The day after…

By January 15, 2010General

As you all well know by now, I love getting up the morning of the 15th and perusing all of the Design Team's projects with a hot cup of tea.  I'm stopping in here at the ol' blog to share with you my very favorite projects and my thoughts on them.  I hope you enjoy all the hard work that they each put into this release and get inspired to pull out some stamps today and get inky!


Melissa Phillips created this amazing mini tag book for her sweet little girl.  I love the way she used little brown bags and envelopes to assemble the "bones" of the book and then embellished it thoroughly in true Melissa style.  Top Ten was the perfect finishing touch for the individual pages that pull out, declaring the love Melissa clearly has for her daughter.

Lisa Johnson wowed me with her unique take on the pea pod image from Baby Button Bits. She stamped the pea pod on Aqua Mist cardstock using New Leaf ink and then cleverly cut out the middle section of the image.  By adding a punched scalloped circle layer behind the pea pod, you are able to get a glimpse of the Spring Moss through the opening.  The little nook she created was the perfect resting place for these three little New Leaf Vintage Buttons.


Betsy Veldman used the new Through the Trees set in a completely different way than anyone else on the team.  she stamped the large leafed tree image twice, once on either side of her card front, stringing the two together with a hand-drawn clothesline.  The addition of a cute little onesie and lots of sparkly pink hearts changes what could be seen as a elegant, refined set into a cute, baby themed project.  I just love that about stamps!


Becky Oehlers used the adorable cupcake image from Baby Button Bits along with the new Background Basics: Petal Power to make a sweet little baby girl card.  I love how simple and clean everything is.  One of my favorite touches was the way she simply applied Prisma Glitter to the top of the cupcake to give it distinction from the neutral background, without having to add an overwhelming splash of color.


Dawn McVey used one of my favorite images in Daily Designs as focal points on her back to basics card.  The simple Kraft card base paired with the bold pops of color just make me smile!  The added buttons and twine add just enough without being two much since each one respectively matches the flower they are adhered to.  Gotta love how the sentiment color pops on the kraft cardstock too.  Yay for the new pigment ink!

Debbie Olson completely blew me away with this birthday card she created using Through the Trees.  It is so simple, yet so striking.  I loved the way she added the rolling hills using just a bit of stitching and Spring Moss cardstock.  I love how this tree pairs up with the Turning a New Leaf paper collection as well.  A match made in heaven!  One last point, note how she used two shades of green ink on the leaves, with the darker color applied to the center.  I think it gives the tree a much more realistic look, don't you?

Geny Cassady made some of the prettiest background paper I have ever seen with Turning a New Leaf.  The Ripe Avocado & Hibiscus Burst just pop from the kraft background.  TOTALLY need to make some of this today!!!!!  She used one of my favorite patterns from the new Background Basics: Petal Power to create the pattern on the top portion of the card.  It was stamped in Versamark ink on Ripe Avocado cardstock.  It's such a dense and bold pattern, I love it!


Niki Estes got scrappy and created this adorable page of her son getting camera happy.  I loved the color scheme, so "boy", kraft, Orange Zest, Spring Rain, Spring Moss.  The intermingled Star Prints images and Vintage Buttons help to break-up all of the straight lines & right angles.  The use of the Top Ten set on the "notebook" paper she created accented the entire layout perfectly.  LOVE IT!

Heather Nichols paired up Through the Trees & Background Basics: Petal Power to create this stunner.  I am head over heels in love with the way this floral pattern pops on the Ripe Avocado cardstock when stamped in white ink.  The inking she did around the edges of the background just really bring everything together and make it look so soft and elegant.

Kim Hughes used two of my favorite images from Daily Designs, this little chick and the stitched leaf tag.  The vibrant, citrusy color scheme Kim chose is just out of this world and happy!  The placement of her small flowers around the ribbon knot is such a nice way to embellish without using the standard bow that we always end up using.

Michelle Wooderson paired up the new Pretty Pastels background paper with Background Basics: Petal Power to create these super simple, super sweet notecards.  Look closely…it's just strips of paper and a small sentiment.  You could easily sit down one afternoon and create dozens of these to have on hand.  It is such a wonderful concept.


