I know many of you have been looking forward to this week as much as I have!  The new sets that Papertrey will be releasing this month are must haves!  Once you have seen all the sneak peeks that we will be offering up in the coming days, you will agree!

We have received SO many requests for the set I used in today’s project, I am almost certain that we will see a dramatic decrease in the number of email suggestions we receive!  The new set is an continuation of Take a Bough entitled Out on a Limb!  The new set features a different version of the branch.  It is slightly smaller and a little more dainty.  There are FOUR (yes, four!) overlays for the branch and a myriad of sentiments & quotes.  So much versatility, you will be certain to turn back to it again and again!

011008_solid_sheetToday’s project starts out with a little step-by-step process that leads you to make some really unique background paper.  First, you want to cut a piece of cardstock to the size of your card cover (mine measures the classic 4.25 x 5.5 inches).

011008_cut_sheetNext, you want to randomly cut the block into strips and pieces.  The more random the better.  And of course, try to make sure that you keep track of where your pieces need to go when reassembling the block.  If you are making several cuts, you may want to number the backs with pencil or utilize identifying arrows.

011008_sponged_piecesUse Frayed Burlap Distress ink (or another color of your choice) and a sponge wedge to antique all four sides of each of the blocks. With this particular project, keep in mind that less is more!

011008_reasembledReassemble the individual blocks onto the cover of your card base.  In the end, anyone that were to try this technique would be excited to see how much detail it adds, and yet with so little effort!

011008_stamped_branchesNow it’s time to do some stamping!  I stamped the branch randomly here and there using artichoke ink.

011008_leaves_stampedNext, I followed up with an outlined leaves overlay, stamped with artichoke ink as well.

011008_berries_stampedAs a final touch, I stamped the individual clusters of berries using olive ink.  This addition really helped to add some detail.  While also carrying through my monochromatic theme.

011008_sentiment_closeupI then added the sentiment block, which uses one of my favorite quotes.  One of many that are included in this set. It reads: "LIFE… is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."  It just gives me goosebumps every time I read it! Notice how I rounded only the top right corner of the block.  I think that this helps to break up the many right angles in this card and add a little extra visual interest.

011008_leaves_berries_cardLast but not least, Here’s the final card!  I am really excited to hear your input of what you’ve seen so far.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s post as much as I enjoyed putting this project together!  I think it has a real organic feel.  Nice & simple, a wonderfully calming first impression.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for some additional sneak peeks at what we’ll be offering up this month!


Ink- Frayed Burlap Distress Ink from Ranger, Old Olive & Always Artichoke from Stampin’ Up

Stamps- Out on a Limb from Papertrey Ink

Paper- Confetti Cream, Old Olive & Always Artichoke from Stampin Up!

Other- sponge, brown brads (Paper Studio), corner rounder punch (Fiskars), foam dimensionals (Fiskars)


Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 99 Comments

  • 1
    Julie Brooks says:

    Beautiful!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the set!

  • 2
    Victoria says:

    OMG! Yeah, I can see this one selling out the first night!!! I know I’m ordering it! lol…Thanks Nichole!!!


  • 3
    Alli Miles says:

    Oh I love how you have pieced this card together. Beautiful as always.

  • 4
    Melanie W says:

    Beautiful. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • 5
    Granna on the Go says:

    Love the branches and leaves…wow, the sentiment. I really like the edges of the pieces. Once again, great, classic and exciting.
    Can’t wait to see the whole set! You have been busy lately! Thanks!

  • 6
    Karen says:

    How exciting–what a fun set! I can’t wait until the 15th!

  • 7

    Oh my goodness!!! I didn’t get Take a Bough since I already had my Christmas cards planned out (and the set purchased) but I loved it and am loving what I’m seeing here. I think this is going to be a must have!

  • 8
    Becky S says:

    LOVE it. Can’t wait to spend my Christmas $$ Ive been saving for Jan 15th πŸ™‚

  • 9
    Karen Rose B says:

    Could hardly wait for tonight to see the peeks … lovin’ this set already … a must have. Karen

  • 10
    Geny says:

    I love the card, what a fantastic idea! You are the Queen truly:)! I have been experimenting with adding my own stuff to the Take a Bough branch and am really excited to see this set! Can’t wait for the rest of the sneaks! I have been “patiently” waiting all day!!!

  • 11
    Beth says:

    Wow! What a beautiful, classic card! No wonder the 10th of the month is something I look forward to again and again! Thanks for sharing this wonderful layout/technique! Can’t wait ’til tomorrow….

  • 12
    Phyllis B. says:

    WOW! I love this card!

