It is hard to believe that the last day of the release is already here!  I am so incredibly excited for you to see all of our new March products in their entirety!  I know you are going to love them as much as I do!

Today I thought I would talk a little about affixing multiple stamps on a single block.  It is one of the many benefits of clear stamps.  Having that ability enables you to really customize your images for specific projects and techniques.

To begin the image I am building today, I started with one of the "happy birthday" images from our new Birthday Basics set.  I like to place my images on the underside of the block as I look down through the surface.  It allows me to see exactly what the image looks like and helps me to reference the gridlines and how they fit with the image.

I knew that I also wanted to personalize my stamp by adding the name "Madison".  Since "i" is the central letter, it was the perfect place to begin.  I have found that since these letters are so small, it is best to grasp them between your thumb & index fingertips.  I then placed it directly under "happy birthday".

To finish the personalization, I added the remaining letters to spell "Madison".   You’ll notice that the "bases" of the letter stamps are rectangular.  They were created this way for a purpose.  By butting the letters up against one another, using the rectangular edges as a reference, your words will have perfect spacing with almost no effort.  I was inspired by the old Karen Foster Snap Stamps that used to be popular.

I stamped my custom sentiment with spring moss ink onto white cardstock.  After matting it with aqua mist cardstock, I used a ruler and my trusty Gelly Roll Stardust pen (Sakura) to draw an outline around the edge.  The sparkle really helped to draw some attention to the sentiment!

I wanted to create some fun background paper with Candice’s new set, It’s a Celebration.  It all started with stamping her banner strings in a zig zag pattern down the length of a white card front.

I followed-up with adding the pennant flags in various colors & patterns.  Because Candice had the foresight to keep all of these images separate, she has given us the ability to just have fun and mix & match!

My completed card has a unique fold to it.  I started with a card base that measured 9.5 inches long, 5 inches high, scored @ 4 inches.  The result is a front cover that is more narrow than the back.  Whenever I do this technique, I like to add a pattern or a bit of color pop to the now exposed area of the back cover.  Here, I stamped bitty outline stars from Candice’s set.  I added a small dot of stardust to the center of each star for sparkle.  I also added more stardust to a few key areas of the pennant flags.

I couldn’t bear to leave the inside unadorned so I chose to add a fun sentiment.  This is a pair of images from Candice’s set.  Notice there is no "i" in birthday? 

Candice designed it that way so you could do this!  Isn’t that little birthday candle adorable!!!

I paired the birthday girl sentiment with an additional image from Birthday Basics.  I think they go together nicely!!!  The small rhinestone also helped to carry on the sparkle theme.

I will be posting additional information later today in regards to all of tonights events!  I can’t believe that TODAY is the big day!

Be sure to stop by Debbie’s blog today to see one of the last sneak peeks.  She really has outdone herself now and you won’t want to miss it!

Alli is also doing some exciting things over at her blog.  Perhaps a contest of sorts?  you be the judge, and don’t miss your chance to participate!

Candice has been keeping busy too.  Stop by and say hi and take the opportunity to introduce yourself and she learns the ropes around here!

ink- aqua mist & spring moss palette pads, white craft ink SU!
stamps- It’s a Celebration, Simple Alphabet, Birthday Basics
paper- aqua mist, spring moss & white cardstocks.
other-  swiss dot satin (aqua mist), Papertrey Ink.

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Join the discussion 30 Comments

  • 1

    Wow! I’ve never been first to comment before! Those pennants are so fun, and the little alphabet is just perfect. I can see that tomorrow night is going to be mucho expensive!

  • 2
    Lilian says:

    Oh wow! First to post. 🙂 I have been stalking your blog for hours lol! Can’t wait to order on the 15th! The new designs and new colors are amazing as always. Thanks!

  • 3

    Hooray, Hooray, Todays the day!!!! I LOVE that card and espcially Like the way you added some glitter tot he banners and what not. Very cute. and how CLEVER is the birthday candle in the word?!?!?!

