sentiments are separate in this set, the look is quick & easy, allowing you to expand your design capabilities with hardly any extra effort.  I hope that this is a design element you will find inspiring and useful!

101107_how_sweet_it_is_cardAnd here is my final project! I love it’s simplicity.  I love how by just changing the sentiment, this exact card be used for an anniversary or wedding.  Notice the one rounded corner as well.  If you are familiar with my work, you would have noticed that this is something that I do often.  A single rounded corner can really help break up any redundancy that you may have with straight edges within your design.  In this particular case, it helps to draw the eye down to the sentiment as well.  Another reason why I like this design element is because it can be the solution to any "just needs a little something" dilemma because it has no style or color boundaries.  It can be added to virtually any project without being "too much".

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another sneak peek!


INK- Toile Pink & Boudoir Blush Palette Ink

STAMPS- Papertrey Ink


OTHER- Ribbon from American Crafts, Rectangle Nestabilties Dies 

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 37 Comments

  • 1
    Melanie W says:

    Love the card. Very verstile for many uses.

  • 2
    Andrea Hays says:

    Oh my goodness! I just LOVE this card and cake! You rock! Thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely be back tomorrow! Glad the tv went well!

  • 3
    Carol says:

    Indeed, how sweet it is! Lovely design and a very pretty card!

  • 4
    Carol W says:

    I am loving how with this set and “Take A Bough” you’ve created a 2nd stamp that allows for perfect placement of the images. The speed and accuracy that offers is just great.
    Just had to add: I think 2 new releases is just SUPER, especially after you did 4 last month! Waiting until Nov. for the corrected “Bloom” set is no trouble at all. What’s far more important, in my opinion, is Papertrey maintaining its brand image — perfection and attention to detail. I must respectfully disagree with the posters who feel the error was unimportant. If choosing just the right shade of ink and paper matters, then surely spelling does too. I join those who applaud you for tackling a simple mistake (these things HAPPEN!) in a professional and responsible manner.

  • 5
    Carol W says:

    Oh and I forgot to add — fantastic tip about the one rounded corner. You see? Attention to detail makes all the difference!!! You are the Queen of Detail!

  • 6
    Marie says:

    Oooh – I love love love the look of this set! And I’m always looking for new birthday card ideas. Can’t wait!

  • 7
    Lolita says:

    This set is absolutely amazing! It is stunning, elegant, versatile. Well to put it simply – it’s a must have!!! Beautiful work. I can’t wait until the 15th!

  • 8
    Niki says:

    Love this card! Simple is my style, too, and I love getting ideas from your work. Hope I can come up with my own ideas some day like you! lol

  • 9
    Colleen says:

    TV appearance? How did I miss that? Details please.

    Looks like another must have set in this next release. Thanks for a wonderful sample.


  • 10
    Jolene says:

    PERFECT!!! I was REALLY hoping that this was going to be a set based off of the digi pack that you designed. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! It’s going to be a MUST HAVE for me, FOR SURE!!!

  • 11
    Becky says:

    UM…GULP!!! I don’t even know what to say. Genius comes to mind.

  • 12
    Melanie Muenchinger says:

    This is my favorite of the 3 sets(which you may already know from heavily weighted digital gallery) I have been waiting for “just the right cake” set of stamps forever! My mind has been working to predict what other images you have planned to go with this set, hopefully we think alike! Love the pinks, can’t wait to make my own flavors and fillings!

  • 13

    that is such a lovely cake, Nichole! beautiful card, as always!

  • 14
    Nicole S. says:

    Another wonderful Papertrey set! Love it! I’ve been looking for the perfect ‘cake’ set and this is IT!! Can’t wait for the 15th!!

  • 15
    Rachel V. says:

    Love the peek at this set. Everything about it is gorgeous!! And I made sure to turn on my tv at 11AM. Just wish they’d given you more air time. The whole show would have been fine with me. You did a great job!

  • 16
    Mandy says:

    WOW! I think I’m going to need this one, Nichole! It’s just perfect, and I can’t wait to see the rest of it!

  • 17
    Aimee says:

    I know I am in for it now… I download eat cake and loved it and now their are stamps tooo…

  • 18
    Starla (star) says:

    I think that this is the first cake stamp that comes close to what I’ve been wanting!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the set!!

  • 19
    Donna Baker says:

    this is awesome! I love the rounded corner-you have such a flair for those details. I can wait patiently for the release of the first set with the corrected sentiment-y’all are so professional and I expected nothing less.

  • 20
    Terria says:

    I love it ! It is beautiful.

  • 21
    Terria says:

    I love it ! It is beautiful.

  • 22
    Jane says:

    Wow…this is stunning! Great job. Amazing how just those little flower centers just make the card shine. May have to buy some of those!


  • 23

    Love it–gotta have it :)!! Counting down the days!


  • 24
    Becky Rusher says:

    You think of everything, girl! This is absolutely darling, and I love how you separated the sentiment! Sheer genius, I say! 🙂

  • 25
    Rose Ann says:

    I love the cake & flowers, and the idea of an interchangeable sentiment is perfect! I am always looking for just the right words, and looks like this may be the answer.

  • 26
    diane mcvey says:

    Love it, love it, love it! And I NEED a cake like that!!! Can’t wait ’til the 15th! WOOHOO!!!

  • 27
    Kisa Peters says:

    This is FABULOUS! I LOVE IT! Who doesn’t love cake??? And then you make it sooo outstandingly fab! You are a genious! You tricky girl you!

  • 28
    K Ostvig says:

    very nice cant wait to see more

  • 29
    Sara says:

    I love how you planed out the sentiment for this card, just love it. I so can’t wait for the 15th to get here. You do such a great job on your images, thank you Nichole for giving us some great stamp options I totally am in love with Paper Trey Images.

  • 30
    Karen Johnson says:

    What cute sets once again for your release! I get so excited every month in anticipation to see what you have created. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

  • 31
    Kathleen Curry says:

    This may be my favorite set so far, even though I don’t have it yet and haven’t seen all of it! That cake is terrific and the flowers are perfect. I can’t wait until the 15th. Nichole, you’ve done it again. Thanks for designing these sets and sharing your creativity with all of us.

  • 32

    This is such a cute set! I tried the download and really liked it. I think the sentiment would be super cute with the strawberries from Green Thumb too! Love the sentiment being interchangeable!

  • 33
    Becky S says:

    Very cool! Im trying to imagine all the other possibilities you’ve included! Can’t wait 🙂

  • 34
    Catherine says:

    SOLD!! this would be my birthday present for myself 🙂 I’m loving it!!!

  • 35
    Beth says:

    So flippin adorable!

  • 36
    Alana says:

    WOW! I love this set! Splitting up the senitments into two pieces is a stroke of genius! I can’t wait to see the rest of this set!

  • 37
    Debbie M says:

    Just beautiful!! I love the cake and flowers and how you’ve set up the sentiment is perfect.

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