  • 13
    Beth says:

    Wow! What a beautiful, classic card! No wonder the 10th of the month is something I look forward to again and again! Thanks for sharing this wonderful layout/technique! Can’t wait ’til tomorrow….

  • 14
    Nancy says:

    This is so beautiful! I think this set is going to take my breath away! πŸ™‚

  • 15
    Kimberly says:

    Yippeee!!!!! My favorite set with more goodies! I really love the delicate branch as well! Fantabulous!


  • 16
    Charlene Austin (Willow01) says:

    Yes, we have been looking forward to this. It was a long, hard wait….but so worth it. I really, really love it.

  • 17
    Jewels says:

    Simply fabulous!! It gives sort of a relaxed earthy & natural look to your card. I don’t even need to see the rest of the set to know it will be GREAT!!

  • 18
    niccole-k says:

    I know I am getting this one right away before they sell out ~ this card is EXCEPTIONAL … very calming and can be used for may occasions TFS :o)

  • 19
    Jana Weaver says:

    Beautiful Nichole! I can’t wait to see the whole set!!! And I LOVE that quote!

  • 20
    Tejal says:

    I must say this is crazy! Such a brilliant idea and yet it never occurs to anyone else. I’m sure there’s a truckload of versatile ideas in your head..you go girl..you’ve been blessed!
    Love to see all your work…

  • 21
    Shivani says:

    I really love ur work..I really like this piece by piece idea…but sumhow I feel sumthing is missing in this card..!!

  • 22
    Melissa Flieg says:

    Nichole – love the card. What a great idea and a neat look. Can’t wait to see the rest of this set and all the rest. Love the sentement also.

  • 23
    Sandy Kay says:

    I LOVE the whole package, Nichole, right down to the sentiment! I agree, it is a MUST HAVE!
    Sandy Kay

  • 24
    Amanda A. says:

    Beautiful as always Nichole! I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve πŸ˜‰

  • 25
    Cyndi Johnson says:

    Nicole–I absolutely LOVE that saying!!!! I just watched the movie “Hitch” over the holidays, and that is my favorite line from that movie. I also love that you have extended the Take a Bough set, so that we have options for all seasons. Thank you for all you do!

  • 26

    WOW!! I LOVE THIS!! I own all but one set Papertrey has put out. This will be added to my repertoire. Love it. Can’t wait to see a Masculine set though ( hint hint).

  • 27
    Leslie Elvert says:

    This set is absolutely a must-have! Great card technique, too! Thanks!

  • 28
    sarah says:

    Love it, Nichole! Can’t wait to see more samples and all the new sets!!!

  • 29
    jenny4wheel says:

    Oooooh! I can tell this one is going to be on the must have list! I’m terribly excited to see the rest of it.

  • 30
    Lisa says:

    Oh my – oh my my my!!! I love it! Can I just buy stock in PTI? Probably would be better than just giving you my CC # every month

  • 31
    Beth says:

    What a beautiful card! I can’t wait to see what else is in store!

  • 32
    Lisa Henke says:

    yippee! I loved using take a bough for some of my Christmas cards, can’t wait to see the rest of the set. Since you said the branch was a “smaller and dainty” version of the branch, i am assuming the two are not interchangeable? Your card is beautiful!

  • 33
    deb (iiwiireally) says:

    Wow! I have been counting the days until the first sneak peek for January and as always, you didn’t disappoint! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got for us! Many thanks!

  • 34
    tylersmum05 says:

    Nichole, you are killing me. This card is awesome. (And so are you.) How do you do it month after month. I guess I’ll be staying up late to order this set for sure. Hope you have lots of them. -Molly B

  • 35

    This is definitely going into my cart! πŸ˜‰

  • 36
    Becky says:

    Oh my word. This is amazing.

  • 37
    Lori M says:

    Oh Nicole!!! From what I see, this set is going to be so GREAT!!! I am so excited and wish you would put more samples up, today!!! LOL!!!! I so LOVE everything!!!!

  • 38

    WOW..I’m the 37th comment and it’s only 7:45am! Can you tell that we all stalk your site around preview time? πŸ™‚
    I love this card! Love the greens you used too. So simple, but beautiful! Can’t wait for tomorrow!

  • 39
    LateBlossom says:

    Be still my heart! I’m in love with a branch–and all its accessories! Thanks, Nichole, for being so brilliant and creative and just plain cool!

  • 40
    Alicia Weiman says:

    What a neat idea. The card looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see the set. I also want to say that my Mom and I are hooked on the nestabilities. We got the cuttlebug a few months ago and then started getting the nestabilities and we love them.