  • 4
    Sara Paschal says:

    This card is really cute, LOVE IT! You make such awesome backgrounds Nichole, how in the world do you keep them so straight and tidy?

  • 5
    Alli Miles says:

    What a super fun card! I love the way you think Nichole!!!!

  • 6
    Acie says:

    Great, i love it. just so versatile.

  • 7
    Melissa says:

    Wow! I think I actually said that out loud after reading your post and seeing the finished card. I LOVE the fonts Candice used.

  • 8
    Maria says:

    This is totally awesome! I like everything about this card especially how you personalized it and the background paper you created.

  • 9
    cknutti says:

    I love, love, love, that the individual letters are so easily lined up! I thought for sure that I wouldn’t be able to get these straight, but thanks to your foresight, I think I just might be able to do it. Thank you!

  • 10
    Tracey says:

    What a sweet card!! Can’t wait for the big release!!!

  • 11
    Anya says:

    Nichole, what a beautiful card. I really love all the different elements of the Its a Celebration set. And thank you for designing the alphabet set the way that you have – how easy to align the letters! This extra thought truly puts you in a class all your own. Thank you.

  • 12
    Tiffany says:

    Well I have to say that the card is absolutely perfect…seeing that my DD’s name is Madison and her birthday is April 13th. Thank you, now I HAVE to buy that stamp set and make that card. hehe!

  • 13
    Chris Mott says:

    This is the coolest Idea I have seen in a long time. I love that you can personalize this set!! Gorgeous colors you picked too! Chris

  • 14
    Charmaine says:

    Oh NO! An alphabet set!? I can’t believe my eyes! LOL LOVE it!

  • 15
    Sandy says:

    WOW WOW WOW- like someone else said- this is gonna get expensive… again!

  • 16
    Melinda says:

    I just LOVE these stamps. Those pennant flags are SO cute and I love the individual clear letters for personalization. You have such a clean and classic style that’s just beautiful.

  • 17
    Cara says:

    Wonderful Card!!! I want all these sets!

  • 18

    Wonderful card, Nichole! The pennants are so fun and the individual letters…well I have to get those!! Thanks for the inspiration. Your blog rocks!!

  • 19

    The alphabet set is genious! I have a couple of Snap Stamp sets and love them. I heard they were bringing out new ones in 2008 with different fonts etc and have been waiting for those. But I would much rather have Papertrey’s clear alphabets! I haven’t even ordered mine yet but I am hoping we will see more in the future….different sizes, fonts etc?

  • 20
    Amy says:

    This is just the cutest card I have ever seen. I cannot wait to order these sets!

  • 21
    CherylQuilts says:

    Absolutely fantastic! You knock us over every month! Can’t wait to see all the new sets!! Thanks so much, Nichole!

  • 22
    Alice says:

    Such a cute card. I like the way you put the stars on the card. I’ll have to try this type of card. Then you just tie the entire card with ribbon, or do you fold the star part in as well? Just love it.

  • 23

    love it Nichole!! so does my DD Madison. 🙂 She loves whenever she hears or sees her name in print!!

  • 24
    lainey says:

    Oh, I love the banner with the pennants, I MUST get that set!

  • 25
    Mary Edmonds says:

    I LOVE the banner! I also LOVE the new pink papers! “Pink is my signature color”!

  • 26
    Leanne says:

    Love the alphabet letters…Love it all!!!

  • 27
    Roxanne Stevens says:

    This card is so cute! Can’t wait to see the new stamps!

  • 28
    kristie says:

    If you happen to read this comment, even though it is WAY after the fact, could you let me know, where in the world you find envelopes for all your different shaped cards? I love all the different looks that you get, but how do you mail them? I would love some hints cause I’m quite a novice at all of this and need all the help I can get. Thanks!

  • 29
    kristie says:

    p.s. I absolutely ADORE this card and stamp set! Oh, AND the colors too!!
    Thanks for bringing so much life to the stamping world!

  • 30
    Tammie says:

    Where can l buy the just hatched egg boxes and the recipe cards..Thanks Tammie

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