One last project I just had to share is this amazing take on Through the Trees that the talented Jessica Witty created.  I would never have thought to add all those multi-colored buttons to the top of that tree.  Just goes to show how each stamper can have a completely different thought process when working with a stamp image.  I am definitely looking forward to playing more with this concept in the future.   Can you envision glittered punched circles in this type of formation as well?

I hope you enjoyed all of these amazing projects and take the time to stop by each team member's blog to give them a shout out and a thank you.  They dedicate so much to release week so YOU, the customer, are enlightened with inspiration and stamp happiness!  Enjoy!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 23 Comments

  • 1
    Mariah says:

    Beautiful and inspirational. Cannot wait together back from picking the kids up from school and spend some time crafting. Thanks!!

  • 2
    Geny says:

    Thanks for highlighting that card Nichole, I think it was one of my favorites too! Everyone did such an amazing job as always!!

  • 3

    I didn’t see anything I didn’t like. You are all so creative.

  • 4

    That is one very talented team!!!

  • 5
    Sue K says:

    This was a great recap of all the wonderful projects you gals put together this month! Now just for me to get busy, and start crafting! Thank you!

  • 6
    Gail Genrich says:

    I love all this inspriation and can’t wait to get all of my sets to see what I can come up with. Thanks everyone!

  • 7
    Cathy Weber says:

    I guess there is “tree” version of button bits and you just didn’t know it. Those buttons really do look great!

  • 8
    Bee says:

    Those ladies sure are talented! I especially enjoyed this release and everyone’s projects, gorgeous and very uplifting. 🙂

  • 9
    jo says:

    Most of the cards are really cute but I e specially liked the one from Geny Cassady, she is an asset to the team!

  • 10
    Rita says:

    You have the best design team! These projects all showcase their talent and creativity brilliantly. So much inspiration! The photos of these latest creations also prove the superior design style of PTI stamp sets….each and every card is different. Same stamps…completely different ideas. Often times when I see other stamp sets, each card looks the same except different colored versions. PTI stamp sets are so versatile; the possibilities are truly limitless. Thank you!

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    Roxanne says:

    A super amazing bunch of talent! I am thrilled and inspired by all the incredible ideas.

  • 13
    Valerie C says:

    Am I going crazy? Was Debbie Olson’s card a sympathy card? I think it was a Birthday card. All of the projects were awesome! I can’t wait for my PTI package to come! Thanks for another great reveal!!!!!

  • 14
    tessie says:

    everything is so cute, i have inspiration!

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    Cassi says:

    These projects are truly amazing! Just goes to show you how versatile each set is – the possibilities are endless.

  • 16
    Shelly says:

    As I was puttering away this morning, something came up on my wishlist… and I was wondering perhaps if it might be something PTI might offer in the future.
    I love all of my PTI sets, but when I’m looking for a particular image/sentiment (eg. flower) – I have to sort through several sets to find “just the right one”. Is there any chance you’d consider making generic packaging available – maybe a bigger cd type case that could house all of the flower images (in a couple of cases), and all of the sentiments? With my old SU! stuff I broke things down by “snowflake”, “birthday”, “circle punch” etc.
    What do you think?

  • 17
    syeda says:

    Beautiful cards and projects. You guys have amazing talent! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • 18
    Shelly K says:

    Awesome and Amazing! Such fun ideas and great talent! Too bad I’m always working and miss the release, but I look forward to the day after! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, creating, inspiring!

  • 19
    kymkreates says:

    amazing inspiration from one and all

  • 20
    Taheerah says:

    Nichole I do so love these ‘Day After’ posts, it’s so inspirational to see what the DT come up with, and it showcases brilliantly just how versatile all the sets are. I can’t wait to receive my order and get crafting!! Can’t wait for the February Release, I know it’s gonna be amazing!!

  • 21
    Helen F. says:

    It’s so much fun to see your “Day After” posts and get inspired all over again each month! So looking forward to your Third Anniversary Release in February~can you believe how fast the time has gone by?!?

  • 22
    Tejal says:

    Awesome projects..each better than the other…

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    Sherrie Royster says:

    I can’t wait to try the dies & Impression Plates!! But then I want to try all of the stamps too, and………..then there is the ink. I just can’t make up my mind what I like the best. They HAVE to be used in conjunction with each other so I obviously I need it ALL:)

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