    Thanks, Alicia Weiman

  • 41
    RUTH ALLMART says:

    Wow, this card is dramatic! You were right, I am going to love this set :O) Can’t wait to see the rest of the sneak peeks!!
    Thanks Nichole!

    Ruth A.

  • 42
    Laurie says:

    This is STUNNING! I have been wishing for a set that will allow me to use my Take a Bough set more throughout the year. You read my mind! I can say already that I will most CERTAINLY be purchasing this set. Thank you for your incredible artistry and creative designs.

  • 43
    Janine says:

    I think your work is absolutely fabulous. Thankyou !!

  • 44

    I have been dying to see the new releases. FINALLY the 10th has arrived! LOL! What a beautiful card!

  • 45
    Julie C. says:

    Love it!!! A must have! Can’t wait to see the rest of the set.

  • 46
    Martha says:

    Well I guess this means I’m staying up on the 14th to get this one. This is stunning. Love it!!

  • 47
    Kacey says:

    My favorite saying in the world. I almost bought it over the holidays (I think it was Penny Black???), and decided to wait. Now I can have the whole package! Yay!!!! πŸ™‚ Love that card!

  • 48
    Jennifer says:

    WOW! Three letters, w, o, w, say it all! This is so simple and yet so striking and elegant. The stamps are lovely and the sentiment beautiful. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

    ~ Jennifer

  • 49
    Starla (star) says:

    OH CRUD!! This one is going to sell out that night and I can never be “at the party”….ok, I can wait!!

  • 50
    Carol B says:

    What a fabulous card, Nichole! Keep up the great work!

  • 51
    Julie Masse says:

    Great project Nicole – can’t wait to see the rest!!

  • 52

    Looks great Nichole! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  • 53

    Nichole – I love the idea of the add on set…and what a clever name for it – Out on a limb. Looks like another “must-have”…but then again, I consider ALL of your sets “must-haves”. TFS

  • 54

    I love this card! I’m excited about getting this new stamp set cuz I just love “Take a Bough”!

  • 55

    Wow what a beautiful card. :)I need to get my pennies together so I can get me some of your stamps! WOW!! Love it.

  • 56
    Carol says:

    Oh geez… I think I was one of the very last of the guilty ones to suggest this – never quite imagined I was in so much good company. THANKS!!!! I definitely need this set!

  • 57
    Maggie says:

    It’s beautiful! I love that technique.

  • 58
    Melissa C. says:

    Love this! That is also one of my favorite sayings too! I can’t wait to order this. I think I’ll order one for a gift also.

  • 59

    *Swoon!* When I saw that you had updated your blog, I almost peed my pants! Can’t wait for tomorrow! And especially the 15th!!

  • 60
    Kris Tolman says:

    I Love the simplicity of the design and the color scheme. Very elegant…. and the idea for the brick wall is BRILLIANT!

  • 61
    Stacy says:

    This is gorgeous. very much my style. I can’t wait for the 15th. YIPPEEE!

  • 62
    Tracey says:

    WOW! This is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more…I’m greedy, I know πŸ˜‰ Thanks Nichole…fabulous as always!!!

  • 63
    Mary Duffek says:

    OMG!!! as usual I am way to excited to see the sets. I can’t wait to see the whole set.

  • 64
    Renee V. (happystamper05) says:

    I’m in trouble……

    but in a very good way! Thanks for the peek for what’s coming!

    Beautiful card…absolutely beautiful!

  • 65
    Beth Silaika says:

    ack – definitely waiting up till midnight to hit (ADD TO CART)

    psst (watermark that beauty)

  • 66
    Elizabeth Smith says:

    What a great set. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. You are a real inspiration!!!

  • 67
    Bluett says:

    Wow Nichole, that card is well done, I love the sentiment and the pieces from the card is awesome. You are very talented.


  • 68

    EEK! I LOVE it! Love it!
    And now the wait and anxiety to the reveal begins! LOL!

  • 69
    Carol Ann says:

    I love this card and everything that adds up to the total card. You have outdone yourself. I can’t wait to see the rest of the countdown!!

  • 70
    JULIEK55934 says:

    This is beautiful. What an elegant card. This is definitely one of those sets you will use again and again. I can’t wait to see the rest of it.

  • 71
    Staci (Misermom) says:

    Once again, you have blown me away with your creativity and ability to make things look incredible! Can’t wait to see your new stuff!

  • 72
    Laurie says:

    Your card is wonderful, very Asian or Zen like. Clean Simple lines with purpose. I looked at Take a Bough several times but I thought that I wished it was more than just for Christmas. I can’t wait to see this set. I love the saying that you used also.

  • 73
    Kristy says:

    How incredible! I love how these pieces come together to form such an amazing card. You are brilliant!

  • 74
    Sarah P. says:

    Wow! I didn’t send an email request, but this is the exact stamp I’ve been wanting. I almost ordered take a bough just for this look, but had been holding off. I will definitely be ordering this set! Thanks Nicole!

  • 75
    Lolita says:

    Love the branch, the leaves and the berries. Just what I have been looking for. Wow. I can’t wait to see the rest of the set. The saying always gives me goosebumps as well. Another PapertreyInk classic set that is a must have.

  • 76

    Love it! Can’t wait until tomorrow and the next day and the next day!

  • 77
    Diane Cooper says:

    Very nice! I love the effect with the blocks. I can’t wait to see the rest of the set!

  • 78
    JoLynn says:

    I really like this idea a lot. The Take a Bough set has been on my radar for a while now. I might have to take the plunge.

  • 79
    Sara says:


    I’m in LOVE! I have to show this to my SIL-to-be… I’m in charge of making the invitations and this set is perfect for what I think she wants. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Nichole!

  • 80
    Linda Deline says:

    Wow… I love this card. This is one I’ll definately case. I’ll need both sets too of course. But, I love the ‘piecing’ look of this card which will look great with stamps I already have. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless. Linda

  • 81
    Carolyn King says:



  • 82
    Kathi C says:

    Your card is beautiful, and the stamp set looks like one that will take my breath away! I cannot wait to see the rest of it.

  • 83
    Melissa C says:

    So pretty! I can’t wait to see more!!!

  • 84
    Amy says:

    Gorgeous card–I love this technique, and of course the stamps! Can’t wait to order this one. Thanks!


  • 85
    Eleanor Jenkins (aka nana jenkins) says:

    Oh, I am so happy to see a branch set! I didn’t get the other set since I don’t do many Xmas cards and was hoping there would be another set! This will be perfectly for spring cards! I can’t wait to order!

  • 86
    Marie says:


    I have always admired your creativity but rarely post… this card took my breath away. You have me hooked… I gotta have it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and inspirations! Marie

  • 87
    Sara Paschal says:

    Love the layout you have for this card, very nice. Great sentiment!

  • 88
    Bee says:

    I have been watching your blog like a hawk, expecting some sneak peeks, and here they finally are, yoohooh! πŸ˜€

    I LOVE the “take a bough” set but I don’t celebrate christmas (I’m jewish) so I am SO happy that you brought the same versatility to a nature set for any time of the year! πŸ˜€
    Can’t wait for the next days of sneak peeks!! *excited grin*

    BTW, I love what you did with this card. In the end, it looks like a brick wall with some foliage to me, gorgeous!β™₯

  • 89
    Yanitza says:

    This is so nice. I’ve got to try this one. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

  • 90
    JoAnn Burnham says:

    WOW, this is beautiful. A great technique. I love the saying also. JoAnn B.

  • 91
    Angie J says:

    Love it and cant wait to spend bday and Christmas money!!

  • 92
    Vicki Hook says:

    I know you’re really busy. Just wanted to show you a couple cards I made using this awesome technique: http://hookshappenings.blogspot.com/2008/01/tile-cards.html
    LOVE your work! πŸ˜€

  • 93

    WOW – for simplicity…this card really packs a punch!! I love how the distressing of each piece really adds to the overall feel of the card!! can’t wait to see the whole set!!

  • 94
    bluemoon says:

    I enjoyed both of the above tutorials. Great water technique on the flowers & cutting technique on this one that I’ve never seen before. They gave me some new ideas and inspiration, thanks alot! πŸ™‚

  • 95

    I just love the design of this card! I’m definitely going to “borrow” it – thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  • 96
    Kristine says:

    This is a beautiful technique. I’ll be adding this to my list of things to try πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  • 97
    shari cooper says:

    love it!! Thank you for the idea and tutorial!

  • 98
    Tina says:

    Hello Nichole,

    I saw this background-technique just a couple of days ago and I tried it out. You know what? IΒ΄m addicted, itΒ΄s so much fun to work with these tiles, I just canΒ΄t stop myself. πŸ™‚ Several cards are in stock to be shown and itΒ΄s getting more and more. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!

    Hugs, Tina (Basteltinchen)

  • 99
    Barbara Hedges says:

    what a great lay out i tried it out, but with holly in the greens, looks really great
    thanks so much for sharing

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